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Anniversary greetings!

Fort Frances residents Joyce and Walter Woodland received special written recognitions of their 60th wedding anniversary celebration from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday afternoon.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Learning to knit

Kathleen Guild-Gunderson of the Fireside Yarn Club helped “newbies" learn the basics of knitting last Wednesday night during a "Youth Knitting Night" workshop at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Those on hand carefully followed along as she showed them how to "cast on”—creating the base line of stitches on a knitting needle.

Best Start workshop

Kristina Wolff, left, Miranda Sigurdson, a public health nurse with the Northwestern Health Unit, and Nicole Johnson laughed as Kailey Yellowega's son, Hudson, stole their attention during a “Children See, Children Learn" workshop for parents with children up to age two held Thursday evening at the Fort Frances "Best Start" hub.

Wepruk duo

George Elliott, left, and Bob Wepruk of Bob Wepruk & the Northern Jammers (above) performed a free country jam much to the delight of the small crowd that turned out last Thursday evening at the Rainy Lake Square.

Under the bar

Kids participating in the “Open Streets" activities on Front Street in Emo last Thursday were asked "How low can you go?" as April Simmons, left, co-ordinator for the Emo "Best Start" hub, and assistant co-ordinator Barb McQuaker held up the limbo bar.

Dress exhibit

A skirt on display at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre tells a story about one artist's journey through trauma. Local artist Cassandra Cochrane uses the four colours of the First Nations' medicine wheel, as well as her aboriginal art professor's teaching of the “Spirit Mender Model,” to design the skirt and make herself a part of her artwork.

Cochrane sculpture

A wooden sculpture of a tree is on display at the Fort Frances Library Technology Centre as part of its initiative to promote the works of local artists. The piece is one of an array of creations by artist Cassandra Cochrane, who is from Rainy River First Nations and currently is attending the University of Manitoba for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Sunflower field

It's hard to miss this field of sunflowers along the south side of Highway 11/71 just east of Emo. Ten acres of tall, bright yellow sunflowers are growing next door to the Dykstra family house, which were planted by local farmer Harold Kelly, who added there currently is about 100 acres of sunflowers at his farm.

Aboriginal exhibit

Three pieces of artwork from local artist Cassandra Cochrane are on display at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. It consists of a self-portrait drawing and two multimedia projects that she created for various school projects. The works can be viewed at the library until the week of Aug. 20.