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Local News Archives for 2013-04


              A missing man has been located.

              Flin Flon RCMP report Ronald James Henry of Flin Flon has made contact with his family.

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          Flin Flon RCMP are asking for your help in locating 68 year old Ronald James Henry of Flin Flon.

 

          Henry is in need of medical attention. He is described as being 6' tall and 265 lbs.

 

          Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Flin Flon RCMP immediately at (204) 687-1422.

 

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              As part of V-Day Thursday the Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.  The Center’s Colleen Arnold says they will feature local readers with the goal of raising awareness to stop violence against women and girls and gain funds for their Safe Haven.  She says they are featuring Blaine Veitch, Mark Lucas, Cal Huntley, Greg Bauman, Chris Merasty, Morning Star Bighetty, Vair Ellison, Heather French and many more.

              The V-Day presentation will take place at 7 Thursday evening in the Hapnot Theatre.  Tickets are ten dollars at the Friendship Center, Northern Rainbows End, Orange Toad and the Women’s Resource Center.

 

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             The Freedom Outreach Program is holding its first annual Walk for Freedom Saturday.  Their Program Manager Chris Lowe says funds raised will support their programs based in Denare Beach.  He explained Freedom Outreach is a non-denominational non-profit organization that deals with troubled youth and young men that have life controlling problems, mostly substance abuse.  He says it’s a one year residential program and they don’t get any support from the government but the community has been very helpful and this walk is one of their main fundraising items for the year.

              The Walk is six kilometers starting at the Walmart Parking lot at 10 Saturday morning going up to Pioneer Square for refreshments and on the Creighton for hot dogs and drinks at the North Sask Seniors building.  Pledge forms are available for anyone interested by calling 306-362-2117.

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           The City of Flin Flon has been looking at crime prevention programs since a workshop two years ago on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, a program on making areas less attractive to those involved in crime.

              At a crime prevention meeting Councilor Ken Pawlachuk said there are issues on Main Street and there have been changes noting the closing of the walkway beside the Hong Kong due to complaints about activities taking place there.

              A concern was mentioned about vagrancy on Main Street and RCMP Staff Sergeant Andy Jarvie said they have developed strategic foot patrols and it is reducing the problem.

              The rock area around Hapnot Lake was mentioned as a gathering place for drinking with break-ins in the area, vandalism and graffiti at the Duck Pond and partying at Rotary Park and the Hundred Stairs.  Discussion circulated around the use of surveillance cameras and better lighting in problem areas as people won’t hang around if they know they are being watched as well as painting murals on open spaces to discourage graffiti.

              A standing committee made up of community members was formed to continue looking into solutions

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           The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Flin Flon is reopening its ReStore Saturday.  The ReStore accepts donations of building material, appliances, office furniture, cupboards and other gently used unwanted or discontinued items which they sell at a reasonable price to raise money to build a home for a low income working family.  They’d especially like to have people who are building or renovating come by to see what they have available or what can be donated to the store.

            Habitat ran the ReStore last September and October and continued with other fundraising over the winter including a coffee house, a white party at the Unwinder and a tea.  Their penny drive continues with containers in various businesses.  They have collected 572 pounds of coins and bills for a total of 2585dollars.  They are developing plans for future fundraising events.

            The ReStore is located at the Armories site next to Twin Motors and you can come in to shop or drop items off from 10 to 3 Saturdays until the end of September.

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              Registrations are coming in for the 31 Day Personal Health Challenge that runs from May1st to 31st.  The In Motion Committee’s Fran Labarre says their challenge is to encourage people to have some healthy behaviors so that they feel better about themselves and their bodies will feel great.  She adds all you have to do to be healthy is to eat healthy, restrict some junk food, eat fish a couple of times a week, drink six to eight cups of water a day, physical activity 30 minutes a day and try to get 7 to 8 hours sleep a night.

              To register yourself for the Health Challenge call Fran at 204-687-1355 today or tomorrow.

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              This is World Immunization Week and Immunization Canada is reminding people of all ages about the importance of being immunized against vaccine preventable illnesses.

              The organization’s Chair Dr. Susan Bowles says it’s critically important that parents make sure their children receive all doses of the recommended vaccines, otherwise they are at risk of some very serious diseases.  She adds childhood immunization does not provide lifelong immunity against some diseases such as tetanus or lockjaw and diphtheria so adults require helper or booster shots to maintain immunity.  As well under immunized adults may be at risk of infection from vaccine preventable diseases and can infect others so as more people are immunized the disease risk for everyone is reduced.

