LaBelle’s hosts another great tournament

Dale LaBelle and his helpers are all smiles as the fourth-annual Rainy Lake Fall Bass Classic held Saturday and Sunday was another great success.
Also smiling perhaps even a little wider are Dean and Wayne Howard, who pocketed the first-place prize of $5,000 for their two-day catch of 41.91 pounds.
Ted Stewner and John Guzej, from Winnipeg, finished in second place with a total weight of 40.78 pounds while Alec and Darrell Keszler, also from Winnipeg, took third.
The big fish of the tournament, weighing in at 5.58 pounds, was caught by Mike and Sandy Salvador of Sioux Narrows.
Close to 80 teams participated this year (a new record), with the top 20 all having final weights of 33 pounds or more.
Hats off to Dale and all the folks it takes to host such a weekend.
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Congratulations to Doug McBride and Steve Ballan on their first place win at the Rainy River Walleye Tournament on Sept. 24-25.
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The annual Harvest Supper held Sunday at the Devlin Hall fed close to 400 people. Once again, great food was served and enjoyed by all.
The cooks and helpers all deserve a big round of applause for the hours they give to make this event one that many throughout Rainy River District look forward to year after year.
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An important meeting for all farmers is being held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous in Fort Frances.
Sid Vandereen, the drainage co-ordinator for Ontario, will be on hand to explain the new drainage subsidies for farmers within the district. This is a new program for providing grants for agricultural drainage.
Be sure to attend if this issue concerns you. Call Northwest Nursery (486-3428) if you require more information.
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Congratulations to James Booth and Siobhan Devlin, who were married last Friday (Sept. 30) at a private ceremony. A reception was held later in the day at the Devlin Hall.
Adam McTavish and Erin Devlin were the attendants.
It was a beautiful reception with lots of friends and family on hand. A good time was enjoyed by all in the celebration of this special event.
The happy couple left Sunday for Disney World in Florida. Upon their return, they will be living in Emo in a home they just purchased.
Our community wishes the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.
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Another Booth makes the news this week—Alyson. She will be leaving Monday (Thanksgiving Day) to make a new home and life in Blind River, Ont. (located between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie).
Alyson always will be remembered across the district for her dynamic voice—from weddings and funerals to “Quest for the Best.” She entertained thousands over the years with her voice and style.
I, for one, will miss the twinkle in her eye.
But here is wishing her all the best. And remember Alyson, you can take the girl out of Devlin, but you can never ever take Devlin out of the girl. Hope to see you back often.
All the best from your community of family, friends, and fans.
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Another farewell is in order as Joyce Graham recently sold her home to a man from Illinois. She has purchased a home in Fort Frances and will take up residence there Oct. 21.
We will miss you, Joyce, but enjoy your new home. And I’m sure we will see you out and about often.
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Congratulations to Ashley Mutz, Judith Dubuc, and Dayle Allen for successfully earning their Personal Support Worker (PSW) diplomas from the Confederation College campus in Fort Frances.
They were all smiles at their graduation last Thursday evening.
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Crossroads School accomplished something far beyond their goal when students and teachers raised more than $4,000 during this year’s Terry Fox Run.
The participants had aimed for $3,000, but were pleasantly surprised at their final total. Congratulations to all for your good work.
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School pictures will be taken at Crossroads on Oct. 13.
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A reminder that Hepatitis B shots will be given to Grade 7 students at Crossroads on Monday, Oct. 17.
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More plants would be appreciated at Crossroads for its outside gardens. And thanks to the lady who dropped off a large amount of plants.
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Gerald and Lorraine Bullied were the top winners at the weekly card party at the Emo Legion last Wenesday, with Bill Birrell and Siri Gallinger as the runners-up.
Gladys Allan won the door prize.
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The next Emo Legion Bingo is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 11. A seniors’ dance is set to go there Oct. 15.
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There will be a hospital tea and bazaar on Oct. 14 at the Emo Legion. More info to follow.
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Country View Child Care Centre, located in Crossroads School in Devlin, has openings for toddlers (18-30 months) and pre-schoolers (two-and-a-half to five years). Special needs spaces and subsidies also available.
For more information, call Bobbi or Amy at 486-1264.
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If you would like your driveway plowed out this winter, stop by the township office and sign a snowplow waiver. Or call the office (486-3452) to request one be mailed to you.
You must sign a waiver before we can plow your driveway. As well, all outstanding snowplow invoices must be paid first.
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Robin’s 2¢:
A couple had been debating the purchase of a new auto for weeks. He wanted a new truck. She wanted a fast little sports-like car so she could zip through traffic around town.
He probably would have settled on any beat up old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of their price range.
“Look!” she said. “I want something that goes from 0 to 200 in four seconds or less. And my birthday is coming up. You could surprise me.”
For her birthday, he bought her a brand new bathroom scale.
Services will be at Downing Funeral Home on Monday the 12th. Due to the condition of the body, this will be a closed casket service.
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.