You are here

Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 10, 2019

FFCBC set to return for 25th year

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is only a week away as the anticipation continues to build for one of the largest events of the year.

Local public library to be accredited

News
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Public Library has met 100 percent of the Ontario Public Library Guidelines and has been recommended for accreditation.

While libraries only need 90 percent to pass, the local facility has gone above and beyond to meet all of the guidelines in 166 separate categories.

EARS summer students laud experience

News
Sam Odrowski

Running crop trials and studying their results have taken up the summers of two local college and university students.

Claire Hyatt, who's currently studying at Carleton University and Confederation College student Nicholas Donaldson, are both spending another summer at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS), under the direction of crop research technician, Kim Jo Bliss.

Barn concerts set for another summer

News
Ken Kellar

There are few buildings as versatile as a barn.

Somewhere across the country, and around the world, a barn has been repurposed for almost any function that can be imagined. A restaurant operates out of a converted barn in Smithville, OH, while, coincidentally, in Smithville, NJ a historic barn functions as an inn.

Young entrepreneurs revive frozen treats on wheels

News
Ken Kellar

Once upon a time in Fort Frances, you could hear bells coming down the street on a hot summer day.

Chances are, if you spend any time outside this summer, you'll hear them again.

Willem Kirk, nine, and sisters, Ainsley, nine, and Abi Matheson, seven, make up the Kooler Kidz, a licensed business venture that has resurrected ice cream on wheels.

Local youth being 'ticketed'

News
Sam Odrowski

Throughout the summer hundreds of children in Fort Frances are going to be stopped by police and ticketed for their behaviour.

But the charges themselves are predominately aimed at rewarding youth for practising bicycle safety and doing good deeds.

Stay safe this summer in Northwestern Ontario

News
Press Release

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the beautiful weather this summer by getting active and exploring the great outdoors.

Whether you are hitting the trails, out on the water, playing at a park, or having fun at the beach there are things you can do to ensure you, your family and friends stay safe.

Pair to tackle Kilimanjaro for charity

News
Ken Kellar

It isn't every day someone climbs a mountain as a fundraiser.

Yet that's exactly what district residents Brennin Chamberlin and Lisa Loney are doing this month in support of a South African charity.

Chamberlin and Loney will be starting off on their trans-continental journey on July 15 as they depart for one of the most famous mountains in the world.

Gauthier named Riverside COO

News
Press Release

Riverside Health Care is pleased to announce Henry Gauthier as its executive vice-president and Chief Operating Officer (EVP and COO).

The EVP and COO position is accountable for the day to day operations, including integration, alignment and development of programs in

collaboration with directors.

Hospital workers rally against Ford

News
Sam Odrowski

The Ford government campaigned on a promise to end hallway medicine, but reduced investments in the health care system have caused local advocates to sound the alarm.

UNFC highlighted in short film

News
Sam Odrowski

A Sault Ste. Marie-based filmmaker recently travelled to Fort Frances to direct a short film that gives a snapshot of urban indigenous culture and the United Native Friendship Centre.

The production, “Zaa-gi'idiwin,” was a community project and primarily the vision of the UNFC.

District left out of cannabis licensing

District
Sam Odrowski

The province recently announced it will be introducing the next phase of its plan to license private cannabis stores, but entrepreneurs in the Rainy River District are again unable to apply.

Ontario will be conducting a second lottery for 50 private cannabis retail stores with eight of them being located on First Nation reserves.

'Marzie Days' gets boost

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Many, many local residents in our small community (and the entire district) have volunteered, purchased and supported “Marzie Days.” This event has taken place the last seven years.

Couple wins $1,000 in calendar draw

District

Hailey and James Burns of Atikokan won the $1,000 Canada Day prize in the Rainy River District Mutural Aid Association cash calendar draw earlier this month.

Faith Adair (Fort Frances) and Peggy Advent (Stratton) each won $100 in the cash calendar draw for the week of June 30-July 6.

Emo Hospital Auxiliary completes pledge

District
Press Release

The Emo & District Hospital Auxiliary recently completed their pledge to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care to purchase two Spirit Select beds and specialised mattresses for the Emo Health Centre.

Alzheimer calendar winners

District

Jerry Zub, Norm Wood, Dale Wepruk, and Sam and Jean Arbuckle of Fort Frances are among the $40 winners in the Kenora-Rainy River Alzheimer Society's cash calendar draw for July 2019.

Rainy River hospital completes renovations

District
Press Release

The Rainy River Health Centre has reopened its Emergency Department observation and treatment areas following five months of repairs initiated after a main sprinkler break.

Due to significant water damage, the Rainy River Emergency Department was temporarily relocated to inpatient rooms to avoid any disruption in emergency care.

