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A better place to learn and play Ribbon cutting ceremony held for Neepawa’s new middle school

By Eoin Devereux

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Students, teachers and parents in Neepawa recently came together to celebrate the completion of a significant symbol of their community’s growth. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the official opening of the Neepawa Middle School. Provincial Education minister Kelvin Goertzen, who was in attendance for the festivities, lauded the efforts of everyone involved with making the day a reality. He added the school is something that the entire community should be proud of. “This is an exciting day that many, many people have helped make happen. Communities only grow because of the people who are dedicated and committed to the community. This is really about you,” said Goertzen. “The new facility will provide quality,

sustainably designed and inspirational classrooms and other facilities for students for many years to come. I am excited that the students and families in Neepawa and its surrounding area will have a better place to learn and play.” An exciting journey for Neepawa Others in attendance included Agassiz MLA Eileen Clarke, who said that it’s great to see this project, which is so important for the community, completed. “It has been a really exciting journey for me to watch the project grow and develop over the past few years. There has been a lot of years of planning and a lot of hard work that’s gone into this. We recognize the importance of upgrading, maintaining and expanding in communities and it’s clear to see the growth here is very significant.” Continued on Page 2

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Pictured: Neepawa Middle School students Jayden Hanke and Sheen Calamba were just some of the students who served as tour guides to the public during the NMS grand opening on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

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New middle school in Neepawa a state of the art design Continued from Page 1 The facility, which is adjacent to Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute, has the ability to accommodate up to 450 Grade 5 to 8 students. The new addition features eight classrooms, a library, gymnasium, multipurpose room and rooms specifically designed to accommodate art and music classes. Beautiful Plains School Division superintendent Jason Young said that it’s a state of the art design. “Right from the beginning, we had a clear vision of what was needed and we worked with L.M. Architectural Group, based out of Winnipeg, on a concept. What came out of those dis-

cussions was a explaining its design that is many state of a warm invitthe art feaing environt ures. Neement, while pawa Middle also being School princifunct iona l,” pal Val Parastated Young. yeski said that “[L.M. Archibeing a part of tectural] did that first class a tremenis something dous job of they should be inter pret ing excited about. our v ision “ I t ’s n o t and creating ver y often something t h a t s ome that over the one gets to long term say that they PHOTO BY EOIN DEVEREUX ser ves our are the first Left to right: Provincial Education minister Kelvin Goertzen, Neepawa Middle students and to walk the School principal Val Parayeski, Agassiz MLA Eileen Clarke and Beautiful Plains will do so for halls within School Division Board Chair Richard Manns cut the ribbon for the school’s generations to a brand new official opening. come.” bu i ld i n g ,” After the ribbon cut- conclusion, a select group guides to the public, show- noted Parayeski. “It has ting ceremony came to a of students served as tour casing the building and been a very exciting jour-

ney to watch Neepawa Middle School to be built from the ground up. There are many people involved in transforming and idea on paper to a living, learning place. Thank you to [ BPSD superintendent Jason Young] and senior administrative staff, for spending countless hours on making this vision for Beautiful Plains School Division a reality. Thank you to our supportive school board, who go above and beyond to enrich the opportunities we can give to our students. The construction of the new, 38,000 square foot school was first announced back in August of 2017 and construction first began in 2018.


Above left: One of the middle school’s new classrooms, located on the second floor of the new building. Above right: A piece of art proudly displayed in the Neepawa Middle School library.

Above left: The gymnasium at Neepawa Middle School was filled to capacity with students, teachers and members of the general public as part of the grand opening. Above right: The Neepawa Middle School’s indoor garden, where vegetables can be grown for use in the canteen.

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Rotary Book Sale returns for chapter three By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press


Rotarian Scott Dyke donated some books to this year’s Rotary Book Sale at the RBC collection point.

Preparations for the third annual Neepawa Rotary Book Sale are now underway. The book barrels are set up in locations around Neepawa and the Rotary Club will be collecting books until their sale, set for Apr. 15 to 18 at the Neepawa United Church CEC. Murray Newton, Rotary member and organizer of the book sale, noted that this is the second biggest fundraiser the club does in a year. “You know, obviously our Rotary Auction, by far and away, raises the most money. But, yes, [the book sale] is the second biggest fundraiser for us and all of our proceeds go to projects, both in the community and internationally, but mostly within the community,” he explained. Last year, the sale raised over $3,500, with a large amount of it going to the board of Budz ‘N Bloom daycare, to help them furnish Seedz ‘N Sprouts, their new centre. Rotary hopes that they can surpass that amount in 2020. This year, Newton said that there’s not one single major project that will be getting a majority of the funds raised. Instead, the money will be used for the different grants and donations the service club makes throughout the year. “It will be dispersed to a number of different projects, you know, someone within the high school [will receive a] scholarship; we fund the Adventures in Citizenship program to Ottawa... So, those kinds of things are what [the money] is identified for at this point,” stated Newton. The club has a number of books left over from last year’s sale to start with, but they still welcome any new donations to add to the stock. “We just need books to get ready for the sale,” Newton stated. “We’ve got our collection barrels out now so people wanting to donate books to our sale can drop them off there, or if they have a large number, they

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The Iowa disaster


onday was supposed to be a highly celebrated kick-off for the United States presidential election. The first round of candidate nominations took place in Iowa and is called the Iowa caucuses. It is a somewhat complicated process, where voters gather in a central location for each district and vote for the candidate of their choice. As I understand it, the Iowa system is not a simple ballot box vote where the ballots can be counted and re-checked. One set of video coverage showed people actually lining up in corners of a gymnasium for their chosen candidate and a count took place. If their candidate didn’t get enough votes to meet a minimum prestated threshold, the voters had the option of shifting to another candidate or to an “undecided” category. I had never really paid attention to the process closely and am not certain of the details, but somehow, this gathering and shifting all gets recorded and reported to a head office and soon after the “voting” takes place, the results get posted and convention delegate numbers are announced. On Monday night, it was obvious that confusion was surpassed by chaos as the Democratic machine in Iowa couldn’t get the results together and make an announcement. Seeing as there were many candidates, all with hundreds of volunteers and numerous staff, it is no small wonder there was confusion. Some said the phone lines got overloaded. Some said a computer app failed. I suspect with so many thousands of Democrats involved in individual campaigns, that there simply wasn’t enough experienced people neepawa

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Ken Waddell to actually run the process. At any rate, the process failed and by early Tuesday morning, there were no official results. In fact, unofficial results were all subject to conjecture and wishful thinking by various candidates. The ironic net result was that the Democrats failing to exhibit capacity or competence to run a simple, one state nomination process, gave the Republicans and President Donald Trump a huge boost. Without even saying anything, the message, albeit perhaps unfair, was that if the Democrats couldn’t run a nomination, how could they be trusted to run the country? Fox News stated it this way, “It was a colossal failure on Monday night that will only fuel the criticism of the state’s firstin-the-nation role, with rules so complicated that journalists had trouble explaining them and the Democratic apparatus couldn’t even count the votes.” CNN reported, “Representatives of presidential campaigns were not invited into the state party’s war room, which is standard practice. But as the night wore on without word, one said: ‘It’s clear that something has gone wrong.’” The biggest surprise of the night was that the results didn’t come in on time. The second biggest sur-

prise is that Fox News and CNN actually looked like they agreed on something for once. On Tuesday morning, it was reported that candidates had moved on to the next nomination process in New Hampshire. They all claimed to have done well in Iowa, but they really don’t know. One candidate said they had 1,000 staff and volunteers working on their campaign this week. The number of staff and volunteers and the obscene amount of money spent shows some major flaws in the U.S. system. Some candidates are raising hundreds of millions of dollars in donations. In contrast, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Michael Bloomberg are reported to be funding their own campaigns. The U.S. process is definitely flawed, but it does make for an entertaining spectacle. Hopefully, they get a good president out of the process, but it is looking pretty grim right now.

