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Heather Latter

Heather Latter has been a reporter/photographer at the Fort Frances Times since October, 2005. Originally from Emo, ON, she received her BJH (Bachelor of Journalism) with a combined honours in Music History from the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Staff Writer & Photographer

Health officer recommends getting both ’flu shots

Given some confusion over the seasonal ’flu and H1N1 vaccinations, a recent poll suggests many Canadians are not planning to get either one of them.

But Dr. Jim Arthurs, acting medical officer of health for the Northwestern Health Unit, is recommending everyone get both.

“Do I think it’s safe? Absolutely,” stressed Dr. Arthurs. “Then what’s the risk?

Playing at park

Bailey Jones, left, holding “Maggie,” and Dawson Jourdain, holding “Pazzley,” along with Madison Jones, back left, and Mikayla Jourdain had fun late yesterday afternoon at the playground on Nelson Street. The two pairs of siblings didn’t seem to mind the unseasonably crisp fall air but were hoping the snow will hold off for a little while longer.

Towering project

The refurbished lookout tower has been fully re-assembled at its new home on the La Verendrye Parkway just east of the Sorting Gap Marina. The majority of the railing has been installed, with only some connecting pieces, as well as some handrails, still needing to be put in. The tower will be opened up for public use in the spring.

Food drive

Student council members from Robert Moore School posed with Capt. Angel Sandoval as they made a donation to the Salvation Army’s food bank yesterday. Students in JK-Grade 8 collected a total of 865 items.

University visit

Fort High students visited with a representative from Sudbury’s Laurentian University yesterday afternoon during a stop from Ontario’s 21 universities. Students were able to collect information on the schools and ask any questions they had. Representatives from 10 of the province’s colleges visited there on Friday.

Trip draw

Fort Frances Kiwanis president Angie Korzinski, left, and secretary Dr. Robert Lidkea drew the winner of the club’s “Trip of the Month” draw for October this morning at International Travel Services. Dennis Busch of Fort Frances will be heading on a Bermuda cruise, valued at $5,200. Next month’s trip is to the Mayan Riviera ($4,600).

Cleaning shoreline

J.W. Walker students helped fill up a bag with garbage during the “TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup” held here last week. The top five things picked up this year were 988 cigarette butts, 453 food wrappers, 233 plastic bags, 184 paper bags, and 98 caps and lids. Some of the more interesting finds included a wallet, a $5 bill, giant bolts, carpet, and duct tape.

Counting cans

Several Fort High students, involved in the French Immersion and Core French programs, counted and bagged empty beer cans Saturday during a bottle drive fundraiser to help raise money for a trip to France next March. With help from their parents, the group raised a little over $1,000.