Tuesday, August 21, 2012

EMS HQ Displays Public Art

There's more taxpayer funded art on display in the city. A stainless steel sculpture is now gracing the front of the new EMS Headquarters building on Junot Avenue. The artwork, entitled Pulse, was produced by Scott McKay and was selected after an open competition by the city. Officials say it was inspired by the life save services of Superior North EMS.

Hunt A Necessity Says Store Owner

A local archery store owner believes that the city's upcoming bow hunting season for deer is a necessary move. Gary Hall owns "Bait and Bows" and agrees with the logic of holding it within city limits since we have an over population of deer in the community. He says people who are experienced hunters and those new to the sport of archery will be taking part.

MPP Defends Teachers Bill

MPP Bill Mauro hopes some past goodwill is enough to ease any possible labour tensions with local teachers.  Next week the McGuinty government will force a new contract on public school teachers in the province.  In defending passage of the bill, Mauro understands there could be some animosity but thinks teachers here will remember what the Liberals have done for education in the province.

Councillor Eyes Tanning Bed Ban

A Thunder Bay lawmaker believes our city should follow Oakville's lead and ban the use of tanning beds by people under 18. Councillor Aldo Ruberto says he's willing to make the move himself at a future council meeting. Ruberto says dermatologists themselves are recommending people under 18 do not use tanning beds.

Spike Belts Fail To Stop Van

Nipigon and Marathon O.P.P now have a man and a woman in custody but apprehending the two proved to be difficult. Provincial Police say a dark grey van stole gas from a service station in Wawa yesterday. Marathon O.P.P. spotted the suspect vehicle, tried to pull it over but to no avail. Twice they tried using spike belts to stop the vehicle but it continued westward. Eventually Nipigon O.P.P. spotted the vehicle yesterday afternoon in a parking lot and arrested the man and woman with no incident. They remain in custody pending a court appearance.

Kenora Thistles Championship Banner Stolen

The Kenora Thistles 1907 Stanley Cup Championship banner is missing. Kenora O.P.P. say it was stolen from the Whitecap Pavillion on the Kenora Harbourfront sometime between 4:00 o'clock Friday afternoon and 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The burgundy and white banner is 8 feet long and 3 feet wide. Police say a Canadian flag and a Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup flag were also stolen. Police are asking for the public's help for any information.

Basketball Split Squad Set For Exhibition Games

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men's basketball team is getting an early jump on the season. The tryout squad is teaming up with the University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils for a week-long camp at the L.U. Thunderdome. A pair of exhibition games featuring L.U.'s split squad will hit the hardwood Wednesday and Thursday night starting at 7:00 o'clock.

Golf Community Mourns Loss Of Ken Britton

The Thunder Bay District Golf Hall of Fame has lost one of its members.  Local golfers are mourning the loss of Ken Britton who passed away Saturday at the age of 79.  Britton was a 5-time champion at the Strathcona Invitational and a former President of the Strathcona Men's Club.  Britton was inducted into the Thunder Bay District Golf Hall of Fame in 2007.