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Christmas dinner in need of new cook

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The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau needs a new cook to head up this year's community Christmas dinner at Knox United Church—or the perennially-popular event simply won't happen.

“We'd like to get somebody in place by Nov. 15,” Judy Koski of the Volunteer Bureau told the Times.

“There's a lot of organization that has to be done ahead of time,” she noted. [So] we'd really like someone to step forward.

“It could be an individual, it can be a couple, a group—just someone to head it up.”

Koski said anyone taking on the job would not be without guidance.

She explained Judy Kielczewski had been the head cook for the dinner for quite a few years and is “taking a well-deserved break,” but she also has said she would be available to answer questions.

“She has left us with a list and instructions from last year so the new person wouldn't be going in cold,” Koski stressed.

“It's all in writing. And certainly there's other volunteers that help prepare the meal,” she added.

“But we need someone with good organizational skills that knows how to cook.”

Anyone interested is urged to contact Koski as soon as possible at 274-9555. If she's not there, leave a message and she'll get back to you.

Koski warned that if the Volunteer Bureau can't find a lead cook, the dinner, which has been be held every Christmas Day here for the past 30 years, will have to be cancelled.

“It would be a shame," she lamented. ”I think last year, they served—between the dinner at the church and the delivery of meals to homes—over 300 meals.

"It affects a lot of people.

“I am sure that there's some good cooks out there that could do this," Koski said. "It's a big job but it's a fulfilling job.”

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