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4-Hers gear up for fair

It’s fair time and the Rainy River District 4-H Association is mobilizing its ranks for the big event.

Shirley Morrish, 4-H secretary, said both club members and leaders were on the fairground this week giving the 4-H exhibit hall and food booth a bit of a facelift.

“We’ve had really good help with the volunteers and leaders,” she said.

Hay yields good despite dryness

Despite dry conditions, district farmers seem to be putting up average or slightly better than normal hay yields this summer.

Gary Sliworsky, district representative for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said those who have been re-seeding and fertilizing their fields the past few years have been doing well this summer.

Restricted fire zone in effect

The Ministry of Natural Resources declared the Rainy River District, along with a large portion of Northwestern Ontario, a restricted fire zone (RFZ) as of 8 a.m. today.

“The RFZ means that all open fires are restricted,” MNR information officer Peter Wilkins explained this morning. “We do allow the use of gas and propane-powered stoves but even then, people should be cautious.”

Cattle kills up in Alberton

The fact that some district livestock fall prey to wolves each summer isn’t out of the ordinary.

But when those numbers start to climb, as they have in Alberton Township, farmers should be keep an eye out, advised Peter Spuzak, the township’s livestock valuer.

He has the job of identifying wolf-related kills reported from farmers within his township.

Cyclists overnight in Emo

Words cannot describe the splendid facilities and location of Lion’s Park to accommodate tourists for overnight camping. It is a beautiful spot, admitted Alison Longmore and Paula Steele from Victoria, B.C., as they took up a camping site. To have showering available is unbelieveable, admired the ladies.

Town asking Watten for 9-1-1 money

A group of Watten residents is scrambling to collect dollars from property owners there to pay off the $3,252 bill the unincorporated township owes for the enhanced 9-1-1 emergency service.

But the problem is the group has no way to make people pay—and the bill, which was due in January, is accumulating service charges as each month goes by.

Farmers tour west-end fields

It was a chance for farmers and those just interested in agriculture to share ideas and innovations during Monday’s crop tour staged by the local Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

It kicked off three miles north of Barwick in a field owned by Lyle Wheatley. About dozen people were on hand there although the numbers fluctuated a bit from stop to stop.