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Getting ready

Ruth Caldwell and Barb Marr were busy setting up for the “Friends of the Library” annual Valentine’s Day bake sale, which is being held tomorrow from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. Residents also are invited to check out the “cookie walk” and penny auction while there.

Gingerbread fun

Aiden Taggart and Liam Coates concentrated on decorating their gingerbread men with icing at the Fort Frances Public Library on Tuesday. Children who attended “Storytime” also were treated to a re-telling of “The Gingerbread Man.”

Cosy shelter

Kole Pitkanen, left, Malcolm Wilson, Hunter Leishman, and Brody McPherson peeked out of their quinzhee during a winter snowshoe hike at the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club property out at Frog Creek last week. Students in the Grade 7/8 class from J. W. Walker School also learned about habits and habitats of different animals from club volunteers Henry Miller and Vic Alberts.

Lakers jerseys

Fort Frances Lakers’ coach Wayne Strachan, team vice-president Jim Fowler, and team president Milt Strachan Jr. showed off the squad’s new jerseys which were donated by local Boston Pizza owner Dale Fortes (right) at a board meeting Dec. 22.

On strike

CN Railway locomotive engineers took to the picket line here Saturday morning, joining some 1,700 engineers who have gone on strike across the country after talks with the company came to an impasse just before midnight Friday. The company used qualified supervisors and managers to keep trains running over the weekend.

Haunted backyard

Members of the Muskie boys’ hockey team helped construct the haunted backyard behind Tess’ Kitchen this past Sunday and Monday. All trick-or-treaters are welcome to drop by on Halllowe’en starting at dusk.

Elder visit

Grade 3 students at St. Michael’s School were honoured to have Mr. and Mrs. Yerxa, elders from Couchiching First Nation, give them a talk about the culture and life of the early First Nations people. The students currently are studying the native people as part of the Grade 3 curriculum.

Spirit of givin

About 60 people came out for a community Thanksgiving dinner on Friday at the Salvation Army Citadel here. Volunteers cooked and served up a delicious meal of turkey, ham, potatoes, gravy, carrots, and pumpkin pie.

Popular visitor

Students in Stephanie Hyatt’s junior kindergarten class at St. Michael’s School were excited to meet “Sparky” during a visit there on Wednesday. The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service has been visiting local schools throughout the week as part of “Fire Prevention Week” (Oct. 4-10).