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Walker, MacKenzie pilot project ready to take flight

J.W. Walker and Alexander MacKenzie here have received $700,000 to implement a technological pilot project, the Rainy River District School Board announced at its regular meeting last night.

“The goal is to create a Walker/MacKenzie home school community,” said principal Cauleen Stanley, who made a presentation at the meeting along with Superintendent of Education Terry Ellwood.

Annual Conservation Dinner a success

The seventh-annual Conservation Dinner, co-hosted by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club, was held Friday night at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Although the crowd on hand wasn’t as big as in past years, those who did turn out had a good time—all while lending their support to conservation efforts here and across the province.

Oktoberfest a dose of German fun

After an evening of German food and traditional music last Friday at the Ukrainian Hall, the Rainy Lake Multicultural Association already is planning to stage Oktoberfest again next fall.

“Oh, we’re definitely going to have it again,” said Bev Kotnik, who organized the event along with RLMA members Linda Rajala and Sig Mosley.

Lessons from a ‘junk food’ addict

As a self-confessed “junk-food addict,” participating in the annual Diabetes Celebrity Challenge is something I never could have imagined myself doing.

That is, until George Bartlett, carrying a fuzzy teddy bear and sporting a Diabetes Awareness shirt, walked into the Times office last month and asked if I would like live as a diabetic for a week.

School closures to be long process

While the Pupil Accommodation Committee won’t meet until Nov. 21 to look at three recommendations for school closures/amalgamations, any decisions aren’t expected to be made for quite some time.

“It would take a minimum of two years, and possibly three or four years, before we see any real changes,” said Gord McBride, a public school board trustee who sits on the committee.

That red brick mountain still stands

It was almost Hallowe’en so it seemed like a good time to look at a haunted school. A tour of abandoned Fort Frances High School should prove scary enough by now, all right.

You really can’t expect to find vampires over there, even if bats and rats should be plentiful. After all, our red brick mountain has been out of service for more than a year now.