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The new fire truck for Wallace District Fire Department Station No. 2 (Elkhorn) pulling out of the garage for some tests and training. Photo/Luke Knoll

Monday night was a long night in the making for Station 2 of Wallace District Fire & Rescue in Elkhorn. An order placed in February of this year for a new fire truck was finally delivered. Lance Spencer, the regional manager for Fort Garry Fire Trucks told us that a build takes anywhere from two weeks to three months. “Once we get all the parts in…we’d rather take a bit longer and make sure everything is just right.” Spencer went on to tell us that some stations have waited over a year for their order to be delivered and that our order here at Wallace District was ahead of schedule. “I’m really proud of how the team and everything came together,” said Spencer. “It was nice to get it here in November as an early Christmas gift”. Smiles were worn by everyone as the crew each had an opportunity to test out the truck in one aspect or another. Chief Brad Yochim was the first one to test the motorized hose located at the front of the truck. “I love this,” Yochim said with a grin as he put the new machine through a series of maneuvers. “We haven’t gotten a new truck since 2005,” Yochim explained, “and that truck is housed in Virden” [at Station 1]. The last time Station 2 received a new truck was 24 years ago in 1992. This new truck is running new modern equipment including LED lights both inside and out, tanks that hold one thousand gallons of water and forty gallons of foam. The only thing left that needs to be added Yochim states is some tool mounts, but that won’t keep them from putting the truck into service. “As of tonight, it’s ready to go.”


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Craft show supports local economy By Luke Knoll Dozens of entrepreneur’s filled the banquet hall at Tundra Oil & Gas Place last Saturday. From seeing a kid filled with wonder as they sit on Santa’s lap, to handmade jewelry and clothing; the Christmas Craft & Trade Show was an absolute buzz with activity. The importance of an event like this is something to be mindful of as culture moves to a more commercialized and mass produced society. When we shop local, more of that money is staying in our community. A study by American Independent Business Alliance showed that,

“On average, 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores.” One of the great ways this was represented on Saturday was in addition to the $2 admission; ‘Pictures with Santa’ for $5 went towards the Virden Spray Park. We also have the opportunity, especially at a craft and trade show, to know the people behind the product. Ashley Heinrichs and her husband Calan started their business in January called Parkhill Artistry. When asked about how being a local business owner

has changed her perspective she stated, “It makes you want to support other people who do things like you do, who work really hard at their craft. I thought about [shopping local] before, but now it’s a lot more intensified.” Christmas is a great time to support the businesses that call Virden and the surrounding area home. Two nights ago was the first Wednesday night that the local shops in Virden will be open late in the weeks heading up to Christmas. When we take advantage of these opportunities to pour into local businesses, remember that in the same action we pour into our communities.

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it’s a wonderful life SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 1:00 - 5:00 pm .. Christmas Shopping at Legion 1:00 - 5:00 pm .. Fun Kids Activities in Library 2:00 - 4:00 pm .. Kids Movie & Santa at Elks Hall 3:30 pm ............ Sleigh Rides around town begin 4:00 pm ............ Weiner Roast 4:00 pm ............ Hot Chocolate & Cookies 5:15 pm ............ Memory Tree Light Up 5:45 pm ............ Christmas Parade 7:00 pm ............ Chase the Ace Local stores open until 7:00 pm

Calan Hay talks with a potential buyer at his Parkholl Artistry booth on Saturday. Photos/Luke Knoll

A Christmas Reading Thursday, December 1 Virden Library • 7:00 pm Bring the family and listen to Our Guest Speaker read a favourite Christmas tale! Homemade Christmas treats!

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‘It’s a wonderful life Elkhorn’ By Anne Davison Come to Elkhorn for a 1940s Christmas theme, complete with period costumes and a real horse-drawn sleigh ride Saturday, December 3. Elkhorn is gearing up

p.m. in the Elks Hall, along with treat bags, popcorn and drinks. Sleigh rides throughout town are offered for a nominal fee, starting at 3:30 p.m. from the Elk’s Hall, with Carla Marsh at the reins. And of course, it’s

for an ‘It’s a wonderful life’ Christmas. The Chamber of Commerce has planned a full afternoon and evening. Fun for kids includes sparkle tattoos and caricatures in the library from 1-5 p.m. and a movie starting at 2:00

Light-up the Memory Tree at 5:15 p.m. Hotdogs will be available nearby. Elkhorn Chamber secretary-treasurer Sam Cluett says a variety of local vendors ranging from homemade crafts, baking and

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RM of Pipestone The Rural Municipality of Pipestone held a Public Works Meeting, October 27. Present were: Reeve Archie McPherson, Deputy Reeve Randy Henuset, Councillor James Watt, Councillor Garnet Williamson, Councillor Sheila Kuntz Kotylak, Councillor Sean Kirkpatrick, Councillor Gary Nicholson and CAO Michelle Halls. • PW-005 Equipment Rental Policy has been adopted. • The motion to haul away derelict buildings in Woodnorth to the Reston landfill was defeated. • The Change Order from Badger Excavating in the amount of $2,500.00 plus applicable taxes for site restoration was accepted. • The CAO has been authorized to enter into a contract with Loraas Disposal for a thirty (30) yard bin at the

Scarth transfer site with the term to be negotiated. • The following landfill site hours of operation were amended: Cromer: Thursday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (currently 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.); Pipestone: Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (currently 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.); Scarth: Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (currently 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.); Saturday - 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. (currently 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.); Sinclair: Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (currently 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.). • Dallas Williamson attended the meeting to update Council on Reston Rec Plex activities. • PW-006 Snow Clearing Policy was adopted. • PW-007 Rural Private Lane Grading and Snowplowing Policy was adopted.

• Correspondence received: Statement of Account from MB Infrastructure Re: Evan Elliott Flood Protection. • A special service plan will be prepared to raise $140,000 in the LUD of Reston to provide highway construction and maintenance, snow removal, dust control, street lighting and grass and weed cutting for the years 2017 to 2019. • The Rural Municipality of Pipestone will allocate $1,500 for a staff Christmas party. • The Municipality has agreed to spend up to $500,000 to fund the splash park portion of the Recreation Development Project using funds from the 2016 capital budget and royalties collected in 2016. The project will be started by June 1, 2017.

RM of Sifton The Rural Municipality of Sifton held a Regular Meeting in the council chambers in Oak Lake, Thursday, November 10. Members present were: Cyril Druwe, Larry Wallace, Scott Phillips, Stan Cochrane, Clement Gervais, Dave Roulette, Rick Gabrielle and Administrator Mary Smith. Absent were: Reeve Rick Plaisier and Jeff Sigurdson. • Cody Denbow, Shop Foreman, entered the meeting to update Council on operator’s schedules and machine maintenance. • Roger Main, Public Works Foreman, entered the meeting to update Council on the operations for the Sewer Utility and the Oak Lake LUD. • Council moved into a Committee of the Whole with Deputy Reeve, Cyril Druwe in the chair to sit as a Conditional Use Board. The Committee of the Whole was adjourned and Council resumed the former order of business. • Anna Enns has submitted Conditional Use Application No. 16-04 as required to comply with Zoning By-Law No. 1325; this application requests approval to allow the development of a non-farm dwelling in the Agricultural General Zone on a proposed subdivided parcel located in the SE ¼ of 12-9-23 WPM; Conditional Use Application No. 16-04 was approved. • Council moved into a Committee of the Whole with Deputy Reeve, Cyril Druwe in the chair to sit as a Variation Board. The Committee of the Whole was adjourned and Council resumed the former order of business. • Perry Meikle has submitted Variation Application No. 16-06 as required to comply with Zoning By-Law No. 1325; this application requests approval to vary the front yard from 25 feet to 10 feet to allow a dwelling to be placed on the property located on lot 17, Block 1, Plan V78 and known as 135 Gov’t Road to comply with the RM of Sifton Zoning By-Law; Variation Application No. 16-06 was approved. • The recommendation for signs, as requested from Carleigh Babiak our part time Rec Director/Economic Development Officer, was approved. • Carleigh Babiak was authorized to become a member of the Westman Recreation Practitioners Association (WRPA) and the Southwest Regional Roundtable (SWRRT). • A proposal to subdivide PT. NE 27-9-23WPM as contained in File No. 4184-16-7728 was received and presented to Council; the proposed subdivision be approved subject to the following conditions: 1. A Conditional Use Order be granted allowing for the non-


farm dwelling within the “AG” Zone; 2. A Variation Order be granted increasing the maximum site area from 10 acres to 14.75 acres; 3. A Joint Easement Agreement be entered into allowing for continued access of the shared lane and be registered as a caveat on the title; 4. A Development Agreement be signed concerning matters related to the shared well and be registered as a caveat on the title. • Prairie Land & Investment Services Ltd., on behalf of Corex Resources Ltd, wish to construct a wellsite addition at SE 22-9-25WPM as noted in File: Corex#607/S1135; they request approval to utilize an existing approach from Road 51N; the request was approved on the condition that if they upgrade the existing approach, adequate culverts be installed so as not to impede the natural flow of water. • Enbridge Southern Lights GP Inc. will be conducting their Pipeline Integrity Dig Program into 2017; this program is to maintain the integrity and safe operations of this pipeline system; the CAO has been authorized to sign the Enbridge Southern Lights Integrity - Blanket Access Agreement Renewal Request 2017. • Councillor Stan Cochrane left the meeting do to a prior commitment. • Council set the Rural Municipality of Sifton appointments for the remainder of 2016 and for 2017 to be as follows: Deputy Reeve: Cyril Druwe; Oak Lake LUD Council Representative: Jeff Sigurdson; Budget Committee - 4 councillors: Rick Plaisier, Cyril Druwe, Larry Wallace and Scott Phillips; Equipment/Machinery - 4 councillors: Clement Gervais, Stan Cochrane, Jeff Sigurdson and Larry Wallace; Finance Committee - 3 councillors: Rick Plaisier, Cyril Druwe and Larry Wallace; Municipal Buildings - 5 councillors: Rick Plaisier, Scott Phillips, Larry Wallace, Cyril Druwe and Stan Cochrane; Personnel and Policy - 5 councillors: Rick Plaisier, Cyril Druwe, Larry Wallace, Jeff Sigurdson and Clement Gervais; Waste Disposal Sites and Recycling Program - 4 councillors: Jeff Sigurdson, Clement Gervais, Dave Roulette and Rick Gabrielle; Workplace Health & Safety - 3 councillors: Scott Phillips, Clement Gervais and Larry Wallace; Animal Control Officer & By-Law Enforcement Officer: Dale Hrynko; Assiniboine River Basin Initiative - 1 councillor: Rick Plaisier; Assiniboine Valley Producers - 1 councillor: Stan Cochrane; Dennis County Planning District - 2 councillors: Cyril Druwe and Jeff Sigurdson; Fern Valley Recreation - 1 councillor: Scott Phillips and Cyril Druwe (Alternate); Oak Lake District Arena Board - 2 councillors: Stan Cochrane and Dave Roulette; 2 citizens at large: Rural

