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O ne of t he Rot a r y Club’s most prestigious awards has been presented to several frontline workers in Neepawa. Every year, local Rotary Clubs will present the Paul Harris Fellow award to individuals who have made significant contributions to their community. This year, however, the criteria changed slightly, to recognize those who have been helping to keep the community safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Neepawa Rotary Club selected two recipients for the Paul Harris Fellow award in the com mu n it y t h is yea r. Heather Todoruk, owner and operator of Harris Pharmacy, and the entire staff at Country Meadows Personal Care Home were presented with the award, which includes a certificate, a pin and $1,000 US donated in the recipients’ names to Rotary International programming.

Above and beyond the call of duty Neepawa Rotary member Wayne Jacobsen presented the award to both Todoruk and the Country Meadows staff. “Heather and her team here at Harris Pharmacy have gone above and beyond the call of duty in order to keep all of us safe,” Jacobsen stated. “On behalf of the Rotary Club, Heather, thank you very much for your service and for keeping us all safe.” Todoruk noted that she was very grateful to receive this recognition, but was quick to share the credit with other frontline workers. “I’d really like to thank the Rotary Club for recognizing myself, but it’s not just myself that is involved in this pandemic and this year, as frontline workers,” she expressed, listing off workers from grocery, to hospital, to truck drivers and more who have been working throughout this pandemic. “It’s an endless list of people who have done things that they never thought they would ever do

in their lifetime, but they have and they’ve stepped up and they’ve accomplished things that kept us safe,” Todoruk stated. “I’m honoured that I have been recognized, but I think that there are so many people in our community and all over the country that deserve recognition.” Keeping the vulnerable safe When making the presentation at the care home, Jacobsen stated, “It became quite apparent that the people here at Country Meadows have done an absolutely outstanding job in keeping probably the most vulnerable sector of our communit y safe.” He added, “There has not been one case of COVID-19 here at the facility and I think that is absolutely outstanding and it’s a testament to the effort that every one of you have put in to keep our elderly population safe.” Kendra Wark, the care team manager at Country Meadows, stated that a

Neepawa Rotary Club member Wayne Jacobsen and Heather Todoruk of Harris Pharmacy in Neepawa.

member of every department in the care home was invited to come and accept the award on the whole staff’s behalf, because it has been a team effort by everyone at the facility, from maintenance, to housekeeping, to dietary, to activities, to the nurses and healthcare aids and everyone in between. “To be honest, this place would not have been so successful without the leadership that we’ve had here and all the dedicated staff. [ We’ve had] many challenges, but we have overcome them so far. So thank you so much, it’s nice to be recognized,”


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Autism fundraiser on its way to a fairytale ending Gladstone-based publishing duo help to raise over $3,000 thing we feel very proud of, especially since we were competing against another 52,500 books that were released during the same week as we launched. For a small, local press company to have done this, along with gaining many other

By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press An international fundraiser with local roots appears to be on its way to a happily ever after. In the Feb. 19 edition of the Banner & Press, we shared details on a collective of best-selling and award winning authors pooling their resources to help children with Autism. All funds from the venture, known as Enchanted Kingdoms, are being donated to Puzzle Peace United, a New Jerseybased charity that supports children with Autism and their families. Since the publication of the box set on Feb. 23, $3,069 American has been raised for Puzzle Peace, enough money to pay for two years’ worth of activities for the children and some respite care for their families. The box set itself has also charted the USA Today bestsellers list, at #110. The USA Today List i s con s idered a s i g n i f ic a nt achievement in the publishing world.

accolades during that week, we are thrilled with the achievement.” Enchanted Kingdoms is available for order on Amazon, Ibooks, Barnes and Noble and most digital stores at EnchantedKingdoms.

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Rhianne Parkes and J. A. Armitage, of Gladstone-based publishing company Enchanted Quill Press, were involved in the Autism fundraiser selling box sets of the Enchanted Kingdoms series.

achieved this much so far. They are confident, however, that this is just the beginning. “Now that the book

Kids benefit from the support Gladstone’s J. A. Armitage and Rhianne Parkes, of Encha nted Quill Press, who are helping to lead this effort, said they are delighted to have

is available in the Amazon subscription service, K ind le Un l im ited, we should see that total rise to at least double by the time the limited edition box set ends in June,” stated Parkes. “The kids in New Jersey who will be benefiting from the money raised have struggled immensely during the pandemic. They haven’t been able to receive the support and activities that they usually would have had, so this extra funding will help make their activities all the more

special once their local health authority allows it.” On the charts As for landing on the USA Today list, Parkes said that they are thrilled with the achievement. “Hitting USA Today list is the top 150 books sold in the whole of the United States in any particular week. To see our names next to George R.R. Martin and Danielle Steele on that list was an achievement we never thought possible. We hit the list at #110, some-

Pictured left: The cover of Enchanted Kingdoms, the box set of 20 novels sold to raise money for Puzzle Peace, an Autism support organization based in New Jersey. FILE PHOTO

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hey told me, “You have MG.” I would much rather they had said, “You have an MG,” you know, the British sports car, a red one, fully restored and ready to roll. I would have figured out how to fit my somewhat older, chubby body into it. I really would have. Instead, this older, chubby body has to learn how to cope with a different kind of MG– Myasthenia Gravis. Isn’t that a mouthful. Ironically, it affected my mouth, tongue especially, throat, eyes and maybe some effect on the arms. It’s a neurological disease that is not infectious nor genetic. Also on the irony side, my chubby body is about 20 pounds less chubby since the onset of the MG condition, so I would fit into an automotive type MG better than I would have before. Speaking of “auto”, this MG condition is an auto-immune disease. Here is the technical description. With Myasthenia Gravis, antibodies (immune proteins produced by the body’s immune system) block, alter or destroy the receptors for acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction, which prevents the muscle from contracting. I was diagnosed pretty quickly, thanks to Dr. Poettcker at Neepawa and Dr. Tamayo at Brandon. The treatments take effect within hours, but I will be on meds for the rest of my life. I was five days in Brandon hospital and on three kinds of IV. neepawa

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Right in the Centre Ken Waddell At the worst of my symptoms, I could not talk, only babble sounds, and could hardly eat because of severe choking. I think some of my staff preferred it when I couldn’t talk. The condition is considered serious and can be fatal. I am not afraid of death, as I know where I am going when my earthly days are done. The dying part is not something I am looking forward to, though. I am thankful for all our health care people, they are a Godsend. I would say that as citizens, we need to do as much as possible to ensure that we keep our facilities well staffed, be it hospitals, clinics or care homes. Certainly, we pay a lot of taxes into health care, but that said, every time there is fundraiser for a clinic, a piece of hospital equipment, we should step up. Communities should always be willing to control what they can control. Twenty years ago, I was part of the Manitoba Smart Network (MSN). That project made a good start on getting high speed internet into

some western Manitoba communities along with equipment so that distance education and tele-health could begin. In the health care system, a tele-heath consultation sure beats a drive into Winnipeg or even Brandon. Many rural hospitals have that capacity and it is efficient and makes sense. As my wife, Christine, has noted in this space on occasion, she has an ongoing, now life-long health condition that needs to be monitored by two specialists in Winnipeg and there have been several phone and tele-health consultations. That is perhaps the one good thing that C-19 has motivated. The ability to do phone and tele-health consultations has been there for years, but now, they have been accelerated by the pandemic. They save time, money and gas and this is a good thing. During trying times, we must remain motivated to do all we can for ourselves, for others and for our communities. It has always been thus, but now more than ever.

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I am a traveller


eading from Embers, by Richard Wagamese, the full quote is, “I am a traveller on a sacred journey through this one shining day.” I like that. I, too, am a traveller. The paths behind me filled with so many emotions, the joys, sorrows, despair, elation, the entire spectrum. And I know that without the low, sloggy bits, the clear smooth paths would not have the same importance. The sorrows expand the times of joy and the times of fear enlarge the periods of grace. The section of my journey now is paved and tranquil. My needs are few, I have enough, and I have purpose. (The knowing that I have enough has become increasingly significant to me, still exploring the idea.) And the path ahead? Choosing not to lose the joy of today, I again, have enough. Tomorrow will come. (Digressing– when my father needed to deny his daughters instant gratification or plainly say no to something we really wanted, he tried to put life in perspective and would ask, “what difference will it make 40 years from now?” To a youth, 40 years were unimaginable, and in my memory, some of those “nos” do make a difference more than 40 years later!) On a sacred journey. All angles of life, of my life, appear magnified when I consider this journey sacred, holy, assigned. There is no small stuff, everything is important. And by that I don’t mean that the careless words of others or senseless acts of violence or cruelty are small stuff. The glistening of the sun on the crispy snow, the call of the crows, the gurgle of the water as it breaks free from the constraints of the winter ice– these are the little things that when I take note of, when I linger and watch and listen, that enlarge my day. The warmth of a tiny hand in mind– the memory of a tiny hand in mine, the wrinkles and age spots on Mary’s hands, hands that cared for others, hands that drew music from guitar strings , hands that baked exquisite brownies for others– these are all parts that make my journey sacred. The gifts of family and friends, generous acts of strangers, kind words shared– these, too, make my journey sacred. This one shining day. If this day was to be my last, what would I do or say? Years ago, my friend lost her mother from the hantavirus– contracted from contact with mouse droppings. That day, I had thoroughly cleaned the storage room in the big old farmhouse. I had been in close contact with many mouse droppings. I sat down on the wicker chair on the south veranda and pondered. There is very little chance of a recovery if one has the hantavirus. I sat there, reflecting on my relationships with others, and myself. There was no name that came to mind that I should call, no name came to mind to whom I should apologise or affirm my love for them. After a time of contemplation, I arose, resumed my work, resting in the knowledge that if I were to die, that day, I would die with a clear conscience. Each day is still a shining day, a gift.


