The Denare Beach Yacht and Cattlemen Association will be hosting Beaver Lake Day Sunday. The Association’s Scott McCullum says they will have entertainment all afternoon with three bands with other events starting at 4. He says they’ve got the world’s best beef on a bun and corn on the cob that’s going to keep people smiling from ear to ear and they have kids events, the king and queen competition, dinghy races, tug of war, cribbage tournaments, the crown and anchor roulette wheel and they have a great day planned for everyone who shows up.
McCullum adds Saturn Shows will also be at Beaver Lake Day with events taking place at the Denare Beach Fair Grounds.
The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation reports a successful 2012-13 year, the third year they administered their two main programs. The Fix Up grant program had 19 applications with 14 approved and the Small Grants Program is well on track with funds fully committed for the year. They held their second World Bubble Day, people are showing interest in the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design program with the idea of looking at security cameras in some areas of the community, they have had successful partnerships with community organizations such as Hudbay with the Main Street flowers, Culture Days and Friendship Play Day and the community consultation process has started for developing a five year plan.
A new project coming up is New Horizons that involves recording oral histories with senior members of the community.
The Corporation is looking for more people interested in improving the community to sit on their board. If you are interested you can call Laurence Gillespie at 204-687-6972.
The 11th annual Beat the Chief competition will be held Sunday in conjunction with the Flin Flon Fire Department’s annual open house. Fire Chief Jim Petrie says the competition is held to promote the well being of the Fire Department and the physical abilities of the firefighters. Following this competition Petrie invites all children to take part in a junior event. He say a couple of years ago they started the Junior Beat the Chief and this was for the well being of the community as a whole. He says they do this with the kids and all children are welcome to participate getting to use a hose and then there’s food for all the kids so they want a lot of children to come out and have fun.
Beat the Chief gets underway at 10 Sunday morning at the fire hall. Petrie invites anyone interested to come out and watch and enjoy a barbeque.
Diplomas were presented to 61 graduates of Hapnot Collegiate last night along with numerous bursaries and scholarships valued around 50 thousand dollars.
The largest award the Hudbay W.A. Green bursary for 35 hundred dollars a year for up to four years was presented to Beverly Hiebert who also received the Governor General Bronze Medal for highest academic standing with a 99.6 percent average. The Sparling Trophy for the student who contributes the most to school life while still maintaining a good academic standing was presented to Nicole Breedon.
Valedictorian Luke Holubec reflected on the experience of high school leaving with a sense of pride uncertain what the future has to offer but prepared for passage into a new age.
Guest speaker former Principal Bill Pauley reflected on his 31 years in education advising the grads not to settle for just getting by but find something that will make you happy and make a difference in things that matter.
17 graduates from Many Faces Education Center in Flin Flon received their diplomas along with several awards last night.
The Governor Generals Academic Bronze Medal went to Ryan Childs-Elliott for the highest average as well as the Flin Flon School Division Bursary for top student. Many Faces Alumni awards went to Wanda Fast, Gayle McCallum, Sebastien Leskow-Dutrisac who also received the Clarence Peterson Award for historical and political interests and Shandy Madden who also received the Women’s Resource Center Award. Robbie Unruh received the Art Wahlenberg Memorial Award, Jennifer Walker the UCN Award, Melissa Wasylciw the Brian King Memorial Bursary and the Tri-Service Bursary both for volunteerism, Tabatha Wiebe the United Steelworkers 7975 award and Joshua Wilson the Manitoba Metis Federation Award.
Canada Day will be celebrated Monday at the Creighton Ball Diamond. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says it all starts at one o’clock with opening ceremonies with the Royal Canadian Legion and greetings from the Town of Creighton followed by entertainment and games. She notes new this year they have the Fat Cat diaper derby and they invited all crawling babies out for a chance to win a 200 dollar trust account. She says they have free balloons, tattoos and cupcakes as well as family races.
At 4 o’clock you can take in the RCMP celebrity slow pitch game to wrap up the day
Sail Manitoba and the Precambrian Sailing Club are offering a sailing school at Denare Beach. The Club’s Dave Price says the school runs from Monday to Friday next week. He says they are fortunate that Sail Manitoba is going to be sending them two instructors and ten boats and they are going to be putting on the sailing school at the Main Beach. He says the school is available for kids 7 and up, teens and adults so it’s an amazing opportunity for people who would like to learn about sailing as well as a refresher for people who’ve done a bit of sailing before.
Price adds the registration fee is 80 dollars for 7 to 17 year olds and 100 for those 18 and over. To register contact Dave Price at 204-687-8653 or Buz Trevor at Denare Beach at 306-362-2530
The Flin Flon School Board of Trustees carried several motions yesterday at the last regular meeting of the 2012-13 school year.
