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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 20, 2019

Salvation Army prepping for Christmas

News
Sam Odrowski

With Christmas just around the corner, the local Salvation Army is preparing to make the holiday season a little bit better for hundreds of district residents.

There are still some openings for those in need of a Christmas hamper and individuals looking to utilize the program are encouraged to visit the local Salvation Army office (343 Scott St.) soon to fill out an application.

Sexual assault care space opens

News
Ken Kellar

Years of hard work, fundraising and dreaming paid off for several local organizations last week.

Members of Riverside Health Care, Riverside Community Counselling Services and the Rainy River District Victim Services Program (RRDVSP) celebrated the opening of the sexual assault and patient care area Friday morning at La Verendrye General Hospital.

Senior centre holds cultural awareness seminar

News
Ken Kellar

Two local organizations teamed up to address lingering negative stereotypes about the experiences of First Nations people in Canada and closer to home.

The Fort Frances Senior Centre held an Anishinaabe cultural awareness seminar in conjunction with the United Native Friendship Centre last Wednesday.

Free routine dental care for seniors

News
Press Release

As part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, Ontario is investing in programs that keep seniors healthy in their communities longer.

Each year in Ontario, preventable dental issues like gum disease, infections and chronic pain lead to more than 60,000 emergency department visits by patients, of which a significant portion are seniors.

Work continues on physician shortage

News
Sam Odrowski

Addressing the shortage of physicians in northwestern Ontario has been a major priority for one Fort Frances town councillor as of late.

Status of Women rep promotes women's issues

News
Ken Kellar

Local union members recently got together for a night of fun, learning and giving back to the community.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) held a workshop for their members as well as local CUPE and Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) members at the Fort Frances High School last week.

Genealogy services offered at Fort Frances Public Library

News
Sam Odrowski

Anyone who's trying to learn more about their ancestors or map out a family tree is encouraged to utilize the Fort Frances Public Library and Technology's Centre free genealogy services.

FFHS students tackle firefighting program

News
Ken Kellar

For the past few months, some students at Fort Frances High School have been taking part in a unique learning experience designed to give them valuable real world experience.

Province isn't taking public dental care seriously

News
Press Release

Following the fall economic statement, Ontario's dentists are frustrated the province missed yet another opportunity to fix the severe funding gap in public dental programs.

The provincial government is also launching the seniors' dental program, even though there is still much confusion around how care will be provided and funded.

Reducing stigma of addiction to be in focus

News
Sam Odrowski

For many people, drug use provides an escape from the mental and emotional pain or trauma they experience everyday.

And while those who struggle with substance abuse don't set out to destroy themselves and everything in their path, it's one of the inadvertent consequences of addiction.

Salon holds 10th extravaganza

News
Tammy McNally
Special to the Times

The light stayed on a little longer than usual at the Hair and Body Care Shoppe in Emo last Thursday.

The salon held its 10th “Christmas Extravaganza,” a tradition that started before they moved to the new location eight years ago.

About 130 people came out to enjoy the evening; while some were Christmas shopping, others were there to spoil themselves.

Drive carefully on snowy roads

District
From the OPP

Thunder Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking motorists to drive with extra care and caution as a significant snow fall is expected in the Thunder Bay area later today and into tomorrow.

The OPP would like to remind motorists of the following vehicle and road safety tips to prepare for winter driving conditions:

NDP MPP wants to fix travel grant for north

District
Press Release

NDP MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan Judith Monteith-Farrell introduced a bill in the Ontario legislature yesterday that would ensure the Northern Health Travel Grant is reviewed and improved, and that northern Ontario residents get the support they need to access health care.

Residents benefit from memorial donations

District
Submitted by
Laurie Hogan and
Margaret Ann Hudson

Our monthly Rainycrest Auxiliary meeting was held on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

After having to forgo our October meeting due the home being closed because of illness, we had a lot of business to discuss.

Legion Ladies elect officers

District
Submitted by
Barb Everett

Fort Frances Legion Ladies' Auxiliary to Br. #29 met on Nov. 13, 2019 with 32 present.

The meeting was brought to order at 7 p.m. by president Alfreda Easton.

Minutes of the Oct. 9 general meeting and the Nov 6. executive meeting were read and approved.

The heat is on to practise CO safety

District
Press Release

As the temperature continues to dip, many folks will likely seek comfort in the warmth of their furnaces and fireplaces. Little do they know that turning up the heat may also be pumping carbon monoxide (CO) gas into their homes.

Man convicted of hunting violations

District
From the MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry wants to remind hunters that they must stop for inspection by conservation officers.

On Oct. 20, 2018, while patrolling the K6 Road in the Rainy River District, a conservation officer attempted to stop an SUV for an inspection under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Hunters' help needed to track CWD

District
From the MNRF

The Ontario government is seeking the help of hunters as it takes steps to ensure sustainable wildlife populations and continued hunting opportunities for future generations.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an untreatable brain disease that affects members of the deer family including white-tailed deer, elk, moose, and caribou.

