Family reunion held Saturday

It was a beautiful day, with a great social time, for the Williams and Brannan family reunion held Saturday (Aug. 28) from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the North Branch Community Centre.
Some 54 people were on hand, which was a smaller number than usual as some could not get away.
Most of the participants came from Northern Ontario (Thunder Bay and the Dryden area), but there were cousins from Ohio who had not attended the reunion since 1956.
Most were able to drive except those from Ohio, who came by bus through southern Ontario and stayed for a couple of days to visit.
The group planned a noon meal as most had to return to their respective homes that same day.
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Marg Rahn rode with her granddaughter, Chere, and her two children to Invermere, B.C. to visit Pat and Leisa O’Sullivan for about two weeks earlier this summer, returning home July 10.
While there, Marg had the chance to see her nephew, Terry Haney of Lethbridge, Alta., a recent widower.
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Tami Forbes and her children, Jerry and Cori, visited family and friends at Comox (a military base on Vancouver Island). The occasion was a celebration of her father’s 80th birthday, with 18 family members plus two special friends on hand.
Tami says her father, fortunately, is still healthy and very active.
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I experienced a week of hot summer weather in Kamloops, B.C. with my son, Bruce, and family, where temperatures soared to 100 and 102 degrees F. They’re having cooler, rainy weather right now (at least up to this past Sunday).
While in Penticton visiting Muriel Treadway for three days, a heavy rain shower left two-three inches of water in the apartment parking lot (more water than some people had seen for several years!)
The vendors at the farmers’ market still were selling those juicy peaches. I managed to bring a dozen in a carry-on bag from Kelowna to Thunder Bay, where my two daughters met me at the airport.
I arrived back in Fort Frances by car with Louise a week ago.
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The next Chapple Women’s Institute meeting is slated today (Sept. 1) at the Emo Museum to discuss the area convention to be held in Bergland later this month.
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Tim and Lora Haglin and their little girl have purchased the former Gerald Seed property at Blackhawk, and will be moving in by the end of the week.
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I’m excited and looking forward to having new neighbours, too! Jason and Lucy Mann have purchased the former Rathwell (and former Fretter and also former Bottenfield) property directly behind me.
The couple is having renovations done at present.
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A successful Vacation Bible School, with 33 children attending, wound up at the Off Lake Church last Thursday evening (Aug. 26). The interim pastor there is Larry (Helen) Fullerton from Minnedosa, Man.
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The Stratton seniors have planned a potluck for this Friday (Sept. 3). There also will be a talent day, with poems, songs, crafts, or what have you.
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Despite our summer-less summer, the coldest on record, some were trying to get that vacation in before school started.
Collen Neilson and family spent their holiday in Minnesota camping and visiting a fair while Mike took time off for a family fishing trip before the boys had to leave for further education.
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Dancing at the Emo Legion, with Glen and Wayne (Bill is on vacation), is slated for Saturday, Sept. 11 from 8 p.m. to midnight.
And at the Brink Center in Baudette, the Frontiersmen are playing there this Friday (Sept. 3) at 7:30 p.m.