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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 2, 2018

District volunteers presented awards

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Staff

Eleven district residents were recognized at the 2018 Volunteer Service Awards held Thursday evening at La Place Rendez-Vous.

The Kiwanis Club of Fort Frances was well-represented this year, with five members being recognized.

They included Dr. Robert Lidkea who has been a dedicated Kiwanian for a whopping 65 years.

RTO marking 50 years

News
Press Release

A 50-year anniversary celebration is happening.

The Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO) turns 50 in 2018. It is made up of 48 districts, throughout Ontario and including two in B.C., and is 73,000 members strong.

Our local district (Rainy River) boasts 255 members of the educational community.

Nominations now open for municipal election candidates

News
Duane Hicks

Those interested in running for town council, either school board, or the local DSSAB in the Oct. 22 municipal and school board elections now can file their nomination papers.

Nominations opened as of yesterday (May 1), with nominations to close at 2 p.m. on Nomination Day (July 27).

Historic mugs being given out to older adults

News
Duane Hicks

Some district seniors will be getting a coffee mug this month that just might jog their memories.

The District Mental Health Services for Older Adults Program of the Canadian Mental Health Association has received a donation of 90 mugs from the family of Vi Plumridge and the Fine Line Art Gallery, and are distributing them in recognition of “Mental Health Week” (May 7-13).

Downtown store getting a facelift

News
Duane Hicks

A retail mainstay in downtown Fort Frances is getting a makeover.

Renovations have begun on the front of McTaggarts—work that's been a long time coming, said company president John McTaggart.

“First of all, there's been a couple of businesses downtown that have fixed up the face of their building,” he noted.

Teams being sought for 'Relay for Life'

News
Duane Hicks

With “Relay for Life” coming up in less than two months, teams are urged to sign up for annual fundraiser and start collecting those pledges.

This year's fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 4-10:30 p.m. at the new Rainy Lake Square in downtown Fort Frances.

Archer named as NDP candidate here

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Press Release

At three meetings held in Kenora, Dryden, and Fort Frances, Ontario New Democrats in Kenora-Rainy River named long-time Kenora resident, workers' rights advocate, and corrections officer Glen Archer to represent the riding in the provincial election set for June 7.

“I'm so proud to be running on Andrea Horwath's team,” said Archer.

Gun, hobby show set to be biggest yet

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Press Release

With more than 90 entries, this year is shaping up to be the biggest to date for the 11th-annual Gun and Hobby Show set for this Saturday (May 5) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

'Bail or Jail' raises $4,175

News
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club's “Bail or Jail” was a success once again this year, raising about $4,175 for the club.

The event took place at the curling club on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in conjunction with the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's annual Business & Community Expo.

“It was really good,” enthused Lion Bill Michl.

Business expo busier than last year

News
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's annual Business & Community Expo saw a steady turnout at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Sponsored by Tbaytel, it ran Friday from 4-9 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., drawing a total of more than 700 people over the two days.

Annual 'Mama' luncheon raises $6,500

News
Duane Hicks

Relaxation can be profitable—and the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's Special Events committee is glad for that.

The Foundation's annual spring luncheon, this year sporting the theme “Mama Needs to Relax,” raised roughly $6,500 on Sunday afternoon.

Scott Woods band set to return

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

Wednesday, May 9 will mark the return of the famous Scott Woods band to the area.

Tickets for this presentation of “Fiddling Up a Storm” may be purchased at the Emo Legion (123 Jessie St.) or by calling 482-2250.

You also can purchase by phone with a Visa or MasterCard by calling toll-free 1-855-726-8896.

'Grad' hails healing centre

District
Sam Odrowski

Back in December, a 40-year vision to see a residential treatment centre open in the Fort Frances area finally was realized when the Mino Ayaa Ta Win Healing Centre welcomed its first intake of patients.

Since then, there have been 30 graduates of its 28-day residential treatment cycles, with an overwhelming response from participants.

Bear Clan Patrol again taking on seasonal clean-up

District
Sam Odrowski

As warmer weather arrives to the district, so does the increased risk of a person or their pets stepping on used needles.

The melting snow has uncovered an increased number of needles that are being reported to the Fort Frances Bear Clan Patrol, a community safety and wellness group.

District projects receive funding

District
Press Release

Local MP Don Rusnak, Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro, and Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs announced Friday that new projects in Fort Frances, La Vallee, and Lac La Croix First Nation have been approved under the federal government's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

Biggest spring cattle sale in 'long time'

District
Sam Odrowski

The spring cattle sale held Saturday was one of the biggest seen at the Stratton sales barn in the last five years.

More than 100 people turned out to watch their cattle get purchased by 17 different buyers.

Some 1,535 head went through the ring, generating more than $1.8 million for the 108 farmers who sold cattle at the sale.

'Marzie Days' coming soon

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The annual “Marzie Days” plant and bake sale will be held on Saturday, May 26 this year.

This event is a fundraiser for “RBC Cruisin' Down the Crescent,” and there will be bedding plants, hanging plants, potted plants, and vegetable plants.

