Signs of spring abound

After what seems like a long, long winter, there are signs of spring abounding. One being that Cemetery Road is bare of snow.
Another sign is that Guthrie United Church here in Devlin is holding a garage sale on Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. until noon (items would be appreciated and accepted from the Tuesday morning until Thursday evening the week of the sale).
Then on April 13 from 2-4 p.m., the church will hold a “Spring Fling” and auction. Organizers are looking for auction and penny table items, plus volunteers would be appreciated.
Items can be dropped off at the church or Greensides Store.
One more sure sign of spring is youth soccer registration in Emo, which is coming up next Monday and Wednesday (March 17 and 19) at the Emo/La Vallee Arena.
The fee is $25 per person, with boys and girls in JK-Grade 8 welcome to participate
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Don’t miss the Shamrock tea and bake sale, sponsored by the Emo & District Hospital Auxiliary, which takes place this Friday (March 14) from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Emo Health Centre cafeteria.
Admission is $2 at the door.
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Then be sure to take in the W.I. Museum and Emo Public Library supper at the Emo Legion on Saturday (March 15).
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under, which are available in advance at Tompkins Hardware, Cloverleaf, the Emo Public Library, and the Emo municipal office.
There also will be a silent auction and penny table that night.
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A Rainy River Cattlemen’s meeting is slated for Wednesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Morley municipal office. All interested people are welcome to attend.
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Last week’s card winners at the Emo Legion were Agnes Waldeck and Deb Martin. The low went to Jan Hyatt and Ester Elias.
Adelia Guba won the draw.
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500 is played every Thursday at the Emo Legion, beginning at 7 p.m. Cards also will be played there this Sunday (March 16) at 1 p.m. sharp.
Meanwhile, Bingo will be played at the Emo Legion next Tuesday (March 18) beginning at 6 p.m. The bonanza is played at 6:30 p.m.
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The Emo Legion will hold its annual Good Friday fish fry on March 21. Take-out is available up to 4 p.m.
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Last month’s 50/50 draw at the Emo Legion was won by Donna Rogers, who pocketed $596. Lois Shine sold the winning ticket.
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A reminder the Devlin/La Vallee municipal office will be closed March 21 and March 24 (Good Friday and Easter Monday).
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Nevin Bonot is basking in early summer weather in Texas, where he is enjoying the game of golf.
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Trudy Badiuk, Diane Bonot, Lorraine Huntley, Bev Strachan, Carolee Strachan, and Harriet and Amber Sheloff left yesterday (Tuesday) for Winnipeg to attend the Tim Hortons Brier being staged at the MTS Centre.
Then Trudy will be off to Geraldton on Monday, March 17 with her son, Michael, who is a member of the Muskie boys’ curling team that qualified for the NWOSSAA playdowns.
Also on the team are Isaac Keffer, Sean Murray, and Ethen Jordbro.
The Muskie girls’ rink also will be participating there.
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I had the good fortune of visiting my nephew, Scott Galusha, and LeeAnn last week, who were home for a visit from North Bay. Scott is employed as an airplane mechanic there while LeeAnn is attending school.
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The La Vallee/Devlin book committee is looking for information on families involved with the Dance Fire (1938). About 60 families lived in Dance at the time and there is not any information on roughly 20 of those.
One family the committee is looking for information about is Marjorie Inger, who was married to Ben Fults at the time of the fire. She survived, but her husband didn’t.
She remarried twice and the committee is hoping to find her second married name after the fire. Call Maxine (274-6049) or Liz Donaldson (482-3334) if you can help out.
Meanwhile, the committee still is accepting history information for the second book to be published. Copies of the first printing, “Connections,” still are available at the Devlin/La Vallee municipal office.
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Robin’s 2¢:
A group of seniors were travelling by tour bus through Holland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat’s milk was used.
She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing.
These, she explained, were the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produced. She then asked, “What do you do in your country with the older goats?”
A spry old gentleman answered, “They send us on bus tours.”

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