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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 25, 2018

Tax rates go down in town budget

News
Duane Hicks

With a drop in tax rates, many residential property owners here can expect to see a decrease on their tax bills this year.

Local general surgeon has retired

News
Submitted by
Kathryn Pierroz

After 19 years of medical practice in his hometown of Fort Frances, Barry Anderson, M.D., general surgeon, has retired.

After graduating from Fort Frances High School in 1969, Dr. Anderson continued his studies at the University of Manitoba, where he received his MD in 1975.

Local company expanding into 'glulam'

News
Duane Hicks

The only glulam manufacturing plant in Ontario is nearly ready to go into full production right here in Rainy River District.

Sewer, water installation rates in town to remain the same

News
Duane Hicks

After being defeated at the council table five times previously, a resolution regarding how the town bills sewer and water installation rates finally was passed by the majority of town council at its regular meeting Monday evening.

Workshops aimed at suicide alertness

News
Duane Hicks

Every 40 seconds, somebody dies from suicide. Isn't it time to talk openly about it?

In conjunction with Mental Health Week (May 7-13), the Canadian Mental Health Association—Fort Frances Branch and Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre will be hosting a workshop aimed at creating suicide alertness for everyone.

C.W.L. donates 'Blessing Bags' to shelter

News
Duane Hicks

The Catholic Women's League (C.W.L.) of St. Mary's Parish here generously has spread some goodwill to their fellow women of Rainy River District.

New 'Dressed for Work' program closer to launch

News
Duane Hicks

A women's clothing and bake sale fundraiser in support of the soon-to-be-launched “Dress for Work” program is slated for this Saturday (April 28) from 8-11 a.m. downstairs at Curvy Chick (256 Scott St.)

“Dress for Work” is a new non-profit program that will provide disadvantaged women in Rainy River District with outfits to go to job interviews and to get back into the workforce.

New cancer care equipment funded

News
Press Release

Donors across Northwestern Ontario continue to provide “HOPE” and exceptional cancer care services thanks to donations to the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

Rickford to open office

District
Staff

Kenora-Rainy River PC candidate Greg Rickford will host an event to officially open his Rainy River District campaign headquarters this Friday (April 27) at 7 p.m.

It is located at 335 Scott St. (next to the Makabi Inn).

Everyone is invited to attend this free event, with light refreshments to be provided.

Rainy Lake Square concerts unveiled

District
Press Release

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. and the Town of Fort Frances, along with our headline sponsor Tbaytel, are excited to announce the 2018 Rainy Lake Series concerts.

These free concerts will be held Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at the new Rainy Lake Square in downtown Fort Frances.

Lions' grocery raffle huge success

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Emo and District Lions Club's “Share Grocery” raffle is now done for another year. Thanks to all our awesome patrons who bought tickets to help us help our district! You are all amazing.

Club president Jodi Pellerin and secretary Joanne Ogden will be contacting all the winners for a date to present your prizes!

'Spring Fever Days' another successful hit

District
Sam Odrowski

Thousands of residents from across the district once again made the trip to Emo for its annual “Spring Fever Days” held Thursday to Saturday.

Emo Chamber of Commerce president and organizer Dave Goodman said the event was a great success and noted the village was exceptionally busy over the three days.

Food box program still 'alive and well'

District
Sam Odrowski

After some initial confusion over the Cloverbelt Co-op program opening a distribution centre in Fort Frances, those behind the “Healthy Living Food Box” would like to reassure residents that their program won't be affected.

In fact, it's still running smoothly, with close to 350 boxes of fruits and vegetables being distributed last Wednesday.

Hospital receives auxiliary donations

District
Sam Odrowski

The La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary recently donated a new bathtub and treadmill to the local hospital to better serve patients.

The auxiliary pledged $30,000 in the fall of 2016 to purchase the tub, then pledged $2,500 last fall to buy the treadmill.

The treadmill became fully functional back on April 5 and has been helping physiotherapy patients ever since.

FFHS set to stage musical

District
Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances High School students hope to have audiences in stitches next week during their upcoming production of Monty Python's “Spamalot.”

The musical will be staged May 2-5 at the Townshend Theatre, with the curtain rising at 7:30 p.m. each day.

Business expo all ready to go

District
Staff

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's annual Business & Community Expo is ready to hit the Fort Frances Curling Club this Friday and Saturday.

Sponsored by Tbaytel, the expo will run Friday from 4-9 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission is $3 at the door, with children 12 and under being free.

Local Legion ladies meet

District
Press Release

The Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Br. #29 met on April 11, with 26 members in attendance.

The charter was draped in memory of Silvia Gunderson, who was a member with 24 years of service and held many positions with the auxiliary, including as president from 2003-14.

Silvia most recently held the position of District Commander for District 7.

