Tuesday, March 3, 2015

District

Stories on volunteers sought

It was back to work for the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary executive, which met recently after a two-month hiatus.
President Susan Robertson reported that she had received a request from HAAO looking for good news stories about volunteering.
The articles will be collected, printed, and distributed to HAAO members as an inspiration to volunteering.

Nestor Falls gearing for winter carnival

The Nestor Falls recreation committee is hoping the recent cold spell will break in time for its 33rd-annual Winter Carnival on March 7-8.
The bitter cold of last winter didn’t subside until after the event—leaving participants battling temperatures of near minus-40 C with the wind chill, whether they were taking part in outdoor kids’ games or the fish derby.

Emo youth selected for page program

There were screams of joy and excitement ringing throughout the Martin household in Emo earlier this month when 12-year-old Star Martin got the call.
“The girl said congratulations and asked if I knew why she was saying that,” the Grade 7 student recalled.
“Then she told me I was accepted to be a page [at Queen’s Park].

Festival awards need revamp

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts is hoping to breathe new life into some of the awards presented to local performers.
“We’re looking for businesses or organizations who might be interested in sponsoring an award,” said committee vice-chair David Schwartz.
He noted the Festival is celebrating its 75th year this year, which means some of the awards are a bit dated.

Catholic board holds off on school merger

The Northwest Catholic District School Board last night decided to hold off on a decision to consolidate St. Francis and St. Michael’s Schools here.
A recommendation was provided that the board approve the submission of an application for a School Consolidation Capital project involving the consolidation of the two local schools opening no later than the 2017-18 school year.

‘Friendly visitors’ help ease suffering

Nobody should have to die alone unless they choose to.
As such, the Kenora/Rainy River Palliative Care Volunteer Program is looking to train “friendly visitors” to those suffering from chronic or terminal illness.
Palliative care volunteer co-ordinator Jill Pernsky said the program helps provide assistance and company to individuals well in advance of their end of their lives.

Math night slated

Mitaanjigamiing First Nation will host a “Math Night” for families on Tuesday (Feb. 17) starting at 4:15 p.m. at the multi-use facility there.
“[We will be]] incorporating fun, educational math games with traditional Anishinaabe teachings,” noted education director Sherry Lynne Sinclair.
“It should be a fun night,” she enthused.

Fish for free this weekend

Canadian residents can fish without buying a licence this Family Day weekend, which runs Feb. 14-16.
“Fishing without having to buy a licence is an affordable way to try a new, fun family activity,” said Natural Resources and Forestry minister Bill Mauro.
“You’ll get hooked!”

Tips sought on shooting

Crime Stoppers and the OPP are asking for your help in solving a drive-by shooting that occurred in Fort Frances.
On Nov. 29 around 11:50 p.m., a resident on Third Street West called police to report a mischief.
The complainant was home with his mother and her friend at the time of the incident, and they had called police because something broke a window at his residence.

Impaired driver nabbed

Yesterday at 11:30 a.m., Rainy River District OPP officers responded to the report of an intoxicated driver and passenger leaving an establishment on the 1200 block of King’s Highway and proceeding east.
At 11:45 a.m., officers located the suspect vehicle on the 600 block of Second Street East and stopped it.

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