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what3words helps to locate stranded Sault hikers

Earlier this month a hiker called Sault Ste. Marie Police Service seeking help after they became lost while hiking in the Connor Road area. Dispatchers spoke with the stranded hikers and got them to download the what3words app. Police and Sault Search and Rescue could pinpoint their locations once they downloaded the app and the rescue ended in safety for the hikers, says a media release from Sault Police. The police service recently partnered with what3words to give Sault police another tool to locate people who may have become lost or stranded. The app provides three unique words for every three-metre square in the world – allowing anyone to describe their precise location easily. “Anything we can deploy to locate someone in distress is a positive,” says Chief Hugh Stevenson in the release. “We are happy to be the latest police service to partner with what3words, and I’m proud of our dispatchers as they reacted swiftly to co-ordinate the use of the app to locate people in need of support.” Gregoire de Chavanas representative of what3words says, “Our app is free for individual users to download and use. “In emergency situations, like when hikers become stranded, we believe our technology can save lives. It is fantastic to see services like the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service embrace the use of what3words and we encourage everyone to download the free app to be prepared to give their 3 words in an emergency if needed,” de Chavanas says in the release. The app works best when the user has downloaded it onto a mobile device as it works offline without data connection and therefore set no limitations to being able to discover three words. For those who do not have the app in advance, emergency dispatchers can send a link for the app to phone’s via text message, says the release. For more information about the technology visit www.what3words.com/about-us/

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Invasive Species Centre offers microgrants

The Invasive Species Centre will award 10 microgrants of $1,000 each, in commemoration of the centre’s 10-year anniversary in March. The grants will support invasive species education and community action in the province, says a media release from the centre. Individuals, groups or organizations such as municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, non-profit or charitable groups, schools and school boards, clubs and associations can nominate themselves for a microgrant to fund a one-time, small-size education and/or community action project that focuses on prevention and/or management of invasive species. Applicants have until March 1 to submit their nominations. Nominations are limited to two pages and must include project name, description/justification, objectives and expected outcomes, budgets, schedule and applicant information. Successful applications will receive notification by March 15. Project activities can occur between March and December this year, the release says. The centre will assess the nominations with others in their geographic region, based on impact of project outcomes and the strength of the project plan. Recipients must agree to provide project updates, stories and photos for use by the Invasive Species Centre, and recipients themselves, to communicate project results and to raise awareness of invasive species stories. Each recipient will have a month assigned to profile their activities, from March to December. The microgrant and related projects are a way of commemorating the progress that ISC and partners have made together over the past 10 years, with a vision forward to the next 10 years and beyond, says the release. The centre’s website contains guidelines and a download of the submission form, invasivespeciescentre.ca/isc-10/isc-microgrants (or bit.ly/3o8u2k5 ). Submit completed nomination forms by email to info@invasivespeciescentre.ca before March 1. Direct any questions regarding the microgrants or application process via email info@invasivespeciescentre.ca.

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Socks in the Sault

Amanda Lambert, CEO of Strong Minds and Sarah Huckson of  Scott Coffee Co. joined in a charity effort to bring warmth in the community.  “Socks for Warmth” is an initiative that Strong Minds launched Dec. 21 –first day of winter. It will go until March 20 – first day of spring.  “A lot of people donate clothing items but what I thought would be a great idea is donating socks to individuals in need so their feet stay warm during our long winter” said Lambert. People can either donate socks at Scott’s Coffee Co in the Metro Plaza or they can donate monetarily virtually with options ranging from $3 to $10, which will go to the purchase of warm socks to be distributed in the community through different organizations. Until the end of the lock-down Lambert and Huckson could accept just online donations. Huckson was considering opening Monday, Jan. 25 in whatever capacity public health regulations would allow.

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What's On?

ALZHEIMER FUNDRAISER: Alzheimer Society of Sault Ste. Marie and District has chosen to substitute its annual January door-to-door canvas with its Online Door to Door link – on.alz.to/goto/onlinedoortodoor2021 . Those able and willing to contribute can make a secure online donation at that site, or by sending a cheque to the local office at 341 Trunk Rd., P6A 3S9 (mention door-to-door campaign) or they might telephone 705-942-2195 to make a credit card donation. Funds raised support local programs and services.

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