Stars team plays proud in Ottawa

By Vikki MacDonald
It was early morning on April 3 as many young hockey players wiped the last remnants of the sandman from their eyes and boarded the coach bus. After a series playdown and a month of fundraising, The North Shore Stars midget girls hockey team was embarking on a 16-hour journey to compete at the provincial competition in Ottawa.
The talented team comprised of players from Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Nipigon, Marathon, Wawa and Geraldton was formed early in the season. With limited practices and tournaments, they were able to come together and win the division playdowns against a Nipigon-based team. The girls put their best effort forward, but were unable to advance after competing in three games of round robin play.
A highlight of the trip was the entire team attending a women’s world championship tournament game, with Canada beating Finland 8-0. Winning the division playdowns, travelling and bonding as a team, and the experience of showing their skills at such a prestigious event, won’t soon be forgotten.
Coaches Mark Figliomeni, Chris Hewson, John Zechner and manager Brenda Strassburger are to be commended for their commitment to the team and their efforts to encourage the continuous involvement of girls in hockey. A tremendous thank you to friends, families and local businesses for their financial support and the North Shore communities for allowing these girls to represent what our small town values really are.

Like many communities, Terrace Bay has begun to develop a cost-effective plan for a recycling program. With neighbouring Schreiber township in the early stages of implementing a program, Terrace Bay is discussing various options for this green initiative. One major consideration has been to acquire vendors to transport and process recycled materials in an efficient and cost effective manner. No proposals have been approved as of yet, but the program is tabled as a priority.

The North Shore Family Health Team has once again begun the Biggest Loser Challenge. This extremely successful program was established to allow members to sign up as a team and is to promote healthy lifestyle choices within the community. A starting weight is taken and then weekly weigh-ins follow. Many activities are planned including hikes, group exercise classes, and educational workshops. This program shows members that every small step is a giant leap toward a healthy body, mind and soul.

(Vikki MacDonald is a resident of Terrace Bay whose column appears every other Thursday. You can email her at