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Welcome, and good luck!

Call it the little derby that could!

After a humble beginning in 1995 with 47 teams, then growing to 72 in its second year, the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship has ballooned into one of the premiere fishing tournaments in the country—with a full field of 130 teams set to take to the water again tomorrow morning.

Unsightly lines

With the development of new Canada Customs and Immigration facility, the Town of Fort Frances has a wonderful opportunity to make the south entrance to town even more attractive. Placing the hydro lines underground along the 100 and 200 blocks of Church Street would be a good start.

We can't sit back

Tourism, like any other industry, is cyclical, which may explain the drop in the number of American vehicles crossing into Northwestern Ontario here at Fort Frances so far this summer.

Tackling waste

Everyone produces it. But where can it go?

It’s garbage, plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans, newspapers, telephone books, cardboard boxes, catalogues, flyers, glass bottles.

Sombre reminders

Their simple brick homes in ruins, residents of this Andean highland town began a painstaking process of cleaning up and rebuilding after a devastating weekend earthquake.

“We don’t have anything,” said Augustin Chuquimamani, mixing mortar and laying a fresh brick wall on his one-room house. “We don’t have a kitchen, we don’t even have metal sheets to make a roof.”

We can't give up

It certainly isn’t time to celebrate just yet, but word efforts are still underway behind the scenes to keep the Fort Frances Jail open is encouraging. Better yet is the fact it seems to be a district lobbying effort.

Ringing hollow

The impact of declining student enrolment hit home last night when the Rainy River District School Board held a special meeting to pass its 2001-02 budget.

The bottom line is simple: fewer students means less money from the provincial government. And that, in turn, meant the board had to make cuts—$500,000 worth—just to soften the blow in the classroom.

Slow start

Things are not getting off to a very good start.

Sure, the big day is still 22 months away, but if the lack of entries so far (read none) in the centennial logo/slogan contest is any indication, getting townspeople fired up about Fort Frances’ 100th birthday bash in 2003 may prove to be an uphill battle.

That’s shameful!

Hard lesson

Yesterday’s stunning announcement that Abitibi-Consolidated will permanently shut down one newsprint machine at its Kenora mill, and idle the other two there until at least this fall, is devastating news for that community.