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Local News Archives for 2015-07


 

 

Morgan Bryson and Ryan Fox are the new owners of Sal’s Fitness on Main Street.  Bryson says she is looking forward to the new experience as one of the owners.  She says when she first started working at Sal’s Fitness she was hired as a child care attendant.  She says fast forward year later and she worked herself up to a management position and was offered the opportunity to co-own the company.  Bryson says it wasn’t after much thought that she and Ryan knew that Sal’s was where they wanted to be and what they wanted to be doing.  She adds they have so many great ideas and plans to bring forward to only make Sal’s Fitness an even better place to be.  Sal’s will be closed for the weekend with a grand opening running all day Tuesday.

 

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 In their second quarter 2015 report Hudbay indicates a net loss of 55.2 million dollars compared to net income of .3 million in the second quarter of 2014.  While improved when compared to the prior year, cash flow from operations and net earnings were negatively impacted by unsold copper, gold and silver during the quarter.  President David Garofalo says they are looking forward to improvements.  He explains for the second half of 2015 with the benefit of full production and already improving metallurgical recoveries at Constancia in Peru and decreasing input costs, they expect to maintain their 2015 production and mine site operating costs guides.  He says this should also lead to further improvements in cash costs per pound of copper produced.  He adds these continued increases in metal production together with improving transportation logistics in Peru and Manitoba are expected to drive up revenues and operating cash flows substantially in the second half of the year.

             

In the second half of the year Hudbay expects to realize over 100 million dollars in cash flow from the sale of excess copper concentrate inventories and value added tax refunds from the Peruvian government.

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 The Norva Center is hosting an artists retreat August 9th to 15th.  The group’s Karen Clark says they invited local artists as well as others to share the experience at the Bakers Narrows Lodge Conference Center.  She says they have this carved out period of time that is totally devoted to whatever their arts experience or desires are and they can work together or individually.  She says it’s not instructional but often people will approach one another to teach a technique or even just to share an idea.

             

Clark adds there will be a public display and sale of the work done during the week on Saturday, August 15th from 7 to 9 at the Lodge. The cost for the retreat is 150 dollars.  For information or to register call the Norva Center at 204-687-4237, Karen at 687-3080 or visit their website at www.norvacentre.com.

 

 

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The third annual Breast Cancer Pledge Ride North is ready to hit the highway Sunday.  Organizer Paulette Wotton says registration is from 9 to 10:30 at the Gateway Drive In then they ride out to Gyles Park on the way to Snow Lake and they have lunch.  She says they have a poker derby coming back into Flin Flon and end their ride at the Rotary Wheel where they’re going to have some great local entertainment with a few other fund raising events as well as raffling a 2015 vintage Indian motorcycle.

             

Wotton adds the Ride is about fund raising and awareness on the fight against breast cancer with the money raised dedicated for northern Manitoba for a project through Cancer Care Manitoba.  Pledge forms are available at VA Services below the Co-op.

 

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As part of their summer fun at the Flin Flon Public Library it was Harry Potter Day on Tuesday.  Library Administrator Cindy McLean says children came out and took part in Harry Potter related activities, crafts and games.  She says these types of free events will continue in August and every Tuesday and Thursday they’re going to have camps running from 1 to 3:30 including world cake day, squishing circuits day, Tuesday the 11th is going to be a youth night with Minute to Win It games, on Thursday the 13th they have spy adventures, another Minute to Win It game and then a youth open mic night on the 27th and from August 17th to 21st they’re having their TD Summer Reading Camp.

             

McLean adds you can register your child at the Library or call 204-687-3397. You can get more information on what is coming up on their website www.flinflonpubliclibrary.ca.

 

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 The 102.9 CFAR Tri-Service Million Dollars Hole In One was a success.  A portion of the proceeds from the event are presented to a local organization and this year the committee presented a cheque for five thousand dollars to the Flin Flon Ski Club.  The Club’s Dave Price says it will be used to replace the lights that illuminate their Valley Trail.  He says the lights were put up originally by the Company around 1980 and they’re getting pretty old plus they’re putting up LED lights which will be much more power efficient reducing their hydro bill and basically it will be bringing their trail up to date.

             

Also at the presentation from the Ski Club were Dean and MacKenzie Grove and Larry Fancy along with Rotarian La Verne Hinzman, the Kinsmen’s Tom Therrien and Lion Andy Stewart.  Hinzman says this is the thirteenth year with ongoing great support so hopefully it can continue as a fund raiser for local organizations.

 

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 VMS Ventures which has holdings in the Flin Flon Snow Lake area has announced the appointment of Patrick Evans and Blair Shultz to their Board of Directors.  The shareholders ratified and approved the number of directors at eight and Gary Ostry, John Roozendaal, Don Whalen, Mark Fedikow, Partick Evans, Blair Schultz, Wes Roberts and Jay Butterworth were elected as directors of the company for the ensuing year.

             

Following the annual general meeting the board re-appointed John Roozendahl as President and Interim CEO, Gary Ostry as Chairman, Cheryl Messier as CFO, Neil Richardson as COO, Mark Fedikow as Vice President of Exploration and Technical Services and Evan Sleeman as Corporate Secretary.

             

VMS Ventures is a mining and mineral exploration company currently in partnership with Hudbay on the producing Reed Mine near Flin Flon.

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 The Manitoba Youth Job Center held a successful Hire a Youth Week in Flin Flon last week.  Youth Engagement Leader Carissa Zoerb reports they had a busy week.  She says during the week the Odd Job Squad did a window wash for the businesses on Main Street on Monday, they volunteered at the SPCA on Wednesday and they held a specialty iced tea sale on Friday.  She says all three events were extremely successful thanks to the support of our community noting the Odd Job Squad washed the windows of 22 local businesses and served 85 orders of iced tea.

             

Zoerb adds they are going to cap off the long weekend with a car wash on Tuesday from 11to 3 in the Hapnot Collegiate parking lot.

