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Abba concert

The all-Canadian cast of “ABBAmania” performed the band's popular hits in front of a full house at the Townshend Theatre on Saturday night. Opening acts were Rod Stweart (Dave Battah) and Tina Tuner (Sonia Ndongmo).

Hamster survivor

Grade 2/3 students from J.W. Walker School posed with “Hammy” the hamster on Monday after he survived the gas leak and fire there last week. In the meantime, “Hammy” will be with the students at Huffman School, who clearly were very relieved their furry friend survived the ordeal.

PeeWee tourney

The Fort Frances Lions (dark uniform) took on the Kenora McDonald’s Bruins in the PeeWee tournament at the Emo-La Vallee Arena on Saturday. Fort Frances won this game 2-0.

New exhibit

Museum assistant Katie Urban was among the museum staff setting up the new“Passions Threadworks 2007: A Juried Exhibition of Needle Arts” exhibit yesterday at the Fort Frances Museum.

Healing ceremony

Gilbert Smith spoke to those gathered at a healing ceremony at the multi-use facility on Couchiching this morning. The event, hosted by Couchiching First Nation, allowed native and non-native residents from the area to join together and learn from one another. Teachings about some of the aboriginal traditionals were to take place, as well as a chance for anyone wishing to speak.

Relocated students

Students from J.W. Walker School were settling into their temporary classroom in the Robert Moore School gymnasium yesterday. Following an early-morning explosion and fire at the school last Thursday, students have been relocated to available space at Robert Moore, Huffman, and Fort Frances High School. It’s still unknown how long the students will be displaced.

Student fundraiser

Tanner Bell, past president of the Robert Moore Builders Club, and secretary Alexa Lesperance rearranged items in anticipation of the next wave of customers for their rummage sale Saturday morning at the school. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to a relief fund for J.W. Walker School.

Drawing a winner

Larry Cousineau, left, chair of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, drew the Kiwanis “Trip of the Month” winner for March as club member Alan Zucchiatti looked on this morning at International Travel Services. Elaine Sande of Fort Frances won a trip on the Mayan Riviera—valued at $4,300. Next month’s trip is to Italy ($5,900).

Family fun

Craig and Maria Sanders swept away during a wind-up bonspiel for the “Little Rockers” program yesterday at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Sponsored by Tim Hortons, the bonspiel saw about 55 participants, including children and their parents. Following the bonspiel, local Tim Hortons owner Gord McQuarrie presented each “Little Rocker” with a gold medal for their participation in the program.