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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 30, 2019

Get a flu shot: NWHU

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Press Release

The Northwestern Health Unit encourages everyone to get a flu shot this November.

If you or someone close to you is at high risk of flu complications, you can get your shot now.

You can plan to get your flu shot at pharmacies, from your family doctor or nurse, or from the health unit.

Pharmacies cannot give the shot to anyone under five years old.

Couchiching could get second cannabis store

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Sam Odrowski

Couchiching First Nation could be getting a second cannabis dispensary following changes to the regulations that license stores on reserves.

Ontario Regulation 468/18 originally permitted eight stores for First Nation communities, and one per reserve, but on Oct. 22 it was amended to allow for up to 26 cannabis outlets, while lifting the cap of one store per community.

'Black & White' gala rakes in the green

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Ken Kellar

It was certainly a night to remember, full of people dressed to the nines enjoying a fancy night out to support a good cause.

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care's “Black & White” gala took place on Saturday night at the Copper River Inn, and Foundation director Allison Cox said the night was a great success.

“We're really happy with how it went,” Cox said.

Second Street East work now complete

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Staff

The 300 block of Second Street is finally open.

Landscaping and signage removal is now ongoing at the site, but the roadway was re-opened yesterday.

Downey hears about judiciary concerns here

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Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances is inside the only judicial district in the province without a sitting judge.

Since 2012 when the community lost Justice Thomas McKay, who was the resident judge, the district has been dependent on visiting judges which has caused an array of problems for those accessing the court system locally.

FFHS students tackle cardboard boat challenge

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Ken Kellar

A handful of students from Fort Frances High School took part in a unique competition last week.

Eight Grade 7 students from Angela Petsnick's science class travelled to Dryden to take part in a cardboard boat competition.

Petsnick noted that the competition, organized by Skills Ontario, tied directly into their curriculum.

Town to 'shine light'

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Staff

Town council is once again supporting shedding light on the abuse of women by proclaiming the month of November as “Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month” in Fort Frances.

Local library celebrated

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Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre recently held a celebration for Ontario Public Library Week (Oct. 20-26).

Last Tuesday members of the public were invited to meet new staff at the local library including new CEO Joan MacLean, while enjoying a celebration cake and tour of the facility.

Museum gala to be throwback to Prohibition era

District
Ken Kellar

Dust off your fedoras and flapper dresses and brush up your Al Capone impression, the Fort Frances Museum is about to become the town's hottest juice joint.

The Friends of the Museum are well into planning their eighth-annual gala, and Friends' president Robert Schulz said that this year's theme ties into colourful periods of Canadian and American history.

Be wary of scams: police

District
From the OPP

The Rainy River District detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) want you to confirm who you're dealing with before sending any money anywhere for any reason.

The ever-popular Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and other agency-related extortion threats have continued to sustain significant financial losses by unsuspecting victims.

Sixties Scoop survivor shares his story

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Sam Odrowski

One of the worst experiences imaginable for a parent is the loss of a child.

Yet, this trauma has been inflicted upon thousands of aboriginal families in Canada, through the 1960s-1980s when their kids were taken from their homes, often without consent, by child welfare agencies during the Sixties Scoop.

Fort man killed by truck

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From the OPP

A Fort Frances man was killed in a motor vehicle-pedestrian collision on Highway 11/17, west of Fraser Road in Thunder Bay

At approximately 5:21 a.m. Monday, officers from the Thunder Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), as well as Superior North Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responded to a report of the collision.

Man busted at border

District
From the OPP

Officers from the Rainy River District detachment of the OPP were contacted Friday evening by officers from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the Rainy River Port of entry.

CBSA officers had conducted a roadside sobriety test with an approved screening device.

The male driver performed poorly.

Cash calendar winners

District

Bernice Kempf and Cathy and Robert Perreault of Fort Frances were among the $30 winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's cash calendar draw for the week of Oct. 20-26.

Kayle Veldhuisen (Devlin), Glenda Halverson and Cliff Westover (Rainy River), Linda Fraser (Atikokan), and Anne O'Sullivan (Vancouver).

