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Volunteer appreciation

Pam Makarchuk, left, Astrid Sobkowicz, Shirley Dolph, Kathy Haukaas, and Linda York enjoyed a bite to eat and each other’s company yesterday during the volunteer appreciation luncheon at Rainycrest. More than 100 people came out for the annual event, where they were treated to a free lunch as well as chances to win door prizes. This week has been National Volunteer Week.

Classroom of the future?

Doug Dunnet (on screen), a Grade 6 teacher from North Star Community School in Atikokan, read to Jodi Easton’s Grade 3 class at J.W. Walker School this morning via videoconference. The exercise was to help the Grade 6 students in their Young Author’s Unit and to help the local class with their narrative writing unit. —Melanie Béchard photo

Just desserts?

A good sport, Aquanauts coach,Tristan Hutton was still smiling even after being hit in the face with a pie on Saturday following the team’s swim-a-thon to raise money for the club. All swimmers who raised $200 or more were allowed to throw a pie at Hutton. Some pies included tasty ingredients like garlic, sardines, and pork and beans. The event raised some $2,200 for the Aquanauts.

Seatbelt check

OPP Cst. Rebecca Audia stopped a vehicle yesterday afternoon during a seatbelt check on the 800 block of Second Street East. Police will continue to hold such checks until the end of the month. —Duane Hicks photo

Mushroom shade

“The Spell” by Barbara Stevens is just one of the works of art now on display at the Fine Line Art Gallery as part of the spring exhibit entitled “Abracadabra.” The exhibit started last week and the public is welcome to drop in. It runs until Saturday, May 5, when a “Music in the Gallery” will be held. Tickets for the event, which will run 7-10 p.m., are available at the gallery for $10 each.

First peek at peeps

Adam Parks, one, of Fort Frances wasn’t sure what to make of a day-old hatchling cuddled by Gertie Boven of Emo Feed Service, where the first batch of baby chicks ordered by area farmers arrived yesterday morning.

—Beth Caldwell photo

Bags galore

Maria Sanders, Mary King, Teresa Hazel, and Joan Allison, of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s special events committee, showed off just a sampling of the bags donated to the “Old Bags Lunch” coming up this Saturday.

Spring ritual

The last of the flames died down in the large field north of Williams Avenue late yesterday afternoon as Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Services wrapped up its first day of prescribed burning in town. Firefighters are expected to continue burning operations this week at Flinders Place, near Riverview Cemetery, and between Sixth and Eighth Streets in the northwest part of town.

Behind the wheel

“Global Gaming” owner John Racioppi gave deputy mayor Tannis Drysdale a few tips on racing as she got behind the wheel of a virtual high-performance automobile in an Xbox 360 game Friday afternoon at the grand opening of “Global Gaming,” located at 256 Scott St.

On the beam

Stacey Cridland, of the Fort Frances Gymnastics Academy, showed off her moves on the beam during the Springfest 2007 Invitational Inter-Club meet held here Saturday.

—Heather Ogilvie photo