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— Photo Sam Odrowski

Fort High graduate Byron Stewart accepted his diploma from school principal Bill Daley during the annual convocation ceremony Thursday evening at the Ice For Kids Arena. Stewart graduated with a “DELF Certificate,” which is awarded by the French Ministry of Education to students who demonstrate French-language speaking abilities.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

The action was fierce as Fort Frances Youth Soccer officially wound up its season Saturday morning at the St. Francis Sports Fields. Teams in each division played a game and then were able to enjoy hotdogs, freezies, and refreshments afterwards with family and friends.

Construction on the overpass started yesterday and already was causing long waits as traffic is reduced to one lane. Pylons were laid out and vehicles diverted by midday, with temporary traffic lights installed to assist in the flow of traffic. As of 3 p.m., eastbound traffic was backed up to just past Second Street while westbound traffic was lined up to about School Road. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

— Photo Duane Hicks

A display of masks made by local individuals who recently participated in the Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario (BISNO) “Unmasking Brain Injury" initiative now can be seen at the Fort Frances Public Library. The idea behind the initiative is that there's a story behind every mask—and behind behind every mask there's a person who has been touched by a brain injury. Displayed along with each of the four masks is a short story from local brain injury survivors. June is "Brain Injury Awareness Month.”

— Photo Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers held a press conference yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena boardroom to announce the first wave of local player signings in Nick Hahkala, Colton Bodnar, Cole Allan, Noah Loveday, and James Gushulak. Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan also announced a trade for Brett Hahkala from the Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL).

Coun. Wendy Brunetta is the first person to file their nomination papers to run in the Oct. 22 municipal election in Fort Frances.

Coun. Brunetta, who is wrapping up her first term as councillor, filed her nomination just before noon on Thursday.

Nominations close at 2 p.m. on July 27.

For up-to-date information on the municipal election, visit

Local groups and organizations this evening will receive shares of the $65,000 the Town of Fort Frances was granted by the Moffat Family Fund this year.

A call for applications was put out in this spring and clubs, groups, and organizations that help children, families, and the “less advantaged” had until March 22 to apply.

A total of 17 applications came in this year, of which 15 were successful.