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Building a pastime

If you’ve ever had somebody tell you to “paddle your own canoe,” it mostly likely was a blunt piece of advice on how to live your life.

But for Owen Johnston and Guy Donaldson, the old adage means putting their homemade cedar-strip canoes to glide on Rainy Lake.

Audience digs ‘Arrogant Worms’

To say “The Arrogant Worms” are an off-the-wall kind of group is a bit of an understatement. Adjectives like zany, wild, even crazy would describe their onstage antics to a T.

But a crowd of almost 400 people fell for their act hook, line and sinker last Wednesday night as the trio performed at the J.A. Mathieu Auditorium as part of the “tour de Fort” concert series.

Carroll benefit dinner Saturday

For Stephanie Carroll and her family, the battle is almost over.

The eight-year-old Fort Frances girl has made it through eight chemotherapy sessions and two surgeries in her fight against cancer.

Just one more surgery—a bloodstem transplant—is left. After that, her cancer should stay in remission.

“We’re hoping,” noted Carroll’s mother, Angela.

Celebrating the Scottish bard

It’s the one night of the year when everyone gets to be Scottish.

Robert Burns’ Night, set aside to honour Scotland’s most famous poet, goes Friday at La Place Rendez-Vous, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at seven.

Tickets, which cost $35 each, are available at McTaggart’s, the Rendez-Vous, and the Fort Frances Times.

Aboriginal action plan called good start

Ottawa’s move last week to make peace with Canada’s First Nations peoples is being called a good start—but it’s still only a start.

The federal government issued a “Statement of Reconciliation” last week, along with a $350-million fund to help aboriginal communities address social problems created by decades of child abuse in residential schools.