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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 13, 2018

Air cadets hold annual ceremonial review

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Members of the 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron marched in front of family and friends last Wednesday night for the 15th-annual ceremonial review at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

College grad marks many milestones

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The local campus of Confederation College held its annual convocation ceremony Monday afternoon at the Townshend Theatre.

Fourteen graduates were in attendance from programs including business fundamentals, Aboriginal-Canadian relations, nursing, and paramedics, among others.

Good progress made on strategic plan

News
Duane Hicks

With the current term of town council coming to an end this fall, considerable progress has been made on its strategic plan since first drafting it three years ago this month.

Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown told council at its meeting Monday night that 26 of 43 initiatives in the plan have been completed while another 11 are partially complete and ongoing.

Penner concert set to go

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Renowned family entertainer Fred Penner will be performing at the Rainy Lake Square here tomorrow (June 14) from 6-8 p.m.

Admission is free but it is recommended those attending bring along a lawn chair.

Board salutes employees, volunteers

News
Press Release

The Rainy River District School Board announced its 2018 Employees of the Year, Bus Driver of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Community Partner of the Year at its regular monthly meeting here last Tuesday.

Brooke Caul, secretary at Atikokan High School, and Angela Petsnick, an intermediate teacher at Fort Frances High School, were named Employees of the Year.

Emergency exercise slated

News
Press Release

The Town of Fort Frances Airport and Fire Rescue/Service are advising all residents that an emergency exercise will be taking place tomorrow (June 14) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The exercise will be taking place at the Fort Frances Airport grounds.

'Seven Gens' salutes its graduates

News
Duane Hicks

A total of 27 secondary school graduates and 57 post-secondary ones were honoured at the Seven Generations Education Institute's 27th-annual graduation ceremony here Thursday afternoon at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Rickford eager to serve constituents

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Newly-elected MPP Greg Rickford is eager to serve the people of Kenora-Rainy River and turn issues into opportunities.

“All too often up here in Northern Ontario we say we've got issues,” Rickford said during a media scrum at his election night headquarters in Kenora on Thursday after topping local NDP candidate Glen Archer by almost 2,200 votes.

Work on overpass to begin next week

News
Duane Hicks

With upgrades to the overpass here about to get underway, the town is hopeful that traffic will be able to be maintained to one lane throughout the duration of the job—or that any possible total road closure will be brief.

Alzheimer walk set to go on Saturday

News
Duane Hicks

It's time to lace up those walking shoes!

The annual “Walk for Alzheimer's,” hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, is slated to go here Saturday to raise awareness of—and funds for—a good cause.

Man reported missing

District
From the OPP

The Rainy River District Detachment of the OPP is seeking the public's assistance in locating a 24-year-old man from the Rainy River area.

Darrell Tuesday last was seen around 2 p.m. yesterday on Highway 600 in Morley Township.

He is described as an indigenous male, with brown hair and brown eyes and a thin build.

He is about 5'9" tall and weighs around 150 pounds.

'Pride Week' events announced

District
Press Release

Borderland Pride announced yesterday the full roster of events for “Pride Week 2018,” which will be held in Fort Frances and International Falls from July 9-15.

“Today is a big day for Borderland's LGBTQ2A community and LGBTQ2A people who call this place their home,” said Douglas Judson, co-chair of Borderland Pride.

Decoy nabs deer hunter

Sports
From the MNRF

A Timmins man has been fined for a hunting violation.

Ricky Leclair pleaded guilty and was fined $3,500 for carelessly discharging his firearm down a roadway.

In addition, he is suspended from hunting for three years and successfully must complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before being eligible to apply for another hunting licence.

Senior games results

Sports
Staff

It was a good time for all once again at the District 1A Senior Games held here last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Staged every two years, the games focus on promoting an active lifestyle in an atmosphere of fun, fellowship, and friendly competition.

It is open to residents of the Kenora, Dryden, and Rainy River Districts who were age 55+ as of Dec. 31, 2018.

Grand Mound site may re-open this fall

Sports
Press Release

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) will make a decision about re-opening the Grand Mound historic site this fall after meeting with Native American communities this summer.

So far, 17 communities across the U.S. Midwest have provided feedback, with two more meetings scheduled.

Muskie athletes perform well at OFSAA meet

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The bigger the stage and bigger the challenge, the more it seems the Muskie track-and-field team rises to the occasion.

The 10-member squad that Fort High sent to the OFSAA championships held last Thursday through Saturday at York University in Toronto achieved multiple personal bests.

Muskie coach proud of OFSAA showing

Sports
Jamie Mountain

In his first two seasons as head coach of the Muskie boys' soccer team, Chris Sinclair had yet to achieve success at the all-Ontarios.

