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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 4, 2019

Rickford announces $4M for child care

News
Sam Odrowski

Two of the district's elementary schools are getting a total of $4 million in provincial funds to build attached child care centres.

Local MPP Greg Rickford visited Fort Frances on Friday to announce a $1.2 million retrofit project at Robert Moore that will create three child care rooms and 49 new spots for children.

'Trunk-or-Treat' another spooky success

News
Ken Kellar

It was a dark and spooky night, and it was wildly successful to boot.

The annual “Trunk-or-Treat," held in the parking lot at the Fort Frances Public Library by the "Project Safe Halloween” committee, was jammed full of trunks handing out all kinds of treats to the ghouls, goblins, witches, pumpkins and every other costumed reveller in sight.

Shine a light on domestic violence

News
Ken Kellar

A local organization is leading the charge against woman abuse this month.

Riverside Community Counselling Services, a program of Riverside Health Care, kicked off their annual “Shine the Light” campaign with a flag raising at the civic centre on Friday.

Mayor clears up confusion around senior centre issue

News
Sam Odrowski

Some Sister Kennedy Centre users have been very vocal with their concerns around its potential relocation to the town's recently vacated daycare facility.

But Mayor June Caul told the Times she would like to stress that no decision has yet been made and the topic won't be discussed until the Fort Frances Senior Centre board comes to council with their decision.

Riverside Health Care gets funding boost

News
Sam Odrowski

Local health services are set to receive a small boost in funding.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford visited the district on Friday to announce that the province is investing $260,000 in Riverside Healthcare to address its funding challenges.

Library launches 'THINK Hub'

News
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre recently partnered with Sudbury's Science North to bring a special installation to the community.

The “Northern THINK Hub,” which is modelled after the popular THINK visitor experience at Science North, was launched at the library last Friday.

Treaty Recognition Week important: Kavanaugh

News
Press Release

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty #3 says it's important for everyone to learn about the treaty relationship between First Nations and the Crown during the fourth annual Treaty Recognition Week (Nov. 3-9).

Rabbit Club meets

District
Submitted by
Georgia Romyn

The first and second meetings of the Rabbit Club were held on Oct. 20, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Romyn residence.

The meeting started with the members reciting the 4-H pledge.

We then held elections and Danielle Schram stands as president, Cale Wilson stands as vice-president, Sydney Romyn stands as secretary, and Georgia Romyn stands as press reporter.

RRFN vets honoured through monument

District
Sam Odrowski

Through Treaty #3, that was signed by the Saulteaux band of the Ojibwa people and the Government of Canada In 1873, not one indigenous person had to fight in either world war.

And yet nearly 40 men from Rainy River First Nations (RRFN) left the community to protect their land.

Volunteers sought for Christmas Kettle Campaign

District
Staff

As the snow begins to fall and the days get shorter, the Salvation Army has begun looking for volunteers to assist in its 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign.

The Salvation Army has run its campaign every year since 1891, and each year more than 25,000 bell ringers take part in the campaign to help the organization raise money for those in need in their local communities.

Final cattle sale of year generates nearly $1 million

District
Sam Odrowski

The fifth and final cattle sale of the 2019 season came to the sales barn in Stratton on Saturday where 1,015 animals went through the ring, generating just under $1 million.

Overall, numbers are up this year for the Rainy River Cattlemen's Association (RRCA), with roughly 400 more head of cattle being sold than in 2018.

Seven drivers compete at Topless Nationals

Sports
Tammy Kinnear
Special to the Times

On Oct. 18, seven of our local stock car drivers made the trip to Ogilvie, Mn. to take part in the 10th-annual Topless Nationals.

The event helps support and raise money for breast cancer in the state of Minnesota. The cars removed their tops and showed their bars!

Sioux Lookout claims second Northern Cup

Sports
Staff

It was the Sunset Country Squash Club's turn to see what defeat tastes like.

The second-annual Northern Cup Squash Challenge is now history between Sioux Lookout and Fort Frances, with Sioux Lookout claiming the title this year with a slim 29-28 win on Saturday here.

This year instead of total points scored, total games won decided the eventual winner.

Muskie girls ready to open the season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie girls' hockey team has already been put to the test against some stiff competition and is looking like a well-oiled machine as it gets ready to open the NorWOSSA regular season in just under a week.

Lakers need more buy-in from all: coach

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers' organization wants the team to be championship-calibre by the time the season is over.

But it's going to take a complete buy-in from every player and the level of play needs to dramatically improve if they are to get to that stage as a group.

Muskie hoopsters seeking NorWOSSA gold

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie junior and senior girls' basketball teams capped off the NorWOSSA regular season strong with blowout wins against the visiting Sioux Lookout Warriors last Tuesday and now have their sights set on the playoffs.

The Dryden Eagles are playing host this Friday and both Muskie squads will be gunning for NorWOSSA gold.

Muskie spike squads looking to put it all together in playoffs

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The NorWOSSA regular season is now in the rear-view mirror and both Muskie boys' volleyball teams are eager to get the playoffs underway.

Fort High won't have to wait long as the Dryden Eagles will play host this Friday, with NorWOSSA gold up for grabs.

Muskie runners cap banner year

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie cross-country team has been battle tested all year and came through with some more impressive performances at the OFSAA championships in Sudbury on Saturday.

Capping the year in style, and adding more to a lengthy list of accomplishments for the team, 10 of the 17 athletes Fort High sent to the all-Ontarios finished within the top 200 of their respective races.

Football Muskies out for revenge against Maples

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie football team hasn't forgotten its last loss to the Maples Marauders and are out to exact revenge this week.

