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Feds help Cloverbelt Food Co-op
springett dec 18President of the Clover Belt Local Food Co-op, Jen Springette, speaks after the announcement this morning.

The Cloverbelt Food Co-operative is getting some help from Ottawa. Kenora M-P and FedNor minister Greg Rickford announced a grant of $50,000 for the cooperative this morning.

The grant will help develop the market's website. They're interested in working with different communities online. President Jennifer Springette said they're interested in creating an online local food mapping and distribution network, increasing the visibility and accessibility of local foods while identifying opportunities for business growth in the regional food distribution system.

"With key support from the Government of Canada through FedNor, we look forward to the advancements and opportunities that this new food mapping and distribution network will bring to our organizations and network," she said.

Just last summer the Co-op raised $10,000 to build a greenhouse to help them produce food year round. The Co-op is approaching 500 members.

For more information:
FedNor grant
New greenhouse coming to Dryden soon

PUFF creates endowment fund with community foundation
PUFFMembers of the Pellatt United Fire Fighters stand with community foundation representatives to announce their new agency fund.

The Pellatt United Fire Fighters have begun an endowment fund with the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation. The $50,000 charitable agency endowment fund will be used as a source of funding for their programs. Chairman of the Board, Nick Vander Zande, explains why they decided to work with the community foundation.

"Fundraising is a big part of running the fire department out in Pellatt. This is one way we can ensure the long-term viability. We hope to build up the fund significantly in the future and to cover off major capital expenses this is going to go a long way," he said.

PUFF provides Fire Protection and Emergency Medical First Response Services to the unorganized townships of Pellatt, Umbach, Gidley and Pelican, in addition to adjacent areas having agreements with the organization.   

Community Foundation President Don Parfitt explains why this is advantageous for the fire fighters.

"The fact that we're a registered charity any donations that they get into our fund are tax deductible. If they just give it to an investment manager just to manage it doesn't have the same affect. Charitable donations are fairly substantial. Plus in the last 10 years our returns in our investments have been substantial, save and except for this last while, our average has been about 10 per cent over five years," he said.

Parfitt said when an organization begins their own endowment fund it's called an agency fund. The foundation has about nine agency funds. However, he added that it does not preclude them from asking the foundation for other money to help them.

Vander Zande added that the endowment fund will allow full time and seasonal residents to make a charitable donation or leave a legacy for PUFF. It also means they can accept donations from US residents and give them a US charitable receipt.

For more information:
Cottage fire at McConell Lake
PUFF Fire Hall's Garlic dinner


Saints, Broncos hockey double-header today
saints goalie (29)Saints goaltender Ryan Polishchuk gets ready for action, as the Saints and Broncos play tonight.

Today is a big day for high school hockey. It's the battle of Kenora between the Saints and the Broncos.

The girls hockey teams kick things off at 4:30 p.m. at the rec centre, followed by the boys game at 7:30 tonight.

Beaver Brae upset the Saints in the bronze medal game of the high school girls hockey tournament on Sunday, but the Broncos could be missing some players from their already short bench, due to illness. The Saints won their previous meeting.

The boys teams haven't met yet this year. They're both looking to get back into the win column, after losses Tuesday.

The Warriors beat the Broncos 4-2 in the night game, while the Saints fell 7-1 to the Muskies in the matinee.

For more information:
Saints, Broncos get ready for tomorrow

King George and Keewatin Public host family fun nights
family photoA family enjoys the Christmas themed photo booth at King George.

There were no Christmas concerts this year at King George and Keewatin Public, but that's not because they were being Scrooges. Instead, they held a family fun night. Kristen Boucha explains why she thought it was a great idea.

"Because it's interactive, and we get to spend time with the kids actually doing stuff, instead of just sitting and watching them. So, we're having tons of fun," she said.

Fellow King George parent, Michelle Thomas agreed.

"It's great because it lets the parents interact with other parents and the students. It creates a real community with the school," she said.

craftsTwo girls enjoy making crafts at Keewatin Public.

Over at Keewatin Public, there was apple roasting, Beaver Creek sleigh-rides, cookie decorating and more. Sidney Gate spoke about her favourite part.

"The horse ride. Going down the hill because it was so fast and bumpy and it was really fun," she said.

At King George, there was cookie decorating, a turkey on a bun feast, apple roasting, singing karaoke, a photo booth and more. Seth Compton said his favourite part was making a cookie recipe in a jar. He spoke about what he put in his jar.

"Chocolate chips, sugar, baking soda, flour and brown sugar. It's for making cookies," he said.

Both schools had various activities throughout the night for parents and children alike. School wraps up on Friday for kids across Ontario. They;'ll then have two weeks off for Christmas vacation before returning to school on January 5th.

cookies

horses

For more information:
Valleyview rocks gym with Christmas concert
SMB holds Christmas concert

Last day to buy tickets to help the Walters family
Walters fireThe Walters home was very badly damaged after a fire just over two weeks ago.

