Local News Archives for 2013-09

A lot of people learned about the culture available in our community

Well over two hundred people gathered yesterday to celebrate a successful weekend of Culture Days by dancing down Main Street.  Organizer Crystal Kolt says the weekend couldn’t have gone better. She says it was inspirational, it was fun, it was accessible, there were things for absolutely everybody and she believes they topped 80 events for this year.


Culture Days began Friday with events that included the schools and continued on Saturday with events at Bakers Narrows and in town and wrapped up yesterday.


You are being asked to share Christmas cheer again this year

The Elks Lodge is holding its annual Christmas Cheer canvas in the Flin Flon Creighton area.  Exalted Ruler Gord Evans says the funds raised are used to buy gifts and hampers to feed the needy and unfortunate at Christmas time.  He says they service Creighton and Flin Flon only and all funds received throughout our community goes back into our community, adding if they don’t spend all the funds like last year the money is in reserve for this year and it always goes back into Christmas hampers.


The canvas will run for the whole month of October.  If you can help with the door to door canvas call Gord at 204-687-5276.

The deadline is approaching for you to nominate someone in your community for a special award

Saskatchewan residents can nominate a volunteer from your community for the Volunteer Medal.  The province’s Chief of Protocol Jason Quilliam says the province is full of talented and dedicated volunteers who come from many different walks of life and backgrounds and they’ve done some great things to make our lives better so anyone who’s really done anything to help out a community in terms of volunteerism is welcome to be nominated for this award.


Nomination forms are available on their website www.ops.gov.sk.ca and click on volunteer medal or call them at 1-877-427-5505. The deadline is October 18th.  Since its inception in 1995 156 people have received the medal.

Plans for an FM Radio launch are continuing to be developed

Arctic Radio has been working on adding an FM signal at CFAR 590 in Flin Flon. Station Owner Tom O’Brien says the launch is coming up.  He says they did some preliminary testing, learned a few things, some things need to be improved upon so the first phase is done.  He says they are going to have to turn the transmitter off and make those changes and then the second phase will begin in about three or four weeks.


O’Brien adds the goal is to get it right.  He says there has to be a lot of testing and some has been done.  He adds now they will take the information, make some adjustments and there will be another phase of testing later in October.  O’Brien thanks you for listening to the FM signal and for your comments.

You can dance to wind up a big weekend

Culture Days are being celebrated with events taking place today, tomorrow and Sunday all around the Flin Flon area and Bakers Narrows.  The committee’s Susan Lethbridge invites you to come out Sunday to celebrate the weekend by dancing down Main Street which is going to be bigger and better than ever. She says they are starting at noon this Sunday so you should be at Pioneer Square where you’ll learn the dance in about 15 minutes and if you’ve never danced in a mob you’ll find it’s a glorious, joyous, wonderful feeling.  She says everybody should come out and dance to Michael Buble’s It’s a Beautiful Day.


Lethbridge adds prizes will be available to businesses that register with her and come out and a rock concert will be awarded to the school with the most participants.

The RCMP are looking for information on an assault

The Creighton RCMP with assistance from the Prince Albert General Investigation Section are investigating an assault that occurred just outside the bar in the 300 block of Main Street in Creighton around 2:15 last Sunday morning.


A 26 year old man from Flin Flon was taken to hospital with head injuries where he remains in stable condition.  Investigation into this incident is ongoing as investigators try to determine the events that led up to the time that the assault took place.


Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Creighton RCMP or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.


Nuclear waste storage is a community decision

The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce heard from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization as their representatives continue to visit the communities interested in hosting a nuclear waste storage facility including Creighton.  Their Communications Manager Mike Krizanc says you need an informed and willing community to make a decision so the Community Liaison Committee here like in other communities is considering what is the long term vision for this area and this community and how would this impact it, what would be the challenges that it would bring and what are the potential benefits.


Creighton is now in step three of a nine step selection process. By the end of this year the organization will be shortening their list of 21 communities.  Creighton will then know if they will be invited to continue in the process.  If they continue community involvement will expand beyond the Creighton Flin Flon area to include communities along possible transportation routes.


RCMP are investigating a fatal fire in Pelican Narrows

Around 1:30 Tuesday morning Pelican Narrows RCMP and Fire Department were called to a house fire.  An elderly couple was able to escape from the residence unharmed and it was believed their 10 year old great granddaughter had made it out as well.  The residence burned to the ground and remains believed to be the child were found in the debris later in the morning.


An investigation team from Emergency Management and Fire Safety attended.  The remains have been transported to City Hospital in Saskatoon for autopsy. The child’s name is not being released at this time and the investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

It was a busy summer at the ReStore

The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has been busy since the beginning of May operating their ReStore on the armories site next to Twin Motors.  They’ve been accepting donations of and reselling building supplies, furniture, appliances and other gently used, unwanted or discontinued items.  Store Manager Kathy McCormick says it has been a great summer and they are closing for the season on Saturday. She says they had a busy summer raising over 11,500 dollars to help build a Habitat home in Flin Flon so on their final day Saturday they will be holding a customer appreciation day with cake and coffee served to all customers from 1 to 3 o’clock.  She adds they will re-open the store in May.


