Local News Archives for 2013-05

You can shop all over Cranberry Portage tomorrow.

The Cranberry Portage Child and Family Services Center is hosting a Community Yard Sale tomorrow. Executive Director Debbie McLauchlin invites you to stop at the Legion, pick up a map and shop from 9:30 to 1:30. She says there are currently 12 yard sales in Cranberry Portage and there may be some more by the time Saturday morning rolls around.  She adds they’ll all be on the map for people to check them out.  McLauchlin says there’s a variety of stuff out there from antiques to baking to baby stuff and general household material.


There will also be yard sale tables and lunch available at the Legion.

You can still book a space for a boot sale

Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club is holding its annual car boot sale next Saturday, June 8th.  The Club’s Agnes Mills says it’s a chance to sell what you don’t need while supporting the charities they donate to.  She says they have a new one a scholarship to Hapnot Collegiate and they support the PARTY program, they’ve given money to Camp Whitney, the Gift of Life for transplants and the Food Bank.


You can book a space for ten dollars to sell from the trunk of your car which gives the sale its name or from a table or the back of your truck.  To book a space call Agnes at 204-687-8204 or Brenda at 2993 and you can leave your ten dollars at Northern Rainbows End.  The sale runs from 10 to 12 June 8th at the Victoria Inn parking lot.

The animals are waiting for your visit



   The Joe Brain Children’s Petting Zoo on Green Street in Flin Flon is now open for their 16th season.  Zoo Supervisor Ria Rowe says they again have your favorite animals.  She says they have a bunch of new babies this year they just brought in on Monday.  She says she got her pigs this year, three little ones so they’re looking forward to getting them out in the yard this week and they’ve got a lot of new bottle fed babies including goats and lambs.


Rowe adds with all the new baby animals this year they can use some help bottle feeding them. If you are interested in helping you can drop in to the zoo at two o’clock any afternoon.  The zoo will be open daily from 11 to 7 but the hours may be adjusted a bit for a while to help the animals adjust to being here.  For information you can call them at 204-687-6910. Plans are being developed for their annual Hay Day in August.

New and traditional events will be part of the Flin Flon Trout Festival

Festival President Tim Babcock told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce their website www.flinflontroutfestival.com has been updated and includes their schedule of events and entry forms.  He said they continue newer events such as the Spirit of the Trout Festival Award to encourage young people to volunteer, the Photo Scavenger Hunt starting June 7th , Battle of the Bands June 8th, Environment Council Cabaret June 15th and a 48 hour fishing derby June 21st to 23rd.  He says they are keeping the important things in the Festival with a budget of 50 thousand dollars and a continuing need for volunteers.


Babcock added the Festival starts with Main Street day and an 80th birthday party for the city on June 28th, June 29th Main Street days continue along with canoe races and the Fire Department’s Beat the Chief competition and ends with the Fish Fry with local bands.  July 1st will include a pancake breakfast and the parade. He added this year Wings Over Kississing will provide helicopter flights over Flin Flon at 40dollars with part of that donated back to the Festival.

You can work out in style

A new weight room has been added to the Denareplex at Denare Beach.  The Committee’s Kari Lentowicz says they will be holding an open house Sunday.  She says a number of people on the Weight Room Committee will be there to greet people and show them around the facility, they’ll be providing some refreshments and showing people the equipment that they’ve purchased for the facility and hopefully get some suggestions that they can incorporate over the next couple of years.


The open house runs from 2 to 5 Sunday afternoon at the Denareplex.

You can walk with or without a dog to support dog training programs

The Flin Flon Lions Club is holding their Purina Walk for Dog Guides Sunday afternoon.  Organizer Candace Draper says the walk supports the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides Program including Canine Vision, Hearing Ear, Special Skills, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance and Diabetic Alert dog training.  The goal is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them with a dog guide at no cost.


The walk begins with registration at noon Sunday with the walk at 1 at the Boardwalk next to the Stittco parking lot.  Pledge forms are available at the Gateway or call Candace at 204-687-5890.

Travel and fund raising were part of the Flin Flon School Board meeting last night

Superintendent Blaine Veitch reported Rhett Sapergia will be organizing a trip to Saskatchewan for grades five and six on June 24th and 25th.  As part of the French Immersion Program the students will gain a further understanding of Canadian history, culture and improve their French language skills.  The trip includes stops at Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Center, Fort Carlton Provincial Park and the Batoche National Historic site.


In other school news students at McIsaac School students raised over 10 thousand dollars for the Jump Rope for Heart program.  This Friday students across the Division will be participating in the Twenty Minutes of Magic event doing their part to clean up our community.


The Board carried a motion to allow Hapnot teacher Natalie Milligan to go forward with a planned trip to France.  All fundraising efforts will need to be approved by the board.


Information is available on diabetes and heart and stroke

The Catholic Women’s League of Flin Flon is sponsoring two workshops tomorrow.  Organizer Lucille Rossington says the diabetes session is from 10 to 12 and the heart and stroke session from 1 to 2:30. She says the Primary Health Care team from The Pas and the Heart and Stroke Resource Team from Winnipeg are coming in to give us information about these diseases.  She says you can come to both sessions or the one that interests you most.  Rossington adds the blood pressure clinic will be available during both sessions and it’s a chance to acquire information on these diseases and this way we can be better informed and deal with them personally.


