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Pulling off the tarp to unveil PHOTOS BY the new sign were HRCC Meloney and children staff Pamela Lewis, Sheena KATE JACKMAN-ATKINSON Easton Buydens, Hayden Kopytko and Jennifer Kinley, Lukas Kopp, Onyx Halashewski and Alex Ferguson.

By Kate Jackman-Atkins on The Neepawa BaNNer HRCC has been operating allow the centre to offer out of their current afterlocation 25 years, but as enrolment for school programs should there Parents and children has be a demand. were all increased smiles last Friday as and standards have the Happy changed, RM of Westbourne Rock Children Centre board reeve unveiled Kinley explained chair Sandi David Single sits on the HRCC their plans to build a that they have Building new daycare outgrown committee, which their current location. in Gladstone. Currently is made up of parents operat- Their current ing out the the basement as well as space has a number representatives from of the of limitations, Seven Regions Health municipal it lacks natural Centre, the light, has no kitchen facilities government and local service group has been working towards in which clubs. Single explained to prepare snacks their long-term plan that they and looked at a number of building a has an insufficient napping of new facility that will sites over area. the past two better meet “It’s years, but chose the time to upgrade,” she their needs. said. new site because Currently, the centre of its location. Having recently purchased Kinley explains that censed for eight infants, is liproperty for the new construc20 pre- tion of the centre, on schoolers new centre is two Oct. 10, children and and four school-age staff from children. three years away, depending to In addition to better the centre helped to on unveil a sign meeting how quickly they can provincial guidelines, outlining building fundraise. plans as well a new The project is expected facility will allow as fundraising goals. to cost them between $500,000 A tree was to slightly and $600,000 also planted in what increase enrolment. will be the The new and Kinley said that location, beside the playground. between savings and past elementary school, fundraisers, will also they have HRCC director Jennifer about $100,000 so Meloney helped Onyx far. a Halashewski


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National recognition for Neepawa business woman By Tony Eu The Neepawa Banner Michelle Gerrard of Neepawa is receiving national attention for her business acumen. As of Oct. 4, Gerrard, the owner of Neepawa’s Home Hardware, is a finalist in the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneurship Awards. Presented by Women of Influence, the awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of some of the most successful female Canadian entrepreneurs. The award program has been running for 24 years, acknowledging over 135 Canadian women. This year, there are six categories: ADP MicroBusiness, Deloitte StartUp, RBC Momentum, Social Change, TELUS Trailblazer and PROFIT. Three Canadian women were picked for each category, one from western Canada, one from central Canada and one from eastern Canada. Five thousand women were nominated for this year’s awards. Gerrard was selected as one of the finalists for the PROFIT category. “Through timely innovation, strategic thinking and smart execution, the recipient of this award has built and managed one or more successful businesses over a period of 10 years. With a proven track record of growth, profitability, and industry leadership, this entrepreneur’s exploits have generated an uncommon degree of economic growth, and she has shown to possess the drive, managerial acumen and leadership traits that others aspire to have,” the explanation for the PROFIT award reads. The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on Nov. 16, which is taking place in the Fairmount Royal York in Toronto. She will be attending the gala along with her family. Nontraditional roles “Somebody nominated me for the award and then [the organizers] sent me an

application that I had to complete,” Gerrard said. “Basically, I had to tell them about my business, about what my business life had been, obstacles I’ve had to overcome, how my business has grown and changed since I’ve had it and what my plans for the future are for my

“When I go to trade shows or meetings, 95 per cent of the time I’m the only woman in the room,” she remarked, showing just how unusual it is for a woman to be in her line of business. Gerrard believes that one of the main reasons she was picked as a finalist

think what they’re trying to recognize and trying to show to other people, is that you can overcome the obstacles I’ve had to overcome to build a successful business.” Overcoming obstacles Every entrepreneur has to face obstacles, however,


Representatives from the Neepawa RBC branch gave Michelle Gerrard a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her being chosen as a finalist for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Left to right: Shelby Howard (RBC financial advisor), Kerri MacPherson (RBC branch manager), Michelle Gerrard (owner of Neepawa Home Hardware Building Centre) and Scott Dyke (RBC financial planner). business,” she said about the application process. “It recognizes women who are majority shareholders in their businesses and who have built businesses and overcome obstacles,” explained Gerrard, referring to the awards in general. “Mine is sort of a nontraditional role for a woman, being in a hardware store/lumber yard. They like to recognize woman who have taken those uncommon or nontraditional roles and have been able to build them into successful businesses,” she added.

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is because of her nontraditional position. “It’s those types of roles where they like to take women who’ve been successful and recognize them, so if there’s any girls or women that want to be in those nontraditional [jobs] it gives them someone to look up to, a role model and to show them that you can be successful,” she noted, adding, “I

Gerrard has had to face more than most of her peers and most of the time, it’s because of her gender. One of the first challenges she had to face was unrelated to being a woman in business, but it was one that many wouldn’t have been able to overcome. Six months after buying her business, Gerrard was diagnosed with cancer.

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“I think any woman in a business faces challenges,” Gerrard notes. “We are, lots of times, taught and raised differently than boys, we just are sometimes. So women in business sometimes face that hurdle that we’re not good enough, or we don’t have a voice or we don’t deserve to actually be in business and be able to be leaders and employers. We have to face that challenge within ourselves,” she remarked. “[In the hardware and lumber business] there can be a lot of egos and men that I have to deal with, that don’t think I have any business being in the business,” Gerrard shared about the challenges she faces in her field. “[They] don’t take my opinions seriously, [they] don’t take my ideas seriously and [they] don’t give me the credit that I deserve, being in the business,” she explained. She went on to note that she’s never encountered anything terrible, at least, nothing that she couldn’t handle. She also mentioned that most of the time, it’s not outright sexism, but “more by omission.” “It’s changing. I’m going to say probably in the next generation it’s going to be much better than it is in my generation and older, but you’ll still face a little bit of backlash from it,” Gerrard said, optimistic for the future of women in business. “I’m not complaining. It’s nothing insurmountable that any other women in any other position, whether they’re business owners or not [hasn’t had] to face,” she mentioned. “It’s [just] a little harder getting credibility in the business,” she added. Continued on page 15

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By Miranda Leybourne The Neepawa Banner The Town of Neepawa is partnering with Sport Manitoba to teach children all about physical literacy during the PD Day Program at Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute (NACI) and the Hazel M. Kellington (HMK). The program is for children aged six to 12 years old and costs $20. It runs on school PD days, including Oct. 21, Feb. 13 and Mar. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the March session being run out of HMK. Amanda Novak, Leisure Services Manager at the Town of Neepawa, says that Sport Manitoba officials will be debuting their Motion Zone program from 1 – 3 p.m. on the PD days. “There will be different stations that kids go through…with fun games to work on coordination…It’s for everybody – you don’t have to be an athlete. There are fun

games and you learn how to move.” Novak says that teaching kids physical literacy is very important in this day and age. “The whole point of physical literacy is to get kids moving during the day to maintain optimum health,” she explains. “We all know that our kids aren’t moving enough nowadays.” But the PD Day program won’t just be about physical fun – there will be plenty of other opportunities for learning and creativity such as making crafts and playing games. Parents who would like to sign their children up for the PD Day program can pick up a registration form at the Neepawa Town Office, located at 275 Hamilton St., or print one off at Novak adds that if there are spaces left over, children who aren’t registered for the PD program can still attend the Motion Zone portion of the day, so long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Giving children their first taste of cooking By Miranda Leybourne The Neepawa Banner A program called Kids in the Kitchen is cultivating culinary passion in children, with the help of the Town of Neepawa. The program is debuting later this fall, with two separate sessions for different age groups of children. The first session, for six to nine year-olds, is happening ion Oct. 21 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute (NACI) home economics room. The youngsters who sign up will get a chance to learn how to make healthy snacks at home. Instructor Belinda Critchlow, who used to run the classes from her home, says they’ll be making things like parfaits and fruit salads. “I think it’s important to start teaching kids at the youngest ages...because as soon as they start doing it, it creates habits of eating and choosing healthier snacks as opposed to opening a bag off the shelf

or a box,” she explains. “Those habits then form into lifelong patterns.” Critchlow says she’ll also teach the children the importance of proper kitchen hygiene like hand washing, preventing the cross-contamination of ingredients and how to clean up after themselves safely and effectively. The second class, happening on Nov. 18 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. and aimed at children ages 10 to 12 years old, will have a fun, festive theme. Critchlow says that the kids signed up for that class will get to make and take home three different types of Christmas baking. “They usually have a really good time,” she enthuses. “They sit around, chat and get to know each’s just a fun thing to do when they have that day off of school.” The first program costs $20 and the second costs $30. Spaces are limited, and registration forms can be picked up at the Neepawa Town Office.