Muskie boys roar out to great start to season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie boys' hockey team is looking like the team to beat so far this season.

The black-and-gold got off to a fantastic start to the NorWOSSA regular season with a 13-0 rout of the host Kenora Broncos last Tuesday and followed that up by going undefeated and snaring the title at the Dryden Eagles' annual home tournament over the weekend.

Football awards handed out

Sports
Staff

With a successful season officially in the books and a championship trophy in hand, the Muskie football team needed to hand out some more hardware.

The gridiron gang held their annual awards banquet on Monday night at the Copper River Inn.

Lane Sargent took home the rookie-of-the-year award.

Muskies soar to first-ever WHSFL crown

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A championship was the goal right from Day 1 and it was a job well done for the Muskie football team on Saturday afternoon.

The third-ranked Muskies used a dynamic and electrifying offence to soar to their first-ever WHSFL crown with a spectacular 65-49 win over the fourth-place Churchill Bulldogs in the Currie Division's ('A') Canad Inns Bowl at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

Local squashers played hard in Thunder Bay

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A dozen Sunset Country Squash Club players made the trip to the Thunder Bay to play in the annual Balmoral Legal Centre Northwestern Ontario Squash Open Tournament over the weekend in an array of divisions.

Muskie girls start off strong

Sports
Jamie Mountain

If their first game is any indication, the Muskie girls' hockey team should fare just fine in league play this season.

The Muskies used a pair of first-period goals to nab a 3-0 shutout win over the Broncos in Kenora in the NorWOSSA regular season-opener for both teams last Tuesday afternoon.

Uzelman makes an immediate impact for Lakers

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A new face was able to help the Fort Frances Lakers snap out of their funk over the weekend.

Sunrise, sunset times

Sports

Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Nov. 21-27:

Lakers make moves

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With the team recently caught in a tailspin, the Fort Frances Lakers' management has begun to make some moves to improve the team.

In the first of three transactions, Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan announced on Thursday that the team had acquired the playing rights of forward Kyle Uzelman from the Red Lake Miners for a player development fee.

Bantam Canadians fall short in home tourney

Sports
Staff

A promising start to their annual home tournament unfortunately didn't end with a championship for the Fort Frances Bantam 'AA' Canadians over the weekend.

After compiling a perfect 4-0 record through round robin play, the Canadians were dealt a 3-1 loss by the Norwest Stars (Thunder Bay) in the semifinals on Sunday morning at the Ice For Kids Arena to finish shy of snaring a medal.

50/50

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Shawne Crowe, left, and Ann Cox helped sell 50/50 tickets during the Christmas tea and bazaar that was hosted by the Catholic Women's League at St. Mary's Parish on Sunday. There was also a cookie draw and vendors who sold handmade crafts, stained glass, wreaths, and Christmas decor.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Cutting food

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Kendall Richardson, left, Nadine Johnson and Sherree Denby worked on spiralizing some vegetables as a part of the OSSTF Status of Women meal prep workshop held at Fort Frances High School last Wednesday. Those attending the workshop learned five dinner and three breakfast recipes to be able to make and take on the go.

Christmas table

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Suzanne Chiasson, left, and Johanna Strahl sold holiday-themed items from the Christmas table during the popular Christmas tea and bazaar that was held at St. Mary's Parish on Sunday. The event was hosted by the Catholic Women's League and around 100 people attended.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Cover story

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Staff

Cheryl Behan, left, and Debbie Ballard proudly showed off the November/December 2019 issue of Rug Hooking which sports a photograph of one of Behan's impressive rug hooking pieces. Ballard wrote a feature on Behan for the magazine, focusing on Behan's creative use of colour in her work. The article also features a half-dozen photographs of her colourful rug hooking pieces.

Sex assault space

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One of the accompanying rooms in the new sexual assault and patient care area at La Verendrye General Hospital shows the amenities and comfort items that will be available to anyone who needs them as they make use of the space, including the people who are there to support them.

-Ken Kellar photo

'Kid Zone'

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Rae-Ann Wood, left, Nickolas Wood, and Lori Kellar worked the “Kid Zone” at St. Mary's Parish on Sunday during the C.W.L.'s Christmas tea and bazaar. A wide array of toys and presents that are ideal for small children were on display and sold to many of the event's attendees who were looking to do some early Christmas shopping.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Chopped food

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Ken Kellar

FFHS teacher Sarah Arpin held up a tray of chopped veggies during the OSSTF Status of Women's meal prep workshop last Wednesday. Members of the local OSSTF, CUPE and ETFO unions were invited to take part in the workshop that focused on creating quick and healthy meals for busy professional women.

