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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 22, 2018

Reaction to wood yard deal mixed

News
Duane Hicks

Last week's announcement that the town is acquiring the Shevlin wood yard and the former nurses' station on Mowat Avenue from Resolute Forest Products for a nominal fee has resulted in a mixed reaction from the public.

The Fort Frances Times' Facebook page has received dozens of comments regarding the decision.

Two businesses land provincial funding

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Sam Odrowski

District businesses Manitou Forest Products and Henry's Trucking last week received a combined investment of $1.375 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. that will create 10 new jobs in all.

Choose your 'Hometown Hero'

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Staff

Gillons' Insurance is encouraging residents to come down and give a shout out to your “Hometown Hero.”

From now until the middle of September, nominations will be accepted at any one of Gillons' 11 locations, including here in Fort Frances, and funds raised will go towards various Northwestern Ontario foundations.

Nominations are offered for $2, $5, or $10.

2018 mini-royalty crowned at Emo Fair

News
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The annual Mini-Queen and King contest held in conjunction with the Emo Fair took place Thursday evening upstairs at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre.

In the end, the mini-royalty for 2018 were Sloan Baird from Devlin and Niels Reynolds from Rainy River.

Congratulations to them both!

'Music in the Park' gets huge support

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Sam Odrowski

Lions Park in Emo saw a swell of support last Tuesday when organizers and participants of the “I Am Awesome (And I Know It)" girls' retreat held the sixth-annual "Music in the Park” event.

“Everybody came together and it made for a really great event,” enthused organizer Renée Martin-Brown.

“It seemed to go off without a hitch so I'm happy about that.”

Cash calendar winners

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It was a lucky week for Eugene Johnson of Emo, who won $30 for both Aug. 13 and 14 in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Also winning $30 for Aug. 12-18 were Linda Fraser (Atikokan), Kristie McQuay (Atikokan), Luke and Marissa Esselink (Devlin), William Fisher (Devlin), and Darwin Hayes (Fort Frances).

Fort Frances among towns getting new OPP detachments

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Press Release

Ontario is investing more than $182 million to replace aging police facilities' infrastructure with nine new OPP detachments so communities can continue to receive modern, cost-efficient, and high-quality police services essential to public safety.

Correction

News

An article in last Wednesday's Times, headlined “Concerns over discarded needles addressed,” incorrectly stated about 6.5 percent of Canadians have HIV currently, with Ontario being on par to the national average.

In fact, it should have read about 6.5 per 100,000 people currently have HIV, which translates to .0065 percent.

High number of cattle shown at this year's fair

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Another Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society fall fair in Emo has come and gone but a recurring theme was an increase in competitors in a number of popular events this year.

The 4-H beef show and steer auction saw high numbers of participants, with 22 heifers and 33 steers shown over the weekend.

Final barn concert slated

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Press Release

Mark LaBelle will perform at the final barn concert of the season at Cornell Farms in La Vallee, which is set for tomorrow (Aug. 23) beginning at 7:30 p.m.

LaBelle has been performing musical comedy for more than 25 years throughout Canada and the U.S.

More entries at fair

News
Sam Odrowski

Numbers were up all around for entries into the Exhibition Hall at this year's Emo Fair—and the judges couldn't be happier.

“Everything looks good,” judge Sylvia Goodheart smiled.

“It's nice to see so many people exhibiting and taking part.”

The increased participation helps to create a stronger sense of community in the district, Goodheart added.

'Tbaytel for Good' fund again seeking submissions

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Press Release

Tbaytel officially launched its Tbaytel for Good Community Fund fall 2018 campaign, with members of the Tbaytel for Good selection committee hosting a panel discussion over Facebook Live yesterday.

Car seat clinic set for Friday

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Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The Fort Frances “Best Start” Hub is hosting a car seat clinic this Friday (Aug. 24), in partnership with the Couchiching Family Wellbeing Program (CFWP) and United Native Friendship Centre, to promote the health and safety of children by educating and coaching parents and caregivers in car and booster seat safety.

Duo again tops at ABC

Sports
Staff

At this rate, the tournament soon will have to be named after them.

The Thunder Bay duo of Glenn Leroux and Trevor Zimak successfully defended their title from last year in claiming the annual Atikokan Bass Classic held Friday and Saturday.

Bemidji pair repeat as MBI champions

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Scott Andersen and Tim Donaghue had such a good time at their first Morson Bass International last year that they thought they would repeat that success this past weekend.

The Bemidji, Mn. natives captured the MBI title for the second-straight year Sunday with a two-day haul of 36.03 pounds to top the 18-team field.

Her-icanes storm to league 'three-peat'

Sports
Jamie Mountain

That gust of wind you feel is from the Fort Frances Her-icanes cruising to another championship.

Marissa Kerry pitched a complete-game five-hitter to pace the fourth-seeded Her-icanes to a 12-4 romp over the second-seeded Red Gut Babes to claim their third-straight Rainy River District Women's Fastball League title.

