Dawson Trail Dispatch September 2018

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Dawson Trail Dispatch

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Dawson Trail Days Celebrates Past and Present

This year’s parade included horses pulling a 140-year old covered wagon courtesy of members of the Richer Rodeo Committee who took time out to help the neighbouring community celebrate. Eugene and Louise Sabot drove a team of black Canadian horses while outriders followed. Photo by Eldon Zigarlick

The September long weekend marks the end of the summer with kids heading back to school. In Ste. Anne though, the weekend is celebrated through their annual Dawson Trail Days. This year’s events ran from Friday through Labour Day Monday and included a large parade through the community.

A highlight of this year is that the Ste. Anne Fire Department sold more plates than any previous year. This support raised $2030 for the Ste. Anne Hospital Foundation in support of the helipad construction. Another new item that was a big hit was the dunk tank where local elected offi-

cials and police officers were good sports about taking a cold bath! And of course the fireworks show did not disappoint and was reported as the best ever by many attendees. From the kid’s watermelon eating contest to the duck races down the Seine River, great fun was had by all.

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Hanover Recognized as Most Efficient Municipality With municipal elections just around the corner, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling attention to rampant overspending that has occurred throughout the province in the latest Manitoba Municipal Spending Report. Province wide, the report claims that municipal governments have overspent $1.17 billion since 2008, which amounts to $4,696 for a family of four. The report looked at real operating spending from 2008 to 2015 for Manitoba’s 27 largest municipalities. Findings show that real operating spending declined by three per cent across Manitoba’s municipalities from 2014 to 2015, but has grown at 2.5 times of CFIB’s sustainability benchmark over the eight years studied. “While some municipalities have made progress, overspending remains a serious problem and should be a top priority for candidates in the upcoming municipal elections,” said Jonathan Alward, CFIB Director of Provincial Affairs for Manitoba. He cites growing labour costs, in particular, make up the bulk of operating costs among Manitoba’s largest municipalities (59%), and continue to increase beyond sustainable levels across many communities. “Unsustainable labour costs are at the root of the municipal spending problem,” added Alward. “We know that Manitoba’s municipal employees earn higher wages and receive better benefits than their private sector counterparts, so more work is needed to reduce these costs.” CFIB ranks municipalities on their ability to keep operating costs at sustainable levels, accounting for growth in spending per capita from 2008 and the overall level of real per capita spending in 2008 dollars. The RM of Hanover is at the top of the RMs’ list, for the second year in a row, and recorded a decrease of nine per cent in real operating spending per capita over the study period. This equates to $441 per resident. It is important to recognize that Hanover has spent less money per resident. On the opposite end of the spectrum, in the Cities and Towns category, the City of Steinbach had the highest spending growth of all for the year. Real operating spending per capita increased by 16% from the previous report. Steinbach ranks again near the bottom in 8th place despite having the second lowest level of real operating spending per capita on the list. The City of Steinbach has grown since 2008, by the largest percentage change in population on the list, but so has its real operating spending. According to the report, the 16 percentage point increase is due in large part to an increase in contract services for construction work undertaken, in partnership with the Province, to improve a major highway. There was also the commitment of grant monies, on an ongoing basis, for the development of a community primary health care centre.

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Kleefeld Abuzz During Annual Honey Festival For three days in August, the community of Kleefeld was transformed into a children’s paradise when the 48th annual Honey Festival took place from August 10 to 12. The Kleefeld Honey Festival has been a yearly tradi-

tion since 1970. The annual event began Friday Night with a Movie Night in the park. For the first time, a 5 km Honey Run is took place Saturday morning which was a hit with the many participants, some who even dressed for the occasion. Saturday started with a free pancake breakfast followed by a community parade. While the parade made its way along Main Street, the 5th annual Chili Cook-Off got underway in time for everyone to be the judge for lunch. The declared winner was Team Northern Heat. They received a golden ticket into the World Food Championships (WFC) for 2018 along with

$1,500 to assist with the trip cost to the WFC in Orange Beach, Alabama in November. One of the highlights for the afternoon was the 3rd annual Firefighters Challenge, which pits all of the RM of Hanover fire department volunteers against each other in a friendly completion of skills. There was no shortage of kids’ activities in the Playland of Milk & Honey which included a carnival, a bouncy park for all ages, toys, crafts, and children’s entertainer Big Daddy Magic. Entertainment also included Jerry Serada, Bold as Lions and Jordan St. Cyr followed by fireworks. The weekend ended with a community church service and lunch.

Chili Cook-Off winners Team Northern Heat took home $1,500 plus a ticket to the World Food Championship in Alabama for their award winning Chili entry.

Kleefeld Recognizes Volunteer

One of the highlights of this year’s Kleefeld Honey Festival was recognizing Michelle Martens (centre) with the 2018 Volunteer Award. Martins was presented the award for many years of service as a volunteer on the Kleefeld Recreation Board. Photo by Kleefeld Parks and Recreation

This participant got into the spirit when he participated in the first 5 km Honey Run. Photo by Kleefeld Recreation

Deputy-Reeve and Teacher Mourned in St. Pierre-Jolys The community of St. Pierre-Jolys is mourning the loss of a long time teacher, and Councillor Luc Nadeau after he passed away suddenly in his home on August 29 at the age of 57. Nadeau is well known in the community, after spending the last three decades as a teacher at the Réal-Bérard Community School until he retired in 2016. When he was not in the classroom, he worked as a town councillor for the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys for 20 years; spending the last four years as Deputy-Mayor. The community’s Mayor Mona Fallis expressed shock at the sudden loss of her friend and colleague. “This lovely man has left us too soon! He loved his community, he loved his students, but most of all he loved his [wife] Suzanne,” said Fallis. “He served StPierre-Jolys as councillor for the last 20 years with so much conviction and joy. He was my Deputy-Mayor for the last 4 years, always supported me in all areas.” Nadeau will be remembered for the way, “He championed the Francophone community and never let us forget our heritage,” Fallis added. “His silly jokes, his laugh, his smile will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of meeting him.” Village of St. Pierre-Jolys Deputy Mayor Luc Nadeau.

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Public Invited to Electoral Boundary Change Hearings

This Map shows the rough boundary proposals which will affect every constituency in southern Manitoba.

Manitoba’s Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission is encouraging the public to attend hearings on the proposed electoral division boundaries and names. The Commission is holding a number of public hearings in September to gather feedback from individuals and groups before finalizing the electoral division boundaries and names. A hearing is taking place in Steinbach on September 18, at the Mennonite Heritage Museum starting at 5 pm. The topic of the night will be a number of proposed changes that will affect the entire southeast. The Commission has made several changes to the electoral divisions in the eastern areas of the province to accommodate growth in the Dawson Trail, Steinbach, and La Vérendrye electoral divisions. Boundaries have been adjusted to ensure population balance and to the extent possible, respect the designated bilingual areas with each section based on having 22,427 people per electoral division. In the proposal, the RM’s of Ritchot, Taché, and De Salaberry have been grouped together and an old electoral division name has been revived, Carillon to replace Dawson Trail. Carillon was the name of the electoral division for that area from 1886 - 1969. The La Vérendrye electoral division boundaries have been adjusted to include populations further north of the current boundaries. As a result, it has been renamed Springfield-Ste. Anne to recognize the two major population centres. In addition, a new electoral division of Sandilands has been created in the southeast corner of the province. The name of Sandilands is in reference to the provincial forest located in the area. After the public hearings are complete, the Commission will prepare a final report with the finalized electoral division boundaries and names. The final report becomes law and the new boundaries go into effect for the next provincial general election, set for October 2020. The last boundary review took place in 2008, and they were used in the 2011 and 2016 general elections. Those wishing to make a presentation at, or attend, a public hearing should register in advance on the website or by phone. Drop-in presenters will be allowed to present, time permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if they are not presenting. To register for a hearing or view the proposed electoral division boundaries, and names, visit the Commission website, at boundariescommission.mb.ca.

Information Session for Candidates Running as School Trustee Scheduled

Information sessions for potential candidates in the October 24, school trustee elections have been scheduled. If you have thought about becoming a school trustee, or wanted to find out more about what school boards do, there will be free public information sessions sponsored by the Manitoba School Boards Association. According to Ken Cameron, President of the association, the purpose of these sessions is two-fold. “People often have technical questions about running in a school board election, questions about qualifications, nomination procedures, and what they can and can’t do when it comes to campaigning,” noted Mr. Cameron. “These sessions will answer questions that people have now, and will provide them with contact information for answers to any new questions that arise over the course of the nomination and election period.” Secondly, these sessions will provide an overview of the role of school trustees and school boards. “The role that school boards play in our public school system is an important one. School boards ensure that decisions concerning public schools remain locally informed and community-owned. Multiple studies have shown that well-informed and well-functioning school boards, doing the right things for the rights reasons, have a very positive impact on student success,” concluded Mr. Cameron. “Through these information sessions, we want to make sure that those who run for school board office have a clear understanding of what the job entails.” In-person information sessions are scheduled for Winnipeg and Brandon on September 10 and 11 respectively. The Winnipeg session will be held at the Norwood Hotel, and the Brandon session at the Victoria Inn. Both sessions will start at 7 pm, and will run for approximately one hour. There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not required. Anyone not able to attend one of these in-person sessions is invited to view the online version posted to the association’s website. To learn more, contact the Manitoba School Boards Association at 204-2331595 or 1-800-262-8836 (toll free in Manitoba), or visit mbschoolboards.ca.

Spools of Aluminum Stolen Between midnight and 2 am on Monday, August 20 an individual entered the Penn-Lite Electrical and Mechanical business on Highway 52 East and stole a utility trailer and large spools of aluminum wire. The individual is believed to have been driving an older model SUV. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Pipeline May Be On Life Support The Kinder Morgan pipeline that is now owned by us as the Trans Mountain pipeline has suffered a very serious setback and if the naysayers have their way they are going to try for the kill. Part of their argument is that too much tanker traffic would endanger the whales off the coast of BC. People in the know figure that the oil tankers would become only 2% of the total ship traffic on that part of the Pacific and they would be perhaps the only ones mandated to take precautionary measures to avoid the whales. Oil spills are a consideration on the Pacific Ocean but oil coming to the Canadian east coast on the Atlantic is not on the radar of any Canadian protesters that I have ever heard of, yet imported oil from the middle-east is loaded and off loaded on tankers. What they want is Canada out of the oil industry. They say we should transfer to a green economy immediately. Aside from them riding a horse to their next protest not much else is available or ready to participate in this “new green travel” even if we wanted to. The quickest way is having an oil economy which will allow profits needed for a transition. And the reality is it will take years. Oil, Canadian oil is our best bet by far for an improved economy; to get it to the world a pipeline to tide water is needed. Now we depend on the Americans and they make the profit to a large extent. Their profit is multiplied by a discount on each barrel of oil from us because they know this is our only shipping option. We should also have pushed a little harder for an eastern route where not only is there tide water; there is a Canadian refinery in New Brunswick. Too many Quebec mayors lobbied against these opportunities. Lac Megantic was not even mentioned. This was a cop out by the Federal Government which did not try harder. Not in my back yard was the only arrow in the Quebecers quiver. When it’s time to be Canadian, BC and Quebec are known to sit on their hands to protect them from calluses. What I fear most is political grid lock because it could open the field for a Canadian populist. Keep an eye on Maxime Bernier. To say it will not happen is as nonsensical as lobbying to kill the oil economy even before we have a working path to change.