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 While you’re enjoying the summer weather outdoors it’s again time to think about entering pictures in the Northern Manitoba Instagram Photo Contest sponsored by Tourism North Manitoba. Spokesperson Charlene Kissick says they want more photos to promote the north.  She explains the contest is for Instagram users so anyone with Instagram on their mobile device and they have a photo that they think represents the spirit of northern Manitoba whether its wildlife, scenery, a big catch or a tourism operation all they have to do is tag Tourism North in that photo with @Tourism North and use the hash tag visit northern Manitoba and they’ll be able to see it on their end and will enter it into the contest.

             

The contest runs until October 31st so they can include all seasons with monthly prizes of 25 dollars and a grand prize of 100 dollars.  For more visit their website at www.visitnorthernmanitoba.ca.

 

 

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Community Futures Greenstone is asking you to nominate outstanding volunteers.  Manager Bunny Burke says anyone in the Flin Flon area can nominate someone to receive a volunteer award.  She says they’re looking for people who have contributed to the community in different ways by volunteering with organizations and events, they can submit their names, they’d appreciated a bio on the individual to Greenstone and they will select the recipients.  She notes there’ll be four from Flin Flon this year.

             

Burke adds Creighton and Denare Beach select volunteers from their communities.  Those receiving awards will be invited to the annual Celebrating Communities Gala in October to receive a gift and certificate of recognition.

 

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Manitoba Conservation reports rain throughout most of the province has reduced the fire danger level in most parts of the province.  They report as of yesterday afternoon wildfire crews continue with suppression operations on larger wildfires in the Davidson Lake, Harding Lake, Sherridon, Pukatwagan and Snow Lake areas.    The fire ban has been lifted for the northwest region of the province. There are 10 active fires in the northwest region with 82 fires reported to date with almost 24 thousand hectares burned.  48 fires are active in the northeast region with 184 fires to date and just over 15 thousand hectares burned.

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Manitoba Showcase 2015 is coming to Flin Flon from October 22nd to 24th.  The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says the weekend will feature 15 performers showing what they can offer to the Manitoba Arts Networks touring programs.  She explains there’s one performer that is coming from California, there’s a circus from Montreal, fiddlers from Nova Scotia, classical musicians, rock musicians and kid’s entertainers.  She says it’s going to be just such an exciting time connected also with a conference that people can attend to learn some valuable information about organizations and managing and promoting organizations.

             

Kolt says it will feature three five performance showcases open to everyone but you must register for the conference.  Registration and more information are available on their website www.manitobaartsnetwork.ca.

 

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The Northern Gateway Museum at Denare Beach held their annual Discovery Day yesterday focusing on the name of their Village.  Historian Les Oystryk explained the Village on Amisk or Beaver Lake has been named Denare Beach since 1933.  He said postal authorities said they couldn’t use Beaver in the name as it was already too common so other names were suggested by various groups including Amisk Bay, Amiskville, Flinport and Westflon until a suggestion came from Deputy Minister John Barnett.  Oystryk adds after reviewing all of those combinations Barnett indicated that in connection with social activities of the staff of the Department of Natural Resources the officials had coined a name composed of the first two letters of the main words in Department of Natural Resources that being Denare.

             

The Museum Board presented Mayor Carl Lentowicz with a copy of the correspondence related to the name as well as recognizing Norma Barr for 25 Years on the Board by presenting her with a picture showing the old and new Museum.  Mayor Lentowicz presented her with a name plaque to be posted in the Musuem.

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Flin Flon City Council had applied for a four year extension to the Special Services Levy they brought in last year.  A Municipal Board hearing was held here in May and after reviewing what was presented the Board has approved the City’s application. The Levy will cover police and fire services for 2015 to18 inclusive removing them from the general tax rolls so all property owners equally share the cost.  The Levy will be 598 dollars this year rising by up to three percent a year for the next three years.

            

  The Board say its clear from evidence presented that Council, backed through research and visionary thinking, has taken on the challenge of responding to competing economic development pressures in the surrounding area with the best interests of all its citizens at heart. They add the status-quo arguments of those in objection do not consider alternative solutions to the City’s economic challenges so in that regard it is the Board’s view that the City’s argument is the stronger one.

 

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 Resident of several communities including Flin Flon have reported receiving telephone calls from people who claim they are with the Canada Revenue Agency.  They proceed to advise potential victims that they owe income tax money and it must be paid immediately over the phone otherwise a warrant of arrest will be issued.  The caller then asks for financial information or a credit card number to take care of the matter.

             

RCMP Media Relations Officer Bert Paquet says these types of telephone scams have been around for years and are designed to solicit financial information from potential victims. He says all Manitobans should be aware of this scam and if you are unsure about a suspicious call hang up.  Paquet adds there are no government agencies including the police that collect money this way and never with the threat of a warrant being issued for your arrest if you don’t pay.

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  Around 6:15 last evening the RCMP received a report of a man who had inappropriately touched a seven year old girl near an area known as the 100 stairs in Flin Flon.  The initial investigation revealed that the victim was taken by the hand by an adult male suspect, physically restrained in the secluded part of a residential area and touched in a sexual manner.  Witnesses in the area reported they might have scared the suspect allowing the girl to get free and run home.  She did not suffer any physical injuries. An extensive search and patrols of the area failed to locate the suspect.

            

  The suspect is described as an Aboriginal male between the ages of 30 and 40, blue eyes, dark brown skin, hair on his chin with black hair in a long braid.  He was wearing black pants, black shoes and a ball cap.  The investigation continues.

            

  RCMP are asking anyone with information to contact Flin Flon Detachment at 204-687-1423 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text TIPMAN plus your message to CRIMES.

