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March ‘jam’ hailed as a super success

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The Emo Legion welcomed spring on Friday (March 20) with the largest “jam” yet, which saw 20 musicians and several dozen people singing and dancing until late into the night.

The musicians who came in from the farthest away were Louis Hawkness from Dryden, Vern Silver and Lawrence Bellamy from Atikokan, and Morris Halverson from Nestor Falls.

Emily Smith played accordian, Sam Matechuk played mandolin, Dr. George Elliot was on fiddle, and Maurice Betournay was on the drums.

Also involved in Friday’s “jam” were Tom Gustafson (bass guitar), Lawrence Bellamy (accordian, banjo, and guitar), and Bob Brown (harmonica).

As well, three young people joined in on the playing: Chelsea Brown, Jeremy Haw, and Jamie Fiset.

The other guitar players and singers were Colleen Cote, Edith Haw, Donna Heyens, Patti Brown, Bob Wepruk, Charleen Gustafson, Bruce Bellamy, and John Reader.

The dance floor was filled with people doing polkas, old-time waltzes, and fox-trots. The Legion also served snacks, including chicken wings and hotdogs.

Many people on hand suggested they have more dance music. As such, organizers will make an effort next time to get in more polkas and old-time waltzes.

Their next two “jams” are slated for Friday, April 3 and Friday, May 8.

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The Back Alley Bar at the Emo Inn is holding its “Spring Fling” this Saturday (March 28), with music for the evening being provided by “Wildfire.”

Admission is $5 at the door.

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The monthly meeting of the men’s breakfast club this past Saturday at the Emo Legion was well-attended.

Those on hand enjoyed the usual fantastic buffet breakfast supplied by the Legion members.

The guest speaker for the morning, Dallas Block from Baudette, Mn., then spoke about his life and how he came to be a Christian. Block has served as a law enforcement officer for 34 years, giving him opportunities to reach into many a desperate life.

He told several stories about how the Word of God has changed the lives of men in his jail.

Next month’s breakfast will be held Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at the Emo Legion, and will feature another extremely interesting and thought-provoking speaker.

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The next regular meeting of Emo council is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 starting at 7 p.m.

For those involved in committee work, and those who are interested in attending, the following meetings also are scheduled: Emo Public Library (March 25), Emo recreational council (March 30), Emo-La Vallee Community Centre board (April 20), and the Emo Toy Library/Resource Centre (April 22).

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