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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 10, 2016

Pancake feast

Photos
Heather Latter

Emma Fyfe, left, and Quinn Miller, Early Years students at St. Michael’s School, enjoyed pancakes there yesterday morning as the school celebrated Shrove Tuesday—the day before Lent begins. Several pancake suppers also were held at local churches yesterday evening.

Strategic plan reflects changing role of library

News
Duane Hicks

The roles of community libraries are changing but the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre is ready for the future.

Library board chair Andrew Hallikas and vice-chair Robert Schulz unveiled to town council Monday night the library’s 2015-18 strategic plan—a document which outlines how the library has grown and where it’s headed.

Rethink dog park decision: group

News
Duane Hicks

The town has put off plans for a dog park at this time, but a group of concerned residents wants council to reconsider that decision.

Council approved a report from town bylaw enforcement officer Arlene Byrnes, to the town’s Planning & Development executive committee at its meeting Jan. 25, recommending the town should “suspend the consideration of a dog park at this time.”

Furry friends

Photos
Heather Latter

Elena Bottomley got an up-close look at the two newest residents at the Fort Frances Public Library during a visit to the children’s area there last week. Staff have asked the public to suggest names for the two guinea pig brothers either on the library’s Facebook page or in person. People then can “like” their favourite name to vote for it. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (Feb.

Walker Gr. 7/8 students to move into high school

News
Staff

Fort Frances High School will have a group of new students this fall.

Grade 7-8 students from J.W. Walker will be moved there effective Aug. 29 to address the over-capacity issue at their school.

The Rainy River District School Board approved the recommendation put forth by the finance committee during its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday.

Town trims dragon boat funds

News
Duane Hicks

Town council will reduce its financial support of the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival this year.

The group had requested council consider increasing its financial support of the dragon boat races from $1,000 to $1,500 in the 2016 town budget.

OSSTF, school board still at odds

District
Heather Latter

After making their presence known at last month’s Rainy River District School Board meeting, and then picketing outside the board office last week, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (District 5B) is no closer to reaching a local deal with the board.

Fashion show

Photos
Heather Latter

Erika Cochrane modelled a fancy shawl regalia designed by Ashley Bruyere. Music also was provided by OC and The Wild Horse, with Orville Councillor acting as emcee for the event. Tea and bannock also was served.

Muskie girls’ team takes it to Saints

Sports
Joey Payeur

Hanna LeDrew let it be known that anyone wanting to mess with one of her teammates is inviting trouble from everyone dressed in black-and-gold.

Muskie boys nail down top spot

Sports
Joey Payeur

Anyone who thinks they had a busier week than the Muskie boys’ hockey team either sells winter clothes for a living or simply is kidding themselves.

The Muskies played their sixth game in eight days last night when they hosted the Dryden Eagles in their regular-season home finale (the score was unavailable as of press time).

Face to face

Photos
Joey Payeur

Brady Wright of the International Falls Broncos, left, and Muskie Nick Hahkala weren’t giving an inch to each other as they struggled for command of the face-off circle in the first period of Fort High’s 6-1 victory in exhibition boys’ hockey action Monday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Lakers extend league winning streak to seven

Sports
Joey Payeur

It was a curious time for a time-out, but it was all part of the long-range plan.

With the Fort Frances Lakers well on their way to a 4-0 victory over the English River Miners here Saturday, head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan suddenly called for an impromptu team meeting at the bench with just over 3:30 left in the third period.

Craft beers, house-made items tops among chefs

Business
By Lois Abraham THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO The craft beer craze isn’t going away anytime soon, according to a survey of nearly 500 Canadian chefs.

For the second year in a row, craft and micro brews have taken the top spot on the Canadian Chef Survey of the 10 hottest restaurant trends in the country.

Burger King’s next conquest: Hot dog king

Business
By Candice Choi

NEW YORK Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King.

The Miami-based chain says it plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time starting Feb. 23. It may seem like a jarring addition for those who know the chain for its Whoppers. But Burger King says its ability to flame-grill meat makes hot dogs a natural fit on its menu.

GM recalling 473,000 trucks and SUVs for brake pedal problem

Business
The Associated Press

DETROIT General Motors is recalling more than 473,000 trucks and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because the brake pedals can come loose and fail to work properly.

The recall covers certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD and Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicles.

Trump, Sanders win New Hampshire primary

International
By Alexander Panetta The Canadian Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. A pair of protest candidates riding a message of rage against the political and economic machine have achieved an until-recently-unthinkable triumph: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have won the New Hampshire primary.

India launches campaign for deworming millions of children

International
By Ashok Sharma The Associated Press

NEW DELHI Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical development.

Elephant rampages in east Indian town, smashing homes

International
By Manik Banerjee The Associated Press

KOLKATA, India A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing homes and sending panicked residents running.

As the frightened elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes, crowds of people gathered to watch from balconies and roof tops. Some followed from a distance as the elephant moved through the streets.

Elephant rampages in east Indian town, smashing homes

International
By Manik Banerjee The Associated Press

KOLKATA, India A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing homes and sending panicked residents running.

As the frightened elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes, crowds of people gathered to watch from balconies and roof tops. Some followed from a distance as the elephant moved through the streets.

Elephant rampages in east Indian town, smashing homes

International
By Manik Banerjee The Associated Press

KOLKATA, India A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing homes and sending panicked residents running.

As the frightened elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes, crowds of people gathered to watch from balconies and roof tops. Some followed from a distance as the elephant moved through the streets.

Elephant rampages in east Indian town, smashing homes

International
By Manik Banerjee The Associated Press

KOLKATA, India A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing homes and sending panicked residents running.

As the frightened elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes, crowds of people gathered to watch from balconies and roof tops. Some followed from a distance as the elephant moved through the streets.

Elephant rampages in east Indian town, smashing homes

International
By Manik Banerjee The Associated Press

KOLKATA, India A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing homes and sending panicked residents running.

As the frightened elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes, crowds of people gathered to watch from balconies and roof tops. Some followed from a distance as the elephant moved through the streets.

NATO chief expects OK for greater forward presence

International
By John-Thor Dahlburg And Robert Burns The Associated Press

BRUSSELS NATO defence ministers should approve plans Wednesday for increasing NATO’s forward presence in Eastern Europe to deter Russia, and discuss what the alliance might do to stanch the ongoing flow of migrants into Europe, the organization’s secretary-general said.

Nuns who help homeless face eviction in costly San Francisco

Life
By Janie Har The Associated Press

San Francisco nuns who serve the homeless are in danger of getting kicked out of their home after a rent hike of more than 50 per cent, another example of the struggle to balance soaring living costs in a booming economy.

US WWII vet reunites with wartime girlfriend in Australia

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia A 93-year-old World War II veteran from the United States embraced his wartime girlfriend in Australia in their reunion Wednesday after more than 70 years apart.

Porcelain cookware on the grill? It works deliciously well

Recipes
By Elizabeth Karmel The Associated Press

Recently, I went to France to test drive some porcelain cookware. I wanted to see how it handled my favourite cooking method ....... grilling!