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Neepawa’s time to shine Christmas lights spread cheer during COVID-19 isolation

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Even in the darkest of times, some people around Neepawa are doing what they can to bring a little light into the world. Over the weekend, many local home owners decided to switch on their Christmas lights as a means of coping with the COVID-19 self isolation requirements. This idea came from Neepawa town councillor Darryl Gerrard, who said he thought it might be a good way to bring back some humanity during this tense time. “After reading about similar events on social media going on in Canada and the [United States], I thought it might be a good way for people get out of the house, maybe go for a drive and see something positive out there. Just some type of connection while maintaining our social distancing,” said Gerrard. Like many other communities across Westman, most Neepawa residents are

doing the best they can to abide by the social distancing guidelines instituted by the provincial government to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While that is the smart and responsible thing to do at this point in time, it can create a sense of loneliness for some. Gerrard said that he hopes that the Christmas lights helped to maintain people’s mental health. “By nature, we are social creatures and like to be out and about. As more people self-isolate, the loss of contact can be very stressful. [The lights] were a safe way for all of us just to cheer up our neighbours,” Gerrard noted. Gerrard stated that Neepawa has proven to be resilient and residents have adjusted to this “new normal” as best they can. He added that municipal leaders are brainstorming some other type of community events that local residents could take part in while maintaining a safe distance from each other. The lights which shone

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weekend. The return of the Christmas lights was a local effort to help maintain people’s mental well-being during the isolation period due to COVID-19. Additional pictures will appear online at

in Neepawa were noticed all the way in Winnipeg. On Tuesday, Mar. 24, chief nursing officer for Shared Health, Lanette Siragusa

made note of the gesture during the province’s daily COVID-19 update. Siragusa said that this local effort to lift people’s moods was an

example of how small efforts can make a world of a difference to others. See Page 9 for this weekend’s plans

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In a time of crisis, Manitobans find a way to help others. The Provincial Government has made those types of human connections just a little bit easier for those who need it most. On Monday, Mar. 23, the Province launched www.HelpNextDoorMB. ca, an online tool to connect volunteers safely with other people needing assistance. During the announcement of the new online service, premier Brian Pallister noted he was confident the generosity of Manitobans, to help those in need of assistance, would be on display through this new web application. “This new online tool captures the spirit of our province, where Manitobans in communities across our province can always be counted on to step up to assist others who need help, especially in times of need,” said Pal-

lister. “The innovative tool, created by Manitobans for Manitobans, puts people all over the province who need assistance easily in contact with those nearby – while adhering to social distancing protocols – who want to help them.” Help with the necessities The premier said www. is an important initiative for the Manitoba government, safely matching volunteers and community support to needs for goods and services, such as groceries, medication, snow-clearing and various other necessities.

Residents in greatest need, such as the elderly, disabled and those at high risk of contracting COVID-19 during the current global pandemic, will find the application very useful, Pallister noted. The online platform was designed and developed by North Forge Technology Exchange, a non-prof it and team-led Winnipeg technology organization, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. North Forge collaborated with others in the community, resulting in development of the app – the first online service of its kind in Canada – within five days.

“There are a lot of amazing people out there creating volunteer platforms, but we wanted to ensure that security and safety are embedded to protect our citizens,” said Joelle Foster, CEO for North Forge Technology Exchange. “As such, we turned to our community of innovators and we are so pleased that software development partners like Permission Click and ID Fusion Software stepped up to collaborate with us and have built this tool in record time.” In a news conference on Tuesday, Mar. 24, Pallister

noted that within the first 24 hours of activation, had generated 2,300 volunteer users in over 100 different communities. He thanked everyone who had stood up to help each other out in this time of need. “It just shows you what kind of people we are here in Manitoba. We’ve already helped dozens of people who have requested help. They

have been matched with volunteers and we know that’s just the beginning of the good that we can do with that program,” stated Pallister. “And, again, I say thanks to Manitobans for their support.” Anyone interested in volunteering or requesting assistance can access www. directly or via www.Manitoba. ca/COVID19.

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with boxes of her recent ex boyfriend’s belongings. Things really heat up when the ex, played by Gareth Nikolaisen, shows up to the flea market looking to collect the items he has carelessly left behind. The cast of colourful characters also includes two seasoned yard sale veterans– the proper and upstanding Hazel, played be Cherrise Hamilton, selling curios and

precious antiques, and the frugal and fun loving Mae, played by Amy Urquhart, selling plants dug up from her yard and fresh baking. The small cast of four and relatable subject matter made Or Best Offer the perfect show for amateur theatre group Exit Stage Left to showcase its return after going dormant Allow one of our therapists to assess and address your needs No referral needed

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since the early 2000s. The Carberry theatre group, founded in the late 1980s, enjoyed much success, with wildly popular dinner theatre shows. Exit Stage Left was able to earn enough revenue from those shows over the years to purchase stage lights for the Carberry Community hall, as well as round tables that are used regularly for wedding showers and other special events booked at the local hall. Two performances of Or Best Offer went forward on Friday, Mar. 13 and Saturday, Mar. 14. Audiences were small, which worked out well for social distancing. The cast had a lot of fun working on the show with veteran Exit Stage Left member Harold Tolton, who directed. Harold was sure to point out from the beginning that the purpose of putting on the play was to have fun. In addition to the cast braving the stage, the show


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sported a talented backstage crew; set was designed and painted by Eliza Shanahan, who serves as chaplain at CFB Shilo. Mrs. Shanahan also chose and in some cases designed all the props that completed the small town swap meet scene. Tracy Sutherland worked hard backstage coaching actors on their lines, cues and stage directions. Nicole Altenburg cut her teeth as lighting technician and operator for the Exit Stage Left show. Debbie Tolton, wife to director Harold Tolton, worked hard to

fill in whatever odd jobs needed attention; set painting, curtain operation and keeping the coffee and tea at performances topped off. Exit Stage Left will be taking the summer to review scripts for their next production, set to start rehearsal in late January, with a performances scheduled for early March 2021. If you’re interested in being involved in the script selection process, or just want to reach out and introduce yourself, email the Carberry Plains Arts Council at

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nternationally known columnist, Gwynne Dyer said this week, “….Here’s a silver lining, if you want one: in every country, we have collectively decided, without even an argument, that we care more about the lives of our fellow citizens than we do about the damned economy.” For most people, including most Canadians, Dyer has summarized the response to government action on the COVID-19 pandemic. I say most, as it is amazing how arrogant and unthinking a few people have been. When the health authorities, backed by the provincial and federal governments, tell travellers to stay at home and self-isolate, it means self-isolate. It doesn’t mean go to the store and buy a bunch of groceries, visit the kids and grandkids and then settle into your condo for a couple of days to rest up. It means stay away from people as much as possible for 14 days. Most people and businesses are taking extreme measures to reduce the amount of interaction with other people. If people are sick with any serious illness, they need to hide out for a while. If they “might” have had contact with the COVID-19 virus, then for sure, it’s time to self-isolate. As a side note, it’s interesting how every crisis adopts some new words. “Self-isolate” is a new one for me. Everyone’s legitimate fear is that their area, their town, province or country will become the next China, Italy or Spain. Hence, another new word or phrase, “flattening the curve” has become the desired goal. Everyone is now familiar with the famous blue bell-curve that neepawa

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Ken Waddell shows how any infection spreads if left unchecked. Now familiar is the flattened curve to the right of those famous graphics. What few people are saying is that the curves represent the same number of people and cases. It appears that, over time, there may not be a big difference in the total number of cases. Without a vaccine or a drug that will fight or treat COVID-19, a huge number of people will be infected by the virus. The numbers may well be the same under either curve. The difference is how many deaths. We know, that as of the date of this writing, Mar. 17, Italy is losing around 700 people a day. Obviously, nobody wants to go down that road. By flattening the curve, or delaying the infection rate, deaths may be avoided. That is a good goal, one that should be commonly accepted. The Canadian government, the provinces and the municipal governments are doing a good job. The daily updates, the explanation of the rules, the reasons for the rules are all very good. The aim is to get through this whole mess as safely as we can. The future is scary. Governments are pouring billions of dollars into various efforts to

save jobs, save businesses and the economy and that is appreciated. The trick is to minimize close contact with each other. Stay apart, stop with hugging and kissing. Travellers stay home for 14 days, avoid large groups (50 is the maximum right now, but that could change). Wash your hands! The stores have to stay open, people have to eat and get essential supplies and services. Basic commerce has to go on, or there will be no taxation to support health care, let alone anything else. Take precautions. It’s all about numbers and reducing close contact (for now, not forever). All our collective efforts may not actually reduce the number of infections but it hopefully will reduce the suffering and deaths, if we can keep our health care system up and running. Those same efforts will help us all, as citizens, as a society and an economy get back to normal, so to speak.