Fort bowlers earn 'Aggregate' banner

Sports
Staff

It was a “banner” weekend for a group of Fort Frances bowlers in Kenora.

The local contingent garnered 41 points overall to capture the annual “Aggregate” tournament that pits the four clubs making up Sunset Country competing against each other in various divisions.

Balmertown was next with 28 total points, followed by host Kenora (26) and then Dryden (25).

Keith up for award

Sports
Staff

Chicago Blackhawks' defenceman Duncan Keith was among the 31 NHL players nominated for the this year's King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

The trophy is awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice, and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

Shooting Stars nab tourney title

Sports
Staff

The local Shooting Stars Bantam girls' hockey team went undefeated at the inaugural Westy's 3-on-3 tournament over the weekend in Dryden.

Competing in the combined Bantam/Midget division, the squad compiled a 4-0 record to finish in top spot.

The first game saw the Shooting Stars cruise to a 9-2 romp over the Brett's girls' Midget team.

Carlson rewarded with All-ACC honour

Sports
Staff

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2017-18 All-ACC Academic Swimming and Diving Teams last Thursday.

Florida State landed a total of 10 student-athletes on both the men's and women's squads.

Among those named to the women's squad was Fort Frances native Molly Carlson, which was her second career nod.

Youth ranger program to operate in Kenora

Sports
Press Release

For the first time, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Kenora District Office will operate the Ogimaa Binesiiyog Stewardship Youth Ranger Partnership Program.

Four Muskie 'birders' qualify for NWOSSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskies have four representatives at the NWOSSAA finals happening today in Thunder Bay.

Bella Ward, Aaron Bujold, Michaela Putzer, and the senior girls' doubles team of Lauren Marchant and Tayah Badiuk all were “golden” at the NorWOSSA finals last Wednesday in Sioux Lookout.

FFMHA hands out its year-end awards

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association held its annual awards night on Sunday in the auditorium of the Memorial Sports Centre.

Here is a list of the winners:

Novice

Hunter nabbed after tip

Sports
From the MNRF

A Schreiber man has been fined $5,000 for hunting offences.

Michael Souliere pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 for trespassing to hunt, $1,500 for shooting from a roadway, and $1,500 for abandoning a deer and allowing it to spoil.

He also was given a two-year hunting suspension.

Fiddle champ bringing show to Emo

Sports
Press Release

Renowned Canadian fiddle champion Scott Woods and his all-star band present “Fiddling Up A Storm!” on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Emo.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children aged six-12 (those five and under are free), which are available by calling the Emo Legion at 482-2250.

Sports news in brief

Sports
Staff

Star Muskie running back Sekina Scheibler still is reaping the benefits of an impressive season.

The WHSFL recently named him to the Team Steeves roster (Vincent Massey Brandon) for the league's Senior Bowl, which is slated for May 26 at 2 p.m. at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

Fans can get tickets to the game from the players or for $6 at the gate.

Miller taking over girls' hockey helm

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association held its annual general meeting last Tuesday night in the '52 Canadians boardroom, at which time some changes to the board were announced.

Craig Miller, who was the association's treasurer, will be taking over as president from Ron MacKinnon for next season.

Angler, hunter fined

Sports
From the MNRF

A Winnipeg man was fined $2,400 for fishing-related offences.

Barry Golin was convicted after a trial and fined $1,800 for obstructing a fisheries officer, $250 for fishing without a licence, $200 for fishing with too many lines, and $150 for having open liquor.

In addition, he received a two-year fishing suspension.

Vipers' squad struggles

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was a grind for the local Vipers' 15U girls' volleyball team this past weekend.

The squad was in Atikokan on Saturday to compete in a few exhibition matches but struggled to find consistency.

The Vipers first took on the Atikokan Voyageurs' senior girls' squad, dropping the first set by a 25-15 margin.

Health unit launches free app

Sports
Press Release

The Northwestern Health Unit has launched a free iOS (Apple) mobile application for smartphones and tablets called the Healthy Environments app.

This is the first app to launch in our “NWHUConnect” app suite, which will enable the public to interact with health unit programs from their mobile devices.

Save the bees

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Sam Odrowski

A group of local children held a “Save the Bees" fundraiser Saturday by selling iced tea to raise money for the purchasing and planting of "bee-friendly” plants such as wild flowers, daisies, and sunflowers. The stand was set up outside the Fort Frances Curling Club, where the Mother's Day Market was being held, to stir up some business.

Car show

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Norlund Oil hosted a car show on Saturday in front of its gas station, featuring both classic and newer models of cars, for “Spring Fever Days.” Many cars were showing off what's under the hood, as well, with a number of unique car engines available for people to view.

