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Sewer, water rates increasing

Sewer and water rates are set to increase here in the new year.

There will be a 2.8 percent increase for residential users and a 3.22 percent increase for industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) users.

The 2.8 percent residential increase will cost an additional $27.79 per year, bringing the overall annual rate to just over $1,000.

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.

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.

Choraliers to perform Dec. 8, 15

After a month of hard work and practice, the Christmas Choraliers, led by Diane Maxey, are ready to hit the stage.

“Rehearsals have been going very, very well,” Maxey said.

"The people are very serious about it and the sound is beautiful as parts come together. We have over 70 singers so it's going to be very nice.

Sports shorts

The WHSFL awards banquet was held on Thursday night in Winnipeg where Muskie quarterback Brady Meeks was awarded the Bomber Alumni Most Outstanding Player in Currie Division ('A').

With that award comes a $1,000 scholarship that Meeks will receive upon registration at a post-secondary school next fall.

Muskies split with Saints

There were some mixed results for the Muskie hockey teams on Tuesday night against the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Saints of Kenora.

The boys remained unbeaten in NorWOSSA play with a 5-1 win but the girls' squad suffered their first loss of the season by a 4-2 count.

Christmas dinner cancelled

A longtime Christmas tradition will not be going ahead this year.

The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau decided at a meeting last night that the annual community Christmas dinner will be cancelled this year.

The Volunteer Bureau's Judy Koski said the decision was not made lightly.

“Unfortunately, the Christmas dinner this year is cancelled,” she confirmed this morning.