Train derailment drew a crowd

The big news in Emo this week would have to be the train derailment on Saturday.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the mishap, but it did give a good show to a fair amount of spectators who had gathered throughout the day.
It was amazing how the crane could lift that rail car and move it around, and the amount of work that the men from CN did on that bitterly cold morning to clear the crossing.
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A reminder that Donald Young School is staging a play, entitled “Kids from Camelot,” today and tomorrow.
There was a matinee performance today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m., with another tonight at 7 p.m. and two more tomorrow (Thursday) and 1 and 7 p.m. in the school gym.
Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12.
The students and parents involved have worked very hard over the last few months to make sure that “Kids from Camelot” is a huge success. I’m sure everyone who takes the time to come and support this event will have an enjoyable evening.
DVDs of the production also are being sold for $25 each. Orders must be pre-paid, which can be done at the DYS office.
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The Emo Family Resource Program, located in the basement of the Emo Public Library, has had such success with its learn-to-knit program on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. that it has been extended for the month of March.
For those of you who already have paid the initial fee, all you have to do is call and let the centre know you will be joining them again. For those who haven’t already joined, there is a one-time fee of $8 to cover the cost of needles and yarn.
This fee is paid to Sarah directly, but everyone does need to register ahead so she can make sure there are enough supplies.
You can contact the centre at 482-2946.
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Public health nurse Ann Marie Vanderaa (Health Nurse) will be at the Emo Family Resource Program on Thursday, March 10 from 10-11 a.m. She will have the baby weigh scale with her, and will be able to answer any questions you may have at that time.
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In other news, the Emo Family Resource Program will be holding a “hop-a-thon” for muscular dystrophy on Friday, March 11 at the Donald Young School gymnasium.
Pledge forms will be distributed at the school and also will be available at the centre for anyone interested.
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A reminder the Emo Family Resource Program is coming to the Barwick Community Hall (upstairs) tomorrow (Feb. 24) from 10 a.m.-noon., and a special invitation is extended for all those parents/grandparents of children up to age six.
They will be celebrating the mobile playgroup pre-school program, which is a place for parents/caregivers and their children to take part in songs, stories, crafts, and a few special surprises, along with cake and coffee.
For more information, contact Laurel Armstrong at 482-2946.
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Did you know?
The world’s first travel agency was founded in 1841 when Thomas Cook had an idea of arranging an 11-mile rail excursion from Leicester to a Temperance Society meeting in Loughborough on the newly-extended Midland Railway.
Cook charged his customers one shilling, which included the rail ticket and food for the journey. The venture was a great success and Thomas decided to start his own business running rail excursions.
In 1865, Cook moved his business to London, where he arranged tours to Egypt. His son, John, managed the London office of the company that is now known as Thomas Cook & Son.