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'Relay' hoping to use Point Park

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Organizers of the local “Relay for Life” are hoping to use Point Park as the site for this year's fundraiser in June.

Committee chair Anneda Supinski wrote in a letter to council that the committee would like to use the park on June 22 for the event, as well as the campground office there in order to keep the money collected safe as it is being counted.

“The 'relay' itself will be taking place around the baseball diamonds, as well as the parking lot as we would like to invite the car club to join us, as well,” she noted.

“We would like to be able to have a flat bed trailer brought in to act as our stage throughout the event, as well as a few tents and canopies in order to keep sound equipment and participants dry if it rains,” Supinski added.

She said the purpose of her letter is to determine the availability of the Point Park on June 22 and to determine what the next step is in the process.

Council referred Supinski's request to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation with input from the Community Services executive committee.

In other news from Monday night's council meeting, Safe Communities Rainy River District is asking the town for its continued support of its initiatives.

In a letter from Safe Communities chair Linda Plumridge, she asked council to consider paying the funding of $.50 per capita for 2018-19 endeavours as the group strives “to ensure our communities become a safer place to live, learn, work, and play.”

This is the same amount as last year.

Plumridge noted Safe Communities still is addressing the four areas of priority from its strategic plan completed in 2017, which include:

  • falls (all age demographics);
  • work and leisure injuries;
  • mental health, including substance abuse and self-harm; and
  • transport injuries (any injuries that occur during any type of transportation such as boating, driving, snowmobiles, trains, etc.)

“Last year we helped with the start-up of the Rainy River Association of First Responders, who are committed to helping with area events and providing safety information throughout the district, as well as training for infant car seat installers,” Plumridge wrote.

“We continue to support Safe Grad, Sidne, Meti-man, first responders, [the] Substance Abuse Prevention Team, and other safety initiatives,” she added.

“We encourage funding requests from area organizations to be used in the delivery of safety initiatives.”

Safe Communities Rainy River District also continues to manage funds for different safety programs, maintain contacts with Safe Communities across the country through monthly conference calls, and participates in Parachute Safety Programs, including bike safety, falls prevention, and teen driver activities.

“Our success in promoting safety within all of our district communities is dependent on all of our partners,” Plumridge stressed.

“Their dedication in providing safety programs is to be commended.”

Safe Communities Rainy River District will be hosting a strategic planning session this year, in anticipation of its re-designation process that will take place in 2020.

Plumridge's request was referred to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation.

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