Tuesday, September 2, 2014

District

Region sees four new fires

Four new forest fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday.
Fort Frances Fire #15, located near Marmion Lake by Atikokan, was listed as “not under control” at 0.1 hectares.
Meanwhile, Fort Frances Fire #16, located on an island on Marmion Lake, also was “not under control” at 0.1 ha.
Both of these blazes were human-caused.

Mischief probed

The Rainy River District OPP is investigating a mischief that occurred on Elmcrest Avenue here.
Sometime between Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. and Aug. 28 at 3 a.m., culprit(s) smashed a van window parked at a residence.
Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Murder victim ID’d

A Fort Frances man has been identified as the victim of a murder that occurred in Thunder Bay on Sunday night.
According to the Chronicle-Journal, Thunder Bay Police identified the victim as Leslie Ruben Perreault, 64, of Fort Frances.
The cause of death is being withheld as the police investigation continues.

Injured male rescued

Early yesterday afternoon, the Rainy River District OPP responded to an emergency distress SPOT locator beacon in Quetico Provincial Park.
The signal was received through the SPOT international emergency centre located in Texas, which, in turn, contacted the OPP’s Communication Centre.
The area of the park where the beacon indicated there was an emergency was accessible by air only.

Waste day coming up

Need something to do over the long weekend?
How about cleaning out the basement and garage of all those old paint cans?
You’ll get your chance to dispose of them, as well as any other hazardous materials, at the Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste Day set for next Saturday (Sept. 6) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Public Works yard.

Cash winners

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association’s weekly cash calendar draw.
Winning $30 for Aug. 17-23 were Sharlene Clarke (Martinsburg, W. Va.), Susan Sampson (Atikokan), Jacques Gauthier (Rossport), Tim McDowall (Devlin), Danyelle Kora (Atikokan), Del Mooney (Jaspar, Alta.), and Sandy Haney (Fort Frances).

Mini-royalty contest needs banners

Fort Frances will see a 2014 mini-king and mini-queen crowned yet.
Organizer Melissa Gushulak said she’s determined to go ahead with the contest next month but needs one more piece of the puzzle before doing so—banners for the young royalty.

Nicaragua trip ‘eye-opening’ for FFHS pair

Fort High students Julia Quast and Kate Parsons returned last week from a trip of a lifetime, where they not only helped members of a community in Nicaragua but also learned a lot about themselves.
“It changed my perspective of how I want to live my life,” Quast said.
“It was incredible,” echoed Parsons. “It’s hard to describe but it was truly eye-opening.”

Family walking to support ALS

Like many others across North America, Casey Marchant accepted the ice bucket challenge—dumping freezing cold water on her head in support of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

District-wide Olympics idea not sunk yet

The idea to host a district-wide Olympics will continue to be pursued after being floated at a meeting last week—despite not everyone being on board.
“There’s a mixed bag of thoughts going on,” noted Gord Armstrong, co-ordinator of the local government networking group who initiated the idea.

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