80 YEARS AGO Friday, July 8, 1932 “Estimated cost” fooled the town in respect to the laying of the asphalt on Mountain Avenue - Hamilton Street square; it cost just twice as much as was estimated. It was the plan to pave the Mountain Avenue - Mill Street square, but almost all the material was used on the other. 70 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 9, 1942 Remodeling of the Paris Café was completed last week, and it now has the distinction of being a very modern and up to date eating place. Complete rearrangement of booths was undertaken and a new modern lunch counter installed, whereas the front of the café took on a new array of counters and wall fixtures. The Paris can boast of having the only U-shaped leather settee and booth in town. 60 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 10, 1952 Neepawa Council, at their regular meeting Monday, July 7, decided that the town solicitor be authorized to draw up an agreement with the Canadian Salt Company Ltd. granting an option on the vacant town property located east of the salt well company plant and bounded by William and Harold streets and the Whitemud River. The agreement was based on a payment of $50/year for a period of 10 years with an option to purchase the land at a price of $1,000. 50 YEARS AGO Tuesday, July 10, 1962 A six-year-old boy slipped unnoticed beneath the surface of the water at Riverbend Park Monday while playing with a group of other children and drowned. Dead is Douglas Nelson Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Brown of Fort William, Ont. The family was visiting relatives in Neepawa, and the boy had gone swimming with some cousins and other youngsters ranging up to 14 years in age. It was the first time anyone had drowned in Riverbend Park since it was opened, and the first time anyone drowned in the Whitemud River in Neepawa since another youngster died in 1929. 40 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 13, 1972 About 160 guests from the Manitoba Holiday Festival of the Arts gathered in the Legion Hall, Neepawa on Monday, July 10 for the smorgasbord banquet catered to by the Osprey - Stoney Creek W.I. Gordon Hancock, director of the education for the extension division of the University of Manitoba, introduced the instructors of the festival. Jim Schmall introduced the local Neepawa committee members. Councilor T. Strock brought greetings from the Town of Neepawa. 30 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 8, 1982 Chamber of Commerce’s plans to build a centennial roadside park received approval Monday, July 5 at a special meeting of council. To create the park, the chamber received major commitments from the town centennial committee, businessman Harold Isenberg, and from a foundation created by former mayor, Harry Smith. Council agreed Monday to accept a donation of land from Isenberg for “municipal purposes” and encouraged the chamber to proceed with its plans. 20 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 14, 1992 Six gall-bladder patients have been operated on in Neepawa using a new non-invasive type of surgery that reduces patient recovery time and saves the hospital money. Eric Gustafson, Neepawa Hospital Administrator, said the six patients stayed in hospital a total of 11 days following surgery, with the laparoscopic cholecystectomy technique. The same patients would have been in hospital for 40-50 days if they had been operated on in the traditional manner. 10 YEARS AGO Monday, July 8, 2002 Development of the Flats area off Brown Avenue may begin later this month, recreation, parks, and cultural affairs committee chairman, Ron Forsman, said last week. At a public meeting to discuss development of the area Wednesday, Forsman said council needs only pass a resolution on its July 16 meeting for work to begin. “It’s pretty clear people want to develop the area,” Forsman said. “I think if a resolution is passed in council, it can begin.” Under the town’s design plan, the Flats would be developed in stages, with the southern-most portion developed first.