Town to show thanks for donations

While the opening ceremony for Phase II of the La Verendrye Parkway is slated for Canada Day, the Town of Fort Frances will take a little time this evening to thank the donors of trees, benches, as well as the Rainy Lake Mermaid for the La Verendrye Parkway and the big chair at Pither’s Point Park.
After a call for people to sponsor particular aspects of the waterfront project last summer, the town saw a positive response, with 21 individuals or groups coming forward to sponsor trees, which either were for the new portion of the parkway or to replace those that were damaged on the previously-completed part of the waterfront.
These sponsors included Martin and Sharon Tibbs, Holmlund Financial, Daisy McInnis, Nancy and Ken Koprowski, Felix, Gary, Rylee, Karl, and Blanche Blasky, Dr. Robert and Janet Algie, Abitibi- Consolidated, Mark and Sadie Kowalchuk, Bill, Heidi, Erin and Leigh Naturkach, Andrew, Natasha, and Dudley Doerr, Wiler Maloney Nelson-Barristers and Solicitors, Hugh and Robin Dennis, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Community.
Rounding them out were WJ Bowman Ltd, Hilderman Frank Thomas and Cram, Matthew, Graeme, and Hillary Morgan, Robert and Barbara Morgan, Bill Forster and Terri George, Fort Duty Free, Lawrence A. Eustace, and Tom and Rochelle Duchnicki Meanwhile, benches along the parkway were donated by the St.
Mary’s C.W.L., the Fasan Daughters, and Judy and Glenn Witherspoon.
North American Lumber pledged to make a base for and install the Rainy Lake Mermaid for the waterfront. The mermaid sculpture was made by Pam Hawley and Mark Faragher.
And the new big chair, which also will be revealed July 1 at Pither’s Point, is being made by North American Lumber, but was paid for by former resident Cal Muckle of Oshawa, Ont.
The grand-opening ceremony is slated for July 1 at 10 a.m. at the south end of Victoria Avenue.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting, which gets underway at 7:10 p.m. at the Civic Centre, includes:
•a presentation by the Chamber of Commerce regarding “Re- Inventing Fort Frances;”
•a centennial activities update by Pam Hawley, chair of the centennial celebration committee;
•a presentation of “Awards of Excellence” to Steve Latimer, coordinator of the youth justice program, and Brad Hebert, co-ordinator of the district Substance Abuse Prevention Team;
•a request for financial assistance from the Nor-West Animal Clinic for a veterinary hospital;
•a challenge from International Falls city council to play in an annual slo-pitch challenge, and a request to proclaim July 1-4 as “Sister City Days” and encourage residents to partake in both Canada Day and July 4 celebrations;
•a request for financial assistance from “Team Outland-Fort Frances” (this team will be undergoing a six-day survival challenge on Aug. 17-22 in Quetico Pro-vincial Park);
•a bylaw to provide for the use of alternative voting methods (vote by mail);
•a request from Tim Woods Jr.
for gifts from the mayor to bring to Bahrain, where he will be teaching Islamic and American Studies;
•a request from the Economic Development Advisory Committee regarding a memorandum of understanding with the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce and Rainy River Future Development Corp.; and
•a request from the Business Improvement Association to ap-point a representative to the municipal committee looking into a new Ontario Travel Centre here.
The committee of the whole will meet first at 5:30 p.m. downstairs at the Civic Centre.