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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 20, 2015

Concert fundraiser

Photos
Duane Hicks

Brent Newman, centre, and Rough Cut Pine (Robroy Donaldson, left, Bill Shine, and Jim Newman) played a fundraiser concert for more than 50 people yesterday evening at the Little Beaver Cultural Centre, raising $1,000 for the Fort Frances Community Chest.

Backpacks ready

News
Lindsay Campbell

Cheyenne Calder, family support practitioner at Rainy River District’s Child and Family Services, stood with the donated backpacks for the “Backpacks for Kids” fundraiser along with co-worker Michelle Mondor, child services worker, Tammy Ouellet, fundraiser organizer, Betty-Anne Johnson, primary executive of Child and Family Services, and Jamie Beasant, sales manager at Sunset Country Ford.

High-five

Photos
Joey Payeur

Kevin Gemmell gladly handed out high-fives to his teammates after his fifth-inning solo homer gave the Barwick Blue Knights a 5-0 lead over the host Stratton Eagles in Game 2 of the Rainy River District Fastball League West Division final Tuesday.

Reading windup

Photos
Lindsay Campbell

A number of young readers enjoyed a meal at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday afternoon as part of the “TD Summer Reading Windup Party.” The event was for kids aged three-12 who took part in a reading challenge that started at the end of June. Those who read 15 books or more were awarded passes to the movie theatre in International Falls as well as a back-to-school supplies package.

Tea boil

Photos
Heather Latter

Champion logger Kelvin Caul worked hard to come out on top in the tea boil event.

Park snacks

Photos
Heather Latter

Sienna Johnstone and her brother, Tristan, enjoyed some food while listening to local singers as part of the “Music in the Park” fundraiser for the “I Am Awesome! (And I Know It!)” retreat for young women last Wednesday at the Lions Park in Emo. The retreat itself will be held next month at Sunny Cove Camp.

‘Fool’s Gold’ returning

News
Staff

The Shotgun Exploration crew will be back next month.

The gold-exploring exploits of Todd Ryznar, Jason “Roj” Whitehead, Mark “Grizz” Fairnington, Jimmy “Big E” Easton, Matt Wensley, and Mike Strom will resume with Season 2 of “Fool’s Gold” starting Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.

‘Ride for Memories’ set to roll

News
By Duane Hicks

Live to ride. Ride to live.

Motorcycle enthusiasts will take to area highways in the name of a good cause this Saturday for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts’ 13th-annual “Ride for Memories” and poker derby.

Bikers are invited to join in the ride and dinner to raise awareness and funds to support people with dementia.

’Stage 0’ breast cancer over-treated, suggests new Canadian study

News
By Helen Branswell THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — Many women are receiving unnecessary treatment for a condition that is sometimes called Stage 0 breast cancer, the findings of a new Canadian study suggest.

Women who undergo single or double mastectomies or radiation as treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, are probably not increasing their chances of survival, the paper argues.

‘Stunt’ driver nabbed

District
From the OPP

Just after 2 a.m. today, the Rainy River District OPP received a complaint of a possible impaired driver in town.

Officers located the vehicle, travelling at a high rate of speed, on McIrvine Road near Birch Street.

The driver, a 21-year-old La Vallee Township man, was showing signs of impairment.

He was arrested and taken to the OPP detachment for breath tests.

Arpin fourth in D.C.

Sports
Staff

Steve Arpin’s performance in Washington, D.C. wasn’t monumental but it was his best in almost two months.

The Fort Frances native zipped his way to a fourth-place finish in the eight-lap final (in a time of 46.027) at the latest stop on the Red Bull Global Rallycross circuit.

Emo motocross set for Saturday

Sports
Staff

After a false start, it will be Emo’s turn to feel the thunder once more before the summer is over.

The Northern Ontario Superior Dirt Riders tour returns to the Emo Motocross track this Saturday, with racing slated to start at 11 a.m.

The event originally was scheduled for Aug. 8, but was postponed over concerns about inclement weather that was forecast for the day.

Knights, Pirates in fastball final

Sports
Staff

JJ Landry made sure the underdogs were kept on a leash.

The right-hander tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout to lead the top-seeded Barwick Blue Knights to a 6-0 road win over the third-ranked Stratton Eagles on Tuesday in Game 2 of the West Division final of the Rainy River District Fastball League.

