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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 24, 2015

Mass of skaters

Joey Payeur

It was back to work—and back to fun—for this group of Midget and high school hockey players last night at the Ice For Kids Arena as part of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association’s “Development Week” activities. The camp, featuring ice time and dryland training for all age groups from Novice to Midget/high school, continues through Thursday as players prepare for their upcoming seasons.

Ready to ride

Duane Hicks

Kevin Kennedy took off during the 13th-annual “Ride for Memories” on Saturday morning, which saw about 20 bikes depart from The Harbourage here. Hosted by the Alzheimer Society of the Kenora-Rainy River Districts, the event also featured start locations in Kenora, Dryden, and Red Lake, with riders then meeting in Kenora for a steak dinner.

Watten fish fry

Cameron Penney

More than 350 people attended the annual fish fry hosted by the Watten Volunteer Fire Department on Friday at Sunny Cove. About 50 volunteers also were on hand to prepare the food, organize the hall, and clean up afterwards.

Lt. Gov. to visit town


Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell will be in Fort Frances this Wednesday (Aug. 26) as part of her tour of Northern Ontario.

The first stop on her itinerary will be a visit to the local tourist information centre at 9 a.m.

Accompanied by Deputy Mayor June Caul and town officials, Dowdeswell will receive an overview of the community and issues of local importance.

Few fires over weekend

From the MNRF

Just one new fire was confirmed yesterday in the Northwest Region.

Kenora Fire #51 was a 0.1-hectare blaze that was caused by a tree on a power line that caught fire along Highway 673.

It is now “out.”

One fire was reported Saturday.

Dryden Fire #25, a single tree struck by lightning, is now “out” at 0.1 ha in size.

Lakers land blueliner


The Fort Frances Lakers just got a much-needed infusion of defensive experience.

Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan dealt for defenceman Dustin Deugau from the Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) in exchange for a player development fee.

Deugau should be in town in time for the Lakers’ three-day training camp, which gets underway Thursday at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Four killed in seaplane crash

The Canadian Press

LES BERGERONNES, Que.—Quebec provincial police say four people are dead and two others are missing after a seaplane crashed on the province’s North Shore.

Police have said the Air Saguenay plane carrying six people went down in a wooded area yesterday, six km from the community of Bergeronnes.

Longest tamale made

The Associated Press

BELEN, N.M.—A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world’s longest tamale Saturday morning.

Luis Hernandez, of the ABQ West Chamber of Commerce, said a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state’s heritage, assembled a 116-foot, seven-inch long tamale at the Valencia County fairgrounds in Belen.

Wildfire smoke blanketing B.C.

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Smoke from wildfires raging in Washington state has drifted north, blanketing much of southern B.C. in a thick haze.

Winds drove smoke from several wildfires south of the border into the province over the weekend, resulting in poor visibility and air quality issues, the B.C. Wildfire Service said in a release.

World stock markets plunge

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Toronto Stock Exchange plunged this morning—part of a global downturn affecting markets around the world.

The market’s benchmark S&P/TSX index was down about 348.39 points at 13,125.28 shortly before noon, representing a drop of 2.6 percent from Friday’s close.

Anthem snub nets fine

The Associated Press

ZURICH, Switzerland—The Russian Hockey Federation was fined today over the national team snubbing Canada’s victory celebrations after the world championship final.

The sport’s governing body, IIHF, said the Russian players deliberately left the ice before Canada’s national anthem was played after a signal from captain Ilya Kovalchuk.

Second-straight Bristol win for Logano

The Associated Press

BRISTOL, Tenn.—As Joey Logano circled Bristol Motor Speedway, he’d briefly glance in the mirror to watch Kevin Harvick.

Logano had taken the lead on a restart with 64 laps to go but Harvick was closing in by using a completely different line.

Refusing to get rattled, Logano stuck to what worked for him Saturday and won the Bristol night race for the second-straight year.

Jays back in first place

Joe Resnick
The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif.—The L.A. Angels were counting on Garrett Richards to keep the hot-hitting Toronto Blue Jays in check after a couple of one-sided losses by Hector Santiago and rookie Andrew Heaney.

But the hits kept on coming for the Jays, who pounded out 17 more yesterday in a 12-5 victory that completed a humiliating sweep of the reeling Angels.

Love III third-oldest to win

The Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C.—During their practice round together before the Wyndham Championship, Tiger Woods pumped local favourite Davis Love III for tips on how to play the course.

Looks like Love saved a few secrets for himself.

Love became the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history with his victory yesterday while Woods’ season came to an abrupt end.

Ashley Madison hack taking toll

Diana Mehta
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A massive cyberattack on a website facilitating extramarital affairs is taking a toll on families across the world, Toronto police said today as they announced two unconfirmed reports of suicides and a string of extortion crimes related to the hack.

South Korea president strikes hard line as talks between Koreas stretch into 3rd day

By Eric Talmadge And Foster Klug THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PYONGYANG, North Korea — South Korea’s president on Monday vowed a hard line and signalled Seoul’s mounting frustration as marathon negotiations by senior officials from the rival Koreas stretched into a third day.

US airman says train attacker ‘ready to fight to the end’ and ‘so were we’

By Elaine Ganley And Maggy Donaldson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARIS — Three American travellers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium.

Prosecutors: Teens rescued from forced-labour situation in Ohio were taken from US custody


MARION, Ohio — The thousand-mile journey to the Texas border was supposed to bring the Guatemalan teenagers to a better life. Instead, it was the beginning of a terrible ordeal: prosecutors say they were fraudulently plucked from U.S. custody by conspirators posing as friends or family who forced them to work as virtual slaves.

New Mexico festival assembled record-breaking 116-foot tamale in Belen

The Associated Press

BELEN, N.M. — A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world’s longest tamale Saturday morning.

Luis Hernandez of the ABQ West Chamber of Commerce says that a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state’s heritage, assembled a 116-foot. 7-inch long tamale at the Valencia County fairgrounds in Belen.