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Girls’ hockey scores

It was a busy weekend for the Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association both here and out of town.

The Fort Frances Atom ‘AA’ Calder Legal Eagles hung in with the Gillons’ Atoms (FFMHA) before falling 1-0 on Saturday.

Several teams from the FFGWHA then headed to Dryden for the annual Kathy Sanders Memorial tournament.

Bantams take silver in Kenora

The Kenora Thistles once again were a thorn in the side of the Fort Frances Bantam ‘AA’ Canadians.

Jacob Frankcom netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner four minutes into the third period, to lead the host Thistles to a 3-1 win over the Canadians in the final of the ‘AA’ Bantam Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Brady Bodnarchuk netted the Canadians’ lone goal.

Dozens stand for election

Nearly three dozen men and women have been nominated to run for Couchiching chief and council in the Feb. 24 election.

The four nominations for chief include incumbent Sara Mainville, along with Louis “Smokey” Bruyere, Scott McPherson, and Brian Perrault.

Lakers lose again

New blood in the Fort Frances Lakers’ lineup also meant a new outcome—but not the one the squad was hoping for.

Former Laker Ben Smaha scored the game-winner in the third period last night as the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs won 4-2—their first in nine tries this season against Fort Frances.

Interim tax bills to be approved

With in-depth work on the 2016 budget about to get underway, town council will vote tonight on a bylaw to institute an interim tax levy.

As in previous years, the interim levy is equal to about half of the total amount of taxes property owners paid in 2015.

Interim tax levies are a means to secure revenue to keep operating while council determines the final tax rates for 2016.

Nominations slated

Nominations for the upcoming Couchiching First Nation election will take place this Wednesday (Jan. 13) from 6-9 p.m. at the multi-use building.

The nominations are for one chief and six councillors.

Election day is Wednesday, Feb. 24.

There will be a single polling station at the multi-use building that day.

Bridge open to one lane

The Nipigon River bridge on Highway 11/17 was re-opened to a single lane of traffic this morning.

Police received a report around 3:15 p.m. yesterday that the bridge had lifted, blocking traffic.

Police arrived on scene and noted the west side of the bridge had lifted about 60 cm.

No injuries or vehicle damage occurred as a result of this incident.