Thursday, September 18, 2014


Board announces EQAO test results

The Rainy River District School Board continues to see a steady improvement in reading and writing at the primary and junior levels according to 2013-14 results released yesterday by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

Calendar winners

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association’s weekly cash calendar draw.
Winning $30 for Sept. 14-20 were Richard Wood (Atikokan), Isabelle Kempf (Fort Frances), Terry and Krista Williams (Stratton), Bob and Linda Gray (Emo), Jennette Cross (Rainy River), Bobbie Parker (Fort Frances), and Lois Desserre (Atikokan).

Several district municipalities to see elections

Emo, La Vallee, Chapple, Morley, and Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls all will see elections in their respective townships on Oct. 27.
In Emo, former arena manger Jack Siemens is running against incumbent mayor Vince Sheppard.
Meanwhile, nine people are seeking the four seats on council there.

Terry Fox Run tops $13,000

Despite Sunday being marked by intermittent rain, the showers held off for the duration of the 34th-annual Terry Fox Run here.
“It was awesome,” enthused Pam Guild, who helped organize the event along with members of the congregation of the Church of the Holy Spirit.
“We had a great turnout,” she added. “Our participation level was up and so was the money raised.”

District school chosen for tech project

Students at Mine Centre School soon are going to be learning in a very unique way.
The school recently was chosen to be a part of a program called “Connected North,” which was launched last year by Cisco Canada at Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik School in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Actor guided by native teachings

First Nations’ actor Adam Beach has had a traumatic life—but he’s never let it hold him back.
Beach related his success story—and his connection to traditional values—to a full tent Monday morning during the Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Inc. Behavioural Health Services’ conference, which is running Sept. 15-18 at the Nanicost grounds.

Fire crews scaling back

Ontario firefighting resources are being scaled back as the fall season progresses and fire activity slows.
FireRanger crew resources now are at about 20 percent of the peak summer levels while the aerial detection program is coming to an end for the season.

Former resident on canine patrol

The Kenora OPP is pleased to announce its detachment is the home of the newest K9 team in the Northwest Region.
Provincial Cst. Jeff Poperechny and his K9 partner, “Jax,” now are on patrol in Kenora and providing service to the region.
Cst. Poperechny, originally from Fort Frances, joined the Kenora Police Service in May, 2002 and transitioned to the OPP in 2009.

More fires now ‘out’

Two monitored fires in Red Lake District were declared “out” on Tuesday.
This leaves just one active fire in the Northwest Region—Fort Frances District Fire #17, a lightning-cause blaze on an island in the north arm of Rainy Lake.
It is expected to be called “out” in the near future.

Mini-royalty a go

Better late than never, the 2014 mini-royalty contest will take place Saturday, Sept. 27.
But parents can start signing up their youngsters today.
Organizer Melissa Gushulak said all of the contest sponsors are in place, and she’s glad to get the community support to go ahead with the event once again.

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