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Each month the Langruth Community Business Council (Ron) 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 Ron!

I also add news as I hear it from people in Langruth. I'd like to open this millennium with a request for articles from the Langruth newspaper prior to 1950. If anyone has copies of the old Langruth newspaper, could you make copies of it and mail them to me at:  Walter Arksey, 942 Burwash Landing Bay, Kanata, Ontario  K2W 0C8

Index of Langruth News:

News for January, 2000Top

It seems odd to start January news with Christmas news, but I have to mention the Christmas lighting contest winners. For out of town it was Kristin Arksey and for in town it was Joe and Mary Soos.

Excerpt from the Jan 4th issue of The Herald Leader Press:
  "The Rural Municipality of Lakeview EcoCentre has been readied for operation and should be open to the public by the end of January.
   The facility for the recycling of used oil, filters and containers was erected and given final inspection at the Lakeview waste disposal site on Dec 14.
   Five municipal representatives - Reeve Isaac Wiebe, chief administrative officer Ron Brown, employees Barry Arksey and Roger Leclerc and disposal grounds supervisor Harry Lazor - will receive training in the use of the EcoCentre on Jan 11 and 13."
   Birthday greetings to Florence Jackson, Fina Lasson, Everett Schneider, Lil Wilson and happy 95th to Gudrun Einarson.
   Congratulations to Ron and Cathy Brown on the birth of a baby girl on Jan 21.
   All the best to Thura Boivin who has taken up residency at the Third Crossing Manor in Gladstone.
   The Legion Bonspiel was held on Jan 28 and 29th. The Kinisota Game and Fish is sponsoring a Canadian Coast Guard accredited safe boating course on Feb 26 from 9am to 5pm in the Langruth Hall. For more information, call Barry at 445-2357 or Clarence at 445-2140.

Building Permits
        Until recently the RM of Lakeview was exempt from having to require building permits (roughly two dozen municipalities had this exemption). The exemption no longer exists and all new construction, relocation or demolition of buildings, and certain levels of alteration or repair of buildings, can only be done if a permit is obtained.
        The intent of building permits and inspections is to ensure that buildings are safely and properly constructed and are in accordance with the Building Code. Applications for Building permits can be obtained at the Municipal Office. Please ensure you start this process early if you have a construction project in mind as it can take several weeks for approval and for the initial inspection to take place.
        You must have a permit before you begin work. Inspections are done by the Office of the Fire Commissioner out of Brandon and all fees are paid to that office. If you are using a contractor to do the work please inform him that a permit must be obtained.        The Building by-law only applies to residential and commercial construction. Farm buildings (other than buildings for residential use) are exempt and do not need a permit.
       For more details please contact Ron at the Municipal Office 445-2243.

School News
    School curling will take place for the grades 5's and 6's on Day 2 and for the grades 7's and 8's on Day 4 and lunch time. Skating will take place on Day 3 at 11:20 a.m. for the grades 3's and 4's.
   The Pine Creek Divisional Curling Tournament will take place at Plumas Elementary School on Saturday Feb. 5/2000 and Langruth will be sending at least one school rink. Let's go Langruth!
   February is " I Love to Read " Month so get ready for the -DEAR- Drop Everything And Read during the first and fourth week.
   Students will be asked to write a family history . Every family who submits a history will have their name entered in a draw which takes place on Feb. 29th
   On Tuesday Feb. 1st during assembly, the time capsule sealed ten years ago in 1990 by the Langruth students will be opened to reveal its contents.
   READ-A-RECIPE Week will be taking place Feb. 7-11. Staff and students are asked to contribute a recipe for the cookbook and there will be a contest to design a cover.
   The " I Love to Read" wind-up will take phce February 29th in the afternoon in the gym. Draws will be made and another time capsule will be sealed. Everyone is invited to attend the closing program.

Sports! Sports! Sports!
  Langruth has a tremendous number of sporting events going on in the community. Even if you do not participate in hockey, curling or skating yourself you might enjoy getting out and watching others . Hey ! There are Lazers and Selects games right here in our community. Wondering what to do? Come out, watch the local games and activities. Just check your local community calendar for games, tournaments, the Ice Review and much more.

Decorative Lighting Winners
 The Langruth Business council is pleased to announce that the winners of this year's contest are Joe & Marg Soos (town) and Kristin Arksey (rural). The winners will receive a $15.00 Gift Certificate redeemable at any business in Langruth.

Pancake Supper and Talent Auction
     The Langruth United Church and Grace Lutheran Church will once again be holding their annual fund raiser: The Pancake Supper and Talent Auction. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.00 for children twelve and under and preschoolers eat free.
     Come out enjoy the food and be entertained by or take part in the auction. Baking, crafts, talents and assorted items will be put on the auction block. Come early to get a good look at the items to be auctioned. Supper starts at 5 p.m. and a movie will be provided for your children to watch during the auction.

Grace Lutheran Council
     The Grace Lutheran Church Council meetings will be held monthly on every second Thursday at 8pm.

More School News ... Parent Council Hosts Speaker
       The Langruth Parent Council will hold an evening open to the public featuring guest speaker Deborah Giesbrecht who is the executive administrative officer for the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils. The evening will take place on Feb. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Langruth School. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Artist in the School
       Kate Ferris is the "Artist in the School" presenting a program called "Sounds Like a Story" during the week of Feb. 21-25 and will return for the I Love to Read closing program.

Dance Dance Dance
   The student council will be hosting a Valentine's Day Dance on Feb.4th for grades four to eight.

 Time Marches On
       On February 10th, 2000 the  Lakeview Children's Centre will be ten years old. Over the past decade the Centre has had its ups and downs; enrollment has fluctuated;  families, children and staff have come and  gone, but the Centre has continued to be a  model for what rural childcare can be. The Centre has been featured in a wide variety of farm publications and recently was part of an episode of CBC TV's "Country Canada."
     The building housing the Centre has had an interesting history itself and has undergone a variety of transformations over the years. Starting out as the R.M. of Lakeview municipal office, then being shared by Canada Post and health services (among others), providing office space for Emberley's Esso when the post office moved to Verway's Grocery Store, and finally, after major renovations, becoming the Lakeview Children's Centre, this little white building seems to have done it all.
     The Lakeview Children's Centre will be holding an Open House to officially celebrate its IOth Anniversary sometime in the Spring. Watch for further announcements.

Langruth Legion Bonspiel Results
 1st in 1st Event - Henry Richard Rink
 2nd in 1st Event - Einar Sigurdson Jr. Rink
 1st in 2nd Event - Isaac Wiebe Rink
 2nd in 2nd Event - George Gardiner Rink
Thank you to our sponsors:
7-L Livestock; Big Ridge Foods; Blights Portage; Johnson Tire; Amaranth Inn; Agricore; W.G. Harvesting; Can Oats; Puddicombe Used Furniture; Jarvis Meats; Thompson & Tychynski Ltd.; Aventis - Bryan Lasson; Amaranrh Credit Union; Westward Ford; Don Jensen Rentals; Amie Symesko; Scott Agencies; Economy Foods; Rada Knives - Marsha Lasson.

News for February, 2000Top

Happy Birthday to Kristin Arksey, Freda Emberly, Issac Wiebe, Joe Vereb and Tony Czeranko.

Winners of Legion Bonspiel were:
   1st in First Event: Henry Richard rink
   2nd in First Event: Einar Sigurdson rink
   1st in Second Event: Issac Wiebe rink
   2nd in Second Event: George Gardiner rink

Two Langruth teams participated in the Pine Creek divisional curling bonspiel in Plumas on Feb 5th. Players were Kaleigh Jackson, Jodi Hanneson, Myles Jackson, Denton Callender, Kiersten Wild, Shannon Huyber, Aaron Brown and Kaitlin Wild.

It's MARCH 7th!
 Last month we had a very informative announcement about the Pancake Supper and Talent Auction that will be held on March 7th.  The announcement even had a great picture of Cecil Robertshaw waving his hand and pretending to be an auctioneer in preparation for March 7th's  Auction. The announcement also gave the March 7th admission price as $3.50 for adults, $2.00 for children 12 and under, and free for preschoolers.  The starting time of 5:00 p.m. for the  March 7th event was right there in the article as well.
 The only thing we forgot was the DATE!  Which, by the way, is MARCH 7th.  See you there.

