Dawson Trail Dispatch July 2019

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July 2019

Ritchot Makes it New Bothwell into Top Five as Hosts Centennial a ParticipACTION Community

Unveiling the commemorative mural that recognizes 100 years of history in New Bothwell.

On June 22, 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, photo booth, bouncers for the kids, and other activities for all age groups including paint afternoon, scavenger hunt and poker derby. The highlight of the afternoon was unveiling a mural that depicts different aspects of the community over the past 100 years. The community, which started out known as Kronsthal, was settled by Mennonites who emigrated from the Bergthal Colony, in south Russia back in the 1870’s. The name “Bothwell” originates with the establishment of the Bothwell School in 1919 about a half a mile east of Kronsthal. Not long after the new school opened, busi-

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nesses and families moved near the school and the village grew. The town, however, remained under the name Kronsthal until 1939, when the post office was established. At the time, a vote was taken by the community and the name Bothwell was chosen after the new school. After discovering another community with the same name, the word “New” was added.

Original school from which New Bothwell got its name.

During the month of June, residents within the RM of Ritchot 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, Ritchot residents logged a combined 1.4 million minutes of activity in over 200 events that was logged via the ParticipACTION app between May 31 - June 16. This placed them in fourth place in central Canada under Headingley who placed second. Both were the only Manitoba communities to make the list. “The competition was fierce and while we didn’t make it to the number one spot we were in the top 2% of Canada’s most active communities,” confirmed a Ritchot Recreation spokesperson. “Thank you to everyone who was active and logged their physical activity minutes, you all ROCK!” As part of the fun, the RM of Ritchot pledged $5,000 to the most active community based on physical activity time logged on the ParticipACTION app. At the end of the challenge, St. Adolphe was named the winner after logging the most minutes from all the communities in the municipality. To participate, residents were asked to track daily physical activity using the ParticipACTION app, the active app for everyone and inspire friends and family to do the same. In addition to encouraging residents to get out and get active, hands on demonstrations of some activities were available. Throughout the municipality ParticipACTION events such as rugby, lacrosse, archery and disc golf took place. The recreation committee even painted animal tracks in every community to encourage a scavenger hunt that was enjoyed by community members of all ages.

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Clearview Coop Opens Agro Centre On June 26, the Clearview Co-op Agro Centre north of Steinbach on Highway 12 was officially opened for business with a ribbon cutting. “We’re pumped,” said General Manager Henry Nickel. “The staff has done everything they could to get it going.” Clearview Co-op Agro Centre is designed to help producers with all their crop needs and services. Services available include field scouting for timely crop management, soil testing, spreader rentals, custom application, fast and accurate fertilizer blending and seed treatment. Their skilled staff also deals with canola, soybean, corn and forage seed, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, inoculants along with dry fertilizer, macro and micro-nutrients.

Grand opening of the new Clearview Co-op Agro Centre.

Disconnecting to Connect Sharing Our Stories…

My husband and I were travelling the other day. We were having a conversation about the ‘lost fine art’ of making a mixed tape. Do you remember the excitement of sitting next to the radio in anticipation of recording your favourite song? Hearing this, my daughter quickly informed us that a playlist on Spotify would have been a much easier option! The reality is that we function in a world that depends on technology. Processing times and gigabytes are the lingo of today. We assume the ability to reach

someone at any time. We have instant access to so much information at the touch of our fingertips. It seems convenience has replaced connection - and it’s having an impact on how families interact. While this can feel disheartening, there is a simple solution. We must reconnect with the basics. Human connection is necessary for both babies and young children to feel safe and secure and to thrive. Attachment and appropriate physical touch are important for positive mental health in babies and toddlers. Our children learn about our reliability and approachability by how we interact with them. Our interactions help children learn how to regulate their body and emotions. This can be by giving a hug when they are upset, or simply snuggling up on the couch and reading a book together. ‘Reconnecting’ can be achieved by

talking while at the table or in the vehicle, or figuring out fun ways to get around by skipping, hopping or jumping. The sky is the limit; it’s about creating opportunities to connect. Getting up, going outdoors and moving around benefits everyone, including children. It can help us relax and unwind. Playing outside can also stimulate our imaginations, creativity and our ability to solve problems. Children are able to better focus and regulate themselves after having opportunity to be active outdoors. Simply said our ability to engage with our children is the very best thing we can do for helping them develop the skills they need for daily life. At the end of the day it’s okay to listen to that playlist. But let it be the soundtrack to everything else going on in life rather than the focus.

Former Teacher Sentenced to 8 Years for Sexual Abuse On June 21, a former Lorette elementary school teacher was sentenced to eight years in jail, less time served, for sexually abusing an eight year old girl. Back in September, Remi Dallaire was found guilty of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and making sexually explicit material available to a child in September 2018, following a trial. While Dallaire pleaded not guilty to all the charges, he was referred to as a predator when the Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Ken Champagne convicted him on all four charges. The charge of sexual assault was stayed. Dallaire’s lawyer Matt Gould, states his client maintains his innocence. Prior to sentencing an attempt was made to re-open the trial based on new evidence. Apparently in January of this year, a Headlingly Corrections Institute inmate came forward with a detailed confession, including how he supposedly committed the crimes against the girl, but he later recanted the confession.

Judge Champagne noted that it was “unbelievable” that someone would come forward now with details that closely matched what was revealed in the trial and suggested it was “concocted”. Prior to the judge’s ruling, the court heard testimony from her mother and the RCMP involved in the case. “It is a skilled example of grooming behaviour and I don’t hesitate in finding that the accused is a predator,” Champagne said in his ruling. “There is clear evidence of repeated sexual assaults.” Dallaire was charged after the child told her mother that she had been sexually assaulted by the man while he was house sitting across the street. The mother reported the allegations to the RCMP, who conducted a search of the home the incidents took place. During the search, RCMP found evidence matching detailed descriptions given by the child. RCMP say no other victims have come forward. The identities of the girl who is now eleven and her mother are protected under a publication ban.

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ATV Crash Claims Zhoda Rancher A well known Zhoda rancher has died as a result of injuries sustained during an ATV accident at the beginning of June. On June 6, Steinbach RCMP reported that a Zhoda area man was in hospital after losing control of his ATV while working in a field. STARS was called to the farm, and the victim was taken to Health Sciences Centre with a variety of life threatening injuries. Ten days later, sixty-nine year old Juergen Schubert succumbed to his injuries on June 17. Schubert was well known in southern Manitoba especially in the ranching community. He was involved on numerous boards and associations, including the Manitoba Ranch Rodeo Association. His Zhoda area ranch that he shared with wife Shirley Barca was well visited by cowboys from throughout the region to practice their roping and team penning. Juergen Schubert

RCMP Search for Suspect in Landmark Abduction On June 23, Manitoba RCMP received an emergency call from a homeowner indicating that an injured 16-year-old female was at their house and that she may have been the victim of an abduction. RCMP officers from Steinbach, St. PierreJolys as well as Police Dog Services immediately responded. According to RCMP, preliminary investigation has determined that the victim was walking her dog on Road 30 North when a male driver of a pick-up truck stopped and asked the young girl if she needed a ride. When the victim declined, the male driver forced the her into the vehicle. As the vehicle was approaching a dead-end on Road 45 North, approximately 4 km east of Landmark, it began to slow; it is at this time that the she managed to escape. She made her way to the nearest residence and police were called. The victim sustained minor injuries during this incident. “This is an extremely serious situation, but we want to reassure the

public that we are doing everything we can to track down the suspect,” said Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP. “We are asking anyone who may have noticed a suspicious vehicle and driver in the area that matches the description provided to immediately contact police.” Extensive patrols were made but the suspect and vehicle were not located. A composite sketch of the suspect has been completed and Manitoba RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying him. The suspect is described as male, 1822 years-old, clean-cut, approximately 5’8” with a medium build, light-brown complexion, thick and wavy black hair, round face. He was wearing a blue sweater with a hood which had yellow flame writing on the front. He was wearing shorts that resembled swim shorts with a blueto-green-to-blue pattern. He might have been wearing sandals. The truck is described as an older model, matte black, 4-door pick-up truck, with a tinted rear window.

A composite sketch of the suspect has been completed and Manitoba RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying him.

The vehicle does not have running boards or steps. Major Crime Services are assisting with the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to immediately call the St. PierreJolys RCMP at 204-433-7433, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Falcon Lake RCMP Respond to Distress Signal on Mantario Trail At 4 pm on June 28 the Manitoba RCMP’s Operational Communications Centre received notice of a distress signal from a personal satellite messenger device. The coordinates placed the signal near a section of the Mantario Trail. Further investigation determined that an 18-year-old male hiker from East St. Paul had been dropped-off with supplies at the southern trail head near Caddy Lake earlier that morning. A helicopter that was already in the general area was notified of the distress signal and flew to the coordinates to search. At approximately 6 pm, the helicopter made visual contact but was unable to land due to the terrain. The pilot noted that the male was not moving. In conjunction with the helicopter search, personnel from the Falcon Lake RCMP, EMS, Manitoba Sustainable Development as well as the Southeast Whiteshell Fire Department headed towards the remote location to search for the male. At 7:50 pm, the 18-year-old male was located deceased by the searchers near the trail on the east side of Marion Lake. An autopsy has been scheduled. The investigation is ongoing.

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Bracing for Two Elections The first one is the provincial election happening a bit over a year before its due date. The excuse for this unnecessary exercise is not to mar our 150 Manitoba anniversary. This doesn’t hold much water. All politicians of all stripes, Municipal, Provincial and Federal will be blowing their horns ad nauseum next year anyway so the best guess is the provinces hoping to influence the Federal elections outcome. When you see that the federal conservatives have convinced the Ontario Tory’s to lay low till after the election, it seems likely that other requests have been made to other Tory Premiers depending on the Canadian geography and polls regarding same and their kryptonic aversion to a carbon tax. The Manitoba Premier pointing out his distaste for the Quebec bill curtailing the wearing of religious symbols seems odd. At this time The Tory Andrew Scheer needing to win Quebec seats is very reluctant to criticize Quebec but may want a much needed proxy to covey the Tory official stance to western Canada. The Manitoba health file is also presenting the government with significant problems vis-a-vis their aspiration towards cost and wait times. I predict that opposition parties will be campaigning on the health delivery issue as their main platform for as many elections as this problem will fester. One can already imagine one heavy influenza hitting Manitoba in the late fall season. Rhetoric will be the only commodity in over indulgence. The apparent influence for the private sector selling autopac renewals which goes against MPIC‘s suggested direction will go on for a few more years. This will cost us an extra 4.4% per year. At this time it is not clear why the Premier overruled MPIC but it sounds like the principal was political expediency. On the Federal scene the Greens are looking better and better!

