Around town

Boston Pizza is holding a St. Patty’s Day party today (March 17) starting at 7 p.m., with live music by Paul LeMesurier from 8-11 p.m. There also will be games and prizes.

The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in their SIJHL regular-season finale today (March 17) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The committee of the whole will hold a special meeting–to further review and discuss the town’s 2017 operating and capital budgets–on Monday, March 20 at 4 p.m. downstairs at the Civic Centre.

The Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club will hold its annual general meeting Monday, March 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. The public is invited to attend.

The first rehearsal for this year’s Easter cantata is slated for Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship. Those interested in participating must call Diane Maxey A.S.A.P. at 274-7309.

“Radio Bingo,” a fundraiser for Fort Frances girls’ hockey, goes Mondays at 7 p.m. on B•93 The Border. Cards available at various locations in town and surrounding area.

The Muskies will open play at the OFSAA ‘A’/’AA’ boys’ hockey championship versus the O’Gorman Knights on Tuesday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena, then will face the Immaculata Saints there at 7:30 p.m. following opening ceremonies at 7:15. Fort High will wrap up Pool ‘A’ play on Wednesday, March 22 at 9:15 a.m. against the Holy Cross Raiders at the IFK Arena. Quarter-final games will follow starting at 5 p.m., with the semi-finals set for Thursday at 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., the bronze-medal game at 5 p.m., and the gold-medal game at 7 p.m. Tournament passes are sold out but day and evening passes will be available each day.

The Northwest Catholic District School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting–via videoconference–on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.

CUPE Local 65 will hold a general membership meeting Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (old CN station).

St. Mary’s parish is hosting its annual soup-and-bun fundraiser for D&P on Saturday, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 26 from noon-2 p.m.

An income tax support information session, hosted by the Seven Generations Education Institute and led by Kelly McFayden and Mike Canfield of BDO, is planned for Tuesday, March 28 from 4-7 p.m. in the boardroom at BDO Canada LLP (607 Portage Ave.) Admission is free and supper will be provided. To RSVP, visit (registration also can be found under the events tab at For more info, contact Shana Windigo at 274-9930 or via e-mail at

The 2017 Bridal Show, presented by Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, will be held Wednesday, March 29 from 6-8 p.m. Several vendors will be set up and there also will be bridal gift bags and draws, including one for a watch donated by Brockie’s Jewellers. Pre-register by calling 274-9224.

The Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold its next monthly supper–featuring a turkey dinner and all the fixings–on Friday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Legion (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) A 50/50 draw also will be held. The cost is $15/person, with take-outs available by calling 274-3772.

“Rainy River Ag Days” will be held Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Emo Legion. There will be several guest speakers and presentations, and local MP Don Rusnak will be on hand to discuss agricultural concerns. A mini-trade show, door prize draws, and a free lunch also are planned. RSVP to reserve your seat by calling 487-2340, 275-9706, or 487-2387. You also can e-mail or

A workshop on Psyanky Easter eggs, led by Lindsay Hamilton, will be held Saturday, April 1 from 1-4 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum. The fee is $5.

The second-annual National Autism Awareness Day Walk is planned for Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. in International Falls, starting at Ronning’s. Everyone is welcome to attend.

“Bail or Jail,” presented by the Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club, will be held Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce’s trade show. See the ad on page A9 of Wednesday’s Times to fill out a form to have someone thrown in jail!

“Through your lens,” a photo contest hosted by Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak, is now accepting submissions. To apply, e-mail your photos to or by mail (postage free) to Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament, 950 Valour Building, Ottawa, Ont., K1A 0A6. The deadline for entries is May 1.

“The Refuge,” a hot lunch program open to all Fort Frances High School students, will be served at the Bethel Church (behind the Copper River Inn) every Monday until the end of the school year. A donation of a toonie is requested to help defray costs. For more info or to volunteer to help, call Laura at 274-0226 or Barb at 274-0851.