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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 28, 2018

'Angel' program to help kids get gifts

News
Duane Hicks

Christmas is a time when magical memories that last a lifetime are made, so why not make sure this one is special for all district children?

The Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services' annual “Adopt an Angel” campaign is underway again, with trees now up at Walmart, The Bargain Shop, and Taggs Source for Sports here, as well as Tompkins Hardware in Emo.

Will your Christmas tree be real or fake?

News
Submitted by
Forests Ontario

Buying a natural Christmas tree is a win-win—it brings the beauty and aroma of Ontario's forests inside your home for the holidays.

A real tree is eco-friendly and supports the provincial economy. More than 500 farmers produce upwards of one million Christmas trees each year in Ontario.

These trees are not plastic, nor produced and transported from overseas.

Building set to be demolished

News
Staff

A building on the 300 block of Scott Street will be demolished in the near future.

Avis closes 21-year career on council

News
Duane Hicks

Outgoing mayor Roy Avis this week marked the end of a 21-year career in municipal politics, calling it “a long but satisfying journey.”

Volunteering because it's fun: Donald

News
Duane Hicks

Sometimes, the best part about volunteering is the other volunteers.

At least that's the opinion of Cynthia Donald, who was surprised and humbled to be honoured as the 2018 “Citizen of the Year” for Fort Frances during Monday night's council meeting.

She noted that mayor-elect June Caul had asked her if she wanted to go in the Christmas parade with her this Sunday (Dec. 2).

Fibre art sought for local showcase

News
Duane Hicks

Do you quilt, cross-stitch, knit, sew, bead, hook, felt, spin, weave, or otherwise craft using textiles?

If so, the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre wants you to enter your creations in its “Fibre Arts Festival 2019.”

Lift station upgrades being eyed

News
Duane Hicks

The town will be looking at upgrading its White Pine lift station next year.

From '9-1-1' to 'home' mapped

News
Submitted by
Marilyn Erwin

If you've entered La Verendrye Hospital using the ramp access outside of the E.R. department recently, you may have noticed a little something extra.

On the wall opposite the registration desk is a map of a different kind.

Using bold graphics underscored with precise labelling is a new visual resource for stroke survivors, their families, and caregivers.

OPP push 'lock it or lose it'

District
From the OPP

T'was a month before the holidays with shoppers about. This also meant that, unfortunately, criminals were out!

There are a number of ways to ensure your purchases make it to the right person and do not end up stolen.

The OPP is encouraging citizens to “Lock It or Lose It.”

'Holly Daze' festivities set for Emo

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

It's that magic time of the year and one district event that makes this true is the annual “Holly Daze” festivities in Emo taking place this Friday and Saturday (Nov. 30-Dec. 1).

The parade goes on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by the tree-lighting ceremony and a fireworks display.

Hot chocolate also will be served.

Orchestra to perform holiday music

District
Press Release

The Borderland Community Orchestra will spread holiday cheer through music this Sunday (Dec. 2) starting at 2 p.m. at the Backus Community Center in International Falls.

RRFN to rebury sacred objects

District
Sam Odrowski

A lot can be learned from the collaborative efforts taking place between Rainy River First Nations and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Schedule for Christmas cantata released

District
Staff

The Fort Frances Choraliers are getting ready to perform this year's Christmas cantata three times over the next few weekends.

A group of about 50 women and men will perform “Good News from Home” at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday (Dec. 2) for residents at Rainycrest Long-Term Care here.

Local students provide input on province's education consultations

District
Sam Odrowski

The Rainy River School Board's new student trustee sat down with a group of fellow students earlier this month to discuss their input for the province's education consultation.

'Coffee House' a big hit

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

According to the organizers and everyone who attended, the Church of the Holy Spirit's first-ever “Coffee House” on Friday evening was a total success.

The interior of the building magically was transformed into a welcoming space, complete with small tables, “coffee bean candle” centerpieces, and the soft glow of colourful Christmas lights.

Crossroads marks 'anti-bullying' week

District
Sam Odrowski

The Rainy River District School Board recently participated in an array of anti-bullying and inclusion activities for Ontario Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (Nov. 18-24).

Students at Crossroads School in Devlin kicked off the week last Monday by holding an assembly with the message that “kindness is cooler.”

'Track My Plow' now available on website

District
Press Release

Transportation minister Jeff Yurek visited a maintenance facility on Friday to announce the province is making the winter commute easier by allowing drivers to track their plow and plan their route all at one stop: the Ontario 511 website.

“Keeping Ontario's highways as safe as possible during winter weather conditions is a top priority for our government,” said Yurek.

