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Congregations gather to celebrate Christmas

The Christmas Day service at the Emo Christian Reform Church was very well attended this year as members from other churches, which happened to not have any Christmas Day services, overflowed the sanctuary, giving it a “pull together” atmosphere.

There was the lighting of the Advent wreath and the children’s message given by Karen. The youngsters also sang “Away in a Manger.”

Rainy River to keep satellite office

Word from local MP Robert Nault that the Rainy River Future Development Corp. won’t see a decrease in funding next year has brought a sigh of relief to west-end residents, particularly those who use its satellite office in Rainy River.

In an interview last week, Nault said while he couldn’t guarantee more money for the RRFDC in 1999, he noted “there certainly won’t be less.”

Hospital brick drive in home stretch

The Rainy River hospital’s “buy a brick, build it quick” campaign has reached $244,500 in pledges—and optimism is running high the $300,000 goal will be reached by year’s end.

With $25,000 still to come from the Royal Canadian Legion, the number of $500 bricks needed to be bought to reach the $300,000 mark drops to 61.