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Excited about spring Letters


s you read these words, we are 10 days from the first day of spring. But let’s not put away our winter coats and boots just yet. If past years are any indication, we may be in for one good dose of wintery weather before the warm weather comes to stay. Weather conditions notwithstanding, some activities are moving ahead as usual. For some families in our area, calving season is almost over. Others are in the midst of it. These are the days of sleepless nights, frequent checks on the cattle and the odd late night call to the local veterinarian. Every new life is precious and great care is taken to ensure that no newly born animals are lost due to neglect or carelessness. The same vigilance is shown by those whose primary source of income is from grain, oilseed, pulse or other specialty crops. Many of them have been working hard since harvest and fall tillage were completed. Equipment

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Neil Strohschein is being inspected. Worn parts are being replaced. Oil changes and tune-ups are done. Input orders are being confirmed so that spring work can begin as soon as the ground is dry and warm enough. All that can be done is being done to ensure that spring planting is not delayed due to breakdowns caused by negligence or inadequate preparation. Not to be left out are those who tend flower and vegetable gardens. This is the season for browsing through seed catalogues, looking for varieties that are ideally suited to our climate and soil conditions. Some will be looking for shrubs and perennials to replace plants lost to cold weather or disease. And, as always, we are eagerly awaiting the

Observation By Addy Oberlin


here were small footprints coming through the snow. Was it a cat on the prowl? The prints stopped next to my deck and I found a dead bird there. A little later, I saw some very small prints

on the snow, more like bird prints and I imagined that birds had come along and realized their friend had died alone and they were grieving. It made me think of so many elderly who died

day when the greenhouse will open and we can pick up our summer bedding plants. Of course the usual chores await us all. Yard clean-up, tilling gardens, flower beds and window boxes will demand our attention. So will the home maintenance projects that we have put on hold over winter because it was either too cold to do them or we just didn’t feel like it. Most of us have way more projects that need to be done than we can afford to do, so we have to prioritize them. But in time, they will all get done. And right as we are doing all of these things, along comes the Government of Canada and says: “Oh, by the way, you have to file your tax returns for this year by Apr. 30.” So we get alone. Some were pioneers who built our country, others survived fighting in wars. The family could not be at their side. Many are still grieving. Some might be younger people, whose family was not with them when they passed away. The grieving must be terrible. Jesus had compassion. He cried when His friend Lazarus died ( John 11:35).

our documents together and do what we are required to do. For some, it’s easy. For others, it’s complicated; but help is available to ensure we do it correctly. So why do all these things make me excited about spring? Two reasons. First, because they give us all something to take our minds off of COVID-19 and all the restrictions we have had to endure. We can get out into our yards, work on projects we need to complete and enjoy watching the new life that is appearing all around us. And, from a safe distance of course, we can watch our friends and neighbours do the same; and even have the occasional “over the back fence” visit with them. Second, spring’s arrival gives us cause to celebrate God’s faithfulness. Despite COVID-19, we are still here. It’s been a hard year for many of us. But, by God’s grace and with his help, we have survived– and our faith will see us through whatever may happen in the days ahead. Spring is here. Let’s embrace and enjoy it.

He had great compassion when He saw the two blind men and He healed them (Matthew 20:34). We can show compassion and love if we know someone who is going through this grieving period in their life. A text message or a phone call, telling them we are thinking of them and praying for them, can lift a load for the day.

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Let our youth live

I liked what Ken Waddell has done with the anonymous input regarding our care homes. However, as much as I feel we need to protect our vulnerable, this is also leading to a failure of our youth to live. I think more attention needs to be to our youth and their ability to live. At least live freely, experience things and see friends and family. As you know, I have two young boys at home, my oldest turns 5 in June and my youngest turns 2 in March. With restrictions in place for the last year, my youngest will be turning 2 with never being able to have a real birthday party with family and friends. He may never remember, but we will and those moments are also limited. My wife and I work very hard to give our boys all we can and have them experience things, but they are missing out on many things at an early learning age, which they need to experience outside of our house. At the early days of the pandemic, I thought we were in pretty good shape. I felt with young boys, this would not affect them and they would not even be bothered. I was very wrong. As the last year progressed, I see a period of dull eyes, as well as great excitement to simply go for a car ride just to get out of the house. This excitement should be from being able to visit, go swimming, skating, gymnastics or hockey. Not from a simple car ride. It is time for all of us to live. As much as I want to protect my family and keep them safe, I also want them to live and be free. The decisions for my family and their safety are to be made by my wife and myself, not our government. Our government is failing our youth and our youth are the future. This may not be very newsworthy to some but they are my thoughts and feel I need to get this out and pass along to someone. Thanks for taking time to read this. I will be doing everything in my power to let my family live. Old and young!! Jeff Braun Neepawa, MB Additional letter on Page 19

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Thumbs up to Lenora Buffi (in the Feb. 26 edition) for her excellent letter reflecting the way many people feel. My question is for Mr. Waddell. There are a lot of people who would wish to take a stand. Would you please write an article that informs people on how to take a stand? What do we need to do to put a stop to the ‘Covidiot train’ ? Liana Kaiser


Shooting on the Franklin Range, Oct. 1909, on Robert Kerr’s farm. From left to right are: E. Farquhar; E. Orr; O. Orr; E. Gill; D. Kerr; H. Campbell; W. Campbell; C. Kerr; G. Kerr; M. Gamble; J. Kerr; F. Truman; E. North; G. North; Doc Coad (hat); J. Allan; (unknown); and C. Davis. Prone: L. Lefroy; (unknown); R. Coad; and G. Sykes.

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Bison decorate Manitoba’s flag, the coat of arms and are the symbol that is used to represent the provincial government. In years past, bisons were the Indigenous people’s essential food source, as well as providing shelter, clothing, tools and more; no part of the bison was wasted. The fur traders valued the bison for their meat (pemmican) and hides. The new settlers desired the land the bison lived on and hunts were organized on a large scale, many of them for the mere pleasure of the kill. The carcasses were left to rot. With the development of a new hide tanning process in Europe, bison hides were in great demand. Hunters killed thousands of bison for their hides only. At first, the supply of animals seemed inexhaustible. In 1893, as bison numbers declined rapidly, the Canadian Government outlawed the killing of bison, but that law was poorly enforced. Eventually, tons of bleached bones littered the prairie. The settlers began collecting the bones and they were shipped east to be used in fertilizer, chinaware and in the process of refining sugar. By the late 1800s, the animals were all but wiped off the continent. In 1873 and ‘74, two concerned Manitobans, near modern day Winnipeg, Charles Alloway and James McKay, travelled to Saskatchewan to capture buffalo calves. When McKay died, Alloway sold the animals to Sam Bedson. The bison multiplied rapidly to over 100 head by 1888. Because of the settler influx, Bedson was forced to sell his bison. Some went to the States, some to Donald Smith (later Lord Strathcona), who donated most to Banff National Park and some eventually went to the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Park was partly established to give these animals a home and their descendants are still there today. In the early 1870s, Sam Walking Coyote captured some bison calves in Canada’s southern prairie. He herded these back to his Reserve in Montana, where the herd grew. Some were sold to two Metis, Charles Allard and Michael Pablo. By 1906, the Allard/Pablo herd numbered close to 800 and they were being forced to sell to make room for the new settlers coming in. They offered to sell some to the USA government who wanted to pay only $15 a head. The Canadian government happily purchased over 600 head at the price of $245 each. It took several years to round up those wily bison, who, with great difficultly, were driven into corrals and loaded on reinforced freight cars. Their new home was to be at Wood Buffalo National Park (northeastern Alberta and the southern Northwest Territories). It was not yet fenced and not near a train station, so the bison went to Elk Island National Park (30 km east of Edmonton) which was fenced (for elk) and near a railway station. When Wood Buffalo National Park was ready, most the herd went to this facility. With 4.5 million hectares, it is the largest park in Canada. It is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the largest free roaming bison herd in the world. Close to us is the Lake Audy Bison Enclosure at Riding Mountain National Park, which holds a herd of approximately 40 bison. When the number of bison in these park herds expand beyond the park capacity, they are offered for sale to ranchers in western Canada. Today, in Manitoba, over 50 commercial producers raise bison, supplying the market with delicious meat products. The nutritional content of bison is impressive and it is low in fat. Enjoy!

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In a bowl, mix the meat, crumbs, milk, egg, onion, salt, pepper and sage. Form into around 30 meatballs. Place oil in a heavy frying pan and brown meatballs on all sides. Remove meatballs and drain off any excess fat. Add the water, wine and gravy mix to the pan and bring to a boil, stirring. Add the meatballs, cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes. Serve.

Mar. 1 to Mar. 7, 2021

By Cpl. Jacob Stanton Spruce Plains RCMP During the week of Mar. 1 to Mar. 7, Spruce Plains RCMP dealt with 56 police activities. Mar. 1: RCMP received a report of identity fraud in the RM of Oakview where there was insufficient evidence to proceed further. Police conducted proactive traffic enforcement, engaging with several motorists. Mar. 2: RCMP responded to two suspicious person reports; one in Gladstone, and one in Neepawa. Patrols were made for both reports, but the suspects could not be located. Police responded to a family dispute in Neepawa; the matter is still under investigation. Mar. 3: RCMP responded to a two vehicle motor collision in the RM of Oakview. Both vehicles were totalled, but there were no reported injuries. Police received a report of threats being uttered in Minnedosa; the matter is still under investigation. Police were alerted of a commercial alarm set off in the RM of Oakview, which was canceled by the property rep shortly after. Mar. 4: RCMP received a report of harassing communications in Neepawa, which was later deemed to be unfounded. Police received two reports of attempted frauds of an ongoing phone scam in the RM of Minto-Odanah. No personal information was divulged to the scammer(s), but were reported for awareness. Police responded to a report of voyeurism in Neepawa. After investigation, it was determined that the claim was unfounded. Mar. 5: RCMP received a report of a break and enter on a property in the RM of Minto-Odanah. After investigation, it was determined that there was insuffi-

2 stalks celery, sliced 2 tsp. freeze dried oregano 1 Tbsp. dried parsley 1 1/2 cup beef broth 1/2 cup white wine 1 Tbsp. Hungarian paprika 1 cup sour cream

Sliver the garlic and push into slots cut into the meat. Mix flour, salt and pepper together and roll roast into this mix. Add the oil to a Dutch oven pot and sear the roast on all sides. Add the onions, carrots, celery, oregano, parsley, broth and wine. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Check tenderness and add the paprika. Add more broth, if necessary. When done, remove to a platter. Add the sour cream to the pot and heat until almost boiling. Slice the roast and serve with the sauce.

Public service announcement If you have any information about these crimes or any other crimes, please contact your local RCMP Office or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Neepawa and Minnedosa RCMP detachments advise they will be limiting front counter services at the detachments until further notice. We request that you contact each detachment at 204-476-7340 (Neepawa) or 204-867-2916 (Minnedosa) to inquire about criminal record checks or to file a report. Leave a message if needed and it will be checked the following business day. Do not leave a message if you require immediate police assistance. You must dial 204-476-7338 (Neepawa), 204-867-2751 (Minnedosa) or 911 to have a police officer respond to you promptly.


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cient evidence to proceed further. Police responded to a report of an out of control fire on a property in the RM of Oakview. Police attended and found the fire being controlled. Mar. 6: RCMP conducted various traffic enforcement, ticketing numerous drivers who were found speeding. Police received a report of mischief in the Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne, where a vehicle was vandalized. There was insufficient evidence to proceed further. Mar. 7: RCMP received a report of a suspicious person in the RM of Rosedale. While patrolling the area for the person, police noticed an unrelated suspicious vehicle and engaged a traffic stop. The driver was found to be impaired and was arrested and charged accordingly. RCMP conducted 25 traffic enforcement actions during this reporting period.



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Community Profile: Katie Maendel

Katie Maendel, of Carberry.