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Eastern and Western Manitoba Choral Associations. He directed Provincial Honour Choir in 2008 and Manitoba Junior Honour Band in 2014. Accompanist Luis Ramirez, originally from Mexico, is particularly enthusiastic about chamber music and composition, as well as the implementation of technology in musical performance. Luis is the winner of the Western Young Artist Series 2016 and will be performing across the Canadian prairies in September and October of the current year. This year’s tour (October 15-18) will include evening concerts in Souris, Killarney, Deloraine and Brandon, a church service at Wawanesea and school concerts in Boissevain, Melita, Hartney and Brandon.

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How far the flaky have fallen We used to expect leaders to have at least a pretence of decorum.


nce upon a time, we looked to our politicians to be statesmen. I think that it’s safe to say statesmen and not offend any upstanding women who have been in positions of government leadership. At times, we had to be satisfied when our leaders at least pretended to be statesmen. That happened sometimes in history. Today, we are desperate for even a pretence of statesmanship. The state of affairs in the United States is so bad that we get new levels of crudeness blasted at us every day. The public debate is so far from desired levels that one has to wonder, when will it end? Certainly it won’t end with the U.S. election. Even if Donald Trump loses the election, the root causes of the terrifying discussions will still be there. Thirty-five per cent or more of U.S voters don’t seem to care how lewd Trump can be, they are still very discontented with establishment politics. Conversely, a similar sized group of voters don’t seem to care how dishonest Hillary Clinton is, or has been. They want the Clinton agenda in spite of what the Clintons have said or done. If righteousness is the foundation of America, then the foundation needs severe repairs. We used to expect leaders to have at least a pretence of decorum, of modesty and moral standards. Apparently, not any more. In times gone by, it has been written that Franklin D. Roosevelt had a mistress and it has been reported that as he lay on his deathbed, it was not


Ken Waddell his wife who was present. Nixon had a foul mouth but reportedly (according to Red Skelton) a great sense of humour. John F. Kennedy was a serial womanizer. Eisenhower was said to have other love interests than his wife. The Bush presidents were supposedly clean living men. Bill Clinton was as morally depraved as they come. His wife, Hillary, has been covering for him for years. Obama is apparently a strong family man. Regardless of their personal life, all except the Clintons tried

in disbelief. But here’s the deal. American society, and Canada along with it, has ridden the slippery downward slope for so long that the bottom is a cesspool, not a solid rock. We are reaping what we sow. Everything we do and say is now peppered with sexual innuendo and with vile thoughts. If we ever doubted the expression, “depravity of man”, we should have no doubts now. As individuals, we have all slipped. As a society, we have lowered our standards of decency, decorum and behaviour at all levels. The media, the entertainment industry, the politicians, even the church leaders have all lowered their standards. Anyone who tries to go back to what is right, decent and upstanding is written off as out of touch, out of date and out to lunch. Morality is relative, each to their own, everything is OK. No, it’s not OK and our society is about to reap what has been sown. The U.S. will be fortunate to survive this cycle of depravity and they may well take the rest of us with them. Righteousness, or at least valiant attempts at righteousness, must return to our society at all levels and especially in our leadership.

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to maintain some sense of decorum and morality. Now that the Clinton methodology of sex, money and power have come full force against the Trump methodology of sex, money and power, the American voters have a choice of depravity versus depravity. The most often repeated phrase in the U.S. media and around the millions of dinner tables has to be this, “How, after sifting through 300 million people, did we end up with two 70-year-old depraved individuals for President of the United States?” When you speak to Americans right now, they hang their heads

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It takes a world to make a loaf of bread


e go through a lot of bread at our house. We use it for sandwiches, cheese toast, regular toast, etc. We buy at least four loaves at a time, which will probably last us for two weeks. For us, getting a loaf of bread is easy. We go to the store, find what we’re looking for, pick it up, take it to the cashier and pay for it. Total elapsed time—roughly 30 minutes. We leave with a fresh loaf of bread that will help feed our family for several days. But how often do we pause to identify and express our gratitude for all of the people who helped produce that loaf of bread? Here’s just a partial list. I will leave it to you to fill in the blanks. Our encounter with the staff at a grocery store is often quite limited. We see those who take our money. What we don’t see is the work they do when they aren’t at the till—unpacking product, stocking and facing shelves, etc. In

FAITHFULLY YOURS Neil Strohschein the retail world, you must be able to multi-task– if you can’t fit in wherever you are needed whenever you are needed, you won’t have a job for long. Most of the bread we buy wasn’t baked in the store. It came from a central warehouse located in another community. So to the work done by those who put the product on the shelf for us to see and buy, we must add the work done by those who received, stored and then shipped it to the store and the trucker who delivered it. Those in the warehouse didn’t bake the bread. It was made somewhere else. So now we add to the list all of those in the bakery who mixed the ingredients, baked the bread and

after it cooled, sliced and bagged it for shipment to the warehouse. The ingredients for the bread came from raw materials (flour, milk, eggs, sugar, yeast, etc.) that were either grown by farmers or produced by animals that were cared for by farmers. So to the work done by those already listed, we add the work done by the farmers who produced the raw materials, the processors who milled the flour, graded the eggs, extracted the sugar from cane or beets and pasteurized the milk. Don’t forget the truckers and railroad workers who delivered the products from one site to another so that they could be turned into bread for us to buy. It takes a world to make

a loaf of bread. It takes different people living in different cities with different skills; all of whom must do what they do best to produce the food we eat. And overseeing the process, from beginning to end, is the God who created the land in which the wheat is grown; the God who created beets to give sugar, chickens to lay eggs and cows to give milk; the God who gave humans the ability to use the resources he created to produce food to feed the people of the world. He is the ultimate source of everything we receive. No one said this better than St. James: “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17a) Just for today, take a moment to thank God for all of those who have had a hand in producing the food and other good things you enjoy. Then go out and do the same for them. Do your part to enrich their lives and help make ours a better world.

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e have just celebrated Thanksgiving weekend. As is my custom, I attended Sunday morning worship. Honestly, I didn’t really want to attend. It is, at times, difficult to be thankful. Tales of family gatherings, groaning tables, warm fuzzies, lovely facts, have not applied to me these last two years. The words of reflection reminded me to find something to be thankful for, even in the face of deep personal loss. I knew that, but it was helpful to be reminded. It was helpful that others joining me in morning worship were reminded that not every Thanksgiving is easy for everyone. October 10, 1974, the Friday of the Thanksgiving weekend, Ed and I exchanged marriage vows in the presence of our four children and four close friends. Forty years later, we were faced with saying

HOMEBODIES Rita Friesen our final good-byes, as Ed prepared to leave his mortal body. October 12, 2014, Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend, he passed quietly and peacefully from this world. I believe that Ed choose to linger the last 30 hours so that our anniversary could be a kind and gentle memory. Thanksgiving weekend will never be the same. And I am thankful. Thankful for the 40 years we shared, the family we raised, the joy with the arrival of grandchildren and great grands. Thankful for the vacations we shared, the satisfaction of farming together, the music in life. Thankful for

friends that include me in holiday meals, for friends that allow me to wallow for a while, and then coax me back to the surface. This is my story. Each one of us has a story. For some families, Christmas, or New Year’s, or birthdays are the most difficult. For some folks, every day is a struggle. I struggle to be strong for my children, brave in the face of their pain but open to sharing the hurts. I struggle to pass down the family memories, for it is painful and often tearful when we share deep memories. There are days when even my red boots are not enough courage to face a crowd. There are days I

welcome a soft drizzle for it masks the uninvited tears trickling down my cheeks. A sound, a scent, a glimpse of a red plaid shirt, a vintage vehicle, all pressure points on my journey. I am thankful. I am thankful that this year I will be strong enough to put up a tree for Christmas. Christmas was Ed’s holiday – every moment – the sights, the sounds and the foods. I already know that I will not put up the manger scene, nor the Victorian choir, but there will be a tree and lights. I am thankful for progress. You know the old saying – ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’? Whenever anyone used that on Ed, he would smile and reply – well, I wasn’t there, was I? So, he is not here, and my Rome will not be built in a day. I am thankful for the gentle reminder by my faith leader to find something for which to be thankful.


he winter activities are beginning to take shape. So winter decided to take shape also. When I looked out my window, while I was writing this article, snowflakes were slowly drifting by and the roofs of the houses in my neighborhood were white. Some might say that this is too early and others are frantically hoping that it will all melt and the grounds will dry up so they can finish the harvest.

