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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 28, 2015

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Pharmacist Morgan Albisser gave the Times’ own Duane Hicks a ’flu shot yesterday during a free clinic at Pharmasave. Pharmasave will continue to take walk-ins throughout the fall and winter, as will other local pharmacies. You also can contact the Northwestern Health Unit (1-866-468-2240) and make an appointment or find out about upcoming walk-in clinics.

FITS in need of volunteers

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Duane Hicks

If the public wants any Fun in the Sun activities to happen here next Canada Day, more people need to volunteer.

That message was made loud and clear by town council during its regular meeting Monday night.

‘Trunk or Treat’ to go Saturday

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Heather Latter

The “Project Safe Hallowe’en” committee is organizing a fun-filled day this Saturday, including a “Trunk or “Treat” from 4-6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Fort Frances Public Library, so families can celebrate Hallowe’en safely.

'Breast' diners

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Isabella Fortes, left, and Josie Schill enjoyed a tasty meal at the “Luncheon of Hope” on Saturday at La Place Rendez-Vous here.

Town moving on to design process for market square

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Duane Hicks

With work on the Rainy Lake Hotel demolition nearing an end, town council has agreed to complete a request for proposals for the selection of an architecture firm to move ahead with the second phase of the project.

The selected firm will complete a public consultation and drawings in preparation for the construction of a market square at the hotel site.

Sportsplex vying for Tbaytel dollars

News
Heather Latter

The Fort Frances Wellness Committee recently has been lobbying for upgrades to the fitness facility at the Memorial Sports Centre here and now it’s seeking funding through the “Tbaytel for Good” competition.

“We’re trying to promote health and wellness in the community but the facility needs an update,” said Ian McKay, a local personal trainer who sits on the committee.

Top six pageant finish for Chiasson

District
Heather Latter

Alyssa Chiasson has done it all—a regional, national, and now an international pageant.

The 17-year-old Fort High student recently returned from the Caribbean island of Curaçao, where she represented Canada in the H2O Miss Teen Bikini International pageant.

Healthy smoothie

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Heather Latter

Dietitian Janet Drennan, with the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre, demonstrated how to make a healthy smoothie at the centre’s open house last Wednesday. Held as a way to celebrate “Community Health and Wellbeing Week,” the open house featured a traditional opening and lunch, as well as a number of activities and demonstrations.

Family hosting ‘toyraiser’ for special home

District
Heather Latter

Sisters Katie Galusha and Jennifer Marr have a special place in their hearts for the Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg.

As such, they are hosting a “toyraiser” to give back to their “home away from home.”

“A ‘toyraiser’ is just like a fundraiser except instead of money, Ronald McDonald House-Winnipeg will receive free toys,” Marr explained.

Lakers able to outshine Stars

Sports
Joey Payeur

The Thunder Bay North Stars were like that one lone mosquito continually buzzing around one’s ear to ruin a good night’s sleep.

Pierce Dushenko believed enough was enough and took steps to swat the pesky Stars.

The 20-year-old goalie from Coquitlam, B.C. was unbeatable Saturday night, stopping all 27 shots he faced as the host Fort Frances Lakers blanked Thunder Bay 3-0.

Girls' practice

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Joey Payeur

Goalie Marissa Loveday stared down this shot off from Janelle Kaemingh during a recent Muskie girls’ practice at the ’52 Canadians Arena. Fort High began its season by defending its title at the Sturgeon Heights Huskies tournament in Winnipeg over the weekend.

Muskies eager for playoff rematch

Sports
Joey Payeur

It either will be a case of a lesson learned or school’s out until next fall.

The Muskie football team hopes one more week of preparation will make the difference when it gets another shot at the St. Norbert Celtics this Friday in Winnipeg in the quarter-finals.

Muskie girls defend title

Sports
Joey Payeur

A new season with a significantly different cast of characters usually would not be a winning formula for a TV show.

As for hockey teams? Well, let’s just say “The Muskie Bunch” already is a smash hit.

Muskie boys’ team showing early positives

Sports
Joey Payeur

While it’s much too early to know what will happen on the ice, Jamie Davis is encouraged by what he’s already seeing off the ice.

“I like the culture in the room,” said the Muskie boys’ hockey head coach, whose recently-chosen team is going through its paces to get ready for the 2015-16 season, which kicks off next month.

Muskie runners bound for OFSAA

Sports
Joey Payeur

They will boldly go where no Muskie cross-country running team has gone before.

Fort High will register a first in school history when it sends its trail-blazing team of female runners to the OFSAA cross-country provincials in Duntroon, just south of Collingwood, on Nov. 7 after they finished second at the NWOSSAA championships last Wednesday in Thunder Bay.

Late, late rally: Royals beat Mets 5-4 in 14 innings in longest opener in WS history

Sports
By Ben Walker The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. An inside-the-park home run. A power failure that blacked out the TV audience. Crazy bounces, great plays and key errors.

The longest World Series opener ever had a little bit of everything. And more than five hours after they began, Alcides Escobar and the Kansas City Royals also had just enough energy to outlast the New York Mets.

Support for tighter US gun laws ticks up

International
By Kathleen Hennessey And Emily Swanson The Associated Press

WASHINGTON After a steady string of mass shootings and a revival of the political fight over gun control, Americans are slightly more likely than they were two years ago to say gun laws should be made stricter, a new Associated Press-GfK poll found.

China warns US Navy after ship sails by Chinese-built island

International
By Christopher Bodeen And Robert Burns The Associated Press

BEIJING A U.S. Navy warship sailed past one of China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, in a challenge to Chinese sovereignty claims that drew an angry protest from Beijing, which said the move damaged U.S.-China relations and regional peace.

Painting the hardwood: a creative solution to worn floors

Life
By Melissa Rayworth The Associated Press

Worn and faded hardwood floors can drag down the look of a room. But having scuffed floors sanded down and re-stained can be expensive and messy.

One alternative that’s gaining popularity: painting older hardwood floors. You can add solid colour, stripes, or any imaginable stenciled or hand-drawn patterns to a floor.

Big effort to better understand bats takes wing in 31 states

Science
By Keith Ridler The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho ‚An effort spanning 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces is working to better understand the ecological role that bats play, and the threats they face from climate change, habitat loss and wind energy development.

Go stuff it! Or not. Either way, this stuffing is delicious

Recipes
By Alison Ladman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

To brine or not to brine? High heat or low and slow? Jellied or whole berry? And of course, to stuff or not to stuff?

They are, of course, the perennial Thanksgiving debates. So let us give you a little clarity this year. And if your relatives disagree and want to argue about it, you can blame us.