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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 23, 2018

Dog walks set to go

News
Duane Hicks

Support for dog guides is growing right across Rainy River District.

Not one but two “Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides,” organized by two of the district's Lions Clubs, are set to go this Sunday (May 27) in Fort Frances and Emo.

Here in Fort Frances, the Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club will be hosting its 13th-annual dog walk.

Paramedics to host open houses across district next week

News
Duane Hicks

The Rainy River Association of Professional Paramedics and the Rainy River District Paramedic Service will be hosting a series of open houses and free barbecues across the district in honour of “Paramedic Services Week” (May 27-June 2).

New kitchen more than an upgrade

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Local MP Don Rusnak was at the Columbus Place for Seniors here last Wednesday to celebrate the renovations of the common room kitchen.

The once barely-accessible and cramped cooking area has a new, modern, and open look thanks to funding through the federal government's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Vendors wanted for 'Mall Day'

News
Staff

Plans are underway for the annual “Mall Day” on Scott Street, which this year will mark the BIA's 40th anniversary.

Scott Street won't be closed off for the June 28 event, which instead will take place entirely in the Rainy Lake Square.

“Mall Day” organizer Jennifer Horton of Curvy Chick said the new venue should work well.

Spots still open for free 'paint night'

News
Staff

An outdoor “paint night” with award-winning local artist Cher Pruys is slated for tomorrow evening at the Rainy Lake Square.

The free event will run from 6-8 p.m. and no painting experience is necessary, noted Natasha Gaudio, economic development co-ordinator with the Rainy River Future Development Corp.

“We're going to have a relaxing evening painting outdoors,” she remarked.

Square dream now a reality

News
Duane Hicks

It was a celebration years in the making.

The grand opening for the Rainy Lake Square was held Thursday afternoon in downtown Fort Frances, drawing about 120 business owners, dignitaries, and residents.

“It's been a long journey to be where we are today,” Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis said from the stage at the square.

High school students urged to 'be wise' about their health

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Every year, Fort Frances High School holds numerous conferences for its students with the purpose to “promote student achievement and well-being.”

Early-bird draw winner named

News
Press Release

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is excited to announce the winner of this year's Canada Day Cash Lottery early-bird prize is Kevin Busch of Fort Frances!

The draw was made at Flint House on Thursday to kick off the long weekend.

Busch won an all-inclusive fishing trip to the beautiful Manitou Weather Station Fishing Lodge.

Rallying together for 'Marzie Days'

District
Sam Odrowski

For the past five years, a local women grows hundreds of plants from winter to spring in support of an organization that lies very close to her heart.

Catholic board facing budget deficit

District
Sam Odrowski

The Northwest Catholic District School Board received a presentation on its preliminary budget for the 2018-19 school year at the board's montly meeting last Tuesday night.

The report indicates a deficit of $600,000, with $26.21 million in revenue and $26.81 million in expenses.

New school build caught in 'standstill'

District
Sam Odrowski

Northwest Catholic District School Board administration received some unexpected news just two hours prior to their monthly board meeting last Tuesday night that may delay the building of the new consolidated school here.

And without the Ministry of Education's approval to proceed, the project cannot be put out to tender.

Fish fry still popular

District
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Even though the sky was gloomy, hundreds of district resident and visiting tourists attended the 48th-annual fish fry hosted by Rainy River First Nations.

More than 510 pounds of walleye was battered and fried up, and served alongside various salads, smoked sturgeon, and fried bread.

Bragg presented with senior award

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Norbert Bragg was presented with the Township of La Vallee's annual “Senior of the Year” award at his residence last Monday (May 14).

Reeve Ken McKinnon and Couns. Lucille MacDonald, Irwin Hughes, and Dennis Allan presented him with his plaque.

Month-long gun amnesty yields haul

District
From the OPP

The OPP and its municipal law enforcement partners have received and rendered safe hundreds of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition during a month-long gun amnesty.

During April, the OPP:

Legion auxiliary still providing scholarships

District
Press Release

In 1965, the idea to assist students entering the Faculty of Physical Education was presented by the Ladies' Auxiliaries of District 4 of the Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Command of the Royal Canadian Legion at the Biennial Convention.

