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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 4, 2016

Gr. 6/7 tour

Photos
Cameron Penney

Fort High mentor Anne Jean introduced herself to Grade 6 and 7 students from J.W. Walker during a presentation to kick-off “Grade 6/7 Day” at the high school on Friday. Jean, along with other high school mentors, spoke about her high school experiences and why the students should look forward to coming to Fort High this fall.

‘Fun in the Sun’ shaping up

News
Duane Hicks

Plans for Canada Day activities here are taking shape, but the “Fun in the Sun” committee still needs the community’s support to make it as awesome a celebration as possible.

FITS chairperson Cynthia Donald said while there is money allocated for fireworks, the committee is trying to generate funds to pay for other activities on July 1.

Help wanted for town clean-up

News
Duane Hicks

The town is looking for more volunteers to help with its “Fight the Blight” campaign.

Next week is the first week of the campaign (May 9-13), when the town will waive all bag tag requirements on residential garbage collection.

Musical duet

Photos
Heather Latter

Anne Jean (“Molly Jensen”) and Andrew Eldridge (“Sam Wheat”) sang “Here Right Now” during a rehearsal of “Ghost: The Musical,” which runs tonight through Saturday at the Townshend Theatre. Presented by Fort Frances High School, the musical gets underway at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Leads of ‘Ghost’ call musical challenging

District
Heather Latter

You may remember them as “Sandy” and “Danny” from last year’s production of “Grease.”

Now Anne Jean and Andrew Eldridge are returning to the stage to star in Fort Frances High School’s rendition of “Ghost: The Musical,” which opens tonight and runs through Saturday at the Townshend Theatre here.

Students given high school preview

District
Heather Latter

Grade 6 and 7 students at J.W. Walker School got a preview to what high school will be like when they move into Fort High this fall during a session held there Friday.

Bill Daley, System Principal/Transition Co-ordinator, indicated the activity day—planned by the FFHS student leadership council—is just one of the initiatives to help students with the transition to high school.

Filling plates

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.

Judson releases new song

District
Heather Latter

Emo singer/songwriter Maverick Judson released his latest single called “Stay,” and an accompanying music video, on Monday and he’s hoping local residents will enjoy it.

“It’s really fun and makes you feel good,” Judson said about the song he wrote about a year ago while tinkering away in his studio.

“It rides a bit on your emotions but not too much,” he clarified.

Sinclair takes helm of soccer dynasty

Sports
Joey Payeur

It may not be the same as taking over for Scotty Bowman or Al Arbour.

For starters, those coaches only won four championships in a row.

Chris Sinclair is trying to keep things in perspective as he heads into today’s NorWOSSA soccer regular-season opener here against the Kenora Broncos and Dryden Eagles as the new head coach of the Muskie boys’ team.

Dodging pitch

Photos
Joey Payeur

Caylee Woolsey of the Fort Frances Her-icanes showed some mid-season agility in escaping getting hit by this pitch from Sydney Jones of the Couchiching Lady Raiders during Sunday’s pre-season exhibition game at VanJura.

Muskie girls look to big roster in ‘three-peat’ bid

Sports
Joey Payeur

The old adage that you can’t tell the players without a scorecard may never ring more true than with this year’s Muskie girls’ soccer team.

Two dozen players will suit up for Fort High as it looks to win a third-straight NorWOSSA title and once again advance to the OFSAA championships June 2-4 in North Bay.

Golfers tee off new season

Sports
Cameron Penney

With the warmer weather finally here, golf courses around the district have opened for the season.

Kitchen Creek Golf Club was the first out of the blocks—welcoming golfers onto the course April 22.

Kitchen Creek general manager Glen Kellar said this is about the usual time of year for the course to open.

“Like everybody else, it depends on the weather,” he noted.

Girls of summer eager to start season

Sports
Joey Payeur

She may have new responsibilities but Stacy Patey has that same tingle going down her spine that accompanies the blooming of every fastball season.

Patey recently was elected president of the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League, which gets down to business on the field with its season-opening night of action this coming Monday.

Fiat Chrysler, Google to co-operate on autonomous minivans

Technology
The Associated Press

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google’s self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

The companies announced the agreement on Tuesday, saying that Chrysler engineers would work with Google to install sensors and software so the vans can drive themselves.

Researchers say they’re closing in on Captain Cook’s ship

International
The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Researchers believe the ship that legendary explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world is still submerged somewhere in Rhode Island’s Newport Harbor.

Diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch $70 million

International
The Associated Press

LONDON — A London auctioneer says a diamond the size of a tennis ball that is the largest discovered in more than a century could sell for more than $70 million.

Sotheby’s says it will offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29.

Fried Twinkies are so old hat. Try bourbon-fried pound cake

Recipes
By Alison Ladman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

When we first encountered deep-fried, bourbon-soaked Twinkies, we were a little smitten. Until, that is, we realized we could do so much better.