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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 6, 2019

Museum to focus on environment

News
Submitted by
Sherry George

Climate change is here—now. Weather systems that use to move through our area, taking the rain or cold with it, now hang over us with no end in sight.

No one likes a Doomsday imagery but climate change will be catastrophic for our children if we can't do enough to keep temperatures under control.

Date set for next 'SnOasis' fun day

News
Duane Hicks

In what's become an annual community tradition, the “Friends of the Museum” once again is planning a free family fun day early next month.

“SnOasis 7: Snowflake Heaven” is slated for Saturday, March 2 from noon-2 p.m. at the Rainy Lake Square on Scott Street.

Library now has ukuleles

News
Press Release

The “Maker Space” at the Fort Frances Public Library has a new addition: ukuleles.

Ukuleles have been purchased and are ready to go for our first-ever “Music Lessons in the Library” series.

A five-week program is starting this Wednesday (Feb. 6) for kids aged nine-12, with a community member teaching the group.

Online registration is required as space is limited.

Abattoir takes over Rainy River Meats

News
Press Release

After nearly two years of planning and preparing, the board of directors with the Rainy River Regional Abattoir Inc. is excited to announce that as of Feb. 1, we have taken over operations of Rainy River Meats in Emo.

We have been looking for ways to increase revenue stream to the abattoir structure and we are confident this is a step in the right direction.

Trappers' workshop hopes to draw crowd

News
Duane Hicks

The Rainy River District Trappers Council is hoping to revitalize interest in trapping in our area.

Experienced trappers, and those maybe wanting to get into the business, will get a chance to talk and learn about trapping this Saturday (Feb. 9) when the council holds a workshop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Métis Hall (714 Armit Ave.)

Confederation grad reaches new 'heights'

News
Press Release

Confederation College alumnus Michael Ozga is the first to turn a Destination Porter experience into a full-time job.

Ozga recently was hired as a First Officer by Porter Airlines and though new to the airline, Ozga's association with Porter began years before thanks to an innovative program called Destination Porter.

Invest in public dental programs: ODA

News
Press Release

The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is asking the province to invest in public dental programs.

Taking action now to properly fund existing programs, like Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO), could save the province millions of dollars a year in unnecessary hospital and doctor visits.

NPI has launched new 'sharing' program

News
Press Release

Are you a small municipality with no policy analyst on staff but you need to prepare an analysis of trends in taxable property growth?

Join the Northern Analyst Co-operative.

New partnership for physio services

News
Press Release

Effective immediately, Riverside Health Care, in partnership with Arvan Rehab Group (ARVAN), will be providing physiotherapy assessment and treatments upon medical referral to our long-term care residents at Rainycrest and the Emo and Rainy River health centres.

Zambian pastor now ministering at St. John's

District
Sam Odrowski

St. John's Anglican Church's new pastor recently moved here from Africa and is happy to be transitioning to the northern lifestyle.

Originating from the country of Zambia, Fr. Musonda Abel Ng'andwe always was interested in moving to Canada, having learned all about the country at school as a young boy.

Class learns about lab technologists

District
Sam Odrowski

Two of Riverside Health Care's lab technologists spoke to a Grade 8 class at St. Francis School on Monday to provide insight into their roles.

Serena Stromberg and Shakira Gerald also touched on the five disciplines that make up the lab, which include chemistry, hematology, transfusion science, histology, and microbiology.

District fire service adds 4 defibrillators

District
Press Release

The Chapple, Emo, La Vallee & Alberton Fire & Emergency Service now is equipped with an additional four new ZOLL 3 automated external defibrillator (AEDs).

All units have been registered with the Public Access Defibrillation Program by the Rainy River Association of Professional Paramedics & Paramedic/Fire Dispatch Communications.

Suicide alertness training offered

District
Sam Odrowski

Last Thursday was “Bell Let's Talk Day,” which is aimed at sparking conversations around mental health, lessening stigma, and raising funds to support mental health services in Canada.

Secure your mail: police

District
From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP recently charged two people in relation to possessing cheques that did not belong to them.

Officers believe cheques are being stolen as opportunities present themselves, including directly for mailboxes after they are delivered.

Alzheimer's dinner sees great success

District
Sam Odrowski

The Alzheimer Society for Kenora-Rainy River Districts held its annual “Forget Me Not” charitable dinner Saturday night at La Place Rendez-Vous here and received great support.

About 60 people attended the dinner and helped raise roughly $3,200, which will be used on support services that aid people affected by Alzheimer's disease as well as their families.

Calendar winners

District

Len Howells (Fort Frances) and Tighue Shields (Phoenix, Ariz.) won the $100 up for grabs on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, respectively, in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

NCDS hosts career planning sessions for St. Francis students

District
Sam Odrowski

Getting students thinking about careers—and the pathways they want to pursue in high school—is important for helping them plan for the future.

To help Grade 7 and 8 students at St. Francis School, Bridget McGinnis, outreach co-ordinator at Northern Community Development Services (NCDS) here, held six career planning sessions that started in October and wrapped up late last week.

