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Award-winning business

Chamber first-president Christine Denby handed over the Customer Service Award-Business to an honoured Al McTaggart of Pinewood Sports & Marine during the 10th-annual Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce business awards gala Saturday night at La Place Rendez-Vous. —Duane Hicks photo

‘All aboard!’

Students, teachers, and parents from the JW Walker School community participated in the “Safe Crossing” program yesterday where they learned about safety around trains and railway tracks. Fort Frances was among only 10 communities in Canada chosen to deliver the program. CN Police Cst. Pete LeDrew had this train brought over so the students could see just how big they are up close.

Preventative measure

Public health nurse Tracey Rea administered a ’flu shot to Leonard Haver yesterday during an appointment-only influenza immunization clinic at the Northwestern Health Unit office here. The clinics will be running across the region until the end of December, with the first open public one coming up next Thursday (Nov. 3) at Robert Moore School from 3:30-7 p.m.

Long-distance runner

Brandon McGinnis, above, a Grade 6 student at Donald Young School in Emo, finished ninth among male participants at the 2005 Elementary School Cross-Country Run in Thunder Bay on Saturday. The run was attended by students from across Northwestern Ontario. —Submitted photo

Getting input

Kim Gardiman, children’s services manager for the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board, took note of the suggestions of those on hand last Thursday for the “Best Start” public consultation at Robert Moore School. Over 20 parents and child care workers attended. —Duane Hicks photo

Grand unveiling

Freeda Carmody, far left, Kathy Leek, Shirley Sheppard, Morley Reeve Gary Gamsby, Dr. Ingrid Krampetz, and Emo Reeve Russ Fortier were on hand for the unveiling of the new public library sign in Emo on Friday. The unveiling coincided with Ontario Public Library Week. —Tammy Kinnear photo

Fall walk

Maria Sanders, left, her husband Craig, Peter Fedoruk, foreground, and the Sanders’ daughters Abby and Maddie, were among the 20-plus people who went on the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club’s fall fitness hike Sunday at the Rocky Inlet trails. —Duane Hicks photo

A real character

Wendy Judson took the stage at the “Luncheon of Hope” on Saturday as Bridget O’Reilly, a fictional nurse from Ireland working at La Verendrye Hospital. Judson had the audience roaring with laughter with her Irish brogue and her story of a woman who overcomes breast cancer with the support of her family and friends.

—Melanie Béchard photo