The workshops are being held at St. Ann’s Hall on Center Street.  There is no cost, lunch will be served and you can register by calling Lucille at 204-687-3174.

You can still nominate a student for a special award

The Flin Flon Trout Festival is accepting nominations for the Spirit of the Trout Festival Award.  Committee chair Hollee Babcock explains this award is for high school students who are in grades 9 to 12 and volunteer within the community.  She says it’s a way to recognize their involvement and encourage other students to volunteer.


There are two 500 dollar cash prizes to be awarded, one to a female and one to a male nominee.  Nomination forms must be in by Friday and are made by a parent, teacher or a member of an organization the student volunteers with.  Forms are available on their website www.flinflontroutfestival.com or call Hollee at 204-271-4002.

A lot of people were out walking this weekend

The Kinette Club held their annual Great Strides Family Walk Sunday on the Boardwalk.  The Club’s Corinne Mathews says they had a good day for the walk.  She says they had 41 participants out doing the walk and had 18 people who raised money for a total of 17 hundred dollars raised for cystic fibrosis research.

The MS Walk was also held Sunday starting at the Elks Hall.  Coordinator Marsha Reeves says they had 30 walkers raising 93 hundred dollars.  She adds that includes the Credit Union and Royal Bank who each donated one thousand dollars and Kick It Sports sponsored Dillon McCombie of the Bombers at 20 dollars per goal and 15 dollars per assist resulting in 735 dollars going to the MS Walk.


Your help is needed to clean up Flin Flon Friday morning

   Acklands Grainger is sponsoring their annual community clean up called Twenty Minutes of Magic Friday. Organizer Chad Plamodon says the idea is to get as many people as possible outside cleaning up.  He explained you pick up your supplies at Acklands Grainger and then get out at 10 AM Friday. He says the city is going to be supporting them with the collection of this litter, you just need to gather at Kin Park at noon for a weigh in.  He adds the team with the largest amount of litter collected will win the Doug Dimytriw trophy and the right to the Twenty Minutes of Magic championship for the year.


The clean up will be followed by a barbeque at noon sponsored by Multi Material Stewardship Manitoba and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association.  You can register by calling 204-687-3451 or at www.flinflononline.com.

Your kids can attend a fun retreat this weekend

   Simon House Bible Camp is holding a spring retreat from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.  Executive Director Darrell Janzen says it will be a fun weekend for ages 11 to 17. He adds it’s a weekend where kids can come out and have a chance to play some games, do some activities, they have their chapel service and also get out and enjoy the lakes with some water activities.

To register for the spring retreat you can call 204-472-3025 or visit their website at www.simonhouse.ca.


Flin Flon has the top mine rescue team

 The Hudbay Mine Rescue team from Flin Flon won the provincial mine rescue competition held in Winnipeg this past weekend for the second year in a row.  Mine Safety’s Olaf Hettrick says the team topped five other teams from across the province. He says in first aid and in the underground and practical skills they did excellent and they also competed in a fire fighting challenge and a written test.


The Hudbay team will now compete in the Canada Western Region competition in Fernie, B.C. in September.  The team is made up of Captain Tracy Knutson, Jeremy Beauchamp, Dustin Patterson, Damian Dominey, George Warman and Vice-Captain Brian Rainville

Challenge Winding Down

             The Community In Motion Committee started a 31 day personal health challenge on May 1st with 55 people registered to take part.  The Committee’s Fran Labarre says people are earning points by meeting a list of health challenges and it winds up on Friday. She says there are just a few more days to go and everyone has to get their points in to her by June 7th so they can give her a call at 204-687-1355 and tell her how they did and then they’ll pick the winner.

              The winner of the challenge will be announced on June 14th once all the points have been turned in and totaled.

An Evening Of Music

               You are invited to the Junior High Spring Band Concert Wednesday night.  Music Educator Anna Jardine says they will feature several of the school division’s bands.  She says they have three grade six ensembles from both Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools, they have a grade seven ensemble that’s students from both schools combined as well as a grade eight ensemble, and they also have a wind ensemble which is the students who went to honor band this year in Dauphin as well as a couple of extras and the junior jazz band.

              The concert starts at 7 Wednesday night at McIsaac School.  A silver collection will be taken.

Northern Community Clean Up

              Multi Material Stewardship Manitoba and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association are including Flin Flon in the Northern Community Clean Up this year.  The group’s Sarah Wallace says they want people to turn in all kinds of residential recycling material on Friday including beverage containers, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, basically what you’d put in a blue box.  She adds they are encouraging members of the community to help out with the clean up and pick up any litter or other garbage and recycling as this is a two stream clean up so they’re accepting both materials.

              They will be at Kin Park starting at 10 Friday morning to accept material.  More information is available at www.simplyrecycle.ca or www.recycleeverywhere.ca.  The clean up will be followed by a barbeque at Kin Park.

Facilitators are needed for a stroke program.

