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Trip draw

Heather Krawchuk, left, and Robin Wright read out the winning ticket in the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club's “Trip of the Month” draw for February on Friday at International Travel Services here. Arnold Kaemingh, owner of Kaemingh Fuels in Emo, will be heading off on an Alaskan cruise—a trip valued at 5,000. Next month's trip is to the Dominican Republic ($3,600).

Entering raffle

Danette MacIntyre placed her tickets for the prize raffle draws at the annual “Forget Me Not” dinner held Saturday night at La Place Rendez-Vous. More than 60 people attended the dinner hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts, raising about $3,200.

Darts tourney

Patrick Briere focused in on where he wanted to throw his dart during the Arlan Scott Memorial Mixed Darts tournament on Saturday afternoon that was hosted by the local Legion Br. #29. The Legion was packed full of people who enjoyed an afternoon playing the game that Scott treasured.

Puppet show

Chad Solomon performed his “Adventures of Rabbit & Bear Paws" puppet show for a large group of children and their families yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library. Brought in by the "Friends of the Library,” Solomon created an interactive experience, with a few lucky children picked to play some of the animals in the show.

Fibre finalist #2

“By The Lamps Glow," a rug-hooking piece made by Debbie Ballard was awarded first place in the "Best Pattern Design” category of the Fibre Art Festival. All 26 pieces submitted for the exhibit now are on display upstairs at the museum.

Wellness lesson

Jessica Larose from Kenora-Rainy River Child and Family Services visited St. Michael's School last Monday (Jan. 14) to teach students about positive thinking and being mindful during the school's “Wellness Day.”

Hand drumming

Hand drummers Linda Guimond and Lavana Fox gave instruments to an early-learning class before performing indigenous music with the students as part of “Wellness Day” activities at St. Michael's School last Monday.

Dried plants

Debbie Fairbanks of Couchiching spoke to St. Michael's students about medicine teachings last Monday during the school's “Wellness Day.” Gary Councillor also presented with her about the four sacred medicines, which include sage, sweet grass, tobacco, and cedar. Students made medicine poaches to hold the sacred plants.

Learning about literacy

Rayden Copenace of Riverview School in Rainy River added his thumb print to the painting created by artist Shawna Grapentine yesterday as part of Literacy Day activities there. The painting portrays a tree with the “Seven Grandfather” teachings at the roots, incorporating both French and Ojibwe languages and the students' thumbprint leaves in a rainbow of colours.

Getting creative

Sam Busch got creative during an abstract flow painting workshop, led by Patti Tinkess-Fletcher, held Saturday afternoon at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre. There still are some spots open for the next workshop—silk tie/scarf painting with Cher Pruys—set for Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1-3 p.m.