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A Busy Summer / Our Positive Conservative Vision It’s been a busy summer, both here in Provencher and on the national stage. I have enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with and hear from constituents, and most of them share the same concerns. People are concerned about the direction Canada is heading, and understandably so. Despite taking an unprecedented number of vacation days, the summer months have not slowed the rate of damage that Justin Trudeau and his Liberals are doing to Canada. One of the biggest concerns that people in our riding raise is the illegal migrant crisis at our border. One alarming new trend that is emerging is the practice of those who have crossed illegally acting as anchor relatives to bring their families to Canada. This is unacceptable and unfair to the thousands of would be Canadians abiding by our immigration laws and waiting in line. There should only be one way to come to Canada: the legal way. Another common concern is Justin Trudeau’s Carbon Tax. This is nothing more than a tax grab to help pay for Justin Trudeau’s out of control spending. It will hurt families, kill jobs and do nothing to help the environment. You cannot tax your way to a cleaner climate. Fortunately, there is good news on this front, as provincial governments in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and PEI are all standing up to Justin Trudeau and saying no to a carbon tax. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has stated that his first act as Prime Minister will be to eliminate the federal Carbon Tax. Other common issues I hear about are the Liberals inability to re-negotiate NAFTA, the Trans-Mountain Pipeline boondoggle and the attempts to sanitize Canada’s history in the name of political correctness. There are other major issues facing our country as we head into the fall session of Parliament. The Liberals will bring forward Bill C-75, a bill that severely weakens our criminal justice system. C-75 would allow judges to downgrade the sentencing requirements for serious crimes from jail time to a fine. Recommending fines over jail time for crimes as serious as human trafficking, drunk driving, being part of a criminal organization, kidnapping a minor and terrorism related charges shows just how warped the Prime Minister’s moral compass is, and the dangerous direction he wants to take Canada. But there is good news as we head into the fall: 2019 is an election year and there is an alternative to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives believe in compassionate legal immigration and secure borders. We believe in lower taxes for everyone. We believe in protecting our environment but recognize that taking more money from Canadians is not the way to do that. We believe in our natural resource sector and we know that trade deals can be reached when they are about trade and not ego. We believe that a justice system should be just and that the rights of law abiding citizens and victims must always come before those of criminals. We believe that our history is our history, and that instead of tearing down statues in the name of “political correctness” we should be honoring the people who founded this country, while at the same time being unafraid to recognize and learn from their mistakes. We believe in freedom of speech whether you agree with us or not. We believe in individual rights over group rights and reject Justin Trudeau’s divisive identity politics. Justin Trudeau claims that there is no Canadian identity and that our strength is found in our diversity. Conservatives believe that our strength as Canadians is found, not in the diversity of our differences but in unity, fostered by the coming together of people of diverse backgrounds adhering, together, to the values that made Canada great. We believe that government should be smaller and less intrusive and that it should work for the good of all the people. The Conservative Party is strong and united and this is our positive Conservative vision for Canadians. For more information on these 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.

Manitoba Making Safety a Priority As September has arrived, students are returning to school. School buses are back on the roads and we will see a lot more pedestrian traffic on the streets. Everyone should be mindful of the speed limits in school zones and respect the traffic laws. Let’s all do our part to keep our children safe. Safety is a greater concern during this new harvest season, too. Manitoba Agriculture is reminding farm families and motorists to make safety a priority during this extremely busy period. We all need to be respectful of other drivers and take precautions when driving past or near slow-moving farm equipment. Another new initiative for our government concerning public safety is one that I’m particularly proud of. In August, we announced an investment of $380 million in a digital two-way mobile radio system to replace the outdated FleetNet system for Manitoba’s public safety agencies including firefighting, ambulance and police services. Fire departments and paramedics in our region of the province have waited many years to see the FleetNet system replaced. Many of them remember the fire that ravaged southeastern Manitoba in 2012 and how that system failed at the time, leaving firefighters and other emergency services without communication between crews. It’s our government’s duty to ensure the safety of Manitobans, and effective and reliable communications technology is critical for saving lives and protecting first responders. Finally, I would like to extend congratulations to the Carillon Sultans U15 team for capturing gold at the AA Western Canada Baseball Championship held in La Broquerie in August. It’s a great achievement just to have the opportunity to compete in a western Canada championship event, and something very special to win one. Congratulations go as well to all the teams that participated and their coaches, the fans and of course the volunteers who worked countless hours to host these games. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

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Additional Community Places Grants Announced for Region

On August 16, the province announced another $3.7 million in grants to projects for non-profit and community-led organizations across the province, including a number in southern Manitoba. A total of $401,874 will go to a variety of organizations in southern Manitoba. In all, 175 projects, 26 in the region were approved through the Community Places program, which provides funding and planning assistance to build, upgrade, expand or acquire community facilities. Successful grant applicants must also contribute to project costs, often through local fundraising efforts, grants from other sources, or donated labour and materials. Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagasse was thrilled with these announcements. “I am pleased that our government is making these important investments in the Dawson Trail constituency,” said Lagassé. “These kinds of projects strengthen Manitoba’s communities and improve the quality of life for families across our province.” Among the new announcements were grants to Howden Community Centre Inc. for a Kitchen and Bar Upgrade ($7,393) and Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre Inc. for a small Grant Program ($20,000). In St. Malo Garderie de Bambins Co-op

Inc. ($6,539) for a Natural playground and water softener; Village of St-PierreJolys ($42,307) for Relocation of ammonia ice-making plant into new detached Class T B52 building; Grunthal Community Centre Board ($42,265) for an active transportation trail; RM of La Broquerie ($22,251) for accessibility and air quality improvements; Sprague Community Hall ($10,430) for septic tank upgrades. The South Whiteshell Trail Association ($50,000) for completing 180 metres of Trans Canada Trail along PTH 44; Whiteshell Community Club Inc. ($6,812) for roof replacement; Town of Niverville ($7,250) for lighting in JR Park; City of Steinbach ($48,152) Steinbach Aquatic Centre repairs and upgrades and $10,486 for the Giesbrecht Park playground; Mennonite Heritage Museum ($35,627) HVAC replacement (Stage 3); Club de l’Amitie de La Broquerie Inc. ($8,305) for Heating and cooling energy-efficiency upgrades; St. Pierre en Boom in Ste. Pierre-Jolys ($10,000) for an electric sign; Eastman Training Centre ($10,000) for new furnishing and technological equipment; St. Pierre Youth for Christ ($5,000) to purchase two annual movie licences, annual canoe trip, weekly high school lunches, other program costs; Niverville Coopera-

tive Preschool ($2,140) to support operational costs for preschool aged program and purchase equipment. Last month, a number of grants were announced including Taché Community Daycare Inc., for preschool backyard learning environment improvement ($6,255); St. Adolphe Community Centre for rink glass replacement ($14,334); Club Ile-Des-Chenes Club Inc for arena entrance repair ($8,590); RM of Ritchot for surfacing project at Grande Pointe Park ($5,107); RM of Taché, Lorette Community Centre repairs and safety Project, ($11,631); Ile-Des-Chenes Country Store for storefront improvements, ($1,000); RM of Taché, for an electronic sign, ($5,000) and Ritchot Community Development Corporation for signage, ($5,000). “I am pleased that our government is making these important investments in the Dawson Trail constituency,” said Lagassé. “These kinds of projects strengthen Manitoba’s communities and improve the quality of life for families across our province.” This funding is part of a major investment in programs that support important community development projects across Manitoba.

Province Announces Road Improvement Funds Eight projects in the region are benefiting as a result of an early August announcement that $2.25 million in funding for municipal roads has become available. A total of $579,115 is being spent in southern Manitoba. Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton said that investing in municipal infrastructure ensures our communities can sustain continued, long-term growth. “Maintaining our municipal roads helps to increase economic activity, extended asset life, improve public safety and community development,” said Wharton. “Our roads are pipelines for the flow of both goods and services, and improvements ensure that our province will continue to

see increased economic activity.” Chris Goertzen, President, Association of Manitoba Municipalities said infrastructure remains a top priority for municipalities. “The AMM is pleased to be at the table working in partnership with the Province of Manitoba to select projects for this essential program,” said Goertzen. “We will continue to advocate for building strong communities through streamlined, cost-shared infrastructure funding programs with other orders of government.” Locally approved projects include: 2018 Carriere Road improvements in the RM of La Broquerie ($83,792); Pansy Road in the RM of Hanover ($134,800); 6th Avenue South in Niverville ($67,400);

Loewen Boulevard project in the RM of Ste. Anne ($25,275); Phase 4 road rehabilitation in the RM of Stuartburn ($40,440); McKenzie Road renewal ($134,800); resurfacing of St. Alphonse in the Town of Ste. Anne ($25,208) and Road 48 N in the RM of Tache ($67,400). The $2.25 million in Municipal Road Improvement Program funding was made available to ensure a smooth transition while the government is restructuring program delivery models to reduce red tape, eliminate program duplication and ensure value for money. Restructuring program delivery is expected to allow for a strategic approach to planning and budgeting for both the province and municipalities.

Manitoba Invests in New Public Safety Communication System August was a jam-packed month. Between festivals, barbecues and parades, there were many fun events to celebrate the tail end of the summer. Folklorama is a great Winnipeg event celebrating culture and diversity, and I had the opportunity in August to attend several of its pavilions. I saw wonderful performances and ate delicious food, while becoming immersed in a few of the cultures that make up our diverse population. I also had a chance to participate in two celebrations in the Dawson Trail constituency, the first being the Landmark Friendship Festival. I took part in the parade and the dunk tank, and helped serve supper. And at Dawson Trail Days in Ste. Anne, I joined the parade. Both of these festivals are fun events that build a strong sense of community, and I’m glad that I was able to be a part of them. In recent weeks, as well, I held a constituency barbecue in Ile des Chenes. With the warm weather and sun shining, it was a great day and a relaxed and casual setting for meeting and chatting with Dawson Trail constituents. Thank you to all who were able to attend. Of course, our government has continued to work hard for Manitobans this summer. A major initiative we have announced is our plan for a significant upgrade of the provincial public safety communications system. To better protect Manitobans and to assist public safety organizations in dealing with emergencies, we are moving to a new digital radio system to replace the outdated FleetNet service long used by Manitoba’s firefighting, ambulance and police services, and the very high frequency (VHF) radios used by conservation officers and forest fire crews. Our government is investing $380 million in the digital mobile two-way radio system, which will increase radio range and clarity and provide expanded coverage over a more secure network. The investment in this more advanced technology will give our province’s public safety organizations and crews improved safety while they work to protect Manitobans, and will ensure stronger and more reliable communications for them for decades.

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Steinbach RCMP Release Report on Fatal Collision At approximately 10:15 am on August 10 Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 52, 2 km east of Mitchell. The investigation determined that a gravel truck was travelling westbound on Highway 52, when it signalled that it was going to turn south. The truck slowed as it waited for eastbound traffic to clear before proceeding. Another vehicle, a van, being driven by a 19-year-old male from Ile-desChenes, came to a stop behind the gravel truck when it was subsequently struck from behind by a pickup truck, being driven by a 22-year-old male from Mitchell. The force of this collision pushed the van into the gravel truck and then into the oncoming lane, where it collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle, being driven by 28-year-old male from Winnipeg. The 28-year-old driver and his 23-year-old female passenger, also from Winnipeg, were both transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 28-year-old was later pronounced deceased. The 23-year-old female ended up in hospital with serious injuries. The 19-year-old male in the van was also transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Alcohol was not a factor in the collision. “We would like to remind all motorists to always be aware of their surroundings, vehicles can stop at any time, for any reason,” said Cst. Randy Belmore of the Steinbach RCMP. “There needs to be a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, not doing so endangers not only your life but the lives of everyone on our roads.” Steinbach RCMP thanks the Steinbach Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services personnel and STARS Air Ambulance for their assistance.

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Curtain Closes on Philip’s Magical Paradise

Renowned escape artist and magician Dean Gunnarson joined Maegan Ginter, her two children Kassia and Declan Ginter, and Mike and Lita Hornan during one last visit before Philip’s Magical Paradise closed its doors forever at the end of August. Photo by Maegan Ginter

On the last weekend of August, Philip’s Magical Paradise in Giroux closed its doors forever Located in Giroux, along Provincial Road 311 the tiny castle housed western Canada’s only Museum of Magic and Illusion. Philip’s Magical Paradise was a tribute to Philip Hornan, who passed away from cancer at the tender age of fifteen. The museum is the result of Philip’s dying request of his family to make a special room for all to see and enjoy what he enjoyed doing most, Magic. Instead of just a room, Gordon and Marilyn Hornan created the magical castle, and the doors officially opened May 1992. They turned the Giroux United Church, built in 1904, into a museum and called it Philip’s Magical Paradise. It was open weekends during the summer, and many times volunteer magicians could be found performing onsite. Within the magical castle sat a collection of books, posters, and apparatus to complement Philip’s collec-

tion of magic. Many of the items were donated by magicians from around the world. Each display and every magical item has a story or about the magician who donated it. Items include the fifty cent piece that once belonged to the great Harry Houdini or the RCMP jail cell from which Philip and his close friend, Dean Gunnarson, escaped. They practiced their escape skills at police detachment jails in nearby towns. Gunnarson paid a last visit to be with the family at the museum for a final performance. “The story of my friend Philip is truly incredible and magical. I would have never had my daughters if he didn’t introduce me to their mother. Phil and I had some great adventures in just a few years before he lost his battle with cancer. Phil changed my life forever,” Gunnarson shared. Since its opening, the museum was lovingly cared for by the Hornan family with the help of family and volunteers.

