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Christmas bazaar

Jillian Cousineau, five, filled out a raffle ticket to win a toy during C.W.L.’s Christmas bazaar in St. Mary’s Church hall on Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of people came out for the annual event, which featured crafts, a bake table, sewing, a fish pond, and draws.

Holiday decorating

Todd Wood of the Fort Frances Power Corp. installed a snowflake light for the Business Improvement Association on the 200 block of Scott Street this morning. Due to some problems, the BIA will not have all its lights ready in time for the 50th-annual “Parade of Lights” this coming Saturday, but the FFPC volunteered to get as many of the BIA’s decorations up as possible this week.

"Citizen of the Year"

Dr. Robert Lidkea was all smiles after receiving his plaque for being the 2007 “Citizen of the Year” during the annual town dinner Friday night at La Place Rendez-Vous as Bill Gushulak, the 2000 “Citizen of the Year,” looked on.

Sunny days

The chorus sang Lighthouse’s “Sunny Days” during the Fort Frances High School’s “All Weather Revue” last night at the Townshend Theatre. The revue runs again tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors, which are available in advance at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts.

Open for business

Lowes Furniture & Appliances opened its doors to customers yesterday at its new location at the former Northern Do-it center site along Highway 11/71 just west of Fort Frances. The business, billed as factory direct, formerly was located in Rainy River.

Honouring Riel

Nora Klyne, left, Sunset Country Métis president Clint Calder, Shirley Morrish, Min Crowe, Wanda Botsford (representing local MP Ken Boshcoff), Darryl Allan, Mayor Roy Avis, Crystal George, Mona-Rose Morrisseau, and Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) senator Gord Calder gathered for the raising of the MNO flag in honour of “Louis Riel Day” this morning outside the Civic Centre.

Fresh look

Whitehall Construction of Thunder Bay finished up its restoration work on the front of the CIBC building on Scott Street this week. Extensive scaffolding, erected around the bank when a crew began working at the start of October, was taken down Tuesday. The contractor will be back in the spring to restore the sides.

Taking shape

The erection of the steel structure continues at the AbitibiBowater biomass boiler project site. The work will carry on as construction schedules are met, but is expected to slow down considerably during the winter months, before again kicking into high gear next spring. The project is scheduled to be operational next fall.

Women’s forum

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

Local foods

Josh Phillips, agri-food marketing intern with the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market, displayed an array of local food products during The Christmas Store’s 17th-annual open house here Saturday. The local Foods Shoppe, added as part of the store this year, allows patrons to find everything they need for Christmas entertaining.