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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - September, 26 2018

New dinner theatre comedy in the works

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Duane Hicks

Get ready to laugh.

“Monday at the Manor”—a comedy in two acts written and directed by Tracy Gibson—will be performed Oct. 18-20 at La Place Rendez-Vous.

It's been six years since Gibson and company staged the dinner theatre performance, “Bridie & Company,” and the local playwright felt it was high time to get back to the stage.

Another successful year for girls' retreat

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Sam Odrowski

A group of 65 girls from across Northwestern Ontario attended Sunny Cove Camp from Sept. 20-23 for a weekend of empowerment, building positive self-esteem, and leadership skills.

The annual “I Am Awesome (And I Know It)” self-esteem retreat for young women brought in girls aged 11-16 from Rainy River District, as well as Dryden, Kenora, and Thunder Bay.

OPP conducting seat belt campaign

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From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District OPP will be out patrolling district roadways, specifically targeting seat belt offenders during the fall seat belt campaign from Sept. 26-Oct. 5.

Some 257,475 seat belt charges have been laid over the last 10 years, with 25- to 34-year-olds being issued more charges (63,846) than any other demographic.

Too many walleye costly

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From the MNRF

A British Columbia man has been fined for an offence under the Ontario Fishery Regulations.

Wayne Jensen, of Vancouver, pleaded guilty and was fined $3,250 for possessing an over-limit of walleye.

Campaign pushing fire safety

News
Sam Odrowski

Creating a fire safety plan, and having all the proper alarms in place, has become more important now than ever before.

“Thirty years ago, you had approximately 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire,” noted Chapple, Emo, La Vallee & Alberton Fire Chief Josh Colling.

Harvest supper coming up in Devlin

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Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Guthrie United Church will host its annual “Harvest Supper” this Sunday (Sept. 30) beginning at 5 p.m. at the Devlin Hall.

The menu will feature turkey, ham, and all the fixings—plus all those wonderful pies!

Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for kids aged six-12 (those five and under eat free).

Help prevent child sexual abuse: OPP

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From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District OPP would like to encourage the public to help prevent child sexual abuse and risk of victimization in our communities.

The OPP has partnered with the Canadian Centre of Child Exploitation (Canadian Centre) to protect children from those who would do them harm.

Town may take Emo's recyclables

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Duane Hicks
Staff writer

Fort Frances council will take a look at a request from the Township of Emo to use the town's recycling depot.

“As you may know, the plant that recycles paper and cardboard in International Falls shut down earlier this spring,” Emo CAO/clerk-treasurer Bridget Foster wrote in a letter dated Sept. 19.

Weechi-it-te-win workers favour contract

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Press Release

About 30 members of Unifor Local 324 voted 88 percent in favour of a new first contract with Weechi-it-te-win Family Services that also was ratified by its board last Thursday.

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services is an indigenous-based child welfare agency located near Fort Frances that serves Anishinaabe residents from 10 area First Nations across the Kenora and Rainy River districts.

UNFC to host 'Orange Shirt Day'

News
Sam Odrowski

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has recorded more than 6,000 deaths of residential school students out of the estimated 150,000 children who attended.

Statistics show the odds of a child dying in the residential school system was higher than that of a Canadian soldier dying in World War II.

Ex-resident scales peaks for good cause

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Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances native Haven Labbe visited the Swiss and French Alps late last month in an attempt to climb several peaks more than 4,000 metres in height.

She embarked on the trip to help fundraise for the Fort Frances Women's Shelter of Hope and spread awareness about the organization.

Legion members saluted at ceremony

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Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Legion Br. #29 and Ladies Auxiliary filled the Legion Hall on Saturday afternoon to honour and recognize members who reached a milestone in their service.

The awards were held differently than in years past, with them being done jointly instead of individually for the branch and auxiliary.

Fire service accepting applications

News
Sam Odrowski

The Chapple, Emo, La Vallee & Alberton Fire & Emergency Service is running its annual recruitment drive up until this Sunday (Sept. 30).

The service currently is looking to fill five vacant positions in Alberton, two in Chapple, two in Emo, and two in La Vallee.

Chief Josh Colling encourages anyone in these communities with an interest to submit an application.

Town may take more waste at local landfill

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Duane Hicks

The town may enter into an agreement to provide landfill and recycling services for Naotkamegwanning (Whitefish Bay) First Nation.

At its Sept. 10 meeting, council received a request from Naotkamegwanning, which then was reviewed by the Operations and Facilities executive committee.

New 'room tax' to take effect Jan. 1

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Duane Hicks

Those staying at local hotels and motels will be paying a little more in the future after town council voted Monday night to adopt a new four percent municipal accommodation tax (MAT), effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Outdoor 'sleep-out' in search of support

News
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Homelessness initiative is in search of brave souls willing to participate in a sidewalk “sleep-out” to raise money and awareness for a good cause.

