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Here comes Santa!

Boasting a brand new float, Santa Claus and his elves closed out the Fort Frances Community Christmas Parade on Saturday evening. The parade, which many called the best they had seen in years here, drew about two dozen floats. This year’s theme was “Old-Fashioned Christmas,” and everyone also was urged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater.

Santa's knee

Austin and Brady Morrisseau received a gift from Santa while visiting with him at the “Breakfast with Santa” event at St. John’s Anglican Church here Saturday, where families enjoyed sausages, crepes, and fruit. Then children also were able to write a letter to Santa, make a craft and reindeer food, and decorate a gingerbread cookie.

Jr. champ

Hailey Beaudry skipped her Fort Frances rink to the Region 1 junior women’s title here over weekend. The squad now advances to the provincial playdowns Jan. 2-5 in Sioux Lookout.

Trip draw

Theiah MacDonald, left, owner of new downtown business, Resolution Vapes & E-liquids, drew the winner of the December “Trip of the Month” draw this morning at International Travel Services as Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on. Tyler Cousineau of Fort Frances is heading to Scotland, a trip valued at $5,000.

‘Flint’ guests

Mark and Twyla Howarth, left, and Greg and Cindy Allan were among the dozens of local businesspeople who attended a sneak preview at Flint House yesterday evening. The new restaurant, located at 232 Scott St. (formerly La Flambée), opened its door to the public this evening. It is open Monday through Saturday, with cocktail hour at 4 p.m. and dinner service beginning at 5.

Cantata preview

The Fort Frances Choraliers, led by Diane Maxey, treated Rainycrest residents to a sneak preview of their upcoming Christmas cantata, “O Holy Night,” yesterday afternoon. The choir will perform next Sunday (Dec. 6) at 3 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship here, with a second performance slated for Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls.

Parade float

The Fort Frances Community Christmas Parade sported some impressive floats Saturday evening, including this float by Young Living Essential Oils which won the “Ugliest Sweater Float Award.” The parade boasted about 25 floats—wowing many of the spectators who lined Scott Street that evening.

Flint House

Signage went up Wednesday at Flint House, the new Scott Street restaurant that formerly was La Flambée. Owner Duane Cridland said he is “very close” to opening. He is hosting family, friends, and some local merchants there privately in the coming days before opening its doors to the public by the middle of next week.

Opening night

“Alice,” portrayed by Chelsea Barron, visited the hall of strange doors in the second scene of “Alice@Wonderland” presented by Muskie Theatre last night at the Townshend Theatre. A modern re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s classic story, the roughly 70-minute play runs again there tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.