All kinds of baking, plus lunch, also will be available.

Cash calendar winners

Sports

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for April 22-28 were Jo Ann DeGagne (Atikokan), Nick and Erica Roy (Thunder Bay), Guy and Brenda Johnston (Fort Frances), Randy and Gayle Asselin (Pinewood), Billy Faragher Jr. (Rainy River), Walter Wagner (Rainy River), and Ian Booth (Devlin).

Fort hunter fined for offences

Sports
From the MNRF

A Fort Frances man has been fined $2,800 for hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Michael Shine pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 for careless hunting and $800 for trespassing to hunt.

He also received a probation order to complete 50 hours of community service work and has been suspended from hunting for three years.

Muskies, Owls battle in tune-ups

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Fort High was the scene for a district rivalry Monday afternoon.

Both the Muskies and Rainy River Owls girls' and boys' soccer teams got prepared for their seasons with exhibition games against each other.

It was the Owls who came out on top on the girls' side, claiming the match by a 3-1 score.

Area bowlers team up to nab national crown

Sports
Staff

Cody Brown now can add a new title to his name: national champion.

The Fort Frances resident was a member of the Northern Ontario 'B' team, comprised of fellow Sunset Country bowlers, that captured the gold medal at the 2018 Inter-Provincial National Championship on Saturday afternoon in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Change in leaderhip at Northwest LHIN

Sports
Press Release

Gil Labine, chair of the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), last week announced the appointment of Dr. Rhonda Crocker-Ellacott as the new CEO for the North West LHIN.

“The board of directors wishes to acknowledge the high calibre of skills and abilities that Rhonda brings to this prestigious position with the North West LHIN,” Labine said.

Muskie, Owl 'birders' earn OFSAA berths

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was a successful endeavour for the Muskie and Rainy River Owl badminton teams at the NWOSSAA championships last Wednesday in Thunder Bay.

Muskies Aaron Bujold, Michaela Putzer, Lauryn Marchant, and Tayah Badiuk, along with Jackson Arpin of the Owls, all qualified for the all-Ontarios that runs tomorrow through Saturday in Windsor.

Kabel to head FFMHA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Jason Kabel stepped in take over as president of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association for next season at its annual general meeting last Tuesday night in the conference room of the Ice For Kids Arena.

Wayne Strachan, head coach and general manager of the Fort Frances Lakers, was president last season but chose to step down with a year left in his term.

Muskie track squad off to a strong start

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Despite losing some members to the soccer teams, the Muskie track-and-field contingent continues to roll.

That was evident again Monday at the Lake of the Woods meet in Baudette, Mn.

Contest winner

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Duane Hicks

Tyler Ruppenstein, left, and Adrian Chapman of Investors Group presented Samantha Kabatay with a cheque for $10,000 at the Investors Group booth on Friday evening during the Business & Community Expo here. Kabatay had entered a nationwide Investors Group contest last year but only recently was notified of her windfall.

CMHA mugs

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Duane Hicks

Brenda Funk, left, received a mug from geriatric mental health worker Norma Reather last Thursday afternoon. The mug has a painting of Robert Moore School on it by local artist Vi Plumridge.

McTaggarts facelift

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Duane Hicks

In the spirit of the work done on Scott Street last year, as well as the building of the Rainy Lake Square, McTaggarts is getting a facelift. Kyle Glowasky Contracting began work last week on the storefront of the Scott Street mainstay and will be giving it a full makeover in the next month or so.

Checking out top

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Duane Hicks

Sue Ball checked out a nice summer top in the “Retreat Boutique" set up at the "Mama Needs to Relax” fundraiser Sunday afternoon at the Robert Moore School gym. Just one of many ways to raise funds at the event, the boutique sold donated clothing, soaps, and other fun items at low prices.

Second-place winner

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Dave Ogilvie

Marissa Kinnear-Esselink and her daughter, Paisley, were on hand at Cloverleaf Grocery to receive her $500 food coupon from Emo and District Lions Club president Jodi Caul. The annual “Lions Share Grocery Raffle” was a huge success thanks to residents of the district. The first-place winner will receive their prize at a later date.

Greenhouse booth

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Joy Lockman, left, got all of her flower-related questions answered by David Loewen of Loewen Greenhouses & Landscaping as his young son, Kenuel, looked on Saturday morning at the Business & Community Expo at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Campaign kick-off

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Sam Odrowski

Kenora-Rainy River PC candidate Greg Rickford carefully helped his daughter, Poppy Kate, cut the cake during the opening of his campaign office at 355 Scott St. here on Friday evening. Rickford introduced himself to all of those on hand and welcomed them to his campaign.

Cattle sale

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Sam Odrowski

Residents from across the district gathered at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday for the first cattle sale of the year. Some 1,535 cattle were sold for a total of almost $1.85 million. The annual spring sale was well-attended and brought a significant payday to many of the district's cattle farmers.

