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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 8, 2019

Robert Moore Grade 7/8s to move to FFHS in fall

News
Ken Kellar

Grade 7 and 8 students from Robert Moore School will be going to Fort Frances High School this fall.

Town takes step towards reconciliation

News
Sam Odrowski

After roughly 20 years of litigation over Point Park between Agency One First Nations and the Town of Fort Frances a historic partnership has formed.

FFHS ready to cut 'Footloose'

News
Ken Kellar

Kick off those Sunday shoes.

Students at Fort Frances High School are gearing up for the opening night of “Footloose the Musical” at the Townshend Theatre.

“I'm feeling really confident about everything,” said female lead Brianna Eldridge, who plays Ariel Moore.

“I'm good to go. I'm super excited for it to open.”

Beer Store offers more than other retailers

News
Ted Moroz
President,
The Beer Store

A lot has been said of late that changing how Ontario sells beer will help small brewers. Let's look at the facts, however, and how well the current system serves small brewers—along with Fort Frances consumers.

Today, The Beer Store provides small brewers with opportunities for cost savings that make it easier for them to get their beer on the shelves.

Two new seniors' apartment buildings in works

News
Sam Odrowski

More options for seniors housing could soon be coming to Fort Frances.

The Age Friendly Committee has been in contact with Ben Cohen of Westmount Direct Ltd. out of Winnipeg, who is interested in building two separate apartment buildings along Colonization Road West on the east side of Flinders Place.

Ontario to provide estate tax relief for families

News
Press Release

Ontario's Government for the People is proposing to provide tax relief to families when they need it most by reducing and simplifying the Estate Administration Tax.

Dog walk sets new club record

News
Ken Kellar

Another “pup-tacular” walk is in the books.

The Voyageur Lions Club held their annual Pet-Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday afternoon at the Sorting Gap Marina.

Organizer Gaby Hanzuk said that this year's walk was a great success.

“The final amount raised is $1,475,” she shared.

“That's a really good year for us.”

New measures to increase school bus safety

District
Press Release

Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation was joined by Sam Oosterhoff, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education recently to announce new measures to give municipalities the tools they need to target drivers who threaten the safety of children crossing roads to their school or home.

Calendar winners

District

Azalea Fullmer of Kenora won $40 twice in the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River District's cash calendar draw for May.

Other winners from Kenora included Olean Jones, Ruth Jackson, Alice Jardine, Carla Baird, John Ruby, Bob Gustafson, Cheryl Leask and John McGurran.

Concerns raised over proposed ESA changes

District
Sam Odrowski

Environmental and conservation groups have been voicing their concerns around the proposed changes to the province's Endangered Species Act that is currently under a 10-year review.

They are worried the proposed changes will weaken protections for species and create loop holes for industry.

'Highlights Concert' closes out 79th Festival

District
Ken Kellar

With another talent-packed evening, the 2019 Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts came to its end.

The annual “Highlights Concert” ran last Tuesday (April 30), giving arts-lovers in the district one last chance to watch some of this year's talented performers display their passion on stage.

Mother's Day celebrations all set to go this Sunday

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Mother's Day is this Sunday. and there are two events to taking place to celebrate this special day!

The Guthrie and Knox United Churches will be hosting a walleye supper on Sunday. The meal will be walleye, homemade french fries, coleslaw, baked beans and dessert.

The cost is $18 for adults, $10 for children between six and 12 years, and free for kids five and under.

Orchestra to mark 20 years with Mother's Day concert

District
Ken Kellar

Mother's Day is a special day for moms across the district, but there's an additional special occasion to celebrate this Sunday.

The Borderland Community Orchestra will be holding a Mother's Day concert at 2:00 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

And the 2019 Festival award winners are . . .

District
Staff

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts came to a close last Tuesday (April 30) with the annual “Highlights Concert” at the Townshend Theatre.

Rose Bowls

  • Vocal—Brianna Eldridge;
  • Piano—Katelyn Bruyere

Highlights Concert Awards

OPP provincial recruitment session slated later this month

District
From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment would like to invite members of the public interested in exploring a career with the OPP to attend the Council Chambers at the Fort Frances Civic Centre (320 Portage Ave.) on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Arpin pleased with his final OFSAA run

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Jackson Arpin had a goal in mind heading into the OFSAA badminton championships held last Thursday through Saturday in North Bay—and that was to earn a medal.

Owl soccer squads soar in opener

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was a near perfect two days of soccer for the Rainy River Owl girls' and boys' soccer teams last week.

The girls' squad won both of their games while the boys earned a win and a tie in theirs to open the NorWOSSA 'A' regular season on the right foot at RRHS last Wednesday and Thursday.

Muskie girls looking for strong start to season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With all the pre-season tune-ups now in the rearview, the Muskie girls' soccer team will be looking to start the NorWOSSA regular season strong.

