‘My Special Valentine’ winners named

The local Business Improvement Association named the winners of its first “My Special Valentine” contest last week.
Entrants—ranging from three-year-old Chad Westover and Grade 8 students at St. Francis School to seniors like Chris Lowe—submitted either poems, artwork, or simply Valentine messages of love to the BIA.
Judges Jen O’Reilly and Alan Dearing of B93-FM then made their decisions Friday afternoon.
The winner of the pre-school to age seven category was Anika Alexander, who submitted a Valentine for her mom, while Caitlin Fletcher topped the eight-12 category with the poem, “I Love My Hamster.”
Tanna Audette and Alyssa Vanderaa co-wrote a Valentine to win the 13-19 age category while “Mom” Bounds won the adult category with an ode to “My Three Sons.”
Ernie Cousineau won a special prize as the “Most Romantic Man In Borderland” for his poem, “Love At First Sight.”
Winners received gift baskets donated by local businesses, including Pharmasave, We ’R’ Entertainment, Howarth’s Home Centre, McTaggarts, La Flambée, Fort Floral, and Northwoods Gallery & Gifts.
Their poems and Valentines are displayed in the window of the BIA office (in the Rainy Lake Hotel).
BIA co-ordinator Marla Simpson said she would have liked to see more entrants, but admitted the contest should have been promoted earlier than the beginning of February.
Still, she noted the quality of the entries was high—and that it was very likely the contest would run again next year.