               A Living with Stroke program is being made available in Flin Flon by the Heart and Stroke Foundation through telehealth.  Primary Health Care Nurse Robbi-Lynn Cooper Roberts says they are offering a six hour course, it’s about living with stroke and they are looking for people who would like to be a facilitator or help run the program.  She says it’s a program developed for people who have had stroke or for individuals and their families that care for them so it’s giving information, sharing experiences and trying to provide some support.

              The program will run from 10 to 4 on Tuesday and you can register by calling Robbi-Lynn at 204-687-1354.

You can clean up and get active in Denare Beach Sunday.

              As part of Physical Activity Month Denare Beach is holding a Community Spring Clean Up Challenge Sunday afternoon.  Recreation Board Chair Mary Wright invites everyone to meet at New Horizons on Spruce Street at one o’clock to register.  She says they will have a map there and hopefully they can cover most of the Beach by letting people choose which area they want to clean up.  She says they will provide water, garbage bags and gloves and there will be some prizes as well.  She adds the clean up will be followed by a fish fry with hot dogs for the kids.

              Wright says they hope people will come out, get some exercise and enjoy a cleaner community.

Speeders made up the largest group of drivers who ignored safe driving week.

              Manitoba RCMP took part in National Road Safety Week that ended Monday with check stops throughout the province.  746 charges were laid for speeding along with 43 impaired driving charges, 68 charges for failing to wear seatbelts, 54 charges for not stopping at an intersection, 26 charges for using a handheld electronic device while driving as well as 373 other traffic related charges.  Three fatalities occurred during Road Safety Week this year.

              The RCMP state they will never stop trying to make Manitoba roadways safer.

Jumpstart Day

             Creighton Recreation and Flin Flon Parks and Recreation will be taking part in Canadian Tire’s Red Ball Campaign that encourages customers to donate two dollars to help kids from disadvantaged families in our community get involved in sports and recreation.  Creighton Recreation Director Channa Senyk says you can support local fund raising on Jumpstart Day Saturday from 11 to 1 at Canadian Tire.  She says they will be putting on a barbeque and also some kids games, face painting and balloon animals and they are hoping families come out and support Jumpstart adding all money raised locally stays in the community.

              People are asked to make a donation to add to the funds raised by Canadian Tire for the local campaign.

Run To The Border

              The Annual Run to the Border by the Flin Flon Motorcyclists Association will take place Saturday.  The group’s Paul Garrett says they’ll start with a poker derby leaving the Gateway at 11 to Cranberry Portage and back to the Gateway to form up for the parade at one.  He says they will be doing something a little different this year.  They have joined with the Elks for their Christmas hampers and they’re going to do a toy run.  He says what that involves is asking people to bring a new toy to the parade and the Elks will be there with a truck and will pick them up and use them for Christmas.

              The parade will leave the Gateway and follow Third Avenue onto Main Street and out to Creighton Main Street

Front Yard Shopping

             The City of Flin Flon is encouraging residents to share things they don’t want with others instead of hauling them to the landfill.  Councilor Colleen McKee explains they are encouraging people to put them on their front lawn and clearly indicate the item is for taking with a small sign that says free or whatever they want to put on it.  She adds one thing to note is the city will not be picking up the items after.  McKee says the program will run from 9 Friday morning until Sunday at midnight and they are expecting people to remove items after that time period.

              The idea came about after the city decided not to do its usual spring clean up campaign as a cost cutting measure.

Last Night's City Meeting

              Council passed on first reading an amendment to the Cemetery Bylaw to set fees. Councilor Tim Babcock says the fees which have not changed since 2000 will go up three percent retroactive to 2000 and a three percent increase will be proposed to Council each year into the future.  The amendment requires two more readings.

              Council reported the city is proceeding with necessary roof replacements at the Library, Community Hall and the RCMP office where leaks have been causing serious problems at a cost of 350 thousand dollars.

              Council agreed to spend just over ten thousand dollars to repair the retaining wall in front of City Hall as the brick work is crumbling.  They also agreed to spend just under ten thousand dollars to hire a company to do aerial images of the community.  Councilor Bill Hanson says the city uses the images for such purposes as settling land disputes, locating piping and other issues. He says these images have not been updated since the 90s.


Poker Rally Walk

             The Community In Motion Committee will be holding a Poker Rally Walk Friday.  The Committee’s Aimee Deans invites you to take part in this free event.  She says they are looking to get people out in motion with people walking and being active.  She says people come to the Community Hall between 11:30 and 1 Friday, the walk takes about 20 minutes, at each stop you get a poker card and they have water and fruit available.

              Deans adds you can not only win prizes everyone gets some exercise

Walk For MS

               Flin Flon is joining communities across the country in holding an MS Walk Sunday.  Coordinator Marsha Reeves says they start at the Elks Hall with registration at 10 and the walk at 11. She says it’s about a five kilometer walk and after the walk they will be having lunch with Subway donating subs and Eddies Family Foods donating fruit trays and they have a lot of great prizes.  She adds there’s a minimum request of 25 dollars in pledges.

              This is the 10th year for the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries MS Walk in Flin Flon with pledge forms on line at www.mswalk.com or call Marsha at 204-687-5139.

