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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 8, 2020

Organizations working together on Senior Companion Project

News
Ken Kellar

Planning is underway to eventually have a fully realized seniors' volunteer program in Fort Frances.

Members of several different service organizations met in the Shaw room at the Fort Frances Library and Technology Centre last month to discuss the Senior Companion Project, an initiative that aims to eventually have a seniors-helping-seniors volunteer program operating in town.

Hampers help families have a Merry Christmas

News
Ken Kellar

It may have taken a lot of hard work and dedication, but the results are well worth the efforts.

The local Salva tion Army managed to “adopt” 27 families and send out more than 200 Christmas hampers to those in need in the week leading up to the holiday, ensuring that some families in the district were able to celebrate Christmas with fewer worries.

Nominate a farm family for BMO Ontario Awards

News
Press Release

Do you know a family that represents the values of Ontario's rural communities? People whose commitment and dedication to the rural way of life makes a difference and sets an example for others.

If so, nominate them today for a 2020 BMO Ontario Farm Family Award - presented by the Ontario Plowmen's Association (OPA) and BMO Bank of Montreal.

Family Centre extends hours through winter

News
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Homeless Committee has been operating a warming centre out of the Apostolic Way Church (324 Victoria Ave) since mid-December to help provide those in need with shelter through the night.

The “Out of the Cold” program that the warming centre is run through operates seven days a week from 8:30 p.m to 7:30 a.m.

Firefighter training centre comes to Chapple

News
Sam Odrowski

Receiving specialized training is now easier than ever for existing firefighters in the area.

A new firefighter training centre popped up in Chapple about a month ago and district firefighters no longer have to travel across the province to take much needed training courses.

Big plans for Farmboy in Fort Frances

News
Sam Odrowski

A recently-incorporated local business has big plans in the real estate investing market.

Farmboy Real Estate is on the hunt for properties to buy and hold with the goal of generating income in the commercial and residential rental markets.

Local Spinner's Guild is finding joy in the wheel

News
Ken Kellar

It's a practice that may seen outdated-or even antiquated-but it has its proponents, and they're closer than you might think.

On a roughly semi-monthly basis, the Sunset Country Spinner's Guild members tuck themselves into the Fort Frances Public Library and do their magic, turning tufts of fibre into workable yarn.

Emo mayor shares outlook for 2020

District
Sam Odrowski

Since a new mayor and council took office in Emo around a year ago, they've been working through many government regulations to complete assessments and attract more people to the town.

Mayor Harold McQuaker, who's new to council, said working with MPAC for tax assessments has been difficult and 2020 will be a tough budget year.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Highway 502

District
From the OPP

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at 2:30 p.m., members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Rainy River District Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Ornge air ambulance, Watten and Fort Frances Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 502, approximately 20 kilometers north of Highway 11.

'Ozhichigan' workshops offered at Mounds

District
Sam Odrowski

The Manitou Mounds has been a busy spot as of late, hosting a variety of free activities and events over the past few months.

Employees at the mounds applied for a grant to hire a workshop coordinator earlier In the year and Maria Vandenbrand filled the position at the end of September.

Cash calendar winners

District

Kevin Cross of Atikokan was the $2,500 Christmas winner in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's cash calendar draw for the week of Dec. 22 - 28.

The $30 winners included Patty McMahon, Donna Williamson and Chris Giguere (Fort Frances), Dan Neilson (Stratton), Trish and Earl Fredrickson and Justin Wood (Atikokan) and Veldron Vogan (Sleeman).

Catholic teachers launch job action

District
Press Release

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) has announced that unless a tentative agreement is reached, members across the province will be taking administrative job action beginning Monday, January 13.

Betty Kellar Memorial cribbage party Saturday

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The annual Betty Kellar Memorial cribbage and 500 card party will be held this Saturday, Jan. 11, beginning at 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes supper. People can register right up until the day of the tournament. Call the Emo Legion at 482-2250 to register. Hours are from 3-6 p.m. Teams of 2 are preferred.

Men's Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, January 18

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

There will be a Men's Fellowship Breakfast at the Emo Legion, Saturday January 18th @ 08:00 am. Come for delicious breakfast and enjoy fellowship with old and new friends. Gord Armstrong of Rainy River will be our speaker. Men and boys of all ages are welcome, cost per person is $12. For more information call Ted @ 807-275-6573

Thunder Bay to host 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Sports
Press Release

It will be a landmark edition of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts when the 2021 Canadian Women's Curling Championship is staged in Thunder Bay, Ont., it was announced yesterday by Curling Canada.

Jackson caps stellar rugby career with national bronze

Sports
Jamie Mountain

To say Cassandra Jackson had a “smashing” good time during her four years with the Minnesota State University Moorhead women's rugby team would be a massive understatement.

The Fort Frances native helped lead the Hummerz to a fourth-place finish nationally in 2018 and followed that up this season with a bronze-medal finish.

Muskie girls looking to rebound

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The weekend did not go as the Muskie girls' hockey team had hoped and members of the black-and-gold will be looking to put a tough experience behind them as they get set to head into the second half of the NorWOSSA season next week.

