Friday, August 24, 2012

Stop Growing Flowers Says Administration

City lawmakers are being asked to get the city out of the flower growing business. In a report to council Monday night, city spokesperson Darrell Matson says administration will recommend the flowers that are planted around the city,  be purchased from a private company instead of being grown at the conservatory. Matson says the move would not have any "significant reduction in positions".

Roller Blader Promotes Suicide Prevention

Youth Suicide prevention is the message that Ashley Gilbank is taking across Canada on her roller blades. Gilbank calls her journey Skate for Life and it started in Newfoundland June 4th. For her its personal since she lost a friend to suicide recently.   During her stop in Thunder Bay today Gilbank felt it was important for her to help get rid of the stigma surrounding mental illness.

T-Wolves Take Another

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men's basketball team improved to 2-1 in the pre-season after posting a 79-76 win in their series finale against the visiting University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils. The Thunderwolves came from 15 points down in the first half as they struggled offensively and defensively. Next up for the Thunderwolves is the University of Manitoba on September 28th.

Ribs Galore

It's a carnival like atmosphere in the parking lot of the casino as the first Ribfest is underway. Money raised from the event will be going to charity. The event is being organized by Donnalee Morettin of the Waterfront Business Improvement Association.    They are hoping people coming into the entertainment district will see what they may have been missing.  Ribfest runs until 11 tonight and  opens again at 11 tomorrow morning..

Wood Mill Fire Cause Probed

There is no one injured after a fire around quarter to 7 this morning on Mission Island. The Fire Service says it took place at the old Industrial Hardwoods wood mill when some wood pallets in a room caught fire. the cause isn't known.   

Lightning Damages Rural Garage

A garage in rural Thunder Bay is damaged as the result of what's believed to be a lightning strike overnight.  They say the building is located on the 145 Boyko Road. Damage to the garage is said to be extensive.   There were no injuries.

The Banner Is Back!!!

Ontario Provincial Police say the 1907 Kenora Thistles Stanley Cup Banner that was stolen last week, along with a Canadian Flag and a Los Angeles Kings banner have all been returned.  Police say two separate instances of theft are being investigated.  O.P.P. say they are being assisted by the Forensic Identification Unit to help solve the crimes.  The Kenora Thistles banner has been returned to the city while the L.A. Kings banners will been returned to the owner.

Power Outages Overnight

Thunder Bay Hydro says it has no major power outages at this time. A large thunderstorm rolled over the city last night with brilliant lightning strikes seen from 10:00 O'clock last night until beyond 5:00 a.m. this morning. Power was knocked out in many parts of the city including Vickers, Central, the Waterfront District and County Park. Meanwhile, Hydro One is reporting two significant outages. One affecting 35 customers is located to the West of Highway 61 South of the city, the other is west of the city on Highway 102 past Dawson Road. That power outage is affecting roughly 20 customers.

Thunderwolves Even Series

Thunder Bay's Matt Schmidt hit a clutch 3-pointer later in the fourth quarter to help seal the deal for the Lakehead University Thunderwolves men's basketball team. They beat the Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils 64-52 in the second game of their exhibition series. They will play a third game today starting at noon at the L.U. Thunderdome.

Bow Hunting Session Well Attended

The stage is set for the city's controlled deer hunt. About 90 bow hunters and land owners turned out Thursday night for an information session. The city's Ron Bourret is happy with the turnout and says there were good questions on issues surrounding boundaries and liability.  He  admits there's still a lot of learning ahead and calls it the first step of many.  Bourret thinks it'll take two or three years, maybe longer to measure any type of success