Ace of spades finally ‘caught’

As you may have heard, Gerry Allan “caught” the ace of spades during Friday night’s weekly draw at the Emo Legion and went home with roughly $16,400!
Gerry selected envelope # 8 and that is where the ace of spades was hiding for all these weeks.
Although we are happy for Gerry, our raffle committee gets very sad when the latest round of “Catch the Ace” is over.
Some committee members feel they would like a break from the weekly action but others are willing to continue on, so we will take this week off and then start with Round #4 next week.
We are determined to try and grow a big pot–we really would like to give away $20,000 or $25,000 to some lucky winner!
If you are interested in helping the committee, please let me know. I think we have the west end covered, and I can take care of the Emo area, but it is in the east end that we may need a few runners.
Thanks to those of you who already have agreed to help out when you can. We really do appreciate this!
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I enjoyed my time at the Thunder Bay spring conference last week. On Day 1, my presentation was called “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly!”
I was asked to focus on some of the tough days of farming so that was easy! I talked about my family and farm succession. I’m sure those family members who made things tough would have never guessed how many times I have been asked about this, spoke about it, or wrote about it all.
As well, I touched on the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association lawsuit and how it managed to overcome a large debt. And then I talked about the struggles of keeping the doors of the abattoir open to not only benefit the farmers but our entire district.
So it was an easy talk and I didn’t have to do a lot of preparation because something close to your heart rolls out quite easily.
CBC Radio got wind of my presentation and asked me to come into the studio and do an interview, so I did! It was kind of fun (normally I just get to do this over the phone!)
Alas, I had to get up early to go into the station so my chance to sleep in was off!
On Day 2, I spoke about the Emo Agricultural Research Station, including last year’s results and some of this year’s plans!
Meanwhile at home, my “farmhand” successfully had one cow calve but the second cow wasn’t so successful (no fault of my mom’s!)
Lynn-D, my oldest cow at 14 years, gave birth to a backwards dead heifer.
They did help her but it seemed as though it had died earlier. It most likely would have been a replacement heifer.
She is a darn good cow. The worst part was the yearling heifer I lost last fall from falling on the ice was her daughter and she most likely will have to go down the road now, as well.
Though it is too bad, you have to put it behind you and think about all the other successful ones we have.
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If you are interested in hearing more about the Northwestern Ontario beef branding plans, you should plan on attending a workshop on Wednesday, April 11 at 3 p.m. at the Emo Inn.
Supper will be provided but you need to register by April 3. Please get in touch with me and I can supply you with the link to register!
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Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

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