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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 5, 2016

Cement hands

Cameron Penney

Austin Arpin squished his hands into a concrete mold with the help of his mom, Sarah, yesterday evening at Belluz Concrete and Rentals. Creating the concrete handprints was part of a Mother’s Day fundraiser for the Fort Frances Community Chest.

Practise safe cycling: OPP

From the OPP

Spring finally has arrived and that means it’s time to go cycling.

The OPP wants to remind all cyclists of bicycle safety for injury and crime prevention.

A bicycle is a vehicle as defined in the Highway Traffic Act and cyclists are responsible to follow the rules of the road.

That means obeying all traffic laws and regulations as other road users.

Woods concert nearing

Press Release

Only a few days remain before Fort Frances again welcomes Canadian fiddle champion Scott Woods’ “Love that Fiddle” show back to Knox United Church next Wednesday (May 11).

Knox has been getting very favourable comments regarding to its recently-completed renovations, which included the addition of an elevator lift and fully-accessible washrooms.

Help sought

From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in speaking with anyone who may have had dealings with a young male cyclist/pedestrian on Highway 11, about two km east of Emo, yesterday around 6 p.m.

Anybody having any such dealings is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

UNFC barbecue set


The United Native Friendship Centre here is asking the public to help it reach out to those hungry in both the traditional sense and the psychological one.

In conjunction with Mental Health Week, the UNFC is holding a fundraising barbecue tomorrow from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at its Portage Avenue location.

Calendar winners


Blase and Jasper Dennis of Fort Frances won the $100 up for grabs on April 30 in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association’s weekly cash calendar draw.

OPP is backing ‘get loud’

From the OPP

The OPP is pleased to support the 65th-annual Mental Health Week, advocated by the Canadian Mental Health Association.

This year’s theme is “Get Loud for Mental Health.”

“Getting loud” means speaking up to stop the discrimination and the stigma that often go hand-in-hand with mental illness.

Several vehicles stolen

From the OPP

On Tuesday around 7 a.m., members of the Kenora OPP received a complaint of several stolen vehicles from a business on Highway 658.

Police learned three all-terrain vehicles and two utility terrain vehicles were taken and entry was gained into the business.

Mental health key to our well-being

From the CMHA (F.F. branch)

Mental health is key to our well-being. We can’t be truly healthy without it.

It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us.

Mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community.

It may be more helpful to think of good mental health as thriving.

Trio facing 20 charges

From the OPP

On Sunday at 1:15 p.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP responded to a report of an assault in the west end of Fort Frances.

Local detachment members, assisted by members of the North West Region Emergency Response Team, Fort Frances Crime Unit, and K-9 Unit, attended to assist with the investigation.

Fire crews heading to Alberta


The Ministry of Natural Resources is sending staff to help fight the raging wildfire that has forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alta.

More than 100 personnel will be deployed, 82 of which will leave tomorrow.

They include attack crews, agency representatives, and an incident management team, and will be there for at least two weeks.

Dragon boats set to hit water

Press Release

The dragon boats will be hitting the water, and kick-starting a busy summer season for the local club, this Sunday (May 8) at 10 a.m.

Pair runs in half-marathon


Father-son runners Lorne and Rick Ricard hit the streets at the Winnipeg Police Service half-marathon on Sunday.

The elder Ricard showed he still can run at a solid pace—clocking in at 1:36.38 over the 21-km course to place second in the male age 60-65 category.

He was 73rd overall out of 1,290 runners.

“That’s a pretty good time for me,” Ricard noted.

Faragher with Gulls


Ryan Faragher is back in the AHL after being called up by the San Diego Gulls late last Friday.

The 23-year-old Fort Frances-based goalie had just finished getting shelled for three goals on six shots before being pulled just 3:23 into Game 1 of the Utah Grizzlies’ 6-4 loss to the host Fort Wayne Komets in the second round of the ECHL playoffs.

Muskie soccer squads sweep pair


Once they shook off the rust, it was all systems go.

The Muskie girls’ and boys’ soccer teams opened the NorWOSSA regular season here yesterday with a pair of wins apiece achieved in similar fashion.

