Community saddened by deaths

Robin McCormick

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Johanna Rittau on her passing.
A hard-working woman who found beauty in the outdoors, I often remember my father stopping to look at her beautiful gardens, especially her flowers.
She definitely had a green thumb.
She will be sadly miss by all.
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Sincere sympathy, as well, to the family and friends of Fern Robson, who passed away at her home on the weekend.
I knew Fern for many years. She was a woman who “told it like it was.” I guess you could say she saw things in “black and white.”
Fern loved her family, and especially her grandchildren. Her home was filled with pictures of them—graduation, fishing, playing ringette and hockey, or just hanging out at Grandma Fern’s and Grandpa Don’s.
As I spoke to some of her grandchildren Saturday morning, I could hear the sadness in their voices as they struggled with losing someone who always was there for them.
She was a great cook and could put on a meal fit for a king. Fern also had a great sense of humour; her wit and sarcasm often had you in stitches.
Her comments and stories will live in our hearts forever.
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A reminder that the cemetery committee again is selling ice candles.
They cost $5 each, with proceeds to help improve our local cemeteries.
There will not be any planned services at the cemeteries this year.
If you would like to order ice candles, call Maxine Hayes at 274-6049 or the township office at 486-3452.
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Don’t forget 2010 cash calendars, produced by the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association, also are for sale at the municipal office.
They make great Christmas gifts!
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Best wishes to Nancy and Brian Allan on their 34th wedding anniversary on Dec. 20.
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The winners of last week’s cribbage games at the Emo Legion were Agnes Waldeck and Mary Gavin, with the low going to Gayle Thompson and Jean Steele.
Darlene Bruce won the draw.
The next cribbage games will be held there Jan. 12.
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The history books “Connections” and “Further Connections” are still available through the municipal office.
The cost is $50 each.
They, too, make great Christmas gifts!
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The landfill site will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24, Saturday, Dec. 26, and Thursday, Dec. 31.
Residents also are reminded not to bring hot ashes to the landfill.
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Robin’s 2¢:
A Christmas story for people having a bad day:
When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves didn’t produce toys as fast as the regular ones and Santa began to feel the pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her mother was coming to visit, which stressed jolly St. Nick even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth while two others had jumped the fence and were Heaven know where.
Then as Santa began to load the sleigh, one of the flatboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground, and all the toys scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. But when he got to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor.
In his frustration, Santa accidently dropped the cider jug and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor.
He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of it.
Just then the doorbell rang. An irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree,
“Merry Christmas,” the angel said cheerfully. “Isn’t this a lovely day?
“I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?”
And so began the tradition of the angel on top of the Christmas tree.