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Turnout lauded at advance polls

With the Oct. 14 federal election fast approaching, the turnout for the advance polls here was very good, the area’s assistant returning officer said this morning.

“Turnout was great,” enthused Ruby Douglas. “Numbers were great.”

Across Rainy River District, a total of 869 votes were cast in the advance polls that were held Oct. 3, 4, and 6.

‘Tree of Life’

Shoppers Drug Mart employee Heather DeGagné put another “leaf” on the ever-growing display for the “Tree of Life” campaign, which ends this Friday (Oct. 10). The campaign is a fundraiser where shoppers are asked to purchase a leaf ($1), maple leaf ($5), or apple ($50) to place on the large tree showcased on the store’s front window.

LYNDAWN JANE ‘DABBA’ ROSS

Lyndawn Jane “Dabba” Ross (nee Rahn), 66, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Oct 2, 2008.

She was born Aug. 12, 1942 (a wartime baby) in Truro, N.S. to Margaret and the late Jack Rahn, but moved to Barwick, Ont. when she was 10 days old and her Dad was off to join the war.

By the time the war ended, and her Dad returned, she was three years old. She grew up in the Barwick area surrounded by family and friends.

After graduating from Fort Frances High School, Lyndawn worked as a lab assistant at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Fire info

Local firefighter Rod Davis showed Megan Perreault, her son, Morgan, and daughter, Myla, some of the features of the Fort Frances Fire Department’s new pumper truck Saturday morning at Canadian Tire. Firefighters were there to promote Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 5-11.

Season to give

Capt. Angel Sandoval of the Salvation Army pointed out how empty the shelves were Friday afternoon at the Citadel’s food bank. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, local residents are being asked to help the less fortunate and donate non-perishable food items. In related news, the public is invited to drop by the Citadel (316 Victoria Ave.) this Friday (Oct. 10) between noon-1:30 p.m.