Clarke excited to helm Muskie girls' team

Sports
Jamie Mountain

For the second year in a row the Muskie girls' hockey team will have a new head coach.

Chris Sinclair has moved over to head the Muskie boys' squad, giving Nicole Clarke the opportunity to step into the role for the girls.

Sr. spikers starting to right the ship

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie senior boys' volleyball team was able to halt a frustrating five-match losing skid last week and now are planning to build off that momentum as they gear up for the stretch drive towards the NorWOSSA playoffs.

Fort High played well and saw its league record improve to 2-6 with a hard-fought 2-1 win over the visiting Dryden Eagles last Wednesday afternoon.

Carlson helps Seminoles snare another victory

Sports
Staff

The No.15/20 Florida State Seminoles' swimming and diving teams secured a pair of wins against NR/RV Georgia Tech on the road at the McAuley Aquatic Center on Saturday.

The 20th-ranked women's team (2-2, 1-2 ACC) defeated Georgia Tech (0-1, 0-1 ACC) 177-123, while the No. 15 men (3-1, 2-1 ACC) edged the Yellow Jackets 160-140.

Owl junior spikers aiming for strong finish

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owl junior boys' volleyball team accomplished its goal of making the playoffs an is hoping to end the regular season strong this week.

The Owls were strong on Monday afternoon as they dispatched the visiting Ignace Falcons 3-0 to see their NorWOSSA 'A' record improve to 5-4.

Muskie runners soar to first-ever NWOSSAA trophy

Sports
Jamie Mountain

That rumbling you feel is from the collective footsteps of the Muskie cross-country team.

The 26-member contingent that Fort High sent to the NWOSSAA championships last Wednesday at the Kamview Ski Trails in Thunder Bay served notice to all of Ontario that they are a force to be reckoned with as a record 19 runners qualified for OFSAA, which is slated for this Saturday in Sudbury.

'Toothpick' squash tourney returns

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Staff

The Ladies' “Toothpick” squash tournament made its triumphant return to Fort Frances over the weekend.

The tournament has been revived with the resurgence of new and past female players, where a total of 10 women participated in two round robins of 'A' and 'B' divisions.

Veteran Mary-Beth Tkachuk won the 'A' division after four matches.

Sr. hoopsters elated to get first-place bye

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They were determined to get the win and did everything in their power to secure it.

The Muskie senior girls' basketball team held the visiting Dryden Eagles to just four points in the fourth quarter en route to a convincing 53-35 win last Wednesday afternoon at Fort High.

Muskies preparing for quarterfinal clash

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Despite not finishing the Winnipeg High School Football League regular season on the most positive of notes, the Muskie football team is aiming to rectify that in the playoffs.

A 29-6 loss to the Maples Mauraders last Wednesday in Winnipeg left the Muskies with a 4-2 record and a third-place finish in the six-team Currie Division ('A').

Muskie boys' hockey team going through some changes

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The coaching staff for the Muskie boys' hockey team looks vastly different as the black-and-gold prepares to head into a new NorWOSSA season.

After spending last year at the helm of the Muskie girls' squad, Chris Sinclair will be taking the reins from Jordan Sinclair to lead the Muskie boys.

Lakers learning what it takes to win

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers may get down at some point in games so far this season, but you can certainly never count them out.

The team showed some resilience once again over the weekend in a pair of road games and are steadily learning what it takes to win on a nightly basis.

Junior spikers peaking at the right time

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The teams that can put it all together and execute at the right time are usually the ones who end the year on top.

That's the way the Muskie junior boys' volleyball team is trending and its confidence is starting to rise after dispatching the visiting Dryden Eagles in straight sets last Wednesday afternoon at Fort High.

Cardboard boat

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Submitted

Grade 7 students Graeme Coats, front, Carson Saunders, Brighton Pollard and Kassidy Gurniak made up one of the two teams from Fort Frances High School that took part in the cardboard boat races in Dryden on Friday.

Drawing ticket

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Ken Kellar

Brittany Cook was selected from the crowd to draw the ticket for the grand prize winner during the gala at the Copper River Inn. The grand prize was a bar cart loaded with $1,000 worth of alcohol. Julie Loveday was the lucky winner.

