The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service along with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and hundreds of fire departments across Ontario, this week launched the third annual campaign to help prevent fire and carbon monoxide tragedies over the holidays.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, local merchants are mixed on how sales have been to date.
Some are finding gift-givers are staying in town to do their shopping. Others, however, feel people are heading online and to the cities.
“We’ve been very pleased with sales so far,” said Connie Cuthbertson, owner of Northwoods Gallery & Gifts on Scott Street.
Go Local Fort Frances would like to officially welcome local business Gillons’ Insurance as a supporting member.
As a thank you, George Emes, chair of the Rainy River Future Development Corp. board of directors, presented a “Go Local” plaque to Gillons’ president and CEO Duane Cridland.
The extensive work George Armstrong Co. Ltd. has been doing on a major bridge rehabilitation project here has not gone unnoticed.
“Our company has been nominated for, and awarded, a finalist position in a contest called ‘Crews that Rock,’” noted owner Shane Armstrong.
A high number of people interested in filling the four vacancies on its board of directors means the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce has to hold an election.
Nominees on the ballot, which were sent out to Chambers members yesterday, include:
•Rick Smith (Canadian Tire);
•Paul Noonan (La Place Rendez-Vous);
•Marie Allan (BDO Dunwoody & Company LLP);
Ontario is making it easier for residents without a driver’s licence in Rainy River District to get official, government-issued photo ID.
The Ontario Photo Card is now available at the local ServiceOntario centre, located at 922 Scott St.
It soon will be offered in Rainy River.
At Monday night’s regular meeting, Fort Frances council:
•recognized the passing of former town councillor Bill Martin, who died Saturday (council agreed a representative would attend his funeral this coming Saturday);
Seniors Retirees Against Pension and Elder Abuse (SRAPEA) executive officers spoke to a full house at the Sister Kennedy Centre last Wednesday evening regarding serious issues dealing with Resolute Forest Products Ltd. pension fund deficits and the federal budget cuts affecting the Old Age Supplement.
Town council on Monday night approved the timetable for planning out the 2013 municipal budget, which includes a meeting to garner public input slated for Sept. 24 (in conjunction with the regular council meeting that night).
The Portage Avenue underpass will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic twice next week as work gets closer to wrapping up that project.
The first closure will start next Tuesday (Sept. 18) at 7 a.m. and end the following day (Sept. 19) at 7 p.m., Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council Monday evening.