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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 14, 2016

Students learning about giving

News
By Heather Latter Staff writer hlatter@fortfrances.com

While an Advent calendar helps us count down the days until Christmas by receiving a chocolate or a little treat each day, students at St. Michael’s School here are doing the opposite—giving instead of receiving.

“We saw the idea online,” noted teacher Meghan Bourgeois.

Town council to mull over municipal election options

News
By Duane Hicks Staff writer dhicks@fortfrances.com

While the 2018 municipal election might seem a long way away, town councils will have to start thinking about them sooner than later, including whether they want to change the electoral system used.

Couchiching highway crossing launched

News
By Heather Latter Staff writer hlatter@fortfrances.com

Members of Couchiching First Nation will be much safer now that a crosswalk has been installed on Highway 11 to allow pedestrians to get from one side of the community to the other.

Mining trainee grads all hired

News
By Heather Latter Staff writer hlatter@fortfrances.com

Riel Copenace’s dream of being part of a team is coming true.

He, along with 12 other graduates from the Mill Operators trainee program and eight graduates from the Haul Truck Training program, will be joining the New Gold team at its Rainy River Project north of Barwick.

Tbaytel to put in fibre network

News
By Duane Hicks Staff writer dhicks@fortfrances.com

Fort Frances soon will be experiencing “the next evolution in broadband technology.”

Tbaytel will begin building a new fibre optic network here early in the New Year, with expected service delivery to customers in late 2017, Tbaytel president and CEO Dan Topatigh announced yesterday at a press conference at the Civic Centre.

Lions doing eye scans for students

News
By Heather Latter Staff writer hlatter@fortfrances.com

Known as the “Knights of the Blind,” Lions Club International is a strong supporter of eye health programs and, as such, the Emo and District Lions Club is jumping on board to conduct vision screenings for young students locally.

Men’s breakfast slated Saturday

District
By Dave Ogilvie Emo correspondent

There will be a men’s breakfast at the Emo Legion this Saturday (Dec. 17) at 8 a.m.

The guest speaker will be Willie Longnecker from Morson.

The cost is $12 per person, and men and boys of all ages are welcome.

For more information, call Larry at 482-3104.

Norskies avenge loss to Lakers

Sports
By Joey Payeur Staff writer jpayeur@fortfrances.com

If nobody else was interested in protecting Brandon Bodnar, Wayne Strachan wasn’t going to leave his goalie out there to absorb a continuous flurry of pucks.

But by the time the period was over, Strachan re-enlisted Bodnar’s help after the back-up plan backfired.

More bowlers nab provincial berths

Sports
Staff

It will be a trip to Sudbury in February for four local bowlers.

Jeff Watts and Aaron Yaw teamed up to finish in second place at the zone round of the annual Hi-Low Doubles tournament over the weekend at Plaza Lanes here.

The duo wound up at +243 over their average during the five-game roll-off to nab the second and final berth to the provincial round Feb. 23-26 in Sudbury.

Emo player enjoys chance-of-a-lifetime

Sports
By Joey Payeur Staff writer jpayeur@fortfrances.com

It was well worth the wait for Georgia Oltsher.

The 11-year-old from Emo got the chance-of-a-lifetime when she was chosen to participate in Sunday’s Scotiabank Girls’ HockeyFest in Winnipeg.

Muskie boys earn silver in Brandon

Sports
By Joey Payeur Staff writer jpayeur@fortfrances.com

Jordan Sinclair believes had he been told before the weekend that his Muskie boys’ hockey team only would give up four goals in five games, and just one of those at even strength, he could have seen his troops hoisting a championship trophy.

The Kelvin Clippers (Winnipeg) had other thoughts on the matter, as did the men in stripes.

'Stuffed ambulance'

Photos
Heather Latter

Paramedic Kyley Engstrom piled some more donations into the ambulance parked outside Safeway on Saturday during the annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign.

Crossing highway

Photos
Heather Latter

Youngsters from the local day care tried out the new crosswalk at Couchiching during an official launch there Monday. The crosswalk—the first in Northwestern Ontario that’s on the Trans-Canada Highway—will allow pedestrians to cross Highway 11 safely. An educational campaign is underway to inform drivers that they need to be prepared to stop there.

Rising shot

Photos
Joey Payeur

Thanks to a screen by Laker Jack Bernie, Thief River Falls Norskies’ goalie Sam Novak had to work on his puck ducking during a 6-1 win by Fort Frances in SIJHL action Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Vision testing

Photos
Dave Ogilvie

Emo and District Lions Club members Joanne Ogden, left, and Vicki Ogilvie conducted vision tests for youngsters at Sturgeon Creek School on Monday using the group’s new Spot Vision Screener. They expect to do the tests at all schools within the district for JK, SK, and Grade 1 students this school year.

Pokemon, Olympics, election among 2016’s top Google searches

Technology
The Associated Press

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — “Pokemon Go,” the Olympics and the presidential election are among Google’s top trending searches of 2016.

Powerball tops the list. The multi-state lottery handed out a record $1.6 billion prize in January and a $429 million payout in June.

Government to require cars be able to talk to each other

Technology
By Joan Lowy The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a rule the Transportation Department proposed Tuesday. Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.

Hershey’s Chocolate World gears up for 100 millionth visitor

International
The Associated Press

HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey’s Chocolate World is gearing up for its 100 millionth visitor.

The free attraction in eastern Pennsylvania offers a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the iconic chocolate company and now the media group LNP reports officials are planning to commemorate the milestone visit.

Chocolate World’s website says more than 99.92 million people have visited.

Cuisinart recalls 8M food processors; broken blades reported

International
The Associated Press

STAMFORD, Conn. — Cuisinart is voluntarily recalling about 8 million food processors after dozens of consumers reported finding pieces of broken blades in their food.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 30 reports of mouth lacerations or tooth injuries from the broken blades. Cuisinart’s parent company, Conair, announced the recall with the CPSC Tuesday.

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

Life

iBook charts for week ending December 11, 2016 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher ):iBooks US Bestseller List — Paid Books

1. Womanizer by Katy Evans - 9780997263619 - (KT PUBLISHING LLC)

2. No Man’s Land by David Baldacci - 9781455586493 - (Grand Central Publishing)

3. The Whistler by John Grisham - 9780385541206 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

Shortcut Moussaka

Recipes
By Katie Workman The Associated Press

A friend recently became a first-time grandmother, and when we went out to lunch she was exhausted. She had been cooking meals for the new parents, and collapsed into her chair saying she hadn’t finished making a moussaka before she had to leave.

“You,” she said, “could do the world a big service by coming up with a quick and easy moussaka.”

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