Theft at Southland Church On August 6 at about 4:15 am, an individual broke into a storage shed on Southland Church property while using a blue quad. The individual left with a small trailer, generator, water pump, and some gas and oil. As a result Southland Church has ramped up their security presence on the property since this incident. The RCMP is asking the public for assistance in identifying the individual or quad in the photos. 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 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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New Professional Building Opens in Ile Des Chenes

September 2018

Steinbach RCMP Respond to Long Weekend Fatal Off-road Vehicle Rollover On Saturday, September 1, at approximately 11:30 pm, Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of an off-road vehicle rollover. The initial investigation has determined that a 36-year-old male from the RM of Tache, was with an 8-year-old male, also from the RM of Tache, in a side-by-side off-road vehicle when it rolled - landing atop the adult male. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. It does not appear that the adult male was wearing a helmet or seatbelt. The 8-year-old male was not injured. He was not wearing a helmet, and police believe he was not wearing his seatbelt. It is believed that alcohol was a factor in this rollover.

Dr. Philip Hughes and CEO Arthur Adam cut the ribbon to officially open the new professional building in Ile des Chenes.

By Marianne Curtis The community of Ile des Chenes gathered on August 29 to celebrate the grand opening of a new professional building on Main Street. It took a partnership between two friends, Dr. Philip Hughes and developer Arthur Adam to realize the dream of bringing a local doctor and other services to the growing community. Dr. Hughes, who lives in Ile des Chenes, practiced medicine out of an office at the back of the local pharmacy part-time while maintaining a practice in Winnipeg. The location was sufficient for his needs, but the growing demand for services in a limited space, and a determined friend who encouraged him a new office opened. “The new clinic provides me with a space designed for me. I can come and go as I please and there is room to expand,” said Hughes. The Dr. Hughes Family Practice and Walk-in Clinic has ample room for three doctors and space for establishing a lab, should one decide to set up shop. “The plan is to establish my own income, my own practice and when it gets viable, I will bring

another person in and when that gets viable I will bring another in,” Hughes explained. Dr. Hughes gives credit for the new facility to his friend, Adam, who is a developer from Steinbach. “I came to this town and found out there was no doctor so I talked to Philip; I told him he could be the first doctor in Ile des Chenes. This made sense to me,” Adam explained. “This is one of the fastest growing communities in the region and it is a good move for the community of Ile des Chenes.” Adam noted that the road to completion was not the easiest, but the end result was worth the fight. Initially the plan was to build a three story building, but that project did not get council’s approval. The plan was then amended to build two stories with professional offices on the main floor and four residential rentals on the second floor. Along with the medical centre, the professional building is home to Ile des Chenes Physiotherapy; Ile Des Chenes Pharmacy; and JL and Associates law offices. On the second floor, all four suites are currently rented to families, but can be converted into commercial space if needed.

Minds in Motion Expands to Steinbach A program that connects people living with early to moderate symptoms of dementia is coming to Steinbach in October. The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is thrilled to announce that the Minds in Motion program is expanding to Steinbach this fall. Minds in Motion is an eight-week program that combines fitness and socialization for people with dementia and their care partners. “People are responding very positively to the inclusive community programming,” said Kathy Diehl Cyr, Manager of Minds in Motion, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. “The fact that we are expanding throughout Manitoba really shows how beneficial and necessary this program is.” Minds in Motion offers a great environment to establish new friendships with others living similar experiences. The two main components include 45 to 60 minutes of exercise led by a trained fitness leader, and 45 to 60 minutes of cognitively stimulating activities facilitated by the Minds in Motion program coordina-

tor and volunteers. Leona Doerksen, South Eastman Regional Coordinator is pleased to have the valuable program available for residents in the region. “As you know, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias,” explained Doerksen. “For those experiencing dementia and their care providers having a program like Minds in Motion is one thing we can offer to help improve the quality of life for both.” The announcement was made in conjunction with the launch of World Alzheimer’s Month #EveryThreeSeconds Campaign takes place throughout September, marking the seventh World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise dementia awareness and challenge stigma. For more information or to register of the upcoming session, visit alzheimer.mb.ca/mindsinmotion. An open house is also taking place on September 18 in Steinbach at Fernwood Place from 10 - 11 am.

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Providence to Break Ground on New Facility Motorcyclist

On September 18, Providence College will be breaking ground on a new residence and community life facility at the Otterburne campus. Minister of Education and Training Kelvin Goertzen is expected to be on hand to help mark the ceremonial commencement of construction along with Dr. David Johnson, Providence President and other politicians and business leaders at the event. Named the Living & Learning Centre, the new facility is expected to open in September 2019. It will be located west of Eichhorst Hall and directly south of the Reimer Student Life Centre, which houses the cafeteria, the three-story, fully-accessible facility will accommodate 112 students. Plans included the male residence below and female residences on the second and third floors, the ground floor will contain staff apartments and community spaces such as a kitchen, a lounge, prayer rooms, a seminar hub and a laundry facility. Additionally, the Living & Learning Centre will be a welcoming space

Airlifted to Winnipeg Hospital

Artist drawing of the new Living and Learning Centre to be built at Providence College to replace Bergen Hall which was destroyed by fire last year.

including Skype Rooms for international students, including structures that allow them to connect with one another and with relatives. The new residence will replace the Bergen Hall dormitory that was destroyed by fire in June 2017. Shortly thereafter a committee was struck to guide the process for a new, state-of-the-art facility, and in

January 2018 the Board of Governors unanimously approved a $4 million increase to the IMPACT 2020 fundraising campaign. The goal is now $16.5 million, of which more than $12.2 million has been raised. The project will be officially launched publicly at 11 am on September 18, at Providence College.

Trio of Local Businesses Finalists in Business Awards Three local companies have been shortlisted as finalists who will be honoured during the upcoming 35th annual Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Each year the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce gathers businesses together from across the province to celebrate the stories and companies that help make the province special. Established in 1983, the awards recognize and celebrate outstanding businesses and individual achievements by the Manitoba business community. Each year, awards are given to businesses and/or people who contribute to Man-

itoba’s employment, have a successful employee relations department, have seen sustainable growth and been involved in the province’s community development. Additional consideration is given to nominees demonstrating exceptional achievements in overcoming unique obstacles. For this year’s 35th edition, three out of the 21 finalists in seven categories are local companies. Keystone Western Inc, a trucking company from Grande Pointe makes the list as one of three “Outstanding Medium Business” finalists. From La Broquerie, Hylife Ltd. has been named as one of the three “Outstanding Large Business” finalists

and Barkman Concrete Ltd. in Steinbach is one of three Long-Term Achievement finalists. “The business community in Manitoba continues to produce world-class products and services,” said Chuck Davidson, MCC President and CEO. “Through the awards, we hope to introduce Manitobans to the homegrown stories and companies that are making our province the best place to live, work, and call home.” The 35th Manitoba Business Awards will be presented on Friday, October 26 at the Fairmont Winnipeg and hosted by Global National Anchor Dawna Friesen.

Clearview Co-op Expands into Agriculture Farmers who are already members of Clearview Co-op will be excited to know that the company is planning a major expansion which will see them serving agriculture producers in southern Manitoba. On August 13, Clearview Co-op announced that in the coming months construction of a new Co-op Agro Centre will begin with the vision of providing the community and farm customers with crop protection and nutrition products, as well as comprehensive agronomic services. Henry Nickel, General Manager is excited about this major expansion for the business. “As a fuel and bulk lubricant supplier, Clearview Co-op has proudly serviced the agricultural producers for generations, and we are excited to build on that history with our new Co-op agricentre,” said Nickel. “‘It will also allow us to forge new relationships with other producers across southeast Manitoba, providing them with a comprehensive package of products and services that also includes bulk fuel and lubricants.”

The site, located on Road 39 north of the Co-op Cardlock on Highway 12, will feature a state-of-the-art fertilizer blending plant and an on-site seed-treating system operated by a new team, which will be recruited in the coming months. The new facility will provide comprehensive agronomic services, including crop planning, scouting and product recommendations, from a local agronomy team , fertilizer with a complete selection of granular products, including on-site blending from a state-of-the-art fertilizer plant, seed treatments and inoculants that include a range of products of canola, corn, bulk soybean, bulk cereal and forages, as well as an on-site seed-treating system and crop protection with a full suite of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Also grain storage and handling will be available offering

bins and augers as part of a system to move, store and monitor grain on farms of all sizes. This new facility will be open in time for spring 2019 and expected to provide employment for five to ten people.

At about 1:35 am on Sunday August 19, Steinbach RCMP were dispatched to a motorcycle collision on Road 40 E in the RM of Ste Anne. A 48 year-old male from Winnipeg, was located in a ditch conscious and breathing by his wife who had been following in the family vehicle but did not witness the collision. Police, Fire Department and EMS attended. The motorcycle driver was airlifted by STARS to a Winnipeg hospital. Alcohol is suspected as being a factor in the collision. The driver is now listed as being in stable condition. The investigation continues.


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Critical Injuries Sustained in ATV Accident On August 25 at 8:28 pm Steinbach detachment were dispatched to an all terrain vehicle rollover one block south of the Dawson Road and Highway # 302 in the town of Richer. Police were advised that a lone male had been located in the east side ditch, unconscious with extensive injuries. EMS was already on scene. The 34 year-old male from Winnipeg was transported via STARS ambulance to a Winnipeg Hospital with life threatening injuries. The driver was not wearing a helmet. The driver succumbed to the injuries on August 27. RCMP Traffic Analyst attended and the investigation continues to try and determine the cause of the collision.

The STARS helicopter landing on #302 at the scene.

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Wildlife Haven Helps with Birds A determined American Pelican continues to improve thanks to volunteers after a number of sick birds were rescued from a Winnipeg retention pond. On August 22, volunteers from the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre in Ile des Chenes stepped in to assist Winnipeg Animal Services after a dozen birds were collected from the Adsum/Keewatin Ponds. “We worked with Winnipeg Animal Services to rescue 6 sick birds from a Winnipeg pond. The sick birds are now in care with Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre,” confirmed a spokesperson for the facility. “Three birds passed away overnight. We are working to stabilize the birds and are conducting an in-depth assessment. We will determine the best treatment to get them back to optimal health and try to evaluate the cause of illness.” Staff at Wildlife Haven and Rehabilitation Centre is also working with Manitoba Conservation and the City of Winnipeg to see what caused the wildlife to get sick. “We are also still searching for answers and trying to work with the Government figuring out what is happening to the pond by providing specimens for testing,” continued the spokesperson. “Unfortunately, we are still receiving multiple

Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre volunteers caring for this American White Pelican say it has shown some improvement since intake and started to stand and move around at the end of the day on August 29. Submitted by Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre

sick waterfowls daily from Winnipeg ponds. We have volunteers that are going out twice daily to try and rescue the sick birds.” Multiple patients from a second pond on Lakebourn Drive, just a few blocks from the Adsum pond are also starting to come in. Anyone who spots any birds that are looking sickly at the Adsum/

Keewatin pond or others like it, are encouraged to contact the WLHRC by phone 204-878-3740 and try to bring it to our centre as soon as possible. Donations are also needed to help these and other wildlife coming into the centre. Donations can be made at wildlifehaven.ca.

6th Annual CEO Sleepout Planned for Steinbach At press time, only twentyseven business owners, executive officers and other interested individuals have committed to raise money and participate in the sixth annual Today House CEO Sleepout. This year’s event is slated to take place at the KR Barkman Park, on Main Street in Steinbach, on Thursday September 20, from 7 pm to 7 am. Simone Penner, with Today House said the last five Sleepouts have been tremendously successful. “This annual event helps us raise vital funds while creating awareness about homelessness in Steinbach and the surrounding area,” said Penner. “Last year we raised a notable 47,000! As you may know, Today House does not receive ongoing government financing. Events like the CEO Sleepout are essential to funding this local work and

ensuring that we are able to continue offering emergency shelter to those in need.” Fundraising is not the only purpose of the event. Participants take part in planned activities that could include coming up with viable solutions to improve the situation for many in the community. Partners in the event include Helping Hands Foodbank, the local soup kitchen, Agape House, Today’s House and several outreach programs. Funds raised from the CEO Sleepout will support Today House’s mission to provide emergency, overnight shelter in a safe environment for those in greatest need in the Steinbach area. All of the donations raised for this event go to Today House. Today’s House offers shelter to those in need from Monday to Friday to a maximum of four people by referral only. Individuals are welcome and

encouraged to participate in the one night event. To join, a $100 minimum donation is required. To register or for further information, please email Simone Penner, Chair of Today House, at simone@ penner.ca or call 204-326-3353.

