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Chamber looking to beautify town again this spring

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For the third year in a row, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is looking to brighten up the stretch of King’s Highway from the cemetery to Central Avenue with flowers this summer.

But making the town a little more colourful can be costly, and so the Chamber is looking to local residents, businesses, and service clubs to sponsor the beautification project.

Chamber co-ordinator Dawn Booth said Friday that since last week, she’s been busy faxing out sponsorship forms requesting people to commit to donating $50 a year for a period of time ranging from one to five years.

“We’re looking to get at least as many sponsors as we had last year,” she noted, adding sponsors are welcome to “adopt” more than one basket or planter.

“You could sponsor flowers in memoriam or as a gift—it’s a way of supporting something the whole community can enjoy,” remarked Booth.

The Chamber’s beautification project includes 30 baskets as well as 18 planters for the traffic islands at Central Avenue, which are up for sponsorship at the same cost as the baskets.

While the Chamber originally envisioned having flower baskets line King’s Highway all the way to Sunset Country Ford, Booth noted this just hasn’t been economically feasible over the past two years.

“But we would like to expand. It all depends on how many sponsors we get,” she said.

Booth said while the flowers weren’t out until the end of June last year because of the poor weather, she’s hopeful they will be up by the end of May this time around.

The Chamber’s beautification project is meant to complement that of the local Business Improvement Area’s, which includes flower baskets on the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of Scott Street as well as benches and trash cans.

And the town is doing its part to help both beautification efforts as council last week authorized an expenditure of $5,700 to pay for the watering of the flowers and cleaning Scott Street this summer.

This is regarded as a council public relations expense.

For more information on the beautification project, or to be a sponsor, call Booth at 274-5773.

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