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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 16, 2018

Residential schools focus of exhibits

News
Duane Hicks

Two new exhibits at the Fort Frances Museum aim to show the truth about residential schools as a step towards reconciliation and to create stronger bonds within area communities.

The first exhibit, entitled “We Were Taught Differently: The Indian Residential School Experience,” is on loan from the Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora.

Seniors' project funding

News
Press Release

Local MP Don Rusnak last week announced a call for proposals for community-based projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2018-19.

Programs like NHSP not only encourage seniors to stay involved in their community, but also increase their social participation and inclusion.

Pledge forms out for Alzheimer's walk

News
Duane Hicks

Exercise not only is good for the body but for the mind, so why not walk for your health—and to raise money for a worthy cause?

The annual “Walk for Alzheimer's,” hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, is coming up here Saturday, June 16, offering 1K and 2K walks along the waterfront.

Woman bringing art to schools

News
Sam Odrowski

An indigenous artist hosted an art workshop at Crossroads School in Devlin last Wednesday for its “Parent Engagement Night,” where well over 100 students and their families gathered for a wide array of crafts, games, and activities.

Groups of students and their parents gathered in a classroom to create a setting sun landscape using chalk pastels.

Book donations being sought for 'Friends' sale

News
Duane Hicks

Some folks go fishing or camping on the Victoria Day long weekend while others get tasks done around the house.

If you're among the latter, why not go through your book shelves, pick out some titles you'll never read again, and donate them to a good cause?

Chess tourney draws big numbers

News
Press Release

Crossroads School in Devlin hosted its annual chess tournament last Tuesday, with a total of 110 students participating from Donald Young School, the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program, Robert Moore School, and Crossroads.

The top finishers in the age eight-and-under division were James Gagne, Jonah Homer, and Nicolas Pattison.

Community garden ready to 'grow'

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Those with “green thumbs” rejoice! Growing season is fast approaching.

The Fort Frances Community Garden is ready to go after volunteers tilled and pulled weeds on Saturday in preparation for the new growing season.

Town, district fire services to ink deal

News
Staff

The town will be signing an automatic aid agreement with the Chapple, Emo, La Vallee, and Alberton Fire & Emergency Service, which will see both sides able to access firefighting equipment neither side has.

Sexual assault in spotlight

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From the OPP

May is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in Ontario—a month dedicated to raising awareness of issues related to sexual violence and promoting ways to stop sexual violence.

The OPP continues to work with our communities and regional partners to ensure all sexual assault victims are informed, protected, and supported.

Class tackling water bottle waste

News
Duane Hicks

While the Town of Fort Frances does not have the ability to ban the sale of plastic bottled water, it is doing what it can to encourage the public to use reusable water containers—including asking for some local students for help in spreading the word.

Students set to stencil anti-pollution message

News
Duane Hicks

What goes down the storm drain goes into the watershed—and that's why it's vital to keep things like soaps from car washing, fertilizers, and oils out of them.

That's the message being sent by local students who will help promote stewardship of the water quality in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed here on May 30.

Correction

News

A cutline in last Wednesday's Times incorrectly identified a couple attending the open house for the spring art show at the Fine Line Art Gallery.

In fact, their names should have read Gary and Renee Winik.

The Times regrets any inconvenience or confusion this error may have caused.

Fire ban declared

News
From the MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone in the districts of Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, and the southern portion of the Red Lake, Thunder Bay, and Sioux Lookout districts, and along the north shore of Lake Superior in Nipigon District.

Tree map launching

News
Press Release

The Rainy River District Stewardship Council is proud to announce the May 17 launch of the “Fort Frances Tree Map: A Guided Tour of Local Trees.”

The map is a fun, visual representation of some of Fort Frances and its town-owned native trees.

Safe boating practices in spotlight

News
Press Release

North American Safe Boating Awareness Week will take place across Canada from May 19-25.

The purpose of this initiative, managed by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and its partners, is to promote safe and responsible boating practices to the estimated 15 million recreational boaters in Canada.

Calendar winners

District

Yvonne Treffers (Atikokan) and Joe Bremault (South Junction, Man.) won the $100 up for grabs on April 30 and May 1 in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Engagement lunches working to improve lines of communication

District
Sam Odrowski

Donald Young School in Emo has been working to increase the lines of communication between teachers and parents through its monthly “Rainy River First Nation Parent Engagement Lunches.”

In the three years the program has existed, it has grown from one or two parents participating to 16 at the most recent lunch in April.

Orchestra to perform in Barwick

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

Chapple Heritage and Borderland Community Orchestra will present an evening of music on Tuesday, May 29 at the Barwick Hall.

