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New School Celebrated in Niverville

Springfield-Ritchot MLA Ron Schuler, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen, Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck and Provencher MLA Ted Falk, along with Niverville High School students cut the ribbon. Submitted photo

By Marianne Curtis On October 29, the community and Hanover School Division celebrated the official grand opening of the new Niverville High School. Newly re-appointed Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen was on hand personally to cut the ribbon and congratulate Hanover School Division on the completion of this significant project. “This new Niverville High School, serving grades 9 to 12, is a significant achievement for both the Manitoba government and

the Hanover School Division,” said Goertzen. “The new Niverville High School will ensure that these students are educated in quality facilities that can support excellence in education, far removed from the overcrowded portables and schools the students of Niverville and other communities have had to endure for so many years.” Constructed by Red Lake Construction at a cost of about $18.45 million, the 66,700square foot high school will accommodate 450 students between the grades of 9 to 12. Continued on page 2...

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Ste. Anne Police Set Up Buy and Sell Exchange Area In an effort to promote personal safety, the Ste. Anne Police Service has initiated a Buy and Sell area at its police station. Persons conducting legal buy and sell transactions are invited to attend the parking lot area to make the exchanges. The Ste. Anne Police Service recommends that transactions take place during daylight hours when the station is open to the public. Officers will not assist with transactions which includes monitoring, negotiating, or completing exchanges for anyone. Citizens are required to conduct property checks on their own; serial numbers can be searched at app.cpic-cipc.ca/English/search.cfm. Exchanges involving weapons or illegal items are not permitted. Persons attending to Ste. Anne Police Service Buy and Sell area, the parking lot, may be subject to video monitoring. The Ste. Anne Police Service does not assume responsibility for the use of the Buy and Sell area. Members of the public are reminded to use caution when purchasing items through online advertisements. We offer the following crime prevention tips: - Ask for a photo of the serial number before meeting and attempt to confirm the item hasn’t been reported stolen. - Don’t provide your personal information to anyone. - Buying or selling - take screenshots of the advertisement and ID number, the seller’s contact information, and all communications. - Check the buyer/seller’s name through an online search engine. - Take only enough cash with you to pay for the item being purchased. - Ask about the history of the item being sold. - Meet during daylight hours, in a public space. - Do not transfer/provide money to the person before receiving the product. - Do not meet someone alone. - Do not give out personal or banking information. - Use generic photos when posting an item for sale. - Trust your instincts - if something feels wrong, it probably is.






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It also includes a 74-seat child care centre. The school has been designed to accommodate a future addition, increasing the future capacity of the school to 550 students, the minister noted. Hanover School Division Superintendent-CEO Randy Dueck noted that this was an “exciting day for Hanover School Division and the community of Niverville.” “[This] grand opening is the culmination of 18 months of preparation and represents the shared vision of our community partners,” Dueck stated. “This beautiful new school will remedy long-standing enrollment pressures and provide space for growth in the years ahead.” Designed by MCM Architects Inc. and contracted by Red Lake Construction, the two-story 66,700 sq. ft. facility is estimated to cost $18.45 million. The school features ten general classrooms, two science rooms, two science labs, a computer room, an art room, a grooming room and a life skills suite for students needing additional support, multi-purpose room, band room, library, large gymnasium and fitness room and resource teaching and educational support spaces. The child care centre is in the final stage of construction and is expected to open in January 2020, Goertzen added. This centre will accommodate 54 preschool children and 20 infants. Niverville High School has been designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating requirements and Manitoba Hydro energy-use targets. Situated adjacent to the Community Resource & Recreation Centre, the campus will provide opportunities for shared usage and strengthen community ownership.

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Multiple Charities Benefit from St. Labre 200

On October 16, the organizers of St. Labre 200 committee gathered for their annual meeting to review this past year’s events. As part of the evening four cheques were presented to organizations in the region. Since its inception eleven years ago, the St. Labre 200 has donated thousands of dollars to different local organizations in what they call the Give Back to the Community campaign, and this year was no exception. Over the years, organizers of St. Labre 200 have been able to give over $100,000 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 funds were divided between five non-profit organizations from southern Manitoba. These organizations include First Steps Wellness Centre, Small Town Kids Daycare Inc. in Rosenort, Les Chouettes de Lorette in Lorette and Steinbach Sunset Riders 4-H group. They also supported the 2nd annual No Limits for Girls in Trades Day that was held on March 7 at Shevchencko School in Vita. What started off as a friendly competition between family members has become one of the fastest growing community events in the past decade. Last month, St. Labre 200 was recognized with the 2019 Manitoba Tourism Innovation Award. The St. Labre 200 is a go-kart build off competition where fourteen teams are challenged to build their own go-karts within 24 hours. Teams build go-karts from scratch on the first day and race their new creations the next

Les Chouettes de Lorette is a Francophone childcare service located in the town of Lorette.

Small Town Kids Daycare Inc. was one of 4 non-profit groups who received funds from the St. Labre 200 Giving Back to the Community campaign.

First Steps Wellness Centre (FSWC) provides exercise based therapy to people with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and Multiple Sclerosis as well as to other neuromuscular disorders such as Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

day in a fast paced nail biting 200 The winner earns the right to hoist lap race on a quarter mile dirt track. the coveted Sparkplug Cup.

St. Labre 200 Wins Tourism Award When Manitoba Tourism gathered to recognize the top of the industry at their 21st annual awards presentation on September 19, St. Labre 200 was named the winner of this year’s Innovation Award. Every year, the Manitoba Tourism Awards, recognizes outstanding contributions to the provincial tourism industry, including promoting Manitoba as a quality destination, ensuring an exceptional visitor experience and fostering a professional tourism industry. St. Labre 200 was nominated for the Innovation Award as an organization that demonstrates initiative and creativity in developing Manitoba’s tourism products and addressed a void for identifiable tourism markets. To earn this honour, the Grenier family transformed a family gathering into a community event that attracts thousands of people to their St. Labre farm for the past eleven years. The unique event

pits a dozen teams against each other to build and race a go-cart around a track for 200 laps to raise funds for local organizations. In the category of Marketing Excellence, St. Adolphe’s Amazing Snow was also up for recognition. The winner of the Marketing Excellence will be a tradition, online or social media campaign that converts campaign expenditures into an interest in Manito-

ba’s tourism products and visitation and attracts a significant amount of public/media awareness of Manitoba. This past winter, the family operated business which is normally known for their Amazing Corn event drew in thousands by creating a Guinness Record Breaking snow maze. Awards were handed out in nine categories with three businesses, persons or events nominated in each category.

St. Labre 200 organizers celebrate winning the Manitoba Tourism Innovation Award during this year’s award presentations.


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Natural Playground Opened at Dawson Trail School By Marianne Curtis A new natural playground recently opened outside the Dawson Trail School in Lorette is a welcome addition for the enjoyment of both students and the community. On September 18, students, teachers, school board trustees, and several local business owners instrumental in seeing the project into fruition celebrated the completion of the $100,000 playground with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The project was initiated earlier this year by the Dawson Trail School’s sustainability committee as an asset to the community. The natural playground features a wood chip surface along with logs, rocks, climbing structures and newly planted trees that will one day tower over the grounds. Dawson Trail School Principal Randy Engel was excited to see the completion of the new play area. “This is not just a play area, it is a place to learn,” said Engel. “Part of the reason we wanted to create a natural area is for our students is that it’s very important on how we take care of our environment. Being able to be part of our natural areas and understanding how important trees are and how they take care of the air but to understand how we are connected to our environment.” The project converted about 20,000 square foot outdoor space

Dawson Trail School students along with staff, local businessmen and school board trustees celebrate the grand opening of the new natural playground at the school. Photo by Marianne Curtis

into an outdoor learning area. The site is ringed by trees with a grassy berm and log seating with added features such as water, rocks, sand, with crushed limestone and wood chip surfacing. Paying tribute to the historical Dawson Trail, the site also includes a log path along one side. The project was funded by the Seine River School Division, LUD of Lorette, and a number of corpo-

rate sponsors and the parent advisory committee. Seine River School Division Superintendent Mike Borgfjord reminded students to thank the community for making this park happen. “A lot of people contributed to this because they want you to have great experiences and opportunities in your community,” said Borgfjord. “It is also a remind-

er about how it is important to do good things in your community.” A portion of the project was made possible through a partnership between Home Hardware and Tree Canada. Over the past 27 years, the two organizations together, have helped plant 27,000 trees across the country. “I applied for a grant and received $2,800, which was enough to cover

the cost of all the trees installed at the park,” said David Audette, owner of Lorette Home Hardware. “As you know, my wife and I also donated $5,000 cash to the project.” Tree Canada has planted over 82 million trees across Canada, greened 656 school yards and worked with municipalities to green communities.




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Campaign Certainty 2019 The best thing about this campaign is that it’s over. The message was constantly tailored to social media which created a somewhat less than definitive outcome. Primarily this message that was loud and less than adequate and too ambiguous to be desired. The negativity of it all was overwhelming. The messages were received though somewhat mutilated and hard to decipher through the continuous dull noise much was lost on many of us. One standard bearer was constantly angry and reminded me of the state of American politics. Populism does not work well north of the 49 parallel. This prime example I give you the PPC. The fact that Alberta and Saskatchewan will have nobody in government is going to make it difficult to include their input and participation. It’s not surprising that their noise of separation is front and centre, but separation would not get them to tide water. Secondly, BC would make it more difficult than it is now. Third, if Alberta and Saskatchewan can vote themselves out, oil is not in short supply around the world and the integrity of their provincial borders is not assured if they can vote themselves out the Federation. Would all people do so? I have confidence that a government will find a way to communicate with those two provinces and move forward on three fronts, build a pipeline, start to diversify their economy and improve on equalization. One thing to keep in mind is that 65% of the population voted for a progressive party with a carbon reducing policy. The more Alberta and Saskatchewan browbeat the rest of us, the more sustainability will figure in our minds. A carbon policy will seem very important. At this point I believe oil will and must be transformed by sustainable energy, and there is certain urgency to it. I would guess that a minority government will function in a reasonable fashion for a while but definitely not make it last for four years. The main impediment for them, the politicians, is lack of cash. Maybe we should donate to cancer research for a while instead. The next election will be run, with I believe by a more grown up and chastised message. Carbon will still be important to more than 65% of the population.

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Thank You, Provencher! The 43rd Canadian General Election is over. It is such a privilege to serve Provencher and I am thankful and honoured to have been re-elected. I am truly humbled by the voters’ confidence in me, and by the satisfaction expressed with my job performance as your MP. To all who were involved in the electoral process, thank you. While the overall national result was disappointing, I am so pleased that Provencher voters sent a loud and clear message to Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.

Here in Provencher, Conservatives saw an increase in support, taking approximately 66% of the vote, while the Liberals dropped significantly to only 13.1%. I was also pleased to see that Canada’s Conservatives picked up 22 seats nationally, and won the popular vote by 239,000 votes. Now that the election is over, I’m looking forward to getting back to work, for you: Serving Provencher as your common-sense voice in Ottawa. Rest assured, Provencher views and values will be given a strong voice in Canada’s 43rd Parliament.

For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook at: Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

Health Care and Finances Top of Legislature Agenda As we prepare for the next session of this new 42nd Manitoba legislature to begin this month, some changes have been made to cabinet roles within our government. I am honoured to have been asked to become the Legislative Assistant to Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development and Training. This department includes post-secondary education and immigration. I look forward to working with Minister Eichler as our government continues to make Manitoba the most improved province in Canada. In this next legislative session, our government will continue the improvements we began during our first term. Manitobans have entrusted us to fix the province’s finances, and a recent report from a global credit rating agency is a reflection of our success. S&P Global Ratings has revised its outlook for Manitoba to positive from stable, also affirming the province’s A+ rating. S&P has noted our financial results this year are better than anticipated and that we’re expected to continue moving

Manitoba toward fiscal balance. The agency has noted, as well, that the primary constraint on Manitoba’s credit profile is its debt burden. The yearly cost of servicing the province’s debt has climbed to $1 billion for the first time, as a result of the previous NDP government’s financial recklessness. Can you imagine what our province could do with an extra $1 billion in its budget to invest in Manitobans’ priorities? Health care is always on the minds of Manitobans, and the new state-ofthe-art Women’s Hospital at Health Sciences Centre (HSC) in Winnipeg will open on December 1. This $232.9-million facility and its highly skilled and dedicated staff will provide women and children with excellent care and improve the patient experience for families across the province. The HSC Women’s Hospital is the largest capital health project in Manitoba’s history, reflecting our government’s commitment to improving the health-care system. The 388,500-square-foot complex will

be home to inpatient and outpatient obstetrical, surgical and medical services currently provided at the HSC Women’s Pavilion. With Remembrance Day just around the corner, I ask all Manitobans to take the time to remember those in Canada’s military who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom we enjoy today. Across the La Verendrye constituency and throughout southeastern Manitoba on November 11, there will be many Remembrance Day services and ceremonies that anyone can attend. As always, I look forward to hearing from constituents with their questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-4245406 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov. mb.ca.