Learn About Your History

              The Royal Northwest Mounted Police Post Museum in Creighton has opened for the summer season.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says there’s a lot of history to see at the museum.  She says they first like to point out Wally Beaver whose part walleye and part beaver and the kids love him.  She adds they have a remnant of a Japanese balloon bomb, some long hole drills and mine drills and they have the original claim post that Tom Creighton staked his claim with and people are really interested in seeing that as well.

              The Museum is on the Creighton freeway next to the Tourism and Recreation building and is open from 8 to 5 Monday to Friday.

Christian Healing

               St. Peter and St. James Anglican Church invites you to a Christian Healing Conference later this week on behalf of the Order of St. Luke.  Reverend Ray Knight says they are pleased to host the visit by Reverend Mike Endicott. He says Mike is one of the directors for Jacob’s Well, he’s from England and he travels the world speaking at different conferences and being involved in healing ministry.  He says he got to know Mike through the Order of St. Luke.

              The conference includes a retreat Thursday from 10 to 3 and healing services Friday and Saturday nights at 7 as well as learning sessions Saturday for 50 dollars.  If you would like to attend the Thursday retreat and lunch only it is 10 dollars and the healing services Friday and Saturday nights are open to the community at no cost.

              If you are interested contact the Anglican Church at 204-687-6054.


Manitoba Chamber Orchestra In Town

             The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra will be performing in Flin Flon Tuesday evening.  The Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says you will hear a variety of high quality music as the orchestra is comprised of musicians from the Winnipeg Symphony so you are looking at that kind of quality.  She says in terms of repertoire they are going to be doing a cross section of styles, everything from jazz to pop to classics so there’s going to be something for everyone and it’s going to be an amazing concert.

              The concert is at 7:30 Tuesday in the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

Key Tags Coming

              You should be receiving your War Amps key tags in the mail this week.  Their Director of Play Safe Drive Safe programs Rob Larman says funds raised by the key tags support their children’s programs including the matching mother’s program so that a family that has years of experience can pass its knowledge on to new families.  He says they are able to connect families to share their experiences to offload the negativity of the new family raising a child amputee.

              Larman adds this is the War Amps 95th year of helping child amputees.  The War Amps receive no government funding so they depend on donations from their key tag and address label programs

Community Wide Yard Sale

             Denare Beach will be holding a community wide yard and garage sale next Saturday, May 25th.  Recreation Board Chair Mary Wright says anyone can be part of the sale by calling the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050 and because there’s no one in the office regularly she would like you to leave a message and she will check messages often.  She says what you have to give her is your name, address and the time you want to hold the sale.

              Wright adds you should call by Tuesday so your sale can be included in the advertising.  She adds the Brownies and Guides will also have a barbeque fund raiser from 10 to 2 at 2100 Spruce in front of Denare Beach New Horizons.

Live Entertainment

             The Abramson Singers from Vancouver will be entertaining in Flin Flon Saturday night.  Lucien Durey who is familiar with the group says Leah Abramson has a varied musical background with her band comprised of a lot of members of the Vancouver Indie scene.  He says even though she’s a singer song writer the music explores some pop and Indie rock sensibilities but with a firm grounding in folk song writing so you’re going to hear songs about longing, loss and heart break along side historically inspired songs about the Metis rebel Louis Riel for example.

              The concert is Saturday night at 7:30 in St. Georges Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Church Street.  Tickets are 15 dollars at the Orange Toad on Main Street.

Norva Workshop Being Offered

              The Norva Center in Flin Flon is offering a community open workshop with Dean Bauche Saturday.  The Center’s Karen Clark says the 80 dollars workshop will cover alternative media other than the traditional pencil and paints most people use. She says they’ll be looking at using lazar prints and some collage work, melted wax and color which is encaustic and hopefully some other artists will bring some different kinds of media along with them so there’ll be a certain amount of sharing going on as well.

              The workshop runs from noon to 7 Saturday with a pizza break at 4:30.  To register call the Norva Center at 204-687-4237.

Great Strides Family Walk

              Flin Flon Kinettes are holding their annual great strides family walk for cystic fibrosis on Sunday, May 26th.  The Club’s Corrine Mathews says they will meet you at Kin Park where they will have registration at 10 and the walk will follow right at 10:30. She says they will walk the boardwalk and back to Kin Park where there will be a barbeque and prizes to follow.

              You are asked to have a minimum of 25 dollars in pledges with forms available at the Orange Toad on Main Street or on line at www.cysticfibrosis.ca and click on great strides walk.  For information you can call Jill at 204-271-2719.


Flin Flon Not A Danger

              In 2007 Hudbay hired Intrinsik Environmental Science to conduct a soil study and human health risk assessment in the Flin Flon area.  The soil study concluded the likelihood of adverse health effects among area residents from exposure to metals evaluated is negligible to low.  The health risk assessment involved collecting environmental samples as well as blood samples to measure lead levels.  Intrinsik’s Elliot Segal says they did this before and after the smelter shutdown with different results.  He says the levels of exposure in the community are very low and it’s a safe and healthy community to live in. He adds the results of the follow up or second study in 2012 indicates the levels had dropped to about half what they were in 2010 when they first did the study.

