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This is the news that appears weekly in the Herald Leader Press. It's a good way for everyone including past residents to keep in touch with local happenings.  If you have news to contribute, email us at mail@austinmanitoba.com 


JANUARY 24, 2011 


Scholastic Book Fair 

The Book Fair is scheduled to come to the Austin Elementary School Library again in January/February.  It will begin Monday, January 31, 2011 and run until Thursday, February 3, 2011.  It will be open from 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. every day.  Once again we will be hosting an evening session on Wednesday, February 2nd  from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   

Everyone is most welcome to come in and browse any time during the hours listed above and/or during the evening session.  There will be a section with adult level reading and cookbooks and there will also be a section for pre-school interest.  For more information please contact Sally at the school at 637-2240.

February 7

Shake Rattle and Roll is beginning again!  The first session will be on Monday February 7 @ 6:30 pm at Austin Elementary School. This is a physical education program for preschool aged children. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kim Young at 637 2240. Everyone that attends gets a prize! Snacks are also provided. 

February 7 to 11th.

Kindergarten registration is taking place at Austin Elementary School during the week of February 7 to 11th.  If you have a child that was born in 2006, they are eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall.  Please bring a birth certificate and your child's medical numbers.  

February 9

Preschool Literacy and Numeracy is on February 9th at 10:00 am at Austin Elementary School.  This program is open to all preschoolers in the area that wish to attend. This month's focus will be on Valentine's Day. We will be decoration Cookies!! Please call Kim Young to register. 637 2240 

   Tonight I had a conversation with someone who is quite concerned about something that is happening on the highways around Austin. There are quite a few people who are being very conscientious about getting out for their exercise and are walking. Good for you! But there is one problem. Some of the people are walking down the driving lanes of #34 highway when it is dark, and they cannot be seen by the others who are driving down the highway at a fair rate of speed. The person that I spoke to had a great fright when she felt that she had almost run into two walkers the other night, as they did not show up in the darkness. Please remember to walk on the side of the road so we don’t end up having accidents that could easily be avoided.




JANUARY 17, 2011


     February is Heart and Stroke campaign month. Pamphlets will be sent to your mailbox. Loreen Amann will be accepting donations for this campaign. She will issue you a tax receipt for your donation, and deposit the money in the Credit Union where there is an account set up for this money. Loreen has done this in the past years. When this pamphlet arrives in your mailbox, don’t throw it out – just think of all the family members, friends and neighbors who have benefited from the donations that have been made over the years.


      Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hanna spent January 6 -9th at Gimli. They watched 3 of their grandsons – Trevor, Braden and Darcy Manns curl in the Junior Men’s Provincial Championships. Grant Calvert was the coach of Braden and Darcy’s team. Their granddaughter, Kylee Calvert was curling in the Junior Women’s Provincials in Winnipeg. It was all great curling. All of the rinks put on a great performance.


     Condolences go out to the family and friends of Tom Lowe, who passed away in early January. He will be missed by many. I’ll bet there were lots of stories that could be told after all the years that he drove the school bus!


     Murder in Austin – was an interesting event that took place in the Austin Hall on Saturday night. This fund raiser was well attended and very much enjoyed. The meal that was provided by APAC and the Manitoba Agricultural Museum was delicious, and the table arrangements looked very professional. Everyone had a good time trying to figure out who was going to get murdered before the evening ended, and also who did the deed. There was quite a bit of audience participation, so you had to be ready, just in case you were picked. I wonder if Marvin Morris has recovered yet? He was one casualty as well as one of the actors – Big Frank Pontifico from Chicago. It was a fun filled night.



JANUARY 3, 2011


The Manitoba Agricultural Museum is sponsoring a dinner theatre at the Austin Hall on January 15th.  The acting in the murder mystery will be performed by 7 Ages Productions from Brandon.

For more information call the museum office at 637-2354. 


In other museum happenings, this was the first year for the Winter Wonderland.  The horse drawn wagon rides through the homestead village that was decorated in Christmas lights was very popular.  Everyone had a good time on the tobogganing hill and outdoor skating rink.  The museum board and staff wish to thank all the volunteers who helped make this two weekend event a success. A special thanks goes to everyone who donated teddy bears for sick kids. 



     Word has been received the George Schooling of Auckland, New Zealand has passed away. In September 2010 the Schoolings lived on the farm south of Austin, along # 34 Highway, where Ernest Sawatzky now lives. George went to school with Gladys Beatty, Vera Hay (Carrothers), Ella Jedel and Jack Duncan, just to name a few.


The Annual Meeting of the Austin and Area Leisure Club will be held on January 19, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., in the Leisure Centre. The storm date for this meeting is January 26, 2011. The public is invited to attend. Some amendments to the constitution are being considered. There are 10 board members, 5 of which come up for re-election this year. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.


     The Games afternoon will start up again at the Leisure Centre on January 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. It would be nice if there was a bigger turnout for this event.


    The end of December was not a happy time for everyone around Austin. In a very short time there were two deaths. The community sends sympathy to the family and friends of Lyle Knox, and also to the family and friends of Lionell Wright. They will be missed by many.


    You will have noticed that there was no news in the Austin section for awhile. First of all, not many people send me anything to put in the paper, but the main reason was that I was away. For Christmas this year, our family decided that we did not need to have gifts, so instead we went on a holiday together. Carol Henders (whose husband could not join us), Diane Henders and her husband Phill Betts, Phill’s parent and I left Calgary on December 11 and flew to Comox B.C. Here we visited with my sister-in –law Ethel Dennis and her son Ben and his wife Debbis Dennis. After a nice meal and visit, we left for Victoria (of course in the rain). We spent 4 days there, where we visited with my neice and her family, went through the museum, shopped Government Street (to get to the Murchies Tea), went to Sydney where we went through Sea World, and Mineral World. Of course we had to eat fish as often as possible. Before leaving Victoria, we had supper with Arnold and Ilace McCutcheon who were good friends of Lloyd. Then we moved to Qualicum Beach for the next 4 days. Phill’s aunt and uncle live there, so we had a couple of visits and homemade meals there. We spent a lot of the time in the van visiting a glassblower, Cathedral Grove, the longest wooden trestle bridge in Canada, several wineries, a cidery, and a cheesery, where were were able to get in on the free “sqeeky cheese” at the end of the day. Even in all of that traveling, we were usually able to stay out of the rain! And we got home before they got their dump of snow. It was a nice holiday, and I would be ready to do it again.