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Helping hands

Union Gas volunteers Chris Kaun, left, Mark Davis, and Rick Jewell were at the ’52 Canadians Arena last month fixing damaged seats as part of the company’s “Helping Hands” program. At a recent council meeting, Luke Skaarup of Union Gas presented town council with three $1,000 cheques to fix the seats there and at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Class of ’52

“Reunion 60”—for students who attended Fort Frances High School from the late 1940s to the late ’50s—is planned for Sept. 7-8 at La Place Rendez-Vous and organizers don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun. Many people already have registered, but there is still time to sign up by calling Chris Lowe at 274-6591.

Dazzling display

On Saturday (June 16), rare beautiful blue and purple Northern Lights appeared in the skies and were visible across Canada and the northern U.S. The combination of two solar flares striking the Earth were powerful enough to produce a geomagnetic storm and the resulting Aurora Borealis. This photo was taken by Lauri Kangas of Fort Frances with a tripod-mounted Canon DSLR.

Mine Centre opening

The ribbon-cutting in the school’s foyer was shared by board chair Mike Lewis, far left, school council co-chair Michelle Allan, Mine Centre School principal Leslie Barr-Kellar, school council co-chair Genevieve Bliss, Mine Centre School student Prudence Kabatay, Director of Education Heather Campbell, and RRDSB trustee Earl Klyne.

Arabian adventure

Donald Young School students in Emo rehearsed a scene from their upcoming musical production, “Aladdin,” which will be presented there May 9-11. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students, with tickets being sold at the door.

Vimy memorial

Leading Seaman Chelsea Barron, with the 144 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Fort Frances, placed a memento at the gravesite of Sulo William Alanen, a rifleman with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Normandy while visiting France and Belgium earlier this month.

Pulled out

A pickup truck was pulled out of Rainy Lake near the Noden Causeway on Sunday. As reported in Monday’s Daily Bulletin, the truck—hauling a trailer with a load of flooring—was travelling on an ice road when it went through near the “Five Mile” dock at Couchiching First Nation. The driver and passenger were unharmed, and the vehicle, trailer, and debris were recovered by a local towing company.

Hansen relay

Marie Major of Devlin brought her “friends” along as she participated as a medal bearer in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay when it passed through Dryden on Friday.

New Year’s baby

Weighing in at seven pounds, six oz., Elsie Faith Nighswander was the district’s New Year’s baby for 2012 after being born Jan. 5 at 12:19 p.m. at La Verendrye Hospital here. Proud parents are David and Pauline Nighswander of Barwick, along with big sister, Sylvia, three. Ironically, David was the district’s New Year’s baby 33 years ago when he was born in Emo.

Steep climb

Jim Badiuk, owner of Badiuk Equipment here, trailered this large boat out to British Columbia earlier this week after selling it to a man in Victoria and then having to deliver it. He reported a few hills in the Rocky Mountains like this one were slippery and snowy, but he just took them slow (up them was 30 m.p.h. for a half-hour and down them was 30 m.p.h. for a half-hour).