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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 9, 2016

Test drive

Cameron Penney

Amanda Stevens felt the wind rush through her hair as she test-drove a Ford Mustang convertible from Sunset Country Ford as part of the “Drive 4 Ur Community” event Saturday morning. A total of $1,680 was raised by 84 drivers here, which is going to both “Free the Children” and the Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alta.

Annual ‘Highlights’ concert ready to go


The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts will wrap up its 2016 event with the annual “highlights” concert tomorrow night (May 10).

Slated for 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre, the concert will feature some of this year’s star performances from the three weeks the festival ran last month.

Town to present budget


The 2016 town budget will be presented at tonight’s council meeting.

Treasurer Laurie Witherspoon will explain the budget process, outline sources of revenue and what the town’s expenses are, as well as compare uncontrollable costs from 2015 with those in 2016.

Veterans’ Night

Cameron Penney

Leading Air Cadet Logan Nugent, of the local 908 Rainy Lake squadron, served a meal to Jean Bolen on Saturday night at the Legion during the annual “Veterans’ Night” dinner. About 120 people attended this year’s event.

Fire ban in effect


As dry conditions prevail and more fires are reported each day, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry declared a Restricted Fire Zone for Northwestern Ontario on Saturday morning to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.

The RFZ will remain in effect until conditions improve.

School board makes offer to teachers

Press Release

The Rainy River District School Board has offered binding arbitration to settle its dispute with local high school teachers, who have been without a contract for almost 20 months.

In an open letter to OSSTF District 5B, board chair Dianne McCormack requested the two parties “resolve this serious and most unfortunate labour situation.”

Guns galore

Cameron Penney

Roger Nordlund, left, chatted with Dan Fraser about one of the many guns available for purchase during the annual Gun & Hobby Show held Saturday at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Nordlund, a hobby gun collector from Dryden, was one of the many vendors on hand for the show, which ran from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Larson’s team advances


Jordan Larson will get one more shot at a storybook ending.

The Fort Frances native and the rest of the Carleton Place Canadians will head to Lloydminster, Alta./Sask. later this week after qualifying for the RBC Cup by capturing the Eastern Canadian regional title yesterday in Woodstock, N.B.

Local KCs backing Special Olympians

Betty Grynol

Local Grand Knight Dino Morelli is pleased to have his Council #2766 support the local Special Olympics participants.

Two local Olympians—Gerald Carrier and Ray Bedard—will be travelling to Guelph, Ont. for the provincial games May 26-29.

They will be competing in five-pin bowling.

No worries for Mad Magazine lookalike

The Canadian Press

MEDICINE HAT, Alta.—A seven-year-old Medicine Hat, Alta. boy is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame after catching the attention of Mad Magazine due to his marked resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman.

With his red hair, freckles, and missing front tooth, Thomas J Desjarlais was a deadringer for the iconic face of the satiric magazine when his mom Carly posted a picture of him in April.

Cooler temperatures, rain give firefighters hope in Canada

By Rachel La Corte And Rob Gillies The Associated Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Cooler temperatures and light rain have officials optimistic they’ve reached a turning point on getting a handle on a massive wildfire that has devastated parts of Canada’s oil sands town of Fort McMurray.

Nyquist wins Kentucky Derby

Beth Harris
The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The racing world wondered if there was a worthy successor to last year’s Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.

Enter Nyquist.

The bay colt who lacks any distinctive markings won the Kentucky Derby by 1 1/4 lengths on Saturday, improving to 8-0 in his career as the fourth-consecutive favourite to win the race.

Canada wins in rout

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—Canada won its third-straight game at the hockey world championship today, routing Belarus 8-0 with seven different players scoring.

Canada leads Group ‘B’ with nine points and has scored 20 goals in its three games, including a 5-1 win over the United States in its opener on Friday.

Hahn wins in playoff

The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—James Hahn said the anxiety was creeping in after missing eight-straight cuts on the PGA Tour, causing him to wonder if he’d ever get his game straightened out.

But after a long talk with caddie Mark Urbanek last week, Hahn came to Quail Hollow Club with a renewed confidence and determination to end the streak.

He did that—and more.

N. Korea boots BBC journalist as party congress continues


PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — North Korea on Monday expelled a BBC journalist it had detained days earlier for allegedly “insulting the dignity” of the authoritarian country, while it continued to keep other foreign media away from the first-in-decades ruling party congress they had been invited to attend.

Founder of shoe giveaway company Toms looks back on 10 years

By Marcela Isaza And Leanne Italie The Associated Press

In Argentina, South Africa, Rwanda and elsewhere around the globe, there’s something that sticks out for Blake Mycoskie about the one-for-one shoe company, Toms, he started in his Venice, California, apartment 10 years ago.

While the idea was to give away one pair of his unique canvas slip-ons for every pair sold, another benefit emerged.

Mercury makes rare move across the sun

The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mercury makes a relatively rare move across the sun Monday.

This amazing pasta salad will turn ramp haters into lovers

By Katie Workman The Associated Press

On the surface, ramps are a lovely harbinger of spring, wild leeks that are unable to be cultivated, hence part of their mystique (think truffles).

They also are one of the first vegetables to appear in farmers markets and on chefs’ menus after a winter of tubers and citrus.