Just check your local schedule!

As if this glorious weather was not sufficient to raise our real estate values and make us forgetful of regular complaints, we have again reverted to the joys of old Atlantis with a pre-Christmas gaiety of spirit brought on by a community schedule unmatched anywhere!
Anyone from elsewhere in the universe scanning our Friday Daily Bulletin lineup of local events would have to be inspired to get involved, and it seems everyone has.
Young or old, they’re all giving out in the attractions unfolding around us this week, from the stunning arts and crafts show to the stage plays and rare meals such as our lutefisk-loving Scandinavian and perogy-pushing Ukrainians are presenting this month.
And if you’re not impressed and dying to be with us, why shame on you!
We started laughing it up at the annual arts and crafts show with a Pinewood lady who was displaying a table full of small teddy bears all carrying messages such as: “I love you mommy, but I’ll never forgive you for spitting on your handkerchief before you wiped my face!” and “Whoever complains gets to prepare the next meal!”
And on and on around the whole town, submerging us merrily like an avalanche sliding off nearby Mount Olympus after all our churches and Legion had taken us solemnly through Nov. 11.
You see, we are a people of changing moods who can demonstrate respect as well as hilarity!
As Christmas draws closer, we look forward to Diane Maxey’s Cantata presentation and the annual Santa Claus parade on Nov. 24, accompanied by a “Winter Wonderland” theme by the merchants. Mixed in along the way will be a Christmas bazaar, hockey events, and even health programs to avoid missing anyone’s best interests.
Just remember, it’s all just whoop and holler from here throughout November, but if you decide to be absent or spend your time hunting, don’t forget you’ve been warned! You could be missing the time of your lives because our new-found Atlantis is back in high gear now!
To stay on schedule, just pick up a copy of last Friday’s Daily Bulletin for all times and places—and remember to stay loose!
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The Legion keeps on casting its tragic spell, though, and I think back to another recent Remembrance Day among my fellow veterans when several of our best all-time singers were on stage together for the last time.
We got a full afternoon of songs and laughter from Ray Carlson, Jimmy Burnett, and Glen Steele, but I believe Connie Thompson, one of our great voices, had gone before that day.
As another old friend, Ole Hallikas, was shaving a week or so later to become a pallbearer for Glen, he passed away also. The Legion has never forgotten all of them, either!
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Still on the historic trail of the old Dawson Trail, which keeps coming together in pieces, first on Rainy Lake, then around Rainy River, and now crossing the border near Lac La Croix reserve or Quetico Park, we bump into Walter Caribou who comes from that east-end reserve.
Walter recalls how popular the Dawson was for smugglers—whiskey or dope or whatever, you name it—as they made their way to Sandpoint, Rainy Lake, and Fort Frances.
Which makes you wonder again about Lost Island being part of the Dawson legend, which belongs more seemingly in the gold rush days of the Yukon!
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It’s always a treat to coffee with Bruce Murray, now back with Barbara from a visit east with son, Robbie, who keeps on associating with the old NHL hockey stars who give away autographs around Pickering and Port Hope.
Bruce also can bounce the names of our own hockey legends off you, names like the Vics and Scots teams and Morrie Godin, Horton Scott, a goalie, Larry Hebert, and Jim Angus on defence.
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Mel Wilson, retired welder, lays claim to being the oldest inhabitant of Crozier or Alberton, where he was born. This also was the boast of Don Hammond, the Harbourage restaurant operator, who lost the title when he compared birth dates with Mel recently.
Three Wilson brothers homesteaded the bend of the river three miles south of Fort Frances where Captain Bill, Mel’s dad, once built a steamboat and went on to live past 100.
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That badly-needed radio tower required for our ham radio operators will be brought to government attention by NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton, who has expressed concern over the loss of that facility.
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A curling rink that finally faltered after eight-straight wins has been receiving sympathy over coffee these mornings since the group netted ex-teacher Paul Fraser, who has been acknowledged as our best shooter for years.
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And down the road there is a pretty sad place that once grew to be known as a great contributor to the Canadian war effort because of its iron mines.
Now it’s understood more than 50 homes there are to be seized this year by the municipal tax collector for being in tax arrears.
After the mines closed, everyone expected Atikokan could hang together as a retirement community and it seemed there would be sufficient arrivals from Thunder Bay on account of the good fishing and hunting.
Considering one of my own first jobs was with Steep Rock Iron Mines, and the success of its mining stock back in the 40s, there will be a lot of feeling for the folks who hung on, and it’s hoped they can still save their homes.

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