Local News for Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Young voices wanted
The voices of youngsters aged five to eight are wanted by NHS Western Isles, who are making a film about the importance of Vitamin D. The Health Board is looking for children’s voices in sound recordings to add to the film,  which will raise awareness of the importance of Vitamin D for good health and mental health, explaining the foods containing the vitamin and information on the Healthy Start Scheme.  Recordings will take place between August 8 and 17 in a variety of locations across the Western Isles. If your child is interested, just record them saying: ‘Vitamin D is important for everyone’s health. It keeps our bones strong and healthy.’ You could do this on your mobile phone, but if you need help, get in touch with Marissa Maclennan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone 01851 701545. You can also email recordings to Marissa, or contact her if you need help with the recording.

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Local News for Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Cats Protection kitten plea
The Stornoway-based branch of the charity Cats Protection, serving the islands of Lewis and Harris, has put out a plea for adopters for kittens, after being swamped with unwanted kittens, feral cats and pregnant female cats. Cats Protection representative Alison Marzalla said: “We have lots of kittens for adoption but we aren't getting  much response from the public. We have so many waiting to come in, and have had to put a freeze on taking any more in.” Adopting a cat from Cats Protection means you get a health-checked pet and help with jags and neutering, for a single fee at adoption. To find out more search for Cats Protection Isle of Lewis and Harris on Facebook, or phone 01851 702761.

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Local News for Monday 1st August 2016

Funeral of Shawbost man
The funeral will be held today of Shawbost man Fred Maclean, who died as a result of a fall while climbing in Glencoe last week. 
Fred was 44 and had been living in Aberdeen. A police spokesman said he suffered fatal injuries as a result of a fall and, as with all sudden deaths, a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Fred’s funeral is today at Shawbost Free Church at 12 noon, with a service at 11.30am. The interment will be at Bragar. Fred’s family have started a justgiving page to raise funds for Glen Coe Mountain Rescue in his memory, after the team found him and carried him down from the mountain. A family representative wrote: “The family would like to express their gratitude for Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team because of their assistance during this tragic event. Our family will be forever grateful to the volunteers for carrying his body off the mountain”. You can donate to the fund by following the link on the Isles FM facebook page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marina-Fraser1

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Local News for Monday 25th July 2016

Sports centre flood – ‘could take weeks’
Repairs to Lewis Sports Centre could take weeks after a lightning strike last week damaged the roof, while torrential rain flooded in. Several central parts of the building were left underwater, with soft play, weights' and indoor climbing facilities damaged. Some areas could remains out of action for weeks as clean-up and repair work continues, it’s been reported.

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Local News for Friday 22nd July 2016

Family move to declare fisherman lost
An action at Stornoway Sheriff Court has been moved to declare fisherman Paul Alliston lost at sea, under the Presumption of Death (Scotland) Act 1977. Paul has been missing since the fishing vessel Louisa sank at anchor off Mingulay in April this year. The bodies of two of her crew members were recovered, and one survived after swimming to shore, but despite extensive searches no trace has been found of skipper Paul Alliston. A funeral was held in Harris for his crew-mate Chris Morrison in April. In a public notice the court requires that any person wishing to be formally included in the legal process should have lodged an application before yesterday. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch recovered the Louisa from the seabed as part of their investigation into the sinking, which is still ongoing.

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