About two dozen individuals so far have signed up for “The Longest Night of the Year” event, which is slated to run along Scott Street next Friday (Oct. 12) from 9 p.m.-6 a.m.

Museum celebrates its 40th anniversary

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Duane Hicks

Forty years after opening its doors at 259 Scott St., the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre is now more than ever a “vibrant and thriving” part of the community.

An exhibit marking the Fort Frances Museum's 40th anniversary, and the 120th anniversary of the building which houses it, was opened with a wine-and-cheese reception last Wednesday afternoon.

Workplace wellness challenge going again

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Press Release

October is Healthy Workplace Month and the Northwestern Health Unit is inviting you to participate in our sixth-annual Workplace Wellness Challenge!

Last year, 80 workplaces across the region, including 800 employees, took part in the challenge—and we hope to see even more in 2018.

Duo back on top again at RRWT

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Cracking the top 10 two years in a row was nice for Doug McBride and Steve Ballan.

But they wanted a little more this time around.

The district duo teamed up once again and mastered the waters of the Rainy River in claiming the 20th-annual Rainy River Walleye Tournament title on Saturday with a two-day haul of 24.02 pounds.

Local sunrise, sunset times

Sports

Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Sept. 27-Oct. 3:

RRCC spikers earn split

Sports
Staff

It was a week of mixed results for former Muskie Chelsea Kabatay and the rest of the Rainy River Community College Voyageurs women's volleyball team.

The squad split its four games, winning both matches last Wednesday before dropping both on Saturday.

RRCC (4-6) started with a sweep of Gogebic Community College, winning by scores of 25-19, 25-23, and 25-22.

Lakers looking to build off 2-0 start to season

Sports
Staff

It appears—at least early on—as though the Fort Frances Lakers would like to put two-straight years of finishing fifth in the SIJHL standings behind them.

The Lakers kicked off the 2018-19 regular season in impressive fashion over the weekend with pair of road wins.

Jr. hoopsters seek consistency

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie junior girls' basketball team got off to a great start last Thursday afternoon in their NorWOSSA regular-season opener against the visiting Dryden Eagles.

The offence was clicking and the defence was holding firm as the black-and-gold built a 17-0 lead about midway through the second quarter.

Senior hoopsters dominate in Dryden

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie senior girls' basketball team didn't let a loss the previous day get them down but instead went out and dominated at a one-day exhibition tournament in Dryden on Friday.

Hunting, fishing licensing system being modernized

Sports
Press Release

On Nov. 26, there will be a better way for hunters and anglers across Ontario to get their Outdoors Cards and hunting and fishing licensing products.

“The new fish and wildlife licensing service that we are launching in November will make getting outdoors easier for hunters and anglers,” said Natural Resources and Forestry minister Jeff Yurek.

Defence coming up big for Muskies

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They say defence wins championships but the Muskie football team also is finding out it can win you games early on in the season.

A week after blanking the host Tec Voc Hornets 42-0, the black-and-gold's defence came up huge yet again in a 14-8 victory over the previously-undefeated Elmwood Giants on Friday afternoon in their WHSFL home-opener.

Coach pleased with squad's early showing

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The day really could not have gone any better for a number of athletes on the Muskie cross-country team at the SSSAA Time Trials last Wednesday at the Kamview Ski Trails in Thunder Bay.

Junior spikers start strong

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It's been a tale of two different seasons so far for the Muskie junior and senior boys' volleyball teams.

The juniors have roared out of the gate, winning their NorWOSSA season-opener 3-2 (25-15, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, and 15-12) against the visiting Dryden Eagles last Thursday afternoon before claiming the title at the Kenora Invitational Tournament over the weekend.

Safety tips for hunters

Sports
From the OPP

With hunting season underway, the Rainy River District OPP is reminding hunters that safety needs to be a first priority.

There are a number of ways hunters can keep themselves, and those around them, safe. These include:

Muskie golfers hoping for Red Lake magic

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Members of the Muskie golf team were able to card some better scores at the second event of the NorWOSSA regular season last Thursday at the Beauty Bay course in Kenora but they'll need some luck if they are to qualify for NWOSSAA here next week.

Yoga stretch

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Raya Lebel (at left) held a solid stretch before getting into the yoga activity that was part of the “I Am Awesome (And I Know It)” retreat held at Sunny Cove Camp from Sept. 20-23. The yoga was held inside a sealed tent to keep everyone dry due to the rainy conditions that persisted for most of the weekend.

'TD Tree Days'

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Submitted

TD Canada Trust volunteers Mari Thibault, left, Heather Gill, Korreli Brant, Amanda Stevens, Katie Trigg, Matthew Price, and Samson Busch shared big smiles at J.W Walker School after testing out their green thumbs during “TD Tree Days” on Saturday. A volunteer from both the Dryden and Kenora TD branches made the trek here to help with the environmental endeavour.

