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May 29, 2000

Photo of Mary Anderson

This week, we are launching 3 stories from The Antigonish County Adult Learning Association and as a special event you can read their stories as well as hear them.

The Antigonish County Adult Learning Association promotes and delivers adult literacy and upgrading programs that help and support people in reaching their educational personal goals. Their programs are usually in small groups with individualized attention from a qualified adult education instructor. Volunteer tutors are called in to assist as the need is identified by the learner and the instructor. The programs are part time, days and evenings, in different locations throughout the town and county of Antigonish.

This story was written by Mary Anderson, from Purl Brook, Antigonish County, NS. Mary has two children, and a cat. She decided to take adult upgrading in February 1998 after being out of school for 17 years. Mary's main reason for taking upgrading is to be able to help her children with their homework, but she also hopes to take a computer course after she writes the GED tests to get her high school equivalency certificate.

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Mary Anderson

Antigonish is a clean and quiet town. It is the "Highland Heart of Nova Scotia". Antigonish has one of the top universities in Canada. Students from all over the world come here. It has nice clean motels, a nice golf course, an aquatic center to go swimming, a tennis court and nice churches. Antigonish has a very low crime rate.

In the summer we celebrate Highland Games week. There is highland dancing, the caber toss and other activities to enjoy. There is a parade and also a concert under the stars with lots of fiddle playing.

There are also a lot of beaches not far from Antigonish. The thing I like about Antigonish is it's a nice place to raise a family.

There is beautiful scenery around Antigonish. There are a lot of lakes and there is nothing prettier than James River in the fall when all the leaves turn color. I like it when the leaves turn their color around a lake with their reflection in the still water.

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