Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Knox into semi-finals

Knox United Church has secured a spot in the semi-final round of the Aviva Community Fund Challenge.
The submission for its renewal project to make the building more accessible received enough votes in the initial round to finish in 14th place in the $50,000-$100,000 category.
The top 15 vote leaders in each category move directly to the semi-final round, which will run Dec. 1-10.

‘Festival of Frost’ date set

Planning is underway for the second-annual “Festival of Frost” in downtown Fort Frances.
It will be held Saturday, Nov. 29 and this year will include a traditional parade.
The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce and BIA are teaming up to stage the festival while Boston Pizza and the Chamber will organize the parade.

Pick up books, CDs

Those singers wanting to participate in this year’s Christmas cantata are urged to pick up their music books and practice CDs as soon as possible.
Cantata director Diane Maxey said she’s in the process of contacting past participants to let them know the materials are ready.

Airport to get new equipment

Town council has awarded a tender for the supply and installation of an electronic runway condition reporting system at the local airport to Tradewind Scientific Ltd. at a cost of $27,967.50 (incl. HST).
This equipment will replace the existing runway friction testing equipment set up in the airport’s half-ton truck.
This will be done before the 2014-15 winter control season.

Recycling upgrades to wait ’til spring

The town will be waiting until next year to do upgrades to its “blue box” transfer station/drop-off facility here.
The upgrades to the Sixth Street West depot will include the installation of two new stationary compactor units with properly-sized hoppers and four 40-cubic-yard roll-off containers.

Council OKs Lakers’ request

The town will help the Fort Frances Lakers make the 2015 Dudley Hewitt Cup a reality here next spring.
Council last night approved a donation in the amount of $5,500 to offset the costs to rent the ice surface at Ice For Kids Arena, as well as the auditorium and kitchen, for the April 28-May 2 tournament, which will crown the Central Canada Junior ‘A’ champion.
Council also agreed to:

Gala tying in to wartime exhibit

The “Friends of the Fort Frances Museum” are busy planning for their third-annual fall fundraiser gala here Thursday, Nov. 6—and the group of volunteers is aiming to make this bigger and better than ever in hopes of raising more funds to provide more programming for residents.

‘Oktoberfest’ party a blast

The Legion was alive Friday evening with the sounds of polka and laughter as the beer flowed freely.
A small crowd of about 50 people came out to enjoy the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever “Oktoberfest” party.
But judging from the positive response, it won’t be their last.
“I had great time at the event,” enthused Samantha Manty.

Extreme rainfall plan under review

The town will try harder in future to avoid any residential sewage back-up in the east end.

Knox likely to advance

Knox United Church here is expecting its submission in the Aviva Community Fund Challenge will move on to the semi-final round after an intense two-week voting period wrapped up yesterday.
Entered in the $50,000-$100,000 category, the local church is seeking funding for its renewal project to make the building more accessible.

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