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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 10 2018

Alzheimer calendar winners

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Julie Lowry, Sigrid Mosley, Allan Calder, Kris Krag, and Bill Naturkach of Fort Frances all were winners in the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts' cash calendar draw for October.

'Icebox Radio' set to perform show

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Press Release

Icebox Radio Theater is proud to present the classic Edgar Allen Poe story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Community Center in International Falls.

Admission will be by a free-will donation, and a cash bar provided by the Borealis Bards.

Signs for bike path requested

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Duane Hicks

A local resident is asking the town to put up some signs to clearly point out where cyclists should ride—and pedestrians shouldn't walk—along the La Verendrye Parkway.

“Can we have a few signs up regarding the bike path?” Cynthia Donald wrote in an e-mail to council, which it received at last night's regular meeting.

Breast cancer awareness promoted

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Sam Odrowski

October is a month of awareness for the most commonly-occurring cancer among women around the world.

The month is dedicated to battling breast cancer and the Rainy River Association of Professional Paramedics (RRAPP) is raising money and awareness to help combat the disease.

'Run for the Donut' set

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Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The second-annual “Run for the Donut” is planned and ready to go.

Runners are advised to lace up their shoes and start preparing for the 5K race hosted by the Rainy Running Club, the Municipality of Emo, and the “Run for the Donut” committee.

You are invited to run or walk the scenic five-km course at Emo's Lions Park and then enjoy doughnuts and prizes at the finish line!

Rickford officially opens office here

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Sam Odrowski

A grand-opening ceremony was held yesterday for local MPP Greg Rickford's constituency office here.

The office, located at 276 Scott St., is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

A handful of councillors and community members came out to support the grand opening.

“We invested a lot of time and a lot of money in setting up first-class offices,” Rickford noted.

Third party hired to manage Rainycrest

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Press Release

In February, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care closed Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home to admissions due to repeated non-compliance issues.

We have been working diligently to address these areas and are focused on meeting compliance requirements with the aim of getting the home re-opened to admissions.

Town, Emo to strike up recyling deal

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Duane Hicks

The town will enter into an agreement with the Township of Emo for the handling, transportation, and processing of its blue box materials at the town's transfer station.

The town was contacted by Emo last month about a possible agreement.

Emo's recycling program had stalled earlier this year after the plant that recycles paper and cardboard in International Falls shut down.

Cantata rehearsals set to start

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Staff

With cooler weather upon us here in Borderland, Diane Maxey already is thinking about the holiday season—and that means the Christmas cantata.

Those interested in singing in this year's cantata are encouraged to come out to a listening session set for this coming Monday (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship.

Hall being eyed as youth drop-in centre

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Duane Hicks

The East End Hall could be the future site of a drop-in centre for youth pilot program.

Town council last night agreed in principle to allow in-kind use of the hall to operate a drop-in centre but what happens next will depend on grant funding.

Customer service training gets addressed

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Sam Odrowski

While some employees provide exemplary customer service to everyone they see, others still have a long way to go.

The Northwest Training and Adjustment Board's 2016 Employerone Survey indicates customer service skills came in as a top competency for current and future employees across the district.

Art gallery on lookout for silent auction items

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Staff

The Fine Line Art Gallery here is looking for artists and crafters to donate items for a silent auction to be held in conjunction with its upcoming “Christmas Extravaganza.”

Fine Line co-op member Jean Richards said the silent auction will run at the Mowat Avenue gallery from Nov. 5-10, with the bidding to end during the “Christmas Extravaganza” open house.

Riverside buys new truck

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Press Release

Riverside Health Care's Supply Chain welcomed a new courier truck purchased with the assistance of $30,000 in donations brought in through the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's annual Christmas Appeal in 2017.

“The truck is a vital piece of equipment,” said Doug White of Riverside's Supply Chain.

School board puts out call for used bicycles

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Sam Odrowski

Learning how bicycles operate, and understanding how to repair them, can be key to helping students explore different educational pathways.

The Rainy River District School Board is trying to promote these lessons through its new “Techways Program” that will teach Grade 7 and 8 students about the basics of bike mechanics.

Hospital auxiliary planning fall tea

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Submitted by
Janet Lambert

The executive of the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary met for its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 2.

Mary Jane Pearson said preparations for the annual “Fall Harvest Tea,” set for this Saturday (Oct. 13) from 2-4 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship, were well underway.

Lasting impact

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Dear editor:

I never realized World Teacher Day came until well after I got home from school.

I am a teacher for many reasons but the top reason is that there have been teachers who inspired me on this path. I wanted to take the time to thank those teachers, and without an idea how to do so, I opted to reach out through the newspaper.

