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Whitecap Pavilion to undergo sound improvements
WhitecapThe Whitecap Pavilion will be getting some upgrades that will help with the sound under the tent.

The City of Kenora is moving forward with improvements to sound at the Whitecap Pavilion.

The development commission has suggestions for changes, based on audio tests. $25,000 has already been set aside.

The venue is home to Harbourfest and the Matiowski Farmers Market.

For more information:
Kenora's Whitecap Pavilion skating rink
Plenty of lobster under the Whitecap

Last month of Matiowski Farmers Markets
Kissing GlassKissing Glass is just one of the many vendors at the Matiowski Farmers Market.

We're down to the last month of Matiowski Farmers Markets.

Every Wednesday during the summer, crafters, fresh produce suppliers and many more vendors set up under the Whitecap Pavilion to sell their wares to the public.

The market has a strict make it, bake it or grow it policy, meaning the vast majority of the products for sale are from Northwestern Ontario.

The market runs through September with the last one on October 1.

While many of the food and fresh produce vendors will take a break for the winter, a few crafters will take part in the Winter Markets. These markets take place on Saturdays inside at the Discovery Centre.

For more information:
Technology improving sales at Matiowski Farmers Market
Kenora remembers Buck Matiowski

Van destroyed by vandals in Keewatin
OPPA parked van was attacked by an unknown suspect in Keewatin over the weekend.

Kenora resident Jason McCurdy is looking for the public's help. His van was badly damaged sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. McCurdy described what the vandals did do his van.

"Upon returning to my van I saw that my windshield was broken, my driver's side window was broken, my passenger door window was broken, both doors were dented in, my hood was lifted up and there was a big dent in the roof. So basically I can't drive the vehicle anymore," he said.

The car was parked on the street outside the Shoppers Home Health Care, in Keewatin. McCurdy spoke about what he thinks of the vandalism.

"Unfortunately, I'm originally from Winnipeg but I've lived in Keewatin for the last ten years and the issues seem to be getting worse," he said. "It seems that it goes from Keewatin to Lakeside to the Minto area and back, like a circle. They're just trying to keep two steps ahead of the OPP."

Anyone with information is asked to call Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

For more information:
Divers searching for missing American
Kenora OPP charge St. Catherines man with multiple charges

Update on Second Street construction
second street - sept 2The second phase of Second Street construction is expected to be completed at the end of the month. The third phase should be finished by mid-November.

Everything is moving forward on Second Street. After an entire summer of construction, many of the businesses are looking forward to having their street and sidewalks back.

City clerk Heather Kasprick, offers an update on the construction.

"We're moving along quite quickly. The contractors are pleased with the work that's been done so far," she said Tuesday.

The city is hoping the second phase -- from Matheson to Chipman -- will be open by the end of September. The entire project is projected to be completed by mid-November.

For more information:
The Big Spruce II



Mayors to apply for intervenor status on Energy East Pipeline
kirby - sept 2Peter Kirby makes lobbies for intervenor status for the City of Kenora on the Energy East project.

It's all about getting good information. Kenora-area residents concerned about the Energy East Pipeline project made a delegation to city hall today. Peter Kirby says the city should become an intervenor, as the National Energy Board prepares for hearings.

"I would really like the city, itself, intervene -- whether or not NOMA (Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association) intervenes -- we have so much at stake. Representatives from the district property owners association were here. They are vitally interested in this issue, and I know First Nations in this area are also vitally interested," he said. 

"I think that our case may be different from the case that Dryden has, for example, or Ignace. This is the land of crystal waters. There is so much at stake," he added.

canfield - serious sept 2Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield -- who is also the president of the Northewestern Ontario Municipal Association -- ponders the Energy East question.Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield -- who is also the president of the said mayors from across northwestern Ontario are very supportive of the idea, and he expects an application to be made on behalf of all councils.

"It takes it out of the municipalities hands, because NOMA represents every municipality in northwestern Ontario. NOMA will be doing the intervenor status and the follow-up on the questions on Energy East," he said.

"It's a good way to do it. It's a good way to hold their feet to the fire," he added.

Participants in the recent open house in Kenora had a common theme in their questions. They wanted to know what safety measures were in place to prevent a spill in the Kenora area. If a spill were to occur, visitors to the open house also wanted to know what resources would be available to respond and how quickly, in order to mitigate the damage to the local ecosystem.

For more information:
National Energy Board - Energy East
Trans-Canada - Energy East Pipeline Project
Energy East Pipeline meeting in Kenora



Welcome back from KCDSB
Phyllis EikreDirector of Education at the KCDSB, Phyllis Eikre, welcomes everyone back.

It's time to set the alarm clock, tie those shoelaces and hit the classroom. That's right children across Ontario return to school tomorrow.

Director of Education at the Kenora Catholic District School Board, Phyllis Eikre, offered a message of welcome.