By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press Katie Maendel (17) is a Grade 12 honour roll student at Carberry Collegiate, who plans to graduate with distinction. Her present semester load is heavy with Biology, Physics, two Mathematics (Applied and Advanced) plus completing her Physical Education credit. She played the flute in the Senior band until this year. Active in school sports, in Grade 10, she partnered with Cassie Crerar to win the Zone girls badminton doubles and advanced to the provincials in Winkler. Katie is a member of the school running club with Mr. Clark and participates in track and field through long jump, triple jump, 200m and medley relay. She is a member of the school social committee and plans to continue her education at Brandon University. People who have influenced her life are her parents, Thelma and Joe, and her teachers.

Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press The 2021 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will be held in Calgary’s Markin MacPhail Centre, from Mar. 18 to 25. the field will include 35 teams, divided into five pools. The teams include 14 provincial and territory representatives and another 14 pairs based on Curling Canada’s rankings. The other seven rinks were based on rankings with their four person teams.

Many of the top Canadian curlers will vie for the first prize of $50,000. Brad Gushue and Kerri Einarson, Jennifer Jones and husband, Brett Laing, and two time national mixed champions, Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant, are some of the rinks entered in the Home Hardware-sponsored event. The top dozen rinks will qualify for the play-offs after round robin play Carberry’s Derek Samagalski and Krysten Karwacki of Winnipeg are the Team Manitoba representatives.

Here and there

By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press

• Carberry Schools will be hosting several student teachers in the next few weeks – Tai Dickson, Osian Edwards, Lexi Hacault, Josh McMillan and Kelly Rintoul (Carberry Collegiate) and Amanda Walker (RJ Waugh). “After a 33 year teaching career, Dixie Friesen is planning to retire in June and Laurie Robson will move from Grade 1 to Kindergarten,” stated principal, Dayna Galatiuk. • Congratulations to Tom and Zac Yandeau (Plumas), Nicole Madsen (Hamiota), and Bonny G. Soper (Gladstone), who are the new owners of Neepawa’s Chicken Corral, effective


Apr. 1. They will rename the popular restaurant Chicken Chef and will open mid-April after renovations. • Best wishes to editor Ken Waddell for a safe and speedy recovery in the Brandon General Hospital. Note: Ken was in hospital for five days and is now back at the office. (See his column on Page 4 for more details.) • In a telephone interview on Mar. 3 with 16-yearold Carberry Collegiate student, Ben Saunderson, he was eating supper in his University of Regina dormitory with three teammates. He is a young Saskatoon Blades defenseman, who is preparing for the Western Hockey League 24 game schedule. Seven teams from

Regina, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Saskatoon, Brandon and Winnipeg will play one game every second day for the next 48 days. Games will be televised if you purchase a WHL plan and are played daily at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Brandon opens against Moose Jaw Mar. 12 and Saskatoon’s opener is Mar. 13. Saunderson continues his studies online and has been in Saskatoon since Feb. 12. They bussed to Regina Saturday, Feb. 27 and are being tested weekly for COVID-19. • The government has announced that the Manitoba Learning Resource Centre in Souris, formerly known as the Manitoba Textbook Bureau, will close in June

2021. Five people were employed by the Centre. • The 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Awards, cosponsored by the Nellie McLung Foundation and the Winnipeg Free Press, were recently announced. Bette Mueller of Manitou, sisterin-law of Pat and Marie Angers, was nominated in the individual category, and the Nellie McLung Foundation was nominated in the group category. Women’s right to vote in 1922 was pioneered by McLung. Correction from Feb. 26 article: Keith “Gopher” Loney was nominated for the 150 Manitoba Volunteer Award by the Carberry-North CypressLangford 150 Manitoba Committee.

It was a good draw as all rinks curled eight games in the round robin and the top four teams in each pool advanced to the playoffs. Jennifer Jones, the Manitoba representative, set a new record with 153 Scotties victories, before eventually losing an 8-7 tie breaker to Alberta’s Laura Walker. Sandra Schmirler Day was held Sunday, Feb. 21 and about $700,000 was raised for neo-natal

equipment in 60 Canadian hospitals. Reliable sources have Neepawa hosting the 2023 Viterra Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship. Derek Samagalski is

curling second for Mike McEwen at the 18 rink Brier in Calgary Mar. 5 to 11. They are one of the three wild card rinks. Curling fans will be in their glory over the next few weeks.

Einarson repeats in 2021 Scotties

By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press

2020 Canadian Women’s Curling champions skip Kerri Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Brianne Meilleur, edged Ontario’s Rachel Homan 9-7 in the finals of the Scotties in Calgary, Feb. 28. Manitoba was represented by five rinks, including three wild cards, Tracy Fleury, Mackenzie Zacharias and Beth Peterson. Several of these rinks will be at the next Manitoba Scotties in Carberry, Dec. 14, 2021. OPTOMETRISTS

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Looking Back

MARCH 12, 2021

1961: Viscount class manufactures oxygen

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

110 years ago, Friday, March 10, 1911 I n t he Man itoba Legislature Wednesday, Attorney-General Campbell was charged with having chores at his private residence done by prisoners from the provincial jail. 100 years ago, Friday, March 11, 1921 Ontario is to have women magistrates. The “Aurora” l ight cruiser, one of the number of ships recently presented to Canada by the British Government, is now on a trip to the Pacific Coast. 90 years ago, Tuesday, March 10, 1931 Civ i l ma r r iages i n Manitoba have now become legalized by the passing of a bill in the legislature last week. It was sponsored by A. J. M. Poole, member for Beautiful Plains. Omitted from the cast of characters taking part in the play at Union last week, was the name of Geo. Pollock, who so capably took the part of the negro mammy, playing opposite C. Brydon as the negro chauffeur. Note: As stated by the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC), the “Mammy” stereotype developed as an offensive racial caricature of Black women, constructed during slavery and popularized through minstrel shows. The NMAAHC says that Enslaved black women were highly skilled in domestic works, working in the homes of white families as caretakers for their children and that the Mammy trope painted a picture of a domestic worker with undying loyalty to their slaveholders as caregivers and counsel. For further explanation, the Ferris state University notes that the

caricature portrayed an “obese, coarse, maternal figure” with great love for her white “family” but often treated her own family with disdain. She “belonged” (ie: was a slave) to the white family, but it was rarely stated, and was a faithful worker. It was, ultimately, sought through the use of this image to legitimize the institution of slavery. The stereotype gained further popularity after the Civil War and into the 1900s. This “robust, grinning likeness” was attached to mass produced consumer goods from flour to even motor oil. For example, Aunt Jemima is synonymous with this stereotype. The full history with that particular caricatured character is referred to as “slave in a box” in an article on the Scientific American, as it started as an instant pancake mix geared towards white housewives with its heavy draw on themes of plantation slavery and the “servant who had the time and ability to do things you don’t feel competent to do yourself”. And who “loved doing it for you”– that is, it heavily drew on the mammy stereotype. 80 years ago, Tuesday, March 11, 1941 Lansdowne– More horsedrawn vehicles than average this winter. Driving without light much too common. It is a wonder more kids are not knocked down, injured, or probably killed, during noon hour or after school, for they seem to ramble all over the roadways instead of keeping to the sidewalks, where they belong. An episode happened on the Avenue yesterday noon which should serve as a warning. When it becomes thoroughly understood that sidewalks are for the pedestrians and roadways for vehicles there will be little chances for accidents. It’s a good thing that there are no skyscrapers in Neepawa when that yellow plane, presumably from Carberry, starts driving

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over the business section and seeing how close it can come without hitting some of the buildings. It gives many of the girls a thrill as they drop whatever they are doing and dash out onto the street to watch.

70 years ago, Thursday, March 15, 1951 The town and district were saddened when word was received that the name of Pte. Roseland Blaine Pearson, of the P.P.C.L.I., a former Neepawa and Birnie boy, was included in a recent casualty list as killed in Korea. Pte. Pearson was well known here, having lived in Neepawa for some time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Pearson. He was born at Birnie and after the family moved to Neepawa, he attended the public school here… Pte. Pearson visited here before last Christmas. 60 years ago, Friday, March 10, 1961 The fate of the proposals for a Whitemud River Watershed District should be sealed within the next two months. The proposals have been formally presented to the seventeen municipal councils involved and they each have sixty days in which to pass bylaws approving or disapproving them. If approved by enough of the councils involved (not necessarily all of them), the district would begin operation on Jan. 2, 1962 and would be the f irst such district established in Manitoba. Neepawa Town Council reversed its field Monday night on a decision it had made one month earlier and may now decide to have the


Manufacturing oxygen proved to be a highly interesting experiment for one Viscount class to conduct for the benefit of their parents during visitor’s day on March 8, 1961. Principal Homer Gill can be seen directing the experiment, while an interested visitor looks on. One student leans closer for a better look, while one of those doing the experiment appears to find the unrelated subject of photography a distracting influence. All three Neepawa schools held “Open House” days that day.

required sewage pumping station for the proposed Lily Street (or Johnstone) housing development prov ided by the Town on a local improvement basis. 50 years ago, Thursday, March 11, 1971 Lodge winners in the bowling tournament for senior citizens are the Neepawa Winter Wahoo were declared Thursday afternoon. The NACI Mr. Ugly and carnival queen presented the trophies. Note: The name of this winter event coincides with the event’s mascot, named George Wahoo. The story of the origin of this character appeared in the Mar. 4 1971 paper, but was much too long to include. However, the name comes from George Washington. The story devised for Wahoo states that the character ended up in America and set out to find a name. He came upon a statue of George Washington and found it to be a dignified name. However, the story also states that Wahoo had a “five pound tongue”, so he could not pronounce

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Washington. Thus, the mascot’s name became George Wahoo. The Winter Wahoo was an annual event, though this writer is not sure for how long it stuck around. It appears that 1971 was the second year it was held. The weaker sex proved they had more than just streng t h of character Saturday, when they took the challenge cup away from the Natives Hockey Club in a tug-o-war match. 40 years ago, Thursday, March 12, 1981 Town council approved the purchase of a new fire truck for Neepawa at its regular meeting Tuesday night, March 10. Parkland Library’s new bookmobile began service on March 10. Built at an estimated

cost of $30,000, the new vehicle features increased book carrying capacity, improved check out facilities and other features designed to increase patron comfort while selecting books. 30 years ago, Tuesday, March 12, 1991 The dog sled was a popular attraction last Friday as the Glenella Elementary School celebrated Festival du Voyageur day with a variety of winter-related activities. 20 years ago, Monday, March 12, 2001 S he r r ie W h it e , o f Neepawa, has been named the most valuable player of the University of Findlay Oilers.

