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Each month the Langruth Community Business Council (Lynne) mails out a newsletter called "Langruth Views" to the residents in the municipality to help keep people abreast of the happenings in the community. If you wish to subscribe to the Langruth Newsletter and have it mailed to you each month (great value for the price), please send the mailing fee ($6.50Cdn for those in Canada, out of country letter rate for those outside of Canada) to:
    Langruth Community Business Council, Box 145, Langruth, Manitoba   R0H 0N0
Keep up the great work Lynne!

Sample topics of a Full Edition: Changes in the R.M. of Lakeview Council; Coming Events, Congratulations, Scholarships; Community Profiles; Business Council (items discussed); Calendar of events in Langruth.

Index of Langruth Newsletters:

Note: sometimes I also add news tid-bits from other sources. - Walter.

Newsletter: January, 1999

Pride in our Community - Lakeview Fire Department
      As they say, "Every dark cloud has a silver lining." Well, this dark cloud was evident when needlessly on June 2, 1996, a fire destroyed the municipal building including the fire truck--a devastated group of people began to put the pieces back together. Due to the large number of grass fires in our area, it was soon decided that a fire truck would have to be purchased.  Several ideas were put forward and the   council members were given demonstrations by various companies.  The council leaned toward the purchase  of a "Snuffer Unit" which sits in the back of a regular truck. And this is when the  silver lining emerged from that cloud and the Lakeview Fire Department was born.
      Councilor Jim Rinn took a special  interest in putting together an  outstanding fire department. The  following people are part of a very  dedicated group of individuals who are  part of our fire department.  Jim Rinn -Fire Chief, Sheldon Strocen,  Darren Caddoo, Chris Caddoo, David  Huyber, Barry Arksey, Roger Leclerc,  Kevin Wilson, Wayne Gardiner, Cecil  Robertshaw, Bob Jackson, Ron Brown,  Isaac Wiebe, Eldon Wiebe, Eugene  Pelland, and Richard Callander. Others who have taken the training but are not  available at the present time are Melodie  Leclerc, Darren Stanley, and Lawrence  Solinski. These volunteers attend monthly meetings which are also comprised of practice drills. They have taken Red Cross Emergency First Aid and Standard First Aid which is one level higher.
      The Fire Department held a talent show and raised a considerable amount of money toward purchasing equipment. They have also held New Year's Eve dances for the past couple of years, not only to raise money but to raise awareness of it's importance in our community. The R.M. budgets for fire fighting expenditures each year to add to and replace equipment. To date they are outfitted with 8 sets of "turn out gear" and 4 breathing apparatus along with much of the other necessary equipment. Presently they have 5 Fleet Net radios. 4 ofthese radios are kept with the fire fighters at all times and 1 is placed with the Gladstone Ambulance service. There is also a main base at the office. Now that we are with 9-1-1, the unit will be dispatched directly through that 9-1-1.
         This fire department is part of "Mutual Aid" where the surrounding area have a reciprocating agreement to respond when called by another fire department. Amaranth is first responder to the north and Gladstone to the south. Plumas is second responder for our area.
         (just to note: Lakeview Fire department has responded to many calls since it began and the foam was the most effective at the bridge fire on 265. When sprayed on the fire, the foam smothers it and will remain on the covered area for a period of time depending upon the temperature.) At one demonstration that I witnessed, the inside ofa small building was douched with gas and lit. After it started burning the outside wall was sprayed with foam. The inside kept burning but the outside wouldn't burn as the foam smothered it. It certainly could prevent a fire from spreading onto another building.
     Services that the Fire Department offer are: fire extinguishers can be checked and filled through the program, the fire department can check hazardous items or check your home for fire safety concerns. Please check your smoke detectors on a regular basis and change the batteries once a year.
     The Fire Department will gratefully accept any donations made to it and tax receipts are available on request.
    Thanks guys!  Thanks for putting in so many hours for the safety of everyone in the area. It's a nice feeling to know you're there and that we have the necessary equipment when it is needed. You've accomplished a huge task --take pride in what you have done.

         The winners ofthe Christmas Lighting contest were Greg & Kathy Grant for the rural and town was Marj & Joe Soos. These people will receive gift certificates from the Business Council. They can use these gift certificates anywhere within the municipality and then those businesses are reimbursed by the us. Congratulations to these couples and to all of those who had beautiful displays of lights. It's nice to drive down these country roads and see yards all dressed up for the Christmas Season.

    The R.M. is asking people to please get their house numbers up. If you have any questions about it, call Ron.

Newsletter: February, 1999

Winners of the Jan 22/23rd Legion Bonspiel:
1st in First Event: Tony Soos, Jim Bohm, Leslie Little, Maureen Bohm
2nd in First Event: Wayne Olson, Ernie Wilson, Eldon Wiebe, Bill Hanneson.
1st in Second Event: Joe Fraser, Con Gardiner, George Gardiner, Alan McDermit of Gladstone
2nd in Second Event: Philip Thordarson, Stephen Soos, Marie Leclerc, Roger Leclerc.

Births: baby girl for Kerry and Christine Wilson on Jan 23.

Community Profile - Lakeview Children's  Center
 An average of 2 Manitoba children die each year in farm related accidents.  20-30 more require hospitalization.
  These are alarming statistics.  "Farming is the only industry where  children are permitted on the worksite",  says Rita Roeland.
            As the Lakeview Children's  Center celebrates it's 9th anniversary on  February 15th, they take comfort in knowing that child care is available in our very small community. A community with needs like so many other small rural communities; to have trained care givers providing child care with the needs of the children first and foremost.
           Long before Feb 15, 1990 interested parents saw a need for child care in the community. In 1985, a meeting was held but nothing was done at this time. In the summer of 1987 an informal telephone survey was conducted. Results were encouraging and in 1988 a second meeting was held. As a direct result of this meeting a four- member Parents' Advisory Committee was formed to determine what the child care needs of Langruth were.
          With all factors considered the committee began the struggle to change a dream into reality. The key word "flexibility' was first and foremost in their minds. In order to be successful, the Children's Center (chosen because of the variety of programs offered not only to infants and preschoolers but also to school age children with after school care) had to meet the needs of the surrounding community being primarily agricultural. Farming isn't a 9 to 5 job.
          In November of 1989, with a lot of determination on the part of the committee, the Lakeview Childrens' Center was approved for funding through the Child Care Initiatives Fund. It was approved as a three year pilot project. And so the challenge was to begin. A building was found, the former post office, and before that the municipal office. Owned by the R.M. and rented to the Center the ardent task of renovations began.
          As with many major projects in  our community enough can't be said  about the countless hours the volunteers  did to bring this to reality.
           When the Lakeview Children's Center at last opened it's doors, a dream had come true. In February, there were 14 children enrolled and by November of that year enrollment had risen to 25. As the Center continues to flourish (not without stumbling blocks), they have added and changed programs but always with the needs of the local children and families in mind.
          The advantages of the center is that it allows farm women the opportunity to gain much needed off- farm employment, work on farm with their spouse and provides a safe environment for kids. Both parents having to work is a reality for most families and child care is meant to assist and support the parents but not raise their children for them.
          Even though the Lakeview Children's Center is situated right on the main street of Langruth, many of us don't know the impact it has had on our community. It employees 4 full time people and 6 part time people.
          Recently it adopted the C Fan model which operates Child Care Centers in the communities of McCreary, Westbourne, all under the auspices of Lakeview Children's Center. (There is also a nursery school in Plumas.) These centers all operate with extended hours, all age grouping and after school care.
          Lakeview's C Fan is a model the provincial government is watching to see if this type of service is feasible to provide child care to other rural communities. Lakeview spear heads some of the programs. The entire thrust of C-Fan is to have rural children safe and that they receive quality care, whether it be in private homes or licensed centers.
          The strength and the development of C-Fan rests on the partnership with various agencies throughout the province as well as contacts with schools and professionals specializing in various area of child development. There are services available through the Center for those children with special needs and limited services for those children with social needs. Services are available because the Center works in partnership with these professionals that provide a network of support for the parents.          Along with a special program coordinator, Lisa Ludwig, the program directors of the three centers (LCC- Donna Huyber, PCC Tammy Gingras, and FCCC Tricia Stangl) and overall director, Jane Wilson, they bring a total of 117 years of education and experience. Their committment is for quality child  care.
         The dedication of the people that sit on the board with a continued interest in the Center and it's growth long past the days of their own needs, must be complimented. There is very strong, positive support for continued growth.
          Part of the success of Lakeview is that they realize that nothing is written in stone. Keeping total flexibility provides the center with the opportunity to change their schedules to meet the ever changing needs ofthe community they serve.
          Some goals for the future include a resource center to provide a library for children's toys and furnishings for loan to people within the area.(ie-if you were having visitors for a few days and had no toys or furnishings appropriate for a child these would be on loan). One of the goals is to get someone to do youth programs within the region at all centers. Children after the age of 12 still have needs even though they are past the needs of"Child Care". A youth program might be a very beneficial addition to working toward stronger families which create a stronger community.
          While Jane Wilson, the director of Lakeview Children's Center is very modest of her own accomplishments when it comes to care and concern of children she speaks loud and clear. Dedication of this nature goes far beyond an 8 hour workday. Kids are her first and foremost concern.
          These three centers all operate with an "open door" policy. This means that anyone can drop in anytime for a visit. So, take interest in your community business, drop in and say "Hi". Get to know the people in their workplace and see what they strive to maintain--- the service that they provide to our community.

