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Cameron Penney

Cameron joins the Fort Frances Times for as a Summer Reporter for 2016.

Fire starters

Erin Tomalty, left, along with Sarah Strain and Ashtyn Dokuchie, carefully observed the fire they created during the “Outdoor Activities” class at Fort High. Students have also learned skills such as knot tying, and will eventually put their skills to the test when they embark on a camping trip later in the semester.

Fire starting

Joey Onichuk, left, and Ben Whitburn started a fire using kindling and cotton as part of the “Outdoor Activities” class at Fort High. The class has participated in a variety of activities, such as Nordic cross-country skiing and archery. Students also have had lessons on winter survival and learned skills to build a snow shelter called a quinzee.

Milder weather welcomed change for winter carnival

Mother Nature seemed to send an apology to participants of the 33rd-annual Nestor Falls Winter Carnival over the weekend.

Temperatures hovering just below zero C made the cold of last year’s numbing minus-40 readings a distant memory.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather the last two days,” enthused Nestor Falls recreation committee member Howard Dodd

Nice catch

Klyde Laplante, left, along with Gary Tolen, showed off the northern pike they caught while competing in the fish derby Saturday in conjunction with the 33rd-annual Nestor Falls Winter Carnival. The 30-inch pike was too big to be entered in the competition but Laplante was able to net another fish that resulted in a second-place finish.

'Grease' rehersal

Andrew Eldridge, left, playing “Danny Zuko,” Brandon Cole (“Roger”), Cole Turcotte (“Kenickie”), Shawn Brady (“Sonny”), and Sam Gauthier (“Doody”) rehearsed a musical number in preparation for Fort High’s spring musical, “Grease.” Auditions began in January and rehearsals have been ongoing for the past month. The musical will be staged May 6-9 at the Townshend Theatre.

Choosing courses

Gareth Dunn, a Grade 10 student at Fort High, chose his courses for the 2015/16 school year earlier this week. Grade 11 and returning Grade 12 students need to complete and submit their course selections by Monday (March 2) while Grade 9 and 10 students have until March 23 to finalize their selections.

Cupid’s Cafe

FFHS student council members Kassidy LeDrew, left, and Nicole Gage served smoothies yesterday to students as part of Snow Week festivities. Tickets for “Love my Court Sports” were sold Tuesday to watch the Muskie court teams in action then today featured a Valentine’s-themed photo booth.