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2006 Images

Face painting

Abbey McLeod, six, painted a clock on the face of her cousin, Wyatt McLeod, also six, as his sister, Sydnee, nine, and friend, Naomi McManaman, six, looked on. The kids were participating in the “Rock Around the Clock” party at the Fort Frances Public Library last Thursday to celebrate the New Year.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Flutter kick

Aquanaut Levi Ritteau worked on his flutter kick and trying to stay in the lane during practice at the Memorial Sports Centre on Saturday morning along with six other pre-competitive swimmers aged nine-12. —Jenni Condon photo

Budding author

Emma Kunkel of JW Walker School read her story, “The Spunky, Punky Giant,” to members of the Rainy River District School Board, including assistant superintendents of education Linda Hill and Ian Simpson, during their regular meeting here last night. Kunkel’s school received the board’s monthly Recognition of Excellence award for its “Lunch with an Author” event held last May.

Story lovers

Sam Bonner-Vickers and his babysitter Gloria Geense heard stories and sang songs during “Storytime” at the Fort Frances Public Library this morning. The library’s winter programs have started up again, and include storytime at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday for children aged three to six. Registration is required.

Garage fire

Firefighters put out a blaze in a garage at 627 Scott St this morning. No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported at 10 am, and was out shortly thereafter. A portion of the 600 block was closed as firefighters used large fans to clear the heavy smoke. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Clock face

Abbey McLeod, six, returned the favour and drew a clock on the face of her cousin, Wyatt McLeod, also six, during “Rock Around the Clock,” a New Year’s party at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday. About 20 kids aged six and up came out to have some fun before they head back to school on Monday.

—Melanie Béchard photo

New commander

Insp Dave Lucas is settling in as the new Ontario Provincial Police detachment commander for the Fort Frances cluster. Insp. Lucas, who just moved here from Thunder Bay, commenced his duties Wednesday. Most recently, he’d been working as the unit commander for the Northwest Regional Professional Standards Branch. Former detachment commander S/Sgt.

SpongeBob Icypants

Diane Boustead looked like she was walking on water before she sank into the frigid waters of Rainy Lake on Sunday at the Polar Plunge at La Place Rendez-Vous. The event was nearly postponed due to poor ice, but went ahead as scheduled without a hitch. The more than 40 jumpers raised $12,660 for the Voyageur Lions Club.

—Melanie Béchard photo

New Year’s baby

Malori Grover, right, and her new son, Christian Douglas Ramsay, posed with her mother, Loretta Martin, yesterday morning at La Verendrye Hospital. Christian, whose father is Doug Ramsay of International Falls, Mn., was the first baby of the new year born in the district. He was born at 10 a.m. on Sunday, tipping the scale at eight pounds, six ounces.

Slippery slide

Joseph Maki had a hard time climbing back up the hill at the Lions Park in Emo on Saturday after sliding down it. Many children in the village took advantage of the mild weather by skating, sliding, and snowmobiling over the weekend. –Heather Ogilvie photo