RCMP Hunt for Stolen Polaris Side by Side On August 26 Steinbach RCMP received a report of items stolen from a residence on Highway 52 in the RM of La Broquerie. Thieves stole an aluminum trailer carrying a 2018 White Polaris Razor side-by-side. The

theft happened between August 25 at 5 pm and August 26 at 3 pm. The trailer has a Manitoba license plate 287AL and the Polaris has a Manitoba licence plate 6M849. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked

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

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Southern Health’s Program Graduates Indigenous Students On August 10, more than 40 youth graduated from a high school program that encourages Indigenous students to seek employment in the health care system. Offered in the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region since 2009, the program encourages students to graduate from high school and achieve the postsecondary credentials they need to obtain employment in the health care. Jane Curtis, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Health – Sante Sud said this program had noted that in 2005-06, only one per cent of the region’s workforce self-identified as Indigenous. In 2017-18, seven per cent of the region’s workforce self-identified as Indigenous.

“This program is helping us create strong relationships and many new partnerships with our Indigenous communities, and internally within our workforce,” said Curtis. “We are proudly growing our own Indigenous workforce through this program and it’s an excellent way for us to attract youth to join our team.” In the first phase of the program, students spend a full day every two weeks as a volunteer, job shadowing health care staff in many different roles. After completing 55 volunteer hours, they receive a half school credit. In the second phase, students are

eligible to join a six-week summer employment program where they earn a salary and 2.5 school credits. More than 80 per cent of the 200 students who have attended the program since its inception are still in school or have graduated from Grade 12. In addition, many of the graduates are now furthering their education into post-secondary to study for health care careers such as a bachelor of nursing, licensed practical nurse, health care aide and physiotherapists. Twenty-five previous program graduates are now working in a range of positions throughout the health region.

Steinbach to Host Rogers Hometown Hockey Hockey fans throughout the region will have an opportunity to show their hometown pride when Rogers Hometown Hockey makes a stop in Steinbach. On March 9 and 10, 2019, Steinbach will host a two-day hockey celebration that includes live entertainment and hockey-themed activities for the whole family. The event finishes up with an outdoor viewing party of the Winnipeg Jets taking on the Washington Capitals broadcast hosted live by Ron MacLean

and Tara Slone on Sportsnet, Canada’s Home of Hockey. City of Steinbach manager Troy Warkentin is thrilled that the community is one of 25 chosen to be part of the tour. The only other Manitoba community to be featured in tour is a week earlier in Winkler. “We were very happy when we were contacted about participating in the tour,” said Warkentin. “We immediately saw this as a great opportunity to not

only show our amazing city to the rest of Canada, but to also celebrate what already brings our community together regularly, the game of hockey.” As part of the national broadcast on Sportsnet, Steinbach will be profiled for an international audience and local hockey stories shared. The only other Manitoba community to be featured during the tour is a week earlier in Winkler. Full event details will be available early in 2019.

Closing Up the Cottage for Winter Safely Now that the days are shorter, the nights chillier, and the kids are back in school for another year, you may be ready to close up your cottage until next season. If you are thinking of completely shutting off your electricity, before the main switch is turned off, be sure all of the major appliances are turned off, as well as your water heater and electrical room heaters. This way you will avoid an appliance or room heater from automatically starting when turning the main switch back on in the spring. If you choose to leave the electricity on, there are a few items to check: - Make sure the power supply to all heating equipment including space

heaters, is turned off at the main panel or unplugged to ensure they are not operating when no one is there. - Visually examine your hydro meter and power lines for damage. If you find a line that is down or damaged, call Manitoba Hydro at 1-888-624-9376. - Inspect all visible wiring to outdoor lights, water pumps, and other equipment. If you find damaged wires, remove the fuse to that circuit or turn off the circuit breaker, and call a qualified electrician. - Check all household cords, and if damaged, unplug the appliance

and do not use it until the cord is replaced. If you are draining your hot water tank you should: - Remove the fuse or shut off the main breaker to disconnect power to the water heater. - Open the hot water tap at the sink. Attach a hose to the tank’s drain valve at the bottom of the tank and point the hose outside or towards a drain. - Open the drain valve and drain the tank completely. Once the tank is empty, remove the hose and close the drain valve. A few precautions now will allow for a safer and smoother cottage opening and start-up next spring.

Motorcycle Stolen from Restaurant Parking Lot On August 13 at approximately 7:40 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen Suzuki motorcycle, model GS400L, black in colour with Manitoba licence plate 7ET76. The owner of the motorcycle believes it was taken sometime over night from the parking lot behind Little Caesars in Steinbach. Police continue to investigate. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Thief Grabs BMX On August 14 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen BMX bicycle from a residence located on Burntwood Drive in Mitchell. The Bike is described as a Matte black Huffy BMX with Gold dice valve caps. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Richer Rodeo Saddles Up for 6th Year By Marianne Curtis

Holding on for 8 seconds during the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo.

Despite the heat, the community of Richer became rodeo central when the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo kicked off their sixth consecutive event from August 10 to 12. The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo attracts over 200 competitors in bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and saddle bronco annually. Four of the five previous years, they claimed the coveted Heartland Rodeo Association’s title of “Rodeo of the Year”. Pat Stolwyk, Richer Community Club Presidents said that the Richer Roughstock Rodeo has come a long way in six years and the secret to their success is the dedicated volunteers who step up to ensure its ongoing success and growth. This year, was an exceptional year as the heat brought new challenges to the event but the committee dePhotos by Marianne Curtis livered. Extra precautions such as

sprinklers were set up for the comfort and safety of the livestock and guests alike. “As a committee, we wish to thank the competitors and stock handlers for braving the heat and putting on an amazing show for our guests,” said Dan Guetre, one of the event organizers and sponsors. “It proves you are all passionate about rodeo and makes it easier on committees who host you all. We are looking forward to next year already.” The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo offered a variety of activities for the entire family, including a trade show with vendors unique to the area, kids’ activities and live music with Jason Kirkness added to the success of the weekend. Weekend events were in action on Friday with the 4-H “Horsin’ Around” for Crafts, Games, and Horsemanship. The infamous Bullnanza took place in the evening, followed by the Rodeo Social. Saturday started with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade and rodeo. In the evening, Jason Kirkness took to the stage and performed before a packed arena. The trading post, petting zoo, Family Fun Zone, and mechanical bull were big hits both days.

Digging in deep around the barrels.

Couple Recognized as Outstanding Volunteers

Dispatch Editor Dan Guetre (left) and Richer Community Club President Marc Lanouette (right) presenting Brenda and Kevin Austin with their volunteer award.

A Richer couple were recognized as volunteers of the year by their local community and the Dawson Trail Dispatch recently. Kevin and Brenda Austin were presented with the award at the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo. They were recognized for their efforts for selflessly donating both time and energy to ensure the rodeo runs smoothly and their work helping out the Richer Community Club. The community award was designed by Dispatch editor Dan Guetre as a way to give back to his home town and bring recognition to the people who help build a community.

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Ste. Anne Hospital HeliPad Complete

Pouring concrete for the new STARS Heli-pad, located beside the St. Anne Hospital.

The cement has been poured for the new STARS Helipad outside of the Ste. Anne Hospital and it will be just a few weeks before it is operational. Lorraine Roziere, Executive Director of the Ste. Anne Hospital Fund, said the new Helipad will be a major convenience for both the community, and for all incidents requiring STARS all the way to the Ontario border. “The Aerodrome at St. Anne’s hospital allows us to reach a higher standard of health

care for years to come,” she noted. “We are hoping to be up and running by November. Anticipated costs of the project are approximately $300,000 which has been raised through a variety of fundraisers and donations. The money has been used to construct a concrete pad on the east side of the hospital and install special lighting. Roziere noted that response and medical crews will have to be trained

on how to use it and the pad has to be approved by Transport Canada. STARS currently lands adjacent to the RM of Ste. Anne office on the south end of town. There was a site on location previously, but Transport Canada closed it down last fall. The Ste-Anne Hospital Fund was founded in 1988 to collect funds for the Ste-Anne Hospital for the purchase of equipment and for construction projects not funded by Manitoba Health.

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First Ever Burger Week Hits Steinbach

For one week in September, a dozen local restaurants will be competing for your vote during the first ever Burger Week. Twelve local restaurants have created 12 signature burgers to tickle the taste buds. These mouth-watering burgers are being offered for one week only. From September 8 to 14, burger lovers are invited to sample each of the specialty offerings. Ben Dueck, Steinbach Chamber Executive Director is excited by the number of restaurants participating in the event. “Chamber staff have been hungry for a couple weeks now as the pictures and descriptions of these burgers have crossed our desks,” said Dueck. “To say this event will be delicious is an understatement, so we encourage people to get out to these restaurants to sample Steinbach’s Burger Week creations.” Selections include California Dreaming (Boston Pizza); the Ultimate Menno Burger (MJ’s Café); Tropic Angus Burger (Chicken Chef); The Bomb (New B’s); Flat Boy (Chino’s Bistro); The Portabello (Quarry Oaks); Macho Nacho Burger (Diner on 52); Sal’s Waffle Nip (Salisbury House); Maple Waffle Burger (Franz Motor Inn); Italian Stallion (Sawney Beans); Bella’s YumYum Chicken Burger (Iggy’s Family Doenar) and Maple Bacon Breakfast Burger (Smitty’s). Not only do testers get to sample a variety of creations, there are opportunities to win prizes for participating. While enjoying these unique creations, take a selfie, and post it on Facebook/Instagram with the tag #Steinburger to be entered to win one of several prizes. You can rate each burger creation you taste online, and be entered to win again. The deadline for this portion is September 14. Winners will be named in three categories including Best Tasting Burger; Most Creative Burger and the Judge’s Choice Steinburger Award. The winner will be announced on September 18.


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Expert Tips for Raising a Kid Who Cares Helping others is a critical life skill that parents can begin teaching early to raise positive children that make the world a better place. “By the time kids enter elementary school, they should know not to interrupt, be expected to hold a door open for others, should be able to help shop for and put away groceries and do nice things for other people,” advises Alyson Schafer, one of Canada’s most notable parenting experts and author of Honey, I Wrecked the Kids. To teach children to care for others, Schafer offers these top tips: 1. Make it sweet. Start with actions like baking cookies together and sharing them with others. When you deliver each batch, ask your child to remember how that act of caring made the recipient feel. Each time another batch of cookies goes into the oven is a perfect time to remind kids of the smile on Grandma’s face Encourage your child to think of others and help those less fortunate.

5 Tips to Get Your Family Into a New Routine Adjusting to a new routine can be difficult, especially for children and pets. Whether it’s going back to school or starting a new job, change can cause anxiety and stress. However, with proper planning you can ease everyone in gradually instead of all at once. Build a schedule as soon as you anticipate a change, so you can ease your family into a routine. Discuss the timetable and agree on a date to

begin implementing changes slowly. Your new schedule can only succeed if everyone is cooperative and does what they are tasked to do. Set goals for family members that are realistic and attach a timeline, so everyone knows when they are to be met. This will ensure everyone is held accountable for their promises and the success of this transition. Set up family meetings to celebrate

milestones and to keep everyone motivated. Set phone reminders, place postit notes in main family areas, or use the end of a television program to prompt an action, like a bedtime routine, dinner prep, walking a dog or changing a litter box. Introduce new people gradually. If you need a sitter, see if they are compatible with your child or pet. Make sure you are present the first

few times a sitter is over, so kids and pets can build trust and respect. If you have pets, practicing alone time is key as they need to time to understand you’ll come back. To avoid separation anxiety PetSmart suggests practicing leaving and coming back, all while gradually increasing the amount of time you stay away. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

last time you surprised her with her favourite treat. 2. Be realistic. Philanthropy has to come from the heart. Forcing your kids to act in a charitable way does not work — that’s why the jar system of saving, spending and donating money from things like allowance doesn’t lead to authentic altruistic actions in most households. 3. Find their passion. Intrinsic motivation offers the strongest teachable moments. When a child sees something that they know is not fair or not right, that’s when parents need to jump in and say, “This sounds like something that matters to you, what can we do to take action on it?” 4. Have a ball and do some good. When kids raise money for a cause they care about, they feel empowered. A fun and celebratory way to do this is through a birthday fundraiser. Pick a local charity and have guests make a donation in lieu of gifts. Ronald McDonald House Charities has an online birthday fundraising tool that makes donations easy. It’s win-win: you get less toys that break or end up in a landfill and everyone contributes to the great cause of helping families stay close to their sick child. 5. Practice what you preach. Model charitable behaviours and teach these lessons early so that it becomes a part of your family routine. To demand a charitable action could seem like punishment to a child, but if you’ve always given back to others it simply becomes second nature. Find more information online at makefunmatter.ca. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

4 Ways to Help Prepare Your Kids for Leaving the Nest Moving away from home can be a stressful time for students as they try to maneuver many of life’s firsts. This major milestone can be equally as difficult for parents not only emotionally, but also as they ready their kids to face the realities of being on their own. Here are a few tips to help parents prepare their child for their first year away. 1. Master the basics of banking. Most kids are likely familiar with their debit card and ATMs, but for some it may be the first time they use a credit card or have to manage their expenses. Sit down and create a budget together so they understand the basics of money management and where to go if they have any questions.

