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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 4, 2018

Homelessness count set to begin

News
Press Release

The issue of homelessness has been gaining attention here in Rainy River District.

The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board, in partnership with more than 40 service agencies across the district, is conducting a count of homelessness over two weeks from April 5-18.

Fashion show crucial to women's centre

News
Duane Hicks

Tickets still are available for the upcoming dinner and vintage fashion show fundraiser that will be vital to the future of the new Fort Frances Women's Centre.

Dinner theatre planned

News
Press Release

The Borealis Bards is excited to announce its fourth-annual “Room to Act” dinner theatre event on the evening of Saturday, April 21 at the Backus Community Centre in International Falls.

This year's theme is “A Day in the Life” and will feature an entertaining collection of song, monologue, short plays, comedy, and a little improv.

Town not going to resurface roads

News
Duane Hicks

The town won't be resurfacing Elizabeth Street West, York Avenue, Cornwall Avenue, or a portion of Sixth Street West this year, but it will get the engineering work done so these roads possibly could get the full reconstruction treatment in the future.

Dietitian on the job at clinic

News
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Family Health Team (FHT) has added dietitian Rylee Blasky to its ranks, making the clinic even more of a hub for health-care services here.

Backus to present writing workshops

News
Press Release

WordPow! Workshop, in partnership with the Backus Community Center in International Falls, will hold writing workshops April 10, 12, and 17 from 1-3:30 p.m. in Room 103.

Registration of $45 (U.S.) is due by April 6, with the class limit being 10.

Over many years that Kate Miller has led group processes and workshops, she has witnessed powerful moments.

Annual autism walk coming up

News
Duane Hicks

Break out your blue shirt.

The International Falls Autism Support Group is hosting its annual National Autism Awareness Day Walk this Saturday, April 7—and is urging parents and children from both sides of the border to take part.

The walk begins at noon behind Ronning's in International Falls, with a carnival immediately afterwards at the Union Hall (509 Third St.)

Some tips to successfully complete your FOBT kit

District
Sara Chow
Thunder Bay Regional
Health Sciences Centre

With March having been Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the Nelson Medicine Professional Corp. and Fort Frances Community Clinic are encouraging you to get screened!

Men and women aged 50-74, who have no first-degree family history (i.e., parent, sibling, or child) of colon cancer, should complete a Colon Cancer Check fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every two years.

College celebrates 50th anniversary

District
Sam Odrowski

Confederation College's Fort Frances campus welcomed staff, students, alumni, and their family members for its 50th anniversary celebration last Wednesday night.

Past students had a chance to connect with each other and reminisce about the school's history.

Conference offers insight on substance abuse

District
Sam Odrowski

Becoming aware of drug use in the community, understanding addiction as an illness, and how to help those who are struggling were a few of the key issues district residents learned about at the “Substance Awareness and Pathways to Healing” conference held here last week.

'Spring Fling' set to go

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Guthrie United Church in Devlin will host its annual “Spring Fling” tea and bake sale this Saturday (April 7) at the Devlin Hall.

The event runs from 2-3:30 p.m., with the draws beginning at 3 p.m.

This always enjoyable event also will feature a penny table, bake table, and cookie walk.

Police working to tackle meth use

District
Sam Odrowski

While Ontario continues to face an opioid crisis, police south of the border are working to get a different drug off the streets.

Meth use has become an increasingly problematic drug in International Falls and Koochiching County.

'Vet Night' sees great turnout

District
Sam Odrowski

The Morley municipal office last week was filled to capacity with farmers from across the district looking to learn about their animals' health.

“It was awesome. I was really shocked by the number of people we actually had in attendance," said Dr. Stacey Angus, host of the "Vet Night” event.

“We were a full house," she added. "We used every chair in the building.”

Aerial patrol nets charges

District
From the MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry laid 16 charges and issued 21 warnings during a one-day aerial enforcement patrol in the Thunder Bay area.

Park closes ice roads, some trails

District
Press Release

Voyageurs National Park no longer is recommending travel on frozen lake surfaces within its boundaries.

Due to the warming weather and lack of snow, ice conditions are deteriorating, standing water is appearing on frozen lake surfaces, and bare ground is appearing on the safety portages.

