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Senior games to feature 15 events

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Organizers have confirmed a slate of 15 different events for the District 1A Senior Games, which will be held in Fort Frances on June 5-6.

New to the roster this year are pickleball, which will be held at the Memorial Arena, carpet bowling, which will be held upstairs at the arena in Emo, and tennis at the new Fort Frances courts.

The games, which are held every two years, focus on promoting an active lifestyle in an atmosphere of fun, fellowship, and friendly completion.

It is open to residents of the Kenora, Dryden, and Rainy River Districts who are age 55+ as of Dec. 31, 2018.

The games are designed for all to take part in regardless of skill level. Participants who lack a partner are encouraged to sign up as there may be opportunities to match them up with someone.

Registration forms can be picked up the Fort Frances Senior Centre (Sister Kennedy Centre), with the deadline for registration being May 29.

The $35 fee covers meals on Tuesday and Wednesday, the banquet that will be held at the Fort Frances Legion on the Tuesday starting at 5 p.m., and the Ontario Senior Games participation fee.

Additional banquet tickets are available at the senior centre for $25 each.

Although the opening ceremony will be held at 8:30 on the Tuesday morning, local participants can beat the rush by registering on Monday, June 4 from 9 a.m.-noon at the senior centre.

Participants will receive a registration package, which includes name tags, participant information, luncheon and banquet tickets, as well as a well-stocked “goodie bag.”

Although the parking ban will be lifted in the 400 and 500 blocks of Nelson Street for those two days, participants are reminded that public parking also is available at the municipal parking lot on Nelson Street.

Centre manager Cindy Noble advises that volunteers still are needed for the two-day event.

Positions are available for setting up, kitchen help, and greeter (contact Cindy at 274-7656 to volunteer).

Organizers are grateful to the donors who are subsidizing the games, including Norbord, John Gavel Manufacturing, the Emo Lions Club, the Town of Fort Frances, and the Fort Frances Marathon Bridge Club.

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