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Sliding fun

Niko Ruppenstein, five, was all set to slide down the overpass hill on Friday afternoon. Many families spent the afternoon going up and down the hill, taking advantage of the nice weather before it turned bitterly cold.

Outdoor hockey

Jesse Jourdain, 11, stole the puck from his friend, Taylor Dixon, 19, on Friday afternoon at the Sixth Street rink. Outdoor rinks across town were filled with people skating and playing hockey on one of the nicest days December has had.

Sliding siblings

Shae Sinclair, seven, held her three-year-old brother, Chase, as they pushed off from the top of the overpass sliding hill on Friday afternoon. The warmer temperatures drew people out for an afternoon of fun, but now that it is below minus-30 again the hill is barren.

Alumni showdown

Muskies alumni team member Jillian Langtry, right, wasn’t letting current Muskie Jessica Coran slow her progress during Friday’s exhibition game between the two squads at the Ice for Kids Arena. Amy Penner scored twice and added an assist to lead this year’s Muskies to a 5-3 win over their older brethren.

Boxing Day squash

Fort Frances native Anika Alexander made the trip from her current home in Winnipeg to take part in the Sunset Country Squash Club’s 26th-annual Boxing Day squash tournament yesterday at the Memorial Sports Centre. Ben Andrusco won the ‘A’ Event, while Shawn Brady captured the ‘B’ Event and Chad Faragher grabbed the ‘C’ Event.

Packing hampers

Jill Pernsky, Family Services co-ordinator with the local Salvation Army, showed off the many boxes of food and presents they had received to make the Christmas hampers even larger than last year. The Salvation Army received enough to help more than 150 families, couples, and individuals have a very merry Christmas, and stated they were overwhelmed by the generosity.

Grocery winner

Fort Frances Lion Flora Danylchuk was more surprised than anyone when Safeway assistant manager Ryan Hood, right, drew her name as the winner of the Fort Frances Lions Club’s groceries-for-a-year raffle last Wednesday. Danylchuk, who bought at least eight tickets for the raffle, was presented with $5,200 in $100 Safeway gift cards.