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o you remember, back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, when you could walk someone to their flight? Remember when you could go through security at an airport with nail clippers or a bottle of water? Remember when you could use a knife to eat once past airport security? Security at airports had slowly been tightening since air travel became available to the masses, but one event fundamentally changed things– Sept. 11, 2001. There had been terrorist acts before then, but they always happened in some MY far off country, PERSPECTIVE far from us. Until they didn’t. Today’s situation feels eerily Kate familiar. Jackman-Atkinson Outbreaks of deadly diseases are nothing new and most of them have had Canadian victims. Despite this, we got complacent and we felt invincible. Like terrorism, it was something we thought couldn’t happen here. In reality, we had been lucky, facing diseases that were less prevalent, less contagious and/or less deadly than COVID-19. It’s hard to know just how this pandemic will play out, but at this point, a few things are clear. The first is that ensuring the health care system can cope with the 20 per cent or so of infected people who will need care is essential. The second is that without a head start, aggressive measures to flatten the curve can only be achieved with huge disruptions. But it doesn’t have to be that way. While we were complacent about previous disease outbreaks, other countries weren’t. In 2002, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) came out of China. Of the 8,098 people worldwide who were infected, 774 people died. The vast majority of cases were concentrated in five locations, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Many of those countries used that experience to develop plans to deal with future pandemics. They implemented strategies such as aggressively identifying potentially infected individuals, including screening travellers and extensive testing; open sharing of information; and isolating and supporting the sick. Only those who are infected need to be isolated, but with limited ways of identifying who those people may be, most countries have had to lock down their entire populations. If infected people aren’t mixing with healthy people, life can go on as normal. This is how countries such as Taiwan, which was expected to have the second highest rate of COVID-19 infections, managed to have just 195 and two deaths and Singapore has just 509 infections and two deaths (as of Mar. 23). The countries that learned the lessons of SARS are very open about where infected people have been, publicizing where those individuals were and when. This gives those who might have come into contact with them the opportunity to be tested, monitor themselves for symptoms or self-isolate. This is a sharp contrast to Canada, where we are informed of flights upon which infected individuals flew, but nothing more. In Manitoba, the only geographic information we are told about an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 is the health authority in which they live. This is of little help to residents of Winnipeg, let alone those in rural health authorities, which cover large areas. Knowledge about the infected person’s movements would be much more helpful to the general population looking to make decisions about how best to stay healthy than knowing the person’s gender or age. Today, most of Canada is shut down as we attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. In Ontario, all non-essential businesses were closing as of mid-week. While not mandated in Manitoba, that’s effectively the case here as well. But it didn’t have to be that way– the fifth country that had a large outbreak of SARS cases was Canada, where a cluster of infections took place in Toronto. Like terrorism, we ignored the signs and believed it couldn’t happen here. For that, we will pay a high price.


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hat a d i f ference two weeks can make; even in our part of this great country. As I write these words, I have just returned from a visit to several businesses in town. All are doing what the current “State of Emergency” in this province requires them to do. Tape on the floors identifies safe spaces for shoppers waiting in check-out lines. Plastic grocery bags are available at no charge. Limits are set on essential purchases– to make sure that everyone can get what they need. And people seem to be adapting reasonably well. I am encouraged to see the number of people who are making creative use of social media to share messages of encouragement with others. One church in Neepawa is recording a worship service during the week and making it available on YouTube. So is a church in Alberta. This one fills me with a great deal of pride, because its minister was a member of an AWANA group I led in



Neil Strohschein one of the churches I served many years ago and he is serving his congregation very well. The above examples are not unique– far from it. Dozens of others could be shared. The same can be said of the services on which we depend. We can still enjoy a dinner from our favourite restaurant. We just have to pick it up, bring it home and enjoy it at our own dining room table. Inconvenient? Absolutely not! We can still enjoy a night off from cooking and, at the same time, help these local businesses stay open. They need our help as much as we need theirs. I am delighted to see a steady flow of informative updates on COVID-19 from our provincial government. They tell us what we need to know. They answer

what questions they can. And they indicate a high level of trust and cooperation between government ministers and those responsible for our public health, government and emergency services. In my view, they are acting in ways that are both responsible and responsive to any new developments regarding the spread or containment of COVID-19. For that, I am very grateful. As we have heard repeatedly over the past two weeks, no one knows how long it will be before life, as we know it, can return to normal. Nor do we know what the “new normal” will look like. Most of us, myself and my family included, are learning to take life one day at a time. That is how we should be living every day. Jesus’

words are a good motto for us all: “Do not worry about tomorrow, what you will eat, what you will drink or what you will wear... your heavenly Father knows you need all these things... Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you... Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” (Matthew 6; selected portions) King David (Psalm 46) reminds us that “God is our refuge and help, a very present help in trouble.” Jesus reminds us that “without him, we can do nothing.” ( John 15:5) But the opposite to that statement is also true. With God, and with his help, there is nothing that we cannot do! With God’s help and by working together, we can and we will make it through this crisis. Have faith in God. Pray for yourself, your family, your neighbours and our world. God is with us. With his help, we will survive and thrive.

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he Book of Joy’, a t imely g ift from a friend who seems to know what I need to read before I do, is encouraging and comforting to me at this particular time of crisis. Some of the facts are new to me, others a refresher. Wanting joy, seeking joy, often requires that one sets aside self. An interesting study shows that the constant use of I and me and mine, personal pronouns, indicates a higher risk of heart attacks, and a higher risk of that heart attack being fatal. The researcher, Larry Scherwitz, found that this indicator was a better predictor of death than smoking, high cholesterol numbers or high blood pressure. Another researcher, Johannes Zimmerman, found that people who more often use first-person singular words– I and me– are more likely to be depressed than people who more often use first-person plural– we and us.


HOMEBODIES Rita Friesen So, in this book on finding joy, these are not joyous facts. The evidence is that being too self-regarding really does make us unhappy. I knew that, the refresher was/is helpful. A phrase I have often used to describe a self-absorbed individual is that they have a “belly button” mentality. All things begin and end with them and everything is personal. That’s a tough way to live and a tough one to live with! The authors of the study on joy, f inding happiness in a changing world, encourage us to look beyond ourselves. When we are suffering, we need to remember that countless others suffer as we do, and many to a greater degree.

