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Cameron Penney

Cameron joins the Fort Frances Times for as a Summer Reporter for 2016.

Crop trial

Kim Jo Bliss, left, the research technician at the Emo Agricultural Research Station chatted with Colin Romyn about the oat trials in progress at the station during the annual open house on Thursday evening. Nearly 50 people dropped by the station for a tour of the crops that are growing at the station.

Garden visit

Patsy Buttner, centre, visited with Stevie-Lee Kaemingh, left, the outreach personal support worker with Canadian Mental Health, and Carly Taggart, the summer student with the Canadian Mental Health Association during a garden party at Rainycrest on Thursday.

EARS open house

Kim Jo Bliss showed off some of the many crops growing this summer at the Emo Agricultural Research Station to those attending its annual open house yesterday evening. About 50 people were on hand for the event, which allowed visitors to see the production happening at the research station, as well as check out aerial views of the plots using a pair of drones.

‘Sprout’ meeting

Lindsay DuPré, left, the “Sprout Camp” co-ordinator from TalkingITGlobal, along with “Sprout Camper” Travis Isaac Yerxa, brainstormed social innovation and entrepreneurship ideas during the “Sprout Ideas Camp” held Tuesday morning at Fort Frances High School. Youth at the camp have been examining various challenges within society and mulling ways to solve them.

Girl again donates hair to cause

Local youngster Alexandra Malgo admits she loves her hair—but that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be difficult to part ways with it.

“I loved my hair a lot,” the nine-year-old remarked. “[But] it feels good [to have it all cut off].”

“It was sort of hard when she was cutting my ponytail off because I really love my hair,” she conceded.

Local teen operating crêpe cart this summer

Grade 11 student Ellie Petsnick wanted the opportunity to be her own boss—so she created her own business called “Ellie’s Crêpe Cart,” which has been roaming around Fort Frances all summer.

“My mom thought that I should start my own business because I didn’t want to work for anyone,” Petsnick recalled, adding her family likes to spontaneously plan trips.

'Quest' champ

Dr. Kimmie Ondo danced and sang her way to the grand prize during the annual “Quest for the Best” singing competition Friday night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. She earlier captured first place for the second set by amazing the judges with her cover of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.”