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Bathing beauties

Ava States, left, and Tatum Martin enjoyed basking in the sun at the Lions Park in Emo on Thursday. Many district residents have taken advantage of the recent warm weather in the area. —Submitted photo

Fire ban

Joan Struch, left, and Giselle Oliver worked in the hot sun Monday, handing out fire safety information to tourists entering Canada here. As of midnight Monday night, the Ministry of Natural Resources has imposed a Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) across Northwestern Ontario because of the growing threat of wildfires resulting from a prolonged heat wave and dry weather.

Taking a dive

Brad and Alex McDonald enjoyed the afternoon yesterday by plunging off the dock into Sand Bay. The brothers were among many youngsters who were enjoying the weather out at Pither’s Point Park.

—Crystal Green photo

Teeing off

Mike Asplund put everything he had into his drive last Wednesday at the Kitchen Creek Senior Men’s Open. The veteran golfer was one of 102 participants who braved the extreme heat to compete in the annual event. Dennis “Poncho” Krantz from International Falls was the overall winner with a gross score of 73. —Alex Cruickshank photo

Disco fever

Dane Blais, right, and Shawn Brady, both eight, worked hard to create a groovy disco ball at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday afternoon. They were made from styrofoam balls and pieces of old CDs. The boys were taking part in “Mixed-up Mondays,” part of the library’s weekly summer programs. Every Monday afternoon through August, there is a different activity happening.

Swing for it

Ryan Verrier took a swing at the pitch on Saturday during the Kingsley Downs Memorial slo-pitch tournament in Devlin. Verrier was playing for the Downs team, which enters the tournament every year in memory of Kingsley, a longtime fastball umpire who was killed in a car accident after a tournament a few years ago.

Celtic culture

Bruce Lidkea, director of the Fort Frances School of Celtic Arts, lead the piping students in their performance to open the Evening of Scottish Music and Dance last night at the Townshend Theatre. The evening included several piping performances as well as traditional Highland dancing. The third-annual Fort Frances School of Celtic Arts has been running all week at Confederation College.

Long drive

Greg Tighe hit a long drive yesterday during the Senior Men’s Open Tournament at Kitchen Creek Golf Course. Tighe was one of 102 golfers who braved the heat to participate in the event. International Falls’ Dennis “Poncho” Krantz shot the round of the day, a 73, to capture the title. —Alex Cruickshank photo

Winning catch

Jaret Horbatiuk, left, and Terry McClymont posed with their catch on Lake Despair this past Sunday during day two of the “Castin’ For Cash” live release bass tournament. The pair of anglers from Winnipeg won the $5,000 first place prize, courtesy of their two-day total weight of 24.86 pounds.

—Alex Cruickshank photo

Opening remarks

Bog trail committee member, Ilka Milne, offereda few words at the opening of the first phase of the Cranberry Peatlands Interpretive Trail, located about 12 km west of Fort Frances. It was officially opened to the public by the Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists on Thursday evening. —Heather Ogilvie photos