While there certainly is no argument over the fact that dry conditions have prevailed here this summer, at least two local “green thumbs” are doing very little complaining about it.
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With a history spanning 75 years, the Fort Frances Horticultural Society is no stranger to change and growth—evident of late in both its meeting format and membership popularity.
Meetings, held the fourth Monday of each month from March to October, have had an extra emphasis put on learning, society president Astrid Sobkowicz said.
It was one year ago today when the last hail storm wreaked havoc on area roofs and vehicles—and that is a welcome deadline for both insurance agents and adjusters.
In fact, it will be the first time in two years that hail claims have not been a part of the routine. Last year’s storm came almost one year to the date of its icy predecessor on Aug. 22, 1995.
Employees at Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. are appealing to area residents in a last-ditch effort to keep the ambulance dispatch service here.
And they’re hoping to get as many names as possible on a petition to let the Ministry of Health know that district residents are opposed to moving ambulance dispatch to Kenora.
Give back what you take may be good moral words to live by but for gardeners, it’s a necessity.
Believe it or not, vegetables and flowers rob the soil of its nutrients. And when organic matter in the soil gets low, it reflects in your yield—and leaves plants prone to disease.
It’s a success story for 21-year-old Amy Lee, who has been working at the Sportsplex since May 21 as the summer program supervisor.
“This year, our number of participants have almost doubled," enthused the Fort Frances native. ”We had to hire a couple more after starting with our initial staff.
“This year has been awesome for this [recreation] program.”
District municipalities will be facing a $218.35 per household annual bill starting Jan. 1 as the province tries to bring fairness to paying for policing in Ontario.
“It’s less than what we thought it was going to be,” admitted Chapple Clerk Doris Dyson, who said they had estimated the cost to come in around $280 per household.
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.
Property tax cuts should average five to 10 percent across the province by the year 2000 through the provincial-municipal swap of services, Municipal Affairs and Housing minister Al Leach pledged last week.
But others are calling that statement false, accusing the government of merely “passing the buck” to municipalities.
It was supposed to provide clear answers to all their questions but district municipalities are still scrambling to find out what the downloading of responsibilities from the province will mean to their pocketbooks in 1998.