You are here

Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 26, 2015

Hard at work

Photos
Duane Hicks

Mark “Grizz” Fairnington, left, and Jimmy “Big E” Easton fed rocks into a hammer mill, which grinds them down to powder and releases the gold, if any, from the rocks.

Eating fish

Photos
Cameron Penney

Young Teagan McKinnon, along with her grandfather, Jim McKinnon, enjoyed dinner at the Watten Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fish fry Friday at Sunny Cove. More than 350 people came out to enjoy the meal, with entertainment provided by local duo “Entirely Mac” (Danette and Wayne McIntyre).

Outdoor zumba

Photos
Lindsay Campbell

Emo Fair Queen Caitlin Anderson, left, along with Second Princess Kassidy Strachan and friends Riley Redford and Kennedy Latimer, gave their best shot at outdoor zumba last Thursday during “Open Streets” festivities in Emo. A variety of other activities were offered along Front Street from noon-3 p.m. to promote active living.

Getting airborne

Photos
Joey Payeur

Lane Hyatt of Emo opted to take the sky-high road as he sailed over this jump during the first moto (heat) in the Schoolboy division at the Northern Ontario Superior Dirt Riders event Saturday at the Emo motocross track. Hyatt finished seventh in this moto but was third in his afternoon race to move up to fifth overall.

Changes in works at Cheers

News
Lindsay Campbell

Since Cheers re-opened its doors here back in June, new owner Josh Leatherdale is in the process of making a few changes.

Leatherdale, who always has had a hobby for home-brewing wine, said the decision to buy the Sixth Street West business just made sense.

It all started last November when he was buying supplies for his own brewing projects.

Storage site for salt, sand nearly ready

News
Duane Hicks

At long last, the Town of Fort Frances has a sand and salt storage building at its Public Works yard.

The $500,000 structure, built by Van Pelt Construction Inc., is nearly complete and will be ready to use far in advance of this winter.

‘Fool’s Gold’ to return Sept. 8

News
Duane Hicks

Move over “Highway Thru Hell.”

Todd, Roj, “Grizz,” Jimmy, Matt, and Mikey of the Shotgun Exploration crew will be back for Season 2 of “Fool’s Gold” starting with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.

“Fool’s Gold” hit ratings paydirt in its first season—performing as the “top entertainment specialty program” in its time slot in Canada.

African children’s choir set to return

District
Heather Latter

The African Children’s Choir has performed several times in Fort Frances, most recently back in 2010.

But they are returning to the Townshend Theatre stage next Wednesday (Sept. 2) for a concert featuring well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals, and Gospel favorites.

Hosted by Bethel Baptist Church, Shirley Glueheisen said they are expecting an excellent turnout.

Personal support worker need up

District
Heather Latter

Due to an aging population and the increase in assisted living spaces locally, the need for personal support workers is on the rise here.

As such, Confederation College is ready to train anyone interested in that line of work.

Gingrich to face board hearing

District
Staff

Devlin furniture company Gingrich Woodcraft Inc. is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Labour Board on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

The company and Unifor met Monday in an attempt to negotiate instead of heading into a board hearing as scheduled.

But they could not come to a settlement and now will proceed to the hearing.

‘Open Streets’ deemed success

District
Staff

The “Open Streets” event held in Emo last Thursday has been deemed a success by organizers.

“I think for the first year it was quite successful,” enthused Allison Cox, rec director/community development co-ordinator for the Township of Emo.

“We were really happy with the turnout—there were tons of kids, which was great to see,” she noted.

Solid debut for Moffitt

Sports
Joey Payeur

School obligations started early for Cassandra Moffitt and so far she’s passing with flying colours.

The Fort Frances resident got her introduction to post-secondary athletic life as she helped the Rainy River Community College Voyageurs’ women’s volleyball team to the final of an eight-team pre-season tournament in Fergus Falls over the weekend.

Taylor sees success in trying new sport

Sports
Joey Payeur

A nondescript chat between two coaches from two different sports in a different country paved the way to success in a new sport for Donovan Taylor.

Lakers’ boss optimistic ahead of camp

Sports
Joey Payeur

Anyone looking for Wayne Strachan to be running around town doing his “Chicken Little” impression will be sorely disappointed.

Beavers nab first ladies’ fastball title

Sports
Joey Payeur

Cowbells, airhorns, and spectator shouts split the chilly late-summer night air at various times.

Those sounds changed to the explosion of celebratory fireworks and the joyful cheers of new champions.