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Chapple residents gather for meal, music

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In keeping with tradition, Chapple residents gathered to cook together, laugh together, and cherish their heritage at the annual fall supper Friday night at the Barwick Hall.

About 100 people attended the dinner, hosted by the Chapple Heritage Committee, which also raised more than $800 for the local museum.

Committee members prepared several dishes for a large buffet, followed by make-your-own sundaes for desert.

“Every year, we hold the fundraiser to pay for operations of the museum,” explained Chapple Coun. Rilla Race.

Capping off the evening, the Original Rainy Lake Highlanders put on a traditional bagpipe and drum performance before switching to stringed instruments to play folk music.

During the banquet, Steve and Joan Both were announced as recipients of a Heritage Community Recognition award from Ontario’s Heritage Foundation for their work in preserving the area’s history.

“There is different categories you can qualify for and one is restoration and preservation of heritage,” noted Coun. Race.

The Boths will receive a certificate and pin for their efforts to preserve their ancestors’ farm, as well as for their participation in hosting Chapple Day activities and help on the heritage committee.

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