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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 24, 2019

Same-day mental health appointments on offer

News
Ken Kellar

A new program in Fort Frances is hoping to offer a vital service to those in need.

Riverside Community Counselling, in collaboration with the Family Health Team at the Fort Frances Clinic, began offering same-day mental health services to those who are experiencing acute mental health situations at the beginning of this month.

New exhibit on climate change opens

News
Ken Kellar

Fort Frances Museum curator Sherry George says their new exhibit is long past due.

“It was time to do something around climate change,” she explained to the Times yesterday.

“We all know something about it, but I think we dont see a whole lot in the newspapers or, you know, just on the world stage,” adedd George.

'Life Skills' nursery station to enhance Rainycrest's dementia care programming

News
Staff

Long-term care communities are always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for their residents. “Life Skills” stations offer an opportunity to engage those who face the daily challenges of an Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis.

OPSEU touring region, worried about proposed autism changes

News
Ken Kellar

A convoy of concerned voices is currently making its way through Northwestern Ontario.

Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), along with some parents of autistic children, were in Fort Frances yesterday in an attempt to reach the ear of MPP Greg Rickford.

Town, bands to work together

News
Sam Odrowski

Litigation over Point Park could soon be a topic of the past with both town council and Agency One bands optimistic about a positive working relationship going forward.

Second newcomer event here lauded

News
Staff

Moving to a new community can be difficult, especially when immigrating there from another part of the world.

To assist those who are new to Fort Frances get better acclimated to the community, the Valley Adult Learning Association (VALA) hosted their second official “Newcomer Meet and Greet” at the Plaza Lanes bowling alley here last Friday.

Library faces reduction in services

News
Sam Odrowski

Those who utilize the Fort Frances Public Library, as well as the libraries in Emo and Rainy River, will now have less services available to them.

The Ontario Library Service (OLS) is responsible for many of the services the local library provides and the province announced a 50 percent cut to its funding earlier this month.

Borealis Bards to present 'Room to Act 5'

News
Press Release

Dinner theatre returns to the stages of Backus Community Center this Saturday (April 27) when the centre's own Borealis Bards theatre troupe presents the fifth annual “Room to Act.”

Once again guests will be served a gourmet dinner followed by a wide-ranging selection of short plays and monologues.

Family-style restaurant set to open soon

News
Sam Odrowski

The option to eat at a “family-style” restaurant will soon be available to those dining in town.

The old Pizza Hut building on King's Highway is being converted into the “Neighbours Modern Diner” and is set to officially open its doors in June.

New licence plates, driver's licences on the way

News
Press Release

Ontario's Government for the People is introducing updated personal and commercial licence plates along with a new driver's licence design that reflects a renewed government promise to put people first in everything it does.

Multiplication effect on the region's economy explored

District
Press Release

The Northern Policy Institute's latest report, entitled “Income and Employment Multipliers for 20 Industries in 11 Census Divisions in Northern Ontario,” by author Dr. B. Moazzami, provides accurate and reliable estimates of income and employment multipliers.

Business expo set for this weekend

District
Sam Odrowski

Businesses and entrepreneurs from across the district and surrounding area will be taking over the Fort Frances Curling Rink this Friday and Saturday for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's Business and Community Expo.

'Education Week' to be at Crossroads

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

“Education Week” takes place at Crossroads School May 6-10 this year. Staff and students have been busy planning the Crossroads Block Party this family fun event will be from 5-7:30 p.m.

The Street Eats Venders will be open from 5-6 p.m. Hoping everyone can be ready for activities starting at 6 p.m.

The theme this year is “Full Steam ” ahead.

First cattle sale a boon to local farmers, businesses

District
Ken Kellar

The Rainy River District is gearing up for the first cattle sale of the season.

The sale is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday (April 27) at the sales barn in Stratton.

Workshop sheds light on methamphetamine use

District
Sam Odrowski

Methamphetamine use has increasingly become an issue in the district over the last half decade.

To better educate those in professions that routinely come into contact with meth users, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) hosted two half-day workshops at La Place Rendez Vous last Monday.

'Spikeball' coming to Fort High

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It's a sport the whole community can gather around and it will be making its way to the district in the near future.

The Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students at Fort Frances High School are planning on holding a “try day" on April 30 to introduce the sport of "spikeball” to Fort High students and the community at large.