Steve Lytwyn will be appointed the Principal of Ecole McIsaac School and George Trevor will handle duties as Vice-Principal in the new school year. Teacher Natalie Milligan’s fund raising proposal for next years trip to France was approved. The Board will discuss if any of the fund raising dates will conflict with other scheduled school events.
In other news the Ruth Betts Community School family room will benefit from grant funding from Healthy Child Manitoba, Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities in the amount of 20 thousand dollars.
In closing, Board Chair Murray Skeavington thanked the Division staff and trustees for their dedication and wished everyone a safe summer. The new school year starts on September 4th.
Former Snow Lake resident Michelle Grimmelt is returning to Flin Flon and Snow Lake this weekend to launch her new book The Aura of the North. She says the book is a journey back in time and its creative non-fiction centered around her childhood in the 60’s growing up in Snow Lake and in frequent visits to Flin Flon. She adds it encompasses the culture of the era and she says keep in mind they didn’t have radio or television back then and certainly not computers so it was a whole different time in history.
Grimmelt will be reading from the book at the Flin Flon Public Library Friday afternoon at 4. She will do her book launch in Flin Flon at the Orange Toad from 1 to 3 on Saturday and at the Snow Lake Motor Inn Sunday from 2 to 4.
Hapnot Collegiate’s graduating class of 2013 will be celebrating tomorrow. Grad Committee Chair Bobbi Willets says the evening starts with supper and at 6:45 convocation starts, at about roughly 8:30 they are hoping the walk down Main Street will start which will be followed by the grand march in the Whitney Forum, then the first dance happen and the formal picture and then it’s all over except for the party that starts at 10 o’clock.
Willets notes around sixty graduates will be receiving their diplomas.
Oswald Sawh, Chief Executive Officer with the Community Economic Development Fund told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday the Fund is set up to encourage the economic development of northern Manitoba, aboriginal people outside of Winnipeg and the fishing industry in Manitoba. He says they provide loans for business, loans for commercial fishermen and provide community programs. He adds they have one staff person who goes into a lot of smaller communities, works with the CEDCs, with many of the CFDCs and with the Mayors and Council. His role mostly is helping in regards to community based projects and he will help out a person who wants to try and develop a business plan.
Sawh says since the Fund started in 1972 they have provided 177 million dollars in development loans. Their head office is located in Thompson.
The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is holding a Communities Yard Sale July 6th at their ReStore at the Armories site next to Twin Motors. The ReStore’s Kathy McCormick says they are looking for people who want to rent a space in front of the ReStore for ten dollars to sell items from their vehicle or a table. She says they will also have barbeques set up to sell smokies and perogies and will have drinks for sale. She adds whether you are selling or buying at the yard sale you can visit the ReStore where they accept donations of building material, some appliances, furniture, cupboards and other gently used or discontinued items which they sell at a reasonable price to build a home for a low income working family.
If you are interested in renting a spot you can call Kathy at 204-687-6582. The sale will run from 11 to 1 Saturday, July 6th.
You can also bring your change to support their penny drive.
The Women’s Resource Center is holding an event called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to support the Safe Haven. Executive Director Colleen Arnold says the event raises awareness and money. She explained first and foremost it’s a means to engage the public in an issue that affects everyone. She says it’s an opportunity to shed some light and despite so many public awareness campaigns over the years the public still needs to be educated. Besides the public awareness she says there’s also the fund raising part of the event as the Women’s Safe Haven is run totally by fund raising and they rely on donors and community support.
The walk will take place Friday at 4 o’clock starting at Pioneer Square. Pledge forms are available at the Women’s Resource Center. Arnold adds 22 men have signed up so far and they have men’s shoe sizes 9 to 14 in their red high heels for the men to walk in.
Flin Flon’s Many Faces Education Center will be holding their graduation tomorrow night. The Center’s Maureen Reagan says their ceremonies are going to be at the Community Hall and that gets underway at 5:30. She adds their convocation ceremony will be at 7:30 and following that they always have their Burkee’s party at nine o’clock.
Reagan says they have 17 students graduating from Many Faces this year.
Twenty-seven graduates received their diplomas as Creighton Community School held their graduation exercises Friday.
Forty-three bursaries and scholarships were presented with the top award, the Hudbay scholarship for two thousand dollars a year for four years going to Marley Williamson who had the highest academic average of 93.85 percent.
The Creighton Community School Foundation Bursaries for one thousand dollars each went to Alex Quaal for Trades and Technology, Dillan McCombie and Marley Williamson for Academics, Chayse Eplen for athletics, Mark Linnick for Citizenship and Hanne Buettner for Arts.
Principal Jane Dupre praised the students telling them the school staff has given them a toolbox full of the tools of life that they can use for anything that life may throw at them.
Seven students were on the Honor Role with averages of 80 percent or higher.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Lalor Concentrator Project near Snow Lake. To assist in making its decision the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment.