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here’s no problem that can’t be solved through increased regulation. At least that was the take-away from a panel tasked with updating Canada’s telecom and broadcast laws. While the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel’s report, a year-and-a-half in the making, includes 97 recommendations, one has really raised concern with Canadians, and for good reason. Recom mendation 56 sug- MY gests that the ex- PERSPECTIVE isting licensing reg ime in the Broadcasting Act be accompanied Kate by a registration regime. Such a Jackman-Atkinson change would require a person carrying on a media content undertaking by means of the Internet to register, unless otherwise exempt. While the stated goal is to level the playing field between Canadian broadcasters, who have to pay licenses and fees, and their online competitors, who don’t, the wording is too broad. Does every podcaster in their closet need a license? How about every blogger, hyper local news site or Facebook group? The idea of requiring media outlets to be registered smacks of authoritarianism and it’s a flavour Canadians don’t much like. Perhaps it all boils down to concerns over the stated “heart” of the recommendations, with the report saying, “This new model would bring all those providing media content services to Canadians– whether online or through conventional means, whether foreign or domestic, whether or not they have a place of business in Canada– within the scope of the Broadcasting Act and under the jurisdiction of the CRTC.” The problem is that while we want Netflix, Facebook and Google to no longer have an unfair advantage over Canadian broadcasters, we don’t want to see the vast number of small players, from one person and their camera, to small local newsrooms, subject to control and pressure from government. The problem is that registration is a key part of this and any registration model requires a government bureaucracy and enforcement to oversee it. In the days since the story broke, the government has backed away from the licensing aspect. On Monday, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault called a press conference to clarify earlier comments. He was quoted by the CBC, saying “Let me be clear. Our government has no intention to impose licensing requirements on news organizations, nor will we try to regulate news content.” But this idea is baked into so many of the recommendations. The internet has resulted in the proliferation of more news sources than we could ever have imagined a few decades ago and this fracturing of the media landscape has created some problems.  It has bred click-bait, fabricated stories and a lack of accountability that comes when you can’t march right down to a media outlet and talk to someone in charge. It has resulted in coverage that often resembles a plague of locusts, swarming from story to story, leaving nothing in its wake. It requires those consuming the news to be more vigilant than in the past. But it has also created space for more voices, allowed citizens to report their own experiences and allowed people to access a much broader range of news. Despite concerns, many of the recommendations are positive. For example, there is an entire section about making advanced telecommunications more accessible; a recommendation that the CRTC should expand its information gathering and reporting on network neutrality and one that Canadians should be able to access and consume media content safely and securely and be assured that their data and privacy are respected and protected. It also recommends requiring foreign subscription services to collect GST on subscriptions, an unfair advantage they currently hold. I don’t envy the committee, there are clearly issues that need to be addressed, but it’s hard to use regulation to solve problems almost entirely related to the internet’s ever-changing and fluid nature.


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Owning past mistakes


ach week as I prepare these columns and email them to The Banner & Press, I say a silent prayer of thanks for the technology that makes doing this so convenient. Most of the time, my documents reach the Editor’s desk with no problems. But there are times when nothing gets through; and that’s what happened about 12 years ago. An update to Apple’s operating system meant that the office computers could no longer open any files I sent. Fortunately, we were able to figure out a temporary solution to that pesky inconvenience; one that we still use today. Once this crisis was over, I spent some time reading technical support articles related to this problem. One statement in one article caught my eye. “You may not be the one who caused this problem,” the article read, “but you are the one who has to fix it.” In other words, I had to “own” the problem and take the first steps to help resolve it. These words came to mind again two weeks ago;

FAITHFULLY YOURS Neil Strohschein as I was reading an article on the Fourth Crusade. It was one of the darkest periods in ancient church history. The Crusaders ran out of money at Constantinople. They were just half-way to their ultimate destination—Jerusalem. When those in charge of Constantinople refused to give the Crusaders more money, they attacked, conquered and looted the city, took everything of value that they could find and then returned home. They never made it to Jerusalem. The results were predictable. The western and eastern churches were already divided over doctrinal and organizational matters. The events that took place during the Fourth Crusade just made things worse. Traces of animosity between the two groups still

exist; and the animosity will not be removed until those with the authority to do so begin the process of reconciliation. A good first step, according to one historian whose work I recently reviewed, is for leaders of both sides in the dispute to “own the mistakes of the past,” make heart-felt apologies and each seek the forgiveness of the other for wrongs that were done. While they may not be the ones who did the wrongs, they are the ones who must take the first steps to make them right. Here in Canada, we have had to take similar action in dealing with the legacy of the residential schools. I applaud government and church leaders who, with sincerity, devotion and faith have taken the first steps on what will be a long road of

healing and reconciliation. And I pray that they will not stop working until the healing is complete. But this principle isn’t limited to major issues like the Crusades, church schisms or resident ia l schools. It applies to every instance where, at some time in the past, someone has done something that caused great and lasting physical and emotional pain to someone else. The offender and the victim may both have died; but their descendants are still living and it is up to them to make things right. What should they do? First, admit that the painful events took place. Then, reach out to each other. Sit together, talk together and listen to each other’s stories. Apologize, seek forgiveness and take concrete steps to build a new relationship of love, acceptance, forgiveness and trust. Most of all, seek God’s help as you do this. He hates division and discord. He wants to see healing and reconciliation as much as we all do.

Not yet grown up


common question when getting to know a person is to ask where they grew up. Here’s a sad fact that many of you already know– I have not yet grown up. I can be a grown up when required, but there are times when my behaviour indicates clearly that I have not fully grown up. True story: I have always loved to play hide and go seek. As a child, with the neighbour children and cousins, using the perimeter of the yard as the boundaries on a summer or winter night. Enjoyed a great game with youth that I have been privileged to work with. And with my grandchildren. My oldest grandchild was under six when we were playing the game in the farm house. It was my turn to hide and I tucked myself into a dark corner, totally out of sight. He searched and searched,

HOMEBODIES Rita Friesen until I relented and began the “Marco”… “Polo”, to betray my position. When he finally located me, I told him I had been afraid that I was going to have to stay hidden until I was old and grey. With a puzzled look he replied, “Grandma, you are old and grey.” I was not yet 50! Greying, but not all grey, and never feeling old. So why this trip down memory lane? The other day, I was playing hide and go seek with my dogs. They are very good at it, and I have to dupe them long enough to slip into a hiding place. I chose a new spot the other day and it slowed them down. I had left the

door of the coat closet at the entrance open and as they headed to the feeding room right after our walk, (as the tradition dictates!) I ducked into the closet. Far back, as far back as I could. They paused at the food station, realized I had not followed and then began their search. Checked the bathroom, the bedroom, scented down the hall and over to the door we had just come in. I watched them, sitting there, eyes alert, certain that I should be entering any moment. Then back down the hall and one more loop through the house before returning to the door. Last point of appearance. They didn’t

whine or bark, just eagerly waited. After their third search proved unsuccessful, I did the “Marco” with them, in a deep whisper voice. Now they were on point! It was only when Henry Hoover connected with my eyes that the barking began. What fun– for me– and then they got their after walk snack. Back i n element a r y school, we read the poem “One, Two, Three!”, by Henry Cuyler Bunner. It is the story of a grandma and her crippled grandson playing hide and go seek without moving. “And they never stirred from their places, right under the maple tree– this old, old, old lady and the boy with the lame little knee– This dear, dear, dear old lady, and the boy who was half past three.” It is my ardent prayer that when I AM an old, old, old lady, that someone will still play with me!



