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Lindsay Campbell

Changes in works at Cheers

Since Cheers re-opened its doors here back in June, new owner Josh Leatherdale is in the process of making a few changes.

Leatherdale, who always has had a hobby for home-brewing wine, said the decision to buy the Sixth Street West business just made sense.

It all started last November when he was buying supplies for his own brewing projects.

Outdoor zumba

Emo Fair Queen Caitlin Anderson, left, along with Second Princess Kassidy Strachan and friends Riley Redford and Kennedy Latimer, gave their best shot at outdoor zumba last Thursday during “Open Streets” festivities in Emo. A variety of other activities were offered along Front Street from noon-3 p.m. to promote active living.

Street festival

Carol McClain stopped to enjoy some outdoors activities with her granddaughter, Marly Wrolstad, during “Emo Open Streets” festivities yesterday afternoon. The event, was held on Front Street, was hosted by the Northwestern Health Unit as part of its “Do One Thing” campaign to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices.

Backpacks ready

Cheyenne Calder, family support practitioner at Rainy River District’s Child and Family Services, stood with the donated backpacks for the “Backpacks for Kids” fundraiser along with co-worker Michelle Mondor, child services worker, Tammy Ouellet, fundraiser organizer, Betty-Anne Johnson, primary executive of Child and Family Services, and Jamie Beasant, sales manager at Sunset Country Ford.

Reading windup

A number of young readers enjoyed a meal at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday afternoon as part of the “TD Summer Reading Windup Party.” The event was for kids aged three-12 who took part in a reading challenge that started at the end of June. Those who read 15 books or more were awarded passes to the movie theatre in International Falls as well as a back-to-school supplies package.

Anderson crowned fair queen

Caitlin Anderson achieved a lot more at this year’s Emo Fair queen competition than she expected.

The 15-year-old, who was crowned the 2015 winner last Thursday, said she never dreamed of capturing the crown.

She added her reason for entering the summer-long event purely was for the experience.

“This is so strange,” Anderson said moments after receiving the title.

Water level report draws crowd

The International Joint Commission, along with the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board, held its annual public meeting here last Tuesday to discuss water level initiatives.

Held at La Place Rendez-Vous, the meeting was an opportunity to report on last year’s high water levels here but also for area residents to offer their comments.

Fair royalty

2015 Emo Fair Queen Caitlin Anderson (second from right) was flanked by First Princess Kaitlynn Lougheed, left, Second Princess and Miss Congeniality Kassidy Strachan, and fellow contestant Alanna Gerula (right) following the annual crowning ceremony last Thursday evening at the Emo Arena.

First rider

Kaydence Canfield was all smiles as she stepped onto a school bus for the first time yesterday morning. She was one of the many youngsters who participated in the annual “First Riders” program organized by the Rainy River District School Board.