Saturday, July 4, 2015


Vehicles plunge into Frog Creek

Part of Frog Creek Road on Couchiching remains blocked off following an incident involving two vehicles early this morning.
“Two vehicles are submerged in Frog Creek,” said Couchiching fire chief and band councillor Christine Jourdain.
“We would like the public to not be coming through at this time,” she noted.

‘Mini’ pageant sponsors needed

Plans are underway for this year’s annual mini-king and mini-queen contest, but sponsors are needed to ensure it happens.
Organizer Melissa Gushulak said she’s looking for individuals and businesses to donate funds to help cover the costs.
“[It] goes towards the mini-king prize, mini-queen prize, two crowns, [and] thank-you gifts for the judges,” she noted.

Métis sign mine deal

In a historic moment for area Métis, the Métis Nation of Ontario and Canadian Malartic Corp. on Friday formally signed a shared interest agreement with respect to the development and operation of the Hammond Reef gold project near Atikokan.

Tory candidate visits here

The Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding needs somebody sitting at the same side of the table as the governing party.
That’s the message Conservative Party candidate Maureen (“Moe”) Comuzzi sent when she stopped by the Copper River Inn here last Thursday to meet the public and talk about the party’s platform in the upcoming federal election.

FFHS convocation ceremony touches on range of emotions

The Ice For Kids Arena was packed last Thursday evening to commemorate the final farewell for another group of Fort Frances High School students.
Proud parents played paparazzi, students donned bright purple robes and caps, while educators sat in thought about their students who have grown over the past four years.

Storms fail to dampen ‘Relay’

Participants of the annual Fort Frances “Relay for Life” did not let Saturday’s storms get them down.
Sixteen teams persevered through the 12-hour event, heading indoors for a portion of it but still managing to raise more than $40,000.
“We’re very pleased,” enthused event co-chair Jennifer Anderson.

Stanley Cup to visit Aug. 1

The man who gave Fort Frances a shout-out after winning his third NHL title is heading this way—and he’s bringing at least one shiny souvenir with him.
Larry Patrick confirmed Chicago Blackhawks’ defenceman and former resident Duncan Keith will bring the Stanley Cup to town Aug. 1 for a full day of events.

Hampton to run federally

New Democrats in Kenora riding have chosen Howard Hampton to be their candidate to face incumbent MP Greg Rickford in the federal election expected on Oct. 19.
“Howie understands the unique challenges facing middle-class families in the north and knows how to get things done,” said federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair.

Local man hailed as hero

A Fort Frances man is being called a hero after saving the lives of two Dryden girls following a single-vehicle crash on Highway 502 in the early-morning hours of Monday.
The teens were returning to Dryden from a pow-wow around 1:45 a.m. when the driver swerved to avoid a moose and rolled several times, ending up in a water-filled ditch.

Giant telescope project blocked

HONOLULU—Hundreds of protesters on a Hawaii mountain road erupted in cheers yesterday after construction crews turned around and retreated from the site for what would be one of the world’s largest telescopes.

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