"I'm very happy to say a special welcome to those who are returning to the Kenora Catholic District School Board and to those who are new to our schools, we are very happy to have you here with us. Our school board is full of schools that are communities of respect. Communities that are filled with Catholic values to support our students and our families in our communities," she said.

Eikre said they have tons of programming and events taking place throughout the school year in all of the schools underneath their system. She went through each school one by one starting with St. Louis.

"St. Louis School is exploring the Fish philosophy this year. What that is, is creating a school culture that focuses on being present, play, making other people's day and coming to school and coming to work with your own attitude. You chose the attitude that you come to school with," she said.

Next on the list is Pope John Paul. Eikre said this year the school will continue with their "Do Unto Others" program which establishes a school culture of caring and kindness. Ecole Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys will focus on a new program this year called "The Leader in Me" as well as unveiling their brand new classrooms.

"Things are really happening there. It's really exciting there this year. They are very proud and very excited to be opening their six-classroom edition and to have full-day kindergarten in french for the first time in our board," she said.

At St. Thomas Aquinas they'll be focusing on fusing technology of the 21st Century and the learning environment. Finally, At St. John in Red Lake, Eikre said they'll be continue with their program, "The Leader in Me."

For more information:
KCDSB begins consultations for new strategic plan
Schools prepare for new year

Children talk about returning to school
Star and MacKenzieStar Schott, right, and MacKenzie Butts, left, are looking forward to going back to school.

Tomorrow's the big day. Children will be returning to school for the new 2014/2015 school year. We took to the streets to find out how children felt about returning.

Star Schott spoke about how she felt going into Grade 7 at Beaver Brae.

"I'm very excited. I'm looking forward to all the new kids. I used to be in a little school so it'll be a big change. I'm looking forward to meeting all those new people and I'm excited about going to Beaver Brae," she said.

Steven Iriam he always looks forward to going back to University.

"I like it. I get to see all my friends again and chill with everybody. It's like a welcome back to civilization sort of deal," he said.

However, not everyone was excited to see the end of summer. 10-year-old Kadin Miner isn't thrilled about going back.

"I dunno. Not looking forward to it really," he said.

Caleb and KadinKadin Miner, left, and Jordan Keuter, right, wish summer would last a little longer.

This is the first time that schools in Kenora have returned the week after Labour Day instead of the week before. It meant an extra week of vacation for students and teachers.

For more information:
Drivers reminded to stop for school buses
Workers pave the way for back to school

Deputation on Energy East today
Teika NewtonTeika Newton makes her case at city hall, as she opposes the Energy East Pipeline.

Councillors in Kenora are set for another round. They'll be receiving a delegation on the Energy East pipeline.

Council also heard a deputation in the spring. That's when Mayor Dave Canfield strongly defended the project.

He noted his home was on the route proposed, and he was confident safety measures would be enough to safeguard local waterways.

For more information:
Energy East Pipeline brought up in council
Energy East Pipeline meeting held in Kenora


Mass registration night in Kenora
Reg 2Sasquatch could be sighted at mass registration night tonight at the rec centre. The annual bush crawl is coming up, so sign up today.

The Sasquatch Bush Crawl, baithlon club and little rocks curling will all be there. It's mass registration tonight at the Kenora rec centre.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and it runs until 8 o'clock. Parents can also get involved in the Terry Fox Run, Roller Derby League or the Swimming Sharks.

Mount Evergreen Ski Club
JM Judo Club
Terry Fox Run
Kenora Roller Derby League
Can-Te Karate Club
Kenora Swimming Sharks
Kenora All Star Cheer and Dance
Kenora Curling Club Little Rocks
Lake of the Woods Girls Hockey
Sunday Smiles
Kenora AA/AAA Thistle Hockey Council
Kenora Aerialettes”Gymnastics “Club              
Triple P.L.A.Y.
Lake of the Woods Minor Indoor Soccer                     
Scouts Canada
Kenora Skating Club
Lake of the Woods Minor Hockey
Youth Bowling Canada
Kenora Anishinaabe-Kweg Aboriginal Head Start Program
Inglenook Art Studio
“Just Add Ice” Event Centre Fundraising Event
Keewatin Figure Skating Club
Sasquatch Bush Crawl
Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club
Lake of the Wood Karate Dojo
Sapay Martial Arts
United Fighter
Asthma Program Sunset Country Family Health Team
L.O.W. Aero Modellers
645 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron - See more at: http://www.kenoraonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10056%3Alist-of-participants-for-the-2014-mass-registration&Itemid=99#sthash.wae1i9L2.dpuf
Mount Evergreen Ski Club
JM Judo Club
Terry Fox Run
Kenora Roller Derby League
Can-Te Karate Club
Kenora Swimming Sharks
Kenora All Star Cheer and Dance
Kenora Curling Club Little Rocks
Lake of the Woods Girls Hockey
Sunday Smiles
Kenora AA/AAA Thistle Hockey Council
Kenora Aerialettes”Gymnastics “Club              
Triple P.L.A.Y.
Lake of the Woods Minor Indoor Soccer                     
Scouts Canada
Kenora Skating Club
Lake of the Woods Minor Hockey
Youth Bowling Canada
Kenora Anishinaabe-Kweg Aboriginal Head Start Program
Inglenook Art Studio
“Just Add Ice” Event Centre Fundraising Event
Keewatin Figure Skating Club
Sasquatch Bush Crawl
Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club
Lake of the Wood Karate Dojo
Sapay Martial Arts
United Fighter
Asthma Program Sunset Country Family Health Team
L.O.W. Aero Modellers
645 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron - See more at: http://www.kenoraonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10056%3Alist-of-participants-for-the-2014-mass-registration&Itemid=99#sthash.wae1i9L2.dpuf
2014 Mass Registration:

