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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 5, 2018

Pledge to spread kindness during the holiday season

News
Duane Hicks

Whether it's a present to a loved one or donation to a good cause, Christmas is a time to give.

But what about the gift of goodwill?

Go Local Fort Frances and the Town of Fort Frances want residents to think about how they can make someone else's season bright with the “Christmas Kindness Pledge” challenge.

More help needed for Christmas dinner here

News
Duane Hicks

Plans are in motion for a Christmas Day event many local residents look forward to each year.

But while a trio of cooks have come forth to make the meal for the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau's 31st-annual Christmas dinner set for noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church here, more helping hands are needed.

Christmas parade proves popular

News
Duane Hicks

Downtown Fort Frances was alive with the sights and sounds of the festive season Sunday afternoon as the annual Christmas parade, this year entitled “Christmas at the Movies,” proved to be an event to remember.

New town council begins four-year term

News
Duane Hicks

The new town council officially set sail on its four-year voyage together Monday night and in the words of Mayor June Caul, she has “every confidence that we are embarking on a future with great possibilities and outcomes.”

Gas price review sought

News
Press Release

Local MPP Greg Rickford on Friday called on the Competition Bureau to review gasoline and diesel retail prices in Northwestern Ontario.

“Our [government] has followed through and taken steps to cut gas prices in Ontario,” noted Rickford, who also is the minister of energy, northern development and mines.

Family raises big bucks for 'Movember'

News
Duane Hicks

Will would be proud.

Justin and Blair Anderson of Betty's raised more than $12,470 during “Movember,” the annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, including mental health and suicide.

Workshops aim to make math fun

District
Sam Odrowski

Math remains one of the most difficult subjects for students today.

In high school especially, many struggle to secure the credit.

Rusnak decides to seek re-election

District
Sam Odrowski

Don Rusnak will be seeking a second term as MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River in next fall's federal election.

He was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate last month and officially is the first person to throw their hat into the ring.

New group of trustees sworn in

District
Sam Odrowski

Some new faces now are representing communities across the district with respect to public education.

The new group of Rainy River District School Board trustees serving the 2018-22 term were sworn in at last night's board meeting and they're both eager and excited to serve.

Students visit indigenous veterans' exhibit

District
Sam Odrowski

St. Francis students visited the Fort Frances Museum on Friday to learn about the history of indigenous veterans from the area.

The Grade 5/6 native language class and Grade 5 class viewed the display and learned about those from the area who served in either world war.

'Stuff-a-Cruiser' goes Saturday

District
From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP would like to invite the public to come out and support efforts to fill the local food banks by participating in the annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” event.

Youth drama classes being offered

District
Sam Odrowski

Youths interested in drama now have an outlet to express themselves theatrically over the winter months.

A 16-week drama program, opened to those aged seven-18, is being offered at the Fort Frances Museum for a $40 fee.

'Coats 4 Kids' campaign pleased with support

District
Sam Odrowski

The district now has 72 more children who will be adequately dressed for the cold weather this winter.

In all, the Knights of Columbus' “Coats 4 Kids” campaign purchased 5,000 coats for children in need and locally, the KCs were able to source six dozen coats through generous donations from the community.

La Vallee Christmas party set to go

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The Township of La Vallee's annual Christmas party takes place this Sunday (Dec. 9) beginning at 3 p.m., with a potluck supper being served at 5 p.m.

There will be board games and cards played prior to supper (please bring your own), as well as face-painting and more.

'Holly Daze' yet another success

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

Those from Emo and the surrounding areas who took the time to attend this year's “Holly Daze” parade were treated to a fantastic experience.

Thanks to the mild weather, a large crowd was on hand early to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies, meet with friends and relatives, and await the beginning of the parade.

Skaters shine at meets

Sports
Press Release

Border Skating Club skaters took to the ice for the first competition of their season on Nov. 24-25 when they travelled to Thunder Bay to participate in Skate Ontario's Super Series—Skate Thunder Bay competition.

This was a qualifying event for the Ontario provincial championships that will be held March 7-10 in Mississauga.

The results for the weekend were as follows:

Senior spikers building on defence

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They say defence wins championships and that's where the focus will lie for the Muskie senior girls' volleyball team this season.

Head coach Duane Roen knows a strong defence is paramount to any success his squad will enjoy this year in NorWOSSA play, which officially kicked off yesterday against the host Kenora Broncos (the outcome wasn't known as of press time).

