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Timmins 100th birthday

Elvis Stojko hits the ice for city's birthday bash

Symphony on Ice will kick start Timmins centennial celebrations on New Year’s Day

By Chris Ribau, The Daily Press
October 3, 2011

Members ot the Timmins Porcupine Figure Skating Club, the Tisdale Skating Club and several delegates unveiled a poster of Elvis Stojko yesterday at the Shania Twain centre. Stojko will be part of the many festivities planned for Jan 1, 2012, which is the kick-off of the Timmins centennial.
Keep New Year's Day open.

There are some big plans in the works for Timmins' 100th birthday party on Jan. 1.

Details of the bash were announced Monday at the Shania Twain Centre.

"Today, on behalf of the Anniversary Events Committee, I am pleased to announce that the city's birthday party will kick off on Jan. 1 with a spectacular musical and figure skating production that will feature performances by the Timmins Porcupine Figure Skating Club, the Tisdale Skating Club, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra and seven-time Canadian Figure Skating and three-time World Champion Elvis Stojko," said Tracy Hautanen, chairwoman of the anniversary events sub-committee.

"Symphony on Ice will take place at 1 p.m. from the historic McIntyre Arena, home to many past figure skating icons and world-class skating performances," said Clarice Power, chairwoman of the anniversary opening ceremony steering committee.

Stojko issued a statement confirming his involvement in the show.

"I am excited to come back to the City of Timmins. The energy of the fans in the Northern cities always make it enjoyable to perform, especially when you are included in such a significant event like this 100th anniversary celebration of the city," he said. "A great way to start off the New Year! I look forward to being a part of some other festivities and I will definitely be bringing a parka."

Tickets for the Symphony on Ice go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 4, and are available at the leisure services office located at the McIntyre Community Centre. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reserved seating is available at $10 a seat.

"I look forward to celebrating the city's 100th birthday with members of our community and I know, based on the program announced today, that this birthday celebration will be like none other," said Mayor Tom Laughren.

"The City of Timmins has come a long way since its humble beginnings, and we have much to celebrate. We are blessed with a rich past and as I reflect on our many accomplishments, I look forward, with anticipation, to a brighter future."

The day will kick off with the Mayor's New Year's Day Levee at 11:30 a.m. from the McIntyre Auditorium and will end with a public skate featuring the Timmins Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m., shortly after the Symphony on Ice show concludes.

A non-perishable donation supporting the local food banks will be required as admission to the public skate.

"I'm very pumped, I'm very excited. This is a novel way to use the symphony orchestra. We want to be and desire to be involved in these things. It's a great way to show the community why they should have a symphony orchestra within their ranks to be able to celebrate things like this in this kind of way. This is a pretty novel way of doing that," said Matthew Jones, music director of the Timmins Symphony Orchestra.

Details of all city led 2012 events will be announced soon. The 100th Community Anniversary Committee is inviting all service clubs and organization's to consider hosting an event during the week of Aug. 6, 2012.

"We are hoping to attract community partners in an effort to provide residents, pas and present, with a record number of activities the week of Aug. 6. To do so would encourage the many delegates attending the Aug. 3 to 5 Civic Holiday weekend TH&VS reunion to stay and play another day in our city," said Guy Lamarche, the city's manager of tourism, events and communications.

For more information, contact Hautanen at 705-360-2600 ext. 3710.

The city established a committee in 2008 to be responsible for the co-ordination of an ambitious four-year centennial celebration to recognise and celebrate four important milestones from it's history.

The milestones are: 100 Years of Mining Exploration, 100 Years of Mining Production, 100 Years of the Rebuilding of Whitney and Tisdale, and remembering the Great Porcupine Fire of 1911.

Many anniversary projects were launched in an effort to recognise the four milestones being celebrated, with an expectation to see many more events and anniversary projects through to Dec. 31, 2012 in recognition of 100 years.


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Timmins High Homecoming a sure bet to be among the highlights of centennial celebrations

By Ron Grech, The Daily Press
February 22, 2012

The city was abuzz the last time Timmins High hosted a homecoming reunion because TH alumnus Shania Twain was among those in attendance.

Whether she attends again remains to be seen.

“We’ve asked her, you never know,” Wendy Adams, a co-chair of the Timmins High Homecoming Committee.

Either way, with the Homecoming tied in with Timmins’ centennial celebrations, the reunion is shaping up to be a festive four days.

“It’s going to be huge,” said Adams, who spoke at a promotional kickoff held at the school for this summer’s Homecoming. “We’re hoping more than 2,000 people come and stay in the city for the centennial activities.”

The Homecoming is being held over the Civic Holiday weekend Friday, Aug. 3 to Monday, Aug. 6.

Adams, who began teaching at TH in 1969 and was the principal when she left five years ago, said the reunion is already generating a lot of interest.

“We’ve just got the website open and we’ve already got more than 100 people without one bit of advertising, people have just found it on the website,” she said.

“I know there are folks coming, who have already registered, who went to the school in 1935. Can you imagine? So we’ll have the whole gamut of folks from that decade right through to the current students.”

Timmins High was the first secondary school in the Porcupine Camp, opening in 1923.

“We’re pretty proud of that,” said Adams, referring to the school’s 89-year history within the community.

“Timmins High has always tried to get involved in community events and projects and, well, we’re taking a leadership position again by bringing all these folks home and asking them to stay for the centennial.”

Adams anticipates excitement and interest from the Homecoming will build over the next few months as it is promoted further.

“We have 2,500 people in our alumni file and we sent out letters and e-mails to them. We’re on Facebook. We’re going to be at the Home Show, and the Sportsmen Show. You’ll see our banner around town.”

The Homecoming will feature a full weekend of activities including a retro “Blue and White Party” at the McIntyre Arena on the Friday evening and the alumni dinner on Saturday followed by the retro semi-formal dance at the McIntyre.

On the Sunday and Monday of the Homecoming weekend in August, there will be an open-air musical event each day that features musicians, multicultural food vendors and a beer tent.

“We have already booked the Sons of Maxwell to perform on the Monday evening,” said Adams.

The outdoor event will take place at the Hollinger Park Monday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

More than 2,000 attended the last Timmins High reunion, which was held in 2000.

Those wanting to attend this homecoming can register online at, mail in their registration or do so in person at the Shania Twain Centre in Timmins.

For more information, check out the website.


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