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District company wins business award

Tony Marinaro was thrilled when he heard his company had won an award, but he didn’t realize its prestige until attending the annual Northern Ontario Business Awards last week in Thunder Bay.

“It was really amazing,” enthused Marinaro, director of operations of Kish-Gon-Dug Canada, which is located at Naicatchewenin First Nation north of Devlin.

Nominees for Chamber business awards unveiled

While the numbers weren’t looking to great earlier last week, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce saw a last-minute flood of nominations before the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday for its 11th-annual business awards.

“We ended up with a total of 74 nominees,” Chamber office manager Dawn Booth said yesterday. “We got our minimum three nominees in each of the categories.”

Award nominee deadline coming up

With the deadline coming up this Friday (Oct. 6), it’s still not too late to pick up forms and nominate individuals and businesses for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s 11th-annual business awards.

Chamber manager Dawn Booth said yesterday about 25 nomination forms have come in so far.

CEP miffed with Abitibi

Abitibi-Consolidated’s plans to spin off its hydro generating facilities in Ontario into an income trust and then use money raised to invest in the U.S. is being condemned by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

Helliar’s Resort celebrates 70 years

Les Helliar has been there from the beginning. Literally. Helliar was born in 1936, the same year his father started Helliar’s Resort in Nester Falls.

On July 1, the business celebrated 70 years of operation. Helliar said that there have been good times and bad, but in the end their greatest accomplishment is that they are still around.