Head to the local ice skating rink to meet and mingle this COVID-19 winter

Head to the local ice skating rink to meet and mingle this COVID-19 winterBy Mervyn Horgan and Saara Liinamaa                   In large Canadian cities, public ice rinks are a common feature. Over half of Canada’s 25 largest cities run free outdoor ice-skating rinks. The rinks are hockey-free and often have user-friendly design features (sloped access points, warming rooms, public washrooms)…

Merry Christmas from Portage MCC

Merry Christmas from Portage MCCPortage MCC will be closed for the Christmas holiday, but before locking its doors this week, wishing staff and customers the best, the MCC board spread some community cheer in the way of a few generous donations. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Portage MCC was unable to hold the usual number of fundraising days for…

Whoop and Hollar plans winter virtual concerts

Whoop and Hollar plans winter virtual concerts  The Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival hinted last month the possibility of a replacement for its cancelled Open Mic nights at the legion and it has delivered. A Safe at Home Manitoba Grant means the music promoter will be able to stage virtual concerts this winter to replace the Open Mic & Jam Nights.…

RCMP caution drivers of impending storm

RCMP caution drivers of impending stormPortage la Prairie RCMP have issued a winter driving warning cautioning motorists to not drive unless necessary in light of a possible snowstorm on Tuesday. “With the upcoming storm conditions scheduled to hit the area on Tuesday, Portage la Prairie RCMP are asking motorists to avoid travel unless required. At this time, it is unknown…

Free Fialka concert on Dec. 19

Free Fialka concert on Dec. 19Live music... remember those days? Singer/songwriter Lindsay Fialka does. Fialka, who has one foot in Portage la Prairie and the other presently in Winnipeg will be doing a Facebook live stream acoustic performance on Dec. 18 with partner Mathew Mallory. “God I miss ‘em,” the songstress opines. “I mean come friggin’ on man! I finally…

Red Cross promotes ice safety

Red Cross promotes ice safetyAn unseasonably warmer beginning to our cold season — winter solstice happens on  Dec. 21 — has sparked cautionary messages from the Canadian Red Cross. Much like looking both ways before crossing a street and (new to 2020) wear a mask, wash your hands and keep a social distance from others, the Red Cross wants…

Santa’s coming to town

Santa’s coming to townSanta’s making a test runs in Portage la Prairie beginning tonight in preparation for the big one. The city, have negotiated with Santa to visit the north side of the city on Friday night and the south side on Saturday night. Santa says, “because we’ve all been so good this year, Santa is making time…

RCMP ask for help in identifying hit and run suspects

RCMP ask for help in identifying hit and run suspectsPortage la Prairie RCMP is asking for the publics' help in locating the suspects involved in a collision on Nove. 26 at an intersection in Portage la Prairie. On Nov. 26, at around 9:45 pm, Portage la Prairie RCMP was notified that a vehicle had hit the traffic control device at the corner of Saskatchewan Ave.…