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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 4, 2018

Siblings share their residential school experience

News

In 1857, the Gradual Civilization Act was passed to assimilate Indians. It was the objective of both missionaries and government to assimilate aboriginal children into mainstream society.

By 1910, attendance at a residential school was compulsory for all aboriginal children between the ages of seven and 15.

NHU report card issued

News
Press Release

The Northwestern Health Unit has released its annual public health report card.

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, the medical officer of health for Northwestern Ontario, said the most recent report card is focusing on two central themes: health equity and community engagement.

Fake dolls seized

News
Press Release

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the International Falls port-of-entry targeted a rail container destined to arrive in Ranier, Mn.

In May, CBP officers inspected the rail container and discovered merchandise in violation of intellectual property rights (IPR) regulations.

Rickford to head three cabinet portfolios

News
Sam Odrowski

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford will be responsible for three portfolios in Premier Doug Ford's cabinet after being named the minister for energy, northern development and mines, and indigenous affairs.

He was sworn in Friday morning along with the 20 other members of cabinet, which is down eight ministers from the former Liberal government under Kathleen Wynne.

Local groups pleased with Moffat Funds slice

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Every year, local non-profit groups and organizations receive thousands of dollars to fund various programs and activities aimed at supporting the social, economical, physical, and intellectual well-being of children and their families.

Second barn concert set

News
Press Release

The second barn concert of the season at Cornell Farms will be Pat Temple and the HiLO Players on Thursday, July 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Temple is well-known for his “Americana” music, where western swing meets hillbilly jazz.

Perry unveils bid for mayor

News
Duane Hicks

Coun. Ken Perry is running for mayor in the Oct. 22 municipal election here in Fort Frances.

“I want to continue things the way they're going and I think I am the one to do it,” said Coun. Perry, who first was elected to council in a 2008 byelection before being acclaimed in 2010 and then re-elected in 2014.

Lottery winners named

District
Press Release

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is excited to announce that this year's Canada Day Cash Lottery was able to raise a net profit of almost $18,000!

These profits will go towards the purchase of two portable ultrasound machines for the district.

'Project Sunset' helping to reduce substance use among district youth

District
Sam Odrowski

A program that has no mention of drugs and alcohol has proven itself effective in drastically reducing the rate of incidences for both in district youth aged 10-14.

Called “Project Sunset” and funded by the provincial government, the program is run by the local OPP at Crossroads School in Devlin for students in Grades 5-8.

Nominations now being sought for business awards

District
Sam Odrowski

Do you know a business worth celebrating?

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce once again is encouraging district residents to submit nominations for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's 22nd-annual business awards.

Rain dampens fire hazard in region

District
From the MNRF

No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by late yesterday afternoon.

There currently are 36 active fires in the region, 34 of which are listed as either “under observation," "being held," or "under control.”

New exhibit in Atikokan

District
Press Release

“Landscapes and Wildlife,” an exhibit featuring the photography of Alan Poelman, runs until July 21 at the Pictograph Gallery in Atikokan.

The gallery is located downstairs in the Voyageur Mall on Main Street.

It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

St. Michael's students achieve great success with reading program

District
Sam Odrowski

Sick Kids Hospital's “Empower Reading” program is helping a group of Grade 2 and 3 students at St. Michael's School here improve their abilities and confidence.

The evidence-based reading intervention program is taught in schools across Ontario, throughout Canada, and abroad.

Moose hunter fined

District
From the MNRF

A Waterloo man has been fined $4,500 for hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Hussein Hamid pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing a cow moose and discharging a firearm carelessly.

He was fined $1,500 and $3,000, respectively, for the offences.

Health unit offers tips for staying safe this summer

District
Press Release

Summer is just starting and the Northwestern Health Unit is encouraging residents and visitors to spend time getting active and exploring the great outdoors.

Whether you are hitting the trails, out on the water, playing at a park, or having fun at the beach, there are things you can do to ensure you, your family, and friends stay safe.

Lady Raiders storm back to win

Sports
Staff

Getting down early proved not to be too much of a challenge for the Couchiching Lady Raiders in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action Monday night.

The Lady Raiders (7-5) rallied from a four-run first-inning deficit to nab an 11-7 win over the Fort Frances Angels (2-9).

Jennifer Singleton earned the win while Rylee Redford suffered the loss.

Lakers' top scorer back

Sports
Staff

It's tough when any hockey team loses its leading scorer.

