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Due for a touchup

The water tower on McIrvine Road is going to get a much-needed $550,000 makeover this summer. But whether or not taxpayers end up having to foot the bill remains to be seen as the water tower project may end up being partially or fully covered by a new rural infrastructure grant the town will apply for.

New Year’s baby

Proud parents Pat and Dana Cross of Fort Frances posed for a photo with their daughter, Blaire Avery Cross, who was born Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8:39 a.m. at La Verendrye Hospital. Blaire, who weighed in at seven pounds, one oz., was the first baby born here in 2008 and she received gifts from several local buisnesses. Proud big sisters are Molly and Piper.

Alzheimer awareness

Sherin Hagen, left, president of the local Alzheimer Society, and Mayor Roy Avis raised the flag Friday to signal January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances. The Alzheimer Society has various fundraisers planned in the near future, including the third-annual “Chefs’ Charitable Dinner and Auction” on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Adventure Inn here.

Sunday stroll

Enjoying the sunshine and temperatures up to five C (41 F), Derek Perreault and his daughter, Shyanne Maki, walked “Gunner” and “Daisy” along First Street East yesterday afternoon. While the weather may not stay quite that mild, temperatures will be only slightly below zero Celsius at least for the next few days.

Bobsled run

After shovelling off his deck a few weeks ago at his home on Second Street East, someone suggested to Ralph Wolff that he should build a slide. So he did—complete with an Olympic theme to boot!

Painting exhibition

Fort Frances Museum assistant Katie Urban adjusted a portrait of Millie Eide Gladu this morning in preparation for a new exhibit, “Millie Eide Gladu, a retrospective,” which will feature work by the local artisit. Gladu was an active member of the arts community in Fort Frances from the 1950s until her passing in 1993. In addition to the exhibition, which will run tomorrow through Feb.

New sign

Downtown shoppers may have noticed a new sign at Gourmet Outfitters last month. The sign was designed by Vermilion Bay artist Burton Penner, who also did the Northwoods Gallery & Gifts sign as well as the Great Canadian Main Street signs at both ends of Scott Street.

Outdoor hockey

Josh Quesnel, 11, made the best of yesterday’s bitter temperatures and hit the east end rink for some afternoon shinny hockey with friends. The outdoor rinks have been busy as youngsters enjoy their final days of the Christmas break.

Picking a winner

Chad Jack, left, the newest member of the Rainy Lake Realty team, and Kiwanian Alan Zucchiatti drew the January winner of the Kiwanis “Trip of the Month” draw yesterday at International Travel Services. Betty and Arnold Brown of Fort Frances won an Alaskan cruise, valued at $4,000. Tickets are sold out for the 2008 Kiwanis “Trip of the Month” draw.