Local News Archives for 2019-01

The Lack of Cell Service in Northeast Saskatchewan will be Going to the House of Commons.

Desnethe Missinippi Churchill River Member of Parliament Georgina Jolibois says she is disappointed by the lack of action on cell phone service on the northeast side of her riding.  She explains when she was driving across from west to east to get to this part of the riding she noticed that for about five hours they drove with no cell service and that is really hard for her to comprehend and it isn’t fair to residents on the east side of the province and when we are driving towards Prince Albert and Saskatoon we don’t have that luxury of having access to internet, broadband or other services.

             

Jolibois says she will bring this up, write letters to Ministers and work with the area MLAs to object to the lack of support from both the federal and provincial governments on this key issue.

 

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You Can Learn More About Christian Unity.

A Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being celebrated in Flin Flon next week.  Salvation Army Major Debbie Allen says the idea is for all the church congregations to come together and they do so by joining each other each night in different churches and just praying together about peace in the world.  She adds there’s a lot of conflict, violence and people not getting along and the idea is unity should begin with us and then go out to the world.

             

Services take place at 7 each night next week starting Sunday at the Alliance Church, Monday St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Tuesday the Lutheran Church, Wednesday the Anglican Church, Thursday the United Church and Friday the Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome to attend the services.

 

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Participants and Spectators Can Support a Fund Raiser.

Northern Growing Abilities is presenting their first Lip Sync Battle Saturday night.  The group’s Tracy Brown says you can join the performers in the lip sync or just enjoy the entertainment and social to support a good cause.  She explains they’re doing the Lip Sync Battle Social fund raiser for their Northern Growing Abilities non-profit organizations and all tickets purchased for the event are going in for an elimination draw for two return tickets to Winnipeg on Calm Air as well as a weekend for two at the Victoria Inn.  She adds tickets are 20 dollars each and can be purchased at the Orange Toad, Northern Rainbows End, Pharmasave, Gateway, Candy Bar and Di’s.

             

The Lip Sync Battle takes place Saturday night at the Creighton Community Hall starting at 8.  Tickets will not be sold at the door so get them today.

 

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The Flin Flon School Board is Into its Budget Process.

At the Board Meeting Tuesday night chair Leslie Fernandes reported as the new year begins they get into the important job of preparing their budget for the 2019-20 school year.  Superintendent Constance McLeese reminds anyone interested you have only two days left to fill out the Division Budget Consultation Survey on their website www.ffsd.mb.ca or pick up a paper copy at the Division office on Terrace Avenue.

             

Trustee Murray Skeavington requested and received support from the Board in his bid to run for Vice-President of Boards with under six thousand students with the Manitoba School Boards Association.

             

And Superintendent McLeese reported Metis artist Jaime Black will be in the schools as part of her visit to Flin Flon February 13th to 15th.  She is responsible for the Red Dress Project calling for an end to violence against Indigenous women.  On the 13th she will speak at Hapnot Collegiate, on the 14th Many Faces students will help hang red dresses around the community and on the 15th she will be giving art classes to a group of students.

 

 

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A Northern Saskatchewan Member of Parliament has Been Recognized by Her Fellow MPs.

Desnethe Missinippi Churchill River Member of Parliament Georgina Jolibois received the Parliamentarian of the Year Award for 2018.  She says she was privileged and honored with winning the best to represent her constituency award from the McLean’s magazine when the other MPs voted for her and she thanks them for the opportunity she has as the winner for the Parliamentarian of the year.  She adds what that means is she has the chance to represent her constituency really well across Canada and is very proud to do that work.

            

 Jolibois’ constituency includes the Creighton Denare Beach area.  Northern Manitoba MP Niki Ashton representing Churchill Keewatinook Aski also received that award in the past.

 

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A Long Time Board Member Has Received an Award.

Cranberry Portage resident Larry Johnson has been honored by Community Futures Manitoba.  It’s for his outstanding contribution to the Community Futures program.  Johnson explains he promotes the north as much as he can wherever he goes and he was on Community Futures Greenstone for almost 26 years and he had to take a year off as they have a new policy now that after nine years on the Board you have to take a year off so he took his year off and was quite surprised that they nominated him for this award.

