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— Photo Joey Payeur

The Barwick Blue Knights were a mass of happy humanity after the final out of their 8-6 victory over the Rainy Lake Pirates in Game 2 of the best-of-three Rainy River District Fastball League championship at Oltsher Field in Barwick on Tuesday. Pearse Jackson, far left, had a pair of two-run doubles, including the game-winning blast in the sixth inning to break a 6-6 tie, as the Blue Knights swept the series in two straight games to lock down their first title since 2008.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, second from left, chatted with councillors John Albanese, left, and Wendy Brunetta and deputy mayor June Caul yesterday at the Fort Frances Tourist Information Centre. Dowdeswell, who is on a tour of Northwestern Ontario this week, spent the day touring sites around town and learning about the community.

— Photo Joey Payeur

Cassandra Moffitt (5) of Fort Frances and her jubilant companions on the Rainy River Community College women’s volleyball team savoured winning a second-set point in their match against the Itasca Vikings (Grand Rapids, Min.) last night at RRCC. The Voyageurs took down the Vikings in their best-of-five MCAC North Division regular-season opener by a 3-0 margin (25-23, 25-23, 25-14). RRCC travels to Grand Rapids to play Itasca and the St. Cloud Tech Cyclones in a pair of non-divisional games tomorrow, then hosts the Fond du Lac Thunder in regular-season action on Saturday at noon.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Mark “Grizz” Fairnington, left, and Jimmy “Big E” Easton fed rocks into a hammer mill, which grinds them down to powder and releases the gold, if any, from the rocks.

— Photo Cameron Penney

Young Teagan McKinnon, along with her grandfather, Jim McKinnon, enjoyed dinner at the Watten Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fish fry Friday at Sunny Cove. More than 350 people came out to enjoy the meal, with entertainment provided by local duo “Entirely Mac” (Danette and Wayne McIntyre).

The woman that stole the hearts of our nation more than 25 years ago while displaying her unforgettable on-ice artistry will be coming to Fort Frances to share her wisdom with the next generation of skaters.

Elizabeth Manley, who won the silver medal in ladies figure skating at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, will travel from her home in Ottawa to put on a two-day instructional seminar at the Ice for Kids Arena on Nov. 12-13.

A sneak preview screening of Season 2 of the hit Discovery Channel series, “Fool’s Gold,” will be held Friday, Sept. 4 at Copper River Inn.

Starting at 8 p.m., the event will feature the first two episodes of the new season, “In Todd We Trust” and “It’s Hammer Time.”

The entire Shotgun Exploration crew, including Todd Ryznar, Jason “Roj” Whitehead, Mark “Grizz” Fairnington, Jimmy “Big E” Easton, Matt Wensley, and Mikey Strom, are expected to be there for the special event.