Looking Back - 1988: Neepawa Lions take down old bandshell


Jessica Morton
Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago
Friday, February 25, 1938
Spring is on the way for sure, says two Press subscribers. When Mrs. M. Thomson went into her living room yesterday she found a yellow butterfly fluttering around and she thought it came off a hyacinth bulb which she had just brought from the cellar. Clifford Virtue also reported seeing a red winged blackbird.

70 years ago
Thursday, February 26, 1948
A Hamiota team that was outgeneralled in every department of the game bowed out of the provincial play downs Monday night at the arena when Neepawa Intermediates handed out a 16-6 beating. The visiting team showed lack of finish and missed many scoring chances but battled gamely all the way. Hamiota squad iced some good players but they just did not click in their teamwork. The first game of the series played at Hamiota was won by Neepawa 9-5.

60 years ago
Tuesday, February 25, 1958
A Gladstone student rink skipped by George Galloway captured the Lions Club trophy in the premier competition of the 11th annual Neepawa Collegiate Bonspiel here on the weekend. The top awards in the Merchant event, the secondary competition, went to the Neepawa foursome skipped by Mel Wolko.

50 years ago
Tuesday, February 20, 1968
Telephone customers in the Kelwood area can look forward to automatic dial service in early 1969. In making the announcement a spokesman for the Manitoba Telephone System said a new building will be erected in the community to house automatic dial equipment. When conversion from the present manual operation takes place, all Kelwood telephone customers will be assigned 7 digit telephone numbers.

40 years ago
Thursday, February 23, 1978
The local Oddfellows organization decided to carry on with plans for an Old Timers Fiddler’s Contest, left incomplete with the death of Charlie Sage. The contest was a pet project of Charlie’s and Oddfellow, Bob Lumsden, says “We thought it was the least we could do to see it through for him.” The contest for old timers will be held on March 7 at the Oddfellows hall.

30 years ago
Tuesday, February 23, 1988
The Lions Club is planning to take down the old bandshell at the Riverbend Park as part of their continuing project to improve the parks facilities. “It’s not being used and it’s poorly constructed,” Chairman of Parks, Pat Traill said in explanation for the Lions decisions to remove the bandshell. Traill said the lumber from the building, which is salvaged, will be used to construct kitchen shelters in the new camping area. The Lions are also going to contribute labor and money to build a new arched foot bridge in the park this coming summer.

20 years ago
Monday, February 23, 1998
Beautiful Plains School Division was one of nine divisions in the province to receive funding from the Public Schools Finance Board under the Aging Buildings Program. The $110,000 went towards renovations for science facilities, ventilation improvements, computer labs and computer hook ups at Neepawa Collegiate.

10 years ago
Monday, February 25, 2008
A Minnedosa umpire has been selected to represent Canada at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Ron Shewchuk, who started umpiring in 1980 has umped seven international baseball competitions and 11 national championships. He was recognized as the Manitoba Baseball Association Umpire of the Year in 1987 and baseball Canada’s Umpire of the Year in 2001.