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In anticipation

#1 and #2 fans Rebecca Sokoliuk, left, and Jessica Kaun watched with rapt attention and anticipation as Mitch MacDonald hit the stage for the season finale of “Canadian Idol” last night during the party in the lounge at La Place Rendez-Vous. Although he placed second to Theo Tams, the pair, along with their friends, still are eager for a CD release from their favourite “Idol.”

Finding a hole

Matt DePiero looked to break through a wall of defenders during a special teams practice at Muskie Field last week. The black-and-gold lost their opener of the WHSFL season 30-21 to the Garden City Collegiate Fighting Gophers last Friday, but get back at it this Friday when they host the Kenora Broncos at 2 p.m.

Canine GPS

“Ride for Memories” participant Larry Morden of MacKenzie Island was taking no chances about not finding his way back home Saturday, bringing along his four-legged GPSs. “Blue,” the Golden lab, and “Rusty” (hiding on the floor) recently completed a round trip to the Yukon with their master.

Cattle sale

A good cattleman knows just where to stand to get the animal to go where he wants. The new all-steel penning worked very well at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday despite the rain making the alley-ways “rather soupy.” Canvas over the gates kept the animals from getting spooked by activity in front of them as they waited in the line to enter the sales ring.

Born to be wild

Ron Campbell and his dog, “Sweet Pea,” were dressed to match Saturday for the local Alzheimer Society’s sixth-annual “Ride for Memories.” And though Sweet Pea was a little shy of the camera at first, she was ready for her close-up in the end.

Birthday smiles

Ivy Russell looked beautiful as she celebrated her 105th birthday yesterday with family and friends in Hallett Hall at Rainycrest, complete with presents and cake. She is the oldest person residing in Rainycrest, but is still very vibrant and well.

And so it begins . . .

Local NDP candidate John Rafferty wasted little time pounding in a bright orange sign in front of Larry Wood’s home in the north end of Fort Frances after Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday morning called a federal election for Oct. 14. The other local candidates so far include incumbent Ken Boshcoff (Liberal), Richard Neumann (Conservative), and Russ Aegard (Green).

That time again

Gary Esselink of Devlin was among the many distict residents who gave the “gift of life” during the Canadian Blood Services’ spring donor clinic at Fort Frances High School this past April. Its fall clinic runs tomorrow (Sept. 10) from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and again Thursday from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.

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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.