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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 24, 2018

School build on track

News
Staff

Construction at the new consolidated Catholic school here is on track, with footings and foundation walls currently being installed.

“So far things are good,” said Ben Carlson, site supervisor at Finnway General Contracting.

He noted the project is in its early stages, with the company planning to begin laying in concrete block shortly before getting started on the walls.

Fort High staging fairy tale mashup

News
Sam Odrowski

A load of good laughs, great times, and awesome performances are coming to the Townshend Theatre later this week.

Running Friday to Sunday (Oct. 26-28) from 7-9 p.m., “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” will be performed by Fort High students in Grades 7-12.

Clarification

News

A photo cutline on page A12 of last Wednesday's Times regarding Kaylee Heyens' presentation during a Mental Wellness Day at St. Francis School should have indicated the “Wellness Wheel” she spoke about is based on the Sacred Medicine Wheel.

The Times regrets any inconvenience this omission may have caused.

'Flu shots set to start

News
Press Release

The Northwestern Health Unit will offer 'flu shots beginning in late October.

You can plan to get your 'flu shot from the health unit by booking an appointment at www.nwhu.on.ca or by calling 1-866-468-2240.

Local pharmacies and health-care providers also will be providing free 'flu shots beginning in mid-late October.

Church basement being converted into haunted house for Hallowe'en

News
Sam Odrowski

Attention fright seekers! The Knox United Church basement here is being converted into the ultimate haunted house during the days leading up to Hallowe'en.

And the brave souls who dare to walk through can expect to be thoroughly startled from start to finish.

MPP lauds repeal of Green Energy Act

News
Sam Odrowski

The province recently introduced legislation that, if passed, will repeal the Green Energy Act entirely.

Introduced late last month, it is part of the province's plan to make good on a campaign promise of reducing hydro rates by 12 percent.

Foundation fiesta raises mucho dineros

News
Duane Hicks

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care's “Fiesta like there's no manana” here Saturday night indeed was a reason to the celebrate.

Riverside will be able to purchase a new fetal monitor and new operating room monitor after about 220 district residents raised more than $35,000 while partying at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

'Citizen of the Year' nominees needed

News
Duane Hicks

Who would you like to see recognized for their years of community service in Fort Frances?

The deadline to submit your nomination for the 2018 “Citizen of the Year” is coming up and the town would love to see more submissions before they close at 4:30 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 26).

Council to see mix of faces

News
Duane Hicks

Fort Frances council will have some new faces, as well as some familiar ones returning, following Monday's municipal election.

Incumbent councillor Wendy Brunetta was re-elected, topping the eight candidates vying for the six council seats with 2,155 votes.

'Monday at the Manor' a hit

News
Duane Hicks

Forget Broadway—the stars of the stage are in Borderland.

“Monday at the Manor,” a comedy in two acts written and directed by local resident Tracy Gibson, was performed to tremendous applause last Thursday through Saturday at La Place Rendez-Vous here.

“I feel we had an incredible response to the play,” Gibson told the Times.

"Over three nights, we had over 360 people.

No drop yet in gas price here

News
Sam Odrowski

While many parts of the province saw a five-cent reduction in gas prices in mid-September, the cost across the district has remained the same.

“This a huge source of frustration for me,” Energy minister and local MPP Greg Rickford told the Times on Friday afternoon.

Caul elected as first female mayor

News
Duane Hicks

June Caul will be the new mayor of Fort Frances following her landslide victory in the 2018 municipal election.

Caul, who is wrapping up her first term as a town councillor, soundly defeated fellow councillor Ken Perry by a margin of 1,808-881.

Recount needed in Alberton election

District
Sam Odrowski

Getting out to vote can make a big difference in any election.

That proved to be true Monday in Alberton, where the race for reeve saw Mike Ford defeat incumbent Mike Hammond by just four votes (176-172).

Activities abound at 'Best Start' Hub

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Emo 'Best Start' Hub will host its Hallowe'en party this Friday (Oct. 26) from 6-8 p.m. at the Emo Legion.

Be sure to stop by for treats, dancing, activities, and more! Everyone is welcome!

Admission is $3 and music will be supplied by Party Rock!

For the younger children, trick-or-treating will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.

Public school board to see mostly fresh faces as trustees

District
Sam Odrowski

The incoming trustees for the Rainy River District School Board feature mostly fresh faces, with only two incumbents being re-elected Monday.

David Kircher and Raymond Roy will be back to fill the two trustee seats for Fort Frances-Mine Centre.

Former trustee John Furher (Emo-Chapple-Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls) is back on the board having served in the 90s.

Last chance to join cantata

District
Staff

It's last call to join the Fort Frances Choraliers for this year's Christmas cantata.

Director Diane Maxey said Monday that anyone who would like to sing this December must contact her this week at 274-7309.

She already has about 50 women and men who will be participating but the more, the merrier.