This is described as the birthplace of compassion, which means “suffering with”. This thinking leads to interdependence, acceptance and, in time, serenity. One suggestion is that when we are prone to road rage because we have been cut off or crowded, envision that the other driver is rushing to the bedside of a loved one, or hurrying home to provide care. “Many astronauts have reported that once they have glimpsed Earth from space– a small, blue ball, floating in the vast expanse, lacking our human-made borders– they never looked at their personal or national interests in quite the same way again. They saw the oneness of terrestrial life

and the preciousness of our planetary home.” We need that feeling now. We need to grow compassion, to see our world as ours, not mine. This vision of the world as ours, and the realization that we are not alone in whatever straight or state we find ourselves, brings me back to the creed that comforts me, A New Creed of the United Church. It begins with– “We are not alone, we live in God’s world.” The concluding line repeats for emphasis, “We are not alone. Thanks be to God.” The authors of the book, the Dali Lama, Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams, never say, or imply, that just living and caring for others, serving and caring, are the jurisdiction of any one denomination or faith. The inherent goodness of human kind holds the key to service, compassion and can produce this joy we all seek. It’s a great read.

By Addy Oberlin he calendar tells us that it is spring. It is a wonderful knowledge that soon we will see the grass again and the trees will show their leaves. On the prairies, we have a short time of getting rid of the snow and ice and the break-up, but nobody and nothing can stop us from the changing of the seasons. We can look forward to the new creations in springtime. The meadows will be filled with cows and their young ones. It is the time of new life everywhere. The fields will be seeded with grains and new seeds will spring up. We will have many trials and tribulations in our life, even now, with the close down of our country. But God said in Genesis 1:14 “Let there be lights in the firmament of Heaven to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.” Rejoice with me that God will show His sovereignty. Whatever is going on in the world will pass, but what He has created will come back again and again.

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As Manitobans, we have one of the crown jewels of the curling world, the Winnipeg Bonspiel, which preceded the Brier by 38 years. The New York Life trophy (winner) had been played for 16 years before Alberta and Saskatchewan became provinces in 1905. Prior to 1909, the Manitoba Curling Association was the Manitoba branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club of Scotland. The 1903 annual (yearbook) shows 171 entries with affiliated clubs from Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Edmonton and Fort William (now Thunder Bay). The Winnipeg bonspiel has come full circle. It started in 1889 with a single event (New York Life Trophy) declaring the winner until 1905. The trophy was lost in 1905. The bonspiel changed to a Grand Aggregate format with the rink earning the most wins in multiple events being the winner. The Charles N. Harris trophy was awarded to the bonspiel winners from 1906 to 1985. The Grand Aggregate format continued with the Labatt Grand Aggregate from 1986 to 2008. In 2009, the Bonspiel reverted back to a single event format. Today, the team winning the Asham Curling Supplies trophy is declared winner. The bonspiel is well documented in annuals from 1889 to 2013. The Curl Manitoba website shows the Charles N. Harris trophy winners from 1906 to 1985 under “Retired Trophies”. If you search, you can find the forgotten 15 disguised under the Canada Life trophy, with no recognition of the New York Life trophy or the fact that these 15 teams (two repeat winners) represent 17 years of Winnipeg Bonspiel winners. These winners came from Lindsay, ON, Fort William, ON, Neepawa, Carberry, Holland, as well as Winnipeg rinks from Assiniboine, Granite and Thistle clubs. The Labatt Grand Aggregate winners and trophy are not mentioned at all. I am not sure why Curl Manitoba will not recognize 132 years of bonspiel winners. If you want to show your pride for Manitoba’s rich curling history and preserving our past before it is lost forever please e-mail Hall of Fame committee members Resby Coutts, Bill Biehl bill_biehl@, Peter Nichol, Sharon Thiessen Woods sthiessenwoods@mymts. net, Carlene Strand, Debbie Schween, Jamie Snydal jds320@, Heather Helston, and Bev Harris, along with Curl Manitoba executive director Craig Baker cbaker@ Les Ferris Holland, MB


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I am going to back track a few years. Remember when Selkirk came to the Red River settlement with the discharged mercenaries to help keep the peace? This week’s history lesson delves into how Selkirk came to know the settlement needed help. Jean Baptiste Lagemodière was born at Maskinonge, QC and as a young man, joined the voyageurs going west with the large freight canoes. Marie Anne Gaboury was also born at Maskinonge. Her father died when she was a young teen and she became the housekeeper to the local priest. The teaching sisters taught her to read and write French and Latin and to do arithmetic. In 1807, she had become a vieille fille (old maid) at 25, when Jean Baptiste Lagimodière, handsome in his fur traders outfit, returned from the west. Wanting to marry her, Jean Baptiste promised to remain in Quebec, so Marie Anne agreed to marry him. He soon broke his promise to stay in Quebec. Marie Anne, not wanting to be a “fur widow”, decided to go with him, despite his protests. This was a 2,800 km journey in a 12 metre long canoe that could carry 12 people and many bundles of freight that would need to be portaged along the way. Quite the honeymoon! I am sure Marie Anne grew tired of eating corn mush and pork fat with an occasional fish thrown in, day after day. When they arrived at Fort Daer (Pembina, N.D.), her baby girl, Reine, was born. Marie Anne accompanied her husband on the many hunting expeditions, as they lived on the open plains for months at a time. She became fluent in Cree and Ojibwa, as well as their ways, medicine and survival tactics and did not impose her beliefs on them. Her second child, a son named Jean Baptiste, was born hours after Marie Anne and Reine were caught on horseback in a buffalo stampede. Several more children were born to them during the 11 years of wandering around the three Prairie Provinces before settling down in the new colony on the Red River. The couple built a log house, where they farmed and raised their eight children. In 1815, during the troubles at the Red River settlement, Jean Baptiste was recruited by the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) representative to carry letters to Lord Selkirk in Montreal to inform him of the dangerous plight in the west and requesting aid. He made the 3,000 km journey in five months, on foot, successfully delivering his letters. On his return, he was captured near Fort William. He was held prisoner by the North West Company (NWC), until released following the capture of the fort by Lord Selkirk and his mercenaries on their way to the settlement. While Jean Baptiste was away, Marie Anne lived with an Indigenous encampment for safety. In 1818, they moved to St. Boniface. Marie Anne was widowed in 1850 and lived in St. Boniface until her death at the age of 95. Among their 64 grandchildren was Louis Riel, Métis leader of the Red River Resistance. Marie Anne was known as the first white woman to come to and settle in what is now Western Canada. If the story is correct, Marie Anne was not in fact the first white woman to come to the west. One year earlier, Isobel Gunn, from Scotland, joined the HBC for a three-year term under the name John Fubbister. Her gender was discovered only when she was in childbirth. The HBC, not happy about the deception, sent her back to Scotland. A French Canadian favourite, worth the work. Ragout de pattes et boulettes (pork hock stew with meatballs) Meatball portion: Stew portion: 2 lbs. ground pork 2-3 pork hocks 1 medium onion, ground or finely diced 1 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. sage 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. cloves 1/2 tsp. cloves 1/2 tsp. sage 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. thyme 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 large onion, diced flour for rolling the meatballs 1 bay leaf 2-3 Tbsp. oil for browning meatballs 2 quarts water, or more, to cover pork hocks Gravy: 1/4 cup flour for browning 1/2 cup water In a Dutch oven, add all the stew ingredients. Bring to a boil, turn heat down, cover and simmer until the meat is tender, approximately 2 to 3 hours. Once the pork hocks are fully cooked and the meat comes off the bone, you can remove and discard the bones and the skin of the pork hocks and set the meat in the fridge for later. Mix all the meatball ingredients together. Roll the meatballs into the same size. Cover lightly in flour, then brown them in a pan with some oil on medium heat. Don’t cook too many meatballs at the same time, brown them slowly, in small batches. Bring the stock to a simmer and add the meatballs. Simmer for 45 minutes. Brown the flour in a medium to hot dry pan, stirring continually until the flour becomes a rich, deep brown colour. Add the browned flour to the water and mix well. Gently stir into Kitchen Cabinet Sale! the meatballs and simmer for Call for a free quote! another 15 minutes. Add the pork hock meat. Serve with for March 2020 only! mashed potatoes.



