Looking back - 1988:NASA speakers visit Hazel M. Kellington


Jessica Morton

Neepawa Banner & Press


80 years ago


May 11, 1938

Alguire Bros. have purchased the Foerster Block on Mountain Avenue and the store premises have been rented to John A. Brodie, of Brandon, who will start up a second hand furniture store and repair shop. The building is to be remodelled later to make room for more office space.

70 years ago


May 13, 1948

Neepawa was well represented on the prize list at the Gladstone Musical Festival held last week. Betty Thomson was awarded highest marks in the piano solo class and first place in the grade six piano class. Betty Kerr won the grade one piano class. The successful young musicians are pupils of G. Death.

60 years ago


May 13, 1958

The second severe dust storm of the early summer season swept through the Neepawa area Monday. It is expected that extensive damage may have been caused to early crops in some areas, but details were not available this morning. Winds of 42 mph were recorded here Monday, as dust was piled up and carried thousands of feet into the air. Although this was less severe than the 60 mph recorded here on April 17, Monday’s storm was believed to have covered a much wider area. Reports stated that most of Manitoba and Saskatchewan were affected.

50 years ago


May 10, 1968

Runners from Neepawa captured three trophies when they competed in a road race from Winkler to Plum Coulee last Saturday. The Neepawanians won two of the four individual trophies and one of the team events in the competition. In the junior girls four-mile event, Vicky Stoddart of Neepawa was the individual winner, topping an entry of 49 runners in a time of 27 minutes and 35 seconds. Gordon Snell of Neepawa was the winner in the senior boys eight-mile event, covering the distance in 47 minutes and 50 seconds.

40 years ago


May 11, 1978

Close to 500 boy scouts, cubs and beavers, and at least 110 adult supervisor-helpers from Western Manitoba were in the field Saturday, May 6, for the annual “Trees for Tomorrow” program. Boys from Neepawa, Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Gladstone, Carberry, Erickson, Oak River, Rivers and Shilo each planted over 100 Scotch and Jack Pine trees as their personal contribution to Manitoba’s ecological future. The trees were planted in the Whitemud Conservation District near the community of Mountain Road on the eastern slopes of Riding Mountain.

30 years ago


May 10, 1988

NACI science teacher Bob Lepischak promised that when speakers involved in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration came to talk to students at HMK “There will be lots of neat stuff that attracts kids.” Lepischak wasn’t underestimating the impact NASA speakers would have. Last Tuesday Dr. Dale Bremmer, Nancy Nixon and William Nixon stopped off at the elementary school on their way to the tenth annual Western Manitoba High School Symposium. With a variety of apparatus, ranging from Coke cans to a baseball, Bremmer was able to show the students concepts which in a larger context are applied to space travel. “We have come a long way in our space program,” Bremmer told the class. “It’s amazing what we’re able to push up into orbit.” He said that the first satellite put into orbit on January 31, 1958 weighed 30.7 pounds. Today he said the weights of objects being put into space are measured in tons. As Bremmer went from demonstration to demonstration to illustrate the effects of gravity, vibrations and temperature, it was obvious he had the class’ apt attention. By the time his hour and a half was nearing an end, it was obvious the students were ready for an hour more. “How much time do I have left?” Bremmer asked in the last few minutes. “He can have the whole day as far as I’m concerned,” said one spell bound fifth grader.

20 years ago


May 11, 1998

Emergency response teams spent Wednesday morning sharpening skills they hope they will never have to call upon. A mock disaster staged at the Canadian Pacific railway crossing on Rosedale Ave. in Neepawa was a testing ground for local and provincial response teams. The Neepawa Fire Department, ambulance service and RCMP detachment responded to the call for practice, along with a number of provincial agencies such as Manitoba Environment and the Emergency Measures Organization. To a man, and woman for that matter, the response teams responded quickly, efficiently and mostly without any sense of urgency. “In the back of your mind, you know it’s only an exercise and not a real emergency,” said Bob MacNight of the Neepawa RCMP.

10 years ago


May 12, 2008

Wayne Hollier’s decade long contribution to the TransCanada-Yellowhead Highway Association, including a one year term as president, was recognized with the Tete Jaune award at the association’s 62nd annual meeting in Yorkton. Tete Jaune - literally translated as Yellow Head - was the nickname of fair haired Metis guide Pierre Bostonais, who first guided fur traders for the North West and Hudson Bay companies in 1825.