Fortunately for the Fort Frances Lakers, that won't be the case next season.

Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan last week announced that forward Nick Lucas will be returning to the squad for another campaign.

Carlson earns accolade

Sports
Staff

The accolades keep on coming for Molly Carlson.

The Fort Frances native was among 15 Florida State Seminoles' swimmers and divers named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America teams last Wednesday.

'Castin For Cash' bass tournament again promising to be fun for all

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Whether you are a young or old angler, a good time is expected once again at the 18th-annual “Castin For Cash” bass tournament slated for this Friday and Saturday (July 6-7) on the Lake Despair chain.

Tug-of-war injuries mar festival

Sports
Jamie Mountain

An unfortunate mishap forced organizers to cut short the seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday afternoon.

Several people were injured on this side of the border during the Backus Community Center's “community pull” tug-of-war between Fort Frances and International Falls, which ran in conjunction with the festival.

Local drivers fare well

Sports
Staff

The Borderland Racing Association didn't host races at the Emo Speedway over the Canada Day weekend, allowing drivers to compete south of the border.

Wyatt Boyum of International Falls placed third in the Midwest Modifieds feature at Greenbush on Saturday.

Cody Ossachuk of Fort Frances came fifth while Dayton Brady of Devlin finished eighth.

Road check station nets 53 charges

Sports
From the MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry laid 53 charges and also issued 41 warnings during a two-day road check station at the junction of Highway 502 and Highway 11, east of Fort Frances.

Desaulniers brightest of all-stars

Sports
Staff

John Desaulniers shone brightly during the Rainy River District Fastball League's annual all-star game held Thursday night in Pinewood.

Desaulniers was solid on the rubber and also belted a grand slam to left field to pace the East All-Stars to a 11-1 rout of the West All-Stars.

Don Smith also went yard for the East.

Jeff Morrison was tagged with the loss.

Colourful burst

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Canada Day is never over without the annual show of fireworks over the upper Rainy River and once again hundreds of people gathered along the walkway on Colonization Road East to watch the colourful bursts. Some sat on blankets and lawn chairs, others tried to snag a front row seat from their boats in the water, while still others simply viewed from the car.

Kids corner

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

There was lots to do in the kids' corner during “Mall Days" festivities last Thursday at the Rainy Lake Square. Community Living Fort Frances and District set up booths with various arts and crafts activities, including button-making, games, and temporary tattoos.

Mini

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Above, five-year-old Hope McCormick (left), who was named this years' mini-queen on Sunday afternoon, was crowned by last year's queen, Brooklyn Beckett, during the pageant that took place at Point Park as part of the Canada Day celebrations. Her love of the colour pink and eating spaghetti, as well as building igloos and playing with friends, is what won over the judges for McCormick.

Flag assist

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of Sara Kellar

Private Aaron Kellar of Fort Frances, an electrical generator systems technician with the Canadian Armed Forces who currently is posted at CFB Borden near Barrie, Ont., assisted with holding the 3,000-pound Canadian flag at the Rogers Centre on Canada Day.

Birchbark baskets

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Dana Bridgeman Cross and Blaire Cross shared big smiles as they crafted their birchbark baskets during a workshop last Wednesday at the Nanicost building here. More than 50 people crafted baskets under the direction of elders provided by the Seven Generations Education Institute.

Teddy bear fortunes

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

A group of youngsters (top) gathered as “Princess Annabelle" told the fortunes of their teddy bears at the Fort Frances Public Library's annual "Teddy Bear Picnic" held Friday at the Memorial Sports Centre due to the inclement weather.

Handing candies

Photos
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club had its “lion” mascot marching along the parade route, handing out candies to the hundreds of people who lined Front Street for the Canada Day parade Sunday morning.

Running into water

Photos
Sam Odrowski

It may have been chilly and rainy but many youngsters still swam and played along the waterfront at Point Park during Canada Day on Sunday. The Fun in the Sun committee made water sports available for a small fee to those who wanted to go tubing, waterskiing, or wakeboarding.

Seniors appreciation

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Ruth Caldwell, left, Kathy Haukaas, Vicky Wishart, and Melvin Haukaas enjoyed a quiet afternoon of socializing and snacks last Tuesday (June 26) as the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre hosted a seniors' appreciation tea to celebrate Seniors' Month in Ontario (June). Hot and cold beverages, as well as sweet treats, were served up for all of the seniors who visited the library.

