Friday, October 24, 2014

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Civic Centre set for election

The Civic Centre will be a busy place on Monday as the municipal election wraps up.
As of the end of Wednesday, the town had received 2,240 ballots, or about 41 percent of the total eligible.
If ballot returns continue as they are, it’s possible they’ll eclipse the provincial average, which typically has been just under 50 percent in recent municipal elections.

Riverside starts staff ’flu shots

Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. has launched its 2014-15 staff influenza shot campaign.
Staff will have access to the ’flu shot at all sites at selected times from Oct. 20-Nov. 13.
Riverside intends to at least match its staff’s noteworthy performance from the previous year.

Still time to join cantata

It’s not too late to sing in the Fort Frances Choraliers’ Christmas cantata this year.
A total of 54 singers took part in Monday’s first practice here.
But director Diane Maxey said those who still want to join in can attend the group’s next practice this Monday (Oct. 27) at 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship.
Call her at 274-7309 to get your song book and CD.

‘Extravaganza’ entries sought

The Fine Line Art Gallery here is looking for artists and crafters to sell their wares at its upcoming “Christmas Extravaganza,” as well as donate items for a silent auction in conjunction with the event.
Fine Line co-op member Jean Richards said the event will start with an open house on Friday, Nov. 14 and run through the end of December.

Wihnan honoured as ‘Senior of Year’

Nick Wihnan was honoured as the 2014 “Senior of the Year” in Fort Frances during a potluck supper last Wednesday at the Sister Kennedy Centre.
“All I can say is if I could live another 35 years, I would do it again,” noted Wihnan, who has been director of the Sister Kennedy Centre for almost a quarter-century.
“I just love working with seniors,” he added.

Hawerchuk takes on political ‘shift’

Patrick Brown is working with the thought process that as a Canadian politician looking to improve his profile, having an NHL Hall-of-Famer on his wing isn’t a bad way to score points with the public.
The Conservative MP who represents Barrie was at Boston Pizza here Sunday afternoon for a public appearance as he begins his run to replace Tim Hudak as the next leader of Ontario’s PC party.

‘Trunk or Treat’ gaining interest

With registration underway for this year’s inaugural “Trunk or Treat” event, local OPP Cst. Anne McCoy is hoping the parking lot of the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre will be packed with decorated vehicles so children can go trick-or-treating Oct. 31 in a fun and safe environment.
“We have seven [vehicles] so far and I want more,” she noted.

‘Human Library’ deemed success

The first-ever “Human Library” event hosted by the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, in partnership with the local Celebrating Diversity Committee, has been deemed a success.
“It was successful,” Andrea Avis, the library’s program director, said of the event held there Monday from 6-8 p.m.
“Our ‘books’ were checked out to 23 different people,” she noted.

Ballot returns slow

Just under 29 percent of Fort Frances electors have voted so far in the municipal election.
Town clerk Lisa Slomke said the current number of eligible electors here has been fluctuating between 5,400 and 5,500, adding 5,486 ballots were mailed out on Oct. 2.

Blood clinic needs donors

It’s not too late for district residents to make an appointment to donate at the Canadian Blood Services’ fall clinic next Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 27-28) in the Fort High gym.
While CBS was here in August, it has returned due to a dire need for blood donations, said spokesperson Mike Choi.

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