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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 5, 2019

Paramedic Service Week Ends

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

Paramedic Services Week came to a wrap this past Saturday as the Fort Frances ambulance base held the last open house and barbecue in acknowledgment of all the services paramedics provide to the district.

Reborn dolls a labour of love

News
Ken Kellar

How does one start creating baby dolls that are so lifelike, they might be able to fool your brain into believing they're real?

For Wendy Wiebe, it began with collecting and healthy dose of curiosity.

“I started out collecting dolls with my daughter, and then I discovered these kinds of dolls, and I got really intrigued,” Wiebe told the Times.

Warming centre wraps up for season

News
Press Release

The Fort Frances Homeless Committee was pleased to be able to open an Out of the Cold Warming Centre spanning 11 weeks this winter.

Pride Week influence

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

Fort Frances is turning into a town which is more inviting than ever.

This positive direction is punctuated by the second-annual Pride Week currently underway which seeing events taking place all week long to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and acceptance of difference in our communities and opportunities for learning and engagement on LGBTQ2 issues.

Won wins NDP candidacy here

News
Sam Odrowski

The NDP have selected their candidate for the Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding in the fall election, following nomination meetings held across the region over the weekend.

Labour activist Yuk-Sem Won took the nomination, beating out Jason Storkson who is an 11-year member of the Nishinawbe-Aski Police Service.

Local transplant recipient urges public to donate organs

News
Sam Odrowski

While over 1,600 people in Ontario are currently waiting for an organ transplant, only a third of eligible Ontarians are registered donors.

Couchiching FN resident Curtis Jourdain received a heart transplant last July and said he'd like to see reforms to Ontario's current organ donation laws, where residents have to opt in to be a donor.

RRDSSAB opens River Ridge Apartments

News
Press Release

The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (RRDSSAB) welcomed the public to attend the grand opening of its newest housing build on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

The first affordable housing project in the district, an eight-unit bachelor apartment complex dubbed “River Ridge Apartments” is expected to see its first tenants get their keys in mid-June.

Fort High class helps protect watershed

News
Sam Odrowski

A local group of students has been working hard to raise awareness on the impacts of pollutants going into storm drains throughout the town.

In partnership with the Koochiching Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Jody Bonner-Vickers' Grade 8 class at Fort High took to the streets on May 29 to spread their message.

Fitness challenge launched at school

District
Sam Odrowski

As obesity rates continue to climb, a local school has been working hard to promote physical activity.

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has partnered with ParticpACTION to promote the brand new “Community Better Challenge” at St. Francis School, where students are being encouraged to get active from May 31 to June 16.

St. Francis named healthy school

District
Press Release

The Northwest District Cathollic School Board is pleased to announce that St. Francis School has been awarded Ophea's Healthy Schools Certification.

Ophea's Healthy Schools Certification recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community.

Chance of higher demands, costs as library loans return

District
Ken Kellar

With the announcement that interlibrary loans are returning to Fort Frances, some might say there's cause for celebration.

However, according to Fort Frances Public Library CEO Caroline Goulding, there could still be cause for concern.

“We're getting our mail rebate like we always used to get,” Goulding said.

Prevent tick bites

District
Press Release

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is encouraging individuals working or exploring the outdoors with friends, family or pets, to make small changes that can help to prevent tick bites.

The risk of contracting a tick-borne disease is lower if you take steps to prevent tick bites:

Beef Club meets again

District
Submitted by
Kennah LeBlanc

The second United Beef Club meeting was held at the home of Neil and Angela Haw on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

The junior leaders started off our meeting with a halter judging activity.

All members were divided into two groups and had to place leather and rope halters one to five. Each group had to give reasons as to why they placed each halter where they did.

4-H gets $3 million from feds

District
Press Release

4-H Canada welcomed last month's announcement by The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, of the Government of Canada's investment of up to $3 million for the development and delivery of innovative 4-H programs and initiatives across Canada over the next three years.

Muskie girls fall just short in final

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It seemed like the stars were aligning for the Muskie girls' soccer team to advance to the all-Ontarios for the first time since 2016.

But then the Kenora Broncos threw a wrench into the black-and-gold's plans.

The Muskies they saw their OFSAA dreams come to a crashing halt with a narrow 2-1 loss to the Kenora Broncos in last Wednesday's NorWOSSA final in Dryden.

Lakers' president worried about future of team

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers are finally righting the ship financially but aren't exactly pleased with the lack of interest locally in the junior 'A' hockey franchise.

