Local musician Mikylo Odut brings his flute music to the Community Hall next Tuesday and Wednesday. He says the concert includes only music from his exam which is called the ARCT or Associate Royal Conservatory of Toronto exam. He says the exam includes music from the Baroque era all the way from the 1600s and the latest music is all the way from the Modern era so the 1900s.
The concert takes place Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 in the Flin Flon Community Hall. Advance tickets are available by calling Mikylo at 204-271-3694 at 20 dollars for adults, 10 for students and 5 for children or at the door for 25, 12 and 6 dollars.
Sales reps Tarrant Rempel and Dave Jeanson
New air packs have been delivered to the Flin Flon Fire Department.
ABC Fire and Safety Equipment rep Tarrant Rempel explains the MSA-G1 breathing apparatus has many features that include vastly improved communications with fire fighters while fighting fires, no electronics hanging off the face piece, everything is integrated into the regulator, a 15 year bumper to bumper warranty that includes electronics, the lithium battery is rechargeable so you’re not having to spend money on batteries for all the electronics that are in these specific packs and there are future upgrades available.
Rempel adds a couple of upgrades that could be available include fire fighter locators and integrated thermal imaging for fire fighter safety.
After 23 years in relative obscurity the Sapper’s Memorial is being placed back into active service in Flin Flon. In a release Morley Naylor and Frank Gira from the Squadron Historical Committee report the memorial which was originally dedicated in May of 1989 by 21 Field Engineer Squadron, Canadian Military Engineers, was place in a prominent location near the main entrance of the Flin Flon Armory. It is dedicated to all those that have served in the military in Flin Flon since 1940. They report the memorial has remained standing in its original location since the closure of the Field Engineer Squadron in 1995 and was only removed for construction and parking lot preparations for the new Co-op store.
The release adds the memorial was stored over the construction period and with the support of the Co-op management, directors and staff has now been placed in a prominent location in the parking lot area with plans being made for an official rededication ceremony.
The Parkinson Canada Education Tour is coming to Flin Flon May 30th. Donna Greening from Parkinson Canada Winnipeg says she and Clinical Resource Nurse Kelly Williams will do two presentations.
She says Kelly is going to be talking about living your best life with Parkinsons which is about medication management, activity levels, things like that and then she is going to be talking about resources that are available for people with Parkinsons, their families and caregivers to make life as easy as possible. She says they know there are lots of resources out there but a lot of people aren’t aware of what’s available either provincially or in their own community.
Greening adds they prefer to have people pre-register so they have numbers but they will not turn anyone away who would like to attend. The event takes place Wednesday, May 30th at 6:30 at the Victoria Inn and you can pre-register by calling 1-800-565-3000 or email email@example.com by Tuesday.
Council responded to a request from the Pride Committee on Tuesday night by having Deputy Mayor Guy Rideout proclaim the week of August 12th to 18th Flin Flon Pride Week. The Pride Committee requested a flag raising ceremony at City Hall on Friday the 17th followed by a Transgender March and then entertainment in Pioneer Square and a Pride parade on the Saturday morning. Council agreed to those requests. They referred to administration the committee’s request to have a rainbow crosswalk painted in front of City Hall across to the Fire Hall in August before Pride Week.
Council received a letter from Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey asking them to appoint a representative to a task force being formed for recruitment of physicians to Flin Flon. It was referred to the Committee of the Whole Council.
And in response to a question Councilor Tim Babcock reported the recent Kinsmen Mini Golf event raised around ten thousand dollars and during the event they recognized members Bob Lesage for 35 years and Tom Therien for 25 years of membership and Dave Brooks was awarded a Life Membership in Kin Canada.
The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the film Look Who’s Back tomorrow night. The groups Colin Davis says you’ll be surprised to see who’s back asking what would you do if you were walking down the street in Berlin and were met face to face with Adolf Hitler. He says you would probably think that it is a character actor doing some sort of performance piece but in this film it is actually him. Davis explains the film has a brilliant story line but the fun part is that it also features several unscripted vignettes of the actor who is playing Hitler interacting with ordinary Germans while in character.
Davis adds they showed this film in early February but they have heard from people who wanted to see it but were busy at the time so they decided to bring it back. It will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate theatre and admission is free.
The City financial plan was presented at a public meeting last night. Treasurer Lyn Brown reported the total budget is just under 13.3 million dollars down from just under 13.8 million last year. The Special Services Levy will increase to 654 dollars from 635 last year. The total mill rate for residential will be 43.07 down from 44.9 9 last year and commercial 52.84 down from 55.49. 21.46 mills of the total is collected for the School Division. The owner of a 200 thousand dollar home will see a decrease of 172 dollars in property taxes.
Larger expenses this year include utility upgrades and purchase of the bus garage and smaller expenses of upgrades to lighting at the Aqua Center and work at the Community Hall, technology upgrades, the tourist park, assessment at the Willowvale pool and landfill fencing.
Finance Chair Colleen McKee said they have worked hard on this budget and thinks they have turned the corner in the city. Planning for this budget included input from community members, Councilors, management and staff, discussion, choosing priorities and maintaining fiscal responsibility.
Gerry Clark and Don Peake at Government House
Don Peake and Gerry Clark both received Lieutenant Governors Awards for Historical Preservation and Promotion yesterday.
Peake was nominated by the Flin Flon Heritage project for his untiring work in assembling, restoring and categorizing the written and pictorial history of Flin Flon which was jeopardized by the flooding of the basement of the Public Library several years ago. As there was no formal archive of Flon Flon’s history Peake with assistance from the Flin Flon Heritage Project and the city Librarian took on the challenge of saving and preserving this valuable resource and has been instrumental in making local residents aware of the fragility of the history without proper archival and preservation techniques.
Clark was nominated by the Mayor and Council with support from the Arts Council and School Division. Since the early 70’s he has been the city’s unofficial historian being a founding member of the Flin Flon Historical Society and helping to write the book Flin Flon: A History. He gives presentations on historical themes, has developed history themed walking tours of Flin Flon and he chaired a committee to recognize the role of Indigenous trapper David Collins in the discovery of the Flin Flon ore body.
The awards were presented at Government House yesterday afternoon.
