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Keep it strong

The fishing tournament circuit pumps money into Rainy River District each summer and, equally important, offers an opportunity for the host towns to showcase their respective communities.

As such, kudos to the board of directors for its work in ensuring the Emo Walleye Classic is being held for a 16th year.

Nominate them

Do you know someone under the age of 50 who is making a difference through their volunteer efforts to the community?

The Town of Fort Frances is seeking to recognize those individuals this year with special “Canada 150" pins intended as a small "thank you” to recognize those in our community who make it a better place in which to live.

Let's be heard

The province announced Monday that longtime Thunder Bay judge Joyce L. Pelletier will head the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission, with the other members including two former First Nation chiefs, a University of Ottawa law professor, and Ontario Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essence.

Remove banners

Is an eyesore about to be removed? Let's hope so.

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce passed a motion at its annual general meeting Thursday evening asking the Town of Fort Frances to remove the faded banners on the mill's “Lap” building or replace them with something new.

Cover shortfall

With the tender bids all coming in well over budget, town council faces a decision on the new Rainy Lake Square: kick in more money or make cuts to the project's design to bring the price tag down.

Let's hope council doesn't opt for the latter choice.

Enduring legacy

The green fields basking in brilliant sunshine Sunday belied the horror tens of thousands of Canadian soldiers faced that fateful morning exactly 100 years earlier as they charged forward to take Vimy Ridge from the Germans during the First World War.

Much potential

With construction slated to start as soon as the weather permits, and a completion date set for Aug. 1, no doubt town residents are getting anxious to see the vacant lot where the old Rainy Lake Hotel once sat blossom into the new Rainy Lake Square.

Let's go, Lakers!

High school hockey may be done for the season now following the excitement of hosting the OFSAA 'A'/'AA' boys' championship last week and the Muskie girls' run to the quarter-finals at their provincial showdown in Stratford.

Fortunately, local fans can continue to get their hockey fix thanks to our Fort Frances Lakers.

Kudos for coup

With 15 hockey teams here for the OFSAA 'A'/'AA' boys' hockey championship, it's clear to see the economic impact hosting the tournament is having on Fort Frances and the surrounding area, particularly for local hotels and restaurants.