Words of Appreciation Dear Editor: On behalf of the Ste. Agathe Council of the Knights of Columbus, we wish to thank the hundred plus volunteers. 1020 people were served. That’s extraordinary! These numbers underline the great popularity of our Fall Supper. Some of the profits from the Fall Supper will go towards general maintenance of the Church. Le Comité scolaire of École Ste. Agathe will also receive funding

for school programs. We wish to recognize & thank the many volunteers; - Who came out to help during the week and the weekend; - Who chose to cook a turkey; - Who brought desserts; - Who did the exterior autumn decorations & table centre pieces; - Who helped with the take-out service; Your help contributed immensely in the success of the Ste. Agathe Fall Supper.

We also wish to thank those who came along with friends & family members or took advantage of the take out service to share a great home cooked meal. We sincerely hope to see you again for our next Fall Supper on Sunday October 4, 2020. Jean-Claude Gratton and Guy Gagnon Organizers


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Provincial Legislative Work Begins November With November underway, I’m looking forward to what the rest of this month will bring, particularly in regard to our Manitoba government. On November 19, I will join my fellow MLAs at the legislature for the Speech from the Throne to mark the beginning of a new legislative session. The new session will involve a lot of work as our government introduces, discusses, debates and votes on bills for the benefit of Manitobans in the Dawson Trail constituency and across the province. On the local front, I recently had a chance to visit Landmark Elementary School and speak to the grades 5 and 6 classes about the provincial government, and how it works. I received interesting questions from some very curious students, and I’m glad that I was able to help ignite some interest and curiosity about politics in some of these kids. In the upcoming weeks, I plan on

hosting a couple of my regular Coffee With Bob events. One of them will be held in Anola, for some of the new constituents who have joined Dawson Trail through the recent boundary changes for electoral districts. I will also host one at the Villa Youville personal care home in Ste. Anne again, along with a very talented guitarist and fiddler as well as dainties. Chatting with constituents in these settings is enjoyable and informative, so I’m looking forward to both of these gatherings. In just a few weeks, it will be December, which means Christmas and the New Year are well on their way. That seems like a ridiculous thought, because it feels like the year only just began. Where has the time gone? Regardless, it will soon be time for Christmas events in Dawson Trail. Many will be held

in our constituency during the festive season, but one I’m especially looking forward to is the Lorette Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. I’ve participated in this in previous years, and it’s always a great time. Right now, however, I would like to encourage everyone in Dawson Trail and across our province to attend any of the Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11. I plan to attend one of the many ceremonies in our constituency to honour the brave Canadian soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country and our freedom.

St. Malo Deer Almost Ready for Install It has been a long four years, but the famous St. Malo deer will soon be placed at its new home thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the St. Malo and District Wildlife Association. On November 1, the massive base was moved to its new location, while the deer statues themselves are being cleaned at a Grunthal bodyshop. According to St. Malo and District Wildlife Association, it was Darrel Cure, Marc and Patrick Maynard and their families that helped make sure the relocation was a success. The St. Malo and District Wildlife Association was forced to remove the statue to make room for a condo development on the property four and a half years ago. The deer monument was unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Edward in July 1990. It was placed in recognition of the valuable volunteer assistance provided to the Department of Natural Resources by the St. Malo and District Wildlife Association and Area Residents. From 1985 to 1988, in the first ever large scale urban deer relocation program in Canada 283 white-tailed deer were captured and moved from the city of Winnipeg to the St. Malo Wildlife Management Area and surrounding region. Area residents provided

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

Getting things level in St. Malo.

countless hours of assistance and An event to celebrate the reinequipment to transport deer during stallation of the statue is in the the relocation program. works.

Niverville Ready for Plebiscite On November 26, residents living in Niverville will decided if the town will permanently close the door to the retail sale of cannabis in the community. When voters go to the polls they will be asked, “Should licensed retail cannabis stores be allowed in Niverville?” Nonresident property owners are not entitled to vote. Voting is taking place at the Town of Niverville office at 329 Bronstone Drive between 8 am and 8

pm. Advance polls are taking place at the same location on November 18 from 8 am to 8 pm. For the purpose of accommodating persons who are qualified to vote, but reside either in a personal care home or senior’s facility, a mobile voting station will be set up November 20 at the Niverville Heritage Personal Care Home on November 20 from 9 am to 11 am and in the Niverville Credit Union Manor (lobby) from 1 pm to 3 pm.

A voter who is unable to go in person to the voting place or vote in advance, may apply in person or in writing to the Senior Election Official at Town Administration Office, 329 Bronstone Drive, Box 267, Niverville Manitoba, R0A 1E0 or by fax at 204-388-6110. If applying in person, by mail or fax, a voter may apply by November 23, 2019.

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Steinbach Personal Care Home Expands Ground has been broken on a new 143-bed personal care home expansion in Steinbach that will ensure more seniors living in or near the community will have access to 24-hour supervision and nursing support when they need it. The new facility, expected to be complete by 2021, will include resident rooms with private washrooms and showers in clusters of 11 or 12. Each cluster will have a large gathering space, a smaller private lounge area, a dining area and an activity space. The new facility will also include maintenance, laundry and housekeeping service areas, storage, offices, staff areas and exterior patios, walkways and parking. The current Rest Haven personal care home in Steinbach has 60 beds and was built in 1984. The new facility is being constructed next to the existing building and the 86-suite Woodhaven Manor elderly persons housing building. The current personal care home will be renovated to provide support space. Construction of the new facility supports the provincial government’s commitment to open 1,200 new personal care home beds by 2025, Friesen noted. The Manitoba government will fund the majority of the project, with the support of Haven Group, which is contributing $7 million. Final project costs are subject to the tendering process.






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Lorette Residents Stand Up to Crime It has been about two decades since the Lorette COPP group was first founded in the community, and it’s been about ten years since volunteers have patrolled the streets. In recent months residents have been noticing an escalation in petty crime including vehicle break-ins and theft so they have decided to reactivate the group. On October 28, a number of Lorette residents gathered at the Lorette Collegiate library to find out more about the Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) and how they can help their community. The meeting was organized by Lori Gauthier, a teacher from Lorette as a means to inform the community what they could do, and give residents an opportunity to be proactive. “It’s time to just bring COPP back,” she said. “Hopefully we can get enough support from volunteers that we can get it up and running again and help keep our community theft free.” Residents in Lorette have been voicing for months how helpless they feel with police response taking longer than they believe is acceptable. This is one of the reasons why a COPP group would work well in Lorette. The main goal of the Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) is to be on the look-out for any suspicious or criminal activity, to record this activity and, where appropriate, to report such activities to the police. COPP members act as additional “eyes and ears” for their community and the police, which assists in reducing crime. Volunteers can help with community patrols, and assist RCMP in other ways such as conducting speed watches and seatbelt checks. Volunteers should be prepared to commit a few hours a month to the program, and the more volunteers available, the fewer shifts each team requires. A criminal background check is required, and provided complimentary to all accepted volunteers. Anyone wanting to volunteer or would like more information can contact COPPcoordinatorlorette@gmail.com.

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Entrepreneur Leaves Behind Legacy of Hair

Evelyn Valcourt (sitting) owner of Evelyn’s Wig Sales & Service along with her friend Mary Ann Haddad (left) hand off the contents of the shop to Deb Thiessen from South Central Cancer Care and board member Dianne Mestsash.

By Marianne Curtis A Lorette entrepreneur who has dedicated most of her life and business to helping cancer patients rediscover their beauty has closed the doors to her specialized shop. Evelyn Valcourt, of Evelyn’s Wig Sales & Service in Lorette has been matching hair pieces to cancer patients and people who suffer from ailments that cause severe hair loss for four decades. Thirty-two of those years were spent in Lorette as the owner of her own shop. “It has been my baby for many years and it is hard to walk away but it is time,” Valcourt explained. “Health now is my number one concern – we don’t realize what we have until we lose some of it and that can be mentally or physically. When you are healthy you don’t think of those things.” What makes Valcourt special

is that her career choice was never “just a business”. With a very intimate shop located in her home, she spent time with cancer patients in a way that most people don’t witness. “It was tough – I would see people on bad days and there were many tears shed in this shop but there was much more laughter and smiles,” Valcourt recalled. “It was a great career, it was very self satisfying and fulfilling to be able to make a life as an individual that has such respect and to be such a light for many.” Valcourt was instrumental in leading the charge to make hair collection for donation more easily accessible locally, and was even a collection depot at one point. Sadly things have changed, and no one is using real hair anymore, she noted. About twenty years ago, she successfully lobbied the provincial government to remove PST from hair

being used for patients as well. “I still remember that, it was a tough battle but it was an important one,” she recalled. With her shop closing, Valcourt was left with the unique challenge of trying to find a suitable place to send several hundred hair pieces, accessories and display fixtures. With the help of Mary Ann Haddad, the perfect connection was made with the South Central Cancer Resource Centre from Morden. They operate a small non-profit shop where clients can rent hair pieces for the duration of their use. “We have clients from throughout southeast and most travel into Winnipeg to find what they need,” explained Deb Thiessen. “This is a very generous donation that will help us help hundreds of people for years to come. We can’t thank Evelyn enough.”

Providence’s Annual Harvest Banquet Helps to Cap Tuition Over 220 people came out to Otterburne last month for the annual Providence College Harvest Festival Banquet. The evening’s program was notably different than previous years by shining a spotlight on the firsthand experiences of students and alumni. Morgan Krogstad a current student, Lydia Summerville who earned a BA in 2010 and an MA in 2013, and Gavin Hall a Board Member, MDiv in 2005 shared reflections on Providence’s five core values, Christ First, Diversity of Thought, Exploration, Academic Excellence, and Community and how these values impacted their time at Providence and the work they do in their communities. At the banquet, Providence College President David Johnson invited guests to partner with Providence prayerfully and financially. The event, which attracts new and

Over two-hundred people attended this year’s Harvest Festival Banquet at Providence ColSubmitted photo lege.

long-time supporters, alumni, faculty, students, board and corporation members, raised $44,000 through gifts, table sponsorships and a generous $10,000 match. These funds directly impact students’ day-to-day experiences through the Providence Fund. As a result of this fundraiser, Providence was able to

cap tuition for the 2020-2021 school year, Johnson confirmed. The evening included a Thanksgiving-style dinner, musical entertainment provided by Shauna Hart and the entire gathering singing Providence’s school hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, to conclude the evening.


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Hospital’s Lobsterfest a Success

Tis the Season to Get the Flu Shot!

Town of Ste. Anne Mayor Richard Pelletier (right) was one of the many guests who enjoyed the evening.

The final fundraising numbers are still rolling in but based on attendance numbers organizers of the Ste. Anne Hospital’s 14th annual fundraising Lobsterfest are reporting that this year’s event was another success. On October 26, one hundred and seventy-six people gathered in Niverville’s Heritage Centre to

feast on 1,000 pounds of fresh New Brunswick lobster brought in specifically for the event. Raymond Lafleche, President of the Ste. Anne Hospital Foundation said the evening was an opportunity to raise money and thank the community for supporting the organization. “We wanted to thank the com-

Photo courtesy of Fonds Hôpital Ste-Anne Fund Inc.

munity because of their support of the past year and a half with our helipad project” noted Lafleche. The money raised by the annual Lobsterfest goes towards purchasing new equipment and construction projects at the Ste. Anne Hospital.

