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Town ranks high for life-saving programs

By Duane Hicks, Staff writer
Fort Frances Times Ltd.

The Town of Fort Frances has been recognized for its water safety programs, placing 10th in the Lifesaving Society’s M.G. Griffiths Cup.
The Cup is awarded to the Ontario municipality with the largest life-saving program in a community with a population under 10,000.
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At Monday night’s council meeting, Coun. Andrew Hallikas congratulated aquatic director Leanna Moffitt and her staff for the good work.
“There’s many, many small communities under 10,000 in Ontario, and for Fort Frances to be ranked in the top 10 is a real achievement,” he said.
Coun. Hallikas noted while the town didn’t come in first, many of the other small communities in the top 10 are in southern Ontario and surrounded by a much denser population.
“So for us here in the north to even break the top 10 is a real achievement,” he stressed.
“This standing is a reflection of the conscientious efforts of your aquatic staff,” Wendy Mahony, member services director for the Lifesaving Society, stated in a letter to the town.
“Please accept our congratulations and thank them for their work in providing drowning prevention education,” she added.

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