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Grand re-opening

Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis posed with Ronald McDonald as the pair got ready to cut the ribbon for the official grand re-opening of the newly-renovated McDonald’s Restaurant here Saturday afternoon. Specials were offered throughout the day, as well as balloons for the kids and a magic show provided by Ronald.

Giving chase

Nick Hahkala of the Fort Frances Canadians tried to knock the puck away from Sioux Lookout Flyers’ player Kendall Schulz during the final of a six-team PeeWee ‘AA’ tournament yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena here. The Flyers knocked off the host Canadians 5-4 in overtime to take home the title.

Watching rock

Brian Church searched for the best possible position to watch his team’s rock come down the ice during a Thursday evening twilight league game at the Fort Frances Curling Club back on Dec. 20. After a break due to the holidays, full league play returns to the ice next week.

Alzheimer awareness

Eleanor Barron, Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts “First Link” and public education co-ordinator, and Mayor Roy Avis got ready to raise the Alzheimer flag at the Civic Centre yesterday to mark January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month” in Fort Frances. Alzheimer Society events here this month include the “Forget Me Not” fundraiser dinner set for Saturday, Jan.

Trip winner

Jim Hudson of Lowerys Basics drew the local Kiwanis Club’s “Trip of the Month” winner for January yesterday morning at International Travel Services as Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on. Diane Maxey of Fort Frances will be heading to Thailand—a trip valued at $5,000. Next month’s trip is to Disney World in Florida worth $3,500.

Skating fun

Nine-year-old Rhyan McLean, left, Laura Cochrane, nine, Hunter McLean, five, and Naomi Cochrane, seven, had the ice to themselves Sunday afternoon during the family skate at the ’52 Canadians Arena. Other children have been taking advantage of their holiday break to go skating on the outdoor rinks or to go sliding.

New Year’s baby

Alyssa and Tyrell Griffith of Sioux Narrows welcomed their newborn daughter, Kayenna Lynn Griffith, who was the first baby of 2013 in Rainy River District. She was born yesterday at 4:22 p.m. weighing in at eight pounds, 15 oz. The family will be provided gifts and gift baskets courtesy of Canada Safeway, Fort Floral, Pharmasave, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Polar Plunge

First-time jumpers Joanne Ogden and her daughter, Riley Strom, leapt into the icy waters of Sand Bay yesterday during the Voyaguer Lions Club’s annual “Polar Plunge.” A total of 20 jumpers took part, raising more than $8,000 for various organizations and the local club.