Sunday, December 21, 2014


Legion draw clarified

The local Legion won’t be holding a 50/50 draw for the month of January due to a changeover in its executive.
The Legion currently has a licence to run 50/50 draws for November through April.

False call nets charge

Shortly after 4:20 a.m. on Nov. 1, the Rainy River District OPP responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting an impaired driver.
Officers attended the scene and an investigation revealed the claim made was false.
As a result, a 27-year-old Atikokan man recently was charged with common nuisance.
He was to appear in court in Atikokan this morning.

Survey on F.I. about to wrap up

Anyone interested in enrolling their children in a French Immersion program has until tomorrow to complete the survey available on the Northwest Catholic District School Board’s website.
The board is looking at the potential re-establishment of the program at St. Michael’s School but needs to gauge the interest from the information provided by the surveys.

Festival planning to hold talent show as fundraiser

Calling all performers!
The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts will host a “Fort Frances’ Got Talent” fundraiser next month in celebration of its 75th anniversary—and organizers are looking for performers of all ages to take part.

IV pumps on wish list

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care wants district residents to get “pumped” for the holidays—and consider making a charitable donation.
The Foundation’s annual Christmas donation campaign is underway, with the focus this year on getting intravenous (IV) pumps for its health-care facilities in Fort Frances, Emo, and Rainy River.

‘Holly Daze’ a big hit

Whether it was the favourable temperatures over the weekend, or simply the community spirit of Emo residents shining through, the annual “Holly Daze” festivities were deemed a success.
“It was great,” enthused Tom Jackson of Tompkins.
“As far as Front Street traffic, I think it was probably one of the better years.”

Bowen to chair Catholic board

Sioux Lookout trustee Cathy Bowen was elected chair of the Northwest Catholic District School Board during its inaugural meeting for the 2014-18 term on Saturday in Dryden.
Atikokan trustee Teresa Larson is the new vice-chair.
Bowen, who previously was vice-chair of the board, takes over the position from Anne-Marie Fitzgerald of Fort Frances.

Keep voting

Knox United Church’s renewal fundraising committee is pleased with the support it’s receiving in the Aviva Community Fund Challenge.
Currently competing in the semi-round, the church is hoping to garner enough votes to move into the final round, where it will be guaranteed a minimum of $5,000.
As of last night, the local church sat in 12th place.

New school board to hold first meeting

Rainy River District School Board trustees will take their oath tonight as the inaugural meeting of the new board gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Education Centre here.
The board for the 2014-18 term includes David Kircher, who was re-elected in the Oct. 27 municipal election, as well as Michael Lewis, Dianne McCormack, and Ralph Hill, who were acclaimed.

Maraj launching third book

Frank Maraj has completed the third book in his memoir trilogy, entitled “Snapshots 3: Unveiling the Classroom of Life.”
While his first book, released in 2008, offered a reflection on his youth in Trinidad, and his second in 2011 chronicled his university years, this third work encapsulates more than three decades of Maraj’s time spent as a teacher here in Rainy River District.

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