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Tourism troubles

Tourism in Canada appears to be in trouble. The sickness appears to be coming from a decline of American visitors to Canada. The number of US visitors appears to have been declining at a steady rate since 2001.

Lack of snow keeps trails closed

By Brian Russell WLS As of this writing (Jan. 19) NONE of the Wildlands Snowdusters snowmobile trails are open. Of note the River-Lake trail is staked from Stratton to Kreger Road. As of this time NO grooming has been done due to a total lack of snow - some trail reroutes are also pending culvert installations.

$5,000 donation made

The local branch of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary held their monthly meeting and Christmas party on December 13th, with president Verna Barsy presiding.
There were 23 members present. Business was dealt with and correspondence read. An election of officers for the coming year took place.

Forest W.I. News

Submitted by Laurel Desrosier The first meeting of the New Year was held at the home of Peggy Livingston on January ninth. There were ten members and one guest present. Carol Clifford read the minutes of the last meeting and they were approved as read.

Why is frost heave happening to my garden?

By Melanie Mathieson
Gardening Guru

Frost heave happens when a soil, such as a garden soil is subjected to on going freezing and thawing temperatures. The pressure created from alternating freezing and thawing lifts the soil and creates pockets within the soil. If this occurs repeatedly, soon the soil will heave upwards out of the ground sometimes taking plants with it. The result leaves humps of soil and possibly plants laying on the soil surface, with exposed roots. This obviously can cause further damage to both the plants and the soil.

Blatantly immoral

Submitted by
Ken Boshcoff M.P.

COMRIF was introduced by the Federal Liberal Government in 2004 to improve and renew public infrastructure in communities with populations of less than 250,000 by providing a three-year commitment of up to $298 million from the Federal Government. Last week, the Conservative Government announced the recipients of the final scheduled application process. In Thunder Bay-Rainy River, just two applications were approved totaling just over $703,000.

Come and join us Thursday


Editor's Note: The original copy sent to us said this event was taking place on Friday. In fact it is Thursday, Jan. 25th.

By Kendall Olson
Riverview Principal
Aaron Burnett will be the featured guest at the Families Learning Together Celebration at Riverview School on January 25, 2007. Mr. Burnett is a Juno Award nominee and an outstanding children’s entertainer. He will conduct an interactive workshop for children and will have them perform alongside him during the Celebration which takes place from 4:30 - 8:00 pm.

The “Fighting Northern” Pike

By Al Lowe

Esox lucius. The pike family of fishes is made up of various pikes, the muskelunge, and the true pickerels (not the Walleye, though). The Northern Pike is by far the best known of the pike family.

Congenital deffects can occur in cattlecan occur in cattle


By Gary Sliworsky
Ag. Rep.

Calving season is right around the corner. Following is part 1 of an article on congenital defects that can occur in cattle.
Congenital defects can cause abortion or be present at time of birth. They are uncommon but do occur in most breeds of cattle. Defects are abnormalities in skeleton, body form, and body functions. Abnormalities may result from genetic or environmental causes. When the environment is the cause, adjustments can reduce further economic losses. However, genetic (inherited) causes are much more complex and difficult to correct.

Warm winter memories

Sunday evening, my wife began planning the meals for the week. Perhaps her afternoon trip to the grocery store, and feeling the pinch of the cold outside air prompted her to plan a stew for Monday night.


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