They report Hudbay proposes to construct and operate a new zinc and copper/lead ore concentrator at the existing Lalor Mine site located about 200 kilometers east of Flin Flon in the mining district of Snow Lake. The Concentrator would have a design capacity of 45 hundred tonnes of ore per day.
Written comments must be submitted by July 11th.
To find the address go the www.flinflononline.com, go to local news and click on the Lalor story.
Members of the Flin Flon Horticultural Society and other volunteers planted flowers around the city last week. President Harry Antoniw says they planted 940 dozen or just over 11 thousand flowers. He says the big plots are at the Museum, the Gordon Grindle Memorial Garden and at the zoo and there are other plots that are smaller across from Northland Ford and also uptown at the Duck Pond and the only thing left is a few planters at the cemeteries.
Antoniw says one of the biggest jobs was planting about 300 dozens at the Steelworkers Memorial next to the Victoria Inn. He adds they had great support from volunteers who came out to help plant each day.
The Flin Flon Lions Club is looking for drivers for the Handivan. Club President Roger Poirier says the volunteer drivers are the backbone of the Handivan program and without them there can be no service. He explained the Handivan is used to take and deliver people who are disabled uptown for shopping and to the clinic and to pick up students who are handicapped and take them to school.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Handivan driver you can call Roger Poirier at 204-687-6717 or Ken Mansell at 204-687-6118.
The Jacobson family lost everything in a recent fire that destroyed their home in Denare Beach. A Coffee House is being held to help the family. It is taking place at the Denareplex in Denare Beach Monday evening from 7 to 9. You can help out by attending with cash or gift card donations being accepted.
The Coffee House will offer great local talent as well as door prizes.
Seven artists from Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach had good results from the recent Northern Juried Art Show held in Churchill.
In digital art photography or paint enhanced photography category Margaret Britton won first place with Crystal Banting finishing second. In acrylic painting or mixed media Katie McIntosh was second and Lois Pedersen third. In three dimensional art Doug Dimytriw finished second and Elaine Angelski third. Ainslie McIntosh finished first in the youth category and in water color painting Linda Munro was third.
The Northern Juried Art Show is hosted by a different northern community each year and is open to all artists north of 53 in Manitoba as well as Creighton and Denare Beach
The Flin Flon Chapter of Canadian Parents for French is holding a French Summer Day Camp for student ages 6 to 12 who study French at school as a second language. Chapter Secretary Debbie Sapergia says the camp will take place at the Ski Chalet and it’s going to include all kinds of fun activities which include music and theatre, arts and crafts and games so it will be a great opportunity for kids to explore and appreciate French language and culture in a really positive and friendly environment.
Sapergia adds the camp will run July 22nd to 26th and July 29th to August 2nd and there must be 20 children enrolled each week. To register you can call Sylvie Dufour at 204-687-7578 as soon as possible to guarantee the camps will be offered
The President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 says the Legion has taken on the task of repairing the Cenotaph on Hill Street. Bob Penner says they have to replace the fence and do some cement work explaining the cement around the monument itself is hollow and needs to be redone, all the foundation around the Cenotaph and yard is cracked and the corners are all blown apart from the weather. He says basically what they have to do is redo the cement and replace the fence, the monument itself just needs to be power washed and cleaned.
Penner says the cost is expected to be around 52 thousand dollars. He says they have applied for 35 thousand in grants, have permission to use 12 thousand from the poppy campaign and will try to raise money through donations with letters going out to businesses and organizations and they have made arrangements with the city so people can get a tax receipt for their donations. You can contact the Legion for more information.
National Aboriginal Day is being celebrated at the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center tomorrow afternoon. The Center’s Events Coordinator Chris Merasty says they will have food and entertainment including a lot of local artists like Micah Ballantyne, Ron Burwash and the youth drum group from the Friendship Center who are showcasing their talent for the first time in a public setting like this. He adds they have invited guests Desiree Dorion and Kimberly Dawn as their featured award winning artists and will have hoop dancers, powwow dancers, square dancers and fiddlers.
It runs from 2:45 until 8 tomorrow at the Friendship Center on Church Street.
The Flin Flon Trout Festival 48 hour fishing derby gets underway tomorrow with the entry kits available for 25 dollars at the Gateway Drive In starting at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Organizer Jay Bellamy says the rules are pretty straight forward. He says all fishing has to be catch and release by law, you can fish on the Saskatchewan or Manitoba side, and it’s an open lake tournament so you can go fishing where you want and they’ll tally up the prizes at the end.
