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St. Labre 200 Celebrates 10 Years

Despite the sweltering heat, participants and spectators alike enjoyed another action packed St. Labre 200 when the annual event celebrated its 10th anniversary.

By Marianne Curtis Despite the sweltering heat, participants and spectators alike enjoyed another action packed St. Labre 200 when the annual event celebrated its 10th anniversary on July 6 and 7. The annual St. Labre 200 is a go-kart build off competition where eighteen teams are challenged to build their own go-karts within 24 hours. Each team is given basic materials along with their

own basic framing materials. Teams build go-karts from scratch on the first day and race their new creations the next day in a fast paced nail biting 200 lap race on a quarter mile dirt track. The winner earns the right to hoist the Best Sleep Centre Sparkplug Cup. François Grenier, President of the St. Labre 200 organizing committee sad that the annual event draws mechanically inclined individuals to the community while providing financial support to local organiza-

tions. “It was hot out, but there was lots to do, and everyone had fun,” said Grenier. “Overall, the weekend was a huge success.” He added that one of the highlights of the weekend was the Political Race which drew several current reeves, mayors and political representatives to the community for a friendly race. Over the past ten years, organizers of St. Labre 200 have been able to give over $75,000 to different local organizations. Continued on page 2...

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Municipal Candidates Start Lining Up Municipal elections are still a few months away, but candidates vying for a seat during the October 24 contest are already hitting the campaign trail. Candidate registration for mayor or reeve officially kicked off May 1 and councillor started June 30 remaining open until September 18. A number of current mayors and councillors have made their intentions clear. RM of Ste. Anne Reeve Art Bergmann told media that he won’t be returning to the ballot, leaving the door open for Shirley Hiebert of Giroux to become the first candidate to voice her intent to seek election. “I want to see all residents of the RM of Ste Anne thrive and be treated fairly according to the Municipal laws,” said Hiebert. “My background as a business woman, land developer, health care administrator, nurse practitioner, researcher and educator are all assets that say I am capable of succeeding at being a Reeve on behalf of the residents of the RM of Ste Anne. I’m a determined woman, especially when it comes to making sure that the people I’m responsible for get what they’re entitled to and more.” Sarah Normandeau has announced she will run for the RM of Ste. Anne Council in Ward 1. In the RM of Piney, Reeve Wayne Anderson said he plans on running again, and already has a challenger as Vassar resident Derek Barrow joins the race. RM of Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen has announced intent to seek re-election, along with the majority of his council including Ron Mamchuk, Shane Pelletier and Janine Boulanger. Ste. Agathe Councillor Jeannot Robert is not seeking re-election. Current RM of La Broquerie Councillor Cameron Peters is vying for the seat of reeve. “I believe forward thinking progress is a collaborative process. This is made possible when we recognize our unique cultural, social and economic contributions and challenges, and bring them together to form a great future in our community,” said Peters. “I have spent this term getting to know the good people in our community as well as many of the decision makers at the provincial and federal levels.” Town of Ste. Anne Mayor Richard Pelletier is also hopeful to get another chance to continue the work his council has started throughout the community after a successful first term. Anyone wishing to join the race still has time to register by September 18. Registration forms can be obtained from the applicable RM office or Elections Manitoba website under 2018 Election. Municipal election candidates must register with the Senior Election Official (SEO) during the registration period before they may begin to accept contributions, incur expenses, fund-raise or borrow money for their campaign.

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St Labre 200 Celebrates 10 Years

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Provencher MP Ted Falk presents Joel Grenier and Francois Grenier with a plaque commemorating 10 years of success for St. Labre 200 as both a successful local event, and a fundraiser that benefits community organizations.

Profits from the community supper, concessions, merchandise, community supper, team auction, on site donation jar and a $25,000 prize raffle help make the Give Back to the Community campaign possible. This year funds will be granted to Habitat for Humanity Southeast Chapter, Saint-Malo Catholic Camps, Youth for Christ Steinbach and Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre in Ile des Chenes. In addition, cash and a trailer full of food donations was collected at the

gate by volunteers for Southeast Helping Hands. Other activities on the grounds included excavator and skid steer rodeo, bounce castles, R/C race cars, rubber boot tosses, live bands, Red Bomb Fireworks, Manitoba Arm Wrestling Association sanctioned tournament and many more. Live bands performed both nights with MYNT on Friday and Corny Rempel as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley performing Saturday.

Manitoba Drowning Report Issued National Drowning Prevention Week in Manitoba is being highlighted by the release of the 2018 Canada – Manitoba Drowning Report. The study summarizes the most recent data on water-related fatalities available from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Manitoba for the most current five-year period, 2011 to 2015. Among the findings, 81% of drowning victims in Manitoba are male, while 19% are female. In all 39% are drowning in lakes and ponds, while 38% drown in rivers. In Manitoba between May to September 73% of all drownings occur. Swimming was the most common recreational activity where water-related fatalities happened followed by walking/running or playing near the water, power boating, canoeing and then fishing. The report also includes the top risk factors in boating and swimming among children, young adults and older adults. Those risks include not wearing a personal floatation device, alcohol consumption, being alone and for children not being properly supervised. A link to the full report can be found at lifesaving.mb.ca. “This province has some of the best parks, beaches, and aquatic facilities in the coun-

try,” said Kevin Tordiffe, Manitoba Branch acting CEO. “I’m encouraging all Manitobans to get out and enjoy these attractions safely. National Drowning Prevention Week speaks to the core of what the Lifesaving Society does year around. We work to prevent drowning and water-related injuries through training programs, public education, drowning prevention research, safety management and lifesaving sport. Be Water Smart.” The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July as National Drowning Prevention week to focus community attention on the drowning problem and drowning awareness.

Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires proclaiming National Drowning Prevention Week, and announcing an expansion of the province’s lifejacket loaner program to Spruce Woods Provincial Park.

Lifesaving Society MB Branch Acting CEO Kevin Tordiffe at the podium. In the background from left to right two members of the Beach Safety Program at Birds Hill Park, MLA Ron Schuler, Sarah Painter from STARS Air Ambulance, Doug Eyolfson MP for Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia – Headingley, another member of the Beach Safety Program, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, and another member of the Beach Safety Patrol.

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St. Pierre-Joly’s Frog Follies Nears Five Decades of Celebration

The Asham Stompers were a huge hit on the Main Stage during the 49th Annual St. Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies.

For the past forty-nine years, frogs and a love for Francophone heritage have been the driving force behind one of the region’s most successful community festivals. This year the St. Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies celebrated their 49th birthday on July 12 to 14. The festivities kicked off Thursday night with the Great Canadian Frog hunt where participants spent time catching the frogs to be used for the Canadian National Frog Jumping Championship. Some of the featured activities included one of Manitoba’s premier agricultural exhibition displays and fair, numerous children’s activities, slo-pitch tournament, a parade, fireworks, Sunday night DJ social, and the Canadian National Frog Jumping Championship. A few new activities were added to the roster, including geocaching, the Chamber of Commerce hosted Frog Follies Supper on Saturday, and a cribbage tournament and bocce ball on Sunday. There was a vast variety of entertainment including performances by Nic Messner Band, Parazar, HipShake, Asham Stompers, Ti Bert

Le Voyagear, and Jeremie and the Delicious Hounds. The first Frog Follies began when a group of residents decided they wanted to welcome people into their small town to celebrate their rich Francophone heritage during the province’s Centennial. On July 14, 1970, St. Pierre-Jolys welcomed HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles for a 20 minute visit to launch the first ever Frog Follies. Many events were held that weekend, including the First Canadian National Frog Jumping Championship. Mayor Fernand Lavergne issued a public challenge to politicians and mayors of other towns. The winner of the first frog jumping contest was Albert Driedger, Reeve of the RM of Hanover, when his frog, Georges, jumped 7 feet 1.25 inches. In 2009, the St. Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies joined forces with the St. Pierre-Jolys Agricultural Society’s Ag Fair. The merger created a larger event that began attracting more people from all over the region and the country. Today, the St. Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies welcomes over 2,000 people per day.

Steinbach Pride Draws Over 500 People On July 21, the community of Steinbach swelled by over five hundred people when the third annual Steinbach Pride Parade took place at the KR Barkman Park and down Main Street. Organizers with Steinbach Pride are pleased with the response to the group’s annual parade. “It went really well,” said Steinbach Pride Chair Chris Plett while speaking media after the event. “The weather was very much in our favour; even when we were marching down Main Street it was just absolutely beautiful.” For the first time in three years, the event went off without a hitch. The first parade in 2016 faced several issues leading up to the event, including nearly losing a permit to walk on the streets after RCMP cited “safety reasons” due to road construction. Last year there

were concerns protesters would show up after organizers said they had found homophobic comments made online in the days leading up to the parade. But for the third year in a row the event went off without protest. It also marked the third straight year, no elected officials showed up either. Despite the no-show from local leaders, including Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen and MLA Kelvin Goertzen, Plett said he is sensing change in the community. This year’s theme “common ground” recognizes the change throughout the community. “We are talking about rebuilding relationships, rebuilding bridges and trying to find a common ground and similarities between yourself and other people,” Plett added. “Is it is as fast as some people would wish? No. But they are baby steps.”

Organizers of Steinbach Pride lead the third annual parade down Main Street.

Photo submitted by Chris Plett

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Municipal Elections Are Coming Up It’s difficult to argue that weather patterns are changing in a dramatic fashion. Heat waves have many searching for air conditioning, forest fires across Canada have dramatically increased in frequency. West Nile and Lyme disease have become common place. This is to name but a few new disturbing realities. A few changes will have a serious impact in our communities, some could be positive such as solar arrays which are starting to pop up here and there. How municipal councils react instead of leading could greatly impact this opportunity. The sun is shining and UV-rays do not negatively impact solar panels, but municipalities could. They will control some of the costs associated with the somewhat newer development. First is the permit to construct the system. Second is the valuation of the final product and third and most important, is the percentage of value taxed yearly. To put this in perspective urban housing (our homes) are taxed at 45% of value, farms are taxed at 35% of value, businesses at 65% of value, and golf clubs at 20% of value. These are for all intent how your municipal tax bill is generated. The higher the percentage of value the more taxes one pays. Solar arrays could be taxed literally out of existence. I doubt this will happen, but many of us are looking for enlightened leadership. All of the above are used year round except golf courses. I would venture to point out that solar arrays are not as effective in shorter winter days. There are some other areas where municipalities could explore in the near future. Human effluent and animal manure has been problematic for a very long time, sewage lagoons have been beyond the reach of many rural municipalities. I would suggest exploring the feasibility of burning effluent and making electricity with it. First such an endeavor would require that the bio gas is gathered. Secondly to make such a plant efficient a steady flow of manure from farmers would be needed, that in turn would enable them to farm a much greater animal unit than their acreage would normally allow. Bio gas could be utilized for heating or cooling in many remote buildings, mines or greenhouses. It could become quite an extension to our industry pool. The technology for making electricity out of effluent or manure has been around for quite a while and I think the application has many possibilities. All three levels of government and the U of M could make a team to bring this to fruition. Furthermore municipalities could use an ethical guiding entity. Too many corners are being cut and far too much double dipping. This entity could be volunteer members, one from each municipality. A quorum of three perhaps under advice from a person from provincial municipal affairs. This is an area were perception and reality meet with better government as the prize. Voting helps.

