RACF helps with breakfast

By Jessie Bell

Rivers Elementary School resource teacher Mandy Johnston has started her third year as leader of the student breakfast program. It’s held every Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 8:30-8:55 a.m.; Tuesday is reserved for breakfast at the rink.

Teaching staff made donations in 2012 to get the program started and Rivers and Area Lions Club provided a dishwasher. This season, Rivers and Area Community Foundation (RACF) and Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba (CNCM) have each provided financial support. The breakfast program was the recipient of an $800 RACF grant which allowed the purchase of a refrigerator, blenders and a kettle. With these supplies it is now possible to make fruit smoothies. CNCM donated money to purchase dishes, cereal, juices, milk, yogurt, fruit, jam and honey. 

The Honey House Bakery and Cafe in Rivers has donated bread and the students’ favourites: cinnamon buns and muffins. Kuipers Bakery of Brandon also donates some bread  and Rivers Girl Guides has also provided some breakfast food.

Elementary teachers and students are proud of the community support in providing any child in the school a healthy, well-balanced breakfast to start their day off right. The program also continues because of support from staff, some dedicated high school students and other volunteers who work each morning.

Neepawa highway could use the Cranbrook solution

By Ken Waddell

The Neepawa Banner

Since 2000, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) has been promising a solution to traffic congestion on Highway 16 through Neepawa. The proposed solution involves a widened four lane highway, a number of rear access roads and a widening of the roadbed which would eliminate the trees.

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Lily Festival future will be decided next week

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

The Neepawa Banner

This year marked the Neepawa and Area Lily Festival’s 18th year and with it, the retirement of over half the festival committee’s board. On Monday, the future of the festival will be discussed and decided at a public meeting which will give anyone wanting get involved the chance to come forward.

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Annual attraction an average year

By Sheila Runions

      Banner Staff

Rivers and District Chamber of Commerce held its annual fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 20. Although 45 exhibitors paid for booth space, only 44 showed up. Forty-four is the same number as last year and five years ago when the event was switched from a strict craft sale to a home-based businesses as well. Though exhibitor numbers remained average, attendance was down at least 50 people and the chamber’s profit has also dropped.

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Willows plant a willow tree

By Jessie Bell

Student council at Rivers Elementary School honoured Bruce and Michelle Willows by purchasing a willow tree which was planted near Rivers Elementary School playground. School custodian Kevin Jay dug the hole and Bruce planted the tree, after a big thank-you party held in the school gymnasium last June. The party and planting were organized to mark Bruce and Michelle’s retirement after a combined 65 years of teaching there.

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