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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 15, 2018

PARO Centre lands federal funding

News
Press Release

The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise will receive $280,061 in federal funding for its project, “Collaborating for Transformation: Advancing Women's Economic Security.”

Rule curve change hopes to mitigate flooding risk

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Members of the Rainy Lake Conservancy gathered at La Place Rendez-Vous here Sunday afternoon for the group's annual general meeting.

They also heard from two speakers about wolves in Voyageurs National Park across the river and water levels on Rainy Lake.

'NorthBEAT' calls on youths to join local advisory group

News
Sam Odrowski

Youths who experience mental illness don't always get the care they need.

The systems of support that youths go to first when experiencing mental health problems sometimes lack awareness around what's really going on.

Especially for those who experience psychosis.

Rail safety in region gets boost

News
Press Release

With more than 40,000 km of track, the rail system connects Canadians by moving people and goods across the country every day.

That's why the Government of Canada supports projects that improve safety, the economy, and the movement of goods and people.

Union Gas helps boost fire safety

News
Press Release

The West Rainy River District Fire Service was formed in 2011, merging three fire departments (Rainy River, Dawson Township, and Lake of the Woods) into one combined department.

Deal to buy wood yard hailed

News
Duane Hicks

The purchase of the former Shevlin wood yard represents “boundless” possibilities for future development in Fort Frances.

Mayor Roy Avis announced at Monday night's council meeting that the town has struck an agreement with Resolute FP Canada Inc. to purchase the 22.6 acres of land right in the middle of town, as well as the former nurses' station on Mowat Avenue, for a nominal fee.

Fire ban for La Vallee

News
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Due to the extreme hot and dry weather of late, a fire ban has been put on La Vallee Township.

This includes open air fires for the purpose of cooking or camping.

Other rural townships also have been put under a fire ban.

Fire bans also are declared when widespread fires are stretching firefighting resources.

Arena to get new fire alarm panel

News
Staff

After a spate of recent problems, the Memorial Sports Centre will be getting a new fire alarm panel.

In a report, Community Services manager Jason Kabel noted the one that currently monitors the facility has been acting up.

Concerns over discarded needles addressed

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Residents of Fort Frances and surrounding area have become concerned about the apparent increase in used needles (or sharps) found in various public spaces, such as playgrounds and school campuses.

'Little Free Library' helping to share woman's love of reading

News
Sam Odrowski

The “Little Free Library” has been serving Fort Frances' reading community for exactly one year now, having started up last August.

The community library acts as a book exchange, where people can drop off and pick up gently-used books that interest them.

“Little Free Library” owner JoAnne Formanek Gustafson said the library has remained self-sufficient and is booming.

'Pride' groups slam sex-ed approach

News
Press Release

In the five weeks since Ontario's Progressive Conservative cabinet was sworn in, it has become increasingly apparent that when Premier Doug Ford was sloganeering about his government being the first “For the People,” he didn't mean LGBTQ2 people or anyone who cares about child safety or building a more inclusive Ontario.

More volunteer firefighters sought

News
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service will be increasing its volunteer firefighter roster to 30, with 10 of them be put on an auxiliary reserve list.

Town council authorized Fire Chief/CEMC Tyler Moffitt to do so after receiving a recommendation at its regular meeting Monday night.

Fire ban in effect in town

News
Press Release

The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service has issued a complete fire ban for the Town of Fort Frances.

All outside burning is prohibited, including brush and grass burning, backyard fire pits, or cook stoves that use solid fuels (wood or charcoal).

Burn permits also have been cancelled.

Barbecues that use propane are permitted with extreme caution.

Hydro rate cut coming

News
Sam Odrowski

Energy minister and local MPP Greg Rickford has been taking steps to make good on Premier Doug Ford's campaign promise of reducing hydro rates by 12 percent.

Rickford's recent decision to scrap more than 750 “green” energy contracts, for a net savings of close to $800 million, is part of his plan for reaching that reduction.

Rickford opens constituency office here

News
Sam Odrowski

Local MPP Greg Rickford officially opened his constituency office here yesterday at 279 Scott St.

“We'll be offering the traditional kinds of services—some of them that you might, for example, get at 'ServiceOntario,'” Rickford said Friday in a conference call with the Times.

Motocross riders fare well

Sports
Staff

A trio of local motocross racers put in impressive showings Saturday in Kakabeka Falls at the second-last tour stop of the year for the Northern Ontario Superior Dirt Riders motocross circuit.

Dylan Tessier of Devlin nabbed second place in the 85cc 12-16 age category, along with a third-place finish in the Super-minis.