The ReStore will be open Saturday from 10 to 3.

You can talk to books tomorrow evening

As part of Culture Days the Flin Flon Public Library is holding a wine and cheese evening featuring human books tomorrow.  Administrator Cindy McLean it’s an event where people become books and they are borrowed for conversation, so people can just wander through the library and listen to conversations going on, stop and ask questions, open dialogue is encouraged, and it’s a really interesting evening.  She says you can purchase wine for three dollars each and complimentary cheese, crackers, coffee and apple cider will be available.


The human books will be available at the Library from 8 to 10 tomorrow evening.


McLean adds they will also be showing a slide show on the history of Flin Flon downstairs all evening.


Kids have a day of their own events during Culture Days

As part of Culture Days pre-schoolers are invited to Culture’s Cool of Kids tomorrow.  The committee’s Susan Lethbridge says they have 15 free activities planned.  She says they’re going to be doing all kinds of parent and child programs that involve drumming, music, singing, bannock, painting, acting, something for everyone as well as free cookies, prizes and treat bags at the end.


The events take place at St. Ann’s Church on Center Street with two sessions, one from 10 to 12 and the other from 1 to 3.

It is time to submit local projects for funding

The Aviva Fund again has one million dollars to give away to several projects that support community development.  You start off by developing an idea for a local project, submit it now to Aviva, promote your idea and get people to vote for it starting September 30th.


You can submit your idea, get more information and vote by going to www.avivacommunityfund.org.  Round one of voting will run from September 30th to October 14th.


30 projects across the country received money from the fund last year.  Some projects listed on the web site so far include upgrades to recreation facilities, playground development, animal shelters, youth centers and summer camps.


Women and culture will be celebrated Saturday night

A free cabaret is being held Saturday as part of Culture Days.  The Flin Flon Art Council’s Crystal Kolt says it’s a celebration named after the first woman prospector Kate Rice.  She says Wild Rice is a new event and it’s a free cabaret celebrating women in arts.  She says there are so many great female artists and performers that will be there and the guys will be helping them out as well.


The Wild Rice cabaret is being held at 7 Saturday night in the RH Channing Auditorium.  You can call the Arts Council office at 204-687-5974 to book your table.

You can join students in walking for cancer research

Creighton Recreation and Creighton Community School are joining up to hold a Terry Fox walk at the school tomorrow morning.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk explains the kids at the school and anyone else that would like to join them will be meeting at 11:30 and heading out to do their annual Terry Fox walk and coming back to the school where Creighton Recreation is cooking hot dogs and providing juice boxes for two dollars and all proceeds will go to the Terry Fox Foundation.


Senyk adds the community is invited to join the students in the walk and you’re encouraged to bring a toonie for Terry.


Funding, snacks and walking were all part of the school board meeting

In his report to the Flin Flon School Board last night Superintendent Blaine Veitch announced the school division has been awarded ten thousand dollar for the next two years supporting students in the Focus program. Patty Korchinski and Dean Grove spearheaded the attendance initiative grant which will see schools participating gather data and share with other schools in the province.


At Ruth Betts Community School the healthy snack program continues.  With assistance from teachers and parent volunteers students K through grade eight will receive a snack every morning consisting of at least two food groups.


The Division will also recognize Walk to School Week.  The international initiative encourages staff and students to walk, bike or skateboard to school the week of October 7th.  The event promotes physical activity, develops community cohesion, school interaction and reduces traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.  Walk to School Day falls on Wednesday, October 9th.


You are being asked to help with a cemetery clean up

Starting next Monday the City of Flin Flon will be conducting a fall clean up of local cemeteries.  Recreation Manager Mike Dubreuil is asking you to help by removing personal items.  He says under the city bylaw there are certain things that are prohibited within the cemetery although people do put them there for a good will gesture, things like a small vase with flowers in it, things that in the spring or over the winter may become hazardous when there needs to be an interment or maintenance done at the cemetery.


Dubreuil says they are asking you to remove any items that are not permanently attached to a headstone or plot that you would like to keep before next Monday.  If you have any questions you can contact the Cemetery Maintenance Contractor at 204-687-0642.

Two fund raisers on the weekend were a success

The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity held a successful Coffee House on Saturday night attended by 159 people as well as entertainers and volunteer workers.  The Coffee House raised just over 2895 dollars to help the Chapter build a Habitat home in Flin Flon.


At the Coffee House it was announced the Chapter received a cheque for 2 thousand dollars from the Flin Flon Horticultural Society.  It was also announced their ongoing penny drive had collected over 850 pounds of coins totaling just over 4105 dollars.


