All posts by Randy Russon

The lake, on line, with Eagle


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August 26, 2020

My wife and I and our dog just returned from a nice, relaxing, three day, three night excursion to Birchland Cottages in Iron Bridge, about 65 miles east of the Sault.

Besides the well maintained, clean and cozy cottage that we rented on splendid Clear Lake, there were other factors that contributed to the reclining, unwinding, days and nights.

There were daily barbecues, walks on roads of the wooded property, nights at the fire pit, cold beer and … classic hits music with crystal clear reception via the on line version of Sault radio station Eagle 95.1.

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Reggie’s is re-opening


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August 22, 2020

Reggie’s Place Tavern is set to soon re-open

An iconic downtown bar is poised to push the re-start button on Sept. 1.

With new operator Randy Lapossie at the helm, Reggie’s Place Tavern — located just past March Street on Queen Street E. in the Sault’s downtown– has a sign on one of its front windows that is signalling the Sept. 1 re-opening.

It will mark a new chapter for the local watering hole which had become a popular gathering place for folks of all ages and many walks of life for well over 25 years under previous operator Reggie Daigle.

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Patience, safety and health


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August 16, 2020

As junior hockey leagues across Ontario have later start dates for the 2020-2021 season on their respective, proposed agendas, the province is intent on putting students and teachers back in the classroom on time, in September.

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We lost two good ones


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August 9, 2020

Two smiling faces recently departed their loved ones as friendly, affable folks who were simply known as good people.

Marilyn (McCauley) Jones

Marilyn Jones (nee McCauley) and Richard Nystedt were both known for their infectious smiles and kind words.

They came from different walks of life and made their own separate ways that included links to the community and to local sports.

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Museum trivia night


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August 3, 2020

This looms as a fun opportunity to support the Sault Ste. Marie Museum while showing off your trivia skills.

And maybe even learn something new about Canadian and local art, media, music and sports history.

To that end, the local Museum, along with OutSpoken Brewing, will be hosting a pair of Tuesday evening trivia nights — on August 11 and 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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All good at Grocer 4 Good


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July 30, 2020

The tidy little grocery store at 133 Gore Street in the Sault’s downtown area recently resumed regular Monday to Friday hours.

A few of the shelves at Grocer 4 Good

Grocer 4 Good has re-opened following a shutdown relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And president and founder Lisa Vezeau-Allen, who is also a Ward 2 city councilor, relayed to Sault Business Matters that Grocer 4 Good is now in operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

An ability development program that was spearheaded by Vezeau-Allen and operates as a non profit model, the modest, 900 square foot Grocer 4 Good store originally opened late last fall.

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Marty & Kelly on Mane St.


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July 24, 2020

Multiple patio bars have become a nice — and welcome — addition to downtown Queen Street in the Sault. And one of the more popular patio bars is located outside Mane St. Cafe and Social House.

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Look what we found downtown!


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July 21, 2020

Another patio bar has popped up in the Sault’s downtown.

Lindsey Hornblower, at Street Baby Cheeses

And this one features wine, local beer on tap and street treats a la Broers Jansen.

Located in front of Broers Jansen wine bar, right next to the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, the patio bar includes both a hot dog stand and a cheese curd cove.

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Cheers to Northern Superior


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July 16, 2020

Having continued to service the local beer industry through delivery and its retail store through the earlier phases of the COVID-19 crisis, Northern Superior Brewing is moving into the next stage of operation.

Trevor Zachary, who is the general manager of Northern Superior Brewing, has outlined the next phase of reopening to Sault Business Matters.

Zachary confirmed that as of noon on Friday of this week, the indoor tap room at Northern Superior Brewing will again be open to the public.

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IDA opening in Queenstown


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July 12, 2020

The locally owned and operated IDA Drug Mart string of stores will soon be setting up a new shop in the Sault’s downtown, Sault Business Matters has confirmed.

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CKCY: My first media job


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July 6, 2020

It was circa 1975 and between beers at the Purple Lantern, I studied Journalism at Sault College.

Classmates included David Gazer and Joe Petrolo and I mention them because all three of us managed to land part-time jobs at CKCY Radio while still “studying” at Sault College.

Gazer and Petrolo, with their booming, CKLW-Windsor-style voices, worked as late night newscasters at CKCY while I was the weekend sportscaster.

Thus began my media career, which is now at 45 years and counting.

