‘Spring Gathering’ a huge success

The inaugural “Spring Gathering,” hosted by the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture on Saturday night at the Chapple rec centre in Barwick, was a huge success.
About 375-400 attended, with people being turned away at the door.
The evening started with a meal prepared by many volunteers. Three hogs had been cooked to perfection by Paul and Susan Peters, with the menu also consisting of many other fine dishes.
The rec centre was decorated perfectly to fit the “cowboy theme” while Rick Neilson did a great job as emcee.
Trish Neilson and Peter VanHeyst welcomed the guests and got the evening started. After the dinner, Gene Stoltzfus gave a talk on Rainy River District, as well as sharing his life lessons and experience with the audience.
Clayton Teeple was awarded with the Bill Gibson Award, which is given annually to a deserving person.
He is extremely deserving of this award as he’s been involved with the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association working long and diligently for the sales barn in Stratton.
He’s also been active in 4-H and the RRFA, and always a helping hand in his community.
Congratulations, Clayton, on your award.
The evening ended on a perfect note as all were entertained by “Rhymin” Diamond Doug Keith. He had the audience laughing and serious as he shared his life experiences as a cowboy.
Hats off to all the volunteers, organizers, and folks who attended to make this first-time event a huge success.
The “Spring Gathering” organizers also made a donation to assist Kenna Sinninghe and her family (Kenna is a young child experiencing serious health issues).
The money raised from the silent auction was donated to the Sinninghe family.
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Congratulations to Betty McTaggart on her recent retirement. Betty finished her working days the end of February after working at Rainycrest in Fort Frances for 11 years.
Prior to that, she worked at Canadian Tire there for about 17 years.
Betty started her retirement in grand fashion by holidaying in Hawaii with long-time friend, Carol Booth, and other friends.
Betty informed me “retirement feels great.” She loves not having to get up and head off to work every day. She plans on enjoying her grandchildren and living life to its fullest.
Betty lived many years in our community and we send her all the best.
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Congratulations, as well, to Nathalie Donaldson and Matt Calder on their recent engagement. The couple became engaged March 9 (Nathalie’s birthday).
The pair are graduating from university this spring.
Nathalie’s parents are Ross and Diane Donaldson and Matt’s are Kevin and Tammi Calder.
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Our municipality recently received good news: the Ontario government will give money in order to replace the Black Bridge south of La Vallee.
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Now that April is here, it is necessary to purchase fire permits when burning.
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Congratulations to Ted and Faye Davis, who were honoured with a party on April 5 at the Devlin Hall. About 100 people attended.
May you enjoy many more years together.
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Guthrie United Church in Devlin is hosting a “Spring Fling Auction” at the Devlin Hall this Sunday (April 13) from 2-4 p.m.
A lunch (coffee and dainties) will be served while penny tables, bake tables, and a live auction also will make for an enjoyable afternoon.
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“Valdy” will hit the stage at the Townshend Theatre in Fort Frances on Saturday, April 19.
Tickets, which cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door, are available at Betty’s, the UPS Store, Devlin post office, Cloverleaf, and Rainy River Drugs.
Proceeds will go towards the Muskie Sports Association.
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A sure sign that spring is just around the corner is word that a slo-pitch meeting is scheduled for this Sunday (April 13) at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Devlin municipal office.
Everyone welcome to attend.
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Last week’s card winners at the Emo Legion were Gerald and Lorraine Bullied, with the low going to Roy Elias and Nicole Drennan.
Debbie Martin won the draw.
Cards will be played at the Emo Legion this Sunday (April 13), with the next Emo Legion bingo slated for Tuesday, April 15.
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The Emo Legion will host its annual “Crafts Galore” on April 18-19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in conjunction with Spring Fever Days. Lunch will be available to purchase.
Tables can be rented for $20 for two days.
For more information, call the Legion (482-2250) or Adelia Guba (482-2513).
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The Rainy River Cattleman’s Association will hold its annual spring cattle sale on Saturday, April 26 at the Stratton sales barn. For information, call Clayton Teeple at 487-1465.
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George Hyatt has just been released from the Emo Health Centre and is feeling better. Best of luck to George on a continued road to recovery from your community of family and friends.
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There will be a garage sale, sponsored by the St. Patrick’s C.W.L., in the church basement on Friday, April 18 from 6-8 p.m. and again Saturday, April 19 from 8 a.m.-noon.
This also is being held in conjunction with Spring Fever Days.
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District schools will have a P.A. Day on April 21.
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Robin’s 2¢:
My theory on housework is if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one cares so why should you?

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