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Help needed

The abrupt loss of the “Blue Box” service here last week, though well-publicized for several months prior to June 30, still clearly hit a nerve among Fort Frances residents.

On the plus side, that means more and more people are used to recycling—and have accepted programs like the “Blue Box” as one way all of us can help improve our environment.

Much-needed lift

You can’t blame district residents if they’re not in much of a party mood these days.

Countless residents, farmers, and businesses are still cleaning up from the flood damage caused by torrential rains two weeks ago—while those with lakefront property continue to watch helplessly as Rainy Lake rises relentlessly to near record levels.

Be responsible

It’s been said many times before, but deserves repeating: high school graduation is a time of great celebration—and anxiety.

There’s exhilaration over accomplishing a goal; to grab that well-earned diploma and yell, ‘Look out world, here I come!’ Then there’s the thrill of going off to college or university, of being on your own. Of taking that first big step to adulthood.

Coming together

The torrential rains of this week demonstrate how vulnerable communities can become to the wrath of Mother Nature. With rain measurements falling anywhere from almost six to 10 inches (150-250 mm), the best planning by highway and bridge engineers to anticipate water flows from rivers and creeks in some cases fell short.

Worth saving

How painfully ironic that news Fort St. Pierre and the Lookout Tower at Pither’s Point have been closed indefinitely due to their shoddy condition came the same week the Sunset Country Museums Network spring meeting here was told preserving museums and historic sites helps drive the economy.

Great addition

The inaugural Emo Walleye Classic, which runs May 31-June 1 on the Rainy River, is a welcomed addition to the fishing circuit around Northwestern Ontario.

Paying the price

The Opposition and many Canadians are in an uproar today over word most of our ground troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan by this summer—despite a request from the U.S. military that we stay on to help fight the war on terrorism there.

Take a bow

The backbone of any community is its people—and that was perfectly demonstrated here last week when Rainy River District hosted the World Health Organization’s conference on safe communities.

Pitiful picture

Granted, the vast majority of us are not experts on international trade and domestic subsidies, but surely everyone can see there’s something wrong with this picture.

Remarkable effort

Many of the programs have been featured previously in the newspaper, through stories and photographs, over the years. But when it came time to compile a special supplement in conjunction with the World Health Organization conference here next week, it was truly eye-opening to realize just how much effort is going into promoting safety in Rainy River District.