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The 26th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up August 1st and 2nd on Big Athapap.  The Committee’s Mike Wesner says the prizes will be the same as past years with first, second and third prizes guaranteed with first prize 3500 dollars, second place 2500 and third place 2000 and it doesn’t matter how may entries they get.  He adds then there’s prizes from fourth at 1500 to tenth at 700 based on a 100 boat entry so they usually get just about 60 boats so 10th has usually been around 450 dollars and 11th is a free entry into the derby next year.

             

For information on registering you can call 204-472-3044 or go to Cranberry PortageTrout Challenge on face book.  You can register right up to the start of the tournament at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.

 

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The Nuclear Waste Management Organization will recognize communities that actively participated in recently concluded preliminary assessment studies for Canada’s deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel in the Creighton area.  Creighton, Denare Beach and Flin Flon will each be recognized with an investment of 250 thousand dollars toward their community well being.  Their Manager of Communications Mike Krizanc says the communities worked well together in the process.  He says Denare Beach and Flin Flon as neighbors to Creighton invited them into their communities, they hosted their used fuel transportation container exhibit and from the beginning they participated in the Community Liaison Committee that was set up in Creighton and met on a monthly basis.                                                     

             

The Organizations study showed limited potential for finding a suitable site in the Creighton area.

             

Each community will be required to establish a Community Well-Being Reserve Fund or similar mechanism to administer the funding.

 

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Northern and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson has announced the Manitoba government is planning a series of consultations to create a comprehensive and inclusive strategy for economic development in the north.  Mayors, regional Chiefs, Metis and Northern Association of Community Council members as well as other northern leaders and residents will be consulted on how development should occur in the region, focusing on economic diversity, sustainability, alignment with indigenous and northern community values and reducing economic disparity.

             

A series of regional and community forums will be scheduled over the next several months and there will be an opportunity for providing comments through a web survey as well as email.  Gordon Wakeling former CEO of the Communities Economic Development Fund and long time northern resident will facilitate the process and will submit a report by the end of the year.

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The Northern Health Region has released their five year strategic plan.  Their Vice-President of Planning and Innovation Joy Tetlock says one of their strategic directions is to deliver accessible quality health services.  She says it’s really around improving access and trying to bring services closer to home so we’re not having to leave the region in order to access services and they’re looking at doing that in quite a few different ways whether they’re bringing specialists into the region to provide services or whether they’re looking at developing new programs or services they can have within the region.

             

The other strategic directions are to improve population health, to be a sustainable and innovative organization and to be an employer of choice.  Their complete plan can be viewed on their website www.northernhealthregion.ca.

 

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Preparations are underway for the annual Breast Cancer Pledge Ride North.  Organizer Paulette Wotton says it’s about fund raising and awareness.  She says the idea is getting together of like minded motorcyclists raising money for the cause of the fight against breast cancer.  She says they gather each year, this being their third annual ride, and the money raised is dedicated for northern Manitoba for a project through Cancer Care Manitoba.

             

The ride starts on Sunday, August 2nd at the Gateway. Pledge forms are available at VA Services below the Co-op store and with a minimum of 40 dollars in pledges you can take part in the ride to Gyles Park, a barbeque lunch, a poker derby on the way back to Flin Flon and an evening of local entertainment a the Rotary Wheel.

 

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At their meeting in May members of Flin Flon City Council agreed that due to the number of complaints about the abuse of ATV rules they would put the focus on safety.  They agreed to a 12 month period where present rules remain in place but if complaints continued they would look at removing them and ATV owners would have to go back to trailering their machines out of the city.

            

  Council had asked people seeing ATV operators violating the rules to contact the RCMP and Councilor Leslie Beck who headsthe Traffic Commission reported on Tuesday night that at the last Commission meeting the RCMP reported they are getting more calls reporting incidents and there have been prosecutions.

             

Councilor Colleen McKee stated Council wants to see the ATV privileges continue so people can safely drive their vehicles out of the town but people still need to know they are safe in our playgrounds and parks where some people are now speeding on their ATVs. They will continue to monitor the situation until next May.

 

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 University College of the North has set the direction they want to go in with their new five year strategic plan.  Their Director of Communications Jim Scott says the plan includes four strategic directions including being student centered.  He explains how their students feel, what they think, they want to get graded by the students on what kind of an institution they have, that’s a goal they’re going to work hard on over the next little while.  He says they’re going to acknowledge and make sure they honor their students and their alumni’s accomplishments as they have a lot of stars and it’s important that they make sure the rest of the world gets to know about the great things that are happening at UCN.

            

  The three other strategic directions are northern and aboriginal culture, innovative and responsive education, and trades and industrial skills.

 

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 The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach will be holding their annual Discovery Day Sunday afternoon.  Their Board Chair Penny Morissette invites you to visit the Museum to look at their history and enjoy the day.  She says they’ll serve hot dogs and drinks and this year they’re kind of focusing on trying to get some information from people who have worked at the prior fish plant.  She says they are also going to have a presentation for one of their members who has volunteered for over 25 years.

             

Morissette adds historian Les Oystryk will also do a presentation to the Village on how Denare Beach got it’s name.

            

  Discovery Day runs from 2 to 4 this Sunday afternoon.  The Museum in Denare Beach is open daily from 12 to 7 with free admission.

 

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At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Councilor Colleen McKee handed out copies of the new pocket sized brochure containing information and a city map to promote the city and the services it offers.  She said it was an initiative of the Social and Community Services Committee and she praised Councilor Karen MacKinnon for taking the leadership in ensuring they have a quality product to promote our community. They will be available throughout the community.

             

Council also gave final reading to amendments to the Traffic Bylaw.  One will establish a three way stop at Oak Avenue and Aspen Grove at the entrance to the Aqua Center and another cancels previous plans to put three drop off and pick up zones on Main Street.

             

Councilor Ken Pawlachuk congratulated Dan and Dawn Hlady on the re-opening of the Big Island Drive In Theatre, Councilor MacKinnon congratulated Domino’s Pizza on opening their business and Northland Ford on their new building and Councilor Leslie Beck congratulated the Legion for marking all the veteran’s graves at the cemeteries.