Maxey has to know A.S.A.P. in order to order music and CDs.

'Bards' staging rocking musical

District
Press Release

What does a sadistic dentist, insecure florist clerk, middle-aged shop owner, and good-looking bleach blonde have in common?

You can see them all on stage in the upcoming Borealis Bards' production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

This rocking-good musical will feature the ESharp Harp Blues Band, along with many new faces in both the cast and behind the scenes.

Emo elects newcomer as next mayor

District
Sam Odrowski

Harold McQuaker is the new mayor of Emo and he says he's eager to serve the town.

In Monday's municipal election, McQuaker received a total of 340 votes, followed by Michael Loney (137) and Vincent Sheppard (123).

Emo's council saw incumbents Warren Toles (414 votes) and Lori-Ann Shortreed (329) win re-election.

Area sawmills expand production

District
Press Release

Kenora Forest Products has confirmed it is hiring 15-20 new employees for a weekend production shift set to start next month.

Rainy River mayor set for fourth term

District
Sam Odrowski

Rainy River Mayor Debbie Ewald is set to serve her fourth-straight term at the helm but says it could be her last.

Mayor Ewald, who ran unopposed, said she put her name forward again to ensure the completion of a lot of infrastructure projects that were started during her previous term.

La Vallee reeve re-elected to new term

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The 2018 municipal election results are in, with Ken McKinnon being re-elected as reeve for La Vallee on Monday.

When speaking with him the Tuesday, he said he}s looking forward to the next four years and continuing to support the residents of our area.

The councillors for La Vallee, who all were acclaimed, are Jim Belluz, Glen Aveyard, Dan Rea, and Elaine Hughes.

Lakers focusing on playing structured

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers have shown they can hang with the best in the SIJHL but know they still have a lot to work to do.

A four-goal effort from captain Nick Lucas helped the Lakers to a 6-4 win over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs last Tuesday (Oct. 16) at the Ice For Kids Arena that snapped a two-game losing streak.

Ticket info for all-star game unveiled

Sports
Press Release

The SIJHL has unveiled the logo and ticket information for its 2018 all-star game and skills competition, which will be hosted by the Fort Frances Lakers on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Ice For Kids Arena.

The skills event will get underway at 6 p.m., with the all-star game to follow at 7:30.

Ticket will cost $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for children aged 12 and under.

Senior squad holds its own

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Compiling a 4-2 record in NorWOSSA play so far was nice for the Muskie senior girls' basketball team, but they wanted to prove themselves against some highly-skilled Thunder Bay teams.

The Muskies did just that at the annual Tiger Fall Classic held Friday and Saturday in Thunder Bay, where they compiled a 3-1 record en route to a third-place finish.

Mental focus key for senior spikers

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Getting better each and every time they take to the court still is the goal for the Muskie senior boys' volleyball team.

The Muskies saw some mixed results last week, including a hard-fought, five-set comeback win against the visiting Dryden Eagles last Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 16) before losing in four sets to the Broncos in Kenora on Thursday.

Muskies set to face Maples in quarter-finals

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With the regular season in the books, the Muskie football team now is looking forward to the playoffs.

The St. John's Tigers (5-1), Elmwood Giants (5-1), and Churchill Bulldogs (4-2) all won their final games last week, meaning the Muskies (4-2) finished fourth in the WHSFL's seven-team Currie Division ('A').

Jr. hoopsters working on consistency

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was a weekend of mixed results for the Muskie junior girls' basketball team at the annual Tiger Fall Classic tournament in Thunder Bay.

The black-and-gold compiled a 2-2 record at the tourney, bowing out in the consolation final on Saturday.

Owls' spike squads sweep Falcons

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owls' senior and junior boys' volleyball teams had “sweep” dreams last Wednesday afternoon against the visiting Ignace Falcons.

The seniors gutted out a 25-18 win in the first set before taking the next two by scores of 25-16 and 25-17 to improve their record to 4-2 in NorWOSSA 'A' play.

Runners ready to make their mark at OFSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie cross-country team was spectacular yet again at the NWOSSAA championships held last Wednesday at the Kamview Ski Trails in Thunder Bay.

Fort High qualified eight runners for the all-Ontarios, which are slated for Nov. 3 in Burlington, while all 13 Muskie runners improved on the times they had set at the SSSAA Time Trials on the same course last month.

Local sunrise, sunset times

Sports

Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Oct. 25-31:

Jr. spikers looking to pressure teams more

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The weekend may not have gone exactly how they wanted but the Muskie junior boys' volleyball team proved its mettle at a tournament hosted by the Dryden Eagles.

The Muskies compiled a 2-1-2 record in the Gold Division in pool play before bowing out in the quarter-finals Saturday afternoon to the Pelican Falls Wolverines.

Filling plate

Photos
Duane Hicks

Warren Anderson, first vice-president of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29, filled up his plate with delicious food to take his taste buds south of the border during Saturday evening's fundraiser gala. The dinner and dessert were catered by Tess's Kitchen.

