Meet Bob…

BY JANA NIEMI-LAHNALAMPI The individual who is being highlighted this month has served Onaping Falls with tremendous dedication. Robert Parker, or Bob as he is better known, has served the Onaping Falls community at multiple levels for several decades. Bob was an advocate for organized sports in our community. He was the founder, manager and…

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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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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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