Wednesday, September 17, 2014


No shortage of council hopefuls

Fort Frances voters will have no shortage of candidates to choose from once they receive their mail-in ballots during the week of Oct. 6.
As of the nomination deadline on Friday at 2 p.m., a total of 16 candidates are running for the six seats on town council.

Young adults look to get ENGAGE’d

A new social network that aims to engage young people to explore recreation and civic opportunities in the Fort Frances area is getting the thumbs up.
ENGAGE held its first mix-and-mingle yesterday evening at From the Grind Up, drawing 25 individuals aged 20-35, including some who are new to the area.

Push to revive French Immersion

A group of parents is hoping to get the French Immersion program going again in the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
“There are a few of us who always talk about how sad it is that the program isn’t around anymore,” said Aimee Matheson, who has a daughter in SK at St. Michael’s School and another at home.

Public invited to courthouse centennial

The public is invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fort Frances Courthouse tomorrow.
“This is a pretty big deal for our whole district,” said Vicki Jewell, supervisor of court operations.
“It’s a district courthouse—it covers from Rainy River through to Atikokan and all the communities in between,” she noted.
“So it is a celebration for the district.”

Chili cook-off set to go

There will be no shortage of chili to be sampled at the annual “Great Canadian Chili Cook-off” here Wednesday as a veritable pirate fleet of teams has been lined up.
This year’s theme is “Pirates of the Chili-Be-An,” and a dozen teams of culinary corsairs will be participating.

Onichuk enters race for mayor

It appears there will be a three-way race for mayor next month after Dan Onichuk filed his nomination papers this morning to run against incumbent Roy Avis and Coun. Andrew Hallikas.
Onichuk, who was mayor from 2003-06, told the Times that after careful consideration and encouragement of friends and associates, he’s made the decision to seek the post once again.

Terry Fox Run set for Sunday

The Church of the Holy Spirit is inviting everyone out to the 34th-annual Terry Fox Run here Sunday.
“Our numbers were a little bit lower last year so we’re hoping to bring it back up,” organizing committee member Cheryle Wolff said after the group’s meeting last night.

Signs a prank

The Times has confirmed the “re-elect” Dan Onichuk signs, which appeared overnight Monday, are not part of an election bid.
Onichuk, who was mayor from 2003-06, said the signs were a prank—one which he did not find about until Tuesday when he was out of town.
It appears the culprits got hold of the signs from his 2006 re-election campaign, which were stored on his property.

Knox to host organ recital

Knox United Church here will host the first Canadian organ recital for Leo Ravesnbergen on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Work nearing an end

Summer construction work around town should be wrapped up by mid-October.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told town council Monday night that work is moving along on the sewer and water infrastructure replacement job on Third Street East between Crowe Avenue and Frenette.
All of the sanitary sewer is in the ground and the new watermain is back online.

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