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 Waiting in lines overnight, even in the winter and trying to bribe day care workers are just some of the things desperate parents have done to get a child care spot in the province.  Susan Prentice with the Child Care Coalition says there aren’t enough spaces to meet the demand.  She explains one of her graduate students who recently did her masters thesis on wait times discovered in many parts of Manitoba parents wait more that two years for a licenced child care space and what to you do during those two years.  She says people end up resorting to all kinds of alternative arrangements many of which will be of unstable quality and not necessarily good for children.

             

The Child Care Coalition along with the Manitoba Child Care Association advocates for a universally accessible publicly funded child care system.

 

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 A lot of work is taking place at the Flin Flon Station Museum this summer. The Committee’s Bunny Burke says people are seeing changes inside and out.  She says to begin with they’ve moved a bunch of the mining equipment from along side the building down to the front closer to the highway and that’s going to be all cleaned, painted and restored.  She says Hudbay has changed portions of their archives so there’s some new displays and information within the archives and they’ve moved pretty well all the artifacts around within the museum so it’s a whole change when you walk in.

            

  Burke adds they will also be doing the usual summer maintenance around the museum.

 

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 The Flin Flon Arts Council is holding its 35th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday, November 7th.  Coordinator Crystal Kolt says they invite local sellers as well as others from all over Manitoba and Saskatchewan to book spaces with only five spaces left.  She says it’s a Christmas arts and crafts sale so they’re always interested in having those kinds of things.  She adds they have a little bit of everything at their sale so if you have a unique craft that you’re interested in introducing and selling to the public that’s the place you should be and it’s a great fund raiser as well as a great time to get your arts and crafts out there.

             

To book a space for the sale you can call the Arts Council office at 204-687-5974.

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Shareholders of Wildcat Exploration have approved the acquisition of diamond exploration properties in the Pikoo and Fort a la Corne areas of northern Saskatchewan.  They state the planned acquisition of these properties together with gold exploration properties in the Flin Flon Mining area will focus Wildcat mainly as a diamond and gold exploration company.

             

They also elected new Directors to their Board including Stephen Masson and James Pickell. Masson has strong exploration skills especially in the Flin Flon Greenstone Belt where he has concentrated his efforts for the past 26 years.  Pickell has 35 years of international exploration and mining experience including in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone Belt.  Masson has been appointed President and CEO of Wildcat and Dave Kendall of Kendall and Pandya Chartered Accountants in Flin Flon was appointed Chief Financial Officer.

             

Wildcat Exploration has moved to Flin Flon and will be based here exploring for minerals in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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 Canada Post has informed municipal officials as well as affected employees that neighborhoods in Flin Flon with a postal code starting with R8A will be next in the conversion of door to door delivery to community mailboxes.  This represents 2189 addresses to be converted in 2016.

            

  Within the next couple of days each affected resident will receive an information package from Canada Post with a mail-in survey.  It will tell you how you can express your priorities and preferences about the new delivery system which Canada Post says has provided very helpful information in choosing safe, suitable locations.  Customers who have concerns about their ability to access their community mailbox will be invited to contact Canada Post at a dedicated phone number and they will work with them to find a solution that meets their needs.

             

Canada Post adds no regular full-time or part-time employees will lose their job as a result of this initiative as they will reduce their workforce largely through attrition as people retire.

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The Lifesaving Society of Manitoba is reminding you to be safe around water this summer.  Their CEO Carl Shier says knowing how to swim is just one of many ways to do so.  He advises don’t swim alone, swim with a buddy, swim with someone you know, don’t over extend your abilities.  He says tragically even good swimmers can drown when they over extend their abilities explaining they look to swim out to a distant point thinking that’s attainable and exhaust themselves, so they always say be careful, be cautious and respect the water.

             

A recent report from the World Health Organization shows drowning is one of ten leading causes of death in children.  Shier say swimming lessons are important in preventing accidental drowning.  He compares them to immunization against disease.

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 Canada Parks Day is being celebrated tomorrow with a number of interesting events being held in parks across the province.  You can visit the Flin Flon airport tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 3 and take a tour inside Manitoba’s water bomber and meet Smokey Bear although they note this may be cancelled if weather and fire status does not permit.   You can also go over to the Bakers Narrows picnic shelter after to enjoy hot dogs, cake and enter for parks day prizes.  A bike decorating contest is being held with details at the campground office.

          

    Celebrations are also taking place at Grass River provincial park, Gyles, Iskwasum and Reed Lake campgrounds where you can stop for cupcakes and enter for parks day prizes tomorrow afternoon at the campground offices.

 

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 Ipsos-Reid recently conducted a poll for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business regarding retirement savings.  When asked if they had extra money to put towards retirement how would they prefer to invest it, 51 percent of respondents preferred Tax Free Savings Accounts.  That was followed by 44 percent who would use RRSPs.  The CFIB’s Elliott Sims explains these have appeal because you are in control of your retirement savings so you get to decide how it’s going to be managed and you also have some other abilities to move the money around as most people know RRSPs can also be used for things like buying a home or providing for educational purposes and then being paid back later. Sims adds when you look at Tax Free Savings Accounts you can move that money in or move it out as the need arises in your lifestyle.

             

You can find more on this poll at their website www.cfib.ca.

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The University of Manitoba is sponsoring a Kidnetic Energy Science and Engineering summer day camp in Flin Flon from August 17th to 21st for students 9 to 12 years old or in grades 4 to 6.  University student Stephanie Kozar from Flin Flon says they operate with different themes.  She says this year they are going to have five theme days including natural disaster day, how it’s made day, code makers day, chemistry day and agriculture day.  She says this summer the camp is going to be held at McIsaac School instead of Ruth Betts and this year also new is they will be having 40 spots instead of just 20 for kids to register.

             

The registration fee is 110 dollars.  You can find more information at their website www.wisekidneticenergy.ca or by calling 1-800-432-1960 extension 9340.