Raiders hold off Her-icanes

Sports
Staff

They clawed away but just couldn't muster up quite enough offence in the end.

The Fort Frances Her-icanes fought valiantly but an early 6-0 deficit was just too much to overcome as they dropped a 10-8 decision to the Couchiching Raiders in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action on Monday night at VanJura.

Tessier tops at Kakabeka race

Sports
Staff

Time and again this season local riders have put in great performances.

That rang true once again on Saturday as the Superior Dirt Riders held its fourth race of the season in Kakabeka Falls.

Dylan Tessier of Devlin had the top showing among the local riders, cruising to top spot in the MX3 Beginner race.

Maher leaves lasting legacy with Muskie hockey, Ducks Unlimited

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The impact that Barney Maher had on the Muskie hockey program can't be overstated.

Born in Manchester, England on Nov. 27, 1922, the young Maher immigrated to Meaford, Ont. on the shores of Georgian Bay.

As he grew into his teens, he exhibited some characteristics that would remain central to him for the remainder of his life.

Falls team tops 'Castin' For Cash'

Sports
Jamie Mountain

What a difference a year can make when it comes to bass fishing.

After finishing in 25th spot last year, the International Falls duo of Larry Foss and Joel Pagnac rebounded in a big way as they claimed the title at the 19th-annual “Castin' For Cash” tournament hosted by Lake Despair Lodge on Friday and Saturday.

Braves soar to their league-leading 10th win

Sports
Staff

It was a night of perfect 10s for the Fort Frances Braves.

The Braves pounded out 10 runs in a shutout of Windey's Warriors as they improved to a league-best 10-0 in Rainy River District Fastball League action on Thursday night at Couchiching.

Warriors to move up to NorWOSSA 'AA' division

Sports
Ryan Stelter
Kenora Miner and News

The Sioux North Warriors (Sioux Lookout) athletics will be taking a step up next season.

The Warriors are slated to join the NorWOSSA 'AA' division in basketball, volleyball, and soccer for the 2019-20 season.

This does not affect NorWOSSA hockey, as there is only one division for girls and boy's hockey.

Strachan soars to fifth feature win of season

Sports
Staff

If you come at the king, you best not miss.

That's what all of the other drivers are starting to find out in the WISSOTA Modifieds division of the Borderland Racing Association.

Brody Strachan of Emo roared to his division-leading fifth checkered flag of the season on Saturday night at the Emo Speedway.

CUPE statement

Photos

Registered nurse and bargaining unit president for the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) Local 81 Janine Webb spoke out against the Ford government's “chaotic overhaul” of health care services at a rally hosted outside of La Verendrye Hospital last Wednesday.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Mountain climbers

Photos
Submitted

Lisa Loney, left, and Brennin Chamberlin will be setting off for Tanzania and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as part of a fundraising effort for the Sandton SPCA out of Johannesburg, South Africa.

CUPE supporters

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Tara Milson, left, Samantha Brown, and Pearce Spooner waved flags outside of La Verendrye Hospital at a Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Ontario Council of Hospital Unions' (OCHU) rally last Wednesday to protest the Ford government's changes to health care.

And she's safe!

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Steph Legree of the Couchiching Raiders was able to beat the throw to home to score a run during the first inning of her team's 10-8 win over the Fort Frances Her-icanes in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action on Monday night at VanJura. The Raiders are sitting with a league-best 11-1 record heading into tonight's game.

High pitch

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Daymond Morrisseau of Windey's Warriors held off on putting a swing on a high inside pitch during his squad's 10-0 loss to the Fort Frances Braves in Rainy River District Fastball League action on Thursday night at Couchiching. The two-time defending champion Braves were off to a perfect 10-0 start to the season heading into last night's game.

Maher feature

Photos
Submitted

After spearheading the Muskie hockey program and the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited Canada, Barney Maher will be inducted posthumously into the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame next month.

Gussy pic (July 10)

Photos
Submitted

Jeff Gustafson and Karl Engstrom held up part of their winning catch at Shoal Lake over the past weekend.

Castin' champs

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Joel Pagnac, left, and Larry Foss proudly showed off their hardware after claiming the title at the 19th-annual “Castin For Cash” bass tournament hosted by Lake Despair Lodge on Friday and Saturday. The International Falls duo topped the 47-team field with a two-day total of 30.32 pounds to take home their first title together.

EARS students

Photos

Nicholas Donaldson, left, and Claire Hyatt shared big smiles from the Emo Agriculture Research Station (EARS) where they have both worked the last several summers under the direction of crop technician Kim Jo Bliss. -Sam Odrowski photo

Tennis lesson

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Al Christiansen demonstrated various skills to the local youths on hand for a junior tennis introductory clinic yesterday morning at the Multi-Use Tennis Courts here. With an aim at growing the sport locally, the sessions ran Monday through this morning to get all those interested comfortable with the skills of the sport.