The kits must be turned in at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Gateway
At the Flin Flon City Council meeting this week Council heard a presentation from representatives of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers local 734 asking them to oppose a plan by Canada Post to close some post offices across the country and open private run franchises. They said the plan is to have this happen in Flin Flon and if it does it will affect at least 15 families as well as the community as a whole as it would lead to drastic reductions in service. That would include reduced counter service, reduced home delivery and local mail being sorted in Winnipeg and then returned for delivery. Council passed a resolution to write to the minister responsible for Canada Post Stephen Fletcher urging him to instruct Canada Post to continue the operation of our public post office.
Mention was also made at the meeting of the decorations and lower flower pots on Main Street and the new copper plaque in Pioneer Square all adding to a feeling of pride in our community.
A Relay for Life Family Fun Night is being held tomorrow evening. Relay Committee Co-Chair Brenda Russell says it will kick off the Relay for Life being held in September to get the hype going, to make people aware of the Relay, what’s going on, who’s eligible to participate, so everyone’s invited, friends, teams, and interested people. She adds there will be hot dogs, refreshments for two dollars, freezies for the kids and there will be kids events going on and all proceeds go to the Canadian Cancer Society towards the Relay for Life event that does so much good in the fight against cancer across the country with money coming back to our community.
The Fun Night runs from 5:30 to 7:30 tomorrow at Rotary Park.
Graduating students will receive their diplomas as Creighton Community School holds their graduation ceremonies Friday night. Principal Jane Dupre says they’ll have a full evening of celebration. She says at 5 o’clock they’ll be having supper at the Sportex, at 6:30 there will be the parade with their escorts around the town of Creighton, at 7 o’clock the ceremonies start in the school and at 10 o’clock the kids have their chen free party at the Creighton Community Hall.
27 students will be graduating from Creighton Community School this year.
The students will also be holding their car parade through Creighton and Flin Flon starting at 1:30 this afternoon.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council passed on second reading a bylaw to impose a tax on hotel rooms in order to support community enhancement projects and destination marketing.
Dave Brooks from the Victoria Inn asked for clarification on how this money will be spent saying it should be to promote our community through marketing and advertising to bring visitors and conventions to the city. He said instead of the five percent suggested they should impose a set fee per room which would be easier for hotels to manage. Councilor Colleen McKee said they are open to ideas on how the money should be used to promote and enhance Flin Flon. Deputy Mayor Tim Babcock said they can’t do final reading on the bylaw until it’s approved by the province.
Council also thanked the Salvation Army for putting on a Mayor and Council appreciation barbeque prior to last night’s meeting.
Committee Member Brenda Russell says they want everyone in the community to consider placing something in the time capsule that will be opened on the city’s 100th anniversary. She says they are looking for things relevant to today that could include coins, stamps, toys that are popular right now, local art works, sports equipment, tools that may be popular this year, scrap books, board games, and photos and news articles, as well as community events and individual or family events. She adds people just have to remember that the time capsule is only three feet in diameter by three feet high so there are size restrictions.
Forms are now available at the Friendship Center, Aqua Center, Women’s Resource Center, City Hall or online at www.flinflononline.com. The deadline to return the forms in July 15th
The Manitoba Government has announced the latest round of grants from their Community Places North Program. In this area the Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum received 25 thousand dollars for phase two of museum restoration and the Town of Snow Lake 65 thousand dollars for arena roof repairs.
Northern and remote communities can now apply for the next round of grants under the Community Places North Program to improve recreational and community facilities. Program criteria calls for applicants to be northern or remote communities located north of the 53rd parallel excluding The Pas, Thompson and Flin Flon. Grants of up to 75 thousand dollars are available with no requirement of matching funds.
A Creighton Community Appreciation Barbeque is being held tomorrow evening. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says June is Recreation and Parks Month and it’s sponsored by Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation and the town of Creighton has decided to celebrate their community by having a community appreciation barbeque. She invites friends out there to join them for the barbeque, face painting for the kids and bring lawn chairs and enjoy the evening.
The event is free and starts at 6 tomorrow evening at the Creighton Recreation, Culture and Tourism office.
The University of Manitoba is sponsoring a Kidnetic Energy Science and Engineering summer day camp in Flin Flon in August for students 9 to 12 years old. Camp Logistics Lead Tabatha Wasylyk says this year’s camp has a lot of different exciting theme days noting there’s going to be medical science day, space discovery day, sustainable energy, mining and genetic day. She adds there’s a wide variety of different science and engineering topics that will be covered and every day has a variety of experiments, games and projects for the kids.
The Kidnetic Energy Camp runs from August 19th to 23rd at Ruth Betts School. The registration fee is 100 dollars with forms at the schools or online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca.
The Flin Flon Public Library has been running a fund raising campaign called Friends of the Library for just over a month now. Library Administrator Cindy McLean says several people have purchased plaques to adopt a shelf. She says they have about a dozen plaques right now on the go from various individuals who have committed but haven’t decided what they want on them yet. She adds they really want to encourage the community to come in and have a look at what’s there if its something they are considering as it’s a perfect way to purchase a shelf for advertising your business, as a retirement gift, anniversary gift, special birthday or just a fun was to create a permanent memory.
