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Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Lorette Fire Department Gets New Pumper

In the tradition of past eras, the fire fighters pushed the new truck into the hall, just like their predecessors pushed their horse drawn pumpers into the hall. Photos by Marianne Curtis

RM of Tache councillor Steve Stein, Fire Chief Allan Rau, RM of Tache Mayor Justin Bohemier along with representatives from Sea Hawk Manufacturing in Carmen who built the truck. See story on page 2...

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By Marianne Curtis Christmas came early for the RM of Tache Fire Department when the Lorette Hall took receipt of their brand new pumper truck. On December 18, the RM of Tache officially delivered a new International Tanker truck to the Lorette Fire Department. The $353,000 unit was delivered by Sea Hawk Manufacturing in Carmen and replaces the 1989 Ford pumper. “It is about time that we retire this old truck, only two or three of our guys could drive it anyways, it was five up and five down standard,” chuckled RM of Tache councillor Steve Stein. The RM of Tache has been looking to retire the truck for a num-

ber years, especially after it passed the projected lifespan about a decade ago. RM of Tache Fire Chief Allan Rau thanked the municipality for looking after the emergency service department. “It cost a lot of money and through a lot of effort they were good enough to develop an equipment reserve so we could make this buy,” said Rau. “I guess I made a good enough pitch because just last week they agreed to purchase another truck for Landmark almost identical to this and it will be arriving sometime this coming year.” Rau further noted that the new tanker replaces the very first fire truck purchased brand new by the RM of Tache thirty one years earlier. “I am proud to say this was a unanimous council decision, and it is a

great tool for our tool box and this truck will save lives and we want to make sure that everyone is safe,” added Tache Mayor Justin Bohemier. “As you can see, we take very good care of our equipment and we are proud of that.” What made the delivery unique was how the department brought the new truck into the hall. In keeping with old traditions of pushing out the old and pushing in the new, the fourteen volunteers of the Lorette Fire Department and their families helped push the new truck into its new space. “Firefighters are very traditional,” explained Rau. “Back in the day of horse drawn carriages and pumpers, they would unhook their team of horses and push their equipment back into the hall.”

Funding Announced for Ritchot and Niverville

MLA for Springfield-Ritchot Ron Schuler presented two grants to the Town of Niverville council.

By Marianne Curtis On December 12, over $220,000 was awarded for crucial community projects and services in the RM of Ritchot and the Town of Niverville. MLA for Springfield-Ritchot Ron R. Schuler recently paid a visit to the region to announce the approval of four grants totaling more than $220,000 for the RM of Ritchot and the Town of Niverville. “The Building Sustainable Communities Program is having a positive impact across Manitoba,” said Schuler. “I am very pleased that over $220,000 in grants have been awarded for these important community projects in the RM of Ritchot and the Town of Niverville.”

He presented two grants to the RM of Ritchot with the largest grant going to the Grande Pointe Homeowners Association. They will receive funding of up to $75,000 for their Community Club House addition, and the Parc Belle Rivière Park Committee has been awarded a grant of up to $43,500 to support the park’s Phase II project. The Town of Niverville was presented with two grants under the Sustainable Communities Program. One grant of up to $74,446 is earmarked for the Hespeler Park Playground. The second will go to Niverville Youth Baseball with up to $29,803 in support of the Hespeler Baseball Diamond Project. Schuler noted that the Town of Niverville was also issued their lat-

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est payment from the Federal Gas Tax Fund, totaling $124,048. The Gas Tax funding is part of an agreement between the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada for provincial municipalities in support of productivity and economic growth, a cleaner environment and building stronger communities. In December, Schuler had announced over $1 million in grants and other funding for municipalities and community organizations with the Springfield-Ritchot constituency. “The Springfield-Ritchot constituency is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Schuler. “I am proud to be part of a government that is making major investments to strengthen the quality of life in our communities.”

Copper Theft Leaves Items Damaged On December 4 at approximately 10:55 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of Mischief and Theft that occurred at Steinbach Trailers & RV located at 64 Highway 12 North in Steinbach. Nine units had their power

cords cut up for copper wire. The damage is estimated to be around $1,500. Staff says that they noticed bike tracks entering and exiting at the back of the property. The suspect(s) would of also been carrying a larger backpack carrying the tools needed and to carry

the copper wire. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.


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Ile des Chenes Man Encourages Organ Donation By Marianne Curtis When the topic of organ donation comes up, many people normally think it’s a decision that is only made at the time of death. An Ile des Chenes man is hoping to change that perspective by sharing how a living kidney donor could save his life now, instead of waiting for someone to die. Sixty-one year old Mitch Beauchemin spends three days a week, four hours per visit on a dialysis machine with up to thirty other people at the St. Boniface Hospital. “There are currently 200-300 people waiting for a kidney in Manitoba and it can take four or five years to get a living donor match or nine years for a deceased,” Beauchemin said. “It would mean the world to me and my family, life changing if I could find a match.” At the age of 19, he was diagnosed with diabetes and put on insulin. He became one of the first in Manitoba to receive an Omipump which automatically controlled his sugar levels without the need of daily injections. “If I had been put on the pump sooner, I probably would not need a

RCMP Nab One Shoplifter, Looking for Other On November 25 at 7 pm Steinbach RCMP received a report of shoplifting from Walmart. Police were able to apprehend a male but are still looking for a female that was responsible for stealing a shopping cart full of items. The female was observed getting into a black Charger with Manitoba licence HGU 780. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

kidney now,” Beauchemin admitted. When organ donation is needed, the first option is to look at immediate family but after blood testing neither his wife nor sons were suitable matches. “It’s hard to ask other family members to go for testing; it’s not like asking to borrow $20.” Other than being on dialysis, Beauchemin is a very active man, and even walked a marathon this past year to raise awareness of organ donation. Convinced his only route is to ask a stranger to step up, Beauchemin encourages perspective donors to sign up as living donors, a decision that may not help him, but could help countless others currently on the waiting list. If a match is made then a questionnaire is sent out and blood testing takes place. The entire process can take about a year. The actual surgery would require a few days in the hospital then a few weeks to recover. Former Kleefeld resident Allan Hoehn donated a kidney to a complete stranger about thirteen years ago. The recipient was a young father of two and his story compelled

Hoehn to step up and see if he could help. They are friends now. “The testing is mostly a lot of blood tests and recovery is about a couple of days in the hospital, then about a month of taking it easy,” assured Hoehn. “It’s the greatest gift you can give someone.”

To become a living donor, the first step is to sign up or call Manitoba Kidney Foundation at 204-787-2323. If a match is made then a questionnaire is sent out followed by blood testing. Manitobans can also register their wish to donate their organs and tis-

sues at SignUpForLife.ca, a new online organ and tissue donation registry. Any Manitoba resident, 18 years of age and over, can register online their intent to become an organ and tissue donor. Individuals’ donation wishes are available to authorized health professionals if ever required.

Mitch Beauchemin, from Ile des Chenes spends four hours a day, three times a week hooked up to a dialysis machine in St. Boniface unless a living kidney donor is found.




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Economic Democracy Missing in Action When we the working class think of our personal position in our national economic picture we know for a fact we are getting screwed. This insult is manifesting itself around the globe in country after country with each election of an illiberal government; an empty and partial democracy, one after the other. The outcome is always the same, division in the population keeps the elected in power and people at each other’s throat. The Economic Policy Institute, an economic institute based in Washington has been tracking low and middle-income Americans since 1978 and has found some disturbing information. In the last 42 years CEO’s remuneration have gone up by a lottery type number of 940.3 % while the average worker’s compensation increased by 11.9%. 11.9% over 42 years doesn’t cover inflation. This has a direct relation to the election of demagogues, and a direct relation to our politicians being replaced by the same ilk. They have obviously forgotten that democracy should include economics. One would think that there is enough homegrown brainpower to develop an economy which pays a living wage which we define as $15.00 an hour and a well deserved raise to the working class which would immediately morph itself into home ownership and a nuclear jolt to the service and retail sector of the economy. The emphasis has been for 50 years on pay down the debt. We all know the words “short term pain for long term gain”, which has antagonized me for years. In this same period how many gifts of millions or billions have found their way to corporate vaults. This has insulted voters for more years than I like to remember. This only works for politicians to get a good financial position on retirement from politics. Manitoba’s Judge Toews is a poster boy for pensions for life. Is this number 3 in pensions? Politicians should be made to realize that looking after the 1% is one vote per 250,000. This should not be a good political equation, or sustainable. We have always had that power to vote for or chastise. Maybe we should look in the mirror on why and how our economic democracy is missing in action.

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Holding the Government to Account As 2019 comes to a close, I am proud of how much Canada’s Conservatives have accomplished this year. We succeeded in reducing Justin Trudeau’s majority government to a minority, and welcomed new Conservative MPs from coast to coast. Our team is focused on the job we were elected to do – holding this government to account. In the first week of the House sitting we had our first success – handing the governing Liberals their first defeat of this Parliament by passing a motion to strike a special committee on Canada-China relations. This committee will ensure that the government is standing up for Canadian interests. Here at home, this Liberal Government has unfortunately set the stage for a made-in-Canada recession. The deficit is $7 billion higher than they promised only months ago, and there is absolutely no plan to balance the budget. Canada’s Conservatives understand that never-ending deficits and out-of-control spending is hurting Canadians. They threaten the livelihoods of future generations and weaken Canada’s ability to respond in times of economic crisis. On the bright side, we did recently receive some encouraging news that Canada signed a new NAFTA trade deal with the United States and Mexico. With Canada’s economy slowing down, a strong trading partnership with our southern neighbours is vital now more than ever. Unfortunately, the concessions made in order to get the deal signed will hurt Canada’s dairy sector and our aluminum industry. These issues will need to be addressed and I will be taking time to review this deal and its impact carefully. Parliament will reconvene in late January and our Conservatives team will continue to work tirelessly to help Canadians get ahead and restore ethics and accountability to government. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook at: Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at www.tedfalk.ca.