First Baptist Church Pastor Jim Galbraith reports lunches for high school students will again be available starting tomorrow. He explains it’s a partnership between the First Baptist Church which does the work in providing the meals and St. Ann’s has opened their doors to be their host for the last four years and it’s for high school students from all schools, Hapnot, Many Faces and Creighton and its four Thursdays starting May 17th and ending on June 7th and they start serving the food at 12 o’clock.
Galbraith adds the lunches as always will be free of charge.
A fire at Flin Flons landfill is under control. The Fire Department reports the fire is burning underneath all the garbage. Monitoring and containment will continue throughout the next few days. The City reports due to low visibility the Landfill will be temporarily closed.
MCpl Riley Burroughs and Capt Daryl Wilkinson
The highest award available to the Cadets the Lord Strathcona Trust Medal for exemplary performance was presented to Riley Burroughs. The Captain W. A. Sweeney Trophy for general proficiency by a senior cadet went to Torin Abrahamson who also received the Legion Medal for excellence and performance as well as the Ubique Trophy for recruiting, the CWO Fisher Trophy for general proficiency by a junior cadet to Rebekah Cook, the Sergeant J.A. Horrocks Trophy for dress and deportment to Jemedie Morris who also received the Major M.J. Naylor Trophy for dedication and commitment, the Lieutenant Colonel F.S. Gira Trophy for citizenship to Ashton Francoeur-Quaal, the Second Lieutenant M. Beauchamp Trophy for most improved cadet to Curtis Dumas, Best First Year Cadet to Ayden Hooper and best attendance to Raykin Custer with 98 percent attendance in all activities. Captain Daryl Wilkinson also presented certificates to the Royal Canadian Legion and their Ladies Auxiliary for their support over the years.
178 ballots were cast by members in the North of 53 Co-op election for two members of their Board of Directors. The Board member seeking re-election Dennis Whitbread was re-elected as well as a new member Richard Dansereau. They were elected to three year terms. The other candidate was John Moore.
Other members of the seven member Board are Dave Kendall, Rob Schiefele, Linda Clark, Erhart Dzubiak and Del Ward.
Creighton Community School is holding it annual Spring Community Night tomorrow. School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says the evening starts at 5 at the school. She says the School Community Council invites students, their families, community members and staff to an evening of fun. A complimentary barbeque, scavenger hunt, cultural connections and a gardening station along with emergency vehicles will be on site Wednesday May 16th from 5 to 7:30. She adds this event is being made possible through funding received from the Canadian Initiatives Fund and the School Community Council and they hope to see everyone there.
There will be transportation provided to and from Denare Beach with pickups at the Band Hall at 4:30 and at the Alpine at 4:40 with the bus returning to Denare Beach at 7:30. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Fire fighters continue to take action on a forest fire in the Sally’s Beach Road area on the north arm of Lake Athapap north of Bakers Narrows.
The fire started on Saturday, covers around 1 hectare and is classified as under control.
Update: The fire was classified as extinquished this afternoon.
Bands and soloists will be performing at the annual Jazz Night Thursday. Band Instructor Kim Jones says there’ll be a variety of jazz at the concert with lots of great ensembles ranging from the grade 8 jazz ensemble to their senior jazz band as well as their choirs performing at Jazz Night. She adds they have three different stages set up and on the main stage they’re going to have soloists this year and they have 15 performers who have been preparing solos after school with a community band of musicians that is giving them a lot of their amazing time.
Tickets are ten dollars at the door with the concert starting at 7 Thursday night in the Hapnot Collegiate Gym.
Creighton Community School is running their annual bike safety program this week. School Coordinator Carol Sutherland explains it teaches the students valuable lessons. She says it offers the students a chance to learn about road safety with their bicycle and just to remember a bike is a vehicle that shares the road equally with other vehicles. She explains their local bike safety program consists of three components, instruction in the classroom, practice and testing on the course and parent support of the program at home and the community with the actual road practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Sutherland adds last week students learned lessons in the classroom about bike safety.
The third annual Creighton Community Yard Sale is coming up on Saturday, May 26th from 9 to 1. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says it’s held in conjunction with spring clean up week and you should register this week to be part of the sale. She explains they would like people to call the Rec office and register their yard sale before May 18th to ensure that they get your address advertised in time for the sale. She says the gist of the yard sale is put your stuff out for sale on that Saturday, leave it out over the weekend with a free sign if you don’t want it and anything remaining the following week during clean up will be picked up by the public works department and taken to the landfill.
Senyk adds the Town of Creighton has waved the dump fees for the week of May 22nd to 27th to help with the clean up.
Denare Beach is holding their annual community yard sale tomorrow. Recreation Director Mel Durette says there’ll be a lot for sale. She says they’ve got 14 people so far on their list and there’s a couple of people that didn’t make it for the advertising so they’re going to put up balloons so definitely watch out for other places. She says New Horizons will be having a hot dog and hamburger sale from 10 til 2.
Durette adds a list of locations will be available at the Alpine Convenience Store noting two sales start at 8 tomorrow morning and the rest at 9.
MP Niki Ashton delivered a Members Statement in the House of Commons this week honoring three children who died last month…..
“I rise to celebrate the lives of Keethan Lobster, Matthew Moore-Spence and Terrence Spence. These beautiful bright 13 and 11 years old boys from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation who died on April 28 like so many kids cycling , enjoying the first days of warmer weather when they were struck by a drunk driver.
Unlike so many other kids they faced challenges all too common on First Nations . Not just the gravel road with no lighting.
Keethan’s mum committed suicide a year ago. His grandmother had raised him since then in a trailer that was home to 18 people.
Keethan had a dream. His last words to his Uncle Curtis Lobster were “I am going to graduate from college like you uncle.'
In Canada one of the wealthiest countries in the world ..in 2018 we have to ask ourselves why?”
Ashton added we need to work with First Nations to build communities that kids can be safe in from bike paths to lights to roads.
Far Resources has announced the results of their 2018 winter drill program at its Zoro Lithium Project near Snow Lake. The report includes drilling the highest grade intercept to date with 16 meters of 1.8 percent lithium in deep drilling on Dyke One.
Interim CEO Toby Mayo says they are clearly very excited by these results which show not only the consistency of high grade mineralization at depth in Dyke One but also the potential for adding significantly to the Company’s future resource base through their ongoing multi-faceted exploration approach. He adds the recently completed aeromagnetic survey combined with the planned expansion of the highly successful mobile metal ion program gives them great confidence in adding more high grade lithium at Zoro.
