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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 12, 2015

‘Adopt an Angel’

Heather Latter

Aimee McEvoy, left, and Becky McClain, with Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services, finished decorating the “Adopt an Angel” tree this morning at The Bargain Shop here. The program aims to help kids from low-income families, as well as foster children, receive presents this Christmas.

Marriage bylaw revamped


Town council passed a bylaw at its meeting Monday night to authorize the delivery of marriage solemnization services through the office of the Clerk for the Corporation of the Town of Fort Frances.

Rainycrest to host sale

Press Release

The Rainycrest Auxiliary is pleased to remind district residents that the popular “Vendor Blender” sale will be back again this year.

It will be held next Saturday (Nov. 21) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rainycrest.

The forced cancellation of Rainycrest’s annual fall tea due, to a respiratory illness at the residence, was a big disappointment to everyone involved.

Santa’s ‘sleigh’ needs help

Duane Hicks

Plans for the annual “Community Christmas Parade,” set for Nov. 28, are shaping up nicely.

But one key element needs some help: Santa’s sleigh.

“The situation is that Santa’s float is in disrepair,” parade organizer Scott Turvey-Krienke told the Times this morning.

As such, monetary donations are needed quickly—this week if possible, he noted.

Poster winners

Duane Hicks

Flora Danylchuk, vice-president of the Fort Frances Lions Club, honoured the winners of the club’s annual peace poster contest Tuesday evening during an appreciation dinner at the local Legion. Pictured here are Cassidy Morrison (St. Francis), Grayson Councillor (Crossroads), Emily Bliss (J.W. Walker), and Siovahn Susin (Robert Moore).

Arson charges

From the OPP

In the early-morning hours of Saturday, the Rainy River District OPP was called to investigate three suspicious fires in Fort Frances.

A 22-year-old man from Fort Frances subsequently was charged with four counts of arson.

The Fort Frances OPP Crime Unit and the OPP’s Forensic Identification Services are continuing the investigation.

Scott Street closure


The 200 block of Scott Street will be closed starting tomorrow at 7 a.m. for sewer service work at the former site of the Rainy Lake Hotel.

It will be reopen by 8 p.m. on Sunday.

During this time, Makkinga Contracting, a subcontractor of JMX Contracting, will be installing a new sewer main into the property.

Cash calendar winners


Brad Robinson (Fort Frances) won the $100 up for grabs Nov. 1 in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association’s weekly cash calendar draw.

Faragher honoured


Starting Ryan Faragher in goal is a no-lose proposition these days for the Utah Grizzlies.

The 25-year-old Fort Frances native earned the ECHL’s goalie-of-the-week honours on Tuesday.

Faragher went 3-0 last week with a 1.67 GAA and .947 save percentage following a quick, two-day call-up to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls to serve as a back-up due to injuries.

National ‘spiker’ to host clinic here


One of Canada’s best female volleyball players is coming to town.

Janie Guimond, the starting libero for the national women’s team, will conduct a two-day clinic at Fort High on Nov. 20-21 for club players in the U14, U16, and U18 age groups.

The Nov. 20 session will run from 5-10 p.m.

Girls’ scores


The past week in the Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association featured both tight battles and convincing routs.

Marti Woods notched a pair of goals to lead the BDO Canada Stars to a 3-2 victory over Kaemingh Esso in PeeWee action last Thursday.

Makenna Hill had the other marker for the Stars while Abby Roach and Sam Kelly replied for Kaemingh.

Trump rejects gender quotas

Alexander Panetta
The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON—Critics of Justin Trudeau’s guarantee of a gender-equal cabinet have found a famous ally south of the border: Donald Trump.

The billionaire politician was asked yesterday in an interview about imitating the new Canadian prime minister’s half-male, half-female cabinet—and he said no.

Diamond sets record

The Associated Press

GENEVA—An exceptionally-large blue diamond sold yesterday for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.5 million)—a new record price for any jewel at auction, Sotheby’s said.

It culminated two Geneva auctions in which a convicted Hong Kong tycoon on both times bought a rare coloured diamond to honour his daughter.

Veterans used for partisan purposes

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Lest we forget, politicking evidently never stops—even on Remembrance Day.

The Liberal party, flush from its Oct. 19 election victory, used the solemn occasion yesterday to continue trying to accumulate information on potential supporters and donors.

NDP names shadow critics

Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Tom Mulcair will rely on veteran members of his team to help the NDP flex its muscles in Parliament—despite its reduced strength.

Mulcair has named his team of critics, including longtime party member Nathan Cullen, who is to tackle the environment file and democratic reform.

’Blue Moon’ diamond sold for $48.5 million at Sotheby’s auction in Geneva, setting new record

By Jamey Keaten The Associated Press

GENEVA An exceptionally large blue diamond sold Wednesday for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.5 million) ‚Äî a new record price for any jewel at auction, Sotheby’s said, culminating two Geneva auctions in which a convicted Hong Kong tycoon on both times bought a rare colored diamond to honour his daughter.

Wal-Mart Stores says its simplifying Black Friday deals online and in store

By Mae Anderson The Associated Press

NEW YORK Wal-Mart Stores says it is offering most of the same Black Friday “doorbuster” deals online and in stores for the first time and giving online shoppers an early jump on the sales.

Provinces prepare for right-to-die extension

Health & Wellness
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Ontario and B.C. appear prepared for the federal government to request more time to respond to the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision on doctor-assisted death.

The new Liberal government has not said it will need an extension to address the court’s ruling, but Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould publicly has acknowledged this is a possibility.

Raptors dump winless 76ers

Dan Gelston
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—After a buzzer-beating “three” put the 76ers on the ropes, Kyle Lowry had fellow Philly native and boxer Danny Garcia at his side in the locker-room for a post-game celebration.

They were there for the latest KO against the Sixers.

‘Big-data’ crunching needed

Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal security agencies risk being overwhelmed by threats—or failing to even foresee them—unless they embrace the digital-age phenomenon of big-data crunching, warns an internal Public Safety Canada presentation.

With billions of people using mobile phones and surfing the Internet, security officials are preoccupied with getting timely access to valuable information.

Foes in Asian battlefields, WWII veterans from UK and Japan shake hands 70 years later

By Mari Yamaguchi The Associated Press

TOKYO In 1944, the two men were in northeastern India as foes, fighting one of harshest battles of World War II between Japan and Britain. More than 70 years later on Thursday, they shook hands and sipped tea in Tokyo.

Venus twin a real sizzler

The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—There’s a new rocky Earth-size planet on our galactic block—and it’s a sizzler.

Astrophysicists yesterday revealed the newfound world, which is named GJ 1132b after the small nearby star that it orbits.

Even though the mercury can hit 450 degrees F on this planet, it’s cool enough to have a thick Venus-like atmosphere.

Venus’ twin? Earth-size planet orbiting small nearby star is hot, may well have atmosphere

By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. There’s a new rocky Earth-size planet on our galactic block, and it’s a sizzler.

Astrophysicists on Wednesday revealed the newfound world, GJ 1132b, named after the small nearby star that it orbits.