- Travis Wallace and Urban - Wade Harvey; Oak Lake Aquifer Management Advisory Board - 1 councillor: Clement Gervais and Scott Phillips (Alternate); Oak Lake Cemetery Committee - 1 councillor: Dave Roulette; Oak Lake Handi-Van Committee - 1 councillor: Dave Roulette; Oak Lake Regional Community Development Board - 3 councillors: Stan Cochrane, Dave Roulette and Jeff Sigurdson; Oak Lake - Sifton Fire Board - 4 councillors: Clement Gervais, Jeff Sigurdson, Dave Roulette and Stan Cochrane; Oak Lake SOS Lighthouse Program - 1 councillor: Larry Wallace; Oak Lake Water & Fish Enhancement Committee - 2 councillors: Rick Plaisier and Rick Gabrielle; Oil Producing Municipalities Committee - 1 councillor: Rick Gabrielle and Rick Plaisier (Alternate); Pipestone-Albert Fire Board - 1 councillor: Rick Gabrielle and Cyril Druwe (Alternate); Pound Keepers: West ½ - Rick Gabrielle, East ½ Louis Vachon; RCMP Community Safety Committee - 1 councillor: Rick Plaisier; Resort Committee - 2 councillors: Rick Gabrielle, Stan Cochrane and Rick Plaisier (alternate); SAIL Seniors Access to Independent Living Board - Citizen at Large: Nora Gompf; Seniors Organized Services - 1 citizen appointee: Florence Robson; Sifton Recreation Board: Cyril Druwe, Stan Cochrane and Dave Roulette; Southwest Weed District - 2 councillors: Larry Wallace and Cyril Druwe; South West Flood Strategy Committee - 3 councillors: Rick Plaisier, Cyril Druwe and Stan Cochrane; Souris Medical Recruitment and Retention - 1 Councillor: Rick Plaisier and Clement Gervais (Alternate); Souris Vet Clinic - 1 councillor: Scott Phillips and Cyril Druwe (Alternate); Virden & Area Medical Recruitment and Retention - 1 councillor: Rick Plaisier; Citizen at large: Margaret Foy; Virden Employment Skills Centre - 1 councillor: Rick Gabrielle and Jeff Sigurdson (Alternate); Virden Vet Clinic - 1 councillor: Rick Gabrielle and Larry Wallace (Alternate); Westman Emergency Plan - 1 councillor: Rick Gabrielle and Larry Wallace (Alternate); West Souris River Conservation District - 1 councillor: Scott Phillips and Rick Plaisier (Alternate); 3 citizen appointees: Richard Thiry, Lloyd Atchison and Wilson Davis; 2018 Winter Games - 1 councillor: Rick Plaisier. • The RM of Sifton will provide a grant of $125 to the Oak Lake & Area Lions Club to cover the cost of the hall rental on December 4 for their annual Senior’s Christmas Supper; the municipality agrees to pay for the cost of the Christmas pudding for this annual supper. • The request from Nancy Buckley for a leave of absence of up to one month was approved.


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THE RED Asking fans to wear red for the red out night! Passing on the keys to the new truck for the Wallace District Fire Department, Elkhorn. (l-r) Fire Chief Brad Yochim, Lance Spencer, Rea Kinnaird, Kevin Tutthill. Photo/Luke Knoll


Winter Driving Reminders Manitoba Infrastructure reminds drivers that in winter driving conditions and on slippery streets, drivers are requested to slow down and drive according to the conditions in order to get to their destination safely. Snow-clearing crews will be on highways while adverse weather conditions continue. Drivers are asked to stay well back of operating maintenance equipment, slow down when passing approaching snowplows in operation and not to attempt to pass a plow in operation from behind at any time. Whether on a highway or in a community, the posted speed limit is intended for ideal road

and weather conditions. Turning on headlights, rather than relying on daytime running lights, will help other drivers see approaching vehicles and glowing tail lights will


Firefighters from Wallace District Fire Department will be performing free smoke alarm inspections, replacing batteries and installing smoke alarms as part of the S.A.F.E. Family program (Smoke Alarms For Every Family).

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November 25, 2016

By Ed James A labour of joy to share with others –author Walter Kruse The Westman area has a great number of talented people in every measure of life. Some are well-known to us, while others have hid their light under a bushel. The recent publication of the book, Desert Mailbag: Letters from South America by Walter Kruse has brought a light from under that bushel. Kruse is a man of many talents from a builder, teacher, linguist, minister, hunter, musician, and the list goes on. For many years, until just recently, he lived in the Kola area on a ten-acre homestead, in a modern home, but elsewhere on the 10 acres of bush are primitive cabins, where you could step back in time, without electricity, running water, cell phones and other modern services. There would only be wooden benches, some candles, a

fire place with a kettle of hot water on the boil to make tea. I’m sure many of you know Walter or have had some contact with him; and if you are still at a loss, you would recognize him by his eye-catching white beard and hair from the Santa Claus school of hair design. Kruse and his family have had the benefit of travel to other parts of the world and his recent book is a wonderful tale about his time in Paraguay, where he was a teacher at a Mennonite school. There, he worked with children with hearing impairments where he put to use his skill with sign language. But enough background, since after you have read the book, you will know more about the man than my writing could describe. The book is divided in a series of 48 short chapters, which are really letters to friends and family back home to share his experiences.



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Front cover of Desert Mailbag: Letters from South America. Photo/Ed James

In a few interviews with him, he explained that, in part, the book was an attempt to share with others, to educate, and to amuse. Most of the chapters are short with a few longer ones interspersed. On first reading you might think that the story is disjointed. However, in the real world, life can become disjointed so when in a foreign country with a unique culture, you have the opportunity to make each disjointed day a new adventure. Kruse explains the power of these stories saying, “Writing this book was a labour of joy to share with others and to remember the excitement of life.” In fact, he even hopes he has the time to write another book, one for children. The author has a long tradition of writing that started with his love of letter writing to friends all over the world. In Desert Mailbag you will learn of the rural culture in Paraguay; the relationship with the land and the people, from making your own bullets and gun powder, hunting, harvesting and passing the heat of the day, lying in the hammock. Through his keenly descriptive language you can almost smell the roasting meat, feel the warmth of a fire pit at night or the taste of the local yerba maté tea from what is colloquially called the Caá tree. One of my favourite chapters takes you on an alligator hunt travelling by small boats up slow muddy waterways to various outposts of civilization.

When the reader has finished all the adventures in each chapter, they are left with a final missive to ponder. The book has had two official launchings – one at McNally Robinson Booksellers of Winnipeg. Kruse was not able to attend in person, because of health reasons, but his children stepped up and did the reading as well as the question and answer sessions with the public. The Kola writer was able to attend the book’s second launch held at Rosenort Community Centre. With the support of family he read from his book, also signing copies. In both cases, there were good turnouts and sales of the book have been good. Kruse has also arranged for several copies to be sent to various schools in the Westman area. If you have ever found Mr. Kruse to be a man of mystery, then this book might explain his life’s drive for adventure and helping. The book is a good read, if you can find a copy. It was a limited run, printed in Rosenort by Country Graphics and carried by McNally Robinson. Kruse is unsure if there will be a second printing. The reason for that is a direct quote he gave me at our last meeting. “I am now living at Rosenort with my wife, Anne and near my family members, where I am nearing the end of a long conversation with cancer! Como Siempre!” he said, finishing with the Spanish phrase meaning, ‘As always’.

November 25, 2016

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Life at the Lodges Parkissimo Lodge by Dorothy Argue Dot Argue accompanied Wade and Fran Perchaluk to Winnipeg on Sunday to see her new great-grandson Xodus who was born on November 18.

Princess Lodge By Bernice Graham Joyce Heaman and Norma Millar of Bradwardine were recent visitors to Red Deer to see Marilyn Kinnear and Calvin. The Calvin and Joyce went to Crossfield to see cousin Shirley Dixon and then off to Calgary Friday morning to a sewing retreat and came home Monday, November 7. Quite a few of the residents have been enjoying the fall supper events and also the great fall weather we have had so far.