              Anyone needing information on immunization you require can contact the Flin Flon Primary Health Center.

 

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               This Sunday is recognized as a National Day of Mourning.  United Steelworkers local 7106 Recording Secretary Matt Winterton explains the idea behind it is we gather to remember those who have died or been injured at work and to progress in our safety standards to reduce that.

              Winterton adds there will be a memorial at 7:30 Sunday night at the Steelworkers monument near the Victoria Inn which is open to anyone interested in attending.  It will be followed by a reception at their hall at 86 Main Street
 

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              A Get Better Together program is available online beginning May 6th.  Regional Community Health Developer Christa McIntyre says it’s a free program designed for people with any type of ongoing health condition.  She says throughout the six weeks they learn a variety of self management skills such as nutrition and exercise, dealing with pain and fatigue, better ways to talk with their doctor and much more.

              In the program you will join others in an interactive workshop and participate in easy to follow online sessions that are posted each week for six weeks.  For more information or to register go to www.getbettertogether.ca.

 

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             Creighton Recreation and Creighton Community School are looking for people to set up tables and sell at their Clean Sweep Yard Sale coming up at the Sportex May 4th.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk explains they are looking for people who are ready to clean out their garages and basements and come in under the roof of the Sportex where you don’t have to worry about rain or snow.  She says they’re starting off at 9 in the morning and going until 12 and the parent committee from Creighton School will be having a pancake breakfast starting at 8:30.

              To book a table you can call 306-688-3538.

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              Parents are reminded to register your children for kindergarten in Flin Flon School Division.  Assistant Superintendent Dean Grove says they should be registered by Tuesday and that’s for students who are going to be turning five in the next school year.  He says people can go to their nearest catchment area school and go to the main office.  They’ll need to bring a birth certificate and immunization record with them.  Grove adds that’s only for parents of students who have not been part of the Kindervention program as those students are already registered for next year and the parents don’t have to do anything extra in regards to registering them.

              If you have any questions you can contact the elementary schools or the administration office.

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              The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding its annual Lobster Night Saturday, May 4th.

              Rotarian Glen Smith says they are offering the same as they have for the past 22 years.  He says they are going to do two lobsters for the seafood lovers, steak and lobster for those who like a little bit of both and they have chicken or streak for those who don’t want any kind of seafood noting they do a filet of chicken and a filet of steak so you get a great meal.

              Smith adds after supper Usual Suspects will provide music.  He says ticket sales go well so you should get yours soon at Kleen-all or Pharmasave.

 

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               The Manitoba Government has announced the latest round of grants under the Community Places Program.  Three projects were approved for Flin Flon including 10 thousand dollars to the City of Flin Flon Parks and Recreation Commission for Whitney Forum Walking Track replacement, 3 thousand dollars to the Flin Flon Public Library for accessible door installation and 10 thousand dollars to the Hapnot Collegiate Parent Advisory Council for Queen’s Park redevelopment.

              The Community Places Program provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit organizations to build, upgrade, expand or acquire projects giving Manitobans access to better recreation, cultural and learning opportunities by renewing infrastructure in the community.

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             CFAR 590’s annual Trade and Leisure Show starts tomorrow afternoon.  Manager Dianne O’Brien says they have a lot to offer shoppers again this year.  She says it’s the 30th anniversary of the Trade and Leisure Show so they are really excited that it will be coming up this weekend.  She adds they’ve got a lot of their old favorites like the fudge and whatever else people like to come and check out.  O’Brien says they also have some brand new vendors coming in so they have about 70 vendors in an absolutely full and exciting show.

              The Trade and Leisure Show is open at the Creighton Sportex  tomorrow from 4 to 9, Friday from noon to 9 and Saturday from 10 to 4.

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              After a successful team health challenge the In Motion Committee has decided to run at 31 day Personal Health Challenge where individuals collect points for meeting health challenges.  The Committee’s Fran Labarre says people have told her they’d like to try a challenge on their own as teams stress them out sometimes so they’re having a personal challenge and you can register by calling her at 204-687-1355 by April 30th and she can have a package sent to you electronically.  She adds they are hopeful everyone in Flin Flon and area will take up the challenge.

              The Personal Health Challenge runs from May 1st to 31st with a cost of five dollars a person and prizes based on the number of entries.

