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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 7, 2019

'Piper & Carson' to bring folk sound to Fort

News
Ken Kellar

It's been a good summer for music lovers in Fort Frances, and the hits just keep on coming.

Piper Hayes is a singer-songwriter from Hamilton who writes, performs and tours with her partner Carson Ritcey-Thorpe as “Piper & Carson.” The duo is set to play From the Grind Up tomorrow (Aug. 8).

Moose N' Fiddle festival ready for sixth year

News
Ken Kellar

The Moose N' Fiddle music festival is getting ready for its sixth year and organizers are working to make sure it's better than ever.

Denise Lysak, the cultural officer for the towns of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, explained that the festival isn't just about the music.

Cycling Without Age

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

A ride down memory lane, the wind in your hair, smiles and laughter.

Creating joy and happiness are all things Cycling Without Age (CWA) offers not only riders, but the pilots as well.

UN report urges Canada to protect indigenous women

News
Sam Odrowski

A recently published report from the United Nation's Special Rapporteur of Violence Against Women has been welcomed by various Canadian Women's Rights Groups.

It shows Canada has a long road ahead to create equality and protect the rights of indigenous females, who are three times more likely to be victims of violence than those who are non-indigenous.

Food creates memories

News

It was about eight years ago when my youngest son, Noah, and I rented an engine hoist to remove the 289-V8 engine out of our 1965 Ford Mustang father and son project.

Although the body of this car had no rust whatsoever, the rest of the car pretty much needed a complete rebuilding from ground up.

Local woman helps battle poverty abroad

News
Sam Odrowski

While ticks or mosquitoes are some of the greatest pests for those living in northwestern Ontario, Ugandans face a much greater insect-related threat.

Since outbreaks took place in 2011, thousands of Ugandans have been effected by tungiasis, the disease caused from parasitic sand fleas burrowing into a persons legs and feet.

Rainy River bridge project progressing well

News
Sam Odrowski

In a little under a year, Baudette and Rainy River residents will be able to cross the border on a brand new bridge.

The $30 million replacement bridge project is a joint effort by Ontario and Minnesota that commenced about six years ago, and while construction only began last autumn, it's estimated to be completed for July of 2020.

Two new fires pop up in region

District
From the MNRF

There were two new forest fires confirmed in the region by yesterday afternoon.

Nipigon fire #17 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and was located near McAvay Lake.

Sioux Lookout fire #56 is not under control at 1.5 ha. and is located near Jabez Lake, approximately 130 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout.

Five busted after traffic stop

District
From the OPP

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Kenora, the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), the OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the OPP Crime Unit has charged five individuals with drug and Criminal Code related offences following arrests in Kenora last Thursday (Aug. 1).

Black bear safety 101

District
Staff

There has already been an uptick in the number of black bear sightings around the district this year.

The below-average blueberry crop could be a contributing factor to the increased number of bears being spotted by district residents.

In the event you encounter a black bear, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests (MNRF) says stop, do not panic, and remain calm.

Woman facing second- degree murder

District
From the OPP

A Fort Frances resident has been charged following a death investigation at a medical facility in Fort Frances.

The investigation began on Jan. 14, 2015, when the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received information from La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances regarding a suspicious death along with a theft.

Men fined for killing bull moose

District
From the MNRF

Two Kapuskasing men have been fined more than $9,000 after being convicted in a case where one man illegally shot a bull moose and the other passed it off as his own.

On October 29, 2018 Alexandre Richard of Kapuskasing shot a cow and small bull moose although he and his hunting party were only licensed to hunt a cow moose.

Alzheimer cash calendar winners

District

Nyla and Bruce Henry and Dave Gregory of Fort Frances were among the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts' cash calendars winners for the month of August.

Cash calendar winners

District

Cory Peterson of Thunder Bay and Don Joskow of Oshawa were two $100 winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association cash calendar draw for the week of July 28-Aug. 3.

Soccer playoffs set to get underway

Sports
Staff

Make way for the post-season!

The Borderland Soccer League men's division playoffs is set to kick off tonight in what should be some hotly contested action.

Second-place CJ Contracting will host last-place Manitou in a two-game total-goals semi-final that will conclude tomorrow night.

Riders shine at horse show

Sports
Staff

It was an equine extravaganza in Emo over the weekend.

The Borderland Quarter Horse Association held its annual show at the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society fairgrounds with numerous riders taking part.

