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Meet and greet

Emo Fair 2012 contestants, top, going clockwise, Cassie Wells, Destiny Woolsey, Jillian Gustafson, Karly Caul, and Jenny Hammond posed for a photo at the “Meet and Greet” barbecue last night at the Emo Sportsfield. The girls visited with each other while waiting to be interviewed by the judges.

'Walk for Good Life’

The fourth-annual “Walk for Good Life” stopped at the Couchiching pow-wow grounds Wednesday afternoon about 160 km into their walk. They are walking from Eagle Lake First Nation and back in support of the “Good Life for Young Peoples” organization, which addresses issues of empowerment, creativity, and support for First Nations’ youth.

Japanese painting

“Tween Thursday” yesterday at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre saw Katelyn Bruyere, 11, and Evelyn Stanger, 10, paint Japanese cherry blossoms as part of the themed event, “Japanese Rock ’n Roll.” They later made origami and vegetable sushi to finish off the afternoon. The next “Tween Thursday” will be a “Mexican Fiesta” on Aug. 16.

Centennial speaker

A wine-and-cheese reception was held at the Fort Frances Museum yesterday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the international bridge linking Fort Frances and International Falls, as well as the centennial of Canada Customs here.

‘Good Life’ walk is still going strong

Now in its fourth year, the “Walk for Good Life” is still going strong.

Fifteen people, along with any others who may want to join in along the way, are walking from Eagle Lake First Nation and back—around the heart of Treaty #3—on a trip lasting from July 29-Aug. 4.

In total, they will cover 563 km, stopping in First Nations’ communities on the route.

BizKids camp ‘awesome’

After five successful years in Kenora, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout, the BizKids Camp made its inaugural appearance in Fort Frances last week to give children an opportunity to learn the skills needed to be successful in today’s economy.

Run by the Northwest Business Centre, the camp for children aged nine-12 teaches basic business and entrepreneurship skills in a week-long course.

‘Quest’ champ

Brittany Hayes sung “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn during “Quest for the Best” last Thursday night, then advanced to the final “Battle Round” against Larissa Desrosiers before winning the competition. She took home $500 for winning first place in the Round 2 and then the $1,000 grand prize.

Fresh veggies

Sarah Milling, left, and Simone Gerber showed off a sample of fresh local vegetables, including sweet corn, yesterday afternoon at Gerber’s Mini Mart in front of Canadian Tire here. Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the market is selling carrots, potatoes, and beans, as well as peaches and cherries from B.C.