By Addy Oberlin ith delight, I looked through the special edition of the paper with all the babies that were born in 2019. Such precious little faces, some curious, some laughing and others sleeping. These little miracles from God make parents, grand parents and even great grandparents very happy. They see them grow up as happy children, teenagers and adults. I look at some of my offspring and cannot believe how fast they grow up. However, it is wonderful to see them mature and we can be a part of their life. However, it is with sadness that I see in the obituary that some of my dear friends have been released from the pain and problems of this world and God graciously took them home. We need to make sure that we continue to give God the glory for the miracles he brings into this world and when the time comes that He will take them home. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that “to everything there is a season... a time to be born, and a time to die.” May God be honoured and glorified.



The CBC is not a boondoggle

Re: Ken Waddell’s Jan. 31 column, “Billion dollar boondoggle.” First, may I suggest a dictionary, since you obviously have no idea what “boondoggle” means. CBC is not one. According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, other member nations of the OECD spend three times as much per capita as Canada on their public broadcasters. The purpose is to ensure the public has full access to information and to promote national unity. CBC was given a mandate in 1936 to make radio signals available throughout Canada. That mandate was expanded to television in 1953. In 1955, co-operating with a local entrepreneur, CKX TV, Brandon brought TV to western Manitoba. Local news, weather, sports, public services, drama and music with local bands were featured by the station, while CBC provided the national and international aspects. A decade later, CKY rented space on the CKX-CBC tower, giving us a Winnipeg view. It was not until 1981 that CKND moved its tower from Pembina to Basswood, giving us a fully independent channel just 26 years after CBC. And note that when austerity programs reduced the ability of CBC to subsidize small markets, our good old CKX was driven off the air. No more western Manitoba. Most of us remember it and miss “our” CKX, which usually had something interesting to watch. Unlike our present 1,500 channels, which cost me $1,300 per year and which send me back to CBC if I want something intelligent to watch. Continued on Page 13

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Central School memories

By Rick Sparling Neepawa Banner & Press

Barry Hunter (Tab) one of the former members of ‘The Cascades’, said that the parents of many children were concerned that the old school was going to fall over one day and some time near the end of its days, Barry and Gordon McCallum were going to do everyone a favour and demolish it when everyone was gone home for the day. There was one brick that had deteriorated so much there was a small opening exposed. Just about the size of a hole that you could stick a blockbuster in. A blockbuster was a huge fire cracker about the size of a cigar...maybe not quite as

long, but they tried two or three of them and were unsuccessful at taking the old school down. K as Holod told me about an incident that took place when he would have been in Grade 5 or 6. When you used the front door of the school, there was a staircase heading straight down to a small gym. It was next door to a couple of washrooms and the furnace room. The gym had two windows on the outside wall. The windows were just large enough for two people to peek through at each one. So Kas and three of his buddies were lying on their bellies, two at each window. The object of their attention was the girls’ bal-

let class. Watching their every move. Somehow the girls got wind of this and four of them snuck out and came up behind the boys weilding brooms. They really gave it to the boys and “broomed” them right off the property and down the street. That was the last time Kas ever peeked through those windows. Roy McGilvray recalls a few of the kids made a mad dash when the 4:00 bell rang, They headed for their bikes, which were lined up against the trees out front. The reason they ran was that they wanted to be the first to load up their newspapers that they would deliver later. I think they had to race down past the Roxy to the bus depot,

where Pappy Cook would be to distribute the papers. Gail Cathcart had another thought about Central School. Back around the time she was in Grade 3, she had a caretaker by the name of Bert Buchanan. “He was a kind man and one day, I told him about a blackboard I had at home and how it was starting to show wear. I was always playing school and acting as the teacher. He said if I was to bring the board in to him that we would refinish it for me for free. So I did. Little did I know that in the future he would become the uncle of my mot he r - i n - l aw, R u b y Catchcart.”

Lara Denbow wins Haddow Scholarship By Crystal Scott Submitted Congrats goes out to Lara Denbow, from Neepawa. Lara qualified to be nominated by her instructor Crystal Scott and was chosen by a committee. The award was open to Highland dancers who take Highland dance instruction in the Westman area. The qualifying dancer must have taken Highland dance in 2019, currently taking lessons and plans to continue with Highland dance next season. The nominee was chosen also because of how Highland dance has affected her life in a positive way. Lara received a certificate and recognition at the Scottish Pavilion in Brandon at the Victoria Inn on Saturday, Jan. 25 2020. Her teacher will receive $100 scholarship to put towards Lara’s Highland dance lessons in September 2020.

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It’s finally here! Manitoba’s 150th anniversary and Manitobans are gearing up to celebrate. Manitoba has an interesting history, starting with the aboriginal peoples, then the people who came here from other countries. They came for various reasons; some to escape oppression, some to make their fame and fortune, some for a better future for their children and a few just for the adventure. They endured and persevered through long, harsh winters, hot summers and everything in between. I will soon be starting a history/recipe column to help celebrate our Manitoba’s 150th year as a Canadian province. If you have an old family favourite recipe that comes from your heritage, perhaps we can share it. You can phone me at 204-4762723. I hope our 150th journey is an appetizing one! Today, I am sharing a flash from the past. I made this cake many times in my youth, as it was so easy to make and my siblings liked the cake and its name. This recipe comes from the 1960s to the 1970s era and is a great recipe for both young and older bakers.

Crazy cake 1 egg 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cup cocoa 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 cup margarine 1/4 tsp. salt (softened) 2/3 cup milk with 1 tsp. 1 1/4 cup sugar vinegar added 1 tsp. vanilla 3/4 cup boiling water 2 cups flour Add everything to the bowl in the order given. Do not mix until all the ingredients are added. Beat well. Place in a greased 9x13”pan and bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Ice with desired icing or eat as is. 20021BB0


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Neepawa synchros find Neepawa & Area Cross Country success at the Shamrock Ski Club wins $2,500 from BPCF


Neepawa synchronized figure skating teams Lil’ Ice Prec*Ice and Ice Prec*Ice competed in the Prairie Regional Synchronized Championships on Feb. 1 and 2. The regionals were held in Killarney at the Shamrock Centre.


