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Looking Back: Neepawa Figure Skating Club has banner year; BPSD limits bus speeds to 50 miles per hour

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30 years ago, Monday, Dec. 22, 1983: The "Centennial Cake" constructed by Jim Hunt and decorated by Cecil Pittman had graced the Yellowhead Hall. It was moved to the new location atop MacLeods' store for the remainder of Neepawa's summer centennial celebrations.

80 years ago
Friday, Dec. 22, 1933

“Time is going so quickly”, says one.

Yet the person next to him may think time drags. It all depends upon the occupation.

And if the mind is busy planning and working for a definite end, there is not time enough in the day to get everything in it.

70 years ago
Thursday, Dec. 23, 1943

The 1942 license plates for motor vehicles will be used again next year, but will be good for 1944 only if identified by a special windshield sticker to be issued at the time of registration.

The sticker will bear a distinctive color and design and must be placed on the inside of the windshield as near as possible to the lower right hand corner.

Wartime need for conserving metal is the reason in continuing the 1942 plates. The savings in the province will be 120,000 pounds.

60 years ago
Thursday, Dec. 24, 1953

The 1953-54 season looms as a banner one for the Neepawa Figure Skating Club and many young skaters in the town and district have indicated an interest in joining the club this year.

At the Sunday afternoon session about 40 skaters turned out at the arena. Instructor of the local club is Miss Jean Ross of Brandon.

50 years ago
Friday, Dec. 24, 1963

Dr. Richard Parker, speaking to a luncheon meeting Thursday of the Neepawa branch on the Canadian Mental Health Committee, suggested that a foster home plan should be organized in Neepawa.

He said there is an “ imperative need” for such a program to relieve the burden of patients at the Brandon Mental Hospital.

Dr. Parker is director of the outpatients department and heads the travelling mental health clinic which visits Neepawa.

40 years ago
Thursday, Dec. 27, 1973

At the regular meeting of the Beautiful Plains School board held on Tuesday, Dec. 18, it was reported that, at a meeting with the bus drivers and the trustees, it was agreed to limit the speed of division owned buses to a maximum of 50 miles per hour.

This is a conservation move by the board.

The slower speed, while making little appreciable difference to the time taken by the driver, will cut down on gas consumption, save wear and tear on the buses – motors, tires, brakes, etc. – and is a safer speed to travel and will save money as well.

30 years ago
Thursday, Dec. 22, 1983

Arrangements are being made to mark the close of Neepawa’s Centennial Year with a brief ceremony to take place at the New year’s Eve dance in the Yellowhead Centre Dec. 31.

Steering committee chairman Louise Rey said that during the period between the end of the dinner and the start of the dance, two retiring Town councilors Dave Bennet and Chris Heywood, will take part in the ceremony to lower the centennial flag and present it to Mayor Homer Gill for safekeeping.

The large decorated cake which has graced the roof of MacLeods Store throughout the year will also be returned to the Yellowhead Centre for the closing event.

20 years ago
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1993

With only 85 applications processed this year, Captain Chris Windum of the Salvation Army expects there may be a last minute rush for Christmas hampers.

“I’m hoping people who really need it will make an application,” says Windum. “ I worry about folks out there who would never ask for anything, but could use the extras.”

Windum said for the past couple of years, the Salvation Army has generally delivered 100 hampers at a cost of around $6,300.
She said while the number of hampers requested this year has gone down, the cost likely won’t as prices keep rising.

10 years ago
Monday, Dec. 22, 2003

Cockburn named Ojibway acting chief.

Jim Cockburn of Neepawa has been named acting chief of the Dakota Ojibway Police Service. A former RCMP officer, Cockburn replaces Frank McKay who recently resigned.

Cockburn said he won’t seek McKay’s job, but will continue as deputy chief after a new chief is hired.

DOTC provides policing services for five First Nation communities – Sandy Bay, Sioux Valley, Birdtail Sioux, Roseau River and Canubawakpa Dakota.

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