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Working Hard for You Parliament has risen for what is likely the last time before the Federal election this fall. Canada’s Conservatives have had a strong session. We fought for our agricultural producers, particularly our canola farmers and pork producers, whose products have been unfairly banned by China. We fought for charities and organizations who continue to be discriminated against by the Liberals through the Canada Summer Jobs program. We worked hard, and will continue to work, to hold Justin Trudeau and his team accountable for their political interference in the cases of SNC Lavalin and Vice Admiral Mark Norman. Canadians deserve better. For the past four years, Conservatives have worked hard to show Canadians that there is an alternative to Justin Trudeau. We will repeal the Carbon Tax. We will balance the budget responsibly, lower taxes and leave Canadians with more money in their pockets so they can get ahead, not just get by. We laid out a clear plan to get pipeline projects built and presented our vision for an energy corridor that would allow major, job-creating projects to get built while also minimizing environmental impact. Conservatives will support the development of green technology to make environmentally-friendly alternatives available without making the lives of Canadians more expensive. We will work to protect our environment by reinstating and im-

proving conservation funding, combating air and water pollution, and taking action on plastics and waste. We will work with our international partners to reduce emissions. We will undertake a governmentwide effort to remove the interprovincial trade barriers that have held back our federation for so long and negotiate a new Interprovincial Free Trade Agreement. We announced the first steps of our plan to take on gangs, combat child abuse, tackle human trafficking and put the rights of victims ahead of the rights of criminals. This is all part of our overall plan for A Safer Canada. We will clearly identify the threats Canadians face at home and abroad. We will renew our sovereignty with a reinvigorated national defence. We will work to immediately secure our border, restore fairness, order, and compassion in our immigration system. Canadians deserve a government made up of talented, passionate, and motivated men and women who fight every day to help Canadians realize their dreams. A government that is working hard for you. That’s what a Conservative Government will deliver. Happy Canada Day On July 1, we gather as proud Canadians to honour the vision and values of our forefathers and celebrate our great nation. I am thankful to be able to describe Canada as a prosperous, stable, compassionate, and free country. It

truly is a land of endless possibility, promise and strength. We are truly blessed to live in Canada. Canada Day is also an opportunity, to look forward, and to ponder what we want the Canada of the future to look like. Canada is a nation strong and free and we, as Canadians, have the responsibility to shape our future, to keep the true north strong and free for future generations. It is up to all of us to confidently declare our values, and our desires for our country going forward. Canada Day is a day to reflect on all that we have accomplished as a nation. A day to consider how best to steward what we have been given by generations past. A day to dream of an even brighter future. A day to express our gratitude. While the face of our nation may change, our core values remain: personal freedom, hard work, integrity, respect, self-sacrifice, and charity. These are values we must protect and maintain as we work, together, to build an even better, stronger Canada. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-3331933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me at Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

Three Community Projects Get Funding Three community-led organizations in southern Manitoba are getting a portion of a $1.7 million in provincial grants slated for support projects for non-profit and community-led organizations across the province. The programs are part of the province’s ongoing commitment to support projects that meet the needs of communities while reducing red tape, simplifying access and reducing program administration. Earlier this year, the province

announced the new $7.9-million Building Sustainable Communities Program, which will replace seven legacy grant programs that each had significant administration, rigid requirements and operated in silos. The new program is designed to respond to local neighbourhood, municipal and regional priorities with a focus on increasing community capacity while promoting sustainability for non-profit organizations. This initial wave of approvals enables 24 eligible, shovel-ready capi-

tal projects planned for the summer of 2019 to proceed. The Crow Wing Trail Association is receiving $75,000 for the Joubert Creek pedestrian bridge. The Ste. Genevieve Community Club is getting $75,000 to upgrade the exterior of their building, and backfield development. The Roseau River Bible Camp is will receive $75,000 for the completion of Cypress Lodge, which is currently under construction at the camp.

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St. Adolphe Child Care Centre One Step Closer to Expansion

With the generous contribution from the Tourond Creek group the Child Care Centre is one step closer to achieving its goal. Provided photo

The St. Adolphe Child Care Centre is one step closer to meeting their fundraising goal of $110,000 thanks to the generosity of the Tourond Creek, who have pledged to contribute $15,000 in support of the HUB space and $5,000 for a Climbing Wall. The St. Adolphe Child Care Centre was given the green light for expansion into the space at 372 Main Street in late March. The expansion of the daycare will see 90 new spaces become available to the RM of Ritchot, a much-needed resource for this rapidly-growing community. With construction under way, the fundraising committee

has shifted efforts into high gear and is reaching out to businesses and community members alike to support the project. Chair of the fundraising committee, Joelle Sylvestre, said that, “This funding from the Tourond Creek group will go a long way in helping us reach our fundraising goal of $110,000 to properly equip and furnish our expanded daycare. We will not stop at $110,000, but that is what is needed to open the doors once construction is complete. We are extremely grateful of the ongoing support of the Tourond Creek group, community members, volunteers and the RM of Ritchot.”

When asked about the generous contribution, Jon Powell, project manager for Tourond Creek responded by stating, “The developers of Tourond Creek are excited about the changes happening in St. Adolphe. The St. Adolphe Childcare Centre daycare project is a wonderful community initiative that aligns with our vision for St. Adolphe and contributes to St. Adolphe becoming a complete community, where people of all ages and stages of life can call St. Adolphe home. This daycare will provide childcare opportunities close to what matters to the residents of Tourond Creek and the community of St. Adolphe as a whole. We are happy to support this community driven initiative for the current and future residents of St. Adolphe.” The St. Adolphe Child Care Centre, currently located at St. Adolphe School, operates 23 licensed daycare spots. Their educational offering includes nursery school, preschool and school aged programs. The new daycare facility will be located at 372 Main Street and offer 113 new spaces. The daycare is responsible for generating $110,000 to fund the furnishings of the retrofitted space. With the generous contribution from the Tourond Creek group the Child Care Centre is one step closer to achieving its goal.

Changing Pension Benefits in Manitoba Manitobans understand that a stable income and financial certainty are necessary for retirement. Our government is working diligently on strengthening the province’s pension system to ensure that steadiness after their working years. Based on independent recommendations from the Pension Commission of Manitoba and input from the public consultations last year, our proposed changes to the Pension Benefits Act would reduce pension red tape and modernize rules while protecting the security of Manitobans’ retirement income. Our government’s goal is to achieve the right balance between flexibility to ensure our pension system is strong and sustainable while having proper and effective safeguards for

Bob Lagasse attending a graduation ceremony.

increased stability. We are making great progress in fixing Manitoba’s finances, protecting and ensuring Manitobans’ retirement income, and building a stronger financial future for people across our province. On a less political note, I have had a great time attending some community events throughout the Dawson Trail area. I was able to attend the Ross Family Day. Ross is a very small community, but the turnout for this event was great. This was a fun day of just being out in the community, enjoying some activities, and chatting with constituents. This year, I attended the Canada Day event in Richer, and in the evening, I headed over to Ste. Genevieve for their fireworks display. It was wonderful seeing people gath-

ering together to celebrate our country’s birthday. I had a great time celebrating the festivities with family, friends, and constituents alike. I am looking forward to attending the Pulford Community Living Services BBQ on Thursday, July 11 from 5 – 8 pm at Redemptorist Park in Ste. Anne. Pulford is a wonderful organization that supports individuals living with unique intellectual abilities. At the beginning of June, I had the opportunity to present a Private Members Statement honoring them and the incredible work they do for the community. I am excited to attend this event and further show my support for this organization. I would like to mention how appreciative I am of being able to attend the graduation ceremonies throughout Dawson Trail. It’s always a pleasure being able to see those students take their first steps on their paths to the bright futures ahead of them. Congratulations to all the 2019 graduates, may you all Submitted photo go on to achieve amazing things!

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Five Charities to Benefit from Upcoming St. Labre 200 By Marianne Curtis In two hours, a record breaking number twenty teams signed up to compete at the 11th annual St. Labre 200. The two day event is taking place July 5 and 6 at the Grenier family farm, in St. Labre. The annual St. Labre 200 is a go-kart build off competition where teams are challenged to build their own go-karts within 24 hours. Each team is given basic materials along with their own basic framing materials. Teams build go-karts from scratch on the first day and race their new creations the next day in a fast paced nail biting 200-lap race on a quarter mile dirt track. The winner earns the right to hoist the Best Sleep Centre Sparkplug Cup. François Grenier, President of the St. Labre 200 organizing committee, is excited about this event because not only are there more teams competing, the committee has relocated the track to a new site on the family’s property. “We moved the track to the back of the yard which gives us more room,” Grenier explained. “The track has been measured and will be groomed to the new expanded location. The committee along with

many volunteers and companies have been working long hours in preparing a brand new track for this year’s event.” Over the past ten years, organizers of St. Labre 200 have been able to give over $96,000 to different local organizations. Profits from the community supper, concessions, merchandise, team auction, on site donation jar and a $25,000 prize raffle help make the Give Back to the Community campaign possible. This year’s funding will be divided up between five non-profit organizations from southern Manitoba. These organizations include First Steps Wellness Centre of Winnipeg, Small Town Kids Daycare Inc. in Rosenort, Les Chouettes de Lorette in Lorette, No Limits for Girls in Trades Day organized out of Morris and Steinbach Sunset Riders 4-H group. The St. Labre 200 organizers have more in store for the weekend event goers with many other activities on the grounds that include an excavator and skid steer rodeo, bounce castles, R/C race cars, rubber boot tosses, axe throwing live bands, Red Bomb Fireworks, Manitoba Arm Wrestling Association sanctioned tournament and much more.

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Living Centre Takes Shape at Providence

The new Living and Learning Centre at Providence College is taking shape with the expectation that it will be ready for occupancy when classes resume in the fall.

Construction of the new Living and Learning Centre at Providence College is well underway, and the new three-story building is finally taking shape. Back in May, the hollow core concrete flooring was installed, and by mid-June the structure was almost completed. Over the summer months, the building’s exterior will be finished, and the roof completed, the interior will be closed in, framed and the plumbing and electrical installed. Alan Klippenstein, Project Manager with Three Way Builders said students will be in for a huge shock

when they return to classes in the fall. “We anticipate a big reaction from returning students when they come back for the start of the school year,” said Klippenstein. “When they left for their summer break they would have just seen a hole in the ground and when they return the entire building will be standing and enclosed, that should help create a buzz of excitement on campus.” Named the Living and Learning Centre, the $16.5 million facility is expected to open in September 2019. The three-story, fully-accessible facility will accommodate 112 students.

