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The Great Bacon War of 2023

People have all sorts of relationships they navigate through daily. Some last a lifetime, while others come and go. No two are exactly the same, which can be good and bad, as we juggle the unique needs in each one. We expect something out of our connections with...

Podcasters worth considering for your online library

There's a lot of junk online and it can be exhausting to sift through it. I understand your pain. My work takes me many places and it's getting harder and harder to keep my attention deficit in check. Making it worse for me, I'm a next level procrastinator. Especially...

Ralph Diegel, 96, shares West Ferris memories

Nestor Prisco, one of North Bay's unofficial historians, and I dropped by Antiques at Deegan's March 3 for a chat with 'Mr. Downtown' Ralph Diegel, 96. We talked about his youth growing up in Ferris, scouts, Camp Tillicum, cadets, his Second World War service in the...

Lakers women heading to hockey nationals … again!

The Nipissing Lakers women's hockey team has qualified as repeat contenders in the USports national championships after earning a second-straight berth in the OUA McCaw Cup final (the top two teams in Ontario go to the nationals, which are hosted in Montreal March...

Doc said I have ‘chronic sinusitis’

The three-month headache I whined about in my column a few weeks ago has been diagnosed following a CT scan as "chronic sinusitis". Now I feel really bad because we could have saved the health care system an unnecessary visit had I listened to my neighbour...

Photography leads to politics on the hill

It's been a while since I've attended a North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority board meeting. Quite a few years, actually, reporters at the Nugget stopped going regularly a few years before I left in 2018. I parachuted into the Feb. 22 meeting and it brought back...

More than just another ‘cat’ video

I was at the Corbeil hacienda tickling the keyboard on Wednesday afternoon, trying to write my last column. The intention was to cap off what I hope is my first Village Media series that lasted 85-straight weekly opinion pieces. To be honest, I actually...

Play On! exhibition worth a look at museum

Gateway Theatre Guild is celebrating its 75th anniversary and the Play On! exhibition at the North Bay Museum celebrates what it takes the company's history, what it takes to put on a performance and the dedication of members. There are also featured posters of the...

No, not OK Boomer!

I love to fly. That’s probably a good thing, as I am currently 941,870 miles on the way to my “Million Mile Status”. Ironically, I’m also fascinated with plane crashes. I can’t pass up watching an episode of a series that recreates them from investigation results, as...

Third time might be the charm for Juno-nominated saxophonist Shirantha Beddage

Saxophonist Shirantha Beddage is returning to North Bay this week on the wings of a third Juno nomination (this time as a band member, first two for his own albums), a recent composer’s residency in Sweden and a cultural quest to learn the traditional music of Sri...

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