Countdown to an Exciting Year for All Manitobans I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to the New Year. 2020 is an exciting year because not only is it the beginning of a new decade, it also marks the 150th anniversary of Manitoba joining Confederation. In honour of this momentous occasion, our government held an event on December 14th to kick-off the 150-day countdown to Manitoba Day 2020. This event featured fun activities, such as a snowshoe obstacle course and snowmobile show, as well as a dazzling light display. I had a great time at this event, and I’m looking forward to a year full of celebrating our province. I am looking forward to seeing what the coming year will have in store. The Legislative Assembly just wrapped up its most recent session in December and will return again in March. In the meantime, I look forward to spending the coming weeks here in the Dawson Trail constituency. I plan on attending a number of events and just being out-and-about in the different communities. One thing in particular that I will be taking part in is “I Love to Read Month”. Every year I look forward to February because it’s a time when I get to visit the different schools throughout Dawson Trail and read to the students and educate them a little bit about our government. I always enjoy answering their curious questions and seeing their smiling faces. This year we have a couple new schools in Anola and Hazelridge that I am eager to visit. Recently, the Bibliothèque Ste. Anne Library received funding from our government, in the amount of $24,469. I am pleased to announce this, because I think it is very important that organizations, such as these, receive support. In rural communities, libraries are quite important because they house resources and information that community members wouldn’t have easy access to otherwise. They also serve as a spot for community members to gather. I am glad that our government sees the value in supporting rural communities and their organizations, and that they continue to do so. Due to the boundary changes that took place after the most recent provincial election, our constituency office no longer lies within Dawson Trail. Come the new year, we will be moving our office from St. Adolphe to Ste. Anne. For more information about when exactly we will be moved into the new building, you can contact us at ca.lagasse@outlook.com or 204-807-4663.


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Long time Mitchell Councillor Passes Away Residents in Mitchell and the RM of Hanover are mourning the passing of long time Ward 2 councillor Bernie Stahn. Stahn passed away December 25 at the age of 61 after a 15-month long battle with cancer. Stahn grew up on a farm in the Mitchell area, where he met and married his wife Sandra of 39 years. He is remembered as having a lifelong devotion to his community, both for his forty-year career with Canada Post and as a municipal councillor for the RM of Hanover. Stahn began his four decade long career with Canada Post by driving a mail truck for his father-in-law, then worked his way up to become Long time RM of Hanover councillor Bernie Local Area Manager Southeastern Stahn passed away on December 25. Manitoba. In 2002, he was elected

as Ward 1 (Mitchell and area) councillor for the RM of Hanover and then was elected into council for the LUD of Mitchell. According to family, this was a huge part of his life until the day he passed. Even while being hospitalized, he found ways to partake in meetings and contribute his knowledge. The community is invited to join the family during a celebration of his life taking place January 4 at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, 360 McKenzie Ave, Steinbach. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the RM of Hanover towards recreation in the community of Mitchell.

Richer Bingo Awards Biggest Prize Ever

Winners of the $99,801 Bingo prize Karla Storey and Deena Clarke along with Doreen Pchajek and Anna Smith from the Stacey Pchajek Foundation.

By Marianne Curtis Last month, a Lorette woman was the lucky winner of the biggest Bingo prize offered by SPMF Monday Night Bingo in Richer. At a special event on November 20, Karla Storey of Lorette won a pot worth $99,801. According to Doreen Pchajek, founder of the SPMF Monday Night Bingo in Richer, the foundation was informed by LGCA that they had to hold a “must go” event to give away their Odd/Even pot of $99,801 that has been accumulating for ten years. To accommodate the demand for cards, the foundation booked the TC Energy Centre in Ile des Chenes to host the event, and approximately 500 people attended. “There is some irony that the prize went back to Lorette, where it was first started, although most of the growth of the pot came from the regulars at Monday Night Bingo in Richer,” stated Pchajek. “They both decided that this was a great cause and they contacted me to say that they would like to donate enough back to cover one grade 12

scholarship and one grade 8 award.” SPMF Monday Night Bingo in Richer is hosted weekly by the Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation. The charity was created in memory of Stacey Pchajek who died tragically at the age of 13 following a motor vehicle accident in 1998. Initially funds were raised from donations, raffles and selling homemade perogies, cabbage rolls, pies, meat pies, and dainties made by her mother Alice Smith. Then in 2009 they started a bingo in Lorette but due to low attendance, they moved it to the RM of Ste. Anne six months later. Since March 2012, the bingo has taken place at the Richer Young at Hearts Club, where it still takes place.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported the charity through the years in one way or another,” Pchajek added. “Especially the regulars at Monday Night Bingo and of course the wonderful volunteers who make the event possible.” Funds raised by the foundation are used to distribute awards to students in grade 8 at the Ste. Anne Elementary School, grade 12 at the Ste. Anne Collegiate, and the Marianne Curtis Award at the SRSS in Steinbach. To date the charity has given 16 grade 8 awards, 52 grade 12 awards, 3 volunteer awards and 9 Marianne Curtis Awards.

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Provincial Budget Meeting Slated for Steinbach Manitobans have an opportunity to have their input into the preparation of the 2020-21 provincial budget at a series of province wide pre-budget consultation meetings. This year, Steinbach has been chosen as the local location where the Minister of Finance Cameron Friesen and Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen are expected to be available to discuss provincial budget issues with residents of the region. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Jake Epp Library in Steinbach on Monday January 27 starting at 3:30 pm. The province has launched a Build a Budget feature at engagemb. ca to provide Manitobans the opportunity to create a provincial budget focused on their priorities. The province welcomes suggestions on how government spending and revenue should be prioritized, as well as suggested efficiencies and ideas for innovative ways to save money while ensuring services are available. The website also offers an online survey. The province will also reach out to a random selection of Manitobans through telephone town halls in January. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to send their advice and suggestions to the Minister of Finance, c/o Budget Consultation, Room 103 – 450 Broadway, Winnipeg, R3C 0V8 or e-mail budget2020@gov.mb.ca.






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Volunteers from the St. Malo Fire Department watch the St. Malo Museum building burn to the ground as part of a training event for the fire fighters. The museum had been closed since 2016.

February

The year started with news that provincially owned Pineland Forest Nursery near Hadashville, which has grown reforestation seedlings for 65 years, would become a cannabis-growing operation when it becomes privatized. The next month it was confirmed the facility was purchased by Botanist Organic Growers Corp and will be used to grow hemp. The community of Ste. Anne mourned the loss of former Mayor Bernie Vermette, who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on December 18. He was 79. Hockey Manitoba announced that St. PierreJolys goalie Jayden Catellier and Lorette forward Cabrel LaBossiere were selected as part of the talent heading to the 2019 Canada Winter Games after being selected in the 2018 WHL Bantam draft. Mayors and Reeves from several municipalities surrounding Winnipeg including the RM’s of Ritchot and Tache moved another step closer to offering high-speed and fibre optic Internet service. The group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two industry-leading strategic partners under JohnQ Public Inc.

The forty-three member troupe from Backyard Theatre Company performed 5 plays when they hosted their annual Christmas Showcase at the SRSS Theatre before a full audience.

Former Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon took his fight to stop daylight savings time in Manitoba by launching a website to gain support. He pushed the matter through until it went to a vote, but did not gain the support from other provincial counterparts. Political cartoonist and artist Réal Bérard, also known by his pen name Cayouche was one of five Manitoban’s who were presented with the prestigious Order of Canada for, his contributions as a visual artist and cartoonist and for his support of various fundraisers benefiting the Franco-Manitoban community. Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced the highest level of provincial funding in history for public elementary and secondary education with an increase of $6.6 million for the 2019-20 school year to a total in excess of $1.329 billion.

A stranded Canada Goose who took up residence in a Winnipeg car wash was eventually captured and relocated to Ile des Chenes where it spent the rest of the winter in the new waterfowl building at Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre.

The Tache Fire Department Station #2 Landmark gave the community a big shout out after successfully raising money needed to purchase a Jaws of Life for the local department. Prior to the purchase the Station #1 Lorette was the only department within the municipality that carried the equipment.


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March The province announced the RM of Ritchot would receive funding for the Ritchot Water Supply and Additional Reservoir Capacity Project which is expected to cost about $3 million. The funding supports upgrades to the raw water supply system and increase the capacity of the reservoir to meet the rising demand for water from rural residents in the municipality. Jody Hunter, owner of Studio 23 in Ste. Anne was named the winner of the Manitoba Start Up Category. At Studio 23, Hunter provides recording space and equipment for musicians, film and television sound production and video game developers with a focus on customer service and producing great audio. The entire region is expected to benefit from the announcement that a new 143-bed personal care home will be constructed in Steinbach next to Rest Haven to support those needing 24-hour supervision or nursing care.

For two days the community of Falcon Lake was bustling with activity as they celebrated the 45th anniversary of their signature winter festival, Beaver Days. The annual event is hosted by the Whiteshell Community Club to raise money for the facility.

April Despite it being a colder than normal winter the Blumenort Family Winter Fair saw many local residents come out to the local park to enjoy a full day of outdoor activities as part of Louis Riel Day.

For two days, local hockey fans were in their glory when Steinbach played host to Rogers Hometown Hockey featuring Ron MacLean and Tara Slone. The celebration, which included live entertainment and hockey-themed activities for the whole family drew hundreds to the community.

A La Broquerie area dairy farmer lost four barns valued at about $2.5 million in a devastating fire caused by a grain auger. Despite the loss of barns that contained 2,500 animals, only nine calves were lost. There were no other injuries. The province opened the door to the most controversial issue to hit Niverville streets this year by announcing that it was the only community in southern Manitoba selected to open a retail cannabis store. The RM of Ritchot council approved a $1 million borrowing bylaw to renovate an old car dealership on Main Street to help create daycare spaces in the community. The new daycare is expected to open up 113 licensed spaces.

Governor General Julie Payette presents Kleefeld native musician Robb Nash with the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa. Nash was recognized for his commitment to youth by sharing his story with students. He has even tattooed signatures from every suicide note turned into him by students at the end of his events.




