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‘On your mark . . .’

Monika Huminuk, right, executive director of the Rainy River District Victim Services Program, looked on as Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Ken Boshcoff, a longtime RRDVSP supporter, cut the ribbon to kick off the inaugural “Dash & Dine” yesterday afternoon on Scott Street. A total of 55 volunteers and participants walked and ran to the waterfront and back, raising about $1,500 for the program.

Season wrap-up

The Fort Frances Curling Club was packed Thursday evening for the final event of the season as members wrapped up their respective leagues. Don DeBenedet’s rink walked away with the Club Championship on the Men’s Side, while Kris Sinclair took the title on the Women’s side.

Pipes and drums

The Fort Frances Highlanders staged a concert at the Townshend Theatre here Saturday night to promote their newly-released CD, “Crossing Borders.” They also performed with other local talents, including “Haphazard,” who played some classic rock favourites.

Reusing art

Elizabeth Henderson, left, and John Myers were two of the Grade 6 students from Robert Moore School who made bookmarks out of recycled paintings Friday at the Fine Line Art Gallery here. The students also studied the works of art on the gallery walls as part of the “Think Green” exhibit, which runs until the end April. The students are in Mme.

Spaghetti dinner

Kasey Hawrylak served up plates of Caesar salad yesterday evening during a spaghetti dinner fundraiser sponsored by Knights of Columbus 2766 and the St. Mary’s Youth Group. The event, held at St. Mary’s Church Hall, also featured a penny auction, silent auction, and entertainment. Proceeds went towards local teen Michael Brady who will be attending World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

Lions lunch

Lions Jim Martindale, left, and John Rafferty, under the supervision of mascot/head chef “Simba” (Gaby Hanzuk), made sandwiches in the kitchen at The Bonnie Blue here yesterday during the Voyageur Lions Club’s “Soup’s On” fundraiser. More than 70 people enjoyed soup and a sandwich luncheon, which included a contest to name the Voyageur Lions’ mascot (the winning name was “Simba”).

Squash practice

Anniss Seid and Anika Alexander enjoyed a brief squash practice session at the Memorial Sports Centre last week. The local pair will leave for the Canadian junior national tournament in Victoria, B.C. next week.

Watercolour demonstration

Peter Humeniuk, a well-known artist from Thunder Bay, demonstrated some techniques of watercolour painting to a group of nearly 20 local residents during a weekend workshop called “The Colour of Music.” Held at the Little Beaver Snow Park lodge, participants spent two days learning and refining their artistic skills.

‘Casino Night’

The craps table offered up plenty of fun during the Emo spray park committee’s Fun Casino Night on Saturday. Although the “gambling” was just for fun with no money involved, funds were raised during a silent and live auction, as well as several draws.

Bags galore

Riverside Foundation for Health Care special events committee members Maria Sanders, left, Livia Lundon, Natalie Kearns, Terssa Hazel, and Joan Allison showed off a sampling of the purses and handbags that will be up for bid or otherwise available to be won at the “Old Bags Lunch” coming up on Saturday, April 19.