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Fair royalty

Ashlee Nordstrom, sponsored by M.L. Judson, was crowned Emo Fair Queen for 2008 yesterday evening upstairs at the arena. Lauren Davis (Harold McQuaker Ent.), left, was chosen asa 1st Princess while Dana Drennan (Emo Dental Clinic) was named 2nd Princess. Miss Congeniality was Janel Barker (Tim Hortons).

Soccer Fun

Due to a forfeit in both the men’s and women’s adult soccer consolation matches yesterday, members of “Curves” (in purple) went up against members of “Al’s” and some of the officiating crew in a just-for-fun scrimmage. The Borderland Soccer League’s finals go tonight at the St. Francis Sportsfields beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Precarious Perch

Crews hung high in the sky early this morning as they gave the water tower a fresh coat of paint. If weather permits, the painting should be completed by the end of next week, although the tower itself isn’t expected to be operational again until the last week of August.

‘Butt’ clean-up

A small group of youths braved the elements yesterday afternoon to show their support for smoke-free parks and beaches here—a local Youth Action Alliance initiative. They picked up cigarette butts along the riverfront walkway as part of a Regional Day of Action, which culminated with activities at Pither’s Point Park.

Closing feast

Jacqueline Daniels, left, a councillor of Long Plain First Nations, and Karen Innes, a councillor of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (both in Manitoba), enjoyed the fish feast that marked the closing of the National Indian Treaties 1-11 Gathering. It began last Tuesday (Aug.

Queen hopefuls

The five Emo Fair queen contestants posed for a group picture at the “Meet and Greet” held last week. The young ladies and the judges got to know each other while enjoying a barbecue and some cake before sitting down, individually, for their interviews. The contestants’ entertainment night is Thursday (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Emo arena.

Beach party

Krikit, left, Poncho, Faber, and Zubin serenaded the beach with an acoustic set dedicated to Nikki, Chris, and Callahan Wiedenhoeft on Friday after they won the contest by purchasing merchandise and entering the draw after the previous night’s “Faber Drive” concert at the Townshend Theatre.

Perfect drive

Kitchen Creek Classic winner Taylor Jorgenson admired his drive on the 12th hole during Sunday’s final round. He finished with an even-par total of 144 to win the annual two-day tournament by two strokes over defending champ “Snake” Krawchuk and Andrew Katrin.

Private concert

“Faber Drive” kept its word and played an exclusive acoustic set for Nikki, Chris, and Callahan Wiedenhoeft, along with their friends, on Friday evening after they won the draw which took place after Thursday night’s main concert at the Townshend Theatre. Everyone had a great time as they got to meet and hang out with the band, then crowd around for an intimate concert.

Mapping the area

At the Rainy Lake Conservancy’s annual general meeting yesterday at La Place Rendez-Vous here, Judy Hamel (left) and Gila Challis looked over a newly-produced map from the Heart of the Continent Partnership that marks out the numerous conservation areas in the border lakes region for both Northwestern Ontario and Minnesota.