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Christmas choir

Diane Maxey directed the annual Christmas cantata, this year entitled “Hope Has Hands,” yesterday afternoon at Rainycrest. The performance for the residents and their families was a warm-up for the actual cantata to be held this Sunday (Dec. 14) at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken at the door.

Eye on the Puck

Eager young goalies got put through the paces during Saturday’s goalie clinic at the Ice for Kids Arena. Co-ordinator Glenn Witherspoon heads the program, which is aimed at developing more goalie prospects in town. Much of Duncan Keith’s $5,000 donation to the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association will go towards this new initiative.

Half-century of dancing

Sandy and Bob Wepruk, of the Fort Frances Pairs ’n Squares Squares, presented local residents Marj and Bert Smeeth with certificates from the Canadian Square and Round Dancing Society and the Sunset Country Squares in recognition of their 50 years of square dancing during a potluck and dance Saturday at the Robert Moore School gym.

The horror!

The Wife of Bath, played by Justine Christie, looked on as the “Naughty Knight” (Cody Caul) learns he’ll have to marry an ugly old woman (Reece Brown) This is one of many stories in store when Fort High presents “The Canterbury Tales” on Dec. 11-13 starting at 7:13 p.m. (yes, that’s correct) at the Townshend Theatre.

Goodies galore

Dorothy Wepruk perused the selection of packaged baked goods and other snacks laid out at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Upscale” Bake Sale yesterday evening at the Little Beaver Snow Park lodge. The inaugural fundraiser saw about 50 people drop by, buy gifts, and mix-and-mingle, bringing in about $2,000. Proceeds will go towards new tubs and lift chairs at Rainycrest here.

For our troops

Florence Hill, a member of the local Legion ladies’ auxiliary, packaged up candy at the Legion yesterday afternoon to be put into care packages and sent to Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The auxiliary received very generous support from the public, with enough donated goods to fill four tables and more than $600 in cash to buy anything else they needed.

Poinsettia fundraiser

Alverne Boresiuk, left, picked up a poinsettia this morning from Donna Lowey at The Christmas Store as part of a Fort Frances High School senior band fundraiser for its upcoming trip to Italy during the March Break. The festive plant costs $12, with half of the proceeds going to help bring the band one step closer to meeting its fundraising goal.

Open for business

Newly-elected Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty, centre, cut the orange ribbon at the opening of his new constituency office here Saturday. Located in the old CN station on Fourth Street West, Rafferty will be sharing an office space with local MPP Howard Hampton, who was on hand for the opening along with Shelly Haney, left, Pam Hawley, Bill Punshon, and Mike Mosley.

Goal denied

Fort Frances Canadians’ forward Jeff Gustafson (#27) was stopped on a point-blank chance by Wayzata goalie Sam LeNeave during Sunday’s final of the Gus Lindberg Memorial Midget ‘AA’ tournament at the Ice for Kids Arena. Wayzata captured the tourney title with a narrow 3-2 victory.