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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.

Long putt

Greg Ward admired his long putt during the final round of the Heron Landing Men’s Open on Sunday. Ward finished second with a two-day score of 152, while Dave Bruyere took the title with a 149.

Flapjack stack

Marie Grennier and her husband, Buzz, dug into some delicious pancakes Saturday morning at the annual free pancake breakfast hosted by NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton.

New mural in town

Artist Burton Penner of Vermilion Bay put the finishing touches on his mural that was installed Friday on Scott Street. The mural, which is placed on the outside wall of Nirvana within the museum courtyard depicts Rainy River as the original “Great Canadian Main Street” for the traders, settlers, and aboriginal people in the days where canoes were the main source of transportation.

Back to school

Grade 11 student Jaycey Ewald was one of many students picking up their time table for the new school year yesterday at Fort Frances High School. District students are back in class next Wednesday (Sept. 3).