That changed last week in Windsor, however, as the black-and-gold nabbed a tie and a win on the first day of action last Thursday to get off on the right foot.

“That first win on Thursday was very important,” Sinclair said.

TBSO unveils its 2018-19 season

Sports
Press Release

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has unveiled its much-awaited 58th season, which is set to be the most transformative and inclusive yet.

TBSO's new 2018-19 season phases out the decades-old Masterworks-Pops format and introduces an innovative approach to concert selection and purchasing options.

Border blitz nets charges, warnings

Sports
From the MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry laid 15 charges and issued 10 warnings during a June 1 enforcement blitz at the Pigeon River border crossing southwest of Thunder Bay.

Conservation officers and the canine unit contacted 472 people from various U.S. states.

Andy homers to pace Tigers to another win

Sports
Staff

The Dawson Tigers were victorious yet again with a 4-1 triumph over Windy's Warriors in Rainy River District Fastball League action Thursday night.

Bob Andy smacked a homer to pace the Tigers' offence.

Jeff Morrison earned the win while Rob McGinnis was saddled with the loss.

Elsewhere, the Sabaskong Lakers cruised to a 20-7 rout of the Manitou Thunderbirds.

Manitou still tops

Sports
Staff

Manitou Forest Products is showing it will be hard to score on them this season.

Jacob Albright nabbed his second-straight shutout Monday night to help pace Manitou (3-0) to a 1-0 win over CJ Contracting (1-2) in men's division action of the Borderland Soccer League.

Connor Nelson netted Manitou's lone goal in the second half.

First win for Davis

Sports
Staff

It was an impressive start to the season for Devlin's Jamie Davis.

Competing in his #85 car, Davis nabbed the checkered flag in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature race in Borderland Racing Association action Saturday night at the Emo Speedway.

Dayton Brady of Devlin finished second, followed by Fort Frances drivers Cody Ossachuk and Gavin Paull.

Lady Raiders able to nab consecutive wins

Sports
Staff

The Couchiching Lady Raiders have started to heat up in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League.

In a high-scoring affair Monday night, the Lady Raiders topped the Fort Frances Angels 19-18 to nab their second-straight win.

Steph Lagree earned the pitching win while Riley Redford was tagged with the loss.

Council gives FFMHA break on charges

Sports
Duane Hicks

Town council will give the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association a break by waiving $1,632.43 in finance fee charges owed by the organization.

SGEI graduate

Photos
Duane Hicks

Secondary school graduate Janice Penagin received the Scott Clendenning Bursary from secondary school president Sean Taggart during Thursday afternoon's ceremony at the Memorial Sports Centre. The bursary is given to a student who embodies the ideals that the late Clendenning thought were important in a student and community member.

Air Cadets award #2

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

F/Sgt. Courtney Sinclair received the team award for marksmanship at the 15th-annual air cadets ceremonial review last Wednesday evening. The award was presented by Cindy Westover of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99.

Double grad

Photos

Edward Kabatay shook hands with Confederation College's vice president academic Patti Pella as she presents him with the Academic Award of Excellence during the college's convocation Monday afternoon.

SGEI keynote

Photos
Duane Hicks

Laurie Robinson, chair and executive director of the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council, gave the keynote address at Thursday's graduation ceremony, noting that one day soon, SGEI will offer its own certificates, degrees, and diplomas.

Valectorian #1

Photos
Duane Hicks

This year's secondary school valedictorian, Jodie Kabatay of Mitaanjigaming FN, gave a heartfelt speech on the importance of persistence when pursuing an education.

Grad pose

Photos

Marilou Amarille, right, posed with Leah Galusha, practical nursing professor, after receiving her certificate in General Arts and Science at Confederation College's 2018 convovation Monday afternoon.

Admiring blanket

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

After annoucing earlier this year that he will be retiring in the fall, college president Jim Madder was presented with a Hudson's Bay Company blanket. Cristal Kinsman, projects officer at the local campus, presented the blanket, which was embroidered with the names of all eight regional campuses.

PSW program

Photos
Duane Hicks

Carrie Jolicoeur, left, chatted with Sandra Turner, campus manager of Confederation College here, on Thursday afternoon at Rainycrest about applying to the new Personal Support Worker (PSW) “Living Classroom” program to be offered here this fall by the college and Riverside Health Care.

Cadet inspection

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Reviewing Officer Inspector Nathan Schmidt stopped to speak privately with each cadet as they were inspected during the 15th-annual air cadet ceremonial review held Wednesday evening at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Valedictorian #2

Photos
Duane Hicks

This year's Apprenticeship, Essential Skills, and Post-Secondary valedictorian, Deanna Swain of Grassy Narrows FN, said her personal journey to earn a degree presented challenges but also provided her with many uplifting moments that helped carry her through it all.