On Friday, Jan. 31, the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation (BPCF) visited the Sutton-Harrison Realty office in Neepawa to have the third draw of their 25 Days of Giving initiative. The winner from this draw was the Neepawa & Area Cross Country Ski Club, who will receive $2,500. Muriel Gamey, who is one of the volunteers with the cross country ski club, said “We are very excited about getting it. We have a need for more ski equipment, as we have many asking to learn how to ski and our Jackrabbit program continues to grow. Also, we would like to upgrade our grooming Gladstone equipment, so it will be well used for one of those.”

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Get ready to ‘S.C.O.R.E.’ in Erickson New thrift store aims to serve Erickson and surrounding area

By Cassandra Wehrhahn

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“Score!” This common saying is something one might hear on pleasant occasions, such as picking up a great deal on a product, or perhaps finding one last chocolate left in the box. That single-word phrase is soon expected to mean something more in the Banner & Press coverage area. On Apr. 1, 2020, the S.C.O.R.E. store is expected to open at 41 Main St., in Erickson. This store

gained its name through the goal it aims to accomplish– serving the Sandy Lake, Clear Lake, Onanole, Rolling River First Nation and Erickson areas. Steve Langston, founder of S.C.O.R.E., noted the business seeks to do this by raising funds for community groups, diverting products from the landfill, offering a chance to volunteer and give back to the community and to make living in the area more affordable. Langston noted to the Banner & Press that all of

this came about when he and his wife were discussing ways to fundraise for the local daycare their daughter attends. “We try to keep our mindless consumption to a minimum and I felt that a lot of traditional fundraisers were just that, mindless consumption– people buying things they don’t really need in order to support an organization,” said Langston. “Erickson [is] a lower cost of living community, and a lot of people don’t have

money to be buying things they don’t need. So we got thinking what we could do that would make sense.” Langston added, “I was a little bit exhausted of traditional fundraising, so I started thinking ‘What does this town need? What would something sustainable be that could help raise money?’ The idea of a thrift shop popped into my head and everything seemed to make sense from a fundraising and environmental perspective. We’re going to

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FEBRUARY 7, 2020

1970: Kelwood transitions to dial telephone services

110 years ago, Tuesday, February 8, 1910 B i g g i n’s g e n e r a l stable and Sidney Hotel, at Sidney, Man., were completely destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. 100 years ago, Friday, February 6, 1920 Inf luenza is now epidemic in many parts of Canada. Neepawa needs a new rink. 90 years ago, Friday, February 7, 1930 A fter t he Sunday evening service in the young people’s union will hold a debate on: “Resolved that a university education is of more benefit to a Christian man than to a Christian woman.” 80 years ago, Tuesday, February 6, 1940 The Board of Evangelism and Social Service of the United Church in Toronto last week issued a statement that “no speeches made by Nazis or Communists are as dangerous as the effects of liquor drinking. The liquor trade may well be Hitler’s most effective ally in Canada.” Na zi f ir ing squads, starvation and disease have taken a toll of between 2,000,000 and 5,000,000 Polish civilians since the German invasion of Poland last September, the British and French governments have been informed by competent sources. S a le s of B i b le s i n G er m a ny h ave r i s en steadily since the Nazis assumed power in 1933. There are now 950,000 sales a year and last year it surpassed the sales of Mein Kampf by more than

200,000 copies. Polish envoys to the vatican claim that the Nazis are k id napping Polish women for forced labour on farms in the Reich.

70 years ago, Thursday, February 9, 1950 The old square dance, which was so popular when grandpa was a boy, is again sweeping the country and Neepawa’s young people, who have gone to the Arcade on Monday evening, have all reported a grand time in learning to do the dance. 60 years ago, Friday, February 5, 1960 Since the annual death rate in Canada has declined from 1,310 to 874 per 100,000 persons. Nearly half of today’s deaths are caused by accidents. 50 years ago, Thursday, February 5, 1970 More than 75 years ago, a Kansas City undertaker became dissatisfied with his telephone service. He thought, mistakenly as it turned out, that one of the local operators was always reporting his line as busy, thereby robbing him of business. A l mon B . St ow g er decided to take matters into his own hands and find a way to switch local telephone calls without becoming involved with an operator. Three years after he perfected his automatic d ia l s y stem i n 18 89, it was installed at La Porte, Indiana– the first commercial automat ic exchange in the world. The concepts which were incorporated into this first system formed the basis for the automatic exchanges which are in use around the world today.

Note: The invention was known as the “Stowger switch”. Manitoba Telephone System customers served by the Kelwood exchange will be able to dial their telephone calls starting at 9:00 a.m., Feb. 12. The conversion to dial telephones will take place in the new Kelwood telephone building, where automatic equipment will be placed in service by Telephone System personnel. Follow ing the conversion, some 20 0 telephone customers in the area will have the use of dial telephones. In conjunction w ith the conversion to dial, Kelwood customers will start using seven-digit telephone numbers listed in the November issue of the Provincial Telephone Directory. 40 years ago, Thursday, February 7, 1980 T hree 19t h- cent ur y chairs decorated w ith M icmac qui l l-work, 82 Inuit car vings and a woman’s dress from the Blackfoot Tribe were among items purchased from abroad last year by the National Museum of Man. They were acquired under provisions of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, which was designed to encourage the repatriation of objects regarded as part of the n a t ion a l her it a g e of Canadians. Note: “Micmac” is in reference to the Mi’kmaq peoples, also commonly known as the Mi’kmaw or L’nu. 30 years ago, Tuesday, February 6, 1990 Recent snowfall should be good news for farmers, but it’s not such good news


Northern Electric Co. Ltd employees, Bruce Whittington (closest) and Glen Camp (furthest), are pictured installing some of the new dial equipment that would start serving Kelwood telephone customers on Feb. 12 in 1970.

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Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen; Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim, Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations.

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And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the Lord.


Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them; Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.

Tiger Hills Hockey League quarter final (Best-of-five series). And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by Neepawa the hand of my people Farmers Israel: and they shallvs. do in Minnedosa Bombers Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord God.

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FEBRUARY 7, 2020

Neepawa Men’s Bonspiel results


The Neepawa Men’s Bonspiel was held from Jan. 24 to 26 at the Neepawa Curling Club. For this year’s bonspiel, the first event was sponsored by Shur-Gro Farm Services and Enns Bros Ltd. The winning team in the first event consisted of Grant Babcock, Duane Lang, Darryl Oshanyk and Derrick Birch (pictured above left). Second place: Jessy Doerksen; third: Mark Anderson; fourth: Paul Robertson. The second event was sponsored by Neepawa Pharmacy and McLaughlin G.M. in Neepawa. The winning team in the second event featured Kyle Csversko, Ken Urquhart, Cody Jakubowsko and Blair Steen (pictured above centre). Second place: Jack Kulbacki; third: Wayne Nelson; fourth: Frank Porada. The third event was sponsored by Gardewine and John’s Electric. The winning team in the third event consisted of Trevor Calvert, Brent Calvert, Albert Naismith and Tony Adriaansen (pictured above right). Second place: Jason Vinell; third: Scott Newton; fourth: Jack Follows. The winner of the largest scoring end, sponsored by Harris Pharmacy, was Jason Vinnell’s team, who scored a five ender in the first draw.

