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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - March 25, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Free press March 1990 the Joys of easter our cites heritage Vince Leah every time easter Rolls i recall the excitement of Spring to a not Only did we get a week away from school but when easter Arri especially if it was late on the canonical it was a time for getting the old soccer Ball inflated and exploring the Waters from the thaw every Spring the Prairie West of Arlington Street was one vast Lake from the melting one possibly 1924 or the temperature suddenly plunged and we awoke one morning to find we had a massive skating rink at our disposal on mat All manner of kids showed up with skates and hockey somebody found a few chunks of Cord Wood to make i do not remember How sides were chosen As the worst skater in the i was ordered to play glad to be i dutifully complied not realizing that with Over a Hundred kids the chances of a shot on goal were rare i stood there for Over an merely watching the rest of the kids who were engaged in one glorious Pursuit of the i do not know if anybody Ever with a huge natural ice rink about to we were not limited to playing some of the lads fastened Broom handles to their sleds and tacked on old sheets to make a my brother and i simply erected a Sheet from a cardboard we had a joyous time ice sailing across the when warm weather we were not our interests turned to looking for old railway ties by the tracks to make i was not a rafting enthusiast and preferred to dig out a useable an enthusiasm i have never there were other Joys associated with there was the journey to old Grace methodist Church at Ellice and notre Dame for i went because of a passion for Organ music and Grace had a tremendous pipe splendidly handled by such organists As Stanley Osborne and Arnold this dear old a bastion of methodism i Western can sadly was razed at the end of me second world War and a parking lot now exists in the spot where i once sat enthral led by the mightly music of handels hallelujah easter of 1925 also marked the gift of my first pair of Long which All at once displaced knickers for All the Prairie survives when you travel beyond the cites Northwestern the changes on the West Side of the car tracks astound old time residents seeing it after being away a number of i guess i never dreamt the rolling Fields with Garter snakes and wild Birds would be swept away by Urban i still Fly kites and won Cornish named for eccentric mayor by Vince Leah Cornish a Small Street in me Westgate runs Between landside and Maryland streets and is most famous As being the Home to Misericordia Hospital and the Cornish the Street is named for Francis Evans Winnipeg first born in Cornish came to Winnipeg in 1872 after an unsuccessful political career in Eastern he campaigned strongly for the incorporation of the City and was elected to the mayors chair in the cites first Cornish was a colourful character As chief mag once tried and fined himself for a he died in there Are several streets named for former so honoured is Richard Deans who was a prime mover in bringing decent water to Winnipeg and who also saved the countess of the cites first from being worn out in some British Columbia ironically Juba Street was actually named after Daniel Juba mayor of the town of Brooklands which is now part of rather than Steven one of the cites most distinguished Grace Church was a bastion of methodism in the West Der How Many soccer balls Are being inflated or catchers mitts oiled in preparation for the first kick or an outside Puzzle solutions from Page 8 ants his shush Assis a still Busti today crypt quote one of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new Walter Bagehot today unlisted clue Turner City gone to the dogs k9 unit cops Best Friend by Jim Timlick the Transcona police station has gone to the the Pandora Avenue station is the Home of the Winnipeg police departments dog handlers More affectionately referred to As the k9 the five dog unit has been based in Transcona almost since the squad was established in although based in the unit responds to As Many As 200 Calls citywide every you get placed in a lot More dangerous situations than a Normal whereas they can get one dangerous Call a night we can get up to five or six in the same said Cliff who along with his German Shepherd partner is a member of the the Pahis better known As Samson and officers in the unit generally pick and choose the Type of Calls to which they the unit is often called i when a thief is still holed up at the scene of a the canine partner is let Loose to track the perpetrator and Corner him for the the team is often used to track criminals who have recently fled from the scene of a while the officer is armed with a gun and a Billy the dog is often his Best weapon i subduing the majority of them Are More scared of the dog then they Are of who lives in Cliff Samson and his German Shepherd there was one time when a Guy was stealing these guns from the army Navy store on As soon As he saw the dog he jumped Down and sprawled on the he was so scared mat he Cut his face on the Glass on the it might sound but it is common for a Constable to become As attached to his canine partner As he would to any other when they Are not on duty the dogs Are cared for by the officer at his even on a Day off it is not uncommon for an officer to take his dog out for a walk or for training at the units compound behind the Transcona District Tony is the newest member of the having officially joined it with his partner Raider about two months Russell said while it is easy for an officer to become attached to his dog its something that has to be guarded in a Way its Tough not said who lives i but the main objective to having a dog on the unit is to protect an officers the dog its sad to give up his life for his Lake other departments in the police Force the k9 unit is experiencing the problem of the units complement is Down to three teams from the Normal the unit recently lost one team when one of the German who had been with the team for a could no longer be Samson said finding a suitable dog is one of the most common problems the unit its a real concern finding the right i dont know what the actual statistics Are but for the ramp its said they can go through 100 dogs to find just the right said who has raised his dog from a the unit employs Only purebred German the Breed has been found to be the Best Allaround Russell and is suited for Winnipeg harsh most of the dogs work for about six to eight years before age forces them to be

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