Weldon Rinn

Weldon Rinn

St. Vital community correspondent

Weldon Rinn lives, writes, and enjoys living in St. Vital. He can be reached at weldonrinn2@gmail.com

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Rambling with… Community Futures

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Rambling with… Community Futures

Weldon Rinn 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Susan Bater is the entrepreneurs with disabilities program manager of the Community Futures Manitoba office here in Winnipeg.

I contacted her after seeing their ads on the TV, wanting to know more about the programs they offer, the requirements for participants and anything else she could tell me about Community Futures.

Rinn: So, what or who, is the actual owner of Community Futures?

Bater: Community Futures offices are independent, non-profit organizations that provide loans, advice, and support to rural business owners and help their communities with community economic development initiatives. They each have a board of directors composed of local representatives that guide the organizations. Rinn: So, I know you have offices scattered throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with 16 in Manitoba; who provides the funding for your offices, and would I be correct if it is the Manitoba government who provides funds, private funding, or are you federally funded?

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Community Futures offices provide loans, advice, and support to rural business owners and help their communities with community economic development initiatives.

Ramblin’ along with… Look Music

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Ramblin’ along with… Look Music

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Look Music is a business I’m very familiar with, as I have known owner Doug Kool virtually my whole life. I even worked for him during my university days and beyond.

He has expanded his business to include a lot of things that weren’t offered when I was in his employee and being based in Brandon doesn’t restrict his operations to southwestern Manitoba. Doug will travel nearly anywhere to appease his customers, and has plenty of business in and around Winnipeg.

I started by asking Doug how many years he’s been entertaining the masses? What was your motivation to start a DJ service because that is how you first started, right?

“Since 1975, I believe,” he said. “I had a local guy play my wedding social. You know him, Brent Tough, and I thought to myself…‘Hey I really am into music, I could do this.’’

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most of his business, Look Music owner pivoted to showing movies outdoors on an inflatable screen.

Rambling on down to… Planet of Sound

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Rambling on down to… Planet of Sound

Weldon Rinn 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

I had some dealings with Planet of Sound on Henderson Highway a few years back and really enjoyed their professionalism.

I had been in the store a few times before and if you’re into vinyl records or music in general you’ve got to visit them.

So, when I ran across Planet of Sound on Facebook (www.facebook.com/planetofsound) I just knew I had to introduce them to you.

So, I’ll turn most of the telling, as is my column modus operandi, to Mr. David Wright to fill in the details.

Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

Planet of Sound has been in business on Henderson Highway since November 200o.

Rambling with… Woofs ’n Wags

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Rambling with… Woofs ’n Wags

Weldon Rinn 4 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022

“Funny how difficult I found these simple questions to be. It is different when you speak about yourself…lol!”

That’s the first comment I got from Nikki Sherwin, the owner of Woofs ’n Wags, an industrious dog-related undertaking that involves grooming and a variety of other pet-related services.

As usual, I’ll turn everything over to Nikki:

“I currently have two locations,” she said. “For now, two locations (at 491 St. Anne’s Rd. and 2 Donald St.) are plenty but, in the future, we will probably see one more location.”

Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022

Nikki Sherwin (right) and daughter Shaye posed with some of their woofer friends at Woofs ’n Wags.