Steinbach Chamber Recognizes Businesses On September 24, the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce celebrated local businesses with the annual business awards at the Friedensfeld Community Centre. “We had an enjoyable evening celebrating our business community and awarding some key community players,” stated a Chamber spokesperson. At the meeting, the Chamber hand-

ed out hardware to five deserving businesses during the Annual Business Awards portion of the evening. Businesses of the Year Awards were presented in three categories. The winners were Dynamic Chiropractic & Sports Therapy Centre for Small Business of the Year; MJ’s Kafe was named Medium Business of the Year and Steinbach Credit Union was named Large Business

of the Year. The coveted Customer Service Award went to The Scrapbook Cottage. The Community Involvement Award was presented to BX Truck Service Inc, and the Non-profit Excellence Award went to the Bethesda Foundation. The Future Leader Award was given to Krissi Peters.

It was a full house when the Steinbach Chamber handed out this year’s Business awards at a special event in Friedensfeld Hall.

Alert Drivers to Benefit

dom traffic stop. Sometime during November, Steinbach RCMP will be pulling over random drivers and rewarding them for following the rules of the road. Since 2014, Steinbach RCMP chooses one day a year to raise Drivers going into Steinbach in the awareness about traffic rules in an next few weeks are being cautioned unusual way. Traffic rules should be that they may be subjected to a ran- followed at all times, but motorists

observed properly stopping at random stop signs on this day are rewarded with gift cards from various restaurants in Steinbach. The Steinbach RCMP are grateful to the local franchise owners at McDonalds, Dairy Queen, and A&W, along with the Chamber of Commerce.

Until mid-November Southern Health-Santé Sud will be holding seasonal Flu Clinics throughout the region. The annual immunization is one of the best ways to protect yourself, your friends and family from getting the flu. Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is a viral illness that affects many people every year and can cause severe illness or complications in those who are vulnerable, young children, the elderly and those living with chronic medical conditions. The virus spreads easily from person to person by direct contact, coughing and sneezing. The flu is different from a cold. The most common symptoms include sudden onset of: high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, coughing and feeling tired. These symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus and most last less than a week. The cough, however, may last for more than two weeks. In children, there may be nausea and vomiting, but these are not common in adults. According to Manitoba Health, getting the influenza vaccine helps better the odds of fighting circulating flu viruses. Anyone who is six months of age and older can get immunized to protect not only your own health, but the health of loves ones as well. For the 2019-20 season an annual flu vaccine is especially important for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts. Adults over the age of 65 should also get a pneumococcal vaccine. Most adults only need one pneumococcal vaccine in their lifetime. It helps protect against pneumococcal disease, including a serious type of pneumonia, blood infections and meningitis. To obtain a flu shot, contact your primary care provider, or visit the local pharmacy. There is also a handful of public flu clinics scheduled this month including Ste. Anne at Knights of Columbus on Wednesday November 13, 3 - 7 pm, Landmark Kinsmen Community Centre on Monday November 18 from 4 -7 pm. There the last two in the area are taking place in Grunthal at the Grunthal Senior Citizen Home on November 19 from 9 am - 12 pm and Horizon Senior Centre on November 28 at 4 - 7 pm.






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Sacrifice and Legacy: Two Amputees Share a Special Bond

Sean Borle, 24, recalls meeting Second World War veteran Lloyd Brown, 96, for the first time six years ago at a Remembrance Day ceremony. “We had this magical moment where I reached out my right hand and he put out his left, to shake hands,” he said. Borle was born missing his left hand, and Brown lost his right arm due to the shrapnel of a shell on October 18, 1944, while serving with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment in Italy. “I was staked at a farmhouse which had a children’s tree house located behind it,” said Brown. “In the tree house was a sniper who kept shooting at our boys. A tank then came, which shot out shells, the shrapnel hitting my right arm.” When Brown arrived at the hospital, the doctors had to amputate his arm. “Fortunately, I was in such shock that I didn’t feel a thing,” he recalled. On Remembrance Day, the pair shares a special tradition of laying a wreath on behalf of The War Amps, an organization entering its second century of service this year. The War Amps was started by war amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees. They then welcomed amputee veterans following the Second World War, sharing all that they had learned. Borle grew up in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, which provides financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs, emotional support and regional seminars to young amputees across Canada. It was started by War Amps Members, like Brown, who realized their experiences of living with

The Road to Vimy Ridge... By Marianne Curtis Sean Borle, 24, and Lloyd Brown, 96, share a Remembrance Day tradition of laying a wreath on behalf of The War Amps. Borle was born a left hand amputee and Brown lost his right arm while serving with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment in Italy during the Second World War. The War Amps was started by amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees. Borle grew up in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program which was started by War Amps Members, like Brown, who realized their experiences of living with amputation could help others. Through what they call “Operation Legacy,” Borle and his fellow members of CHAMP have now “taken up the torch” of remembrance to pay tribute to the veteran members of the Association.

amputation could help others. Through what they call “Operation Legacy,” Borle and his fellow members of CHAMP have now “taken up the torch” of remembrance to pay tribute to the veteran members of The War Amps, whose efforts have made a difference in the lives of thousands of amputees. “Knowing that there are people like Lloyd who understand what it’s like to be missing a limb, makes you feel like you’re not alone,” said Borle. When Brown attends the Remembrance Day ceremonies, he reflects on all those in his regiment who never came home. “It’s heartbreaking to think of all those who lost their lives and it’s important to remember them,” he said. For Borle, it’s special to share Remembrance Day with Brown. “I would not be the person I am today had it not been for that decision more than 100 years ago to begin The War Amps,” said Borle. “It is our commitment as Champs that the legacy and sacrifices of Lloyd, and all the war amputee veterans, will be remembered and carried forward.”

Challenge Issued

Dear Editor: I had the privilege of growing up in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program which was started by war amputee veterans. Through Operation Legacy, which is made up of members of CHAMP, we pay tribute to the veterans who founded the Association and all those who have served our country. I have participated in Operation Legacy as far back as I can remember by laying wreaths and attending remembrance ceremonies. I have only scratched the surface of understanding how much these soldiers sacrificed, but I am eager to spread the remembrance message to other young people so that we and the generations after us know who to thank. Canada as we know it today exists because of the men and women who served, sacrificing life and limb so that future generations could live freely and safely. As young people, we are that future generation. It is up to us to say thank you and remember them because their sacrifices weren’t for nothing, they were for everything. On Remembrance Day this year, I challenge young people to attend your local ceremony, wear a poppy over your heart, or at the very least, take a moment at 11 am to pause and say thank you. Rachel Quilty, The War Amps

When the owners of a Steinbach antique shop and cafe discovered a 102 year old letter amid a box of old papers they purchased at an estate sale, they had no idea how it would change their lives and perspective on Remembrance Day. Amanda and her husband Calvin, who own Prairie Pickers Cafe, have made it their business to scour estate and garage sales. It was at one of these sales that Amanda picked up a box of old papers for $1 never imagining the treasure hidden inside. “I found it, and read it, and re-read it and I was like, ‘Oh, this is something very special’ and I couldn’t believe that I had found it in a box with torn ripped papers that anybody else would have probably thrown out,” said Kehler. The letter, postmarked May 1917, is addressed to “Miss P. Rochford, Manitoba Avenue, Selkirk.” The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought April 9-12, 1917. The letter was written by 20 year old Earl Sorel from a military hospital in Birkenhead, England. The letter describes in detail how the woman’s brother Sergeant Gordon Rochford saved Sorel in the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War. The two men had grown up together in Selkirk, and been friends for many years. In the letter, Earl describes how Gordon saved his life. “On Easter Monday the big advance on Vimy Ridge started. At five o’clock we were all lined up in the trench waiting for the barrage to open up, and then we were to advance. At 5:30 we started. Gordon, Sergeant of the platoon number 9, led. The barrage was like a thunderstorm and we were trotting along at a good pace. We had gone about 12-hundred yards and bang - I felt a sharp burn in my back and left arm. The next thing I remembered was Gordon pulling me in a shell hole and he told me to stay there. That was the last I saw of poor Gordon. After, I was helped to the dressing station by a corporal. It was just the other day in this hospital that I learned that Gordon was killed. He died a hero along with many others that day.” Knowing she had something valuable on her hands, Amanda decided to find someone, in hopes

The Kehler’s had an opportunity to explore the tunnels under Maison Blanche where soldiers moved or hid for months at a time (left), sometimes long enough to carve their names or battalion on the limestone walls (top above).

The Vimy Ridge battle grounds where thousands of soldiers lost their lives between April 9 -12, 1917 (below).

Amanda and Calvin Kehler along with some of the keepsakes they’ve put together to remember their life changing trip of Vimy Ridge.

Amanda and Calvin Kehler with Earl Sorel’s great, great, grand-niece Wendy before the Vimy Ridge Ceremony.


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Remembrance Day Services 2019 Steinbach - Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, 360 McKenzie Ave. Starts at 10:45 am sharp. Hosted by the Steinbach Legion. RM of Ritchot – Starting at 10:40 am at 352 St. Adolphe at the Club Amical at 344 Main St, St. Adolphe. Lunch to follow at the Club Amical. Lorette - In the gymnasium at the Collège Lorette Collegiate at 10:30 am. Reception to be held afterwards. All are welcome. Sergeant Gordon Rochford’s memorial marker at Vimy Ridge. His body was never recovered.

St. Pierre-Jolys – At 10:45 am in the St. Pierre Recreation Centre Hall, 545 Avenue Hebert. Bilingual Ceremony and a lunch to follow. This reception is hosted by the Councils of the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys and the RM of De Salaberry.

Retracing the Steps of a Long Dead Soldier to return the letter to family so she posted a plea for information on Facebook. In a matter of hours, the post went viral and the story was picked up by media around the world. One of the connections she made was with Mitch Desavoye, an Intelligence Officer stationed in London. “He read one of the stories and contacted us, and offered to help us with our search.” With his help, the Kehlers were connected with family and friends who filled in the pieces. “We got to sort of bring these soldiers stories to the forefront – they did not have immediate family members. Earl came back to Canada and did marry but never had any children and he was a

Earl Sorel’s, the author of the letter’s military record and military photo. The letter addressed to Miss P. Rochford, Manitoba Avenue, Selkirk is postmarked May 1917 tells how her brother saved the writer’s life.

humble man,” Amanda stated. “I’ve spoken with Gordon’s family members many times, and am so incredibly thankful that we have had the opportunity to be part of this story.” Just when things started to settle down, the Kehlers were in for another surprise – they were invited to come to a ceremony on April 9, at Vimy Ridge so they could personally deliver the letter for the local museum to display. “Calvin and I found out that there was an organization in France associated with Vimy Ridge that offered to pay my way so I could deliver the letter. There is a ceremony on April 9, and they would like to have the letter for that day. Coincidentally, April 9 is also listed as Gordon Rochford’s day of passing,” Amanda continued. “As we walked up to the Vimy Monument for the first time, a bag piper played for us. It was unbelievably emotional, especially after hearing so many details of the hardships that our Canadian boys went through. Hundreds of our boys - maybe thousands still lay in the fields here.” Part of their visit included retracing the steps that both these soldiers would have made the night before and on that fateful day. They also explored the tunnels where soldiers hid for months, and walked the battlefield where many soldier lost their lives. The letter is currently on display at a museum at Vimy Ridge with the plan that it will be returned to Manitoba next year where it will be on display at the Manitoba Museum.


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“A Longer Table” Launches in Grunthal If you are new to the area, or looking for an opportunity to get out and meet new friends from Grunthal, kicking off the first Saturday of November, is A Longer Table an innovative and welcoming way to build new friendships, new partnerships or collaborations, helping those who need support, giving hope and showing love. A Longer Table launched on November 2 with an evening of dinner and entertainment. Taking place at the Grunthal Dropzone it will be a weekly evening of sharing a meal and building community. All proceeds go in support of the facility. “Sometimes people are in a place where they don’t know anyone or they are new to the area,” said spokesperson Candice Bakx-Friesen. “These evenings are open to anyone who wants a cheap meal or an evening out, everyone is welcome to attend.” The Grunthal Dropzone is a faith based youth centre in town. They provide a safe place for teens to come hang out and be part of a positive community. They offer various recreational games and provide video games available to play. A Longer Table will take place weekly and consists of an evening of dinner and entertainment such as movies, board games and other activities. Tickets are $5 adults and over 12 years old, $3 ages 3 to 12. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Local Food Initiative Producer Spotlight:

Shepherd’s Dream Each month, the Stuartburn Franklin-Emerson Local Food Initiative profiles a local producer of the area whose products are available for purchase. This month, the profile is for Green Pastures Farm near Gardenton. Twenty-some years ago, Janet Kroeker found herself between jobs as a promoter of healthy nutrition, lifestyle choices and safety. That’s when her sister, then owner of Shepherd’s Dream, a wool bedding company in California, asked if she’d like to start a Canadian sister company. Kroeker saw it as a perfect fit to her life values and eagerly jumped on board. In 2010, Janet and her husband, Tim, moved to Roseau River where they continue to produce and sell wool bedding. All their products are made with Eco Wool and organic cotton. Eco Wool is sourced from producers in the Pacific Northwest, and is the equivalent of fair trade wool where everyone involved in making the products, from the wool growers and their flocks, to the wool washers, wool carders and bedding makers, right up to the sleepers, are empowered by open communication and fair prices. Keeping it local, Shepherd’s Dream is assisted by an area seamstress and wood worker to help make their everpopular products, which include mattresses, mattress covers, comforters, pillows, baby and pet bedding, dryer balls, bed frames and more. Shepherd’s Dream operates out of the Kroekers’ home, with workshop space on the second floor of Reimer Concrete and Building Supplies in Roseau River. Larger items are made-to-order, but they have a number of smaller in-stock items, as well as mattresses and frames to show. Janet and Tim have four grown chil-

Owner of Shepherd’s Dream, Janet Kroeker produces wool bedding in her Roseau River home.

