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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 19, 2019

Awards roll in for the NWHU staff

News
Press Release

For the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and their staff, it's time again to make room in the trophy case.

Health educator Hailey Coleman who works out of the Rainy River office has just been awarded the Rainy River District School Board's (RRDSB) Community Partner of the Year.

Air cadets return from Western Europe

News
Sam Odrowski

Three quarters of a century ago, over a thousand Canadians lost their lives battling along the beaches of Normandy, in addition to hundreds of thousands of Allied troops.

Legion convention held here for first time

News
Sam Odrowski

The Royal Canadian Legion Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Command's 49th Biennial Provincial Convention was held in Fort Frances for the first time ever over the weekend.

The Legion Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 held their convention in conjunction with the Legion from June 14-17 while the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Command ran from June 15-17.

Alzheimer's Walk

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

The Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts hosted the annual IG Wealth Management “Walk for Alzheimer's” here on Saturday, raising awareness of the disease which affects more Canadians each year and funds to help those afflicted and their families.

Correction

News

A Cheer in the Cheers and Jeers column of yesterday's Daily Bulletin erroneously referred to the Pham family as owning Le Hoa Oriental Restaurant.

In fact, the Pham family owns the Mekong Restaurant, which did indeed undergo renovations in recent weeks.

Le Hoa Oriental Restaurant is owned by the Wu family.

New Vous chef

News
Ken Kellar

There's a new chef in town.

La Place Rendez-Vous has welcomed Chef Joseph Roberts as their new executive chef.

The Red Seal chef is bringing more than 30 years of experience working in restaurants in southern Ontario, including Caesars Windsor, to the Vous.

“I did my apprenticeship at Georgian College,” Roberts said.

Family centre will soon re-locate

News
Sam Odrowski

The building that houses the volunteer-run Fort Frances Family Centre on Scott Street was recently sold by the landlord and the centre will soon relocate to the east side of the Volunteer Bureau on Fourth Street West.

“It will just be set up a little bit different but we will continue what we're doing, just helping people with basic needs,” said Monica Sus of the family centre.

Crime is up along Scott Street, but it's still safe to shop downtown

News
Sam Odrowski

Since the start of 2019, there has been a notable spike in property crimes along Scott Street as well as a larger number of people loitering who are impoverished and suffer from addictions.

Due to this increase, some town residents have the perception it is no longer safe to shop downtown and store owners have seen a dramatic drop in business, month after month.

Seniors' community grants available

News
Press Release

Seniors in Ontario want to remain healthy, active and socially connected within their own communities.

For many seniors on a fixed income, it is hard for them to access affordable programs and services.

Ontario is protecting what matters most to our seniors by announcing funding for projects that will provide local supports and services for seniors.

Rainy Lake Sports owners

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

The new owners at Rainy Lake Sports, Missy and Derek Nelson, were hunting for a fresh opportunity when the couple agreed to purchase the store —a decision which brought along with it a lot of anxious nerves and enthusiasm.

Fire hazard set to drop

District
Staff

The forest fire hazard in the North West Fire Region ranges from moderate to high throughout most of the Northwest Region, with some areas north of Red Lake showing an extreme hazard.

But unsettled weather conditions in the Fort Frances District, and the south end of the Kenora and Dryden Districts will bring the hazard down to low.

No new fires were discovered yesterday.

'Rubber Ducky Race' raises beaucoup 'bills'

District
Staff

After a nearly 15-year hiatus, the “Rubber Ducky Race” returned to Rainy River this past weekend.

Around noon on Saturday, close to 750 ducks were dumped into the river near the Sorting Gap Marina and floated along a 100-yard stretch, ending at a crescent shaped barrier that guided the rubber racers into a chute that acted as the finish line.

Positive ticketing to reward children

District
From the OPP

The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police has partnered with McDonald's Restaurant to bring positive ticketing to the Fort Frances area this summer.

Area regiment fundraising for WWI monument

District
Press Release

The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment Senate has announced plans for the construction of a memorial to the First World War's “52nd (New Ontario) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force” to be built in Current River Park off North Cumberland Street in Thunder Bay.

Her-icanes rally for win over Babes

Sports
Staff

There was no shortage of offence on Monday night at VanJura.

The Fort Frances Her-icanes scored early and often as they rallied from an early deficit to nab a 20-11 win over the Red Gut Babes in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action.

Davis nabs first win of season

Sports
Staff

His first race of the season paid off pretty handsomely for Jamie Davis.

The Fort Frances native roared his way to his first checkered flag in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds division in Borderland Racing Association action on Saturday night at the Emo Speedway.

