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Staunch defence

Ayiana Gagne made sure her Dryden Eagles' opponent was met with some staunch defence below the net during the Muskie junior girls' basketball team's 47-12 victory Saturday afternoon that capped their gold-medal win at their annual home tournament. The black-and-gold went 4-0 en route to the tourney title. The Muskie seniors also nabbed gold, winning both games they played over the weekend.

Off fingertips

Jack Wood (#9) and Connor Ivall (#11) of the Rainy River Owls' junior boys' volleyball team had the ball go off their fingertips on a block attempt during their squad's 3-1 win (20-25, 25-20, 25-18, and 25-20) over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in NorWOSSA 'A' action Monday afternoon at RRHS. The juniors improved to 3-2 after starting the season 0-2.

Running for TD

Muskie wide receiver Carson Noga rambled 80-plus yards to paydirt en route to knotting the score at 7-7 during the first quarter of his squad's 21-13 loss to the St. John's Tigers in their annual Homecoming game Friday afternoon at Fort High.

Option to shoot

Paige Anderson got set and ready to shoot during the third quarter of the Rainy River Owls' senior girls' basketball team's 43-30 loss to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in NorWOSSA 'A' action Monday afternoon at RRHS. The seniors saw their record fall to 3-2 but the junior Owls remained perfect on the season (5-0) with a 30-23 victory over the Saints.

Gang tackle

Muskie defenders William Richards (28) and Aaron Scheibler teamed up to make sure Nicholas Anderson of the St. John's Tigers wasn't going to get too far during their squad's 21-13 loss in their annual Homecoming game Friday afternoon at Fort High. The Muskies (4-2) have the bye this week to close out the regular-season schedule in the WHSFL's Currie Division ('A').

Family fun

Sarah Faragher, centre, helped her daughter, Carmen, and son, Theo, stick pins in a pattern in preparation to make string art yesterday afternoon during Community Living Fort Frances and District's open art studio in the Shaw Room at the Fort Frances Public Library. Community Living is expected to hold one more free art studio this year (felt and fabric garlands) on Nov. 12 from 3:30-6 p.m.

'Longest Night'

Crystal McPherson tied one of 80 balloons to a pair of shoes during the “Longest Night of the Year” sleep-out event held Friday night to represent the 80 people who are homeless here. The event took place along Scott Street from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. and just over 60 people wound up spending the night outside while raising awareness around the issue of homelessness in the district.

Voter help

Returning officer Lisa Slomke, rear, along with election staff Debbie Scofield and Colleen Barnard, got the Voter Help Centre located in Council Chambers at the Civic Centre up and running this morning. Online and telephone voting for the municipal and public school board elections began today and will close at 8 p.m. next Monday (Oct. 22).

Citizenship presentation

Fifyan Canoon, who recently immigrated to Canada from Iraq, showed Grade 5 students at St. Francis School what Arabic writing looks like and how it is read during a presentation for Citizenship Week (Oct. 8-14). Two other town residents who immigrated to Canada also spoke about their experience and answered questions.

First snowstorm

Town employee Larry Bragg shovelled last night's nine cm (three-and-a-half inch) snowfall from the entrance to the Fort Frances Museum. Employees at businesses along Scott Street also were out shovelling their storefronts this morning. The first snowfall of the season has come earlier than usual and hopefully is not here to stay.