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Police appeal for information following damage to a building at Thurso High School

Pavement Repairs In Wick
Pavement Repairs In Wick
Over the past few weeks pavements the centre of Wick have been having repairs carried out.

Could You Help Others Regain Their Independence?
Volunteer with Red Cross - Caithness
The British Red Cross in Caithness offers support at home to help people remain independent. This includes visits at home, company for an outing, assistance with shopping or appointments. If you have any free time no matter how little they would love to hear from you.

Police Crackdown Continues - Week two results of warrants initiative known as Operation DEKA
Police Scotland has continued its high profile crackdown on those wanted on warrant throughout the North and Northeast of Scotland. More than 680 warrants have now been executed and over 340 people arrested during the successful warrants initiative, Operation DEKA, a high-profile enforcement by Police Scotland to crackdown on those wanted on warrant. Fine defaulters with an accumulated debt of over 65,500 have also been dealt with. Officers started the campaign on 01 September 2014, and have been working in partnership with representatives of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Scottish Court Service. Officers arrested a total of 342 people wanted on warrant for outstanding crimes, failure to appear at court, failure to comply with court orders and non-payment of fines.

Accommodation Services framework agreement - supplier events
The Highland Council wishes to establish a framework agreement for Accommodation Services in the Highlands with suitably competent providers. The framework agreement would commence on 1 December 2014 until 30 November 2017 with an option to extend for a further 12 month period. Accommodation Services may be used when the Council and partnering organisations, have a responsibility or have agreed to pay accommodation for employees, councillors, visitors, contractors, clients or patients - for the purpose of attending work related meeting or training conferences and medical appointments.

Pledge for Plastics
The Highland Council supports new campaign to get the Scotland back on track with recycling. This September, The Highland Council is supporting the Pledge4Plastics campaign, which aims to get recycling back on the household agenda. The campaign is part of a new government backed initiative created to significantly increase the collection of plastic packaging for recycling.

Big Band bash was Strictly for music lovers and dancers
Big Band Bash - 13 September 2014
Caithness Heart Support Group's Big Band Bash proved a hit with locals. Patrons who turned up at the Norseman Hotel, on Saturday night were treated to a swinging programme of nostalgic numbers in melody and song for listening and dancing to. Keiss demonstrated that it's not just television that has the monopoly on Strictly Come Dancing, with two separate routines one by Marianne and Martin Tait and the other, featuring Maureen Miller and Hilary Buchannan, both of whom received warm applause.   Photo Gallery

e.on Camster Community Fund Panel - Newsletter
Camster Newsletter 2014
This is the first newslettter showing the first year of grants made from the wind farm payments in the Camster area. Starting from Year 1, E.ON is contributing at least 150,000 per annum for 25 years or for the lifetime of the wind farm. In subsequent years the amount will be based on the Year 1 contribution adjusted by Retail Price Index. This amount is split equally between the three Community Council areas.  The grant payements are listedi n the newsletter.

Job Ads Today - Cleaner, Staff Nurse, Educational Support Worker, Cafe Assistant
Still others with closing dates coming up - check them out.

Several New Funding Opportunties Just Added To Our Community Section
Looking for funding is a bit task for anyone.  Today we have listed a few suggestions in several categories that maye be of interest for groups or individuals involved in music, carers, young people, communities and much more.  Deadlines for applicatiosn are also included so you knwo when you have to get your aspplicatiosn in by.

Spittal Soon To Begin After Contract Awarded  - See SSE Film About It

$800 million Contract Awarded to ABB

Invitation to Tender For Framework Contractors
North Highland College UHI wish to invite tenders from suitably qualified contractors to be placed on a preferred contractor's framework for planned and reactive maintenance at their sites in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire. The College will require separate trade tenders for each of the trades listed below and suppliers can tender for more than one trade - but separately - if they have the requisite skills. Plumbing work - Heating and Mechanical works - Joinery Services - Painting & Decorating - Builderwork - Roof works - Refrigeration & Air Conditioning. It is envisaged that the framework will be in place by 30 November 2014 and run for a period of three years with a possible extension of 1 year.

