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Stopping elder abuse

Maxine Ramier, left, and Gerri Yerxa, members of the local Elder Abuse Committee, were spreading awareness at Safeway today to prepare for Provincial Elder Abuse Awareness Day (Oct. 19). They are handing out information to elders, giving them notice as to what constitutes abuse and what they can do about it.

Fire info

Local firefighter Rod Davis showed Megan Perreault, her son, Morgan, and daughter, Myla, some of the features of the Fort Frances Fire Department’s new pumper truck Saturday morning at Canadian Tire. Firefighters were there to promote Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 5-11.

Season to give

Capt. Angel Sandoval of the Salvation Army pointed out how empty the shelves were Friday afternoon at the Citadel’s food bank. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, local residents are being asked to help the less fortunate and donate non-perishable food items. In related news, the public is invited to drop by the Citadel (316 Victoria Ave.) this Friday (Oct. 10) between noon-1:30 p.m.

Accident ‘victim’

“Victim” Laura Chabot was loaded into the ambulance after her vehicle was struck by a car full of high school students while they were racing their friends. Michelle Grynol and her “baby” (background) also were on board. It all was part of a mock accident set up at the railroad crossing on McIrvine Road organized by the OPP and Ministry of Transportation.

Gimme some soul!

Soul/jazz/funk band “Loose Change Trio” made an impression last night as they put on a two-set show at the Little Beaver Snow Park. From performing famous tracks like “Ghostbusters” to Michael Jackson’s “Shake your Body to the Ground,” as well as some original songs such as “Clap your Hands for Jesus Hair Salon,” the trio thrilled the crowd on hand.

Election Debate

Conservative candidate Richard Neumann, Ken Boshcoff (Liberal), Russ Aegard (Green Party), and John Rafferty (NDP) were at the Civic Centre last night to answer questions at the all-candidates’ forum hosted by the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce.

Special visitor

Dan Morriseau, right, Jamie Petrin, and Alice Johnston were among those up early yesterday morning to greet deputy Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff at the Fort Frances Airport. He flew in for a brief meet-and-greet, as well as to rally support behind local Liberal candidate Ken Boshcoff.

Prestigious award

The Fort Frances Times was awarded the “Ambassador for Safety Business Award” by Safe Communities Canada, which was established to recognize organizations that make an exceptional contribution to improving safety in their communities.

Muskies vs. Maples

Muskie Dan Brunetta (#23) looked to make the tackle with a blocking Marauder all over him as Mason McKay (#40) converged to help snuff out the play. The Muskies held Maples’ running game in check all afternoon last Thursday at Muskie Field en route to a 22-14 victory that evened their WHSFL record at 2-2.