Ritchot Seniors Host Successful Fundraiser

On June 15, the Ritchot Serving Seniors in St. Adolphe held their 6th annual spring fundraiser. A BBQ lunch was provided, along with a silent auction. The event was also an opportunity for some fun with games such as ladder ball, bean bag toss and a hula hoop contest. There was also a variety if knitwear items for sale and a raffle for a quilt created by the Ritchot Serving Seniors quilting group. The annual event is held to raise funds for the Ritchot Serving Seniors which is a non-profit organization that assists people 50+ in living independently through services, support, and programs.

Below the male and female residences on the second and third floors, the ground floor will contain staff apartments and community spaces such as a kitchen, a lounge, prayer rooms, a seminar hub and a laundry facility. The Living and Learning Centre is expected to be a welcoming space, including Skype Rooms for international students, including structures that allow them to connect with one another and with relatives. This residence replaces the Bergen Hall dormitory that was destroyed by fire in June 2017.

Logging Memorial Created in Roseau River Park On June 2, local residents and politicians gathered in the picnic shelter to celebrate the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the Roseau River Park. The plaque recognizes that in the early settlement of Manitoba, lumber was a highly sought after

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commodity. “Finding a treeless prairie, and poorly developed forests, even in this area, created a booking log industry in the eastern part of the province,” reads the plaque. With no roads or railroad from Emerson to Sprague until 1906,

the Roseau River served as a significant waterway to get logs downstream to saw mills. Trees were logged all winter long, dragged onto the frozen river and in the spring, the logs were floated down river in large booms. There were numerous saw mills along the Roseau River but most logs were floated to Emerson to Winnipeg where the larger mills were located. This display is just one of the wonderful sites located within the Roseau River Park. Next month, the community will be celebrating their 50th anniversary celebration of the park on August 25, starting at Two logs suspended in the shelter are original logs found in the bush near the site. The ends are hand chopped. 2 pm. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Steinbach Students Return with Top Skills Awards

Three Steinbach Regional Secondary School students returned from Nova Scotia with medals after participating in the 25th Annual Olympic-style Skills Canada National Competition. The Skills Canada National Competition which took place at the end of May drew top students from across Canada. From Manitoba, a total of 64 high school, college and young apprentices participated this year. They claimed a combined 6 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze medals. Team Manitoba consisted of a variety of high school, college and young apprentices from throughout the province including several from the southeast. Janessa Neufeld earned a gold medal in IT Software Solutions (S); Jasper Froese earned a silver medal in Carpentry, and Lia Neufeld brought home the bronze medal in Hairstyling. Started in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) remains the only event of its kind in Canada. It is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. Every year, the event brings together approximately 500 young people from all regions of Canada to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas. The competition provides an opportunity for young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested against exacting standards and against their peers from across the nation. Students vie to win the honour of being crowned best in the nation in their chosen discipline.

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Homeless Man Makes Steinbach Stop Along Cross Country Walk By Marianne Curtis For the last few days of June, James Caughill and his dog Muck spent a few days in Steinbach, enjoying a welcome pit stop along a journey that has so far brought the duo from St. Catharines, to eventually walk into Vancouver. Known as Homeless James, Caughill was not always homeless. But in the three years that he’s found himself in this situation, he has used the time to bring awareness of the plight that it is nearly impossible to find a place to stay, if one has a pet. “In 2016, I ended up needing a homeless shelters, but they didn’t take animals; I was not going to get rid of Muckwah,” Caughill recalled. “At the time, there was not a single shelter in the entire country that accepted animals.” Caughill decided that he’d sooner live in a tent, than give up his be-

loved companion Muckwah. The need was really driven home during a stay in Toronto’s tent city along with about 5,000 other homeless men and women; all of who had either a cat or dog. The idea to hit the road to raise awareness of this plight came after reading a book called “My Adventure with Bruce” which gave him the idea to start keeping a journal of his adventures. “Since we started walking our story has inspired four homeless shelters across Canada that now take in pets,” Caughill added that he lost Muckwah to cancer in April. “I am going to publish eight books and the money will go towards the Muckwah memorial shelters. That will is Muckwah’s legacy.” While Caughill is enroute to Vancouver, the finding of a deceased homeless man in a tent in Winnipeg, motivated him to avoid “the

murder capital of Canada” and detour to Steinbach. “When I saw that on the news, that scared me so I decided to go around Winnipeg,” Caughill continued. The decision to wait out a meeting for social assistance in Steinbach for a few days gave the homeless man a taste of the community spirit. “I was walking down Main Street and a man stopped me, telling me he didn’t like the way I was walking,” he continued. “Turns out he owned Payless shoes and he gave me the perfect pair of shoes.” Caughill said that he was very grateful for the kindness shown by the community, from the various strangers who allowed him to camp on their property to bringing him dinner. “This community has been amazing. Even sitting outside James Caughill, otherwise known as Homeless James and Muck are walking across Canada the mall. I expected to be chased to raise awareness and inspire change because many times homeless people are forced to away and instead, people have been give up the only family they know, their dogs to find a safe place to sleep. kind.” Photo by Marianne Curtis

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Niverville Ball Tournament Raises Funds for PTSD

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Summer in the City Artists Featured a Lego Fest The Artists in the City tents were a big hit at the 2019 Summer in the City. The tents brought back the demonstration artists, painta-piano, and paint parties from previous years, but it also featured new ways to get creative. New to the tents were the paint-a-car, Cake Deco Contest, and the Father’s Day Lego Fest. The Lego Fest consisted of teams of two, who were given 30 minutes to create a Lego masterpiece to be judged by Janzen’s Paint & Decorating. The creations showcased the Summer in the City theme and the creativity of our community.

The winner of the first ever Summer in the City Lego Fest. Thirteen teams of players entered the tournament.

On June 15, the first ever Strike Out Stigma or S.O.S. Slo-Pitch Tournament and Family Fun Day took place in Niverville. Organized by Eldon Unrau and his wife Lindsay, the event attracted thirteen baseball teams from Niverville, St. Malo, Ritchot, St. PierreJolys, Steinbach, the RM of Mac-

donald, Springfield and even the Interlake. According to Unrau, who is a paramedic and former volunteer fire fighter, the tournament was to raise funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association to help fund programming for first responders living with PTSD.

Photo by Kelly Allison Photography

All the players in the tournament were first responders, including fire fighters, paramedics and police officers. Besides the ball tournament, there were carnival games for the kids, a bouncy castle, and silent auction.

Ste. Anne Man Arrested with Smuggled Smokes On May 29, a Ste. Anne resident was arrested within the city of Winnipeg by the Manitoba Finance’s Taxation Special Investigations Unit and seized 122,816 contraband cigarettes, 2,000 grams of fine cut tobacco and two vehicles. The 38-year-old male was found

in possession of illegal tobacco products that were not marked for Manitoba tax purposes. He now faces charges under The Manitoba Tobacco Tax Act, the Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act and the Criminal Code. If the products had hit the streets, the province stood to lose

$37,130.72 in tax revenue when sold. For a first-time offence, individuals face fines between $1,000 and $10,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment. If convicted, the accused is subject to a triple tax penalty of $111,392.16.

Local Author Celebrates 5-Book Milestone St. Genevieve author Casia Schreyer recently celebrated the completion of her five book series by hosting a garden party at the Jake Epp Library.

At the garden party, Schreyer read selections from the series, discussed her writing process, and answered questions about the books and her other creative endeavours. Madison Redekopp and the Jake Epp Library provided snacks, drinks, and décor for the event as part of their on-going effort to support local authors and creative arts. Schreyer is the author of sixteen books including children’s picture books, middle grade adventures, and young adult. She plans to release three additional titles before the end of 2019, completing her middle grade science-fiction adventure series. All of Schreyer’s books are available at the Jake Epp Library or by contacting the author directly at casiaschreyer.wordSt. Genevieve area author Casia Schreyer celebrated the release of her five book series with a press.com. garden party at Jake Epp Library in Steinbach.

The Rose Garden series is a light fantasy romance and coming of age story for young readers twelve years of age and up, and adult readers in the mood for a clean, fun read.


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10 Fun Activities to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

Fundraising is an opportunity to provide tangible life skills for kids and an activity they can enjoy especially if they are helping other kids.

Activities during the summer months keep your kids from getting bored and create longlasting memories. Make your way through this easy list to keep your little ones busy and

having fun. 1. Go for a nature walk. Along the way, you can grab some objects and make art using paint or by creating a collage. 2. Get involved with a fundraiser.

Fundraising is a great opportunity to provide tangible life skills for kids and a fun activity they can enjoy especially if they are helping other kids. 3. Plant a garden. Whether you

plant flowers or veggies, this is a great ongoing project where you can work together while learning the importance of healthy eating and preserving the environment at the same time. 4. Visit a museum. Museums offer dynamic opportunities to explore new things and experiences, and they open children’s eyes to different ideas and perspectives. 5. Plan a scavenger hunt. Turn your backyard into hours of fun with a scavenger hunt. 6. Paint rocks. Collect dozens of rocks, then decorate them using paint, googly eyes, stickers and pipe cleaners. 7. Fly a kite. Take the opportunity on the next windy day to teach your kids to fly a kite. 8. Build an indoor fort. Gather up your campers, pillows and blankets and build an indoor fort. Get cozy with books and telling each other stories. 9. Camp in your backyard. Grab sleeping bags, a tent and the kids and have a camping trip in your own greenspace. 10. Go for a bike ride. Get some exercise in by going on a family bike ride. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

Easy Ways to Teach Your Kids to Help Others As a parent, you want to ensure your kids learn to help the people around them. This valuable lesson will build strong character and follow them through to adulthood. Here are three ideas to get you started: a) Donate old toys to kids in need. Have your kids go through their older toys, or donate a new toy to kids less fortunate. b) Host a fundraiser. Getting kids involved in fundraising is the perfect way to teach them to help others. You could host a sugar-free lemonade stand

and donate the proceeds to help kids living with type 1 diabetes attend Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps—medically supervised summer camp. c) Donate to your local food bank. Have your kids rummage through your pantry or pick up some items up at the grocery store to donate to a local food bank. Find more information on fundraising for diabetes at putasqueeze.ca. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

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Manitobans Need a Real Vacation More than Ever

A recent national Sunwing survey reveals Manitobans are the worst province for disconnecting from technology while on vacation. This directly corresponds with data released by Morneau Shepell that

noted Manitoba is amongst the two provinces with the second highest rates of work-related stress across the country (38%). Topline Staycation vs. Vacation survey findings:

- 3 out of 10 Manitobans stated disconnecting while on vacation is not important as they are always connected to their technology. - 54% of Manitobans mistakenly believe staycations are cheaper

It’s Travel Season! Tips for Pet Parents Who Want to Road Trip with their Furry Kids 1. Plan ahead. There are probably a few pet-friendly restaurant patios, hotels and even shops along your route, but they aren’t always easy to find. Sometimes you must call a business to find out if pets are allowed, and if so, if there are any size restrictions or fees associated with including them. 2. Ask for special pet treats. Some restaurants cater to pets on-the-go with treats like “pupuccinos,” plain hamburger patties and more. Just ask, you might be surprised by what’s out there! (Pro tip: be cautious with sensitive tummies and skip the treats if your dog is prone to car sickness!)

