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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 19, 2020

Local groups working on OHT

News
Press Release

As part of the Provincial Government's restructuring of the Health System, Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) are being developed across the province. The focus is on improving patient care and experience across the full continuum of care.

Mayor shares concerns over NWHU funding

News
Sam Odrowski

Municipalities are being forced to pay more for public health services as the province has changed its funding formula.

Riverside Health Care announces new CEO

News
Press Release

The Board of Directors of Riverside Health Care is pleased to announce the appointment of Henry Gauthier as the new President and CEO effective February 18, 2020.

Riverside Board Chair Joanne Ogden stated that the entire Board, “Is very pleased to have Henry in the position.”

Mayors react to new life-of-mine

News
Sam Odrowski

New Gold announced a new life of mine plan for its operations north of Barwick, with an expected closure in 2028.

Mayor June Caul said she isn't too concerned about the mine's reduction in lifespan from 2031, as there's still several years to find other sources of employment for the region, preferably with an industry that's more sustainable.

Inmates getting educated at local jail

News
Sam Odrowski

Knowledge is power.

And it's empowering a group of inmates who are taking classes at the Fort Frances Jail.

Since last April, Tracey Omerod of the Valley Adult Learning Association (VALA) has been holding weekly one on one sessions with offenders and last fall she introduced group sessions as well.

Police asking public for help

District
From the OPP

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public's assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of statutory release.

Pjs and Pearls

District
Staff

Ladies, it's going to be the pajama party of the year, and you're invited.

The Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary 29 is busy organizing it's first ladies only fundraising dinner, the PJs and Pearl's Gala, to be held Saturday, April 4 at the Legion.

Hall and bellies packed at Ethnic Supper

District
Jack Elliott
Rainy River correspondent

It was a full house at the Ethnic Supper at Our Lady of the Good Counsel in Rainy River, Sunday night, Feb. 16. Hosted by the Fr. Florentin Council of the Knights of Columbus, Grand Knight Dave Sharp of Stratton MC'd the event.

The 38th Nestor Falls Winter Carnival returns March 6 to 8

District
Press Release

The 38th annual Nestor Falls Winter Carnival is almost here. The family friendly carnival will be held Friday, March 6 to Sunday March 8, with a full weekend of events planned.

Friday:

3-6 p.m. Free children's games at the Nestor Falls Public School Skating Rink. Dogsled rides, games, glow skating, prizes and snacks. Parental supervision required.

MPP Greg Rickford announces funding for disrict municipalities

District
Press Release

Fort Frances is receiving $682,000 from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to assist in building and reparing roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

Rainy River is getting $145,000 while Emo secured $64,000 and Morely, La Vallee, Dawson, Chapple, and Alberton each get $50,000,

Linda Johnston dinner set for Saturday

District
Ken Kellar

Hot on the heels of another fundraising dinner, the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River is at it again.

The Society, with the help of the Red Hat Ladies of Rainy River, will be hosting the annual Linda Johnston Memorial Dinner at the Rainy River Legion on Saturday, Feb. 22.

News from the Hospital Auxiliary

District
Lenore Cates
La Verendrye news

The regular executive meeting of the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary was held on Monday Feb. 3. Linda Booth presided, with ten members and one guest attending.

A meeting was not held in January.

Drunk drivers

District
Staff

Local police officers have been busy apprehending impaired drivers over the past two weeks.

Lions prowl Rainy River

District
Jack Elliott
Rainy River correspondent

Several Prides of Lions were spotted prowling Rainy River on Friday, Feb. 7. The frigid temperatures soon had some four dozen seeking shelter in the meeting hall of the Royal Canadian Legion, Br 54. The occasion was the Charter Celebration of the Rainy River-Baudette Border Lions Club.

Shamrock Tea set for March in Emo

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Emo Hospital Auxiliary will be holding their annual Shamrock Tea and Bake Sale on Friday, March 13 in the Emo Hospital Cafeteria from 1 - 3 p.m. Admission to the tea will be $5 and will support the work and projects of the Auxiliary in the Emo Hospital. Come for some tea, coffee and refreshments and spend some time with friends.

Owls' volleyball squads excited for the playoffs after triple wins

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They were a dominant force all season and the Rainy River Owls' junior girls' volleyball team finished the NorWOSSA 'A' regular season off strong as they won all three of their final league games last week at RRHS.

Those wins gave the Owls a perfect 10-0 record and a first-place bye to the NorWOSSA final, which is slated for tomorrow in Atikokan.

Muskie hoops squad seeking NorWOSSA gold

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie senior boys' basketball team set out to attain a perfect regular-season record at the start of the year.

Mission accomplished.

Fort High ended the regular season with lopsided wins over both the Kenora Broncos and Dryden Eagles last week to earn a first-place bye to next Monday's NorWOSSA final here with a perfect 9-0 record.

Muskie girls trending in right direction heading into playoffs

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie girls' hockey team has shown steady improvement all season and the coaching staff is pleased with how the squad's play is trending as it approaches the NorWOSSA playoffs.

SIJHL announces addition of team

Sports
Press Release

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—The SIJHL announced on Thursday the addition of a seventh franchise that will be begin play in time for the 2020-21 season.

Local karate club shines at Thunder Bay tournament

Sports
Staff

Eleven competitors from the Fort Frances Wado Kai Karate Club, accompanied by Sensei Becky Kupila, made the trip to the eighth-annual Thunder Bay Wado Kai Karate Tournament in Thunder Bay last weekend, returning with a total of 15 medals.

Tanner Boyer (brown belt, age 15) earned two gold medals for kata (forms) and kumite (sparring).

Owls' junior hoopsters find late success to reach playoffs

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Win and you were in. It was as simple as that for the Rainy River Owls' junior boys' basketball team on Thursday morning against the visiting Ignace Falcons with a berth into this week's NorWOSSA 'A' semifinals on the line.

Wilson-Hands excited for volleyball coaching future

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Amy Wilson-Hands is taking her volleyball coaching career to the next level.

The Fort Frances native will be heading to France next month to train and coach with the France Youth National Team as well as with Team Ontario Elite.

Muskie boys go unbeaten at showcase hockey tournament

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Although they would have liked to score more goals, it was still an impressive weekend overall for the Muskie boys' hockey team.

The black-and-gold compiled a perfect 4-0 record at the annual Scott Clendenning Memorial Showcase held here Friday through Sunday, showing the talent that has made them the top team in NorWOSSA play thus far.