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CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK! As all of you know from Anne’s write-up about me last week, my name is Luke Knoll. I’m a rookie reporter, and new to the wonderful town of Virden. As I’m learning my new trade, I figured I would take a well balanced approach and start a column as well! I’m calling my column, Courteous Cheesecake’ because not one person has ever met a rude slice of cheesecake! As a way of exploring my new stomping grounds I’m on a journey through the days of old here in Virden and the surrounding areas, like a historical initiation you could say. This week I started with the Scott Block building on Nelson St and in the weeks to come I’m hoping to travel to all nearby RM’s that we cover and learn more about the rich heritage here in Southwest Manitoba. Are there some cool historical places in the area that you’d like me to do an article on? Email your ideas to This week as I was searching for some details on the Scott Block building, I went through the old archives we have here on site at the Empire-Advance. We have archives going all the way back to 1907, how awesome is that! There is such a rich history of this little town found in those archives. The problem is that many of them are barely being held together. A side project of mine is to find a place where we can scan all these documents to preserve them digitally. We need a large scanner, one large enough to scan documents that are 24 x 18 in order to properly archive these century old documents. Do YOU know a place where we can scan these? On a completely unrelated note, it is utterly freezing in this town. I found a pair of ear warmers on the side of the road; if you’re missing some, I regretfully inform you that they are now my most prized possession. I don’t know how you Manitobans do it, I learned that you can get triple paned windows…TRIPLE… I never knew you had to go to such extreme measures just to stay warm. It takes a good 15 minutes to warm my car up to the point where my fine motor skills work properly. This BC boy is up for a rude awakening once we get passed -5, which could be literally any minute. Be well, do good deeds, and wear tighter socks for improved circulation, Luke Knoll

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November 25, 2016

Virden Council November Meetings By Anne Davison Penner Deputy Mayor for another year. Councillor Zac Penner was instated deputy mayor for another year, at the November 1 meeting of Virden Town Council. In other business, Council approved ball diamond fencing at $57,905. Mayor Jeff McConnell advised that Virden will be featured in the next issue of Construction Association of Rural Manitoba publication. Council re-visited an application to vary/reduce site requirements of a subdivision which was applied for in 2013, because of a two-year time limitation. The public hearing was opened regarding this development project - property owned by Beverly Phillips. Coun-

cillor Penner declared a conflict of interest and excused himself from this matter. Back in the regular meeting Council carried a motion to allow the variances. Councillor voted to financially assist Crime Stoppers program through a 10 cent per capita grant from Virden, which amounts to $314. For information, there was discussion regarding Rail Safety Improvement; there’s a fund available for this program. November 15 Rash of mischief crimes Town of Virden Council - Mayor Jeff McConnell and four Councillors, Lomar Girardin, Joe Carème, Tara Cowan and Zac Penner - considered a lengthy agenda Tuesday evening, November 15. During

the RCMP report, former Staff Sergeant Steve Sumner said a reluctant goodbye to Council. However, Virden will still be in his sights in his new job, overseeing five detachments, of which Virden is one. Virden’s top officers move into more senior roles with Corporal Ed Riglin taking over as acting head of staff and Corporal Matt Hipwell in charge of Operations. Virden detachment has more officers on the way. Sumner explains, “One of our Corporal positions will be filled on December 5.” Also, a member from the North has accepted a move to Virden and when he arrives the detachment will have three experienced Corporals. “We’re in pretty good shape.” He reported a new rash of mischief in Virden during the month of Oc-

tober with 21 incidents - “up significantly” from August and September. With no one charged for these crimes and no suspects, RCMP are appealing to the public for information. The former Staff Sgt. also commented on an incident at Virden Heartland Livestock Auction, saying a forensic investigation was carried out by the major crime unit. “It was deemed to be not foul play.” For privacy reasons, no further details would be released. Aud Theatre project The Aud Theatre Board has an ongoing display project in the hallway leading into the Aud foyer. The Town of Virden owns the building, and have recently completed cosmetic renovations to the hallway. On behalf of the Aud Board, Rick Kristjanson addressed Council, say-

ing, “Thanks to the Town for cleaning up the hallway going into the Aud, putting the new flooring and paint, the wainscoting, it looks great.... Of course you know the reason behind us wanting you to do that. We had a project in mind.” He described new canvasses to be displayed there and asked for a Council decision regarding their installation. Council voted unanimously to allow the Aud Board to hang individual canvases and be responsibile to repair any resulting holes in the walls. Regarding possible changes in how Canadians elect Members of Parliament, Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire sent a letter to Council, reporting the majority of presentations favour a referendum. Action on this was ta-

bled until the December meeting. Canada Day 150 Council approved an application for funding to help the Town celebrate Canada Day150 next year. CAO Stewart planned to meet with the local Chair of Canada Day Committee, Virden Parks & Recreation manager and Community Events Planner regarding this project. Canada150 Mosaic, a community art project, was introduced for information. Mayor McConnell stated, “I have a recommendation to forward this to the high school and to the businesses in town that are considering murals; and I suggest we forward it on to Virden Area Foundation and suggest there is a potential donation they can consider.” He also said online information can be found at Continued on A13

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GARBAGE COLLECTION POLICY The Town of Virden in an effort to increase the efficiency of garbage collection, and to provide a safe working environment for its employees, has adopted a Garbage Collection Policy that pertains to weights, contents and containers. • No Container including contents shall weigh more than 25 kg or 55 lbs;Garbage cans shall have proper handles on them to aid in the handling of the container; • Bags and or containers shall be left at the curb side, if the weight of the contents causes them to tear or break during pick up the resident/homeowner shall be responsible for clean-up of the contents; • No demolition, metals, furniture or other such material shall be picked up by the sanitation crew during garbage collection and shall be left on the curb side by the sanitation crew to be disposed of by the resident/ homeowner. The Town of Virden does provide for the disposal of demolition material at the landfill site for a fee. *To avoid water collecting in the bottom of garbage containers, please drill holes in the bottoms of all containers.

WATER METER READING The Town of Virden Water Works Department has commenced its quarterly water meter reading cycle. This process will last approximately 3 weeks. If you are not home when the meter reader comes, please fill out the card that is left and send it in to the Town Office, or call in your read to (204) 748-2440. The Town of Virden Water Works and Administrative staff look forward to the assistance and co-operation of its utility customers in this regard.


There will be a Virden Pioneer Home Museum meeting on Monday, November 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Virden Town Council Chambers.Everyone is invited to attend and bring new ideas to help keep our Museum open. Evening meetings are being considered for 2017, as well as dates that suit most people. We look forward to meeting more people!

CHRISTMAS EVENTS CP Christmas Train - Sunday, December 4 Train arrives at 10:15 a.m. across from Tundra Oil & Gas Place Dallas Smith & Odds to perform from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Please bring a tin for the bin with proceeds going to the Virden Food Cupboard Pancake Breakfast at the Legion From 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hosted by the XII Manitoba Dragoons Cadets Corps. Free public skating at Tundra Oil & Gas Place 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Skate with a few of the Oil Capitals 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Skate with Santa Sticks & Pucks at Tundra Oil & Gas Place 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. helmets are required Oil Capitals vs. Winkler Flyers - 7:00 p.m.

RECYCLING REMINDERS There have been some issues with the Recycling Carts that in turn are making it difficult and sometimes not possible for the Recycling Truck to pick up and empty carts on collection days. Please remember to: • Place your cart on the pavement, not on your front lawn. • Place your cart away from any other object at least three feet - this includes your garbage containers. • Place your cart out with the handles facing towards your house. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated!

WINTER PARKING NOTICE With winter on its way, please remember Town of Virden By-Law #2093, clause 20 (1): Motor vehicles, including trucks and trailers, shall not park on the streets of the Town of Virden continuously for more than 24 hours at any one period of time. As parked vehicles hinder snow removal and create a hazard when the plows leave a ridge around a parked vehicle. Your cooperation in keeping our streets clean and safe is appreciated.

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Firefighters from the Pipestone-Albert Fire Department will be performing free smoke alarm inspections, replacing batteries and installing smoke alarms as part of the S.A.F.E. Family program (Smoke Alarms For Every Family). Firefighters will be coming DOOR to DOOR throughout the remainder of November and December within the RM’s of: Pipestone, Two Borders and Sifton. If you would like to schedule an appointment in December, please call the RM of Pipestone at


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By Anne Davison On the mildest winter evening in many years, crowds lined the streets on the parade route. Leading the parade were brightly lit Fire Engines; many organizations and businesses were represented and Virden Community Chamber of Commerce float bearing St. Nicholas finish off the colourful parade. At 7:00 p.m., Karen Galbraith, Chair of the Light-up committee welcomed the crowd to the 16th annual Light-up of the Memory Tree, as candles were passed out along with song sheets. Just a few yards away hot chocolate and cookies were being served courtesy of Andrew Agencies. Galbraith paid tribute to Murray and Sandra Wooldridge, who started the Memory Tree Light-up 16 years ago. The donations through the purchase of bulbs are used to help the cemetery. “As of last year we had donated over $37,000 dollars to the Cemetery Association,” said Galbraith. The lights brightened the tree and the choir led in carols and Christmas songs. Just hours earlier, Jim and Margaret-Anne Heaman put up the first sheets bearing the names of loved ones being remembered and those remembering them. The name display is not full, but there is sstill time to participate, before the final fina pickup of donation boxes is made on December 16. D Just down the street the Oil Capitals Ju were wer facing off with little guys in a street hockey game. Digger was playing goal. hoc CIBC CIB warmed the crowd with cookies and d hot chocolate.

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Scott Block, a brief history By Luke Knoll It’s been 101 years since Virden’s iconic Scott Block building opened its doors for the first time. Now it sits on Nelson St as an apartment building, but a century ago it was one of the

most prolific architectures in the town. An excerpt from the Empire-Advance Volume 30 Number 9 on September 21, 1915 tells us, “The new post office, of which Virdenites have reason to feel proud, was formally opened Saturday

The very first photograph of the Town of Virden ever published in the Empire-Advance.



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[Sept. 18, 1915] afternoon, when a large crowd of citizens, together with many visitors from outside points, attended. The merchants very kindly closed their places of business in order that all who wished might attend.” The article later went on to add that it was due to the influence and persistence of Sir James and Lady Aikins that Virden had such a creditable post office building at the time. Mr. J. W. Higginbotham, the postmaster at that time, stated, “Virden is a town of steady progress as shown by its splendid buildings, including the hospital, schools, churches, municipal building, hotels, stores, homes and now, best of all, our fine post office.” The mayor at the time, referred to as Mayor Mitchell, stated that the very first letter to pass through the new building was addressed to Mr. John Robins who was a respected “old timer of ‘82”. The photo from the 1915 paper is the very first photograph from the town of Virden ever printed in the Empire-Advance. All photos before this point were sent in from larger cities.

