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While not a fan of Star Wars, we could not resist the temptation to use the Force, so to speak. So, as we meandered our way through waves two and three, HP.com remained in the background, for a few reasons. First of all, the last thing we all needed during these times, was more screen time, and to be honest, with the shutdowns and stay at home orders, there was not a lot to cover. However, we are seeing the seeds of a recovery.
So, as we begin to come out of the third, and hopefully last wave of this pandemic, we can look forward to many positive elements. Yes, we will have to deal with many problems from the pandemic, but there are things to look forward to. As we come out of these difficult times, Hornepayne.com is looking forward to covering many events and happenings, not only in our town, but our district, province, country and international events of importance. In no particular order and not exhaustive, below are some of the stories we are looking forward to bringing to you in the coming months. Please remember to follow us on social media and check back here often. Share our site, share our news and share your thoughts.
So, what are some of the things we are looking forward to covering??? As they say, see below::
1. Continued vaccine coverage in Hornepayne.
2. T0he opening of our economy.
3. Many municipal stories, including the new hotel, airport renovations, future housing developments, HFN housing development, economic development and the official plan. All will have an effect on all citizens.
4. Provincial and Municipal elections in 2022. The provincial election is barely a year away, and the municipal only about 16 months away.
5. The Centre of Ontario and its development plans.
6. Arts and culture in Hornepayne
And, many more. Also, look for stories on local businesses and stories about Hornepayne First Nation's growth and plans for their community as well.
Furthermore....if readers are looking for something, let us know! We will do our best to cover items of interest to our readers!
Thanks for your readership, and we look forward to providing more content as we emerge from the darkness and rebuild a world even better than it was before!
Starting this week, Hornepayne.com will publish a series of articles outlining various scams that are often perpetrated upon our seniors. We thank Wawa Area and Victim Services for the submissions!
Yes, it is that time again! ADSB is preparing for the 2021-2022 school year and will be accepting registration for Junior Kindergarten. Please follow this link to register online and feel free to call the school for more information! 807-868-2475.
As we approach the end of the year, known as the COVID year, where are we? We are at a crossroads; The pandemic continues to rage in so many parts of the world, including parts of Ontario, however we are on the edge of vaccine delivery, which for those who choose to receive it, will make significant changes to their lifestyles.
However, where are we in Hornepayne and region? What can we expect and what have we learned? One thing we have learned, is that in general, there are elements of our population who at times find it difficult to follow what we have been asked to follow. Spikes after holidays like Thanksgiving prove this to be the case and of course, we have a holiday coming up soon, so where will we be, and what can we do?
Hornepayne has yet been affected, yet we are surrounded by cases. Hearst had a mini outbreak a few weeks ago, and perhaps even more concerning, are outbreaks in Marathon and a case in Manitouwadge. Is it a matter of time until someone in Hornepayne is affected? Probably so.
So, what can we do? We must continue to follow guidelines and instructions. Even with Christmas coming, we have to be so careful. We are so close, vaccines are on their way, and a more normal life, but this is still about lives. As was the case in the early days of the pandemic, my concerns with our potential cases in Hornepayne, is our access to health care, outside of our community. We do not have a ventilator in our hospital, which means if any person who is older or has pre-existing conditions gets sick with COVID, they have to be sent elsewhere. What is the problem with that? Cases are spiking in the GTA and Ontario's supply of Intensive Care beds is dwindling, so there is the real possibility of space running out, and nowhere to send anyone. This is a real possibility. I know for myself, not only do I not want COVID, even more so, I do not want to be responsible for giving it to someone who may be at much higher risk than I. I think we have to think of others in this case, and not ourselves.
A changed Christmas will be hard, but as a society, we much follow the guidelines and protect ourselves and those we love.
Noon Hour Assistants
The Algoma District School Board invites applications from interested individuals to fill the position of Noon Hour Assistant at Hornepayne Elementary and Secondary School.
Successful candidates will have good communication skills, sensitivity to confidentiality, ability to relate to children and to work cooperatively with the administration of the school, staff, students and parents/guardians. The individual should also be approachable, alert, sensible and a good listener. An ability to work with related policies and procedures is essential.
Please forward your resume and covering letter to:
Dan Swystun, Human Resources Officer
Algoma District School Board
Please note: A security check is a requirement of the hiring process.
(Only those applicants short listed will be contacted)
ALGOMA DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
Reaching to the Future
The Algoma District School Board is an equal opportunity employer
Exciting news! Ben Cohen from Rideout Bay Developments, who is spearheading the construction of a new hotel in Hornepayne, will be here for a public meeting, on Tuesday, November 17th.
Rideout Bay Developments will be at the Legion from 7-8 PM on Tuesday, November 17th from 7-8 PM for a question and answer period.
As well, you can contact Mr. Cohen if you have questions by emailing him at the following address:: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an exciting announcement for our community, as a community hotel has long been an investment that our community requires, and will help drive further economic growth!
Attendees can enter a draw for a two night stay at the Hotel when it opens!
All health regulations will be followed as per the pandemic we are in.
WWW.HORNEPAyNE.COM is interested in bringing varied content to its readers. Later this week, we will feature a short interview with a former resident, who is launching into a writing career! Stay tuned, we will publish it later this week!
Municipal council met last week, via a Zoom meeting, for their regular meeting. It was a normal meeting, with several items of interest, however one of the most important items, was a discussion of arena operations. The municipality had gathered info from residents via a survey, as well individual counsellors also discussed options with residents.
Of significant concern, are the restrictions around gatherings and how they will affect arena use. Council expressed concerns around how to operate the arena while at the same time, balancing safety and costs. The issue will continue to be studied, with staff determining what other municipalities are doing, as well as creating potential options for council to consider.
October 3rd is Hornepayne's official Hazardous Waste day. Citizens can contact the municipality or the township website here, for details. As well, with the closing of the share shack, due to COVID-19, the municipal plan for the fall clean up week, has been changed to some degree. This year, ahead of the clean up week, citizens can put items at the roadside that they do not want, and citizens can take items that might be of interest to them. At the end of the week, municipal Public Works staff, will gather what remains.
Another note of particular interest, is the municipality's relationship with ARDN, the Alberta Rural Development Network. ARDN, who's vision is " A strong sustainable network that empowers rural communities by facilitating and providing access to trusted rural development expertise, information and services" is interested in working with the municipality to help direct its efforts to create growth in our community. While nothing formal is in place, ARDN is quite interested to potentially work with our community to help develop our town, moving forward.
Remember, all council meetings can be viewed online, and also viewed on the municipal youtube channel.
The next meeting is October 21st! Stay tuned to www.hornepayne.com for coverage!
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