Muskie, Owl 'birders' ready to take on NWOSSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

There will be a distinct Rainy River District flavour at the NWOSSAA badminton championships today in Thunder Bay.

Both the Muskies and Rainy River Owls had 'birders' qualify after finishing within the top two in their respective divisions at the NorWOSSA finals last Wednesday in Dryden.

Minor hockey coach nabs honour

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Hard work and dedication has paid off handsomely for a district minor hockey coach.

Jamie Booth—who was head coach of both the Emo Express PeeWee 'AA' Affiliate and Emo Express PeeWee Green and assistant coach for the Emo Express Novice Green

SIJHL's Annelin nabs award

Sports
Press Release

The SIJHL announced Sunday that its director of communications, Tom Annelin, has been named the 2018-19 recipient of the prestigious Gary Cook Memorial Award.

This distinguished honour is presented annually by the SIJHL to an individual in recognition of their efforts, commitment, and contributions to the league.

Moose management being reviewed

Sports
Press Release

The Ontario government is working for the people by listening to concerns from hunters on how the province manages its moose population to ensure sustainability and hunting opportunities for future generations.

SIJHL teaming up with Power Play Recruiting to help players advance

Sports
Press Release

The SIJHL announced last Wednesday that it has entered into a multi-year partnership agreement with Power Play Recruiting, based out of the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Mn. to aid and assist its players looking to further their respective post-Jr. 'A' careers at the NCAA level.

North Stars cruise to sixth SIJHL crown

Sports
Staff

Keighan Gerrie scored twice, and assisted on the game-winner, to pace the Thunder Bay North Stars to a 4-1 win over the Red Lake Miners on Saturday night and capture the SIJHL's Bill Salonen Cup title in front of a season-high crowd of 2,120 at the Fort William Gardens.

Local Blues fan was in Game 5 photo

Sports
Benjamin Hochman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Who is that guy?

The answer to the question is—Ash Gibbs of Fort Frances, Ont.

The lifelong Blues fan is a native of Thunder Bay (home of Robert Bortuzzo), and as seen in the tweet below, he was the lone Blues fan in the viral photo after the Blues scored with 15 seconds left in the Game 5 win.

Default map stamped

Photos
Ken Kellar

Francis Logue got some candy, a stamp on a map, and a toothbrush from Richard Boileau at McTaggart's on Saturday during the Easter “Egg-Stravaganza.” The map could be stamped at each participating business and then entered into a draw at the Rainy Lake Square. Boileau said all three of the dental offices in town donated toothbrushes for the event.

Meth talk

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Kerry Manthenga from Stonehenge Therapeutic Community delivered two half-day presentations on methamphetamine use last Monday at La Place Rendez-Vous. Both sessions were completely full. Those who attended work in a broad range of professions from the OPP to mental health support workers.

Default giving out treats

Photos

Fred Taylor got an extra piece of candy from Pat Fowler at 4 Your Pets on Saturday during the local Kiwanis Club's Easter “Egg-Stravaganza.” Though rain earlier in the morning made the day a little wet, a break in the weather shortly after 11 a.m. allowed families to visit the participating businesses in downtown Fort Frances in relatively dry clothes.

Default CBSA 'bunny'

Photos
Ken Kellar

Chase Ableman posed with Buddy, the CBSA Easter “Bunny" at the Easter "Egg-Stravaganza” in downtown Fort Frances on Saturday. Buddy and a few other more traditional Easter mascots were out for the event.

Giving out treats

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fred Taylor got an extra piece of candy from Pat Fowler at 4 Your Pets on Saturday during the local Kiwanis Club's Easter “Egg-stravaganza.” Though rain earlier in the morning made the day a little wet, a break in the weather shortly after 11 a.m. allowed families to visit the participating businesses in downtown Fort Frances in relatively dry clothes.

CBSA 'bunny'

Photos
Ken Kellar

Chase Ableman posed with Buddy, the CBSA Easter “Bunny" at the Easter "Egg-Stravaganza” in downtown Fort Frances on Saturday. Buddy and a few other more traditional Easter mascots were out for the event.

Bunny's lap

Photos
Ken Kellar

Jaslynn Potson, left, Nikolai Cochrane and Julieann Potson got their picture taken with “Easter Bunny" Kylee Keith at Pharmasave on Saturday as part of the Easter "Egg-Stravaganza.” The downtown core was full of children and their families visiting participating businesses for candies, chocolates or other treats, while members of the Kiwanis club served up hot dogs in the Rainy Lake Square.