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Pre-Kindergarten program cancelled at Turtle River School Division By Kira Paterson

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Kindergarteners-to-be at Turtle River School Div ision ( T R SD) w i l l have to wait a little longer before getting the chance to check out their future classrooms. The division’s a n nu a l K i nder g a r t en Here I Come ( K HIC) program, normally held in April, has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic. History of the KHIC “KHIC is a special early years program that Turtle River first developed over a decade ago,” explained TRSD superintendent, Bev Szymesko. “We offer students in our division the equivalent of 10 full days of learning at school prior to entering Kindergarten.” She noted that the program gives pre-Kindergarteners the chance to get acquainted with their school, their c l a s s r o om s a nd t he i r teachers. “We have found that the sooner we can get students in our buildings, the greater the success they will have in school,” Szymesko added. She explained that this program is meant as a complement to daycare or nurser y school programs, as well

as helps kids who haven’t been in other programs grow socially before starting Kindergarten in the fall. An unfortunate decision T he ca ncel lat ion of this year’s K HIC was announced by the divi sion on M a r. 3. “A s Manitoba Public Health reg u lat ion s reg a rd i ng the spread of COVID-19 continually change and cause uncertainty to rules and scheduling, it is simply not sensible to run this limited time frame program,” the written notice stated. “The time that students would be in the 10-day program would be monopolized with implementing safety precautions and cancellations. Additionally, our instructor would be placing themselves, as well as all of our families and students at risk by moving between communities and schools, potentially spreading the virus.” Szymesko added, “It is really unfortunate and d isappoint ing t hat we have had to suspend the KHIC program this year. But we look forward to it continuing again next year, anticipating some normalcy to return by April 2022.”

Changes to apartment complex approved Neepawa Town Council - Mar. 2, 2021

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

A new 36-unit apartment complex planned for Neepawa has received approval on a few amendments to its plan. The five storey complex (four above ground and one below, but facing outward on the hill) proposed for the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Cameron Street has been given permission to increase the maximum height of the building from 45 to 50 feet. As well, the setback for the north and south boundary of the property will be altered from 15 feet to 4 feet 10 inches. Lastly, the number of required parking stalls has been reduced from 54 stalls to a proposed 40 stalls. (43 stalls in total, with three required to be allocated to existing commercial use). The project applicant, Foresight Real Estate Ltd brought the request forward to Town Council on Tuesday, Mar. 2. Councillors had a few questions, including the potential impact the changes could have on water drainage in the area, especially during construction. They also wanted clarif ication on standard sidewalks around the facility. A d m i n i s t r at ion i n formed council that both issues have been looked at.

Alonsa Go-Getters 4-H club update

By Aloyse Good Alonsa Go-Getters 4-H Club

Hello everyone, this is Aloyse Good, reporting for the Alonsa Go-Getters 4-H Club. We had an organization meeting in October. It was decided that there would be three different projects: beef, canine and trapping. We decided on our executive. President: Colter Cherpin; Vice President: Emmalee Turko; Secretary: Sheridan Cherpin;

Treasurer: Ella Davis; eZine scanner: Riley Gamble; News Reporter: Aloyse Good; Beef Leader: Lindsay Cherpin; Trapping Leader: Cam Anger; Canine Leader: Sherry Gamble. Due to the pandemic, all of our meetings will be done virtually. We had our speeches virtually and Colter Cherpin came in first for juniors, Emmalee Turko was first for the cloverbuds. They will be competing at provincials later this spring. Good luck!

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The Town has consulted with a drainage consultant. There are also plans in this year’s budget to deal with all hillside concerns, including those of home owners on the east end of Cameron Street, located at the bottom of the hill. The requested changes to the plan were approved by council later on in the meeting. Vacant lot on Main Street A home owner on Main Street has brought up concerns about the state of a vacant lot near their property. They expressed frustration over the lack of work done over the last few years and the amount of thistle growth that occurs on the property. The vacant lot titleholder informed the home owner,

in a previous conversation, that they were waiting for installation of water and sewer before starting any type of development. At the meeting on Mar. 2, council told the property owner that the Town was still waiting for a plan of proceeding from the lot owner, so that they could then commit to infrastructure. They also noted that because the lot is privately owned, there is not much they can do within the town’s bylaws to facilitate action. As for the issues with thistle growth, administration noted that their records indicate the lot owner had trimmed the weeds and the grass “a few times” last year. They asked the nearby property owner to inform them quickly, if issues occur this year and they would notify the lot

owner that maintenance of the property is required. Misc. • Another lot on the former CN property has been sold, as lot nine has been purchased for the sale price of $45,000. There are currently just five lots still available. • A subdivision of land on 4.4 acres of Gill Drive has been approved. The decision effectively creates three separate parcels moving forward. • Two separate agreement have been approved for the control of nuisance birds and beavers for the year ahead. Chad Campbell will look after the humane trapping of nuisance beavers with the municipality, while Jake Birch and Danny Nugent will be in charge of looking after the situation with nuisance birds.

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Two locals recognized at BU for Women’s Week Kaylynne MacDiarmid and Kassia Hollier named outstanding female students

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press Brandon Un iversit y (BU) celebrated Women’s Week by recog n i zing 17 outstanding female students enrolled at the university. Two of those women have roots in Neepawa. The university’s Status of Women Review Committee (SWRC) received nominations from faculty and staff members and announced their chosen group on Friday, Mar. 5. Kaylynne MacDiarmid and Kassia Hollier were the two locals on the list. They g raduated from Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and both went on to study at BU. Both were heavily involved in high school activities while in Neepawa and have continued that trend at BU. MacDiarmid is in her fifth and final year at BU, taking a concurrent Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education program. With her degree, she hopes to become a music teacher in Manitoba and eventually further her education with a Masters. MacDiarmid’s nominator, Dr. Wendy McCallum, one of her professors at the BU School of Music, wrote of the contributions she’s made during her time at the university. “Kaylynne is an outstanding student in the Joint Department of Music Education,” McCallum wrote. She noted that since the pandemic started, MacDiarmid volunteered to help develop instructional plans for music educators in western Manitoba. She is also a past president of the Brandon University Student Music Educator’s Association (BUSMEA). “Kaylynne’s contributed to [BUSMEA]’s success


Above left: Kaylynne MacDiarmid. Above right: Kassia Hollier. Both these Brandon University Students graduated from Neepawa Area Collegiate and are being recognized as outstanding students at the university.

with her servant leadership. She has been an invaluable member of instrumental and choral ensembles in the School of Music and belongs to the Westman choir Konektis. Kaylynne’s organization, work ethic and growth mindset are keystone traits,” McCallum concluded. “It’s such an honour to be recognized for all the hard work I’ve done throughout my degree,” MacDiarmid expressed. “When I got the email indicating that Dr. McCallum had nominated me for this, I was surprised! I’m in my last week of classes right now before I go off student teaching and it’s such a bittersweet way to end my five years at Brandon University. Reading through the achievements of all the other women makes me really proud to be a student at BU. BU has so many inspiring women professors and is clearly a place where women can thrive in any field of study.” Hollier is finishing off

her education at BU this year, as well, currently in her fourth year. She is taking her Honours degree in Psychology with a minor in English, with plans to take her Masters in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. After that, she hopes to get a job in rural Manitoba as a school psychologist. Dr. Nutke Edguer, Hollier’s thesis advisor, nominated her for the outstanding women of 2021 recognition. “Kassia is a hard working, young woman trying to make the world a better place for all, by not only helping fellow students, but the community at large by her volunteer work,” Dr. Edguer wrote in the nomination, noting that Hollier has been involved in the BU Psycholog y Club and volunteered her time to help other students learn new skills. “She has been involved with the Neepawa community since high school in several ways. One of the most recent

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others,” Dr. Edguer added. Hollier stated that being recognized in this way has been an honouring and humbling experience. “I

felt so honoured when I was informed by the Brandon University SWRC that my thesis advisor, Dr. Nutke Edguer, had nominated me for an International Women’s Day Award,” she expressed. “I am so grateful to have been able to work closely with a professor who takes the time to truly get to know her students and advocate for them in any way that she can. I have been very lucky to be a student at BU with professors like Dr. Edguer, who care so much about their students! I am just so humbled by my nomination.” BU normally holds a reception to celebrate the outstanding female students every year, but because of the pandemic, they have turned their focus to promoting Women’s Week online. Profiles with more details about MacDiarmid and Hollier, as well as the other 15 students, can be found on BU’s website at

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Week 4: Show me the Money! This week is all about finance. Get your Camera’s ready this week is all about taking pictures. If you were born in November your autopac is due! Gill & Schmall can help, along with any other Travel, investment and insurance needs you have. Take a picture in front of Taylor Law office and share/tag with Neepawa Chamber. Show your support to our long time law office!

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A truckload of pizza for Victoria’s Quilts Victoria’s Quilts Canada Neepawa chapter says thank you to the community. They received a most heartening response to the 2021 fundraising effort. In place of their annual Irish Stew St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser, the group sent out order forms for frozen pizzas from Rosie’s Pizza, of Laurier. Rosie’s produced 621 pizzas– this is the largest single fundraiser she has supplied to date. Pictured: Audrey Heffell, Jaqueline Olmstead and Susan Phillips were part of the organization/delivery team March 10 at the Beautiful Plains County Court parking lot. Other volunteers were busy with delivering in the area. PHOTO BY CHRISTINE WADDELL

Still locally owned, still locally operated Chicken Chef owners won’t mess with restaurant’s formula for success

By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press While it’ll be under a new name in April, the owners and operators of the soon-tobe former Chicken Corral are telling the public not to be too worried about any other radical changes. On Tuesday, Mar. 2, via Chicken Chef’s social media page, it was announced that a group of investors had purchased the Chicken Corral building in Neepawa. The new owners would be rebranding the restaurant under the Chicken Chef banner, and begin operation of the business on Apr. 1. Plumas’ Tom Yandeau, his son Zach Yandeau, Bonny G. Soper from Gladstone and Nicole Madsen of Hamiota, are the partnership group that’ll be taking over

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the restaurant. Tom Yandeau, speaking on behalf of the new owners, explains the mindset behind the purchase. “Well, [we] like chicken, so that was a big reason,” Yandeau noted with a chuckle. “We had interest in investing locally. We think the market has potential. We looked into the former Chicken Delight building, at first. We also thought about a new building on the CN grounds there. We were, in fact, about to buy a lot when the opportunity with Chicken Corral came to our attention.” Yandeau said the timing of the Chicken Corral coming onto the market at this point in time was simply too perfect to ignore.

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Minor, but positive changes Yandeau noted to the Banner & Press that unlike other restaurant franchises, the independent owners are allowed a fair amount of leeway on the menu. “There is a core menu that every Chicken Chef has, to ensure consistency. But we are also allowed to add items that we think would be popular with the customers. [Head office] is pretty open about what we can do and we do have a few plans. We plan on doing, perhaps once a month, a steak night, for example as a fundraiser for a local group. Things like minor ball or the gun club, for example.

So, we have some free reign on stuff like that,” Yandeau said. As for the employees, Yandeau noted that they have reached out to everyone who was a part of the business before COVID-19 restricted in-restaurant dining and said they’re welcome to return , if they so desire. “The whole staff will be coming back. We’ve talked to everyone. They’ve all been promised their jobs, if they want them. It just depends if some of them moved on during the COVID thing, but They’re all welcome to come back to start with us for sure,” noted Yandeau. In closing, Yandeau was adamant that the new ownership was very much looking forward to remaining a community oriented business. The franchise shift over to the Chicken Chef is currently scheduled for Apr. 1.

