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Jim Cumming - From the Publisher's Pen

Jim is the publisher of the Fort Frances Times Ltd. He writes a weekly column and can be contacted at jcumming@fortfrances.com

Get your hockey fix in your local arena

We all awoke to the announcement that another hockey strike was happening. The owners are locking out the players.

One might think that in hard times, the owners might have been tightening the reins on their own personal spending for hockey players. But recent announcements in the hockey-signing world seem to indicate that the owners still haven’t closed their wallets.

Help make a difference

By the time you read this column, the cross-district bike ride for the “Together We Can” fundraising campaign to replace the mammography machine at La Verendrye Hospital here will have been completed.

But the campaign to raise funds for the new machine only will have been kicked off. Just as previous campaigns to modernize the hospitals in the district, and bring a CT Scanner here, took many months, this campaign still requires the financial support of everyone in the district.

Summer has been good to us

It was the Labour Day weekend. The moon, almost still full, lit the lake Sunday evening.

A fire burned across the lake at Gasparinis’ cabin. A small light shone from the Tibbs’ cabin. A bright light lit the cabin across the water on Nowhere Island.

Phil Bangert had arrived at the island shortly after lunch. He spent Sunday evening with us on Turtle Island, then headed north to Sioux Narrows before daybreak to fish in the annual “Bassin’ for Bucks” there this weekend.

There was just enough light across the lake to make your way when he left.

Babies bring the office to a standstill

Nothing brings work to a standstill faster than a mom bringing in her newborn baby.

Even from the back pressroom, the pressman can hear the cooing the front office staff make. And quickly they reach the front office to compete for time to hold those newborns.

And as they grow months older, the women on staff find every excuse to unburden the mother of her child or help the infant escape the confines of the carrier. The children then are taken on a tour of the newspaper, meeting everyone, while the mother is abandoned at the counter.

Are eggs good or bad for me?

I have a confession to make. I really like a ham-and-cheese omelet.

I also enjoy my “Egg McMuffin,” my Tim Horton sausage-and-egg breakfast sandwich, and Subway’s sausage-and-egg breakfast meal on flat bread.

One of my treats at the cabin on the weekend is a big breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast. I like dipping my toast into the yolk and sopping up the yellow.

I limit myself to one of those meals a week because when I look at the calories and fat, I really know the meal is not good for me. But I do enjoy those rich calories.

Time to meet at fair again

At 113 years of age, the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s annual fall fair in Emo gets underway tomorrow with the midway cranking up the sound during the day.

Then on Friday and Saturday nights, the roar of stock cars racing around the track will be heard for miles in all directions.

Cabin part of all our lives

I am sitting in the sun porch of our cabin. A light breeze out of the north is rustling the needles of the pines. A woodpecker is nearby batting its head against a tree to get at some bugs. The Bearskin flight to Thunder Bay just flew overhead.

I am well into my first cup of coffee of the day. Not a cloud can be seen in today’s sky.

The cabin is slowly coming to life.

Keeping the family legacy alive

My mother-in-law has just sold her home in Markdale, Ont. Her father had purchased the home in 1920 and it has been in the family for 92 years.

Annually, our family would travel to meet gramma and grampa, and it was always to the family home.

Their cousins from Waterloo and Inglewood joined our sons at Markdale, and the kids would play on the back lawn. We would hold family reunions there every other year and every few years, we would gather for the annual family photograph.

Tournament fishing strenuous work

This is “Bass Week” in Fort Frances.

Anglers competing in this year’s Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship have been plying the waters of Rainy Lake for the past week. You can see rooster tails flying high in the sky as those sleek fibreglass bass boats skim across the water.

The boats—shined into mirror finishes—seem to be loaded with the latest technology systems. Many now sport single or dual anchoring devices on the back.

Stable and comfortable, they are easy to fish from.

‘Old Man Rope’ appreciated gift

We are reaching the midpoint of summer and it has been a season of unusual heat.

The waters of Rainy Lake have had surface temperatures that arched over 80 degrees F. The real water temperature is a much more modest 74 F.

Even those who really are not into swimming in the lake are welcoming the soothing, cooling, soft caressing feel of the water this year. The lake is the perfect temperature—it is neither too warm nor too cold (just as “Goldilocks” would like it).