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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 18, 2019

Woman houses big nutcracker collection

News
Staff

While some people collect antiques or vinyl records, a district woman has spent the last 20 years amassing an incredible collection of nutcrackers.

Deb Zimmerman of Chapple has collected close to 200 large size, stand alone nutcrackers and puts them on display throughout her home over the holidays.

Local youth release music video

News
Ken Kellar

After months of hard work, a group of area youth have something to be proud of.
At a release party Monday night at the United Native Friendship Centre's (UNFC) Circle of Life building on Mowat Avenue, participants in the "Wake the Youth" program, alongside Maverick Judson, released the music video for their song "Love Like Eagles."

Borderland Pride welcomes mandate letter for Minister of Diversity and Inclusion

News
Press Release

On Friday, Borderland Pride welcomed the mandate letter for Canada's Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth. This portfolio is held by MP Bardish Chagger.

“We are thrilled to see the federal government's ongoing support and concern for LGBTQ2 individuals elevated to a full ministerial mandate,” stated Douglas Judson, co-chair of Borderland Pride.

International bridge work progressing well

District
Sam Odrowski

Construction at the Rainy River/Baudette International Bridge is on track and set for completion by mid-August of 2020.

Works to the nearly $40-million bridge came to a halt late last month due to weather conditions but will resume sometime in the spring.

Sturgeon Creek Bridge replaced

District
Staff

The Sturgeon Creek Bridge, that's located on Highway 11 about 8.5 km west of Highway 71, was recently improved by the Ministry of Transportation.

The former bridge was replaced with a new single span 48-metre-long bridge that has steel girders and a concrete deck.

Work started in May of 2019 and wrapped up last month.

FCC to give grants to 4-H clubs

District
Press Release

4-H Canada is pleased to announce Farm Credit Canada (FCC) 4-H Club Fund will contribute $100,000 in grants to 206 4-H clubs, districts and regions across Canada in 2020, supporting local clubs' initiatives, with the ultimate goal of empowering youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders that effect positive change in the world around them.

Make fire safety a holiday tradition

District
Press Release

With temperatures dropping and the holiday season upon us, ensure that festivities are both happy and safe by making fire safety a priority.

“While enjoying this festive time with friends, families and loved ones, keep fire safety in mind,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General.

Stratton United Church closes doors due to declining attendance

District
Sam Odrowski

After more than 100 years in the community, the Stratton United Church held its final service on Sunday and is closing down.

The decision was made due to a shrinking membership that's been dwindling for years—an issue seen with congregations throughout Canada.

Outsmart 'porch pirates' this holiday season: OPP

District
From the OPP

With holiday shopping season upon us, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding the public to beware of “porch pirates.”

Porch pirates are thieves who steal packages that are left at someone's house when they are not home to accept the parcel.

Some tips to help keep delivered packages safe:

Riverside Foundation receives early 'present'

District
Press Release

What started as a simple phone call to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care from local lawyer Larry Eustace to inquire about a name plate on the donor wall at La Verendrye General Hospital became a $21,530 donation in the season of giving.

NLSS skaters perform well in Thunder Bay

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Northern Lights School of Skating had 4 STARSkate members compete in the Thunder Bay Super Series Competition over the weekend.

Aubrey Johnson, skating in her first Skate Canada event, tackled the STAR 1 Free Skate event and achieved a gold standing.

Lakers looking to end first half of SIJHL season on a high note

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It's the fine details that can make it or break it for a team and the Fort Frances Lakers learned that firsthand last week.

The squad lost all three of its road games, with head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan noting that it was the little things that cost them each time.

Jr. spikers snare bronze at Dryden tourney

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It's been a solid start to the season for the Muskie junior girls' volleyball team.

The squad was split into four separate teams, called Gold, White, Black and 4, with the Gold team snaring bronze at the Dryden Eagles' annual home tournament held Friday and Saturday.