Mixed results for Owls' hoops squads

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Things didn't start out so well for the Rainy River Owls' junior and senior boys' basketball teams last week, although both squads sure ended on a good note.

The juniors opened their NorWOSSA 'A' regular season with a 55-40 loss to the host Atikokan Voyageurs on Wednesday.

The Owls (1-1) trailed just 25-18 at halftime but couldn't muster enough to make the comeback.

Be vigilant around rails

Sports
Press Release

With rapidly-changing road and weather conditions hitting the Fort Frances area for the start of the winter season, motorists are reminded to drive according to the conditions.

We are encouraging drivers to be prepared to stop when approaching railway crossings.

Team U.S.A. nabs second-straight all-star win

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was a night of great skills, great goals, and great moments for all those on hand.

The Fort Frances Lakers hosted the SIJHL's annual skills competition and all-star game last Wednesday night in front of 487 people at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Tough start to season for Owls' spikers

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owls' senior and junior girls' volleyball teams found out early on that it will take a big effort to get wins this season.

That was evident in their matches last week against the host Atikokan Voyageurs and Ignace Falcons in NorWOSSA 'A' action.

Red-hot North Stars nab win over Lakers

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers made a game of it but the red-hot Thunder Bay North Stars ultimately proved to be too much on Saturday night at the Fort William Gardens.

The first-place North Stars (19-1-1-0) wound up prevailing 3-2 for their ninth-straight victory.

Local sunrise, sunset times

Sports

Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Dec. 6-12:

Muskie boys rally to nip Eagles in SO

Sports
Staff

The Muskie boys' hockey team rallied to beat the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action here Sunday afternoon.

The black-and-gold tied the score late in the third period when Mike Ward scored on the rebound of a Jake Barker slapshot.

After overtime solved nothing, Connor Nelson and Payton Avis each scored in the shootout as Fort High eked out a 6-5 victory.

Seeking donations

Photos
Duane Hicks

Lt. Ryan MacDonald of the local Salvation Army collected cash donations from parade-goers Sunday afternoon. The Salvation Army also teamed up with 93.1 The Border downtown on Saturday to collect toy donations from the public during the annual “Burst the Bus” drive.

Visiting with Santa

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Mya and Marly Wrolstad had big smiles as they got their picture taken with Santa at the Emo Arena on Saturday during the community's annual “Holly Daze" festivities. Maple Street Photography was on hand to take the photographs. See more "Holly Daze” photos on A10.

Peanuts float

Photos
Duane Hicks

Community Living Fort Frances and District celebrated “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with their float in Sunday afternoon's parade.

FFHS Express

Photos
Duane Hicks

Fort Frances High School students boarded the “FFHS Express" for Sunday afternoon's Christmas parade here. The students won won the "Kevin McCallister Award” for best use of materials.

Polar Express #2

Photos
Duane Hicks

Rainy River First Nations earned the “Buddy the Elf Award" for the most Christmas spirit with their float based on the "Polar Express.”

Math workshop

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Rob Gleeson, school resource specialist from the Centre of Education in Mathematics and Computing, visited Fort High last Tuesday and Wednesday to run math workshops with students. He visited schools across the district to engage students in problem-solving strategies related to math.

New council

Photos
Amanda Caron

Mayor June Caul, centre, was joined in Council Chambers by Couns. John McTaggart, Andrew Hallikas, Rick Wiedenhoeft, Michael Behan, Wendy Brunetta, and Douglas Judson prior to Monday evening's inaugural meeting.

Spirit bidder

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Jill Langtry put in a bid at the silent auction during the “Spirit of Christmas” event held by the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary on Sunday afternoon at the Copper River Inn while (below) Nadia Felix and Barbara Murray enjoyed a plate of dainties and tea. The silent auction featured close to 200 items for attendees to bid on.

'Smile!'

Photos
Duane Hicks

Bodie Crowe got to sit on Santa's knee and have his photo taken with the seasonal celebrity on Sunday morning at the Rainy Lake Square. Organizers estimate at least 100 children dropped by to visit with the jolly old elf and have some hot chocolate. Photos were taken by Studio Gibbous while Tim Hortons provided the refreshments.

Skaters' float

Photos
Duane Hicks

Northern Lights School of Skating won the “Holiday Cheermeister Award" (People's Choice Award) for its "How the Grinch Stole Christmas” float in Sunday afternoon's parade here.

