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Cameron Penney

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

Tennis courts

Court Surface Specialists Ltd., a contractor based in Mississauga, has begun building four new tennis courts along the fenceline of the St. Francis Sportsfield on the north side of Fort Frances High School. The project is expected to be completed by Sept. 1.

‘Sip & Paint’

Dolores Beach, left, along with Sheri De Gagné and Mary Hickling, were focused on their art while painting with dyes on silk during “Sip & Paint” yesterday evening at From the Grind Up here. The event, which was sponsored by the Fort Frances Museum and the “Friends of the Museum,” allowed participants to sip on a drink while taking part in a workshop led by local artist Cher Pruys.

Boarding bus

Four-year-old Cruz Egan made sure he followed school bus safety rules by holding onto the hand rail while boarding one for the first time yesterday morning during the Rainy River District School Board’s annual “First Rider” program. Students first watched an informational video before taking a trip on the school bus themselves in preparation for the first day of school on Aug. 30.

Doing yoga

Laurie Anderson, left, along with Becky Holden, performed the “partner wide-legged forward fold” yoga position during a session at the Emo Legion Park last Tuesday afternoon as part of “Music in the Park.” The event was held to raise funds for the annual “I Am Awesome” girls’ retreat.

Sewing tips

Andrea Avis, program director at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, offered some sewing tips to Amy Norris while she sewed for the first time during the “From Dad to Fab!” event there yesterday afternoon. Youngsters will use men’s shirts to design a new outfit throughout the week, then show off their creations during a fashion show Thursday night at the library.

First riders

Three-year-old Zac Beauregard sported a big grin while riding on the school bus for the first time this morning during the Rainy River District School Board’s annual “First Rider” program. The youngsters first watched an informational video about the rules of the school bus before riding the bus themselves in preparation for their first day of school Aug. 30.

Geology speaker

Chris B. Hemstad, a local geologist and teacher at Falls High School in International Falls, spoke to members of the Rainy Lake Conservancy, as well as the general public, during the RLC’s annual general meeting yesterday afternoon at La Place Rendez-Vous here.

‘Play Zone’

Abigail Matheson raced through hula hoops held up by Sam Pearson, left, the health educator with the Northwestern Health Unit, along with OPP summer student Katrina Slomke and Northwestern Health Unit summer student Kate Parsons, at the Rotary Park here yesterday morning as part of the “Pop Up Play Zone.” The weekly event has been held in parks across town throughout August to promote outdoor a


Tammy Ouellet, co-ordinator of the “Stuff-A-Bus” initiative, showed off some of the school supplies donated by community members at Walmart here earlier this morning. This is the fourth year the campaign has run—with this year’s goal being to collect and fill 100 backpacks with school supplies by Wednesday.