After a tearful good-bye, six district families stood at J.D. Junction on Sunday and watched as Allan Empey’s van carried the six children who had become a part of their lives away to Winnipeg, en route to their own families in Belarus.
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“It’s a grand adventure!”
That’s how B.C. natives Ian and Sally Wilson summed up the first part of their trek into re-living the historic trade route north taken by the Voyageurs of the Northwest Company some 200 years ago.
It isn’t known what impact the new benchmarks released by the Ministry of Health last week will have on local health care but they seem to be welcome.
The Lady of Lourdes Church is celebrating its 50th anniversary at its present site, along with the 100th anniversary of its cemetery, with the festivities wrapping up there this weekend.
While the current church has been standing for 50 years, three other churches, built on or near the present site, have held the name “Our Lady of Lourdes” for 100 years.
The 1998 Coffee Break/Story Hour Convention was held at Gordon College in Wenham, Wash., with more than 1,000 women from across North America, of all ages and walks of life, on hand for it.
This included ladies from the Emo Christian Reformed, including Gertie Boven, Betty Esselink, Cora VanSmeerdyk, Geneva Veldhuisen, Jeannette Veldhuisen, and Patty Woolsey.
An enhanced friendship and fond memories of Canadian culture were two of the treasures Judith Steenvoorde took home to Holland on Sunday after a five-week visit with penpal Janelle McQuaker of Stratton.
The two girls, both 18, had never met in person prior to Steenvoorde’s trip here last month but had corresponded by mail for more than a decade.
A privately-owned aircraft made an emergency landing, then caught fire, shortly after taking off Friday from a private airstrip in Morson Township.
The single-engine Piper Cherokee plane was owned by a U.S. resident, who was the pilot. He and the other person on board managed to exit the plane safely after landing.
It’s looking like Canadians won’t have to wade through paperwork to cross the border after the U.S. Senate last week voted 99-0 to pass a bill that kills a previous one requiring all aliens to fill out forms at Customs before entering and leaving the country.
Separate school teachers and trustees could find themselves standing on opposite sides of the fence after the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association said it would “study” Justice Cumming’s ruling on Bill 160.
OCSTA president Regis O’Connor said last week the association “has always maintained that Catholic boards have a constitutional right to tax.”
Bill 160, the Education Quality Improvement Act, will remain in effect for at least one school year, with the Harris government announcing it intends to proceed with its changes to the education system for September.
This despite a ruling by Justice Peter Cumming last week that Bill 160 violated the constitutional right of separate school boards to levy their own taxes.