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Lucky winner

Fire safety specialist Wayne Riches, left, and Canadian Tire owner Paul Sunstrum congratulated Kole Pitkanen, 12, as winner of the local “Fire Prevention Week” draw, who earned himself a new bike and helmet from Canadian Tire. The two other draw winners were Jenna Bailey, three, and Riley Booth, six, who each got fire safety packs. “Fire Prevention Week” ran Oct. 5-11.

Pink fingernails

A “Girls’ Night In” was held at Curves for Women here last night to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Manicures were offered by Celeste’s Hair Salon for a donation, which combined with all other proceeds to go to the Rainy River District Breast Health Network. Nails were done in the cause’s signature colour of pink, then a breast cancer ribbon was painted on top.

Council bullets

A public meeting was held prior to Tuesday night’s regular council meeting regarding a zoning bylaw amendment for property at 1345 Emo Rd.

The proposed amendment is to rezone the land from “institutional” to “multi-residential,” as Dave Petsnick wants to build a three-unit dwelling there.

Calendar winners

It was a Happy Thanksgiving for Daniel Rodrigues of Kapuskasing, who won the $500 up for grabs that day in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association’s weekly cash calendar draw.

OPP probing man’s death

The OPP is continuing its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a Pikangikum First Nation man, identified as James Strang, 83, who was found deceased in his home last Friday morning.

Police continue to interview residents in an effort to determine who Strang had been in contact with in the hours prior to his death.

Tough day for all court teams

The Muskie senior and junior boys’ volleyball teams both fell to 0-5 in NorWOSSA play after losing in straight sets to the visiting Dryden Eagles on Tuesday.

Junior coach Duane Roen said his team came out flat in the first set but stayed with the Eagles the rest of the way, losing the best-of-five match by scores of 25-6, 25-16, and 25-18.


Shirley Bell, of Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., formerly of Emo, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 at the age of 73.

Shirley was born Aug. 13, 1935 to the late Ronald and Winnifred Ashwood and raised in Toronto, Ont. She settled in Wasaga Beach, Ont., where she raised her family. She moved to Emo, Ont in 1980, where she met her future husband, Nick Bell.

For more than 25 years, Shirley was the Emo crossing guard. Her fondness for gardening and attending the Saturday night Emo Legion dances also will be remembered by all.