Around Town

A stuff-a-bus for pets is being organized for December 19, from 2-6 p.m. at the Peterbilt parking lot on McIrvine Road. Items will be donated to Paws and Claws Fort Frances, and other local rescue organizations. On the wish list are new or used blankets, leashes and collars for cats or dogs. Wet or dry pet food, treats, non-clumping litter, latex gloves, garbage bags, food storage bags and pet toys.

The Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists are looking for individuals to participate in the annual Christmas Birch Count, which will take place December 19. Head out on your own, or bring your social bubble! You can even participate from home with your own backyard feeder. For more information or to join, e-mail Ilka at, or visit

The Polar Bear Plunge is going virtual this year! Raise pledges, and film yourself in the cold, with snow swimming, an ice bucket challenge, or other cold, wet activity. Funds raised will go towards local charities. Visit for a pledge sheet and details.

Tickets are on sale for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care monthly 50/50 draw. Last month’s pot was more than $18,000! Makes a great stocking stuffer! All proceeds benefit our local healthcare network. To buy your December tickets, visit

If you have questions for the Medical Officer of health, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, she participates in a live Question and Answer session every second Thursdays at 1 p.m. over facebook Live at the NWHU Facebook page. You can also access the chat through GoToMeeting, with links available here:

Volunteer opportunities

The La Verendrye Gift Shop is in need of volunteers, willing to work in the shop an afternoon or two a month. The Shop will be open Monday-Friday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. All safety precautions are in place. A great way to support fundraising for ‘care close to home’. Contact Marnie Cumming at 274-3368 for more information.

Ring a bell and help change a life by volunteering as a Bellringer with The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign. The fundraiser kicks-off on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 and will run through to Wednesday, December 23. Kettle locations will vary between Walmart, Safeway, and The Place. The only requirements are a willingness to volunteer and a minimum of two hours.To volunteer call 807-271-2429 or email

The LaVerendrye Auxiliary is searching for a volunteer to lead a well-established team to operate the Gift Shop, raising funds for ‘care close to home’. Shop Workers are already in place along with an active Shop Committee specializing in seasonal events. Contact Marnie Cumming at 274-3368 to discuss this very worthwhile volunteer opportunity.

The Senior’s Companion Project is looking for volunteers to chat with seniors who feel isolated, through the Friendly Phone Call program. To find out what’s involved, call 274-271-6370 or e-mail

The Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 29 is always on the lookout for new members! If you would like to know more about joining this group of fun and hard working ladies please contact Cindy Noble at 271-2021 or Joanne Gosselin at 274-5932.

The LaVerendrye General Hospital Auxiliary is seeking several individuals to round out its Executive. Current vacancies include Vice-President and Foundation Representative and Member at Large. Connect with them on Facebook, at LaVerendrye General Hospital Auxiliary, or contact President Linda Booth at 276-4250 or Marnie Cumming at 274-3368.

The Rainy River Seniors Depot is searching for a Secretary. Responsibilities would be attending monthly meetings, writing the minutes, and reading them at future meetings. Contact Myrna Armstrong, 707-8536, Angele White, 483-1088, or Rebecca Wood, 271-4473, or e-mail to join.

Impact the lives of local girls, by volunteering for Girl Guides of Canada. The Fort Frances Chapter meets Monday nights, with groups in Emo and Rainy River as well. Training, events and scholarships available. Visit