Sudburians say goodbye to historic Golden Grain bakery
Sudburians lined up along Brady Street Sunday morning as they said goodbye to a Sudbury institution - Golden Grain bakery - while at the same time hoping to stock up their freezers with their favourite breads, cookies and other baked goods. On Oct. 24, the City of Greater Sudbury announced plans to purchase the Golden Grain building, along with several other downtown Sudbury buildings, which led to the bakery’s decision to close its doors for good Dec. 4. While customers who'd made it through the line packed into the Golden Grain storefront, the production area also had a respectable crowd, as it was all hands on deck as the last baking went into the oven and family members and past employees dropped by to pay their respects
Astronaut Chris Hadfield visits SNOLAB, takes in Wolves game
Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield created a buzz during a visit to Sudbury Thursday and Friday. He was in town as part of a group of six friends who are alumni of the Young Professionals Organization (YPO). The friends spent time at NORCAT and SNOLAB, and Mayor Paul Lefebvre took them to the Sudbury Wolves game on Friday night, a spokesperson for SNOLAB confirmed. “Thank you so much Cmdr Chris Hadfield and friends in the YPO Forum for joining us for a memorable day underground,” said a post on Facebook from SNOLAB. “Great company and great questions. You will always be welcome back!” As well as touring the facility, Hadfield signed books and posed for selfies during his visit to SNOLAB, the facility spokesperson said. The Sudbury Wolves also shared a photo on their Facebook page taken by Sudbury radio station Pure Country, which showed Hadfield appearing on the big screen during the Dec. 1 game. “Guess you could say there's a STAR in the building tonight,” said the Wolves’ Facebook page.
Brief road closures coming for Municipal Road 55 at Copper Cliff
Another series of brief road closures is expected to occur on Municipal Road 55 near Copper Cliff on Tuesday, Dec. 5 and again on Tuesday, Dec. 12, said a news release from Vale. This involves maintenance and construction work on the new high-voltage power line conductors to the hydro substation at the South headframe of the Copper Cliff Mine, said the release. Vale said the road closures on MR 55 will happen in an area about 800 metres west of the intersection of Power Street and MR 55 in Copper Cliff. Vale said road signs have been posted in both directions to warn automobile traffic of the upcoming road closure. Vale said MR 55 will be closed to traffic in both directions for approximately 20 minutes, three times on December 5 and three times on December 12. Additional closures may occur on December 6, 7, 13 and 14 if needed. Signs will be installed ahead of time to warn automobile traffic in both directions of the upcoming outages. Greater Sudbury Police Services will be in attendance to control traffic. Lane restrictions will be in place to minimize the disruptions, said Vale.
Video: Mayor flips the switch on festive season
Counting down from 10 in both official languages, Greater Sudbury Mayor Paul Lefebvre flipped the switch on the “Merry and Bright” tree in the courtyard of Tom Davies Square Dec. 1. The Merry and Bright tree is an artificial spruce standing 26 feet tall and 12 feet in diameter. It is lit with 1,325 high-efficiency warm white LED bulbs which accomplish 80 per cent energy savings compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. It will now be lit until the week after Orthodox Christmas. The tree-lighting event included entertainment from the Nickel City Sound and Black Bull Moose Singers, as well as hot beverages, cookies and fudge, which were gobbled up in short order
Santa Shuffle: Festive and fit Sudburians are on the 'nice' list
Dressed up in Santa and elf suits and other festive gear, hundreds of Sudburians gathered at Laurentian University Dec. 2 for the first in-person Salvation Army Santa Shuffle event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. People were invited to take part in either five-kilometre or one-kilometre events in support of the Cedar Place emergency shelter for women and families facing homelessness. Race co-director Ashley Grant, who’s the program service manager at Cedar Place, said the race’s spirit is one of giving during the Christmas season. “It’s just warmth, having everyone together,” she said. “You can see everyone’s smiling faces, and we’re going to have people wearing Santa suits, and everyone’s going to be all dressed up. It’s just so festive.” Organizers were hoping to raise more than $5,000 through the event. Cedar Place executive director and race co-director Barbara Ridley said about 60 per cent of the shelter’s funding comes from the City of Greater Sudbury. The rest comes from fundraisers such as the Santa Shuffle, as well as people who write the agency cheques or “legacy donations” from when people pass away. Between its downtown shelter and another offsite shelter, Cedar Place is able to house 28 people.
Helpers: ‘Handy Andy’ a familiar face at Sudbury festivals
Andy McClellan is that guy in the Tilley hat greeting people at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal gate or taking tickets at Cinéfest. The dedicated volunteer is reluctant to say he is working security but he is there to make sure things run smoothly. "I consider myself a ‘Walmart greeter,’" says the 83-year-old who has been a community helper for many years. Although he has "retired" from Northern Lights, his relationship with the summer music festival goes back to 1979 when he first volunteered so he could attend the local happening for free. Over the years, he has also helped out at Ribfest and Blues for Food. "I volunteer because of the people," he says. "People are so much fun. I like to help people and have a little fun along the way." During the film festival, McClellan arrives early in the morning at SilverCity Cinemas. If someone has a question, he probably has the answer or knows who does. His days are long as he also greets guests at the gala receptions in the evening. That means he doesn't get to see many of the films in their entirety. "I watch a little bit at the beginning and at the end to get the flavour of what the movie is about," he says. As the film credits roll, he helps people exit the theatre safely before the lights go up.