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Nicholas Donaldson

Floating around

Carole Ann Myers' enjoyment was a unique sight for the Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club's annual “Polar Plunge" which took place on New Year's Day on Sand Bay behind La Place Rendez-Vous. Myers, who lives in B.C. and was visiting Fort Frances for the holidays, later told the Times she enjoys cold water and swims in the ocean every day when she is home.

1, 2, 3, jump

Fort Frances High School French student Siobhan Mackintosh and teacher Erika Handberg held hands as they prepared to jump for this year's “Polar Plunge.” The class raised $2,145 for a France/Switzerland trip it will be taking in the future, with a handful of students and two teachers taking part in the icy dip.

Frozen high

The husband-and-wife duo Darrol and Elana Van Deventer celebrated their successful plunge into the icy water Monday. The couple, who moved to the area from South Africa because he got a job at the New Gold mine, raised $1,000 for the Ditshego House of Laughter in South Africa.

Warming up

Morgan DeGagne, Claudia Ellis, Harper Gunderson, and Ingrid Ellis warmed up with some chili and hot chocolate upstairs at La Place Rendez-Vous following their dip during the “Polar Plunge." The quartet were part of the group that raised $2,789.75 for the "Friends of Animals,” the highest fundraising total for a group this year.

One minute

After climbing out of the water, Voyageurs Lions Club member Bill Michl indicated he would be jumping only once for this year's “Polar Plunge” on Sand Bay behind La Place Rendez-Vous. Michl, who took part in his 12th plunge this year, raised $445 for the Fort Frances club.

Icy dip

With temperatures at minus-21 C (and feeling like minus-31 with the wind), Joanne and Kent Ogden raced out of the water yesterday during the Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club's annual “Polar Plunge." Twenty-seven people took the plunge into Sand Bay (behind La Place Rendez-Vous) and raised a total of $9,665 for seven different organizations.

FFHS assembly

Members of Mrs. VonNiebelschutz's Grade 7/8 choir entertained students this morning with a few holiday songs during the Fort Frances High School Christmas assembly at the Townshend Theatre. Today is the last day of school before the Christmas break for students across the district, with classes set to resume on Jan. 8.