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Mission house overwhelmed by donations

St. George’s Anglican Church Mission House has a special thanks to the many people who have donated such excellent quality clothing and household articles to its thrift shop.

They also acknowledge the many regular patrons who support their weekly sales, noting the response of donors and buyers alike has been way beyond any of their dreams.

Easter Market swamped with customers

If you didn’t get to the annual Easter Market before noon Saturday, chances are whatever you were looking for was sold out.

Held at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market site on McIrvine Road here last Thursday and Saturday, customers literally gobbled up the vendors’ items on both days the market was open, especially at the Lowey’s Greenhouse booth.

Levies all not set yet

Fort Frances residents may be among the first to get the word but they aren’t the only ones in Northwestern Ontario facing higher taxes.

Although its 1998 budget isn’t expected to be set for another week, Dryden also is looking at a “moderate” tax increase.

Public Works staff sees cuts

Four seasonal employees won’t be returning to the Public Works department this year as the town trimmed $47,000 off its operating budget.

Those employees worked on sidewalk construction, line painting, and relieving those people taking vacation, Operations and Facilities manager Jerry Tetu noted Monday.

Municipal taxes going up

For the first time in seven years, Fort Frances ratepayers will see an increase in their municipal taxes after town council unanimously approved a 4.68 percent hike for 1998 at a special meeting last Wednesday.

That means households will see, on average, a $46.27 jump on their tax bills this year.

Daycare rates jump again

For the fourth time since last October, rates at the Fort Frances Children‘s Complex are going up. By September, the cost of an unsubsidized spot will have increased over 30 percent in a year.

Council approved upping the rates for “unsubsidized” spots for residents Monday to $26.50 a day for the first child starting Sept. 1.

Local outcry needed for dialysis

If area residents wish to have a renal dialysis unit in Fort Frances, they’re going to have start writing to the Ministry of Health.

That’s the message nephrologist Dr. William McCready and nurse Barbara Adams of the Thunder Bay Regional Dialysis Program had to say to a group of doctors, nurses and other community members at a meeting last night at La Verendrye Health Centre