Local senior star has little comment on junior hockey

    After “Sambo” Fedoruk held McDonald’s door for me, I had to ask our all-star Canadians’ Allan Cup defenseman of 1952 what he thought about a new junior hockey team emerging here this fall—and his answer surprised me!
    “I haven’t though anything about hockey in a long time, “ answered Sambo, whose real name I seem to remember a Walter. Partner to Ed Dun Sampson or Alex Kurceba when we were grateful for the presence of three of four blueliners including Alex Kurceba, the latter came from Winnipeg but remained with our team for years.
    Defensemen were not nearly as plentiful as good forwards who included our three great centremen, Vern O’Donnell, Art (Doc) Johnson and Walter (Whitey) Christiansen.
    Our key attackers were supported by other stars back in the Forties and Fifties, including high-scoring Ed (Torpedo) Kliner, Willy Toninate, and at least half a dozen others whom opposing teams hated to see come winging down the ice.
    If our juniors this coming season can put even half that much talent together for the oncoming seasons, there will be little to worry about!
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    Afghanistan has taken far too large a toll of Canadian soldiers including the six lost together last week. Now there will be a clamour for our boys to leave there before more lives are taken by those powerful new roadside bombs which allow little or no defense.
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    While the deer are devouring gardens everywhere in town, then trampling the fresh green tops like cabbages, peas, beans and broccoli, most gardeners are wondering if there is any spray to protect their vegetables.
    One great idea that apparently works is soap shavings scattered around! Recommended is “Irish Spring soap” and its available at various stores! Good luck! Gardeners have my sympathies as an old farmer!
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    After 18 years of piloting the Handi-Van bus service around town to make sure our handicapped can come and go as needed, our much appreciated Diane Cousineau has decided to vacate her position now that Jeremy Wilson, also from Crozier, has served capable of continuing! That valuable service is provided through Rainycrest!
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    How many more years can we expect huge truckloads of poplar pulpwood to continue coming into town? Reforestation is taking hold but there is little first-hand knowledge available on this government project yet! I’m sure we’re witnessing at least one square mile of poplar arriving here daily–while wondering how long this can go on at probably 30 years per tree!
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    Equally impressive is the Calgary real estate market at over $410,000 for average two-bedroom homes!
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    There is speculation that fewer Canadians could pass any kind of citizenship test! That would be expected to include questions on our laws and regulations as well as history!
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    Bob and Sandy Wepruk were heading for Thunder Bay on Friday with at least two other couples to join in on square dancing there that night. Usually Bob has to help provide the music when the Rainycresters frolic, monthly.             However, that monthly dance has been cancelled for September, he announced. Since June and July concerts were also cancelled, the Rainycresters will be getting rusty!
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    It was good to see the famed actors, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, in a movie again on TV Thursday, but I thought it was not their best work.
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    Dave Marsh, an old friend from high school days, suffered a heart attack on Wednesday. As a son of our Coca Cola maker N.S. Marsh whose plant was located next to the present Fort Frances Times building, Dave is well remembered from  spending time with me outside Principal J.R. Townshend’s office in the old school’s detention Room 5, which still has an ominous ring for some of us! Dave could be found there any time I was penalized!
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    Handi-Van driver Jeremy Wilson is invited to take his guitar to a wedding celebration in Winnipeg. The marriage of Tracy Petsnick and Ray Hodgson was already solemnized at Calgary. He is from England.
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     Huge twin gasoline tankers hauled by a Steinbach truck comes in to re-fill gas pumps both here and at International Falls, I learn.
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    Son Earl drove to Winnipeg to see doctor about his ailing back. He has been suffering since being “rear-ended” by another vehicle while parked.
    Now I’m told my Mary Lou Beaulieu that Cuba is the place to take back ailments, doctors there have won a reputation for correcting them!
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    And on the light side, we hear the annual Mud Lake Jamboree is coming up and the Bellamy family musicians, some from Atikokan, will be back soon at their spot south of Devlin. Wonder if the eldest still drives the infamous John Dillinger car from the Thirties that I was told about recently! For those not yet old enough to remember, Dillinger along with his gang including “Baby Face” Nelson, headed several bank robberies!
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    Be prepared for extra heavy rainfall once the current heat wave has passed because probably enough water has been drawn up to create more lakes and rivers.
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    While the American lineup keeps growing, coming and going for our fishing, maybe the extreme heat can be blamed for lower catches lately? Visitors have been reporting less and less luck but so many have been here before at this time of year, they refused to get discouraged. They are more familiar with our fishing late in the year along when they can anyway, bless
’em all!
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    Just watch that $1.3 million grant for restoring our roads disappear in a hurry!
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    I would imagine if one of those trains from Alberta, all those tankers, were full of wet cement instead of oil, there might just be enough to save our roads!
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    The southerners’ Gospel singing Friday nights is called “bluegrass”, I’m told, but by any name it would be very popular! Even competing Fridays with an excellent Victor Mature movie, that wonderful singing comes out on top and every week gets better.
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    Nutty, true to his species, is a champion tree climber. I watched him shinny up a tall spruce in our front yard as if he were a bird on the wing–and no wonder because his best friends include robins and crows! I’m witnessing all kinds of shenanigans performed by our bird friends, including a determined attack on a huge lighted glass ball on a post by a sparrow who did not quit until a nearby train whistle sounded!
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    That Gospel singing, again, cannot be denied applause when you consider the number and variety of voices involved plus the material: “I’ll walk the golden streets for my Lord!” And the blending of white and black singers in such perfect harmony every Friday!
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    Would it be possible to purify only half a lake and leave the other half unattended? Apparently, the Americans have done just that with Lake Ontario. Their half has been de-contaminated, it’s reported, while Canadian waters are still not fit for fishing or drinking!
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    About two dozen large white trucks went west on CNR flatcars here Sunday among a spectacular collection of other cars and tankers. There must be as many tank cars as boxcars coming and going for the Alberta oilfields! So many very large tankers indicated no danger of an oil shortage out west yet while Alberta supplies much of the continent apparently!
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    But be grateful your home is not in the Saskatoon area where hailstorms the size of baseballs were battering homes and everything else on Saturday. They began like golfballs but grew into baseball size during the terrible storm!
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    Bur my tiny guardian, “Nutty”, the grey squirrel who lives as close to my apartment as can get, has not seemed overly worried about much lately, just so long as peanuts keep flowing his way and I can see he has been gaining weight.
    Next, he’d better not start begging for walnuts or anything heavier because for all the work I’m getting from him, one of these days he’ll be losing his position or I’ll have to find a poorhouse for both of us.  

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