Janet and Tim

Photo Credit Lorraine Stevenson

dren. Their daughter, Ellen, and son, Thomas, have been involved with Shepherd’s Dream for many years and are preparing to carry it on in the future. To learn more about Shepherd’s Dream and all the products they offer visit woolbed.ca, phone 204- Products include mattresses, mattress cov427-3524 or email info@shep- ers, comforters, pillows, baby and pet bedherdsdream.ca. ding. Photo Credit Lorraine Stevenson

Steinbach Reduces Beverage Container Litter Rates The City of Steinbach has been recognized as the third city in the province for reducing beverage container waste by significant amounts. In an audit commissioned by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) and their Recycle Everywhere Program. Out of five cities named, the audit confirmed that the City of Steinbach has placed in the top three after achieving a significant 85 percent decrease in empty beverage container litter since setting a baseline year in 2013. According to Christa Rust, Program Manager of the CBCRA beverage container litter in city streets has decreased since baseline audits began, with no other CBCRA litter abatement programs implemented other than the addition of Recycle Everywhere bins. “We continue to see Manitobans keeping their city streets clean, which includes thinking about where they place their beverage containers once they’re empty,” Rust stated. Annual audits, done at pre-selected locations across five major cities in Manitoba,

are conducted by third-party consulting firms who execute litter audits across North America. These results align with Manitoba’s PET (#1 plastic) beverage container recovery rate, 77 per cent of which ended up in athome and away-from-home blue bins in 2018. As part of a new initiative in 2020, the CBCRA will launch new litter cleanup kits to support communities in their efforts to reduce litter in Manitoba. The CBCRA is a not-for-profit, in-

dustry-funded organization whose membership includes beverage brand owners and distributors. CBCRA implemented and operates the Recycle Everywhere program. Recycle Everywhere strives to educate Manitobans on beverage container recycling, and ensure that it is convenient to recycle empty beverage containers no matter where citizens live, work or play. CBCRA is committed to reaching the governmentmandated target of recovering 75% of beverage containers sold in Manitoba.


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IDC Woman Killed in Accident An Ile des Chenes woman lost her life on October 7 after the motorcycle she was driving collided with a half ton truck near Grande Pointe. According to St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP, the accident took place

at the intersection of Highway 59 and Oak Grove Road. The vehicle, a pickup truck, drove through a stop sign and crashed into the motorcycle, said police. The 62-year-old motorcycle driver was taken to hospital

where she later died. The sixteen year old driver of the pickup had minor injuries. Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.

Man Faces Years in Prison for Prohibited Weapons Charges In August the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepted an incoming parcel from China that was determined to be two prohibited firearms suppressors (silencers). The Steinbach General Investigations Section took over the investigation as the recipient for the parcel was an employee of a Steinbach business. On October 8 the employee, a 29 year old male, was arrested at his workplace and was taken into custody. The RCMP executed a warrant at his residence in the RM of Stuartburn and seized the six rifles, one shotgun, multiple rounds of ammunition, prohibited firearm magazines, another prohibited firearm suppressor (silencer) and two laptop computers. The accused was charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device (2 counts), Importing a Prohibited Device (Criminal Code), Smuggling a Prohibited Device (Customs Act). These offences carry a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment. The accused has been released to appear in Steinbach Provincial Court on November 28. The RCMP has observed an increase in these types of offences and would like to caution against ordering firearm accessories from foreign markets that may be deemed as proSilencers found and seized. hibited in Canada.

Fatal Vehicle Pedestrian Collision On October 4 at 8:10 pm, officers from the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a vehicle-pedestrian collision that occurred at the intersection of Highway 12 and Road 52 North, located in the RM of Tache. The investigation determined that a SUV, being driven by a 34-year-old male from the RM of Ste. Anne, was travelling southbound on Highway 12 when it struck a 63-year-old male, from the RM of Tache, who was walking northbound in the southbound

lane. The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and then immediately called 911. The 63-year-old was pronounced deceased on scene. No other injuries were reported. Alcohol is not a factor in the collision. Steinbach RCMP along with a Forensic Collision Reconstructionists are continuing their investigation.

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Contraband Cigarettes Seized Manitoba Finance’s Taxation Special Investigations Unit, along with members of the RCMP, the Ontario Ministry of Finance’s Compliance Branch and the Treaty Three Police Service, recently completed joint contraband tobacco enforcements at the Manitoba-Ontario provincial boundary. As a result, 52 individuals face a variety of charges under The Manitoba Tobacco Tax Act, The Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act and the Criminal Code. In total, 311,930 contraband cigarettes and 7,600 grams of fine-cut tobacco were seized. Manitoba stood to lose $97,037 in tax revenue if these products had been sold. Depending on the volume of each seizure, the individuals may face set fine penalties of $2,542 or fines between $1,000 and $10,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment along with potential triple tax penalties. Combined, the expected penalties total $305,619. In addition to the charges for contraband tobacco, two of the individuals face separate drug charges, three speeding tickets were issued, two tickets for driving without a valid driver’s license and one ticket for driving an unregistered vehicle was issued. The province urges anyone who has information on contraband tobacco to contact their local police department, call the Manitoba Finance Special Investigations Unit at 204-945-1137, email smuggling_manitoba@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers (toll-free) at 1800-222-TIPS (8477).


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Waters Recede After Wet October

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in the area. Several calls were made for volunteers to come out to help sandbag and man pumps as residents watched waters rise. ‎ Rosalie Stelmack‎, Director of Operations with See A Need, Fill a Need Pay it Forward Program (SANFAN) helped organize volunteers and spearheaded several sand bagging expeditions into the area. “We had a fantastic group of volunteers ready to fight along residents, especially in Zhoda. So far, this community has been the hardest hit by the flood waters, we needed to make sure people were safe and that they have their treasured memories in a place the water can’t reach,” Stelmack explained. “Our main focuses was making sure our friends and neighbours are safe and doing what we can alongside an amazing group of volunteers to help protect their homes.” While local municipalities dealt with local flooding, heavy snow storms cut out power to over 100,000 customers across the province, leading the province to declare a state of emergency to enable Manitoba Hydro to invoke mutual aid clauses with neighbouring utilities for such assistance as was required to restore services. It applied in all portions of the Province of Manitoba impacted by failed and failing electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure.

For the first time in its history, the Red River Floodway was activated in the fall, until the end of October, which led to complications in other areas just north of St. Adolphe. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis The last few weeks of October have been catch up time for farmers as they scramble to collect what remains of this year’s crops from the fields after an extremely

challenging month. Earlier in October, the RMs of La Broquerie and Stuartburn declared a state of emergency as rising waters threatened numerous Residents and volunteers spent days helping each other sand bag and prepare homes like this one in Zhoda after October rain and snow caused Photo by Rosalie Stelmack homes and washed out many roads flooding and power fails throughout the province.


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One Wetland Can Make a Huge Difference Wetlands offer municipalities a cost-effective solution to reducing nutrients. The wastewater was released and it’s now on its way downstream toward Lake Winnipeg, but it will not be carrying harmful nutrients. This is thanks to a new wetland added to the St. Pierre-Jolys lagoon system that uses its nutrient-fighting plants to filter phosphorus, nitrogen and other contaminants from the community’s wastewater prior to it entering the river system. Algal blooms are still a summer issue in Lake Winnipeg and many other Manitoba water bodies. With the urgency to reduce nutrient loading to benefit lake health and with many municipal lagoons aging and unable to properly manage wastewater, Native Plant Solutions offers a natural solution. That solution is a wetland consisting of a pool of water with a high coverage of native vegetation that filters all the bad stuff from wastewater before it is released into the watershed. “Water that flows through a wetland as the final stage in the treat-

ment process is often cleaner than the waterway it enters,” said Bruce Friesen-Pankratz, Native Plant Solutions wetland scientist. “This is exactly the case for the village of St. Pierre-Jolys and their new treatment wetland and we’ve tested the water to prove it works.” In fact, recent tests show that wastewater leaving St. Pierre-Jolys’ new wetland only contains 0.03 mg/ L of phosphorus. This is significantly lower than the provincial guidelines of 1 mg/L. The phosphorus in the wetland-treated water is also lower or more diluted than the river water it flows into, which tests at 0.2 mg/L. Due to these positive test results, Native Plant Solutions and officials from St. Pierre-Jolys gathered recently for the first release of municipal wastewater from the community’s treatment wetland. “When we looked at the options to improve the output from our lagoon system and to meet the needs of our growing population, using a natural approach fit well with our sustainability goals as a community,” said

St. Pierre-Jolys Mayor, Raymond nicer esthetic. We appreciate the exMaynard. “Not only is a treatment pertise Native Plant Solutions has wetland more cost-effective, it is also brought to this project.” lower maintenance and has a much Wetlands work and more and more

communities across the country are showing how easy it is to use green infrastructure to combat some of our man-made problems.

This treatment wetland constructed by Native Plant Solutions and used by St. Pierre-Jolys effectively filters phosphorus and other contaminants from the wastewater in the community’s lagoon system before it is released into the watershed and ultimately into Lake Winnipeg.

In June 2019 the water quality of two water samples taken from the new treatment wetland and from one of the original lagoon cells shows the different water clarity between the two systems.

A graph on total phosphorus levels to show a comparison from the lagoon to the treatment wetland in relation to provincial guidelines and two accompanying images from the site.

An infographic showing how a treatment wetland works

Southeast Crown Land Leases Up for Auction For the first time ever, producers will be able to purchase crown land leases at public auction. Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen said the decision to auction off crown land leases was made after extensive consultation with stakeholders on the allocation of agricultural Crown lands. “The auction system is a fair and transparent approach that will create opportunities for new or young farmers to have access to these public assets,” said Pedersen. On October 25, a list of six public ag-

ricultural Crown Land lease auctions being held throughout the province was released. The only one taking place in the region is on December 6 at the Dugald Community Hall. In November 2018, the Manitoba government passed The Crown Lands Amendment Act (Improved Management of Community Pastures and Agricultural Crown Lands), which enabled amendments to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation (Oct. 1, 2019). One of the updates to the regulation included implementing a system of allocating agricultural Crown land leases

by way of a public auction. The Agricultural Crown Lands Program supports the sustainable expansion of the livestock herd in Manitoba, contributes to ecological goods and services, and provides mitigation and adaptation to climate change. These leases and permits are available to farmers and ranchers, to provide an additional land base on which to conduct agricultural activities. Information on the upcoming auctions, including start times, can be found at resd.ca/leases_and_permits/LPproperties or by contacting a local Manitoba Agriculture Agricultural Crown Land office.

Conservation District Gets Funding On October 22, the province announced three projects under the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) including $250,000 in funds towards the Seine-Rat River Conservation District. In partnership with the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC), the province announced the first three projects to receive funding through the GROW Trust. The funds will be used to expand the ALUS Canada ecological goods and services programs they offer to conserve wetlands, and build resilience to the im-

pacts of flood and drought. “The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation is proud of our partnership with the Manitoba government that will help ensure the protection of our natural resources and improved watershed resiliency that will deliver important environmental results for Manitobans for generations to come,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer, MHHC. The first intake of applications to the GROW Trust will be held in January 2020, allowing conservation districts, soon to be watershed districts, with local

GROW committees to apply for project funding that will encourage and support the delivery of ecological goods and services (EG&S) in Manitoba. The Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust was established with an initial investment of $52 million and is managed by The Winnipeg Foundation (TWF). It is expected to help producers and ranchers with projects such as restoring wetlands, planting windbreaks and balancing drainage with water retention to improve resiliency to a changing climate.