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“Are you “Un-Canadian?” “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.” Those were the words of Justin Trudeau explaining – if you can call it that – why he believed terrorists should be able to keep their Canadian citizenship and why convicted terrorist Omar Khadr was entitled to $10.5 million of your tax dollars. However, Mr. Trudeau’s Immigration Minister had no trouble labelling Ontario’s provincial Immigration Minister as “not Canadian” when she raised concerns about his handling of the illegal border crossings crisis. Canada’s two largest provinces, Quebec and Ontario, have both run out of space to house the tens of thousands of illegal migrants who responded to Justin Trudeau’s reckless tweets and confusing talk about Canada. This crisis is costing the Provinces, and by extension the taxpayer, hundreds of millions of dollars and there is no end in sight. But Rather than listen to the concerns of those impacted by this crisis, Minister Ahmed Hussen chose instead to brand Minister McLeod as “not Canadian”. Let’s be clear about this: according to the Trudeau Liberals, a terrorist who leaves Canada to target and kill Canadians is unequivocally still a Canadian, but the “Canadian-ness” of a Minister of the Crown who is dedicated to serving Canadians in Canada’s largest province is somehow in question? Just because she had the audacity to question the adequacy of the Liberals response to this crisis? “More Border Blues” This past Tuesday, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration held emergency committee meetings to review the Trudeau Government’s response to the illegal migrant crisis at the Canada/US border. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, and newly installed Border Security Minister Bill Blair testified on behalf of the Liberal Government. Their answers failed to inspire confidence. Conservatives have been stating the obvious for more than a year: Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have no plan to deal with the mess they’ve created at Canada’s border. Tuesday’s proceedings only served to confirm that. Since Justin Trudeau tweeted out #WelcomeToCanada last year, thousands of asylum seekers have crossed the

border illegally into Canada from the United States. This has put tremendous pressure on the Canadian system and left provinces scrambling to find housing and other supports. It has also led to longer waits for refugees who are fleeing persecution and for those trying to immigrate to Canada legally. For more than a year, Justin Trudeau has told Canadians that there is no problem at the border and that the situation is under control. At Tuesday’s meeting, however, his Liberal ministers failed to answer even the most basic questions about the border situation. Liberal ministers were unable to say how many asylum seekers have entered Canada, how many more they expect, how they plan to handle them or what the full cost of this will be? The new Minister for Border Security admitted that neither the Canada Border Services Agency (responsible for border security) nor members of the RCMP would be reporting to him—showing just how seriously Justin Trudeau is taking this crisis. The new Minister even admitted he did not know what his job is! Canadians have lost their patience with the Trudeau Liberals’ failure to protect our border. It is long past time for the Trudeau Liberals to show Canadians a clear, tough and detailed plan to deal with this mess. Canadians expect our refugee system to be fair, safe, orderly, and compassionate. Under Prime Minister Trudeau, it has been unfair, insecure, chaotic, and uncaring. A Conservative government will regain control of our borders. We will prioritize legitimate refugees from the world’s most dangerous countries, not those who have lived in the US for years who are now hedging their bets. We will make sure that those who obey our laws and do the work to come to Canada legally are treated fairly. We will ensure that we have a system that is worthy of the promise that is Canada.

Manitoba is the Most Improved Province Manitoba loves to celebrate summer through our many fairs, festivals, and rodeos. As I watch the live entertainment on Canada Day in Vita, I think of the people behind the scenes that make our celebrations nationally and internationally recognized - from the hard work of the volunteers that make the Winnipeg Fringe Festival the second largest festival of its kind in North America to the diverse cultures that come together for the longest-running multicultural festival called Folklorama. It never ceases to amaze me how people can come together, solve problems that happen backstage, and be recognized for being the best. We’ve seen the problems that were caused by 17 years of debt, decay and decline under the NDP, whose reckless waste and mismanagement led to three consecutive credit rating downgrades and doubled the provinces debt to $22 billion dollars in just eight years. Our PC Government saw major problems for Manitobans and the future of our province and we continue to live up to our commitment to make real changes in order to fix Manitoba’s finances, repair the services and rebuild the economy. We introduced Budget 2018, bringing real progress for Manitoba families and reflecting their priorities. It reduces the deficit by $319 million dollars, delivers the province’s largest-ever-tax cut and keeps us on pace to reduce the provincial sales tax to seven per cent by 2020. Our government is delivering greater planning efficiency for rural municipalities, removing cumbersome regulations and allowing municipalities to use an evidence-based approach to ensure fair opportunities for

growth and economic development. Manitoba is now being recognized as the most improved province in Canada. This year, credit rating agencies S&P Global Ratings and DBRS Ltd. are issuing encouraging reports on the government’s improved budgetary performance. “After a decade of chronic deficit spending and debt growth, budget deficits are now declining and the debtto-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is stabilizing,” the agency’s statement said. “DBRS has observed a shift in culture and institutions of government. There are efforts underway to increase the central capacity within the provincial government and an increased focus on budget results and program outcomes.” As another great musical set comes to a close, the people backstage can be proud of this year’s entertainment while already thinking about how to make next year’s show even better. I can say the same about our PC Government -we’ve worked hard to make Manitoba the most improved province and the only thing better than today in Manitoba is tomorrow in Manitoba. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406, at my legislature office at 204-945-4339 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov. mb.ca.

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Local Project to Improve Accessibility in St. Malo Park By Marianne Curtis

to purchase 100 linear feet of Mobi Mats to be installed at South Shores Beach at a cost of about $5,000. They will also start fundraising for the construction of water docks, which will be completed in phase 3 and erect a trailhead sign. Phase 2 includes the purchase of a water wheel chair; raise funds for winter attachments for the wheelchair and expand accessible docks project. “The St. Malo Provincial park has agreed to help us construct accessible dock systems and to choose the most suitable locations to maintain the ecological integrity of the park and allow for everyone to enjoy them,” Berard added. “We on the Friends of St Malo Park board believe our provincial park has the potential to be the most accessible and barrier-free campground, park

and beach in Manitoba.” Phase 3 includes the purchase and construction of a wheelchair/stroller swing set and inclusive play structure, complete landscaping and public dock system. A year round accessible washroom facility at the main beach and a warming hut for winter activities will complete the project. Once completed, the St. Malo Provincial Park will become the most accessible campground, park and beach in the province. The St. Malo Provincial Park has four wheelchair accessible campsites; and two years ago a wheelchair accessible washroom and showers were built at the South Shores Beach. It was noted that projects initiated by the Friends of St. Malo Park committee would not be possible without support from Manitoba Parks and Manitoba Sustainable Development.

Over the next few years, the St. Malo Provincial Park will become accessible to all users, thanks to a locally driven project, spearheaded by the Friends of St Malo Park. Shanna Berard, President of Friends of St Malo Provincial Park said the organization has committed to a three phase plan to transform the park into a barrier free recreational park that is inclusive to all people regardless of mobility, intellectual or sensory challenges. According to Berard, the Friends of St Malo Park (FOSMP) are dedicated to building an inclusive and exciting atmosphere within the St Malo Provincial Park. The board sets goals each year and raise funds for projects through programming and events year round within the whole community. The accessibility of St. Malo Provincial Park specifically begins with South Shores Beach. “It is important to us that we acknowledge people with mobility, intellectual and sensory challenges as per the Manitoba Accessibility Act and ensure that our programming and goals are inclusive,” said Berard. “We have worked hard thus far to create fun programs and events to attract visitors to our park and community, and we hope our plan will increase such progress as we open up accessibility to all.” The ambitious project has been divided into three phases. After estab- Phase 1 of a new accessibility project underway in the St. Malo Provincial Park will see these mats installed to lishing a task force, the group plans make the area more accessible.

Wait Times See Reduction June is a time for new beginnings. With the beginning of summer, the start of warm weather, and students graduating, it’s impossible not to think of what lies ahead. Recently, I have had the privilege of attending the graduation ceremonies of five schools within the Dawson Trail constituency. Each of these graduations was inspiring and hopeful, and such a pleasure to be a part of. Congratulations to the graduates of 2018, I wish you all the best in the future. At the beginning of July, many festivals were being held throughout the Dawson Trail constituency in celebration of Canada’s birthday. One of them being the Canada Day celebration in Richer that is always packed with fun festivities to celebrate the holiday. The beginning of the month also lent itself to the Mini Car Town and Bike Safety Event that was held in Lorette. I was lucky enough to stop by and show my support for an event that teaches children about such an important topic, like road safety. During the month, I was given the opportunity to present the community of Tache with provincial funding for the Tache Community Day Care Inc. They were given a $6,255 grant that is going to be used to further the improvement of the Preschool Backyard Learning Environment. This is just one of the many community place grants that have been presented throughout the Dawson Trail constituency. Our government is taking strides towards improving the lives of Manitobans. One way that we are currently doing this is by making improvements to our health-care system. Since the launch of the Healing Our Health System project back in fall, we have already seen a 16 percent decrease in wait times. The average length of stay for in-patients has also decreased by 6.6 percent, and hospital and urgent-care wait times in Winnipeg were reduced by 19 percent between this past March and April. This project will also include renovations to improve and expand the emergency departments at Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital. These upgrades will not only increase the capacity of the HSC and St. Boniface emergency departments, but improve their treatment spaces while concentrating resources – staffing and specialized equipment – to accommodate more patients and ensure timely access to the right care. Some of the many other Healing Our Health System improvements will include a consolidation of mental health services at Victoria Hospital, to be complemented by resources at HSC and St. Boniface. An acute cardiac care unit is being established at St. Boniface Hospital, along with an addition of 16 beds for an in-patient cardiology unit. And HSC’s intensive care unit and the surgical section of that unit are expanding. Working with our government, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and hospital officials are pacing all of these and Bob Lagasse presenting the community of Tache with provincial funding other upcoming changes to ensure the right resources are in place to best serve patients. for the Tache Community Day Care Inc.

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Sharing Our Stories… Safe Kids Week is a national awareness campaign by Parachute Canada, a charity dedicated to preventing injuries. This year the campaign’s theme is Concussion on the road, at home and at play. Concussions are a type of head injury caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body. Children and youth are more at risk of having concussions and can take longer to recover. The symptoms are usually temporary but there can be long-lasting or permanent changes such as the way children talk, walk, learn, work, and interact with others. The good news is that concussions are preventable! Below are just a few ideas to keep your children safe from concussions on the road, at home and at play: On the Road Summer is a perfect time to go on bike rides with your family. You may have heard that youth under the age of 18 in Manitoba are required by law to wear a helmet while cycling. There is a good reason for that. A bike helmet that fits properly and is worn correctly can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 80%! This summer, every time you and your family ride, remember to wear bike helmets. At Home The home is an ideal environment for children to explore and develop new skills. Falling is a normal part of development, but did you know that falls are one of the most common reasons children are hospitalized for concussions? To prevent concussions, it is important to make sure the environment is safe and that someone is close by. To prevent serious falls, remember to use permanently mounted gates at the top and bottom of stairs. At Play Sports are a great way for children to stay active. However, did you know that 40% of all head injuries in children aged 10 - 14 happen while playing sports? Parents and coaches have an important role to play in teaching and modelling the rules, respect in sport and promoting a culture of safety. Teaching proper techniques and skills, like proper high kicks and heading the ball when close to other players in soccer, can also help to prevent concussions. These are just a few ideas to keep youth safe from concussions this summer and all year! For more information on how to prevent, recognize, manage, and track concussions, download the Concussion Ed mobile app, visit Parachute Canada, or talk to your health care provider.

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Grand Reopening Celebrated in Lorette

Lorette Marketplace Manager Sean O’Malia is excited about the new opportunities available to customers and the store now that it is under the ownership of Red River Co-op. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis Shoppers looking to cash in on higher equity rewards and support the local economy will be thrilled to hear that Lorette Marketplace is under the ownership of Red River Co-op through a new lease agreement with the Federated Co-operative Ltd (FCL). The agreement includes three stores located in Lorette, Stonewall and Selkirk. Lorette Marketplace Manager Sean O’Malia is excited to be able to offer customers more options now that Red River Co-op has taken over three grocery stores located in Lorette, Stonewall and Selkirk. “We are a completely separate entity from our neighbour,” confirmed

O’Malia, in reference to the Clearview Co-op Gas Bar located across the parking lot. “The biggest change for customers is that we are now member owned,” O’Malia explained. This means that purchasing a membership, customers will be able to cash in on rewards from two completely separate organizations located within the same community. What makes Lorette Marketplace unique among other Co-op’s in Manitoba is grassroots support for local organizations. “We want to give back to the community and are currently raising money for the Lorette Multiplex,” O’Malia added. Customers shopping Saturdays can win half their bill back, while the other half goes to the Lorette Multiplex project as a do-

nation. Since launching this program four months ago, $1,759 has been raised for the project, with an equal amount returned to customers. “It’s something that I personally wanted to do, that I was unable to do at other places I’ve worked; I thought it was a great idea, and we are the only Co-op that is doing this.” He added that customers can expect to see new items arriving in the store, including a larger variety of locally sourced items. Customers will be able to become Red River Co-op members and enjoy lifetime membership benefits, including profit sharing for $5. In 2017, Red River Co-op members shared in $29.3 million of profits. The Lorette Marketplace provides employment for forty people.

Steinbach Receives Community Places Grants The City of Steinbach will be able to construct a new play structure and replace lockers at the city’s pool thanks to two significant Community Places grants awarded by the province. The first grant for $10,500 will cover a portion of a $25,000 project that will see a new play structure constructed in Giesbrecht Park. Improvements include a climbing structure with a slide and some additional features such as a spring seat. Pea gravel will also be added. “These park improvements are part of the City’s playground renewal project,” confirmed Mayor Chris Goertzen. “Each year, money is put aside and used to enhance neighborhood parks.” The second grant for $48,000 will be used to replace the rusty lockers at the Steinbach Aquatic Centre. The new lockers will be plastic in nature to avoid a similar issue in the future. The grant

will also assist with the replacement rior walls with more energy efficient of the glass window blocks used sealed unit windows. The total cost on three of the centre’s upper exte- of this project is $137,000.