That was the message delivered by Lakers' president Milt Strachan at their annual general meeting held last Monday night (May 27) at the Super 8 Motel.

Eight Muskies nab berths at OFSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They ran fast, threw far, and jumped as long and high as they could.

It was an excellent two days of competition for the Muskie track-and-field team at the NWOSSAA championships held in Thunder Bay last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Muskie boys roll to ninth title

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Golden State Warriors are currently in the midst of a dynasty in the NBA, having won three of the last four Finals.

The Muskie boys' soccer team has formed its own version of the Warriors, creating a dynasty of its own in NorWOSSA play as the black-and-gold added an impressive ninth-straight league title to the program's impressive history last week.

Skaters shine in Winnipeg

Sports
Staff

Members of the local Border Skating Club recently put in some impressive performances at an event in Winnipeg.

Jordyn Seguin nabbed silver in the STAR 3 free program and bronze in the STAR 3 elements.

She also passed her first senior bronze dance test, entitled the “fourteen step.”

Williamson grabs another feature win

Sports
Staff

It's been a great start to the Borderland Racing Association season for Tanner Williamson.

After not winning a single feature last season, the Fort Frances native now has claimed back-to-back checkered flags as he cruised to victory yet again in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds division on Saturday night at the Emo Speedway.

Angels soar past Tigers in RRDWFL action

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Angels certainly weren't in a loving mood on Monday night.

The Angels used a four-run third inning to cruise to a 9-3 win over the Dawson Tigers in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Flooded underpass

Photos
Ken Kellar

The Portage Avenue underpass flooded as it struggled to deal with the aftermath of the heavy storm that passed through town yesterday. The underpass was closed for a couple of hours, but was reopened by 4 p.m. There was also plenty of water on downtown Scott Street as a watermain burst and caused a section of road to lift in front of the Royal Bank and The Bargain Shop.

Tennis tips

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Tennis instructor Al Christiansen led a tennis lesson for the Grade 5 class from St. Francis School yesterday at the local courts—just before getting rained out. Students learned how to properly swing their forehand and backhand shots and sharpened up on their serving skills.

Prom 2019 #3

Photos

Katelyn Bruyere, left, and Callahan Armstrong took time during a busy day for a photo together after Grand March at Fort Frances High School on Saturday. The Times took photos of most—if not all—of the prom-goers. Didn't get a good photo? Drop by the Times and see if you'd like to buy one we took. -Ken Kellar photo

Default colour run

Photos
Ken Kellar

Staff and students at Fort Frances High School had a blast getting messy during a “Colour Run” on Thursday. The event was the last of this year's house events, where students from different house groups compete or participate in events to earn points for their house teams. The graduation ceremony for Grade 12 students will place on June 27.

New eightplex

Photos
Ken Kellar

Rainy River District Social Services Administrations Board's new affordable housing build, located behind Lady Frances Place on Fifth Street East, features eight bachelor apartments. Two are wheelchair and powerchair accessible.

Eightplex ribbon cutting

Photos
Ken Kellar

Leanne Eluik, left, Don Canfield, Mike Ford and Sandra Weir cut the ribbon at the grand opening of DSSAB's new eight-unit affordable housing project on Friday.

Checking out ambulance

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Lincoln, left, Bronson, and Liam were thrilled to sit in and explore the ins and outs of an ambulance here Saturday during the Rainy River Association of Professional Paramedics' final “Paramedic Services Week” open house.

Jourdain family

Photos

Genevieve Jourdain, left, and her husband, Glenn, right, are glad to have their son, Curtis, centre, back at his home in Couchiching where he continues to recover from the heart transplant he received last July. -Sam Odrowski photo

Prom group

Photos
of Devin Eldridge Photography

Can you spot someone you know? Prom attendees gathered at scenic Seven Oaks for a photo shoot on Saturday afternoon prior to going to Rainycrest and then the Grand March at the Townshend Theatre.

Colour run

Photos
Ken Kellar

Staff and students at Fort Frances High School had a blast getting messy during a “Colour Run” on Thursday. The event was the last of this year's house events, where students from different house groups compete or participate in events to earn points for their house teams. The graduation ceremony for Grade 12 students will place on June 27.

Prom 2019 #5

Photos
Ken Kellar

Carter Hayward and Alina Eldridge walked the stage of the Townshend Theatre for the Grand March of Prom 2019 on Saturday. The theme for this year's prom was “Gatsby,” with the stage decorated and music playing to evoke the spirit of the Roaring Twenties.