OPSEU flag

Photos
Ken Kellar

OPSEU chair of Developmental Services Erin Rice waved the OPSEU flag outside of MPP Greg Rickford's office here yesterday. Members of the group are travelling the district and stopping at Rickford's offices to protest cuts made to autism services in the province and to raise funds for parents who need to travel to access those services.

Newcomers event

Photos
Submitted

Close to 40 people from 11 different countries came out to Plaza Lanes on Friday for the “Newcomer Meet and Greet” event hosted by the Valley Adult Learning Association. The event was meant to help people who are new here connect and network with other newcomers.

Neighbours Modern Diner

Photos
Submitted

“Neighbours Modern Diner” is currently under renovations but the owners say it should open up in June. Once opened, the family restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from around 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Map stamped

Photos
Ken Kellar

Francis Logue got some candy, a stamp on a map, and a toothbrush from Richard Boileau at McTaggart's on Saturday during the Easter “Egg-Stravaganza.” The map could be stamped at each participating business and then entered into a draw at the Rainy Lake Square. Boileau said all three of the dental offices in town donated toothbrushes for the event.

Easter treats

Photos
Ken Kellar

Devyn Oliver, left, got some candy from Aynsley Ogden at the table set up by the Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy for the Easter “Egg-Stravaganza” held in downtown Fort Frances on Saturday. The event, presented by the Kiwanis and local BIA with the support of numerous sponsors, ran from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Owl badminton

Photos
Submitted

Madison Kreger, left, took an overhead swing at the birdie as her Owl teammate Tala Quran watched intently during the NorWOSSA finals last Wednesday in Dryden. The RRHS duo won the silver medal with four wins and one loss.

Blues fans

Photos
of Ash Gibbs

Being a St. Louis Blues fan is a family affair for Lisa Gibbs, left, Makayla Gibbs and Ash Gibbs.

Gymnastics bottle drive

Photos
Ken Kellar

Jan Abbott steadied a garbage bag of empty cans in the back of the vehicle being used by the Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy as part of their bottle drive fundraiser on Saturday. The group raised $406 between the drop-off location in the Memorial Sports Centre parking lot and a group that drove around town to people who wished to donate their empties.

Booth team pic

Photos
Submitted

Jamie Booth, right, is pictured here with the Emo Express PeeWee Green team, including co-coach, Andy McCormick, left, who nominated Booth to be Hockey Northwestern Ontario's Coach of the Year.

Blues Twitter

Photos

Ash Gibbs, centre, was the only Blues fan in a sea of Jets lovers in this now-famous photo from Game 5 of that series. —Screen capture from St. Louis Blues Twitter account

Gussy pic (April 24)

Photos
Submitted

Lake trout are active early in the season and offer great spring fishing opportunities.

Blast from the past

Photos
Staff

Judy Kielczewski, centre, recently won first place at the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild's annual convention in London Ont. with this elabourate hooked piece based on a vintage photo of young hockey players getting ready to play some shinny.

Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found.

With limos and private train, Kim Jong Un travels in style

International
By Eric Talmadge THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO — It’s a short hop from Pyongyang to Vladivostok by plane. There’s even a semi-regular flight.

But for his first summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has once again opted to go by train.

New Zealand and France to call for an end to online terror

International
By Nick Perry The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting in Paris next month seeking to eliminate acts of violent extremism and terrorism from being shown online.

Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

International
By Joe McDonald THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING — A conference this week showcasing a Chinese initiative to help build ports, railways and other infrastructure in the developing world is casting a spotlight on complaints the projects leave some countries with too much debt.

Houston high school’s new dress code takes aim at parents

People
The Associated Press AP Member

HOUSTON — A Houston high school principal has implemented a dress code for parents because she says it is necessary to establish high standards for students, despite criticism that the move could be discriminatory.

James Madison High School will turn away parents who show up to school wearing pyjamas, hair rollers, leggings or certain other items of clothing, including bonnets.

Mostly sunny tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be clear and cool, with a low of four C (39 F).

Tomorrow will see more sun than clouds and be slightly less warm. Expect a high of 14 (57) and a low of zero (32).

Friday will be partly sunny and cooler, with a high of nine (48) and a low of minus-one (30).