Music, music, music...

By Rita Friesen

The power of music is a mystery. It can set a mood, destroy a mood or enhance a mood. For those of us who have grown up in the church, one of the fist little songs we learned was “Jesus Loves Me”.  Not every hymn book today contains these words, but I know, if you have the opportunity to sing with our friends in care facilities, the residents all know the words and love to sing along.

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Harnessing the potential

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

The Neepawa Banner

There’s nothing like a little world news to make you feel like you should aim higher.  While young people tend to get a bad rap for causing trouble, being disengaged or not contributing to the greater community, today’s young people are also doing some truly remarkable things.

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Wake up and smell the money!

By Ken Waddell

The Neepawa Banner

Some say there are no problems, only opportunities.

If that’s the case, then Neepawa has a huge opportunity because at first glance, the town sure has a major problem.

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It made me smile

By Rita Friesen

It was a mundane errand that had me turning north off the highway. Garbage needed to be dropped off at the depot. It took a moment to make eye contact with the flag person for the construction crew, and recognition flashed for both of us. Her huge smile and wide wave were welcome but the great grimace and double arm wave when I returned just minutes later, well, it made me smile. A deep warm smile that relaxed my shoulders and brightened my day.

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Right in the centre - Get at it young people

By Ken Waddell

The Banner

With the election slates now set in every Manitoba community, it’s a good time for reflection on where communities are at in their march toward the future. One community stands head and shoulders above the rest in their anticipation of what the future holds. Virden, like many other communities, has acclaimed their town council, even the mayor’s position. But what they have done differently is acclaim three young councillors who, in the words of  Virden Mayor Jeff McConnell, “are all under the age of 30.” Given that there are three other councillors and a mayor that likely makes their average age about 45. In contrast, western Manitoba’s largest town, Neepawa, while having a race for mayor have decided to acclaim all their council into place. The big difference is that the average age of the Neepawa council will be about 60.

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