Group seeking used bicycles

Dave Ogilvie

“Bicycles for Humanity in Africa” is collecting used bikes.
These do not need to be in good repair as the group will fix them up before they are shipped to Africa.
These bicycles provide the main form of transportation to school for the children who receive them.
There are drop-off sites in Emo, Barwick, and Finland. In Emo, contact Richard Veldhuisen (482-2013), in Barwick contact Doug Barron (487-2509), while the Finland contact is Greg Ferris (487-2270).
The group needs the bikes to be dropped off by April 30, after which they will be sent by truck to Thunder Bay for repair and shipping overseas.
Once in Africa, used parts and trained repairmen are available to keep the bikes in good working order.
A video showing the project in action is available for viewing. Interested groups, such as church groups, schools, etc., can arrange to see it by contacting Inge Scheibler (487-2237).
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The next men’s breakfast buffet meeting will take place this Saturday (March 19) starting at 8 a.m. at the Emo Legion.
For only $10, the men of the district are invited to enjoy a fantastic breakfast, with this month’s featured speaker to be Ken Wilson from Thunder Bay.
Wilson, who often has visited the district, will be back to share his passion. As a young man, he encountered the living, loving God and left a promising career in industry to share the “Good News” with as many people as possible.
Over a number of years, Wilson has travelled many miles in northern and southern Ontario challenging Christian men and presenting the Gospel.
Please accept this as your invitation to attend another inspiring breakfast meeting.
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The Rainy River District United Churches and the Canadian Mental Health Association will be presenting a workshop entitled, “The Art of Visiting People with Dementia,” on Saturday, April 2 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Knox United Church in Emo.
Jolene Morriseau, a geriatric mental health worker, will present an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, how dementia can change communication patterns, and tips for visiting people who have dementia.
A free lunch will follow.
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The public cordially is invited to attend the launch of a new book entitled, “Create Space for Peace,” which will be held this Sunday (March 20) from 3-5 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church in Fort Frances.
If you are unable to attend, but wish to purchase a copy, books are available at Betty’s in Fort Frances and at Cloverleaf here in Emo.
Sunday’s launch also will celebrate the life and work of the author, the late Gene Stoltzfus, who imagined and worked daily for peace around the world for more than 40 years.
After spending time in Vietnam in the 1960s, the Philippines in the ’70s, and urban Chicago in the ’80s, Stoltzfus founded the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), of which he was the director from 1988-2004.
Now in its 25th year, CPT continues to bring the concept of peace to hotspots around the world. “Create Space for Peace” documents their work and “contains pictures and stories of direct peace actions, along with critical assessments of current political and military trends.”
In conjunction with the first anniversary of Stoltzfus’ death, family and friends will gather at St. John’s Anglican Church to remember him and to listen to various readings from his book.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Fr. Wayne McIntosh at 274-2540 or via e-mail at
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The Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary will be holding its annual Shamrock tea and bake sale this Friday (March 18) from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Emo Hospital cafeteria.
There also will be draws, baking, and lots of great fellowship.
Admission is $3 at the door, with proceeds going towards the new X-ray equipment at the hospital.
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The next “Country Jam” will take place this Friday (March 18) at the Emo Legion.
If you enjoy listening to old-time country music, or you like to get up and dance, be sure to mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend.