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Psychiatric survivor tackles road safety

“I don’t want to knock anybody—I want change.”

Wayne Lax of Kenora, after spending 25 years haunted by alcoholism, extensive drug therapy, and more than 80 shock treatments, is now taking a stand against impaired driving.

But it’s not specifically drinking and driving he has his sights on—Lax said patients taking prescription drugs also pose a potential hazard on the road.

Dance studio ready to Rumba

Are you ready to put on your dancing shoes and get into the swing of things?

No? Well, you still have some time to sign up.

The Fort Dance Studio is putting its best foot forward for a Sept. 13 launch. Although registration is slated Aug. 11 and 18 at La Place Rendez-Vous, more than 100 people already have signed up.

B.C. man retracing voyageur route

Paddling 240 km (150 miles) in a canoe is Bill Halliday’s idea of a summer holiday.

The Comox, B.C. native, 64, stopped here last Wednesday on his way across Canada via the old voyageur route from Grand Portage on Lake Superior to Methe Portage near Fort McMurray, Alta.

His journey is taking place one summer at a time, in a canoe made by Fletcher Canoes in Atikokan.

Local man adds classic motorcycle to collection

Just one more motorcycle.

That’s what Dale Dokuchie was thinking last Thursday when he acquired a second 1948 Harley Davidson 165 “Hummer” for his motorcycle collection.

Dokuchie already has several bikes at his Couchiching home, where he’s done the odd automotive repair over the years. “I’ve probably had 15 through the years—all Harley Davidson,” he noted.

‘Cedar’ top dog in retriever contest

Kevin Begin of here is one proud dog owner.

“Cedar,” his yellow Lab, earned a perfect score of 100 points in the advanced division to win top spot at the Four Paws Retriever Contest held in conjuction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.

She beat out “Cabela,” owned by Sherry Loveday, bumping last year’s champ into second place with 95 points overall.

Many Waters:

If you’re going to spend 160-plus days together in a canoe going across Canada, make sure you do it with someone you know really well.

It was a piece of advice from Carrie McGown, 23, and Martha Mortson, 24, a pair of recent graduates from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, who paddled into town Sunday night in their 17-foot Kevlar canoe en route to Saint John, N.B.