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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 24 2019

Work on strat plan underway

News
Sam Odrowski

Town councillors and staff joined community partners at Sunny Cove earlier this month to begin the development of a strategic plan.

Once drafted, the plan will act as a guide for town council over the remainder of their four-year term.

Cocaine seized at border

District
Press Release

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the International Falls Port of Entry stopped a BMW sedan for further inspection on Oct. 17.

CBP officers inspected the vehicle with a K-9 and found 135 grams of cocaine.

Nineteen runners qualify for OFSAA

Sports
Staff

The Muskie cross-country team had a superb showing at the NWOSSAA championships held at the Kamview Ski Trails in Thunder Bay yesterday.

Fort High had 19 runners qualify for the all-Ontarios, which is slated for Nov. 2 in Sudbury.

Alexia Gate and Leah Seguin finished 1-2 in the Midget girls' 4K race to both qualify for OFSAA.

Muskies take all four against Eagles

Sports
Staff

It was a clean sweep for the Muskie court sport teams yesterday against the visiting Dryden Eagles at Fort High.

In girls' basketball action, the juniors improved to 7-1 with a 47-26 romp over the Eagles (6-2).

Tatum Gkowasky led the way with a 17-point performance while Ayiana Gagne netted 15 points.

Dribbling ball

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie Serena Teeple dribbled the ball around a Dryden Eagles' opponent on her way towards the basket during the second quarter of Fort High's 47-26 win in NorWOSSA junior girls' basketball action yesterday afternoon at Fort High. Teeple scored a basket to help the Muskies improve to 7-1 in league play.

Ghost relocation services

Photos
Ken Kellar

It's the spookiest waiting room you'll ever see during Fort Frances High School's fall play “Scared Silly," opening tonight at the Townshend Theatre. The play will feature nine short skits, each offering a bite-sized portion of scares and laughs to thrill and chill all the "boys and ghouls” in the audience.

Helping the homeless

Photos

Morgan Jourdain, left ,and Jenn Kivimaki of the United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC) joined St. Michael's School students last Thursday when they collected food donations for their Food Bag Program which helps feed individuals who are homeless in the community. The students brought in food items for three weeks leading up to the donation.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Pumpkin craft

Photos
Ken Kellar

Terri Seguin, left, daughter, Addy, and Harper Woolsey worked together on a pumpkin craft during Community Living Fort Frances and District's Open Air Art Studio on Monday at the Fort Frances Public Library. The pumpkins were made from a piece of fabric wrapped around a roll of toilet paper, with cinnamon sticks serving as the pumpkin's stem, and then were decorated with twine or ribbon.

Ontario to be moving more services online

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario will move more government services online, redesign the way it makes bulk purchases, and sell off office space and land as part of its efforts to rein in a multibillion-dollar deficit, the province's treasury board president said yesterday.

Trudeau says he regrets negative tone of campaign

National
Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed regret yesterday for the nastiness of the federal election campaign and vowed to find a way to work co-operatively with other parties in the next Parliament.

Pipeline funds to help pay for cleaner energy

National
Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Liberal government expects to get $500 million a year out of the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline and is promising to spend it all on cleaner sources of energy and projects that pull carbon out of the atmosphere.

Hydro rates to go up Nov. 1

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario Energy Board says hydro rates for households and small businesses will be going up starting next week.

The agency says rates are scheduled to increased by about $1.99—or 1.8 percent—for a typical residential customer who uses 700 kilowatt hours per month.

The federal election, by the numbers

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Monday's federal election by the numbers, according to Elections Canada:

Vikings could be better off without Thielen

Sports
Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

EAGAN, Minn.—When Adam Thielen left the previous game in Detroit because of a hamstring injury he suffered in the first quarter, the Minnesota Vikings didn't miss a beat without their two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Nats rout Astros for 2-0 World Series lead

Sports
Kristie Rieken
The Associated Press

HOUSTON—Stephen Strasburg's time had come.

Famously held out of the post-season seven years ago, Strasburg delivered on the biggest stage of all last night.

The right-hander outpitched fellow ace Justin Verlander, overcoming a shaky start to help give the Washington Nationals a 12-3 win over the Houston Astros and a commanding 2-0 lead in the World Series.

Car surfer has charge dropped

International
The Associated Press

NASHVILLE—A man accused of riding for 20 miles (32 kilometres) atop a car that sped down a Tennessee interstate has had one of his charges dropped.

Ronnie Sellars, 31, no longer faces a “clinging to a vehicle” charge in Wilson County, but disorderly conduct charges are still pending in neighbouring Davidson County, The Tennessean reported this week.

Town bets on bushy chicken

International
The Associated Press

FITZGERALD, Ga.—Why did the tourists cross the road? One south Georgia town hopes it will be to see a giant bushy chicken statue.

Fitzgerald Mayor Jim Puckett tells local news outlets that the town is building the world's largest chicken topiary, a 62-foot (19-meter) steel-framed chicken with plants growing on it.

Pumpkins result in blackface complaints

International
The Associated Press

NYACK, N.Y.—Bed Bath & Beyond has removed pumpkins painted black with white mouths following complaints they were offensive because they resembled blackface.

Snake tries to eat dead snake as wasp attacks

International
The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Sometimes the circle of life stings.

A coral snake found that out the hard way and a Florida woman caught it all on camera.

Evangeline Cummings posted a video on Twitter of what appears to be a wasp stinging a coral snake that was dangling from a branch attempting to eat a dead snake.

Five things you didn't know about Sharon, Bram

Life
David Friend
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Children's entertainers Sharon and Bram wrapped their farewell tour over the summer, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're slowing down entirely.

First rap song to join Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Life
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Party anthem “Let Your Backbone Slide” helped usher in Canada's early hip-hop movement, and now the influential track by Maestro Fresh Wes will become the first rap song inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

TV reporter fired for climbing on classic cars

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Maybe the “Good Day Sacramento” reporter just thought he'd drive a little more traffic to his television station's website when he climbed on top of a classic 1950s Thunderbird convertible and struck a silly pose, putting his feet on its pristine yellow paint job.

Sunshine to last into weekend, then flurries

Weather

Tonight will be partly cloudy low of minus-six C (21 F).

Tomorrow will have a mix of sun and clouds throughout the day, clearing overnight. Expect a daytime high of six (43) and low of four (39).

Saturday will bring the sun but also will have a chance of flurries and rain showers overnight. Expect to see a high of 11 (52) and a low of minus-one (30).

Atown

Around Town

Green's BrandSource Home Furnishings is celebrating its 96th year today (Oct. 24) through Saturday. Stop by and enjoy cake, enter draws, and check out the special offers.