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Do your ‘do for cancer research

This year, four people volunteered their locks in support of cancer research at a fundraising event in anticipation of the Terry Fox Run next month. Gerty Thomson, who had her hair cut last year to raise money for the same cause, this time recruited Susan Ferguson and Evelyn Tregidgo, who both had their heads shaved, […]

Old Town Challenge takes place over weekend

The Old Town Challenge paintball tournament took place last Sunday, with four teams participating. Only a dozen players came out to the annual tournament this year, but with smaller teams, it made things interesting. Regular player Tristan Cross said that while he would have wished more people had come out for the afternoon tournament, it […]

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SSi Micro pulls out

SSi Micro, provider of AirWare satellite Internet services in the NWT, has announced it will be pulling out of several communities Sept. 1 as a result of mounting costs and poor returns. “In 2005, very few communities in the NWT had access to high-speed Internet,” the company stated in an e-mail sent to its customers. […]

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Bike Day

Growing Together’s weekly bike day took place as usual in the arena at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre last week, safe away from the rain pouring down outside. “It’s just a great activity for the kids,” said Brenda Hall, the play group’s longtime organizer. “They love rocketing around, learning to bike, and the bigger kids […]

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Metis gather to spread culture

Metis from all over the South Slave met in Hay River to celebrate their culture as part of the first annual Metis Cultural Days last week. “We had so many people for the workshops last night,” said Karen Lafferty, one of the event’s organizers and a member of the Metis Cultural Institute. “A lot of […]

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Health authority welcomes new full-time doctor

There’s a new doctor in town, and he’s here to stay – at least for a year. “This has been on the radar for about four or five years,” said Dr. John Desmond, who has recently signed a one-year contract with the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. “Things sort of all came together […]

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Bountiful baskets of veggies

Hay Riverites have a new way to get their hands on local produce, and by all accounts, they can’t have enough. “I have been floored at the response,” said Jackie Milne, founder of the initiative. “I don’t have the resources to meet all the requests, so we’re looking at expanding.” Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects […]

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Bocce ball for all

A group of seniors gathered behind Whispering Willows last week for the first lawn-games event of the summer, but certainly not the last. “I’m just happy people showed up and had fun,” said Emma Harper, recreation programmer for the municipality. “Everyone can play bocce ball, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone else organize something, […]

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Handgames photo spread

More than 20 teams gathered at the arbour on the Hay River Reserve for a handgames tournament over the long weekend. With a pot totalling $50,000, teams and players came from all over the NWT and northern Alberta to compete, socialize, and have fun. The tournament was a precursor to the K’atlodeeche First Nation’s annual […]

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Defending champs take annual slo-pitch tourney

Between organizing the tournament and playing herself, president of the local mixed slo-pitch league Rachel Daigneault-Durocher said she had a few opportunities to watch games, and from what she could see, there was some really good, competitive ball played over the weekend. “Everything has been going really well. It’s been a good year for the […]

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