Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
New arena location
The recommended site for the new arena/events centre will be unveiled Monday morning, and Sudbury.com will bring you the location as soon as we have it confirmed. City staff will be giving members of the media background information on the decision, ahead of the agendas going online for the June 27 meeting, when councillors will make a decision. However, multiple sources have told Sudbury.com the site selection committee has picked a downtown site for the $80-million to $100-million facility expected to seat about 5,800 people. While the multiple sources of the information are first rate, Sudbury.com wants to stress the location remains unconfirmed at this time. For the full story, click here.
The Brothers Morel
Greater Sudbury's newest park is open for fun. The Morel Family Foundation Park, located at 270 Second Ave., was officially opened on June 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party. It's the result of $400,000 in donations from the Morel Family Foundation to the City of Greater Sudbury. That money went toward repairing, revitalizing and upgrading the former Adamsdale playground, and transforming the 230,000-square-foot area into the park it is now, complete with a splash pad, fully upgraded hockey rink boards and lights, new asphalt for the basketball courts along with newly implemented posts and nets, new swing sets, climbers, picnic tables and more. For the full story, click here.
Finnish war veteran and Finlandia Village resident Viljo Virtanen was presented with the First Class medal of the Order of the White Rose from his home country of Finland. He fought in the Second World War, and moved to Sudbury in 1965 to begin life after war. For the full story, click here.
Motorcycle riders roared through the streets of Greater Sudbury on June 17 to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research. The idea is to encourage men to get tested, because early detection saves lives. For the story, click here.
On Sunday night, Impact 6-21 held its annual memorial walk in memory of Jazmine Houle (15), Steven Philippe (16) and Caitlin Jelley (15), who were run down by an impaired driver on Father’s Day, June 21, 2009. Watch for more on that story today.
Feast on this
The stage is set for the first Feast Fest in Sudbury. Canadian country artist Jojo Mason will be performing a free concert on Friday June 23 at Bell Park. Honeymoon Suite will rock the crowd Saturday night.Feast Fest is an all ages event, however the free concert grounds in Sudbury will become 19+ after 8 p.m. For more information, click here.
Celebrate National Aboriginal Day
A celebration of the 25th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day takes place at O'Connor Park June 21. The free event takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Activities include a welcoming ceremony, a breakfast, storytelling, children's activities and a noon-hour smudge. Participants are asked to bring their own seating as well as hand drums. For more information, click here.
St. Jean Baptiste
St-Jean-Baptiste Day — a celebration of French Canadian culture — is coming up June 24. There's several events planned in Greater Sudbury this month to mark the occasion. To find out what's going on, click here.
Today's weather will be mainly cloudy with 60-per- cent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. High 19. Tonight will be cloudy with 40-per-cent chance of showers. Low 11.