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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 28, 2016

Lawson saluted


Town council on Monday night recognized deputy clerk Kathy Lawson for her excellent work.

With Administrative Professionals Day being April 27, Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig said Lawson “serves the town with distinction every single day,” and he gets numerous comments from the public as to her courteous and professional manner.

Also at Monday’s meeting, council:

New mannequin turning heads

Duane Hicks

Fort Floral has a new employee who’s stopping downtown traffic.

“Lexi,” a sign-waving mannequin, started working this week after having moved here all the way from Arizona.

The mannequin is notable for her moving arms, which allow her to wave signs in an attention-getting circular motion.

Another fire reported in area

From the MNRF

One new fire was confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the region.

Dryden Fire #2, located near Dinorwic Lake, was listed as “being held” at 0.3 hectares at last report.

Meanwhile, two new fires were confirmed late Monday.

Beware of scam

From the OPP

Once again, the Rainy River District OPP is reminding residents to beware of a telephone scam in which someone, claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency, calls to say you owe the government money and that payment has to be made immediately.

‘Petunia’ goal closing in


Only a handful of flower basket sponsors are needed to reach this year’s “Project Petunia” goal before May 1.

“As of right now, we need five more baskets to reach our goal,” said Rainy River Future Development Corp. development co-ordinator Tara Allaire.

She added the plan is to hang 45 baskets along King’s Highway—brightening up the stretch from Tim Hortons eastward.

Boy’s mother overwhelmed by support

Heather Latter

Joanna Singleton is appreciative of the community support her son, Thomas Chapais, has received since it was discovered earlier this month that his cancer had returned.

“I’m just amazed and shocked and overwhelmed by all the support we have been receiving,” she said.

She noted they only moved to Fort Frances in 2014, although her family has lived in the area longer.

Laker up for award


Dylan Robertson may be in line for yet another honour after a standout season.

The Fort Frances Lakers’ captain was nominated for the CJHL player-of-the-year award yesterday after the 20-year-old from Atlanta led the local squad to its third-straight SIJHL crown.

The honour is given annually to the player who best combines on-ice performance with off-ice responsibility.

Faragher advances


Only one of the two Fort Frances natives in the ECHL will be sticking around for another round.

The Utah Grizzlies, featuring goalie Ryan Faragher, will continue their push to the Kelly Cup after dumping the host Colorado Eagles 7-2 on Tuesday night to capture their best-of-seven quarter-final series 4-2.

Park up for best goalie award


Nathan Park’s latest adventure has been one to savour.

The former Fort Frances Lakers’ netminder has been chosen as one of the five finalists for the CJHL’s top goalie award after a standout campaign for the Portage Terriers (MJHL).

Park, a 20-year-old native of Edmonton, led the Lakers to the SIJHL title last year.

League final

Joey Payeur

Maggie Jean, seen here slipping past Savannah Basaraba of the La Place Rendez-Vous Rage, netted a pair of goals in lifting the Wright Physiotherapy Rockettes to a 5-2 win in the Borderland Women’s Indoor Soccer League final last night at Fort High. The Fine Foods Fury claimed third place with a forfeit win over the Shear Serenity Strykers.

Opening night

Joey Payeur

Jayce Gavel of the Jaguars, left, and Jakobe Kempf of the Lynx kept their eyes on the ball during the opening night of action for Fort Frances Youth Soccer at the St. Francis Sportsfields last night. The association had to wait two days longer to get underway as field conditions didn’t allow play to begin on Monday as originally scheduled.

Clearing hurdles

Joey Payeur

Muskie Jyllian Westover (centre) high-stepped her way through the girls’ 100m hurdles at the second track-and-field meet of the season Tuesday at Falls High School. Westover finished in fifth place in a time of 21.71 seconds as the Muskie girls’ squad wound up third out of five schools with 38 points while the Muskie boys’ team ended up fifth out of five with 10.

‘Jane Doe’ identified as teen from Montreal

Sidhartha Banerjee
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—For decades, she simply was known as Jane Doe No. 59—an unidentified body dumped with 150 stab wounds in Los Angeles in 1969 near the site of several killings perpetrated by the notorious Manson family.

‘Teen’ likely 29 years old

Colin Perkel
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A South Sudanese student accused of passing himself off as a teenager so he could attend high school on a basketball scholarship likely will face a hearing on whether he should be kicked out of Canada, immigration officials said yesterday.

For the time being, however, Jonathan Nicola will remain behind bars after an immigration official ruled he cannot be trusted.

Sudbury byelection charges stayed

The Canadian Press

SUDBURY, Ont.—Charges in a byelection scandal in Sudbury, Ont. have been stayed against a veteran Liberal fundraiser, though a separate bribery investigation is ongoing.

Gerry Lougheed had been charged with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments.

White Sox sweep Jays



TORONTO—Catcher Dioner Navarro was an asset for the Toronto Blue Jays last season behind the plate.

Now with the Chicago White Sox, he used that knowledge to pick apart his former team.

Russia launches 1st rocket from new space facility

The Associated Press

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before.

Ancient Buddhist sculpture returned to Pakistani government

By Colleen Long The Associated Press

NEW YORK — An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha’s footprints that was smuggled into the United States and had been expected to sell for more than $1 million was returned to the government of Pakistan on Wednesday.

Revered Chinese monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf

By Didi Tang The Associated Press

BEIJING — A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions.

The monk, Fu Hou, who died in 2012 at age 94 after spending most of his life at the Chongfu Temple on a hill in the city of Quanzhou, in southeastern China, according to the temple’s abbot, Li Ren.

Victims of Chile colony hope German documents bring justice

By Eva Vergara The Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile — Victims of a secretive German colony in Chile hope that Germany’s decision to declassify documents will help shine light on human rights abuses committed there.

For three decades beginning in 1961, the enclave of Colonia Dignidad, or Dignity Colony, was the site of torture, slavery and child abuse.

Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American

By Nicholas K. Geranios The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. — The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday, opening the process for returning to a tribe for burial one of the oldest and most complete set of bones ever found in North America.