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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - December 22, 2016

Legion ladies planning gala

Press Release

The local Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary met Dec. 14, with 45 members braving the cold.

Four tickets were purchased for the Alzheimer’s dinner being held Jan. 21.

A donation was made to the Voyageur Lions’ Club’s annual “Polar Plunge” on New Year’s Day, with a group of girls to plunge in support of the Legion branch (brrrrr).

R.I.D.E. working

From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP has completed more than 160 R.I.D.E. checks between Nov. 27 and Dec. 22.

Officers have laid four impaired driving charges and issued three three-day driver’s licence suspension.

Two people also were arrested on outstanding warrants while several drivers were charged under the Highway Traffic Act during that span.

Missing man found safe

From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP located a male from the Fort Frances area safe and sound here late yesterday morning.

Thomas Roen Sr., 49, had been last seen Sunday in town.

The OPP wishes to thank the public for their assistance.

Outage was brief


A brief power outage yesterday was caused by a Hydro One equipment malfunction.

Hydro One took the transmission circuit supplying Fort Frances out of service at 11:06 a.m.

It was put back into service at 11:13 a.m.—a seven-minute outage.

Muskie girls beat Eagles

Joey Payeur

Annalise (CC) Hayes had one goal two weeks ago against the Dryden Eagles—and had a narrow miss on a second in the final seconds that could have tied things up.

She wasn’t leaving anything to chance on Tuesday.

Hayes netted a hat trick and added an assist as the Muskies dumped the host Eagles 5-1.

Junior spikers lone winners


It was the only win of the day for the visitors but it was an emphatic one.

The Muskie junior girls’ volleyball team swept the host Dryden Eagles 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, and 25-20) in NorWOSSA action yesterday.

Fort High (1-1) had dropped its home-opener to Dryden (3-1) eight days earlier in a hard-fought, five-set loss.

‘Booming’ sound

Joey Payeur

The Grade 5-6 class at Crossroads School in Devlin opted for the unusual musical route as it performed “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” using boomwhackers during “A Crossroads Christmas,” the school’s annual holiday concert held last night. The evening also featured piano songs, spoken-word pieces, dance numbers, and a slideshow.

Gingerbread houses

Heather Latter

Kaylyn Levesque, left, and Avery Sinclair got started decorating their gingerbread houses in the gym at St. Francis School here Tuesday as the whole school came together to take part in the fun Christmas activity.

A Choral Christmas

Heather Latter

Members of the local singing group Bel Canto, including Connie Schwartz, left, Lisa Ogden-Latimer, Renee Martin-Brown, Rita Moorhouse, Amy LaFroy, and Kathy Mueller, performed “A Choral Christmas,” along with the Fort Frances Youth Ensemble yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library.

Picking toy

Heather Latter

Matthew Strickland, along with his friends from J.W. Walker School, picked out a toy to purchase for the “Adopt-an-Angel” campaign put on by Kenora-Rainy River Child and Family Services. The Grade 4 students from Brad Hill’s class raised money from popcorn sales to shop for two “angels,” as well as to help supplement some of the other gifts.

Snickers maker criticizes industry-funded paper on sugar


NEW YORK — Mars Inc., the maker of Skittles and M&M’s, is breaking ranks with other food companies and denouncing an industry-funded paper that says global recommendations on limiting sugar are based on weak evidence.

The paper drew criticism this week because it was paid for by a group whose members include Coca-Cola, Hershey, Red Bull and Oreo cookie maker Mondelez.

China says it will co-operate with Trump but warns on Taiwan

By Gerry Shih The Associated Press

BEIJING — China warned Thursday that ties with the U.S. will likely see new complications and the only way to maintain a stable relationship is by respecting each other’s “core interests.”

Scandal strikes at ancient Order of Malta over ex-chancellor

The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has named a high-powered commission of inquiry to investigate a scandal involving the former grand chancellor of the Order of Malta, the Catholic religious order that dates from the medieval Crusades.

In Ukraine, more evidence of a hacking group’s Kremlin ties

By Tami Abdollah The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — For those searching for stronger evidence of Russia’s connection to the hack of the Democratic National Committee, the tale of an infected Ukrainian Android cellphone app may help, according to a cybersecurity firm.

Happy birthday to Colo: Oldest gorilla in US turns 60

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — She is a mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12 and great-great-grandmother of three. She recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumour, but doctors say she’s doing well.

She’s Colo, the nation’s oldest living gorilla, and she’s turning 60 on Thursday at the Columbus Zoo.

Pope in Christmas speech blasts Vatican resistance to reform

By Nicole Winfield The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday denounced the “hidden” resistance he’s encountering in reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, saying some of it is inspired by the devil and that the prelates who work for him must undergo “permanent purification” to serve the Catholic Church better.

Let five-spice powder turn a ‘blah’ chicken into warm spice

By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Eating healthy on a budget and tight schedule means the boneless skinless chicken breast makes frequent appearances on our dinner table. It’s a smart choice as a lean protein one cup of cubed chicken breast has a whopping 43 grams of protein yet only 5 grams of fat (fewer than 2 of those are saturated).