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New fire truck expected soon

The town is set to receive a new pumper fire truck in early 2020.

A report to council from Fort Frances fire chief Tyler Moffitt said the chassis of the new pumper truck has arrived in Winnipeg and a final inspection of the truck will tentatively take place at the end of January or shortly thereafter.

SFS to help warming centre

St. Francis School (SFS) is working to support those who are homeless in the community.

This week the school kicked off its “There's Room in the Inn” outreach project that runs until Dec. 13, where students donate supplies for the local warming centre that's set to open soon at the Apostolic Way Church.

Senior Centre helps raise awareness around scams

Several local organizations joined forces this week to help to educate seniors and hopefully prevent them from falling victim to a scam.

The Fort Frances Senior Centre held an information session about common scams and cons on Monday afternoon, with speakers from the OPP, Rainy River District Victim Services Program (RRDVSP) and several area financial institutions.

Family Centre looks to fill in gaps

The Family Centre, which opened 24 hours a day last winter to ensure homeless people could escape 40-below weather, is looking to fill in the gaps and stay open on the nights the warming centre can't operate, as it gets colder.

“Because they're only open four nights a week, if it gets cold again we are prepared to open for the other three,” said Traci Lockman of the Family Centre.

OSSTF on strike today

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation held a one-day strike today to place more pressure on the provincial government.

The Rainy River District School Board had closed all high schools to secondary school students.

There also was no busing for students in Grades 9-12 for today only.

Lockman a lifelong volunteer

While volunteering may feel like a burden to some, a local woman is strongly motivated to be of service to the community in any way she can.

The town's “2020 Citizen of the Year,” Joy Lockman, has volunteered regularly from a young age and has been able to contribute even more of her time since retiring.