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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 9, 2019

Community Living hits its 60th year

News
Ken Kellar

A local organization is hitting a big milestone this month.

“On the 16th of May, we're celebrating our 60th anniversary,” said Alanna Barr, CEO of Community Living Fort Frances and District (CLFFD).

“We're having a dinner and dance at La Place Rendez-Vous that night, so it's the people we provide support to, their families, supporters of Community Living, and our staff.”

SIU invokes mandate following complaint

District
From the OPP

Last Thursday at approximately 2:50 p.m., members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received two complaints of a possible impaired driver in on Highway #71 in La Vallee Township.

Police located the vehicle parked in the middle of Vandrunen Road with the driver asleep at the wheel.

Muskie soccer squads nab wins

Sports
Staff

Talk about a good start to the NorWOSSA regular season.

Both the Muskie boys' and girls' soccer teams were able to come away with at least a win in their season-opening games yesterday at Fort High.

The boys' squad opened with a 4-0 shutout of the Dryden Eagles yesterday morning before also blanking the Kenora Broncos 3-0 that afternoon.

Spelling bee

Photos

Grade 1 St. Michael's student Blase Dennis did his best to spell out words yesterday morning during the school's Grade 1 French Immersion Spelling Bee. As part of Catholic Education Week (May 6-10), several spelling bees are being held at the school for students in Grades 1-3. -Sam Odrowski photo

Strategic move

Photos
Submitted

Ava Burns, a Grade 2 student in Cathy Richard's class at Robert Moore School, was among the youngest district students competing in the annual chess tournament yesterday at Crossroads School in Devlin. Schools from across the district were invited to participate in the Education Week activity.

High kick

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Kayli Machura unloaded a high-arcing pass during the first half of Muskie girls' soccer team's 3-2 win over the Dryden Eagles in the NorWOSSA regular season-opener yesterday morning at Fort High. The Muskies then battled the Kenora Broncos to a 1-1 draw that afternoon to start the season with a 1-0-1 record.

Kids' garden club

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort Frances Public Library staff member Samantha Manty explained to Charlene and Trista Calder how to make a “seed bomb” and use the library's seed library at the kickoff event for the Kids' Garden Club at the Métis Hall on Monday. The club will meet every Monday during the growing season to allow participants to learn about gardening and growing different plants.

High-energy concert

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Masson Normand of Pulse Ministries visited St. Michael's School on Tuesday to host a “Pulse Retreat.” During the event he performed high-energy, Catholic faith-based music, as well as showed educational videos, talked with the students about God, and used other mediums to communicate the Gospel. All of St.

Shortage of CBD products in Canada

National
Laura Kane
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Retailers across Canada are struggling with a shortage of all cannabis, but there's one product they're especially desperate to keep on shelves: cannabidiol or CBD, a non-intoxicating extract vaunted for its purported health benefits.

Red-and-white health cards to get end date

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—More than two decades after Ontario started phasing out its red-and-white health cards, the government is setting a firm end date to cancel all remaining ones.

Wool wrap for royal baby suggests tradition will win out

Business
Danica Kirka
The Associated Press

LONDON—Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor slept through his first press conference, but royal experts say the merino wool wrap in which he snuggled said a lot about how his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will approach his future.

Meghan, a former TV star, is known for promoting social causes and niche brands with her clothing choices.

Genealogy site used to solve murder

Business
Scott Sonner
The Associated Press

RENO, Nev.—Forensic genealogists followed a trail built on decades-old DNA evidence to help determine the identity of a woman whose body was found near a Lake Tahoe hiking trail in 1982 and her killer, investigators said Tuesday.

Health Canada changes cannabis licensing process in bid to cut wait times

Business
By Armina Ligaya The Canadian Press

Health Canada is changing its process for issuing cannabis licences, in a bid to reduce wait times, after a review found a “significant amount” of its resources was used to approve numerous applications for facilities that have yet to materialize years later.

Pavelski leads Sharks past Avs in Game 7

Sports
Josh Dubow
The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Joe Pavelski was positioned just a few feet away from the spot where he was bleeding from his head on the ice just over two weeks ago when he did what he has done so often in his brilliant career.

Pavelski got his stick on a shot that he redirected into the net to give the San Jose Sharks a Game 7 lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Drug dealer zones panned

International
The Associated Press

BERLIN—A creative attempt by a downtown Berlin park manager to keep drug dealers away from families and joggers has been met with an emphatic “nein” from German officials.

Woman pulls gator from her yoga pants

International
The Associated Press

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.—Sheriff's officials say a Florida woman pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop.

The Charlotte County sheriff's deputy stopped a pickup truck Monday after it ran a stop sign and 22-year-old driver Michael Clemons told him he and his 25-year-old passenger Ariel Machan-Le Quire were collecting frogs and snakes under an overpass.

EU urges Iran to respect nuclear deal, regrets US sanctions

International
By Lorne Cook The Associated Press

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Thursday urged Iran to respect the international agreement curbing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions, and added that the bloc aims to continue trading with the country despite U.S. sanctions.

Australia takes responsibility for typos on 46M bank notes

International
The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s central bank has taken responsibility for typos on 46 million bank notes after a radio station posted an image of the microscopic error on social media.

Survey suggests Canadians uncertain about weed legalization

Lifestyles
The Canadian Press

HALIFAX — A new survey suggests Canadians have become less accepting of recreational cannabis since 2017, despite legalization last October.

Researchers at Dalhousie University say they’re surprised by the findings, which also suggests a high degree of stigma persists.

Wool wrap for royal baby suggests tradition will win out

Lifestyles
By Danica Kirka The Associated Press

LONDON — Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor slept through his first press conference, but royal experts say the merino wool wrap in which he snuggled said a lot about how his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will approach his future.

Cloudy skies on tap throughout weekend

Weather

Tonight will be clear to partly cloudy with a low of minus-one C (30 F).

Tomorrow will turn cloudy with a high of 12 (54) and a low of four (39).

Saturday will be mostly cloudy and breezy with a high of 15 (59) and a low of five (41).

Atown

Around Town

“Footloose The Musical” will be performed tonight, Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 on the stage at the Townshend Theatre. The Fort High production will run from 7:30-10 p.m. each evening. Adults $10, students $8. Tickets available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts or at the door.