Orchestra to stage Christmas concert

The Borderland Community Orchestra will present a Christmas concert and sing-a-long at Donald Young School in Emo on Monday, Dec. 22.
Tickets will be available at the door, with proceeds to go to DYS.
In other news, the weight room at the Emo arena is now accessible from the interior door at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre on Mondays from 4-9 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays from 8:30-10 p.m., Fridays from 4-9 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Weight room memberships may be purchased for a fee of $25 at the Emo municipal office or from arena manager Tony Bliss.
Emo residents are being asked to ensure the only number on the exterior of your home or property is the municipal 9-1-1 number that was distributed to you by the township in 2000.
These signs are white with black numbers and are to be fully visible from the road, either located on your residence or on a post near the end of your driveway.
It is very important that the number is visible from your driveway for ambulance, fire, and police services. All other numbers are to be removed from home and yard.
Neighbourhood Watch began as a program of neighbours watching other neighbours’ property during times when the occupant was away. A police officer patrolling your area may not recognize a stranger in your yard, but your neighbours would.
Using this proactive approach, we would continually target various areas of our community to organize new watches and conduct training sessions within the community.
The main goal of this program is to create public awareness and educate township residents on how to contribute to the prevention of crime—through the use of meetings and neighbourhood programs on crime prevention.
Emo council is requesting feedback from residents on whether there is willingness to participate in this program. Council is looking for ways to curb acts of vandalism in the community, and would appreciate the support and co-operation of residents in this endeavour.
Meanwhile, construction of the new Emo sports field has started, specifically the driveway, parking lot, and one baseball diamond. Priority for the next phase will be given to the canteen/washroom/storage facility.
A second ball diamond and two soccer fields also are planned there. These projects will be completed with volunteer equipment and labour.
If anyone is interested, contact the Emo municipal office (482-2378) or one of the Emo rec council members directly (Harri Sheloff, Geoff Pearce, James O’Sullivan, Theo DeGroot, Brian Curtis, Carrie Baker, Nevin Bonot, and Grant Meyers).
The Emo rec council and municipal council feel this is a high priority project for the community, with a great deal of emphasis on safety for children and adults alike.
Both groups feel this project is vital to the community’s growth and wish to emphasize the need for this facility.
The township also would like to express its sincere appreciation for funding assistance from the Northern Communities Capital Assistance Program, through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp., for the purchase of a new fire truck and new equipment for the Emo Volunteer Fire Department.
The main objective of this project was to upgrade the existing equipment for their firefighters to ensure reliable and efficient fire protection for the community and surrounding area.
The new fire truck arrived in Emo in October, and will be on display for public viewing during the “Holly Daze” festivities slated for Dec. 5-6.
In related news, the Emo Volunteer Fire Department has vacancies at the present time and is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested can contact Chief James O’Sullivan (482-2269).
All volunteers are required to have a complete medical.
Chief O’Sullivan also would like to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors on a monthly basis.
Residents also are reminded that the township’s accessibility plan is available for public review at the municipal office.