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RRDFL grounder

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.

Craft time with grandpa

Archer Jeffrey, left, had his fingers cleaned by his grandpa, Bob Jeffrey, before continuing with his leaf printing craft during the “Nuts For Nature” workshop that was hosted at the Fort Frances Public Library on Thursday. The recurring event will take over the library from 1:30-2:30 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 22. -Sam Odrowski photo

Rough Cut Pine

Guitarist Rob Donaldson, left, lead guitarist/vocalist Brent Newman, drummer Bill Shine, and bassist Jim Newman from “Rough Cut Pine” tore up the Rainy Lake Square stage on Thursday evening. The folk/rock band performed covers from many recognizable artists as well as some of their own original music.

Trip of the month (august)

Brad Storey, left, of Burlington, Ont. and Kiwanian Robin Wright displayed the winning ticket for the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club's “Trip of the Month” draw for August at International Travel Services this morning. This month's winner was Natasha Bragg, who won a trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands, valued at $4,500. Next month's draw will be for a trip to Charlottetown, P.E.I. ($3,600).

Schram's Sewing

Andrea Schram of Schram's Sewing spoke to potential customer Katelyn Bruyere about her various custom made products during the Rainy Lake Market today, which runs every Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the square. Schram started her business this summer and sews custom made quilts, pillows, and scrunchies.

Multi-level gaming

Ryleigh Tucker, left and her sister, Hannah, faced off yesterday in a game of 3D tic-tac-toe that was provided by Science North during the weekly Board Game Cafe which runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Fort Frances Public Library. Aug. 14 will be the final Board Game Cafe event for the summer.

Shibori dyeing

Matt Barron, left, helped Gianna Gushulak and Peyten DuCharme with unwrapping the shibori dyed bags they made as part of Community Living Fort Frances and District's open air art studio that was held at the Point Park on Tuesday. Shibori dyeing is a Japanese method of dyeing textiles by binding them in different ways to produce different patterns and effects, similar to tie-dyeing.

'You're out!'

Emily Bird of the Fort Frances Angels wasn't able to avoid the tag of Sabaskong Tebinaak first baseman Jarrah Tom as she tried to run out a ground ball during her squad's 18-9 win in a Rainy River District Women's Fastball League Loser's Side playoff matchup last night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Checking out crops

New farm owner and first-time soybean grower, Conrad Martin, left showed off his farm to attendees of the crop and soil tour on Thursday. The tour was hosted by the Emo Agricultural Research Station and soil profiles were conducted by Sebastian Belliard, soil management specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

Talking about crops

Local farmer Delton Martin spoke about some of the pests, such as cereal army worms, that affect his fields after attendees of the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) open house viewed their hops project on Thursday. The hops project is now in its third year and was expanded in 2018 to add in two new rows of hops.