Below is the list of all the winners of the High Point Circuit Awards, with the division, rider's name and the horse's name all listed.

McLeod proud to help build collegiate hockey

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The impact he had on helping to build collegiate hockey in the United States will be felt for generations to come.

Fort Frances native Bruce McLeod had a long and distinguished career as a builder while serving his Alma mater, the University of Minnesota∕Duluth, in varying administrative capacities and as the commissioner of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Braves cruise past Raiders in playoff opener

Sports
Staff

If their first game of the post-season is any indication, the Fort Frances Braves are going to pose a big problem for every team they face.

The two-time defending champion Braves piled up the runs early and never looked back as they pounded the fourth-seeded Raiders 12-0 in their Rainy River District Fastball League East Division playoff opener last Thursday night at Couchiching.

Arpin places sixth in Trois-Rivières

Sports
Staff

Andretti Rallycross' Tanner Foust and Cabot Bigham captured a thrilling one-two finish in the ARX of Canada, Round 4 of the 2019 ARX Supercar Championship over the weekend.

Foust became the fourth different winner in four rounds this season at the famous Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres venue by claiming the hole-shot from the outside of the three-wide front row of the grid in the final.

A winning race weekend for Strachan

Sports
Staff

It was a dominant weekend of racing for Emo's Brody Strachan.

After claiming the checkered flag once again in the WISSOTA Modifieds division in Borderland Racing Association action on Saturday night at the Emo Speedway, he followed that up with another win in the same division the following day at the Lake of the Woods Speedway in Kenora.

Jaycees hockey team was a Cinderella story in the making

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They were a Cinderlla story in the making and made their dreams a reality.

Made up of a group of mostly “ragtag” boys, the 1953-54 Fort Frances Jaycees Juvenile hockey team became the champions of the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association by defeating the Fort William East End Athletic Association, Kenora Broncos, and the local Greens team.

Library craft

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Eli Dalton and his sister, Sophie, worked on a leaf printing craft at the Fort Frances Public Library on Thursday while they were in town visiting their grandparents. The siblings live in Nova Scotia but travel to Fort Frances once a year. The library's craft was led by its summer learning co-ordinator, Anna Schwartz.

Shoe maker

Photos

Local woman Crystal McPherson showed off one of the nearly 30 shoes that are made from tires and jeans that she's distributing to Ugandans in need through Sole Hope over the next two weeks. She left for Africa on July 29 and will return here in about a week.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Piper & carson

Photos
Submitted

Carson Ritcey-Thorpe, left, and Piper Hayes make up the duo “Piper & Carson.” Hayes describes herself as a singer-songwriter and mental health advocate, often booking mental health workshops into their tours. The pair will be bringing their folk/roots sound to From the Grind Up tomorrow evening.

Moose n' fiddle

Photos

Heather Gropp, front left, Denise Lysak, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford, Norbert Dufresne, Matt Rydberg, back left, Wanda Kabel and Andrew Nisly gathered for a photo following the announcement of nearly $12,000 for the Moose N' Fiddle festival through Celebrate Ontario. The festival is set to run from Aug. 15-17 at Caliper Lake Provincial Park.

-Submitted photo

Newman singing

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Lead vocalist Brent Newman from “Rough Cut Pine” alternated between singing and playing his harmonica during one of the band's original pieces last Thursday evening at the Rainy Lake Square. The audience was swept away and entranced by many of the appealing melodies played by the folk band during the Rainy Lake Squares concert series.

Breastfeeding in focus

Photos
File

A group of mothers and their infants celebrated “World Breastfeeding Week" last year. Breastfeeding will be in focus again here tomorrow (Aug. 8). A special walk with your little ones will start at 11 a.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. The group of parents, family members, grandparents, children and caregivers will then walk to the Rainy Lake Square, meeting there at 11:30.

Soap shopping

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Delaney McDonald searched through some of the various homemade soaps at Charlee's Naturally Northern booth that was set up for the Rainy Lake Market on Thursday. The weekly event showcases a variety of local businesses and vendors. The Rainy Lake Market runs every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Sept. 26.

Faragher art

Photos
Ken Kellar

The wall at Fine Line Art Gallery that has been arranged for the works of August's featured artist Lois Faragher. Faragher has been painting for 15 years, but has only recently become a member of the gallery. All of her paintings on display are originals and use either acrylic paint or watercolours.

