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Easter vendor

Charleen Mallroy hosted a booth for her “Charlee's Naturally Northern" handcrafted soaps and other handmade products Saturday at the second-annual "Easter Market” held at the Copper River Inn here. She creates soaps that are free of synthetics, detergents, and petro-chemicals. The soaps also are biodegradable, environmentally-friendly, and gluten-free.

Festival opens

Cassandra Armstrong, singing “Ben" by Don Black and Walter Scharf, was among the opening performances that kicked off the annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts this morning at Knox United Church here. The Vocal Division continues through Thursday, followed by Drama and Speech Arts (April 9-10), Instrumental (April 12-13), and Piano (April 16-20).

'Seed library'

Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre CEO Caroline Goulding stood next to the “seed library” there, where people can borrow and donate seeds for the coming growing season. It contains several packages of seeds for cabbage, cucumber, beans, kale, tomatoes, broccoli, and a variety of flowers.


Ted DeBenetti handed out candy outside of “A Buck or Two" during the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club's fifth-annual "Egg-stravaganza” event that took place Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the downtown core. Hundreds of children filled their Easter baskets with chocolates and candy from the 16 participating businesses along Scott Street.

'Easter Market'

Trish McQuaker of J.R Watkins sold various products during an “Easter Market” presented by the Rainy River District Farmers' Market on Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Copper River Inn. It featured 36 vendors and was busy with shoppers for all six hours.

History lesson

Retired lawyer Peter Kirby gave a presentation on the Magna Carta at the Fort Frances Museum on Tuesday evening. He spoke to the history and significance of this historical document which is the first example of a king of England consenting to written limits on his power drafted by his subjects.

50th anniversary

Mark and Jennifer Cawston wrote down their memories of Confederation College into the school's celebration book yesterday during the Fort Frances campus's 50th anniversary celebration reception. The campus was filled with staff, students, and past graduates who had a chance to reconnect and reminisce about their experiences at Confederation College.

Locally-farmed dinner

Bev Sisco was one of the many attendees who turned out to the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op's “Farm to Fork” event at La Place Rendez-Vous on Friday evening. She and her husband, Gord, enjoyed a three-course dinner featuring ingredients sourced solely from local producers.