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Dock repairs

With Fisheries and Oceans Canada announcing earlier this week it will invest $370,000 into the rehabilitation of the Five-Mile dock, crews already have begun work there. The project involves repairs to the wharf’s substructure, replacement of the entire timber deck, and repairs to the floating docks, and should be finished before spring.

Opening ceremonies

Tom Fry (background) watched his ceremonial first rock roll right to the button as long-time Fort Frances Curling Club members Paul Fraser (left) and Claude DeBenedet swept hard during the opening ceremonies of the NOCA men’s provincials playdowns here last night. Four rinks already sport 2-0 records and have advanced to the ‘A’-side semi-finals, which take place tonight at 7 p.m.

100 polka dots

Trinidy George, a Grade 1 student at St. Michael’s School here, held up the crown she decorated with 100 polka dots as part of her classroom’s celebration for the 100th day of school on Monday.


George Schrijver, the main facilitator, spoke to a group of 17 interested farmers and rural-based entrepreneurs at the Feb. 6-7 workshop held at the Emo Inn. “Growing Your Opportunities–A Quest for New Farm Value Workshops” was enthusiastically received by all of the local participants.

Table of treats

Volunteers Cathy Robinson, left, and Ruth Caldwell arranged baked goods in preparation for the next wave of hungry customers at the annual “Friends of the Library” bake sale last February. This year’s bake sale and cookie walk is slated for Friday (Feb. 13) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. A penny auction and blanket draw also will be held.


Fort Frances Jr. Sabre Kalib Thunderchief (left) grappled with Thunder Bay Bearcat Devon Quarrell during a third-period fight of the visitors’ 3-1 victory Saturday night at the Ice for Kids Arena.

‘When I get old . . .’

Cameron Hyatt and Matthew Begin, Grade 1 students at St. Michael’s School here, celebrated the 100th day of school yesterday by showing off their new “old” faces of what they think they would look like when they turn 100 years old. Students in Carla Harris’ class also decorated cupcakes, made crowns, and did other activities to celebrate the 100th day.

NOCA Opener

Lead Lee Toner (left) and second Luc Ouiment of the Mike Jakubo rink (Copper Cliff) swept hard during the fifth end of their opening draw against Claude Lapointe (McIntyre) this morning at the NOCA men’s provincial playdowns taking place at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Puck pursuit

Thunder Bay Bearcats’ forward Tyler Miller (#20) broke free from a pair of hard-checking Fort Frances Jr. Sabres during the second period of the visitors’ 3-1 win Saturday night at the Ice for Kids Arena.

Decadent delights

The chocolate was piled high yesterday afternoon during the fifth-annual “Chocolate Affair” fundraiser held at the Backus Community Center in International Falls. Thomas A. Smith, one of the event’s volunteers, showed off some of the many delicious chocolate cakes, pies, and other creations that filled up the raffle table.