Eagle on air, everywhere


Randy Russon
By
January 22, 2021

It spins the classic music hits that are endless in time.

With an impressive music library that is without peer, Sault radio station Eagle 95.1 also reaches an on-line audience with a crisp, clear sound via http://eagleradio951.com.

And the Eagle also has more — besides music — to offer with day long weather updates and a local sports presence.

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New clinic services at I.D.A.


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
January 21, 2021

To help relieve the pressure in the local hospital emergency room, Sault Ste. Marie’s four I.D.A. drug mart locations are now offering new clinic services, Sault Business Matters has confirmed.

Clinical teams with a full time registered nurse on staff are part of what the four I.D.A. stores — Queenstown Drug Mart, Market Mall Drug Mart, Ideal Drug Mart and Wellington Square Drug Mart — have to offer.

Some of the new clinic services at the aforementioned I.D.A. stores are as follows.

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New to Marcel’s Automotive


Angela Romano
By
January 19, 2021

Sault Business Matters has received a special equipment update from Marcel’s Automotive, which is located on Queen Street, just past Tancred, in the Sault’s downtown area.

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Weekend takeout at Gliss


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
January 18, 2021

A popular restaurant is opening for takeout with an updated menu.

Kristi Turner, manager and co-owner of Gliss, which is located on Spring St. in the Sault’s downtown, tells Sault Business Matters that the eatery will be available for take out and delivery on Friday and Saturday from 4-8 p.m. while the province is under lock down.

Kristi’s husband, chef and co-owner Derek Turner, has put together the menu at Gliss, which is featured below.

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New gig for Sonny Spina


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
January 13, 2021

Sonny Spina

Norpro Screening and Security has added a former city police officer to its force.

An 18-year veteran of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, Sonny Spina has joined Norpro as its managing director of security.

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Trying to stay positive but …


Randy Russon
By
January 13, 2021

I try to be positive as it relates to what I like, support and am a part of in any way.

For instance, I try to focus on and support what is positive relative to the Sault’s downtown and surrounding area and their many good features, including small business.

And when it comes to a favourite amateur sport, I always aim to promote and feature minor hockey and junior hockey in the north, along with the kids who play it and the coaches who mentor the players.

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Kids reading club via library


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
January 12, 2021

Here is one for the kids from the local library.

That is, the ‘Kids Winter Reading Club’ will continue until Friday, March 19, according to the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library.

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Good nation of local radio


Randy Russon
By
January 8, 2021

It came as good news to hear — a mere month after being unceremoniously ousted by Country 104.3 after 30 plus years in the air chair — that good guy Jeff McNeice has a new gig on rival local radio station Country 105.5.

At any rate, the forced, short-lived exile of McNeice brought two things to mind. As in, what was Country 104.3 thinking when it moved on from McNeice and, the restless hands of time have yet to pass by a local radio nation of announcers.

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New gig for Jeff McNeice


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
January 8, 2021

Well, that didn’t take long. A popular local radio announcer of more than 30 years will return to the air waves next week.

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Follow the rules


Randy Russon
By
January 7, 2021

Okay, so maybe it isn’t the news we wanted to hear — that the January 23 southern Ontario lock down date relative to COVID-19 now applies to northern Ontario.

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Virtual blues mini series


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
January 4, 2021

Ten years and counting.

As in, the year 2020 was the 10th anniversary of the Sault Blues Society.

And with 2021 now into its infant stages, the Sault Blues Society has a special mini series planned that is slated to begin this week.

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Searchmont ski snippets


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
January 3, 2021

Perhaps the best-known ski resort in the Sault area is located in the community of Searchmont.

Over the years the resort has changed ownership many times and has often experienced the threat of closure on a number of occasions.

At any rate, following are a smattering of Searchmont Ski Resort snippets via the Sault public library.

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Feature: Odd Job Jacks


Angela Romano
By
December 29, 2020

Odd Job Jacks owner Kurtis McDermid may not be aware of this but being a pretty actively involved member of our community who volunteers for local causes a fair amount, I have actually been a fan of what he and his business are all about for quite a few years.

You see, a couple of years ago, I took part in the Downtown Association’s annual ‘Spring Clean’ event where volunteers take part in tidying up downtown.

And at the time, a generous company had donated its time, resources and labour to help with this big task — and that company was Odd Job Jacks.

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Schools closed; drink brandy


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
December 27, 2020

There have been numerous outbreaks of influenza throughout the history of Sault Ste. Marie. 

