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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 1, 2018

Hops hot topic at EARS open house

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Sam Odrowski

Some 30 farmers, producers, and folks who are curious about agriculture turned out the Emo Agricultural Research Station for the open house held there last Wednesday (July 25).

Tennis rackets available at library

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Press Release

Tennis rackets are now free to rent at the Fort Frances Public Library.

The rackets can be checked out for three weeks using your library card.

A variety of sizes are available and library staff can help you pick out the right one for you!

Couchiching man receives new heart

News
Sam Odrowski

“Everyone has the potential to save a life,” said Connie Foster, whose brother, Curtis Jourdain, received a heart transplant at Toronto General Hospital last Monday.

She urges all Canadians to sign their organ donation cards, knowing firsthand how lifesaving it can be.

“It's overwhelming that someone gave him the gift of life,” Foster lauded.

New Gold to expand underground

News
Sam Odrowski

New Gold Inc. has recently hired a mining contractor to work on expanding their operations underground at the Rainy River Project, with the aim of increasing yields.

New Gold's technical services manager Darrol Van Deventer said the move underground was always part of New Gold's plan and the Rainy River Project should be seen as a combined open pit and underground operation.

Municipal candidates lined up for election

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Staff

With the nomination period having ended on Friday afternoon, here's a rundown of just who's running in the municipal elections across Rainy River District this fall.

In the Town of Fort Frances, June Caul and Kenneth E. Perry will be campaigning to become the next mayor.

Backpack campaign underway

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Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

It is now August and we all know what that means—it's back to school season.

And to bring in the new school year with a bang, the annual “Backpacks for Kids” campaign is underway, inviting the public to drop off supplies, backpacks or cash donations for any age group from K-12 at M. Wu Dentistry at 1201 Colonization Rd. West.

Youth Ranger season underway

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Submitted by
the Stewardship
Youth Rangers

Hello there and Boozhoo from the 2018 Fort Frances Ogimaa Binesiiyog Stewardship Youth Rangers!

We started a new project this year learning all about bats. First, we were instructed by Nathan Hopkins of the MNRF on how to construct a single-chamber bat house.

New workshop focuses on positive discipline

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Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

A new workshop offered through the Fort Frances “Best Start” hub is teaching parents positive discipline choices and to understand what is normal behaviour for ages zero- to six-years-old.

Bards to stage 'Little Shop of Horrors'

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Press Release

Borealis Bards announces auditions for their upcoming fall production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

This deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash hit musical has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years.

Beef club learns about showing calves

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Submitted by
the United Beef Club

On Saturday, July 28, the United Beef Club held their annual Funday, hosted by Ken and Mary Ann Haw.

All members and leaders were present. Everyone came with their animals washed, clipped and ready to go!

Neil and Ken Haw demonstrated how to groom and clip the calves.

Ken Haw also showed everyone how to properly tie their animals for the Emo Fair.

Local air cadet earns staff position at training centre

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Press Release

The competition at Trenton Cadet Training Centre (TCTC) was strong this year as 112 staff cadets strived for leadership positions to hold for the duration of the summer training season. Flight Sergeant (FSgt) Courtney Sinclair from 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Fort Frances was awarded with a position in Duty Watch—the main operations hub for the training centre.

'Summer String Camp' starts Aug. 12

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Press Release

For close to 40 years, The Rainy Lake Community Orchestra is holding a “Summer String Camp” for string players of all ages and abilities. Practices will be held at the Ranier Community Building beginning on Sunday, Aug. 12.

NWHU launches youth project

News
Sam Odrowski

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) recently received funding from the Moffat Foundation to launch a “Fort Frances Youth Project,” with the end goal of setting up a youth centre in town.

Big inning lifts Mud Dogs past Lynx

Sports
Staff

Talk about catching fire at the right time.

The fifth-seeded Fort Frances Mud Dogs used a seven-run fourth inning to roll to a 12-7 win over the sixth-seeded Big Grassy Lynx in a Loser's Side playoff matchup in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action Monday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Missouri bear hunter fined $5,500

Sports
From the MNRF

A Missouri man has been fined $5,500 for hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Gregory Evans of Crane pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for abandoning a black bear and allowing its flesh to spoil, $2,000 for hunting black bear without a licence, and $1,000 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

Lakers' roster taking shape

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers' roster for the 2018-19 season continues to take shape.

Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan last week announced that four players had re-signed with the team while another had committed to go to school.

Among those returning to Fort Frances next season is last year's leading goal-scorer Jaedin Ness.

Fawcett among Hall of Fame inductees

Sports
Press Release

Four athletes and two builders, including one from Fort Frances, make up the 2018 slate of inductees that will enter the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame at the 37th-annual induction dinner and ceremonies on Sept. 29 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay.

The 2018 inductees include:

Braves roll into West Division final

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Braves are looking like a well-oiled machine with championship aspirations on its mind.

Travis Tom homered twice to pace the top-ranked Braves to a 11-3 romp over the second-seeded Sight & Sound Wolves in Rainy River District Fastball League third-round East Division playoff action at VanJura.

Women's soccer season extended another week

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A change to the schedule in the women's division of the Borderland Soccer League will see Al's Racquet Stringing and La Place Rendez-Vous facing each other twice more this week.

Pair of racers nab first wins

Sports
Staff

It was time for a pair of new faces to shine at the Emo Speedway on Saturday night.

Tyler Brown and Aaron Blacklance both nabbed their first checkered flags of the Borderland Racing Association season in the WISSOTA Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds divisions.

Brown, from Rainy River, earned his win over the likes of Brady Caul of Fort Frances and hometown star Brody Strachan.

'Rock on!'

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Sam Odrowski

Ty West of “Shred Kelly" belted out some big notes as he and the band threw down a full out folk-rock set yesterday evening at the Rainy Lake Square. The high energy show, brought here by Tour de Fort and From the Grind Up, was the first concert at the square put on by a group other than the town.

Making bat house

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of MNRF

Avery Cates, left, and Jaiden ValDulmen applied silicone to their single chamber bat house they built while at the MNRF warehouse.

Shirt tug

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Sam Odrowski

Children ages six to 10 tried to melt frozen T-shirts as part of a challenge during the “Survivor"-themed Square Days event held by the Fort Frances Museum in Rainy Lake Square yesterday afternoon. The "Red" team tried pulling on the shirt in all directions, which resulted in a victory for that round, besting the "Green" and "Blue” teams.

Safe!

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Jamie Mountain

Cole Tymkin of the Fort Frances Braves hustled his way up the first-base line to leg out an infield single during his squad's 11-3 romp over the second-seeded Sight & Sound Wolves last Thursday night at VanJura.

Calf clipping

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Submitted

Neil Haw demonstrated to the United Beef Club how to clip a calf's head on Saturday.

Backpack donation (file photo)

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File

Brianna Gray, centre, helped Kathy Lampi and Heather Calder of M. Wu Dentistry load up the Iron Range Bus Lines bus last year during the “Stuff-A-Bus" drive to collect school supplies for the annual "Backpacks for Kids” campaign.

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United Beef Club members took a break from the action at the Funday to have their picture taken. Pictured here are Alanna Gerula, front row left, Georgia Romyn, Gregory Peters, Caleb Peters, Christina Gerula, Danielle Schram, Jaycee Mose, and Carenna Haw, and Hayden Haw, back row left, Brett Schram, Andrea Schram, Kennah LeBlanc, Erika Gerula, Aynsley Williams, and Joshua Peters.

Open air art

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Sam Odrowski

Marcy Loveday, left, Maggie Davis and Natalie Desjardins made bird feeder crafts at Community Living Fort Frances and District's Open Air Art Studio on Monday evening at Legion Park. All supplies are provided by Community Living. The next art session will be a Shibori dyeing at Point Park on Aug. 13. The free-to-attend art sessions are made possible thanks to the Moffat Family Fund.

