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Dear Mike:

The Dance Fire Memorial committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our unveiling on Friday, Oct. 10. It was gratifying to see so many people come out in support of our efforts to provide a lasting memorial to the 17 people who died in the Thanksgiving Day fire of 1938.

Unfortunately, we’ve already experienced a setback.

Answers demanded

Dear editor:

The following is the presentation I made on Nov. 4 regarding the Rainy River District School Board’s financial polices and procedures prior to, and subsequent, to the incident reported at Fort Frances High School:

Yes he did

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream—and last night it finally came true.

Forty years after Dr. King’s assassination, 40 years after the race riots that threatened to tear the nation apart, a black man stood before a throng of 250,000 cheering and crying people in Chicago to deliver his victory speech after being elected the 44th president of the United States.

Remember our fallen on Nov. 11

Next Tuesday marks Remembrance Day in Canada.

The First World War ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We use that time and date to recognize our veterans who have carried our flag to nations around the world in the name of peace and humanitarian aid.

Historically, we first recognized our First World War veterans, then our Second World War veterans, and later the veterans from the Korean War.

Take 99 steps to arrive healthy, happy at 100

By Marie Snider

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be an old woman some day. Maybe it’s because I admired my grandmother so much—spunky, always laughing, with peppermint drops in her apron.

Once when I gave her a five-pound box of chocolates with money I earned myself, she advised me that I should be more frugal. That probably was the reason she was able to loan money to her children when they needed it.

Search on for best young farmers

Here’s your chance to recognize someone with the title of the 2009 Ontario Outstanding Young Farmer.

This award will be presented at the regional conference to be held next March 9-11 in London, Ont.

The Outstanding Young Farmer Program is seeking people who contribute to the community, who seek new opportunities, and who generally are assets to Ontario’s agri-food industry.

Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple for the award. The eligibility requirements are simply:

•must be between the ages of 18 and 39;

•must operate a farm; and

You, me and the family tree

It’s Sunday afternoon and in a fit of some kind, I’ve eaten way too many jelly beans.

Awaiting the sore tummy, I shrug off the fact that my teeth are now impacted with gobs of sugar. I shrug because despite the challenge for my toothpick, eating jelly beans always makes me feel good.

And when I feel good, then anything is possible.

I sit staring into my laptop screen—ears on the voice of Enya and the violins of Itzhak Perlman. I toggle between my OneNote chicken-scratch column and e-mail messages from my husband.

Smoke gets in your eyes

It’s that time of year. With a bite in the air, it’s time to fire up the wood stove.

Since I’m headed south shortly, and am well-known for my lack of ambition, I’ll forego that pleasure. Haven’t split a single block of wood since I left the farm. Even in moose camp, I leave that chore to the more experienced—like Pickle.

Anyway, Schoolbus Jack wandered into the Bakery in Drizzle Creek the other morning, pulled up a chair to the debating table, and immediately started complaining about the weather.

Have fun with a trail camera

Much like underwater cameras when they became available to the public about 10 years ago, trail (or game) cameras were slow to become popular with the everyday sportsman.

When underwater cameras first came out, they were expensive and only the most avid anglers had them. But over the years, cheaper—and better—versions came along and now they are common in the boats of tournament and weekend anglers alike.

Hockey moms decided election?

By Mitch Calvert, Staff writer

Who says politics and hockey don’t mix?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you would know that U.S. Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin—a self-described hockey mom—has been making regular references to the aforementioned “hockey mom” phrase, looking for an emotional appeal to that voting demographic of the American public.