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Emo council on board with literacy event


Local teachers Andrea Lee and Diane Carlson spoke to Emo council at its regular meeting Monday night regarding support for a Family Literacy Celebration they are planning for Rainy River District.

“There will be workshops for parents and students ages four-14,” explained Lee, noting they hope to encourage parents to get involved in their children’s education.

“We’re looking for council to sponsor something,” added Carlson, which Reeve Russ Fortier agreed would be possible.

“Let us know closer to the event what you would like us to help with,” he remarked.

Both teachers stressed community support is important in a child’s development, and added they are looking for additional support from the Emo Public Library.

Organizations such as the Emo Toy Library, the Northwestern Health Unit, and the “Best Start” program already are on board.

“There will be informative displays and refreshments,” noted Lee, adding there also will be activities for the kids so everyone is encouraged to attend.

“Our vision is the event will become an annual one,” she remarked.

The Family Literacy Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 from 1-4 p.m. in Fort Frances, Emo, and Rainy River.

In other business from Monday night’s meeting, Emo council discussed a verbal request from Dennis Mann regarding cardboard recycling.

He had told clerk/treasurer Brenda Cooke that there is a lot of cardboard from businesses in Emo and wondered what council thought about setting up another depot.

Reeve Fortier wasn’t sure where another depot could be placed that would benefit everyone, but agreed to check with Asselin Transportation and Storage Ltd. to see what they would charge for it.

There also was a verbal request from the Emo Inn to have its recycling items picked up because there is too much for them to transport to the recycling depot.

Reeve Fortier also agreed to look into that.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Emo council:

•agreed to accept the tender of JTJ Contracting in Emo to crush and stockpile 10,000 cu. yards of Type ‘A’ gravel for the total estimated cost of $46,973;

•authorized to send all councillors to the district health care forum scheduled for Saturday, March 4 since one of the main topics should be Rainycrest Home for the Aged;

•appointed Dan Wilson as Area and Municipal Weed Inspector 2006;

•agreed to send Brenda Cooke and George Wegman to the Line Fences Act workshop scheduled for Monday, March 27 in Thunder Bay;

•declared April 24-30 as Pitch-In Canada Week—the largest and only multi-province environmental improvement campaign in Canada—and invited the community to participate;

•agreed to send Reeve Fortier to the Rainy River Future Development Corp.’s meeting to discuss “PLASMA—Energy Products and the Use of Municipal Waste,” scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Civic Centre in Fort Frances;

•authorized to send Brenda Cooke and Peggy Johnson to the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario Zone 9 Spring Meeting and Municipal CAO Forum, scheduled for April 4-6 in Sioux Lookout;

•tabled the Foundation of Rural Living Awards of Rural Excellence to give council a few days to determine nominees for the seven categories; and

•discussed Ross Anderson’s request to carry out the ditching of his property beginning in March.

Emo council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the municipal office.

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