Local Tries To Help The Overprivileged

A Chance NOT To Play by Carl Bunso There are no shortage of organizations whose goal is to help underprivileged families afford organized sport. These are important - as a young lad I actually had someone...

Goofy Gopher Talk

Sightings from the Top: Gopher Talk  by Terrie Todd   Crossing the Tupper Street Bridge one warm afternoon, I saw two plump gophers down below. One chased the other across the tracks, and I...

What Does 116 Smell Like?

Do You Smell That? City Hall is gettin’ a reeky reputation. One day I was relaxin’ on the second floor, my ear pressed against the hole in the hardwood just above the cashier’s front counter so I...

If Chester The City Hall Mouse Had A Bell

If I Had a Bell The big ol’ bell at the top of City Hall used to ring at 9:00 in the morning, callin’ the children to school I guess; 12:00 noon, to let everyone know it was lunch time; 6:00 in the p.m....

ITravelnaked: The View From Seat A-12

ITravelnaked by Al O'Neil On the street, backpack laden and looking through 5:30 am eyes, one can feel Habana, its uniqueness reverberates off every wall down every street. The once grand Estacion...

Rodent Goes Political – Wants You To Vote

A friendly Portage Enumerator. The Voters List Now that fixed the temperature on the City Hall clock (you’re welcome), you’re probably wonderin’ why there’s a nasty hole where it used to say...

Elie Correspondent Modern Version of Annie Oakley

by Dara Todd I don't consider myself a big time hunter, but I do live in the country, and I do have my hunter's safety.  So if some evil vermin move onto my property they best be watching where they...

What Really Happened In Elie Saturday, June 14.

by Dara Todd, Elie Correspondent If you have never stopped in Elie on your way to the big city, you are missing out! In the past 3 years we've lived here this community has shown its true colours as a...

Itravelnaked – CUBA Part III

Paladares Another program implemented during the ‘Special Period” was Paladares. The Cuban government allowed residents to open restaurants out of their homes in the vein as casa particulars. In some...

Sightings from the Top: The Mysterious Dirt Pile

Sightings from the Top: The Mysterious Dirt Pile A pile of dirt was growing between Fisher Ave. and the railroad tracks, visible from the top of Tupper Street Bridge. I was curious as to why it got a little...

Eight Little Ducklings in a Row

Eight Little Ducklings in a Row I just watched the Hoop and Holler video footage of a brave Mama Duck crossing Portage la Prairie with eight little ducklings following, trusting their mama to lead them in...

Itravelnaked – CUBA Part II

Casa Particulars When the Soviet Union collapsed, the Cuba economy began circling the bowl. This time in Cuba’s history is called “The Special Period”. The Cuban government put in place economic...

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...

Chester The City Hall Mouse Episode 2

Mouse kissy kiss. There’s been some kinda crazy flurry of activity around City Hall this past week. Them ladies in the front office are like flies on a rabbit carcass, what with their sortin’ and...

Itravelnaked – CUBA – Part I

I don’t usually travel to lose my baggage The flight to Cuba is scheduled to arrive late evening. Pity, I wanted to see Varadero’s famed white beaches from the air. All that is visible is the lights of...

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?...

New Travel Feature: Itravelnaked

The Hoop and Holler is happy to introduce our latest regular feature "I Travel Naked".  A local Portage la Prairian and his wife caught the travel bug early on in life and share some of the stories and...

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...