Newsletter: March, 1999

Community Profile - Jack and Betty Oliver

            This month's interview gave us the  opportunity to visit with Jack and Betty Oliver.
             Jack and Betty moved here in 1949 from the Portage District. Jack took up farming and Betty took a teaching position at Amana School. Here they raised their family and in 1975 they decided to volunteer with C.U.S.O. for development work in the Third World. Off they went to Nigeria, West Afiica.
              When they arrived at the airport in Kano, they weren't sure what lie ahead of them. Goats were walking on the streets, people were wrapped in white robes called caftans. It reminded them of pictures of Biblical times.
              Jack was a manager of an agriculture  experimental station and Betty was a teacher with a  boys Teacher's College. Jack took over from a  fellow from the Netherlands and worked together for two weeks before the other man left for home.  He was glad to have had the chance to work with his  predecessor to gain knowledge of the things that they were already doing.
              The funding for these experimental projects  came from the U.S. government through a  University in Nigeria.
              When they arrived they found a compound  that the British had set up. Their home for the next few years was made of red brick which were cemented together. It had a cement floor and had windows opposite each other to allow a breeze to pass through. There were square palm poles that reached to the top of the buiIding and resting on that was a thick thatch roof. There was a generous space between the roof and walls, also allowing a breeze to go through; but at the same time it allowed the not so desirable visitors as scorpions, snakes and lizards. After getting used to them they found the lizards to be very entertaining and would climb up these palm poles to the top, walk across the cross bar and bat at each other until one was knocked off and they could carry on their treck.
        The beds were 90 inches across covered with a large canopy surrounded by mesquito netting. Most of us read of these adventures in books; but can you imagine a scorpion walking across your floor, a lizard crawling up your wall, or the thought of a snake paying you a visit. The compound however had a guard which walked around all night. This was a bit of a comfort and did prove to come in handy on the occasional encounter with one of these  undesirable creatures.
           The temperature ranged from 60 F to 110 F.  They said the buildings were cool however with the  thatched roof and a very low overhanging eve.  Afer 3 years, 60 seemed pretty cool and they  appreciated the woolen blankets the previous manager had left them. When they left, they cut the  blankets in half and gave them to some of the less fortunate. Because of the size they were able to  make two out of one.
           There was a good beef farm run under the  auspices ofthe German government and while that farm was operating they had good beef. At the markets they were able to purchase corn, imported powdered whole milk from Holland, imported canned fish, and yams which are not like the sweet potatoes we call yams. These were the size of a vegetable marrow and quite hairy. However they peeled easily. There was also turnip which was like potatoes and they were also able to enjoy fresh grapefiuit and oranges which grew right on the compound.
          Up river from them was the only electricity plant in Nigeria at the time. Here the people got to catch large fish called "river elephant". Because there was no refrigeration when someone caught one it was shared with everyone. In the nearby village of Mokwa, there was a small train that came through. There one had access at times to fresh cheese. Little kids peddled bread and other items. Sometimes they were even able to get a fresh pineapple and soon the kids learned that Betty would buy one from them.
          The people there had grown a bean or "cow pea" but they were soft and the weevils destroyed them and couldn't be stored for a lengthy time so the experimental station tried growing a soy bean-it was much harder and so the weevil could not penetrate it. However, due to the scarcity ofwater and firewood to cook these the soy bean was not as successfull as hoped. Since the soy bean was hard to cook, they resorted to growing mostly maize and peanuts.
         They had a Massey Harris tractor with rubber tires and a plow of sorts. With this, they were able to make ridges in which to plant the crop. When there was a downpour of rain these ridges would help to keep some of the water stored in them giving it time to soak into the soil. It is quite a fertile soil that with the right fertilizer would produce well. Most ofthe laborers used a short handled hoe to plant and weed.          Then a program was brought out called "Operation Feed the Nation" or OFN. So the experimental station grew maize. The tall stocks were used for fence posts as the terminates wouldn't eat them. The tassels were thrashed out by flailing them. They used every available hectare to plant and ended up producing 206 - 100 kilo bags of maize. With Jacks idea, it was divided equally amongst all the various levels of workers and overseers so the laborers who did the majority of the work received their share as well, which they well appreciated.
          English was the official language because this was a British Colony. Betty taught the higher grades because they were more fluent in English than the smaller students. However smaller villages surrounding the compound all spoke their own language. Sometimes towns as close as 15 km apart spoke different languages. When they first arrived the school that Betty taught in had four classrooms with about 20 boys in each. By the time they were leaving there were many students and it was now proper for a girl to get an education as well.
          While there, they attended a wedding reception and several Christenings. When a new baby was christened this was an all day event and the father was given a load of wood to use.
          Returning to Canada, they found everything moving at a very rapid pace compared to the life they had left behind.
          Jack and Betty also had the opportunity to go to Nicaragua with a church sponsored program for two weeks. The purpose of this trip was to see how the money the church sent was being used, so they could report back on it.
          An enjoyable trip to Ireland was another one of their excursions. Here they were able to visit the place Jack's mother had lived. They were able to receive a copy of records from Boa Church which had been nearby an old castle called "Monea Castle that they visited. Coming across this information was very interesting for them.
          And now they spend their retirement doing the things that they enjoy. The loom caught my eye and Betty showed me some of her work. It was nice to see something created with enjoyment not just production. Jack keeps busy with his lathe making bowls and dishes putting finishing touches on them with varnish and paints. We will use our dish as a candy dish and will think ofyou often. Thanks, Jack.
         Jack and Betty are also members ofthe Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star and continue to have strong involvement in the United Church.
          Unfortunately the evening came to an end all to quickly, leaving many untold tales of their excursions. Thank you both for giving us the opportunity to share a bit of your experiences. We both enjoyed it immensely.

Dear fellow Hollywooder' s,
          The cairn committee is pleased to announce that the Hollywood cairn is in place and will be unveiled on Friday, July 2nd 1999 at 1 p.m.
         All former students, teachers and trustees are invited to attend. In fact all former residents of Hollywood and their families would be welcome.
          Following the unveiling ceremony and speeches we plan to have activities throughout the afternoon at the old Hollywood School site - baseball, horseshoes, etc.. At 6 o'clock we will move to the Langruth Community Hall to have supper.
           After supper there will be a time for people to meet old friends and talk about the old days.
          At 8 o'clock there will be entertainment provided by the local community and by ourselves. So if you have any talent for singing, playing or something else and are willing to entertain please let us know.
          The entertainment will be followed by an old time dance (with some variety) at 9 o'clock.
          Please let us know if you can attend. Tickets for the dance will be sold in advance- so book your tickets early. Tickets are $10 apiece.
          The committee is interested in putting together a Hollywood Cook Book - a collection of recipes, old pictures from the past, and stories from the past. We want to have these books available for sale at the unveiling.
          So if you have good recipes, old pictures or a good story to tell - please send them or copies of them to us.
          We also want to have a display of mementos of the old days.- Old report cards, artifacts, pictures etc..
          These would be displayed at the hall. Mark them so that they can be returned to you at the end of the day.
          We hope you find our plans to your liking, since your presence is the key to making the day enjoyable and successful.
          We look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you that day. NB. - We would like to have the material for the cook-book before April 30 to give us time to put it together so don't put this letter away too quickly. Take a look and see what you have.
                                                             The Hollywood Cairn Committee
                                                             (A committee that truly cairns)
                                               Thank you.
Book your tickets with & send your material to:
P.Thordarson, Box 218 Langruth, Manitoba ROH ONO   Tel: 1-204-445-2323 Fax: 1-204-445-2236;  e-mail:   or to:
 Mrs. Helen Smith, Box 566, Portage la  Prairie R1N 3B9 Tel: 1-204-857-8438.

Newsletter: April, 1999

Happy Easter
       As March turns to April it brings to mind the many memories of when our boys were small. The end of March was "spring break" -this automatically meant snow, rain, sleet and mud or a mixture of all of them. It isn't usually warm enough for the kids to go out without some sort ofwarmer outer wear, so it seems like the entire spring break was spent changing clothes, endless wet boots, looking for more mitts and finding places for everything to dry. It was usually this time that the cousins would join in the fun on the farm for the week. The mop and pail never got far from the porch as the mud tracked in. Rosey cheeks, freckles slowly coming to the surface across little noses and laughter and excitement coming in from seeing baby calves. Wonderful memories--I'm sure will be brought to life again soon with another generation to follow in the puddles.
        One morning on my way to work, I noticed a sure sign of spring. There was a little guy about 7 or 8 who attempted to see if the very thin sheet of ice on the ditch of water could hold him enough to at least get one foot partway across and as usual the rubber boots weren't quite high enough. Actually I've always felt maybe waist waders might be an idea, but then reconsidered at the thought that then they wouldn't be wet from only the knees down.
        Another sign of spring is the return of the Canada Geese. These beautiful birds stop in on their way to the north to nest and start the cycle once again. Sometimes they nest in this area, but with so many adversities it isn't always successful. Animal predators and human interference make it difficult.
        Spring means the Royal Purple Easter Bazaar which has been held on Easter Saturday for the past 46 years. This year is no exception. There is usually a beautiful array of hand stitched items, tables of baked goods to purchase, and many other novel items and ideas. Coffee or tea along with raisin bread & cheese and a chat with a friend round out the afternoon. Every year the Royal Purple raffle a quilt. Most years previous the top was donated, however this year they have put together the entire quilt themselves. Watch for tickets!!
        Easter is early this year and that is suppose to be significant to an early spring. I think we all welcome spring; snow disappearing, birds returning, and looking fonvard to those " April showers that bring May Flowers".
        Another sign of Spring is the fair in Brandon on the last week of March. It seems each year it is growing more and more. Displays of different poultry, cattle and horses along with a variety of other livestock and other agriculture related displays it provides entertainment for the whole family.        --until next month!!  - Lynne

Fish Derby Results:
Perch: 1st - Joanne Kleemola, 2nd - Mary Hordesky
5 Heaviest Perch: Joanne Kleemola
Burbot: 1st - Einar Sigurdson, 2nd- Einar Sigurdson
Draw for Rod and Reel: Jim Bohm
Oldest fisherman/lady: Kristine Arksey
Youngest Fisherman: Christopher Rinn

Dog licenses are due April 16 for $10.00.
Fishing licenses for Resident Conservation are $9, Resident Regular are $15, Non-Resident Regualar are $44.

Newsletter: May,1999

Happy Mother's Day
       With spring here, start the month by taking in the Langruth --All around town yard sale, on May 1st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the fifth year for this event and by all reports from those who take part by either setting up their tables or those who just enjoy going around browsing to see what treasure's they can find; it is very successful. As they say, "what may be one person's cast off, might just be another person's treasure". In a sense, I guess you could call it recycling.
         It is also in the month of May that we celebrate Mother's Day. It is the day of the year that is set aside for us to show our love and appreciation to our Mothers. For those whose Mother's are no longer with us, we remember in our hearts, with love, the person who gave us our beginning.
         For sports enthusists, May brings the beginning of the Angler's Fishing Season which opens this year on May 15th. These licenses are available at the R. M. of Lakeview office. For more information call 445-2243.
        And of course, May brings a busy season for the agriculture sector of our community. For cattle producers it's fencing and getting the cattle out to the pasture. For the grain producer's it's the beginning of seeding and long hours of field work.
       May brings the beginning of gardening; planting such vegetables that can withstand a late frost such as potatoes, carrots, radishes and peas. If you are a person who plants by the moon, there is a New Moon on May 15 and a full moon of May 30th. I generally plant a couple of weeks later than the people living in town and further away from the lake. That cold wind keeps our soil from warming up as early however in the fall being close to the lake also saves us from some early frosts. Perennials start to emerge in our flower bed in May and we watch diligently for them to burst into colorful bloom. What a beautifirl time of the year! !

Community Profile
       This month I chose to profile the Hollywood school, the new cairn on the school site and the upcoming events planned for the unveiling of the cairn.
        According to the Langruth history book the Hollywood school was first built in 1898 of logs, a second school was built of lumber and in 1954 the third school was built along with a teacherage. This school had a foyer, a large classroom with two bathrooms and running water. The teacherage consisted of a bedroom, kitchen and a bathroom.
        Records in the history book show that the first teacher at the Hollywood School was Daniel Windsor and the first scholar's name on the register was Helga Johanneson.
        The last teacher at the Hollywood school when it closed it's doors was Mrs. Iona Lasson. At that time, their were seven children in attendance. From then on the students went to Langruth to school.
        Recently some of the former students decided to have a cairn erected on the site where the Hollywood School was situated. The cairn, now completed, has this inscription on the plaque.
                         Hollywood School District No. 1279
       This cairn marks the location of the Hollywood School from 1904 to 1963. Hollywood School District No. 1279 was formed in 1903. A lumber school was built on this site, SE 20-17-9 in 1904 and was used until 1954 when a lumber school and teacherage was built. It was used continuously until the school ceased operation in 1963. In 1967 the Hollywood School District No. 1279 was amalgamated  into the consolidated Langruth School  Distiict.
         These buildings also served the district as a center for Christmas concerts, dances, picnics and other community events.
         This commemorated cairn was made possible through the generous support of former students, teachers, and residents of the district and a grant from the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Citizenship.
         An unveiling ofthe cairn is planned in the near future and there will be more information on this in a future newsletter. Congratulations to those who organized having this cairn built. Take a drive to see it and for any of you who went to school there, I'm sure it will give you a few minutes for a trip down memory lane.

