• Currently in his 27th year as a member of the Canadian Forces, James Doppler is the new Sergeant Major of the 731 Signals Squadron.
Doppler’s career has taken him many places, including eight years at CFB Kingston at the Signals home station and four years in the Netherlands with NATO.
The Shilo Stag
• Kyra Lavoie of CFB Shilo recently spent nine days overseas in Riesa, Germany, competing in the world tap dancing championships.
“It was a lot of fun,” the eight grader at O’Kelly School said.
Lavoie was part of two teams representing Team Canada. Lavoie’s team finished 14th out of 42 formation teams based on the judging.
The Shilo Stag
• For several years Tyler Kilkenny and Todd Sawyer have been travelling across Canada showcasing their glass and tin art. Their art has been featured by IKEA and Amazing Canadian Fashion, but now they’re brining that art back home, opening the TinHouse Coffee Co. on the west side of Main Street in Russell.
“It’ll be a Starbuck feel coffee house — and a bistro with wireless internet, couches and chairs,” Kilkenny said.
• Police were called to assist a man who started celebrating Valentines Day early — and alone.
Police found the man in a back alley and he spent the day with Russell RCMP.
The man mentioned that ‘RCMP missed a heck of party the night before’ and should’ve have came out. He also request that police call his wife so that she knew who he was spending Valentines Day with.
• University of Regina rookie athlete Joy Becker hit the CIS standard in the long jump, winning the event with a jump of 5.95 metres.
The jump gives Becker, a former Goose Lake High School student, the No. 1 ranking in Canada West and the second ranked athlete in the entire Canadian Interuniversity Sport in the event.
Becker has also qualified for the CIS Championships.
The Roblin Review
• Const. Pasloski caught the ‘Speeder of the Week’ around Minnedosa.
Pasloski nailed a Brandon woman doing 160 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone. The price for doing 60 km/hr over the speed limit was $812.75.
• Elaine McIvor and Dennis McKay spent time teaching anishinabe lessons at Rolling River Reserve.
“You know, language matters so much,” said organizer Clarice McKay. “Many of our words have meanings that communicate values, that each you something that you need for your life.”
• Reston School students — Nicole Martin, Kennedy Wanless, Hailey Hiebert, Rachel Shurvell and Carla Joseph with teacher Michelle Gervin — participated in the Westman Honour Bands at Brandon University and the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium.
The students were chosen during a selection process in November and were used to create two bands.
The Reston Recorder
• Aidan Heaman played Willy Wonka during the Virden and District Youth Choir’s presentation of Willy Wonka Junior at the Aud Theatre.
The students had been practicing and rehearsing for the performance since January.
• Virden council discussed the possibility of charging a small fee for service regarding the walking track at Tundra Oil and Gas Place.
“There are young people with young families and they pay to use the ice surface,” councillor Schneider said. “There are people that pay to use the pool...So I think that a $20 charge for a month of walking as many times as you want is a very small fee to pay.”
The money will be used for upkeep.
• Virden’s Heather Pierson captured the 2013 Killarney Ladies Bonspiel.
Pierson, whose team consists of Tara Dalrymple, Courtney Chapman and Serena Strachan, defeated Cindy Joel of Portage la Prairie in the A Event final.
Killarney’s Wendy Shackel’s rink — Rosanne Stewart, Wendy Johnston and Sandra Lockerby — captured the B Event.
The Killarney Guide
• The Shoal Lake District No. 7 Hospital will be demolished after sitting empty since 2000 when the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre opened.
Chris Couling, Prairie Mountain Health Area Manager, stated the site would be sold to the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre Foundation, based on a previous agreement.
The inception of the hospital occurred in 1900 when two nurses — Jemima Muirman and Miss Seger — fresh from nurses’ training in Yorkton came to Shoal Lake to open and operate a hospital.
Crossroads This Week
• Three area farm families — Tyler and Dorelle Fulton and their children Mae and Evan (pictured); Danny Gerrard and Andrea Gorrie; and Allan and Carolyn Nykoliation and their children Ty, Casey and Lane — are in the running to be Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmer.
The winner of the Manitoba title will move on to compete in the national event in Regina in November.
Crossroads This Week
• An isolet unit arrived recently at St. Boniface Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with Zdeno Ford’s name on it.
The purchase of the isolet, in memory of ‘Zedo,’ marked the culmination of over a year’s worth of fundraising by Neepawa parents Ryan and Corrie Ford.
The Fords started their fundraiser in August of 2011 after they lost their son Zedo, who was born premature at 24 weeks.