‘Stuff-a-Cruiser’ a huge success

By Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” was held Saturday at Cloverleaf Groceries in Emo, as well as at locations in Rainy River and Fort Frances. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
And what a success it was! The “Cruiser” fundraiser, along with donations given at the “Holly Daze” parade, resulted in over 3,000 pounds of food.
There was also a generous donation of $1,000 made by Enbridge (formerly Centra Gas).
The event ran smoothly with many volunteers, including help from the Girl Guides and Brownies from the Emo and surrounding area.
All monies raised stay with the Emo Food Bank. This food bank covers a very large rural area.
Happily, the shelves at the food bank are now filled and many people can enjoy the donations made over the weekend.
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The “Holly Daze” weekend was a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit.
As always, it had a great parade. So great to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies during the parade.
I was fortunate enough to enjoy a delicious homemade, mint Nanaimo square at Rainy River Meats during the parade.
The fireworks were probably the best ever.
The two prizes of $250 Emo Chamber bucks were won by Dave Lee and Kayla Morrison.
Hats off to all Emo volunteers that make this part of many people’s Christmas tradition.
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The Christmas concerts in the rural area are as follows:
•Sturgeon Creek: Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.;
•Donald Young: Dec. 17 (Grades 4-8) at 7 p.m.;
•Donald Young: Dec. 18 (K to Grade 3) at 7 p.m.;
•Crossroads: Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.; and
•Rainy River: Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
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Al and Linda Empey made a trip out west to celebrate the birth of their granddaughter, Juliet, who was born in November to Shaun and Christina Logue (Empey).
She was baptized Dec. 1.
Al and Linda then travelled from Lethbridge. Alta. to Outlook, Sask. to attend the baptism of their grandson Oliver on Dec. 8.
Oliver was born Aug. 13 to parents, Kevin and Caroline Empey.
Congratulations to parents and grandparents on this happy occasion.
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Good news on Pat Hyatt’s recovery from her intense surgery on Nov. 19.
She returned to the Fort Frances Hospital on Friday, Dec. 6 and returned to her home on Dec. 10. She continues to recover.
Pat and her family are feeling blessed that “their family will be home for Christmas.”
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The lucky winner of the Emo Legion’s November 50/50 draw for November was Marc St. Hillier.
He pocketed $665. Selling the lucky ticket was Joan Buttazoni.
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Robin’s 2¢
Managing your weight over the holidays requires a little planning.
For example, I took the batteries out of my scale today!

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‘Stuff a Cruiser’ a huge success

Dave Ogilvie

The Emo chapter of the first-annual “Stuff a Cruiser” campaign in Rainy River District, an event created to help area charities and food banks meet the needs of the less-fortunate during the holiday season, was deemed extremely successful.
On Saturday (Dec. 11), shoppers and visitors to Emo stuffed the cruiser sitting in front of Cloverleaf three-and-a-half times between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Thanks goes out to those who took part in this worthwhile event, including Cloverleaf for their generosity.
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The next men’s breakfast buffet ($10) and meeting will take place this Saturday (Dec. 18) at 8 a.m. at the Emo Legion.
This month’s featured speaker will be Pastor Bryan Dick from the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.
Pastor Bryan and his wife, Stephanie, arrived in Emo two months ago. Having just completed his three-month pastoral assignment, they are planning to leave soon.
He grew up on a dairy farm in Michigan and really loved it. But at a young age, he received a passion and calling to reach into the spiritual lives of people.
Come and be refreshed and blessed as Pastor Bryan shares.
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All the seniors (50+) who gathered Saturday for the Stratton seniors’ annual Christmas turkey dinner at the Millennium Hall were treated to an excellent meal.
Following the meal, those on hand were treated to some Christmas music by the “Country Jam” musicians.
Donations also were accepted for the food banks in Emo, Rainy River, and Fort Frances.
In related news, “Country Jam” will be playing at a New Year’s Eve dance at the Emo Legion from 7-10:30 p.m.
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The Emo Ministerial Association held a special seasonal celebration, entitled “A Simple Christmas: Celebrating Christ through Songs and Scriptures,” this past Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church.
Those on hand got into the true Christmas spirit by singing along to some of their favourite carols at this special inter-denominational event.
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With less than a month to go before the annual “Polar Plunge” in Fort Frances, the Emo and District Lions Club is hoping residents of the central area of the district will help sponsor this fundraising effort.
Anyone wishing to support the club by taking the “plunge” into Sand Bay on New Year’s Day still can pick up a pledge sheet at the Emo Public Library.
Kent Ogden a charter member of the club, is jumping to help raise money for the club’s local projects, which will include the proposed walking trail.
If you would like to encourage Kent to jump, please sign one of the pledge forms at Cloverleaf (one is in the meat department) and leave your money or cheque with the staff.
Dennis Ogilvie also has volunteered to jump for the Emo and District Lions. He can be contacted at 482-2540 if you would like to make a pledge.
All pledge sheets and money must be handed in on Jan. 1 at La Place Rendez-Vous before the actual “plunge.”