A Pioneer  ---  by Lena Thorleifson
    (This article was in a paper in 1985. For those of you not familiar with Lena Thorleifson, she was a teacher in the district for many years.)

         She was nineteen. The winter in the northern part of a little island in the North Atlantic, Iceland, had been very severe. Death had claimed brother, sister and father. The little turf hut was cold and the larder bare. "If only bossie would release her offspring and fill the pail with good rich milk! "That would help a little", thought the family. "Children" said the mother, "The agent from America was here this fall. You remember how he pictured the rolling prairies, the thick bush and the rich waters. Let us, all ofus, leave this summer and start afresh in America.
          There was rejoicing, and there were tears, for how could they leave their old home that had served their forefathers from generation to generation? Oh, to leave the many little beauty spots, the sweet-smelling lowlands, the clear rills, the purple mountains and everything!
          In the summer of 1876 Borga with her four sisters, brother-in-law and mother completed the six week trip by various modes of travel, pony, steamship, train and flat bottomed boat. They were greeted in Winnipeg by a few countrymen who had arrived the year before. The destination of these several hundred immigrants was to the region on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, fifty-six miles north of Winnipeg, than a small town compared to the present metropolis.
          The immigrants with their boxes and sacks were conveyed to a barge to their new abode in Gimli. On their arrival they found no houses were available, not even tents, nothing but the beautiful sky above, the heavy bush in front, and the clear shining lake behind.
           Before long the woods echoed and re-echoed, for logs were being cut and trimmed for the much needed shelters. Bits of net were cast and delicious fish cooked by open fires made the meal.
          Winter set in, but as everyone was everyone's neighbor, families were fairly comfortable in their little log cabins. Log stables housed one or two cows granted by the government to destitute settlers. All went well until spring, when the whole community was placed under quarantine for small- pox. Very few homes escaped, and the dear ones were placed under the sod. Borga lost two older sisters the same week.          Two years of hardship drove all who could leave home to seek their fortunes nearby or in Winnipeg. Borga with two young girls started off on a long walk of fifty-six miles. On their arrival to Winnipeg they all entered service.
          What a time mistress and maid had when neither understood each other! What funny little incidents created smiles, and now to recall them, laughs !
         "Dress the chicken, Sarah". (Her mistress shortened her name, Sigurborg, to Sarah). Sarah, in absolute bewilderment, wondered why her mistress wanted to put clothes on the chicken.
          "Scrub the floor, Sarah, please" Again bewilderment, for incidental, the word 'floor' in Icelandic means the main isle in the barn behind the cows.
         However Sarah, saw the happy side through life, and laughed off many mistakes. Little by little she learned to understand the daily routine.
          Late in the fall the return trip was made on foot, but with a four footed companion, a young cow, representing the summer's wages. The little traveling bag was not very heavy, only two gingham gowns being added to the wardrobe. New shoes were viewed in the window of the little store, but no, the homemade sheep-skin shoes would have to serve the purpose. Another year, perhaps she would return, and this time the wages would be a little higher, and she would not have to contribute as much to the family home.
          Winnipeg was growing and willing hands found work easily. Then as now young people with that far away look were migrating to the city. After a few years on the homestead, Borga with her two sisters, brother in law and mother moved to Winnipeg. Everybody worked, either by the day or washed in the home. In a short time a laundry was started, and though there were breaks in the family and little nephews and nieces arrived, the work continued.
          Borga married in 1884 and in 1888 pioneered near Grund in the Buldur district. Hard work, thrift and happiness brought the family over all obstacles.
          Old Buck and Bright, the oxen, had  ploughed a few acres; the small herd had multiplied,  and the family had increased to six girls, a happy and  contented group. Borga taught them all to see the  bright side of life, and to feel no matter what  happened God always was with them. That  beautiful belief carried her over her Gethsemane,  when in 1898 her loved one, the father of her little  brood was taken away after many weeks illness.
           Help came in many ways. Some took the  cattle for wintering, others the children for  schooling, and one very kindly moved Borga's shanty to his own farm and donated two cows for  her own use. With her spinning wheel and knitting  needles Borga, met her direct needs, though not alone. For each day, as if in answer to her prayers,  someone or something cropped to render aid. She  never feared the morrow. "God will take care of me if I do my best". Her daughters grew up, helped her a little, married and the grandchildren, one by one, loved "Amma" (Grandmother). They loved to visit her in the little home, where the whir of the spinning wheel and the click ofthe needles spelled happy rhythm to her contented and thankfUl nature.
          Borga lived her three score years and ten, and a few more in fair health. Only the last two found her confined to her bed, having failed to recover from an accident. While bed ridden she was the same heroic person as in the early days, and death found her with an expression of peace and contentment. Editors Note: The subject of the article, Mrs. Sigurborg Gottfred, was born in Iceland in 1857. She died in Langruth in 1937.
         The hardships and privations of pioneer life, and the noble self sacrifice of the pioneers are vividly portrayed in this article written by Mrs. Gottfred's daughter, Mrs Lena Thorleifson. Insofar as it depicts the simple everyday experiences of a typical pioneering lady, and affords some intimate glimpses of everyday incidents in the life of the people in a half forgotten era, it has definite historic value. Living in an environment of relative ease and comfort, we can draw inspiration from the courage of such women as Mrs. Gottfred whose spiritual strength was a forerunner of material progress.

        Congratulations to Melodie Leclerc who recently received an award from the Red Cliff Legion for an essay she had written. This is the essay:

        A child plays without a worry in the park as her father and mother watch from a nearby bench. Up above the sun is brightly shinning and all around the birds are chirping their happiness for a wonderful day. A light breeze tugs at people as they walk to their separate destinations. No one even notices the true beauty of the world.
        Has it really been so long ago since the last war, that people have forgotten to look and appreciate all that our veterans fought and died for? It's hard for those of us living in the results of their efforts to truly realize what happened back then. The bloodshed, the noise, the pain, the horror-worst of all-living with everything they saw during that time. In order to obtain the freedom so greatly desired by all who lived in Canada at the time, they gave up their own hopes, dreams, and yes, they even gave their own freedom. They gave it freely for us.
        Once a year on Remembrance Day, we honor those who fought and died. But perhaps we should honor their memories by being truly grateful for what we are able to enjoy today. The freedom to laugh or to cry; the freedom to be who we want or do what we want; and the freedom to choose pride in our country.

Thanks a lot, students!
          Just in case some of you may have noticed the students from the school around town in the middle of the day, last week, they were cleaning up garbage around town for "Earth Day". After many bags of garbage were collected, the whole town sure looked good. Thanks from all of us and thanks for taking pride in your community.

The Langruth Community Business Council has new brochures printed.They will be distributed at Rural Forum in Brandon and sent to various torist information centres in the province. Presently we are also working on signage which will be placed in town with a general map of the municpality marking places ofinterest for visitors. There will also be various brochures with information of the sites placed there as well. The nextstep will be to put signage at those sites.

Happy 50th Birthday Ola Czeranko!!!

Newsletter: June, 1999

       As we begin a new month and look back over the events since I wrote the last newsletter--we've gone from tragedy to happy From above normal temperatures and high winds to below normal temperatures, snow and frost on the 10th of May. Toward the middle of May we experienced consistent rainfall delaying seeding operations, however without the rain it was beginning to look very serious for pastures and the hay growth. The loss of life in a fire, and the tense moments that many of the residents of the municipality endured when fire raged near their homes. We have all been grateful to the Lakeview Fire Department for their efforts put in through the last week of April and first week of May. Without the equipment they have now, the continuous efforts the men put forth and the endless hours they gave day, day after day for at least 2 weeks while everything was extremely dry with gale force winds, there would have been more tragedy and more people would have had losses. Then to the happier side of the events, the birth of a new baby in our community, a bridal shower, a successful Mother's Day Tea,and the sight of many spring flowers blooming in the flower beds. Most places have a colorful array of tulips around their houses along with contrast of the green grass it lifts your spirits.
       Father's Day is the third Sunday of June this year; that is the 20th. A good day to plan a Bar-B-Q family get together or take Dad fishing, golfing or to his favorite ice cream place for a treat. Spend the day with your father, memories last forever.
       June, as always, brings the end of the school year with all of the extra sports events, the programs marking achievements throughout the year and Graduation for the Grade 12 students. Students from Langruth attending grade 12 this year are: Lisa Armstrong, Heather Eiriksson, Vicki Reed, Kevin VeMrey and Angelina Vivian.
       As we get through the end of June, we think about July 1st. It brings memories of the July 1st Sports days of the past. Many of us remember the years when everyone came home to see their friends and gather on July 1st. People have changed, trends have changed, transportation and different events change. As things change so must we. This year the Langruth Sportsday will be held on July 17th. A day filled with events is being planned including; parade, hardball, slowpitch, Beef Bar B-Que, dance and much more. Plan to stick around and take part in the festivities.
        After the very rainy and cold month of May, we will all look forward to warm sunshine and all the fun things that go with it. Being able to enjoy the outdoors without a heavy jacket and goosebumps! Maybe we'll even get rid of these colds.
       The will be a bridal shower for Christie Hanneson, on June 12th, 8 p.m. in the Langruth Community Hall. Christie is the bride elect of July 2nd when she will marry Chris Moser.

       Congratulations to Eldon and Kathy Wiebe on the anival oftheir new son, Joel Brent. He was born on May 1st, 1999 weighing 8 Ibs 9 oz. A little brother for Nicole. Proud grandparents are Isaac and Erna Wiebe.
       Congratulations also to first time grandparents, Bill & Phyllis Hanneson on the arrival of their wee granddaughter, Alix Jennifer, on May 5,1999. Proud parents are Sean and Lauren.
       Congratulations also to Alan & Joann Ewin on becoming first time grandparents with the birth of their grandaughter, Shiann Lillian Ida. She was born May 25,1999 wieghing 7 Ibs 2 oz. Proud parents are Terri and Justin. Very proud great-grandparents are Dan & Lil Wilson.

