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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - September, 5 2018

Business awards gala set to go

News
Duane Hicks

The nominations are in for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's 22nd-annual business awards, with winners to be announced during the gala next Wednesday night (Sept. 12).

The Chamber put out a call early last month and received nominations for 41 different individuals or businesses, executive director Jennifer Soderholm told the Times last week.

'Coffee Break' returning

News
Press Release

A new “Coffee Break" season will begin with a "welcome” breakfast next Wednesday (Sept. 12) at 9:30 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.

The breakfast will be followed by a time of fellowship and an introduction to our first Bible study, “Esther, Royal Rescue,” which will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Arthritis in spotlight this month

News
Press Release

Arthritis affects more Canadians than any other chronic condition, yet is it is simply not understood well enough or taken seriously.

Unlike other diseases, arthritis is not believed to be life-altering. The Arthritis Society wants to change that perception.

'Me to We' trip to India enjoyed

News
Sam Odrowski

A Fort Frances High School student selected as one of the winners of the Rainy River District School Board's travel scholarship recently embarked on a “Me to We” trip to India.

During her stay there from July 3-18, 15-year-old Shallin Scott-MacNeil did work with regards to women's rights, building schools, and creating sustainability in less-fortunate communities.

Check voters' list: clerk

News
Duane Hicks

With the municipal and school board elections coming up Oct. 22, local electors are being asked to check the voters' list to make sure their name and other information is on there.

Calendar winners

News

Lillian Pearson and Darwin Hayes of Fort Frances won the $100 for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, respectively, in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

OPP busy on weekend

News
From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District OPP were busy responding to 112 calls for service over the Labour Day long weekend.

In addition, members conducted proactive patrols on the district's highways, issuing 48 Provincial Offence Notices in total.

All Huffman Court lots have been sold

News
Duane Hicks

All 16 lots at the Huffman Court subdivision here have been sold, meaning there's no more town-owned residential lots left right now to buy and build on.

Chief Building Official and municipal planner Tyson Dennis, along with Fort Frances clerk Lisa Slomke, put the last “SOLD” sticker on the billboard advertising the subdivision on Friday morning.

Expanded eye services help to diagnose more patients

News
Sam Odrowski

Cousineau Eye Centre's recent renovation, expansion, and integration of eye-care services has allowed it to provide an improved level of service to its patients.

This expansion means more people are getting diagnosed for ocular eye issues like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, keratoconus, and diabetic retinopathy.

Candidates' forum scheduled for Oct. 2

News
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is giving the public a chance to hear directly from local candidates running in the upcoming municipal election.

The Chamber will host a candidates' forum and mayoral debate on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.

'Country Jam' coming up

News
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The next “Country Jam” will take place on Friday, Sept. 21 starting around 7 p.m. at the Emo Legion.

Admission is $2, which is used to help pay the bill for the lights and air conditioning.

If you love to dance, or just like sitting and listening to some old country tunes, then mark the date on your calendar, bring a friend, and plan on having a wonderful evening.

'1-Stop Registration' event slated

News
Sam Odrowski

Do you or your child still need to register for a sport, club, or recreational activity?

Well, tomorrow will be the time to do so as KidSport is hosting a “1-Stop Registration” open house from 5-7:30 p.m. in the arena auditorium.

Representatives from more than 20 different sports groups and clubs will be offering information and accepting registrations during the event.

Terry Fox Run slated for Sept. 16

News
Duane Hicks

The Terry Fox Run will be held here for a 26th year.

The national fundraiser for cancer research is slated for Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Sorting Gap Marina, with registration at 1 p.m. and then the walk/run at 2 p.m.

Fire hazard on the rise

News
From the MNRF

Three new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by mid-afternoon yesterday.

Dryden Fire #75 was located on an island on Pickerel Arm of Minnitaki Lake, about 50 km northeast of Dryden.

It was declared “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

The other fires were located in Thunder Bay District and Red Lake District.

Activities resume at Legion

News
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The weekly “beer and burger” nights at the Emo Legion start up again this Friday (Sept. 7).

Come out and enjoy a beer and burger for $5. There's also a menu of other food items to chose from.

And be sure to bring a group of friends or family!

Cribbage, Bingo, and carpet bowling also all resume this week at the Emo Legion.

FASD advocate to speak here

News
Staff

Local residents are invited to attend a presentation by Morgan Fawcett, a victim of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), as part of an awareness week about the disease being held Sept. 9-15 by the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre here.

Homelessness committee has kept busy this year

News
Press Release

With the issue of homelessness becoming more visible during the warm months in Fort Frances, community service agencies that make up a homelessness committee are working on a number of projects to address the matter.

