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Heather Latter

Heather Latter has been a reporter/photographer at the Fort Frances Times since October, 2005. Originally from Emo, ON, she received her BJH (Bachelor of Journalism) with a combined honours in Music History from the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Staff Writer & Photographer

Girls’ self-esteem retreat seeking votes again

In an effort to secure funding and ensure its future, the “I Am Awesome! (And I Know It!)” self-esteem retreat for young women once again is seeking votes in the Aviva Community Fund competition.

But director Renée Martin-Brown noted the voting has changed since the retreat last took part in the competition back in 2013, when it ultimately captured the $45,000 grand prize.

Funky hats

Angela Galusha, left, Rochelle Bagacki, and Devon Abbott sported funky glowing hats during the local Canadian Mental Health Association’s “Steps Against Stigma” glow run last Wednesday night starting at the Sorting Gap Marina here. Despite the cold, windy night, nearly 200 participants turned out—making it the best-attended run yet.

New owners

Alex T. Bruyere, right, shook hands with Theiah MacDonald to mark the change in ownership of the “vape” shop on Scott Street while Bruyere’s wife, Tanis Lesiuk, looked on. Bruyere is taking over Resolution Vapes & E-liquids from MacDonald this week, renaming the business Generation’s Vaper Lounge. The shop will be managed by Lesiuk.

Card trick

Winnipeg-based magician Alex Jay Hamm performed a card trick last night during a fundraising gala for the Rainy River District Women’s Shelter of Hope at La Place Rendez-Vous. The event, which also featured a dinner and prizes, was coupled with a two-day sexual assault awareness training that ran there yesterday and again today.

Cooking bannock

Students from St. Michael’s School gathered around the fire to cook bannock on a stick after learning about Métis culture as part of the Seven Generations Education Institute’s annual “Fall Harvest” preparations workshop yesterday at the Nanicost grounds.

Against stigma

Jaida Norris, Alexis Latter, Sam Bonner-Vickers, and Amy Norris were a few of the nearly 200 participants in the local Canadian Mental Health Association’s “Steps Against Stigma” glow run held last night starting at the Sorting Gap Marina. Despite the cold, windy night, organizers deemed it huge success, noting it was their best turnout yet.

DYS build expects to get back on schedule

Despite construction of the new wing of Donald Young School falling further behind schedule, it is not expected to affect the overall completion of the project.

Travis Enge, manager of plant operations and maintenance for the Rainy River District School Board, noted while weather this summer caused a number of delays, more progress is expected in the coming weeks.

UNFC program aiming to infuse Ojibway culture

Although the United Native Friendship Centre here offers many culture-base programs, a new resource one is being implemented to help further infuse the Ojibway culture into all it offers.

“I see it as an opportunity to provide more cultural awareness to the staff and all the programs, and to bring that forward to the people that we serve,” noted executive director Sheila McMahon.

University tour

Fort High student Maria Gilbert, right, spoke to Marilla Bender, an admissions and recruitment officer from Carleton University in Ottawa, yesterday afternoon during a session of the University Information Program (UIP).

Get your money!

Jeremy Bertrand, with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, offered a presentation entitled “Get Your Money!” to those attending a seniors’ fair at the Sister Kennedy Centre here this morning. Hosted by the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario, the four-hour event included a variety of informational booths and several speakers.