Meet Melinda

BY JANA NIEMI-LAHNALAMPI You may have bought a turkey supper ticket from her, or maybe she was your “Brown Owl.” Perhaps you worked with her on a church committee or board, or she taught you gymnastics. Myself, I have known this woman my whole life. She is probably the first person I ever met. Some…

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Meet Dan & Violet

BY JANA NIEMI-LAHNALAMPI For most of us, our life’s work is merely an occupation. For a gifted few, their unique skill-set answers a higher calling. Dan and Violet Dubé are two of the chosen few whose amazing abilities to love, accept and teach have brought comfort, strength and healing to some of the most vulnerable…

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Meet Flora

BY JANA NIEMI-LAHNALAMPI If the world was a perfect place, when you looked up inspiration in the dictionary, you would find her name under the definition. Flora Wilson Chartrand has worked tirelessly in a variety of organizations within our community: The Royal Canadian Legion, Levack Public School Parents’ Association, Onaping Falls Curling Club, Falls Food,…

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Meet Janice

BY JANA NIEMI-LAHNALAMPI Listening to music has been proven to make you happier trhough the release of dopamine, “the happy hormone,” which is released when you listen to music. Listening to music also lowers cortisol levels, the stress hormone. Furthermore, listening to certain types of music can help lower depression and improve your sleep. Improved…

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Meet Clancy

A little bit about Clarence (Clancy) Vowels When you look up community service in the dictionary, you should find a picture of Clarence Vowels. From the curling club to the hockey clubs, the Levack ski hill, Scouts, and St. John’s United Church, many have benefitted from Clarence’s commitment, generosity and skill. Clarence Vowels grew up…

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