Gladstone Music Festival

        The Gladstone Music Festival was held on April 29, 30 and May 3-7. In Music Festivals, the object is not to gain a prize or defeat a rival, but to pace one another on the road to excellence.
        The adjudicators were Millie Hildebrand- Vocal/Choral, Laurie Duncan- Piano/Organ, Kevin Doell- Band/ Violin.
        There were several participants from Langruth taking part in the Festival. In each category I have listed the winner and in brackets have named those participants from Langruth.
Action Songs: (Langnrth Gr K-2)
ORFF ENSEMBLES Langruth Grade 3&4
CLASSROOM CHOIRS AND CHORUSES Gladstone Grade 4 (Langruth K-2 and Langruth Grade 3&4)
CLASSROOM CHOIRS Gladstone Grade 5 (Langruth Grade 5-8 choir)
VOCAL SOLOS- BOYS & GIRLS 5&UNDER  (Lucas Nguyen, Alex Hochbaum)
VOCAL SOLOS- BOYS & GIRLS 7 & UNDER Keith Hackewich Roddy Thordarson (Jayme Egilson, Stephanie Jackson, Kelsey Jensen)
VOCAL SOLO - GIRLS 9 & UNDER April Callander (Amanda Kopp, Erika Brown,  Juliana Nguyen, Theresa Thordarson,   Stephanie Eiriksson)
VOCAL SOLO- GIRLS 10 gr UNDER (Katie Jackson, Carma Hackewich)
VOCAL SOLO GIRLS 12 & UNDER Heather Thordarson (Shannon Huyber, Venessa Kopp)
VOCAL DUET 10 & UNDER (Carma Hackewich & Katie Jackson)
VOCAL DUET 12 & UNDER Theresa Thordarson & Heather Thordarson
VOCAL DUET OR TRIO- 14 & UNDER/JR/INTERMEDIATE Brynae Toth 6 (Heather Eiriksson)
MODERN FOLK/ POPULAR VOCAL SOLO Brittany Munroe (April Callander)
FOLK SONGS -7 & UNDER Roddy Thordarson, Christel Wilson)
FOLK SONGS 9 & UNDER Alana Poersch (Theresa Thordarson, Stephanie Eiriksson, April Callander)
FOLK SONGS 12& UNDER Kristine Blaire (Heather Thordarsan)
FOLK SONGS- 14 & UNDER JR/ INTERMEDIATE Jolene Doell OIeather Eiriksson)
J;ACRED SOLO 12 & UNDER Victoria Doell
CHURCH REPERTOIRE Brenda Martins Lily Bueckert-tied
PIANO SOLOS - STUDIES Grade 1 (Stephanie Eiriksson, Caitiin Wild) Grade 2 CKeirsten Wild) Grade 3 Theresa Thordarson Grade 4 (Heather Thordarson) Grade 8 (Jenna Eiriksson)
PIANO SOLOS GRADE 1 Bryce Mowat Stephanie Eiriksson-tie (Kaitlin Wild, Kelly Egilson)
PIANO SOLO GRADE 2 Kristine Blair (Kiersten Wild)
PIANO SOLOS GRADE 3 Judy Mauthe (Theresa Thordarson)
PIANO SIGHT READING Janine Scott & Beth Hall - tie (Jenna Eiriksson)
SONATINAS GRADE 3 &4 Sarah Stroeder (Aaron Brown, Theresa Thordarson,Denton Callander, Heather Thordarson
SONATINAS GRADE 5-8 Colleen Wellborn
PIANO SOLOS PRELIMINARY (Kevin Wild, Stephanie Jackson,Kelsey Jensen, Keaton Arksey, Amanda Kopp, Christopher Rinn, Jayme Egilson)
PIANO DUETS-Grade 1&2 (Stephanie Eiriksson- Bryce Mowat)
PIANO SOLOS - BEGINNER (Roddy Thordarson, Vanessa Kopp)
PIANO DUETS GRADE 3&4 Heather & Theresa Thordafson
PIANO DUETS GRADES 5&6 Jenna Toth & Stephen Mowat
POPULAR PIANO Erica Friesen Joleene Klassen--tied
POPULAR PIANO M2333 Lori Adamson (Jenna Eiriksson)
PIANO SOLOS GRADE 4 David Doerksen (Denton Callander, Heather Thordarson) GRADE 5 Stephen Mowat GRADE 6 Jenna Toth GRADE 8 Jenna Eiriksson
BAROOUE Bryce Mowat, Meagan Stewart GRADE 1 (Stephanie Eirtksson, Kaitlin Wild,  Kelly Egilson) GRADE 2 (Kiersten Wild) GRADE 3 (Theresa Thordarson) GRADE 4 (Heather Thordarson, Denton Callander) GRADE 8 (Jenna Eiriksson)
INSTRUMENTAL SOLOS & DUETS INTERMEDIATE/SENIOR Jolene Doell & Lori Mauthe (Jenna Eirikssan gr Alyssa Rossnagel)
INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES INTERMEDIATE/SENIOR Clay Jackson & Dustin Gabor Percussion Ensemble (Clay Jackson & Dustin Gabor) Woodwind Chamber (Alana Armstong, Michelle Jackson, & Jenna Toth)
   Brass Duet (Carma Hackewich & John Paul Jackson)
   Flute Solo (Jackie Reed)
   Flute Solo (Vanessa Kopp, Denton Callander)
   Clarinet Solo (Kaitlin Wild)
   Alto Saxaphone (Kelly Egilson) (Aaron Brown)
   Trumpet Solo (Carma Hackewich)
   Woodwind Duet Sarah Stroeder&Brittany Munro (Denton Callander & Vanessa Kopp)
SCOOL RECORDER ENSEMBLES (Langruth Grade 3 & 4) Group 1, 2, and 3
INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE-JUNIOR MS 3621 Instrumental Langruth Grade 5, Grade 6,            Grade 5&6
 MS 3622 Instrumental Langruth Grades 5-8 Langruth Grade 7&8
 Woodwind Ensembles Langruth Clarinets (Langruth mutes, Langruth Saxaphones, Kaliegh Jackson, Vanessa Kopp, Morgan Arksey, Heather Thordarson, Suelee Woolford)
INSTRUMENTAL SOLOS & DUETS Morgan Arksey-Alto Sax Solo (Woodwind Duet- Heather ThordarSon & Shannon Huyber Jodi Hanneson & Heather Thordarson)
VIOLRY Treena Emerson (trophy) (Matthew Kleemola) Kris Egilson Jenna Eiriksson-medallion
The Ileen Roeers Memorial Trophy was presented for the highest mark in any Yocal class, not including Modern Folk/Popular. There was a tie for this trophy between Bryne Toth (Solo) and Bryne Toth and Heather Eiriksson Duet).
The Corinne McCrae Memorial Trophy was presented for the highest mark in Piano Solo or Duet; beginner to Grade 4, not including Popular Piano or Studies. This award was presented to Seemia Koria and Allison Hamilton (Duet).
The Glenn MacKenzie Memorial Troohs was presented for the highest mark in Piano Solo or Duet; Grade 5 and up, not including Popular Piano or Studies. This award was presented to Colleen Welborn.
         Congratulations to all participants in their excellent performances.

This little verse was passed on to me for the paper!


  You tell on yourself by the friends you seek
     By the very manner in which you speak
     By the way you employ your leisure time
    By the use you make of a dollar and dime
  You tell what you are by the things you wear
  By the spirit in which your burdens you bear
     By the kind of things at which you laugh
   By the records you play on the phonograph
    You tell what you are by the way you walk
     By the things of which you delight to talk
     By the manner in which you bear defeat
      By so simple a thing as the way you eat
 By the books you read from the well filled shelf
   In these ways and more you tell on yourself
       So there really is no particle of sense
       In an effort to keep up false pretense

Congratulations to Jane Wilson for receiving an award for Early Child Care in the province. There has only been three ofthese awards ever presented. Jane's continuos efforts to promote rural child care in the province has been beneficial in promoting our community as well.    Thanks Jane for all of your hard work and congratulations on your award.

       We would like to say "Thank You" to all those who turned out to clean the Big Point Cemetery. You did a great job and it looks so nice.
        - The Big Point Cemetery Committee

Sarah: A Manitoba Woman

      "You will speak only English while at school", the male teacher instructed the newcomers. The newcomers were children born of newly immigrated Icelandic parents. Sarah was amongst these children. The year was 1898 and the school was made of logs. The teacher was stern with the belief "to spare the rod was to spoil the child". It was frequently used when students lapsed into Icelandic.
       Language was not the only challenge Sarah was to meet in her life. She lived as many others through times of primitive conditions, little or no health care and hard work. She met these hurdles with determination, a sense of humor and a will to try. She represents the unrecognized woman with an ordinary life who is part of our Manitoba history. Almost since birth until the time she left home, Sarah wars as well prepared as one could be to met life in her role as a woman: a woman whose place was in the home.
             Sarah was born at Bru in the Glenboro district in 1892. She was the eldest child in a family of 13. Her parents, because of the hard economic times, moved north to Kinosota where they resided for a few years. It was while in this district Sarah's little brother died of whooping-cough at the age of one and a half. In 1896, the family moved to Big Point and settled 3/4 of a mile west of Lake Manitoba. This became their permanent home.
              Their first house was made of logs with a sod roof. Her mother was constantly white washing the interior to cover the ugly stains caused from a leaking roof. It wasn't long until it was replaced with a lumber house with a log kitchen. Sarah's father in the meantime was eking out a Living fishing during the winter months and raising sheep. He used a dog team and sleigh as transportation on the lake but the fish he sold were freighted the many  miles to Westbourne with horses. He worked long hours as the fish sold for only a few cents a pound and it took a lot to meet the needs ofan ever increasing family.
            Sarah was needed too, even though very young. She helped her mother by taking care of her  younger brothers and sisters. She, when older, laughingly told people it was because of caring these siblings so much that she had such long arms. She  helped with the cooking and cleaning and as she got older her duties increased. She learned how to wash the sheep wool, card and spin it. She learned how to knit as did her brothers and sisters. Her mother sold extra mitts and socks not needed at home and  with the money she bought the family Christmas  presents. The years quickly passed bringing about many changes.
           One ofthe changes Sarah loved most was  being allowed to go to dances. This meant traveling  with horses but as this was the only mode of conveyance then, it posed no problem. Sarah loved  music, which was good, as it was part of their family  entertainment. Three of her brothers were able to  play the violin and guitar while her father played the  accordion.
           It wasn't long after being allowed to go to dances that Sarah went out working at house keeping duties. She worked in High Bluff, Winnipeg, and Portage. She worked as well in her home town at Langruth's first Boarding House. It was at Boarding House she met her husband to be, a young man learning carpentry. At the time it didn't  seem love would blossom as his first remarks on seeing her were "She looks like something the cat dragged in." Cupid went to work however, and they were married in May, 1914.          Marriage brought not only fulfillment of dreams, a home and a family ofone's own but a beginning together of life on a farm. They moved several times within the Langruth district before settling for final time in 1922.
          The land was purchased from a speculator from Ontario. It was agreed that payment would be 1/3 share of the crop until the farm was paid for in full. This helped them when in 1930 many around lost their land as they had cash payments to meet.          While her husband was busy on the land, Sarah was kept busy with their children. Of their seven children, four births were attended by doctors, two by midwives, and one, the oldest by only her husband. There had been a doctor in the district at the time but because he'd been a former teacher she felt uncomfortable with the thought of having him help her. She regretted her decision later as it was a difficult birth.
             Getting children baptized was difficult too as there weren't any resident clergy in those days. Sarah, like other women in the district would travel for miles if they heard of a baptism taking place.  This was almost always performed in someone's home. It didn't bother her if a minister officiating was United or Anglican rather than her own  Lutheran faith. She felt fortunate to be able to have the babies baptized and to have a dress to wear.  Some of her neighbors didn't have a dress so felt they couldn't attend.
            There were many events Sarah couldn't attend either as she didn't have the time.   Occasionally she would accompany her close neighbor to the Women's Institute meetings, church   meetings, and Legion auxiliary meetings. She enjoyed them all and it was a break away from home. She tried to support them as best able at their teas, suppers, and fund raising events, but her workload kept her mostly at home. She had a   variety of chores which included milking cows,   raising chickens and turkeys and gathering eggs.   She churned their own butter, preserved vegetables from their large garden as well as quarts and quarts ofwild fruit. Her large family required a lot of time spent baking bread, washing clothes with frequents  house cleanings. Everything was done manually as their weren't too many conveniences through this period .
         Theirs was a happy home though and every weekend they would find their small house bursting at the seams with company. Sarah became famous for her huge pans of doughnuts and Icelandic pancakes, all cooked on a wood stove until hydro was installed.
          The hydro was installed just a few years after the war. (A war from which her three sons returned unharmed, but a beloved brother never returned). Electricity brought about a complete change of lifestyle. Television movies replaced radio's "Ma Perkins". There was hot water and as so many appliances to marvel over. Everything seemed so much easier now and the economic picture was brighter. Sarah and her husband were able to get away for short holidays although home was always a favorite spot.
         They built a new house in 1964 and their family held a celebration for Sarah and Bill's 50th wedding anniversary in it. Sarah found the house a joy. There was so much room and plenty of cupboards and closet space. Even though she found getting around more difficult now due to several operations for varicose veins on her legs, she felt housework was a breeze. Often she exclaimed how nice it would have been if she could have had the house when all the children were home.
          Sarah's joy came to an abrupt end in 1969 when her husband passed away in his sleep. She grieved for her partner who had been such a loving husband and father. Gradually, with the support of family and friends, she began to take an active  interest in daily events. She continued while her health allowed her to take care of her two sons who resided with her. She also enjoyed her grandchildren and spoke to each with her special Icelandic terms of  endearment.
           Sarah too is looked on with affection by her family and many, many friends. She was 100 years of age in the September of this year (1992) and although she was totally confined to a wheelchair she resided in her home on the land purchased 70 years earlier. She was keenly interested in  community and world happenings. She portrayed an  inner strength and retained her sense of humor. She  had in her role of a woman experienced life to the  fullest. A truly remarkable Manitoba woman.           Sarah celebrated her 100th birthday on  September 1, 1992. She passed away shortly after,  peacefully on November 10, 1992.
           Sarah was Sigridur Helga Isfeld who married  William Arksey. Her parents were Einar and Jonina Isfeld who farmed in the Bru area.
        Note: This article was written by Margaret Arksey in 1992 and published in the Logberg- Heimskringla. Mrs. Sarah Arksey raised a family of seven children; Norman, Vernald, Allan, Encil, Wilma, Byron and Billy.

