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MNR tour ‘for the birds’

With two professional bird-watchers to lead the way, about 20 enthusiasts spent last weekend searching for—and identifying—various species during the Rainy River Birding Workshop.

“A lot of people find birding really intimidating,” said George Holborn, one of the leaders of the outing. “It doesn’t have to be that way at all, it’s approachable by anybody.”

Former resident writes book

Beatrice Fines is 83 years old, lives in Winnipeg, and has done things many people only dream about—like writing a book.

“This is my first published collection of short stories,” Fines, a former Fort Frances resident, said Tuesday from her home in Winnipeg.

Entitled “Neighbours,” it is due out sometime this month.

Summer school details finalized

With 48 students enrolled in summer school next month, the Rainy River District School Board will be offering instruction at four sites across the district.

“With the funding provided by the high enrolment, parents should be happy we’re providing this all across the district,” assistant superintendent Betty Ann LaRocque said Tuesday.

‘Dr J.’ is floating into stardom

After spending 60-plus hours a week working as a family physician in Calgary, you wouldn’t think Dr. Ted Jablonski would have much energy left over to do anything else—let alone release a CD.

But “Dr. J.” did just that, releasing “Floating”—featuring 10 original songs—in April through Goget’m Productions.