Police to conduct high visibility patrols on Friday as part of ongoing Campaign Against Violence
Police Scotland will be conducting increased high visibility officer patrols across the Highlands and Islands on Friday evening (19 September 2014) as part of Operation Respect and the ongoing national Campaign Against Violence.

Help Save A Sand Dune Near Bridge of Wester
Save A Sand Dune at Bridger of Wester 22 September 2014
The conservation Volunteers Scotland are are an organisation that mobilises volunteers to carry out important work in many parts of Scotland. They are coming once again to Caithness and this time will be looking to help save the dunes near Wester that are suffering from erosion. Sand along with plants make an important contribution to the coastline of in parts of Caithness. Conservation Volunteers Scotland will carry out a programme of work over 6 weeks on the dunes near Bridge of Wester and the more pairs of hands they can get the more they can achieve. If you would like to help with this important work and see it prevent more erosion in coming years then contact Rob Thomas the development officer - details on the poster.

John O'Groats to Land's End cyclists warned over safety -
SAFETY campaigners have issued new warnings to motorists and cyclists to be more aware as the number of charity bike riders on the roads has soared.
Wick Harbour  - Busy Busy Busy
Wick Harbour - 13 September 2014
Wick Harbour seems to get busier each month and currently boats are ferrying parts for a new rig 8 miles from Wick out in the Moray Firth as early work towards the erections of hundreds of turbines. Recently the Stroupster wind turbines filled every empty space around the harbour while timber loads arrive and depart constantly now and new structures for Subsea7 arrive more and more often.  The marina continues to be highly successful and even the addition of new berths seemingly cannot keep up with demand.  Harbour days are hugely successful attracting big crowds and no shortage of people asking when the next one will be. Wick Harbour Authority is certainly going to be increasingly busy and the fortunes of Wick are rising in line with it.  Wick Harbour 29 June 2014

Grizzly Park, Wick - Get The Skateboards Out
Grizzly Park, Wick - 13 September 2014
A few photos of the Grizzly park, Wick with its recently completed concrete skateboard ramps. The new skateboard place replaced the old wooden ramps which had become rotten and dangerous in parts.

Fit's in 'e Groat
Dash through a few items from the local paper.

New Students At North Highland College
New Students at North Highland College - September 2014
The North Highland College UHI Care & Creative Arts department welcomed 203 students last week for induction. The C&CA department is spread across the North Highland UHI campuses, with the Alness campus specialising in Care and Music courses.Students and staff from the new NQ Sport, Fitness and Health course joined the department for a photo outside the College with the new NHC student mascot.
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Canisbay Fayre
Canisbay Fayre - 13 September 2014
Saturday 13th September 10.00am - 1.00pm
Funds towards roof repairs.

Ian Charles Scott - Book Signing At Mackays Hotel Tonight  Friday 12 September
Weel known Wick artist Ian Charles Scott from Wick who lives in New York is returning once again to his home town. A new book highlighting his portrait work will be launched and on sale. If you would like a copy head along to Mackays hotel on Friday 12 September 2014 at 7.30pm.
Wild North Festival: Geocache Adventure!  - Saturday 13th September
Want to go on a treasure hunt across a beautiful stretch of the north Highlands? Take the family or your friends on a jaunt along the east coast of the north Highlands in our geocache adventure - with prizes and activities for everyone!