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May The community of Niverville celebrated after an announcement that a planned Community Resource Centre will see the construction of a $19.5 million multiplex. The project is expected to provide space for vital access to community resources, culture and recreation into a 9,200 square foot campus. A fire originating from a wood burning stove was found to be the cause of a house fire in Vita on April 28. The two-story home was destroyed and losses pegged at $200,000. A family dog that was in the attached garage at the time survived. HyLife signed a Share Purchase Agreement with Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) of Thailand to purchase 50.1 percent of the company’s shares. ITOCHU, a Japanese partnership, will continue to own 49.9 percent of the remaining shares. The new agreement will ensure continued job creation across the province and beyond as well as promote increased demand for our value-added pork.

Hundreds of people flocked to St. Pierre-Jolys during the first weekend of April to participate in the annual Cabane à Sucre Festival. One of the highlights of the weekend was the boiling-off in the brand new stainless steel evaporator shipped in from Quebec.

June The province announced that under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing up to $1.132 million in Bothwell Cheese to advance its modernization efforts and enhance efficiency and productivity. Security was enhanced at Eden Mental Health Centre and Boundary Trails Health Centre thanks to a memorandum of understanding recently signed between the Province and Southern Health. The agreement has opened the door to a review of other facilities in the region, which could see security improvements at Bethesda Regional Health Centre. The Town of Niverille was presented with the 2019 CAMA Environment Award, in the Under 20,000 population category, for its Sewage Lagoon OnSite Phyto-remediation Project from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA). The province announced that 25 new rural paramedic positions in the northern and southern health regions would be filled in late 2019 as part of the Manitoba government’s continuing effort to strengthen the emergency medical services (EMS) system and provide a more consistent level of care throughout the province.

The Ross L. Gray School Raiders from Sprague were inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame this year after the team was named MHSAA Provincial Champions in 1973-74, 1974-75, 1977-78, 1980-81,1981-82, 1982-83, 1985-86 and 1988-89.

Over a period of eight months, a group of ladies from the Ritchot Serving Seniors, in St. Adolphe, worked together sewing touch quilts for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. During this time, the group completed 45 quilts.

For one day, the tiny community of Stuartburn was overflowing with enthusiastic canoeists, all eager to hit the water for an adventurous paddle along the Roseau River during the 2nd annual canoe derby. Until twenty years ago, the event was an annual staple in the community.


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July

The community parade was one of the highlights when the community of La Broquerie gathered for the 122nd celebration of St. Jean Baptiste Days.

New Bothwell celebrated the community’s centennial birthday with a party that drew hundreds of people. The event kicked off with a pancake breakfast, slow pitch tournament, and other activities. The highlight of the afternoon was unveiling a mural that depicts different aspects of the community over the past 100 years. Ritchot residents competed to be named central Canada’s most active community after the municipality joined forces with ParticipACTION for a physical activity community challenge. At the end of the challenge, residents logged a combined 1.4 million minutes of activity in over 200 events. Remi Dallaire, a former Lorette elementary school teacher was sentenced to eight years in jail, less time served, for sexually abusing an eight-year old girl. Manitoba RCMP initiated a search for a suspect after a 16year old female from Landmark showed up at a residence claiming that she may have been the victim of an abduction. RCMP officers from Steinbach, St. Pierre-Jolys as well as Police Dog Services immediately responded but no one was ever apprehended.

Family and friends of Shea Lynn Fright, along with representatives from MADD Canada gathered along Highway 207, north of Lorette, to witness the unveiling of a special sign in her memory. The Ste. Anne woman was killed near the site by an impaired driver. Mike Armstrong from Richer took home $160,928 after selecting the Ace of Spades with two cards left during the Richer Chase the Ace.

August Eighty-four year old Mary Byman, from Piney is found by search crews after being lost four days while out picking blueberries near Vita. Search crews scoured the bush on foot and from the air but it was not until the search was called off that she was finally found. Eastman Tourism launches the Wandering Through History: Eastern Manitoba Museum Tour to entice residents to get out and explore a listing of 17 museums and 8 historic stories located in various communities throughout the region. The Town of Niverville council considered a conditional use application made after Alberta based Canna Cabana Inc. applied for a conditional use proposal. The company was selected by the province of Manitoba earlier this year as a viable candidate to pursue opening a retail outlet in Niverville. This decision would lead council to hold a plebiscite in November, and the community voted “yes”. A program was launched by Seine Rat River Conservation District (SRRCD) called the ALUS SRRCD program. It aims to address important local environmental issues, particularly the protection and enhancement of surface water and groundwater in southeastern Manitoba.

Families looking for a fun family weekend flocked to Ste. Agathe for the 30th annual Cheyenne Summer Fest.


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For two and a half days the community of Richer became rodeo central when the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo kicked off their seventh consecutive event. One of the highlights of the weekend was Pat Stolwyk and his family who were named as volunteers of the year by the Richer Community Club.

On the heels of the provincial election, residents once again headed to the polls on October 21. In Provencher, Conservatives saw an increase in support, taking approximately 66% of the vote, while the Liberals dropped significantly to only 13.1%. When the Town of Niverville celebrated their 50th anniversary of incorporation, over a thousand people came out to Hespler Park to enjoy an afternoon of live music, food, and family games. The Bethesda Foundation launched its largest ever capital fundraising campaign by announcing The Caring Together Campaign, which is expected to raise $15 million to upgrade existing services and provide new health care for Steinbach and the surrounding region. Almost 2,500 attended the grand opening of Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre’s new $2.5 million campus. Located near Ile des Chenes, volunteers were kept busy this season and saw a forty percent increase in patients this year.

September With residents heading to the polls September 10, fourteen candidates in four constituencies throughout the region put their hats into the ring in the provincial election. Once the ballots were counted, incumbent candidates Bob Lagasse in Dawson Trail, Ron Schuler for Springfield-Ritchot, Dennis Smook in La Verendrye and Kevin Goertzen in Steinbach were re-elected. RM of Stuartburn residents mourned after the sudden loss of former reeve Jim Swidersky who suddenly passed away August 18 at the age of 55-years old. Provencher MP Ted Falk met with officials to discuss border crossing hour changes in Tolstoi and South Junction that would affect several communities in the region. After several meetings, he was successful in his campaign. A family and the dairy industry suffered a major blow when an estimated 800 head of cattle were killed after a fire ripped through Penwood Dairy Inc. near Steinbach. Despite the efforts of about sixty firefighters from five departments four barns were destroyed. The farm was one of the largest milk producers in the province.

Over a thousand people gathered at Hespler Park to celebrate the Town of Niverville’s 50th anniversary of incorporation.

During this year’s annual Carrick Days, the community celebrated the grand opening of a beautiful playground that was designed, fundraised and built by Rosalie Stelmack and Campaign for Kids.

For the past few years, a group of volunteers have been reconstructing a 100-year old hay wagon called “The Yellow Fellow” at the Midwinter Heritage Site in East Braintree using traditional millwright skills.


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November The Hanover School Division and community of Niverville celebrated the official grand opening of the new Niverville High School. At a cost of about $18.45 million, the 66,700-square foot high school will accommodate 450 students between the grades of 9 to 12. The Ste. Anne Police Department establishes a safe drop spot at their police station

for people wanting to make legal buy-and-sell purchases. St. Labre 200 is named the winner of this year’s Innovation Award by Manitoba Tourism. This is the second award that this event received this year. A few months earlier organizer Joel Gagne received a Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedication to the unique fundraising event which supports charities each year.

Dawson Trail School students along with staff, local businessmen and school board trustees celebrate the grand opening of a new natural playground at the school that was designed and sponsored by local volunteers and business owners.

St. Malo and District Wildlife Association revealed that the famous St. Malo deer statue was to be reinstalled at its new location. In the meantime the fibreglass figures received a much needed face lift in Grunthal at Steve’s Autobody.

December Sixteen projects from various communities in the region were among a list approved for $829,000 in funding when the province announced more than $6 million in grants for municipalities, non-profit and community-led organizations across the province. The projects are funded by the Building Sustainable Communities Program. The region’s largest Chase the Ace jackpot was claimed in Lorette on November by Sally Lehman. Her lucky draw saw her claim a record breaking jackpot of $187,847. The City of Steinbach was given the title of “Cleanest City in North America” by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association. The community’s annual “Pick Up and Walk” event was specifically recognized as a contributing factor. Buffalo Point Resort was recognized by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada when they received the Inspiring Indigenous Culinary Award. The community of St. Pierre-Jolys celebrated the grand opening of the first new retail and commercial building to be completed in the last twenty years. A chiropractor, optometrist and optician have already moved into the building.

Happy New Year from the Management and Staff of the Dawson Trail Dispatch

Operation Red Nose launched for a second season in St. Malo, organized by the Saint Malo Parish Fundraising Committee as a means to raise funds to undertake improvements to the church basement.


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Finishing Touches Applied to St. Malo Deer

Before primer, the fibreglass bodies needed some tender loving care, including the repair of a couple of bullet holes.

Putting on a coat of primer before the final coat, which will be airbrushed by Steve Wall with Steve’s Custom and Truck Auto in Grunthal.

It has been a long four years, but the famous St. Malo deer will soon be placed at their new home thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the St. Malo and District Wildlife Association. The massive base is waiting at its new location, while the deer statues themselves are being cleaned at a Grunthal body shop. Steve Wall and the staff at Steve’s Custom and Truck Auto in Grunthal have put countless volunteer hours into preparing the deer statues for their upcoming unveiling in St. Malo. “First, they are big, much bigger than we were expecting,” Wall explained. “We also had to do some fibre glass repair work; someone had used them for target practice.” Wall is well known in the automotive restoration industry for his skills with an airbrush. “I am going to paint them as lifelike as possible,” Wall promised. Once the statues are done, they will be returned to their pedestal which is now located at the southern entrance of St. Malo. An official unveiling ceremony is in the planning stages. The St. Malo and District Wildlife Association was forced to remove the statue to make room for a condo development on the property four and a half years ago. The deer monument was unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Edward in July 1990. It was placed in recognition of the valuable volunteer assistance provided to the Department of Natural Resources by the St. Malo and District Wildlife Association and Area Residents. From 1985 to 1988, in the first ever large scale urban deer relocation program in Canada 283 whitetailed deer were captured and moved from the city of Winnipeg to the St. Malo Wildlife Management Area and surrounding region. Area residents provided countless hours of assistance and equipment to transport deer during the relocation.

