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Canine GPS

“Ride for Memories” participant Larry Morden of MacKenzie Island was taking no chances about not finding his way back home Saturday, bringing along his four-legged GPSs. “Blue,” the Golden lab, and “Rusty” (hiding on the floor) recently completed a round trip to the Yukon with their master.

Cattle sale

A good cattleman knows just where to stand to get the animal to go where he wants. The new all-steel penning worked very well at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday despite the rain making the alley-ways “rather soupy.” Canvas over the gates kept the animals from getting spooked by activity in front of them as they waited in the line to enter the sales ring.

That time again

Gary Esselink of Devlin was among the many distict residents who gave the “gift of life” during the Canadian Blood Services’ spring donor clinic at Fort Frances High School this past April. Its fall clinic runs tomorrow (Sept. 10) from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and again Thursday from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.

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MURRAY SCOTT FORRESTER

  It is with deep sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Scott Forrester on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Scott was born Jan. 5, 1975 to Barbara and Dave Forrester in Fort Frances, Ont.

Scott attended public school and high school in Fort Frances. He later attended Sault College in Sault Saint Marie and Confederation College in Thunder Bay, where he took mechanical engineering. This led him to a career he loved and excelled at.

IRENE (RUSSELL) MEADES

Irene (Russell) Meades, 90, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 with her daughter by her side. She is now whole in body and mind in the presence of her Saviour, Jesus Christ.

For the past several years, Irene resided at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

She was born Irene Hunt on April 6, 1918 in Winnipeg, Man. Her family moved to the Fort Frances area in the 1920s.

Cruising for a cause

Local participants in the Alzheimer Society’s sixth-annual “Ride for Memories” headed out Saturday morning from The Harbourage here. More than 140 motorcyclists from across the region met in Rainy River for lunch, then travelled to Dryden for supper while raising roughly $33,000 for the cause.

Dance Fire fundraiser

“Country Blend” performed to an appreciative audience at the Emo Legion on Friday evening. Money raised from the evening will go towards the construction of the Dance Fire Memorial, which will be located on Highway 613 in Dance at the original homestead of Frank LaBelle.

Installing sewers

A construction crew began digging this morning to install a storm sewer in the parking lot beside Pharmasave on Scott Street. The store intends to pave the area. Due to the tendency to flood, they are taking precautionary measures with the lot.

Defirilator donation

Darryl Skinner, Rosanne DeGagné, and Karen Kuitunen from the local Wal-Mart were at Fort Frances High School yesterday to present a cheque for $3,000 to students and staff members to go towards installing a second Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) at the school. The money was raised through the hard work of Wal-Mart’s local charity committee and Wal-Mart grants.

Back in action

The Sabres’ Riley Ferster got a shot off despite being tripped during the third period of his team’s tilt with the visiting Wisconsin Mustangs at Ice for Kids Arena last night. The Sabres broke the ice on their exhibition schedule with a lopsided 9-3 victory.