Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 27, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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Duke was the first dog in Canada to be supplied with a vest from Vest-A-Dog.
Inspired by Heather’s success, Julie, IO, and Dana, ll, suggested they start their own club to help outfit police dogs.
Tim, who met Palmer last year while training Scout in Winnipeg, suggested the club could raise money for a vest for Scout.
Starting in November, the kids set out donation cans in stores around Ashern and sold ribbon-wrapped dog bones at Christmas.
Scott, IO, accompanied his father to a Wildlife Association banquet in Pilot Mound and gathered donations after making a speech about the club.
“You couldn’t be more proud of them and they are so proud of themselves,” Tim says.
“They had lots of meetings amongst themselves how to raise money. They took it all on their own.”
Palmer says he was going to try asking for a vest in the next budget but was concerned about the hefty price-tag.
He says he was surprised at how fast the club raised the necessary funds.
“Next thing I know they are phoning me and saying ‘Yeah, you can fit him for a vest now.’”
Scout has been working the streets since September.
Routine duties include sniffing for drugs and tracking suspects or missing persons.
Scout will only wear the vest in high risk situations, Palmer says.
“It’s nice to have the vest in case you need it in certain scenarios. Especially nowadays with what happens on the street you never know what you are going to get into.”Veterans keeping pets
WINNIPEG — The vets can keep their pets — for now.
Residents at Winnipeg’s Legion Gardens, a low-income housing complex for war veterans, have been embroiled in a dispute with the Canadian Legion Memorial Housing Foundation. The complex never foimal-ly allowed pets, but residents have owned them for years without problems until a new resident filed a recent complaint about a neighbour’s dog.
That prompted the board to send letters to tenants telling them either their pets had to go or they did, by July 15.
The foundation has asked the province to appoint a mediator in the dispute, but announced yesterday that in the meantime, nothing will be done to remove animals from the bungalows.
“With a little good will on both sides, I’m sure we can work out a resolution that will be satisfactory to all concerned,” said foundation president Gordon McLay.
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SCHOOL DAY 4 — GARBAGE DAY 5In BriefThieves tried to steal several cars
Police are investigating the theft of a car from downtown Brandon and a string of attempted thefts in the same neighbourhood reported Tuesday.
Five vehicles parked in the 300 block of 13th Street and the 400 block of 14th Street were the targets of would-be car thieves. In each case, steering columns were damaged but the vehicles were not started.
A thief did make off with one car parked in the 200 block of 12th Street.
The 1990 Pontiac 6000 was recovered in a lane behind the 400 block of 13th Street Tuesday morning.Sports cards, electronics taken
Electronics were among the items stolen during a break-in to a home at Brandon’s Brentwood Trailer Court.
About $3,000 worth of goods were taken dunng the trailer break-in, reported Tuesday afternoon.
Stolen were a home stereo, four speakers, a car stereo with amplifier, compact discs and three binders full of sports trading cards.Hoteliers enlist consulting firm
Local hoteliers have taken a step to improve their understanding of the market.
Westman Accommodations Group has decided to participate in Canadian management consulting firm Pannell Kerr Forster, which maintains the most extensive proprietary database for the Canadian accommodation industry.
The database includes occupancy statistics, average daily room rates and revenues. The move will provide information on market assessment, development potential and management, says group chairperson Darlene Janssen.Watch for kids, drivers warned
No more teachers, no more books and, Brandon police are hoping, no traffic accidents.
The police service is reminding motorists school winds up today and drivers should be extra cautious of youngsters who will now be outdoors throughout the day.
“Basically, they should be looking out for it exactly the same as when kids are in school, only looking a lot harder and a lot more,” says Sgt. Leon Flannigan. “Instead of it being at peak times, going to school and coming from school, you have to be on the lookout now all day long because the kids could be on their way anywhere.”
In the days ahead, Flannigan says, kids may be excited to be out of school and won’t be paying as much attention as they should to traffic, meaning those behind the wheel have to be careful.
“No one wants to have a child’s life on their hands and I guess that’s the big message right now to send.”
Students in kindergarten through Grade 8 finish classes today while, for high school students, school officially ended yesterday.
—Brandon SunWinnipeg begins mosquito fogging
WINNIPEG (CP) — The City of Winnipeg has conceded defeat in its war on mosquitoes.
