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Tbaytel donates to parade

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Tbaytel has proven it’s indeed a “Good Neighbour” this holiday season by donating $1,000 to the “Community Christmas Parade,” which is set to go this Saturday.

Parade co-ordinator Scott Krienke-Turvey of Ink Spotz Apparel+ said he had applied to the Tbaytel for Good Community Fund’s Good Neighbour grant in hopes to get some extra dollars to help out.

At first, he believed the parade would get $400 or $500, but Tbaytel wanted be a bigger part of the event and upped the amount to $1,000.

While the money won’t come in until after the parade, Krienke-Turvey said it still will enable him to cover expenses, including promotional costs, some extras for Santa’s sleigh, and possibly more candy (in addition to what’s already been donated).

Krienke-Turvey said he’s grateful for Tbaytel’s generosity.

“It certainly makes the parade go a lot smoother when there’s funds,” he reasoned.

“Last year, I took off from my business probably upwards of a week between getting the float ready and fundraising, and I just cannot do it this year.”

Meanwhile, plans are coming together for Saturday’s parade although Krienke-Turvey said he’d love to see more floats entered.

Those wishing to enter a float must register by e-mailing ffsanta2016@gmail.com or calling the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office (274-5773).

The registration deadline is this Thursday; floats must be registered to be in the parade.

This year’s theme is “Songs of Christmas.”

Krienke-Turvey also noted people, whether they’re on floats or lining the route as spectators, should wear their ugliest Christmas sweater just like last year.

Judges will keep an eye out for those with the best “ugly” sweaters and award prizes accordingly.

The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. at Reid Avenue and proceed west along Scott Street, ending at Mowat Avenue.

Motorists are reminded not to park along Scott Street, or on Reid Avenue or Gillon Street.

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