Newsletter: July, 1999

       The Langruth sportsday is coming up on July 17th. It begins with a parade starting at 10 a.m. Get your float together, bring your horses, your antique and classic cars and decorated bikes. Dress as a clown to walk in the parade. Come as a group (4-H) or how about Hollywood school students or any other school group. The parade will assemble at the municipal office area. You need not enter, just show up and join the fun.
        The parade is followed by the "Biffy Races". This year there will be a bit ofa change. There will be two biffy's (used previous years) that will be used. All you have to do is enter a team of 5 people consisting of 3 guys and 2 girls. One person must ride inside the biffy and that person must wear a helmet. How about challenging a group of friends to a race?
        There are 8 hardball teams lined up for this years event. They are teams from Plumas, Arden, Sandy Bay, Glenella, Little Saskatchewan, Ebb & Flo and Kinesota and Reedy Creek. This should prove to be an excellent day of hardball for everyone.
       There is also a slow pitch tournament so get your teams together and call Ted @445-2254 or Holly @ 445-2006 to enter.
        A Beef Bar B-Que supper will be at the Langruth Community Hall. This is always an excellent supper. Bring some friends and family and enjoy a hot beef supper with baked potato, coleslaw and the trimmings.
        The day will finish with a dance in the Langruth Community Hall.
        During the day there will be entertainment for the kids by "Bubbles" the clown. A dunk tank is also booked.
        It promises to be a full day for all.

Coming Events:
         Hollywood School Cairn unveilng will be held on July 18th -2 p.m. This date has been changed from the previous July 2nd when it had been planned. There will be a ceremony followed by refreshments at the cairn site. Bring your own lawn chairs. Pass on this information to family and friends.

         Congratulations to Cory and Mandy Annstrong on the birth their son, Zachary Liam born on June 2. He weighed 8 Ibs 11 oz . Proud grandparents are Darrel and Dee Dee Armstrong.
         Congatulations to Jeff Ewen & Sabrina Bugg on the arrival of their new daughter, Cassandra Rae who was born on June 18. Cassandra weighed 7 Ibs and 5 oz. Grandparents again are Joann & Alan Ewen. (My apologies for spelling Ewen wrong last month)
         Another arrival! Clint & Susan Christienson have a new son. Locklan Kerr was born June 22nd, weighed 6lbs 8oz. Clint was manager at the PFRA a few years ago.

           The following article was submitted by Jessie Yungkurt about her daughter Carole, who grew up in Langruth. It is reprinted here from the Pitt Meadows " The Times".

Kubb an easy choice as top Pitt citizen
Commitment, dedication, self-sacrifice. For those who know Carole Kubb, it was no surprise to here those words associated with her name as she was honoured as the 1999 Pitt Meadows Citizen of the Year on Saturday.
      Kubb, who has lived in Pitt Meadows since 1974, told the crowd assembled at the Pitt Meadows Day ceremonies on Saturday that she started her involvement in community work in 1975 by simply signing up for an hour to help with a school's hot dog sale. From there, she's gone on to help with a broad spectrum of community projects.
     Citizen of the Year Selection Committee member Michael Hayes read out a list Saturday of just some of the volunteer work Kubb has done.
     During the last 19 years, she has served in various capacities on the executive of the Golden Ears Lioness Club, including president, treasurer, secretary, and chair- person of several fund-raising activities.
     She is a member of the Pitt Meadows Foundation, the Pitt Meadows Citizen Community Task Force which worked on the Official Community Plan, and has helped to organize the Pitt Meadows Canada Day celebrations for the last four years.
      Kubb has also assisted with the Peewee National Baseball Committee, the Pitt Meadows Blueberry Festival, the Pitt Meadows 75th Anniversary Committee, and the Yes committee for recreation. In addition, she served at one time as president and fund-raising chairperson for the Pitt Meadows Ratepayers Association.
     Within all that volunteer work, she still finds time to canvass support for the Kidney Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Cancer Society, and the Mothers March of Dimes.
     Does that sound like too much for most to handle? Instead of saying no when someone calls to ask for volunteer help, try saying, "If I can," said Kubb.
     "If everyone did that, what a great place this would be," said Coun. Gwen O'Connell on Monday, praising Kubb's volunteer efforts.
     "The lady's an awesome woman, No one was more deserving. She's made an outstanding contribution to our community," said O'Connell. "She's just done everything, all for the goodness of Pitt Meadows."
     The Pitt Meadows Citizen of the Year Award is given each year to an individual
in recognition of their outstanding community service. The award is sponsored by the Pitt Meadows Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization which raises funds to support projects in the community.

4-H Horse Club News
       The Langruth Ridge Riders have had a busy June with all the riding events. The club met weekly to ride together, and also hosted two 3-D Barrel Racing jackpots. The jackpots were very successful thanks to all the members and their parents. Johnny and Joanne Kleemola brought their quad along and looked after the ground conditions. Louise Blair, along with Heather Beaulieu's help, did the secretarial end of things, while Karen Jackson kept everyone supplied with drinks and snacks. Colleen Gardiner acted as ring steward, and we owe a big thank you to Clint Cannon and Jane Wilson for helping with the timing.
        Unfortunately, due to wet weather, the poke derby scheduled for May 30th had to be canceled. This may be held in the fall. On Friday, June 18th, the club held their achievement. After playing some games on horseback, everyone enjoyed a wiener roast.
       We had a total of 10 members this year, meeting monthly throughout the winter, and trying to meet weekly in the spring when the weather cooperated. I think the members had a rewarding year, sharing their love of horses with each other. I know I did.        -submitted by Dawn Callander

Awards Day at Langruth School
 Langruth School held their annual Awards Day June 18, 1999. This is a list of the awards.
Sportsmanship & Participation Award
                    -----Kiersten Wild
Male Athlete of the year-----Kris Egilson
Female Athlete ofthe Year--Suelee Woolford
Hardy Olson Band Award---Kris Egilson ($50 cheque from Mrs Olson for the most  deserving music student)
The Elks also presented Kris with a week at Music Camp at the International Peace Gardens
Citizenship Award---Holly Gardiner
Most Improved Student---Ward Leclerc "'*
General Proficiency Award--Morgan Arksey
Students on the Honor Roll (average of 80% in core subjects, from Grades 5 to 8)
Grade 5: Carma Hackewich
              Katie Jo Jackson
              Jackie Reed
              Kaitlin Wild
Grade 6: Aaron Brown
              Denton Callander
              Vanessa Kopp
              Shannon Huyber
Grade 7: Melissa Poschenrieder
             Heather Thordarson
              Kaleigh Jackson
Grade 8. Morgan Arksey
             Holly Gardiner
             Kris Egilson
             Josh Armstrong
          Marg Soos presented the school with a cheque for $500 towards the construction of a soccer field.
School Schedule:
August 30: Admin/ P.D. Day
August 31. Classes start--Day 1
September 2: Picture Day
***my apologies for missing Ward's name in the list of grade 8 students in the last newsletter

There were four students from the Langruth area that graduated from W.M.C.I this year. These students were:
Lisa Armstong - Lisa won the Langruth Homecoming Award. This award was presented to the student who attended Langruth school and has shown the most improvement academically in the last year. Lisa plans to continue her studies at the University of Manitoba.
Heather Eiriksson - Heather was presented with the John A. Nevin award from the Shorthorn Association. Heather plans on going on into the field of Agri-Business.
Vicki Reed - Vicki received the Anna Smyrl Memorial award. This award was presented to the student with the highest achievement in the general courses. Vicki plans on working for a year before going on for further studies.
Angelina Vivian  - Angelina is new to our area and at the present time has not made a decision to her future.

         We'd like to welcome Leonard and Heather Arksey to our community. They have purchased the municipal property directly behind the R.M. building.
         Thank you to the Elks for their donations to the Big Point, Langruth, and Lakeland cemetaries. The costs for grass cutting and upkeep doesn't take long to drain the finances and a donation such as this is certainly appreciated.
         Kristin Arksey recieved a gift in recognition of the 24 years she served as treasurer of U.C.W. It is dedication as this that keeps our small communities going.