Food for Thought

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Food for Thought

Weldon Rinn 6 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022

Food For Thought is not part of a chain, just a one-and-only standalone catering service which has been in business almost 22 years.Melanie Rushton has been sole owner and proprietor for those 22 years. When I asked if she was related to Joyce Rushton, she said she was and wondered how I knew Joyce. It turns out that Joyce — or Mrs. Rushton, as I knew her, was my Grade 7 teacher many years ago at Virden Junior High School. And she was also Melanie’s grandmother. Small world, indeed! I asked Melanie how she was surviving the COVID-19 pandemic and if she has had to lay off any employees .“Yes, I had to lay off a couple,” she said. “But I needed them back as our frozen food line grew fast due to Covid,” which is a fact we can all easily understand in these times.Her business name is catchy and unique, and I told her so, to which she replied: “Yes, it is very catchy, part of the reason I chose it.” Food for Thought used to regularly cater group meals to clients and businesses but Melanie said that, since the beginning of the pandemic, many of them have tried their line of frozen meals and now order them regularly.I asked if she had any plans to move or expand and learned that Food for Thought started out on Main Street and moved to 840 Erin St. about eight years ago. “This location is serving us well. It is nice and central for our customers, and a good base for our citywide delivery service,” Melanie explained, adding that “if the frozen food line continues to grow, we will consider expanding.”I asked if there was anything else she wanted to add or that she thought needed mentioning, which gave her an opportunity to give me a rundown of what Food for Thought has to offer.“We have a large variety of meals available, like roast chicken dinner, pot roast, turkey dinner, lasagna, soups, desserts and much more. We cook all the meals ourselves and are proud to say they are very low in fat, sugar, and sodium. They are for anyone who needs a healthy, home-style meal.” Clients can call 204-772-3663 to order, or order online at www.foodforthoughtcatering.ca or www.foodft.caFood for Thought delivers citywide or you can pick your orders up curbside at 840 Erin St. Before she signed off, Melanie recalled one thing she wanted to be sure to mention:“I started the business 22 years ago with my grandfather in mind. My grandmother had passed away and I was really concerned about what he would be eating. He was a farmer and was always used to having healthy, home-cooked meals. He enjoyed our meals until the age of 96! Sadly, he passed away last year”. Weldon Rinn lives, writes, and enjoys living in St. Vital. He can be reached at weldonrinn2@gmail.com

Food For Thought is not part of a chain, just a one-and-only standalone catering service which has been in business almost 22 years.

Melanie Rushton has been sole owner and proprietor for those 22 years. When I asked if she was related to Joyce Rushton, she said she was and wondered how I knew Joyce. 

It turns out that Joyce — or Mrs. Rushton, as I knew her, was my Grade 7 teacher many years ago at Virden Junior High School. And she was also Melanie’s grandmother. Small world, indeed! 

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022

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Food for Thought continues to prepare and deliver frozen meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rambling along with … The Unexpected Gift

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Rambling along with … The Unexpected Gift

Weldon Rinn 4 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

Tara Torchia is the owner of The Unexpected Gift, a unique, compassionate, caring, and genuinely empathetic business — which we all should be aware of.

First we’ll meet Tara… and as with all my columns, I’ll let her tell her own story:

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, I went through a mastectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy and 25 blasts of radiation — the full-meal deal,” she said. “I was off work for about one year and when I went back, people were still complaining about the same things. After my experience, I knew that the only people that can change their situation are themselves. I felt that I could simply not ‘do’ corporate Canada anymore.

“I took a business development course with the Women’s Enterprise Centre and the rest is history. I also felt there had to be an easier way of going through this cancer dance, so I thought ‘Why not have everything that you might need in one location — a one stop shop, owned and operated by a cancer survivor? Someone who can really relate to what you are going through,” she explained.

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

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Tara Torchia, owner of The Unexpected Gift, shows off a sample holiday gift box, just one of the many things her business offers cancer patients and survivors.

Rambling with… Body Measure

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Rambling with… Body Measure

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

We’ve all likely seen the advertisements for Body Measure on TV.

I’ve been intrigued since I first saw one and, upon learning they’re located close to me, at 1086 St. Mary’s Rd.,  I needed to learn more. So I contacted  owners Meline Elliott and Erica Henderson.

Melina and Erica first worked together on a research study at the University of Manitoba. Melina was a research co-ordinator and Erica worked as an X-ray tech. Through their work in research it became clear that the public needed and wanted access to scientifically based data about their bodies and health.

Erica has also worked in the fitness industry for over 25 years, working as a fitness instructor and a trainer, so Body Measure combines both of Erica’s passions; her love of fitness and health and wellness technology.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

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Melina Elliott (left) and Erica Henderson are the co-owners of Body Measure, which is located at E-1086 St. Mary’s Rd.

Rambling along with 204Comics

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Rambling along with 204Comics

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

So, I have to admit I had never heard of 204Comics; however, it sounded just like the type of establishment I love to frequent. Or used to before my health failed me and COVID-19 made things even more complicated.

Ashley van Oeveren and his wife run the store and I sent my intro blurb in an email and the rest is journalism history…

So Ashley answered my email and some questions for me so, take it away Ashley:

“My wife and I are the owners of 204Comics; we have been at our current location (5-1549 St. Mary’s Rd.) for (six) months. We have one employee, Bobby, whose main role is developing our website/online store .”

