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Sarah Pruys

First lap

People read the luminaries as they walked the first lap around the track at Fort High together on Friday evening to kick off the annual “Relay for Life” here. The event raised $81,213—a record for Fort Frances. Some 22 teams participated in the event, walking all night to honour and remember cancer survivors and victims.

Parachute fun

Rilee Armstrong, an early learning student at Robert Moore School, had a great time Friday at the “play day” for two reasons. First, she got to play parachute games, and two, it was her birthday. Groups of children rotated through different stations playing soccer, tug-of-war, and having three-legged races.

Blowing bubbles

Justine Linklater, eight, blew a few bubbles yesterday at the multi-use facility on Couchiching. The band was celebrating “Treaty Day,” where the community came together to share meals and play games.

Muskie awards

Emily Drouin, Mary Strain, Chantal Jodoin, and Erika Moffitt—the graduating players on the Muskie senior girls’ basketball team—received “net” hats from their coaches Tuesday evening during the annual athletic awards banquet at Fort High. All four won other awards, including Moffitt as the female Muskie Athlete of the Year, but the hats were one of the highlights of the night.

Emo man awarded a Jubilee Medal

Kenneth Young, 64, recently received both an invitation to give a workshop on Agent Orange on the “Peace Boat” and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteer work with veterans’ groups.

His wife, Chris, said Young specifically addresses Agent Orange issues.

“It is a pollutant, a herbicide, that makes people ill,” she noted. “He does awareness.”

Parent focusing on sprints now

Alex Parent recently completed his fifth year at McMaster University in Hamilton, and now is back in Fort Frances for the summer after wrapping up his final varsity season with their swim team.

The 23-year-old, who will graduate with an Honours in Environmental Science degree next year, said he has “used up all of my varsity eligibility, so no more varsity swimming for me.”

Parent focusing on sprints now

Alex Parent recently completed his fifth year at McMaster University in Hamilton, and now is back in Fort Frances for the summer after wrapping up his final varsity season with their swim team.

The 23-year-old, who will graduate with an Honours in Environmental Science degree next year, said he has “used up all of my varsity eligibility, so no more varsity swimming for me.”

Medieval combat returns to town

No, these “guardians” are not here to protect Fort Frances. Rather, they fight each other with quite a large assortment of foam swords and weapons.

“Belegarth Medieval Combat is essentially a combat sport that was created to reenact medieval-style battling,” explained Jordan York, co-founder of the Fort Frances chapter.

The university student began playing in Thunder Bay.