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Stephanie Hagenaars

'Relay' might get second wind here

After a decline in participation over the years, it looked as though this year's “Relay for Life” would be the last one here.

But it seems the possibility of no longer holding the annual cancer fundraiser fired up a few teams—and brought forth new volunteers for next year's committee.

“A lot of people said, 'Well, that's terrible,'” noted lead organizer Monica Sus.

Head shaving

Jacqueline Csik was first in line to have her head shaved by Paula Jensen of Shear Serenity on Saturday during “Relay for Life” events at the Rainy Lake Square. She decided to have her head shaved to commemorate her 30th anniversary of surviving cancer while also remembering her friends and family who have passed away and supporting those still fighting the disease.

Rev. Miller gift

A come-and-go tea was held Saturday afternoon at Knox United Church here to say farewell to Rev. Barb Miller, who retired after serving 10 years with the church and 28 years in the district. A few members of the church presented Rev. Miller with parting words and gifts.

Hops growing

These hops are in their second year of growth after being planted last summer at the Emo Agricultural Research Station in a trial to see how the crop grows here. The crop can grow up to one foot per day and some can reach 25 feet in length full grown. A “pole yard" was constructed as these impressive sizes require space and a trellis system to support their vine-like structure.

Redgut fire truck

Trudy Jones, a volunteer firefighter for Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, was at the front of the line to receive hats and pins from fire chief Randy Moss, left, and Dave Cunliffe, chief of the Hamilton Fire Department, on Thursday morning in front of the band office.

Relay team

The Cancer Cougars, comprised of Cal, Carolyn, and Susie Stafford, Yulia Korunnaya, Parker Whalen, Max Hanson, Kristen Busch, Arlene Georgeson, Mike Magee, Paula Jackson, and Heather Gunderson, once again participated in this year's “Relay for Life," raising more than $10,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society through donations and a "penny table" that was set up at the Rainy Lake Square here Satu

Overpass work

Construction on the overpass started yesterday and already was causing long waits as traffic is reduced to one lane. Pylons were laid out and vehicles diverted by midday, with temporary traffic lights installed to assist in the flow of traffic. As of 3 p.m., eastbound traffic was backed up to just past Second Street while westbound traffic was lined up to about School Road.

Pow

Sheldon Kakaygeesick of Buffalo Point First Nations performed the Grass Dance at the Rainy River First Nations' annual pow-wow on Saturday. During the afternoon Grand Entry, Kakaygeesick brought in an eagle staff—a spiritual staff that represents a particular group or band—which he carried for his family. See story, more photos on page A5.

Penner concert

Lindsay Strickland, left, and Cara Coran were excited as they were chosen from the packed crowd—by Fred Penner himself—to join the fun on stage and sing an original favourite, “Sandwiches," at the new Rainy Lake Square on Thursday evening.