Historic landmark

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Duane Hicks

Part of the new exhibit features photos of the museum building from over the decades. The aerial perspective allows viewers to see what other buildings in the vicinity have come and gone in all the years the 120-year-old local landmark has been standing.

RRWT champs (2018)

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Jamie Mountain

Doug McBride and Steve Ballan were nothing but smiles and full of jubilation after claiming the 20th-annual Rainy River Walleye Tournament title on Saturday. The district duo topped the 100-team field with a two-day haul of 24.02 pounds, giving them the $20,000 first-place cheque and their first win at the tourney since 2005.

Noonan speaking

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Duane Hicks

La Place Rendez-Vous owner Paul Noonan urged council Monday night to postpone imposing a municipal accommodation tax (MAT) until accommodation providers had more time to study the impact.

Sheer face

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Haven Labbe scaled a large rock formation at the Saas-Grund during her trip, which was her first real rock climb outside of a gym.

Rickety bridge

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Haven Labbe carefully crossed a bridge during her climb of the Jegihorn in Saas-Grund during her trip to the Swiss Alps this summer. The climb she embarked on was part of the “very difficult” route and put her mountaineering skills to the test. She is clipped into the steel cables running parallel to the bridge for safety.

Blowing dry

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Sam Odrowski

Harper Gunderson blew through a straw to quickly dry the paint on her new masterpiece at Sunny Cove Camp last Friday during one of the arts workshops at the “I Am Awesome (And I Know It)” self-esteem retreat for girls aged 11-16. The group of 65 girls each participated in a series of arts and craft workshops during the retreat that ran from Sept. 20-23.

Police uniform

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Duane Hicks

A Fort Frances Police Department chief uniform was on display at part of the new exhibit. The police station was situated in the current museum location from 1968 until 1976, when the new Civic Centre was built.

Practice makes perfect

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Duane Hicks

Brittany Strachan, left, Rob Tovey, Beth Logue, and Lew Kempf on Thursday evening rehearsed a scene from “Monday at the Manor,” an upcoming dinner theatre production written and directed by Tracy Gibson. The comedy, set in a home for the elderly, will be performed Oct. 18-20 at La Place Rendez-Vous. See story on A5.

Steep climb

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Submitted

Haven Labbe gripped part of a mountain in Saas-Grand while embarking on a mountain climbing adventure in the Swiss Alps. She is seen here scaling the mountain via ferrata climb of the Jegihorn, which has an elevation of 3,206 metres.

Old school seat

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Duane Hicks

Sheri De Gagne checked out an old textbook located on a desk in a portion of the exhibit where school-related artifacts are displayed. The current museum building initially was built as a schoolhouse in 1898 when the little school on Mowat Avenue no longer was adequate for the community's growing needs.

Kids fishing

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Jamie Mountain

It wasn't just the adults who were able to get in on all the fishing fun at the 20th-annual Rainy River Walleye Tournament. A kids' mini-tournament was held early Saturday afternoon, in which the youngsters were able to fish off the docks at Hannam Park.

Gussy pic (Sept. 26)

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Submitted

Dennis Favreau held up a largemouth and a smallmouth bass which were part of our catch this weekend out at Shoal Lake.

Tossing candy

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Jamie Mountain

Bill Godin of Devlin tossed out some candies to the spectators on hand during the top-five boat parade of the RRWT held under the big tent at Hannam Park in Rainy River on Saturday afternoon. Godin and his partner, Leroy Wilson, wound up in seventh with a two-day total of 16.1 pounds.

Allan speaking

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Darryl Allan, who was assistant curator at the museum when it first opened its doors in 1978, shared some memories—including a few funny ones—and noted how far the museum has come over the past four decades.

Legion honouree

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Sam Odrowski

Legion Ladies' Auxiliary to Br. #29 member Grace Angus shook hands with auxiliary president Alfreda Easton as she was recognized with a pin for her 60 years of service during an Honour and Awards Ceremony held Saturday at the Legion.

Food drive underway

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Duane Hicks

Carol Angus and Lisa Gibbs showed off the growing collection of food and cash coming into the local BDO Canada office for its “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. Donations will help out the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen located at the Good Beginnings Fellowship on Mill Road here. BDO staff also will conduct a food drive tomorrow (Sept. 27) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Legion award

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Sam Odrowski

Legion Ladies' Auxiliary to Br. #29 member Mary Holland received flowers and a 50-year pin from Legion membership chair Cindy Noble at the Honours and Awards Ceremony held there Saturday.

George speaking

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Duane Hicks

Museum curator Sherry George said the museum has served the community well over the past four decades and looking forward, the building, collection, staff, and volunteers are “very capable of leading us into the future.”