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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 29, 2019

NWHU concerned about modernization

News
Sam Odrowski

The Ford government's proposed changes for public health modernization has raised concerns for the province's health units and municipalities.

Legal aid cut will affect local services

News
Sam Odrowski

Town council passed a resolution on Monday evening regarding the province's cuts to legal aid which affect the Northwest Community Legal Clinic (NCLC).

The resolution calls on Premier Doug Ford and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to respect the commitment of their government to not decrease front line services.

Downtown issues are being addressed

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Sam Odrowski

Homelessness, property crimes, and substance abuse have all become growing problems for Fort Frances.

“Through the last year we have been plagued with a higher volume of transients and people suffering from drug and alcohol addictions,” Mayor June Caul noted during Monday evening's council meeting here.

Victim Services celebrates volunteers

News
Ken Kellar

Three cheers for volunteers.

The Rainy River District Victim Services Program (RRDVSP) held a volunteer appreciation dinner Monday evening at the Fort Frances Senior Centre. Close to two dozen volunteers, employees and community partners attended to celebrate the work volunteers have put into the program to make it a success.

Library releases annual report

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Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Public Library delivered a presentation to town council on Monday evening regarding its 2018 annual report and annual performance measurement indicators/statistics report.

Library board chair Robin Dennis and Library CEO Caroline Goudling were on hand to discuss the library's outlook for the year and accomplishments in 2018.

Conservative candidate talks federal election

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Sam Odrowski

Earlier in the year, the Conservative Party selected Linda Rydholm as their candidate for the Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding in the upcoming federal election.

The former Thunder Bay city councillor recently visited Fort Frances to attend the Treaty #3 National Spring Assembly a couple of weeks ago as well as events around the district.

New agricultural development advisor for district hired

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Sam Odrowski

The agricultural community has seen increased support as of late.

A new agricultural development advisor (ADA) for the districts of Kenora and Rainy River was hired in April, to replace the former agricultural development advisor, Gary Sliworsky, who retired last fall.

Advocacy campaign launched for OLS-N

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Staff

Libraries across Northern Ontario are working together to fight back against the province's 50 percent funding cut to the provincially funded agency that provide them service year round.

They have launched an advocacy campaign and website called SaveOLSN.ca to highlight the work that Ontario Library Service North (OLS-N) does for northern libraries and their patrons.

Canadians take over district lodge

News
Sam Odrowski

For the first time since its inception in 1955, the Silver Muskie Lodge is owned and operated by Canadians.

Local residents Dave and Kristi Poirier purchased the 3,500-square-foot hotel-style lodge at the end of April and are gearing up for the fishing season.

Speaker to talk poverty

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Press Release

Wayne Johnson will be speaking/sharing at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m.

Wayne is the CEO of Tearfund Canada (formerly know as World Relief Canada). He will be sharing about what he has seen, heard, and helped women in the poorest countries in the world.

Autism walk slated Saturday

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Press Release

Please join over 100 people to raise awareness of autism this Saturday during the Borderland Autism Awareness Walk.

While April is World Autism Awareness Month, we are having our awareness walk on Saturday, June 1, as the weather is more conducive to outdoor activities.

Take part in the Community Challenge

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Press Release

It's time to register for ParticipACTION's Community Better Challenge!

This year instead of the annual Hike and Bike Challenge, Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is joining in on the Community Better Challenge led by ParticipACTION.

From May 31-June 16, ParticipACTION and NWHU are challenging people and communities to sit less and move more every day.

OPP looking for witnesses to hit and run

District
From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are looking for witnesses to a hit and run motor vehicle collision (MVC) that occurred on Monday (May 27) on the 600 block of Second Street East in Fort Frances.

Sunny Cove shaping up for summer

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Staff

The Sunny Cove Advisory Committee held its first meeting of 2019 on Thursday.

“The 2019 calendar at Sunny Cove is already quite full,” noted committee member Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft in a report to council on Monday evening.

“Bookings go from late may all the way to early October,” he added.

Victim Services to hold resource BBQ

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Staff

A local organization will be hosting a BBQ to help raise awareness about resources available to the victims of crime.

The Rainy River District Victim Services Program (RRDVSP) will be holding a community BBQ on Friday outside their office at 334 Scott St.

The BBQ is being held in conjunction with National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.

Students share knowledge, skills for display day

District
Ken Kellar

With another school year drawing to a close, students at Fort Frances High School got to flex their creative muscles and show off some newly developed skills to their classmates.

The co-operative education students held the annual “Co-op Display Day” held last Thursday in the high school cafeteria.

Local Pride celebration gearing up

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Staff

Borderland Pride festivities are getting underway with PRIDE WEEK+ officially starting this Sunday.

Coun. Douglas Judson of Borderland Pride commended the councils of Rainy River and Morely for joining Fort Frances in declaring June 2-9 as Pride Week during Monday evening's council meeting here.

RRDSB to offer Pride workshop

District
Ken Kellar
Staff Writer

The Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) is partnering with a national advocacy organization to help spread education and awareness around LGBTQ2 issues in the district.