Their next fund raising event is a tea planned for February 22nd in St. Ann’s Hall.


Another event held on Saturday was the Walk for Cerebral Palsy.  One of the organizers Kim Nelson says they had about 21 people come out for the walk.  She says some pledge sheets are still coming in so the total should be close to 2 thousand dollars.

Your business can benefit from two workshops

Community Futures Greenstone is holding two video workshops this week. Manager Bunny Burke says tomorrow from 12 to 3 they’ll look at financial statements and what they tell you. She says it’ll talk about liquidity, how you can pay your bills, profitability, efficiencies as in is it being run properly by yourself as the owner and your staff, stability, do you have any risks you need to consider and looking at growth, a good workshop for anyone in business.


Burke adds on Thursday from 11:30 to 1 they’ll have an introduction to the Manitoba provincial sales tax.


To register for these free workshops you can call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.


Improving your self image is the focus of a workshop

The Women’s Resource Center is presenting a workshop called What About Me.  The Center’s Debbie Campbell says it’s made up of eight sessions and participants will learn about what is self esteem as well as working on improving it, they’ll also be working on challenging your negative self talk, enforcing your boundaries, twisted thinking, communication, recognizing your choices and managing your anger differently.


The workshop begins next Monday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 and runs for eight weeks.  To register call Debbie at the Women’s Resource Center at 204-681-3105.

Information is available on the Parent Child Coalition

The Nor-Man Regional Parent Child Coalition is holding a community information meeting Friday at noon at the Primary Health Care Center.  Coordinator Debbie Quickfall says they want to invited the general public, all parents, family members, service providers who are working with parents and their young children to join them to learn a little bit about the Parent Child Coalition and also to look at the importance of early child development programming and support for children and families for their future well being.  She adds they’re also looking to designate a voting representative and an alternate representative to the Nor-Man Regional Parent Coalition.


If you are planning to attend you are asked to call Christa at 204-687-1331 by Wednesday.  Lunch will be provided.

A new plant will benefit all Denare Beach residents

The grand opening of the Denare Beach Waste Water Treatment Plant was held on Friday.  Mayor Carl Lentiwcz says all residents now and into the future will benefit from the upgrade.  He says they can look forward to having a waste water treatment plant that with normal maintenance and capacity upgrades, which will have a price, will be able to serve the community with continued growth for between 35 and 45 years.  He adds this facility has an enhanced processing system that will meet community capacity and regulatory requirements during its life which will benefit the health of the community and the environment.


The 5.2 million dollar project was cost shared with the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan each contributing 734 thousand dollars, the Northern Municipal Trust Account 2.9 million, the Village of Denare Beach 36 thousand and the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation 753 thousand through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Capital Investment Fund.

There is a great day planned for seniors

Saskatchewan seniors are invited to a celebration of Seniors Week in Denare Beach on October 3rd.  Recreation Director Laurie Stomp says the day includes a tour, reminiscing and lunch.  She says they’ll begin by meeting at the Denare Beach Museum where they’ll take a tour and then they’ll be going on to Rocky View Lodge for a lunch and visit with friends and meet new people.  She adds the Lions Handivan will be available to pick people up in Creighton.


The deadline to register is Wednesday.  To register or to book the Handivan you can call Laurie at 306-362-2050.

A coffee house will support a new home

The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is holding their second annual coffee house tomorrow evening.  The Chapter’s Kathy McCormick says they have a great evening planned. She says the idea is to raise money to build a Habitat home in Flin Flon so along with the coffee, tea and desserts they will have a 50-50 draw, raffles, a coin collection and a great list of entertainment.


The coffee house will be held in the Creighton Community Hall starting at 7 tomorrow evening.  Tickets are ten dollars and are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street or at the door. If you can donate a dessert you’re asked to call Kathy at 204-687-6582.

Flin Flon area army cadets are accepting applications for another year of training

The Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp has started a new training year.  Captain Daryl Wilkinson says there’s a three way responsibility with cadets, to create good citizens, physical fitness and interest in the armed forces.  He says army cadets is a youth organization that offers adventure, some outdoor camping, navigation skills, physical fitness activities and other stuff like that.  He says it’s open for all youth from 12 to 18 years of age.


Wilkinson adds they also offer summer camp opportunities with 12 cadets attending camps over the summer.


Any young people interested can drop in on their training Monday evenings at 7 in the Flin Flon Community Hall.


Flin Flon RCMP are investigating a sexual assault

The RCMP report on August 26th they were contacted over concerns that a teenage youth may have been sexually assaulted by an employee at a Flin Flon school.  An investigation began into the allegations and the victim was identified as a teenage boy whose name will not be released.


On Tuesday a 36 year old Flin Flon woman who is not a teacher was arrested and charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.  She has been released on stringent conditions including no contact with youth under 16 years of age.  She is scheduled to appear in Flin Flon Provincial Court on November 7th.