Hair donation

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Sam Odrowski

Emma Rae Pattison took a peek Saturday afternoon as Stacy Kreger of the Hair and Body Care Shoppe in Emo snipped off her locks of hair that will be donated to support someone on their cancer journey. The hair-cutting was part of the salon's annual “Cuts for Cancer” fundraiser that donates proceeds made from hair cuts to the Tamarack House in Thunder Bay.

C.W.L. bags

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Duane Hicks

The Catholic Women's League of St. Mary's Parish here proudly showed off the “Blessing Bags" they packed with donated items last Thursday afternoon at the "Welcome Home” Fort Frances Family Centre.

Titan interior

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Duane Hicks

A portion of the new location of Titan Manufacturing is being used to continue to make roof and floor trusses as it has done since 2015. The trusses are made from finished wood that has been machine stress-tested and graded beforehand while glulam manufacturing uses under-utilized wood and cuts out the defects.

Shaving head

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Derek Horton was one of the brave souls who had their head shaved by hairdresser Dianne Bonot for the annual “Cuts for Cancer" fundraiser held Saturday afternoon outside the Hair and Body Care Shoppe in Emo as part of "Spring Fever Days” festivities. The event raised close to $3,000 this year that will be donated to the Tamarack House in Thunder Bay.

Standing in boat

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Pat Costello, Princecraft business development manager, spoke to those attending the Nestor Falls Marine boat show at the Emo Arena about the company's boats and products. He said the boat show had a fantastic turnout and that he had a great time speaking to people about Princecraft boats during “Spring Fever Days.”

Art table

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Shannon Carlson, left, and Pam Carlson MacDonald hosted an art and literature table inside the Emo Legion in conjunction with “Spring Fever Days.” The table featured an array of books and paintings created by the two sisters.

Foodbox program

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Sam Odrowski

Millie Witherspoon of the “Healthy Living Food Box” program helped to pack up Robert Derkson's box containing lettuce, tomatoes, apples, oranges, bananas, local potatoes, and more last Wednesday afternoon. All are welcome to join the program.

Line of boats

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A stellar lineup of boats were on display during the Tompkins Hardware Boat Show and Solar Display held in conjunction with “Spring Fever Days” in Emo. A variety of boats were set up for display both inside and outside of the Front Street store.

Buying burger

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Lillian Haugh of Rainy River Meats sold a hamburger to one of the many “Spring Fever Day” attendees who stopped by the Rainy River Meats barbecue on Saturday afternoon. Store employees say the event was a great success as they almost sold out of hamburgers by the end of the day.

Feeding cow

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Those attending “Spring Fever Days" in Emo on Saturday had a chance to drop by the "Farm Animal Petting Zoo” at Emo Feed that ran from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Those who stopped in to see the animals had a chance to pet, interact, and even feed many of them.

Hospital workers unite!

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Sam Odrowski

La Verendrye hospital workers Sheila Dokuchie, left, Samantha Jewett, middle, and Renae Seheirer were among those who rallied for employers to bargain fairly late Wednesday morning. Hospital workers across Ontario held rallies to pressure employers into negotiating contracts with modest wage increases, stronger workplace violence protections, and no concessions.

Titan machinery

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Duane Hicks

The finger joint machine at Titan Manufacturing is key to the operation, making it possible to manufacture glulam boards from shorter pieces of wood by cutting finger joints in them to create a high-strength longitudinal bond between the pieces.

Hard running

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie sprinters (above) looked to hit another gear during the track-and-field team's practice Monday afternoon at Fort High.

It was a perfect day for running as the sun was out and the temperature was nice.

Meanwhile, the squad's long jumpers (at left) took advantage of the beautiful weather by seeing how far they could soar.

Passing baton

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Jamie Mountain

The Muskie relay race squad was able to get some reps in at practice Monday afternoon at Fort High ahead of yesterday's season-opening meet across the river in International Falls. The next meet for the black-and-gold is slated for this coming Monday (April 30) in Baudette, Mn.

Soccer prep

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Jamie Mountain

Count the Muskie girls' soccer team among those who were happy with the recent nice weather here in Borderland. The black-and-gold made their way onto the pitch for practice Monday afternoon at Fort High to sharpen their skills for their upcoming season, which kicks off with an exhibition tournament slated for May 4-5 in Winnipeg.

Boat raffle

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Sam Odrowski

Members of the Rainy River Walleye Tournament committee and Border Lions Club were at the Nestor Falls Marine boat show at the Emo Arena on Saturday as part of “Spring Fever Days” to sell tickets on the pontoon boat they are raffling off. The draw will be made during the Rainy River Walleye Tournament in September.

Dramatic performance

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Sam Odrowski

Grade 6-8 students at the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program (S.C.A.P.) put on a silhouette performance inside the Townshend Theatre earlier this month during the Drama portion of the annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts. Biblical stories, such as the birth of Jesus (above) and “The Women at the Well" (below), were acted out to "Broken Things” by Matthew West.