An introduction on how to cook shellfish

Sports

Whether it's steak and lobster or linguine and clams, shellfish is a popular choice at market seafood counters and restaurants.

Shellfish can be divided into two main categories—crustaceans and mollusks—and due to the vast size of this topic, this will be the first of three instalments.

Summit aims to unlock region's vast potential

Sports
Press Release

With more than 87 percent of Ontario's landmass, one of the most diverse populations in Canada, and holding a treasure trove of mineral wealth, forestry resources, natural attractions, water, and energy, Northern Ontario is the future of the province's economy and prosperity.

The time has come to set the stage for that development.

Miners change name

Sports
Press Release

The English River Miners' hockey organization of the SIJHL is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, it has changed its name to the Red Lake Miners.

After careful consideration and thoughtful discussion, the board of directors and membership voted unanimously for the change at the club's annual general meeting held Aug. 7.

New skating school being launched here

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Proper skating technique is a crucial fundamental skill for any aspiring ice-sport athlete.

The newly-formed Northern Lights School of Skating is here to help with that, offering programs for hockey players, figure skaters, and recreational skaters this fall at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).

Coach pleased with squad's Summer Games performance

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Her team may not have tasted victory at this year's Ontario Summer Games but Region One girls' 14U volleyball coach Amy Wilson-Hands believes all the athletes can use the experience as a building block moving forward.

Strachan widens lead atop division standings

Sports
Staff

That cloud of dust you see is Brody Strachan leaving his competition behind.

The Emo native captured his fourth WISSOTA Modifieds feature win of the season in Borderland Racing Association action Saturday night at the Emo Speedway.

Babes keep title hopes alive

Sports
Staff

The Red Gut Babes are still alive and kicking in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League playoffs.

Kayla Windigo homered to pace the second-seeded Babes to a 9-6 win over the seventh-seeded Couchiching Lady Raiders on Monday night.

With the win, the Babes advanced to tonight's Loser's Side final against the third-seeded Emo Renegades at 6 p.m.

Godin, Wilson fall short of KBI repeat

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They temporarily held the lead on Day 3 but it just wasn't to be for Bill Godin and Leroy Wilson in the end.

Scott Andersen and Craig Peterson of Bemidji, Mn. tipped the scales with a final day haul of 17.85 pounds to dethrone the defending champs at the 31st-annual Kenora Bass International held Thursday through Saturday.

Thrilling ends to soccer season

Sports
Staff

They played each other tough all season—and it was more of the same in the first game of the Borderland Soccer League's men's division final.

First-place CJ Contracting and second-seeded Manitou Forest Products battled to a scoreless tie Monday night to set the tone for a thrilling wrap-up to the men's season.

Little library

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Sandy Odrowski made good use of the “Little Free Library” on Saturday afternoon when she took out a book for her reading pleasure. The library, which is free for anyone to access, is located on the corner of Third Street East and Minnie Avenue.

Talk on wolves

Photos

Thomas Gable, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, explained his current research on wolves in Voyeguers National Park to Rainy Lake Conservancy members Sunday afternoon at the Rendez-Vous here.

Coke fountain

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

An erupting demonstration was given at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre on Thursday afternoon during a “Mad Science Day" live show.

Blizzard break

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Ty and Kaylen Cunningham stopped by the local Dairy Queen last Thursday with their grandmother, Judith Lindholm, to take a break from the heat and snack on a “Blizzard" during DQ's 16th-annual "Miracle Treat Day." Their Blizzards were just a couple out of the 859 that were sold throughout the day.

Walking the plank

Photos

About 40 children came out for the Emo Public Library's “Pirate Day” last Tuesday, where they participated in pirate-themed games, crafts, and activities.

-Submitted photo

Prepping brick

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Fort Frances Lions Club member John Pohanka, left, and Blair Lowey worked to dig out a blank brick that was replaced with one of the 19 memorial ones installed in the pathway at the Lions Park on Second Street East on Sunday afternoon as part of the club's annual “Dandy Lion” festival.

Discarded needles

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Gillian Lunny, manager of sexual health and harm reduction at the Northwestern Health Unit, led an information session regarding concerns about residents finding discarded needles in public spaces, including parks and other gathering spots.

Tie-dye fun

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Brittany Breton, left, Sophia Breton, and Gillian Breton had a blast making tie-dye art at Point Park on Monday afternoon during Community Living's latest Open Air Art Studio session. The three shared big smiles as they tied down their fabric with rubber bands before dunking it in a vat of dye.

