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Cochrane Mayor Peter Politis, along with the mayor of Black River- Matheson Mike Milinkovich popular mayor of Timmins Tom Laughren are challenging the mayors of mining towns across the north to a friendly Jackleg Competition. ” If you truly are a mining town certainly your mayor can handle a jackleg” says Politis sitting champion. ” Come out and defend the honor of your community.” The Mayor’s Challenge is part of the Regional Boart Longyear Jackleg Competition held annually at the Big Event Northern Mining and Exploration Expo May 16th and 17th.
Mayor Politis, serving his first term as mayor was the surprise victor at last year’s competitions beating the veteran Black River-Matheson Township mayor and well known Timmins Mayor Tom Laughren. Milinkovich is itching to win his crown back from newcomer Politis while Laughren has yet to win a competition usually coming in last. In fact Mayor Laughren was disqualified last year, he says for drilling right through his rock face.” However this year,’ Mayor Laughren says:,”I have a winning strategy to beat them all!” Which he says he will reveal at the photo op which might involve a dopleganger.. Mayor who is a young aprox. 76 says: “Age and beauty will always win over youth!
I I believe I have it sewn up this year!”
Entry to the Expo is free to all Jackleg Competitions and their families. Everyone is asked to come early for the Opening Ceremonies Wednesday 10:30 a.m where the mining community will be honored during special Timmins 100th Anniversary of Timmins ceremonies. Mayor’s Challenge begins at 12 noon sharp with the Ladies Invitational Jackleg at 1:00 p.m. and the highlight event ” King Jacklegger” competitions from 2 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with awards a the AECON platform at 5:30 p.m.