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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 12, 2018

'Spirit of Christmas' deemed as a success

News
Submitted by
Janet Lambert

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary held its December executive meeting on Tuesday (Dec. 4) in the small conference room at the hospital.

Convener Janet Lambert reported the “Spirit of Christmas” fundraiser held Dec. 9 at the Copper River Inn was a success, with 210 people in attendance.

All expenses were donated so all proceeds will go directly to health care at the hospital.

Town says goodbye to treasurer 

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Duane Hicks

After almost 16 years with the town, treasurer Laurie Lindberg is retiring at month's end.

Mayor, council, and administration expressed thanks to Lindberg during Monday night's regular meeting.

Mayor June Caul said Lindberg “has been so invaluable to me to learn the ropes and to understand things” during her first four years on council.

Second Iraqi family has left

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Duane Hicks

Nearly one year after first arriving here in Borderland, the second family of Iraqi refugees has moved away to southern Ontario.

Rami Canoon, his wife, Fivyan Shamoon, and their two daughters, Fbaana, seven, and Oryana, three, left for London, Ont. on Dec. 1.

Council to mull retail pot sales

News
Duane Hicks

Whether or not town council will allow cannabis stores to operate in Fort Frances will be decided next month.

Town council agreed at its meeting Monday night to refer the matter to the Planning and Development executive committee for review and its recommendation, as suggested by Coun. Douglas Judson.

Jumpers again sought for 'Polar Plunge'

News
Duane Hicks

Go jump in the lake!

The Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances is looking for folks to brave the icy waters of Sand Bay on New Year's Day for its annual “Polar Plunge.”

The fundraiser once again will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1 on the ice behind La Place Rendez-Vous here.

Club member Bill Michl said registration is off to a decent start.

'Stuffed' amublance

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Duane Hicks

Paramedic Katie Stearns of the Rainy River District EMS found a place in the back of an ambulance for yet another food donation during this year's “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign held Saturday at Safeway, The Place, and Walmart here, Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, and Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River. No information as to how many cruisers were stuffed was available prior to press time today.

Fourth intake for nursing program offered next fall

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Duane Hicks

District nursing students will be able to get their education closer to home starting next fall.

Confederation College will be offering a fourth intake of the Community-Based Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program in September, 2019.

New sidewalks, trees among requests

News
Duane Hicks

A local resident would like to see improved sidewalks and highway crossings, as well as more trees, in Fort Frances.

Regional electricity price being sought

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Press Release

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is calling on the Ontario government to adopt a regional electricity price for Northwestern Ontario as a means to attract new industry while reducing the cost of energy in the region.

Take extra caution in bitter cold

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Press Release

Winter has arrived and the Northwestern Health Unit would like to remind people in the region to take extra caution when spending time outdoors.

"When temperatures reach minus-28 degrees C or below, with or without the wind chill, the risk of a cold-related injury such as frostbite or hypothermia becomes much higher.

Top baby names revealed

District
Press Release

The Ontario government is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of recording baby names in Ontario.

“Choosing a name for your child is an important and personal decision for all parents,” said Government and Consumer Services minister Bill Walker.

“The lists of top baby names in Ontario is one way to help parents choose a name for their baby,” he noted.

Alzheimer calendar winners

District

Marg Heyens of Emo won $50 in the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts' cash calendar draw for December.

Linda McClymont of Kenora won $75 while fellow Kenora residents Irma Milko, Wendy Sutherland (twice), Hazel Larabie, Scott and Sheila Belair, Jim Burley, Kyle McIsaac, Ryan O'Connor, Marlean Keeley, Ginnie Hintz, and Eileen Wilton each won $50.

Multicultural event helps newcomers connect with fellow immigrants here

District
Sam Odrowski

Trying to break into a new community can be tough, especially when you're from another country.

To help those who recently immigrated here get better connected to other immigrants, the Valley Adult Learning Association held a “Newcomers Meet-and-Greet” on Nov. 30 at the Super 8.

“Last January we got quite an influx of newcomers to Canada,” noted VALA employee Tracey Ormerod.

Candlelight vigil raising awareness

District
Sam Odrowski

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday evening at Knox United Church here to pay tribute to the tragic deaths of two local women who died 18 years ago at the hands of gender-based violence.

Since the deaths of Melani Sutton and Deanna Daw in 2000, an event has been held in the community on Dec. 6, which falls on the “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.”

Public school board trustees sworn in at inaugural meeting

District
Sam Odrowski

The Rainy River District School Board held its inaugural meeting last Tuesday evening at the Education Centre here.

The trustees said their oaths before being sworn in, with Fort Frances trustees Raymond Roy and David Kircher later being acclaimed as board chair and vice-chair, respectively.

