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Smoking lungs

Suzanne Danky, Health Educator from the Health Unit visited Fort Frances High School on Wednesday to show students the effects of smoking on your lungs. The $400 lung comparison kit was donated to the high school and it shows students the difference between a healthy lung and the lung of a person who smokes heavily for 20 years. — Crystal Green photo

Big fish

Angler Jody Shypit displayed a huge walleye for the fans in the Emo - La Vallee Arena as part of the Emo Walleye Classic this past Saturday. Shypit’s fish weighed in at an impressive 6.30 pounds earning him $600 for the biggest fish caught on Day 2 of the competition. —Alex Cruickshank photo

Good on Gas

Brock Benjamen, Amanda MacDonald, Rob Gavel, and Mike Mckay were part of the eight person team from Fort Frances High school that took this car to the Supermileage competition in Minnesota on May 15 and 16. Their car ran at 430 miles per gallon which was good enough for them to place fourth out of 103 entries. —Crystal Green photo

Pitching in

The volunteer group assembled the new playground equipment at Emo Lions Park on Tuesday morning. The committee has been fundraising for several years and received a grant from the Ontario Trillium FOundation earlier this year to help with the cost.

—Tammy Kinnear photo

Alzheimers walk

The hot day on Sunday did not deter 18 people from showing up for the annual “Walk for Memories’. All together, the participants raised $1584.15 for the Alzheimer’s Society. — Crystal Green photo

Water break

Kim, left, and Sabrina Miller stopped to give their five-month-old puppy Buffy a drink of water during the “Purina Walk for Dog Guides” on Sunday. The local Lions and Leo clubs organized the event, which raised $650 to train guide dogs for the blind. The inaugural event had walkers go from Pither’s Point Park to the Sorting Gap Marina and back.

—Melanie Béchard photo

LHIN meeting

Jan Beazley, vice-chair of the North West Local Health Integration Network, listened as John Whitfield, NWLHIN board chair, talked about how the LHIN will operate once it begins to flow funding next year.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Reelin ’em in

Dave Oldakowski, Ham Lake, held the net as Sean Westman, Andover, unhooked a small fish this past Saturday during the fifth annual Emo Walleye Classic. Oldakowski and Westman were one of 60 teams competing in the two-day tournament on Rainy River. —Alex Cruickshank photo

Ready to launch

Anglers Tricia and Liz Bombay of Emo sat in their boat as it was launched onto the Rainy River this morning. The pair are among the 60 teams competing in the fifth-annual Emo Walleye Classic, which runs today and tomorrow. The final weigh-in starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Emo arena, with the top prize being $12,000. —Alex Cruickshank photo