2. Teach them a few easy recipes. Although they may have a school meal plan, it’s always nice to be able to make a few healthy, homecooked dishes. They can even prepare frozen meals in advance that can easily be heated up during busy study times. Newer appliances, like the Whirlpool range with Frozen Bake technology, allow them to skip preheating and cook their favourite frozen pizza and lasagna with fewer steps. 3. Help them learn laundry 101. In the months leading up to the big move, have them do their own laundry and make sure they’re comfortable using laundry machines. Cover things like how to properly sort colours from whites, how to choose the right water

temperature and wash cycle and to always check clothing labels for washing instructions. That way when they show up on campus with their roll of loonies, they’ll be laundry pros. 4. Treat their last summer at home like a test run. Pretend your child has already gone away to school and have them live at home as if they were living in their own apartment. This means doing everything from paying rent and creating a budget, to household chores and grocery shopping. At the end of the summer return the “rent” they paid, which actually turns out to be a helpful saving trick. Article courtesty of newscanada.com

n the months leading up to the big move, have them do their own laundry and make sure they’re comfortable using laundry machines.

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Woodridge Farmer Named to Farm Industry Board A farmer from Woodridge was recently named as one of four individuals appointed to the six- member Manitoba Farm Industry Board. Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced that the newly appointed individuals all bring a tremendous skill set to the Manitoba Farm Industry Board. Adrien Grenier from Woodridge will join Elizabeth Cloud, Linda Ransom, Penny Anne Wainwright, Chairman Greg Perchaluk and Kenneth Lucko. “Their expertise in agriculture and knowledge of the

economic aspects of farming will ensure the board is able to carry out its mandate,” said Eichler. The mandate of the board, established under The Family Farm Protection Act, is to administer the Family Farm Protection Act, The Farm Lands Ownership Act, The Farm Machinery and Equipment Act, and The Farm Practices Protection Act. The board’s activity involves mediation of disputes between farmers and creditors, and farm machinery vendors and dealers. It also accepts

and adjudicates applications from any nonCanadian residents or publicly traded corporation as to whether they would be allowed to take interest in more than 40 acres of Manitoba farmland. Other things the board deals with include preventing the unwarranted loss of farmers’ operations during periods of difficult economic circumstances, protecting farmers, manufacturers and dealers in licensing, warranties and repossessions related to farm machinery, and protecting farmers from nuisance claims regarding agricultural operations that are carried out according to normal practices.

Fall Book Sale in Support of Sprague Seniors Housing Book lovers are encouraged to come out and support another book sale in the region when the East Borderland Community Housing Committee hosts their annual fundraising book sale. The four day event which takes place from September 19 to 22 will take place at the Clearspring Centre. The event is being planned by the East Borderland Community Housing Committee to help the group

raise money for a proposed personal care home in Sprague. According to Elsie Laing, Chairperson for the East Borderland Community Housing funds from the book sale will be added to the amount already raised by the group. The committee remains committed to raising the community’s portion of a $4 million project that includes the construction of a 20-bed personal care home supportive hous-

ing unit. “We continue to collaborate with Southern Health and the community needs to raise ten percent,” said Laing. “We as a community are pretty close to being able to put the money on the table.” To ensure the success of the sale, gently used books can be donated by dropping them off at the East Borderland Community Healthcare Center during regular hours or by contacting Elsie at 437-2843. Volunteers are also needed for the event.

Keep Dear Fluffy Out of Electrical Trouble We all know a pet that will turn anything into a chew toy (yes you, Fluffy), but even a smart pet won’t realize that the tempting loop of a dangling power cord is connected to a kettle of boiling water, or that their favourite warm spot to nap behind the computer has a cord that carries a fatal voltage to them if chewed. Minimize the chance that Fluffy, Bella or Baxter gets seriously shocked by following these tips: - Tuck cords and wires out of reach or deter chewing by coating cords with a nontoxic bitter tasting solution.

- Wrap exposed wires and cables in a tough sleeve that will be difficult for the most enthusiastic chewer to penetrate. Treat your pet to a safe tasty chewing alternative from the pet store. - The same damaged electrical cord that delivers an electrical shock to an adult may have enough voltage to kill a pet. - Keep halogen lamps out of areas where children and pets play. The bulbs in these lamps can reach extremely high temperatures. If knocked over, they can cause a fire. - Water is a conductor of electricity

so keep electronics, blow dryers and other electrical appliances out of the bathroom or well away from wet areas. Be mindful that playful pets can knock electrical items into tubs, sinks and toilets. - Be sure that plugs and plug-in nightlights are completely inserted into the electrical wall outlet. Even partially exposed prongs can be a hazard for frisky pets. - Bring your pets indoors in stormy weather. Wind and ice can bring down live power lines that can kill your pet if they make contact with the line or nearby ground. Spend a little time pet-proofing your home and avoid a pet-related accident. See hydro.mb.ca for more tips

Truck Stolen from Steinbach

Kid’s Quads Stolen in Mitchell

ATV Accident Sends Operator to Hospital

Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen truck. Owner of the vehicle reported that his 2015, Black Dodge ram, licence plate GRA597 was stolen between the dates of August 22ndAugust 27th from a residence on Hanover Street in Steinbach. 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 www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

On August 15 Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft of two Quads. Both were taken from a yard on Rempel Drive in Mitchell. The quads were 110CC rated for kids 10-12 years old. One was pink and one was blue and both were Geo brand. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 3264452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Police continue to investigate an ATV accident. On August 10 at around 8:45 pm, Steinbach RCMP received report of a single ATV accident on the gravel portion of Loewen Blvd. The ATV was being driven by a 25 year old female from Winnipeg with a 26 year of male passenger from Steinbach. Neither was wearing helmets. Due to the female driver’s inexperience she lost control of the ATV while trying to avoid pedestrians. The driver suffered broken arms and the passenger did not appear to have any injuries. Alcohol may have also been a contributing factor. The ATV had also been reported stolen in 2017.

September 2018

Register NOW for Fall Programs! Try any class…at no cost! Go online, call us or come into the SAC office to register. The Steinbach Arts Council is working on a great line-up of programs starting this fall! Visit steinbachartscouncil.ca. Need assistance with programs? Check out our new Kreative Kids Sponsorship Program, with support from Ledingham GM. Call us at 204.346.1077 for more information. Backyard Theatre Company Wants You - Build your confidence, ignite your creativity, and explore your imagination get involved with the community. Discover the process of preparing for a play, character building, practicing scripts, and final stage production at the SRSS Theatre. Acting classes for ages 5 - 17. Arts4Tots Preschool Program – Montessori-Infused Curriculum. Don’t miss out on your spot! Why are we unique? The most creative way to learn for ages 3 - 5 with specialists in dance, music, drama, and visual arts. Join Miss Pam and Miss Jen for a year full of creativity, arts, field trips, learning, and more. Mon/Wed or Tues/Thu, in am or pm. New Homeschool Music Classes - For ages 5 – 12. Classes for curriculum based music instruction taught by Gabriela Gallo, scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca for details. Creative Wellness - Prop It Pilates, Lunch Time Pilates, Secrets to a Strong Back, Core Intermediate, and Pilates on the Ball. New! B.O.S.S. Dance Academy - Introductory 12 week classes in Dance4Tots, Hip Hop, Jazz. No fundraising, no costume fees – just try it out! Culinary Arts - Kids in the Kitchen, Creative Cooking, Couples Cooking, Cake XTravaganza, and new Mindful Meals. Languages - German, French and Spanish. Visual Arts - Kids: Hand Building with Clay (Beginner & Advanced), Art Adventures, Art X-Travaganza Teens, Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration, Video Game Programming. Adults: Digital Photography, Acrylic & Watercolor Painting, Intro to the Pottery Wheel. Aboriginal Arts: Moccasins, mukluks, gauntlets, dream catchers, and bannock! Workshops: Wood Burning, Calligraphy, Resin Art, Acrylic Pouring and more! Canvas & Cabernet Paint Nites: October 3, Evergreen Evening Traditional, November 21, Christmas Ornament Pouring (Makes great gifts!)


Corks N Canvas Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Tickets on Sale Now. Live artists on site. Place a bid on your favourite painting! Over 65 wines to taste, with delicious appetizers and raffle prizes. Friday, September 21 at 7:30pm at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. Tickets only $25! Corporate Special – Treat your employees, staff and friends – Buy tickets, get 8! Purchase your Concert Series Season Tickets - The 2018-2019 concert series begins on September 28 with Comedic Pianist, Sarah Hagen followed by our community production in October of Pirates of Penzance, directed by David Klassen featuring our talented local artists! It includes favorites like the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Casati musical trio concert. You won’t want to miss this season – call now to book your seats - makes perfect gift! New! SCU Koncertz 4 Kidz Series - Two shows this year for families with the ever popular Robert Munsch Stories with Prairie Theatre Exchange – Munschtopia! And James & Jamesy on Friday, April 5. Experience Two Koncerts for Only $22! Pick out your seats. Want Free pizza? - Check out the Creative Youth Council! Stop in our info session on Tuesday, October 23 at 5 pm at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, 304 Second St, Steinbach. Events for you, by you – plan concerts, build business skills, experience marketing and sales, have FUN! Contact us at events@ steinbachartscouncil.ca. Southeast Centre for Music - A Centre of Excellence. Call us if you want to study with some of the premiere teachers in the southeast! Violin – Peter Jo; Piano/Theory - Candace Hamm; Voice - Laurelle Froese, David Klassen; Piano – Jordan Martens; Cello – Natalie Dawes; Gabriela Gallo – Musical Theatre and home school classes. For teacher info/details email David Klassen, SCM Director at scm@ steinbachartscouncil.ca. Hall Gallery Exhibits - Joel Krahn North of 60 and Eugene Kabrun 3D Harmonies. Exhibit runs until September 28. For the 2018-2019 Exhibit Schedule go to steinbachartscouncil. ca. Teachers Celebrate Creative Learning! - Bring your class to our Out2Arts program workshops designed to work with your curriculum. Opportunities for all grades, all curricula. Call Mandy, 204-3461077 to book your workshop or for more details. View all events and purchase tickets online at www.steinbachartscouncil.ca.


September 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

The GPS for the Spirit What does a person do when they are physically lost and wandered off into personally uncharted territory and lost their bearings? There is that initial panic and fear, but then they try to use some method to get them started in the right direction again. Maybe a familiar landmark, sound of traffic on a highway, moss on the north side of the trees or the position of the sun in the sky would be enough to help. But what happens when you feel spiritually lost and don’t know what direction to turn? Just as there are tools to help us when we are physically lost (compass, GPS), God has supplied us with a spiritual GPS. We call it the Bible or God’s Word. II Timothy 3:16 & 17 says, “All Scripture [Bible] is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” So God’s GPS (Bible) will show us doctrine (or what we need to know to get right with God and live a life pleasing to Him and for our good). Then His GPS shows us reproof or tells us when we are off course and on the wrong path. Correction will tell us what we need to do to get back on the right path and instruction in righteousness will show us what to do to keep from wandering off course again. David, the Psalmist, said in Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” If you were lost in the forest and you had a compass or a GPS, you would be foolish not to use it to help you get back on track. Similarly there are many people lost in their spiritual journey and almost everyone has access to a Bible. We would be foolish not to use it. God’s GPS will lead you to Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. He will always shed light on your problems, if you let Him. If you are feeling lost in your spiritual journey, come to Christ today. He said He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He has an answer for every difficulty you face. God bless you as you use God’s GPS manual and seek His direction for your life.

A Night of Grief and Mystery A special event is happening on Tuesday, October 9 in Winnipeg and I hope you will join me for a special evening with Stephen Jenkinson. You have likely read my previous articles about the Death Café’s I host normally twice a month with more coming in September, October, and November if you want to sign up to be on the contact list. And I have also written in previous articles about “a good death” and what that means to me or what it may mean to you. If you have experienced a family member having a good death, then you have experienced the peace we survivors can have knowing the individual died well. I invite you to join me for this special evening with a very enlightened person. Winnipeg is just one of many stops on this North American tour. You do not want to miss it! Stephen Jenkinson wants to teach us how to die well. It’s a skill he believes we have forgotten in our culture. I look forward to hearing more from Stephen Jenkinson about what he has experienced in our health care system and how we can learn from him and those that shared their dying experiences.

