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Eye for art

Bev Melnychuk admired a painting by the late Lou Farago yesterday afternoon during a “Christmas Artisans Show” in the cafeteria at Fort Frances High school. The purpose of the show was not only to exhibit area artists’ work, but to raise funds for the Fort Frances Museum’s renovations. It brought in around $500.

—Duane Hicks photo

Special delivery

Two-year-old Ashton Barnes’ eyes were all aglow as he received a present from Santa Claus yesterday at the Fort Frances Day Care. The jolly old elf paid a visit to collect the children’s wish lists and give each of them an early gift. —Duane Hicks photo

Christmas tradition

Members of the Muskie girls’ hockey team collected teddy bears thrown onto the ice by fans Friday night at the Ice for Kids Arena. The teddy bears will be put into the Salvation Army’s Christmas hampers for the needy. Another “Teddy Bear Toss” took place during the Muskie boys’ game against International Falls here last night. —Melanie Béchard photo

New board game

Fort Frances resident Tracy Gibson displayed her original, hand-painted board game, “The Family Tree of Knowledge,” on the right, and her prototype on the left, along with some of the game pieces. Gibson designed the game as a gift for her children, but hopes to market it to the public.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Colourful Christmas

Older siblings Jade and Jordan Carlson helped 18-month-old Maggie colour a picture during the annual Devlin Community Christmas party on Sunday. In addition to dinner, residents enjoyed crafts, games, and sliding as well as a visit from Santa. —Heather Ogilvie photo

Seasonal sight

Sgt. Erik Gustafson, left, and Sgt. Jordan Manty, of the 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadets, rang the bells at the Salvation Army Christmas kettle outside The Bargain Store on Saturday morning. Volunteers will be manning the kettles at local businesses from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Saturday until Dec. 23. The Salvation Army also is looking for more volunteers to man the kettles.

Fire building 101

CPO2 Austin Zin, centre, of the Fort Frances Sea Cadets #144, instructed PO2 George Kemper-Lukasevics, left, and LC Ryan Goertzen on how to build a fire Saturday during the corps’ annual survival training. The 20 cadets spent two nights outdoors in the woods learning such skills as reading compasses, building lean-tos, and snowshoeing.

—Heather Ogilvie photo

Special visit

Penny McFarland got a present from Santa Claus when he paid a visit to local war brides at a special dinner at the Adventure Inn last night. 2006 is the 60th anniversary of war brides in Canada (1946 was the year the largest wave arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax), with six provinces, including Ontario, having proclaimed this the Year of the War Bride.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Survival lessons

Survival lessons

CP02 Shane Ikert, right, of the Fort Frances Sea Cadets #144 instructed a group of younger cadets on how to use lanterns and outdoor stoves Saturday. The corps spent two nights in the woods sleeping in tents and learning survival skills as part of their annual training.

—Heather Ogilvie photo