Argus News: Year In Review 2019

A monument commemorating Teulon's centennial was unveiled at the corner of Main Street and Beach Road (Highway 17) in Teulon, Man. on June 29, 2019. Left to right: Former Manitoba premier Hon. Gary Filmon, Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman MP James Bezan, Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Hon. Janice Filmon, Town of Teulon mayor Debbie Kozyra and Alan Campbell of the Teulon Centennial Committee. (Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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JANUARY

• The province announced on Jan. 3 that Hay Disaster Benefit payments have started for farmers.

• Teulon hosted its Centennial Kick-Off Celebration on Jan. 5.

• Stonewall folk/roots musician Rhianna Rae Saj released her debut album Begin Again on Jan. 5.

• Teulon mayor Debbie Kozyra decried “horrible” snow clearing in the community at Jan. 8 council meeting.

• Danelle Guenther of Southwest Teens At Risk told Stonewall council at its meeting on Jan. 9 its number of clients were increasing.

• Gimli’s Marc and Lori Palsson announced on Jan. 9 the purchase of the Rockwood Lumber store in Teulon and putting it under the RONA brand. 

• A public hearing on a proposed quarry operation north of Stonewall took place at the Stonewall Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre on Jan. 10.

• Stonewall’s Desiree Gillespie was reappointed to the Manitoba Police Commission on Jan. 10.

• Province announced that schools in Stonewall and Teulon will receive capital project upgrades on Jan. 22.

• Agricultural minister and Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler announced new enhancements for AgriInsurance coverage on Jan. 22.

• Town of Stonewall adopted the Stonewall Program for Rental Unit Construction and Expansion policy at its meeting on Jan. 23.

• The Interlake School Division’s board of trustees discussed the upcoming provincial education review at its meeting on Jan. 28.

• Most business owners in Stonewall have a high opinion of working in the community, a questionnaire by the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce revealed on Jan. 28.

FEBRUARY

• Nolan Randall Thomas, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder involving the death of an inmate at Stony Mountain Institution on Feb. 4.

• Concerned Citizens for Grosse Isle held a meeting at the Grosse Isle Recreation Club regarding alleged pollution from the hog barn at nearby Rock Lake Colony on Feb. 4. CCGI took their case to the Manitoba Ombudsman nine days later.

• Winnipeg’s Andy Koprajda and his son Andy Jr. officially purchased the Rockwood Motor Inn in Stonewall from Bruno and Sheri Labossiere on Feb. 4.

• The Stonewall Municipal Heritage Committee asked Stonewall council at its meeting on Feb. 6 to designate the limestone kilns at Stonewall Quarry Park a municipal heritage site.

• The Interlake Community Foundation announced its goal to raise $250,000 for its 25th anniversary in 2019 on Feb. 7.

• Rockwood council passed a resolution to allow a new quarry operation north of Stonewall to proceed on Feb. 13.

• The provincial and federal governments announced  funding towards upgrades to Highway 6 in the RM of Rosser on Feb. 13.

• Snowmobiles trekked from Stony Mountain to Gimli in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Feb. 15.

• CentrePort Canada hosted a Free Donut Day at Tim Hortons in the RM of Rosser on Feb. 20.

• Residents near Keith Cosens Drive showed their opposition to a parking ban on the street at a meeting of Stonewall council on Feb. 20.

• Sunova Arena in Warren received the Outstanding Recreation Facility Award from Recreation Connections Manitoba on Feb. 20.

• ISD announced there would be no mill rate increase for its 2019-20 draft budget on Feb. 21.

• Gunton Greenwood Memorial Hall hosted a meeting regarding recent break-ins in and around Gunton on Feb. 21.

• The Summit Café in Stony Mountain closed its doors on Feb. 22.

• The Stonewall Curling Club hosted a Puzzle Race and Board Game Night in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada on Feb. 23.

• Rosser council discussed Winnipeg Transit service in CentrePort on Feb. 26.

• Schools across Manitoba took part in Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 27.

• Settlers, Rails and Trails announced its capital campaign to raise funds towards relocation and expansion on Feb. 28.

• Stonewall RCMP announced that its amalgamation with the Headingley detachment will be delayed to April.

MARCH

Radio Christmas, a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie was filmed in Stonewall in early March.

• Province unveiled 2019 budget and announced a 1% PST cut on March 7.

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer visited a farm in the RM of Rosser on March 8.

• ISD board approved its 2019-20 operating budget on March 11.

