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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Pumpkin fundraiser now ready

By Sheila Runions

      Banner Staff

Joanne Bos proclaims fall is here again and “our pumpkins are ready for the fundraising.” The Rapid City area woman is referring to her seventh annual Africa outreach. She intentionally grows extra pumpkins in her garden to sell — by donation, not per pound — with all moneys being forwarded to Springs of Life Children’s Home in Burkura (Western Kenya) and Grandmothers for Grandmothers.

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HyLife employees meet with Union reps

By Eoin Devereux

The Neepawa Banner

Representatives with HyLife Foods and the employees’ union will soon sit down and start negotiating a new deal. The current five-year contract is set to expire at the end of the year. UFCW Local 832 represents employees at the Neepawa plant and held a series of proposal meeting with its members on Sept 18.

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