Since the Liberals won their majority government almost exactly a year ago, they have proven time and time again that they do not understand or care about our rural way of life. I honestly believe that rural Canadians don’t get factored into their decision making at all. This is simply wrong. Recently, you may have heard that the Liberals will soon be imposing a carbon tax on Canadians. Again, the lack of concern for rural Canadians is very evident. The fact is that a carbon tax will disproportionately hurt Canadians living in rural and remote areas. We know it takes a lot of energy to produce the food that feeds our country and the world. Our farmers cannot afford to be taxed any more. It doesn’t stop with farmers. This tax will add 11.5 cents to every litre of gas we buy. The Liberals may not know this, but we have to do a lot of driving in rural areas. I expect this will not stop any of us from to work or driving our kids to school and hockey games. All this will do is make us pay more taxes without any tangible environmental benefits. As a politician, conservationist and landowner, I believe that we need to take necessary environmental action along with the rest of the world, but not at the expense of our economy. By focussing solely on carbon taxes, we lose the opportunity to support real, on the ground projects such as wetlands management that sequesters carbon, prevents flooding and allows our wildlife to thrive. The Liberals fail to realize how important it actually is to partner with conservation groups to ensure we protect our lakes and rivers. Another issue our Manitoba Conservative MPs are upset with is that the Liberal dominated Agriculture Committee has decided the opinions of Manitoban farmers need not be heard. The committee is travelling to hear from farmers on the Growing Forward 3 agricultural initiative, but has chosen to skip over Manitoba completely and ignore the voices of our 15,000 farm families. We deserve to have our voices heard on topics that will directly affect our way of life. On a positive note, I am pleased that Bill C-246, the so-called Modernizing Animal Rights Act has been defeated. This legislation would have opened the door to give animals rights and threatened legitimate and accepted animal use such as medical research, livestock farming, hunting, fishing and trapping. Thankfully, common sense prevailed and the legislation was voted down 198-84. I was proud to work with the animal use community across Canada and vote against that flawed legislation, to stand up for rural economies and legitimate and accepted animal use. If you have any questions or concerns about what happens at the federal level, please contact my constituency office by phone at 204-622-4659 or 1-877-405-8946 or by email at Robert Sopuck MP, Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa

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‘This is a very different type of volunteering’ By Tony Eu The Neepawa Banner Palliative care - many of us have heard of it, some of us have had experiences with it, but what exactly is it? “Palliative care is a process where people look after people who are dying from a terminal disease that cannot be cured,” answers Mary Ellen Clarke, the coordinator for Neepawa’s palliative care volunteer program. “Our program helps provide support to an individual who is dying and their family,” Clarke added. “We have volunteers who sit with a dying person. It’s free of charge and we will sit around the clock, 24 hours, at the hospital, Neepawa Health

Centre, as well as Country Meadows and in [the] community, if someone has chosen to have a death at home,” she explained. Right now, the program is looking for more volunteers. However, volunteering as part of palliative care is very different from other volunteering. “Lots of people like to volunteer, but this is a different type of volunteering,” Clarke stressed. “When you’re actually sitting at someone’s bedside who is passing, that’s a different volunteer job than volunteering at the rink or at bingo or anything else in community. This is a very, very different type of volunteering.” Because it’s such a different type of volunteer activity, would-be volunteers have to take a train-

ing course to learn about death and dying. Coming up very soon is one such course, being offered out of Brandon. Clarke and the rest of the program members are, encouraging people who are interested in palliative care to take this training program. Clarke remarked that, “We really encourage men to become involved as well, because when men are dying, it would be nice to have a gentleman sit with them, not just a female.” She also noted that of the 15 to 18 volunteers they have, a number of the ladies have been a part of it since the start of the program in 1998. The training course costs $35 and runs Monday evening from 6:30 pm to 9 pm for seven weeks, start-

ing on Oct. 24. The course will teach individuals how to deal with death and how to comfort and support the individual dying, as well as their family. Volunteers are of paramount importance to the operation of Neepawa Palliative Care, as well as nearly all palliative care programs. “We have no government funding at all,” Clarke explained, “We have to raise our own money. As such, we have regional coordinators who are now working three-quarter time instead of full time.” While they receive no funding from the government, the program does work under the regional health authority. “A lot of people do give donations in memory of a loved one when they pass away and

usually it’s because we have provided quality care to their loved one and to them when their loved one is passing,” Clarke mentioned. Despite this, the program is still always looking for more ways to get the funding they need to keep providing this service. Thinking of taking the program but not sure you could make every single night? No problem, Clarke said that most people could probably catch up on the reading they would miss if they couldn’t attend a night. The Neepawa Palliative Care program provides care for individuals “within an easy driving distance if they were to die at home, but otherwise, the hospital, the care home and in [Nee-

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RCMP investigate a break-in at curling club On Sept. 4, Neepawa RCMP were dispatched to a disturbance on Mill Street. Police were told that possibly a male and female were arguing. Police attended residence and came across items scattered all over the yard, as well as smashed windows in the residence. Police spoke to a male inside the residence who told police that he did not live there. Police entered the residence and arrested the male for Mischief. Upon the arrest, the male began to argue with police and became resistive. Police were able to remove the male from the residence, who then became combative and confrontational with police. After a brief struggle, the male was taken to the Neepawa RCMP detachment where he was given the opportunity to sleep it off. Mark Tibbett has since been charged with uttering threats, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. On Sept. 15, Neepawa RCMP were dispatched to a break and enter that

had occurred at the Riding Mountain Curling Club. A window was smashed to gain entry into the building. Once inside, the individual went to the canteen to try and locate food items. Spray paint was also used throughout the building in attempt to cover up any identifiable traces of those involved. Through investigation, a male youth was identified as the lone individual responsible for the break and enter. The youth, who is under the age of 18, cannot be named as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The male has been referred to the local Justice Committee. On Sept. 23, Minnedosa RCMP came across a vehicle driving on Provincial Road 270. A vehicle stop was conducted. A lone male was in the vehicle. Investigation led to the possibility that the driver had consumed alcohol prior to getting into the vehicle. As a result, the driver was ordered to provide a sample of breath into a roadside screening device. After a number of attempts, the

driver was unable to provide a sample of breath. As a result, Randy Kelso of the Rural Municipality of Oakview has been charged with failure to provide a sample of breath. On June 7, 2015, Neepawa RCMP conducted a traffic stop in Neepawa. Upon investigation, it was found that the driver was driving with no drivers licence. Police also noted the smell of marijuana coming

from the vehicle. A search resulted in the location of marijuana in the vehicle. As a result, William Brewis was charged with possession of a controlled substance. On his first court appearance, Brewis failed to attend court. A warrant of Arrest has been issued for Brewis. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Brewis are asked to call the Neepawa RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers.