• Save The Kilns held an organizational meeting at the Stonewall Quarry Park HAC on March 11.

• Timothy Frederick Koltusky, an inmate at Stony Mountain Institution, died while in custody on March 12.

• Stonewall Collegiate hosted the musical production The Wedding Singer at the Stonewall Quarry Park HAC on March 14 and 15.

• Town of Stonewall introduced a new proposed cemetery maintenance by-law in an open house on March 18.

• The first goose of spring was sighted at Oak Hammock Marsh on March 18.

• Teulon Collegiate hosted Alice in Looking Glass-Land inside the school’s gymnasium on March 20 and 21.

• Teulon’s Green Acres Art Centre won $20,000 from Sunova Credit Union in an online contest on March 21.

• The Little Mountain Park Conservancy Group opposed the dumping of clean fill at a wetland near the park at Rosser’s council meeting on March 26.

• Rockwood council revealed on March 27 that its four waste disposal sites and transfer stations combined for a $212,200 loss over the past five years.

• Province announced on March 28 that the minimum wage will rise to $11.65/hour on Oct. 1.

• The executive of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities visited Stonewall council at the end of March.

APRIL

• Ventura Developments vice-president Tim Comack told Stonewall council on April 3 he expects construction on The Renaissance housing project to start in June.

• ISD superintendent Margaret Ward told the board of trustees on April 8 that declining enrollment at WarrenCollegiate may result in staffing cuts.

• Rockwood council voted unanimously to significantly increase council indemnities on April 10.

• Three projects from WCI placed top-10 in the provincial Caring For Watersheds contest at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre on April 13.

• A plaque commemorating veterans who fought in The Battle of Hong Kong was unveiled at the VMSC on April 14.

• École RW Bobby Bend in Stonewall will receive funding for structural upgrades, the province announced on April 18.

• Adrian Fillion, 42, died  in custody at Stony Mountain Institution on April 22.

•Oak Hammock Marsh Intrepretive Centre and the province signed a five-year funding agreement on April 22.

• SCI, WCI announced they will adopt a semester system starting in the 2019-20 school year.

• The Town of Stonewall unveiled its 2019 financial plan, with a municipal tax increase of 2.87%, on April 23.

• RM of Rosser announced it will fund nearly $17 million for CentrePort utilities in its 2019 financial plan on April 23.

• RM of Rockwood announced its 2019 financial plan on April 24.

MAY

  The federal government announced plans to aid farmers hit hard by China’s ban of Canadian canola products on May 1. Both Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman MP James Bezan and provincial agricultural minister and Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler disagreed with the  plans.

• The Teulon Golf & Country Club re-opened its restaurant on May 2.

• Quarry Choristers performed Small Town Blues at the Stonewall Quarry Park HAC from May 2 to 11.

• The Prairie Dog Central began its 2019 season on Mother’s Day May 12.

• ICF awarded $33,608 in grants and awards at its annual grant presentation in Stonewall on May 13.

• The Town of Stonewall and RM of Rockwood announced they will not bid for the 2022 Manitoba Winter Games on May 16.

• Teams from WCI finished sixth and 13th at Manitoba Envirothon in Headingley from May 23 to 25.

• On May 27, burning bans in the RMs of Rockwood and Woodlands were still in effect one month after being implemented.

• Three students, one from each of ISD’s high schools, attended a youth education forum in Winnipeg on May 27.

JUNE

• The Inwood Women’s Institute celebrated its centennial on June 1.

• The 75th anniversary of D-Day is commemorated across the province on June 6.

• 301 Alan McLeod VC Air Cadet Squadron in Stonewall held its annual parade at the VMSC on June 6.

• Stonewall folk-roots duo Two Crows For Comfort opened for Bruce Cockburn at Rise Up 100: Songs For The Next Century in Winnipeg on June 8.

• ISD board of trustees discussed the possibility of reduced speed zones around Stonewall schools on June 10.

• The new Stony Mountain Child Care Centre Co-op building officially opened on June 14.

• The 15th annual Ralph Eichler Charity Golf Tournament took place at the Teulon Golf & Country Club on June 14.

Two Turtle Doves, a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie was filmed in Stonewall from June 17 to 20.

• Stonewall council passed first reading to designate the limestone kilns as a municipal heritage site on June 19.

• Winnipeg METRO Region announced the groundbreaking of its high-speed internet project in the RM of Rosser on June 20.

  A woman from the RM of Rockwood died from a  vehicle collision outside Gunton on June 25.

