Salute to volunteers
The Hogues keep busy
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The dismantling of the Lincoin Street bridge has kept Lem Hogue busy. He has been recording the process to add to his substantial collection on the history of the Welland Canal.
Mr. Hogue is well known for his knowledge of the canal and its history. He is a regular at area schools and museums where he lectures on the subject. He has made models to demonstrate this history.
Lem and Betty Hogue are also well known at Sunset Haven where Mr. Hogue has been conducting art classes for the past 11 years, since he retired. While he is conducting classes, Mrs. Hogue visits the residents. She used to help push residents in wheelchairs around, but had to give that up when her arthritis deterioated.
The couple also visits the Woolcott wing and the Extendicare unit.
Mr. Rogue's lecture tour at the schools has not started yet for this year. "He never seems to know when he might get called " Mrs. Hogue said.
His activities have been filmed by Niagara College. He also conducted a course in painting for the handicapped at the college.
The Hogues are always available when something needs doing, the person who recommended them for the Salute to Volunteers feature said. The nominator wishes to remain annonymous.
Mrs. Hogue said they were always receiving calls and visits from people looking for information about the Canal. Mr. Hogue makes this information freely available, just as he is free with his time, she said.