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Water conservation

With restricted water usage for most of this summer on many residents’ minds, Hailey Clendenning, left, and Alyssa Spence, of the J.W. Walker School Environmental Club, pitched a water conservation plan involving rain barrels to town council last night.

Reconstruction work

Heavy machinery tore up the road near the corner of Central Avenue and First Street East this morning in anticipation of water and sewer rehabilitation work, which began Friday afternoon and is expected to carry on through September. The public is reminded of changes to traffic flow as a result.

‘Walk for Memories’

Gabe Glueheisen walked with her 20-month-old son, Jonah, as well as Nyla Henry and Nancy Lockman, during the sixth-annual “Walk for Memories” here yesterday afternoon. The fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society of the Kenora-Rainy River District attracted 13 pledged participants and brought in $1,878. Glueheisen was the top fundraiser, with $365 in pledges.

Hands-on learning

Five-year-old Simone Payne, left, Mya Hamilton, four, and Samara Payne, six, got a closer look at the all the levers and switches on a Fort Frances Fire Department pumper truck during the “Spring Into Fire Safety” event Saturday morning at Canadian Tire. Firefighters were on hand to answer questions and promote fire safety, as well as give out fire hats to children.

Coming soon

A sign advertising the “Future Home of Boston Pizza” has been erected on property just west of the Super 8 Motel here. The company reported this morning that construction is expected to begin in July, with the business opening its doors in December.

Aboriginal tradition

Students and staff at Crossroads School in Devlin were treated to traditional music, courtesy of Naicatchewenin First Nation residents as well as dancers from Pickle Lake, during the school’s second-annual pow-wow yesterday.

Say cheese!

People got the chance to pose with a real live bear yesterday afternoon at the Shrine Circus at the Memorial Sports Centre. The many circus-goers could not help but “ooohh” and “aaahh” while the bears danced and slid down slides as part of their show. Afterwards, young and old alike lined up to get a chance to be near these amazing creatures. A second performance was held at 7:30 p.m.

Gallery Paint Job

Jean Richards of the Fine Line Art Gallery checked out how some artwork will jibe with the new paint scheme there. The gallery will be closed today through Saturday as it gets re-decorated, then will reopen its doors Monday with a bright new interior.

‘Project Petunia’

Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce manager Dawn Booth looked over the list of flower basket sponsors during the official launch of “Project Petunia” on at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market here earlier this month. The Chamber will be helping beautify Fort Frances with 60 flower baskets and 20 planters this summer, but is looking for sponsors for next year and beyond. The cost is $50 per year.