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Welcome curlers


Where did the year go?

Back in January, 2005, when Fort Frances was hosting the Northwestern Ontario ladies’ curling championship, the news came out that our town had landed the right to stage the provincial showdown from Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2006.

At the time, that seemed so far away. But in what’s literally been a blink of the eye (especially to the organizing committee, no doubt), the big event is now well underway—with the champion set to be crowned Saturday night.

Those who worked to get such a prestigious event in Fort Frances deserve kudos, as does everyone else involved in organizing such a mammoth undertaking over the past 12 months.

On the ice, meanwhile, the action is starting to heat up. While two rinks—Janet McGhee and defending champ Jenn Hanna—are the clear front-runners at the mid-point of the round-robin, four others are fighting for the final two playoff berths with four draws to go and a fifth is still in the running.

All in all, fans are sure to be treated to some excellent curling the rest of this week.

To the organizers and volunteers, congratulations for producing what’s been, by all accounts, a first-class event so far. And to our visitors, welcome to Fort Frances and good curling. Enjoy our renowned northern hospitality—and please come back for a visit again soon.

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