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Shoebox Store Opens in Landmark

The Landmark Shoebox Store offers a variety of approved items that can be packed into gifts for struggling children in the developing world.

The Christmas spirit arrived a little early in Landmark so that people can begin filling shoeboxes with gifts that are sent to struggling children in developing countries. Every fall for part of the month of October and November the Landmark Shoebox Store operates in Landmark Christian Fellowship in support of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Organized by a group of volunteers led by Ina Reimer, the upstairs foyer and coffee area of the Landmark Christian Fellowship has been transformed into a bustling According to Reimer, the intent is to create a one-stop shop where people can come with friends and family to, “Pack shoeboxes filled with the message of love, joy and hope.” “Everything you see in the shoebox store

has been approved by Samaritans purse, and can go into a box for a child,” Reimer confirmed. In 2018, Canadians donated 517,437 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Each shoebox is given regardless of a child’s gender, race, or religion. The Landmark Shoebox Store is open every Tuesday 3:30-8:30 pm and Saturdays 10:30 am-2:30 pm until November 23. If unable to shop at the Shoebox Store, you can still pack a box and drop it off throughout the region. Empty shoeboxes are available at churches in the southeast and they can be dropped off at most churches between November 18 and 24. Filled boxes can also be sent directly to Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse – Canada, 20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary, Alberta T3J 5H5.

Operation Red Nose Rolls Out November 29 By Marianne Curtis Starting the last weekend of November, Operation Red Nose volunteers will be back on the streets. For the second year in a row, users have access to two options now that Operation Red Nose Saint Malo has joined forces with Operation Red Nose Steinbach/ La Broquerie. Last winter, Operation Red Nose Saint Malo was organized and launched by the Saint Malo Parish Fundraising Committee as a means to raise funds to undertake improvements to the church basement. The money collected by the Malo Parish Fundraising Committee and by Saint Malo Operation Red Nose volunteers is slated for repairs to the spacious auditorium, which serves as a meeting place for the entire community. Operation Red Nose Saint Malo will be available to anyone needing a ride within the Niverville, Morris, Grunthal, Vita, St. Pierre-Joly’s, Ste. Agathe, St. Jean Baptiste, Kleefeld and Dominion City areas. A special arrangement has been made to work with both the Winnipeg and La Broquerie branches of Operation Red Nose, with Kleefeld and Ile des Chenes serving as meeting points. Operation Red Nose Steinbach/La Bro-

querie is organized and operated annually by the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) from Ecole St-Joachim, in La Broquerie as a school fundraiser. This year, the service has expanded to include St. Malo. The group has partnered with the communities including the City of Steinbach, RM of La Broquerie and Steinbach RCMP to ensure its success. Since the inception of Operation Red Nose Steinbach/La Broquerie, over $30,000 has been raised through generous donations from clients. The money collected goes directly to different youth programs, whether cultural or sports. Projects done in the past included a school walking path, picnic tables, and new bleachers in the school gym. This year Operation Red Nose will be available on November 29 and 30, December 6 and 7; December 13 and 14; December 20 and 21; and New Years Eve. To ensure the success of the program, about fifteen volunteers are needed per evening. Drivers are required to have a valid driver’s license, vehicle and work in pairs. A criminal record check is also required. To book a ride call Operation Red Nose Saint Malo at 204-347-5518; to volunteer call 204-746-0263. For Operation Red Nose La Broquerie/Steinbach call 204-424-9555. for a ride or to volunteer.

The store is filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, school supplies, clothes and many other items that can be packed to fill shoeboxes.

Filling a shoebox: Find an empty shoe box. (You can wrap it - lid separately - if you would like, but wrapping is not required.) Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or girl and choose an age category: (24), (5-9), or (10-14). Attach the appropriate boy/girl label on the TOP of your box and tick the correct age category. Suggested gifts: Toys - small balls, dolls, cuddly animals, skipping rope, puzzles, comics, yo-yos, etc.

School supplies - pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons, colouring books, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, etc. Hygiene items - toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, washcloth, etc. Other - hard candy, mints, sunglasses, ball caps, socks, T-shirts, toy jewellery sets, hair clips, watches, small picture books, etc. An additional $10 cash donation is also requested to help pay for shipping and handling of the boxes.


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Let Your Life Be an Example Every person looks for direction in their lives and then the ability to accomplish that goal. Have you ever asked yourself where you are headed in your life and what motivates or drives you? There are a multitude of options available for us to choose from. From a spiritual viewpoint the Bible gives us one choice that leads to the best long term result. When you become a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and let Him forgive all your sins and make you a child of God, then something amazing happens. God gives you His Holy Spirit to indwell you. (John 14:17) Part of the Holy Spirit’s function inside every Christian is to give them direction and power, without which we would never be able to live the Christian life. John 16 says the Spirit of God, “Will guide you into all truth,” and “He will show you things to come.” He takes the things God wants you to know and reveals them to you as you read the Bible and pray. A wise Christian will learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Not only does the Spirit of God direct us but then He gives us the power and ability to follow and obey God. Act 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost (Spirit) is come upon you…” Ephesians 1:19 tells us of, “The exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe.” But that direction and power given by the Holy Spirit to God’s children is given so our lives can bring honour, glory and pleasure to God. It’s not given for selfish use. When our lives are put in God’s hands to direct and empower, it leads to the most rewarding life; not only here and now, but for eternity. Here in Manitoba, we live in the trucking centre of Canada. Everywhere you go; there are lots of transport trucks. There are two sets of axles on each of them. The front axle is for steering and giving direction. The rear axle is the power axle, with power transferred from the engine. With both direction and power, the truck driver can accomplish exactly what he wants done with his truck. If you, as a Christian, let the Holy Spirit direct and empower you, then God can accomplish His will through your life. Every time you see a tractor trailer unit going down the road, be reminded of the Holy Spirit’s direction and power that God desires to give you. Just like the truck yields to the driver’s will, we should yield to God’s will. Let your life be an example of what God can do with a vessel submitted to Him.

Dear Family: the Nursing Home This is my open letter to my family if I am placed in a Personal Care Home or a Nursing Home or a Long Term Care facility. If I am able to speak for myself, I will tell the health care professionals that my wish is to be comfortable and pain free, but you can take me off all other medications that were intended to help me live longer. You can stop all meds for high blood pressure, blood thinners, cholesterol, or any medication for a heart condition or other ailment. These medications may extend my life, but that is not what I want once I am living in a nursing home. So I tell my family (especially my health care proxy whom will speak for me if I cannot) to do the same if I am not able to speak for myself: If I cannot tell the doctors and nurses myself, then you must tell them on my behalf: only meds that will keep me comfortable and

pain free. All other meds are to be discontinued. If I have dementia, and it is so severe that I cannot eat on my own, or go to the bathroom on my own, and I am unable to recognize family or friends for three months, you can discontinue my usual medications and only give me meds that keep me comfortable and as pain free as possible. And do not give me food or water unless I request it. Do not force me to eat or drink; at the end of life, when my body is shutting down, I do not consider it “starving to death”. These are the conversations we should have with our family now, regardless of our age or our state of health. I am talking about allowing me to have a natural death. I am concerned about dignity and quality of life, not quantity of days in a personal care home. And I am not referring to medical assistance in dying.

I encourage you to make this your immediate goal: to get an advanced health care directive completed and signed and discussed with your family. Then you can get on with life knowing that whenever you near your end of life, your family knows and will follow your wishes. Of course you should review the document regularly with your family (and doctor) every few years, and more frequently as we age. There are many tools for you to use to get started. Here are a few websites to look at. DyingWithDignity.ca has a great tool to ponder what you would want at the end of your life; I recommend just searching: dying with dignity advanced care directive, then scroll down to “Manitoba” to go the section that helps you complete the Advanced Care Directive that is applicable to Manitobans. TheConversationProject.org is

also a good one. Although based in the US, almost all of the info is applicable to Canada too. CompassionProtocol.com is also a good one; the simple two page contract available here is what I help my clients complete and for them to review with their family and doctor. The book that may help you understand the contract is called “A Better Way of Dying” and I have many copies at my office, please drop by to borrow one. I also encourage you to search “In the Presence of a Spoon” and listen to the CBC audio of a woman in a nursing home. If you are not comfortable accessing the internet for this type of information, or not able to print, please stop by our office so we can give you some of this information. We have copies of the Advance Care Planning Kit for Manitoba available for $15 to cover the printing costs.

I have also recently launched: Coffee with the Death & Tax Lady, every Saturday from 10 - 11 am at my office. This is an open public discussion on anything related to taxes or end of life issues. It’s an open forum for anyone to attend and share their experience with others or ask questions. This is similar to the Death Cafés I have been hosting over the years, but no need to pre-register. Just come. 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.


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Are We Dependent on God?

Purchasing Electrical Products Online – Is Cheaper Always Better? Buying online can be a shopper’s paradise. There is a limitless number of sellers looking for their share of the consumer dollars and offering low prices. But, is cheaper always better? Not when it comes to electrical products. When you’re searching for the lowest price, quality and safety can be compromised. Companies that sell substandard goods can disappear into the internet and you’re stuck with a poor quality product. A look-a-like phone charger may turn out to be a real lemon and fail to meet basic safety standards and could damage your expensive device. Before you hit the “Buy Now” button, here are a few things to take into consideration. Research companies - Before buying, check out the product website. Do the pictures look professional? Does the site include safety information about the product? Reputable companies are proud of their product and will provide a phone number and address and details on how to return items. All these are indications of authenticity. Inspect packaging - When you receive your item, check the packaging quality and condition. Look for recognized certification markings from an accredited agency. Anything damaged or that looks as if it’s been resealed is suspect. Check for spelling errors and other signs it may not be from a reputable source. Are there proper instructions for its use? Check connections - Take the product out of its package and check to see that all the electrical cords and switches fit properly. Some off brand products could be recycled old goods that have been repaired with faulty or incompatible components, and sold at rock bottom prices. Anything that is loose or frayed shouldn’t be used. Send it back. Be wary when you spot bargain electrical goods being sold online. Protect your family from substandard products by avoiding no-name products and bargains too good to be true.

1-Peter 2: 1-3 ... 1) Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2) Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3) now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (NIV) The Apostle Peter calls us “newborn babies”. We know that newborn babies have only their mother and father to take care of them. They are helpless, wholly dependent from top to bottom - from tip to toe on their caregiver. We know they need food, clothing, and a place to live. They need a mother and father who will provide the necessary protection and needs of a family. I suppose the Apostle is saying that we, just as little newborn babies are wholly dependent on their parents; we Christians, likewise, are dependent on God. New Christians soon realize that they have limited power in themselves. Sadly, we often forget that we have access or right to the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ. We also became aware that there was a longing in our heart, an appetite for the things of God. As we began to spend time in the Bible, we find that we were being fed spiritually. We become conscious that we were not strong enough on our own; we need the Holy Spirit to hold us up. The Apostle Peter describes or explains it in a way that invites us to share in this new experience. Peter points out that this new attitude in us is the same as newborn babies’ desire for milk; ours is spiritual milk, a desire for the nourishment of the Word of God. We have tasted the Lord’s kindness and trustworthiness. We understand that this new desire in our heart can be fed by reading the Bible and spending time in prayer. The more we read, the more we think about it, the stronger our faith grows. I have also become aware that I am only a visitor here on earth; my real home is in heaven. Now my desire with the help of the Holy Spirit is to keep away from evil things in this world. This evil desire is not meant for those who are in Christ, because it fights our new attitude that we have found in Jesus Christ. We now understand that no Christian can stay the way they were before meeting Christ. Therefore, the Apostle Peter urges us to have no part in the evil pleasures of this world. Instead, we are to set our hearts on that which nourishes our growth in a Christ-filled life. When we talk about a Christ-filled life, we are talking about a life of reverence. It is an attitude of our mind, which makes us aware that we are always in the presence of God. Life for the Christian is like living in the very shadow of eternity. We do not only think where we are this very moment but also where we are going. We live in Christ today and long for the full realization of eternity. Life in this world should be very important to us because it is leading to the life beyond. Christians can never forget what it cost for us to have eternal life. It cost the life and death of none other than Jesus Christ. Life to us becomes so important that we do not want to waste or throw away the glory that is waiting for us. I cannot think of a Christian who would want to throw away unlimited joy, which is there for us. Christ-filled life reveals a sincere love of others. We must always remember that we have been reborn, not of earthly parents, but the heavenly Spirit. Reborn by the Spirit of God in Christ Jesus, we have been remade. As disciples of the Living Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in us to transform us into the very likeness of God... To God Be the Glory! 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 really want that Peace, joy and happiness that will fulfill my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honor Your Name.” Amen.


