Typically, when you receive a 30-year pin to honour your service to an organization, it acknowledges a career well done as that individual nears retirement. For Kerry Midford, it’s likely to be just a milestone on a legacy that is far from done.
Midford is just 36-years-old but already has earned a 30-year pin from Girl Guides for her nearly life-long and continuous efforts in support of The Pas Girl Guides. Joining when she was just five-years-old, Midford has continued onward with the organization since, progressing through the ranks from being a Spark to a Ranger over a 13-year span as a girl guide before jumping almost immediately into a role as a Guider, which she has now carried on for another 17 years. All-in-all, it adds up to three decades and countless hours spent in service of The Pas Girl Guides.
Through it all, there was only one moment Midford could recall where the idea of stepping away crossed her mind.
The Pas Girl Guides held their annual Girl Guides Wind-up and Advancement Ceremony at the end of May, with three dozen girls drawing to a conclusion a year that began in a pandemic and ended with the start of a return to normalcy.
The girls were honored for advancing into the next level of guiding, while a few others were recognized for other achievements during the in-person event; a welcomed sight after two years of not being able to gather and celebrate their achievements.
Thirty-six girls were enrolled in Girl Guides this year, along with a dozen guiders. Ranging in ages from five to 13, there were nine girls in Sparks, 11 in Brownies and 16 between the Guides and Pathfinders. Rangers, which is for the oldest girls aged 14 and up, did not have any participation this year, according to Guider Kerry Midford.
We will remember them.
Many will remember the poem that encases those words but for the veterans whom they were written for, there are precious few left to stand by and salute their fallen companions. After two years of being forced to reduce, or outright stop, the D-Day memorial service due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19 held their first open to the public service since 2019 on Sunday.
Joining Legion members and executive were representatives of The Pas Air Cadets, paramedics, local RCMP members and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, taking part in a brief half-hour long ceremony that included a laying of wreaths at the cenotaph located at Lakeside Cemetery. In 2020 the number of people who could attend the ceremony was limited largely to family and loved ones and last year there wasn’t a ceremony at all as compliance with Covid-19 restrictions prevented it.
“I felt it went pretty good. I know everything was kind of catching up and getting back into routine so we should have done a little bit more to get more of the community out as well, but I’m glad we had our partners here,” explained Angie Nikolychuk, President, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19.
The Town of The Pas and members of The Pas Fire Department are at odds over the recent decision for the Town to part ways with Fire Chief Randy Manych.
Due to a refusal by the Town to disclose most details of personnel issues, the Town has released few details about its’ decision to terminate Manych.
Last Monday however, during a regularly scheduled Town council meeting, members of the fire department attended to voice their displeasure with Manych no longer being part of the department, as well as feeling as though they and the community have been left in the dark on what the path forward is for fire protection services in The Pas.
An early morning blaze on Sunday left two buildings extensively damaged.
According to The Pas Fire Department Captain Matt Pecar, the call came in at 2:51 a.m. and it was originally reported that the Lido Theatre was on fire. It was quickly determined however that it was a nearby building which was the source of the blaze.
A middle suite in the building located at 236 Fischer Avenue was the where the fire started, and it caused extensive damage to the building, which also houses the local offices for Legal Aid Manitoba.
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