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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 9, 2018

'Grind' hosting series of concerts

News
Sam Odrowski

There is no shortage of live music here during May with a local coffee shop hosting five different concerts, including several featuring Fort Frances debuts.

From The Grind Up kicked off the first weekend of May with a Fort Frances fan favourite in Nick Sherman.

Free barbecue set for Friday

News
Press Release

The public is invited to Weechi-it-te-win Family Services' children's wellness barbecue this Friday (May 11).

There will be a free lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs, and cake from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 601 Victoria Ave.

Educational and prevention information also will be available on site.

Canadians asked to 'go beyond the gut'

News
Press Release

May is Celiac Awareness Month and the Canadian Celiac Association is urging people to #GoBeyondTheGut and be alert to the “atypical” (non-classical) features of celiac disease.

While most people associate celiac disease with diarrhea, gas, and bloating after eating gluten, many Canadians are unaware of the atypical or less common warning symptoms and signs of the disease.

Grand opening for square all set

News
Duane Hicks

The Rainy Lake Square will receive its own grand-opening next week, with more events to follow throughout the summer months.

The celebration for the square, completed this past fall, is planned for next Thursday (May 17).

Orchestra to stage three concerts

News
Staff

The Borderland Community Orchestra will stage three concerts this month, including one at the Townshend Theatre here on May 22 at 7 p.m.

Admission is $12 at the door, with children under 12 being free.

Its first concert is set for May 15 at Rainy River High School, with the third one slated for May 29 at the Barwick Community Centre.

Rainycrest admissions suspension update

News
Press Release

At Riverside Health Care, we are dedicated to the residents and families of Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home.

We are committed to providing excellent quality care in a safe and healthy environment, with the well-being of our residents a continued focus and priority.

Election office opens doors

News
Duane Hicks

With the provincial election coming up on June 7, the Elections Ontario returning office for the Kenora-Rainy River riding opened its doors today.

And it's already a beehive of activity.

Returning officer Ian Simpson said staff at the returning office, located at 363 Church St. (the old public library), have been busy since moving in there on May 1.

Dam operators directed to raise level

News
Press Release

During the month of April, the Water Levels Committee of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board directed the operators of the international dam on the Rainy River at Fort Frances-International Falls to target the lowest 10 cm (four inches) of the rule curve band on Rainy Lake.

Dam operators successfully complied.

Kejick named as Liberal candidate

News
Press Release

Karen Kejick, a community leader and local advocate for women, children, and families, officially was nominated as the Ontario Liberal candidate for Kenora-Rainy River on Sunday.

“I'm running to be our MPP in Kenora-Rainy River because I want to stand up for the northwest and bring the health-care services, transportation infrastructure, and good jobs our people need,” said Kejick.

Residents urged to be informed voters

News
Press Release

This provincial election, the Northwestern Health Unit is encouraging local residents to learn about and discuss public health issues that affect our communities.

The health unit has launched a campaign promoting people to “Get Informed, Be Heard, and Vote.”

McKillop running for Green Party here

News
Press Release

Green Party of Ontario candidate Ember McKillop has entered the June 7 election here in the Kenora-Rainy River riding.

“We're so happy that Ember will carry the Green banner in the upcoming election,” GPO leader Mike Schreiner announced last Wednesday.

"Welcome Rally' planned at border

News
Press Release

To kick off the fishing season, and let tourists know how much they mean to us and our local economy, the Town of Fort Frances will be holding a “Welcome Rally” at the border for American anglers crossing the border next Friday (May 18) at 11 a.m.

All are encouraged to attend with a fun, homemade sign to show our American neighbours our Fort Frances Boundless hospitality.

Residents offer input on health care

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The Northwest Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) was at La Place Rendez-Vous here on Thursday to hear feedback from local residents about how the health-care system could be improved as it works to develop an Integrated Health Services Plan for 2019-22.

'Strawberry Social' plans in works

News
Press Release

The executive for the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary held its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 1 in the upstairs meeting room at the hospital.

Joy Lockman is gearing up for the annual “Strawberry Social,” which will take place on Thursday, June 14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the hospital grounds (please note the change in time).

Writing workshop planned at VNP

District
Press Release

WordPow!, in partnership with the Backus Community Center, will hold a writing workshop on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center, located on Highway 11 east of International Falls.

Class size is limited to 10.

Registration is $45 (U.S.), which includes materials, beverages, and snacks.

Visiting has resumed at Rainycrest

District
Press Release

Riverside Health Care, in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, has declared the respiratory outbreak over at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home, effective May 7.

All social events and activities at Rainycrest have resumed, and all visitors are now welcome.

Injury turns into a blessing

District
Sam Odrowski

On a warm summer day in early August of last year, a Fort Frances woman's life forever changed when she injured her ankle while gardening.

What seemed like a misfortune for Cathie Sinninghe actually was a blessing in disguise.

