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Sam Odrowski

Canada Day activities set

Canada Day is just around the corner and this year, the Fun in the Sun committee has made celebrating easier than ever.

An array of events are planned at Point Park for July 1, with everything from volleyball and wakeboarding to sandcastle-building contests and inflatable bouncy castles.

Initial refugee family leaving

The first of the two Iraqi refugee families who found a new home here in Fort Frances late last year has decided to move to Toronto to reconnect with relatives and pursue new opportunities.

Bashar Al-Zeebaree, the family's father, recently was offered a job relating to satellite TV instalment by his cousin who lives in Toronto.

Garden helping students 'grow'

A group of students at Crossroads School headed to Lowey's Greenhouse in May to purchase plants for their school's community garden.

Last year, students grew several different kinds of fruits and vegetables there, including kale, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, watermelon, strawberries, as well as lots of different herbs.

Hoop dance

River Christie-White of “Hoops for Hope” visited Donald Young School in Emo on Friday afternoon to perform a hoop dance in the gym. The 16-year-old hoop dancer travels all across Canada and the U.S. to raise awareness around autism, inclusion, and the impacts of bullying.

Student gardening

Crossroads students visited Lowey's Greenhouse last month, where they shifted plants into new containers before moving them to the community garden at their school. The visit to Lowey's was part of the OPP-led program, “Project Sunset,” that takes Crossroads students out multiple times a year for a range of land-based activities.

Nursery School grad

Fort Frances Nursery School attendee Bode Coyle was happy to get his Certificate of Participation from teacher Laurel Basaraba at the Fort Frances Nursery School wind-up held last Thursday afternoon at the Legion Park. A barbecue lunch was enjoyed by those who attended the annual wind- up, with 37 children in all receiving participation certificates.

School performance

Legendary Canadian children's entertainer Fred Penner sang “Sandwiches” to St. Michael's School students and their parents in the gym there late Thursday morning as part of his cross-Canada tour. Penner sang songs, told stories, and got lots of laughs from those on hand. He then staged a concert that evening at the new Rainy Lake Square here.

School pow-wow

Robert Moore School students and staff took part in a pow-wow there yesterday afternoon. Many participants got dressed up in pow-wow regalia as they danced, sung, and socialized during the outdoor social gathering.