3. Pack some familiar dog items. Make your dog feel at home away from home by packing his favorite dog bed, blanket, chew bone, food/ water bowls and toys. 4. Plan pet breaks. Remember, your pets need breaks from the car, too. Find a dog park along your route where your pet can play or take a walk around a public park during your pit stop to make long car rides more bearable. (Pro tip: keep the clean-up bags handy!) 5. Spend time in living landscapes with your pet. Pets benefit from time outside, just like people! Getting your pet out of the car for a run, a walk, or a leg stretch in green

space can really help keep spirits high. 6. Keep their meal schedule consistent. Even on the road, you’ll want to keep your pet’s feeding schedule consistent. That means packing a bag that’s easily accessible with food, water and bowls. 7. Pack paper towels and stain remover. Even the best-planned trips can have issues! Always travel with clean-up supplies in an easy-to-reach spot just in case. 8. Be respectful. Most hotels and restaurants have very specific rules about allowing pets, like not leaving them alone in the hotel room.

With some planning it’s possible to include your furry family members in your summer travel plans.

than vacations. This is above the national average. Manitobans may need to opt for a real vacation rather than the staycation, 54% of respondents stated they only feel “somewhat rested” after a staycation. As Manitoba residents make summer plans, it’s important to weigh all options and understand the importance of why we vacation in the first place. In an age where it’s increasingly difficult to ditch our smartphones and escape everyday stressors, vacations provide a muchneeded opportunity to reconnect with family, friends and find your happy place. And you don’t have to break the bank to do so!

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La Broquerie Celebrates St. Jean Baptiste Days

Hundreds lined the streets to enjoy the annual Jean Baptist Days Parade that took place on June 23 in La Broquerie.

On June 22 and 23, the community of La Broquerie gathered for the 122nd celebration of St. Jean Baptiste Days. The annual event is hosted by the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste of La Broquerie Inc. that was established in 1893 for the purpose of celebrating and spreading “joie de vivre” in the community. The first la Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste was celebrated in La Broquerie in 1897 with a special mass, games and a picnic all held on one day. According to records, celebrations were put on hold during World War I for a few years. The first Parade was held back in 1940 and still follows that same route to this day. Through the years, the event has evolved from a family celebration into a commu-

nity event that is held over the weekend to celebrate the French Canadian heritage with over 1,500 people in attendance.

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Over the weekend there were tons of activities for everyone including baseball, kids’ games, along with local musicians and traditional French cuisine.

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Whiteshell Park Gets Water and Road Improvements As part of Budget 2019 capital investments, the Manitoba government is providing over $7.5 million for improvements in Whiteshell Provincial Park. The money is being used to build new washroom and shower facilities, a water treatment plant and road upgrades. This funding is in addition to an announcement about upgrades in three other provincial parks. The recently announced projects include significant upgrades that are currently underway in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. A new water treatment plant will include greensand filtration and additional chlorination to ensure better water quality based on local conditions. At Big Whiteshell Lake Campground, a new modern and accessible washroom and shower facility has been built. This facility includes many environmentally friendly features such as low-flow plumbing fixtures and sensor-activated LED lighting. Later this year, the campground office will be moved to a new foundation because the current site is shifting. The office will be refurbished and will include accessibility improvements. The new office is expected to be ready to greet campers when the campground opens in 2020. The total budget for the water treatment plant, new washroom and shower facility and moving the campground office is approximately $1.65 million. Two other large projects in the park involve asphalt and gravel road improvements in the Big Whiteshell campground and cottage areas, and asphalt resurfacing along Falcon South Shore Road. The Falcon project will be phased over two years and include widening the road shoulder to accommodate cycling where space permits. These projects total $6 million and are scheduled to start later this year. The upgrades are expected to be completed as part of the province’s commemoration of MB150.


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Sign in Memory of Ste. Anne Woman Unveiled By Marianne Curtis On June 26, family and friends along with representatives from MADD Canada gathered along Highway 207, north of Lorette, to witness the unveiling of a special sign in memory of Shea Lynn Fright who died tragically on that site. Exactly three years ago, Fright was killed while driving home from work, when the vehicle she drove was struck by an impaired driver in a pickup truck. She was only 29 years old. To honour her memory, MADD Canada, along with parents Kelly and Leah Fright unveiled a new roadside memorial sign, bearing the MADD Canada red ribbon image. “There are no words to describe how this tragedy has affected our family,” said Leah Fright at the unveiling. “Shea was a remarkable young woman who cared deeply for others. She was full of life and wanted to make a difference in this world. Her smile, laughter and sense of humor were contagious. It is our hope this roadside memorial sign will act as a constant reminder to drive sober. These senseless fatalities must end.” Gillian Phillips, MADD Canada Victim Services Manager thanked the Fright family for their courage in allowing the organization to put up the sign. “In the blink of eye, this beautiful young woman was

Leah and Kelly Fright, along with their son Todd watch as a new MADD memorial sign in memory of their daughter Shea is unveiled along Highway 207, north of Lorette. Photo by Marianne Curtis

taken away from her family and her friends,” said Phillips. “Our roadside memorial sign is a way to pay tribute to Shea and to recognize this terrible loss. We also hope it helps the public realize how much is truly at stake any time someone gets behind the wheel impaired.” Roadside memorial signs are a powerful symbol of remembrance and a reminder to the public about the dangers of impaired driving. Fright’s sign is the second roadside memorial in the province. The first was dedicated to Brett Yasinsky, who was killed in an impaired driving crash in 2010. It was unveiled last summer in West St. Paul.

MADD Canada has collaborated with governments Manitoba along with Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, to install memorial signs for victims of impaired driving. In August 2018, Colin Simard of Lorette pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm for Fright’s death, and injuries sustained by a passenger in the pickup truck. Simard, who was only eighteen at the time of the crash, was speeding with a blood alcohol limit that was more than double the legal limit.

Successful Blumenort Fair is All About Family Fun dren’s activities, vendor market and the stage including Young & Haggard, 5Acreas, and Jake Brakes. Hundreds of people came out to family friendly games. The night was capped off with a As the heat of the day settled Blumenort over the weekend of spectacular fireworks show. down, live entertainment took to June 28 and 29 to participate in this year’s annual Blumenort Fair. Blumenort Fair committee President Karen Doyle said this year’s event successfully surpassed previous years. The weekend kicked off with the community gathering in the park for a family movie night on Friday. The next morning, the fun kicked up again with a community breakfast served by the RM of Hanover councilors and staff. This was followed by a bike decorating contest and parade. The afternoon was full of activities for the entire family including a number of bouncers, chil- A wide variety of children’s activities kept this year’s Blumenort Family Fun Day bustling.

By Marianne Curtis

A number of local entertainers took to the stage and provided hours of live entertainment for the hundreds of people who attended the fair. Photos by Marianne Curtis

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Safe Grilling with Natural Gas Barbecues The best chefs know that keeping natural gas barbecues clean and operating safely is critical to a great meal. Here are some tips to perfect the art of safe grilling: Before Using Your Barbecue: - Ensure that the barbecue has been assembled and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. - Remember that barbecues are designed for outdoor use only and you should never barbecue indoors or in an enclosed space. - Allow ample clearance between buildings and the barbecue and never store flammable materials nearby. When Barbecuing: - Leave the control knob in the off position when not in use. - Open the lid before lighting the barbecue. This step will prevent natural gas buildup. - Turn the gas control knob to the ON position and light the barbecue immediately using the igniter or a match. Remember to light one burner side at a time. If the burner doesn’t light within four seconds, shut off the fuel, wait a

few minutes and try again. - Natural gas flames should be blue. Yellow or orange flames indicate that the barbecue should be checked or cleaned. - If a grease fire occurs, leave the lid open and turn off the burners. If turning off the burners is not an option, turn the gas off at the quick disconnect, or shut-off valve. - Treat natural gas flames with respect - they are fire. Don’t cook in loose clothing or spray flammable liquids near a natural gas barbecue. - Keep children and pets away from the barbecue to avoid injuries and accidents. - To prevent burns, use proper tools and oven mitts when barbecuing. - Since the rotisserie unit is connected to an electrical outlet, it should not be operated in damp or wet weather. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before operating. -Clean the grill after each use and remember to clean your barbecue thoroughly at least once a year.


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Frog Follies Prepares for 50th Year Milestone By Marianne Curtis

The community of St. Pierre-Jolys is gearing up for a huge milestone event when they host the 50 anniversary of Frog Follies. From July 11 to 14, St. Pierre-Jolys will attract hundreds of people throughout the province for an action

packed weekend of fun. While the sports and entertainment venues attract many visitors from all over Canada, the crown jewel of the weekend continues to be the National Frog Jumping Competition. For the residents of the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys and most of the dedicated local volunteers, the Frog Follies weekend is a great source of pride and an opportunity to showcase the vibrant Métis and Franco-Manitoban community to the world. In celebration of their golden anniversary while promoting the village’s heritage the Frog Follies are proud that this year’s event will include a performance of the youth group of the Ensemble folklorique de la Rivière Rouge who is composed of passionate young artists who want to promote their French-Canadian traditions through music and dance. Also on stage are popular bilingual children’s entertainers Madame Diva and LuLu Bell the Clown. Fireworks are taking place on Friday night, and on Saturday July 13, be sure to check out the parade. The highlight day is expected to be two shows of extreme freestyle FMX Motocross that is sure to make your jaw drop. Free Ride will take to the stage on Sunday, July 14, to perform in three separate tribute

St. Pierre Frog Follies mascots.

shows. Over the weekend, a variety of family entertainment and activities are scheduled. Some of the highlights include the slo-pitch tournament, ultimate Frisbee demo, children’s tent, Family Feud game, Eric the Juggler, Prairie Exotics, sheep shearing demo, cake-eating contest and more. There is no admission cost.

Fifty years ago, the first Frog Follies was organized by a group of residents who decided they wanted to welcome people into the small town to celebrate their rich Francophone heritage during the province’s Centennial. On July 14, 1970, St. PierreJolys welcomed HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles for a 20 minute visit to launch the first ever St. Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies.

Many events were held that weekend, including the First Canadian National Frog Jumping Championship. Mayor Fernand Lavergne issued a public challenge to politicians and mayors of other towns. The winner of the first frog jumping contest was Albert Driedger, Reeve of the RM of Hanover, when his frog, Georges, jumped 7 feet 1.25 inches.

