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Why is McGuinty absent?

Going back to school is a stressful time for parents and kids. It’s a time of new challenges and new relationships, excitement, and some jitters.

Parents have a lot on their minds, getting their kids back into a routine and buying back-to-school supplies. Kids are worried about who they’ll sit next to at lunch at a new school or if they’re wearing the right outfit.

Lame ducks

In U.S. politics, the term “lame duck” refers to a president nearing the end of his second term in the Oval Office because he is unable, under the Constitution, to seek a third one. In other words, he’s merely a caretaker until the new president, whether from his party or the other, is sworn in.

What are your secrets of a good life?

By Marie Snider

Somehow, I have never been very interested in who the millionaires and billionaires of the world are, so I had never heard the name of Warren Buffett until about 15 years ago when our son lived in Omaha.

Then Conrad told us about this very rich man who drove an older model car, lived in a three-bedroom house he bought when he first got married, and ate luncheon meat sandwiches for lunch.

I pictured Buffet as a miserly eccentric. Was I wrong!

Getting bass fishing insight from a pro

Could you imagine winning $40,000 for finishing in third place in a bass tournament you are fishing by yourself?

Well, that’s just what pro angler Jim Moynagh did this past weekend at an FLW Series event on Lake Champlain in New York state.

Many of you know who Moynagh is because he, along with partner Joe Thrun, consistently show up at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship and whup everybody. They have won the event four times—a record only a couple of anglers have a chance at equalling in the near future.

Health is everything

By Mitch Calvert

I took my health for granted, assuming it would always be there—and only now realize how fragile life really is.

A recent parasite infection has knocked me down for the count over the past three-plus weeks, and I’ve just now started to turn the corner.

When my health was good, my mind equally seemed so much more clear and focused.

The difference was so dramatic, in so many ways, that you literally had to witness the transformation to understand what I’m talking about.

Second-annual harvest dinner all ready to go

Rainy River District’s second-annual harvest dinner will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Devlin Hall. Todd Moxham of CATER 2 U, a locally-owned cooking and catering company, will be this year’s chef.

The main entrée will be none other than the 4-H grand champion market steer raised by Kerry Hyatt. The beef not used for the meal will be auctioned off by Telford Advent.

And then there were none

Let me begin with a big round of applause to a certain 17-year-old, the possibilities for whom have only just begun.

Proud of you? Nothing this talented writer can come up could convey how my rewarded heart pounds for you.

However, I doubt you will empathize with anything I’m writing about in the next few paragraphs and most likely (if I know anything), you won’t even read this column until 15 years from now, when stuff your mother did back then seems cool to you now.

That’s okay. It’s a mom-thing.

Ag innovation award program seeks nominees

New innovations and ideas developed on the farm are contributing to local economies, boosting the agri-food industry, and offering more choices for the consumer.

In 2006, the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence was established to recognize and foster innovation in the agri-food industry.

The five-year, $2.5-million program (now in its third year) encourages the development of prosperity in Ontario’s rural communities and on farms by recognizing innovations that add value to existing products, create jobs, and drive economic growth.

In the sauce once again

One of the wondrous things about this season is the bountiful harvest and all the good things you can make to eat (in case you didn’t know, eating is about my most favourite thing—right next to lying).

My wife, the “Pearl of the Orient,” has been trying to discourage this habit (the eating, that is—she’s reluctantly accepted the lying). But things came to a head when I showed up with the latest haul: 30-plus gallons of crab apples.