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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 4, 2019

College program co-hosts dance event

News
Press Release

Students from Confederation College's Aboriginal Community Advocacy program recently co-hosted a round dance and giveaway event with the organizers of the annual “Full Moon Memory Walk” to thank members of the community for their continued support.

Province lauding input on education

News
Press Release

The Ford government has concluded the largest public consultation on education in the province's history.

This comprehensive education consultation had participation from parents, students, educators, employers, and organizations from across Ontario.

Put brakes on expansion of alcohol sales: OPSEU

News
Press Release

OPSEU president Warren (“Smokey”) Thomas is calling on the Ford government to start 2019 responsibly by freezing plans to further expand sales of alcohol.

Thomas said Ontarians should be alarmed over media reports on the serious shoplifting problems that occur regularly at LCBO stores.

Province freezing tourism sign rates

News
Press Release

The provincial government is making life more affordable by bringing relief to Ontario's tourism operators who rely on the province's Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing Program (TODS) to generate a positive economic impact in their local communities.

In April, 2018, the previous government signed a contract with Canadian TODS Limited towards the end of their administration.

Lifetime pet licensing proving popular

News
Duane Hicks

Whether you got a new animal companion for Christmas, or your favourite cat or dog is celebrating another year with you, it's time to get a new pet licence.

And while the town continues to offer annual licensing, lifetime licensing, which first was offered starting last year, is becoming a popular option, bylaw enforcement officer Patrick Briere told the Times on Monday.

Year-end cash calendar winners

District

Angele Robichaud of Devlin got an early present after winning the $2,500 up for grabs on Christmas Eve in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Health unit thanks its outgoing board members

District
Press Release

The board of health overseeing the Northwestern Health Unit will have some new faces around the table in 2019.

Eight of the 11 seats on the board are filled by representatives from municipalities within the region and on the heels of the recent municipal election, the board will see some new faces.

Up to three members of the board are appointed by the province.

Program opens door to post-secondary education

District
Press Release

For some, the idea of going to college sounds scary. Not everyone knows what program to take or many feel overwhelmed at the idea of going back after a long time away.

The College Access program at Confederation College is designed to help students make a seamless entry in post-secondary education.

OPP canine unit helps save lives

District
From the OPP

OPP canine teams work across the province each day to support public safety.

In addition to these duties, the OPP Canine Unit has created the 2019 Canine Calendar to raise money for the OPP Youth Foundation and the Friends of The OPP Museum.

Each month of the calendar features OPP canines from across the province.

Boileau snares crown for third time

Sports
Staff

With defending champ Anniss Seid opting not to play this time around, the door was wide open for Steve Boileau.

Boileau made good on the opportunity to sit atop the 'A' Open division once again as he downed Jason Kabel 3-1 in the final at the Sunset Country Squash Club's annual Boxing Day tournament held at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Lakers hoping for a lot of improvement

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With the first half of the SIJHL season officially in the books, the Fort Frances Lakers now have their sights set on improving in all areas moving forward.

A 3-1 loss to the visiting Thief River Falls Norskies back on Dec. 21 dropped the Lakers' record to 11-17-0-0 as they headed into the SIJHL's two-week holiday break on a sour note.

Muskie girls aim to stay focused

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The season already has had its fair share of challenges but the Muskie girls' hockey team has met them head on while continuing to look at ways to improve.

Tossed teddy bears

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Alex Gartzke (#11) helped her teammates gather up all the teddy bears that had been tossed onto the ice after she scored the first goal for the Muskie girls' hockey team during the first period of their 6-5 loss to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in their annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game last Tuesday night at the '52 Canadians Arena.

'Muskie Music'

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Sam Odrowski

The Fort High band made a stop at St. Michael's School on Dec. 20 to perform classic Christmas songs under the direction of conductor Lee-Anne Hines. The visit was made possible through a partnership between the local public and Catholic school boards in an effort to “bring music to life in the classroom.” The visit was a culminating activity to help a Grade 3 class at St.