Festival deadline fast approaching

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The entry deadline for the 2019 Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts is set for Friday, Feb. 22.

Entry forms can be found on the “Forms, Fees and Resources” page of its website (ff-festival.com) and at the back of the syllabus.

The updated syllabus also has been posted on the site.

Setting the table for night of romance

District

One of my pet peeves is trying to make dinner reservations on an evening when 90 percent of the general population also is trying to attain the same goal.

You may be able to perform this feat without pulling out your hair. However, if bustling crowds and hurried serving staff is not your idea of romance, one easily can create this setting in the comfort of your home.

Seniors claim KIT crown

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Talk about a statement weekend for the Muskie senior boys' basketball team.

The black-and-gold won all three of their games en route to claiming the title at the Kenora Invitational Tournament hosted by the Broncos on Friday and Saturday.

Facing the Atikokan Voyageurs in Saturday night's final, the Muskies flexed their muscles in a 57-48 win to snare the gold.

Lakers learning to play for each other

Sports
Jamie Mountain

While it didn't show on the scoreboard this past weekend, the Fort Frances Lakers are learning what it takes to play as a team.

Stratton rink snags U18 berth

Sports
Staff

The Mackenzie Jolicouer rink went 3-0 at the U18 regional qualifier in Atikokan over the weekend to earn a berth to the provincials to be held at the Fort Frances Curling Club on March 6-10.

Senior spikers settle for silver

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie senior girls' volleyball team had visions of gold dancing in their heads.

Alas, the Dryden Eagles had much different plans in store for them.

The Eagles stunned the Muskies by winning the championship match by scores of 25-19 and 25-22 to snag the title at the St. Patrick Volleyball Festival in Thunder Bay over the weekend.

NLSS skaters also shine at 'Freeze'

Sports
Staff

The local Northern Lights School of Skating had eight skaters compete at the “Fort Frances Freeze—Super Series” competition hosted by the Border Skating Club back on Jan. 25-26, with great results.

In the ranking events, Hallee Nugent placed second in the STAR 5 Women's Free Skate 13-and-over and the STAR 5 Elements Group 1.

Aquanaut swims to eight medals

Sports
Staff

Ayiana Gagne made a big splash at the Northwestern Ontario Long Course Championships held Friday and Saturday in Thunder Bay.

The Fort Frances Aquanaut had a great weekend in racking up eight medals in the women's age 13-14 division.

Laker commits to NCAA III program

Sports
Press Release

The Fort Frances Lakers announced Monday that defenceman Anthony Antonelli has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Becker College in Worcester, Mass.

Antonelli will be joining a Becker Hawks men's program that competes in the eight-school Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Wolves snare Novice title at home tourney

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Wolves (Ma'iingan) showed some bite to their game over the weekend.

Fort Frances blanked the Kenora Huskies 3-0 in Sunday morning's Novice division final to capture the gold medal at the Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association's annual Novice and Atom tournaments at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskie boys gearing for 'huge' games

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The bragging rights belong to this side of the border this season.

Austin Armstrong scored twice to pace the Muskie boys' hockey team to a 4-2 win over the International Falls Broncos in the finale of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series Thursday night in front of a full house at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Five Mustangs qualify in Blackduck

Sports
Staff

A herd of Mighty Mustangs were on the mats in Blackduck, Mn. back on Jan. 26 for their first state qualifier of the season.

By meet's end, five members of the International Falls-based program had punched their ticket to the state tourney set for April in Grand Rapids.

Readying exhibit

Photos
Duane Hicks

Laura Gosse, community engagement co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Museum, hung “Blizzard Outside, Tropics Inside," just one of the dozens of pieces comprising the new exhibit, "Fibre Content,” which opened yesterday in the main floor gallery. The travelling exhibit, which features a wide variety fibre art from across Ontario, will be up until the end of March.

Kitchen skills

Photos
Duane Hicks

Aubrey Eldridge, above left, carefully cut up some ham while McKenna Wreggitt, above right, sliced a green pepper to create toppings for “pizzadillas" their group made late Monday afternoon during the Tween's Club's first instalment of the "You're the Chef” program at the Fort Frances Public Library.

Dinner attendees

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Sam Odrowski

Helen Pohanka, left, John Pohanka, Bud Danylchuk, Flora Danylchuk, and Evelyn Metke shared big smiles as they waited for supper to be served at the annual “Forget Me Not” dinner Saturday night at La Place Rendez-Vous. About 60 people attended this year to support the cause.

New priest

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Fr. Musonda Abel Ng'andwe shared a sheepish smile after a service at St. John's Anglican Church on Sunday. He is originally from Zambia in South America and recently moved here to lead the Anglican congregations in Fort Frances, Emo, and Rainy River.

Adult learning

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Kim Redford of the Valley Adult Learning Association (VALA) went over the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework during a presentation by VALA yesterday afternoon. Several different agencies and organizations attended the presentation where VALA talked about their services and how they can work together to support adult learning in the district.

-Sam Odrowski photo

'Rabbit & Bear Paws'

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Chad Solomon performed the “Adventures of Rabbit & Bear Paws" puppet show to a full house of parents and their children last Wednesday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library. Using native traditional teachings and humour, the story is based on the Seven Fires Prophecy and the Seven Grandfathers.

Drawing ticket

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Sam Odrowski

Emcee Jonathan Price pulled out a raffle ticket as Kayelyn Charlebois held the bag during Saturday night's annual “Forget Me Not” dinner. Through the raffles, silent auction, ticket sales, and donations, the event was able to raise about $3,200 this year.

Entering raffles

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Sam Odrowski

Valerie Calder and Margaret Bartel entered tickets into the raffle draws at the annual “Forget Me Not” dinner at La Place Rendez-Vous on Saturday evening. The Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts hosts the event each year to raise funds for its services in the region.

Suicide awareness

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Sam Odrowski

The local Canadian Mental Health Association hosted “SafeTalk" Suicide Alertness Training at the NCDS office here last Thursday in conjunction with "Bell Let's Talk Day.” Two sessions were held and those who participated left with a certificate for completing the course.

Digging in

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Sam Odrowski

Katelyn Charlebois and Rosanna Tomashowski enjoyed a chicken breast in mushroom marsala cream sauce at the annual “Forget Me Not” dinner hosted by the Alzheimer Society for Kenora-Rainy River Districts on Saturday evening at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Lab visitor

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Sam Odrowski

Medical lab technologist at Riverside Health Care, Serena Stromberg, delivered a presentation to a Grade 8 class at St. Francis School on Monday to enhance the classes learning about cell systems and structures. During the presentation she gave insight into her role as a lab technologists, the pros and cons of it, and how she got to where she is now.

Chasing puck

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Jamie Mountain

A member of the Fort Frances Wolves (Ma'iingan) looked to beat her Kenora Huskies' opponent to the puck during her squad's 3-0 win in the Novice Division final Sunday afternoon at the Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association's Novice and Atom tournaments at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Wolves compiled a 3-1-1 record en route to snaring the gold medal.

Gussy pic (Feb. 6)

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Submitted

Big bass like this one will earn Jeff (“Gussy”) Gustafson a good payday this weekend.

Cutting in

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Jamie Mountain

Red Lake Miners' forward Bryce Young looked to cut in on the net while he was hounded by Fort Frances Lakers' defenceman Keon Fox during the second period of the visitors' 5-2 win Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Lakers were able to keep the SIJHL's leading scorer off the scoresheet in this one but it didn't make a difference in the outcome.

Reaching for puck

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Jamie Mountain

It was a matter of who had the best reach between these Fort Frances Herricanes' (left) and Dryden Hotshots' players during Dryden's 2-0 win in the Atom Division's bronze-medal game Sunday morning during the Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association's Novice and Atom tournaments at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Herricanes compiled a 3-2 record to settle for fourth place at the tourney.

Eight

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Ashley Payne (skip), Anna Peters (lead), Lauren Penney (second), and Daffni Chabot (third) were all smiles after their rink scored a rare “eight-ender” during the fourth end of their 13-5 win over Hailey Goriak (Sioux Lookout) on Saturday morning during the U18 curling regionals in Atikokan.

—Photo courtesy of Mike McKinnon

Atikokan Progress

Bouncing puck

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Jamie Mountain

Autumn Smeeth looked to settle the bouncing puck and skate around the Dryden Hotshots' defence during her squad's 2-0 loss in the Atom Division's bronze-medal game Sunday afternoon at the Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association's Novice and Atom tournaments at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Lorette Comets A2 claimed the gold with a 5-2 win over the Kenora Blizzard later Sunday.

Diving check

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Jamie Mountain

Brett Hahkala of the Fort Frances Lakers tried his best to keep Red Lake Miners' defenceman Cole Bohnet from reaching the puck during the first period of his squad's 5-2 loss Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Lakers were slated to face those same Miners last night at the Cochenour Arena, with the outcome not known as of press time.

Vatican clarifies pope on issue of ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

International
The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Wednesday clarified comments by Pope Francis about a case of what he called “sexual slavery” within a French congregation of nuns, saying he was referring to an abuse of power that was reflected in instances of sexual abuse.

Dear employers, please value ‘camp counsellor’ on a resume

Life
By Molly Sprayregen The Associated Press

Whenever I send out a resume, I am skeptical about what the words “overnight camp counsellor” might mean to the person reading it. What do people who have not gone to summer camp think my five summers as a counsellor communicate about me? Do they find it silly I even included it?

South Korean women begin to resist intense beauty pressure

Lifestyles
By Jung Yoon Kim The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — As she pursued her dream of becoming a fashion model, veering for years between extreme dieting and overeating, Park I Seul realized she had a problem: She was not tall and skinny, like typical runway models, nor was she big enough to be a plus-size model.