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Teakle Family Circus Coming to Steinbach Upcoming Concerts SAC’s Spring Musical Auditions – From November 2 -3. Book your audition online at steinbachartscouncil.ca, or call for details. Don’t miss being a part of the production of the year, Meredith Willson’s, The Music Man. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Tour – An annual Holiday Favorite on December 10, 7:30 pm at the Steinbach Mennonite Church. Tickets $28/$12, available online or at the SAC office. Season Tickets: It’s not too late to purchase season tickets. Call SAC today at 204.346.1077 to secure your seats for the season. Teakle Family Circus and More - Featuring two dazzling acts, offering an up close and unique circus experience. A trio of super talented and internationally award-winning, Winnipeg-based juggling siblings, and Ryan Price a favorite, family-friendly illusionist wowing audiences all over Canada, take the stage right here in Steinbach on November 15, 7 pm, SRSS Theatre. Tickets $14. Families take advantage of our Just for Kids ticket pricing - two Shows for $22 (Teakle Family Circus and The Paper Bag Princess). Giveosity Fundraiser - Your chance to win a trip for your family while supporting the Steinbach Arts Council. The SAC is excited to partner with Giveosity.com for its 2019/2020 fundraiser. Giveosity is an online contest to raise money for SAC’s improvements to the studios and build a new outdoor creative learning play space. This year’s contest grand prize is an Expedia Travel Anywhere gift card for $2,500 for flights, hotels, cars, tours, and more! Other prizes include a family fun pack, date night pack, free 12 week SAC program, and an artwork by a local artist. Go to Giveosity.com/SAC or text “SAC” to 393939 and select the amount of entries you want to purchase to enter! Fall Programs and Classes Need financial assistance? Call 204-346-1077 for info about our Creative Arts Bursary Fund. Benefits of the Backyard Theatre Company - The Backyard Theatre Company (BTC) offers a variety of theatre programs for ages 5 - 17. It opens up opportunities to break out of your comfort zone and make lifelong friends. It builds people skills, confidence, and ignites creativity. Join us for a free class to check out all the excitement of the BTC! Call 204-346-1077 or email programs@steinbachartscouncil. ca to register or let us know your coming by to try it out. Creative Wellness -Prop It Pilates, Lunch Time Pilates, Intro to Pilates, Pilates on the Ball B.O.S.S. Dance Academy - Introductory 10 week classes in Lil Ballerina ages 3 - 5, Hip Hop ages 3 -10+. No fundraising, no costume fees – just try it out! Languages - French Beginner & Intermediate and Spanish Beginner & Intermediate. Visual Arts: Kids - Art Adventures, Art X-travaganza Teens - Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration Adults - Acrylic & Watercolor Painting, Intro to the Pottery Wheel Workshops: Canvas Paint Night on November 21, Canvas & Colas (kids & adults) 4:30 -6 pm, Canvas Pouring & Cabernet (age 18+) 6:30 – 9 pm. Hall Gallery Exhibits South East Artists - Arts Journey – Then & Now from November 6 December 20. Visit 2019-2020 Exhibit Schedule steinbachartscouncil.ca. Teachers! Celebrate creative learning - Bring your class to our Out2Arts program workshops designed to work with your curriculum. Call Randi to book your workshop. Opportunities for all grades, all curricula. Steinbach Youth Chorus - Southeast Centre for Music is offering the Steinbach Youth Chorus this year. Under the direction of Gabriela Gallo, it’s the perfect singing opportunity for students ages 9 - 13. Register today! Music Lessons - Southeast Centre for Music A Centre of Excellence. Interested in music lessons? Don’t wait. Spaces still available in most disciplines, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Musical Theatre and Youth Choir. Email scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca for info. Call 204-346-1077 for more details. View events and purchase tickets online at steinbachartscouncil.ca

The Steinbach Arts Council is thrilled to announce the first familyfocused show in its series this year. “Teakle Family Circus & More” features two dazzling acts, offering an up close and unique circus experience. Don’t be fooled by their ages, the “Teakle Family Circus” has been entertaining audiences large and small for over five years and has performed hundreds of shows to audiences from dozens to thousands. Made up of three super talented and internationally award-winning, Winnipeg-based siblings, the “Teakle Family Circus” will entertain and inspire you. They bring their unique brand of sibling antics combined with truly world class skills to every performance. Together with “Teakle Family Circus,” professional entertainer Ryan Price brings a blend of comedy and illusion to the stage. Price is a full-time entertainer, performing hundreds of shows annually all over western Canada. He provides a perfect blend of comedy, wit and dazzling illusions, featuring loads of audience participation and puppetry. “We are so excited to focus on kids and families with the next few SAC shows,” said David Klassen, Performing Arts Director. “There’s never been a show quite like this in town before! It will delight kids of all ages.” Teakle Family Circus & More will take place on Friday, November 15, Tickets are available online at SteinbachArtsCouncil.ca, or call the office at 204-346-1077 or stop by the SAC Office at 304 Second Street. at 7 pm at the SRSS Theatre.

Take an Arts Journey with South East Artists The South East Artists (SEA) group will be exhibiting Arts Journey Then & Now from November 6 to December 20 at The Steinbach Arts Council (SAC). The Exhibit will feature numerous artists who will display one piece of work from early in their career and one current piece to highlight their artistic evolution. The SAC is very proud of the SEA group. Many of these artists have been with the Arts Council and ac-

tive in the arts community for many years, so it is fitting that their works will be featured in an exhibit celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Kim Gwozdz, Arlene Enns and Garry Holden are just a few names the public will recognize as some of the finest artists in the southeast Region. They join several other artists in presenting a high standard of art, and in a variety of styles, appealing to the many art enthusiasts who follow our

exhibits and our local artists. “This will be an epic event with a real twist as we see how the caliber of their artistic styles and standard evolves as we view their ‘first original’ artwork to a creation of present day,” said Artistic Director, Cindi Rempel Patrick. “Congratulations to each artist as they share their talents with our community and join in to celebrate 40 years of artistic achievements!”

Massive Recall - Do You Use a Construction Heater? There has been a massive recall. Stop using immediately. Health Canada has announced massive recalls for hundreds of thousands of electrical heaters due to fire hazards. These include products manufactured by: - Ouellet - Electrimart - Global Commander - Stelpro Design - Uniwatt

- Chromalox - Centurion - Electromode - Westcan - Dimplex - Mastercraft - Profusion Heat - Prestige - Matrix The products’ heating elements may be defective and fail, posing electrical arc and fire hazards. Customers

should disconnect and stop using the appliances immediately. If you own one of these brands of electrical heaters, please contact the manufacturer for details about specific models and how the recalls are being handled. Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away.


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Providence Student Selected for US State Department Assignment

The Curriculum Department and English Language Supervisors with whom Dr. Cooper is working with in Kuwait.

Meat Lovers Relish Burger Week Burger enthusiasts of all ages travelled around the region for one week in September, while nine local restaurants competed for awards and bragging rights during the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce second annual Burger Week. This year, nine local restaurants created nine signature burgers to tickle the taste buds of the most discerning burger connoisseur. These mouth-watering burgers were offered for a limited time from September 7 to 14. At the end of a week of public voting, three awards were presented for

the top choices. This year’s winners were Best Tasting Burger went to Quarry Oaks for their Extreme Bacon Brie Burger. The Most Creative Burger went to R-Bistro for the Giggly Pig and the Best Presentation award went to New B’s Café in New Bothwell for the TKO (Totally Knock Out). Last year, during the inaugural Steinbach Chamber of Commerce Burger Week twelve restaurants presented a dozen burgers for public consideration.

The Best Presentation award went to New B’s Café in New Bothwell for the TKO (Totally Knock Out).

Providence College student Dr. Ayanna Cooper was recently chosen by the US Department of State for a special 4-week project in Kuwait. The English Language Specialist Program enables EL Specialists to work with local trainers and government leaders to bring about positive and sustainable changes in how English is taught abroad. Dr. Cooper is currently enrolled in the MA TTESOL program (Teaching Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Her work in Kuwait will be mostly with educators of Grade 10-12 curriculum, enabling professional learning opportunities for them. The English Language Specialist Program provides valuable knowledge sharing and relationship building for those involved in English instruction overseas, and touches those sent to serve as well. “The work here is surreal,” said Dr. Cooper. “I needed this both personally and professionally!” Cooper serves as an advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She provides technical assistance to state departments of education, school districts and organizations with the goal of improving outcomes for students learning English as an additional language. Dr. Cooper said she waited ten years to pursue her MA TTESOL since she had hoped to complete the degree via distance education. She finally enrolled Supplied Photo at Providence University College in 2017.


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C ommunity E vents Dugald Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library. Falcon Lake Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church, Falcon Lake. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help. Friedensfeld 307 Stoneybrook RCAC Squadron - On Thursday nights at 6:15 pm at the Community hall, 32004 Road 35E. Free Program. Cadets participate in a range of training over the course of the school year and over the summer at one of the Summer Training Centres. Subjects include Citizenship, Leadership, Aviation, Aerospace, Navigation, Drill, Physical Fitness, Aircrew Survival, and Marksmanship. Cadets are expected to assist in fundraising to put towards training facilities and costs associated with some optional activities. To register come in person or contact 307rcacs@gmail.com. Grunthal Artistic Connections – On Tuesdays, until December 10 at 9:30 am. “Strengthening Parent/Child Relationships Through Art” offered by Agape House at the New Horizons, 109 Main St. Free. Making art, and getting to know your child in a new and creative way together. Recipes available for all homemade art materials. Offered to anyone raising a child who is 6 or younger. Childcare will be available for children 7 and up, if needed. Space is limited. Register by contacting Donna 204-326-6062, childrens@agapehouse.ca. Hadashville Reynolds Moms & Tots Playgroup – On Wednesdays until June from 10 am – 5 pm. Crafts, Gym Use, Playroom, Snack, Outdoor Play. Contact Angie Hood 204-295-4010 Ile-des-Chênes IDC Taekwondo Craft sale and Trade show – On Saturday, November 23, from 10 am – 3:30 pm at the Trans Canada Centre, 1 Rivard St. Bring a non-perishable food item for food bank or $2.00 admission, door prize. Canteen available from 10 am - 3 pm. TAMS Taekwondo – On Tuesday and Thursday 6 - 8 pm at the Ecole IDC School. Contact Master Jackson 204-782-1240, tamstaekwondo.com or tamstaekwondoidc@gmail.com. Ritchot Senior Services at the TransCanada Centre. Call 204339-6141 for more information. Foot Care Clinics – Monday, December 16 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Story Time in Pyjamas - Every Thursday evening at the Ritchot Library Ecole Regional Gabrielle-Roy at 6:30 pm. Ages 2-8 however all ages are welcome. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Chase The Ace – On Wednesdays at 6 pm at The Frantz Inn, Hwy 52. Tickets $1 each, from 6 - 8 pm. Draw takes place at 8:10 pm. If the Ace is not pulled, the winner will take home 10% of that night’s ticket sales and 45% will be added to the next week’s Jackpot. Every week that the Ace of Spades in not pulled, the pot grows larger! Funds raised to support Agape House. Contact 204-326-6062. Seine River Services for Seniors - Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Lorette Remembrance Day Ceremony – On Monday, November 11, 10:30 am at the Collège Lorette. Ritchot Senior Services: Supper - Every Tuesday and Friday at Le Club des Bles D’. Please reserve your meal one day prior, before 6 pm by calling 204-878-2682 and leave a message. Foot Care Clinics – On Wednesday, November 20 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-8832880. Family Craft Night - On Tuesday, November 19 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Come make a snowman at the Bibliothèque Taché Library. Lego Club – On Wednesday, November 27 from 6:30 pm— 7:30 pm at the Bibliothèque Taché Library. Join us to build, create & explore. Drop-in, no registration required. Christmas Market - On Saturday, December 7 at College Lorette Collegiate. Vendors and Local Crafters Wanted. We’re

