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Piano division

Grace Kooistra performed “Peace Country Hoedown” by composer Christine Donkin at the Townshend Theatre this morning as part of the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts. The piano division of the festival will run until Thursday, with the vocal and drama divisions to follow in the coming weeks.

ESFL open house

Wayne and Robin Soderlund, left, and MNRF Management Forester Renee Perry look over the proposed 2020-2030 Forest Management Plans for a section of the Crossroute-Sapawe Forest at an open house held yesterday from 3-7 p.m. at the Copper River Inn here. The public was invited to attend and consult with officials on the proposals before the next stage of the planning pro-cess.

Cupcake class

Korreli Brant watched as Meghan Spooner demonstrated different techniques for icing a cupcake at the Fort Frances Museum on Saturday. Cupcake decoration was part of a series of workshops being put on by the museum this spring that run most Saturdays until May 11.

Northwoods booth

Penny Faragher, above, chatted with Whitney Stalmach and her mom, Sandy, at Northwoods Gallery and Gifts' table during its annual Bridal Show held there last Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, below, Tracy Cryderman went over some printing samples with Linda Plumridge of the Fort Frances Times.

District arts festival set to go

With March coming to a close, the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts is getting ready to take the stage.

The Festival is set to begin its 79th year this Monday (April 1), with chair Cynthia Donald noting registration numbers are staying on track with previous years.

“Our French has gone up a bit, the instrumental has gone down a bit,” she remarked.

River fowl

This pair was among the gaggle of geese and several swans that could be seen basking in the sunlight and diving for food just off Point Park on Sunday. Pelicans and seagulls also have been spotted in the area, with the arrival of the latter forecasting three more “snows” before spring arrives for good.

Heartfelt singing

The Watoto Children's Choir of Uganda delivered a powerful performance to a packed house at Bethel Baptist Church here Thursday evening. The choir is in the midst of an extensive tour of Canada performing its most recent production, “We Will Go,” while raising awareness for the Watoto Ministries.

Cath. school build

Work on the new Catholic school here is progressing on schedule, according to the latest update from the Northwest Catholic District School Board. The school, which will consolidate students from St. Michael's and St. Francis into one building, is expected to be open for the start of the 2019-20 school year.