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Squash action

Tobby Munro put on quite the show for his rival, Steve Boileau, during the Sunset Country Squash Club’s annual Boxing Day tournament here. Ben Andrusco was crowned the champ after beating Jason Kabel in the final.

Christmas dinner

Alex Barnard, left, was all smiles as new Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty, right, and Matt Hickling, middle, placed turkey on her plate at the community Christmas dinner on Thursday. The volunteer trio greeted folks with cheer as they arrived at Knox United Church for the annual feast.

Family ski

Dr. Cam Moorhouse took time to wax the skis of Hunter and Jillian Calder as their mother, Cheri, looked on Friday during the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club’s first Family Ski of the season. After enjoying a ski on the Rocky Inlet trails, folks warmed their bones around the bonfire and imbibed hot chocolate.

Release party

Local singer Wade (“Brok_Homz”) Friesen performed for friends during a release party for his second CD, “Afta Thoughts,” which was held Monday night at the Ukrainian Hall here.

Debut album

Local artist Sarah Hebert wowed a full-house at the Little Beaver Snow Park with her musical talents last night. The singer held a CD release concert for her debut album, “The Fall.”

Spirit of giving

Salvation Army Capt. Angel Sandoval helped Helen Cup out the door of the Citadel with her Christmas hamper on Friday. With the support of the community, the local Salvation Army handed out about 200 hampers to families in Fort Frances and across the district, from Rainy River to Mine Centre, from Friday through Monday.

Mexican tradition

Rachel Jean, left, was among the youths who took turns leading “Bessie” the Jerusalem donkey along downtown streets Friday evening during the second-annual “Las Posadas” procession here. Children and adults from St. John’s Anglican Church (dressed as shepherds, angels, wise men, and Joseph and Mary) travelled from motel to motel as they looked for a place to stay.

Peppermint present

Ethan Barker got a chance to speak with Santa Claus last Wednesday morning when the jolly man in red dropped by the Fort Frances Public Library for a visit with all the children. It was a very busy day for Santa, who was spotted at multiple children’s activities and parties around town handing out treats and presents.