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Crowd pleaser

Five-year-old Carly Ann McKinnon brought smiles to the faces of many, including organizer Gloria Wood, en route to being crowned the 2005 Fun in the Sun mini-queen at the annual pageant, which was held Saturday in conjunction with Scott Street’s 100th birthday celebrations.

New beginnings

Fort High principal Gord McCabe handed Sierra Woolsey her diploma last night during the 2005 Fort Frances High School graduation ceremony. Family and friends alike packed into the Ice for Kids Arena to see around 200 students get their diplomas. —Melanie Béchard photo

Tale of two cities

Chanelle Matthews, from John Cousineau’s Grade 4/5 French Immersion class at St Francis School, introduced the class play “Greece: The story of the Trojan Horse” yesterday. Students dressed as various gods, goddesses, and heroes to re-enact the Trojan War.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Catchin’ some rays

Kayla Belluz, front, Melanie Herr, and Christy Herr welcomed the official first day of summer yesterday by catching a few rays on the dock along the upper Rainy River at the end of Second Street East. –Michael Hilborn photo

Wet ’n wild

Water games were again front and centre at the annual Crossroads Elementary School family barbecue last Thursday, thanks to the LaVallee Volunteer Fire Department. The fundraiser brought in about $3,000

for the outdoor classroom there. – Michael Hilborn photo

Liftoff!

Sarah Strain, eight, found good old dad, David, to be an ideal launching platform while celebrating the official arrival of summer on Sand Bay yesterday. –Michael Hilborn photo

Racing action

Emo Speedway flagman Dave Allen waved Anthony Visser across the finish line in the heat of the Midwest (Mod-B) class on Saturday evening. He wound up third before taking fourth place in the eight-car feature. —Emmanuel Moutsatsos photo

Aftermath

Municipal employees Mike Brunetta, left, Rich Walton, and Glenn Colvin were busy at La Place Rendez-Vous yesterday cleaning up a tree that had been brought down after a series of violent thunderstorms rumbled through town on Sunday night. –Michael Hilborn photo

Library plans

Margaret Sedgwick, CEO for the Fort Frances Public Library, and Joyce Cuninngham, chair of the library board, talked to about 20 people assembled in the conference room at the Memorial Sports Centre last night about the plans for a new library.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Hot wheels

Fort Frances OPP Cst Dereck McLean helped guide Jace Jackson, four, through the course at the First Annual Canadian Tire Bike Rodeo on Saturday. Alex Godbout and Kamika Alexander were the winners in a draw for two bicycles, donated by Canadian Tire. A total of 68 children came out for the rodeo, which will likely become an annual event.

—Melanie Béchard photo