looking for vendors, especially local crafters to rent table(s). Contact yvonneromaniuk@gmail.com, 204-878-2857. Attention Newcomers - Have you purchased a home or condo in the area, over the last year? The Welcome Basket Committee of the LUD of Lorette would be happy to answer questions. We have a free basket of coupons, small gifts, samples, brochures, and business cards which have been generously provided by the businesses and organizations. To arrange a visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@gmail.com. No strings attached. PTSD Support Group – Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the RM of Tache office, Hwy 206. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder support group. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm with the draw at 9:15 pm at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Come, support this very much needed complex, at the same time have the chance to chose the Ace of Spade, and win the grand prize jackpot. Hosted by the Community Complex Fundraising Committee. Junior Youth – Every Wednesday from 7 - 8:45 pm at Seine River Church, 1464 Dawson Rd (east of rink) for ages 9 - 12. Free. No registration required. Non-denominational. Contact lorettejryouth@gmail.com, 204-260-9304. Mitchell Seniors’ Breakfasts – Every Tuesday, from 8 - 9:30 am at the Seniors’ Centre, 130 Ash St. Open to all. Cost $3 to $6. Bring a friend and enjoy the fellowship. Contact Jane Penner, 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com. Niverville GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - 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. Piney Christmas Bazaar – On Saturday, November 16 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Community Centre. Hosted by the Piney 4H Clovers. Christmas Food Drive, bring non-perishable items and cash donations for Christmas Hampers. Lunch available. Table rental crafts, businesses and gifts at $15. Contact Jen 204-423-2223 or Shawny 204-437-2600, email piney4hclovers@yahoo.com 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 Métis Local Meeting – On Thursday, November 14 from 7 – 8:30 pm at the LUD Hall by the fire hall. Members encouraged to attend; discuss upcoming events and issues within the Local. 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 South East Farmer’s Market – On Saturday, December 7 from 10 am – 3 pm, at the Pine Grove Senior’s Centre. Indoor Market, Rainbow Draw, Canteen available. All vendors welcome. Contact Jen 204-432-2223 or Gary 204-4327-2247. Sprague Community Christmas Concert – On Sunday, December 1, at 3 pm, in the Community Hall. Lunch to follow. Everyone welcome.

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 Curling Club Leagues - Men’s: Tuesday nights, 6:30 and 8:45 pm draws. Rockettes Ladies Morning: Tuesday mornings, no experience necessary. Contact 204-883-2269, CherylKennedyCourcelles@hotmail.com. Ladies League: Wednesday Nights, 6:30 and 8:45 pm draws. Mixed: Friday Nights, 7 and 9:15 pm draws. Junior: Saturday Mornings to mid-February (12 sessions), 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Junior Learn-to-Curl: Saturday mornings to mid-February (12 sessions), 9:30 10:20 am. All leagues are subject to a minimum number of registrations. Register curlstadolphe@gmail.com. Ritchot Senior Services Programs: Programs located at 457 Main St. A Little Nutrition - On Tuesday, November 5 at 10 am. With Susan Watson, RD Director of Client Services. Balanced Nutrition, understanding the new food guide, Meal Planning, Easy Meals to Make, Shopping, Creative use of leftovers, Ways to make cooking for one fun, Dining time. Call to reserve seat 204-883-2880. Men’s Coffee Time – On Tuesday November 12 at 10 am. Gentlemen it’s your time. Coffee will be on, stop in for a cup, chat with friends or a game of cards. Cost $2 for coffee and a muffin. Bingo – On Tuesday November 19 from 1 - 2:30 pm. Cost $2. Games for fun prizes. Space limited. Call to reserve a seat 204-883-2880. Foot Care Clinic – On Tuesday, November 26 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Chair Fit – On Mondays from 10:45 - 11:15 am. Free. Gentle workout to help strengthen and lengthen muscles, improve range of motion all from a chair or using chair for stability. Wear clean supportive foot wear. These classes are designed for those that are new to exercise, recovering from injury or just enjoy a gentler exercise experience. You will never be asked to get down on the floor at anytime during these workouts. Quilting & Knitting – On Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Join on creating lap quilts for the Alzheimer society. We need volunteers to help not only with sewing but cutting, ironing, and organizing. Knitting is your thing, no problem we also knit scarves, toques, mittens and slippers that are then donated to different organizations and are shared with those in need over the cold winter months. Strength & Balance – On Mondays and Fridays until February 2020, from 9:15 - 10:15 am. Free. A 6-month program includes exercise for balance and strength as part of a Falls Prevention Program. Participants must commitment to 2x a week for the 6 months. Limited space available. Tai Chi – On Wednesdays, November 6, 13 and 20 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Cost $15. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art form referred to as the practice of meditation in motion, a gentle, flowing movement suitable for people of any level of fitness. No equipment required. Wear comfortable clothes for working out and clean shoes. At this time the class is full but drop in spots may be available, call or email please for more details. Interval training – On Thursdays, November 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 9:15 - 10:15 am. Cost $20. Cardio, strength and flexibility. At this time the class is full but drop in spots may be available, call or email please for more details. Mood Disorders Meeting – On Thursdays at 2:30 pm, 457 Main St. with Tara Brousseau, Executive Director for a support group, with topics on depression, bipolar, recovery, shame, resilience, mindfulness, meditation, coping and self soothing skills, interrelationship skills, seniors’ issues, distress tolerance and peer to peer support. All ages are welcome. Senior’s Skate – On Thursdays, from 2:30 – 4 pm at rink. Forever Young Old Time Dance – On Saturday, November 14 from 7 – 11 pm at Pioneer Hall. An evening out with friends, plenty of fun plus door prizes and 50/50. Music by Country Plus. Admission $15 lunch included. Call to reserve tickets, Rae or Jules 204-883-2440. Club Amical Lunches and Bingo – On Thursdays at Club Amical 344 Main St. A homemade meal for only $8. Call to place your take-out order 204-883-2491 pick-up at 12 pm or eat in. Pickleball 50+ - On Thursdays 6 - 7:30 pm at the St. Adolphe School Gym. Contact Maria and Gerard 204-771-3162, email thegills@shaw.ca.Beginners encouraged to come out and try it. C.H.I.L.D program – On Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at Ecole St. Adolphe School. Children’s introduction to learning and development. Contact sas@srsd.ca or 204-883-2182. St. Pierre-Jolys Army Cadets – On Thursdays, from 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Hall, 545 Hébert Ave. Join the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC Army Cadets. Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 18. Enrollment is Free,

No deadline to register. Contact Capt. Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@ cadets.gc.ca or 3234mbhorse.info@gmail.com.

welding, photography and many more! For children 8 years old and up. Contact Tatiana 204-429-2107, loonlover06@ gmail.com.

Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, childcare available.

Steinbach Alpha Unit - Meet up every Sunday at Clearspring Centre mall from 8 - 10 pm for a truck and car club. Any and all vehicles are welcome to join or if you just want to come down to check it out everyone is welcome. Contact Beau Friesen 204-381-0647, beaufriesen98@hotmail.com.

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/yr. Bring a friend Day. Contact 204-882-2180. Taekwondo - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Ecole Sainte Agathe hosted by Kang’s Taekwondo Academy. Cost $40/month. Family rates available. Contact Jason Barnabe, jason.barnabe@gmail.com or 204-802-3458. Ste. Anne Paradise Village Craft and Gift Show – On Sunday, November 17 at 10 am, English School, 177 Alphonse St. Fundraiser in support of Ste. Anne Food Bank, sponsored by the Paradise Village Residents Association. Lunch available, silent auction and amazing gifts. Contact Linda Fulmore, 204-422-9190, pvranews55@gmail.com.

Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi – On Wednesdays, at 7 pm at the United Church, 541 Main St. Ancient Taoist Tai Chi art develops a strong body, balanced and energetic mind that is calm and clear, creative and dynamic. Learn 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi and feel the benefits. All of our classes are led by qualified instructors. Contact Veronica Klassen 204-3926565, Winnipeg@taoist.org. PTSD Support Group- On the last Thursday of each month, at 7 pm at the Steinbach Legion. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4th Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. We alternate between a family movie and a classic movie. Free admission and popcorn are included. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com.

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.

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.

Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Mélanie Brémaud at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or labseinerss@gmail.com.

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.

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 U.N.I.T.Y – On Saturday, November 9, 10:11 am at the Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. An event for foster parents looking for a cultural experience for their First Nations foster children. It is a story book and language class with free Bannock. All ages are welcome. Cost $3 per family. Contact Maxine Schindler 204-408-8506, amarieschindler@gmail.com. Christmas in the Village Market – On Saturday, November 9 from 10 am – 4 pm, at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Admission is an unused toy, food item or cash. Wagon rides weather permitting. Contact Jo-ann Friesen 204-326-9661, Joannf@mhv.ca. Steinbach and Area Garden Club - On Monday, November 25, 6:30 pm at Sunshine Nursery. “A Green Christmas” workshop. Create an artistic piece using natural materials. Led by Janet Blatz, Master Gardner in-training and seasoned grower. Everyone welcome. Visit sagardenclub.com for information and cost. Focus on Israel Bible Conference – On Saturday, November 23, First Baptist Church 375 Loewen Blvd, from 9 am - 4 pm. Speakers Daniel Bowers Canadian Church Staff, John Plantz FOI Canadian Field Director, Steve Weir FOI Ministry Advancement Rep – Canada. Lunch provided. RSVP (if possible) for the Lunch. Freewill offering. Contact 204-930-5660 (text/call) or dbowers@foi. org, 204-898-9849 (text/call) or jplantz@foi.org, Steve Weir 705-928-3971 (text/call) or sweir@foi.org. There’s a Dad for That – On Tuesdays, November 5,12,19,26 and December 3 from 6 – 8 pm at the Family Resource Center. Interactive, support group focusing on the joys and challenges of fatherhood. For Dad’s with kids’ age 0 – 6 yrs. Registration required, childcare provided. Call Maggie 204346-0413, maggie@steinbachfrc.ca. Minds in Motion – On Tuesdays until December 3 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at Fernwood Place 303 3rd St. Cost $65 each. Combines physical activity, socialization and cognitive stimulation for people with early to moderate symptoms of dementia to attend with a family member or community friend. To register 1-204-326-2002. Write or Wrong: Creative Writers Group – Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Writers, join us for our Creative Writers’ Group. Enjoy the company of fellow writers and if you would like, bring a selection of writing to share and have critiqued (max. 5 pages). For ages 16 and up. Contact Madison Redekopp, 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Steinbach Sizzlers 4-H – On Mondays at 7 pm, United Church, 541 Main St. Join the fun of Learning to Do by Doing! Work on projects like woodworking, cooking, baking, sewing,

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 – 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 - 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.


Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

November 2019

Head Splitters 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. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Tolstoi Christmas Craft and Bake Sale – On Saturday, November 23 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Heritage Seniors Centre, Highway 59. Delicious baking and awesome lunch. Stock up for Christmas with homemade perogies and perishky. A Christmas gift and decor table to do some early shopping or pick up some vintage Christmas decorations. Hourly door prizes. Other vendors will also be present. Santa will be visiting from 11am to 2pm. Free admission. Lunch features borscht and homemade soup. Complimentary coffee, tea or punch. Vendor tables available at $20. Call Sandra at 204-425-3556. Vasser Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 10 from 4 – 6 pm at the Community Hall. 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 Christmas Craft, Bake Sale and Supper – On Saturday, December 7 from 1 - 6 pm. Supper from 4 – 6 pm. Cost $15 adult, $6 children 6 -12 years, 5 years and under free. Wanted crafters, artisans and bakers. Contact Cory 204-429-2323 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. Zhoda Dance Social – On Saturday, November 9 from 8 pm – 1 am in the Hall, Balla Rd and Rd 16. Tickets $10. Everyone welcome. Gun Raffle. DJ and Night lunch provided. Contact Denise Tysoski, 204-392-3714, dtysoski@hotmail.com. To have your event featured in this listing, please email your events each month to to editor@dawsontrail.ca

Southeast Represented on Cabinet On October 23, re-elected Premier Brian Pallister announced current cabinet posts and southern Manitoba is well represented around the table. Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen remains as Minister of Education, and Springfield-Ritchot MLA Ron Schuler remains Minister of Infrastructure. This is the first time that Ritchot has had cabinet representation since the NDP government was in office. Dennis Smook MLA for La Verendrye is getting additional responsibilities after being named legislative assistant to the minister of economic development and training.

