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‘Gift of life’

From the look on his face, Ken Hampton clearly demonstrated yesterday that giving the “gift of life” is painless. Hampton was one of the 151 donors who came to Fort High for the first day of the two-day Canadian Blood Services donor clinic, which continues today from noon until 3 p.m. and again from 5-8:30 p.m.

—Duane Hicks photo

Loud and clear

Pam Guild, left, and Fr Wayne McIntosh read their sheet music carefully as they rang their handbells right on cue yesterday evening during a practice of the new handbell choir at St. John’s Anglican Church. The handbells are on loan for one year from the Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers. —Duane Hicks photo

Half-shaved head

Roxanne Marsh, a local Wal-Mart employee, had her head shaved during the 10th-annual “Cuts for Cancer” event, held in conjunction with “Spring Fever Days,” at the Hair and Body Care Shoppe in Emo on Saturday. She raised more than $400 in pledges, which Wal-Mart planned to match, bringing the event total to nearly $10,000. Proceeds were going towards Pam Carlson and Barb Forbes.

Garbage cleanup

Grade 5/6 students Cory Nordstrom, left, along with Colton Craig and Patrick Mills, cleaned up the school grounds at Crossroads on Friday as part of their Earth Day activities.

—Heather Ogilvie photo

Holding a pose

Chanelle Matthews, a rhythmic gymnast with the Fort Frances Gymnastics Academy, demonstrated a few moves from her free routine Monday after competing in Winnipeg over the weekend. —Heather Ogilvie photo

Donation relay

Cst. Jared Meeks of Treaty Three Police, left, and Tammy Jack, career promotion co-ordinator for Pegamigaabo School, loaded up boxes of donated books and movies for the school at Big Grassy First Nation. The donations came from the Ontario School of Masonry in Gravenhurst and were shipped to Fort Frances free of charge by Taylor International.

Swirling colours

Katie Pearce displayed her ribbon routine yesterday at the Fort Frances Gymnastics Club after she and fellow rhythmic gymnast Chanelle Matthews took part in a meet in Winnipeg over the weekend. —Heather Ogilvie photo

‘Lava and Bones’

Children’s performers Mortal Coil put on their show “Lava and Bones” at the Townshend Theatre last night as part of the Kids & Company series. The show wrapped up the 2006/07 season. The Kids & Company entertainment series kicks off again Oct. 22 with The Blues Berries. —Melanie Béchard photo

Drug abuse talk

Brian Brattengeier, from the Thunder Bay OPP Tri-force Drug Unit, spoke to Grade 7/8 students at J. W. Walker School on Friday afternoon to teach them to make the right choice when it comes to drugs. He, along with a former drug user, also spoke to students in Atikokan and Mine Centre. —Heather Ogilvie photo