Fall harvest supper a huge success

The Devlin Hall was bursting with hungry people anticipating the annual harvest dinner. Almost 400 people attended the event organized by the local community.
And they were not disappointed!
I found the meal absolutely delicious, with so many dishes to choose from that my biggest problem was fitting it all on my plate. It was hard to make room for the many, many choices of pies.
The entire district was represented. NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton also was on hand to share the bounty with the locals.
A special thank you to everyone who organized this gala event. It also was nice to see so many youth volunteering their time and enjoying it.
The large crowd required two seatings. The only negative comment I heard was from a little boy who said, “Mommy, can’t we get the people to eat faster?”
This was the first year I was able to attend this event but I know it won’t be the last.
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Two teams from Crossroads School involving 25 students from grade five and up will be competing in the Mid-Canada Cross-Country Challenge this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.
Other runners from schools across Rainy River District also will be involved.
We wish all our athletes good luck and safe running. You are all winners to us. We are proud of you for making it to the finals!
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Dev-Lynne’s monthly gas draw was won by Chris Shine, who took home a portable CD player. When you purchase $25 or more of gas, you can put your name in for the draw.
October’s prize will be a Braun hand blender and his/hers leather wallets.
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Bob Grynol spent the weekend in Toronto and Milton, Ont., where he baptized his baby granddaughter, Elizabeth Marie Doney, daughter of Tina and Andrew Doney.
Candace Grynol was the godmother, while Susie Grynol travelled from the University of Ottawa to attend the ceremony.
As a deacon in the Catholic church, Bob is ordained to perform such sacraments.
Bob also ran a half-marathon in a Toronto fundraiser and said he had no ill effects from it. I see him run by my house several times a week so I know he has been practising.
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I hope you all missed my column last week. I had the pleasure of spending Thanksgiving with my son, Travis, and his fiancee, Sarah, in London, Ont. My niece, Mandy Galusha, joined us from Brock University, where she is studying political science.
The main purpose of my visit was to attend Travis’ graduation from Fanshawe College. It was a proud moment for me.
I felt right at home Saturday morning when I woke up to snow on the ground.
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The Canada Post office in Devlin will be hosting a customer appreciation day next Wednesday (Oct. 24) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The staff invites you to stop in for cake and coffee and check out their gift ideas.
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The annual Federation of Agriculture dinner/dance is slated this Saturday (Oct. 20) at the Stratton Millennium Hall. Tickets are $15 each.
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The annual “top of the line” cattle sale also is slated this Saturday (Oct. 20) at the Stratton Sale Yards starting at 11 a.m.
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Honey and maple syrup will be available at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market in Fort Frances this Saturday (Oct. 20). Bring your own containers and stock up for winter
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Robin’s 2¢:
I was at a party last week when I saw a handsome gentleman. I commented to him, “You look like my third husband.” He answered, “How many times have you been married.”
I replied, “Twice!”