              The study team recommends Hudbay continue with the work they are doing to reduce dust from the complex, the public outreach program continues raising awareness of potential sources of lead including when doing building renovations and continue the education program that emphasizes hand washing especially among children.

Advertising on Google?

              Community Futures Greenstone in Flin Flon is holding a video workshop tomorrow from 10 to 12.  Manager Bunny Burke says this is a new workshop on pay per click advertising on google, facebook and linkedin and this will allow you to put your message in front of different audiences and only pay when someone is really interested and they click on your ad.  She says it’ll teach you how to do that and the basics of it all to manage your time and investment.

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

Be Bear Smart

              Manitoba Conservation is reminding you to be bear smart in or near bear country now as black bears emerge from their dens.  People returning to their cottages should be aware bears are attracted to anything they consider food around homes, cottages, parks, campsites and communities so remove anything that might attract them.  As well remember to carry bear spray, be aware of your surroundings, walk or jog in groups, make noise, keep dogs on a leash and do not use ear phones to listen to music.

              More information on being bear smart is available at www.manitoba.ca/blackbear.

School Playground Project

              Kara Plamondon, Chairperson for the McIsaac School Parent Council presented the Flin Flon School Board with the expanding plans for the Schools playground project.  Recent fundraising efforts total sixteen thousand dollars and over the next three years they plan to raise another thirty thousand.  This year plans are in the works to build a soccer and hockey area, swing sets and tables to compliment the existing structures.  Plamondon says local businesses and parents have been helpful thus far with financial and volunteer commitments.  The project is a work in progress depending on funds and Plamondon did ask the Board for financial or physical assistance for the future.

              Hapnot French teacher Natalie Milligan presented the Board with a proposal for approval of a trip to France.  She reviewed the trip saying the most important aspect would be the educational benefits to students by exposing them to French culture.  The Board stated they would discuss the proposal over the next two weeks.

Time For A Shot?

              With the arrival of warmer weather you’ll be spending more time outdoors and Immunize Canada warns you could be placing yourself at risk of vaccine preventable tetanus if you are not up to date with your immunizations.

              Tetanus is an acute often fatal disease caused by a toxin released by bacteria present in our environment.  Infection can occur from a minor scrape or puncture while gardening or renovating or even an animal bite.  The bacteria that cause the disease tend to live in dirt, dust and soil and can enter the body through breaks in the skin or wounds caused by contaminated objects.

              Immunize Canada recommends that everyone receive a tetanus booster every ten years.

              For more information you can contact the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Center at 204-687-1350.

Cadet's Recognized

              Cadets from the 2328 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp in Flin Flon received awards last night for their outstanding work over the past year.

              The Captain W.A. Sweeney Award for General Proficiency for Senior Cadets went to Skyler Burroughs, the CWO Fisher Trophy for General Proficiency for Junior Cadets to Jordan Panagabko, the Sergeant J.A. Horrocks Trophy for Dress and Deportment to Zach Nixon who also received the Best First Year Cadet Award, the Ubique Trophy for Recruitment  to Keira Collins, the Lieutenant Colonel F.S. Gira Trophy for Citizenship to Jeffery Odegaard, the Major M.G. Naylor Award for Dedication and Commitment to Tyler Highfield, the Lord Strathcona Trust Medal to Ralph Laliberte who also received Best Attendance, Cadet Service Medals for four years service to Ralph Laliberte, Alex Quaal and Cameron Yeo and the Peter Popp Team Trophy for Rifle went to Skyler Burroughs, Tyler Highfield, Jordan Panagabko and Austin Morrissette.

              Special recognition was given to Commanding Officer Daryl Wilkinson and Captain Bill McLean who received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals.


Friends Of The Library

              The Flin Flon Public Library has launched a fund raising campaign.  Library Administrator Cindy McLean says it’s called Friends of the Library and what it is is a way for the public to adopt a shelf.  She says you come in, choose a shelf, put you name on it or whatever you want to have on it such as in loving memory of or maybe it’s your business and the goal is eventually to have our community library with every shelf owned by someone in the community.

              McLean adds you can also adopt books as well as library furniture.  Information is available at the library and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation

Kindergarten Registration

               Creighton Community School is holding kindergarten registration.  Vice-Principal Jason Straile says you bring in the original birth certificate and an original health card, they take a photocopy of it and keep it, you fill out a form and your child is registered for the next school year.

              Students registered for kindergarten must be five years old on or before December 31st. Information is available at the School office. The deadline to register is May 31st.

Hepatitis Awareness Month

            The Play It Safer Network in Flin Flin is taking part in Hepatitis Awareness Month.  Project Coordinator Carrie Pockett says there is twice the national average of hepatitis cases in Manitoba so they are making sure there is information available.  She says they’re going to be out in the community doing a variety of activities to raise awareness.  She says that includes condom blitzes in our community, participating in various health fairs, doing presentations in the schools, there will be red and yellow days in the schools where students are encouraged to dress in red and yellow and they will also be participating in a flash mob with the Canadian Liver Foundation.

              If you want to learn more about hepatitis and testing contact the Primary Health Care Center at 204-687-1350.

