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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 4, 2015

‘Monster’ trunk

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Heather Latter

Cathy Piotrowski, left, and Miranda Richert of Cousineau Optometry displayed their “Monsters Inc.” theme during the second-annual “Trunk or Treat” event Saturday at the Fort Frances Public Library parking lot. About a dozen individuals, businesses, and organizations decorated vehicles and gave out treats to hundreds of costumed kiddies.

Musical revue to be ‘magical’

News
Heather Latter

Hallowe’en may be over but Fort High’s music department is not quite done with sorcery, spells, caldrons, and potions as it presents its annual fall music revue—this year entitled “Magic!”

The show hits the Townshend Theatre stage this Thursday through Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).

FFHS student publishes second book

News
Heather Latter

Those who were left hanging at the end of Claire Hyatt’s novel, “Last of the Spirit Seers,” can read the conclusion now that the Grade 12 student at Fort High has published her second book, “Finding the Lifelight.”

The first book was launched in January, 2014, with Hyatt saying she starting working on the sequel about a month later.

Poppy sales

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Duane Hicks

Sgt. Justin Presenger, left, and Cadet Brandon Gagne of the 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadets were among the volunteers out there selling poppies for the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday. Poppies will be available at various locations around town from now until Remembrance Day.

New animal shelter here opens doors

News
Duane Hicks

Stray cats and dogs, and the town staff who handle them, have a much improved, safer place to stay now that the new Fort Frances Animal Shelter is open.

The town held a grand-opening for the new facility, located just east of the Public Works building on Fifth Street West, on Thursday afternoon.

Algie among Canada’s top docs

News
Duane Hicks

Dr. Robert Algie has been named the Family Physician of the Year for Ontario by The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), ranking among 10 dedicated family doctors being recognized for 2015.

Refugee family drive off to good start here

District
Heather Latter

Just three weeks after pitching the “Families for Families” initiative for Rainy River District to sponsor a Syrian refugee, the community already is one-third of the way to its goal.

Kathy Mueller noted that as of Monday morning, the total amount raised was $12,485 of the $35,000 target.

Helping out

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Duane Hicks

Jennifer Horton, owner of Curvy Chick, added a mini-bottle of shampoo to the items she is collecting for the Rainy River District Shelter of Hope in Atikokan. In conjunction with November’s “Shine the Light” campaign to raise awareness of woman abuse, Horton is collecting new and unused travel-sized toiletries to send to the shelter.

Surface miner grads lauded

District
Heather Latter

Eleven people from across the district recently completed the Surface Miner Aboriginal training program and were recognized at a graduation ceremony last Wednesday at the Copper River Inn here.

Referee shortage could lead to cancelled games

Sports
Joey Payeur

Shane McDonald needs to find some more people in stripes pronto.

The referee-in-chief for the Emo-Devlin-Barwick Minor Hockey Association said a lack of available referees may force it to start cancelling games—and even tournaments—if the shortfall is not made up fast.

Muskies punted from playoffs

Sports
Joey Payeur

Mike Cuzzolino probably burned the midnight oil trying to figure out a game plan to extend the season for the Muskie football team.

Then, in two excruciating quarters, the St. Norbert Celtics took a blowtorch to the whole strategy.

Low shot

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Joey Payeur

A dozen eager eyes tracked the trail of this loose puck during the first period of the Muskie girls’ hockey team’s 4-2 win over the Dryden Eagles during the inaugural Scott Clendenning Memorial Showcase here Saturday afternoon.

‘Showcase’ special for Muskie girls

Sports
Joey Payeur

For Jenna Clendenning, any day is a good day for hockey.

But to strap on the blades and take part in an event named in memory of her father brought her appreciation for the chance to play to a whole different level.

Five-game run boosts Lakers to #10

Sports
Joey Payeur

The Fort Frances Lakers are doing what it takes to get into the win column.

Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan just wishes they wouldn’t wait so long to do it.

Strachan watched his team increase both its winning streak and its lead atop the SIJHL standings with a pair of 5-3 road victories over the weekend against the Dryden GM Ice Dogs and Thunder Bay North Stars.

Muskies ready to chase down OFSAA field

Sports
Joey Payeur

Sydney Radigan could say she never doubted the Muskie cross-country running team would wind up making school history.

But she admitted she wouldn’t have exactly been expressing an honest opinion.