Serving appetizers

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Duane Hicks

Will Richards, left, and Jaykob Ryll were among the Muskie football players who served up appetizers such as tortilla roll-ups, Mexican mini-quiches, and tostaditos to hungry patrons during cocktail hour Saturday evening at the Foundation gala.

Mariachi band

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Duane Hicks

“Mariachi El Norte” entertained guests at the Riverside Foundation gala before and during dinner and then long into the night Saturday—much to the delight of the 220 district residents in attendance.

Couch chat

Photos
Duane Hicks

“Opal," played by Aela Mackintosh, turned on the charm for her mother, "Gladys," (Beth Logue) in an effort to dupe her in a scene from "Monday at the Manor.”

Student performance

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Sam Odrowski

Fort High students Olivia Eldrige, left, and Joanna Empey rehearsed scenes from “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” last Thursday at the Townshend Theatre to prepare for their upcoming performances there. The play is set to run Oct. 26-28 from 7-9 p.m.

Piñata posse

Photos
Duane Hicks

The “Piñata Posse" from Gillons' Insurance were set to "Fiesta like there's no mañana” on Saturday evening during the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's annual fundraiser gala at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium. Pictured here were Christy Dowty, front row left, and Nancy Brown, along Michelle Sabbe, back row left, Shari Humphrey, Lindy Coyle, Sue Hanson, and Sarah Marusyk.

Emo hosp. auxiliary

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Dave Ogilvie

Members of the Emo Hospital Auxiliary offered a variety of hand-made items for sale at their annual fall tea and bazaar earlier this month. The auxiliary was extremely pleased with the turnout at the Emo Legion and for the continued support of their projects by people from across the district.

Gripping performance

Photos
Duane Hicks

Irish Mythen kicked off Tour de Fort's 2018-19 season last Tuesday evening with a concert at the Townshend Theatre. The engaging Irish-Canadian singer-songwriter brought the crowd on an incredible and emotional journey.

Manor resident

Photos
Duane Hicks

“Party Girl Peggy,” played by Brittany Strachan, took a brief break from whooping it up to address the audience to dispense some words of wisdom.

Seniors squabble

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Duane Hicks

“Martin the Mangler Johnson" (Darryl Allan) battled "Milton" (Lew Kempf) while nursing home staff member "Sheila" (Sarah Langtry) tried to separate them in a scene from "Monday at the Manor.”

Shocked nurse

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Duane Hicks

“Lance Sedgwick" (Rob Tovey) misunderstood the intentions of nurse "Roxy” (Kerry Zucchiatti) when she tried to shave his chest.

enjkoyed

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Duane Hicks

Wendy Judson, left, Kathy Judson, and Diane Strachan enjoyed good food and camaraderie during Saturday evening's Foundation fiesta at the arena auditorium.

Marking bid

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Jay McFarlane of 2Tone Music Productions placed a bid on a silent auction item during Saturday evening's fundrasier gala at the arena. Moree than 90 fabulous items were donated by businesses and individuals.

District cross

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Dave Ogilvie

The Grade 4 girls were off and running at the junior/intermediate cross-country meet held Friday at Crossroads School in Devlin. Many district students from Grades 4-8 enjoyed themselves and put forth their best effort at the annual event.

Towering arms

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Jamie Mountain

Caleb Allan (#1) and Ben Larson (#8) looked to combine for a block during the Muskie senior boys' volleyball team's 3-2 comeback win over the Dryden Eagles last Tuesday afternoon in NorWOSSA action at Fort High. The Muskies then fell in four sets to the Broncos in Kenora on Thursday to see their league record fall to 2-4.

Seeing thru traffic

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Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' goalie Jacob Gnidziejko had the daunting task of looking through the traffic in Dryden GM Ice Dogs' captain Trey Palermo (#22), forward Cameron Coutre, and his own defenceman, Colton Bodnar, during the second period of his squad's 6-4 win last Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Setting it up

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Jackson Arpin looked to set the ball for his power hitter during the second set of the Rainy River Owls' senior boys' volleyball team's 3-0 win over the Ignace Falcons last Wednesaday afternoon in NorWOSSA 'A' action at RRHS.

Hand on ball

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Jamie Mountain

Aynsley Williams had her back to her Igance Falcons' opponent and was looking for an option to pass to during the second half of the Rainy River Owls' senior girls' basketball team's 47-30 loss last Wednesday afternoon in NorWOSSA 'A' action at RRHS.

Reaching in

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Jamie Mountain

Emily Heil of the Dryden Eagles tried to reach in and steal the ball from Alina Eldridge during the Muskie senior girls' basketball team's 57-55 loss last Tuesday afternoon in NorWOSSA action at Fort High. The Muskies rebounded later in the week, though, with a 59-24 rout of the Broncos in Kenora to improve their league record to 4-2.