Jennifer Laviolette

Jennifer Laviolette

Wednesday, 20 September 2023 15:12

KLC celebrates

Kelsey Learning Centre first opened its doors to students in the fall of 1996. The center began as a partnership between UCN (which was Keewatin Community College at the time) and Kelsey School Division. With only two instructors and one of them acting as part-time administrator, one room, and about 25 students, Kelsey Learning Centre fast became the place for adult students to complete their Mature High School diploma. Throughout the 27 years of its existence, KLC has helped 983 adult students receive their Mature Adult Diploma!
KLC is a Manitoba certified Adult Learning and Literacy centre. Adult students with all kinds of literacy and academic needs are welcome. In terms of programming, KLC offers full time day and some evening classes toward a Mature Adult Diploma, academic upgrading for high school, as well as academic upgrading for post-secondary programs.

Wednesday, 20 September 2023 15:01

Bollman received honorary volunteer medal

A long-standing volunteer with The Pas Arts Council has been given a prestigious recognition for her many years of dedication and service. Elaine Bollman received the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers last week in a local presentation amongst friends and colleagues.
Bollman was drawn into volunteering for The Pas Arts Council when she went to a meeting to learn more about the organization.
“In 1985, I saw an advertisement in the paper and it said The Pas Arts Council was hosting a meeting,” said Bollman. “I had heard of the group and only lived a block and half away, so I decided to see what they were all about. I thought it was a good way to learn about the organization. I attended the meeting and the group welcomed me in, and by the time I left the meeting, I was the vice-president.”

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Wednesday, 20 September 2023 15:00

Lalonde starts as new EDO for town

The tri-community has welcomed another new professional to the area. Johnathan Lalonde has been hired as The Pas Community Development Corporation’s new Economic Development Officer. Lalonde’s educational background and work experience are very much related to the field he will be working in.
“I was born and raised in Saskatchewan, in a community about five hours away from here,” said Lalonde. “I have a BA in Community Economic and Social Development from Algoma University is Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
“For the last three years I’ve worked mostly in the transportation industry, but I’ve been working on a passenger train initiative. All of my work and research for the past three years has been in the transportation industry and helping this non-profit organization to get the passenger train going. It’s the Algoma Central Railway and the passenger train hasn’t been running for eight years now.”

Wednesday, 20 September 2023 14:56

Town continues to work on a housing strategy

The Town of The Pas continues to work on the Housing Accelerator Fund. The first initiative to support transport of manufactured, prefabricated and modular homes to The Pas. The incentive program will cover some or all of the costs associated with transporting manufactured, prefabricated or modular dwelling units to sites in The Pas, up to $20,000 per unit delivered. Along with that it could cover incentive payments, administrative costs and advertising materials to publicize the program. It’s estimated at $360,000 and estimated 18 units permitted under the initiative.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2023 14:50

Finals bound

Simon the Scientist made finals for Pow-Wow Pitch by winning the Youth category. Simon will not be pitching at the finals on October 19. Go Simon!

Wednesday, 13 September 2023 15:30

The Pas Helping Hands 4-H try a 50-metre meal

It’s hard nowadays for people to understand how vitally important it is to locally grow and source your own food. Many of us rely on the convenience of what the supermarket and grocery stores offer, but The Pas Helping Hands 4-H took in a more hands-on approach to putting together a meal.
“The 50-metre Meal has been done around the world in many different shapes and forms,” said The Pas Helping Hands 4-H Leader Cheryl Antonio. “Shawn, from Round the Bend Farm and I have had a great 4-H farm relationship for a long time and we will quite often join forces to host events and activities. We were brainstorming one day and Shawn said he had been thinking about the 50-metre Meal for some time.

Wednesday, 13 September 2023 15:26

Rotary Club of The Pas presents awards

The Rotary Club of The Pas President Don McKay and Rotary District Governor Sonja Susut, visiting from Moose Jaw, SK, recently presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award to six deserving community members. The Paul Harris Fellow is the highest form of recognition a Rotary Club can bestow. It is presented to a Rotarian or a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to the community. The individuals recognized recently are:

Wednesday, 13 September 2023 15:21

Town of The Pas welcomes the new CAO

A new CAO has been hired for the Town of The Pas and she has been busy getting acquainted with the community and assessing the needs of the municipality. Bola Adedoyin started in her new role earlier last month and has settled into the community. She comes with vast experience in administration from a few different levels.
“I came from Brandon and before that I lived in Saskatoon before I came to Manitoba about 13 years ago,” said Adedoyin. “I’m originally from Nigeria in West Africa. I studied in Nigeria and the University of Manitoba up to the Ph.D. level. I worked at the Federal University in Nigeria, University of Manitoba, Manitoba Bureau of Statistics, Assiniboine Community College, and now the Town of The Pas. I have more than 20 years, of work experience.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023 08:33

