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Swinging around for half a century

The legendary Intersectional team in 1978. Front row (left to right): John Diabo, Fred Kirby, Ron Kirby, Louis Patton and Andrew Patton. Back (left to right): Lester Zachary, Dan Kirby, Herby Kirby, George Hemlock, Jimmy Patton and Rene Boisevert. (Courtesy Jimmy Patton) This week’s rain pushed the snow and frost out

Massage therapy to welding, Lahache does it all

In addition to being a certified welder, Jenny Lahache is an independent massage therapist. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) Jenny Lahache knows very well that life’s path often looks like a maze rather than a straight line. Nearly a decade since initially pursuing a trade program at the NOVA Career Centre in

Diabo hopes to spark bright future with diploma

Jennifer Diabo is the first woman from Kahnawake to study to become an electrician. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) Kahnawa'kehró:non Jennifer Diabo was the first woman from Kahnawake to graduate from the Pearson Electrotechnology Centre (PEC) in Lachine, and she is working towards a dream. The mother of three started the program

From a broken ankle to a full heart and a puppy

Amanda-Lee Phillips (right) married Acacia Prophet on October 15, 2016 on the balcony of Xavier's Steak and Wine in front of nearly 100 family members and friends. (Courtesy Natalie Palmer Photography) Want to see if the person you started dating is for real? Do one simple thing: break your ankle, and see

Persistence pays off for budding Mohawk lawyer

Travis Jacobs stands for his official law school graduation photo. (Courtesy Travis Jacobs) Travis Jacobs is walking a long, sometimes bumpy road. It may have had a couple of twists and turns, but he never deviated from his goal of becoming a lawyer, one of a handful to come from Kahnawake. “It

Memories of past protests on Parliament Hill

A young Dale Dione, Margaret Horn and Cindy Horn were among the Kahnawa’kehró:non who protested on Parliament Hill in November 1964. (Courtesy Bettman collection, Getty Images) Margaret Horn was 18 years old when she decided to hop on a bus with her sister and cousins to protest in Ottawa. “We were all nicely

Fire Brigade trains eager Mi’kmaq recruits

Instructors Raymond Lepine and Bryan Deer following a controlled burn with new firefighters Cody Guitard, Roger Barnaby, Dave Condo, Luke Martin, Carlene Isaac, Jacob Arsenault, Dakota Barnaby, Tyrone Metallic, Colleen Methot, Jaygen Bernard, Donna Metallic and Mindy Moffat. (Courtesy Melissa Metallic) A dozen new firefighters from two Mi’kmaq communities were recently

A look back at the Caughnawaga Golf Club

Angus Patton's envisioned Caughnawaga Golf Club's course to  grow from nine holes to the 27-hole challenge it is today. (Courtesy Carrie Patton) When Angus Patton died last week at the age of 92, he took a little piece of the Caughnawaga Golf Club with him. After all, he was the founder of the course in

Goodleaf strives for higher education

Taylor Goodleaf is one of a handful of Kahnawa’kehró:non to study in the department of applied and human sciences at Concordia University. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) Taylor Goodleaf hopes to one day use her university education to help people in the community. The 24-year-old recently finished her final semester at Concordia University

Peanut brittle, a holiday tradition

Internet, meet the mighty tasty peanut brittle made by Eastern Door  reporter Jessica Deer's mother. (Photos by Jessica Deer) My mom, Hope Stacey, turns into a bit of a baking machine around Christmas. In addition to cooking a feast for our family that includes a 30-pound turkey, stuffing, chicken and dumplings, and