Mount Evergreen Ski Club
JM Judo Club
Terry Fox Run
Kenora Roller Derby League
Can-Te Karate Club
Kenora Swimming Sharks
Kenora All Star Cheer and Dance
Kenora Curling Club Little Rocks
Lake of the Woods Girls Hockey
Sunday Smiles
Kenora AA/AAA Thistle Hockey Council
Kenora Aerialettes”Gymnastics “Club              
Triple P.L.A.Y.
Lake of the Woods Minor Indoor Soccer                     
Scouts Canada
Kenora Skating Club
Lake of the Woods Minor Hockey
Youth Bowling Canada
Kenora Anishinaabe-Kweg Aboriginal Head Start Program
Inglenook Art Studio
“Just Add Ice” Event Centre Fundraising Event
Keewatin Figure Skating Club
Sasquatch Bush Crawl
Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club
Lake of the Wood Karate Dojo
Sapay Martial Arts
United Fighter
Asthma Program Sunset Country Family Health Team
L.O.W. Aero Modellers
645 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron - See more at: http://www.kenoraonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10056%3Alist-of-participants-for-the-2014-mass-registration&Itemid=99#sthash.wae1i9L2.dpuf
2014 Mass Registration:

Mount Evergreen Ski Club
JM Judo Club
Terry Fox Run
Kenora Roller Derby League
Can-Te Karate Club
Kenora Swimming Sharks
Kenora All Star Cheer and Dance
Kenora Curling Club Little Rocks
Lake of the Woods Girls Hockey
Sunday Smiles
Kenora AA/AAA Thistle Hockey Council
Kenora Aerialettes”Gymnastics “Club              
Triple P.L.A.Y.
Lake of the Woods Minor Indoor Soccer                     
Scouts Canada
Kenora Skating Club
Lake of the Woods Minor Hockey
Youth Bowling Canada
Kenora Anishinaabe-Kweg Aboriginal Head Start Program
Inglenook Art Studio
“Just Add Ice” Event Centre Fundraising Event
Keewatin Figure Skating Club
Sasquatch Bush Crawl
Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club
Lake of the Wood Karate Dojo
Sapay Martial Arts
United Fighter
Asthma Program Sunset Country Family Health Team
L.O.W. Aero Modellers
645 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron - See more at: http://www.kenoraonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10056%3Alist-of-participants-for-the-2014-mass-registration&Itemid=99#sthash.wae1i9L2.dpuf
2014 Mass Registration:
Mount Evergreen Ski Club
JM Judo Club
Terry Fox Run
Kenora Roller Derby League
Can-Te Karate Club
Kenora Swimming Sharks
Kenora All Star Cheer and Dance
Kenora Curling Club Little Rocks
Lake of the Woods Girls Hockey
Sunday Smiles
Kenora AA/AAA Thistle Hockey Council
Kenora Aerialettes”Gymnastics “Club              
Triple P.L.A.Y.
Lake of the Woods Minor Indoor Soccer                     
Scouts Canada
Kenora Skating Club
Lake of the Woods Minor Hockey
Youth Bowling Canada
Kenora Anishinaabe-Kweg Aboriginal Head Start Program
Inglenook Art Studio
“Just Add Ice” Event Centre Fundraising Event
Keewatin Figure Skating Club
Sasquatch Bush Crawl
Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club
Lake of the Wood Karate Dojo
Sapay Martial Arts
United Fighter
Asthma Program Sunset Country Family Health Team
L.O.W. Aero Modellers
645 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Summer season, construction on the agenda this morning
Construction intersectionConstruction on Second Street likely part of the agenda, when merchants gather this morning.

Downtown merchants are gathering in Kenora this morning. They'll be taking stock, after the summer season.

They may also get an update on the Second Street construction project. The business improvement zone helps with the beautification -- as well as the marketing and promotion -- of Kenora's downtown.