• RM of Rosser unveiled new messaging system Rosser Connect at June 25 council meeting.

• SCI, TCI and WCI celebrated its graduates in ceremonies in late June.

• Teulon hosted its centennial celebrations, highlighted by a parade and a concert from Doc Walker from June 27 to July 1.

JULY

• Staff Sgt. Kelly Glaspey of Stonewall RCMP told Stonewall council that calls for service from April to June were down from the year before on July 3.

• The federal government announced on July 5 it will invest $2.2 million over three years to 19 projects to improve the health of the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

• The province announced on July 5 livestock producers will be temporarily allowed to let animals graze on Crown land.

• Ground officially broke on the construction of the Renaissance housing complex in Stonewall on July 7.

• The Town of Stonewall and the Save The Kilns Committee announced on July 9 the establishment of the Save The Kilns fund.

• Stonewall Youth Going Green urged Stonewall council to implement a plastic bag ban at retailers.

• A motion from Teulon council to censure mayor Debbie Kozyra on July 9 was unsuccessful.

• Settlers, Rails & Trails cut the ribbon on its new property in Argyle on July 15.

• Warren residents were left without running water for a few hours on July 17.

• Warren’s Bryan Myskiw starred in Tell Me on a Sunday at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival from July 18 to 27.

• A firearm stolen from Stonewall 22 months earlier was used in a crime in Winnipeg on July 19.

• Bruce Brunger of Teulon moved his final house after 47 years on July 23.

• Woodlands council renewed an agreement with Northern Stone to continue quarrying operations on July 23.

• Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler and Gimli MLA Jeff Wharton answered questions about education and local quarries from Rockwood council on July 24.

AUGUST

• Protesters demonstrate against photo radar set up on Highway 7 in the RM of Rosser on Aug. 5.

• Stonewall Quarry Park began offering tours of the limestone kilns on Aug. 7.

• A fundraising barbecue and bake sale for the Teulon Memory Garden took place there on
Aug. 9.

• Ducks Unlimited Canada hosted the Duck and Run at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre on Aug. 11.

• Teulon council passed by-law amendments to strip the powers of mayor Debbie Kozyra on Aug. 13. A day earlier, she filed a lawsuit against councillors Michael Ledarney, Danny Hutchinson and Rey Girardin, as well as former CAO Doreen Steg and local resident Shannon Dupont.

• Stonewall resident Lance Cartwright helped stop an assault on a woman in Winnipeg on
Aug. 15.

• The Town of Stonewall proposed the redevelopment of the Quarry Park campground at an open house on Aug. 15.

• The 35th annual Stonewall Quarry Days festival took place from Aug. 16 to 18. Country rockers Aaron Goodvin and Past The Perimeter performed on Aug. 16.

• The 31st annual Ride For A Child’s Wish was held in the RM of Woodlands on Aug. 17.

• The I Am Festival happened outside Teulon from Aug. 16 to 18.

• The Teulon Truck and Tractor Pull took place at Green Acres Park on Aug. 17 and 18.

• Ringo (Dylan) Carpenter, 28, escaped from Stony Mountain Institution and was re-apprehended four hours later on Aug. 21.

• Stonewall council passed new reduced speed zone by-laws on Aug. 21.

• A municipal auditor cleared former Teulon CAO Doreen Steg of misleading council by misidentifying legal expenses  in a letter sent on Aug. 27.

• Waterfowl experts visited the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre on Aug. 29 as part of the North American Duck Symposium held in Winnipeg.

• The RM of Woodlands, with six other Interlake municipalities, declare a state of agricultural disaster due to drought conditions on Aug. 29.

SEPTEMBER

• Most students in the Interlake School Division returned to classes on Sept. 4. The ISD also eliminated fees for elective courses in Grades 7 and 8 as well as for all courses in high school.

• Eco-West sent a report on how Stonewall could reduce its carbon footprint to town council and presented it at its meeting on Sept. 4.

• Young riders from RW Ridgway Ranch near Balmoral rode their horses to The Kiln Drive-In in Stonewall and raised more than $3,600 for cancer research on Sept. 7.

• Community Living Interlake and the Stonewall Odd Fellows Lodge No. 49 hosted a charity golf tournament at Whispering Winds of Warren Golf Course on Sept. 9.

• Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler was re-elected for a fifth term and PC leader Brian Pallister is re-elected as premier in the provincial election on Sept. 10.

