You are here

Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 29, 2020

Town to apply for economic development funding

News
Staff

The province's Rural Economic Development (RED) program, which provides cost-share funding to support activities that create strong rural communities, has started accepting applications.

The program's intake will run until Feb. 24 and Mayor Caul said the Town of Fort Frances will submit an application, despite a very narrow window to apply.

Councillor shares PSA on paper tax notices

News
Staff

A Fort Frances councillor shared a public service announcement during Monday night's council meeting, pertaining to tax payments to the town.

Coun. Andrew Hallikas said as many residents leave town for the winter, there's a misconception that they have to have someone pick up their mail so they can get their tax notice.

Fort Frances resolutions supported at RRDMA

News
Sam Odrowski

Councillors, town representatives and stakeholders from community organizations across the district gathered at the Devlin Hall on Saturday for the 29th Annual Rainy River District Municipal Association (RRDMA) Meeting.

Library to offer STEM education

News
Staff

Through a partnership with Science North, the Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre (FFPLTC) brought a special installment to the community in November of last year.

The library launched its permanent “Northern THINK Hub” centre, which offers a hands-on environment for users to have fun while learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Family seeks public help in hunt for missing local man

News
Megan Walchuk
Editor

He's a beloved brother and cousin, an attentive grandson, and a loving father. And he's still missing.

Since his disappearance on January 15, Chauncey Grover's family and a team of police and volunteers have been tirelessly combing the woods between Couchiching First nation and Fort Frances, hoping for any sign of the missing man.

New general manager hired at the Times

News
Sam Odrowski

In the wise words of Bob Dylan, “the times they are a-changin,” and through some recent staffing changes at the Times, come opportunities for further success and growth.

Lincoln Dunn started his role as the new general manager of the Fort Frances Times last Monday (Jan. 20) and said he's excited to push the newspaper forward.

Doctor recruitment in focus at RRDMA

News
Sam Odrowski

While Fort Frances needs three more family physicians and two general practice anesthetists to address its doctor shortage, the issue is slowly improving.

Northwestern Ontario is short 55 to 60 physicians, but the Fort Frances & District Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee is working to address the issue and bring sustainability to the district's healthcare sector.

Fundraising walk to raise awareness for warming centre

News
Ken Kellar

It may not make for a long, cold night, but the Fort Frances Homeless Committee's next event will still work to benefit the local homeless population.

Town lobbies for funding at ROMA

News
Sam Odrowski

Town representatives recently had the ear of members of provincial parliament and brought forward key issues affecting Fort Frances.

Coun. John McTaggart and Mayor Caul travelled to Toronto last weekend for the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference where they met with various ministers to discuss much needed funding and local concerns.

Ontario boosts beekeeping sector

News
Staff

Beekeepers throughout the province are getting a sweet deal from the government for their honey producing businesses.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting projects that will strengthen the health of managed honey bees and Ontario's beekeeping sector.

Stratton sales barn in focus for RRCA

District
Sam Odrowski

Getting the Stratton Sales Barn ready to go for the spring-following a fire that destroyed two roofed pens in Sept.-is the primary goal of the Rainy River Cattlemen's Association (RRCA).

The RRCA held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier this month, where roughly 40 people attended and narrowed down the group's priorities moving forward.

Superbowl party set for weekend

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The Emo Legion Branch #99 will be hosting a Super Bowl party this Sunday ( Feb. 2). The party will begin at 3 p.m.

The cost is $10.00 and will include a tailgate buffet. DD'S services will be provided for rides. Come out and enjoy this event.

The Emo Legion is also hosting “Country Rewind.” This is a karaoke event with performers from near and far singing.

Family Game Day lauded

District
Submitted by Sandra McNay

Little Beaver Cultural Center held it's first ever Family Game Day on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 1-4 p.m.

Sandra McNay, who now manages Little Beaver, said the idea behind game day is to encourage families to get off of their devices and engage/play with their kids.

Alzheimer Society fundraiser set for Saturday

District
Ken Kellar

With a snowy January almost at an end, a local organization is getting ready to start February off with a bang.

Ontario boosts beekeeping sector

District
Staff

Beekeepers throughout the province are getting a sweet deal from the government for their honey producing businesses.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting projects that will strengthen the health of managed honey bees and Ontario's beekeeping sector.

Canadian country artist lands 4-H award

District
Press Release

Canadian country music artist Gord Bamford will receive 4-H Canada's Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards taking place in Ottawa on February 10, 2020.

Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with 26 Canadian Country Music Association awards, several JUNO nominations, and two CMA Global Country Artist awards.