Local Sports Volunteers Honoured On June 24, three local athletic volunteers were recognized for their dedication to high school athletics. At the end of each school year, the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association recognizes significant volunteers and others who help with the success of the organization. This year, Ron Limpright from Niverville Collegiate; Scott Schalla from Steinbach Christian High and Michelle Marinelli from Lorette Collegiate were among those recognized. Recipients can be volunteers, teachers, coaches, corporate sector, media, and other persons interested in the promotion of school sport. The MHSAA annually recognizes the contribution of such individuals and presents certificates of recognition.

Scott Schalla

Ron Limpright

Michelle Marinelli

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Deserving SRSS Grads Earn Awards

Steinbach Launches New Website

On June 14, the 5th Annual Marianne Curtis Award was presented to two deserving SRSS grade 12 graduates during a special ceremony. This year’s recipients were Braden Lizotte and Rhonda Mummery. Both students were presented with a cash award of $600 each along with a crystal award recognizing their achievements. “The Flex-Ed program changed my life; I was skipping school, failing classes and I did not care about anything,” said Mummery, who joined the program three years ago. “Without this program, I would never have graduated and I would never have the confidence that I have today.” Braden Lizotte, who joined the program this year, said he struggled with a turbulent past, which led him to start drinking at 12, and affected much of his education. “At the beginning of this year, I was told I was not going to graduate; when I joined Flex-Ed, I became surrounded by people who encouraged me,’ Braden recalled. “For once in my life I felt supported and I found a place where I belonged.” The SRSS Flex-Ed program started five years ago and has gained success thanks to teacher Brad McColm. The program is specialized for each individual student to prepare them for graduation, and life after high school. “When we started

A new website has been launched in the region that is expected to promote economic development in Steinbach. Created by the Steinbach Community Development Corporation, the site is called WhySteinbach.com and provides a compelling inventory of the City of Steinbach’s economic assets, along with information for residents and potential investors. As the province’s third largest city business, the site promises local advantages and business success. The website called WhySteinbach.ca includes data on the city’s growth, community comparisons, infrastructure highlights, and available property for development. The site also links to the city’s website where available city land holdings are highlighted as well as zoning and business registration information.

Doreen Pchajek from the Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Braden Lizotte and Rhonda Mummery and Dawson Trail Dispatch journalist Marianne Curtis.

the program, we were optimistic, but unsure of how it would work,” McColm recalled. “Each student comes with their own unique challenges and helping them achieve their goals in a way that works for them, is part of the program’s success.” The SRSS Flex-Ed program has been helping students graduate who may not integrate into a regular classroom setting. The first year the award was presented, only two students graduated; now the class has graduated over half a dozen students per year. The Marianne Curtis Award came

about as a result of a “pay it forward” story published in the Dawson Trail Dispatch. The award was named after Curtis to recognize how she overcame her challenges, and went from high school dropout, single mother to high school graduate, a successful journalist, author and publisher. The SPMF was founded by Doreen Pchajek in memory of her daughter who died at the young age of 13. The foundation also sponsors 2 scholarships at the Ste. Anne Collegiate (grade 12 and 8). The money is raised through SPMF Monday Night Bingo in Richer.

ROC Hosts 6th Annual Cyclathon

These kids pedaled their hearts out to help raise funds for other children during the sixth annual Recreation Opportunities for Children (ROC) Eastman’s funding Cyclathon.

On June 15, a dozen cyclists gathered at the LA Barkman Park (Abe’s Hill) to help raise funds for Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC) to help kids participate in recreational activities. In an event dubbed “kids helping kids” the group met. Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC) Eastman, Executive Director Moni Loewen said the organization looks forward to the event every year because its, “Kids helping kids by doing what they love.” “Such a great way to start the summer,” Loewen added. “Thank

you to all the cyclists that came out to support. Each of you are making a difference in our community.” Since 2009, Eastman Recreation Opportunities for Children takes a hands-on approach with families to come up with a workable recreation plan and provides more that financial support for sports and physical activities. “We go one step further and provide financial assistance for registration fees, equipment and fuel for a huge variety of recreation activities,” Loewen explained. Activities include photography, music or singing lessons, gardening, dog obedience classes, dance, Kung Fu, Special Olym-

pics, clay making, swimming lessons, soccer, creative writing and more. On average, Eastman’s ROC works with about thirty children per year in communities including St. Malo, St. Pierre-Jolys, Steinbach, Niverville, Blumenort, La Broquerie, Pine Falls and Beausejour. Over the summer months, bikes are the top request from families. ROC is looking for donations of bikes and helmets in good condition for youth ages 11-18. Donations are being accepted at Source for Sports in Steinbach. For more information on ROC Eastman, visit roceastman.ca.


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The Pilot that Never Fails Summer is the main season for family holidays. It’s nice to get away and visit sites you would normally never see. You may be the best organizer and planner in the world, but there are always some unforeseen things that complicate the best made plans. How do you deal with life when things don’t go your way? There are many times that we must trust and exercise faith in someone or something other than ourselves. When driving your car, you trust the mechanic fixed the motor and put the tires on properly. When the roofer replaced the shingles on your house roof, you trust there will be no more leaks. When you enter an airplane to fly a long distance, you trust the pilot knows what he’s doing, the instruments on the cockpit panel are working properly, and all the engines stay running. Today you also have to trust there’s no unstable passenger who decides to make a scene mid-fight. It’s kind of frightening when a person thinks of all the trust or faith that is needed today just to live a normal life. What happens when the things we trust in fail? There is a God in Heaven who never fails. That God is in three parts, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. There is a chorus I learned in Sunday School years ago, “Jesus Never Fails.” The Bible says, He’s a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do you know Him as your Lord and Saviour today? If you don’t, why not trust in Him now? He is waiting to hear from you. You can trust Him with your life, and every aspect of it. When you do, you can sing with the songwriter, Edward Hopper, “Jesus Saviour Pilot Me”, which says, Jesus Saviour pilot me, Over life’s tempestuous sea; Unknown waves before me roll, Hiding rock and treacherous shoal; Chart and compass came from thee; Jesus Saviour pilot me. When at last I near the shore, And the fearful breakers roar Twixt me and the peaceful rest, Then while leaning on thy breast, May I hear thee say to me, “Fear not, I will pilot thee.” Is Jesus Christ you pilot in life? He will take the fear, anxiety and uncertainties off your shoulders and carry them on His. Trust Him today.

Why Don’t You Have a Will? Its summer time and we need to enjoy every minute of it. So while you are enjoying some relaxing reading time in the shade or on a rainy day, add this article to your list of things to read and act on... soon. Everyone needs a Will. Period. Do I have to remind you? We will all die. So let’s get that out of the way. Who is it that said there are two certainties in life, death and taxes? It was Benjamin Franklin and here is his written quote: “…but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I’m here to help remind you about the one that is not taxes. I live and breathe taxes for about four months, so time to help you with the other certainty in life. Once you have your Will and other important documents in place, you will feel relieved and have peace of mind and you can live life to the fullest, knowing you have checked

off that box. So what is holding you back? The main reason for not having a Will is procrastination. “I’ll get around to it eventually.” Most of you know you need a Will and you know it’s a good idea, but just haven’t done it yet. The other certainty in life has a deadline; about 95% of Canadian taxpayers file their taxes on time. Our office staff would agree with that estimation. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?) we do not know when we will need our Will to be in place; we do not know when we will die. Yes, some people get very ill and have “time” to get their affairs in order, but others die unexpectedly and do not have “warning time”. Of course if you have a terminal illness and know you will die soon, you get the Will completed now (and I have helped some people who were terminal get their Will properly executed before they died). But don’t

wait for the last minute! So let me give you a deadline. Get your properly executed Will completed by August 15 2019. Why then? That should give you about a month from the time you read this article. You likely have pondered your Will and have an idea of who your beneficiaries will be and who your executor and alternate executor will be. So get the basics on paper (or in your computer or tablet) and then arrange to have the information put in a properly executed Will. I’ll get back to what that means later in the article. Some people think they do not need a Will. I can tell you that everyone needs a Will to specify who will be their legal representative. Who will be your executor? I need to have your signed authorization (your Will) appointing your executor so I can complete your final tax return; who will be responsible for it? Without the Will, your taxes may

not be fully complete (all income and deductions and credits) and it’s more likely something can get missed. With a Will in place, your executor (and the authorized representative like me), can deal with Canada Revenue Agency so the taxes are accurate and complete. You also leave more burden to your family (or close friends) if you do not have a Will. Who will arrange your informal gathering (wine and cheese for me!) or more traditional funeral or memorial service? Or even just your cremation? What will be put in the obituary or death notice? If you want some say in this and avoid family hardship, you need to appoint your executor to look after these things. And put it on paper what you want or don’t want. And share this info with your executor and family. Even if you have a spouse and/or children, you still need to appoint an executor (often your spouse). A properly executed

Will makes it much easier for your spouse or children to deal with everything. Especially banks and credit unions. It can be difficult to deal with financial institutions without a properly executed Will. If your situation is straightforward and you do not have complex items for your Will, you should easily meet your deadline (remember August 15 2019?). Regardless of simple or complex, get it done now! Some people think they cannot afford to get a Will. Yes, most lawyers charge about $250 to $500 per person for the Will, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directive. But I can say from the experience of my clients, it can be way more expensive to administer your estate if you do not have a Will and a family member has to apply to be the Continued on page 19...

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Why Don’t You Have a Will? legal representative (in Manitoba called Letters of Administration). And it can take a lot longer to get everything done. Earlier I mentioned the term “properly executed Will”. This means it has all the information needed to appoint your executor and an alternate. And it states who your beneficiaries are. But just as importantly, the Will has been witnessed properly. What does that mean? It means one of your witnesses has signed an affidavit of execution affirmed in front of a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public. One of your witnesses signs a document acknowledging the Will was signed by you and the other witness and you appeared to be of sound mind. And the back of the last page of the Will is documented properly. Law-

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yers do this at the time they draw up your Will. Although you do not need to have a lawyer to have a properly executed Will, it is recommended. If you need to see me before your August 15 2019 deadline to review what you have in mind for your Will, I’d be happy to help you. And I can recommend some lawyers in the area, or what your other options are (and give you the pros and cons). If you need some additional motivation or information, attend one of our upcoming Death Cafés. We plan to have two every month from July to October. Call our office for dates and times: 204.422.6631. I have been “hosting” Death Cafés for a few years already and the feedback I get from participants is always excellent, “so much to learn from each other”, “information I didn’t know I

needed to know”, “everyone should attend at least one”, “a warm comfortable environment to talk about things we need to know”, “I thought I had all my affairs in order, but there is more to do!”, “motivated me to talk with my family about my wishes and get it on paper.” Remember your deadline: August, 15 2019. Of course it’s ok if you give yourself a different deadline, but just get your Will done this summer! The sooner the better; the sooner you will be relieved that it is done! Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact Ste Anne Tax Service at 204.422.6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Clearview Co-op) or info@sataxes.ca.