Ex-local creates new speedway in Kenora

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Anthony Leek couldn't take the Emo Speedway with him so he decided to create one of his own.

The former president of the Borderland Racing Association, who was born in Fort Frances and grew up in Emo, ventured out and created his own dirt track—the Lake of the Woods Speedway in Kenora.

Tennis tournament makes return here

Sports
Staff

For more than a decade, Fort Frances has been without a tennis tournament.

That all changed Saturday when 16 players met at the courts to square off.

Taking first place in doubles action were John Libler and his partner, Craig Mahoney, of Sioux Lookout, who beat out runners-up Anthony Andrusco of Fort Frances and Humberto Pachekoi of Dryden.

Lakers now shift focus to pre-season

Sports
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Lakers' three-day training camp wrapped up Saturday and head coach/general manager Wayne Strachan now is eager for the squad's first pre-season game.

“I'm excited to get the year started, and interested to see where we're going to be this [coming] Saturday in Hoyt Lakes and what we can bring,” he remarked.

New season, focus for Icebox Radio Theater

Sports
Press Release

Icebox Radio Theater returns with new episodes this September—and an entirely new look and subject matter.

This year, the IBRT will focus on classic stories of mystery and suspense from some of the greatest authors in the genre.

The new series will be called “Mystery on the Air” and will feature an original, audio fiction podcast play once a month from September-May.

More options on tap for curlers this season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

If you know someone who always has wanted to learn how to curl, or you have a new curler on your team, this is what they have been waiting for.

The Fort Frances Curling Club is launching an “Adult Learn To Curl” program that will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. this fall.

The program is one of three new options the curling club will be offering this year.

Library offering free tennis racket rentals

Sports
Sam Odrowski

With the newly-surfaced courts and the “Rent-a-Racket” program at the Fort Frances Public Library, there seems to be no better time to play tennis here in town.

“Try tennis, see what it's like and see if it is for you,” library CEO Caroline Goulding enthused.

Tennis club lauding repair job on courts

Sports
Sam Odrowski

Local tennis players were without courts in town for more than a decade and had to head over to International Falls to enjoy the game.

That all changed last summer when four tennis courts were built behind Fort Frances High School.

But after the $475,000 courts were built, players quickly noticed they were uneven and would collect water like a “bird bath” whenever it rained.

Four anglers nabbed for offences

Sports
From the MNRF

Four men have been fined for offences under the Fisheries Act, the Ontario Fishery Regulations, and the Liquor Licence Act.

Ken Loranger, of Crofton, B.C., was fined $1,250 for possessing walleye of prohibited size, $200 for fishing without a licence, and $150 for having open liquor in a boat.

45 graduate from youth jobs program

Sports
Press Release

Forty-five participants of the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program (FNNRYEP) and Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) graduated last Thursday at the program's closing ceremonies held at Confederation College.

Participants received certificates and two high school co-op credits earned during six weeks of work and training.

Belting tune

Photos
Sam Odrowski

IsKwé belted out some big notes in front of a full Rainy Lake Square last Thursday evening. The Canadian born Cree/Dene/Métis pop and electronic music singer saw great success at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards, having won Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year for her 2017 album “Fight From Within.”

Scanning glasses

Photos
Sam Odrowski

A pair of glasses were scanned through the lensometer at Cousineau Eye Centre to quickly determine the prescription in the lenses. The technology is one of the many aspects that helps to make the centre “paperless.” Everything is integrated online into their computer system, eliminating the need for hard copy files.

Cousineau optometry

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Dr. Thomas Cousineau showed off his practice's slit lamp biomicroscope that is used in regular eye exams. The biomicroscope is wheelchair accessible, eliminating the need to move clients to and from the examination chair.

Final lot sold

Photos
Duane Hicks

Chief Building Official Tyson Dennis and Fort Frances clerk Lisa Slomke on Friday morning did the honours of putting up the final “sold” sticker on the billboard promoting lots for sale at the Huffman Court subdivision on Friday morning.

Jourdain released

Photos
Submitted

Heart transplant recipient Curtis Jourdain, right, shared big smiles with his parents, Glenn and Genevieve, from Toronto General Hospital as he was being discharged Friday afternoon. Curtis will stay with his family in Toronto over the next three months—or longer—as he continues to recover from the 16-and-a-half hour-long heart transplant surgery he received back on July 23.

Welcome back!

