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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 27, 2018

Safe drinking water ensured

News
Press Release

Environment, Conservation and Parks minister Rod Phillips has released his first Minister's Annual Report on Drinking Water.

The report highlights progress over the last year and shows that 99.8 percent of more than half-a-million test results from municipal residential drinking water systems met Ontario's drinking water quality standards.

'Pop-up' homeless shelter to open soon

News
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Homelessness Committee soon will be set to open “Out of the Cold"—a three-day-a-week "pop-up” shelter at the Apostolic Way church here.

The 10-bed facility recently passed a building inspection but due to operational issues, the committee now is eyeing a mid-January start date.

Kiwanis Club 'adopts' 10 families

News
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Kiwanis Club has made Christmas a more joyous time of the year for those who are less fortunate through the local Salvation Army's “Adopt-a-Family” program.

The club, which has been doing this annually for more than a decade, was able to “adopt” 10 families through the program this year.

Local class spreads kindness

News
Staff

A local class recently spread Christmas cheer in the east end of town with their random act of kindness walk.

Rae Ann Wood's Grade 2/3 class at St. Michael's School hand made 100 cards and assembled 226 packages containing chocolates and specially-wrapped candy canes during their last week of school before Christmas break.

New auxiliary bursary recipient chosen

News
Submitted by
Barb Everett

The Legion Ladies' Auxiliary to Br. #29 met on Dec. 12 with 41 members in attendance.

The meeting was brought to order at 6 p.m. by president Alfreda Easton, followed by the minutes of the Nov. 14 general meeting and the Dec. 5 executive meeting being circulated and approved.

A short meeting was held to cover required year-end items and approval to pay accounts.

Rainycrest Auxiliary buys new furniture

News
Duane Hicks

Christmas came early to Rainycrest residents last week but Santa is not the one who brought presents this time.

Region's gas prices to be probed

District
Sam Odrowski

The Competition Bureau has announced it will examine gasoline prices in Northwestern Ontario.

Energy minister and local MPP Greg Rickford wrote to the Competition Bureau on Nov. 30 requesting an investigation after seeing gasoline prices remain stagnate in the region even after the Ford government cancelled the cap-and trade carbon tax.

Back-to-work legislation passes

District
Sam Odrowski

Bill 67 was passed Thursday at Queen's Park to prevent a strike or lockout at Ontario Power Generation in what the government calls an effort to avoid putting the province's power supply at risk.

The bill is intended to prevent large-scale power outages across Ontario.

Cash calendar winners

District

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for Dec. 16-22 were Yvonne Treffers (Atikokan), Mike and Bev McCoy (Devlin), Brenda Boettele (Fort Frances), Tom Johnson Sr. (Mine Centre), Barry Marcotte (Fort Frances), Teresa Haney (Atikokan), and Donna Calvelli (Atikokan).

Muskies defeat Broncos in annual border battle

Sports
Staff

The Muskie boys' hockey team had a bit of a rough start in its annual border battle against the International Falls Broncos there Friday night but finished strong for a 4-1 victory.

“I thought we didn't start the game very well and they kind of took it to us,” head coach Jordan Sinclair admitted.

Lakers host appreciation skate

Sports
Sam Odrowski

Children had a blast skating with the Fort Frances Lakers on Thursday at the Ice For Kids Arena during their “Fan Appreciation Skate.”

The event was free to attend, and all who came out received a complimentary hotdog, bag of chips, cookies, and hot chocolate courtesy of Integral Hockey Stick Repair, Wasaw Foods, and Sysco Foods.

2019 sports hall inductees named

Sports
Press Release

The Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2019 inductees.

Dave Mitchell (power lifter) is being inducted in the Athlete category.

Being inducted in the Builders category are Barney Maher (Muskie sports), Ken Christiansen (hockey), Bruce McLeod (hockey), and Mary Beth and Bob Tkachuk (squash and tennis).

Lakers come up short on home ice

Sports
Sam Odrowski

The Lakers put in a strong effort against the Thief River Falls Norskies on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena here but came up short with a 3-1 loss in their final game before the SIJHL's holiday break.

“Not the outcome we were hoping for,” Lakers' head coach Wayne Strachan conceded.

Hamper helpers

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Members of the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club packed hampers last Thursday at the local Salvation Army office for the “Adopt-a-Family" program. This year, the club "adopted” 10 families that each received $150 in gifts and $100 in groceries for Christmas. The program has ran annually here for more than 10 years.

