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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 19, 2015

Fair royalty

News
Lindsay Campbell

2015 Emo Fair Queen Caitlin Anderson (second from right) was flanked by First Princess Kaitlynn Lougheed, left, Second Princess and Miss Congeniality Kassidy Strachan, and fellow contestant Alanna Gerula (right) following the annual crowning ceremony last Thursday evening at the Emo Arena.

First rider

Photos
Lindsay Campbell

Kaydence Canfield was all smiles as she stepped onto a school bus for the first time yesterday morning. She was one of the many youngsters who participated in the annual “First Riders” program organized by the Rainy River District School Board.

Mini royalty

Photos
Lindsay Campbell

Newly-crowned Mini-Queen and King—Cassandra Armstrong and Rustin Chartier—posed with the 2014 Emo Fair Queen Kassidy LeDrew after being awarded their titles last Thursday. The annual mini-royalty pageant was held just before the entertainment portion and crowning of this year’s Emo Fair Queen.

Anderson crowned fair queen

District
By Lindsay Campbell Summer reporter lcampbell@fortfrances.com

Caitlin Anderson achieved a lot more at this year’s Emo Fair queen competition than she expected.

The 15-year-old, who was crowned the 2015 winner last Thursday, said she never dreamed of capturing the crown.

She added her reason for entering the summer-long event purely was for the experience.

“This is so strange,” Anderson said moments after receiving the title.

Gustafson speech

Photos

Jon Gustafson went from being the starting goalie for the OFSAA champion Muskies in 1986 to his role today as a high-ranking executive with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks—earning him a spot in the builders’ category.

CanAsian restaurant opens doors

News
By Lindsay Campbell Summer reporter lcampbell@fortfrances.com

Carlito and Thelma Gicale, owners/managers of the CanAsian Restaurant in Emo, have closed those doors to focus on a larger project here in Fort Frances.

Formerly known as Lee Garden, the Gicales opened the “CanAsian Family Restaurant” at 418 Scott St. on Monday.

“We wanted to serve a bigger community,” Carlito Gicale explained.

Gingrich cites ‘faith’ as reason to close

District
Staff

A Devlin-based manufacturer whose employees recently decided to unionize has closed its doors due to the owner’s religious beliefs.

In a statement from Gingrich Woodcraft Inc., owner Leon Gingrich said that on Aug. 12, the majority of workers decided to join Unifor—and that’s a decision which goes against his beliefs.

Water level report draws crowd

News
By Lindsay Campbell Summer reporter lcampbell@fortfrances.com

The International Joint Commission, along with the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board, held its annual public meeting here last Tuesday to discuss water level initiatives.

Held at La Place Rendez-Vous, the meeting was an opportunity to report on last year’s high water levels here but also for area residents to offer their comments.

Riverfront site eyed for complex

News
Duane Hicks

Riverfront property next to the Riverwalk Condominiums is the preferred site for a for-profit assisted living complex being proposed here.

Cherish Community Living Ltd., the company hired to design and run the complex, is hoping it can obtain the town-owned property located just to the east of the condos.

Woman supports lifejacket campaign

District
By Joey Payeur

For several years, Kristina Bombay has lived with the agonizing memory of two similar tragedies just three days apart.

One took away someone close to her; the other claimed the man who was trying to make sense of the first situation that took away someone he had guided through many hockey exploits.

Chiasson thrilled by top 10 finish

District
By Heather Latter

Alyssa Chiasson has a lot to be proud of.

While she didn’t bring home the Miss Teenage Canada crown from Toronto earlier this month, she did a superb job representing Rainy River District—finishing in the top 10 out of 82 contestants from across the country.

Vouchers offered for veggies

District
By Heather Latter

Lowey’s Greenhouse and the Fort Frances Canadians Midget ‘AA’ hockey program have joined together to provide the community with a new way to purchase vegetables.

Hockey mom Melissa Gushulak noted the idea was mentioned during the hockey season.

“Donna [Lowey] has always been wanting to do as many fundraisers where she can help out different activities,” she explained.

Lakers to open against Miners

Sports
Staff

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.

Girls’ ‘AA’ hockey on rise again

Sports
By Joey Payeur

More female minor hockey players will be able to take their game to the next level this season.

The Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association recently announced it has enough coaches and players on board to run ‘AA’ competitive squads at three different age levels.

