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Association for Community Living expands with consignment store

In an effort to offer their clients more “on-the-job” opportunities, the Fort Frances District Association for Community Living has taken on a retail venture.

“The Treasure Chest,” which opened its doors at 220 Scott St. on Monday, is a consignment outlet which offers quality used items (i.e. clothing, furniture and household appliances) on consignment or donated from the public.

Rotary Club makes a difference

The view driving west of town has become a little more eye-pleasing thanks to the Fort Frances Rotary Club.

The club recently paid to have the roadside from Taylor International Trucking to the railway crossing at Crozier mowed and trimmed.

“We wanted to make the approach to town more presentable,” Rotary member Bill Badiuk explained why the service group opted to do this.

Firefighters, council to look at options

Councillors will be meeting with a Fort Frances Firefighters Association representative July 27 to get input on a fire protection plan before it agrees to three firefighters taking the early retirement package.

At its regular meeting Monday, council reviewed a report during the in-camera session from the community services division on various options


Dilke man breeding orange minnows

Dilke resident Viorel “Vee” Sandru tried his hand with greenhouse vegetables when he first moved from Romania five years ago, but lately, he’s been up to something a little “fishier.”

After taking a two-year program in Aquaculture Technology through Rainy Lake Ojibway Education Authority, Sandru has been breeding and raising a strain of the common “fathead” minnow—the orange minnow.

Teacher by day, star by night;

After years of commercials and low-key parts in plays, Fort Frances native Susan Livingston has finally made it big, netting a regular role on a new television program, “Number One West.”

“Woo hoo,” Livingston, who is the daughter of Dan and Carol Livingston, exclaimed when she got the part a couple of weeks ago. “It’s a dream of mine, and I can hardly believe it!”

Local girls jump into bunny business

Amanda Roy and Angela Shoemaker have been in the business of raising rabbits for more than five months now—and things are really starting to hop.

Starting with one “unwanted” rabbit the girls adopted back in April, the pair now have 23 bunnies. The breeds now include lops, short-haired rexes, jack rabbits, dwarfs, and one angora.

Post office switches to computers

Wicket clerks at the Canada Post office here no longer need to rely on postage manuals and calculators to keep track of business now that computers have been installed at the service counter.

The Fort Frances office was one of just 500 out of 8,000 Canada Post outlets across the country to get on the computer bandwagon—an upgrade brought about by a steady flow of business.