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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - September 3, 2015

African voices

Photos
Heather Latter

The African Children’s Choir gave an energetic performance at the Townshend Theatre last night. Made up of children aged eight-11, the choir is touring to raise awareness of the need of destitute and orphaned children in Africa, as well as to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir programs. Their fundraising organization is called Music for Life.

Community BBQ set to go again

News
Staff

Be sure to mark Sept. 12 on your calendars!

The second-annual community barbecue celebrating safety will be held next Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Point Park.

Drive safe this weekend

District
From the OPP

With the long weekend ahead, members of your local OPP detachment are encouraging drivers to stay alert and make wise choices while travelling.

Cable failure causes outage

News
Staff

About 600 Fort Frances Power Corp. customers in the west and northwest parts of town lost power for 32 minutes last night.

The FFPC said a damaged feeder cable at the Eighth Street substation was the cause of the outage, which occurred shortly after 9 p.m.

The cable failed so the FFPC crew had to isolate the problem and re-route power by paralleling it with another feeder.

Alzheimer cash calendar winners

District

Everett Freeman of Fort Frances was the $50 winner in the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts’ cash calendar draw for September.

The $40 winners included Frank Strain and Paul Neurinski (Fort Frances), Pat Stoyka (Pinewood), T&J DeRidder (Dryden), and Judy & Larry Desmarris, Dale Brown, and Phoebee Richardson (Vermilion Bay).

Calendar winners

District

Donalda McLean (Fort Frances) and Kim Wiens (Atikokan) won the $100 up for grabs Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, respectively, in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association’s weekly cash calendar draw for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5.

One fire reported in region

District
From the MNRF

One new fire was reported yesterday in the Northwest Region.

Dryden Fire #26 was a 0.1-hectare, lightning-caused blaze that’s smouldering on a steep ridge in the Hodgins Lake area about 25 km north-northeast of Dryden.

The forest fire hazard is “moderate” to “high.”

Motorist charged

District
From the OPP

A male driver was charged with impaired driving here yesterday around 12:50 p.m.

During a routine patrol, officers stopped a motor vehicle on the 200 block of Fifth Street East after observing a male driving who was known as being a suspended driver.

As officers were speaking with the driver, it was determined he had been drinking.

Three power outages planned

District
Staff

A power outage is scheduled for tomorrow (Sept. 4) for about 520 customers living east of Fort Frances.

Power will be out from 7:30-8 a.m., and again from 3-3:30 p.m., for Hydro One customers in Mine Centre, Seine River 23A FN, Baker, Lac La Croix FN, Tanner, Rainy River Unorganized, and Perch Lake.

A second outage is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 7-8 a.m.

Lakers fall to Rangers

Sports
Staff

The first step on the path to a “three-peat” was more of a stumble for the Fort Frances Lakers.

Kenny Hasbergen notched a pair of goals to pace the Minnesota Iron Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Lakers last night in Hoyt Lakes in the first SIJHL pre-season game for both squads.

Hasbergen scored the lone goal of the first period.

Sheep yields wool for 30 sweaters

National
The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia—A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time today, yielding 40 kg of wool—the equivalent of 30 sweaters—and shedding almost half his body weight.

Retail workers face volatility of on-call shifts

National
David Friend
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The rise of so-called precarious employment in Canada—mainly work in the services and retail sectors—has brought with it some questionable employer practices that have employees stressed out and labour activists fuming.

Tensions build at camp

National
The Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary—Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest yesterday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train ticket-clutching migrants from travelling deeper into Europe.

Relocating squirrels yourself a mistake

National
Diana Marszalek
The Associated Press

As much as my family and I love to have suburban wildlife around our New York-area home, some of the cuteness wore off when we found rodents living under the roof.

A mama squirrel (perhaps she was expecting) had set up a cozy little nest in our attic—a wise move considering the temperature was dipping and she had a brood to care for.

Tensions build at Budapest’s urban refugee camp as migrants face hostility, plot their escape

National
Shawn Pogatchnik
Pablo Gorondi
The Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train ticket-clutching migrants from travelling deeper into Europe.

McDonald’s Canada has no plans for all-day breakfast after American launch

Business
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — McDonald’s Canada has bad news for those looking to get their Egg McMuffin fix past 11 a.m.

Spokeswoman Lisa Hutniak said the company has no plans to offer an all-day breakfast despite the brand’s announcement that its American restaurants will introduce the option Oct. 6.

Splitting up twins, triplets sparks debate

Health & Wellness
Sheryl Ubelacker
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—With the new school year starting, most parents are thinking about the basics—buying supplies, preparing to pack lunches, and hoping their child gets on with their teacher and fits in with classmates.

Blue Jays continue torrid run

Sports
Neil Davidson
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Even in an MVP-calibre season, Josh Donaldson finds new ways to impress.

Toronto’s third baseman drove in a run in the first inning and two in the second, upping his MLB-leading RBI total to 111, in the Blue Jays’ 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians last night.

Raonic, Bouchard reach third round

Sports
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK—Milos Raonic was lying prone on the court while a trainer put the Canadian tennis star through a series of stretches.

He had tore through the opening set of his second-round match at the U.S. Open when a troublesome back injury caught up with him.

For a while, the 10th seed wondered if he’d be able to finish the match.

Several top baby monitors lack basic security, vulnerable to hackers, report says

Technology
By Bree Fowler THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm.

Lost Australian sheep gets a much-needed shearing that yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

International
By Rod McGuirk THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CANBERRA, Australia — A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight.