Wow, what a weekend!

Wow, what a weekend! Mother’s Day was Sunday but it was a weekend filled with delightful activities for all woman (even if you weren’t a mom and no matter what your age).
My “wow” weekend started in Emo at the Victorian tea. Knox United Church was decorated with dresses, hats, and all the accessories to put you in another era.
The tables were decorated with fancy tablecloths and centrepieces. Fancy sandwiches and dainties were served by very hospitable waitresses of all ages.
Theere also was the opportunity to have your picture take in clothing from the past, which Trudy Badiuk, Diane Bonot, and I had done. We did have a lot of laughs trying on clothing that didn’t resemble jeans and a sweatshirt at all.
We had an awesome night and so hats off to all the organizers and volunteers who made this event one that I’ll always remember.
Then Saturday morning, I was off to the Women’s Health Symposium at Fort Frances High School, which featured more than 60 booths on a variety of topics and attracted upwards of 450 ladies.
Speakers also made up the day with an interesting range of topics, from mind, spirit, emotion, and body to addictions, health and wellness, and physical fitness.
The day ended with a comedy act from Jo-Ann Waytowich, whose stage name “Ivanka.” Once again, Ivanka had the audience laughing, with tears rolling down our faces.
Ivanka spoke on many issues, such as saving our environment to one-size pantyhose. She even had two men on stage helping her put on her pantyhose.
I’m sure everyone left the Women’s Health Symposium with a light heart and a new look on life.
And last but certainly not least, my daughter (Carley) and I attended the Scott Woods and Family fiddle show Sunday evening at Knox United Church in Fort Frances.
Once again, the audience was “wowed” with the music, the singing, the dancing, and the positive message this group brings with them every year.
So that was my busy, fun-filled Mother’s Day weekend. I’m hoping many of you attended the same activities. I know I saw a lot of familiar faces at various events.
A big thank you and a job well-done to all the people who work so hard to make our community full of entertainment and fun.
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Guthrie United Church was the scene of four baptisms on Sunday. Jonah Glueheisen (son of Chris and Gabe), McKenzie Junkala (daughter of Leisa Hughes and Leslie Junkala), Bryce McDonald (son of Ashley Mutz and Russ McDonald), and Leslie Junkala was baptized and confirmed.
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Thursday night’s 500 game played at the Emo Legion saw the high going to Elder Jack and Lois Shine while the low was taken by Gerald and Lorraine Bullied.
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Organizers of the annual Emo Fall Fair queen pageant are looking for contestants. Contact Sis at 274-8444 for information or to sign up.
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The T.O.P.S. #ON3019 will host its annual salad supper on Monday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at the Devlin Hall. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children aged six-12 (those five and under eat free).
Come out and enjoy the multitude of fresh salads, baked beans, buns, dessert salads, and all the fixins (take-out salads are available).
Draws also will be made that night.
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La Vallee Township is now accepting applications for summer student labourers. Duties will include cemetery mowing, ball park mowing, landfill site clean-up, and building maintenance.
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age, and a driver’s licence will be considered an asset.
Application forms can be picked up at the municipal office during office hours and must be submitted no later than Friday, May 16 at 3 p.m.
The anticipated start date is the week of June 23.
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Cribbage played at the Emo Legion last week saw Mary Gavin and Elder Jack take the high, with the low going to Agnes Waldeck and Deb Martin.
The next Bingo at the Emo Legion is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27.
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The Emo “Walleyedol” contest is set to go on Friday, May 30. If you would like to give your singing voice a try at a competition, this event is for you.
First prize is $400, with $200 going to second place and $100 to third place. There will be a crowd favourite by the audience (also worth $100).
For more information or to sign up, call Laurel Mose at 482-2210.
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The Grade 6 class at Crossroads School will hold its D.A.R.E. graduation this Friday (May 16) beginning at 8:45 a.m
Then Crossroads will hold a pow-wow on Thursday, May 22. The grand entry will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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The next Crossroads school council meeting will be held June 4 at 6 p.m. at the school. Everyone is welcome.
The E.Q.A.O. testing for Grades 3 and 6 takes place June 3-5 at Crossroads.
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High school students needing community hours in order to graduate can help clean up in the township. Contact the municipal office at 486-3452 for more details.
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Robin’s 2¢:
Two women met for the first time since graduating from high school. One asked the other, “You were always so organized in school. Did you manage to live a well-planned life?”
“Yes,” said her friend. “My first marriage was to a millionaire, my second marriage was to an actor, my third marriage was to a preacher, and now I’m married to an undertaker.”
“What do those marriages have to do with a well-planned life?” asked the one.
“One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go!” her friend replied.

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