It was a short time after she was laid up with a broken ankle that she discovered a newfound passion known as “pour painting.”

St. Patrick's C.W.L. tea goes Saturday

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The St. Patrick's C.W.L. in Emo will host its annual tea and bake sale this Saturday (May 12) from 1-3 p.m.

Admission is $3 at the door.

A reminder that Scott Woods will be performing at the Emo Legion tonight (May 9). He is a very talented fiddle player and always puts on an amazing show.

For tickets or more information, call the Legion at 482-2250.

'Community Living' month celebrated

District
Sam Odrowski

Celebrating May as “Community Living Month” helps raise awareness for an organization that sometimes is overlooked.

“It's an opportunity to put us at the forefront,” said Kim LePine, manager of community support services for Community Living Fort Frances.

Emo hiring summer students

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Township of Emo will be hiring summer students (aged 15-30) who will be returning to school in the fall.

Applications will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Monday, May 14 for the following positions: Recreation Program Assistant/Co-ordinator and Labourer for the Parks Department.

Inquiries concerning the positions can be made at the Municipal Office.

Province signs resource revenue-sharing deals

District
Press Release

Ontario and First Nations' partners have signed historic resource revenue-sharing agreements in mining and forestry—the first of their kind in the province.

Firefly seeking board members

District
Sam Odrowski

Firefly, a children's health and family wellness organization, currently is looking for more board members in the Fort Frances area.

Those passionate about children and their well-being, who feel they would be an asset to Firefly's board of directors, are being asked to apply.

“Our board members have a strong interest in children services,” said Firefly CEO Karen Ingebrigtson.

New program aiming to help indigenous families

District
Sam Odrowski

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services here is introducing a new program to provide trauma informed, culturally safe, developmental and rehabilitative support services to the district's 10 First Nation communities.

The organization is in the midst of opening an office to support the new program, located upstairs at the Nexus Credit Union building (601 Mowat Ave).

Illegal deer hunt costly

Sports
From the MNRF

A Dryden-area man has been fined $2,000 for hunting offences.

Michael Bernier of Vermilion Bay pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for entering private property without permission for the purpose of hunting, and $1,000 for failing to immediately attach his game seal to a deer he had harvested.

He also was given a one-year hunting suspension.

IBRT to wrap up popular series

Sports
Press Release

“Radio Icebox,” the sci-fi comedy podcast produced by the Icebox Radio Theater in International Falls, will wrap up its run after the May 15 episode.

“Radio Icebox” debuted in 2015 as part of an effort by the IBRT to attempt a ongoing adventure series.

At its conclusion, the series will have lasted three seasons, accounting for 38 episodes.

Moose hunter nabbed

Sports
From the MNRF

A Brampton man has been fined $4,000 as a result of an unlawful moose hunt.

Luigi Latini pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000 for discharging a firearm on a travelled roadway.

Court heard that on Oct. 14, a conservation officer contacted several hunters as they were hanging a harvested moose at a resort in Ignace.

Mixed start to Owls' season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Both Rainy River Owls' soccer squads know they'll be in tough in NorWOSSA 'A' action this season.

That was made pretty evident last Wednesday and Thursday by the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) and Sioux Lookout Warriors.

The girls' squad opened with a 2-0 shutout loss to the Saints on Wednesday before battling them to a scoreless draw the next morning.

Muskie soccer set for season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The tune-ups are done, let the regular season commence.

Both the Muskie boys' and girls' soccer teams, who had strong showings over the weekend at their final pre-season tournaments in Winnipeg, kicked off the regular season today by hosting the Kenora Broncos and Dryden Eagles (results weren't known as of press time).

Owl 'birder' wins silver at OFSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskies and Rainy River Owls represented their schools extremely well at the OFSAA badminton championships last week in Windsor.

Jackson Arpin of Rainy River had the strongest showing of all, nabbing a silver medal in the men's 'C' flight.

Youth soccer player pumped to join Chill

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The opportunity to play for a competitive team has presented itself for a local soccer player.

Andros Bruyere, who just turned 13, recently tried out for the Thunder Bay Chill 14U team and impressed the coaching staff.

Bruyere's father, Alex, was in Thunder Bay delivering the Soccer Northwest insurance payment for the Fort Frances Soccer League.

Swim teams stellar at annual meet here

Sports
Staff

Both the Fort Frances Aquanauts and Cyclone swim teams dazzled at the five-team “0-100” Sprint Relay Meet hosted by the Aquanauts over the weekend at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Rather than the traditional format of having athletes of the same gender and age category squaring off against each other, the meet was more about friendly competition.

Alzheimer calendar winners

Sports

Carol Derksen of Fort Frances won $40 twice in the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts' cash calendar draw for May.

Other local winners included Joleen Helliar and Esther Halverson (Nestor Falls), Carol Fadden (Sleeman), and Diane Vandenbrand (Stratton).