Winding up

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Jamie Mountain

Candace Handorgan of the Big Grassy Lynx looked to fire a pitch during her squad's 12-7 loss to the fifth-seeded Fort Frances Mud Dogs in a Loser's Side playoff matchup in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action Monday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Tennis tips

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Jamie Mountain

Both children and adults were able to learn the game of tennis during a free “Basics of Tennis Workshop” yesterday morning at the Multi-Use Tennis Courts here.

Curtis Jourdain

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Curtis Jourdain shared a big smile from Toronto General Hospital's Cardiac Ward yesterday afternoon. The 53-year-old man from Couchiching received a heart transplant last Monday (July 23) and is being monitored closely to ensure his body accepts the new heart. Jourdain is the oldest heart transplant recipient at the hospital. -Sam Odrowski photo

Evasive action

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Jamie Mountain

Chris Sinclair of Manitou Forest Products looked to move the ball up the pitch and out of danger during his squad's 2-2 tie with Centra Pipelines in Borderland Soccer League men's division action last Wednesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field. Sinclair, who also serves as the league's president, netted a goal in the first half to help Manitou earn the draw.

Hops project

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The EARS hops project demonstration plot features hundreds of feet of hops that are strung along several poles.

Learning to code

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Stephanie Hagenaars

A group of kids got to learn basic coding techniques at a “Robot en Route" workshop last Wednesday at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Each participant was given a robot and a tablet, which acted like the robot's remote control, containing basic coding patterns that, when set up correctly, would tell the robot how to move, where to move and for how long.

Hitchin' a ride

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Some Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) open house attendees hitched a wagon ride along the tour of demonstration plots and trial crops, last Wednesday evening. Those who turned out to the open house learned about different varieties of soy beans, canola, wheat, and the status of EARS's hops project.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Motocross clinic

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Submitted

Emo Motocross (EMX) hosted a clinic conducted by Winnipeg motocross riders Ami and Kim Houde on July 22. Pictured here are Dawson Pollard, front row left, Landon Flinders, Ami Houde, Kali Tessier, and Ozzy Hanson, and Dillon Tessier, back row left, Cole, Alex,and Blake Kreger, Julia Guertin, John Gavel, and Kim Houde.

Lakers' signings

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Submitted

Last season's leading goal-scorer, forward Jaedin Ness, was one of the four player re-signings announced by the Fort Frances Lakers last week. Ness, who potted a team-leading 29 goals last season, and defencemen Anthony Antonelli, MacKenzie Flett, and Dustin Roitelman all will be relied upon as the Lakers attempt to finish atop the SIJHL standings.

Tour group

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Well over 50 people has a chance to hop on a bus from Emo to the New Gold Mine and take a tour there last Thursday. Tour attendees had a chance to view New Gold's open pit mine and ask questions to one of New Gold's mining engineers. The tours are held annually and popular among district residents.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Tour guide

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New Gold mining engineer Kirk Klassen educated tour attendees about their open pit mining operations last Thursday afternoon.

Field of dreams

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Sam Odrowski

Emo Feeds owner John Sawatzky, left, and director of Ontario Soil and Crop Andrew Brekvel admired the ag station's vast fields of wheat during an open house held there last Wednesday.

New Gold tour

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New Gold tour guide, Cassandra Cochrane, answered many questions regarding New Gold's mining operations, safety protocols, and environmental efforts during a public tour last Thursday afternoon. -Sam Odrowski photo

Mining operation

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New Gold's open pit mine is 100 metres deep and approximately 240 feet above sea level. The loader trucks transports roughly 600 loads of rocks to the processing plant each day at approximately 220 metric tons per load. -Sam Odrowski photos

Air cadet

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FSgt. Courtney Sinclair from 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron earned a staff position this summer at Trenton Cadet Training Centre.

—Photo courtesy of FSgt. Sergeant Hemstreet

Ag specialist

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Sam Odrowski

Ministry of Agriculture food forage specialist Christine O'Reilly of Lindsay, Ont. travelled to the Rainy River District to view the Emo Agricultural Research Station's (EARS) growing operations and educate folks during the open house held there last Wednesday.

Gussy pic (Aug. 1)

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Submitted

Shelby Larson and Jeff Gustafson held up some smallmouth bass they caught this past weekend on the Winnipeg River.