The City of Steinbach is grateful for two grants for improvements at one of the community parks, and the city’s pool.

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Falk Critical of Federal Cabinet Shuffle Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently shuffled his cabinet, reassigning five cabinet members and creating an additional five positions. According to Provencher MP Ted Falk the cabinet shuffle represents an admission of failure on a number of files important to residents here in southeast Manitoba. “The Prime Minister’s decision to replace ministers on files like international trade and natural resources is an acknowledgment that his approach has failed to protect Canadian jobs and ensure investor confidence in Canada.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed out that these cabinet moves are a signal of the Federal government’s intent to shift trade dependence on the US and address concerns about border control. “There is certainly a level of clarity for Canadians, for businesses, for everyone across this country that we need to diversify our markets. We need to ensure that we are not as dependent on the United States,” said Trudeau. In addition Trudeau said, “The focus on innovation and trade is a response, in part, to the constantly changing international context.” Trudeau did not shuffle any of his top ministers in key files, including Foreign

Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Lawrence MacAulay Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. The cabinet shuffle timing is also historically a sign for election preparation. Before the recent cabinet shuffle there were 30 members of cabinet, including Trudeau, which was evenly split by gender. The new cabinet has 35 members including Trudeau, with 17 women and 18 men. Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed 26 members to his first cabinet in 2006. By the time his government lost power in 2015, there were 39 ministers. The Prime Minister also appointed Mary Ng as Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. “Last summer, my office was inundated with calls and emails from constituents concerned about the Liberal tax hike on small businesses in our communities,” Falk noted. “While our Conservative team successfully managed to force the Liberals to step back from their initial devastating proposal, their decision to move forward with an altered plan is still hurting many small businesses. I hope the new minister

is able to stand up to Justin Trudeau next time he tries to increase taxes on our entrepreneurs and job creators.” On the appointment of Bill Blair as Minister responsible for Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, according to Falk it does not constitute meaningful action to address the illegal border crossings crisis. “For months, the Liberals have insisted that Canada does not have a problem with illegal border crossings despite the clear evidence to the contrary. While this appointment is a welcome acknowledgement of reality, I don’t expect it to reassure Canadians that the Liberals will actually do anything beyond another symbolic gesture,” Falk stated. “If Justin Trudeau didn’t instruct his public safety or immigration ministers to put forward a plan to restore the integrity of our borders, unfortunately I don’t expect him to change course with his new minister,” he added. Falk was pleased with the appointment of a new Minister for Seniors, Filomena Tassi. “The Liberals have really left seniors behind since the start of their mandate,” Falk said. “I’m glad they’ve listened to Conservatives and seniors groups by finally taking this step.”

Steinbach and St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Respond to Dangerous Driver On July 15, at approximately 12:30 am, an officer in a RCMP Traffic Services cruiser activated the vehicle’s lights and sirens to stop an SUV that was being driven erratically and dangerously on Highway 12 near Loewen Boulevard. Upon seeing the police vehicle, the driver of the SUV changed direction and drove into the wrong lane of traffic, forcing oncoming vehicles off the road. A check of the vehicle by the officer confirmed that the SUV was stolen and possibly being driven by an armed and violent suspect wanted on several warrants. The SUV continued to drive in a very dangerous manner. Several additional police vehicles from Steinbach and St. Pierre-Jolys responded to the area. As the vehicle was travelling westbound on Highway 52 near the intersection of Industrial Boulevard, a spike belt was successfully deployed. The suspect continued to travel on flat tires for 2 km before turning into a field. It was at this time that the SUV

was stopped by police vehicles. The suspect, who had armed himself with a machete, and a female passenger, refused to listen to police commands and had to be extracted by officers. A curved knife and methamphetamine were also located within the vehicle. Three officers and the suspect sustained minor injuries during this incident. Two police vehicles were also damaged. “This was a high-risk arrest with an armed and combative suspect who refused to comply with police,” said Superintendent Joanne Keeping, East District Commander for the Manitoba RCMP. “Our officers quickly recognized the danger and acted immediately to take him into custody to protect public safety.” Ashley Sandison, a 38-year-old male from the RM of Reynolds and the driver of the vehicle, has been charged with 14 offences in relation to this incident, including assault on police officer with weapon causing bodily harm x2, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driv-

Drugs seized from suspect vehicle

Knife seized from suspect vehicle

Machete on seat of suspect vehicle.

ing while disqualified, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose x2, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of break-in instruments and possession of methamphetamine. Sandison is also facing 14 charges from previous incidents. He was remanded into custody and appeared in Winnipeg Provincial Court on July 17. The passenger, Amber Mann, a 20year-old female from Beausejour, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of methamphetamine and failing to comply with recognizance. Mann also has 4 pending charges from previous incidents. She was remanded into custody and appeared in Winnipeg Provincial Court on July 16.

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Dog Catcher and Emergency Coordinator Needed in Piney The RM of Piney has put out a call to hire an emergency coordinator, and an animal control officer. The municipality is looking for a paid volunteer with experience in command structure, day-to-day leadership, able to work with the public and the ability to work in highly stressful situations. The RM of Piney is also seeking a qualified individual for Animal Control and Boarding services. The suitable candidate must be able to provide housing and humane care for all animals brought into the facility. To find out more information or apply call 204437-2284 or email the RM of Piney at office@rmofpiney.mb.ca.

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Routine Inspection Leads to Cannabis Seizure in West Hawk

During a routine traffic stop, Falcon Lake RCMP found 925 pounds of vacuum-packaged marihuana as well as 75 pounds of cannabis shatter, oils, and edibles hidden amid this load traveling from BC to southern Ontario.

A truck driver from British Columbia has been charged after a routine stop by the Falcon Lake RCMP, which resulted in the largest marijuana seizure through a traffic stop in Canada since 2015. On July 22, while conducting a routine traffic patrol, a Falcon Lake RCMP Officer stopped a commercial semi-trailer traveling east on the Trans-Canada Highway at Westhawk. The stop was initiated to conduct a regulatory inspection of the driver’s paperwork. These random checks are conducted to ensure safety of commercial vehicles and loads because commercial vehicles are involved in approximately 20% of road fatalities every year in Manitoba, say RCMP. When the officer stopped the vehicle and checked the driver’s paperwork, several discrepancies were discovered. The load was then examined by several officers in order to try and resolve those discrepancies. When the officers opened the trailer, they found 925 pounds of vacuumpackaged marihuana as well as 75 pounds of cannabis shatter, oils, and edibles hidden among the legitimate load of food products. The driver of the vehicle was arrested; the drugs and the semi-trailer were seized. Claudiu Huber, 46, from Agassiz, BC, is charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Trafficking a Controlled Substance. He has been released pending a future court date. The semi-trailer load originated in lower mainland, BC, and was destined for southern Ontario. According to RCMP, the marijuana in this The drugs were hidden among the legitimate load of food products. seizure was produced and trafficked illegally, and destined for the illegal market. For end consumers, there is no way to know the origin or the potency of the marijuana in this seizure, which could have very harmful health effects on anyone consuming the drug. Despite the pending legalization, RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent in the interest of public safety.

The largest marijuana seizure through a traffic stop in Canada since 2015.

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Bear Attacks Child in Whiteshell On July 23, an eight-year-old girl was left with cuts to the face after being attacked in her tent while camping in Whiteshell Provincial Park. According to a statement made by the province, the incident occurred at South Cross Lake. The bear swiped the tent, cutting the girl’s face. Then it attempted to get the family’s food barrel, which was hanging from a nearby tree. The child’s father managed to scare the bear away from the campsite, allowing the family to alert other campers, and then get in their canoe and escape. The girl was treated in hospital and released, ac-

cording to the release. Conservation officers are trying to locate the bear. It was last seen swimming away toward Caddy Lake. The back-country campsite where the attack took place has been closed for the time being. Earlier this month, a Winnipeg man was bitten by a black bear along the Mantario trail, much of which is in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Though about 30 km apart, wildlife experts believe the two attacks are unlikely the same bear. Residents are reminded to be “Bear Smart”. Never approach or feed bears, keep dogs on a leash,

store food and garbage in secure buildings or containers, take down bird feeders from April to November and secure compost containers. Other preventative measures include removing ripe or fallen fruit, burn off BBQ grills to reduce odours, clean up after picnics in the yard or on the deck, feed pets indoors, fully enclose backyard beehives and chicken coops. Electric fences are known to be effective deterrent. When travelling in wilderness areas be alert, make noise, travel in groups and keep children close by. When in bear country, people should assume bears are in the vicinity, even if no recent conflict or encounters have been reported. Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Be aware of the surroundings, walk or jog in groups, make noise and do not use earphones to listen to music.

Hanover Ag Fair Ready to Roll Bring your friends and have some fun at this year’s Hanover Ag Fair taking place August 16-19 on the Hanover Ag grounds in Grunthal. Wayne LeMay invites everyone to come to the community and make some memories. “You and your family will have a great time checking out all of the activities we have to offer, crashing cars, bucking bulls, cuddly critters, rodeo ropers, a musical main stage, family fun and so much more,” said LeMay. On Friday and Saturday come out and cheer on saddle Bronc, Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Team

Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping and Bull Riding, along with Amateur Bareback, Amateur Saddle Bronc, Junior Steers, Junior Barrels. Also taking place is a parade, Bullorama, CWHA Horse Show, MRCA/CCA Rodeo, Gymkhana. The Family Fun Zone will be open all weekend, including a dunk tank, Ag on the Move, and Critter Corner. Sunday is dedicated to motorsports with the Redneck Roundup-ATV & Mini-bike Rodeo taking place, followed by a demolition derby. On the Main Stage, Friday kicks off with an outdoor movie. The Jan-

zen Brothers take the stage Saturday evening with the highlight of the evening being a country music lineup includes Jason Kirkness, Daniel Desorcy and Aaron Goodvin. Sunday, a community worship service is taking place, followed by performances by Sound Foundation, Soul Purpose and Classic Overdrive.

Steinbach Chamber AGM and Banquet Coming The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to celebrate local businesses in their upcoming annual general meeting. Taking place on September 24, at the Friedensfield Community Center, the Steinbach Chamber will be celebrating the nominees and re-

cipients of the 2018 Business Excellence Awards. The Steinbach Chamber will hand out hardware to five deserving businesses during the Annual Business Awards portion of the evening. Twelve businesses are vying for Business of the Year; and there are

three nominees for Community Involvement. There are ten businesses nominated for Customer Service, two Future Leaders and five Non-Profits. Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen is expected to deliver the Address. The evening will also include the chamber’s annual general meeting and board elections.

Pump and Dash Suspect Sought Steinbach RCMP received a report of a gas theft at Mobile Gas Bar in Steinbach. On July 24 just before 3 pm, a male in his 30’s wearing black baseball cap, black shorts, a white dress shirt and flip flops fueled up a newer

Kia Sorento SUV and left without paying for fuel. The SUV did not have any licence plates. RCMP is asking the public for assistance in identifying the male in the attached photo. If you have any information in regards to the above

you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Community Development Funding Awarded On July 19, the Province announced the approval of more than $848,000 in grants to community development projects across the province through four separate programs. The project funding of this years’ development programs were funded through Hometown Manitoba and Partner 4 Growth grants. A project from the RM of Piney was one of 10 approved under the Partner 4 Growth program. Partner 4 Growth provides cost-shared funding for regions to identify and pursue economic development opportunities and help communities strengthen or diversify economic activity. The RM of Piney will receive $10,000 for the Sunrise Corner Strategic Plan. Another 91 projects, 6 in the southeast were funded through the Hometown Manitoba program. Hometown Manitoba provides financial support for rural and northern projects led by local communities, organizations, co-operatives and businesses to enhance main street public places and building exteriors. These projects and organizations include Ukrainian Museum and Village Society in Gardenton for the Gardenton Park Campground ($5,000); Sprague & District Historical Museum Inc. in Sprague for the historical picture panel project ($1,154); St. Pierre en Boom Inc. in St. Pierre- Jolys for a community project ($1,000); and Ste. Agathe Community Development Inc. Signage ($2,000). The RM of Piney is also to receive grants for three separate projects, including the Antique Fire Truck Project - Phase 2 ($500) and Main Street enhancements for Vassar ($933).


