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Christmas shopping

Melissa Yellowega perused the gift-wrapped goodies for sale at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Bake Sale Extravaganza” fundraiser yesterday afternoon at the Little Beaver Snow Park. The event raised about $2,000 for district health care.

Festive array

Riverside Foundation director Teresa Hazel, left, admired some of Joan Allison’s many crafts and the Christmas goodies she has made for Sunday’s “Bake Sale Extravaganza” at the Little Beaver Snow Park lodge. See story inside for more details.

Winter market

Deb Cornell arranged a display of local honey this morning at the Clover Valley Winter Market, located in the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market building on McIrvine Road. The store, featuring plenty of local and regional fare like foods and crafts, will be open Fridays and Saturdays for the first half of the month, and then every day from Dec. 14-Dec. 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Threading Cable

Crews from Lake of the Woods Electric are continuing their work running fibre optic cable through Fort Frances for Bell Canada, which reported the project is part of its 2009 capital upgrade program in Fort Frances, Barwick, Stratton, and Rainy River. The immediate benefit is that the new equipment has 100 percent redundant electronics.

Getting Ready

Local artist Jean Richards decorated a tree in preparation for the Fine Line Art Gallery’s Christmas open house, which will run tomorrow from 2-8 p.m. and again Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 529 Mowat Ave. The annual event will feature hand-crafted gifts, refreshments, and a door prize.

"The Beatles Slept Here"

Tasha Roth (as Eleanor Digby) and Brittany York (as Lizzie) fought off a herd of Beatles’ fans from memorabilia during a scene from “The Beatles Slept Here.” Muskie Theatre will debut the play tonight at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre, and perform it again Friday and Saturday evening.

Christmas greetings

Making an early visit to Fort Frances on Saturday to kick off the Christmas season, Santa and Mrs. Claus waved to the crowd during the 52nd-annual “Parade of Lights.” This year’s parade, organized and sponsored by Causeway General Insurance Brokers Ltd. for the first time, saw about 30 floats take part. See story, more photos A5.

Scottish tradition

Gord McTaggart addressed the haggis Friday evening during the St. Andrew’s supper at St. John’s Anglican Church, after which those on hand enjoyed a traditional Scottish meal. Pipe major Dr. Bruce Lidkea of the Fort Frances Highlanders piped in the haggis, which carried by Jacob McIntosh. Monday was the actual day commemorating St. Andrew, who is the patron saint of Scotland.

Painting window

Tompkins Home Hardware got into the spirit of the season by painting a festive picture on its front window. Shoppers are invited to stop by to have some hot chocolate and check out the in-store specials during Emo’s “Holly Daze,” which takes place this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 4-5).

Boxed in

St. Thomas Aquinas Saints’ defenceman Dakota Seymour (55) pinned Fort Frances Canadians’ blueliner Tarran Romyn against the boards as Saints’ teammate Matt Fafard came in for support. The Canadians won 5-0 in their opening game of the third-annual Gus Lindberg Memorial Midget ‘AA’ hockey tournament held here over the weekend.