2015 Caithness Calendar To Boost Caithness Heart Support Group
River Reflectiosn - one of the phots in the new 2015 Caithness Calendar from Caithness Heart Support Group
THE winter reflections scene at the Riverside, Wick, is just one of the many scenes in Caithness Heart Support Group's 2015 calendar. A limited number of copies will be available at the group's latest fundraiser at the Norsemen Hotel on Saturday night, featuring the Caithness Big Band. The calendar, the group's second, has endeavoured to include as wide a county spread as possible, but of course, can't include every area. The calendar, which comes with an envelope, is a fine size for overseas mailing and would be a good choice for a Christmas present from home. Cost of the calendar is 5.    Pick one up at the Big Band Bash On Saturday 13th at the Norseman Hotel

Thrumster Railway Station Gets Its Sign Restored
Thurmster Station - September 2014
Yarrows Heritage Trust located near Thrumster has a number of projects and one of them for the last few years has been the restoration of the Thrumster Railway Station that was once part of the Wick Lybster railway. Recently the Trust managed to locate and recover the original station platform sign. Following restoration and repainting in the original colours the sign has now been erected on new posts of same design as original.

Shortcuts to the Far North - full showcase
Rhea Booth In Seaglass
Last Friday (5 September 2014) The North Highland College UHI showcased seven of its student films to a delighted audience at the impressive Pulteneytown People's Project in Wick. The first six films had been premiered in June and the latest viewing highlighted a new film from screenwriting student Donna Booth. Seaglass is a haunting story set around Dunnett Beach starring local talent Kerry Tait, James Robson and Rhea Booth, Donna's daughter. On seeing her creation onscreen for the first time Donna said: "Seeing ‘Seaglass' on the screen was a pretty surreal experience, even more so with my daughter starring in it.
Towhead Headache Did Not Last Long
Towheads at Wick - 10 September 2014
It was a case of "easy, easy" as two towheads made their way through Wick, today, on their way to Wester and SubSea 7's latest pipeline contract. The towheads made their way up Scalesburn and onto Willowbank, without difficulty but getting round the corner from Girnigoe Street into Henrietta Street presented a challenge for the delivery men, particularly so far as the bigger of the two was concerned.

John O'Groats Artist's Commission - Major Opportunity To Create A Work Of Art
This commission is a substantial opportunity for a permanent feature work in a stunning and very special site - John O'Groats - one of Britain's best known destinations where a major transformation has been underway over the last few years. The work will be located at a central point in the public area above the harbour. This preferred site is a raised open grassy area overlooking the harbour and the Pentland Firth. This project is part funded by Creative Scotland through its Public Art funds.

Highland & Islands Police Crack Down On Defaulters - 200 Arrests In First Week
Operation DEKA - Highland & Islands Division. More than 350 warrants have been executed and almost 200 people arrested in the first week of a new high-profile Police crackdown targeting offenders wanted on warrant. Operation DEKA was instigated by Police Scotland to proactively target those wanted on warrant throughout the North and Northeast of Scotland. Fine defaulters with an accumulated debt of 37,459 have also been dealt with during the first phase of the operation.

Opportunity to shape future LEADER funding in Highland
Highland LEADER is at the final stages of developing a Local Development Strategy for the new 2014-2020 LEADER Programme which will determine the kinds of projects this funding can support over the next six years and are asking people to participate in an on-line survey. LEADER is a European Union Community Initiative to support economic and community development within rural areas. The last LEADER programme ran from 2007-2013 and provided funding of around 14 million to 371 projects in Highland.

ABB wins order for Caithness-Moray subsea power link
BB has won an order worth over $800 million from Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission plc to provide the Caithness-Moray high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission link, which will connect the electricity grid on either side of the Moray Firth in northern Scotland. This follows a favorable decision by Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets), an independent National Regulatory Authority, on the need for the link. ABB will design, engineer, supply and commission two 320 kilovolt land-based HVDC Light converter stations, one rated at 1,200 megawatts (MW) at Blackhillock in Moray and another rated at 800 MW situated at Spittal in Caithness.

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Thurso Players Present Office Suite By Alan Bennett
Office Suite by ~alan Bennet - Thurso Players 11 - 13th September 2014

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