The speeder of the month was located by Cpl. Taggart of the Neepawa RCMP. The driver was found travelling 142 km/ hr in a posted 100 km/ hr zone. Fine amount of $599.75. During the month of September, Spruce Plains RCMP responded to a total of 284 calls for service.

pawa], but we would go out a 10 to 15 minute drive.” As far as who is eligible within that area, Clarke said, “Anyone can be referred to the palliative care program by a family member, a friend or a neighbor if they see a need and feel someone needs extra supports.” She adds, “Our volunteer program works very, very closely with home care. Usually if someone is in the home and is terminal, before they have a chance to be in hospital or not, homecare goes in first. Then we’re the next circle that sits around homecare to help provide extra supports.” For more information on palliative care and volunteering, contact Mary Ellen Clarke. She can be reached at 204-476-7821, on her cell at 204-476-6077, or at For more information on the program or to register, call 204-727-1745 or email westmanhospice@


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Potato wedges The underrated potato is a staple food for much of the world’s population. For the potato lover in your home today’s recipes will help broaden your potato repertoire. Spicy potato wedges 1 Tbsp. chili powder 1 tsp. onion salt 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

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Cut potatoes into eight to 10 wedges. In a plastic bag mix the spices, then add the potatoes and shake to coat. Grease a cookie sheet with 1 Tbsp. oil. Spread the potato wedges on sheet and drizzle with remaining oil. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Turn potatoes and bake another 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Parmesan garlic potato wedges 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 1 tsp. powdered garlic 1 tsp. onion salt

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Even the smallest hands can make a difference By Tony Eu The Neepawa Banner While most children spent their summer break playing in parks, swimming in the pool, or playing games inside, four young ladies decided to do something a little different. Prestyn Phinney, who’s aunt has breast cancer, along with Chay Rannie/ Cox, Emily Hockin and Arabella Wilson, decided

to have a fundraiser to support breast cancer research. Prestyn, Chay and Emily are all eight years old, while Arabella is six. All four girls go to Anita Novak’s home daycare, as such, they decided to hold the fundraiser on Novak’s front lawn. Novak was kind enough to not only donate all the necessary supplies, but also bake cupcakes and cookies for the girls. “We went out in Anita’s

yard and [she] made us cupcakes and juice,” Phinney said. “We had two kinds [of juice]; lemonade and grape juice. We also had chocolate chip cookies and each was 25 cents.” Over the course of a couple days during August, the girls raised just over $100 for their cause. This is the second year these girls have put on a fundraiser like this and it certainly won’t be the

last. The girls are excited to have another fundraiser next year, though how they do it and what they donate the money to is up in the air for now.

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Prestyn Phinney (left) and Chay Rannie/Cox (centre) holding the signs that advertised their fundraiser for breast cancer, inside of the home daycare run by Anita Novak. Next to them is Mary Ellen Clarke, a breast cancer survivor. Emily Hockin and Arabella Wilson (missing from picture) are the other two girls who helped with the fundraiser.

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‘Beauty of Flora and Land’ By Kate Jackman-Atkinson The Neepawa Banner On Oct. 5, Riding Mountain-based artist Gerd Behrendt opend his show at ArtsForward in Neepawa. Called “Beauty of Flora and Land”, Behrendt’s show features acrylic paintings of flowers and lanscape scenes, all painted within the last two years. Behrendt was born in Germany and grew up during the war. He and his wife moved to Canada in the 1950s and during those years, he focused on his farm. After decades of working the land, he returned to his art, fulfillng a dream of his youth. Today,

he’s retired, spending his time painting and playing the fiddle. “I love what I’m doing now,” he said. Behrendt has found the inspiration for most of his works by venturing off the beaten path, sitting in a ditch or from memory. He explains that he enjoy

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Top left and right: Four of Gerd Behrendt’s landscapes on display. Above: Gerd Behrendt stands with one of his favourite paintings of the collection. He had trouble with one of his eyes, losing sight in it and this painting of a poppy from his garden simulates how he saw the world. “I could see the flower, but not all the green around,” he explained.

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painting flowers for their beauty. “I hope I can keep on helping all you see what can be done if you have a will and love,” Behrendt explained. The works will be on display until Oct. 28 at ArtsForward in Neepawa

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The Langruth Harvest Festival celebrates the season By Michelle Teichroeb Submitted On Sept. 24, the fall season was celebrated in Langruth at the Langruth Harvest Festival. The event was well attended, with families both local and from neighboring communities enjoying the fall-themed activities. Along with a number of fall carnival games, like pumpkin bowling and pumpkin Tic-Tack-Toe, children were invited to paint pumpkins and have their faces painted. The children got to take their pumpkins home to remember their day at the Harvest Festival. Many will also remember their day with photos at the various photo booths. Isn’t it fun to dress up in costume and have a picture taken? The large round hay bale climbing structure was enjoyed by children of all ages. An adult or two may have enjoyed the view from the top as well! A few children successfully found the ‘needles’ at the

Needle in The Hay Stack Station. Those that went on the horse drawn wagon ride definitely enjoyed the fall colours of the trees south of Langruth. Thank-you to Bruce Hogarth from the Plumas area for giving such a pleasant and relaxing ride through the country side. Animal lovers were also able to spend time at the Mini-Petting Zoo. Who can resist holding a soft fuzzy bunny, or playing with three playful goats or a young calf. A well-stocked canteen is always a must and the Langruth Skating Rink Canteen was open for lunch with a variety of menu items. A number of companies generously donated to the canteen. As a special treat, popcorn and cotton candy were sold by an independent vendor. Everyone enjoys the competition of a well matched race. It was anyone’s guess who would break the ribbon at the finish line of the sack races, three-legged races,

4-H year begins Submitted by Tristinn Bjarnarson Neepawa and Area 4H Beef Club The Neepawa and Area 4H Beef Club held their reorganization meeting Oct. 3 at NACI in the Library. To get us started, two intermediate members, Cora Baker and Rebecca-Lynn Pedersen made us do a game to get us reacquainted. We elected our new officers for the 2016-2017 year: president Dylan Oshanyk, vice-president Max Baker, treasurer Cora Baker, secretary Madison Teichroeb, club reporter-Tristinn Bjarnarson, scrapbooker Lauren Rosling, area council reps Cora Baker (member) and Tim Baker (parent), Fat Stock Committee members Bruce Rosling and Shelley Bjarnarson and Ag. Society rep Tim Baker. We currently have 16 members and nine families. We will once again will be providing snacks for the Arden Bingo every Tuesday for the months of November and December. Nov. 15, our club will be catering the annual Manitoba Beef Producers District meeting at the Neepawa Legion. We are looking forward to another great year! Our next meeting will take place Nov. 7.

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The cow milking challenge was one of the eight challenges at the Harvest Festival in Langruth. aid at the Teddy Bear First Aid Station. Proceeds from the Harvest Festival will go towards renovations at the Langruth Skating Rink. Thank-you to the Langruth Recreation Committee for the use of the Skating Rink. Most of the activities were able to be held inside as it was a cool rainy day. Thank-you to everyone that contributed to the Langruth Harvest Festival in any way. The commitment of community volunteers made this event possible. Thank-you to those who attended and enjoyed the many activities. It was a great day and a very nice

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Above: Site of the new eating establishment, RD’s on Main Family Restaurant, formerly Maushie’s. Top right: The Mishra family has assumed ownership of the business. (Left to right) Arpit, Rajesh (Raj), Deepak and Deepmala Mishra. Bottom right: The interior of RD’s on Main Family Restaurant. By John Drinkwater The Neepawa Banner

On Monday, Oct. 17, Minnedosa eating establishment, “Maushie’s” will change ownership from Millie Farough to the Mishra family, being renamed RD’s on Main. Residents in Neepawa will be familiar with owner Rajesh Mishra aka “ Raj, having seen him working for the past seven years in Dairy Queen, Neepawa Gladstone Co-op, Brahma’s, Chicken Corral, etc. Raj owned a restaurant in India (now run by his father) before coming to Canada. He said, “RD’s will be open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm seven days a week and we will provide breakfast, lunch and supper menus. Our breakfast special will be $5.99 and there will be separate menus for kids and seniors. We have recently applied to have the restaurant licensed.” Following his success with Indian cuisine at the Corral, Raj will offer similar supper food on Thursdays. The business employs seven staff and ‘ take out ‘ will be available. Seating capacity is 62, so group bookings can be arranged for events such as Christmas parties and birthdays. Future plans being considered are catering and use of the basement for conferences and meetings. Former owner of Maushie’s for 10 years, Millie Farough, said, “I shall be assisting in the kitchen for a while until Raj feels comfortable and my daughter, Amanda, is serving as a waitress. With extended hours providing supper I believe the business will be well received.”


