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Warm welcome

Elvis DeBungee, left, welcomed Turtle Sounds, right, along with his partner, Lorraine Clements, to a potluck dinner and drumming at Rainy River First Nations on Tuesday. Turtle Sounds, who started at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, is walking and dancing his way to Ottawa for the “Idle No More” Global Day of Action scheduled for Jan. 28.

New trails

One of the new trails at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung (near Stratton) looked like a winter wonderland courtesy of Mother Nature. A “moonlight ski” is planned for tomorrow (Dec. 29) from 7-10 p.m. to mark the grand opening of the cross-country ski and snowshoe trail network there. Refreshments also will be served.

Safety first

Fort Frances Power Corp. line crew members conducted emergency rescue drills yesterday. FFPC crews practised pole top and bucket rescue techniques to rescue an injured powerline technician. The crews also performed bucket evacuation drills—a method of safely evacuating and descending from an inoperable bucket truck. Fort Frances Fire Dept.

Giving oranges

Santa Claus paid an early visit to Rainycrest Long-Term Care here Friday afternoon and gave out oranges to the residents. The Rainycrest Auxiliary hosted the Christmas party, which was held in Hallett Hall this year.

JK 'staches'

JK students at St. Michael’s School supported “Movember” by showing off their ’staches. The annual campaign, which raises awareness of prostate cancer, wraps up tomorrow.

’52 starting line

Members of the starting line for the Muskie football team back in 1952 included Keith McKay, Don Mason, Ray Cousineau, Dale Ross, Julian Brunetta, Ed Morneau, George Wood, Steve Audette, Jon Bergland, Walter Anderson, George Hanson, and Bob Wepruk.

Helping hands

Union Gas volunteers Chris Kaun, left, Mark Davis, and Rick Jewell were at the ’52 Canadians Arena last month fixing damaged seats as part of the company’s “Helping Hands” program. At a recent council meeting, Luke Skaarup of Union Gas presented town council with three $1,000 cheques to fix the seats there and at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Class of ’52

“Reunion 60”—for students who attended Fort Frances High School from the late 1940s to the late ’50s—is planned for Sept. 7-8 at La Place Rendez-Vous and organizers don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun. Many people already have registered, but there is still time to sign up by calling Chris Lowe at 274-6591.

Dazzling display

On Saturday (June 16), rare beautiful blue and purple Northern Lights appeared in the skies and were visible across Canada and the northern U.S. The combination of two solar flares striking the Earth were powerful enough to produce a geomagnetic storm and the resulting Aurora Borealis. This photo was taken by Lauri Kangas of Fort Frances with a tripod-mounted Canon DSLR.