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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 6, 2015

Help wanted for Christmas dinner

News
Staff

Planning for the community Christmas dinner already is underway, with organizers looking for donations and volunteers for the 28th-annual event.

Sandra Lange of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau said she’s sent out letters to businesses and service clubs asking for their support of the dinner, which will take place Christmas Day from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church.

Rainy River woman missing

District
From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Rainy River woman.

Julie Tesarsky, 61, was last seen Saturday, Oct. 31 leaving the Rainy River liquor store on foot.

She was wearing a blue coat with a grey hoodie underneath, and large, dark-rimmed eye glasses.

Leaders back in form

Sports
Staff

That whole thing about the leaders in the Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League losing their first set of the season last week?

Forget it—because it looks like they already have.

How I Set Your Mother was one of only two teams to gain the maximum six points during action last night.

Lakers extend streak

Sports
Staff

Landen Matechuk was recognized as the SIJHL’s best player for the first portion of the season earlier yesterday.

The Fort Frances Lakers clearly were not that impressed.

Court teams finish at 8-0

Sports
Joey Payeur

One week from today, NorWOSSA history could be made here.

All four Muskie court teams were victorious in their regular-season finales yesterday against the visiting Dryden Eagles to allow each one to finish with perfect 8-0 records.

All four also earned a bye to their respective league finals, which will take place here next Friday (Nov. 13) beginning at 2 p.m.

Faragher sent back

Sports
Staff

A short burst of California sunshine didn’t do Ryan Faragher any harm.

The 25-year-old Fort Frances native was returned to the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) just two days after getting called up by the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.

Faragher didn’t see any action in his short stint with the Gulls, which came about when starting goalie John Gibson suffered an upper-body injury.

Bonthron nabs award

Sports
Staff

Robbie Bonthron’s generosity didn’t go unnoticed.

The Fort Frances Lakers’ defenceman yesterday was named the Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Corp. player-of-the-week in the SIJHL.

The 20-year-old native of Kaministiqua garnered five assists in a trio of Laker victories.

Bonthron’s 16 points this season has him leading the team in scoring by defencemen.

NCDS anniversary

Photos
Heather Latter

Surrounded by staff and board members, NCDS executive director Nicke Paddock, centre, cut the cake to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary there yesterday afternoon. The social event, which ran from 2-7 p.m., was open to previous staff members, board members, and the general public. It featured free appetizers, beverages, and dessert, as well as a 32GB iPad Air giveaway.

Trivia game

Photos
Heather Latter

“Friends of the Museum” member Samantha Manty demonstrated the trivia game that attendees had a chance to play last night during the group’s fourth-annual fall fundraiser gala.

Vision of peace

Photos
Staff

J.W. Walker student Emily Bliss’ poster was the top pick from her school in this year’s Fort Frances Lions Club annual peace poster contest. On the back, the 11-year-old wrote: “ “We should all share peace. Peace to me is leaving war behind Nobody should ever have to flee their country because of war.

Stuffed

Photos
Joey Payeur

Muskie Andrea Schram ran into a bit of a roadblock in the form of the Dryden Eagles’ McKenna Corvello during the second half of Fort High’s regular-season finale here yesterday.

Finally open

Photos
Staff

All four lanes of King’s Highway from York Avenue to Wright Avenue were re-opened yesterday afternoon. The work, which consisted of installing new water and sewer pipes, along with a new road surface, began in late May and took longer than expected­—it was supposed to be done before the end of September.

Driven to give

Photos
Duane Hicks

Bob Stuart, left, and Brittany Strachan of Sunset Country Ford were outside Canada Safeway yesterday collecting donations for the dealership’s “We Scare Hunger/Free the Children” food drive. Drop by the dealership to donate a non-perishable food item and enter your name in a draw to win 1,000 “Go Local” points. The food drive will continue through tomorrow.

Poppy flag

Photos
Heather Latter

Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 president Ray Watson and Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis kicked off the Legion’s annual poppy campaign Monday afternoon with a flag-raising at the Civic Centre. Poppies are available at various locations around town until Remembrance Day. In related news, the annual “Remembrance Day Tea,” hosted by the local Legion Ladies Auxiliary, will be held this Sunday (Nov.

Donkey pair

Photos
Heather Latter

Dominic Caul visited with “Zoey” and “Sabrina,” a pair of Sicilian donkeys owned by Shirley and Tom Morrish, yesterday during the Fort Frances Day Care’s fall family celebration. The event, for day-care children and their families, featured a light dinner, activities, and the petting zoo.

Smoothing surface

Photos
Duane Hicks

George Armstrong Co. Ltd. was at the site of the former Rainy Lake Hotel yesterday afternoon covering the area with granular material. Makkinga Contracting, meanwhile, has been subcontracted by JMC Contracting to come in and do site servicing next week. A new sanitary service main will be put in off Scott Street.

‘Shine the Light’

Photos
Duane Hicks

Mayor Roy Avis joined Riverside Community Counselling Services (RCCS) director Jon Thompson, back left, RCCS counsellor Gina Wonfor-Keast, PAR facilitator James Woods, RCCS counsellor Jacquee Loerzel, and Brenda Whitehead, and Ashlee Grimard of Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre to raise the flag Monday in recognition of November being “Woman Abuse Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort France

Four teens charged in threats

National
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Four teens from western Quebec charged over threats against schools in their area now are accused in connection with a spate of bomb threats against schools in Quebec and Ontario earlier this week.

