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Emergency test

In case they have to use the route at any time this summer, Fort Frances Emergency Services drove vehicles over the Victoria Avenue crossing yesterday to make sure they could clear it. Work on the Portage Avenue underpass is resuming this week, and will continue for roughly a 25-week construction period.

College graduates

Kyleigh Ossachuk, left, and Jonna Wihnan shared a laugh prior to Confederation College’s convocation ceremony yesterday evening at the Townshend Theatre. The college celebrated its 40th anniversary by granting 30 certificates and diplomas to local graduates.

Speaking out

Labour representative Steve Boon spoke during a public meeting yesterday at the Memorial Sports Centre, which was hosted by the Ontario Forestry Coalition. He encouraged residents to send a message to the McGuinty government opposing the Endangered Species Act.

OFSAA action

The Muskie girls’ soccer team battled host Jean Vanier to a 1-1 draw in their opening game at the ‘AA’ all-Ontarios in Collingwood this morning.

Spring scrimmage

Players prepared to do battle during the Muskie football team’s spring scrimmage on Friday. Students from Grades 8-11 hoped to make a quick impression on coaches before training camp opens for real in August.

Let’s dance!

The Elite classes of Fort Dance Studio showed perfect technique while practising their Highland number, “Danny Boy,” on Saturday in preparation for their ninth-annual Core and Elite division recital, “Let’s Dance,” which is set to hit the stage this Saturday (June 14) at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. TIckets are available at Betty’s and also will be available at the door.

Budding stars

Under-12 soccer participants Conor McManaman, front, and Hunter Leishman worked on their ball-handling skills during a practice at the St. Francis Sportsfields on Saturday afternoon.

Beautiful voices

The African Children’s Choir performed Friday evening before a packed house at Bethel Baptist Church here. The choir, made up of orphaned children from various parts of Africa, tours the world raising money that enables the children to continue their education and build awareness to the plight of the African people.

Family barbecue

Michael Jones and son, Jack, enjoyed hamburgers and hotdogs yesterday at the Fort Frances Day Care’s 13th-annual family barbecue. The event featured a supper cooked up by local Kiwanians, as well as face-painting, games, draws, and appearances by “Bobber the Bass” and “Sparky the Fire Safety Dog.”

Muskie fundraiser

Lauren Gurski, a member of the Muskie girls’ soccer team, served up food to hungry players, parents, and members of the community yesterday evening at the Emo Youth Soccer League. The barbecue was a fundraiser to help the team offset the cost of participating at OFSAA in Collingwood next week. Following the meal, the Muskies volunteered their skills as guest coaches for the various teams.