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Virden Mayor Jeff McConnell shaking hands with Staff Sgt. Steve Sumner on November 15, at his final report to the Town of Virden Council meeting as head of the Virden RCMP Detachment This was also the first day in his new role as District Advisor NCO. Photo/Anne Davison


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Virden Council November Meetings Continued from A8 Contracts Council awarded a three-year contract for cleaning Tundra Oil & Gas Place. CAO Stewart explained the contract had been out for some weeks, saying, “We had hoped we were going to be able to award this locally....” She explained, to meet all the requirements in the contract, Progressive Sanitation “was

the company to have the best prices.” Victoria Park and one other park in town will see new swing sets installed, probably in the spring. Although the local Home Hardware bid to provide, their supplier discontinued the swing set of choice. Blue Imp won the contract for $9,463. Assessment Council approved changes in a couple of as-

sessed properties. Councillor Penner asked, “So is the reason why this is being assessed this way because of the way the land is being used, or because of the lease that’s in place?” CAO Stewart replied, “Because it’s being used by private enterprise.” Mayor McConnell said, “They may asses it, based on the value of the lease, they may assess it based on the value of the

land, but it’s whatever the assessor uses.” Council moved to grant $180 to the Volley-Ball Provincials, November 25-27 on the basis of the grant formula. Council received a report on the recent Assiniboine River Basin Initiative meeting held in North Dakota, written and submitted by Terry Johnson, Town Representative. Councillor

Williams and Mayor McConnell also attended the conference. Notice of Motion Council dealt with a Notice of Motion regarding the Towler subdivision application. EDO Ed Brethour explained, “A corner of that subdivision cuts across a major drain of ours and the council may wish to proceed with an easement across the corner of the property by

meets and bounds at the time, which is a descriptive easement.” The reason for the Notice of Motion - Council is willing to consider a suggestion by the surveyor, which may better suit the situation – to create a public reserve – if the applicants are agreeable. Councillor Cowan called for Notice of Motion for the resolution to be re-visited.


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Library staff talking with a regular on Patrons Day Photos/Luke Knoll

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New books at the library Adult bestseller: The Whistler by John Grisham: Lacy, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, as a lawyer knows that most of the problems are not caused by corruption. After nine years, a corruption case crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back, with a new identity, claiming to know of a judge who was secretly involved in the ill-gotten gains of a lot of money. His client knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect his reward. The Wrong Side of Goodbye, a Bosch novel by Michael Connelly: California. Harry, the newest private investigator there is asked by a reclusive billionaire to locate the Mexican girl he loved when he was young. She disappeared not long after she became pregnant. He is desperate to know if he has an heir. As he searches, Harry notices uncanny links to his own past. Paris for One & Other stories by Jojo Moyes: Nine very interesting short stories to entertain us. The Obsidian Chamber, a Pendergast novel by

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child: Special Agent Pendergast is missing. His ward, Constance, is kidnapped by a shadowy figure from the past. Proctor, Pendergast’s bodyguard immediately recovers, following the trail. Pharaoh, a novel of ancient Egypt by Wilbur Smith: In this most desperate hour, Taita, now a general of Tamose’s armies, prepares for the enemy’s attack. With the arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned. On his return to Luxor he is seized and branded a traitor. Adult large print: Rosalia’s Bittersweet Pastry Shop by Rosanna Chiofalo: Claudia Lombardo, a food writer, has tasted many exquisite dishes prepared by the world’s greatest chefs. When she hears about the remarkable desserts created by a convent pastry shop in the Italian town of Santa Lucia del Mela, she decides to write a book about the sweets and their creator, Sorella Agata, whose most famous dessert, a cassata cake, especially intrigues her. She learns the story of Rosalia, the young woman who inspired Sorella Agata.

Adult non-fiction: House Calls by Dogsled: six years in an Arctic medical outpost by Keith Billington Chicken Soup for the Soul: my cat’s life: 101 stories about all the ages and stages of our feline family members by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Jennifer Quasha, foreword by Wendy Diamond Adult science fiction / fantasy: Unhonored, a novel of the Nightbirds #2 by Tracy Hickman & Laura Hickman Young adult: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron The Fever Code, the story of how the Maze was built by James Dashner Junior easy reader: Kate’s Wish by Lana Jacobs Junior fiction: Magical Mission by Geronimo Stilton Junior non-fiction: Woodland and Forest Animals in the Saving Wildlife series by Sonya Newland The Season by Ian Smith Penguin, in the Watch Me Grow series by Lisa Magloff

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Personal Health Info Accessed

Province advises former Health Department employee inappropriately accessed Personal Health Information Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living advises an internal investigation has revealed a former employee inappropriately accessed the personal health information of 197 people including names, addresses and dates of birth. The former employee did

not have access to personal health information in provincial databases that would include physician visits, diagnoses, medical billings, prescription drug records or hospitalizations. Not all department employees have access to personal health information. Under the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) and the department’s PHIA policies and procedures, employees are only autho-

rized to access information if it is necessary to carry out their defined responsibilities and work requirements. While the potential for further misuse of the information is low, the department takes the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information very seriously and is directly contacting affected individuals. If other individuals are identified, they will be notified. The department apolo-

gizes for this incident and is continuing to provide ongoing training to staff to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities to maintain the privacy of personal health information. The Personal Health Information Act was enacted in 1997 to ensure an individual’s access to their personal health information and the privacy of personal health information maintained by health-care providers and

facilities, government and other public bodies. The legislation makes it an offence for an employee or a trustee to use, gain access to or attempt to gain access to another person’s personal health information. The department has notified the Manitoba Ombudsman’s office about this breach. Under PHIA, affected individuals can also make a complaint about

unauthorized access to the Manitoba Ombudsman by mail: 750-500 Portage Ave. (Colony Square), Winnipeg, MB R3C 3X1; phone: 204-982-9130 or 1-800665-0531 (toll-free); fax: 204-942-7803; or email: For more information on the Personal Health Information Act, visit: html.

Physical Literacy By Anne Davison New movement in Westman We need to get moving. Sydney Bernard, Health Promotion Coordinator in Prairie Mountain Health explains, “Our society is more sedentary than ever... we have to teach children how to move.” Bernard is talking about establishing life-long patters of physical activity. This is a new focus, not necessarily sport-related. “Sport isn’t for everyone. However, movement is for everyone.” Making a conscious effort can simply mean finding something you joy

doing – something that requires physical movement. Currently, there’s an education campaign to promote physical activity as a cornerstone of health. Bernard would like to see families do this together. “Learn something new,” she says. Westman Physical Literacy Committee is made up of representation from health, sport, recreation and early childhood education. This fall, the committee has rolled out a Physical Literacy Education Campaign to share knowledge with parents, and professionals that work with kids, about what physical literacy is, why it is important and how to do it; as well

as celebrating all the great physical literacy programming happening in our communities. There are many definitions of physical literacy (PL). The International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA) and Margaret Whitehead, founder of the term, define PL as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. More simply put, PL means the ability to move. There are four skill-based literacies, three of which we are very familiar with—literacy (abc’s), numeracy (123s)

and musical (do-re-mi’s). The fourth literacy is movement (run, jump, throw, balance, striking a ball with a bat and so on). All are equally important. We teach our children to read; just the same we should be teaching them to move. All are important skills to be able to function successfully in society throughout the life span. Prairie West Recreation offers new programs quarterly to help educate people on physical literacy through recreation. Please visit them at For more information, check out Westman Physical Literacy on Facebook.

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ARBI By Anne Davison Flood modelling for Scallion Creek Virden’s presence at the table pays off Unusual weather, atmospheric rivers, and the means to predict flooding – these were some of the topics of the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative (ARBI) annual conference. Representative for the Town of Virden, Terry Johnson, along with Virden Mayor Jeff McConnell and Councillor Tina Williams attended the meeting held in Minot North Dakota, November 9-10. The Aquanty Inc. Project has focused on the Scallion Creek basin north and west of Virden. This attention, Johnson suggests, is due in part to Virden’s presence at the table and steadfast support of ARBI. Johnson sits on the steering committee for the Aquanty Project, which he describes as “a very sophisticated modeling system that measures the hydrological reaction of soils under various climatic conditions...right down to bedrock.”

He reported to Council that the province is completing LiDAR mapping of southwestern Manitoba. According to a discussion Johnson had with an Aquanty research scientist, “the Scallion Creek portion of modeling should be done soon (early spring) which is good news.” Johnson says the mapping model which includes LiDAR and Aquanty overlays, may show drainage options in the northeast portion of the Scallion Creek. “If you have this model, it would be able to tell you more precisely if you are on the edge of evacuation,” said Johnson, reflecting on the 2014 loss of the TransCanada Highway, and other infrastructure that was cut to redirect water away from Virden, preventing possible evacuation. Catch and Release UARCD manager Ryan Canart presented ‘catch and release’ water works which his Conservation District has achieved. Creeks and ravines are perfect for storing water in extreme events and releasing it slowly. “All these things have

to be in concert with the farmers on the land,” says Johnson. And that’s where ALUS – Alternate Land Usage – comes into play. This idea of paying farmers to store water was piloted in MP Robert Sopuck’s riding on land near Oak River. “ALUS is very much alive and well,” says Johnson. “The federal government has taken the concept of ALUS under its wing.” ARBI is recognized as the only organization working across three borders and two nations for the good of all within the watershed. This work can have long-reaching effect. Johnson said, “We need ARBI’s help in advising government where they should be spending scarce money, to allow us to adapt. The province appears to be supportive. MLA for Arthur-Virden Doyle Piwniuk made a $50,000 presentation to ARBI toward long-term funding. Climate signs Scientists of renown attended this conference about cooperative water management. Dr. Bob Sandford, water,

Evidence of unusual rain events, the Assiniboine River is flowing bank-full, September 18, 2014, in the valley east of Virden. The watershed of this great river, including the Souris and Qu’Appelle basins, has the attention of world class scientists working through ARBI. File photo

environment and health expert working with the United Nations, delivered the keynote address. At a recent council meeting, Mayor McConnell recounted Sandford’s explanation of the unusually large rainfalls of late. The warming climate means atmospheric rivers are now carrying a larger burden of moisture. When they release

their water – it doesn’t just rain, it pours. Johnson noted, “For the first time, this year you can book a cruise through the Northwest Passage.” The one that made Franklin famous as he and his crew died trying to navigate it. With two thirds of the Arctic icepack melting, it apparently has caused a weight shift affecting the spin of the earth.

“It may not be all bad. We don’t know,” said Johnson. Sanford talked of tipping points, both climactic and social. “We, on the prairies, have crossed a tipping point already,” Johnson recounts. It is expected that “in our part of the world the summer climate will mirror Texas” with June and July days of 30 – 35 degrees.

