Friday, July 19, 2013

Kraft Celebration Vote Today

It's voting day.

Fort Frances Curling Club is seeking your support in a bid to host a leg of the Kraft Celebration Tour next month.

Mayor Roy Avis, who's a lifetime club member, says a victory over Dryden would be a boost to the entire community.

Avis credits the Club for its efforts in trying to rally the area around the initiative.

Avis says he called Dryden's Mayor Craig Nuttall to wish his community well, but is predicting a strong win for Fort Frances.

The on-line vote begins at 11 a.m. this morning, ending tomorrow at 11 a.m.

TSN's Jennifer Hedger, who will be part of the tour with Darren Dutchyshen, says it's easy to do by logging on to and voting as often as you can for Fort Frances.

The vote is open to anyone of any age and residents of United States and other countries are eligible to vote as well.

Those without computers can visit a variety of locations around Fort Frances to cast their votes.

Fort Frances Curling Club is opening up its club during the duration of the vote and will host a BBQ  beginning at 4 p.m.

Other voting locations are being set up at Boston Pizza, La Place Rendez Vous, Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, Fort Frances Library, McDonalds, Fort Frances Museum, NCDS, Lowrey's, From the Grind Up and Wilson's Business Solutions.

Log onto, or follow the links through the Club's website or our own website

The Go Local office in Fort Frances and Rainy River Future Development Corporation, are among those getting into the spirit

They're pledging to gain at least 10-thousand votes for Fort Frances.

The Go Local office is staying open late tonight for those without a computer and opening tomorrow from 8 to 11.

High school students can also earn volunteer hours by manning computers.

Call 274-9621 in advance to ensure space is available.

A win comes with a 25-thousand dollar cheque.

Curling Club president Ron Silver says it would help pay off the cost of a geothermal energy system installed last fall.

Silver says the system, costing in excess of a million dollars, has already helped save the club more than $26-thousand in energy costs in its first year.

Silver says when the system is fully paid off in about eight to ten years, the savings will go back into club  programs and keeping costs down for members.

Several Agencies Involved In Drug Bust

A Fort Frances man faces several charges following an investigation by several agencies including OPP, Health Canada, Kenora-Rainy River District Child and Family Services and the town of Fort Frances.

A police search of a home on the 11-hundred block of Kings Highway last Friday led to the discovery of  several drugs include morphine, oxycocet, fentanyl, methadone, cannabis resin and several marihuana plants.

Police also seized 12 firearms.

39-year-old Jeremy Johnson makes a court appearance August 26.

Youth Charged In Emo Drug Investigation

A male youth is now facing drug charges after OPP executed a search warrant on a parcel of property in the Emo area last month.

Twenty-one marijuana plants from three separate grow operations were discovered.

Police also seized marijuana stems, hash oil and firearms from a home.

The youth will appear in court August 26.

Fort Frances Pair Face Drug Charges

Two Fort Frances residents will be in court next month after OPP discovered a quantity of marijuana, cannabis resin, marijuana shake, drug paraphernalia and cash inside a home on Fourth Street West in Fort Frances.

The 49-year-old woman and 49-year-old man both face possession and trafficking charges.

AFN Responds To Nutritional Experiments

Canada's largest aboriginal group wants financial compensation for aboriginals who were the subject of nutritional experiments.

The  Assembly of First Nations approved a resolution at its annual meeting in Whitehorse.

It calls on the Harper government to apologize and make restitution to those affected by the experiments conducted during the 1940's.