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Regina man finds $18,000 comic book while cleaning home

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The last thing Alan Neumiller expected to find when he was rummaging through old stuff was a comic book worth $18,000.

“It was a fluke, I guess you could say,” Neumiller told CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning.

Neumiller said he was doing some cleaning when he came across a box of comic books that was collecting dust.

“I don’t know why I hung on to this box for so long because I moved about three or four times,” he said.

“I hadn’t looked at those books in years,” he said. “I thought of possibly taking it down somewhere to one of the Salvation Army stores or something like that for people just to pick up.”

That’s when he came across a newspaper article about Lee Pearson, owner of Bridge City Comics in Saskatoon, receiving a special edition Archie comic book.

Neumiller thought he’d bring the comics by Pearson’s store, thinking the store owner could at least give them to a deserving person.

Owner felt ‘faint’ seeing special comic

Pearson said he was unimpressed with Neumiller’s collection at first — but that quickly changed.

“After about 10 or 15 comics, I started hitting some really old Marvel comics and a lot of them were considered key issues, which means something really important happened in them and it always drives the value up,” he said.

Pictured is one of the comics Alan Neumiller brought to Bridge City Comics in Saskatoon. Journey into Mystery comics were published by Marvel from 1952 until 1966. (Submitted by Lee Pearsons)

“Then I hit one certain comic — which was Fantastic Four number five — and my forehead started getting warm. I actually felt really faint.”

Pearson said he checked the value of the comic and found it would go for about $18,000, based on its condition.

Neumiller said he thought he was going to have to call an ambulance after seeing Pearson’s reaction.

“He was getting pretty short of breath and pale, so he got pretty excited over the whole thing,” said Neumiller.

Stroke of luck

Neumiller said his valuable comics — especially the Fantastic Four comic — are currently locked away until he and Pearson decide what to do with them.

“[Pearson] is doing some more investigating into it and trying to find other people that could be interested in them, besides himself,” said Neumiller

​Regardless of the outcome, Neumiller said finding the old comic books was a twist of fate for both him and Pearson, a coincidence of timing in seeing the newspaper article and getting together with Pearson.

“So we’ll just see where it goes from here,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pearson said he learned an important lesson from seeing what was in Neumiller’s collection.

“I will never ever again assume that there’s nothing in someone’s stack of comics,” he said.

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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