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Sam Odrowski

Hydro rate cut coming

Energy minister and local MPP Greg Rickford has been taking steps to make good on Premier Doug Ford's campaign promise of reducing hydro rates by 12 percent.

Rickford's recent decision to scrap more than 750 “green” energy contracts, for a net savings of close to $800 million, is part of his plan for reaching that reduction.

'Little Free Library' helping to share woman's love of reading

The “Little Free Library” has been serving Fort Frances' reading community for exactly one year now, having started up last August.

The community library acts as a book exchange, where people can drop off and pick up gently-used books that interest them.

“Little Free Library” owner JoAnne Formanek Gustafson said the library has remained self-sufficient and is booming.

Rough Cut Pine

Local roots band Rough Cut Pine drew more than 100 people to the Rainy Lake Square for a free concert last Wednesday evening. The band, which performed from 6-8 p.m., had folks singing along, smiling, and tapping their feet.

Tie-dye fun

Brittany Breton, left, Sophia Breton, and Gillian Breton had a blast making tie-dye art at Point Park on Monday afternoon during Community Living's latest Open Air Art Studio session. The three shared big smiles as they tied down their fabric with rubber bands before dunking it in a vat of dye.

Shibori dyeing

David Morrison admired his tie-dyed creation as he unravelled the fabric to hang it on a clothesline to dry during Community Living's Open Air Art Studio at Point Park yesterday. A Shibori Dyeing craft took place, where people could tie-dye pillow cases, bandanas, white T-shirts, or whatever fabric they wished under the guidance of Community Living staff and summer students.

Concert in square

Well over 100 people turned out to the Rainy Lake Square yesterday evening to enjoy a free concert by local band Rough Cut Pine. They played a two-hour set from 6-8 p.m. that provided entertainment to everyone who pitched a lawn chair at the square.