There's just one day left to buy tickets for a raffle supporting the Walters family.

Tickets will be on sale all day today, with the draw taking place tomorrow.

The Walters' house was severely damaged in a fire just over two weeks ago.

All proceeds from the raffle sales will go towards the family. You can buy tickets at the Kinew Child Care Centre in Rat Portage (Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation).

Prizes include, a 43 inch Samsung TV, Lil Wiz, Ukulele, $300 in gift certificates, 5 large pizzas and wings, a 15-inch skill saw and more.

For more information:
Bijoux Steakhouse holds fundraiser for Walters family
All safe after fire in Lakeside

Beaver Brae helps out at Agape Table
AgapeBeaver Brae students, Joni Williamson (right) and Alex McGrath (left) help out at the Agape Table.

Beaver Brae students were helping out at Knox United Church last night for the Agape Table hot meal program. One of the foods classes prepared the meal during the day, and then volunteers from the Grade 9 Foods and Nutrition class helped serve.

McGrath and classmate Joni Williamson were the two volunteers to help out last night. They helped serve ham, smashed potatoes and carrots. Williamson spoke about why she decided to volunteer.

"I just like helping out in the community," she said.

Teacher and chef Tara Pitre said it's a good way for the students to give back to the community. McGrath said the program itself is an excellent idea.

"It's really nice. You can definitely see the people are thankful after they come up they'll say thank you, ask for your name, shake your hand. You can definitely see how thankful they are," she said.

Beaver Brae prepares a meal and volunteers roughly every three weeks for the Agape Table. The program runs every Wednesday with donations of food from various businesses and schools in the community.

For more information:
Beaver Brae holds gingerbread house contest
Valleyview Grade 4 class fundraises for Beaver Brae PASS program

Dryden High School holds free shopping day
DHS food donationDHS students are once again giving back to the community after the class above donated $360 towards Christmas Cheer.

Dryden High School is giving back to the community. They're holding a free shopping day today.

Over the past week they've been collecting gently used winter clothing, shampoos, soaps, boots and other winter items.

Today underprivileged students will be able to take what they need from the collection.

The student voice group wanted to raise awareness about the social barriers that exist in the community and the school itself. This is their first project as an official student group.

For more information:
Dryden Fire Service responds to another fire at Dryden High School
Fire in Dryden High School bathroom

Councillors take another look at Energy East pipeline
Pipeline meetingThe Council of Canadians held a meeting in the summer with numerous First Nations representatives speaking out about the pipeline.

Kenora councillors are also open to a broader discussion, when it comes to the Energy East Pipeline.

They even suggested their consultations should include neighbouring First Nations and Grand Council Treaty 3.

The proposal is to convert a natural gas pipeline, so it can carry crude oil from Alberta to refineries in the east for export.

For more information:
Council of Canadians argues against Energy East pipeline
Energy East pipeline meeting in Kenora


City council takes a look at policing costs
police traffic dec 8Kenora city council is looking at policing costs.

Kenora councillors are supporting a motion, which would call upon residents in unincorporated areas to pay more for policing.

The resolution comes after a new funding model was passed by the province earlier this year.

Bob Stewart from the district service board says the City of Kenora pays about $800 a household. Through the provincial land tax imposed on the unincorporated areas, the province pays the OPP about $500 a home.

For more information:
Kenora hopes for relief on policing costs
Policing costs a burden for township


Valleyview rocks gym with Christmas concert
snowmenKindergarten students jump up and down during their song at the Valleyview Christmas concert.

There were plenty of tiny snowmen, Christmas trees and Santas at Valleyview Public School last night. That's because it was their annual Christmas concert.

Each class performed a song for parents, friends and family. They chose a song and wore costumes according to the theme or the song or just dressed up in their concert best.

The gym was packed all night with many students on stage waving at their parents in the audience.



Christmas treesStudents dressed up as Christmas trees perform on stage at Valleyview.

santasAll the kindergarten classes perform together to open the Christmas concert.

For more information:
Valleyview Grad 4 class fundraises for Beaver Brae PASS program
Evergreen Grade 1 students go caroling

SMB holds Christmas concert
SMB concertStudents at Ecole Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys sing Angels We Have Heard on High.

There was plenty of singing last night at Ecole Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys. Students at the school told the story of the birth of Jesus at their annual Christmas concert.

Emilia Mastromatteo explained what she liked about this year's Christmas concert.

"I liked how we were doing a play this year and kind of representing what happens on Christmas day because some people don't understand or know," she said.

SMB concert threeJoseph and a pregnant Mary look for room at the inn.

Older students took the important roles as Mary, Joseph and the angels while the younger grades all performed songs. Between skits each class performed a song.

10-year-old Luke Boucha spoke more about his classes role in the concert.

"We were doing a Christmas song, like every year. This year was a little different because we had to do action. A lot of people got nervous because it's hard to remember," he said.

The entire play was in both French and English throughout.



SMB concert twoSMB students all performed a musical number with their classes.