“We're working with Egale Human Rights Trust to bring trainers in that will provide a workshop,” said RRDSB Superintendant of Education Andrew Harris.

Dog walk gives others 'new leash on life'

District
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

Members of the Emo and District Lions Club and the community took part in the annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides of Canada last Sunday, raising $2,245 for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

Even though the weather was overcast and chilly, it could not hold back the bright and warm spirit from the participants most of all the dogs.

Seniors focus of fire safety push

District
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

The Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service is focused on returning to the senior community homes and trying to reach out to all seniors about the impending risks of fires in their homes.

Across Canada, the senior citizen population is growing, and Fort Frances is no exception to that trend.

Seid wins early bird prize

District
Press Release

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

The draw was at the third-annual Spring Market at the Fort Frances Curling Club on Saturday.

Seid won an all-inclusive fishing trip to Manitou Weather Station Fishing Lodge.

Cash calendar winners

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Steve McLeod of Atikokan was the $100 Victoria Day winner in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association cash calendar draw for the week of May 19-25.

Winning $30 were Marcia McArthur, Bobbie Harrington, and Allan McManaman (Fort Frances), Katy Esselink (Emo), Bennett and Dawn Drennan (Rainy River), Susan Hayes (Atikokan), Brian and Gail Colling (Ripley, Ont.).

Festival results

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Staff

Eight district participants took part in the Manitoba Provincial Festival this past weekend in Winnipeg.

Anna Schwartz, who just wrapped up her first year attending Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg, finished first in the senior piano and J.S. Bach categories.

VNP to offer new boat tour

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Press Release

Voyageurs National Park will offer a new tour for visitors this summer.

The 49-passenger Voyageur tour boat will offer a “Life on the Lake Tour,” which aims to tell how various people managed to make a living on Rainy Lake.

Raiders, Renegades cruise to third-straight victories

Sports
Staff

The Couchiching Raiders are off to a great start to the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League season.

Grace Bragg pitched brilliantly to help the host Raiders hand the Big Grassy Lynx their first loss of the season in a 12-2 romp on Monday night.

It also was the third-straight win for Couchiching while Nancy Indian suffered the loss for the Lynx (3-1).

Soccer Owls nab second at NorWOSSA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The season may have came to an end a little earlier than they would have liked but both the Rainy River Owls girls' and boys' soccer teams battled hard and earned silver at the NorWOSSA 'A' playoffs in Kenora last week.

Borderland Racing washed out on Saturday

Sports
Staff

It was a no-go for district stock car racers on Saturday night.

The Borderland Racing Association suffered its first cancellation at the Emo Speedway as the track was too wet and the pits were full of water from all of the recent rainfall.

Racing is scheduled to resume this Saturday, with hot laps set for 7 p.m. and the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting).

Emo duo snares elusive EWC title

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Playing second fiddle was a tiresome tune for Dan and Josh Pollard.

After back-to-back years of finishing as the runners-up to Baudette's Les Morrison and Oliver Gibbins of Morson, the father-son duo flipped the script at the 18th-annual Emo Walleye Classic over the weekend and ended the reigning champs' title run.

Boys out to capture ninth-straight title

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Another successful regular season is officially in the books and the Muskie boys' soccer team is one step closer to their ultimate goal.

The conditions were poor and they definitely didn't play their best brand of soccer, but the black-and-gold still managed to earn a win and a draw in their final league games last Wednesday in Kenora against the host Broncos and Dryden Eagles.

Muskies tracking well heading into NWOSSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was a banner day for the Muskie track-and-field team at the annual Harry McMaster Classic meet held in Dryden last Thursday.

The black-and-gold needed a wheelbarrow to bring home all of the hardware they earned home as the team earned a plethora of medals and smashed personal records.

It was also the final meet of the season for the Grade 7/8 athletes.

Girls' squad seeking return to OFSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The black-and-gold are feeling a little more black-and-blue these days.

A fresh batch of injuries put the Muskie girls' soccer team behind the eight-ball last week in the NorWOSSA regular-season ending games in Kenora—and the rainy weather didn't help matters much.

Big inning lifts Wolves to win

Sports
Staff

The Sight & Sound Wolves had a howling good night offensively last Thursday.

Sight & Sound used a pair of homeruns in the second inning as part of a four-run frame and never looked back as they cruised to a 14-3 romp over Windey's Warriors in Rainy River District Fastball League action at VanJura.

Rockin' co

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Ken Kellar

Mackenna Watson was all rock for “Co-op Display Day” at Fort Frances High School on Thursday. Watson did her placement with Mr. Bassett's guitar class at the high school, and her display educated students on different career pathways in music and several types of guitars, as well as provided them an opportunity to learn some basic chords on an electric guitar.

'Rockin' for a Reason

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Ken Kellar

Diane and George Glowasky manned the rocking chairs at the Fort Frances Curling Club on Friday evening during the annual “Rockin' For a Reason” fundraiser that was held in conjunction with the third-annual Spring Market.

