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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 23 2019

RRFN reburies ancestors, sacred objects

News
Sam Odrowski

Excavations at ancient burial mounds from the 1950s to 1970s have caused anxiety and a sense of disrespect in a local Ojibwe community.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) dug up artifacts and the remains of ancestors who were in burial mounds dating back roughly 1,000 years at Rainy River First Nations (RRFN) which left a hole in the community—until now.

Council asked to berth Owandem

News
Sam Odrowski

The Friends of the Museum are hoping to display an important piece of Fort Frances history along the waterfront, next to the Hallett.

The Owandem, a small tugboat with strong ties to the town's logging history, has been restored following the group's fundraising of $12,000, in conjunction with the Fort Frances Museum, which kicked in an additional $8,000.

VALA lauds success of two students

News
Sam Odrowski

Trying to complete high school or get a higher level of education as an adult can seem like a daunting task.

But Valley Adult Learning Association (VALA), a non-profit agency funded through the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU), has helped eliminate some of the intimidation by assisting adults in finding career paths that are fulfilling.

Fort High play aims to scare audiences silly

News
Ken Kellar

Halloween isn't for another week, but for those waiting impatiently for the scariest night of the year, there's an opportunity for a ghoulishly good time right around the corner.

Liberals keep seat in riding

News
Sam Odrowski

Voters in the Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding followed suit with much of the rest of Canada, keeping the Liberals in power here for another four years.

'Black & White' gala to be classy night out

News
Ken Kellar

One of the biggest nights in Borderland is set to make its return this weekend.

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is holding its annual fall gala at the Copper River Inn this Saturday, and Foundation director Allison Cox shared that the team has been hard at work to ensure this year's event lives up to expectations.

FFPC moves downstairs at Civic Centre

News
Sam Odrowski

A slight change is coming for those who pay their electricity bill at the Civic Centre.

The customer care services provided by the Fort Frances Power Corp. (FFPC) are moving to the downstairs area of the building (320B Portage Ave.) for Nov. 4

Coats sought for drive

News
Staff

The Associates of St. Marguerite d'Youville once again will be holding its annual winter coat drive.

They want clean, used winter coats in good condition for men, women, and children to be able to give to the needy.

Mittens, hats, and boots also are welcome.

ETFO holds members' meetings, strike votes

District
Press Release

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) members from Rainy River District were expected to hold confidential members' meetings and central strike votes today (Oct. 23).

Meetings were held in Fort Frances and Atikokan.

“ETFO's goal is to reach an agreement at the central bargaining table without having to take job action,” said ETFO provincial president Sam Hammond.

Autumn busy for Legion Ladies

District
Submitted by
Barb Everett

The Legion Ladies' Auxiliary to Br. #29 met on Oct. 9.

Evening started with a delicious pot luck supper at 6 p.m. So many good cooks and bakers.

Meeting was brought to order at 7:05 p.m. by president Alfreda Easton

Minutes of the Sept. 11 general meeting and the Oct. 2 executive meeting were read and approved.

New date set for school move-in

District
Ken Kellar

Following a few delays, a new move-in date for students attending the new St. Mary School in Fort Frances has been locked in.

At the Northwest Catholic District School Board's monthly meeting last Tuesday, it was announced that students and staff would be making the move to the new facility over the Christmas break.

Cattle sale generates nearly $1.8-million

District
Sam Odrowski

The cattle sale in Stratton on Saturday saw over 1,700 animals go through the ring, generating a total of $1.77-million for farmers across the district.

Chief McGinnis re-elected

District
Staff

Rainy River First Nations (RRFN) held their election on Friday and a new chief and council has been decided by band members.

Incumbent chief Robin McGinnis was re-elected, beating out Kimberly Detweiler (Bombay), who also ran for the position.

Meanwhile, incumbent councillors Willie McGinnis and Gary Medicine won the popular vote to stay on council.

Allowing deer meat to spoil costs hunter

District
From the MNRF

Conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry want to remind hunters that allowing game meat to spoil after an animal has been hunted is illegal and can result in significant fines and hunting licence suspensions.

A Dryden man has been fined a total of $5,300 for offences related to hunting deer.

Alzheimer calendar winners

District

Nathan Sawatzky, John and Diane Mattson, and Norm Wood of Fort Frances were among the $40 winners in Alzheimer Society for Kenora-Rainy River Districts' cash calendar draw for October.

Group fined for multiple offences: MNRF

District
From the MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry wants to remind all hunters that concealing big game harvested without a tag is illegal.

On Oct. 22, 2017, conservation officers received a tip concerning a group of hunters exhibiting strange behaviour and blocking access to a road.

Cannabis makes its legal debut in our food system

Health & Wellness
From the NWHU

On Oct. 17, edible cannabis products, cannabis extracts, and cannabis topicals become legal in Canada.

There are different ways to consume cannabis including smoking, vaping, cooking in foods or drinking infused beverages.

Any food or drink item that includes compounds of THC and/or CBD (tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol), are considered an “edible.”