             

The Community Futures Greenstone Board congratulated Johnson on his award and thanked him for his many years of service.

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An After World War Two Film Will Be Shown Tomorrow Night.

The Central Canada Film Group will feature the film Phoenix tomorrow night.  The group’s Tom Heine says this is a terrific film.  He explains it’s a German film subtitled and essentially a woman survives the second world war, she was disfigured, her face has been repaired and she is wondering whether her husband has betrayed her so she comes back, her husband doesn’t recognize her and it’s all the various things that happen in trying to sort out this situation.

             

Phoenix will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Admission for this film will be a silver collection.

 

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The Flin Flon Brand and Tourism Will Be Under Discussion Tuesday.

Community Futures Greenstone is holding a Regional Tourism Summit Tuesday.  Manager Becky Cianflone says it will focus on the Flin Flon Brand The Water and The Wild and includes a couple of guest presenters and one will be Vern May the Economic Development Officer from Portage La Prairie talking about how Portage has utilized their brand and built collaboration around tourism and then they have a couple of local entrepreneurs who are going to talk about the importance of Main Street revitalization and how that plays into a tourism strategy.  She adds they want to see a broad engagement so they want tourism operators, certainly business people, but also citizens interested in tourism and people who think tourism can be an economic driver for our community.

             

The summit is being held Tuesday at 5 pm at the Creighton Community Hall.  Anyone interested can attend but because supper is provided you are asked to register by Friday by emailing admin@cfgreenstone.com or call them at 204-687-6967.

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Visible Gold has Been Intersected in a Drill Program Near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation reports a first phase drill program has been completed at their high grade Laguna Gold Property located in Snow Lake.  They note this property was last drilled in 1944 and hosts the past producing Rex Laguna mine that was Manitoba’s first and highest grade gold mine.

             

Rockcliff President and CEO Ken Lapierre says they look forward to the assay results from the first drill program completed on the property in over 70 years.  He says the drill program not only identified depth extents of several historical gold bearing surface quartz veins, it also discovered new quartz veins with visible gold adding several holes were extended well beyond their original target depths as mineralized quartz veins and surrounding mineralized host rock were intersected at depths of over 500 meters.  Exploration is to continue this year.

 

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Arts and Culture Will be The Focus of a Conference Next Week.

The Flin Flon Arts Council is hosting a conference next Tuesday and Wednesday called Inspiration 2: Knowledge and Development.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it will explore the arts and cultural role in community and economic development with three special guests including Janice Price who’s the CEO of the Banff Center of the Arts and Creativity, Jean Giguere who is Order of Canada and also on the Board of Directors of the National Art Gallery and then they have Dorothy Dobbie who is a former MP and owns the publishing company Pegasus Books.  She adds they are going to be speaking with municipalities, various arts organizations and other organizations in the community.

             

At 8 Monday night there will be a public meet and greet at the Norva Center at 177 Green Street so you can come out and learn more about these three guests.

 

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Last Year Was a Challenging One for Our Region.

Northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says last year our region faced job losses, shutdowns of critical infrastructure and an ongoing housing crisis. She says we also saw people and communities facing huge challenges in dealing with inadequate health care and education funding.

             

Ashton noted the Churchill port and rail line operating but only because of a northern partnership, the closure of the smelter and refinery in Thompson with silence from the provincial and federal governments and the potential closure of the mine in Flin Flon in 2021. She pointed out the contrast between the complete lack of support for our region’s hard hit resource communities and the billion dollars plus bail out for the oil industry adding our region and regions like it produce much of the wealth of this country and we deserve better.

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Snowmobilers Are Heading South This Week.