July 22, 1999
                    Dedicated director keeps Manitoba centre open

                    By Roberta Rampton
                    The Western Producer, Winnipeg bureau

                    LANGRUTH, Man. -- When Jane Wilson is asked what it takes to get child care in a rural
                    community, she'll say it takes a group of committed parents, and money.

                    But when the same question is posed to parents in Langruth, Man., where Wilson has helped
                    build a highly successful day-care centre, they will say it takes someone like Wilson.

                    "Jane's made us a name across Canada and beyond," said Marcia Rinn, who chairs the centre's
                    board of directors.

                    "It's her life. It's so much more than a job," said Rinn, describing Wilson as talented, creative,
                    smart and dedicated.

                    "There's no way of giving her too much credit."

                    Wilson was recently honored with the Caring for a Living award, a distinction given to only two
                    other child-care pioneers in the province by the Manitoba Child Care Association.

                    "She's got a lot of vision," said Barb Hill, adding Wilson works tirelessly to achieve her goals.

                    She understands farm families because of her farming background, said Gary Hill.

                    "She has a real desire to work for the kids. Not for the parents, the kids. It wouldn't happen
                    without her."

Newsletter: August, 1999

Langruth Views, August, 1999
         In the last newsletter I had written that we had found a yellow "tiger" lily. Raymond O'Connor was kind enough to call and let me know that it was in fact a "Canada Lily" and that they are not all that common. Edythe Sigurdson also called to say that they found a tiger lily with 6 blooms on one stem. The stem was much thicker than that of a regular tiger lily, but supported all the blossoms.
            As I said last month the wild flowers are in abundance this year and it's nice to be able to enjoy them as we travel down the country roads.
          As July has quickly slipped passed us, we suddenly realize that summer holidays are half over for the students and as time works it's way through the  month of August we also come  to realize that yet another phase  of the year is passing us by. The  hot humid weather quickly produced wonderful growth in the gardens, and much to  everyone's enjoyment there has been an abundance of produce to enjoy. Unfortunately everything comes at once with our season being so short.
          Grass in the pastures and the crops that did get seeded are flourishing and it won't be long until harvest will be undenway.
         The Langruth Fall Fair is always held in the month of August, this year falling on the 21st. The List of categories to enter in the fair can be picked up from Mossan Reed or Marg Soos. Tags to label entries can be picked up at Farncomb's or from Mossan or Marg. Even if you have never entered before, try it this year. Bake some cookies, pick some flowers, or enter sticherey or crafts you've already completed. It is fun to get in to it. Formore information on the fair you can call Mossan @ 445-2103.
         Amaranth Fall Fair is on Wednesday, August 18th for those that might like to take it in.

David Allan Peterson
          David Allan Peterson passed away on July 28, 1999 at Invermere, B.C.          David was born in 1955 and was raised in his early childhood in Langruth, later moving to Morris and then to Invermere where he lived with his family.
          David leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Carol and two sons, Chad and Devin. He will be missed by his mother Annabel Denby,and brothers Glen Peterson, Lany Peterson, Dennis Denby and Bill Denby and by everyone whose lived he touched during his time with us.

Melanie Ching
        Perseverance and hard work pay off, or so it would seem for Melanie Ching, granddaughter of Kristin Arksey.
          Melanie recently graduated with honors from Morden Collegiate. She spent the month of July enrolled under a full bursary in a French immersion program at the College Universitaire du Ste. Boniface. Come fall, she is enrolled at Carleton University in Ottawa having obtained the president's scholarship in the amount of $11,000. Melanie received this scholarship as a result of her application in which she had to outline her academic achievements, her extra-curricular activities as well as her volunteer and community involvement.
          She was an honor roll student all through high school. She was on the student council and many of the school committees as well as the coordinator of the jackets and rings sold. She was active in track and field and worked on the year book. She was an editor in her final year supervising and managing the computer layout of the year book.
           Melanie sang in her local church choir and taught Sunday School. She performed in the Pembina Valley Music festival and  volunteered with the ACL in Morden. This past year her Rememberance Day art earned her awards with the local, district and zone levels  while her art work also earned her recognition at  the Morden Festival of Arts.
           She took part in the Forum for Young  Canadians where she traveled to Ottawa to learn  the workings of our Federal Government.
           As well she participated in the Youth Pilgrimage to the United Nations, sponsored by  the Ruth Rebekah Lodge. She was also very  active in the school debated team and this past spring she was one of the school representatives at a land mine conference in Winnipeg.
           She has also heen active in 4-H serving in  several executive positions. Her involvement in 4-H made her eligible for several scholarships-- she wrote a farm related essay and earned herself a $1,000 scholarship from Ivomec (veterinary medicine) . As well as this scholarship, she was the recipient of one from Morden Rebekah Lodge, one from the Western Teacher's Association and the Morden Legion Poppy Fund. She also had a steer entered in the Manitou district 4-H competition.
At Carleton, Melanie will be persuing a Bachelor of Arts Honors in Political Science.
"Way to Go, Melanie" and "Good Luck"         from your Grandma Arksey.

Hollywood School Cairn Unveiling, July 18,1999, 2pm
        The setting was perfect. The weather, not too hot, not too cold, and the rain promised to hold off until the ceremony was completed and refreshments and food served.
        Rural beauty at its best, greeted our eyes, as we took in the scenic beauty of wild Baby's Breath lining the ditches and inhaled the sweet smell of the nearby bush. Just the smell of it brought back many pleasant memories of days gone by. Beautiful arrangements of daisies and blue delphinium graced two sides ofthe newly erected Hollywood School Cairn.
        The platform was gaily decorated in the green and gold Hollywood School colours and the last Hollywood School banner made by Hilda Olson and Jean Thordarson proclaimed why we were here; to unveil and commemorate the Hollywood School Cairn, to reunite with old school friends, to immerse ourselves in the setting and our memories, and enjoy the afternoon program and fellowship .
        The platform with podium, chairs, and microphone was set for the program to begin. An old school desk with a guest book reminded us of the desks we used to sit in. The ringing of an old school bell, by Master of Ceremonies, Philip Thordarson, brought the crowd of over one hundred quickly to their lawn chairs.
        Philip opened the program with a warm welcome to all and then it was time to stand for "O Canada" which was followed by a prayer by Rev. Phyllis Thordarson. We received greetings, congratulations and warm remarks from both the Honorable Glen Cummings, our MLA, and our Reeve, Isaac Wiebe.
         Our MC reminded us all of the work that the late Roger Wilson contributed towards the construction of the the cairn that now stood before us and commented on how much Roger loved the Hollywood area. The remaining members of the Hollywood Calm Committee,  secretary/treasurer Helen Smith, Steini Johanson, Ralph Faurschou, Gerald Faurschou and Philip Thordarson were all present for the unveiling. Our MC reminisced about traveling back and forth  to school and note how much transportation to school has changed today. He also remarked on  the beauty and potential of the local area and commented on how he wished people would return  here to live. We were then led in a rousing Hollywood cheer.
         Glen Cummings and Steini Johanson performed the unveiling ofthe cairn.
         Guest speaker and former student, teacher and trustee, Helga McNeil, spoke about her years at Hollywood School and especially remembered some of the students names and how well the older students organized games at recess.
        The last teacher to teach at Hollywood School until its closure, Iona Lasson, was the final guest speaker, reminding us of the warmth and hospitality of the Hollywood community and the enjoyable times she had teaching at the school.
        Our MC closed the program with a brief history of the cairn and the singing of "God Save the Queen".
        A camper full of food and refreshments enabled the setting of a bountiful country table, with cakes, sandwiches and refreshments for all. Old fashioned fellowship was enjoyed while people ate and viewed the old school shield, a report card, and pictures of old school days.
        A warm hand of thanks goes out to anyone who helped in any way to make this project and program a success and a special thank you to all who in attending made this an enjoyable and memorable event.
        Gladstone Access TV filmed the event and video tapes of the program are available for the cost of $20 per tape by writing to Gladstone Access TV, Box 60, Gladstone, Manitoba, ROJ OTO.
        Construction of the Hollywood School Cairn was made possible by donations and a grant from the Manitoba government through the Heritage Grants Advisory Council

Jennifer Grant
Date: Saturday, August 7, 1999 Time: 8:00 P.M. Place: Langruth Community Hall. Anyone wishing to be on the committee, please call Phyllis Thordarson at 445-2323. Everyone Welcome.
Veronica Soos
Date: Saturday, August 28, 1999 Time: 8:00 P.M. Place: Langruth Community Hall. Anyone wishing to be on the committee, please call Barb Jackson at 445-2214. Everyone Welcome.

Newsletter: September, 1999

Langruth Views - September, 1999
       As I start this newsletter, it seems rather hard to believe that the summer has gone by ever so quickly and once again the students go back to school and things turn to a routine once again.
       When you haven't anyone who is school age, it is a little harder to keep track of that time. The first day in Pine Creek Division was August 30th which was Administration and P.D. Day. Classes started for the students with Day 1 on August 31st. School pictures were taken September 2nd. At one point the time of the year changed for those school pictures. An excellent idea to have them the first few days of school--the smiles are real, haircuts are fresh and most students still have knees in their pants, their new duds crisp and clean. And then of coarse there is no problem getting them back in lots of time to put in those Christmas letters.
       Back to school means little students on their way to and from school. Be a Little extra careful as you drive down the street and be prepared to stop for buses as they pick up students along the highways. Take a little time to be extra carefull.
       Harvesting is underway in our area. I would think it could be a long stretch with some of the crops being seeded late due to weather conditions in the spring. Mother nature somehow has a way of those later crops catching up.
        For those of you who attended the Langruth Fall Fair, you were treated to an excellent exhibit of flowers, baking, handicraft and more. To those exhibitors, congratulations on a terrific showing. It's like a game of baseball or curling where there can be only one winner no matter how well everyone plays the game. And like the PanAm games or the Olympics, it is often the call of the judge. Everyone who takes the time to partake in this yearly event is a winner in my eyes. My congratulations go to our very young exhibitors whose efforts were not gone unnoticed by the other participants.
        As you now see, the sign at the south end of town--the silhouette of the Blue Heron stands out in the skyline-with the Langruth sign below it. Many hours ofwork have been put into this endeavor by Roger Leclerc, Ron Brown and Isaac Wiebe and they get my vote of thanks. Maybe lights shining onto it at night would be a nice touch. Something for the future. While the question arises from time to time, why the Blue Heron? My answer is simply, WHY NOT?

