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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - August 18, 2016

Tennis courts

Photos
Cameron Penney

Court Surface Specialists Ltd., a contractor based in Mississauga, has begun building four new tennis courts along the fenceline of the St. Francis Sportsfield on the north side of Fort Frances High School. The project is expected to be completed by Sept. 1.

Another fire in district

District
From the MNRF

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

But four new lightning-caused blazes, including Fort Frances Fire #14 located near Tibbetts Lake, were confirmed as of Tuesday afternoon.

The fire is now “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Scoring run

Photos
Joey Payeur

Red Gut Babes’ catcher Kayla Windigo had the ball but Laureen Hill had the run in the seventh inning of the Fort Frances Her-icanes’ 9-6 win in Game 1 of the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League final last night in Red Gut. The second-and-deciding games goes this Monday (Aug. 22) at 6 p.m. at VanJura here.

Teams vying for title

Sports
Staff

Rainy River District will have three teams in action at the 2016 North American Fastpitch Association World Series in North Mankato, Mn., which starts today.

The Northern Ontario Selects will take on Len’s Automotive at 2:30 p.m. in a first-round game in the ‘A’ winners’ bracket.

'Princess' visitors

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Heather Latter

Peyton Jourdain, seven, visited with “princesses” yesterday during Weechi-it-te-win Family Services’ annual Children’s Days at the Nanicost grounds on Couchiching. The event, which featured a free lunch, bouncy castles, games, face-painting, cultural teachings, and numerous other activities, run both Tuesday and yesterday. A children’s pow-wow also took place there today.

’Canes force second game for title

Sports
Staff

The ball left Stacy Patey’s bat bound for a place far, far away.

Now the Fort Frances Her-icanes get to try and win their first-ever Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League crown on home turf.

Patey’s second-inning inside-the-park grand slam broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the top-seeded ’Canes to a 9-6 win over the host Red Gut Babes last night.

‘Sip & Paint’

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Cameron Penney

Dolores Beach, left, along with Sheri De Gagné and Mary Hickling, were focused on their art while painting with dyes on silk during “Sip & Paint” yesterday evening at From the Grind Up here. The event, which was sponsored by the Fort Frances Museum and the “Friends of the Museum,” allowed participants to sip on a drink while taking part in a workshop led by local artist Cher Pruys.

Cuso volunteer

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Submitted

Through Cuso International, local resident Kari Manty will be heading to the Northwest Territories at month’s end to volunteer at a small school there.

Canada Post contract talks stalled

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—As the clock ticks down on the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ strike mandate, contract talks with Canada Post are going nowhere fast.

Each side blames the other for the stalled negotiations.

The union fears the Crown corporation is trying to run out the clock on the union’s strike mandate, which expires Aug. 25.

Soft-serve ice cream industry in midst of major makeover

National
Aleksandra Sagan
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Soft-serve, the often overlooked ice cream, is in the midst of a makeover.

It’s being dipped in melted Belgian chocolate flavours, like key lime pie and white chocolate Oreo, before being slathered in toppings as the coatings harden.

Trudeau heading to China

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to travel to China for an official visit at the end of the month.

During the Aug. 30-Sept. 6 trip, Trudeau also will take part in the G20 leaders’ summit in Hangzhou on Sept. 4-5.

The Prime Minister’s Office said the visit comes at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Pricey car service fee causes flap

National
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal Health minister Jane Philpott will stop using a pricey limousine service owned by a Liberal supporter after Conservatives complained about a $1,700 bill for transportation in the Greater Toronto Area.

Philpott said in a statement yesterday the price tag was “too high” and “inappropriate.”

Lochte teammates in robbery probe pulled off plane

Sports
By Mauricio Savarese And Beth Harris The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two Olympic swimmers were taken off their flight from Brazil to the U.S. on Wednesday by local authorities amid an investigation into a reported robbery targeting Ryan Lochte and his teammates.

U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky confirmed Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained but had no other details.

Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium deal is for nearly $250 million

Sports
By Steven Wine The Associated Press

MIAMI — Three Miami Dolphins and nearly two dozen other VIPs simultaneously smashed guitars in the end zone Wednesday to christen Hard Rock Stadium as the new name for the team’s home.

“I’ve never broken a guitar before,” receiver Jarvis Landry said with a grin. “There’s a first time for everything.”

Vietnam lifts ban on Australian commemoration of 1966 battle

International
By Associated Press The Associated Press

VUNG TAU, Vietnam — Under pressure from top Australian officials, Vietnam on Thursday lifted its sudden ban on veterans who had travelled to the country to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most costly battle of the Vietnam War, with the government allowing low-key commemorations.

Bee rescue mounted after hospital breaks out in hives

International
The Associated Press

LONDON — It was a sticky situation.

A British hospital discovered it had become home to more than 100,000 bees when patients noticed honey dripping down the walls.

Beekeepers were summoned to Rockwood Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, after the discovery last month, and found a large colony of bees in the roof above a ward.