Kinosota Trail G & F Wins Award
   On February 18 & 19, Barry Arksey and Einar Sigurdson attended the Manitoba Wildlife Federation Convention in Winnipeg as representatives for the Kinosota Trail Game and Fish Association.  While at the convention they were presented with the "Manitoba Wildlife Federation Gold Award for 1999." This award is given to an association that has achieved a minimum 10% membership increase.
   While Kinosota Trail is one of the smaller wildlife associations in Manitoba it is also one of the most active. A typical year sees them hosting a steel shot clinic, firearms courses, a fishing derby, and a fall banquet.  New for 2000 the Association will be sponsoring a Boaters Safety Course and will form a chapter of the Manitoba Junior Rifle.

Drivers Wanted
 Do you have an occasional day free during the week and don't mind driving to Brandon or Winnipeg?  If so, then the Central Plains Cancer Care Drivers Program wants YOU.  As a volunteer driver you would be called upon to transport local cancer patients to Winnipeg, Portage or Brandon for treatment or doctor visits.  Drivers would be paid for their expenses.
 If you are interested please call Ron Brown at the Municipal Office (445-2243) for registration information.

Moms and Tots
 The next Moms and Tots session will be held on Thursday, March 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Children's Centre.  Childcare will be provided so the Moms can enjoy the guest speaker.
 Please call Donna at 445-2360 for more information.

World Day of Prayer
The World Day of Prayer will be held on March 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The following is the first installment of "A Manitoba Woman" written by Jessie Yungkurt in 1988.  Further installments will appear in future issues of the Views.

A Manitoba Woman:  Part One
   Pulling her black felt tam further over her ears, she called out, "It's just a beautiful winter day."  The sun was shining.  It was almost thirty below with a strong wind blowing.  But this is how this lady thought of life -- "beautiful."  Born on January the twenty-fifth 1895 near Reston Manitoba, of hardy Icelandic stock, Sigrun Oddson had weathered many a cold day.
   Now in her ninetieth year, almost blind, she was off for her daily walk for the mail.  As often as not there was none for her, but she delivered it to all the old people.  The mail wasn't as important as the people she met along the way.
 Sigrun, or Runa as she was lovingly called, wanted to hear the latest news.  Some folk said, "She is just nosy." Those who knew her better understood. She was interested in the welfare of her neighbours.  Usually the first to welcome a new resident to our village, ready and willing to visit the sick, the lonely and the bereaved.
   Life for Runa had been no bed of roses.  Left fatherless she became a hired girl when only thirteen, to supplement the family income.  A diligent worker, she earned the respect of all her employers. In 1920 she came with her husband Oddar to build a cottage in Langruth Manitoba. This was to be her home the remainder of her life.  Here they were blessed with a son and daughter.  They grew to adults under strict but loving conditions.
   Times were hard.  Runa was the breadwinner.  She was caretaker of the bank and the community hall, the former for over twenty years. Electricity and plumbing were nonexistent so there was coal and ashes to shovel and water to carry.  She turned her hand to any job to earn a dollar.  Often returning bone weary to face baskets of clothes to be ironed.  Late into the night with her deft hands, the iron sped over the wrinkles.  Before retirement she had scrubbed more floors, washed more clothes on the old scrub board than any person in her community.
                       ~ End of Part One ~

Achy, Breaky, Heart
If you are interested in line dancing then show up at Langruth School at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  There is no charge for the night.  Cowboy hats are optional.

You Call  - - - We Haul
Kevin Wilson Water Hauling
Phone 445-2101

I t ' s   a   B o y !
Congratulations to Karen and Einar Sigurdson on the birth of their son.  Erik Skapti Sigurdson was born on February 12th, 2000.  Proud Grandmother Doris Sigurdson reports that Erik weighed 9 pounds 2 ounces and was 23 inches long.  Mother and child are both doing well.

Langruth Views ~ March 2000
Distributed by the Langruth Community Business Council

Lakeview children's centre celebrates 10 years

The Herald Leader Press, Tuesday, February 15, 2000
    Lakeview Children's Centre is located in Langruth, a small hamlet in central Manitoba. Lakeview is celebrating ten years of caring for its communities children.
     According to board member JoAnn Egilson, more than 100 children have attended the daycare since its opening in February of 1990, including four of her own children.
     Approximately 30 staff have worked in the day care over the years. Each day, about three staff work at the Centre with 15 people employed there in total.
      Children can attend the daycare from ages 12 weeks to 12 years. They play with all kinds of games and have all kinds of toys that you can imagine. Kids like Lakeview Children's Centre and so do the parents. The know their children are well taken care of at Lakeview.
      The children's centre is hosting their tenth anniversary in February. They are inviting all of the kids who have ever attended the centre to come and celebrate with them by putting on a skit. So come one come all to the celebrations to show Lakeview Children's Centre that we are proud of what they have accomplished.
     Jane Wilson said that she is happy the daycare has lasted so long and hopes for another 10 years.

Hockey in Langruth alive and well

    The Langruth Community Sports Centre, constructed in 1986, is in good condition and used often. There is hockey for children, women and men.
    Mrs. Dawn Callander, player for the Langruth Westlake team, says, "The team is sponsored by  Westlake Fuel. There are 19 players. We practice on Saturday night and play  games against other communities. Our coach is Dwayne Bales."
       Mr. Philip Kelemen, from the men's hockey team, says, "I play for the Langruth Lazers and the Langruth Selects. The teams are self-coached and we don't have practices, but we play from Tuesday to Friday."
      There are also children's teams. Mixed 10 and under and mixed 13 and under.
     For a small hamlet, the rink is really busy, and for any hockey enthusiast, there is always a game to take in.

Curling in Langruth, noon hour fun

     Noon hour curling has begun in Langruth for the Grade 5 and 6 class. The grade six class are pros, but the Grade 5 class is in the early stage of the learning process.     They curl on day 2 of the school cycle. The grade 5 and 6 class leaves at 12 p.m. from the school to curl and return about 1 p.m. and usually get 3 or 4 ends in.
    Jessica Dick, one of the students, said that she likes the way the teams are set up which are set up according to skill levels. Ms. Coleen Deschouwer, curling instructor said that she set the teams like that so that it would be fair to everyone.
     Ms. Deschouwer said she wishes we could have more time to curl. She likes the sport because it's team work. The kids think that is fun, too. It seems to be a good noon hour for everyone.

Evolution of Langruth's blue heron

     When you drive down highway No. 50, just south of Langruth, you will notice a new monument. Its a blue heron.
     The blue heron is a marsh bird. According to Ron Brown, municipal administrator for the Rural Municipality of Lakeview, the blue heron was chosen because there are marshes on both sides of Langruth.  The business council came up with the idea of erecting the blue heron. The blue heron was manufactured in a Hutterite Colony near Neepawa with the finishing touches being done in the RM shop by Isaac Wiebe, Roger Leclerc and Ron Brown. The bird is made of half inch steel and is bolted to the stand so it can be removed for repairs in the future.
    Brown said that the chain fence was added to keep vehicles from driving up the side of the hill after one vehicle had attempted this act. The hill was covered with sod and watered.
    Brown added that Langruth is the bird watching capital of Manitoba because there are so many types of birds there. The blue heron is a very interesting bird and the choice was a good one.
    The silhouette of the blue heron stands proudly against the prairie sky. As you drive by, stop and take a picture of this beautiful piece of art and enjoy the wonderful birds of Langruth.

The Langruth millennium, baby has been born

    You know you live in a small town when the New Year's Baby, the Millennium baby, doesn't arrive until Jan. 21.
    And so it is that Samantha Evelyn Brown made her debut in the world at 2:24 p.m., Jan. 21. Making her the first born in Langruth.
    Excited parents are Cathy and Ron Brown of Langruth. Also there to love and spoil the baby sister are siblings, 12-year-old Aaron and l0-year-old Erika.
    Erika says the new baby makes mom a lot busier and she cannot spend as much time with her mom. Erika says she likes to hold and change the baby.
     The Brown's received a 2000 teddy bear and a rose from Farncombe's store to mark the occasion of Langruth's Millennium Baby.

