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Deadline for beautification contest coming up


Once again, the Rainy River Valley Beautification competition is taking place in conjunction with the annual fall fair in Emo.

This competition is jointly sponsored by the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture and Food and the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society. There are five categories—farmstead, farm gateway/entrance, previous winners (best maintained), most attractive home (rural/residential), and 4-H member gate sign.

This event is open to all rural residents of the Rainy River Valley.

Some hints:

1. An advance plan before starting would be useful.

2. New planting or improving the condition of shrubbery, trees, flower beds, and lawns will enhance the overall appearance.

3. Application of paint to the house, farm building, mailbox, fences, and related structures adds much to the general appearance.

4. An attractive entrance is important as a general first impression.

5. Improvements may include sidewalks, building retaining walls, etc.

6. The amount of financial input is not a major criteria.

7. Use your imagination!

Sponsors for this competition are Cam Belluz Masonry, Fern’s Bedding Plants, Hammond’s Nursery, Lowey’s Nursery, Northwest Nurseries, R.R. Future Development Corp., Tompkins Hardware Ltd., and M.L. Judson Trucking Ltd.

Deadline for entries is July 30. For more information, contact Kim Jo Bliss at R.R.#2, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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I haven’t been able to track down the baseball results from last week’s slo-pitch teams. But I can tell you there is another tournament coming up July 11-15.

This is the annual tourney that will see many teams from across the district competing.

Once again, a canteen will be operating throughout the event. Crossroads school will be looking after the canteen on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Monies raised by students will help finance their Toronto trip in June, 2002.

A dance will be held on the Saturday evening at the Devlin Hall. Age of majority required.

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A group of local people have been meeting to discuss our local cemeteries, including such issues as broken head stones, what to do when there aren’t any family members to keep up grave sites, and general problems that have come to light in regards to our cemeteries.

This group will have a wrap-up meeting next Monday (July 9) at 7 p.m. in the municipal office. Everyone welcome.

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The next general council meeting is Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. in the municipal office.

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Robin’s 2¢:

A husband and wife were considering travelling to Alaska—a trip that the husband had long dreamed of taking.

He kept talking about how great is would be to stay in a log cabin without electricity, to hunt moose and drive a dog team instead of a car, be able to fish every day, and live on fish instead of meals of chicken and beef.

“If we decided to live there permanently, away from civilization, what would you miss the most?” he asked his wife.

“You,” she replied.

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