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See the difference

Kathi Gagne demonstrated the difference in energy consumption between incandescent Christmas lights and new LED ones using a meter on loan from Canadian Tire Thursday evening during an public information session on energy consevration, hosted by the Fort Frances Power Corporation.

New judge

Newly sworn-in Justice Alan Thomas McKay, left, joined Senior Justice Donald Fraser and the Honourable Brian Lennox, Chief Justice of the Otario Court of Justice on the bench during the official swearing-in ceremony at the Fort Frances Courthouse last Wednesday. In front is court clerk Margaret Katona.—Melanie Béchard photo

Grand opening

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP and federal Liberal candidate Ken Boshcoff, left, posed with supporters at the official opening and ribbon cutting at his campaign office at 225 Scott St. With Boshcoff are, from left, Alice Johnston, 10, Carol Lyons, Lin Boileau, Jackson Gillon, 13, Robert Gillon, and Gary Lipinski, the chair of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

Festive music

Diane Maxey led her Choraliers in a series of holiday favourites Saturday afternoon in front of the Fort Frances Museum. The festive choir also made their way throughout Scott Street that day, stopping to sing in several downtown businesses. —Duane Hicks photo

New place to sleep

MNR area technician Cameron Trembath got a closer look at the new den James O’Sullivan built for a black bear that was found in the east end of town earlier this week. —Photo courtesy of MNR

Santa’s visit

Tyler Munro, five, got his picture taken with Santa Tuesday at Wal-mart, where Santa was visiting that evening, as well as yesterday.

–Heather Ogilvie photo

Boxed In

Tenth-grader Jeremy Strain, promoted to the Muskie senior boys’ team from the junior squad, tried to pass to a teammate during NorWOSSA season-opening action here yesterday against Kenora. —Jenni Condon photo

Give generously

Mayor Dan Onichuk held up little Rochelle Suarez, four, so she could put a loonie in the Salvation Army Christmas kettle at Wal-Mart while Cpt. Angel Sandoval looked on. The kettles will be out on Dec. 9-10, from Dec. 14-17, and from Dec. 19-24. Anyone interested in volunteering to man a kettle for an hour at a time can contact Cpt. Angel at 274-3871.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Remember them

Peggy Loyie of the United Native Friendship Centre led the ceremony to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women here last night. About a dozen people came out to the candlelight vigil to pay their respects to the 14 women killed in Montreal 16 years ago—and all women who are victims of violence. —Melanie Béchard photo