Leadership change in the The Scotties arrive in Rivers Manitoba Junior Hockey League Kim Davis stepping down as Commissioner

Submitted MJHL Media Release Cha nges a re bei ng made in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Kim Davis, the current commissioner of the MJHL, announced that he would be stepping down from the position at the end of June. Davis has been the league’s commissioner for an impressive 18 seasons. The MJHL Board of Governors have concluded a succession plan with current director of operations, Kevin Saurette, who will take over as the next commissioner. Now in his fourth season with the MJHL, Saurette will officially take over the lead role at the end of June 2020. Kim Davis began his tenure in the 2002-03 season, when he was hired as the league’s first fulltime commissioner. Since his appointment in 2002,

there has been over 6,000 MJ HL reg ular season games played, along with over 700 playoff games and over 200 regional or national championship games. Davis, a native of Flin Flon, MB, was selected in both the NHL and WHA Amateur drafts in 1977 (NHL – Pittsburgh 48th Overall, WHA – Edmonton 24th Overall). After a f ive-year professional career with experience in the AHL, IHL and NHL he completed his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining the league, Kim Davis held marketing positions in the retail banking, provincial lotteries and food service industries. Hired in 2016 by the MJHL, Kevin Saurette had previously enjoyed a nine-year professional playing career in the ECHL, AHL, as well as oversees in Germany and the United Kingdom. The Brandon,

MB product completed his Master of Business Administration while playing for the Belfast Giants (EIHL/ UK) where he finished his playing career. As part of the progression of the MJHL leadership structure, a recruitment process will begin in February 2020 to appoint a new director of operations, along with a new full-time staff role to manage league marketing and partnerships. Both Davis and Saurette will jointly lead the initiative to oversee the application process and hiring of the new personnel. The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is one of 10 Junior ‘A’ Hockey Leagues in Canada and is a proud member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL). The MJHL and its 11 member clubs take pride in providing the best development opportunities for players to advance on and off the ice.



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1. x - Steinbach Pistons 2. x - Winkler Flyers 3. x - Portage Terriers 4. x - Swan Valley Stampeders 5. Virden Oil Capitals 6. Wayway Wolverines 7. Dauphin Kings 8. Selkirk Steelers 9. Winnipeg Blues 10. OCN Blizzard 11. Neepawa Natives x - Secured playoff spot.

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4. Neepawa

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1. Cartwright 18 11 7 2. MacGregor 18 11 7 3. Gladstone 18 10 8

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Leading scorers (MJHL)

1. Mikol Sartor (Wpg) 2. Grady Hobbs (Daup) 3. Hunter Cloutier (Vdn) 4. Kolton Kanaski (Vdn)

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Leading scorers (Natives)

1. Eli Lieffers 2. Bradley Marshall 3. Benoit Mowbray Goaltenders 1. M. Lenz (Stein)

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Jan. 30: NACI 74-62 MacGregor

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Filipino Basketball League Junior Division 1. Bisdak Jr. 2. Kings 3. Virden 4.(Tie) Shipping Jr. 4. (Tie) Mixers 6. Mustangs 7. Dumaguete 8. Aces 9. Bulldogs 10. Uprising


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Senior Division 1. Caviteño 2. Oragon 3. Lakay 4. (Tie) Bisdak Sr. 4. (Tie) Chuters 4. (Tie) Shipping Sr. 7. Amigos 8. Gladstone 9. Chosen Guys 10. IWC



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THHL scoring A 50 40 27 30 25


5. Nakodan Greyeyes (Daup) 18 38 56

Minimum 25 games played in the MJHL season

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Leading scorers (THHL) 1. Rylee Zimmer (Bois) 2. Devon LeBlanc (Bois) 3. Matt Varnes (MacG) 4. Zeanan Ziemer (Bois) 5. Jesse Toth (Glad)

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Jan. 30: MacGregor 49-9 NACI

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Club 55 Bowling Jan. 31: Ladies’ High Single & Triple: Eleanor Scott 245 & 554. Men’s High Single & Triple: Don Denoon 303 & 660. Other Scores to Note: Darrell Gabler 153, 154, 164; Carole LeBoutillier 154, 154; Melvin Oswald 154; Bev Chapski 172, 176, 180; Marion Single 172; Doreen Smith 187, 173; Bernice Evenson 169; Barb Grumpelt 156, 156; Len Pritchard 192, 174, 234; Don Denoon 206, 151; Lawrence Smith 158; Muriel Porada 154, 155; Doug Pettigrew 188, 153; Eleanor Scott 165; Judy Gabler 189, 187; Frank Porada 178, 186, 175; Jim King 235, 199; Pauline Hailstone 163, 168; Ellen Grudeski 155; Bob Lychak 154, 198. January Bowlers of the Month: Judy Gabler & Jim King.


Farmers fall to Blues, Border Kings Tiger Hills Hockey League update

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

The Neepawa Farmers are stumbling into the Tiger Hills Hockey League’s (THHL) post season, after losing a pair of games over the weekend. First, Neepawa found themselves on Friday, Jan. 31, bested by the Hartney Blues in overtime 5-4. Matt Lowry registered a goal and two assists for Neepawa, while Robby Moar (1 goal - 1 assist), Kyle McDonald and Bret

Levandoski also contributed with goals. Hartney’s Mark Derlago scored twice, including the game winner in overtime. The next night, on Feb. 1, the Farmers hosted the undefeated Boissevain Border Kings at the Yellowhead Centre. On this night, the Kings showcased why they’re the clear favourite to win it all in the playoffs, by securing an 11-4 victory. The duo of Rylee Zimmer (3G -2A) and Zeana Zimmer (1G - 4A) earned

their keep with five point performances. As for the Farmers, Ward Szucki and Lance Nugent led the way, as both scored twice and added an assist. These results dropped Neepawa into fourth place in the THHL East Division, with a record of 9-8-1. Bombers clipped by Cartwright The Farmers’ first round opponent, the Minnedosa Bombers are also limping into the playoffs on a losing

skid. The team has dropped three straight games, including a 7-3 defeat to the Cartwright Clippers on Friday, Jan. 31. Derek Cemron, Wes Lewis and Matt Saler scored for Minnedosa, while Cartwright’s Bryce Enns had himself a five point night, with four goals and one assist. Other notable point producers for the Clippers were Drew Haight (2G - 3A) and Jesse Enns (six assists). The Minnedosa Bombers finished off the year with a 8-10-0 record.