News for March, 2000 Top

I just read an interesting article in Sharron Arksey's Rural Routes column in the The Herald Leader Press which I think you will enjoy although the person involved may be embarassed.
  We are now past the halfway mask as far as calving goes.
  "One thing about it, it's downhill from now," The Man said.
  Certainly the recent weather has made the task more pleasant, if sometimes a little on the sloppy side.
  The teenager takes a turn at going out to check the cows each night. One night she stayed out for a longer than usual time.
  I wondered if there was a cow calving, but was sure that our daughter would have come back to the house to get her dad if that were the case.
  Just as I was about to go out and look, she came home.
  She had propped herself up on some bales, she said, and was watching the cattle do whatever they do at 10 p.m. The Teenager can spend a lot of time just watching cattle.
  But this time she fell asleep.

Criminals getting bolder in Amaranth area
- by Maria Calabrese, The Herald Leader Press, Front page
    LANGRUTH -- Escalating frustration among residents in the Amaranth, Sandy Bay and Langruth area towards criminals who are mounting bolder attacks against them could peak into a wave of vigilante justice, say some residents.
     "What's going to happen here is someone's going to get hurt eventually," said local business- man Kevin Johnson. "Crimes are going to get so bad that someone's going to get killed by a victim. I've never seen so many people put an alarm in their homes as in the last two months. It's just out of control."
     Johnson understands the growing frustration all too well since thieves broke into his Imperial Oil fuel station in Amaranth eight times last year. He followed the advice of police to improve his security by installing bars on windows along with a steel door in a steel frame, but in December he fell victim to the more violent trend of criminals ramming stolen vehicles into buildings to get inside.
     Thieves also rammed Economy Foods in Amaranth and a commercial garage on the Sandy Bay First Nation two weeks later. Johnson's gas station in Langruth was hit just last week when criminals hammered through the door's security glass to grab cigarettes and some cash from the till.
     "I'm really becoming numb to the break and enters. I don't claim insurance anymore on some things. You just can't," Johnson said. "I'm not a violent person, but if I catch somebody again in my place, I'm going to hurt them,this is really affecting everybody's emotions."
     He added criminals are soliciting bribes from their victims to return stolen goods.     Some members of the community empathize with a Sandy Bay First Nation man charged with attempted murder after he allegedly beat a 14-year-old boy with a stick after catching the youth breaking into his residence in December. The boy suffered head trauma and multiple skull fractures and was transported to Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.
     That case is still pending in Amaranth provincial court.
     "The law says that you can use a reasonable amount of force to  protect your property ... in this  case the police feel it was unreasonable or we wouldn't have  charged him," said Amaranth  RCMP Sgt. Helmut Neufeld. "I certainly hope the general public  has enough confidence in themselves and in our democratic system that we can jointly solve these problems without returning to any kind of vigilante justice."      Although area residents don't  condone the man's actions, they  could see the writing on the wall and expect more cases like this to  hit the courts.
       "It's a case of a man losing his   cool," said Philip Thordarson,   councillor for the Rural  Municipality of Lakeview.   "People are concerned that their children who are causing trouble could get hurt. The court punishments don't instill any shame in these people that do it, and they  go and do it again."
      "That guy took it into his own hands because he's getting sick and tired of his house being broken into," said Sandy Bay's Susan Beaulieu. "I could understand. If it were me, I'd feel the same way."

 Residents in three small communities are blaming a lack of police presence for a dramatic increase in crime in the area over the last 18 months.
     Amaranth, Langruth and Sandy Bay are serviced by the Westlake RCMP detachment, and some residents who have formed the Amaranth Concerned Citizens Committee have identified a lack of police presence between 2 a.m. to 8 a.m., the closure of Sandy Bay's RCMP detachment in 1998 and lenient court penalties as reasons for the increase in crime.
     The Westlake area is made up of the Amaranth, McCreary and Ste. Rose du Lac detachments.
    Jimmy Robertson, an Amaranth rancher and chairman of the committee, said the committee is circulating the Westlake Escalating Crime Petition to the rural municipalities of Alonsa, Lakeview, Glenella and McCreary in hopes of pressuring the federal government to re-evaluate policing in the detachment area.
     Portage-Lisgar MP Jake Hoeppner said residents have already contacted his office, and he expects to meet with them later this week in hopes of finding a solution to what he calls a "crime wave."
     "We need more police," said Philip Thordarson, councillor for the RM of Lakeview. "When there were two police forces, one in Sandy Bay and one in Amaranth, we people outside of the reserve were much more satisfied with the police service that we  had. But when they amalgamated them, it just seems that the police are kept very  busy dealing with one area."
      Sandy Bay has over 4,000  residents compared to about 400 people for the RM of  Lakeview and 700 people in the RM ofAlonsa.
      "I think it would be better for us to have our own policing," said Sandy Bay resident Susan Beaulieu. "Ever since (the RCMP) moved to Amaranth, there has been less policing on the reserve. They used to make patrols, but I hardly see them now that they're off reserve .... Even during the day, the past few months have been very busy with fires and break and enters."
     Sgt. Tom Forbes, the Manitoba RCMP's acting officer in charge of client services, said if there's a problem with police visibility, it has nothing to do with consolidations because there has always been nine officers servicing that area.
     The difference is instead of dedicating five members to work strictly in Amaranth and four in Sandy Bay, they are now all based out of the Amaranth detachment since   April of 1998 when the  reserve council's decision to close the detachment came into effect.
       "It's no secret that the majority of our work down there does originate in Sandy Bay, and we have a responsibility to answer the calls that we get," said  Westlake's administrative detachment commander Staff Sgt. Bruce Elliott.
   "There are a lot of violence- related calls, therefore other calls may not be attended to as quickly as they were in the past.
      Amaranth has been short-staffed by one officer for almost a year and is currently serviced by eight active members, and Elliott expects to regain that member after April1. Another member expected to be transfered from the Amaranth detachment will also be replaced.
      Forbes said few rural areas in Canada have enough officers for a 24-hour service, and the force is only beginning to replace retired members whose positions have remained unfilled since the RCMP training depot in Regina closed down for six months in 1998-99.
     Amaranth RCMP Sgt. Helmut Neufeld is the Westlake detachment commander in charge of operations and has shouldered  the brunt of complaints,  although he questioned why  the committee wouldn't invite any police input when they decided to set up the  petition.
      There is currently an on-call system and overtime procedures for members who respond to emergencies from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m., but Neufeld dismissed suggestions to move members to that shift because it would leave gaps during other times when the detachment experiences its heaviest workload and receives the majority of calls.
     "We would need to have probably as many as four more officers to make any kind of 24-hour system viable," Neufeld said.
     Elliott said the RCMP began addressing the shift issue last spring and would team up a member from the Ste. Rose du Lac and McCreary detachments with Amaranth to fill this  gap. Ste. Rose du Lac has Seven members and  McCreary has three.
      To improve communication with the community, Elliott said police are going to issue monthly press releases to advise the public of crimes that have been solved or other cases that are under investigation to remove some of the "rumour and innuendo" being spread.
     Police have also dedicated a stenographer to work with the court system and update victims on how their cases are proceeding to cut officers free from that duty.
     Police have already organized a community consultative group in Amaranth and plan to do the same for Langruth, and Elliott hopes to repeat Ste. Rose du Lac's successful Citizens on Patrol project in McCreary and Langruth.

Langruth UCW has busy year in 1999
     The Langruth UCW had another busy but successful year in 1999. There were 10 meetings held with an average attendance of eight members per meeting.
     The meetings opened with devotion followed by the collection of the mission and service donation, the calling, the roll and reading the minutes of the previous meeting. The treasurer's report was given at each meeting, correspondence was examined and a report was given from chair, mission and service, church board and presbytery. Any old business and new business was then dealt with and occasionally a video was reviewed.     The UCW and Grace Lutheran church jointly held the annual pancake supper and talent auction in February. This proved to be a great success with $1,526 going to each church. A big thank-you is extended to all who donated their talents and to all who bid on the various talents. Thank-you to all who helped.
       The Mother's Day tea was held on May 8 with a  profit of $474.
       In October the UCW and  Grace Lutheran church sponsored the annual fall supper. This brought in a profit of $720 for each church.
       A thank-you is extended  to all who helped with the fall supper.
      The UCW gave the following donations in 1999:  Clothes and personal supplies were taken to the  women's shelter in Portage la Prairie, a quilt was donated to the Rock Lake Camp quilt auction, a new hymn book was donated to the church from the UCW. The group also donated to the mission service fund, to the Rock Lake Camp, to Prairie Christian Training Centre and to the church treasury. The group also paid some of the registration fee for one youth delegate to go to the conference of Manitoba/Northwestern  Ontario held in May. The  UCW sent 18 Operation  Christmas shoe boxes.  These boxes go to Central America and Southeast Asia. They are filled with toys and other items for children and are given to the children at Christmas.      The group also pays for the cutting of the church lawn. A member laid the wreath on behalf of the UCW on Decoration Day. The group purchased blinds for the inside of the church and in March the group organized the World Day of Prayer.
     The members of the UCW also cleaned the inside of the church.
     In August, the group  served at a 50th wedding  anniversary.
      Fourteen cheer parcels were distributed in  December to people in Langruth and surrounding area. Cheer parcels are given to people through the year.
      The group members also make visits to shut-ins in the community and surrounding area throughout the year.
     Thanks again for everyone's help in making 1999 another successful year. Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings which are held the first Wednesday of every month starting at 1:30 p.m. There are no meetings in July or August.
     The executive remains the same for 2000. Kathy Grant as president and Patricia Kopp is secretary/treasurer.