In 1949, while not reaching pandemic levels, a bad outbreak of the seasonal flu wreaked havoc on the Sault. The Medical Officer of Health, J.E. Gimby, recommended regular doses of brandy and whisky and according to the Globe and Mail, Sault residents bought out the local supply, prompting the liquor store “to ask the Ontario Liquor Control Board to hustle up more whisky – or rum – or brandy.”

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Time for action is now: Ford


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
December 23, 2020

Sault Business Matters has received the following statement from Ontario Premier Doug Ford imploring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “take action and secure our borders.”

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RIP, Uncle Joe


Randy Russon
By
December 20, 2020

Uncle Joe

Italian soccer has lost one of its biggest, best and most ardent supporters.

And our family has lost a real character and such a good person.

My uncle Joe DeSimone passed away the other day at the good, old age of 89.

A simple man and an Italian immigrant, he loved to cook for family and take care of all of us, albeit in a manner that was, um, gruff and grouchy at times.

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Steel City sessions sign-up


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
December 20, 2020

Steel City Sports — which operates basketball and volleyball clubs for the youth of Sault Ste. Marie –will continue to provide active training in 2021.

According to Jeff Giovanatti, who is one of the directors for Steel City Sports, the new sessions are slated to begin on Monday, January 18.

Steel City Sports runs its basketball and volleyball camps and sessions in gymnasium space at the old Tech building on Wellington St. E. in the Sault’s downtown area.

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Angry Joe rocks Reggie’s


Randy Russon
By
December 14, 2020

Angry Joe put on a show. (photo by Mary Desimone)

Joltin’ Joe Della Savia returned to the stage in a big way on the weekend and rocked it at Reggie’s Place Tavern in the Sault’s downtown.

The current rendition of Angry Joe and the Growlers, featuring the always-entertaining Della Savia as lead singer, along with fellow guitarists Ron McLean and Marcel VanLandeghem and drummer Chuck Gassi, stole the show at Reggie’s with an array of well-performed classic hits from the 1960s and 1970s.

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A favourite teacher, coach


Randy Russon
By
December 13, 2020

RIP, Mr. McNally

There were a few teachers from my elementary school days, first at Holy Angel, then at St. Mark, who will always be ultimate favourites of mine.

And one of them, Mr. Larry McNally, happened to be my teacher at both Holy Angel and St. Mark.

He was also my softball coach at both schools.

I loved him as a teacher and a coach. And my fondness for him carried on when I became an adult and got to know him even more.

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Good news for the railway


Randy Russon
By
December 12, 2020

Huron Central Railway, just off Oakland Avenue, in the Sault.

Ho, ho, ho.

Sault member of provincial parliament Ross Romano has delivered an early Christmas present to 43 employees of Huron Central Railway.

That is, via Romano and the Ontario government, Huron Central will continue its rail service between the Sault and Sudbury until at least June 30, 2021 as it works towards a long-term solution.

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Downtown Association boss


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
December 10, 2020

Salvatore Marchese

There is a new man for the downtown.

Salvatore Marchese is moving from Toronto to the Sault to take over as the new manager of the Downtown Association.

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Let it snow at the Museum


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
December 8, 2020

The Sault Ste. Marie Museum and ‘Bon Soo Winter Carnivale’ are teaming up for an innovative community exhibition.

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Big addition to downtown


Randy Russon
By
December 7, 2020

What a boost this is for our fair city — especially a core area that is in growing stages of a much-needed comeback.

A venerable building in the Sault’s downtown has been turned into a multi-purpose store with the new Queenstown Drug Mart as the flagship of what can be termed a major new investment by local entrepreneur Joseph Greco and his partners.

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Steel City Sports, Giving Hearts


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
December 4, 2020

Steel City Sports has partnered with local group ‘Giving Hearts’ to collect non-perishable items as a means of helping to support local food banks and shelters in the Sault.

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‘Tis the season at Broers


Randy Russon
By
December 1, 2020

The cozy, comfy, intimate wine bar that is Broers Jansen is all decorated for the Christmas season.

A popular, people-friendly establishment, located in the Sault’s downtown , Broers Jansen is a local, family-owned-and-operated small business that defines inimitable.

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Feature: KC Security Services


Angela Romano
By
December 1, 2020

Daniel Laprade of KC Security Services

I had a chance to connect with the on-the-go owner of KC Security Services, Daniel Laprade, via telephone recently.

And like the owner himself, our conversation was reassuring and friendly, having known each other for years through our other roles in the community and by often seeing him working at many community events. 

For someone so young, Daniel has quickly become a much respected and leader in the local security services scene. 

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