Salvation Army campaign

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Walmart Fort Frances store manager Cheri Dyck helped Salvation Army Corps Officer Arthur Heathcote and Danny Smith kick off the Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle campaign at Walmart on Friday afternoon. To volunteer to ring the bells this holiday season, call 274-3871. -Ken Kellar photo

Sex assault space opening

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Ken Kellar

Riverside Health Care president and CEO Ted Scholten, left, nurse manager Lori Green, Riverside Community Counselling Services' community family violence counsellor Jacquee Loerzel, Riverside Health Care executive vice-president Henry Gauthier, and director of inpatient and emergency services Julie Cousineau performed the official ribbon cutting for Riverside Community Counselling Services's ne

Geneaology helpers

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Jim Curtis and his wife, Erin, have been offering genealogy services at the Fort Frances Public Library for close to a year now. Anyone in the district can book a session with them for free to trace their family roots using online resources. Many who utilize the services are surprised at what they learn about their family tree.

-Sam Odrowski photo

CWL family

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Sam Odrowski

The Kozlowski family enjoyed some treats at St. Mary's Parish while attending the Catholic Women League's Christmas tea and bazaar on Sunday afternoon. The festive event featured silent auctions, fun draws, and an opportunity to sift through a wide variety of potential gifts and Christmas decor for the holiday season.

MNR SP100 field

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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff and students from Fort Frances High School posed together for a photo in front of one of the ministry's helicopters as they participated in an outdoor field session for the SP100 course earlier this fall.

Muskies in Dryden

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Submitted

The Muskie boys' hockey team has been nothing short of impressive to start the NorWOSSA regular season and they showed that they truly are No. 1 as they posed with the championship trophy on Saturday after going a perfect 4-0 at the Dryden Eagles' annual two-day home tournament.

WHSFL champs

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie football team captains Colten Allen, left, Sean Huziak, Carson Noga, Ayden Gushulak-Kelly, Brady Meeks, Aaron Scheibler, and Wyatt Richards posed with WHSFL commissioner Jeffrey Bannon after claiming the Canad Inns Bowl trophy and championship banner as Currie Division ('A') champions on Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field.

Ready to throw

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie quarterback Brady Meeks was locked and loaded to unleash a pass attempt during Fort High's 65-49 win over the Churchill Bulldogs in the Canad Inns Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. Meeks threw for a touchdown and ran another one in as he led the black-and-gold to its first-ever WHSFL title in the Currie Division ('A').

At the mic

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Jamie Mountain

Colten Allen gave a little speech after taking home the Reece Scofield Memorial Award for outstanding defensive player during the Muskie football team's annual awards banquet on Monday night at the Copper River Inn.

Nice catch

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Jamie Mountain

William Richards (28) was just a few seconds too late in stopping Churchill Bulldogs' receiver Eli Kramer from making a stellar catch during the fourth quarter of the Muskie football team's 65-49 win in the Currie Division's ('A') Canad Inns Bowl championship game on Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

Football awards

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Jamie Mountain

Wyatt Richards and Aaron Scheibler, centre, posed with coaches Lou Gauthier, left, and Josh Burley after they were named the co-recipients of the lineman-of-the-year award during the Muskie football team's annual awards banquet on Monday night at the Copper River Inn.

End zone dance

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Jamie Mountain

Muskie receiver Carson Noga did a happy dance in the end zone after scoring a second-quarter touchdown during Fort High's 65-49 win over the Churchill Bulldogs in the Canad Inns Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field. Noga punched in three majors to help the Muskies record the most points ever scored in WHSFL championship game.

Running play

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Jamie Mountain

Kael Archie put up a well-executed block on Carson Bien-Arklie of the Churchill Bulldogs to allow Muskie running back Sean Huziak some room to run during Fort High's 65-49 win in the Canad Inns Bowl on Saturday afternoon. Huziak rambled for four touchdowns as part of a historic offensive showing for the Muskies in the Currie Division ('A') championship game.

Player award

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Jamie Mountain

Quarterback Brady Meeks was all smiles as he took home the Marc DeGagne Memorial Award for outstanding contribution at the Muskie football team's annual awards banquet on Monday night at the Copper River Inn. Meeks capped off an outstanding high school career by leading the Muskies to their first-ever WHSFL title on Saturday in Winnipeg.

Gussy pic (Nov. 20)

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Submitted

The Fish ON-Line website is a great tool for Ontario anglers to plan their fishing trips.

Christmas open house

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Laurel Perry, left, Evelyn Barker, Stacy Johnson, and Emily Hyatt of the Fine Line Art Gallery stood next to their silent auction table that featured 33 items during their “Christmas Extravaganza” open house Friday at the gallery's new location (326 Scott St.). Proceeds from the silent auction help cover operating costs.