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.
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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.
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.
Much to the delight of youngsters, Santa Claus and his sleigh, which this year featured special guests, “Elsa” and “Anna” from the hit Disney film, “Frozen,” closed out Saturday’s 57th-annual “Parade of Lights” on Scott Street.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Brian Johnstone was all smiles after being officially recognized as the 2014 “Citizen of the Year,” and receiving this plaque, during Monday night’s council meeting.