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MARCH 12, 2021

Neepawa Natives Cash Draw able to succeed amid COVID precautions

By Eoin Devereux

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The grand prize winners of the Neepawa Natives’ annual Cash Draw is likely not the only ones who are happy with this year’s end result. The 2021 edition of the lottery was held on Saturday, Mar. 6 at the NACTV studio. For this year, the annual event, which raises funds for the ongoing operation of the Junior “A” Hockey Club, saw an 18 per cent increase in total sales compared to 2020. Head coach and general manager Ken Pearson said seeing an increase in support like this, especially during these times, was fantastic. Pearson added that the restrictions related to COVID-19, in a way, may have made things a bit easier. “I don’t think [sales] were more challenging this year. With the restrictions that were in place because of the pandemic, I think it was easier to contact people by phone, as most people were at home and not as busy,” stated Pearson. Pearson added that the entire organization was very thankful to everyone for their support of the cash draw and the team, especially with what everyone has been going through over the course of the year. The MJHL regular season was halted, and ultimately cancelled after just a quarter of the scheduled games had been played. Cash Draw winners happy to support team As for the actual cash


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ensure they remain viable in the region. Darryl Kulbacki agreed and added that for a smaller hockey

market, such as Neepawa, supporting things like the cash draw is very important for ongoing sustainability. As for the complete list of Cash Draw winners, this year’s recipients include: $500 winners: Kristen Cook, Don Schmall, D a n n y B r a y, C r a i g Fedorowich ( Mountain Dental), Kevin Enns, Bob Durston, Cole McCaig, Gaynor Vivian, Connie Thorn and Murray and Marg Van Buskirk. $1 , 0 0 0 w i n n e r s : Chris Warwaruk, Robert Kunzelman, Jane McLaren, Ty Magotiaux and Brent Hunter. 50/50 pr i ze w i n ner($8,250): Chris Warwaruk. $15,000 grand prize winners: Ray and Darryl Kulbacki.


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Over the weekend, COVID-19 prevention orders loosened a little bit more for many industries, but not for all, and Public Health is aiming for another round of changes when current orders expire at 12:01 am on Mar. 26. The good news is that unlike in the fall, Manitoba’s COVID-19 positive and presumptive case counts and test positivity rates continue to trend in the right direction. Meanwhile, another vaccine formulation received Health Canada approval last week, and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recently determined that second doses (in two-dose vaccine formulations) can be delayed by as many as four months. The Manitoba government has set a goal to administer 20,000 jabs daily in order to keep up with the minimum 1.5 million doses it expects to receive from the federal government between April and June 2021. According to Johanu Botha, operational lead for the COVID-19 vaccine task force, the Province will make good on its commitment to provide a single shot to all adult Manitobans by May 18, 2021. This is excellent news, because we understand that the past couple of months have been extremely challenging for many business owners, especially small and medium sized enterprises and those in the hospitality and personal services sectors. Amid the second wave and associated public health measures which closed all non-essential businesses and restricted others’ operations due to gath-

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Obituary Ronald Harold Porteous Howe It is with great sadness that the Howe family announce the passing of Ronald Harold Porteous Howe on February 28, 2021, with his daughter Loraine at his side. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 70 years, Lila May Howe (Montgomery), his daughters Beverly (Tony) Magalas of Spruce Grove, AB, Loraine (Cornel) Stuart of Winnipeg, his son Brian (Ann-Marie) of Winnipeg and his sister Myra (Dave) Bennet of Neepawa. Ron’s legacy will live on with his grandchildren: Dana (Lance) Jumaga of Edson, Alberta, Jarret (Julie) Magalas of Spruce Groove, AB, Chad (Jill) Stuart of Winnipeg, Melisa (Michael) Chirsky of Winnipeg, and Michael Green of Winnipeg His aspiring followers were his great grandchildren: Jonas and Evleen Jumaga, Kailey, Gabriel, Lila and Luka Magalas, Lachlann Stuart, Jackson and Brooklyn Daigle. Each one has their own story and memory of Gramps. Uncle, or better known as “Unc”, to the families of Lionel (Sandra) McGhie, Les McGhie, Lorna (Peter) Wirt, Betty Nelson, Donald (Kathy) Nelson, Bill (Debbie) Nelson, Wayne (Joanne) Nelson,. Cameron (Tanis) Bennet, Craig (Jacquie) Bennet. We would like to honour the relationship Dad had with extended family and community members that kept in touch with him throughout his life. These friendships were an especially important connection during the past year of isolation. Dad will be reunited with his parents: Ann and Harold Howe, mother and father-in-law Joseph and Lena Montgomery. Sisters and brothers-in-law: Phyllis and Neil Gillies, Jean and Harvey Nelson, June and Lewis McGhie. Nephews: Jack Nelson, Randy Nelson and most recently, Dennis McGhie. Dad’s favourite expression was, “I wonder what the poor people are doing”. These words were our cue to understanding that Dad was feeling happy and fulfilled by the abundance of supportive friends, loving family and a cornucopia of sustenance that made him believe in the “riches” of the life that he was living. Life wasn’t always easy, but his finest memories were of camping, family and eating hotdogs with a group of friends at happy hour. Dad was born in Neepawa March 22, 1931 to Ann and Harold Howe. He attended Oak Dale School and later Inkerman School. After school, Ron trained as a butcher and worked at Fenwicks department store. In June 1950 Ron married Lila in Arden, Manitoba and then farmed with his Dad for a short time while living in the Inkerman District. In 1953, Ron was employed with BA Oil Company, then Gulf Oil, where he was manager. During this time in Neepawa, Ron was a school trustee and a member of the Elks Lodge and Rotary. Ron transferred with Gulf Oil to Dauphin, Manitoba in 1970 and later moved on to the Dauphin Consumers Co-operative service station. In 1985, Ron and Lila moved to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and they were caretakers of the Odd Fellows Towers. Ron and Lila, in their spare time, guarded at the RCMP detachment. Finally, in retirement, they moved into Winnipeg in 2006. The trail of friends in each place followed them everywhere. They “knew” more people than the average person by far. Company travelling through always called in or stopped; we as family had to book an appointment to see them without company. Dad would meet people anywhere and everywhere and would have a conversation with a simple “hello”. Without ANY effort, he would soon know someone who knew someone or even better a relative or even better yet find out that Dad, himself, was related to that person. His interviewing skills were incredible; one mouth, two ears, listen twice as much as you talk. Simple as that. To encounter Dad was an experience. He remembered everything about everyone he met. His trusting ability was priceless. Who loans a spare tire, when you cannot afford another, but Dad. House parties or campground parties were not complete without Dad and Mom’s food. Strangers were welcome, just a friend they had not yet met, they were

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still welcome. The time of day didn’t matter, just come over anyway...who does that, you ask, Ron and Lila did. Ron’s love of music brought him much comfort. Ron’s sister Myra would come to play piano when he needed cheering up. She would record music and play to him on the phone while Dave played the drum. Ron wasn’t the best singer or dancer, but that didn’t stop him. He could laugh at himself and make others laugh with him. Dad could wrap an extension cord and organize a desk that would impress Martha Stewart. Dad had his opinions on driving a vehicle with only a 1/2 tank of gas, DON’T DO IT! The car never moved until every single flake of snow had been removed. The trunk of his car held a closet full of emergency equipment, just in case! He believed if you looked after your belongings, they would not let you down... same went with humans. Ron was proud of his family and could not believe they belonged to him! His humble manner was great when he said, “Chief” was on Brian’s office door, Beverly was a nurse and trained the medical world in computers and Loraine graduated college while dealing with health issues. Good enough NEVER was, according to Dad, and we accomplished that. Dad was real, not perfect. His love of sports, an accomplished curler who represented Manitoba at the Corby Cup in Prince Rupert in 1969. After that experience bonspiels in rural Manitoba would never be the same. The sound of a corn broom smacking the ice would choke Dad up to this day. He groomed a few of the Nelson boys for his rink only to find out they were also his guardian angels. The party wasn’t even started if Dad wasn’t there and if that was the case, the party came to him. Great memories of the left over chips and pop left over for us kids the next day. Dad had a nickname for everyone, Highpockets, Ladders, Ski, Baron, Waynner, Stewie, to name a few. You never knew who he was talking about. Clockwork loyalty, on time and always early. He taught trust and ethics. He always treated people like he’d known them for years, as he probably had, we didn’t know for sure. Ron loved having tricks played on him, the subject of campground stories would be of Ron being the target on purpose. It didn’t matter how long a conversation with Dad was, he always appeared to NOT be in a rush, even though he probably had Mom waiting. Dad would bring people home for supper without telling Mom...she could make a feast with dainties like a drive through window. This article won’t be complete without summer holiday memories. As a family, we travelled with an envelope of money, when the money ran out, the holiday was over. We travelled coast to coast, Mom was the GPS and Dad was the driver. We travelled in a car without AC and camped in a tent and eventually graduated to a 13 foot trailer. Not one meal was eaten in a restaurant, no matter the weather. Only so much in the envelope! Dad and Mom spent quality time together watching sports, whether live or on TV. Don’t call during the Stanley Cup or World Curling Championships! They spent two winters in Kelowna, where they enjoyed visiting with friends and family. They attended Country Fest, annually, into their 70s, camping in their Westfalia van. And yet another adventure included a drive up the Alaska Highway in May!! Remembrance Day was emotional for Dad, his gratitude for freedom and country. He insisted on a flagpole and flag at the Odd Fellows Towers and it was up every morning and down every night. His campsite always displayed the Canadian flag. Dad had no favourite foods, but food in general and lots of it for company. They never bought quality wieners; rather, bulk, for the campground, much to the disapproval of family. Every man has a plan - and if you don’t have a plan make a plan to get a plan - that was Dad. Dad’s plan to reunite with Mom at Lions Manor fell short. Patience; we learnt, Dad had buckets for some things and very little for others. He waited 19 months to be reunited with Mom. Interment at Riverside cemetery at a later date. “Keep your stick on the ice” Ronny. He didn’t tell us how to live; he lived, and let us watch him do it.

