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Icy dip

“The Wild Women from Wisconsin” were just four of the brave souls from out-of-town who took an icy dip during the Fort Frances Voyageur Lions’ “Polar Plunge” last Jan. 1. The popular event raised more than $14,000, and will go again tomorrow (New Year’s Day) at 1 p.m. on Sand Bay.

Free skate

Ed Katona and his grandson, Bransen Campbell, enjoyed a leisurely skate courtesy of Mayor Roy Avis at the ’52 Canadians Arena yesterday afternoon. The free event, which ran from 1-2:15 p.m., attracted about 75 skaters of both the hockey and figure-skating variety.

Olympic gear

Local resident Anne Renaud showed off some of the official Olympic gear she’ll be wearing when she runs with the torch in Vermilion Bay on Monday. The bright red mittens come complete with built-in grips so the torch won’t slip.

Shoveling

Jonathan Gray, three, did his part to help his mom and older brother dig out from the holiday snowstorm by shovelling their walkway Monday afternoon. More than 35 cm (14 inches) of the white stuff fell between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Sweeping hard

Aron Solway, left, and Frances Flook helped the rock down the sheet of ice Saturday as they participated in the annual Boxing Day bonspiel in Emo. After a day of friendly competition, Grant Meyers’ team emerged as the champs.

Lakers jerseys

Fort Frances Lakers’ coach Wayne Strachan, team vice-president Jim Fowler, and team president Milt Strachan Jr. showed off the squad’s new jerseys which were donated by local Boston Pizza owner Dale Fortes (right) at a board meeting Dec. 22.

Down the hill

Naomi McManaman, front, and Maggie Gurski were having a blast yesterday as they sped down the hill at the overpass, taking advantage of their last week of Christmas holidays before heading back to school next Monday (Jan. 4).

Christmas wallop

Towering snowbanks line most of the streets in Fort Frances, as seen here along King’s Highway this morning, after the town was blanketed by more than 35 cm of snow from Christmas Eve through to yesterday morning. Most residents spent their Christmas and Boxing Day digging out from the wrath of the storm.

Who’s that?

Santa Claus was given a quizzical look by little Clara Anderson when he paid a visit to the Fort Frances Public Library last Wednesday. Jolly St. Nick had stopped by to take last-minute present requests from children and also hand out candy canes.