Rain doesn’t dampen ‘Chapple Days’

There was a good attendance at “Chapple Days” last Friday and Saturday, and the report was a wonderfully relaxing time.
Friday evening at the Both farm featured a bonfire wiener roast and old-time music played by local talent. The homemade ice cream I’m told was wonderful!
The old farm has such beautiful landscaping. Double white petunias were at their best. We arrived in time Saturday to watch the threshing, buy a loaf of homemade bread, and have a hamburger at the lunch bar run by Ruth Teeple (before the showers started).
The Chapple Museum is getting better each year as people donate old antiques. Congratulations to Stephanie Fleming of the Fort Frances Times for winning the needlepoint picture raffle by “Friends of the Museum.”
In spite of the showers continuing through the afternoon, the activities went on, including the pontoon boat rides, Harold Kellar’s horse and wagon rides, a waterskiing demonstration, and the canoe race.
First prize in the canoe race went to the brother team of Brett and Devin Arenz, with second prize to Wayne and Gary Both and third place to David Harrington and Max Roszkoski.
The canoe auction ended with Steven Brown’s bid getting the canoe.
The fish fry at the hall served about 90 dinners and a good ending for a fun day!
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My daughter, Bonnie Bradley, and son, Mackenzie, of Winnipeg were home for a few days, visiting her sisters, Nancy (Bob) Fretter and Louise Erb of Fort Frances. They’re here from Monday to Thursday.
The Bradleys are in the process of moving to Calgary.
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Gerry and Merve Brown recently had their daughter, Molly, and granddaughter, Jillian Boudreau, of Iroquois Falls visiting for a few days.
Before that, Judy and Bridget Mercer came to visit from Thunder Bay.
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Dimp Kozachenko of Atikokan came with her daughter, Wendy, of Thunder Bay to visit the Joe Kozachenko family here recently.
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Mike Neilson and family travelled to Sault Ste. Marie to spend a week with her parents, the Chlebana family. Joann’s brother and his family also were there.
The weather co-operated for an enjoyable holiday.
Meanwhile, Matt and Jay Neilson are training for cross-country running at Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette, jointly with Rainy River High School.
Practice started Aug. 12 and goes until October. Anyone interested can call coach Sarina Kalli at 1-218-783-3006.