Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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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.

‘Bras’ event all set

There aren’t many tickets left for the Rainy River District Breast Health Network’s first-ever “Bras for a Cause” event, which is set for Thursday night at the Legion here.
“There may be still be a few but they [tickets] really sold fast,” noted Network chair Teresa Hazel.

Knox into semi-finals

Knox United Church has secured a spot in the semi-final round of the Aviva Community Fund Challenge.
The submission for its renewal project to make the building more accessible received enough votes in the initial round to finish in 14th place in the $50,000-$100,000 category.
The top 15 vote leaders in each category move directly to the semi-final round, which will run Dec. 1-10.

‘Festival of Frost’ date set

Planning is underway for the second-annual “Festival of Frost” in downtown Fort Frances.
It will be held Saturday, Nov. 29 and this year will include a traditional parade.
The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce and BIA are teaming up to stage the festival while Boston Pizza and the Chamber will organize the parade.

Pick up books, CDs

Those singers wanting to participate in this year’s Christmas cantata are urged to pick up their music books and practice CDs as soon as possible.
Cantata director Diane Maxey said she’s in the process of contacting past participants to let them know the materials are ready.

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