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Paving work set to start Monday

The paving of King’s Highway between Wright Avenue and Cornwall Avenue is expected to begin early next week, weather permitting.

Pioneer Construction, which has been subcontracted by Bay City Contractors, is scheduled to put down the second lift of asphalt on Monday, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told the Times this morning.

Fire ban now lifted

Break out the marshmallows.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has lifted the Restricted Fire Zone that had been in place across Northwestern Ontario since May 7.

Outdoor fires are now allowed but people still are urged to use caution.

As well, daytime burning of brush or grass is prohibited.

Construction season

Makkinga Contracting & Equipment Rentals of Thunder Bay has removed the asphalt, curbs, and gutters at the south end of Colonization Road East between Scott Street to Second Street East to get ready to dig down and replace the sewer and water infrastructure there.

Fire ban being assessed

With the fire hazard currently “low” across the region, the Restricted Fire Zone was to be assessed later today for the potential to lift it.

No new fires were reported over the weekend.

As well, widespread rain fell across the region Saturday and Sunday, which kept all of the active fires in check.

Muskie soccer teams strike gold

The black-and-gold now will go search for OFSAA gold.

The Muskie boys’ and girls’ soccer teams both are headed back to the all-Ontarios after posting shutout wins over the host Dryden Eagles in their respective NorWOSSA finals yesterday.

Ian Jodoin netted two goals in the first four minutes—and the boys never looked back in routing Dryden 8-0.

Busy on fire scene

A fire in Quetico Provincial Park was among the six new blazes reported yesterday across the region.

Fort Frances Fire #6, located at Jesse Lake last was reported as “under control” at one hectare in size.

Nine new fires were reported Sunday, including one in Kenora District that required air attack support.

Trio to address council

Joerg Ruppenstein, president and CEO of the Fort Frances Power Corp., will give an update on FFPC activities and the electrical industry.

Ruppenstein last presented to town council in December, and the FFPC has committed to making more frequent reports to council.

Branches to be chipped

If you put out branches for last week’s “Fight the Blight” pickup, and they haven’t been chipped up and taken away yet, don’t worry—the Fort Frances Power Corp. will get to them this week.

The FFPC experienced a breakdown with its wood chipper last week, putting them a few days behind on branch disposal.