~Libby Stoker-Lavelle ~
There’s nothing quite like the sight of 50-some boats racing off to get the best fishing spot on an early August morning. With a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 2nd, the 25th Annual Trout Challenge will begin. This summer fishing challenge has brought teams to the area from all over the world. The challenge will conclude at 3 p.m. on The Trout Challenge will begin with a shotgun start on August 2. August 3rd, and will be ndfollowed by an awards ceremony. As a tribute to the 25th year, the Trout Challenge will be presenting cash awards to the top 25 finalists, with the grand prize at $5,000 cash. With 62 boats last year, the challenge is eager to reach its record turnout of over 75 boats (the record was set in the first year of the challenge). Registration is $150 per team. To register, or learn more about one of Cranberry Portage’s longest running annual events, see www.cranberryportage.net/trout-challenge.html. Forms can be found on the Trout Challenge website.
The NorVA Centre in Flin Flon, the community’s artist studio and gallery space, is launching a unique project this summer called the One Square-Foot Exhibition and Auction. Participants of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to enter work of any medium into the auction. The only catch: each piece of artwork must be 12” x 12” and no more than This multimedia artwork by visiting artist Annie Bergen three inches thick. Smaller pieces can be mounted on a one-square was the first submission to the foot canvas or board to qualify. The One Square Foot Exhibition and Auction. event is a fundraiser for the NorVA Centre, and proceeds from each piece sold at auction will be split 50/50 between NorVA and the contributing artist. In the coming months, NorVA will host a number of events associated with the exhibition and auction, including coaching workshops for individuals who want help creating their artwork. A separate category for youth in the community is also being offered. The submitted artwork will be exhibited during Culture Days at the end of September, and visitors to the exhibit will be welcome to bid on pieces through both a silent and live auction. Thirty individuals have signed up so far; to participate or learn more, visit onesquarefoot.norvacentre.com or visit the NorVA Centre at 170 Green St.
Heritage church revived ~ Valerie G. Barnes-Connell ~ As the oldest building still in use in Saskatchewan, Holy Trinity Anglican Church is a popular tourist and historical site. Located in Stanley Mission on the shores of the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan, the building is a national and provincial heritage site. The church was brought from England, then rebuilt over several years and completed in 1860. The Province of Saskatchewan took over the care of the church in 1981, when it was included within the boundaries of the Lac La Ronge Provincial Park. Much work was done on the church then, and more recently in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the church in 2010. In 2011, Stantec, of Saskatoon, conducted a structural assessment of the condition of the church, and determined what was needed to maintain the integrity of the building and its authenticity as a heritage site. The improvements began in 2013, with a new high-end cedar shingle roof, and repairs to sustain the foundation and bell tower, which are close to completion. For 2014, the hope is to complete repairs to the windows, and repaint the outside of the church.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Stanley Mission. The last piece will be work on the interior of the building, including painting it. The Stanley Mission Working Group, a committee made up of Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) Stanley Mission councillors and Ministry of Parks staff, oversees the ongoing care of the church and the local Churchill River.
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Photo courtesy of NORVA CENTRE
~ Shannon Smadella ~
Photo by Valerie G. Barnes-Connell, The La Ronge Northerner
Artists invited to participate in a collaborative exhibit and auction
Photo submitted by kori james
Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge celebrates 25 years