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We would like to thank the many people who attended our 60th anniversary. It was a pleasure to see all the family and many friends with all the well wishes. Thank you so much for sharing this day. Russ and Eileen Newton

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Brookdale Belles and Beaus Square Dance Club will be starting to dance Monday nights, beginning Monday Oct. 24 at the Brookdale Community Hall at 7:30 pm. New dancers are welcome and the first 3 nights are free for new dancers, so come try it! For more information, call Leona Fisher at 204-8342710 or Karen Anderson at 204-354-2281. _____________________ Rummage and Pie Sale, Sat Oct. 15, 9 am to 2 pm, Knox Presbysterian Church, 396 1st St, south door. _____________________ Rummage sale: Neepawa United Church, CEC Building, Fri. Oct. 14, 1-5 p.m., Sat. Oct. 15, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Extra savings Saturday.

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Alcoholics Anonymous meets at Neepawa United Church basement, Thursdays, 8 p.m. _____________________ Arden Hall, cap. 255. Park, camping and sports facilities, rink, curling ice, kitchen and lounge. Call Leah 368-2403 or 841-4766 _____________________ Drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous can help. Meetings on Sat at 7 p.m. and Tues at 7 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 221 Hamilton St. Neepawa

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ROUGH LUMBER, FULL DIMENSION 2x8, 2x6, 2x4, windbreak boards. Firewood slabs - 1 cord bundle $60. We buy standing spruce & poplar timber. Tri-J Industries. “Your Local Sawmill” 476-6798 or 476-6349

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Trucks for sale: 2009 or 2012, F150, 4x4. Contact 204-352-4298 _____________________ Winter Getaway for sale. Trailer in Magic Valley Park, Weslaco, Texas. Fully furnished including refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, propane stove and hot water tank. Call 204-368-2374

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3 bedroom house in Gladstone, MB. _____________________ Churchill Block, Neepawa, 1 bedroom suite, available for Oct 1. Call 204-841-1298 _____________________ Looking for a person to share house, utilities included. $210 per month. Phone 204-212-2331 _____________________ TRAILER RENTALS: cargo, dump, equipment, auto, livestock/horse. FORK LIFT TELEPORT 729-8989

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Budget Tire Co. We buy and sell good used tires. 7268199, Brandon

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Storage vans (semi trailers) for rent or sale. Anderson’s 204-385-2685, 204-3852997 Gladstone.

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1/4 section, Amaranth area, steel shed, electricity, good yard site. Asking $50,000. Call broker 204-269-8424 _____________________ Farmland for sale by tender: Sealed bids for the purchase of farm land, located in the RM of Glenella-Lansdowne, Manitoba will be received up to 5:00 pm on Nov. 15, 2016. Send to Box 127, Glenella, MB R0J 0V0. Parcel sw07-18-11w1 - 155 acres; se24-18-12 w1 - 80 acres (with/without yard site approx. 8 acres) Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. _____________________ Gladstone: For Sale 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom, Lg. garage, new paint, double lot. $149,000. Ph: 1-204385-3098

It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Daune Yerex, with family by his side, on October 2, 2016 at the age of 86. Born in the Neepawa Hospital on March 28, 1930, he grew up and attended school in the Springhill area. On May 26, 1956, he married Joan (Nicholson) of Neepawa. Daune worked road construction, establishing his own business early in life. The family moved to various locations to follow his work, residing in Winnipeg for 15 years, returning to Neepawa in 1972, to work on the Watershed Conservation Project. Daune enjoyed a lifelong career in road construction and snow removal. Daune loved sports, especially baseball and hockey, spending many hours playing and volunteering as a coach/manager. He remained actively involved into his early 80’s. He was proud to have been inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Daune came from a large family of 10 children; he was devoted to his family. He was especially proud of his grandchildren, spending many hours travelling to visit, watch their activities and spend time telling stories. Daune was predeceased by his parents Noble and Irene (Adamson) Yerex, in-laws Dorothy and Jack Nicholson; sisters and brothers-in-law Sibyl and Galvin Burton; Norma and Jim Fleger, Erma and Cliff Massing; Muriel and Al Bell; brothers Max and Glen; sisters Ardythe Wood and Mavis Williamson, nephews Chris Yerex and Blaine Burton. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joan, married 60 years; children Kim Yerex, Bryan Yerex (Elsie), Kathy (Jim) Campbell; grandchildren Jason Kennedy and Great Granddaughter Abby, Carmen and Mark Yerex, Steven and Shayne Campbell; sister Carol (Ed) Carson, sisters-in-law Lorna and Vera Yerex, brothers-in-law John Williamson and John Wood; as well as many nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at the Neepawa United Church on Friday, October 7, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, Neepawa Palliative Care or a charity of your choice.

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Serviced, flood proof, lake front lots, from $44,900. See Old Town Harbour on Portage kijiji, Facebook, or call for a brochure, price list and info at 204-761-6165.

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Songs from the Heart Saturday, October 22nd 7:30 PM Neepawa United Church Adults $15.00 Students $10.00 Reg Downey, Singer/Songwriter *(former NACI student)* Accompanied by: Andreas Flensted, Classical Pianist

NuVision Commodities St. Jean, MB buying feed grains, wheat, barley, peas, oats, off grades grain and custom hauling back to the Red River area. Phone 1(204)758-3401 or 1(204)746-4028.

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For sale - Polled Hereford yearling bred heifers. Call Vern Kartenson 204-8672627 or 204-867-7315

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Meyers Auctions & Appraisals. Call Brad at 368-2333.

Offering a diverse concert programme with big ballads in Gospel and Classic Pop. Well known songs like “You raise me up”, “The Holy City”, “Bridge over troubled water” as well as songs that they have written themselves.

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Proud grandparents Warren and Joan Burton of Neepawa and Jack and Lori Bremner of Dauphin would like to announce the safe arrival of

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Birthday For Jean Erickson’s 85th birthday. Come and join us October 16th   2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. For Ice cream and cake Elks Manor, in the MPR room Neepawa, Manitoba

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Edwin (Keith) Lockhart

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden, but peaceful passing of our husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Left to treasure his memory, his wife of 58 years Marion, daughter Mari-Ann, son Darwin (Stephanie) and his pride and joy his grandchildren, Trent, Riley, Jonah and Elle. Keith is also survived by his sister Shirlee, brothers-in-law Kenneth McCloy, Howard McCloy (Hazel) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents William, Phyllis and his sister Ileen. Keith was born in Brandon, MB and was raised in Baldur, MB. As a young adult, Keith went to school in Toronto to become an Environment Officer (Health Inspector). Keith worked in Winnipeg, Brandon and settled in Neepawa in 1958. He served Neepawa and surrounding communities until his retirement in 1992. Keith was a long time member of the Neepawa Lions Club, a founding member of Touchwood Park and was involved with Neepawa Minor Hockey. He enjoyed hockey, curling, golfing and gardening and was a jack of all trades. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. At St. James Anglican Church. A private family interment took place at Riverside Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made in Keith's memory to a charity of one's choice.


Snow Removal Tenders Turtle River School Division invites tenders for Snow Removal at the following locations: Alonsa School McCreary School Glenella School Ste. Rose School Laurier School Bus Garage McCreary Please tender separately for each location. Tenders are to be on a per hour basis complete with specification of snow removal equipment and individual per hour rate. Tenders clearly marked SNOW REMOVAL TENDER will be accepted by the undersigned until 12:00 noon Friday October 28, 2016. Mark envelopes: SNOW REMOVAL TENDER The lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Send Sealed Tenders to: Dean Bluhm, Transportation/Maintenance Supervisor Turtle River School Division Box 309 McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0 Phone: 835-2067 Fax: 835-2426



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Polonia Fall Supper October 16, 2016 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Polonia Community Hall Adults $15.00 Youth 7-12 $7.00 6 & under Free

Engagement Larry and Lorraine Kohinski are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Lorissa Kohinski to Shaun Henton, son of Wayne Henton and Carol Henton. A shower will be held at the Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. A gift registry is available through Neepawa Home Hardware or Home Outfitters/ The Bay (Winnipeg). A Halloween themed social will follow in the evening from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Congratulations and best wishes on your upcoming wedding.



