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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 15, 2019

'Rockin' for a Reason' coming up May 24-25

News
Submitted by
Janet Lambert

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary executive held their regular monthly meeting on May 7 in the board room of the hospital.

Dixie Badiuk and Helene Cone are gearing up for “Rockin' for a Reason." This year it will be held at the "Spring Market” on May 24 and 25 at the Curling Club.

Rocking chairs will be available for those volunteering to rock.

Kavanaugh supports agreement between bands, town

News
Press Release

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3 said he supports the recent friendship agreement signed between the Town of Fort Frances and Couchiching, Mitaanjigamiing, Naicatchewenin and Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations, also known as Agency One communities.

Donations wanted for book sale

News
Staff

Looking for something to do over the Victoria Day long weekend?

Why not go through your book shelves, pick out some titles you'll never read again (or maybe never get around to reading in the first place), and donate them to a good cause?

Legion Ladies to have busy couple of months

District
Submitted by
Barb Everett

Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Br. #29 met on May 8 with 30 members in attendance.

The meeting was brought to order at 7:05 p.m. by president Alfreda Easton, followed by the minutes of the April 10 general meeting and the May 1 executive meeting being read and approved.

There were no new membership applications presented for approval.

Boat safety this season: OPP

District
From the OPP

With the Victoria Day long weekend upon us, members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind boaters to take appropriate safety measures when exploring local waters this weekend and beyond. “Safe Boating Awareness Week” spans the week of May 18-24.

Always consider these important points before heading out on the water:

Soccer Muskies grab wins in Dryden

Sports
Staff

It was another near perfect day for the Muskie boys' and girls' soccer team at the second slate of NorWOSSA games in Dryden yesterday.

The boys' squad won both of their games against the Kenora Broncos and host Eagles to improve their league-best record to 4-0.

Ukulele recital

Photos
Submitted

Alexis Latter, left, and Zeila Dal performed a short ukulele recital as their instructor Jim Curtis looked on approvingly last Wednesday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Curtis has been teaching youths and adults to play. The library currently has a few openings left for upcoming ukulele lessons for adults 55 and older.

Ouch!

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Soccer is a fast moving sport and sometimes the best thing to do is just to protect yourself, as this youngster on the right quickly found out during the Spain vs. Germany match yesterday evening in Division 4/5 soccer action at the St. Francis Sports Field. Fort Frances Youth Soccer has resumed action for another great season, with games running Monday-Thursday nights each week.

Market square bread

Photos
Ken Kellar

Shirley Wickstrom, left, of Thunder Bay, took a look at the fresh bread on offer at Jodi Caul's table during the first Market Thursday of the season at the Rainy Lake Square this morning. The market is set to run at the square from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 26, and offers visitors the chance to purchase a wide range of products from local vendors.

Homemade scones

Photos
Ken Kellar

Mary Hickling, lrft, and Jean Bujold prepped a sheet of scones for the oven at the Fort Frances Museum on Saturday. Hickling was running the scone making workshop as part of the museum's adult spring workshops. The final workshop for the spring will be building terrariums from 1-3 p.m. on May 25.

Sedgwick playing

Photos
Ken Kellar

Double-bassist Margaret Sedgwick played along with the Borderland Community Orchestra during their Mother's Day concert Sunday at the Townshend Theatre. The concert was also held to celebrate the orchestra's 20th year in the district. Katherine Williams began the orchestra in 1999, and the group has grown from 14 musicians to counting dozens of past and present members within its ranks.

St. Francis Speech contest

Photos
Ken Kellar

Evan Strain, left, Gabi DeGagne and Emma Bruyere were the winners of the Intermediate Speech Contest at St. Francis School last Thursday. Strain came in first place with his speech about cancer, while DeGagne placed second, and Bruyere third with speeches on parental child abductions and anxiety, respectively.

Road fatalities down on OPP-patrolled roads

National
The Canadian Press

Fatalities are down significantly this year on roads patrolled by Ontario Provincial Police, the force said yesterday amid a cross-country traffic enforcement blitz.

The OPP said 58 people died on roads from Jan. 1 to May 5, compared to 97 road fatalities during the same time period last year — a 40 per cent decrease.

Federal agency renews Twin Metals mine leases, could pollute watershed

Business
Jeff Baenen
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—The federal Bureau of Land Management yesterday renewed mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a project that environmentalists fear would spoil the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Café touts $75 coffee as world's priciest

Business
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO—A California cafe is brewing up what it calls the world's most expensive coffee—at $75 a cup.

Klatch Coffee Roasters is serving the exclusive brew, the Elida Natural Geisha 803, at its branches in Southern California and San Francisco.

Federal agency renews Twin Metals mine leases in Minnesota

Business
By Jeff Baenen The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The federal Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday renewed mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a project that environmentalists fear would spoil the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

California cafe touts its $75 coffee as the world’s priciest

Business
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A California cafe is brewing up what it calls the world’s most expensive coffee ‚Äî at $75 a cup.

Klatch Coffee Roasters is serving the exclusive brew, the Elida Natural Geisha 803, at its branches in Southern California and San Francisco.

Sharks beat Blues in OT after controversial no-call

Sports
Joe Harris
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—Timo Meier handed a big win to Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks.

Karlsson scored 5:23 into overtime after the officials missed a hand pass by Meier, and the Sharks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 last night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final.

Bucks top Raptors to take Game 1

Sports
The Canadian Press

MILWAUKEE—It was a pure-hustle play that was trademark Kyle Lowry. During the third quarter last night, the Toronto Raptors point guard made like a beach volleyball player, diving wildly to bat in a wayward Danny Green pass that was heading out of bounds.

Trump pardons Conrad Black

International
Kevin Freking
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump.

Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London.

He was convicted of fraud in 2007 and spent three and a half years in prison.

Casino fined for serving 17 drinks to man

International
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—A casino in Philadelphia that served a gambler 17 free drinks over an eight-hour period has been fined $17,500.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports state regulators imposed the fine yesterday on the SugarHouse Casino over the September incident.

White House launches survey looking for tech industry bias

International
By Barbara Ortutay THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO — On the heels of President Donald Trump’s repeated assertions claiming anti-conservative bias by tech companies, the White House has launched an online form asking people to share their experiences if they think political partisanship has led them to be silenced by social media sites.

Trump pardons Conrad Black, author of flattering Trump biography

People
By Kevin Freking The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump.

Black’s media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007 and spent three and a half years in prison.

Exercise helps prevent dementia

Lifestyles
Marilynn Marchione
The Associated Press

If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new guidelines for preventing dementia advise.

About 50 million people currently have dementia, and Alzheimer's disease is the most common type.

Calgary Stampede offers octopus lollies, pickle pops and deep-fried chicken skin

Lifestyles
By Bill Graveland THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY — This year’s midway menu at the Calgary Stampede includes ice pops made from pickle juice, deep-fried chicken skin and octopus deep-fried or in a lollipop.

The 10-day festival celebrating the cowboy life tries to outdo itself each year in its culinary offerings.

Some rain this weekend

Weather

Tonight will be clear to partly cloudy with a low of two C (36 F).

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with a high of 15 (59) and a low of four (39).

Saturday will be cloudy with a passing morning shower, followed by a little rain at night. Expect a high of 13 (55) and a low of three (37).

Atown

Around Town

Elvis tribute artist Daylin James will be rockin' and rollin' at the Rainy Lake Square this evening starting at 6 p.m. Free concert. Bring a lawn chair.