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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Brandon, Manitoba Brandon sunday december 19,1999 bib of me Story special buy or lease a new or pre owned j vehicle during december and receive e combination color to Var Kelleher Ltd a Lincoln 1845 18th s. Jz8-8s54 1-888-8so-3673bermuda offers tours/e2update on ice fishing/e3 Rice financial Mutual a to up Date would you like to receive our Mutual fund update Call today for your free com.729-3400 big changes coming to Brandon radio classic Battle for listeners inside classified /68 travel /2 Mutual /4-5 sports /3 business Buzz realtor gets bigger one of Western Manitoba a biggest realtors got bigger recently when Royal Lepage Martin Liberty realty purchased realty world visions. The Deal increases Royal Lepage a involvement in property management the local Royal Lepage franchise is owned by Brad Munn Scott Het Herington Garry Mcnish and Barry Rabe. Wayne Mennie had owned realty world visions. Former realty world appraisal staff John Scinocca Barry Crowe and Mennie along with salespersons Eleanor Mccallum and Marieann Mochnacz and staff member Loma Hodgins have now joined Royal Lepage Martin Liberty realty. Mccallum meanwhile recently received Brandon real estate boards 1999 realtor of distinction award. Busy building year there was no $120 million Meg project started in the Brandon area this year but 1999 has nevertheless been a Strong year for development. Through november the Brandon and area planning District issued building permits for $55 million Worth of projects in Brandon and the Rural municipalities of Elton and Cornwallis. A permit for Maple Leaf in 1998 pushed that years construction total to just under $164 million. The area averages about $35 million in activity per year. A Large portion of that total arises from three major projects that received permits this fall $7.4 million in renovations to the courthouse construction of the $4.5 million seniors residence at the West end of Victoria Avenue and shoppers mall Brandon a $7.5 million addition. Smaller projects started this fall include Interior renovations to so Tia Bank in Scotia towers $650,000a new Canadian tire Gas bar $500,000 and renovations at the Brandon gallery for health offices $435,000. Barkers Marks history barkers insurance celebrated 80 years in Brandon last month. The company which Bill Barker founded after returning Home from the first world War in 1919, now has three locations two in Brandon and one in Souris. Snowmobile Biz starts one of Brandon a newest business owners did no to mind last weeks snowfall. Brad Tirton owner of aftermarket unlimited on first Street North services snowmobiles cars trucks and motorcycles. The business also Sells parts and accessories for cars trucks and jeeps. In Spring aftermarket unlimited will begin Selling parts and accessories for Harley Davidson motorcycles. Conference set for City the insurance brokers association of Manitoba will hold its 2000 conference in Brandon. It will take place May 4-5 at the Victoria inn. A a compiled by Rod Nickel opened a new business expanded re filled a key position Contact Sun reporter Rod Nickel 571-7437. Send email to . By Rod Nickel the Brandon Sun move Over Britney Spears and in sync. Make Way for Bob Seger the rolling stones and Van Halen. Brandon Stop rated radio station kx-96, switched its format dec. 6, cutting Back on current Chart toppers for oldies from the �?T70s and �?T80s. And that a Only the first in a series of changes to the pm dial As the local radio turf War heats up. At the stroke of Midnight new years Day am country station 1150 Rix will add an pm signal and Likely a new sound. A a it a going to be one big change a said Alan cruise Craig broadcasting systems general manager for both kx-96 and Rix. A but no one will know that until Jan. the format will stay country he said. Oldies now account for nine of 12 songs per hour on kx-96, with Only three from the current charts which reverses its earlier format. So Why would the Market Leader according to the Spring ratings Book make a major change a a we be always dominated the 25-54 age group and with Competition coming we just want to make sure we keep the High end of that a said cruise. A a we re reasonably sure that a what they re going in Spring Craig competitor Riding Mountain broadcasting will launch Star 94.7, a similar mix of pop and Rock from the last three decades. But president Don Kille like cruise Isnit prepared to offer details yet. A every time i say something the format changes Over at kx-96 a he said adding that 1150 switched to country Only after Riding Mountain station cd la signed on in 1977. A your station is going to have a very pleasing both broadcasting companies Are looking to Shore up weak listening demographics. Riding Mountain has a Colin Corneau Brandon Sun Kevin Grexton programming director at kx96 and 1150 Rix will oversee the format changes. Loyalty among people 35 and older for cd la but not a Young audience to sell to advertisers something Star could change. Kx-96, which has the highest listening audience Overall from Ages 12 and up is now targeting an older audience without losing its younger listeners. A i think its going to remain the same Story it is now a cruise said. A where else Are people going to go if they done to want country we re still