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Burning truck

A fuel truck collided with a CN train around 7:30 a.m. yesterday at the crossing on Highway 11 in the Township of Chapple. The collision resulted in the fuel truck erupting into flames but the driver, who hailed from Minnesota, was able to escape injury. The highway was closed for several hours before re-opening late last night.

Top citizen

Mayor Roy Avis, left, presented “Citizen of the Year 2015” Larry Patrick with a plaque during Monday night’s council meeting. A longtime volunteer, Patrick had a banner year—spearheading the Dudley Hewitt Cup this past spring and then “Duncan Keith Day” on Aug. 1.

Ringing bells

Volunteer Bobbi King was busy manning the Salvation Army kettle at Walmart following the official kick-off of the annual campaign there Monday afternoon. The kettles will be out at various locations around town from now until Dec. 24, with proceeds going to help district families this Christmas. To volunteer to ring the bells, call 274-3871.

Toy drive

The Bargain Shop staff Donna Pattison, left, Dawn Gray, and Nancy Hanna showed off the bins of toys that already have been collected through the store’s toy drive. With the items all going to the local Salvation Army, so it can give the gifts to those in need, the toy drive will continue there until Dec. 15.

Kettle kick-off

Walmart assistant manager Rosanne DeGagne, left, and Jodi Forbes, Walmart’s charity co-ordinator, along with volunteer Bobbi King, Mayor Roy Avis, and Lt. Ryan MacDonald kicked off the local Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign there yesterday afternoon. The kettles will be out at various locations around town from now until Dec.

Christmas luncheon

Bev McCoy, left, Patti DeGagne, Maurice DeGagne, and Cathy DeGagne socialized during the Christmas bazaar and luncheon Saturday at Knox United Church. The event, which saw McMillan Hall packed with people, also included a bake table and cookie walk.

What to do?

Reed Bodnar of the Fort Frances Bantam ‘AA’ Canadians weighed his options while facing a wall of Kenora Thistles’ defenders during the third period of the quarter-final game of their home tournament Saturday at the Couchiching Arena. The Thistles won 3-2 in overtime, then went on to capture the title with a 3-1 victory over the Dryden Paperkings yesterday at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Rainycrest sale

Wanda Johnson, from the Emo Health Centre’s activation program, displayed a variety of items she and Hannah Nussbaumer donated to raise funds during the “Vendor Blender” sale Saturday at Rainycrest. The proceeds went to the activation program and to a local family in desperate need of a new furnace.