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Concerts in the Park run every Friday from July 7th to September 1st from noon to 1 pm at MacLean Park. VRCC lobby in case of rain.
Congratulations to the winner of 102.9 CHTM'S Summer Sizzle Grand Prize. Blaine Prince won a Broil King barbecue from Stittco Utilities, a 20-pound tank of propane and food for a great party!
E-Waste disposal is available every Saturday from 8 am - 4 pm at the Waste Disposal Grounds now until October 28th. No charge.
Take your grass clippings and leaves to the compost site beside the Public Works yard on Seal Road. Open 24 / 7.
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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Fund Raiser is September 16th at noon at the YWCA. For info contact Nina Cordell at 778-1209 or ywcawcoffice@mymts.net
Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday September 17th at the VRCC. Registration is at noon, run starts at 1 pm. Registrations forms willl soon be available around Thompson or go online to terryfox.org
Learn Job Search Skills with Steps to Success from 12:10- 12:50pm Monday to Friday @ the YWCA. These drop in classes are free. For info, call 204-677-5016.
100 Women Who Care's next quarterly meeting is on Wednesday, September 13th. It will be held at the Meridian Hotel starting at 6:30. Current members are encouraged to bring new members.
The Thompson Local News


Louise Hodder and Jessie Horodecki, local volunteers with the Red Cross, spoke at Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting about the two primary services the organization offers.

 

Personal Disaster Assistance covers small scale disasters such as house fires and provides emergency assistance for up to 72 hours.   This covers such items as food, clothing and shelter.   The Fire Department or family members activate the PDA by contacting the Red Cross.

 

The second service is the Emergency Response Team or E-R-T which is activated when a whole community is affected.   Some communities which had the Red Cross help out last year were War Lake and Shamattawa when they faced water shortages.  Long Plain, Dakota Tipi and Waywayseecapo First Nations all experienced tornados and received help from the Red Cross.  A fire at Shamattawa and power outage at York Factory also brought in E-R-Ts from the Red Cross. 

 

So far in 2017, the Red Cross has responded to two disasters in our northern region.  The first was a sewer backup at a seniors residence at OCN and the second was an apartment fire in The Pas. 

 

Horodecki and Hodder also addressed the desperate need for volunteers in our area.  Here we have a breakdown of the numbers of volunteers in Manitoba.

 

“Currently in Canada the Red Cross has more than 25-thousand volunteers.  Manitoba has the lowest number of volunteers.  Winnipeg has just over 200 and we have 9.  Brandon has 14.  They just put a team together in Dauphin.  But for us in Thompson - our 9 volunteers -    we take care of Thompson and all the surrounding communities.”

 

Volunteers can be called upon to help with emergencies and disasters in our area, around the province and even across Canada.   To apply go to red cross.ca. 

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