Johnna Ruocco, The Graphic

Johnna Ruocco was the editor of the Graphic and Herald Leader from October 2013 to July 2015. She took the helm of the newsroom in Portage after working as editor of The Whitecourt Star since June 2012. After graduating from the print stream of the journalism program at Humber College in Toronto, Ruocco worked at a photographic community newspaper and a financial services newspaper in the Greater Toronto Area before making the move out west.

Stories

Daniel, Angel, and Alex Marroquin put condiments on their free fries at the Portage Potato Festival Aug. 9. (Kevin Hirschfield/The Graphic/QMI AGENCY)

Volunteers needed for Potato Festival

The Portage Potato Festival committee is gearing up once again for the 12th annual event, and they are seeking volunteers to help the day run smoothly.

Santa stopped in Portage la Prairie to meet with those who came out to the Salvation Army's Christmas in July fundraiser at Scotiabank on July 25. (Johnna Ruocco/THE GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)

Christmas coming early to Portage la Prairie

Some people like to get started on their Christmas preparations early, but the Salvation Army of Portage la Prairie really likes to get a jump on things.

Carter Doherty, 5, and his cousin Ava Doherty-Sokolosky, 6, had fun picking strawberries with their moms on Tuesday at Mayfair Farms. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/The Graphic/QMI Agency)

Strawberry season off to a good start

Berry season in Portage la Prairie and area is off to a great start this year with the season kicking off around July 1 for most berry farms.

Past president Craig Bennet presents newly inducted president Shannon Moffat with her Rotary pin. The Rotary Club executive formally changed over at the club's meeting on June 30, 2015. (Johnna Ruocco/THE GRAPHIC/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

Moffat named new Rotary president

The Rotary Club of Portage la Prairie has a new president as Shannon Moffat took over the duty from outgoing president Craig Bennet at the club's meeting on June 30.

Rotary Club and Portage Plains United Way representatives after drawing the winners in the 2015 Home and Away Draw at the Canad Inns on June 30, 2015. The two organizations teamed up to put the draw on and raised more than $12,000, which will be split between the two groups. Sheldon Verspeek was the winner of the $2,500 gift certificate for Total Travel and Roger Jackson was the winner of the $5,000 gift certificate to RONA. (Johnna Ruocco/THE GRAPHIC/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

Home and Away draw winners announced

Rotary Club and Portage Plains United Way representatives after drawing the winners in the 2015 Home and Away Draw at the Canad Inns on June 30, 2015.

The deck at the Portage Golf Club clubhouse, the funds for which were donated by former Portage Golf Club President Randy Davison's estate. (Johnna Ruocco/THE GRAPHIC/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

Golf course keeping busy

After having a great start to the season with an early melt, the Portage Golf Club’s operations are in full swing.