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Christmas concert

Senior kindergarten students from F.H. Huffman School rehearsed their performance for the Christmas concert yesterday at the Townshend Theatre. The actual concert runs there tonight at 7 p.m.

Christmas wishes

Connor Dent told Santa Claus what he wanted for Christmas this morning during a visit to the Children’s Department at the Fort Frances Public Library. Prior to Santa’s surprise arrival, the youngsters, who were there for “Storytime,” were treated to holiday tales, as well as cookies and juice.

Fire building

QPO1 George Kemper-Lukasevics, left, of the 144 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Fort Frances, instructed a group on different ways to build on fire on Saturday during their annual survival training. Spending the day outdoors in the woods, the corps learned such skills as reading compasses, building shelters, and snowshoeing.

Muskie boys action

Joe Basaraba made his way through centre ice during the Muskies’ exhibition game Saturday afternoon against the visiting Kittson Central Wolfpack. Basaraba, who leads the team in scoring, couldn’t find his way onto the scoresheet during Fort High’s 10-1 rout of Kittson, but contributed an assist the night before in their 4-2 win over the Kenora Broncos.

‘The Love of God’

Under the direction of Diane Maxey, the Fort Frances Choraliers performed the cantata, “The Love of God at Christmas,” yesterday afternoon at St. Mary’s Church. The Borderland Choral Bells also presented several songs at the beginning of the annual concert.

‘The Christmas Story’

“Joseph” (Michael Drouin), left, and “Mary” (Emma Noga) smiled at their newborn baby Jesus as they took shelter in the manger during the dress rehearsal of St. Michael’s Christmas concert yesterday afternoon. The actual concert, featuring students in Grades 1-3, was held yesterday evening. A concert for the JK/SK students will be held this Wednesday (Dec. 19) at 6:30 p.m.

Early visit

Julianna Rousseau received a present from Santa Claus during a Christmas party at the Fort Frances Day Care yesterday afternoon. With Christmas drawing nearer, ol’ St. Nick has made a series of early visits to Rainy River District in recent weeks.

‘Dear Santa . . .’

Ashton Barnes mailed his letter to Santa yesterday at the Times office just before the deadline to get it o the North Pole. While the Times will be sure to forward district children’s letters to jolly St. Nick as promised, the letters also will be reprinted for everyone to enjoy in the annual Christmas Greetings edition included with next Wednesday’s Times.

Youth Cam Conference

Pam Hawley, curator of the Fort Frances Museum offered up a cultural awareness presentation to participants of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies Youth Communication Advocacy Network (YouthCAN) conference here Monday. The youths also learned about healthy living and physical activity, as well as making new friends from across the region.

Removing Core

Assistant driller Benoit Fournel got a first look at the fruit of his labours—fresh core samples. These will be carefully studied for their mineral content.