Our authors are a busy bunch!

His brother, Jim, says the Fort Frances book by Neil McQuarrie concerning our first 100 years had just gone to the printers. This coincides with my own encounters with two other local writers in the past week.
So, including Neil’s first book here entitled “On the Allan Cup Trail,” this gives us at least four books by local authors—and who knows? If this keeps up, the local library may be stocked someday entirely through our own efforts!
Among popular stories of local interest you may come across there is the Orrie Kielczewski odyssey about going to Alaska written by his daughter, Violet. This has been very well read here.
I had my own copy returned unexpectedly when I dropped into the Lowey farm to buy some flowers and Chris said she was keeping a book for me.
This copy seems to have been well-circulated, since it was borrowed by someone else. Usually once a book is loaned out, it’s gone!
The author here is a relative of Allan Kielczewski’s, Orrie being his half-brother. Allan wrote a letter to the editor last week about his good treatment in our hospital—also the theme of my last column.
Although I have known this Rainy Lake family for many years, there was no advance knowledge of each other’s hospital appreciation.
Violet M. Kielczewski seems to have been collaborating with another writer for a very thrilling and realistic book. My copy came as a Christmas present, which I feared had been lost for years.
Also, if you want a book full of uranium prospecting by American pilots, a Colorado story told by James Andrews of Devlin will prove fascinating.
James has coffee almost daily in the A&W restaurant and his wife, Janet, a Barker, is a nurse at La Verendrye. James and I have been friends for years. He wants me to inform you that this is a great book, which it is!
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I guess it’s about time we returned a favour by Paul Harvey, the colourful U.S. newsman. He keeps saying every morning his sponsor is that store “across the street from the Fort Frances Times office,” and I believe his program goes around much of the world!
So thanks, Paul, and if you can spare a moment someday, maybe we can talk! Meanwhile, keep up the good work!
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Steve Pronger, the well-known Dryden hockey player, comes home to Dryden every Victoria Day weekend among seven friends. They camp out at Bear Narrows in keeping with a tradition which has kept them jumping for 25 feet off the Bear Narrows bridge.
Pronger plays in the NHL and spends summers on the same Dryden lake where he grew up.
This year, the jumpers (and a diver) were watched by Eva and Howard Costello of Fort Frances, who claim it’s great entertainment annually!
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I was notified in advance but I missed the Andrusco’s “sock hop” here Saturday, a centennial event, and I’m sorry not to have been out there at Bob Hamilton’s “Little Beaver Snow Park.”
Entertainment included rock-’n-roll records from as far back as the ’40s. The popular disc jockey Don Halling, from the old days of CFOB here, kept everybody jumping.
This announcement came from Gene Andrusco, Leda Beck, and Marcie Zeleny. There was room for just 60 couples.
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For Fort Frances’ earliest days, listen to Ralph and Debby O’Connor, who are chock-full of our history—because they are related to local pioneers, including the Scotts, whose name survives on our main street.
Our first school teacher, they say, was Grunbelda Scott and the family name carries on concerning everything from the Presbyterian church (Scott built it) to several businesses such as leading hardware store (Wells), where Alex Scott was an early owner.
The town’s livery stable, located where Mel Newman MLA sold Fords later, was another Scott business and the idea grows that if anything was worth doing here, why the Scotts did it!
But any Scotts I ever met were quiet-spoken people with no braggarts among them!
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It’s that time of year again when the temptation to roam in our forests may make you forget about the newly-dreaded blastomycosis ailment, which kills dogs and sends people into hospital with lung ailments.
Albert Carrier, perhaps our best-known survivor, seems to be recovering if with lingering effects. Garnet Paull also has been a victim and there is a lady in Rainy River who doesn’t want her husband spreading black dirt from the muskeg on her garden ever again.
Spores from the bush may be contained in what we call “puff balls” or dried mushrooms, it is believed, although this is unclear.
An Ottawa doctor told that lady last summer that this district and a place in Iowa were the only spots known for blastomycosis.
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What bothers most worse is the pesky woodtick and there already are medical cases arising here again this summer from contact with that bush bug.
Wayne Maki is a local man now limping because of burrowing tick that spent the night on his thigh last week.
We never ever heard of woodticks until after the Second World War when they seemed to be everywhere on the rocks and grass, especially.
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With Rainy Lake levels so low, three of the four Sand Bay docks at the Rendez-Vous were surrounded by the driest beach we ever saw here, so I went out to Frog Creek for a second look at local water levels.
There I found an old friend, Jim Cox, with his wife in a great garden, and seemingly not at all disturbed by the drought, although there have been light showers in the past six weeks.
I suggest they could still pump water from the pools in in the creek adjacent.
The whole world around us is not exactly threatened yet, but this dry spell must be setting all-time local records!
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When I visited that giant new Emo grocery store on Sunday, I met the second Loney brother, Mark, having shaken hands with Dan earlier. Also I found out their clerks can answer your questions.
The size of the place is 17,000 square feet! And there are 86 very bright lights high above!

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