The third-ranked Muskies scored early and often as they rolled to a 47-9 rout of the last-place Neelin Spartans in WHSFL Currie Division ('A') quarterfinal playoff action last Thursday afternoon at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

Owl jr. spikers looking forward to playoffs

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Finishing the regular season on a winning note was top priority for the Rainy River Owl junior boys' volleyball team last week.

It was mission accomplished as the Owls downed the visiting Atikokan Voyageurs 2-0 to finish the NorWOSSA 'A' season with a 6-4 record.

That puts Rainy River into third place, with the playoffs looming today and tomorrow in Kenora.

Sunset, sunrise times

Sports

Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Nov. 7-13:

Muskie boys prove themselves amongst Kings

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Thunder Bay Midget 'AAA' Kings may have been crowned in the end but the Muskie boys' hockey team gave them all they could handle.

Thunder Bay came away with a 2-1 edge in a three-game exhibition series between the two sides over the weekend here but the Muskies more than proved themselves against a tough opponent.

Owl hoops squads ready for playoffs

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owl senior and junior girls' basketball teams were both able to qualify for the NorWOSSA 'A' playoffs and they're looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead of them this week.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Saints of Kenora seniors finished in first place and as such nabbed a first-place bye to the final tomorrow and will host the playoffs.

Chicken and witch

Photos

Eddie, left, and Ellie Westover dressed to perfection in their Halloween costumes during “Trunk-or-Treat.” After all, what's a witch without her chicken?

-Ken Kellar photos

McCormick Halloween

Photos
Robin McCormick

Emmilou and Harlan McCormick dressed as the two main characters from the 1994 hit comedy, “Dumb and Dumber,” to go trick-or-treating in Emo last Thursday.

Shark and boat

Photos
Ken Kellar

Coordinated costumes are always a win, and brothers Felix and Declan Scott nailed their small-town “Jaws" remake at "Trunk-or-Treat” on Thursday evening. You're gonna need a bigger boat.

Fire family

Photos
Ken Kellar

Ashley, left, Louis and Danny Boileau celebrated Halloween and fire safety at the same time with a family costume during “Trunk-or-Treat.” Event organizers put the number of people who attended this year between 800 and close to a thousand.

Testing out 'THINK' Hub

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Local MPP Greg Rickford and Grade 5 Robert Moore students Adrian Indian, Erika Danylchuk, and Leslie Anderson tested out some of the resources in the new “THINK Hub" room at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre on Friday following Rickford's announcement about its launch.

Shine the light

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort Frances mayor June Caul, left, Riverside Community Counselling Services' community family violence counselor Jacquee Loerzel and Riverside Community Counselling Services director Lisa Belluz displayed the flag that was raised at the Fort Frances Civic Centre on Friday in recognition of the “Shine the Light” campaign, as well as woman abuse prevention month in Fort Frances.

'Trick-or-treat!'

Photos
Ken Kellar

Maddy and Carter Williams got some candy from Darren and Chantal Derendorf at the Gold Star Taxi trunk set up in the library parking lot for “Trunk-or-Treat” last Thursday evening. The perennially popular event draw somewhere between 800 and 1,000 kids and adults this year. See story, more photos A5.

Ready for treats

Photos
Ken Kellar

Bentley Mainville and Carson Loyie had their route all figured out to maximize their haul and clean up the competition during “Trunk-or-Treat” on Halloween night.

Campbell speaking

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) director of education Heather Campbell thanked local MPP Greg Rickford for announcing a $4 million investment in child care at Robert Moore School on Friday. Through the provincial funding, the RRDSB will create 98 new child care spaces in Fort Frances and Emo.

FFHS food drive

Photos
Ken Kellar

Sunset Country Ford staff and students from Fort Frances High School showed off all of the non-perishable food items that were donated and collected over the month of October as part of the WE Scare Hunger campaign. Donations were collected at the dealership and the school throughout the month, and had special collection days at Safeway and the “Trunk-or-Treat” event.

In front of net

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie Nolan Mann cut in on goal for a scoring chance while he was hounded by a pair of Thunder Bay Midget 'AAA' Kings' defenders during the first period of Fort High's 4-3 win in Game 2 of the three-game exhibition series on Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Kings claimed the series by a 2-1 margin.

Owl bump

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Connor Ivall looked on as Braydon Holmes bumped the ball into the air during the third set of the Rainy River Owl senior boys' volleyball team's season-ending 3-0 loss to the Atikokan Voyageurs in NorWOSSA 'A' action on Halloween at RRHS.

In yo face

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Ryder Sinninghe spiked the ball with authority past a pair of defenders during the third exhibition set of the Rainy River Owl junior boys' volleyball team's 2-0 win over the Atikokan Voyageurs on Halloween at RRHS. The Owls finished the NorWOSSA 'A' season in third place, thus qualifying for today's semifinals in Kenora.

Pink Lakers

Photos
Jamie Mountain

MacKenzie Flett, clad in a pink jersey for the Fort Frances Lakers' “Pink The Rink” night in honour of breast cancer awareness, turned up ice with the puck during the second period of the hosts' 5-1 loss to the league-leading Thunder Bay North Stars in SIJHL action on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Opening ceremony

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Terry and Barb Ogden, centre, were honoured for all of their contributions to the Muskie boys' hockey team over the years in a special pre-game ceremony ahead of Fort High's 4-3 win over the Thunder Bay Midget 'AAA' Kings on Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Fine line opening

Photos
Ken Kellar

Jean Richards, front left, Laurel Perry, Evelyn Barker, Penny Faragher, Emily Hyatt, back left, and Ed Halvorsen gathered for a photo during the opening of the Fine Line Art Gallery's new location at 326 Scott St. on Friday. Each member of the group has contributed art to the gallery.