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A by-law establishing the management of the sol id waste col lect ion system within the Town of Neepawa has received first reading. On Tuesday, Mar. 17, council reviewed By-Law 3200-20 at a special public hearing, just before their regular council meeting. In its formal presentation to council and the public, administration noted that

the by-law would establish the rates for collection of solid waste and recycling under a special service levy. It would also apply to all properties within Neepawa’s boundary. According to the formal presentation, the special lev y would reduce the impact of garbage and recycling services on the general mill rate over the next five years. By the year 2024, it’s expected that 81 per cent of costs will be

covered through the levy and 19 per cent through revenues from the collection of recyclables. The belief is that establishing the levy will more equitably distribute all service costs (i.e. user pay). A comparison of the potential cost change or the average a single family residence can be seen in the table above. Second and third reading of this by-law will take place at the next council meeting.

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MARCH 27, 2020


Central Plains Area 4-H communications event draws 34 particpants

Cloverbud Speech: Tessa Moore from Sidney Beef won gold with a speech titled "Hockey"; Ridge Wilson (Gladstone Handi-Workers) won silver medal with speech titled "Dust on Snow by Robert Frost”.

Submitted Neepawa Banner & Press Thirty-four 4-H members from eight different clubs participated in Central Plains Area Communications held in St. Claude on Mar. 7. This was up from 28 registrants in 2019. Participants, aged 7 to 17 years, each presented well-practised speeches or visual presentations. Judges were Sarah Bruer, Sondra Marsh, Sandra Rex, Ray Ommerli, Janine Paquet, Colleen Philippot, Rob Rintoul and Alicia Elliot. They commented on the confidence of the participants, the wide variety of interesting topics, and offered hints for “next time.” Several enthusiastically expressed interest in returning next year. Four teen Cloverbud members aged 7 or 8 outnumbered any other age group. They truly demonstrated “learning to do by doing!” The gold medal for visual presentations went to Emmet Rey (St. Claude) for “My First Fish”. First place in Cloverbud speech was awarded to Tessa Moore (Sidney Beef) speaking on

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“Hockey”; second place winner was Ridge Wilson (Gladstone Handi-Workers) with a speech titled “Dust of Snow by Robert Frost.” In Junior Speeches, the gold medal went to Ellianna Ingram (Austin Blazing Saddles), “My Trip Around the World,” and silver to Erica Dion (St. Claude 4-H), “Going, Going, Gone.” Two members from Gladstone Handi-Workers, Briggs Wilson and Wyatt Rossnagel, won a gold medal with their Junior visual presentation, “The Winnipeg Jets.” In the Intermediate Speech category, Daniel Le Height (St. Claude 4-H) took home gold with “Silent as a Mouse”; silver medal went to Kennedy Manns (Sidney Beef) with “The Wrong Side of the Tracks.” The Senior Speech gold


Junior Two-person Visual: Gold medal winners are Wyatt Rossnagel and Briggs Wilson, both from Gladstone Handi-Workers, with their presentation titled “The Winnipeg Jets”.

Senior Speech: Gold medal winner is Madison Teichroeb (HappyRock Horseshoes) with speech “The Tesla Effect”; Silver medal went to Kearstin Zacharias (Austin Blazing Saddles) speaking on “Kindness”.

medal was won by Madison Teichroeb (HappyRock Horseshoes), for “The Tesla Effect.” Silver in this category went to Kearstin Zacharias (Austin Blazing Saddles) with a speech titled, “Kindness.” Senior One-Person Visual was won by Vanessa Theroux (St. Claude 4-H) with “The Other Side of the World.” All first-place winners are eligible to attend the Provincial 4-H Extravaganza, which has been postponed due to coronavirus. Date and location will be

Heather Lea (Gladstone) and Lynn Silver. Financial support for the Central Plains Area Communications comes from a MB 4-H Council grant. The St. Claude School Complex was made available at no cost; judges and other volunteers generously gave their time. Central

announced later by MB 4-H Council. Silver medal winners are alternates if gold medal winners cannot attend. Lynn Silver, 4-H Staff Support for Central Plains, was in attendance and congratulated all participants and winners, as well as sharing information about several upcoming 4-H events in the area and province. Planning team for this year included Pauline Karsin (Oakville), Nicole Blyth (MacGregor), Dale Theroux (St. Claude),

Plains 4-H Area Council says: “Thank you.” Thanks also to parents, leaders and others who encourage and support young members to try new things, to continue “learning to do by doing” in their club, their community, their country and the world. We are all beneficiaries of 4-H.

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MARCH 27, 2020

1970: Excavation underway at HMK School

110 years ago, Tuesday, March 29, 1910 Halley’s comet may now be seen on nights, when conditions are favourable, with the aid of an ordinary field glass. Professor E. C. Pickering, director of the Harvard Observatory, says: “The comet is, at present, in the twilight region. It is in the line of the sun and its brightness is dimmed by the lustre of the great centre of the solar system. Besides, it has not yet attained its greatest size. When it makes a traverse of the sun, it will have attained its maximum brilliancy. That will be on May 18. It will be visible all through April, but will be at its brightest in May.” 100 years ago, Tuesday, March 23, 1920 E.R. Johnson, of the Neepawa Register, was a business visitor in [Arden] on Friday and Saturday. E x per i ment s have demonstrated that phonographic music in the cow stable has increased the f low of milk 12 per cent. Also that electric light turned on in every morning in the hen house has greatly increased the output of eggs. 90 years ago, Friday, March 21, 1930 B eg i n n i ng A pr i l 1, the Western Canada airmail planes will carry passengers. The Canadian government has decided to entrust colonization to the provinces, undertaking to select and deliver number and nationalities asked for; also to deport undesirables. Early construction of a shoreline to Churchill was urged at a meeting of the executive of the associated boards of trade held at Brandon on Wednesday. Selection of a route was entrusted to the minister of railways and engineers. 80 years ago, Tuesday, March 26, 1940 A large concentration of Nazi submarines was reported off the Norwegian coast last week. Pte. Charlie Edgily, of the Winnipeg Grenadier Guards, was a weekend

visitor [in Neepawa] at the home of his uncle H.C. Pettit. News was received in Neepawa yesterday of the death of Sam Hughes, who was 67 years of age. The late Mr. Hughes lived at one time in the Inkerman district, and on a farm west of town. He also lived in Grandview and, while there, represented that district for a term in Manitoba legislature. His wife is a niece of Steve Benson. Surviving are his wife, four sons– R. S., Jack, Kenneth and Glen; and one daughter, Catherine, teaching school in South Africa.

50 years ago, Thursday, March 23, 1950 The Press off ice was visited Tuesday afternoon by a four-footed animal that probably would have preferred being in some clump of bushes near a quiet stream. He had a beautiful fur coat, too, that was all his own. The animal was a fair-sized raccoon, which was brought in by Wallace Ranson in a wooden box. Wallace had captured the animal on the Ranson farm, 2 miles north of Union School, and planned to make an effort to tame him. His pet coon, after being captured, refused ordinary food, but when given roast chicken,

demolished it in short order.

60 years ago, Tuesday, March 22, 1960 Four-year-old Wayne Henton, of R id ing Mountain, accidentally shot h is t wo -year- old brother in the face with his father’s rif le Friday morning. Rushed to Neepawa Hospital, where Dr. G. W. Lambertsen immediately instr ucted t hat he be sent on to Winnipeg, the youngster was taken to [the] Children’s Hospital. At last report, he was in ‘fair’ condition. The boys’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Henton, who live about half a mile from Riding Mountain, were still in bed Friday morning when Wayne found the rifle and discharged the bullet in his brother’s face while playing with it. March 25– The town and district were saddened t h is week when news reached here of the death in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, March 18, of Dudley E. R. Ewer, 70, former mayor of Neepawa. Mr. Ewer, who was born in Neepawa, served as mayor for about one and a half years, being elected in August, 1952. He was the only child of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Ewer, pioneer residents.

