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Crozier man planning ‘Birdathon’

Roger Simms will be embarking on yet another “Birdathon” this spring—an annual event for the Crozier resident.

“Typically, it’s done over a 24-hour period and however many hours you can put in that 24 hours,” noted Simms, who has been taking part in the annual bird count since 1988.

“Historically I would be up at daybreak and out until about 10 p.m.”

Dump fire burning deep into hill

Propane tanks, melting rubber, and toxic fumes are adding to the challenge faced by local firefighters as they battle a stubborn blaze at the landfill site off McIrvine Road.

“You just don’t know what’s in there,” said Fort Frances Fire Chief Steve Richardson. “At the start, when the fire was still burning, we had to worry about exploding aerosol cans.”

Local woman to head new program

Angela Halvorsen is more than pleased with her recent appointment as Northern Ventures Officer for the Rainy River Future Development Corp. here.

The Northern Ventures Initiative is a new program funded by FedNor to help women, youth (age 30 and under), and aboriginal entrepreneurs overcome the unique difficulties they face raising equity to start a business.

Healthy horses goal of new business

With an official opening Saturday afternoon, Aurora Wind Feeds has set up shop in Barwick to supply healthy feed to the district’s horses.

Jo Woolsey is the first dealer of the horse feed label, Buckeye Nutrition, in Canada and hopes to share her success she has had using the company’s equine-oriented feeding programs on her own Arabians.

Influx of grey owls hit district

Hundreds of owls are keeping a watchful eye over Rainy River District these days.

Bird watchers, commuters, and residents have been reporting a noticeable increase in Great Grey Owls dotting the district.

“There’s way more, more than I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Henry Miller, president of the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club. “Anywhere you go, there’s owls.”

West end to get 911 in December

Residents in the west end of Rainy River District will not be dialing 9-1-1 until December.

While all the municipalities have spent the money to have every road mapped and building numbered last year, Bell Canada is not prepared to have the service up-and-running until the end of the year.