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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 11, 2019

Board gathers input on Gr. 7/8 student move

Ken Kellar

The Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) is currently in the process of determining whether or not the Grade 7 and 8 students from Robert Moore school will join their peers at Fort Frances High School (FFHS).

The School Attendance Zone Review Committee held a public consultation Tuesday evening at the FFHS library.

Auxiliary gearing for 'Rockin' fundraiser

Submitted by
Janet Lambert

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary executive met on April 2 in the third floor meeting room.

Dixie Badiuk and Helene Cone are gearing up for “Rockin' for a Reason" which will take place on May 24 and 25 during the "Spring Market” at the curling rink. Pledge sheets will be mailed to auxiliary members in the near future.

Ojibwe language strategy launched

Press Release

Rainy River District School Board, Seven Generations Education Institute, and SayITFirst partnered to implement the Ojibwe Language Strategy Anishinaabemodaa in 2017, with the main goal of helping to awaken the language that has seen fewer and fewer speakers over time.



In a story on page A12 of yesterday's Times, it was incorrectly reported that New Gold had pledged a donation of $8,000 a year to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care specifically for doctor recruitment.

New Gold has in fact pledged to donate $40,000 a year toward doctor recruitment.

The Time apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Festival results


Vocal Division

(April 10)

Trio charged after warrant executed

From the OPP

On March 21, 2019 members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Community Street Crime Unit along with members of the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit and Treaty Three Police Service executed a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Fort Frances.

Muskie, Owl 'birders' qualify for NorWOSSA


The Muskie and Rainy River Owls badminton teams were able to have multiple players advance to the NorWOSSA championships based on their performance at a qualifying tournament yesterday in Atikokan.

Six Muskies were able to advance to next Wednesday's (April 17) competition in Dryden.

Festival singing


Isabelle Meeks, left, and Taryn Oster take some coaching from vocal adjudicator Dawn Bruch at Knox United Church during the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts last night. The drama categories will begin today and run through next week, with the final category, instrumental, running on April 25.

Water award


Charles Friday (Pwi-Di-Goo-Zing Ne-Yaa-Zhing Advisory Services), second from right, was named North Operator of the Year by the Aboriginal Water & Wastewater Association of Ontario during its 2019 conference and trade show in Thunder Bay in late January.

Hunter safety

Ken Kellar

Steve Sopotiuck quizzed a class taking the hunter safety course at the Sunset Country Métis Hall on Friday night. The course was offered free of charge along with the Canadian Firearm Safety Course to Métis citizens thanks to funding from the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

Signing up

Sam Odrowski

Fort High student Shallin Scott-MacNeil entered her name into a draw hosted by McDonald's during the job fair that was held in the school's gymnasium yesterday. Over 20 employers set up booths to provide students with information, accept resumes, and conduct on the spot interviews. Every class at Fort High participated in the job fair over the course of the day.

Fitness advice

Ken Kellar

Martin Paul, bottom left, of Olympia Sports Camp's outreach program ran an activity with St. Francis School students back on April 2 to see who could come up with the most unique trait a leader might possess.

Council votes to stop operating Elvis festival

The Canadian Press

Some Elvis fans are all shook up over an Ontario town's decision to stop running an annual festival devoted to the King of Rock n' Roll.

Councillors voted unanimously this week to discontinue the Collingwood Elvis Festival as a municipally operated event after this year's edition, which runs from July 26 to 28.

Child suicide attempts increasing: study

Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The rising number of children being taken to hospital for suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts is being described as a crisis, but Canadian data is too incomplete to measure the scope of the problem, a Montreal researcher who has studied the issue said.

Military shaves restrictions on ponytails for women

Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Canadian military isn't letting its hair down just yet, but for the first time, women in uniform will be allowed to wear ponytails.

Astronomers reveal first image of a black hole

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Humanity got its first glimpse yesterday of the cosmic place of no return: a black hole.

And it's as hot, as violent and as beautiful as science fiction imagined.

How safe is running a marathon? Heart doctors say it depends

Health & Wellness
By William J. Kole The Associated Press

BOSTON — It was the death heard ‘round the running world.

In July 1984, acclaimed author and running guru Jim Fixx died of a heart attack while trotting along a country road in Vermont. Overnight, a nascent global movement of asphalt athletes got a gut check: Just because you run marathons doesn’t mean you’re safe from heart problems.

Brain scans may reveal concussion damage in living athletes

Health & Wellness
By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press

Researchers may be closing in on a way to check athletes while they’re alive for signs of a degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to frequent head blows. Experimental scans found higher levels of an abnormal protein tied to the disease in a study of former National Football League players who were having mood and thinking problems.

Bozak lifts Blues over Jets in opener

Judy Owen
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Pat Maroon figures his grandfather was watching him from heaven when he set up Tyler Bozak's winning goal in the St. Louis Blues' 2-1 playoff victory over the Winnipeg Jets last night.

Mets take advantage of Twins' wild pitching

Ben Walker
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Jake Odorizzi was in complete control. He really was.

And then . . .

“It's not often you see something like that happen,” he said, much later.

Video evidence: Masters works to catch every shot on camera

By David Brandt The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Staid and tradition-driven Augusta National is suddenly on the cutting edge of technology.

The club that hosts the Masters isn’t particularly known for its embrace of the new. The club agonizes over the slightest change to its course layout. Etiquette is paramount. History is revered.

Rogers spends nearly half the $3.47 billion raised by wireless spectrum auction

By David Paddon The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Rogers Communications will spend $1.72 billion to acquire spectrum licences from the federal government, making it by far the biggest spender in a hard-fought auction that pitted Canada’s wireless companies against each other.

Which houses survived wildfire? Often, those built to code

By Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese The Associated Press

PARADISE, Calif. — The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna’s father sped away from their Paradise home.

“I thought, ‘Oh, well, the house is done,’” Oney Carrell said.

Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found

By Jim Gomez The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines — Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines said Thursday they plan more diggings and called for better protection of the popular limestone cave complex where the remains were unearthed.

Science fact: Astronomers reveal first image of a black hole

By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Humanity got its first glimpse Wednesday of the cosmic place of no return: a black hole.

And it’s as hot, as violent and as beautiful as science fiction imagined.

UK arrests WikiLeaks’ Assange at Ecuador embassy in London

By Danica Kirka The Associated Press

LONDON — British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday, after the South American nation decided to revoke the political asylum that had given him sanctuary for almost seven years.

Cherokee tribal writing inside Alabama cave finally decoded

The Associated Press

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Archaeologists and Cherokee scholars have collaborated to interpret tribal inscriptions written in an Alabama cave.

The inscriptions inside Manitou Cave near Fort Payne are evidence of the tribe’s syllabary, which the Cherokee scholar Sequoyah developed using symbols for each sound. It was formally adopted as the tribe’s official written language in 1825.

Study says cats react to sound of their name

Malcolm Ritter
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Hey Kitty! Yes, you. A new study suggests household cats can respond to the sound of their own names.

No surprise to you or most cat owners, right? But Japanese scientists said last week that they've provided the first experimental evidence that cats can distinguish between words that we people say.

Weekend will be warmer


Tonight will see snow at times with a low of minus-three C (27 F). Expect an additional accumulation of one to three inches of white stuff tonight.

Tomorrow will see periods of snow, with another one to three inches expected to accumulate. Expect a high of zero (32) and a low of minus-four (25).


Around Town

“Spring Fever Days” will run today through Saturday (April 11-13) in Emo. Be sure to check out the special supplement that was in this week's Times!