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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 17, 2019

Lots to learn at EARS open house

News
Sam Odrowski

Curious to learn more about what can be grown locally?

Just stop by the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) next Thursday (July 25) at 7 p.m. for the annual EARS open house to find out.

Attendees will learn about what varieties of crop grows best in the Rainy River District and how to get the strongest yields.

Festival of India slated here Monday

News
Sam Odrowski

Canada is known for welcoming other cultures and celebrating their diversity, but migrating here from a far away country can still be an intimidating experience.

To help those from India or South Asia celebrate their culture locally and share it with area residents, Fort Frances' first Festival of India is coming to Rainy Lake Square on Monday (July 22) from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

UNFC consolidates employment counselling

News
Sam Odrowski

The United Native Friendship Centre's employment counselling unit recently moved into the Circle of Life building, which has brought all of their employment resources under one roof.

Five-Mile bridge can't open soon enough

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

Boats unable to make the two-metre clearance below the Rainy River Rail Lift Bridge hopefully won't be forced to remain docked for much longer.

The Rainy River Rail Lift Bridge, more commonly known as the Five-Mile lift bridge, has been out of operation since last fall.

Redeveloper purchases idle mill

News
Sam Odrowski

Resolute Forest Products has sold the properties comprising the Fort Frances mill to a subsidiary of Riversedge Development that is held in partnership with a local entity.

Fort Frances councillor Douglas Judson said the announcement is a “milestone” in their effort to reopen the idle paper mill but time will tell what kind.

Council reviews asset management plan

News
Sam Odrowski

The Town of Fort Frances has put an increased focus on the future planning of its assets and infrastructure since 2012 when it first started to develop its asset management plan. Nonetheless, town council is being urged to implement a 1.4 percent tax increase each year for the next 20 years to sock away more cash to replace infrastructure.

Watten fire dept. to get new 'Jaws of Life'

District
Ken Kellar

Thanks to some money from an unlikely source, the Watten volunteer fire department have been able to replace a crucial tool in their inventory.

The department was one of the recipients of funding from the Jenny's Heroes Canada Ontario Fire Services Equipment Grant.

One new fire reported

District
From the MNRF

There was one new forest fire confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Nipigon fire #9 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and was located near Keemle Lake, approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Nipigon.

There are currently 16 active fires in the region. Four fires are not under control, two fires are under control, and ten fires are being observed.

All aboard for Rainy River Railroad Daze

District
Ken Kellar

It's become a long-running tradition in the district and it's back again this week.

Rainy River is holding its annual Railroad Daze in town this week, and co-organizer Marty Kreger can't stress enough how much is on offer.

“There is so much stuff going on this year,” Kreger said.

Always there with a helping hand

District
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

Former Alberton reeve Michael Hammond was honoured with Alberton's 2019 Senior of the Year Award during the July 10 Alberton council meeting.

Stock cars, go-karts washed out

Sports
Staff

Borderland Racing Association and Borderland Kart Racing action were both a no go over the weekend.

Heavy rainfall last week caused the infield of the Emo Speedway to take on too much water and it couldn't be drained quick enough in order for the races to go ahead.

But despite that, local racers were still able to get into races at other speedways over the weekend.

Mitchell achieved dreams during impressive powerlifting career

Sports
Jamie Mountain

He may have been just an “average kid” but he went on to accomplish extraordinary things.

Picking up the sport of powerlifting when he was in high school, Dave Mitchell went on to accomplish an excellent career that included three Canadian championship titles while also setting 11 records along the way.

Corrections

Sports

In a story about Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame inductee Barney Maher in last week's Times, Maher's wife was incorrectly identified as Barb.

Maher's wife was in fact named Lois.

In a second correction, “Castin' for Cash” champions Joel Pagnac and Larry Foss hauled in 13.59 pounds on Day 2, not 12.79 pounds as reported in last week's Times.

NPI proposes ways to attract newcomers

Sports
Press Release

When it comes to attraction and retention, the literature is rich with best practices and solutions. However, not all strategies are appropriate for all communities.

Pair of Lakers commit to school

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers' tradition of advancing players to the next level has been at the forefront recently.