Creighton and Denare Beach will benefit from government grants

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Corporation is delivering more that 500 grants to volunteer groups and organizations in communities across the province including Creighton and Denare Beach.  These quarterly grants are based on a percentage of net proceeds raised through licenced charitable gaming activities such as bingos, raffles, break open tickets and other events.


Two grants go to Creighton.  The Border Explorers Snowmobile Club receives 4797 dollars and the Creighton Community Center 936 dollars.  The Denare Beach Recreation Board receives 1332 dollars.

Taking walk Saturday will support people with cerebral palsy

The seventh annual Walk for Cerebral Palsy will be held in Flin Flon at Saturday afternoon.  One of the organizers Kim Nelson says they will start and finish at Hapnot Collegiate. She says they will gather at the Collegiate at one o’clock where forms and donations will be collected and will then proceed with the regular 7.2 kilometer route throughout Flin Flon.  She adds over the past six years they’ve raised over 30 thousand dollars for families and individuals with cerebral palsy in Manitoba.  Nelson says if you just want to come out for the walk it’s also about awareness.


Pledge forms are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street or just come out to the walk.

An awareness walk is being held Saturday

The Flin Flon Sexual Exploitation of Youth Committee invites you to a Grandmothers Walk on Saturday morning.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre explains the walk was started by a Grandmother who was outraged after hearing stories of abuse by adults of children often in the form of sexual exploitation and she organized the walk to help raise awareness of sexual exploitation of children and to send the message that children are sacred.


The Walk begins at 11:30 Saturday morning at the Neighbors of the North Park near Super K ending at Pioneer Square where there will be entertainment with drumming and hoop dancing as well as chili and bannock.

It is time to fix up those vacant buildings

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council passed on final reading a bylaw to regulate the condition of vacant and derelict buildings and to discourage the boarding of vacant buildings.


Administrator Mark Kolt says the reason for the bylaw is there’s a fair number of substandard buildings in Flin Flon that contribute to the deterioration of a neighborhood.  He says the city has to determine a property is vacant, has serious bylaw violations and is not being worked on.  He says notices are sent out to the owner before the city acts so there are plenty of opportunities for the owner to take steps to fix it up.  Kolt adds it will have a serious impact on some properties but they feel most people will take the necessary action to meet the bylaw and not lose their property,


In other business Councilor Tim Babcock reported the Trout Festival annual meeting will be held on October 9th at 7 in City Council chambers and they hope to see more people come out and get involved.


Local artists will be busy this weekend

The Norva Center is hosting a visit by artist Lloyd Major Saturday and Sunday.  The Center’s Ron Watt says ten local artists will be working with Major who is a well known western Canadian artist.  He says Lloyd practiced for many years on Vancouver Island and about a year ago he moved to Moose Jaw and has agreed to come up here and put on a two day workshop this coming weekend.  Watt says he’s quite excited because Lloyds the person he learned to paint with and has taught quite a few people over the years.


Watt says you can drop by the Center to see the work the artists are doing and learn more about their workshops. He adds work by another artist KC Adams who will be here for Culture Days is on display at the Center all this month.

You can celebrate our arts and culture next weekend

Culture days are being celebrated in the Flin Flon area September 27th to 29th.  Organizer Crystal Kolt says they have over 75 events planned.  She says there’s tons of event for Culture Shock, there’ll be five bands performing at the Jubilee Hall tent, there’s 15 activities for Culture School for kids at St. Ann’s Hall, tons of events happening at Bakers Narrows on the Saturday including Aboriginal square dancers, pipe ceremonies and the four medicines, arts and crafts and guest speakers.  She adds there’s going to be Human Books at the library Friday night and there’s Puff the Clown, President of the World Clown Corporation with Isaac the Jester.


Kolt adds don’t forget Dancing Down Main Street on the 29th at noon.  Lists of events are available at businesses all over town.

The boots were full of cash and a lot of cars were tested

The Flin Flon Fire Department held their annual Boot Drive Friday on Third Avenue.  Fire Chief Jim Petrie says it went really well for the 18th year. He says they had 10,500 dollars raised which is absolutely fantastic and the success of this can be directly attributed to the generosity of the local residents.  He says without the caring of the community nothing can be done and the Fire Department would like to thank the residents of Flin Flon for their generous care and donations.


The money raise goes to support Muscular Dystrophy programs.


Another fund raiser over the weekend was Drive one for your Community.  For each test drive Saturday Ford of Canada is donating 20 dollars to the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs for Kin Park.  Northland Ford Sales Consultant Nikki McConnell says they are still checking forms but they had over 150 test drives raising over three thousand dollars.