We’re on the move!


This unnamed member of the excavation crew was hard at work in 1970, working to prepare the space on which a new addition for Neepawa’s Hazel M. Kellington School would be built.

50 years ago, Thursday, March 26, 1970 Excavation began early this week for the new add it ion at Hazel M. Kellington School, with the removal of a retaining wall on the east side of the building. The addition, at a cost of $290,000, will house a six-classroom open area, a library resources centre, a music room and a centre for retarded children. 40 years ago, Thursday, March 27, 1980 A fire at 2:45 a.m. Friday, March 21, levelled a barn and completely destroyed

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equ ipment v a lued at $60,000 at the Ed Simon f a r m , a p pr ox i m a t e l y 10 miles northwest of Neepawa. 30 years ago, Monday, March 26, 1990 Lights at the corner of Mountain and Main came up for discussion again at the BPSD meeting on Tuesday night. The board has set up a committee to meet with the Neepawa Town Council to discuss t he i s s ue. H i g hw ay s Department does not feel lights are warranted, they want to do a count in the summer. Highways

also want trees cut down and 250 meter sight lines established on each side of the lights. 20 years ago, Saturday, March 25, 2000 Area residents showed their support for community programming by contributing nearly $ 9, 0 0 0 at N AC T V ’s Showcase 20 0 0 last Thursday night. A couple of old bats, aka Ken and Chris Waddell, provided humorous commentary bet ween per formances from their lofty perch in the balcony.

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Neepawa residents encouraged to contribute to mosaic Banner Staff Neepawa Banner & Press

With many Neepawa residents looking to stay connected, while practicing physical distancing, the Tow n of Neepawa is encouraging people to work on their Manitoba 150 mural tile this weekend. Neepawa counci l lor Darryl Gerrard explained that this is a great home activity that is aimed at all ages. Nicole Cooper, the director of Recreational Services for the Town of Neepawa, said they are excited to participate in celebrating Manitoba 150 this year, by creating art installa-

tions that represent and express Neepawa’s diverse and growing population. “We hope this art mural will inspire everyone to share stories and memories, highlight their culture and showcase what being from Manitoba means to them.” Throughout the months of April to June, participants are invited to paint or decorate a 5x5” ceramic tile. This could include your cultural beliefs and values, interests and hobbies, why you love Manitoba, etc. Once the tiles are completed, they will be compiled to create giant murals that will be installed at several community locations around Neepawa. “These murals

will be lasting impressions of our community for many years to come,” said Cooper. Ceramic tiles can be decorated using various types of mixed media, ranging from acrylic paints, permanent marker, pictures, stories, magazine clippings, leaves/f lowers, string, glitter, etc. Tiles can be picked up and dropped off at the Town of Neepawa Administrative Office (275 Hamilton Street, Neepawa MB) or at Neepawa & Area Immigrant Settlement Services (342 Mountain Avenue - Second Floor, Neepawa, MB). Tiles must be completed and turned in by June


Tiles for the Manitoba 150 Cultural Mural can be decorated using a variety of media and subject matter.

8. Unveiling of the mural will take place at the MB 150 Celebration in June.

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Manitoba declares a state of emergency Banner Staff Neepawa Banner & Press Manitoba premier Brian Pallister has declared a state of emergency for the province. The decision was announced during a morning media conference in Winnipeg on Friday, Mar. 20. Pallister said that this declaration, which does fall under The Emergency Measures Act, hasn’t been made lightly. “We must continue to use every tool available to ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our communities and our health-care system,”

said Pallister. “Our government is focused solely on the health and safety of all Manitobans. This move will enable us to react more quickly on a broad range of supportive measures to stop the spread for COVID-19 and ensure that essential services are available for all Manitobans during this global health pandemic.” What it means Under this declaration, as authorized under The Public Health Act, the following measures will be in place, effective immediately, for a period of 30 days: 1. Limiting public gatherings of more than 50

people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events, such as weddings and funerals. This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided.  Retail businesses, including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations, must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business.  Public transportation facilities must also ensure that people assembling at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation

of one to two metres from others assembling at the facility. 2. Limiting hospitality premises where food or alcohol is served or any theatres offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms and movies theatres to 50 people or 50 per cent of the capacity of the premises, whichever is less. These establishments must be able to ensure physical distance of one to two metres between customers. 3. Immediate closures of all bingo and gaming events. 4. All wellness centres

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Big changes coming for Brews Brothers Bistro

The current dining space will be more than doubled when the renovations are finished. The wall on the left of the photo will be knocked down to open up to the space beside. The back wall (not pictured) will also be knocked down, allowing for more dining space next to where the new kitchen will be.

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press There seem to be a lot of changes on the horizon with some Neepawa businesses and one downtown restaurant is among them. Brews Brothers Bistro, located on the corner of Mountain Ave. and Mill St., has been working on some major changes to their restaurant. Co-owner Mark Mitchell noted that they got approval to start work in mid-December, so they have been busy with renovations since then. The renovations are taking place in areas of the building not currently being used by the restaurant, so it hasn’t affected business very much. The work has been ongoing while the restaurant has remained

open regular hours, with the exception of a few days of closures to get spray-foam insulation in the building. Now that all potentially hazardous work is finished, Brews will remain open during their regular hours, until they get to the final stretch that involves knocking down walls in the current dining area. At that point, they’ll be closed for potentially a couple of weeks, until everything is completely finished. At the moment, the dine-in area is already closed, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but take-out and delivery options are available during their regular hours. Mitchell had noted that they were hoping to have the renovations done by the end of March. They don’t know if that’s still going to hap-

pen, with the COVID-19 situation putting a hold on everything, and they have no estimated re-opening date, as that depends on when the social distancing and isolation guidelines are lifted by the public health authorities. The changes to the building will mean more t h a n t r ipl i ng seat i ng capacity, going from the current 18 seats to about 70. The wall on the north side of the current dining room will be knocked down, to open it up to the adjacent room. The wall just past the current kitchen, on the west side of the room, will also be removed, with the dining area extending that way as well. The kitchen will be moved to the back of the building and will be enlarged. The

Manitoba auction marts restrict access, keep doors open By Kate Jackman-Atkinson Neepawa Banner & Press As many non-essential businesses close their doors as part of efforts to flatten the curve, food remains an essential service. While most Canadians are focused on the font lines, grocery stores and restaurants, there is a whole industry that bring products from farmers’ fields to retail locations. During these times of self-isolation and physical distancing measures, throughout the supply chain, the food production industry has also implemented measures. Auction marts are a key part of the meat supply chain and on Mar. 19,

Myles Masson, owner of the Ste. Rose Auction Mart, was the first to implement strict biosecurity protocols. Public access to the auction mart was restricted and the general public were no longer allowed in the market. Additionally, all employees and buyers had their temperature taken on arrival and were subject to mandatory sanitation protocol. Employees in the barn were segregated from the buyers and office staff and truckers were required to stay outside and get their loading instructions at an outside location. Producer cheques were mailed out.

At 12 noon on Mar. 23, public access to Manitoba livestock markets were restricted until further notice, according to a release from the Manitoba Livestock Marketing Association. While the organization said they would continue to provide marketing services and operate live cattle auctions, access to the marts was limited to staff required to operate the sale, order buyers and livestock inspection personnel. The general public, including consignors and truckers, were not permitted in the office area or sales ring. Consignors will have their cheques mailed out following the sale.


