Let's Roll For Eddy Half Marathon Arrives in Dubreuilville

Runners will crowd into Dubreuilville this evening, in honour of a local ALS activist.

"Let's Roll For Eddy" Half Marathon organizer Josee Bouchard says the event follows on efforts by Dubreuilville's own Eddy Lafrancois.

Bouchard emphasizes all donations received will go to the cause.

Bouchard encourages everyone to come out for the event, which includes a 1k "kiddie run", a 5k "run, walk, and roll", and 10, 15, and 20k runs.

Held at Dubreuilville's ecole secondaire l'Oree des Bois, registration starts at 5:15 pm, with the run at 6 pm.

Township of Chapleau Warns of Airport Closure During Upcoming Drag Races

The Township of Chapleau's warning the municipal airport will be closed for the upcoming drag races - for most users, at least.

A release from the Township notes the airport will be closed to "general aviation" from noon next Thursday, August 22nd, until 12 noon on Monday, August 26th, though it assures that one runway will remain open "for the exclusive use of air ambulance, to permit medical transportation to continue as usual".

Wawa's airport was similarly closed during the recent drag races - as it has in past years - though it had a helicopter pad open for air ambulance, rather than another runway.

Chapleau's first ever Gold Rush Nationals Drag Race will be held August 23rd to 25th.

Copper Wire Theft Reported Near Montreal River Harbour

Local police are asking for public help finding who stole copper wire from a construction site south of Wawa.

Superior East Ontario Provincial Police Constable Trevor Tremblay explains the incident happened between 4:00 pm Tuesday afternoon and 7:45 am Wednesday morning, at a Bell tower site near Montreal River Harbour.

Tremblay notes the reels were about four-feet in diameter - "not the type you'd find in the hardware store" - and adds there have been similar incidents in recent months.

Tremblay emphasizes he can't confirm whether the incidents are connected, but notes there are no suspects in any of the incidents, and urges anyone with information to call the OPP or Crime Stoppers.

Let's Golf Fore Eddy Golf Tournament Arrives in Wawa

Golfers will be hitting the greens at Wawa's golf course for a good cause this weekend.

"Let's Golf Fore Eddy" ALS Golf Tournament organizer Eric Levesque reminds the event honours his friend, Eddy Lafrancois, the Dubreuilville ALS activist who passed away earlier this year.

Levesque emphasizes proceeds from the fun tournament will go to ALS Canada, either to support people living with ALS and their families or to support research.

The tournament has "shotgun" start, from 1 pm to 4 pm Saturday at the Michipicoten Golf Club.

Winnie's Hometown Festival Arrives in White River

White River is bustling with excitement this weekend, as the Winnie's Hometown Festival is back.

Festival Coordinator Natalie Albert says the 31st annual festival includes many returning favourites, like the riding lawnmower races.

Albert notes the Winnie's Funland and Trade Fair includes Christina the Crazy Hooper - as seen on "Ellen" - an interactive show with Mr. Mark, and appearances from Buzz and Woody, Peppa Pig, Pikachu, and - of course - Winnie the Pooh.

Also highlighted are two new events: the "Cornhole Tournament" on Saturday, and the First Annual "Mud Run" at the old ski trail across from the water plant on Sunday.

Event sign-up sheets, the schedule, and other information can be found on the Winnie's 31st Annual Hometown Festival Facebook page.

Wawa's Infrastructure Director Recommends Against Curbside Recycling Pickup For Now

Wawa's Infrastructure Services Director is recommending against curbside recycling pickup at the moment.

Speaking to Council earlier this week, Cory Stainthorpe stated he's recommending against it in the new refuse collection contract, citing costs and a lack of incentives or programs to offset them.

Stainthorpe did note the Municipality currently recycles many materials, including tires, "e-waste", and metals, while cardboard and paper can be grinded and mixed with sand for the landfill's cover.

He isn't fully abandoning the idea of expanded recycling in town, however, noting options are being reviewed, such as setting up a transfer station or something else tied in with the planned expansion of the landfill.

Registration Deadline for "Let's Golf Fore Eddy" Golf Tournament

Golfers are reminded to sign up for a charity golf tournament coming this weekend: the "Let's Golf Fore Eddy" ALS Golf Tournament.

Organizer Eric Levesque notes the event's fairly open.

Levesque emphasizes the golf tournament's in honour of his friend, Eddy Lafrancois, the Dubreuilville ALS activist who passed away earlier this year, with proceeds to support that cause.

Anyone wanting to sign up is asked to contact Levesque today, as the tournament's this Saturday.

It's not the only event happening in honour of Eddy Lafrancois this week: the "Let's Roll For Eddy" half marathon will be held at Dubreuilville's Ecole secondaire l'Oree des Bois tomorrow evening.

Wawa Council Considers Options to Address Bear-Related Garbage Issues

Wawa Municipal Council will consider options to address concerns about bears and garbage in the community.

Following a letter citing concerns on Long Beach Road, Mayor Ron Rody spoke at this week's Corporate Planning and Policy Committee meeting, stating that the letters points "are very valid", but adding he believes the concerns apply to much or all of town, noting he remembers a bear stealing his garbage can and eating from it in the middle of Superior Avenue.

The mayor questioned whether the suggested option of special bins for waste in that area would be the solution, and - if so - where they should be placed or not placed.

Rody encouraged Council feedback on the issue before turning it back to staff.

Chapleau Woman Charged With Assault

A Chapleau woman's facing an assault charge after an incident Monday night.

Superior East Ontario Provincial Police say they were called to a Chapleau residence around 5:50 pm Monday evening over a reported assault - investigation led to the arrest of the 32-year-old Chapleau woman on a single charge of assault.

She was released from custody, with a court date in Chapleau in October.