You can get rid of your hazardous waste Thursday

The City of Flin Flon is holding a hazardous waste collection in cooperation with Manitoba Hazardous Waste Management Corporation.  Recreation Manager Mike Dubreuil says the big thing is that it’s free so if you have paint cans, motor oil and stuff like that around your garage you know you can’t take to the landfill, you are encouraged you to come out on Thursday and drop those off.  He says they have an organization that comes in every September for this and this way the hazardous waste is properly contained and disposed of outside our municipality.


The Household Hazardous Waste Collection runs from 4 to 8 Thursday at Centoba Park.

A workshop will help you communicate with your children

The Women’s Resource Center is holding a workshop on how to talk so your kids will listen and listen so your kids can talk.  The Center’s Barb Hopkinson says the free eight week program will teach parents proven skills including how to set limits and boundaries while maintaining good will, coping with a child’s negative feelings, expressing anger without hurting, engaging their child’s cooperation and helping the child develop into a responsible person.  She adds these skills add peace and harmony creating a positive family atmosphere of love and respect.


The workshop is open to women and will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 starting next week.  To register call Barb at 204-681-3105.

You and your family can enjoy reading together

A new season of Read to Me, a free family literacy program, is starting on Wednesday and running Wednesday and Friday mornings for eight weeks.  Coordinator Heather Jobes says they offer stories and a lot more.  She says Read to Me is open for 2 to 5 year olds and their caregivers and each day they have a theme that could be dinosaurs, colors, shapes, and whatever comes up and they have a snack, parent time and transportation is provided as needed.


To register or for more information you can call Heather at 306-688-5818.

The deadline is approaching to enter a run walk event

Flin Flon Parks and Recreation and the Phantom Lake Golf Course are sponsoring a 5 kilometer run or walk on Sunday, October 6th.  Recreation Programmer Aimee Deans says it starts at 9 that morning for ages 12 and older.  She says the event is taking place at the Phantom Lake Gold Course and it's a great way to exercise with wither a walk or a run, whatever you choose and it's just a new fun event that they're trying to make and annual event.


The cost to enter is 30 dollars and the registration deadline is this Friday with forms abailable at the Recreation Office and the Aqua Center.

New artists can find help getting started

The NorVa Centre has a scholarship program open to people interested in getting involved in art work.  The Centre's Karen Clark says the program has been in place since they opened.  She says they take referrals from different agencies which could be different schools, or from anybody who has someone they know of who might be interested in the arts but may need some help and maybe just needs to have the programs at the Center brought to their attention so they can come in and take advantage of them.


Clark adds they have at least one seat available in most classes for a scholarship.  If interested you can contact Mike Spencer or Karen Clark at the NorVa Center at 204-687-4237.



Life saving help can be as near as your phone

The Red Cross has launched a first aid app to increase your skills and confidence to intervene in health emergencies.


Don Marentette with the Red Cross in Manitoba says the app will allow people to learn what to do in multiple medical emergencies from severe bleeding to broken bones to heart attacks.  He adds although full of useful information the new app is not a substitute for training.  He says the best way to be prepared for a medical emergency is still by taking a Red Cross first aid course supplemented by this easy app in your purse or pocket.


The free app is available for Android, iPhone and iPad and can be found in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for Android by searching Canadian Red Cross.  It is also available on the Red Cross website www.redcross.ca/app.


There is a chance to learn while having lunch

The Women’s Resource Center has expanded its lunch program for those in need of a hot lunch to a Lunch and Learn Program.  Executive Director Colleen Arnold says women and youth can come for lunch and a presentation. She says both the women and youth must participate in the program they offer.  She adds they have women attending at 11 to 12 and then they have youth come from 12 to 1.  Arnold says they have changed it so they have days for the girls to come which are Monday and Wednesday, the boys come on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Friday is a co-ed fun day.


Arnold says topics will be of interest to women and youth attending.  She adds their Center specializes in helping women and girls but if other organizations are interested in starting a lunch program they have some grant money available and the Food Bank is willing to donate their space for a lunch program. For more information call Colleen at 204-681-3105.

Parents can go to school Tuesday evening

Creighton Community School is holding an open house on Tuesday evening.  Principal Stacy Lair says they have a busy evening planned. She says from 5 to 7 o’clock they have a free supper for anyone who’d like to come out, they’re going to introduce the staff including some new staff that they’re excited to have in Creighton, as well it will give people an opportunity to see what’s going on in the school and to tour the classrooms.  She adds parents and guardians will see an invitation come home that is personalized for them for all of the elementary students.


Lair says the open house will be followed by the grade 8 to 12 awards night at 7 at the school.

The beer has been cleaned up and the highway re-opened

Cranberry Portage RCMP were called out around 9:15 yesterday morning after a semi hauling beer tipped on number ten highway south of Cranberry Portage.  The driver of the semi and sole occupant of the vehicle was taken to Flin Flon General Hospital and released shortly after.


Highway ten was closed all day as the investigation and clean up took place.  It was re-opened last evening.