The area that will be the kitchen is located in the back of the building. In the foreground of the picture will be the cooking and preparing area, while the area separated by a partial wall will be the dishwashing and cleaning station.

kitchen in use now will then be converted into two additional bathrooms for customer use. With the expansion, Mitchell explained the current coffee bar will move to the newly opened north side of the dining area and

will also be serving alcohol. As well, the restaurant hours will be extended to include supper hours every night they’re open, with more supper-time fare added to the menu. In addition to the business part of the building, the

upstairs, which used to be a meeting hall, has been converted into a living space, where Brews owners Mark and Stacy Mitchell will be moving into, once it’s all finished.

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Due to the current pandemic, we regret to inform you the trade show portion of the Neepawa Ag Expo event on April 2nd has been cancelled to help prevent the spread of CoVID-19. However, as of right now, we will still hold a televised live auction on NACTV on April 2nd at 7pm. We are evaluating things daily, and this could change, but as of right now we will go ahead with a televised auction. NACTV can be seen on channels (MTS) 30, (Bell ExpressVu) 592, (Westman Comm) 12 & online at

2020 Neepawa Ag Expo Auction Listing

The proceeds from this auction will go towards the Neepawa Natives Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club, the Yellowhead Centre and 10% of this years proceeds will go towards the Neepawa Wildlife Association to help with fishing enhancements to Lake Irwin and to aid in the battle against Zebra Mussels Mazergroup

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Cairn proposed to commemorate Carberry SFTS#33


Above left: The sign that used to stand at Carberry’s Service Flying Training School #33. Above middle: An aerial view of the Carberry STFS #33. Note the double runways that would allow taking off and landing at the same time. Above right: The Duke of Kent arrives to present wings to a class of Royal Air Force pilots from Britain.

now exists, was once a hub of activity, where enlisted persons from all over the globe trained in preparation for the overseas battle. Unlike other facilities that were formed as An important and iconic part of Carberry area history part of the Royal Canadian Air Force, this facility started was the era of the Air Commonwealth Training Plan. The as part of the Royal Air Force. Carberry was #33 Service site on which the McCain Foods potato processing facility Flying Training School (out of 36 across the prairies). The first personnel arrived in December 1940 and training began in early 1941. The final training class graduated in November 1944. In all, 5,900 airmen were trained there. Six paved runways were supplemented by two relief fields: No. 1 at Petrel and No. 2 at Oberon. Despite being in his 20s, Carberry councillor Matt Tolton has always had a love of things historical– especially local is fluent in Italian, English, history. So when he pitched the idea of a cairn, or monuGerman and Spanish. The ment, to commemorate the years that air training took teenager will celebrate her place at the site south of Carberry, the Carberry Plains 18th birthday in May. Al- Museum Board (on which he sits as a council rep) reacted though she enjoys music, she with enthusiasm. Tolton proposed to put the monument on the grounds does not play an instrument. A good student upon arriv- of the Carberry Plains Museum at Carberry. With a comal, with an 80 per cent aver- mittee of board members, they propose to put a site east age, she now scores about of the museum of three memorial benches documenting 90 per cent. After returning SFTS #33, on a cement base, flanked by flagpoles of the to Italy, she will complete Grade 13 and then hopes SUBMITTED PHOTO Arianna Copelli, Italian to attend university and e x c h a n g e s t u d e n t travel. She would consider a t t e n d i n g C a r b e r r y returning to Canada, where the people and atmosphere By Gladwyn Scott Collegiate. are friendly. Neepawa Banner & Press By Gladwyn Scott Skiing at Assessippi was Neepawa Banner & Press • Jamie Smart, chairman of the Carberry & Area Renot as steep as the Alps creation Board, has indicated that the Sportsman’s Dinner, Arianna Copelli is a re- Mountains! Another enjoyslated for Apr. 9, with special guests, Chris Walby of the Blue markable young lady from able field trip was to Ottawa Bombers and comedian Robert Pue, has been postponed near Milan in northern for five days with other until a later date, possibly June or the fall. Italy, who is an international international students. New • Corey Forbes, of Glenboro, Westman High School student, studying Grade 12 interests include physics and Hockey League co-chairman, stated that since the final at Carberry Collegiate this psychology, since her arrival playoffs were cancelled due to the coronavirus, co-champion year. She flew from Milan to in Carberry. pennants would be presented to Killarney/Wawanesa RaidVolleyball was a new Winnipeg via Toronto, where ers and Dauphin Clippers in the championship category she met her host family, Doug activity which she enjoyed and Rachel McCutchin, who as a member of the varsity and Minnedosa Chancellors and Neepawa Tigers in the live in Wellwood. “A good girls Cougars, who won consolation division. Their spring meeting is slated for the and beautiful relationship the Zone 7 pennant and for end of April. MacGregor Mustangs have expressed interest has developed,” Arianna the first time attended the in joining the league next season. • Rachel Penner, Carberry Cougars captain, has signed stated. “I am slated to return provincials in Boissevain. “A her letter of intent to play volleyball with the Canadian to Italy Jun. 27, but hope to wonderful experience with a Mennonite University Blazers in Winnipeg next season. delay that ‘til Jul. 4 so I can great group of girls.” She was a graduating all-star for the Zone 7 varsity girls’ “Although the coronahelp celebrate Canada Day.” champions. She lives in a commun- virus has quickly devastated • With the coronavirus causing all activities to be canity of 39,000 near the Alps Italy and the country is in celled, it has really curtailed many Carberry girls from their mountains, where her dad, lockdown, my family is safe club volleyball programs out of Brandon. Some of these mom and 13-year-old sister so far.” girls include Rachel Penner, Jamie Holland, Sara Waldner, Why did she come to Carenjoy skiing. Her parents Payton Dickson, Lauryn Van De Woestyne, Dahlia Snaith, operate an iron manufactur- berry? “I did not choose CarLexi Unrau, Kristy Peters, Makenna Poitras, Avery Kendall ing business which has 50 berry, but wanted an area and Haylee Devloo. employees. Her Italian high with a good landscape and • There was a lot of disappointment when the U Sports school (9-13), has an enroll- an excellent school.” Intervolleyball nationals, at the University of Manitoba for men national students can have ment of 3,000. and the University of Calgary for women, were cancelled, Arianna is a friendly, a major impact for everyone after initially planning to play without fans. outgoing person, who enjoys and Arianna Copelli is an For the Bisons men’s coach, Garth Pischke, who was visiting with her friends. She excellent example. By Gloria Mott Submitted

Italian student enjoys Carberry

countries involved in training: Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Each facet of the monument will contain information about the school. Total costs for the memorial, including the cement base and landscaping, are in the $25,000 range. However, this can be done in stages as funding allows. Fundraising is in process, as businesses and organizations are being contacted. The museum board would love to have local people who have an interest in commemorating this period in the Carberry Plain’s history also take part in this venture. Ideally, this monument would be in place for the 75th anniversary of the cease of European operations on May 8, 2020. This is a tight time frame, and a more reasonable goal is the anniversary of cease of all WWII operations on Aug. 23. The Board also wants to commemorate it in the year of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary as an anniversary project. If you would care to donate to this venture, cheques should be written to the RM of North Cypress-Langford, with a notation that they are for the Airbase monument project. They should be addressed to The Carberry Plains Museum Board, Box 1072, Carberry, MB R0K 0H0. Receipts qualify for a charitable donation. Donors will be recognized at the site upon completion.

Here and there

retiring after 38 years, it was a blow, as his team was ranked eighth, but several reunions and large crowds were expected. For the Dalhousie Tigers women’s team with coach Rick Scott, who were ranked third, they had two players selected to the Canadian all-star teams and setter Courtney Baker was named Female Player of the Year.