The Muskies compiled a 1-3 record in some exhibition matches against Thunder Bay teams there over the weekend and now feel better prepared to take on the visiting Dryden Eagles and Kenora Broncos in the season-opening double-header.

Four SIJHL players up for CJHL awards

Sports
Staff

The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) has recently announced the finalists for its awards for the 2018-19 season, with four SIJHL-based players being named for the accolades.

Each of the finalists were determined in voting completed by each of the CJHL's 10-member leagues for their respective efforts during the course of the regular season.

Bald eagle nesting areas protected in VNP

Sports
Press Release

Voyageurs National Park biologists conducted aerial surveys to determine the number and location of bald eagle nesting pairs present in the park. A second occupancy survey will be conducted in early June to check on the status of occupied breeding territories and search for late incubating pairs.

20th anniversary ALS walk/run slated this summer in Roseau

Sports
Press Release

The ALS Fundraising Team will be celebrating their 20th anniversary of “The Make a Difference for ALS Walk/Run” in Roseau, Mn.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Blades snare Dudley-Hewitt Cup title

Sports
Staff

A Ryan O'Hara goal 8:44 into the second period proved to be the game-winner as the Oakville Blades (OJHL) blanked the Hearst Lumberjacks (NOJHL) 2-0 Saturday night in the final of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Junior 'A' Championship in front of nearly 1,000 fans at the Tim Horton Events Centre in Cochrane.

Lakers hoping for good prospects camp

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With another SIJHL season officially in the books, the Fort Frances Lakers' organization has its sight set squarely on the future.

The Lakers announced last week the date for their annual prospects camp, this year slated for July 26-28 at Bronco Arena in International Falls.

Muskie boys battled hard at SJR tourney

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie boys' soccer team had a tough start to their weekend but got better as it went along.

Fort High compiled a 2-2 record at the St. John's-Ravenscourt Eagles' pre-season tournament in Winnipeg held Friday through Sunday.

Friendship cake

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Mayor June Caul, left, Nigigoonsiminikaaning Chief Will Windigo, Mitaanjigamiing Chief Janice Henderson, Couchiching Chief Brian Perrault, and Naicatchewenin Chief Wayne Smith shared big smiles before cutting into the celebration cake following the signing of the Joint Declaration of Friendship and Intent at Point Park last Wednesday.

Hawaiian fun

Photos
Ken Kellar

Natasha Elms, left, and Zoe Bowkett were dressed in their best Hawaiian garb at the “Spring in Hawaii Gala” held at the Emo Arena on Saturday. Attendees were treated to draws, raffles, auctions, food, drink and more at the event that raised money for the renovations at the Emo Fair grounds. Committee member Joe Bodnar said that this year's event sold 460 tickets. See more photos A11.

Family math

Photos
Ken Kellar

Rosina Woodgate, right, collected playing cards from her parents, Maria and Shawn Woodgate, as they sharpened their number skills at the Math Night held at the Couchiching Multi-use Facility on Thursday evening.

'Dancin' with Darcy'

Photos
Ken Kellar

Above left, the Dazzlers, including Cassandra Armstrong, far right, danced to “Puttin' on the Ritz," while above right, Ameilia Stewart, left, and Callahan Armstrong strummed along to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" during the 22nd-annual spring dance recital put on by "Dancin' With Darcie" dance studio last weekend at the Backus Auditorium.

Walk for Dog Guides

Photos
Ken Kellar

Bryson DeGagne, front right, and Raelle Ducharme walked Zoe and Darla during the Voyageur Lion Club's Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday. DeGagne raised $890 for the walk, the most for the day, and also the club record for the most money raised by an individual.

Hawaiian bar

Photos

Wes Morriseau grabbed some drinks for his table from Sarah Pillipow, front right, and Cam Piitz of Lake of the Woods Brewery at the “Spring in Hawaii Gala" at the Emo Arena on Saturday. The brewery was on hand to pour some of their beer for attendees, while there was also the option to grab a more festive drink from another booth, complete with "coconut shell” cup.

Red Dress BBQ

Photos
Ken Kellar

George Meekis, left, Nikita Morrisseau, Darcy Whitecrow, Stephanie Legree and Jess Wilson posed for a photo at the “We Wear Red” BBQ held at the Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services building on King's Highway on Sunday. Whitecrow is a National Aboriginal Representative for the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

Pick a pineapple

Photos

Keith Blair weighed his options before picking a “lucky" golden pineapple at the "Spring in Hawaii Gala.” Each of the pineapples had the chance to contain the grand prize at the end of the night. Kyleigh Ossachuk won the grand prize, which was donated by Mel's Wells Drilling in Emo.

