Friday night, the weather called for a touch of frost. By mid-afternoon, it was warm and comfortable. Saturday evening the mercury again dropped down to low single digits and Sunday morning you could smell the hint of fall in the air. The season is changing again.
They call these days the “dog days of summer.” It seems to happen to news rooms about the 15th of August and runs right through to the start of school. It seems that it is a time when everyone seems to be finishing off their holidays. There seems to be nothing pressing on people, and everyone is finding the excuse to grab the remains of summer.
It is a time when boards, committees, and elected officials choose not to have any meetings. It makes a reporter’s job that much more difficult. Fortunately for the Rainy River Record and the Fort Frances Times, there was lots happening across the Rainy River District in the past week.
The district celebrated the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s annual fall fair in Emo. There was the opening of the new Spruce Creek Golf Course at Morson and the Morson Bass International. It kept our staff busy. Friday and Saturday nights were big nights at the Emo Speedway.
Also this past weekend was the Atikokan Bass Derby.
Justin Holmes our sports reporter was also out covering the Art Bonot Memorial Slo-Pitch Tournament in Emo. On Sunday, the Special Olympics held their Torch Run in Fort Frances. Our staff at the Record and the Times were extremely busy.
This week already promises to be much quieter.
The paper this week is announcing the school openings for the high schools and elementary schools. Next week, the students of the high schools will begin on Tuesday picking up their time tables for the fall terms.
While football practice and tryouts will begin this week, soccer, slo-pitch and fastball are winding up their season with playoffs all in anticipation of being completed by Labour Day.
Students who have been home from university will begin heading back to school next week, and freshman college and university students will be making the trek off to new cities and dorms. Fall is in the air and with it a sense of excitement.
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