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  • Welcome, sweet prince

    08/21/2013 9:55 AM

    Gaelyn McGregor ushered in the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis with a royal baby shower.

    The Charleswood resident, who is also a highland dance teacher, threw a tea party on Aug. 10 with her royal family-obsessed friends and senior highland dance students in honour of the new prince, who was born on July 22. The invitations said hats and fascinators were optional, but a bottle of baby food each was mandatory.

    "In lieu of (baby shower) gifts, we thought it would be a great idea to have people bring baby food for Winnipeg Harvest," McGregor said.

    McGregor and the other women donated about 57 pounds of baby food to Winnipeg Harvest’s Hunger for Hope program which is dedicated to ending child hunger in Manitoba.

    According to the Winnipeg Harvest website, about 1,600 infants "require emergency baby formula from Winnipeg Harvest each month."

    The idea for this royal baby shower began on Apr. 29, 2011 when McGregor’s dance students and their mothers came over to her house to watch the royal wedding. They said that once Prince William and Kate Middleton had a baby, they’d throw a royal baby shower.

    "We had lots of decorations with the British flag. My husband loved it because he is English," McGregor said with a chuckle.

    Present at the baby shower were typical British snacks, such as cucumber sandwiches, crumpets, scones, berries and clotted cream, and plenty of tea, followed by a toast to the new prince.

    McGregor has always been a follower of the royal family, especially Princess Diana, because she was relatable.

    "Diana was the one that really made it a little bit more tangible, being the same age as me," McGregor said.

    For more information about Winnipeg Harvest’s Hunger for Hope program, visit hungerforhope.org

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  • South Lakes elevator

    08/20/2013 9:52 AM

    The South Lakes grain elevator located in the RM of Rosser is expanding its products and services.

    Construction will soon begin on a fertilizer blending facility, warehouse for chemical and pesticide supplies and a seed treatment facility.

    The former Viterra elevator is now owned by Richardson International and a spokesperson said the expansion will bring it in line with the company's other elevator and service centres.

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  • Don't look down!

    08/16/2013 2:23 PM

    Jenn Lusby, account executive for Canstar Community News, was one of the brave souls who rappelled 200 feet down the 17-storey RBC Building at 220 Portage Ave. on Aug. 15 for the 2013 Easter Seals Drop Zone fundraising event. Lusby, seen dressed as Mario of Super Mario Bros., raised $2,000 toward the $3,500 brought in by her team ‘J2,’ with teammate Jennifer Sutherland. This year’s Drop Zone was projected to raise a total of $150,000. The money raised from the event will go toward vital programs and services that help more than 47,000 children, youth and adults with disabilities in Manitoba.

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  • Elm bark beetle control continues in north Winnipeg

    08/16/2013 12:29 PM

    City of Winnipeg crews will resume spraying against the elm bark beetle and Dutch elm disease (DED) in north Winnipeg next week.

    Starting Mon., Aug. 19, the city will be spraying for the beetle, which carries DED, in the following insect management areas:

    43 — North Inkster Industrial, Oak Point Highway, Omand's Creek Industrial, Tyndall Park

    44 — Burrows - Keewatin, Inkster Industrial Park, Mynarski, Pacific Industrial, Shaughnessy Park, Weston, Weston Shops

    45 — Burrows Central, Robertson, William Whyte

    46 — Centennial, China Town, Civic Centre, Dufferin, Dufferin Industrial, Exchange District, Logan C.P.R., Lord Selkirk Park, North Point Douglas, South Point Douglas

    47 — Inkster - Faraday, Luxton, St. John's, St. John's Park

    49 — Garden City, Leila - McPhillips Triangle, Margaret Park, Templeton – Sinclair

    In a bulletin, the city says it will spray elm trees on all public and private properties, as well as all Seven Oaks School Division properties, between 5:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday until fall.

    City crews will be spraying the lower 50 centimetres of tree trunks with the chemicals Dursban Turf or Pyrate 480 EC. The chemicals have been approved for use by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, according to the city.

    The city says it is targeting trees in the north half of the city this summer, with the aim of treating half of the city’s elm population each year after boosting funding to the DED control program in its 2013 budget.

    The city will issue a bulletin each Friday to let residents know which neighbourhoods will be treated the following week.

    Those looking to receive notification of spraying activities by phone or email are asked to visit http://winnipeg.ca/publicworks/bugline or call 311.

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