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W.I. ribbon cutting

Richard McKinnon, representing local MPP Sarah Campbell, museum board chair Annie van Rozen, Ontario Trillium Foundation local Grant Review Team member Linda Hamilton, and Emo Mayor Vince Sheppard were on hand to cut the ribbon last Thursday to officially unveil the newly-renovated Rainy River District Women’s Institute Museum in Emo.

Hospital tea

Louis Decaire, left, Maurice LaForest, and Bud and Flora Danylchuk enjoyed their afternoon at the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary’s annual fall tea Saturday at the New Beginnings Fellowship Church here. The event also included a bake sale, penny table, cookie walk, and a celebrity cake raffle, as well as the auxiliary making a $25,000 donation to the hospital for new beds.

Making pickles

Isabelle Tanguay, left, Peyton Cousineau, Corban Galusha, and Nancy Leach were among the kids who had fun making pickles last week at the Fort Frances Day Care school-age program at Robert Moore School. The kids were taught how to make the pickles by Myndi Siemens, who runs the “home cooking” program every Monday from noon-2 p.m.

Damaged tree

The Town of Fort Frances is none too pleased that vandals has stripped the bark off this tree near the swimming dock on the waterfront. Not only is it bad for the tree, but it could cost the taxpayers. The cost to replace a new mature tree is around $2,500-$3,000.

Planting trees

Brett Hahkala and Chase McGuire, Grade 8 students at J.W. Walker School, planted trees on a clear-cut north of Devlin on Tuesday with members of the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club, which sponsored the event.

Getting input

Betty McLeod, left, and Robert Schulz of the Assisted Living Action Group (A.L.A.G.) made a presentation on the “Aging with Dignity” initiative Wednesday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

98 years young

Hilda Hoffman, who turned 98 years young on March 26, celebrated with her duplicate bridge friends at the Sister Kennedy Centre last Thursday evening. All enjoyed birthday cake and ice cream provided by her card partner, Walter Horban.

Warm welcome

Elvis DeBungee, left, welcomed Turtle Sounds, right, along with his partner, Lorraine Clements, to a potluck dinner and drumming at Rainy River First Nations on Tuesday. Turtle Sounds, who started at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, is walking and dancing his way to Ottawa for the “Idle No More” Global Day of Action scheduled for Jan. 28.

New trails

One of the new trails at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung (near Stratton) looked like a winter wonderland courtesy of Mother Nature. A “moonlight ski” is planned for tomorrow (Dec. 29) from 7-10 p.m. to mark the grand opening of the cross-country ski and snowshoe trail network there. Refreshments also will be served.

Safety first

Fort Frances Power Corp. line crew members conducted emergency rescue drills yesterday. FFPC crews practised pole top and bucket rescue techniques to rescue an injured powerline technician. The crews also performed bucket evacuation drills—a method of safely evacuating and descending from an inoperable bucket truck. Fort Frances Fire Dept.