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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 4, 2019

Lockman a lifelong volunteer

News
Sam Odrowski

While volunteering may feel like a burden to some, a local women is strongly motivated to be of service to the community in any way she can.

The town's “2020 Citizen of the Year,” Joy Lockman, has volunteered regularly from a young age and has been able to contribute even more of her time since retiring.

OSSTF on strike today

News
Staff

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation held a one-day strike today to place more pressure on the provincial government.

The Rainy River District School Board had closed all high schools to secondary school students.

There also was no busing for students in Grades 9-12 for today only.

Warming centre announces new location

News
Sam Odrowski

Being able to escape the outdoors during a winter in Fort Frances is essential to survive.

To help get homeless individuals out of the cold, a warming centre is set to open around mid-December in the basement of the Apostolic Way Church (324 Victoria Ave.).

SFS to help warming centre

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Staff

St. Francis School (SFS) is working to support those who are homeless in the community.

This week the school kicked off its “There's Room in the Inn” outreach project that runs until Dec. 13, where students donate supplies for the local warming centre that's set to open soon at the Apostolic Way Church.

Family Centre looks to fill in gaps

News
Sam Odrowski

The Family Centre, which opened 24 hours a day last winter to ensure homeless people could escape 40-below weather, is looking to fill in the gaps and stay open on the nights the warming centre can't operate, as it gets colder.

“Because they're only open four nights a week, if it gets cold again we are prepared to open for the other three,” said Traci Lockman of the Family Centre.

Choraliers to perform Dec. 8, 15

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Staff

After a month of hard work and practice, the Christmas Choraliers, led by Diane Maxey, are ready to hit the stage.

“Rehearsals have been going very, very well,” Maxey said.

"The people are very serious about it and the sound is beautiful as parts come together. We have over 70 singers so it's going to be very nice.

Senior Centre helps raise awareness around scams

News
Ken Kellar

Several local organizations joined forces this week to help to educate seniors and hopefully prevent them from falling victim to a scam.

The Fort Frances Senior Centre held an information session about common scams and cons on Monday afternoon, with speakers from the OPP, Rainy River District Victim Services Program (RRDVSP) and several area financial institutions.

Sunset, sunrise times

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Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Dec. 5-11:

Meeks named Most Outstanding in Currie Division

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Even after capping a stellar season with a championship, the accolades keep on coming for Brady Meeks.

The Muskie quarterback was named the Currie Division's ('A') Bomber Alumni Most Outstanding Player (MOP) and was honoured at the WHSFL's annual awards banquet on Thursday in Winnipeg.

“It was a true honour to receive the MOP award last night,” Meeks told the Times on Friday.

Booth captures Manitoba 'D' squash title

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Ryley Booth of the Sunset Country Squash Club had a weekend to remember at the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club's Classic tournament.

Competing in both the men's 'D' division and junior U17, Booth had a very successful weekend of squash as he captured the 'D' title.

“A very tiring weekend with a total of eight matches over two-and-a-half days,” said club member Bob Tkachuk.

NLSS skaters fare well at first event of season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A total of eight skaters from the local Northern Lights School of Skating participated in their season's first competition at the Winnipeg 2019 Super Skate Competition at the St. James Civic Centre back on Nov. 22-24.

Bryden Strachan nabbed gold in the STAR 1 Free Skate while Grayson Wright, Lila Black, and Tayah Cumming all took silver.

Sports shorts

Sports
Staff

The WHSFL awards banquet was held on Thursday night in Winnipeg where Muskie quarterback Brady Meeks was awarded the Bomber Alumni Most Outstanding Player in Currie Division ('A').

With that award comes a $1,000 scholarship that Meeks will receive upon registration at a post-secondary school next fall.

Meeks named Currie Division's MOP

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Even after capping a stellar season with a championship, the accolades keep on coming for Brady Meeks.

The Muskie quarterback was named the Currie Division's ('A') Bomber Alumni Most Outstanding Player (MOP) and was honoured at the WHSFL's annual awards banquet on Thursday in Winnipeg.

“It was a true honour to receive the MOP award last night,” Meeks told the Times on Friday.

Muskie boys overcome sluggish start to beat Rams

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Not every game is pretty and the start to Friday night's game certainly wasn't for the Muskie boys' hockey team.

The Muskies overcame an early deficit and some shaky play to nab a 5-2 win over the Red Lake Rams in the team's annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game at the Ice For Kids Arena.

15U, Atom Leafs claim 'Cake Eater' tourney crowns

Sports
Staff

It was a triumphant weekend for both of the Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association's 15U and Atom Leafs teams as both squads walked away with gold at the Cake Eater Classic tournament in Edina, Mn.

The 15U Leafs went a perfect 3-0 en route to the title in the 'B' division.

The squad opened play on Friday with a 9-1 rout of Wayzata.

Lakers trade Chapman to Crunch

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers may have had their game on Saturday night postponed but the front office was still busy over the weekend.

The Lakers on Sunday traded defenceman Michael Chapman to the Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) in exchange for fellow blueliner Jaden Wake.

Muskie girls aim to rebound from tough loss to Saints

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The St. Thomas Aquinas Saints cared little for the Muskie girls' hockey team's early-season success.

The visitors handed the Muskies their first loss of the NorWOSSA season with a 4-2 decision at the '52 Canadians Arena last Tuesday night in Fort High's annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game.

