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Well-known singer to launch new CD


With 10 albums and over 30 years performing his songs across Canada and the UK, award-winning singer-songwriter Rodney Brown remains committed to his Northwestern Ontario (and Rainy River District) roots and is currently getting ready to release his new CD, “Songs of Fort William.”

A special CD launch concert on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium will showcase his latest efforts.

Accompanied by music director, Arthur Post and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, this celebration with feature Rodney’s historical songs, orchestrated by composer Lise Vaugeois.

Other performances will include ceremonial songs by Thunder Mountain Singers, fiddler Pierre Schryer and piper Ryan Moore.

“Songs of Fort William” is an evocative follow-up to Rodney’s well-received recordings “North Land” and “The Big Lonely” and is his most ambitious project to date.

Rodney’s new release will detail the legacy of Canadian explorers, fur traders, country wives, voyageurs and First Nations peoples at the North West Company’s headquarters on the Kaministiquia River dating back 200 years.

Rodney Brown’s new CD and this special launch concert will mark a significant milestone in Rodney’s career and will be a wonderful way to celebrate our community and our unique historical roots.

Tickets are $30-$45 and are available through the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Box Office (

Brown can be contacted directly at 807-344-1057 or by emailing

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The Emo and District Lions will be handling the recycling for the “Charity Recycling” program in front of the Cloverleaf Store in Emo.

Funds raised from this month’s recycling will go towards the Lions Club’s local causes.

Please consider dropping of your pop cans, beer cans and plastic milk jugs off at Cloverleaf and your cans at Dev-Lynne’s.

Not only will you help to extend the life of the local dumps but you also will be helping to fund worthwhile projects.

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The “Meals on Wheels” program provides a service for those who are 60 years and older to receive a nutritional and balanced meal once a day, Monday to Friday.

The meals are prepared at the Emo Health Centre and delivered to homes in the village of Emo between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

Each customer specifies how many meals a week they want.

The meals cost $9 each. Payment is made at the beginning of the next month when the “Meals on Wheels” co-ordinator comes to collect.

Receipts are given out at that time.

If you are interested in having meals delivered to your home, please contact Karen Whatley at 482-1566.

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The Chapple Heritage Committee is holding their fall supper on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Barwick Hall at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from any member of the heritage committee—Bill and Emily Clink, June Wheatley, Glen and Karen Jackson, Steve and Joan Both, Heather Oltsher or Rilla Race.

There are limited seats available, so if you would like to attend, please get your tickets as soon as possible.

For further information call Rilla at 487-2655.

The evening will feature the entertaining sounds of Jesse Grandmont (violin), grandson of Bill and Emily Clink, accompanied by Jesse’s father John Grandmont (guitar).

So put on your best, western duds and join them for an evening of food and fun.

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On Saturday, Sept. 15, five members of TOPS Devlin ON #3019 went to Walker, Minnesota to compete in the 30th Annual North Country Marathon.

Sandra Drennan, Gaydonna Baker, Linda Angus, Tammy Kennet and Neila Booth competed in the 10K run with a total of 223 people running the hills of Walker. Meeting them there were Lorena Jenks and Shelly Gustafson, who competed in the half-marathon.

Linda Angus won silver in her age category and Gaydonna Baker won Bronze in her age category in the 10K race.

Lorena Jenks and Shelly Gustafson won gold in their respective age categories in the half-marathon.

The weather was beautiful for running as were the trails and streets of Walker.

The finish line was at the end of a half mile long hill which seemed pretty impossible to most participants.

A good time was had by all.

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