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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 18, 2016

Rose Bowl winners

Photos
Heather Latter

Brianna Eldridge (piano), left, Katelyn Bruyere (instrumental), Mira Donaldson (drama), and Anne Jean (vocal) were presented with Rose Bowls for their excellent performances in this year’s Rainy River District Festival of the Perfoming Arts. The Rose Bowls, along with many other plaques and awards, were handed out during last Tuesday’s annual “highlights” concert at the Townshend Theatre.

‘Movie Night’ speech tops all

News
Cameron Penney

While it wasn’t an Oscar, Julia McManaman’s passion for having “the perfect movie night,” did land her some hardware.

The Grade 8 student at Robert Moore School took home the top prize among the 10 students competing in the Rainy River District School Board’s annual speech contest last Wednesday.

“I was nervous,” McManaman admitted after receiving her award.

Town gearing up for tourist season

News
Duane Hicks

The Town of Fort Frances is gearing up for the start of tourism season here.

For instance, the Fort Frances Tourist Information Centre opens its doors for the season this Friday (May 20).

Pony ride

Photos
Cameron Penney

Dante Novelli was all smiles as he rode a pony during the intermission of the Khartum Shrine Circus at the Ice For Kids Arena here last Thursday. The circus performed an afternoon and evening show, which featured acts such as quick-change artists and acrobats.

Catholic high school lacks interest

News
Cameron Penney

A survey to determine interest in a Catholic high school in Fort Frances found the interest “is significantly below the level needed for a viable secondary school program.”

That was among the information in a report by consultant Gerry Thuss of Stratford, Ont., which was presented at the Northwest Catholic District School Board’s regular monthly meeting last night.

Festival performers heading to provincials

District
Heather Latter

For the very first time, local performers from the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts have qualified for the provincial competition in Manitoba later this month.

Dementia workshop

Photos
Duane Hicks

Educator Teepa Snow kept attendees engaged during an all-day workshop, “Positive Approach in Dementia Care,” last Thursday at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Rose Bowl winners offer thoughts

District
Heather Latter

The top performers from this year’s Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts took to the stage last Tuesday evening at the Townshend Theatre to showcase their talents during the annual “highlights” concert.

Air cadets earn awards

District
Heather Latter

The 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadets held their 13th-annual ceremonial review last Wednesday night at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium, handing out a number of awards while recognizing the squadron’s achievements of the past year.

“What a fantastic demonstration of drill and dress this evening,” enthused Lt.-Col. Rebecca Evans, the reviewing officer for the event.

Soccer battle

Photos
Joey Payeur

The Panthers and the Wildcats were clawing for every inch of space they could get during their Division 1 showdown in Fort Frances Youth Soccer action Monday evening at the St. Francis Sports Field. Everyone certainly welcomed the warmer days that arrived this week after a rather chilly start to the 2016 season.

Doula services being offered here

District
Heather Latter

Joelle Barron always has been interested in birth and pregnancy, and recently was trained as a doula to be able to offer support services during births here.

“I almost went to school for midwifery but then I decided to go for writing instead,” noted Barron, who received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2014.

Muskie boys’ bench sees lots of playing time

Sports
Joey Payeur

The weather wasn’t ideal but the scenario certainly was for Chris Sinclair.

With a number of players absent due to the FFHS Travel Club’s trip to Italy, the head coach of the Muskie boys’ soccer team seized the opportunity to give significant minutes to several of his non-starters during a pair of weekend exhibition games in Kenora.

Muskie girls earn bye to final

Sports
Staff

The Muskie girls’ soccer team moved one big step closer to a third-straight NorWOSSA title, then stubbed its toe.

Fort High blanked the Kenora Broncos 5-0 and the host Dryden Eagles 4-0 last Wednesday to improve to 4-0 and lock up first place.

That means a bye to the NorWOSSA final May 25 in Dryden against the semi-final winner between the Eagles and Broncos.

Spring football camp opens

Sports
Joey Payeur

The coach-to-player ratio was a little higher than Mike Cuzzolino would have liked, but he’s counting on it being the first step of a long and hopefully successful journey.

Only 15 players made it out Monday for the first evening of what will be a three-week Muskie spring football camp at Fort High.

National dragon boat coach to visit

Sports
Joey Payeur

Members of the local dragon boat club are about to receive some top-calibre instruction.

U.S. national team assistant coach Megan Kress will be here to instruct a one-day clinic next Saturday (May 28) from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., with a meet-and-greet set for the evening before.

As many as 4 in 10 gay men have HIV in some Southern cities

Health & Wellness
By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Three out of every 10 gay or bisexual men in several cities in the U.S. South have been diagnosed with the AIDS virus, three times the national rate, according to a study about how common HIV infections are in metro areas.

Almost half of heart attacks are silent; they’re still risky

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Almost half of all heart attacks cause no obvious symptoms, yet they can still be life-threatening, according to research on more than 9,000 middle-aged men and women.

It’s one of the biggest studies to examine so-called silent heart attacks, and to also explore them across racial and gender groups.

Expect virtual reality, artificial intelligence from Google

Technology
By Michael Liedtke The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is expected to dive deeper into virtual reality and artificial intelligence Wednesday during an annual conference that serves as a launching pad for its latest products and innovations.

Explorers plan June mission to Andrea Doria shipwreck

International
By Mark Pratt The Associated Press

BOSTON — Nearly six decades after 46 people died when the Andrea Doria sank to the sea floor following a violent collision with another ocean liner south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, explorers are preparing to do what 16 people have lost their lives attempting: get a good look at the wreckage.

Colombia battles world’s biggest drugmaker over cancer drug

International
By Joshua Goodman And Linda A. Johnson The Associated Press

BOGOTA — Colombia’s government is giving pharmaceutical giant Novartis a few weeks to lower prices on a popular cancer drug or see its monopoly on production of the medicine broken and competition thrown open to generic rivals.

Sweet tooth: Florida alligator caught swiping watermelon

Life
By Tamara Lush The Associated Press

Florida alligators are known for eating many things: turtles, birds, the occasional human limb.

But one large gator with an apparent sweet tooth was recently photographed sliding into a canal with a whole watermelon clamped in its jaws.

Maine’s top court upholds bra escape conviction

People
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s highest court has upheld the escape conviction of a woman who tried to avoid arrest by telling police that she needed to put on a bra before going to jail.