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Gingerbread houses

Grade 5 students Josh Ward, left, Marissa Brown, Tebishkochi-Geshigewab Whitecrow, Merrick Cheetam, and Ayiana Gagne showed off three of the six gingerbread houses they’re raffling off at Robert Moore School. Tickets, which cost $1 for two tickets, are available during the morning break and also will be sold during the Christmas concerts next week. The draw will be held Dec.

Santa letter

Madelyn Crowe, five, mailed her letter to Santa yesterday at the Times’ office. The Times is getting ready to publish its annual Christmas greetings edition on Dec. 17 and if you would like your child’s letter to Santa to be included, we need it by tomorrow (Dec. 10). Children also can send their wish lists via e-mail at santa@fortfrances.com

Puck control

Matt Cheetham motored along the blueline to try to set up a Muskie power play during the second period of Fort High’s 4-3 win over the Dryden Eagles on Friday night at the ’52 Canadians Arena. The black-and-gold improved to 5-0 in NorWOSSA play to remain atop the standings.

Cantata performance

Members of the Fort Frances Choraliers, including Flora Danylchuk and Brittany Hayes, performed “The First Noel” to a packed house yesterday afternoon at the New Beginnings Fellowship. The group dedicated this year’s Christmas cantata to the late Jo-Anne McCaig. An encore performance is slated for this coming Sunday (Dec. 14) at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls.

Governor’s Night

Lions District Governor Mark Osthus was the guest of honour at the Voyageur Lions Club’s Governor’s Night dinner Friday at La Place Rendez-Vous. Besides sharing words of inspiration and conveying word that District 5M-10 will be supporting Special Olympics going forward, Osthus also gave out pins to several Lions on hand.

Candlelight vigil

Rose Marie Tuesday, left, and Tiffany Clifford-Smith of the United Native Friendship Centre lit a candle during the annual service marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Saturday afternoon at Knox United Church.

‘Jet Stream’

Sgt. Cindy Scott, left, Master Warrant Officer Heidi Twellmann, and Sgt. David Grenon belted out the vocals to a Christmas tune yesterday as the Royal Canadian Air Force Band “Jet Stream” performed for Fort High students at the Townshend Theatre. The 35-member band then took to the stage again last night for a charity concert for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care.

Borderland beauty

Milder weather has made easier to spend more time outdoors to witness the beauty of winter, such as this shot of the sun starting to set here yesterday. The forecast indicates the mercury is supposed to hover around the freezing mark for most of next week.

Afternoon treat

Lill Morrison, left, and Joan Mudge enjoyed Christmas dainties Saturday afternoon at the tea, bake sale, and bazaar at Zion Lutheran Church here. The popular event was not only a time to socialize but to stock up on gifts and goodies for the holiday season.

Goalie save

Goalie Devin Tappenden was up to the task on this shot from Dryden GM Ice Dogs’ Jonathan Philley, with defenceman Nick Minerva lending support, during the Lakers’ 6-3 win here Tuesday night.