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Belarus children enjoy picnic

After spending nearly a week with their different host families from across Rainy River District, the 11 children from Belarus were reunited Saturday at a picnic at Pither’s Point Park.

Organized by the Rainy River Multicultural Association, the picnic was the first organized event in which all the children and their host families could get together.

Local man distributing sealant product

“One coat, once, guaranteed” is the motto of Roger Greenhalgh since he became the distributor of a new sealant called “Lifetime.”

Currently the only Canadian distributor west of Sudbury to offer “Lifetime,” the Fort Frances man decided he had to be the one to introduce the sealant to the rest of the country after learning of it last year.

Huss-Solomon, Morelli win pageant talent show

Adia Huss-Solomon, 17, and Dino Morelli, 15, got off to a good start in the Miss and Mr. Fun in the Sun pageant by taking top honours in the talent portion Sunday night.

Huss-Solomon wowed the judges with her guitar and vocal rendition of “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain while Morelli strutted his stuff in a choreographed dance routine to “Staying Alive.”

Fort woman seeking Miss Canada crown

A dream Caroline Gagné has had since she was a little girl is about to come true as she prepares to head off to the Miss Canada International Pageant in Toronto in August.

Gagné will be representing Fort Frances at the pageant.

She said she came across information on the pageant by accident on the Internet while trying to get information on the Miss Hawaiian Tropic contest.

Salvation Army sees change of command

Just one month shy of being here two years, Lt. Michael and Wendy Cumben left the area last weekend for a new assignment with the Salvation Army.

The young couple and their daughter, Emily, headed for Spring Hill, N.S. on Sunday, about a 90-minute drive from Halifax.

“We expected [to stay] longer but we’re in the army. It’s part of the package,” Lt. Cumben said last week.

Visa amendments head to senate floor

A law that would require Canadians to carry a visa to enter the United States is one step closer to being quashed.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill amendment last week that would strike out those portions of an immigration bill passed in 1996.

That legislation amendment now has to go to the senate floor for a vote.