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   Stonewall Argus (Newspaper) - August 7, 2000, Stonewall, Manitoba                                YV August 2000 Pioneer spirit alive and well Television couples getting used to turnofthecentury lifestyle BY HOLLY The month of 2000 saw hufldreds of couples clam oring at the chance to be one of two pairs to live as for a History Televisions Pioneer Quest A Year in the Real offered not only the chance to live like our to walk away with Deanna her JBrst thought was I dont want to do She and her husband a couple with three children from had just returned from running a guest house for missionaries in I just wanted to get back to everyday said a 47 yearold Wef were home with our boysand r thought how wonderful to be back to be back home and get back to aftela informed them about the Deanna agreed to enter we were never going lo get In the end much to Tims they were off to live near Argyle as settlers with and Alana 28 a couple from Two of Deannas biggest fears were neither her or a 49yearold were farm ers and how did she leave a 15yearold son Both Treadways agree it was divine intervention that led them to Argyle and worked all the kinks out for Its the reason for us being said Our fore fathers came as settlers to this Deanna and Tim Treadway discussed their settler lifestyle with reporters at a press July 30 in Argyle community and this area based on a faith and that faith will help us in times like The Treadways youngest son found a home with family friends in Calgary and as for the farming it almost didnt seem to matter in the rainy June that the couples As the rain kept coming and coming and coming and wed plant and only to have everything die that was a major said Wed pray for the smallest crop and then beans would sprout and that was a tremendous Then there was the down of digging up our potatoes and see ing rotten All four settlers agree that the smallest victories are often the niosj A major up is our one potato that made said We are going to celebrate when we eat Not only did the rain destroy the couples garden it also brought hoards of mosquitoes and After sleeping in canvas the Treadways and Logies would wake up and put on wet since it was all they and go to See PIONEERS page 2 Rockwood tests wells BY FRANK LANDRY The extent of water contami nation in Balmoral may not be as widespread origi nally but still more tests need to be completed before any one knows for says Rockwood Reeve Leon Some of those wells were in bad Vandekerckhove going to play it by Well see if the dry weather changes things at In the Vandekerckhove recommends residents continue boiling water before using it Balmoral residents were advised by the province last month to do just that after tests by Manitoba Conservation revealed an alarmingly high percentage of coliform in well samples drawn from one area of the small More than 80 per cent of 30 wells examined showed unaccept able levels of In some coliform counts exceeded 200 a count higher than 10 is considered dangerous and E coli counts peaked at Subsequent tests by the RM revealed1 situatipn wasnt as bad as While the province tested wells on Makin Bacon Drive arid McKnight Drive Rockwood randomly water samples 10 wells around the Results from those released last indicate little harmful Vandekerckhoye That indi r I cates the problem may be isolated to only a few There was an awful difference between our results and the provinces the reeve noting samples from the two groups were both taken to the same lab for guarantee ing Weve got to get to the bottom of thats for The RM another series of tests last Results are expected sometime this There have been no serious ill nesses reported linked to contam inated water in The cause of the contamination remains a One theory being battedaround is that excessive in Jime and July somehow area winoff from adjacent fields could have made it down to the aquifer through an abandoned or uncapped boosting bacteria levels to the danger Recent dry conditions may have eliminated any such If thats the Vandekerckhove said the level of contamination may be significant ly lower during this next round of If theres no we know we have a real Vandekerckhove Balmoral isnt alone in its water There was a water scare in Grosse Isle earlier this but fears of possible widespread contamination proved See PREMIER page 2   

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