SCAP holding spring benefit concert

The Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program at Stratton is having a spring benefit concert this Friday (May 7) at 7 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.
Please come out to join the students in praise and get a better idea of what SCAP is all about.
The expansion building committee is working to come up with a plan to better accommodate everyone, because adding another portable is very expensive and still only would serve as a temporary fix.
The committee is looking to come up with a cost-efficient plan, which includes four additional classrooms and a gymnasium.
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Calgary Baptist Church holds a potluck for its congregation and visitors on the first Sunday of the month, with about 50 people attending on May 2.
Pastor Andrew Hall was away attending the Northwest Baptist Church conference in Kenora.
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Rev. David Zylstra, from Prinsburg, Mn., was the guest pulpit speaker at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo this past Sunday, leading both worship services.
The new permanent pastor, Dan Vos and his wife, Lisa, have arrived safely and now are living in the parsonage on River Street. The congregation welcomed the couple at the morning service as they greeted everyone coming in.
This Sunday (May 9) will be Pastor Vos’ first time in the C.R.C.’s pulpit.
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The G.E.M.S. held their achievement night at the C.R.C. sanctuary last Tuesday evening. This year’s theme was “Build Others Up.”
The theme memory verse was “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).
Each student was presented a badge by the leaders, advancing them to a higher level or another group. The G.E.M.S. presented two selections, “Bridge of Love” and “I Am The Way,” to conclude the program.
Everyone went to the education wing for refreshments afterwards.
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Lynn Furbish, daughter of my wife’s cousin, Grace Sontegard, underwent a 13-hour cancer surgery at the Mayo Clinic, which doctors claim was a success.
Lynn, accompanied by her husband, Ted, returned home to Baudette on Friday to recuperate.
Her aunt, Judith Senykr, said Lynn is taking medication for the pain, but still will be bed-ridden for several weeks. Fortunately, she does not have to return to the Mayo Clinic for further treatments.
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“Wheels to Meals” activities at the Emo Legion in the weeks ahead include a carpet bowling tournament (May 13) and then Kayla Lauzon will entertain the seniors (May 20).
The windup potluck is slated for Thursday, June 1, with the entertainment still to be finalized.
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Complaining that he was not feeling well last Wednesday morning, Maurice Desserre stayed home from work to see if things would change. Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly the next day.
His funeral service was held Monday afternoon from the Emo Legion, with Rev. Barbara Miller officiated. Burial is to take place at the North Branch Cemetery.
A luncheon followed the funeral service at the Legion.
The community extends its sympathy to his wife, Gladys, other family members, and friends.
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The auction at the Emo Arena on Saturday was successful in many ways. There was something for everyone who came to purchase—sewing machines, trucks, tools, kiddie toys. You name it, it was there.
Ted Corrigan also was on hand selling tickets for the Emo Walleye Classic later this month while SCAP had its lunch stand going full blast as a fundraiser.
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Cribbage winners at the Emo Legion last Wednesday (April 28) were Darlyne Bruce and Jerry Allan (high), with consolations to Joan Buttazoni and Bill Birrell. Bruce also won the door prize.
Meanwhile, the monthly cribbage/500 card party was held Saturday (May 1) at the Emo Legion. Cribbage winners were Marg Benjamin (high) and Elaine Mercier (low) while the 500 winners included Donna Morrish (high) and Stu Bruce and Rudy Meyers (low).
Frank Dumeney won the door prize.
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The next monthly Bingo at the Emo Legion is slated for Tuesday, May 11, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. The jackpot is $200.
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Condolences to the families of Henry Brown, whose funeral was held from the Stratton Hall last Tuesday (April 27). Interment was held in the Stratton Cemetery.
I did not know the family well except that Henry and Sylvester Armstrong were married to sisters. But the attendance at his funeral showed the respect the community had for Henry Brown.
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The Emo ringette club held its windup awards party recently at Plaza Lanes in Fort Frances. The Arnold Faragher Memorial Plaque was awarded to Sarah Ellman (Tweens) and Sierra Woolsey (Belles).
According to head coach Debbie Carlson, the three or four groups will be back in full swing for the 2004-05 season.
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Since Spring Fever Days last month, I had the opportunity to have a brief conversation with Joanne Swire at Tim Hortons in Fort Frances. I noted how quickly her hair was growing back after she had it shaved off for the “Cuts for Cancer” fundraiser held at the Hair and Body Care Shoppe in Emo.
Joanne is seeking a career in nursing, and will be graduating shortly. With her personality, dedication, and great attitude, she will be a welcome addition into the nursing profession.
The loser is the Circle D Restaurant, where she had spared off as cook-waitress. Congratulations Joanne, we’ll miss you at the Circle D.
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St. Patrick’s in Emo is holding a spring tea and bazaar this Saturday (May 8) from 1-3 p.m. in the parish hall. There will be penny, bake, and craft/plant tables.
Convener Mary Curtis and the C.W.L. welcome everyone to this event, which grows better as the years fly by.
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Another local couple just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
A come-and-go tea was held in honour of Rosario (“Red”) and Lorraine Beaudry by their children on Saturday, May 1 at Our Lady of the Way parish hall in Pinewood.
Congratulations. I’ve known “Red” from our railroad years.

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