 

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Award winning country recording artist George Canyon is in Flin Flon visiting family and next week will present a night of worship.  Canyon says it’s a worship concert so it’s different from his country show but it’s where his heart is.  He says he’s been a Christian his whole life and has been doing worship concerts for the last two and a half to three years all over North America.  He says a lot of people come and it’s really open and transparent as he talks about what God has done in his life and plays some worship songs, some of his songs, some of his songs that are worship songs and it’s for everybody whether you’re a believer or not a believer.

             

Canyon will perform Wednesday night in St. Ann’s Church Hall on Centre Street starting at 7. Advance tickets are available for 20 dollars at all churches as well as at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

 

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While Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and southern Manitoba have the most reports of Lyme Disease, it’s not contained to those regions.  Jim Wilson with the Canadian Lyme Disease foundation says it can be contracted anywhere in Canada as long as you have robins coming to you neighborhood in the spring and your wrens and finches and other migrating birds then you’re at risk of having Lyme Disease in your area because it’s these birds that not only carry the disease in their blood to infect ticks that jump aboard, they carry these ticks thousands of miles.

            

  Wilson recommends removing bird feeders from your yard in the summer to avoid attracting birds that can carry infected ticks.

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Simon House Bible Camp continues to take registrations for their summer camps.  Director Darrell Janzen says they have camps and fun activities planned all summer.  He says they’ve got their last week of junior high camp coming up next week and that’s for ages 11 to 13 and they still have some spots in that and following that they have a couple of weeks of their junior camps for ages 8 to 10 and there’s some spots available in those as well.  He adds they also have a three day camp for ages 6 to 8 which is a lot of fun for young kids to come and get a little experience of what camp is like and there’s room in that as well.

             

For more information or to register for the camps you can visit their website www.simonhouse.ca or call them at 204-687-3340.

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Manitoba’s mobile breast screening clinic will be in Flin Flon starting Tuesday until August 5th at the Primary Health Care Center.  Their Health Educator Brandy Pantel says this clinic is important to women.  She says they know that for women ages 50 to 69 who are screened through Breast Check they can reduce the risk of women dying from breast cancer between 20 and 30 percent, so that is the large advantage of screening.

             

For more information visit their website www.breastcheckmb.ca and to book an appointment call 1-800-903-9290.

 

 

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 The man suspected of exposing himself to two females on the Flinty Boardwalk walking trail Saturday morning and Sunday night has been arrested.

             

The RCMP report at about 7 last night they received a call from a member of the public advising that a man matching the suspect’s description provided in a media release was lying on a picnic table along the boardwalk. Officers immediately attended and arrested him without incident.  A 38 year old man from the area remains in custody pending indecent act and breach related charges.

             

Sergeant Bert Paquet says they received several tips from the public that were instrumental in locating and apprehending the suspect in this case.  He adds they would like to thank members of the public and the media for their assistance in finding this individual so quickly.

 

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The Food Bank’s Food Distribution Chair Dennis Hydamaka says right now they have 187 clients and that equals 420 people and their days are full. He notes normally they slow down in the summer but there’s no indication it this year.  Hydamaka says they’ve been very fortunate in that they got a sizable food donation from a construction crew that left town and one of the box stores is providing them now with a weekly donation which is very helpful.

             

Hydamaka adds even though they have had very generous donations of food they’ve spent just about ten thousand dollars so far this year on food.  You can learn more about the Food Bank by contacting them at 204-687-7262.

 

 

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The annual Manitoba Arts Network’s Rural and Northern Art Show that officially opened in Winnipeg Sunday features award winning artworks in a variety of media by artists from rural and northern Manitoba.  It feature selected works submitted to the Regional Juried Art Shows held across Manitoba each year and is attended by over three thousand patrons.  This year’s show features 46 artists including Karen Clark, Patricia Evans and Linda Sonnenberg-Jackson from Flin Flon and Crystal Banting from Denare Beach. 

             

The Network states the show provides an opportunity for artists in the north and rural regions of the province to present their work to an urban audience and gives Winnipeg audiences an idea of the scope of work being created outside the perimeter by rural and northern artists.  The show is held in the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery in Winnipeg and is open from 9 to 5 daily until July 28th.

 

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 Flin Flon Fire Chief Jim Petrie says a fire call Monday afternoon was one of five different calls to the quad trails going down to Little Cliff Lake and across the Perimeter Highway behind the hydro tower.  He says one call included five different fires.  He says these fires could have been deliberately set or started by quads.  He says the RCMP are investigating.

             

Petrie urges quad owners who are out to frequently check their engines and mufflers for a build up of debris that could catch fire.

 

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At approximately 9 Sunday night the RCMP responded to a report of a man exposing himself to a female on the Flinty Boardwalk walking trail. A similar incident happened at the same location the day before at about 10:45 am.  The female victims stated that the male suspect attempted to speak to them while exposing himself with his pants partially down. Extensive patrols were made in each case however the suspect was not located.

             

The male is described as aboriginal, approximately 30 years old, 5 foot 1 with black hair.  He was wearing dark track pants with a white stripe along the side and a black zip up hoodie with a light colored tank top. One of the women managed to take the attached photo.

             

RCMP are asking anyone with information to contact the Flin Flon detachment at 204-687-1423 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text TIPMAN plus your message to CRIMES.

 

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Anglers across the country took to the lakes, rivers and even oceans last week as part of national fishing week. Mike Melnick the National Fishing Week Media Coordinator with catch fishing dot com said it was a great week across the country.  He says they heard from a lot of anglers across the country through their social media page, facebook and twitter just telling them that they went fishing sending them photos of the fish they caught so he thinks overall they’re hearing from more and more people every year.

National Fishing week ran from July 4th to 12th.

 

 

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Callinex Mines has announced it intends to complete a non-brokered private placement to raise up to 3 million dollars.  They anticipate that Resource Capital Funds will acquire the majority of the shares being issued and will become the largest single shareholder in Callinex.