CJ lands elusive men's soccer title

Sports
Jamie Mountain

After years of finishing as the top team in the regular season, only to come up short in the playoffs, CJ Contracting finally got the proverbial monkey off its back.

Al's snares crown

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Al's Racquet Stringing proved last week that it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

After ending the regular season behind front-running La Place Rendez-Vous in the standings, it was second-place Al's who had the last laugh in the Borderland Soccer League's women's division championship final last Tuesday evening.

Kirk humbled by U18 experience with Team Canada

Sports
Jamie Mountain

For any aspiring hockey player, the opportunity to represent your country in a national tournament definitely is at the top of the list of dream experiences.

That dream became a reality for Raygan Kirk when she suited up for Team Canada's national U18 team in a best-of-three series against Team USA last week in Calgary, Alta.

Davis, Imrie sweep to Rea Memorial crowns

Sports
Staff

A doubleheader was double the fun for Jamie Davis and Ward Imrie on Rea Memorial Weekend at the Emo Speedway.

Davis, who was born in Devlin but now lives in Fort Frances, and Imrie (from Winnipeg) won the features in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Modifieds divisions both Friday and Saturday at the annual two-day stock car race extravaganza held in conjunction with the Emo Fair.

Local adult bowling leagues set to start

Sports
Staff

The sounds of rolling balls and falling pins soon will be returning to Plaza Lanes here.

The Fort Frances Bowling Club will kick off its 2018-19 season in less than two weeks, with the Tuesday night league starting on Sept. 4 and the Thursday night one on Sept. 6.

Judging crafts

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Sam Odrowski

Sue-Ellen Blekkenhorst, Homecraft representative and judge, inspected handmade craft items inside the Exhibition Hall at the Emo Fair on Thursday afternoon.

Rounding barrel

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Audience members of the Emo Fair horse show were excited to see the Gymkhana barrel racing event Saturday afternoon. Cheryl Burghardt was one of 21 competitors in the event, racing against the clock, in a cloverleaf pattern, around each of three barrels as her horse, “Squire to Glow,” kicked up the dirt behind them.

Separating colour

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Duane Hicks

Shyan Scott made some colourful artwork, using a marker and alcohol on fabric to create a “tie-dye" effect, on Monday afternoon during Community Living Fort Frances and District's "Open Air Art Studio” at McIrvine Park. The theme was chromatography—using science to separate colour mixtures. Next Monday's free activity will be stick weaving at Front Street Park from 3-7 p.m.

Museum photo booth

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Stephanie Hagenaars

A group of kids who attended the Fort Frances Museum's second “Night at the Museum" event last Thursday posed around a framed photobooth donning themed props inspired by the movie of the same name. There was no shortage of fun as the kids were wrapped in toilet paper like mummies, played games, and painted hieroglyphics.

Fanning flames

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Sam Odrowski

Scott Galusha blew big gusts of wind onto his fire in hopes of being the first competitor to bring his can of water to a boil at the annual loggers' competition held Friday morning in conjunction with the Emo Fair. A total of 14 contestants squared off in a variety of logging competitions in front of the grandstand. See more photos on A2.

Axe throw

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Sam Odrowski

Jason Caul took his best shot at the bull's-eye during the axe throwing portion of the logging competition held Friday morning at the Emo Fair. Caul didn't place during this event but saw great success in the axe chop, two-man cross-cut, and tea boil, all of which he landed in first place.

Beef show

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Sam Odrowski

Marlee Bliss showed off her cow at the beef show on Friday afternoon at the Emo Fair. The show was an opportunity for people to show off the cattle they are raising on their farms.

Checking out lumber

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Sam Odrowski

Local MPP Greg Rickford, left, who also is the minister of energy, northern development and mines, was taken on a tour around the Manitou Forest Products' site by manager Dale Kaemingh before announcing a $910,000-plus investment in the district company's operations.

Intense sawing

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Shelby Rea put all her might into cross-cutting during the “Jack and Jill” portion of the loggers' competition held Friday morning at the Emo Fair. Darryl Desserre and Charlotte Hyatt took first place, with Kevin Caul and Jen Libiak taking second. Jason Caul and Sarah Teeple followed in third place.

Big bounce

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Sam Odrowski

Brock Visser had a blast bouncing around on the bungee trampoline at the Emo Fair on Thursday evening. Children enjoyed an array of fun midway rides, games, and activities.

Music crowd

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More than 100 people came through Emo's spray park last Tuesday to enjoy local entertainment during the sixth-annual “Music in the Park" event. Those who attended enjoyed a barbecue, scavenger hunt, rock-painting, face-painting, and fun games, all organized by girls who are going to the "I Am Awesome (And I Know It)” retreat for young women that takes place at Sunny Cove Camp in the fall.

Georgeson float

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Stephanie Hagenaars

The Georgeson and Jonasson families had their float in the parade again this year, displaying their little bit of history to the fair parade theme “Join the Gold Rush: A Tribute to Gold & Grain" on Saturday.