Walleye angler nabbed

District
From the MNRF

A Manitoba man has been fined $1,200 for violations under the Ontario Fishery Regulations.

Leslie Colmer pleaded guilty and was fined $1,200 for fishing for walleye during the closed season.

Court heard that on Aug. 19, conservation officers conducted a fisheries inspection of Colmer while he was angling on Shoal Lake and determined he had caught and released walleye that day.

Small changes to help prevent tick bites

District
Press Release

The Northwestern Health Unit is encouraging individuals working or exploring the outdoors with family, friends, or pets to make small changes that can help to prevent tick bites.

There are two main tick species in Northwestern Ontario: wood (dog) ticks and blacklegged (deer) ticks.

Wood ticks have reddish-brown bodies and legs with white markings on their back.

Province to review holidays

District
Press Release

Ontario will conduct a review of the public holiday system under Part X of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) following feedback and discussions with stakeholders.

Soccer Owls set for playoffs

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owl girls' soccer team is firing on all cylinders ahead of today's NorWOSSA 'A' playoffs in Red Lake.

The squad picked up a trio of wins last Wednesday and Thursday in Sioux Lookout to finish league play with a 4-1-1 record—good enough for second place in the standings—and sets up a semi-final showdown against the Warriors.

Local Lions to host golf tournament

Sports
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Fort Frances Lions Club and the Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club are hosting a golf tournament at Kitchen Creek on Saturday, June 23 starting at 9 a.m.

The entry fee of $100 each, or $400 for a four-person team, includes 18 holes of golf, use of a cart, and supper.

Muskie team shining ahead of NWOSSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie track-and-field team has had a strong season so far, which continued into last week.

Multiple personal bests and top finishes were recorded by the black-and-gold at the Harry McMaster Classic meet in Dryden on Thursday.

Head coach John Dutton has liked how his squad has progressed heading into the NWOSSAA championships set for May 29-30 in Thunder Bay.

Adult soccer leagues in need of more players

Sports
Staff

The Borderland Soccer League season is set to kick off next week but could use more people to sign up.

Due to the low numbers, the league will be going with two women's and three men's teams this season.

It also has decided to waive the $25 late fee in hopes of getting more participants to register.

Muskie boys looking to nab first-place bye

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie boys' soccer team set out with one goal in mind at the beginning of the season: make it to OFSAA for the eighth-straight year.

They squad is well on its way to achieving that.

Fort High nabbed a pair of 2-1 wins over the host Eagles and Kenora Broncos last Wednesday to improve their league-best NorWOSSA record to 3-0-1.

Muskie girls rounding into form

Sports
Jamie Mountain

When you're a team lacking an explosive offence, keeping games to low scores is vital to succeed.

Fortunately for the Muskie girls' soccer team, they've done that—although it hasn't translated into very many wins so far this season.

Head coach Sara Roach is pleased with how her young squad has competed and is hopeful the victories will start to come.

Senior games to feature 15 events

Sports
Press Release

Organizers have confirmed a slate of 15 different events for the District 1A Senior Games, which will be held in Fort Frances on June 5-6.

New to the roster this year are pickleball, which will be held at the Memorial Arena, carpet bowling, which will be held upstairs at the arena in Emo, and tennis at the new Fort Frances courts.

Arpin teaming up with Hoonigan

Sports
Staff

Rallycross racing star Steve Arpin will be taking his career to another level starting Friday.

Loenbro Motorsports and its world-class driver are teaming up with Ken Block and his Hoonigan Racing Division to compete in select events of the new Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX).

Reception today

Photos
Staff

An opening reception has been planned this afternoon for two new exhibits at the Fort Frances Museum focusing on the truth about residential schools. Here's a sneak peek of the exhibit upstairs on the former St. Marguerite's Indian Residential School and the Fort Frances Indian Residential School here by Couchiching First Nation historian Glenn Jourdain.

Square vendor

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Jinny (left) and Smokey Bruyere, of Nana B's, were bundled up as they took part in Rainy Lake Square's first official “Market Thursday” last week. The booth featured a large display of original beadwork and other trinkets that were handmade in the Fort Frances area.