The girls needed a goal in the 70th minute from Maggie Jean to edge the Dryden Eagles 2-1 in their first game of the day.

Bujold opens OFSAA play


Aaron Bujold will rejoin his Muskie boys’ soccer teammates next week.

He has a little “birdie” business to attend to first.

Bujold opened play this morning in the senior boys’ singles division at the OFSAA badminton championships in North Bay.

Area players help squads win


When the cards were on the table, Brayton Levesque came up aces.

The Fort Frances goalie backstopped the Windigo Ice Hawks to a 5-4 victory over the Nipigon Caribou in a shootout to capture first place in the Atom division of the 28th-annual All-Native Goodwill Hockey Tournament in Thunder Bay on Sunday.

Lakers ousted from DHC


Third periods in the Dudley Hewitt Cup this week resembled sulfuric acid to the Fort Frances Lakers.

They were burned badly in both of the ones they played and now their hopes at making it to the national stage have been dashed—courtesy once again of the Soo Thunderbirds.

Canada Day sponsor

Duane Hicks

Fun in the Sun committee members Cynthia Donald, Cathy Richards, Jennifer Pagnotta, Amber Hughes, and Shelly Manty stopped by The Chip Truck, owned by Darren Tetrault, on Friday to recognize the business as one of this year’s event sponsors. FITS would love to get more businesses, groups, and individuals on board. Check out their Facebook page: FITS Fort Frances.

Wellness toolbox

Cameron Penney

Hailee Tucker decorated her wellness toolbox at Boston Pizza yesterday evening as part of Children’s Mental Health Day. The toolbox, which was given to kids along with free pizza and pop, included items such as earplugs, a stress ball, and lotion.

Opening night

Cameron Penney

Jreydon Indian (“Subway Ghost”), left, explained to Andrew Eldridge (“Sam”) how to move objects now that he is a ghost during the opening-night performance of “Ghost: The musical” at the Townshend Theatre. The musical production by Fort High students will continue through Saturday, with the curtain rising nightly at 7:30 p.m.

‘Pulse’ concert

Cameron Penney

Masson Normand of Saskatoon led students at St. Michael’s School through a “Pulse Retreat” yesterday morning as part of Catholic Education Week activities. Students were taught how to build their faith through music, prayer, scripture, and skits.

Carbon Tracker stress test shows oilsands a bad bet for global energy companies


CALGARY — A new study by the Carbon Tracker Initiative shows the world’s biggest oil and gas companies can still make big profits in a carbon constrained world if they avoid high cost, high carbon projects like the oilsands.

Cavs make record ‘3s’

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND—Your shot, Warriors.

Dropping jumpers from every corner and angle, the Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA record 25 three-pointers—the most in any regular season or playoff game—during a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks last night in Game 2 of their second-round series.

Casey irked by comments already writing off Raptors

Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—One game into the Toronto Raptors’ playoff series against Miami, LeBron James and some news outlets already are looking ahead to a Cavaliers-Heat Eastern Conference final.

Raptors’ coach Dwane Casey was less than pleased, but not surprised.

“I saw that. Like I’ve said, nobody respects us, everybody has written us off, and that’s fine,” Casey remarked.

Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR

By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings.

Cops seek killer of man who washed ashore in ‘cement shoes’

By Colleen Long The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The victim washed ashore in Brooklyn, his body wrapped in plastic garbage bags, his head and hands covered in duct tape and his feet submerged in concrete fitted with a pair of fabled “cement shoes.”

Spanish town entertained by escaped hippopotamus

By Ciaran Giles The Associated Press

MADRID — Officials say a hippopotamus that escaped from a visiting circus caused some traffic chaos and not a little diversion when he strolled easily along a street in the southwestern town of Palos de la Frontera.

A town spokesman said the animal escaped late Wednesday while being transferred from one pen to another, and then wandered out onto a town road.

Will it be mama or papa, mommy or daddy? Experts explain babies’ first words

By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Sarah Mulholland vividly remembers the first time her 13-month-old son called out “Mama.”

She was cooking about two months ago when little Conri began clamouring for her attention, clinging to her legs and whining until he suddenly uttered those two simple syllables that send mothers’ hearts fluttering.