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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 30, 2019

Annual 'Forget Me Not' dinner set to go here Saturday night

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Staff

The annual “Forget Me Not” dinner, hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts, will be held this Saturday (Feb. 2) at La Place Rendez-Vous—one of the major fundraisers for the local non-profit organization.

Pair nabbed for break-in

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Staff

Two people have been charged in connection with a break-and-enter that occurred at a business on the 200 block of Scott Street in the early-morning hours of yesterday.

The Rainy River District OPP said a 26-year-old female and a 49-year-old male, both of Fort Frances, have been charged with numerous offences.

LHIN announces mental health resources

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Press Release

The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is pleased to announce new free, technology-based mental health resources available to residents of Northwestern Ontario.

Supported by funding from the provincial government, the services are designed to help adults and youth manage mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Spring art show theme named

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Staff

“Woodland” will be the theme of the 2019 spring art exhibit at the Fine Line Art Gallery here.

Interested artists can do anything they want as long as it highlights the theme, said Fine Line co-op member Jean Richards.

She noted that “woodland” could include tree-covered areas in any season, as well as the animals that live in those wooded habitats.

'Pride Week' eyed for June this year

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Press Release

Borderland Pride is beginning the planning process for “Pride Week 2019”—the second edition of our community's landmark summer celebration of LGBTQ2 diversity and inclusion.

“Pride” is powered by public participation.

NCDS joins campaign to push for funding

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Press Release

Northern Community Development Services (NCDS) has joined Northern Ontario's employment agencies that deliver Employment Ontario programs in demonstrating to the government how continued investment in employment centres across Northern Ontario will result in continued quality supports for working Ontarians and businesses across the region.

Cookie fundraiser still going ahead

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Staff

A local woman awaiting a second heart transplant and a kidney transplant passed away early Monday morning, but a fundraiser planned for her will go ahead regardless.

A story in last week's Times about a fundraiser for Samantha (Sam) Pearson, who has been in Ottawa for more than a year receiving medical attention, was met with overwhelming response from the community.

Fibre Art Festival winners revealed

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Staff

The judging has been completed for the local Fibre Art Festival at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre.

Last Wednesday, Cher Pruys, Patti Anderson, and Phyllis Johnson evaluated the 26 fabulous pieces submitted for this year's festival.

They judged in three categories: Best Original Design, Best Pattern Design, and Best Use of Materials.

'Relay' hoping to use Point Park

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Staff

Organizers of the local “Relay for Life” are hoping to use Point Park as the site for this year's fundraiser in June.

Committee chair Anneda Supinski wrote in a letter to council that the committee would like to use the park on June 22 for the event, as well as the campground office there in order to keep the money collected safe as it is being counted.

Town pushing to secure mill sale

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Duane Hicks

Town officials have done their part and now only can take a “wait and see” approach as to what may happen with the prospective sale of the local pulp and paper mill.

Local Chamber swears in new board

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Press Release

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the newly sworn-in board of directors for 2019-20.

Those sitting on the board include:

TBSO album nominated for Juno Award

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Press Release

It's just been announced that the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Juno Award in the the “Classical Album of the Year” category.

The nomination is for the “Into the Wonder” album released last year.

The project began in 2012 and took four years to bring to fruition, with its official release back on Nov. 3.

East End Hall sought as shelter

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Staff

The Fort Frances Homeless Committee is hoping to use the East End Hall as a temporary pop-up shelter through April.

“As you may be aware, our committee has been working on opening a pop-up shelter in Fort Frances and has made great strides toward this goal,” committee chair Jamie Petrin wrote in a letter town council received at its regular meeting Monday evening.

Local poet releases her first collection

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Duane Hicks

After decades of writing poetry, local retired teacher and school librarian Judith Johanson now is sharing her verses with a wider audience.

She's just released her first collection of poetry, entitled “Intersections,” and will launching it during a reading scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library.

Hyatt highlights Catholic board's capital projects

District
Sam Odrowski

Much has been accomplished so far this school year and there are several goals the Northwest Catholic District School Board hopes to achieve in the coming months to support student learning.

Director of Education Brendan Hyatt lauded the capital projects that started last summer to improve the places where students learn.

Indigenous education top priority for board

District
Sam Odrowski

Indigenous education is a top priority at the Rainy River District School Board and work constantly is being done to increase students' knowledge, understanding, and awareness of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit histories.

Earlier this month, indigenous education lead Bob Kowal gave a presentation to trustees with the help of the indigenous education team at the local public board.

St. Michael's hosts 'Wellness Day'

District
Sam Odrowski

Developing a balance in life with respect to mental wellness, self-care, and self-esteem is important—and teaching these lessons to children at an early age can help strengthen their mental health.