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Child care facility expanding By Luke Knoll July 31, 2016 the Minister of Families sent out a statement that there were 14,872 names on the wait list for childcare in Manitoba. 15,000 kids who don’t have an adequate place to be cared for while their parents. In Virden there are 140 kids waiting for a spot to open at Funshine Early Learning Centre on Oxford Street. Having a 140 child waitlist means it can take three to three and a half years for a child to gain a spot at the care centre. Hopefully this list will start getting shorter very soon. Funshine, which currently has a facility that can hold 35 kids, has been working towards an expansion facility allowing for an additional 66 kids. Architects are currently finalizing the drawings of this new building and are at the 99 percent mark. They have pre-qualified the tenders, meaning once they are at the tendering stage, all the bids are successful candidates and things will move forward smoothly. Fort La Bosse School Division was the benefiter of the public school finance board grant through

the province. Funshine Early Learning Centre Inc. applied for, and was granted permission from the School Division to operate in the building. Funshine is hoping to break ground early next spring (2017) with a projected six to eight month build. The new centre will be located beside the Chevron Rink at the Junior High. Louis Dreyfus Commodities (LDC) in Virden was happy to be able to present the Funshine Early Learning Centre with a cheque for over $12,000. Patrick Martens stated, “This wouldn’t have been possible without the great support from our local farming community.” He went on to mention the great coming together of community members for LDC’s ‘Field of Dreams’. “We had five local farmers put in their time and money to make this project successful. Clifford Whittle sprayed this field numerous times, harrowed and hauled the Nexera canola, Cal Leslie seeded the canola, Barry Hutchison applied the fertilizer, Scott Gerrand swathed the canola and Doug Heritage brought down two combines and had the crop harvested in no time at all.” Martens

LDC Virden presenting the cheque of $12,000 to Funshine Early Learning Centre. (l-r) Doug Heritage, Patrick Martens, Shelby Rampton, Jillian Irvine, Scott Gerrand, Cal Leslie and Clifford Whittle. Photos/Luke Knoll

The future site of the new additional facility that will hold 66 kids.

also stated that there was corporate support as well, “DOW Argo Sciences donated 2020 Nexera Seed, BASF donated the herbi-

cide Ares for the Clearfield canola, and Monsanto donated the roundup.” Funshine is continuing to fundraise so they can

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MP Sopuck - agriculture, oil and softwood By Anne Davison I think NAFTA has worked pretty well for Canada. – MP Robert Sopuck MP for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa Robert Sopuck warns that, in the aftermath of the US election, with President-Elect Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric against NAFTA, there are two industries to be concerned about as rural communities, but he didn’t paint the scenario black either. Sopuck was speaking of the cattle industry and softwood lumber. His constituency extends from north of Swan River, taking in the west side of Lake Winnipegosis, where lumber is a vital industry, all the way south to Carber-

ry and west to just north of Virden, taking in local municipalities of Archie-Ellis, portions of Wallace-Woodworth, and Sioux Valley. In an interview, November 19, Sopuck stated, “I did think it was a major error on [Prime Minister] Trudeau’s part to offer to renegotiate before ‘the ask’. He explains his comment saying, “Trump never directed anything at Canada,” and termed him “a master poker player.” A good thing for southwestern Manitoba is Trump’s promise to greenlight construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, to move Canadian oil to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The MP points out the importance of US trade, saying, “As you well know,

we live and die by trade 70% of our beef trade goes to the US.” One of the biggest concerns is to not re-instate Country of Origin Labelling for Canadian beef – after the Canadian beef industry’s hard-fought battle to get rid of COOL. Perhaps the concern is real. Sopuck doesn’t think so. A report on the website R-CALF USA reveals there is a grass-roots movement south of the border, of independent beef producers. It is this group, Sopuck says, who want to bring COOL back. The CEO of R-CALF says, “The cattle industry is the last frontier for multinational meatpackers because it’s the only remaining animal industry

the meatpackers have not already vertically integrated from birth to plate.” Sopuck assures that the majority of the beef industry in the USA does not support COOL. “The packing plant integrated beef market has worked well [for Canada].” So, just in case all does not go well with continued beef exports, what about a packing plant in Manitoba? Sopuck is more than dubious. It would have to be huge. “It would be tough to compete with Alberta.” They would just under cut until a new plant folded.” However, in terms of hogs, it’s just the opposite. “Manitoba is the centre of the Canadian hog industry. With HyLife within Sopuck’s constituency, it’s a good news story - an ex-

pansion in HyLife Foods means a $125 million hog processing and finishing plant to be constructed in Neepawa, with work to begin in 2017. Looking at the big picture Sopuck admits, “We need to do something to diversify.” Perplexed he asks, “How is it that New Zealand can out-compete us in lambs?” Sopuck explains that with our CPP hikes, a carbon tax and raising taxes generally, what Trump has proposed takes the US in a business-friendly direction, whereas American corporate taxation was over 30%, when ours was 15%. With some nine million US jobs dependent upon trade with Canada, Sopuck says, “What needs to be

done is, the Canadian Government needs to access all the contacts we have. New York, Michigan Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota are well aware of the importance of Canada to their economy.” He rhymes off a list of heavy equipment used by Canadian contractors, including John Deer - all made in the USA. “Their stock market has jumped, in the last week.” When asked about the mood in the House of Commons since the election, the MP comments personally, “An anti-elite move in US doesn’t bother me at all.” As a rural resident and representative of rural people he finishes saying, “The uprising by little people who voted for him - that is the real story.”

Flu - or CO poisoning? That bad headache, dizziness, vomiting and nausea may not be the flu. It could be the first stages of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. With the heating season in full swing, the risk

of CO poisoning in your home may rise. CO is a colourless, odourless gas that is produced when wood and fossil fuels burn without enough oxygen. CO can build up due to a faulty appliance, a clogged chim-

ney, inadequate venting, or the buildup of engine exhaust in a garage. It can also happen when fireplaces, wood stoves, kitchen and bathroom fans, clothes dryers, central vacuum systems and heating equip-

ment all compete for air in your home. Manitoba Hydro wants to keep you safe. Know the warning signs: stuffy, stale or smelly air, water condensation on windows, the smell of exhaust fumes, a back draft from the fireplace, or a pilot light that keeps going out. If you suspect CO poisoning, open all doors and windows and evacuate everyone from the house immediately. If you are experiencing health problems from suspected CO poisoning, seek medical attention—let the physician know what you suspect. Then call Manitoba

Hydro at 1-888-624-9376 for an emergency inspection. Houses today are more airtight and energy efficient, which is good. However, when houses were leaky, they vented more easily through cracks and openings. Homeowners must now incorporate other measures to ensure houses are properly vented, thereby reducing the risk of CO. Keep CO out of your home by having your heating system inspected and maintained regularly by a licensed heating contractor. Ensure that external vents are secure and free of snow,

insulation, leaves, lint and debris. If you have a wood burning fireplace or stove, make sure it has a fresh air intake duct. Most of all, to help protect your family, make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector installed near bedrooms and on all levels of your home. If the alarm goes off, treat the alarm as an emergency and call Manitoba Hydro immediately. Never unplug it or remove its batteries because the alarm annoys you. You could put lives at risk, including your own. For more information, visit

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Left: Virden Royal Purple present a cheque to Virden Junior High School for the amount of $1,000 to assist with the school’s Accentuated Learning Environment Program. (l-r) Royal Purple Lyn Fefchak, VJH Principal Don Nahachewsky, and Royal Purple Linda White. RIght: Virden Royal Purple present $1,000 to Mary Montgomery School for the Red Cat Access All-InOne System program. (l-r) Royal Purple’s Linda White, Janelle O’Grady of Mary Montgomery School, Royal Purple Lyn Fefchak, and Mary Montgomery School Principal Brad Hayward. Virden Royal Purple had also donated a $1,000 to Goulter School in May for the Accentuated Learning Environment Program. Photos/Submitted

Solutions & Substitutions By Reena Nerbas Dear Reena, How do I get rid of a bubble under the carpet in my living room? Many thanks, Jeannette Dear Jeannette, Here is a popular fix for a carpet bubble. Use a pointed screwdriver to make a small hole in the carpet. Purchase Bubble Glue or Carpet Seam Sealer (strong adhesive). Squeeze the carpet glue into the hole moving the glue around underneath the carpet and being sure not to spill any product on the carpet. Push the carpet bubble down and set heavy books on the area for several hours. If you cannot find these products, ask your hardware store for a strong carpet adhesive. Some people had great results filling a large syringe with carpet adhesive and squeezing it directly under the carpet. Dear Reena, Just started reading your column and love the practical tips! Maybe I missed this question but can you suggest how I can safely remove some burned on ‘oven mitt fabric fibers’ from the top element of my new black stove without damaging or scraping the black ceramic top. Don’t ask what happened. Thanks and keep on helping us with your great ideas. Signed, A frustrated cook! Dear Frustrated Cook, Wet the area with dish soap and water to dampen. Scrape the area gently with a metal putty knife or razor blade (available where appliances are sold). Wipe to clean; your stove should look as good as new! Dear Reena, What is the best way to store broccoli? Menno Dear Menno, Refrigerate fresh broccoli in a plastic bag, use within three days of purchase since the vitamin content

decreases the longer it is stored. Or, stand broccoli in a jar with water to keep it fresh longer. Kitchen Secret: Take the rubber band off vegetables before storing; they will last twice as long. Feedback from Fabulous Readers Re: Stuck Jar Lid What works to loosen lids is to wrap an elastic band around the lid. Or tap the bottom of the jar with the heel of your palm to break the seal. Sherri Fabulous Tips of the Week I was horrified to discover that my child splashed red nail polish on our brand new carpet. Even though the stain was dry, I discovered that Mr. Clean Magic Eraser removed the nail polish. Vanessa Make your own laundry detergent; grate one eighth bar Sunlight laundry soap and combine with one quarter cup borax. Toss clothes and mixture into the washing machine. Clothes always come out clean; I have been doing this for years. Edna Use S.O.S pads and water to remove nail polish from carpet (some elbow grease required). Joel I clean wet nail polish with the help of a white rag and shaving cream or rubbing alcohol. Sam Dear Reena, I am wondering if you have any tips for removing discoloration on the rubber liner just inside the door of a front loading washing machine. I inherited my parent’s washer, and it came with this discoloration and I would like to clean it up if I can. Laurie Dear Laurie, While wearing gloves combine 1-gallon warm water with 1 cup liquid bleach. Apply to the seal; wait 5 minutes. Scrub with an old toothbrush. Rinse with water. Continued on A22


