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Treed bear

This cub was found up a tree in the yard of a Church Street residence yesterday. The OPP and bylaw enforcement officers immobilzed the young bear and relocated it without incident. This is the 59th bear reported here so far this summer. —Submitted photo

Warm wishes

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Ken Boshcoff and his local constituency officer, Wanda Botsford, held up a banner signed by district residents at the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s annual fall fair in Emo earlier this month. The banner offers best wishes to Canadian Forces, and will be sent to a base overseas for the soldiers and peacekeepers.

First day

Talyia Wilcott shared a moment with her Grade 1 teacher, Marilyn Stinson, this morning on the first day of school. The two had a look at a new book while waiting for the bell to ring. Students across the district headed back to class today but take heart, kids—you’ve got a long weekend coming up already.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Learning experience

Isabella Ward, four, made sure to use the handrails as she descended from the school bus during the “First Rider” program at Robert Moore School on Thursday. She said she learned to stay seated while riding the bus. —Melanie Béchard photo

Hold ’em high

Karl Howells held up one of the five fish he and partner Dale LaBelle caught for all to see at the final weigh-in of the International Falls Bass Championship on Saturday. They finished in second place with a two-day total weight of 28.57 pounds.

—Alex Cruickshank photo

End of summer

André Emond, foreground, and Jimmy Mack spent their last day of summer vacation fishing off the dock in Emo yesterday. Both boys entered Grade 7 at Donald Young School there this morning.

—Heather Ogilvie photo

Getting ready

Junior and senior kindergarten teachers Cathy Richards, left, and Charlene Gustafson prepared their classroom yesterday at Crossroads School in Devlin. The classroom underwent a transformation as it was the Grade 8 room last year.

—Heather Ogilvie photo

36Hot topic

CEP 92 recording secretary Alllan T. Bedard was just one of the local union representatives who stressed to council last night the need to stall Abitibi’s application to start a separate hydroelectric company here.

—Duane Hicks photo

Making music

The “Make Shift” band of Kim Basaraba, left, John Dobransky, Randy Ball, and Geoff MacEachern (hidden) entertained the crowd yesterday at the eighth-annual Mud Lake City Music Fest. More than 650 people braved the hot sun to check out district talent, as well as enjoy refreshments and take in the sights at Mud Lake City, which is located on Boxalder Road south of Devlin.

Library magic

Grandpa Magic made an appearance yesterday at Lion’s park as part of the Library summer reading wind up picnic. He invited members of the audience to come up and put his hands in chains and tie his legs together and he then escaped. After the magic show, children who participated in the reading program received awards.