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A shame to see

Word that this year's “Relay for Life,” set to go this Saturday afternoon at the new Rainy Lake Square, likely will be the last one held here is sad but not all that surprising.

Make your mark

After a relatively short “official” campaign, Ontarians head to the polls tomorrow to elect a new government. Will you be among them?

Turnout for provincial elections has been dismal of late. It was just 52.8 percent in 2007 before sinking to a record-low 48.2 percent in 2011. It then crept up slightly to 51.3 percent in the last election held in June, 2014.

Worthy of support

Whether vying to be named the “Ultimate Fishing Town" or "Hockeyville," trying to land the "Kraft Celebration Tour," or supporting a local group like the "I am Awesome (And I Know it!)” girls' self-esteem retreat, district residents have answered the call when asked to back an online voting campaign.

Be ambassadors

A small but vocal group stood by the border crossing here for about a half-hour or so on Friday morning to deliver a very important message: welcome tourists.

Promising potential

It was late in being completed, and cost more than initially estimated, but downtown Fort Frances officially will unveil its newest addition tomorrow.

The grand-opening of the Rainy Lake Square will be a day-long affair, starting with the first “Rainy Lake Market” starting at 9 a.m.

Be informed

The campaign for the June 7 provincial election kicked off officially today but the race to woo voters has been underway for months by all the parties.

Most welcomed

All eyes certainly are focused on the upcoming provincial election, with the campaign expected to get underway officially in the coming days leading up to the June 7 vote.

Staying 'strong'

Barely two weeks after a horrific bus crash on a highway in northern Saskatchewan claimed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos Junior 'A' hockey team, Canadians are in mourning again after a lunatic in a van mowed down innocent pedestrians walking along Yonge Street in Toronto on a beautiful Monday afternoon.

Take your bows

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts will put the wraps on its 78th year this Friday with the final performances in the Piano Division. The annual “Highlights Concert,” featuring the best of the best, then will follow on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre, at which time the various awards—including the prestigious Rose Bowls—are presented.