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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.

In memory

Fort High students donned various shades of sunshine yellow on Tuesday in honour of fellow student and friend, Jessica Johnson, who was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Saturday north of Emo. Yellow represents joy, happiness, and energy—all of which the teen will be remembered for.

Helping out

Members of the 1st Fort Frances Guides and Pathfinders, including Rya Hawrylak, left, Piper Caldwell, and Morgan Gagne, joined members of the Fort Frances Horticultural Society yesterday evening to clean and plant the courtyards at Rainycrest.

Art show today

Area artist Cherie Serrano (nee Taylor) is holding an art show today (May 9) from 5-9 p.m. at her gallery located at 825 Third Ave. in International Falls (across from NAPA Auto Parts). Her art has hung in various places around the Falls since she moved back to the area some seven years ago.

Benefit tonight

Thatcher Haggberg of the “807 Freeriderz” snowmobile group appeared to be living in the clouds on this jump this past winter. The jump, along with many others, will be showcased on the Freeriderz’ DVD, “Flatneckz Vol. 2,” which will be for sale during a fundraiser benefit for Fort Frances resident Nathan DeGagne today (May 9) starting at 7 p.m. at the Little Beaver Snow Park.

Peeking groundhog

Two months after Wiarton Willie predicted six more weeks of winter, this groundhog at Charlotte and Jim Rose’s property on Sixth Street West popped his head above the snow and enjoyed several hours of the 11 C (52 F) sun on Sunday afternoon.