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‘Cuts for Cancer’

Blake Morken, of Devlin, grinned as his hair was shaved away on Saturday during the annual “Cuts for Cancer” event, held in conjunction with Spring Fever Days, at the Hair and Body Care Shoppe in Emo. About $10,000 was raised through pledges and by haircuts that day, with the proceeds going to Pam Carlson (Morken’s grandmother) and Barb Forbes. —Heather Ogilvie photo

Getting into the spirit

Sylvia Meades, front row left, and Pam Oliver, and Marlene Yuill, back row left, Caren Fagerdahl, Lori Ring, Diane Clifford, and Jane Trivers of the Church of the Holy Spirit came dressed according to the theme at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Old Bags Lunch” at the Fort High cafeteria on Saturday.

Laughing matter

Comedian and author David Granirer had the capacity audience at the Rendez-Vous laughing Friday evening during the Canadian Mental Health Association’s “Stand Up for Mental Health” comedy showcase. Besides Granirer, the evening featured nine individuals from the Rainy River and Kenora districts whom Granirer had coached over the past few months to try their hand at stand up comedy.

On-air auction

Kiwanis secretary Dr. Robert Lidkea, left, and treasurer Robin Wright encouraged Shaw Cable Channel 10 viewers to bid on items Saturday afternoon during the 29th-annual Kiwanis TV auction. The auction, which ran from 1-6 p.m. that day and feature hundreds of items donated by local businesses, netted about $12,000 to be used for various Kiwanis-sponsored projects. —Duane Hicks photo

Books, books, books

Andrew Johnson, left, and Randy House perused over the used books available for purchase at J. W. Walker School yesterday afternoon. The students brought in their used books and the Grade 2/3 class manned the sale, which taught about reusing. It was one of the many Earth Day activities the children will participate in over the next few days.

Volunteer appreciation

Pam Makarchuk, left, Astrid Sobkowicz, Shirley Dolph, Kathy Haukaas, and Linda York enjoyed a bite to eat and each other’s company yesterday during the volunteer appreciation luncheon at Rainycrest. More than 100 people came out for the annual event, where they were treated to a free lunch as well as chances to win door prizes. This week has been National Volunteer Week.

Classroom of the future?

Doug Dunnet (on screen), a Grade 6 teacher from North Star Community School in Atikokan, read to Jodi Easton’s Grade 3 class at J.W. Walker School this morning via videoconference. The exercise was to help the Grade 6 students in their Young Author’s Unit and to help the local class with their narrative writing unit. —Melanie Béchard photo

Just desserts?

A good sport, Aquanauts coach,Tristan Hutton was still smiling even after being hit in the face with a pie on Saturday following the team’s swim-a-thon to raise money for the club. All swimmers who raised $200 or more were allowed to throw a pie at Hutton. Some pies included tasty ingredients like garlic, sardines, and pork and beans. The event raised some $2,200 for the Aquanauts.

Seatbelt check

OPP Cst. Rebecca Audia stopped a vehicle yesterday afternoon during a seatbelt check on the 800 block of Second Street East. Police will continue to hold such checks until the end of the month. —Duane Hicks photo

Mushroom shade

“The Spell” by Barbara Stevens is just one of the works of art now on display at the Fine Line Art Gallery as part of the spring exhibit entitled “Abracadabra.” The exhibit started last week and the public is welcome to drop in. It runs until Saturday, May 5, when a “Music in the Gallery” will be held. Tickets for the event, which will run 7-10 p.m., are available at the gallery for $10 each.