Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Council Supports Kraft Celebration Tour Bid

Fort Frances Council is throwing its support behind the Fort Frances Curling Club and its bid in the Kraft Celebration Tour.

Mayor Roy Avis is encourages everyone in the region back the bid as well.

Council has agreed to help promote the upcoming July 19 vote on the town's website and is temporarily waving its sign-by law to allow the club to display posters around town.

New Fees For Sunny Cove Camp

Fort Frances Council has given approval to a lower fee at  Sunny Cove Camp.

Groups wanting to use camp's facilities for only a few hours will be charged $75 for half day use or $125 for the full day.

The new fees were a recommendation of an advisory committee who suggested they may attract more users to the facility.

Dragon Boats Secure Funding

Organizers of a Dragon Boat Club in Fort Frances have secured funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says Northern Community Development Services is getting $52-thousand  to assist in the club's formation.

The club genesis comes out of two successful dragon boat festivals.

Student Run Business Gets Provincial Support

A Fort Frances student has launched his own company with help from a provincial program aimed at promoting youth entrepreneurship.

Tanner Bell is operating "Social Torch Media," a social-media based business, after his business proposal was accepted by the Summer Company program.

It's just one of three in the Kenora and Rainy River districts to be accepted.

Bell receives a grant to start his business and an additional bursary if it proves to be successful.

Firefly To Benefit From Foundation Gift

A regional children's agency is receiving some support from a Kenora-based foundation.

Firefly's board chair Jackie Mitchell says the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation has set up a 50-thousand dollar endowment fund to offer funding for various program.

Mitchell says donations towards the fund through the foundation can also be made as well.

Chares Laid In Weekend Stand Off

A Fort Frances man has now been charged in connection with a weekend stand-off with OPP.

33 year old Bobby Joe Wilson remains in custody until Friday after making a brief appearance in court today.

He was arrested after a 13-hour stand-off in Fort Frances ended peacefully

Police were dealing with a call outside a First Street East Home earlier that morning when they say a man refused to obey their orders and went inside where a gun was fired.

The incident forced the evacuation of residents nearby while additional OPP resources were brought in to help bring the situation.