Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Election forum set for next Tuesday

Local voters will get the chance to hear what those running for mayor and town council have to say next Tuesday (Oct. 7) when the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce hosts a candidates’ forum.
The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.
Chamber president Mark Caron said the venue is handicap-accessible and will be able to house at least 200 people.

Clothing giveaway planned here again

The United Native Friendship Centre is hosting its semi-annual clothing giveaway next week and still is accepting donations.
“We do this to make sure everyone has appropriate clothes for the seasons,” said Karly Rousseau, an aboriginal family support worker, noting right now they’ll be focusing on warm clothing.

Knox again seeking funds

The Knox United Church here once again is looking for community support as it competes in the Aviva Community Fund Challenge.
Entered in the $50,000-$100,000 category, the church is seeking funding for its renewal project to make the building more accessible.

Plans underway for ‘Oktoberfest’ dinner festivities

Mehr bier, bitte!
The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is busy planning its first-annual “Oktoberfest” dinner and celebration.
Set for Friday, Oct. 10 at the Legion, Chamber manager Annely Armstrong-Thorstad said tickets are on sale now.
They cost $25 each, and are available at Betty’s, From the Grind Up, and the Chamber office (upstairs at the credit union).

‘Walk for Memories’ invite issued

Town council and residents alike are being urged to participate in the Alzheimer Society’s “Walk for Memories” here next month.
Mary O’Connor, client services co-ordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, told council Monday night that the fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1-3 p.m. starting at the New Beginnings Fellowship.

Blind taste test settles chili tie

In what’s believed to be a first for the “Great Canadian Chili Cook-off,” organizers had to hold a sudden-death, blind taste test to break a tie to see which team would win this year’s “People’s Choice” award last Wednesday.
A total of 150 ballots were filled out by chili-lovers who dropped by the Legion for lunch.

Exhibit recounts wartime stories

“We Remember Them” is the theme of the new exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum marking the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of WWII.
And given the amount of time and effort that went into the exhibit, it’s evident those local men and women who served in the wars will never be forgotten.

Wartime exhibit stirs up memories

The new exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum already is proving popular—drawing keen interest from those connected to local men and women who served in the two world wars.
One of the many people who contributed family keepsakes for “We Remember Them” was Greg Ross, who brought in a photo of his grandfather, Archibald O’Donnell Ross, and the bugle he used as a soldier in World War I.

Courthouse celebrates centennial

Residents joined several dignitaries in marking the 100th anniversary of the Rainy River District Courthouse here last Wednesday afternoon.
The importance of law within society also was celebrated.

Kraft mill being eyed

The kraft mill here could have a buyer.
Municipal representatives met yesterday with Wisconsin-based Expera Specialty Solutions, which reportedly has signed a letter of intent with Resolute Forest Products.

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