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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 20, 2018

'Relay' likely to be final one here

News
Duane Hicks

It looks like this year's “Relay for Life,” which is slated for this Saturday (June 23), will be the last one here.

Participation in the annual cancer fundraiser, which first started here in 2001, has declined over the years—not just locally but elsewhere, too.

Even so, organizers are holding it just one more time at a new location and in a briefer format.

Lack of water supply a concern

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The Fort Frances Fire/Rescue Service took part in an emergency exercise last Thursday morning at the Fort Frances Airport grounds.

Fire Chief/CEMC Tyler Moffitt said the exercise simulated a plane crash that took place in an open field just southwest of the tarmac.

Transport Canada requires airports to conduct testing of emergency plans every five years.

Initial refugee family leaving

News
Sam Odrowski

The first of the two Iraqi refugee families who found a new home here in Fort Frances late last year has decided to move to Toronto to reconnect with relatives and pursue new opportunities.

Bashar Al-Zeebaree, the family's father, recently was offered a job relating to satellite TV instalment by his cousin who lives in Toronto.

Mini-royalty contest a go again

News
Duane Hicks

The 2018 Mini-King and Mini-Queen once again will be crowned here on Canada Day.

Registration is now open for this year's contest, which will take place on the “Fun in the Sun” stage at Point Park on the afternoon of July 1.

Organizer Melissa Gushulak noted the contest is open to boys and girls aged four-seven (as of July 1).

Canada Day activities set

News
Sam Odrowski

Canada Day is just around the corner and this year, the Fun in the Sun committee has made celebrating easier than ever.

An array of events are planned at Point Park for July 1, with everything from volleyball and wakeboarding to sandcastle-building contests and inflatable bouncy castles.

'Quest for the Best' forms now out

News
Duane Hicks

Local singers wanting to participate in next month's “Quest for the Best” had better act fact as only the first 20 who complete the entry form and pay the entry fee will be guaranteed a spot.

Garden helping students 'grow'

News
Sam Odrowski

A group of students at Crossroads School headed to Lowey's Greenhouse in May to purchase plants for their school's community garden.

Last year, students grew several different kinds of fruits and vegetables there, including kale, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, watermelon, strawberries, as well as lots of different herbs.

Club's finances probed

News
Press Release

The Emo and District Lions Club considers itself to be a club of transparency and integrity.

With that, we are deeply disappointed to inform our supporting community that after a preliminary investigation, we have discovered discrepancies with our finances.

Upon this discovery, legal counsel and action was sought immediately and the OPP have become involved.

Local church celebrating its 100th anniversary

News
Press Release

The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Frances is celebrating its 100-year anniversary on Sunday, June 24 starting at 10:30 a.m. with a service and barbecue lunch to follow.

There also will be a video and picture display, games for children to play, a tree planting, and friendships to enjoy.

You are welcome to come have some fun with us!

Logue named top senior

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Beth Logue was presented with the Township of Alberton's annual “Senior of the Year” award at the town's municipal office last Wednesday evening.

The award was presented by Reeve Michael Hammond after he delivered a short speech in front of a few of Logue's family members, as well as other township residents, at the start of the Alberton council meeting.

Catholic board approves 2018-19 budget

District
Staff

The Northwest Catholic District School Board approved the 2018-19 budget at its regular monthly meeting held Saturday in Sioux Lookout.

The capital budget approved at the meeting totalled just over $13.7 million.

Hoop dancer spreading awareness

District
Sam Odrowski

Donald Young School students filled the gym there Friday afternoon for an electric traditional hoop dancing performance by an indigenous teen who has Aspergers.

River Christie-White, from the Onedia Nation of the Thames located southwest of London, Ont., visited DYS to give a “Hoops for Hope” presentation.

Emo Feed planning lots of activities for grand opening

District
Sam Odrowski

Emo Feed is celebrating the grand opening of its new building this Thursday to Saturday, with an array of in-store sales and fun activities for all who stop by.

The grand-opening festivities kick off tomorrow at 2 p.m. with a seminar from Masterfeed on horse health, nutrition, and maintenance.

La Vallee picnic set

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Once again, the Township of La Vallee will host its annual community picnic on Sunday, July 15 starting at 3 p.m.

I thought I would give an early head's up as I know the summer gets busy.

This is a fun-filled day if great food and games. All that you need to bring is a lawn chair.

If Mother Nature does not co-operate, another date will be set.

Modern pow-wow keeps tradition alive

District
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The “pow-wow trail” has been a very popular summer event for many people—and for a very long time.

Almost every weekend, from the beginning of June until the end of August, a pow-wow can be found within the district, with colourful and intricate regalia, drummers that instantly catch your attention, and very generous feasts.

But what is a pow-wow and why are they held?

Fire hazard on the rise

District
From the MNRF

Despite an escalating forest fire hazard in the Northwest Region, no new fires were reported by yesterday afternoon.