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Solutions & Substitutions By Reena Nerbas Continued from A21 Hi Reena, I am wondering whether you might have a solution for my problem. When we moved into our current place, we didn’t like the way the kitchen cupboards looked and so we applied Mactac in the drawers and on the shelves. Now the time has come to remove the Mactac and I

am dreading what may be left on the shelves and in the drawers. Do you have a suggestion as to how to remove glue off of painted wood? It’s been almost 16 years and it may be stuck on there forever! Leonore Dear Leonore, Use a green scrubby cloth and the product Goo Gone to remove adhesive on cupboards. Goo Gone is sold in department and hardware

stores and carries a citrus fragrance. Scrub and leave to dry; repeat the process and the adhesive should become a distant memory. Dear Reena, What is the best way to keep fried foods crispy for a long time? Jameson Dear Jameson, After frying foods place them on a cooling rack. This method prevents food from resting on a surface and be-

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Tip for Picture Hanging on Paneling Hanging items on paneling where there is a stud behind is easy because a screw, nail or hanger can be secured. In between the studs, where the wall is hollow is a bigger problem. The paneling may be as thin as 1/8 of an inch, which doesn’t give you a secure mount for any-

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thing with weight. Using sticky tape hangers is not a good solution since the tape eventually fails and the object falls to the floor. Also removing the remaining tape off of the paneling will remove the panel finish, even with just a wet rag. Years ago, I discovered that you can use S-shaped curtain hooks to hang things that have significant weight without making large holes in the paneling that you would get with store bought hollow wall anchors. They also come in different sizes. Use a sharp pointy tool like an ice pick and make a very small hole in the paneling. Slide the pointy end (the narrow side) of the S-hook into the hole and push it down till it locks in at the top. You now have an inch or two of support behind the wall. The open side of the S-hook where you hang your item/picture can be bent with two pliers and trimmed off with wire cutters to suit your needs. Try to anticipate your need and complete the bending before you mount the hook; this makes the job easier. The S-hooks are strong making them impossible to fall. If you decide to remove the S-hook you only have a tiny hole in your paneling which is barely noticeable. Submitted By: Michael Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first. Reena Nerbas is a popular motivational presenter for large and small groups; check out her website: Ask a question or share a tip at

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Oil Caps This Week By Brandi Pollock The Caps have been keeping busy on and off the ice with one win and two losses in the last week. They had a strong performance on home ice against Wayway earning a 2-1 win in overtime. The Capital’s goals were scored by Carter Cowlthorp for his fifth goal of the season, assisted by Dylan Cusmano and Marco Creta, with the overtime goal was scored by Kyle Salaway, assisted by Tanner Lewis. Hardest Worker of the Game went to Carter Cowlthorp. With the OT winner the Caps earned two starts of the game: Third Star Riley McVeigh and First Star - Kyle Salaway. This

victory helped the Caps pick up their third straight win. The Caps dropped a close game to the Blues, losing 3-2 in a shootout in Winnipeg on November 18. Goals were scored by Cowlthorp for his second goal in two games and his sixth of the season assisted by Turner Santin and hometown player, Tristen Cross. The second goal was scored by Salaway for his eighth of the season, assisted by Tyler Kirkup. The loss to the Blues ended the Caps three game win streak. Currently, the Caps sit with a 13-6-5 record and hometown player, Kirkup is leading the team with points with 25 (9 goals and 16 assists).

The Caps faced the Winkler Flyers, Sunday, November 19 and came home with a 4-0 loss. This game wrapped up their second game of the weekend and the Caps will be back on home ice this week! The Oil Capitals have been keeping busy in the community; Monday, November 21 the Caps beat the Fort La Bosse School Division staff in the finals of World of Floor Hockey at the Virden Junior High School. The Caps earned the 2016 World of Floor Hockey Championship with Junior Highs students watching and cheering them on. The Oil Capitals players that played in the final game were: Ben Dalke, Tristen

Cross, Dylan Theissen, Mack Hardy, Tyler Kirkup, Riley McVeigh, and Kolten Kanaski. On Monday evening Oil Capitals Kyle Salaway, Tanner Lewis, Dylan Theissen, Dyaln Cusmano, Jeran Knorr, and Carter Cowlthorp were at the Valleyview Consumers Co-op packing groceries and interacting with individuals in the community. On Tuesday, November 22 Caps Morgan Magwood (Killarney’s hometown product), Cowlthorp, Turner Santin, Sam Schultz, Riley McVeigh and assistant coach, Carter Duffin traveled to Killarney to help at Minor Hockey practices. The Caps also had a

float in the parade on Light up night and played street hockey against some of the kids in the community! After, a fun game of street hockey

the Capitals were in the Lions Hall for a meet and greet. That is all for the Oil Capitals this week, stayed tuned for next week!

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Oileld hauling, steaming, pressure trucks, hot oil units, water and vacuum truck services, gravel trucks and heavy equipment. Fax resume to 204-748-6990 or email: an oilfield instrumentation repair shop and specialty supply service to the Southwest Manitoba oil patch since 1967. We are currently seeking an individual to fill the position of

REPAIR SHOP TECHNICIAN Duties to include repairing various oilfield equipment including meters, valves, controls etc. Special consideration will be given to those with strong mechanical ability, knowledge of instrumentation and previous oilfield experience. We offer excellent benefits, pension, bonuses and extremely competitive wages, in a positive fast paced atmosphere with opportunity for advancement. Please Apply by resume to: RE: REPAIR SHOP TECHNICIAN Virden Meter Services Ltd. or email:

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By Ken Buchy There will be a new Grey Cup champion crowned this year in the CFL as the table has been set for the 104th edition that will be played in Toronto this Sunday. The Calgary Stampeders easily spanked the BC Lions while the defending champs from Edmonton lost a tough one in the “Snow Globe” Bowl in our nation’s capital. The unlikely hero for Ottawa was under used running back Kienan LaFrance, a lowly sixth round draft pick from the University of Manitoba who ran for 163 yards, more than his season total. The highly favoured Stampeders will now face the underachieving and outgunned Ottawa Redblacks, who won their division this season with more losses than wins, that’s not only sad but it has to be very embarrassing. All indicators obviously point to a big Cowtown blowout, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Remember when point after tries (PAT) in football was a foregone conclusion, a boring ritual, an automatic one point that nobody watched because no

kicker hardly ever missed from 12 yards out - and they were right. Well not anymore! To make it more interesting and difficult, the NFL moved the PAT to the 15-yard line, so the actual length of the kick is now 33 yards, because remember, the NFL goal posts are set at the back of the end zone. Before this major move, there were 8 missed PAT during the entire 2014 NFL season. Last Sunday alone, in just one day, there were 12 misses, some that actually affected the outcome of their respective games. Now that’s exciting innovation. How about it CFL? Over the years in professional sports, hockey has earned the reputation for having the toughest players around, and once again, it’s been proven correct. Brandon’s Matt Calvert, who plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets, takes a one-timer slap shot off his forehead, goes off for “repairs” (turns out to be for “only” 36 stitches) and then returns in the third period to score a shorthanded game winner. Now that’s dedication and toughness. Speaking of the Blue Jackets, the usual bottom feeders of the NHL are actually red hot as

of late, sporting an 8-1-1 record. The Oil Caps have moved into fifth place in the MJHL as they are slowly but surely gelling into a formidable foe that head coach Troy Leslie would like to ice every game night. Developing a winning Junior “A” team from almost scratch every September is no easy feat and the Oil Caps’ organization has done a magnificent job since day one, bringing in good solid character people, not only on the ice but off it too. The overall product just keeps on getting better. The Northlands Parkway Nighthawks (Morden) won the successful Golden Bears’ hockey tournament by going undefeated in round robin play, clinching the title with a win over the host team. The Bears will now get back into league action when they play the Dauphin Clippers this weekend in back to back games, with the first one tonight at Tundra Oil & Gas Place. To no one’s surprise, two young superstars won this year’s Major League Baseball MVP awards. The Cubs sensational third baseman Kris Bryant won

the National League (NL) award while perennial contender center fielder Mike Trout, from the Los Angeles Angels, captured his second American League (AL) trophy. Washington National’s Max Scherzer won his second Cy Young (pitching) award while over in the AL, Boston’s Rick Porcello won his first. Trivia time, what’s so unusual about Scherzer’s win? Now that “Edwing” has turned down the Jays four year - $80 million offer, which would have doubled his salary, what will he command on the open market? How about $25 million per year? Move over Graham DeLaet, you have company as far as who is the best golfer in Canada. Canadian rookie Mackenzie Hughes won his first PGA tournament last weekend in a five-man playoff, going wire to wire to win the RSM Classic in Georgia. Amazingly it was only his ninth PGA start and that $1.08 million he took home will definitely pay off a few of his many bills. Trivia answer, Scherzer’s first Cy Young was in the AL with the Detroit Tigers. Until next time…

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The RM of Wallace-Woodworth will receive written applications for the position of Municipal Employee/ Landfill Site Attendant, Kenton Nuisance Grounds Location: Under the supervision of the CAO and Ward 1 Lead Hand operate the waste disposal site under the Municipal guidelines as well as following all Workplace Safety and Health and Environmental rules. • Permanent, part-time position (currently 14 hours/week winter, 17 hours/week summer). • Must be willing to work Saturdays, and one evening per week during the summer months. • Direct all users to proper dumping areas for all items being disposed. • Keep all areas of the landfill site clean and well maintained. • Keep all buildings clean and well maintained. • Collect fees from non-rate payers using facilities. • Assist in transferring or disposing of waste, as required. • Ensure that fires are not set and all controlled burns are supervised and recorded. • Report all concerns to the CAO. • Operate within site guidelines and hours. • Ensure source separation of garbage and recyclables. • Accept tires and general scrap iron and ensure deposited to proper location • Accept spray containers and ensure site is kept tidy. • Other duties, as required. • Class 5 Driver’s License required. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Friday, December 2, 2016. We appreciate your interest in this position, however, only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. Please forward your application to: Resumes may be emailed to Or dropped off at RM of Wallace-Woodworth Municipal Office 154023 PR 257 (Corner of 83 Hwy & PR 257) Virden, Manitoba Or mailed to RM of Wallace-Woodworth Box 2200, Virden, Manitoba R0M 2C0

