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Little ‘starfish’

Tiny Morgan Skillen was held up in the water by her mother, Sarah, during this morning’s “Starfish” program at the Memorial Sports Centre. Filled with songs, and other activities, the program helps introduce infants to being in water while teaching parents/caregivers about water safety.

Swinging and bebopping

With Steve Briggs on guitar, Howard Willett (harmonica), Drew Jurecka (fiddle), and four other band members, the Bebop Cowboys’ Swing-A-Billy Orchestra brought a taste of western swing to the Townshend Theatre here last night as part of the “tour de Fort” concert series.

Warm welcome

Fr. Wayne Stirling McIntosh officially was welcomed back to St. John the Baptist Anglican Church here Sunday morning as the ministry’s priest. With Rev. David Ashdown, Bishop of Keewatin, presiding, Gloria Gadd presented a vessel of water to Fr. Wayne as part of the ceremony.

Annual pick-up

Making a stop on the 300 block of Second Street East, volunteer firefighter Dick Botsford picked up another tree to pile onto the trailer Saturday afternoon during the Fort Frances Fire Brigade’s annual Christmas tree pick-up. Firefighters had fewer conifers to gather this year as more people switch to artificial ones.

Hot pursuit

Dr. Kennedy’s K9s forward Ben George picked up the puck off the boards with a Canadian Tire checker in hot pursuit during Saturday’s medal-round action of the local Bantam ‘A’ tournament at the Ice for Kids Arena. Canadian Tire won the game 6-3 and ended up capturing the ‘C’-side title. The Westfort Rangers (Thunder Bay) won the ‘A’ side while the Sioux Lookout Storm took the ‘B’ side.

Lunging effort

Muskie forward Matt DePiero was stonewalled by West Kildonan Collegiate goalie Michael Zacharias during Friday night’s exhibition tilt. Despite making several big saves, Zacharias and the Wolverines still were shelled 14-4 in the first of the two-game series, with Fort High romping to a 11-0 shutout in Saturday’s rematch.

Neck-and-neck

Fort Frances Aquanaut Krista Emond, centre, was neck-and-neck with Thunder Bay Thunderbolt Megan Carlson during heats of the mixed 200m freestyle at the local Winter Chill Invitational swim meet at the Memorial Sports Centre here Saturday. The three-day meet wrapped up yesterday.

Reading record attempt

Local children’s librarian Andrea Avis held up some of the Robert Munsch books that will be read on Friday, Jan. 23 at exactly 2.p.m. as the Fort Frances Public Library participates in a Canada-wide attempt to break the Guinness world record for “Most Children Reading with an Adult, Multiple Locations.” The current record is held by the United States (78,791).

Long reach

Muskie forwards Matt Goldamer (#22) and Ryan Shortreed (#12) reached out for a loose puck during their 10-0 trouncing of the Ely Timberwolves here Tuesday night. Fort High next hosts Winnipeg’s West Kildonan Collegiate for a pair of exhibition games this weekend, beginning tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena.