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Sootoday latest article on the Norgoma's plight

City may move Norgoma to Algoma Steel

Bill for the move, estimated at $50,000, will be sent to the ship's owner, St. Mary's River Marine Heritage Centre
A 10-month-old Go Fund Me campaign for the Norgoma has raised just $1,008 from 13 contributors. Dav…

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City council will get a report later this month with recommendations on how it wants to remove the M.S. Norgoma from the Bondar Marina if the volunteer board does nothing this spring.

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Letter: Thoughts on the Norgoma

While scrolling through my Facebook feed last night, I came across a list of things the Bondar marina would be missing out on by removing the M.S ...

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Dreams dashed to locate Norgoma on dock behind former hospital

Dreams were dashed Tuesday when the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority revealed that as a result of its Licence of Occupation Permit it has with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the dock space it has beh…

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Ripe for resurrection

Fundraiser aims to bring Zombie Walk back from the dead

Published on: October 17, 2018 | Last Updated: October 17, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

Ninth annual Soo Zombie Walk in Sault Ste. Marie. 

Sault Ste. Marie has spoken — and it appears the city wants zombies, organizers of the annual walk say.
When the 10th annual Soo Zombie Walk was cancelled this year due to lack of funding, the Soo Zombie Walk Committee was “immediately overwhelmed” with responses from local businesses and citizens hoping to make the event happen.
Over the past two weeks, the “outpour” of support has “snowballed” into a special, spooky “mega” event focused on raising funds for next year’s Soo Zombie Walk, organizers say.
The M.S. Norgoma will open its doors to zombies – and Halloween fans alike – for the Soo Zombie Walk BOOgie Down Fundraiser this Saturday at 3 p.m. The Soo Zombie Walk Committee and Soo York City have teamed up to provide live music, food and refreshments, face painting and activities, including a DIY “slime” booth. Maker North will show off 3D printing demos while Svenny McG will host a video gaming booth.
Prizes for best costumes will be held at 6:30 p.m., open to all attendees.
At 7 p.m., Sault Stryders will host their Halloween two- and five-kilometre walk/run from the Norgoma to the boardwalk. Once the run or walk is complete, participants can head back to the M.S. Norgoma for a Sault Stryder-sponsored treat.
Haunted Norgoma will take over the M.S. Norgoma and kick off its season opening at 7 p.m. Its child-friendly Haunted Maze takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., then things get “truly terrifying” for adults from 8 to 10 p.m.. The Haunted Norgoma continues every day until the final maze Halloween night.
Whether participants join in for one, two or all three events, canned goods are accepted, in addition to admission.

Soo Zombie Walk BOOgie Down
Adults: $3;
Kids (10 and under): Free;
Funds raised go towards the 2019 Soo Zombie Walk.

Sault Stryders Halloween Walk/Run
Adults: $2;
Family: $5;
Funds raised go towards supporting the M.S. Norgoma.

Haunted Norgoma
Adults: $3 or canned good;
Kids (5 and under): Free with canned good;
Email with comments or questions, and RSVP to our Facebook event:

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  APRIL 9, 2018


M.S. Norgoma Refreshes Board with Young Professionals

Sault Ste. Marie – The St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre (SMRMHC) is excited to announce that it has recently grown its governing Board of Directors with the addition of three(3)young professionals from within our community. Joining the Board of Directors are Molly Frenette, William Hollingshead, and Julia Victoria Piskiewicz.

Molly Frenette, is an Employment Advisor with the Employment Network, a division of Community Living Algoma. In her professional role, Ms. Frenette has worked with the SMRMHC Board of Directors to provide summer employment opportunities for youth in our community and will continue to coordinate these opportunities as a member of the Board. Ms. Frenette has also taken on the responsibility of Treasurer of the Board.

William Hollingshead, is the Heritage Programmer at the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site. Mr. Hollingshead has worked in museums and galleries for 6 years throughout Ontario and sits on a variety of boards including: Steering Committee for Regional Museum Networks with the Ontario Museum Association, Acting Co-Chair of the North Shore Cultural Attractions Network, Vice Chair for the Group of Emerging Museum Professionals, and various other cultural and heritage committees. Mr. Hollingshead’s interests and strengths lie in outreach programming, strategic planning, exhibition planning & design, and volunteer management.

Julia Victoria Piskiewicz, is the Director/Curator at the Sault Ste. Marie Museum and brings with her a wealth of knowledge on Museum administration, management, and curatorship. Ms. Piskiewicz was recently awarded the 2018 Top Industry Leader in Arts & Culture in the District of Algoma by Strive Young Professionals Group.

These new members help to diversify the Board and more accurately represent our community and the needs of the M.S. Norgoma. As young professionals, they bring various skill sets, qualities, and specialized strengths that will ensure the proper governance and prospering of the St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre.

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Click the link below to read the resolution for maintaining the Norgoma written by Susan Myers.

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City council shared their decision to sell the Norgoma.  Read all about it by clicking on the link below.

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Councillors to vote on seizing MS Norgoma, handing it over to US business man (updated)

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Marine Heritage Award

Gordon Smedley who has been involved with the Norgoma since it first arrived in the Sault in 1977 was given an award from City Council, for his work of preserving and maintaining the Norgoma. Read the details from Sault on Line here.

Gordon Smedley receiving his award at City Council Meeting…

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Image of a female in front of her computer with a cup of coffe. Contimplating whether to contribute to the Norgoma

Norgoma supporters and website followers the Norgoma is looking for stories and pictures of the Norgoma when she was a working ship.  If you have anything relating to the Norgoma we would really appreciate receiving such items.  This information or image would be posted on the blog page and othe…

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CTV News Video Oct 23, 2017

The future of the Norgoma continues to be an issue. CTV News presented this video relating to the issue. Oct. 23, 2017

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Sightings by a drone of Sault Ste. Marie Canada. July 2, 2016

If you follow the drone for about 8 minutes you will see the Sault Ste. Marie Marina where the Norgoma is docked. Filmed by Larry Bond July 2, 2016.

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Susan Myers talking about the Norgoma at City Council October 12, 2017

Susan Myers' interest in the Norgoma remaining where it is, very evident in this video Taken in October 12, 2017.


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Norgoma's future may be sunk | Sault Star

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Sault Star Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11,2017


Through the years there has been an ongoing struggle for funds to maintain and renovate the Norgoma. On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, City Council addressed the issue again. They were looking at relocat…

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