'Drag of the Dead' to awaken Nov. 3

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Press Release

A “thriller night” is coming to Borderland!

“Drag of the Dead,” a killer drag show and deadly dance party, has been set for Saturday, Nov. 3 at La Place Rendez-Vous here.

The event will get underway at 8 p.m., and will feature encore appearances by this summer's “Pride Week” sensation Prairie Sky and her friends!

Town applies for study funding

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Duane Hicks

The town is applying for funding to do a study for the two properties it recently acquired from Resolute.

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. has prepared and submitted two funding applications to complete a land use and economic development feasibility study for the Shevlin wood yard and at 420 Mowat Ave. (the old nursing station building).

OFSAA dreams quashed

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The dream of qualifying for the all-Ontarios just wasn't to be for Muskie golfers Mikel Ward and Aiden Wielinga last week.

Ward, in Grade 11, and Wielinga, in Grade 12, finished shy of advancing to OFSAA at the NWOSSAA championships held last Tuesday (Oct. 2) at Kitchen Creek.

The all-Ontarios are slated to begin today and run through tomorrow in Whitby.

RRCC spikers drop fifth-straight match

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Staff

It's been some trying times of late for former Muskie Chelsea Kabatay and the rest of the Rainy River Community College Voyageurs women's volleyball team.

The Voyageurs lost a tough five-set battle to the host Hibbing CC Cardinals last Wednesday night to drop their fifth-straight match.

The set scores were 25-13, 17-25, 19-25, 25-23, and 4-15.

Owls' spikers eager to see home court

Sports
Jamie Mountain

After starting their first four games of the NorWOSSA 'A' regular season on the road, the Rainy River Owls' junior and senior boys' volleyball teams are looking forward to playing in the friendly confines of RRHS once again.

Both squads will play their remaining four games at home—and both coaches are hopeful it will pay dividends.

Sunrise, sunset

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Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Oct. 11-17:

Province protecting deer from CWD

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Press Release

The provincial government is enhancing surveillance measures to protect wildlife from the risk of chronic wasting disease.

This comes following a confirmed case of the disease in Quebec.

“We are taking immediate action to protect the health of deer in Ontario,” said Natural Resources and Forestry minister Jeff Yurek.

Sr. hoopsters not taking teams lightly

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Jamie Mountain

The Muskie senior girls' basketball team continues to get the job done in NorWOSSA play but head coach Gord McCabe knows the road ahead will be no easy task.

Rookies have started to stand out

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Jamie Mountain

Development of rookie players is key at the junior level in high school sports—and it's something that's starting to become more noticeable for the Muskie girls' basketball squad.

A number of younger players stood out to co-coach Gord McCabe in Thursday afternoon's 56-28 rout of the visiting Kenora Broncos, which saw the black-and-gold improve to 3-1 in NorWOSSA play.

Jr. spikers rebound from tough loss

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Jamie Mountain

They say it's not how you fall but how you get back up.

The Muskie junior boys' volleyball team (3-1) showed they weren't going to let a straight-sets loss to the host Dryden Eagles last Tuesday (Oct. 2), which was their first defeat of the NorWOSSA season, get them down and went out by completing their own sweep of the Kenora Broncos this past Thursday at Fort High.

Muskie runners keep on rising to the challenge

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It seems you always can count on the members of the Muskie cross-country team to put in a solid performance no matter which course they compete on.

That's a theme that has proven true each time out for the squad so far this NorWOSSA season, and it was no different on Thursday in Dryden.

Muskies have sights set on top spot

Sports
Jamie Mountain

To say the Muskie football team has been impressive this season would be a massive understatement.

A 17-7 win over the Maples Marauders here Thursday afternoon gave the Muskies (4-1) their fourth-straight win and the very real possibility of finishing atop the WHSFL's seven-team Currie Division ('A') by season's end.

Jr. Owls' hoopsters remain unbeaten

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Jamie Mountain

Fly, Owls, fly.

The Rainy River Owls' junior girls' basketball team is off to a fantastic start this NorWOSSA 'A' season, winning each of their first four games to sit with a perfect 4-0 record.

Even more impressive is the fact all four games were on the road.

Lakers expecting tough games with Miners

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Red Lake Miners have proven to be a tough challenge for the Fort Frances Lakers over the last few seasons—and that's not likely to change anytime soon.

The Miners have been one of the hottest teams in the SIJHL of late, winning three-straight to sit in third-place in the six-team league with a 3-1-0-0 record.

Gussy pic ((Oct. 10)

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Submitted

Megan Park and Jeff Engstrom held up their winning catch from the weekend at the Frank McClymont Memorial tournament in Kenora.

