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Many visitors at the annual “Strawberry Social” on Thursday afternoon enjoyed the sun while snacking on delicious strawberry shortcake. But it was a little too hot for Teagan McKinnon, four, who escaped the heat by crawling underneath a table on the La Verendrye Hospital grounds to enjoy her tasty dessert. Meanwhile, top right, Joan Gustafson, Donna Handberg, and Amy Wreggitt were busy putting together servings of strawberry shortcake for eager visitors. A total of 934 shortcakes were served for this year's social, including 660 sold for delivery, 54 given to patients in the hospital, and 220 on the La Verendrye Hospital grounds during the event.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

Crossroads students visited Lowey's Greenhouse last month, where they shifted plants into new containers before moving them to the community garden at their school. The visit to Lowey's was part of the OPP-led program, “Project Sunset,” that takes Crossroads students out multiple times a year for a range of land-based activities. Once the community garden is harvested in the fall, students will learn how to pickle and can certain vegetables.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances Nursery School attendee Bode Coyle was happy to get his Certificate of Participation from teacher Laurel Basaraba at the Fort Frances Nursery School wind-up held last Thursday afternoon at the Legion Park. A barbecue lunch was enjoyed by those who attended the annual wind- up, with 37 children in all receiving participation certificates.

The new Rainy Lake Square was packed Thursday evening for beloved children's entertainer Fred Penner. Fans of all ages filled the square with lawn chairs and balloons to enjoy old classics and new tunes, such as “The Cat Came Back," "Sandwhiches," and "I Hear the Music.” After the show, many stayed to wait in line for a moment with Penner for autographs and pictures, or just to chat.

Pumper and pick-up trucks from the Fort Frances Fire/Rescue Service were parked just southwest of the Fort Frances Airport tarmac last Thursday morning for an emergency exercise simulating a plane crash. The exercise helped to illustrate a real situation in which the distance to travel to an emergency site, and a lack of water supply in rural areas here, can be a problem.

It looks like this year's “Relay for Life,” which is slated for this Saturday (June 23), will be the last one here.

Participation in the annual cancer fundraiser, which first started here in 2001, has declined over the years—not just locally but elsewhere, too.

Even so, organizers are holding it just one more time at a new location and in a briefer format.

It's not every day that you meet an NHL star, let alone be able to play alongside them.

But that's the opportunity that has arisen for local youth hockey player Parker Sisco.