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              The Flin Flon School Divisions Numeracy Consultant Rick Hall presented to the School Board last night results of his multiplication research project of students in grades four to eight.  The Board received a refreshing math lesson from Hall as an example of how he teaches his students factoring.  The Board members did well with Halls example of a trinomial equation.  The final results of the research project showed that through teaching strategies students learn their times tables efficiently although Hall stated he believes that ultimately memorization would be more effective.  Hall’s lessons showed a huge improvement from the over three hundred students who participated.

              In other school news Board Chair Murray Skeavington presented grade twelve student Amber Klause with the MSBA certificate of merit in recognition of her nomination for the Youth Citizenship Award which went to a student at W.C. Miller Collegiate in Altona.  Amber’s certificate comes in recognition of her outstanding values and commitment to her school and community.

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              The Fund Raising Coordinator for the MS Society of Manitoba Lori Bogoslowski will be in Flin Flon Thursday to take registrations for the MS Walk. She says they are going to be at the Orange Toad from 2 to 4 taking registrations and if you register for the MS Walk which is on May 26th you can get a free coffee or beverage from the Orange Toad.

              Bogoslowski adds from 5:30 to 6:30 they will also be taking registrations and doing Zumba at the Elks Hall.  She adds if you register for the walk you will also receive a gift from the MS Society and for every 200 dollars you raise in person or online you can enter to win a 12 hundred dollar vacation package at Bakers Narrows Lodge.

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             Creighton Community School is holding a Family Fun Night tomorrow from 5 to 7.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says students, family, staff and community members are invited to come to the school for a complimentary barbeque, old fashioned carnival game and prizes.  She adds they also have the Creighton RCMP, Creighton Fire Department and Town of Creighton with their vehicles for everyone to look at.  She says they’ll have local groups manning their game tables such as the Army Cadets, Girl Guides, Hoop Troop and the Youth Center.

              Transportation will be provided from Denare Beach with stops at 4:30 at the Band Office and the Alpine.

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              The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is holding a meeting Thursday evening on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.  The Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie explains they are hoping to get together people in the community who are interested in the current situation with things for instance on Main Street and various other parts of the community and to brain storm for solutions and things we can do to address the concerns people have and basically get feed back from the community and hopefully work towards a plan of action.

              The meeting is being held at 7 Thursday evening at Flin Flon City Hall.

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               At the Flin Flon and District Environment Council annual meeting last week Recycling Center Administrator Doreen Murray reported we recycled 382 tonnes last year up 40 tonnes from 2011. She said cardboard showed the largest increase at 42 tonnes over last year.  She also reported two loads of electronics or Ewaste were shipped with another trailer purchased from Gardewines and attached to their building to house the Ewaste.  One highlight last year was the shredding of the mortgage on their building.  Plans for this year she says include continued improvements to the Recycling Center building hopefully starting with a new roof with grant applications in place to pay for the project.  She adds the City of Flin Flon and Town of Creighton have continued their support with a per capita grant of $10.35 with Hudbay and various businesses in the communities continuing to support their endeavors.

 

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              The annual Women Connecting Retreat is being held this weekend.  One of the organizers Peg Baynton says they will have a special speaker Rosemary Flatton from Calgary who is going to talk about relationships in the workplace and personally and she is also a representative of World Vision Canada so there will be opportunities for people to sponsor children at the event as well.

              The retreat is being held Saturday from 9 to 3 in St. Ann’s Church Hall.  Tickets are 30 dollars which includes lunch with the deadline Thursday and they are available at Mugsy’s on Main Street or call 204-687-6777.

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             Community Futures Greenstone in Flin Flon is holding a video workshop tomorrow from 9 to 12.
Manager Bunny Burke says it will help you prepare to be an entrepreneur.  She says this conference will cover the characteristics of an entrepreneur, personal business goals, what’s a business plan and do you need one, will it work, how you want to structure your business, financing, credit reports and moving forward so it’s a very interesting workshop for anyone considering self-employment as a career choice.

              To register for this workshop you can call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.

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              At the Flin Flon, Creighton and Area SPCA annual meeting Wednesday night the organization honored three volunteers, Patty Evans for her work at the shelter, Greg Evans for his work at the shelter and on walking trails and Community Volunteer Kathy Lysohirka for her work at fund and food raising working in conjunction with her employer Walmart. Also honored was the Pet Hero of the Year, a dog named Toby owned by Charlene Pelly who is an insulin dependent diabetic.  Toby can sense and react when she is having low sugar.

              Vice-President Debbie Hiebert reported the SPCA’s biggest accomplishment last year was the opening of the new shelter in September and they are working on a Doggie Playground with plans for a Cat Gazebo.  Adoptions are going well and more people are taking part in their spay-neuter subsidy program.

