Dawson Trail Dispatch August 2017

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Frog Jumping is Serious Business in St. Pierre-Jolys

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Province Announces Municipal Roads Projects By Marianne Curtis

During Frog Follies, frog jumping is serious business, no matter how old you are.

By Marianne Curtis For a few days in July, the community of St. Pierre was bustling with activity while they celebrated the 47th annual St. Pierre Frog Follies. The festivities, which ran from July 13-16, kicked off Thursday night with the Great Canadian Frog hunt where people participated in catching the frogs to be used for the Canadian National Frog Jumping Championship. Other activities included one of Manitoba’s premier agricultural ex-

hibition displays and fair, numerous children’s activities, slo-pitch tournament, a parade, fireworks, Sunday night DJ social, and the Canadian National Frog Jumping Championship. A few new activities were added to the roster, including Geocaching, Frog Follies Supper, cribbage tournament and bocce ball. Entertainment over the weekend included performances by Nic and Logan, Magic by Patrick, Mulvery Street Maniacs, Ti Bert du Voyegeaur, Jacques Chenier,

Diamond Disc Dogs, The Great Gregoire, Richard Inman, Jermie and the Delicious Hounds, Justin Lacroix Band, Island Breeze and Corny Rempel as both Johnny Cash and Elvis. The first Frog Follies took place in 1970 when a group of residents decided they wanted to welcome people into their small town to celebrate their rich francophone heritage during the province’s Centennial. Many events were held that weekend, including the very First Canadian National Frog Jumping Championship.

In a recent announcement, the Manitoba government is investing just over $2 million out of a $12 million budget in municipal roads throughout the southern corner of the province. Chris Goertzen, President, Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) was with Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke when she announced that the province is spending $12 million on municipal roads this year. “The AMM is pleased to be a partner with the Province of Manitoba in selecting these critical infrastructure projects under the Municipal Road Improvement Program,” said Goertzen. “While the projects range from main streets to back lanes, and from campground roads to industrial park corridors, all have one thing in common, they will positively impact the citizens in their respective communities.” The Municipal Road Improvement Program was developed in partnership with the AMM and provides 50/50 cost-shared funding for municipal road projects including the cost of new road construction and road renewal projects to extend the useful life of a road. In all, 188 projects were approved in 2017 in 99 municipalities, totalling $11.98 million. In the southeast, approved projects include the RM of Hanover ($400,000), RM of La Broquerie ($225,000), RM of Piney ($60,000), RM of Reynolds ($60,000), RM of Ritchot ($225,000), Village of St. Pierre-Jolys ($60,000), RM of Ste. Anne ($225,000), Town of Ste. Anne ($61,605), City of Steinbach ($245,000), RM of Stuartburn ($60,000) and RM of Tache ($387,500). Projects were evaluated against key outcomes that address increased economic activity, extended asset life, improved public safety and regional or community impact, added Clarke. This funding is in addition to the $747 million that Manitoba Infrastructure has budgeted for roads, highways, bridges and flood protection outside of Winnipeg for capital maintenance and the preservation of provincial infrastructure assets.

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New Ritchot Council Goes Straight to Work By Marianne Curtis On July 24, the newly elected RM of Ritchot council rolled up their sleeves to begin the task of working their way through almost three months worth of concerns and decisions. Because of a July 19 by-election, Chris Ewen was elected the new RM of Ritchot Mayor. He is joined at the table by Shane Pelletier (Ward 1), Ron Mamchuck (Ward 2) Jeannot Robert (Ward 3) and Janine Boulanger (Ward 4). Ewen said that he is excited to be leading the municipality into a more positive future with the help of the new council. “Our new council is made up of great people, with vision, patience, and knowledge,” said Ewen, after his first week as Mayor. “I know, and I believe I can speak for all of council when I say that we have a great team behind us to bring us up to speed, and keep us on track of the priorities in the RM.” One of the first tasks of the new

council was to remove Roger Bouvier, who was appointed by the province to administer the municipality until the by-election. Once that was done, council rehired Mitch Duval to resume his tasks as the municipality’s Chief Administrator. Another big decision made by the new council made was to move the Ste. Agathe Firehall to the next step. “Although we went through a lot of municipality concerns, our biggest achievement was putting the Ste. Agathe Firehall back on track, with the approval of moving forward with the tender process,” Ewen continued. “We now will wait for construction companies to bid on this hall, and then it will be us as a team to find the most appropriate bid to continue this project.” Maintaining their commitment to improve communications between the council and ratepayers, the new council also announced that they are in the process of establishing a blog to keep the community informed, and a monthly e-newsletter is in the works.

