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Boil-water advisory lifted in Atikokan

Atikokan residents can now safely drink their water again after the Northwestern Helath Unit lifted the boil-water advisory there this morning.

The water had been declared “unsafe” Friday after a sample taken last Wednesday showed unacceptable levels of the E. coli bacteria, Bill Limerick, environmental health team leader with the health unit, said this morning.

Rain helps reduce forest fire hazard

The forest fire situation has cooled down, at least temporarily, following Monday night’s downpour here.

“It’s pretty hard to tell how widespread [the rainfall] was but except for the Quetico park area, the hazard is down to ‘moderate,’” Arlan Hahkala, sector response officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources here, said Tuesday morning.

Hannam Park beach re-opened

The Northwestern Health Unit declared Hannam Park beach in Rainy River safe for swimmers today, after it was declared unsafe due to high levels of bacteria two weeks ago.

“We just got the results back now and they’re all good,” public health inspector Brian Norris said this morning.

The moths are back!

The forest tents caterpillars have returned—but in a form more unsightly than destructive.

Small tan moths are appearing in increasing numbers these days as more and more emerge from their cocoons, and right on schedule. The moths were first noticeable in large numbers here during the first week of July last year.

Barwick hosting Canada Day bash

Barwick is celebrating Canada Day a day early, getting a head-start on the festivities with a parade and baseball tournaments this Saturday (June 30).

“We have a parade and it’s on Saturday, and we’ve got baseball. There’s slo-pitch and fastball,” noted Barwick clerk Doris Dyson.

Couchiching golf course put on hold

Construction of the golf course at Couchiching is on hold pending overall environmental concerns and paperwork for a bridge which will span Frog Creek there.

“We have been on site,” said Earl Jessop, a habitat biologist with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. “The course is actually on hold although they had done a lot of work.