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— Photo Ken Kellar

Volunteer Jan Abbott, left, and Cooper Witherspoon fill up the back of a vehicle with empties for the bottle drive fundraiser that was held by the Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy on Saturday. The academy had a drop-off location in the parking lot of the Memorial Sports Centre, while others drove around town collecting more bottles. According to the group, $406 was raised as part of their efforts.

— Photo Ken Kellar

Alexis Latter, left, and Maddisyn Smith were all smiles while cuddling with an bunny during the Easter Market at the Copper River Inn on Saturday. The market offered kids a cuddle and photo session with the rabbit, while parents could check out dozens of vendors selling everything from Easter baking and flowers to direct sales products like Tupperware and scented wax.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

St. Francis students Matthew Strain, left, and Alexa Bagacki hammered nails into a crucifix during the school's interactive Stations of the Cross ceremony this morning. Participating in the Stations of the Cross around Easter time is a common Catholic tradition. There are 14 stations and each one depicts the successive events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. Images or carvings that depict the stations are often displayed inside of Christian churches and Catholics often cycle through the stations, praying at each one leading up to Easter.

— Photo Ken Kellar

Grade 5 students from Robert Moore, led by Mike Jones, sang “O Canada” in Anishinaabemowin as part of the Anishinaabemowin Drama Division of the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts at the Townshend Theatre this morning. Festival organizer Cynthia Donald said that while there have been individual performances in Anishinaabemowin in the past, it has been several years since it was a formal division of the festival.

— Photo Ken Kellar

Maya Davis read a selection from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee on Monday during the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts at Knox United Church. Davis was awarded First Place with Honours in her category for her performance. The annual festival is drawing to a close, with only two more days of adjudicated sessions remaining before the Highlights concert on April 30.

The owner of the former Alexander McKenzie School property requesting a partnership with the town to turn the property into residential building lots.

At this evening's regular meeting, council will receive a letter from Steve Both, who indicated that there is potential on this property for 10 new, serviced lots, which he said are badly needed in town.

OPSEU members in northwestern Ontario are hitting the road to fight for more autism and special services, and will be visiting all of Progressive Conservative MPP Greg Rickford's constituency offices throughout northwestern Ontario this week.

The group will be at Rickford's Fort Frances constituency office, located at 279 Scott St. tomorrow at 1 p.m.