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Kayla Stang, eight, left, and James Blattner, eight, had a serious game of chess yesterday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library’s Check Mate Chess Club. Yesterday was the first meeting of the club, which will run every Thursday at 2 p.m. throughout the summer. Children ages six and up are encouraged to join.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Cookie monsters?

Hannah Johnston, six, helped Ashley Richardson measure out some cooking oil in preparation for making fortune cookies at the Memorial Sports Complex this morning. It’s all part of the Rec’n Crew program that is running all summer until Aug. 26. –Michael Hilborn photo

Lucky ladies

First Princess Jenna Cousineau, left, queen Sara DeGagne and Second Princess Brittany Hayes were all smiles after being unveiled as 2005 ‘Fun in the Sun’ royalty at the crowning ceremony, held last Friday in conjunction with the Canada Day celebrations at Pither’s Point. –Wes Gilbertson photo

Colourful cultures

This group of young ladies, known as the “Culture Girls,” showed they know how to have fun Friday morning as they rode this colourful float, sponsored by Murlin’s Car Wash, during the Canada Day parade. It won the prize for “Best Individual Float” as the theme for this year’s parade was “Colourful Cultures.” —Duane Hicks photo

Canuck kids

Two-year-old Jastra Bell (foreground) and Cameron Armstrong, also two, were dressed up to celebrate our country’s 138th birthday last week as kids from the Fort Frances Children’s Complex paraded up and down the 1100 block of Portage Avenue. About 40 youngsters and a handful of supervisors took part in the center’s annual Canada Day parade, which was held Wednesday. –Wes Gilbertson photo

Side by side

The Leo Noonan Memorial Cup race was held Saturday morning starting from Sand Bay. Six sailboats took part in the event, previously called the Canada Day Race, which was won by Ron Bowman aboard “In Tune.” Meanwhile, next Tuesday (July 12) will be the last date the Rendezvous Yacht Club will hold its free community sail starting at 6:30 p.m. from the government dock.

New sign

Organizers of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship put up a sign on Abitibi-Consolidated’s “lap” building yesterday morning that will be the first thing travellers coming into Fort Frances will see when they pass through Customs.

—Emmanuel Moutsatsos photo