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Fairway partnership expands

Gord Johnston may call himself “the new kid on the block” but the newest partner at the Fairway Store in Emo is anything but new to the grocery and meat business.

Johnston, who officially became part-owner of Fairway on Jan. 16, has been working in grocery stores since he was eight years old, holding his first job in Fort Frances at the now defunct Riteway.

DYS to host career fair

Rural students in grades seven and eight will be converging on Donald Young School in Emo on Feb. 6 when it hosts its first career fair.

DYS principal Nancy Fretter and teacher Kim Bolen have been asking area businesses and professionals if they’d be willing to set up an information booth there.

Serving the district since ’72

It all started with a sign, a newspaper ad, a vendor’s licence, and a semi load of feed sold out of their two-car garage on Dec. 1, 1972.

John and Marina Gerber aren’t ashamed of their business’s humble beginnings. The son of a Swiss farmer and the daughter of a Steinbach storekeeper, they opened Emo Feed five years after they were married.

New owners preserve Emo landmark

Tom Ryan’s residence has escaped a date with the wrecking ball, and another Emo landmark will remain untouched thanks to its new owners.

Prior to Ryan’s passing, Gordon Meyers had purchased the property. The Meyers had two decisions to consider—either move to the house or remodel the upstairs at Meyers Clothing for their living quarters.

Voyageur Panel had good year

Although they’ve only been operation for seven months, Voyageur Panel had a very fruitful 1997 and the young company is looking forward to 1998.

Mill manager Percy Champagne said the oriented strandboard mill in Barwick had one of the fastest start-up times in the industry—and is far ahead of the company’s original projections.