              The SPCA is continuing fund raising with their annual quad raffle, Friday night meat draws at the Hooter and selling Nevadas at the Legion.

 

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              Vice-President for the Manitoba Business Unit of Hudbay Brad Lantz outlined for the Chamber of Commerce last night Hudbay’s plans for growing into the future with Triple Seven in Flin Flon, Lalor near Snow Lake and Constancia in Peru resulting in a significant increase in earnings by 2015.  He says they are setting record production at Triple Seven due to the start up of Triple Seven North.  He says one problem is their aging workforce so one of their challenges is to get younger and in all the years he has been here they’ve never been in a position where we really have to go out and market Hudbay and market Flin Flon and Snow Lake and make this an attractive place for people to move to.

              Lantz says ore reserves have to be increased so their emphasis on exploration is going to be around Flin Flon as they need a large new anchor mine in the Flin Flon area.  He said he supports the formation of a Mining Table where companies can meet often with First Nations to work together to resolve issues.

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               The Safe Grad Committee for Hapnot Collegiate is holding a parents meeting Tuesday.  Committee Chair Alison Dallas says they need volunteers to make sure safe grad happens.  She says the meeting is for parents who have students in grades 9 to 11 and it is to inform these parents about their volunteer duties so when their child gets to grade 12 they won’t have to volunteer and their child will have a safe grad as well.

              The meeting starts at 7 Tuesday evening in the Hapnot Library.  If you can’t make the meeting but are interested in helping you can visit the Collegiate website at www.hapnotcollegiate.com for more details.

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             Earth Day is being celebrated Monday and Earth Day Canada is asking you to help create a healthier world.  Their Communications Director Keith Treffry says they are asking people to make simple changes.  He explains the idea of Earth Day is an opportunity for people to get together and figure out what the issues are at the local level and then figure out what kind of solutions they want to meet them.  He adds they are also putting on a campaign called Act for the Planet and that is about providing you with tips and education resources to help you make changes in your daily lives.

              Treffry says they hope the campaign will show that small changes can have a huge impact on the environment.  You can find more at their website www.earthday.ca.

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              The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee is holding a Steak, Spuds and Suds night tomorrow.  President Tim Babcock explains it’s kind of like a meat draw but everybody’s guaranteed to win a steak dinner and they’ll even cook it up for you.  He says they were trying to do something fun and different and this was something nobody else in town is doing right now.  He adds no advance tickets are needed, just come out to the Unwinder Friday night and they’ll have people there to serve you and make sure you have a good time.

              The Steak, Spuds and Suds night runs from 6 to 8 tomorrow evening at the Unwinder in the Victoria Inn at a cost of 14 dollars with the proceeds going to support the Trout Festival.
 

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            Flin Flon MLA Clarence Pettersen says this week’s provincial budget was a tough one due to the uncertain economy and the cost of flood protection.  He says the big move was increasing the sales tax by one percent starting July 1st.  He explained the proceeds from the tax hike go to the Manitoba Building and Renewal Fund for what they say is critical infrastructure and that includes expansion of hospitals which they hope will be starting in the future in Flin Flon with improvements to the ER, as well as universities, personal care homes, paving highways and massive flood protection.

              Pettersen says the government feels this was the fairest way to raise money as it is shared by everybody in the province.

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              General Manager Tom Therien told the North of 53 Co-op 68th annual meeting last night they had record sales last year of almost 25 million dollars, local savings of almost 866 thousand dollars, a Federated Co-operative patronage refund in excess of 1 million dollars and net savings of about 1.9 million all records for the Co-op. He said the success is attributed to both the food and petroleum operations.

              The Board authorized cash repayment to members of just over 529 thousand dollars from an allocation of 4 percent on food and 7.75 percent or 8.33 cents per litre on petroleum with cheques available in the store starting today.

              Three Directors, Dave Kendall, Rob Schiefele and Linda Clark were re-elected to the Board by acclamation for three year terms.

 

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             At their meeting last night Council had high praise for the Flin Flon Community Choirs weekend performance of Chicago with Councilor Ken Pawlachuk noting the culture in our community is one of the things attracting people here.  Deputy Mayor Tim Babcock says a production like that shows what we can do in our community and as they consider their spending priorities it’s important that we keep what we have.

              Council agreed to renew their membership in the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association at a cost of 665 dollars which allows them to lobby for provincial funding for the Saskatchewan part of our city.