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Downtown patio bars aplenty


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June 26, 2020

It is patio bar season.

And as we head towards the end of June and are poised to welcome July, the weather outlook is for plenty of warmth and sunshine.

As for the patio bars, there are many to choose from, particularly in the Sault’s downtown.

Making our rounds on Thursday of this week, Mane St. Cafe was a popular spot at its Queen Street E. location, between East and Brock streets.

A feature of Mane St. Cafe is the roll-up canopy that overhangs the neat and tidy patio bar.

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First service at First Baptist


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June 18, 2020

Service resumed at First Baptist Church of Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.

Pastor Jack DeVries

Along with other places of worship, the venerable downtown church had been closed under order from the Ontario government due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jack DeVries, who is the pastor of First Baptist Church, told Sault Business Matters that “our opening went very smooth.

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Cheers to local beers


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June 12, 2020

I like beer.

In fact, it has been a preferred liquid refreshment of mine since, um, I was in Grade 12 at venerable Sir James Dunn Collegiate in the Sault.

The brands of beer on my select list are not as numerous as they once were.

And now, as I support local more than ever before, the products of Northern Superior Brewing and OutSpoken Brewing are my top choices, where available.

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Whoa, oh listen to the Eagle


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May 28, 2020

” … what the people need is a way to make them smile … it ain’t so hard to do if you know how … gotta get a message, get it on through … woah, oh listen to the music …” — from the 1970s classic hit ‘Listen to the Music’ by the Doobie Brothers.

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May we be okay in May


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May 4, 2020

We seem to be getting past first base. As in flattening the curve from the 100 mile an hour fastball that COVID-19 threw at the world. Doug Ford, the province’s stand-up, no-nonsense premier, has lauded Ontario residents for stepping up to the plate when called upon. And in Sault Ste. Marie, team work has been evident.

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Supporting one another


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April 27, 2020

There is irony in the following words. That is, as we maintain separation while practicing social distance, we need to be members of a team by sticking together.

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Remote property tax relief


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April 7, 2020

Relative and sensitive to the COVID-19 crisis, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is deferring $15 million in property taxes for residents and businesses in areas of northern Ontario that are located outside municipal boundaries.

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Radio newscaster flashback


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April 7, 2020

I have worked in the local radio business as a sportscaster, on and off, since 1975. And besides the “good sports” who I have worked alongside, there has also been a memorable cast of news hounds who I shared a microphone with at 920 CKCY, YES-FM et al.

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$420,800 for social services


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April 3, 2020

The Ontario government, via the Sault’s member of provincial parliament Ross Romano, is coming through with the tidy sum of $420,800 for the city’s social services.

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Ford to release the facts


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April 2, 2020

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has confirmed that he has instructed government health officials to release projection numbers on where the province is headed relative to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Doug Ford shows leadership


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March 31, 2020

It is no longer just a campaign slogan. Flexing strength and the ability to govern and work with others as a true leader, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is showing that he really is “for the people.”

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Ford commends Trudeau


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March 24, 2020

As we are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis that is affecting all of us, it is truly inspiring when government leaders from different political parties are publicly supportive of one another.

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No cash at Mackinac Bridge


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March 18, 2020

Located about 50 miles south of the Michigan Sault, the Mackinac Bridge Authority will no longer accept cash at its toll booths until further notice. The new measure takes effect this Saturday amid concerns of the coronavirus, Sault Business Matters has confirmed.

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College, university combo


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March 15, 2020

There is good news out there relative to education, in this case post secondary schooling throughout northern Ontario, including Algoma University and Sault College.

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We see a sign of spring


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March 6, 2020

As the weekend forecast is for warmer temperatures and a melting of snow, Monday will bring another sign of spring to the Twin Sault area.

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City councilors to talk it up


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February 27, 2020

Local radio station Eagle 95.1 is ready to talk the talk. Twin Sault Talk will make its debut on Eagle 95.1 this Sunday at noon and Sault Business Matters has confirmed who the guests on the first show will be.

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Twin Sault Talk ready to air


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February 19, 2020

A new, local content, talk radio show that has been in the works for several weeks is slated to hit the airwaves on Sunday, March 1 at noon, Sault Business Matters has confirmed.

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Tasting events at Broers


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February 11, 2020

First, the whisky. Later, the wine. Broers Jansen, located in the Sault’s downtown, is planning a series of tasting events.

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