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New Year's baby born

La Verendrye General Hospital here welcomed its first baby of 2019 late on New Year's Day.

Proud parents Madisyn Degagne and Derek Morrison of Fort Frances greeted a 7 lb., 1 oz. baby boy at 10:53 p.m.

The new baby and his family, which includes older brothers Bennett, Chayton, and Zaiden, enjoyed gifts and gift baskets from local businesses and organizations.

Lifetime pet licensing proving popular

Whether you got a new animal companion for Christmas, or your favourite cat or dog is celebrating another year with you, it's time to get a new pet licence.

And while the town continues to offer annual licensing, lifetime licensing, which first was offered starting last year, is becoming a popular option, bylaw enforcement officer Patrick Briere told the Times on Monday.

Province freezing tourism sign rates

The provincial government is making life more affordable by bringing relief to Ontario's tourism operators who rely on the province's Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing Program (TODS) to generate a positive economic impact in their local communities.

In April, 2018, the previous government signed a contract with Canadian TODS Limited towards the end of their administration.

'Polar Plunge' is a go

Want to start off 2019 with a splash?

The Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances is going ahead with its “Polar Plunge” tomorrow. The annual fundraiser once again will be held at 1 p.m. on the ice behind La Place Rendez-Vous here.

Registration opens at 11 a.m., with the first jumper to be sent to the hole at 1 p.m. sharp.