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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - September, 12 2018

Province forwards flooding claims proposal

News
Sam Odrowski

The federal and provincial governments currently are in negotiations with five district First Nations to find a resolution pertaining to their flooding and island claims on Rainy Lake.

The negotiation process started in 2009 and its goal is to conclude fair and final settlements that will bring closure to these issues while fostering reconciliation.

Couchiching woman's coin design selected

News
Sam Odrowski

A Lakehead University student from Couchiching First Nation was selected by the Royal Canadian Mint to design a new silver- and gold-plated coin that is meant to honour the heroic Shawnee war leader, Tecumseh.

This year marks the 250th anniversary of Tecumseh's birth.

Busy first year for Rainy Lake Square

News
Duane Hicks

The first season for the Rainy Lake Square has proven the locale to be a vibrant hub of activities for the community.

Tannis Drysdale, economic development consultant for the Rainy River Future Development Corp., told council Monday night that in advance of the square opening in mid-May, organizers developed a brand for the square similar to the Fort Frances “Boundless” one.

Meet-the-candidates event planned

News
Duane Hicks

Voters will have a chance to meet candidates in the upcoming municipal election this Saturday.

Candidates running for mayor and council here, as well as trustee seats on the Rainy River District School Board, will be at the Rainy Lake Square from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Candidates can show up as early as 10 a.m. to get set up.

Public board pushes back on sex-ed issue

News
Sam Odrowski

The Rainy River District School Board has taken a stand for diversity and inclusivity in its classrooms.

Last Tuesday, it passed a motion to write the premier and minister of education a letter in support for the recently-scrapped 2015 sexual health curriculum.

Man fined for fire offence

News
From the MNRF

A Lake Helen man has been fined and given a probation order under the Forest Fire Prevention Act.

Arden Fawcett pleaded guilty and was fined $600 for burning grass without a permit.

He also was given a two-year probation order prohibiting him from starting a fire at his camp or at the public access point of Steamboat Bay in Lake Helen.

Interim pastor to speak at next men's breakfast

News
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

A men's fellowship breakfast will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. at the Emo Legion.

Come for a delicious breakfast while enjoying fellowship with old and new friends.

Pastor Kasey, interim pastor at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, will be our speaker.

Men and boys of all ages are welcome, with the cost being $12/person.

Bus issues cause hectic first day back

News
Sam Odrowski

First Student, the new student transportation company here, says it has been working hard to resolve busing issues after having a hectic first day of school last Wednesday.

Many parents across the community said their child wasn't picked up, was picked up by the wrong bus, or was dropped off at the wrong school.

Rainycrest still not open to admissions

News
Press Release

In February, 2018, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care closed Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home to admissions due to repeated non-compliance issues.

The ministry re-inspection of the home occurred again in July.

Tree seed plant backed

News
Press Release

The NDP's forestry critic, Judith Monteith-Farrell, said Ontario's tree seed plant should be kept open—and kept in public hands—as the future of the plant remains in limbo.

The Ontario Tree Seed Plant, located in the town of Angus, has been preserving biodiversity, as well as supporting forest products and wood manufacturing, since 1923.

Avis, West End Motors nominated for award

News
Duane Hicks

Roy Avis of West End Motors was nominated earlier this year for a prestigious award to recognize the local business' extraordinary service to the community and industry.

Avis was one of five nominees in the running for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association's (CADA) Ambassadorship Laureate.

Special waste day set to go Saturday

News
Staff

It's that time of year for district residents to get those half-empty paint cans and used-up batteries out of your garage and basement.

This year's Hazardous and Special Waste Day will take place on Saturday (Sept. 15) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Public Works yard (900 Wright Ave.)

Jimmy the Janitor preview

News
Staff

“Jimmy the Janitor,” a popular Canadian radio character, will be coming back to Fort Frances in October, performing at the Townshend Theatre as a special fundraising event for the 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadets.

“I think it's great humour,” said Patrick Langevin, who is spearheading the event.

“'Jimmy' is well-known all across Canada for being a great one-man show,” he added.

Bear encounters--who do I call?

News
From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP would like to remind the public that this is the time of year that bears can be seen in our communities in search of food.

Not every bear sighting is an emergency situation. Here is who to call if you encounter a bear.

Blitz finds most anglers obeying rules

News
From the MNRF

Most anglers stopped at a check on Highway 17, at the Manitoba border, were found to be complying with Ontario's fishing regulations.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers, along with a canine unit, conducted the enforcement blitz on Aug. 24.

