Sightings from the Top: The Litter Bug

Sightings from the Top: The Litter Bug I frequently make little rules for myself, like “pick up one piece of trash on each walking trip to work and one on each trip home again.” Occasionally, though, if...

Sky’s The Limit With Portage Company’s Restraint

Manitoba has a large aviation industry and Portage la Prairie has a unique piece of that pie.  From their unassuming north end facility within the shadow of the Skyline(Tupper) Bridge and just a rumble-shot...

MCC Thing of the Week June 2, 2014

The thrift shop never fails to deliver odd, unique and sometimes disturbing items.  Today's instalment features some decorative pieces that would be sure conversation starters in your house. First up is an...

North End Corner Sees It All Over The Years

  Mike Stiegler serving one of his friends. In the age of big box stores, franchises, and on-line shopping, Portage’s north-end hangs on to a throw-back retail experience, the corner...

A Friendly Walkers Delight

Portage a Friendly Place to Walk by Karen Gross   When you go for a walk, do you make eye contact with people you pass by and greet them with a smile and/or a nod and/or a friendly greeting?...

Garage Sale Mania May 30, 2014

HnH cameras were hot on the trail of garage sale bargains again today and, as always, we came across some wonderful people and some interesting items. Here is a look at this weeks finds.  Remember to hover...

PCI Trojans Lacrosse Eliminated From Playoffs

The PCI Trojans attempted a comeback but couldn't claw their way out of an early hole. River East prevailed 6-5 in an epic playoff clash.  The score was a vast improvement from the lopsided loss in the...

Video of PCI Brass Quintet and Drumline

The Hoop and Holler cameras were rolling and captured some amazing performances at the PCI Evening With The Arts. This video contains the opening Oh Canada by the Brass Quintet and then ends with a literal...

PCI Trojans Lacrosse Team Win Playoff Game

The PCI Trojans lacrosse team marched into Winnipeg and out duelled the Springfield Sabres 8-3. "We started off a bit slow, but started playing our style as the game went on," said Coach Al Patterson. He...

PCI Trojans Lacrosse Playoff Bound

Despite a final regular season loss to the pesky Garden City Fighting Gophers, 11-4, the PCI Trojans are ready to do battle with the Springfield Sabres tonight in Winnipeg.  The PCI side got goals from Cody...

PCI’s Got Talent!

Some very talented and gifted teens put their passions on display at the PCI Evening With The Arts showcase.  The event featured artwork, drama, and music. The Hoop and Holler was on hand to capture the show....

Portage Can Be A “Fair” City

Portage has a chance to become one of the first cities in Manitoba to be designated as a "fair trade" municipality. Kevin Hamm, Manager of the local MCC Thrift Shop, explains what Portage has left to do and...

MCC Thing of the Week May 26, 2014

Here is this week's trip down the aisles of the local MCC Thrift Shop. Astounding items abound today, here are the highlights. Wooden finger puppets are always a good time on a summer night.  A white...

UFO Lawn Mower

Yes, it levitates. Over the weekend Hoop and Holler cameras found a magical, levitating lawn mower. "Honest" Ed Harder of Portage had the hover craft/yard tool up for sale and we were lucky enough to...

Garage Sale Mania in Portage la Prairie

They say, one persons trash is another's treasure.  If that is the case, then there is a lot of gold to be found on the lawns, in the garages, and backyards of Portage. Here is an "ornament" with an...

Portage Highflyer Only One in Canada

Portage is home to a one-of-a-kind business called Quality Aircraft Interiors.  Owned and operated by Noel and Leann Smith, QAI does upholstery work on commercial aircraft from their world headquarters just...

Portage Diversion Still Flowing

A trip out to the diversion just south of Portage la Prairie revealed a surprising but not so surprising sight. The diversion is still being used.  The volume of water heading north to Lake Manitoba...

Where did 14th Street Go?

by Karen Gross Mystery of the Disappearing Street It is true, fellow Portage la Prairians. We have a full fledged, bonafide mystery on our hands, or technically, on our streets. Some time ago, whilst...

MCC Thing of the Week May 20, 2014

Well one of The Hoop and Holler's most popular segments is returning in fine form. We toured the aisles of the local MCC Thrift Store and captured some outstanding cultural artifacts. First up is a pair...

Portage Has “Wow” Factor

By Karen Gross Wow, I Live Here! When I was a kid, growing up in land locked Steinbach (which is a total misnomer – “Stony Brook” – there isn’t even a creek there), we would go camping almost...

Hit Country Song Has Portage Roots

Recently released, "Shake It Like It's Saturday Night", by Doc Walker, is taking the country charts by storm and is packed full of Portage la Prairie references. Our hometown boys have cranked out a...

Hamlet Declares it’s Superiority

Anyone travelling down highway 331, affectionately referred to as The Hoop and Holler, will have noticed the small hamlet of Newton has come out with a bold statement. No one will admit to it being a...

Trainspotting

Portage la Prairie boasts the best location in Manitoba, if not Canada, for trainspotting rail enthusiasts. With the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific rail lines running through the heart of our city a...

Sofa Sightings!

Local furniture stores should be aware of a growing trend in couches in the Portage la Prairie area. A lovely powder blue leather couch on the dike just south of Portage It looks like we are developing...