The famous deer statues getting a face lift in Grunthal at Steve’s Autobody.


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Construction Begins on Mitchell School RCMP Reminder for Snowmobile Safety

The sod is turned to officially kick off construction of an expansion on Mitchell Elementary School.

On December 19, construction on the expansion of the Mitchell Elementary School kicked off with an official sod turning ceremony. The $4.2 million dollar expansion which consists of building five new classrooms, a multi-purpose room and a new library is expected to be complete in December 2020. “Our priority is to catch up with the needs of growing areas of the province and this

expansion is much needed in Mitchell, where we’ve seen enrollment on the rise for the past 20 years,” said Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen a year earlier. “The school ran out of space and had to create learning environments in the library and hallways as a result. These students deserve a proper place to learn.” Enrollment at the kindergarten to Grade 4 school has increased at a steady pace in recent years due to immigration and robust

housing development in the community, growing by 95 students between 2012 and 2018. In 2019, the school was bursting at 450 students. Enrollment is projected to continue to grow to 600 students by 2028, the minister noted. The project will include an estimated 12,600 square feet of new space and 2,000 square feet of existing space will be renovated to provide improved educational support and resource spaces.

Every winter, our officers are called upon to attend the scenes of tragic snowmobile collisions. This past weekend alone, two lives were lost on snowmobiles in Manitoba. With winter just beginning and snow falling in many parts of the province, snowmobilers are now heading out to the various trails and for some, that first ride of the season. The RCMP is providing the following tips in the hopes of making everyone who rides a snowmobile safer so that they can get home to their friends and family: - Know your abilities and ride within your limits. This will allow you to always be in control of your snowmobile. - Use caution, be alert and slow down when operating on unfamiliar terrain. Always look ahead and be ready for hidden or unforeseen obstacles. - Always ride in groups and let people know where you’re going, the route you will be taking, and when you expect to return. - Wear the proper protective clothing, including a helmet, to keep you warm and to keep you safe. - Be cautious of ice thickness when crossing frozen bodies of water. If you are crossing a body of water, please wear a floatation device over your outer clothing. - RIDE SOBER. Drinking and using cannabis while operating a snowmobile don’t mix.


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Local Family Decorates Kokomo Trees

Kokomo Trees

For years travellers driving between Steinbach and La Broquerie have used a group of trees on the north side of Kokomo Road as a navigational landmark. This Christmas, the pair of trees were dressed up in white and blue Christmas lights thanks to the efforts of the Weiss family and Metalmaster Autobody of La Broquerie. “For years I wondered why these trees never had lights. When will someone install lights?” said Nettie Weiss, who is married to La Broquerie Mayor Lewis Weiss. “This was our pleasure to make it happen. This is a great community and it feels good to give back.” The family decided to decorate the trees as a means to say thank you to the many customers who have supported them over the years.

Off Duty RCMP Officer Pulls Man to Safety On December 5 at approximately 4 pm, Cpl. Mike Martens, a RCMP officer with the Steinbach detachment, was off duty and driving in the RM of Hanover, when he noticed flames coming from a mobile home. He immediately contacted 911, and drove to the home to help. As he approached the mobile home on Clearspring Road, he noticed smoke billowing out of the window, and movement in the porch. A male was sitting on the floor of the mobile home, leaning against the door. Cpl. Martens went into the burning structure, and brought the male out of the home to safety just before it became fully engulfed in flames. Fire and emergency personnel arrived on scene and the 40-year-old male was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was inside the residence. The Office of the Fire Commissioner along with the RCMP continues to investigate.


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Call on Him Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the circumstances of life? Life’s adversities may appear in our personal lives, our families, our work (or lack of it) or in our communities. How do you handle your problems? We have just come through a year with multitudes of challenges and it is good to have a plan to face similar difficulties in 2020. In the Bible, in Mark 4, Jesus’ disciples were in a ship at night, out on the Sea of Galilee. Suddenly a storm with strong winds come up and threatened to sink their vessel. The high waves were filling their ship with water and it would soon sink and they may drown. They were seasoned fishermen but this situation brought fear and dread to their very hearts. What would they do? What could they do? But Jesus Christ was with them, asleep at the back of the ship. When the disciples woke Him, He rebuked the wind, the wind ceased and a great calm resulted. Their lives were saved and they witnessed the great power of their Master. They were saved from destruction because they had Jesus Christ in their vessel. The safest way to travel through 2020 is to have Jesus Christ in your vessel. Then you can call on Him just like the disciples did, whenever there are troubles that threaten to overwhelm you. The Bible says when He is your Lord and Saviour; He will never leave you nor forsake you. If you have Christ in your life already, then take comfort. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” But if you don’t have Christ in your heart and life, why not invite Him in today? He loves you and died to pay for all your sins. He is just waiting for you to call out to Him in earnest. Then He will save you, forgive you and be with you to help you through all the rest of life’s trials. Call on Him while there is still time!

A Green Cemetery There are a small but determined number of people in Manitoba (including myself) who are interested in creating a green cemetery. I have become more aware of and more interested in green burial in the past few years. After being in charge of the burial of a friend in a traditional cemetery in December, I am more determined to get a greener option available in Manitoba and sooner rather than later. My friend had preplanned and prepaid his funeral to be buried in a traditional casket in a traditional cemetery with a traditional headstone, and as his executor, I followed his wishes. But at the time he made these plans, there was no option for a green burial and as I write there are limited options in Manitoba. First, what is a green cemetery? Imagine a natural park setting. Trees, bushes, marshes, natural grasses and wildflowers. Some small paths, maybe a picnic table or a bench. Definitely lots of wildlife: butterflies and other insects and lots of song birds in the summer, and chickadees and nuthatches in the winter; some small animals like

mice and fox; and larger animals like deer and coyote and occasionally bears. And you cannot tell, but there are bodies buried here too. It is not obvious because there are no traditional headstones and the grass is not manicured, in fact the natural grasses, wildflowers and bushes are now growing on top of the buried body. The purpose of a green cemetery is to allow people to return a body as naturally as possible to the earth. It is an alternative to burial in a traditional cemetery and also an alternative to cremation. It is a place to be buried “naturally”; not harming the earth in doing so. Those buried in a green cemetery are not embalmed (too toxic to the earth); I talk about embalming later in the article. Those buried in a green cemetery are buried in a plain pine box with rope handles (no metal handles, no un-natural finish); or in a cotton shroud (a burial cloth). And if someone has already been cremated, the cremated remains (“ashes”) could be scattered or buried in a natural container.

In a green cemetery there may be natural markers that don’t intrude on the landscape: a flat indigenous stone that may be engraved. With today’s technology, the GPS coordinates would be recorded so family and friends know where the body is buried even years after the burial spot is covered by natural vegetation. And there will be careful records kept of every interment. A natural burial is usually a less expensive option than a conventional burial. What makes a natural burial different from a financial perspective is that the costs are better allocated, with money carrying on the legacy of the deceased by protecting green space instead of the mark-up on expensive, unnecessary materials (casket) and procedures (embalming). Cremation is typically a cheaper option, but all of the environmental costs are not factored in: it can be quite emission intensive. If you are intrigued and interested in such a place, please let me know as it seems 2020 will be the year a green cemetery may finally get “off the ground”. It’s possible a nonprofit organization will be created soon to get this vision or dream in

the works. If you are interested in being part of the organizing or just on the “contact list” let me know. As of right now, your options for a green burial are limited. There is at least one municipal cemetery in Winnipeg that has “one corner” of the cemetery for “natural burial”. But this is not really a green cemetery since it is still in a manicured traditional cemetery. I want to touch on the subject of embalming. I spoke of my friend who died earlier in December and was buried in a traditional casket in a traditional cemetery. One thing I held my ground on was “no embalming”. The funeral director initially said it was required, but I knew it was not. Even though my friend was buried six days after he died, because it was a closed casket during the service and there was no viewing, there was no need to have his body embalmed. I encourage you to find out more about what’s involved in embalming before you agree to have it for someone you love or yourself. Embalming fluids that use formaldehyde are not only expensive and terrible for the environment they are also dan-

gerous to the morticians involved. I will acknowledge that a natural burial will need to occur within a few days of a death (before the body starts to decay too much). The funeral home does keep the body in a very cool environment to slow down the rate of decay, but there is still limited time. If a viewing is desired, another way to slow down the decay is to place the body on dry ice. To create a green cemetery, there are many details to review and hurdles to overcome, but at least there seems to be many people with enough drive to finally get this dream started. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Coop) or info@SAtaxes.ca.


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Ambassadors for Christ

2020 – A Year of Changes Can you believe it? Another year has passed and now we are faced with the beginning of a brand new, still hot-out-of-the-oven, squeaky-clean year. Not only has this year never been used before but it even has a cool new layout, 2020. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the whole 2019 thing but 2020 has a certain ring to it. Now we have to ask ourselves, are we going to head down that wellworn path and follow the masses and choose to make new years’ resolutions? Or... are we going to forge a new trail and say, “Get lost resolutions, we were going to abandon you in a few weeks anyways.” Of course, after making all those resolutions and then having them left behind us in a proverbial ditch, tattered and broken, the guilty feelings of failure are soon to follow. Compound the guilty load when your friends, the ones that you bragged to about how you’re going to do this and do that, come up to you and ask how you’re doing in keeping those lofty resolutions. Cue the rueful chuckle with a shake of the head and have it met with a knowing nod and smile. But wait! Here’s a great idea! How about we forgo the resolutions this 2020 and try something different?