Your test drive will support Kin Park

Northland Ford is teaming up with the Kinsmen and Kinette Club’s in Flin Flon for Drive One for Your Community.  Sales Consultant Nikki McConnell invites you to come out Saturday to help raise up to six thousand dollars for Kin Park.  She explains someone comes and test drives a new Ford and Ford of Canada will donate 20 dollars towards the Kinsmen and Kinettes and there is only one person allowed per household and you must be 18 or over with a valid drivers licence.


You can test drive a vehicle between 10 and 4 Saturday at the Victoria Inn.  The last Drive One for Your Community raised around 21 hundred dollars for the Flin Flon Trout Festival.

Alpha invites you to join them next week

The Alpha course will be starting a new session at the Flin Flon Alliance Church next week.  Leslie Wood says the Alpha course is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith.  She says some of the questions they’ll explore are how does God guide us, who is Jesus, why and how do I pray, how can I develop a relationship with God, what about the Church, is there more to life than this and Alpha is for everyone.


Alpha begins Tuesday evening at 6 at the Alliance Church with a celebration supper so you can learn what it’s about. To register or for more information you can call the church at 204-687-8498.

You can visit a lot of home businesses in one place

The Creighton Home Business Show is being held Saturday.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they have had a good response from businesses.  She says they have Epicure and Tupperware, Crystal B Photography, Grace Adele, Nicholson’s woodworking and sewing, Poppa Ricks Kettle Corn, Scentsy, Velada, Everyday Style, Highland Honey, Safe Smile, Wind and Willow, MaryKay, Jockey and lots of baking and jewelry.


The Creighton Home Business Show runs from 10 to 3 Saturday in the Sportex.

It is time to register for a national cleanup that has included this area in the past

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is coming up on shorelines across the country from September 21st to 29th.  Program manager Jill Dwyer says it was started 20 years ago by the Vancouver Aquarium and it is about getting volunteers out during the third week in September to organize a clean up of their local shorelines to remove shoreline litter.


Dwyer adds although there has been in the past, there are no clean ups registered yet for the Flin Flon area but with all the shorelines in our area there are many opportunities to take part.  You can sign up or learn more at their website www.shorelinecleanup.ca.

You can toss your change into a boot

The Flin Flon Fire Department is holding its 18th annual Boot Drive Friday to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy programs.  Fire Chief Jim Petrie says the Boot Drive has been extremely successful.  He says last year they collected 11 thousand dollars which was the biggest year they’ve ever had and that was their 17th year.  He says the Boot Drive is successful due to the generosity of the local residents and without the caring of the community nothing is achieved and they also have fun down there collecting for this worthwhile cause.


The Boot Drive runs from nine to five Friday on Third Avenue between Mikes and KFC.  Petrie says you don’t have to give but drive through carefully.

A coffee house will support a new home

The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is holding their second annual coffee house Saturday, September 21st as part of their goal of building a home in Flin Flon for purchase by a low income working family.  The Chapter’s Kathy McCormick says along with coffee, tea, draws and desserts they will feature a variety of local entertainment including Kevin Imrie, Stacey Becker, Lola Leclair, CC Trubiak, Ron Burwash, Mark Kolt, Brent and Susan Lethbridge, Elfriede Reimer and Faith Krahn.


The coffee house is being held in the Creighton Community Hall starting at 7 Saturday evening September 21st.  Tickets are ten dollars and are available at Northern Rainbows End or at the door.  Anyone willing to donate a dessert can call Kathy at 204-687-6582.

Attendance and Culture Days were highlighted at last night’s school board meeting

In his Superintendents report Blain Veitch told the Flin Flon School Board that a newly developed brochure will be handed out to students early this year regarding the importance of attendance.  One of the division’s goals is to improve attendance.  This brochure outlines the division’s attendance policy, provincial law and tips on how to minimize absences.


Custodial and maintenance staff along with the summer students worked hard over the summer completing capital works projects.


Students in the division will be involved with Culture Days events later this month.  This year’s guest speaker will be David Bouchard who has written more than fifty books for children in English and French.  The former teacher and school principal combines poetry, prose, visual arts and explores the environment, history, traditions and cultures of Canada’s Aboriginal communities.


The board also voted that trustee Murray Skeavington will remain as chair and Karen Yeo will serve as vice-chair for this school year.

You can learn more about your customers

Community Futures Greenstone is holding a video workshop Thursday morning from 9:30 to 11:30.  Manager Bunny Burke says it will cover survey design for customer research so this is a good workshop for research and surveying people.  She says it includes basic principles and practices for quantitive market research to help assess your new business ideas, to try and find new markets and the experienced business owner can use these survey techniques with existing customers to try and improve their service and products.


