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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 31, 2019

A heartwarming surprise visit

News
Submitted by
Sandra Brunetta

During this season of gratitude and giving, and for me, reflection, I have a feel-good story I would like to share.

In the early '80s, Julian and I joined a group of people in this community to sponsor refugees fleeing refugee camps following the end of the Vietnam war.

Greg's Recycling closes down

News
Sam Odrowski

A local man who has led the charge for recycling around the district is retiring and stepping down from his recycling business.

Greg Stahn of Greg's Recycling, said he's been in operation since 1995 and will officially close tomorrow (Jan. 1), as he and his wife, Kathy, retire.

Mayor shares 2019 highlights

News
Sam Odrowski

As the new town council wraps up its first year serving the community, Mayor June Caul shared some highlights from 2019.

“This was a very busy and successful year,” she said.

One of the largest efforts undertaken by town council since taking office was its work to restart the idle mill here.

Rainy River council adapting well

District
Sam Odrowski

Rainy River's new council was sworn in a little over a year ago and the town's mayor, Deb Ewald, said the four new faces have been successful in adapting to their roles.

“They've done really well. Whenever there's a new council, it's a big learning curve . . . but they're getting a good handle on it,” Mayor Ewald noted.

Lac Seul to host second SIJHL game

Sports
Press Release

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—For a second time this season, an SIJHL regular season contest will be held in Lac Seul as the Dryden GM Ice Dogs and Fort Frances Lakers meet at the Lac Seul Events Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. CST.

Lakers end first half with split against Norskies

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers got two goals apiece from Kyle Uzelman and Flynn Perry to help them double the Thief River Falls Norskies 6-3 in SIJHL action back on Dec. 20 at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Boileau nabs fourth Boxing Day title

Sports
Staff

Steve Boileau entered the Sunset Country Squash Club's annual Boxing Day tournament this year hoping to defend his title.

A full complement of 20 players participated this year, with Boileau rising to the occasion once again in defeating Jason Kabel 3-2 to capture the 'A' Open title in a rematch of last year's final.

Boileau serve

Photos
Ken Kellar

Steve Boileau successfully defended his title from a year ago as he once again downed Jason Kabel in an exciting final to capture the 'A' Open title at the Sunset Country Squash Club's annual Boxing Day tournament at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Snow removal

Photos
Amanda Caron

Snow removal crews around town were hard at work yesterday following the blast of snow we received from Sunday morning through yesterday. The weather station in Fort Frances recorded 16 cm of snow, and International Falls reported seeing 7.8 inches of snow.

Rainycrest santa

Photos
Submitted

Rainycrest resident Alice Irvine, 107 years young, had a visit with Santa Claus during his stopover at the long term care facility on Dec. 3. Local photographer Shawna McRitchie volunteered her time for the Santa pictures for residents and kids in the Community. Any donations collected were given to the Rainycrest Auxiliary Ladies.

Dessert table

Photos
Ken Kellar

It takes an army of volunteers to make a community event like the Christmas Dinner a success, and this year's event at the Knox United Church saw a outswelling of support from both volunteers and the public.

Greg's recycling (2019)

Photos

Owner of Greg's Recycling, Greg Stahn, stood next to a massive collection of compacted aluminum cans at his business, which closes down tomorrow (Jan. 1), as Stahn and wife retire. The business has always collected non-ferrous metals and provided a much needed service throughout the district for its 25 years in operation.

Surprise visit

Photos
Submitted

The Keomany and Luong families stopped by for one more hug before the long trek home.

Gussy pic (Dec. 31)

Photos
Submitted

Get out on the ice and create some ice fishing memories over the holidays.

Squash serve

Photos

Josh Councillor serves up during one of his matches at the Sunset Country Squash club's annual Boxing Day Tournament held at the Memorial Sports Centre. The tournament saw competitors from across the district take part in the fun, day-long event. -Ken Kellar photo

Airport refuellers vote in favour of strike

National
Christopher Reynolds
The Canadian Press

The workers in charge of refuelling planes at Montreal's Trudeau and Mirabel airports could walk off the job on New Year's Day, threatening to disrupt the busy holiday travel season.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said Saturday its members have voted 99 per cent in favour of a strike unless a new contract agreement with their employer is reached.

Man charged in snowmobile bank heist

National
The Canadian Press

ALIX, Alta. — Police in central Alberta say they've made an arrest in a bank robbery where the suspect allegedly fled on a snowmobile.

RCMP began investigating on Dec. 20 when they said a lone male wearing a mask and gloves entered the ATB Financial branch in Alix with a long-barrelled firearm and a machete, and then fled on a snowmobile with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Flurries possible for New Year's Day

Weather

Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of -15 C (5 F).

For New Year's Day we'll see cloudy skies with a chance of flurries throughout the day and overnight with a high of minus-seven (19) and a low of minus-eight (18).

Thursday will continue with a chance of flurries all day and overnight, bringing a high of minus-two (28) and a low of minus-seven (19).