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2006 Images

Bluegrass blitz

Jaxon Haldane, a member of the popular Winnipeg-based band “D. Rangers,” played the banjo and belted out a tune Saturday night in the barn at the Cornell Farm in La Vallee. Often described as “mutant bluegrass” and “arm-swinging hillbilly-stomp,” the group kept the audience entertained for hours despite the chill in the air.

—Heather Ogilvie photo

Literacy camp

Students performed a skit for their peers at the boys’ literacy camp at Kiwanis Sunny Cove yesterday. The two-day camp provided Grade 5 boys from across the district with an opportunity to participate in literacy-based workshops lead by local volunteers.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Friendly visit

Mayoral candidate Roy Avis, left, chatted with Albert Weir and Bruce Caldwell during the seventh-annual “Fly-in Drive-in BBQ” on Saturday morning at the Fort Frances Airport. A record crowd of 400 people came out to the airport that day to have breakfast or lunch, check out the garage sale, and look at the eight planes that flew in from Thunder Bay and Winnipeg.

Snack time

Ethan Lengyel, left, and and Kaymen Brenna of the Fort Frances Day Care’s preschool class enjoyed a morning snack of cinnamon buns and milk there on Friday.

—Heather Ogilvie photo

Fire ban

Charmaine Herbert was passing out information pamphlets regarding the Restricted Fire Zone to people coming into the region at the border here this morning. The RFZ, which came into effect as of midnight and will remain so until further notice, covers all of Northwestern Ontario.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Three more . . .

Mandi Ogden performed some leg raises on new equipment at Energy Fitness Centre on Friday as staff member Kathy Lampi observed her form. Energy celebrated its grand re-opening that day after extensive renovations over the summer. The fitness centre also is now co-ed.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Receding river

Despite a few showers on Friday, stretches of rocks and grass have been uncovered along the banks of the Rainy River, as seen here from the Lions Park in Emo. The lack of rain in the area also has affected many of the farmers in the district.

—Heather Ogilvie photo

First assignment

Ben Olson, four, worked on his first assignment of the year at Sturgeon Creek School on Friday during an interview with JK/SK teacher Vicki Ogilvie. Across the district last week, young students met with their teachers and officially began classes yesterday.

—Heather Ogilvie photo

Community breakfast

Carol Livingston and her husband, Dan, enjoyed pancakes, sausages, and coffee Saturday morning during local MPP and NDP leader Howard Hampton’s pancake breakfast at the Sister Kennedy Centre. Nearly 300 people came out for the free breakfast, which has become a Labour Day weekend tradition here. —Duane Hicks photo