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Deep hole

With 6,500 cubic metres of soil now removed from Highway 602 just before Bone Road, T&K Sharp Construction is ready to begin removing the 48-metre concrete culvert that a creek, known as the Rainy River tributary, runs through. Once the culvert is removed, an almost 49-metre bridge will be assembled beside Bone Road and then pushed across onto pilings.

Tree-planting ceremony

Jim Krag, left, from Resolute Forest Products, along with Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis, local MPP Sarah Campbell, and Greg Chapman of the local Ministry of Natural Resources office, gathered to “plant” the company’s one-billionth tree—a white spruce—following their speeches to those who had gathered to watch the “amazing achievement,” as Campbell called it.

Full moon teachings

Elder Catherine Kelly talked to children aged seven-14 about the “full moon teachings” yesterday morning at the Nanicost grounds here. As part of Weechi-it-te-win Family Services’ annual “Children’s Summer Institute,” which wraps up tomorrow, youths and their families are invited to come out and partake in games and traditional teachings.

Long-time donor

Acer Allen donated blood for the 25th time yesterday at Fort Frances High School as phlebotomists Carolyne Favell, left, and Kara Molave smiled in the background. The Canadian Blood Services’ inaugural summer clinic here saw 137 donors contribute 108 units on the first day, which was slightly lower than the goal of 119 units.

One billionth tree

Greg Chapman, district manager for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Fort Frances, spoke to a small group of people about the significance of Resolute Forest Products planting its one billionth tree—a white spruce—on Friday morning at the Sorting Gap Marina here. Similar ceremonies also were held in Thunder Bay and Iroquois Falls.