A trip back in time: Moon Glo Cabins

A series of cabins in the Valley has had quite an extensive history in the community and surrounding area. They became part of a few different family businesses and upbringings for some of the former local residents. The Moon Glo Cabins were another set of cabins in the Valley that tourists frequented before it became part of the Crescent Park Motel.
The Fosters ran the Moon Glo Cabins and resided on the property while raising their children.
“My dad was George Arthur Foster and my mom was Muriel Lavina Foster (Johnston),” said Lynn (Foster) Hall. “They were both born in 1906 and my dad was born in England. He came over to Canada when he was three years old. My mom was born in MacGregor. There were eight children in our family: Merceda (Mickey), Wilfred, Raymond, Donald, Glen, June, Douglas and then myself.
“I was born in 1946, and that’s when my family moved into town from the farm. My father and his brother-in-law built the majority of the Moon Glo Cabins. The Birchwood Cabins used to be our competitors.
“From what I can remember, there were about 10 cabins, but I don’t how many there were originally when they first started,” continued Hall. “We lived right on site in a huge four-bedroom with a full upstairs and downstairs. The home had a huge stretch of property attached to it.”
The Moon Glo Cabins didn’t have private bathrooms within each cabin but still had a fair number of amenities for the time period.
“The cabins were red with white trim and, I believe, there was a central bathroom or shower house with the ladies on one side and men on the other, with a hot water tank in the middle,” said Hall. “People were able to shower and use the flush toilets, but in the winter, my dad had to drain the hot water tank so it wouldn’t freeze up. There may have been outhouses on the property earlier on, but I’m not entirely sure.
“There was no running water in the cabins, but there was a cook stove to keep warm and my dad supplied water. There was a little table with chairs, dishes, and utensils that families could use to eat. Each cabin usually came with two beds and I remember making lots of those beds over the years.
“A lot of couples first started off their married lives in those cabins,” said Hall.
There was a lot of space for other recreational activities where the Moon Glo Cabins were. The Foster family had tons of animals on site for kids to play with and lots of yards for them to play games.
“We had a nice big lawn area that had swings on it and kids played crokinole out there,” said Hall. “My dad kept an immaculate lawn, with the grass and trees well-trimmed. There was a stone archway that had a sign above it saying Moon Glo Cabins. He had that made, with the pillars made of big boulders or river stones cemented in. That archway was the entrance to the property. We had a great big Caragana hedge from the house we lived in right down to where the archway was. There was always lots of yard work for him to do and he loved it.
“We also sold fuel there, British American Gas, and the tourists, especially Americans, stopped in back then. Some would even stay.
“There was a barn behind that had lots of room for people to park their boats and stop,” continued Hall. “Dad always had Shetland ponies or horses in the barn for kids to ride on. There were other animals including rabbits, dogs, and cats and in the beginning, we also had a cow. We raised a lot of Collie and Labrador dogs. My dad really loved animals.
“Behind the first row of cabins, there was a summer kitchen that people could use to cook their dinner or meals.”
Running the Moon Glo Cabins was literally a full-time job for the Fosters. There was always lots of work to be done to get the cabins ready for the next round of guests and visitors to stay there.
“Both my parents had their work cut out for them in the mornings with the cleaning of the cabins and making the beds for the next guests,” said Hall. “For the longest time, my mother did all the laundry herself with a ringer washer and hung out on the line. Eventually, they got the linens sent to Dauphin when that service became available for some of the businesses in town.
“We still had to make the beds and have lots of stock on hand because you couldn’t wait for the clean linens to come back. It took about three days for the clean stuff to arrive back at the cabins.”
The Fosters built a new house closer to the cabins, with an office attached to it. This change began to reshape the business.
“Eventually our parents built a new house, down towards where the gas pumps were,” said Hall. “We had a sign up that said for customers to beep the horn when they wanted to get fuel. Customers would honk their horns and, if dad was in the office, he would tend to them, if not, we would come down from the house.
“So, when the new home was built closer to the pumps, it was a two-bedroom home with a basement, then an office attached to it for the business. There was another unit attached to it for guests; it sort of started to take shape and look like a motel.
“My parents became good friends with a lot of the guests who stayed there. I can remember a couple would look after the place if they went away somewhere. Then I believe my parents moved into a house in town around 1970 or 1971 and that’s when they sold the cabins to the Waltons and it became Crescent Park Motel.”

Wednesday, 06 September 2023 15:51

New EV charger getting ready for use in town

The Pas is leaping into the future and has progressively established installing an EV charger in the community. The EV charger isn’t open for business quite yet, but will be very soon.
“The actual unit arrived during the week of the August 14, and work started then as well,” said Jackie Rechenmacher.
“We still have a couple things to figure out, but once we get it up and running, then the most common thing is to have the users pay a rate for how much power they use. The municipality is looking into other models as well, more to come on that. We will be connecting and testing the unit in the coming weeks.”

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