SWINE TECHNICIAN HyLife Ltd. is a progressive Manitoba based company. HyLife and its affiliates have feed and pork operations and genetics and meat sales in various countries around the world. The Head Office is located in the vibrant community of LaBroquerie, Manitoba. We are currently seeking highly motivated people to fill the position of Swine Technician in the Southeastern and Southwestern areas of Manitoba. This position will include the following responsibilities and day-to-day functions:  Carry out feeding program  Breeding, farrowing duties  Weigh and sort pigs for transport  Wash empty rooms, prepping room for animal entry  Perform minor maintenance tasks  Perform general on farm duties  Recognize and treat livestock health issues  Maintain livestock performance records  Other duties as assigned The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications:  Self motivated  Good work ethic  Work well with others  Minimum 1 year swine tech experience required Salary range is $1,197.00 - $1,496.25 biweekly. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and competitive compensation based on experience and knowledge. You may qualify for an annual performance increase and/or bonus program and/or a premium. HyLife has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply online at or send your resume to: Carol Martens Human Resources Box 100, La Broquerie, MB R0A 0W0 We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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By Robin Wark After gaining experience with the Virden Oil Capitals last season, Tristen Cross has emerged this year as a key contributor to his hometown hockey team’s blue line. “He has stepped in and done well,” Virden head coach Troy Leslie said. “He’s a pretty creative player. He is going to be a really good offensive defenceman… He does a lot of good things with the puck.” The son of Virden’s Rick and Donna Cross has one goal and nine points in 24 games. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is tied with Sam Schultz for most points among Oil Caps blue liners. “I think the most important thing is he is calm with the puck,” Leslie said. “He doesn’t panic. He has a lot of confidence jumping into the play.” Last season, as a 17-yearold, Cross split the season between the Oil Caps and

on the defensive end. Leslie said he has a good stick in the defensive zone and moves his feet well. “He is a little better and a little more confident every game,” the coach said of Cross in general. Cross’ improvement has come with a lot of hard work. When he returned to midget last season he focused on “trying to be better all-around so that I could come back for this season and be the best player that I could be for the Oil Caps,” he said. He also focused on building strength in the off-season and is now probably in his best shape ever. Cross, Tanner Lewis and Oils Caps leading scorer Tyler Kirkup are all embracing the opportunity to play Junior A in their hometown. “I’d say that the best part of playing in my hometown is being able to stay at home and still being able to hang out with my friends in town,” Cross wrote. “I

the Southwest Cougars Midget AAA squad. Leslie said it was the best decision to return Cross to midget last season as it provided a confidence boost, gave him an opportunity to be a leader, and increased his ice time. Cross accumulated three points in 18 games last season with Virden and played in six playoff games. He feels his stints with the Oil Capitals last season has benefitted him this time around. “I think the relationships that I built with some teammates and coaches from last year is what sticks out the most,” he wrote in an email interview. “I came back and it was like I’d never really left so it was really easy to adjust back in, as well I already knew what the speed of the game was like at the Manitoba Junior Hockey League level so I knew what to expect when game time came around.” While Cross is offensively gifted, he has also improved

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don’t have to worry about my billet family or anything for the season because I already know exactly what it’s going to be like in the household as I have been here for 18 years.” That household has definitely been supportive of Cross. “Coaches and teammates

along the way have pushed me to be better and helped me along the way, but I wouldn’t be where I am without all the support and dedication from both of my parent,” wrote Cross, who also noted the support of his grandparents. “Whether it’s from driving me to my games, or spending the cra-

zy amount of money that it costs for me to play hockey throughout all these years, and always supporting me no matter what team I played for or how far away the games were. I would say my parents are easily the two people that have had the biggest impact on my hockey career.



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ANNOUNCEMENTS AA meeting every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the hospital boardroom. Use front entrance of hospital. Phone 204-748-6603, 306-485-9097 or 204-512-3507.

Coming events 22nd annual Santa Brunch at Oak Lake Community Hall November 27 10a.m.-2p.m. Admission 13 & over $8.00, 6 to 12 $4.00, under 6 $3.00. Great food, children’s games and shopping for under 12 years. Silent auction, visit with Santa. Photos available Sponsored by Oak Lake Museum and Community Development Board. A Come & Go Bridal Shower in honor of Samantha Kotylak bride elect of Gordon Maxwell will be held at the Virden Legion, November 26 from 3-5 p.m. Annual X-mas Bake & Craft Sale, Sat. Dec 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lion’s Hall. Baking, dainties, x-mas cakes and puddings, crafts, jams and jellies. Fay Tapp, Bonnie Sawyer and friends. Everyone Welcome! Euchre at Hargrave Community Centre on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. Everyone welcome. Also on November 27 and December 11. See our Virden Pioneer Home Museum table at Farmers Market Christmas Sale on Sat. Nov 26 at New Horizon Centre 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assorted items for Christmas & last chance to buy “Regal” items.

Coming events shh.... it’s a surprise! Olive (Bunny) Hutchison is turning 80! Friendships are one of the few things that improve with age! Help us celebrate Bunny’s 80th Birthday and a lifetime of good friendships, on December 3 from 2-4p.m. Bolton Place - Common Room, 560 Thomas Dr. North. St. Paul’s United Church Christmas Bake Sale, Friday, December 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in upper hall. Refreshments available. Virden and District Health Auxiliary Tea and Bake Sale, Friday, December 2, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., downstairs auditorium of St. Paul’s United Church. Everyone is invited to join us as we celebrate the Christmas season with a delicious lunch and festive fellowship! Mounds of Christmas baking for sale, auction items as well as raffle and door prizes!

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Cards of thanks The family of Jack Roscoe wish to thank all the wonderful caregivers in the Palliative care unit at the Assiniboine Centre. Special thanks to Dr. Minders for your care of Dad and your care and concern for our family. It meant so much. Thank you to everyone for the care and concern, and to all who visited Dad in the hospital. Thank you for all the cards, flowers, food and phone calls. Thank you to Memories Chapel for all the excellent arrangements. Thank you to The Rev. L.D. Smith for such a wonderful service. A special thank you to our cousins Jack and Karen Garabed and Connie and Patrick Johnston for hosting our family after the interment in Killarney. It was a beautiful afternoon at your home with wonderful refreshments. Thank you to our cousins Debbie and Ken Stiwich, Deb for making the beautiful floral arrangements and Ken for helping with the transportation from Manitou, Brandon, Killarney. Thank you to our cousin Robert King, son John Cockbill, and good friend and Car Patrol Member Rick Kenderdine for your beautiful eulogies. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend the funeral. A special thank you to the large group of Nobles and Ladies from the Brandon Shrine Car Patrol who attended the funeral and were so good to visit Dad in hospital. Sincerely; Jeff and Judy Roscoe and family Darcy and Val Cockbill and family


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OBITUARY ROSCOE, Jack Anthony June 9, 1929 - November 5, 2016 On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Jack Anthony Roscoe, of Brandon, formerly of Virden, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born June 9, 1929 in Austin, Manitoba, Jack was the youngest of eight children born to Joe and Kathleen Roscoe. He attended school in Austin, Sydney and Carberry as his father was Section Foreman with the CPR and moved down the line. Jack’s passion growing up was hockey and he started playing junior at an early age. After completing his schooling, Jack became a relief Telegraph Operator for the CPR, travelling all over Manitoba. During his travels he was able to play on several hockey teams. In 1948, while stationed in Selkirk his team the Selkirk Flyers won the league and the Eddie Armstrong Memorial Trophy. His next CPR move took him to Killarney in 1950, which enabled him to pursue his two great passions, hockey and our mom Shirley Cooper. Jack became captain of the Killarney Shamrocks who played in the Big Six League, a senior amateur league, that included Killarney, Brandon, Minnedosa and Souris. In 1951, he married the love of his life Shirley Cooper and together they made Killarney their home. Jack loved the CPR, but wanting to settle and raise their children he switched careers and became a very successful insurance salesman for Monarch Life. In the late 1950s, Jack was approached by Gordon Hotels Ltd. to become a manager. Destined for the hospitality business, Jack enjoyed people, loved action, was a team leader and not afraid to dig in and work hard. This exciting career change took Jack, Shirley and their children all over Manitoba. From 1960 to 1967 Jack managed properties in Virden, Roblin and Brandon. They engaged themselves in every community and made many wonderful friends. In 1967, Jack was promoted to Gordon Hotels Head Office and moved his family to Winnipeg. Travelling the province while supervising all twenty-one properties, Jack made many new friends in these communities and also enabled him to stay in touch with old friends. In 1969, Gordon Hotels opened an office in Brandon where Jack was promoted to Western General Manager of Operations, and the family moved to Brandon. In 1973, after many years experience with Gordon Hotels, and loving the business, Jack left the company and ventured out on his own. Jack and Shirley bought three hotels in Virden, Souris and Roblin and created their company, Jay Motor Inns Ltd. They were excited to move back to Virden, a town they knew and loved, re-acquaint with old friends and acquire many new. They enjoyed all their trips to Souris and Roblin overseeing their properties and visiting old friends. Jack was active in the Virden community; he was a member of the Elks and served on the Virden Oil Kings Hockey Executive. In 1986, after 25 years in the Hotel business Jack and Shirley sold the hotels and retired. Jack was a lifetime member of the Manitoba Hotel Association and continued travelling the province for two years calling on hotels and offering advice.

