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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 11, 2018

New sign-in/out procedure at Rainycrest

News
Press Release

Riverside Health Care has introduced a new sign-in/out procedure for all visitors and guests at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances, effective this past Monday (April 9).

The goal of the sign-in/out procedure is to identify as accurate records as possible of individuals present, enabling us to provide the best assistance in an emergency situation should the need arise.

Lucky winners in area

News
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

There has been two lucky winners in our area recently.

Gaby Emond won the 50/50 draw at the Emo Legion, pocketing $1,126.50.

Kelly Lengyl, meanwhile, won a trip to Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon during the Border Skating Club's annual ice show held at the Ice For Kids Arena in Fort Frances.

This trip for two is valued at $1,500.

Lake level adjusted

News
Press Release

The Water Levels Committee of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board has directed the operators of the international dam on the Rainy River at Fort Frances-International Falls to adjust the April water level target range for Rainy Lake.

Kenora resident seeking NDP nod

News
Duane Hicks

Kenora correctional officer Glen Archer put his name forward to vie for the NDP nomination in Kenora-Rainy River riding.

Archer, who filed his nomination papers in mid-February, was approved last week by the party's executive to run.

Now he's making his name known across the riding.

Service installation billing sent back for further review

News
Duane Hicks

It's back to the drawing board.

Town council on Monday night voted 3-2 against a recommendation to keep the current pricing method for the installation of sewer and water services for properties in Fort Frances, meaning the issue once again will be referred back to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for further review.

Plans in works for 'Pride Week' here

News
Duane Hicks

Fort Frances will join other communities in the region, and across Canada, in having its own “Pride Week” this summer.

Borderland Pride has asked council to formally declare the week of July 9-15 as “Pride Week” in the Town of Fort Frances.

Comics artist to visit

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Press Release

Alex A., author and illustrator, discovered his love for creating cartoon characters at the age of eight—and has been at it ever since.

His first graphic novel was published in 2011, “L'Agent Jean!”

The series now includes more than 10 books, and is adored by young readers in both Quebec and Ontario.

His books have sold more than 800,000 copies in Quebec alone.

Railway taxes up

News
Duane Hicks

The town will be getting more money from railway right-of-way property taxation this year—and will be asking the province to get an even higher rate if possible.

'Felons' wanted for annual fundraiser

News
Duane Hicks

Ever want to put someone you know behind bars and raise money for a good cause at the same time?

The Fort Frances Voyageur Lions are giving you that chance.

The club will hold its annual “Bail or Jail” fundraiser on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club, in conjunction with the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's Business and Community Expo.

Town to talk more with Resolute

News
Duane Hicks

The Town of Fort Frances is expecting to have a more open line of communication with Resolute Forest Products going forward.

Mayor Roy Avis wrote a letter to new Resolute CEO and president Yves Laflamme last month, and the company has been very responsive.

Gallery welcomes newest member

News
Duane Hicks

Kelly Big George is the newest artist at the Fine Line Art Gallery in Fort Frances.

While she's always had an interest in drawing, the Barwick resident only really started working with paint and other media recently but quickly has grown into an accomplished artist.

Science winners

District
Press Release

The Sunset Country Regional Science Fair was held Saturday at Fort Frances High School.

Students from the Rainy River District School Board, the Northwest Catholic District School Board, and the Keewatin Patricia District School Board took part.

Public board salutes staff, students

District
Sam Odrowski

The Rainy River District School Board shone a light on staff and students during its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday night at the Education Centre here.

Several teachers and public school employees were recognized for 25 years of service to the board.

They included Krista McNabb Williams, Greg McKat, Kent Kowalski, Al McManaman, and Josie McLeod.

RRCC hosting art show

District
Press Release

Art Department students at Rainy River Community College in International Falls are hosting a show on Wednesday, April 25.

The show is free and open to the public.

Students working in painting and ceramics in the Art Department at RRCC will be showcasing their work.

Artwork will be on display in the RRCC Theater Lobby from April 19-May 11.

District FN firefighters receive training

District
Submitted by
Shawn Brown
Fire Chief, RRFN

Seven district First Nations' firefighters recently graduated from the Six Nations fire training academy.

Fire departments from Rainy River First Nations, Naicatchewenin First Nation, Big Grassy First Nation, Eagle Lake First Nation, and Couchiching First Nation are working to improve their services in a bid to raise the number of volunteers and make their communities safer.

Woman given awards posthumously

District
Press Release

Henriette Verhoef, who passed away last Oct. 10, was honoured by receiving two awards from the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors at its annual general meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario on March 1.

The Northwest Regional Group of Ontario Land Surveyors in Northwestern Ontario nominated her for both these awards.

Driver charged

District
From the OPP

On April 7, the OPP's Provincial Communication Centre received a call of a male driver passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle on Highway 11 in Dawson Township.