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Notice Church Worship Times Prepared by the Neepawa Ministerial St. James Anglican 11:00 a.m. First Baptist 11:00 a.m. Calvary Chapel 10:30 a.m. Knox Presbyterian 11:00 a.m. Roman Catholic Saturday 7 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. Ukrainian Catholic 9:00 am every second Sunday Neepawa United Church 11:00 a.m. Brookdale United 9:30 a.m. Christ Lutheran 9:00 a.m. International Worship Centre 1:30 p.m. Waldersee Lutheran 11:00 winter 10:00 summer Prairie Alliance Church 11:00 a.m. The Abiding Word Lutheran Church 9:00 a.m.

featuring products in select fabrics at an extra 20% discount. All orders placed by October 31st are guaranteed before Christmas. A few hot specials are: $595 rocker recliner chair, $789 stationary sofa and $995 sleeper sofa in queen or double size. 2 piece sectional with chaise for $1495. Come to our store and speak to our staff to find out more specials. England Furniture has a 10 year warrantee on foam and lifetime warranty on frame. Mon-Fri 10-8, Sat 10-6 & Sun 11-5. Call KDL Furniture at 204-571-1971. 660 Highland Ave., South side of #1 Hwy., Brandon.


Be in your new house by fall! 1584 & 1638 sqft RTMs ready for delivery. Pictures, floorplans available at Custom builds also available. For additional information call 204-346-3231 or email


Meyers Gun Auction - 10am Sat Nov 5, 2016. Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Ammo, Archery Supplies, Reloading & Much More. Bradley Meyers, Auctioneer. 204-476-6262


MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION! In-demand career! Employers have work-athome positions available. Get online training you need from an employer-trusted program. Visit: CareerStep. ca/MT or 1-855-768-3362 to start training for your work-at-home career today!


Pine Falls Golf Club - along the Winnipeg River. REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL - GENERAL MANAGER, 2017 Season. For information package contact: Vanessa Fontaine 204-7976747


Join our team! Ste. Rose IGA is currently seeking a full-time MEAT CUTTER/MEAT CLERK Responsibilities and Qualifications include:

• Provide friendly and professional customer service • Preparing meat products and meat displays for customer purchase • Merchandise products as required • Receive meat orders • Prepare specific customer meat orders or requests • Meet all company Food Safety standards • Assist the Meat Manager in managing the operations of the department. • Ability to work independently • Knowledge of meat cutting and/or retail grocery experience preferred • Availability to evening and weekends Interested parties please apply directly to the Store Manager: Adele Murray Phone: 204-447-2275 Fax: 204-447-2980


Pursuant to subsection 367(7) of The Municipal Act, notice is hereby given that unless the tax arrears for the designated year and costs in respect of the hereinafter described properties are paid in full to the Municipality prior to the commencement of the auction, the Municipality will on the 3rd day of November, 2016, at the hour of 2:00 PM, at: Town of Neepawa Council Chambers, 275 Hamilton Street, Neepawa, MB proceed to sell by public auction the following described properties: Description

Assessed Value

Amount of Arrears & Costs for Which Property May be Offered for Sale

HELP WANTED TRAIL MEATS LTD. BOX 1326 NEEPAWA, MB R0J 1H0 Need responsible and dependable person to help out on the kill floor. Full Time. Preferable with experience. Good wages for the right person. Please apply in person at 133 Rosedale Ave. Please check your ad when first published The Banner will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion


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Elkhorn Resort is looking to fill positions in Housekeeping-Evening Laundry Shift. Interested parties may send their resume to Barb Kelly ( or call 204.848.2802 ext 8509 for details about the position. Staff housing is available, if needed. Deadline to apply is November 3, 2016




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Pursuant to subsection 367(7) of The Municipal Act, notice is hereby given that unless the tax arrears for the designated year and costs in respect of the hereinafter described properties are paid in full to the Municipality prior to the commencement of the auction, the Municipality will on the 10th day of November, 2016, at the hour of 2:00 PM, at: Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone, 14 Dennis St. East, Gladstone, MB proceed to sell by public auction the following described properties: Roll Number


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L -$10,700 B -$69,700




L -$23,300 B -$212,200




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L - $37,600




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The tax sale is subject to the following terms and conditions with respect to each property: • The purchaser of the property will be responsible for any property taxes not yet due. • The Municipality may exercise its right to set a reserve bid in the amount of the arrears and costs. • If the purchaser intends to bid by proxy, a letter of authorization form must be presented prior to the start of the auction. • The Municipality makes no representations or warranties whatsoever concerning the properties being sold. • The successful purchaser must, at the time of the sale, make payment in cash, certified cheque or bank draft to the Town of Neepawa as follows: i) The full purchase price if it is $5,000 or less; OR ii) If the purchase price is greater than $5,000, the purchaser must provide a non-refundable deposit in the amount of $5,000 and the balance of the purchase price must be paid within 20 days of the sale. • The risk for the property lies with the purchaser immediately following the auction. • The purchaser is responsible for obtaining vacant possession. • If the property is non-residential property, the purchaser must pay GST to the Municipality or, if a GST registrant, provide a GST Declaration. • The purchaser will be responsible for registering the transfer of title in the land titles office, including the registration fees. Dated this 19th day of September, 2016. Managed by: Colleen Synchyshyn Chief Administrative Officer Town of Neepawa Phone: (204) 476-7603 Fax: (204) 476-7624

• The tax sale is subject to the following terms and conditions with respect to each property: • The purchaser of the property will be responsible for any property taxes not yet due. • The Municipality may exercise its right to set a reserve bid in the amount of the arrears and costs. • If the purchaser intends to bid by proxy, a letter of authorization form must be presented prior to the start of the auction. • The Municipality makes no representations or warranties whatsoever concerning the properties being sold. • The successful purchaser must, at the time of the sale, make payment in cash, certified cheque or bank draft to the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone as follows: i) The full purchase price if it is $5,000 or less; OR ii) If the purchase price is greater than $5,000, the purchaser must provide a non-refundable deposit in the amount of $5,000 and the balance of the purchase price must be paid within 20 days of the sale. • The risk for the property lies with the purchaser immediately following the auction. • The purchaser is responsible for obtaining vacant possession. • If the property is non-residential property, the purchaser must pay GST to the Municipality or, if a GST registrant, provide a GST Declaration. • The purchaser will be responsible for registering the transfer of title in the land titles office, including the registration fees. Dated this 22nd day of September, 2016. Managed by:

Eileen Peters Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone Phone: (204) 385-2332 Fax: (204) 385-2391


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Auction Sales McSherry Auction Annual Fall Gun Auction Saturday, Oct. 22 9:30 am

invites applications for a full time (5.75 hrs. per day) Educational Assistant at Willerton School (Springhill Colony – located north of Neepawa off Highway #5) This position will commence at a mutually agreed upon date. The successful candidate must complete a Criminal Records and Child Abuse Registry check. Previous applicants must submit an updated cover letter and resume. Inquiries regarding position may be made to Rhonda Dickenson at 204-476-2388. Send resume including references by NOON, Monday, October 17, 2016 to: Rhonda Dickenson Coordinator of Student Services Beautiful Plains School Division Box 700 Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 TEL: (204) 476-2388 FAX: (204) 476-3606 EMAIL: Only those selected for a short list will be contacted. Others are thanked for their interest now.

Wanted – Spare School Bus Drivers Beautiful Plains School Division requires spare school bus drivers for regular routes and extracurricular sporting/educational trips. As well, there is a good opportunity to become a regular route bus driver. No experience is necessary other than having a good driving record for the previous three years. Beautiful Plains will provide a training program for applicants to become a licensed school bus driver. Upon successful completion of the licensing requirements and the commencement of duties with the school division a reimbursement of $250 for time and licensing costs will be provided. Regular route school bus drivers earn from $90.00 to $122.00 per day depending on the length of the bus route. Further information may be obtained by contacting Warren Rainka at 204-476-5009. Applications with attached drivers abstract will be received by the undersigned until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Application forms are available at the Bus Garage and Division Office. Child Abuse Registry and Criminal Record checks are required. Warren Rainka, Transportation Supervisor Box 700 Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Or fax 204-476-3606

FOODS Meat Cutter/Production Personnel HyLife Foods a division of the HyLife organization is engaged in the dressing and processing of hogs for both domestic and world markets. To reach and sustain its position as a premier supplier of quality food products it strives to employ talented and motivated people who are capable of reaching the cutting edge of their discipline. This position is based at the operations in the vibrant community of Neepawa, Manitoba which has a reputation for its beauty and high quality of life. Due to rapid growth we are looking for Meat Cutters/Production Personnel.

