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With Canada's Centennial celebrations still fresh in the minds of everyone it might not seem of importance to have elaborated on the Portage ball park. However, in 2067, a date none of us will see, Portagers may refer to this narrative and get inspiration from the admirable community effort which it depicts.
LITTLE LEAGUE BALe- PARK
The area directly north of the Rotary Park, the Senior Citizens Housing Project, has been developed for a Rotary Little League Ball Park. The idea was first conceived in 1963, but nothing was really accomplished until the fall of 1965 and the summer of 1966.
To date the grounds have been completely levelled, graded and re-seeded and the backstop and base line fences have been erected. The installation of dugouts, the erection of metal bleachers and the gravelling of the parking area are planned for this spring (1969). The Rotary Club estimate the approximate cost of this park at $3,500.00.
The ball park is intended primarily for use for Little League Baseball but the grounds will be available for use by the Men's Central Manitoba Fast Ball League when not required by the Little League. The feasibility of erecting lights for night games is under consideration as a future possibility.
When the Kil-Kare skating club was formed in 1923, Mrs.
Gladys Weber was one of its first members and has continued her membership through the years. She remembers the first executive:
Honorary Pres., Mrs. B. L. Davidson; Vice-Pres., Mrs. A. West; Secretary- Treas., Mrs. S. M. Stephens; and Social Committee, Mrs. E. Burk, Mrs. Parmenter, Mrs. Joe Bell and Mrs. Bonny.
The purpose of the Club was for women of all ages to get together for enjoyable afternoons of healthful exercise. It was made more enjoyable by the excellent music provided for the skaters.
Mrs. Weber said, "During the hey-day of the club, the 'guest evenings,' which were held once a month, were gala affairs, with the city band supplying the music, popular entertainment and lunch."
During Canada's Centennial year, the officers were as follows:
President, Mrs. Leslie Poole; Vice-Pres., Mrs. Harry Semrick; Secre-