Easter egg hunt draws oohs, ahhs

NIPIGON NOTES, By Glena Clearwater
The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Nipigon Library gets more popular every year, with the library packed with 62 kids all scrambling to fill a bag with plastic eggs. With parents as well, the place was jam packed with laughter, oohs and ahhs as the eggs were scooped up and some special ones located for Easter Basket prizes.
Outside volunteers exchanged the eggs for bags of candy and other volunteers held a library bake sale. Winners of the candy guesses were Jace Dutil, Debbie Rowley and Samantha Nordlund; Nya Ruth and Liam Toykkala won draws.
The library holds craft days for special days and seasons, so mark May 10 as the Mother’s Day craft at 11 a.m., and any child six and under must come with a caregiver.
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This Friday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m., in the George O’Neill Public School gym the young dancers from the local dance group will be performing for family and friends. Although some may only be on stage for three to four minutes, excitement is mounting as the costumes get fitted and last-minute practices are held. This year a silver collection will go towards purchasing some equipment for the classes. Get there early, for the hall gets full in quick time.
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Also for Mothers’ Day, the annual Carnation Sale will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday by Grace United Church. Most sales will be in Zechners Store, but some sellers will be out on the streets. Also during May there will be activity around Grace United Church as all original 50-plus year-old windows in the sanctuary are being replaced with more energy efficient ones.
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On Thursday, May 8, a Children’s Mental Health Afternoon will take place in the Nipigon Community Centre with activities for children of fun, games and information. It will be sponsored by the Nipigon Family Health Team and local organizations. Call 887-5645 for more information.
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The Catholic Church will hold its annual Looney Auction and luncheon on Sunday, May 4, with the lunch at 12:30 p.m. and the auction at 1:15 p.m..
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This year the Nip-Rock Relay for Life will be held at the Red Rock Marina overnight on Friday, June 13, starting at 7 p.m. Teams and individuals can enter and spectators are welcome to come with chairs, campers and warm clothes as supporters and to enjoy the entertainment, food and music. For more information and/or to register, call 807-887-5748.
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The annual Seniors Banquet will be held Saturday, May 31, at the Nipigon Legion. Seniors are reminded that confirmation of attendance is a must. This event is co-sponsored by local organizations Rotary, Elks and Royal Purple.
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A meeting for the 50th Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival was held last week. Fishermen who are planning ahead need to know that there will NOT be a separate salmon derby this year, there will be prizes for the largest fish in rainbow, brook and lake trout, pike and salmon on TWO days only, Saturday and Sunday, with prizes Sunday afternoon. Monday will be strictly the kids Huck Fin derby for perch.
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With fishing in mind, plans are being finalized for the most popular fish derby of the year, the annual Kids Fish Derby on May 25 at the Nipigon Marina. Art and Theresa Laframboise co-ordinate this with the help of dozens of volunteers.
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Any homeowner who needs some required renovations needed to a home should check out the Ontario Renovates Program for 2014. The information and forms are available at the municipal office and Coun. James Foulds has expressed his willingness to help anyone with the forms. The program has been out before and Foulds is impressed with the opportunity it gives homeowners to apply for a forgivable loan. Information can be found online.

(Glena Clearwater’s column appears every other Wednesday.)