The Lions Journey for Sight starts in Flin Flon Wednesday morning. The Journey is an annual fundraiser for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.  One of the organizers Dean Lounsbury from the Dauphin Lions Club says snowmobiles from across the province will start the northern leg at the Victoria Inn around 10 Wednesday morning and that takes them to Cranberry Portage for dinner with day number one finishing in The Pas.  Day number two will take them from The Pas to Swan River and day three which is Friday will allow some of them to get home for the evening in Dauphin.  Lounsbury adds Swan River is where they split the group and some of the guys will take highway 83 into the Roblin Russell area and day number four is the last day finishing up in Brandon at the airport.

             

The North of 53 Co-op will again be providing 500 dollars in gas for the snowmobilers.  The Journey for Sight raised 82 thousand dollars for the Eye Bank last year.

 

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Band Students Will Entertain You Wednesday Night.

Creighton Community School presents their Winter Band Concert Wednesday night.  Music Director Vanessa Unrau says it features grade 7 to 11 band students adding you’ll hear a little bit of a history of their program, they’ll be talking about what their goals for the future of the program are and then you’ll hear some really great music.  She says they have a grade 7ensemble, a grade 7-8 ensemble and then you’ll hear their senior band which is just phenomenal.

             

The concert begins at 7 Wednesday night in the Creighton Community School gym with a silver collection and a 50-50 draw.

 

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Information on Dementia and Community Support will be Available Wednesday Night.

The Northern Health Region and Pharmasave are hosting the Alzheimer Society presentation of Dementia: We All Have a Reason to Care Wednesday night.  The Society’s Manitoba Program Director Norma Kirkby will speak on recognizing the symptoms so that a person values the changes that are taking place in someone and does talk to a medical professional about them.  She’ll also be talking about how we as the general population can do all that’s needed to reduce our risk of developing dementia and she’ll be wrapping up by reminding people about some of the general principles about being friendly and open to people who are impacted by dementia so that whether it’s the person living with the disease or a family member or friend who’s providing care that they find the community supportive.

             

The presentation is open to anyone interested Wednesday night from 7 to 8:30 at 50 Church Street.

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You Have a Week Left to Provide Your Input on the 2019-20 School Division Budget.

 Flin Flon School Division invites you to submit your opinions through a budget consultation survey.  Secretary Treasurer Heather Fleming explains the Board of Trustees are just looking for community feedback prior to the public budget meeting which is held later in February.  She says it’s just a great opportunity for everyone to give them feedback on school programs as well as any other areas they believe the School Division should be focusing on.

             

You can access the survey on their website www.ffsd.mb.ca or paper copies are available at the Division office at 9 Terrace Avenue.  The survey closes next Friday.

 

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You Can Learn More About Monarch Butterflies on Your Next Visit to The Pas.

The Sam Waller Museum in The Pas has a travelling exhibit on display from the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum called On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly.  Museum Curator and Archivist Joanna Munholland explains in 2005 a Mexican film maker and pilot took off in an ultra light aircraft from Montreal and followed the migration of the Monarch Butterfly from Canada to the mountains of Central Mexico so this exhibit celebrates some of the picture that he took and kind of follows the path that the film maker and pilot took with the butterflies.

             

Some of the pictures show butterflies in different stages of development.  The exhibit is expected to be at the Museum until January 30th.

 

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Supporting Families Can Learn More About Dementia.

The Northern Health Region in partnership with Pharmasave is hosting the Alzheimer Society presentation Caring for a Family Member with Dementia Monday night.  The Society’s Manitoba Program Director Norma Kirkby will be here for the presentation.  She explains they are going to spend some time talking about communicating with a person with dementia but they’re also going to talk about communicating with the sources of help in the community so that as a care partner is finding that the tasks of care are maybe becoming a little more time consuming they understand the importance of getting those other community services involved so they as a caring partner can stay strong and they’ll end off by talking about caregiver self care and why it’s not selfish to care for oneself when caring for another.

             

The presentation takes place Monday night from 7 to 8:30 at 50 Church Street.  We’ll have details on a presentation for anyone interested in learning more about dementia coming up Wednesday night on tomorrow’s news.

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Recycling Was at Its Best Last Year.