Muskie 'birders' strong in tune-up for season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

If last week is any indication, the Muskie badminton contingent will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

The black-and-gold put on some impressive performances at an exhibition tournament in Atikokan last Wednesday.

Being that it was exhibition, teams only played a single match to 21 points.

Over-limit of walleye costly

Sports
From the MNRF

A Michigan resident has been fined $13,050 for possessing an over-limit of walleye.

William Krueger, of East Tawas, pleaded guilty and was fined $13,050 for possessing more walleye than allowed under the Ontario Fishery Regulations.

He also was suspended from fishing in Ontario for 10 years.

'All-star,' 'mediocre' games cap hoops season

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Men's Basketball League held its inaugural “mediocre" and "all-star” games last Tuesday night at the Fort High gym—and both featured plenty of action.

The goal was to give as many players a chance to showcase their skills, be they of the mediocre variety or all-star calibre.

Dragon boat teams sought

Sports
Press Release

The International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Foundation will launch dragon boat teams from both sides of the border to race on the Rainy River for its seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, June 30.

The event also will feature the return of the International Tug-of-War, presented by the Backus Community Center in International Falls.

Lakers looking for home-ice magic

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers don't have much time to figure out how to regroup against the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.

After wrapping up an impressive 3-1 win in their best-of-five quarter-final series with the fourth-place English River Miners last week, the Lakers were sent a clear message by the first-place Ice Dogs: we're the best in the league and nothing is going to come easy.

Local bowler snags berth at national roll-offs

Sports
Staff

Sitting in third place after the 10-game preliminary round last Wednesday, Jeff Watts knew he had to win his first “stepladder” match on Saturday afternoon at the annual provincial Open championships held in Azilda (Sudbury) to guarantee himself a medal.

He also knew a trip to the national roll-offs awaited him if he could run the table.

Muskies gearing up for track-and-field season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The track-and-field season is right around the corner and the Muskies are well underway in their preparation for it.

Coach John Dutton said everything is going well with his squad so far, noting they've been practising since mid-January.

“So for about two months we have been focusing on fitness, speed, and strength,” he remarked.

Leafs nab title in feisty final

Sports
Staff

The Couchiching Leafs cruised to a 9-1 win over the Red Lake Crimson Storm in the Bantam division final at the fifth-annual Chuck McPherson Youth Tournament held Sunday afternoon at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).

The game was marred by poor sportsmanship and violence, with fights breaking out late in the second period and escalating throughout the rest of the game.

Emo Feeds sign

Photos
Staff

A sign was positioned Monday afternoon over the front entrance to the new Emo Feeds location on Canning Lane opposite the old store. After being closed for a week to transfer everything to the new location, the store re-opened for business yesterday morning.

Healthy cooking

Photos
Duane Hicks

Khloe Morrison added beans to the instant pot as her grandmother, Linda McQuaker, and mom, Ashley Morrison, looked on last Wednesday evening during a healthy meal planning session at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. A short while later, they would get to enjoy the fruits of their labour: creamy Tuscan chicken.

Easter vendor

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Charleen Mallroy hosted a booth for her “Charlee's Naturally Northern" handcrafted soaps and other handmade products Saturday at the second-annual "Easter Market” held at the Copper River Inn here. She creates soaps that are free of synthetics, detergents, and petro-chemicals. The soaps also are biodegradable, environmentally-friendly, and gluten-free.

Budding plants

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre CEO Caroline Goulding checked out the thyme, sage, and lavender plants there yesterday morning. The plants are being grown with seeds from the “seed library,” a free seasonal exchange program in which residents can access and/or donate properly-cured seeds.

Grocery flyer

Photos

Fort Frances Family Health Team dietitian Rylee Blasky urged workshop participants to check out local grocery store flyers and plan healthy meals for the week ahead during last Wednesday evening's session at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

Scavenger hunt

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Many children eagerly filled their Easter baskets with goodies as part of the Kiwanis Club's fifth-annual “Egg-stravaganza” scavenger hunt that took over the downtown area along Scott Street on Saturday. Some 16 businesses took part by handing out treats while 33 other businesses supported the event to help make it possible. See more photos on A6.

Science fair winner

Photos

Tatum Ronmark took first place in the science fair with her “How Clean is Clean?" project last Wednesday at Robert Moore School. Ryan Danylchuk and Liam Coats earned second place with their project "Brushing for Brightness” while Adam Parks and Noah Armstrong (What Battery Will Last the Longest?) captured third place.

