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District administrative board ready to roll

The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board will hold its first official meeting in Fort Frances next Monday after legislation was passed giving it the power to administer child care, social housing, and “Ontario Works.”

Mayor Glenn Witherspoon, who is president of the Rainy River District Municipal Association, noted the proposal was accepted last week.

Band to support bingo manager

Marshal Jourdain won’t be alone in court in August when he faces a charge of keeping a common gaming house—he’s going in with the full support of Couchiching’s chief and council.

Jourdain, 50, manager of the former Couchiching Bingo Palace, was charged last Wednesday following a joint investigation by the Ontario Illegal Gaming Enforcement Unit and the OPP.

Guides, Pathfinders rally in Barwick

Girl Guides and Pathfinders from across the La Verendrye Division came together as their annual year-end rally, dubbed “Ticks and Tornados,” took to the field at Sturgeon Creek School in Barwick over the weekend.

And meeting new friends was a priority, with 110 participants plus leaders sharing a campsite for the two nights.

Emanuel to offer high school program

After seven years of operating a Christian-oriented primary school in Fort Frances, the Emanuel Christian Academy is planning to offer a high school program starting in September, Pastor Steve Laing said.

The school is based out of the Calvary Tabernacle at 308 Butler Ave., where 12 students presently are enrolled from junior kindergarten to grade eight.

Early fry numbers high at sturgeon hatchery

It’s too early to make an accurate count but it’s estimated more than 100,000 fry have safely hatched and started feeding at the Manitou Rapids sturgeon hatchery.

“It’s hard to tell because we haven’t inventoried them yet,” aquaculture technician Joe Hunter said Monday, adding they had to wait until the fry are an inch long before it’s safe to handle them.

Rain too much of a good thing

After weeks of hoping for rain, area farmers learned last week you have to be careful what you wish for.

Much of the district was pounded by heavy rainfall Friday night, causing drainage ditches to overflow and the La Vallee River to spill its banks over Highway 11/71.