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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 27, 2018

Local student heading to SHAD

News
Press Release

An actor and a top prize winner from the Canada-Wide Science Fair are among a record number of students from across Canada looking to become change-makers this summer at the award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program, SHAD.

Katelyn Bruyere of Fort Frances also is among this group and will travel to various locations across Canada on July 1 to participate in the program.

Councillor hoping to get ball rolling

News
Duane Hicks

Coun. Wendy Brunetta filed her nomination papers on Thursday to run in the Oct. 22 municipal election here in Fort Frances—and she hopes more candidates will follow suit soon.

“I can't believe how fast four years went,” said Coun. Brunetta, who is wrapping up her first term as a councillor.

Cyclists, motorists urged to share road, learn rules

News
From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP wishes to remind motorists that cycling is a fun and healthy activity, and it's a low-cost way to get around.

It's also good for the environment.

Before heading out on a bike, however, ensure you learn the rules of the road, helmet information, and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.

Funds target district homelessness

News
Press Release

The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board has approved the allocation of 2018-19 Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) funds to local agencies in pursuit of the goal of ending homelessness.

The CHPI is a 100-percent provincially-funded program created in 2013 that focuses on the outcomes of preventing homelessness and housing the homeless population.

'Relay' might get second wind here

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

After a decline in participation over the years, it looked as though this year's “Relay for Life” would be the last one here.

But it seems the possibility of no longer holding the annual cancer fundraiser fired up a few teams—and brought forth new volunteers for next year's committee.

“A lot of people said, 'Well, that's terrible,'” noted lead organizer Monica Sus.

FFHS salutes class of '18

News
Sam Odrowski

The Ice For Kids Arena once again was packed as Fort Frances High School held its annual graduation ceremony Thursday night.

The ceremony opened with music by the Fort High band, under the direction of Lisa Loney in her final performance with the school.

Lions clubs help ensure eye health of local kids

News
Sam Odrowski

Without proper vision, it is nearly impossible for a child to effectively learn.

To ensure no child struggles to see, local Lions Clubs visited every school in the district, as well as some day care centres, during the school year to screen students for vision problems.

Summer resident appointed

News
Press Release

Bladder Cancer Canada's national board of directors has advised that Ferg Devins, a bladder cancer survivor and former National Walk Lead of Bladder Cancer Canada's September awareness walk, took over the reins as chair for the organization effective June 14.

Current chair Ken Bagshaw will become past chair and maintain a seat on the board of directors.

UNFC celebrating 45 years here

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The United Native Friendship Centre here is celebrating its 45th year of community support and programming since becoming incorporated in 1973.

Throughout the year, the UNFC has been—and will be—holding various events such as barbecues, fundraisers, and performances to celebrate the milestone.

Cash calendar winners

District

Glenn Boyda of Atikokan won the $500 up for grabs for Father's Day in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for June 17-23 were Lana Sherwood (Welland, Ont.), Simone Dejardins (Fort Frances), Jim Mills (Thunder Bay), Emily Esselink (Devlin), Rochelle Duchnicki (Fort Frances), Ron Cameron (Atikokan), and Ed Pearson (Sleeman).

July 1 events planned

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Canada Day is this Sunday and many district communities are gearing up to provide a day of celebration.

Barwick, for instance, will hold its parade, a ball tournament, and great food booths while Emo once again has a full day of activities planned.

Pair of fire trucks get delivered to district reserves

District
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Back in March, the Hamilton Fire Department sought approval to donate a pair of surplus fire trucks to two First Nations' communities.

After receiving that approval in April, Couchiching and Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations each were presented with a 1997 Freightliner 1,350-gallon tanker truck last Thursday.

RRHS bids farewell to grads

District
Sam Odrowski

Rainy River High School students celebrated their graduation last Wednesday evening with a ceremony taking place in the school's gym.

The RRHS band kicked it off with a procession and performance of “O Canada.”

Starting fire costly for local

District
From the MNRF

A local man has been fined and ordered to pay forest fire suppression costs under the Forest Fires Prevention Act.

Geoffrey Stanger was convicted at trial and fined $800 for starting a fire without a permit and $800 for failing to tend a fire.

He also was ordered to pay $800 for the cost of putting out the fire.

School playgrounds funded

District
Press Release

The Northwest Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the award of playground equipment improvement tenders at Sacred Heart School in Sioux Lookout and St. Patrick's School in Atikokan to Playgrounds-R-Us, funded with Ministry of Education School Condition Improvement and School Renewal funding.

Public board approves budget

District
Sam Odrowski

The Rainy River District School Board approved its 2018-19 budget during a special meeting held at the Education Centre here last Tuesday.

The approved budget was balanced and represented a total of more than $56.33 million—a four percent increase over last year's budget.