Marking passport

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Richard Boileau of McTaggarts (above) signed many children's maps as part of the Kiwanis Club's fifth-annual “Egg-stravaganza" held Saturday in downtown Fort Frances.

Celebrating 50 years

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Confederation College president Jim Madder attended the 50th-anniversary celebration at the Fort Frances campus last Wednesday evening. Many past students joined the president to enjoy a celebration cake, cheese, wine, and other refreshments.

Fire safety

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Real DeGagne, left, and Gavin Payne of the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service set up a table at Safeway on Saturday afternoon, where they handed out fire safety information to shoppers entering the store.

Bouncing puck

Photos

Eric Stout of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs looked to knock down a bouncing puck as Fort Frances Lakers' defenceman Mark Richter tried to make his way over during the host team's 5-2 win in Game 2 of the best-of-seven semi-final playoff series Saturday night at the Memorial Arena in Dryden. The Ice Dogs lead the series 2-0 heading into Game 3 last night at the Ice For Kids Arena here.

Launching shot

Photos

John Sivonen of Team Canada tried a three-pointer during his squad's 101-75 loss to Team USA during the Fort Frances Men's Basketball League's inaugural all-star game last Tuesday night in the Fort High gym. The league also hosted a “mediocre” game prior to that, which Team 40-plus took by a score of 49-33 over Team 40-and-under.

Driving layup

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Josh Mastin of Team USA went up to put one home during his squad's 101-75 romp over Team Canada during the Fort Frances Men's Basketball League's inaugural all-star game last Tuesday night at the Fort High gym. Mastin scored 37 points to help pace his squad's offence.

Crease battle

Photos

Fort Frances Lakers' goalie Ismael Ralsten looked through traffic during his squad's 5-2 loss to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in Game 2 of the best-of-seven semi-final series Saturday night at the Memorial Arena in Dryden. Ralsten finished with 25 saves in a losing cause.

Gussy pic (April 4)

Photos
Submitted

Tim Makos held up a nice Sunset Country back lake walleye he caught last week.

Rifling shot

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Evan Kabel of the Toe Dragons blasted a shot on the Can-Am Selects' net during his squad's 4-3 overtime win in PeeWee division's gold-medal game Sunday afternoon at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). Kabel notched a goal in that one to help the cause.

Railway won’t have to stand trial for Canada train disaster

Business
The Associated Press

MONTREAL — The bankrupt railway at the centre of a 2013 train derailment that killed 47 people in the Canadian province of Quebec will not have to stand trial for criminal negligence, provincial officials said Tuesday.

Edmunds: Advanced driver aids aren’t just for luxury cars

Technology
By Jonathan Elfalan The Associated Press

Automakers have come a long way from safety features such as seat belts and air bags that are meant to prevent injuries in a crash. Today, manufacturers are adding advanced driver aids that can fend off an accident in the first place. And there’s a good chance that your next new car will have them.

France puts 78,000 security threats on vast police database

International
By Lori Hinnant The Associated Press

PARIS — France has flagged more than 78,000 people as security threats in a database intended to let European police share information on the continent’s most dangerous residents more than all other European countries put together ‚Äî according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

Simple Vegetarian Spring Pasta Salad

Recipes
By Katie Workman The Associated Press

A great pasta salad is a beautiful thing. It anchors a picnic, potluck or buffet with aplomb. It’s portable, flexible, and easily and often vegetarian.

One of the first things I made for my then-boyfriend’s (now husband’s) parents was a pasta salad, and for whatever reason, it won them over and became a most-requested dish.

Try this eggplant and chicken marinara, a one-dish-wonder

Recipes
By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Many eggplant recipes start with slicing or dicing and sauteing in oil. But this approach can add a lot of unnecessary fat to your dish, as porous eggplant flesh absorbs oil like a sponge as it cooks, leading most of us to add more fat than we realize. Instead, consider roasting the eggplant whole.

Snow likely for tomorrow

Weather

Skies will become cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-10 C (14 F) and west winds gusting up to 18 km/h.

Snow is likely for tomorrow, with a possible accumulation of five-10 cm (two-four inches).

Look for a high of minus-one (30) and low around minus-15 (five), along with west-northwest winds gusting up to 20 km/h.