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‘Care Close to Home’ closing in on Goal

In just over five months of active campaigning, “Care Close to Home” is closing in on its goal of $3.5 million for two major renovation projects at La Verendrye hospital in Fort Frances and the Emo Health Centre.

The $8.3-million projects will provide much-needed improvements to both facilities, focusing primarily on patient comfort, privacy, dignity, and ease of access.

Roseberry Runway presented ‘Eat Smart’ award

Public health nurse Heidi Ivall was in Barwick last Thursday morning to present Jackie Champagne, owner/operator of Roseberry Runway, with the provincial “Eat Smart!” award.

“This award-winning restaurant promotes healthy living in the community,” noted Ivall, by meeting exceptional standards in food safety, non-smoking seating, and healthier food choices.

Public board sees mixed EQAO results

The Rainy River District School Board said it is committed to keep working at improving local student achievement after seeing some grade three and six scores drop below—and some rise above—provincial standards.

The announcement came Tuesday with the board’s release of the results of testing done by the Education Quality and Accountability Office back in May.

Emo, Rainy River hospitals get new nurse managers

Following the retirement of Norma Elliott, Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. has hired two new nurse managers for the Emo and Rainy River Health Centres.

Tammy McNally took over the reins at the Rainy River hospital earlier this month while Edith Bodnar of Alberton will be in charge at Emo once renovations are complete and its doors open again in January.

Elk restoration program hoping for early Christmas present

The Northwestern Ontario Elk Restoration Committee is hoping for an early Christmas present this year with the release of 50 more elk here from Elk Island National Park in Alberta.

NOERC co-chair Mike Solomon is hopeful the call will come in soon with word the elk are ready for transportation to the area around Cameron Lake between Nestor Falls and Sioux Narrows.