• When Rivers’ goaltender Brett Willows got the call from the Toronto Maple Leafs, he quickly threw a $20 bill on the table and sprinted out of the restaurant he was in to get to the arena.
Willows, who plays for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, got the call after James Reimer was injured in a game on Oct. 17.
When he got to the rink, Leafs staff had already stitched his name on the back of a #82 jersey.
Willows suited up and stayed in the training room as a backup in case something happened to Jonathan Bernier.
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• In the early hours of Oct. 21, Rapid City residents, fire crew and town officials stood on the edge of a smoldering pile of rubble and watched as smoke streamed from the skeletal remains of what had been their town office and fire hall.
“Now I understand how it feels to be the one on the other side of the call,” said Tom English, a Rapid City firefighter for 28 years. “To be the person that has to stand and watch and there is nothing to do but wait for help to come.”
“It was devastating,” fire chief Morley Cornish said. “We couldn’t do anything. All of our equipment was in the hall; all we could do was wait for Rivers, our mutual aid district partner to come in.”
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• A potato truck created a pathway of destruction after it crashed into the office of R.D. Ramsey Ltd. on Oct. 21.
Witnesses who heard the crash said when they first looked out their windows all they could see was a cloud of dust.
No one was injured in the incident.
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• Shell Valley’s Tyrel Larsen finished in eighth place in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s saddle bron event, garnering an invitation to the Canadian National Finals Rodeo in Edmonton from Nov. 6 to 10.
Larsen will be joined by a trio of other Manitoba cowboys, including Deloraine’s Colin Adams, who finished eighth in bareback; Neepawa’s Justin Miller, who was second in steer wrestling; and Westbourne’s Zane Lambert, who qualified in eighth place in bull riding.
The top 12 from each event are invited to compete.
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• Swinging its doors open on Oct. 26, Rural Roots will offer food from local producers in Boissevain year around.
Over the past year, the cooperative has focused on establishing its structure, fundraising and engaging the community to get ready for the store’s opening.
Board members have worked with health inspectors to ensure all the food, which come from a variety of farms including small organic gardens to conventional farms, is produced, packaged and transported safely.
» Boissevain Recorder
• More than 200 gorgeous gals turned out for the Ladies Night Gala in Killarney on Oct. 18.
The event helped raise approximately $5,300 for the nearly completed Erin Park Splash Park, which is scheduled to open next spring.
As part of the generosity, author Barbara Vanderstel donated $500 from the sales of her “Book of Love,” while singer Lisa Lauritsen along with her accompanist Cheryl Dousselaere donated their performance fee of $125.
Another hot item was the five firemen who were auctioned off to provide first-rate service for the night. The auction raised an additional $1,200 for turn-out gear at the fire hall.
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• In September, Igor and Inna Artyukh opened a new Ukrainian restaurant in Neepawa called ‘Mr. Smack.’
“It is her dream. We provided her dream in Canada,” Igor said. “We’re glad we found this area and can provide our experience to Canada and to our town, and would like to grow up with our town —together.”
Inna studied food technology at a university in Ukraine, where both her mother and grandmother are chefs.
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• They are an integral part of the support staff in the community, but most are unaware of what Shilo’s fitness staff do on a day-to-day basis.
“A normal day is split between teaching fitness classes, both military and civilian, as well as fitness testing,” said Melissa Green, who is a finess and sports instructor on the base.
The fitness cell consists of five employees.
“We teach fitness component on PLQ courses. Privates and corporals need to learn to instruct and lead fitness classes.”
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• Foxwarren’s Pat Falloon, a former Spokane Chiefs standout, recently entered the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame.
“I remember leaving home at 15 and going somewhere I had to look up on a map to find ... It turned out really well,” Falloon said about his time with the Chiefs.
During his three-year career in Washington, Falloon helped the WHL team capture the Memorial Cup in 1991.
“He was not only a great player for the Chief, but a fun guy to be around and a good teammate,” said owner Bobby Brett, who is the brother of Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett.
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• The Deloraine Royals are set for the upcoming senior hockey season in the Tiger Hills Hockey League.
While a few new faces are being shuffled in, the biggest loss is longtime coach Mike Vanrobaeys, who has spent countless hours volunteering to coach the team over a number of years.
Vanrobaeys will leave the coaching duties in the capable hands of former player Carson Schoonbaert.
» Deloraine Times and Star
• Melita’s Deb Barker was the lucky winner of McPhail Travel Carberry’s Ultimate Country Giveaway.
Barker was first entered after she was one of the lucky callers to complete the lyrics to a Rascal Flatts song on CKLQ.
From there she was entered in the grand prize draw, which included tickets to the CMA Awards Show and After Party in Nashville, as well as, tickets to Shania Twain, Keith Urban and Dauphin.
The prize also included $1,000 spending cash.
» Melita New Era
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 30, 2013