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Moffat funding doled out

The Salvation Army received the lion’s share of the town’s Moffat Family Fund allotment for 2012, getting $8,000 to provide disadvantaged families with back-to-school supplies for their school-aged children.

The Salvation Army means to purchase school supplies such as notebooks, binders, pencil crayons, pens, pencils and backpacks with the funds provided.

Scheme may have impact on cattle sales

Local producers are concerned about a cattle fraud scheme that possibly could impact sales at the Stratton sales barn.

A story in the Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times in Stonewall, Man. last Monday noted Ronald Samuel Way, 50, of Orangeville, Ont. had been charged with multiple counts of false pretences in a cattle fraud scheme that totals more than $600,000 in bunk payments.

Health unit to move in Kenora

Effective Monday, July 30, Northwestern Health Unit services no longer will be offered at 21 Wolsley St. in Kenora.

CEO Mark Perrault is looking forward to welcoming clients at the new address (210 First St. N.) on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

“This move puts us closer to the heart of downtown Kenora, in a more visible and convenient location,” he noted.

Grant offsets tuition costs

Since the January launch of the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant, 200,000 post-secondary students have received money back to help offset their tuition costs.

Students in a university or college degree program received $800 while those in college diploma and certificate programs received $365 towards the winter semester.

This fall, they will receive $1,680 and $770, respectively.

Council asked to buy into idea for ‘market square’

Council will start looking at whether the town should buy the old Rainy Lake Hotel and move ahead with partners to develop the property into a “market square.”

During a presentation by Rainy River Future Development Corp. consultant Tannis Drysdale at Monday night’s meeting, she noted the Rainy Lake Hotel Advisory Committee would like to see council do the following:

Have your say on budget: MPP

Local MPP Sarah Campbell is urging groups and individuals impacted by the 2012 Ontario budget to have their say.

As a result of ongoing budget negotiations, the Ontario NDP caucus successfully pushed for public hearings on the document, which was presented in March.

Hearings will be held June 6-8 and June 11-12.

Border exemptions set to jump

Starting June 1, Canadians shopping in the U.S. and elsewhere will be able to bring a greater value of goods duty- and tax-free back over the border.

But those people should read the new exemptions carefully to familiarize themselves as to how much they can bring back.

As of June 1, personal exemptions will be as follows: