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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 16, 2019

RRFDC receives five-year federal funding

News
Sam Odrowski

The district's regional economic development organization no longer will have to worry about where its next dollar is coming from thanks to $2.25 million in funding from the federal government.

'Catch the Ace' to take a break

News
Duane Hicks

The Rainy River Regional Abattoir committee will be taking a break with its “Catch the Ace” progressive raffle for a few months after the grand prize jackpot was won Friday night.

Richard Norman of Alberton was the lucky winner in the draw held at the Emo Legion. His ticket was drawn and he had selected envelope #17—which ended up containing the ace of spades.

Town still hopeful about mill sale

News
Duane Hicks

The town is continuing to work with a prospective buyer for the local pulp and paper mill—and is hopeful they'll make an offer to Resolute Forest Products in the coming months.

Judson dismayed with pot licence process

News
Duane Hicks

Town council will allow recreational cannabis retail stores within town limits but one councillor says the entire exercise has been “somewhat academic" given the way the provincial government has implemented a process for the issuance of licenses that leaves Rainy River District "out in the cold.”

More delays for 'pop-up' shelter

News
Press Release

The Fort Frances Homeless Committee, comprised of front-line service providers of non-profit agencies spanning social services, education, legal, and health-care sectors, has been working diligently over the past 12 months in efforts to get an “Out of the Cold” pop-up shelter opened in Fort Frances.

Doctor recruitment has more leads

News
Duane Hicks

More doctors could be on the way.

Town council heard a verbal update Monday night from Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft regarding the physician recruitment and retention committee, which he said is “very dedicated” and continues to foster possible recruits.

“They're very active in pursuing general practitioners [GPs], general anaesthetists, [and] surgical doctors,” he noted.

Budget starting out with big shortfall

News
Duane Hicks

As town council and administration get ready to begin their bi-weekly budget meetings next Monday, it's already looks like there will be some challenges ahead.

Council received the preliminary 2019 operating and capital budgets at its regular meeting Monday night, with the former indicating a $813,872 shortfall.

Musicians sought to play at square

News
Duane Hicks

The Rainy Lake Square once again will be a hub of activity and entertainment later this year—and local musicians will be part of it.

Gas tax funding for towns unveiled

News
Press Release

The provincial government is helping 107 municipalities across the province expand or improve their public transit systems with Ontario's gas tax program.

Multiple municipalities in the Kenora-Rainy River riding, including Fort Frances, will receive funding after Monday's announcement.

Men's breakfast coming up Saturday

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The next Men's Fellowship Breakfast will be held this Saturday (Jan. 19) at 8 a.m. at the Emo Legion.

Dr. Phil Whatley will be the guest speaker.

Come for a delicious breakfast while enjoying some fellowship with old and new friends. The food is always fantastic, the fellowship welcoming, and the message amazing.

Rainy River mayor hoping to continue progress

District
Sam Odrowski

The Town of Rainy River started several projects in 2018 and Mayor Deb Ewald said her main goals for this year are seeing them through.

“We're continuing with our infrastructure," she remarked last week. "We replaced the water line on the highway on Atwood Avenue and then we also got funding to do Fifth Street.”

Travel scholarship deadline coming up

District
Staff

District high school students interested in receiving a scholarship that provides financial assistance with the annual “ME to WE” trip planned for this summer must apply by this Friday (Jan. 18).

The “Student Travel Scholarship,” offered by the Rainy River District School Board, selects a Grade 9-11 student from each of the district's three high schools every year.

New Bayview Motel owners have big plans

District
Sam Odrowski

New owners recently took over the Bayview Motel here and have big plans for the location going forward.

Fort Frances native Jamie Pryde and Myles Wilcott of Pine Falls, Man. purchased the property in late December and started renovating within the first week.

Province creates more jobs

District
Press Release

Ontario saw a net increase of 17,600 jobs when Statistics Canada announced December job numbers on Friday morning.

“Our government is creating an environment where businesses can thrive, grow, and create good jobs—and where the people of Ontario can build their careers and support their families,” said Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade minister Todd Smith.

New CEO at the helm of local health service

District
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services recently saw a change in leadership with the hiring of a new CEO.

“I'm very honoured and excited about the opportunity,” enthused Kayla Caul-Chartier, who officially stepped into the role last Monday.

Service members, veterans can fish for free

District
Press Release

The provincial government is recognizing those who committed themselves to defend our land, waters, and way of life with a token of appreciation—they now can fish in Ontario at no charge.

Amendments to Ontario's fishing regulations came into effect Jan. 1, enabling active Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans to fish in Ontario's waters without having to purchase a licence.

Province nixes hunting licence fee hike

District
Press Release

The provincial government is making life more affordable by putting a stop to hunting licence fee increases for all Ontario residents and removing the $2 service fee.

“We're making it easier for Ontarians to enjoy the great outdoors by keeping hunting licences affordable,” said Natural Resources and Forestry minister John Yakabuski.

Senior hoopsters looking to push pace

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie senior boys' basketball team's aim is to get better each and every time out on the court.

So far, so good.

The black-and-gold compiled a 3-1 record en route to snaring the bronze medal at the Falcon Invitational tournament over the weekend in Thunder Bay.

Four local bowlers make provincials

Sports
Staff

Four local bowlers have qualified for the P.O.A. (pins over average) provincial championships next month in Thunder Bay.

Rich Walton and Rob Paterson combined for a +231 total to snag top spot over 14 other duos in the Hi-Lo Doubles portion of the zone round held Saturday and Sunday at Plaza Lanes here.

Owls' court teams gunning to finish strong

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The end of the regular season is quickly approaching and the Rainy River Owls' court teams will be looking to end on a high note.

The junior boys' basketball squad came up on the wrong end of a 57-47 score to the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) on Thursday to see their NorWOSSA 'A' record fall to 1-4.

Lakers take positive step forward in loss

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was another loss in the end but you can't fault the effort.

The Fort Frances Lakers played their best game after the Christmas break but ultimately came up on the short end of a 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting Dryden GM Ice Dogs on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskie girls 'sweep' to first place

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Home ice suits the Muskie girls' curling rink just fine.

The squad—comprised of Ashley Payne, Andrea Schram, Jillian Cousineau, and Katrina Slomke—went 4-0 en route to finishing atop their division at the NorWOSSA qualifier held Sunday and Monday at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

'Poker run' ready to go

Sports
Jamie Mountain

If you've been itching to get out on the snowmobile trails, this weekend is a great time to do it.

The Borderland Snowmobile Club will be holding its first “poker run” of the season on Saturday from Fort Frances to Emo.

Registration is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Fort Frances groomer shack on Eighth Street.

Everyone playing a role in success of jr. spike squad

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was a complete team effort by the Muskie junior girls' volleyball team over the weekend.

The black-and-gold went a perfect 7-0 en route to winning gold at the “Winter Blast” tournament hosted by the Kenora Broncos on Friday and Saturday.

Head coach Bob Kowal lauded each of his players for playing a part in the squad's success.

Muskie girls seek to build off wins

Sports
Jamie Mountain

You can't take any opponent lightly and the Muskie girls' hockey team made sure not to do that over the weekend.

The Muskies downed the Sioux Lookout Warriors by a combined 26-1 in a pair of road games to improve their NorWOSSA record to 4-5-0-1.

Head coach Chris Sinclair wasn't going to put too much stock into the wins as it came against a shorthanded Warriors' squad.

Muskie ski team shines in Kenora

Sports
Staff

It was a great day on the trails for the Muskie Nordic skiing team last Wednesday in Kenora.

The nine-member contingent all clocked impressive times at the Mount Evergreen Classic, which was the first race of the NorWOSSA season.

Emma Toriseva and Kayli Machura finished 1-2 in the junior girls' division with times of 20:09 and 21:18, respectively.

Muskie boys looking to put tough weekend into rearview mirror

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Sometimes the best thing to do is just move one.

After the weekend they had, that's probably the best course of action for the Muskie boys' hockey team.

The black-and-gold went 1-0-1 in Pool 'B' play before losing both playoff games in the Boston Pizza Division at the annual Piper Classic Tournament of Champions in Winnipeg held Friday through Sunday.

Sr. spikers aim to stay the course

Sports
Jamie Mountain

You can't win them all but the Muskie senior girls' volleyball team tried its best to do so.

The black-and-gold claimed the silver medal at the “Winter Blast” tournament hosted by the Kenora Broncos with a hard-fought, three-set loss in Saturday's final to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) by scores of 22-25, 25-17, and 11-15.

Lauding RRFDC

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Curvy Chick owner Jennifer Horton hosted local MP Don Rusnak at her Scott Street business Thursday afternoon for an announcement regarding a FedNor investment of $2.25 million for the Rainy River Future Development Corp. Following the announcement, she spoke of her experience opening Curvy Chick six years ago through a small loan provided by the RRFDC. See story, more photos on A3.

Bayview lobby

Photos
Submitted

The Bayview Motel here has undergone several renovations, including a recently-renovated lobby featuring new hardwood floors and a fresh layer paint, since new owners Jamie Pryde and Myles Wilcott took over the business on Dec. 21.

Gussy pic (Jan. 16)

Photos
Submitted

Minnesota angler Jason Alshire with a nice back-country lake trout he caught on an early-season trip to Sunset Country.

Touring facility

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Seven Generations Education Institute CEO Brent Tookenay, left, took local MP Don Rusnak on a tour of the new facility currently still under construction last Thursday. Tookenay showed him the inside of the building and discussed the plans for the new school moving forward. Tookenay said its doors should open in six-eight weeks.

Career planning

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Grade 8 students Ethan Barker, left, Brennan Taschuk, and Garrett Paull participated in an exercise Monday morning related to employer expectations while Bridget McGinnis, the communications and outreach co-ordinator for the Northern Community Development Services (NCDS), was visiting the class. The lesson was part of the “Career Planning Series” taking place at St.

