• Virden’s Canada Day committee is facing a lack of volunteers and the town may not have celebrations this year.
The Canada Day festivities at Victoria Park are put on by a small committee of five board members all over the age of 60.
The committee was originally set up by a few seniors that wanted something on Canada for people who don’t have cottages or for those who wanted to stay close to home.
“There was nothing but fireworks at night and free swimming,” said Diane Gardiner, board member of the Canada Day Celebration Committee.
“If we don’t have volunteers I am afraid this can’t go on much longer.”
The committee is hoping to get at least another five or six volunteers to come on board but speculate that at least 10 or more is really needed.
» Virden Empire-Advance
• Will a new park help draw visitors to the town’s museum?
A local garden enthusiast hopes so.
The historic Bate building, which originally housed the first J.A.V. David Museum, was levelled last summer, leaving a small vacant lot in its wake.
But this autumn, the grassed-over lot, and all that remains of that history, may well be transformed into a small and verdant oasis.
“We’re going to have a pathway into the park, an arbour, and memory benches, with barberry and spirea shrubs, and Karl Foerster tall grasses,” said Connie Blixhavn, a member of the local Communities in Bloom committee.
» The Guide
• Minnedosa Legion made a large donation towards a Royal Canadian Air Force memorial to be built on the grounds of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon.
The Minnedosa Legion donated $10,000 and Minnedosa Legion Ladies Auxiliary donated $5,000 towards the memorial project.
The tribute will consist of 56 black granite plaques that span 300 feet in length, holding the engraved names of the fallen airmen and women.
“In this program, 200,000 young people were trained and by the end of the Second World War the RCAF has the fourth-largest air force in the world. Sir Winston Churchill referred to this plan as Canada’s greatest contribution to the allied victory of the Second World War,” said Archie Londry, veteran flying instructor who spent three years during the war training pilots at the Commonwealth Air Training Facility in Brandon.
» The Minnedosa Tribune
• A Carberry area resident donated her entire estate to the Carberry and Area Foundation and they are very grateful for it.
Alice Stevenson’s donation, worth $248,543, will be used solely for the benefit and education of needy and disabled children.
Stevenson, who passed away, wanted her entire estate to be used in helping with medical expenses for young people or for their education.
» The Carberry News-Express
• The Manitoba Junior Rifle Club has been around for a long time and will soon be celebrating its 60th year as an organization in Neepawa later this month.
On Saturday, May 31, the club will be holding its annual provincial rifle championship at the Yellowhead Centre grounds, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and will consist of youth showcasing an ability to carry a gun safely though myriad of different scenarios.
“They also have to identify all the different guns during the field trials,” said Ray Drysdale, host chairman for the event.
Following the competition, there will be a banquet that focuses more on the 60 years of the club.
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