You are here

Cameron Penney

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

Last day!

Students from St. Francis School jumped for joy Friday afternoon when the final bell rang to mark the start of summer vacation. Students across the district wrapped up their school year last week.

Proud moment

Lindsay Dixon shook hands with vice-principal Jenn Leishman after receiving her diploma during Fort Frances High School’s annual graduation ceremony yesterday evening at the Ice For Kids Arena. A total of 160 grads received their diplomas, as well as other academic accolades.

‘Chem-free’ fun

Joey Angus, left, and Caleb Koomans looked to secure a knockout punch while boxing during the annual “Chem-Free Grad” party last night at the ’52 Canadians Arena. Plenty of activities were available for grads, including mechanical bull-riding, blackjack, and a “bungee-run.”

Fashion show

Anthony Yerxa showed off a purple shirt, accented with various coloured ribbons, designed by Lori Yerxa Creations during a fashion show at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre on Tuesday evening. The show, which was held in conjunction with the 20th-anniversary of National Aboriginal Day, also featured musical performances by local aboriginal artists.

Residential school survivors honoured

A dream Joe Medicine had in 2012 finally has come to fruition.

A monument created in recognition of survivors of residential schools was unveiled Saturday morning at Rainy River First Nations after several years of hard work and dedication.

Inscribed on the front of the monument is a passage Medicine first heard in a dream—and served as a inspiration to spearhead the project.

School monument

Joe Medicine, left, chair of the Indian Residential Schools Working Group, along with Dorothy Medicine, took a moment to admire the residential schools monument moments after it was unveiled Saturday morning at Rainy River First Nations. The monument includes an inspirational message on the front, which first came to Joe in a dream back in 2012.

Making pizza

St. Michael’s School students Zeila Dal, left, and Brynna Strain were hard at work putting cheese on their pizzas at Boston Pizza this morning. The Grade 1 and 2 classes had the chance to visit the King’s Highway restaurant and build their own lunch as part of their year-end activities.

Bike trick

Sebastian Anderson was among the many youngsters who celebrated the official first day of summer by performing some bike tricks at the skate park yesterday. The sun did not set until 9:20 p.m., which offered plenty of opportunity for children to have some outdoor fun long into the evening.

Monument unveiling

Joe Medicine, left, chair of the Indian Residential Schools Working Group, along with Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, stood proudly beside the newly-unveiled residential school monument after a ceremony at Rainy River First Nations on Saturday morning. The monument depicts local scenery and wildlife, and has the names of roughly 150 residential school survivors inscribed on the back.

Nursery diploma

Scarlett Asplund sported a big grin before she received her diploma from Laurel Basaraba at the Legion Park yesterday as part of the Fort Frances Nursery School windup. Children played games together at the park and then enjoyed a barbecue lunch before celebrating their graduation.