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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 21, 2018

School bus poster winners named

News
Press Release

School Bus Safety Week ran Oct. 22-26, 2018.

To promote school bus safety, the Rainy River District Transportation Services Consortium held its annual School Bus Safety Poster Contest with the theme, “My Driver-My Safety Hero.”

A total of 278 posters were submitted for the contest.

The winners for each category are as follows:

Cannabis report released

News
Press Release

The Northwestern Health Unit has released a report on “Cannabis in the Community.”

The report was completed in preparation for the legalization of cannabis in Ontario (on Oct. 17), gathering information about public perceptions to inform future programs.

It summarizes the results of an online discussion panel and online survey that had almost 600 responses.

Volunteers needed for Christmas parade

News
Duane Hicks

While plans are shaping up for the annual Christmas parade, set for Sunday, Dec. 2 and this year entitled “Christmas at the Movies,” volunteers now are needed for the holiday event.

“They're definitely something we still need,” said TD manager of customer experience Heather Gill, who is co-organizing the parade along with branch manager Katie Trigg.

Rickford slams gender identity resolution

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Staff

The Ontario PC Party has been under fire for passing a resolution to debate the recognition of gender identity on Saturday during the party's three-day policy convention in Toronto.

The resolution that sparked controversy was proposed by parental rights advocate Tanya Granic Allen.

Office closure panned

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Staff

Treaty #3 Grand Chief Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh issued a statement Friday expressing shock and deep concern over the closure of the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

Quilters honour local veterans

News
Sam Odrowski

Local residents Wilna and Hubert Meyers have handcrafted quilts over the last few years that have been given to various veterans in the community to recognize their service.

The contributions are part of the “Quilts of Valour” program that is made up of volunteers who create quilts to recognize injured soldiers and veterans.

Caul to address Chamber meeting

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Press Release

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual general meeting this Tuesday (Nov. 27) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Copper River Inn, which is open to all members in good standing.

The FFCC is excited to welcome mayor-elect June Caul as the guest speaker.

Fundraiser supports sex assault victims

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Staff

With November being Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Canada, a local business has been raising funds to support victims of sexual assault.

For the past two years, Curvy Chick on Scott Street has held a cupcake fundraiser in November.

Store owner Jennifer Horton was able to sell 162 cupcakes this time around.

Correction

News

In a story on page A5 of last week's Times, local resident Robert Holmes incorrectly was identified as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.)

In fact, he was an aircraft mechanic in the R.C.A.F.

The Times regrets any inconvenience this error may have caused.

BDO food drive gives boost to soup kitchen

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Press Release

BDO had another successful year promoting its “Drive Away Hunger” campaign.

We were able to raise a total of what worked out to be 9,621 meals.

The Fort Frances office placed 10th for donations collected out of 106 offices across Canada that participated.

Plans coming together for 'Spirit of Christmas'

News
Duane Hicks

The true spirt of Christmas is not in the gift but in the giving.

As such, the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary is hoping the public is feeling very generous for a good cause when the auxiliary hosts its “Spirit of Christmas” fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Copper River Inn ballroom.

Sidewalks to be plowed more often

News
Duane Hicks

The town will be removing snow more often from local sidewalks this winter.

Thanks to changes to the provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards (MMS), which came into effect back in May, the Operations and Facilities division has had to revise its winter maintenance policy.

OPP K-9 calendars for sale

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Press Release

The Rainy River District OPP would like to inform the public that the 2019 Canine Unit Calendar is available for purchase at the OPP detachment in Fort Frances.

The calendar showcases beautiful photographs of service dogs from across the province.

'Stuff-a- Cruiser' in need of help

News
Duane Hicks

The ninth-annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign is less than a month away and organizers are lining up volunteers to help out.

The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Safeway, The Place, and Walmart here, Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, and Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River.

Volunteers will be outside of those locations, collecting food donations from customers.

Town gets asset funding

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Press Release

Infrastructure and Communities minister François-Philippe Champagne and Vicki-May Hamm, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, yesterday announced more than $4.5 million in funding for 109 new initiatives in communities across Canada.

Area to participate in Christmas Bird Count

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Press Release

Another Christmas Bird Count season is just around the corner!

Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, tens of thousands of bird and winter enthusiasts will rally together to count millions of birds across the continent as part of the 119th year of this long-running wildlife survey.

Legacy of Riel marked locally

News
Sam Odrowski

“Louis Riel Day” was held Friday and Métis nations around the country celebrated his life as a brave leader and the founding father of Manitoba.

Locally, a flag-raising ceremony was held in front of the Civic Centre. A lunch followed in the Sunset Country Métis Hall, where president Brady Hupet and mayor-elect June Caul shared a few words.