Bodnar looks back fondly on jr. career

Sports
Jamie Mountain

As his junior 'A' hockey career comes to a close, Fort Frances native Brandon Bodnar can't help but look back fondly on all of his experiences.

DU auction item

Photos
Jamie Mountain

This hand-crafted wooden Canada geese replica, courtesy of Ray Coran, will be among the items up for auction this Friday (May 11) at the annual Ducks Unlimited banquet at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. Tickets, which cost $50 each or two for $90, are still available at the Fort Frances Times office.

Church tea

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Hazel (left) and Carole Wilde, Arnold and Betty Brown, and Randy and Garry Wilde relaxed with a cup of coffee after enjoying a buffet-style meal at the Mother's Day luncheon held Saturday at Knox United Church here. The event also featured a sale of homemade pies and other baked goods where lunch-goers could satisfy their sweet tooth.

CMHA flag

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Due to the rainy conditions, the Canadian Mental Health Association flag was presented inside the Civic Centre by Fort Frances deputy mayor Wendy Brunetta and CMHA staff and clients yesterday morning. It later was hoisted outside to mark the beginning of Mental Health Week, which runs until May 13.

Returning office

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Duane Hicks

Election clerk Gord McCabe, left, and returning officer Ian Simpson checked out the map of the Kenora-Rainy River riding at the newly-opened Elections Ontario returning office here. It is located in the old public library at the corner of Church Street and Victoria Avenue.

Bake sale

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Church of the Holy Spirit members Lorine Ring, left, Marlene Yuill, and Tania Cox sold assorted community-baked goods Saturday afternoon for the church's outreach program. All proceeds from the bake sale and donations will go to various projects to offer services to those who need it here in the community.

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'Hearty' jumping

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Stephanie Hagenaars

It may have been raining outside but it was jumping inside the Robert Moore School gym yesterday as Wyatt Flinders put in all of his might while participating in “Jump Rope for Heart.” The school has been participating in the annual event for more than 20 years, with some 100 students in Grades 1-3 taking part in the activities for the Heart and Stroke Foundation this year, raising almost $3,00

Sinninghe art

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Sam Odrowski

Cathie Sinninghe showed off some of her artwork that's on display at “From the Grind Up” on Scott Street over the next few weeks.

LHIN brainstorming

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Stephanie Hagenaars

After brainstorming ideas in groups, Northwest LHIN director of communticaions and engagement Petronilla Ndebele assisted participants as they voted for what categories they felt were most important in the Fort Frances region. Each participant was given three red circle stickers to cast their votes in any way they wished.

Viewing art

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Ray and Renee Rousseu took a stroll through the Fine Line Art Gallery on Saturday to check out the pieces on display for the “teal”-themed spring art show. The gallery saw about 40 visitors for the opening day, who came to view various styles of art from drawings and paintings to works of metal, glass, and rug-hooking. The art show will run until the end of May.

Grind concert

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Sam Odrowski

Folk artist Nick Sherman returned to town for a jam-packed concert at From The Grind Up on Saturday evening.

Legion speaker

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Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances Legion Br. #29 president Ray Watson (above) spoke about remembrance at the annual “Veterans' Night” held there Saturday before a moment of silence was observed for those who have passed away. Meanwhile, below, local Legion Ladies' Auxiliary members Dianne Taggart, left, and Carol Alton enjoyed the pork dinner that was served.

LHIN member

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Fort Frances resident and LHIN board member Darryl Allen talked about the Northwest LHIN before opening the discussion about health care to those on hand. Behind him, a large board listed health-care priorities next to the other regions in Northern Ontario that were gathered during previous consultation sessions.

LHIN participants

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Participants at the Northwest LHIN's consultation session here Thursday evening jotted down their ideas of what is most important to them when asked how health care can improve in the region. Later, these ideas were grouped into bigger categories to be voted on to find the top three health-care priorities.

Biggest show yet

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Jamie Mountain

The 11th-annual “Gun and Hobby Show” had a little bit of everything to offer for those on hand Saturday at the Fort Frances Curling Club. From displays of various rifles to hand-crafted wooden furniture, outdoor enthusiasts were able to see what merchants had available. New to this year's event was Dave Ostby displaying his extensive collection of quality rods and reels.

Boy swimming

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Jamie Mountain

Odin Hansen of the of the Fort Frances Aquanauts powered his way through the water during his club's annual “0-100” Sprint Relay Meet held Saturday afternoon at the Memorial Sports Centre. Hansen's best result was a fourth-place finish in the 100m backstroke.

Gussy pic (May 9)

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Submitted

Shed hunting is an activity you can do with friends and when you find a good area, you can find a bunch!

Early golfer

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Jamie Mountain

With the return of spring also comes the return of the golf season locally. Golfers flocked to Kitchen Creek Golf Club last Thursday afternoon to take advantage of the sunshine and warmer temperature, as well as to polish their game after the long winter.