Quebec provincial police Capt. Guy Lapointe said yesterday that each of the teens now faces charges of uttering threats, conspiracy, and conveying false messages.

Ambrose chosen as interim Tory leader

National
Stephanie Levitz
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Alberta MP Rona Ambrose stepped into Stephen Harper’s leadership shoes yesterday—albeit on an interim basis—as the Conservatives gathered for the first time since last month’s election demoted them to the official Opposition.

Liberals choose to defer option to empower MPs

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Newly-minted Liberal MPs have passed on their chance to give backbenchers more clout and dilute the powers of their leader.

Ontario pair lucky in bear encounter

National
The Canadian Press

BANFF, Alta.—A couple of young tourists from Ontario managed to get away safely after doing nearly everything wrong in their encounter with a grizzly bear in Banff National Park.

Hilary Grant and her friend were on a hike when they spotted a female grizzly from a distance.

Teens’ huge weight loss, health gains last at least 3 years after obesity surgery, study says

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

The largest, longest study of teen obesity surgery shows huge weight loss and health gains can last at least three years, and many say it’s worth the risks.

Jets edged in shootout

Sports
Lisa Wallace
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Senators may not have played perfect hockey last night.

But they were satisfied with the end result.

Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner as Ottawa edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2, giving the Senators just their second home this season.

“There were small, very small lapses where we got away from it at times, but I think we rebounded well,” said Kyle Turris.

Ray to start in Argos’ finale

Sports
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—There will be no late-season rest for Ricky Ray.

Ray will be under centre tonight when Toronto hosts the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Rogers Centre in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Heat beat T’wolves

Sports
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—The Miami Heat were pummelling the young Minnesota Timberwolves into submission, but couldn’t quite get the knockout punch they were looking for.

Dwyane Wade delivered it. In a flash.

Wade showed no ill effects from a migraine headache two days ago, scoring 25 points to lead the Heat to a 96-84 victory last night.

Bengals remain unbeaten

Sports
The Associated Press

CINCINNATI—Andy Dalton plopped down in the chair and didn’t even wait for the first question.

“A little different from last year, huh?” he said, his eyes widening.

Different in every way—not only the Bengals’ quarterback but for his still unbeaten team, too.

By Susan Montoya Bryan The Associated Press

International
Museum hosts viewing of rare find - a baby Pentaceratops fossil - to offer scientific insight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Paleontologists with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Thursday unveiled the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered as hundreds of people lined up to get a look.

Scientists had cut open the giant plaster jacket that protected the skull as it was airlifted out of the desert badlands of northwestern New Mexico and trucked to the museum.

Doctors Without Borders says probe confirms no armed men in Afghan hospital attacked by US

International
By Ken Dilanian THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON Inside the intensive care unit of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Northern Afghanistan in the early hours of Oct. 3, the situation was as normal as it could be in the middle of an active war zone, the charity says.

Puppet, Twister, Super Soaker make National Toy Hall of Fame, beat Wiffle ball, coloring book

International
The Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Twister, the parlour game once too hot for the Sears catalogue but cool enough for Johnny Carson, was inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The class of 2015 also includes the old-as-time puppet and Super Soaker — think squirt gun on steroids.

Russian women finish space flight simulation, say they missed families more than chocolate

Life
By Katherine Jacobsen The Associated Press

MOSCOW After emerging from an eight-day space simulation on Friday, the all-female Russian crew said they had missed their loved ones in the experiment more than they missed the comforts of regular life.

The six-woman crew climbed into a grounded space capsule last week to imitate a lunar flight and test the effects of confinement and stress that come with space travel.

Sun stripped Martian atmosphere

Science
Marcia Dunn
The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA’s Mars-orbiting Maven spacecraft has discovered the sun likely robbed the red planet of its once-thick atmosphere and water.

Scientists reported yesterday that even today, the solar wind is stripping away about 100 grams of atmospheric gas every second.

Museum unveils rare dinosaur find

Science
The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Paleontologists with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science yesterday unveiled the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered as hundreds of people lined up to get a look.

Scientists had cut open the giant plaster jacket that protected the skull as it was airlifted out of the desert badlands of northwestern New Mexico and trucked to the museum.

NASA: Sun stripping away Martian atmosphere over billions of years, why dry planet today

Science
By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA’s Mars-orbiting Maven spacecraft has discovered that the sun likely robbed the red planet of its once-thick atmosphere and water.

Tapping into tiny house trend, more businesses offer tryouts of the radically small lifestyle

Lifestyles
By Collin Binkley The Associated Press

CROYDON, N.H. Hilary and Shane Lentz were hooked on the idea of a tiny house, but they weren’t sure the reality would be so appealing.

Three favourite recipes from Nigella Lawson

Recipes
The Canadian Press

When Nigella Lawson develops recipes, she pays close attention to balance.

“That’s what cooking is, about balancing salt and sweet and fire and sourness and also textures. That is just what cooking is ‚Äî in effect, life,” says the British celebrity cook.