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'Baby Time' begins

Moms and their babies were at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday morning for the start of the winter session of “Baby Time.” The program runs every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Register online at ffpltc.ca/node/891 but drop-ins also welcome.

Raising awareness

Red Hat member Rose Tetu, left, joined Rainy River Mayor Debbie Ewald, Mary O'Connor, Client Services co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, and Red Hat Queen Debbie Wagner yesterday for a flag-raising in Rainy River. January is “Alzheimer Awareness Month” and the local Alzheimer Society has several events planned.

It's a boy

Caleb Pistilli is the New Year's baby for 2018 in Rainy River District. He was born last Tuesday (Jan. 2) at 11:34 a.m. at La Verendrye Hospital to Megan and Mike Pistilli of Fort Frances, weighing in at seven pounds even.

Bridge open

The new bridge on Highway 11/71 spanning the creek at the east end of Emo has been completed and is now open. A bailey bridge was in use for several months while crews worked on replacing the culvert underneath it.

Packing donations

Fire Prevention Capt. Wayne Riches of the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service helped pack up Christmas hampers on Dec. 17 at the Salvation Army here. A team consisting of Riches, Kyle Pace, Doug Wright, Real DeGagne, his daughter, Elizabeth DeGagne, Tyler Moffitt, Brad Townson, Dean Tibbs, and Gavin Payne put together more than 150 hampers.

Food course #1

Dishes made this semester by students in the “Food and Culture” course at Fort High have included pitas and lentil soup as a dish representative of Egypt, left, and various stir-fry noodles and pork for Japan (above).

Giant snowman

Morson resident Calvin Bombay and his wife, Gloria Tuesday, showed off Bombay's creation, “Koolar the Snowman," on Sunday. Standing at 11', 10" in height, the snowman, which can be seen clearly from Highway 621, has drawn a fair amount of attention and a photo of "Koolar" even appears on The Weather Network's website. Bombay said he built "Koolar" for the kids as well as to get the exercise.