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Curb our thirst

According to the town’s new strategic plan, which was approved by council Monday night, a decision on whether to implement water meters in homes here is to be made by December, 2010.

It’s sure to be a contentious issue, with residents lining up on both sides of the debate, but really the decision is a no-brainer.

New homes were our playgrounds

I grew up on the 800 block of Third Street in the east end of Fort Frances. I think our home was the third or fourth built on the street, though several followed that same year.

As a youngster, I was able to watch the construction of all the other homes that were built along the block. Once in school, the ending of the school year announced a new construction season.

Stan Dolyny, whose shop was located at the corner of Second Street and Frenette Avenue, was hired to build many of the homes. He also built several on speculation.

Enjoy the simple things

Last Wednesday in a routine visit with my doctor, I confessed that I should lose some weight.

He heartily agreed, saying he should have that advice written on his forehead for many of his patients.

Knowing one of my downfalls is dark chocolate, I said, “I have to give up dark chocolate.”

He countered, “Don’t do that!” and cited research that proves the health benefits of that delectable treat.

‘Rattling’ calls in big bucks

In recent years, as whitetail deer populations continue to grow across Northwestern Ontario, various methods of hunting have become popular.

Sitting in tree stands or ground blinds, overlooking high percentage travel areas, is likely the best way to take a big buck—the goal of many hunters.

Add to this method of sitting and being patient some sounds to emulate deer, especially bucks fighting, and you could bag the biggest deer of your life this season.

Another early end to football season

By Mitch Calvert

After starting the season with two wins in their first four games, the Muskie football team fell off the rails, losing their final four games—culminating with a decisive 38-5 setback in their quarter-final match to Garden City on Friday.

Oh, what could have been.

Physically speaking, this year’s edition of the Muskies had strong, talented players at key positions that, in theory, should have been able to compete with anybody in the Kas Vidruk Division. But something wasn’t quite right.

Paper Birch is the tree of the north

Paper Birch is the famous white tree of the boreal forest.

Often called the White Birch or Canoe Birch, it is the tree which the natives used for their canoes, fabled in song and story.

They also made baskets out of the bark, and cups and pails. Some also used the bark to cover wigwams in the winter.

There is not just one variety, but several. The one we would be familiar with grows from Manitoba to Newfoundland and Labrador. Other varieties grow in the far west and the far north, too.

Hunt camps, secret, and headaches

It was a quiet weekend followed by a slow news week here in Drizzle Creek.

It had taken most of the previous week to recover from the Thanksgiving celebrations, which included a week of cleaning up leftovers. That meant there was not a lot of extra blood to send to the brain as the stomach had first call on all reserves.

Then by the weekend, a major segment of the male population had loaded up and headed for moose camp. This left the Bakery devoid of surplus bread and some of the best liars . . . er, conversationalists the town has to offer.

Wet summer poses problems for horses

By Gary Sliworsky, Ag rep, Emo

The following is the latest “Horse News and Views,” which is prepared by Dr. Bob Wright, Animal Health and Welfare, OMAFRA, in co-operation with the staff and researchers of the University of Guelph.

The monthly column highlights research topics, extension resources, reminders of common poisonings, disease, or production concerns, and coming events, and is placed at