Arpin places third in season-opening race

Sports
Staff

Subaru Motorsport USA's Scott Speed stormed to victory in the first round of the 2019 Americas Rallycross (ARX) Championship at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio last weekend to grab an early points advantage in what is shaping up to be an exciting season of ARX action.

Familiar face rejoining Lakers

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A familiar face will be back in the fold next season with the Fort Frances Lakers.

The Lakers announced last Friday that they had acquired forward Tyler Malpass from the Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL).

Malpass last suited up for the club back in the 2016-17 season in which he tallied 15 goals and 14 assists in 47 games.

He then added three helpers in six playoff games.

Fort High honours top Muskies

Sports
Staff

Another great year of Muskie sports has officially come to a close and it was time to dish out some hardware.

Fort High recognized the contributions of its athletes over the past year at its annual awards banquet last Wednesday night at the Townshend Theatre.

And the winners were:

Braves run win streak to 7 games

Sports
Staff

The two-time defending champs are looking great to start the season.

The Fort Frances Braves ran their win streak to start the 2019 Rainy River District Fastball League campaign to seven games with a 10-0 drubbing of the Rainy River Royals on Thursday night.

Jesse Tom homered twice while Jaden Gustafson earned the pitching win for the undefeated Braves (7-0).

SIJHL commitment list growing

Sports
Press Release

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—While the 2018-19 campaign in the SIJHL has come to a close on the ice, players from across the league continue to make commitments to continue their careers at the college and university levels—either in Canada or the United States.

Iron Rangers to take one-year leave of absence from SIJHL

Sports
Press Release

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—The SIJHL announced last Wednesday that the Minnesota Iron Rangers have been granted a one-year leave of absence and will not compete during the upcoming 2019-20 season.

Rendez

Photos
Ken Kellar

Chef Joseph Roberts and La Place Rendez-Vous general manager Sarah Noonan took a moment out of a busy day to pose for a photo in the dining room at La Place Rendez-Vous. Roberts is a Red Seal chef with 30 years of experience in kitchens across southern Ontario, including Caesars Windsor, who has recently joined the Vous as their new executive chef.

Default Jurassic Square

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Raptors-mania swept its way into Fort Frances last week. Local fans packed the Rainy Lake Square Thursday night to form their own version of Jurassic Park and watch the Toronto Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals as they claimed their first-ever title.

Getting ready

Photos
Ken Kellar

Laura Bruyere, left, Donna Penney and Corinne Webb filled some takeout bags with ready-to-go strawberry shortcake ahead of the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary's “Strawberry Social” on Thursday. Hundreds of takeout orders were made to ship out across town for those who couldn't attend the social itself.

Battling poverty

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Tearfund president and CEO Wayne Johnson delivered a presentation on global poverty and the work his organization is doing to combat it at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Saturday.

Pride BBQ

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

As the Passport to Pride March came to an end Saturday morning at Rainy Lake Square, the community was able to socialize and share their own experiences with one another. The march showcased unique clothing design or even a rainbow alien. Pride outline the positivity of free expression and presented an upbeat inclusive environment.

Lions' bin dedication

Photos
Ken Kellar

The Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club stood with the aluminum can recycling bin that the club dedicated to the memory of Arlan Scott on Saturday. Members affixed a wooden plaque to the bin, which is located at the corner of Sixth Street and Portage Avenue, and held a short ceremony where they remembered Scott.

Safety scoop

Photos
Ken Kellar

McDonald's assistant managers Bobbi Hudon, left, and Haley Trimble, and McDonald's general manager Cathy Tovey joined Mayor June Caul and OPP S/Sgt. Dereck McLean to kick off “Operation Safety Scoop" on Thursday. The program is aimed at awarding "positive tickets” to area youth, as well as to establish a positive rapport with police officers.

Gussy pic (June 19)

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Submitted

Jeff Gustafson and his friend Jason Johnson with a big largemouth from Lake Chickamauga earlier this week.

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Sam Odrowski

Maxwell Van Drunen, left, Alex Coats, Daxxen Baduik, Rya Hawrylak, and Courtney Sinclair of the 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadet Squadron, along with chaperones Ken Hawrylak and Steve Sinclair, stood next to a statue from a Rembrandt painting while in Amsterdam during their 10-day long trip through Western Europe.

Muskie awards #7

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Montana Plasky hugged coach Marie Potvin-Begin after she was awarded the figure skating MVP and outstanding contribution award for the Border Skating Club. Hallee Nugent took home the same honour for the Northern Lights School of Skating.

