St. Michael's students walked laps around the school yard Thursday during their walk for Terry Fox. The “Terry Fox School Run” was held at schools across Canada, including here in Rainy River District, during which students exercised and learned all about the Canadian hero.
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Bob Saunders hauled some cedar planks over fellow Rainy River Valley Field Naturalist Club member Mike Hammond, who drilled nails into the boards to keep them in place on Saturday. A handful of club members and volunteers worked on their project of adding just over 300 feet of cedar to the boardwalk at the Cranberry Peatlands Interpretive Trail in Alberton.
Fort High teacher Joshua Spooner shared a smile as he got his hair cut by Kim Daley this morning at FFHS to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. Spooner got the most votes from students to be selected to have his head shaved. Runner-up Owen Johnson later volunteered to have his beard shaved after much coaxing from the crowd of Fort High students and staff.
Ann Watson and Legion president Ray Watson (right) shared big smiles after presenting Robert Bagacki with a 45-year pin for his near half-century of service to the branch during the Honours and Awards Ceremony held Saturday at the Legion.
The Fort Frances Legion Br. #29 and Ladies Auxiliary filled the Legion Hall on Saturday afternoon to honour and recognize members who reached a milestone in their service.
The awards were held differently than in years past, with them being done jointly instead of individually for the branch and auxiliary.
A group of 65 girls from across Northwestern Ontario attended Sunny Cove Camp from Sept. 20-23 for a weekend of empowerment, building positive self-esteem, and leadership skills.
The annual “I Am Awesome (And I Know It)” self-esteem retreat for young women brought in girls aged 11-16 from Rainy River District, as well as Dryden, Kenora, and Thunder Bay.
The Fort Frances Homelessness initiative is in search of brave souls willing to participate in a sidewalk “sleep-out” to raise money and awareness for a good cause.
About two dozen individuals so far have signed up for “The Longest Night of the Year” event, which is slated to run along Scott Street next Friday (Oct. 12) from 9 p.m.-6 a.m.
The Chapple, Emo, La Vallee & Alberton Fire & Emergency Service is running its annual recruitment drive up until this Sunday (Sept. 30).
The service currently is looking to fill five vacant positions in Alberton, two in Chapple, two in Emo, and two in La Vallee.
Chief Josh Colling encourages anyone in these communities with an interest to submit an application.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has recorded more than 6,000 deaths of residential school students out of the estimated 150,000 children who attended.
Statistics show the odds of a child dying in the residential school system was higher than that of a Canadian soldier dying in World War II.
Creating a fire safety plan, and having all the proper alarms in place, has become more important now than ever before.
“Thirty years ago, you had approximately 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire,” noted Chapple, Emo, La Vallee & Alberton Fire Chief Josh Colling.