College offering truck driver program

District
Press Release

With transport drivers in increasingly high demand, Confederation College has partnered with the Northern Academy of Transportation Training (NATT) to launch a new AZ truck driver program in Northwestern Ontario.

It has been developed in direct response to the growing need for qualified drivers both in the region and across Canada.

Ailing Muskie boys able to soldier on

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It's been a rough start to the NorWOSSA regular season for the Muskie boys' hockey team.

Not in terms of how they've played but in how depleted the roster has become due to a rash of early injuries.

The Muskies headed into Friday's home-opener against the defending NorWOSSA champion Sioux Lookout Warriors with three defencemen on the shelf and knew they would be in tough.

Licensing system revamped

Sports
Press Release

The province has launched a better way for hunters and anglers across the province to get their Outdoors Cards, as well as hunting and fishing licensing products.

“Our government is making life easier and allowing you to get outdoors quicker,” said Natural Resources and Forestry minister John Yakabuski.

Province working to update moose draw

Sports
Press Release

The provincial government is working to make the moose draw fairer, more accessible, and simpler for hunters by updating its approach to managing moose.

Over the next two years, the government intends to work with an advisory committee, which will review how tag quotas are developed, how hunters apply for tags, and the current allocation process.

Local sunrise, sunset times

Sports

Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Nov. 29-Dec. 5:

Comets down Rangers to nab title

Sports
Staff

Isaiah Allam's goal with just 1:28 to go lifted the Current River Comets to a 2-1 win over the Westfort Rangers on Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena in the 'A' final of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association's annual Midget 'A' tournament.

After a scoreless first period, Cole Lambert of the Comets found himself on a breakaway with just over six minutes left in the second.

Jackson rink enjoyed experience at nationals

Sports
Jamie Mountain

While the results may not have gone their way, Team Jackson is looking back fondly on their time at the Travelers Curling Club national championship last week in Miramichi, N.B.

Junior spikers out to defend crown

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A year later and the mindset is still the same for the Muskie junior girls' volleyball team: win NorWOSSA gold.

The black-and-gold head into this season having done exactly that back in February, when they swept the host Dryden Eagles 3-0 in the final to cap an impressive season in which they compiled a 7-1 record during the regular season.

Above-average year for fire activity

Sports
Press Release

Oct. 31 marked the official end of the 2018 fire season in Ontario.

In a year marked by large, problematic forest fires burning relatively close to populations, properties, and major travel corridors in the province's Northeast Region, a busy albeit less visible fire season unfolded in the more remote corners of the Northwest Region.

Cash calendar winners

Sports

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for Nov. 18-24 were Renee Perry (Atikokan), Peter Neilson (Emo), Kendall McClain (Fort Frances), Bill Galusha (Fort Frances), Doug Moynhan (Thunder Bay), Terry and Cheryl Beadle (Devlin), and Vance Hemphill (Devlin).

Muskie girls learning as season goes along

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It will be a season full of learning for the youthful Muskie girls' hockey team.

The black-and-gold were taken to school by the more experienced Dryden Eagles on Sunday afternoon, with the visitors using a three-goal outburst late in the third period to snag a valuable two points with a 4-1 win in NorWOSSA action at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Hoops squads tune up for seasons

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It's all systems go for the Muskie senior and junior boys' basketball teams.

Both teams were able to get in some game action recently in order to fine-tune their skills ahead of their NorWOSSA regular-season opener next Tuesday (Dec. 4) against the host Kenora Broncos.

Defensive breakdowns still haunt Lakers

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers knew this recent stretch of games was going to be tough for them.

The last four all came against the first- and second-place teams in the SIJHL in the Thunder Bay North Stars and Red Lake Miners.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, all ended in losses, including a pair of 5-2 setbacks to those clubs over the weekend here.

Christmas bazaar

Photos
Duane Hicks

Volunteers Susan Chiasson, left, and Johanna Strahl got ready for the next round of gift-buying customers during the C.W.L. of St. Mary's Parish's Christmas tea and bazaar on Nov. 18. The very popular event featured handmade crafts, draws, a silent auction, and a kids' zone, as well as coffee, tea, and refreshments.

Cookie display

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Marg Bogacki, left, and Priscilla Wright showed off some of the fresh baking that was sold at the Knox United Church's Christmas bake sale and luncheon held Nov. 17. Soups, sandwiches, and delicious desserts were served up to those who attended.

Avis speaking

Photos
Duane Hicks

Mayor Roy Avis said Monday evening that his 21 years on town council has been both challenging and rewarding, and he wished the incoming mayor and council all of the best.

