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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 27, 2016

Teachers’ strike

Photos
Cameron Penney

Fort Frances High School teachers Keith Gilbert, left, and Duane Roen joined their colleagues on the picket line in front of the school’s entrance off McIrvine Road early this morning.

Market square design nearing

News
Duane Hicks

The public will be able to get a look at designs for the future Rainy Lake Market Square here sometime next month.

“We’re now very close to having preliminary drawings. Very, very close,” Chief Building Official Travis Rob told the Times.

“What will happen once we get those drawings is they will be reviewed by the committee,” he noted.

Attendance up at business expo

News
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s annual business and community expo was a smashing success this year.

Held Friday and Saturday at the Fort Frances Curling Club, the event drew more than 1,000 people over the two days—exceeding last year’s attendance, Chamber executive director Jennifer Soderholm said Monday.

Letters to Attawapiskat

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Cameron Penney

Fort High students Tory Beaudry, left, and Emma Dykstra penned letters to the youth of Attawapiskat yesterday afternoon in the atrium. The remote First Nation community in Northern Ontario has experienced a suicide crisis in recent weeks, and a viral Facebook post has encouraged Canadians to send letters of support addressed to the youth there.

Catholic high school survey launched

News
Heather Latter

A survey to gauge parents’ interest in a Catholic high school here was launched Thursday at a Catholic Secondary Schools Feasibility parent meeting at St. Francis School.

Registration opening for girls’ retreat

District
Heather Latter

The “I am Awesome! (And I Know It!)” retreat for girls aged 11-16 will begin accepting registrations this Monday (May 2) for its fourth-annual event, which is scheduled for Sept. 22-25 at Sunny Cove Camp.

Retreat director Renée Martin-Brown said the “register here” link will appear on the website (www.i-am-awesome.ca) at 7 a.m.

Cutting hair

Photos
Heather Latter

Marnie Redford of the Hair & Body Care Shoppe in Emo cut the long locks of Aelise Lucas-Engberg, seven, who raised $2,100 for Tamarack House in this year’s “Cuts for Cancer.” Dax Laplante, seven, and Derek Horton had their heads shaved, raising $548 and $187, respectively.

Riverside luncheon ‘best yet’

District
Heather Latter

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s annual spring luncheon Sunday afternoon was a big hit once again—raising $11,288.08 for local health care.

“It’s the best yet,” enthused Foundation director Samantha Manty, noting the amount surpassed last year’s total by more than $2,000.

Local hospital laboratory being celebrated this week

District
Cameron Penney

Although patients don’t always realize it, the laboratory at La Verendrye General Hospital here plays a key role in their well-being and recovery from illness.

This week, the local hospital is celebrating National Medical Laboratory Week in recognition of the work it does.

Holding cup

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With his trusty replica championship belt hanging over his shoulder, Roshen Jaswal roared his satisfaction after taking the Bill Salonen Cup from A.J. Rupert after the Fort Frances Lakers doubled the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs 4-2 in Game 6 of the SIJHL final Saturday night to mark the team’s third-straight league crown.

Silver nets Bujold a return to OFSAA

Sports
Joey Payeur

Aaron Bujold wouldn’t mind a little respect—not so much for him but the entire sport of badminton.

The Grade 10 member of the Muskie contingent repeated his result from a year ago—capturing the silver medal in senior boys’ singles play at the NWOSSAA championships last Wednesday in Dryden.

Town wins bid to host OFSAA curling

Sports
Joey Payeur

Fort Frances will be the site of OFSAA championships in two different sports in back-to-back years.

On the heels of the all-Ontario ‘A/AA’ boys’ hockey championship coming here next March, it was announced Thursday that the town will welcome the rest of the province for the 2018 OFSAA girls’ and boys’ curling playdowns.

Lakers claim third-straight SIJHL crown

Sports
Joey Payeur

For once, Pierce Dushenko was on the other end of the dogpile and he was loving every oxygen-deprived, lung-crushing moment of it.

Dushenko let in a goal in the opening minute, then was nearly perfect for the next 59 to preserve a 4-2 win for the Fort Frances Lakers over the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs in Game 6 of the SIJHL final Saturday night.

Jane Doe found near Manson killings finally identified

International
The Associated Press

Los Angeles police have identified the body of a woman found stabbed 150 times in 1969 near the site of the Manson family killings as a 19-year-old from Montreal, People magazine reported Wednesday.

Police have identified the woman as Reet Jurvetson, who moved to Los Angeles from Montreal the year she was killed, according to People.

New book examines gender’s role in press freedom

International
By Michael Astor The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Sexualized violence, online harassment and gender-based discrimination all play a role in inhibiting press freedom according to a new book released by the Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday.

NASA astronauts prepare for flight on commercial spacecraft

Science
By Alex Sanz The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Five years after the last NASA astronauts flew from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station, a new group is preparing for a trip, this time on a private spacecraft.

This Mother’s Day, consider an epically delicious roast bird

Recipes
By Meera Sodha The Associated Press

Ever since my parents came to England in 1972, my mum has had a wild love affair with roast chicken.