Just how badly do your treats spook your teeth?

Health & Wellness
From the Ontario
Dental Association

It's that time of year again! Kids are counting down the moments until they get dressed up and roam their neighbourhoods in search of free candy. And you know adults have already started sneaking mini-sized treats at home or the office.

Owl jr. hoopsters finding their groove

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Sometimes it is hard to know what to expect from players at the junior level, but so far so good for the Rainy River Owl girls' basketball team this season.

The Owls played well and cruised to a 38-22 win over the Red Lake Rams in their NorWOSSA 'A' home-opener on Thursday afternoon at RRHS.

Football Muskies eyeing second-place finish

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Even a day filled with miserable field conditions could not stop the roll the Muskie football team is currently on.

The Muskies scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter en route to blanking the Neelin Spartans 20-0 for their fourth straight win in Winnipeg High School Football League action last Thursday at Nomads Field in Winnipeg.

Jr. squad's defence stays solid

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The defence has been solid all season and Gord McCabe is hopeful that trend will continue for the Muskie junior girls' basketball team as it winds down the NorWOSSA regular season over the next few weeks.

The Muskies improved their league record to 6-1 with a 44-19 win over the Broncos in Kenora last Wednesday, in which the Muskie coach lauded the defensive play of his squad.

Loveday enjoying a breakout year for Lakers

Sports
Jamie Mountain

You'll find Noah Loveday's name on the scoresheet more often than not so far this SIJHL season.

The Fort Frances native is in the midst of a career year for the Fort Frances Lakers, racking up a league-best nine goals to go along with four assists for 13 points in just 11 games.

Those totals also have him sitting second in the league's scoring race.

Owl volleyball squads steadily getting better

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The goal each match is to get better and so far both the Rainy River Owl junior and senior boys' volleyball teams have been able to do that.

The juniors defeated the Red Lake Rams 3-0 last Thursday afternoon in their NorWOSSA 'A' home-opener at RRHS to see their league record improve to 2-3.

Junior spikers rebound

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The learning never stops for the Muskie junior boys' volleyball team and it was able to strengthen its development last week.

The Muskies (4-3) snapped a two-match losing streak with a 2-0 sweep of the Broncos (0-6) in Kenora last Wednesday afternoon.

The set scores were 25-10 and 26-24. Fort High also won the third exhibition set by a 25-15 margin.

Senior hoopsters gunning for first place

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With the NorWOSSA playoffs just around the corner, the Muskie senior girls' basketball team faced probably the closest thing to a playoff-type struggle last Wednesday in Kenora.

A determined Broncos team played the black-and-gold tough before Fort High finally pulled away in the fourth quarter to nab a well-earned 48-32 win.

Voyageurs' skid hits seven games

Sports
Staff

The tough times unfortunately continued for the Rainy River Community College Voyageurs women's volleyball team last week.

The Voyageurs, which includes former Muskies Hailee Barnard and Alex Spuzak, dropped their seventh straight match with a 3-0 decision to the host Central Lakes Raiders last Tuesday.

Default three for tea

Photos

Morgan Hildebrand, left, Gordon Woollard, and Neil Grant enjoyed hot beverages along with dainties and sandwiches at the fall tea, bazaar and bake sale on Friday. The popular event featured draws, baking, the “white elephant” table, and crafts.

-Sam Odrowski photo

St Mary library

Photos
Ken Kellar

The multi-use library space at St. Mary School continues to take shape as crews work towards opening the building. Concerns about a lack of library space in the new building were raised to the Times, but Catholic school board Director of Education Brendan Hyatt stressed that students will have a library, and it will also have a stage and kitchen area for other functional purposes.

Penny table

Photos

Rose Sharp, left, and Donna Jewett ran the penny table where a variety of donated items were raffled off to lucky attendees of the Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary's fall tea, bazaar and bake sale Friday afternoon at the Emo Legion.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Artifact outing

Photos

Donald Young School students were brought out to the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung grounds Friday for Rainy River First Nation's reparation and reburial of sacred objects and ancestors. Students from Our Lady of the Way and a handful from Fort High also attended. Chief Robin McGinnis said it was very important for the students to attend so they can understand the significance of the reburial.

St Mary gym

Photos

The gym at the new St. Mary School in Fort Frances isn't quite ready for a basketball game, but the massive space is quickly approaching completion. The new school gym will feature a divider to split the space into two smaller gyms and a stage that retracts into one wall when not in use. The move-in date set by the Catholic school board is over the Christmas holidays, meaning St.

Celebrating libraries

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances Public Library board chair Robin Dennis gave a speech to kick off Ontario Public Library Week at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre yesterday evening during a party to mark the annual event. Around 30 people attended and had the opportunity to meet the library's new CEO Joan MacLeod, new staff, and board members, while enjoying a slice of cake.

