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CMHA 'pink'

Kyleigh Ossachuk, left, Rikki Kellar, Christie Cousineau, Christina Hahkala, Sarah-Lynn Klassen and Alastair Greig of the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association showed off their matching duds in honour of the International Day of Pink today. The event celebrates diversity and takes a stand against all forms of bullying, including homophobia and transphobia.

Ag day crowd

The crowd at “Ag Day" was held rapt by Nor-West Animal Clinic's Dr. Erika Butler as she described being part of efforts to control an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in Minnesota in the early 2000s. "Ag Day" offered the public an opportunity to attend several presentations on a variety of topics, visit with vendors and have a hearty locally-sourced lunch.

District students protest cuts

Students from Fort High and Rainy River recently took a stand for their education.

They joined roughly 600 other schools across Ontario on Thursday who walked out to protest the province's nearly $1 billion worth of cuts to education.

Fort Frances High School students Hailey Gushuliak and Ariel Plante said they saw the walkout as a last resort to have their voices heard.

Trades presentation

Jamie McMillan of KickAss Careers told Fort Frances High School students about her struggles in school at the Townshend Theatre last Friday. McMillan is a steelworker and boilermaker who advocates for women in trades and apprenticeship programs for students who may not be interested in university or college.

Festival class

The French Immersion kindergarten class at St. Michael's School performed “This Little Light of Mine (Ma petit Lumiere)” this morning as part of the Rainy River Festival of the Performing Arts. The vocal category runs this week, with the French Drama category on Thursday. The remaining drama divisions will run next week.

FFHS walkout

Fort Frances High School students and supporters hold signs protesting the changes the government is making to education as part of a province-wide walkout on Thursday. Students from hundreds of schools across Ontario left their classrooms in protest to education changes, including an increase in maximum class sizes, mandatory online courses, and changes to OSAP funding.

Rainycrest visitors

Julia Bliss, left, Kiera Fairnington and Rainycrest resident Robert Bliss checked out photos on a digital camera at Rainycrest Long Term Care on Friday. Twenty-eight Grade 7 volunteer students from Fort Frances High School spent time playing games and doing activities with the residents.

Trip of the month (April)

Carol Ewald of the Den and Kiwanian Robin Wright display the winning ticket for the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club's “Trip of the Month” draw for April at International Travel Services on Monday. Dawn Wood and John Koles of Bears Pass are the winners of a trip to Miami, Fla. valued at $4,000. The draw for next month will be for a trip to Jamaica ($4,400).