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Passing plant

Peggy Loyie, right, of the Rainy River District Victim Services Program, passed a “Tree of Warm Wishes” to Donna Bohler, with the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, on Wednesday. The tree, made by St. Francis student Alyssa Chiasson, is one of 30 currently circulating the district.

Garden prep

Vivian Callaghan, who actively volunteers with the local community garden, prepared kits for new gardeners there Saturday. She has spent a lot of time putting information, seeds, and tools together into containers to help the rookies begin their plots.

Community garden

Krista Nielson, left, a health promoter with the Northwestern Health Unit here, helped avid volunteer Vivian Callaghan measure out garden plots Saturday at the community garden. Located on Lillie Avenue in the north end, the site has expanded this year and now contains two large gardens.

Speech winners

Emma Dykstra (Donald Young School), left, captured third place with her speech, “The Titanic,” during the annual Rainy River District Speech Contest yesterday evening. She was joined by Anne Jean (St. Francis), who finished second after speaking on “Reaching for Your Dreams,” and Dylan Ossachuk (J.W.

Out for dinner

Rainycrest residents Vincent DeGagne, left, and David Bliss were among those making a trip to La Place Rendez-Vous on Tuesday evening for a night out. The annual event saw many of the residents enjoy dinner together on the warm spring evening.

Tea party

Following Storytime yesterday morning at the Fort Frances Public Library, where a group of youngsters learned all about manners, a tea party was held. Making sure to say “please” and “thank you,” Blair Cross, left, along with Rachel Ste. Croix and Jorja Fournier, enjoyed cookies and tea together.

Big hug

Three-and-a-half year-old Jonah McDougald from Baudette, Mn. was very excited to hug “Sparky” on Saturday outside Canadian Tire. The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service brought fire trucks, mascots, and games for children to see and do in accordance with Emergency Services Day.

Tree planting

Ben Tysz, left, along with Maisie Fichuk and Carina Mack, planted a maple tree Friday alongside the football field at Fort High. Held in conjunction with Education Week (May 7-11), the MNR, Honeywell, and the Environmental Education Committee planted 72 trees to make the landscape greener.