Liberal supporters

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Local Liberal candidate Karen Kejick was surrounded by family and friends at her campaign headquarters in downtown Kenora on election night last Thursday. Darlene Landon (left), Kejick's campaign manager, Sasha Boutilier, and family members, Ronan and Catherine Cameron, spent the evening anxiously waiting for the polls to report.

SGEI trio

Photos
Duane Hicks

Caelynn Watson, centre, was all smiles after receiving her Esthetics diploma from SGEI post-secondary co-ordinator Don Eldridge, left, and Carolyn Hepburn, director of Native Education for Sault College.

Getting diploma

Photos

Gloria Hamm was presented with a certificate in the Pre-Health Sciences program by college president Jim Madder. She also received the Academic Award of Excellence for her program at the Rainy River District campus.

Rickford speaking

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Greg Rickford took the stage in front of a few dozen people at a restaurant in Kenora on Thursday night after having been elected as the next MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. After thanking his campaign team and congratulating his fellow candidates, Rickford told supporters it's time for a strong voice, with experience and a track record of delivering results, to represent the riding.

'Seeds of Hope'

Photos
Duane Hicks

Elaine and Jack Allen joined Mary O'Connor, client services co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, in planting “Seeds of Hope" in the courtyard garden of the Special Care Unit at Rainycrest on Monday morning.

Fred Penner

Photos
Submitted

Family favourite Fred Penner will be performing at the new Rainy Lake Square here tomorrow (June 14) from 6-8 p.m. The concert will include both old-time favourites and new music from his Juno Award-winning album “Hear the Music,” which was released last year.

Young entrepreneur

Photos
Duane Hicks

Hayden Allam proudly displayed examples of the buttons she makes and sells through her business, “Cute As A Button," on Friday during the "Mini-Market” held downstairs at Curvy Chick (256 Scott St.) The second such event held this spring, the market saw kids sell homemade products.

SGEI prayer

Photos
Duane Hicks

Elder Doris Caribou of Naicatchewenin FN performed the invocation to begin Thursday's graduation ceremony. The well-attended celebration also featured traditional drum songs and a feast.

Girls relay team

Photos
Submitted

The Muskie girls' 4x100m relay team—comprised of Kamryn Sandelovich, Grace Petsnick, Jill Calder, and Jacy Gagne—were impressive as they ran a personal best time of 56.39 at the OFSAA track-and-field championships held Thursday through Saturday at York University in Toronto.

Defensive tackle

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Nick Hahkala of Manitou Forest Products looked to strip the ball from Matt Begin of CJ Contracting during his squad's 1-0 win in Borderland Soccer League men's division action Monday night at the St. Francis Sports Field. Manitou now sits atop the three-team division with a 3-0 record heading into tonight's game against Centra Pipelines. See story inside.

FFYS action

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Youngsters on the Lobsters and Eels teams had a bucket-load of fun as they squared off against each other in Fort Frances Youth Soccer Division II action Monday night at the St. Francis Sports Fields. FFYS runs games every Monday through Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. until June 23.

Gussy pic (June 13)

Photos
Submitted

Jeff Gustafson prepared a walleye for a Lake of the Woods shore lunch.

AT&T antitrust win may herald new wave of media mergers

Technology
By Marcy Gordon And Mae Anderson The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Brace yourself for a likely new era of media megamergers.

AT&T’s victory over the government’s attempt to block its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner underscores just how much the way people watch and pay for TV has changed. It also highlights how corporate America wants to adapt to deal with its new environment. In short: Bigger is better.

Trump-Kim summit raises new questions over South Korean role

International
By Hyung-Jin Kim And Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press

SINGAPORE — When South Korea’s president shuttled between North Korea and the United States to broker their first-ever summit, he faced both praise and criticism over whether he was a peace-making mediator or was helping North Korea find ways to weaken U.S.-led economic sanctions.

Trump declares via Twitter the NKorea nuclear threat is over

International
By Anne Flaherty
Adam Schreck And Foster Klug The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared on Twitter Wednesday that there was “no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” a bold and questionable claim following his summit with leader Kim Jong Un that produced few guarantees on how and when Pyongyang would disarm.

Storm risk for Friday

Weather

It will be partly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of 10 C (50 F) and south-southwest winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny and hot, with a high of 27 (80) and low around 14 (57).

Look for south-southeast winds gusting up to 20 km/h.

A strong morning thunderstorm is forecast for Friday, along with a high of 24 (75) and low dipping to 15 (59).