              Council received a letter from Legion President Robert Penner asking for clarification on who owns the Cenotaph on Hill Street as it is in need of repairs.  He said after researching its history it’s not clear if it is owned by the community through donations or the city through its budget. He said if there is no claim of ownership the Legion will spearhead the repairs by soliciting donations and other sources of funding. The letter was referred to the Finance Committee.

 

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               Flin Flon City Council held a well attended public meeting last night to explain and hear comments on the future of RCMP and Fire Protection costs in the community.  They proposed taking the cost of providing these services of just over 1.6 million dollars out of the general tax levy and billing them on a per parcel basis of 536 dollars this year regardless of assessed value so everybody pays their share of the costs.  Administrator Mark Kolt said this will increase what people with a low assessment pay the city but will decrease what people with a high assessment pay which will make room for the city to raise the mill rate which has a greater affect on people with high assessments.

              The main concern raised by those attending was the effect this could have on seniors and others on a fixed or low income with others asking Council to consider if we need all the facilities that we have.

              Kolt said Council is look for the fairest way to increase revenue to meet the increasing costs of maintaining our infrastructure after asking all departments to cut costs wherever possible.

              Council passed the proposal on first reading with Councilor Skip Martin opposed.  It will now go to the Provincial Municipal Board for approval.  Kolt says since more that 25 people have registered an objection the Board will probably hold a public hearing.
 

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              The Flin Flon area is hosting its 2nd Relay for Life on September 7th at the Creighton Ball Diamond but now is the time to register.  Co-Chair Connie Fleuty says people sign up, collect pledges and walk overnight.  She says it’s 12 hours long and the whole idea is that cancer never sleeps so they have teams that walk a relay for the 12 hours and there has to be one team member walking or running at all times.

              To register or for more information go to www.relayforlife.ca. The last Relay was held in 2011 and saw 274 team members take part with over 87 thousand dollars raised
 

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              Foran Mining has completed a regional drill program on their Balsam and McIlvenna Bay properties 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.

              President Patrick Soares says they are extremely pleased with the discovery of high grade copper mineralization in the Thunder Zone at Balsam.  He says the copper mineralization within the Thunder Zone has the potential to extend toward surface and on either side of the discovery hole.  Soares adds a geophysical survey also outlined several other target areas which they will model to delineate drill targets.  He says Foran’s new discovery clearly demonstrates the potential to develop a VMS camp centered around McIlvenna Bay.

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              The Tri-Service Committee from the Kinsmen, Lions and Rotary Clubs of Flin Flon along with CFAR 590 and the Million Dollar Hole in One continue to accept applications this week from clubs and organizations for up to five thousand dollars in grant money.  Rotary President Judy Schmidt explains the purpose of the grant is to support small projects that bring people together and respond to community priorities.  She says funds are provided to local groups that require modest short term project funding for projects that will be completed within a two year time period.  She adds they are available to non-profit or community based organizations whether  incorporated or non-incorporated.

              The deadline for applications is Friday.  For information visit www.flinflononline.com or call Bunny Burke at 204-687-6967.

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              The Rotary Club of Flin Flon invites you to be part of their Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament this weekend if you’re 18 and older as liquor will be available under license number 7613.  Rotarian Tim Smith says you can have fun while helping the Club support community projects. He says they are offering the same as they had in the fall which is 150 dollars will get you an entry into their tournament with up to 100 entries and cash prizes for the top ten people and you also get supper with that.

              Smith adds they will also have sit and go tables to keep playing if you’re knocked out of the tournament early.  The tournament takes place Saturday starting at 2 at the Elks Hall with tickets at Kleen-all in Flin Flon and The Pas.

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              The annual Flin Flon and Area Ducks Unlimited Auction and Banquet are being held Saturday.  The Committee’s Margot Gray says since it is the Flin Flon group’s 30th anniversary and Ducks Unlimited Canada’s 75th anniversary they have some special items.  She says they have a Robert Bateman artist of the year print, a Glen Scrimshaw print and this year they have a special item which is a John Montgomery bar fridge autographed by the Olympic gold medal winner.

              Gray adds they also have rifles and wooden decoys as well as local donations of a hand crafted bow, original art works and hand crafted knives.  Tickets are available for 30 dollars at the Victoria Inn.
 

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              Students at Hapnot Collegiate in Flin Flon will be taking part in a Pledge of Silence on Thursday.  Student Council President Shannah Fisher says they’ll be silent for 24 hours from 10 Wednesday night until 10 Thursday night to spread the word that 215 million children are forced to work at child labor and are denied their right to attend school. She adds they will be collecting pledges to go towards the Free the Children Program.

