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'Strawberry Social' draw winners named

Draw winners from the recent “Strawberry Social” held by the Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary included Mamie Herdman of Fort Frances (wooden lawn chairs donated by Nestor Falls Hardware) and Shirley Brown of Nestor Falls (solar lights).

Shirley Wilson of Emo won the door prize.

The auxiliary members thank all who donated, attended, and worked at the event.

Lightning sparks fires

“Dry lightning” activity resulted in rapid fire starts in the vicinity of Kingfisher Lake First Nation in the far north as of yesterday afternoon.

Sioux Lookout Fire #31, located six km east of Kingfisher Lake First Nation, was listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares in size at last report.

Cash calendar winners

Glenn Boyda of Atikokan won the $500 up for grabs for Father's Day in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for June 17-23 were Lana Sherwood (Welland, Ont.), Simone Dejardins (Fort Frances), Jim Mills (Thunder Bay), Emily Esselink (Devlin), Rochelle Duchnicki (Fort Frances), Ron Cameron (Atikokan), and Ed Pearson (Sleeman).

School playgrounds funded

The Northwest Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the award of playground equipment improvement tenders at Sacred Heart School in Sioux Lookout and St. Patrick's School in Atikokan to Playgrounds-R-Us, funded with Ministry of Education School Condition Improvement and School Renewal funding.

Lightning sparks fires

On the hunt for new lightning-caused fires, OMNR detection aircraft had spotted five new blazes in the Northwest Region by late yesterday afternoon.

Forest fuels have proven receptive to at least a few of the roughly 44,000 lightning strikes to occur in the region over the past five days.

Sioux Lookout Fire #28 was spotted about 80 km southwest of Pickle Lake.