The year end totals are in for last year at the Flin Flon Recycling Center.  Administrator Deb Odegaard says it was an excellent year noting it was actually a record breaking year.  She says they recycled 510 metric tons and the previous record had been 500 in 2007 so they’re really quite excited about that.  She adds they also did a record number of batteries at 655 kilograms and they sent out 30 metric tons of electronics as well in the past year.

             

For information on recycling you can contact the Recycling Center at 204-687-6169 or visit their website www.flinflonrecycling.org.

 

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Flin Flon City Council Quickly Handled Several Items at their First Meeting of the New Year Last Night.

Council set the date for the 2019 tax sale for Tuesday, November 5th at 10 AM in city council chambers.  All properties in arrears will be offered for sale by auction which are those properties with outstanding taxes for the year 2017 or prior.

             

Council received the Fire Chiefs report for December indicating 9 incidents for the month with Mayor Cal Huntley noting the number of recent house fires advising people to be aware of fire hazards in their homes.           

 

  Councilor Karen MacKinnon reported they recently had a visit from reps of the Hudson Bay Route Association.  As a member Flin Flon will be hosting the Association’s annual general meeting on April 3rd and 4th.

             

Council received a request for an increase in funding from the Flin Flon Environment Council for the operation of the Recycling Center which was referred to their finance committee.  They received $11.75 per capita last year and have requested 12.50 per capita for this year.

             

And Council will be attending a Regional Tourism Summit to be held in the Creighton Community Hall on January 22nd so their next meeting will be held on Tuesday January 29th.

 

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A Large Crowd was on Hand for an Obstetrics Update at the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Meeting Yesterday.

Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant told the Chamber they were providing low risk level one obstetric services until the obstetrician left for a larger center because of the low level of births here in order  keep up his competency and skills. They tried recruiting locums who live in one location and provide services to other areas and other recruiting but that didn’t work out.  An external review was conducted by medical experts and recommended suspending obstetric services for both patient and staff safety.

             

Bryant explained they have developed a pre natal clinic that follows a pregnancy and develops a birthing plan supported by the obstetrician in The Pas that includes other advisors and the emergency staff in case their services are needed with the results of the plan being closely monitored.  They are now following and supporting 44 pre natal women at this clinic.  They are awaiting the results of the first ever province wide clinical study expected this spring to see if an opportunity in the women’s health component can open up a return to obstetrics.  She says that a year from now the province from a clinical perspective will be a better place and she expects the north will benefit from this process which will shine the light on areas that are under serviced and the services they need.

 

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Fire Destroyed a Home in Flin Flon Yesterday.

The Flin Flon Fire Department was called to a home fire at 63 Hapnot Street at 3:30 yesterday morning.  When the Fire Department arrived heavy fire could be seen at the rear of the building.  The occupants had evacuated the home.  Fire crews fought the fire from outside and then moved in to put out hot spots.  The building was a total loss to the fire the cause of which is under investigation.

 

 

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Flin Flon RCMP Have Made an Arrest in a Robbery.

At approximately 10:30 Thursday night RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at a business on Main Street in Flin Flon.  A man had entered the business carrying a handgun and wearing a mask.  He ordered the employee to open the register and then fled with cash and two cases of beer.  On Friday the RCMP arrested a 34 year old Creighton man who has been charged with robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent to commit an offence, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm and failing to comply with probation.  He was remanded into custody and was to appear in The Pas court yesterday.  The investigation continues.

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You Can Apply For Grants for Your Group or Organization.

The Northern Neighbors Foundation is accepting applications for grants they make available each year.  Their Chairperson Jane Robillard says they have over 100 thousand dollars available this year for grants in the communities of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Cranberry Portage, Snow Lake and Sherridon.  She explains any organization that has a charitable number can apply and if it’s an organization that’s affiliated with like the City of Flin Flon they have a charitable number and you can apply through them.  She adds all of the applications are at the Flin Flon Public Library and with them there are the guidelines so you know exactly who can apply and make sure that you qualify before you spend the time doing that.

