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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - August 31, 2016

Kiss from mom

Photos
Heather Latter

Onalee Derksen gave her daughter, Rylie, a goodbye kiss yesterday morning outside of St. Michael’s School as the four-year-old headed to her very first day of school. Elementary and high school students across the district headed back to class to kick off the 2016-17 school year.

Tickets now on sale for ‘Mobsters & Dames’ gala

News
Duane Hicks

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s Special Events committee can’t wait to transport you back to the 1920s—when mobsters ruled the streets and (thanks to Prohibition) speakeasies were the “bee’s knees.”

Tickets just have gone on sale for its annual fall gala, this year entitled “Mobsters and Dames,” which will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Professionals shouldn’t need to get business licences: lawyer

News
Duane Hicks

Should lawyers, doctors, dentists, and other professionals need business licences from the town when they already are licensed by their respective governing bodies?

Local lawyer Clare Brunetta doesn’t think so—and made that point clear during an open house on the draft business licence bylaw last Wednesday afternoon at the Civic Centre.

New digs

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Heather Latter

Kyle Thomson worked with a group of students from his Grade 7 French class yesterday afternoon at Fort Frances High School as the 2016-17 school year kicked off across the district. The former J.W. Walker students happily were settling into their new location—a designated section of Fort High.

Huffman lots moving fast

News
Duane Hicks

Sales of the housing lots at the new Huffman Court subdivision here have achieved a newfound momentum, with only seven of the 16 still available.

Lot sales had been slow over the past couple of years but that has turned around in recent months.

“It’s exciting,” town clerk Lisa Slomke enthused last week.

Teachers, board pleased deal reached

News
Heather Latter

After many months of intense negotiations, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 5B and Rainy River District School Board reached a tentative agreement late last week.

Both parties seem pleased with the outcome.

“You can’t get everything you want—that’s bargaining,” noted local OSSTF president Kent Kowalski.

Emo deck

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Dave Ogilvie

Thanks to all the Emo and District Lions—and one relative—who came out to help build the Lions Clubs International Anniversary project: an observation deck opposite the Golden Age Manor. It is hoped this gift to the community will be well-used by residents for many years to come.

‘Ride for Memories’ a success

District
Staff

The 14th-annual “Ride for Memories” and poker derby was a success yet again Saturday, raising more than $36,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts.

A total of 152 riders participated in this year’s ride, with many hailing from Fort Frances, Dryden, and Kenora.

Art therapy taken to next level

District
Duane Hicks

The essence of art therapy lies in helping participants imagine new possibilities for change and implement different ways of engaging their world.

Hard slide

Photos
Joey Payeur

Chad Smith of the Couchiching Raiders had second base on his priority list—whether Daymond Morrisseau of Windey’s Warriors was in his path or not—on this steal attempt during the Raiders’ 5-1 victory last Tuesday (Aug. 23) at the Rodrick and Telford Bruyere Ball Field.

Oleksiak inspiring to swimmers

Sports
Joey Payeur

The extraordinary accomplishments of Canada’s newest Olympic heroine were not lost on Cassidy Roach.

The swimming exploits of 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak of Toronto, winner of four medals at the recent Summer Olympic Games in Rio, captured the attention of the nation.

Emo duo nabs second title at Falls’ tourney

Sports
Emily Gedde
The Journal
International Falls

A rowdy crowd under the big tent at Smokey Bear Park fell silent Saturday as the final two teams of the International Falls Bass Championship held their breath waiting for a winner to be announced.

To the right of IFBC president Gary Potter stood Nathan Brigham and Brett Meyers of Emo, the 2013 champs who came into Saturday’s final weigh-ins at the top of the leaderboard.

District team earns split at all-Ontarios

Sports
Joey Payeur

It was the equivalent of a grade school team thrown together at recess heading out to play against the American League East division.

Considering how it might have turned out, Chris Jack was more than happy with how things unfolded.

Training camp arrives for Lakers

Sports
Joey Payeur

Wayne Strachan doesn’t approach each season as though he is rebuilding, but reloading.

And the ammunition he’s chosen the past three seasons has been the most powerful in the SIJHL.

Cheesy restaurant dishes may soon cost more

Business
By Aleksandra Sagan The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Restaurateurs are crying foul over a second industrial milk price increase this year, set to take effect Thursday, which they say will likely lead to higher food prices for Canadians.

The quest to end lost airline luggage

Life
By Scott Mayerowitz The Associated Press

LINTHICUM, Md. — Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit.

As each suitcase climbs up the conveyor belt into the plane, a small computer verifies that it actually belongs on that flight. If one bag didn’t, a red light would flash and the belt would stop until somebody acknowledges the mistake and reroutes the luggage.

A corny tribute: Red Sox slugger immortalized in corn maze

Life
The Associated Press

STERLING, Mass. — Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.

Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: “I love corn.”

Settlement forces US to decide whether 9 species endangered

Science
By Matthew Brown The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. government agreed Tuesday to decide over the next several years if federal protections are needed to help a small, fanged predator of the Northern Rockies, massive alligator snapping turtles in the South and seven other troubled species that in some cases have awaited action for years.