Marg Sorenson Memorial Trophy - Grand Aggregate
   1st Bearnice Evenson (Plumas)
   2nd Marg Soos
   3rd Barb Jackson
Helga Hanneson Memorial Plaque - Grand Aggregate of Class IIT, IV, V
   Bearnice Evenson (Plumas)
Maude Arksey Memorial Plaque - Most prizes in total fair
   Bearnice Evenson (Plumas)
Langruth Fall Fair Plaque - Grand Aggregate in Handicrafts
   Sheila Sepke
Westlake Co-op Trophy - Grand Aggregate in Class I
   Myrtle Pottinger (Gladstone)
W.I. Memorial Plague - Grand Aggregate in Class II
   Jessie Yungurt
McCains Trophy - Grand Aggregate in Potatoes
   Myrtle Pottinger
Ethel Buchan Memorial Plaque - Best Tea Buscuits
   Ola Czeranko
Sigrun Oddson Memorial Plaque - Grand Aggregate in Gladiola
   Myrtly Pottinger
New Exhibitor - (Most Points)
   Myrtly Pottinger
Most Points in Children's Section
   Cheryl Kleemola

Thank You
   I would like to thank all of you who attended my bridal shower in Langruth on August 28th. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. A special thank you to those of you who planned this special day for me. I am truly blessed.
  Thank you, Veronica Soos and Steven Roth.

An auction sale was held for Everett Schneider on August 28th. Everett has moved to the Lion's Prairie Manor in Portage. The community will miss you Everett and we wish you well.

Greg and Kathy Grant are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer to Philip Reynolds son of Helen Reynolds, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The wedding will take place in Winnipeg in September of this year.

Thank you for the special greetings, gifts and cards that we received for our 40th Anniversary on August 22nd. It made this special day one we will never forget. Special thanks to our children and anyone who helped put it on. - Joe and Marg

The Terry Fox Run is being held a week earlier than usual on the 12th of September. For more information, call Henriette Kleemola.

(Submitted article)
  After more than 45 years of volunteer service to the community, the Langruth lodge of the national Royal Purple organization is nearing the last page in its history.   Earlier this year, the local organization made a decision to disband effective December   31, 1999.
   Continued low membership and the increasing age of current members have made it difficult for the organization to effectively continue in its role as a volunteer service group.
   Since the initiation of its first officers in May 1953, the Langruth lodge has been a   staunch supporter of the local community.
   In keeping with the objectives of the national organization, the lodge has provided  assistance to young people in need, purchasing eye glasses and hearing aids for those  who need them and assisting with travel and other expenses relating to medical care.  As part of its Drug Awareness Program, the lodge has sponsored poster and essay  contests at Langruth Elementary School.
  A scholarship for the Grade 10 student from Langruth with the highest academic average  at William Morton Collegiate is given annually.  Most recently, Royal Purple members approved donations to the Langruth boys' and girls' minor league ball teams, as well as to Langruth School for the purchase of sports equipment.
   The local lodge has been an annual sponsor of special activities for Langruth's senior citizens. It has also supported such community events as the fall fair and the annual community canvass. Cards and gifts for the sick and disabled and messages of sympathy to the recently bereaved have been distributed within the community. Fundraising efforts have included the catering of weddings and other social events, as well as the spring tea and bazaar held Easter weekend each year. The end of the lodge will also bring an end to the benefits enjoyed by the community as a result of these endeavors.
   Members say that they will miss the unity of purpose created over the years by working with each other to achieve shared objectives, a unity that is common to all volunteer organizations and that helps to define the communities they serve.

Edith (Kelm) Stanley
       On August 12, 1999 Edith Stanley passed away at the Leamington Nursing Home .
       She was predeceased by her husband Leslie in April, 1999. She leaves to cherish her memory her son Mac, wife Roselyn and her two grandsons, Trevor and Jason who meant the world to her. She is also survived by her sister Ema Schieve of Kingsville, Ontario and her sister and brother in-law Evelyn and Ed Haddad of Portage a Prairie. Aunt Edith will be missed by her nephew Wayne, wife Dianne and niece Lynne, husband Ted and their families as well as other family and friends.
        Edith was born and raised in the Falmouth district and later when she married her husband Leslie became part of the Amaranth Community until they moved to Kingsville Ontario in 1965, Ediths greatest love was the sport of curling, and she had the wonderful ability to be creative.
        Funeral Services were held in Kingsville on Monday, August 16, 1999. Edith was laid to rest in the Greenhill Cemetery in Kingsville, Ontario.

Newsletter: October, 1999

Langruth Views - October 1999
       This time of the year takes on a beauty that cannot be matched at any other time. The colours of the leaves range from dark purplish red on some peonies to bright golden yellow on some of the trees. As you drive down the country road, you often get to take in a breath taking array of color. Turning the other direction, we see a crop of freshly swathed wheat with its hues of light to dark gold. Above, a flock of geese are flying in the usual V shape seeking a field where they can feed, the bright blue sky beyond and the brilliant sunshine reflecting on them makes them look like diamonds in the sky. Looking around us to the turmoil that many other places face, the extreme weather conditions that many areas have experienced in particular this year and the cloudy smog filled air; and yes, in spite of everything, we must endure, we must also be thankful for that fresh air and the opportunity to see the color. With all this in mind, take time to enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends.
       As we approach the end of October, it is of course time for the witches and goblins to surface. This year, Halloween falls on a Sunday so "trick or treaters" will be out and about early so they can get home to be ready for school the next day.

The Langruth Elementary School girls soccer team triumphantly defeated Plumas, Austin and MacGregor and captured the Pine Creek Girls Soccer Divisional title on Wednesday, October 29th at Langruth.
The five teams of Langruth, Plumas, Gladstone, Austin and MacGregor competed on newly mown soccer fields complete with new soccer poles which were generousIy donated by the Langruth Royal Purple.
The Langruth team, though small in number, put on a fantastic performance displaying great teamwork, skill and endurance to the great pleasure of local onlookers. Three cheers for Langruth.
The Langruth United and Lutheran churches have proved once again that teamwork is the key to success. This is the second year that the two local churches have combined their efforts to provide a sumptuous fall supper for Iocals and outsiders alike.
A large crowd filled the hall in support of the local fund raiser even though many competing suppers were staged on the same day.
Many thanks go out those who helped or contributed in any way.

The Westlake Tourism Association will meet on Nov. 1' at 7:30 p.m in the council chambers of the Rural Municipality of Lakeview.
Lakeview recently became a member of the Westlake Tourism Association which has as its other members Alonsa, Erickson, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Gladstone, Sandy Lake and McCreary .
Interested business or community members are invited to attend as this meeting will be looking at the present tourism and future tourism potential in our individual areas. The information provided will be kept on file for community information referrals and published in future information brochures. Call Phyllis at 445-2323 for more information.

Thirty four participants took part in the Terry Fox Run by walking, running, biking or roller blading the 10 km event held outside of Langruth on September 12. The successfull local fund raiser for cancer brought in $2,700. Way to go Langruth!!
Lunch was provided courtesy of the Langruth Royal Purple in the Legion Auxiliary Club Rooms . Coke, Hershey and Old Dutch contributed drinks, chips and candy for the participants.

    A former Langruth and Portage la Prairie resident has created a quilt that will be presented to England's Queen Mother in recognition of the International Year of the Older Person.
     Leila Duffin of Moose Jaw, Sask. "just sort of fell into" the project. The local crafter had already made 12 lap quilts for Moose Jaw residents aged 99  or older on behalf of the IYOP  committee.
      When the Moose Jaw Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 came up with the idea of  presenting an IYOP lap quilt to the royal family's most beloved member, it was natural that Duffin would be asked to make it.
     Daughter Marsha Lasson of Langruth said her mom is delighted to know that one of her lap quilts is on its way to England.
     Moose Jaw Legion members got the idea for the quilt, following the Queen Mother's 99th birthday on Aug. 4. A letter was sent to the Director of Protocol outlining the proposal and one month later, the project received approval.
      The quilt will be sent to the governor general's office in Ottawa and then on to the  Canadian high commissioner's  office in England. It is expected that the high commissioner will make the official presentation to the Queen Mother.
      Prior to her retirement and  move to Saskatchewan, Duffin  taught school at Falmouth,  Alonsa, Woodside, Plumas,  Amaranth and Portage Collegiate. She and her first husband Bob Duffin farmed in the Langruth area before moving to Portage in the late 1960s.

Celebrate 2000!
    Join the Lakeview Fire Department this New Year's Eve at the Langruth Community Hall as they ring in the New Year. They're pulling out all the stops this year to provide you with a memorable evening of food, entertainment and good cheer. There will be a live band, party favours and a great hot meal.
Tickets are available from the RM office or your neighborhood firefighter. Dinner is $15.00, the Dance is $15.00 or for a real bargain get the Dinner and Dance package for $25.00. See you there!

Newsletter: November, 1999

November, 1999
In Remembrance...                "Freedoms"
         A child plays without a worry in the park as her mother and father watch from a nearby bench. Up above, the sun is brightly shining and all around the birds are chirping their happiness for the wonderful new day. A light breeze tugs at people as they walk to their separate destinations. No one even notices the true beauty of their world.
        Has it really been so long since the last war that people have forgotten to look and appreciate all that our veterans fought and died for? It's hard for those of us living in the results of their efforts to truly realize what happened back then. The bloodshed, the noise, the pain, the horror - and worst of all - living with everything they saw during that time. In order to obtain the freedom so greatly desired by all who lived in Canada at the time, they gave up their own hopes, dreams, and yes, they even gave up their own freedom. They gave it freely for us.
        Once a year on Remembrance Day, we honour those who fought and died. But perhaps we should honour their memories by being truly grateful for what we are able to enjoy today. The freedom to laugh or cry; the freedom to be who we want or do what we want; and the freedom to choose pride in our country.   - Melodie Leclerc -

Hope in a Shoebox
         The Langruth United Church Women will be packing shoe boxes again this year for "Operation Christmas Child." This is the second year the UCW has supported this project.
          Our shoeboxes are taken to Gladstone then on to Calgary to the Samaritans' Purse (a nonprofit Christian Relief and Evangelism organization) depot where they are shipped to 60 countries. This year shoeboxes packed in Canada will go to warm climates such as Central America and southeast Africa.
          Anyone wishing to help may leave small toys, hard candy, small books, school supplies, and hygiene items with any UCW member before November 7th. Toys that require batteries should include them and some extra ones. Items not acceptable are war related toys, perishable items, medicines, or breakable items.
         Each of our boxes must be accompanied by $5.00 for shipping, therefore financial support is also welcome. Through "operation Christmas Child" the UCW are sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children around the world.

Everybody Dance Now
        It's that time of the year again - when kids get to dress up and roam the streets in search of Hallowe'en loot! And for those adults who like to dress up and act like kids there's the Hallowe'en Dance. So put a bag on your head or whatever and show up at the Langruth Hall, Saturday, October 30th from 9pm to lam. Costume judging at 10:30 pm sharp. Tickets are $8.00, no minors, one free refreshment for dressing stranger than you usually do (costume).  (Do the mash. the monster mash . . .)

Craft Sale
      Don't wait till the last minute to do your Christmas shopping, stop by the Langruth Craft Sale on Saturday, November 13, from 10am to 2pm at the Langruth Community Hall and get a jump on the Christmas rush. If you would like to book a table ($10.00) call Marie 445-2097 or Erna 445-2097 or 445-2059.

Speaking of Christmas . .
      Mark December 3rd on your calendar as a special evening. At 7:00 p.m. we will be having the annual Christmas tree lighting in the lot between Puddicombe's Used Furniture and Amie Symesko's shop. Carols, hot chocolate, and cookies are all part of the evening. Everyone is welcome to come out and help us start the Holiday Season.        Once again we are looking for donations of baked goods. If you would like to contribute please call Phyllis at 445-2323.