Tossing ball

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Arlene Georgeson looked on with some amusement as Jan Beazley played the “Yoga Wiffle Ball” game Sunday afternoon Contestants had to strike a yoga pose and then throw a plastic ball into a cup to win a prize.

Jewellry display

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Duane Hicks

Nicole Broman, left, and her niece, Madison Rheault, checked out a soap set on display along with some jewellery in the “Retreat Boutique" section of the "Mama Needs to Relax” spring luncheon here on Sunday afternoon.

'Not dead yet'

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Sam Odrowski

Fort High student Ava-Mae White (“Not Dead Fred") broke into song and dance during a dress rehearsal for the comedic musical "Spamalot” that runs today through Saturday (May 2-5) at the Townshend Theatre. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets, which cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, are available at Northwood Gallery & Gifts and at the door.

Cattle rattle

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Sam Odrowski

Rick Wright was one of the auctioneers who solicited bids at the district's first cattle sale of 2018. It took place Saturday at the Stratton sales barn and saw more than 1,500 head go through the ring.

Greens booth

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Duane Hicks

Shane Carriere of Green's Brand Source Home Furnishings demonstrated how a digital kiosk worked Saturday morning at the Business & Community Expo. Green's customers can use the kiosk at the Mowat Avenue business to find out more about the entire line of Ashley Furniture—and even send themselves product information and images for future reference.

Sad convict

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Duane Hicks

Not even some complimentary bread and water could cheer up “convict" Samantha Clifford of the Fort Frances Dental Centre as she waited to raise bail Saturday morning during the Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club's annual "Bail or Jail” fundraiser held at the curling club in conjunction once again with the Chamber of Commerce's Business & Community Expo. See story A2.

Rockin duo

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Duane Hicks

Irene Laing, left, and Laureen Vandetti enjoyed a good chat as La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary president Dixie Badiuk (back left) and Ann Wood looked on during the annual “Rockin' For a Reason” fundraiser Saturday morning at the Business & Community Expo. This year's effort brought in more than $10,000 for local health care.

Admiring gift box

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Duane Hicks

Cynthia Hudson, left, and Chantal Derendorf admired a gift box up for bid in the silent auction at Sunday afternoon's “Mama Needs to Relax” fundraiser at Robert Moore School gym. The event once again saw the generous support of district businesses and residents when it came to donated items.

'Walk for Water'

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Sam Odrowski

FFHS teacher Sarah Arpin, who helped organize the inaugural “Walk for Water" event last Thursday, walked around the track at Fort High with her son Austin, and daughter, Peyton. Those who walked the track had a chance to wear weighted backpacks that simulated what those in Third World countries endure every day to get clean water.

Coin drop

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Duane Hicks

Linda Shannon tried out the “Ocean Waves Ball Drop" game Sunday afternoon during the "Mama Needs to Relax” at the Robert Moore School gym. The object of the game was to drop a loonie or toonie into a glass container of water and try to get the coin to land into a wine glass at the bottom in order to win a prize.

Keepin' it 'teal'

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Duane Hicks

Here's a sampling of the artwork submitted by local artists and crafters for the Fine Line Art Gallery's annual spring art show, with this year's theme being “Teal.” An open house to kick off the show will be held this Saturday (May 5) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop by 529 Mowat Ave. to see the artwork, much of which will be for sale, and enjoy refreshments.

Chiropractic booth

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Duane Hicks

Chiropractic assistant Hailey McEvoy, left, and chiroprator Dr. Cody Caul chatted with Lysandra Hector at the Fort Frances Chiropractic Centre booth on Saturday morning at the Business & Community Expo.

Race intensity

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie Carson Noga blazed down the track during the boys' 400m dash at the Bronco Booster Track & Field Invite varsity meet held last Tuesday at Falls High School. Noga sprinted his way to a sixth-place finish, clocking in with a time of 59.13.

Clearing the bar

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie Katrina Slomke did her best to clear the bar during the girls' high jump event at the Bronco Booster Track & Field Invite varsity meet last Tuesday at Falls High School. Slomke placed 12th overall with a jump of 3',10".

Rounding corner

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Jamie Mountain

Muskies Lexi Gate, front, and Tori Toriseva tried to maintain a good pace during the girls' 1,600m race at the Bronco Booster Track & Field Invite varsity meet last Tuesday at Falls High School. Gate finished in fourth place (6:26:00) while Toriseva was right behind in fifth (6:28.73).

Boys soccer

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie Peyton Avis looked to impede the progress of this Rainy River Owl player during the black-and-gold's 3-0 shutout win in the annual exhibition game between the two squads here Monday afternoon. Fort High next will see action this weekend when the team heads to Winnipeg for the St. John's Ravenscourt exhibition tournament.

Girls' soccer

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie Janissa Judson looked to retrieve the ball from a pair of Rainy River Owls during her squad's 3-1 exhibition loss here Monday afternoon. The black-and-gold return to action this Friday and Saturday when they head to Winnipeg for an exhibition tournament. See story on page B3.