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2006 Images

Ukrainian culture

Fort Dance Studio’s Katarina Dancers performed yesterday evening before a sold-out crowd at the Ukrainian Hall. The dancers were part of the entertainment at a community feast sponsored by the Thunder Bay-Rainy River Liberal riding association and MP Ken Boshcoff. The evening also featured traditional food, music, and speakers from the local Ukrainian community. — Melanie Béchard photo

First snow

Byron, a nearly three-year-old Lab cross, investigated the fresh snow on the ground during his morning walk today. And more may be on the way, with The Weather Network saying we can expect five-10 cm of snow between this afternoon and tomorrow and close to five mm of rain. —Duane Hicks photo

Bountiful feast

Students at F.H. Huffman School celebrated Thanksgiving with their annual “Harvest Feast” on Friday. The entire student body gathered in the gym to sing songs of thanks and enjoy bannock, wild rice, and soup they helped prepare. Pam Hawley, curator of the Fort Frances Museum, also gave a talk on the history of Thanksgiving while local elder Mrs. Kabatay gave a blessing in Ojibway.

Fire safety

Alexander Stewart and his sister, Susan, filled out some entries for a chance to win prizes as their grandmother, Marianne Barron, looked on Saturday at Canadian Tire, where the Fort Frances Fire-Rescue Service kicked off Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 8-14). Firefighters were on hand to answer any questions, and also are visiting local schools this week to spread the word about fire safety.

Going the distance

Shelby Tymkin, right, a Grade 5 student at Riverview, was closely followed by classmate Cassie Westover on Thursday as the girls rounded the final bend at the Rainy River District Athletic Association’s regional cross-country run at Crossroads School in Devlin.

—Heather Ogilvie photo

Preparing the feast

Linda Rajala, left, Marcia Zeleny, Iris Mihichuk, and Dorothy Wepruk of the local Ukrainian Literary Society steamed and sliced cabbage for cabbage rolls for the ladies’ upcoming “Last Supper”—their final catered event at the Ukrainian Hall. The dinner is part of a “Community Feast” series sponsored by Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Ken Boshcoff and the Liberal riding association.

Vball Action

Muskie junior volleyball player Joe Basaraba spiked the ball past the Dryden Eagle defender last Thursday at fort High. The black-and-gold lost the match in four sets (25-9, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23) and now are 0-3 in league play so far this season.

-Alex Cruickshank photo.

Mirror image

Jaxon Gartzke marvelled at his reflection in the hub cap of a wheel on a fire truck Saturday at Canadian Tire, where the Fort Frances Fire-Rescue Service was to kick off Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 8-14). Firefighters were on hand to answer any fire safety questions while the public was encouraged to check out info displays, fill out draws, and pick up fire hats for the kids.

New playground

Brad Oster, vice-principal of Robert Moore School, posed with student volunteers Tyler Leepart and Jamie Loveday, Hugh Dennis, co-ordinator for the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition, Grace Silander, chair of the RRVSC board, and board member Coun. John Albanese yesterday as workers installed new playground equipment at the school. The RRVSC donated $450 towards the project.

Handmade bannock

Robin Simmons, a Grade 8 student from Robert Moore School, helped fry up bannock that his classmates made during Seven Generations Education Institute’s “Fall Harvest” yesterday. The institute had about 250 students from across the region attend yesterday’s event, which included many traditional skills like preparing wild rice, cleaning and smoking fish, and making moccasins.