Manitou nabs title in shootout

Sports
By Joey Payeur

James Pavier woke up last Thursday knowing he would have a key role to play that evening in the biggest game of the local men’s soccer season.

He never guessed it would involve putting the ball into the net rather than keeping it out.

Vous conquers Taggs in final

Sports
By Joey Payeur

Take away the league’s most valuable player and top keeper from most teams and they likely would crumble like a week-old cookie.

But the La Place Rendez-Vous U18 Voyageurs, as they have all year, proved once again last Thursday that they aren’t like most other teams.

As crude hits six-year lows, towns in Alberta’s oilpatch feeling the pinch

News
By Lauren Krugel THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY — Oil prices are the lowest they’ve been since the Great Recession and mayors in Alberta’s oilpatch are noticing the difference.

“The barber says that he has less customers coming in,” says Tom Tarpey, mayor of Peace River, population 7,000.

“I certainly notice less trucks and cars parked at the hotels in town overnight.”

Hall of Fame welcomes initial class

Sports
By Joey Payeur

The evening was one for plenty of smiles, a few misty eyes, and a stockpile of some of the greatest athletes to ever call Fort Frances home.

About 200 people packed the upstairs ballroom at La Place Rendez-Vous on Saturday night to witness the first-annual induction ceremony for the newly-created Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame.

Canada Post to close website on weekend for IT upgrade

News
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canadians looking to track a package on the Canada Post website this weekend will be out of luck.

Canada Post says it will shut down its canadapost.ca website, along with its web services and mobile app, from 9 p.m. ET on Friday until 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.

FDA approves drug to boost female libido, a long-sought milestone fraught with controversy

Health & Wellness
By Matthew Perrone THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.

Boston Olympics organizers: Critical consultants’ report didn’t fully analyze the plans

Sports
By Philip Marcelo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON — Boston’s failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics underestimated costs for hosting the games, potentially leaving Massachusetts taxpayers on the hook for significant cost overruns, according to a state-funded report released Tuesday.

Hackers say they’ve leaked massive database of Ashley Madison users to the Internet

Technology
By Raphael Satter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON — Hackers claim to have leaked a massive list of users from Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, saying its owners had refused to bow to their demands to close the site.

A message posted online said “Time’s Up!” and accused parent company Avid Life Media of deceit and incompetence.

“Now everyone gets to see their data,” the statement said.

For Africa’s hunted albino children, US charity offers them false limbs and true hope

International
By David R. Martin And Rodrique Ngowi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Like other little boys, Baraka Cosmas Lusambo loves to play soccer. When he hears music, his feet tap and his face breaks out into a wide smile. During summer pool time recently, he used his left hand to toss a ball through a basketball hoop while red arm floaties keep him above water.

’Good and Cheap’ cookbook for students, families on tight food budget

Life
By Lois Abraham THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — Thousands of people on a tight food budget have benefited from a thesis project by a former Edmonton resident.

Leanne Brown, who earned a master’s degree from New York University in food studies, wrote a cookbook targeted to low-income people and Food Stamps recipients that she made available for free.

Growing numbers of grizzly bears killing more Montana livestock this year than in all 2014

Life
By Alison Noon THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HELENA, Mon. — Growing numbers of grizzly bears venturing east from the Rocky Mountains are attacking more domestic cattle and sheep.

Montana’s livestock-loss program has reimbursed ranchers for 42 animals killed by grizzlies so far this year — eight more than in all of 2014, not counting the 22 cattle lost this year to bears that have not yet been claimed.

Good and Cheap’ recipes for crustless quiche, PB&J bars, caramelized bananas

Recipes
The Canadian Press

In “Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day,” author Leanne Brown has created a strategy guide to help people on a limited income stretch their food dollar.

She includes the cost for each recipe, which is meant as a guideline, as prices vary by city and neighbourhood.

For those who know little about cooking, Brown suggests regular practice helps.

Recipe for double melon and pineapple fruit slushies

Recipes
By Alison Ladman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

One of our favourite ways to beat the heat at the end of summer is to turn some of the season’s abundant produce into beautiful, delicious frozen fruit slushies. It’s fun and easy to get creative. Not only can you experiment with different fruits and juices, you also can get fancy (or fanciful) with the glasses and bowls (though clear glass is almost mandatory) you serve them in.

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