Legion Service and Banquet
        The Langruth Legion will be holding its Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. at the Langruth Cenotaph. All marchers are to meet at the Langruth Legion at 10 a.m.
        The Langruth Legion will also be hosting the annual Legion Banquet on Nov. 12th. Cocktails will be served at the Legion at 5:30 p.m. The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Langruth Community Hall. Sergeant Helmut Neufeld will be the guest speaker. The evening will wind up with entertainment at the Langruth Legion. Tickets are $10.00 each and available at the Legion.

Annual Decoration Contest
        This year don't wait until it's 40 below, get out there now, untangle the Christmas lights, and string them up in preparation for the Festive Season. If you do an outstanding job let us know and we'll register you for this year's judging. Call Ron at 445-2243 or 2358. Our expert panel of judges will be out roaming around in the week of December 19-25. Make MB Hydro happy and plug them in.

Kinosota Trail Banquet
        The Annual Game & Fish Banquet will be held on the evening of Saturday, November 27th. Tickets will be on sale soon and must be purchased prior to the banquet. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults - $8.00, Ages 6-12 - $4.00 and preschool - free.

Celebrate 2000!
      Join the Lakeview Fire Department this  New Year's Eve at the Langruth    Community Hall as they ring in the New Year. They're pulling out all the stops this year to provide you with a memorable evening of food, entertainment and good cheer. There    will be a live band, party favours and a great hot meal.
  Tickets are available from the RM office or your neighborhood firefighter. Dinner   is $15.00, the Dance is $15.00 or for a  real bargain get the Dinner and Dance package for $25.00. See you there!

Newsletter: December, 1999

         December is upon us once again. For most of us it's the busiest month of the year. There's the school Christmas Concert on December 21st. The combined Lutheran and United Church Christmas Concert & Pot Luck Supper on December 19th and the Tree Lighting on December 3rd to name a few. Keep the calendar found at the back of this issue handy so that you can partake in as many of these events as possible.
          With snow so long in coming it's really hard to get in the Christmas Spirit.
The mild weather that we've been having is great for doing the yard decorating, so we should have lots of fantastic entries for the Rural & Town Decorating Contest.
          Yes, this time of year is really busy; it's hard to find time to have relaxed visits with friends & relatives. It's also hard to find the time to reflect upon the true reason that we are celebrating that special day this month. A very special child was born Christmas Day. The purpose of his birth has been forgotten by many of us. We carry on day to day doing & saying unpleasant & hurtful things to family, friends & neighbors. Most of the time we read far too much into things that have been said or done. People are sometimes upset by what they receive for Christmas "Its too cheap" not "It's not a brand name". People who feel this way are acting in a selfish manner. They don't stop to realize that the person who bought you that gift may not have been able to afford it. Receiving a gift from someone, no matter whether it is hand-made, inexpensive or something as simple as a box of candy, shows that this person feels good to be able to give you something to show that they care about you; that they appreciate you for being you.
         This Christmas let us be unselfish, be kind to your family, friends and neighbors. Put a joyous smile on your face and brighten someone else's day. Everyone has good qualities, think of some when you meet them on the street. Give someone a helping hand, you probably will never realize how grateful that person is or how good you will feel.
          The poem says that we shouldn't be unselfish & caring only at Christmas but if we were that way everyday we would find the key to a meaningful life. This is the real purpose ofthe Saviour's birth.
  -Marie Leclerc-

Hope in a Shoebox Update
        The Langruth United Church Women had a successful drive for Christmas presents in far away lands. Seventeen shoeboxes filled with toys, candy, drawing supplies, school supplies and hygiene items, etc. were sent to needy children in Central America and Southeast Asia. Thanks to all who contributed with items or financial support in order to make this Christmas special for children far away.

Annual Tree Lighting
        On December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. we will be having the annual Christmas tree lighting in the lot between Puddicombe's Used Furniture and Amie Symesko's shop. Carols, hot chocolate, and cookies are all part ofthe evening. Everyone is welcome to come out and help us start the Holiday Season.
       Once again we are looking for donations of baked goods. If you would like to contribute please call Phyllis at 445-2323.

Christmas Decoration Contest
        To register for this year's judging call Ron at 445-2243 or 2358. Many people seem to be putting a great deal of effort into their Christmas lights these days and we would like to recognize their efforts. Our expert panel of judges will be out roaming around in the evenings during the week of December 19-25.

Exciting School Project
        Langruth School has been chosen as a pilot site for a special project involving the use of computers for instruction in the junior high. The project is called the "Interdisciplinary Middle Years Multimedia Project" (or IMYM for short) and has provided $20,000 worth of computer equipment and teacher training for Langruth School. The school obtained the grant money after Ms Elliot (teacher), Mr. Cannon (principal) and Mr. Rintoul (Pine Creek School Division Technology Coordinator) made a successful application to the provincial government.
          The students and teachers will be using the equipment to study different themes. During the study of a theme, students use skills from all of the academic areas (math, science, language arts, etc). The first theme they will be tackling is called "Balance & Harmony" which will focus on ecosystems.

Party Time at the Legion
          The Langruth Legion will be hosting a Christmas party on the evening of Dec. 4th. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Campbells from Kinosota. Come and get into the Christmas spirit.

Sunday School Concert
          Once again the Grace Lutheran Church and the Langruth United Church join forces to provide an evening of seasonal entertainment, fine food and fellowship. All the Sunday School students will be performing and a potluck supper will follow. It all begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 19th in the Community Hall.
          Parents Please Note: Practice is on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2:00 p.m.

School Christmas Concert
          Hard to believe but it's that time of the year again: The School Christmas Concert! For one evening everyone takes to the stage and gives their all for family and friends. This year the Concert will be on December 21st at the Community Hall. Showtime is 7:00 p.m.
          By the way, the last day of classes is Wednesday, December 22nd. Students return to school on January 4, 2000.

Did You Know... ?
 - That the first speed limit was set in 1920 (10 mph in town and 30 mph rural)?
 - That Langruth's first doctor (Abner Sproule) arrived in 1917?
 - That the Arena was built in 1977?
 - That the Lakeview Community Pasture opened in 1945?
      Have you got more interesting dates to add? Do you want to argue about these ones? Then send us a letter or drop by and let us know.

Think Skate
      The Langruth Skating Club will be offering skating lessons in January of 2000. Chenoa Sheridan will once again be the students paid instructor. Volunteer instructors will be Sig McRorie and Karen Dick. Registration and the first skating lesson will take place on January 6th, ice permitting. Group times have yet to be determined. Look for more information in the next newsletter. Call Phyllis @ 445-2323 to pre-register your child or to obtain more information.          Remember! ThinkSkate!

Craft Sale a Success
        The Langruth Craft Sale was held on Nov. 13. All who attended were treated to a variety of crafts; beautiful stained glass, lovely wood crafts, warm hand-knitted sweaters, toques, mitts & more. Health products to relieve allergies, cold & flu symptoms & acne to name a few, were also on hand. The sale also included handy items such as: Rada knives, towels & dishcloths, dishes and a wonderful selection of baking, honey, jams & jellies. For the younger ones- beanie babies & hair clips were for sale. To send greetings for Christmas & to wrap those special presents; there was Regal Cards & Wrap.
       A couple of crafters have already booked tables for next year's Craft Sale and others are asking to be contacted.
        There were lots of door prizes & raffles, CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners.
       Next year's Craft Sale will be tentatively held on Dec. 2nd. Till then Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Seniors and Kids Club
        This item was submitted by the Langrurh School Grade 5&6 class.
        Ms D's Grade 5 & 6 Class at Langruth School is so excited about the new Seniors and Kids Club (and so are the seniors). 1999 has been declared Year ofthe Older Person, and therefore we have chosen to start this club. The club seniors and their kids include: Jesse Yungkurt: Cheryl Kleemola & April Callander. // Paul Oswald: Alan Egilson & Marty Kelemen // Terry Soos: Carma Hackewich & Jessica Dick // Rita Organ: Kaitlin Wild & Erika Brown //Marg Soos: Jackie Reed & Stephanie Eiriksson N Raymond O'Connor: Kelly Egilson & Matthew Kleemola // Florence Jackson: Jeff
Jensen & Alana Reed
        We would like to thank Mrs. Kleemola for recruiting the seniors in order to make this program possible.
        The program consists of the students going for home visits and also the seniors coming to school.
        The first home visit took place on November 15th. All the students reported having an excellent time. Some activities included crafts, playing cards, working on a puzzle, making Christmas decorations, raking lawns, looking at quilts, building bird houses and getting to know each other.
        We all had a good time during our first visit and we are looking forward to our
       On November IOth, the school held a Remembrance Day Service where the Grade 5 & 6 class presented a skit entitled War. The skit was written by the students and they invited some of the seniors to see it.        Sincerely, L.E.S. Gr. 5&6 Class

 Attention Curlers!
            Another curling season is fast approaching. In the near future the challenge of curling on natural ice will be here. Dust off the brooms, find your rinks & give us a call. The more rinks we have, the more fun we can have at regular curling & bonspiels.             Families don't feel left out! This a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with the kids.
             If you would like to be on the Curling Club Committee, even if you don't curl, but are interested in it; call Marie @ 445-2097.

LDC November Meeting News
             The Langruth Development Corporation (LDC) held a meeting on Nov. 14th. A presentation was given by Phyllis Thordarson representing Manitoba Outdoor Experience. It was well received.
             It was moved at the meeting that the three individual committees that make up the LDC would become more active in running their own clubs. So if you are interested in being a committee member on either the Curling Rink, Skating Rink or Hall Committees; contact Linda Hackywicz @ 445-2371 for further information.             We always welcome fresh, new ideas. Remember it takes your support and attendance to make community events successful and enjoyable.

Langruth Library Update
      The new video selection has arrived at the library . These are available until January 5th, 2000. Titles include: "Mr. Bean", "Travel the World", and "Wildlife Tales" and many others.
        A new rotation of books will be at the library on Dec. 3rd. If you are looking for a book, a certain author, or are just curious about what's available, come in and see what we have to offer. We can request a book if the one you are looking for is not in. This service is now much faster as we are able to e-mail all requests to the branch that has the book you are looking for!
       Hoping you have time to come in and look around, Teri&Karen.

A special Seasons Greetings issue of the Langruth Views was issued just before Christmas and various Christmas greetings from: Gordon and Verla Reed, Henrietta Kleemola, Harry Lazor and family, Tiny Tim, Joe and Marg Soos, Rita Organ, Louis & Julia Keleman, Issac & Erna Wiebe, Jenson Rentals Ltd., Thordarson Health Inc., The Reed Family, The Staff & Students of Langruth School; David, Sylvia, Shannon, Michelle & Brad Hyber; Ernie & Marsha Soos; R.M. of Lakeview Council & Staff; Rena & Barry Arksey; Linda & Richard Hackywicz; The Langruth Library; Wayne & Colleen Gardiner. The front cover was signed by all members of the Langruth Business Council.