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Farm Bureau donates ‘book barn’ to MES

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Above, Linda Walton (front, left), chair of the Middlesex Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee, presents the “book barn” and books to Middlesex Elementary School principal Joanie Banks (front, right). Committee members joining in the ceremony include, back from left, JoAnn Studer, Carolyn Williams, Betty Bray, Jean Carlton and Nettie Gibson of King and Queen County, and Frankie Adamson. Not pictured are Carol Williams and Bill Latane, the bureau’s assistant director of field services.

Members of the Middlesex County Farm Bureau Board and Women’s Committee recently worked together to build a “book barn,” which was presented to the Middlesex Elementary School media center along with 22 books on agriculture and farm life.

The Middlesex County Farm Bureau’s “book barn” project has truly been a community endeavor, said women’s committee chair Linda Walton.

In addition to those listed in above photo caption, Tommy Hamilton of Urbanna Builders’ Supply donated all the lumber. Board member Chuck Hunt donated other supplies. Matt Short, carpenter, donated his time and skills.

The book barn was built on the farm of Betty and Wayne Bray, and painted on the farm of Frankie and Rowland Adamson.  

“We trust this gift will be used to bring enjoyment to the children in this school,” said Walton during the presentation ceremony. “We feel our schools are important and want children to understand the significance of the farming community. We realize your job is vital. Thank you for all you do to educate our children.” 

posted 03.05.2009

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