The new RM of Ritchot council includes (left to right) Jeannot Robert, Janine Boulanger, Mayor Chris Ewen, Ron Mamchuck and Shane Pelletier. Submitted photo

Grants Help Piney Community Complete Church Renovations The Piney Community Church has been able to complete some much-needed renovation thanks to the RM of Piney, community and government grants. According to Jean Gushulak, the Piney Community Church committee is thrilled to announce the completion of several renovation projects, thanks to help from both the community and the municipality. “We, the Piney Community Church are thankful to have been granted the funds as this made it possible to complete all three phases of our renovation projects,” said Gushylack. “Also, we would like to thank all the people that contributed to our Renovation Fund and supported our fundraisers in the past two

years and continue to support our church.” Phase one of the renovations to the Piney Community Church started in 2015 with the replacement of windows and the outside doors. Phase two, began after receiving a Canada 150 Community Infrastructure grant through the RM of Piney. The group received a $22,000 grant funded 50/50 with the church for new siding on the outside, a steeple, painting of the steeple, gutters and ease troughs. This spring the Piney Community Church started and finished phase three of the renovation project, which was for the new doors on the inside, patching of the walls and ceiling, painting inside, repairing and freshening up the floors with industrial carpet.

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Niverville Talks Policing By Marianne Curtis The Town of Niverville has committed to investigate further policing options in response to a community petition recently brought to their attention. On July 18, Lindsay Unrau and Barry Piasta on behalf of Connected Community presented the Town of Niverville council with a petition containing over 500 signatures. Over the past six months, Connected Community has been working tirelessly to improve the safety in Niverville and rally volunteers to participate in a neighbourhood watch program. “The petition asks for a feasibility study into the costs of having an independent police force alternative to RCMP,” Piasta explained. “This is in hopes to get options and find out what the actual costs to every residence would be if Niverville has its own police force. As our town population reaches the 5,000 people mark, our costs will increase and the town will have to pay more for policing.”

Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck said council has since met with members of the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Detachment to discuss policing in the community and residents’ concerns. Because of this meeting, the council has decided on three things, he said. “To get staff to research who does police studies for municipalities, to research costs from other communities as to policing and to bring the information researched back to council,” said Dyck. As for working with the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP, Dyck noted that the RCMP have committed to be more forthcoming with information on what is going on in the community, which includes media releases. However, Dyck pointed out that while the RCMP can step up patrols, and council can investigate the needs of the community, local residents need to “be good neighbours.” “A sad story was told [by the RCMP Staff Sergeant] of how someone in Niver-

ville called in a robbery in progress at a neighbour’s place, but when asked for their names did not give it because of not wanting to be involved,” Dyck explained. “Thus, one of our friends and neighbours had property stolen without the police coming because of this unwillingness to become involved. Let us all be encouraged to be a good neighbour and help one another out where we can!” While it may appear there is a lack of RCMP coverage in the area, Dyck said that a special task force has been set up by the RCMP to mine data on the areas and times when various occurrences such as break and enters are happening. This is expected to allow the RCMP to better apply the necessary resources to those places, times and peak periods of criminal activity in the communities they service throughout the detachment.

Foreign Ambassadors Tour Provencher with Falk By Marianne Curtis For two days, Provencher MP Ted Falk, along with several international dignitaries toured a number of local agriculture, finance and manufacturing businesses to highlight opportunities and encourage stronger economic ties between southeast Manitoba and Guyana, Bolivia, and the Philippines. Falk, along with High Commissioner for Guyana Clarissa Sabita Riehl, Ambassador of Bolivia Pablo Guzman Laugier and Ambassador of the Philippines Petronila Garcia toured Provencher from July 4 and 5. “It was an honour to host Their Falk, along with High Commissioner for Guyana Clarissa Sabita Riehl, Ambassador of Bolivia Pablo Guzman LauExcellencies here in southeast Man- gier and Ambassador of the Philippines Petronila Garcia at the Bothwell Cheese factory in New Bothwell. itoba,” said Falk. “Provencher is home to many thriving businesses and I was pleased to showcase a sampling of them to an international audience.” The group took time to tour and familiarize themselves with Bothwell Cheese, HyLife, Loewen Windows, Mennonite Heritage Museum and the South Eastman Filipino Association. HyLife tour. South Eastman Filipino Association tour.

