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'Idle' message

Participants of all ages declared they would be “Idle No More” on Friday, walking from Couchiching First Nation to Fort Frances and then through town, carrying signs in support of Chief Theresa Spence while opposing the Harper government and Bill C-45.

Egan guitar

Former Fort Frances resident Joe Egan played one of the custom guitars he built. He started up his own business, called “Egan Custom Guitars,” at his home on Vancouver Island earlier this year.

Lucky winner

Lori Caron, left, was presented with $5,200 in Canada Safeway gift cards by Fort Frances Lions president Val Rose on Friday. Caron was the first-prize winner in the Lions’ groceries-for-a-year draw. Susan Allison won the second-place prize of $1,000. The Lions sold all 1,500 tickets for the draw.

Santa awe

Jace Alexa was somewhat in awe of Santa Claus yesterday afternoon during a Christmas party at the Fort Frances Day Care’s before- and after-school program at Robert Moore School. Jolly St. Nick has been a busy fellow, appearing at children’s parties across town all this week. He is planning one last visit tomorrow at the Makabi Inn from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Candy decorations

Thea Denby, a student in Sarah Kivimaki’s early-learning class at Robert Moore School, decorated a gingerbread house with candy decorations there yesterday. Parents and grandparents were invited to share in the Christmas activity with the youngsters to help celebrate the season.

Friendly scrimmage

Braden Webb fired a shot on Jonah Johnson during a scrimmage yesterday afternoon between the Muskie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams, former black-and-gold players, and family members of current players. Both Fort High teams are unable to suit up for NorWOSSA play due to the cancellation of extra-curricular activities, with all games scheduled through Jan. 14 being postponed.

Christmas songs

Julie Parks, left, Nancy Leach, and Riley Armstrong, in Karen Peltomaki’s early-learning class, sang a song called “Santa” yesterday for family members gathered in the classroom. As part of their Christmas celebration, the youngsters also made some Christmas crafts, then gathered in the gym with the other early-learning and primary students for a carol sing-along.

Safety first

Fort Frances Power Corp. line crew members conducted emergency rescue drills yesterday. FFPC crews practised pole top and bucket rescue techniques to rescue an injured powerline technician. The crews also performed bucket evacuation drills—a method of safely evacuating and descending from an inoperable bucket truck. Fort Frances Fire Dept.