Lightning sparks fires

District
From the MNRF

“Dry lightning” activity resulted in rapid fire starts in the vicinity of Kingfisher Lake First Nation in the far north as of yesterday afternoon.

Sioux Lookout Fire #31, located six km east of Kingfisher Lake First Nation, was listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares in size at last report.

School busing provider changes

District
Press Release

The Rainy River District Transportation Services Consortium is pleased to announce that following an extensive procurement process, all routes have been awarded for the 2018-19 school year.

As a result, a new school bus transportation provider, First Student, now will provide service in Rainy River District.

'Strawberry Social' draw winners named

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

Draw winners from the recent “Strawberry Social” held by the Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary included Mamie Herdman of Fort Frances (wooden lawn chairs donated by Nestor Falls Hardware) and Shirley Brown of Nestor Falls (solar lights).

Shirley Wilson of Emo won the door prize.

The auxiliary members thank all who donated, attended, and worked at the event.

Manitou drops third-straight game

Sports
Staff

Zach Koomans scored twice to pace Centra Pipelines to a 4-0 shutout win over Manitou Forest Products in Borderland Soccer League men's division action Monday night.

It was the third-straight loss for Manitou, which now sits with an even 3-3 record after winning its first three games of the season.

Jeff Hyatt and Declan Webb also tallied for Centra (2-3).

Vipers' camp still taking entries

Sports
Staff

The local Vipers' volleyball program still is taking entries for its camp next Tuesday through Saturday at J.W. Walker School and Fort High.

Ladies' fastball season hits the midway point

Sports
Staff

To say Mother Nature wasn't always pleasant in the first half of the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League season would be an understatement.

The season schedule hit its midway point Monday night with a handful of make-up games being played.

Braves keep on winning

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Braves are a well-oiled machine so far this season.

Jaden Gustafson was stellar on the rubber to lead the Braves to a 5-0 shutout of the Sight & Sound Wolves in Rainy River District Fastball League action Thursday night.

With the win, the Braves saw their league-best record improve to a perfect 9-0.

Wilson nabs feature win 'three-peat'

Sports
Staff

Tylar Wilson just might like this whole winning thing.

The Fort Frances native nabbed his third-straight feature win in the Street Stocks division in Borderland Racing Association action Saturday night at the Emo Speedway.

It was “Memorial Night” at the track, with drivers competing in honour of so many incredible ones before them.

Solid weekend for area riders

Sports
Staff

The dirt was flying and the local riders were smiling over the weekend in Emo.

Dylan Tessier of Devlin and Cole Kreger of Emo both were victorious at the Superior Dirt Riders' doubleheader that was held Saturday and Sunday at the Emo Motocross course.

It was the tour's lone stop in Rainy River District this year.

Mann helps state team wrestle third-place finish

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A solid year on the mat recently became even better for Hudson Mann.

The seventh-grader, who was born in Fort Frances but now lives in International Falls, Mn., made the Minnesota national wrestling team for the second year in a row and helped paced Minnesota Blue to a third-place finish in the Schoolboy National Greco & Freestyle Duals in Indianapolis, Ind. on June 6-10.

Hahkala brothers eager to team up on Lakers' roster

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers are hoping an influx of local talent can help turn the Junior 'A' franchise around.

Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan announced the first wave of local player signings at a press conference last Wednesday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena boardroom.

Head shaving

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Jacqueline Csik was first in line to have her head shaved by Paula Jensen of Shear Serenity on Saturday during “Relay for Life” events at the Rainy Lake Square. She decided to have her head shaved to commemorate her 30th anniversary of surviving cancer while also remembering her friends and family who have passed away and supporting those still fighting the disease.

Behind the mask

Photos
Duane Hicks

A display of four masks made by local individuals who recently participated in the Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario (BISNO) “Unmasking Brain Injury" initiative now can be seen at the Fort Frances Public Library. The idea behind the initiative is that there's a story behind every mask—and behind every mask there's a person who has been touched by a brain injury.

Board trophy

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Fort High grad Jacob Gustafson received the Ralph Whetstone Trophy and the Lenora Colvin Memorial Award at last Thursday's graduation ceremony held at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Hops growing

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

These hops are in their second year of growth after being planted last summer at the Emo Agricultural Research Station in a trial to see how the crop grows here. The crop can grow up to one foot per day and some can reach 25 feet in length full grown. A “pole yard" was constructed as these impressive sizes require space and a trellis system to support their vine-like structure.

Rev. Miller gift

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Stephanie Hagenaars

A come-and-go tea was held Saturday afternoon at Knox United Church here to say farewell to Rev. Barb Miller, who retired after serving 10 years with the church and 28 years in the district. A few members of the church presented Rev. Miller with parting words and gifts.