A late fire start on the evening of June 18 was found near the far north community of Webequie.

Nipigon Fire #12, which escaped a trench at the community's dump site, was listed as “being held” at 0.1 hectares in size at last report.

'Strawberry Social' a success

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

This year's “Strawberry Social” hosted by the Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary was deemed a success by those on hand.

The hospital cafeteria indeed was a busy place as people from across the district came out for some strawberry shortcake and tea/coffee, as well as to visit with friends they hadn't seen in a while.

IJC endorses interim phosphorus targets for Lake of the Woods

District
Press Release

Following a presentation from the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board in Washington D.C., the International Joint Commission endorsed and submitted the board's recommendations for immediate interim phosphorus reductions in Lake of the Woods to the governments of Canada and the United States.

'Pinocchio' being staged Saturday at Backus

District
Press Release

Scores of local young people team up with two professional actors this weekend to present Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's original musical version of the classic tale, “Pinocchio.”

The show is slated for Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. in the Backus Auditorium in International Falls.

Cash calendar winners

District

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for June 3-9 were Carole and Randy Wilde (Fort Frances), Darlene and Ken Desjardins (Fort Frances), Amil Alexiuk Jr. (Atikokan), Kent and Donna Kowalski (Devlin), Evan Collins (Atikokan), Lil Medwechuk (Rainy River), and Cathy Maydo (Thunder Bay).

Braves cruise to sixth-straight win

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Braves are showing no signs of slowing down in Rainy River District Fastball League action.

Cole Tymkin homered and was solid on the rubber as he led the Braves to their sixth-straight win with a 12-2 rout of the Stratton Eagles on Thursday night.

Marissa Kerry suffered the loss.

Lady Raiders snag another victory

Sports
Staff

The Couchiching Lady Raiders continued their recent winning ways in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action Monday night.

Kam Singleton was solid on the rubber as she led the Lady Raiders to their third-straight win with a 14-4 romp over the Sabaskong Tebinaak.

Candy Kelly was tagged with the loss.

Walleye limit cut for U.S. side of river eyed

Sports
Staff

Some new changes proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would see the popular late-winter and early-spring walleye season on the Rainy River becoming catch-and-release only, and the winter limit for sauger on Lake of the Woods being reduced.

No wins yet for Centra

Sports
Staff

It's been a tough start to the season for Centra Pipelines.

A 4-1 loss to CJ Contracting (2-2) on Monday night left the squad with an 0-4 record in the three-team men's division of the Borderland Soccer League.

Ian Jodoin's hat trick ultimately was too much overcome for Centra as CJ nabbed its second win of the season.

Legion ladies welcome newcomers

Sports
Press Release

The local Legion Ladies' Auxiliary met on June 13, with President Alfreda Easton called the meeting to order.

With this being the final meeting before the summer break, a potluck supper was enjoyed by all at 6 p.m. President Alfreda Easton then called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Fort High salutes year's top Muskies

Sports
Staff

A year's worth of hard work and dedication by Muskie athletes was recognized at Fort High's annual awards banquet last Wednesday night at the Townshend Theatre.

And the winners were:

Local youth to play road hockey with NHL stars

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It's not every day that you meet an NHL star, let alone be able to play alongside them.

But that's the opportunity that has arisen for local youth hockey player Parker Sisco.

Hoop dance

Photos
Sam Odrowski

River Christie-White of “Hoops for Hope” visited Donald Young School in Emo on Friday afternoon to perform a hoop dance in the gym. The 16-year-old hoop dancer travels all across Canada and the U.S. to raise awareness around autism, inclusion, and the impacts of bullying.

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Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Sheldon Kakaygeesick of Buffalo Point First Nations performed the Grass Dance at the Rainy River First Nations' annual pow-wow on Saturday. During the afternoon Grand Entry, Kakaygeesick brought in an eagle staff—a spiritual staff that represents a particular group or band—which he carried for his family. See story, more photos on page A5.

School performance

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Legendary Canadian children's entertainer Fred Penner sang “Sandwiches” to St. Michael's School students and their parents in the gym there late Thursday morning as part of his cross-Canada tour. Penner sang songs, told stories, and got lots of laughs from those on hand. He then staged a concert that evening at the new Rainy Lake Square here.

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Photos

Meigun Broadbent from Rainy River First Nations performed a Grass Dance on Saturday afternoon during the Rainy River First Nations' annual pow-wow. In this dance style, the performer mimicks the movements of tall grass swaying with the wind.

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Photos
Stephanie Hagenaaars

Despite the rain, Keanna (left) and Cassidy Morrison, along with Lukie Medicine, were ready to dance on Saturday at the annual Rainy River First Nations' pow-wow.