Zen co

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Ken Kellar

Matt Barron showed off his display about his co-op placement at J.W. Walker. Many of the displays set up in the cafeteria had interactive components including games, draws and exercises.

Cadet award

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Ken Kellar

Fort Frances Mayor June Caul presented the Top Marksman Award to WO1 Aidan DeGagne of the 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron at their annual ceremonial review last Wednesday at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium. The squadron was presented with a number of awards for their accomplishments throughout the year.

Wall feature

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The new agriculture development advisor Jennifer Wall has been providing agricultural services to the district's farming community since April of this year. Her position replaces Gary Sliworsky who retired last fall. -Submitted photo

Generous donation

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Submitted

Wendy Wiebe of Weebiedolls Nursery donated an incredibly lifelike doll she made to Rainycrest Long Term Care on May 16. The baby doll artist, who has local ties, saw the article in the Fort Frances Times on the Life Skills Nursery program, reached out to Riverside and offered to donate a doll.

'Marzie Days' fundraiser

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Sam Odrowski

Gaby Emond sorted through some of the hundreds of flowers that were on display for the seventh and final “Marzie Days” fundraiser in Burris on Saturday where well over 2,000 plants were sold along with arts, crafts, and homemade baking. The organizer of the event, Barb Redford, was able to raise $7,6000 for the Winnipeg Children's Rehab Foundation that looks after her granddaughter.

Library book sale

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Ken Kellar

Willie Anderson, left, and Brian Harris took a break from browsing through the offerings at the Friends of the Fort Frances Public Library's annual book sale on Saturday. “Friends” president Laurel Halvorsen said the sale raised roughly $2,000 over the weekend alone, while the library itself also bolstered its offerings with some of the donations.

RRDVSP dinner

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Ken Kellar

Employees, volunteers, board members and community supporters gathered for a photo during the Rainy River District Victim Services Program's (RRDVSP) volunteer appreciation dinner at the Fort Frances Senior Centre on Monday.

Early ed co

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Ken Kellar

Grade 12 student Hannah McKee-George stood with her co-op display documenting her time spent at Robert Moore School for “Co-op Display Day” at Fort Frances High School last Thursday. McKee-George did her placement in Ms. Kivimaki's Early Learning class and said she was surprised at how involved with the class she was during her co-op. In the fall McKee-George will be attending St.

Fitness co

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FFHS student Riley Argue tested his lung capacity at Ryley Booth's co-op display in the cafeteria last Thursday. Booth, a Grade 11 student at FFHS, did his co-op in the Grade 10 Personal Fitness class at the high school, and his display about the principles of fitness drew a steady stream of students who wanted to try to register the highest lung volume.

-Ken Kellar photo

EWC trophy

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Jamie Mountain

To the victors go the spoils, as Josh Pollard, left, and Dan Pollard of Emo hoisted the championship trophy this past Saturday at the Emo-La Vallee Arena after claiming their first Emo Walleye Classic title together with a winning haul of 15.69 pounds.

Top

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Jamie Mountain

Javyn Maxton lifted and eyed up a walleye that he and his father, Mike Maxton, caught that was part of their 5.16-pound Day 2 haul. The father-son duo finished fifth at the 18th-annual Emo Walleye Classic with a two-day total of 12.26 pounds.

Out of the bag

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Jamie Mountain

Bill Godin of Devlin held the bag open while his partner, Nolan Mann of Fort Frances, returned a walleye to it that they had caught as part of their 6.73-pound Day 2 haul during the top 10 boat parade on Saturday afternoon at the Emo-La Vallee Arena. The duo finished third at the 18th-annual Emo Walleye Classic with a two-day total of 14.53 pounds.

Muskie runners

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Sean Huziak, left, Ryan Stewart and Carson Noga had some friendly competition going as the Muskie runners battled it out during the senior boys' 100m dash at the annual Harry McMaster Classic meet last Thursday in Dryden. Noga claimed gold, Caelin Mayhew was second, Stewart was third, and Huziak finished fourth in that race.

—Photos courtesy of Michael Christianson/Dryden Observer

Dog walkers

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Marc Stuempfle

The weather did not stop members of the community and Emo and District Lions Club from enjoying its second-annual Walk for Dog Guides. Smiles brightened the afternoon to celebrate the joyous occasion.

Runners

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Jamie Mountain

Les Morrison, left, of Baudette showed off the 6.78-pound lunker that he and his partner, Oliver Gibbins of Morson, caught on Day 2 as part of a 11.24-pound haul. The walleye was the biggest of the tourney and helped Morrison and Gibbins—who won the tourney back-to-back in 207 and 2018—finish second at the 18th-annual Emo Walleye Classic with a two-day total of 14.99 pounds.

Little fish

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Jamie Mountain

Dennis Smith held up a walleye while his partner, Terry Allan, looked on during the top 10 boat parade on Saturday afternoon at the Emo-La Vallee Arena. The duo finished ninth at this year's EWC with a two-day total of 9.96 pounds.