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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 2, 2016

High school classes cancelled tomorrow

News
Press Release

Due to the strike actions of high school teachers, all Rainy River District School Board high schools will be closed to students tomorrow (May 3), with the exception of Grades 7 and 8 students at Atikokan High School.

Elementary school classes and programming will continue as normal.

Additional impacts of the one-day strikes include:

Seniors are vulnerable, undertreated

District
From the CMHA (F.F. branch)

Seniors are at risk for mental illness and addictions.

Some seniors already have a mental health issue from earlier in life. Others have a mental health problem, such as depression, that developed later in life.

Perhaps they have lost a loved one or suffered a stroke.

Seniors often are undertreated for mental health problems.

Reasons may include:

‘Ice-out’ declared

District
Staff

It’s now smooth sailing around the north arm of Rainy Lake.

Al Boivin, of Rainy Lake Boat Taxi, said this morning that most of the ice is gone.

“I went out for a boat ride on Saturday morning, and there was a big chunk [of ice] located in the Crowe Island and Hopkins Bay area,” Boivin recalled.

Barbecue fundraiser

Photos
Heather Latter

A large crowd was on hand at the community barbecue for Thomas Chapais on Saturday evening at the Couchiching multi-use building. The meal consisted of bannock burgers, hotdogs, salads, chips, and a beverage, with a penny table and other prizes up for grabs. Funds raised will go to help with the youngster’s “Make A Wish” campaign to travel to Toronto to see the Blue Jays play.

Collision course

Photos
Joey Payeur

What appeared to be a touching scene really was a self-defence reaction from Fort Frances Her-icanes’ Andrea Sweigard at second base as she tried to avoid an all-out collision with Kayla Windigo on a steal attempt during first-inning action yesterday at VanJura.

Musical rehearsal

Photos
Heather Latter

Evan Caul, left, Jillian Armstrong, and Maria Gilbert were among the cast members of Fort High’s production of “Ghost” busy rehearsing at the Townshend Theatre yesterday afternoon. The musical, based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name, will take to the stage this Wednesday through Saturday (May 4-7) at 7:30 p.m.

Ringling elephants perform for final time

National
Michelle R. Smith
The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—An elephant carrying a performer holding an American flag kicked off the final elephant performance at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus yesterday as the show closes its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights’ activists.

‘Diefenbaby’ passes away

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—George John Dryden, who spent years of his life trying to prove conclusively he was the love child of former Canadian prime minister John George Diefenbaker, died yesterday, a longtime friend said.

Dryden, 47, who had terminal pancreatic disease, suffered fatal injuries in a suicide attempt, Merry-Ellen Unan said.

He blamed decades of alcohol abuse for the illness.

Firefighter facing 18 counts of arson

National
The Canadian Press

MAYERTHORPE, Alta.—A firefighter who battled the flames that destroyed a railway trestle bridge northwest of Edmonton last week now has been charged with setting the fire, as well as others in and around his community.

Census forms being mailed out

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Call it the start of the government’s biggest big data push.

Today marks the start of mailings from Statistics Canada of census surveys, including the return of the mandatory, long-form questionnaire that was replaced with a voluntary survey five years ago.

Tiny Nebraska town says no to 1,100 jobs, citing way of life

Business
By Scott McFetridge The Associated Press

NICKERSON, Neb. — Half-ton pickup trucks crowd the curb outside the One Horse Saloon, a neon Coors Light sign in the window and rib-eye steaks on the menu, but otherwise Nickerson, Nebraska, is nearly silent on a spring evening, with only rumbling freight trains interrupting bird songs.

Monkey bars alert: Playground concussions are on the rise

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.

Most injuries studied were mild, but all concussions are potentially serious and the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety concerns.

Crash-fest at Talladega

Sports
The Associated Press

TALLADEGA, Ala.—Two cars went airborne, 35 were involved in an accident of some kind, and Danica Patrick had the wind knocked out of her in a vicious crash into the wall.

Just another demolition derby at Talladega Superspeedway.

Brad Keselowski won the crash-fest yesterday that was dominated by multiple wrecks that caused millions of dollars in damage to race teams.

Blues even up series

Sports
The Associated Press

DALLAS—David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday—another overtime goal to go home even.

What a serenade of “Happy Birthday” for the Blues’ captain from his teammates after Backes scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime of Game 2 last night for a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Solar plane takes off from California for Arizona

Technology
The Associated Press

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A solar-powered airplane took off from California for Arizona early Monday to continue its journey around the world using only energy from the sun.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 flew from Mountain View south of San Francisco shortly after 5 a.m. Monday for an expected 16-hour trip to Phoenix.

Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus

International
By Michelle R. Smith THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An elephant carrying a performer holding an American flag kicked off the final elephant performance at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists.

Fears of Trump drive immigrants to become citizens

International
By Sergio Bustos The Associated Press

MIAMI — On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American.

Massacre survivors give Indonesian gov’t list of mass graves

International
By Niniek Karmini The Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Survivors of Indonesia’s anti-communist massacres in 1965 submitted a list of what they say are more than 100 mass graves to the government on Monday after the president called for an investigation into the killings.

Feud over artistic independence threatens Asian film fest

International
By Youkyung Lee The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The future of Asia’s largest, most-awaited film festival is in question as South Korean filmmakers threaten to boycott the red carpet over what they view as government interference.

Using whole grains to gussy up that old three-bean salad

Recipes
By Katie Workman The Associated Press

In certain parts of the country, a good three-bean salad is almost always the anchor to a potluck or picnic, the kinds of gatherings where sturdy, crowd-pleasing, portable and frankly inexpensive food is wanted.