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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - November 23, 2016

Christmas shopping

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Heather Latter

Timea Enge admired some of the Christmas snow globes available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts on Thursday evening during the annual “Girls’ Night Out” event on Scott Street. A number of downtown businesses participated in the promotion, with stores staying open until 8 p.m. and offering tax-free sales, as well as other discounts and deals, giveaways, refreshments, and draws.

Legal aid given boost

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Duane Hicks

The Northwest Community Legal Clinic is among the 11 Northern Ontario legal clinics that will benefit from an expansion to client services, enabling them to better help in matters involving senior and elder law, employment law, and Workplace Safety Insurance Board law.

Hopeful bidder

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Heather Latter

Gianna Gushulak had her sights set on a Barbie as she placed her bid during the “Spirit of Christmas” fundraiser at La Place Rendez-Vous on Sunday afternoon. Hosted by the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary, the event featured a silent auction, refreshments, a bake table, knitting table, and gently-used Christmas decor to purchase.

‘Spirit of Christmas’ revival a success

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Heather Latter

Despite a four-year hiatus, the “Spirit of Christmas” fundraising event was a success once again.

Organized this time by the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary, Sunday afternoon’s event at La Place Rendez-Vous raised roughly $6,000 to purchase much-needed items for the hospital.

Special presentation

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Joey Payeur

Fort Frances resident Paul Pirie, left, received the Louis Riel Medal from Sunset Country Métis Council president Clint Calder on behalf of the Métis Nation of Ontario during a ceremony at the Métis Hall last Wednesday as part of Louis Riel Day celebrations here.

Stratton school to remain open

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Heather Latter

The future of Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton has been determined—it will remain open.

Northwest Catholic District School Board trustees made the decision at their regular monthly meeting last week after receiving a report from Director of Education Rick Boisvert.

A recommendation to keep the school open was presented and the decision was unanimous.

Sprawled out

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Joey Payeur

Fort Frances Bantam ‘AA’ Canadians’ goalie Jaden Cooper took the low road while trying to stop Jaxon Germain of the International Falls Broncos, with blueliner Alex Krassey trying to help out his netminder, during the first period of the gold-medal game in the Canadians’ home tournament Sunday at the Ice For Kids Arena.

New program offered here aims to help abusive men

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Heather Latter

The Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin program—or “I Am a Kind Man” program—is a new initiative being offered by the United Native Friendship Centre here to work with men who are abusive to their partners.

Buddy Loyie, who was hired about a month ago as the Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin worker, understands the problem of men’s violence and abuse against women in aboriginal communities.

Local sitting on NOSM board

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Heather Latter

Lori Flinders recently was appointed to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) board of directors.

The director of Behavioural Health Services with Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services, Flinders is thrilled to sit on the board for the next two years.

Rainy River CIBC to close doors in May

District
Duane Hicks

The CIBC will be closing its banking centre in Rainy River on May 5 and moving clients over to its Emo branch.

But at least one west-end resident is steaming about the decision and urging other CIBC clients to voice their displeasure.

“I don’t like it,” said Shirley Larsen, who lives just south of Bergland and has been a CIBC customer for more than 50 years.

Muskies on the radar of new coach for Voyageurs

Sports
Joey Payeur

Erin Shikowsky professes to liking challenges—and she isn’t shying away from the big one that now faces her.

Shikowsky recently was hired as the head coach for the Rainy River Community College Voyageurs women’s hockey team, replacing Jeff Wickstrom, who stepped down due to serious health issues involving his heart.

Muskie girls open with sweep

Sports
Joey Payeur

The Muskie girls’ hockey team began its march towards a possible fourth-straight NorWOSSA title with a two-game sweep of the host Sioux Lookout Warriors last week.

After opening the regular season with a 12-1 thrashing on Thursday night, Fort High capped the road trip with a 7-1 win Friday.

Stratton siblings fuel charge to ‘worlds’

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Joey Payeur

It’s a little over 7,000 km from where it all began for Trevor Bonot and Jackie McCormick to where they’re heading next fall.

Getting the chance to experience the trip together is something they wouldn’t have any other way.