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Tourism season looking promising

The upcoming season is looking promising as local tourist operators wrap up the trade show circuit and open up shop for the summer months.

But while the strong U.S. dollar may be helping, those in the tourism industry here stressed the exchange rate can’t be given all the credit for the season ahead.

Town staff not hit by budget cuts--yet

The committee of the whole spent two hours behind closed doors Monday night but Mayor Glenn Witherspoon assured no cuts were made to town personnel as councillors looked to find another $1 million in savings from the 1998 budget.

At this stage of the budget process, it was a discussion and an information session for councillors, the mayor said.

First blaze beats fire season

Although the fire season doesn’t technically begin until April 1, the Emo Volunteer Fire Department had to be called last Wednesday to handle a grass fire that got out of control.

Emo Fire Chief Rob Johnson said a farmer north of Emo was burning some grass off his property when windy conditions took the blaze beyond his control.

Too early to tell?

There might be a lot of fires . . . or there might not.

That’s what Paul Dutton, a fire information officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources fire centre in Dryden, had to say about rising concerns about the upcoming fire season.

Welfare office out of money

The district’s welfare office is warning it may have to close because it doesn’t have the money to pay its March bills—much less make payments to social assistance recipients.

That could leave some 40 individuals and families without cheques this month. And the Rainy River District Ontario Works said the province’s “download” of services was to blame.