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Say "Sunflowers!"

Pam and Beau Guild and their son, Ben, were among the families and individuals who dropped by the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre on Wednesday to pick up free sunflower starter kits in celebration of “Earth Day.” The library has launched its new “Seed Library”—a free, accessible community seed resource that urges patrons to check out seeds, grow them over the summer, and then dona

Art project

Several tweens and teens dropped by the Fort Frances Public Library last Friday to take part in an art project in conjunction with March Break activities there. They used sheets of music and watercolours to create spectacular works of art.

Red Cross Month

Rebecca Sheppard, left, Red Cross co-ordinator Keri Rafter, Sheri DeGagné, Patrick Briere, Couchiching Chief Sara Mainville, Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis, and Kirsty Sinclair got together last Friday to raise the flag at the Civic Centre in recognition of March as “Red Cross Month.” Residents can help support the Red Cross by making a financial donation or by becoming a volunteer.

Motel renovations

Renovations on the former Voyageur Inn are moving along, with a crew putting in trusses and windows in the rear wall of the building this week. The building recently was purchased by local businessman Mark Howarth, who is fixing up the upper level into apartments, as well as eventually leasing the restaurant and ground level for office or retail space.

'Where's Barry?'

Former Fort Frances residents Graeme Morgan (left) and Roy Tighe—seen here as characters from their short film, “Where Barry?”—are thrilled it has hit the film festival circuit. It will debut at the Capital City Film Festival in Lansing, Mich. from April 9-12 and it also won a Royal Reel Award for the Canadian Film Competition at the Canadian Independent Film Festival in Vancouver.

Drumming 101

Reo Walton, from the United Native Friendship Centre, and other local drummers visited the students at the Zaagi-Idiwin Aboriginal “Head Start” program last Wednesday. The youngsters enjoyed drumming and singing with their guests.

New sign

Gillons’ Insurance Brokers has a new sign with a new logo in front of its Church Street location. As part of the company’s re-branding, all eight of the Gillons’ Insurance locations throughout Northern Ontario have similar signs with the new logo going up.

Mayoral debate

A Fort High student asked a question of the three Fort Frances mayoral candidates—incumbent Roy Avis, Coun. Andrew Hallikas, and former mayor Dan Onichuk—during a debate held yesterday at the Townshend Theatre for students in the Civics classes. It will be known Monday night which of the three is elected.