Mayoral forum

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Duane Hicks

Ken Perry weighed in on a series of questions posed to him by mediator Cathy Emes as fellow mayoral candidate June Caul awaited her turn to respond night during a candidates' forum last Tuesday night at the Townshend Theatre. Hosted by the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, the event also was an opportunity for candidates running for council to introduce themselves and outline their platforms.

TRC presentation

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Sam Odrowski

Carol Stephenson, of the Dr.

Customer service

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Sam Odrowski

Employees from Mr. Sub, Tim Hortons, Copper River Inn, and Flint House attended free customer service courses offered out of the Valley Adult Learning Association on Sept. 24—27 and again on Oct. 2.

Rickford opening

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Sam Odrowski

Local MPP Greg Rickford held a cake-cutting ceremony yesterday at his new constituency office located at 276 Scott St. to celebrate its grand opening. The office hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

MICHAEL GRAHAM

News

I am prepared to make the four-year trustee commitment to you, the voters of Fort Frances, as a team player representing the communities of Rainy River District on our board of trustees.

DOUGLAS JUDSON

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I believe in providing consultative, collaborative, and strategic leadership.

I currently serve on the board of the Northwest Community Legal Clinic, as President of the Rainy River Law Association, and as co-chair of Borderland Pride. I am a past president of the Law Students' Society of Ontario and recently concluded a term on the Law Society of Ontario's Equity Advisory Group.

WENDY BRUNETTA

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Being born and raised in Fort Frances, and serving on council over the last four years, I am keenly aware of the issues that face our community.

As a human resources professional, I have extensive training and experience in the areas of active listening, relationship building, negotiations, and dispute resolution. All of these have been beneficial in my role as counsellor.

MICHAEL BEHAN

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Hi, I'm Michael Behan and I've been proud to call Fort Frances home for the past 31 years.

I decided to run for town council in this municipal election because I want to help make our community an even better place to live for all.

JOHN McTAGGART

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A four-year term is a significant commitment to make and it was one that I considered closely before filing my papers. The other factor to consider was what I could add to the conversation of moving the town forward.

KEN PERRY

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Hi, I am Ken Perry, your candidate for mayor in the upcoming election. I have lived in Fort Frances for more than 34 years and I truly call Fort Frances my home.

I relocated here for work, met and married, Laurel, my wife, raised our two boys, and started my construction business, seeing the prospects and opportunities at the time and now into the future.

RAYMOND ROY

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I am currently serving as a RRDSB trustee representing Fort Frances and Mine Centre. I have enjoyed this commitment and, if elected, look forward to another four-year term.

I have a strong governance background in education, where I chair the Audit Committee and am an active member of the Finance Committee, Negotiations Committee, and Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

HAROLD HUNTLEY

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A four-year commitment is not something I find daunting. I have served four-year terms on the separate school board (three of them) R.T.O. the Retired Teachers of Ontario, one of them, Northern Lights Credit Union (three, three-year terms) and Columbus Place for seniors (director for over 20 years)

RUDOLF ZEITLHOFER

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My name is Rudy Zeitlhofer and I am hoping to be elected as a Fort Frances trustee for the Rainy River District School Board.

My experience teaching in this board for 24 years is a huge asset. I have seen how the actions of this board have affected kids from inside the system.

RICK WIEDENHOEFT

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My name is Rick Wiedenhoeft and I am running for a seat on Fort Frances town council.

DAVID KIRCHER

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My name is David Kircher and I am running for re-election to the Rainy River District School Board.

I bring several strengths to the table. I am inquisitive by nature and therefore ask questions and seek answers from multiple sources in order to reach a consensus for a solution to a problem.

CLINTON GRAY

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Hi, my name is Clinton Gray and I am running for Fort Frances town council. I love this town and want to help shape it for our future generations. I am asking for your vote this Oct. 22.

PETER HOWIE

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I am Peter Howie and I am running for a Fort Frances trustee seat on the Rainy River District School Board.

JUNE CAUL

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My name is June Caul and I am hoping to be elected as your new mayor in the upcoming municipal election.

I am a lifetime resident of Fort Frances and I am proud to say that my son and daughter have remained here to work and raise my grandchildren. I am a retired teacher and was employed by the Rainy River District School Board for more than 30 years.

ANDREW HALLIKAS

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Over a lengthy career as an educator, a union activist, and a volunteer, I have spent a great deal of time working on boards and committees.

I am familiar and comfortable with group dynamics, and have acquired the experience and skill set necessary to facilitate problem-solving and consensus-building within a group.