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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 7, 2016

Man facing charges


A Fort Frances man is facing several charges following an overnight incident on the 200 block of Second Street East.

Christopher Palubeskie, 34, has been charged with:

Teachers show frustration with talks

Heather Latter

Local secondary teachers made their presence known Tuesday evening when 52 attended the opening portion of the Rainy River District School Board’s regular meeting at the board office here.

“This has to do with contract and negotiations, which are going nowhere at the moment,” Ontario Secondary School Teacher Federation’s local president Kent Kowalski noted yesterday.

Sawmills ramping up production

Press Release

Two sawmills in Ear Falls and Kenora have started ramping up lumber production in 2016 due to the ongoing recovery in the sawmill sector.

“We are extremely pleased to see EACOM’s Ear Falls sawmill start full production . . . with the addition of a second shift starting Monday, Jan. 4,” said Unifor national representative Stephen Boon.

Indoor soccer starts


A last-minute, big-name roster addition still couldn’t swing the scoreboard in favour of the Boston Pizza Ball Blasters.

Jaymee Fiset and Rebecca Selman each netted four goals to lead the Shear Serenity Strykers (formerly Team Orange) to a 10-9 win yesterday on the opening night of action in the Borderland Women’s Indoor Soccer League at Fort High.

SIJHL snubbed by ‘Prospects Game’


The SIJHL was the only one of the 10 Junior ‘A’ hockey leagues in Canada not to have a player selected for the CJHL’s “Prospects Game” on Jan. 26 in Surrey, B.C.

The annual game showcases those considered the top NHL prospects at this level by NHL Central Scouting.

Tennis courts funded


The Ontario Trillium Foundation officially announced yesterday that the local tennis court project will be getting a financial boost.

As reported in the Times last month, the OTF is granting $150,000 toward the proposed multi-use facility on the grounds of St. Francis School.

Muskie teams take three

Joey Payeur

Bad serving put the Muskie senior girls’ volleyball team in a bad spot.

Then Chelsea Kabatay decided to gear down to help put the points up.

Fort High fought back from a 24-20 deficit in the fourth set thanks to Kabatay fuelling a 6-0 run with her work from behind the serving line to cap a 3-1 victory over the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action here Tuesday afternoon.

Muskies blank Saints


When a team has first-year players producing like veterans, it’s a winning formula.

Rookies ruled the day for the Muskie boys’ hockey team last night in Kenora as the NorWOSSA leaders improved to 8-0 with a 9-0 romp over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints.

Girls’ hockey scores


The end of the old year and start of the new one brought a fresh batch of thrilling hockey action in the Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association.

The Fort Frances Atom ‘AA’ Calder Legal Eagles closed out 2015 in style with a 3-2 win over the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association Novice Armstrong Crushers.

Lakers’ winning streak snapped


Not even their goalie could save the Fort Frances Lakers this time.

Brad Arabia and Brad Thrower each had a goal and an assist to lead the host Thunder Bay North Stars to a 4-2 win over the Lakers last night.

The Lakers (25-4-01), who were outshot 47-31, also saw their eight-game winning streak snapped.

Muskie girls win in shootout

Joey Payeur

The Muskie girls’ hockey team took over sole possession of first place in NorWOSSA with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Dryden Eagles here Tuesday night.

Fort High (7-1) prevailed in the fifth round of the shootout when Janelle Kaemingh unloaded a perfect wrist shot right under the crossbar to beat Eagles’ goalie Jacquie Grandmont.

Vball action

Joey Payeur

Junior Muskie Alex Spuzak put another attack in motion with this pass during the fourth set of Fort High’s 3-2 loss to the visiting Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action Tuesday afternoon.

Talent audition

Duane Hicks

Emma Bone sang “Journey to the Past” from the animated feature film, “Anastasia,” yesterday evening at McMillan Hall (Knox United Church) during auditions for the upcoming “Show Us Your Talent” fundraiser for the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts. That concert will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at McMillan Hall.

SO winner

Joey Payeur

Muskie Janelle Kaemingh calmly skated away after beating Dryden Eagles’ goalie Jacquie Grandmont in the fifth round of the shootout Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena to give Fort High a 3-2 triumph and sole possession of first place in NorWOSSA.

Hawaii’s last sugar plantation to stop growing sugar this year, signalling end of once powerful industry

By Audrey McAvoy The Associated Press

HONOLULU Hawaii’s last sugar plantation is getting out of the sugar-growing business, signalling the end of an industry that once powered the local economy and lured thousands of immigrants to the islands.

Raptors dump Nets

The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Hours after one of their best defenders had surgery, the Toronto Raptors got back to defending the way they know they can.

Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors prevailed 91-74 last night to hand the Brooklyn Nets their eighth-straight home loss.

Leafs blank Ducks

The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Jonathan Bernier carried the Maple Leafs early with 18 first-period saves, then he traded blows with Corey Perry in the third.

A busy night for Toronto’s revitalized goalie ended with another encouraging win.

Bernier made 39 saves in his 11th career shutout, and P.A. Parenteau scored two goals, as the Leafs blanked the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 last night.

Condemnation and skepticism greet North Korea’s announcement it has tested a hydrogen bomb

By Foster Klug And Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of North Korea’s declaration that it had tested a hydrogen bomb for the first time was greeted with widespread condemnation ‚Äî but also skepticism and doubt ‚Äî as world powers vowed Wednesday to punish the impoverished and defiant nation with new international sanctions.

TransCanada to file 2 legal challenges to Keystone rejectio

By Juan A. Lozano The Associated Press

HOUSTON The Canadian company that proposed the Keystone XL oil pipeline has filed a lawsuit over the U.S. government’s rejection of the project and says it plans a second legal challenge.

TransCanada on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit in Houston alleging President Barack Obama’s decision in November to kill the pipeline exceeded his power under the U.S. Constitution.

When an avalanche hits the slopes, let the dogs out

By Sue Manning The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES Wylee the border collie can search an avalanche the size of a football field in five or 10 minutes. It would take a probe line of 50 people using poles a couple hours to cover the same ground.

When 30 minutes can mean the difference between life and death for a skier lost on a snowy mountain, most people would bank on the dog.

Novel experiment shows tots start to distinguish that text, drawings have different meanings

By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Celebrate your child’s scribbles. A novel experiment shows that even before learning their ABCs, youngsters start to recognize that a written word symbolizes language in a way a drawing doesn’t a developmental step on the path to reading.

5 supersize stars found in other galaxies

By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. Scientists have discovered five supersize stars in other galaxies on a par with the monstrous stellar system in our own Milky Way.

Eta Carinae is the brightest and most massive star system within 10,000 light-years of us. The binary system is located in the southern constellation of Carina, a ship’s keel, and outshines our own sun by 5 million times.

Chili jumbo shrimp

By Meera Sodha The Associated Press

When it comes to food, India and China have more in common than you might think. Both harbour a deep love of ear-tingling chilies, vast quantities of garlic and seafood.