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Dance rehearsal

Members of the VALA Follies were busy rehearsing their dance numbers on the Townshend Theatre stage yesterday in preparation for their upcoming annual performance. The VALA Variety Show, this year entitled “The Wacky River Criuse,” will run there this Friday at 7 p.m. and again Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Betty’s.

Successful benefit

Elizabeth Steele, right, along with William and Christopher Low, finished up their meatball and perogy dinner at the Fort Frances High School cafeteria on Friday during the benefit dinner for Dave and Jennifer Marr and their infant son, Benjamin, who was born prematurely. Besides dinner, there was live entertainment, a kids’ corner, and many great prizes up for grabs.

Sneak preview

Jan Alexandra Smith, playing the role of “Marisa,” and Murray Furrow (“Toby”) acted out a scene in the Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of Douglas Bowie’s “Rope’s End.” MTC will be performing the romantic comedy at the Townshend Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 7 as a fundraiser for the Fort Frances Museum.

Exams underway

Fort High students Marek Willemsen, left, AJ Bombay, and Karissa Bruyere worked on their Grade 10 math exam this morning as the first-semester exams got underway. Exams will run until Tuesday, with Wednesday being a P.A. Day for all district students. The second semester begins Jan. 31.

Finest food

Their plates full of delectable food, Dick and Wanda Botsford got ready to treat their taste buds during the local Alzheimer Society’s “Chefs’ Charitable Dinner and Auction” Sunday night at the Adventure Inn here. Some 73 people came out for the third-annual event, which featured a variety of food prepared and donated by area chefs and businesses, as well as live and penny auctions.

Crocus campaign

Josie Patrick, left, and Debbie Bazylewski, with the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, looked over details of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s annual crocus campaign. The volunteer bureau will be selling crocus bulbs Feb. 4-9 at the Sister Kennedy Centre, Wal-Mart, and the old CN station.

Talented performer

Juno Award-winning singer Connie Kaldor commanded the stage last Thursday night at the Townshend Theatre during the first “tour de Fort” concert of 2008. Embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, bluegrass, and adult contemporary, Kaldor not only entertained the crowd with her original songs, but her insightful story-telling between songs.

Denied—this time

Kenora Thistles’ goalie Brandon Beaulieu was all over Fort Frances KC Knights’ forward Jordan Larson during the first period of the PeeWee ‘AA’ tournament final here Sunday. Beaulieu couldn’t hold off Larson for long, though, as he scored three goals and added a pair of assists to help the Knights win 6-1.

Pool party

Youngsters enjoyed wading in the pool during the Fort Frances Nursery School’s annual “beach party” there this morning.

Solid goaltending

Goalie Scott Parsons of the Fort Frances KC Knights stretched to rob Brandon Pentek of the Kenora Thistles early in the final of the annual PeeWee 'AA' tournament here yesterday. Parsons and the Knights won the crown, beating Kenora 6-1.