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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - November 17, 2016

Silent auction


Times’ reporter Heather Latter bid yesterday on one of the 20 or so items in the silent auction being held at the Fine Line Art Gallery. Come in and place bids between now and Sunday (Nov. 20), when the gallery will hold its annual Christmas Extravaganza open house from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery also will be open this evening from 6-8 p.m.

Councillors get shuffled


Mayor Roy Avis has appointed councillors to executive committees for the next two years.

The changes are as follows:

Mayor against hiking HST

Duane Hicks

A movement among some Ontario municipalities to get the HST raised by one percent doesn’t sit well with Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario research shows an infrastructure deficit of $3.6 billion annually over 10 years, above and beyond existing federal and provincial funding agreements, Mayor Avis said during Monday night’s council meeting.

More parade floats sought

Duane Hicks

With the 2016 “Community Christmas Parade” set for next Saturday (Nov. 26), the lead organizer would love to see more groups and businesses enter floats.

“People have been registering floats for the better part of a month,” noted parade co-ordinator Scott Krienke-Turvey of Ink Spotz Apparel+.

“The problem is the numbers are down from last year.

Remembering Riel

Joey Payeur

Members of the public, along with local representatives of the Métis Nation of Ontario, were on hand outside the Civic Centre yesterday for a flag-raising ceremony commemorating Louis Riel Day. Riel, the most famous Métis leader in Canadian history, helped create the province of Manitoba.

Driver killed

From the OPP

A Greenstone woman is dead following a two-vehicle collision involving an SUV and a tractor-trailer unit on Highway 11 about 65 km east of Longlac.

Highway 11 west of Hearst and east of Longlac was closed for a number of hours, with traffic re-routed via Nipigon at Highway 11/17.

Adjust driving for winter: OPP

From the OPP

With heavy snowfall forecast for tomorrow, the Rainy River District OPP is urging drivers to slow down to adjust to road and weather conditions.

It is recommended to increase stopping distances and adjust to slower speeds.

Contracts approved

Press Release

Unifor Local 324-12 in Dryden, as well as Unifor Local 324-16 in Sioux Lookout, voted 100 percent in favour of new three-year contracts with Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout in voting held this week.

Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout provides all levels of support for individuals with developmental disabilities living in Dryden and Sioux Lookout.

Pair net first goals


It took longer than usual for her but Katie Sinclair finally got to hear name called first on a goal announcement.

The former Muskie tallied her first goal of the season and added an assist in a 4-1 win for the Lakehead University Thunderwolves over the Assiniboine Community College Cougars during ACHA Division 2 women’s hockey action in Brandon on Saturday.

BDO loses both games

Conrad Dueck

Sam Soderman and his RRFN team continued their early-season dominance in the Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League on Tuesday night at Fort High.

Soderman’s 28 points almost accounted for half of the total in RRFN’s 57-35 victory over BDO.

Liam Metke had a great first half for BDO, netting 13 points, but only managed one basket in the second half.

Bonot rink in playoffs


If Trevor Bonot and his rink take care of their own business—they’ll be in business for a spot in the semi-finals.

The Stratton native, with his sister, Jackie McCormick, at third and Thunder Bay Megan and Kory Carr at lead and second, guided Northern Ontario to second play in Pool ‘B’ at the 2017 Canadian mixed curling championship in Yarmouth, N.S.

Muskie boys stomp Broncos in opener

Joey Payeur

For his first NorWOSSA regular-season game as a head coach, Jordan Sinclair couldn’t have dreamed up a much better outcome.

The Muskie boys’ hockey team got goals from eight different players as Fort High dumped the host Kenora Broncos 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Twitter suspends several alt-right accounts


NEW YORK — Twitter has suspended the accounts of several prominent members of the so-called “alt-right” in an apparent crack down on accounts tied to hate speech or threats of violence.

Australian prime minister got Trump’s number from golf great


CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister beat other world leaders to an early call with President-elect Donald Trump by getting his cellphone number from Greg Norman, the golfing great said on Thursday.

Bombs away! WW II-era munition found, detonated in Florida

By Brendan Farrington The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Boom with an explosion heard several miles away and felt for several city blocks, an Air Force explosives team detonated a World War II-era bomb unearthed at a construction site Wednesday near the Florida State University campus.

Pink diamond steals show at Geneva auction, fetches $18M

By Jamey Keaten The Associated Press

GENEVA — A 17.07-carat pink diamond sold for a hammer price of 18.3 million Swiss francs ($18.3 million) at a Geneva jewelry auction Wednesday, cruising past both its pre-sale estimate and the winning bid for the “Sky Blue” diamond billed as the event’s standout piece.

Workers pry gold ‘Trump Place’ name off apartment buildings

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — What’s in a name? For three New York City apartment buildings, it’s no longer “Trump.”

Workers pried 3-foot-high gold letters spelling “Trump Place” off the buildings Wednesday.

In some places, a shadow of the old name lingered. The workers scraped and power-washed the surface where the letters had been.

New signage displays the buildings’ street addresses.

Cheese fondue that’s healthy thanks to a sneaky ingredient

By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Cheese fondue is the ultimate winter comfort food. Living in France in my early 30s, I fell in love with the classic recipe made with crisp white wine and nutty gruyere cheese.