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I would like to introduce myself, Vince Sheppard, as a candidate for mayor of the Municipality of Emo.

I am a long-time resident of Emo, moving here in 1966 from Parry Sound, Ont. when I was 16. I attended Fort Frances High School, graduating in 1968.

Cash calendar winners

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for Sept. 23-29 were Dean Cameron (Coniston, Ont.), Lenora Gustafson (Stratton), Bill Galusha (Fort Frances), Henry Caouette (Atikokan), Chelsea Miller (Pinewood), Ron Cameron (Atikokan), and Mary Nault (Atikokan).


My name is Harrold Boven and I have lived in Emo for more than 30 years. I have worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Forest fire management for more than 37 years.

Currently, I am a coach driver for New Gold.

As a councillor, I hope to build on my vision where everyone would want to take up residence, start a business, and raise a family in Emo.

Voter kits in the mail

Local electors have begun receiving voter information letters in the mail but they'll have to wait until at least Oct. 15 to actually vote.

“If you haven't received yours yet, there's potentially more being mailed,” Fort Frances clerk and returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times


If voted in as a councillor of Emo, I plan on making the township, its bylaws, and its employees accountable to the taxpayer.

I will push for the creation of strict job descriptions and minimum requirements be met for our town employees. I will influence decisions made by council to make economical, attainable, and well-informed decisions aimed at future growth.

20th pumpkin festival lauded by organizers

The 20th-annual Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival came to Hannam Park on Saturday for a day of fun contests, games, shopping, and prizes.

The cold weather may have kept some folks at home but the event still saw a great level of support, with about 150 people coming through the park.

“It was very successful," said festival president Valerie Leininger. "Cold but successful.”