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Familiar foes will face off against one another in the first round of the Tiger Hills Hockey League (THHL) playoffs, as the Neepawa Farmers will take on the Minnedosa Bombers. The best-of five series will feature three games on three consecutive days over the weekend. Game one has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7 at the Yellowhead Centre. Game two will follow on Saturday, Feb. 8 in Minnedosa and game three will be a matinee game back in Neepawa on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 p.m. If necessary, games four and five will be played on Feb. 11 and Feb. 13 respectively. Over the course of the regular season, the teams played each other on three separate occasions. In the first game back in early November, the Farmers defeated the Bombers 3-1. The next two games, played in January, saw the clubs each win one. First, Minnedosa upended Neepawa 3-0 on Jan. 11 at the Yellowhead Centre. Then on Jan. 23,

NACI Tigers win over the weekend

By Eoin Devereux

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T he Neepawa A rea Colligate Institute (NACI) Tigers produced a huge offensive output on Sunday, Feb. 2, on the way to a 10-5 win over the Roblin Raiders. Grade 11 forward Shane Byram lead the charge for the Tigers, scoring four goals. Others who put up big numbers on the night included Tristan

Boersma, who had a pair of goals, and Cody Lamb, who added a goal and two assists. Lennon Carr, Ty Joss and Ayden Atkey also scored for NACI. The previous night, the Tigers played a game in Hamiota against the Huskies and fell 3-1. Cody Lamb scored the lone goal of the game for NACI. Upcoming action for NACI will see the Tigers travel to Killarney on Saturday, Feb. 8 to challenge the Raiders. Then on Sunday, Feb. 9, the Tigers return home to the Yellowhead Centre to play the Vincent Massey Vikings. Start time for that game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

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the Farmers bounced back, to double up the Bombers 4-2 on Jan. 23 in Minnedosa. In the other playoff matchups for the first round, the Gladstone Lakers (10-8-0) will challenge the Pilot Mound Pilots (3-14-1). The Cartwright Clippers and MacGregor Wild, who both ended the year with identical 11-7-0 regular season records, will receive first round byes. As for the Western Division, the Souris Elks (7-10-1) play the Wawanesa Jets (6-9-3) and the Hartney Blues (10-7-1) will take on the Deloraine Royals (5-12-1). The Boissevain Border Kings (18-0-0) and Killarney Shamrocks (15-3-0) earned first round byes.

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safely arrived on December 26, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. weighing 7lbs 8.5oz 19 1/2 inches. Natalia is a sister for Anthony, Emery and Elaina. Natalia's parents are Clinton and Jennifer Kroeker (nee Mitchler) of Winnipeg. Proud grandparents are Ray and Heather Kroeker, Harold and Charlene Mitchler. Natalia's great-grandparents are: Anna Kroeker, Jim and Hilda Erb, Erna Mitchler and Betty Preusentanz.

Obituary Brian William (Bill) Shanks June 23, 1941—January 30, 2020 Bill was born June 23, 1941 in Neepawa, Manitoba to Robert and Bessie Shanks, the fourth of their six children, and spent his early years working and hunting on the family farm along the Whitemud River east of town. In his teens, he joined No. 9 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (Neepawa) and was by all accounts an exemplary cadet, earning his wings in 1958 as a Flight Sergeant. Upon his eventual departure from the squadron, with the rank of Warrant Officer Second Class, Bill was presented with a commemorative wristwatch by commanding officer F/L Peter Cottingham in recognition of his perfect attendance record, and was acknowledged as a valued NCO in addition to being documented as an air cadet instructor. Bill joined Manitoba Hydro in April 1963 at Gladstone as a labourer, becoming an apprentice lineman and being transferred to Norway House the following year to build the distribution system there. He was immediately drawn to the uniquely beautiful north country and enjoyed a natural kinship with the spirited and adventuresome people who thrived there. He and his wife Cathy, whom he married on April 15, 1967, moved to Thompson that year, where he became District Supervisor. In the decades that followed, Bill advanced his way upward through a number of positions, by virtue of his leadership qualities and tireless work ethic, to become Hydro’s Division Manager for the Northern Region and subsequently, the Key Accounts Division Manager. He was working in Industrial Development in Customer Service and Marketing at the time of his retirement from Hydro in 1999, after which he and Cathy relocated to Sprucewoods, Manitoba. Over the course of his 36-year career, he had an instrumental role in helping first to bring rural electrification to the remote communities of Manitoba’s north and then to sustain and develop it. Of these experiences, he later reflected that he felt “unwavering pride that I have played a part, however small, in bringing a better life to my fellow man.” Bill delighted in hunting and fishing, and as a father he took the greatest care and joy in passing along to his boys his profound appreciation of nature and the outdoors, as well as a special attentiveness to even the smallest moments of beauty that might otherwise be missed. He built a cabin by hand in the cottage community at Setting Lake, south of Thompson, which he and his family enjoyed extensively for many years. Bill believed very strongly in contributing to his community; he was active in the Anglican Church and was appointed a Lay Canon in the Diocese of Keewatin, served on an advisory council for Canadian Airlines, worked with the local Army Cadets as an instructor, was a supporter of Ducks Unlimited and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. Bill passed away peacefully in Brandon on January 30. He will be missed and remembered by his wife Cathy, sons Jamie (Naomi) and Tim (Michaela), grandchildren Hannah, Hudson, Grayson and Matilda, extended family and the many friends he made throughout his life. Deepest thanks go to the compassionate staff at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home in Brandon for the warmth and kindness Bill and his family experienced there throughout the past five years. Donations may be made in Bill’s name to Hillcrest Place (930 26th St, Brandon, MB R7B 2B8) or to Parkinson Canada at www.parkinson.ca.

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Obituary CECIL CRAWFORD COX It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Cecil Crawford Cox on January 31, 2020, with his family by his side. Cecil was born on the family farm near Minitonas, to Archie and Caroline Cox on February 8, 1930. After graduating from high school, he taught for one year on permit in a one room country schoolhouse. Finding that to his liking, he went to Normal School, graduating with the Class of 1950. He taught for three years in Shoal Lake and then another three years in Minnedosa. Cecil was a strong believer in the importance of education. He returned to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba and later, a Bachelor of Education. After graduating, Cecil accepted a position at Carberry Collegiate, where he met the love of his life, Sharon. They married on December 22, 1962. They settled in Neepawa in July of 1964, when Cecil became the Principal of Neepawa Collegiate. It was there that they raised their family. In 1969, he was appointed the Superintendent of Beautiful Plains School Division, where he remained for 20 years, retiring in 1989. He was affectionately known by his colleagues as “the Silver Fox”. Cecil was always very involved in the Neepawa community. He was a committed member of the Lions Club and dedicated many hours to service. He spent six years on Neepawa Town Council and was involved in numerous community committees. He was especially proud of his twenty-six years as Treasurer of the Neepawa and District Disabled Persons Association. Cecil loved sports of all kinds. He played baseball, curled, golfed and bowled. He coached hockey, even though he never learned to skate. He umpired baseball and refereed high school football and basketball games. He was on the organizing committee for the Manitoba Summer Games. He was a Blue Bomber season ticket holder for over 25 years. He also loved watching curling. Cecil and Sharon attended several Grey Cup games and major curling events. They often planned their trips to Ontario to visit Janice and her family around Blue Jays home games. Above all, Cecil was an exceptional husband, father and “grandpa”, who always put his family first. He was kind, compassionate and endlessly generous. He will be dearly missed by his wife Sharon, his children Leigh, Janice (Kent Roach) and Graham (Toni Head) and his grandchildren Erin and Carey Roach and Aidan and Sydney Cox. Cecil was predeceased by his parents, Caroline and Archie, his siblings Gordon, Anita and Alvin and his sonin-law Allen Werstiuk. Cecil wished to be cremated. There will be a family graveside ceremony at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa at a later date. Donations in Cecil’s memory may be made to Winnipeg Harvest, 1085 Winnipeg Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0S2.