From the livewell

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Mike Badiuk and Ryan McDowall were all smiles as they showed off their Day 2 haul during the top five boat parade on Saturday afternoon. The Devlin natives finished as the runners-up at this year's tourney with a two-day weight of 29.54 pounds.

Goulding farewell

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort Frances Public Library CEO Caroline Goulding, left, and library board chair Robin Dennis enjoyed lunch together in the library's Shaw conference room on Monday during a farewell luncheon held for Goulding. Friends, library staff, town officials and members of the public gathered in the conference room to say their goodbyes and wished the outgoing CEO well.

Tossing goodies

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Connor Carlson and Hunter Calder tossed out some goodies to the spectators on hand during the top five boat parade on Saturday afternoon. The duo left the docks sitting in fourth place that morning but ended up slipping down to 16th with a two-day total of 21.92 pounds.

Default Gussy pic (July 10)

Photos
Submitted

Jeff Gustafson and Karl Engstrom held up part of their winning catch at Shoal Lake over the past weekend.

Ashby promo photo

Photos
Submitted

Renowned guitarist Sean Ashbhy will play tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Cornell barn.

Young angler

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Brian Beachum proudly hoisted up the biggest bass that he and his father, Matthew, had caught as pair of an 8.70-pound Day 2 haul on Saturday at the 19th-annual “Castin' For Cash” bass tournament hosted by Lake Despair Lodge. The duo wound up in 31st spot with a two-day total of 15.80 pounds.

Kooler Kidz

Photos
Submitted

Kooler Kidz Ainsley Matheson, left, and Willem Kirk pose with one of their restored ice cream bikes. The duo—along with Matheson's younger sister, Abi—will be hitting the streets and events around town this summer to sell ice cream and frozen treats.

Seeds of Hope

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Gordon McTaggart got his hands a little dirty as he assisted Rainycrest Activation staff member Elizabeth Logue with some gardening at Rainycrest Long Term Care on Saturday. The community at Rainycrest worked together with the local Alzheimer Society to plant “Seeds of Hope" in the garden there.

Emo Aux. pledge

Photos
Submitted

Pictured here in front of her new bed is Marg Woollard, along with Emo & District Hospital Auxiliary members Wilma Wielinga, back left, Christine Harty, Cecile Cole, and auxiliary president Mary Curtis.

Veteran's exhibit

Photos

Honourary Lt.-Col. Woody Linton, left, Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Mayor and honourary Lt.-Col. Norbert Dufresne, Kenora MP Bob Nault and Commanding Officer of the 26th Field Regiment, Lt.-Col. Shawn Fortin posed in front of the new LAV III monument in Sioux Narrows on June 29.

Oil producers call for oil curtailment easing in return for rail commitments

Business
By Dan Healing The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Canada’s largest oil producers are calling on the Alberta government to reward companies that commit to adding crude-by-rail capacity by easing their oil curtailment levels.

As Beetle ends, iconic original thrives in Mexico City hills

Business
By Michael Krumholtz The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The Beetle is dead. Long live the Beetle.

The modern edition of the iconic Volkswagen model is set to cease production Wednesday, but people in Cuautepec on the outskirts of Mexico City still rely on the original no-frills version, praising it for its affordability, reparability and, most of all, its dexterity at handling the district’s steep streets.

AL strikes out 16, holds off NL for 4-3 win in All-Star Game

Sports
By Ben Walker The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — For one night, the pitchers took back the power.

Hours after an awesome Home Run Derby got everyone buzzing even louder about monster shots and juiced balls, only a couple flew out of Progressive Field in the All-Star Game.

UN: Climate change undercutting work to end poverty, hunger

International
By Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

Hunger is growing and the world is not on track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet other U.N. goals, mainly because progress is being undermined by the impact of climate change and increasing inequality, a U.N. report said Tuesday.

Sturgeon, America’s forgotten dinosaurs, show signs of life

Science
By Ben Finley
Patrick Whittle And John Flesher The Associated Press

CHARLES CITY, Va. — Sturgeon were America’s vanishing dinosaurs, armour-plated beasts that crowded the nation’s rivers until mankind’s craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction.

More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery in the dark corners of U.S. waterways.

Mixed bag in forecast

Weather

Tonight will be clear with a low of 11 C (52 F).

Tomorrow will see a mix of clouds and sun. Expect a high of 25 (77) and a low of 16 (61).

Friday will be mostly sunny and pleasant, with a high of 25 (77) and a low of 11 (52).