Work Continues on Bergen Hall Cleanup Providence College is excitedly preparing for the September arrival of new and returning students while renovating several of its residence facilities. Work is completed in one of the 28-student capacity dormitories, with new flooring, fixtures and furniture having recently been installed. Crews have already begun refurbishing another building and the renewal of these existing structures will continue over the following weeks and months. The renovations follow the June 1 fire that consumed the Bergen Hall residence. Additional, temporary housing will be put in place in August. Providence will be able to pro-

vide its students living in residence with comfortable, modern housing options as it prepares for the construction of new, stateof-the-art, environmentally friendly living spaces. The building was constructed in the 1980s and was undergoing exterior renovations at

the time of the fire. The 60-room dorm slept 120 people at maximum capacity, but was empty when the fire broke out. Summer students attending Sports Camps, the Summer Music Academy, Summer TESOL and all other programs over the next few months were not affected by the blaze.

Cleanup continues at the Providence College Bergen Hall site, as the campus gets ready for Welcome Week, beginning September 1.

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Culprits Steal Multiple Bikes In the early morning of July 9, men were seen inspecting a bicycle at a residence on Hanover St. in Steinbach. The men left, then came back with bolt cutters to cut the locked bicycle stealing it. The men are believed to have hit properties on Henry Street as well. The bicycles are described as a black and green Trek bike, lime green Trek Marlon 5 and a gold Ironhorse mountain bike. 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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Canada’s Suffering Energy Sector Last week, Petronas announced that they will not proceed with their $36 Billon investment in their Pacific Northwest LNG project – a major blow as this project would have created hundreds of long-term, stable jobs and economic growth in Canada. This worrying trend whereby companies are choosing to invest elsewhere falls squarely on the Liberal Government’s refusal to champion and promote energy projects. Instead of promoting Canada’s energy sector and the Pacific Northwest LNG project, this Liberal Government is prioritizing policies that impede growth and job creation in Canada’s energy sector. Investors simply no longer have confidence in Canada’s investment environment. Since 2015, Justin Trudeau has sent clear signals to the investor community that Canada’s regulatory review process could be changed at a moment’s notice depending on which direction the political winds blow. We have seen this with the Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain Pipeline projects. We saw this again when Justin Trudeau imposed a national carbon tax, even when the United States - our biggest trading partner – did not. He has failed to stand up for jobs and global economic growth, costing the Canadian economy hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars. The government should champion both environmental reviews and economic development through sound regulatory processes. When projects meet the necessary environmental requirements for approval, economic growth and development should ensue. The Pacific Northwest LNG project was conditionally approved by the Federal Government but is now being cancelled. What a shame that this Liberal Government stood by and watched billions of investment dollars move elsewhere. For more information on this or any other issue, please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12 N, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1T4, email me at ted.falk.ca@parl.gc.ca or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

Still Looking for a Green Policy Aside from taking the Federal Government to court on the carbon tax nothing, much else is being offered as a solution to our environmental abuses. The last time the province advanced an idea it was 2 cents on plastic bottles and other food and liquid containers. Nothing happened to change our behaviour regarding our addiction to plastic and other unnecessary packaging. Yet where did that money go? I know it is only 2 cents a package, but it slithered into government coffers. I know where the plastic bottles end up, baled and stacked as retaining walls at our garbage dumps. Even a grade five student knows that’s not recycling. I’d say we have been duped. An idea for better results is to ban plastic packaging of all sorts. Institute .25 cents refund on all glass bottles which can be reused or crushed and go on to become either new bottles or crushed and mixed in new pavement. You might say that .25 cents is high,

but the returned beer bottles or beer cans at .10 cents each need a higher return rate to be effective. It’s a small example of cost to affect positive change in humans. All Manitoba small towns which have no sewage lagoons could ban together to turn their effluent into biogas and or electricity and be allowed to sell it to Manitoba Hydro. To ensure a greater supply of effluent, urban and farming sectors could get together to produce biogas and electricity. Farmers could increase their animal units without increasing their acreage. Lake Winnipeg would be forever grateful. Even if the benefit and cost would be neutral in this endeavour, the savings on the lagoons would be substantial, plus the unwanted nutrients in the water would improve the quality of the same water. Another benefit, the new hydro lines needed would be minimal. And it’s hard to find fault in exporting more meat. There are probably hundreds of other cost effective ideas floating around that would be beneficial

