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Caul campaigning

Fort Frances mayoral candidates Couns. June Caul (above) and Ken Perry chatted with voters who stopped by for a candidates' meet-and-greet event held Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Rainy Lake Square. The eight candidates for council also were on hand, as were two running for Fort Frances seats on the local public school board.

Gas leak

The 200 block of Scott Street had to be blocked off this morning, and A Buck or Two and CIBC on Scott Street evacuated, after a gas line was struck during an excavation near the bank. Firefighters had to test the gas levels in the buildings to make sure they were safe to go back into. The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service, OPP, and Union Gas responded to the scene.

Safe disposal

Wayne Skirten dropped off some used batteries Saturday morning during the Hazardous and Special Waste Day at the Public Works yard here. The event, which gives residents the chance to properly dispose of hazardous waste, was even more popular than last year, drawing 297 vehicles throughout the day—with some starting to line up as early as 8 a.m.

Business award

Gord McQuarrie of Tim Hortons celebrated after being named Business of the Year (16+ employees) last night during the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's 22nd-annual business awards at La Place Rendez-Vous. Chamber past-president Cathy Emes presented McQuarrie with the award on behalf of award sponsor Tbaytel.

West End Motors

Roy Avis pointed out photos of West End Motors from 1946 to when it expanded in 1996 and then renovated again in 2016. Avis was nominated earlier this year with a prestigious industry award—an Ambassadorship Laureate from the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.

Flooding claims

Lise Hansen, senior negotiator for the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, held an open house at La Place Rendez Vous last Wednesday to discuss the Rainy Lake First Nation Flooding Claims. She spoke about the Ontario government's proposal to amend the boundary of the Rainy Lake Island Conservation Reserve.

Farewell present

Michael Lewis, longtime trustee for Atikokan and surrounding area, accepted a farewell gift from Director of Education Heather Campbell, on behalf of the Rainy River District School Board, during its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday evening. The board was sad to see him go but happy to have been able to serve alongside him.

Excellence recognition

Robert Moore students Alexis Latter, left, and Ashlee Homer held up the recognition of excellence award their school received for its “Makerspace” program during the Rainy River District School Board's regular monthly meeting held here last Tuesday evening.

Make and bake

Harper Gunderson, left, and Logan McPherson got a closer look at their clay creations before putting them into the oven late Monday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

Unusual spud

Dixie Kivi of North Branch brought this unusual potato into the Times' office on Monday. It seems to be a fusion of eight potatoes in one and it was the only tater produced by its plant.