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Interlake Spectator (Newspaper) - April 15, 1987, Springfield, Manitoba APR 161987 the Interlake I 1 Happy Easter The Interlake Spectator office will be closed Good Two in a Canoe Greg Jones does all the paddling while daughter Jacqueline enjoys a spring float down a drainage ditch in the Geysir Province serves notice of detachment closure ByBainGair Unless residents can mount a boisterous campaign to save the RCMP detachment at Win nipeg Beach appears Municipalities served by the detachment were told last week by officials from the RCMP and the AttorneyGenerals office that the province will close the detachment 10 in favor of a bolstered force in Mayor Adolph who protested the closure proposal at meetings with police ad ministrators and politicians since the province first announced its intention to shut the fiveman detachment down last said the only hope of saving any semblance of towns police force now rests in orchestrating a public outcry to dissuade the pro He said the provinces assurance that the town will receive police from the strengthened detachment in nine miles con tradicts common Theres no one that can con vince me that closing a detach ment can provide better protec agreed Councillor Jim who also attended Thurs days meeting in Winnipeg Beach with the provinces senior RCMP officer and the Attorney Generals director of law enforce ment Continued on page Fire department redfaced as house burns to ground By Peter Schroedter ASHERN The local volunteer fire department is blushing over the fact that none of its equipment or members turned out to fight a fire that completely destroyed a farm home approx imately 10 miles southwest of The fire destroyed the home of Bill and Barbara Smith who were at a funeral in Ashern on April The fire was spotted by their son and a grandson who spotted smoke coming from the attic of the 40yearold Reflecting on what happened Bill Smith said he is very upset and advised depend on the fire truck After his son and grandson spotted the smoke they came back to the house and called Smiths soninlaw Reg Monk who told the boys to call the fire depart a call they made from the Monk arrived at the scene shortly after his son Raymond and Terry Smith called Monk organized the boys into a two man bucket brigade and the three worked to contain the fire in the attic by passing buckets of water to the It took me about five or six minutes to get Monk said recalling the futile effort his son and brotherinlaw went through believing the fire truck was I was on the roof for about 15 minutes before 1 had to get off 1 was sure looking for the fire he said its only 10 miles to Ashern RCMP records show the call asking for a fire truck came in at Fire chief Matt Baker explains what happen ed after the call came The call was received at the hospital he The per Continued on page Parent submits bill to school division By Shel Zolkewich A steamed parent of a kindergarten student in the Evergreen School Division is demanding reimbursement of travel expenses despite the boards motion to discontinue those Last trustees passed a motion to discontinue reimburse ment payments to parents who transport their children to kindergarten classes as of January Meleb parent William Halabura says that motion is in valid because it contravenes the Public Schools According to the Public Schools Act states that once a child is the divi sion must provide equal access to education for that mean ing either a bus route or travel ex pense payments to Division secretarytreasurer Don Bjornson says the board is now seekinglegal opinion on ex actly what the Public Schools Act has to Board chairman John Rozecki said the division may be responsi ble for transporting its but only if they are school age 6 20 He added that kindergarten is not a compulsory Thats not the said It has nothing to do with the fact that its Halabura said he checked with the Department of Education on the matter and was told of at least half a dozen court cases that prov ed the division is responsible for transporting even its kindergarten The division was paying parents 25 cents per mile one way for transporting their children to Halabura submitted a bill for his expenses dating back to He calculated his pay ment at 35 cents per the rate trustee he for both My car doesnt run on gas on the way back he Halabura said he also submit ted invoices on behalf of six other parents for the period of January 1 to March The motion is bluntly discriminatory against outof town bus students and Halabura He added that he will appeal to the minister to cut out transportation grants to the division until such time as the mo tion is Bjornson said the division receives general transportation grants for its bus They for he Halabura is threatening legal action if the board does not res cind the motion in about a mon ths he The board decided at last weeks meeting to seek legal opi nion on the If weve made a perhaps well have to rescind our
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