Drilling on the newly discovered Dyke Eight and other mobile metal ion anomalies is planned for this summer.
Flin Flon’s Barb Groff colored her hair green and yellow two weeks ago. That started her campaign to raise money to help the families of the Humboldt bus crash saying she knows what it’s like to lose a child. Yesterday at 12:05 Groff’s hair was shaved off to wrap up her successful campaign noting its gone very well and she’s overwhelmed with the support she’s got from family, friends, co-workers, the community, everyone in general has been outstanding adding right now she’s sitting at just over 19 hundred dollars.
Groff’s grandson six year old Connor Savoy joined Groff in also having his head shaved. Barb and her husband will travel to Humboldt later this month to donate the money to the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation that supports those affected by the bus crash.
The Manitoba government along with Tourism Manitoba has designated the Flin Flon Station Museum a new Star Attraction. The Chair of the Museum Board Tom Heine says the Board is really pleased as they have been trying for about five years to achieve that designation. He explains essentially its recognition by Travel Manitoba that they are an attraction worth seeing so it basically forces them to not up their game but to maintain the Museum as an attraction that tourists are wanting to come to see.
The Star Attractions program provides access to highway directional signage, ensures marketing support and highlights the attraction in its annual Inspiration Guide, online and in various marketing programs. There are now 63 Star Attractions in Manitoba
Trout Festival President Melissa Richard told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Tuesday they have some new people and ideas involved in the Festival. She said they want this year’s Fish Fry to be a special event on Saturday June 30th with an outdoor fish dinner starting at 6 with tickets pre-sold at 30 dollars for the dinner and social as well as a fun casino area called Casino Royale with a prize awarded and a local band for entertainment. She adds they will include a lot of entertainment in the Festival including a free family dance and activities on Main Street following the kick off on the Friday night.
In other business the Chamber will nominate the 2017 Homecoming Committee for the Manitoba Tourism Award. They will be hiring a summer student through the Canada Summer Jobs Fund. The student will be over the age of 15 and work 30 hours a week for 8 weeks at $11.50 an hour with resumes to be submitted to the Chamber office by the end of the month. The student will be a community worker helping on various community projects. Community Futures Greenstone and the Norva Centre are also hiring summer students with applications closing Friday.
The Board received correspondence from Janice Cassidy and the uptown curling executive proposing the Division reintroduce curling to the school curriculum. The Board passed a motion to forward the information to the Finance Committee.
Superintendent Constance McCleese reported all senior administration, principals and vice-principals attended the Human Rights Manitoba workshop saying it was wonderful and informative. Work continues on the roofing project at Ruth Betts School with the crew putting in long days. Board Chair Amy Sapergia-Green congratulated the students from McIsaac School on their success at the Red River Heritage Fair in Winnipeg adding the Division is very proud of their work and some dates to keep in mind May 17th is Jazz Night at Hapnot Collegiate and May 29 is the spring band concert. Parents, family and the public are encouraged to attend.
The General Manager of the North of 53 Co-op Tom Therien told the Chamber the process of building a new store began with a look at the Armories lot in 2014. He said a decision to build was made in 2016 with demolition on the lot beginning that December and at the end of the day they end up with a 40 thousand square foot store and a 189 parking stall parking lot which ended up being 73 percent bigger than their old store and 300 percent bigger in terms of the size of the parking lot.
Therien added they had no place to grow or add new items in the old Main Street store which they now have in a well laid out new store. He also noted they have hired 35 new people with 7 positions still open for a total of 76 employees with the administration office remaining on the lower floor of the old building with a possible tenant interested in one third of the top floor. The grand opening of the new store will take place on June 22.
The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding its annual Lobster Night Saturday. The Club’s Glen Smith says they are offering the same choices as they have in the past which is lobster, steak and chicken like they always do but there’s a change in the music as they’ve got Johnny’s Anti Social Club that are playing which will be kind of different because they have a variety of singer and a variety of performers so there’ll be a variety of music including some down east jigging music so just a nice good entertainment evening.
Smith adds tickets are available for the dinner and social at Kleen All and Pharmasave and this year if you want to attend the social only you can pick up tickets at Standard Insurance on Main Street. The dinner starts at 7 Saturday night in the Flin Flon Community Hall with the social at 9.
Rockcliff Metals Corporation has entered into a letter of intent to be followed by an option agreement with KG Exploration which is an affiliate of Kinross Gold Corporation. This relates to Rockcliff’s high grade Laguna and Lucky Jack Gold Properties in Snow Lake which are centered within the historic Herb Lake Gold Camp.
The Letter provides Kinross with the right to earn 70 percent interest in both properties by spending a minimum of 5.5 million dollars in exploration expenditures over six years.
Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre states to enter into an agreement with a major gold miner like Kinross and have them spend their money on our properties is a true testament to the excellent exploration and discovery potential of these gold assets. The exploration plans at the Laguna and Lucky Jack Gold Properties are anticipated to be completed in the spring in time for the summer drilling season.
The Government of Canada has announced the results of its 91.3 million dollar investment in Western Canadas community infrastructure. Funding under this program supported improvements to parks, playgrounds, fitness trails, community centers and cultural facilities.
In our area Creighton School Division received 28,538 dollars to revitalize their school playground, the Northern Village of Denare Beach 5,650 dollars to upgrade the dock at the Beach, Flin Flon School Division 17,930 to resurface the playground at Ruth Betts School and the Town of Snow Lake 31,500 to upgrade Sunset Bay beach.
The Western Canada funding from the program was delivered by Western Economic Diversification Canada with the program concluding on March 31st.
Thirteen McIsaac School students and their nine projects took part in the Red River Heritage Fair in Winnipeg last week. The students were the top winners in the local Heritage Fair held in March. One of the local organizers Christine Williams says the students did really well in Winnipeg. She says their school for the second year in a row won the School Spirit Award and they had Ethan Patterson winning two awards the St. Boniface French Culture Award and the Hong Kong Military Veterans Commemorative Award, Joel Williams won the Juno Beach Center Heroic Stories Award, Ava Williams and Sara Mansell won the Manitoba Sports Hall Of Fame Award and Cassidy Alexander and Niki Keramydas won Honorable Mention from the Manitoba Historical Society.
