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Christmas creativity

Kay Veert checked out some of the holiday crafts for sale Sunday afternoon during the Christmas Artisans Show in the Fort High cafeteria. The show, which featured works—some for sale, some not—by area artists, raised about $500 for the Fort Frances Museum renovation campaign.

—Duane Hicks photo

‘We Three Kings’

Students from Solange Busch’s Grade 4/5 class at St Francis School practised the song “Three Kings From the East” on Friday during the junior dress rehearsal there. The actual performance went Monday night, with the class also singing “Il Dort Dans une Créche” and “We’re Having a Party for Jesus.”

—Heather Ogilvie photo

Christmas A-B-C’s

Senior kindergarten students at J.W. Walker School rehearsed their number for the school’s Christmas concert yesterday morning by reciting their Christmas alphabet. Walker’s primary concert takes place tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym, with the junior concert slated for the following night also at 6:30 p.m.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Eye for art

Bev Melnychuk admired a painting by the late Lou Farago yesterday afternoon during a “Christmas Artisans Show” in the cafeteria at Fort Frances High school. The purpose of the show was not only to exhibit area artists’ work, but to raise funds for the Fort Frances Museum’s renovations. It brought in around $500.

—Duane Hicks photo

Special delivery

Two-year-old Ashton Barnes’ eyes were all aglow as he received a present from Santa Claus yesterday at the Fort Frances Day Care. The jolly old elf paid a visit to collect the children’s wish lists and give each of them an early gift. —Duane Hicks photo

Christmas tradition

Members of the Muskie girls’ hockey team collected teddy bears thrown onto the ice by fans Friday night at the Ice for Kids Arena. The teddy bears will be put into the Salvation Army’s Christmas hampers for the needy. Another “Teddy Bear Toss” took place during the Muskie boys’ game against International Falls here last night. —Melanie Béchard photo

New board game

Fort Frances resident Tracy Gibson displayed her original, hand-painted board game, “The Family Tree of Knowledge,” on the right, and her prototype on the left, along with some of the game pieces. Gibson designed the game as a gift for her children, but hopes to market it to the public.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Colourful Christmas

Older siblings Jade and Jordan Carlson helped 18-month-old Maggie colour a picture during the annual Devlin Community Christmas party on Sunday. In addition to dinner, residents enjoyed crafts, games, and sliding as well as a visit from Santa. —Heather Ogilvie photo

Seasonal sight

Sgt. Erik Gustafson, left, and Sgt. Jordan Manty, of the 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadets, rang the bells at the Salvation Army Christmas kettle outside The Bargain Store on Saturday morning. Volunteers will be manning the kettles at local businesses from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Saturday until Dec. 23. The Salvation Army also is looking for more volunteers to man the kettles.