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Stephanie Hagenaars

Kitchen opening

Tom Duchnicki, left, president of the board for Columbus Place here, local MP Don Rusnak, and April Szpara, property manager of Columbus Place, gathered in the new kitchen, along with building residents, to celebrate its newly-renovated kitchen. The renovation was made possible through a grant from the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Market opener

Despite the chilly morning, Charleen Mallory of Charlee's Naturally Northern had her handmade soaps on display today at the Rainy Lake Square. Local entrepreneurs set up shop for the first offical “Market Thursday" of the season there. There also were beaded works of jewellery, wine jellies, produce, and handmade bags for sale.

Suicide awareness

Charlene Strain, an educator and trainer for the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, led a workshop entitled “safeTALK" last Wednesday in conjunction with Mental Health Week (May 7-13). Various aspects of suicide awareness were discussed, as well as how participants can identify and engage those with suicidal thoughts.

Orchestra director

Katherine Williams, the conductor and creator of the Borderland Community Orchestra, directed the group during a rehearsal last Tuesday evening at Donald Young School in Emo. This year's spring concert, entitled “Fairy Tales and Magical Stories," will feature songs such as "Highlights from Wicked" and "Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Orchestra adds choir to repertoire this year

The Borderland Community Orchestra is back with three performances this month, including one at Townshend Theatre here on May 22.

The orchestra has been entertaining the district for almost 20 years.

This year, the group's spring performance—entitled “Fairy Tales and Magical Stories”—will showcase eclectic music, guest performances, and the newly-established Borderland Choir.

Orchestra rehearsal

The Borderland Community Orchestra and the new Borderland Choir rehearsed last Tuesday for the upcoming spring concerts in May. The choir was established earlier this year and, for the first time, will accompany the ochestra to perform “When You Believe" from the animated movie, "The Prince of Egypt.”

Horn section

Aron Bohnert (left), Jacob Empey, and Lucas Koomans played their part in a piece entitled “The Matador's Tale” during the orchestra's rehearsal at Donald Young School in Emo for its upcoming spring concerts.

Plowing garden

Fort Frances Community Garden volunteer Justin Taylor tilled one of its two plots on Saturday in preparation of the upcoming growing season. The garden currently holds 44 ground plots and 22 kids' plots. Other volunteers helped out by cleaning out the sheds and raising the garden beds.

Chem

Fort Frances High School students Cassandra Piotrowski, left, Emily Heil, and Jacob Gustafson were stationed at Tim Hortons here on Saturday to raise funds for annual “chem-free” grad party next month while other students were outside Walmart and Canadian Tire.