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Backpack donation

Blair Anderson of Betty's and Kathy Lampi picked out some art supplies last week at the Scott Street business. Betty's is among the local businesses that have supported this year's “Backpacks for Kids” campaign.

Bass sampling

Stewardship Youth Rangers Gareth Dunn, left, CC Hayes, and Sydney Beck worked with Fort Frances District resource management technician Thomas (TJ) Maedel to carefully take a small dorsal spine sample—the standard procedure used by MNRF staff to safely determine age in live release bass. This provides the MNRF with valuable information and insight into the state of the fishery.

Soap box champ

Marie-Mai Langevin of Fort Frances had a stellar conclusion to a very successful five-year racing career at the 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby world championships last month in Akron, Ohio.

Best Coaster

Fraser Field, winner of the “Best Coaster” vehicle award, gave Harleigh Brow-Rose a kiss on the cheek after being presented the trophy Thursday afternoon at the Sorting Gap Marina car show. Field and his wife, Dorothy, drive a 1969 Bonneville Ambulance.

BIA pick

“Canadian Coasters” and Elizabeth and Dale Wallis took home the Fort Frances BIA choice award for their 1929 Model 'A' pickup Thursday afternoon at the Sorting Gap Marina car show.

Summer baking

Participants showed off their final products from the “Make 'n Bake” summer youth camp that ran July 10-14 at the local Confedration College campus. Although the carpentry and art camps both wrapped up last Friday (July 21), the culinary camp still is accepting late registrations. It is set to run Aug. 21-25 for those born between 2002 and 2006.

Visiting canoeist

Pascal Bredin of Gatineau, Que. used Fort Frances as one of his stopovers this past week to rest during what is a planned 7,500-km trek by canoe from his hometown all the way to Inuvik, N.W.T. See story on A2.