              You can contact the Collegiate if you want to submit a pledge to support the students in the Pledge of Silence.
 

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              VMS Ventures reports investment continues in the Reed Copper Project near Snow Lake, a joint venture between VMS which owns 30 percent and Hudbay which owns 70 percent and is the operator.

              They report the Reed Project is forecast to remain within budget and on time to production beginning in the fourth quarter of this year ramping up to full production of around 13 hundred tonnes per day by the first quarter of next year.  The Environmental Act License application has been submitted to the provincial government which will allow for full production when received.

              The underground ramp continues to advance with development slower than expected in February due to the installation of cable bolts and shotcrete to deal with difficult ground conditions.

              As of the end of February the joint venture has invested 30 millions dollars and committed to an additional 18 million.
 

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              At their meeting Wednesday the Flin Flon Lions Club recognized two of its members with awards.  The highest award from Lion Clubs International the Melvin Jones Fellowship was presented to Alan French and the Judge Brian Stevenson Award from the Lions Foundation of Canada was presented to Sissel Hvidsten.

              The Flin Flon Lions Club has also recently elected a new executive.

              Roger Poirier was elected to another term as President.  Past President is Ron Draper, Vice-Presidents Andy Wasylciw, Wayne Streamer and Richard French, Secretary Alan French, Treasurer Monica Lone, Tail Twister Melissa Wasylciw, one year Directors Serena Poirier and Joe McCormick, two year Directors Joe Bradford and Wilf Schmitz and Membership Chair Andy Stewart.

              The new executive takes office July 1st.

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             A group of students at Hapnot Collegiate is taking part in a thirty hour famine on May 3rd.  Organizer Corinne Mathews explains the famine raises awareness and money for World Vision.  She says they usually have 30 to 35 kids signed up and they go and collect pledges from friends, family and people in the neighborhood and then once they’ve all collected their money they famine for thirty hours at the school in a big sleepover for the weekend and there’s usually a lot of fun and games that the kids do.

              Students will be collecting pledges or you can go to www.famine.ca and click on Hapnot closer to the date of the famine.

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              The MS Society is looking for a volunteer coordinator for the Walk for MS taking place in Flin Flon on May 26th.  The Society’s Lori Bogoslowski explains the coordinator will be responsible for helping them with the day of the event and running the event.  She says there are many little jobs that need to be done and they need someone to come out and volunteer and help them set up the walk which is very important in the Flin Flon area.                            

              To volunteer for this position you can contact Lori in Dauphin at 204-622-2941.

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           Residents in Lynn Lake still have some transportation options even though the remote community announced it will close the doors of their only airport.  Two Lynn Lake operators have been granted scheduled intercity bus operating authorities from the Motor Transportation Board.  Sno Ventures began operating twice weekly last fall with a return service from Lynn Lake to Thompson and has now been expanded to three times weekly.  Marcel Colomb First Nation has also been granted an operating authority.  They plan to operate six times per week return service Monday to Saturday between Lynn Lake and Thompson with a stop in Leaf Rapids.

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              A Denare Beach Neighborhood Watch Committee had their first meeting last week.  The Village’s Protection Committee Chair Jean Champagne says following a community forum it was decided to form a committee to help make the community safer.  He says the guidelines of the Neighborhood Watch Committee are to form groups of 15 to 20 homes and look after one another, keep an eye out for their neighbor’s property and if there’s something that doesn’t look right just report it.  He says it goes back to the old days fifty years ago when everyone knew everyone on the block.

              The committee will meet again on April 29th and will develop plans for future meetings and how blocks of homes will move forward with plans for their neighborhoods.

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               To recognize V-Day Flin Flon’s Women’s Resource Center is presenting A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer on May 2nd in the Hapnot Theatre.  Their Executive Director Colleen Arnold says they are looking for women and men to get involved.  She says the issue of violence transcends race or class so please sign up to show your support in ending violence against women and girls.  She adds these writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic and beautiful but above all together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us.

              Anyone interested in helping out or taking part can call the Women’s Resource Center at 204-681-3105.

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         The Pas and Opaskwayak RCMP have been involved in a focused, intelligence-led enforcement program dealing with drug and firearms enforcement in the community.

         Within the last 12 months RCMP have seized eight restricted firearms, four prohibited firearms and several unrestricted firearms that had been in the possession of people who were not licenced. RCMP have also charged eight people with cocaine trafficking offences, six with marihuana trafficking offences, and two people with trafficking in other controlled substances.