Recording studio helping students

District
Sam Odrowski

There is a strong group of musically-talented individuals at Mikinaak Onigaming School and they recently were given an outlet to express themselves.

A recording studio was built in the basement of the school in March, with the aim of giving students a place to tap into their musical talents and learn about production.

Fire department warning about scam

District
Staff

The Chapple, Emo, La Vallee and Alberton Fire & Emergency Service is warning district residents of a scam in which individuals are impersonating local fire and emergency services to solicit donations.

Last Thursday, the fire service was notified by local residents saying they were contacted by fraudsters posing as local fire departments and asking for donations.

Fatal fire being probed

District
Press Release

On Monday, members of the Treaty #3 Police Service attending Mitaanjigaming First Nation in response to a fire that had engulfed a home.

It has been learned that a member of the community has passed away in connection with this fire.

'Co-ops' helping students find a career

District
Sam Odrowski

Trying to choose a career as a high school student can be a difficult task.

With so many different occupations to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming for some students to find a career path that suits their needs.

Baking tips for your holiday goodies

District

Nothing compares to the aroma of baked Christmas goodies when coming in from the cold winter weather.

Our olfactory sensations (our sense of smell) contribute up to 80 percent to our sense of taste, and thus is a very important part of our ability to recognize and enjoy flavour.

Cash calendar winners

Sports

Lillian Pearson (Fort Frances) and Colette Cameron (Noelville, Ont.) won the $100 up for grabs for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, respectively, in the Rainy River Distrit Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Muskie boys fall short in Brandon

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie boys' hockey team definitely has nothing to hang its head about.

Fort High went 3-0-1 before falling 3-1 to the Morris Mavericks in the 'B'-side final at the annual Victoria Inns tournament in Brandon, Man. held Friday through Sunday.

Lakers looking to build off win

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Losing streaks can test the morale of any team and the Fort Frances Lakers are happy to put their most recent one behind them.

A Chase Robideau goal 13:40 into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Lakers beat the visiting Red Lake Miners 5-3 on Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Swimmers fare well in Lakehead

Sports
Staff

It was a weekend full of impressive performances by local swimmers at the Northwest Narwhal's Massaro Construction LTD Invitational swim meet held Dec. 1-2 at the Lakehead University pool in Thunder Bay.

Sarah Rittau, a member of the local Cyclone Swim Club, medalled in all nine of her events in the female age 15-and-older division.

Muskie hoopsters hoping to rebound

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They did not get off to the start they wanted but there still is a lot of season left for the Muskie senior and junior boys' basketball teams.

Both squads lost their NorWOSSA season-openers last Tuesday against the host Kenora Broncos and were looking to rebound this week.

Area sunrise, sunset times

Sports

Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Dec. 13-19:

Fleury happy to help others deal with trauma

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Former NHL star Theoren Fleury was in Rainy River District on Thursday to host a workshop entitled “Reflections on Healing and Trauma, a One-Day Conversation with Theo Fleury” held at the Couchiching multi-use facility.

Ryll relished time at 'kickoff' project

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Getting to showcase his talents among some of the best youth football players across the country is an experience Jaykob Ryll will never forget.

Muskie girls' volleyball squads looking to continue strong start

Sports
Jamie Mountain

What a way to kick off the season.

The Muskie junior and senior girls' volleyball teams came away with impressive wins in their NorWOSSA regular-season openers last Tuesday against the host Kenora Broncos.

The juniors swept the Broncos in straight sets by scores of 25-10, 25-17, and 28-26.

Situational play key to Muskie girls

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The more you work at something, the more you get better at it.

At least, that's what the Muskie girls' hockey team is hoping.

The black-and-gold came out on the wrong side of a 5-4 shootout loss to the host Dryden Eagles on Thursday night that saw their NorWOSSA record fall to 1-2-0-1.

Recognition of Excellence

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Sam Odrowski

Crossroads vice-principal Sharla McKinnon, left, and principal Kerri Tolen received the Rainy River District School Board's monthly Recognition of Excellence award last Tuesday night. They were saluted for the “Awesomeness Through Art” events held at the Devlin school in which students learned about math and art.

Family leaving

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Submitted

Rami Canoon, his wife, Fivyan Shamoon, and their two daughters, Fbaana, seven, and Oryana, three, bid farewell to Kathy Mueller at the Thunder Bay Airport on Dec. 1. The Iraqi family has moved to London, Ont. to be closer to extended family members.

Addressing rally

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Submitted

Couchiching Chief Brian Perrault addressed a rally on Parliament Hill last Thursday about the mercury poisoning at the Grassy Narrow First Nation. About 50 years ago, a mill dumped mercury upstream from the Treaty #3 First Nation and the reserve's children are showing signs that the neurotoxin is still affecting the community to this day.

