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Motel renovations

Renovations on the former Voyageur Inn are moving along, with a crew putting in trusses and windows in the rear wall of the building this week. The building recently was purchased by local businessman Mark Howarth, who is fixing up the upper level into apartments, as well as eventually leasing the restaurant and ground level for office or retail space.

'Where's Barry?'

Former Fort Frances residents Graeme Morgan (left) and Roy Tighe—seen here as characters from their short film, “Where Barry?”—are thrilled it has hit the film festival circuit. It will debut at the Capital City Film Festival in Lansing, Mich. from April 9-12 and it also won a Royal Reel Award for the Canadian Film Competition at the Canadian Independent Film Festival in Vancouver.

Drumming 101

Reo Walton, from the United Native Friendship Centre, and other local drummers visited the students at the Zaagi-Idiwin Aboriginal “Head Start” program last Wednesday. The youngsters enjoyed drumming and singing with their guests.

New sign

Gillons’ Insurance Brokers has a new sign with a new logo in front of its Church Street location. As part of the company’s re-branding, all eight of the Gillons’ Insurance locations throughout Northern Ontario have similar signs with the new logo going up.

Mayoral debate

A Fort High student asked a question of the three Fort Frances mayoral candidates—incumbent Roy Avis, Coun. Andrew Hallikas, and former mayor Dan Onichuk—during a debate held yesterday at the Townshend Theatre for students in the Civics classes. It will be known Monday night which of the three is elected.

In memory

Fort High students donned various shades of sunshine yellow on Tuesday in honour of fellow student and friend, Jessica Johnson, who was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Saturday north of Emo. Yellow represents joy, happiness, and energy—all of which the teen will be remembered for.