Around Town

Today is the deadline to purchase Riverside Foundation for Health Care 50/50 tickets! Sales end at 9 p.m. tonight, for a pot that’s closing in on $20,000! Three chances for $5, 10 chances for $10 and the best deal of 60 chances for $20. Get your tickets now at or call the Foundation Office at 807-274-4803 to make arrangements for offline payment. Every dollar raised helps our local hospitals to purchase life saving equipment.

Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts has gone virtual for 2021. This year there will be no fees, adjudication or presentation of awards. Performances must be video recorded and submitted by April 7, 2021 to be posted to a Youtube channel. Please submit your “Intention to enter a video” form by Friday March 5th. Details are available on the Festival website and Facebook page.

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is making tentative plans to return to a modified version of the tournament this summer and is looking to gauge interest from teams. If you are an angler who would be willing to enter a modified FFCBC this summer, contact Greg Gustafson at 807-274-9461 or call/text 275-9589.

Bear Clan Patrol Fort Frances will be distributing winter gear to those in need at Rainy Lake Square. If you are in need, reach out to them, or keep an eye on their Facebook page to see when the next distribution day is. The group is also accepting donations of snacks, drinks and other items to distribute to those in need during patrols and wellness checks. Financial donations are also greatly appreciated. To donate, call or text 276-2332.

The Fort Frances Museum is hosting spring workshops! Registration in underway. To sign up, call 274-7891 Monday to Friday, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. All classes will take place on Saturdays over Zoom. Available events are:

Introduction to Sewing, with Jo-Anne Formanek-Gustafson, March 13 from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $15.

Spring Wreath making with Jenny Coats, March 27 from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $40.

Acrylic Painting with Cher Pruys, April 10, from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $65.

Card Making with Meredith Crosswell, May 8 from 1-8 p.m. Cost is $25.

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services is hosting a virtual Pow Wow, the week of March 15-19. Registration deadline is March 10 at noon. Participants will receive an honourarium for uploading a video submission in their chosen category. For more information, visit the Healing and Support Circle’s Facebook page. Registration is open to members of all 10 Treaty #3 First Nations Communities. To register, call Lauren Hill 861-0110 or Beulah Perreault 276-0264.

Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club is available for skiing and walking/snowshoeing while weather permits. In order to comply with COVID guidelines the chalet is open only for people accessing rental gear. Face masks must be worn in the chalet (no substitutes please) and users must social distance. No gatherings or parties allowed. Get outside and get some exercise! Memberships online at; per person day use $10 plus equipment rental fees $5 if you use our gear.

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. The next session is March 4. You can also access the chat through GoToMeeting, with links available here:

Anishinaabemodaa – Waking up Ojibwe – is a partnership between Seven Generations Institute, SayitFirst and the Rainy River District School Board. Their Facebook page posts videos and other resources to give First Nations kids, a way to hear and learn their own language.

The Fort Frances EarlyON Child and Family Centre has been posting fun craft and activity ideas on their Facebook page, that families can do at home.

The Emo EarlyON Child and Family Centre is placing craft kits outside the centre each week. Check them out on Facebook to see what’s new.

Volunteer opportunities

Best for Kitty, previously known as Paws and Claws Canada is in desperate need of foster homes. They are currently unable to take in all the cats and kittens in need of care, due to a foster home shortage. For more information on what’s involved, or to volunteer, e-mail

Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers. Meals are delivered over the lunch hour. The program welcomes individuals, teams or organizations. To find out more, call Gaby Hanzuk at 807-274-3764.

The WWRD Lions Club is seeking new members. They meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church. Fort more information, contact Secretary, Peggy Advent at or phone 807-483-5403.

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.

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