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Hydrant work

A new fire hydrant at the corner of Holmes Avenue and Thompson Street was installed earlier this week while the old one laid on the ground waiting for removal. The Town of Fort Frances plans on replacing a total of six hydrants this summer.

‘Mall Day’

Destiny Woolsey held a one-month-old lamb up for Makayla Gibbs, four, and her friend, Jackson Marchant, seven, during the BIA’s annual “Mall Day” festivities earlier today. The 200 and 300 blocks of Scott Street were blocked off to traffic and instead filled with booths, draws, and games for people browsing the downtown core.

Town gunning for tug-of-war victory

Fort Frances is planning to beat International Falls once again in the “Pulling for Peace” tug-of-war coming up July 2, but the town needs your help.

“The score right now is three wins for Canada, one win for the United States, one tie, and one win for Mother Nature,” noted Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft, referring to last year’s wash-out due to a severe storm.

Happy grads!

Caitlin Hogan, left, and Nicole Horn were all smiles at their Grade 12 graduation ceremony last Thursday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Fort Frances High School handed out 189 Ontario Secondary School diplomas following the 2012-13 school year.

Duking it out

Billy Halvorsen, left, boxed Oryn Albanese last night during Fort High’s “chem-free” grad party. The “Bounce ’n Box” was popular, although the students also loved the other activities set up for them to try until 4 a.m. when the party ended.

Grad grins

Courtney Dolph, left, waited to receive her diploma along with valedictorian Mallory Duffy at Fort High’s graduation ceremony last night at the Memorial Sports Centre. Ontario Secondary School Diplomas were presented to 189 students this year, who then enjoyed the annual “chem-free” party until the wee hours of this morning.

School’s out!

Eager to be done with school for the summer, Grade 8 students at J.W. Walker practised their jubilant exit this morning while spending time outside playing “Hunger Games.” Today is the last day of school for students across the district—with no more “pencils, books, or teacher’s dirty looks” for the next two months.

UNFC grad

Student Leslie Mortimer shook hands with Fort High principal Peg Keffer while vice-principal Dan Bird waited to present her Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Thirty-one students graduated from the United Native Friendship Centre’s Alternative Program yesterday morning at the Townshend Theatre.

‘Head Start’ grad

Presley Fader accepted her diploma from Zaagi-idiwin Aboriginal “Head Start” teacher Charity McMahon yesterday morning. Almost 30 pre-schoolers from the program will be heading off to kindergarten next year—already set with their backpacks and lunch boxes they received at their graduation ceremony.