             

The deadline for applications is February 15th.

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A Lot of Children Received Gifts With Your Help.

The Christmas Gift Program run by the Flin Flon Friendship Center went well again this year.  The program allows parents to give their children a gift at Christmas when circumstances prevent them from doing so.  The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Vanessa Campbell says donations and gift pick up ran well.  She says they had 142 families register and they distributed 181 gifts to the children that were registered with their program.  She adds the donations went very well and she’s very grateful that our community of Flin Flon has stepped up to donate to their program so it was very good.

             

This was the 24th year for the Christmas Gift Program.

 

 

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The Food Bank Had a Successful Christmas.

The Lords Bounty Food Bank was busy over the holiday season.  Their Food Distribution Chair Dennis Hydamaka says they over doubled last year’s numbers.  He explains this time they fed over 300 people through the month of December and they handed out 13 complete food hampers for families and for singles and couples they had full turkey dinners made into packages and cooked already for them so all they had to do was throw them in the microwave or heat them up and they were ready to go.

             

Hydamaka adds donations have been keeping up with demand so they’re doing well at the Food Bank.

 

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The Work of Two Local Artists is Being Highlighted This Month.

The Norva Center is presenting an exhibition of local photography and sculpture through this month.  The Center’s Karen Clark says it features the work of Beatrice Walker and Doug Dmytriw with the photography of Bea and Doug’s carvings and assemblages and they’re on display for the whole month of January at Norva.  She explains their gallery manager Mike Spencer has put out a call out to artists in the immediate area of Flin Flon Creighton and received quite a response in terms of people who had work and who perhaps hadn’t had a chance to show too often so they’re looking forward to the next year with a lot of new work being shown at the gallery.

             

An opening reception and artists talk will be held Wednesday night at 7 at the Norva Center and the exhibition is free and open during their regular hours from 10 to 5 Tuesday to Friday and 12:30 to 4:30 on Saturdays.

 

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The Holiday Season Was a Busy Time for Manitoba RCMP.

During the month long RCMP Holiday Checkstop Program Manitoba RCMP checked just under 12 thousand vehicles during 262 checkstops.  They charged 90 people with impaired driving with 87 by alcohol and 3 by drugs. They charged 15 people with refusing a breath demand, issued 30 alcohol related and 2 drug related tiered suspensions and charged 49 people with improper storage of alcohol or cannabis in a vehicle. The RCMP add unfortunately five people lost their lives in traffic related collision during the time of this year’s Checkstop Program including an accident on highway 16 near Gladstone and another in Berens River during the last week of the program.

 

 

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The Deadline is Approaching for a Provincial Government Public Consultation.

For the first time in the provinces history the Manitoba government has undertaken an online public consultation on regulatory change. 

             

Passed in June 2018 the Traffic and Transportation Modernization Act dissolves the Highway Traffic Board and Motor Transport Board and eliminates more than 65 hundred regulatory requirements. Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says the changes give municipalities the freedom to set speed limits on their roads rather than having to go through the Highway Traffic Board, it modernizes application processes for access driveways and signs along provincial roadways and simplifies internal government procedures for highway declarations resulting in red tape reduction both in and outside of government. The new regulations go into effect on March 1st and you can provide your input until January 7th online by visiting reg.gov.mb.ca/home.

 

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There is Help Available if You Are Living With an Ongoing Health Condition.

A Get Better Together program will be available in Flin Flon starting on January 14th.  Regional Community Health Developer Christa McIntyre says it’s a free interactive group program and is a six session program designed for individuals living with any type of ongoing health issues.  She says in the six weeks individuals can build confidence to better manage their illness through group support and discussions on a wide variety of topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, managing pain and fatigue, action planning and much more.

             

The Get Better Together program will start on January 14th and run for six weeks. For information or to register you can call Christa at 204-681-3145.

 

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A Lot of People Got Home Safely Over the Holiday Season.

