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Barwick man gets shock of his life

Hit by lightning Wednesday, gall bladder out on Monday. So far, the month of July has been an exciting one for Cliff Hagen of Barwick.

Hagen, who builds log homes, was at a work site around 4 p.m. on July 5 when a thunderstorm moved in. He decided to shut down early and was covering up his skidder when he got the shock of his life.

Hospital phone fund established

Imagine being in the hospital and not able to talk to loved ones over the telephone.

Well, that’s exactly the case at the year-old acute care wing at the new Rainy River Health Centre.

Two weeks ago, the family of the late Pearl Desjardine appealed to the community to help establish a fund to have phone service placed in three acute care rooms.

Swarms of moths take over!

After about a month-long respite, the forest tent caterpillars that plagued the district in May and June are back—sort of.

Actually, they now can be seen as tiny tan brown moths clinging to almost every street light and building in town as more and more of them emerge from their cocoons this week.

Public school board honours 16 retirees

The Rainy River District School Board marked a first in its history Saturday by bringing together all its staff, including the various unions, for an employee appreciation dinner at the Red Dog Inn.

“With an organization that has such a rich history, it’s important to recognize its members every chance you get,” said Education Director Warren Hoshizaki.

Couchiching First Nation will receive more than $1 million as its share of the revenue generated by Casino Rama in Orillia.

High school teachers will be in for hard times come fall, the president of the local Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation warned after the provincial government passed the controversial Bill 74 last week.

“I really fear for the future,” said Andrew Hallikas.

Youngster tearing up go-kart track

Kyle Guba, the son of Jay and Elaine Guba, is still learning the skills of racing as a rookie with the Sudbury Kart Club but organizers expect him to be an expert by season’s end.

In his first race June 4 when the club hosted the Northern Ontario championships, the 10-year-old won the second heat to qualify for the final, where he took third place.

RRHS to stay open

Despite a loss of up 30 students over the past several years, and with an estimated six more gone next year, rumours that Rainy River High School may close are not true, the director of education for the local public school board said. Education director Warren Hoshizaki.