CHIP program back in Rainy River District

Dave Ogilvie

Masonic Child Identification Programs (CHIP) is returning to the district this month.
The program, which is entirely free, aids in the identification and recovery of missing children.
CHIP gives the parents the opportunity to create a kit of identifying materials for their child, including a fingerprint card, a physical description, a video, computer disk, or DVD of the child, a dental imprint, and a DNA sample.
The purpose of the kit is to provide critical information to the public and to law enforcement in the event that a child goes missing.
The videotape or DVD, besides capturing appearance and voice, includes questions tailored toward the child’s age group and can also be helpful in finding children who might be missing for other reasons besides abduction.
The Masonic Child ID Program operates with strict confidentiality, with all data on portable computers being completely removed from their machines immediately after the DVD data has been written.
The Masons will have their equipment set up in the arena during the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Fair on Friday and Saturday.
Interested parents and grandparents are encouraged to stop by their booth at the Fair.
With the increasing number of abductions across the country, taking the time to register your child/grandchild may be the most important investment you can make.
For more information, please watch for posters around the district.
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Advanced tickets for the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Fall Fair midway are available at various locations across the district.
Tickets are on sale until the evening of Thursday, Aug. 19 at a cost of $28, which is a savings of $5. Gate admission is $3 per person per day.
In related news, the fair board is looking for more food vendors.
If you are interested please call Jan Judson (807-482-2428) or Emily Watson (807-486-3688).
Also, anyone wishing to exhibit in the annual fair may pick up an Emo Fair Book and purchase a membership at the Emo municipal office or call Jan Judson at 807-482-2428.