Mayor to be toasted tomorrow

After 18 years as an elected official for the Town of Fort Frances, including the last 12 at the helm, Mayor Glenn Witherspoon will be bid farewell tomorrow night at a roast and toast at La Place Rendez- Vous.
“I look forward to hear what people have to say. But they have to remember, I’ll have the mic last,” Mayor Witherspoon remarked earlier today.
“I don’t really know what to expect. But I do know it will be a great evening for everyone, a night of camaraderie, and stories.
“I guess it’s only a question of how many of those stories are true,” he laughed, adding he thanks in advance all those who’ve taken the time to plan the event.
Administrative assistant Loreen Holt, who’s been involved in organizing the roast and toast, said yesterday she’s expecting more than 120 people to attend.
Cocktails are at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7. The evening’s program will get underway after that.
Mayor Witherspoon announced back on July 21 that he wouldn’t be seeking a fifthconsecutive term.
After spending much of his time attending meetings and travelling across the region, province, country, and in some cases, abroad, Mayor Witherspoon said he now wants to concentrate on tending to his business interests as well as his family.
“After 18 years in municipal politics, including 12 years as mayor, which is the longest term as mayor in the town’s history, it’s time to step down,” he said at that time.
Mayor Witherspoon first was elected to council in December, 1985. He served two terms as councillor, then ran successfully for mayor in 1991.
He won three more terms, including once by acclamation in 1994.