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Don’t walk

OPP Cst Caroline Spencer used a big red hand—meaning “don’t walk”—to talk to young students at J.W. Walker School yesterday about road safety and how to cross a busy intersection. With the recent changes at the corner of King’s Highway and Keating Avenue, the school invited Cst. Spencer to remind children about how to cross a road safely.

Early visit

Six-month-old Naudia Traubenik and her four-year-old sister Summer McNeil had a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Warp 9 during “Lunch with Santa” on Saturday. The children enjoyed snacks and drinks, and made sure they got their wish lists in to Santa before Christmas.

—Melanie Béchard photo

And the winner is . . .

Museum curator Pam Hawley, left, drew the December winner for the Kiwanis “Trip of the Month” draw the as Dawn Booth, manager of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, looked on Thursday morning at International Travel Services. Harriet Gosselin of Fort Frances will be going on a Caribbean cruise. The 2006 Kiwanis “Trip of the Month” tickets are on sale now for $120.

Salmon steak

Chef Dave Larocque of Little Beaver Snow Park grilled up a large piece of salmon during a cooking demonstration with Chef Achour Cheblaoui of La Flambée at Northwoods Gallery and Gifts yesterday.

Future Leaf?

Young Trey Beninger, three, is at the first stage of his future career as a Toronto Maple Leaf, skating circles in the CanSkate One class at the Ice for Kids Arena here yesterday evening.

—Jenni Condon photo

‘Bah, humbug!’

Scott Walsh played Ebeneezer Scrooge and Justin Anderson the Ghost of Christmas Future in a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” by the Grade 7/8 French Immersion class at St. Francis School last night. The performance was in support of the Holy Childhood Association.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Creative learning

Jillian Armstrong, six, showed off her “turtle” constructed of patterns and different shapes at the Esso family math program at the Emo Toy Library and Resource Centre last week, as her father, Murray, looked on.

–Heather Ogilvie photo

‘Some day off . . .’

Mason Galusha, 13, spent his morning shovelling out the driveway in front of his home on Third Street West yesterday. A total of eight inches (20 cm) got dumped on Borderland earlier this week—the first real snowfall yet this year. Luckily, there’s only flurries in the forecast for the next few days. —Duane Hicks photo

To bid or not to bid

Monica Hanzuk, left, and Jean Boileau admired a basket, donated by June Keddie, full of everything you’d need for a winter picnic to the 11th-annual “Spirit of Christmas” on Sunday night at La Place Rendez-Vous. The event brought in about $12,000, which is split between the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society and the “Community Chest.” —Duane Hicks photo

Winter work

The snowplows were out this morning after the district’s first big snowstorm of the season. Luckily the white stuff has stopped falling for now, though there is a chance of flurries later in the week.

—Melanie Béchard photo