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— Photo Nicholas Donaldson

Dahlia Kaun, as Martha Stewart, “cooked” up some Christmas dinner as the students of J.W. Walker serenaded her during a dress rehearsal for their Christmas concert yesterday afternoon at the Townshend Theatre. The junior grades' concert went last night, with the kindergarten/primary concert set for Dec. 19 in the Townshend Theatre. A complete schedule of school Christmas concerts is available on the Rainy River District School Board's website.

— Photo Nicholas Donaldson

The Early Years' French immersion classes of St. Michael's School put on a special show for residents of Rainycrest this morning as the group sang holiday classics such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Silent Night," and "Jingle Bells,” with the occasional verse in French.

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Just in time for the holidays, Borderland Pride's “Metal Petals” fundraiser has expanded to include poinsettias handmade by Cindy Judson with recycled metal from Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo. The poinsettias cost $35 (Cdn.) which are available at Betty's along with a selection of other models. Sales of these items will go a long way to funding further Pride festivities in Borderland.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Diane Maxey directed the “Hallett Hall Choraliers” during their performance yesterday afternoon in Hallett Hall at Rainycrest Long-term Care. The group of Rainycrest residents, who have been practising once a week for the past six weeks, sang nine holiday tunes for fellow residents, family, and friends who came out to their third-annual concert.

— Photo Nicholas Donaldson

“Bell-ringer" Damien Breton sat next to just some of the toys currently filling the worship area at the Salvation Army here Tuesday afternoon. Collected from The Bargain Shop's toy drive, B93's "Burst the Bus" campaign, and individual donations, the roughly $25,000 "toy mountain” soon will be distributed to district families in need as a part of the annual Christmas hamper program.

The Muskie court sports teams weren't exactly in a giving mood yesterday afternoon.

All four squads emerged victorious in NorWOSSA action against the visiting Kenora Broncos.

Kobi Ward had 22 points as the senior boys' basketball team edged the Broncos 56-55 to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Aaron Bujold added 19 in the win that went right down to the final buzzer.

Members of the Kenora OPP are investigating a motor-vehicle collision involving a police cruiser.

On Tuesday shortly after 6 p.m., a member of the Kenora OPP was conducting an investigation on an abandoned motor vehicle on the side of Highway 17 near the Manitoba border.