Shae Sinclair, seven, held her three-year-old brother, Chase, as they pushed off from the top of the overpass sliding hill on Friday afternoon. The warmer temperatures drew people out for an afternoon of fun, but now that it is below minus-30 again the hill is barren.
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Ashlee Homer, five, donned a Santa hat as visited with the man in red during a Christmas party at the Best Start Hub on Saturday morning.
Jill Pernsky, Family Services co-ordinator with the local Salvation Army, showed off the many boxes of food and presents they had received to make the Christmas hampers even larger than last year. The Salvation Army received enough to help more than 150 families, couples, and individuals have a very merry Christmas, and stated they were overwhelmed by the generosity.
The Grade 11 woodworking class at Fort Frances High School has been busy with an extra-curricular project this term in conjunction with the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Gerri Yerxa, psychogeriatric resource consultant at the CMHA here, said the project is designed for seniors experiencing cognitive decline in long-term care homes.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, local merchants are mixed on how sales have been to date.
Some are finding gift-givers are staying in town to do their shopping. Others, however, feel people are heading online and to the cities.
“We’ve been very pleased with sales so far,” said Connie Cuthbertson, owner of Northwoods Gallery & Gifts on Scott Street.
The second-annual “Light Up a Senior’s Night Bus Tour” took place Thursday evening, picking up residents from seniors’ buildings across town before driving around to enjoy the many twinkling Christmas lights. Sponsored by Iron Range Transportation, Canadian Tire, Tim Hortons, and the Fort Frances Times, the event also saw attendees singing Christmas carols and enjoying hot chocolate.
Students in Grades 5 and 6 from St. Francis School went to Rainycrest Long-Term Care yesterday afternoon to sing Christmas carols to the residents. Hallett Hall was filled as the students took to the stage to sing several holiday classics.
Grade 3 students at St. Michael’s School, assisted by a few Grade 1 sheep, performed the song “Shaggy, Smelly Sheep” yesterday afternoon at their Christmas concert. It also included “O Canada” in Ojibwe, an Advent prayer, and many songs sung by the students in Grades 1-3.
Zakary Kellar, 10, did “the worm” across the Robert Moore School stage this morning while his Grade 4 class sung “Shake Up Christmas” behind him. The school’s dress rehearsal for its holiday concert was enjoyed by all of the students in the audience, who will wait in their classrooms tonight when their parents fill the gym instead.
Samantha McQuarrie always wanted to have children. But after being diagnosed with lupus, she didn’t know if she’d be able to have any of her own.
“I was watching one of my friend’s foster children and she recommended it to me,” the 27-year-old from Fort Frances said.