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RM of Lakeview
Whitemud Conservation District could get new legal powers
BY SHARRON ARKSEY - The Herald Leader Press, Feb 29, 2000

    LANGRUTH -- The Rural Municipality of Lakeview has joined other municipalities within the Whitemud Watershed Conservation District in supporting a proposal that Whitemud be given the power to act as the complainant in cases of illegal drainage within the district.
    The conservation district has approached all municipalities located within its boundaries, seeking support for its resolution.
    By acting as the complainant in such cases, the district would become an intermediary between the public and the Department of Conservation.
   Lakeview council members endorsed the resolution at their Feb. 14 regular meeting.
    The tender for a used oil carrier for Lakeview's new EcoCentre has been awarded to Aime's Used Oil and Filter Depot at 5 cents per litre and $20 per drum of used filters for the year 2000.
    The EcoCentre is not yet in full operation.
    Council requested a provincial grant-in-aid for dust control on three Langruth streets at an approximate cost of $1,400.     Streets included are Broadway Avenue from Highway 50 to Railway Street, Railway Street from Broadway Avenue to Helgason Avenue and Helgason Avenue E. from Highway 50 to Railway Avenue .
    Council renewed its membership with the Hudson Bay Route Association at a cost of $200.
    A $50 grant was awarded to the Langruth Fall Fair Committee.
    All council members were authorized to attend the Municipal Officials Seminar in Brandon Feb. 28-29.

The warm weather and other activities in the arena put a stop to the mixed bonspiel on Feb 18 to 20. The ladies hockey tournament for Feb 19 was also postponed.
Congratulations to Shannon Huyber and Heather Thordarson who took part in the Honour Choir held by the Manitoba Choral Association in Winnipeg on Feb 18 to 20. The conference had workshops and a final concert on Sunday.

Langruth Ridge Riders 4-H club
By Kristine Blair, for The Herald Leader Press
       Our 4-H club has made many changes and plans this year. First we have changed our house club to a combination club. For this reason we have many new people: Jayme Egilson, Carma and Keith Hackewich, Jodi Hanneson, Kylynn Hill, Shannon Huyber, Jordan Jackson, Myles and Stephanie Jackson, Kelsey and Jeff Jensen, David Moore, Aaron and Erika Brown and Kaitlin Wild. We now have 20 members.
    The 4-H groups will be taught photography and exploring 4-H by Karen Jackson.
    Crafts will be taught by Joann Egilson, mechanics Sheldon Strocen and the horse club is still taught by Dawn Callender.
    We will be selling pay-what-you-pull tickets to raise money.
    We are all preparing speeches for Feb. 17 when we are reciting them at club level. If anyone likes, they can go on to the district competition in Gladstone. The 4-H curling bonspiel is coming up and we will send rinks.

LANGRUTH News in Portage Leader - by Ola Czeranko
    Dwayne Bales took part in the Manitoba Open Darts Tournament at West Kildonan Legion in Winnipeg the second week of March. He qualified and is going to Gander, Nfld. for the Canadian Finals in June.
    Kinisota Trail Game and Fish sponsored the Canada Coast Guard Accredited Safe Boating course on Feb 26th with 24 people participating. All passed.
    The game and fish club held a fish club held a fish derby on Lake Manitoba on March 11 with 64 fisherman taking part.
    First place in perch went to Myles Jackson.
    Second in perch went to Michael Dittmer of Swan Lake.
    First in burbot went to Bert Pochenrider.
    Second in burbot was Michael Dittmer.
    Heaviest five perch also Michael Dittmer.
    Youngest fisherman was Tara Lynn Kleemola; oldest was Peter Hiebert.

    Dawn Callender took part in the barrel racing and Jane Wilson had a display for the Lakeview Day Care at the Brandon Winter Fair.

News for April, 2000 Top

Getting in touch with their heritage
Icelandic National league president looking to start chapter in Portage area
April 4, 2000
    The Portage la Prairie area's Icelandic community may get its own club later this year.
"There's quite a number of people of Icelandic decent in Portage, Westbourne, Langruth. The names have changed due to marriage, but they're still there," said Ray Johnson, a Portage resident and president of the Icelandic National league of North America.
     Johnson calls himself 100 per cent Icelandic. His father was born in Iceland and his mother's family came from Iceland in the late 1800s.
     "The name would have been Gudmundsson. But as happened with many people who came from Europe the name was anglicized," Johnson said of his family name.
     The Icelandic National League is an umbrella organization which co-ordinates chapters across Canada and the northern United States. The league has more than 2,000 members with chapters in Winnipeg and Brandon. Johnson said Manitoba has the highest concentration of Icelandic descendants outside ofIceland itself.
     Now Johnson believes he can get at least 20 to 30 people into a local Icelandic organization.
     "Initially to form a group to get together to learn the language, talk, go to functions at other clubs in Brandon or Winnipeg, Johnson said.
     '"You don't even have to be Icelandic. We have (members) of English descent, French descent."
     Icelandic descendants from Langruth put on a cultural display at Portage la Prairie Mall a few weeks ago. It featured crafts, food, clothes and magazines from Iceland.     Johnson is taking a break from organizing the new group to participate in Icelandic celebrations.
     "Right now I'm concentrating on the national conference coming up at the end of April. After that we'll proceed to getting something started up.
     The national conference will be held in Gimli from April 28-30. Gimli also hosts the annual Icelandic Festival in the summer.
     In April, Johnson plans to visit Hull, Que., where a statue of the first European born in North America will be unveiled at the Museum of Civilization. Icelandic family records show the child, Snorri, was an Icelandic descendent born at L'Anse aux Meadows in what is now Newfoundland.
     Norse people are considered the first Europeans to visit North America -- 500 years before Columbus. They're arrival is being celebrated in Newfoundland this summer with a reenactment of their voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.
    Icelanders began immigrating to North America in larger numbers after the severe winter of 1874.
    Snow lasted into the summer and a powerful September wind destoryed houses.
    The following winter in Iceland was mild, but marked by earthquakes and a volcanic erruption.

Langruth Students get an 'A' in speech arts
- by Sharon Arksey, The Herald Leader Press
   Langruth students did their school proud at the Gladstone Speech Arts Festival, taking first place in six of the 10 categories.
   Grade 6 student Kaitlin Wild, who came first in the public speaking competition, also captured the award for the highest mark awarded during the day.
   In spoken poetry category, students from Langruth topped each of the four classes.
   Winners were Christel Wilson, Grade 1-2; Carma Hackewich, Grade 5-6 and Heather Thordarson, Grade 7-8. Keith Hackewich tied with Gladstone student Cali Hamilton for first place in the Grade 3-4 competition.
   Sisters Heather and Theresa Thordarson tied for first place honours in the prose reading category.
   Other Langruth students participating in the day-long event were Cheryl Kleemola and Stephanie Eirikson (poetry reading y duet, trio or quartet); Christopher Rinn and Roddy Thordarson (grade 1-2 spoken poetry); Theresa Thordarson and Kelsey Jensen (Grade 3-4 spoken poetry); Erika Brown, Jessica Dick and Jackie Reed (Grade 5-6 spoken poetry); Roddy Thordarson and Kelsey Jensen (prose reading); and Keaton Arksey and Kaleigh Jackson (public speaking).

