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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.

Food drive

Curves for Women manager Arlene Georgeson, left, handed over 581 pounds of food to Capt. Marlene Sandoval of the local Salvation Army yesterday at the end of the fitness centre’s annual food drive during the month of March. Capt. Sandoval said she is very grateful for the support.

Season wrap

East Coast folk artist Dave Gunning entertained the audience last night at the Townshend Theatre to wrap up the 15th season of tour de Fort. The show also featured Canadian artists Mike Stevens and Matt Anderson, who impressed the crowd with skill and songs.

Off to OFSAA

Members of the Muskie boys’ hockey team loaded equipment onto a bus yesterday morning in preparation for their trip to Ottawa for their fifth-straight appearance at the all-Ontarios, which run April 2-5. The eighth-ranked Muskies will open the tournament Wednesday against the Ancaster Royals.

Sweeeeep!

Mike Badiuk (left), Sean Murray (centre), and Mitch Seguin (right) helped along this stone in the first end of the ‘A’ final of the Alexander Keith’s Men’s International Bonspiel yesterday afternoon at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Badiuk’s foursome became the first junior squad to ever capture the title.

Healthy eating

Trish Wilson, left, registered dietitian with the Valley Diabetes Education Centre, talked with Oryn Albanese and his grandmother, Allison, about the difference between muscle and fat, and the health risks of eating fatty foods, during the inaugural chronic disease management symposium Saturday at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

Preparing daffodils

Beta Sigma Phi members Pat Bird, right, and Kerri Dittaro cut bunches of daffodils at Knox United Church last night in preparation for its annual “Daffodil Day”—a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. The daffodils were on sale this morning at Knox United Church, and also are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, The Beer Store, hospital gift shop, Dough & Deli, and Einar’s.

‘Bye Bye Birdie’

The MacAfee family, including André Emond, left, playing son, Randolph, Katelyn Shortreed as daughter, Kim, Kali Hamilton portraying mom, Doris, and Ken Kellar as dad, Harry—sang “Hymn For a Sunday Evening” along with the cast of “Bye Bye Birdie” last night during its opening night at the Townshend Theatre.