A new town council was sworn in about a year ago and some of their accomplishments were recently highlighted.
Coun. Douglas Judson gave an independent account of council's efforts to move the community forward and future plans at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's (FFCC) general meeting last Wednesday.
A town councillor is looking to make active transportation an area of focus for Fort Frances.
Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft said when he first served on council in the early 2000s, the town commissioned a study on active transportation.
More public input has been gathered regarding the proposed single-use plastic ban bylaw that was proposed to council during Monday evening's meeting.
Coun. Douglas Judson, who authored the bylaw, said he received feedback from individuals who stressed the need for people with disabilities to have access to plastic straws.
The Fine Line Art Gallery welcomed its newest member last Tuesday and he specializes in wood carving.
Gordon Seeburger moved to Fort Frances from Peterborough in June 2018 and runs several online stores through Etsy, GoDaddy, Shopify, and Pinterest where he sells hand carved pieces of art.
The not-for-profit Rainy River District Regional Abattoir's board is feeling optimistic about addressing some of the issues they've recently encountered.
The abattoir board held their annual general meeting (AGM) on Nov. 14 and Kim Jo Bliss, who's a member, said they should be able to get their taxes lowered.
As November draws to a close, a local organization is looking back on a successful month-long initiative.
Riverside Community Counselling Services, a program of Riverside Health Care, has been celebrating their annual “Shine the Light" campaign this month. The campaign has tied in to the town recognizing November as "Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.”
The holidays are a time of giving, and there's a great opportunity coming up to help out local families in need this year.
Pastor Musonda Abel Ng'andwe of St. John's Anglican Church, left, Dr. Bob Lidkea, and optometry intern Alice Chen enjoyed some hot beverages during the church's “Frozen” tea on Saturday. The church's basement was festively decorated for the event and had a great turnout of parishioners and community members.
Doctor recruitment and retention continues to pose challenges in Fort Frances.
The town still remains short three general practitioners and two general practitioner anesthetists.
The community will also likely lose two more doctors in the spring, according to doctor recruitment and retention committee member Coun. Wiedenhoeft.
If you're still feeling a little light on Christmas Spirit as the calendar rounds the bend into December, there's a play happening this Friday that's better than a trip to a Psychiatric Help booth.
Shortly after 1 a.m. on Monday, members of the Rainy River District detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to a complaint of a possible impaired river in the area of Stewart Street and King's Highway in Fort Frances.
The vehicle that was subject of the complaint was located and the officers conducted an investigation.
Many residents throughout northern Ontario have to travel great distances to access a specialist or certain healthcare services.
The Northern Health Travel Grant is the provincially funded program that's used to reimburse individuals who need to travel to their procedures or appointments and NDP MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, Judith Monteith-Farrell, is looking to improve it.
Dr. Marcus Powlowski was officially sworn in during a ceremony in West Block on Monday as the Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River in the 43rd Parliament of Canada.
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 24), members of the Rainy River District detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), with the assistance of Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), responded to an incident where a man had been fatally injured while hunting.
The male has been identified as Brent Secord, 18 years old, of Timmins, Ont.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting agri-food innovation through an investment of up to $1.85 million in research to help Ontario develop new cutting edge technologies, practices and solutions to tackle modern-day industry problems.
The Riverside Foundation for Health Care's annual Christmas appeal has hit the mail.
This year, the Foundation has set their sights “Tower” high with a goal to raise $43,000 for the purchase of a new MIS Tower for Riverside Health Care Facilities' operating room.
Hazel Wilde, Doug and Sue Cuthbertson, and Russell Paterson of Fort Frances were among the $30 winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's cash calendar draw for the week of Nov. 17-23.
Other winners that week included Reuben Kerb (Stratton), Annette Bryk (Atikokan), and Cindy Taronno (Shakopee, Mn.) who won twice.
Adam Stromberg made his mark beautifully on the international stage earlier this month.
Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Nov. 28-Dec. 4:
The Fort Frances Midget 'A' Canadians capped off the weekend in style as they nabbed a 3-1 win over the Westfort Rangers (Thunder Bay) in the championship final of their annual home tournament on Sunday at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Fort Frances Lakers got through a season-worst slump and are starting to play some of their best hockey of the year lately.
Ben Hoefler's goal just over eight minutes into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Lakers skated to their third win in a row with a 5-3 victory over the scuttling Thunder Bay North Stars on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The view looks pretty good from the top as the Muskie girls' hockey team has been flying high to start the season.
The Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists (RRVFN) met on Nov. 20 to prepare for the Christmas bird count and to discuss the future of the club.
This marks the 120th Christmas bird count and the 25th for Fort Frances.
Each year, bird watching and field naturalist groups organize counts in their communities across the Americas.
You could say the confidence level is at an all-time high for the Muskie boys' hockey team right now.
An 11-1 rout of the visiting Dryden Eagles last Tuesday night saw the Muskies' record improve to a league-best 4-0 in NorWOSSA play and the squad appears to be firing on all cylinders.
A Fort Frances bowler has punched her ticket to the P.O.A. (pins over average) provincial championships to be held in late February in Timmins.
Competing in the zone round held Nov. 16-17 in Dryden, Danielle Bois finished the five-game roll-off with a +106 total above her 160 entry average.
Former Muskie Annalise (C.C.) Hayes has gotten off to a great start with the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets women's hockey team.