RRHS grad

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of the Rainy River District School Board

Rainy River High School graduate and Ontario Scholar Stephan Brown accepted his diploma from principal Michelle Mosbeck last Wednesday evening. He also was presented with the Science North Award later on.

RRHS valediction

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of the Rainy River District School Board

Rainy River High School valedictorian Madison Whetzel delivered her address last Wednesday evening during the graduation ceremony held in the school's gym. She spoke to the fact some grads may not know what their career path is yet but that this is okay because everyone goes at their own pace.

Receiving diploma

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Fort High graduate Anthony Gill-Roisin accepted his diploma from principal Bill Daley inside the Ice for Kids Arena on Thursday evening. In addition to his diploma, he received the Ontario Recreational Kayak Association Certification and the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program Certificate.

FFHS valedictorian

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Valedictorian Kendyn Faragher reminisced about memories he and his classmates have made, and also offered them words of encouragement in their future endeavours, during his speech at the Fort High graduation ceremony last Thursday evening in the Ice For Kids Arena.

Relay quartet

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Adrianna, Mike and Bev McCoy, along with Kim Bruyere, took part in this year's “Relay for Life" held Saturday at the Rainy Lake Square here. The team, named "Wings of Hope," has been particitpating in the local event for 11 years. After hearing word that "Relay" likely would not be returning next year, the team is hopeful that will change. "We're hopeful for next year," said Bev McCoy.

Redgut fire truck

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Trudy Jones, a volunteer firefighter for Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, was at the front of the line to receive hats and pins from fire chief Randy Moss, left, and Dave Cunliffe, chief of the Hamilton Fire Department, on Thursday morning in front of the band office.

Lotto winner

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Submitted

Terry Dennis of Atikokan won $500,000 with Lotto Max Maxmillions in the June 1 draw. The winning ticket was purchased at the Marg's Northern Convenience on O'Brien Street in Atikokan. Since its launch in September, 2009, Ontario Lotto Max players have won over $4.2 billion in prizes, including 57 jackpot wins and 447 winning Maxmillions tickets from all across the province.

Grand opening

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Sam Odrowski

Margaret and Sonny Ferris enjoyed a free barbecued meal at Emo Feeds on Friday as part of its official grand opening. Plenty of sales and specials were held at the store last Thursday to Saturday, including the “Bucket Sale” where patrons received 15 percent off any items they could fit in a 16-litre bucket when purchasing said bucket.

Rounding curve

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Jamie Mountain

Navigating the tight first turn was paramount for the riders' success at the Superior Dirt Riders' doubleheader over the weekend at the Emo Motocross course. It was the association's lone stop in Rainy River District this season.

Soccer heading

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Jamie Mountain

Declan Webb, right, of Centra Pipelines and Nick Hahkala of Manitou Forest Products collided as they tried to get a header on the ball during Centra's 4-0 win in Borderland Soccer League men's division action Monday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Looking upfield

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Jamie Mountain

Monika Ruppenstein took a peek up the pitch as she looked to move the ball out of her own end during Fort Frances Youth Soccer's season windup Saturday morning at the St. Francis Sports Fields. Players from all age divisions were able to play a game, then enjoyed some hotdogs, freezies, and refreshments afterwards.

Signing with Lakers

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Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan looked on as Brett Hahkala, Nick Hahkala, and Colton Bodnar signed their paperwork to play with the team next season during a press conference last Wednesday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena boardroom. Also putting pen to paper that day were fellow locals Cole Allan and Noah Loveday.

Gussy pic (June 27)

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Submitted

Jeff and Ben Gustafson with a nice smallmouth from this week at Lake St. Clair.

Rounding curve

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Jamie Mountain

Navigating the tight first turn (above) was paramount for the riders' success at the Superior Dirt Riders' doubleheader held Saturday and Sunday at the Emo Motocross course.

Landon Flinders of Fort Frances (left) did his best to keep pace with Devon Watson during their race.

Flinders wound up finishing fourth in both of the 65cc and 85cc ages seven-11 categories.

Getting airborne

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Jamie Mountain

Jarrett Fice of Thunder Bay had some airtime during his race in the Vet 40+ class Sunday morning as part of the Superior Dirt Riders' doubleheader at the Emo Motocross course.

The key to making pasta with shellfish that isn’t flavourless

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

For a recipe with a handful of ingredients, pasta with shellfish is awfully hard to get right.

We love the combination of tender pasta and succulent shrimp or bite-size bay scallops, but all too often the shellfish is overcooked and tough and the pasta is boring and flavourless.

Storm risk in forecast

Weather

Skies will be clear tonight, with an overnight low of 13 C (55 F) and west winds gusting up to 17 km/h.

Tomorrow will be mainly cloudy but hot, with a high of 29 (84) and low around 17 (62).

Look for west-southwest winds at 13 km/h.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Friday, along with a high of 28 (82) and low dipping to 18 (64).