You are here

Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 11, 2016

Convertible cruise

Photos
Cameron Penney

Amanda Stevens, left, along with Candi Stevens, cruised around town in a Ford Mustang convertible during a test drive as part of the “Drive 4 Ur Community” event Satuday at Sunset Country Ford here. Ford Canada donated $1,680 to both “Free the Children” and the Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alta.

Tender awarded for tennis courts

News
Duane Hicks

The tennis court project here has take another leap forward.

Town council approved Court Surface Specialists of Mississauga, Ont. to design and build an illuminated, fenced, four-court multi-use tennis facility at the St. Francis Sports Complex at a cost of $467,010 or less.

EDAC backs parking meters

News
Duane Hicks

Weighing in on the hot-button issue of parking meters, the local Economic Development Advisory Committee formally has said it supports the town pursuing the project further.

Gun display

Photos
Cameron Penney

Liz Allan admired the many guns on display at the annual Gun & Hobby Show held Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Along with the usual vendors at the show, visitors also could purchase an assortment of treats, such as locally-made fudge and crêpes.

NWOTA discusses issues

News
Cameron Penney

Proposed amendments to the Animal Cruelty and Protection Act was a hot top at the North Western Ontario Tourism Association’s annual spring meeting last Thursday at the Emo Inn.

Laurie Marcil, executive director of Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO), fears the way in which Bill C-246 is worded could cause problems down the road.

Locals among Fort Mac evacuees

News
Cameron Penney

Gay Ryan admitted she didn’t initially believe it when her grandson, Kai, texted from Fort McMurray, Alta. to say his family was being evacuated from their home.

“Kai texted me,” she recalled. “He said, ‘Nana, have you heard the fires are really bad here and we have to evacuate?’”

Watching screen

Photos
Heather Latter

Mine Centre students connected with the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward for a virtual field trip of the zoo. The center used its animal ambassadors to demonstrate how survival looks in the animal kingdom.

Ex-local vying for ‘Greatest Explorer’

District
Cameron Penney

Joshua Henry appears to have earned himself a spot to compete for the title of “Canada’s Greatest Explorer.”

As of this morning, Henry had collected 3,055 votes, which was good enough for ninth place among the field of 25 contestants.

People can continue to vote on www.woodsexplorer.ca, with voting closing at 5:59 p.m. (CDT) today.

‘Connected North’ launched at district school

District
Heather Latter

Grade 6-8 students at Mine Centre School have visited Florida, Texas, Alberta, and the Yukon—all without leaving the building.

The students have been able to participate in virtual field trips thanks to a program called “Connected North,” which officially was launched there last Thursday.

Heading effort

Photos
Joey Payeur

To be a Muskie boys’ soccer player, one needs to have a good head for the game—such as shown here by Tyler VanUden in outjumping Zack Lugli of the Dryden Eagles during the first half of Fort High’s 2-1 win in the NorWOSSA regular-season opener here last Wednesday.

Muskie boys clamp down on foes

Sports
Joey Payeur

If Cole Kowalski feels the need to furnish his goal crease, he probably can start with a recliner.

Kowalski was given little to do thanks to the suffocating defence his team played in front of him as the Muskie boys’ soccer team opened the NorWOSSA regular season here last Wednesday.

Muskie girls pleased by tourney showing

Sports
Joey Payeur

Sarah Faragher said her team came out winners, no matter what the scoreboard read.

The head coach of the Muskie girls’ soccer team was treasuring last weekend’s chance to lock horns with different and mostly tougher opponents at the St. John’s/Ravenscourt Eagles tournament in Winnipeg than they normally face in NorWOSSA play.

Men’s fastball league grows to 14 squads

Sports
Joey Payeur

Rebirths, renamings, new arrivals, and a new departure.

Change is the catchword when it comes to the Rainy River District Fastball League, which begins its 53rd season next Tuesday (May 17) at various diamonds around the district.

Lakers go winless at Dudley Hewitt

Sports
Joey Payeur

The Fort Frances Lakers gave their time generously to help out in the community this past season.

But that generosity proved detrimental when it came to their biggest games of the year.

Senators to airlines: Drop bag fees to shorten airport lines

Business
By David Koenig The Associated Press

DALLAS — Two U.S. senators say one way to reduce long airport security lines this summer is for airlines to drop their fees on checking luggage.

It’s the latest suggestion for dealing with what could be a hellish summer at the nation’s airports. Airlines are already warning passengers to arrive at least two hours early to get through security and catch their flights.

Breastfeeding pilots’ claims against airline seen as advance

Life
By Donna Bryson The Associated Press

DENVER — Charges by four female pilots that Frontier Airlines’ policies for pregnant women and new mothers are discriminatory could be seen as progress, an advocate says.

Decades ago, flight attendants were pushing just to keep their jobs after they became pregnant, said Phoebe Taubman, senior staff attorney with the advocacy group A Better Balance.