This is the fifth year local students have taken part in the Red River Heritage Fair.
The Flin Flon Kinsmen Club invites you to take part in their 28th annual mini golf classic Saturday. The Club’s Tom Therien says golfers collect pledges to take part in this fund raising event. He explains you’re collecting pledges on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis Canada and as long as you get 75 dollars in pledges they’re going to let you golf in their mini golf classic. He says it’s really fun golfing, three different locations in town, they take care of you, they feed you at the end, they give you prizes and all in the name of Cystic Fibrosis.
Pledge forms are available from any Kinsmen member or call Bob at 688-3572, Tom at 687-0311 or Tim at 271-5160.
Colleen Power and Joanna Ledoux
The Lord’s Bounty Food Bank held an official opening at their latest location on the lower level of the former St. Mary’s Church on Hiawatha Avenue. Board members Colleen Power and Joanna Ledoux spoke about the Food Bank with Ledoux reviewing its history since its start in 1991 with Carol and Dennis Hydamaka. She said it was their large hearts that started this operation in their basement, they saw that people were going hungry and they just jumped right in to help. She noted throughout the years they have seen many changes as the idea of feeding hungry people grew and grew. She stated look around you Hydamakas because what you started in your basement led to a church basement, to renting the bottom floor of a house to now owning the bottom floor of this building.
Power praised those who have supported the Food Bank over the years noting it’s one of the only Food Banks in Canada that runs completely on volunteerism. The Rotary Club presented the Food Bank with a cheque for 16, 180 dollars towards their new building with 15 thousand coming from the club and the remainder from individual members.
Along with the Manitoba results we reported on Friday Hudbay reported an overall profit of 41.4 million dollars for the quarter compared to a net loss of 10 million dollars in the first quarter of 2017. President Alan Hair says they had another quarter of positive cash flow as a result of higher copper sales volumes and higher realized prices for all metals allowing for further debt repayment which will continue. He explains as they look forward to the balance of 2018 they will continue to focus on driving efficiencies in their operations to generate free cash flow and increase net asset values. He say from a growth perspective they remain committed to advancing the existing opportunities in the pipeline such as the completion of the paste plant and continued ramp up of production at Lalor near Snow Lake and moving Rosemont in Arizona through the permitting process into development.
Hair adds compared to the first quarter of last year production of copper, gold and silver in concentrate increased as a result of higher milled throughput at all of Hudbay’s operations together with higher grades for precious metals in Manitoba.
MP Niki Ashton says millions of Canadians are faced with huge drug cost because of limited pharmacare coverage. She says there is no coverage for dental care and there is not enough in place for mental health care services so we need national leadership on these key issues. Ashton says the NDP caucus has been fighting for a national pharmacare program as study after study has shown it’s not only important for reasons of fairness and equity it would save the medical system money adding far too many people end up with a worse health care outcome because they cannot afford the drugs they need to treat their medical condition. Ashton concludes medicare is a Canadian achievement and now is the time to complete its original vision and intent starting with a national pharmacare program.
A group of Manitoba First Nations says it has formed a partnership with a private company that will lead to the reopening of the rail line to Churchill.
The First Nations say the deal involves an acquisition agreement with the U-S-based owner of the Hudson Bay Railway, the Port of Churchill and other assets.
Indigenous leaders say the railway and port are crucial to the existence of all First Nations in northern Manitoba.
The rail line owned by U-S based Omnitrax was washed out by floods last spring.
A company called i-Churchill says it hopes to conclude the agreement by mid-June so that the rail line can be repaired before the fall.
Plans are well underway for this summer’s Flin Flon Trout Festival. Their Volunteer Coordinator Barb Hopkinson says what they need now are volunteers to help with most of the events. She says they need volunteers for Main Street Days, the family dance, the fishing derby, the parade and the fishing derby is in the planning stage so anyone who can volunteer can call Barb at 687-6349 or cell number 271-0113 and let’s make it a huge success.
The Trout Festival runs from June 29th to July 1st.
Community Futures Greenstone is sponsoring an Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Video Contest. Their Manager Becky Cianflone explains they’re reaching out to students in grade 12 in the area that includes Creighton, Flin Flon, Snow Lake and Cranberry Portage and they’re encouraging them to make a 3 to 5 minute video to describe why they would make a great entrepreneur or if they have a great business idea that they want to share and there is a 15 hundred dollar prize for the top entry and that 15 hundred dollars will be used towards an entrepreneurial education program of some sort.
You can learn more and get an application form by going to their website at www.cfmanitoba.ca/greenstone, visit their Facebook page or call them at 204-687-6967.
In releasing their first quarter 2018 financial results Hudbay President Alan Hair reported ore mined in their Manitoba operations during the quarter increased by two percent compared to the same period last year. That was the result of higher production at the Lalor and Reed mines, partially offset by lower production at Flin Flon’s Triple Seven mine. Chief Operation Officer Cashel Meagher reported this year they are focusing on the gold and copper gold zones at Lalor near Snow Lake. He explains Lalor is on target to achieve a ramp up of 45 hundred tonnes per day by the third quarter of 2018 and the shaft has a capacity of 6 thousand tonnes a day. He says early results of mining on two levels are giving them confidence of a continuous high grade gold zone and development is underway to access additional gold mineralization in 2018 and the mining of the copper gold zone in 2019 is on target.
Meagher adds with the closing of Reed Mine later this year they have excess milling capacity in Flin Flon with tests validating a favorable gold recovery of 65 percent but they will still consider the potential refurbishment of the New Britannia mill as a possible option.
McDonald’s Restaurant in Flin Flon joined others across the country in celebrating McHappy Day yesterday. They raised just over 800 dollars for their charity Ronald McDonald House. This was down a bit from last year.
A dollar from every Happy Meal, Big Mac, Coffee and McCafe beverage sold was donated to the charity as well as a dollar from each red heart card sold.
Results are still coming in from across the country but early this morning the national total was just over 431 thousand dollars.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day is the focus of a public gathering Saturday afternoon. The Catholic Women’s Leagues Lucille Rossington invites you to come and learn about the reality of human trafficking from three guest speakers. She explains Bev Harvey is from Dauphin and she has been trafficked so her story will be told there and they also have NASHI International going to be there who work with trafficked people and try to bring healing especially with children.
