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Watten fish fry receives record-breaking support

The Watten Volunteer Fire Department's annual fish fry returned to Sunny Cove Camp on Friday to raise money for a good cause.

Number are up this year and better than ever before with roughly 540 people coming out to enjoy a fish dinner.

Roughly $7,000 was raised at the event and the proceeds will be used to cover the overhead expenses of the fire department.

Fry cook

Greg Beazley tossed some battered fish into a sizzling hot pot of fryer oil to feed the hungry crowd just outside of Sunny Cove Camp's Russel Hall last Friday .

New detachment

Local MPP Greg Rickford joined approximately 100 OPP members, town staff, councillors, and district residents in Council Chambers to announce the province's recent investment of $18-million to have a brand new 19,000 square foot detachment built by the water tower. The site drawing behind Rickford shows what the new facility is proposed to look like.

Fish fry fans

Sheri De Gagne, left, and Sue Drew enjoyed some freshly-fried fish at Sunny Cove Camp's Russel Hall last Friday in support of the Watten Fire Department. Those who attended enjoyed an “all you can eat” fish and chip dinner.

Thumbs up

Local MPP Greg Rickford held a big thumbs up with members of the OPP and town council inside the Civic Centre last Friday after making an announcement regarding the new $18-million OPP detachment that is being built on 200 McIrvine Road. The official construction start date is May 6, 2019. Be sure to check out this Wednesday's Times for more details.

Mini-royalty

Sloan Baird and Niels Reynolds were crowned the 2018 Emo Fair mini-queen and mini-king on Thursday evening upstairs at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre. Seven girls and two boys each answered a series of questions to win over the judges and become the mini-royalty for the next year.

Pulp toss

Vaughn Wilson (at left) mustered up all his power to send a log flying through the air during the pulpwood toss event of the annual loggers' competition Friday morning at the Emo Fair. Jason Caul, meanwhile took his best shot at the bull's-eye during the axe-throwing portion before carefully cutting out his wooden chair for the chair carve event.

More entries at fair

Numbers were up all around for entries into the Exhibition Hall at this year's Emo Fair—and the judges couldn't be happier.

“Everything looks good,” judge Sylvia Goodheart smiled.

“It's nice to see so many people exhibiting and taking part.”

The increased participation helps to create a stronger sense of community in the district, Goodheart added.