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Until then!

Well I have finally made it "Until then!"
28 years ago this December 31st I began my career at the Record as Managing Editor. My very first story was covering the toll being removed from the international bridge!
Almost every week since then I have written Ken's Korner.
Sometimes it has an editorial edge to it, but for the most part it has been about life in general... mostly my life.
Every week I signed off with "Until then, Ken" not ever knowing when "Until then" would be. Well now I know... it is this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Relief from high power rates promised

News Release Ont. Govt. As part of its balanced plan to build Ontario up and help people in their everyday lives, the Ontario government intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would rebate an amount equal to the provincial portion of the HST on residential, farm and small business electricity bills as of January 1, 2017. Rural electricity ratepayers would receive additional relief and commercial, institutional and industrial ratepayers would also benefit from lower electricity costs.

Publisher's Pen: Volunteerism

There is a sign that is posted somewhere in Fort Frances that says Volunteerism is the rent we pay for living in a great community. I am regularly reminded of this quiet saying that Mohammad Ali originally spoke as I look throughout the district at all the projects that continue to benefit the residents of the district. Read more...

Town hall on electoral form held in FF

MP Don Rusnak invited residents of Thunder Bay—Rainy River to participate in a town hall discussion as part of the national public consultation on Canadian federal electoral reform. Federal electoral reform is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to strengthen Canadian democracy. The Government has committed that 2015 would be the last federal election under the current first-past-the-post electoral system. Read more...

Publisher's Pen: Summer months gone in record time

We are heading into the last long weekend of our summer. As I get a little bit older, summers become shorter and shorter. It feels like we only opened the cabin a few short weeks ago at the end of April. The parking lot at the boat landing has fewer cars as many of our American friends have returned home with school already underway. Read more

Stewardship Youth Rangers have successful summer

(L-R) Rangers Anika Beaudry, Andrew Loney and Michael Drouin build a “beaver baffler” at Mitaanjigamiing First Nation.

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Agri-News: Managing pasture productivity in fall

Late summer is not the time to neglect your pastures.  How you manage your pastures during this period will affect the productivity for the remainder of this year and next. Extending the grazing season until Christmas is an achievable goal for anyone, but there are a few important late season forage management steps to follow if you want to achieve this. Read more

Gardening Guru: Growing orchids indoors

Many years ago Canadians were only able to see orchids if they visited a flower store or took a vacation in the tropics. Orchids belong to one of the oldest genus of plants, with an estimated 30,000 species worldwide. Even the forests of the Rainy River District, are home, to over 10 species but they are not as large and showy as the modern cultivars recently bred for home growing in North America. Read more

Legion Chat: Thanks students!

By President Walter Wagner It is that time to acknowlede the efforts of the students who manned, the Tourist Centre and the Rail Museum. The Legion is very grateful for the weeding and watering you have done for our flower beds and surrounding area. Your efforts are there for all to see. Read more...

Publisher's Pen: Students need to use the world as their classroom

Schools will be starting soon. Some parents will experience worry as their first youngster walks out the front door and boards a waiting school bus. It is a passage of time. Almost a decade later, that group will move on to high school and parents will suddenly realize that their children are growing and quickly will disappear in just a short time from home. All too soon, those children who boarded that school bus are now being loaded into the family car and are off to university dorms.

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