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Serving it up

Celia Berry prepared to serve last night as she and fellow members of the senior Muskie volleyball team took to the court for the first time in the local women’s league. The senior spikers made an immediate impact with victories over Gillons’ Cougars and Just Play.

Scoring chance

Fort Frances Lakers’ forward Davis Smith looked to shoot as Dryden Ice Dogs’ defenceman Josh Winter tried to block the puck before it reached goalie Eric Szymczyk during the first period of Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout win here for the visitors.

Signing up

Heidi Putzer added her name to the list of those students who decided to be part of the Fort Frances Builders Club during an open house pizza party yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. The Builders Club is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership.

Special visitor

Ronald McDonald said hello to eight-month-old Isabella Cain, held by Dode DeBenedet, on Saturday during the official grand re-opening of the newly-renovated McDonald’s Restaurant here. Ronald visited with children, offered a magic show, and helped Mayor Roy Avis cut the ribbon with a pair of over-sized scissors.

First arrival

Alyssa and Tyrell Griffith of Sioux Narrows welcomed their newborn daughter, Kayenna Lynn Griffith, who was the first baby of 2013 in Rainy River District. She was born last Wednesday (Jan. 2) at 4:22 p.m., weighing in at eight pounds, 15 oz. The family received gifts and gift baskets courtesy of Canada Safeway, Fort Floral, Pharmasave, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Reading buddies

Grade 1 students Mackenzie McClain, left, and Emma Bodnarchuk were busy doing “buddy reading” first thing Monday morning in Tracy Lewis-Tucker’s class at J.W. Walker School. After a two-week Christmas break, students across the district headed back to class this week amid continued uncertainty stemming from the current teachers’ dispute with the provincial government.

Corner battle

Fort Frances Canadian Sheldon Kelly, left, and Jacob Lugli of the Dryden Paper Kings squared off in the corner during Friday afternoon’s 3-1 win for the home side in round-robin action at the FFMHA’s PeeWee ‘AA’ tournament. The Canadians went on to lose 5-4 in overtime to the Sioux Lookout Flyers in Sunday’s final.

‘Bear With Me’

Devlin native Laura Darby spoke to a full house in the Shaw Room at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre last night as she recounted her tale of being attacked by a male black bear near Thunder Bay back on Oct. 4, 2011 while working for the Ministry of Natural Resources. Darby also brought along the bear, which is now a floor rug in her home.

Under wraps

Josh Mastin of the La Place Rendez-Vous Voyageurs kept a close eye on the Muskies’ Caleb McIntosh as the Fort High player tried to make a pass to one of his teammates during men’s basketball league action last night at the Fort High gym. Mastin was unstoppable as his 68-point performance helped the Vous to a 112-87 victory.

Back to the books

Grade 1 students Kiera Fairnington, left, and Mackenzie Hammond were busy doing “buddy reading” first thing this morning in Tracy Lewis-Tucker’s class at J.W. Walker School. After a two-week Christmas break, students across the district headed back to class today amid continued uncertainty stemming from the current teachers’ dispute with the provincial government.