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King ringer

Doing his part to help out in his community, 2007 FITS Mini-King Jace Dittaro, four, rang the bells for the Salvation Army Christmas kettle program at Wal-Mart on Saturday afternoon. The annual campaign wraps up today.

‘Deck the halls . . .’

Contest judge Marlene McQuarrie took notes as Janet Lambert of the physiotherapy department showed off her department’s “Christmas Around the World” door at La Verendrye Hospital on Friday. The door won “Most Creative” in the annual door-decorating contest there while OR was named “Most Traditional” with its “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem about “Dr. Mac” and a Christmas Eve delivery.

Hockey raffle

The local Atom ‘AA’ 99ers hockey team had their early-bird draw of $500 in gas vouchers at Rainy Lake Sports at noon on Friday. Mark Fontana, owner of Rainy Lake Sports, did the draw while the team’s coach, Keith Knapp, held the tickets. The winner was Rob Cochrance of Fort Frances. The grand prize draw of $1,500 in cash is slated for Feb. 2.

Season of giving

Salvation Army Capts. Marlene and Angel Sandoval, volunteer Gord McBride, and Salvation Army family service co-ordinator Dawn Jourdain had their hands full handing out 100 Christmas hampers yesterday at the former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church here. The Salvation Army is giving out nearly 200 hampers this holiday season.

Santa visit

Payton Dolyny cuddled up on Santa’s lap this morning during the Christmas party at the “Kids Being Kids” program at the Sunset Country Métis Community Hall. The youngsters received gifts from jolly St. Nick, sang carols, and played games.


Allison Przybylski, left, and Clara Davis put broom to ice Friday night. The pair are in the same six- to nine-year-old “L’il Rockers” group, and just two of the many young curlers who fill the Fort Frances Curling Club every Friday evening.

Fashion duo

Paige Yatchuk and Pat Bobczynski modelled casual wear Thursday during a Christmas fashion show put on by the Grade 11/12 Entrepreneurial class at Fort Frances High School. Hair and make-up was provided by Bombshell and Jolee Nick. A number of items also were donated for the penny table.

Christmas elves

Teagan Lauzon, left, and Logan Jackson from Darcy Jack’s Grade 7/8 class at Sturgeon Creek School rehearsed the play “When Evil Elves Attack” on Thursday afternoon in preparation for their annual Christmas concert, which ran Friday night.

Meaningful melodies

Fort Frances Choraliers Debbie Hallikas, left, and June Caul shared their musical talents while performing “The Love of God at Christmas” on Sunday at St. Mary’s Church. Directed by Diane Maxey, the group of 45 singers offered up an array of beautiful Christmas melodies through the presentation of their annual Christmas cantata.