McLean adds you can also adopt books as well as library furniture. Information is available at the library and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.
The Community in Motion Committee sponsored at 31 day Personal Health Challenge through May. The Committee’s Fran Labarre says the points have been totaled and they had a three way tie for first. She says the three first place winners are Donna Williamson, Angela Hartle and Amber Mucha, second place is Stephanie Straille and third place Amy Sapergia-Green. She says the first place winners received a cash prize and second and third received some merchandise.
55 people registered to take part in the challenge by receiving points for meeting a list of health challenges for the month of May.
During June, July and August youth in Saskatchewan can ride Saskatchewan Transportation Company buses for only 45 dollars a month. With the purchase of their monthly summer pass youth ages 12 to 25 will receive unlimited riding privileges within STC’s network across the province.
STC President Shawn Grice says they aim to reach new passengers so they can experience bus travel first hand and encourage them to use STC Wi-Fi and enjoy the other amenities and improvements.
More than 2100 youth passes were sold last year and used on average three to four times in a month. They are available at any STC agent across the province.
Churchill Member of Parliament Nikki Ashton has presented a bill in the House of Commons to re-add the Bloodvien River, Seal River, Hayes River and Churchill River in Manitoba to the Navigable Waters Protection Act as well as a bill to restore protection to over a dozen of Saskatchewan’s lakes.
Ashton says since 1882 any project that could potentially impact the right of Canadians to navigate Canada’s lakes and rivers was subject to this act. She says after the government replaced it with a new law fewer than two percent of Canada’s waterways are now protected.
Ashton adds recreational fishermen, trappers, loggers, eco-tourists and cottagers are among the Canadians who will feel the impact of this reckless change and our lakes and rivers are a public resource that must be protected for future generations.
The Flin Flon Trout Festival is planning a Farmer’s Market for Main Street Days. The Committee’s Rikki Petersen says they are looking for anyone that sells pretty well anything, if you own a home business, if you make your own products or have things you sell or make out of your home.
The Farmer’s Market will be held June 28th and 29th on Main Street. To take part you can call Rikki at 204-687-3193.
At their 15th annual meeting last evening the Women’s Resource Center’s Executive Director Colleen Arnold reported they specialize in helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence. She said the journey is complex and that’s why they invest in programs designed especially for women and girls. Arnold added she looks forward to further energizing men and boys as allies with ongoing campaigns featuring men speaking out about violence against women and girls.
Programs over the past year included support groups, Domestic Violence Prevention Month, Candle Light Vigil, Take Back the Night, V-Day, International Women’s Day honoring the Women of Honor Award recipients, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, One Billion Rising flash mob dance and their lunch program.
Thanks were given to all volunteers, staff, board members and local organizations for their ongoing support.
The Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center and Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization are presenting a Friendship Play Day Saturday. The Center’s Events Coordinator Chris Merasty says it’s free for all and they have a lot of events planned for kids including face painting, play dough making, bubbles, sun visor making and many more activities, plus free hot dogs. He adds last year it was a huge success when it happened at the zoo so they are keeping in there this year.
Play Day runs from 12 to 3 Saturday afternoon at the Flin Flon Children’s Petting Zoo.
Creighton Recreation is looking for people who want to be part of the Canada Day celebrations at the Creighton ball diamond. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they are looking for any kind of booth including food booths, anybody selling raffle tickets and selling general merchandise. She says they would be happy to let you have a booth for Canada Day with non-profit booths free and profit booths 15 dollars.
To register you can contact Channa at the Creighton Recreation, Culture and Tourism office or call her at 306-688-3538 by June 21st.
Northland Ford in Flin Flon held their Drive One for Your School Saturday to support the graduating class of Many Faces Education Center. Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay says for each test drive Ford of Canada is donating 20 dollars. He says they had a great response from the public and a really nice day and they got 110 test drives so Ford of Canada and Northland Ford will be donating 22 hundred dollars to the grad class of Many Faces.
Northland Ford is also planning a Drive One for Your Community in early September to support a local organization.
Superintendent Blaine Veitch reported to the Flin Flon School Board meeting last night that on the last day of school June 28th elementary students will report to school for their regular morning start time with report cards handed out and the students dismissed. The high schools will be open for the morning and students will pick up their report cards from their home room. Parents of students not able to pick up report cards should provide the school with a self addressed stamped envelope.
Veitch thanked Wings Over Kississing for providing flights over Flin Flon for grade six students as well as information sessions on the ground on Monday. He also thanked Kleen All for a one thousand dollars donation to the elementary school year books and providing the flight costs for the choir instructor that worked with students this spring.
Chair Murray Skeavington noted invitations will be going out to all volunteers who work in the schools to attend an appreciation luncheon.
