Three delegates from Namibia, Africa will be arriving in Fort Frances tomorrow to get a firsthand look at Canadian municipal politics—not to mention a good portion of Rainy River District.
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When Pvt. Ray Martin of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 stood in front of the cenotaph on Remembrance Day last year and, despite failing health, proudly saluted the war dead on behalf of the Korean Veterans’ Association, the emotion on his face was enough to make me cry.
When John Moran of Fort Frances joined the armed forces in 1941 at the age of 19, he was “gung-ho” to fight on the front line.
But a hunting accident just prior to his enlistment changed all that.
On July 11, 1943, Dick Collette of Fort Frances was about a year into his duty as an anti-aircraft gunner aboard the H.M.C.S. Iroquois when a German aircraft bombed one of the troop ships in their convoy near the coast of Spain.
With 577 names on its membership roster, the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 here isn’t hurting.
But when it comes time to find a handful of those who will volunteer to sell poppies each year, it’s slim pickings, said Roly Crawford, acting president for the local Legion.
When Willa Kunkel was looking for a script for this year’s Muskie Theatre production, one of her main concerns was finding something suitable for their first show in the new Townshend Theatre.
She settled on “Fame” because she felt it was the most appropriate.
In an attempt to make Fort Frances High School a safer environment for students, 16 security cameras have been installed in hallways and other public access areas throughout the school.
The project cost about $40,000.
FFHS principal Terry Ellwood is confident putting the cameras in the hallways is a proactive measure.
Barring a few touch-ups or highlights, the mural of Edward Wellington Backus should be completed in time for Friday’s unveiling ceremony at 11 a.m.
Eberhand Heinrich Schwarz has travelled all over the world.
Originally from Germany, he’s been involved in construction projects around the globe—from tourist hotels in South America to airport projects across the U.S.
So it wasn’t an uneducated choice when Schwarz decided Canada was the best place in the world to live.
Convincing the World Health Organization to hold a conference here in the spring of 2002 has been a big job for the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition.
Now that it’s succeeded, getting ready for the actual event will be an even bigger one.