District is grieving tragic death

Robin McCormick

The entire district, and I’m sure into the U.S., is grieving the loss of Ted Davis.
As we likely all know, Ted Davis drowned last week in a tragic death. As the new spread, people were paralyzed with sadness and grief.
The words that described Ted were ones that many of us would be honoured and proud to take to our graves: legend, comedian, friend, generous, “do anything for you,” story-teller, known and loved by everyone, huge as life, sportsman, awesome grandfather, father, husband, uncle.
The list goes on and on. And did I mention story-teller (mostly funny stories that left you laughing uncontrollably).
Every time I saw Ted, I knew I was in for a laugh (often at my own expense) as he relived something crazy I had done—even back to my teenage days partying with his niece, Trudy.
Ted was loved by people of all ages. The community itself is saddened, but the sympathy and caring we are sharing for Fay, Rod, Mark and their families is immense at this time.
We will all deal with this loss in our own way, and cherish the memories forever. But each and every one of us is a better person because Ted Davis passed our way.
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Cards played at the Devlin Hall on Feb. 1 saw Lorna Robinson and Gerald Bullied take the high while the low went to Yvonne Kellar and Bob Meyers.
The next card games in Devlin will be played Feb. 15. The cost is $5, which includes lunch.
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The lucky winners of cribbage at the Emo Legion last Wednesday were Roy Elias and Rudy Meyers taking the high.
The low was taken by Gerald Bullied and Donna Sheppard, with Gerald also winning the draw.
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A reminder that Monday, Feb. 21 is Family Day (a holiday for many) and there will be a day of free family fun at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre.
Highlights include a family skate from noon-2 p.m., followed by shinny hockey from 2-4 p.m. (helmet and gloves mandatory).
As well, movies and games will be available from noon-4 p.m., which includes free snacks.
This event is being organized by the Emo-La Vallee-Chapple Healthy Communities Coalition, with thanks to the community centre board for making use of the facility free of charge.
Plan to go out and enjoy your family fun day!
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There will be an opportunity to “visit” Denmark, which is the 16th stop of the Country Club. This also is made possible by the Emo-La Vallee-Chapple Healthy Communities Coalition.
It will take place next Wednesday (Feb. 16) from 1-3 p.m. in the common room at the Golden Age Manor in Emo.
Everyone is welcome to come and learn about Denmark, and enjoy some socializing. A snack also will be served.
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The Emo Legion will hold its next “Country Jam” on Friday, Feb. 18.
This is an evening of local talent, and many people have shared with me that it is a very enjoyable evening of old-time music.
There is no charge to attend.
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The Emo Legion is taking registrations for tables to be rented during Spring Fever Days in April.
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A happy belated 50th birthday to Lori Shoemaker. She hit the half-century mark on Friday (Feb 4).
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Tickets for the roast beef dinner for the Tyler Romyn benefit this Saturday (Feb. 12) have been sold out thanks to our supportive district. However, people still are welcome to attend the dance afterwards, as well as purchase tickets for the Chinese auction and penny table.
A quilt also is being raffled for this benefit. Tickets for the quilt are available at Greensides Store in Devlin.
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The C.W.L. at Our lady of the Way Church will host their annual Valentine’s party for seniors on Monday, Feb 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Stratton seniors’ centre.
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Also happening in Stratton for the seniors is the regular monthly potluck which takes place Thursday, Feb. 17 at noon at the Stratton seniors’ centre.
The meal will be followed with entertainment provided by Hannah Loewen.
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Congratulations to Shannon Strachan and Kevin Kuchma on the birth of their son, Ronan Donald James, who was born Feb. 6 in Thunder Bay. Proud grandparents are Bev and Jim Strachan and Eleanor Kuchma.
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Robin’s 2¢:
This is a 2¢ to honour all the romantic couples who may be out celebrating on Valentine’s Day (it is a repeat 2¢ but many folks have enjoyed it).
Three couples are out having dinner at a fancy restaurant. The first husband (recently married) says to his wife, “Will you pass the sugar, Sugar?”
The second husband (married for only a year) says lovingly to his wife, “Will you pass the honey, honey?”
The third husband (married for a long time) looks at his wife and says, “Will you pass the tea, Bag?”
Happy Valentine’s Day to all!