How about we just start to make some small changes in our lives? Nothing grandiose like lose a 100 pounds in a couple of weeks but how about something more manageable like cutting back on drinking soft drinks and substituting some cool, clean water a couple of times per week or per day if you’re feeling feisty. Who knows where that might lead? How about instead of being around those negative people in your lives that like to tear you down, you branch out and surround yourself with a few people that are positive and upbeat. It is amazing what can happen when you have people next to you that build you up. I would also like to say that if you do remove some negative things from your life, whether its people, food or just plain old bad habits, be sure to insert something positive into the newly created space so that the negative doesn’t have room to come back. A thing that I find that has helped me is to make these changes slowly and only do a little bit at a time, I find that if a large change is made too quickly, my brain and body realize it and have a chance to revolt. I have seen friends in the past that decided

to eat healthy all at once and while it did work for awhile, it wasn’t long before this gung-ho assault on their healthy eating quickly resulted in them abandoning their entirely new healthy diet and they dived deeper than before back into the lake of junk food. Remember, while there are always people out there that are willing to help you, in the end, you are the one who needs to make these changes happen. After all, taking one small step towards a happier, healthier you can lead you to places that you may never have imagined! Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

2 Corinthians5:20… 62… 5:20) We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf. Be reconciled to God. 6:2) For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation. (NIV) The clock is ticking. You and I are all set to go for another twelve months: We have left the old year behind; all things are new and pure; we have made our plans and all systems are in place. Nobody can stop us; we are into the New Year and we want nothing to do with the Old Year. Sound familiar? Sure, it does, we have all said that many times. But I need to remind myself that God is the Master of time and that I am the slave of time. Time passes so quickly when you are older, and I never seem to have enough time. If only I could add, say, thirty extra minutes into an hour. I would now have another twelve hours in a day, and I could accomplish everything I ever wanted to do. Sounds rather foolish, don’t you think? We are so keen on the New Year that sometimes we forget the past. Well you say, “The past is past. What we have done is done and there is nothing we can do about it anyway, so you may as well stop making an issue about it.” All right!! I get the point. Some folks who can allow the past to be passed and they have luck on their side. But the past can also trouble us, it can squeeze the joy out of life, and it can enslave us. It can harm us. I remember moments last year when things just did not seem to go the right way, and at that time everything came undone. I remember the fear I felt in my heart. I remember the time when I was hurt by others. How at that moment in time my spirit was crushed to the point of breaking? But then I remembered that God still loved me even when I felt down and out. Oh yes!! Another thing I remembered; He picked me up and re-energized my spirit. What if I were to tell the clock to stop because I cannot start the New Year unless I clean up some unfinished business left over from 2019? Did you know that your past and my past are not dead at all? The past is what is driving you and me right now. It has molded us and formed the way we think, for good or bad... Have you ever said, “This year I will have more time to do the things that are important to me?” But the old saying, “Tomorrow never comes” takes over and shapes our agenda. At this point I find all sorts of excuses to wait until tomorrow to do that which I should do today. The most important thing that I need to do today is take care of all the unresolved situations from last year. Ask yourself this question, “Should I contact, you know who to make things right?” Do I need to confess to God my past sins and then ask the Holy Spirit to give me the power to stay away from those things I know are wrong for me to do? Our Scripture lesson says, “Today is the day of salvation.” The “day of salvation” should never be thrown into yesterday’s forgotten bin. It should be lived out now, in the present, this very moment, so that we can live by grace. As Ambassadors for Christ, we are encouraged to reach out to those who do not have the same opportunities that we have enjoyed. What pulls at our inner being is that very often they feel no debt of gratitude? Not because they have not the ability, but because they will not try, because they have forgotten the love that gave them so much. That is what breaks the hearts of those willing to help. However, when God gives us all His grace and we foolishly go our way and frustrate that grace, we break the heart of Christ… 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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Vodka Shoplifter On December 3 at 4:30 pm a theft of liquor was reported at the Manitoba Liquor and Gaming Commission in Steinbach. An aboriginal female entered the store and was caught on video surveillance placing two large bottles of Vodka into her purse and exiting the store without paying. The female was observed walking across the parking lot toward Superstore and getting into a grey SUV. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Giveosity Fundraiser – Donate for a Chance to Win! Visit Giveosity.com/ SAC, text “SAC” to 393939. New Prize Option: The Grand Prize winner will have the choice between a $2,500 ‘Travel Anywhere’ Expedia Gift Card OR $2,500 in cash. You can donate online or stop by the office (we accept cash, cheque, or Credit Card) to make your donation and enter to win. How does this help you? 15% of all donations go directly back to you – to any SAC member - for a program or tickets, or whatever you choose and 80% goes directly into SAC programs such as: Outdoor Creative Learning Centre, Theatre Costume Room Renovation and keeps program fees at SAC affordable! Winter Programs & Classes Register now for Winter Programs – Makes a Great Gift! 10% off all programs until January 6. Celebrating 40 years of the arts - Try any class at no cost. Visit steinbachartscouncil.ca, by phone at 204-346-1077, or come into the SAC office to register. Benefits of the Backyard Theatre Company: The Backyard Theatre Company (BTC) offers a variety of theatre programs for ages 5 - 17. BTC opens up opportunities to break out of your comfort zone and make lifelong friends. It builds people skills, confidence, and ignites creativity. Join us for a free class to check out all the excitement of

Memberships: 2020 memberships available for $25 per person. After January 15 - $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits! Check out our WEBSITE and register to receive your newsletter by email. Other Programs and Services: Monday to Friday Full lunch: $7. Soup lunch: (Soup, dessert and a biscuit) $3. Call kitchen at 204-320-4605 the day before or before 9am to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic – Call reception at 204320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing – Call 1-800-661-2653 to book an appointment. Community financial counselling services January 20, February 10 - call 1-888-5732383 Cottage Cheese Perogies for sale $6 per dozen. Transportation – Need a ride to an appointment and or in need of some help with cleaning or yard work? You may qualify for our services. Call Carrie to help arrange this for you 204-320-4604 for a small fee Equipment Loan Program – Wheelchairs and walkers for temporary use available, contact Carrie at 204-320-4604 for more information. Friendly Visitor – Do you want to have someone spend some time with you either at home or out in the community? Do you know someone who is unable to leave their home often but would benefit from a friendly visit? Call Carrie and she will try to match someone up with a friendly visitor. Volunteer Opportunities: All ages welcome to volunteer. Please call Sonja at 204-3204603 for more information. We are looking

the Backyard Theatre Company. Arts4Tots Preschool Program – Montessori-Infused Curriculum. 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. Pm spots available. 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: Introductory 12 week classes in Dance4Tots, Hip Hop. No fundraising, no costume fees – just try it out. Languages: French Beginner & Intermediate and Spanish Beginner & Intermediate. Visual Arts: Kids: Art Adventures, Art Xtravaganza; Teens: Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration; Adults: Acrylic & Watercolor Painting, Intro to the Pottery Wheel. Workshops: Wood Burning, Stained Glass, Calligraphy 101, and more. Canvas Paint Nights: Canvas Couples night (18+) February 13 at 6:30 - 9 pm; Canvas & Cabernet (age 18+) April 30 at 6:30 – 9 pm and Canvas & Colas (adults and children) April 30 at 4:30 -6 pm. Need financial assistance? Call 204-3461077 for info about our Creative Arts Bursary Fund.

for Friendly Visitors, Maintenance, Meal Delivery, and Office Support. Special Events Coming Up: Cooking Demo – Thursday, February 27, $6 per person. Cooking for Two. Call to register. Pancake Breakfast - Fourth Thursday of every month, $5 per person, 9am – 11pm, Growing Micro Greens Workshop – Thursday, January 16, 6 – 8 pm, Call to register. Crossings Funeral Care – Wednesday, February 5, 2 - 4 pm, Presentation on Preparing and planning ahead. Old Time Country Dance - Featuring “Aging with Time” Friday, February 28, from 7 – 11 pm. Cost $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Regular Programs and Activities: Check out the Newsletter on our website patporteralc.com for more information. Activities may be cancelled due to other events on short notice. Please check with the Centre. Please note all programs, activities and events are open to any age. Our programs are aimed for seniors but we welcome and encourage all to be a part of what we have to offer. Programs and activities are $2 for Members and $4 for Non-Members unless otherwise stated. Drop-in: Billiards – Monday – Friday 9 am - 3:30 pm. Book Club - Every Tuesday from 11 am-12 pm, every Friday 1-2 pm. Cards & Games - Monday – Friday, 1- 4 pm. Choir – Wednesdays, 10 – 11:30 am. Computer Classes - Wednesdays from 9 am2 pm, one-on-one 1 hour appointments. Exercise Classes - Tuesday Fitness, 1 -1:45 pm and Thursday PACE 1 – 1:45 pm. Fitness Drumming – Wednesday, 1 - 1:45 pm, 10 sessions.

Dawson Trail Dispatch Groove with Nancy McNaughton: A fun dance experience that nurtures the mind body, heart and soul. No experience required. 4 Saturdays, January 18, 25, February 1 and 8 from 10 - 11:30 am at SAC. $49 per person. Call 204-878-0262 to register and for more info. Upcoming Concerts Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre presents New Canadian Curling Club, January 14, 7:30 pm, SRSS Theatre. Tickets $28/$12. Prairie Theatre Exchange presents The Paper Bag Princess, February 8, 2 pm, SRSS Theatre. Tickets $14. Season Tickets: It’s not too late to purchase season tickets. Call SAC today at 204-3461077 Steinbach Youth Chorus: Southeast Centre for Music is offering the Steinbach Youth Chorus this year! Under the direction of Gabriela Gallo, it’s the perfect singing opportunity for ages 9 - 13. Register today! Music Lessons: Southeast Centre for Music - A Centre of Excellence. Don’t wait! Spaces still available in most disciplines - Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Musical Theatre and Youth Choir. Email scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca for info. Exhibits Next Up: Julie Yatzko - Photography by Julie Yatzko EMBrACE: Art Brings Communities Together . Opening Night: January 8 at 7 pm. Running from January 8 - February 28 Southeast Open Judged Exhibit - Calling amateur Artists of ALL ages! This year’s exhibit runs from March 6 - April 15 and the application deadline is on February 7. Visit our new website for digital application form and more info or call 204-346-1077.

Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle – Wednesdays, 1:30 – 4 pm. HO Model Railway Project -Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am - 4 pm. Old Time Country Jam – Back on Wednesday, January 8, Wednesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Out with Friends – Fridays, January 10 and 24, 7 - 10 pm, bring a snack, play board/card games, and enjoy the evening together. Perogy Bee – Monday, February 3, call if you want to help out with making perogies. Beginners Pickleball - Mondays and Fridays 1 – 3 pm. Advanced Pickle Ball - Monday to Friday 9 11:30 am. Tai Chi - Back in March, Mondays 10 – 11:30 am. New: Dance Lessons - Beginning Monday, January 6, 7 - 8 pm. Instructors Ron and Margaret Doerksen will teach waltz, polka, 2 step, heel-toe, seven step and more. $2 member, $4 non- member. Eauporic Aqua Massage - Free Foot & Calf Massage, Tuesday, January 7 from 9 am – 12 pm, and Thursday, January 23 from 1 – 4 pm. Homework Club – Need help with school? Get help with all things school from educated volunteers! Mondays 4 - 6 pm. Free Programs: Walking – Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 9 am and Noon – 1 pm. Crafty Corner – Every Friday 2 - 3:30 pm. Cozy Corner Coffee - Every day 10:30 am. Enjoy a complimentary coffee an occasional treat and some great conversation. Rentals: We accommodate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, meetings, family gatherings and much more. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, please drop by the Centre from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 or the reception desk at 204-320-4600; Fax 204320-9098.


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Tips to Help You Take Charge of Your Finances

If you struggle with your finances, you’re not alone. While many of us manage to keep up with bills and payments, a substantial portion of us face significant financial pressures.

According to the first national survey of financial well-being conducted by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, more than half of Canadians do not regularly save money to cover unexpected expenses. Moreover, one in seven often use credit to purchase basic necessities like food because their money has run out. These statistics are a cause for concern for many reasons. Money worries can negatively impact a person’s mental and physical health, as well as their workplace productivity. So, if you’re looking to improve your financial wellbeing, here are some tips to get you started. 1) Make a budget. A budget is the foundation of financial well-being. It’s a simple and timetested way of making sure you live within your means. If you don’t know where to begin, try the new budget planner from the FCAC. This free interactive tool has tips and suggestions to improve your financial situation and allows you to create a personalized budget. It generates charts showing where your money goes and compares your spending habits with others in similar situations. You can save and update your budget online at anytime, or simply download an interactive spreadsheet.

2) Set up a debt repayment plan. Once you have a budget, make a plan to pay down your debts and avoid taking on more. Include a list of all your debts, from the lowest to the highest. For each debt, track the amount due, the interest rate, as well as the minimum monthly payment required. 3) Have a savings plan. Research shows that people who actively save have better financial well-being than those who don’t – regardless of income level. To create a savings plan, start by identifying your financial goals. They should include short-term goals like saving for a vacation, and medium-term goals like buying a house. And don’t forget about those goals that may seem far off in the distance, like retirement. When it comes to retirement planning, the earlier you start, the better. 4) Be an informed consumer. Another important step is to select financial products and services that best meet your needs. Shopping around is important, as is doing your research. This will help you make informed decisions. Look for bank account and credit card comparison tools that can help you choose carefully. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

Behaviour More Important Than Income The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada recently released a report entitled Findings from Canada’s Financial Well-being Survey, which indicates that our financial well-being depends more on good money management than on income. This is striking because many of us believe that higher incomes guarantee better financial well-being. But this is not the case. Income is important, but behaviour is even more so. For example, the study shows that Canadians who regularly save money have a higher level of financial well-being than those with similar incomes who do not contribute to their savings. It also showed that those who avoid borrowing to cover daily expenses have a higher level of financial well-being than those who borrow regularly, regardless of income. It is encouraging to realize that, even if you cannot increase your income or change your employment status, you can definitely improve your financial well-being by changing behaviours to adopt sound management of your personal finances. Here are some examples of simple steps you can take to achieve or improve your financial

well-being: 1) Make a budget. A budget allows you to estimate your monthly income and expenses. This can help you determine needs, prioritize purchases and commit to a realistic spending plan. 2) Set up an emergency fund. Save regularly and set up an emergency fund for unexpected expenses. In doing this, set a goal to cover a minimum of three to six months of living expenses. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your savings can grow through such small acts as: starting with – and saving – a realistic amount each week, eliminating non-essential spending, automating your savings and increasing your weekly savings if you can. 3) Avoid borrowing to pay for everyday expenses. Living within your means is not always easy, but it is the best way to avoid excessive debt. Borrowing more money puts you at risk of no longer being able to manage your debt. You might hit your credit card limit or have trouble making bigger payments if your mortgage interest rates rise. Learn more at canada.ca/budget-planner. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

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Know Your Financial Rights and Responsibilities As financial consumers, Canadians are lucky. They benefit from strong consumer protection standards when dealing with financial institutions. This, of course, does not mean they should let their guards down. If you have ever ended up with a credit card you didn’t consent to, you know this first-hand. You may have learned the hard way about the importance of knowing your financial rights and responsibilities. For example, a bank must obtain your express consent before issuing you one of their products, such as a credit card. And, if you provide consent orally, they must provide you with confirmation in writing of your consent without delay. Moreover, banks must provide you with information, such as the interest rate and other fees associated with the card, that is clear, simple and not misleading. This information must be displayed in a written information box, which makes it clear what you’re signing up for. As a consumer, you also have a responsibility to take the time to read and understand any documents before you sign them,

including terms and conditions. This kind of information can be complex. So, if anything isn’t clear, ask questions. Also, take the time to explore your options. In other words, shop around for your financial products and services. Most lenders will negotiate and even match the rates or fees of their competition, especially if you have done some homework and tell them what the competition is offering. Shopping around is especially important when it comes to mortgages. We all know home ownership is probably the biggest investment most people will ever make, so take your time. And if you think your financial rights have not been respected, take it up with your bank or lender. If the issue continues, contact the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, which is responsible for protecting consumers of financial services and products. The government organization also provides a wealth of online information about your rights and responsibilities when dealing with financial institutions and various financial products. Find more information at canada.ca/money. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com


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January 2020

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

C ommunity E vents Dugald 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. Friedensfeld 307 Stoneybrook RCAC Squadron - On Thursday nights at 6:15 pm at the Community hall, 32004 Road 35E. Free Program. Cadets participate in a range of training over the course of the school year and over the summer at one of the Summer Training Centres. Subjects include Citizenship, Leadership, Aviation, Aerospace, Navigation, Drill, Physical Fitness, Aircrew Survival, and Marksmanship. Cadets are expected to assist in fundraising to put towards training facilities and costs associated with some optional activities. To register come in person or contact 307rcacs@gmail.com. Grunthal Artistic Connections - Strengthening Parent/Child Relationships through Art offered by Agape House - On Tuesdays, from January 7 –February 11, 9:30 – 11:30 am at New Horizons, 109 Main St. Six-week program for anyone raising a child, 6 or younger. Childcare will be available for children age 7 and up if needed. Activities include finger painting, drawing, flower making, plus more. There is no cost to attend. Registration required as space is limited. Contact Donna 204-326-6062. Hadashville Senior’s Social Club - Every Wednesday at 1 pm at the Recreation Centre. For all seniors in the area meet to play cards, shuffleboard, air hockey and pool. Coffee is on and a meal at 2:30 pm. Pool players also gather on Mondays and Fridays if there is enough players. Call Anthea Lewis 204-880-1015. Reynolds Moms & Tots Playgroup – On Wednesdays until June from 10 am – 5 pm. Crafts, Gym Use, Playroom, Snack, Outdoor Play. Contact Angie Hood 204-295-4010 Ile-des-Chênes TAMS Taekwondo – On Tuesday and Thursday from 6 - 8 pm at Ecole IDC School. Contact Master Jackson 204-782-1240, tamstaekwondo.com or tamstaekwondoidc@gmail.com. Ritchot Senior Services at the TransCanada Centre. Call 204339-6141 for more information. A variety of events and activities are available at the TC Energy Centre, 1 Rivard St. Call Dena at 204-878-4915 for more information. Foot Care Clinics – On Friday, January 31 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. 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. 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 Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Co-Ed Volleyball League – Starts Thursday, January 10 at the Ecole St Joachim, 29 Normandeau Bay. Co-Ed Volleyball League has room for teams! 2 divisions. Minimum 3 women per team of 6. Runs January through May on Thursdays and all games are played in Labroquerie. $300/team due by January 1, 2020. Contact Jo-Anne Dalton, 204-791-3868, venusmars@isislight.ca. Chase The Ace – On Wednesdays at 6 pm at The Frantz Inn, Hwy 52. Tickets $1 each, from 6 - 8 pm. Draw takes place at 8:10 pm. If the Ace is not pulled, the winner will take home 10% of that night’s ticket sales and 45% will be added to the next week’s Jackpot. Every week that the Ace of Spades in not pulled, the pot grows larger! Funds raised to support Agape House. Contact 204-326-6062. 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 Lorette Métis Local – Come meet the new Board! Join us Thursday, January 16 at Le Club des Bles d’Or, 1254 Dawson Rd at 6:30 to 8 pm. Light refreshments will be served. We want to hear from our members about what they want going forward, so please come and share your ideas with us. Visit our website lorettemetislocal.ca or FB Lorette Métis Local for info. Contact lorettemetislocal@gmail.com. Ritchot Senior Services: Supper - Every Tuesday and Friday at Le Club des Bles D’. Please reserve your meal one day prior, before 6 pm by calling 204-878-2682 and leave a message. Foot Care Clinics – On Wednesday, January 22 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-8832880.

Attention Newcomers - Have you purchased a home or condo in the area, over the last year? The Welcome Basket Committee of the LUD of Lorette would be happy to answer questions. We have a free basket of coupons, small gifts, samples, brochures, and business cards which have been generously provided by the businesses and organizations. To arrange a visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@gmail.com. No strings attached. PTSD Support Group – Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the RM of Tache office, Hwy 206. Volunteer support meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder support group. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm with the draw at 9:15 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. 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. Mitchell Seniors’ Breakfasts – Every Tuesday, from 8 - 9:30 am at the Seniors’ Centre, 130 Ash St. Open to all. Cost $3 to $6. Bring a friend and enjoy the fellowship. Contact Jane Penner, 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com. 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. Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424. Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – Tuesdays 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign-in required. Prawda 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 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 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 Programs: Programs at 457 Main St. Firm Foundations 4 Life – On Tuesday January 14 at 10 am, 457Main St. Join us in welcoming Firm Foundations 4 Life which is owned & operated by Deborah Gerylo who has 4-year Bachelor of Science from University of Winnipeg, is a certified reflexologist and is a qualified practitioner associate with VoxxLife. Men’s Coffee Time - On Tuesday, January 7 at 10 am, 457 Main St. Gentlemen it’s your time. Stop in for a cup, chat with friends or maybe a game of cards. Cost $2 for coffee and a muffin. Yoga Strong & Balanced – On Wednesdays at 1:30 pm on January 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 457 Main St. Cost $20. Start with a gentle range of motion warm up, then progress through a variety of yoga poses/exercises. Class is done barefoot, please bring your own yoga mat. All other equipment provided. Intervals 4:2 – On Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 9:15 am. 457 Main St. Cost $20. The best of cardio & strength. Bingo - On Tuesday, January 28 from 1 - 2:30 pm at 457 Main St. Cost: $2. Games played for fun prizes. Call ahead to reserve a seat 204-883-2880.

