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Youth rangers helping environment

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

Hello again from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Stewardship Youth Rangers in Fort Frances.

So far we’ve been learning a great deal—and acquiring essential skills—that will benefit us in our future work and personal lives!

We learned how to identify invasive species that have impacted the local ecosystem and worked to remove purple loosestrife from Hughes Road in Devlin.

Look who is back

It’s vacation time and Rainy River is full of family members that haven’t been back for years. They clutter the tables at the Bakery and some even have the nerve to crowd their way into the debating table. No decorum whatsoever. But honestly it’s great to see so many coming back.

“Why Moose, I haven’t seen you since we raced the cops in from Sleeman in that souped up Olds,” enthused one old acquaintance as he slapped Moose heartily on the back knocking off his hat in the process.

Youth rangers support forestry

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

We, the Stewardship Youth Ranger (SYR) teams in Fort Frances, had a rewarding third week in our Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry summer employment program!

We started the week off at the Oak Grove near the mouth of Rainy River­—the most northerly oak ecosystem in North America!

We helped clean up the area while learning about this provincially-significant forest, which has red and white oak, rare black cherry trees, and many species of aspen.

Rules from a manly perspective

My in-box gets pretty cluttered with junk, but here is a real bit of gold I may try to live by . . . if the “Pearl” will let me.

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down. Finally, the guys’ side of the story. . . .

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We always hear “the rules” from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side (note these are all numbered “1”—on purpose):

1. Men are not mind readers (first and foremost rule).

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.

You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down.

SYR teams do training

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

Hello again from the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Stewardship Youth Ranger teams in Fort Frances!

We started our second week with training to ensure we stay safe while working out in the field.

We learned best practices to follow when encountering a black bear and adverse weather conditions.

We reviewed the items in our first aid kits and gear we will take on our overnight canoe trip later this summer.

Devlin slo-pitch tourney slated this weekend

By Robin McCormick Devlin correspondent

The annual Devlin slo-pitch tournament takes place this weekend (July 16-19).

Canteens will be open Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.

Come out and enjoy some good games and socializing.

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There will be a country jam this Friday July 17 at the Emo Legion.

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The Nevin Bonot Memorial Golf Tournament takes place July 25 at Kitchen Creek.

Ticks on the prowl

It’s an expression. Normally it means “perfect, very well, couldn’t be better” or some similar genre—even in Rainy River, where such expressions can have their own warped meaning.

The other morning, the Debating Table at the Bakery was as crowded as usual with an over-capacity crowd jostling for position as coffee refills were sloshed into waiting mugs and orders of well-buttered toast were slammed onto the table by a harried Cookie as she dealt with the usual onslaught.

Year ripe with challenges

2014 was a year ripe with challenges for our town and citizens.

It is encouraging that the year appears to be ending on a high note, with the decision to heat the kraft mill in the interests of asset protection and the production of a heart-warming video by the folks at Tim Hortons which showcases the enduring spirit of our community.

Our foothold within the forest industry was abruptly interrupted (and I stress interrupted, not ended) when, one week prior to the anniversary of 100 years of paper-making here, Resolute announced the closure of its mill facility.

Ho-Ho-Ho Holly Daze!

By Robin McCormick Devlin correspondent

“Holly Daze” is happening on Dec. 5-6 this Christmas season.

This two-day event in Emo is a kick-off to the holiday season.

There will be a parade Friday evening. Floats assemble at 5:30 p.m. at the Rec Centre; the parade starts at 6 p.m. and finishes at Donald Young School.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after the parade. Then, to top the event off, there will be fireworks.

Rangers end summer on high note

Submitted by the Stewardship Youth Rangers

Our last week as Stewardship Youth Rangers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry was filled with plenty of hard work and learning!

We went to MNRF’s Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services’ forward attack base at Vedette Lake, where fire management technician Randy Opaski spoke to us about fire operations and career opportunities.

We also received a full briefing on safety and procedures when taking flight in a helicopter!