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New school slated for Big Grassy

“This is a site for our children, our children’s children, and their grandchildren . . . a place where they can learn and enjoy themselves,” said Big Island elder Joe Big George.

And with those words, a ground-breaking ceremony for the new school at Big Grassy began last Thursday morning.

Lake of the Woods Park in good hands

Assabaska Ojibway Heritage Park/Lake of the Woods Provincial Park will undergo some significant changes in the next year as new ownership has been altering the way it looks and operates.

A park was given to the Onegaming and Big Grassy First Nations as part of the settlement of the Assabaska Shoreline Reserve issue that was hotly debated last July.

Burriss marks 100 years of history

It was a day to renew friendships and catch up on old times. At least, that was how Grace Van Drunen described the Burriss centennial celebrations held Saturday.

For Van Drunen, it’s not just history. It’s her life. She was born in a Burriss farmhouse 93 years ago this September and lived in the township all her life.

She’s watched it grow—and change.

District administrative board ready to roll

The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board will hold its first official meeting in Fort Frances next Monday after legislation was passed giving it the power to administer child care, social housing, and “Ontario Works.”

Mayor Glenn Witherspoon, who is president of the Rainy River District Municipal Association, noted the proposal was accepted last week.

Band to support bingo manager

Marshal Jourdain won’t be alone in court in August when he faces a charge of keeping a common gaming house—he’s going in with the full support of Couchiching’s chief and council.

Jourdain, 50, manager of the former Couchiching Bingo Palace, was charged last Wednesday following a joint investigation by the Ontario Illegal Gaming Enforcement Unit and the OPP.

Guides, Pathfinders rally in Barwick

Girl Guides and Pathfinders from across the La Verendrye Division came together as their annual year-end rally, dubbed “Ticks and Tornados,” took to the field at Sturgeon Creek School in Barwick over the weekend.

And meeting new friends was a priority, with 110 participants plus leaders sharing a campsite for the two nights.