Sunday, March 1, 2015


Business forum seeking registrants

Calling all district businesses! Do you know what funding programs and services are available to you?
Find out what’s available next Wednesday (March 4) during a business information forum at the Copper River Inn here.
Running from 1-4 p.m., the forum will feature presenters from around the region talking about their programs, with the focus being on small business.

Comedian to try out new material here

Ryan McMahon will perform three free nights of comedy at From the Grind Up here next week.
The Fort Frances native will take the stage nightly at 7:30 p.m. from Monday to Wednesday.
From the Grind Up owner Ben Morelli said McMahon is preparing a brand new hour of material for the upcoming comedy festival season, a stand-up comedy album, and his 2015 North American tour.

Highway job funded

Say good-bye to the wheel rutting along the stretch of King’s Highway from just east of York Avenue to Wright Avenue.
The Town of Fort Frances has received $2 million towards road reconstruction, as well as upgrades to water, storm, and sanitary sewer systems, thanks to the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.
The work will be done this summer.

Ice-fishing outing in works by ENGAGE

ENGAGE, the local young professionals network, is inviting individuals aged 20-35 to go ice-fishing on Rainy Lake this Saturday.
Rainy River Future Development Corp. intern Jamie Petrin said a group will be meeting at 2 p.m. at The Great Bear, located on Highway 11 east of Fort Frances.

Little Theatre to perform ‘Office Hours’

Fort Frances Little Theatre is back in action and putting together a production of the comedy, “Office Hours.”
The comic romp will be performed as dinner theatre on April 23-25 at the Copper River Inn here.
Director Cathy Richards said the production marks the company’s first in quite a few years.

Pair teamed up to offer one-stop repair shop here

Jason Supinski was among the 200-plus local mill workers who lost their jobs back in February, 2013.
But as the saying goes, when a door closes, a window opens and Supinski started his own business—opening Jay’s Auto Repair and Cool Air Mechanical in December of that year.

Girls’ retreat out for more funds

The “I Am Awesome! (And I Know It)” self-esteem retreat for young women is gearing up for its third year in 2015 and again is vying for some money to help make it happen.
The idea was submitted last week to the “Tbaytel for Good” initiative, which is a sponsorship program to strengthen communities and support youth in Northern Ontario.

FFHS to house weather station

The northwest corner of the field at Fort Frances High School will house a new structure this spring.
The Ministry of Natural Resources will be installing a new weather station there that will benefit both parties.

Community Living lands jobs grant

Community Living Fort Frances and District (CLFFD) has received $300,000 from the provincial government to promote inclusive employment as well as improve services and supports for people with developmental disabilities.
The funding boon will allow the agency to implement a new training program for staff members on customized employment approaches.

Town lands signage funds

Federal Natural Resources minister Greg Rickford, who also is the minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor), yesterday announced an investment to help support tourism, growth, and prosperity in Fort Frances.

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