Rainycrest furniture

Photos
Duane Hicks

Rainycrest resident Verenia Zucchiatti, front row left, joined Rainycrest Auxiliary president June Caul, resident May Matheson, activity worker Elizabeth Logue, and resident Robert Bliss, as well as auxiliary vice-president Diane Maxey, Riverside Foundation director Allison Cox, auxiliary member Laurie Hogan, auxiliary treasurer Sheila McMillen, and Foundation chair Bill Gushulak, in celebratin

Skating with Lakers

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Lakers' fans hit the rink Thursday for a “Fan Appreciation Skate” with the team at the Ice For Kids Arena. The event was free to attend and the Lakers' way of giving back to the fans who continue to support them year-round. Those who came out received complimentary refreshments, donated by Integral Hockey Stick Repair, Wasaw Foods, and Sysco Foods.

Christmas helpers

Photos
Duane Hicks

Marc-Andre Michon, left, and Maria Gilbert were among the volunteers who served up food to everyone who attended the community Christmas dinner Christmas Day at Knox United Church. The delicious meal was prepared by volunteer cooks Sharon Gurski, JoAnne Formanek Gustafson, and Tracy Clarke.

Lunging for puck

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Lakers' forward Noah Loveday lunged for the puck as the Thief River Falls Norskies regained possession during Friday night's game at the Ice For Kids Arena here. The Norskies prevailed 3-1 in the Lakers' final game before the SIJHL holiday break.

Kindness walk

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Rae Ann Wood's Grade 2/3 class at St. Michael's School smiled for a picture before embarking on their “Random Act of Kindness Christmas Walk,” where they distributed 100 handmade cards and 226 gift bags to homes surrounding their school on Thursday. The cards and gift bags were put together by the students during their last week of school before the Christmas break.

Christmas smiles

Photos
Duane Hicks

Families and individuals of all ages attended the community Christmas dinner at Knox United Church. Here, Marlon, Camille and Katrina Hagarty enjoyed a dessert. In addition to food and camaraderie, dinner guests were treated to a performance of the Christmas cantata, “Good News from Home,” thanks to Diane Maxey and a dozen or so of the Fort Frances Choraliers.

Gift of song

Photos
Duane Hicks

Several generations of the Gerber family treated patients and staff alike to a lovely selection of Christmas songs last Wednesday afternoon at La Verendrye General Hospital here. The Gerbers have made it a holiday tradition to spread joy through music.

New Foundation office

Photos
Duane Hicks

Allison Cox, director of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, was getting settled into her new office last Wednesday in the lobby at La Verendrye General Hospital where the registration desk used to be.

Season for sharing

Photos
Duane Hicks

People from near and far attended the 31st-annual community Christmas dinner at Knox United Church on Tuesday afternoon. Here, Emilia Suminska, hailing from Warsaw, Poland, and Mike Kempf, originally from Fort Frances but now living in Finland, joined Kempf's mother, Bernice, for a delicious meal.

Season for sharing

Photos
Duane Hicks

People from near and far attended the 31st-annual community Christmas dinner at Knox United Church here Tuesday afternoon. Above, Emilia Suminska, hailing from Warsaw, Poland, and Mike Kempf, originally from Fort Frances but now living in Finland, joined Kempf's mother, Bernice, for a delicious meal.

Edmunds: How much car can you get for $399 a month? Plenty

Business
By Cameron Rogers The Associated Press

The average monthly payment for a new car is hovering around $530, according to the most recent Experian auto finance report. The average lease payment is $430. While these payments will fit some budgets, they’re painfully steep for others.

Beaver bourbon, runaway peacocks: A wild 2018 in New England

International
By William J. Kole The Associated Press

BOSTON — Things got a little wild in New England in 2018 ‚Äî as in actual animals weaseling their way into the headlines.

American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

People
By Amanda Lee Myers The Associated Press

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed impossible.

Colin O’Brady, of Portland, finished the bone-chilling, 930-mile (1,500-kilometre) journey as friends, family and fans tracked the endurance athlete’s progress in real time online.

Cold snap to move in after storm

Weather

Another five-10 cm of snow is expected tonight, with an overnight low of minus-16 C (three) and north winds gusting up to 37 km/h.

Tomorrow will see gradual clearing, with a high of just minus-14 (seven) and low around minus-23 (nine below).

Look for north-northwest winds gusting up to 32 km/h.

Atown

Around Town

A New Year's Eve potluck dinner and dance (for ages 55+) will be held Monday, Dec. 31 at the Sister Kennedy Centre. Dinner is at 5 p.m., with the dance to follow.