You are here

Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 9, 2019

New CEO settling in at Fort Frances Public Library

News
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre recently welcomed a new CEO after losing Caroline Goulding in July.

Joan MacLean, who's worked as a librarian since 2006, started as CEO on Sept. 27 and is thrilled to work in a community that truly supports its library.

Candidates share policy ideas at forum

News
Sam Odrowski

As the federal election draws closer, candidates competing for the Thunder Bay-Rainy River seat are trying to win over voters.

Possible senior centre relocation petitioned

News
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Senior Centre Board of Management is currently consulting with the public to determine if it should be kept in its current location or moved to the recently closed Fort Frances Daycare Centre.

Fort Frances Times sold to new owner

News
Sam Odrowski

After 85 years of Cumming family ownership, the Fort Frances Times was sold to London Publishing last Thursday.

Not much will change at the Times. It will continue to print four days a week and all 30 of its employees are being maintained.

'Luncheon of Hope' still relevant in 2019

News
Ken Kellar

It's been two years since the last “Luncheon of Hope” was held in Fort Frances, but following its return on Saturday, it's clear the passion that keeps the event alive is going strong.

“I think today actually went great,” said Elizabeth Leishman-Fortes, a registered nurse and co-chair of the Rainy River District Breast Health Network.

Town given 90 days to find new mill buyer

News
Sam Odrowski

The Town of Fort Frances now has a little less than three months to find a new owner for the idle pulp and paper mill here.

An agreement was reached last Thursday between the town and Riversedge Development's numbered company, 2670568 Ontario Limited, that settles close to $500,000 in unpaid taxes and allows any qualified buyer to access the mill and put forward an offer.

Gala tickets still available

News
From Riverside
Foundation for
Health Care

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is excited to announce that tickets for the annual fall gala are still available.

The Black and White Gala is being held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Copper River Inn, with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

Foundation board appoints new chair

News
From Riverside
Foundation for
Health Care

At its annual meeting held Sept. 30, the board of directors of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care appointed Delaine McLeod to the position of chair of the board.

McLeod has been on the board since 2016 and has acted as vice-chair since 2018.

McLeod replaces Bill Gushulak who served as chair for the past two years.

Arpin finishes fourth in ARX standings

Sports
Staff

Tanner Foust is the 2019 Americas Rallycross (ARX) Champion, with Fraser McConnell securing the ARX2 Championship title after a compelling day at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday.

Australian driver Chris Atkinson and Fraser McConnell ended the 2019 ARX season with dramatic victories for Subaru Motorsports USA and DirtFish Motorsports at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio.

North Stars to play St. Scholastica

Sports
Press Release

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—The SIJHL announced yesterday that its defending Bill Salonen Cup champion Thunder Bay North Stars will play the College of St. Scholastica Saints men's hockey team in an exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. at the Fort William Gardens.

Muskie hoops squads continue to roll

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie junior and senior girls' basketball teams have been nothing short of impressive so far this season and kept that momentum rolling into a showdown with the host Sioux Lookout Warriors on Monday.

Muskies earn Homecoming victory

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It seems a season-opening loss to the Springfield Collegiate Sabres was just the wake-up call the Muskie football team needed.

The Muskies cruised to their third-straight rout, dispatching the Tec Voc Hornets 32-0 in their annual Homecoming game on Friday afternoon at Fort High.

Lakers get back on track with pair of wins

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers were able to get another pair of wins under their belts last week and they will be looking to build off that moving forward this SIJHL season.

Lakers fill void with Bailey

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The injury bug has bitten the Fort Frances Lakers of late and on Saturday the team made a move to help lessen the sting.

The Lakers signed defenceman Kiernan Bailey, who will immediately fill a hole on the team's blue-line after Jarrett Blaase suffered an upper-body injury in Friday's 6-2 road win over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.

Muskie runners continue torrid start to season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

John Dutton couldn't have scripted a better start to the NorWOSSA season for the Muskie cross-country running team.

The Muskie coach watched in awe as the 30-member contingent Fort High sent to the annual Evergreen Classic meet in Kenora last Thursday ran strongly and each athlete finished within the top 20 of their respective race.

SIJHL teams with ICEBERG Sports Analytics

Sports
Press Release

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—The SIJHL announced last Thursday that it has signed a partnership agreement with ICEBERG Sports Analytics to implement advanced analytics technology league-wide, while bringing the development of elite hockey talent in the league to a new level.

Madddejonge

Photos

Amanda Moddejonge

Candidates' forum

Photos
Sam Odrowski

All five candidates for the Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding—including NDP candidate Yuk-Sem Won, foreground, Green candidate Amanda Moddejonge, People's Party of Canada candidate Andrew Hartnell, Conservative candidate Linda Rydholm, and Liberal candidate Marcus Powlowski—participated in the candidates forum held at the Stratton Hall last Thursday.

CBC interview

Photos
Ken Kellar

CBC Thunder Bay's Jeff Walters, left, spoke with Bayview Motel and Neighbours Modern Diner owners Jamie Pryde and Myles Wilcott yesterday morning at the Fort Frances Public Library. Walters was interviewing the business owners as part of an on-location segment of CBC Thunder Bay's Superior Morning Program. A small handful of people turned out to the library at 6:30 a.m.