'Nerd' fun

Photos
Submitted

Janelle (last name not provided) was among the group of local teens who played the popular role-playing game, “Dungeons & Dragons," last Wednesday evening during "Nerd Night" in the Shaw Community Hub at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. "Nerd Night" runs each Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Gillon at podium

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Geoff Gillon, executive director of the Rainy River Future Development Corp., thanked FedNor for its investment of $2.25 million into the RRFDC following local MP Don Rusnak's announcement at Curvy Chick here on Thursday afternoon.

Armstrong at podium

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Rainy River Future Development Corp. chairman Gordon Armstrong spoke about the RRFDC before calling up local MP Don Rusnak, who announced Thursday afternoon that the federal government will be investing $2.25 million into the RRFDC. The investment will help support the RRFDC's ongoing operations over the next five years, as well as provide loans to new businesses and entrepreneurs.

Alzheimer Awareness Month

Photos
Submitted

Rainy River Mayor Deb Ewald, left, and Mary O'Connor, client services co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, got ready to raise the Alzheimer Society flag on Thursday to mark January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month" in the Town of Rainy River. Missing from the photo is Marlene McNally, who recently fell and broke her leg.

Fully engulfed

Photos
Staff

A garage was engulfed in flames Monday morning at an Off Lake residence. Firefighters did respond to the blaze but ultimately the structure was destroyed by the flames. No one injuries were reported and the cause was not known as of press time.

Bowling tourney

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances bowler Rob Paterson threw a ball during the zone round of the Hi-Lo Doubles tournament Saturday afternoon at Plaza Lanes here. Paterson and partner Rich Walton combined for a +231 total over the five-game roll-off to snag first place and one of the two berths up for grabs at the provincial championships next month in Thunder Bay.

Driving to basket

Photos
of Ryan Stelter/Kenora Daily Miner and News

Joel Ottertail looked to convert a lay-up opportunity during the Muskie senior boys' basketball team's 95-51 romp over the host Kenora Broncos last Tuesday afternoon. Ottertail scored six points to help the Muskies improve their NorWOSSA record to 4-1.

Towering spike

Photos
of Ryan Stelter/Kenora Daily Miner and News

Grace Petsnick looked to get full extension as she powered up to spike the ball during the Muskie senior girls' volleyball team's 3-1 win over the host Kenora Broncos last Tuesday afternoon. The black-and-gold improved their NorWOSSA record to 5-0 with the win.

Ready to unload

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Ozzy Hanson got set to unload a shot on the Westfort Rangers' goal during the Fort Frances PeeWee 'AA' Canadians' 1-0 win in the final of their annual home tournament Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Canadians compiled a 4-1 record en route to capturing the gold medal.

Sweeping hard

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Kirsten Armstrong, left, and Aynsley Williams skillfully swept a rock down the ice during the Rainy River Owls' girls' curling rink's 9-5 loss to the Muskies during the NorWOSSA qualifier here Monday afternoon. The Owls wound up in second place with a 3-1 record.

On the brooms

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Kian McEvoy, left, and Jordon Bazylewski looked to go hard on their brooms to get this rock down the ice during the Muskie boys' curling rink's 8-5 win over the Red Lake Rams during the NorWOSSA qualifier Monday afternoon at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The Muskies compiled a 2-2 record over the two-day event.

Breakaway save

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie goalie Jersey Masson got a blocker on this shot attempt by St. Thomas Aquinas Saints' forward Chloe Skead on a breakaway during the third period of the visitors' 3-2 win Thursday night at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). Despite her best efforts, Masson suffered the tough-luck loss between the pipes.

Curling delivery

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Ashley Payne was dialed in as she prepared to throw a rock during the Muskie girls' curling rink's 9-5 win over the Rainy River Owls on Monday afternoon at the NorWOSSA qualifier at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The black-and-gold topped the field with a perfect 4-0 record. See story, more photos on B2.

Lights, camera, action! Tumbling space snowman in film debut

Health & Wellness
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The tumbling space snowman is making its out-of-this-world film premiere.

Scientists from NASA’s New Horizons mission on Tuesday released the first stitched together animation of Ultima Thule (TOO-lee), the most distant object ever explored by humans.

Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors

Life
The Associated Press

WESTBROOK, Maine — Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river.

A curious formation that’s getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards (91 metres) wide.

The formation in the Presumpscot River was widely shared on social media and has drawn comparisons to an alien spacecraft, a carousel and the moon.

Powder horn stolen from Detroit-area museum in 1952 returned

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

DEARBORN, Mich. — An oxen gunpowder container stolen more than 60 years ago from a Detroit-area museum has been returned.

The FBI turned the Nowlin Powder Horn over Tuesday at the Dearborn Historical Museum, where it was on loan from the Detroit Historical Society in 1952 when it was taken.

Study finds B.C. and Quebec wine experts diverge

Lifestyles
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A new study suggests it’s the origins of the wine expert not just the wine that can impact perceptions of wine quality.

Researchers at Concordia University say they noted striking differences when they examined the opinions of wine experts from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and those from Montreal.