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U21 curling

Skip Tori Beaudry released a shot while third Katrina Slomke and lead Andrea Schram got ready to sweep during the team's 9-8 win in extra ends over Camille Daly (Sudbury) yesterday afternoon at the U21 provincial playdowns at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The Beaudry rink sported a 2-2 record heading into the final two round-robin draws today.

Silver in house

Skip Chris Silver watched a stone coming down the ice during his rink's 5-4 win over Nicholas Lemieux (Sault Ste. Marie) yesterday afternoon at the U21 provincial playdowns being hosted by the Fort Frances Curling Club. Silver's rink entered play today with a 1-1 record.

Packing donations

Fire Prevention Capt. Wayne Riches of the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service helped pack up Christmas hampers on Dec. 17 at the Salvation Army here. A team consisting of Riches, Kyle Pace, Doug Wright, Real DeGagne, his daughter, Elizabeth DeGagne, Tyler Moffitt, Brad Townson, Dean Tibbs, and Gavin Payne put together more than 150 hampers.

Frosty beauty

A positive side effect of the recent cold snap is the frosty makeover Borderland has received, as seen here at Seven Oaks yesterday. The cold spell is expected to hold fast at least through the weekend although the extended forecast is calling for temperatures as mild as -10 C (14 F) by next Friday.

Top citizen

Evelyn Metke was all smiles after Mayor Roy Avis presented her with the 2017 “Citizen of the Year” plaque in November. The 93-year-old remains an active community member.

Bailey bridge

In October, a bailey bridge was set up over the creek at the east end of Emo to facilitate traffic as crews worked on the culvert replacement and rebuilding of the bridge on Highway 11 between the Emo Inn and Cloverleaf. Two other bridge projects took place in the district this year, including replacing the ones across Kitchen Creek and near Pinewood.

Pot clinic

Master grower Brad Olson, along with his wife and business partner, Angela, opened the Rainy River Cannabis Collective here in January to help patients find cannabis treatments for pain-free living, as well as provide hydroponic growing kits and quality lifestyle and medicine enjoyment gear.

'Hi Santa!'

Children attending “Baby Time” last Thursday at the Fort Frances Public Library were treated to a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The library was in the festive spirit last week, hosting Christmas crafts and even a holiday concert by the Rainy Lake Orchestra.

Christmas dinner

Bernice Kempf (above) filled up her plate during the annual community Christmas dinner on Monday from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church while (below) Jennifer Kivimaki, her daughters, Jaana and Jorja Fournier, and Jennifer's dad, Larry Kivimaki, were among those who also turned out.