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'Angel' program to help kids get gifts

Christmas is a time when magical memories that last a lifetime are made, so why not make sure this one is special for all district children?

The Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services' annual “Adopt an Angel” campaign is underway again, with trees now up at Walmart, The Bargain Shop, and Taggs Source for Sports here, as well as Tompkins Hardware in Emo.

Will your Christmas tree be real or fake?

Buying a natural Christmas tree is a win-win—it brings the beauty and aroma of Ontario's forests inside your home for the holidays.

A real tree is eco-friendly and supports the provincial economy. More than 500 farmers produce upwards of one million Christmas trees each year in Ontario.

These trees are not plastic, nor produced and transported from overseas.

Volunteering because it's fun: Donald

Sometimes, the best part about volunteering is the other volunteers.

At least that's the opinion of Cynthia Donald, who was surprised and humbled to be honoured as the 2018 “Citizen of the Year” for Fort Frances during Monday night's council meeting.

She noted that mayor-elect June Caul had asked her if she wanted to go in the Christmas parade with her this Sunday (Dec. 2).

Donald named town's top citizen

Cynthia Donald is the 2018 “Citizen of the Year.”

Donald, a retired teacher and longtime volunteer, was honoured by mayor and council at last night's meeting.

In addition to being chairperson of the “Fun in the Sun” committee in recent years, Donald is a Kiwanis Club member and vice-chair of the Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts.

Top citizen to be named

Who will be the 2018 “Citizen of the Year?”

The answer to that question will be revealed at tonight's town council meeting.

The new “Citizen of the Year” will be honoured during a presentation following the committee of the whole meeting.

The town received a total of five nominations by the Oct. 26 deadline.