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Ukulele recital

Alexis Latter, left, and Zeila Dal performed a short ukulele recital as their instructor Jim Curtis looked on approvingly last Wednesday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Curtis has been teaching youths and adults to play. The library currently has a few openings left for upcoming ukulele lessons for adults 55 and older.


Kaylee Heyens, left, handed a straight-off-the-grill burger to Colin Jones during the Children's Wellness BBQ put on by Weechi-it-te-win Family Services last Friday. The event was held in recognition of “Children's Mental Health Week,” and offered visitors information pamphlets and a hoodie, as well as burgers, hot dogs and cake.

Pride Mart

Jennifer Horton showed off the new Borderland “Pride Mart" display yesterday at her Scott Street business, Curvy Chick. Horton brought the market back this year to support PRIDE WEEK+ in the district, and starting this week is selling a variety of Pride gear like T-shirts, rainbow flags and other swag until June 9 (some items at the market are cash only).

'story ninja'

Best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer channelled his inner “story ninja" at the Fort Frances Library last Wednesday evening. The library will be collaborating with Brouwer to run the "Story Ninja Book Club” this summer. The program is a series of videos and exercises from Brouwer to help kids get excited about reading and writing.

Grade 8 day

A group of Grade 8 students played ice-breaker games in the large gym at Fort Frances High School for its Grade 8 Day yesterday. Grade 8 students from schools across the district were at the high school to meet future classmates and teachers, get familiar with the rooms and clubs at FFHS, and become more comfortable with the prospect of becoming Grade 9 students in September.

Throwing to first

Manitou T-Birdies' third baseman Katie Sadewasser loaded up to make the throw to first after fielding a soft grounder during her squad's 19-2 loss to the Fort Frances Her-icanes in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League season-opener Monday night at VanJura. The three-time defending champion Her-icanes flexed their offensive muscles early and often in the lopsided win.

Fish fry feast

Nancy and Norman Cain smiled as they enjoyed a tasty meal at the Emo-Devlin United Churches' fish fry at the Devlin Hall on Saturday. This is the first fish fry the churches have hosted together at the hall and all of the funds raised through the event will go towards supporting the dioceses.

'Footloose' #3

Ariel Moore (Brianna Eldridge) was “Holding Out For a Hero" at The Burger Blast restaurant during the opening night of Fort High's production of "Footloose the Musical” last Wednesday at the Townshend Theatre.

'Footloose' #4

Ren (Macarthur Wilde), left, and Ariel (Brianna Eldridge) sang “Almost Paradise" during "Footloose the Musical.” The musical closely follows the plot of the 1984 film, where city boy Ren moves from Chicago to a small town where dancing has been outlawed and he must gather the support of local teens to teach the town to accept dancing again.