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

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204Comics owner Ashley van Oeveren and his wife opened their storefront operation just over six months ago.

Rambling on with Farmery Estate Brewery

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Rambling on with Farmery Estate Brewery

Weldon Rinn 4 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2021

I am turning up many diamonds in our little suburb as I spelunk from home but, while it’s actually a little further afield, Farmery Estate Brewery is near and dear to my old heart.

Why? Because they make beer, of course. Without any more dithering from me, let’s learn more about Farmery Estate Brewery from Eric Warwaruk, who was kind enough to answer my calls for a column.

My first query had to do with location.

I asked Eric where Farmery’s farm and hopyard is located.

Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2021

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Farmery Estate Brewery owners Lawrence Warwaruk, left, and Chris Warwaruk at their brewery in Neepawa, Man..

Rambling with… Joe Daley Sports and Framing

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Rambling with… Joe Daley Sports and Framing

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

I first met original WHA Winnipeg Jets goalie Joe Daley years ago, when his sports card shop and framing business was on the west side of St. James Street, directly across from Polo Park.

I remember being a bit star-struck and buying a card (of him, of course), and asking him to sign it. He was in a Detroit Red Wings uniform and I still have the card somewhere in Hoardville (which also doubles as my suite at Kinsmen Place).

Knowing that Joe and his son Travis have relocated Joe Daley’s Sports and Framing to 513 St. Mary’s Rd., I contacted them (actually, it was Travis) and asked if they’d be interested in being interviewed for a column in The Lance.

The first question I was asked was whether their St. James location was where they started the business, and was a bit surprised by the answer:

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

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Joe Daley (right) is pictured with son Travis in 2014. Their business, Joe Daley Sports and Framing, is still going strong at 513 St. Mary’s Rd.

Ramble on over to Rave Massage

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Ramble on over to Rave Massage

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Monday, Aug. 9, 2021

Located directly west of St. Vital Centre, a little strip mall at 1220 St. Mary’s Rd. is home to Rave Massage.

Complete information about their massages services be found on Rave’s beautifully laid-out, easy-to-navigate website at www.ravemassage.com but I spent some time asking Tracy Simmons, who owns and works at Rave Massage alongside her husband, Ted., bout their business and how they’ve been doing during the pandemic.

My first question was about whether they had always occupied their current location and if they entertained any plans to expand.

I’ll turn it over to Tracy at this point:

Monday, Aug. 9, 2021

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Ted and Tracy Simmons opened Rave Massage in 2014.

ImagineAbility… if you can

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ImagineAbility… if you can

Weldon Rinn 4 minute read Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021

So there’s a non-profit organization in the City of Winnipeg that I believe is one of our best kept secrets…

It’s called ImagineAbility (IA) and  I was fortunate to meet a young woman involved with IA through the Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan ambassador volunteers program.

Specifically, we met through the bike valet component of the fan ambassadors program, which I supervise. ImagineAbility works with the Bombers to provide volunteers for games and events at IG Field.

Tara Buzahora co-ordinates and supports IA’s service users and ensures that the interactions from all stakeholders remain positive and respectful. She takes her responsibilities quite seriously and is very proficient - emphatic and considerate and unafraid to be assertive on behalf of those she supports at IA.  

Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021

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Tara Buzahora is pictured with IAI service user Ted Buhler at pre-pandemic event at IG Stadium.

Rambling with… Past N Present Games

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Rambling with… Past N Present Games

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021

My relationship with Past N Present Games goes back several years - my son Carter made sure of that.

So, looking for a place to take my next rambling column, I thought of PNP. And who better to guide my inquiries than Lee Skwarek, the products and promotions manager.

Lee handles social media, advertising, buying; basically, he’s the public face of PNP Games. He has been employed with PNP for over 11 years now and says that he “started as a delivery driver and part-time store employee and worked my way up.”

I will turn it over to Lee to fill in the details of his story:

Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021

Photo by Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press photo archive
Players and observers are pictured at a Smash Bros. tournament at PNP Games in the before-pandemic times.

No argybargy at Argy’s Records

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No argybargy at Argy’s Records

Weldon Rinn 4 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

Ray Giguere is the owner of Argy’s Records & Entertainment Shop. I applied basic mathematics and guessed that his initials were used together to form Argy’s.

