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Generators in high demand down east

The widespread power blackouts stemming from the massive ice storm that hit eastern Ontario and Quebec last week have caused a huge demand for generators across the province—including here.

Local generator dealers have been getting calls from the Ontario government and national reps from generator companies, all looking for power units to ship east.

Rink decision slated tomorrow

Fort Frances residents should find out at a special meeting tomorrow night how town council plans to proceed on the $5.5-million design/build ice facility.

While discussion will start in-camera at 6:30 p.m., council will open the doors to vote on the issue.

Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said the committee of the whole looked at four options during Monday’s in-camera meeting:

Riverside gets restructuring ‘refund’

Although it will help, the $61,100 grant Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. is getting from the province for restructuring won’t make up for what it has already cut—or the cuts it expects to have to make down the road.

Riverside CEO Paul Brown said the grant will cover 85 percent of the restructuring costs to cut $500,000 from its operating budget for the 1996-97 fiscal year.

Little seeds of horrors?

Setting up bird feeders could mean sowing sorrows for local farmers—not to mention unwanted weeds.

With the popularity of bird feeding increasing, concerns over what exactly is in bird seed have been raised as tons of the stuff get bought and spread on the ground every winter.

Rink issue up for debate again Monday

The $5.5-million double-rink project will be opened up again Monday after the construction company hired for the job couldn’t come up with the performance bond by yesterday’s deadline.

In a 40-minute in-camera meeting with the Committee of the Whole last night, town councillors reviewed the options they will be voting on at their regular meeting next Monday.