Thursday, March 26, 2015


Garden plots now up for grabs

Despite the chilly temperatures today, the Fort Frances Community Garden is gearing for the coming season by opening up registrations for anyone who would like a plot.
“We are very excited to begin taking applications,” enthused Elaine Fischer, a member of the Fort Frances Community Garden committee.

‘Go Local’ still going strong

Have a “Go Local” card? Well, get swiping.
“Go Local” turns two years old this month and as part of the birthday celebrations, organizers are giving away 5,000 “Go Local” points to a lucky member.
Some time this month, one lucky shopper will help the program reach its one millionth point when they have their card swiped at a participating “Go Local” merchant.

Fort to host ‘Heart’ in June

Fort Frances will host the Heart of the Continent Partnership quarterly meeting here in June, showcasing the area to at least 50 delegates.
Annely Armstrong-Thorstad, manager of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, learned the news Friday while attending the Thunder Bay launch of the HOCP National Geographic geotourism website (

Catholic board still mulling high school

The Northwest Catholic District School Board has been considering consolidating St. Francis and St. Michael’s schools here, but now it also is looking at pursuing a Catholic secondary school.
At last month’s meeting, the board decided to hold off on a decision regarding the consolidation so consideration could be given to a secondary school.

Report outlines pay for council

A new report received by town council last night shows how much the mayor and councillors were paid in 2014, with Mayor Roy Avis again ranking as the highest-paid and having the most expenses.
Mayor Avis, who also sits on the Fort Frances Power Corp. board of directors and local Police Services Board, had remuneration totalling $31,752.32.

Legion likely to get tax relief

The local Legion can expect to get tax relief from the town.
In a report from town clerk Lisa Slomke, she noted that since 1927, the council of the Town of Fort Frances has granted an exemption under the Municipal Act from municipal taxes to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29.
The maximum exemption period is for 10 years.
The last bylaw passed by council allowed the exemption through to 2009.

French ‘Storytime’ slated

In response to the community’s renewed interest in the French Immersion program, the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre will be holding a four-week French-language “Storytime” on Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
The program will begin March 24 and be led by Meghan Spooner, a French teacher at Crossroads School in Devlin.

Local store supporting ‘Paper Eggs’ campaign

Easter Seals Ontario launched its annual “Paper Eggs” campaign in partnership with retailers throughout the province, including The Bargain Shop here in Fort Frances.
This initiative is part of Easter Seals’ annual March is Easter Seals Month fundraising and awareness campaign, and helps support children with physical disabilities by selling paper eggs for $2 each.

Lions on prowl for ‘convicts’

The local Voyageur Lions Club will host its third-annual “Jail or Bail” in May—and are looking for “convicts” to participate.
The event will take place Saturday, May 23 in conjunction with the 2015 Community & Business Expo at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Risk of flurries on tap

It will be mostly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-two (28 F) and west winds at five-10 m.p.h.
Scattered flurries are possible tomorrow afternoon, along with a high of two (36) and low around minus-14 (seven).
Saturday will be sunny but colder, with a high of just minus-two (28) and low dropping to minus-12 (10).

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