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Albanese back as health unit chair

Fort Frances Coun. John Albanese was re-elected chair of the Northwestern Health Unit’s board of health for the 10th-consecutive year at a meeting Jan. 20 in Dryden.

Coun. Albanese said he’s looking forward to working with the board and management in 2012, noting that for an eighth year, the levy to area municipalities will remain frozen at $54.43 per capita.

New ICI meters to deliver ‘rate shock’

Many local ICI customers can expect to see their water bills rise because newly-installed water meters will mean more accurate water usage readings.

Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council Monday night the instalment of new waters meters for industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) customers in Fort Frances is almost complete, with only 24 more to go.

New vehicle sales up here in 201

While few would argue economic times have been better, one positive indicator is that new vehicle sales were up here in 2011.

Nick Beyak, owner of Sunset Country Ford, noted the number of new vehicles registered in the Fort Frances market area, which stretches west to Rainy River, north to Nestor Falls, and east to Atikokan, was about eight percent higher than in 2010.

Buying ‘Ontario Wood’ strengthens economy

A partnership announced last Wednesday (Jan. 11) will boost Ontario’s forest industry and help strengthen the provincial economy.

The Ontario Forest Industries Association is the first participant in “Ontario Wood,” a new program designed to expand markets for Ontario wood products.

The program encourages Ontarians to buy local when choosing wood products.