Couple enjoys 50th anniversary celebrations

Family and friends gathered Aug. 3 at the Millennium Hall to help Ross and Fran Anderson celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Activities started off with an afternoon tea for friends and neighbours, followed by an evening dinner for 175 immediate and extended family, with Fr. James giving the blessing.
Decorations were done by family in a country and farm theme. Grandson James Pollard was emcee for the program.
Fran’s sister, Josie, composed a song to the tune of “Old MacDonald had a Farm,” with singing led by Shauna Pyten, while daughter, Phyllis, gave a humorous rendition of their life on the farm.
The evening—open to all—was spent by dancing to old and modern music provided by Lance Whalen and his band from Fort Frances.
Immediate family members total 51, starting with the couple’s four daughters and four sons and their families, including Phyllis Anderson and friend, Nathan, from Des Moines, Iowa, Lynda and Willie Pruys from Fort Frances, Louise and Russel Pollard of Stratton, Ellen and Allan Caul from Barwick, Alex and Laurie Anderson of Stratton, Robert and Jan Anderson of Stratton, Stanley and Anita Anderson of Emo, and Tom and Judy Anderson of Stratton.
Other relatives came from various parts of Canada and the U.S.
Ross and Fran send a big thank you to the many relatives and friends who came to celebrate their special day.
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i took the bus to Thunder Bay last Tuesday to visit my daughter and family, the C. Abeys, and returned with them on Friday. While in Thunder Bay, I also visited my daughter-in-law, Fran, at St. Joseph’s Care Hospital
Fran is slowly regressing with Multiple Sclerosis to the point of not being able to even feed herself although she can still speak to some degree.
MS is such a terrible disabling disease. Hopefully, research will find a cure soon.
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Old-time dancing at the Emo Legion is next slated Saturday, Aug. 31 at 9 p.m., with music by Glenn Hart and Wayne Flatt.
There will be a replacement for Bill and his accordion as Bill is away.