It makes sense, right? But it turns out I was wrong (more on that later).

A few weeks back, I set out on a mission to learn how Argy’s, located at Unit 9-1604 St. Mary’s Rd. earned its name and other interesting facts.

I’ve been in Argy’s a couple of times and purchased a few items like a record or two and a couple of sports cards.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

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Ray Giguere is pictured in 2019 at his music and collectibles shop, Argy’s Records & Entertainment.

A little rambling with Weldon Rinn

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A little rambling with Weldon Rinn

Weldon Rinn 2 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

I got a knock at my door a few weeks back. It was my next-door neighbour, Sandy. We live in a three-storey apartment block in the heart of St. Vital and he had a package for me.

He said that some packages had been delivered to him and others while they were outside enjoying the warmer weather at the time. Sandy explained that he’d thought I might like one and he set a black grocery bag on the floor.

The inscription in orange lettering on the black grocery bag read Dakota Community Centre.

I felt the rumblings of ramblings stirring so decided that this generosity warranted further investigation and what motivated the kind folks at Dakota to provide us with such, well, generous gifts…

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

I got a knock at my door a few weeks back. It was my next-door neighbour, Sandy. We live in a three-storey apartment block in the heart of St. Vital and he had a package for me.

He said that some packages had been delivered to him and others while they were outside enjoying the warmer weather at the time. Sandy explained that he’d thought I might like one and he set a black grocery bag on the floor.

The inscription in orange lettering on the black grocery bag read Dakota Community Centre.

I felt the rumblings of ramblings stirring so decided that this generosity warranted further investigation and what motivated the kind folks at Dakota to provide us with such, well, generous gifts…

Rambling on about … 007 and COVID’s sad toll

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Rambling on about … 007 and COVID’s sad toll

Weldon Rinn 2 minute read Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021

So I created a little stir on Facebook when I happened to comment that Sean Connery was and always would be the only real James Bond in my humble opinion.

I also said that Sir William Stephenson was Ian Fleming’s muse and inspiration for his imaginary spy novels. Further to that, the aforementioned Stephenson was originally from Winnipeg, so our province could claim that old “shaken not stirred” had prairie roots. A plethora of good information on Stephenson can be found on Wikipedia. From what I can discern, most if not all of said information rings true.

A friend from Australia brought some other information to light concerning a certain gentleman from Down Under who also had a stake in the creation of 007. I told her and some other respondents on Facebook that the only real true source would be Fleming and he ain’t talking and won’t be any time soon…

Fleming said he based his creation on individuals he met during his time in the Naval Intelligence Division, and admitted that Bond “was a compound of all the secret agents and commando types I met during the war.”

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021

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Sean Connery as James Bond, pictured in 1964.

A satisfied Riverview Health Centre patient

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A satisfied Riverview Health Centre patient

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020

They say the best form of advertising is a satisfied customer; unfortunately I was a customer at Riverview Health Centre’s acquired brain injury (ABI) unit but you can count me as satisfied I am now ready to talk about the facility so that other Manitobans will be better informed about Riverview’s role in providing health care to Manitobans.

I am familiar with the unit where I was a patient but was totally unaware of all the other areas served by Riverview, so I turned to Sheldon Mindell, executive director of RHC Foundation to answer my many questions.

He said my timing couldn’t have been better ,as the Health Centre is about to launch its new website (www.rhc.mb.ca). In addition to presenting information about all aspects of Riverview, the site will showcase stories of past patient experiences, a catalogue of previous Health Views publications plus a three-dimensional tour of the facility.

Prior to the creation of Riverview Health in 1994, the property  at 1 Morley Ave., was known as the Municipal Hospitals —King George, King Edward, and Princess Elizabeth. These facilities were owned and operated by the City of Winnipeg and provided care to patients suffering with communicable diseases.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020

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While in the care of the acquired brain injury unit at Riverview Health Centre (above), correspondent Weldon Rinn learned about the facility and its function.

Dakota Family Foods delivers in many ways

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Dakota Family Foods delivers in many ways

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

There is a jewel hidden away in the heart of St. Vital and if you are not aware of this treasure yet, allow me to introduce you…

Dakota Family Foods is a community grocery store at 1099 St. Mary’s Rd. in the Dakota Village Shopping Centre, just north of Beliveau Road.