Tips sought on Morson break-ins

District
From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District OPP are requesting the public's assistance in solving five break-and-enters that occurred on the Red Wing Road in the Morson area over the past week.

Unknown culprit(s) entered the seasonal residences and stole numerous items, including alcohol, a generator, a television, and a number of firearms.

OPP warning to beware of thin ice

District
From the OPP

The OPP is reminding the community of the dangers of thin ice.

With the colder weather among us, the ice is beginning to form but unstable conditions still are present on many lakes, rivers, and waterways.

This past week, the Kenora OPP responded to three calls for service of youths trying to walk on thin ice.

Acting administrators appointed to Rainycrest

District
Press Release

While Riverside Health Care continues its recruitment efforts for a new administrator at Rainycrest, we have made arrangements with Extendicare Assist for an acting administrator at the home.

Brad Hall and Cathi Allison of Extendicare Assist will serve as administrator at Rainycrest on a rotational basis.

Rural area a flurry of activities

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Our rural area is a flurry of activities these days—a sure sign that the Christmas season has arrived!

The annual “Holly Daze” festivities take place Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Emo.

The parade will be held on the Friday at 6 p.m., with hot chocolate and fireworks afterwards.

School board highlights anti-bullying initiatives

District
Press Release

The Rainy River District School Board is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment for all of its students.

Class learns about forestry renewal

District
Sam Odrowski

Over the years, forestry has played a major role in building the town's economy—and it continues to play an important role in the lives of many residents.

To help today's youth develop a better understanding of the local forestry industry and forestry renewal, now-retired renewal forester Judy Kaufman spoke to a Grade 7 class at St. Francis School on Friday.

'Tis the season for teas

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Catholic Women's League at St. Patrick's in Emo will be holding its annual Christmas tea and bake sale this Saturday (Nov. 24) from 1-3 p.m. in the church hall.

There also will be basket draws, as well as religious articles and raisin, apple, and meat pies for sale.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Girls urged to pursue careers in trades, tech

District
Sam Odrowski

Females are significantly under-represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, making up just 22 percent of the total workforce in these careers, according to Statistics Canada.

Former Nestor Falls man releases book about flying career

District
Submitted by
Samantha Del Col

If you conjure up an idea of what you wanted to be when you grew up, a mustachioed pilot probably was pretty high up on your list.

There's a reason this is a mainstay in the dream professions of children (and, let's face it, adults, too): it's cool!

Backus hires co-ordinator

District
Press Release

The Backus Community Center in International Falls is pleased to announce that Jaime Sjoblom has joined the staff as event and volunteer co-ordinator.

Grief services being offered here

District
Sam Odrowski

Those who are suffering from a loss are not alone—there are local resources they can access to help address their grief.

Future looking bright for Muskie senior hoopsters

Sports
Jamie Mountain

In the end they were simply overmatched, but it wasn't for a lack of effort by the Muskie senior girls' basketball team.

The black-and-gold saw their impressive season come to an end as they were swept by the Hammarskjold Vikings at the best-of-three NWOSSAA championship held Friday and Saturday in Thunder Bay.

Muskie girls aim to maintain their focus

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Focus on the goal at hand and work to get better each day.

That was the mindset of the Muskie girls' hockey team as they headed into a busy slate of games this week.

Local sunrise, sunset times

Sports

Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Nov. 22-28:

Muskie boys tune up

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With their original NorWOSSA regular-season opener against the Kenora Broncos rescheduled to Dec. 15, the Muskie boys' hockey team was able to fine-tune its skills ahead of the season with a trio of scrimmage games Saturday in Warroad, Mn.

Football awards given out

Sports
Staff

With the season officially in the books, it was time to hand out some hardware.

The Muskie football team held its annual awards banquet Monday night at the Copper River Inn.

Taking home the Paul Renaud Most Valuable Player award was wide receiver Riley Argue.

Lakers working to shore up defensively

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Although it wasn't showing on the scoreboard, Fort Frances Lakers' head coach/general manager Wayne Strachan felt his squad was getting the better of the chances and dictating play Friday night against the visiting Red Lake Miners.

The problem was the Lakers couldn't bury their scoring opportunities while the Miners did in taking a 2-1 lead into the third period.

PeeWee Leafs nab crown

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances PeeWee Leafs claimed the title at the Mankato Meltdown 12U tournament over the weekend with a 4-3 shootout win over Shakopee in the gold-medal game.

Piper Miller scored all three of the Leafs' goals in regulation time while Julia Guertin and Hayden Allam both tallied in the shootout.

