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Congratulations to Garry Dalgarno on his recent retirement from the RM of Wallace-Woodworth.  He was presented with a plaque for his 13 1/2 years of service at a special luncheon held at the RM office in Virden.  He has worked a total of 30 years between the RMs of Strathclair and Wallace-Woodworth.

Jeff and Tricia Lelond and family motored to various points west during spring break. They visited at  Hargrave Ranch, Walsh, Alberta, stayed with friends in Cochrane, and spent time enjoying the sights at Banff.

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Faye (Lelond) Campbell motored to Portage La Prairie to visit with her daughter, Pat Kuipers from Thompson, Man. and her two grandsons, Wesley and Wyatt, that were attending a youth convention there. Faye then went to Brandon and stayed with her granddaughter overnight and took her six year old great-granddaughter to the Brandon Royal Winter Fair on Friday. 

Wayne and Dorthy Brown attended the fair to cheer on their daughter, Darlene and Tom Lane with their five grandchildren from ages two to five in the costume class, dressed as the "Flintstones". They won first prize!

Murray and Bev Peel enjoyed the fair and stayed overnight at Blaine and Tracey Peel's and had a visit as well with their granddaughter Laura Peel from Spy Hill and Troy Peel from Brandon.    

By Faye Lelond

Faye and Pat Lelond of Miniota attended the children's dance competitions in Winnipeg on March 19. Faye's great granddaughter, Addison Genaille, age 10, danced 11 different dances during the week of March 18-24, 2019.

Addison is a member of Aurora Dance School in Thompson, Man. The Dance School is owned and operated by Faye's daughter and granddaughter. They have over 200 students enrolled.

Addison received the following awards:

  • Ballet solo - gold
  • Lyrical solo - diamond
  • Lyrical duet - diamond
  • Acro-group - gold
  • Hip hop - diamond
  • Ballet group - diamond
  • 2 jam groups - 2 diamonds
  • 3 lyrical groups - 3 diamonds

In pre-competition, diamond was the highest award, followed by gold.

For a stage prop for one of the lyrical groups, they used an antique trunk, which had been formerly owned by Maude Lelond (Addison's great-great grandmother).

Her next dance competitions are in Regina, Sask. followed by the Arts Festival in Thompson.

A bit of history

What does the word "Parkissimo" mean?

From "Bridging the Years", we know that Parkissimo post office was opened on the farm of David Rowan, one half mile west of the present village of Miniota in 1883.

In French, "parce que mots", which sounds like "Parkissimo", means "because of words, or because of short notes."

It seems to make sense for the name of a post office to mean "because of short notes", don't you think?

Does anyone have any other interpretation?

To continue the history, in 1899 (120 years ago), the CPR was extended from Hamiota, and the name Parkissimo was changed to Miniota, and our village began its growth.

The post office was moved to the village of Miniota in 1903.

© Virden Empire-Advance