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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 3, 2019

School board passes budget, cuts 38 jobs

News
Staff

The Rainy River District School Board has a balanced budget for 2019-2020, but it comes with a hefty human price tag.

In a press release from the board released last Wednesday, the RRDSB said it would be eliminating 37.73 FTE (full-time equivalency) of staff due to changes in the education budget from the provincial government, as well as a decline in student enrollment.

Riverside welcomes new board

News
Press Release

Riverside Health Care welcomes a new member to the board of directors and announces its officers.

On Tuesday, June 25, Riverside Health Care held its annual general meeting (AGM) of the corporation.

At that time, one vacancy on the board of directors was filled. Joining the board for the first time is Kathy Lampi for a one-year term.

KRRFCS to start up Lego groups

News
Sam Odrowski

Since Lego came to Canada in the early 1960s, it has become one of the most popular toys for youngsters.

And while stepping on the building blocks can cause a great deal of pain, working together to build Lego structures and creations can be extremely beneficial for socializing children.

Outbreak over at Rainycrest

News
Press Release

Riverside Health Care, in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, has declared the gastroenteritis outbreak over at Rainycrest Long Term Care, effective yesterday (July 2).

All social events and activities at Rainycrest have resumed. All visitors are now welcome.

Human trafficking

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

As the notoriety surrounding human trafficking continues to grow, light needs to be shone on the fact small and rural communities are not immune to this criminal activity.

Chapple fire service open house successful

District
Sam Odrowski

While celebrating Canada's birthday was the focus for many families this past weekend, some also took time to learn about fire safety and prevention at the Chapple Fire and Emergency Service Open House on Saturday.

“It was a great success overall and we had a good time,” noted Chapple, Emo, La Vallee, and Alberton Fire Chief Josh Colling.

Cleaveley receives Medal of Distinction

District
Press Release

The 2018 Lieutenant 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration, Ontario's highest honour for public service, has been awarded to Dryden native and now-Thunder Bay resident David Cleaveley.

David retired from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) fire program at the end of 2018.

Threatened horse species gets bred locally

District
Sam Odrowski

A threatened species of horse is being bred by a local woman in the west end of the district.

Jenna Jarvis, who studied breeding production at Olds College in Alberta, birthed her first independently-owned pair of foals, Treasure and Queenie, over the past few weeks and both are in good health.

Devlin woman wins $10,000 in Riverside Foundation draw

District
Press Release

Riverside Foundation for Health Care is excited to announce that this year's Annual Canada Day Cash Lottery raised a net profit of approximately $25,000!

These profits will go towards the purchase of a mammography monitor which will allow residents of the Rainy River District to continue to receive breast health care close to home.

Tkachuks pleased to help inspire next generation of racquet sports

Sports
Jamie Mountain

When you think of racquet sports in Rainy River District, Bob and Mary-Beth Tkachuk are likely the names that first come to mind.

Ice Dogs named recipient of SIJHL's Team Community Service Award

Sports
Press Release

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—The SIJHL announced on Friday that the Dryden GM Ice Dogs have been named the recipient its second-annual Team Community Service Award.

Team West rallies for all-star win over Team East

Sports
Staff

Down but not out.

So was the mentality of the West division as it rallied late to snatch a 4-2 win over the East division in the Rainy River District Fastball League's annual all-star game on Thursday night at Manitou Rapids.

Local drivers shine at Memorial races

Sports
Staff

They were remembering drivers who paved the way before them, but it also was a memorable weekend for local drivers at the Emo Speedway.

RRHS salutes top athletes

Sports
Staff

Another great year of Rainy River High School athletics has come to a close.

So it was time to reward the Owls for all of their hard work over the past year with some athletic awards.

And the winners were:

Miller finishes second

Sports
Submitted by
Ted Brockie

Local kindergarten teacher (RRDSB) Priscilla Miller finished second overall in the Running Room-sponsored Canada Day 5.16K in Winnipeg.

The race cap allows a maximum of 450 runners thus providing a deep field.

The slightly “long” 5K includes significant trail running.

Miller ran 21:56 which averages to 6:50 minute per mile pace.

Former Laker signs pro contract in Europe

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Former Fort Frances Lakers' standout forward Lucas Debenedet is making the leap to professional hockey.