The event takes place Saturday from 1 to 3:30 in St. Ann’s Parish Hall at 163 Centre Street with admission ten dollars. You can pay at the door or call Jan at 306-688-6144 to register.
Council received a letter from the Flin Flon Pride Committee asking for their support for the 2018 Pride Festival similar to last year’s first Festival. It is planned for August 17th and 18th with a flag raising at City Hall on the Friday followed by entertainment at Pioneer Square and the Pride parade on the Saturday morning. The letter was referred to the Committee of the Whole Council.
Council received a letter from the North of 53 Co-op asking if the existing bus stop in front of their new store on 10A highway could be moved to somewhere inside their property similar to the mall bus stop. It was reported it has been done.
Council referred to the Traffic Commission a letter expressing concern about speeding in the McIsaac School area, they passed a resolution stating any employees hired by the City must sign a Code of Conduct agreement before starting work, they approved their annual donation of one thousand dollars to the Fireworks Committee for their July 1st display and one thousand dollars to help defray the cost of the Flin Flon Public Library fund raiser held in February and they will hold their annual budget meeting at 6:30 Tuesday, May 15th in City Council Chamber before the start of their regular Council meeting.
The Central Canada Film Group is presenting The Good Earth at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre tomorrow night. The group’s Colin Davis says the film is an adaptation of the Pearl S. Buck classic and is a story that follows the life of Wang Lung, a young Chinese farmer, who gets married and their struggle to work the land through drought, famine, revolution and hardship. He says this classic film from 1937 stars the late great Paul Muni and Luise Rainer who won the Academy Award for best actress for her role. Davis says although this film is now over eighty years old it is still a gripping drama that includes scenes that will shock and amaze its viewers adding it is a stunning piece of cinematography and a must see.
They will also take a look at the old Kung Fu television series from the early 1970s starting at 7 with the main feature starting at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre tomorrow night and admission is free.
Financially, the year provided strong growth in most areas as total assets increased 11.73% to end the year at 54.7 million dollars and total loans grew 7.50% to 41.6 million dollars.
The combination of loan growth and last year’s increases in lending rates helped the Credit Union produce an increase in gross income to over 330 thousand dollars for 2017. After tax income was lower however, ending the year at almost 161 thousand dollars as the Board set aside precautionary funds to their allowance for doubtful loans. This allocation helps to buffer the Credit Union against future potential credit losses and ensures stability in long term. The Credit Union added to their strong financial foundation ending the year with 3.7 million dollars in retained earnings, well above the regulatory guidelines.
Rod Gourlay and Lorna Quinn were returned to the Board of Directors by acclamation. The other Board members still serving out their terms are Darren Grant, Tom Fehr, Don Scott, Frank Fieber and Tina Tait.
Copies of the summary financial statements will be available for download from the Flin Flon Credit Union website by the end of the week at www.ffcu.ca.
Dennis Hydamaka spoke to Flin Flon City Council last night about pedestrian safety on the sharp Hapnot Street Fifth Avenue corner. He says it’s been five years since he asked about putting a sidewalk there but said he now realizes that a sidewalk would be damaged every winter by snow removal. He suggested to Council there is an easy solution by installing watch for pedestrian signs at the Main Street and Glen Avenue entrances to the Street which Council felt could be a good solution to the problem.
Hydamaka also asked what action is being taken to prevent a water line freeze up that occurred during the winter when a hydro outage caused the city pumps to shut down. He was advised equipment has been ordered to prevent it from happening again.
Council received the Fire Chiefs report for April indicating 4 incidents during the month down from 11 in April last year. Councilor Ken Pawlachuk reported Fire Chief Chad Cooper has been appointed to a national committee along with Fire Chiefs from across the country studying how Fire Departments will operate in our changing world noting it’s quite an accomplishment for our Fire Chief to receive that recognition.
McIsaac and Ruth Betts School students are in Winnipeg tomorrow to participate in the Red River Heritage Fair. One of the local organizers Susanne Westhaver says students will be taking their winning projects from the local Heritage Fair held in March and they have 13 students and 9 projects going to the Fair. She says they travel all day today, the Fair is all day tomorrow and Friday they are going to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights before they return home on Friday.
This is the fifth year local students have taken part in the Red River Heritage Fair.
The Flin Flon Community Choir is presenting La Grande Opera Saturday night. Director Crytal Kolt says it features a lot of great local talent and essentially all the very best and favorite popular opera arias and choruses. She says they’re going to be having local super stars like Kari Rutherford, Katrina Windjack, Angela Ishaka, Candia Cormack, Tim Spencer, John Bettger and Kevin Imrie as well as the wonderful Flin Flon Community Choir and they’re bringing in a singer who was just in Venice a couple of weeks ago Dustin Hiles to perform with them as well.
La Grande Opera will be performed Saturday night at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.
The Snow Lake Chamber of Commerce is holding their fourth annual Spring Trade Show today and tomorrow. President Gerard Lamontagne says they have a great variety of items along with the northern vehicle dealerships. He says they have Yamaha coming up, Polaris Snowmobiles, Honda, RAG Enterprises, all their standards from the rest of the circuit, popcorn guy, they have a new nut and chocolate guy, some ladies selling therapeutic socks and health wear and they’ve got about four new vendors this year so it looks like it’s going to be their best show yet.
The Trade Show is being held in the Wilfred T. Lipton Arena in Snow Lake today from 3 to 9 and tomorrow from 11 to 6.
McDonalds Restaurants in Flin Flon and The Pas are joining a national celebration of McHappy Day tomorrow. Store Manager in The Pas Shelly Galaugher says as in the past they’re raising money for Ronald McDonald House as one of the local kids from The Pas passed away and they used it quite a bit so they’re raising money to put towards that to help out families and its basically the same thing with any Big Mac, Happy Meal, any coffee or McCafe product bought a dollar goes towards that and of course local hearts that they sell for the week prior to McHappy Day as well.
McHappy Day runs all day tomorrow with various community representatives helping out in the restaurant.
