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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 3 2016

Picketing action

Photos
Heather Latter

With a deal unable to be reached by mediation between the Rainy River District School Board and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (District 5B) last month, the local teachers’ union ramped up its action yesterday afternoon by picketing outside the board office on Second Street East here prior to the board’s regular monthly meeting.

Market square open house set

News
Duane Hicks

The public soon will get their say on the new Rainy Lake Market Square project.

An open house has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

People are urged to stop by anytime during that three-hour window, Chief Building Official Travis Rob said yesterday.

Council not ready to go paperless

News
Duane Hicks

Town council slashed nearly $7 million from its 2016 capital budget during Monday’s budget meeting, including tablet computers which they could use for council business.

Administration has been pushing for council to use tablets, such as iPads, or laptop computers to read their agendas and other documents in a digital format, thus reducing the amount of paper they use.

Silent bid

Photos
Heather Latter

Lorraine Cupp, above, made a bid on the “Bird on a Wire” painting donated by Leon’s while, below, staff from Gillons’ Insurance enjoyed the tasty main course. The event also featured a raffle and entertainment.

DYS renovation project re-tendered

District
Heather Latter

A project to build a new classroom wing at Donald Young School in Emo has been re-tendered.

“We tendered an original package for the construction of the new classroom wing and when it closed the end of September, beginning of October, it came in over budget,” noted Travis Enge, manager of plant operations and maintenance for the Rainy River District School Board.

Students weigh in on new school

District
Heather Latter

With the Northwest Catholic District School Board receiving an estimated $11.9 million for the construction of a new school to consolidate St. Michael’s and St. Francis Schools here, Grade 5 students at St. Francis had some ideas about what they’d like to see in it.

'Green Light'

Photos
Duane Hicks

Mitaanjigamiing Chief Janice Henderson, far left, received a “Green Light” blanket, held here by Agnes Grover and Genny Brown, and a bundle from Manitou Rapids Chief Jim Leonard last Thursday during the “Project Green Light” launch at the Rainy River First Nations’ gym.

‘Forget Me Not’ dinner brings in almost $3,000

District
Heather Latter

The charitable dinner for the local Alzheimer Society on Saturday night at La Place Rendez-Vous was a success—bringing in almost $3,000 that will be used locally to help people affected by the disease and their families.

“It was a really fun evening,” enthused executive director Rossana Tomashowski.

First Nations shining light on violence

District
Duane Hicks

Rainy River First Nations is the most recent Grand Council Treaty #3 community to undertake “Project Green Light”—an initiative to prevent violence against women, men, children, elders, and co-workers.

Strong showing

Photos
Devin Eldridge

Reece MacNeil performed a spiral during the 2016 Sunset Country regional figure skating championships. He had three first-place finishes, capturing the Warren Diehl Memorial Award for winning the senior mens’ freeskate, the Star 4 boys’ 13-and-up freeskate, and the Star 4 Elements boys’ category.

Late rally lifts Muskie girls to win

Sports
Joey Payeur

For pure determination, “The Terminator” has nothing on the Muskie girls’ hockey team.

The black-and-gold may have bid their NorWOSSA arch-rivals “hasta la vista” after Annalise Hayes’ second goal of the game with nine seconds to go completed a heart-stopping rally from a 4-2 deficit for a thrilling 5-4 comeback victory over the host Dryden Eagles on Sunday.

Lakers able to mostly shine at ‘Showcase’

Sports
Joey Payeur

The Fort Frances Lakers managed to impress the scouts—and pick up the points they wanted at the same time.

A 2-1 record at the annual “SIJHL Showcase” last week in Hoyt Lakes and Virginia, Mn. was the short-term end result of one of the Lakers’ two busiest stretches of the season.

The long-term benefits still may be to come.

Longtime border hockey rivalry revived

Sports
Joey Payeur

Those not willing to remember the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them.

Riding market volatility ahead of RRSP deadline

Business
By Craig Wong The Canadian Press

OTTAWA As Canadians review their year-end investment statements and prepare to meet with their financial advisers ahead of the RRSP deadline, stock markets are taking a rocky ride.

Amid the market turmoil, portfolio manager Adrian Mastracci of KCM Wealth says it is back to basics this year. That means having a strong financial plan that lays out clear goals and how they will be met.

Jimmy Carter hopeful for Guinea worm eradication in Africa

International
By Jason Patinkin The Associated Press

JUBA, South Sudan Former US President Jimmy Carter says that Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated, which would be the most exciting accomplishment of his career, although progress is hampered by ongoing conflict in Mali and South Sudan.

Report finds record number of US exonerations in 2015

International
By Juan A. Lozano The Associated Press

HOUSTON The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2015, with nearly 40 per cent of the cases involving individuals who were exonerated in homicides, a new report shows.

Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey producers toast more strong sales

Life
By Bruce Schreiner The Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey are toasting another year of strong sales and revenue growth, led by consumers increasingly ordering high-priced, super-premium brands.

Russians go spacewalking to collect experiments, test glue

Science
By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two Russians took a spacewalk Wednesday to install fresh experiments outside the International Space Station and gather biological samples stuck outside for years.

Scientists map bedbug genome, follow pest through NYC subway

Science
By Verena Dobnik The Associated Press

NEW YORK Scientists have mapped the genome of bedbugs in New York City, then traced fragments of the nefarious pests’ DNA through the subway system.

Scientists to inject fuel in experimental fusion device

Science
By Frank Jordans The Associated Press

GREIFSWALD, Germany Scientists in northeast Germany were poised to flip the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.

Higher temperatures makes Zika mosquito spread disease more

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. The hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting its buffet of dangerous illnesses, scientists say.

LAMB AND DATE KOFTA

Recipes
By Meera Sodha The Associated Press

Hollywood’s biggest night also is one of the best excuses to get your friends together and get glamorous in the kitchen. But glamorous doesn’t have to be onerous. The best party food is something that will get your guests talking, something that is a crowd pleaser, something that can be eaten as a finger food but ‚Äî vitally ‚Äî also is really easy to assemble.