A World Of Theater

            28 drama students from Creighton Community School are traveling to Winnipeg this week.  Principal Jane Dupre says they start Wednesday at the Celebrations Dinner Theatre where students will have a chance to be part of their production, get to meet with the cast and enjoy supper and the show Johnny Be Good.  She adds on Thursday they are going to the Manitoba Theatre Center for young people and having a drama resource activity there so they’re going to be able to have workshops centered around things that have to do with drama including some acting with the actors and actresses there.

              Dupre says the students will have a busy and exciting learning experience while in Winnipeg.

A restaurant fund raiser was a success

              McDonalds Restaurant in Flin Flon joined restaurants across the country in celebrating their 20th McHappy Day Wednesday raising 669 dollars for their charity Ronald McDonald House.

              A dollar from every Happy Meal, Big Mac and McCafe hot beverages sold was donated to the charity.

You can run to support a Relay for Life Team

            The Relay for Life to support cancer research is being held in September but one of the teams wants you to run to help them raise money for the Relay.  Organizer Patty Korchinski says you can support Erin’s Little Troopers by registering for a run at the Rotary Wheel between 9 and 9:45 tomorrow morning.  She says the 10K runners will leave at 10 and the 5K runners at 10:15. She adds they’ll run out from the Rotary Wheel to the Perimeter and run between the Green Street turnoff and the Princess turnoff and then loop back with the 5Kers finishing at the Rotary Wheel and the 10Kers will do a second loop.

              You can also register today at the Orange Toad at 15 dollars for the 5K and 25 dollars for the 10K run.


Local voices are being raised in Winnipeg.

              40 members of the Flin Flon Community Choir are performing in Winnipeg this weekend.  Director Crystal Kolt says they will do three performances joining with the Winnipeg Philharmonic and the Winnipeg Symphony for a concert of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  She says this will be happening in Winnipeg at the Concert Hall tonight, Saturday and at a matinee on Sunday.

              The choir’s last performance with the Winnipeg Symphony and the Philharmonic was in March of last year.

False fire alarms are again a concern.

             At their meeting this week Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs report for April indicating four calls during the month.  Councilor Ken Pawlachuk said the fire department is again concerned about false alarms from recently installed alarm systems. The city has considered charging people for the costs when the fire department is called out to a false alarm but no one has yet been charged.

              Pawlachuk also reported council will send a letter to the Hudbay Fire Department thanking them for their help Monday when there were two fire calls behind the city garage and a third behind the trailer court.

              Coucil agreed to award a grant of $11.40 per capita to the Recycling Center up slightly from last year.  Councilor Skip Martin said they provide a good service to the community keeping a lot of material out of the landfill.

              The Creighton Community Dog Park Committee wrote asking for 5 thousand dollars towards building a fenced in off- leash dog park at Phantom Lake between the driving range and the first soccer field.  A similar request has gone to Creighton Council and the committee will raise the remaining 5 thousand.  The letter was referred to committee.

Steak, Spuds and Suds

              The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee is holding its second Steak, Spuds and Suds night tomorrow.  President Tim Babcock says they were impressed with the first one. He says 62 people came out to the Unwinder to participate in their steak night and the food was good and they’re hoping with the NHL hockey playoffs on this Friday the turnout will be even better.  He adds for 14 dollars you get a steak dinner that includes a beverage.

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


Top Mining Team

              The top mine rescue team at Hudbay in Flin Flon has been chosen following a competition involving six teams.  Mine Safety’s Olaf Hettrick says the winning team is captained by Tracy Knutson who is a first time captain but he did well and there’s Jeremy Beauchamp, Dustin Patterson, Damien Dominey, George Warman and vice-captain Brian Rainville.

              Hettrick says the team will take part in the provincial competition in Winnipeg May 24th and 25th at the Union Center Building and Parkade.  Other teams competing include Hudbay from Snow Lake, Vale from Thompson, Tanco from Lac du Bonnet and the host team San Gold from Bissett.

The Golden Age Of Horror

             The Central Canada Film Group continues to help you learn about the history of great movies.  The group’s Collin Davis says they are moving through the decades of movie making.  He explained last time they got together they were looking at the golden age of comedy in the 20’s and now they’re on to the 1930’s and the golden age of horror with the works of Boris Karloff.  He says they will be looking at his classic 1935 The Bride of Frankenstein and they have a few extras to show about Karloff, his life and other things that he did.

              It is free to attend this presentation in the Hapnot Theatre tomorrow night at 7 but a silver collection will be taken.

Grads Gone 80's

              The grads of Hapnot Collegiate in Flin Flon are holding their annual fashion show tomorrow evening under the theme Grads Gone 80’s.  Grad Coordinator Bobbi Willets says the grads will be modeling a lot of fashions available locally.  She says they’ve got quite a few stores who have agreed to let them borrow their clothes, the grads have written a script so there will be a play put on, they have a band performing called the Scruffy Muffins and they’re quite famous at Hapnot and they will have raffles and things to sell.

              The fashion show starts at 7 tomorrow in the Hapnot Gym.  Tickets are seven dollars at the door.

