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Bass champs

Karl Howells of Fort Frances, left, and Dale LaBelle of Devlin hoisted the International Falls Bass Championship trophy on Saturday after winning the third-annual tournament. It was a steady climb to the top for the team, who placed third in 2005 and then second last year.

100 years of history

Operational manager Doug McTavish was busy cooking up burgers and hotdogs yesterday in preparation for the 100th anniversary celebration at the Fort Frances Jail. About 100 invited guests came out to the event.

Virtual destination: Winnipeg

Arlene Georgeson of Curves for Women lead a group of local residents in a series of exercises at Lions Park last week. The group is participating in a “virtual walk to Winnipeg”—a five-week program where the participants exercise in various ways so that by the program's end, they'll have exercised the equivalent distance as if they'd walked to Winnipeg. The program wraps up Sept. 1.

Young riders

These youngsters anxiously boarded a school bus this morning—some without their parents—to learn about riding the bus safely. The “First Rider Program” was held twice today at Robert Moore School to help the very young first-time school bus riders with any concerns they may have about riding the bus once school starts.

Talking education

Local early childhood educator Rae Ann Wood, left, and Fidelia Torres, coordinator for the Best Start program in Toronto, discussed options that could be explored for early childhood education.

Teaching teachers

Acclaimed writer Ruth Culham put on a presentation for local teachers during the annual Rainy River District School Board’s “Summer Institute” Tuesday at Fort Frances High School. The presentation, “Traits in Action,” was to be provide the educators with valuable writing assessment and skill-building knowledge. District students will be back to school Sept. 5.

Working through it

Cathy, left, and Tara Tovey enjoyed an afternoon in their yard playing fetch with canine pal, Sasha, on Monday. Through Tara’s struggles the pair have re-built a solid mother-daughter bond, as it’s now something they cherish dearly. Also seen here is the inspirational poem Tovey wrote to describe her disease.


I take the pill and scrape the coating off,

Reigning royalty

Chelsea Bragg, centre, was crowned the 2007 Fair Queen on Thursday during the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Fall Fair. Sairah Chabot, left, was named First Princess, while Raylene Smith took the title of Second Princess.

Nice catch

Liane Matus proudly held up the four pound smallmouth bass she caught yesterday afternoon on Rainy River with professional angler Jeff Gustafson. Matus and her mother, Cheryl, got to go fishing for the day with Gustafson after Cheryl outbid everyone on the trip during the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship silent auction last month.