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Musical Christmas

Grade 4-6 students from J.W. Walker School rehearsed their Christmas musical—entitled “Lights! Camera! Christmas!”—yesterday afternoon at the Townshend Theatre. The production (which focuses on what style of movie would best pay tribute to Santa, the greatest hero of all time) features singing, dancing, props, and dialogue. It will be staged there for family and friends tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Santa chat

Hope McCormick, three, had a chat with Santa Claus yesterday during “Family Storytime” at the Fort Frances Public Library. Jolly St. Nick brought candy canes for each child.

On Santa’s knee

Brayden Neurinski was thrilled to visit with Santa Claus at the Fort Frances Nursery School yesterday. All the children received books and a small toy from the jolly old elf during their annual Christmas party held at Knox United Church.

Stuffed ambulance

Paramedic Robin Pollard helped pack an ambulance full of food donations at Safeway on Saturday during the sixth-annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” event here. Emergency services reps and volunteers also were located outside of Walmart, The Place, Cloverleaf (Emo), and the Beaver Mills Market (Rainy River).

Giving gift

Bianca Kells of Tbaytel surprised Charlene Gustafson with a gift Sunday afternoon at the Christmas Market here. As part of Tbaytel’s “12 Days of Christmas,” the company handed out $50 gift cards to 50 local shoppers and also paid for Christmas trees for several families.

Shoved off

Fort Frances Midget ‘AA’ goalie Jesse Quesnel tried to gain a better sightline with the crease-clearing assistance of teammate Peter Fedoruk on Assiniboine Park Rangers’ forward Riley Beamish during the first period of the Canadians’ 3-1 win in the final of their home tournament Sunday at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Elf play

Ben Guild helped to enact the Grade 1 play, entitled “If You Give an Elf Some Eggnog,” during the Robert Moore School Early Years and Primary Christmas concert rehearsal there this morning. The concert will be staged for family and friends tonight, with the junior and intermediate concert taking place tomorrow evening.

Donated toys

Lt. Ryan MacDonald of the local Salvation Army was thrilled with all the toys that have been donated by the community this Christmas season. Toys were collected through The Bargain Shop’s toy drive, 93.1 The Border’s “Burst a Bus” initiative, and this past weekend’s “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign, as well as may other individual donations.

Tbaytel gift

Kayla Lopez of Tbaytel surprised Donna Johnson with a gift yesterday afternoon at the local Christmas Market. As part of Tbaytel’s “12 Days of Christmas,” they handed out $50 gift cards to 50 local shoppers and also paid for Christmas trees for several families.