Beloved Burriss landmark burns down

Robin McCormick

An old time landmark in Burriss in gone and many feel a rush of memories. The Burriss school was destroyed by fire on Thursday.
Trudy and Bob Badiuk were awakened at approximately 5 a.m. as two young males told them about the fire across the road from the Badiuk’s.
Trudy called the fire department and unfortunately the fire was too far gone to save the school.
I will be talking this week to former teachers and students about some of their memories of the Burriss School and share them with you next week.
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August is always the month that Rainy River District enjoys the fall fair in Emo.
The District Fair Queen Pageant is always a well supported and enjoyable event. This year’s fair queen contestants are Alyssa Mutz (Devlin) Megan Veniot (Fort Frances) Hillary Brown (Stratton) and Elysia Huitikka (Fort Frances).
The crowning will take place Aug 19.
Best of luck to all the contestants.
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Raymond and Ann Cain and Arlene Cain Roy visited the area earlier in July. Many friends and family enjoyed visiting with these folks.
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Congratulations to Kim Belluz and Scott Clendenning on their marriage Sat. July 31.
A beautiful outside wedding was held Saturday afternoon (with no rain), then guests celebrated at La Place Rendezvous with a delicious meal, wonderful speeches, great music and the joy of seeing a couple very much in love.
Kim is Jim and Glenda Belluz’s daughter.
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Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Allan Pattison. He will be sadly missed by many.
I work with Allan’s grand-daughter Corrrie and I know she will miss greatly his sense of humour and caring supportive ways that only a grandparent can give.
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Robin’s 2 cents
A bagpiper was asked to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no friends or family sot the funeral service was at a pauper’s cemetery deep in the country woods
The bagpiper wasn’t familiar with the location and got lost. Being a man, he didn’t stop for directions. He arrived an hour late.
The piper saw the general guy had evidentially gone and the hearse was no where in sight.
Only the diggers and crew were left and they were eating lunch.
The piper felt bad and apologized for being late. He went to the side of the grave and looked down at the already closed vault.
The piper felt so bad he started to play. The workers put down their lunch and gathered around.
The piper played his heart and soul for the man with no family or friends.
As he played “Amazing Grace,” the workers began to weep.
As he walked to his car, his heart felt full.
Just before getting in his car, he heard one of the workers say, “I never seen nothing like that before and I’ve been putting in septic fields for over twenty-five years.”