Obituary Grace Ethel Single (Armstrong)

On swift wings, Heaven welcomed another angel Thursday, March 4, 2021. Grace Ethel Single (Armstrong) at Luther Home in Winnipeg, MB at the age of 91. She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother & friend to many. Left to cherish her memory are her three children ,daughter Lois Gower; sons - Neil (Baozhu Li) and Grant Single. Eight grandchildren - Rosalie Gower Baldwin (Sean), Matt (Léanne) and Andrew Gower, Adam (Kristen) & Eric Single, Christine Cyr (Kirk), Lauren Single (Tanner) and Alyssa Single (Ethan). Seven greatgrandchildren: Nicholas Gower, Léo and Zoé Gower, Cheyenne, Isabelle, Colt Single’s and Hayden Read. Nephew Lyle Armstrong (Arlette), Lyle’s mother Pauline Paulson and Grace’s brother-in-law Harold Single (Gail), along with cousins and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband of nearly 58 years, Gottlieb, August 23, 2006, her parents Clarence George and Elizabeth (Stewart) Armstrong; three brothers – Douglas (Anna), Harvey and Murray. She was born July 7, 1929 at Mekiwin, Man., the third child to Clarence and Elizabeth (Stewart) Armstrong. She then moved with her family to the Armstrong family homestead that her dad had purchased from his father. She attended Deseronto School grades 1-8, Plumas & Gladstone for high school and Tuxedo Armories in Winnipeg for a six week teacher training course. The term of 1946-47, she taught at Grassy River School near Waldersee, Man. and worked in the restaurant in Glenella after teaching. It was while living in the area that she meet the love of her life, Gottlieb Single, they where married October 1, 1949 and she became a farmer’s wife. Mom loved to garden & can, sew – making clothes, patchwork quilts, for any and later years diapers, face clothes, etc. for the church missions; to knit all kinds of things – a lot of curling sweaters (winter time at Deseronto School, all the students sat around the wood stove in the afternoon and learned to knit and make socks for the soldiers while the teacher read to them). She was a great cook and baker, an active member of Christ Lutheran Church Waldersee, a Sunday School teacher there, did substitute teaching over the years, including at Grass River Colony when they first started the colony, Glenville Seniors – volunteering on a lot of committees there, bingo, watching curling, volunteering for everything, on many event planning committees, spent four years with several others putting together the Glenella & Districts Tracks of Time history book and advised on the putting together of “More Tracks of Time”. She loved visiting with family and friends was most often the first person to welcome new comers to the neighborhood with a fresh made cake or muffins. Nothing made her happier than being with her children, grandchildren, & great-grand children. She will always be loved and greatly missed by her family, friends and acquaintances. Her family wishes to say a very special thank you to her numerous caring Home Care Workers & sometimes Nurses, who tended to her while in her apartment and to the Luther Home staff, who gave her such great care the four months she was there. Job well done everyone. A Private Graveside Service was held on Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Waldersee Cemetery at 2:00 PM with Pastor Jim & Hilde Vickars officiating. Interment followed at Waldersee Cemetery. Pallbearers were Matthew Gower, Adam Single, Eric Single and Ivan Single. Clarke’s Funeral Home Gladstone ~ MacGregor in care of arrangements.

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C2 Charolais Annual Bull & Female Sale, Wednesday March 31 - 1:00 pm at the farm, La Riviere, MB. Selling 40 yearling Charolais bulls as well as select Purebred & commercial heifers. For a catalogue or more information contact Jeff at 204-2424448 or T Bar C Cattle Co. at 306-220-5006. View the catalogue online at www., and on sale day watch & bid online at (PL#116061)

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Meyers Gun Auction. April 18, 2021. To consign call Brad @ 204-476-6262, Also selling restaurant equipment.

Obituary Reverend Gordon Ivan Fulford With sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Gordon on February 24, 2021. Due to COVID-19, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place. More of his life can be viewed by visiting Gordon's Memorial page at

Melvin “Garry” Gabel

Melvin "Garry" Gabel, beloved husband of Yolanda Gabel, passed away March 2, 2021 at Country Meadows Personal Care Home, Neepawa, Manitoba at the age of 83 years. Garry was born in Ashern, Manitoba on October 27, 1937. He was one of the six children born to John and Lydia Gabel. Garry moved to Glenella when he was very young and he attended Glenella School. He worked several places, before ending up in Red Lake, Ontario, where he helped build Louis Sage’s house. It was there that he met Yolanda. They moved back home to Glenella and got married in 1962. They were married 59 wonderful years. In 1962, Garry took over the farm quarter from his Dad. It was in the early ‘60s that he also built the garage in Glenella with his Uncle Gus. In 1974, he opened up the Arctic Cat dealership in Glenella, where he sold snowmobiles and equipment. He worked at the garage, Cat Shop and the farm with his son until 2005 when they moved to Alberta. It was in Alberta that Garry was a millwright mechanic working on the drill rigs. He moved back to Glenella in the fall of 2017, where Garry enjoyed his retirement. He spent his last remaining days at the Country Meadows Personal Care Home in Neepawa. Garry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Yolanda (Letourneau), his son Robert (Irene); grandchildren Brooke (Kenny), Randy (Nicole); great grandchildren Chase and Luke. He also leaves his brothers Ted and Kelly and sister Betty. Garry was predeceased by his parents John and Lydia, his brother Dwight, his sister Evelyn, also his great grandson Micha. White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.



In Memory

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In Loving Memory of our daughter Susan Ann Slater-Vermette January 20, 1963 – March 12, 2016

I plan on making mommy and daddy’s life a roller coaster ride, so I may as well start it right by being “a couple weeks early”! Hi… name is

Zayden Stanley Myker,

my mommy is Ashley and my daddy is Adam. I am 8 lbs. 1.4 oz.; 21 inches tall, cute as a button, have a full head of hair and sexy eyes. I was born on February 16, 2021 just before midnight! Let the fun begin! Hey dad, when do I get my first motorcycle? My biggest fans are first time grandparents, Bernadette and Lawrence Myker; first time aunt Niki and uncle Carlos.

In loving memory of

Joyce McCaskill

who left us on March 11, 2016 Every day in some small way We miss you more than words can say, In our hearts you will always stay, Loved and remembered everyday. Forever loved and missed by the families of Murray, Glenda, Lynnette, Judy, Marlin and Ron's children Stetson and Lacie.

Leonard Albert Bray

Obituary Joan Elizabeth Kennedy (nee Finlay)

1926-2021 It is with profound sadness that the family wishes to announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandmother, Great Aunt, Joan Kennedy. Surrounded by family, she passed away peacefully at the Neepawa Hospital on March 6th at age 95. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister Lorraine, three sons Grant, Keith and Ken (Janice) Kennedy, nine Grandchildren Marcy (Neil) Whelpton, Kirk (Shanna) Kennedy, Kendra (Ren) Bouchard, Ryan (Onyinye), Travis (Mackenzie) and Blake Kennedy, Gordon (Jaime), Jimmy (Sharina) Kennedy and Alison (Mike) Pearl, seventeen Great Grandchildren and two Great Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Joan was born in the Ethelbert Hospital on January 14th, 1926 to Herb & Francis Finlay. As a family of a railroad man, they lived in Renwar and Sprague, Manitoba, before settling in the Salisbury District NE of Neepawa. Joan was the second of four girls (Helen (deceased), Joan, Lorraine & Edna (deceased)). After attending Glenholm School, Joan moved to Winnipeg and briefly worked at Eaton’s. On July 3rd, 1945, Joan wed Ken Kennedy at the Eden United Church. Together, they farmed in the Eden area until dad’s passing in 2002, raising three sons and working side by side on a mixed farm of cattle, swine and grain. It was a deep mutual love and partnership which endured the trials of life and ended with her saying even recently that “she had married the best man to live on the earth”! She looked forward to joining him again and reuniting as a team! Following Dad’s passing, Joan moved into Elks Manor in Neepawa in Sept 2002 and resided there for 19 years, before spending a brief 8 month stint at the Yellowhead Manor Supportive Housing, before moving on to Country Meadows Personal Care Home for the last 6 weeks of her life. Joan’s focus and passion were for her marriage and the extended family which came forth from it. She was an excellent homemaker and great cook, as well as grain truck driver or farm hand, doing what needed to get done both in the home and out on the farm! All she needed for her happiness is that all her family were happy and healthy. She was loyal to a fault and very protective to all family members. We are going to miss her dearly! As per her wishes, a small private family ceremony will be held at the Neepawa Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Neepawa Palliative Care Unit at the Neepawa Hospital or the Neepawa Hospital Foundation. White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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Wolfgang von Hertzberg

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Wolfgang von Hertzberg, known to all as Wolf, on March 5, 2021. Survived by and left to cherish Wolf’s memory are his daughter Ilsa and her husband Roy Hamilton, grandchildren Danny and Amanda and her husband Morgan Fics, his great granddaughter Kaia Wolf, Wolf’s son, Rudolph, and Buzz Bradley and his wife Jo and their family, whom Wolf was a father figure to. Wolf moved to Canada from Germany when he was a young man. He first worked as a cook for the miners in Thompson, Manitoba, and eventually worked in the mine himself. After moving to Starbuck, Manitoba, Wolf worked on the Westerlund farm and saved up to buy his own farm in 1964. Wolf’s farm was the pride and joy of his life. A hardworking man who loved the outdoors, he managed a diverse farm with a range of animals, from chickens to cattle, bulls to horses and even had a go with some peacocks. He especially loved and cared deeply for his many dogs over the years. We would like to offer a special thanks to Denise McDougall for taking Wolf’s dog and keeping him in the family and to all the staff at Country Meadows for loving and caring for Wolf in his final years. Wolf always had a smile for everyone, whether he knew you or you’d just met. A good hearted and kind man, Wolf had a way of making anyone feel safe and special. He was quick witted, always cracking jokes, and carried a pocket full of Werther’s Originals that he readily gave out. People affectionately called him the candy man. He loved his family and taught us all not to take life too seriously. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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March 2015. As time goes by with out you, and days turn into years, they hold a million memories, and a thousand silent tears. To us you were so special, what more is there to say, except we wish with all our hearts, that you were here today. If our tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, we'd walk right up to heaven, and bring you home again. Lovingly remembered and forever missed. Kay and family

Beautiful memories are ours to keep They last till the longest day They never wear out They never get lost and can never be given away. To some you may be forgotten To others part of the past But to us who loved and lost you, your memory will always last. Lovingly Cherished and missed Mum, Dad and Jim

Obituary Leonard Albert Bray passed away in the Neepawa Hospital on February 20, 2021, at the age of 76 years. Leonard was born to Cyril and Muriel (Sumner) Bray on April 22, 1944 in Neepawa. He attended school there and later went on to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Manitoba. After graduation, he worked in Ottawa, Ontario for a couple of years, before returning to Winnipeg, where he began his employment at Manitoba Hydro. Leonard worked for Hydro for the next 48 years, until his retirement in 2014. He then retired to the home farm at Neepawa, where he had remained involved over the years. He lived there until 2020, when he moved into Third Crossing Manor at Gladstone. Leonard was predeceased by his parents, Cyril and Muriel, and his younger brother, David. He is survived by his 3 nephews: Danny (Terri) and children, Jenna, Rylan and Ethan; Ronnie (Jocelyn) and children, Erica and Ashley; Kenny (Cathy) and children, Sierra Jones (Levi and children, Isaac and Bennett), Morgan and Kian; and 1 niece, Diane (Matthew) and children, Mary and Alice, as well as his sister-in-law Carol Bray. Cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa at a later date.