Senior spikers nab silver at 'Spike-Off' tourney

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie senior girls' volleyball team battled hard and came away with a well-deserved silver medal at the annual Westgate Tigers' “Spike-Off” tournament held Friday and Saturday.

Fort High compiled a 3-0 record in Orange Division play to head into the playoff rounds as the second-ranked team.

Muskie girls aiming to build off of big tourney win

Sports
Jamie Mountain

After a successful weekend, the Muskie girls' hockey team is aiming to hit the holiday break at the top of its game.

Owls' hoops squads looking to rebound in the new year

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They may have taken their fair share of lumps early on in the season, but the Rainy River Owls' junior and senior boys' basketball teams don't plan on feeling sorry for themselves.

Both squads were handed lopsided losses by the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) last Monday in their NorWOSSA 'A' regular-season openers at RRHS.

Owls' jr. spikers off to a great start

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owls' junior girls' volleyball team has gotten off to a great start to the season.

Rainy River compiled a 5-0-1 record in pool play before winning all three of its playoff games to snag the title at the Dryden Eagles' annual home tournament held Friday and Saturday.

Tim Hortons named Premier Marketing Partner of Centennial Cup

Sports
Press Release

CALGARY, Alta.—Hockey Canada announced last Thursday that Tim Hortons is expanding its relationship with the world-leading hockey organization and becoming its fourth Premier Marketing Partner.

Brandon tourney a learning experience for Muskie hoops squads

Sports
Jamie Mountain

While the Muskie junior and senior boys' basketball teams didn't come away with many wins at the Brandon Sun Spartan Invitational tournament over the weekend, they're hoping the experience will pay dividends moving forward this season.

The senior squad compiled an 0-3 record to finish fourth out of four teams in Pool 3 play.

Jackson rink falls short of berth

Sports
Staff

A berth to the senior men's provincials just wasn't in the cards for the Lorne Jackson rink.

Team Jackson compiled a 1-3 record and fell short of advancing at the west qualifier held on Friday and Saturday in Terrace Bay.

Tough start to season for Owls' senior spikers

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The goal is to improve each time out and the good thing for the Rainy River Owls' senior girls' volleyball team is that there still is a lot of season left.

Rainy River saw its league record fall to 0-2 with a 3-0 loss the Atikokan Voyageurs in NorWOSSA 'A' action yesterday at RRHS.

The set scores were 25-15, 25-7, and 25-14.

SCS concert #2

Photos
Dave Ogilvie

The Grade 7/8 Christmas Lip Sync Battle was an imaginative performance during the Sturgeon Creek School Christmas concert last week. Various groups from the class put in a wide variety of acts during the concert. At the end of the performance, the emcee asked the audience to judge the groups with their applause.

RMS concert

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Christmas is as good a time as any to rock out, as these guitar heroes from Robert Moore school demonstrated at their Christmas concert last night. Senior students at the school will be performing their Christmas concert tonight in the gym. - Ken Kellar photo

Rainy River bridge

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Construction at the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge came to a halt late last month as the snow and cold weather have set in. Works to the bridge will resume in April or once the spring thaw occurs. The project is set for completion in August of next year.

-Sam Odrowski photo

JW jr concert

Photos
Ken Kellar

Students from J.W. Walker performed a ukulele song as part of their Christmas concert at the Townshend Theatre last Tuesday night. While the Kindergarten students performed for their families and friends in the gym at J.W. Walker School, the junior and senior students had the opportunity to perform on the Townshend stage.

'Glowing' praise

Photos
Dave Ogilvie

The Grade 1 class at Sturgeon Creek School performed a creative “Black Light” performance of the Christmas Nativity during their annual Christmas concert last week. Their efforts were met with a warm round of applause from an appreciative audience.

Santa visit

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Submitted

Santa Claus, seen here chatting with Dorothy Brown, took time out of his very busy schedule last Thursday evening to stop by Riverside Health Care's long term care home in Emo and visit with residents during their holiday party. Rainycrest Long Term Care had its party on Friday.

