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Emo hospital wing dedicated to Dr. O’Sullivan

About 100 people turned out last Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of the newly-renovated Emo Health Centre.

For family and friends of the late Dr. John O’Sullivan, the dedication of the long-term care wing to him was the highlight of the ceremony.

Nurse Sylvia Hyatt gave a speech about Dr. O’Sullivan, recalling when he first came to Emo in January, 1964.

Emo celebrates Canada Day

If it wasn’t for the weather, Canada Day at Emo may have just drawn a capacity crowd.

In the early hours of Monday, it started to drizzle and it looked as if activities would be washed out. But around the noon, the weather had settled down to overcast and chilly.

Committee members decided to decorate Lions Park with balloons for the events that followed.

Boil-water advisory lifted in Atikokan

Atikokan residents can now safely drink their water again after the Northwestern Helath Unit lifted the boil-water advisory there this morning.

The water had been declared “unsafe” Friday after a sample taken last Wednesday showed unacceptable levels of the E. coli bacteria, Bill Limerick, environmental health team leader with the health unit, said this morning.

Rain helps reduce forest fire hazard

The forest fire situation has cooled down, at least temporarily, following Monday night’s downpour here.

“It’s pretty hard to tell how widespread [the rainfall] was but except for the Quetico park area, the hazard is down to ‘moderate,’” Arlan Hahkala, sector response officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources here, said Tuesday morning.

Hannam Park beach re-opened

The Northwestern Health Unit declared Hannam Park beach in Rainy River safe for swimmers today, after it was declared unsafe due to high levels of bacteria two weeks ago.

“We just got the results back now and they’re all good,” public health inspector Brian Norris said this morning.

The moths are back!

The forest tents caterpillars have returned—but in a form more unsightly than destructive.

Small tan moths are appearing in increasing numbers these days as more and more emerge from their cocoons, and right on schedule. The moths were first noticeable in large numbers here during the first week of July last year.