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Border a Mess, Says Falk Provencher MP Ted Falk said that Canada’s immigration system is a mess after emergency meetings of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration were held recently. According to Falk, the meetings took place to review the Federal government’s response to the tens of thousands of illegal migrants crossing into Canada from the US. Attendees included Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Border Security Minister Bill Blair and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. “We already knew that the massive influx of asylum seekers was putting a serious strain on homeless shelters in cities like Montreal and Toronto. As a result, the Trudeau government decided to start housing migrants in

University dorms that were empty for the summer,” Falk stated. “The problem with that strategy was fairly self-evident; students would eventually be returning during the month of August and the migrants would have to be moved again.” He added that Border Security Minister, Bill Blair, confirmed that more than 800 migrants will be moved from the University dorms to hotel rooms. “How long will they be housed in hotel rooms? The Minister didn’t know. Who will pay for all this? He didn’t know that either,” Falk continued. “What we all do know is that it won’t be the Minister footing this bill himself. So that leaves, as always, you, the Canadian taxpayer to pay for it.”

Falk said he was shocked to discover that neither Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) nor RCMP report to the minister. “So how then is the new Minister supposed to do his job if none of the border agencies or law enforcement bodies charged with securing our border actually report to him?” Falk noted. Falk accused Trudeau of creating a situation that is also preventing those waiting in refugee camps and facing persecution in dangerous places around world to wait longer, as more and more resources are spent processing and housing people crossing into Canada from the US. “What was once a balanced, orderly and fair immigration system has become one giant mess under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And day by day, that mess continues to grow,” Falk concluded.

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Kleefeld Man Receives Order of Manitoba Former Kleefeld resident, musician and mentor Robb Nash was recently one of twelve Manitoban’s inducted into the Order of Manitoba during a special ceremony on July 12. Nash is well known across Canada for his use of music to influence young people, performing at schools, reservations and detention centres. “The government really went out of their way to say thanks for the work our team has been doing. Even planting a tree in my name,” said Nash in a statement. “Hopefully this will help us to be able to do even more of what we do and inspire others to do something even bigger!” After surviving a near-fatal accident, Nash began speaking to youth, playing his songs that are intended to inspire discussion about important issues, such as bullying, addiction, self-harm and suicide. Over the past five years, more than 800 students have relinquished their planned suicide notes to him and hundreds more have stopped self-harming behaviors. The Order of Manitoba, the province’s highest honour, was established in 1999 to recognize Manitobans who have demonstrat-

Former Kleefeld resident Robb Nash after he was inducted into the Order of Manitoba alongside Lieutenant Governor Janice C. Filmon and former Premier Gary Filmon.

ed excellence and achievement, thereby enriching the social, cultural or economic well-being of the province and its residents. Lt.Gov. Janice C. Filmon, Chancellor of the order, will preside over the investiture of the 12 new members whose achievements encompass a

broad range of accomplishments. Appointments to the order are made on the recommendations of an advisory council. Once inducted, members are entitled to use the initials O.M. after their names for life and will have their names placed on permanent display in the Legislative Building.

Landmark to Host Community Friendship Festival From August 10 to 12, the Landmark Friendship Festival is taking place in Landmark, at the Archie Plett Memorial Park. The weekend event begins on Friday evening with Redneck Night at Keating Mechanical and Landmark Christian Fellowship. Activities include wheel barrow races, bicycle decorating contest for the kids, bicycle races, redneck horseshoes, mechanical bull, hot dog roads and

music with Ed Wayne. Lawnmower races are tentative, depending on entries. Saturday’s activities start in the Archie Plett Memorial Park with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade and hot dog lunch. A vendors’ market and Kids Playland including Bouncers, Lazer tag, Water Balls and Foam Party will run all afternoon. The afternoon Mainstage features

Folklorama Presentations from Around the World and Escape Artist Dean Gunnarson, followed by a community BBQ Supper. The evening will end with a music and dance by Darryl Marsch and fireworks. On Sunday morning, folks will gather again for muffins and a community Worship in the Park, followed by a community lunch. Anyone wishing to sign up as a volunteer is encouraged to email landmarkfriendshipfestival@gmail.com.

Thieves Nabbed in Stolen Car At approximately 5:30 pm on July 12, Steinbach RCMP intercepted a stolen vehicle from Winnipeg at the intersection of Loewen Boulevard and Highway #12. The three adult female occupants from Winnipeg were arrested and escorted to the Steinbach RCMP Detachment. A search of the vehicle located several stolen items from a business situated in Blumenort. All three females are facing charges of Theft Under $5,000, Possession of Stolen Property Over and Under $5,000, with one also facing charges of Fraud and Identity Theft.


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Co-op Supports SAC Outdoor Creative Learning Space

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Zhoda Man Killed in Mitchell Crash Alcohol may have played a role in an accident that claimed the life of a 37-year-old man from Zhoda in a crash that took place in along Highway 52 in Mitchell on July 26. According to RCMP, the crash occurred at about 6:30 p.m. near where Highway 52 intersects with Ash Street. Traffic investigators believe the car was eastbound at a high rate of speed when it hit another car and rolled several times. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the other car was not hurt, police said. RCMP said alcohol may have played a role in the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.

The children attending programming at Steinbach Arts Council will benefit from a $65,000 donation from the Co-op Community Spaces program.

The Steinbach Arts Council is moving forward with the creation of an outdoor learning space expected to benefit thousands of children enrolled in various art programs. On July 24, Co-op Community Spaces donated $65,000 for renovations to the Creation Innovation! Community Project. The funds will be used to upgrade the interior and exterior of the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. Built in 1936, the former school and public library now houses several arts programs attended by children and adults from the region. Cynthia Rempel Patrick, Executive Director of Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre was excited to receive the funding. “This funding will allow us to develop a cre-

ative outdoor learning space which will benefit thousands of children enrolled in our arts programs, as well as enrich our surrounding neighbourhoods, and families in our community,” said Rempel Patrick. “Enhanced features to the facility overall will strengthen public awareness through experiential connections with the arts and local artists.” Co-op Community Spaces invests in community projects across western Canada, from Vancouver Island through to Manitoba. The program helps create, protect and improve projects dedicated to environmental conservation, recreation and urban agriculture. Henry Nickel, General Manager of Clearview Co-op Ltd said the pro-

gram provides an opportunity for Coop to give back and invest in local projects.“By supporting projects like this, we’re helping to build and support a vibrant and healthy community where people can come together,” said Nickel. This year, 24 organizations, 6 in Manitoba will receive a total of $2 million for their community projects. The giving program is administered by Federated Co-operatives Limited on behalf of more than 180 independent retail Co-operatives across western Canada that form the Co-operative Retailing System. Since 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has donated $6.5 million to 88 projects.

St. Adolphe Resident Reappointed to Board Manitoba Families has appointed six new members and reappointed six current members to the Social Services Appeal Board (SSAB), including a St. Adolphe resident. As a member of the board, Taranjit Dhaliwal is expected to provide a fair and impartial process for Manitobans appealing decisions on social services and programs. She first joined the Board in 2017. Dhaliwal is a sales associate at Quarks. Her volunteer experience includes Mestdagh Chiropractic Clinic, Siloam Mission and Harborview Pharmacy. She has also volunteered with Winnipeg Sikh Youth and the University of Manitoba Student Association. The SSAB hears appeals about a variety of social services and programs, including income assistance, residential care facility licensing, adoption agency licensing, MarketAbilities, supports for vulnerable people living with mental disabilities, child care subsidies and licenses, 55 PLUS a Manitoba Income Supplement Program, Rent Assist and the Manitoba prenatal benefit.


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Camping Near the Dinosaurs! Every few years we take a camping trip and this was the summer that we went camping. One year we went to Caddy Lake, the next time we went to a campground near Spruce Woods and this year we went to a campground near Morden. This was a very nice campground and we were able to rent a pull-through site which was nice because I didn’t have to back the camper in; it’s not that I couldn’t but it just takes me a bit longer than the professional backers. The site even had electrical and water hookups which was great because we didn’t have to haul the extra weight of a full water tank with us. The ride to Morden was pretty good but I did find it a bit interesting to look in the rearview mirror and see the camper close behind me. Maybe I should paint a big happy face on the camper so that every time I look back I can see a smiley face looking back at me. While we were camping we went geocaching and found a total of 154 caches in the area (go to geocaching.com for more information on this great activity). The event that we all enjoyed the most was swimming in the nearby lake. With my children having taken swimming lessons already this year, they were eager to show me how much they had improved. I was quite impressed with how much their technique and strength had improved! They could swim quite a distance and did it very well. While we didn’t play on the beach too much (we were spending all of our time splashing around in the water) there was a nice sized beach for those who did want to lounge around. One evening, we started to hike a trail that ran around the lake but we didn’t get too far because it was getting too late and darkness was starting to settle in. The next morning, my thirteen year-old son and I woke up early and hiked the entire trail. It was awesome! We saw an eagle fly by so close that we could hear the wind whooshing from its passing, later we saw three deer and two of them, a buck and a doe, paused to watch us watch them for about a minute before they bounded away into the forest. With rabbits, birds and countless squirrels spotted and glimpsed during our hike, my son and I had a great time. We also spent some time checking out the dinosaurs at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre and we were able to introduce our children to the Bruce the mosasaur and we were all able to meet Suzy, another mosasaur. It is an amazing place to go and should be on everybody’s to-do list. Of course, what would a camping trip be without the traditional campfire with roasted wieners and marshmallows? Not a great one! I was quite proud of my oldest son as he set about getting the fire going and it was burning brightly in a short time. I was also proud that all three of my children have a great respect for fire and why we should never play with it. All in all, we had a great camping trip and a great time bonding with each other and having so much fun! Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

SAC Announces “Southeast Centre for Music” The Steinbach Arts Council is excited to announce a new initiative expected to enhance programming already available at the centre. This fall, the SAC is launching a new initiative called Southeast Centre for Music, the centre for excellence. According to SAC, the Southeast Centre for Music is a gathering place for some of the best teachers in the province who will offer instruction in the areas of piano, voice, strings, guitar, musical theatre and more. It is also expected to provide built-in performance opportunities and master classes for all ages of students. Cynthia Rempel Patrick, Executive Director of Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre said that instructors will work diligently to produce top students in the region. Many have produced winning students at Music Festivals throughout Manitoba, and have sent them off to continue studies at advanced levels in their disciplines. No matter the age or experience of a student, the highly trained instructors at SCM meet students at their individual level, and invest in their learning, giving them the skills they need to succeed. New programming includes curriculum-based group learning for young music students. This will allow students to enjoy small, personalized group music classes with certified music educators. For information email scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca, or visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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Richer Gears Up for Biggest Rodeo Yet For three days, the community of Richer will become rodeo central with the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo sixth consecutive event. This year’s rodeo which runs from August 10 to 12 is expected to be bigger and better than previous years. The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo attracts over 200 competitors in bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and saddle bronco annually. Four of the five years, they claimed the coveted the Heartland Rodeo Association’s title of “Rodeo of the Year”. Pat Stolwyk, with the Richer Community Club said that the Richer Roughstock Rodeo has come a long way in six years and the secret to their success is the dedicated volunteers who step up to ensure its ongoing success and growth. “Our volunteers are as passionate as they get,” Stolwyk praised. “Success keeps us motivated and we are still learning; we still have tons of

ideas and we are still growing. My goal is to make rodeo huge in Manitoba once again.” The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo has activities for the entire family; including a trade show with over 100 vendors unique to the area, kids’ activities and live music add to the success of the weekend. “The secret to a great event is to get the kids involved; get the kids to love it and then it is easy to get the parents just follow it along,” Stolwyk added. New this year, thanks to the Farm Credit Canada, the Richer Community Club received a grant for a permanent rodeo arena in the community park. The Richer Roughstock Rodeo committee kicked in the remaining $20,000 needed to

complete the project. Weekend events begin Friday at 11 am with to the 4-H “Horsin’ Around” for Crafts, Games, and Horsemanship. Bull-nanza takes place in the evening, followed by the Park Rodeo Social. Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast and a parade. In the evening, enjoy a social with Jason Kirkness on the Main Stage. The trading post, petting zoo, Family Fun Zone that includes a mechanical bull for the brave few will be available both days. On Sunday, Cowboy Church is followed by Gymkhana. Heartland Rodeo events start at 2 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Crime Stats Show Increase in Rural Crime Rate According to a Stats Canada report released on July 23, rural crime rates have risen significantly in recent years. The report states that police-reported crime across Canada, which is measured by both the crime rate and the Crime Severity Index (CSI), increased for the third consecutive year in 2017. The national crime rate rose 1%, while the police-reported CSI increased 2%. The CSI is a measure of police-reported crime that takes into account both the volume and severity of crime. The 2% increase was the result of increases in numerous agencies, especially in reported incidents of sexual assault (level 1) (+13%), possession of stolen property (+15%), motor vehicle theft (+6%) and homicide (+7%). Combined, these offences accounted for just under half of the increase. At the national level, rural areas have higher crime rates than urban areas. The crime rate in rural areas was 30% higher than in urban areas, at 6,581 versus 5,082 incidents per 100,000 population.

