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Plan looking for more businesses to sign on

The Safe Communities Incentive Plan is paying off for about 140 district businesses but organizers are on the lookout for new recruits as the program enters its third year here.

“The next step, from now to January, will be to accept more registrations,” said SCIP co-ordinator Jeannette Cawston, who noted the program is striving to recruit 25 new members this coming year.

Contenders ready for chili cookoff

Chili—some like it hot and some do not. But just about everybody will find a batch that tickles their taste buds at the fourth-annual Great Chili Cook-off.

Slated for Friday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the tent in the parking lot at the Fort Frances Times, a baker’s dozen of chili contenders are vying for the coveted trophy.

Area chambers get ‘heard’

It was a chance to be heard by the federal and provincial governments, Fort Frances delegate Deb Ward said of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce annual meeting in Atikokan last week.

“We don’t like it when they make a decision on our livelihood without input,” Ward said Monday, noting the carte blanche elimination of the spring bear hunt was a perfect example.