Though he is not a physician, he has master’s degrees in theological studies and social work and served for years as program director of a palliative-care centre at a major Toronto teaching hospital, where he provided counseling at hundreds of deathbeds. In his job he heard over and over from colleagues that “everyone has their own way of dying,” but he says he rarely saw any evidence of this. The default manner of death was for the dying person to endure, to not die, for as long as possible. Another comment that Jenkinson has heard is, “Everyone knows they are going to die,” but in his experience the opposite is true, “The vast majority of people are caught off guard, unprepared even after having been given a terminal diagnosis.” Doctors are so accustomed to holding out the chance of survival, Jenkinson says, that they often encourage hope where there is none and thus discourage patients from dealing with the difficult business of death. It’s an approach that arises from compassion, but for Jenkinson it doesn’t allow the end of life to be what it should be, an important

event, like being born or getting married. “We end without any ending,” he writes. “We are gone without any leaving.” I have read his book Dying Wise. Well, most of it. It was a tough read, but maybe after I hear him in person I will try again. The documentary Griefwalker, produced in 2008 by the National Film Board of Canada, accompanies Jenkinson on visits with the terminally ill. In the film Jenkinson talks about the truism, that patients fear pain most of all. Even in the absence of pain, however, Jenkinson has witnessed a deeper fear, the fear of dying. We might think that everyone’s scared to die, but Jenkinson believes this anxiety is not universal. He says it’s far more prevalent in our culture, which persuades people to resist and deny the inevitability of their own death. In one scene he talks to a woman with terminal cancer who had a hospital bed delivered to her home but hides it away rather than use it. When he asks why, she says she doesn’t want to be reminded of what’s to come. Jenkinson advises her not to

“put away” her dying for some future date but to treat it as a “prized possession,” because it’s the awareness of death and not happiness or positivity or stoicism that allows us to live fully in the time we have. If we think there will always be more time down the road, we put off both our dreams and our obligations. When asked,”How did you arrive at your views about dying, despite growing up in a culture that is, in your words, “death phobic”? Jenkinson responded, “I recognized that something essential was missing. At every deathbed and hospital room, I didn’t see sane dying. I saw sedated dying, depressed dying, isolated dying, and utterly disembodied dying. Sane dying would require a childhood steeped in death’s presence, an adulthood employed in its service, and an elderhood testifying to its necessity. Sane dying is a villagemaking event, lots of people with plenty to do, the whole production endorsing life. What does our way of dying endorse?” I encourage you to join me on Tuesday October 9 in Winnipeg to hear Stephen Jenkinson live and in person. It will not be a dry lecture

about death and dying. It will be an entertaining and thought provoking evening we will remember and live by for a long time. It may help us embrace death for what it is and enjoy life more. You can get tickets online: OrphanWisdom.com. I also have some tickets at my office if you would like to pick up ($35 each). On a lighter note, you are invited to attend our Annual Open House on Saturday, September 29. I’ve moved it from January to September to avoid the snow and cold. Join me and my team for some food and beverage and light conversations. But as you know me by now, I love to talk about end of life issues too. Even over a coffee or a glass of wine. Anni Markmann is a financial advisor who specializes in personal income taxes and estate planning. She works, lives, and volunteers in our community. Contact Anni at 204422-6631 or Anni@SteAnneTaxService.ca or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near the Co-op).

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

September 2018


When Life’s Problems…?

West Nile Still an Issue in Region According to Manitoba Health, the total number of confirmed human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) this season has risen to seven, including a resident of southern Manitoba. While mosquito numbers are low in most communities, surveillance shows the numbers of infected Culex tarsalis remain high throughout southern Manitoba. Three new cases have been identified in the Interlake-Eastern region, two in the Prairie Mountain region and one in the Winnipeg region. The first case, reported in early August was confirmed in the Southern Health – Santé Sud region. The report noted that the region of

Firearm Flashed in Robbery

residence may not correspond to the region of exposure. To date, two of the confirmed patients have required hospitalization for symptoms related to WNV this summer. More information continues to be collected by the department as part of its ongoing surveillance efforts. Manitobans are reminded the mosquito season is not over. Continued warm and dry conditions are ideal for Culex tarsalis, a carrier of WNV. Culex tarsalis typically feeds between dusk and dawn and often goes unnoticed when biting, and will start feeding earlier as the days shorten in September.

It only takes one bite from an infected Culex tarsalis mosquito to be exposed to WNV. The risk for potential human exposure to WNV is high at present and will likely remain so for the next few weeks. Manitobans can reduce their risk of mosquito bites and potential WNV exposure by following precautions for the outdoors such as using an appropriate insect repellent, wear light coloured, loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves and pant legs, reduce time between dusk and dawn, close doors, check that window screens fit tightly and are free of holes, clean and empty water holding containers such as bird baths, wading pools, children’s toys, eaves troughs, tarp covers and plant trays and keep grass mowed.

On August 7 at approximately 10:30 pm, Steinbach RCMP responded to a panic alarm at 1st Choice Convenience on Main St. Employees stated that a male entered the store wearing a black ski mask, black hoodie and gray sweat pants. The male held a gun up and demanded cigarettes and money. When he had received the items he asked for, the male fled on foot north bound down Kroeker Avenue to the left of the fire hall. RCMP called out their PDS unit for assistance; however, with high foot traffic in the area at the time, members could not locate the male. The investigation is ongoing at this time. 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).

Mark 4:35-41… 35) That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36) Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37) A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38) Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39) He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40) He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41) They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (NIV) There are times when we are faced with something that gets us in trouble. Jesus was no different when he was walking among people. He had to deal with all sorts of issues that would have been a real challenge for us. Sometimes I think that tribulations should happen only to those who deserve them, those who are being bad and doing evil things. But that is not what is happening out on the lake; is it? We see both the good and bad struggling with difficult issues. We wish, however, that the good people, the Christians, would be left out of these constant skirmishes with forces that try to mislead us. But hey!! Jesus faced those skirmishes every day of his life here on earth. Just imagine: Christ came from heaven’s glory to be a human being; that would have been a real let-down for us. Then there were those who tried to kill him. Even when Jesus was hanging on the cross between two thieves, they turned on him too. He did not deserve this kind of treatment. So why did he suffer like that? Well!! Because you and I were worth more than anything else in the world to him… and he did this so that his death on the Cross would pay the ransom for our sins. In our Scripture passage we read about a literal storm, a storm bad enough to sink any small boat like the one the disciples and Jesus were in. The disciples feared this storm might sink their boat; but where was Jesus? He was at the stern of the boat on a pillow sleeping. Notice what the disciples did next: Last part of verse 38 says, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? They thought that Jesus was indifferent towards their situation. Did He really care that they were all about to drown? Their cry to Jesus was… Kind of like us when we are overcome with fear. Kind of like us when we are faced with some life-wrenching struggles that we can not solve. We are very much like the disciples. The cry of our heart is that God should do something to remove those overwhelming troubles in our lives. When life’s problems are too big for us, and we ask Christ to remove the burden; sometimes He will remove the burden with a single word. Sometimes He will intervene supernaturally to still the storm and calm our heart. He has the power to do it. But sometimes He will not intervene. He will let the storm rage. In His wisdom Jesus will allow us to go through trying times, to discipline us, to bring us back when we have backslidden, to test our faith, to refine our faith so that we can have an overcoming mature victorious faith. The truth of the matter is that we all feel at times that Jesus is indifferent to our need, so, we like the disciples cry out, “Lord do you not care that we are going through this hard time?” But we hear nothing. However, He is not indifferent, and He does care. The thing we are going through may be necessary. It might be necessary to develop our faith; after all, faith drives out fear. The Bible teaches that we have not been given a spirit of fear. The only reason we ever question God is that of fear. When we learn to trust God, fear leaves us. Who Is this? It is Jesus Christ the Son of God. In the presence of Jesus, we can have peace even in the wildest storms of life… To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. Would you pray this prayer with me . . . “Lord Jesus, come into my heart? Forgive my sins, for I have many. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I don’t have peace in my heart, I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to Your Name.” Amen.


September 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

C ommunity E vents Dugald Mixed Doubles Curling League - On Tuesday Nights at 9:15 pm or Sundays at 1 pm at the Springfield Curling Club. Format will be regular Canadian Guidelines. Cost $130 per person for a minimum 20 eight end games. Contact Cam Magura at 204-771-0029, ckmagura@gmail.com. Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library. Elma Fall Supper – On Saturday, September 22 from 5:30 – 6 pm at the community club. Cost Adult $20, Kids (9 – 12) $15, 8 and under free. Cash Bar, Dessert Auction to follow. Tickets at Elma Store, First Stop, Tirshamn’s Esso, Greenways or contact Mary-Anne 204-348-3705, Tammy 204-.348-2825, Gabby 204-348-3462. 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 Fall Dinner – On Sunday, September 23 from 12 - 2 pm at the Community Centre. Cost Adults $17.50, Children (6 – 12) $8, 6 and under free. Come Hungry - Leave Full. Everyone welcome. Contact Charlene 204-381-1835, friedensfeldcc@ gmail.com. Hadashville Circuit 30 - Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Rec Centre .Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Hadashville Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre) from 6 years old to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new skills, great stress release and have an excellent workout at the same time. Cost after registration fee is $40/month per person. Ask about 2 week free trial. Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or KSTA. academy@gmail.com. Ile-des-Chênes IDC Seniors Group – All Activities at the Trans Canada Centre Free Programs: Indoor walking – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 10 am. Yoga - Mondays from 10 – 11 am and Thursdays from 11 am – 12 pm. Pickleball - Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 -3 pm. Water Colours - Thursdays from 9 – 11 am. Taekwondo – On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Ecole Ile Des Chene School. Cost $40/month, family rates available. Contact Kangs.mb.ca, Master Bill Tam 204296-8217. Story Time in Pyjamas - Every Thursday evening at the Ritchot Library Ecole Regional Gabrielle-Roy at 6:30 pm. Ages 2-8 however all ages are welcome. Our Lady of the Roses Prayer Group – Meets on the first Saturday of every month, at 6:30 pm to recite the Rosary and learn about Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers and receive Blessed Rose Petals and other Sacramentals from Blessed Mother’s place of miracles. Contact Corinna 204878-4908 or email her at corinnaswetz@hotmail.com for more info and register. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Fall Supper – On Sunday, September 9 from 4 – 7 pm at the Hylife Centre. Cost Adults (13 and up) $15, children 6 - 12 $5. Everyone welcome. Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Lorette Grief Support Group – Registration deadline Friday, September 7. Education on the grieving and mourning processes for those who have lost a loved one. Suggested donation to cover book cost $45. A small group format for 9 weekly meetings of two hours each. Facilitator is Maryanne Rumancik. Contact Fr. Charles Fillion 204-878-2221 or Maryanne Rumancik 204878-3901. Exact meeting time and day of the week TBA, everyone welcome. The Sisters of the Holy Rock Fundraiser – On Saturday, September 15. Supper at 5 pm and entertainment at 7 pm, in the Curling Rink, 1420 Dawson Rd. Pre-Sale to Saturday,