Local U18 rinks fall short at qualifier

Sports
Staff

They tried their best but a berth to the Ontario Winter Games just wasn't to be for the local Owen Riches and Grace George rinks over the weekend.

Riches came away with a 1-2 record while George went 0-2. They both failed to advance from the qualifying round held at the Fort Frances Curling Club on Friday and Saturday.

Cameron defends 'Vous' squash title

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It may be a new year but it was the same result for Sean Cameron.

The Thunder Bay native was spectacular yet again in defending his 'A' Open title from last year as he roared to a 3-1 win over Peter Russell of Winnipeg in the final of the Sunset Country Squash club's 33rd-annual La Place Rendez-Vous tournament on Sunday afternoon.

Lakers open with split against Norskies

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers certainly had their chances but it ended up meaning very little in the end.

A slow start and some costly penalties came back to bite the Lakers in a big way as they dropped a 6-3 decision to the visiting Thief River Falls Norskies on Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

SA hamper 1

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Some of the Christmas hampers that were put together by the Salvation Army and ready to go out to families in need covered most of the available floor space in their Scott St. headquarters ahead of the holidays. -Submitted photo

Family Centre

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Family Centre volunteers and those who access the facility shared some smiles from the additional space that the centre is renting through the winter months at the Volunteer Bureau. -Sam Odrowski photo

Training exercise

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La Vallee Station fire chief Darren Hughes engaged in a fire training exercise during the Modern Fire Behaviour and Tactics Course held at the new Chapple Fire & Emergency Service Regional Training Centre on Highway 71 in November. -Submitted photo

Spinners guild

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Felix Blasky works her traditional spinning wheel during a meeting of the Sunset Country Spinner's Guild at the Fort Frances Public Library. The guild meets on a monthly basis to set up their wheels and further practice their craft.

-Ken Kellar photo

Ribbon skirts–cutline

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Aiyana Jade Cochrane, left, Cassandra Cochrane, Nancy Indiann, Kari Larson, and Lori Cress showed off the ribbon skirts they made during a ribbon skirt making workshop at the Manitou Mounds in October. The workshop was led by Cassandra Cochrane. -Submitted photo

Chapple fire

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Firefighter Timothy Rempel, left, put out a vehicle fire, in the vehicle fire training area during the Modern Fire Behaviour and Tactics Course held at the Chapple Fire & Emergency Service Regional Training Centre on Highway 71 in Nonmember, as fellow firefighter Leroy Rempel and Captain Real Degange looked on. -Submitted photo

Heavy defence

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Kiernan Bailey and Kyle Uzelman of the Fort Frances Lakers did their best defensively to snuff out a scoring opportunity for Thief River Falls Norskies' captain Bryce Johnson during the second period of their squad's 6-3 loss in SIJHL action on Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Jackson, Cassandra

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Submitted

Fort Frances native Cassandra Jackson posed with a Vortex Elite game ball, courtesy of Rhino Rugby, after taking home the Heart and Soul Award for the Minnesota State University Moorhead Hummerz women's rugby team.

Ready to smash

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Anika Alexander, now of Winnipeg, got full extension as he prepared to unleash a backhand return during her 3-1 win over Gerson Agustin of Sioux Lookout during the men's 'A' division final of the Sunset Country Squash Club's 33rd-annual La Place Rendez-Vous tournament on Sunday afternoon here.

Faragher serve

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Jamie Mountain

Local Chad Faragher got ready to fire a serve during the third-place match of the men's 'A' division at the Sunset Country Squash Club's 33rd-annual La Place Rendez-Vous tournament at the Memorial Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon. Faragher snared third spot with a comeback 3-2 win over Dale Ciznar of Thunder Bay.

Sweeping hard

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Kian McEvoy and Jordan Ekstrom went heavy on their brooms to get their rock down the ice during their squad's 5-2 loss to the Dallas Burgess rink on Saturday afternoon at the Ontario Winter Games qualifier at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The duo were part of the local Owen Riches rink, which failed to move on and wound up with a 1-2 record.

Gustafson perch

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Perch are becoming more popular amongst anglers across Sunset Country for good reasons. -Submitted photo

Puck battle

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Jamie Mountain

Captain Jill Calder and Tatum Glowasky fought hard and attempted to win a puck battle in the corner during the third period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's annual alumni game last Thursday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The older cohort beat the current Muskie roster by a 6-3 margin in a spirited contest.

Ready to return

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Gerson Agustin of Sioux Lookout was all focus as he got ready to return a shot during his 3-1 loss to Anika Alexander of Winnipeg during the men's 'A' division final of the Sunset Country Squash Club's 33rd-annual La Place Rendez-Vous tournament on Sunday afternoon.

Snow is expected this evening and tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will see periods of snow with a low of -17 C (1 F).

Tomorrow will continue to see periods of snow throughout the day turning to a chance of flurries overnight with a high of minus-nine (16) and a low of -17 (one).