In 2017, rural police services served 17% of Canada’s population, yet reported 21% of the country’s crime. Police in rural areas reported 25% of violent crime, 18% of property crime and 24% of other Criminal Code offences in Canada. Relatively high rural crime rates were reported in Manitoba (42% higher than the province’s urban crime rate), Alberta (38% higher) and Saskatchewan (36% higher). Almost half of crime in Canada’s rural areas occurred in these three provinces, which accounted for about a quarter of Canada’s population served by rural police services. In Manitoba, the high rates of rural crime were the results of higher rates of all types of crime (violent, property and other crime). From 2016 to 2017, the rate of police-reported sexual assaults increased in nine of the provinces and territories but there was no change in Manitoba. The study notes that public discussion on sexual violence, misconduct and police reporting may have impacted the number of reports.

ATV Stolen from Residence

The investigation continues for a July 16 theft of an ATV from a residence in the RM of Hanover. An ATV was taken from the property sometime between 11 pm on July 15 and 9 am on July 16. The vehicle is described as a Yellow 2012 CAN AM DS70 with serial number RLVDGE1088VN00962. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

While the rate of cannabis and cocaine related drug offences have declined for the sixth year in a row, other drug crime has increased steadily. After cannabis, offences involving cocaine was the most frequent (15%), followed by methamphetamines or ecstasy (13%) and heroin (4%). “Other drugs” such as prescription drugs, opioids (including fentanyl), and “date rape” drugs accounted for another 15% of drug crime. Almost all police-reported impaired driving incidents continued to involve alcohol in 2017 (95%), while 5% involved drugs. Unlike the decline in alcohol-impaired driving from 2016 to 2017, the rate for drug-impaired driving violations increased (+10%). In 2017, the government introduced Bill C-46, which proposed certain amendments to the Criminal Code sections related to impaired driving, including giving police new powers to conduct alcohol and drug screening. Like Bill C-45, which legalizes the use of cannabis, Bill C46 was passed in June 2018.

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Prairie Day at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve The Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve will be hosting its annual Prairie Day event on Saturday, August 11, at the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail, located 3 km east of Tolstoi on Provincial Road 209. Learn about the birds and insects that call the prairie region their home. Discover how to weave baskets from a variety of native plants. The animal ambassadors from The Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre will be on hand and showcase their unique features. Borrow one of our bug nets or bring your own and go on a bug hunt with an amazing entomologist. Take in a guided walk to learn about the many wildflowers in bloom. Or pick up a roasting stick and enjoy baking your own bannock. Children can do a scavenger hunt, make crafts, or go critter catching. Take on the Tall Grass Trivia Challenge and you might win a prize. Admission for the day is $5 per adult and no charge for children. Activities will begin at 10 am and

wrap up at 3:30 pm. There is an onsite canteen that will be open from 10:30 am until 3 pm, a BBQ lunch will be available from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Note that only cash is accepted at this event. Picnic tables and rustic washrooms are also available on-site. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sunscreen and insect repellent. Trail conditions may be wet so rubber boots or a change of footwear is suggested. All Prairie Day activities will take place rain or shine. For more information on this event, contact Christie at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve at 204-425-3229 or tgpphq@mymts. net. The establishment of the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in 1989 secured some of the largest and highest quality parcels of tall grass prairie remaining in the province. Shortly after securement by Nature Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Naturalist Society) and Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, seasonal Critical Wildlife Habitat Pro-

gram staff began inventory efforts to document the various floral and faunal species occurring on these acquisitions. With the addition of the Nature Conservancy of Canada to the Preserve partnership, the Preserve has grown in size to nearly 6,000 hectares. The list of species identified on the Preserve has also increased. To date, nearly 1,000 species have been documented for the area, several of which are considered rare and have been listed under the Federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) and/or the Manitoba Endangered Species and Ecosystems Act (MBESEA). The Preserve also provides habitat for many provincially rare species, some of which have very limited distributions.

Kleefeld Gears Up for Honey Festival For three days in August, the community of Kleefeld will be transformed into a children’s paradise when the 48th annual Honey Festival takes place from August 10 to 12. The Kleefeld Honey Festival has been a yearly tradition since 1970. The annual event starts on Friday Night with a Movie Night in the park with the canteen opening at 7 pm. Saturday morning begins with a free pancake breakfast followed by a community parade. The first ever annual 5 km Honey Run is taking place as well. While the parade is taking place, the 5th annual Chili Cook-off will be underway in time for everyone to be the judge for lunch. The winners of the chili cook-off will receive a golden ticket into the World Food Championships for 2018 and they will also get cold hard cash to assist for the trip to the WFC in Orange Beach Alabama in November. One of the highlights for the

afternoon will be the 3rd annual Firefighters Challenge which pits all of the RM of Hanover fire department volunteers against each other in a friendly competition of skills. Kids can play all day in the Playland of Milk & Honey which includes a carnival, a bouncy park for all ages, toys, crafts, and more. Children’s entertainer Big Daddy Magic will also put on a performance. Stick around for the community’s famous chicken barbeque followed by a concert by Jerry Serada, Bold as Lions and CCM artist and worship leader, Jordan St. Cyr headlining the show. The night will end with a fire-

works show. A community church service is taking place Sunday morning, followed by a Community Lunch. All events, unless otherwise stated, take place at the Kleefeld Community Park. Volunteers are still needed. Sign up at kleefeldpark.ca.

High Tech, High Value Item Stolen RCMP received a report of a theft that occurred over night at the Days Inn parking lot on June 1. A brass wheeled device that carries a camera through a pipe, also called a pipe crawler, was taken from a company truck. The item is worth $27,000. RCMP are still investigating the matter. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Wanted: Funeral Shoppers I’m looking for a few good men and women who are interested in shopping for their own funeral (or just for some research). It would involve visiting three or more funeral homes to find out what the difference in costs may be. I’ve wanted to do some comparison shopping for you for a few years, but after hosting some “Death Cafés” recently and getting some feedback from participants, I may be able to entice some of you to do it and share your results with the rest of us. At a recent Death Café, one of the participants shared how he did shop for his mother’s funeral months before she died (she was in a personal care home). He went to three funeral homes, asking for the exact same services and the prices ranged from $6,000 to over $10,000. He was happy he had done some preplanning and shopped around. Twice in the past few months clients of mine have shared their experience when they looked after a funeral for a family member who died unexpectedly. In both of these situations, the cost of the cremation and “simple” service was more than $10,000. The cost was way more than the individual expected to pay for what they thought should have been a simple cremation and small “celebration of life”. When I reviewed the funeral service invoice with them, they were unaware of the services that they could have said “no” to (viewing casket, cremation casket, and embalming, for example). If you have read my articles for the past several years (I’ve been writing for the Dawson Trail Dispatch since 1998), you may recall my own experience with differences in prices at funeral homes. In 2014, both my mother and father died (living a good life into their 90s). When my mother died in hospital somewhat unexpectedly, I (the executor) contacted the preferred funeral home (known to my family) and arranged for the cremation, memorial cards, and guest book. I was surprised to find out the cost was about $2,700. I thought this was a bit high, but I continued with the arrangements. What were my options? Say no thank you and arrange to have my mother’s body transferred to another funeral home? I felt it was kind of too late to do some shopping and compare prices! A few months later when my father was dying in a personal care home, I did call ahead to another funeral home to find out the cost of a basic cremation. When my father died, I called that funeral home to make the arrangements. For the exact same service as my mother (cremation, memorial cards, guest book), the cost was only $1,400. A difference of $1,300 for the exact same service! This was my wake-up call that funeral homes are not really competitive. In order for true competition to exist, the consumer must be able to make informed decisions and compare the exact same service. But no one does any shopping when the time comes they need the services of a funeral home. When the funeral home shows you (or your surviving family member) the total cost of the service, you do not know if this is a fair price or not. You have nothing to compare it to. Unlike when you purchase other products and services (like vehicles, furniture or income tax service), you don’t have time to “shop around” when you need to plan a funeral today. And it is during a very emotional time for the surviving family. Why don’t we shop around? It may seem morbid to shop around for a service for someone that has recently died. And the hospital or personal care home needs to know fairly quickly which funeral home they should call to pick up the body of your loved one. Often you need to give them an answer within hours. I encourage you to be proactive and do some shopping ahead of time. If you are interested, give my office a call. I’ll meet with you and give you some funeral planning information and you can decide what kind of funeral you want to plan for. You can go to three or more funeral homes to find out what the costs may be. If you ask for the exact same service from three different funeral homes you can do some real comparison shopping in an unemotional state. Once we get a few examples, we can share the information with all the readers and hopefully encourage everyone to pre-plan your own funeral (or for a loved one that is unable to do it themselves) and know how much it will cost. If there is no time to preplan and you need to make some funeral decisions immediately here are a few tips: First, bring someone who is not as emotionally invested in the death as you are. They will be able to stop you and say “wait a minute let’s think about this” and ask the funeral director “is that necessary?” Such as purchasing their urn, the need for embalming or a need for a viewing casket. Caskets, Urns, stationery and flowers can be purchased from other retailers at substantially less cost. But only if you know that. Embalming is a choice: it’s an invasive procedure designed to temporarily preserve a body; funeral homes need your permission before carrying it out and adding it to your bill. Ask why it is necessary. You may be able to have the body refrigerated instead of (costly) embalmed. With my parents, because we had preplanned, I needed the funeral home only to look after the cremation; I looked after the memorial service or celebration of life myself at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre with real Danish food and beer and wine! Just as my parents wanted. If you would like to participate in shopping for some funeral homes, give me a call or send an email. And we will have more Death Cafés in the next few months. One of our participants said, “Everyone should attend a Death Café; so many questions I didn’t know I had; so much good information in a comfortable environment.” If you would like to be on our contact list, let us know. Anni Markmann is a personal income tax professional, a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging, and a Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204.422.6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or Info@SteAnneTaxService.ca.


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Filling the Void with Life’s Purpose Is your life meaningful? Are you satisfied and fulfilled or is something missing? What are you using to fill that void in your life? Ty Cobb, one of baseball’s all-time greats, made this statement, “For years I ate baseball, I slept baseball, I talked baseball, I thought baseball, I lived baseball.” But then he said, “When you get beyond those years of

playing professional baseball, you can’t live on baseball.” We can devote our energies to a vast multitude of pursuits. But in the end, nothing will prove sufficient, no matter how hard we work at it. People dedicate their lives to family, work, hobbies, the latest technological gadgets and even religious pursuits. All these things may be good and right in

their place, but they don’t fill the void in our lives that Almighty God put there when He made us. What is missing? The apostle Paul, in the Bible, found the answer. He had been searching for it for years. He devoted his life to religious pursuits but nothing satisfied till he met Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. Then he penned this

phrase in Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ.” Paul found that other things can satisfy only for a short time. But there is nothing that can replace knowing Jesus Christ, trusting Him, abiding in Him, fellowshipping with Him and serving Him. This gives life purpose and saves life from being little more than a monotonous march of meaningless days. Now

life becomes a joyful journey with our Saviour and Friend. Do you know Jesus Christ today as your Saviour? He is willing and waiting for you to call on Him today. He will fill that void in your life if you let Him.

