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Sam Odrowski

New school progress

Construction crews were seen prepping gravel, putting foundation walls in, and preparing the construction site near St. Francis School for the new consolidated JK-Grade 8 Catholic school that is slated to be built for the 2019-20 school year. A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the project on Aug. 22 and work has been conducted ever since to ready the site.

Award of excellence

Our Lady of the Way School secretary Nicole Robinson, left, was presented a special gift from Fort Frances trustee Anne-Marie Fitzgerald during the Northwest Catholic District School Board's “Celebration of Excellence” held Friday evening at La Place Rendez-Vous. She received an award of excellence from the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Flooding claims

Lise Hansen, senior negotiator for the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, held an open house at La Place Rendez Vous last Wednesday to discuss the Rainy Lake First Nation Flooding Claims. She spoke about the Ontario government's proposal to amend the boundary of the Rainy Lake Island Conservation Reserve.

Farewell present

Michael Lewis, longtime trustee for Atikokan and surrounding area, accepted a farewell gift from Director of Education Heather Campbell, on behalf of the Rainy River District School Board, during its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday evening. The board was sad to see him go but happy to have been able to serve alongside him.