Responsibilities / Duties include but are not limited to: • Slaughter, eviscerate and mark hogs for further processing • Cut pork carcasses into primal cuts for further detailed specifications intended for commercial, industrial, institutional or wholesale use • To de-bone edible part and remove inedible organs or parts The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications: • Be able to work in a culturally diverse workplace • Have a good work ethic • Focus on treating people with dignity and respect • Appreciate a stable long term work environment • Experience as an Industrial Butcher or trimmer is required • Completion of secondary school may be required Current starting wage is $13.85/hour plus $1.00 per hour perfect attendance incentive! We offer a comprehensive benefits package and competitive compensation based on experience and knowledge. HyLife has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies. If you have the qualifications and the passion to meet this challenge then we would like to explore your potential. Please apply online at We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Receptionist/Office Administrator Kinley Thomson is a growing public practice accounting firm with offices in Neepawa and Gladstone, MB, offering professional service and advice in accounting, tax, and general financial matters. Kinley Thomson’s Neepawa office is seeking a seasonal full-time receptionist for the 2017 tax season. We are looking for an outstanding individual to serve as the first point of contact for our clients and visitors and provide administrative support across our organization. You will handle the flow of people through the business and ensure that all receptionist responsibilities are completed accurately and delivered with high quality and in a timely manner. Responsibilities/Duties include but are not limited to: • Answer incoming calls, determine purpose of callers and forward calls to appropriate staff • Schedule, reschedule and cancel appointments • Greet clients/guests professionally, determining the nature and purpose of the visit • Collect, sort, distribute and prepare correspondence, mail and messages • Receive payments, record receipts for services and handle and reconcile all petty cash • Checking and processing information for files • Filing and file maintenance Qualifications: • Previous reception experience • Excellent communication, organizational and time management skills • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure • Very high attention to detail • Able to problem solve and take initiative • Dependable, punctual and able to work in flexible working hours, must be able to work evening and weekends during income tax season • Bookkeeping experience is an asset Please submit resume and salary expectations to our Neepawa Office by November 15, 2016: Kinley Thomson Chartered Public Accountants Inc. 225-D Ellen Street, Neepawa, MB We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.



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‘I want to diversify and branch out’ Continued from page 2 Despite the challenges Gerrard has faced and continues to face, her business isn’t suffering for it. In fact, she has a number of plans in the works to expand and diversify the business. As far as diversifying, Gerrard has just entered the real estate scene. “What some partners and myself have done, is we’ve started building the senior’s residence that’s going on First Ave. and Mill St.,” she explained. “We’re working on another senior’s residence for the spring to build, because we recognize that there’s a need for safe, affordable senior’s housing in Neepawa… There’s been a lot of

talk about building in town and nobody has been. So, we recognized an opportunity to build them and we are. Troy [Mutch] and myself recognized that we needed to get that done and there was an opportunity to do it,” she elaborated. “I want to diversify and sort of branch out from just being a hardware store, to help meet some of those needs of the community,” Gerrard remarked. She also talked about possibly moving to a new location, as they’ve outgrown their current location. “If we’re going to expand and grow more, we need to have more room,” Gerrard said. She mentioned as well that there were a number of other projects that she’s

working on, however, she isn’t able to talk about them quite yet. As a final thought on being chosen as a finalist for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneurship Awards, Gerrard said, “I’m really very flattered that somebody would think I’m worthy of the recognition. I really don’t know what the deciding factor was… but I’m very flattered.” PHOTO BY TONY EU

Michelle Gerrard, owner of the Neepawa Home Hardware Building Centre, in front of her store. Gerrard was nominated for and is now a finalist in the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.


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This year the Davidson family marked being on the same farm for 135 years. Gerond Davidson’s great-great grandfather Robert A. Davidson established Springbank Farm, in the RM of Langford, in 1881. The house was built in 1891 by his brother, John A. Davidson. Above left: A picture of the home from 1896. Left to right: Aunt Nell, Bert, Thomisina, cousin Aimmy Sirett, Robert and Aunt Ethel. Above right: The Davidson house, as it appears to this day.



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When you think about small businesses, it’s easy to forget about the support owners have received and continue to receive, especially when the business is thriving and successful. Make no mistake though, there is support, from family and friends, to grants and community assistance, every entrepreneur has supports. In Neepawa, one of the major supports that exists for businesses is the town’s economic development officer (EDO). For the past two years, that has been Marilyn Crewe. “Part of my responsibility as the economic

development officer is to support the local businesses that are here,” Crewe said about her job. “I do that through several different things. I will work with small businesses that come and sit in [my office] or I’ll go to their business. If anyone wants face-to-face consultation or support, I will do that with them, talk them through whatever their issues are. If I don’t have the answer that they need, I will help them find the answer that they need,” she elaborated. As well as working with established local businesses, Crewe also helps entrepreneurs get off the ground. “If someone comes to me with business idea, I help them

on the path that will get them started, help them to think about the questions that maybe they haven’t thought of and to find them other areas of support that perhaps they might need,” she explained. As well as one-on-one consultation, as the EDO, Crewe sits on the Chamber of Commerce board, helping business from a “more organized capacity.” She also aids businesses through organized events, such as “What’s The Big Idea?”, which is an annual event designed to help entrepreneurs with new business plans. In addition, Crewe also holds leadership meetings for different sectors; so far, she has held one for

the agriculture sector and one for the real estate sector, with hopes to do one with the tourism sector in the future. The point of the meetings is to gather everyone who is involved in the sector together in one room, where they’re able to talk about challenges and opportunities that they see throughout the field and how they can face them or capitalize on them. “Another part of what I do is being able to tell Neepawa’s story,” Crewe noted. Part of that involves talking about business success, while the other part involves creating it. “I get calls from land developers that are interested in building residential, commercial in

our town,” she explained, “I deal with investors that are looking to Neepawa to see whether there’s an opportunity here for them to start a business. So then I provide them with the information, just the basic demographics and key sectors and those kinds of things… to see whether it’s something that is suitable for them. As I said before, it’s about being able to tell the story, but I get different audiences to tell that story to.” While Crewe works with many of the businesses in town in a wide variety of ways, her main focus is on the local side. “Support for local business, growing the businesses that we have and encouraging new

business to come here, that’s the corner stone of what I do,” she remarked. “I have direction through [a] strategic plan to aggressively pursue investment in industrial and commercial and business development. It’s what I do everyday, work with our local businesses,” she elaborated. Most of the businesses in Neepawa are small, local enterprises, exactly the sort of businesses that our EDO works with everyday to help expand and succeed. In a time when it seems everything is owned by huge corporations, it’s nice to know that someone is looking out for the little guy.

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Neepawa declaw Wolverines By Eoin Devereux The Neepawa Banner

Howden referred to was the first goal of the night, as Skyler Thorsteinson earned his first of the season at 7:42 of the third period. Jordan Martin and Ashton Anderson received assists on that goal. About seven minutes later, Matthew Millan added to the Neepawa lead, notching his first goal and second point of the year. Once again, it was Anderson and Martin garnering assists on the opportunity. From there, Neepawa was able to secure the victory, thanks to the effort of goaltender Tyler Gutenberg, who made 34 saves between the pipes for the shutout victory. After the game, Gutenberg commended the team in front of him for their strong defensive effort and helping him out in front of the net. He added that his teammates battled hard for the win. Howden concluded that the coaching staff is happy with how the players were able to deal with the hectic schedule and that it’s something that they can build off of. “Two and two [record]. We’ll take that. It could have been a different outlook in the Virden game as well, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. But anytime you can come out of a stretch like this at 2-2 and still relatively healthy, you’ll take that,” noted Howden. On Saturday, Oct. 8, Neepawa had to deal with Canada’s number one