MLA Tom Lindsey told the Manitoba Legislature last week about the recent health care public meeting he held in Flin Flon. He said there were immense concerns about the doctor shortages, lack of mental health supports and the increasing vacancy rate of health care professionals. He told them we have only two doctors and no nurse practitioners and at the public meeting they heard many concerns regarding the increasing vacancies of numerous health care positions in Flin Flon. Lindsey explained the Northern Regional Health Authority postings currently show 20 nursing positions, 11 health care aide positions, 10 mental health and home care professionals, 1 psychologist position and numerous other administrative positions that are vacant and looking for applicants and this is just in Flin Flon never mind the rest of the region.
Lindsey stated the lack of health care support in Flin Flon is at a crisis right now and we look to government to take action by delivering more doctors and nurse practitioners to the north.
The United Steelworkers Local 7106 held a ceremony at their monument to mark the National Day of Mourning. Their Health and Safety Rep Ken Bateman explained the message of the day is to recognize all those who have fallen at work, went to work and didn’t have the opportunity to return home, adding we also recognize those who have been injured. He says they’d also like to recognize that this is a somber year for the Steelworkers themselves as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Westray explosion. Bateman says coming out of the Westray explosion has been the Westray Law that has come a long way but not as far as it should but it holds people criminally responsible for workplace deaths and accidents where negligence was shown.
Wreaths were laid by various union and community representatives. In his comments Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey noted he has called on politicians to make sure they pass laws that protect working people. He added the voices of working people need to be heard by politicians of all stripes so people can go to work and come home safe at the end of the day.
The Manitoba government is seeking grant applications for community development projects and initiatives. Laurence Gillespie of the Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation says 75 thousand dollars is available locally through the Neighborhoods Alive Neighborhood Renewal Fund. He explains it can to things such as projects that support women’s safety and reduce rates of violence against women, projects that enable economic development and align with regional development strategies, help sustain community assets and community initiatives that concentrate on heritage, community tourism, recreation facilities and projects and innovation that supports social enterprises and that can show clear measurable social outcomes as a result of the project.
Gillespie encourages people to apply as a lot of this money has been left unused in the past. To apply or for more information you can contact Laurence at 204-687-6972, visit the Manitoba government website or find the link attached to this story at www.flinflononline.com.
MLA Tom Lindsey told the Legislature yesterday it is saddening that even with many safety requirements in place workplace fatalities and injuries still occur. In fact there were 27 workplace fatalities in Manitoba last year. He said it is their job as MLAs to ensure legislation is put in place and followed to help prevent injury and illness from occurring. He said dismantling the advisory council on workplace health and safety, cutting the workplace health and safety department’s budget and reducing the number of workplace inspections does not help to address the issues, rather it demonstrates a priority of cutting costs ahead of workers safety. He says these laws exist because of the blood of Manitoba workers adding any reduction in these laws or in the inspectors who enforce them fails all those who have been killed at work and all workers.
Lindsey encouraged all members to attend a memorial in their community tomorrow as he has done for many years.
Far Resources reports they completed an aeromagnetic survey of its Zoro Lithium property near Snow Lake in a joint venture with Strider Resources. The survey was flown by drone or unmanned aerial vehicle. It covered a 1 kilometer by 2.5 kilometer grid with 25 meter line spacing for a total 100 line kilometers of surveying. The company believes that data collected using this extremely cost effective survey tool will be valuable in assisting with targeting additional lithium bearing pegmatite dykes that are completely hidden below overburden.
Far also completed their fourth diamond drilling program at the Zoro Lithium Project in the last week of February and are awaiting the results.
Community Futures Greenstone is planning to host Volunteer Manitoba workshops in September. Their Manager Becky Cianflone explains they’re talking to Volunteer Manitoba about the possibility of bringing in a trainer for a day to work with some of our non-profit boards and volunteer organizations just to help to equip them to do more and do better in the community.
Cianflone adds they are looking for groups that might be interested in partnering with them for these workshops. She also wants to hear from people who may be interested in these types of workshop and what topics you like to see covered. Choices being offered include roles and responsibilities of a non-profit board, dealing with difficult volunteers, social media for non-profits, minute taking made easy, efficient effective and enjoyable meetings and the three r’s – recruitment, retention and recognition. If interested you can contact the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.
April 28th is recognized as a National Day of Mourning. United Steelworkers Local 7106 Health and Safety Rep Ken Bateman explains the day the Day of Mourning is recognized in over a hundred countries and it’s a day to remember those employees who went to work and didn’t have an opportunity to come back and be with their families due to the fact they were either seriously injured or killed at work adding once again they take safety as their number one priority.
You’re invited to the ceremony at 7:30 tomorrow night at the Steelworkers monument in Flin Flon across from the Gateway followed by a gathering at the Steelworkers Hall on Main Street and at the Miner’s Cenotaph in Snow Lake at 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.
Simon House Bible Camp is taking registrations for their summer camps. Director Darrell Janzen says they have camps and fun activities planned all summer. He says as usual they have lots of lake front activities there, stand up pedal boards, canoes, kayaks and all those things and recently they introduced slack lining and as usual a lot of fun games for large groups. He notes they start at 6 with three day camps for 6 to 8 year olds and then 8 to 17 are all week long programs.
Janzen adds their discount early bird registration deadline is this Monday with regular registrations continuing after that. They have financial assistance through the Sunshine Fund for those who need it so all children have a chance to attend camp. They will be at the Leisure Show in the Creighton Sportex today through Saturday or you can find information and register on their website www.simonhouse.ca or call 204-687-3340.
At their meeting Tuesday night it was reported the committee has had several fund raising events since their last meeting. They received a cheque for 100 thousand dollars for their support of last year’s Homecoming, a Local Roots concert hosted by Ann Ross and Doug McGregor raised 615 dollars, a Pizza Fundraiser with the Aqua Doves raised 700 dollars, a Northern Lights Dance Academy recital raised 900 dollars and 1450 dollars has been received to date in honor of the late Clarence Pettersen.
Plans are for a Drive in Movie night this summer with admission of 5 dollars going to the Aqua Center, they will set up during Trout Festival Main Street Days and sell the last 250 FlinFlonoply games, tag days are planned for May 26th and September 8th, a local art and craft raffle will be held, a mixed two ball fund raiser will be held at the end of August, a Local Roots coffee house is planned for October 13th and corporate sponsorship letters will be going out.
