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HANNAH-WHITE—Born to Jessica Wilson and James

Hannah-White, of Fort Frances, Ont., a girl, Amya Edan,

weighing 10 lbs. 13 oz. on September 9, 2008 at La

Verendrye General Hospital, Fort Frances, Ont.


WITHERSPOON—Born to Amanda Ward and Bill

Witherspoon, of Devlin, Ont., a boy, Racin Allan, weighing 5 lbs. 4 oz. on August 29, 2008 at La Verendrye General Hospital, Fort Frances, Ont.


WIRGAU—Born to Neal and Christine of Winnipeg, Man., a

girl, Emma Jayne, weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz., 20.25 inches long on June 25, 2008 at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Man. Proud grandparents are Emily Wirgau and Dale and Diane McGill. Great-grandmothers, June McGill and Bev Loreth


Mervyn Joseph Albert, 80, of Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.

Mervyn was born Oct. 16, 1927 in Trout Creek in the District of Parry Sound, Ont. to the late Peter and Hilda Albert. He moved to Emo, Ont. with his family in 1932, and spent many years there before moving to Fort Frances.

He had worked for the MTO in Emo for several years and was a member of the Manitou Masonic Lodge #631 in Emo.


Ruth Jane McClendon, 87, of Sioux Lookout, Ont. (formerly of Atikokan, Ont.) passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 at the Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout.

Ruth was born Feb. 9, 1921 in Chapple Township, Ont. to the late Thomas and Margaret Irvine. Ruth’s mother and father, subsistent farmers, had moved to Rainy River District from the Perth, Ont. area in the early 1900s.

At the age of 16, Ruth met Leon (Lee) McClendon and they married on June 1, 1941. Following the war, Ruth and Leon moved to Atikokan with their two sons.

Give us ice time

Dear editor:

I am writing today with a complaint about the lack of shinny hockey at the Memorial Arena.

I have been playing in the Fort Frances minor hockey program for eight years. Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy the game, and would like to be skating 24/7.

Great support

Dear editor:

Once again, the people of Fort Frances have thrown their support behind a project that can only improve our community.

With the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday, we are quite optimistic that the Fort Frances Public Library’s “Drive for 35” telephone blitz will reach its goal of raising the final $35,000 needed for the local share of the new library and tech centre.

See the possibilities in life changes

By Marie Snider

There was a time many years ago when we “knew what was what.”

For instance, when I grew up, there were 10 families living within a one-mile radius around our farm. Our parents were friends and we children went to school together and had the same teacher—Miss Peck—for all eight grades, and nobody ever moved.

My children, on the other hand, moved five times before the oldest was 11. One move was 1,800 miles. And they had a different teacher for each grade.

Tricky balance

We all know the legal drinking age in Ontario is 19. Everyone also knows, unless you have your head buried in the sand, that many teens consume alcohol on a regular basis.

It’s a situation that certainly isn’t new—nor is it one likely to change anytime soon.

Differing approaches to youth crime

I was in Victoria Park in downtown Regina last Friday when Liberal leader Stéphane Dion and the press entourage covering his campaign swept across the Prairies for a series of announcements.

I’ve only heard Dion speak through the radio or television, and was curious to see him live in person. For the cameras that would be recording his words, Dion’s makeup was perfect and his hair was well- groomed.