‘Stuff a Cruiser’ a huge success

Dave Ogilvie

The Emo chapter of the first-annual “Stuff a Cruiser” campaign in Rainy River District, an event created to help area charities and food banks meet the needs of the less-fortunate during the holiday season, was deemed extremely successful.

On Saturday (Dec. 11), shoppers and visitors to Emo stuffed the cruiser sitting in front of Cloverleaf three-and-a-half times between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Thanks goes out to those who took part in this worthwhile event, including Cloverleaf for their generosity.

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The next men’s breakfast buffet ($10) and meeting will take place this Saturday (Dec. 18) at 8 a.m. at the Emo Legion.

This month’s featured speaker will be Pastor Bryan Dick from the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.

Pastor Bryan and his wife, Stephanie, arrived in Emo two months ago. Having just completed his three-month pastoral assignment, they are planning to leave soon.

He grew up on a dairy farm in Michigan and really loved it. But at a young age, he received a passion and calling to reach into the spiritual lives of people.

Come and be refreshed and blessed as Pastor Bryan shares.

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All the seniors (50+) who gathered Saturday for the Stratton seniors’ annual Christmas turkey dinner at the Millennium Hall were treated to an excellent meal.

Following the meal, those on hand were treated to some Christmas music by the “Country Jam” musicians.

Donations also were accepted for the food banks in Emo, Rainy River, and Fort Frances.

In related news, “Country Jam” will be playing at a New Year’s Eve dance at the Emo Legion from 7-10:30 p.m.

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The Emo Ministerial Association held a special seasonal celebration, entitled “A Simple Christmas: Celebrating Christ through Songs and Scriptures,” this past Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church.

Those on hand got into the true Christmas spirit by singing along to some of their favourite carols at this special inter-denominational event.

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With less than a month to go before the annual “Polar Plunge” in Fort Frances, the Emo and District Lions Club is hoping residents of the central area of the district will help sponsor this fundraising effort.

Anyone wishing to support the club by taking the “plunge” into Sand Bay on New Year’s Day still can pick up a pledge sheet at the Emo Public Library.

Kent Ogden a charter member of the club, is jumping to help raise money for the club’s local projects, which will include the proposed walking trail.

If you would like to encourage Kent to jump, please sign one of the pledge forms at Cloverleaf (one is in the meat department) and leave your money or cheque with the staff.

Dennis Ogilvie also has volunteered to jump for the Emo and District Lions. He can be contacted at 482-2540 if you would like to make a pledge.

All pledge sheets and money must be handed in on Jan. 1 at La Place Rendez-Vous before the actual “plunge.”