Finding readiness on a Roman road

By Linda Rioux

Beginning in 312 BC the Roman Empire built an elaborate system of roads and highways that covered approximately 55,000 miles and stretched from Britain in the north, Iraq in the east and to North Africa in the south. Many of these roads are still visible and in use today because they were so expertly constructed. They were straight and hard-surfaced, made with stone and a form of concrete mixed from volcanic ash and lime. Like modern roads, they were cambered for good drainage. This system allowed the Romans to conquer the known civilized world by providing fast passage of the army with its supplies and easier administration of the conquered territories. Like the much later American pony express, the Romans had a network of post houses, inns and stabling all along the road system. The roads were well-protected and patrolled – they even had toll collectors!

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Church chatter - June 4, 2016

By Lorrie Dyer

On May 7 a spring clean-up took place inside and outside Rivers United Church. As a gift from the Sunday school, all women of the congregation were presented with potted flowers on Mother's Day, May 8. The Christian Education Committee treated everyone to cookies after worship that day as well.

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Church chatter - May 8, 2016

By Lorrie Dyer

Submitted article

Rivers United Church’s semi-annual thrift sale held April 28, 29 and 30 was a huge success once again. Convener Lynn Madden and her committee are to be congratulated on a job well done. Our appreciation also goes out to everyone who donated items, set up, worked shifts, supported the sale and packed up. Unsold items will be donated to local non-profit groups including Rolling Dale Enterprises.

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Runaway lanes

By Rev. Glenna Beauchamp

Rivers and Oak River United Churches

When you drive through the Rocky Mountains, you see signs that there is a runaway ramp coming up. This is a one-track road that doesn’t go anywhere except off the main road and partway up the mountain at a very steep grade. Its purpose is to help big trucks slow down because sometimes a semi’s brakes fail and without the help of a runaway ramp, it would crash.

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Church chatter - Apr. 14, 2016

Church chatter

By Lorrie Dyer

"If you build it, they will come.” — Field of Dreams, 1989.

Rivers United Church was a “Fuller House" on Friday, April 8 as 11 teams “battleshipped” it out at Trivia II. There were a few “Twisters” and turns throughout the evening but after 10 rounds of "Clues" and a tricky bonus question, Team 42 was the closest to “Perfection.” Perhaps it was their "foreign" influence! SevenTees were chosen as the team with the most spirit and they "shrieked" with delight. After "An offer they couldn't refuse,” the Wise Old Rivers Owls accepted the Better Luck Next Time Trophy. Rehab Rebels smashed their Trivia I score to “Smithereens.” Some teams wondered "where in the world were they”? It was Barb Szapko's "PayDay" when she was the winner of the last person standing 50/50 draw ($58). Five-year-old Liberty Lelond was the youngest participant; Doreen Bate was the participant with the most experience. Dustin Byfuglien was called in to keep the crowd under control; thanks for "The Help,” a good time was had by all. (All words in quotes were clues or answers during Trivia II.)

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