Raising funds

Photos
Duane Hicks

FCpl. Maxwell VanDrunen, left, and FSgt. Courtney Sinclair of the 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron were selling baked goods Saturday morning at The Bargain Shop here. The air cadets are raising funds to travel to Europe for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, 2019.

Tea time

Photos
Duane Hicks

Courtney Yatchuk, left, offered a plate of finger sandwiches to her grandmother, Alice Pollard, during the annual Christmas tea, bazaar, and bake sale held Saturday afternoon at the Zion Lutheran Church. The event was the most recent in a series of opportunities to socialize and stock up on goodies and gifts for the holiday season.

Angel tree

Photos
Duane Hicks

Dawn Gray, interim store manager at The Bargain Shop here, arranged the tags with names on them on Saturday. It is just one of the district stores with “Adopt an Angel” trees in them this holiday season.

Citizen of the year

Photos
Duane Hicks

Mayor Roy Avis and mayor-elect June Caul presented the 2018 “Citizen of the Year” Cynthia Donald with a plaque and bouquet during Monday night's council meeting at the Civic Centre.

Young entrepreneurs

Photos
Duane Hicks

Jasper Dennis, left, and her brother, Blase, were selling their homemade wares—cookies and fridge magnets—on Saturday during the Alberton Rec Committee's fifth-annual “Holiday Bazaar” at the Alberton municipal office. The popular event was just one of several holiday-themed bake sales and bazaars held in recent weeks.

'Winter Vendorland'

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Jolene Richert had her kitchen gadgets and spices on display during the fourth-annual “Winter Vendorland” that took place in the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium on Nov. 17. More than 20 vendors set up tables featuring their wares, with many offering locally-produced products and goods that work great as a gift for the holiday season.

Tea for two

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Sam Arbuckle, left, and Dr. Robert Green were among those who dropped by the annual Christmas tea hosted by St. John's Anglican Church back on Nov. 17. More than 50 people turned out to enjoy homemade baking, meat pies, draws, a mystery gift table, and quality time with friends.

Crossroads anti

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Paislee Christiansen got help from fellow Crossroad student Kolton McCormick during a craft-making session for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. For the craft, students partnered up, read the story “Snippets,” built paper houses with scrapbooking paper, celebrated the differences each home had, and worked together to build a little paper house community.

Stroke map

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Submitted

Patient advisors LaVerna Brown, left, and Melvin Jourdain showed off the new map they which they recently presented to Riverside. The map represents the many “stops” taken by a person who experiences stroke within the region.

Gussy pic (Nov.28)

Photos
Submitted

Fishing equipment is a great Christmas gift idea because the sport is fun for people of all ages.

Puck drop

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jill Calder was all business as she cleanly won a face-off during the second period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 4-1 loss to the Dryden Eagles on Sunday afternoon in NorWOSSA action at the Ice For Kids Arena. Calder also tallied the Muskies' lone goal in the third period.

Going in alone

Photos
Jamie Mountain

It was all up to Darian Klem to stop Sioux Lookout Warriors' forward Isaiah Lawson from scoring as defenceman Jace Dittaro fell to the ice during the Muskie boys' hockey team's 5-4 win in their NorWOSSA home-opener Friday night at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). That good goaltending was pivotal as the Muskies (1-1) earned their first win of the season.

Snaring rebound

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Dominic States looked to soar higher than his Rainy River Owls' opponents and snag an offensive rebound during the second half of the Muskie senior boys' basketball team's 82-37 romp in exhibition action Friday afternoon at Fort High.

Long reach

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Jamie Mountain

Wyatt Richards met his Rainy River Owls' opponent with some staunch defence near the basket as he blocked a shot during the first half the Muskie senior boys' basketball team's 82-37 win in exhibition action Friday afternoon at Fort High. Both teams used the game as a tune-up ahead of their upcoming NorWOSSA 'AA' and 'A' seasons.

Eyeing opening

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of Michael Christianson/Dryden Observer

Santino Smith looked for an opening as he palmed the ball during the Muskie junior boys' basketball team's 48-46 win over the host Dryden Eagles in exhibition tournament action there Friday. The black-and-gold compiled a 3-2 record at the two-day tourney for their first game action of the season.

Taking shot

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Fort Frances Lakers' captain Nick Lucas did all he could to blast a shot past Red Lake Miners' goalie Zach Willms during his squad's 5-2 loss Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Lucas did notch a third-period goal but it wasn't enough as the Lakers lost their fourth-straight game.

Blocker stab

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' goalie Matt Booth made an outstanding blocker save to keep Red Lake Miners' forward Ben Jossinet from scoring during the second period of his squad's 5-2 loss Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Fort Frances native finished with 24 saves in a losing cause.