George Armstrong stands in front of the charred remains of the Ross Consolidated School.He and a friend were restoring the school and planned to turn it into a museum before it burned down on Sunday.There is a thriving sports and recreation community in Virden. If you have a community event that you would like to submit to the municipal office, you can do so by clicking here.The hockey arena, outdoor swimming pool with waterslide, curling rink, race track, golf course and ball diamonds are kept busy by various recreation and sports organizations. All submissions remain pending until approved by the site administrator."This place was just an absolute gem," Armstrong said, looking at the remains of the building near Virden, Man., on Wednesday afternoon, three days after it burned to the ground.Armstrong and his friend Jan Mainland, the owner of the building, had spent the last three years restoring the old Ross Consolidated School, sometimes referred to as the Two Creeks School, north of the town of Virden, which is approximately 270 kilometres west of Winnipeg.
The hockey arena, outdoor swimming pool with waterslide, curling rink, race track, golf course and ball diamonds are kept busy by various recreation and sports organizations.
Armstrong said he's most upset about losing a collection of books on the same First World War battle written by soldiers who were on different sides of the enemy lines.
"A tremendous amount of historical material," he said. extremely difficult to try to rebuild." The fire at the school started less than 24 hours after another fire levelled three buildings in Virden's downtown. Armstong isn't sure yet what he'll do with the rest of his collection, but knows rebuilding the old schoolhouse is out of the question.
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