For more information:
Kenora's business associations

Dryden Days of Summer a big success
Days of summer secondChildren enjoy some games during the Dryden Days of Summer.

With the end of summer also comes the end of another season of the Dryden Days of Summer. In just their second year, organizer Suzanne Scherban thinks it was a big success.

"It was really really good this year. Better than last year. The weather was awesome, we had great sunny days. The amount of people that came out just to participate and to shop was great. we had a pie-baking contest and we had seven pies. So, we were really pleased with that. There's lots of young kids coming out and selling stuff so that's always great," she said.

Scherban said next year they are hoping to attract more fresh fruit and meat vendors as well as more crafters.

"It's going to hopefully get bigger and better each year. We're going to do it again next summer. Seven Thursdays again, right after the July 1 day. We're hoping for more people that are vendors, like fruit and vegetable vendors. Pie-makers and backing, crafters we're hoping to attract more of that," she said.

Days of summer first

Scherban explained why she originally started Dryden Days of Summer.

"I decided to do this last year because Dryden's economy was so bad and I was tired of hearing negative comments. I thought we need to do something to inspire people. Dryden's ok, we're not sinking, we're going to pick up our feet again and get back on track," she said.

Scherban said overall this year's event was a big success with more people penciling it on their calendars and coming out. She added that they'll also push for visitors to Dryden to come on out and help the town celebrate summer next year.

For more information:
2014's last Dryden Days of Summer
King Street busy again for Dryden Days of Summer

Residents share how they celebrated summer
DylanBillJackBill Friday and his dogs Dylan, left, and Jack, right, walk along the greenbelt in the sunshine.

Unfortunately, with the long weekend, comes the reminder that summer is coming to a close. Children return to school on Wednesday and for many that marks the end of another season at the lake.

So, we hit the streets to find out how everyone's summer went.

Bill Friday said despite the weather he had a great summer with his two Bernese Mountain dogs.

"Oh it was a fantastic summer. I bought a travel trailer this year so I did a lot of traveling with the dogs. My two best friends are my dogs, we go everywhere. You can hear one whimpering in the background because he thinks I'm paying too much attention to someone else," he said.

Many other residents seemed to enjoy their vacation time as well.

"Summer's been great. At least I'm not wearing a parka. It's been cold sometimes but we make the best out of it," said Shan Dellemathusz.

11-year-old Chris Moore and his mom, Pam McDonald explained what they had fun playing with this summer.

"A playstation H2O it goes on water," said Moore.

"It's like a playstructure and it's on floats and he's like a ninja warrior," said McDonald.

10-year-old Kadin Miner says he had an action packed summer.

"I usually went boating, fishing, quading, swimming and more stuff," he said.

Although this summer has had its ups and downs with colder weather and high water levels, many residents seemed to have stormed through the worst and found a way to enjoy their summer.

For more information:
Residents share long weekend plans
KPDSB busy with construction over summer months

KPDSB Director of Education welcomes back students
monteith - seanDirector of Education at the KPDSB, Sean Monteith welcomes back all students and parents.

It's that time of year of again! Children will be returning to the classrooms across Ontario this Wednesday for the first day of the 20-14/20-15 school year.

Director of Education at the Keewatin Patricia District School Board, Sean Monteith, offered a short message to all the kids.

"If there was a message I could communicate to the students of the Keewatin Patricia District School Board it's that, our staff and our schools are here for them. The board has wrapped itself around a stance that puts kids at the forefront of everything. If kids needs help they just need to let us know because our staff are there for kids," he said.

The Keewatin Patricia District School Board has been busy over the summer with numerous construction projects. They're excited to see children use the new rooms.

Monteith also spoke about teachers getting ready for their new students.

"Even though the official day back for our staff is next Tuesday, after Labour Day for the first time in a long while, a lot of staff are already back in the schools. They are as excited as students are, sharing that enthusiasm. Teachers put a lot of effort into getting their classes ready for kids. They want that first day to be smooth and exciting," he said.

This year's start date was pushed back for both schools under the KPDSB as well as the Kenora Catholic District School Board. The later date lines up the schools schedules with most schools in Ontario.

For more information:
KPDSB busy with construction over summer months
Director of Education talks FASD program coming to Keewatin

Clean-up continues after West Hawk fire
west hawk - 2 aug 31


The clean-up continues at the site of the West Hawk Inn and West Wok restaurant. A fire on Friday gutted the site, leaving twisted metal and debris.

Firefighters and park rangers started evacuating visitors around 9 in the morning, as the smoke and flames quickly spread.

west hawk - 3Restaurant owner Stephen Dare said he was lucky to escape without injury, and he could only watch as his business burned to the ground.

west hawk - 4

For more information:
Fire at West Hawk Inn
Restaurant owner reflects on damage

    
 
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