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GIOVANNA COPENACE

It is with profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of our dear Giovanna Copenace on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Man.

Born on Dec. 19, 1981, Giovanna has fulfilled her time here on Mother Earth and she has been called home to return to the spirit world.

Our dear Giovanna will be greatly missed by her greatest joy, her son, Cameron; mother, Carol; and father, Noel (Darlene). Giovanna also leaves to mourn her siblings, Janine (Jamie), Kayla (Ron), Matthew, Shannon and Trisha (Jonathon), Brittney, Jasmine, and Skylar.

CHRISTINE MAY SMYTHE

Graveside services for Christine May Smythe, 85, of Norman were held Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 at noon at Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, Okla.

Mrs. Smythe passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

She was born May 17, 1923 to Roy Douglas and Jane Ann Gillon in Fort Frances, Ont., where she grew up. Christine served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.

She married her husband, Carl Lee Smythe, in 1946 and they were married for nearly 60 years.

GREGORY MELFORD ASPLUND

Gregory Asplund, 56, of R.R. #1, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008.

Greg was born May 17, 1952 in Fort Frances to Olga and Mel Asplund.

Greg’s passion for golf came early as he was fortunate to have a golf course across the road from his childhood home. He was an avid golfer who won many championships and travelled widely to play on courses all over the United States and Scotland.

GERALD (GERRY) OLSON

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Gerald (Gerry) Edward Olson, on Friday Oct. 3, 2008 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. at the age of 64.

Born July 5, 1944 in Emo, Ont., Gerry was a dedicated father and grandfather.

Prevent home fires

By Tyler J. Moffitt The Safety Advocate

As a volunteer firefighter, I wish I never had to respond to a fire. When fire strikes, it is accompanied by destruction of property and, far too often, can lead to serious injuries or death to people.

Seeing a neighbour from down the street dead was an ugly scene. Helping to carry a co-worker’s son out of a burning home was tragic. Entering a burning home and finding three people dead was heartbreaking, especially when two of the victims were children.

So many years of potential life lost!

Fall best time to plant spring flowering bulbs

By Melanie Mathieson The Gardening Guru

Although spring is many months away, this is the time of year that gardeners must think ahead to spring if they want to be rewarded with the first flowers of the season from bulbs that are planted in the fall.

Spring flowering bulbs consist of many species, such as tulips, hyacinths, snowdrops, daffodils, crocus, and even irises. These bulbs must endure a period of cold (winter season) while in the ground in order to activate their growth pattern when the soil warms.

Cattle producers doing their part to help cut greenhouse gases

By Gary Sliworsky Ag rep, Emo

Cattle producers make a valuable contribution to Canada’s economy and environment. Their good management practices maintain wildlife habitat and contribute to reducing greenhouse gases.

Canada’s cattle producers manage 167 million acres of native grasses for livestock and wildlife, comprising about a quarter of Canada’s total agricultural land.

Eavesdropping key to pre-election prediction

I took in the all-candidates’ meeting out in Hooterville the other night and it was predictable to say the least. Obama and McCain were at their best (whoops, sorry, wrong election).

The candidates visiting Drizzle Creek District were arrayed across the front like a bunch of convicted terrorists awaiting the firing squad. The assassins were scattered throughout the audience trying to get their jabs in at the victims they didn’t support while deflecting criticism from their own favourite.

Bombast and hyperbole were rampant. Even the candidates were slinging a bit of mud.

Common loon an icon of the north

The cry of the loon. That haunting call coming across the lake in the evening.

No sound represents Northern Ontario better.

The loon, however, is not confined to us here in the north. It breeds all across Canada, except in the really far north and the great plains of the Prairies.

It also breeds in parts of Europe, where it is called the Great Northern Diver. But about 80 percent of these loons nest in Canada.

Wherever it nests, it is always close to the water, usually in a small lake in the woods or in a bay of a larger lake.

October a great month to fish for crappies

I look forward to fall every year because now that the bass tournament season is over, I get to spend some time chasing other species around.

We’re blessed here in Sunset Country to have a world-class fishery for walleyes, crappies, pike, musky, lake trout, and, of course bass, not to mention some of the other less popular fish that inhabit our lakes.

October may provide some of the finest crappie fishing of the year and anglers can take advantage of high activity levels to put a few fish on the table.