After a successful NCAA collegiate career at Northland College (NCHA), the International Falls, Mn. native has signed a pro contract in Europe with the Meudon Hockey Club in the France 2 League.

Rocky Mountain horse

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Jenna Jarvis' Rocky Mountain horse, “Treasure,” was born on May 22 and is in great health. The foal weighs over 100 pounds and will be weened in the fall, at which time Jarvis hopes to sell the animal.

Grad song

Photos
Ken Kellar

Brianna Eldridge, left, Katelyn Bruyere and Callahan Armstrong performed a rendition of Fleetwood Mac's “Landslide” during Fort Frances High School's 2019 graduation ceremony at the Memorial Sports Centre on Thursday. Brueyre was also valedictorian of the Class of '19.

SWS float

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Mellodey Sinclair, left, Aurora McRitchie and Alex McKelvie waved from the Sunset Water Sports (SWS) float during the Canada Day parade here on Monday. SWS was out at the Point that day, and did a wakesurf/wakeboard show with a crew from Kenora called Wake 'n Bake.

Fire extinguisher training

Photos
Submitted

About 50 children received fire extinguisher training at the Chapple Fire and Emergency Services Open House on Saturday at the Chapple South Hall. The kids were trained through the digital fire attack system that was set up at the event.

Parade banner

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Members of the Fun in the Sun committee were able to join in on the fun which kicked off on Monday morning with a colour run and then was followed by the parade. Canadian flags waved proudly up and down the parade route as families came out and watched the start of the Canada Day celebrations.

Canada day family

Photos
Ken Kellar

Warm, sunny weather made for a day of Fun in the Sun celebrations that were fun for the whole family, or two. Pictured here are Stella Faragher, left, Theo Faragher, Diane Lovisa, Carmen Faragher, Sarah Faragher, Violet Botsford, Christine Botsford, and Ava Botsford, who relaxed at the Point.

Happy grad

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort Frances High School vice-principal Bill Daley, left, followed fellow vice-principal Dan Bird in shaking the hand of new graduate Andrea Schram at the Memorial Sports Centre on Thursday evening for the high school's graduation ceremony. A total of 130 students graduated from Fort High this year. See more photos A3.

Canada Day pride

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fun in the Sun Mini-Queen 2018 Hope McCormick was dressed to the nines in her Canada Day gear as the Canada Day parade got underway on Monday morning. McCormick was later on hand at the mini-king and queen pageant at the Point, where she passed on her title to Isabel DeGagne.

Chem free

Photos
Ken Kellar

Maria Henzmann, above, took a dive over the rotating arm of the “Meltdown,” while below, Malikai Morrisseau and Joseph Dueck duelled to be the last man standing at Chem-Free Grad 2019 at the Memorial Sports Centre on Thursday night. The annual party offers the graduating class a space to unwind, have fun and celebrate with their classmates in a drug and alcohol-free environment.

Happy grad

Photos
Ken Kellar

Ava-Mae Gardiman had just enough time for a hug and a photo as she came off the stage holding her high school diploma during the Fort Frances High School 2019 graduation ceremony at the Memorial Sports Centre on Thursday. The ceremony was the culmination of years of hard work by the graduating class and evoked a range of emotion from those crossing the stage.

Year-end BBQ

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Lily Kaun, left, Layla Johnson, Jan Gushlak, and Kolton Joyce shared some smiles at St. Michael's year-end BBQ last Thursday where they enjoyed hamburgers and hot dog. The students currently enrolled at St. Michael's will move to the new consolidated Catholic school, St. Mary School—located next to St. Francis School—in the fall.

Treasure hunt

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Ready, set, go! The race was on as children from separate age groups took their turn sorting through the money pit looking for lost treasures during Canada Day fun at Point Park. Kids had two turns for three minutes to dig and scrap their way through the pile of saw dust searching for the $500 buried amongst the pile.

Inflatable slide

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Children young and old were delighted by the inflatable amusements at Point Park during the Fun in the Sun activities there. There was no doubt the water slide was the best way to cool off on a hot summer's day.