The Neepawa Natives closed out a gruelling section of their regular season schedule on Sunday, Oct. 9, with a solid 2-0 victory over the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. The game was Neepawa’s fourth in five days and came less than 24 hours after a trip to Steinbach to take on the unbeaten Pistons. Sunday night’s tilt was also the first of those four contests to be played at home, after the team accumulated a combined 1,102 kilometres on the bus this week. This included round trips to Dauphin (282 total km), Virden (302 km) and Steinbach (518 km). Considering the amount of wear and tear on the players from the week that was, it could have been very easy for Neepawa to get outpaced by a fresher Wolverines squad. Instead, the Natives were able to keep pace with the very physical opposition.  The game was not a perPHOTO BY EOIN DEVEREUX fect one for the home side Nathan Hillis (#19 in white) advances the puck into the Waywayseecappo zone during the Natives/Wolverines however, as the Natives game on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Yellowhead Centre. found themselves in penalty trouble in the second period. On two different with Steinbach for the first occasions in the middle period at 1-1, the Pistons frame, Neepawa had to scored three unanswered kill off multiple penalties goals in the second and at once. Head coach Dustwo in the third to secure tin Howden said despite a commanding 6-1 win. those penalty issues, the Nathan Hillis scored the team did not buckle. lone goal of the night for “Our penalty kill came Neepawa in the opening through for us [on Sunday minute of play. night]. Some of those penEarlier in the week, the alties, I Neepawa think, Natives were a were able case of to defeat tired legs the Daufrom the phin Kings end of 4-2 on High Speed Internet an exTuesday, U LT R A N E T tended Oct. 4, but UP TO 30 MBPS run of A better choice for multiple users thenfell to Plus! No Internet usage caps or overage charges games. the Virden FortunOil Capitals HD TV Package ately, it 1-0, in an D I G I TA L didn’t extremely BASIC HD cost us close conPER MO. Over 130 channels anything test on Oct. for the first 6 months on the $ 5. The team 10890 regular price scoreWhole Home TV now gets to board. PRISM rest up for WHOLE HOME DVR On top of its next big FREE for 6 months that, our challenge, first goal as they’ll PHOTO BY EOIN DEVEREX CALL US TODAY was on a face the Zach Johnson (28) slids through the Virden crease, during powerWinkler p l a y , Neepawa’s road game on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Flyers on so both Friday, Oct. *Offer expires November 30, 2016. Offer subject to change without notice. Only available to new residential subscribers (e.g. not subscribed to Westman Communications sides came up big for us,” ranked junior ‘A’ team, the 14, at the Yellowhead Group services in the past 3 months). To change your plan after the 6 month promotional period has ended please call 204-725-4300 or 1-800-665-3337 ext 2502 or service will continue at the regular current price. Offer is available in select markets. Actual Internet speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Taxes not included. stated Howden. Steinbach Pistons. After Centre. Game time is set Other conditions may apply. **After 6 months PRISM DVR is $10.95 per month and each additional receiver (media player) is $2.95 per month. The power-play marker remaining stride for stride for 7:30 pm.










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Yellowhead Chiefs continue superb play By Eoin Devereux The Neepawa Banner The strong start to the 2016-2017 Manitoba Midget Hockey League (MMHL) regular season continued for the Yellowhead Chiefs, as the boys team won a pair of games last weekend. The first victory came against the Southwest Cougars, during Yellowhead’s home opener at Shoal Lake, on Friday, Oct. 7. Mackenzie Belinski scored a pair of goals and added an assist to help lead the Chiefs to a 6-5 win. Before the game, a special ceremony was held to commemorate the first Yellowhead Chiefs squad, as the team celebrates its 30th season in the league. Players Neil Gillies, Jeff Hume, Troy Luhowy, Steven Pegoski and Cory Smith, along with team manager Denny Smith attended the home opener and were a part of the opening ceremonies. Once the puck dropped, Yellowhead immediately went on the attack, as Benoit Mowbray, of St. Lazare, scored just 20 seconds into the game. Southwest countered with a power-play goal with seven minutes remaining in the first, but the Chiefs quickly countered with an unassisted effort by Belinski to reclaim the one goal lead. After the first period, Yellowhead held a comfortable 17-5 shot (SOG) advantage. In the second, the offence for both teams blew wide open, as the Cougars notched a pair, while the Chiefs countered with three goals. Jacob Tibbatts, Ryan Heino and Noah Geekie each scored for the home side in the middle frame. Yellowhead once again held the SOG advantage at 16-10 for the period and 33-15 for the game at that point. For the third period, Southwest rallied back, scoring a pair of goals within the first six minutes to tie the game at 5-5. It would remain tied until late in the game, as Mackenzie Belinski scored his second of the night ,on an acrobatic effort with just over two minutes left in regulation. Yellowhead returned to the ice on Sunday, Oct. 9, this time against the Central Plains Capitals. This game would be a little easier for the home side, as the Chiefs secured the 4-1 decision. Jaxon Heeney, of Forrest, had a great day for Yellowhead, getting a hat trick, while Ryan Heino notched the other marker. After the pair of weekend wins, Yellowhead finds itself near the top of the MMHL standings, one point behind the Winnipeg Wild with a game in hand. The Chiefs next take on the Kenora Thistles Oct. 14-15. 16102MM2


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Chiefs rookie wins weekly award Submitted The Neepawa Banner

McKiya Mazur of the Yellowhead AAA Female Midget Chiefs has been named the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League’s player of the week. The first-year forward, who hails from Angusville, scored three goals and added an assist in the Chief’s opening weekend sweep of the Norman Wild. In the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 1, Mazer had three points (2G-1A), and then followed that up with a point (1G) in the followup game between the two clubs on Sunday, Oct. 2. Overall this season, Mazur has accumulated six

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Club 55 League: Oct. 7, 2016 Ladies High Single: Vivian Oswald 208. Ladies’ High Triple: Barb Grumpelt 549.  Men’s High Single: Norman Kendall 224.  Men’s High Triple: Don Denoon 570.  Other scores to note:  Lawrence Smith 155; Frank Porada 187, 169; Vernita Potrebka 167, 186; Walter Moscrip 162, 183; Melvin Oswald 154; Don Denoon 192, 193, 185; Josie Chemerika 153; Bob Lychak 179, 178; Bev Chapski 154; Joe Fraser 164; Vivian Oswald 205; Barb Grumpelt 203, 203; Len Pritchard 163, 192, 155; Myrnie Kroeker 155; Norman Kendall 151, 173; Muriel Porada 189, 166; Doreen Smith 151; Gail McGregor 163.

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One of the many open access blue recycling bins in Neepawa, shown in a photo taken last week. By Ken Waddell The Neepawa Banner The Town of Neepawa goes to great efforts to make recycling easy. Blue bins are for recycling, but as is obvious from this photo, there’s a lot more than recycling going into the open access blue bins. Contaminated bins, such as this one, will not likely be sortable and may well result in the whole bin going to garbage. In

addition, a $75 per tonne tipping fee is charged to the taxpayers by the landfill. Editors note: While household recycling in Neepawa appears to work very well and commercial recycling works if random garbage dumping can be avoided, the open access blue bins are a waste of time and money. They are expensive and don’t accomplish the intended purpose. And don’t be blaming the contractors, TAC Ventures, as it’s the people who contaminate the blue bins who are clearly to blame.


What’s new at the library? Submitted Neepawa Public Library Now that gardens are done and the weather has cooled, it’s easier to find time to curl up with a book and a cup of tea. Whether your preference is for adventure, biography, mystery or travel, we have a good selection at the Neepawa Library. This is also a good time to explore the many digital titles in Manitoba eLibraries and Hoopla. Children are especially interested in learning new ways to access the media they enjoy on tablets and other devices and both of these services have organized sections just for kids. In addition to ebooks and audiobooks, we can help you and your family access free movies, music and learning games, all with your library card. Storytime continues to be popular with the preschool set – we recite rhymes, read stories, look

for cool items in our I Spy table and do crafts every Friday at 11:00 am. No registration is required. It’s a great way for children to socialize as well as learn to listen and take part in activities with others their own age. Our Fall Book Sale will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18 and this will be a one-day sale of Adult books only. We have received numerous donations lately, so there’s something for every taste. Finally, we’re very excited about our upcoming presentation by Craig Russell, of Brandon, on Thursday, Oct. 27. He’s reading from his second book, Fragment, which is expected to be as wellreceived as his first novel in 2010: Black Bottle Man. He’ll be bringing copies of his book, which has only been launched this month and may not be widely available yet. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” - C.S. Lewis


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