Sewing blankets

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Julia Wilson, far left, Erika Kozar, and Dorothy Friday were busy making baby blankets at the United Native Friendship Centre's building on Mowat Avenue on Friday. The workshop is part of a “Heritage Series" of art and crafts, held in partnership by the UNFC and Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre, to promote cultural training and exchange, as well as traditional parenting.

Water levels talk

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Dr. Wayne Jenkinson, an engineering advisor with the International Joint Commission, gave members of the Rainy Lake Conservancy a brief timeline of water levels on Rainy Lake, as well as a brief history of the IJC, during a presentation at the group's annual general meeting Sunday afternoon at La Place Rendez-Vous here.

Tai Chi session

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Karen Gagne (left), Sheri De Gagne, Le Truong and Carole Mackintosh lead a drop-in class through a Tai Chi routine at the Rainy Lake Square last Wednesday morning. The Fort Frances Tai Chi Club will be holding free one-hour classes every Wednesday at 11 a.m. until the end of August. The sessions are open to anyone who would like to attend.

Gavel expansion

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Submitted

Construction could be seen the last few weeks at John Gavel Manufacturing Ltd. on Highway 11/71 just west of Emo. Jacob Christie, who is a planner at Gavel's, said the business has been fortunate and that the new space on the west side of the building is in response to a high volume of work.

Rough Cut Pine

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Sam Odrowski

Local roots band Rough Cut Pine drew more than 100 people to the Rainy Lake Square for a free concert last Wednesday evening. The band, which performed from 6-8 p.m., had folks singing along, smiling, and tapping their feet.

Stuffing bus

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Ashley Sisco, left, and Kathy Lampi, of M. Wu Dentistry, stood with Cammie Gray, from Iron Range Bus Lines, and her granddaughter, Brianna, to show off some of the donations that had been made during a “Stuff the Bus" event to collect school supplies for the annual "Backpacks for Kids” campaign in front of the Walmart here Saturday.

Through legs

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Simeon Elenwune of Manitou Forest Products (above) tried to sneakily strip the ball from in between the legs of Nico Kooistra of Centra Pipelines while (below) Lucas Koomans of Centra Pipelines and Chad Faragher of Manitou Forest Products had each other tied up as they fought for possession of the ball as their squads battled to a 1-1 tie in the second game of the Borderland Soccer League's men

Pickleball match

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Pearl Pidlubny lunged forward to return the ball over the net during a game of pickleball last Wednesday morning at the tennis courts next to Fort High. The competing team, Lori King (back left) and Twyla Howarth, awaited the return, with laughs and smiles, while Pidlubny's doubles partner, Judie Campbell, protected her corner of the court.

Hockey camp

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Jamie Mountain

Hockey season is still a ways away but some local youth players already have hit the ice in preparation for it. The Northwestern Hockey Camp Canada is running this week at the Memorial Sports Centre to help players develop their skills.

Youth rangers #2

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Submitted

Bethany Harrison, Ashtyn Dokuchie, Garrett Hyatt, and Sydney Beck examined and removed invasive purple loosestrife near Devlin.

Gussy pic (Aug. 15)

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Submitted

Jeff Gustafson on stage at the Forrest Wood Cup in Arkansas this past weekend.

Women-owned businesses generate $68,000 less revenue than men’s: survey

Business
By Armina Ligaya The Canadian Press

TORONTO — When Dionne Laslo-Baker sought a bank loan to expand her burgeoning organic popsicle and freezies business in 2014, she was shocked by the patronizing feedback she says she received from a male banker.

Priests molested 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, report says

International
By Marc Levy And Mark Scolforo The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she’d had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy’s mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him.

3 scientists share $500,000 prize for work on cancer therapy

Science
The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — Tumors once considered untreatable have disappeared and people previously given months to live are surviving for decades thanks to new therapies emerging from the work of three scientists chosen to receive a $500,000 medical prize.

New Zealand bans most foreigners from buying homes

International
By Nick Perry The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has banned most foreigners from buying homes as it tries to tackle runaway housing prices.

Previously the housing market was open to investors worldwide, but the government on Wednesday passed legislation that allows only New Zealand residents to buy homes.

Chuck roast sings after a slow grill and some smoke flavour

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

For our Shredded Barbecued Beef, we cut a chuck roast into quarters. The smaller pieces of beef absorbed more smoke flavour and cooked much faster.

After cooking the meat in a disposable roasting pan on the cooler side of the grill for a few hours, we flipped all four pieces, wrapped the pan in foil, and placed the roast in the oven to finish cooking.