Hayes scored a goal and added an assist as the Yellowjackets downed Concordia Wisconsin 3-1 in the season-opener for both teams back on Nov. 1 and she has added two markers and two helpers in the five games since then.
Shooniya Wa-Biitong program officer, Glenda Henderson, left, and executive director Marie Seymour were on hand during Seven Generation Education Institute's open house last Wednesday to answer questions about their job-finding organization. The pair also talked to open house attendees about their partnership with Seven Generations where they provide funding to students.
Coun. Douglas Judson spoke about his single-use plastics bylaw that would prohibit the sale of single-use plastic bags, straws, and takeout containers in Fort Frances for Jan. 1, 2021 at Monday night's council meeting. It Is anticipated that the bylaw will go to a vote at council's regular meeting on Dec. 9.
Sarah Wreggitt, centre, led a holiday card making workshop during the “Copper+Pine Craft Market” at the Copper River Inn on Saturday morning. The two day market featured two dozen area craft vendors selling everything from homemade jams and soaps to knitted caps and hand-carved wooden decorations. -Ken Kellar photo
Hayley Michaud, left, bought a half-dozen cupcakes from Kayla Brady of Kayla's Cakery at the Wellness Fair put on by Riverside Community Counselling Services at the Sunset Country Métis Hall on Thursday night.
Don Eldridge, left, Brent Tookenay, Aimee Beazley, and Tim Windigo of the Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) were available during SGEI's open house last Wednesday to discuss the school and programming with attendees. Tours were also available for people who haven't yet seen SGEI's new building. Students moved into the new facility in September of this year.
Yvonne Friesen, left, and Katie McCaig of Northern Community Development Services (NDCS) were set up at Seven Generations Education Institute's open house last Wednesday where they shared information about how they can help students get an education and find employment through NCDS.
-Sam Odrowski photo
Connie Calder, left, Miranda Patterson and Megan Finlayson of the United Native Friendship Centre participated in Seven Generation Education Institute's open house last Wednesday. They spoke about how they can help post-secondary students achieve their education and look at employment.
-Sam Odrowski photo
Denise Rybuck, left, Kathi Tucker, Ellie Tucker, and Marg Gosselin enjoyed dainties and tea at the Knox United Church's Christmas luncheon and bake sale on Saturday. The event was well-attended and kicked off the holiday season for many of those who came out.
-Sam Odrowski photo
Wilma Chapman, left, enjoyed a cup of tea with Jean and Sam Arbuckle at the Zion Lutheran Church's tea and bake sale on Saturday afternoon. Visitors to the church were able to enjoy light refreshments downstairs after checking out the many tables of baked goods that were for sale upstairs.
Winona, left, Erica, Samantha, and Lucas Chaboyer sold knitted mitts alongside Christmas-themed treats, while also holding a draw for a gift basket at the St. John Anglican Church's “Frozen” tea event that was held on Saturday afternoon. -Sam Odrowski photo
Allegra, left, Lisa, and Lilah Brockie shared some smiles while enjoying St. John's Anglican Church's “Frozen" tea on Saturday. It was hosted in the church's basement which was converted into a winter wonderland for the event. A pair of local girls were dressed up as Elsa and Anna of the Disney film, "Frozen,” and entertained children who attended the tea.
Gordon Seeburger, a new artist at the Fine Line Art Gallery, showed off one of his hand-carved creations last Tuesday.
Reed Bodnar tried to sneak the puck past the left pad of Dryden Eagles' goalie Aidan Butts while also getting checked by Aidan Bullock during the first period of the Muskie boys' hockey team's 11-1 romp last Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Muskies were sporting a league-best 4-0 record in NorWOSSA play heading into last night's game against the St.
Adam Stromberg had a strong showing for the country of St. Lucia at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States swimming championships held back on Nov. 8-10 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The former Fort Frances Aquanaut swam to a total of eight medals, including three gold, on the international stage.
Students at Crossroads School in Devlin showed off their wild. colourful socks last Wednesday during “Odd Socks Day.” The students were urged to express themselves and celebrate their individuality.
Emma Erickson (13) of the International Falls Broncos and Muskie Tatum Glowasky had their eyes on the loose puck that was up for grabs in front of the Broncos' goal during the first period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 5-1 win in the opener of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series on Saturday afternoon at Bronco Arena. The Muskies will host the series finale on Jan.
The Muskie girls' hockey team players got some final pre-game instruction from head coach Nicole Clarke ahead of their 5-1 win over the International Falls Broncos in the opener of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series on Saturday afternoon at Bronco Arena. The Muskies were slated to resume NorWOSSA action last night against the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).
Brandon Croswell, left, and Cole Kreger of the Fort Frances Midget 'A' Canadians were looking for any possibility of a rebound to spill out front while Westfort Rangers' (Thunder Bay) goalie Landen Ferris covered up during the first period of the Canadians' 3-1 win in the championship final of their home tournament here Sunday
MacKenzie Flett loaded up to fire the puck out of his own end while teammates Matthew Dyck and Flynn Perry looked on during the second period of the Fort Frances Lakers' 5-3 win over the Thunder Bay North Stars in SIJHL action on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Lakers have now won three straight games.
Jeff Gustafson with a nice redfish he caught last week in South Carolina.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of minus-11 C (12 F).
Tomorrow will be mainly cloudy during the day with a chance of flurries overnight bringing a high of minus-six (21) and a low of minus-10 (14).
Friday will see a continuing chance of flurries all day and overnight, along with a high of minus-three (27) and a low of minus-six (21).