             

Callinex President and CEO Max Porterfield says they are excited to welcome the leading mining focused private equity firm as a major shareholder of Callinex.  He says Resource Capital Funds, which manages over 2.5 billion dollars in assets is a patient long term investor that actively partners with companies to build strong, successful and sustainable businesses.

             

Porterfield adds approximately two million dollars of these funds will help them advance their strategy to identify economically significant copper-zinc rich VMS deposits in the Flin Flon area

 

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 The Million Dollars Hole in One is offering anyone who can hit a golf ball a chance to win big prizes this week.  102.9 CFAR Manager Dianne Russell says they are happy to again be working with Rotary, Lions and Kinsmen to put on this great week long event and they’re raising money for the Flin Flon Ski Club and they’re happy to be supporting them.  She says they are guaranteed to give away about 20 thousand dollars worth of prizes to whoever is closest to the hole all the way through this week and then people will be having a chance to hit for special prizes of a truck, a boat, a quad and hopefully a million dollars.

             

The event will run from today through Sunday with more information at www.flinflononline.com.  Some organizations supported in the past from funds raised at this event include the Lions Handivan, Creighton Spray Pool, SPCA Shelter, Kinpark, Habitat for Humanity and the Women’s Resource Center.

 

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The Flin Flon Friendship Center’s Camp Moochikun is running all summer from 9:30 to 4 Monday to Friday.  Camp Leader Christina McKay says they provide a variety of activities for children 5 to 9 years old and everyday they pick up the kids in the morning and do daily crafts and try to be out in the community as much as possible in the afternoon.  She says they are going to be going to the fire department, the zoo, the museum and when they’re not doing those they are promoting healthy lifestyles in fun ways by going to the beach, the parks and then doing physical activities through games.

             

There are 23 children involved in Camp Moochikun.  For information on the camp you can call the Friendship Center at 204-687-3900.

 

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The Flin Flon Alliance Church is holding their annual Vacation Bible School all next week.  One of the organizers Bonnie Schiltroth says this year’s theme is Heroes of the Bible with a lot of activities for 5 to 11 year olds.  She says the first day they are going to be talking about creation then Noah and the Ark, Daniel in the lions den will be the third day then Jonah and the big fish and the last day will be David and Goliath. She says they’re going to be doing games, crafts, songs, bible stories, snacks and they’ll also be doing some verse memorizing and it will all be geared towards the theme.

             

Schiltroth adds it’s free and you can attend some or all of the sessions.

             

The Vacation Bible School runs Monday to Friday next week from 6 to 8 at the Alliance Church.  You can register at the Church this Wednesday from 1 to 5 or when you come to the sessions.  You can get more information by calling Bonnie at 204-687-3376 or Tracy at 204-271-3972.

 

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The Aurora Borealis Arts Council is presenting the story of Kate Rice every Saturday at the Snow Lake Motor Inn.  The Inn’s Gerard Lamontagne says it’s about a pioneer who came to northern Manitoba in 1913.  He explains it’s a story of Kate Rice’s life in northern Manitoba as a prospector, trapper, northern survivor basically because back then times were tough and you had to learn now to live off the land.  He says she devoted much of her adult life to discovering minerals in the Snow Lake and Thompson areas.

             

Lamontagne adds the play was written and produced locally adapted out of the Kate Rice book.  It is performed every Saturday over the summer at 1 o’clock at the Snow Lake Motor Inn.

 

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The Flin Flon Recycling Center has a student helping them out over the summer.  Administrator Deb Odegaard says Becky Davis is helping them out at the Center to catch up on a lot of things that came in at the end of school. She says the major thing though that they want her to do is to visit businesses that are recycling and just have a look at what they’re doing and how maybe it could work better for them or businesses who aren’t recycling but want to get started.

            

  Any business interested in more information on recycling can contact the Recycling Center at 204-687-6169 and they will visit and put together a report on what is working well and what could work better.

 

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 A free fishing weekend will take place tomorrow and Sunday in Saskatchewan. However anglers are asked to avoid all wildfire affected lakes and communities in northern Saskatchewan.

             

Although angling licences are not required during free fishing weekend for Saskatchewan residents and visitors all other fishing regulations remain in effect including possession limits.  Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning to take fish out of province must purchase a licence.  You are also reminded to respect any fire ban in northern forests and parks.

            

  Due to wildfire conditions in northern areas of the province an additional free fishing opportunity will be considered later this summer when wildfire conditions no long pose a significant threat and individuals have returned to their homes.

             

Information on fishing in Saskatchewan and specific catch limits can be found in the 2015 Angler’s Guide or online at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.

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17 local organizations received grants at the presentation.

Cheques were presented to the Centoba Park revitalization project for 6953 dollars, the Creighton Community Smiling Hearts Daycare 5000 to assist with new flooring, the Citizens on Patrol Program1340  for cell phones, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 4300 for their kitchen upgrade, Creighton Community Center 13,950 for a commercial stove and range hood filters, Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage 5000 for weight room equipment, Aboriginal Friendship Center 10,050  for the Headstart Program, Employment Links and restaurant, Norman Community Services 2695 for a commercial washer and dryer for their group home, Association for Community Living Vocational Training Center 2757 for rolling clothing racks for their thrift store, Ecole McIsaac School 1200 for guitars, Army Cadet Corp 3500 for a cargo trailer, Aqua Jets Swim Club 3146 for pool lane ropes, Public Library 4343 for story room renovations, Lord’s Bounty Food Bank 4000 for kitchen and office equipment, Women’s Safe Haven 5750 for furniture and games for their new common area, Simon House Bible Camp 3909 for safety gear and paddle boats and Northern Tykes Daycare 7649 in Snow Lake for new equipment and furniture.

