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‘Country Blend’ earns rave reviews


The “Country Blend” concert at the Emo Legion on Friday evening was extremely well-received by an enthusiastic audience.

The event, sponsored by the Dance Fire Memorial committee, also featured a cash bar, light lunch, and silent auction.

The money raised will go towards the Dance Fire Memorial, which will be constructed at the original homestead of Frank LaBelle on Highway 613 North in Dance Township.

The unveiling of the memorial is planned for Friday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow at the Dance Hall. If you plan on attending, please notify Donna Haglin at 482-2837.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the devastating fire that claimed 17 lives. Family and friends have been working hard to create a fitting memorial to remember those who perished on that fateful Thanksgiving Day.

Thanks to those who came out Friday evening to support such a worthwhile fundraiser. “Country Blend” was so well-received, in fact, that a repeat performance is being planned for the near future.

If you missed their concert last Friday in Emo, you still can catch “Country Blend” in Atikokan this coming Friday and in Sioux Lookout on Saturday evening.

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The United churches of the district are holding their Cambrian Presbytery Youth Event for students in Grades 7-12 from Sept. 25-28 in Dryden. The theme for the event is “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.” Join them for a fun weekend as they learn more about the life and teachings of Jesus. As well, there will be lots of time for fun and friendships The cost is $50. If you are interested in attending, give Rev. Frances Flook or Lincoln Dunn a call at 482-1548.

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Just a reminder that the final “Concert in the Barn” will take place Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Cornell Farms in La Vallee. The featured artist this time is T. Nile (Tamara Nile), whose music has been described as banjo-fuelled acoustic rock.

She recently was awarded the title of “best new/emerging artist,” and was nominated for the “best contemporary vocalist,” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. She has played to sold-out venues in Canada, Alaska, Germany, and Denmark. Tickets for the barn concert cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

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Megan Bale, with the Emo-La Vallee-Chapple Healthy Communities Coalition, reports the recent Community Health Challenge was a great success. There were 28 participants who, in total, walked/ran/biked for 887 hours during the month of August.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge. Thanks also to the Rainy River District Substance Abuse Team for sponsoring the kids’ grand prize and to ParticipACTION for the donation of the pedometers.

The kids’ grand prize went to Martina Morriseau (bike and helmet sponsored by Rainy River Substance Abuse Prevention Team) while the adults’ grand prize went to Neila Booth (a healthy food box and a one-month Rejuvenate Fitness pass sponsored by the Emo-La Vallee-Chapple Healthy Communities Coalition).

The most original activity went to the Martin family (a bocce ball set sponsored by the Emo-La Vallee-Chapple Healthy Communities Coalition).

Canada’s Physical Activity Guide recommends building 30-60 minutes of moderate physical activity into daily life for adults and at least 90 minutes a day for children and youth. Be active and stay fit!

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In related news, the Emo-La Vallee-Chapple Healthy Communities Coalition has a number of upcoming events that may be of interest, including the six-week long Workplace Wellness Challenge that gets underway Sept. 29 (register by Sept 23).

And don’t forget the seniors’ trip to the annual Rainy River Pumpkin Festival on Sept. 20 and the 55+ Seniors’ Expo set for Sept. 24 at the Emo Legion.

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Border Concert tickets for the 2008-09 series are now available at the usual locations across the district or from association directors. This year’s concert series, consisting of five shows, begins Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium over in International Falls, Mn. Since it is a Friday, make sure you leave enough time for anticipated delays on the bridge.

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Another men’s breakfast is set for Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. at the Emo Legion. The cost is $10, with this month’s guest speaker being Ken Wilson from Thunder Bay.

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