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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.

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.