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and create many worthwhile jobs. The first step is to create a centre of excellence in our universities to promote or improve cost effective sustainable solutions that in many cases are in use already somewhere but need a wee bit of tweaking and introduced to green economics. The first thing this Premier should do is to quit whining. We understand that your mandate is to do more (or enough to get by) with less. The Feds are doing the same thing. The economy is improving; they are on the right track. A carbon tax is difficult to accept, but we will not change our ways unless the costs are high enough. Such is human nature. I remember when I was much younger, very much younger; I owned an 8-cylinder flat head 52 Pontiac. It did five miles to the gallon. That was an excessiveness of a long time ago. It represents in a small way, our collective cost we are faced with, to rectify 150 years of carbon excessiveness. I can’t even remember what colour that dam car was, and why was there a second radio in the back seat.

BSI Donates Funds to Niverville Wetlands On July 18, BSI Insurance donated $1,000 from the Because We Can Initiative to Tourond Creek Ducks Unlimited for maintenance of the dam from the annual overland flooding that occurs. For the past 28 years, Ducks Unlimited has done the fundraising to keep the Tourond Creek project, which is located along Highway 311, west of Niverville, as a beau-

tiful wetland and green space. The project is maintained by a dam that often is damaged by flooding and spring runoff. Wetlands are a natural filter to remove contaminants from overland flooding and field runoff. This keeps pollution out of our rivers and lakes and ultimately out of the drinking water. Ducks Unlimited was also a huge

part of the lagoon rebuild in Niverville’s revitalization project, which ultimately saved millions of dollars for the taxpayers of Niverville. The Because We Care BSI initiative will see approximately $30,000 in donations annually distributed between its 16 locations and neighbouring communities. BSI recognizes the need to support local initiatives that strive to improve its communities.

Ryan Hamm, Regional Branch Leader and Jake Neufeld, Branch Protection Specialist at BSI Insurance present a cheque to Nicole DePauw, Tourond Creek Committee Treasurer.

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Building a Sustainable EMS in Our Province While southeastern Manitobans are enjoying summertime in our beautiful province, the work for me at the legislature and in the La Verendrye Constituency is continuing. Our government is fixing Manitoba’s finances and ensuring that the province’s financial future is sustainable. We learned within the past few weeks that S&P Global Ratings has downgraded the Province of Manitoba’s credit rating to A+ from AA-. Our government is pleased that this credit agency recognizes our credible plan to return the province to fiscal balance, though we share its concern about the increased risks associated with Manitoba’s debt. For far too long, the previous NDP government’s expenditures vastly outgrew its revenues in a way that was unsustainable. The NDP ignored credit agencies and Manitoba is suffering the consequences. The NDP did not seem to care about the impact of its lack of fiscal discipline on our province. This credit rating downgrade means our province will pay higher interest rates, adding pressure to our deficit, provincial debt and the interest we pay to service the debt. In 2016/17, we paid nearly $1 billion for debt servicing. Our government is taking steps that are necessary to return our province to fiscal balance, and we remain committed to bringing Manitoba back to a balanced position during our second term. We will do everything we can to fulfill this commitment. Separately, as we continue to improve health care, we are developing a much more responsive, reliable and sustainable emergency medical services (EMS) system for all Manitobans. Our government is developing a truly provincial EMS system with full-time, round-the-clock staffing at rural stations and reliable ambulance service whose roots lie in a 2013 report commissioned by the previous government. The NDP didn’t act on the recommendations of the report they commissioned, though our government is acting on this expert advice to better care for Manitobans. Our plan includes the construction of five new rural EMS stations to provide strategic coverage for Manitobans and to improve response times. This investment and reorganization will provide rural Manitobans with much more comprehensive pre-hospital care by paramedics, as well as an inter-facility transport system that is integrated and sustainable. We are ensuring all Manitobans have access to emergency medical care when and where it is needed. I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406, at my legislature office at 204-945-4339 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

