‘You feel very small’: Local wildfire fighter recounts his days in Fort McMurray

FERGUS - Chase Kowalchuk is a crew boss on an initial attack fire ranger crew with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). He recently returned to Fort Frances, Ontario after two weeks in Alberta fighting the over 500,000-hectare wildfire around Fort McMurray.
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New exhibit remembers wars ‘In Their Words’

MOUNT FOREST - The Mount Forest Museum and Archives invited guests who contributed to its exhibit entitled “In Their Words” to get a sneak peek on Nov. 9. Open from Nov. 11 until next spring, the exhibit features letters, postcards, diaries, memoirs, official correspondence and newspaper articles from the Boer War, and First and Second World Wars. Soldiers, their families, friends or local journalists penned the collection of written documents.

Next generation gains appreciation of World Wars through trips to Europe

WELLINGTON CTY. - This Remembrance Day two students will have a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices of those who fought in the First and Second World Wars. Ponsonby resident Emily Oakes had the opportunity to stand in front of the massive memorial at Vimy Ridge in August when she was selected for the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, a two-week journey studying the history of Canada’s role in the First and Second World Wars.

Former Arthur resident thankful for hometown donations to help Fort McMurray

ARTHUR - Crystal Conway (nee Bartholomew) has lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta since 2008, but before that she called the Arthur area home. She went to school in Arthur and her family still lives in the area. Crystal, along with her husband Nick and their two children, Maddison, 4, and Maxim, 2, have been displaced due to the 200,000-plus hectare wildfire that has been burning in the Fort McMurray area since May 1.

Winter tragedy leaves horse owners heartbroken

photo by Olivia Rutt MOUNT FOREST - “Attention Mount Forest firefighters, attention Arthur firefighters, please respond for a fully-involved barn fire,” called a dispatcher on the night of Jan. 14. As Wellington North firefighters, along with three other fire stations, were being called to Woolhaven Arabians just west of Mount Forest, Doris and Rob Woolner were desperately trying to save 13 horses from their barn.