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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

New Canadians

Thirty-nine new Canadian citizens joined together yesterday afternoon to sing “O Canada” after taking their Oath of Citizenship together at the Fort Frances Courthouse.The new citizens live around the district and originally were from 10 different countries.

—Crystal Green photo

International education

Grade 2 and 3 students at J.W. Walker School here watched students at Riverview School in Rainy River make a presentation via videoconference during “Megaconference Jr.” on Thursday. Students from 150 schools around the world, including some in Taiwan, Slovenia, Finland, and Spain, made presentations to each other about their homelands and their culture.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Burning up the track

Glen Strachan led Jake Kamm early in the first ‘A’ modified heat on Saturday evening at the Emo Speedway. Many racing fans braved the chilly weather to watch the opening races of the year. Both Strachan and Kamm failed to finish the 20-lap feature race later on.

Lots of food

The 36th-annual Manitou fish fry was held at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre on Friday. As always, it was a popular event with hundreds of people enjoying walleye and smoked sturgeon under a large tent. While there was no charge for dinner, donations were welcomed. —Heather Ogilvie photo

Ready to help

Madonna Ring, centre, officially opened the Service Canada Centre for Youth here on Friday afternoon with the help of local MP Ken Boshcoff, left, and Bill Liggins, representating local MPP Howard Hampton. Ring is the Summer Employment Officer for Fort Frances who will work all summer to link employers and students through her office.

—Crystal Green photo

Hot wheels

Stacey Gouliquer and Kenny Perry got a close look at this 1969 Chevy Camaro RS on Saturday morning during the International Early Iron Car Club and local Business Improvement Association’s annual “Scott Street Show ’n Shine.” More than 70 classic cars were parked on the 200 and 300 blocks of Scott Street, drawing a steady stream of automotive admirers.

—Duane Hicks photo