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Pasture for Sale. $379,000 Rorekton, MB: 8 1/2 quarters of deeded pasture land plus 3 crown quarters available. Includes hayable 1/4 section, 6 dug outs, 1 well, gathering and sorting pens with portable loading chute, only 1 mile off pavement, 1 mile west of Rorekton, MB. Lots of grass, even in dry years. $379,000 or best offer. 204-835-2605 or text 204-647-2605

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HBH Angus Farms Cattleman's Connection Bull & Female Sale March 6, 1:00pm at Heartland Livestock, Brandon, MB. Offering powerful Black Angus bulls sired by exclusive breed leading sires, and a group of elite females. For more information or a catalogue, contact Neil Carson 204-773-6927, Darcy Heapy 204-365-7755 or T Bar C Cattle Co. 306-2205006. View the catalogue online at www.BuyAgro.com. Watch and bid online at www. DLMS.ca _____________________ JP Cattle Co. with guests Stewart Cattle Co. Annual Simmental & Angus Bull & Female Sale Thursday March 5, 2020 1:00pm on the farm at McAuley, MB. Selling Simmental & Angus bulls, as well as commercial bred heifers. For more information or a catalogue, contact Glenn (204) 851 5669, Eric (306)434 8567, Brent (204)773 2356 or T Bar C Cattle Co. (306) 220-5006. View the catalogue online at www.BuyAgro.com. Watch and bid online at www.DLMS. ca (PL#116061)

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Spraying experience is considered an asset but not required. Training available. Applicants must possess a minimum Class 3 w/Air Driver’s License. Length of employment will be approx. 6 months. Application deadline: when position filled Excellent compensation for a few months of work! If you would like to work with an established and progressive company, please complete an application form at either of our Agro locations or send a cover letter and resume to: Attention: Glenda Finkewich – Human Resource/Health & Safety Manager Email: g.finkewich@neepawagladstonecoop.com Or mail to: Box 879, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 www.neepawagladstonecoop.com

In Memory Bea Jordan

Feb. 23, 1931 – Feb. 6, 2019 Missing you Mum There are no words to tell you, Mum, What losing you has meant, But now each day brings memories Of happy years we spent. You'd want us all to smile again And that's just what we do, Every time we reminisce With loving thoughts of you. You're with us when each new day dawns And when we say Goodnight, Our guardian angel here on earth And Heaven's shining light. Dianne (Dave), Norma and families


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• PARKS • CEMETERY Successful applicants will work as labourers within parks and cemetery between the months of May and September. Hourly rates start at $13.70/hour. Resumes should be marked: ”Summer Employment" and will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. February 24 at the Town Office 275 Hamilton Street Box 339, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 email: neepawa@wcgwave.ca Job descriptions are available at the office or at neepawa.ca under Town Office, Employment Opportunities. For more information please call 204­476­7600. We thank you for your interest in these positions; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Town of Neepawa is an equal opportunity employer, however, all applicants must read and speak fluent English.

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On the date and at the time and location shown below, a PUBLIC HEARING will be held to receive representations from any persons who wish to make them in respect to the following matter: NEEPAWA AND AREA PLANNING DISTRICT BY-LAW NO. 113 being an AMENDMENT to the NEEPAWA AND AREA PLANNING DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PLAN BY-LAW NO. 108, as amended. HEARING LOCATION: Town of Neepawa Municipal Office, 275 Hamilton Street. Neepawa, MB DATE & TIME: February 19, 2020 at 7:40 P.M. GENERAL INTENT OF BY-LAW No. 113: A Map Amendment intended to change the designation to allow for the pasturing of animals. AREA AFFECTED: An area of land described as Lots 1, Block 3, Plan 7381, in the village of Arden as shown on the map below. FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeff Braun, Development Officer Neepawa & Area Planning District Office, 275 Hamilton Street, Neepawa, MB Phone: 1-204-476-3277 • Email: jeff@neepawaareaplanning.com

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Letter: ‘Our snollygoster premier’ Continued from Page 5 The cost of CBC. If you divide $1 billion between 37 million Canadians, we would each receive enough money to go for coffee every day at one of Neepawa’s classiest restaurants. For six days. Actually, for a perfect example of a boondoggle, look no further than our snollygoster premier, Mr. Pallister. He is determined to pay millions of dollars to a worn out Conservatives politician, to write a report on MB Hydro that will give an excuse to privatize our public utility. I hope Brad Wall realizes that we are presently building a 300 megavolt line to provide clean, cheap power to Saskatchewan. If only the Conservatives had kept their noses out of it, we would now have Bipole III along the Saskatchewan border. In a few short years, we would be installing more generators in the Nelson


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Continued from Page 7 There’s a social element as well. Langston relayed that Erickson is a community with an aging demographic that may be looking for things to do, but maybe don’t want to enter the typical workforce; and that there are folks who are very community minded that are looking for an outlet. Having a thrift store in the area will allow access to items at a lower cost and area residents won’t need to travel as far to meet their basic needs. “All those things pointed to the fact that this project was worthwhile,” Langston disclosed. “There’s a lot of negativity online and in the news, so I thought that this was something tangible and local that could make a difference.” As a thrift store, S.C.O.R.E. will be willing to carry whatever items are donated and whatever the market demands. The absolutes are household items and sporting goods. Langston added, “There’s an opportunity for tools or construction materials– I think that would be great. But clothing, houseware and sporting goods [are the key items at the moment].”

Feedback and outlook Reflecting on the response so far, Langston stated that the store has had a very positive response. “We haven’t had a single negative comment. I think there’s a lot of people that

want to see good things happening in that community, and when they see that happening in front of them and that it’s a well thought out idea, I think they’re happy to support it,” Langston enthused. “[We’ve received] tons of kind words and people are already starting to drop stuff off.” Langston also shared his desires for the future of the store, noting that he hopes the store will be able to generate a profit every year, allowing thousands of dollars to be distributed to community organizations that need it. “In every rural community, you’re dealing with aging infrastructure, shortage of funds, volunteer depletion and I feel like money solves a lot of these problems,” said Langston. “If we can have a well funded organization, it takes stress off of volunteers and allows us to create more revenue from these organizations.” Langston added, “My major goal is to help fund organizations while achieving the rest of our goals and, if this model works, then there’s an opportunity [for] another economic development strategy or initiative.”

How to get involved As with any store, S.C.O.R.E. has its start-up costs and a need for stock to line its shelves. The store will also primarily be volunteer run, with one paid employee to start. As a result, those wishing to get involved, or to support the store, have a variety

of options to choose from. Those wishing to donate their gently used items can do so by delivering them to the store on Feb. 22 and March 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. To ask about volunteering, or if the aforementioned dates and times for donation drop-offs don’t work for the interested parties, an email can be sent to scorestore204@gmail.com. For those wishing to contribute financially, the SCORE store is expecting to start up a fundraising page for online donations. Interested parties are asked to keep an eye on the store’s Facebook page for when a link is posted. Lastly, but certainly not least, help get the word out. “Spread the word and follow us on Facebook and Instagram,” said Langston. “The more people that know about this project, the more likely it is to be successful.” Sharing his closing thoughts, Langston stressed that he wants this store to be a regional initiative. “We don’t want this to be just for the town of Erickson. We want it to help all of the communities in the surrounding area,” Langston expressed. “A lot of my inspiration came from spending time in Dauphin and working for Dauphin’s Country Fest. That’s an organization that regularly raises a lot of money and distributes it back out, and it’s made a significant impact on that community. That’s something I wanted to keep going here.”