Pre-School Wellness Day

            The Flin Flon Primary Health Care Center is holding Pre-School Wellness Days this week.  Community Dietician Joanna Ledoux says this is for Manitoba Children born in 2009 and this will be the parent’s opportunity to ask questions and learn about car seat safety, growth and development, nutrition, parenting tips, hearing screening and other programs that are available at the Primary Health Care Center.

              Pre-School Wellness Days are tomorrow and Friday at the Primary Health Care Center.  You can register by calling the Center at 204-687-1350

Hot Topic: Spring Clean-up

              Dennis Hydamaka expressed concerns to Council about the cancellation of the community spring clean up due to cost cutting.  He wondered what seniors and others without trucks will do. Administrator Mark Kolt said spending cuts have to be made and no matter what is cut there will be people who will be affected with Council members adding hopefully neighbors will help neighbors. The City has cancelled tipping fees at the landfill from May 17th to June 10th so people can haul loads out there at no cost.

              Councilor Colleen McKee said the city has agreed that from 9 am May 25th to midnight on the 26th people can put large items that they want to get rid of in their front yard so people can go by and shop for items they may want.  The items would be free and should be clearly marked but if nobody picks it up the owner will still have to dispose of it.  Details on how it will work will be released.

              Councilor Bill Hanson urged people cleaning up their yards not to throw animal droppings onto the street.  He said pick it up, double bag it, put it in a box and the city garbage truck will pick it up.  He also urged pet owners to clean up after their pets which is a city bylaw.


Common Business Mistakes Discussed

              Community Futures Greenstone in Flin Flon is holding a video workshop tomorrow morning from 9:30 to 11:30.  Manager Bunny Burke says they will be discussing common business mistakes accumulated over 30 years of business consulting experience.  She says the issues will range from an incoherent business plan, misunderstanding financials or customers and they’ll discuss examples of companies that have gone off track and how to get them back on track and back to a successful business.

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

Mini- Golf Classic

              The Flin Flon Kinsmen Club invites you to take part in their 23rd annual mini-golf classic on Saturday.  The Club’s Tom Therien says golfers collect pledges to golf starting at 12:30 in a fund raiser for cystic fibrosis.  He says this time they are going to start at the Legion.  They will collect your pledges and the individuals pledges have to be at least 75 dollars or greater and with that you get to play 18 holes of mini-golf at a couple of establishments and at the end of it they are going to feed you and give away some prizes.

              Pledge forms are available from any Kinsmen member or from Tom at the Co-op store.

Healthy Flin Flon Has Info

              Primary Health Care Nurse Robbi-Lynn Cooper-Roberts told the Healthy Flin Flon Community Forum yesterday that on May 28th they will be offering a six hour Living With Stroke program from the Heart and Stroke Foundation by Tele-health.  She says it is a train the trainer program so trained instructors will be able to provide information to people so they have the tools they need to deal with stroke, a chance to meet with people who have similar issues and receive information on resources available.  Any one interested in taking the training can call the Primary Health Care Center.

              Kathy McCormick and Ted Elliott from the Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity gave information on the formation of the Chapter.  They are looking for a construction manager and several volunteers to help with building a home.  Interested people can call Linda Martindale at 687-6321.  They also mentioned the selected family Angela and Austin Bennett will purchase the home to be built at 63 Green Street and put in 350 hours of volunteer work. They added fund raising continues with their ReStore, penny drive and other planned events.  For information call Ted at 688-0052 or Kathy at 687-6582.


McHappy Days Are Here Again

             McDonald’s Restaurants in Flin Flon and The Pas will be celebrating McHappy Day Wednesday.  Store Manager in The Pas Shelly Gallaugher says people can help support the McDonald’s charity at both restaurants.  She says Ronald McDonald House is the charity they’re doing and they have some sponsors coming in to volunteer their time.  She explained what happens is for every Big Mac, Happy Meal or McCafe product like a latte or cappuccino or any of their coffees sold one dollar goes towards charity. She adds they also have some thing to do inside the store as they sell items sent to them that will put money towards this as well.

              McHappy day runs all day Wednesday as they celebrate their 20th anniversary with CFAR590’s Raphael Saray helping out in the restaurant from 1 to 3.

Lalor And Reed Lake Advancing

              Hudbay has invested 338 million of its 794 million dollar capital construction budget for the Lalor project near Snow Lake and has entered into an additional 84 million dollar commitment to the project with ore now being hoisted from the ventilation shaft.  President David Garofalo says Lalor and Reed Lake will lead to improved future growth.  He says now that they’ve achieved commercial production for the first phase of Lalor they expect that the sequentially improved earnings and cash flow in the second half of 2013 will be followed by more substantial growth in 2014 as the Reed project comes on line and they commission the main shaft at Lalor.

              Garofalo adds Hudbay’s focus at Reed Lake has been advancing the underground ramp and sinking the escape and ventilation raises from surface.  They have invested 37 million of the 72 million dollar capital construction budget at Reed and entered into an additional 13 million in commitments. Hudbay expects full production there by the first quarter of next year

Plans For MS Walk Continue

              Plans for the MS walk continue with Marsha Reeves agreeing to be the local walk’s Volunteer Coordinator.  The MS Society’s Lori Bogoslowski says they now need walkers to register and collect pledges for the walk to continue.  She says this walk is vital to Flin Flon as the money they raise allows them to reach out to people with MS and their families throughout the year.  She invites you to join today to ensure this support and programs continue in Flin Flon.

