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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 13, 2016

‘Celebrity’ reader

Photos
Heather Latter

Former NHL’er Mike Allison read “We’re All Friends Here” during the “Blue Spruce Celebrity Storytime” at the Fort Frances Public Library on Saturday. The book is one of the nominees for the Blue Spruce Award, which is part of the “Forest of Reading” program currently taking place across Ontario.

Call to arrange junk pick-up, volunteer

News
Duane Hicks

With the “Fight the Blight” campaign shaping up for next month (May 9-19), the public is asked to give the town a call if they want junk picked up or if they’d like to volunteer with the clean-up.

Residents are encouraged to call the bylaw office (274-5323) ahead of time if they have items to be picked up the week of May 16-19.

Parking meters spark wide reaction

News
Duane Hicks

With town council mulling the feasibility of parking meters for downtown Fort Frances, social media reveals some local residents feel they’re not necessary.

On online poll at fftimes.com found 81 percent of the 452 respondents feel parking meters are not needed while 16 percent say they are.

Three percent were unsure.

Singing tips

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Heather Latter

After adjudicating the vocal division of the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts last week, Sarah Hall, an adjunct professor of music at Brandon University in Manitoba, gave a group of music students some singing tips during an informal workshop Friday evening at Knox United Church.

‘Little Theatre’ welcoming more

District
Staff

Those who may have missed Fort Frances Little Theatre’s meeting last Tuesday at McMillan Hall (Knox United Church) still can get involved.

Cathy Richards said the meeting—held to attract more community members—went really well.

“We’re sitting at 20-plus interested people so that’s great,” she enthused, though adding there still are plenty of positions that need filling.

DU banquet axed this year

District
Joey Payeur

One of the most successful fundraisers in Rainy River District is dead in the water, at least for this year.

The annual Ducks Unlimited banquet here has been cancelled due to the lack of a chairperson to take over the leadership role in organizing the event.

Boys’ choir

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Heather Latter

The Robert Moore School boys’ choir filled the gymnasium with their voices as they sang “Going Home” and “Danny Boy” during the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts last Thursday. The Vocal division wrapped up Friday, with the Drama division running until tomorrow, followed by Piano (April 18-22) and Instrumental (April 21-22).

Community garden plots still available

District
Heather Latter

Registration for this year’s Fort Frances Community Garden is underway and plots still are available for those interested.

“We have many of our returning gardeners signed up and ready to go,” noted Elaine Fischer, health promoter with the Northwestern Health Unit, which helps co-ordinate the garden each year.

Tender for DYS upgrade awarded

District
Heather Latter

The tender for a new classroom wing to be built at Donald Young School in Emo was awarded to Finn Way General Contractor Inc. of Thunder Bay after being approved by the Rainy River District School Board at its regular meeting last week.

“We’re off to the races now,” enthused Travis Enge, manager of plant operations and maintenance for the board.

It’s mine!

Photos
Joey Payeur

Katrina Slomke of the host J.W. Walker Wildcats wasn’t interested in sharing the basketball, at least when it came to Robert Moore Mustangs’ defender Julia McManaman, during the Wildcats’ 28-12 win in round-robin play at a Grade 8 girls’ basketball tournament Saturday.

Nixed changes to wolf, coyote hunt slammed

Sports
Joey Payeur

It’s a win for the environmental lobbyists.

But the president of the North Western Ontario Tourism Association said the cancellation of a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry proposal to loosen restrictions on wolf and coyote hunting in Northern Ontario won’t be a shot-in-the-arm for local resort owners.

“I don’t feel it was the right decision,” said Lucas Adams.

Muskie badminton duo reaches final

Sports
Joey Payeur

One went all the way to OFSAA last year; the other hasn’t played competitively in four years.

Aaron Bujold and Jacob Jack are the Muskie badminton version of “The Odd Couple,” but they will gladly go together to Atikokan today as the lone black-and-gold players to advance to the NorWOSSA final following the conference qualifier last Wednesday in Sioux Lookout.

NCAA veteran helping Muskies to keep on track

Sports
Joey Payeur

Tara Allaire is the first to declare her university athletics career was nothing to get excited about.

“We don’t really need to talk about that,” chuckled the new co-coach for the Muskie track-and-field team, which heads into its first meet of the season tomorrow at Falls High School.

Rested Lakers prepare for league final

Sports
Joey Payeur

The coaching staff of the Fort Frances Lakers must feel more like travel agents lately with all the extended vacations they’ve had to plan.

Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan first had to deal with a 12-day stretch between the Lakers’ last regular-season game and its first playoff contest.

With migrant mission to Greece, pope pushes Ortho

International
By Nicole Winfield The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, visit migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos this weekend, they’ll be doing more than sending a political message about the need to welcome refugees.

Brain implant lets paralyzed man regain use of hand

Science
By Malcolm Ritter The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A paralyzed 24-year-old man has regained some use of his right hand, controlling it with signals relayed from electronic sensors in his brain.

Ian Burkhart of Dublin, Ohio, can grasp a bottle, pour its contents into a jar, pick up a stick and stir the liquid. He can grab a credit card and swipe it through a reader. He can move individual fingers and hold a toothbrush.

Bug buffet: Recipes for soup, salad and sweet treats featuring crickets

Recipes
The Canadian Press

Crickets in whole and powdered form can be used in many dishes to add protein and nutrients, says Caryn Goldin.

Developing recipes using crickets and mealworms raised at Entomo Farms allows the company’s chef and culinary manager to incorporate her passion for food with her love for the environment.

Can parsnip “rice” sushi hold its own against the real deal?

Recipes
By J.M. Hirsch THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HYDE PARK, N.Y. — As hauntingly good recipes go, anything with parsnips as the main ingredient seems an unlikely candidate. Except for this one.