It’s the kind of place where customers are greeted by name and they know staff members names, or both; I am one of the latter.  The success of this store is based on the staff providing exceptional service and it offers many things you may not see at big box stores, such as:

• In-store smokehouse meat items, and their own in-house sausages;

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

File photo by Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press
Dakota Family Foods takes pride in its exceptional customer service.

“Sorry I missed deadline, but…”

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“Sorry I missed deadline, but…”

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

It has been a while since my last column. I missed a few deadlines and I apologize. I’m guilty, but I have an explanation.

On Jan. 14 to 15, I suffered a heart attack and, they tell me, a stroke as well. As if one wasn’t bad enough by itself…

I have no memories of any kind of the days leading up to these episodes nor the weeks following. I spent until April 15 in hospitals — first St. Boniface, followed by Riverview Health Centre.

My mobility, vision and speech are all restricted with no deadline in sight (pun intended) for recovery of any or all faculties. I count any and all progressions as successes, regardless of magnitude, and celebrate them as successes.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

It has been a while since my last column. I missed a few deadlines and I apologize. I’m guilty, but I have an explanation.

On Jan. 14 to 15, I suffered a heart attack and, they tell me, a stroke as well. As if one wasn’t bad enough by itself…

I have no memories of any kind of the days leading up to these episodes nor the weeks following. I spent until April 15 in hospitals — first St. Boniface, followed by Riverview Health Centre.

My mobility, vision and speech are all restricted with no deadline in sight (pun intended) for recovery of any or all faculties. I count any and all progressions as successes, regardless of magnitude, and celebrate them as successes.

Chicken Chef dinners just around the corner

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Chicken Chef dinners just around the corner

Weldon Rinn 2 minute read Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

A new Chicken Chef is coming to the corner of Bishop Grandin and Island Shore boulevards.

Personally, I have never met a chicken piece, slice or wing that I haven’t liked. I was living in Virden when I first noshed on Chicken Chef with the original owners, Greg and Janice Jackson, who opened that location in 1981.  

The first Chicken Chef opened in Carman in 1978 and over the years the number of franchised locations has grown to 37, with the 38th location slated for opening this month.

Chicken Chef Canada Ltd. (the franchisor) is currently owned and operated by Jeff Epp, Ryan Thorgilsson and Ivan Bogovic.

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

A new Chicken Chef is coming to the corner of Bishop Grandin and Island Shore boulevards.

Personally, I have never met a chicken piece, slice or wing that I haven’t liked. I was living in Virden when I first noshed on Chicken Chef with the original owners, Greg and Janice Jackson, who opened that location in 1981.  

The first Chicken Chef opened in Carman in 1978 and over the years the number of franchised locations has grown to 37, with the 38th location slated for opening this month.

Chicken Chef Canada Ltd. (the franchisor) is currently owned and operated by Jeff Epp, Ryan Thorgilsson and Ivan Bogovic.

Show some respect during anthems, folks

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Show some respect during anthems, folks

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019

All right, folks, I have officially had it with one particular rude habit of people (mostly men) that I have seen at concerts, sports events, and other social functions.

I’m talking about the wearing of hats during the nation anthem — any country’s national anthem for that matter. This is a phenomenon that should stop.  

I know there are exceptions to this customary show of respect — for members of the military, for example, which I get — and women’s headwear in most instances is also accepted during anthems. This last one dates back many decades ago, when women would put decorations, hat-pins, flowers,  in their hats and would interweave their hair with their headwear. (Miss Manners even acknowledges it.)

However, even women, if wearing baseball caps or other easily removable hats, should also remove their caps during a national anthem, unless of course they have the ponytail thing happening out the back expansion hole or their hair is somehow woven through the hat.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019

All right, folks, I have officially had it with one particular rude habit of people (mostly men) that I have seen at concerts, sports events, and other social functions.

I’m talking about the wearing of hats during the nation anthem — any country’s national anthem for that matter. This is a phenomenon that should stop.  

I know there are exceptions to this customary show of respect — for members of the military, for example, which I get — and women’s headwear in most instances is also accepted during anthems. This last one dates back many decades ago, when women would put decorations, hat-pins, flowers,  in their hats and would interweave their hair with their headwear. (Miss Manners even acknowledges it.)