To promote positive messages relating to students' mental well-being, St. Michael's School hosted a “Wellness Day” back on Jan. 14.

'House Groups' launched at Fort High

District
Sam Odrowski

A fun idea has returned to Fort Frances High School to boost morale and build community, as well as help students develop a sense of belonging and “Muskie Pride.”

The “House Groups” program divides students into 20 teams, who then are given opportunities to earn points for their team through participation, involvement, leadership, and succeeding in various activities.

Mn. speed limits increasing

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Press Release

The speed limits on several highways in northwestern Minnesota will increase from 55 to 60 m.p.h., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The new speed limits take effect when the new signs are posted.

Speed limits lower than 55 m.p.h. along these sections of highway will remain unchanged.

OPP warning to be aware of tax scams

District
From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP wants to remind people to be aware of tax scams.

At this time of year, Canadians face many types of scams with perpetrators claiming to be agents of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Along with the RCMP, the OPP wants people to “Recognize, Reject, and Report” any CRA scams.

Public school board focused on creating 'Culture of Caring'

District
Sam Odrowski

With schools across the district now halfway through the year, the director of education for the Rainy River District School Board says there's lots to celebrate and look forward to.

“I think we've accomplished a great deal, and we're just going to remain focused on our annual operational plan and strategic plan,” Heather Campbell noted.

Comic stunt juggler returning to Backus

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Press Release

The Backus Community Center in International Falls is pleased to announce a performance by comic stunt juggler Tuey Wilson this Friday (Feb. 1) at 7 p.m.

Wilson's performance does not easily fit categorization. At one moment, the audience is bursting with laughter at his quick wit and hilarious interplay.

Firefighters able to extinguish blaze

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Back on Jan. 17, volunteer firefighters from La Vallee and Emo responded to a blaze on Wasaw Road in which a chimney fire at a residence spread to the attic.

Fortunately, it was extinguished quickly using a transitional attack using dry chemicals.

Fire Chief Josh Collins was grateful for all the volunteers that responded and the efficient way the fire was put out.

'Paws & Claws' group here to help

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Press Release

The most horrible sentence in all my years of rescuing animals is, “I'm sorry, we simply cannot help you.”

That brings so much hopelessness, despair, and pain to those animals that are suffering because they need medical care and there simply are no funds available.

Canadians storm back for gold

Sports
Staff

A seven-goal outburst in the third period helped the Fort Frances Atom 'AA' Canadians to storm all the way back and claim the gold medal with an 11-5 win over the Dryden Paper Kings in the final of their annual home tournament Sunday afternoon at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).

Be sure to put safety first when ice-fishing

Sports
Press Release

Many of Ontario's thousands of lakes across the province are host to excellent ice-fishing opportunities, and many of Ontario's angling enthusiasts are taking advantage of the great conditions after the recent cold weather.

As such, the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) would like to remind anglers—and anyone venturing on to frozen water bodies—to put safety first.

Legion hosting darts tourney

Sports
Staff

Legion Br. #29 here will host a mixed team darts tournament in honour of Arlan Scott this Saturday (Feb. 2).

Register by 1 p.m. and play will begin once organized. The focus of the tournament is fun and to encourage players of all levels—even those who have not ever thrown a dart.

Local skaters dazzle on home ice

Sports
Staff

An aptly-named competition, entitled “Fort Frances Freeze—Super Series,” took place here Friday and Saturday.

The local Border Skating Club hosted skaters from seven other clubs at the province-wide meet, which is a qualifying event for the Ontario Provincial Championship slated for March 7-10 in Mississauga.

Five local bowlers make provincials

Sports
Staff

Five local bowlers now know how they'll be spending the week of Easter: competing at the provincial Open five-pin bowling championships in Sudbury.

Jeff Watts once again topped the 19-bowler men's field, finishing the 20-game zone roll-offs held Saturday and Sunday in Dryden with a 5,262 total (262 average).

That was a whopping 553 pins better than the second-place finisher.

Attack claim title in Two Harbors

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Attack went 3-0 en route to capturing the title at the Two Harbors 12UB tournament held there over the weekend.

The Attack opened tourney with a 7-3 win over the Eveleth Golden Bears on the strength of four goals by Piper Miller.

Julia Guertin tallied twice while Hayden Allam netted the other goal.

Young goalie treasuring experience of a lifetime

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Meeting your hockey heroes isn't something that happens every day.

So you can imagine the shock and excitement of local youth hockey player Cohen Johnson when he was given hockey tickets for his birthday to see the Winnipeg Jets take on the visiting Vegas Golden Knights back on Jan. 15.

Lakers hoping to be rested for 'Showcase'

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The recent cold snap has made things difficult across Northwestern Ontario—and the Fort Frances Lakers experienced some of that over the weekend.

