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Serving it up

Lauren Miller (right) readied a serve as she and the rest of the Muskie senior girls’ volleyball team practised yesterday in preparation for today’s showdown against the host Kenora Broncos. Today’s games will be the first NorWOSSA action for the four Muskie court teams since the holiday layoff.

New Year’s baby

Proud parents Pat and Dana Cross of Fort Frances posed for a photo with their daughter, Blaire Avery Cross, who was born Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8:39 a.m. at La Verendrye Hospital. Blaire, who weighed in at seven pounds, one oz., was the first baby born here in 2008 and she received gifts from several local buisnesses. Proud big sisters are Molly and Piper.

Alzheimer awareness

Sherin Hagen, left, president of the local Alzheimer Society, and Mayor Roy Avis raised the flag Friday to signal January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances. The Alzheimer Society has various fundraisers planned in the near future, including the third-annual “Chefs’ Charitable Dinner and Auction” on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Adventure Inn here.

Bobsled run

After shovelling off his deck a few weeks ago at his home on Second Street East, someone suggested to Ralph Wolff that he should build a slide. So he did—complete with an Olympic theme to boot!

Outdoor hockey

Josh Quesnel, 11, made the best of yesterday’s bitter temperatures and hit the east end rink for some afternoon shinny hockey with friends. The outdoor rinks have been busy as youngsters enjoy their final days of the Christmas break.

On edge

Josh Supinski, eight, practised his boarder moves Friday afternoon at the overpass hill. The sliding hill has been busier this season due to the larger snowfalls here.

Sliding down

Courtney Williams, front, and Maddison Armstrong, were all smiles as they raced down the hill on their sled on Friday afternoon at the overpass.

Polar Plunge

Brittany Spence, left, and Alyssa Vanderaa of Dancemakers plunged into the icy cold waters behind La Place Rendez-Vous yesterday during the Voyageur Lions Club’s seventh-annual “Polar Plunge.”

St. Micheals fire

Members of the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service worked at St. Michael’s School here after responding to a fire around 12:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The fire damaged one classroom extensively, with smoke damage throughout the rest of the building.

Mexican Christmas

Acting out “Las Posadas,” a traditional Mexican candle-lit procession symbolically commemorating the cold and difficult journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter, Fr. Wayne McIntosh, dressed as Joseph, led a group of children and adults, as well as “Bessie” the donkey, around the downtown area to search for a room at a local “inn” on Friday evening.