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Sam Odrowski

Hamper helpers

Members of the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club packed hampers last Thursday at the local Salvation Army office for the “Adopt-a-Family" program. This year, the club "adopted” 10 families that each received $150 in gifts and $100 in groceries for Christmas. The program has ran annually here for more than 10 years.

Skating with Lakers

Lakers' fans hit the rink Thursday for a “Fan Appreciation Skate” with the team at the Ice For Kids Arena. The event was free to attend and the Lakers' way of giving back to the fans who continue to support them year-round. Those who came out received complimentary refreshments, donated by Integral Hockey Stick Repair, Wasaw Foods, and Sysco Foods.

Lunging for puck

Lakers' forward Noah Loveday lunged for the puck as the Thief River Falls Norskies regained possession during Friday night's game at the Ice For Kids Arena here. The Norskies prevailed 3-1 in the Lakers' final game before the SIJHL holiday break.

Hi Santa!

Santa and Mrs. Claus surprised a group of children at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday morning during the “Family Story Time” event, which is held each Wednesday from 10:30-11 a.m. in the Children's Department. The kids had a chance to sit on Santa's lap, get their picture taken by parents, and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

Power union workers to be legislated back to work

The provincial government introduced legislation on Monday to prevent a strike or lockout at the Ontario Power Generation, which Energy minister and local MPP Greg Rickford has deemed necessary to avoid power outages by this weekend.

If the bill passes, the Ontario Power Workers' Union and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will settle their disputes through arbitration.

St. Michael's feast

St. Michael's school staff and students filled the banquet room upstairs at La Place Rendez-Vous at noon on Monday for a Christmas lunch celebration. The Waabishkiibinesii Women singers/drummers performed songs while students sang “Come O Come Emmanuel” before saying grace and enjoying the feast.