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Nursery school graduation

Laura Chabot celebrated the nursery school graduation of her three-year-old son, Ethan Rose, yesterday at Knox United Church. Diplomas were handed out to numerous youngsters as they enjoyed lunch and a juggling show provided by Dr. Bruce Lidkea.

Top senior

Nelson Rogoza, left, received the Township of Alberton’s “Senior of the Year” award from Reeve Mike Hammond yesterday evening. Rogoza, 67, contributed to educating the community by teaching for 37 years, as well as being the principal at J.W. Walker and the former Alberton School. He also served on the planning board and various other township commitees.

Native Apology

Rosie Snowball looked at a “class photo” of children who attended St. Margerites Indian Residential School in Fort Frances in 1950. A public reception in conjunction with the broadcast of Stephen Harper’s apology for the wrong-doings commiteed against the children, their families, and their culture was held yesterday afternoon at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Making music

John Dutton directed the junior band though a selection of songs last night as they opened the Fort Frances High School Music Department’s annual spring concert at the Townshend Theatre.

Fancy footwork

Maisie Fichuk worked on her ball-handling skills while others waited their turn during the under-12 soccer program Saturday. Organized by Sarah Noonan, the program meets once weekly for a 90-minute session at the St. Francis Sportsfields.

Drive-thru smile

OPP Cst. Anne McCoy served up coffee with a smile at the drive-thru window last Wednesday afternoon during “Camp Day” at Tim Hortons. In addition to a “jail or bail” cell, a book sale, and other fundraisers, proceeds from every cup of coffee purchased that day will be donated to the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation.

Future Olympian?

Isabelle McNabb-Hansen of Stratton is well on her way to earning her water wings. She is enrolled in the Parent/Tot class at the Lake of the Woods pool in Baudette with her mom, Andrea McNabb. The purpose of this class is for parents and children to become comfortable in the water.

Water conservation

Alyssa Spence, left, and Hailey Clendenning, Grade 7 students at J.W. Walker, explained the features of the Raincatcher 4000 rain barrels the public can now order either at the Civic Centre or Memorial Sports Centre. They cost $65 (taxes included) each and will be available for pickup at the Pubic Works building starting June 19.

Singing for a cause

The African Children’s Choir received a standing ovation and warm reception from the packed house at Bethel Baptist Church here Friday evening. Funds raised by the group’s current cross-Canada tour go towards the development of projects in Africa, as well as the education of choir members.