 

 

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Two area residents approached Flin Flon City Council at their meeting Tuesday night about a speed concern.  They say motorists are traveling down Green Street from the Perimeter Highway to the zoo area at a high rate of speed. Councillor Leslie Beck who heads the Traffic Commission suggested they approach the RCMP and discuss the issue with one of the Corporals.  Mayor Cal Huntley said they could also send a letter to the Traffic Commission which includes the RCMP and approach Manitoba Public Insurance to get their speed sign to use in the area.

            

  In other business Council gave first reading to an amendment to the Traffic bylaw to set up a three way stop at Aspen Grove and Oak Avenue to control the traffic flow in the area of the Aqua Center.  They also agreed to again take part in the Manitoba Governments sewer back up valve subsidy program that subsidizes the cost of sewer back up valves for home owners.

             

Council congratulated the Trout Festival committee for a very successful festival with all events well attended. And Councillor Leslie Beck thanked the Horticultural Society for their work in planting flowers around the community.

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 The Big Island Drive In Theatre just outside Flin Flon at the south end of Big Island Lake opens for the summer tomorrow night.  New owner Dawn Hlady says they have a new camera and have done some upgrades to the concession building in preparation for the opening.  She says they’ve given it a bit of a face lift, done some painting and a bit of remodeling on the inside, cleaned it up a bit, patched some floors, just given it a kind of old theatre feel again, cleaned up some of the yard and they have gone digital which is keeping drive ins alive these days.

             

The first movie of the season is Jurassic World starting tomorrow night at 10:30.

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Denare Beach Recreation is offering Summer Fun at the Beach Day Camps starting this week and running until August 14th.  Camp Leader Katlynn Schaitel says they have a variety of activities running from Monday to Friday from 10 to 4:30 and are offering it for children ages 5 to 11. She says they have a daily drop in fee of 12 dollars and a weekly fee of 55 dollars and they will be running weekly themes.

            

  Examples of the themes include Summer Olympics this week, Science Madness next week followed by Under the Sea.  To register for the camps or to get more information you can call the Sand Castle at 306-362-2150 or the Recreation office at 362-2050.

 

 

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The Flin Flon Public Library is offering special events for youth and kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Coordinator Willow Bellisle says youth gather on one Tuesday and Thursday evening each month and they have events for kids every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. She says this week they have Treasure Hunt on Thursday with all of their kids events running from 1 to 3:30 and coming up next week on Tuesday and Thursday is Science of the Senses.  She adds these are for ages 6 to 12, everything is available free and they’ll be having snack, games and tons of other stuff coming up over the summer.

             

You can get more information on upcoming events by contacting or dropping into the Library or go to their website www.flinflonpubliclibrary.ca.

 

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  Loralyne Murray appeared before Flin Flon City Council at their meeting last night.  She told them the Royal Canadian Legion Housing Board is planning to end the support services for seniors in a group setting program at their Jubilee Residence.  She says she feels this will take away opportunities such as having their meals together, home care services in a group setting and opportunities for socializing and aging with dignity.  Murray says they want younger more independent residents living in their facility.

             

Councillor Karen McKinnon says she has inquired and was told social events will still be taking place. She was told the Jubilee Residence is not a long term care facility and residents can get home care and apply for Meals on Wheels in their apartments.

             

Councillor Colleen McKee added this points to the lack of housing and services for seniors in our community.  She says Council has been applying for years for seniors housing and it’s time for the government to listen to the needs of our community.

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 The Norva Center is offering a variety of classes for kids this week.  Manager Mike Spencer says they have sock puppets for ages 5 and up this morning from 10 to 12 and wood block print making this afternoon from 1 to 4 for ages 10 and up.  He says tomorrow will be paint day so they’ll have water color painting for ages five and up in the morning from 10 to 12 and they’ll have acrylic painting for 10 and up in the afternoon from 1 to 3.  Thursday they will have print making day so they’ll have collagraph prints with the younger kids in the morning from 10 to 12 and drypoint prints in the afternoon from 1 to 3 and Friday is hippie day with tie dye t-shirts in the morning and hemp jewelry in the afternoon.

             

You can find out more at their website www.norvacentre.com, call the Center at 204-687-4237 or drop in at 177 Green Street.

 

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The Women’s Resource Center held a fund raising event Friday call Walk A Mile in Her Shoes with male volunteers collecting pledges and then walking in red high heels.  Executive Director Colleen Arnold says it raised awareness on violence against women and girls as well as money.  She says they had 16 walkers and they were all great, they had a fantastic response from the community in donations for the walkers, they saw some new faces and they got a lot more people with the information so it was fantastic. She adds the men raised almost four thousand dollars.

             

The trophy for the most pledges collected went to Greg Bauman for raising 700 dollars.  The money raised will support the Women’s Safe Haven.

 

 

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 Flin Flon Parks and Recreation’s Summer in the Parks program got underway yesterday running until August 28th.  Supervisor Erin Hall says they offer a variety of programs each week for five to nine year olds.  She says this week they’re having holiday week celebrating Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas, a very happy unbirthday and Halloween on Friday where they’ll get to dress up and go trick or treating so they’re really looking forward to that.

            

  Hall adds they have activities, games and crafts following a different theme each week.

             

Summer in the Parks runs Monday to Friday from 12 to 5 and you can register or get more information by calling the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542.

 

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  Funds raised have been totaled for the Freedom Outreach Program’s third annual Walk For Freedom held May 30th.  Their Program Director Chris Lowe says the event was held in Flin Flon, The Pas, La Ronge and Wabamun Alberta although the prize winners for the most pledges were all from Flin Flon.  The first place winner is Nicole Whitbread, the second place winner is Sheila Sproxton and the consolation prize for the best effort went to a little chap named Lincoln Maxwell.  He adds the total for the walk was 15,301 dollars.

            

  Prizes included for first a round trip flight for two to Winnipeg, second a stay for two at any Victoria Inn and consolation a toy Mac truck from United Rentals. The Walk is held to raise awareness of those afflicted by drug and alcohol addictions and supports the programs they run.

