Friday, November 28, 2014

District

Grade 6 student publishes book

When Connor Belluz was in Grade 1 at St. Michael’s School, his teacher, John Cousineau, read the class a book called “The Adventures of Captain Underpants” about a principal who becomes a superhero.

Knox asking residents to be ready to vote

The semi-final round of the Aviva Community Fund challenge gets underway Monday (Dec. 1) and Knox United Church here is hoping the community will help it reach the finals.
The church is seeking up to $100,000 in funding for its renewal project to make the building more accessible.

Session to gauge interest in French Immersion

The Fort Frances Parents for French Immersion group, along with the Northwest Catholic District School Board, are hoping to gauge community interest in reinstating the French Immersion program here by hosting an information session Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s School.
“We’re really hoping that people will come out to the meeting,” said group member Aimee Matheson.

Local teen vying for Miss North Ontario

After having taken part in the Emo Fair Queen competition this summer, Alyssa Chiasson now has set her sights on participating in a larger pageant.
The 16-year-old from Fort Frances will be representing Rainy River District in the Miss North Ontario Regional Canada Pageant.
“I was just looking for another pageant, a bigger pageant I could participate in,” Chiasson explained.

Students’ online safety in spotlight

As part of Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week, the OPP continues to offer school-based lessons to students across the district with financial support of Tim Hortons’ “Smile Cookies” fundraising campaign.

Sea Cadet corps closes doors

144 Fort Frances Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (144 Sea) in Emo recently closed its doors after 58 years of training local youth to be engaged and active citizens.
“It’s been a struggle the past few years to attract and retain more than a dozen cadets,” admitted Lt(N) Dawn Gray, Officer Commanding of 144 Sea.

Doctor recruitment ongoing

Over the past few years, a number of doctors have either retired or left the community for other opportunities—and another is set to leave at the end of the month—but the local Physician Recruitment Committee actively continues its pursuit to bring in new physicians.

‘Faceless dolls’ raise awareness

Charmaine Langlais, community wellness co-ordinator with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), first heard about the “Faceless Doll” project at the Annual General Assembly of the MNO in Thunder Bay this past August.
“And I just knew I had to bring this back to share with the schools here,” she explained on Monday after presenting the project to the students at St. Francis School.

Store opens at Red Gut Bay

Life has gotten a lot more convenient for those living in the vicinity of Red Gut Bay.
Earlier this month, Jeremiah Windego opened Windey’s Food Market at Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation on Highway 11, providing a much-needed business to service the area after K&S Gas and Convenience closed its doors nearly two years ago.

Man charged leaving courthouse

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle that was leaving the courthouse in Atikokan.

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