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

Choir experience is available for children in the Flin Flon area

Registration and a practice are being held Thursday for children interested in the Coppertones Children’s Choir.  Director Susan Fulford says it’s a great experience for children in grades 4 to 8 who like to sing.  She says they have an exciting year as they try to sing at community events and usually she plans some special thing at the end of the year.  She says last year they were really fortunate to do a recording in a professional studio and attend a symphony and Celebrations Dinner Theatre, so it’s a wonderful exciting group to work with.


The registration and practice start at 6:15 Thursday at the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue.

The numbers continue to go up following a weekend fundraiser

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was held over the weekend with people fundraising, collecting pledges and walking overnight Saturday at the Creighton Ball Diamond. Co-Chair Brenda Russell says it was amazing with 120 thousand dollars raised so far and 30 thousand in kind support from individuals and merchants.  She says the gathering of so many people from so many walks of life and just the togetherness is empowering, overwhelming and heartwarming and the whole community and outlying communities should be thanked for supporting it.  She adds it takes so much to put on an event like that but it makes it all worthwhile in the end when you see what a difference it makes and that feeling of people coming together brings about a feeling of hope for the future.


Russell says they had 6 to 7 hundred people out for the opening ceremonies with many staying to walk and volunteer. She says it will still be a while before the final total is available.

Your used cartridges can support substance abuse prevention programs

The CADAC Center in Creighton continues to conduct a fund raiser by collecting empty inkjet cartridges.  Executive Director Laurel Mackie explains people drop off their used inkjet cartridges at the Orange Toad, Walmart or the Co-op store and they take them in and send them to the company and they send CADAC anywhere from 75 cents to a dollar per cartridge.


Mackie says they have been sending in cartridges two or three times a year for the past three years and have benefited the environment by keeping cartridges out of the landfill.

Information is available for businesses on pricing

Community Futures Greenstone is starting a new season of free video conference workshops.  Manager Bunny Burke says they start with pricing through the supply chain.  She says the session is designed for new or existing entrepreneurs who may have products that are moving through several intermediaries before reaching the end user of the product. She says they’ll cover such things as the cost of the product versus variables, pricing the product, margin versus mark up and what’s the difference and your break even point.


This workshop runs from 1 to 3 Wednesday afternoon.  To register call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.

Adult classes are underway for another season

The Community Adult Learning Center has started their new season.  Barry is the new Coordinator and says they offer a variety of courses for adults who are 18 and older with individual instruction or group sessions.  He says they deliver programming to adults who wish to upgrade and learn new skills in reading, writing, math and GED preparation for the exam.  He adds they also offer computer sessions for a nominal fee in areas such as using the internet, emailing, Excel, Word Processing and social networking as in Facebook, Twitter and Skype.  He says instructional use of digital equipment as in using your digital camera, USB flash drive or scanner is available as well.


The programs at the Adult Learning Center are free and they are open from September to June from 9 to 4 Monday to Friday. Registration is ongoing during the year. For information you can call Barry or Laura at 204-687-3223 or visit them on the lower level of the Co-op store.

A lot of people are ready to walk tomorrow night

The Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life is being held tomorrow night.  Co-Chair Brenda Russell says teams will be walking for 12 hours to raise funds and awareness about cancer.  She says they have 23 confirmed teams so they are closing in on having 300 participants and they’ll have close to 200 volunteers and about 75 cancer survivors so it’s really an event for the entire community to come out and support.  She says you don’t have to be directly involved to support the event, you can come out and just be part of the spirit and the energy that is portrayed in this 12 hour fight against cancer.


The Relay for Life takes place at the Creighton ball diamond running from 6 tomorrow night to 6 Sunday morning.

You can prepare now of a season of entertainment

The Flin Flon Arts Council will be at Under One Roof this weekend selling their season passes.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says the season starts with Puff the Clown and Isaac the Jester in for Culture Days.  She says Rosie and the Riveters is one of the big shows they are bringing to town, the Flin Flon Community Choir is performing the complete Messiah for Flin Flon before they had to New York and Ham Sandwich is bringing Dicken’s Christmas Carol.  She adds other performers include True Jive Pluckers, Manitoba Theatre Center’s Miracle on South Division Street, the Guan Trio, Tim Hus who has a song about Flin Flon will be here in March and the Community Choir will be playing with folk great Shari Ulrich in April.


Under One Roof is open tonight from 6 to 9 and tomorrow from 11 to 4 in the Flin Flon Community Hall.

The Food Bank is still open

Food Distribution Chair Dennis Hydamaka says a number of people are under the impression that the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank has closed but he says they are not closed, they are operating as normal.  He says their normal hours of operation are from 9 to 1 on Tuesdays and 9 to 12 on Wednesdays that is providing they have appointments. He says if nobody phones on Tuesday to make an appointment for Wednesday they might not be open for Wednesday.


Hydamaka adds some people also believe workers at the Food Bank are paid for being there but he says they are all volunteers.

