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Safeway spells out expansion plans

Increased traffic, buffering, and decreased property values were concerns brought forward by local residents on Safeway’s expansion plans here at a public information meeting last Wednesday.

While Safeway reps are aiming to address all these issues, taxpayers will get another chance to air their concerns to town council before it votes whether to give Safeway the go-ahead.

Town up for community award

Fort Frances should know next month whether it will be crowned one of Ontario’s most caring communities.

The town was one of 26 communities to make the short list for the Trillium Foundation’s “Caring Communities Awards”—and eligible for a $10,000 prize.

‘The customer is always right’

Working for La Place Rendez-Vous Hotel here can be quite a challenge for Joelle Blanc.

With the guidance of her father, George, and her uncle, Paul Noonan, who co-own the business, Blanc has slowly climbed the ladder to her present position of maitre d’.

“I like the business and working with numbers,” she noted.

Retrieving contest fetches top dogs

Twelve dogs vied for top honours in fetching in the second-annual Four Paws Retrieving Contest held Friday at the Sorting Gap Marina as part of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.

Entries were down seven from last year’s event but the calibre was still there, said organizer Dawnn Taylor, who didn’t believe fewer dogs meant less interest.