• Rockwood council considered a four-way stop at Provincial Road 236 and Road 85 North in Balmoral at its meeting on Sept. 11.

• The 39th annual Stonewall Terry Fox Run took place on Sept. 15.

• The province unveiled a 100-Day Action Plan on Sept. 17.

• The Town of Stonewall implemented a new film policy on Sept. 18.

• Lions Manor in Stonewall celebrated its 30th anniversary on Sept. 18.

• Fred Fox, the brother of Terry Fox, spoke at Warren Elementary School on Sept. 20.

• The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life took place inside Stonewall Collegiate due to rain on Sept. 20.

• The Road 2 Recovery Ruck March arrived at the Stonewall Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 52 on Sept. 21.

• Teulon hosted Pumpkinfest on Sept. 21.

• The Argyle Fall Supper served 823 people at the Argyle Curling Club on Sept. 22.

• Three SCI students attended a student leadership conference in Abbotsford, B.C. from Sept. 24 to 28.

• Local students took part in a Global Climate Strike demonstration in front of the Manitoba Legislature on Sept. 27.

• The province announced a new Crown lands leasing program on Sept. 27.

OCTOBER

• The well at Teulon’s Green Acres Arts Centre collapsed, costing thousands of dollars.

• Stonewall council passed a motion to allocate funds towards four Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations on Oct. 1.

• Quarry Physiotherapy celebrated its 25th anniversary at its flagship location in Stonewall on Oct. 4.

• The Interlake Community Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary at Stonewall Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre on Oct. 5.

• Teulon deputy mayor Michael Ledarney and councillors Danny Hutchinson and Rey Girardin all resigned on Oct. 7, leaving Teulon council with no quorum. Council was then dissolved by the province, triggering a December by-election.

• A major snowstorm paralyzed much of the province, including the south Interlake on Oct. 11. Many residents were left with no power and some in the RM of Woodlands had no running water.

• The Something Beautiful fashion show took place at the Stonewall QPHAC on Oct. 17.

• The Town of Stonewall unveiled its redevelopment plan for the Quarry Park Campground on Oct. 17.

• The new fire hall for the Teulon-Rockwood Fire Department officially opened on Oct. 20.

• Conservative James Bezan is re-elected as MP for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, while the Liberals formed a minority government on Oct. 21.

• Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler is moved to the Economic Development and Training portfolio by Premier Brian Pallister on Oct. 23.

• CentrePort Canada announced that nine new companies will move into the Brookside Business Park in the RM of Rosser on Oct. 30.

• Something Beautiful in Stonewall celebrated one year in business on Oct. 31.

NOVEMBER

• The Stonewall and Teulon RCMP Detachments officially amalgamated with Headingley’s on Nov. 1.

• Stonewall QPHAC opened a D-Day exhibit on Nov. 2 and ran until Nov. 30.

• An SCI student caused a stir online on Nov. 7 claiming she was suspended for refusing to wear a rainbow-coloured poppy. She was actually suspended for posting homophobic posters around the school.

• Stonewall’s Past The Perimeter won Group of The Year at the Manitoba Country Music Awards in Winnipeg on Nov. 10.

• Communities across Manitoba honoured its veterans on Remembrance Day Nov. 11.

• The RM of Rosser denounced Quebec’s Bill 21 at its council meeting on Nov. 12.

• The ICF, through the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge awarded $30,000 in grants total to Community Living Interlake, Green Acres Arts Centre, the Woodlands Pioneer Museum and the South Interlake Regional Library on Nov. 16.

• The province unveiled its initiatives in its throne speech on Nov. 19.

• The Manitoba Legislature recognized hydro workers who helped restore power to the Interlake after October’s snowstorm on Nov. 20.

• Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre won the Air Transat Responsible Tourism Award at the Canadian Tourism Awards in Ottawa on Nov. 20.

• Teulon hosted its annual Parade of Lights on Nov. 23.

• A candidates’ forum for Teulon’s by-election was held at the Teulon Rockwood Centennial Centre on Nov. 28.

DECEMBER

• Marquette Co-op officially merges with Elm Creek Co-op to become Prairie Roots Co-op on Dec. 1.

• RCMP Staff Sgt. Kelly Glaspey told Stonewall council calls were down in Stonewall from the previous year on Dec. 4.

• Stonewall hosted the Festival of Lights Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 6.

• Anna Pazdzierski was elected mayor of Teulon in a by-election on Dec. 11. Todd Campbell, Angela Green, Cherise Griffin and Robin Nishibata were elected to council.

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