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Multicultural event helps newcomers connect with fellow immigrants here

Trying to break into a new community can be tough, especially when you're from another country.

To help those who recently immigrated here get better connected to other immigrants, the Valley Adult Learning Association held a “Newcomers Meet-and-Greet” on Nov. 30 at the Super 8.

“Last January we got quite an influx of newcomers to Canada,” noted VALA employee Tracey Ormerod.

Top baby names revealed

The Ontario government is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of recording baby names in Ontario.

“Choosing a name for your child is an important and personal decision for all parents,” said Government and Consumer Services minister Bill Walker.

“The lists of top baby names in Ontario is one way to help parents choose a name for their baby,” he noted.

Fire department warning about scam

The Chapple, Emo, La Vallee and Alberton Fire & Emergency Service is warning district residents of a scam in which individuals are impersonating local fire and emergency services to solicit donations.

Last Thursday, the fire service was notified by local residents saying they were contacted by fraudsters posing as local fire departments and asking for donations.

Candlelight vigil raising awareness

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday evening at Knox United Church here to pay tribute to the tragic deaths of two local women who died 18 years ago at the hands of gender-based violence.

Since the deaths of Melani Sutton and Deanna Daw in 2000, an event has been held in the community on Dec. 6, which falls on the “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.”

Alzheimer calendar winners

Marg Heyens of Emo won $50 in the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts' cash calendar draw for December.

Linda McClymont of Kenora won $75 while fellow Kenora residents Irma Milko, Wendy Sutherland (twice), Hazel Larabie, Scott and Sheila Belair, Jim Burley, Kyle McIsaac, Ryan O'Connor, Marlean Keeley, Ginnie Hintz, and Eileen Wilton each won $50.