RCMP see need for citizen comittee
  LANGRUTH - The Rural Municipality of Lakeview has given its approval in principle to the formation of a community development corporation, which could provide small loans to local business ventures.
    At its March 13 regular meeting, council formally approved the concept and committed $5,000 to be taken out of the general reserve and placed in an investment pool for lending use.
    Under a provincial government program, local development corporations which raise $10,000 can then qualify for an additional $20,000 in provincial funding.
      Local organizations such as the Langruth Elks, the Langruth Legion and the Langruth Community Business Council are now being approached to see whether they would be willing to share in the formation of the development corporation.
   Chief administrative officer Ron Brown said that, once sufficient funding is in place, the next step would be to find community members who would be willing to sit on the corporation's board.
   ADVISORY GROUP  -  Sgt Bruce Elliott of the Westlake RCMP attended the recent Lakeview council meeting to talk about the need for a citizen advisory group composed of a cross section of community members.
    Elliott said that the group's role would be to provide the RCMP with feedback and suggestions.
  SOLICITOR  -   Council approved the appointment of Chris Ciiristianson as municipal solicitor.
     The appointment was made necessary by the retirement of solicitor Orest Pressey, who had previously been responsible for Lakeview's legal affairs.
   CONFERENCE  -   The chief administrative officer will attend the Manitoba Municipal Administrators Association conference in Winnipeg April 16-20.

Lake Manitoba set to get shallower
Province bows to requests from property owners for lower water levels
     The province's plan to lower water levels at Delta Beach is gotting rave reviews from local property-owners and wildlife officials.
      "I know there's been intensive lobbying over the last few years to achieve this goal," said Delta cottage-owner Leonard Rossnagel. "I would think that you'd be pretty hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn't be pleased about this."
     Last week, the water resources branch of Manitoba Conservation released a report outlining the present status of provincial labes.
    Included in the report were the province's intentions to operate Lake Manitoba at somewhat lower target elevations this year, based on a consensus among locals that the range of the past several decades has been too high.
     This summer, the lake will be maintained at the 811.78 foot mark, compared with the usual 812.5 to 813 foot level.
     "That's quite a bit lower than it has been in recent years," said Alf Warkentin, senior river forecaster for the province.
     The lower levels will be achieved by increasing outflows at Fairford Dam, although summer precipitation could adjust measurements slightly.
     But Warkentin says the province's efforts should go a long way in addressing residents' concerns, and Rossnagel agrees.
     "I think this is going to make a lot of people happy," said Rossnagel, a former member of the Delta Beach association.
     As Rossnagel explains it, high water levels at Delta Beach mean damage to property for land owners.
    "It erodes the shore line -- so a lot of cottages that are closer to the lake are actually in danger of being in the lake," he said. But when the water levels are lower, the wind can blow sand up onto the shoreline, and that builds them back up.
     But property owners aren't the only ones who are happy with the news.
     Rob Olson, assistant scientific director of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, says the lower levels will also be advantageous for wildlife at Delta Marah.
     Olson says high lake levels raise the levels in the marsh, resulting in water that's murky and turbid.
      "What that does is inhibit plant growth in the water, and the plants that aren't growing anymore are actually food for ducks and fish" he said. "So with high water... there's a decrease in plant growth, and a decrease in wildlife use."
     But while Olson says the lower levels will definitely have positive effects, there are still a number of other factors contributing to Delta Marsh's unhealthy state.     "It's the interplay between a bunch of things," he said. "A lot of it is the fact that the water is being held at the same level all the time."
     Olson notes the introduction of sediment-stirring carp fish and water from the Assiniboine River have also deteriorated the marsh's condition.
     For the marsh to really thrive again, Olson says a water management system would have to be designed where levels would be kept consistently low for at least five years, and then raised again for the same amount of time.
"For a marsh to be truely healthy, it needs fluctuating water levels that are kept constant for many years, and then changed for several years," he said.
      According to Olson, groups like the Delta Waterfowl Foundation and Ducks Unlimited have begun broaching that subject with the province, and expects efforts to pinpoint the lake's other problems are on the horizon.

   The spring break went by without the usual blizzard of years gone by.
    We are so sorry to hear that Bill and Betty Puddicombe are leaving for Winnipeg soon. Get well wishes, Bill. We are alse sorry to see your store close. The Legion is going to host a farewell evening at the Legion on April 15 and everyone is welcome. In the next few weeks there will be an auction.
      The Langruth seniors are hosting the northwest district region meeting on April 17.
      Happy birthday to Viola Wild, Henriette Kleemola and Verla Reed.
     Velma Vereb and Emily Thompson spent a week in March with their sister Edna Hirsekorn of Radcliffe, Alb. When they returned Joe and Velma Vereb visited Yvonne, Kirk and Conner McCardle who just moved from Alberta to Kenora, Ont.
      Kristin Arksey, along with Nancy Bikoski of Winnipeg and Susan and Lloyd Ching and family of Darlingford spent March 31 with Bjorg Halldorson of Portage la Prairie.
      Get well to Marsha Soos.
      There will be a Rabies Vaecination Clinic held for your pets at the Lakeview Fire Hall on April 20 from  7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Remember, dogs kept within Langruth must be vaccinated and licensed.
      Due to many cold days at the end of April the All-Around-Town Garage Sale will be held in Langruth this year on May 20 from 9  a.m. to 2 p.m. To be included  on a map phone Marie at  445-2097.
      Everyone is welcome to  attend the Langruth 4-H Achievement Night held at the Langruth School gym on April 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be  served. Come and see what  the 4-H'ers have been doing  this year. There are 23  members.
      Have a good week!

4-H More Than You Imagined
        The Langruth Ridge Riders is in its fifth year of existence.  The club has expanded this 1999/2000 year to include project groups such as Mechanics, Photography, Smart Cents, Exploring 4-H and Crafts for All Seasons.  We have twenty-three members involved in these projects.
        Head leader is Dawn Callander, with project leaders Colleen Gardiner, Louise Blair, Sheldon Strocen, JoAnn Egilson, and Karen Gardiner.  4-H is all volunteer and couldn't be managed without the support of the community and parents.
        We would like to send a big THANK YOU! to the following for their donation to our 4-H Family Dance held February 11, 2000 at the Langruth Community Hall: Eric MacMillan Insurance Agencies, Walmart, Jensen Rentals, Clarke's of Gladstone, Johnson Tire, Gladstone Pharmacy, 7-L Ranch, Happyrock Electronics, Marsha Lasson, Barbara Jackson, Langruth Legion.  Also to all parents for their donation of food, time and draw prizes.
~ submitted by Langruth Ridge Riders

4-H Public Speaking
        The 4-H District Communications Evening was held on March 8th in Gladstone.  Seven members from The Langruth Ridge Riders participated.  All members were presented with a Participation Certificate and the 1st place winners received a red ribbon as well.  These included Dana Gardiner - 1st Senior Speech, Kaleigh Jackson - 1st Intermediate Speech, Holly Gardiner - 2nd Intermediate Speech, Kaitlin Wild - 1st Junior Speech, Erika Brown - 2nd Junior Speech, Kristine Blair/Sarah Stroeder (Gladstone Beef) - 1st Junior Two Person Visual Presentation.
        Also participating from Langruth was Kelsey Jensen.  The winners from each category are eligible to compete at the Central Region Communications Festival to be held in Carman on April 8th, 2000.  The 2nd place or alternate may go if the winners are unable to attend.  It was an enjoyable and entertaining evening.   ~ Club Submission

The following is the second installment of "A Manitoba Woman" written by Jessie Yungkurt in 1988.  Further installments will appear in future issues of the Views.

A Manitoba Woman:  Part Two
        Her family was not neglected, with love she taught them self reliance.  She patiently nursed her husband until his death in 1958.  Saddened by her loss and loneliness, she now took time to visit her children and grand-children.  She felt great pride in all their achievements.  Often awarding them with gifts for special occasions.  Runa lived to attend their weddings and to welcome great grand-children.
        Runa loved to be where the action was.  Whenever there was a social event, you could count on her presence.  How she loved to dance, whirling through the intricate steps of old time dancing.  She found time to curl in bonspiels.  When most people her age were rocking chair victims, she donned her skates for an evening of fun.  Some envied her vitality, others marveled at her agility.  Once, long past retirement age, she walked seven miles in a walk-a-thon.  Declaring at the finish line, "I'm not one bit tired!"
        Years before her retirement, she carefully planned her work to afford time to belong to organizations.  She joined The Lutheran Church Ladies Aid, The Order of the Royal Purple and her beloved Women's Institute which she served faithfully for sixty-seven years.  They each had a special place in her life.  She gave generously of time and talent.  She rarely missed a local meeting and traveled to seminars and conventions.  Runa was quick to reprimand members who gave weak excuses for their absence.  She firmly believed, come rain or shine, if you are a member you should attend with body and spirit.
        All who knew her would admit she had a sharp tongue.  It did mellow some with age.  An individual who called a spade a spade and bore the consequence.
        I never heard her complain.  She would find a way to put a disappointment to good use.
~ End of Part Two ~

More 4H News: Achievement Night
        Everyone is invited to attend the Langruth 4-H Achievement Night which will be held in the Langruth School Gym on Friday, April 14 starting at 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. So come on down and see what the 4Hers have been up to this year.

