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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

Mine pit

With the unseasonably warm weather prominent across the district, crews at New Gold’s Rainy River Project were busy Monday afternoon moving rock and clay to other parts of the site to prepare the open pit for the start of production in mid-2017.

Auction item

Sarah Marusyk, acting president of the “Friends of the Museum,” displayed one of the auction items during the Fort Frances Museum’s “Night at the Museum” fundraiser held there Thursday night. Led by auctioneer Telford Advent, and with items donated by local artists and businesses, the live auction brought in $1,500 to go toward additional programming there.

Remembrance Day tea

Kristina Matthews, left, along with her daughters, 12-day-old Summer and two-year-old Harper, and her mom, Erin Caul, enjoyed tea and dainties during the annual Remembrance Day tea hosted by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary Br. #29 there yesterday. The event also featured baking and candy tables, a cookie walk, meat pies, cabbage rolls, perogies, and numerous draws.

Puppet show

Puppeteer Chad Solomon introduced children gathered at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday to “Strawberry” before he got started telling a funny story of sustainability called “One Dish, One Spoon” as part of his “Rabbit and Bear Paws” presentation. Sponsored by Saulteaux Consulting and Engineering, the “Friends of the Library,” and Super 8, pizza was provided following the show.

Museum characters

Ben Morelli, left, along with “Friends of the Museum” members Samantha Manty, Mandy Lahti, and Sarah Marusyk, dressed as their favourite historical characters as part of the Fort Frances Museum’s “Night at the Museum” fundraiser held there last night.

Rehearsing routine

Fort High students rehearsed the ABBA tune “Mamma Mia” last week during a rehearsal for the upcoming annual musical revue. Entitled “The Evolution of Music,” the show runs tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Tickets, which cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, are available in advance at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts.

Family legacy comes to end

For 66 years, the Devlin post office has been manned by a member of Trudy Badiuk’s family.

But on Friday, after 32 years, Badiuk is retiring from her position as postmistress and the family tradition will come to an end.

“I said it wouldn’t bother me to quit but it will,” she said through tears there last week.

“I know I’m going to miss it.”


Nicholas Cain, left, along with his cousins, Luc and Sophie Thomson, and sister, Isabella, stopped by the third-annual “Trunk or Treat” event Monday at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Despite the drizzly weather, organizers of the Hallowe’en event deemed it a success, with an estimated 800 youngsters visiting the 14 decorated vehicles in the library’s parking lot.