District trappers host informative workshop

Dave Ogilvie

The Rainy River District Trappers Council hosted an informative workshop on Saturday at Donald Young School in Emo.
The session, which began at 9 a.m., included skinning demonstrations by Don Hyatt (marten) and Rob Brandrick (wolf), followed by a demonstration on finishing a timber wolf by Dwaine Brown.
Then at 11 a.m., there were other presentations on skinning techniques of beaver, otter, and bobcat.
Lunch was available to participants and visitors alike.
The afternoon sessions began with reports from representatives of North American Fur Auctions (NAFA), the Ontario Fur Managers Federation (OFMF), and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The day concluded with a fur grading competition, along with some closing remarks from Dave Bewick and Brian Love.
The over-riding theme of the day was the promotion of our heritage and our future through sustainable, professional, and humane fur management practices.
According to the OFMF’s website, its mission is to:
•promote the conservation and sustainability of fur bearers and the eco-system;
•promote the general welfare of the trappers of Ontario;
•promote the humane harvest of fur bearers on a continual basis;
•promote and participate in the continuing education of fur harvesters;
•promote and participate in public education and awareness; and
•represent the trappers of Ontario in any and all resource management issues.
By all accounts, everyone had a great day learning, sharing, and gaining a greater knowledge of the fur industry.
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The Emo Public Library will be holding an official opening of its new accessible addition on Friday, April 20 at 1 p.m. in conjunction with “Spring Fever Days.”
A representative from the Trillium Foundation will be on hand for the grand-opening, as well as local dignitaries.
Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to attend.
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Everyone is invited to attend one of three free lessons on pole walking, which will take place at the Rejuvenate Fitness Centre in Emo on Friday, April 20 at 1 p.m. and again Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The benefits of pole walking include getting an upper body workout, improved balance and stability, and enjoying the outdoors.
For more information, call Siobhan Booth (482-2211) or Gaydonna Baker (482-3271).
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A bake sale will be held this Saturday (March 31) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Bargain! Shop in Fort Frances, with proceeds going to the local Easter Seals campaign.
If you’re on Scott Street on Saturday, stop, pick up some goodies, and support Easter Seals!