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Past articles by Ben:

Sudbury photo: Arena, sports fields reopen

Breanna Boisvenue from the Sudbury Skating Club runs through a practice at Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in Sudbury, Ontario on Thursday, August 13, 2020. Countryside partially re-opened to the public this week, after a delay due to a spike in COVID-19 cases within the Public Health Sudbury and Districts service area. Local sports fields […] → Read More

Sudbury photo: Saying thanks

Brand ambassador Jessica Monteiro, left, and HaRVey’s RV Tour activation lead Kat Johnstone display a couple of Harvey’s hamburgers beside the HaRVey’s RV, which stopped outside the RioCan Centre in Sudbury on Wednesday to hand out free thank-you burgers as a show of appreciation for front-line grocery store workers. It’s part of a cross-country tour […] → Read More

FedNor announces $13M for Indigenous-led initiatives across the North

Terry Sheehan says $13 million in FedNor funding for economic development for Indigenous communities, businesses and organizations in Northern Ontario will help kick-start the economy right across the region, while advancing the cause of reconciliation. Sheehan, the Liberal MP for Sault Ste. Marie and parliamentary secretary to Melanie Joly, the minister of Economic Development and […] → Read More

Readers Choice Awards celebrate business community response to COVID-19

Sudbury Star's group manager of media sales pleased with response → Read More

Filmmaker gives back to community with #SudburyThrives

Let no one say Mathieu Seguin has forgotten where he came from. Seguin recently returned to Greater Sudbury, after earning a masters in cinematography from the American Film Institute in Los Angels, thanks in part to financial support from those in his hometown. In an effort to show his appreciation, the 33-year-old filmmaker has created […] → Read More

Delta to resume bingo sessions in Greater Sudbury on Monday

Among the earliest Delta Bingo and Gaming locations to re-open following the COVID-19 lockdown, the Sudbury and Val Caron sites will be the very first to resume in-person bingo sessions, with restrictions, beginning next Monday. “It’s like a little shred of normalcy,” said Rebecca Russell, senior marketing and communications specialist at Delta Bingo. “It’s not […] → Read More

Sudbury-Opoly puts local spin on classic game

Ever wanted to own Science North, wondered how much the Big Nickel would cost (hint: it’s a lot more than five cents) or thought you’d like to make Ramsey Lake your personal swimming pool?Board game enthusiasts will be able to do the next best thing when Sudbury-Opoly, a local spin on the original version of Monopoly, hits the shelves at Walmart this summer. → Read More

Scholarships pay tribute to Sudbury innovator

When Steve Matusch passed away back in March, his family, friends and colleagues would have liked to do more to celebrate his life. “He has been sorely missed,” said Andre Dumais, general manager at Ionic Mechatronics, the Lively based engineering company Matusch founded in the late 1990s. “It was a weird time, because this whole […] → Read More

Locks coming off to support kids with cancer

Just as striking as Karen Falldien Yawney’s friendly smile and approachable demeanour is her long, blonde hair. It will be quite a transformation, then, when the Greater Sudburian cuts off those trademark tresses in just over two months’ time, but she believes her sacrifice will be worth it, and then some. Falldien Yawney hopes to raise at least $10,000 through Karen for Kids with Cancer, a… → Read More

Laurentian sets out return-to-campus plan

Overall, less than 1 per cent of courses will be delivered on campus during first phase of the reopening → Read More

All decked out for Canada Day in Sudbury

The Kemohan family — Armel, Nelly, Shella, Ariella, Aneta and Adriel — sport their Canada Day colours during an outing at Bell Park in Sudbury, Ontario on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. → Read More

Wolves add forwards, flexibility in CHL Import Draft

In a year that could see any number of scenarios play out for the Sudbury Wolves and their rivals in the OHL, the local major-junior squad looked to add both skill and flexibility in the CHL Import Draft on Tuesday. Having secured a commitment from 19-year-old goalie Frederik Dichow, and with the return of 20-year-old […] → Read More

NHL vs. Sudbury scores for NEO Kids

Nick Foligno and his fellow NHLers teamed up once again on Tuesday and scored big for NEO Kids — without even touching the ice. Vale presents: NHL vs. Sudbury for NEO Kids, a fundraiser pitting professional players against local celebrities in a hockey skills challenge, has raised more than $78,900 for the NEO Kids Foundation, […] → Read More

‘He was in such agony’

Sudbury family raising money to help son fight rarely diagnosed autoimmune disease → Read More

Sudbury police adapting to operational challenges: Chief

Budget also in good financial shape amid COVID-19 pandemic, board is told → Read More

Caldarelli returning to OAPSB board of directors

When the Ontario Association Of Police Services Boards holds its annual general meeting later this month, there will be one very familiar face on the board of directors, both to members and to Grea… → Read More

‘That was a really good-news story’ — Sudbury detective saves woman in crisis

Actions of Det. Const. Jonathan Barry highlighted during report to police services board → Read More

Sudbury golf courses to reopen on Saturday as Ontario eases some COVID-19 restrictions

Sam Yawney isn’t sure he has ever seen his golf courses look so good to start the season. “The courses are in immaculate shape,” said Yawney, owner of several Sudbury-area courses, including Timber… → Read More

Adventure365 still keeping Sudburians moving

Though physically distant, the folks at Adventure365 have kept their customers close to their hearts, and vice versa. While they’ve closed their outdoor sporting goods store at 444 Barrydowne Rd. amid the COVID-19 pandemic, team members have kept busy repairing bicycles in contact-free fashion. “I don’t want to say it has been a challenge, but we have definitely had to figure out a new way to do… → Read More

College Boreal recognizes student-athletes with annual awards

The Viperes gala evening at College Boreal usually marks the end of the academic year.Due to the exceptional circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, social media and video capsules were used to present this year’s achievement awards to the student-athletes of the Viperes’ intercollegiate and extramural sports teams on last Thursday. → Read More