An officer from the Rainy River detachment went to the scene and located the male.

As a result of the investigation, the male was arrested and transported to the Fort Frances detachment to provide breath tests.

Pair of fire trucks donated to district reserves

District
Sam Odrowski

Two district First Nations soon will be able to better serve their residents in the event of a fire-related emergency.

The Hamilton Fire Department recently received approval to donate two surplus fire trucks to Couchiching and Nigigoonsiminikaaning (Red Gut).

Each of the reserves will receive one 1997 Freightliner, featuring tanks with a capacity of more than 5,000 litres.

Fort High student helps shape policy on education equity

District
Sam Odrowski

A Fort Frances High School student attended a two-day conference March 22-23 in Toronto to mark the Minister's Student Advisory Council's 10-year anniversary.

Angie Redford was among the 60 students chosen to attend the conference, where students spoke about issues important to them while also learning about the impact MSAC has made since it was established in 2008.

EDBMHA awards

Sports
Staff

Hockey players of all ages took home awards at the Emo-Devlin-Barwick Minor Hockey Association's annual banquet held March 24.

Reed Booth received the Tony Bliss Appreciation Award for most improved player in the Novice division while Mya LePage was the recipient in Novice girls.

Mustangs qualify for state tourney

Sports
Staff

A great year so far for members of the Mighty Mustang youth wrestling program in International Falls just became a whole lot better.

Some wrestlers qualified for the Minnesota Jaycee's State Youth Wrestling Tournament, which is slated for this Friday and Saturday in Grand Rapids Mn.

Hunter nabbed by deer decoys

Sports
From the MNRF

A Nolalu-area man has been fined $6,500 for hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Steven Piilo pleaded guilty and was fined $3,500 for careless hunting, $1,500 for shooting from a vehicle, and $1,500 for hunting a white-tailed deer without a licence.

SIJHL names all-star teams

Sports
Staff

The SIJHL last week announced its first and second all-star teams for the 2017-18 season.

Hailey Clendenning was the lone Fort Frances Lakers' representative after she was selected to the second all-star team as a trainer/equipment manager.

Clendenning earned honours for her significant contributions in her first season with the Lakers.

Lakers looking for more character next season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was a tough season for the Fort Frances Lakers—and made even harder with a tough series loss to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in the SIJHL semi-finals.

The Lakers finished in fifth place during the regular season with a 15-32-3-6 record but put in a solid effort by taking down the fourth-place English River Miners 3-1 in the best-of-five quarter-finals.

Muskie 'birders' qualify for league finals

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was the members of the Muskie badminton teams who had local club experience that advanced to the NorWOSSA finals set for April 28 in Sioux Lookout.

Seven different Muskies finished within the top two in their divisions at a qualifier tournament last Thursday in Dryden.

FFGWHA hands out year-end awards

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association held its annual year-end banquet Sunday evening at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Gianna Gushulak nabbed the Larry Tucker Memorial Novice rookie-of-the-year award.

Here is a complete list of the winners from each team:

Cyclone put in 'Classic' showings

Sports
Staff

It's always nice to come home with some hardware when you have to travel several hours for a swim meet.

For five members of the Cyclone Swim Club, that's exactly what happened at the Northwest Narwhal Allstate Long Course Classic over the weekend at the Lakehead University pool in Thunder Bay.

Mixed title for Bonot

Sports
Staff

Trevor Bonot capped an excellent season by going undefeated en route to the title at the BrokerLink mixed provincial playdowns over the weekend in Nipigon.

The Stratton native, who joined forces with his sister, Jackie McCormick, as well as Mike McCarville and Angela Lee-Wiwcharyk for the tournament, opened play Thursday night with a 6-2 win over Nathan Lohnes (Fort William).

Graduating senior

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Duane Hicks

Graduating Dancemakers' student Raegen Woodgate danced with humour and flair to Marvin Gaye's “Let's Get It On" last Thursday evening during the "Magic of Motown.”

Autism walk

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Duane Hicks

Borderland residents proudly walked through downtown International Falls on Saturday during the International Falls Autism Support Group's third-annual National Autism Awareness Day Walk.

Eldridge dancing

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Duane Hicks

Brianna Eldridge danced solo to “I Who Have Nothing" last Thursday evening during the "Magic of Motown.”

'Magic of Motown'

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Duane Hicks

Angelina Spuzak, left, Cara Eluik, and Paige Happy were among the students who performed the Jackson Five's “I Want You Back" last Thursday evening during the "Magic of Motown,” Dancemakers School of Dance's annual spring dance recital. Friends and families packed the theatre for the roughly 90-minute show that featured 26 numbers in all. See more photos on page A5.

