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Up for grabs

Lake of the Woods Bears’ goalie Darrel Jonasson tried to snatch a loose puck away from Carson Noga before the Fort Frances Canadians’ forward could jam it into the net yesterday afternoon during the third-place game of the FFMHA’s Atom ‘AA’ tournament. While Jonasson made the save a few seconds later, the Canadians went on to win the game in a dramatic 5-4 shootout.

Knowledge is power

Priscilla Simard talked about why she supports “Idle No More” during a public teach-in yesterday at the Sunset Country Métis Hall here. Other speakers included Robert Animikii Horton, Sara Mainville, and Judy Morrison. A second teach-in is planned in two weeks.

‘Mice on Main’

Myles Kuharski of Gillons’ Insurance perused a copy of “Mice on Main” yesterday evening during a BIA/Chamber of Commerce brainstorming session at La Place Rendez-Vous. The Rainy River District “Best Start” Network is working on a project similar to “Mice of Main,” which combines child literacy and downtown revitalization.

Puck mob

It was a madhouse in front of Warroad Squirt A’s goalie Zach Foster this morning at the Ice For Kids Arena as teammate Mayson Skogman tried to clear the puck away from a mob of Dryden Paper Kings during his team’s 13-2 victory in the opening game of a seven-team Atom ‘AA’ tournament hosted by the Fort Frances Canadians.

UNFC celebration

Drummers were part of the traditional opening of the day that marked the 40th anniversary of the United Native Friendship Centre yesterday at its main building on Portage Avenue. All three locations held open houses to commemorate the occasion, handing out information about their programs as well as offering food and door prizes.

Personal story

Helene Cone shared her story about caring for her husband, who suffers from dementia, on Tuesday at the Super 8 Motel here. Eleanor Barron, the local Alzheimer Society’s “First Link” and public education co-ordinator, also highlighted the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The well-attended event was co-facilitated by the local Alzheimer Society and Rainycrest Family Council.

Winning hand

Debbie Hebert, right, celebrated winning a hand of blackjack as Yvonne Langlais, Rustyn Dolyny, and dealer Charmaine Langlais shared a laugh Sunday during a games’ day at the Sunset Country Métis Hall here. The event, which included a mock casino to teach responsible gambling, was hosted by the Métis Nation of Ontario Health Branch.

Stay sharp

Librarian Janet Bell took inventory of word games available at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre last week. A games’ day program called “Word at the Library” will begin this Saturday (Jan. 26) from 2-4 p.m. and continue every last Saturday of the month through to the end of May.

Heading to Ottawa

Spreading the message of “Idle No More,” Turtle Sounds trekked along Highway 11 and then through Couchiching FN on Thursday afternoon. He stopped in the community, where he was presented with a flag that he’ll take with him to Ottawa. Turtle Sounds, who received plenty of support from local residents, started at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg earlier this month.

Point-blank range

Thunder Bay Elks Royals’ forward Jack Williamson fired a shot right at North End Atomic Flames’ goalie Tyler Ceci during the Royals’ 2-1 win Friday afternoon in a round-robin game of the FFMHA’s Atom ‘A’ tournament.