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Plenty of gifts

Joanna Hasiuk put the final touches on the holiday gift display at the Emo Drugs, where staff has been busy adding many new gifts for the Christmas season. Stop by, check out their gifts, and pick up something for that special someone on your list.

Big hug

Ainsley Matheson gave Santa a great big hug Saturday morning during the “Breakfast at the North Pole,” which was a fundraiser for St. John’s Anglican Church. Children enjoyed a breakfast of cereal, muffins, and more, in addition to making crafts and talking to the jolly old elf. The event coincided with the inaugural “Festival of Frost” on Scott Street.

Neighbourhood heroes

Borderland residents were hard at work clearing away white stuff this morning after getting the first major snowfall of the season. Among them were Stan Blasky, left, and Ken Christiansen, who each winter tackle the heroic task of removing snow for their fellow residents of Baeker Bay.

Up for bid

A boxed set of silver plated flatware is among the silent auction items which will be up for bid this Saturday (Dec. 7) at the Knox United Church fundraising kick-off dinner and silent auction, which starts at 5 p.m. in McMillan Hall.

December draw

Ben Morelli, left, owner of From the Grind Up, drew the ticket for the Kiwanis Club’s “Trip of the Month” draw for December this morning at International Travel Services as Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on. Alexis Norris of Fort Frances will heading to Spain—a trip valued at $5,500.

Smiles for Santa

Three-year-old Kayden Ellis was all smiles as he visited with Santa during “Breakfast at the North Pole” on Saturday morning, which was a fundraiser for St. John’s Anglican Church. Children enjoyed a breakfast of cereal and muffins, in addition to making crafts and talking to the jolly old elf. The event coincided with the inaugural “Festival of Frost” on Scott Street.

Mad scramble

It was chaos in the aftermath of a pileup in front of the Emo Cowboys’ net during the first period of the final of the seventh-annual Gus Lindberg Memorial tournament between the Cowboys and host Fort Frances Midget ‘AA’ Canadians yesterday. The Canadians won 5-3 to capture the title.

Santa sleigh

Gunnar Krawchuk, along with his sisters, Cassie and Jayla, posed with Santa on his sleigh in the courtyard outside the Fort Frances Museum on Saturday during the inaugural “Festival of Frost” on Scott Street. Hundreds of people took in the day-long event, which also featured carollers, dog sled demonstrations, animals, fire pits, food, and parade floats.

‘Dear Santa’

Tayah Cumming mailed her letter to Santa yesterday at the Fort Frances Times’ office. The Times is looking for children’s letters to Santa, and will have this “mailbox” outside the Fort Frances Museum tomorrow to collect those wish lists. Letters will be published in the annual Christmas Greetings edition Dec. 18.

Christmas bells

Mayor Roy Avis, centre, was joined by Walmart manager Sheldon Demers, left, and Lt. Dennis Maybury to kick off the local Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign this morning at Walmart. Volunteers will be ringing the bells at Walmart, Safeway, the LCBO, and Canadian Tire from now until Dec. 24. Smaller kettles also will be placed at Boston Pizza and The Place.