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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 18, 2015

'Dash 4 Diabetes'

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Heather Latter

Michael Weisgerber and Angie Tester, who hail from Manitoba, ran the final leg of the “Dash 4 Diabetes” on the trails on Rocky Inlet on Saturday. About 100 people attended the event, which also included a 1K run, lunch, and a presentation by local youth with diabetes.

New salon for men opens its doors here

News
Heather Latter

Janine Lange had the idea of opening a salon for men since she was in hair school.

Now she’s thrilled to open the doors of CrossHairs Cuts for Men at 262 Church St. (in the basement).

“It’s always something that’s been in the back of my head,” Lange noted.

“I knew the barbers in town were all going to be retiring at some point.

Little Theatre chooses to team up with Knox

News
Duane Hicks

Fort Frances Little Theatre has a new home.

As of Dec. 1, the troupe not only will be able to store its props and stage equipment at Knox United Church here, but perform on the stage at McMillan Hall, as well.

Cathy Richards of Little Theatre said the group is thrilled with the new arrangement.

“I guess it all started when I saw the Kenora theatre group,” she noted.

Pre-electrical course again being offered by college

News
Heather Latter

A group of students in Fort Frances is working towards completing the Pre-Technology (Electrical) Ontario Certificate program being offered by Confederation College in partnership with Hydro One.

But the college is offering the program again next year and is looking to recruit people from the north to apply.

‘Louis Riel’ Day

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Heather Latter

Sunset Country Métis youth rep Sarah Marusyk shared information about Louis Riel and his efforts to preserve Métis rights and culture during an event outside the Civic Centre on Monday. Mayor Roy Avis joined Sunset Country Métis members for the raising of the MNO flag in honour of “Louis Riel Week,” which was followed by a lunch of wild rice soup and bannock at the Métis Hall.

‘Dash 4 Diabetes’ deemed success

News
Heather Latter

Words of praise rang out Saturday for the organizers of the inaugural “Dash 4 Diabetes” held on the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club’s trails at Rocky Inlet.

“Great event,” enthused participant Tammy Riordon on the event’s Facebook page. “Great organization and wonderful team of volunteers.

“Thank you for bringing awareness to diabetes and being active,” she added. “Good job to all.

Refugee drive gets closer to goal

News
Heather Latter

Over the past week, donations to the “Families for Families” refugee family fundraiser have continued to pour in, with the tally jumping from $16,000 to $28,000.

“It’s so great to see,” enthused committee chair Kathy Mueller, noting they’re well on their way to the $35,000 goal.

Rusnak vowing to keep in touch

District
Duane Hicks

Recently-elected Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak is working with his team to set up lines of communication with constituents before Parliament resumes Dec. 3.

Silent vigil

Photos
Dave Ogilvie

Sgt. Elizabeth DeGagné, of the 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, stood in silent vigil during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Emo cenotaph last Wednesday.

Team rallies for coach

Sports
Joey Payeur

Adversity can bring a team closer together.

For what their head coach has had to endure this pre-season, this year’s Muskie boys’ hockey squad may be as cohesive a group as has worn the black-and-gold in many a season.

Muskie girls trade wins

Sports
Staff

When the hometown head coach is feeling remorseful for the job done by the men in stripes, it’s a good sign the officials didn’t have their finest hour.

The Muskie girls’ hockey team ran into what it and its opponent thought was some shoddy refereeing in a 4-3 loss Saturday to the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers in the second of a two-game pre-season series there.

Muskie team’s great run ends

Sports
Joey Payeur

The duo sat together in anguished disbelief on the end line—soon to be joined by their equally tearful fellow senior starters.

For Ashley Croswell, Claire Hyatt, and the rest of the Muskie senior girls’ basketball team, their world hadn’t ended—it just felt like it.

Offering solace

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Joey Payeur

Alyssa Clendenning (5) and Claire Hyatt tried their best to console dejected teammate Maggie Jean (10) in the shadow of a jubilant Dryden team after the Eagles upset the Muskies 28-23 in the NorWOSSA senior girls’ basketball final Friday at the “Fish Tank.”

Jackson rink set to vie for national title

Sports
Joey Payeur

Kathie Jackson isn’t going to let a change at front end throw her off kilter.

The Fort Frances skip said her revamped team is coming together nicely in anticipation of their appearance at The Travelers Curling Club Championships national playdowns in Ottawa, which starts Monday and runs through Nov. 28.

National volleyballer a portrait of perseverance

Sports
Joey Payeur

Anyone passing Janie Guimond on the street likely could try to guess her occupation for quite some time and never get it right.

That comes with the territory for the 31-year-old Guimond, who has proven a smaller person can thrive among the giants of the volleyball world if they have a big enough desire to achieve their goals.

Muskie senior spikers dethrone Eagles

Sports
Joey Payeur

It was redemption all the way around, especially for one player who missed out on the fun last season.

The Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team capped an unbeaten NorWOSSA campaign by winning its first league title since 1999 with a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-22, and 25-18) of the five-time defending champion Dryden Eagles in the gold-medal match here Friday night.

Resolute counters dwindling paper demand by accelerating entry into tissue making

Business
By Ross Marowits The Canadian Press

MONTREAL Resolute Forest Products is stepping up efforts to counter dwindling demand for paper by accelerating its entry into the North American tissue business.

Fear grips Syria’s Raqqa as airstrikes intensify, IS stiffens defences after Paris attack

International
By Bassem Mroue And Zeina Karam The Associated Press

BEIRUT Islamic State militants are stiffening their defences for a possible assault on their de facto capital of Raqqa, as international airstrikes intensify on the Syrian city in retaliation for the Paris attacks. IS fighters are hiding in civilian neighbourhoods and preventing anyone from fleeing, former residents say.

In an exclusive interview, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg says he’s not out to disrupt charity

People
By Brandon Bailey The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to “hacking” philanthropy and “disrupting” old models for funding charity.

Not so Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who isn’t afraid to take a more conventional approach to giving.