50th festival all the talk
NIPIGON NOTES by Glena Clearwater
Before the 49th annual Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival was over, ideas and plans for the big 50th were being talked about. The 49th took place under very unsettled skies, with rain and cold weather on Saturday that saw the outdoor evening entertainment and fireworks cancelled. No word yet on the replay of the fireworks.
As always, fishing is a big part of the Festival, with 65 entries in the salmon derby. Dan Klatt, Nipigon, won the big money with his 23.4 pounds followed by Pete Harmatiuk, 15.8 pounds, and Bill Haskell, 14.2 pounds.
The family fishing prizes, from 119 entries, were awarded by draws with Matt Snow, Alberta; Liam Stenlund, Red Rock; Mary Blakely, Nipigon; Tate and Todd McKenzie, B.C.; and Bert Johnson, Thunder Bay, taking home top prizes.
Tiny Ellie Dampier was top winner among the 75 entries in the Huck Finn Kids derby.
Draw winners were Bill Milne, Helen Foulds, Jen Nicol, Dan Borg, Louise Dupuis and Jolene Cote.
Joyce Lanigan won the cribbage competition, and Barry Smart and John Ahl were tops at euchre.
Top runners in the 5K were Brenna Nicol and Doug Scott.
Thunder Bay teams swept the slowpitch tournament: Hickory Sticks, A final; Thunder Bay Travellers, B final; and Drifters, C final. Thirteen teams took part.
The Rotary Club invites everyone to participate in the 13th Peace Walk, at 7 p.m., on Sept. 18, starting at the Legion and ending at the Peace Pole at the Marina.
A presentation by Richard Boone of the Diabetes Association will be given at the Nipigon Library, 11 a.m., on Sept. 12. Anyone not able to make the morning presentation can attend the TOPS Club session at 6 p.m. in the library at George O’Neill School.
Both presentations are free.
The title of the presentation is Making Cents of Healthy Eating: Eat Well but Pay Less.
The Nuclear Waste Management group is looking for a committee in Nipigon interested in educating the public about nuclear waste. The committee will act as a liaison with the group and the public, with a maximum term of two years. Members can be for, against or neutral about nuclear waste management, but must be willing to learn more and share information. Contact the town office for information.
Members of the NWM team had a booth at the Fishing Festival and spent three days in discussions with people who have all views of the topic.
Karen (Lange) Autio was in town for a few days promoting her latest book in a trilogy about the Finnish people and Nipigon.
The latest is a work of fiction connected to a true story of German spies in 1915, who were arrested for planning to blow up the Nipigon Bridge.
Her book, Sabotage, is available at Nipigon Library or can be purchased at a bookstore.
Karen, daughter of Anita and Art Lange, Nipigon, lives with her family in Kelowna, B.C.
Forms are available for the Nov. 16 Christmas Craft Show. Contact Glena at 807-887-3434.
Forms will soon be available for the annual Hike for Health from Nipigon to Red Rock, at the end of September.
(Glena Clearwater’s column appears every other Wednesday in the print edition of The Chronicle-Journal.)