              The MS Walk takes place May 26th starting at the Elks Hall with lunch and prizes provided.  To register go to www.mswalk.ca or call Marsha at 204-687-5139.

Flin Flon Family Selected

              The Family Selection Committee for the Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has announced the family who will purchase the home they will be building at 63 Green Street.  Angela Bennett says she and her 10 year old son Austin are excited about being chosen.  She says there are no words to explain what this means to her and her son.  She adds this is going to be their first real home together and they’re just thrilled beyond words.

              Habitat homes are sold to partner families with no down payment and are financed with no interest mortgages which are set to a maximum of 25 percent of their gross income.  Angela and her family will also put in 350 hours of volunteer work in the community as well as towards building their home.  She and Austin are already volunteering with the SPCA.

              Habitat continues to fund raise and look for sponsorships to build the home.


People Are Striving For Health

               A personal health challenge is now underway and the In Motion Committee’s Fran Labarre says people are interested in getting healthy.  She says registration for the challenge for May was great and they have 55 people signed up.  She says it started on Wednesday and it runs to the 31st of May and everyone can be healthy getting their sleep, drinking their water and eating their veggies and fruit.

              The committee has run team challenges but they decided to run a personal challenge since a lot of people suggested they would like to try doing a challenge on their own.


Hudbay Profits Lower As Of Late

              Hudbay has reported that during the first quarter of this year they registered a profit of 1.9 million dollars compared to a profit of 3.4 million dollars in the first quarter of last year.  Total revenue was 119.9 million dollars, 67.1 million lower that the first quarter of last year primarily due to lower sales volumes mainly as a result of the closures of Trout Lake and Chisel North mines and lower metal prices.  President David Garofalo says the future looks good. He explained by closing two higher cost mines while developing three new projects that are lower cost they are positioning towards becoming a company with lower costs and longer life assets.  He says they expect their production rates in all of their key metals to increase more appreciably in 2014 before development projects reach capacity in 2015.  He adds at that time their production in all key metals is expected to rise significantly.

              Garofalo adds they continue their development of the Lalor and Reed Lake mines near Snow Lake and Constancia in Peru.

30 Hour Famine

A group of students at Hapnot Collegiate is taking part in a thirty hour famine this weekend.  Organizer Corinne Mathews explains the famine is a fund raising and awareness event.  She says the students are raising money for World Vision and what World Vision does is promote clean water, food, child protection and safety all over the world which is a really good cause for the students to get involved in.

The thirty hour famine begins at midnight tonight with the students staying at the school overnight Friday with games, sports and movies wrapping up at six Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast for the students.  You can make a pledge to the students by going to www.famine.ca and enter Hapnot at find a group.

Painting Lessons

The Norva Center is offering painting lessons with artist Cam Forbes May 10th and 11th.  The Center’s Mike Spencer says its 50 dollars for a two day workshop.  He explains it’s a plein air painting lesson which is painting out doors as opposed to the studio sort of in the style of the Group of Seven.  He asks that artists bring their own paint and they will supply the boards they’re going to paint with.  Spencer adds the first evening on Friday May 10th is a set up and then Saturday the 11th is a full day of painting and they will wander around, find interesting landscapes and learn to paint them.

To register you can drop in at the Norva Center on Green Street or call them at 204-687-4237.

Quilting Retreat

New quilting techniques will be highlighted as quilters get together for a Quilting with Friends Retreat at Bakers Narrows Lodge this weekend.  One of the organizers Sandra Buchberger says they will be working on new ideas Friday through Sunday.  She explained they have a couple of projects to choose from and its call paper piecing which is a new way of doing it.  She says they are going to show everybody how to start the project and hopefully some of them will get it finished over the weekend.


The retreat is fully booked but any interested quilters can drop in on Saturday as Fabulicious from Swan River will be there with a variety of quilting supplies for sale.


Bargins Available

Sellers and shoppers will be heading to Creighton Saturday morning to take part in the Clean Sweep Gigantic Yard Sale.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they will be at the Sportex.  She says they have tables available for rent and they are also accepting donations from the community, so they just have to call and book their tables.  She adds it starts at 9 o’clock and goes until noon.


The Creighton Community School parent committee will also be holding at pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 at the Sportex. If you still want to book a table for the sale you can call 306-688-3538.

Seniors Can Save On Travel

              The Saskatchewan Transportation Company is offering seniors the opportunity to explore the province at a great price.  All this month seniors sixty plus will be able to ride anywhere along the STC network for only ten dollars one way.

              The Minister responsible for STC Don McMorris says whether seniors use the sale to attend appointments or visit friends and family, this promotion will provide them with the opportunity to travel across Saskatchewan in a convenient and affordable manner.

              Last year more than 30 thousand seniors took advantage of the seat sales months.  STC has offered similar promotions since September 2009.



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