Often the best player on the ice last season, the Lakers announced Monday that goalie Jacob Gnidziejko has committed to Portage College in Alberta where he will suit up for the Voyageurs' hockey team in the ACAC this fall.

Braves cruise to win over Chieftains

Sports
Staff

The floodgates opened early on for the Fort Frances Braves and it's all the league leaders needed.

The Braves erupted for seven runs in the first inning and never looked back as they cruised to an 8-2 win over the Northwest Bay Chieftains in Rainy River District Fastball League action last Thursday night at VanJura.

Conservative leader Scheer visits riding

Sports
Press Release

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was in Kenora-Rainy River on Friday to promote Canada's Conservatives' plan to make life more affordable for Northerners and to grow the Northern Ontario economy.

Scheer stopped by Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, Ye Olde Chip Truck and Quesada Restaurant alongside local candidate Eric Melillo.

Redford powers Angels past Babes

Sports
Staff

Rylee Redford stepped right up when her team needed her the most.

The Angels' ace did what she needed to on the mound and clubbed a pair of homers—including a grand slam—to pace her team to a 15-11 win over the Red Gut Babes in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action on Monday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Jodoin lifts CJ to win over Centra

Sports
Staff

Ian Jodoin was a one-man wrecking crew for CJ Contracting on Monday night.

Jodoin tallied twice to lift CJ to a 2-1 win over Centra Pipelines in Borderland Soccer League men's division action at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Knotted at 1-1 in the second half, Jodoin blasted a laser from distance past Centra keeper Gavin Richardson to put home the winner.

Museum safari

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

William, left, and Dreydan, right, went searching for exotic animals on a safari adventure yesterday during the Fort Frances Museum's “Square Days" at the Rainy Lake Square. Every time the kids found a new animal, they received stamps to put on their safari scavenger hunt passport. "Square Days” runs each Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Open air art

Photos
Ken Kellar

Storm Godbout, left, and Rebecca Armit worked together to make a suncatcher Monday during the Community Living open air art studio at the Fort Frances Public Library. The studio was originally planned to take place at the Rainy Lake Square, but the early afternoon storm forced a change of venue to the Shaw Room at the library.

Orchestra performance

Photos
Ken Kellar

Joe Belanger, left, led the Rainy Lake Community Orchestra through a song during their summer concert at the Fort Frances Public Library on Monday evening. The community orchestra is based out of International Falls but features musicians from both sides of the border. Refreshments were offered after the concert and provided by the Friends of the Library.

7 gens welding

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort High manufacturing teacher Robert Guertin showed Nathan Spuzak how to bend a piece of metal to create a handle for his cowbell project during the “Mind Over Metal Camp” held at Fort Frances High School put on by Seven Generations Education Institute and the CWB Welding Foundation.

Dave Mitchell

Photos
Submitted

Dave Mitchell had a standout powerlifting career, which included three national titles, and he will be the lone athlete inducted into this year's Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame class next month.

Hall of Fame sponsor

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame committee members Dave Egan, left, and Terry Ogden, right, presented the Times' own Don Cumming with a certificate recognizing the Times as a Hall of Fame 2019 sponsor on Friday. The Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 2019 induction banquet on Saturday, Aug. 10 at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets on sale at Taggs Source for Sports for $40 each.

'I got it!'

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Christine Denby, right, and her Shade teammate both had their eye on a pop fly near home plate during their squad's win over the Village People in the 'B' final of the annual Kingsley Downs/Gus Lindberg Memorial slo-pitch tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Devlin Ball Park.

Short pass

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Braves' second baseman Mike Parisien made a short toss to teammate Tim Archie to record the out at first during their team's 8-2 win over the Northwest Bay Chieftains in Rainy River District Fastball League action last Thursday night at VanJura.

Boat parade flashback

Photos
File

Scott Bonnema and Mark Fisher threw goodies from their bass boat during a Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship boat parade from the early 2000s. This year's FFCBC Boston Pizza boat parade will be held along the waterfront today (July 17) starting at 5 p.m. at the wood yard and proceeding west to the hospital. Come out and cheer on the anglers!