Linus speech

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Linus Van Pelt (Jackson Marschalk) balked at his sister Lucy's request that he memorize lines for the play they are putting on for Christmas in a scene from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Sally's list

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Ken Kellar

Charlie Brown (Cohen Ossachuk) took down his sister, Sally's (Paisley Riches), wish list for Christmas while at the same time struggled to understand what Christmas is all about.

Peanuts gang

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Ken Kellar

The Peanuts gang took a quick laugh break during a rehearsal for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at La Place Rendez-Vous last Thursday. The two casts ran through the show once each to get a feel for the props, sets and lighting before their big debuts on Friday night, which played to packed audiences.

Tree lighting delegates

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Ken Kellar

Fort Frances councillor John McTaggart, left, Fort Frances BIA president Doug Cuthbertson, Coun. Doug Judson, “Citizen of the Year” Joy Lockman, deputy mayor Andrew Hallikas, and Couns. Rick Wiedenhoeft and Mike Behan posed together for a photo following the official lighting ceremony for the Christmas tree in front of the post office building.

Lucy's booth

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Ken Kellar

Lucy Van Pelt (Alexis Latter) doled out some psychiatric advice to Charlie Brown (Cohen Ossachuk) as he struggled to make sense of Christmas, its overcommercialization and what it means to him.

Family centre

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Family Centre volunteers and patrons gathered in front of the centre's new sign at the Volunteer Bureau on Fourth St. West. The centre provides hot meals and a friendly environment to those in need. They operate seven days a week and are looking to extend their hours to fill in the gaps when the “Out of the Cold” warming centre at the Apostolic Way Church is closed.

Lockman and team

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“Loaves and Fishes” volunteers Mary Tank, left, Joy Lockman, Helen Preston, and Brenda Dolph shared some smiles in the kitchen at New Beginnings Fellowship before cooking up lunch for those in need. Lockman has helped to co-ordinate the soup kitchen since 2012.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Snoopy snow

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Ken Kellar

Snoopy (Lucy Ling) did her character's part in creating a winter wonderland during “A Charlie Brown Christmas” held at La Place Rendez-Vous on Friday evening. Two casts under the direction of Trevor Barker put on a stage version of the holiday classic to packed audiences. See more photos A5.

Scam presentation

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Ken Kellar

OPP Const. Karl Wilson, left, and Sgt. Mark Chwastyk described some of the red flags to be aware of when speaking on the phone with strangers during the scams and cons information session held at the Fort Frances Senior Centre on Monday afternoon.

Burst the bus

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Ken Kellar

93.1 The Border station manager Darell Plummer, left, Salvation Army corps officer Arthur Heathcote, Redrum Motorcycle Club Treaty #3 chapter president James Eastman, Sue Pelepetz, Paul Nicholson and Camie Grey, front, showed off some of the toys collected during the radio station's annual “Burst the Bus” drive in benefit of the Salvation Army on Saturday.

U15 champions

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Submitted

The Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association's U15 Leafs had a weekend to remember as they went a perfect 3-0 en route to claiming the title at the Cake Eater Classic tournament held in Edina, Mn. The Atom Leafs also went a perfect 3-0 to claim gold in their division.

Meeks in action

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File

Brady Meeks was a fearless leader for the Muskie football team all season and the quarterback recently was honoured for his great season as he took home the Bomber Alumni Most Outstanding Player award for the Currie Division ('A') at the WHSFL's annual awards banquet last week.

Default Meeks in action

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File

Brady Meeks was a fearless leader for the Muskie football team all season and the quarterback recently was honoured for his great season as he took home the Bomber Alumni Most Outstanding Player award for the Currie Division ('A') at the WHSFL's annual awards banquet last week.

Winning skaters

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Submitted

Leslie Anderson, left, Grayson Wright, Bryden Strachan, Lila Black, and Tayah Cumming all proudly represented the Northern Lights School of Skating at the Winnipeg 2019 Super Skate Competition. The NLSS had many great showings from all of its skaters over the three-day competition—the school's first of the season.

Skating award

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Submitted

Jordyn Seguin of the Northern Lights School of Skating was able to nab a first-place finish in the STAR 4 Free Skate event at the Winnipeg 2019 Super Skate Competition held back on Nov. 22-24.

Girls' hockey

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie goalie Jersey Masson made a stick save on a low shot while teammate Raelle Redford (21) looked on in front during the third period of Fort High's 4-2 loss to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in NorWOSSA action last Tuesday night at the '52 Canadians Arena.

Gussy pic (Dec. 4)

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Submitted

Jeff Gustafson held up a tip-up—a must have item for the serious ice angler on your Christmas list.

So close

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Jamie Mountain

Red Lake Rams' goalie Kyle Gelderland got his paddle down in a hurry to keep Muskie forward Jacob Albright from scoring while Riley Mccleary tried to backcheck during the third period of Fort High's 5-2 win in their annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Muskies scored three times in the third to nab the win on home ice.

Skater smile

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Submitted

Addalyn Seguin was all smiles as she posed with her Silver Achievement award for the Stage 4 CanSkate Element event at the Winnipeg 2019 Super Skate Competition that was held back on Nov. 22-24.

Teddy toss

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Jamie Mountain

Mikel Ward, left, and goalie Darian Klem were among the Muskies who helped to clean up all of the stuffed animals that had been tossed onto the ice following Sheldon Kelly's goal late in the first period of Fort High's annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Muskies downed the visiting Red Lake Rams 5-2 to improve to 6-0 in NorWOSSA play.