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Finally open

All four lanes of King’s Highway from York Avenue to Wright Avenue were re-opened yesterday afternoon. The work, which consisted of installing new water and sewer pipes, along with a new road surface, began in late May and took longer than expected­—it was supposed to be done before the end of September.

Help wanted for Christmas dinner

Planning for the community Christmas dinner already is underway, with organizers looking for donations and volunteers for the 28th-annual event.

Sandra Lange of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau said she’s sent out letters to businesses and service clubs asking for their support of the dinner, which will take place Christmas Day from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church.

Faragher sent back

A short burst of California sunshine didn’t do Ryan Faragher any harm.

The 25-year-old Fort Frances native was returned to the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) just two days after getting called up by the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.

Faragher didn’t see any action in his short stint with the Gulls, which came about when starting goalie John Gibson suffered an upper-body injury.

Bonthron nabs award

Robbie Bonthron’s generosity didn’t go unnoticed.

The Fort Frances Lakers’ defenceman yesterday was named the Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Corp. player-of-the-week in the SIJHL.

The 20-year-old native of Kaministiqua garnered five assists in a trio of Laker victories.

Bonthron’s 16 points this season has him leading the team in scoring by defencemen.

Trip draw

Chad Patterson, left, who is seeing patients at Lidkea Optometry until Dec. 11 as part of his final optometry externship, drew the name of the winner of the Kiwanis Trip of the Month for November yesterday morning at International Travel Services as Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on. Cheryl and Nick Kawulia will be heading to sunny Punta Cana, Dominican Republic—a trip valued at $4,200.

FFHS music program lauded

The music program at Fort Frances High School will receive the Rainy River District School Board’s “Recognition of Excellence” at tonight’s regular meeting for engaging and supporting student achievement in the musical arts.

The secondary school music program “has a longstanding tradition of performance excellence as part of its arts program.”

Lakers extend streak

The score looked so good one day, the Fort Frances Lakers opted for a repeat the following night.

The Lakers used a three-goal third period to top the host Thunder Bay North Stars 5-3 on Saturday after having earned a road win over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs on Friday by that same score.

Celtics oust Muskies

Seven days was not enough for the Muskie football team to figure out how to beat the St. Norbert Celtics.

The Celtics jumped out to a commanding 41-0 lead by halftime, then cruised from there to a 49-20 triumph in the first round of the WHSFL 4th Division playoffs Friday in Winnipeg.