          Between April 5th and 7th The Pas and Opaskwayak RCMP, continued with this focused enforcement and made several arrests.  As a result, four people were charged with Possession for Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine, and one male was charged with numerous firearms offences, including Possession of a Loaded Prohibited Firearm. Cocaine and several firearms were seized.

 

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             The Manitoba Writers Guild and the Manitoba Arts Council are hosting literary events in Flin Flon this weekend.  The local Writers Guild’s Harry Hobbs explains on Friday evening three writers Jordan Wheeler, Donna Bissel and Chandra Major will be reading from their books at the Public Library from 7 to 9 and on Saturday those same three authors will be doing a workshop open to the public at Many Faces School, all you have to do show up.

              The workshop Saturday runs from 9 to 1.  Hobbs adds a silver collection will be taken at both events with the proceeds staying in the community.  For more information you can call Harry at 204-687-6647.

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              The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce is still looking for a design for their new geocache coin.  The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 19th.  The theme is 80 years of community with information and rules available at the Chamber office or at www.flinflononline.com.

              Work has begun on upgrading the metal flowers at the Neighbors of the North Park at the south end of Main Street.  The flowers will be taken down, sandblasted and repainted at a cost of 98 hundred dollars.  They plan to have them completed in time for the Trout Festival.

              The next Chamber meeting will be a supper meeting Thursday, April 18th at the Unwinder in the Victoria Inn with supper at 6:15 and the meeting at 6:30 with speaker Brad Lantz, Vice-President of the Manitoba Business Unit for Hudbay.  Contact the Chamber office if you are attending.

 

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              Superintendent Blaine Veitch reported that schools around the province are preparing for education week in Manitoba next week.  Posters and advertising will add to the excitement in early, middle and senior year classrooms.  For more on the week’s activities you can visit mbteach.org, mbschoolboards.ca or mass.mb.ca.

              CAT Four testing which is one of the measurements used to track student achievements in ELA and math starts the week of April 29th.  Results from the testing will be available in June.

              At Ruth Betts Community School grade four students and grade six girls will receive immunizations on April 18th. On the 24th students will pose for spring pictures.  Families can schedule appointments after 4 pm by contacting the Family Room.

 

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              BacTech Environmental Corporation has received a development authorization for its application to divert and use water from Snow Lake for industrial purposes.  The Water Use Licensing Section of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship has granted BacTech the rights to construct a pipeline from Snow Lake to the bioleach plant site for use in its operations.  It authorizes them to proceed with the construction of the proposed water diversion and to operate it until the expiry date of March 31st, 2014. BacTech will be responsible for negotiating all legal rites, by ownership, lease rental or other agreement for the proposed pipeline.

              BacTech is working on the reclamation of tailings and mine waste materials at the Snow Lake Mine using its bioleaching technology
 

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             Creighton Community School is accepting applications for the Pre Kindergarten program that will start in September.  Vice Principal Jason Straile says it offers 3 and 4 year olds an opportunity to get into the school and start their education.  He says they have two programs, one in the morning and one in the afternoon and they have 16 spots available in both.  He adds it offers some speech and language development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, especially social and emotional development within their classrooms.

              A parent information night is being held tomorrow night at 7 in the Creighton School Board Room.  You can contact the school at 306- 688-5138 for more information.

 

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              Community Futures Greenstone in Flin Flon is holding a video workshop tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 3.  Manager Bunny Burke says it will help in starting a home based business.  She says they will be exploring the grass roots topics such as regulating requirements, cash flow management, marketing and service differentiation.  She adds its ground level understanding of what it takes to start and operate a home based business and should answer all those questions people are curious about when they are considering self employment.

              To register for this workshop you can call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.

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          You can help put an end to bullying here in Flin Flon by taking part in a National event coming up on Wednesday. Jordana  Infergan a youth councilor with the Women’s Resource Centre says they are going to celebrate the event in Flin Flon by putting on a Flash Mob Dance at Pioneer Square this Weds at 5PM. They will hold a practice this Sunday at the Elks Hall starting at noon.

 

           Jordana also  mentioned even if you don’t want to dance you are encouraged to wear pink and just show up to show your support for putting an end to bullying. The RCMP will also be on hand to talk about the new bullying laws.
 

