Quite the list

I was going to enthrall you with my rookie debut in the sport of Bingo spotting Sunday night, but with the slew of events to discuss this week, my Bingo banter will have to keep for another day.
As my grandma used to say, the longer you stand around letting the grass grow under your feet, the better the chance you’ll wind up with a thistle stuck in your toes.
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This Saturday, a high-flying brigade of spikers will take over the “Fish Tank” at Fort High for a female invitational tournament hosted by the Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League.
The 16-team field includes eight out-of-town squads and eight of the 10 teams from the local league. The champions will earn $700 while second place is worth a cool $400. The third-place team will win back their entry fee ($150).
A social, featuring draw prizes, will follow at Warp 9 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $6 at the door.
And as far as I know, no players entered in the tourney have accepted any free jerseys as gifts from local sportswear outlets, and so all are eligible to compete.
Let’s hope LeBron James is taking notes.
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The local Heart Health Coalition will hold its annual “candlelight ski and walk” next Saturday (Feb. 15) from 6-8 p.m. on the Eighth Street ski trails (located behind Rainycrest Home for the Aged).
Hot apple cider will be provided for all participants, with a bonfire running all evening to help warm up any frosty extremities.
For more info, call Henry Miller (274-9606), Bob Holmes (274-7372), Leon Wells (274-3357), or Jacqueline Cawston at the Northwestern Health Unit (274-9827 ext. 237).
Hopefully, there won’t be anyone left resembling ice sculptures by the end of the evening.
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There will be a real racket going on at the Memorial Sports Centre when the annual La Place Rendez-Vous squash tournament takes place Feb. 21-23.
The entry fee is $45, which includes a buffet supper and social on the Saturday night. Those wanting to participate can register at the front desk at the sportsplex.
I’d throw my hat into the ring, but I’d probably have to buy prescription goggles. Of course, people have been telling me for years that the way I write sometimes, I must be blind.
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A court sport of a different type will be in the spotlight here March 22-23 as the Fort Frances Badminton Club hosts an open tournament for juniors and adults at Fort High.
The tournament will include players from as far way as Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Kenora. For more information or to register, contact Manami Alexander at 274-3991.
Just something a little birdie told me.
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Tough luck for the Fort Frances Bantam mixed curling squad, which never even got out of the hack at the regional playdowns in Atikokan last weekend.
Coach Tom Fry and his team of skip Adam Bolen, third Amy Nielson, second Jason Pattison, and lead Katie Bolen were left out of the competition after their entry form didn’t make it to the bonspiel organizers in time.
Talk about a bitter-sweep experience.
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In more curling news, the 36th-annual Churchpersons Bonspiel will roll out of the hack here next Tuesday (Feb. 11) beginning at 9 a.m. Teams from churches on both sides of the border have made this one of the longer running bonspiels in the area.
Organizers still are looking for one more team to fill out the 12-rink field. Those interested can register by calling the Fort Frances Curling Club (274-6667) or Anne Onichuk (274-6752).
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The third-annual “Curl for Cancer” is being planned for Saturday, March 15 at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Entry fee is $20 per person, which includes a meal and social, and each team of four is required to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges.
The deadline to enter is March 12, and only the first 32 paid entries will be accepted. Additional meal tickets are available at Fort Frances General Supply.
For more info or to sign up, call Nadine at the Curling Rock Cafe (274-2802).
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Finally, thumbs up to Fort Frances native Chris Lindberg, who was added to the Team Canada roster for the Swiss Cup international hockey tournament in Basel, Switzerland this Friday through Sunday.
Lindberg, who leads HC Ajoie of the Swiss ‘B’ League in scoring this season, already has had a triumphant campaign sporting the Maple Leaf on his chest.
The 35-year-old silver-medalist from the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, Frances won gold with Team Canada at the Swiss Challenge in November, then repeated his success as the Canadians grabbed the Spengler Cup championship in Davos, Switzerland in late December.
Who says only bad things happen in threes? Go get ’em, Chris!
If you are planning any sporting events, or have some sports-related information or scores, feel free to call me at 274-5373 ext. 237 or by e-mail at jpayeur@fortfrances.com
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