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Cameron Penney

Cameron joins the Fort Frances Times for as a Summer Reporter for 2016.

Couchiching member earns prestigious academic accolade

Aaron Mills’ dedication and interest in academics and research has paid off with national recognition.

The Couchiching First Nation member, a University of Victoria Ph.D. Law and Society student, recently was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Talent Award—one of five Impact Awards presented by the SSHRC.

Beaudry rink comes up short

Despite finishing round-robin play with a 1-3 record and missing the playoffs, local curlers Hailey Beaudry and Erin Tomalty said they were proud of their efforts at the 2017 U21 women’s provincial championship in North Bay last week.

“It was a good week,” said Beaudry, who skipped the rink.

“We had a few close games and we learned a lot from this one, that’s for sure.”

Icy dip

Lillie MacKinnon, left, and Nadia Webb were chilled to the bone after jumping into Sand Bay on New Year’s Day as part of the annual “Polar Plunge.” The duo raised a total of $635 in support of the Fort Frances Legion and also earned the awards for “Best Costume.”

‘Polar Plunge’

Fort Frances Lions’ hockey player Joe Hardy, left, wasted no time hopping into the frigid waters of Sand Bay while teammates Kael Archie and Parker Nastiuk looked on during the annual “Polar Plunge” held New Year’s Day. Some 44 jumpers raised a total of $13,256.50, with some even hitting the water twice.

Enjoying winter

Gilles Quesnel embarked along the Eighth Street walking and ski trails here late yesterday afternoon. A break in the snowy weather has allowed for local residents to get outdoors and take part in wintry activities, although more of the white stuff is forecast to fall this weekend.

Shooting puck

Chase Felix worked to improve the mechanics of his wrist shot during a 12-and-under shinny skate at the Memorial Sports Centre yesterday afternoon. Nearly 20 youngsters took to the ice to improve their hockey skills in preparation for a return to minor hockey action in the early January.

Face plant

Aubrey Eldridge felt the chill of snow on her face while barrelling down the hill at the overpass Tuesday afternoon as plenty of youngsters ventured out with their new sleighs on the fresh powder. Kids also have all next week off before heading back to school Jan. 9.


Izzy Price still was able to sport a big smile despite taking a spill at the bottom of the overpass hill yesterday afternoon. Following a combined 15 cm of snow from late Christmas Day through Boxing Day, youngsters were able to easily cruise down the hills on top of the fresh powder.