Nutcrackers #3

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Deb Zimmerman's veritable army of nutcrackers are put up on display throughout her home every year over the holiday season. She's been collecting the decorative figures for around 20 years and has around 200 free standing one's in total, as well as 150 nutcracker tree ornaments. -Sam Odrowski photo

Music video stars

Photos
Ken Kellar

Members of “Wake the Youth" posed for a photo together following the debut of their music video "Love Like Eagles” at the United Native Friendship Centre's Circle of Life building on Monday night.

St Mike FI

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Mr. Cousineau's Grade 1 French Immersion class at St. Michael's School performed “Ave Maria” by Natasha St-Pier during their Christmas concert rehearsal last Wednesday. The French Immersion and English classes held their concerts on consecutive days in the gym at the elementary school. - Ken Kellar photo

Bridge complete

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The $7.3 million Sturgeon Creek Bridge was recently replaced by the Ministry of Transportation and when weather permits in the spring, a final paving of its deck will take place. To allow traffic to reopen this year the contractor placed a temporary cold-mix asphalt due to wet and cool conditions over the fall. -Sam Odrowski photo

OLotW concert

Photos
Ken Kellar

It's just not Christmas without the Grinch. Students at Our Lady of the Way school in Stratton delivered a dramatic performance of the classic story as a part of their Christmas concert on Friday afternoon. The performance was followed by lunch and draws for door prizes.

St Mike eng

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Students from St. Michael's school presented a depiction of the Nativity scene at their Christmas concert rehearsal on Thursday afternoon. This year's spate of Christmas concerts at the elementary school will be the last to be performed there, as students from the school will be starting at the new consolidated school in the new year. - Ken Kellar photo

Puck pursuit

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Paiten Kinnear looked to beat her Borderland Chiefs' opponent to the puck during the second period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 5-3 loss in exhibition action on Monday night at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). Kinnear tallied once to help pace the Muskies' offence in the loss.

Eustace donation

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Submitted

Riverside Foundation director Allison Cox, left, and Foundation chair Delaine McLeod, right, were pleased to recently accept a generous $21,530 donation from local lawyer Lawrence Eustace.

Skating in

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Jamie Mountain

Jerzi Calder (10) looked to keep her Borderland Chiefs' opponent at bay who was trying to skate into the Muskies' zone during the first period of Fort High's 5-3 loss in exhibition action on Monday night at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). The Muskies were slated to resume NorWOSSA action against the host Sioux Lookout Warriors yesterday, with the outcome not known as of press time.

Owl jr. bump

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Jamie Mountain

Tala Quran bumped the ball into the air while her teammates looked on during the first set of the Rainy River Owls' junior girls' volleyball team's 3-0 win over the Atikokan Voyageurs in NorWOSSA 'A' action yesterday afternoon at RRHS. The Owls improved to 2-0 in league play with the win.

Evading defenders

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Brendan Wilson tried to evade a pair of Atikokan Voyageurs' defenders and make his way to the hoop during the fourth quarter of the Rainy River Owls' senior boys' basketball team's 51-11 loss yesterday morning in NorWOSSA 'A' action at RRHS.

Gussy pic (Dec. 18)

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Submitted

Jeff Gustafson and his pals with a moose they harvested last week in Northwest Ontario.

Owls' vball champs

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Submitted

The Rainy River Owls' junior girls' volleyball team racked up eight wins en route to snaring the title at the Dryden Eagles' annual home tournament held Friday and Saturday.

Temperatures to rise heading into weekend

Weather

Tonight will be cloudy with periods of snow ending late this evening and a low of minus-17 C (1 F).

Tomorrow will bring a mix of sun and cloud with cloudy periods overnight, with a high of minus-11 (12) and a low of minus-15 (five).

Friday will be cloudy with a chance of flurries and a high of minus-four (25) and a low of minus-10 (14).