Have you ever had a headache that hurt so much that it felt like your head was being chain sawed into two parts and then those two parts were being smacked with a hammer? I hope that you never have or ever will, it is not a great experience. Recently I had one and that is what inspired me to write this month’s column. When I was much younger, I would often get headaches, usually just minor ones that would dissipate after a few hours. I believe that most of them were brought on by not enough

sleep and too much caffeine from soft drinks and candy. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned how to deal with and often prevent most headaches. I’m still trying to get a handle on dealing with headaches that are brought on by stress but it is a long process for me to remain calm and to allow myself to realize that the things that are causing me stress are not really important enough to worry about. In time, most things will work themselves out or they will turn out to be not as bad as I was imagining that they would. Often, when I get a migraine I will need to sleep. If I’m at work and am trying to finish my shift, I can be seen yawning and yawning, even when the job is not boring, I will yawn. I’ve learned to interpret this yawning as my body’s way of telling me that it needs to shut down for awhile so that it can recover. Once home, I can nap for hours until I’m awakened

by either my body telling me that it has had enough time or by my family letting me know that I need to come back to the land of the living for awhile. After such a nap I will usually feel better and as the evening goes on, I will continue to improve until I reach the “chipper” stage. Unfortunately, this stage is often reached when my family is preparing to go to bed and is not in much of a mood for “pestering”. Another sign or symptom of my migraine is that I will be nauseous. My stomach will begin to do somersaults and flip in all different directions. Not a great time to be driving when you feel your stomach decides that it wants to do a “show and tell project” with your lunch. In the past I’ve tried to take a Gravol to help settle my stomach and I’ve had some success but, more often than not, it will be too late and my stomach will expel this.

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Thankfully, with age comes wisdom. There are a few things that I’ve learned that help prevent or, at the very least, lessen the onslaught of migraines. Sleep - Getting plenty of sleep will often prevent some of the headaches that are brought on by not getting enough rest. Water -The most basic and necessary item known to mankind. Drinking enough water will help to avoid a great many headaches along with helping to curb high blood pressure. Drink up! Calm - Staying calm is key to living a relaxed lifestyle. Not only will it help you to be a more pleasant person to be around, it will also help keep the blood pressure down and prevent a lot of splitting headaches. These are just a few of the tips that I wanted to pass along to you and hopefully they will help you out. As I’m writing these tips, I can see that I still need to improve in each area but that’s okay because we all need to keep growing and improving ourselves. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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November 2019

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

RCMP FILES If you have any information in regards to any item here you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Dawson Trail Dispatch

RCMP Seek to Identify Thieves

Power Tool Thief

Steinbach RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to identify suspects from a theft at Walmart. On October 22 two unknown males entered the store and proceeded to steal headphones and various other items. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

On September 25 Steinbach RCMP received a report of Shoplifting at the Canadian Tire in Steinbach. One male is observed on video surveillance with two Dewalt tools, walking out without paying. Police are requesting the public’s help in identifying the male in the photo.

Thieves Take Firewood and Cattle Gates

Thief Grabs Headphones

On October 10 Steinbach RCMP received a report of two cattle gates stolen, valued at $800 each, and approximately ten cords of cut firewood, valued at $1,000. Both were stolen from a vacant property in the RM of La Broquerie. A photograph was obtained of a vehicle that may be involved in the theft of the property. Police would like to speak to the owner/driver of the vehicle. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

On August 29 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft from Superstore by an unknown male who took headphones valued at $100. The suspect is described as wearing a blue Adidas jacket, black fox baseball cap and black pants. He is covered in tattoos and has a mustache. The subject left on a white bike going towards the mall.

Homeowners Discover Travel Trailer Stolen Sprague RCMP received report of a theft of a 2014 - 36 foot Rockwood camper trailer from a residence in Kerry, Manitoba. The theft would have occurred between noon on October 19 and 7 pm when it was noticed missing and reported to police. The camper is described as being beige/brown in colour and was bearing Manitoba plate W611H. A witness did observe an older model Dodge Ram full size black pick-truck leaving the yard with the camper at approximately 4:30 pm on the same date. The camper is valued at $40,000. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Harley Thief Sought Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft of a Motorcycle from a residence situated at 48 Road N in the RM of Tache. The theft occurred between October 10 and October 28. The Motorcycle is described as a 2003 Harley Davidson, black in colour with licence plate 6FP90. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Potential Counterfeit On October 19 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a male attempting to purchase items at 1st Choice Convenience with a Canadian currency bill that appeared to be fake. The male was confronted by the clerk about the suspicious bill. The male left the items and drove away in a green GMC with unknown license plate. Police are looking for more information to identify the male. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Doorstep Package Thief in Tache On October 29 Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft from mail. A resident on road 49N in the RM of Tache reports that on October 21 a package was delivered to the residence. Another package was confirmed to be delivered on October 25. Both packages did not make it to the owner and are believed to have been stolen from the door step. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Theft from Shed On September 26 Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft from a shed. A resident on Coral Crescent reported that culprits entered the shed and stole a jerry can of gasoline. If you have any info please contact Steinbach RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


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Stolen Mountain Bike

Shed Vandalized

On October 17, at some point during the night, a Mountain Bike was stolen from a garage on Pine Crescent, in Steinbach. The bike was a Kona black and green mountain bike with serial # F10026017. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

On September 26 Steinbach RCMP received a report of mischief to a shed door on the owner’s property on Hanover Street in Steinbach. The damage occurred between September 25 and September 26. Nothing appeared to have been taken however the shed door was damaged as a result. The investigation is still ongoing. If you have any info please contact Steinbach RCMP or Crime Stoppers

Thief Grabs Bike and Tools

Travel Trailer Stolen On October 6 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a travel trailer stolen off the yard of a residence on PR 303 in the RM of Hanover. The owner returned to his residence at 10:45 pm after a weekend away and discovered the trailer missing. The trailer is a ball hitch 37 ft Forest River Primetime series, with three slide outs and has a value of $45,000. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Utility Trailer and Skidsteer Stolen On September 28 after 6 pm a black utility trailer carrying an orange Caterpillar Skid Steer was stolen in the area of Hwy 12 and Provincial Road 203 going to Woodridge. The trailer had been left alone due to a flat tire and did not have a licence plate. 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 October 30 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break and enter and theft to a garage on Kroeker Avenue. Individuals entered the garage and took two Dewalt drills and a bicycle. The bicycle is described as a black and white mountain bike with green writing. The home owner believes that this occurred between midnight and 5:30 am on October 30. If you have any info please contact Steinbach RCMP or Crime Stoppers

Be aware of happenings in your neighbourhood and report suspicious activity to the authorities. Check on your neighbours. Call 911 if you suspect a crime is in progress or has occured!

Service Dog Victim of Collision At approximately 10:40 pm on October 8 Sprague RCMP received a call of a two motor vehicle collision that occurred on Highway #12 approximately 10 minutes north of Piney. One of the vehicles was engulfed in flames. Investigation revealed that the collision appears to have been head on. The male driver, 27 years old from Winnipeg driving a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 truck collided with a 1999 Camry driven by a 37 year old female from the Sprague area. The Camry was engulfed in flames when Fire Department and police arrived. The female driver was located outside of her vehicle being assisted by a passerby. The drivers did not suffer any life-threatening injuries however the female driver was transported to hospital. Unfortunately the female’s service dog did not make it out of the vehicle alive. Alcohol was a factor in the collision. Police continue to investigate along with the Traffic Analyst.

STARS Responds to Steinbach MVA At approximately 11:21 am on October 23 Steinbach RCMP responded to a two motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway #12 and the exit of Walmart Store in Steinbach. A 21 year old female from Airdrie, Alberta driving an Acura was proceeding east on the exit route and making a left hand turn north onto Highway #12 when she was struck by a pick-up truck travelling south on Highway #12 driven by a 63 year old male from the Giroux area. The female driver suffered serious injuries that were considered non-life threatening and was transported to Winnipeg hospital via STARS. The male driver suffered minor injuries and did not require further medical treatment. Alcohol was not a factor. Investigation continues with the assistance of the Traffic Deconstructionist. Charges are being contemplated.

Three Vehicle Collision At approximately 11:35 am on October 28 Steinbach RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision involving 3 vehicles at the intersection of Reimer Avenue and Main Street in Steinbach. Investigation thus far has revealed that a Honda Civic driven by a 22 year old female driver, was proceeding south on Reimer when it collided with a Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 19 year old female. The Jetta was proceeding west on Main Street. The collision of those 2 vehicles forced the Jetta into a third vehicle, a Ford Edge driven by a 48 year old female who was also proceeding west on Main Street. The females were the lone occupants of the vehicles. The 22 year old female sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital. One of the other drivers attended the hospital on her own while the other one did not seek medical treatment. All vehicles were towed as they were inoperable. The investigation continues.

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2020 memberships are available for $25 per person and after January 15 - $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits! Check out our Website and register to receive your newsletter by email. Other Programs and Services: Monday to Friday Full lunch - $7. Soup lunch (Soup, dessert and a biscuit) $3. Call kitchen at 204-320-4605 the day before or before 9am to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic - Call reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing - Call 1-800-661-2653 to book an appointment. Community financial counselling services on November 18, December 16, call 1-888-573-2383 Cottage Cheese Perogies for sale $6 per dozen. Transportation - Need a ride to an appointment and or in need of some help with cleaning or yard work? You may qualify for our services. Call Carrie to help arrange this for you 204-320-4604 for a small fee. Equipment Loan Program - Wheelchairs and walkers for temporary use available, contact Carrie at 204-320-4604 for more information. Friendly Visitor - Do you want to have someone spend some time with you either at home or out in the community? Do you know someone who is unable to leave their home often but would benefit from a friendly visit? Call Carrie and she will try to match someone up with a friendly visitor. Volunteer Opportunities: All ages welcome to volunteer. Please call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information. We are looking for Friendly Visitors, Maintenance, Meal Delivery and Office Support. Specials coming up: Pancake Breakfast - Third Thursday of every month, $5 per person, 9 – 11 am. Alzheimer Journey - November 20, 2 pm. Free. Craft and Bake Sale – November 1, 9 am – 8 pm. For more information call 204-320-4603 Register or purchase tickets: Old Time Country Dance - Featuring “The Mosaics” on October 25, from 7 – 11 pm. Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Potluck - Thursday, November 14, at 6 pm. Call to register. Padrex - The Award Winning Play by Marc A. Moir - Friday November 8, 7 pm Tickets $25. The True Story of a Heroic Wartime Chaplain. Regular Programs and Activities: Check out the Newsletter on our website patporteralc.com for more information. Activities may be cancelled due to other events on short notice. Please check with the Centre. Please note: All of the 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: Billiards – Monday - Friday 9 am - 3:30 pm. Book Club – Every Tuesday from 11 am -12 pm and Friday 1 -2 pm. Cards: Monday – Canasta 1 – 4 pm, Tuesday – Euchre 2 – 4 pm, Wednesday - Cribbage 1 -4 pm, Thursday –Whist 1:45 -4 pm, Friday 1 – 4 pm - Bridge Choir - Wednesdays from 10 - 11:30 am. Computer Classes - Wednesdays from 9 am -2 pm one on one 1 hour appointments. Exercise Classes: Tuesday Fitness 1 -1:45 pm and Thursday PACE 1 - 1:45 pm. Fitness Drumming - On Wednesdays from 1 - 1:45 pm, 10 sessions. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle – Wednesdays from 1:30 – 4 pm. HO Model Railway Project - Fridays from 10 am - 4 pm. Old Time Country Jam - Wednesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Beginners Pickleball - Mondays and Fridays from 1 – 3 pm. Advanced Pickle Ball - Monday to Friday from 9 - 11:30 am. Tai Chi - On Mondays from 10 - 11:30 am. Free Programs: Walking – 8:30 – 9 am and Noon-1 pm, Monday to Friday. Crafty Corner – Every Friday from 2 -3:30 pm. Cozy Corner Coffee - Every day 10:30 am. Enjoy a complimentary coffee an occasional treat and some great conversation. Rentals: We accommodate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, meetings, family gatherings and much more. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, please drop by the Centre Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Further information call Sonja at 204-320-4603 or the reception desk at 204-320-4600; Fax 204-320-9098.


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