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Heavy snow

Cathy Westover was among the Public Works staff out shovelling last Thursday morning for the first significant snowfall of the season. Borderland received about nine cm (3.5 inches) of white stuff overnight—and reportedly a bit more in the west end of the district—much to the chagrin of area residents. Good news is on the way, though—tomorrow will be sunny and warm, with a high

Staying warm

This group of ladies stretched out in front of McTaggarts' front door in a bid to help shield themselves from the elements as they took part in the “Longest Night of the Year” sleep-out event overnight Friday.

Bettering child services

Deb (Whetzel) Ludeman showed attendees of the “Community Change” event what ideas her group came up with for the betterment of services for children in the community. The event was hosted by the Best Start Network at the Copper River Inn here Friday, with about 60 people attending the full-day gathering.

Cold night

About 60 people still were braving the elements along the 200 block of Scott Street by 4 a.m. on Saturday to raise awareness on the issue as well as raise more than $16,000 towards establishing a pop-up shelter at a local church.

Workshop participants

Ashlee Grimard, left, Shannon King, and Michelle Strachan attended the Best Start Network's “Community Change” event held Friday at the Copper River Inn. Those who attended brainstormed about how to improve the health and well-being of children and families in the community. A strategy now is being formed based on the input the Best Start Network received from workshop participants.

Workshop speaker

Tanis Fretter of the Best Start Network spoke at the “Community Change” workshop held Friday at the Copper River Inn. She spoke about the Best Start Network and opportunities to improve the community for children and their families.

Immigrant speaker

Sarah Eltahan, who is from Egypt, spoke to a class of Grade 5 students at St. Francis School last Wednesday about her experience coming to Canada. Students asked questions about the citizenship process, as well as learned about the similarities and differences between her home country and Fort Frances.

Raising awareness

Gurvinder Grewal braved the cold at the “Longest Night of the Year” sleep-out event held along Scott Street overnight Friday. He was seen tying a balloon to one of the 80 pairs of shoes to give people who passed by a representation of how many homeless people live here.

Net showdown

Nick Vogan (#8) and Reece Chorney (#9) looked to keep a St. Thomas Aquinas Saints' opponent from directing the ball over the net during the second set of the Rainy River Owls' senior boys' volleyball team's 3-0 loss (17-25, 15-25, and 16-25) in NorWOSSA 'A' action Monday afternoon at RRHS. The squad has been battling the injury bug of late and now has dropped back-to-back matches.