Sunday, December 21, 2014


Tim Hortons airs video shot here

Fort Frances is famous. Well, at least on social media today. Tim Hortons launched an online video this morning that was shot here this past weekend, showcasing Fort Frances as the warmest Tim Hortons in Canada. “It was about bringing warmth,” noted Glenn Hollis, vice-president of Brand Strategy, Marketing & Guest Experience at Tim Hortons.

Collection schedule out

It’s that time again.
The 2015-16 garbage and recycling collection schedule soon will be delivered to town residents.
The two-sided refuse schedule notes all of the pick-up dates for 2015 on one side, and for 2016 on the other.
Environmental and Facilities superintendent Doug Herr said some local groups will be distributing the schedule before the end of December.

Greenhalgh elected Chamber president

Jennifer Greenhalgh of JGreenhalgh Solutions has been elected the new president of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce.
“I’ve got a real enthusiasm to improve our position in the Rainy River District,” said Greenhalgh, who ran for president against Myles Kuharski (Gillons’ Insurance Brokers).

Family-friendly pool hall opens doors

The idea may have taken shape while two friends sat out in a boat fishing but Roger Wickstrom and his business partner, Mike Schnekenburger, turned their idea into a reality in just five short months.
“[Mike] said if you’re serious about this, we can do it,” Wickstrom recalled.

Put wood supply on hold: mayor

Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis has asked Natural Resources and Forestry minister Bill Mauro to put Resolute Forest Products’ local wood supply on hold until the future of the company’s shuttered mill here is determined.

Council passes user fee increase

The majority of the town’s user fees will be going up 2.6 percent in the new year, with a few still to be reviewed.
Council passed the bylaw to approve the increase, which falls in line with the Consumer Price Index, during its regular meeting last night.

Council to vote on tenders

Town council is expected to award multiple tenders during its regular meeting tonight at the Civic Centre.
Council will vote on a bylaw to award the tender for curbside garbage and recycling material collection services to Asselin Transportation.
The five-year contract includes:
•a five-day cycle of curbside collection of residential waste at a total cost of $708,198.80;

Power restored

Residents in the west end of Rainy River District, and north into Kenora District, probably didn’t wake up to the sound of their alarm clocks this morning.
A total of 8,300 Hydro One customers experienced a power outage early today.
Power went out at 3:18 a.m. and was fully restored by 7:30.
Restoration was in stages so some customers may have gotten their power back sooner than others.

Some ‘angels’ still left to adopt

There’s still time to make a child’s Christmas morning special this year through the Kenora & Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services’ “Adopt-an-Angel” program.
Debra Bruyere, a community integration worker with the agency, said the tree at The Bargain Store was emptied of “angels” and taken down yesterday.

‘Stuff-a- Cruiser’ set to go

The local OPP detachment and district food banks will be hosting the fifth-annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign tomorrow from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
They’ll be helped out by the Treaty #3 Police Service, CN Police, and Rainy River District Emergency Services.

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