A few months ago, when the Fort Frances Nursery School was looking for a new home after the local public school board voted to proceed with the closure of Alexander MacKenzie, the option that seemed like a perfect fit was to incorporate it with the local library.
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It’s amazing how quickly life can change in the blink of an eye.
One minute, you’re cruising across a frozen lake on a snowmachine with a group of friends; the next, you’re in frigid water fighting for your life.
Fort Frances and district residents, businesses, and service clubs once again have shown their overwhelming generosity—donating almost $35,000 towards three causes in less than a week.
Government ministers and MPs were lining up to praise it. Opposition members and special interest groups were quick to slam it.
Ahh, yes, it’s federal budget time.
Given the uproar surrounding Dr. Pete Sarsfield’s determination to take district businesses to court—using taxpayers’ money—to force them to comply with his ban on smoking in all enclosed public places, this isn’t the best time for the Northwestern Health Unit to be going to district municipalities seeking a five percent increase in its per capita levy.
The contrails from the fiery demise of space shuttle Columbia in the clear blue sky over Texas on Saturday morning had barely faded away when the chorus began of the need to keep the space program going despite the tragedy.
Fur is what brought the first voyageurs to this area some 300 years ago, but it was the lure of the forest—and the seemingly boundless timber resources—that laid the foundation for this town to be officially born in 1903.
There have been a deluge of letters to the editor of late over Dr. Pete Sarsfield’s ongoing efforts to ban smoking in all enclosed public places as well as whether Wal-Mart will proceed with building a store here.
But where’s the outcry over an equally serious, if not moreso, problem facing Fort Frances residents. Namely, that we’re being ripped off by our own provincial government.
Although it appears funding for two separate studies on the feasibility of delivering broadband access to rural municipalities and First Nations of Rainy River District won’t be forthcoming because of a push towards one regional effort, it is important that senior levels of governments understand the value of the Internet.
Fort Frances residents, of course, didn’t just ring in a New Year at midnight last Tuesday night. We also ushered in the start of our town’s centennial celebrations.
And what a start it was!