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Nicholas Donaldson

Festival set to begin Monday

The 2017 Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts is scheduled to begin this Monday (April 3).

There are four divisions again this year: piano, instrumental, drama, and vocal.

Festival chairman Dave Schwartz estimated there are 300-350 entries for the festival, comprising 150-200 participants.

He noted the local festival always is very well attended.

Making syrup

Isaac Keffer held a bottle of last year's maple syrup as he stood next to his dad, Brian, and Jordie Baird in the family backyard here on the first day of the boiling process to produce this year's batch.


A local resident reported to the Times that someone drove across the soft ground at the Point over the weekend—causing deep tire ruts. A door also apparently was broken off one of the washrooms. He asks that people respect the property because it is taxpayers' dollars that have to go to repairing these damages.

Tween club drama

Museum programming and events co-ordinator Lauren Hyatt led youngsters in drama and acting activities during the Fort Frances Public Library's “Tween Club" yesterday afternoon—a perfect example of the partnering that goes on between the two community services. Warm-up games included introductions with actions, mirroring, and "freeze frame" acting.

Science fair

Sierra Happy showed off her project, “Mold Growth,” during Robert Moore School's annual science fair held yesterday in the school's atrium. Happy tested bread, bananas, strawberries, and cheese, with only the strawberries showing mold over a 12-day period. Other students' projects showcased a wide array of topics—from hockey stick flex to pulley systems and even freezing bubbles.

Camp information

Sam Stovel, Marketing and Community Outreach intern for Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario, held an information session at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre yesterday. Camp Quality is an organization that holds a week-long camp for children with cancer (on treatment or in remission), as well as other year-round support.

Winning display

Nexus Community Savings took first place in the business category of the OFSAA planning committee's “Paint the Town Black & Gold” contest with its display of Muskie pride. Taggs Source for Sports placed second while Northwoods Gallery & Gifts earned third. Ron and Yvette Beck's house at 906 Second St. E. was named the best-decorated home.

'Ag Day' being brought back to the district

The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture is bringing “Ag Day” back to the district.

It will take place Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Emo Legion.

Organizer and RRFA member Lisa Teeple said this is a revitalization of an annual event held in the district years ago.

She said “Ag Days” used to be huge events with speakers and displays.

Singer enjoys visit to area

Aboriginal musician Shy-anne Hovorka spent last Wednesday getting to know the area and meeting the people here.

Hovorka, who spoke with the Times before staging a concert at the Couchiching multi-use facility last Wednesday night, said she's always enjoyed music and education.

She was very happy to come to the area and meet with people to share her experiences as a musician.