Patriotic procession

Photos
Dave Ogilvie

The children were the hit of the Canada Day parade in Barwick, which was held on Saturday, June 29. This year's parade include antique vehicles, tractors, and of course, the children on their bikes and waving from floats. Below, the Barwick Community Church did an excellent job of turning a fancy fishing boat into this year's float for the parade.

RRHS grad

Photos

Jackson Arpin, left, received his diploma from Rainy River High School principal Michelle Mosbeck during the during the annual convocation ceremony last Wednesday evening at RRHS. He was among the 34 graduates (including three Alternative Education grads) in the RRHS Class of 2019.

The Tkachuks

Photos
Submitted

Mary-Beth and Bob Tkachuk have been big promoters of squash in Rainy River District for more than 30 years and will take their rightful place as builders in the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame next month.

Outta the way

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Thomas Lepine of Centra Pipelines was determined to maintain control of the ball and fend off Ashton Barnes of CJ Contracting during his squad's 7-0 win in Borderland Soccer League men's division action last Wednesday night.

V

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

The sun beamed down as the beach volleyball competition heated up at Point Park on Canada Day. Teams put their bodies on the line while getting a little sandy in the process. The volleyball tournament went on for most of the afternoon, as teams enjoyed the beautiful weather and friendly competition.

Go

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Angelina Spuzak roared her way to victory as she claimed the checkered flag in the Junior class feature during the first-annual Chuck Lambert Memorial Kart Race hosted by Borderland Kart Racing on Friday night at the Emo Speedway.

Gussy pic (July 3)

Photos
Submitted

The bass tournament season gets underway across Northwest Ontario this weekend with events taking place at Shoal Lake and Lake Despair.

Mini

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Last year's Fun in the Sun mini-queen Hope McCormick, far left, and king Grayson Idrisson, far right, perform their last royal act as they helped crown six-year-old Isabel DeGagne, and four-year-old Landen Walton as the 2019 mini-royalty on Canada Day at the Point Park.

Tearful grad

Photos
Ken Kellar

Rhonda DeGagne processed some emotions as she shook hands with FFHS vice-principal Dan Bird during the graduation ceremony held at the Memorial Sports Centre on Thursday evening. DeGagne was also a recipient of the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program Certificate.

Ready to throw

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Charlie DeBungee (Manitou Thunderbirds) of Team East fielded a grounder near third base and attempted to make the throw to first to record the out during his squad's 4-2 loss to Team West in the Rainy River District Fastball League's annual all-star game on Thursday night at Manitou Rapids.

Go

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Alex “Rowdy” McKelvie, at right, was all smiles as he claimed the trophy in the Advance class feature at the first-annual Chuck Lambert Memorial Kart Race hosted by Borderland Kart Racing on Friday night at the Emo Speedway. Racing resumes this Friday at 7 p.m. at the speedway.

CN anticipates record grain shipments; CP says it’s also moving more grain

Business
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — Canadian National Railway says it is on track to move record quantities of western Canadian grain after a strong June, and Canadian Pacific Railway says it’s moved more grain this year as well.

CN Rail says it transported more than 2.3 million tonnes of grain last month.

Natural health products join endocannabinoid hype

Health & Wellness
By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

TORONTO — When it comes to cannabis and health, buzzwords abound: CBD and THC are chief among them, as well as the endocannabinoid system, which is the body’s network of receptors that these cannabis compounds unlock.

Gaetano Morello, head of a Vancouver-based supplements company, is somewhat averse to that last one. He prefers to call it the body’s “wellness system.”

Edmunds weighs pros and cons of in-car personal assistants

Technology
By Brent Romans The Associated Press

In the near future, get ready to do a lot more talking to your car. Smartphone personal assistants, such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, can be used for a variety of tasks.

Alert level increased at world’s largest volcano in Hawaii

International
By Caleb Jones The Associated Press

HONOLULU — Federal officials raised the alert level Tuesday for the world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984.

The U.S. Geological Survey changed the level from “normal” to “advisory” following a steady increase in earthquakes and ground swelling that began in March.

Thunderstorms tomorrow morning

Weather

Tonight will be cloudy with a low of 14 C (57 F).

Tomorrow will see widespread morning thunderstorms followed by partly cloudy skies. Expect a high of 25 (77) and a low of 12 (54).

Friday will see a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high of 25 (77) and a low of 11 (52).