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— Photo Heather Latter

A contingent of district residents of all ages gathered Saturday morning for a memorial walk in support of family and friends of missing and murdered indigenous women. The walk, which started at the Sorting Gap Marina, was preceded by a traditional sunrise ceremony and offerings at the Nanicost grounds as well as a pancake breakfast at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

— Photo Heather Latter

Andrea and Perry Schoffner of Winnipeg were among those who got dolled up Saturday night for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s annual fall gala, this year entitled “Mobsters and Dames.” Held at the Fort Frances Curling Club, the event featured a tasty meal prepared by local chef Todd Moxham, a dessert bar, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, a penny table, a big 50/50 game, fun mobster-themed games, blitzes, and a grand prize worth $1,800. Proceeds, which were not tallied as of press time, will support a complete “refresh” to the Special Care Unit at Rainycrest Long-Term Care here.

— Photo Heather Latter

Jenna Bailey, right, and Tatum Ronmark got to work on their chalkboard art project this morning during the “I Am Awesome! (And I Know It!)” self-esteem retreat for young women being held this weekend at Sunny Cove Camp. All participants were asked to select an inspirational quote that would be transferred onto a black canvas. Some of the other activities include drama, yoga, and creative-writing workshops, as well as presentations about online safety and overcoming adversity.

— Photo Duane Hicks

“The Great Plains,” consisting of Darrel and Saskia Delaronde, delighted the audience at Knox United Church here yesterday evening with their unique blend of folk, Celtic bluegrass, and Gospel music. About 100 people attended the concert, which was a fundraiser for the Knox Renewal Fund to help pay for the major renovations that have been done at the church.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown, left, clerk Lisa Slomke, and bylaw enforcement officer Patrick Briere held the Franco-Ontarian flag this morning to commemorate Franco-Ontarian Day in the Town of Fort Frances, as per the request of the Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario (AFNOO). The occasion is being marked in 16 cities and towns across the region. Sept. 25 was designated as Franco-Ontarian Day in May, 2010 when Queen’s Park enacted the Franco-Ontarian Day Act. This date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the first unveiling of the Franco-Ontarian flag in Sudbury back in 1975.

Town council is expecting to get at least some input on its 2017 budget this evening.

Budget presentations will be made the Greg Thorstad, president of the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club, as well as Fort Frances Lakers’ president Milt Strachan.

Meanwhile, a written submission has been made by the Fun in the Sun committee.

For Jim Hall and Joey Bonhomme, the 15th time was the charm.

The Rainy River duo was rewarded for a decade-and-a-half of sticking together to finally bring home their first Rainy River Walleye Tournament championship on Saturday.

They finished with a two-day total weight of 16.69 pounds to pocket the $15,000 first prize in the 84-team field.