Putting a gaming question on November’s municipal election ballot may be too late since the province aims to have a number of the permanent charitable gaming sites up and running by the end of the year. Ab Campion, a spokesman for the Ontario Gaming Commission, said yesterday the contracts are […]

It’s called “Today’s Issues, Tomorrow’s Leaders,” a youth conference at the Canadian National Exhibition, and Fort High students Simone LeBlanc and Stacey Angus will be there. The pair leave for Toronto this week, with the conference running Aug. 23-25. “It’s where urban and rural youth go to talk about issues […]

It has been quite the summer experience for 20-year-old Melissa Bond of Fort Frances, who has been working for the Abitibi-Consolidated paper mill here as a co-op civil engineer since the first week in May. The dedicated student to the field of engineering had opted to spend her summer back […]

While there certainly is no argument over the fact that dry conditions have prevailed here this summer, at least two local “green thumbs” are doing very little complaining about it. And given that both of them scored top points in the local horticultural society’s annual Flower and Vegetable show last […]

Increased traffic, buffering, and decreased property values were concerns brought forward by local residents on Safeway’s expansion plans here at a public information meeting last Wednesday. While Safeway reps are aiming to address all these issues, taxpayers will get another chance to air their concerns to town council before it […]

District municipalities will be facing a $218.35 per household annual bill starting Jan. 1 as the province tries to bring fairness to paying for policing in Ontario. “It’s less than what we thought it was going to be,” admitted Chapple Clerk Doris Dyson, who said they had estimated the cost […]

With a history spanning 75 years, the Fort Frances Horticultural Society is no stranger to change and growth–evident of late in both its meeting format and membership popularity. Meetings, held the fourth Monday of each month from March to October, have had an extra emphasis put on learning, society president […]

It’s a success story for 21-year-old Amy Lee, who has been working at the Sportsplex since May 21 as the summer program supervisor. “This year, our number of participants have almost doubled,” enthused the Fort Frances native. “We had to hire a couple more after starting with our initial staff. […]

Give back what you take may be good moral words to live by but for gardeners, it’s a necessity. Believe it or not, vegetables and flowers rob the soil of its nutrients. And when organic matter in the soil gets low, it reflects in your yield–and leaves plants prone to […]

Employees at Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. are appealing to area residents in a last-ditch effort to keep the ambulance dispatch service here. And they’re hoping to get as many names as possible on a petition to let the Ministry of Health know that district residents are opposed to moving […]

Frustration levels have peaked, with transition teams members refusing to meet further until the premier puts a hold on all the downloading. A letter penned by Terry Mundell, president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and co-chair of both transition teams, went to Premier Mike Harris yesterday but the […]

It was one year ago today when the last hail storm wreaked havoc on area roofs and vehicles–and that is a welcome deadline for both insurance agents and adjusters. In fact, it will be the first time in two years that hail claims have not been a part of the […]