Summer Celebrations in Dawson Trail The month of July has been a little more relaxed at the Manitoba legislature, as summer vacation season is in full swing. There has been work to keep me busy in the Dawson Trail constituency, as well as great opportunities to join other elected officials from our province, and beyond for professional development. One of these opportunities was the Midwestern Legislative Conference I attended in Des Moines, Iowa, from July 9 to 12 along with several of my colleagues from the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Caucus. This annual conference involves legislators from states throughout the US Midwest and from some Canadian provinces. Organized by the Council of State Governments, the convention in Des Moines featured policy sessions on a range of issues important to legislators in the US and in Canada. The Midwestern Legislative Conference was followed by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Canadian Region conference that was held in Winnipeg for several days in mid-July, involving elected officials from across the country. Summer conferences are giving way to a number of other kinds of events, particularly in the Dawson Trail Constituency. I’m looking forward to the Richer Roughstock Rodeo from August 11 - 13, as it celebrates southeastern Manitoba’s agricultural sector and the longstanding pastime of rodeo in our region. Congratulations are in order for Friesen Drillers Ltd. upon the company’s 125th anniversary. This family business near Steinbach lays claim to a proud heritage spanning five generations. Thank you to the company for hosting me at its celebration and open house on July 14. Friesen Drillers has put a significant effort into a company historical display. Many interesting items of historical value to the firm and to our region of Manitoba are on display for the public, including a restored drill rig, a Chevrolet work truck from 1936 and an early gravity metre. I encourage everyone to drop in to view this display this summer. I’d like to also congratulate the RM of Ritchot for conducting a successful by-election on July 19. Communities are built in many ways, and I truly believe its people committing their time and energy that are the foundation of proud and strong communities. Thank you to all the candidates who ran in this by-election. They have demonstrated their commitment to the community, and their willingness to extend themselves for the people of Ritchot and that is notably commendable. My sincere well wishes go out to newly elected Mayor Chris Ewen and all the elected councillors for much success in their roles.

Niverville Man Appointed to Insurance Council A Niverville man is among three members appointed by the Province to the Life Insurance Council. The Life Insurance Council is one of three insurance councils that operate under the umbrella, the Insurance Council of Manitoba. As part of the appointments, Andy Anderson of Niverville was named to the Board of the Life Insurance Council. Anderson is a general and life insurance broker, who has worked at Rempel Insurance Brokers since 1991. He previously operated a family hog and grain farm, and has served on several local boards. He joins Richer Fillion and Gary McPherson on the board. The Life Insurance Council (LIC) is responsible for standards of practice, licensing and discipline of insurance agents, brokers and adjusters in the Province of Manitoba. The other two councils are the General Insurance Council and the Insurance Adjusters Council.

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More Residents Attend the Pride March of Equality By Marianne Curtis Several hundred people lined the City of Steinbach’s Main Street on July 15, when the second annual Steinbach Pride March of Equality parade took place. At this year’s event, hundreds carried rainbow flags and signs in support of gay rights down the city’s main street while RCMP directed traffic. Last year, thousands of people from across the province took to the streets in the City’s inaugural Pride parade last July. Steinbach Pride Co-Organizer Chris Plett said the turnout for this year’s event was, “absolutely amazing.” While he is hesitant to say any progress has been made for the LGBT community in the region, he said, that he was happy to see more local people come out for this year’s event than last year. “That is something,” said Plett. Co-Chair Michelle McHale said organizers anticipated the possibility of protesters after organizers sifted through homophobic comments and threats made online in the days leading up to the march but there were no problems. “Even allies report they felt targeted in Steinbach,” McHale added. A number of politicians did attend the Steinbach Pride Parade, including Liberal MP Dan Vandal who spoke at the event. “Somebody reminded me last week that the second celebration is as important, if not more important than the first one,” Vandal said, bringing greetings from Prime Minis-