Golf tourney

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Lawrence Norwegian made solid contact with the ball as he teed off on the second hole during the Fort Frances Lakers' annual golf tournament hosted by Heron Landing on Saturday. The team of Kaleb Fernandez, Virginia Big George, Harold Big George, and Eagle Copenace wound up as the winners of this year's tourney. All proceeds went towards supporting the Lakers' hockey team.

Covering home plate

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Red Gut Babes' catcher Kayla Windigo secured the ball in her glove as she got the forceout at home plate during her squad's 15-11 loss to the Fort Frances Angels in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action on Monday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Five

Photos
Submitted

The Canadian National Railway Co. has announced repairs and maintenance work at Five-Mile bridge will likely be finished by July 23. Access through the bridge has been closed since last fall. Any large vessel stuck in both the north and south end will regain access to the waterways once the arm of the lift becomes fully operational.

Ball control

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Lucas Koomans of Centra Pipelines did his best to keep the ball away from his CJ Contracting opponents during the second half of his team's 2-1 loss in Borderland Soccer League men's division action on Monday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Shining 'Stars'

Photos
Submitted

The “Stars" performing line from Dancin' with Darcie's truly shone at the national dance competition in Wisconsin Dells this past week (July 11-15). They placed second yesterday in the senior large group Rising Stars division. They received a platinum award and a overall high score for their initial performance of "300 Violin Orchestra' in the Senior Rising Stars division.

Dunk tank

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Tayah Badiuk launched a softball at the Flint House's dunk tank in an effort to soak 93.1 The Border's radio host, Johnathan Price, during the Scott Street Summer Celebration on Thursday. Badiuk was the first person to sink Price into the drink. The dunk tank was a fundraiser for the Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy, raking in $732.

Alberton SOTY

Photos

Former Alberton reeve Michael Hammond, left, was presented with Alberton's 2019 Senior of the Year Award by current reeve Mike Ford during the July 10 Alberton council meeting. —Photo submitted by Bobbi Maxwell

'One more song!'

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Tyler Gagne (lead guitar), Dave Byrnes (vocals, rhythm guitar), Todd Wrolstad (drums), and Ted DeBenetti (bass) from Kings of None played in front of a full crowd Thursday evening at the Rainy Lake Square. The band played a mix of classic songs such as “Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Tragically Hip's "Wheat Kings" and "Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band.

Legal aid cuts

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Claire McDowell, left, and Tara Grant of the Northwest Legal Clinic handed out information about the Ford government's cuts to legal aid and how it will effect local services during the Scott Street Summer Celebration on Thursday.

Sidewalk sales

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Beatrice Galbraith looked through some of the sidewalk sales at McTaggarts on Thursday morning during the Scott Street Celebration, that was hosted by the Downtown BIA. Several other businesses on Scott Street ran store-wide sales and specials.

Making mocktail

Photos

FASD community partners Robyn Dennis, left, and Miranda Sigurdson handed out non-alcoholic beverages and “mocktails” at the Rainy Lake Square on Thursday during the Scott Street Summer Celebration. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the 200 block of Scott Street was blocked off and lined with vendors, artisans, activities for kids, and sidewalk sales.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Apple, Google continue inclusive push with new emojis

Technology
The Associated Press

Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that of course include cute critters, but also expand the number of images of human diversity.

The announcement coincides with Wednesday’s World Emoji Day .

Australian finds message in a bottle written 50 years ago

International
By Rod McGuirk THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CANBERRA, Australia — A fisherman said on Wednesday he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found off the southern Australian coast 50 years after it was written.

Paul Elliot told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia state while fishing.

Nesting penguins can’t resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop

Life
By Nick Perry The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Two little blue penguins just couldn’t stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean.

More thunderstorms on tap

Weather

Tonight will see a few thunderstorms with a low of 16 C (61 F).

Tomorrow will see a morning thunderstorm followed by sunshine and warm weather. Expect a high of 28 (82) and a low of 18 (64).

Friday will partly cloudy and pleasant, with a high of 27 (81) and a low of 13 (55).