80 years ago Tuesday, May 16, 1933 The town council was petitioned in 1905 to build a direct road from the hospital to the cemetery. That was quite the recommendation for the hospital. It might have meant that ones who were admitted would be sure of no steps being lost to take them the rest of the way. 70 years ago Thursday, May 20, 1943 Kenneth Harvey Snell, second son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Snell, Arden, enlisted May 4, with the R.C.A.F. as pilot or navigator. He is 19 years of age and just finished his first year engineering course at the University of Manitoba. His next of kin is his mother, Mrs. Gen Snell of Arden. 60 years ago Thursday, May 21, 1953 Neepawa’s four hockey clubs were honoured Friday night at a complimentary banquet in the Legion memorial hall. The juvenile teams, who won the provincial Juvenile B championship, the Bantam BBs, the Midget Bs and the Intermediate A team were guests at the enjoyable affair. President Dr. L.S. McMorris of the Neepawa Hockey Association was chairman for the evening. 50 years ago Friday, May 17, 1963 Martin O’Day of Neepawa, production and development manager of Western Operations for the Canadian Salt Company, Monday was named as chairman of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Manufacturers Association. He will succeed Allan R. McPherson of Winnipeg as head of the association. The new chairman of the Manufacturing Association has lived in Neepawa for considerable time now. He was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc.C.E. From 1945 to 1952 he was with the Canadian Industries Ltd. in Neepawa and since 1959 has been manager of the Canadian Salt plant in Neepawa. 40 years ago Thursday, May 17, 1973 Trees for Tomorrow is a co-operative project between the Manitoba west region of the Boy Scouts and the Whitemud River Watershed board to plant 100,000 trees in four selected areas on the Riding Mountains. The Red area is about two miles south of Kelwood and three miles west of No. 5 Highway where around 400 boys were expected to be working. The Blue area was three-quarters a mile south of Riding Mountain and three miles west of the highway. The green area was two miles south of Riding Mountain and about five miles west of the highway. In these two areas 170 boys were expected in each. At the Yellow area, two miles north and five miles west of Eden, about 250 boys were expected. 30 years ago Thursday, May 19, 1983 A photo was taken and it may appear to be some time in January but the photo was taken Friday, May 13 as a late spring snowstorm made its way through the Westman area. Highway crews who thought they had seen the last of salt and snowplows for the year were forced to back on the road to ensure safe travel for motorists. Unusually cold temperatures for most of May should soon begin to melt away for more seasonable weather. 20 years ago Tuesday, May 18, 1993 Former Neepawa mayor Homer Gill has been named a lifetime member of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities. Gill was elected mayor of Neepawa in 1981 and served in that position until being defeated by former deputy-mayor Roy McGillivray in last October’s municipal election. Gill also served on Neepawa council from 1962 to 1970. 10 years ago Monday, May 19, 2003 The Town of Neepawa is hiring two people to keep the crow population under control this summer. Essential Services Committee chairman Dean Dietrich said in addition to spreading the West Nile virus, crows threaten songbirds. However, he said the Town’s position doesn’t mean just anyone can go out and shoot crows. “This is no way an outright war on the crows,” Dietrich said. “We’re not looking for a bounty on crows.” He also said only the two crow hunters – Jim King and Jake Birch – have permission to discharge firearms in town limits.