Recording studio

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Sam Odrowski

Grade 11 Mikinaak School student James Yerxa listened to a multi-layer track he created under the guidance of Anna Atkinson while she visited to teach students how to use equipment inside the school's new recording studio. He is using Ableton Live and holding a USB Audio Interface Device for music production.

'Fill a Sleigh Day'

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Duane Hicks

Bargain Shop interim manager Dawn Gray, left, her son, Sam Gray, First Student supervisor Tracy Mose, and local Salvation Army Lt. Ryan MacDonald helped load more toys onto the First Student bus Saturday at The Bargain Shop.

RRDSB speaker

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Sam Odrowski

Techways program co-ordinator Marlon Douglas spoke about the bike mechanics program he has been facilitating at district schools during the Rainy River District School Board's inaugural meeting last Tuesday night at the Education Centre here. It is hoped the program will spark an interest among students so they are more confident to pursue careers in tech and the trades.

Donating KD

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Staff

Camie Gray of Iron Range Bus Lines (top left) accepted a case of Kraft Dinner from Jesse Csuzdi as he left Safeway on Saturday morning. Iron Range's buses proved very useful for hauling away the large amount of non-perishable food items donated during this year's “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign.

Sharing the flame

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Sam Odrowski

Jacquee Loerzel, community family violence counsellor at Riverside Health Care here, helped light the candle held by her mother, Fort Frances Mayor June Caul, during the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women event at Knox United Church on Thursday evening. Those who attended lit their candles to honour victims of domestic abuse.

Reading oath

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Sam Odrowski

Kathryn Pierroz said her oath and pledged allegiance to the Queen before being sworn in as a trustee during the Rainy River District School Board's inaugural meeting at the Education Centre here last Tuesday night.

Vigil drummers

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Sam Odrowski

The “Waabishkiibinesii Women Singers" drum group performed songs of healing during the annual candlelight vigil service held at Knox United Church here Thursday evening for the annual "National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.”

'Snowy' songs

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“Boreal," comprised of Katherine Wheatley, left, Tannis Slimmon, and Jude Vadala, delighted and charmed the audience Friday evening at the Townshend Theatre during the third "Tour de Fort" concert of the 2018-19 season. The trio of Guelph songstresses tour together as "Boreal” each November and December, performing a collection of homespun winter-themed songs and holiday classics.

La Verendrye placement

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Sam Odrowski

Fort High student Janissa Judson was set up in the school's cafeteria last Wednesday morning with her display that looked at heat therapy and her co-op placement at La Verendrye Hospital here. She found the physiotherapy aspects of her placement to be the most interesting.

Vigil singers

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Sam Odrowski

Rachel Anderson, left, and her friend, Jordan, sang during Thursday evening's candlelight vigil ceremony at the Knox United Church.

Muskie girls tea

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Jamie Mountain

Ellayna Kabel helped to clear some dishes off of table during the Muskie girls' hockey team's annual tea and bake sale held Saturday afternoon at the Fort High cafeteria. Members of the team served sandwiches, desserts, tea, and coffee to raise funds for the program. The event also featured a penny table.

Lakers action

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of Clint Bruyere

Colton Bodnar and Nick Hahkala of the Fort Frances Lakers looked to keep Red Lake Miners' defenceman Dante Tisi in check during their squad's 5-3 win Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Lakers snapped a seven-game losing streak with the win and will be looking to keep things rolling heading into Friday night's game against the Dryden GM Ice Dogs here at 7:30 p.m.

Gussy pic (Dec. 12)

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Submitted

The fall hunting season allows us to have fun in the outdoors in all conditions.

Puck rush

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of Michael Christianson/Dryden Observer

Paiten Kinnear looked to rush the puck down the ice toward the Dryden Eagles' zone during the Muskie girls' hockey team's 5-4 shootout loss there last Thursday night. The black-and-gold will be looking to get back into the win column tonight against the host Kenora Broncos before playing in the annual K-Town Classic tourney there this weekend.

Ryll #2

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Submitted

Jaykob Ryll had the pleasure of meeting retired Edmonton Eskimos' wide receiver Henry “Gizmo” Williams during his time with the NISSAN Kickoff Project in Edmonton last month.

Fleury speaking

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Jamie Mountain

Former NHL star Theoren Fleury held a workshop entitled “Reflections on Healing and Trauma, a One-Day Conversation with Theo Fleury” at the Couchiching multi-use facility last Thursday. The workshop aimed to help those dealing with traumatic experiences to open up in a safe, community-like atmosphere so they could begin down the path to healing.

Ryll #1

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Submitted

Muskie football player Jaykob Ryll posed for a photo with a fellow NISSAN Kickoff Project player during the exhibition game held the day before the Grey Cup in Edmonton back in November. Ryll was part of Team Midnight, which won the game by a 23-17 margin over Team TITAN Pro-41.