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Stephanie Hagenaars

Modern pow-wow keeps tradition alive

The “pow-wow trail” has been a very popular summer event for many people—and for a very long time.

Almost every weekend, from the beginning of June until the end of August, a pow-wow can be found within the district, with colourful and intricate regalia, drummers that instantly catch your attention, and very generous feasts.

But what is a pow-wow and why are they held?

Sheared alpacas

Two alpacas got a fancy hair cut on Saturday after Garrick Reimer travelled through the district to shear some animals for local farmers. These alpacas (named “Evan" and "Esther”) look dramatically different after their shaven wool filled up a couple of burlap sacks.

Licking spoon

Many visitors at the annual “Strawberry Social” on Thursday afternoon enjoyed the sun while snacking on delicious strawberry shortcake. But it was a little too hot for Teagan McKinnon, four, who escaped the heat by crawling underneath a table on the La Verendrye Hospital grounds to enjoy her tasty dessert.

Logue named top senior

Beth Logue was presented with the Township of Alberton's annual “Senior of the Year” award at the town's municipal office last Wednesday evening.

The award was presented by Reeve Michael Hammond after he delivered a short speech in front of a few of Logue's family members, as well as other township residents, at the start of the Alberton council meeting.

Penner crowd

The new Rainy Lake Square was packed Thursday evening for beloved children's entertainer Fred Penner. Fans of all ages filled the square with lawn chairs and balloons to enjoy old classics and new tunes, such as “The Cat Came Back," "Sandwhiches," and "I Hear the Music.” After the show, many stayed to wait in line for a moment with Penner for autographs and pictures, or just to chat.

Mock crash

Pumper and pick-up trucks from the Fort Frances Fire/Rescue Service were parked just southwest of the Fort Frances Airport tarmac last Thursday morning for an emergency exercise simulating a plane crash. The exercise helped to illustrate a real situation in which the distance to travel to an emergency site, and a lack of water supply in rural areas here, can be a problem.

Alzheimers walkers

A group launched into a 5K walk along La Verendrye Parkway to Point Park on Saturday as part of the annual “Walk for Alzheimer's” held by the Kenora-Rainy River Distrcits Alzheimer Society. At the same time, another group set out in the other direction to take on a 2K route.

Hanging flowers

Brian White from the Fort France Power Corp. was hanging flower baskets along King's Highway here this morning as part of “Project Petunia.” The baskets, sponsored by individuals, businesses, and community groups, are hung to beautify Fort Frances during the summer months.