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Wet start

It was a wet start for anglers competing in the annual “Castin’ for Cash” fishing tournament on Lake Despair this morning. The two-day event wraps up tomorrow, with the final weigh-in starting at 3:30 p.m.

Casting off

“Getting Hooked” fishing show anglers Aaron Shirley, front, and Barry Pringle casted off the boat launch at the Noden Causeway before departing for a day of filming on Rainy Lake Monday.

Happy trails

Sheldon Kelly was all smiles as he trotted around on a horse during the Town of Fort Frances’ summer day camp at Joyce Young’s farm in Devlin yesterday. A group of nine children went up to the farm and participated in relay races while riding the horses.

Splash Party

Rylee Redford was part of the small but enthusiastic group of parents and children who attended the Emo Spray Park committee's Canada Day “Splash Party” at the Lions Park there. The goal for next year is to make July 1, 2009 the grand opening of the new spray park.

Reading program

Michaela Putzer rolled the die and moved her piece forward on the board game to complete her 13th book report in the “Laugh out Loud @ the Library Reading Program.” The program will run from June 30-Aug. 22 and children ages 3 and up can sign up now for for a chance to read books and win prizes.

The trick’s on you

Peter Mennie, the “Abra Kid Abra Magician,” disguised his assistants with floppy hats in an attempt to obscure their identities from the audience while he mixed up their standing order. The audience was on to his trickery though as they could still identify the assistants—but they were shocked when the magic unfolded.

Bursary winner

Alice Ivall, North One Regional Director for Community Living Ontario, presented local graduate Veryan Erwin with the Anne Stafford “Light Up the Future” 2008 bursary. Erwin will be continuing his post secondary education at Confederation College in Thunder Bay this fall.

Puttin’ for charity

Lawrence Carter came up a bit short during the putting contest on the grass at Kitchen Creek Golf Course while sporting some extra grass on top of his head Saturday during the second-annual RBC Financial Group Charity Golf Classic. The fundraising total for the event was not available prior to press time.

‘Knight’s Tale’ party

Seven-year-old twins Alina, left, and Brianna Eldridge enjoyed the “Knight’s Tale” party held yesterday at the public library. Kids participated in colouring, jousting, crafts, and were even knighted. Keeping with the medieval fantasy theme, kids also enjoyed eating Jell-O “dragon guts.”

Reliving history

Several of the teams from the 2008 David Thompson Brigade allowed the youngsters in Emo to sit in the canoes following their arrival there on Thursday. The voyageurs showed the children how to handle the paddles and how to shift positions from side to side in the canoe.