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‘Royal’ visitor makes whirlwind stop here

Lt.-Gov. Hilary M. Weston made a whirlwind visit to Fort Frances last Thursday, the second-last stop on her tour of Northern Ontario.

Joined by her husband, Galen, and daughter, Alannah, Lt.-Gov. Weston visited a day care centre at Couchiching, listened to drums at the United Native Friendship Centre here, and toured the rehabilitation department at La Verendrye hospital.

Fort High Welcomes new teachers

Grade nine students, and those who have transferred from other schools, weren’t the only newcomers at Fort High this morning.

Five new teachers have joined the staff at the high school for the 1997-98 school year. There will be 74 full-time teaching staff there this year, down one from last year.

The ‘measure’ of success

It has been quite the summer experience for 20-year-old Melissa Bond of Fort Frances, who has been working for the Abitibi-Consolidated paper mill here as a co-op civil engineer since the first week in May.

The dedicated student to the field of engineering had opted to spend her summer back here to complete a co-op work term

Ballot gaming question may come too late

Putting a gaming question on November’s municipal election ballot may be too late since the province aims to have a number of the permanent charitable gaming sites up and running by the end of the year.

Ab Campion, a spokesman for the Ontario Gaming Commission, said yesterday the contracts are slated to be signed with the successful proponents around the middle of next month.

Man cycling to fight apathy

In a crusade against uncaring, a 33-year-old Manicouagan, Qué. man plans to spend the next three years biking around North and South America.

Michael Champagne’s mission is to raise awareness of the needy and the homeless. And his message is simple—please donate to local goodwill organizations, such as the Fort Frances Salvation Army.