September 8 for $35. Hosted by Le Club Les Bles D’or and Les Chevaliers de Colomb Conseil Jubinville #3579. Contact 204-878-2682 and leave a message. Paint Night for Kids - On Tuesday, September 18 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Tache Library. For children 8 and up. Cost is $10 per child. Register at the library. Lego Club - On Thursday, September 27 from 6:30 -7:30 pm at the Tache Library. Join us to build, create and explore! Drop-in, no registration. Game Night – First Wednesday, of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Tache Library, 1082 Dawson Rd for ages 13 and up. Join us for monthly board game nights, cards, chess, Crib, Settlers of Catan and many more! Feel free to bring your own. Junior Youth – Every Wednesday from 7 - 8:45 pm at Seine River Church, 1464 Dawson Rd (east of rink) for ages 9 - 12. Free. No registration required. Non-denominational. Contact lorettejryouth@gmail.com, 204-260-9304. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm., draw at 8:45 pm at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Come, support this very much needed complex, at the same time have the chance to chose the Ace of Spade, and win the grand prize jackpot. Hosted by the Community Complex Fundraising Committee. New Horizons Seniors - Play cards, Scrabble and more. Drop in Tuesdays 1 - 5 pm at Foyer Notre Dame Lorette, 12 St. Amant Ave. Contact Iris 204-878-3552. Niverville GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Pansy Fall Supper – On Sunday, September 9 from 3 – 6 pm at the community centre. A Ukrainian smorgasbord. Everyone welcome! Tickets at the door. Cost $17 adults, $8 children (7 -12), 6 and under free. Contact Leanne 204-434-6080, germainleanne@gmail.com. Paradise Village Reach for the STARS – On Wednesday, September 12 from 4 - 7 pm at the Rec Center. Tickets $10 each. Supper includes hamburgers, smokies, chips, salad, dessert and beverage. Net proceeds go to the Helipad for the Stars Air Ambulance at Ste. Anne Hospital. Everyone Welcome. 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 Fall Supper – On Saturday, October 20 from 4 – 6 pm at the community hall. Prawda Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class, Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Richer Fall Supper – On Sunday, September 16 from 4 – 7 pm at the Young at Hearts Club. Tickets at the Door. Adults $15, Kids (6 – 12) $7, age 5 and under free. A 50/50 draw and door prize. Fundraiser for the Dawson Trail Museum. Roast beef, Italian meatballs/gravy, baked potatoes, rice, vegetables, variety of salads, desert Autumn cakes. All welcome. Richer Community Club Chase the Ace! - Every Saturday at the Richer Inn from 5:30 - 7:45 pm. Tickets only $1 each. Jackpot is growing! Door prizes on random Saturdays ranging from glassware to Jets tickets and jerseys! Bud, Spud and Steak Special and more! Check out and like Richer Community Club Facebook page for updates. LGA License #1392RF. Adult & Teen Challenge Concerned Persons Support Group Join us Thursday evenings at 7 pm, in the Richer Fellowship Church, 50 Southeast Drive. If you have a relationship with someone who has a life-controlling problem, join us for this nine-week Living Free course. Receive encouragement and support in a safe setting, and learn practical ways to best help your loved one. Contact Pastor Ben Funk at 204-326-2254 or phone the church at 204-422-5308.

Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673. Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year. Sprague Sprague & District Historical Museum - Open by appointment from June – September 30. Explore life as it was in the early days. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Contact 204-4372210, 204-437-2209 or 204-437-4686. St. Adolphe Old Tyme Dance - On Saturday, September 8 from 7 - 11 pm at the Pioneer Hall, 345 Hebert rd. Music by Mark Morisseau. Cost $15, lunch included. Reserve tickets with Rae 204-8832440 or Denise 204-883-2429. Curling Club - Registration Night is Wednesday, September 12, at 7 pm and Annual General Meeting at 7:30 pm at the Curling Club. Start date for all leagues is October. No experience is necessary! Men’s Tuesday Night at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Women’s Wednesday Night at 7 pm and 9:15 pm, cost $850/ team or Mixed Friday Night cost $750/team at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Junior League cost $110/person, Saturday mornings, 10:30 am from mid-October - mid-February. Junior Learn-to-Curl cost $80/person, Saturday mornings, 9:30 am, mid-October - mid-February, 12 sessions. Adult Learn-to-Curl League cost $75/person, Thursday evenings, at 7 pm mid October - December). Contact curlstadolphe@gmail.com. Osteoporosis Canada “Speaking of Bones” - On Tuesday, September 25 at 10 am, Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St. Presentation on healthy bones , What is Osteoporosis? What is my risk of fracturing a bone? Nutrition and Physical Activity for healthy bones. Refreshments served. Contact Janice to reserve a seat, 204 883 -2880. Find your Flow Yoga – On Thursday’s from September 27 - November 15 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the multipurpose room at the school. 8-weeks - Cost $80 or $12 drop in fee. Pre- registration preferred. The style is Vinyasa flow. Come prepared with a mat and water bottle. If you own yoga props please bring them. Email Aleah at info@lowkeyyogi.com to register. Ritchot Senior Services - Foot Care Clinics – On Tuesday, September 4 with Ursala Giesbrecht. By appointment only. Contact Janice 204-883-2880. 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. Malo Southeast Royals Gymnastics Club -Registration night, on Monday, September 10 from 6 - 8:30 pm at School Library. Contact Aline 204-347-5249 or e-mail apilotte@mymts. net. Chase the Ace – Congratulations to winner of our first Chase the Ace. Our next one will start in October at the Arena. Watch for more information coming soon. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Meeting times TBA. St. Pierre-Jolys Army Cadets – Every Thursday, from September 6 until June 2019 from 6:30 - 9 pm at the community hall, 555 Hebert Ave. Join now the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC Army Cadets. Are you looking for fun, adventure and want to meet new friends? Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 19. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@cadets.gc.ca. Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, and childcare available. The Knights of Columbus - The St-Pierre Carillon Council – On the first Thursday of the month at 482 Jolys Ave. W. Contact 204-433-7633. Ste. Agathe Fall Supper – On Sunday, September 30 from 4 - 7 pm at the Cultural Community Centre. Cost: Adults $15, 6 - 12 years $7, 5 and under free. Roast turkey, ham, meatballs and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, coleslaw, dinner bun, variety of desserts, wine available. Take out service available. Place your order with Tara text 204.391-0100, e-mail taragoller@hotmail.com by 3:30 pm, September 30. Contact Guy 204-770-1700 or Jean-Claude 204.298-7045. Come with your families!

Adult French Classes - From September 2018 - May 2019 at the school. One evening per week on Monday or Tuesday, 2 classes each evening; first class from 6 -7:30 pm, second from 7:30 – 9 pm. Groups are determined based on French communication skills. No registration cost, just a $15 - 2 year membership to Pluri-Elles, a literacy advocacy organization in Winnipeg. Instructor is Guy Gagnon with over 35 years as a French teacher in francophone high schools. To register for 2018 email sugagnon@mymts.net. Everyone welcome. Seniors Group Card Games – On Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Cost Membership $10 a year. Bring a friend Day. Contact 204-8822180. Taekwondo - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Ecole Sainte Agathe hosted by Kang’s Taekwondo Academy. Cost $40/month. Family rates available. Contact Jason Barnabe, jason.barnabe@gmail.com or 204-802-3458. Ste. Anne Show and Sale South East Artists - On Saturday, September 22 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Club Jovial, 157 Central Ave. See local artists at work and have an opportunity to buy some of their art. Fall Supper – On Sunday September 30 from 3 - 7 pm, at the Collegiate gymnasium, 197 St. Alphonse. Cost $15 per adult (13 years and over), $5 per child (age 5 – 12), 4 and under free. A traditional menu with turkey, stuffing, meat balls, ham, mashed potatoes, homemade bread and pies, and much more. Take-out meals available. A silent auction and all profits towards the Parish’s good works, including Kateri Centre. Guests are invited to contribute to the food bank by bringing non-perishable foods. Contact Yolande 204-4226210 or yoldesch@yahoo.ca. Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 - 8 pm. Large selection of books in both French and English, for children and adults. Special requests can be made to the librarian, e-mail btl@srsd.ca or 204-878-9488 or in person. Come for a visit and see what we are all about.

The joint exhibition showcases 33 clocks and their stories sponsored by the Mennonite Heritage Village and the Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation until April 2019 at the Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12 North. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4 the Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. We alternate between a family movie and a classic movie. Free admission and popcorn are included. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre. Support group, current information and a variety of presentations. Call 204-346-0413. Toddler & Me Story Hour - Classes offered three times a year for a 10-week session in Fall and Winter and a 5-week session in Spring. Classes are free. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, literacy and parenting tips, crafts and snack for parents and their children ages 1-3. Advanced In-person registration is required. Limited space available. Drop In Book Club – 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm in the Jake Epp Library. We’ll post the book for discussion that month and if you’d like to join us please stop by. If you want to start your own book club instead, you can always take advantage of our Book Club collections. No sign up required. Just read the book and come hang out. Knit-Wits Drop-In Club for Adults - Every 4th Monday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Please bring your own items/supplies. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – On Wednesdays, from 8:45 - 10:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost $2/ week. A weight control support group that helps take off pounds sensibly and keep off pounds sensibly. Contact BettyLou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Volunteer to help at our community events. Every Day English All Levels - Every Wednesday 1 – 3 pm. Reading & Writing – All Levels on Monday and Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm. Pronunciation All Levels - On Monday and Wednesday from 7 – 9 pm at D4-284 Reimer Ave. Classes are free. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis.com, 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com.

Steinbach Steinbach & Area Garden Club - On Monday, September 10, 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. ‘Preserving the Harvest- Dehydrating Fruits, Veggies and Herbs’ with Getty Stewart, Professional Home Economist, founder of Fruit Share and author. Learn the ins and outs of using a food dehydrator to preserve your bounty from produce preparation to table ready. Everyone welcome. Refreshments. Door prizes. Non-members $5. Visit sagardenclub.com.

Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595.

Teddy Bear Fun Day – On Saturday, September 15 at 12 pm, E.A. Friesen Park. Come out and join us. There will be a bouncer, a bear repair clinic and many other fun free activities! Contact Donna 204-326-6062, childrens@agapehouse.ca.

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.

Minds in Motion Open House – On Tuesday, September 18, from 10 - 11 am at Fernwood Place - 303 3rd St. Program runs Tuesdays, October 16 - December 4, from 9:30 - 11:30 am. Minds in Motion® is a 2-hour weekly program for 8 weeks for people living with early to moderate symptoms of dementia to attend with a family member or community friend. Includes physical activity, socialization and cognitive activities where participants will meet others who are living similar journeys Contact Kathy Diehl Cyr, Program Manager, 204-943-6622 ext. 203, 1-800-378-6699, alzheimer. mb.ca. Used Book Sale Fundraiser – On Wednesday, September 19 through Saturday, September 22 at the Clearspring Centre for the East Borderland Community Housing project. An opportunity to stock up on winter reading material in support of Phase lll seniors’ housing project in the Sprague area. If you can help out at the sale, please call Elsa at 204-437-2843. Please drop off book donations at East Borderland Primary Health Care Centre or phone Elsa. TAILS: Therapy Animals Involved in Literacy Skills - Registration begins Monday September 10 held at the Jake Epp Library. Sessions are 20 minutes every Tuesday after school for 10 weeks from September 25 to November 27. Limited space available. Free, motivational, confidence building, low stress canine-assisted reading program for children who are experiencing difficulties with reading. Program partnership St. John Ambulance’s Animal Therapy Service Volunteers. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@ jakeepplibrary.com. Steinbach District Farmers Market – Every Thursday to, October 4, from 3 - 6 pm at the Clearspring Centre east parking lot, Hwy 12. Contact Hans Steinmann at 204-326-9917. The Art of Mennonite Clocks - An Exhibition of Mennonite Wall Clocks and Their Stories Spanning More Than Two Centuries.

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!

Royal Canadian Legion - On 1st Tuesday every month until June at 8 pm and Ladies Auxiliary meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Steinbach Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber Ave. Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decisionmaking skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 3 pm at The Eden East Office, 21 Loewen Blvd For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining.

Dawson Trail Dispatch Carillon Toastmasters - Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursdays at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale St. Contact Sheryl at 204-326-7628 or Irene at 204-424-5737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Vassar Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 11 from 4 – 6 pm at the community hall. Vita Fall Supper – On Sunday, September 23 from 4 – 7 pm at the Bible Church basement, 400 Hwy 201. Fundraiser Community Child Care Centre. Roast pork, potatoes, Filipino Noodles, salad, buns, assorted dainties and refreshments. Cost Adult $12, Kids $6. Silent Auction. Everyone welcome. Woodridge Fall Supper – On Saturday, September 15 from 4 – 6:30 pm at the Community Centre, 69 Denis St. Cost Adult $15, Kids (6 – 11) $6, under 5 free. Everyone welcome. 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 Moto-X - On Sunday, September 9 starts at 9 am. Admission $15 Adults, $5 Kids. Come for a day of racing at the Zhoda International Raceway! Sports, noise, competition and food trucks - what better way to spend your Sunday with the family. Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 21 from 4 – 6 pm at the community hall. Cost Adult $15, children (6 – 12 ) $7, under 6 free. Contact Denise 204-392-3714, dtysoski@ hotmail.com. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- Re-starts in the Fall. Join us for a fun filled day. Tour from 8:30 am - 7:15 pm. Begins at 8:30 am, pick-ups in Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Paradise Village. Must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes and cash giveaways every trip. Bingo played on the bus. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 for information and reserve a seat. Please email us your events each month for inclusion at editor@dawsontrail.ca

Apply Now for the RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in D Division is recruiting youth for the RCMP’s 2018–19 National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC). To apply, you must reside in Canada and be 13 to 21 years old and applications must be received by September 7, 2018. This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in the conversation about community youth topics and solutions in Canada. NYAC members from all over the country interact online and discuss important issues that they face in their respective communities. They provide valuable input to the RCMP’s policies, programs and strategies. “Youth are a priority for the RCMP,” said Sergeant Doug Lukawy of Community and Aboriginal Policing Programs with the Manitoba RCMP. “The NYAC ensures young people have a say in RCMP youth initiatives and programs so it’s important that Manitobans apply to ensure their voice is heard at the national level.” NYAC members are eligible to receive reference letters and volunteer hours and, most importantly, they have an active role in shaping what the RCMP offers young people. For all the details regarding this opportunity, visit the RCMP website.