Matthew 12:35-37… 35) A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36) But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37) For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (NIV)… These are the words that Jesus spoke. Agree to disagree: True or false. This one-liner is one of the biggest confidence trick jobs that Christian folks can fall for. I am not saying that you must always agree with everyone and everything. There is a whole lot of difference when we do not agree with something someone says or does what we might know is wrong. But when we get caught up with this “agree to disagree” stuff, lecturing people, believing that it is okay for us to do this because we feel so clever and are so mature, we are wrong. After we have done our soiled little deed we cannot walk away with a clean Christian bill of health, thinking that we merely exercised this agreeing and disagreeing thing. For those who do this type of thing, I beg to differ with you. I say this because I too run into folks who believe this type of behaviour is okay because they hear others saying this. However, they rarely hear the other person’s description of the person whom they have just done this agree and disagree thing with. Behind closed doors, their conversation is rather different, and things get a little ugly at times. When we do this kind of stuff, we should realize that some folks really get ticked off, and it hurts our testimony. The Bible also has something to say about this… There are times when we speak without thinking, I know I do, and later I hate myself for it. Now the words which we utter when the traditional restraints are removed… perhaps I could say it in another way. If I babble without thinking and I hurt someone, I cannot say to myself, “This is one of them there agree to disagree things,” and then feel proud because I have convinced myself I can let people have it below the belt line, that is being foolish. When I am in public, I should always strive to keep my conversation noble, but when I have a private conversation with an individual that rubs me the wrong way, well… I tend to loosen up and my dark side comes to the surface that should not happen. Most of the time a person is a model of charm and courtesy in public, when they know they are being watched they are deliberately careful about their words. But when jealousy comes to the surface and this individual is alone with the person that they despise their temper takes over and a flood of unkind words fall from their lips… these words spoken in anger can cause the greatest damage that will last a long time. There is an unpleasant warning in Matthew 12:3335… We must pay attention to what Scripture teaches all our life so that our sensitivity is never diminished. Our responsiveness is never diminished; our spiritual hearing never becomes spiritual muteness. It is human nature that we hear only what we are listening for and only what we have taught ourselves to hear. Let us examine ourselves, no let us go one step further. Let us examine the words that we have spoken. We might just discover our heart’s condition. If I have spoken hurting words, nothing will bring them back, and it will create hurt feelings. I must remember that God does not judge me by the words which I speak with care and forethought, but He judges the words that I speak when the restraints are gone, and I say things in anger. When I realize that I have hurt someone’s feelings I must ask for forgiveness and set things right. 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 the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I want that peace, joy and happiness that fulfills my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name. Amen.”


July 2019

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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C ommunity E vents Carrick Carrick Days – from Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 11 on Main St. Parade and gate opens at 12 pm. Horseshow tournament, concession stand, silent auction, supper, continuous entertainment, spectacular fireworks at 10 pm. Sunday, breakfast at 10 am and Bean Bag Competition.

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.

Dugald Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library.

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.

Falcon Lake Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church, Falcon Lake. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help. Hadashville Reynolds Moms & Tots Playgroup – On Wednesdays until June 26, from 10 am – 5 pm. Crafts, Gym Use, Playroom, Snack, Outdoor Play. Contact Angie Hood 204-295-4010 Ile-des-Chênes Ritchot Senior Services at the TransCanada Centre. Call 204339-6141 for more information. Foot care - On Tuesday, July 9. Call for an appointment 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 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, 204424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, 10 am-3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month 10 am-1 pm. Cost $10. Lorette Kids Fairy Garden – On Thursday, July 11 at 10 am, Tache Library 1082 Dawson Rd. Cost $10. For ages 5 and up. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Come make your own Fairy Garden with Angela at Ivy Ridge Greenhouse. Ritchot Senior Services Foot Care Clinic – On Wednesday, July 17 at the Clinic at Le Club des Bles D’or with a certified foot care nurse. By appointment only. Call Janice 204-883-2880. 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. TD Summer Reading Club – At the Bibliothèque Taché Library. It’s free and open to kids age 0 - 17 Wednesdays 10:30 am – 1 pm. A Craft every week and Prizes to be won. Every participant that hands in their reading logs will receive a goody bag at the end of the summer. Lego Club on Thursday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 9 from 10:30 – 11:30 am, just drop-in. Vacation Bible School – From Sunday, July 7 – Thursday, July 11 in the evenings at the Prairie Grove Fellowship Chapel on Station Rd. For kids entering Kindergarten to Grade 7. With food, crafts, Bible lessons and games. Cost Free. WISE Kid-Netic Energy – On Thursday, August 22 at the Tache Library from the Hosted by the University of Manitoba for some science fun. Cost is free. Register as space is limited. CodeMakers JR. (Age 5—8) from 10 - 11 am. This workshop will introduce coding concepts through a bodily kinesthetic activity and a programmable mouse game. Great for students with developing literacy skills. Barn Design (Age 5-11) from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm. A dairy barn must meet the needs of not only milking cows, but also calves, heifers, and more. Try your hand at designing and building a barn that will keep everyone safe and comfortable. Attention Newcomers - Have you purchased a home or condo in the area in 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 group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder support group.

Marchand Ranch Rodeo – On Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. Start times 1 pm at the Park. Steer Mugging, Range Branding, Team Calf Branding, Wild Cow Milking, Saddle Horse Race, Barrel Racing and Goat Tying events. Saturday Night Supper and Dance featuring Quinton Blair. Sunday Pancake Breakfast and Cowboy Church Service. Middlebro Party in the Park – On Sunday, August 25 from 12 – 3 pm at the park. Family games ending with Pots and Pans Baseball live music, market tables, Chili or Hot Dog lunch. Mitchell Area Fun Days – On Saturday, July 6 at 8 am, Stahnfield Ballpark, Centre St. N. Includes a free Pancake breakfast at the Seniors Centre, face painting, “Touch the Machine” event for kids. Wagon and barrel rides, kids’ bouncers and games, flea market, Slo-Pitch tournament, petting zoo, bingo games, Chicken Supper, evening entertainment, car show and shine and evening ending fireworks at dusk. Sunday will include a morning church service and free lunch. Contact Bernie Stahn 204-905-0301, brstahn@gmail.com. Seniors’ Breakfasts – Every Tuesday, from 8 - 9:30 am at the Seniors’ Centre, 130 Ash St. Open to all. Cost from $3 to $6. Bring a friend and enjoy the fellowship. Contact Jane Penner, 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com. Niverville Animal Lovers summer Camp – Tuesday, July 2 – Friday, July 5, from 9 am – 4 pm. For ages 6 – 12 this camp is for the animal enthusiast! The week will be focused around all creatures, furry, four-legged, or no legs. With an afternoon of horsing around, a trip to the Zoo and special visits planned by our animal friends, this week will be an animal lovers dream! Early Bird Registration is $150. All Camps at Hespeler Park unless otherwise. Contact recreation@whereyoubelong.ca, 204-388-4600 ext 115 or 114. Creative Arts Camp – From Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12 at 9 am – 4 pm, Hespeler Park. For ages 6 – 12. Drama, music, art and games! Contact Chantel Todd 204-388-4600, recreation@whereyoubelong.ca. 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 - On Tuesdays from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424. Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 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 Community Club Chase the Ace! - Every Saturday at the Richer Inn from 5:30 - 7:45 pm. Tickets only $1 each. Jackpot is growing! Door prizes on random Saturdays ranging from glassware to Jets tickets and jerseys! Bud, Spud and Steak Special and more! Check out the Richer Community Club Facebook page for updates. LGA License #1392RF. Adult & Teen Challenge Concerned Persons Support Group Join us Thursday evenings at 7 pm, in the Richer Fellowship Church, 50 Southeast Drive. If you have a relationship with someone who has a life-controlling problem, join us for this nine-week Living Free course. Receive encouragement and support in a safe setting, and learn practical ways to best help your loved one. Contact Pastor Ben Funk at 204-326-2254 or phone the church at 204-422-5308. Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673. Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be

on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year. South Junction Family Ball Tournament – On Saturday, July 27 from 11 am - midnight. Rainbow Auction, music, food and refreshments. Rain date Sunday, July 28. Gate entry fee $3, children under 10 free. Contact Mitch Gobeil 204-437-2343, mgobeil@ mymts.net. Southeast Farmer’s Market – On Friday, July 26, and every Friday in August from 10 am – 3 pm at the Pine Grove Seniors Club. Contact Jen 204-423-2223 for table rentals or information. Lunch available. Sprague Summer Fair – On Sunday, July 28 from 1 – 3 pm at the District Historical Museum. Free admission. Product Display Contest. Adults must use vegetables, annual and perennial flowers, wild flowers and grasses and baked products using blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, etc. Contest for children under 10 contest display of one plate of six chocolate chip cookies or a container of flowers. Entries must be in place by 1:30 pm judging at 2 pm. Contact Betty 204-437-2209 or Doris 204-437-2210. Sprague Fest – On Saturday, August 10 from 7 am - 4 pm at the Community Hall. Fire Department Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, basketball, parade, Kids activities, horseshoes, consignment auction, rainbow auction, live music, bingo, basket ball tournament 3-on-3. Social with Coz 4 Alarm from 8 pm – 1 am, Cost $10. Contact Doris 204-437-2210. 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 Grouille ou Rouille - On Wednesday, July 17 from 10 am – 2 pm at Ritchot Senior Services. Let’s get moving workout. Gentle workout to help improve range of motion in joints using a chair. Lunch at 12 pm followed by outdoor games (weather permitting). Ladder ball, Bean bag toss, Horse shoes, Hula hoop contest and fun prizes to be won. RSVP by Thursday, July 11 to Janice 204-883-2880. Sweet Petals Walking Tour - On Tuesday, July 23 at 10 am. Sweet Petals flower farm features 2 bee colonies, a large waterfall, and thousands of flowers and fruit trees spread out over 3.5 acres. We will discover one of Manitoba’s newest flower farms, through a dynamic 60-minute walking tour in Howden. We will be car pooling to this event so you must sign up in advance. Cost $5 per person. Contact Janice @ 204-883-2880 to register. Lunch Program & Bingo – Every Thursday at Le Club Amical. Available to eat in or take out. Call 204-883-2491 for more information. Foot Care Clinic – On Tuesday, August 6 at 457 Main St. with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. By appointment only. Call Janice 204-883-2880. 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. 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. Labre St. Labre 200 – On Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. To register contact register@stlabre200.ca or contact Joel Grenier 204-429-3241. St. Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies – From Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 14 at the Community Hall. Frog Hunt, Bingo, beading workshop on Thursday at 6 pm. Starting at 6 pm on Friday Chamber Supper, Juggler, Family Feud, bike decorating, cake eating contest, La Troupe Jeunesse, Keep the Change (90s Rock), Fireworks. On Saturday beginning at 9 am Slo-Pitch, parade, children’s tent, Ag on the Moove, Prairie Exotics, Frog Jumping Contest, Elevate Skateshop Demo, Grifters (Blues Rock), artisans and vendors, Free Style Motocross, watermelon eating contest, movie, social. On Sunday, starting at 10 am church service, pancake breakfast, Kids concert, children’s tent, Free Ride 50s and 60s greaser band, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and National Frog Jumping Championship. For more information contact 204-791-2601. Army Cadets – Begins in the Fall. 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 - 19. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt Roxanne Maynard,

Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@ cadets.gc.ca. Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, and childcare available. The Knights of Columbus - The St-Pierre Carillon Council – On the first Thursday of the month at 482 Jolys Ave. W. Contact 204-433-7633. Ste. Agathe Seniors Group Card Games – On Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Cost Membership $10 a year. Bring a friend Day. Contact 204-8822180. Foot Care Clinic Ritchot Senior Services - On Tuesday, July 8 with a certified foot care nurse at the Chalet, 431 Ave Bourret. By appointment only please. Call Janice 204-883-2880. 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 Annual Show and Sale – On Saturday, August 31 from 10 am - 3 pm hosted by the South East Artists at The Club Jovial at 157 Central in Ste Anne. Demonstrations and Sale of Art to enjoy. Piano Lesson - With Josue Beaudoin, on Monday nights at 112 Central Ave. Cost $200/10 lessons payable to the Cultural Committee of Ste. Anne. Contact 201-422-9599, cccsa@mymts.net. Seine River Services for seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 – 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 Heritage Classic Car Show – On Saturday, July 13 at 11 am - 4 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village HWY 12. $20 to register your ride. Events include Muffler Rapping, Awards, Bouncers, Face Painting, Shopper’s Paradise Market. Admission to car show Adults $12, Seniors (65 and older) $10, Students (ages 13-22) $10, Children (ages 6-12) $6, and Children (ages 5 & under) free. Summer Reading Club – From Monday, July 8 to Saturday, August 24 with a Wind up Party on Tuesday, August 27 at the Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Open to all children Kindergarten up to the Grade 8. Cost free, Library Membership required. The club itself runs from Free craft classes and other events are available for sign up with club sign up. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Manitoba Underground Opera - On Thursday, August 1 at 11 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. presents The Three Little Pigs performed by the Manitoba Underground Opera. This show is suitable for children ages 5-12. Cost Free. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Farmers Market – Every Thursday until October 4 from 3 pm to 6:30 pm in the Clearspring parking lot. 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. Join us to learn 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi and feel the benefits. All of our classes are led by qualified instructors. Contact Veronica Klassen 204392-6565, Winnipeg@taoist.org.

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 online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595. Creativi-Tea Time Adult Colouring Group - Twice monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and on the 2nd Friday from 1 - 3 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Cost Free. Join us for a time of relaxation, tea and colouring. Tea and supplies are provided but you are welcome to bring your own! Games Day & Games Night – Every 1st Saturday of the month from 12 – 5 pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 – 8:30 pm, at the Jake Epp Library. Come down to play strategy games. Bring a friend, your strategies and games. Test your skills and have fun. Ages 14 and up unless accompanied by an adult. Contact 204-326-6841, programs@ jakeepplibrary.com. Royal Canadian Legion – Starts up again in the fall. 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 Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 3 pm at The Eden East Office, 21 Loewen Blvd For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining. Carillon Toastmasters - 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.

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.

Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365.

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.

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.

Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current information and a variety of presentations. Contact 204-3460413.

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. Tolstoi Pancake Breakfast Trip - On Saturday, August 3 at 12 pm meet at the Senior Centre. We will book the handivan and Cost is $5 per person for the ride. A minimum of 10 people

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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 Summer Fun on the Ridge – On Saturday, July 27 from 11 am – 4 pm at the community park. Kidz on the Ridge Fun Zone, Scavenger Hunt, Softball, horseshoes, Adult and Family races, BBQ lunch 11 am – 2pm, bring your dessert and enthusiasm. 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

Jake Epp Launches Summer Reading and Activity Programs Registration is open at Jake Epp Library for the summer reading club. Registration began June 24 and will continue until July 6. The Summer Reading Club is free to library members and is a home based literacy programs for children to participate in over the summer months. According to Madison Redekopp Program Coordinator, the program is meant for children who have finished kindergarten through to grade 8. “The purpose of the program is to continue the maintenance and improvement of their reading skills and levels. It is statistically proven that children who do not read during the summer months will drop back 1-2 reading levels by September,” explained Redekopp. “Our goal is to prevent this fall back and help children find and/or maintain a love of reading and learning.” For families who do not live in Steinbach, and do not have a library membership they can still participate, but must have children who qualify for the program to be able to purchase a special family summer membership for just $10. “This membership is to everyone in the household and would be set to expire on August 31,” she added. The Jake Epp Library in Steinbach has a variety of activities planned over the summer months for children of all ages, including weekly craft classes, a weekly children’s book club called “Reading Circle” as well as movie nights and a weekly story corner.


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must register. The folks in Tolstoi would love to see you for this event! Call 204-425-3701 to reserve your spot. Vassar Ball Tournament - From Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August18. Pancake breakfast, silent auction and open air dance. Saturday mixed slo-pitch. Team registration $200. $1,000 prize (16-teams registered). Sunday Men’s Fast Ball. Registration fee $150. Weekend camping $20. Contact Gina 204-437-3182 mommagd63@gmail.com. Outdoor Pool and showers process posted. $4 gate fee per day. Contact to register for ball tournament Duane Boutang 204-437-3173, duane@boutang.ca.

July 2019

Yes, yes, yes! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls the time of the books is finally upon us. The title of my column could be a little misleading because every day of the year is actually book time (as our home library will attest to) but, for the sake of this column please bear with me. Each year the Jake Epp Public Library in Steinbach has a Summer Reading Program where we can go and sign up for a two

month membership for a very small cost. This is awesome because my family and I now get to peruse, take out and read from a huge selection of wonderful books. It is great to be able to walk among all these works of literature. Some of these books are like new born babies in the way that they are fresh and unwrinkled with no wear and tear. The tales within yet unknown by us readers and just waiting for us to journey along with it. Then there are those books that are older and have a few more miles upon their covers, experience and time with others having left character marks, both good and bad, to mark their surfaces and their lives. Some of these being much like a beloved grandparent whose mere appearance will cause the readers eyes

to light up with joy and love for the adventures and the good times that have been shared. It is always a pleasure to see my three children eager to go to the library to find books to read. With their ferocious appetites many a book, many a tale will be devoured within the two month time. Sometimes I think that it would be nice to have a membership all year long but I don’t see that being as good. Sure, we could get a book whenever we would like to borrow one but now, much like the approach of Christmas, we are all eagerly awaiting the approach of Book Time and since there is a deadline, we push a little harder to experience as much of this joyfully reading as we can. It is fun to see my children trying

out new authors and finding more from their favourites. Myself, I like to go into the non-fiction section and find books on such a wide variety of topics. From body language to wealth management, from energy efficiency to World War 2 there is just so many great books to discover and to read that I would have to write an entire book just to tell you how great it is! I am also super happy when my wife finds books that she wants to read. Typically, she is very particular on what she chooses but since the library has such a great selection, she is not left out when it is time to check them out. If you get the chance, go to the library, it is worth it! Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


July 2019

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

RCMP FILES A Couple of Booze Thieves Check out these exciting new ideas for our new camps; Marvel Superhero Week -July 15 - July 19. You have the chance to become just like your favourite superhero! You will catch criminals and solve mysteries. Your responsibility will be to protect the Infinity Stone throughout the week, making sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands. And if that’s not enough to get you excited, you will even be able to create your own superhero and make your very own comic strip. Brick and Kicks Week - July 22 – July 26. This week is bringing together the best of both worlds! You will have the opportunity to build mighty structures with the help of a real engineering student. Get your kicks with all our fun and outlandish sports. Maybe you’re into sports and your friend is into Lego. This camp gives you the chance to enjoy both. From toppling towers to hitting homeruns, you will be guaranteed a good time. Hollywood Week – August 12 – August 16. For our Hollywood week, you will be in the Director’s chair. Learning the ropes of the movie industry, you will have a chance to be a star. Learn the moves of being a stunt double! Refine your skills as an award-winning actor; make your mark on the Steinbach Walk of Fame. Other Camps include: Disney (July 8-12). How magical! This camp was so much fun last year; we’ve brought it back again. Science and Slime (July 29- August 2). This camp introduces campers to a variety of steam projects. Animal Planer a 4 Day camp (August 6 - 9). Get wild this week! Learn about different animal through games, art and exploration. Around the world in 5 days (August 19 - 23). Travel the world in 5 days without leaving Steinbach. Students & Parents! Looking to Volunteer? Join the fun! Volunteer for our Summer Arts Day Camps for an hour, day, week or all summer long and get a great reference. Call Randi, 204-346-1077 today. Register now for Fall Programs online or call us. The Steinbach Arts Council is working on a great line-up of programs starting this fall. Don’t miss out on the creativity, wellness, summer camps, visual arts, theatre and so much more. Backyard Theatre Company Wants YOU! - Discover the process of preparing for a play, character building, practicing scripts, and final stage production at the SRSS Theatre. Acting classes for ages 5-17. Arts4Tots Preschool Program – Montessori-Infused Curriculum. The most creative way to learn for ages 3-5 with specialists in dance, music, drama, and visual arts. Mon/Wed or Tues/Thu, am or pm. Creative Wellness - Prop It Pilates, Intro to Pilates, Core Intermediate, Pilates on the Ball. B.O.S.S. Dance Academy – New Lil Ballerinas 3 - 5, Hip Hop 3 - 5, Hip Hop 6 - 9, Hip Hop 10+. Culinary Arts - Kids in the Kitchen, Couples Cooking. Languages - French, Spanish and German. Visual Arts - Kids: Hand Building with Clay (Beginner & Advanced), Art Adventures, Art X-travaganza. Teens: Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration Adults: Digital Photography, Acrylic & Watercolor Painting, Intro to the Pottery Wheel. Southeast Centre for Music - A Centre of Excellence! Call us if you want to study with some of the premiere teachers in the southeast! Guitar- Nathan Dyck; Piano/Theory - Hally Friesen, Jordan Martens and Candace Hamm; Voice- Alyssa Hildebrand, David Klassen; Violin-Peter Jo; Cello – Natalie Dawes. Musical Theatre for kids with Gabriela Gallo, and new for 2019/2020 - Steinbach Youth Chorus is back. Under the direction of Gabriela Gallo. For teacher info/details email David Klassen, SCM Director at scm@steinbachartscounil.ca. New Hall Gallery Exhibit: Landscape and Seascapes – Wayne Letkeman and Paul’s Pics – Paul Reimer. Support our local artists. Exhibit Runs: August 21 – September 27, 2019. Last Call – Reserve your seats as a Season Ticket Holder! Our 2019-2020 concert series includes favourites like the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Theatre Centre, and so much more! You won’t want to miss this season – call now to renew your seats if you have not already done so. Call 204-346-1077 for more details.