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Early childhood education worker Nicole Cheetham welcomed Izabella Adams with a big hug as she arrived for her very first day of school this morning at St. Michael's. Students across the district headed back to the classroom today as school started after Labour Day locally for the first time in several years.

New entranceway

Photos
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre now is more accessible following renovations completed there last week. The new ramp and stairs with railings, completed by local contractor Ed Kaun and Sons, will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the museum. The public is reminded the museum has a fully-accessible public washroom just inside its front door.

Gussy pic (Sept. 5)

Photos
Submitted

Shelby and Susan Larson with a nice walleye from Lake of the Woods this past weekend.

Big return

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Anthony Andrusco returned the ball with all his might during the doubles tennis tournament held here Saturday. He landed in second place overall with the help of his partner, Humberto Pacheko.

Lining it up

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Al Christiansen lined up a heavy return out on the courts Saturday morning during the doubles tennis tournament held here. He and his partner, Al Cesuinas of Dryden, landed third place at the tournament after beating out Bob Tkachuk and Jason Kabel.

Busting through

Photos
Sam Odrowski

A Lakers' training camp participant for the “Black" team tried to barrel over his opponents on the "White” team as they all rushed to the play at the Ice For Kids Arena on Saturday night. Those who attended the camps played as hard as they could in hopes of making the Lakers' roster for the 2018-19 season.

Labour shortage is the ‘new norm’ that will last a decade: BDC economist says

National
By David Paddon The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Canada’s small and mid-sized companies must find ways to adapt to a “new norm” of worker shortages that will likely persist for a decade, says Pierre Cleroux, chief economist for the Business Development Bank of Canada.

New advice on kids’ concussions calls for better tracking

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

CHICAGO — New children’s concussion guidelines from the U.S. government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most kids’ symptoms clear up within one to three months.

Colin Kaepernick’s Nike deal prompts flurry of debate

Sports
By Rob Maaddi The Associated Press

An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.

@Headline:Early results boost hopes for historic gene editing attempt

Science
By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press

PHOENIX — Early, partial results from a historic gene editing study give encouraging signs that the treatment may be safe and having at least some of its hoped-for effect, but it’s too soon to know whether it ultimately will succeed.

Korean Fried Chicken Tenders

Recipes
By Katie Workman The Associated Press

In cities around the country with large Korean populations, you might find Korean fried chicken wings. With their shattery, thin crust and lacquered coating, they aren’t something you’re likely to eat just once and then say, “Well, that was satisfying, I’ll cross that off the old bucket list.”

You’ll probably dream about them until you eat them again.

A blueberry tart that simply works, so you don’t have to

Recipes
By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Before our annual circuit around the sun forces us to kiss off the blueberry season, I urge one and all to try this blueberry tart. Super-tasty and much simpler to make than the standard recipe, it features the usual buttery bottom crust, loaded with gobs of fresh berries and topped off with a crispy sweet streusel crumble.

How to transform broccoli rabe and sausage into a casserole

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

In Italy, pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage is a popular dish. We transformed these classic flavours into an easy, yet elegant, casserole. Our flavour choices were traditional: sweet Italian sausage, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, and a bit of anchovy for an umami backbone. A rich, creamy sauce with two cheeses was the perfect way to round out our dish.

We make our cheese bread with flour, milk and sour cream

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

We start our cheese bread with all-purpose flour and add whole milk and sour cream for a clean, creamy flavour and rich, moist texture. Just a few tablespoons of butter adds enough richness without greasiness, and using less fat makes the texture heartier and less cakelike.

For an easy and nutritional chicken dish, add a sheet pan

Recipes
The Associated Press

A sheet pan full of roast chicken, kale and butternut squash promised a satisfying, nutritious meal with minimal cleanup. However, in order to combine sturdy squash, dark leafy greens, and chicken in a single pan, we’d need to get them to cook at the same rate.

Ditch the store-bought raspberry jam for a jar made at home

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Store-bought raspberry jam can be a disappointment, tasting more like gummy candy than raspberries. We wanted a jam bursting with fresh fruit flavour, and we started by finding the perfect balance of fruit and sugar. For intense fruit flavour, we added a grated Granny Smith apple.

Try a simplified meaty pasta sauce that has no flavour lost

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Authentic lasagna Bolognese is all about the meaty, luxurious ragu. Typically, the rich sauce is bound between thin sheets of pasta along with a creamy bechamel sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Cooler days in forecast

Weather

It will be clear and cold tonight, with an overnight low of four C (39 F) and west winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 20 (68) and low around eight (46).

Look for west winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Sunny but cool conditions also are forecast for Friday, with a high of just 18 (64) and low again dipping to eight (46).