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women’s gold medals. By Gladwyn Scott “It was an unreal experiNeepawa Banner & Press ence to curl at that level,” • Third, Taylor Hol- stated Holland. “It was a land of Carberry, and his big, spacious curling area. Brandon University Bob- Our rink is all first year stucats curling rink won their dents except our skip, who final two games at the U is in third year. We hope Sports championships in to curl in the Canada West Portage’s Stride Place Mar. event next December.” 12 to 15. They defeated • Unfortunately for Derek Guelph Gryphons 9-7 and Samagalski, of Carberry, Memorial Sea-Hawks (St. and Winnipeg’s Kristen Johns) 8-7 to finish with a Karwacki, who won the 2-5 record. Manitoba’s mixed doubles The women’s curling championship in Brandon, team lost 9-4 to Regina and they were unable to curl in 9-3 to Queen’s to finish with the nationals at Portage a 1-6 record. Mar. 16 to 22, due to the During playoffs, Mar. coronavirus cancellation. 15, Laurier beat Dalhousie Samagalski plays second 7-5 in the men’s final and for Mike McEwen and A lberta drubbed New Karwacki is lead for Darcy Brunswick 10-2 for the Robertson.


Classifieds Obituary Kenneth (Ken) Lloyd Butterfield It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and good friend, Kenneth Butterfield on February 23, 2020 at the age of 83. As sad as we are to lose Kenneth, we are glad he is no longer suffering and has reunited with his mom, dad, sister and brother. Ken was born at home on the family farm near McCreary on March 17, 1936 to parents Hugh John (Jack) and Mary Ann Butterfield (nee Branconier). Ken was raised on the family farm with his siblings Sally, Donald, and Marshall. He attended Rosamont School in McCreary and Woodbend School close to Laurier. Ken furthered his education by completing a Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic course which became his life long career along with farming. Ken married Jeannette Verhaeghe on November 5, 1960 in Ste. Amelie, MB As a young man, Ken worked for Buchanan Lumber in his early 20’s in a variety of jobs. He was a farm hand on several farms throughout Saskatchewan. In his mid 20’s, Ken completed diesel mechanics training and worked with JS Quinn Construction and Brodsky Construction and a few others over the next 20 plus years. However farming was in his blood, so in 1982, Ken returned to full time farming for the next 25 years until he became ill with Parkinson’s. In his leisure time, Ken enjoyed watching wrestling, western movies and a variety of tv shows such as Bonanza, Dallas and History Programs. They provided some of his greatest enjoyment at home. His family all agrees that his worst habit was the Toothpick, oh the containers of toothpicks found everywhere, but the short truck rides to anywhere around the farm and his interest in learning new things left his family with many wonderful memories. Ken was known and well respected in his community and with his previous colleagues for his expertise on heavy duty equipment. Ken had a great sense of humour. He enjoyed jokes and was a good joke and story teller. Ken hated shopping as he figured it was a waste of his time. Ken was predeceased by his parents Hugh John (Jack) and Mary Butterfield, his sister Isabel (Sally) Harper and her husband Bill, his brother Donald. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish many special memories; his wife Jeannette of McCreary, his children Cheryl and husband Derek Melnychuk of Langdon, AB, Al Butterfield and wife Maureen of High Prairie, AB, his grandchildren Amanda Keay of Edmonton, AB, Lauryn Melnychuk & Carter Melnychuk of Langdon, AB and his great grandchild Reese Desjarlais of Edmonton, AB, his brother Marshall (Buck) and wife Lois Butterfield, his sister-in-law Maxine Butterfield along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and many friends. A celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Friday, August 21 at 2 pm in the McCreary Community Centre in McCreary, MB. Should friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of the Activities Department at the McCreary/ Alonsa Personal Care Home or to Parkinson Canada. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit with Ken over the last 6 years in the Personal Care Home. It was greatly appreciated by him and his family. Thank you to all of the doctors especially Dr. Adeseye Solie and the nurses and staff of the McCreary/Alonsa Personal Care Home for the wonderful care and compassion throughout his stay. “God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be He closed his arms around you and whispered, come to me. In tears we saw you sinking, we watched you fade away, Our hearts were almost broken, you fought so hard to stay. What you suffered, you told us few, you didn’t deserve what you went through. Tired and weary, you made no fuss, but tried so hard to stay with us. But when we saw you sleeping, so peaceful, free of pain. We could not wish you back to suffer all that again. So treasure him, Lord in your garden of rest, For here on Earth, he was the very best. Sneath-Strilchuk • McCreary Chapel 204-835-2004

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I would like to thank everyone that came to Bob’s memorial and the cards of condolences. Also to the Crocus club of Arden for letting us use the hall at such short notice. Thanks to Dr. Milligan and nurses for being there for Bob at his difficult time. Thank you. Isabelle Richardson and family.

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Obituary Mabel Marguerite McCamis (nee WILLIAMS) Peacefully, on March 15, 2020, Mabel Marguerite McCamis, widow of the late Hugh McCamis, passed away at the Douglas Campbell Lodge in Portage la Prairie at the age of 91 years. Mabel was born October 29, 1928 to Lambert and Elizabeth Williams (Mansfield) in Winnipegosis, Manitoba. Mabel was predeceased by her parents, her husband Hugh (2007), sisters Elizabeth (Beth) (1929) and Patricia (2006), brothers-in-law John McCamis and Jim McBurney, and sister-in-law Audrey Carruthers (McCamis). Left to mourn her passing are sister Jean McBurney, sons Bob (Betty), Lorne (Tracy) and Gregg (Brenda), and grandchildren Kathy, Scott, Neil (Lisa), Brad, Elmer, and Kaylee (Jake) Diboll, great-granddaughter Madelyn, and nieces and nephews. Mabel moved to Arden, Manitoba with her family in 1945, where she met Hugh. They married on May 24, 1950 and lived in Arden until moving to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in 2001. She joined Hugh in operating the McCamis General Store in Arden from 1968 until their retirement in 1993 (at which time the family business had been in operation for 100 years). Mabel was a member of Arden United Church for over 50 years, serving as a pianist and organist for countless weddings, funerals and other church functions. She was also a member of the Arden UCW for many years. She joined Trinity United Church after moving to Portage la Prairie. She spent many happy hours enjoying her family, community bingos, gardening, crosswords, and visiting with friends and neighbours. Many enjoyable hours were spent at the cottage at Otter Lake, Manitoba. Cremation has taken place. A private family interment at the Arden cemetery is planned for a later date. Our family extends deep appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses and support staff at DCL not only for their medical expertise, but for their compassion and for their human touch. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations in memory of Mabel may be made to Trinity United Church Memorial Fund, 15 Tupper Street South, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 1W7, the CNIB Foundation, 1080 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3G 3M3, or to a charity of your choosing. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.

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C2 Charolais Annual Bull Sale, Thursday, April 2, 1:00 p.m. at the Killarney Auction Mart in Killarney, MB. Selling 50 yearling Charolais bulls. For a catalogue or more information contact Jeff at 204-242-4448 or T Bar C Cattle Co. at 306-220-5006. View the catalogue online at, and on sale day watch & bid online at (PL#116061) _____________________ Cattle Capital Bull Sale, Monday, April 8th, 1:00 pm at the Ste. Rose Auction Mart, St. Rose Du Lac, MB. Offering 50 Red & Black Full Blood Simmentals, Black Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh Bulls, 10 Two-Year Olds and 14 Simmental Heifers. For a catalogue or more information, contact T Bar C Cattle Co. at 306-220-5006. View the catalogue online at www. (PL#116061) _____________________ For sale: Polled Hereford yearling bulls. Call Vern Kartanson, Minnedosa. 204867-2627 or 204-867-7315

