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Season of giving

Capts. Angel and Marlene Sandoval, left, and Mayor Roy Avis officially kicked off the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign here yesterday at Canada Safeway. The kettles will be out Monday through Saturday until Dec. 24. Volunteers to man the kettles are still needed. To volunteer ringing the bells for a couple hours, call the Salvation Army at 274-3871.

Impressive vocals

Todd Jang, who along with Frederik Robert and Philip Grant comprise the tenor trio “Romanza,” kept the audience spellbound with his vocal range at the Townshend Theatre last night. Performing a variety of opera, show tunes, and ballads from around the world, “Romanza” was here as part of the 2007-08 “tour de Fort” Passport Series. The next show is Connnie Kaldor on Jan. 17.

Demystifying Islam

Imam Mohammad Attieque spoke to nearly a full house at St. John’s Anglican Church here last night, wrapping up a two-day seminar entitled “That we may know each other: A conversation between Islam and Christianity.” Meant to demystify and correct public misunderstandings about Islam, the seminar was hosted by St. John’s, Knox United, and Zion Lutheran churches.

Co-op Day

Cody McCool chatted with Samantha Mickelson about her display, entitled “Total Knee Repalcement,” during Co-op Day for this semester held yesterday in the atrium at Fort Frances High School.

Eating difficulties

Students from the Grade 10 Civics class at Fort Frances High School had to eat lunch without using their fingers on Friday as part of an injury prevention program. Some also wore masks to simulate tunnel vision while others wore neck braces. It demonstrated what it would be like to live with a brain or spinal cord injury.

Birch candles

These are the birch gift candles designed to accompany your donation to the Fort Frances Public Library’s “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign. Honour someone special while helping to build the new library. Candles are available at the library until Christmas.

70's tribute

St. Mary’s Youth Group offered up a tribute to the ’70s during the 50th-annual “Parade of Lights” on Saturday. Their efforts earned them a third-place finish for the best float.

'Disco fever'

Fort Frances High School cheerleaders had “disco fever” as they paid a tribute to the ’70s in the “Parade of Lights” here Saturday.

‘Get Smart’

Michael Brady, as “Maxwell Smart,” rehearsed a scene with Sally Roach (“Chief”) on Sunday for the upcoming Muskie Theatre production of “Get Smart,” which will be staged at the Townshend Theatre on Dec. 6-8. Advance tickets for the show are available at Northwoods Gallery and Gifts.