Exhibitors busy at Farm Progress Building

It was early Friday when I contacted Farm Progress Building convener Mrs. Linda Armstrong.
She said, “We had 43 booths for 2001 ready when participants arrived.”
There was everything you could expect, from commercial to farming (dairy and beef cattle), financial institutes, two church groups, OPP, and district ambulance representatives.
A computer service in Emo, located at 6 Hannah St., also was there. They’ll be staffed by Al Kinnear, and Melanie and Rob Pailing. “We will be offering within the Fort Frances and Rainy River area and throughout NWO,” said Melanie Pailing.
One other booth drew my attention–Valley Adult Learning Association. It was Barbara Duguay in person. She gave up her position as co-ordinator of the Mini-Van Meals on Wheel. It has been taken over by Patricia Labbe. Barb has been with the Home Support program for 14 years, her last day was in June.
She loves her position working in her present assignment in the literacy program. Jacquine was with Barb in the booth settling in for the two day display of literature available.
“We are looking for volunteer tutors,” noted Duguay, “It is new learning for those 16 years of age and over and it’s free.
“Why free?” So people who want to improve, upgrade their education in various areas, can do so,” added Duguay. “Literacy is described as a person’s ability to understand and use written information, it is more than just being able to read, write and calculate.”
Literacy skills are like muscles, the more you use them, the stronger they become. Therefore be a long time learner,” said Duguay.
A few of the winners listed are: Winner of the Pro-Life Child’s riding tractor with front end loader and dump trailer was Dorothy Pollard of Dryden; Adult T-shirt–Marlene Deschamps; Child’s T-shirt–Tyler Ruppenstein.
Farm Progress booth winners were: 1. Agriculture in the Classroom; 2. Rainy River Milk Association.; 3. 7-Bends Honey Farm.