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OBITUARY He was also on the Board of Directors for the operations of the Hecla Island Resort. When Jack retired, he had more time to engage in all his passions. He was able to spend time with his family, doing what he loved, hunting and fishing with his son Jeff, helping his daughter Val and son-in-law Darcy at their hotel, and spending time with his six grandchildren. Together, Jack and Shirley always provided the happiest, warm place to gather and celebrate special occasions. He taught the kids how to laugh and love. They all enjoyed Grandpa jokes and watching how he could find humour in every situation. Dad taught the kids how to enjoy life and shared his passion for business, hockey, hunting, fishing and travel. Dad and Mom loved their annual trips to Arizona and had many close friends who eagerly anticipated their arrival each year. Dad enjoyed the dog track, working a deal at the flea market or tearing around town with his buddy poaching oranges and grapefruit just for fun! Dad was always a prankster. More than Arizona though, Dad and Mom loved getting back to Virden in the Spring and starting their summer parade travels with the Brandon Shrine Car Patrol and this group of friends. They loved them all dearly and had so much fun and good times. He loved to play tricks on his fellow members. They loved hosting the car patrol in their home when the parade came to Virden. Jack was always so proud of the group as they paraded through his home town. The car patrol was thrilled that Dad’s last visit to Virden, allowed him to attend the parade in August of this year and riding in the truck that pulled the car patrol trailer; as it turned out this was his final visit to Virden. It meant so much to him travelling the streets in the parade and seeing the community. Remaining to cherish Jack’s memory are his son Jeff (Judy), granddaughter Kristen (Scott) Fullerton - great-grandchildren Layne and Hayley, grandson Jason - great-grandson Hudson, granddaughter Stacie (Adam) Huxley - great-grandchildren Cali and Dayton; his daughter Val (Darcy) Cockbill, granddaughter Jennifer, grandson John (Erika) - greatgranddaughters Ainsley and Addison, granddaughter Jillian (Chris) Irvine - great-granddaughters Mya, Halle, and Emma; sister-in-law Mona Bate of Killarney and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley; parents Joe and Kathleen Roscoe; brothers Stan (Mabel), Joe (Norma), Ed; sisters Stella (Ted) Elliott, Lottie (Aubrey) Williams, Kay (Bob) King and Bea (Mike) Morlock. The Celebration of Jack’s Life took place at Memories Chapel on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The Rev. L. D. Smith officiated. Eulogists were nephew Robert King, grandson John Cockbill, and Rick Kenderdine of the Brandon Car Patrol. Urn bearer was grandson John Cockbill. Jack was laid to rest in a private ceremony at Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jack may be made to the Masonic Transportation Fund c/o the Canadian Cancer Society, 4151st Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2W8, as they raise funds to purchase a new shuttle van. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements with Memories Chapel, Brandon, 1-855-727-0330.

RIPMEESTER, Jozina Adriana (Hollemans) March 27, 1926 - November 5, 2016 Jozina was born in the Netherlands in 1926. She married Dad (Willem) shortly after the war in 1946. After devastating flooding in the Netherlands in 1953 they emigrated to Canada with 3 children and began a new life. Life wasn’t always easy in this new country with a language none of us spoke but mother tried valiantly to make a good life for us all. She missed family in the Netherlands very much and it was many years before she enjoyed visits back, but she realized how much she loved Canada and knew she didn’t belong there anymore. Mom was always interested in the activities of her grand children, spent many hours at baseball games, hockey games and at the lake. The lake brings up memories of many incidents. Having lived through the war she had learned how to make meals out of almost nothing. The secret ingredient Butter. In lean times she would make a stew consisting mainly of onions, that we all still remember being so delicious. Mom always love family parties and playing cards. We often teased her about not remembering anyone’s name, everyone was called “dinga”, and that left us to guess who she meant! She was always cleaning, a dust cloth in her hand, and every surface was shining. We often teased her she was thinning out the furniture from polishing. She loved to garden and flowers were her favourite. She had a great vegetable garden, green beans were a staple and fresh flowers were always welcome in the house. She was a woman of strong faith. She attended church regularly as long as she could. She now begins her new journey, joining loving husband, Willem and her son, Archie Thank You Thank you to Dr. Fitzgerald for his excellent care given to Mom over the years. To all the staff at West-Man Nursing Home, there are no words to express our thanks and appreciation for the love and kindness shown to Mom and our family during her stay at the West-Man. Thank you to everyone who sent cards, food, and flowers, it was greatly appreciated. To Rev. Wayne Unger, for his kinds words during the funeral service. We would like to thanks Carscadden Funeral Chapel for your kind and professional help in making the arrangements for Mom’s funeral. Thank you to Audrey Lewis for the music, Flower Attic for the beautiful flowers and Legion Ladies for the lunch. In lieu of sending individual thank you cards, the family is making a donation to Palliative Care. - The Ripmeester family, Ed, Cheryl (Archie), Josie, John, Marian and their families.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Clariant Oil Services is an oilfield specialty chemical company looking for 2 Account Managers and 2 Technical Field Representatives for the Virden, Manitoba area. A Bachelors degree in Chemistry or 3 to 5 years oilfield related experience. Please send resume by: Fax: 306-6346694 or email: Secretary/Treasurer for Elkhorn Ag Society. Application deadline, Dec. 15, 2016. Send to Elkhorn Ag Society, Attention: Board of Directors, Box 177, Elkhorn, MB, R0M 0N0, Job starts January 4, 2017. Spare Custodial positions exist in a number of Virden Schools in the Fort La Bosse School Division, Monday to Friday, daily for 3 hour -8 hour shifts. Starting wages are #13.89 an hour. For further information, please contact Vaughn Wilson, Supervisor of Operations. Please apply in writing to: Vaughn Wilson, Supervisor of Operations, Box 1420, Virden, MB., R0m 2C0,, 204748-2692.

UNDER THE HIGHWAYS PROTECTION ACT THE HIGHWAY TRAFFIC BOARD Notice is hereby given that a hearing of the Highway Traffic Board will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Room B6, Brandon Provincial Building, 340 - 9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. PERMITS - PART I SECTION 9 H.P.A. AND PART III - SECTION 17 H.P.A. 3/001/234/A/16 - THIRD DIMENSION INDUSTRIES LTD. Application for Access Driveway (Commercial) onto P.T.H. No. 1 (Service Road), Parcel 1, Plan 1305, N.E.¼ 34-11-28W, R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth (Elkhorn). The Highway Traffic Board will be prepared to consider all submissions, written or oral, on the above applications by contacting the Secretary prior to or at the hearing. THE HIGHWAY TRAFFIC BOARD Michelle Slotin, A/Secretary 200 - 301 Weston Street Winnipeg MB R3E 3H4 Phone: (204) 945-8912

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Too many people still not using seatbelts: Manitoba Public Insurance More than 600 people were not wearing a seatbelt during an observational driver study conducted this October by Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) groups in rural Manitoba. A total of 13 rural locations were selected with a dozen COPP groups participating. The study is done in partnership with local RCMP detachments and conducted twice a year in the spring and fall. The average seatbelt compliance rate from the October study was 94.7 per cent – a decrease of 0.4 per cent from spring 2016. Cellphone use by drivers was also observed, with 98.7 per cent of drivers complying with the law. “Drivers and passengers need to do everything they can to keep themselves and others safe on our roads,” said Crown Services Minister Ron Schuler. “Thanks to the hard work of these volunteer citizens, we now have more information on these safety issues and can use it to raise awareness that wearing seatbelts and not driving distracted can make a real difference.” A person is 35 times more likely to be killed and five times more likely to be seriously injured when not wearing a seatbelt. Every year in Manitoba, about 30 per cent of road fatalities involve unbelted vehicle occupants. “A 0.4 per cent decline in rural seatbelt use may not seem significant but with the number of road deaths that have occurred on our provincial highways so far in 2016, and the fact that seat belt use can literally make the difference between life and death in a serious motor vehicle collision, these observational studies are important and help to raise awareness about the simple steps that drivers and passengers can take to keep themselves safe in the event of a

collision,” said Ward Keith, vice-president, Business Development & Communications and chief product officer, Manitoba Public Insurance. “The message here is so simple; wear your seat belt all the time, no matter how long or short your trip is. And for drivers, make sure all of your passengers are buckled up and children are properly secured in child restraint seats before you take your vehicle out of park,” said Keith. Studies like these are just one example of the important work conducted by COPP groups throughout Manitoba in cooperation with local law enforcement. COPP members volunteer their time to make their communities safer by patrolling, deterring crime, and making our roads safer. Last year, COPP volunteers provided nearly 15,000 patrol hours and 23,000 hours of other volunteer service related to the program. About COPP This year marked the 25th anniversary of COPP. It’s a grassroots program specifically designed to serve as a highly-visible crime deterrent. If someone is interested in joining a COPP group or starting one in their community, training and equipment are provided at no charge. Prior to participating in COPP patrols, all new members receive training delivered by one of COPP’s certified instructors, as well as a training manual. In addition, new members are provided with oneon-one supervision with an experienced member during their first patrols. More information can be obtained by calling the provincial coordinator at 204-985-8849 or toll-free at 1-866-326-7792, or visiting citizensonpatrol.

in loving memory of In memory of

Dorothy Volk

who passed away November 20, 2007

Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure. Loving you always, forgetting you never. Always loved. Ed, Brenda and Family

Dale McGrath who left us on November 26, 2014 Your presence we miss, Your memory we treasure, Loving you always, Forgetting you never Forever loved and missed by Peggy and Brad, Cindy, Trin and Dylan


Dale Thomson November 14, 1992

You showed me a lot of things, I learned a lot I didn't know But you forgot to teach me one last thing How to let you go... - Love always Kim, Blair, McKenzie

In loving memory of

Dale McGrath who passed away November 26, 2014

As time unfolds another year Memories keep you ever near Silent thoughts of time together Hold memories to last forever.

Sadly missed, Margaret, Harry, Betty, Laura and families.

In loving memory of

Marion Hutchison who passed away December 1st, 2015

If memories bring us closer We are never far apart Because you are always in our thoughts And forever in our hearts.

Lovingly remembered by: Wayne & Florence Hutchison Brian Hutchison Bill & Sharon Hewitt and families

In loving memory of

Eileen (Mickey) Coulter May 12, 1928-November 30, 2015

What I would give if I could say, “I’m going to visit my Mom today.” To see your face and loving smile, To sit and talk with you a while. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. A million times we have missed you, A million times we cried, If our love could have saved you, You never would have died. For those of you who have a Mom, Give her a hug and treat her with care, Because the heartache is unbearable, When she is no longer there.

Sadly missed by Ted (Norma), Kelly (Gerry), Lynn (Marie), Shelly (Donnie), Les (Cathy), John (Janice) & families.


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