Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Jan 11, 2024

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  • A stitch in time with knit-pickers
  • Son to visit pilot’s crash site

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Today’s Salute

Two North Bay products earned recognition for their athletic success as Nipissing University Lakers hockey players last weekend. Malory Dominico recorded five points (1 goal and 4 assists) in two games, to push her total to 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in 17 games. The women’s team is 15-2 (ranked 3rd in Canada) and hosts York at Memorial Gardens on Friday, game time 7 is p.m. Defenseman Payton Vescio notched two more assists for the men’s team over the weekend, pushing his total to seven over 22 games. The Lakers men (8-6-2-3) will be heading to London for two games against the Western Mustangs Friday and Saturday. They sit fourth out of 10 in the western division of the OUA. Catch the action on OUA.TV

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A stitch in time
with ‘knit-pickers’

If a podcast host visits a knitting circle, do you refer to the episode as a story, tale or yarn?

We’ll let listeners decide when they check out the To North Bay With Love show released Thursday morning. Host Lisa Boivin chats with Stix and Stones Yarn Boutique owner Rae Brenne and several knitters during one of their Wednesday evening workshops.

Rae says the social aspect of the ‘Stitch and Craft Nights’ and the meditative virtues of working on projects at home become an important and “magical” part of a healthy lifestyle.

“We get all different ages, and from all different walks of life,” she adds, with everyone having their own reason to take part. One of the knitters said she loves the “vibe” created by Rae at the store making it a fun place to be.

Pilot’s son to visit
fatal crash site

Gaylor Treu (left) was the pilot of the jet fighter and was the only crew member not located after the crash. His son, Denny Treu was located through LinkedIn.

U.S. fighter pilot Gaylord Treu (left) and his son, Denny Treu.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Gaylord Treu was one of his country’s top fighter pilots at the height of the Cold War. Unfortunately, his Convair F-102 Delta Dagger crashed into a long-range bomber 28,000 feet above the ground Dec. 17, 1959. His body was never recovered.

Bits and pieces of his interceptor are strewn over a long stretch of bog 50 kilometres north of Hearst, making it both an adventure and mystery Backroads Bill Steer couldn’t ignore.

As part of the research, Bill spent months looking for his son, Denny Treu, who was just 2.5 years old at the time

In Wednesday’s episode of the Backroads Bill podcast, Denny joins Bill and producer Ben Sargent to talk about the impact of losing his father in such a manner and how he is now ready to visit the crash site. Listen to the episode, The Ghost of a Cold War Crash led Bill to an Unlikely Friend.

Meanwhile, you can also read his story about the wreckage of bomber being found HERE.

Today’s Zen Suggestion: If you’re terrible at stretching before shoveling your driveway (another storm is expected Friday night), throw your shovel into the middle of the yard before it snows and then grope around trying to find it Saturday morning. You’ll be more limber for the chore. You might even want to put the heating pad on your back before you go outside … AND remember to bend your knees when shoveling!


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To North Bay With Love:

Covid finally caught up to Lisa Boivin, host of Echo’s premier podcast To North Bay With Love, so producer Ben Sargent took over the studio for a Special Sports Episode posted Tuesday. Joining him for a discussion about the top sports stories of 2023 are Cogeco’s Clarke Heipel, BayToday’s Chris Dawson, The Nugget’s Greg Estabrooks and Small Town Times editor Dave Dale (also Echo content director). Lisa returns Thursday.

BayToday had already decided its pick for the top story last year, but the panel members offered their input on the various options with each having their say and they went around the horn at the end with ‘honourable mentions’ that went off the script previously outlined.

Ever get a ‘feeling’ about something, although there’s no apparent reason, yet the decision turns out 100% on the money? Lisa Boivin, host of Echo’s premier podcast, To North Bay With Love, shares in last Thursday’s episode how she followed such a ‘gut-feeling’ and it changed her life for the better.

It was the perfect introduction to her interview guests, Kelly and Karen Sarlo, a mother-daughter duo offering medium, medical intuitive and psychic modalities services. They talk about the value of intuition and how we are programmed at a young age to ignore our natural abilities to feel and interpret the world, although we shouldn’t.


Cogeco has the Mississauga Steelheads vs North Bay Battalion game live on YourTV Thursday at 7 p.m.

More ‘Music North Bay Style’ shows are planned in 2024. You’ll see new episodes of ‘Now You’re Cooking’. North Bay City Council coverage resumes on Tuesday, Jan.16 starting at 6:30 p.m.  Rotary At Home TV Bingo is on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Lions At Home TV Bingo on Sunday’s at 7 p.m.