FFMHA deadline is today

Sports
Staff

The deadline for registering for the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association is today (Aug. 20).

A late fee of $50 will be applied for any registrations received after today.

To register, visit www.fortfranceshockey.com and click on the registration link.

Harper foes focus on Novak evidence

National
Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Stephen Harper’s political opponents agreed on one thing yesterday: it is unlikely the prime minister was in the dark about the controversial Mike Duffy expense payout given that his right-hand man knew.

Teens fired over religious holiday awarded $26,000

National
Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A pair of Ontario teenagers soon will be collecting thousands of dollars after their employer fired them for observing a religious holiday.

The province’s Human Rights Tribunal ruled that vegetable grower Country Herbs discriminated against the young siblings on the basis of their creed.

Neighbour disputes a problem

National
Lauren La Rose
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Many would consider the sound of kids gleefully playing outdoors a natural soundtrack of the summer.

But one family in Pickering, Ont., located east of Toronto, was told the sound of their kids splashing in their backyard pool was deemed unreasonably disruptive by a neighbour.

Agency sorry for pat-down refusal

National
The Canadian Press

TERRACE, B.C.—The agency responsible for screening at Canadian airports says a “big mistake” was made when a retired social worker was prevented from boarding a flight because an all-female security crew refused to frisk him.

Robert Hart has an artificial hip that set off the metal detector at the airport in Terrace, B.C. in July.

High school teachers reach deal

National
Keith Leslie
Allan Black
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Kathleen Wynne was beaming today after learning the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation reached a tentative contract agreement early in the morning with the province’s school boards.

Amazon’s excessive corporate culture could happen here

National
Peter Henderson
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The excesses of Amazon.com’s hard-driving corporate culture made headlines this week—raising questions about whether similar problems are possible at Canadian companies.

Irving Oil to conduct $200 million maintenance project for Saint John refinery

National
By Kevin Bissett THE CANADIAN PRESS

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Thousands of temporary jobs will be created in New Brunswick this fall during a maintenance and upgrade project at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John described as the largest in the company’s history.

Female ‘sex pill’ gets OK

Health & Wellness
Matthew Perrone
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—The U.S. 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.

Handbook tells parents and kids how to recognize concussion, how to recover

Health & Wellness
By Sheryl Ubelacker THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — At the tender age of 17, Warren McNeil considers himself a concussion veteran. He’s sustained six of the brain injuries playing hockey and lacrosse, one of which knocked him out cold.

For five of those concussions, the Toronto teen was able to return to school and sports after a week or two of resting in a dark room to avoid overtaxing his healing brain.

Scientists figure out how a gene glitch makes people fat; suggests new way to treat obesity

Health & Wellness
By Marilynn Marchione THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise.

Norris joins elite club

Sports
The Associated Press

CHICAGO—Detroit’s Daniel Norris became just the 19th pitcher to hit a home run in his first major-league at-bat before suffering an injury that will send him to the disabled list.

Norris left yesterday’s game against the Chicago Cubs with a strained right oblique and is headed to the disabled list, Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus said.

Arrest of man in scuba gear leads to US-Mexico border tunnel that ends underwater in canal

International
The Associated Press

CALEXICO, Calif. — The arrest of a drug smuggler in scuba gear led to the discovery of a tunnel from Mexico that’s partially underwater and ends in a canal.

Evelio Padilla pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in San Diego to one count of possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

New hole opens in ground at site of fatal Florida sinkhole that swallowed sleeping man in 2013

International
By Tamara Lush And Chris O’Meara THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SEFFNER, Fla. — Sometime after the sun came up Wednesday, a woman walking her dog past a fenced-off area in a sleepy suburban neighbourhood near Tampa heard a loud rumble. She quickly dialed 911.

The earth had opened, again.

Gene glitch makes people fat

Science
Marilynn Marchione
The Associated Press

Scientists finally have figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat—a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise.

Foods take on new rainbow of colours after purging of artificial dyes

Lifestyles
By Candice Choi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Mozzarella cheese at Panera restaurants won’t be as glaringly white. Banana peppers in Subway sandwiches won’t be the same exact shade of yellow. Trix cereal will have two fewer colours.