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Celebrity urges native youths to be ‘warriors’

His message could be summed up in three words—“Be a warrior.”

That’s what “Litefoot,” a Native American role model, actor, motivator and rap artist, told those gathered here at the Oh-Shki-Be-Ma-Te-Ze-Win, Weechi-it-te-win Family Services and Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Authority Christmas celebration last Thursday.

And his message was aimed mostly at the youth.

Cooler weather, snow needed

While the unseasonably mild weather so far this winter is being welcomed by some, district farmers wouldn’t mind if the mercury would fall—along with a bit more snow.

Near record high temperatures this week have made pastures a bit mucky for animals. In fact, local ag rep Gary Sliworsky said it’s becoming hard for farmers to keep their livestock dry.

DYS stages Christmas concert

Lights are everywhere at this time of year, and the same held true at Donald Young School for its annual Christmas concert.

The students, through their performances, told the capacity crowd on hand that this was the season to celebrate the Light of the World bringing life to all.

Crisis Centre pushing donations to local cheer fund

If you are thinking about donating food or clothing to the Atikokan Crisis Centre for the upcoming Christmas season, staff there won’t refuse it.

But they’ll likely say there’s a better venue for those items.

“Donate to your local food banks and Christmas cheer boards,” Charene Gillies, executive director of the crisis centre, suggested Monday.

Area businesses feeling the pinch from lack of snow

While many people are enjoying the effects “El Nino” has had in creating unseasonably mild weather here in Northwestern Ontario so far this winter, those associated with snowmobiling clubs aren’t so happy.

In fact, the lack of snowfall and warm weather forced the 450-member Sunset Country Snowmobile Club to cancel its first run of the season, originally slated for last weekend.