Treasurer Corey Thompson reported so far they have raised 264 thousand dollars.
This is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week. Local Coordinator Nora Fontaine says the theme this year is the simple fact that You Have the Green Light to Save a Life. She explains in the next ten minutes someone will be added to the organ transplant waiting list. She says it’ll take you two minutes to register online at signupforlife.ca to be an organ donor. Fontaine notes when tragedy strikes such as it did for a Humbolt Broncos player’s family it gave them great comfort to honor his memory and to enhance the lives of many recipients by donating his organs. She adds 99 percent of Canadian support organ donation but only 20 percent have registered so please give the gift of life, sign up and be a donor.
Fontaine adds if you want more information including how to sign up to be a donor go to www.transplantmanitoba.ca and link to www.signupforlife.ca.
Last night Superintendent Constance McCleese reported the Division will once again participate in the TD Bank book giveaway program. Department and Ministries of Education across Canada in co-operation with the Canadian Children’s Book Center will provide free Canadian children’s books for every grade one child in Canada. Nearly half a million books will be distributed to encourage literacy and reading of great Canadian books. This fall students in the province will take home Giraffe and Bird written and illustrated by Rebecca Bender and published by Pajama Press. She also praised the efforts of those who recently participated in the Regional Science Fair pointing out Kari Labordes excellent work in organizing the program in the elementary schools.
Board Chair Amy Sapergia-Green reported that flags in the Division are flying half mast in honor of the late Trustee Andy Burbidge and for those affected by recent events in Toronto.
Three members of the local Chamber will be attending the Manitoba Chambers annual meeting next week. It is being held at the Elkhorn Resort and Conference Centre with Dianne Russell, Becky Cianflone and Korey Eastman attending.
The Chamber is preparing for the annual Flin Flon Trout Festival. They are looking for volunteers for the Festival barbeque set for June 29th. They are also looking for help with their Flinty float for the parade.
The Chamber has received funding for a summer student from the Canada Summer Jobs Program.
President Karen MacKinnon reported they have received an email from Travel Manitoba regarding their annual tourism awards. She said they have awards for special events and these could promote our community. Ideas suggested were last year’s Homecoming, the fishing derbies we hold, community choir performances, Culture Days and other events. They will take a further look at nominating an event or person for an award.
Dianne Russell reported she is working on hosting a northern Chamber of Commerce conference here in Flin Flon on Saturday September 8th. The first such conference was held in Thompson last year.
A Flin Flon Parent who has also lost a child is doing a two week fund raiser to help support the families of the Humbolt bus crash. Barb Groff says she knows what they are going through. She explains she is planning a two week fundraiser and she has already colored her hair the colors green and yellow and at the end of it she will shave it all off in support of the families. She says with all the donations she receives she and her husband will be travelling to Humbolt to make the presentation in person.
Groff adds donations can be dropped off at the Candy Bar or at the Flin Flon Credit Union and anyone who wants to join her and brave the shave can call her at 204-687-8515. Groff will be shaving her hair on Wednesday May 9th at 12:05 at Pioneer Square.
Baord Members (back) and award recipients.
The Flin Flon Environment Council held their annual meeting last night. Recycling Centre Administrator Deb Odegaard reported they recycled just over 463 tonnes last year up 21 tonnes from the year before. The increase was in part the result of the beginning of curbside pick up in Denare Beach. The Red Bag curbside program in Flin Flon averages 15 to 20 bags weekly and is covering costs and business pickups have a significant surplus that helps cover the cost of processing and shipping costs for cardboard as there is no subsidy for it. They also recycled just over 30 tonnes of electronics and 409 kilograms of household batteries. Odegaard noted the Hazardous Waste Depot at the landfill officially opened in September.
Odegaard presented the Curbside Service Provider in Creighton Award to Ray Gilfillan, the Curbside Service Provider in Denare Beach Award to John Moore and Kathy McGrath, the Employee Service Award to Dave Didyk and the Board Member Award to Barb Lyons.
Deb Odegaard with Ray Gilfillan John Moore & Kathy McGrathDave Didyk Barb Lyons
The 35th annual Manitoba Business Awards Gala is being held this fall. The President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Chuck Davidson says it honors worthy Manitoba businesses with categories for all sizes of businesses from all four corners of Manitoba along with a special award. He says they are also looking for some of those businesses that have been in operation for more than 50 years in Manitoba and so they’ve got a special category for long term achievement rural and looking for Manitoba based companies that have been in operation for more than 50 years that are based outside the city of Winnipeg. He says there’s an application process they can go through and they’re more than happy to take companies from throughout Manitoba to be part of the process.
Nomination forms can be found online at www.mbchamber.mb.ca with the deadline for submissions the end of the day Friday May 4th.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey demanded action on the Port of Churchill in the Legislature last week stating the port is closed to grain shipments, the rail line is out of service but the governing party is so deaf to these concerns that they’re now having a political fundraiser for the PC Party of Manitoba with a prize of two tickets to Churchill but of course you’ll have to fly there because there is no rail line going there. He added the people of Churchill need their port reopened, they need the rail line restored and they need leadership from this government.
The Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pedersen replied they are very proud of Churchill and what it has to offer and will continue to support Churchill each and every day. Lindsey suggested if the minister believes that the PC party should turn all the profits from their sale over to support Churchill.
A new report from Brandon University says looming mine closures in Thompson and Flin Flon may cost the region so many residents that northern Manitoba could lose one of its five provincial ridings by the 2028 election.
The university's Rural Development Institute says that over the last three years, a series of events or announcements have cast a long shadow of economic instability over many communities in Manitoba's north.
The study was commissioned by Manitoba's electoral boundaries commission.
Its authors caution it is more an analysis of the demographics and economies of rural and remote Manitoba than a series of recommendations about specific boundary changes.
Grade seven band students from Flin Flon School Division were in The Pas last week. Band Instructor Anna Harrison says they were part of The Pas Music and Fine Arts Festival. She says they played at Margaret Barbour Collegiate for an adjudicator and her name is Patsy Andrews-Verte from the Winnipeg area and she was adjudicating all of the instrumental events at the Festival and she did a clinic with them for about 45 minutes just helping them get better. She says it was a really great experience and the kids played very very well.
