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Get the ball!

Children chased the ball in hopes of getting in a few kicks Monday afternoon during the opening night of Fort Frances Youth Soccer. The seasson-opener was delayed a week due to the heavy spring snowstorm that hit Borderland in late April, so the youngsters came out with double the energy.

Back in action

Fort Frances Youth Soccer kicked off another season yesterday at the St. Francis pitches. Kids aged five and up put on their cleats and shin pads, and kicked the ball around to applause and cheering from parents and spectators alike. The opener was delayed a week due to the spring snowstorm in late April.

Gaming booth

Thomas LePine played Halo 3 with intense concentration amid the hustle and bustle of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s 20th-annual Home and Leisure Show, which ran Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Sports Centre. The Global Gaming booth saw great attendance, with kids and adults alike vying for a turn to play.

Pre-season action

The Muskie senior girls’ soccer team battled the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) on Friday as part of their first pre-season tournament of the year. The squad opened with a 1-1 tie against Dryden, lost 2-1 to the Saints, and then blanked Rainy River 4-0.

Market opening

Bruce Donohue skimmed over some of the used books on sale at the opening of the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market here Saturday. The market will be open every Saturday until the end of October, with Thursday afternoon markets also planned for Aug. 7-Oct. 9.

Getting ready

Jim Badiuk and Dawn Booth shared a laugh as they prepared for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s 20th-annual home and leisure show, which runs today from 4-9 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre.

And the winner is . . .

B93•FM station manager Leo Melanson, left, drew the winning ticket for the Kiwanis Club’s “Trip of the Month” draw for May as Kiwanian Alan Zucchiatti looked on yesterday morning at International Travel Services. Dave and Margaret Sedgwick will be heading to scenic Niagara Falls, Ont.—a trip valued at $2,020. Next month’s trip is to San Diego, Calif.

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.