Bus issues for both teams forced the postponement of the Lakers' home-and-home series against the Dryden GM Ice Dogs that had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights.

Local ski club to get new equipment

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The new year has brought with it some new opportunities for the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club.

It applied for a grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which recently was approved.

“The club is so grateful for this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant money,” club president JoAnne Formanek Gustafson enthused.

Hand drumming

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Sam Odrowski

Hand drummers Linda Guimond and Lavana Fox gave instruments to an early-learning class before performing indigenous music with the students as part of “Wellness Day” activities at St. Michael's School last Monday.

Poetry book

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Staff

Local writer Judy Johanson just released her first collection of poetry, entitled “Intersections.”

'Connected North'

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Sam Odrowski

Grade 12 students at Fort High observed a live autopsy last Thursday morning through a “Connected North” session, in which they were joined via video teleconference with medical professional Ray Vollmer out of St. Louis University. The students learned about forensics and also had the chance to ask an expert throughout the whole process.

Fibre finalist #2

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Submitted

“By The Lamps Glow," a rug-hooking piece made by Debbie Ballard was awarded first place in the "Best Pattern Design” category of the Fibre Art Festival. All 26 pieces submitted for the exhibit now are on display upstairs at the museum.

Exam time

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Sam Odrowski

Grade 10 students filled up the Fort High gym yesterday afternoon to write history exams. Hgh school students have been writing exams since Monday and will continue to do so until Friday.

Learning about literacy

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Submitted

Rayden Copenace of Riverview School in Rainy River added his thumb print to the painting created by artist Shawna Grapentine yesterday as part of Literacy Day activities there. The painting portrays a tree with the “Seven Grandfather” teachings at the roots, incorporating both French and Ojibwe languages and the students' thumbprint leaves in a rainbow of colours.

Winter survival

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Duane Hicks

Members of 116th Independent Field Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery set up a second Arctic tent in the field north of the Fort Frances Curling Club on Saturday afternoon. Braving the bitter cold, reservists practised the use of skis and other specialized equipment, as well as basic winter survival skills.

Wellness lesson

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Sam Odrowski

Jessica Larose from Kenora-Rainy River Child and Family Services visited St. Michael's School last Monday (Jan. 14) to teach students about positive thinking and being mindful during the school's “Wellness Day.”

Getting creative

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Submitted

Sam Busch got creative during an abstract flow painting workshop, led by Patti Tinkess-Fletcher, held Saturday afternoon at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre. There still are some spots open for the next workshop—silk tie/scarf painting with Cher Pruys—set for Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1-3 p.m.

Dementia advice

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Dave Ogilvie

Mary O'Connor, client services co-ordinator for the the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts, gave a presentation on how to make the most of a visit with someone who has dementia yesterday afternoon at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau.

Dried plants

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Debbie Fairbanks of Couchiching spoke to St. Michael's students about medicine teachings last Monday during the school's “Wellness Day.” Gary Councillor also presented with her about the four sacred medicines, which include sage, sweet grass, tobacco, and cedar. Students made medicine poaches to hold the sacred plants.

Learning carpentry

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Fort High Grade 7 students students Jace Carlson and Hayden Beckett drilled holes into triangle-shaped pieces of wood to create a pegboard game on Friday during the carpentry portion of the “Techways” program. It began with fixing bicycles, as well as teaching about bike mechanics, to help get more students interested in the trades.

-Submitted photo

Skating routine

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Jamie Mountain

Greta Fedoruk was able to display her talents as she performed her routine during the women's Gold Interpretive on Saturday afternoon that was part of the Fort Frances Freeze—Super Series competition hosted by the Border Skating Club at the Ice For Kids Arena. Fedoruk skated to a third-place finish in the event.

Gussy pic (Jan. 30)

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Submitted

Shelby Larson with a nice Florida bass she caught this past weekend.

Bodying player

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Jamie Mountain

Layton Hanson of the Fort Frances Atom 'AA' Canadians forged his way around the backcheck of a Dryden Paper Kings' defenceman and looked to get a scoring chance during the third period of his squad's 11-5 victory in the final of their annual home tournament Sunday afternoon at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).

Blocking shot

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Jamie Mountain

Emmerson Moir of the Dryden Paper Kings looked to get a stick on the shot of Tarran Enge of the Fort Frances Atom 'AA' Canadians during the third period of his squad's 11-5 loss in the final of the Canadians' annual home tournament Sunday afternoon at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). The Canadians used a seven-goal outburst in the third period to storm back and snare the gold medal.

Meeting Fleury

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Submitted

Cohen Johnson was able to meet his hockey hero, Vegas Golden Knights' goalie Marc-André Fleury, during the morning skate prior to the Golden Knight's 4-1 loss to the host Winnipeg Jets back on Jan. 15.