Operation Red Nose has wrapped up another holiday season of getting people and their vehicles home safely.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says they provided service for 11 nights and they provided a total of 272 rides using the services of 146 volunteers.  He says the number of rides and volunteers were about the same totals as last year but the donations total from using the service was up over 10 percent for a total of about 48 hundred dollars which equals their best for the previous 10 years.  He adds with their other funds that they collect through the Rotary Club they expect to again have a total of about 13 thousand dollars for distribution within our community for children’s activities preferably in organized sports.

             

Hewitt notes Operation Red Nose could not be a success without the support of area businesses, all the volunteers and the many people who use the service.

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It Was a Busy New Years Eve.

Operation Red Nose completed its final night of getting people and their vehicles home safely New Years Eve.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says they had a successful night.  He explains New Years Eve was very busy for Operation Red Nose with a total of 41 rides and they had a great group of 25 volunteers from the community as a whole enough to field 7 teams so wait time to receive a ride was minimal. He adds again even though Operation Red Nose is a free service those receiving the service were very generous with their donations and all the funds collected stay within our community for children’s activities preferably in organized sports.

             

We’ll wrap up the full season of Operation Red Nose on tomorrow’s news.

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Information of Future Forestry Plans is Coming to Your Community.

Canadian Kraft Paper and Nisokapawino Forestry Management Corporation are holding public information meetings in northern communities over the next few weeks.  Area Planner Mike Paddock says they’ll discuss their forest harvest and renewal plans for the two years starting June 1st and that’ll include harvesting, forestry renewal, road construction and road decommissioning activities.  He adds the meetings are all about information sharing to let people know what their plans are and people let them know about issues and concerns they have that may need to be taken into consideration prior to any activities taking place.  He notes meetings are open to everyone and they hope that people who have an interest in those operations will come out and meet with them.

             

Meetings in this area will be held Monday afternoon at 1 in the Cranberry Portage Legion Hall and at 7 pm in the Flin Flon Public Library Rotary Room, Tuesday at 7 in the Wanless Community Center, on the 15th at 7 in the Lawrie Marsh Hall Reading Room in Snow Lake and on the 17th at 7 in the Sherridon Community Hall. For information on other meetings visit their website www.canadiankraftpaper.com or call 204-623-8682.

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Children Will Hit the Stage in Flin Flon.

The Flin Flon Arts Council is again offering a theatre program for children starting this month.  Organizer Susan Gunn says there was a good response last year for this type of activity for children 8 to 14 who are interested in theatre.  She explains they explore the history of theatre and they do exercises and play fun games and things.  She says it reflects different genres of theatre and giving kids the background but they don’t just do that they also explore every other part of theatre, writing, lighting, directing, props noting lots of kids are very excited about performing but there’s also a lot of kids who are really excited about the technical aspect.

             

Gunn adds the program will run until just before spring break. Registration is being held Monday evening from 6 to 8 in the Community Hall.  If you have questions you can email Susan at susancgunn@hotmail.ca and she will contact you with details.

 

 

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A Giving Challenge was a Success Locally.

The Northern Neighbors Foundation was part of Endow Manitobas 24 hour giving challenge in November supported by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba Government.  Their President Jane Robillard reports it went really well noting our community donations were 12,915 dollars and with the matching grant from the Foundation down south and the government that added 4 thousand more to that and they had a very generous service club with the Rotary who made a donation of 10 thousand dollars that day so all around it was wonderful.

             

The money raised remains in the local Foundation’s Community Foundation Fund with the interest going to grants they give out each year in the communities of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Snow Lake, Sherridon and Cranberry Portage.

 

 

 

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The Last Weekend Was Fairly Quiet.

Operation Red Nose completed its last Friday night of getting people and their vehicles home safely last weekend.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt reports Friday night was a slow evening with a total of 11 rides and the volunteers were from the community as a whole.  He adds even though Operation Red Nose is offered as a free service those receiving the service were generous with their donations with all the funds collected staying within our community for children’s activities preferably in organized sports.

             

We’ll wrap up New Years Eve on tomorrow news.

 

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