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Training brains

Educator and professional speaker Brian Thwaits spoke to teachers about getting the most out of your brain by keeping it healthy and active at the Rainy River District School Board’s Summer Institute 2006 at the Townshend Theatre here yesterday. He also gave tips on improving memory.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Royal runway

Reigning Emo Fair queen Kayla Lauzon was flanked by Mini-Queen Taylor Croswell and Mini-King Dawson Azevedo as they walked the runway last night during the fair queen fashion show upstairs in the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre. This year’s four contestants—Brittany Galusha, Ashley Jewett, Samantha Loveday, and Alyssa Vanderaa—were judged on the three outfits they modelled.

Hot pursuit

Pharmasave’s Jeremy Wilson, right, and Tony and Adam’s player Paul Saviol raced for the ball yesterday during the men’s final of the annual “Ball Blast” tournament here. Pharmasave emerged as the champs courtesy of a 2-0 win.

—Alex Cruickshank photo

Smart moves

Kelly Gooselin, left, eight, and her brother Quintin, six, played a game of chess yesterday afternoon as friend Taylor Clinker, nine, looked on at the Check Mate Chess Club at the Fort Frances Public Library. Next Thursday, the library will host the third-annual FFPL Chess Tournament with John Rutherford, “The Chess Guy,” of Thunder Bay. Kids are asked to pre-register.

‘Dora Day’

Kids and their caregivers enjoyed an afternoon of games and adventure yesterday during “Dora the Explorer Day” at the Fort Frances Public Library. The children followed clues and used a map that took them both inside and outside the library.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Beautiful sight

The town’s Parks and Recreation crews did a beautiful job again this year planting flowers in Fort Frances Cemetery. The flowers continue to bloom despite the dry summer as crews water them regularly. The warm, dry weather is expected to continue this week, though there is a 40 percent chance of light rain tonight.

—Melanie Béchard photo

The bears are back in town

This busy bruin was spotted at the town dump on Saturday morning. Heading into bear season, town officials are asking residents to take extra precautions to guard against nusance bears. Some of these precautions include waiting until the morning of pick-up to put out garbage and reclycling as well as picking ripe fruit and vegetables before they begin to ferment.

—Staff photo

A mighty hit

Joel Depaolis hit a single during the final game of softball regular season action this past Thursday. Depaolis is shortstop for the North Air Benchwarmers.—Alex Cruickshank photo

Equestrian skills

Kaija Le Cocq of Murillo, Ontario showed off her skills in the Junior Hunter Under Saddle class on Friday at the annual Borderland Quarter Horse Show held at the Emo fair grounds over the weekend. Le Cocq took first place, while local Karen Davis of Devlin came in second.

—Heather Ogilvie photo