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Lakers to open against Miners

All aboard, Fort Frances Lakers’ fans—the regular-season train is getting ready to leave the station.

The two-time defending Bill Salonen Cup champs will be the last team in the SIJHL to play a game where the points count when they visit the English River Miners in Ear Falls on Sept. 22.

Two more sign with Lakers

The Fort Frances Lakers keep working towards filling their void up front.

General manager and head coach Wayne Strachan announced today the signings of forwards Zach Bennett and Kyle Folson.

Bennett, an 18-year-old from Grande Prairie, Alta., played with the Junior ‘B’ Grande Prairie Kings last season in the North West Junior Hockey League.

Gingrich business closes its doors

Gingrich Woodcraft Inc. shut its doors and let go staff yesterday after the majority of its workers had voted in favour of joining Unifor last week.

Unifor national representative Stephen Boon told the Times the Devlin-based manufacturer abruptly called about 25 employees to a meeting yesterday afternoon and fired them without notice.

More Emo water woes

The Township of Emo once again is asking its residents to refrain from non-essential water use.

The Emo Spray Park and truck filling station also have been closed to conserve water.

“We had our raw water pump fail a few weeks ago and we’re waiting for our new ones to come in,” noted Jason Smith, the operator in charge of Emo’s water treatment plant.

Town reps at AMO

Fort Frances has representatives among the more than 1,600 delegates from hundreds of municipalities and other organizations across Ontario attending the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s annual conference in Niagara Falls.

Mayor Roy Avis, Couns. Ken Perry and Paul Ryan, and Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig are at the conference, which runs through Wednesday.

Local fastballers drop openers

It was not the Rainy River District’s day to shine on the mounds of Moline.

Both squads from this area lost their first games at the 2015 North American Fastpitch Association ‘A’ World Series in Moline, Ill., yesterday to drop into the losers bracket.

The Sight & Sound Wolves were blanked 7-0 in five innings by Meister Dairy FP (Wisconsin) in the kickoff to the tournament.