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Swim meet

Aquanaut Krista Emond, 14, swam the fly portion of the mixed 200m IM at the Memorial Sports Centre on Friday afternoon during the “Groundhog Invitational.” The annual swim meet ran all weekend.

Blur of motion

Dr. Cam Moorhouse sped along the trails at Rocky Inlet on Saturday en route to his first-place finish in the adult 8.2-km skate division as the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club held its inaugural Rocky Cup cross-country ski races.

Lucky Winner

Canada Safeway manager Kevin Langford presented Patti Wilson with the diamond tennis bracelet she recently won in Canada Safeway's "Texas Hold 'Em game piece online at the company's website. She got the winning game piece after going through Maureen Bunnell's checkout.

Shrove Tuesday

Aiden Tullio and Maggie Gurski, Grade 3 students at St. Michael’s School here, enjoyed pancakes this morning for Shrove Tuesday. Students were served by members of the Northwest Catholic District School Board and eat in their classrooms. Also known as Mardi Gras, today is the last day before Lent.

Ready to race

Rachel Jean, left, along with Ellie Petsnick, Anne Jean, and Carolann Stone, got ready to compete in the “Jackrabbit" division at the first-annual "Rocky Cup” cross-country ski races Saturday, which were organized by the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club at its Rocky Inlet trails. An adult division also was held.

Winter warm-up

Dick and Carol Lyons chatted with Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Ken Boshcoff on Saturday afternoon during his annual “Winter Warm-Up” open house at the Little Beaver Snow Park lodge here. The event gave constituents a chance to bend Boshcoff’s ear, as well as sign a petition in support of his private member’s bill on “Canadian Content,” which will be debated in the House of Commons on Feb. 14.

Swim meet

Aquanaut Krista Emond, 14, swam the backstroke portion of the mixed 200-metre I.M. at the Memorial Sports Centre on Friday afternoon during the “Groundhog Invitational.” Swimmers from across Northwestern Ontario came here for the annual weekend meet, which wrapped up yesterday.

Can Can dancers

The Can Can Gals of Koochiching performed a high-energy number during the opening night of this year’s VALA Variety Show—“A Wacky River Cruise.” The show, which brought in more than $10,000, ran Friday and twice on Saturday at the Townshend Theatre here.

And the winner is . . .

Mayor Roy Avis drew the February “Trip of the Month” winner as Kiwanian Alan Zucchiatti looked on this morning at International Travel Services here. Alice Ossachuk of Fort Frances will be heading to New York City—a trip valued at $2,360. Next month’s trip is to the Mayan Riviera.

‘Sweetheart’ contest

Michelle Cain, a member of Beta Sigma Phi Alpha Upsilon, set up the “Sweetheat Baby Contest” at The Place Fine Foods here Saturday. People are encouraged to vote for their favourite “sweetheart” up until Feb. 10, with proceeds going towards the “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign for a new library here. The top three “sweethearts” will be announced in the Feb.