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Debt of gratitude

Fort Frances said good-bye this week to a combined 70 years of municipal experience in Mayor Roy Avis, who is closing the book on 21 years at the council table just himself, and Couns. John Albanese, Doug Kitowski, Ken Perry, and Paul Ryan when the current town council held its final meeting Monday night at the Civic Centre.

Salute our youth

Has your son raised funds for hurricane relief? Has your nephew helped build awareness for child poverty? Has your daughter earned the highest-grade average within her school? Has your young neighbour volunteered to take out the garbage and shovel the driveway for an elderly couple?

Lest we forget

“Lest we forget” is as synonymous with Remembrance Day as the poppy.

First and foremost, the simple, three-word phrase—which Wikipedia says first was used in a 1897 poem written by Rudyard Kipling entitled “Recessional”—is a poignant reminder to all of us to never forget the brave men and women who gave their lives far from home in defence of our freedoms and values we enjoy today.

Keep it positive

Thankfully, we only have to put up with the political ads that have littered U.S. airwaves for months for less than a week more—at least until the next election cycle there rolls around again in two years.

Troubling total

When all was said and done here Monday night, just over 51 percent of the eligible voters in Fort Frances cast ballots in the municipal election.

A very disappointing number to be sure—especially considering people had a full eight days to vote for their choice for mayor, town council, and the local public school board.

Have your say

The candidates for councils and the local school boards across the district have made their choice to seek election, and have been pleading their case for office through lawn signs, pamphlets/brochures, and submitting profiles to the newspaper.

Pivotal change

The issues facing the community of Fort Frances clearly were spelled out by the candidates attending the forum hosted by the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce last night at the Townshend Theatre.

The tasks identified by the two mayoral hopefuls and seven of the eight candidates for council included: