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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - August 12, 2016

‘Play Zone’

Photos
Cameron Penney

Abigail Matheson raced through hula hoops held up by Sam Pearson, left, the health educator with the Northwestern Health Unit, along with OPP summer student Katrina Slomke and Northwestern Health Unit summer student Kate Parsons, at the Rotary Park here yesterday morning as part of the “Pop Up Play Zone.” The weekly event has been held in parks across town throughout August to promote outdoor a

Delegates taking long list of issues

News
Duane Hicks

Local delegates will bring a briefcase full of northern issues with them to Windsor next week.

Mayor Roy Avis, Couns. Paul Ryan and June Caul, Coun. Wendy Brunetta (representing the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association), and Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown will be attending the annual general meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario on Aug. 14-17.

Council bullets

News
Staff

Just who is responsible for trees in the downtown area?

The Town of Fort Frances and BIA aims to sort this out by developing a tree maintenance agreement.

The issue came to light after a recent request by the BIA that the town remove a tree from in front of 318 Scott St.

‘Stuff-A-Bus’

Photos
Cameron Penney

Tammy Ouellet, co-ordinator of the “Stuff-A-Bus” initiative, showed off some of the school supplies donated by community members at Walmart here earlier this morning. This is the fourth year the campaign has run—with this year’s goal being to collect and fill 100 backpacks with school supplies by Wednesday.

Point beach re-opens

News
Staff

The Point Park beach is open again for swimming.

The beach was declared safe to swim at yesterday after the most recent set of water sample results came back “all clear,” the Northwestern Health Unit reported.

The beach first was declared off-limits July 29 as a result of routine water sampling.

More fires now ‘out’

District
From MNRF

While no new fires were reported in the Northwest Region yesterday, multiple fires recently have been declared “out.”

Five were declared “out” in Sioux Lookout District on Wednesday.

The lightning-caused blazes, located in the far north of the district, were “being observed” for some time.

A recent flight over the fires confirmed they no longer are active.

Fresh veggies

Photos
Staff

Folks lined up to get the latest batch of fresh produce yesterday morning at Gerber’s Mini Mart. The booth, which is set up in the parking lot of Canadian Tire here, is a popular summer draw.

Vous, ITS crowned soccer champs

Sports
Staff

Abby Sanders, Myla Angus, and Max Williams all know a thing or two about winning.

Sanders and Angus each scored twice as the La Place Rendez-Vous U18 Voyageurs capped a sensational season with a 4-0 victory over Taggs in the women’s division final of the Borderland Soccer League last night.

Ice cream sundaes

Photos
Staff

Emo Fair Queen contestant Taylor McQuaker helped hand out ice cream sundaes to resident at Rainycrest here yesterday during a visit by the four contestants and the 2015 royalty. Those vying for the crown this year also include Meagan Anderson, Harleigh Brow-Rose, and Janissa Judson.

Sinister find could confirm dark legend

National
Nicholas Paphitis
The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece—Archaeologists have made a sinister discovery at the top of a Greek mountain which might corroborate one of the darkest legends of antiquity.

Excavations this summer on Mount Lykaion, once worshipped as the birthplace of the god Zeus, uncovered the 3,000-year-old skeleton of a teenager amid a mound of ashes built up over a millennium from sacrificed animals.

Oldest living animal named

National
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Scientists now calculate that Greenland sharks are Earth’s oldest living animals with backbones.

They estimate that one of those grey sharks was born in icy Arctic waters roughly 400 years ago and lived until only a couple of years ago.

Rubber duck back from global ‘trot’

National
The Associated Press

HAMPTON, N.H.—An over-sized rubber duck that was stolen from a New Hampshire family’s home five years ago has returned—shrouded in a cloud of mystery and global intrigue.

The Portsmouth Herald reported the Troiano family began receiving cryptic postcards and pictures of the duck in locations all over the world soon after its disappearance from their Hampton home.

Medical pot rules set

Health & Wellness
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Revamped federal rules to allow Canadians to grow their own medical marijuana likely are to form part of the government’s overall plan for legalization of the drug, the federal justice minister says.

Oleksiak strikes first gold

Sports
The Canadian Press

RIO DE JANEIRO—Penny Oleksiak continues to solidify herself as a teenage swimming sensation.

The 16-year-old from Toronto tied for gold in the women’s 100-metre freestyle last night at the Rio Olympics with Simone Manuel of the U.S.

Oleksiak and Manuel finished in an Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds, with Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden capturing bronze in 52.99 seconds.

Eskimos snap three-game skid

Sports
Shane Jones
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—When the Edmonton Eskimos couldn’t get it going with their offence, their defence stepped up.

Deon Lacey had a six-yard interception return touchdown with less than a minute to play as the Eskimos snapped a three-game losing skid with a sloppy 23-12 victory over the Montreal Alouettes last night.

Judge orders man free after 28 years, cites unfair trial

International
By Emery P. Dalesio The Associated Press

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A judge on Thursday ruled that a North Carolina man who was convicted of murder as a teenager and was imprisoned 28 years ago did not get a fair trial and allowed him to go free.

North Carolina Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Parsons ruled Thursday that there was not enough evidence to justify 43-year-old Johnny Small’s conviction for a 1988 murder.

Hostess launches “Deep Fried Twinkies” as first frozen treat

Life
By Anne D’Innocenzio The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The deep-fried Twinkie is jumping from the state fair to the home freezer.

Junk food fight: Science tests how birds compete for Cheetos

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — It’s the early bird that gets the Cheetos. But it’s the bigger bird that steals it away.

Behavioural ecologist Rhea Esposito used the snack food to see how two types of smart birds smaller magpies and bigger crows interact and compete for food.

California island foxes removed from endangered species list

Science
By Alicia Chang The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Not long ago, foxes native to the Channel Islands off the California coast teetered on the edge of extinction.

Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry

Science
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body’s most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues about how it gives life and how it can go awry, leading to stillbirth, preterm birth, even infections like the Zika virus, that somehow sneak past its protective barrier.

Dig extended at site of 1750s British, American encampments

International
By Chris Carola The Associated Press

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — An archaeological dig that was supposed to wrap up this week at an 18th century military site has yielded such intriguing artifacts the project has been extended, the archaeologist leading the excavations said.

UN chief hugs 99-year-old woman he calls his ‘American Mom’

People
By Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

NOVATO, Calif. — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon embraced the 99-year-old woman he calls his “American Mom” Thursday on a nostalgic visit to her home, where as a high school student from war-ravaged South Korea he spent his first days in the United States experiencing culture shock at the country’s riches.

UN chief hugs 99-year-old woman he calls his ‘American Mom’

Lifestyles
By Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

NOVATO, Calif. — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon embraced the 99-year-old woman he calls his “American Mom” Thursday on a nostalgic visit to her home, where as a high school student from war-ravaged South Korea he spent his first days in the United States experiencing culture shock at the country’s riches.