Five local bowlers make provincials

Sports
From the FFBC

Five local bowlers had strong showings over the weekend at Plaza Lanes here to book their tickets to the provincial championships coming up in April in Thunder Bay.

Norskies' Bryce Johnson tabbed as SIJHL's POW

Sports
Press Release

The SIJHL announced Monday that Thief River Falls Norskies' captain Bryce Johnson has been named its Play It Again Sports Player-of-the-Week for the period ending Jan. 26.

In a trio of Thief River Falls victories last week, the 19-year-old from Roseau, Mn., racked up six points to pace his club offensively.

Atom 'AA' Canadians place fourth at home tourney

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Atom 'AA' Canadians got a great offensive performance from Willem Kirk-Bertens but it wasn't enough as they dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to the Kenora Thistles in the Bronze-Medal Game on Sunday afternoon of their annual home tournament at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).

Lakers stumble in games against Norskies

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers are going to have to all get on the same page if they plan on digging themselves out of the hole they currently find themselves in.

That's the message that head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan is delivering to his team after they were dealt a pair of losses in a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the Thief River Falls Norskies over the weekend.

Hamilton speaking

Photos

Physician recruiter for Riverside Healthcare, Todd Hamilton, delivered a presentation on the local doctor shortage.

-Sam Odrowski photo

First responders spaghetti dinner

Photos

Gerry Hawley got a ladle of extra sauce from Tashie Broadbent during the Fort Frances Medical First Responders spaghetti dinner fundraiser last night at the Couchiching Multi-use building last night. The first responders managed to raise $1,141 through ticket sales, baking and donations. The money will go towards equipment and other associated costs for the first responders.

RRDMA presentation

Photos

Tricia Mitchell of Environment and Climate Change Canada delivered a presentation on boundary waterways, particularly the threat of algae blooms to Lake of the Woods, at the Devlin Hall for the Rainy River District Municipal Association AGM on Saturday.

Little beaver

Photos

Sledding was one of the many activities for parents and children who attended “Family Game Day” at the Little Beaver Cultural Centre on Saturday. -Submitted photo

Default Default board battle

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Ben Hoefler of the Fort Frances Lakers attempted to win a puck battle against Jack Michels of the Thief River Falls Norskies during his squad's 4-3 loss on Friday night in SIJHL action at the Ice For Kids Arena. Hoefler notched a second-period goal in that one but it wasn't enough to lift the Lakers to victory.

Board battle

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Ben Hoefler of the Fort Frances Lakers attempted to win a puck battle against Jack Michels of the Thief River Falls Norskies during his squad's 4-3 loss on Friday night in SIJHL action at the Ice For Kids Arena. Hoefler notched a second-period goal in that one but it wasn't enough to lift the Lakers to victory.

Reaching for puck

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' defenceman Keon Fox did his best to deflect the puck away and out of his own end while being hounded by a pair of Thief River Falls Norskies during the second period of his squad's 4-3 loss on Friday night here.

Default board battle

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Ben Hoefler of the Fort Frances Lakers attempted to win a puck battle against Jack Michels of the Thief River Falls Norskies during his squad's 4-3 loss on Friday night in SIJHL action at the Ice For Kids Arena. Hoefler notched a second-period goal in that one but it wasn't enough to lift the Lakers to victory.

Big check

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Matthieu Harrold was sent flying from a big hit from a Thief River Falls Norskies' opponent after trying to skate the puck into the offensive zone during the first period of Friday night's game here.

Looking back

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Ethan Carlson-Jourdain did his best to settle down an airborne puck while he was watched closely by a Thief River Falls Norskies' opponent during the first period of the Fort Frances Lakers' 4-3 loss on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Making the save

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Atom 'AA' Canadians' goalie Keaton Cooper tracked the puck well and got his paddle down en route to making a save on Nathan Ogilvie of the Kenora Thistles during the second period of the Canadians' 4-3 loss in the Bronze-Medal Game of their annual home tournament on Sunday afternoon at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).

Curling fundraiser

Photos

Coach Charlotte Baylewski, along with curlers Grace George, 13, and Aili Chabot, 10, were at Walmart over the weekend selling tickets for the Fort Frances Curling Club's annual Cash raffle. Tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased at the Curling Club, or local retailers, including The Place Fine Foods. The grand prize is $3,000, with a draw date of April 4.

Teamwork

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Benton Ashworth, left, and Troy Veldhusien both lunged to get control of a loose puck before their Kenora Thistles counterpart did during the first period of the Fort Frances Atom 'AA' Canadians' 4-3 loss to the Kenora Thistles on Sunday afternoon. The Canadians fought hard in coming back from a 3-1 deficit but were unable to secure a bronze-medal finish at the tourney.