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‘Families rule’ new focus to prevent substance abuse

To further their efforts to prevent tragedies in the area, the Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team, and program co-ordinator Hugh Dennis, have a new project for the fall.

They will be focusing on distributing the pamphlet “Families Rule,” a family policy aimed to open dialogue between parents and children about drugs and alcohol.

Blood clinic tops goal

District residents came through once again for the Canadian Blood Services donor clinic at Fort High yesterday and Wednesday.

“We had an amazing turnout,” CBS community development co-ordinator Harvey Heather said this morning.

“We had 412 donors over the two days, 345 units, which is about 43 more [units] than we expected,” he noted.

Blood clinic on target to meet its goal

With a successful first day under its belt, Canadian Blood Services is aiming to meet its two-day donor quota today as it wraps up its fall blood donor clinic at Fort Frances High School.

“We had a total of 160 donors, 127 units, which is about 22 over what we expected,” CBS spokesperson Harvey Heather said this morning. “It was a great first day.

Weather affects our moods

When the days grow colder and shorter, millions of people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) get depressed.

Weather often affects people’s moods. Sunlight breaking through clouds can lift our spirits while a dull, rainy day may make us feel a little gloomy.

Cancer specialist to speak here

Town council on Monday night received an activities update from Anthony Kadikoff and Bridgette Parker of the Northern Cancer Research Foundation (NCRF), including news that cancer specialist Dr. Dimitrio Verigidis will give a public presentation here Oct. 1.

The chief of oncology at the Regional Cancer Care Centre in Thunder Bay will speak at 7 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Support strong once again for dialysis walk

FORT FRANCES—Eight years and still going strong, the annual “Walk for Dialysis” was another success last Friday, raising an estimated $16,000.

Rallying around the walk’s originator, Tom Bruyere, nearly 30 people walked the 20 miles from Emo to Fort Frances along the River Road in order to raise money for the local hemodialysis unit at La Verendrye Hospital here.