This year’s executive has been chosen for the Hay River Seniors’ Society.

Tom Makepeace is returning as chairperson.

Mattie McNeill is the new vice-chairperson.

Velma Rowe is back as secretary, and Brian Flewelling is the new treasurer.

The executive was chosen on April 10 by the eight members of the board of directors.

The board was chosen at the society’s annual general meeting on April 7.

Grads to hold bottle drive

The graduating classes of Diamond Jenness Secondary School and Ecole Boreale will hold a community bottle drive on April 22.

The grads will be going door to door from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to pick up recyclable containers.

All proceeds raised will go directly towards the 2018 graduation celebrations.

Town prepares for river breakup

The Town of Hay River has begun to get ready for the annual spring breakup of the river.

“Preparations for breakup 2018 are well underway,” Ross Potter, the director of protective services, told a town council meeting on April 10.

Potter noted that he and the town’s information technology specialist have been getting cameras and technical equipment ready on bridges and other sites to monitor the Hay River.

As of April 10, four stations were up and running, and the information is available on the town website.

Potter said he was also planning to travel south to check on upstream ice conditions.

Chili Challenge set for Legion

The annual Chili Challenge is set for April 21 at Branch 250 of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Legion clubroom.

There is no fee to enter.

Online reservations open for NWT Parks

The NWT Parks online reservation system opened on April 11.

Campsites can be reserved at

According to a GNWT news release, visitors to the website will notice a new look. The website is more user-friendly, mobile compatible, and available in both English and French.

Modernizing the website has been a goal of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

In 2017, NWT parks welcomed over 35,000 overnight visitors, representing an increase of 20.2 per cent over the previous year.


Paul Bickford

Paul Bickford is the reporter for Hay River Hub.

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