It’s been a decision more than 60 years in the making. A resolution to re-install a plaque recognizing good will between Canada and the U-S was approved at last night’s City Commission meeting. The plaque was first presented in February 1950 by the Lions of Canada and is expected to be installed near the Federal Building in time for the 75th Anniversary of the Sault, Ontario Lions later this year. The Lions of the Upper Peninsula, District 10, have agreed to share in the cost of the granite monument where the plaque would be placed. Early suggestions include putting the monument at the Brady corner, near the original location of the ferry dock, home to the current Coast Guard Base. The State Historic Preservation Office will ultimately authorize the placement of the marker before any actual installation is made.

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Residents of Sault, Michigan who have been watching City Commission meetings on Charter Cable channel 98, will find them at a new home for the next meeting. The Commission meetings are being moved to channel 97, effective July 18th. The move makes the meetings part of the city’s programming channel on 97 and it will be the city’s responsibility to deal with any future content. When asked about commission meetings being broadcast over the internet, City Manager Spencer Nebel says that the cable channel change is the first thing to be done prior to the move online.

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Thunderbirds sign local high school athlete

July 5th, 2011 by ssm.news

The Soo Thunderbirds, of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, added forward Kurtis Barbarie to its lineup. The 18-year-old spent last season with Central Algoma Secondary School (CASS) Huskies, where he led the championship-winning team in scoring. Barbarie was a quadruple threat at CASS – playing hockey, volleyball, track and badminton – and was named the school’s male athlete of the year in 2010-11. With his on-ice skill, he was invited to the rookie camp of the Ontario Hockey League Soo Greyhounds in May.

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The hand washing compliance rate for hospital staff and professionals at the Sault Area Hospital has fallen. All Ontario hospitals are required to post results publicly and the latest numbers track a one year period from April 2010 to March 2011. It shows that the compliance rate for the General site up to its closing shows a drop from 65% to 53% prior to patient contact and a drop from 79% to 66% after patient contact. For the Plummer site, before patient contact dropped from 83% down to 62% while after patient contact dropped from 88% to 80%. It was a different story for the Thesalon Hospital which showed an increase in the before patient contact rate from 60 to 86% and an after patient contact rate from 91 to 100%.

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Healthy Living

July 5th, 2011 by ssm.news

Low income residents will have access to a health promotion program being administered through Sault College – providing physical activity and healthy eating to those with special needs or challenges. The program is being delivered through the province’s Healthy Communities Fund which is contributing close to $90,000 over two years.

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A Piece of the Mining Pie

July 5th, 2011 by ssm.news

Those attending the FONOM conference are appealing to the province for a piece of the action when it comes to mining revenue being sucked out of the north. They say most of the wealth generated by mining leaves the region in the form of corporate profits, federal and provincial corporate income taxes and resource specific taxes. Over the past five years the province alone has prospered to the tune of a half billion dollars. The municipal leaders point to the Mining Association’s most recent action plan calling for a greater share of benefits flowing to local and First Nation communities.

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Sault Major Hockey Changes

July 5th, 2011 by ssm.news

(from Sault Major Hockey)

Following the first meeting of its new executive committee, the Sault Major Hockey Association reduced the number of teams in Midget AA from four to three.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but as a group, the committee felt it was important to improve the calibre of our AA division, which will help develop our skaters to play at higher levels,” said Adam Caughill, President of Sault Major Hockey.

Sault Major Hockey’s AA and BB divisions will consist of the following league formats, and team coaches, for the 2011-12 season:

Midget AA Northside Toyota (Travis Ruicci)
Root River Rangers (Richard Barsanti)
Cambrian Nissan Titans (Claudio Sacco)

Bantam AA Sault Blackhawks (Vince Deluca)
Source for Sports (Kevin Panco)
New York Fries (Colin Kirkwood)

Midget BB Soo Sabres (Mike Miket)
Cutting Edge (Don Thorburn)
Stitch King (David Laity)
Joey Calzones (Tony Boniferro)
Soo Panthers (Matthew Andrews)

Bantam BB Dionisi Stars (Terry Miskimin)
Meyer’s Munchies/Stitch King (Richard Alexander)
Lock City Bulls (Robert Fremlin)
Mrs. B’s Pizza (Chris Soltys)
Servicemaster Flyers (Mike Sarlo)

The format of Sault Major’s Midget and Bantam C divisions will be announced once registration numbers are finalized. As well, for the 2011-12 season, SMHA will continue to offer bodychecking in all of its divisions.

Meanwhile, following the SMHA annual general meeting last month, the association’s executive committee now consists of:

President (Adam Caughill)
First Vice-President (Matt Cavaliere)
Second Vice-President (Wil Campbell)
Secretary (Sandra Elgie)
Treasurer (Marc Coletti)
Registrar (Angel Barbisan)
Ice Scheduler (Mike Creedon)
NOHA Liaison Officer (Ann Dias)
Fundraising Chair (John Carlson)
Director of Events (Mike Murphy)
Director of Communications (Marc Capancioni)
Assistant Website Administrator (Jo-Ann King)
Sault Minor Representative (Spence Coutu)
Head Timekeeper (Penny Poluk)
League Director Midget AA (Charlie Caple)
League Director Midget BB (Open Position)
League Director Midget HL (Ann Dias, Debbie Logan)
League Director Bantam AA (Jean Dawson)
League Director Bantam BB (Open Position)
League Director Bantam HL (Open Position)
League Director AAA (Sandra Harpe)

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Police Beat

July 5th, 2011 by ssm.news

City Police finally caught up with a suspect from a breakin to a home in the eastend back in 2006. A DNA match came up and a 22 year old male was arrested last evening. Because he was 17 at the time of the offence, no name has been released.

A 23 year old male was arrested on several charges yesterday – mischief, driving while suspended and failing to return as scheduled to the Remand Centre – all his problems stemming from a domestic dispute.

18 year old Cody McKinnon of Patrick Street was arrested for shoplifting at the Station Mall Drug Store yesterday.

Jake Pelletier and Nicholas Fronzie of the same McKenzie Avenue address were arrested yesterday morning inconnection with the theft of a vehicle from McKenize Avenue yesterday.

A breakin to a garage on Laura Street was reported yesterday along with the theft of a generator. A vehicle was broken into on Third Line East and another one damaged on McNabb Street.

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The Sault Community Theatre will be the site of a town hall on Tuesday evening hosted by Sault provincial New Democrat candidate Celia Ross. The event at 6:00 p.m. will focus on hearing from residents about various issues including health care and jobs. The town hall comes on the heels of an about face regarding the Market Mall LCBO store — which will remain open after all and was the site of a rally prior to the Canada Day weekend.

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Thunderbirds trade Nanne

July 4th, 2011 by ssm.news

The Soo Thunderbirds traded one of its top forwards, Brian Nanne, to the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League. In the exchange, the Thunderbirds received goaltender Laine Parent, financial considerations and a yet-to-be determined player who will be selected in September. The deal was made, in part, to accommodate Nanne, who’s enrolled in the economics program at Queen’s University in Kingston this fall. The speedy forward ended last season – his first in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League – with an impressive 64 points in 50 games. With Nanne now out of the lineup, a significant amount of ice time will be up for grabs this season. Meanwhile, the goalie in the trade, Parent, spent last season with the Napanee Raiders of the Empire B Jr. C Hockey League. The team begins their 2011-12 season on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Essar Centre, where they’ll take on cross-border rivals Soo Eagles. For schedules and other information, visit www.tbirdhockey.ca.

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