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Crisis Centre pushing donations to local cheer fund

If you are thinking about donating food or clothing to the Atikokan Crisis Centre for the upcoming Christmas season, staff there won’t refuse it.

But they’ll likely say there’s a better venue for those items.

“Donate to your local food banks and Christmas cheer boards,” Charene Gillies, executive director of the crisis centre, suggested Monday.

Area businesses feeling the pinch from lack of snow

While many people are enjoying the effects “El Nino” has had in creating unseasonably mild weather here in Northwestern Ontario so far this winter, those associated with snowmobiling clubs aren’t so happy.

In fact, the lack of snowfall and warm weather forced the 450-member Sunset Country Snowmobile Club to cancel its first run of the season, originally slated for last weekend.

Normiska moving forward with plans

About 50 people turned up at the Civic Centre last night to hear what representatives from Normiska Corp. had to say about their plans for a peat plant here.

Alex Bartholomew, general manager for Normiska, led the half-hour presentation, giving details on the company’s short and long-term operation plans.

Rainy River, Emo attract big turnout for council seats

There won’t a race for the top job but voters in both Emo and Rainy River will have plenty of choice for who they want to see sitting on their respective councils for the next three years.

Both Emo Reeve Brian Reid and Rainy River Mayor Gord Armstrong were acclaimed for another term at 5 p.m. last night (the deadline for candidates to withdraw their nominations).