Homeless initiative to hold 'sleep-out'

News
Duane Hicks

Homelessness is more of a problem in Rainy River District than many people think.

According to initial indications from the homelessness count held earlier this year, there are 111 individuals in the district—and 82 in Fort Frances alone—who either are homeless or in immediate danger of becoming so.

Connected North: My month-long trip to the Yukon

News
Kiera Kowalski
Special to the Times

Growing up in small-town Northwestern Ontario, Canada's territories seemed almost unreachable.

The Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut were an exotic and otherworldly place, only travelled to by the greatest adventurers. In fact, it seemed like more people ventured to Europe than Canada's North.

Award of excellence

News
Sam Odrowski

Our Lady of the Way School secretary Nicole Robinson, left, was presented a special gift from Fort Frances trustee Anne-Marie Fitzgerald during the Northwest Catholic District School Board's “Celebration of Excellence” held Friday evening at La Place Rendez-Vous. She received an award of excellence from the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

'Harvest supper' in works

News
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

A sure sign of fall is the annual “harvest supper” organized by Guthrie United Church in Devlin.

This year, the supper will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the Devlin Hall.

The meal always features amazing turkey, ham, potatoes, gravy, veggies, and many more delicious food items.

Be sure to mark your calendar for this awesome meal!

Backus set to launch new season

News
Press Release

This Friday (Sept. 14), the Backus Community Center in International Falls will host a “members only” ice-cream social, with music played on the concert Steinway grand piano on stage, as a launch to its 2018-19 performing arts season.

Members, contributors, sponsors, and those wishing to become Backus members are welcome to attend.

Joint patrol nets charges

News
From the OPP

On Sept. 1, members of the Rainy River District OPP Marine Unit and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conducted a joint marine patrol of Rainy Lake near Fort Frances.

Officers checked many vessels and issued warnings under the Canada Shipping Act, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, and Ontario Fishery Regulations.

Alzheimer cash winners

News

Betty Brown and Gord Playter of Fort Frances were among the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts' cash calendar winners for September.

Premier's 'snitch line' concerns board trustees

News
Sam Odrowski

The Rainy River District School Board chair and one of its trustees raised concerns about the premier's so-called “snitch line” at last Tuesday night's regular monthly meeting here.

Be alert to signs of suicidal thoughts: OPP

News
From the OPP

Sept. 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day.

Members of the Rainy River District OPP would like to remind the public that if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, help is available.

Warning signs that may suggest someone is at risk of suicide include thinking or talking about suicide and having a plan for suicide.

Muskie hoopsters gearing for season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It's that time of year again and you can bet both the Muskie junior and senior girls' basketball teams are itching to get their seasons started.

Led by head coach Angela Petsnick and assistant Gord McCabe, the junior squad has seen higher numbers try out than for the senior one—forcing some difficult decisions when it came to naming the roster.

Lakers out to keep early momentum going

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The wins may not count just yet but don't think for one second that getting off on a winning foot wasn't a top priority for the Fort Frances Lakers.

The squad kicked off its SIJHL pre-season schedule in style over the weekend by claiming both games of a home-and-home series against the Minnesota Iron Rangers.

Duo tops again at 'Bassin For Bucks'

Sports
Staff

Another fishing tournament culminated in yet another win for Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson.

After claiming a second-straight International Falls Bass Championship title alongside Scott Dingwall last month, Gustafson of Keewatin teamed up with Kenora's Mike Reid to nab the crown at the 23rd-annual “Bassin For Bucks” in Sioux Narrows over the weekend.

Lakers pleased to be hosting annual SIJHL all-star game

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The SIJHL announced last Wednesday that Fort Frances will serve as the host community for the league's annual all-star game.

The game is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan believes hosting the all-star festivities will bode well for the community and his players.

Brady nabs feature win in Kenora

Sports
Staff

Dayton Brady of Devlin nabbed the checkered flag in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature at the new Lake of the Woods Speedway in Kenora on Sunday.

Former Emo resident Christopher Leek was second while other local driver, Ritchie Lapointe, was fourth and newcomer Brendan Morand finished sixth.

Junior spikers leaning on experience

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Having experience on a team always is a good thing—and it's something the Muskie junior boys' volleyball squad is stocked up on this season.

Quick preparation key for senior spikers

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With the NorWOSSA regular-season opener rapidly approaching, the Muskie senior boys' volleyball team knows it has little time to get ready.

The Muskies will host the Dryden Eagles next Thursday (Sept. 20) and with that in mind, head coach John Gibson noted his squad will be looking to come together as quickly as possible.

