Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Mar 12, 2024

A handy package
of curated news
for when it suits you.

Mark your calendars for the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame’s 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinners being held Saturday, April 27 and Saturday, May 11, both at the Davedi Club.

Inductees for April 27 are: Chris Bonany, Ken Cox, Len Gushe, Steve McLaren, and Isabelle Sauve. Inductees for May 11 are: Dominique Bouchard, Ann-Renée Guillemette, Sue Knight, Gary Kraft, John Loyst, and Brian Murray.

See the BayToday story for the list of award winners. Tickets are available from Larry Tougas at 705-303-8104 or any Hall of Fame Board Member. Tickets are also available at the Davedi Club by calling 705-474-4190.

Not your cup of tea? Check out the Nugget’s story about North Bay’s 100th anniversary committee asking for almost $1 million to celebrate the city’s centennial in 2025.


Top Shelf

  • Bees connect us to the land, we should be more humble
  • Devil’s Rock gets a closer look in next Backroads Bill podcast


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Today’s Eyebrow Raiser

How big is too big for a dock? The Nugget’s Local Journalism Initiative reporter Rocco Frangione is looking at the issue. Drone photo by Gray Austin.


Echo Essentials

Bees connect us
to the land, offer
food as medicine

Jaimie Board, of Board’s Honey Farm, and Lisa Boivin, host of the 2NBWL podcast, at the Queen of the North Summit in the Black Saddle Barn Feb. 29.

Using a microwave to heat unpasteurized honey is damaging its natural medicinal properties on a molecular level, making it as benign as pasteurized products. That’s just one of the things 2NBWL podcast host Lisa Boivin learned while talking to Jaimie Board of Board’s Honey Farm. They spoke during a break at the Queen of the North Summit held Feb. 29 at the Black Saddle Barn venue in Callander. Listen to the podcast interview on this website HERE or follow on Spreaker or Spotify.

Board’s Honey Farm is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and Jaimie shares how her parents started their journey with just three colonies of bees in 1974, as well as interesting facts about how bees function. If you missed the episode promoting the Queen of the North Summit, a one-day conference for women in business, you can find it HERE.

Devil’s Rock
gets a closer look
in tomorrow’s
Backroads Bill podcast

Devil's Rock photo by Bill Steer

Devil’s Rock on the west side of Lake Temiskaming near North Cobalt rivals the Barron Canyon in Algonquin Park and the Ouimet Canyon east of Thunder Bay. It is not just the sheer height of the cliffs that take your breath of the way. The 180°- plus panoramic view has an uninterrupted sightline in three directions.

Follow the Backroads Bill podcast in video form on the North Bay Echo YouTube channel, this website under the Echo network, Spreaker or Spotify.


Today’s Zen Suggestion: When you run out of Vitamin D and C, don’t put off replenishing your stock. The viruses out there are brutal and they are waiting for you to get run down so they can leap-frog your immune system defenses. Just ask the editor … cough, cough.



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Small Town Times:

Terry Lucenti musician Trout Lake Monsters

Terry Lucenti, a well-known local musician with deep roots in the community, passed away Jan. 13. He invited Small Town Times into his FooFoo Lodge on Anita Avenue last spring to talk about his father Carmel’s musical connections and co-ownership with the Macdonald Beverages company, famous for the Temagami Dry ginger ale. In preparation for a Back in the Bay magazine feature on Terry and the infamous Trout Lake Monsters band, Small Town interviewed fellow musician Rob Wills and added clips of Terry talking about Macdonald’s Beverages and a song he wrote named Jordan, a gift for a friend’s daughter. You can view the video HERE.

nipissing junction lea bale and ross sawyer and dave dale small town times video podcast

Also posted on the Small Town Times channel is a podcast interview with Lea Bale and Ross Sawyer about Nipissing Junction and their one-room elementary school (now the West Ferris Legion Br. 599). It’s also to be the basis of a feature in the Spring Edition of the print publication coming out after Easter. Feedback and comments about both videos can be sent to the [email protected] for inclusion in the stories.