Moffat funding

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Mary-Ellen Chapman, Family Respite co-ordinator with Family & Children's Services here, received a portion of the Moffat Family Fund from Mayor Roy Avis at last Monday night's council meeting.

Wakeboarding along

Photos
Sam Odrowski

A float advertising the wakeboarding, waterskiing, tube riding, and boat touring activities at the waterfront was pulling along a “boarder” of its own during the Canada Day parade that ran along Front Street on Sunday.

Blasting confetti

Photos
Sam Odrowski

A confetti cannon blasted out red-and-white pieces of confetti into the sky during the Canada Day parade that went along Front Street on Sunday morning. The float responsible for the festive blasts promoted the nighttime fireworks display and the sponsors who make it possible.

Sunshine Kids

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Tanya Mueller, front left, and members of the community got together to raise money for the Sunshine Kids Foundation by collecting donations at the new Rainy Lake Square here Saturday morning after participating in an awareness walk, which started at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Money pit

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

About a dozen excited youngsters aged seven-nine hopped into the “Little Amik Money Pit" on Sunday afternoon franctically digging to find themselves a few shiny loonies as their parents and family members looked on during "Fun in the Sun” activities held at Point Park.

Log

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Sam Odrowski

Mark Howarth and his daughter, Jill, faced off against each other in the log-rolling activity held at Point Park on Canada Day. Those who visited the park on Sunday had a chance to show off their log-rolling skills on the water, as well as partake in other water sports.

Canadian pride

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Sam Odrowski

Many local youngsters showed their Canadian pride by riding Canada-themed bikes and sporting all-Canadian outfits during the annual Canada Day parade that ran late Sunday morning here. Despite the dreary weather, a good crowd still lined the route from the Sorting Gap Marina to the local Legion.

Mini

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

This year's Mini-King, four-year-old Grayson Idrisson, left, was crowned by last year's king, Declan Scott, after the competition Sunday afternoon at Point Park. There were a total of nine contestants (five girls and four boys), who each received a goodie bag after answering questions on stage from event organizer Melissa Gushulak.

Point performer

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Sam Odrowski

Local talent Dylan Ossachuk took the stage under the entertainment tent during Canada Day activities at Point Park on Sunday afternoon. The young musician is known locally, having won “Quest for the Best” in the past and also achieving great success in the annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts.

More fireworks

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

The wind picked up into the evening on Sunday but that didn't put a damper on the Canada Day fireworks show! The bright light from the colourful bursts filled the sky, reflecting off the upper Rainy River while creating sillouettes of boats out to get the perfect view.

Dancing in the rain

Photos
Sam Odrowski

This group of local Highland dancers didn't let the rain put a damper on their dancing as they twirled to the pipes and drums of the Fort Frances Highlanders during Sunday's Canada Day parade here.

Tea and scones

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

The Fort Frances Museum celebrated “Mall Days” last Thursday by holding its first afternoon of tea and scones on the second floor. Carol Lyons, Ruth Brockie, Geraldine Spence, Carroll McFayden, Colleen Kennedy (visiting from Toronto), and Sandra Brunetta enjoyed a pleasant afternoon socializing while museum curator Sherry George topped up their refreshments.

Cotton candy

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Sam Odrowski

Amanda Dent brought her cotton candy-making machine to Point Park on Sunday afternoon for the Canada Day festivities there. Despite the rain, she was able to serve up some smiles to those hungry for the popular carnival-style treat.

Pulling rope

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Local residents pulled with all their might in the “community pull” during the international tug-of-war staged by the Backus Community Center in International Falls on Saturday in conjunction with the seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival.

Safe at second

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Hailey Beaudry of the Fort Frances Angels looked back to receive a throw from the outfield while a Couchiching player safely chugged into second base as the Lady Raiders erased a 4-0 first-inning deficit to improve to 7-5 on the season.

Flower ceremony

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Cancer survivors and caregivers participated in the flower ceremony that once again was part of the annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival held Saturday at the Sorting Gap Marina. A moment of silence was held to remember all the loved ones who have passed from the disease before tossing pink flowers into the upper Rainy River.

Ready to paddle

Photos
Jamie Mountain

The New Gold Nuggets blasted their way across the 300-metre course en route to top spot at the seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday at the Sorting Gap Marina. The squad's combined heat time of 3:27 was one second better than that of the Canada Dragons.

Gussy pic (July 4)

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Submitted

Fishing on Lake St. Clair was kind of like being on the ocean but it is loaded with big smallmouth bass.