Students voting

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort Frances High School student Cassie Krawchuk, left, directed a line of her peers on how to the school's voting boxes during Student Vote Canada 2019 on Thursday. Students were able to learn about the federal parties, local candidates and the platforms in this year's federal election and cast a ballot for their choice.

Three for tea

Photos

Morgan Hildebrand, left, Gordon Woollard, and Neil Grant enjoyed hot beverages along with dainties and sandwiches at the Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary fall tea, bazaar and bake sale on Friday. The popular event featured draws, baking, the “white elephant” table, and crafts.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Music room

Photos
Ken Kellar

The new music and arts space at St. Mary School is another of the rooms that looks almost ready to welcome students. The storage area along the back wall has custom designed spaces for the different instruments and cases that will be used.

Cutting ribbon

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Shawn Brown, left, Taylor Radford, Brittany Beyak-Freano, Mayor June Caul, Kathy Bodnar, Jennifer Shaw, and Rob Mozzon of MNP gathered in front of the new building for a ribbon -cutting ceremony during its open house last Thursday. MNP is the new accounting, consulting and tax firm that bought out Stewart and Sande and took over the building that use to house the business.

Auction cattle

Photos

Two of the 1,706 head of cattle that were sold at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday enjoyed some hay outside before being put through the ring and auctioned off to buyers. Last weekend's sale generated nearly $1.8-million. -Sam Odrowski photo

St Mary classroom

Photos
Ken Kellar

Construction at the new St. Mary School in Fort Frances continues, though some rooms like this one in the part of the school that will be used for daycare space are closer to completion. The school won't be at substantial completion until Oct.

Knitting table

Photos

Cecile Cole, left, Leone Anderson, and Gladys Jolicouer showed off some of the knitted blankets that were for sale at the Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary's fall tea, bazaar and bake sale. The annual event helped raise money in support of district health care.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Riverside gala items

Photos
Ken Kellar

Riverside Foundation for Health Care's special events committee members Natalie DeGagne, left, Grace Cridland, McKenna Begin, Livia Lundon, Allison Cox, Lynne Savage and Jan Abbot displayed a few of the collected items that will be put up for silent auction at the foundation's “Black & White Gala” this Saturday.

Play rehearsal

Photos
Ken Kellar

There's safety in numbers . . . or is there? These students don't look too worried about “The Fort Frances Strangler" as they rehearse for the high school's fall play "Scared Silly.” The show runs this Thursday through Saturday and features nine skits so funny, it's also a little bit scary.

Two for tea

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Ann Guba, left, joined her mother, Adelia Guba, for sandwiches and tea at the annual Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary fall tea, bazaar and bake sale at the Emo Legion on Friday.

-Sam Odrowski photos

RRFN outing

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Kathy Bombay left, elder Dorothy Medicine, Verna Leonard, Reta Johnson, and Art Hunter gathered around a sacred fire where tobacco offerings were placed during Rainy River First Nation's (RRFN) reparation and reburial of sacred objects and ancestors on Friday. Up to 100 ancestors and roughly 5,000 artifacts were brought back to the RRFN for the reburial and creation of a new burial mound.

Junior spiker

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jack Wood loaded up to spike the ball during the first set of the Rainy River Owl junior boys' volleyball team's 3-0 win over the Red Lake Rams in their NorWOSSA 'A' home-opener last Thursday afternoon at RRHS. The Owls improved to 2-3 with the win heading into this week's matches.

Owl lay

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Madi Kreger bursted her way down the court and had her eyes on the basket as she got ready to make a layup during the first half of the Rainy River Owl junior girls' basketball team's 38-22 win over the Red Lake Rams in their NorWOSSA 'A' home-opener last Thursday afternoon at RRHS.

Waiting to bump

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Tyson Maki was dialed in as he bumped the ball up in the air for a teammate during the second set of the Rainy River Owl junior boys' volleyball team's 3-0 win over the Red Lake Rams last Thursday afternoon in NorWOSSA 'A' action at RRHS.

Weighing options

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Tori Pollard studied her options on offence as she got ready to take a shot during the first half of the Rainy River Owl junior girls' basketball team's 38-22 win over the Red Lake Rams in their NorWOSSA 'A' home-opener last Thursday afternoon at RRHS. Pollard scored 11 points in the win.

Reaching to set

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Josh Indian looked skyward as he set the ball up for his Owl teammates during the second set of Rainy River's 3-0 win over the Red Lake Rams in NorWOSSA 'A' senior boys' volleyball action last Thursday afternoon at RRHS. The Owls improved to 3-2 in league play with the win heading into this week's matches.

Group hug

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Captain Noah Loveday joined the rest of his Fort Frances Lakers' teammates after they celebrated scoring the tying goal that knotted the game at 5-5 late in the third period of the hosts' comeback 6-5 overtime win on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Owl spiker

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Brayden Holmes looked to send a kill shot past a pair of Red Lake Rams during the first set of the Rainy River Owl senior boys' volleyball team's 3-0 win in their NorWOSSA 'A' home-opener last Thursday afternoon at RRHS.