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Teaching about disabilities

“The Kids on the Block” puppets, operated by drama students at Fort Frances High School, taught district elementary school students about disabilities during a series of performances Friday. Such things as visual impairment, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities were highlighted.

Tourney practice

Jamison Shortreed got the pads down to make a save during a 3-on-3 scrimmage last night at the Ice for Kids Arena. The practice was in preparation for an upcoming 3-on-3 tournament which is slated for Thunder Bay this weekend. A number of local teams are planning to take part in the event.

Program resumes

About a dozen moms and infants participated in the new session of “Mother Goose,” which got underway this morning at the Fort Frances Public Library. The free 10-week program teaches parents and caregivers songs and lap rhymes they can sing to their youngsters.

Skating in

Muskie winger George Halverson blasted through the Ancaster Royals’ defence in the second period of their OFSAA opener yesterday afternoon. Goalie Tyler Leach came up with the save, but Fort High went on to win the game 5-3.

Environmental art

Cathy Richards, left, and her mother, Jean, pored over the artwork Robert Moore students in Rhian McIvor’s Grade 6 class created for the upcoming “Think Green” exhibit at the Fine Line Art Gallery on Mowat Avenue. Cathy Richards taught art to McIvor’s class, getting the students to use recyclables and make works reflecting an environmental theme.

Earth hour

Madison Krikke, left, and McKenna Soderholm, both Grade 3 students at Robert Moore School and members of the environmental club there, turned off the lights near the school’s office Friday morning. From 10-11 a.m., staff and students held a promotional “Earth Hour,” turning off all lights in the building. The world-wide event was held Saturday from 8-9 p.m.

New pastor

Joe Orr, the new pastor at Off Lake Covenant Church, is pictured with his wife, Lorna, and their son, Justin. The family moved to the area earlier this year from Brazil, and are settling in just fine.

Idol of millions

Teenage girls were enthralled with superstar “Conrad Birdie” (played by Alex Marusyk) in a scene from “Bye Bye Birdie,” which was staged by Fort Frances High School students last Wednesday through Saturday at the Townshend Theatre.

Fancy move

Visiting skaters Michaela and Scott Botsford demonstrate some of the moves that won them the BMO Merit Award for performance and technique at the Western Challenge back in December. The pair were on hand for the Border Skating Club’s “Disney Magic” ice show.

Drawing a winner

Mark Kowalchuk, left, chair of the “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign for the new public library, drew the winning ticket for the April “Trip of the Month” draw as Kiwanis treasurer Robin Wright looked on. Scott and Leah Delack of Little Fork, Mn. will be heading to Italy, a trip valued at $5,900. Next month’s trip is to Niagara Falls, Ont.