Silver Muskie dock

Photos

Located on Red Gut Bay, the Silver Muskie Lodge overlooks the breathtaking view of Rainy Lake and offers an array of prime fishing locations. -Submitted photos

Prom 2019 #2

Photos
Ken Kellar

Alex Gartzke and her prom date, Sheldon Kelly, stopped for a photo after the Grand March at Fort Frances High School on Saturday. Before the march, couples did a mini-march through Rainycrest Long Term Care for the residents there.

Silver Muskie fireplace

Photos

The newly-decorated Silver Muskie Lodge features a relaxing interior, with a hot fireplace to keep guests warm after a long day fishing. The lodge has nine rooms that house a total of 20 people as well as a cabin that sleeps four.

-Submitted Photo

Dressed to the nines

Photos
Ken Kellar

Kayla Allan, left, Brianna Eldridge, and Ava Gardiman posed for a glamour shot together outside the Townshend Theatre following Fort Frances High School's Grand March on Saturday evening. Seventy couples showed off their style to parents and friends before heading out to dinner at La Place Rendez-Vous. See A5 for more photos.

Winding up

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie Jaida Norris got full extension as she prepared to hammer a pass up the pitch during the first half of Fort High's 2-1 loss to the Kenora Broncos in the NorWOSSA final last Wednesday afternoon in Dryden.

Drain stencil program

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Grade 8 Fort High student Jailynne Taylor, centre, spray painted a “no dumping” stencil by a storm water drain on Flinders Avenue last Wednesday morning as fellow students Yasmeen Elkheir, left, Leathe Bruyere, Jerzi Calder, and Healey Jansen looked on.

Pancake dinner

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Plenty of flapjacks were served up Sunday evening by Diane Glowasky, left, Robyn Dennis and Natalie DeGagne during a community event held at the Millennium Park in Alberton Township.

Tight defence

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Greta Fedoruk (#5) and Cass Roach, second from left, were part of a stifling Muskie defence that weren't about to allow this Kenora Broncos' opponent much room to breathe during the first half of the Muskie girls' soccer team's 2-1 loss in the NorWOSSA final last Wednesday in Dryden.

Autism awareness

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

The Strickland family—Keira, Lindsay and Matthew—were all smiles this past Saturday during the annual Borderland Autism Awareness Walk. Matthew Strickland showed off his strength, proving he has no limitations and helping pass along the message people with autism can have incredible abilities or even “super powers." The walk began at the Sorting Gap Marina at 1 p.m.

Gussy pic (June 5)

Photos
Submitted

Jay Siemans with a nice Sunset Country crappie he caught earlier this week.

Whopper of a walleye

Photos

Kruz Spuzak was fishing the Rainy River with his father on Sunday when he caught a wall-mounter 31-inch walleye. Kruz first thought it was a snag but soon realized he'd hooked something special. He plans to have this big walleye mounted.

—Submitted by April Beaulieu

Group hug

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Can you feel the love? Brady Bodnarchuk, left, Austin Armstrong, Ashton Cousineau, Nick Hahkala, and Jacob Albright certainly did as the Muskies gathered for a group hug to celebrate winning their ninth-straight NorWOSSA title after dispatching the host Dryden Eagles 2-1 last Wednesday afternoon.

Veggie products face new labeling restrictions in Louisiana

Business
By Melinda Deslatte The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. — Bye-bye, cauliflower rice. Farewell, veggie sausage. See you later, chicken-free strips.

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to labeling restrictions that will keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice and sugar alternatives from being marketed as sugar.

Old shell from S. Carolina beach ID’d as ancient oyster

Science
The Associated Press

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. — An old shell found on a South Carolina beach four years ago has been identified as that of an ancient oyster never before found in the area.

American, British veterans recreate D-Day parachute drops

People
By John Leicester The Associated Press

CARENTAN, France — Parachutists are jumping over Normandy again, just as soldiers did 75 years ago for D-Day ‚Äî but this time without being shot at.

With the throb of their engines rumbling through cloudy skies, C-47 transport planes in World War II colours dropped jumpers with round canopies reminiscent of those used by airborne forces in 1944.

Warming trend in forecast for next few days

Weather

Tonight will be increasingly cloudy with a low of 10 C (50 F).

Tomorrow will be partly sunny and warm. Expect a high of 25 (77) and a low of 13 (55).

Friday will be mostly sunny with a high of 28 (82) and a low of 15 (59).