Firefighters respond to two calls

Our Devlin/La Vallee volunteer fire department had a busy week, responding to two calls.
The first occurred last Tuesday afternoon with the crew rushing off to River Road North, where a longtime resident’s home was on fire. Fortunately, firefighters were able to contain the blaze to one room (this was done by using foam).
That room had heavy smoke and fire damage, but other rooms in the home only had light smoke damage. Needless to say, the crew was happy to save a home.
The second call came around 3 a.m. on Monday to assist the Alberton fire department on a mutual aid call. About a dozen guys showed up, but, tragically, the outcome wasn’t as good as the home was destroyed by the flames.
Hats off to our fire department for their time and effort. We appreciate it!
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Last week, Devlin lost longtime resident Ed Rea. As I sat at his funeral and listened to three women (Holly McFeetors, Rhonda Hyatt, and Sandy Beadle) give a talk about Ed, I couldn’t help but feel a tear dripping down my cheek—and a laugh overtaking me.
It was a funeral that made you realize how much people respected Ed through his work, his family, and his friends.
The three women did an excellent job through their chosen words and I’m sure everyone left feeling that Ed Rea was a man that always will be remembered.
I also found it so fitting that one of the many flower arrangements held four racing flags to represent stock car races.
Our community expresses its sympathy to Arlene, and Mark, Dan, and their wives and children. We are thinking of you at this sad time, and holding you close in our hearts and prayers.
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The Emo Legion will be holding a New Year’s Eve dance, with music by Glenn Hart. The dance begins at 7 p.m., with a midnight lunch to be served.
The cost to attend is $7 each.
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I would like to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a great holiday season! May your holidays be filled with joy, laughter, and reliving old memories while making new ones.
Take the time to enjoy the food, Christmas music, gifts to both give and receive, but most of all the gift of family and friends.
And thank you to everyone who reads my column. I appreciate it.
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Robin’s 2¢:
(This is from my daughter, Carley, to all the moms)
‘A Christmas Poem for Mom’
For all the nights you stayed up late
to trim the Christmas tree,
For all the costly presents
That you purchased just for me . . .
For all the times you tucked me in
And read me stories, too,
For all the ways you cheered me up
When I was feeling blue . . .
For all the cookies that you baked
And stockings that you stuffed,
For all the messes you cleaned up
And pillows that you fluffed . . .
For all the days you loved me,
Even when I made it hard,
For all these things,
and much, much more . . .
Here’s a Christmas Card!
(Kinda makes it all seem worth it,
doesn’t it, Mom?. . . Mom?)