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• Two individuals, Clyde McCallum and Jolene Balciunas, have been nominated for the Ward 3 of the North Cypress-Langford Municipality position left vacant by the passing of councillor Fred Jackson. The election will be held Mar. 4 at the Brookdale Drop In Centre, while advance voting will be held at the municipal office Feb. 27 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Candidates must live in the municipality, but need not live in that ward. • Darryl Brunger, alias Woody Holler, entertained at the Carberry Drop In Centre Jan. 30 at 10:30 am, with his guitar, singing and yodelling. Woody was sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Council and the local Service for Seniors. He had a tight schedule, as he also had performances in Brandon at 2:30 and Minnedosa at 7:00 pm. Reston (2:30) and Deloraine (7:00 pm) were hosting him on Jan. 31. Woody Holler is a unique guy who plays the harmonica, gives violin lessons, plays the piano in the Minnedosa United Church twice a month, and his four person band entertained at

the 2019 Carberry Fair. His home, three miles north of Meadowlea Hall, is made of straw bales and is solar heated. He was employed for nearly 30 years in special education, which started with an autistic child at Woodlands School. His repertoire included western and folk music, with well-known favourites by Roy Rogers, Will Carter, Gene Autry, and ended with everyone singing “Goodnight Irene.” • Many young Westman athletes will miss the opportunity to train at the Legion Athletic Camp, which recently announced its closure. The Athletic Camp was co-founded in 1962 by George Phillips and Fred Taylor at the International Peace Gardens. One week sessions were given in volleyball, basketball, rugby, fastball, soccer, equestrian and track & field. Mounting maintenance costs, reduced funding from the national Legion body and declining attendance numbers caused the decision to close after a lifespan of almost 60 years. • The Tony Fernandez Foundation announced that the 57-year-old Toronto Blue Jays legendary shortstop has been put into an induced coma due to

the lack of a kidney transplant. After contracting pneumonia, the coma was needed. Fernandez was a wealthy man after 20 years as a professional baseball player. He was unique in that he generously provided many opportunities for youth in Florida and his native Dominican Republic for baseball and other learning clinics. After baseball, Tony became a Lutheran minister. The congenial shortstop led the Blue Jays in singles, triples, stolen bases, was a four straight Golden Glove winner for his defensive abilities and a five time league all-star. Cyst clusters caused his kidneys to enlarge and cease to function. Our family met Tony and some of his family at the 2008 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and as guests of the Blue Jays at the Hall of Fame game in Rogers Centre, where Fernandez was still revered by the fans. Joe MacPhee covered the event for the Neepawa Banner. In 2013, Tony and a Toronto buddy played in a celebrity all-star game at Clear Lake. Oak River’s Gord Paddock was a member of Tony’s team.

pair of helpers, while Johnny Meyers had three points, including a single marker. Denting the twine once and adding an assist for GCB were Trey Settler, Kylan Aitken, Ethan Bjarnason and Peyton Elliott. Winning goaltender was Carson Mooney. Three minor penalties were served by each team. Luke DeCorby fired four goals and Kale Bomback collected four assists for Russell, who were ahead 4-0 and 7-1 at the intermissions.

Tyson Sholdice was the only Wildcat to light the lamp. Each team received seven minors, while the Trojans took a major and a game misconduct. The Wildcats travel to Sandy Bay Friday, Feb. 7 to play the Sandy Bay-Gladstone squad, before completing their league schedule at Glenboro against Swan River Tigers Friday, Feb. 14 and Neepawa Tigers Saturday, Feb. 15. Both games are at 7:30.

Wildcats split weekend games By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press In a pair of weekend Westman High School Hockey League games, the Glenboro-Carberry-Baldur Wildcats beat host Birtle Falcons 7-3 Friday, Jan. 31, but were trounced 9-1 in Russell by the Major Pratt Trojans Saturday, Feb. 1. In Birtle, the teams split two goals in the first and the Wildcats led 4-2 after 40 minutes. Bayley Creasy scored twice and added a

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• Rob Van Kommer, Cale Dunbar, Bill Thiessen and Anthony Friesen edged Jeff Stewart, Dean Smith, Austin Mustard and Jeff Steen 6-5 Jan. 26 in the finals of the 12 team Westman Super League to win $2,500 prize money. Runners up took home $2,000. Van Kommer’s rink topped the Super League curling (9-2) to qualify for the finals at the Brandon Curling Club. Stewart’s foursome had two playoff games to win for a finalist berth. Cale Dunbar replaced third Braden Payette for the playoff on Van Kommer’s rink. Payette was in Langley, BC curling second for Jacques Gauthier’s rink, who won the Canadian Junior (21 and under) Men’s crown to qualify for the world championships in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Feb. 15 to 22. • Tip of the hat to Altona’s rink of the Zacharias sisters, skip Mackenzie (20) and second Emily (18) and coach/ father Sheldon Zacharias,

who won the Canadian Junior Women’s championship. Third Karlee Burgess (21) came from Nova Scotia and lead Lauren Lenentine (19) hails from PEI. All four girls attend the University of Manitoba. They were 11-0 at the nationals and beat Alberta 10-3 in the final. Experience is always very valuable. Gauthier and his third, Jordan Peters, played in the 2019 national finals and lost to BC. Karlee Burgess was curling in her third consecutive nationals. That is where she met her boyfriend, Jacques Gauthier. Gauthier’s rink lost in the 2020 Manitoba finals, but qualified after Yukon and Nunavut were unable to field a team. • Carberry Cougars curling teams have been finalized for the Zone 7 championships scheduled for Gladstone Feb. 6 to 8. The boys’ team consists of Austin Poitras, Tanner Olmstead, Broddy Zander, Mathew Penner and fifth Mitchel Hamilton, as well as coach Dean Smith. The girls’ team includes Dahlia

Snaith, Nevaeh Witherspoon, Mallory Lockhart, Makenna Poitras, f ifth Jazlyn Enns and coaches Allison Gensorek and Betty Buurma, who also coaches the new MHSAA category mixed doubles. Jazlyn Enns and Tanner Olmstead form CC’s first ever curling mixed doubles team. The girls’ team has participated in two U18 bonspiels. They were tied for first at Minnedosa Jan. 11, based on points for wins, losses and ends won. They finished first in the Neepawa bonspiel Jan. 19. The girls’ team also plays in the Carberry Ladies’ league and practises with high school curling on Wednesdays. • After five days of great curling among a dozen of Manitoba’s finest women’s rinks at Riverdale Rec Centre in Rivers, the 2020 Scotties’ Tournament of Hearts winner was Kerri Einarson. Curl Manitoba has confirmed that Carberry will host the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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In this week's paper, see some details about the Neepawa Middle School's grand opening, find out about the fundraiser coming up for the Neep...

Friday, February 7, 2020 Neepawa Banner & Press  

In this week's paper, see some details about the Neepawa Middle School's grand opening, find out about the fundraiser coming up for the Neep...