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

September 2018

Movie Time Shared


My eldest son is thirteen years old and I’m enjoying that he is old enough and mature enough that I can begin to share some of my more “grown up” things with him. We can have more mature and serious talks, we can share deeper jokes that sometimes my wife misses the meaning of but my son and I will crack up over. We have a very similar taste in comedy and humour. I also am enjoying the times when my son can stay up later with my wife and I and watch a movie that, while not appropriate for my youngest two children, is acceptable for my oldest. Last November, my wife, my son and I began watching the Marvel “Superheroes” movies in a somewhat chronological order (as listed online). While there are often a couple of weeks in between viewings, we can see how the movies tie together nicely and makes for a really cool experience for the three of us to share. What I found most interesting in watching the movies with my wife and son is how much more I am enjoying some of the ones that I’ve seen previously without my son. I think that the joy and wonder that he has and shows during this first time viewing of a movie, and that him and I have similar tastes in humour and action, makes it just that much more enjoyable for me. At the time that I write this, we have finished watching Thor: Ragnarok and we rejoiced at some of the characters that were thought to have been lost and saddened by some of those that we now lost and those that have forever changed. Our next stop on our journey through the Marvel universe is the Black Panther movie. To a lighter note, we have also watched the two Paul Blart Mall Cop movies and it is awesome to watch these movies with my oldest son. Mall Cop 2 my wife and I had previously watched and I only ranked it 3 out of 5 but now after watching the movie with my wife and son, the movie’s ranking climbed up to 4 out of 5. We still quote some funny lines from those movies which is something that my wife does not do. At some point, my daughter will be old enough to stay up later and we shall have to try and find some movies that she can stay up for. I do believe that her tastes will follow more along the lines of my wife’s but don’t fear; I can watch and share in a romantic chick flick too. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


September 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Hanover Ag Fair Kicks Up Good Times

Canadian Country music star Aaron Goodvin got the crowd going during the Hanover Ag Fair.

For three spectacular days, the community of Grunthal was the place to be when this year’s Hanover Ag Fair took place August 16-19 on the Hanover Ag grounds. “We are so grateful for everyone that supported the Hanover Ag Fair,” stated a spokesperson. “Building strong communities is important and we saw and felt your support this past weekend.” On Friday and Saturday, hundreds of spectators came out and cheered on the cowboys as they participated in the MRCA/CCA Rodeo. Events included saddle Bronc, Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping and Bull Riding, along with Amateur Bareback, Amateur Saddle Bronc, Junior Steers, and Junior Barrels. There was also a parade, Bullorama, CWHA Horse Show, MRCA/CCA Rodeo, Gymkhana.

The Family Fun Zone was open all weekend with the kids enjoying activities such as the dunk tank, Ag on the Move and Critter Corner. Sunday was dedicated to Motorsports with the Redneck Roundup-ATV & Minibike Rodeo taking place, followed by a demolition derby that drew entries from the region. On the Main Stage, Friday kicked off with an outdoor movie. The Janzen Brothers took the stage Saturday evening with the highlight of the evening being a country music lineup including Jason Kirkness, Daniel Desorcy and Aaron Goodvin. The weekend concluded on Sunday with a community worship service followed by performances by Sound Foundation, Soul Purpose and Classic Overdrive.

Rainbow Trout Festival Celebrates Decade of Music

One of the amazing stage performances during the 10th annual Rainbow Trout Music Festival in Roseau River.

On August 19-21, the tiny community of Roseau River swelled with the sounds of music, laughter, and good times during the 10th annual Rainbow Trout Music Festival. Located a few miles south of St. Malo, along Highway #59, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival was bigger and better than previous years. For the past ten years, the event has been held to promote local Indie music and bring together like minded people for three days of music, camping, good friends, bonfires, dancing, and swimming in the beautiful Roseau River. By including all genres of music, the Festival offers the opportunity to experience an unmatched cross section of styles available at any single event currently held in Manitoba. This year’s event included performances by twenty five Indi artists including Black Cloud, Lounge FM, Living Hour, Keith Price Double Quartet, Ghost Twin, Super Duty Tough Work, Innocentgun, House Panther, Tansy, Sebastian Gaskin, Odd Outfit, The Garrys, Juvel, Juniper Bush, Falcon Jane, Pastoralia, Sunshine Bunch, Petra Glynt, Anemone, Smoky Tiger and Unicity. The weekend will end with Lakes and Pines, Bloom and Warming. For the past decade the Rainbow Trout Music Festival (RTMF) cooperative has promoted and celebrated diversity the local Indie music scene by hosting the annual RTMF, along with smaller events throughout the year.

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Inter-Agency Operation Seizes Contraband Cigarettes

Manitoba Finance’s Taxation Special Investigations Unit (SIU), working in conjunction with the RCMP, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Ontario Provincial Police and Quebec Provincial Police recently seized 470,500 contraband cigarettes and 2,000 cigars. On August 5 at approximately 6:30 pm, the RCMP conducted a traffic stop on two vehicles travelling on PR 207. The officers conducted a legal search of the vehicles, and the tobacco products were seized because the cigarettes were not marked for Manitoba tax purposes. There was no

proof the related Manitoba tobacco tax was paid to a registered collector or wholesaler for the cigars. The seizure also included $3,105 in cash. The RCMP arrested Ross Livingston, 66, and Ernest Delaronde, 49, both of Winnipeg. The individuals are facing charges under the Criminal Code of Canada for trafficking contraband tobacco, as well as The Excise Act, The Manitoba Tobacco Tax Act and The Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act. Manitoba stood to lose approximately $139,365.50 in tax revenue if these cigarettes and cigars had been

sold. If convicted, the individuals face fines between $1,000 and $10,000 and/or up to six months’ imprisonment. In addition, they will face a mandatory triple tax penalty of $418,096.50. 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 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Niverville School Construction on Schedule In the middle of August, newly appointed Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen provided a progress report today on the construction of seven new schools in Manitoba, including a status update on a new school in Niverville. “Our government is building the most schools ever in Manitoba in such a short time period,” said Go-

ertzen. “Over the past two decades, we averaged one new public school per year, but we’ve had to change our approach to keep up with unprecedented growth in some divisions.” “We’re happy to have found an innovative way to deliver the greatest value for money to Manitobans and ensure quality schools will be

on time and on budget,” continued Goertzen. In June 2017, the province issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a grade 9 to 12 in Niverville (Hanover School Division). “Construction is on schedule and expected to be complete August 15, 2019,” the Minister said.

Community Gathered for Friendship Festival

The lawnmower races are always a hit during the first night of the festival.

From August 10 to 12, the Landmark Friendship Festival took place at the Archie Plett Memorial Park. The family friendly weekend event was launched in style Friday evening with the exciting Redneck Night. Activities include wheel barrow races, bicycle decorating contest for the kids, bicycle races, redneck horseshoes, mechanical bull, hot dog roads and music with Ed Wayne. Lawnmower races are tentative, depending on entries. Saturday’s activities kicked off in Archie Plett Memorial Park with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade and hot dog

Photos by Hannah Waldner

lunch. A vendors’ market and Kids Playland including Bouncers, Lazer tag, Water Balls and Foam Party kept the kids entertained all day. The afterDean Gunnarson was a hit during a special performance in Landmark. noon main stage featured several acts from lowed by music and dance by Folklorama with presentations Darryl Marsch and fireworks. from around the World and speOn Sunday morning, folks cial guest Escape Artist Dean gathered once again for a comGunnarson. This was followed by munity Worship in the Park, fola community BBQ Supper; fol- lowed by lunch.

September 2018

Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for mature adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come out, all ages are welcomed, pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. Visit our website at patporteralc.com. News and Activities Volunteer Opportunities: All ages are welcomed. Please call Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more information. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas: electrical, plumbing, cleaning, photographer, general maintenance and sound technician. Rentals: We can accommodate Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Showers, Meetings and Family Gatherings, amongst others. Call Lynda 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. Events/Presentations: All events/ presentations are open to all ages. Fruit Share Steinbach Cooking Class – On Sunday, September 20 from 1-3 pm. Rebecca Hiebert from Fruit Share Steinbach will be demonstrating recipes that incorporate Squash and Zucchini. Learn how to properly prepare a variety of dishes with these versatile vegetables. You will receive the recipes from the class and will be able to taste all dishes. Cost is $3. RSVP by Thursday, September 13. Out With Friends - On Friday, September 21 we’ll be going to the “Lights of the North – Chinese Lantern Festival”. Experience Canada’s largest Chinese Lantern Festival. Call 204-320-4600 for further details. RSVP by Friday, September 7. Movie Time Potluck – On Monday, September 24 starting at Noon. Bring a food item to share for lunch and stay to watch a movie. Movie starts approximately at 12:20. Featured Movie “The Stray”. Based on a True Story. Security on the Internet Presentation – On Tuesday, September 25 from 1 - 3 pm. Presentation is by Creative Retirement. Tips and how to safely surf the Internet on your PC using the Privacy Settings. You will also learn how to avoid Information Theft, Protecting your Computer resources and the best software to invest in. RSVP by Tuesday, September 18. Cost is Free. Get Better Together – On Tuesdays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4 from 1 - 3:30 pm. This is a free self-management program for people with ongoing health issues such as pain, fatigue, diabetes, depression, heart disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, anxiety, cancer or any other ongoing health issue or disability. Program runs one time a week for 6 weeks and is presented by Southern Health. RSVP to 204-346-6694. New Programs: - Wii/Board Games: Every Tuesday 10 am - 11:30 pm. Come play Wii games such as bowling, golfing and more! Also pull out some good old board games such as checkers, yahtzee and crockinole! -Carpet Bowling: will be starting soon – watch for postings. Regular Programs/ Activities:


Make sure to check out our Newsletter. Activities may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to other events on short notice. Please check with Centre. Please Note that All Programs, Activities and Events at the Centre are open to any age. Our programs are aimed for Senior’s however we welcome any age and encourage you to come out and see what our Centre has to offer. All Programs/Activities have a fee of $2 for members/ $4 for nonmembers to participate unless otherwise stated. Wii/Board Games: Every Tuesday 10 am – 11:30 pm. Computer Classes: Wednesdays from 9 am – 3 pm. One-on-one 1 hour appointments. Ho Model Railway Project: Wednesdays 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Out with Friends: Friday, September 21. Lights of the North – Chinese Lantern Festival. Movie Time + Potluck: starting at Noon. Bring a lunch dish to share and stay to watch the movie! Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: Wednesdays 1:30 -4 pm. Advanced Pickleball: Mon, Thurs and Fridays 9 – 11:30 am. Tuesdays 9 – 10:30 am. Beginners Pickleball: Mondays 1 – 3 pm. Drop in Billiards: Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm. Cards: Monday – Canasta; Wednesday – Cribbage; Thursday-Whist. From 1 - 4 pm. Old Time Country Jam: Starts Wednesday on September 5 from 7 - 9 pm. Perogy Bee: On Monday and Tuesday, September 10 and 11. Please call us 204-320-4600 to confirm if you could help out. Choir: Starts Wednesday, September 19 from 10 – 11:30 am. Resume in fall: Fitness Class; New Connection; Dances. Free Programs: Walking Program: 8:30 - 9 am and 12 - 1 pm Monday - Friday in our Auditorium. Free to the public and any age is welcomed! Enjoy Free Coffee or Tea after! Crafty Corner: Every Friday from 2 - 3:30 pm. Bring your craft (anything goes – knitting, scrapbooking, wood work, etc) and have some good conversation, coffee and share in learning from each other. Cozy Corner Coffee Time: 10:30 every morning for Free coffee, tea, and a cookie. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Other Programs/Services Provided/ Misc. Information: Noon Meals: Available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Kitchen at 204- 3204605 the day before or by 9 am that day to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic: 3 Foot Care Nurses are available different days throughout the month. Call Reception at 204320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing: Call 1-800-6612653 to book an appointment. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, please drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm. Further information call Lynda at 204-320-4603 or reception at 204320-4600; Fax 204-320-9098.


September 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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