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Lions Park packed for centennial opening

Lions Park was teeming last Thursday afternoon as people from across the district—and beyond—turned out en masse to celebrate Emo’s centennial.

Reeve Brian Reid and the rest of Emo council were piped down to the waterfront by Fort Frances Highlander Dr. Bruce Lidkea, where council officially greeted their “pioneer family”—Tim and Lori Anne Shortreed.

B.C. woman biking to Ottawa to promote awareness for the disabled

B.C. resident Stephanie McClellan, who is travelling to the nation’s capital on a three-wheeled, hand-propelled bike as part of her mission to promote accessibility for the disabled, will stop in Fort Frances next week.

McClellan, 26, disabled six years ago by rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, began the trek—dubbed “On Wings Like Eagles”—in Vancouver on May 30.

Barron crowned FITS queen

“I’m so excited—this is amazing.”

Those were the words of Angela Barron shortly after being crowned Miss Fun in the Sun ’99 in front of a Canada Day crowd at La Place Rendez-Vous.

“I had no idea I could win,” she added. “We had so much to do we didn’t really think about winning.”

Belorussian children return

Six children from Belarus likely are anxious to get started on six weeks of fun after getting off a very long flight from their homeland and reuniting with their district host families yesterday in Winnipeg.

And just like last year, the group will get a warm welcome from the Rainy Lake Multicultural Association when members host a picnic this Saturday at Pither’s Point Park.

Feasibility study shows support for capital fundraiser

The task of raising $2 million could very well be in the cards for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care after it was announced at last night’s annual meeting that the district-wide feasibility study that was completed more than a month ago could point them in the right direction.

“The feasibility study came back with strong results,” Foundation chair Clare Brunetta said.

‘Summer Quest’ to sport full lineup

There seems to be no end to the number of talented folk in the area and next month’s inaugural “Summer Quest,” being held July 21 in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, has 20 contestants signed up to prove it.

“We have a lot of new faces this time around, which is nice to see,” organizer Dawn Booth enthused yesterday.

Pierroz wins talent night

Katie Pierroz got the Miss Fun in the Sun pageant off on the right foot by taking top honours in the talent portion Sunday night at Robert Moore School.

Dressed in a rainbow of colours, Pierroz, 17, pirouetted her way to the top of the judges’ scoresheets—something she was surprised to find out.