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TURTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION Kindergarten Registration for the 2021 Fall Term will be held during the regular school hours between March 1 and March 26, 2021 at the following schools: Alonsa School Tele # 204-767-2168 Glenella School Tele # 204-352-4253 Ste. Rose School Tele # 204-447-2088 McCreary School Tele # 204-835-2083 We are once again proud to offer a Full-Time Kindergarten Program. All children born on or before December 31, 2016 are eligible to register. To register you will need to bring your child’s Manitoba Health PHIN# and one of the following: Birth Certificate, Baptismal certificate, Certificate of live birth, Health card or Statutory declaration. If you have any questions, please feel free to call your school today.

MORTGAGE SALE The buildings and land known as 6 Arden Drive, Neepawa Manitoba and as described in Certificate of Title No. 2953237/5 will be sold at auction on Wednesday the 7th day of April , 2021 at 10:00 a.m. by a licensed auctioneer, by way of video or teleconference. Attendees are required to pre-register with Taylor McCaffrey LLP at least 24 hours prior to the auction by submitting the following information: 1. your full legal name; 2. your email address; 3. your telephone number; 4. the address of the subject property; and 5. the date and time of the auction by telephone to 204-988-0443 or by e-mail to dransom@ On the date of the auction, an email will be sent to all attendees at the email addresses provided. The attendees will need to follow the instructions in the email, which will include a video link or teleconference call-in information. The successful bidder shall have a period of 24 hours to provide the deposit in certified funds payable to Taylor McCaffrey LLP and sign the auction sale conditions. TO THE BEST of the vendor's knowledge, there is situated on the property a one storey single family dwelling built in 1981, approximately 1254 square feet, full partially finished basement, located on a lot with 37.42 foot frontage. PRIOR ENCUMBRANCES: Caveat No. 48379/5 REALTY TAXES (excluding any accruing water charges) are paid to December 31, 2019. TERMS OF SALE: a deposit of $32,000.00 by way of certified cheque or bank draft payable to Taylor McCaffrey LLP, and the balance according to conditions which will be available for public view at the Auctioneer's address above prior to the auction. The property will be sold subject to a Reserve Bid of $224,200.00 plus such other additional and incidental costs which may be incurred by the Vendor from the 28th day of February, 2021 to the date of auction and which costs will be announced prior to the commencement of the sale. The auction sale will be conducted pursuant to an Order for Sale issued by the District Registrar. Certain parties may be prohibited from purchasing the property, including but not limited to, parties who by virtue of their employment or relationship to a person involved in the sale process would have special knowledge of the circumstances pertaining to the sale. For more information and a list of prohibited purchasers please visit: FURTHER information may be obtained from:

2200-201 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3L3 Attention: Daniel Ransom Phone: 204-988-0443 File No.: 16775-2801

NOTICE TO CREDITORS In the matter of the Estate of Jean Russell Freeman, late of Neepawa, Manitoba, Deceased. All claims against the above estate, supported by Statutory Declaration, must be sent to the attention of: Marlene Klimchuk, Estates Administration, at 155 Carlton St., Suite 500, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 5R9 on or before the 12th day of March, 2021. Dated at Winnipeg, Manitoba, this 1sr Day of March, 2021. Nicole Hamilton The Public Guardian and Trustee of Manitoba Administrator

You are invited to attend

The Municipality Of WestLake-Gladstone 2021 Financial Plan Public Hearing Wednesday April 14th, 2021 7:00 pm at the Stride Hall in Gladstone

At this time, the Council will present the proposed 2021 Financial Plan. The presentation will provide an overview of the proposed financial plan followed by a forum for questions and comments from the public. The purpose of the hearing is to allow any interested person to make a representation, ask questions or register an objection. Copies of the proposed financial plan are available upon request at the municipal office, 14 Dennis St. East in Gladstone, MB during regular business hours after March 31st. Questions and remarks may also be directed in writing to Coralie Smith, Chief Administrative Officer or through email at Consultation with our community is an important component of the Municipality’s budget process. Council encourages you to attend. (In accordance with subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act) Coralie Smith, CMMA Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone March 5, 2021

TURTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION École Laurier French Immersion Inscription à la maternelle Kindergarten Registration L’inscription à la maternelle à temps plein aura lieu du 1 mars au 26 mars, 2021. Tous les enfants qui sont nés avant le 31 décembre, 2016 sont admissibles. Veuillez apporter à l’école, votre carte d’immatriculation ainsi qu’un des suivants : le certificat de naissance de votre enfant, le certificat de baptême, une déclaration de naissance vivante ou une déclaration solennelle. Nous sommes une école d`immersion française, la pré-maternelle à la 8ième année, et nous offrons une excellente éducation dans les deux langues officielles. Full Time French Immersion Kindergarten registration will take place from March 1 to March 26, 2021. All children born on or before December 31, 2016 are eligible to register. To register you will need to bring in your child’s Manitoba Health PHIN# and one of the following: Birth Certificate, Baptismal certificate, Certificate of live birth, Health card or Statutory declaration. We are a Jr. K-8 French Immersion school and provide an excellent education in both official languages. École Laurier Laurier, Manitoba 204-447-2068


Help Wanted

TURTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION invites applications for

FOODS Meat Cutters/Production Personnel HyLife is a global leader in food processing. Our mission is to be the best food company in the world. To achieve this, we need talented people to join our HyLife team as the company continues to grow. HyLife is committed to our employees and we have an exciting new career opportunity in the beautiful town of Neepawa, MB for you to explore! As a Meat Cutter/Production Personnel you will be a critical member of our team in the creation of our world class product. Our positions range from working on our production floor to shipping the final packaged product, with everything in between! Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to: • Slaughter and eviscerate hogs for further processing • Harvest and package edible offal • Process pork carcasses into primal cuts • Butcher and package pork primal cuts into value added specifications for local, national and international premium markets • Carry out other tasks related to processing of meat for shipping to customers or storage • Sanitation People who will succeed as members of our team will: • Enjoy working in a fast paced, stable long-term work environment • Appreciate working in a culturally diverse workplace. We employ people from all over the world! • Treat people with dignity and respect • Open to working in colder/warmer environments • Physically Fit • Experience as an industrial butcher or trimmer is an asset

Current starting wage is $15.45/hour plus $1.00/hour perfect attendance bonus! Wage scale extends to $23.05 per hour In addition to HyLife’s benefits, vacation time and competitive salary our company also offers a $500 dollar employee referral bonus program! HyLife is here to support you on building an exciting career with our team! If you have the qualifications and the passion to meet this challenge then we would like to explore your potential. Please apply online at or email to or mail to PO Box 10,000, 623 Main St E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0.

We want it to be YOU! Come join our HyLife team. We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted

Ste. Rose School

Band/Music (.5) and Middle Years Full Time Term Teacher September 7, 2021 – June 30, 2022 Applications close at noon on Friday, March 19, 2021. For more information Contact Rhonda Buchanan Submit letter of application and resume to: or Rhonda Buchanan, Principal Ste. Rose School Box 129, Ste. Rose, MB R0L 1S0 Phone 447-2088, Fax 447-2457


TURTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION Invites Applications for the following position:

Transportation Supervisor


The Transportation Supervisor shall be responsible for the organization of the Division’s transportation system. Qualification: • Valid Class 5 drivers license • Experience in a Supervisory and Managerial Capacity • Red Seal Trade Certification as a Truck/Transport or Bus Mechanic would be an asset For further information on this position, please contact Shannon Desjardins, Secretary Treasurer at or (204) 835-2067 x 203 Applications close noon on March 19, 2021. Forward Applications complete with 3 references to: Mrs. Shannon Desjardins, Secretary-Treasurer Turtle River School Division Box 309 McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0 Phone: 835-2067 or Fax: 835-2426 Email:

Invites Applications for the following position:

Although all applications are appreciated, a selection process will apply. Candidates that have been selected will be contacted.

Although all applications are appreciated, only candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted.

Transportation/ Maintenance Supervisor Assistant The Transportation/Maintenance Supervisor Assistant shall work under the direct supervision of the Transportation Supervisor and Maintenance Supervisor to maintain both the school divisions Transportation and Maintenance department in a reliable and cost effective manner. Qualification: • Valid Class 5 drivers license • Red Seal Trade Certification in any of the Trades would be an asset • General knowledge of woodworking, plumbing and electrical For further information on this position, please contact Shannon Desjardins, Secretary Treasurer at or (204) 835-2067 x 203 Applications closes noon March 19, 2021. Forward Applications complete with 3 references to: Mrs. Shannon Desjardins, Secretary-Treasurer Turtle River School Division Box 309 McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0 Phone: 835-2067 or Fax: 835-2426 Email: Although all applications are appreciated, a selection process will apply. Candidates that have been selected will be contacted.

Brightside Dental Care Gladstone currently has a career opportunity for a Temp/Part time:

Brightside Dental Care Gladstone currentlyDENTAL has a career opportunity for a Temp/Part time: REGISTERED HYGIENIST As part of a dental team, the Hygienist is responsible for administering Brightside Dental Care’s comprehensive periodontal care program. This includes providing dental hygiene treatments, oral health education, and preventive care to patients.


Responsibilities: • As Perform clinical treatments establishedis dental hygienefor procedures, including but not limited taking radiographs part of a dental team,using the Hygienist responsible administering Brightside Dentalto,Care’s and administering local anesthetic; comprehensive periodontal care program. This includes providing dental hygiene treatments, oral health • Educate patients on proper oral health; education, and preventive care to patients. • Create hygiene treatment plans, customized to the needs of the patient;

Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op is hiring


at our GAS BAR/C-STORE DEPARTMENTS in NEEPAWA AND GLADSTONE, MANITOBA. Who we are: Co-op does business differently. As a co-operative, we believe in working together to serve Western Canadians, delivering profits back to our communities and investing in sustainable growth. To learn more about who we are and how you can help bring our brand to life, visit us at We are looking for: Reporting directly to Gas Bar/C-Store Manager, this position is exposed to all aspects of the Gas Bar/CStore and operates within approved budgets, policies and programs. The Manager Trainee works as an understudy of the Manager, completes on the job Cooperative Retail System (CRS) training, attends CRS training programs and learns on the job. The successful candidate will be responsible for learning aspects of the Gas Bar/C-Store department including but not limited to; sales, marketing, pricing, inventory control, merchandising, and staff management. At Co-op, we embrace diversity and inclusion, and we are working to create a workplace that is as diverse as the communities we serve. We support and provide an environment that allows all to bring their whole selves to work. Apply online at or contact us at for more information.