Foot Care Clinic – On Tuesday, January 21 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Bonspiel “The 6 Pack Spiel” – On Saturday, January 25 at the Curling Club for one day only. Less than a month to sign up your team. 6 end games and 12 Team Limit. Open to men’s, women’s or mixed. $60/team plus one 6-pack of beer or coolers/player. Canteen and bar will be open for the day to Curlers and Public. Winning a curling game will get your team a 6-pack as a prize! Must be 18 years of age. Cans must be a retail brand of 355ml in size. Contact curlstadolphe@gmail. com or Chantal at 204-296-9554. Chair Fit – On Mondays from 10:45 - 11:15 am. Free. Gentle workout to help strengthen and lengthen muscles, improve range of motion all from a chair or using chair for stability. Wear clean supportive foot wear. These classes are designed for those that are new to exercise, recovering from injury or just enjoy a gentler exercise experience. You will never be asked to get down on the floor at anytime during these workouts. Quilting & Knitting – On Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Join on creating lap quilts for the Alzheimer society. We need volunteers to help not only with sewing but cutting, ironing, and organizing. Knitting is your thing, no problem we also knit scarves, toques, mittens and slippers that are then donated to different organizations and are shared with those in need over the cold winter months. Strength & Balance – On Mondays and Fridays until February, from 9:15 - 10:15 am. Free. A 6-month program includes exercise for balance and strength as part of a Falls Prevention Program. Participants must commitment to 2x a week for the 6 months. Limited space available. Curling Club Leagues - Men’s: Tuesday nights, 6:30 and 8:45 pm draws. Rockettes Ladies Morning: Tuesday mornings, no experience necessary. Contact 204-883-2269, CherylKennedyCourcelles@hotmail.com. Ladies League: Wednesday Nights, 6:30 and 8:45 pm draws. Mixed: Friday Nights, 7 and 9:15 pm draws. Junior: Saturday Mornings to mid-February (12 sessions), 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Junior Learn-to-Curl: Saturday mornings to mid-February (12 sessions), 9:30 10:20 am. All leagues are subject to a minimum number of registrations. Register curlstadolphe@gmail.com. Mood Disorders Meeting – On Thursdays at 2:30 pm, 457 Main St. with Tara Brousseau, Executive Director for a support group, with topics on depression, bipolar, recovery, shame, resilience, mindfulness, meditation, coping and self soothing skills, interrelationship skills, seniors’ issues, distress tolerance and peer to peer support. All ages are welcome. Senior’s Skate – On Thursdays from 2:30–4 pm at the rink. Club Amical Lunches and Bingo – Resumes in March on Thursdays at Club Amical 344 Main St. A homemade meal for only $8. Call to place your take-out order 204-883-2491 pick-up at 12 pm or eat in. Pickleball 50+ - On Thursdays 6 - 7:30 pm at St. Adolphe School Gym. Contact Maria and Gerard 204-771-3162, email thegills@shaw.ca. Beginners encouraged to come and try. 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. St. Pierre-Jolys Army Cadets – On Thursdays, from 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Hall, 545 Hébert Ave. Join the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC Army Cadets. Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 18. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt. Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@ cadets.gc.ca or 3234mbhorse.info@gmail.com. Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, 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 Foot Care Clinic - On Monday, January 6 at the Community Centre with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Preregister, contact Janice 204-883-2880. 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. Call 204-882-2180. 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 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 Mélanie Brémaud at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or labseinerss@gmail.com.

Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 – 7:30 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. Steinbach Toddler and Me, Story Hour – On Monday, January 6 at 10 am, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Pre-K Programs Registration for ages 12 - 35 mo and “Story Hour” ages 3 - 5 yrs. A free 10-week session. Space is limited. Classes begin January 22 and 23. Visit in person to register. Contact Katarina Garrecht, 204-326-6841 or earlychildJEL@gmail.com. TAILS: Therapy Animals Involved in Literacy Skills - Registration begins Monday, January 6. Limited space available. Sessions will run every Tuesday, for 8 weeks, from January 21 to March 17. Children must have basic reading skills to be registered for this program. A free, motivational, confidence building, low stress canine-assisted reading program for children who are experiencing difficulties with reading. This program provided by the partnership with St. John Ambulance’s Animal Therapy Service Volunteers. Contact Madison Redekopp 204326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Sport Manitoba Rural Athlete Development Program – On Monday, January 20 at 7:30 pm, 306 Main St. A 15-week program includes individualized programs and supervised training designed for athletes with a background in competitive sport. Suited for athletes aged 13 - 21 who are pursuing high-level competitive success in their sport or possibly attending the 2020 Manitoba Games or Niagara 2021 Canada Games. Cost $225/athlete. Contact Jacquie at 204-2292673, jacqueline.mazur@sportmanitoba.ca. Paint the Night Away – On Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. A fundraiser taught by local artist, Colleen Watchorn. Cost is $35/ person. The funds raised will go towards the purchase of library books. Advanced registration at is required. Limited space. For ages 13 and up. Ages 13 - 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp, 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Steinbach and Area Garden Club - On Monday, January 13 at 7 – 8:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. “Exotic Plants 2.0’. Get to know the latest cultivators and unique specimens trending in the world of houseplants with Dave Hanson co-owner of Sage Garden Greenhouse and co-host of the CBC radio podcast Grow Guide. Non-members $5. Visit sagardenclub.com for information and cost. Write or Wrong: Creative Writers Group – Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Writers, join us for our Creative Writers’ Group. Enjoy the company of fellow writers and if you would like, bring a selection of writing to share and have critiqued (max. 5 pages). For ages 16 and up. Contact Madison Redekopp, 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Steinbach Sizzlers 4-H – On Mondays at 7 pm, United Church, 541 Main St. Join the fun of Learning to Do by Doing! Work on projects like woodworking, cooking, baking, sewing, welding, photography and many more! For children 8 years old and up. Contact Tatiana 204-429-2107, loonlover06@ gmail.com. Steinbach Alpha Unit - Meet up every Sunday at Clearspring Centre mall from 8 - 10 pm for a truck and car club. Any and all vehicles are welcome to join or if you just want to come down to check it out everyone is welcome. Contact Beau Friesen 204-381-0647, beaufriesen98@hotmail.com. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi – On Wednesdays, at 7 pm at the United Church, 541 Main St. Ancient Taoist Tai Chi art develops a strong body, balanced and energetic mind that is calm and clear, creative and dynamic. Learn 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi and feel the benefits. All of our classes are led by qualified instructors. Contact Veronica Klassen 204-3926565, Winnipeg@taoist.org. PTSD Support Group- On the last Thursday of each month, at 7 pm at the Steinbach Legion. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4th Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. We alternate between a family movie and a classic movie. Free admission and popcorn are included. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current information & a variety of presentations. Call 204-346-0413. 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. 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 at eastmansafety.ca or call 1-204-371-1595. 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 – Meets on 1st Tuesday every month at 8 pm until June 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 decision-making 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 St., visitors welcome. Call Cornie 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - 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 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining. Carillon Toastmasters - Every Thursday at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library, 255 Elmdale St. Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Contact 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. Vita Stay and Play – On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am, at the Shevchenko School for children ages 0 - 5 along with their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun, free, educational learning program. Crafts, snacks, songs, games and story time! Facilitator: Andrea Smith. Contact Penny Horvorka-Alcock 204-425-3535. 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. To have your event featured in this listing, please email your events each month to to editor@dawsontrail.ca


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Health Assessment for Southern Manitoba

After much intensive work, Southern Health-Santé Sud has completed its Community Health Assessment (CHA). The CHA is a dynamic, ongoing process undertaken to identify the strengths and needs of a community. It enables communitywide establishment of health priorities and facilitates collaborative action planning directed at reducing health disparities, improving community health status and quality of life. Coordinated provincially, the Community Health Assessment Network (CHAN) worked collaboratively to structure the document using a common template. This approach will enable Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) to compare data more easily amongst regions, poising health organizations to draw on each other’s learnings and strengths. CHAN is comprised of representatives from all five RHAs within Manitoba, the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Manitoba Health Seniors and Active Living, CancerCare Manitoba and Healthy Child Manitoba. “The Community Health Assessment provides a picture of the overall health of people in the region. With this CHA, we focussed on indicators that have proven over time to be really good for measuring population health,” shared CEO Jane Curtis. “The data will ensure continued conversations about health equity in our region with a focus to drill down in our data so we can understand what the data mean and how it reflects on the health of different population groups.” The Southern Health-Santé Sud 2019 CHA illustrates some high-level findings which will form the basis for the next Strategic Health Plan, helping the region plan and deliver the programs and services that are needed: A Growing, Diverse Population: Tipping the population count at 204,274, Southern Health-Santé Sud has a diverse population. The population has increased by 9% in the past five years, representing the largest percentage of growth in the province. Looking forward, the region has the largest projected growth with an anticipated increase of 25% by 2030. CHA Paints a Picture of Health, despite increasing rates of some chronic diseases Southern Health-Santé Sud is one of the healthiest regions in Manitoba, despite increasing rates of some chronic diseases. Life expectancy was among the highest in the province and mortality indicators remained stable over time. The region was significantly better than the provincial average on many health outcomes. As the population grows and ages, more people are living with some chronic diseases. A notable finding reflects that with end-stage kidney disease, our re-

gion is projected to experience the highest increase in the province for renal therapies by 2024. Variations and Health Inequities within the Region: Even though Southern Health-

Santé Sud has one of the healthiest populations in the province, disparities still exist in different geographical areas and across different population groups. The CHA data explores some of the

factors affecting this inequity, such as wide income gaps across the region. Throughout the CHA report, it is clear that many indicators are strongly associated with income. The underlying causes of

health inequities are largely social and economic in nature. The actions needed to reduce inequities go beyond the health care system and are vital to improving the health of all Manitobans.


