Merry Christmas to all

I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2002.
Thanks, especially, to all who contributed to my Emo News column each week over the past year. A bouquet of pionsettias to each one of you.
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The winner of the E-Z tree at Emo Drugs was Robin Anderson.
It also will be a Merry Christmas for Gayle Hyatt, whose name was drawn as winner of the grocery hamper being raffled off by the local ringette association.
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Adelia and I visited with the Les Abbotts at Sleeman last Tuesday morning. I also paid Rainy River Record editor Ken Johnson a short visit but he was busy distributing his latest edition around town.
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Norman Cain and others from the Devlin/Emo communities attended the Emo Ministerial’s Christmas service Sunday evening at Knox United in Emo.
Norman said attendance was great considering there were other Christmas activities going on that same evening.
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Judy Morphet arrived here last Friday from Toronto to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents, Jeannie and Irwin Morphet.
They were joined by the Morphets other daughter and family, Pam and David Cowlishaw, and their daughters, Kaitlyn and Kalleanne, from Cook, Mn.
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Cribbage winners at the Emo Legion last Wednesday (Dec. 19) were Darlyne Bruce and Garry Allen (high), with consolations to Alice Kellar and Kate Bragg. Liz Jack won the door prize.
Cribbage will resume there Wednesday, Jan. 2.
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Family gatherings are happening throughout the district. Just lately, Sis Woolsey at Barwick had 35 for dinner and then 45 family members present for an happy, enjoyable Christmas.
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Last Sunday (Dec. 23), Christmas spirit rose high as the final touches to last concerts was held.
At the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, Jack Esselink led the morning worship service, with the Sunday School children presenting their Christmas program, “On the Way to Bethlehem.”
Ralph and Jacqui Hunsperger lit the fourth Advent candle. Choir director Marie-Ann DeGroot and pianist Diane Heerema, accompanied by Diane Veldhuisen on the flute, also led the congregation in several carols.
The Sunday School students had readings supported by traditional songs of this season. That evening, the young people led the worship service.
On Sunday, Dec. 31, the afternoon service at 1 p.m. will be CRC’s New Year’s Eve Service. The New Year’s Day service is slated Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m.

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