‘Goal Diggers’ inaugural season a success

Dave Ogilvie

The Emo Goal Diggers would like to thank all of their sponsors for the support they received during their inaugural season.
The women’s hockey team, consisting of 32 members, had a fantastic time this winter, taking part in several tournaments. The sponsors, from all over the district, helped the new team by providing them with two sets of jerseys.
Last Wednesday evening, the team celebrated by hosting a friendly game against some of the men.
In fact, there was so much interest in this year’s team that organizers are hoping to form two squads for next season.
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Sturgeon Creek School’s annual winter carnival took on a whole new format this year. In keeping with the Olympic spirit generated by Canada’s athletes in Vancouver and Whistler, the staff and students planned the school’s first “Winter Olympiad.”
On Friday (the final day of school before March Break), students from JK-Grade 8 representing 10 of the Olympic countries marched into the gym. With flags waving and the anthem of their country playing, each team participated in the opening ceremonies.
Then after listening to the Olympic anthem, the presentation of the Olympic flag, the lighting of the torch, and the recitation of the athletes’ oath, each team proceeded to their first event.
The events, organized and run by the Grade 8 students, were well-received by all the athletes. As true Canadian Olympians, one of the favourite activities of the day was the floor hockey competition.
After a day of friendly competition, the young athletes reconvened for the closing ceremonies. The top three teams for the day—Norway (gold), USA (silver), and Japan (bronze)—were awarded official Sturgeon Creek School Olympiad medals.
The applause by those in attendance was not only for the winning teams, but for everyone who took part and for the success of the entire day.
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The Stratton seniors will be holding their monthly potluck luncheon tomorrow (March 18th) at noon, with entertainment being provided by Marina Gerber.
Memberships for 2010 alos will available for only $5.
Everyone who is “50 plus” welcome. For more information, call Beth Brown at 483-5410.
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The men’s breakfast meeting this month will be held this Saturday (March 20) at the Emo Legion.
The $10 buffet breakfast, which begins at 8 a.m., will feature Ernie Koop of Steinbach, Man. as the guest speaker.
Koop spent many enjoyable years as a missionary in Nicaragua and Mexico. He currently is living with his wife and two teenage sons in Steinbach, and has been on the staff at Steinbach Bible College for the past 10 years.
As a teacher at SBC and as a missionary, Koop will share his experiences and passion for the word of God.
Men from across the district are welcome to attend. And please consider bringing a friend!
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A St. Patrick’s Day dinner will be held in the Chapple Hall on Saturday (March 20) starting at 5:30 p.m. The meal will consist of corned beef, roast pork, potatoes and gravy, buns, vegetables, salads, and desserts.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7 for children aged eight and under.
Live music will be supplied by Highway 621, and there will be a penny table, silent auction, and door prize.
Proceeds will go to the Chapple Museum and the Rainy River District Women’s Institute Museum.
For more information, call Emily at 487-2221 or the Pioneer Museum at 482-3999.
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The Calvary Baptist Church in Emo is hosting a free family movie night tomorrow (March 18).
They will be showing the movie “Hoodwinked,” which is an animated, updated, humorous re-telling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood (rated PG).
Doors will open at 6:45 p.m., with the movie starting at 7. Popcorn and drinks will be available free of charge, but child care will not be provided.
All community members are invited to enjoy a free movie night during March Break! 
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To have an event covered in the Emo area, call me at 482-2540 or e-mail dogilvie@vianet.ca