RRHS courtyard rehab begins

Jack Elliott

The courtyard rehabilitation project at the Rainy River High School finally is underway after two years of planning and fundraising.
Site preparation began last week with removal of some vegetation, as well as the installation of concrete forming and the relocation of the 1905 cornerstone from the original Alexander School.
It was a mighty push as Telford and Peggy Advent, along with Ian Johnson and Guy Arpin, levered and rolled the old landmark into its new position.
Later, a brigade of students and parents moved piles of foundation gravel and topsoil into position in preparation for the concrete pour scheduled for a few of weeks from now.
Then on Sunday (May 3), a very successful consignment and donation auction was held at the Rainy River Arena, with net proceeds going to the courtyard project.
Students got first-hand experience in the hustle, bustle, and mechanics of running an auction.
Hoisting and hawking items for auctioneer Telford Advent, as well as running sales sheets, set-up and tear down responsibilities, and running a canteen, were some real world experiences gleaned in providing community service hours needed as part of their graduation requirements.
“They did a simply great job,” reported auction clerk Peggy Advent.
More than 100 bidders bought up a total of about 650 lots of both consignment and donated goods, raising a total of $2,374, noted Advent.
Moe and Joyce Henry of Stratton donated a “guess the pennies” with a $1 per guess entry, raising $65 for the project.
Winner of the penny jar was Tom McCormick, who had the closest guess of 2,120 (actual number was 2,191).
Guesses ranged from 400 to around 7,000, Henry reported.