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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.

'Pride' poinsettia

Just in time for the holidays, Borderland Pride's “Metal Petals” fundraiser has expanded to include poinsettias handmade by Cindy Judson with recycled metal from Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo. The poinsettias cost $35 (Cdn.) which are available at Betty's along with a selection of other models. Sales of these items will go a long way to funding further Pride festivities in Borderland.

Top senior

Mildred Bedard of Fort Frances posed with her framed certificate last week after being presented with the Sister Kennedy Centre's Senior Citizen of the Year Award for 2017.

Climbing mountain

Haven Labbe, a former Fort Frances resident who now lives in Kenora, climbed Mount Esja in Iceland last month with the added goal of raising money for SPACE Kenora, an LGBTQ2S+ youth and peer support group. After the first attempt was thwarted by snow and high winds, Labbe and her partner completed the climb Nov. 24 and raised just over $500 for the organization.

K9 calendar

Kenora OPP Cst. Jeff Poperechny, a Fort Frances native seen here with his four-legged partner, “Jax," is among OPP K9 handlers from across the province featured in a new 2018 OPP calendar. Cst. Poperechny also is the handler for "Cinch,” a single-purpose ground search-and-rescue dog who searches for missing, lost, or despondent people.