Top citizen float

Photos
Duane Hicks

Recently-named 2018 “Citizen of the Year” Cynthia Donald waved to those lining Scott Street on Sunday afternoon during the annual community Christmas parade.

Craft vendor

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Dawn-Marie Danylchuk had a spread of Christmas decorations, gifts, and products on display during the “Crafts Galore” event at the Legion on Saturday. Soups and sandwiches also were available to those who stopped by.

North Pole visitors

Photos
Duane Hicks

Santa and Mrs. Claus waved to parade-goers of all ages as they brought up the tail-end of the annual Christmas parade Sunday afternoon on Scott Street. Their new float was, in no small part, due to the efforts of local TD Canada Trust staff and the Voyageur Lions of Fort Frances. See story, more photos on A5.

Shopping craze

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Ashley Trinker of Tiber River Naturals had an array of products on display during “Shopping Craze” held upstairs at the Emo Arena on Saturday. More than 20 vendors were set up with unique products, Christmas-themed merchandise, and some handcrafted items.

Nutcracker float

Photos
Duane Hicks

Dancemakers School of Dance students got bundled up to ride on this “Nutcracker"-themed float—a fitting choice considering "The Nutcracker” is a popular Christmastime two-act ballet with a score by Tchaikovsky.

Showing exhibits

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Laura Gosse pointed out artifacts in the indigenous veterans' exhibit during St. Francis School's visit to the Fort Frances Museum on Friday morning. Students were given a history and shown the indigenous communities' local connection to both world wars.

Squaring up shot

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Team Canada's Keighan Gerrie (Thunder Bay North Stars) looked to square up a shot towards the Team U.S.A. net while defenceman Jake Eischen (Thief River Falls Norskies) tried to get his stick in the shooting lane during his squad's 8-6 loss in the SIJHL's annual all-star game last Wednesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena here. Gerrie notched an assist in a losing cause.

Fast shot

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Robert McCollum (Thunder Bay North Stars) of Team Canada blasted away with all his might in an attempt to be crowned the player with the hardest shot during the skills competition that was part of the SIJHL's annual all-star festivities here last Wednesday night. Alec Severson (Thief River Falls Norskies) of Team U.S.A. won the event with a rocket that clocked in at 90.08 m.p.h.

Skating fast

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Team Canada's Cameron Coutre (Dryden GM Ice Dogs) skated with power and grace as he was deemed the fastest skater with a time of 13.57 seconds while Chase Robideau (Fort Frances Lakers) of Team U.S.A. looked to skillfully weave his way around a pylon during the puck relay event of the skills competition held as part of the SIJHL's all-star festivities here last Wednesday night.

Beating defender

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Team Canada's Brett Piper (Thief River Falls Norskies) skated his way around Team U.S.A. defenceman Zach Ross (Norskies) and looked to get a scoring chance during his squad's 8-6 loss in the SIJHL's annual all-star game last Wednesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena here.

Proud hunter

Photos
of Vic Pearson

Lilly Pearson, 86, was all smiles after bagging this 11-point buck last Wednesday east of Fort Frances. Pearson was on her way to her favourite hunting spot when she spotted the deer. An avid hunter for decades, Pearson still gets excited about the activity—especially when she gets the opportunity to score a nice buck like this one.

Gussy pic (Dec. 5)

Photos
Submitted

Dale Stroschein with a nice early-ice walleye.

Opening goal

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Makenna Henttonen fired a shot through the five-hole of International Falls Broncos' goalie Grace Wegner to open the scoring in the first period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 2-1 overtime win in the opener of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series last Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Competition Bureau granted order to interview Torstar staff in investigation

Business
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Competition Bureau says it has obtained a court order to interview current and former Torstar Corp. employees as part of its investigation into a deal between the company and Postmedia Network Canada Corp.

1st baby born using uterus transplanted from deceased donor

Health & Wellness
By Maria Cheng The Associated Press

LONDON — Brazilian doctors are reporting the world’s first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.

Eleven previous births have used a transplanted womb but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend.

Economists say Trump off on tariffs’ impact

International
By Josh Boak The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump promised on Twitter that tariffs would maximize the country’s economic heft and “MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN.”

Almost all economists say the president is wrong. That’s because tariffs are taxes on imports. They can cause higher prices, reduce trade among countries and hurt overall economic growth as a result.