the Only ones playing new maybe not depending on stars format. Riding Mountain has already hired a morning Man program director for Star whom Kille identify. The company will hire seven More staff to sell advertising and work on air in the last six weeks before signing on. Rix will air on both am and pm frequencies for four months before dropping the am signal. Mcphail merging with ethanol blends Lead fight against global warming by Dean Pritchard the Brandon Sun if Grant Mcphail has Learned one thing after 20 years in the financial services Industry its this adapt to change or get out of the Way. Mcphail is adapting. Effective next month Mcphail owner of Integrand financial services is merging operations with the Brandon Branch of the Rice financial group. A Price is trying to stay on the forefront of changes in the financial services Industry and things Are changing fast a Mcphail said. A a the merger will give me a technological platform and support staff that will allow me to better serve my Mcphail will become senior Vic president of Rice financial heading the Brandon Branch and southwestern operations. Winnipeg based Rice financial group provides financial services and products to More than 60,000 clients from British Columbia to Ontario. In honour of the merger Rice financial will Host an open House wine and cheese reception from 4 . To 6 . Tomorrow at the Victoria inn. Massive consolidation in the financial services Industry is making it harder and harder for Small single operator businesses to survive Mcphail said. A everybody in the Industry is looking at their alignment who they Are associating with. And there Are Colin Corneau Brandon Sun Grant Macphail is making an amicable move Over to Rice financial in a merger effective next month. Going to be fewer companies a he said. A London life agent for 13 years Mcphail said he was often limited in what products he could offer. A the software technology at London life is really Well set up for London life products but its not Well set up if you want to do a product that is not with London life a he said. By merging with Rice financial Mcphail and his clients will have Access to too different investment companies. And what will Mcphail bring to Rice financial while Rice financial has concentrated much of its efforts on Mutual fund and guaranteed income certificate sales Mcphail said he plans to also develop the life insurance retirement and estate planning Side of the business. A a in be been working in that area All along but Rice has been doing More accumulating of assets a he said. While a National presence in the financial services Industry Rice financial is still Small enough to offer customers investment flexibility Mcphail said. A you done to Stop the Queen Mary on a dime a he said. A great West life and London life a they Are very Good companies a but i had an Opportunity to go into Rice and ill have some input on the strategy of the Mcphail and two administrative assistants will join a staff of six at Rice financial. Rice financial president Tom Rice said each company brings its own strengths to the merger. A in a changing environment of regulations and deregulation and mergers and acquisitions. Its natural for Forward looking people to see How they can serve the consumer better As advisors a Rice said. A we were looking for permanency in ownership and leadership in Western Manitoba and someone with Grants Guelph a in its efforts to identify options for mitigating climate change the Federal transportation climate change table has found that renewable ethanol is the most cos effective measure of reducing greenhouse Gas emissions from Road vehicles and fuels. The transportation table established As part of the National climate change strategy by Canadas transportation ministers was charged with identifying greenhouse Gas reduction options from transportation that would help meet Canadas targets under the Kyoto protocol. Low level ethanol blended fuels were noted for their immediate ability to help close the Carbon Cycle. A the Canadian renewable fuels association is pleased that this National body of experts has acknowledged the potential of ethanol in the fight against global warming a said Jim Johnson president of the Canadian renewable fuels association urfa. A the Industry is working hard to expand ethanol production and availability across the Low level ethanol blends with up to to per cent ethanol in the blend Are available at the same Price As conventional gasoline at 1,000 service stations across Canada. Ten per cent ethanol blended with 90 per cent gasoline has been shown to reduce greenhouse Gas emissions by four per cent. These Low level blends can be used without modifications in existing vehicle technologies. They present a very simple and effective Way for canadians to contribute to the country a efforts in curbing global warming. A separate but related study found that 85 per ethanol with 15 per cent gasoline e85 has the potential to Benefit the fight against global warming even More significantly. E85, which can be used in flex fuelled vehicles specially designed to take advantage of the High octane value of ethanol can reduce greenhouse Gas emissions by nearly 40 per cent. The urfa is a non profit organization dedicated to the development of renewable fuels from biomass

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