Harrison adds this is a new experience for her band students with the grade eight students attending the Festival for the first time last year.
Parents are reminded to register your children for Kindergarten in Flin Flon School Division. Administrative Assistant Kathryn Church says the deadline to register is April 30th. She explains children must be turning five by December 31st, 2018 in order to register. Parents and guardians can register at the school in their catchment and if they are not sure which school they should register at they can call her at 204-681-3424. Church adds a birth certificate is the preferred option for the proof of age and the child’s legal name however other documents will be considered and children that are currently attending Kindervention are considered registered for the 2018-19 school year.
More information is available at both McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools or by contacting the Board office.
MP Niki Ashton says the Liberal government has created a mess in the Trans Mountain pipeline. She says they broke their promise to overhaul the environmental review system and adopted Stephen Harper’s process, they are ignoring the very real concerns of First Nations, they are threatening punitive sanctions against BC including cuts to health care transfers and now they are looking at a 2 billion dollar bailout of the pipeline company. Ashton adds instead of investing in health, education, housing or child care they are looking at ramming through their pipeline agenda at our expense. She notes at a time when we are facing catastrophic climate change now is not the time for the federal government of be anything other than a leader on climate change adding Canadians deserve better.
Board President Dave Kendall told the 73rd annual North of 53 Co-op annual meeting their new store will open April 27th at 8 am with a grand opening held with their annual barbeque in the summer. He said they are also pursuing options for the main floor of their present Main Street location with their offices moving to the lower floor of that building. He said customers will be impressed with the size and many new products in the new store as well as with all the parking.
General Manager Tom Therien reported 2017 was another great year for the Co-op with sales of almost 27 million dollars which is one million more than last year. The Board authorized an allocation to the membership of 2.75 percent for food and 6 percent for petroleum. Therien also reported with the new store they have added 30 new employees so far.
Nominations were held to fill two three year positions on their Board with three nominations submitted. Dennis Whitbread will seek re-election. The other candidates are Richard Dansereau and John Moore. Advance polls will be held on Wednesday May 2nd with regular voting on Friday May 11th in the store.
The Flin Flon Environment Council is holding their annual meeting Monday night. Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard invites you to the meeting. She says meetings are not always that interesting but they try to make the first part especially interesting with a power point presentation about what’s happening at the Recycling Center and also some awards to people who have given a lot to the recycling program over the year or years. She adds the second part is the financial statements and election of Board members. She says everyone is welcome and you can buy a membership for five dollars.
The meeting starts at 7 Monday night in Flin Flon City Council Chambers.
The Flin Flon Environment Council is recognizing Earth Day Sunday. Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard invites you to visit the Center Sunday afternoon. She says they’re celebrating Earth Day with an open house at the Recycling Center from 1:30 to 4:30 when people can come by and see their new baler, see all the different things they recycle and ask any questions they may have so they’d just love to have you drop by.
The Recycling Center is located at 7 Timber Lane. The Environment Council also reminds you of their annual meeting being held on Monday at 7 in City Council Chambers at City Hall. We’ll have more on that tomorrow.
The new North of 53 Consumers Co-op store on highway 10A across from St. Ann’s Church is almost ready to open. Store Manager Tom Therien explains they’re going to be closing the downtown store for the last time Saturday at 6 pm and then immediately after that they start moving everything to the new store and they will be open at the new location Friday April 27th at 8 am so they’re quite excited.
Therien adds there will be no official opening ceremony but a major grand opening celebration will be held when the weather is nicer in June.
The organization committee reports it is with regret they are forced to cancel this years Northern Juried Art Show in Thompson. The main reason for this is the lack of artist participation in the last few years. They say it has reached the point where it is not viable to hold the show this year and they hope that next year it can continue with renewed interest of the artists north of the 53rd.
The committee states even after extending the deadline a minimum number was not reached. Any artists that submitted their paperwork and fees will have them returned to them promptly.
Community museums and archives can now access matching dollars from the new Manitoba Heritage Trust Program. Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox says the Program will help heritage organizations build their own individual endowment funds to assist in their long term sustainability.
Eiligible organizations will be required to contribute a minimum of 25 hundred dollars to an established heritage trust and working in partnership with the Winnipeg Foundation the province will provide one dollar for every two dollars raised for the organization’s endowment fund. The province will guarantee support up to a maximum of 25 thousand dollars to organizations that raise 50 thousand dollars.
Information on the program and how to apply can be found online at www.endowmanitoba.ca.
The Womens Resource Centre is holing a Jail N Bail fund raising event during the Leisure Show at the Creighton Sportex April 26th to 28th. The Centre’s Colleen Arnold says people whose names are submitted are arrested by volunteers. She explains the jail birds must agree to be arrested and once they arrive at the jail their bail is set by the mock judge. They then start making pledges by calling friends, relatives and co-workers to earn their bail and donations of 20 dollars or more can get a tax receipt and all of the proceeds go to the operation of the Safe Haven.
Arnold adds the volunteer jail birds will receive a t-shirt that says they’re the property of the Women’s Resource Centre and mug shots and videos will be posted on their Facebook page. Last year they raised just under 18 hundred dollars and arrest forms are available by contacting the Women’s Resource Centre.
Flin Flon City Council held their meeting earlier tonight at council chambers. Among the highlights was the grand prize draw for the Experience Flin Flon contest where people could enter on the Flin Flon Rocks facebook page.
people were encouraged to like the link and that is how they would be entered to win the contest valued at over $20,000.00. Congratulations to Tatianna Alexander from Saskatoon who ended up being the grand prize winner.
Councillor Karen Mckinnon says the contest was a big success." It went very, very well and it drew attention to Flin Flon and what our city has to offer. It also helped promote the Blueberry Music gathering that will be happeninig here in August. How it came about was, we were trying to think of an idea, why you would want to come to Flin Flon and what is here. When I attended the tourism awards in Winnipeg in the fall, I thought we have so much to offer here, so that was the whole purpose. I brought the idea to city council and we ran with it, got the sponsors and it evolved."
The $20,000.00 prize package will include airfare from Winnipeg to Flin Flon return, 5 nights hotel at the Victoria Inn, a trip to Camp Whitney with a fishing guide, a rental car from U-Drive and tickets for four people to the Blueberry Jam music gathering in August.