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Recital rehearsal

The primary and pre-primary classes tapped up a storm during the dress rehearsal for “The Spectrum of Love,” Fort Dance Studio’s seventh-annual General Division recital, which runs tonight at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. The core and elite divisions, meanwhile, will present “The Ruby Slippers” on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.

Look what I did!

Hannah Huntley showed off her best writing to her brother, Cale, and mom, April, yesterday afternoon during J.W. Walker’s “Lunch With an Author” program. Held in conjunction with Education Week, the program is designed to give students an opportunity to showcase their best writing to the people who love them most while sharing in a tasty meal.

Spaghetti supper

Maddy and Abby Sanders, along with their mom, Maria, enjoyed their spaghetti and Caesar salad at the second-annual spaghetti dinner held yesterday at St. Michael’s School in conjunction with Catholic Education Week. There also was a raffle table featuring prizes donated by families and friends of the students.

Yummy pancakes

Landyn Gesic, left, along with Jamie and John Gesic and Louann Windego, enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes and sausages this morning at Robert Moore School. The gym was full of families taking in the breakfast, which was held in conjunction with Education Week.

Co-op display

Brittany Galusha concentrated while working on a hairstyle for fellow student Jackie Lawres during yesterday’s co-op display day at Fort High. She did her co-op placement at local hair salon, “A Little Off The Top,” and was showing off her newly-learned skills. There were many interesting displays this semester, including ones featuring demonstrations, costumes, and props—even live animals!

Spring surprise

Pinewood Sports & Marine co-owner Al McTaggart could only grin and bear it Saturday morning thanks to a little surprise from Mother Nature. While the 30 cm of snow may have put a damper on the tail end of Pinewood’s annual spring boat show, the business will continue the sale through this weekend to make up for it.

Volunteer appreciation

Auxiliary members Joan Gustafson and Sharon Plourde enjoyed coffee and cake as the Rainycrest volunteer appreciation luncheon wound down Thursday afternoon. The theme was “Hats Off to Volunteers,” and prizes were awarded to many who donned colourful hats.

Round ’em up

From the sales ring, cattle were returned to the outdoor pens Saturday during the spring sale in Stratton. With a winter storm blasting hard outside, 1,424 head of snowy-backed cattle were put over the scales and under the auctioneer’s hammer between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

‘Gift of life’

Gary Esselink of Devlin was among the first distict residents to give the “gift of life” during the first day of the Canadian Blood Services spring donor clinic at the Fort Frances High School. The clinic, which ran last Wednesday and Thursday, saw a total of 411 residents donate 362 units of blood.

Cozy igloo

Four-year-olds Aurora Hutton, left, and Keira Strickland played in an igloo Hutton’s father, Tristan, built for them over the weekend at their Emo Road residence. It took him about three hours to build it, but the kids lost interest after, oh, about 10 minutes—until it was all done, of course, said Aurora’s mother, Penny.