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Ever Get Discouraged? Nehemiah 4:6; 10 . . . 6) So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. 10) Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.” Ever get discouraged, depressed, or you just feel plain miserable? Sure, we have! Discouragement rears its ugly head in every corner of the world, even among Christians. It does not matter if we have a lot of faith or no faith at all. It does not matter whether we have a lot of money or no money at all. The problem does not matter what part of the world we come from; none of us get a free pass with this one and it will come to us one of these days. But, if we are Christians, we can have the upper hand. Faith in Christ

Boreal Shores Art Tour is a Road Trip with a Difference Throughout the weekend of August 18 and 19, Eastman residents and visitors will once again be treated to a self-guided tour featuring some of the area’s finest artists. Representing a variety of mediums, forty six artists will display their work to the driving public along a route that extends from the East Beaches on Lake Winnipeg to the Ontario border, making this truly a road trip with a difference. As Janice Charko, head of the organizing committee, said, “This summer’s tour builds on the success of last year’s inaugural event. We have added more artists and more locations, and, once again, provided visitors with clear artist descriptions and tour directions in our brochure and on our website.” Chrissy Sie-Merritt is an artist based in East Braintree who is joining the tour for the first time this year. She sees the tour as a way to connect with other artists and with members of the public who will visit her location in August. “I find that the process of creating art, a deeply personal experience, can also be very isolating,” said Sie-Merritt. “The Tour will give me and other artists a chance to share our passion and creativity with visitors.” Her detailed acrylic work, drawings and other projects will be on display at her East Braintree location, South Moon Studio, throughout the tour weekend and on her website at southmoonarts.ca. The Boreal Shores Art Tour 2018 will once again feature a large group project where visitors are invited to try their hands at creating art. At five different locations along the route, called “Art Stops”, BSAT artists will provide would-be-artists with instructions and materials. All visitors are invited to join in the fun. For tour details, as well as a complete list of participants and sponsors, visit borealshoresarttour.ca.

and much time-out for prayer can drive this dreaded monster back to where it came from. I know it can work, because you and I have done it many times. However, this discouragement thing keeps coming back and it is transmittable, we can spread it to others; how discouraging can that be? Tiredness, weariness and low in energy... just plain exhaustion can create the perfect condition for discouragement. When we wear ourselves out, when we are physically drained, it is so easy to get into that snap crackle and pop kind of mood. When you reach this level of exhaustion, if possible, sit down and count your many blessings and say a prayer for strength and civility. Hey!! A good cup of coffee might just be the right thing now! Did you notice that when you were

about halfway finished with your project you started to get into this snap crackle and pop kind of mood? Yep!! It happens to most of us; we are halfway done, and we wonder why we started or became involved with this work in the first place. At first, we were all up in the air about our new work in the ministry or office or home or wherever, and then boredom crept into our thinker and before we know it, we are down in the dumps and we become discouraged. Many years ago, I seeded grass on our future lawn. That meant we had no grass, just many weeds, good healthy-looking weeds; they just love it. Those weeds did not have to fight with the grass for space and they kept making new weeds so that our yard looked like a weed farm. I start pulling the weeds, but the more I pulled the better they grew; now I am getting ready to mess-up the whole yard. Then a little light burst

on in my brain and I go to buy myself a backpack sprayer and some round-up and I do some spraying and guess what? My little weed farm started looking unhappy. Those weeds were hanging their heads and getting ready to say good-by. Here I was, getting ready to lose my cool and allow discouragement to ruin my day. When, we are at the breaking point we need to remember what Scripture teaches. The Lord says we should not be afraid or discouraged about all that is happening to us, for the battle is really not ours but God’s. We are in a Spiritual battle. We are engaged in a supernatural war. Satan and his host of demonic spirits are bent on making life as miserable as is possible for you and me. There comes a time when we need to slow down and take the time to communicate with God in prayer so that His Spirit “the Holy Spirit” can communicate with our spirit and return the joy we

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had before we start a n y assignment. Take time to be holy... often speak with the Lord. When we do that, life will again return to normal. To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done! Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to Your Name.” Amen.


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C ommunity E vents Carrick Carrick Days- 26th Anniversary from Saturday, August 11 – Sunday August 12. Gates open at 11 am, 12 pm Parade (floats welcome), registration 1 pm for the Horseshoe Tournament Carrick Trophy Cup, Kids’ playground, inflatable bouncers, concession, 50/50 draw, supper at 4:30 pm, silent auction, live music Gary McIvor Band and The Accidentals Band with fireworks at 10 pm. Sunday Carrick special pancake breakfast from 10 am – 12 pm for $7 followed by Bean Bag competition. Dugald Mixed Doubles Curling League - On Tuesday Nights at 9:15 pm or Sundays at 1 pm at the Springfield Curling Club. Format will be regular Canadian Guidelines. Cost $130 per person for a minimum 20 eight end games. Contact Cam Magura at 204-771-0029, ckmagura@gmail.com. Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library. Falcon Lake Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church, Falcon Lake. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help. Hadashville Circuit 30 - Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Rec Centre .Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Hadashville Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre) from 6 years old to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new skills, great stress release and have an excellent workout at the same time. Cost after registration fee is $40/month per person. Ask about 2 week free trial. Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or KSTA. academy@gmail.com.

TD Summer Reading Club - At the Bibliothèque Taché Library, 1082 Dawson Rd from 10:30 am – 1 pm.. It’s Free! Open to kids age 0 - 17. Craft every week! Prizes to be won! Every participant that hands in their reading logs will receive a goody bag at the end of summer. Library Closed form July 24 – August 13. Game Night – First Wednesday, of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Tache Library, 1082 Dawson Rd for ages 13 and up. Join us for monthly board game nights, cards, chess, Crib, Settlers of Catan and many more! Feel free to bring your own. Junior Youth – Every Wednesday from 7 - 8:45 pm at Seine River Church, 1464 Dawson Rd (east of rink) for ages 9 - 12. Free. No registration required. Non-denominational. Contact lorettejryouth@gmail.com, 204-260-9304. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm., draw at 8:45 pm at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Come, support this very much needed complex, at the same time have the chance to chose the Ace of Spade, and win the grand prize jackpot. Hosted by the Community Complex Fundraising Committee. New Horizons Seniors - Play cards, Scrabble and more. Drop in Tuesdays 1 - 5 pm at Foyer Notre Dame Lorette, 12 St. Amant Ave. Contact Iris 204-878-3552. Niverville GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com.

Ile-des-Chênes Dawson Trail Constituency BBQ - Hosted by MLA Bob Lagasse on Friday, August 17 from 3 - 5 pm, at D’Auteuil Park. Everyone welcome for free hot dogs, chips, and drinks. RSVP to ca.lagasse@outlook.com or 204-807-4663.

Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - On Tuesdays from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424.

IDC Seniors Group – All Activities at the Trans Canada Centre Free Programs: Indoor walking – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 10 am. Yoga - Mondays from 10 – 11 am and Thursdays from 11 am – 12 pm. Pickleball - Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 -3 pm. Water Colours - Thursdays from 9 – 11 am.

Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign in required.

Taekwondo – On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Ecole Ile Des Chene School. Cost $40/month, family rates available. Contact Kangs.mb.ca, Master Bill Tam 204296-8217. Story Time in Pyjamas - Every Thursday evening at the Ritchot Library Ecole Regional Gabrielle-Roy at 6:30 pm. Ages 2-8 however all ages are welcome. Our Lady of the Roses Prayer Group – Meets on the first Saturday of every month, at 6:30 pm to recite the Rosary and learn about Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers and receive Blessed Rose Petals and other Sacramentals from Blessed Mother’s place of miracles. Contact Corinna 204878-4908 or email her at corinnaswetz@hotmail.com for more info and register. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Lorette Grief Support Group – Starts this fall education about the grieving and mourning processes for individuals who have lost a loved one. Registration deadline Friday, September 7. Suggested donation to cover book cost $45. The small group format will be 9 weekly meetings of two hours each. The facilitator will be Maryanne Rumancik and we will follow the program found in Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart (book with journal) by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Contact Fr. Charles Fillion 204-878-2221 or Maryanne Rumancik 204-878-3901. Exact meeting time and day of the week TBA, everyone welcome.

Prawda Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class, Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Richer Richer Rough Stock Rodeo – From Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12. On Friday evening, be sure to take in the Giant Rodeo Cowboy Social! On Saturday and Sunday, bring the kids out to mutton busting, chicken scramble OR the family fun zone, the mechanical bull, then mosey on over to the Trading Post. Be sure to stick around for a live concert Saturday night by Manitoba country star, Jason Kirkness. Bull riding, saddle bronc, barrel racing and MORE. For more info richerrodeo.ca. Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser – On Saturday, August 11 from 8 - 11 am at the Richer Young at Hearts Club, 22 Dawson Rd. Come out and support Richer Daycare as we host our 6th annual Pancake Breakfast during the Richer Roughstock Rodeo weekend! Breakfast includes pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, and juice/coffee. Plates are only $5 per adult and $3 per child (12 yrs and under). Also 50/50 tickets and raffling off prize baskets, $2/ticket. Winners announced on Saturday, August 11 at 11:30 am. All monies raised for upgrades to the children’s play ground. Interested in lending a hand during the breakfast, contact Sherry or Nicole at 204-422-6992, richerdaycare@gmail.com. Richer Community Club Chase the Ace! - Every Saturday at the Richer Inn from 5:30 - 7:45 pm. Tickets only $1 each. Jackpot is growing! Door prizes on random Saturdays ranging from glassware to Jets tickets and jerseys! Bud, Spud and Steak Special and more! Check out and like Richer Community Club Facebook page for updates. LGA License #1392RF. Adult & Teen Challenge Concerned Persons Support Group Join us Thursday evenings at 7 pm, in the Richer Fellowship Church, 50 Southeast Drive. If you have a relationship with someone who has a life-controlling problem, join us for this nine-week Living Free course. Receive encouragement and support in a safe setting, and learn practical ways to best help your loved one. Contact Pastor Ben Funk at 204-326-2254 or phone the church at 204-422-5308. Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673.

Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year. Sprague Sprague & District Historical Museum - Open by appointment from June – September 30. Explore life as it was in the early days. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Contact 204-4372210, 204-437-2209 or 204-437-4686. St. Adolphe Ritchot Senior Services Chair Fit – Thursdays, August 2, 16, and 30 at 10 am at Senior Services, 457 Main St. Cost is free. Beat the heat of the day and join us for a quick 20-minute workout. The workouts will be different variations of our chair fit program, but modifications will be given so that all fitness levels can enjoy. All fitness classes will resume Monday, September 10.

Proceeds will go towards purchasing new children’s books for the Christmas hampers. We are looking for used French or English, fiction, non-fiction and children books. Help us by bringing your used books to Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church, Ste-Anne Variety, Paradise Village, Villa Youville or Ste. Anne Library. Contact Annette Schewe 204-422-8599 or Rachel Mulaire Boisvert 204-422-9042. Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 - 8 pm. Large selection of books in both French and English, for children and adults. Special requests can be made to the librarian, e-mail btl@srsd.ca or 204-878-9488 or in person. Come for a visit and see what we are all about.

Tea & Tour Whitetail Meadow – On Tuesday, August 7 at 10 am, must pre-register by Thursday, August 2. Cost: Free. Ritchot Senior Services will be car pooling down to Whitetail Meadow (junction of hwy 300 & 311, 7 km south of St. Adolphe for tea and a private tour of “The Barn” & Marigold cottage.

Steinbach Pioneer Days – From Friday, August 3 – Monday, August 6 at the Mennonite Heritage Village, Hyw#12 from 9 am - 6 pm daily. Cost: Adult $12, Senior (65 and older) $10, Student (ages 13 - 22) $10, Children (ages 6 - 12) $6 and free for ages 5 & under. Relive our Mennonite past through pioneer activities, steam powered threshing, music and lots of good food! August 3, at 1:30 pm – Steinbach’s Old Time Country Band, 2 pm Guided Tour, Outdoor Village 3 pm From Russia to Central Asia: A Woman’s Migration Story.

Sweet Petals Farm Walking Tour – On Thursday, August 9 at 10 am. Must pre-register by Tuesday, August 7. Cost: Admission $5 and fresh cut bouquets will be available for purchase for $10. Senior Services car pooling to one of the most amazing flower gardens you have ever seen. Discover one of Manitoba’s newest flower farms, through a dynamic 60-minute tour led by Terry Neufeld. Flower farm features 2 bee colonies, a large waterfall and thousands of flowers and fruit trees spread out over 3.5 acres.

Summer Reading Club – At Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Join us for a summer full of fun and reading! Register for our 7 week home-based reading program, free with a library membership. All children finished kindergarten through grade 8 are welcome. Craft classes and reading circle (book club) are also available. Sign up early to get a spot. A special $10 Summer Reading Club membership is available for non-resident families with a child who is in grades Kindergarten to Grade 8. Contact programs@jakeepplibrary.com.

Foot Care Clinics – On Tuesday, September 4 with Ursala Giesbrecht. By appointment only. Contact Janice 204-8832880.

Steinbach District Farmers Market – Every Thursday to, October 4, from 3 - 6 pm at the Clearspring Centre east parking lot, Hwy 12. Contact Hans Steinmann at 204-326-9917.

C.H.I.L.D program – On Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at Ecole St. Adolphe School. Children’s introduction to learning and development. Contact sas@srsd.ca or 204-883-2182.

The Art of Mennonite Clocks - An Exhibition of Mennonite Wall Clocks and Their Stories Spanning More Than Two Centuries. The joint exhibition showcases 33 clocks and their stories sponsored by the Mennonite Heritage Village and the Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation until April 2019 at the Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12 North.