 

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 Canadian Tire hosted a barbeque at their Flin Flon store on Saturday, June 27th to support their Jumpstart program.  Local Associate Dealer Dino Dorazio says they served over 400 burgers and at the barbeque itself they raised 2304 dollars which really means between themselves as a Canadian Tire dealership and Canadian Tire Corporation which is going to match funds they are going to deposit 5608 dollars into the Flin Flon and Area Jumpstart Chapter and they’ve been saying all along everything raised stays local and helps local kids so they’re really excited and proud of the support they got and the results themselves.

             

Over past five years they’ve been able to help 360 kids get into sports that otherwise may not have that opportunity.

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This is National Fishing Week sponsored by the Canadian National Sport Fishing Foundation.  Their Multimedia Correspondent Sarah McMichael says the idea is to encourage Canadians to start or get back to fishing.  She says we in Canada take for granted the amazing outdoor environment we have all around us and there’s so many distractions with work, technology and all these things that keep us away from going outdoors so National Fishing Week is a time when we can put all that stuff away and get outside and enjoy the environment that surrounds us and offers so many amazing opportunities.

             

The Foundation also encourages you to take part in the free family fishing weekends held in each province including Manitoba in June and Saskatchewan later this month.

             

For information on how to get started fishing visit their website at www.catchfishing.com.

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 The Denare Beach Yacht and Cattlemen Association International and the Saskatchewan Dart Association will be hosting Beaver Lake Day on Sunday.  Their MC for the day Shaky Lee says it’s going to be a great day with local and out of town bands at the beer garden, they’ll see a lot of friends coming out, the best beef on a bun in town, as well as family events like horseshoes, darts, cribbage and rain or shine they expect to see you there.

            

  Lee adds there will be a lot of other events as well running from 1 to midnight at Denare Beach.

 

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The Flin Flon Trout Festival was officially kicked off last evening with a barbeque and entertainment at Pioneer Square sponsored by the City of Flin Flon, Hudbay and the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce.  Several speakers had praise for the Festival committee including Flin Flon Council’s Colleen McKee, Councilor Scott McCullum from Denare Beach, Snow Lake Mayor Kim Stephen and Chamber President Tom Therien.  McKee said she wanted to recognize the people and the tenacity of the committee that has put on this great event noting it is the kickoff to the Trout Festival and this is the 65th year of the Festival and that is phenomenal.  She added mark your calendars for 2017 because they are working on a homecoming for the City of Flin Flon.

           

   The winner of the Share in the North draw was Sarah Phair and the Photo Scavenger Hunt was won by the team of Tammy White, Kyla Willarton, Debbie Johnson and Michelle Peters.

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The Women’s Resource Center is hosting Walk a Mile in Her Shoes this afternoon.  Executive Director Colleen Arnold says men have been collecting pledges and will be putting on red high heels.  She says they have 16 brave men who are going to attempt to walk in the shoes and they are going to start at Pioneer Square with a few words and then will walk down Main Street to the Co-op, up to Hapnot and then back to Pioneer Square.  She says all the money that the men have raised will help the operation of the Women’s Safe Haven.

             

The walk begins at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

 

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 Another in a series of fund raising events for the Flin Flon Community Choir is being held tonight.  Organizer Susan Lethbridge says they’ll feature a variety of talent at a show they’re calling Wood n’ Wire including Noelle Drimmie and some of the Hanson sisters are in town so they’ll do a few songs.  She adds they’ll also have Jennifer McLean, The Pantyhose, Kari Rutherford, Mike Spencer, Tim Spencer and Katrina Windjack so it’s going to be a great concert.

            

  Wood n’ Wire begins at 7 tonight at Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street.  Tickets are available at the Orange Toad, by calling Susan at 687-8554 or at the door.

 

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 The Flin Flon Lions Club is holding a BMX and skateboard competition at the Skate Park Saturday.  Organizer of the event for the Club Alex McGilvary says registration starts at 9:30 with the skate starting at 10.  He notes they have three age categories from 12 to adult for both the skate and the BMX bikes adding it doesn’t matter how practiced you are, you come out and try as many tricks as you can and if you wear a helmet you get entered into a draw for a cash prize.  He urges people to come out and have fun and if you don’t know how to skate or bike come out and watch and cheer them on.

            

  McGilvary adds there are lots of prizes and there’s no entry fee for the competition, you just show up at 9:30 to register.

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The Freedom Outreach Program is sponsoring the Trout Festival Duck Race on Saturday.  Their Program Manager Chris Lowe says they’re going to start at Creekside at 3 o’clock on Saturday, the finish line will be at the Wallace Avenue bridge and the first four ducks that come through the loop will be the winners.  He says first prize is 300 dollars, second 150, third prize 100 dollars and they have a consolation prize of 50 dollars and the tickets are five dollars a piece.

             

Tickets can be purchased at the Orange Toad, Alpine Convenience, the Big Dipper, Gas Bar, Gateway, from the Freedom Outreach staff, on Main Street Friday and Saturday and at Pioneer Square this evening.  All proceeds go to support the Freedom Outreach Programs based at Denare Beach.

 

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The annual Flin Flon Trout Festival Canada Day parade sponsored by Twin Motors attracted a lot of attention yesterday with their theme Time Warp.  Prizes awarded for the best floats for commercial went to the Newest Wrinkle with first, Flin Flon and District Environment Council second and the Habitat ReStore third.  Prizes for non-commercial floats went to Canadian Parent for French with first, the Alliance Church second and Flin Flon Community Band third.

             

Prizes for classic cars sponsored by Northland Ford went to Nichol Whitbread first with a 1950 Dodge Custom Royal, second Tracy Knudson with a ’73 Challenger and third Calvin Walker with a 1950 Dodge.

             

The parade was followed by Canada Day celebrations at the Creighton ball diamond and in the evening at Denare Beach and the Flin Flon fireworks last night.

 

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