Small Town Times:

The latest Small Town Times podcast focused on the top North Bay stories of 2023, many of which will continue to make headlines in 2024.

Guests included BayToday City Hall reporter Stu Campaigne and former councillor Dave Mendicino, joining host Dave Dale (former municipal issues columnist for both the Nugget and BayToday). BayToday posted a story about the podcast interview, focusing on the Trout Lake development issue.

Backroads Bill:

‘Windex Lakes’ are a natural phenomenon around the world expressing a very unique blue-green-aqua colour and clarity. Last week on the Backroads Bill podcast, Getting a Taste of the Carribean in Your Own Backyard, Bill and Ben investigate ‘Windex Lake’ examples that are in Northern Ontario.

New podcasts drop Wednesday mornings. Listen on the Echo website HERE. You can also find the Backroads Bill podcast on Spotify, Apple, IHeart Radio, Spreaker, Google, and Amazon. Read the Backroads Bill column at

The Frontline:

The North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report starts live immediately following the final whistle of each Battalion home game. Catch them after Thursday’s tilt against the visiting Mississauga Steelheads. And watch for the Battalion trade deadline podcast to drop before the game.

Art People Podcast:

The Art People Podcast is a five-episode series produced by actor Joe Drinkwalter, with interviews with Michelina Beam of Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre, Brianna Lintner of BReal Studios, actor and director Rob McCubbin, singer and songwriter Hannah Grace, and Kelsey Ruhl, about the On the Edge Fringe Festival.

Cheap Seats:

Cheap Seats is an eclectic conversation between best friends, Drew and Nick, who love talking about movies and whatever else comes to mind. Their 27th episode Dec. 13 sums it up with the heading: The Giant Meatball, Curse the Universe and Who is Oppenheimer?

Events Echo

Colin Norwood, from local bands Gravitas and The Journeymen, will join the Jesse Thomas Band for their Friday gig at New Ontario Brewing starting at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 11

  • North Bay Battalion hosts the Mississauga Steelheads at Memorial Gardens, game time is 7 p.m.
  • Acoustic open mic at Lou Dawg’s hosted by Shawn Sasyniuk from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Super Fun Time Trivia at the Moose’s Cookhouse from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 12

  • Peter Cliche plays during dinner at Lou Dawg’s 4 to 7 p.m. and The Funkers follow from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Self-care Workshop, Endaayaan Awejaa, 187 Main St. West. Register [email protected]
  • Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team (15-2) hosts York Lions at Memorial Gardens, puck drops at 7 p.m.
  • The Jesse Thomas Band at New Ontario Brewery from 8 p.m.
  • Nipissing Lakers volleyball hosts Brock at the RJS Athletic Centre with women at 6 p.m. and men at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13

  • Gary Davison at Gateway City Brewery 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Nipissing Lakers volleyball hosts Brock at the RJS Athletic Centre with women at 4 p.m. and men at 6 p.m.
  • North Bay Farmers’ Market at 22 McIntyre St. West (underground parking lot in the Kennedy Building) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Gateway Theatre Guild presents Italian Play Reading Series at the North Bay Public Library 12 noon to 3 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]


(For more events further out on the calendar, check Tourism North Bay’s comprehensive events listing guide. On Facebook, check out Creative Industries North Bay or check out their December newsletter HERE.)

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If you have something to add to the discussion or an idea for one of Echo’s podcasters or affiliates, email Content Director Dave Dale at [email protected].

Theatre Making North Bay says: Come and play with us! Indigenous Play Reading Series for Seniors: February 3rd, 10th and 17th.

Small Business Video
Challenge offers prizes

The Business Centre is holding a Small Business Video Challenge to premiere Feb. 5, 2024 on @TBCNPS YouTube with a submission deadline of Jan. 15, 2024. It’s a follow up to the small business ad contest last February.

Home-based and commercial-based small businesses in Nipissing and Parry Sound are encouraged to create a 30-second video (cell phone vertical style) that promotes what makes their business special. Once submitted, a selection of 10 will be featured in a podcast-style video with a panel of local experts providing feedback to the viewers and listeners about what makes each submission effective and engaging.

Three prizes will be awarded to the top video creators with points based on creativity, production value and business marketing with an extra prize for most engaging. Of course, each participating business wins by getting exposure in the contest, with both viewers and the other businesses. 

Sponsors are: North Bay EchoDigital Main StreetOBIAAOntario Government, The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound and TABIA. The link to submit videos is HERE, where you’ll also find more information.

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