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Canada Day a hit in Chapple


The almost summer-like weather attracted a large crowd to this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Chapple last Wednesday.

Roughly 30 youngsters participated in the “children’s parade,” with Janissa Judson winning the bicycle and helmet supplied by Barwick Service.

The kiddies’ picnic table, donated by Barwick Village Restaurant, was won by Thatcher Hyatt while the skateboard, helmet, and protective gear, donated by the township and Percy and Jackie Champagne, were won by Larrissa McKelvie.

The annual fastball tournament was a success, with the Sight & Sound Wolves winning their third-straight title after bouncing the Barwick “Young Guns” 11-2 in the ‘A’ final.

Sabaskong took the ‘B’ crown for the second year in a row after edging the Rainy River Royals 7-6 in a nine-inning marathon.

A memorial tribute also was held for the late Kingsley Downs and Gus Lindberg, who were popular umpires.

Thanks goes out to Pete Landry, the scorekeeper for the number-one diamond.

The organizing committee also would like to extend a huge thank you to all the workers in the canteen, to those who made and donated pies for the canteen, and to the sponsors who faithfully support the annual festivities year after year.

As well, the committee would like to thank the parade organizers, judges, all who travelled with tractors, vehicles, and horses, and the young folks who made the parade fun and enjoyable.

A special thank you goes out to the fastball crowd, the organizers of the tournament, the refreshment organizers, the set-up and clean-up crews, and everyone else who made Chapple’s 2009 Canada Day such a great a success.

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There still are a few spots available at the United Church of Canada’s camp coming up July 20-24 at Sunny Cove.

Kids aged eight (or entering Grade 3 in September) up to 14 are invited to pick up a registration form at the church office in Emo.

The UCC provides an opportunity for children to discover God, make new friends, and enjoy exciting outdoor activities. The cost per child is $120 (up to a maximum of $350 per immediate family).

Anyone interested in attending this year’s camp should contact Rev. Frances Flook at 482-2835 or 482-1548 as soon as possible.

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A reminder, too, that the first “Family Dance Night” is scheduled for this Friday (July 10) upstairs at the Barwick Hall.

This event, which will be alcohol- and drug-free, will begin with a dance class at 6 p.m., followed by the dance from 7-10:30 p.m.

The performers for the evening will be the Clover Valley Echo Band, which consists of members who regularly appear at the Emo “Country Jams.”

Admission is $5 for those aged six and up (kids five and under are free) or you can purchase a family pass for $15 (which can include two adults and two children aged 16 and under).

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The Emo rec council is hosting a “Sensational Summer!” program this month for children up to six years of age as well as those seven and up.

The weekly themes will be “Slamming Superstars” (July 6-10), “Outstanding Olympics” (July 13-17), “Bakin’ Up a Storm” (July 20-24), and “Splish n’ Splash” (July 27-31).

Sessions will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon for the younger children and from 1-3:30 p.m. for the older kids.

Locations may vary (i.e., curling club, Lions Park, sportsfield, toy library, etc.)

Watch for further information in your mail.

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“Gift in the Park” will be hosting Jezreel Music Ministries in the Emo Lions Park (weather permitting) on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, e-mail or call Debbie at 482-2948.

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In support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Emo branch of the CIBC will be holding another “Run for the Cure” barbecue this Friday (July 10) from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

There will be smokies and hamburgers for sale, with proceeds going to help find a cure.

Come out and support this worthwhile cause.

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