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Launching shot

John Sivonen of Team Canada tried a three-pointer during his squad's 101-75 loss to Team USA during the Fort Frances Men's Basketball League's inaugural all-star game last Tuesday night in the Fort High gym. The league also hosted a “mediocre” game prior to that, which Team 40-plus took by a score of 49-33 over Team 40-and-under.

Festival opens

Cassandra Armstrong, singing “Ben" by Don Black and Walter Scharf, was among the opening performances that kicked off the annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts this morning at Knox United Church here. The Vocal Division continues through Thursday, followed by Drama and Speech Arts (April 9-10), Instrumental (April 12-13), and Piano (April 16-20).

'Seed library'

Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre CEO Caroline Goulding stood next to the “seed library” there, where people can borrow and donate seeds for the coming growing season. It contains several packages of seeds for cabbage, cucumber, beans, kale, tomatoes, broccoli, and a variety of flowers.


Ted DeBenetti handed out candy outside of “A Buck or Two" during the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club's fifth-annual "Egg-stravaganza” event that took place Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the downtown core. Hundreds of children filled their Easter baskets with chocolates and candy from the 16 participating businesses along Scott Street.

Trip draw

Heather Wright drew the April “Trip of the Month” draw winner while her father-in-law and Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on this morning at International Travel Services here. Lawrence Armstrong of Pinewood will be heading to Berlin, Germany—a trip valued at $4,500. Next month's trip is to Reykjavik, Iceland ($4,000).

'Easter Market'

Trish McQuaker of J.R Watkins sold various products during an “Easter Market” presented by the Rainy River District Farmers' Market on Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Copper River Inn. It featured 36 vendors and was busy with shoppers for all six hours.

History lesson

Retired lawyer Peter Kirby gave a presentation on the Magna Carta at the Fort Frances Museum on Tuesday evening. He spoke to the history and significance of this historical document which is the first example of a king of England consenting to written limits on his power drafted by his subjects.


Steve Windels of Team 40-plus looked to make a play as he was heavily guarded by Josh Pawluk of Team under-40 during the Fort Frances Men's Basketball League's “Mediocre Game" that was held at the Fort High Gym on Tuesday night as part of its all-star festivities. The "old guys” went on to take it by a score of 49-33.