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— Photo Duane Hicks

Summer student Averi King washed down the docks at the Sorting Gap Marina yesterday afternoon—just one of the duties to get it prepped to open tomorrow morning. The marina hours will be Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and then 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

Tom Duchnicki, left, president of the board for Columbus Place here, local MP Don Rusnak, and April Szpara, property manager of Columbus Place, gathered in the new kitchen, along with building residents, to celebrate its newly-renovated kitchen. The renovation was made possible through a grant from the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Despite the chilly morning, Charleen Mallory of Charlee's Naturally Northern had her handmade soaps on display today at the Rainy Lake Square. Local entrepreneurs set up shop for the first offical “Market Thursday" of the season there. There also were beaded works of jewellery, wine jellies, produce, and handmade bags for sale. The grand opening of the Rainy Lake Square took place at 12:30 p.m., with Entyrely Mac set to take the stage tonight from 6-8 p.m. for the first of the "Rainy Lake Series” of concerts.

Katherine Williams, the conductor and creator of the Borderland Community Orchestra, directed the group during a rehearsal last Tuesday evening at Donald Young School in Emo. This year's spring concert, entitled “Fairy Tales and Magical Stories," will feature songs such as "Highlights from Wicked" and "Pirates of the Caribbean.”

— Photo Sam Odrowski

Jacob Erickson and Mika Kooistra were the two Rose Bowl winners from this year's Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts, which were presented during the annual “Highlights” concert last Tuesday night at the Townshend Theatre. Erickson was awarded for his performance of Etude, Op. 1, No. 9 by F. Liszt on the piano while Kooistra was awarded for her violin performance of Czardas by Vittorio Monti.

The Northwest Region saw 10 new forest fires by yesterday afternoon.

Lightning strikes in the vicinity of Umfreville Lake, located in Kenora District near the Manitoba border, were responsible for nine of the new fires.

Kenora Fires #33 and #34 both were classified as “being held" at last report while seven more small lightning starts in the Kenora District were classed as "not under control.”

The local riverfront attractions will be open for business just in time for the May long weekend.

The Sorting Gap Marina, where people can go to buy ice cream, pop, chips, water, ice, and gas for their boat, opens tomorrow.

Its hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and then 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

As well, the “Hallett” and lookout tower along the La Verendrye Parkway also open for the season tomorrow.