Monday, April 27, 2015


Business expo filling up

The number of spots for exhibitors at the Business & Community Expo 2015 are filling up fast.
A total of 46 exhibitors have signed up so far for the expo, which will run May 22-23 at the Memorial Sports Centre.
“We’re not full yet,” Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce manager Annely Armstrong-Thorstad noted yesterday.
“We’ve have 11 10’x10’ spots left [at Ice For Kids Arena].”

Keep taps running

It’s not quite time to stop running those taps.
While the weather has been better than it was at this time last year, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown says it’s still a bit early for town residents who had frozen service lines last winter to stop “bleeding” their water lines.

Donations give library big boost

The Fort Frances Public Library Board is over the moon about recent generous donations, which will increase its technological and educational capacity.
It has received $300,000 from the estate of Jack Gagne and $35,000 from the estate of Dino D’Agostini.

Dragon boat team seeking paddlers

The Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club is seeking dedicated paddlers for an official team to go on the road and compete.
Six volunteers will be going to Pickering, Ont. on the first weekend in May to train with Alkame Dragon Boat Services at the P3 Paddle Centre.

Fort High trying to improve its recycling efforts

At Fort High, students constantly are reminded to “be the change.”
But they’ll have to work harder if they want that change to have an environmental impact.
“As a caretaking staff, we have noticed students have been putting garbage in [the recycling bins], not just plastic bottles,” noted FFHS head caretaker Greg Scott.

Work underway at mine site

While they’re not building the mine just yet, crews are busy at the site of New Gold’s Rainy River project clearing and preparing the land for construction.
Located north of Barwick, project general manager Grant Goddard said clearing has begun in key areas, including the plant site and location of the open pit mine.

More clothing items sought

The United Native Friendship Centre is gearing up for its semi-annual clothing giveaway—and is in need of more donations.
“We don’t have a lot right now and we’d like more,” said Karly Rousseau, an aboriginal family support worker.
She added they’ll be focusing on clothes for the summer season.

Blazes destroy trailer, garage

A trailer burned down at the Lakeview Trailer Court here in the early-morning hours of Saturday.
Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service responded to the blaze on Pine Crescent after midnight.
The residents, including two adults and five children, escaped the flames.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Tile drainage project funded

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. has received $2 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. to clear land and install tile drainage in the west end of Rainy River District.
The province announced today it is investing in Northern Ontario farming projects that will improve agricultural land, diversify crops, and expand business.

‘Seed Library’ set to launch

The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre is growing in more ways than ever.
On Earth Day (April 22), the library will launch its new “Seed Library,” a free, accessible community seed resource.
Library CEO Alicia Subnaik Kilgour said the public is welcome to drop by and pick up free sunflower starter kits, as well as learn about the new resource.

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