Emo council hears about broadband service

Cathe Hoszowski of Atikokan, representing 807 Northwest Network, discussed broadband technology in this area code during an Emo council meeting earlier this month.
Broadband service can come into communities via three different ways—satellite, fibre optics, and microwave.
Some of the high-speed communication services being provided by broadband are tele-medicine and video-conferencing, currently being accessed by hospitals and school boards.
Council also discussed operations of the Emo Ambulance Service. It was noted Emo recently received a new vehicle and that the ambulance building will be upgraded this spring.
Due to the changes in regulations with the Ministry of Health, all volunteers now are required to take extensive training to meet the new standards.
As well, council requested a letter be forwarded to the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association expressing regrets for not attending the meeting that was scheduled Jan. 14 in Thunder Bay to discuss the northern medical school issue.
Council said it fully supports the efforts being made by the First Nations people to ensure an equal medical school presence at Lakehead University.
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The fish fry hosted by Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99 in Emo on Saturday evening attracted a full house of people from throughout the district, especially Fort Frances.
Mrs. O’Sullivan and Mrs. Kinnear kept a record of the attendance at the door and when I left at 6 p.m., the count was 171 along with 26 take-out orders.
Talking to some guests, they said “this is wonderful.”
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The Emo Centennial Choir, directed by Renee Martin and accompanied by organist Cheryl Low, has been rehearsing Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in preparation for their Easter performance.
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Lenten services/lunches once again will be held at noon at St. George’s Anglican Church in Emo. A schedule is forthcoming.
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A Valentine’s tea for seniors will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Statton seniors’ centre. This is being sponsored by the C.W.L. at Our Lady of the Way.
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A special supper was held at the home of Frank and Inge Szeder in honour of their 40th wedding anniversary.
All family members were present except for their youngest son, John and wife, Lindsay, of San Francisco, who were unable to attend.
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This Sunday (Feb. 3), the Christian Reformed Church in Emo will have seminarian Mark Pluimer, of Trinity CRC at Prinsburg, Mn., as guest minister for both worship services (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
As usual, coffee will follow in the fellowship hall.
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A reminder Coffee Break/Story Hour/Little Lambs continues at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo every Wednesday morning. Coffee’s on at 9:30 a.m., with Bible study following from 10-11:15 a.m.
Everyone is welcome and all churches are represented.
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Cribbage winners at the Emo Legion last Wednesday (Jan 23.) were Rudy Meyers and Gladys Allen (high), with consolations to Alice Kellar and Kay Bragg.
Elmer Haglin won the door prize.
The Legion reminds everyone of their monthly 500 and Cribbage party coming up this Saturday (Feb. 2). Cost is $12 each.
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The seniors’ coffee club at Emo Inn is back on their birthday schedule. The past Monday, Elroy Douglas celebrated his day with a decorated, one-layer marble birthday cake.
The card was signed by his friends, Neil Grant, Ralph Wolframe, Len Jordens, Art Bonot, Paul Melanson, Mark VanHeyst, and myself.
Emo Inn staff Armin Mosbeck, Val Kellar, and Jodi Steele brought in the cake, singing “Happy Birthday.” Of course, being treated so royally put a big smile on Elroy’s face to be treated with royalty.
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Bessie McComb, a resident at Golden Age Manor in Emo, was a lucky lady this past month. Legion member Bill McCready told me she had won the 50/50 draw but that she was intending to give some of the $668 to an organization.
Calling Bessie on Monday morning, she was not yet sure who she would donate some of her windfall to. Congratulations, Bessie!

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