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Pickup with Fuel Tank Recovered On December 2 at approximately 8 am, Sprague RCMP were notified that between the dates of November 29 (4 pm) and December 2 (6 am) a black 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup Truck was stolen from Premier Tech Horticulture Peat Moss Bog site approximately 60 km north of Sprague on PR 308. The truck had a split red fuel tank on the back with about 1,000 litres of fuel capacity and no licence plates as it was used on site only. PR 308 does connect with Highway #1 and therefore culprit(s) could have proceeded north on PR 308 to Highway #1. The vehicle was located in Falcon Lake on December 4; however police are still looking for suspect(s). If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Sprague RCMP Detachment at 204-437-2041 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Wildfire Farms Near Stuartburn Each month, the Stuartburn Franklin-Emerson Local Food Initiative profiles a local producer of the area whose products are available for purchase. Wildfire Farms began ten years ago with a vision of direct marketing grass-fed beef from the Barnabe family beef ranch direct to the consumer. Meaghan Barnabe, owner of the venture, hopes to share with others all the nutrient dense, healthy meat that she and her family have always had access to. The Barnebe farm is located in Woodmore, five miles west of Stuartburn, where Meaghan lives and raises her three children. Since startup Wildfire Farms has expanded from strictly beef sales, to heritage pork, free range chicken, and also honey. They have plenty of variety, cuts, roasts, sausages, organ meats, soup bones available all year round. Direct marketing and selling requires an incredible amount of administrative work and Meaghan excels at that aspect of owning the business and is the farms’ goto person for customer service, inquires and marketing. Wildfire Farms beef is 100% grass raised and finished. Cattle

Meaghan Barnabe owns and operates Wildfire Farms, located about five miles west of Stuartburn.

are rotated on native pastures and are kept 28-36 months for ultimate quality and flavour. Grass fed beef has many health benefits and is an excellent source of vitamins A, E, beta-carotene, Omega-3 fatty acids and CLA. The chickens and pigs are also raised in large spaces outdoors. Although chickens and pigs cannot survive on a diet strictly based on grasses, they are fed a variety of local grains, without corn or soy,

and are allowed to grow at a slower more natural rate than conventional barn-raised chickens and pigs. All the meat from Wildfire Farms is antibiotic, hormone, and steroid free and all products are free of nitrate, gluten, and sugar. Wildfire Farms is totally invested in growing and raising food naturally. See their website for details and complete range of product listings at wildfirefarms.ca.

Cattle are rotated on native pastures and are kept 28-36 months for ultimate quality and flavour.

The chickens and pigs are also raised in large spaces outdoors.

School-Based Mental Health and Addictions Support Gets Funds A provincial investment of $4.4 million to enhance access to school-based mental health and addiction supports includes Steinbach. According to Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen, “This innovative initiative allows for enhanced access to supports prior to requiring a referral to other community services or regional health authority programs.” “These additional resources will reduce wait times for children and youth attempting to access supports at community clinics, strengthen inter-agency co-ordination, and provide parents and families with a voice and choice in the treatment plans for their children,” Goertzen explained. The initiative will be piloted in the Hanover, Portage la Prairie and Brandon school divisions in

years one and two of the project. Based on the outcomes the project is anticipated to be scaled up to 12 teams in the third year, Goertzen noted. Randy Dueck, superintendent of Hanover School Division said the division is acutely aware of the increasing number of students suffering from mental health issues. “The social and emotional well-being of our students is a top priority for us over the next three years,” Dueck said. “This timely additional funding strengthens our community service partnerships, addresses critical needs and is on target to improve the well-being of our students.” The three-year investment will enhance existing school-based clinical teams with psychiatric nurses and addiction support workers. In partnership with school divisions, the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment

Centre, regional health authorities and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, teams will provide mental health services directly in schools and support students with moderate mental health and addictions needs. High Fidelity Wraparound facilitators will be assigned to work at schools alongside existing schoolbased clinical teams to improve the well-being of students who require these services. The wraparound approach creates teams with members from many systems. They work to create an integrated, highly individualized plan that includes the co-ordination of existing services, as well as the development of new or non-traditional supports to address complex emotional and behavioural challenges. Wraparound is an ongoing process that may last for many months or even years.


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Unique Anti-Aging Treatment Now Available in Region By Marianne Curtis Women and men seeking a little “tightening” of their facial muscles can access a new to the area process called Microcurrent Facial Sculpting. Available in Lorette at Current Expressions, Facial Tone Technician Cheryl Fedeluk offers the specialized treatment which can regenerate facial muscles and even take out dark spots. “I worked for many years in spas, and anti-aging clinics, gaining experience and perfecting my skills,” explained Fedeluk. “As time went on, and the growing demand for a more holistic approach for anti-aging, I took it upon myself to, research the latest micro current technology available and after purchasing my equipment I opened Current Expressions facial tone & skin care clinic.” Microcurrent Facial Sculpting is a non-

invasive treatment involving zapping your face with tiny electrical currents to stimulate, tone and tighten facial muscles. “It is an anti-aging facial that regenerates the muscles and skin,” Fedeluk explained. “People go to the gym to tone their bodies, well this is workout is for your face.” Treatment sessions can range from 45 minutes to one hour long, and may require several sessions. With clients ranging from women aged 27 - 75, treatments are individualized for each client. “It depends what the client is looking for, some women will come in just before a wedding for a lift,” Fedeluk continued. “Others want to see bigger results which take several sessions.” Current Expressions is located along Dawson Road, east of Lorette. To find out more visit currentexpressions.ca. Facial Tone Technician Cheryl Fedeluk now offers Microcurrent Facial Sculpting in Lorette.

Residents Encouraged to Support Sunrise Corner Tourism After three years of tirelessly establishing the Sunrise Corner Tourism brand, local residents are being encouraged to get involved with promoting the area and the communities within the boundaries. Sunrise Corner Tourism is a joint venture between the RM’s of Piney and Stuartburn. They have been working together for several years on a tourism strategy to better promote communities and the area as a whole. According to Sunrise Corner representative Monique Chenier, the group has been hard to promote the region. Actions completed include networking with organizations like Eastman Tourism, creation of a detailed inventory of events so that current content is available both on the Sunrise Corner website, and social media networks. She noted they have also set up the organization as a non-profit in order to apply for various grants that will also help promote the area. Now, Chenier invites residents living in both the RM of Piney and Stuartburn to help create a thriving community by helping promote the area. “If you’re on social media, like and follow Sunrise Corner Tourism. Like the posts and if you love them and comment, even better. Share posts with your friends and invite them to like the page. The more people see what our area has to offer, the more visitors we’ll get,” Chenier suggested. “Plan a day trip with family or friends to a Sunrise Corner attraction you haven’t visited yet.” The next event taking place in the area is the Vita Winter Festival on January 18 and 19. She also invites all community volunteers to send event lists and information to Sunrise Tourism so they can help with promotion as well. Information can be sent to monique@sunrisecornermb.ca. For more information on events taking place throughout 2020, visit their website at sunrisecornermb.ca.

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Dog Sleds to Highlight Upcoming Vita Festival The community of Vita is excitedly gearing up for the 3rd Annual Winter Festival. The Festival started three years ago, with the help of a tourism grant as a fundraiser for the Vita Community Recreation Centre. This year, the two day event is taking place January 18 and 19. One of the weekend highlights is the highly entertaining and competitive dog sled races. Spectators can either wait at the finish line for the racers, or follow along and cheer from a safe distance along the highway route as dog sled teams make their way to Sundown and back from Vita. Scheduled activities include skijorning, toboggan hill, fireworks, canteen, bonfire, dog sled rides, bannock making, hockey tournament, and kids spiel curling. There will also be horse drawn sleigh rides, a magician, children’s tournament and activities. A craft and vendor show is taking place at Shevchenko School. With a community pancake breakfast on both days, there is no reason to head out with an empty stomach. On Saturday, breakfast is 10 am to noon at the RM of Stuartburn Fire Hall and on Sunday, breakfast is taking place at the Vita Friendship Centre from 9 am to 1 pm. Events are taking place at the RM of Stuartburn Firehall, the Vita Arena, and other public areas throughout the community.

Join the crowd and cheer the dog sled teams along as they race along the bottom of the ditch from Vita to Sundown and back.

Photo by Marianne Curtis

IDC Student Named Athlete of the Week On December 11, Sophie Morrice of the École/Collège régional Gabrielle-Roy team in Ile des Chenes was named Rural High School Athlete of the Week by the Manitoba High School Athletic Association. The 5’11” left side hitter led her team to a silver medal finish at the Provincial “AA” Volleyball Championships, where she was named an all-star. According to Coach Alain Hebert, “She’s the captain of the team and leads by example. She isn’t scared to make mistakes and take the shot when the team needs her.” “She has an aggressive serve and is very smart about her plays,” Hebert added. “She lives and breathes volleyball and has a great appreciation for the sport and her coaches.” During the season Morrice led her team to a zone 13 championship, 1st place at their provincial qualifier, 2nd place at the Neelin Dig, Garden Valley and Morris tournaments and a third place finish at the Killarney tournament. When she is not on the volleyball court, the grade 12 student maintains an 88% academic average. Morrice is the second student from École/Collège régional Gabrielle-Roy to be recognized. Last month, fellow team mate Michelle Prejet was also recognized for helping get the team to the provincials. Throughout the school year, the Manitoba High School Athletic Association recognizes an urban and rural athlete each week. Prejet is the first rural athlete to be recognized from this region for the 2019-20 school year.

Sophie Morrice of the École/Collège régional Gabrielle-Roy team in Ile des Chenes was named Rural High School Athlete of the Week by the Manitoba High School Athletic Association.

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