Tourist centre

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Natasha Gaudio, left, and Emma Dykstra are ready for the tourism season as they celebrated the opening day of the Fort Frances Tourism Information Centre on Friday. The centre celebrated by holding a rally to welcome American anglers and tourists to Canada.

Opening concert

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

A “Fort Frances Kitchen Party," a free concert featuring local music duo "Entyrely Mac,” took place Thursday evening to celebrate the grand opening of Rainy Lake Square. The performance kicked off a series of concerts happening at the square throughout the summer.

Rusnak speaking

Photos
Duane Hicks

Local MP Don Rusnak said the opening of the new Rainy Lake Square is another example of the positive growth taking place here in Rainy River District.

Cuthbertson speaking

Photos
Duane Hicks

Doug Cuthbertson, owner of Northwoods Gallery & Gifts and the new BIA president, noted seeing the old Rainy Lake Hotel property developed into a market square was a dream of his late wife and former BIA president, Connie.

Lidkea speaking

Photos
Duane Hicks

Dr. Bruce Lidkea of Lidkea Optometry was the master of ceremonies for Thursday's grand opening. As a business owner just down the block from the Rainy Lake Square, he said he is “very, very please with our new neighbour.”

Fish fry lineup

Photos

Hundreds of people lined up to get their hands on some fried walleye Friday at the Rainy River First Nations' pow-wow grounds. Despite the late evening rain, the 48th-annual fish fry featured more than 510 pounds of walleye that fed around 850 guests.

Anthem singer

Photos
Duane Hicks

Piper Lidkea did the honours of singing “O Canada” during last Thursday's grand opening.

New kitchen area

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Columbus Place residents gathered in the social room for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly-renovated kitchen there. Tom Duchnicki, left, Columbus Place board president, local MP Don Rusnack, and Columbus Place property manager April Szpara also shared a few words about the community and the importance of the social space.

Welcome rally

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

A handful of local residents with big, welcoming cheers met at the Fort Frances Tourism Information Centre on Friday to welcome U.S. tourists as they crossed the border before the Victoria Day long weekend. Friday marked the opening day of the tourism centre, the tourist sites here, as well as the Sorting Gap Marina for the summer season.

Square cake

Photos
Duane Hicks

Deb Emes cut the delicious cake, made by Shelley Wepruk of Sweety Cakes, that was served up Thursday afternoon after the speeches and ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Her father, the late George Emes, was instrumental in getting the BIA to support the development of the Rainy Lake Square.

Frying fish

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Brian Smith from Pwi-di-goo-zing ne-yaa-zhing Advisory Services volunteered his time Friday for the 48th-annual fish fry at the Rainy River First Nations' pow-wow grounds. The festivities may have started at 4 p.m. but many volunteers, like Smith, started around 10 a.m. setting up tents and frying fish.

New look

Photos
Duane Hicks

The makeover of the front of McTaggarts looks to be complete with a new sign, lights, siding, and other upgrades to give it a fresh, modern look in line with the new Rainy Lake Square and some other Scott Street businesses that have undergone recent renos. The work was done by local contractor Kyle Glowasky Contracting.

Dragonboat BBQ

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Despite the chilly air, Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club members Greg Thorstad, left, Kim Ondo, Annely Armstrong-Thorstad, Sherry Wood, Leona Jones, and Nicole LePine gathered in front of Safeway for a barbecue Friday.

Community garden

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Serena Cousineau was one of the many Crossroads School students who visited Lowey's Greenhouse to pick out plants for the Devlin school's community garden last Thursday. The field trip to Lowey's was part of the OPP-led program “Project Sunset,” which focuses on strength-based experiential learning and youth empowerment.

Poster contest winner

Photos
Sam Odrowski

St. Francis School student Izzy Meeks received an award from local Liberal MP Don Rusnak last Thursday for her submission to a poster contest his office initiated entitled, “What does it mean to be Canadian.” Rusnak then stayed after he presented the award to answer students' questions about his party's platforms and policies.

Play at plate

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Michelle Cain of the Fort Frances Mud Dogs narrowly beat out the tag of the Couchiching Lady Raiders' catcher during her squad's 11-7 victory in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League play last Wednesday evening at the St. Francis Sports Field. It was the Mud Dogs first win of the season.