Ice Safety
        This is a timely topic both at the beginning and the end of the winter.  The following article deals with a variety of things to take note of when venturing out on to the ice.
        Winter recreational sports are popular activities among many Manitobans. Ice fishing, sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, downhill and cross-country skiing are among the most popular sports.  With these activities come safety precautions, especially when ice over water is involved.  Ice can be very dangerous, and people can be injured or killed when ice is not respected.
        Ice on ponds, lakes and rivers can be affected by many things.  The strength and thickness of the ice should be known before any activities take place on it.  To determine what activities can safely take place a rough rule of thumb is:
        Inches* Activities
          2             Walking
          4             Fishing
          6             Snowmobiling
        8-12            Vehicles
        (*inches of new, clear ice)

        Safety Points to Consider include:
* New ice is usually stronger than old ice.  As ice ages, the bond between the crystals decays, making it more dangerous and weaker even if melting has not occurred.
* Wind speeds influence ice formation .  Light winds speed up the formation.  Strong winds force water from beneath the ice and can decay the edges of the ice.
* Snow can insulate ice and keep it strong.  It can also insulate it to keep it from freezing.  When ice is covered by snow, great precautions need to be taken to determine ice thickness before starting any activity.  Snow can also hide cracked, weak and open water areas.
* Never check ice or rescue a victim of ice failure alone because you yourself could become a victim very quickly.
Precautions need to be taken to assure the ice is safe for your activities.  Always check the ice before going out on it.  Be aware that ice thickness and strength can vary from location to location.
Moms & Tots Meet Again
The Lakeview Children's Centre will be hosting another session of "Moms & Tots" on April 6th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Please call Donna at 445-2360 if you would like more information.

"There's oil in them there sheds"
        Recently a brochure was mailed to every resident of Lakeview outlining the oil recycling program that is now in place.  The depot is located at the Waste Disposal Grounds near Langruth.  This brochure also included a special invitation for "in the yard" pickup to farmers who have large quantities that might be difficult to move.  The oil carrier the R.M. has contracted with has offered to do this at no charge.  If you have a barrel or two (or three. . .) call and register with the R.M for pickup.
        We are extending the deadline for registration to April 28th so please call   445-2243 and let us know quantity (approx) and location for pickup.
        The Oil Recycling Centre (or EcoCentre) is now in full operation so if you have oil and filters you want to get rid of please bring them in.  No quantity is too small.  The hours are the same as the Waste Grounds.

Farncombe's Food Centre
Mon. - Wed.: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thurs. & Fri.: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday:  7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Meats     Groceries     Liquor Vendor
Lotteries     Videos
Post Office   Beer Vendor

Do I hear $75.00 . . .
for this lovely pound of perch?
        The United Church and the Grace Lutheran Church held their Annual Pancake Supper and Talent Auction on March 7th.  It proved once again to be very successful with a profit of $2,117.32 going to each church.
        Thanks again to our auctioneer, Cecil Robertshaw.  He always does such a good job.  We would also like to extend our thanks to those who donated or helped in any way.

Have your dog shot
(With rabies vaccine, that is.)
        An alarming number of rabid animals were reported in this area last summer.  If you value your animal's health please take advantage of the Vaccination Clinic that will be held in the Lakeview Fire Hall on April 20th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Dogs kept within Langruth must be vaccinated and licensed.

Land Ho!
        After a full day of rigorous training in safe seamanship the Canadian Coast Guard Safe Boating Course produced twenty-four graduates.  The course was sponsored by the Kinosota Trail Game and Fish Association and was held in the Hall on February 26th.
        Immediately following the course some of  the  certified boaters proudly rushed to the lake to try out their newly acquired skills, but after several unsuccessful attempts pronounced the water to be "too dang hard just yet."

Family Fishing Found Fun
        The Kinosota Trail Game & Fish Association's Annual Family Fishing Day was held on March 11th.  The weather was fine, too cold, too warm, or not cold enough depending on who you spoke to. Nonetheless, everyone seemed to have a great time and driving conditions on the lake couldn't have been better.
        The prize winners were as follows:
Perch:  1st  - Myles Jackson
        2nd - Mike Dittmer

Burbot: 1st - Bert Poschenrieder
          2nd- Mike Dittmer

Heaviest Five Perch:  Mike Dittmer

Youngest Fisher:  Tara Kleemola

Oldest Fisher:  Peter Hiebert

        The Kinosota Trail Game and Fish Association would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors for their help and the sixty-four participants for coming out and taking part.  See you next year!

 Fire Department News
        After four evenings of training the majority of the members of  The Lakeview Fire Department finished recertification in  Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR. The members of the fire department would like to thank instructors Richard Hayes and Todd McKinnon for making the course both informative and entertaining.  Thanks are also extended to Langruth School and to  Joanne Ewen who put up with us being in the school while she was in the middle of Spring Break cleaning.

News for May, 2000 Top

   Seeding is well underway in the Langruth area. Now we need some rain.
News from Ola Czeranko:
   Sincere sympathy to Robert Thompson and his brothers and sisters on the death of their aunt Pauline Johnson of Lundar. She was 104 and taught school in this area of Big Point in 1936 and 1937. She retired from teaching in 1961 in Lundar.
   Attending the funeral on May 1 were Robert Thompson and sister-in-law Vera Thompson of Portage la Prairie, Rena Arksey and Blanche MacLeod and Runa Thorsteinson.
   Sincere sympathy to the family of Violet Thorleifson who died on April 30 in Brandon.
   Happy 25th anniversary to Walter and Barbara Arksey of Ottawa on May 8.

Thanks to the Elks & Legion
The Lakeview Fire Department extends its heartiest thanks to the Langruth Elks and the Langruth Legion for their recent generous donations.
        As you no doubt remember in 1996 the office, shop and firehall of the R.M. of Lakeview were destroyed by fire.  Since then the Lakeview Fire Department has been rebuilt and rejuvenated.  They  now have fifteen dedicated volunteers who meet monthly  to drill and who are on call 24 hours a day to serve our community. In 1999 the LFD put in nearly 300 man-hours at actual calls (this does not include drills).
        Through past fundraising (talent show, dances) and through continued support from the municipality the Lakeview Fire Department has steadily improved both its equipment and training.  One of the equipment needs that they are working on is that of turnout gear.  This includes the pants, jacket, helmet, balaclava, and gloves necessary for the protection of a firefighter responding to a vehicle or structure fire. A full set of turnout gear costs $1400.00.
        Thanks to the generosity of the Elks and the Legion the LFD can now purchase two more sets of turnout gear.
        Service groups such as the Elks and the Legion  have provided years of support for   a wide variety of  community activities and often their efforts go unnoticed.  The Lakeview Fire Department has certainly noticed and once again says, "Thank You!"

Time to Fire Up the Barbecue
        With this warm weather some people's thoughts are turning to the smell of a barbecued steak and all the trimmings.  But you don't have to do the cooking yourself! Last year's Legion BBQ  was quite a success and it's on again this year.
        So, mark your calendar for June 16th.  The BBQ starts at 6:00 p.m. and Everyone is Welcome to attend.  Tickets are $12.00 and are available at the Legion, the RM office or from Legion members.  Get yours now because the number of tickets is limited.

You Call  - - - We Haul
Kevin Wilson Water Hauling
Phone 445-2101

The following is the third and final installment of "A Manitoba Woman" written by Jessie Yungkurt in 1988.  We thank Mrs. Yungkurt for allowing us to include her writings in The  Views.