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Photos

D.J. White, from Walpole Island First Nation, took part in a Fancy Feather dance during the Rainy River First Nations' annual pow-wow. The dance is a modern addition to the pow-wow, with dancers performing this style attempting to execute tricky footwork and acrobatic movements to a faster beat.

Keep water clean

Photos
Duane Hicks

Angelina Morris, a student in Fort High teacher Jody Bonner-Vicker's Grade 8 class, spray-painted the message “No Dumping: Drains to River” as classmate Jamie Swanton held a stencil next to a storm drain last Thursday morning. The students painted the message by drains along the riverfront and nearby streets to raise awareness of keeping pollutants out of the watershed.

Licking spoon

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Many visitors at the annual “Strawberry Social” on Thursday afternoon enjoyed the sun while snacking on delicious strawberry shortcake. But it was a little too hot for Teagan McKinnon, four, who escaped the heat by crawling underneath a table on the La Verendrye Hospital grounds to enjoy her tasty dessert.

Nursery School grad

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances Nursery School attendee Bode Coyle was happy to get his Certificate of Participation from teacher Laurel Basaraba at the Fort Frances Nursery School wind-up held last Thursday afternoon at the Legion Park. A barbecue lunch was enjoyed by those who attended the annual wind- up, with 37 children in all receiving participation certificates.

Kids dancing

Photos

A group of junior girls' dancers performed Shawl and Jingle Dress Dances during an Intertribal dance—everyone is invited to join in the circle—on Saturday afternoon during the Rainy River First Nations annual pow-wow.

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Photos

A group of pow-wow drummers warmed up at the annual Rainy River First Nations' pow-wow on Saturday afternoon. The rain caused the afternoon event to be postponed but that didn't stop participants, visitors, and the drummers themselves from enjoying the sounds of the pow-wow drum and the celebratory atmosphere of the pow-wow.

Student gardening

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Crossroads students visited Lowey's Greenhouse last month, where they shifted plants into new containers before moving them to the community garden at their school. The visit to Lowey's was part of the OPP-led program, “Project Sunset,” that takes Crossroads students out multiple times a year for a range of land-based activities.

Alberton senior

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Alberton resident Beth Logue was awarded with the township's “Senior of the Year” award by Reeve Michael Hammond last Wednesday evening.

Mock crash

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Pumper and pick-up trucks from the Fort Frances Fire/Rescue Service were parked just southwest of the Fort Frances Airport tarmac last Thursday morning for an emergency exercise simulating a plane crash. The exercise helped to illustrate a real situation in which the distance to travel to an emergency site, and a lack of water supply in rural areas here, can be a problem.

Penner concert

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Lindsay Strickland, left, and Cara Coran were excited as they were chosen from the packed crowd—by Fred Penner himself—to join the fun on stage and sing an original favourite, “Sandwiches," at the new Rainy Lake Square on Thursday evening.

Sheared alpacas

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Two alpacas got a fancy hair cut on Saturday after Garrick Reimer travelled through the district to shear some animals for local farmers. These alpacas (named “Evan" and "Esther”) look dramatically different after their shaven wool filled up a couple of burlap sacks.

Penner crowd

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

The new Rainy Lake Square was packed Thursday evening for beloved children's entertainer Fred Penner. Fans of all ages filled the square with lawn chairs and balloons to enjoy old classics and new tunes, such as “The Cat Came Back," "Sandwhiches," and "I Hear the Music.” After the show, many stayed to wait in line for a moment with Penner for autographs and pictures, or just to chat.

Default wrestling meet

Photos
Submitted

Guest coach John Schermerhorn instructed George Boe, bottom, on how to finish a fireman's carry on Christian Kostiuk during a camp hosted by the Mighty Mustang youth wrestling program on Saturday morning at the Falls High School gym. Meanwhile, below, Damien Juen of Littlefork, Mn. practised a half-nelson on Jonah Homer of Fort Frances.

Top Muskies

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Sekina Scheibler and Ellie Petsnick named the male and female athletes of the year at the annual Muskie awards banquet held last Wednesday night at the Townshend Theatre.

Leaping pitch

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Sabaskong Lakers' pitcher James Yerxa leaped through the air to fire a pitch during the third inning of his squad's 5-1 loss to the host Couchiching Raiders in Rainy River District Fastball League action Thursday evening. See inside for a wrap of the past week's games.

Gussy pic (June 20)

Photos
Submitted

Shelby Larson with a nice musky from Crow Lake.

Rounding bases

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Charles Friday of the Couchiching Raiders turned on the jets as he rounded third base and headed home during his squad's 5-1 win against the Sabaskong Lakers in Rainy River District Fastball League action Thursday evening at Couchiching.

Alzheimers walkers

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

A group launched into a 5K walk along La Verendrye Parkway to Point Park on Saturday as part of the annual “Walk for Alzheimer's” held by the Kenora-Rainy River Distrcits Alzheimer Society. At the same time, another group set out in the other direction to take on a 2K route.