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'Not dead yet'

Fort High student Ava-Mae White (“Not Dead Fred") broke into song and dance during a dress rehearsal for the comedic musical "Spamalot” that runs today through Saturday (May 2-5) at the Townshend Theatre. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets, which cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, are available at Northwood Gallery & Gifts and at the door.

Cattle rattle

Rick Wright was one of the auctioneers who solicited bids at the district's first cattle sale of 2018. It took place Saturday at the Stratton sales barn and saw more than 1,500 head go through the ring.

'Grad' hails healing centre

Back in December, a 40-year vision to see a residential treatment centre open in the Fort Frances area finally was realized when the Mino Ayaa Ta Win Healing Centre welcomed its first intake of patients.

Since then, there have been 30 graduates of its 28-day residential treatment cycles, with an overwhelming response from participants.

Campaign kick-off

Kenora-Rainy River PC candidate Greg Rickford carefully helped his daughter, Poppy Kate, cut the cake during the opening of his campaign office at 355 Scott St. here on Friday evening. Rickford introduced himself to all of those on hand and welcomed them to his campaign.

Dress rehearsal

Fort Frances High School students Jaykob Ryll (“Sir Galahad"), left, Brenden Laur ("King Arthur"), and Carmen Hebert ("Patsy") took part in the first full-scale dress rehearsal of the comedic musical, "Spamalot," last night on the Townshend Theatre stage. The musical, from the 1975 film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” is being staged from May 2-5, with the curtain rising at 7:30 p.m.

French fun

St. Michael's School welcomed Gilbert Parent, founder of Les Bûcherons, for a presentation about French language and culture this morning. Parent did several French-related activites with the early-learning students, who participated in singing French songs, doing a circle dance, and line dancing.

Visit from 'Smokey'

Casey Egan was among the many youngsters who had a chance to meet “Smokey the Bear" during J.W Walker's Family Math and Arts Night held yesterday evening in the school gym. The Ministry of Natural Resources was at the event with "Smokey” to provide fire safety information to students and their families.

Foodbox program

Millie Witherspoon of the “Healthy Living Food Box” program helped to pack up Robert Derkson's box containing lettuce, tomatoes, apples, oranges, bananas, local potatoes, and more last Wednesday afternoon. All are welcome to join the program.