A Manitoba Woman:  Part Three
        A fall fair is held yearly in Langruth.  Runa was a regular exhibitor.  From her garden she gathered prize winning entries.  Being a renowned baker, one year she baked a raisin pie.  The top crust was lattice, so deftly shaped and browned it would have been the envy of any celebrated baker.  Off she went to the fair.  But on arrival was told there was no section for lattice crust pies.
        "What, no lattice crust?" said the astonished Runa. "It's unbelievable.  I should have read the prize list more carefully."  With a snort and a toss of her snowy head, she turned on her heel.  "I'll take my pie to Bill Hall, he won't object to a lattice crust."
        The community made extravagant plans for Runa's ninetieth birthday.  But they hadn't counted on the weather.  The morning greeted them with a vicious storm.  It had to be canceled. A few hardy souls made it to her home, laden with goodies including the birthday cake.  It was a devastating disappointment for the whole community.  But not quite so for our birthday lady.  When the small party ended, Runa said, in her matter-of-fact way, "Thank you all for coming and spread this news:  My home is open house for all who wish to celebrate my birthday."  News in a village spreads like wild-fire.  Before the week had ended she had entertained friends and relatives from near and far.
        "You see," she said, "I've had a whole week of birthday fun thanks to a Manitoba blizzard."
        So Runa continued to live her life, now with failing eyesight.  Deprived of handicrafts, she found pleasure in telephone conversations and the radio.  But she remained strong in spirit and body.  She refreshed her spiritual needs at church each Sunday; her body with plain, wholesome food, recommending a glass of milk and a banana as a bed-time snack.  Keeping always before her the code she had lived by:  Hard work never hurt anyone.
        In the early fall of 1987 we began to notice a change in our dear friend.  She grew tired from her daily walks.  At long last she complained to her family of the stomach pains she had borne all summer.  A visit to the doctor brought us the dreaded news.  She had terminal cancer.  With her true indomitable spirit Runa said, "I've had a good life.  I am prepared to go."
        God called her to eternal rest on the seventeenth of October, 1987. A huge crowd gathered to pay tribute to a lady who sincerely had lived for home and country.  We stood at the grave, ankle deep in the new fallen snow.  A shiver crept through my body.  Then the sun shone out and I thought I heard Runa say, "It's a beautiful day."

Celebrating Ten Years
        The Lakeview Children's Centre will be having an open house on May 5th at 3:00 p.m. to officially recognize ten years of operation.  Everyone (kids, parents, community members, grandparents, we mean everyone) is invited to come out and help celebrate.

Legion Athletic Camp
For years now the local Legion has been sponsoring some young people to attend the annual Legion Athletic Camp at the Peace Gardens.  The Camp is held in July and August. Registration forms are available at the school.

(  Thank You   )
Baby Samantha, Mother Cathy (and the rest of the Browns) wish to thank everyone for the lovely Baby Shower that was held last month.  Your generosity and warmth is sincerely appreciated.

Microwave Warning
The following is a reprint of a warning that has been sent out to all fire departments to be used for public education purposes.
Subject: Microwaving Water to Heat it Up.
"I feel that the following is information that any one who uses a microwave oven to heat water should be made aware of .  About five days ago my 26 year old son decided to have a cup of instant coffee.  He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something he had done numerous times before).  I am not sure how long he set the timer for but he told me he wanted  to bring the water to a boil.  When the timer shut the oven off he removed the cup from the oven.
As he looked into the cup he noted the water was not boiling but instantly the water in the cup "blew up" into this face. (more()
        The cup remained intact until he  threw it out of his hand but all the water had flew out into his face due to the buildup of energy.  His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face which may leave scarring.  He also may have lost partial sight  in his left eye.
        While at the hospital, the doctor who was attending to him stated that this is a fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave oven.  If water is heated in this manner, something should be placed in the cup to diffuse the energy (such as a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc.).  It is however a much safer choice to boil the water in a tea kettle."

Potluck Picnic
        The Langruth United Church will be hosting the Circle Marsh Pastoral Charge potluck lunch and picnic.  The event will take place June the 11, 2000 following a special 11:00 a.m. service held at the Langruth United Church.  The potluck picnic will held at the old  Museum grounds at Jessie Yungkurt's.
        Langruth members are invited to bring the meat portion of the potluck picnic.  Games and sports activities will be provided for the children.  This will become an annual event with each of the churches, Langruth, Glenella and Plumas, taking turns to host the event.  Everyone is welcome.

U.C W. Meeting
        The May U.C.W. meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the home of Jessie Yungkurt.

Special Services
        The Langruth United Church will hold a service of Baptism on May 14th at 1:30 p.m. Guest minister Phyllis Thordarson will officiate and preach at the May 7th service.

Mother's Day Tea
        The annual Mother's Day Tea will take place on May 13th at the Langruth Community hall.  Bake, plant, variety and Sunday School tables will provide a wide assortment of goods for those in attendance.  A fish pond will be provided for the children.  Everyone is welcome.

Play Ball
The Langruth Girl's 14 and Under ball team will be starting its games in May.  The schedule is available from Jami Wild. The girl's games will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The tournament will be held on June 10th with other games to follow.  The tournament will not determine the winner.  The number of wins and losses will determine the winners for the season.  There are five teams in the league and the plan is to play each team three times.
        Michelle Elliott will be looking after the 9 and Under Boy's team.  For  further information contact Michelle.

School News
        Check out the dessert theater "Red vs. the Wolf" on May 16th.  The musical presentation "Clowns" is to be held in the first week of June.  A date has yet to be established.
        The students are now busy preparing for the Gladstone Music Festival and the grade 5 and 6 class will soon start practicing track and field so they can compete in the divisional track and field competition to be held on June 5th in Austin.

Farncombe's Food Centre
Mon. - Wed.: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thurs. & Fri.: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday:  7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Meats     Groceries     Liquor Vendor
Lotteries     Videos
Post Office   Beer Vendor

Main Street Langruth

National Water Relay
        On April 15th a former resident of Langruth took part in making history at Pitt Meadows, British Columbia.  Carole Yungkurt Kubb, Citizen of the Year for Pitt Meadows, was given the honour of carrying a bottle of water taken from the Pacific Ocean.  This water was carried one kilometere, on one more portion of its journey along the Trans Canada Trail.
        From February to September water from the Arctic, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans will be relayed by 5000 Official Carriers.  On September 9th, 2000 the water will be emptied into a newly constructed fountain in Ottawa.  The intent is to mark a new path of Community Pride and unite us all in a National Spirit.

Swimming Coach Success
        Jeremy Organ of Cranbrook B.C. (grandson of Rita Organ), has recently accepted the position of head swimming coach at Pensacola Florida.
        Jeremy got into swimming at the age of 16 and quickly advanced.  Organ swam for the University of North Dakota after accepting an athletic scholarship.  In 1996 he became UND's full-time swim coach.  Now he's off to Florida . Congratulations.

Time to Get Ready for the Sixth Annual
Saturday, May 20, 2000 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Great Yard Sales in and Around Langruth

We will have maps available again this year.
 If you want your sale included on the map call Marie at 445-2097 by 6 pm May 19.

Langruth Views ~ May  2000

Langruth Views
May 2000
Distributed by the Langruth Community Business Council

Lakeview tax rate goes up
      LANGRUTH   Ratepayers in the Rural Municipality of Lakeview will see an increase in property taxes this year.
       Details of the municipality's 2000 financial plan were available at a public   meeting held May 8, immediately prior to council's regular meeting. No one  attended the meeting.
       The tax increase comes as a result of an increase in the municipal mill rate. The Pine Creek school mill rate remains at its 1999 level.
       Chief administrative officer Ron Brown said that in recent years, the municipality has been dipping into its surplus in order to keep the mill rate down, particularly in light of rising school mill rates. In 1999. for example, $16,000 was taken out of surplus.
     Lakeview ended 1999 in a $7,000 deficit position, largely because ofunanticipated drainage and road work expenses created by the year's heavy rainfall.
      This year, council will be working towards building up the surplus again.
     The effect on an average house in Langruth will be a $16 increase. Brown noted, however, that the net effect for many homeowners will be negligible because of the provincial property tax credit.
     A quarter section of farmland with an assessed value of$30,000 will see a property tax increase of$27.
     Municipal expenditures are budgeted to increase by about $2,500, but the biggest change will be shown on the revenue side of the equation.
     "In the past, revenue in the "other revenue" category has been estimated higher than actual revenues received. We have adjusted that figure downward in this year's budget," Brown said.
     Capital purchases for the year have been reduced. In 1999, the municipality spent $22,000 on equipment and other capital items. The figure has beer lowered to $10,000 for this year.
      Included in that total are $5,600 representing the first of two payments on the new EcoCentre at the municipal waste disposal site and 8,000 for miscellaneous shop tools.
     The money cut from the capital budget has been moved to roadwork and drainage.     The municipality has also made a $5,000 commitment to the establishment of a community development corporation under the Community Works Loans program.
     This expenditure, however, is dependent on matching commitment from local organizations.

