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Stephanie Hagenaars

Drag queen story

Winnipeg drag queen Prairie Sky read a story by her uncle Leo Yerxa entitled, “Ancient Thunder," at the Drag Queen Story Hour & Craft Time event held at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre yesterday afternoon as part of "Pride Week.” Lady Quinnzarr, Pharoah Moans and Vida Lamour were also in attendance, each reading children's storybooks to the group.

Marching with 'Pride'

Over 200 people marched across the International Bridge on a hot and sunny Saturday morning for Rainy River District and Koochiching County's inaugural “Passport to Pride" march. The march was led by high school students Raina Johnson and Macey McMillen, who carried the "Pride" banner.

Pride speech

Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride" stopped at the Fort Frances Civic Centre on Saturday for a flag ceremony and speeches from various Canadian dignitaries and special guests. During the inaugural "Pride Week” ceremony, Borderland Pride co-chair Doug Judson shared a few words with the hundreds of people that joined in the day's festivities.

Carpentry camp

Even Bagacki, left, Solanah McDonald and Carter Payne were focused yesterday as they carved out their pieces to create an angel fish mosaic during a carpentry summer camp at Fort Frances High School. FFHS teacher and carpentry camp supervisor, Vince Gouin, said in only a couple of days the kids have learned to use tools and machines such as mitre saws, band saws and sanders.

NCDS Pride

NCDS held a “Client Appreciation & Pride Celebration" lunch yesterday, offering hot dogs, watermelon, popcorn, beverages and cupcakes "for all human beings" as part of "Borderland Pride Week.” Matthew Sawatzky from Community Living Fort Frances and District stopped by for a hot dog and some treats.

Tie dye workshop

Bright and colourful fun was had at the United Native Friendship Centre's Circle of Life Centre on Mowat Avenue on Tuesday. As part of the centre's summer arts and crafts, tie dye shirts, blankets, and other fabrics were created in honour of “Pride Week” here (July 9-15).

Hawrylak tribute

Local band “Who Cares" performed at the Rainy Lake Square last Thursday evening during a tribute concert for local musician Myron Hawrylak, who had passed away in late March. Dozens of people came to the square, the site of where Hawrylak often played at the old Rainy Lake Hotel, to hear the music of the various musicians he had played with over the years.

FFTAHS opening

Dr. Dave Smith, left, a chiropodist from Thunder Bay, stood with Sandra McNay, RPN and foot care nurse, Chelsea Janveau, RPN, and Tracey Roach, RN and diabetes clinician of the Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services during the grand-opening event in front of the diabetes and foot care clinic located on King's Highway that opened earlier this year.

1st responders grad

Don Smith, left, was presented with a plaque, certificate, and gift card from Dean Councillor, Armand Jourdain Sr., and Mark Cudney after graduating from a 40-hour first responders course provided by the North West Regional Training Program in the community of Naicatchewenin.