To North Bay With Love:

On Thursday, Lori Burns and Lisa Boivin, host of the To North Bay With Love podcast, talked about The Vest Project, which is raising funds to purchase protective gear for Ukrainians defending against the invading Russians. Lori also talks about her other passion… horses! Lori operates Horse Ability, which helps people overcome anxiety and stress by being with and connecting to horses.

Last Tuesday, Jana Brogan, from Sage Rosemary Wholistic, joins Lisa to chat about her holistic approach to living a healthy life. Brogan was part of the Resilience Fair at the North Bay Home & Garden Expo Feb. 23-25 and they recorded the show at the Echo booth.


Check out The Frontline’s Mitsubishi After Action Report featuring Harrison Clements and Ben Long breaking down all the action after the North Bay Battalion play the Brantford Bulldogs Thursday at 7 p.m. Until then, check out the report posted Sunday after doubling the Sudbury Wolves 4-2.


Catch the next North Bay Battalion game against the visiting Brantford Bulldogs on Thursday at 7 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.

Watch for new episodes of Music North Bay Style with host Mike Gelinas on YourTV. Airing now are interviews with Mike Foisy, Steph Leroux, Sam Harvey, and John MacDonald.

Backroads Bill:

Last week, Bill and Ben explored some of the most famous tunnels that were built in the late 1800s for our railway system in Canada. Bill shares his three favourite tunnels that you can visit and provides some context and history of the importance of these tunnels and how they were created.

Echo Essentials Podcast:

Coming up on Thursday, the Essentials podcast features North Bay Deputy Mayor and Budget Chief Maggie Horsfield, who offers insight into the 2024 financial issues.

Last week, Bev Hillier, manager of North Bay planning and building services, talked about the Trout Lake Watershed Study and Management Plan. The interview, published March 7, addresses several items raised by the Trout Lake Conservation Association, which were the focus of a previous podcast interview with TLCA member Liza Vandermeer.

Wingspan Entrepreneur:

Wingspan Entrepreneurs by Joel Arndt is all about financial issues and provides the inspiration and information to lift your business to the next stratosphere. There are seven episodes so far. Check out Wingspan’s audio-only show on our website network page or follow on Spotify. If you have an established podcast and want to capitalize on extra eyeballs and episode promotion through the Echo network, email [email protected] to start the process.

Cheap Seats:

On last week’s episode, Drew, Nick and Ben (three guys with no medical training) discuss the human body and ALL of its flaws! The boys also dive into the latest Marvel movie, The Marvels, a very “quiet” trailer, and Drew has given his phone number to a multi-million-dollar business.

Cheap Seats is an eclectic conversation between best friends, Drew and Nick, who love talking about movies and whatever else comes to mind.


3-Day Events Echo

Wednesday, March 13

  • The Capitol Centre presents Malevo, an Argentine dance troupe in the Betty Spears Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
  • OutLoud North Bay offers Lego Social Skills Group 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Birds of a Feather at Lou Dawg’s at 8 p.m. with $3 cover added to bills

Thursday, March 14

  • City of North Bay presents Kids Zumba (4 years plus 10 to 10:45 a.m.) and Fun Zone (12 noon to 3 p.m.) at the West Ferris arena
  • North Bay Battalion host the Brantford Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
  • Super Fun Time Trivia at Moose’s Cookhouse at 7:30 p.m.
  • Acoustic Open Mic at Lou Dawg’s hosted by Shawn Sasyniuk. No cover.
  • Local authors and their achievements celebrated at Conspiracy of 3’s annual International Women’s Day event at the Nipissing Student Centre – Bay Bistro 7 to 8:30 p.m. If interested, please contact Sadie Laporte: [email protected]

Friday, March 15

  • The Capitol Centre presents Big Sugar celebrating their groundbreaking double vinyl release ‘Five Hundred Pounds’ at 7:30 p.m.
  • Darius Murray plays at Lou Dawg’s at 8 p.m. with $2 cover added to bill


On the Edge Fringe Festival is working with Northgate Shopping Centre to activate a Creative Arts Market! If you are an artist or part of an arts group that is interested in participating please fill out the link:



(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].



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