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           The City Of Flin Flon has scheduled a public meeting at council chambers for Tuesday April the 16th to present a special service proposal. Mark Kolt the municipal administrator ,  will talk about the proposal  that is going to be offered about how to go about paying for police and fire service here in our community. Council is looking at the system that Creighton has been using for a number of years which seems to be successful.

 

 

           This meeting is open to all citizens of Flin Flon and will be a great opportunity for your thoughts to be known. Any questions in the mean time can be directed to Mark Kolt at: 681-7505
 

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             The Flin Flon Community Choir and the Flin Flon Arts Council present the musical Chicago April 12th to the 14th at the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

             Julian Kolt and Samantha Williams a couple of cast members are really excited about bringing this show to Northern Manitoba with a great local cast  and the choreography being done by Janelle Hacault who is originally from Flin Flon.


              Tickets are $35.00 for adults and $15.00 for youth and can be picked up at Northern Rainbows End.

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               There is a special fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis this weekend at the Hooter. Jennifer Hysert who is organizing the event ,  says she got the idea to do something when she found out  there are people in our community who have Cystic Fibrosis. She says it is also dear to her heart as she also had a cousin who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and wants to bring awareness about this disease.


                The 4th Annual  Event starts this Saturday at 7 at the Hooter and will feature a 50-50, Texas Mickey Raffle, Huge Penny Parade and of course the Meat Draw. All money raised will be given to the Flin Flon Kinsmen Club in their fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

The Meat is being purchased on behalf of Multi-Crete from the Co-op.

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                The 18th annual Bill Bannock Classic fishing derby will take place this weekend at Clear Water lake. Gates will open at 10:30 with fishing to start at 11 AM.  The Pas Rotary Club’s Mike Dickens says they expect to see people coming in from every where this year as they are once again offering up big prizes including: a chance to catch the biggest fish for $22,000.00 and Lonesome Mary $25,000.00 for that tagged fish .

                346 early bird tickets were sold and more than 1000 people are expected to take part. There is more than 3 feet of ice on the lake but you are reminded to wear proper foot wear. Tickets will be sold right on site this Saturday.
 

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             Flin Flon’s Toastmasters group are getting ready to celebrate a very special milestone this weekend. Harry Hobbes says you will be able to join them as they welcome back all toastmasters who have been involved in the last 35 years. They will have music and special guests from Winnipeg to help celebrate this special land mark in Flin Flon.

             The banquet takes place this Saturday at the Prospecter Inn, with cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 6. Deadline for tickets is today and you can call 687-6647  to reserve yours.
 

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              Flin Flon City Council held their weekly meeting last night at City Hall and Deputy Mayor Tim Babcock says they heard a special presentation from Gilbert Merasity who is concerned about homelessness and alcohol issues in our community. Coucil looks forward to working with Mr. Merasity on these issues in the near future.

              Council also passed a motion  which will be sent to the Association Of Manitoba Municipalities about a home warranty program which could affect home builders here in Flin Flon.
 

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            Ed Mason  a legendary Canadian Broadcaster has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio-News Director’s Association. Ed who has been working at 630 Ched in Edmonton since 2005, has worked at radio stations all over the country and got his start at CFAR-590 in 1963 when his father Eric managed the station.
            Ed will be in Winnipeg this weekend to pick up his award and remembers his time in Flin Flon fondly including being on the air when Kennedy was shot.

            Ed delivers the morning news and is the police beat presenter.

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              The Manitoba Teachers Society is accepting nominations until Friday for their annual Young Humanitarian Awards.  Their President Paul Olson explains any student who is in kindergarten to grade twelve in the public school system can be nominated and it’s an award that is meant to focus on the real purpose of public education.  He says they obviously teach subjects and so on but this is also about helping people do good humanitarian work and look out for their fellow man and woman so it’s about helping parents and communities raise really fantastic adults.

              Olson say past winners have done volunteer work or raised funds for injured friends, local food banks or women’s shelters.  Nomination forms and details are available at schools or on their website www.mbteach.org.

 

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             The Tri-Service Committee from the Rotary, Lions and Kinsmen Clubs of Flin Flon along with CFAR 590 and the Million Dollar Hole in One are accepting applications from clubs and organizations for up to five thousand dollars in grant money.  Rotary President Judy Schmidt explains the purpose of the grant is to support small projects that bring people together and respond to community priorities.  She says funds are provided to local groups that require modest short term project funding, for projects that will be completed within a two year time period.  She adds they are available to non-profit organizations or community based organizations whether incorporated or unincorporated.

              Applications are due April 19th.  For information visit www.flinflononline.com or call Bunny Burke at 204-687-6967.

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