Creighton Community School is partnering with the Northern Early Years Coalition in presenting Dr. Jean Clinton Friday. Dr. Clinton is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at McMaster University. She is a specialist in early childhood development, parenting and asset building and is a strong advocate for children’s issues.
The presentation is open to parents, guardians, childcare givers, grandparents, elders, educators and anyone who spends time with children. It takes place Friday from 10 to noon in the Creighton Community School gym.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce has received notice that Flin Flon has received the ATV Riders West Silver Riders Choice Award for this year as the favorite overall ATVing area in Manitoba. Flin Flon was chosen by the readers of the Riders West magazine.
The Royal Canadian Legion has contacted the Chamber asking for financial assistance in restoring the cenotaph on Hill Street. The upgrade will cost about 46 thousand dollars including some concrete replacement with grant applications going out to cover some of the cost. The letter was referred to their next executive meeting with the recommendation that they have a silver collection at their chili and bannock brunch on Main Street during the Trout Festival with the money going to the Legion project.
The Chamber will hold an evening barbeque meeting next Wednesday, June 19th in the Unwinder at the Victoria Inn. The meeting will include discussion on planning for the future and ideas for the Chamber. Members and guests attending should contact the Chamber office by the 18th.
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Creighton Branch will be holding a gun safety program Saturday afternoon. The group’s Alex MGilvery explains the idea is to introduce kids to shooting with a 22 rifle and to teach them some basic safety. He says they teach them how to handle a gun safely and make sure they are always supervised by an adult. But he adds they’re also there to make sure they have lots of fun and can hit the target they are aiming at.
It will run from 1 to 4 Saturday at the Creighton range west of Creighton on the Hanson Lake road.
Canuck Amusements was coming to Flin Flon for today and tomorrow at the Whitney Forum parking lot as a fund raiser for the Main Street Committee. The plans have now changed and they will be in Flin Flon in July.
The Flin Flon Environment Council is presenting their second annual Cabar-eh Saturday night. The Council’s Greg East says it feature a group of great musicians. He says it’s the group they had last year called Woody Holler and his Orchestra and its four absolutely top notch musicians. He adds they are session musicians who play with other folks on their CDs and they’re professional and do sort of a Texas swing style.
Doors open Saturday night at 7 in the Creighton Community Hall with a few tickets left that you can get by contacting Greg East at 204-687-0754.
Walmart in Flin Flon held a Walk for Miracles Sunday morning to support the Children’s Miracle Network and children’s hospitals. Manager Paige Bristow says they had 89 people out for the walk and barbeque up from 67 last year. They raised two thousand dollars and along with the sale of icons in the store they totaled 11 thousand dollars for the fund raiser.
Members of the Pharmasave staff held a garage sale Saturday to support the Relay for Life being held by the Canadian Cancer Society in Flin Flon in September. The Fighting Pharmasavers team managed to raise 460 dollars for the Relay.
Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club held their annual Boot Sale Saturday with people reserving spots to sell items from the boot of their car, their truck or tables. President Betty Smith says they still have some bills to pay but they usually raise around a thousand dollars that the club donates to mostly local projects they support.
Flin Flon RCMP are investigating a death. They were called to the East Street apartment’s parking lot this morning. No foul play is suspected and no further details will be released.
The Main Street Committee is bringing Canuck Amusements to Flin Flon for a second year. The Committee’s Dianne O’Brien says it’s a fun way to raise money explaining the Main Street Committee continues to make sure they have paid off all their debts since they have a little bit left on their Christmas tree venture they had last year. She adds they are going to raise money with Canuck Amusements to pay off all those and possibly have a little bit of seed money to make plans into the future to make that Candy Cane Lane and Christmas tree event even bigger.
Canuck Amusements will be in the Whitney Forum parking lot tomorrow and Wednesday starting at 4 each day. The Main Street Committee will also be bringing in Saturn Shows for Main Street days during the Trout Festival.
A piano recital is being held tomorrow evening and piano teacher Susan Fulford encourages you to come out and support the students. She says this involves four students who are doing their exams, a grade three, a grade five and two grade six exams. She says she’s hoping the students can have really nice community support for all the work they have done this year.
The recital starts at 7:30 tomorrow evening in St. Ann’s Hall on Center Street. A silver collection will be taken.
The Flin Flon Trout Festival has extended the deadline to receive nominations for the Spirit of the Trout Festival Award. Committee Chair Hollee Babcock explains the award is for high school students who are in grades 9 to 12 and volunteer within the community. She says it’s a way to recognize their involvement and encourage other students to volunteer.
There are two 500 dollar cash prizes to be awarded, one to a female and one to a male nominee. Nomination forms must be in by Friday and are made by a parent, teacher or a member of an organization the student volunteers with. Forms are available on their website www.flinflontroutfestival.com or call Hollee at 204-271-4002.
