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— Photo Marc Stuempfle

Kaleb Firth cooked up stacks of burgers before lunchtime today for a barbecue fundraiser at the United Native Friendship Centre. Burgers and hot dogs were flying off the grill as UNFC had 158 pre-orders to fill even before the event began at 11 a.m. UNFC staff members were busy getting deliveries ready for the hungry swarms of students at local schools. The event ran until 2 p.m. UNFC staff were raising money for their youth summer camps.

— Photo Ken Kellar

Laura Bruyere, left, Donna Penney and Corinne Webb filled some takeout bags with ready-to-go strawberry shortcake ahead of the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary's “Strawberry Social” on Thursday. Hundreds of takeout orders were made to ship out across town for those who couldn't attend the social itself.

— Photo Ken Kellar

Chef Joseph Roberts and La Place Rendez-Vous general manager Sarah Noonan took a moment out of a busy day to pose for a photo in the dining room at La Place Rendez-Vous. Roberts is a Red Seal chef with 30 years of experience in kitchens across southern Ontario, including Caesars Windsor, who has recently joined the Vous as their new executive chef.

— Photo Ken Kellar

McDonald's assistant managers Bobbi Hudon, left, and Haley Trimble, and McDonald's general manager Cathy Tovey joined Mayor June Caul and OPP S/Sgt. Dereck McLean to kick off “Operation Safety Scoop" on Thursday. The program is aimed at awarding "positive tickets” to area youth, as well as to establish a positive rapport with police officers. The tickets can be redeemed at the local McDonald's for a free ice cream cone. Everyone riding a bicycle this summer is reminded to wear a helmet, observe roadway and sidewalk rules, and to wear reflective clothing if biking at night.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

Tearfund president and CEO Wayne Johnson delivered a presentation on global poverty and the work his organization is doing to combat it at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Saturday. Although the Church of the Holy Spirit is a relatively small congregation, in the last two years its parishioners have donated over $10,000 to Tearfund which helps to create sustainable and long-term solutions for malnutrition, agriculture, and access to clean water in developing countries around the world.

Riverside Health Care in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit has declared a gastroenteritis outbreak in the Special Care Unit (SCU) at Rainycrest Long Term Care.

This outbreak does not affect activities or visitors in the East or West Units of the home. At this time activities in only the SCU have been cancelled.

The 18th-annual “Relay for Life” is set to run this Saturday, and organizers have put together a busy day.

While the event doesn't officially begin until 2 p.m., teams will arrive at the Point beginning at 10 a.m. to start setting up their area, with team and survivor registration opening at 11 a.m.

A BBQ is set to begin at noon as the motorcycles and classic cars begin to arrive to set up for the show and shine happening later in the afternoon.