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Girl donates ‘Locks of Love’

FORT FRANCES—Kaayla Fox made the first major haircut of her life one that counted.

After deciding she needed a haircut, the 11-year-old had a conundrum: “Should all my hair just go to waste?”

But after getting an idea from the older sister of her friend, Alyce Ewald, Fox decided to donate her locks to a good cause—namely, “Locks of Love.”

Health unit excited to be administering HPV vaccinations

  The Northwestern Health Unit will be administering Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations to Grade 8 girls attending district schools this fall.    HPV—known to be sexually-transmitted—is a main cause of cervical cancer in women.    “This vaccination is important to the protection of our youth because through a few simple doses, we can help to prevent cervical cancer and that’s an exciting

West Nile Virus identified here

  The Northwestern Health Unit would like to advise the public that West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been identified from a trap in the Fort Frances area.    This is the first documented case of WNV-positive mosquitoes in a municipality within the Kenora and Rainy River districts in 2007.    There has been one laboratory confirmed case of West Nile virus infection in humans in the north

African priest delivers message of thanks

    Fr. Raphael Mponda delivered a message of thanks to members of St. John’s Anglican Church here last Thursday evening.    Through a special presentation entitled “Come to the Waters,” Fr. Mponda showed those on hand the blessings their monthly donations have brought to the people of Malawi in Africa.    “Thank you for the support you have provided to my home country.

New Brunswick 4-H club ‘had a blast’ here

 The second half of a 4-H exchange between 10 local members and those in New Brunswick was completed last week after the Maritime members wrapped up their week-long visit to Rainy River District.    The local members had been paired with their New Brunswick counterparts earlier this summer after they were accepted to take part in the Canadian exchange—a program organized through Canadian 4-H in

Kids learn about local fish species

    Children learned to identify different species of fish native to Northwestern Ontario during the annual “Family Fishing Weekend” earlier this summer at Blue Lake Provincial Park.    Dick deGroot, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer in Dryden District, presented the program to a group of about 25 children and 12 parents in early July.    In the first part of the program, the

MADD to bring its message to students

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will make special presentations at schools across the district this fall thanks to funding from the Rainy River Substance Abuse Prevention Team and Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition, in conjunction with the Ontario Chiefs of Police Association.    Each presentation will be geared to the age of the audience.    For instance, a multi-media assembly with