This is Family Fishing Weekend and a Manitoba fishing licence will not be required tomorrow and Sunday to encourage families to enjoy a day on the water and get hooked on fishing. This does not apply to national parks where a federal licence is still required.
Anglers fishing without a licence will be allowed to keep a conservation limit of fish which varies by species. All other rules and regulations will apply. You can review the 2013 Manitoba Angler’s Guide for specific regulations online at www.manitobafisheries.com or where fishing licences are sold.
Entry to provincial parks is also free today, tomorrow and Sunday.
As the Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Flin Flon works on fund raising, lot clearing and preparations to build a home at 63 Green Street the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has issued research on the value of a Habitat home. They report research demonstrates that affordable Habitat for Humanity home ownership contributes to families being happier and healthier and enjoying improvement in their children’s well being and school performance. Of the families surveyed 86 percent report being happier since moving into the Habitat home and 89 percent said their family life has improved.
Habitat’s model provides a hand up not a hand out with low income families paying the full fair market value of their home through a no interest no down payment mortgage that is geared to their income.
Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club is holding their annual Boot Sale tomorrow. The Club’s Angus Mills says they will have people selling from the boot of their car, their truck or on tables in a sale that supports club projects. She say as well several groups are holding bake sales, most of them raising money for the Relay for Life which is taking place in September and the Inner Wheel group is providing hot dogs while their Rotarian partners are coming and cooking home made French fries.
Mills adds they will also have face painting.
The Boot Sale runs from 10 to 12 tomorrow at the Victoria Inn parking lot and there’s still room for more sellers. You can call Agnes at 204-687-8204 or Brenda at 2993 to book a space.
Northland Ford in Flin Flon is again sponsoring Drive One for Your School to support the graduating class at Many Faces Education Center. Salesman Doug Gourlay says they will have vehicles in the Hapnot student parking lot tomorrow from 10 to 4. He explains what they do is partner with a local grad class and this year it’s going to Many Faces and they get together for about six hours on a Saturday and do some test drives with Ford vehicles and with every test drive Ford of Canada will donate 20 dollars to the grad class. He adds there is a limit of one test drive per household and you must be 18 or over and hold a current drivers license.
Gourlay says last year they had over 70 test drives raising over 14 hundred dollars with six thousand dollars available this year. The Many Faces grads will also be holding a barbeque.
Transportation Minister Steve Ashton reports construction on a stretch of highway ten south of The Pas has started and will improve safety for motorists and commercial vehicles.
Ashton says construction will be done by Mulder Construction and Materials at a cost of six million dollars. It will cover a distance of 15 kilometers from the Overflowing River to 10 kilometers south of highway 60 and will include repaving of the road surface. Highway ten will be down to one lane at times during construction with flag people and signs in place to guide motorists. The project is expected to be completed by the end of this construction season weather permitting.
Flin Flon’s Walmart is hosting a Walk for Miracles Sunday to support the Children’s Miracle Network and children’s hospitals. Manager Paige Bristow says it’s their second annual walk noting last year they had about 80 people and they’re shooting for 150 this year. She says they have some great new partners in the gold medal winning girls Fusion soccer team and pretty well every staff member in the store is going to be walking because they all have been affected by it adding right now her youngest niece is in the Children’s Hospital and they are really grateful for all the good work they’ve done. She says this year their goal is 12 thousand dollars and currently they are at 8 thousand.
The walk takes place in the Walmart parking lot Sunday from 10 to 12 with a barbeque being held. Pledge forms are available at the store or go to www.walkformiracles.ca.
Students from Creighton Community School will hold a Walk for Water tomorrow. Grade nine student Morgan Switzer explains it’s to raise money and awareness. She says every day people around the world spend 200 million hours walking for a clean source of water. She says Free the Children has challenged schools across Canada to hold their own water walk and Creighton is the only school in Saskatchewan holding a walk. Switzer adds tomorrow about 25 students will be walking from Denare Beach to the Rotary Wheel to raise money for Free the Children and 25 dollars provides enough water for one person for their entire life.
Pledges to support the walk can be dropped off at the Creighton School office.
The Flin Flon Trout Festival is sponsoring a photo scavenger hunt. President Tim Babcock explains the hunt starts tomorrow at 5 pm when they email the list to all the teams and you have until 5 pm on the 21st to take your photos and get them turned in. He says there’s a lot of time and a lot of photos but they don’t expect everyone to do every thing on the list. He adds there’s cash prizes based on the entry numbers as well as hidden prizes for taking certain photos.
Teams are made up of up to four people 18 or older at 25 dollars a team. More information and entry forms are available on their web site www.flinflontroutfestival.com or call Tim at 204-271-3836 or Hollee at 271-4002.
