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Rainycrest concert

The Early Years' French immersion classes of St. Michael's School put on a special show for residents of Rainycrest this morning as the group sang holiday classics such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Silent Night," and "Jingle Bells,” with the occasional verse in French.

Co-op display

Brenden Laur was happy to show off what he had learned this semester during yesterday morning's co-op display day in the Fort High cafeteria. Laur, who has been doing his co-op placement at ML Caron Electric, built a frame with working outlets and lights to display the wiring skills and electrical knowledge he gained through the opportunity.

'Pride' poinsettia

Just in time for the holidays, Borderland Pride's “Metal Petals” fundraiser has expanded to include poinsettias handmade by Cindy Judson with recycled metal from Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo. The poinsettias cost $35 (Cdn.) which are available at Betty's along with a selection of other models. Sales of these items will go a long way to funding further Pride festivities in Borderland.

Gift of song

Diane Maxey directed the “Hallett Hall Choraliers” during their performance yesterday afternoon in Hallett Hall at Rainycrest Long-term Care. The group of Rainycrest residents, who have been practising once a week for the past six weeks, sang nine holiday tunes for fellow residents, family, and friends who came out to their third-annual concert.

Toy donations

“Bell-ringer" Damien Breton sat next to just some of the toys currently filling the worship area at the Salvation Army here Tuesday afternoon. Collected from The Bargain Shop's toy drive, B93's "Burst the Bus" campaign, and individual donations, the roughly $25,000 "toy mountain” soon will be distributed to district families in need as a part of the annual Christmas hamper program.

Lighting candle

Tiffany Clifford-Smith lit the candles during the annual service marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women last Wednesday evening at Knox United Church here. Meanwhile, below, Kyle Councillor of Naicatchewenin First Nation performed a song he heard in a dream.

Union Gas donation

Rob Dokuchie, left, captain of training for the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service, and Fire Chief/CEMC Tyler Moffitt showed Duane Harris, utility service manager for Union Gas, the types of public fire safety education materials they'll be able to get more of thanks to a recent $1,000 grant from the company.

Politics lesson

The Grade 5 class at St. Francis School received a special lesson in politics from local lawyer Douglas Judson last Tuesday. Judson, who recently withdrew his bid to seek the PC nomination in the Kenora-Rainy River riding, told the class about his experiences working in politics, as well as quizzing the youths on government positions and who currently fills them.

Walmart stuffers

Jada Boshey, left, Monica Empey, and Madelyn Dent, “Project Sunset" students from Crossroads School in Devlin, joined OPP community services officer Cst. Yenta Davidson, OPP communications operator Casey Horan, "Project Sunset" youth engagement co-ordinator Fiona Gallagher, and CN Police Cst.