'Holiday Melodies'

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Submitted

The Rainy Lake Orchestra, conducted by Joe Belanger, performed a free concert, entitled “Holiday Melodies," on the evening of Dec. 17 at the Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre. Refreshments were provided by the "Friends of the Library” while donations were collected for the local Salvation Army food bank.

Gussy pic (Jan. 2).

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Submitted

The winter landscape in Northwestern Ontario offers plenty of outdoor activities for everybody.

Dropping puck

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Brady Bodnarchuk looked to win a face-off in his own zone during the first period of the Muskie boys' hockey team's 5-4 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints last Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The black-and-gold (5-2) will resume NorWOSSA action Jan. 8 when they visit the Red Lake Rams.

Head

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It was a good day for the Muskie court teams in Dryden last Thursday as three of the four squads came home victorious in their last matches before the holiday break. In girls' volleyball action, the junior Muskies swept their best-of-five match 3-0 while the seniors downed the host Eagles 3-1.

Squash lunge

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Sam Odrowski

Jeff Wright lunged for the ball as he returned it to Mark Faragher during the annual Boxing Day tournament held last Wednesday at the Memorial Sports Centre. Close to 20 players faced off all morning and into the afternoon. The Sunset Country Squash Club's next tournament is slated for Jan. 4-6, with 66 players expected to participate.

Goalie shove

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Jamie Mountain

St. Thomas Aquinas Saints' goalie Sarah From let Jill Calder know she was an unwelcome guest in front of her net as she tried to shove her away during the third period of the visitors' 6-5 win over the Muskie girls' hockey team last Tuesday night at the '52 Canadians Arena.

Taking the 'plunge'

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Jamie Mountain

A total of 19 jumpers braved frigid temperatures to participate in the Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances' annual “Polar Plunge” yesterday on Sand Bay near La Place Rendez-Vous. The event, which sees participants raise pledges for charities and then split the proceeds with the club, brought in around $8,000 this year.

For foolproof poached chicken, turn to sous vide cooking

People
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Poached chicken gets a bad rap for being tough, dry, and a little squeaky between your teeth. But that’s probably because poaching is a relatively imprecise cooking method.

’Staying alive, Staying alive:’ Pet owners gain peace of mind with pet first aid

Lifestyles
By Bill Graveland THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY — Dollar and Ghost are watching with great interest as their owners bounce along to “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees.

Dollar, or Dolly as she is called by her owner, even gets up close and personal. The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever licks the face of her human mom while Sharon Manly is learning mouth-to-snout resuscitation and CPR on a dog mannequin.

Low and slow is the way to go when making this fish dish

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Low and slow is the way to go when it comes to making this yummy fish dish. A low-temperature oven (set to just 300 F) ensures that the fish cooks slowly, without drying out. Crispy, buttery, garlicky panko bread crumbs get a head start in a skillet so they’re golden brown when the fish comes out of the oven.

Make tomato sauce and cook spaghetti squash in one pot

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Delicately flavoured spaghetti squash makes for a fun and interesting vegetarian main, but often the squash must be roasted in the oven while a separate sauce is made on the stove. In the multicooker, however, we could make a simple fresh tomato sauce and cook a large 4-pound spaghetti squash together in one pot.

Key tips on how to avoid making your tabbouleh salad soggy

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Tabbouleh is a signature Levantine salad made of bulgur, parsley, tomato, and onion steeped in a penetrating mint and lemon dressing.

We started by salting the tomatoes to rid them of excess moisture that otherwise made our salad soggy. Soaking the bulgur in lemon juice and some of the drained tomato liquid, rather than in water, allowed it to absorb lots of flavour as it softened.

Make a hearty chicken and sausage gumbo without all the work

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

This classic New Orleans specialty is built on a roux—a cooked mixture of fat and flour that must be stirred constantly, sometimes for an hour or more, until it is deep brown.

Warming trend for week's end

Weather

Expect increasing cloudiness tonight, with an overnight low of minus-12 C (10 F) and southwest winds gusting up to 15 km/h.

Tomorrow will see the risk of freezing rain giving way to some sunshine.

Look for a high of two (35) and low around minus-seven (19), with southwest winds gusting up to 17 km/h.