Crews began fogging parks yesterday with malathion, an indiscriminate pesticide that kills good and bad insects. A residential campaign begins Friday.
With an $800,000 provincial grant and $120,000 from some RMs, the city boosted its budget to $3 million to kill mosquitoes in the larval stage. But sustained downpours defeated the effort.
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Third-grader Stephanie Willey struggles as she makes her way down the hallway of the Oakburn Elementary School for the last time yesterday afternoon.Oakburn students leave local school for last time
By Shelley Vivian
OAKBURN — This community bid a bittersweet farewell to its school yesterday as the last students who will ever learn inside its walls packed up their books for the final time.
Oakburn Consolidated School, which taught 17 kids in Grades I through 4 this year, is being permanently shut down.
School staff and other community members marked the occasion with a barbecue and kids played outside in the summer sun, but there were as many tears in the crowd as there were smiles.
“It’s pretty sad,” said Mereille Desilets, a Grade 2 student who will take the bus to Rossburn for classes in the fall.
“Since it’s so small, we could do a lot of activities and things together. It won’t be the same at a big school.”
Nellie Bartko wasn’t at the ceremony yesterday but she wasn’t far from the school that has been a part of her life since 1963, when she and her husband arrived in Oakburn.
Leonard Bartko began teaching at the school that year and later became its principal, a post he held until 1990, when he retired.
For Nellie, who lost her husband three months ago to cancer, thinking about the closure of the school right next door to her house is painful.
“It’s hard,” she said simply, before breaking into tears.
Nellie attended the school’s end of May tea, an annual ritual, but found it too overwhelming and decided not to attend yesterday’s ceremony.
Instead, she reminisced about events she enjoyed at the school with her husband.
“I really loved all the concerts," she said. “They were great. The kids would decorate the stage and they’d practise their roles for weeks.”
For parents who had fought hard to keep the school open, the anger and disappointment of losing the battle was still apparent.
“We’ve had so much time to think about it and yet, I don’t think it’s really hit home yet,” said Roger Desilets, who served as chairman of the parent council.
“I guess we’ll see how we feel in September when our kids are being bused out of town to school.”
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A student looks out of the window of a school bus prior to its departure for the last time from the Oakburn Elementary School yesterday afternoon. The school will be closing its doors.
Students in the community will attend school in Shoal Lake or Rossburn.
Parents still don’t accept the school board’s arguments that the school was too small to be viable and that the multigrade environment wasn’t best for learning, Desilets said.
The school should have had close to 30 students this year, he said, but the division eliminated two grades, sending some students to Rossburn, and with the future of the school uncertain, many parents in the community chose to send their children elsewhere.
He said Oakburn is already feeling the effects of the closure, with some families having moved away and others considering it.
“It disperses families and it hurts the community.”
The Oakburn School District was formed in 1886.
The original school was located a mile south of Oakburn. It is now being used as a residence.
In 1958, rural schools in the area closed and Oakburn Consolidated School was formed.
The school officially shuts its doors June 30 but the school division is making it available over the next six months to be used for community functions.
Lesia Wilson, acting superintendent of Pelly Trail School Division, said there has been discussion of the school being used as a division office but it will be up to the school board elected in October to decide where a division office is located.
Pelly Trail School Division is being amalgamated with Birdtail River School Division as part of the province’s plan to reduce by one-third the number of divisions in Manitoba.
Wilson summed up the final year at Oakburn as “good but very emotional.” “I think, now, we have to look ahead and figure out how we can make change work for us. That’s what it’s all about — how do you embrace change.”
Audrey Clempson, principal of Oakburn Consolidated School and its only teacher, was also concentrating on the positive yesterday.
“I’ve really focused today on the achievements of the students. That’s been my focus. And I know they’ll be assets to whatever school they go to.” She said shell miss working with the closely-knit staff, which included two educational assistants.
“I’m really going to miss being part of that team,” said Clempson, who moves on to Major Pratt school in Russell this fall.
BUDZINSKI, Dora (Domna), (nee Marchuk), May 17, 1901 - June 21, 2002.
EDGERTON, Evelyn, beloved wife of Cliff.
GRAY, Mabel, beloved wife of Dan, of Sinclair.
GUNNING, James (Jim) William, survived by wife Helga.
LAMB, Charles, memorial service. MADDEN, Lillian Jean, passed away June 23.
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