Football Muskies hope to kick-off season this week

Sports
Jamie Mountain

After forfeiting their WHSFL season-opener last week against the host Churchill Bulldogs due to inadequate practice time and not having enough players attending those practises, the Muskie football team is hopeful it will be able to play its next game this Friday when they face the host Tec Voc Hornets.

Flooding claims

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Lise Hansen, senior negotiator for the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, held an open house at La Place Rendez Vous last Wednesday to discuss the Rainy Lake First Nation Flooding Claims. She spoke about the Ontario government's proposal to amend the boundary of the Rainy Lake Island Conservation Reserve.

Unusual spud

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Staff

Dixie Kivi of North Branch brought this unusual potato into the Times' office on Monday. It seems to be a fusion of eight potatoes in one and it was the only tater produced by its plant.

Farewell present

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Sam Odrowski

Michael Lewis, longtime trustee for Atikokan and surrounding area, accepted a farewell gift from Director of Education Heather Campbell, on behalf of the Rainy River District School Board, during its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday evening. The board was sad to see him go but happy to have been able to serve alongside him.

West End Motors

Photos
Duane Hicks

Roy Avis pointed out photos of West End Motors from 1946 to when it expanded in 1996 and then renovated again in 2016. Avis was nominated earlier this year with a prestigious industry award—an Ambassadorship Laureate from the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.

Make and bake

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Duane Hicks

Harper Gunderson, left, and Logan McPherson got a closer look at their clay creations before putting them into the oven late Monday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

Excellence recognition

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Sam Odrowski

Robert Moore students Alexis Latter, left, and Ashlee Homer held up the recognition of excellence award their school received for its “Makerspace” program during the Rainy River District School Board's regular monthly meeting held here last Tuesday evening.

Practising layups

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Sam Odrowski

Anna Gagne showed off her layup skills during the junior girls' basketball tryouts held at Fort High on Thursday. Each of the girls trying out for the team took turns doing layups to hopefully impress the coaching staff.

Driving to basket

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Jamie Mountain

Members of the Muskie senior girls' basketball team were working hard on running offensive plays during practice Monday afternoon at Fort High. The black-and-gold will head to Thunder Bay this weekend for an exhibition tournament before hosting the Dryden Eagles in their NorWOSSA regular-season opener next Thursday (Sept. 20).

Glove save

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Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' forward Brett Hahkala forced Minnesota Iron Rangers' goalie Synjen Amende to make a difficult glove save as he set a screen in front during his squad's 6-2 win in SIJHL pre-season action Sunday night at the Ice For Kids Arena here.

Bog work

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Caleigh Payne, left, Avery Cates, Scotia Biloski, Bethany Harrison, and Angel Nixon helped with the extension of the Cranberry Peatlands Interpretative Trail in the Township of Alberton.

Vball serve

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Jamie Mountain

Zak Kellar wound up to unleash a serve while teammate Joe Hardy looked on during a Muskie junior boys' volleyball team practice Monday afternoon at Fort High. Members of the black-and-gold worked diligently on getting their serves right for a portion of the practice.

Vball set

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Jamie Mountain

Peyton Avis looked to direct the ball over the net during a Muskie junior boys' volleyball practice Monday afternoon at Fort High. The black-and-gold were working on a wide range of skills ahead of their NorWOSSA regular-season opener next Thursday (Sept. 20) against the visiting Dryden Eagles.

Trickling over

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Nick Lucas of the Fort Frances Lakers tucked home his squad's final goal of the game on a breakaway during their 6-2 win over the Minnesota Iron Rangers in SIJHL pre-season action Sunday night at the Ice For Kids Arena here. Fort Frances swept the home-and-home series after also taking the opener 3-2 on Saturday night in Hoyt Lakes.

Gussy pic (Sept. 12)

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Submitted

Mike Reid and Jeff Gustafson held up part of their catch from “Bassin' For Bucks” in Sioux Narrows over the weekend.

Putting out nets

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Novalee Kabatay (Fort Frances team) and John Everson-Corriveau (Kenora team) worked together to pass the net to Rianna Roach (Fort Frances) at the Experimental Lakes Area near Dryden. —Photos courtesy of the MNRF

Chance for strong storms on weekend

Weather

It will be mainly clear tonight, with an overnight low of 16 C (61 F) and south-southeast winds gusting up to 18 km/h.

Tomorrow will see gradual cloudiness, with a high of 25 (77) and low around 15 (59).

Look for south winds gusting up to 18 km/h.

Partly sunny skies are forecast for Friday, along with a high of 22 (72) and low dipping to 11 (52).