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'Rubber Duckie' fans

Noah and Olivia Sivonen played with their rubber duckies after mom, Mandi, bought the first and second tickets sold for the upcoming “Rubber Duckie Raffle." The Fort Frances Lions Club has paired up with the Fun in the Sun committee to bring back the "Rubber Duckie Race” next summer as a fundraiser.

New Year's baby

Proud parents Madisyn DeGagne and Derek Morrison of Fort Frances greeted Lux Riven Mathew DeGagne, a 7 lb., 1 oz. baby boy, at 10:53 p.m. on Jan. 1 at La Verendrye General Hospital—the first baby of 2019 here in Rainy River District.

'Holiday Melodies'

The Rainy Lake Orchestra, conducted by Joe Belanger, performed a free concert, entitled “Holiday Melodies," on the evening of Dec. 17 at the Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre. Refreshments were provided by the "Friends of the Library” while donations were collected for the local Salvation Army food bank.

Home for Christmas

Heart transplant recipient Curtis Jourdain is home for Christmas. The Couchiching resident, who underwent a 16-and-a-half-hour heart transplant surgery back on July 23, was pictured smiling at the Thunder Bay Airport on Saturday following his flight from Toronto. He will return to Toronto on Jan.

Family leaving

Rami Canoon, his wife, Fivyan Shamoon, and their two daughters, Fbaana, seven, and Oryana, three, bid farewell to Kathy Mueller at the Thunder Bay Airport on Dec. 1. The Iraqi family has moved to London, Ont. to be closer to extended family members.

Addressing rally

Couchiching Chief Brian Perrault addressed a rally on Parliament Hill last Thursday about the mercury poisoning at the Grassy Narrow First Nation. About 50 years ago, a mill dumped mercury upstream from the Treaty #3 First Nation and the reserve's children are showing signs that the neurotoxin is still affecting the community to this day.