-Ken Kellar photo

Default Hawaiian emcee

Photos
Ken Kellar

Emcee Melanie Williams of Party Rock DJ Services took to the stage to direct those attending the “Spring in Hawaii Gala" at the Emo Arena to the different tables set up for the night. The gala also featured "Island Breeze,” a group from Steinbach that played familiar tunes with an island twist, and showed off some Polynesian dance moves.

BCO strings

Photos
Submitted

The string section of the Borderland Community Orchestra prepared for their 20th anniversary and Mother's Day concert this Sunday.

'Footloose' number

Photos
Ken Kellar

Macarthur Wilde, left, in the role of Ren McCormack, and Brianna Eldridge (Ariel) showed off their moves during a dress rehearsal for the Fort Frances High School's production of “Footloose The Musical.” The adaptation of the 1984 classic is set to open tonight at 7:30 p.m., and will run through Saturday at the Townshend Theatre. See story A2.

Rose bowl winners

Photos
Ken Kellar

Brianna Eldridge, left, and Katelyn Bruyere posed with their Rose Bowls at the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts' “Highlights Concert.” Eldridge was awarded the Rose Bowl for the vocal division, and Bruyere won the Rose Bowl for the piano division.

Spiking ball

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Students at Fort High were treated to an interesting sport that they may have never played before as the Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students organized a spikeball “try day” last Tuesday. Spikeball, also known as roundnet, is a fast-paced hybrid between volleyball and four square.

Field trip

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Submitted

On April 25, Grade 6 students in Kari-Lynn Beckett's class at Robert Moore School went with Henry Miller from the Sportsman's Club to his property in Alberton.

Students were guided by Miller, and learned about the biodiversity of plants and animals, including invasive species and the relationships between different plants and animals.

Popular event

Photos
Submitted

The 12th-annual “Gun & Hobby Show” was a bonafide success on Saturday at the Fort Frances Curling Club. It was a record year for event, with 105 vendor tables drawing a whopping 820 people through the door that day.

Hot pursuit

Photos

Katelyn Brown looked to charge down the pitch with the ball while she was closely pursued by a Sioux Lookout Warriors' opponent during the second half of the Rainy River Owl girls' soccer team's 3-0 win in the NorWOSSA 'A' regular season-opener last Wednesday afternoon at RRHS.

CMHA flag raising

Photos
Ken Kellar

Staff and supporters of the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association and Fort Frances Mayor June Caul held up the CMHA flag for “Mental Health Week" on Monday.

Guarding ball

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Reece Chorney looked to make a quick move and elude this Red Lake Rams' opponent during the Rainy River Owl boys' soccer team's 3-1 win in the NorWOSSA 'A' regular season-opener last Wednesday afternoon at RRHS. Chorney netted a goal in that one to help pace the Owls' offence.

'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'

Photos
Dave Ogilvie

Students at Sturgeon Creek School in Barwick rehearsed a scene from Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's version of “Mary Poppins” yesterday during a dress rehearsal. Join them tomorrow (May 9) and Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. for a lively presentation. Admission is only $5.

Group performance

Photos
Submitted

Debbie Jean's French Immersion Kindergarten Class from St. Michael's School performed some French songs during the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts' “Highlights Concert.” The class was awarded the Knights of Columbus Trophy for Best Primary Choir (Grades K-3) as well as the Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario Award for Best Choir in the Festival.

Gussy pic (May 8)

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Submitted

Jeff Gustafson held up a big Texas largemouth this past week that he caught at Lake Fork in Texas.

Arpin at OFSAA

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Submitted

Jackson Arpin posed in front of the OFSAA banner at the OFSAA badminton championships held last Thursday through Saturday in North Bay. The Rainy River Owl standout compiled a 3-3 record at the all-Ontarios to cap his high school career.

Alexis performing

Photos
Ken Kellar

Alexis Latter performed “Protecto, Kid Hero!" from "Between Good & Evil" at the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts' "Highlights Concert.” Latter was awarded the Bertha Livingstone Award, Elementary for the Most Promising Student (Grade 5) and was also recommended to the Manitoba Provincial Festival for drama.

Young performer

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Submitted

Josie Wilson was happy where she is as she performed “I Won't Hatch" by Shel Silverstein during the "Highlights Concert” last Tuesday evening. Wilson was awarded the Little Theatre Award for Best Newcomer.

Young pianist

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Submitted

Jonah Homer played “Lightly Row" at the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts' "Highlights Concert ” last Tuesday evening. Homer was awarded the Rose-Marie DeGagné Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Method Courses, Level I.

'Strawberry Social'

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Staff

The Rainy River Legion was a beehive of activity last Wednesday afternoon during the Rainy River Hospital Auxiliary's annual “Strawberry Social.” Auxiliary supporters came out to the popular fundraiser to enter draws, play the penny table, socialize, and of course, and enjoy a yummy dessert.