Looking back - 1978: Retired teachers honoured at banquet


Online-June 15 2018

Neepawa Banner & Press archives

The four retired teachers from 1978 are (from left) Peggy Smith of Hazel M. Kellington, Ivan Traill of NACI, John Toews of Arden and Annie Lamb of the Riverside Colony.

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Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago


June 14, 1938

Work has commenced on the rebuilding of the C.I.L Neepawa Salt Limited Plant Warehouse recently damaged by fire. The staff of workmen is clearing away the debris of the burned portion but the new warehouse will be situated just west of the site of the old one.It was found that the machinery of the centrifugal drying system was not damaged by the fire beyond repair and it will soon be operating again. It is expected that production will start again before the end of the month.

70 years ago


June 17, 1948

The local ball club took on Plumas, winners of the Gladstone tournament, Tuesday night and won by a score of 11-2. After a shaky start, Bob Barker settled down to pitch real ball. Pete Loiselle and Dick Guinan made two spectacular catches in the fourth inning to rob Plumas of two hits. Batteries for Neepawa were pitcher Baker and Rush, Catcher Inverarity. For Plumas, pitchers R. Poitstras and Hanke, catcher McFadden. The local boys did not find Poitras too tough, and fattened their batting average at his expense, until he was yanked and replaced by Hanke, whose slants seemed harder to hit. Neepawa entered the two teams at the Gladstone Tournament last week, the Juniors losing a close first game to McGregor and the seniors winning their first game but losing to Plumas in second.

60 years ago


June 13, 1958

Both the town of Neepawa and its Air Cadet squadron made a favourable impression on Air Commander H.H.C Rutledge when he visited here on Wednesday  for the annual inspection of the local cadets. Commander of No.14 Training Group, which takes in all stations from the head of the Lakes to the Rockies, is the highest ranking officer ever to come here for inspection. He told the young airmen at the father and son banquet, held in the United Church following the afternoon inspection, that he was very pleased with the turnout and the boys’ performance. It was during a tour of the town that he expressed his pleasure with what he saw.

50 years ago


June 14, 1968

Construction of a new 22-suit apartment block in Neepawa has moved a step closer to reality this week, with the calling of tenders for general contracting and sub-contracts for the structure. It is hoped that a start on the construction of the building can be made early in July and officials anticipate the building will be ready for occupancy late this fall. The apartment block is to be of wood and stucco construction and will be a two story building measuring approximately 150 feet by 50 feet. It will be located on the northeast corner of Mountain Avenue and Brydon Street in Neepawa.

40 years ago


June 15, 1978

Beautiful Plains School Division Board honoured four retiring teachers with a banquet last Monday in recognition of their long years service in this division. NACI principal Ivan Traill, Riverside Colony teacher Annie Lamb, Arden teacher John Toews and Hazel M. Kellington school music teacher Peggy Smith are all retiring from the teaching profession although none of the four are “retiring” in the usual sense of the word. Ivan Traill is ending 10 years as principal of Neepawa Area Collegiate and 26 years in the teaching profession to enter into private business as a commercial meat processor, here in Neepawa. Mrs. Annie Lamb got into the teaching profession a little differently than most. She explained that she grew up during the depression “when my parents couldn’t afford to send me to school.” She took grades nine and ten by correspondence, got married, and it was only later, after the death of her husband in1954 that she decided to get herself through that tough period by studying seriously once again to fulfill al life long ambition to be a teacher. John Toews is moving to Swift Current to pursue a full time career in the ministry. He came initially to Arden as a church pastor 11 years ago. He also went back to complete his schooling after his marriage, eventually completing his grade 12, and receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Mrs. Peggy Smith is leaving the teaching profession after 12 years of mini-musicals, festival programs, concerts and classes. She has taught in Beautiful Plains for 12 years and has taught 17 years in total.

30 years ago


June 14, 1988

A cooperative effort between A & W Rootbeer (Beverage Services) and Lucerne Ice Cream (Canada Safeway) will provide Root Beer Floats for sale to the public in Neepawa on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 7,8 and 9. This cool and refreshing treat will be available at your local safeway store for the donation of $1 to Easter Seals.

Every dollar earned will be donated to the Manitoba Easter Seals Fund. The Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Inc. administers this fund to provide service to children with physical disabilities. Last year $11, 000 was raised through this project.

What is the money used for? The Easter Seal Fund helps in the planning and coordinating of service to individuals from infancy to school leaving age as they struggle to gain maximum independence in their community. That struggle may acquire for them the opportunity to participate with their peers in swimming, camping, and educational and recreational programs – things most kids take for granted. Giving to the Easter Seal Fund supports these fighters and makes it possible for them to be the best they can be.

20 years ago


June 15, 1998

Gordon McPhee of Dauphin has been recognized by the Manitoba Round Table of Environment and Economy with a Sustainable Development award in the Public Sector category.

“This is a very exciting time as we define sustainable development and put it into practice,” said McPhee. “I see it as an evolving practice where we balance benefit and risks in order to do the jobs society needs such as food production, transportation, and waste disposal.”

McPhee was a founding member of the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Association. He was also a member of the Canada-Manitoba Agreement on Agricultural Sustainability Research Committee.

10 years ago


June 16, 2008

A former Carberry bar owner has been fined $1,500 for three counts of violating the Non-Smokers Health Protection Act by letting people light up in his establishment.

Jamie Betle, who was the owner of Sprucewoods Pizza and Sliders Lounge was charged after Manitoba Conservation received an anonymous tip in 2004.

Betle received a warning, but said he wouldn’t stop people from lighting up because he felt the law was stupid.

Betle’s case in Brandon provincial court was adjourned until the Manitoba Court of Appeal heard the Robert Jenkinson case. Jenkinson, a Treherne bar owner, was fined $2,500 for letting patrons light up. He’d argued, that as a non-aboriginal, he was being discriminated against.

Betle has since sold his business and moved to Regina.