Sliding into home

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Kayla Windigo of the Red Gut Babes took a great tumble as she slid safely across home plate to score a run during her squad's 20-11 loss to the Fort Frances Her-icanes in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action on Monday night at VanJura. The Babes are still seeking their first win of the season heading into tonight's game.

Warm welcome

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Sam Odrowski

Royal Canadian Legion Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Command president Ronn Anderson spoke during the opening ceremonies of the Legion's 49th Provincial Biennial Convention at La Place Rendez-Vous on Saturday. He welcomed all 128 delegates as well as the guests who were in attendance.

Playing pickleball

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Pearl Pidlubny lunged to return the ball as teammate Judie Campbell looked on, during a match of pickleball at the local tennis courts last month. The Pickleball Club was started about five years ago and meets around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Judson concert

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Jamie Mountain

Local country singer Doug Judson rocked the stage at the Rainy Lake Square on Thursday evening. The free concert featured Judson performing a wide range of songs, including classics from the Beach Boys.

Muskie awards #2

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie coach Chris Sinclair presented graduating Muskie Nick Hahkala with the the boys' soccer MVP award during Fort High's annual athletic awards banquet held last Wednesday night at the Townshend Theatre.

Muskie awards #6

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Jamie Mountain

Mikel Ward was presented with the golf MVP award by Muskie coach Chris Sinclair. Ward tallied the best score out of every Muskie golfer last season at each event and was just one of two Muskies to qualify for the NWOSSAA championships.

Muskie awards #4

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Jamie Mountain

Tatum Glowasky proudly accepted the female Rookie-of-the-Year award from Chris Sinclair.

Jurassic Square

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Raptors-mania swept its way into Fort Frances last week. Local fans packed the Rainy Lake Square Thursday night to form their own version of Jurassic Park and watch the Toronto Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals as they claimed their first-ever title.

Legislative process

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Sam Odrowski

Edna Ali, information and education officer for the Legislative Assembly visited a Grade 5 class at St. Francis School last Tuesday to teach students about the legislative process. The community outreach program was designed for groups of students who may not be able to physically visit the Legislative Assembly.

Walking trio

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Marc Stuempfle

Rose McKone, right, travelled over 2,300 kilometres from Penticton, B.C. to walk alongside her mother, Annette Bush, and brother, Robert Maki, during the “Walk for Alzheimer's” here Saturday. The trio shared a lot of gratitude for the support and care the family has received from the Alzheimer Society.

Plucking ducks

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Cynthia Donald, right, of the Fun In the Sun (FITS) committee pulled out one of the winning ducks as Blair Lowey checked the number on it to determine the winner and Eric Rude looked on Saturday during the revival of the Rubber Ducky Race. After a nearly 15-year hiatus, the race returned to Rainy River with around 800 ducks put in the water.

Muskie awards #3

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Jamie Mountain

Alina Eldridge, Janissa Judson, Austin Armstrong, and Andrea Schram posed with their Letterman Awards at Fort High's annual athletic awards banquet held last Wednesday night at the Townshend Theatre. They're given out to graduating Muskie athletes each year who played 10 sports or more during their high school career.

Muskie awards #1

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Jamie Mountain

Grace Petsnick and Muskie coach John Dutton were all smiles after she was presented with the female MVP Award for track and field at Fort High's annual athletic awards banquet last Wednesday night at the Townshend Theatre.

Young grad

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Ken Kellar

Aria Brady was all smiles while wearing her special “grad glasses” at the Fort Frances Nursery School's wind-up picnic at the Legion Park on Thursday. The event served as both an end-of-year celebration as well as a mini-graduation for those children who will be moving on to kindergarten at the beginning of the school year.

Muskie awards #5

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Jamie Mountain

Brandon Croswell held the trophy with Terry McMahon as he took home the male Rookie-of-the-Year award.

New owners

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Marc Stuempfle

Missy and Derek Nelson are excited to take on their new adventure as owners of Rainy Lake Sports. The Nelson family is looking forward to seeing a lot of new and familiar faces come through their doors.

400 health workers to be laid off soon w

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — More than 400 health-sector workers are being laid off in Ontario as the Progressive Conservative government moves to merge 20 agencies into one.

A spokesman for Health Minister Christine Elliott says 416 people in “back-office positions” will lose their jobs and another 409 vacant positions will be eliminated.

Lighthizer agrees to do whatever it takes to get new NAFTA passed

National
Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Two days before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's arrival at the Oval Office, U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer has pledged to work with Democrats to do whatever it takes to ratify the new North American free trade deal.