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'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.

Ryll #2

Jaykob Ryll had the pleasure of meeting retired Edmonton Eskimos' wide receiver Henry “Gizmo” Williams during his time with the NISSAN Kickoff Project in Edmonton last month.

Ryll #1

Muskie football player Jaykob Ryll posed for a photo with a fellow NISSAN Kickoff Project player during the exhibition game held the day before the Grey Cup in Edmonton back in November. Ryll was part of Team Midnight, which won the game by a 23-17 margin over Team TITAN Pro-41.

Charity calendars

Nancy Lockman, left, Mary O'Conner, client services co-ordinator for the local Alzheimer Society, Joyce LaFreniere, and Noreen Melville, along with several other volunteers, were busy selling the group's cash calendars at Canadian Tire on Saturday. Anyone who missed out still can buy a calendar at the Fort Frances Times' office until Dec. 20. They cost $20 each.