IN THE MATTER OF the Estate of George Leonard Born, late of the Municipality of McCreary, in the Province of Manitoba, deceased. ALL CLAIMS against the above Estate, duly verified by Statutory Declaration, must be sent to the undersigned at P.O. Box 551, Dauphin, Manitoba, R7N 2V4, on or before the 6th day of April, 2021, after which date, the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims of which the Executor then has notice. DATED at the City of Dauphin, in the Province of Manitoba, this 23rd day of February, 2021. JOHNSTON & COMPANY Jason P. Beyette Solicitor for the Executor

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Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op is hiring


at our ADMIN OFFICE in NEEPAWA, MANITOBA. Who we are: Co-op does business differently. As a co-operative, we believe in working together to serve Western Canadians, delivering profits back to our communities and investing in sustainable growth. To learn more about who we are and how you can help bring our brand to life, visit us at We are looking for: Reporting to the Controller, the successful candidate’s primary accounting responsibilities include: review, variance analysis and preparation of financial statements. Reconcile accounts, assist with internal and external auditing functions. Assist with annual budget and periodic forecasting. Develop and/or assist with reporting requirements and POS system processes. Development and maintenance of standard operating procedures. Other duties as assigned. Primary asset protection responsibilities include: managing inventory shortages and reducing shrink, assessing areas of risk and implementing policies and procedures to mitigate risks, respond appropriately to emergencies, incidents, and urgent issues as they arise, and other duties as assigned. Qualifications: • Strong software aptitude including MS Office, knowledge of POS systems considered an asset. • Strong verbal and written communication skills. • Proven mathematical and organizational skills, ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. • Ability to efficiently prioritize responsibilities within tight deadlines in a fast paced, team- oriented environment. • Ability to identify errors and fix and process information correctly and in a timely manner. • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in the accounting field. • Working towards Bachelor of Commerce or Business Admin with a major in accounting. • Must be bondable At Co-op, we embrace diversity and inclusion, and we are working to create a workplace that is as diverse as the communities we serve. We support and provide an environment that allows all to bring their whole selves to work. Apply online at or contact us at for more information.

Education and Qualifications: Responsibilities: • Graduate of an accredited dental hygiene program required;dental completion of Local Anestheticincluding Module preferred; • Perform clinical treatments using established hygiene procedures, but not limited • Patient-focused individual with the ability to foster an open, and friendly atmosphere; to, taking radiographs and administering local caring anesthetic; • Superior communication • Educate patientsand oninterpersonal proper oralskills; health; • Ability build trust and maintain positive team relationships; • toCreate hygiene treatment plans, customized to the needs of the patient; • Commitment to educating and caring for patients; and • Education Interest in professional and personal development. and Qualifications: •

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We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Letter to the editor: Outrage and concern over COVID-19 response at McCreary/Alonsa Personal Care Home Thanks for this opportunity to voice my concerns about what has happened in one PCH that I am familiar with. My partner, Gerald, is a resident at McCreary Alonsa Personal Care Home. On Jan. 4, at about 10 p.m., I received a call from the facility manager, informing me that I could no longer visit Gerald, as the facility was under lockdown, due to several residents testing positive for COVID-19. When I asked if Gerald was positive, I was told that he had not been tested because he was asymptomatic. I voiced my concern and explained that I had reported that he was symptomatic four days before and besides, how would he be able to tell them if he had a headache, no taste or smell, etc, as he is unreliable with his decreased cognitive ability? Later that night in a phone message to this manager I voiced my concern and stated that I felt it was outrageous that all residents and staff were not tested at this time or before this. I wanted Gerald tested for sure. Gerald was, of course, positive. He, along with 30/32 residents and 23 staff members, tested positive. Nine residents died from Covid and one community member related to a staff member died from Covid. I don’t know how many residents of McCreary and the area ended up infected when their loved ones came home from the PCH infected. Gerald has been affected dramatically by the virus and even though he is considered recovered, he has deficits that may never resolve, like not being able to walk. This event has had a huge effect on a small community. I was furious that this had happened and I am left with many questions. I wonder what happened that the virus got into the facility and infected in such dramatic numbers. Someone dropped the ball here. The facility was not prepared, or the region did not give them the ability to react quickly with testing if anyone was suspected of having Covid. Staff should have felt confident to test anyone, with even vague symptoms, as soon as possible. That seems

to be the message given to the public, why not PCH residents? What have we learned from all the other care homes that had outbreaks? What did we learn from the investigation results that came out to the public from the Rivera Maples Care Home in Winnipeg? Will these recommendations be implemented in McCreary? No one has explained to me or the community what occurred, what has been done to prevent this again or apologized for the mistakes made here. Our Transition unit in McCreary has double bed rooms with four residents sharing one bathroom. This would be the perfect time to close those double rooms. My outrage is more with the fact that for months we have all been making sacrifices to keep the residents safe and someone let their guard down. Why? Staffing was short prior to Covid, but since Covid, several staff were working overtime, double shifts and were visibly tired. They were told to ration PPE and they were muzzled as far as I was concerned. I doubt the staff had anyone to talk with about how they were feeling other than an EAP number for a call centre, likely in Toronto, that could make an appointment somewhere for them to drive to add to their exhaustion. Staff were not able to talk to residents or visitors about their feelings or opinions but you knew this was so difficult for them.

Now we are left with a lack of communication about what actually happened, how or if anything has changed and a staff that continues to be demoralized and lost in all this. The recommendations from the investigation into the Maples seems to be made specific to urban care homes and not very comprehensive. I doubt that they will impact our region much and if so, will we be informed how? If our care home was in an urban setting, we should have had an investigation also. Our numbers are horrific and actually, if you use ratios for the population affected, they are as bad as Maples, which is considered the worst in our province. But alas, we are in the boonies and not much attention is paid to the residents at McCreary PCH. We have had so many decreases in services over the years with regionalization and restrictions couched in safety excuses. Cancelled services like day care programs or decreased services like physio, OT, speech therapy and nursing assessments. Personally, this was one of the hardest times/experiences I have gone through with Gerald and there have been many. He and many others end up in care by default, because there are not enough supports to keep people with dementia at home, especially in rural communities. Homecare is not funded well enough or designed in a way that

provides sufficient support to families. The system has silos of funding for departments that are not connected and/or not communicating with each other. The system needs an overhaul to protect and provide for our loved ones. McCreary has one of the best care homes in our region. It is small, with a stable staff. They know and many are related to their residents. I hate to complain, but the system problems and lack of confident leadership that gives them autonomy is evident. We need to build more small personal care homes, not huge ones that this government has planned, that reflect a home environment. The philosophy must be built around the resident/clients. They need to be as independent as possible and to remain healthy, they require the chance to be happy, go outdoors and continue to live their lives to the fullest in a community. This is not the philosophy of

a system built in the medical model that we see today. I believe we start with changing the present philosophy to one where living in a community, at home and aging in place really matters. Our efforts should reflect this philosophy with support for people who want to stay at home, which is a majority. Governments have not spent much money over the years preparing for the baby boomers, who are now entering the care system, even though we knew they were coming since the ‘80s. We need to spend more now to fix the infrastructure from prison or hospital-like places to smaller, home-like places. This could be based on the successful Danish model, which has proven cheaper and better for their residents. By the way, Prairie Mountain Health in McCreary has a large plot of land that was donated that is available right now where the first of these model care homes

could be built. We need to acknowledge that staffing is important and standards of care need to be improved. To start, at present, Gerald pays money mostly to cover accommodation at the PCH. The payment covers only about two hours of care per day for each resident. This standard should be at least four hours of care per day. I do not support mediocre care at home or if you have to live in a care home. Many people have been faced with a family member who has to be housed in a care home like Gerald and me. If you are like me, you feel the loss of the person already and then the care home system takes more and more of the resident and your choices away over time. I will end with the fact that many of us will end up in care eventually. Let’s speak out now and improve this system as soon as possible. Pam Little McCreary, MB

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Moments in Riding Mountain: Small winter miracles By Ken Kingdon Submitted

I don’t need to tell you that this past February had some nasty cold temperatures. We happened to be in self-isolation in Onanole when the temperature dipped down to -45ºC. These cold snaps make one appreciate the day to day miracles of modern life, such as central heating. I might also add the winter miracle that occurred when someone decided to add a shot of Bailey’s to hot chocolate. However, while being tucked up warm and cozy in our house, I got to thinking about the chickadees feeding at the bird feeder. There is something miraculous about small bodied animals surviving the coldest of the cold. Small animals keeping warm As many of you recognise, the smaller a body is, the harder it is to keep warm. This is a function of physics, in which the surface area of an object increases at a lower rate as its mass increases. Huh? I’m no physicist, so let’s just say that small people tend to complain about the cold more than big people. This difference is even greater when you think of very small animals, which need to work even harder to keep warm. In previous articles, I have talked about strategies used by chickadees, including

sleeping with a bunch of their friends jammed into a small cavity in a tree, and going into torpor, or suspended animation, during the night. Their feathers act as great insulation and they have almost no flesh in their legs and feet, which means that they don’t have to keep them very warm. They also feed on high energy foods such as insects, berries and seeds. I have also been thinking about mice, voles and shrews. Again, these are all small bodied animals and staying warm in the winter is always a challenge. These species tend to avoid the coldest temperatures by staying under the snow, which provides some insulation. This sub-nivean world stays at about -4ºC, which, while cool, provides enough warmth and protection over winter. There are some challenges though for these rodents and shrews. First of all, not all areas of the prairies get snow before it turns cold. Thus a snowfree November or December likely leads to pretty high mortality rates among small bodied mammals. And even if we get snow, we can get some crazy weather, such as winter rainfalls, which can result in an ice layer building up on the snow. This can create an interesting situation where the exchange of air in the snow

layer is really reduced and carbon dioxide begins to build up under the snow. Imagine dealing with four months of mouse farts, shrew body odor and morning breath from voles, and you get the idea. Small mammals have to occasionally head for the surface just to get some fresh air.

animals are cold-blooded and very tiny. How can they possibly survive the winter? Add to this the fact that most of these invertebrates are simply finding shelter under bark, or in crevices and holes in a tree. I can’t imagine that a tree offers much insulation value when it has been -30ºC for a week.

Insects in winter And then there are the other small things that persist through the winter. One of the most obvious species are the snow fleas that show up on mild days in the winter. As soon as temperatures get above 0ºC, these insects magically appear along ski tracks or snowshoe trails. Where do they come from? In the cold weather, they spend their time in the leaf litter under the snow. As the temperature rises, they make their way to the surface. I’m not entirely sure what they are up to, whether they are eating or mating, but regardless, they do it in abundance. Another common invertebrate you can spot are spiders. There are few weirder sights on a winter’s day than seeing a spider slowly walking along the surface of the snow. Likely, having been blown from their winter hiding spot under bark, they don’t move very fast or far, but the optimist in me hopes that they survive their winter walks. Unlike birds and mammals, though, these

Internal freezing For most organisms, the enemy is not the cold, per se, but rather it’s the ice that forms inside their bodies. When cellular water freezes, it creates sharp ice crystals which puncture the cell wall. This leads to the death of the cell and, when bad enough, the death of the individual. For overwintering insects and spiders, they get around this issue by producing a protein which binds to any ice crystals. This prevents the ice from damaging the cells. It’s a neat trick that cold-blooded organisms have developed, but one which science is interested in researching for such applications as de-icing airplane wings. I’ll add one final winter miracle. By March, the sun is shining, the snow melting and spring begins to make her presence known. Thank goodness for small miracles indeed. Ken Kingdon lives and works in Prince Albert National Park. 210326G0

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