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Portage La Prairie Central Plains Herald Leader (Newspaper) - September 22, 2007, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
6 Central Plains Herald Leader Oakville Elie september 22, 2007 High Bluff Farmer remembered a fatality accentuates need for constant focus on farm safety by Leah Kellar Central Plains Herald Leader Gordon Halwas will be remembered by his family for his positive Outlook on life dedication to his family and love of farming. He was a successful businessman and was devoted to his Grain farming operation. Halwas died on sept. 5 at age 57 in an unfortunate farm equipment Accident. Friends also remember Quot Gord Quot for his dedication to the Community. He grew up in High Bluff after his family moved there from Russell in 1964 and became a Well known local hockey player. Quot we had great times playing Junior hockey together and baseball. He enjoyed Many different sports and was always very competitive Quot recalls his brother in Law Cora Stewart who went to Public school with Halwas. Quot i knew him since he was 13. He always gave everything his Best and was very dedicated to his family and his farm Halwas farm operation was mainly of grains and oilseed but in later years he also grew edible Beans. His Good Friend Gordon Didsbury talked to him on the phone sometimes two or three times daily while out in the Fields. Quot i was a Small Grain Farmer and Gord was a big Grain Farmer. We had lots in common. We talked alot about farming the markets and some of the movies he seen recently Quot said Didsbury with a we spent Many Good times together and our families often had suppers Didsbury said what he will remember most about Halwas was he always took the time to talk with everyone. Quot no matter what he was doing he would always Stop and make time for people Quot he said. He also noted Halwas was an extremely careful Man and kept his farming equipment maintained and cleaned. Quot Well never know for sure How the Accident happened. We suspect it was a mechanical failure on a Winch on the Auger Quot said Didsbury while looking at the Auger from the Halwas farm during an interview with the Herald Leader on sept. 17. Didsbury has visited the family every Day since the Accident. Halwas was survived by his wife Heather daughters Andrea Ana Kimberley and Stepson Kirk. It is suspected Gord died on the farm of injuries sustained after the Auger toppled Over partially crushing him. Quot it was such a total Surprise with such a healthy person to be gone just like that. It s a huge Shock and it s just going to take a Long time to get Over it Quot said Stewart. Glen Blahey provincial farm safety coordinator for Manitoba agriculture food and Rural initiatives said the number of fatal incidents involving farm equipment is rare with four to five each year in the province. Quot of course from the family s perspective and our perspective one is too Many Quot he said. Blahey noted when servicing or repairing any farm equipment there Are a couple of critical Steps to take to ensure one s safety. The first is to make sure the equipment is powered Down and shut off so no component can become engaged. The second step is to stabilize the equipment so it will not move. Quot if it s raised or lowered either mechanically or hydraulically or using some other system it s important that the system be supported on each end with blocks or Timber or other supports so that if you remove any raising components the equipment will remain stable Quot said Blahey. For More information on farm safety Contact . By of Cartier water rates to increase by Cynthia Munster Central Plains Herald Leader the utilities Bill for Rural municipality of Cartier will go up in january. Manitoba s Public utilities Board recently approved revised water rates for Cartier Utility system. The increased water rates Are the reason Why pm of Cartier residents will see alb per cent increase on their Utility Bill in the new year. As of Jan. I the Price for every 1,000 Gallons of water will be $10.50, up $2 or 24 per cent from the rate in 1998. Quot i think the Board mailed the notice or published one or the other. No one responded to the Board with respect to those rates and what the Board then does is it carries on considering the application As submitted and approves the rates As requested Quot said Gerry Barron associate Secretary for Public utilities Board. Pm of Cartier applied to pub to increase the water rates. Quot our rate was set Back in 1998 and the Cost of producing water has gone up significantly like the stuff you have to use to treat it has All gone up so basically the Cost of producing the water has gone in so we need to pass it along Quot said Cartier Reeve Roland Rasmussen. Cartier Utility system serves 540 businesses and residences and the new pricing was calculated to address current and future needs. The water Plant located North of St. Eustache that produces the water for pm of Cartier also feeds water to head Ingley St. Francois Xavier and part of pm of Portage la Prairie so these areas Are bound to see an increase in their water rates too said Rasmussen. He added he Hopes this Price will stay the same for another five to to years. Quot it s costing us about $8.50 right now to produce 1,000 Gallons of water. We Are not in it to make Money. It s just it has to sustain itself the Utility Quot he said. The Reeve explained besides the current rate charged sometimes there Are troubles with the transmission lines so any extra Money will go towards future repairs of the Way if a major mishap were to take place and there was a need to replace a line the Money would be there for it. Quot it s a Reserve on its own and All these lines that Are in Are fairly new but in 40 or 50 years some of them Are going to need replacing and the Money is going to be there for it without having to add to people s taxes or anything Quot said Rasmussen. Quot it s very Forward thinking to make sure you have enough for the future Quot he Don t use that Money for anything else. It just sits there and when it s needed it s Hill s drug store 200 Saskatchewan Avenue East is open sunday 12 00 noon-3 00 . Elie Tornado assistance fund would like to thank Alf Manitoban w to generously donated to our fund and supported our families affected by the Tornado that struck june 2007. What s up around Oakville and Elie sunday sept. 23 Community Fellowship Church worship service at 10 . Fortier gospel Chapel worship service 9 30 and Bible hour following at 11 15 . Knox United service and sunday school 10 30 . All children three years or and up Are Welcome. St. Luke a anglican Church worship service 10 30 . Monday sept. 24 Knox Rcw resumes at Knox United Church. 1 30 . Tuesday sept. 25 Recycle pickup 8 . Every second tuesday Oakville tiny tots Nursery school at Knox United Church 1p.m. To 3 . For More information Call e. Hurst at 267-7132 Silver threads noon meal cards Pool shuffleboard. Ages 55 and up Welcome. 1 30 . Birthday of the month. Last tuesday of each month wednesday sept. 26 garbage pickup at Oakville at 7 . Fortier gospel Chapel prayer and Bible study at 7 30 . Lions meeting at the Lions Den Hall at 7 30 . Every second and fourth wednesday of month like to sing join us at St. Luke a. Everyone Welcome All Ages from 8 . 9 . Thursday sept. 27 Oakville tiny tots Nursery school at Knox United Church 1p.m.-3 . For More information Call e. Hurst at 267-7132 Silver threads open at 1 30 . For cards shuffleboard Etc. National association for Christian recovery 12-step meeting at St. Luke a anglican Church at 7 30 . Every second and fourth thursday Junior youth grades 7 and 8 alternate Between Portage and Newton for fun activities. Friday sept. 28 Silver threads noon meal cards Pool shuffleboard. Ages 55 and up Welcome. Teenagers Bible study at Community Fellowship Church every first Friday of the month at 2 . Fridays evenings Newton Community Fellowship youth meet for exciting activities. All Are Welcome Contact Community Fellowship Church at 267-2116 for More info. Dates to remember thanksgiving dinner sept. 30 at 5 30 . Newton Community Fellowship is hosting a thanksgiving dinner and concert. Everyone is Welcome. For More information Contact the Church office at 267-2116
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