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Season to give

Encouraging district residents to purchase gifts which will be distributed to local children who may not receive many presents this holiday season, Family and Children’s Services volunteer June Caul, left, and FACS children’s mental health co-ordinator Jacquee Loerzel put the finishing touches on the “Adopt-An-Angel” tree at Wal-Mart on Friday afternoon.

Top citizen

Margaret Lidkea proudly stood by her husband, Dr. Robert Lidkea, after he received his “Citizen of the Year” plaque onstage at the town’s annual recognition dinner Friday night.

Women’s forum

Women from across the district gathered at the Rainy River Future Development Corp. last Wednesday to participate in the Northern Ontario Women’s Leadership Forum. Although the conference was held in Thunder Bay, other communities in the region, including Fort Frances, joined in by videoconference set up by TBayTel.

Retiree recognition

Retired librarian Juliana Sprovieri, left, was presented with a plaque by Joyce Cunningham, chair of the Fort Frances Public Library board, during Friday night’s town recognition dinner at La Place Rendez-Vous. Other retirees honoured this year included Murray Fairnington, Nick Hnatiuk, Linda Hyatt, Steve Gagne, Linda Kitowski, Bev Sandmoen.

Afternoon snack

Marg Rousseau, left, Dick Collett, Alice Anderson, and Eva Collett had a bite to eat Saturday afternoon during the annual Christmas tea, craft, and bake sale at the Zion Lutheran Church here. The popular event drew so many people, they were seated both upstairs and downstairs at the church.

Tea time

Emma Keeler, left, chatted with Barb Marr over finger sandwiches during St. John’s Anglican Church Guild’s Christmas tea and bake sale Saturday. The very popular event featured baked goods, meat pies, crafts, and draws.

Bowled over

Sabres’ forward Brendan Baumgartner (centre) looked around to get his bearings after crashing Marathon Renegades’ goalie Nathan Boulet on Saturday night. The hard-nosed play of Baumgartner was part of the team’s comeback to earn a 6-6 draw.

Mitt donations

Chamber of Commerce manager Dawn Booth was thrilled to add another pair of mitts in the “Mitts for Kids” collection box at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office yesterday. Those wanting to donate new mitts, hats, or scarves to the annual drive can drop off items either at the Chamber office or the Movie Gallery this year.

New location

Doreen and Rhonda McKay checked out some deals on stoves last Thursday during the grand opening of Lowes Furniture & Appliances. Many people were on hand when the business opened its doors for the first time at its new location at the former Northern Do-it center’s site along Highway 11/71 just west of Fort Frances.

Singing in the rain

Brooke Patterson, centre, sang Rihanna’s “Umbrella” as back-up dancers Lauren Gurski and Melissa Friesen did their thing last Thursday night during the Fort Frances High School’s “All-Weather Revue” at the Townshend Theatre. The popular show ran last Thursday through Saturday featuring a wide selection of weather-related songs.