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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

Long-term planning

Consultant Gary Scandlan explained the rationale behind the town's 10-year plan for improvements to the sewer and water system yesterday evening during a public meeting at the Civic Centre. —Duane Hicks photo

Graduation day

Laurel Basaraba of the Fort Frances Nursery School congratulated Brianna Eldridge during their graduation ceremony yesterday at the Legion Park. The weather was perfect for the event, with the children’s families coming out and enjoying a barbecue before the ceremony. Eldridge’s twin sister Alina also graduated yesterday.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Hard paddling

Several children and adults braved the strong winds on Sunday and went for a ride in the big canoe for Canadian Rivers Day celebrations. There were also a series of events at the Fort Frances Museum, including a performance by Thunder Bay-based singer Rodney Brown.

—Melanie Béchard photo