Cell Phone Lifted at McDonalds On June 1 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft that took place at the Steinbach McDonalds. At 6:30 pm two unknown males were seen on surveillance taking a cell phone belonging to an employee from behind the counter. Police are asking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect in the above incidents. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

On May 25 at approximately 9:48 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of liquor from the Liquor Mart in Steinbach. A male and female suspect were recorded on the security camera from the Liquor Mart store as well as the vehicle involved, a silver Ford Focus, note different licence plates on front and rear of vehicle. RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects involved in the theft. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326–4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Close Call for Teenager On June 11, at approximately 9 am, a 15 year-old youth walking across Brandt Street at McKenzie, was almost struck by a blue truck pulling a trailer. The youth had been on a skateboard and the truck hit the skateboard shooting it into the air. Just prior to being struck, someone in another vehicle yelled to the youth to warn him. Steinbach RCMP are seeking any witnesses to this potentially disastrous incident. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Thieves Target Electronics Steinbach RCMP are investigating a break-in and theft which occurred in a residence on Henry Street in Steinbach on June 13 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4 pm. Stolen from the residence were 2 televisions 55”, 2 Play Station 4, a set of headphones and a bunch of video games. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Superstore Scene of Attempted Theft

Pump and Dash

On June 18, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a male and female who was attempting to steal from the Superstore on Highway 12. Both suspects left in a vehicle. Steinbach RCMP are requesting the assistance of the public to identify the suspects. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

On June 3 at approximately 5:38 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of Theft of Gas at the Esso Gas Station. RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the owner/driver of the Red Ford Freestyle. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (24) 326 – 4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com

Thousands in Equipment Stolen RCMP Looking for Missing Dirt Bike On June 6, sometime during the night, culprits entered the garage of a residence on Henry Place in Steinbach. The overhead door was opened and two motorcycles were pushed out of the garage and away from the residence. One of the dirt bikes was recovered but the second one, pictured here, is still missing. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

On June 5, overnight, a pig farm near Zhoda was broken into. The suspect(s) took a Scuba apparatus with serial # on it was LAB 233041. Multiples other items were taken including a welder ultrasound, a stereo, Samsung tablet, a cordless skill saw, automotive camera, back fast test, air compressor, two-way radio set for an approximate value of $20,000. On June 7, the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break-in that occurred at the same pig farm. The suspect(s) took an all terrain vehicle, several tools and some electronics from the garage and office building. The items were eventually located abandoned in a wooded area a few miles from the farm on HWY 12. It is believed that this break in could be related to another break in at the same farm two days prior. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying any suspects. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers. com.

Ex-boyfriend Charged with Assault On June 15 Steinbach RCMP received report of a disturbance at a rural location in the RM of La Broquerie. A female victim reported being assaulted by an exboyfriend. As a result of the assault, she suffered a broken arm. The male fled prior to officers’ arrival. On June 16 the male suspect was located and arrested without incident. He has been charged with numerous offences including assault causing bodily harm, assault, uttering threats and mischief to property X2. He is scheduled to appear in Steinbach court. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

July 2019


J Creek Berries - Local Producer Profile of the Month Abby and Karsten Mueller love people and farming. They operate J Creek Berries, a strawberry farm near Woodmore. They planted their first strawberries in 2017 in an attempt to diversify their grain operation and are currently in their second year of business. They have three young children and find that this kind of farming is a great opportunity to spend time working outdoors including all members of the family. “Everything about this has been a learning curve,” said Abby. “The biggest challenge for us is that it is brand new territory.” She notes that they love the type of work a U-pick entails such as weeding, hoeing, organizing and maintenance. This year, they expect to open for the season in mid-July. Because of the cold spring and late frost, production looks like it may be a little lower. Picking will occur every second or third day, weather dependent. Stay updated for opening days and picking times by checking their website or calling them and listening to their phone message. Contact information is jcreekberries.com or 204-324-4661. Price for a four-liter u-pick basket is $11 and pre-picked is $18. Brought to you by the Stuartburn Franklin-Emerson Local Food Initiative. Find us on Facebook or email initiativelocalfood@gmailcom.

Abby Mueller from J Creek Berries.

Grunthal Thrift Store Celebrates First Year One year ago, Gospel Echoes Team Thrift Stores opened their doors in Grunthal to help raise funds for a local charity, while helping fulfill a local businessman’s dream. A year later they hosted an anniversary event to celebrate their success in the community. Gospel Echoes Team Thrift Stores are a fundraising effort of the Gospel Echoes prison ministry. The Grunthal store was owned by Dave

Reimer, who once ran a lumber and concrete business in Roseau River. Managed by Dave Hilderbrandt, the shop is located at 121 Main Street in Grunthal. The 3,000 sq-ft. former garage and plumbing shop is now full of goodies from household items to furniture. The purpose of Gospel Echoes Team Thrift Stores is to support the mission by building positive and beneficial relationships with the lo-

cal community. The store plays a vital role in the stewardship of making used items available to the local community and provides opportunities for volunteers. The thrift store makes available items for reuse and recycling rather than disposing of quality useable items. Donations are accepted on location.

Is Your Home Safe for Your Kids? More than half the children who end up in the emergency room due to an electrical injury or burn are under the age of five. Because electric appliances are so common in our homes, it’s easy to forget that their use comes with the risk of severe injury and death. That’s why looking around your home for electrical hazards and teaching kids about electrical safety at the earliest opportunity is such an important job for parents. Most common shock injuries for young children Kids are curious by nature and they love to explore with their hands and mouths. The most frequent electrical shocks for toddlers is from biting into electrical cords or from poking a metal object, like a fork, into an outlet or appliance. Kids love playing in water so another common injury is when a child touches an electrical cord, appliance or light switch with wet hands. Why is there no such thing as a safe

shock? Even low-voltage shocks can have long-term after effects such as the feeling of pins and needles, numbness, memory loss or anxiety. What happens when you get a shock? We have internal electrical impulses in our bodies which help our brain send signals to areas of the body which allow us to yawn or smile for example. When electricity enters our body from an outside source, it causes what is like a short in the body’s system. When someone receives a shock, electricity travels through the body until it finds the fastest way out to the ground. And the longer electricity stays in the body, the more damage can be done. All electrical shocks can be prevented. Here are some tips on how you can create a safe home: - Install child safety covers to your electrical outlets. - If a cord is frayed, replace it. Tape won’t protect from a shock. Exten-

sion cords – which should only be used temporarily – are prone to cracking and fraying, which can lead to a shock or fire. - Tuck wires away from your child’s reach. - Keep electrical appliances out of your child’s reach. - Water and electricity combined can be lethal. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) the ones with the reset button – in any room with water (i.e. bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms) to help protect from a shock. - Keep power tools and small appliances away from bathtubs, pools or other sources of water. -Eliminate the use of electric cords around the pool or bathroom. Where possible in these areas, use batteryoperated appliances and equipment instead of objects that require plugging in. - Teach kids never to pull an electric plug out of the wall outlet by yanking on the cord.

Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for mature adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come out (all ages are welcomed) and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. Visit our website at www.patporteralc.com. Memberships: 2019 memberships available for $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits. Check out our new website and register to receive your newsletter by email. Other Programs and Services: Full lunch Monday to Friday for $6 or Soup lunch $3. Call kitchen at 204-320-4605 the day before or before 9am to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic - Call reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Belltone Hearing - Call 1-800-6612653 to book an appointment. Community Financial Counselling Services – Wednesday, July 17 and Monday, August 19. Call 1-888-573-2383. Cottage Cheese Perogies - For sale $6 per dozen. Transportation - Need a ride to an appointment and or need of some help 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. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information. We are looking for Friendly Visitors, Maintenance, Meal Delivery, and Office Support. Special Events coming up: Goldeyes Day Game – Thursday, August 8, $35 per person includes Accessible Transportation deadline for registration July 30. Folklorama – Wednesday, August 14. Cost $70 per person, VIP Trip from Ireland to Italy Folklorama Style. Call to reserve your spot. Cooking Demo – Thursday, August 1, $6 per person Come and try new recipes using seasonal fruit, and learn how to mindfully indulge in sweet. Call to register. Pancake Breakfast - Third Thursday of every month, $5 per person, 9 am – 12 pm. Family Barbeque – Thursday, August 22, $5 per person, 5 – 7 pm. Alzheimer Journey – On Wednesdays August 21, September 18, October 9, and November 20 at 2 pm for free.

Taste of Summer Charity BBQ – Raising money for local charities every Wednesday in July and August, from 11 am – 1 pm, on Main St and Lumber, in Steinbach. Regular Programs and Activities: Check out the Newsletter on our website for more information. Activities may be cancelled due to other events on short notice. Check with the Centre. 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. All programs and activities are $2 for Members and $4 for Non-Members unless otherwise stated. Drop-in: Tai Chi: Returning Monday, September 9. Perogy Bee: Monday, July 8, call if you want to help out with making perogies. Exercise Classes: Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30 pm (July 16, 30, August 13, 27), Thursday 1 – 2 pm. Computer Classes: Wednesdays from 9 am - 2 pm one on one 1 hour appointments. HO Model Railway Project: Wednesdays and Fridays 10 am 3:30 pm. Movie Time Potluck: “The Mustang” on Tuesday, July 29 and “Breakthrough” on Monday, August 26, noon. Bring a small lunch dish and enjoy a movie and fellowship. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: Wednesdays 1:30 – 4 pm. Advanced Pickle Ball: Monday to Friday 9 - 11:30 am. Beginners Pickleball: Mondays and Fridays 1 – 3 pm. Billiards: Monday - Friday 9 am - 3:30 pm. Cards: All card games run from 1 – 4 pm. Monday – Canasta, Tuesday – Euchre, Wednesday – Cribbage, Thursday –Whist. Crokinole: Friday 1:30 – 4 pm. Book Club: Every Tuesday from 11 am-12 pm, ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ Old Time Country Jam: Returning September 11. Out with Friends” July 19 and August 16, from 7 – 10 pm, bring a snack and play board/card games, and enjoy the evening together. Free Programs: Walking – 8:30 – 9 am and Noon -1 pm, Monday to Friday. 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, drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 or reception desk 204-320-4600.


July 2019

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

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