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‘Spirit’ of charity

A sampling of the items donated so far for the silent auction at this year’s “Spirit of Christmas” fundraiser was spotted at Tichborne’s Real Estate office this morning—and much more awaits those who atend the annual event this Sunday (Nov. 23) from 4-8 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. Those wanting to donate items must get them in by this Friday (drop them off at Tichborne’s).

Christmas bazaar

Dolores VanCauwenburghe, left, and Monica McEvoy chatted over coffee and dainties yesterday afternoon during the ever-popular CWL Christmas tea and bazaar at St. Mary’s Church. Hundreds of people packed the church for the event, which featured not only tea, coffee, dainties, and good conversation, but crafts, a bake table, fish pond, jewellery table, and draws.

Baked goods

Debbie Bazylewski held up some of the many delicious baked goods available at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s flea market on Saturday. The fundraiser has been extended until Thursday of this week, running each day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the old CN station here.

Local book-signing

Nicole Robinson took the opportunity to meet author Neil McQuarrie and get her copy of his book “Dance is on Fire!” signed at Pharmasave here Saturday afternoon. The book outlines the history of the tragic fire that claimed 17 lives in Dance Township on Thanksgiving Day back in 1938.

’Tis the season

Maureen McCart of Thunder Bay helped The Christmas Store ring in the holiday season Saturday afternoon by doing some shopping during the grand opening at its new location at Lowey’s Greenhouses and Market Gardens, located on Highway 602 (River Road) just west of town.

New executive

The Robert Moore School “Builders Club” has kicked off for the year, with many community projects already in the works. About 25 students are involved this year, with plans such as participating in “Operation Christmas Child,” planning Robert Moore’s float in the Santa Claus parade, and volunteering at Rainycrest.

Gift basket donation

Thea Kaemingh, left, and Marina Gerber of the Gideon Bible Society Auxiliary presented gift baskets to Sue Hanson of the Atikokan Crisis Centre yesterday at the United Native Friendship Centre here. The baskets, containing goodies for women staying at the crisis centre, are donated by the auxiliary twice a year.

Essay contest winner

J.W. Walker student Danielle Hammond, one of the two winners of an essay contest held in conjunction with Local Government Week (Oct. 19-25), received a certificate of participation and Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce gift certificate from Mayor Roy Avis at Monday night’s council meeting. Both Hammond and St.