The following is a list of topics discussed at the A.R.F.A meeting held Sept. 13 at the Galetta Community Hall:
Leslie Vanclief from the Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton made a presentation regarding the "Rural Clean Water Program", through which grants are available for farm projects, which would improve water quality. This is a 3-year program with a $700,000 budget - more information will be forthcoming.
Ken Paul, A.R.F.A. representative for West Carleton Chamber of Commerce, presented names of the new president and Board of Directors - looking forward to more interactions with A.R.F.A..
Battery drop-off and recycling program has been very successful - more than 60 batteries returned to date. Congratulations!
McNab Railway issues will have a hearing in Toronto on Oct. 26 , hopefully with a favourable outcome.
Reservations have been made for A.R.F.A. delegates at the annual convention in Toronto in November
A.R.F.A. booths have had good attendance at Arnprior and Pakenham Fall Fairs, as well as the Lanark County Plowing Match. Look for the booth at Carp Fair, Sept. 24-26. Enter the draw for a free OFA sweater.
A.R.F.A. will send a letter of support on behalf of the Lanark Country Plowmen's bid to host the 2003 International Plowing Match in Carleton Place.
Bob Lackey continues to work very hard on behalf of the Rural Alliance Movement with respect to the Amalgamation Issue. Concerned citizens can rest assured that essential services such as "911" will still be available and efficient if Rural Alliance is accepted. "The People will have a powerful voice!" Public meetings are forthcoming.
Tickets are now available for the A.R.F.A. Annual Dinner/Meeting to be held Thurs., Oct. 28 at the Pakenham Community Centre. Cocktails at 6:30pm and roast beef dinner at 7pm. Cost is $12 per person. Come out and visit with friends and neighbours. Check out copies of A.R.F.A. constitutions at local agribusiness.
Thanks to AgriNews for publishing our reports.