Floor plan

Photos

A scan of a conceptual floor plan for a potential new seniors' centre at the site of the now-closed Fort Frances Daycare. shows many separate rooms which could be utilized for numerous purposes, with ample space to play games like pool and cards as well as to hold meetings, prepare food, and socialize. —Submitted image

Won speaking

Photos

Yuk-Sem Won

CBC visit

Photos
Ken Kellar

CBC Thunder Bay radio host Jeff Walters spoke with Fort Frances Community Chest's Joelle Blanc Paull during the live broadcast from the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday morning. The on-location segment of Superior Morning also spoke with the new library CEO Joan MacLeod, as well as the owners of the Bayview Motel and Neighbours Modern Diner as part of a week-long trip around the district.

Ryholm speaking

Photos

Linda Rydholm

Luncheon speaker

Photos

Christa Heibel of Replenish Yoga Studio in International Falls was the guest speaker for the Luncheon of Hope this year. Heibel, a businesswoman and certified yoga instructor, spoke to the crowd about the practice of yoga being more than just a trendy way to get in some exercise.

-Ken Kellar photo

Luncheon raffle

Photos
Ken Kellar

Luz and Christine McGoldrick, above left, stopped by the “Quilt for a Cure” raffle table to buy a ticket during the Luncheon of Hope on Saturday. The quilt, above right, was donated by the Friends of Barb Ross and the winner of the raffle was Maureen Hayward. In addition to the quilt raffle, there was also a silent auction and penny table for those at the luncheon to peruse

Powlowski speaking

Photos

Marcus Powlowski

Hartnell speaking

Photos

Andrew Hartnell

Luncheon crowd

Photos
Ken Kellar

Women attending the 2019 Luncheon of Hope listened to guest speaker Christa Heibel following the lunch on Saturday at the Copper River Inn.

'Drive Away Hunger'

Photos
Dave Ogilvie

Harsha Rathod, a senior accountant at BDO Canada here, collected food donations as part of Farm Credit Canada's “Drive Away Hunger” campaign last Friday at Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo. BDO staff collected $883 and 464 lbs. of food which went to the Emo Food Bank located in the former St. George's Anglican Church.

Learning hockey

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Local girls' hockey players were able to learn and enjoy the sport over the weekend here. The Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association hosted an Esso Fun Day program in conjunction with the IIHF's World Girls' Hockey Weekend on Saturday morning at the '52 Canadians Arena that helped to bring the game to girls who may have never played it before.

Breaking through

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie quarterback Brady Meeks looked to have a step on his Tec Voc Hornets' opponent as he tried to rush for a gain during Fort High's 32-0 rout in its annual Homecoming game here on Friday afternoon. Meeks rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries and punched in a touchdown during the lopsided win.

Layup

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Grace Smith was locked in as she got ready to complete a lay-up opportunity during the second half of the Muskie junior girls' basketball team's 33-16 win over the Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action last Wednesday afternoon at Fort High. Smith led all scorers with 10 points in the win.

Junior runners

Photos
Submitted

The Muskie junior girls' cross-country running squad has been impressive so far this NorWOSSA season and took the top five spots at the annual Evergreen Classic meet held last Thursday in Kenora. Pictured here earlier this season, from left to right, are some of the team members in Arianna Hyatt, Alexia Gate, Leah Seguin, and Chloe Dolyny. Not pictured are Montana Plasky and Emma Toriseva.

Paramedic honoured

Photos
Submitted

Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer presented Kimberly Ann Wright (Myers) with the Governor General's for 20 years of exemplary service in the field of paramedicine during a ceremony on Sept. 26 in Windsor, Ont. Wright is employed with the Dryden EMS. Her proud parents are Frank and Evelyn Myers of Fort Frances.

Going for pass

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie defenders Eli Vandermeer (62) and Wyatt Richards (42) closed in as fast as they could to hurry a throw from Tec Voc Hornets' quarterback Brendan Tokarz during the second half of Fort High's 32-0 win in its annual Homecoming game here on Friday afternoon. The Muskie defence has steadily improved all season and was able to keep the Hornets off the board in that one.

Taken down

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie defensive back Dale Berg (49) helped to tackle a Tec Voc Hornet to the ground to limit the opposition's ground game during Fort High's decisive 32-0 win in its annual Homecoming game on Friday afternoon here.

Gussy pic (Oct. 9)

Photos
Submitted

Fall walleye fishing is good right up until freeze-up especially around areas where there's some current.

Team celebration

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Declan Webb, left, Peyton Avis, Jaxon Gartzke, and Caleb Allan were among the Muskie senior boys who celebrated getting a crucial point during the first set of Fort High's 2-1 loss to the Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action last Wednesday afternoon at Fort High. The Muskies claimed the first set but dropped the final two to suffer the tough loss.

Rain, snow forecasted

Weather

Tonight will be considerably cloudy with a bit of rain and a low of 10 C (50 F).

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with occasional rain throughout the day and periods of rain at night. Expect a high of 14 (57) and low of nine (48).