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Lions’ festival

Helen Myers, left, Elva Ossachuk, and Mary Demianiw enjoyed the music put on by the Borderland Ensemble, as well as the barbecue, during the Fort Frances Lions’ Club’s first-ever “Dand-e-lion Festival” here yesterday. Children’s games were held, as well, while the club also collected eye glasses, hearing aids, and cell phones.

Proud grads

Graduating students from the Zaagi’idiwin Aboriginal Head Start program were beaming from ear-to-ear Friday as they donned their special hats and sashes, signifying they successfully had completed their year together. The room was jam-packed with family and friends of these proud grads.

On its way

Barwick Blue Knights’ ace George Oltsher delivered a pitch to Sight & Sound’s Cole Kaemingh during Rainy River District Fastball League action yesteday evening at VanJura Stadium here. The local team extended its league-best record to 8-1 with a 12-2 win.

Strawberry desserts

Mary Misner, left, along with Iza Gillon, Lila Weir, and Mary Williamson, enjoyed their strawberry shortcake, ice cream, and coffee yesterday during La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary’s annual “Strawberry Social.” The event, located on the hospital grounds, also featured a plant sale, bake table, book sale, raffle, bingo, and a “Pick-A-Strawberry” game.

Back at work

The Portage Avenue underpass was open to traffic Tuesday during hours it should have been closed due to a contract dispute, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown reported. However, the issue of the elevations of the shoe pilings was resolved and work has resumed, meaning the original closure schedule is back in effect.

Surprise gift

Tara Yerxa proudly held up her Jonathan Cheechoo jersey at the Seven Generations Education Institute’s graduation ceremony last week after she was awarded it alongside recognition for holding the highest GPA in her graduating class. See story on A .

Damage repair

The slow work to take apart a dock behind La Place Rendez-Vous was underway Friday after it fell victim to the high waters on Rainy Lake that were whipped up by strong winds the previous night.

Abattoir work bee

Pat Loshaw (far left), Kerry Hyatt, and Clayton Teeple were among a dozen volunteers who were busy Monday evening dismantling buildings and clearing away debris in preparation for construction of the proposed abattoir in Emo later this summer. Donated time and equipment counts towards in-kind contibutions to the local component which is required by funding agencies.

Pirate party

Callahan Wiedenhoeft and Olivia Andrushuk were all smiles during a pirate party that was held in their Grade 1 class by their teacher, Jeremiah McCart, with the help of John Cousineau.

Gaping holes

As if traffic congestion isn’t bad enough in Fort Frances, Second Street East had to be blocked off between Portage Avenue and Victoria Avenue for a good part of yesterday when the street gave way in two spots. It took crews until well after dark to repair the damage.