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‘Dear Santa . . .’

Ashton Barnes mailed his letter to Santa yesterday at the Times office just before the deadline to get it o the North Pole. While the Times will be sure to forward district children’s letters to jolly St. Nick as promised, the letters also will be reprinted for everyone to enjoy in the annual Christmas Greetings edition included with next Wednesday’s Times.

Youth Cam Conference

Pam Hawley, curator of the Fort Frances Museum offered up a cultural awareness presentation to participants of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies Youth Communication Advocacy Network (YouthCAN) conference here Monday. The youths also learned about healthy living and physical activity, as well as making new friends from across the region.

Removing Core

Assistant driller Benoit Fournel got a first look at the fruit of his labours—fresh core samples. These will be carefully studied for their mineral content.

'Get Smart' hits the stage

Michael Brady, right, playing Maxwell Smart, and Justine Christie (Agent 99) got into a sticky situation at the Fortune Cookie Club as they were guarded by Jessica Liggins (Mary Wong) in a scene from “Get Smart” on Friday night. Muskie Theatre offered up the production last Thursday through Saturday at the Townshend Theatre.

Museum visit

Pam Hawley, curator of the Fort Frances Museum, poined out artifacts as she gave a cultural awareness presentation to participants of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Youth Communication Advocacy Network (YouthCan) conference here yesterday. The youths also learned about healthy living and physical activity, as well as making new friends from across the region.

Season for song

The Fort Frances Choraliers, directed by Diane Maxey, performed a “dress rehearsal” of their Christmas cantata, “For the Love of Christmas,” last night at Rainycrest. Their main performance will be this coming Sunday (Dec. 16) at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. Admission is a goodwill offering.

‘Get Smart'

Justine Christie (Agent 99), left, Michael Brady (Maxwell Smart), Sally Roach (Chief), and Sierra Spicer (Miss Finch) performed a scene from “Get Smart” on Friday night at the Townshend Theatre. Muskie Theatre offered up the comedic show last Thursday through Saturday.

Christmas decor

Sue Worthman of Ranier, Mn. took a good look at a snowman birdfeeder and a wood-and-wire tree Saturday at The Christmas Store—just two of the 14 items created by the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s special events committee for its “Wreaths ’n Things” fundraiser, which ran Thursday through yesterday. The penny auction raised $800 for district health care.

Underpass reopened

The Portage Avenue underpass was reopened to two lanes late yesterday as work on the site has wrapped up for the winter. The public is reminded, however, to continue using only the east sidewalk through the winter since the west one is not ready yet. The project will resume in the spring, and is scheduled for completion in early fall of 2008.