For more information:
Evergreen hosts turkey lunch
Kenora Catholic school board picks Christmas card design winner

Missing teen found in Sioux Lookout
CRUISER REAR NIGHT

Sioux Lookout OPP officers located Syndey Keeper yesterday. They found him around 8:30pm in good health. He was checked at hospital as a precaution.

Keeper was last seen on Dec. 13 in the area of Seventh Avenue in Sioux Lookout. Since that time Sioux Lookout OPP officers including local Emergency Response Team members had been conducting an extensive search of the area to ensure his well-being.

The OPP thanks the public for their assistance.

Ontarians excited about gas prices
Gas pricesGas prices have finally dropped below a dollar in northwestern Ontario. (Courtesy John Pencoff)

It's finally happened! Gas prices have finally dropped below a dollar. Kenora resident, Jami Young, was very happy to see it finally happen.

"Thank goodness, finally. I don't remember the last time it was under a dollar, so it's wonderful," she said.

While prices haven't dropped below a dollar at every gas station in Kenora, many are hovering around 99.9 cents. Don Gould, said while he's excited about the drop he does have one regret.

"I wish I would have waited a couple of days to fill up my tank," he said.

According to OntarioGasPrices.com the last time gas prices were below a dollar was in 2010. Since then, they've skyrocketed to as high as $1.40 in some parts of the province in July of this year.

Candy Neniska was also excited about the prices dropping.

"Well, at least it's cheaper. Everything's down low and everyone can stop complaining. Now, I can bug my parents to go to the city," she said.

For more information:
Historical Gas Prices
Gas prices finally dropping

Good Things Inc. changes direction
LundysJessica and Brent Lundy have decided to work with fish, instead of meat.

There are some big changes coming for Good Things. The rumours about them closing their store are, indeed, true. However, the reason is great news for -- not only Kenora -- but also Whitefish Bay. Owner Brent Lundy explains.

"We are actually pursuing a federal fish facility. The facility we have out on Sunnyside was built to a federal standard. So, over the summer we worked with Whitefish Bay First Nation to supply fresh water fish locally and found it was an untapped resource. We're not able to operate our fish plant and meat plant. So, we've had to shelve the meat plant in the interim," he said.

Lundy said the the food inspection agency would not allow them to operate a smoked meat plant right beside a fish plant. However, they're very excited about the new opportunity that comes with selling fresh fish not only in Kenora but around the world.

"The international market for fresh water fish is quite remarkable. We have an awful lot of whitefish available here in the Kenora area, but we would have trouble selling that volume in Ontario. The United States market buys 2,000 metric tonnes of whitefish a year from Canada, and there's actually a shortage. Now, we have an opportunity to sell that to the American market and even the European market," he said.

Lundy said the commercial fishing industry makes up $231 million of Ontario's economy. The newly-renovated plant will process walleye, whitefish, crappie, perch and northern pike. Lundy said they're partnership with Whitefish Bay has been fantastic, and the new direction of Good Things Inc. will benefit both local economies.

"It leads to employment both out of Whitefish Bay at the packing plant and here in Kenora. Right now, this fish is leaving the area on the whole unprocessed, and someone else is gaining all of the benefit of this processing. We want to keep that processing here in Kenora and squeeze every penny out of that natural resource, before it ever leaves the Kenora economy," he said.

Lundy and his wife, Jessica, hope to have the plant up and running by next spring. However, he emphasized this will not put any added strain on the fish reserves in Lake of the Woods.

"People have expressed concern that the commercial fishing might affect the sport fishing, especially in Lake of the Woods. We will not put any added pressure to the fishery. These fish are already coming out of the lake. They're simply being processed somewhere else. All we're going to do is take the fish that's already coming out and process it here in Kenora," he said.

Finally, the Lundys have also received a grant from the National Research Council, which is a part of Industry Canada, to look into what they can potentially do with the fish guts produced from the plant and any by-catch the fishermen bring in.

"The two areas of application that we're pursuing in our research is either a liquid organic fish fertilizer, or possibly an organic fish pellet for use in fish farms, all of which would be processed here in Kenora. It's an interesting addition, and it's the use of the entire fish. So, it really fits in with what we're interested in doing," he said.

Overall, both Jessica and Brent are very excited to begin a new direction for Good Things. As for the logo, while the name will stay, the pig will most likely be swapped out for a golden fish.

For more information:
Processing wild game
Good Things Inc.


New Prospect spreads Christmas cheer
Christmas cheerChildren from New Prospects school in Dryden went to spread Christmas cheer throughout the downtown last week.

The New Prospect Kindergarten class was out spreading Christmas cheer throughout Dryden.

Last week 61 students descended on the downtown businesses to hand out over 100 Christmas cards, candy canes and Christmas greeting.

When the children visited the Patricia Gardens nursing home they even delivered an impromptu concert at the request of the residents.

For more information:
Evergreen Grade 1 students go caroling
Beaver Brae students spread Christmas cheer at Pinecrest


    
 
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