Local bowler advances to provincial roll-offs

Sports
Staff

A Fort Frances resident will represent Sunset Country at the provincial pins-over-average (P.O.A.) roll-offs set for Thunder Bay in February.

June McNally, who currently bowls out of Balmertown, earned a berth on Sunset Country Team #1 by finishing tops among the women competing in the zone round held there Saturday and Sunday.

Mann joins with new wrestling team

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A new season has brought with it a new experience for a local wrestler.

Hudson Mann, who was born in Fort Frances but lived in International Falls, has moved to Annandale/Maple Lake, Mn. to fill out a heavyweight spot on the wrestling team there.

Most recently, Mann competed in the Outlaw Middle School Duel Championship at Luther College on Remembrance Day in Decorah, Iowa.

Canadians get burned by Flames

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Canadians unfortunately felt the heat Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Jett Mintenko scored twice to pace the North End Flames (Thunder Bay) to a narrow 3-2 win over the Canadians in the gold-medal final of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association's annual Bantam 'AA' tournament.

Squash players fare well

Sports
Staff

The Sunset Country Squash Club sent 15 players to Thunder Bay over the weekend to battle at the Northwestern Ontario Open tournament.

Winners were from both ends of the spectrum, with veteran Mary-Beth Tkachuk capturing the 'D' title in round-robin play with five-straight wins.

Trade mentors

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Sam Odrowski

New Gold production driller Maria Vandenbrand, New Gold geologist and health/safety advisor Amy Shute, John Gavel/New Gold welder/operator Kaitlyn Baldwin, and New Gold geologist Lisa McGlinchey spoke to girls in Grades 9-12 about their respective careers for the Skills Ontario's Young Women's Career Exploration Event held Thursday at La Place Rendez-Vous.

'Tis the season

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Duane Hicks

Morgan Fulcher, left, and her aunt, Melissa Yellowega, enjoyed some dainties amidst the hustle and bustle of the C.W.L. of St. Mary's Parish's Christmas tea and bazaar held Sunday afternoon. The very popular event featured handmade crafts, draws, a silent auction, and a kids' zone, as well as coffee, tea, and refreshments.

Gussy pic (Nov. 21)

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Submitted

There are plenty of great gift ideas for people who enjoy cold-weather activities.

BDO donation

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Submitted

Brenda Dolph, left, Joy Lockman, Helen Preston, Mary Tank, and Susan Wieler of the Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen here were all smiles last week after receiving donations of $1,467 in cash and 585 pounds of non-perishables courtesy of the BDO Canada “Drive Away Hunger” campaign.

Knox luncheon

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Sam Odrowski

A group of ladies shared big smiles Saturday as they enjoyed a delicious spread during Knox United Church's Christmas luncheon and bake sale. Close to 100 people came through the church basement to purchase some homemade treats and enjoy a hot meal.

School bus poster #2

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Robert Moore students Rilee Armstrong, left, and Georgia Wigdor showed off their winning posters. Armstrong had the top poster in Division 4 (Grades 6-8) while Wigdor won Division 1 (JK/SK).

Mtis speaker

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Sam Odrowski

Sunset Country Métis president Brady Hupet shared some words about Louis Riel at the Métis Hall on Friday following the flag-raising ceremony at the Civic Centre in honour of “Louis Riel Day.” He thanked Mayor Roy Avis for all his service through the years to the Métis community and also welcomed incoming mayor June Caul.

Sidewalk plow

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Duane Hicks

Snow will be removed from town sidewalks more often this winter thanks to changes to the provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards (MMS). One change is the requirement to have the sidewalks cleared within 48 hours of a three-inch (7.5-cm) snowfall.

Vendor sale

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Sam Odrowski

Peggy Johnson and Rhonda Howells of “Oh For FUDGE Sakes!" offered free samples of their homemade fudge to passers-by during the fourth-annual "Walkin' in a Winter Vendorland” event held Saturday at the Memorial Sports Centre. The pair had a variety of flavours to choose from, including creamsicle, lemon pie, unicorn, s'more, cupcake, banana cream, and many more.

School bus poster #1

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J.W. Walker students Lila Black, left, and Casey Egan proudly displayed their colourful posters. Black's poster won Division 3 (Grades 3-5) while Egan came out on top of Division 2 (Grades 1-2). —Photos courtesy of Rainy River District School Board

Forestry speaker

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Sam Odrowski

Retired renewal forester Judy Kaufman came into a Grade 7 class at St. Francis School on Friday to speak to students about renewable forestry concepts. She touched on her experience working with Resolute Forest Products, where she helped manage re-planting and renewing areas where resources were extracted.