Dancing clowns

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Layla Hunter, left, Abigale Gibbons, and Olivia Dolph (above) danced to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' “Tears of A Clown" while at right, Sophie Calder, left, Gemma Perrault, Avery Lockman, and Bella Hunter performed "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" last Thursday evening during Dancemakers School of Dance's recital, "Magic of Motown,” at the Townshend Theatre.

That's entertainment

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Duane Hicks

To Be Determined Theatre Co. delighted a packed house at the Townshend Theatre last Tuesday evening with their performance of “The Wonderful World of Miss Jiggs," bringing to life Phoebe Gilman's most famous "Jillian Jiggs” stories. The play was the final show in the Kids & Company entertainment series for 2017-18, with information on its 2018-19 shows to be coming soon.

Blue outfits

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Duane Hicks

Lilith Scott, left, Georgia Sisco, Laila Barnard, and Layla Hunter danced to “Please Mr. Postman.”

Fine Line artist

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Duane Hicks

Kelly Big George, the newest member of the Fine Line Art Gallery co-op, showed off a couple of her paintings, which she has for sale at the Mowat Avenue gallery.

Art show entry

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Duane Hicks

Evelyn Barker carefully chose her next brushstroke last Wednesday while working on her painting for the upcoming spring art show at the Fine Line Art Gallery here. The theme this year is “Teal,” and artists who want to take part are reminded to get their blue-green coloured artwork into the gallery by the end of April.

Holding hands

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Jamie Mountain

Mackinnley McCormick, Marley Wrolstad, Mya McFarling, Emma Rea Pattison, and Bria McFarling were all birds of a feather while holding hands in performing to the “Rio" movie theme during the Border Skating Club's annual ice show, this year entitled "A Netflix Night,” held Saturday night and again Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena. See more photos on page B1.

Students saluted

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Sam Odrowski

J.W Walker students Sophia Black, centre, and Emma Bodnarchuk received the monthly Recognition of Excellence from the Rainy River District School Board last Tuesday evening. The award was given to the two students for their dedicated efforts in their school's production of “A Year With Frog And Toad” earlier this year.

Solo dancer

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Duane Hicks

Olivia Eldridge danceed to Mary Wells' “My Guy" as a solo number during the "Magic of Motown.”

Gender identity

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Sam Odrowski

Rainy River District School Board students in Grades 4-8 attended Roseneath Theatre's presentation of “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls” at the Townshend Theatre last Wednesday. The touring production aimed to educate students about gender identity, diversity, and equality.

'Welcome Home'

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Duane Hicks

The “Welcome Home" Fort Frances Family Centre is now open at 272 Scott St. (the old Bonnie Blue). The former Fort Frances Women's Centre moved over the weekend and re-opened its doors there as of Monday. The more downtown location provides ample room for drop-in centre services and programming, as well as "Melinda's Unique Boutique" and local vendors located there.

Itsy bitsy bikinis

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Duane Hicks

Aria Brady, left, Colby Bodnarchuk, and Aela Drombolis were among the youngsters who delighted the crowd of parents and other relatives with a cute performance of “Itsy Bitsy Tennie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” last Thursday evening.

FN firefighters

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Submitted

Sheldon Adams, left, Tyler Yatchuk, Matt Smith, Don Smith, Shawn Brown, Elias Bird, and Ryan Jack were among the class of 37 First Nations' firefighters who graduated recently from the Six Nations fire training academy.

Adult cloggers

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Duane Hicks

Samantha Korzinski, left, Mel McPherson, Missy McPherson, Tammy Ryll, and Mickenna Ryll clog danced to the Pointer Sisters' high-energy “Neutron Dance.”

High pass

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Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' forward Nick Lucas looked to flip a pass from the corner to linemate Jaedin Ness for a scoring chance during their squad's 6-3 win over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in Game 4 of their best-of-seven semi-final series Thursday night at the Ice For Kids Arena here.

Set to pounce

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Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' emergency replacement goalie Brendan Mallon looked to swallow up a puck quickly with his glove during the second period of his squad's 6-3 victory over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in Game 4 of their best-of-seven semi-final series Thursday night at the Ice For Kids Arena here. Mallon finished with 43 saves to earn the win.

Kneeling down

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The senior class of Reece MacNeil, Greta Fedoruk, Jenna Bailey, Abrianna Hasbargen, Erica Lemelin, Brooklin Hayes, Jordyn Seguin, Montana Plasky, Samantha Halliday, Awnley Jacobsen, Jillan Bilben, Halley Nugent, and Mya Scott-Thompson crouched down low during their “Across the Universe" number as part of the Border Skating Club's annual ice show, this year entitled "A Netflix Night,” held Satur

One

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Awnley Jacobsen performed gracefully and spun around beautifully as Rapunzel during the “Princesses” routine.

Ice show soloist

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Reece MacNeil leapt in the air while performing to the theme of “Breaking Dawn" from the "Twilight” movie series.