Some enchanted evening

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Ken Kellar

It was very nearly standing room only at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's annual gala at the Copper River Inn on Saturday evening. The tickets to the event sold out well in advance of the weekend, and the guests took to the theme with gusto, proving that people in the Rainy River district love to dress up a bit when the opportunity arises.

Surveying auction items

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Ken Kellar

Sandra McKinnon, left, and June Keddie eyed up items on the silent auction table during Saturday evening's gala. The silent auction featured an assortment of donated items ranging from fishing rods to wall-worthy art, providing something for everyone to make a bid on in order to take home the prize and support a worthy cause.

Foundation director speaking

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Ken Kellar

Riverside Foundation for Health Care director Allison Cox addressed the crowd during the Foundation's “Black & White” gala at the Copper River Inn on Saturday evening. The annual fundraising gala was held to raise money for a new microbiology system for the health care network and was sold out well in advance of the event. See story, more photos A5.

Advent in action

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Ken Kellar

Telford Advent of Riverbend Auction Services entertained the crowd as he worked his magic during the live auction portion of the evening Saturday. Telford coaxed some generous donations from the crowd with his combination of skill, wit and charm.

Library staff

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New library CEO Joan MacLean, left, IT co-ordinator Jermey Gruttner, public services clerk Fiona Gallagher, library staffers Samantha Manty and Kaylen Cunningham, and returning on-call staff member Andrea Avis shared some smiles last Tuesday evening during the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre's open house. -Sam Odrowski photo

Sedgwick playing

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Margaret Sedgwick was in the zone as she played with the Rainy Lake Community Orchestra during the “Black & White” gala on Saturday. The Orchestra serenaded guests as they arrived for the evening and continued to entertain until dinnertime, playing a selection of classy songs and famous movie themes.

-Ken Kellar photo

Hanging around

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Sam Odrowski

Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy instructor Christina Dowty helped one of the club's students swing on an “uneven bar” to familiarize her with the gymnastics apparatus yesterday evening at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium. The new academy has been offering gymnastics lessons there each week. A grand opening for the academy is being hosted at the auditorium next Wednesday (Nov.

Touching head

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Jilayne Derksen went all in on “heads" during the "Heads or Tails" game at the "Black & White” gala. Guests to the gala were able to purchase a necklace to enter into the game, where each participant had to choose either heads or tails before emcee John Homer flipped a coin and announced the result. Those who chose poorly were eliminated from the running.

Fighting for puck

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Jamie Mountain

Ashlyn Beck tried to knock her Borderland Chiefs' opponent off of the puck during the second period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 5-4 win in exhibition action on Monday night at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). The Muskies are slated to open the NorWOSSA regular season on Nov. 12 in Kenora against the Broncos.

Ball battle

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Jamie Mountain

Kirsten Armstrong, right, tried to wrestle the ball away from her Ignace Falcons opponent during the second half of the Rainy River Owl senior girls' basketball team's 35-16 win in NorWOSSA 'A' action on Monday afternoon at RRHS. The Owls improved to 4-4 with the win.

Looking to pass

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Jamie Mountain

MacKenzie Ludeman had her eye towards the basket as she surveyed her options on offence during the first half of the Rainy River Owl senior girls' basketball team's 35-16 win over the Ignace Falcons on Monday afternoon at RRHS.

Runner duo

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Submitted

Montana Plasky, left, and Greta Fedoruk were among the 19 Muskie runners who qualified for the all-Ontarios this Saturday in Sudbury after putting in a great performance at the NWOSSAA championships last Wednesday in Thunder Bay. Plasky snared bronze in the junior girls' division while Fedoruk cruised to gold among the seniors.

Owl spiker #2

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Jamie Mountain

Ryder Sinninghe tipped the ball in attempt to get it over the hands of his Ignace Falcons' opponents during the second set of the Rainy River Owl junior boys' volleyball team's 3-0 win in NorWOSSA 'A' action on Monday afternoon at RRHS.