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Huss-Solomon, Morelli win pageant talent show

Adia Huss-Solomon, 17, and Dino Morelli, 15, got off to a good start in the Miss and Mr. Fun in the Sun pageant by taking top honours in the talent portion Sunday night.

Huss-Solomon wowed the judges with her guitar and vocal rendition of “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain while Morelli strutted his stuff in a choreographed dance routine to “Staying Alive.”

Fort woman seeking Miss Canada crown

A dream Caroline Gagné has had since she was a little girl is about to come true as she prepares to head off to the Miss Canada International Pageant in Toronto in August.

Gagné will be representing Fort Frances at the pageant.

She said she came across information on the pageant by accident on the Internet while trying to get information on the Miss Hawaiian Tropic contest.

Salvation Army sees change of command

Just one month shy of being here two years, Lt. Michael and Wendy Cumben left the area last weekend for a new assignment with the Salvation Army.

The young couple and their daughter, Emily, headed for Spring Hill, N.S. on Sunday, about a 90-minute drive from Halifax.

“We expected [to stay] longer but we’re in the army. It’s part of the package,” Lt. Cumben said last week.

Visa amendments head to senate floor

A law that would require Canadians to carry a visa to enter the United States is one step closer to being quashed.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill amendment last week that would strike out those portions of an immigration bill passed in 1996.

That legislation amendment now has to go to the senate floor for a vote.

Auditorium given $1.25 million boost

“We’re ecstatic.”

That’s how John Dutton, chairman of the local community auditorium committee, reacted to yesterday’s announcement that the province will give $1.25 million to the project.

Dutton said he had heard on the Victoria Day long weekend that funding was coming down from the province but was hesitant to get his hopes up until it was official.

Grads march off to the future

It was a very quotable graduation ceremony for the class of 1998 as about 170 Fort Frances High School students received their diplomas last Wednesday night at Memorial Arena.

FFHS principal Terry Ellwood began the ceremony by giving advice to the graduates from Robert Fulgham’s “All I needed to know I learned in kindergarten.”

New doctor sets up shop at clinic

The first of three new general practitioners coming to town started full-time at the Fort Frances Clinic last week.

Dr. Pierre Mikhail wrapped up his residence in family medicine at Queen’s University in 1996. But before settling down permanently somewhere, he and his wife, Catherine, wanted to experience life up north.