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Meet your council

The new town council for 2014-18 was sworn in at last night’s inaugural meeting at the Civic Centre. It includes Paul Ryan, left, June Caul, Doug Kitowski, Roy Avis (seated), John Albanese, Wendy Brunetta, and Ken Perry. The gallery was full of friends, relatives, and dignitaries who came out to witness the event.

Sister service

Muskie girl’s hockey captain Amy Penner served her appreciative sister (and former Muskie) Alyssa Penner at the team’s girls “Old-Time Country Christmas” tea and bake sale Saturday at the Fort High cafeteria.

For me?

Isabella Cain, two, was thrilled to receive a small bag of goodies from Santa on Saturday morning during the “Breakfast at the North Pole” event at St. John’s Anglican Church here. The event saw many families stop by for a breakfast of cinnamon buns, muffins, fruit, cereal, and yogurt parfaits, as well as crafts for the kids and, of course, visiting with Santa.

Sneak preview

Rainycrest residents were treated to a sneak preview of this year’s Christmas cantata—entitled “The First Noel”—yesterday evening at Rainycrest Long-term Care. The actual cantata, once again being directed by Diane Maxey, will be held this Sunday (Dec. 7) at 3 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship here. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken at the door.

Kettle kick-off

The local Salvation Army kicked of its Christmas kettle campaign this morning at Walmart with help from the Fort Frances Lakers, Walmart staffers, and Fort Frances Coun. John Albanese. Having raised $20,000 within the community last year, the Salvation Army hopes the campaign brings in the same amount this year. Volunteers will be ringing the bells at various locations from now until Dec. 24.

Display day

Cam Croswell was one of 42 Fort High students who showcased their co-op displays in the atrium there yesterday. Croswell, who has his placement at ML Caron Electric, demonstrated electrical work with his project “Get Wired.” The Grade 12 student said he sees a future for himself in the trade.

‘Frosty’ tree

Josh Bigblood, left, and Kathleen Martin checked out the “Frosty” tree made by staff at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre yesterday. The tree is one of many in the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s “Festival of Trees” silent auction. Trees have been decorated and donated by the library, NCDS, the Chamber, and Marj Boileau and Flo Lerman, with more to come.

Decorated trees

Rainycrest resident Bess McCarthy put a ticket in to win one of the beautifully-decorated trees at the Rainycrest Auxiliary’s “Vendor Blender” there Saturday. The event also featured a penny table, baked goods, local artisans, and crafts for sale.