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Heather Latter

Heather Latter has been a reporter/photographer at the Fort Frances Times since October, 2005. Originally from Emo, ON, she received her BJH (Bachelor of Journalism) with a combined honours in Music History from the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Staff Writer & Photographer

Still no word on refugee families’ arrival

Kathy Mueller has been trying to get some answers about when the two Iraqi refugee families the community is sponsoring will arrive here but keeps coming up empty-handed.

“We have looked into what’s going on and it just says they are in the process of doing background checks,” Mueller noted last week.

“And we can’t do anything to hurry up that process.

Christmas poem

Students in Sarah Kivimaki’s Early Years class at Robert Moore School recited the poem “Holly Berries” this morning during their Christmas concert rehearsal. The K-Grade 3 concert goes tonight at 6:30 p.m., with the Grades 4-8 concert tomorrow evening.

Christmas ‘Storytime’

Andrea Avis, program director at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, read Christmas stories to those gathered for the “Christmas Family Storytime” there Saturday afternoon. Children also enjoyed crafts, games, treats from the “Snow Queen” in the Gingerbread House, and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus.

Youth ensemble

Members of the Fort Frances Youth Ensemble performed a number of Christmas tunes during a concert yesterday at the Zion Lutheran church here, with proceeds from the free-will offering being donated to the local Salvation Army. The ensemble also will be performing along with Bel Canto this Wednesday (Dec. 21) at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

Packing hampers

Gavin Payne, along with other members of the Fort Frances Fire Department, was busy packing hampers with food at the new Salvation Army building here yesterday. The Christmas hampers are going out to individuals and families over the next few days.

New facility

Elder Joan Mainville, left, along with Big Island First Nation Chief Patricia Big George, Seven Generations Education Institute CEO Brent Tookenay, local MP Don Rusnak, and Indigenous Education Leader Angela Mainville, showed off concept art for SGEI’s new Centre for Advanced Technology and Skills here.

Reindeer song

Chloe Dolyny, left, Payton Dolyny, and Healey Jansen sang “We’re Not Reindeer” in “Santa’s Holiday Hoedown”—a musical performed by the J.W. Walker Grade 4-6 students at the Townshend Theatre last night. The hour-long production told the story of the toy shop crew who heads to Branson, Miss. to raise much-needed funds with a down-home country music jamboree.

Tropical vibes

Students in Debbie Jean’s class were feeling tropical as they performed a dance routine to Buster Poindexter’s “Hot Hot Hot” during the St. Michael’s School Early Learning Christmas concert last night. The Grades 1-3 classes there will take the stage for their concert this Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Rockin’ Christmas

Students in Alexis Hill’s Grade 1 class performed the “Santa Claus Rock” yesterday morning during the dress rehearsal of the Early Years and Grade 1-3 Christmas concerts there. The two concerts took to the stage in the auditorium back-to-back yesterday evening, with the Grades 4-6 concert going tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.