St. Malo Chase the Ace – Every Wednesday, at the St. Malo Hotel, hosted by the Fire Department and the St. Malo Arena. Purchase tickets from 7 - 10 pm, draws take place at 10:15 pm. $2/Ticket. License#: LGA 3748-RF-26461. The fire department is raising money for their Wildfire Program. The arena is raising funds for a new Zamboni. So please come out for your chance to win and support these organizations that are an important part of this great community of ours. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba - On the last Monday each month at 7 pm in the Chalet Malouin Activity Room. For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns; individual and support groups. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. St. Pierre-Jolys Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, and childcare available. The Knights of Columbus - The St-Pierre Carillon Council – On the first Thursday of the month at 482 Jolys Ave. W. Contact 204-433-7633. Ste. Agathe Seniors Group Card Games – On Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Cost Membership $10 a year. Bring a friend Day. Contact 204-8822180. Taekwondo - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Ecole Sainte Agathe hosted by Kang’s Taekwondo Academy. Cost $40/month. Family rates available. Contact Jason Barnabe, jason.barnabe@gmail.com or 204-802-3458. Ste. Anne Dawson Trail Days Family Sock Hop – On Friday, August 31 at 6 pm at the Curling Club, 55 Arena Rd. Join for Dawson Trail Days with the Family Sock Hop hosted by Children of the Universe Learning Centre! All funds raised from this event are used towards enhancing the programming at our registered non profit daycare. Entertainment by DJ Brenton, Balloon Man John, Silly Faces Face Painting, Games, Fun food, Prizes, Silent auction and even Special Appearances form Chase & Rubble from the Paw Patrol, as well as Lego Guy! Used Book Sale – From Saturday, September 1 – Sunday, September 2, 10 am – 4 pm at the Curling Club during Dawson Trail Days. Fundraiser for Accueil Kateri Centre food bank.

Summer Movie Night at the Library – On Thursdays, August 2, Ballerina (rated G), August 9 (rated G), Sherlock Gnomes, August 16, Despicable Me 3 (rated G), and August 23, How to Train Your Dragon 2 (rated PG) at 6:30 pm. Bring a pillow to sit on, your family and your friends. Admission is free and so is the popcorn! All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current information and a variety of presentations. Contact 204-3460413. Toddler & Me Story Hour - Classes offered three times a year for a 10-week session in Fall and Winter and a 5-week session in Spring. Classes are free. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, literacy and parenting tips, crafts and snack for parents and their children ages 1-3. Advanced In-person registration is required. Limited space available. Drop In Book Club – 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm in the Jake Epp Library. We’ll post the book for discussion that month and if you’d like to join us please stop by. If you want to start your own book club instead, you can always take advantage of our Book Club collections. No sign up required. Just read the book and come hang out. Knit-Wits Drop-In Club for Adults - Every 4th Monday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Please bring your own items/supplies. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – On Wednesdays, from 8:45 - 10:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost $2/ week. A weight control support group that helps take off pounds sensibly and keep off pounds sensibly. Contact BettyLou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Volunteer to help at our community events. Every Day English All Levels - Every Wednesday 1 – 3 pm. Reading & Writing – All Levels on Monday and Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm. Pronunciation All Levels - On Monday and Wednesday from 7

– 9 pm at D4-284 Reimer Ave. Classes are free. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis.com, 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com. Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595. Creativi-Tea Time Adult Colouring Group - Twice monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and on the 2nd Friday from 1 - 3 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Cost Free. Join us for a time of relaxation, tea and colouring. Tea and supplies are provided but you are welcome to bring your own! Games Day & Games Night – Every 1st Saturday of the month from 12 – 5 pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 – 8:30 pm, at the Jake Epp Library. Come down to play strategy games. Bring a friend, your strategies and games. Test your skills and have fun. Ages 14 and up unless accompanied by an adult. Contact 204-326-6841, programs@ jakeepplibrary.com. Royal Canadian Legion - On 1st Tuesday every month until June at 8 pm and Ladies Auxiliary meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Steinbach Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber Ave. Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decisionmaking skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 3 pm at The Eden East Office, 21 Loewen Blvd For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining. Carillon Toastmasters - Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursdays at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale St. Contact Sheryl at 204-326-7628 or Irene at 204-424-5737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Woodridge The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1-855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- Re-starts in the Fall. Join us for a fun filled day. Tour from 8:30 am - 7:15 pm. Begins at 8:30 am, pick-ups in Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Paradise Village. Must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes and cash giveaways every trip. Bingo played on the bus. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 for information and reserve a seat. Please email us your events each month for inclusion at editor@dawsontrail.ca


Last month in “Gardenton to Host Annual Ukrainian Festival” the article incorrectly stated that lunch tickets were $20 each. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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August 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Community Places Grants Announced for Dawson Trail

Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé with Laura Wiens, Leanne O’Keefe and Renée Kapelus from the École Ile-Des-Chenes School Playground Committee.

A number of projects throughout Dawson Trail will be able to proceed thanks to a recent announcement made by the Provincial government A total of $90,000 in Community Places grants will be distributed throughout Dawson Trail to nine projects, according to MLA Bob Lagassé, MLA for Dawson Trail. “Projects like these make our communities stronger and improve the quality of life for Manitoba families,” said Lagassé. Within Dawson Trail, nine grants were given to local organizations with the largest grant going to the Ecole Ile Des Chenes School Playground and Green Space redevelopment ($34,588). “Grant opportunities such as Community Places has been an integral part of our project’s momentum. We are so grateful and excited for our community,” added Laura Wiens, from the École Ile-Des-Chenes School Playground Committee. Other organizations to benefit include the Taché Community Daycare Inc., for preschool backyard learning environment improvement ($6,255); St. Adolphe Community Centre for rink glass replacement ($14,334); Club IleDes-Chenes Club Inc for arena entrance repair ($8,590); RM of Ritchot for surfacing project at Grande Pointe Park ($5,107); RM of Taché, Lorette Community Centre repairs and safety Project, ($11,631); Ile-Des-Chenes Country Store for storefront improvements, ($1,000); RM of Taché, for an electronic aign, ($5,000) and Ritchot Community Development Corporation for signage, ($5,000).

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Music Festival to Draw Fans to Roseau River On August 19 - 21, the tiny community of Roseau River will be filled with the sounds of laughter, good times and even better music for the 10th annual Rainbow Trout Music Festival (RTMF). Located a few miles south of St. Malo, along Highway #59, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival will be bigger and better than previous years. The annual event is held to promote local Indie music and bring together like minded people for three days of music, camping, good friends, bonfires, dancing, swimming, and much more. The event is also 100% volunteer driven and dedicated to promoting local music and arts For the past decade the RTMF cooperative promotes and celebrates diversity in local Indie music by hosting the annual RTMF along with smaller events throughout the year. By including all genres of music the festival offers the opportunity to experience an unmatched cross section of styles available at any single event currently held in Manitoba. This year’s event includes performances by twenty five Indi-artists including Black Cloud, Lounge FM, Living Hour, Keith Price Double Quartet, Ghost Twin, Super Duty Tough Work, innocentgun, House Panther, Tansy, Sebastian Gaskin, Odd Outfit, The Garrys, Juvel , Juniper Bush, Falcon Jane, Pastoralia, Sunshine Bunch, Petra Glynt, Anemone, Smoky Tiger and Unicity. The weekend will end with Lakes and Pines, Bloom and Warming. Full weekend camping passes are sold out, but day passes are still available at the gate or by visiting rainbowtroutmusicfestival.com.

Are Your Trees Making You Vulnerable to Hazard? Time to Trim? Trees add beauty, shade and value to our homes but it’s important for homeowners to keep their trees from growing too close to power lines and other electrical equipment. Here’s why: - Tree limbs that come down during storms or high winds can bring power lines down with them. Not only does this cause a power outage, it creates a severe safety hazard by bringing live power lines to the ground. - Tree branches that touch power lines can also cause a fire and could electrocute anyone who touches the tree. Before trimming or removing a tree: - Check the area for power lines. Keep yourself, your equipment and all parts of the tree at least three metres away from the power line. - If you have a tree growing into the power lines, don’t attempt to prune or remove it yourself. Trees are conductors of electricity and a shock could be fatal. - Only qualified tree trimmers are permitted to trim trees that are near power lines. They use special tools and bucket trucks that do not conduct electricity. - If any part of the tree or hedge is within three metres of a power line, call Manitoba Hydro. Before planting a tree or shrub: Tree trimming safety should actually begin during the planning stages of your landscaping. Before you plant, look up. If it appears that your tree will eventually hit an overhead power line, find a location that will not cause problems in the future. See Right Tree – Right Place at hydro.mb.ca for help to plan your yard and make good long-term landscaping decisions. If you see a tree that is too close to a power line, report it to Manitoba Hydro at 204-480-5900 or toll-free 1-888-624-9376.

If you have any information in regards to any item here you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Culprit Gains Entry by Breaking Window Between 9:45 pm on July 7 and 2:30 am on July 8 unknown individual(s) broke a window in an overhead door and entered a business on Highway #52 and Lund Boulevard in the City of Steinbach. Unknown at this time is if anything was taken. The investigation is ongoing.

Safe Crackers Target Tache Home On July 16 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break and enter to a residence situated on Stuart Road in the RM of Tache. The incident occurred between July 14 at midnight and July 16 at 3 pm. Suspect(s) broke in and rummaged through belongings. A safe was taken which contained rare banknotes and coins from different countries as well as some jewellery. RCMP are still investigating.

Thieves Target Neighboring Homes in RM of Reynolds On July 9 Steinbach RCMP received a report of two houses and garage being broken into in the RM of Reynolds near Richer. Both residences are situated next to each other. The incidents would have occurred between July 8 at 7:30 pm and July 9 at 9 am. Numerous items were stolen from one of the residences. They range from a Playstation 2, Gameboy, dog grooming supplies, and a large number of tools such as Makita Impact drill, 16” Poulan chainsaw, large and small Bosch jack hammer, 12v Milwaukee drill, corded Milwaukee skill saw, Paslode air nailer. Forensic Identification Unit attended the scene and the matter is still under investigation.

Mountain Bike Theft On July 5 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen Diadora Novar mountain bike. The bicycle was taken from a residence on Brandt St. sometime during the day. The bicycle is described as black and greenish yellow. It had a headlight and a taillight attached to it along with a tool kit attached to the under bar.

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RCMP FILES Cache of Stolen Goods Recovered On June 24 Steinbach RCMP recovered stolen property located just east of Richer. Among the items recovered were two trailers, an ATV, and a Lund power boat, valued at approximately $50,000 - $60,000, reported stolen out of the Steinbach area. The owners have been identified. Also recovered, an RV camper worth approximately $17,500 which was reported stolen out of the East St. Paul detachment. No suspects have been apprehended to date however RCMP are still investigating.

Blumenort Break In Sometime between June 30 and July 7 culprit(s) broke into a residence situated in Blumenort. Missing from the residence are an HP Laptop chrome in colour, rare currency (China, Egypt, and others), 2 gold watches, some jewellery, Ryobi leaf blower with charger, Dewalt bag with assorted tools and 40 bottles of liquor. Police are still investigating.

Wedding and Engagement Rings Stolen from Residence On July 7 Steinbach RCMP received a report that a house and work shed situated on Highway #210 had been broken into between the hours of 5:30 pm and 10 pm. Jewellery (wedding band and engagement ring) appears to have been taken from the residence. Police are still awaiting confirmation of anything else being stolen. The investigation continues.

RCMP Search for Possibly Injured Vandal On July 25 Steinbach RCMP received a report of mischief that occurred on Reichenbach Road in Mitchell. A Black Ford escape, parked on the shoulder of the road had its front window smashed. Nothing was taken from the vehicle but RCMP are looking for suspects as they may have been injured in the process.