RMs switch to credit union
    The Rural Municipality of Lakeview is moving its accounts to the Austin Credit Union from Royal Bank.
    Councillors made the decision at their May 8th regular meeting.
    The municipality has maintained accounts at Royal Bank for many years, first at the Langruth branch and then at Portage la Prairie, when the local branch was closed in 1993.
    Brown said that the move reflects council's philosophy of community support and development. .....

Langruth - by Ola Czeranko, May 30, 2000
     The all-around-town sale was a success; People buzzed all over town before 9 a.m. until after 2  p.m. The May long-weekend was a good choice. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. We sure did.
      Karen Hill was honoued by a bridal shower on May  20. She was escorted in by  Melanie Craik. Relatives came from Winnipeg. She  got many beautiful gifts.  The wedding is slated for  September.
      A surprise 25th anniversary party was held on May 20 for Doug and Leanne  Thompson at their cabin at Big Point Retreat. Doug's sister Cheryl and family of  Saskatoon were out.  Cousins Phylis Sand and  Marcella Roe were also out from the west to attend. Happy anniversary Doug and Leanne.
     Circle Marsh Charge of the United Church will hold a joint service of Plumas, Langruth and Glenella at 11  a.m. on June 11. A potluck dinner will follow at Jessie   Yungkurt's residence.
       The annual Decoration Day is on June 4 at 2:30pm at the cenotaph.
       A social for Jeff Ewen and Sabrina Bugg will be held on June 10 at Langruth Hall.
       Sincere sympathy to the family of Frances Hanneson who died recently in   Vancouver, B.C.
        Harley and Mary Arksey  visited the long weekend at Rena and Barry Arksey's.
        Susan and Lloyd Ching and family of Darlingford  spent May 21 at Kristin   Arksey's.
        Phone your news in, I'm running out of steam.

News for June, 2000  Top

Cancer Patient Transportation

Langruth area residents can now benefit from a Community Driving Program initiated by Central Plains Cancer care Services. Under the program cancer patients who require this service will be picked up at their residence and returned following their appointment. A family member is welcome to travel with the patient.

The transportation program is only for cancer patients having an appointment at a recognized cancer facility/hospital. This service would Laos include visits to clinics.

The cost to the patient is $15.00 round trip to Winnipeg and $10.00 for closer locations. The remainder of the cost is covered by Central Plains Cancer Care Services, made possible by money raised from the spring canvass, memorials and fund raising initiatives.

To make travel arrangements please call : Teri Soos 445-2275, Kim Johnson 445-2245, or Isaac Wiebe 445-2059. If these contacts can not be reached or if you are wanting more information about this program please contact Daisy Dowhy, Resource Coordinator at 857-6100 or 857-8510 evenings.

How True

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."

~ Anonymous ~

Decoration Day
The Langruth Legion Decoration Day Service will be held at the Cenotaph on Sunday, June 4th at 2:30 p.m.

Play Ball!
Here are the game schedules for the Under 14 Girls and the Rookie Boys. Games begin at 6:30 p.m.

June 1 Carberry at Langruth
June 8 Langruth at Glenella
June 13 Neepawa 2 at Langruth
June 15 Neepawa 1 at Langruth
June 20 Langruth at Carberry
June 27 Glenella at Langruth

June 5 Langruth at Carberry
June 7 Langruth at Gladstone
June 12 Langruth at Plumas
June 14 Carberry at Langruth
June 19 Gladstone at Langruth
June 21 Plumas at Langruth

The following is the third installment of "A Pioneer of Lakeland" written by Fred Hill. Further installments will appear in future issues of the Views.

by Fred Hill

Before I go any further, I better revert back, as some might be interested to know that the passing of the old ways was not complete. For instance, in many of the old homes, in the fall, you would see strings upon strings all through the house. They had peeled apples, cut into quarters, hanging up to dry. There were no evaporated apples in those days. They would make their own cider. It was a nice refreshing drink when first made. But in time it would get hard to drink because it would soon cause the knees to weaken.

We very seldom saw beef to eat unless in some hotel. Pork used to be imported from the U.S.A. In most of the houses you would see molds for making candles, usually six at a time. The wood ashes in the winter time would be put into barrels and in the spring water was put on them and run off for lye to make soap. The milk was put into open tins and skimmed off into a dash churn. There were no cream separators or barrel churns in those days. Some small farmers would flail their own grain out and others would put the sheaves in a bin and thresh the grain out with a small separator.

Another thing I must mention is the very cold weather. Many days it used to be 60' to 65' below zero. Many times you would wake up in the morning and find the outside bed clothes covered with frost from your breath. A pail of water was pulled up from the well, and when it spilled over the ground, it would roll into ice like mutton tallow. The blizzards would be so bad sometimes that you could not see the horses that you were driving.

There was always lots of snow, but spring came early with good sunny weather. Outer footwear composed of two pairs of heavy socks, duffles up to the knees with buckskin moccasins and two pairs of woolen mitts inside of buckskins for our hands.

When my time was over at the place I was working, I turned my face towards Lakeland. With the little hard earned capital that I had, and my small experience I thought I would have fair sailing but further experience told me a different tale.

~ End of Part Three ~
 You Call - - - We Haul
 Kevin Wilson Water Hauling
 Phone 445-2101

Potluck Picnic

The Langruth United Church will be hosting the Circle Marsh Pastoral Charge potluck lunch and picnic. The event will take place June the 11, 2000 following a special 11:00 a.m. service held at the Langruth United Church. The potluck picnic will held at the old Museum grounds at Jessie Yungkurtís.

Langruth members are invited to bring the meat portion of the potluck picnic. Games and sports activities will be provided for the children. This will become an annual event with each of the churches, Langruth, Glenella and Plumas, taking turns to host the event. Everyone is welcome.

You Know You are Canadian if . . .

.. you talk about the weather with friends and strangers alike. wonder why there isnít a five dollar coin yet..

                              Farncombeís Food Centre
                                 Mon. - Wed.: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
                                 Thurs. & Fri.: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
                                   Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
                                Meats Groceries Liquor Vendor
                                        Lotteries Videos
                                    Post Office Beer Vendor
                                    Main Street Langruth

Ridge Riders Achievement Day
The Langruth Ridge Riders 4H Horse Club will be holding its Achievement Day on June 15th at 7:00 p.m. The location for the event is adjacent to the junction of Highway 50 and Road 12 (just south of Callanders). Everyone is invited to come out and watch.

EcoCentre Open House
Everyone is invited to take part in EcoDay 2000. This event is being held throughout Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan on Saturday, June 24. Our Lakeview EcoCentre accepts used oil, filters, and plastic oil containers and is open during regular Waste Disposal Grounds hours.

On EcoDay everyone who visits the EcoCentre (even just to take a tour) will receive a voucher for a free hotdog lunch and a chance to win some great EcoPrizes. The EcoCentre will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The hotdog lunch and prize draws will be held at the RM office from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Come on out and see how easy it is to recycle your used oil! If you want more information please call Ron at 445-2243.

Social Evening
A Social Evening will be held Saturday, June 10th at the Langruth Community Hall in honour of the upcoming nuptials for Jeff Ewen and Sabrina Bugg.

Library News
A new shipment of books and videos has been received at the Langruth Library. Come on in and stock up on your summer reading material. Library hours can be found on page two of this newspaper.

School Happenings

       "Clowns" Musical Production: June 2nd at 7:30 in the school gym.
       Sports Day: June 14th starting in the morning.
       Awards Day: June 19th at 1:30 p.m.

Iíd like to know. . .
Here are some recently asked questions. If you know the answer(s) please call (445-2243) and let me know.

       How did the following areas get their names? Amana, Aierdale, Addingham, Hollywood.

       Which was the first house built in Langruth, when was it built, and who first lived in it?

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