There is no admission to attend but a free-will offering in support of the Chapple Museum would be appreciated.

Ministry launches bear hair survey

District
From the MNRF

Sardines are an acquired taste for people . . . but not for bears.

For them, sardines are a gourmet meal.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry plans to take advantage of that to update our bear population data for the province, especially in areas where there are concerns about the sustainability of the bear population.

Quebec man nabbed for moose kill

District
From the MNRF

A Quebec resident has been fined $2,000 for possessing an illegally-killed moose.

Mario Rodrigue of L'Islet was convicted at trial for possessing an illegally-killed bull moose under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

He also received a two-year suspension from hunting big game in Ontario.

Building structure nets fine

District
From the MNRF

A Winnipeg area man has been fined a total of $3,000 for violations under the Public Lands Act while two others were given suspended sentences.

Garth Steek pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for erecting a structure without a permit, as well as $1,500 for disobeying a stop work order.

He also was issued a court order to remove the structure from the property.

Orchestra adds choir to repertoire this year

District
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The Borderland Community Orchestra is back with three performances this month, including one at Townshend Theatre here on May 22.

The orchestra has been entertaining the district for almost 20 years.

This year, the group's spring performance—entitled “Fairy Tales and Magical Stories”—will showcase eclectic music, guest performances, and the newly-established Borderland Choir.

Legion ladies to welcome newcomer

District
Press Release

The Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Br. #29 met last Wednesday (May 9), with 25 members in attendance.

An application for membership was received and passed for Gabriella McDougall.

Initiation will take place at a future meeting.

Christina McDougall, meanwhile, officially was installed as auxiliary secretary for the current year.

And the 2018 Festival award winners are . . .

District
Staff

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts came to a close last Tuesday (May 8) with the annual “Highlights Concert” at the Townshend Theatre.

Highlights Concert Awards

District busy with events coming up

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Our district will be bustling with activities over the next few weeks.

The annual Emo Walleye Classic takes place May 24-26 this year and is always an exciting three days between the weigh-ins and all the other activities

The entire community of Emo gets involved to make this an enjoyable weekend for not only the anglers but the spectators, too.

Another successful year for 'Festival'

District
Sam Odrowski

The 78th-annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts saw great support during its “Highlights Concert” that featured youths from across the district singing, playing an instrument, or acting out a scene last Tuesday night at the Townshend Theatre here.

Former Laker to join Thunderwolves

Sports
Staff

The Lakehead Thunderwolves men's hockey team will have a local connection next season.

The program announced Monday the commitment of Fort Frances native Jordan Larson, who is transferring to play in Thunder Bay after spending the last two seasons in the NCAA at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

Women's fastball season kicks off

Sports
Staff

The Rainy River District Women's Fastball League officially kicked off its 2018 season Monday night.

The Red Gut Babes eked out a 4-3 win over Mud Dogs.

Tracy Morningstar was the winning pitcher while Rachelle Yeo was tagged with the loss.

Alyssa Windego was named the MVP for the Red Gut Babes while Jodi Hood garnered the accolade for the Mud Dogs.

Muskie girls 7th at Challenge Cup

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Goals have been hard to come by so far this season for the Muskie girls' soccer team—a theme that continued to plague them over the weekend at the Broncos Challenge Cup tournament in Kenora.

The black-and-gold only bulged the twine once ahead of Saturday's seventh-place game, a 1-0 shutout victory over Crocus Plains.

'Hike, bike' challenge returning

Sports
Press Release

During the month of June, the Northwestern Health Unit is challenging people to park the car and walk, hike, bike, or roll.

Register to be a part of the annual “Hike It or Bike It Challenge,” then track your walking, wheeling, and rolling for a chance to win one of five new bikes and other great prize packs.

Coach hoping for stronger numbers at spring camp

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie football season isn't until the fall but preparations already are underway.

Head coach Mike Cuzzolino is hoping the squad's annual spring camp, which is slated to run each weeknight from May 22- June 1, will see an increase in interested players this year.

“Our numbers have taken a hit over the last few seasons,” he conceded.

DU banquet successful yet again

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was a night of good food, good prizes, and good fellowship at the 34th-annual Ducks Unlimited banquet and auction held Friday at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

About 190 people attended the event to help raise more than $30,000 for the Fort Frances branch of DU.

More than $30,000 also was raised last year for DU, ranking it in the top 20 of Ontario fundraising events.

Local racers compete in Minnesota

Sports
Staff

Although the Borderland Racing Association season doesn't kick off for a few more weeks, some local drivers got a head start over the weekend in Minnesota.

