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Pan-AM Torch travelling along the North Shore and Manitoulin

Things will be pretty exciting along the North Shore today as the Pan-AM Torch passes along the Highway 17 corridor.  The torch hits Blind River at about 12:30 this afternoon and to mark the occasion there’s a celebration at Town Park at that time.  At 2:00 p.m. the torch arrives at the Serpent River First Nation and the trading post on Highway 17 is the site for another celebration.   Two people, Orval Commanda and Zane Johnston, will run the torch through.  After Serpent River and Massey, the next big stopover is Espanola where about half a dozen people will carry the torch.  One of those carriers is teacher David Gallant who coached three-time Canadian triple track champion Caroline Ehrhardt.   Another torch carrier is Monikka McGregor who is a Grade 8 student at A.B. Ellis.  The torch arrives in Espanola around fourish, is part of a celebration at the recreation complex and then makes its way to Little Current.  On the island, world famous artist Ivan Wheale parades the torch into town and that’s followed by a community concert at 5:30 p.m.    Afterward, the torch makes its way to Sudbury.

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