Important Announcements

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Signs Coming to Downtown Fort Frances

Excerpt from Fort Frances Times
By Duane Hicks, Staff writer

Photo courtesy of
Fort Frances Times
A Fort Frances Power Corp. crew has been busy this week taking down winter decorations from lampposts along Scott Street to make way for new banners purchased by the Downtown BIA.  Downtown BIA chair Connie Cuthbertson said yesterday that the new banners, which the BIA commissioned local artist Lindsay Hamilton to create, should be installed by the end of the month.

The banners have been cut from metal, and have a finish applied to them to give them colour and texture. 
“I am quite excited,” enthused Cuthbertson.  The images depicted on the banners range from cattails and mosquitoes to blackbirds, blue jays, and even a black bear up a tree.
“It’s like the flora and fauna of our region, depicting where it is we are from, and wave that flag, so to speak,” Cuthbertson remarked.
“We are proud of where we’re from,” she added. “We have so much here that we can offer outside people that we don’t even realize how lucky we are to be living where we are.

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Bonnie Blue set to change hands

Excerpt from Fort Frances Times
By Duane Hicks

The name "Bonnie Blue" won't be seen on Scott Street in the near future as the business will be changing hands as of March 31st.
Barb Stainke, who has operated the business since 1999, said it will be leased by Mike Schmid of Sunset Supplements.  And while it still will be a lottery and movie outlet, with possible expansion to other areas down the road, it will be under a new name.  
Stainke decided to leave the business because she would like to spend more time with her family, and has minor health problems that need to be dealt with.  She said she'll miss the day-to-day interaction with her customers.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Volunteers Needed....

Annual Alzheimer Charitable Dinner

Annual Alzheimer Charitable Dinner
"Spring Reflections"
Saturday, March 24, 2012
La Place Rendezvous
6:00 pm Cocktails
6:30 pm Dinner

Dinner * Entertainment * Silent Auction
Tickets $65 or $520 (table of 8)
$35 charitable tax receipt

To purchase your tickets, please call 1.800.682.0245, order online at or at Northwoods Gallery

Help make a difference in the lives of those affected by Alzheimer's disease

***Alzheimer (Kenora/Rainy River Districts)***

Birdie & Company

Tracy Gibson presents:

Coming this April, a two-act comedy entitled "Birdie & Company".
A dinner theatre at La Place Rendezvous on April 19th, 20th, 21st.
Tickets will be on sale at La Place Rendezvous beginning March 20, 2012 and cost $40.00 each.

Monday, March 05, 2012

2012-2013 Memberships

The Board of Directors appreciates your interest in the future of the Rainy River District and the RRFDC.  Therefore, we are reminding you that your current membership will expire on
March 31st, 2012.

RRFDC memberships for 2012/2013 can be purchased from our office for $5.00, in person or by mail.

RRFDC will be holding its Annual General Meeting on
June 13, 2012 (watch for details coming soon). 
In order to vote at that meeting, you must be a paid member by June 3, 2012
(10 days prior to the meeting). 

There will be three (3) Board of Director positions open for election, and we will be looking for people interested in serving on our Committees.

RRFDC always welcomes new members.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in being a part of our membership, please feel free to pass this information on or have them contact the office.

If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the membership information package, please feel free to contact the office.

Rainy River Future Development Corporation
608 Scott Street, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 1H6

Tel: (807) 274-3276
Fax: (807) 274-6989

Friday, March 02, 2012

Hire a Student

This summer consider hiring a student.  You can tap into a source of motivated, talented and energetic young people who are ready and willing to work, while at the same time; provide your business with extra help to get the job done.

The Provincial Government is investing in student employment in Northern Ontario through the Summer Jobs Service program delivered by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.  The Summer Jobs Service can help you by providing a $2.00 subsidy per hour incentive to hire young people.

You can receive funding of up to a maximum of 560 hours per position, for example, 35 hours per week for 16 weeks at $2.00 per hour.  Subsidized placements must not begin before April 1, 2012 and must not extend past September 30, 2012.  There is no minimum number of weeks.  Students must be between the ages of 15 and 30 upon commencement of employment.

We invite you to participate in the Summer Jobs Service initiative.  Application forms can be found on our website:

You can fill out the application online and submit it by e-mail.  You also have the option to print your completed application and submit it to your local Ministry of Northern Development and Mines office by fax, mail, or drop off.   Please submit your application before April 30, 2012.

If you would like a paper version of the application form, please contact the Northern Development Office nearest to you and one will be faxed or mailed.  If you require further information, please do not hesitate to call.  

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Workshops for March

1st      Common Business Mistakes        10-12 pm
          and How to Avoid Them
7th      Cash Flow is King                        1-3 pm
8th      Business Opportunities                1-3 pm
13th     Your Business Plan                     1-4 pm
          Getting Started

15th      Basics of Exporting                      1-3 pm 
21st     GST/HST Seminar                      12:30-3:30 pm
22nd    Developing Proposals                  1-3 pm
27th     Your Business Plan                     1-4 pm