A so called hotel tax moved another step forward

At their meeting this week Flin Flon City Council gave final reading to a bylaw to impose a tax on accommodation of short duration in order to support community enhancement projects and destination marketing.  It will not come into effect immediately as it still requires provincial approval.


Council also passed on final reading the bylaw to establish a grant and loan program to assist people using the city’s pump out service to encourage people to upgrade their system before the city puts limits on the number of pump outs they provide.  The grant is up to two thousand dollars with an optional loan of up to five thousand dollars.

You can register for a lot of events in one place

  Flin Flon Parks and Recreation is sponsoring Registration Under One Roof Friday and Saturday.  Recreation Programmer Aimee Deans says a lot of groups and organizations will be in the Community Hall accepting registrations including the Flin Flon Community Hobby Shop, Toastmasters, Writers Guild, Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, Canadian Parents for French, Flin Flon Curling Club, the Aqua Jets, Rock City Rollers, Flin Flon Ski Club, Flin Flon Skating Club, Northern Lights Dance Academy, Flin Flon Arts Council, Minor Hockey, Border Explorers Group and the Scouts.


Under One Roof will be open in the Flin Flon Community Hall tomorrow night from 6 to 9 and Saturday from 11 to 4.

Creighton students will support cancer research

Students at Creighton Community School will take part in a mini Relay for Life.  Principal Stacy Lair says tomorrow from 9:30 to 3 o’clock all of their students are going to take turns walking around the Creighton ball diamond and in that event they are also going to be having a silver collection available to raise funds and just do some education, raise awareness and celebrate cancer survivors while honoring and remembering those who have passed away because of cancer.


Lair asks people in the community to come out to the ball diamond tomorrow to join and support the students taking part in the mini Relay.

The city wants to clear out derelict buildings

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council gave first reading to a bylaw to regulate the condition of vacant buildings and prevent the boarding up of derelict buildings in the community.  Council noted this is a step to start getting rid of derelict buildings.  Administrator Mark Kolt says the number of derelict buildings is unknown at this time as there will always be places that are just above the law but there are many at the point where they will be in trouble.


Council received the Fire Chiefs report for August indicating 13 fire calls during the month.

Seniors can save on travel in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company is again offering seniors the opportunity to explore the province by bus at a great price.  Throughout September seniors 60 plus will be able to ride along STC’s network for only ten dollars one way.


STC President Shawn Grice says some people will try to ride every route they offer while others will use it to schedule necessary appointments or do some shopping in major centers or to visit family and friends from across the province.


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


You can learn more about training opportunities.

               The Employment Links Development Center is holding an information session on EWIN or Entry to Work in the North program tomorrow.  The Center’s Barb Link explains they offer a program that includes life skills and all the essential skills along with certificate programs such as first aid, CPR, food handlers, serve it safe, WHMIS, things that will get people back into the workforce or into the workforce for the first time.  She says they learn to do resumes and interview skills, computer skills and they finish off with the six week job enhancement.

              The information session takes place at 10 tomorrow morning at the Center at 51 Main Street.  The next program starts on October 7th.

Advice is available on good school snacks and lunches

A recent survey by the Heart and Stroke Foundation finds a large majority of parents feel it’s very important that their children eat healthy snacks and lunches every day even at school but they need help with ideas.  Northern outreach manager Amanda Nash says they have launched a campaign called Time to Start offering advice including using the food guide. She says the food groups include fruit and vegetables, grain products, milk and alternatives and meat and alternatives and if your lunches have three to four of those food groups and your snacks have two of those food groups with the majority of food coming from food that actually fits with one of those groups then you know you’re on the right track.


Their web site www.healthcheck.org includes a three week meal plan with connections to the recipes plus a chance to win prizes.

A gold project in Snow Lake is changing hands

Liberty Mines has entered into a binding term sheet with QMX Gold Corporation to acquire the Snow Lake gold project.  The company says the completion of this transaction will position Liberty Mines as a near term gold producer with two fully permitted mills located in two leading Canadian gold camps.


The Snow Lake property’s assets include the New Britannia Mine with associated plant, infrastructure, and equipment including a fully permitted 2150 tonne per day modern mill and tailings facility. The property consists of approximately 104 square kilometers of mineral claims and leases containing over ten known mineralize zones three of which are historic production sites.


Liberty Mines also owns the only nickel concentrator in the Shaw Dome area, a prospective nickel belt region near Timmons, Ontario as well as two former producing nickel mines and a prospective land package near Timmons.


You still have time to provide your input on a five year plan

 The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation continues to conduct an online Flin Flon Community Concerns Survey.  The Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie says the main purpose is to get an idea of what the community’s priorities are.  He explained every NRC is governed by a five year plan which is drafted through a community consultation process and the first five year plan that set them up is coming to an end and they need to set up a new one.  He adds this is one step they’ll take to get the pulse of Flin Flon to see what people want them to be over the next five years.


The survey will take about ten minutes and can be found online at www.ffsurvey.org.


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