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Friday, October 31, 2014
First Poppy in NWT pinned on WWII vet

Second World War veteran Dusty Miller received the "first poppy" of this Remembrance Day season at Joint Task Force (North) headquarters Thursday afternoon.

Miller, 94, the oldest living veteran in Yellowknife, had the poppy pinned to his chest by Lloyd Lush, president of the Royal Canadian Legion in Yellowknife. Other dignitaries, both military and civilian, received poppies at the event.

Remembrance Day ceremonies take place Nov. 11, starting at the cenotaph at RCMP Headquarters before moving to the St. Patrick High School gym.

- John McFadden

Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday

People can look forward to an extra hour of sleep starting this weekend.

Daylight Savings Time ends ends Sunday, which means everyone will have to turn their clocks back one hour. To avoid confusion, clocks should be turned back by 2 a.m. Sunday morning. While this will mean the day will start an hour earlier, it will get darker earlier as well.

- Karen McKinley

Old Town Bikeworks looks for bike wheels

Yellowknifers are being given a chance to get rid of and recycle their old bicycle wheels.

Old Town Bikeworks is in need of 100 to 150 26-inch wheels. They will be used as a frame for a geo-desic dome that is to be erected on the ice of Yellowknife Bay later this year. Old Town Bikeworks owner Matthew Grogono said people can drop their wheels or entire bikes off at Old Town Bikeworks to have them picked up.

- John McFadden

Turn old cellphones into prizes

Your old cellphone can earn students some cash for their school through a green initiative.

Ecology North is encouraging students and teachers to be a part of the Recycle My Cell campaign, which started Oct. 20 and runs until Nov. 21. Kindergarten to Grade 12 students can bring as many old cellphones and wireless devices and accessories as they can to school and give them to their teachers. Participants could win as much as $500 for their school to put toward green initiatives. Those interested can register online.

- Karen McKinley

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Police look into break-ins

RCMP in Fort Providence are investigating two cases of break and enter that took place in the hamlet during the weekend.

The Hamlet of Fort Providence's garage was broken into and tools were stolen. RCMP believe those tools may have been used to break into the Snowshoe Inn's warehouse next door that flats of beer were stolen from.

Anyone with information about these two incidents, which took place between Sunday night and Monday morning, is asked to contact the Fort Providence RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Arts society picks board

The Open Sky Creative Society is moving forward with a refreshed board of directors.

The society, which promotes arts and culture in Fort Simpson and the Deh Cho region, held its annual general meeting on Oct. 22. Jackie Zinger is the society's new president while Lindsay Waugh is the vice-president and Holly Watt is the secretary. Michelle Leger is filling the role of past president.

Other board members include Chuck Blyth, Mary-Ann Tate, Alison Brown, Audrey Steedman and Deborah Stipdonk. The society is currently running a series of workshops in the village.

Two weekends, two tournaments

The Village of Fort Simpson's recreation department is planning two tournaments for early November.

A four-on-four ball hockey tournament will be held from Nov. 7 to 9. There will be an open division for all ages as well as a division for youth ages 10 and under.

Teams have until noon on Nov. 7 to register. Each division will be capped at 16 teams.

The second annual Slinging Balls Dodgeball Tournament will take place the following weekend from Nov. 14 to 16 in partnership with Get Active NWT.

Teams of six, which must include at least two females, have until Nov. 14 to register. Team Peanut Butter Death Trap is expected to defend its title as the reigning champions.

Opportunity takes teens on trip

Northern Youth Abroad is accepting applications for its 2015 Canadian program.

The program offers youth between the ages of 15 to 20 the opportunity to travel and volunteer in a host community in southern Canada for five weeks in the summer. Participants can earn up to nine high school credits and get 200 hours of job volunteer work experience.

Applications, which are available on the organization's website, are due by Nov. 12.

Cult classic showing

Halloween weekend kicks off with a showing of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Cafe on Mackenzie Oct. 30. It's the first movie night being offered by the cafe. The screening of the 1975 classic comedy-horror musical will begin at 7 p.m., and people are welcome to attend in costume.

The McInnes Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion isn't holding its usual children's party, but instead is offering gift certificates to children aged 12 and younger on Oct. 31 until 8 p.m.

As well, the Children's First Society is holding its annual Pumpkins on the Permafrost party Nov. 1.

College seeks board member

Aurora College is accepting applications from Beaufort Delta residents interested in serving as a member on the board of governors until Nov. 1.

According to a news release, a public member is currently being sought to represent Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Inuvik, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tsiigehtchic, Tuktoyaktuk and Ulukhaktok.

“To be eligible, you must be a resident of a community within the Beaufort Delta region that you will represent,” the release states.

The term is for three years. Board members are required to attend three face-to-face meetings per year for two to three days. Members are required to sit on board committees which meet either in person or by teleconference between meetings.

Ingamo meeting rescheduled

Perhaps the third time will be the charm for Ingamo Hall.

The friendship centre will make a third attempt at holding its annual general meeting on Nov. 5.

It's a case of feast or famine for the organization. The 2013 meeting was a raucous one that saw a complete overhaul of the board of directors following public unrest.

The latest date for the meeting was Oct. 26. Unfortunately, not enough people were in attendance to meet the quorum requirements for the 1 p.m. meeting.

Details are still being worked out for the time of a Nov. 5 meeting.

Call for Northern Youth

The Northern Youth Abroad program is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Canadian Program. Spokesperson Nick Pelletier said youth between the ages of 15 and 20 living in Nunavut or the NWT are invited to apply.

“The program offers youth the unique opportunity to travel and volunteer in a host community in southern Canada for five weeks during the summer and gain 200 hours of on-the-job volunteer work experience,” he said. Participants can also earn up to nine high school credits. Applications are due by Nov. 12.

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