ter Justin Trudeau. “We are fighting for human rights, we are fighting for civil liberties, we are fighting for equality, and those sorts of fights don’t go away after one year. They continue for years, and I know our government is going to be there, and I hope we are all here for those years.” Many Provincial MLAs, attended, including Jon Gerrard and Cindy Lamoreux with the Liberal Party and the provincial NDP caucus showed up as well, including MLA Wab Kinew. Amid the sea of local faces, there were some notable community representatives missing. In a statement, Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen said he would not be attending, but that it is his duty to create a “welcoming environment” in the community. “As community leaders we want to maintain and create a positive, welcoming environment that makes people feel safe and accepted not just on one day, but continuously as we fulfill our responsibilities throughout the entire year,” he wrote. “Although as Mayor, I will not be attending this year’s event, I will continue to concentrate my efforts on promoting an inclusive attitude that respects differences in our city throughout the year.” Earlier this year, MLA and Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said he would be out of town, but even if he was around, he would not attend because he felt there was too much shaming toward folks who did not participate in last year’s march, like himself. Provencher MP Ted Falk was also notably absent from the event.

Hundreds line the streets as hundreds more participate in Steinbach’s 2nd annual Pride March of Equality.

Annual Buffalo Days a Success

Buffalo Days in Buffalo Point had something for everyone including sun, beach and classic cars. Photo by Les Kletke

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Ste. Agathe Hosts Cheyenne Summer Fest Families looking for a fun weekend flocked to Ste. Agathe on July 14 - 15 for this year’s Cheyenne Summer Fest. Every year, Ste. Agathe hosts Cheyenne Summer Fest, a country fair for the whole family. The festival features a pancake breakfast, parade, steak dinner, family baseball tournament, several live musical performances, and kids activities. The night was capped off with fireworks. One of the highlights of the weekend was the live music of Mulvey Street Maniacs who rocked the house at the Cheyenne RedneckThis redneck float pays tribute to this year’s Cheyenne Summer Fest theme. themed social.

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Site Chosen for New Niverville School By Marianne Curtis The Hanover School Division (HSD) and the Town of Niverville have come to an agreement in principal for the purchase of a piece of property for the construction of a brand new high school. The new high school will be located near the Niverville Arena. Last month, the province fast tracked financing so that Hanover School Division could proceed with the construction of a new 66,700 square foot high school. The new school will serve 450 Grade 9 - 12 students and have expansion capacity for up to 550. Nathan Dueck, Town of Niverville Councilor, said council is excited about this partnership. “[The consultant] has done an incredible feat consulting with every level of Government in Canada, casting new light on the new school project, allowing all levels of government to envision what can be done by working as a partnership as opposed to working by ourselves,” said Dueck. “We at Town Council truly believe that by working together we have greatly increased our ability to see this School- Multiplex-Town Campus get a significant step forward to becoming a

reality. When we work together we can move Mountains” The new school will have regular classrooms, science labs, art room, and other specialized spaces such as a large library, computer rooms, life skills suite, and resource areas. Building plans include a multi-purpose room, band room, drama room, fitness room, and a large gymnasium. The newly constructed facility will also feature an integrated childcare centre that will provide up to 74 spaces. Located on the west side of Niverville, the building site meets requirements and provides for the development of a community campus, a future co-location with the Town of Niverville’s proposed multiplex recreational centre. The facilities can operate independently of each other, yet benefit from shared infrastructure development costs and operational efficiencies. The community campus model will also reduce environmental impact and enhance environmental stewardship. This partnership has enabled HSD to secure a preferred building site that will meet proposed timelines for construction, while staying within the budget allocated by the Public Schools Finance Board. It is hoped that by fast tracking the project, that shovels will be in the ground in spring 2018 and students in the classroom September 2019.

The kids’ tent was busy all weekend at the Cheyenne Summer Festival.

Ukrainians Celebrate Their History in Gardenton The community of Gardenton celebrated Canada’s 150 birthday and 125 years of Ukrainians in Canada during a spectacular one-day event, that took place on July 15 at the Gardenton Ukrainian Museum and Village Society Ukrainian Festival. “There was lots to see and do for both kids and adults, alike!” said Kelvin Chubaty, one of the organizers.

The entire day was set up to celebrate the Ukrainian culture and invite people to sing or dance along with the Ukrainian performers, fill up on delicious traditional fare and learn about the lives of Manitoba’s Ukrainian settlers with guided tours of the museum and fun, interactive games and activities. The Saturday program began with a church service in the park. Then after

lunch Romanetz Ukrainian Dancers, the Susydka Dancers, Zoloto Ukrainian Dancers, the Zvizda Ukrainian Dancers, Starlites, Zenon Horobec, and Russ Hyrniuk took over the main stage with traditional performances. In between events, visitors could tour the museum, view a commemorative art display, participate in children’s activities and enjoy traditional Ukrainian food and music.