Council approved on first reading the creation of a five percent accommodation tax for hotel stays in Flin Flon. Councilor Tim Babcock said the money will be used for community promotion and enhancement but an exact definition of what that will include has not been determined. The bylaw requires two more readings before passing.
Council received the Fire Chiefs report for May indicating 13 calls during the month. Councilor Ken Pawlachuk says there are again concerns about the false alarms being sent in by recently installed alarm systems. If this continues he said they will look at initiating fines due to the cost of responding to the calls.
Council agreed to help out the Flinty Committee by subsidizing the cost of lighting for the Boardwalk for the summer at a cost of two thousand dollars.
Mayor George Fontaine said they are still waiting for word on approval of payment of fire service costs requested by the City for the cottage areas. He said Council has advised the cottage owners that if the payment plan is not approved service will be cut off as of July 1st.
A group of 27 grade six students from Creighton Community School is taking part in the school’s 32nd annual Southern Exposure trip this week. Teacher Rod Walker says the students will be billeted in Lumsden and will visit Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon and Batoche. He says they always enjoy the Science Center, the Imax, the Moose Jaw tunnels and the Western Development Museum, the RCMP Museum in Regina, Batoche is always great and they also enjoy the Hutterite Colony they will be visiting.
Walker adds this is a good example of learning opportunities taking place outside the classroom.
The Parent Child Working Group is hosting a Playtime Fun afternoon for all pre-school children tomorrow. The group’s Christa McIntyre says there’ve planned a lot of fun activities. She explains there’s going to be a fun painting activity, they’re going to be able to make their own musical instrument, there’s going to be rattle making for people with smaller children, there’s going to be a tunnel making center and they’re going to have a lot of in motion activities like balls, hullahoops and skipping ropes. She adds all children are invited whether the attend Ruth Betts School or not.
Playtime Fun takes place from 1 to 3 tomorrow afternoon in Ruth Betts Community School Mini-Gym. For information you can call Larace at 204-687-7538.
Community Futures Greenstone in Flin Flon is holding a video workshop Thursday from 10 to 12 on Introduction to Income Statements. Manager Bunny Burke says it’s a good workshop for new entrepreneurs. She says in this workshop it’s going to be basic level accounting and book keeping, so they assume the client will have no knowledge of accounting so it’ll be a great learning tool to understand profit and loss, cash flow, how to make your entries, debits, credit and understanding the major elements of the income statement and the importance to running your business.
To register for this workshop you can call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.
Flin Flon’s Coppertones children’s choir and young musicians will be performing at a concert tomorrow titled Here Comes the Sun. Organizer Susan Fulford says you’ll hear a variety of music. She explains it’s billed as the Flin Flon Young Musicians and the Coppertones and the young musicians are vocal and piano students she teaches. She noted there are also some students that will be doing their piano exams playing that evening adding we really want to support these kids who work so hard.
Fulford adds the Coppertones recorded a CD this spring at a professional studio and will feature these songs at the concert that starts at 7:30 tomorrow evening in the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue. There will be a silver collection.
A city wide clean up called Twenty Minutes of Magic sponsored by Acklands Grainger Friday was a success. Organizer Chad Plamondon thanks everyone involved with recognition given to the most enthusiastic team. He says this year’s winner of the Copper Earth trophy is Hapnot Collegiate for collecting between 50 and 100 bags of garbage. He adds they did a fantastic job and really earned this award.
Plamondon says they had around 12 teams from the schools and about half a dozen from the community and many areas of the community benefited for their work
The annual Battle of the Bands is being held Saturday afternoon. Organizer Alex McGilvery says they’re looking for bands who want to have fun and win prizes. He says they want bands with at least three people including the drummer. He adds they’re open to anyone coming out and having fun and there’s a prize for singing, for playing, for your costumes, choreography, original song and there’s an overall prize.
The Battle of the Bands takes place Saturday just after 4 at the Skateboard Park. You can enter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, Arts Council and School Division are holding Summer in the Parks from July 2nd to August 23rd. One of the Supervisors Athea Fernandes says they’ll offer a variety of programs for five to eight year olds. She says they have a lot of fun events planned including field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, games and a lot of out door fun.
Summer in the Parks will be headquartered at the Children’s Petting Zoo and will run Monday to Friday from 12 to 5. For information and to register call Athea or Erin at the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542.
Foran Mining has engaged JDS Energy and Mining to conduct engineering studies at their McIlvenna Bay deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon. The studies will include high-level engineering and development plans for the deposit and will be based on work by the Company since recommencing exploration in 2011. Key aspects of the studies will include mine planning and scheduling, mineral processing and flow-sheet design, and comparative operating and capital cost analysis of similar scale operations.
Foran President Patrick Soares says the studies are an important step in the advancement of the deposit and will provide recommendations for the path going forward at McIlvenna Bay adding they anticipate this work will be completed in the second half of this year.