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Thanks Santa!

Three-year-old Christopher Wood received a gift from jolly St. Nick yesterday morning during the annual Christmas party at the Fort Frances Nursery School. Santa wasn’t able to stay for long, though, as he had other early presents to deliver that day.

Seeking shelter

Joseph, Mary, and an angel (played by Al Yerxa, Samantha Crossley, and Linnaea Yount respectively) led shepherds and angels in the search for shelter here Friday evening as part of “Las Posadas”—a Mexican celebration where community members reenact the story of Christmas. The annual event is hosted by St. John’s Anglican Church.

Slapshot Santa

Vicki Ogilvie’s SK/Gr. 1 class teamed up with their “book buddies” from Kerri Loughrey’s Grade 5/6 to perform “Slapshot Santa” at this year’s Christmas concert at Sturgeon Creek School, which was held Friday in the school gym. A large crowd of family and friends enjoyed the music and performances provided by the students and teachers.

Unleashing shot

Muskie forward Chris Bobczynski fired a shot towards the Siouox Lookout Warriors’ net during NorWOSSA action last Thursday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. A returning Grade 12 forward, Bobczynski lit the lamp to help the black-and-gold to a 7-1 triumph.

Christmas carols

Junior students at St. Francis School performed a number of carols, including “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Joy to the World,” last night during their Christmas Soirée to celebrate the season. There also was a special hand chimes performance while refreshments were served in classrooms afterwards.

Gift of song

The Fort Harmonies performed a selection of Christmas favourites yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. The performance also marked the inaugural use of the library’s keyboard, which was purchased by the Ukrainian Literary Society.

Leadership hopeful

Greeted by local MP John Rafferty, right, NDP leadership hopeful Romeo Saganash dropped by the Métis Hall here yesterday evening as part of his Northwestern Ontario tour. The Sunday night town hall was a tough sell, though, as only a few party faithful came out to meet the Quebec MP for Abitibi-BaieJames-Nunavik and Eeyou before he headed on to Thunder Bay.

Christmas tunes

Singer-guitarist John Reader sang some favourite holiday tunes with children at the Best Start Hub’s Christmas party on Saturday. The youngsters made Christmas crafts, enjoyed some refreshments, and received gifts from none other than Santa himself, who made a brief appearance.