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:
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.
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.
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)
HANG THIS LETTER ON YOUR FRIDGE!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or to:
Mrs. Helen Smith, Box 566, Portage la Prairie R1N 3B9 Tel: 1-204-857-8438.
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.
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!!!
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.
This little verse was passed on to me for the paper!
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
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
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
Grade 6: Aaron Brown
Grade 7: Melissa Poschenrieder
Grade 8. Morgan Arksey
Marg Soos presented the school with a cheque for $500 towards the construction of a soccer field.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
LANGRUTH FALL FAIR RESULTS - TROPHIES & AWARDS
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
Westlake Co-op Trophy - Grand Aggregate in Class I
Myrtle Pottinger (Gladstone)
W.I. Memorial Plague - Grand Aggregate in Class II
McCains Trophy - Grand Aggregate in Potatoes
Ethel Buchan Memorial Plaque - Best Tea Buscuits
Sigrun Oddson Memorial Plaque - Grand Aggregate in Gladiola
New Exhibitor - (Most Points)
Most Points in Children's Section
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.
COMMUNITY LOSES WHEN LODGE CLOSES
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.
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.
SUPPER DRAWS LARGE CROWD
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.
WEST LAKE TOURISM ASSOCIATION TO MEET IN LANGRUTH
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.
TERRY FOX RUN A SUCCESS
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.
BY SHARRON ARKSEY - THE HERALD LEADER PRESS
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.
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!
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 . . .)
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.
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!
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.
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
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.