Dyed creation

Photos
Ken Kellar

Eden Desjarlais held up the fabric she dyed at Community Living's open air art studio last Tuesday. Those attending last weeks art studio learned about shibori dyeing, a traditional Japanese technique similar to tie-dyeing. The next open air art studio will run on Monday, Aug. 12 from 3-5:30 p.m. at McIrvine Park. The theme will be chromatography canvas art.

Horse show

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Sophie Koshel of Oxdrift had full control of her horse, Rythmn N Rock, while it was inspected on Sunday afternoon during the Borderland Quarter Horse Association's annual show in Emo over the weekend. Koshel topped the Youth 13-and-under division and was second in the Novice Youth for the High Point Circuit Awards.

Showing horse

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Willoe Sabko of Dryden guided her horse, ShesCertainlyChromed, around the ring on Sunday afternoon during the Borderland Quarter Horse Association's annual show at the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's fairgrounds in Emo. The show ran from Friday through Monday this year.

Bike contraption

Photos
of Jack Elliott

Putting things together was a bit of a puzzle. But with the help of his 17-year-old granddaughter, Chloe Elliott, Jack Elliott persevered and succeeded.

Elliott feature

Photos
Submitted

Jeanette Armstrong, left, and Lou Ricci, both of Rainy River, were the first two clients to enjoy a ride on the Ami TriShaw, piloted by Jack Elliott.

Throwing to base

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Angels' pitcher Rylee Redford had to be nimble as she fielded a squibbler near home plate and attempted to make the throw to first base to gun out Jarrah Tom of the Sabaskong Tebinaak during her squad's 18-9 win in a Rainy River District Women's Fastball League Loser's Side playoff elimination game last Wednesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

1953

Photos
Submitted

The Fort Frances Jaycees became the champions of the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association and of Manitoba during an impressive run back in 1953-54. The squad will be one of two teams inducted into the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday.

RRDFL grounder

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Braves' pitcher Jaden Gustafson had the beat on this ground ball that ended up rolling into foul territory during his squad's 12-0 romp over the fourth-seeded Couchiching Raiders in Rainy River District Fastball League Winner's Side playoff action last Thursday night at Couchiching. Gustafson pitched four strong innings to help the top-ranked Braves advance to the next round.

McLeod

Photos
Submitted

Bruce McLeod had a long and distinguished career as a builder while serving his Alma mater, the University of Minnesota∕Duluth, in varying administrative capacities and as the commissioner of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Fort Frances native will be one of five builders inducted into the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday.

Ball battle

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Chad Faragher, left, and Declan Webb of Manitou Forest Products did their best to keep the ball away from Christian Armstrong of CJ Contracting during the second half of their team's 2-1 win in Borderland Soccer League men's division action last Wednesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Teen Tech Boot Camp

Photos

Library staffer Maggie LeMesurier, left, taught Amy Norris about 3D modelling software, how to record footage in front of a green screen, photography techniques, and photo editing during the Teen Tech Boot Camp that was hosted at the local library last Wednesday. The 4-day camp, which started on July 1.

Gussy pic (Aug. 8).

Photos
Submitted

Largemouth and smallmouth bass can both factor into the winning catch at the KBI on Lake of the Woods.

Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer drug deaths

Health & Wellness
By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades.

The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by U.S. retail pharmacies doubled from 2017 to last year, rising from 271,000 to 557,000, health officials reported Tuesday.

Gazans struggle to protect antiquities from neglect, looting

International
By Fares Akram And Khalil Hamra The Associated Press

KHAN YUNIS, Palestinian Territory — Walid al-Aqqad’s Gaza home would be the envy of many an antiquities collector.

Pieces of Corinthian columns greet visitors in the backyard. Inside, hundreds of ancient pots and other artifacts hang on the walls or are arranged helter-skelter on shelves.

Edmunds compares 2019 Ford F-150 and Ram 1500

Lifestyles
By Dan Edmunds The Associated Press

Ford’s F-Series has dominated the full-size pickup sales race for as long as anyone can remember. For much of that time, Ram trucks have languished in third place behind the Chevrolet Silverado. But Ram has been steadily winning converts over the past few years, and it just recently leapfrogged Chevy into the No. 2 sales position.

Mixed bag tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low of nine C (48 F).

Tomorrow will see a mix of clouds and sun. Expect a high of 22 (72) and a low of 10 (50).

Friday will be mostly sunny. Expect a high of 25 (77) and a low of 12 (54).