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Beauty bass

Safeway KidPro champ Damon Nyberg flashed the thumbs-up sign as pro angler Steve Ballan showed off the team’s 4.46-pound lunker—the biggest fish of the day—during Sunday’s tournament. The fish helped the team, which also included Kent Ballan, to an 11.91-pound bag and the trophy.

Buzzing it off

Trevor Maden, a supervior at the post office here, got his head shaved by Dan Biddeson yesterday after losing a challenge to his co-workers. Prior to last month’s “Relay for Life,” Maden made a deal with his staff that if they raised $2,000 for their group (“Team Australia”), they could shave him bald. The group met the challenge by a mere $5.

Family barbecue

Merrick Cheetham received a balloon from one of Smokey the Bear’s helpers at the Fort Frances Day Care’s family barbecue held Tuesday. Everyone enjoyed an evening of food, song, games, face-painting, and more at the Fort Frances Children’s Complex.

Dining out

Some of the residents of Rainycrest travelled by bus to La Place Rendez-Vous on May 19, where they were escorted in and treated to a wonderful meal made possible courtesy of the Rainycrest Auxiliary. This event takes place once per year to the delight of the residents. The weather co-operated and those in attendance enjoyed a special social evening.

‘Hallett’ reunion

Former crew members of the “Hallett” gathered at the waterfront Friday evening to have their photo taken and reminisce about their days working on the boat. Pictured are John George, Jim George, Doug Calder, Pat Foran, Herb George, Larry Fontana, Randy Kirk, and Bill Martin.

Getting ready

Ruth Caldwell and Barb Marr were busy setting up for the “Friends of the Library” annual Valentine’s Day bake sale, which is being held tomorrow from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. Residents also are invited to check out the “cookie walk” and penny auction while there.

Gingerbread fun

Aiden Taggart and Liam Coates concentrated on decorating their gingerbread men with icing at the Fort Frances Public Library on Tuesday. Children who attended “Storytime” also were treated to a re-telling of “The Gingerbread Man.”

Cosy shelter

Kole Pitkanen, left, Malcolm Wilson, Hunter Leishman, and Brody McPherson peeked out of their quinzhee during a winter snowshoe hike at the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club property out at Frog Creek last week. Students in the Grade 7/8 class from J. W. Walker School also learned about habits and habitats of different animals from club volunteers Henry Miller and Vic Alberts.

Lakers jerseys

Fort Frances Lakers’ coach Wayne Strachan, team vice-president Jim Fowler, and team president Milt Strachan Jr. showed off the squad’s new jerseys which were donated by local Boston Pizza owner Dale Fortes (right) at a board meeting Dec. 22.