Category Archives: Whats Up In GF

Founders Day 2018

Greenwood is celebrating Founders Day on July 14 and 15 this year.

Admission is by Donation with the money shared between Founders Day and the Greenwood Food Bank so please be generous.

The line-up for who is appearing / what is happening on the stage:

All the vendor spots appeared to be full at the beginning of Saturday. You can see or yourself in the VR Walk through I did early in the morning. Once the video begins you can change the direction you are looking in by dragging around your mouse  finger in the video.

This year’s parade went off smoothly with no stalls or waits. The weather was accommodating and the onlookers appreciative.

the area’s MP Richard Cannings was present (he even rode a bike in the parade) as was Local MLA Linda Larsen. The Pipe band began the day’s official kick off festivities. While I don’t have the speechifying I did capture the band proceeding to the stage. When the video begins the band is behind you so you will have to ‘turn around’ to see them . . .

For more information and a full list of who is appearing visit their website or their Facebook page.


GFI 2018 Will Not Happen

The GFI issued a statement Wednesday to announce this year’s GFI tournament is cancelled. That statement follows.
After much thoughtful consideration and discussion with stakeholders, the Grand Forks International Committee is saddened to make the difficult decision to Cancel this year’s Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament scheduled for June 26-July 2, 2018.
The impact of recent flooding has rendered business and accommodations damaged or destroyed, has depleted the necessary volunteer base required to operate the tournament, and has generally devastated the community to a point where it is impossible to move forward with this event for 2018. There is too much uncertainty in the coming few months to make commitments to travelling teams or to allow us to entertain holding any kind of successful event due to these logistical challenges facing us as a whole.
We are thankful to the City of Grand Forks and Provincial departments, the RCMP, the Canadian Armed Forces and especially all the volunteers of this great community that are working around the clock to help the City rebuild.
The City will rebound and be stronger than ever, and so will the GFI. The 37th tournament will return June 25-July 1, 2019 and we look forward to bringing you this wonderful event at that time.
Stay Strong Grand Forks!

Yours in Baseball,
Steve Boutang – Tournament Co-ordinator

For more information please contact Tournament Co-Ordinator Steve Boutang at or 250-919-4754, or Janice Strukoff – Director, Grand Forks International Society 2001 at or 250.442.6648.

Spring Fling Returns

Back in 2012 the Pipers in Grand Forks hosted a Spring Fling. That saw 9 other Bagpipe bands come to town for a competition – and fun.

Well they’re doing it again in 2018.

I bumped into Steve McGibbon last week and got the skinny on the event.

If you’re curious and want to see more here is a play list of the 2012 Spring Fling


Preparing for the Melt Waters

In recent weeks locals have begun monitoring the water levels and organizing in preparation for high water once the snow pack melts away.

As part of these efforts the Regional District has provided sand and bags so community members can bag sand and try to protect their property. These materials have been left at 2 locations: behind the Grand Forks Arena, at the Grand Forks Airport and at the Firehall in the Nursery area on Starchuk.

I dropped in on one of these sites and interviewed Gabe Warriner who is one of the lead volunteers. I learned a bit talking to him:

Research on the web showed volunteers how to construct jigs to make filling easier and quicker and this has allowed 3,000 bags to be made and installed since the project began.

Many of the properties in the low lands of Johnson Flats have been fitted out with protection. Similarly the trailer park along the river. But there are many properties in Grand Forks along or near the river and Gabe says bagging will be going on all week.

They could use all the help you can provide. If you’re healthy enough to bag and have the time maybe think about spending a while helping out your community. Not up to that? Those bags have to be transported to where they are needed . . . if you have a pick-up or trailer.

And if you’re worried that your house or garage might be vulnerable and could use some sand bags well just pay one of these sites a visit. But don’t wait too long – the bags and sand won’t last forever.

As the situation evolves things could get urgent. Check the RDKB website for information on what is happening and what is being done. If you live in or near Grand Forks you might want to visit the City’s website