Centennial celebrations request funding
The local Salvation Army and the Mill Quarter-Century Old-Timers Club both have asked town council to help fund 100-year anniversary celebrations in 2014.
During the public budget meeting Monday night, Lt. Dennis Maybury of the local Salvation Army told council that 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the organization in Fort Frances and Rainy River District—and asked for financial assistance.
There also will be a church service and a meal to show appreciation for the guests from Bermuda, as well as community members, Salvation Army volunteers, and those who have donated to the organization.
“Any consideration for funds for our anniversary would be greatly appreciated,” said Lt. Maybury, adding the Salvation Army has reached out to the community, as well as had donors agree to help out with transportation, accommodations, and use of a church and hall.
“We anticipate 30-40 people [from Bermuda] coming to attend,” he noted.
“It’s for five days, so with 30-40 people coming, it’s certainly going to assist the local economy, with hotels and shopping and restaurants.
“And I also think it will be a wonderful cultural experience for both residents and Bermudians,” added Lt. Maybury.
He noted the Salvation Army is spending money to bring in a guest speaker, will be giving out award certificates to its volunteers, and is helping pay for the band to come here from Bermuda.
Lt. Maybury said he knows the economic difficulties the town faces, and any funds that it can spare would be appreciated.
He noted the Salvation Army mainly is looking for help to pay for the community meal after the concert and service.
Also Monday, council received a written request from the Mill Quarter-Century Old-timers Club asking for support of an event next May 29 to celebrate 100 years of the local pulp and paper mill’s operation.
In a letter, club president Bill Morrison said the QCOC will be working with the Fort Frances Museum to celebrate the 100 years of prosperity the mill has provided to this area and the thousands of jobs it created in related support.
The club also noted Resolute hasn’t supported financially or recognized past or present employees since 2008, which puts a heavy burden on QCOC members to contribute.
The plan is to set up displays and memorabilia, and possibly have one or more guest speakers.