However, even women, if wearing baseball caps or other easily removable hats, should also remove their caps during a national anthem, unless of course they have the ponytail thing happening out the back expansion hole or their hair is somehow woven through the hat.

Dancing Gabe is a local sports legend

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Dancing Gabe is a local sports legend

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

I have had the great luck to meet and interact with a local celebrity on many occasions, dating back a number of years now.

My son has zero recollection of meeting (and dancing with ... hint, hint) this sports icon but, in my boy’s defence, he was only about four or five years old at the time. The meeting took place at BellMTS Place, then known as the MTS Centre, in about 2004 or 2005. We were attending a Manitoba Moose hockey game and a kind attendant allowed us to watch from what I believed at the time was a camera well but in retrospect was probably a seating space reserved for physically challenged patrons.

During one of the stoppages in play a figure very familiar to me entered our area and began to shimmy and shuffle… and, after a few seconds, my son joined him. I don’t remember the song, nor the duration but just the fact my son and this legendary figure were cuttin’ the rug was impressive.

If you haven’t guessed by now the legend is Gabriel (Dancing Gabe) Langlois, probably one of the most recognized sports figures ever to emerge from St. Vital.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Phtoto by Weldon Rinn
Dancing Gabe Langlois, a Glenlawn Collegiate graduate, has been dancing at local sporting events for the past 36 years.

Passages.Life preserves memories for generations

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Passages.Life preserves memories for generations

Weldon Rinn 2 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

Passages.Life is a website you truly have to peruse and take time with to truly appreciate.

Basically, www.passages.life is an online platform where loved ones who have passed away can be remembered through storytelling.

Visiting will give you a better understanding of what the platform has to offer, not just as a memorial to your loved one(s) but also a legacy — a permanent online memoriam that can be added to as time goes on. Stories, pictures, events and great memories can all be added as they are recalled.

It’s a record that enables people to go back to time and again to “visit” the dearly departed. In a way, you are keeping not just them but their memories fresh and alive for friends and family to visit and cherish.  

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

Passages.Life is a website you truly have to peruse and take time with to truly appreciate.

Basically, www.passages.life is an online platform where loved ones who have passed away can be remembered through storytelling.

Visiting will give you a better understanding of what the platform has to offer, not just as a memorial to your loved one(s) but also a legacy — a permanent online memoriam that can be added to as time goes on. Stories, pictures, events and great memories can all be added as they are recalled.

It’s a record that enables people to go back to time and again to “visit” the dearly departed. In a way, you are keeping not just them but their memories fresh and alive for friends and family to visit and cherish.  

Zipper-merging, traffic circles and safe driving

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Zipper-merging, traffic circles and safe driving

Weldon Rinn 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 16, 2019

After my introductory article last month, I had two articles begging to be written.

The first concerns a tremendous end-of-life service called Passages.Life, operated in part by a former student of mine from Morris, Man. The other involves trying to educate drivers in our lovely area of the city (in fact, drivers in all areas of the city). Inform, embarrass — call it whatever you wish, but I like educate. It is a much more user-friendly term.  

I decided to write the driving article first because if we all just follow some simple rules and laws of the road then we won’t require the end-of-life services offered by Passages.Life until a natural cause removes us from this mortal coil called Earth. Dying in an automobile sounds just so, well, messy…

So, as I roll around southeast Winnipeg, and other areas of the city there are a couple of habits of drivers that drive me, and many others, bat-crap crazy.

Monday, Sep. 16, 2019

After my introductory article last month, I had two articles begging to be written.

The first concerns a tremendous end-of-life service called Passages.Life, operated in part by a former student of mine from Morris, Man. The other involves trying to educate drivers in our lovely area of the city (in fact, drivers in all areas of the city). Inform, embarrass — call it whatever you wish, but I like educate. It is a much more user-friendly term.  

I decided to write the driving article first because if we all just follow some simple rules and laws of the road then we won’t require the end-of-life services offered by Passages.Life until a natural cause removes us from this mortal coil called Earth. Dying in an automobile sounds just so, well, messy…

So, as I roll around southeast Winnipeg, and other areas of the city there are a couple of habits of drivers that drive me, and many others, bat-crap crazy.