Around Town

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is just around the corner! The historic tournament turns 25 this year. Although it won’t have the same fanfare as previous years, the fish will still bite, and $10,000 cash is up for grabs for the winning team. The tournament will be July 22-24. There’s still time to register – sign up your team at

Emo Fair Queen contestants are being recruited by the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society. To take part, call Mary at 271-1586 or Sis at 276-2483.

The annual WWRD Lions Pontoon Boat early Bird draw is this weekend! Prize is $1,000, and the winner is still in the running fort he grand prize of a pontoon boat package. Tickets are going fast! They sold out by August last year, and tickets are going even faster this year! Only 5,000 will be sold. Tickets are available at the Fort Frances Times office, e-mail or phone 807-483-5403. They can be purchased right online through an e-transfer at

The Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy will be holding its AGM, Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. Anyone inter ested in the upcoming season is encouraged to attend. The meeting will take place over Zoom, with a link posted to the group’s Facebook page prior to the meeting.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care 50/50 tickets are available! Don’t miss out! Five chances for $5, 20 chances for $10 and the best deal of 100 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 will go towards the $1.5-million Picture This diagnostic imaging campaign.

The Fort Frances EarlyON Centre has re-opened programming to in-person outdoor events! Each week brings new activities, staged at area parks. Activities include picnics, craft time, open play, and other events. To see the week’s offerings, and how to register your child for some fun outdoor play time with other kids, visit the Fort Frances EarlyON Centre on Facebook.

The Rainycrest Auxiliary would like to thank you for all of your generous donations to the Tuck Shop. It means a lot to the residents to be able to go shopping at our shop for gifts, toiletries, personal items and snacks, especially during the times when we have all been asked to stay at home due to Covid. We could use: unused toiletries (remember Rainycrest is a scent free zone) knick knacks or decorative items for residents to use as gifts or to decorate their own space. Jewelry and stuffies are always appreciated. We would also like you to remember to donate items for our male residents. Items can be left inside the front door with a label saying ATTN Gary in the Tuck Shop.

Volunteer opportunities

The FORT FRANCES VOLUNTEER BUREAU (FFVB) is accepting applications for membership renewals and new member volunteers. If you are a volunteer or someone interested in volunteering and believe in the positive impact volunteers have on our community, please pick up an application form at the FFVB (open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm daily) or send an email to requesting an application form.

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.

Best for Kitty is in desperate need of foster homes to provide a safe and loving environment, while kittens and cats await their furever homes. Many cats have had to be turned away from the shelter, due to a lack of fosters. Full support and supplies are provided. For more information on what’s involved, or to volunteer, 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.