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Visit with Santa

Three-year-old Ayiana Gagne, left, and her sister, Jacy, five, visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Frances Museum on Saturday. Children had their pictures taken with the jolly couple, enjoyed cookies and cocoa, and also were invited to join in some games and activities.

Season of giving

Capts. Angel and Marlene Sandoval, left, and Mayor Roy Avis officially kicked off the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign here yesterday at Canada Safeway. The kettles will be out Monday through Saturday until Dec. 24. Volunteers to man the kettles are still needed. To volunteer ringing the bells for a couple hours, call the Salvation Army at 274-3871.

Co-op Day

Cody McCool chatted with Samantha Mickelson about her display, entitled “Total Knee Repalcement,” during Co-op Day for this semester held yesterday in the atrium at Fort Frances High School.

Winning float

Members and staff of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s STEP Centre program put a lot of hard work into making this “Frosty the Snowman” float for the 50th-annual “Parade of Lights” on Saturday. They were awarded the first-place prize for best decorated float.

Emergency crossing

In case they have to use the route at any time next week, Fort Frances Emergency Services drove vehicles over the Victoria Avenue crossing yesterday to make sure they could clear it. The Portage Avenue underpass will be closed next Tuesday through Friday (Nov. 27-30) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day so steel sheet pilings can be removed from the construction site there.

Crazy hair

Sydney Carpenter, front, along with Nebin Whitecrow, left, Asyia Shields, and Haley King, showed off their crazy hair-dos in their Grade 2/3 classroom at Huffman School here yesterday. Students throughout the school wore wacky ponytails and added colour and clips to their hair as part of the school’s spirit day.

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.

Talented musician

Maverick Judson performed an original song Saturday night during “The Gift of Sharing” silent auction and coffeehouse at Knox United Church in Emo. The third-annual event featured the talent of congregation members of all ages, plenty of wonderful auction items, and delicious refreshments. More than $3,000 was raised for the local church.

Revue rehearsal

Some 65 Fort Frances High School students rehearsed the “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” number yesterday in preparation for their upcoming fall musical revue. The show, featuring songs all about the weather, will run Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Advance tickets are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, costing $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

Talking art

Karen Robinson, left, chatted with artist Barbara Stevens about her painting, “Red Pines on Rainy Lake,” during the 12th-anniversary open house Friday at the Fine Line Art Gallery here. Those who dropped by that day and Saturday could meet the Fine Line artists, peruse the art for sale there, enter draws for door prizes, and enjoy refreshments.