Jamie Davis placed 17th while Jeff Davis was 20th in the WISSOTA Modifieds feature at Olgivie Raceway on Saturday.

Jamie Davis also was impressive in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature, finishing 11th.

Lakers hoping for good summer camp

Sports
Jamie Mountain

There is no doubt the Fort Frances Lakers want to finish higher in the SIJHL standings next season.

After finishing fifth in the six-team league this past season with a 15-32-3-6 record, a lot of work will be involved to get the franchise back to the form that saw it capture three-straight titles earlier this decade.

Muskie boys look to continue strong play

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie boys' soccer team has gotten off to a strong start this season, but they know keeping up the intensity in games is paramount to continuing that success.

Sauces for topping your pasta

Sports

In previous columns, I've suggested on several occasions that one should try their hand at making fresh pasta instead of always relying on purchasing it dry from a bag or box.

Schwartz award

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Sam Odrowski

Anna Schwartz shared a big smile as Sallee Dick of RTO District 1 presented her with the Emo and District Lions Club Award for most promising vocalist (18 years and under) last Tuesday. Schwartz also received the Debussy Piano Bursary.

Rose Bowl winners

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Sam Odrowski

Jacob Erickson and Mike Kooistra were the two Rose Bowl winners from this year's Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts, which were presented during the annual “Highlights” concert last Tuesday night at the Townshend Theatre. Erickson was awarded for his performance of Étude, Op. 1, No. 9 by F.

Drain stencilling

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Duane Hicks

Roman Spuzak, a student in Fort High teacher Jody Bonner-Vicker's Grade 8, invited mayor and council to take part in the storm drain stencil initiative the class will be undertaking on May 30 along the riverfront here.

Plowing garden

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Fort Frances Community Garden volunteer Justin Taylor tilled one of its two plots on Saturday in preparation of the upcoming growing season. The garden currently holds 44 ground plots and 22 kids' plots. Other volunteers helped out by cleaning out the sheds and raising the garden beds.

Orchestra rehearsal

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Stephanie Hagenaars

The Borderland Community Orchestra and the new Borderland Choir rehearsed last Tuesday for the upcoming spring concerts in May. The choir was established earlier this year and, for the first time, will accompany the ochestra to perform “When You Believe" from the animated movie, "The Prince of Egypt.”

Scott Woods concert

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Dave Ogilvie

Scott Woods and his band literally fiddled up a storm at the Emo Legion last Wednesday, which was the title of this year's tour. Scott, his sister, Kendra Norris, and Leo Stock, a young Canadian Open champion, entertained a very appreciative crowd. They will be back in the district—in Dryden on June 15—if you missed the Emo show.

Horn section

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Aron Bohnert (left), Jacob Empey, and Lucas Koomans played their part in a piece entitled “The Matador's Tale” during the orchestra's rehearsal at Donald Young School in Emo for its upcoming spring concerts.

Happy winners

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Sam Odrowski

St. Michael's students Abi Mattheson, Norah Redford, and Marina Jarvis were happy to receive the St. Patrick's C.W.L. Award for their performance of “He's Got the Whole World" by L. London during last Tuesday night's "Highlights” concert at the Townshend Theatre.

Chess tourney

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of Rainy River District School Board

Robert Moore School student Cadance Sinclair, left, played Crossroads School student Teddy Donaldson during the annual chess tournament hosted by Crossroads last Tuesday (May 8).

Chem

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Fort Frances High School students Cassandra Piotrowski, left, Emily Heil, and Jacob Gustafson were stationed at Tim Hortons here on Saturday to raise funds for annual “chem-free” grad party next month while other students were outside Walmart and Canadian Tire.

Lidkea performance

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Sam Odrowski

Piper Lidkea put on a theatrical performance of the song “Popular" from the Broadway sensation "Wicked" during the annual "Highlights” concert. The young performer also was given the honour of singing the national anthem prior to the show.

Drama highlight

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Sam Odrowski

Hallee Nugent entertained the Townshend Theatre audience, with the help of Amy Norris, during the pair's dramatic performance of “Get out of Bed” by Diane Shore last Tuesday night. The performance ended with big laughs from the crowd as the short poem concludes with a big kicker.

Museum exhibit

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Duane Hicks

Museum summer student Naomi McManaman checked out “We Were Taught Differently: The Indian Residential School Experience,” the new exhibit on loan from the Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora, which currently is on display on the main floor of the Fort Frances Museum.

Dalmatians song

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Sam Odrowski

Cassandra Armstrong captivated the audience with her performance of Cruella de Vil from the “101 Dalmatians" movie at the annual "Highlights” concert last Tuesday.