Music in the Park

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Eva Morrisseau, Aurora Hutton, and Joelle Bruyere helped “Music in the Park" attendees paint their rocks for a small donation last Tuesday evening at the Lions Park in Emo. Members of the "Fort Frances Rocks" group were on hand and showed people how to carefully craft coloured rocks.

Vegetable judge

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Sam Odrowski

Emo Fair judge Randy Creighton inspected a plate of green peppers alongside fellow judge Emily Watson in the Exhibiton Hall on Thursday afternoon. The pair scored these vegetables on their appearance, presentation, and closeness to their variety. All entries are scored according to the guidelines set out in the Association of Ontario Agricultural Societies' fair book.

Sisters duet

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Madison Anderson, left, and her sister, Caitlin, sang a heart-felt duet for a crowd of more than 50 people during the “Music in the Park” event held last Tuesday at the Lions Park in Emo. Several other local musicians stepped to the mic and provided an evening of entertainment to all who attended.

Two

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Sean Councillor, left, and Orville Smith pulled hard as they put all their strength into the two-man cross-cut event Friday morning. Jason and Kelvin Caul landed in first place, followed by Darryl Desserre and Gus Hagen in second. Dwayne and Curtis Smith placed third.

Midway games

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Sam Odrowski

Bowling for prizes was one of the many midway games available to Emo Fair attendees. Stuffed animals and other fun prizes were on the line as players aimed their best shot in hopes of a win.

Solo singer

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Adrianna McCoy belted out some big notes during her performance at the sixth-annual “Music in the Park" event held last Tuesday at the Lions Park in Emo. The event raised more than $1,000 to help her and 60 other girls from across the district attend the "I Am Awesome (And I Know It)” retreat at Sunny Cove Camp next month.

-Sam Odrowski photos

Vintage racers

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Jamie Mountain

A pair of vintage stock cars, carrying the Canadian and American flags, led the WISSOTA Modifieds onto the track at the Emo Speedway on Saturday evening. It was a nice touch considering racers from both sides of the border regularly compete against each other during Borderland Racing Association action at the local track.

Spin out

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MacKenzie Holmwood of Thunder Bay had the tricky task of getting back on track after spinning out during the first heat of the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds division Saturday night. Holmwood wound up finishing the heat in fifth place, just missing out on advancing to the 'A' feature race.

Ball kick

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Jamie Mountain

Katie Beninger of Al's Racquet Stringing looked to kick the ball out of harm's way during her squad's 3-2 win over La Place Rendez-Vous in the Borderland Soccer League's women's division final last Tuesday evening at the St. Francis Sports Field. The championship win was a nice reward for Al's after they had finished behind the Vous in the regular-season standings.

Level swing

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Jamie Mountain

Dana Ward of the Fort Frances Her-icanes looked to make solid contact with a pitch during her squad's 12-4 win over the Red Gut Babes in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball league final Monday evening at VanJura here.

Big stringer

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Jamie Mountain

Les Morrison of Baudette, Mn., right, and his partner, Bill Stay, held up their 19.20-pound Day 2 haul that helped them earn a fifth-place finish at the 2018 Morson Bass International on Sunday afternoon. Their catch on the final day also was the biggest bag of the tournament.

Trophy hoist

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Jamie Mountain

It was all smiles and jubilation for members of the Fort Frances Her-icanes as they gathered around team captain Stacy Patey to hoist the championship trophy after downing the Red Gut Babes 12-4 in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League final Monday evening at VanJura.

MBI champs

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It was so nice they did it twice. Scott Andersen, left, and Tim Donaghue of Bemidji, Mn. held up the trophy after securing the Morson Bass International title for the second-straight year Sunday afternoon. The duo's two-day total of 36.03 pounds topped the 18-team field this year.

Gussy pic (Aug. 22)

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Submitted

Matthew Nelson with a nice pike he caught this past weekend on Lake of the Woods.

Crowded turn

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Colin Chaschuk of Neebing (#621) managed to have a slight lead on the pack on a congested turn during the first heat of the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds division Saturday night. Chaskuk claimed first place in the heat but that success was short-lived as he ended up not finishing the feature race later in the evening after colliding with another car.

Staying ahead

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Jamie Mountain

Chase McGuire of CJ Contracting looked to keep control of the ball, and stay ahead of opponent Ethan Carlson-Jourdain of Manitou Forest Products, during his squad's 1-0 win in the second-and-deciding game of the Borderland Soccer League's men's division final last Tuesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Set to throw

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Jamie Mountain

Red Gut Babes' third baseman Syd White looked to unleash a throw across the diamond to first base to record an out after fielding a soft grounder during her squad's 12-4 loss to the Fort Frances Her-icanes in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League final Monday evening at VanJura. It was the Babes' second championship loss to the Her-icanes, previously falling to them in 2016.