Meet Shirley Mirka…

BY JANA NIEMI-LAHNALAMPI Wow! Where does one start to share the involvement of such a high-achieving person? I am truly at a loss as to where to begin. Shirley Ann Mirka, nee Shea, was born in 1939 in Glace Bay, Cape Breton. Her family, including twin sister Bernice, moved to Onaping when she was 15…

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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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Onaping Oldtimers Hockey: Part 2

BY ELLARD DURLING After running the Levack/Onaping Winter Carnival for 15 years, our group was happy to turn it over to the dedicated Onaping Falls Recreation Committee in 2015. The program we enjoyed was getting families to enjoy outdoor events at a minimal cost. We thank the Onaping Falls Curling Club for offering their facilities…

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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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The First 50 Years: Hardy Hockey Club

BY JACK MACLELLAN A little more than a year and a half before his passing, J. Gordon Hardy, former mining engineer and later President of Falconbridge Nickel Mines, was able to see his namesake mine and mill start production in 1955. The establishment of the Hardy complex was the beginning of Falconbridge’s development of its…

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