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Rickford announcement

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford spoke at the season opening of the Fort Frances Tourism Centre on Friday. Rickford announced the town will be receiving $1.4 million for reconstruction work on Colonization Road West, as well as $6,588 through the “Celebrate Ontario” program to support events at the Rainy Lake Square.

RRFN fish fry

A crowd of people waited for their turn to fill up a plate at Rainy River First Nations' 49th-annual Manitou fish fry at the RRFN pow-wow grounds on Friday afternoon. Volunteers worked all day to cook up about 500 pounds of walleye, as well as french fries, wild rice and smoked sturgeon for roughly 1,000 people.

Sedgwick playing

Double-bassist Margaret Sedgwick played along with the Borderland Community Orchestra during their Mother's Day concert Sunday at the Townshend Theatre. The concert was also held to celebrate the orchestra's 20th year in the district. Katherine Williams began the orchestra in 1999, and the group has grown from 14 musicians to counting dozens of past and present members within its ranks.

St. Francis Speech contest

Evan Strain, left, Gabi DeGagne and Emma Bruyere were the winners of the Intermediate Speech Contest at St. Francis School last Thursday. Strain came in first place with his speech about cancer, while DeGagne placed second, and Bruyere third with speeches on parental child abductions and anxiety, respectively.

Market square bread

Shirley Wickstrom, left, of Thunder Bay, took a look at the fresh bread on offer at Jodi Caul's table during the first Market Thursday of the season at the Rainy Lake Square this morning. The market is set to run at the square from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 26, and offers visitors the chance to purchase a wide range of products from local vendors.

Homemade scones

Mary Hickling, lrft, and Jean Bujold prepped a sheet of scones for the oven at the Fort Frances Museum on Saturday. Hickling was running the scone making workshop as part of the museum's adult spring workshops. The final workshop for the spring will be building terrariums from 1-3 p.m. on May 25.

Weechi

Kaylee Heyens, left, handed a straight-off-the-grill burger to Colin Jones during the Children's Wellness BBQ put on by Weechi-it-te-win Family Services last Friday. The event was held in recognition of “Children's Mental Health Week,” and offered visitors information pamphlets and a hoodie, as well as burgers, hot dogs and cake.

Pride Mart

Jennifer Horton showed off the new Borderland “Pride Mart" display yesterday at her Scott Street business, Curvy Chick. Horton brought the market back this year to support PRIDE WEEK+ in the district, and starting this week is selling a variety of Pride gear like T-shirts, rainbow flags and other swag until June 9 (some items at the market are cash only).

'story ninja'

Best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer channelled his inner “story ninja" at the Fort Frances Library last Wednesday evening. The library will be collaborating with Brouwer to run the "Story Ninja Book Club” this summer. The program is a series of videos and exercises from Brouwer to help kids get excited about reading and writing.