Power Tools Stolen from Municipality On June 13 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break-in at the RM of Ste. Anne’s Building. Stolen from the location were several power tools. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


August 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for mature adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come out (all ages are welcomed) and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. Visit our website at patporteralc.com. News and Activities Volunteer Opportunities: All ages are welcomed. Please call Lynda at 204-3204603 for more information. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas: electrical -plumbing -cleaning -photographer -yard work -general maintenance. Rentals: We can accommodate Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Showers, Meetings and Family Gatherings (amongst others). Call Lynda 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. Events/Presentations: All events and presentations are open to all ages/everyone. Thursday, August 2 – Whist card game will be every Thursday from 1 – 4 pm. Thursday, August 9– Evening Potluck starts at 6 pm. August potluck will not feature any organized entertainment, fees or provide any meat. Please bring whatever dish you would like to share (for 4 – 6 people) and enjoy a meal and good table conversation. Please RSVP a week in advance so we can set up the appropriate tables and chairs. New Programs: Wii/Board Games: Every Tuesday 10 – 11:30 am. Come play Wii games such as bowling, golfing and more! Also pull out some good old board games such as checkers, yahtzee and crockinole! Whist: Starting Thursday, August 2. : Every Thursday 1 – 4 pm. If you want to learn or an experienced player we would love to have you! Carpet Bowling: Will be starting soon – watch for postings. Regular Programs / Activities: Make sure to check out our Newsletter. Activities may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to other events on short notice. Please check with Centre. Please Note: All of the Programs, Activities and Events at the Centre are open to any age. All Programs/Activities have a fee of $2 for members/ $4 for non-members to participate. (Unless otherwise stated). Wii/Board Games: Every Tuesday 10 – 11:30 am. Computer Classes: Wednesdays from 9 am – 3 pm. Oneon-one 1 hour appointments. Ho Model Railway Project: Wednesdays 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: Wednesdays 1:30 -4 pm. Advanced Pickleball: Monday, Thursday and Fridays 9 – 11:30 am. Tuesdays 9 – 10:30 am. Beginners Pickleball: Mondays 1 – 3 pm. Drop in Billiards: Monday – Friday 9 – 3 pm. Cards: Monday – Canasta; Wednesday – Cribbage. All card games are from 1 – 4 pm. Resume in Fall: Fitness Class; Choir; New Connection; Dances; Perogy Bee, Old Time Country Jam Free Programs: Walking Program: 8:30 – 9 am and 12 – 1 pm Monday – Friday in our Auditorium. Free to the public and any age is welcomed! Enjoy Free Coffee or Tea after!!! Crafty Corner: Every Friday from 2 - 3:30 pm. Bring your craft, anything goes – knitting, scrapbooking, wood work, etc and have some good conversation, coffee and share in learning from each other. Cozy Corner Coffee Time: 10:30 every morning for Free coffee, tea and a cookie. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Other Programs/Services Provided/Misc. Information: Noon Meals: Available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Kitchen at 204- 320-4605 the day before or by 9 am that day to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic: 3 Foot Care Nurses are available different days throughout the month. Call Reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing: Call 1-800-661-2653 to book an appointment. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities please drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm. Further information call Lynda at 204-320-4603 or the reception desk at 204-3204600; Fax 204-320-9098.

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Beating the Mid-Summer “Bored Kid Blues”

While some felt the summer should be spent playing, most parents prefer to keep their kids busy and out of trouble.

Recommended Part-Time Jobs for Kids: Many kids are looking for a part-time job to keep themselves busy and to make some spending money so we asked some parents what age and what type of job for that age group would be best. The same was asked of parents in 2012 and the responses were very similar. Although the majority of parents feel that having a part-time job would be a great learning experience for kids, a few felt that the summer should be spent playing and that there would be enough time for work and responsibility when they are older. Most however commented on how it helps to build responsibility, self-esteem and teaches them the value of money. When asked at what age can a kid get a parttime job the responses by popularity were: 1. Age 14 2. Age 15 3. Age 16 4. Age 12 5. Age 13 6. Age 11 7. Age 10 8. Age 9 9. Age 8 & under When asked what part-time job would be best for kids overall, the responses by popularity were: 1. Yard work Grass cutting, leaf raking, snow shovelling. 2. Babysitting Non-family babysitting. 3. Newspaper Delivery Daily, weekly and flyer delivery. 4. Food Service Fast food companies, serving, cooking or cleaning. 5. Chores Dishes, cleaning and odd jobs around their home. 6. Other Odd jobs for friends and neighbors. 7. Retail Non-food stores, sales, stocking shelves. 8. Labor Not construction but with a fair amount of lifting/moving/carrying. 9. Recreation Supervising, refereeing, coaching.

10. Dog Walking Taking dogs for a walk regularly. 11. Pet Sitting Feeding and cleaning pets in people’s homes. 12. Grocery Store Stocking shelves and bagging groceries. 13. Tutoring Working with younger kids. 14. Lemonade Stand Traditional front lawn enterprise. We also asked parents what they felt would be a good first job for kids by age group: Age 8 or younger 1. Chores around the house. 2. Lemonade stand. 3. Pet sitting. Age 9 1. Chores around the house. 2. Lemonade stand. 3. Yard work. 4. Pet sitting. 5. Other Age 10 1. Chores around the house. 2. Newspaper/flyer delivery. 3. Lemonade stand. 4. Dog walking. 5. Other. 6. Yard work. 7. Pet sitting. 8. Plant sitting. Age 11 1. Yard work. 2. Newspaper/flyer delivery. 3. Chores around the house. 4. Other. 5. Dog walking. Age 12 1. Newspaper/flyer delivery. 2. Yard work. 3. Other. 4. Chores around the house. 5. Recreation. 6. Dog walking.

Age 13 1. Newspaper/flyer delivery. 2. Yard work. 3. Babysitting. 4. Other. 5. Labor. 6. Dog walking. 7. Pet sitting. Age 14 1. Yard work. 2. Food service. 3. Babysitting. 4. Newspaper/flyer delivery. 5. Labor. 6. Dog walking. 7. Chores around the house. 8. Grocery store. 9. Recreation. 10. Other. Age 15 1. Food service. 2. Babysitting. 3. Yard work. 4. Newspaper/flyer delivery. 5. Labor. 6. Other. 7. Recreation. Age 16 1. Food service. 2. Babysitting. 3. Retail. 4. Yard work. 5. Labor. 6. Recreation. 7. Tutoring. What To Do with the Kids is the website that adults go to when they want to know what to do with their kids. The site features games, crafts, activities, party ideas, downloads and product reviews. Local Facebook pages highlight family and kid-friendly activities in major cities across the country. Visit us at whattodowiththekids.com and discover what to do with your kids.

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August 2018


Calling all Glampers

RVs can demand a lot of electricity and present their own unique electrical risks and challenges.

Camp without electrical danger thanks to these tips: These tips will help save you from zapping yourself, damaging campground equipment, or from seeing your brand new hotel-on-wheels go up in flames. Whether you use a generator or a campground power outlet to light up your RV, there are electrical safety precautions you should follow for a smooth camping trip. If you go camping in an RV: - Know how much amperage your RV draws, and how much is available. If you try to draw more power than is available, you can seriously damage the electrical source and could even start a fire. - Bring a fire extinguisher rated for electrical fires. - Turn on your generator or plug in your RV before turning on any appliances inside the RV. If you use a generator: - Know the campground’s generator rules. Some campgrounds allow them only during certain hours while others don’t allow them at all. - Always turn off the generator before you go to sleep. - Be wary of generator exhaust to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. If you use the campground’s power outlet: - Use a power cord with a grounding wire and avoid using an extension cord by parking close to the electrical source.

- Check to see if the campground power outlet is damaged before using – if it is, don’t use it. - Do not plug more than one RV into a single power outlet. And if camping in a tent is more your style: - Never plug in electrical items if they are wet. - Be aware that running extensions cords into tents, particularly if it is raining, can create a shock hazard. No matter how you camp, be safe around electricity for a risk-free experience with nature. Extension cord safety – right cord, right place, right use An extension cord can make your life a lot easier by making your electronics easily accessible, but it can make your life a lot harder if you don’t properly use it. To stay safe, remember; right cord, right place, and right use. Right cord: It’s not worth it to use the extension cord you have on hand if it’s going to put you in danger. - If outdoors, use an extension cord and power bar designed for outdoors to avoid risk of shock, electrocution or fire. - Ensure the power capacity on the cord is the same or greater than the item you’re plugging in. Use a heavy-duty extension cord for power tools. - Do not chain together multiple extension cords. It is unsafe and reduces power. - Always use grounded three-pronged

extension cords and never remove the grounding pin from the plug. It’s there to protect you. - If you are using a cord for the first time in a season, ensure it is in good condition as it can crack in the winter if stored in the cold. Right place: - Plug your extension cord into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet if you are using it outside. Use a portable GFCI adapter if the outlet is not already GFCI protected. - Do not run extension cords through doors or windows. Cords can quickly become damaged from the extra friction. Right use: - Never use extension cords for long-term power. - Do not bury extension cords. - Do not staple cords or run them over nails as they can be damaged easily. - Never use an extension cord to power an air conditioner or refrigerator. The heavy energy use is too much for an extension cord and could cause fires in the home. If you are depending a lot on extension cords to supply electricity, consider hiring an electrician to upgrade your electrical system. To learn more about electrical safety, visit hydro.mb.ca/safety.

Electric Shock Drowning: an Invisible Threat The water around marinas, electric docks, and boatyards may look great for swimming, but something deadly could lie beneath the surface. There’s a chance water can be energized by an invisible electric current if there’s faulty electrical equipment or wiring nearby. Water conducts electricity. If you’re in the water, electric current can travel through you, shock you, and lead to drowning. Electric shock drowning has become

more common in recent years with the increase in electrical boating equipment like powered docks and electric boat lifts. How can you avoid electric shock drowning? - Never swim near marinas, electric docks, or boatyards. - If you feel a tingle while swimming, back up and swim away from anything that could possibly be energized. - If you’ve seen someone who appears to

be falling victim to electric shock drowning, don’t jump in. Use a nonconductive object to try and retrieve them. - If you are a boat owner, make sure all ground-fault circuit interrupters are working properly. Stay safe this summer. Think before you swim. To learn more about electrical safety, visit hydro.mb.ca/safety.

Sign up for Summer Arts Day Camps Online! Don’t Miss Out on Your Spot! SAC members $125 and non-member $145. 2 separate camps! Camp #1 – Ages 5 - 8 and Camp #2 – Ages 9 – 12. Each week is jam-packed with creativity – art, dance, music, drama, recreation, community field trips, swimming. Wacky Workshop - August 7 - 10 (4 Day Camp) .Unleash your inner inventor and be inspired by some of the most famous inventors in the world. Marvel Superheroes - August 13 – 17. Boom! Hulk Smash! Spend the week with Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman and More! Register now for Fall Programs, online or call us. The Steinbach Arts Council is working on a great lineup of programs starting this fall. Visit our website. Backyard Theatre Company Wants You: Build your confidence, ignite your creativity, and explore your imagination. Get involved with the community! Discover the process of preparing for a play, character building, practicing scripts, and final stage production at the SRSS Theatre. Acting classes for ages 5 - 17. Arts4Tots Preschool Program: Montessori-Infused Curriculum! Don’t miss out on your spot. Why are we unique? The most creative way to learn for ages 3 - 5 with specialists in dance, music, drama, and visual arts. Join Miss Pam and Miss Jen for a year full of creativity, arts, field trips, learning, and more! Mon/Wed or Tues/Thu, am or pm. Creative Wellness: Prop It Pilates, Lunch Time Pilates, Secrets to a Strong Back, Core Intermediate, Pilates on the Ball. B.O.S.S. Dance Academy: Dance4Tots, Hip Hop and Jazz. Culinary Arts: Kids in the Kitchen, Creative Cooking, Couples Cooking, Cake X-Travaganza, New! Mindful Meals. Languages: French and Spanish. Visual Arts: Kids: Hand Building with Clay (Beginner & Advanced), Art Adventures and Art X-travaganza. Teens: Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration, Video Game Programming. Adults: Digital Photography, Acrylic & Watercolor Painting, Intro to the Pottery Wheel. Aboriginal Arts: Moccasins, mukluks, gauntlets, dream catchers, and bannock. Workshops: Wood Burning, Calligraphy, Resin Art, Acrylic Pouring and more. Canvas & Cabernet Paint Nites: October 3 - Evergreen Evening Traditional Pouring. November 21 Christmas Ornament Pouring (Makes great gifts!). New! Southeast Centre for Music: A Centre of Excellence! Call us if you want to study with some of the premiere teachers in the southeast! Guitar - Nathan Dyck: Piano/ Theory - Candace Hamm; Voice - Laurelle Froese, David Klassen; Violin - Peter Jo; Cello – Natalie Dawes. For teacher info/details email David Klassen, SCM Director at scm@steinbachartscounil.ca. New Hall Gallery Exhibit: Wanda Friesen - The Divine Romance. Support our local artists. Exhibit Runs until Thursday, August 16. You’re invited to a New Exhibit: Joel Krahn North of 60 and Eugene Kabrun 3D Harmonies Opening Night on Wednesday, August 22 at7 pm – all are welcome. RSVP to visualarts@steinbachartscouncil. ca. 2018-2019 Exhibit Schedule steinbachartscouncil.ca. Teachers! Celebrate creative learning: Bring your class to our Out2Arts program – workshops designed to work with your curriculum! Call Mandy to book your workshop. Opportunities for all grades, all curricula! Want FREE pizza? Join the Creative Youth Council Events for youth, by youth – seeking committee members ages 18 - 35! Call 204-346-1077 for details. Become a Season Ticket Holder! A stellar lineup: Our 2018-2019 concert series includes favorites like the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Theatre Centre, and so much more! You won’t want to miss this season. Call now to book your seats - makes perfect gift! 204-346-1077 for more details. View events and purchase tickets online at steinbachartscouncil.ca.


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