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Cover your assets

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag. Rep.

Insurance costs, risk, funding, responsibilities and liabilities are all concerns that community organizations are managing today. For these organizations, many of them small, volunteer-led, not-for-profits, changing practices and implementing new policies and procedures can be challenging.

Living off the land

If we look at the history of the Rainy River District, we can discover that for thousands of years, peoples have successfully lived on the bounty of the area. From the earliest Laurel people through to present days, the natural bounty of the region supplied its settlers needs. They traveled through the area trading for goods and foods.

It is science fair time!

By Kendall Olsen
Principal

A busy week is in store at Riverview and McCrosson-Tovell Schools. Riverview’s annual science fair will take place on Tuesday, February 27th. Parents and community members are invited to come out between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to see the students’ work. If you are not able to come at that time, displays will be set up between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening for viewing. Our thanks go out to True Value, Rainy River Drugs, Wood’s Bakery, Beaver Mills, Susan’s Corner Store, CIBC, The Cut Above, The Source, Gillons’ Ins. Custom’s Staff and Walmart for the donation of prizes for the science fair.

Forest W.I. News

By Laurel Desrosier
F.W.I.
The February thirteenth meeting of Forest Women’s Institute was held at the home of Betty Blight. Laurel Desrosier called the meeting to order and Eleanor Wiersema read the Mary Stewart Collect. Carol Clifford read the minutes of the last meeting and they were approved. The financial report was given by Eleanor and approved by the members. Laurel gave a report on plans for the Heritage Tea to be held at the Emo Legion. She also gave a report on plans for the district annual meeting to be held at the seniors center in Stratton on May fifth. Plans for the area convention are also being made. This convention will be held in Fort Frances on September seventh and eighth. We decided to give a donation to the Emo museum in memory of Helen Jarvis. We will make a memoriam donation to the cat scan in honour or Everett Hanson. We signed a get well card for Vivian Hartnell. We discussed the completion of the quilt. We will meet at Eleanor’s on February twenty sixth to begin this project. We want to have a ROSE session. There will be further discussion at the next meeting. The next meeting will be held at Carol Clifford’s home on March thirteenth. Roll call will be display a hobby done over the winter. The door prize was won by Ev Nelson and the draw was won by Eleanor Wiersema. Our Hostess served a lovely lunch.

One Tin Soldier

By Pastor Mark Mast
Rainy River Ministerial

I was born in 1962. The turbulence of that era etched a deep impression on my young life. Recollections of riots, violence and societal anger still haunt me. I have always hated conflict and generally run from it if given the opportunity. Can you imagine what a different place this world would be if we would all just learn to “turn the other cheek” (Luke 6:29) as Jesus taught us?

Mail order up some garden variety!

By Melanie Mathieson
Gardening Guru

Gardening season is just around the corner so I always use the last few days of winter for some garden planning. One of the best ways to plan is by using seed catalogues. There are many mail order seed and plant suppliers in both the United States and Canada so the number of catalogues you can use for reference are unlimited. If you do not receive seed catalogues directly, the December / January issue of “Canadian Gardening” has an annual listing of reputable mail order gardening business you can contact, in that issue. You can also use the internet and check for links from your favorite gardening sites or the look for the advertisements in other gardening magazines. So get those catalogues out and start dreaming about this upcoming growing season the great garden you will have.

Don't use treated woods

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag. Rep.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently released an advisory to the Canadian livestock industry. They are advising livestock producers across Canada not to use chemically-treated wood structures near livestock feed or food-producing animals because they can transfer potentially harmful levels of chemicals into animal products, such as meat, milk and eggs.

Cheerful and gymnastic chickadees

By Al Lowe
Contributor

One of the most common and well-liked birds of our northern climet’s is the Black-capped Chickadee. They seem to be eternal optimists. Well, they aren’t.
That industrious cheerfulness masks an eternal search for food. In a climate like ours, with periods of bitter cold, birds must spend most of their waking hours looking for food. They seek insects under bark, insect eggs on twigs, bits of grain or grass seed - anything which will fuel those tiny mites of bodies.

Families spend less time together

Supper has always been an important part of our family ritual. While I was growing up, breakfast was always a catch as catch can. My brother, sister and parents all ate as they got up. Because we lived close to schools, we always came home for lunch and had lunch with my mother. Together we sat at the table together and talked about the morning’s events.

Legion ladies help kids swim

By Gladys Yeo
Legion Ladies Aux.

The local branch of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary held its general meeting on February 14th with president Hazel Tullet presiding.
Secretary Terri Yeo read the minutes of the January meeting. Accounts were presented and authorized for payment. Treasurer Donna Ivall gave an account of the auxilliary’s finances. Correspondence was read and dealt with as required.

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