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_ line Cattle Company has for C sale purebred Charolais bulls at the Prairie Distinction Bull Sale. March 31, 2020 1:00 p.m. at the Beautiful Plains Ag Society Neepawa, MB. Bulls can be viewed at the farm anytime. More information and photos can be found at Brad@204-523-0062 cell 204-537-2367 _____________________ Prime Plus Bull Sale, Wednesday, April 15th at 1:00 pm at the Beautiful Plains Ag Complex Neepawa, MB. Presented by Doug Troop Hereford Farm, Greenridge Farms, Manns Herefords, Jay Rimke, Calvert Cattle Co., and Batho Farms. Offering 40 Hereford & Angus Bulls, a group of Two-Year Olds and 30 Replacement Quality Heifers. For a catalogue or more information contact T Bar C Cattle Co. at 306-220-5006. View the catalogue online at www. (PL #116061) _____________________ WILSON-LEES VALUE ADDED BULL SALE, Friday, April 3, 2:00 pm at the Right Cross Sale Facility in Kisbey, SK. Offering a tremendous group of Hereford yearling and 2 year old bulls. All bulls are semen tested, vet inspected. Volume discounts and delivery available. For a catalogue or more info contact T Bar C Cattle Co. 306-220-5006. View the catalogue online at www. (PL #116061)

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Many of you have been so kind to us since the passing of our daughter Anna-Marie Evangoline on February 2nd of this year. Every card sent, in memoriums to Cancer Care Manitoba and The Canadian Cancer Society, every casserole, baked cake and most importantly your kind thoughts, kind words and compassion, --- all of these have comforted and helped. And there were so many of you. To each of you, please accept our heartfelt gratitude. Thank you for your being so kind. May God bless you all! Tom and Phyllis Borsa and family

The Neepawa Chapter of Victoria’s Quilts Canada Thanks You! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Stew Fundraising Luncheon held on March 17th. The stew fundraiser is always a success in Neepawa, due to the strong support of the community. We especially want to thank everyone for their understanding during the Coronavirus pandemic. Thank you to the many businesses who participated by organizing take out lunches for their staff. Thank you to the following community minded organizations for their monetary support: Portage Mutual Insurance, Neepawa Gladstone Co-op, Neepawa Safeway, and Neepawa Shop Easy. Thank you to The Neepawa Legion for supplying the venue. Thank you to the Neepawa Legion Ladies Auxiliary for their expertise in stew preparation and for their tireless energy. We are not exaggerating when we say the stew day could not happen without the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Thank you to our volunteer delivery personnel, dessert bakers, dish washers, food choppers and ticket sellers.

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The Municipality Of Westlake-Gladstone 2020 Financial Plan Public Hearing Thursday April 9, 2020 7:00 pm Via Facebook through the Municipal Office in Gladstone

At this time the Mayor and CAO will present the proposed 2020 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 April 2nd. Questions and remarks may also be directed in writing to Coralie Smith, Chief Administrative Officer or through email at The presentation will be live streamed on Facebook with all questions being handled through email and telephone at 204-385-2332. During COVID-19 council is still allowing modified consultation with our community in relation to the Municipality’s budget process. Council encourages you to participate by calling in or emailing your questions prior to the meeting so we can read these out during the public hearing. Coralie Smith, CMMA Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone March 24, 2020


PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act that the Council of the Municipality of McCreary will present its 2020 Financial Plan at a Public Hearing at the McCreary Community Centre at 445 Broderick Street on Wednesday, the 22nd day of April, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. Council will hear any person who wishes to make representation, ask questions or register an objection to its Financial Plan. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Municipality of McCreary will be using Social Distancing practices during this Public Hearing. Please RSVP by telephoning (204) 835-2309 or emailing to ensure that we are able to accommodate all those wishing to attend in accordance with Social Distancing practices. We will also be accepting written and verbal questions to be read aloud at the Public Hearing. Copies of the Draft 2020 Financial Plan will be available for review by any person by visiting the Municipality of McCreary Office, 432 First Avenue, McCreary, Manitoba during regular office hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and picking up a copy inside the first set of doors. The 2020 Financial Plan will also be available on the website at DATED this 27th day of March, A.D. 2020. Wendy L. Turko, CMMA Chief Administrative Officer MUNICIPALITY OF McCREARY P. O. Box 338 – 432 First Avenue McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0


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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE FINANCIAL PLAN 2020 Public Notice is hereby given pursuant to subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act that the Council of the Town of Neepawa intends to present its financial plan for the fiscal year 2020 at a public hearing: April 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Council Chambers of the Town of Neepawa, 275 Hamilton Street, Neepawa. Copies of the Financial Plan and additional information can be viewed online at under Notices or at the office at 275 Hamilton Street during regular office hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Please note that the Public Hearing will be live-streamed on the Town of Neepawa Facebook page. Individuals will have the ability to enter comments or questions during the course of the hearing. Any comments will be seen by Council and addressed publicly prior to the close if the hearing. In addition, those wishing to participate via phone can do so by way of teleconferencing. Connection can be made by calling 204-956-1134 and when requested to do so, enter conference ID 3667569#. The line will be open from 6:00 p.m. until the close of the hearing. However, in the event that social distancing measures are no longer in effect, the Town will serve notification and attendance will be permitted.

Dated this 27th day of March, 2020.

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Manitoba adds 14 new COVID-19 cases on Mar. 25 Probable positive cases include one in the Prairie Mountain Health region

Banner Staff Neepawa Banner & Press On Mar. 25, Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, announced 14 additional probable cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 35 at the time of the announcement. Case information includes: • case 23 is a woman in her 30s who lives in Winnipeg, • case 24 is a girl under the age of 10 who lives in Winnipeg, • case 25 is a woman in her 40s who lives in Winnipeg, • case 26 is a man in his 30s who lives in Winnipeg, • case 27 is a woman in her 60s who lives in Winnipeg, • case 28 is a woman in her 60s who lives in Winnipeg and is receiving treatment in intensive care in hospital, • case 29 is a man in his 40s who lives in Winnipeg, • case 30 is a woman in her 30s who lives in a community in the area of the Southern Health Santé Sud health region, • case 31 is a woman in her 40s who lives in Winnipeg, • case 32 is a man in his 60s who lives in Winnipeg, • case 33 is a woman in her 60s who lives in Winnipeg, • case 34 is a woman in her 50s who lives in a community in the Southern Health Santé Sud health region, • case 35 is a woman in her 20s who lives in Winnipeg, and • case 36 is an individual who was tested in the Prairie Mountain Health region. Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of these cases. Information about flights where a person

with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel is updated as information becomes available at Public health officials advise that case numbers and the total number of cases are different because one case was retested and was found to be negative. Also note that a probable case previously reported on Mar. 23 of a man in his 50s who lives in Winnipeg with a history of travel should be referenced as case 21. In addition, a probable case previously reported on Mar. 24 of a man in his 40s who lives in Winnipeg with a travel history under investigation should be referenced as case 22. Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel. This includes international travel and travel within Canada. There should be no recreational, tourist or non-essential personal travel. In addition, public health officials recommended that effective Mar. 23, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This recommendation does not include: • the commercial transportation of goods and services; • workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work; • health care workers who travel to work from outside the province; • normal personal travel in border communities, including visits to a cottage. Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé

Manitoba government extends tax deadline for businesses

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The province is extending tax f iling deadlines for businesses impacted by COVID-19, Premier Brian Pa l l ister and Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced. “Manitoba businesses are facing a challenging economic situat ion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to help them out by giving them more time to submit provincial taxes,” said Pallister. “Some businesses may need access to these extra funds and we want to provide them with that flexibility. The allowance is one of several measures our government has introduced to help Manitobans cope during this trying and uncertain time.”

The province will extend the April and May filing deadlines for small and medium-sized businesses, with monthly remittances of no more than $10,000. It is estimated this could help more than 20,000 businesses in Manitoba, the premier noted. Businesses will have up to two additional months to remit retail sales taxes and the Health and

Post Secondary Education Tax Levy, commonly called the payroll tax. “This extension gives sma l l and med ium businesses a two month breather to deal w ith COVID-19,” said Fielding. “This global pandemic is impacting all Manitobans and while we focus our resources and energy on the health of Manitobans,

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