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‘We Scare Hunger’

Members of the student leadership council at Fort High dropped off the food collected through its “We Scare Hunger” campaign to the local Salvation Army this morning. Instead of collecting candy on Hallowe’en, the teens chose to collect non-perishable items to donate to the food bank. The group collected nearly 600 items altogether.

Bake sale

Darcy Banman, left, Dawn Gray, and Sheri Payne of The Bargain Shop showed off the array of goodies available there this morning. Staff at the store were holding the bake sale to help raise some funds to “adopt-a-family” through the local Salvation Army’s annual Christmas hamper program. The Scott Street business also is holding a toy drive for the Salvation Army.

First shovel

Like many other Borderland residents, Rod Pattison was out shovelling snow before heading to work this morning. The area received about five cm (two inches) of the white stuff but blustery west winds continue to blow it around, reducing visibility. Shaw also confirmed a weather-related Internet outage early this morning but service was restored before 10 a.m.

Urban poling

Andrea Avis, program director at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, showed off poles used for urban pole walking. A free urban poling workshop is scheduled for this Monday (Nov. 23) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the library, which will be lending out poles for patrons to try.

ALPR equipment

Drivers are reminded to make sure their licence, plates, and insurance are up-to-date since the Rainy River District OPP has been nabbing offenders thanks to automatic licence plate recognition (ALPR) equipment borrowed from the Kenora detachment.

Play ‘dough’

Paisley Riches rolled out some “dough” during the Northwestern Health Unit’s “Play Date” yesterday at St. Michael’s School. The event, for children of all ages, offered families a night to slow down and spend some time playing. There were fun, interactive, and messy activities for parents and children to enjoy together, as well as a free pasta dinner.

Jumping drills

Members of the local Fire ’N Ice volleyball club bounded their way through various jumping drills during a practice session yesterday evening at Fort High. The first-year club mixes technical training with dryland conditioning for players in the U14, U16, and U18 age groups.

‘Co-op Day’

Fort High co-op student Kevin Metke mixed together chemicals to create a colour wall while demonstrating some of the skills he learned while assigned to help out in the school’s science department. Metke was one of about 40 students showcasing their work placements this semester during “Co-op Display Day” there yesterday.

'Dash 4 Diabetes'

Michael Weisgerber and Angie Tester, who hail from Manitoba, ran the final leg of the “Dash 4 Diabetes” on the trails on Rocky Inlet on Saturday. About 100 people attended the event, which also included a 1K run, lunch, and a presentation by local youth with diabetes.

‘Louis Riel’ Day

Sunset Country Métis youth rep Sarah Marusyk shared information about Louis Riel and his efforts to preserve Métis rights and culture during an event outside the Civic Centre on Monday. Mayor Roy Avis joined Sunset Country Métis members for the raising of the MNO flag in honour of “Louis Riel Week,” which was followed by a lunch of wild rice soup and bannock at the Métis Hall.