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Alfalfa plot

Station manager Kim Jo Bliss, far right, showed the roughly 70 people on hand the performance trials in the fields at the Emo Agricultural Research Station during its annual open house Thursday evening. The trials test different varieties of plants, such as oats and alfalfa, to see which grows best in this area so farmers can make well-informed decisions on what they want to produce.

Creating menus

Julia McManaman, 10, foreground, and Alacea Yerxa, 11, worked on creating menus following a busy day of cooking at Confederation College’s annual “cooking camp” yesterday afternoon. The menus will be used later in the week when the youths invite their parents for lunch on Friday.

‘Quest’ winner

“Quest for the Best” rookie Mike McCaig not only won the $1,000 grand prize over Larissa Desrosiers, but also first place in the second set ($500) and People’s Choice in the second set ($100) during the annual singing competiton Friday night.

Gas line maintenance

Josh Swire, left, and Steve Halvorsen, summer students at EFC Gas Transmission Company, were preparing to rewrap weld joints they had exposed during a routine inspection of the gas lines behind St. Francis School alongside the railway tracks. The company will continue inspections and maintenance work throughout town for a few more weeks.

Group learns tips on healthy eating habits

Almost 50 people left the Sunset Country Métis Hall here last Wednesday evening with a better idea of how to live healthier following a presentation on healthy eating, food preparation, and resistance training.

The free workshop filled up quickly, with attendees enjoying samples of gluten-free banana bread, spinach salad, and other appetizers offered by chef Ryan Parisien’s crew.

Kraft Tour win

Boston Pizza was filled with cheers late Monday afternoon as SportsCentre announced the Fort Frances Curling Club’s bid had accumulated more votes than Dryden’s track bid, meaning the club will receive $25,000 towards its geothermal heating unit. As well, a live taping of SportsCentre, along with a community barbecue staged by Kraft, will be held here Sunday, Aug. 25.

Moment of truth

A few dozen people gathered at Boston Pizza late yesterday afternoon, anxiously awaiting the announcement on SportsCentre on whether the Fort Frances Curling Club had beat out Dryden in the annual “Kraft Celebration Tour,” erupted into cheers when their voting efforts were rewarded.

In the dough

Four-year-old Khloe Morrison worked away at making bannock yesterday morning at the United Native Friendship Centre’s “Circle of Life” building, along with a small group of other children participating in St. Michael’s school-aged program this summer. The children also were having Storytime, and making masks and dream catchers out of paper plates during their field trip.

Mural art

Julia Cawston, 13, worked on her community of skulls painting yesterday morning at the Little Beaver Cultural Centre, where Confederation College’s week-long “Art Camp” was being held. The camp for young teens saw them all paint pieces loosely following the theme “Unity in Community,” which were plastered at various locations around town today using wheat paste.

Sugar art

Raegan Woodgate, 12, left, Emma Cole, 12, Alina Eldridge, 12, and Gracie Petsnick, 10, showed off their sugar art creations in Fort High’s kitchen classroom last week. The youth, who were enrolled in a week-long “Cupcake Creations” course put on by Confederation College, were busy all week making cookies and cakes.