Traditional performances took over the main stage for the day during this year’s annual Gardenton Ukrainian Festival.

The new Niverville High School will be located west of the tracks adjacent to the Niverville Arena campus.

Guitar Thieves Use Diversion Tactic On June 29 at 9:45 am, two 222-8477 or manitobacrimestopmales dressed all in black entered pers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus Hildebrand Music on Main Street your message to Crimes (274637). in Steinbach from the back door. One male asked the storeowner questions while the other played with a guitar. Moments later, a third male, also dressed in black, entered the shop through the back door. He proceeded to the front of the store to speak with the storekeeper then after a couple of minutes, all three men left suddenly out the back door with two new guitars, unpaid for. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-

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Ste. Anne Athlete Competes in Italy On July 30, a Ste. Anne man became the first Canadian to cross the finish line at the World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy. Matt Setlack finished the Mountain Running Championships in a time of 1:05:10 placing 56th overall. He was the first Canadian in the Senior Men’s Race. “It was about +25C and quite a technical course,” stated Setlack “I was very happy how the race went.” The World Mountain Running Championships is an international mountain running competition contested by athletes who are members of the WMRA, World Mountain Running Association, the sport’s global governing body. To qualify for the World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy, he needed to compete in the Canadian Mountain Running Championships in Canmore, AB in June where he had to complete 10 kilometres under 36 minutes. He finished in 31:40. He then needed to place in the top three at the Nationals or be selected for an “at-large” spot on the team. “I placed fourth at Nationals, but based on my race results from 2017, I was selected for the Canadian Mountain Running Team,” Setlack explained. “This will be my second time competing with the Canadian Mountain Running Team. Setlack is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces National Running Team. Last year he competed in the World Mountain Running Championships in Bulgaria.

Matt Setlack at start of Mtn Run Nationals in Canmore AB 10 Jun 2017. Photos by Emily Setlack

Matt Setlack at Mountain Running Nationals

Matt Setlack with K100 Relay Trophy 1st in Leg 10 and 1st Team Overall

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Vita Competes in Manitobaville By Marianne Curtis There are still a few days for readers to help Vita win a coveted $25,000 cash prize for a community project after they were named one of ten towns vying for the title of Manitobaville. The community of Vita is one of ten rural communities across the province duking it out on the internet as supporters cast their online votes for the community with the best video and project proposal. The entry was submitted by the Vita Canada Day Committee and they are looking for funding to modernize the community canteen and washrooms. According to their entry, the outdoor community canteen and washroom facilities, which were built by the Vita Lions Club back in 1972, require modernization to keep up with the demands of the community. “We have submitted an entry to Manitobaville to win $25,000 to build a new canteen and washrooms. Our entry has made it to the top 10 and now we need people to vote for us!” stated a spokesperson for the committee. “The entry with the most votes wins. [We are] looking forward to building a new canteen for all groups to enjoy!”

Manitobaville money would help to improve safety for those who use the facilities and manage the canteen with better storage; more counter space and repaired windows, which will also in turn, allow the community to host more high-calibre events. Communities across the province submitted entries to the video contest. The video had to answer two questions and a panel of judges from four Winnipeg radio stations along with other local celebrities selected

ten finalists and invited people online to vote. The community who receives the most on-line votes will receive a grand prize of $25,000 along with a 3-day long event celebration in September. You can watch the video at iheartradio.ca. To support Vita, you can text ‘VITA’ to 54321 to vote. There is no limit to the amount of votes each person can cast. Voting ends at 12 noon on August 4 and the winner will be revealed August 8.

The Vita Canada Committee hopes to win $25,000 so they can upgrade their current community canteen, which was built in 1972 by the Vita Lions Club.

Are You a Do it Yourselfer? Don’t Get Shocked Summer projects like building a deck or fence may involve the use of power tools outdoors. Manitoba Hydro wants to keep you safe. Remember even a little current can kill. If you feel a shock while using an electric tool, throw it away. Safely discard the tool the first time it shocks you, next time you may not be so lucky. Always use the right tool for the job. Do not try to make do, a drill is not a hammer and only use tools for the jobs they were designed to do. Keep your tools and your work area dry. Make sure your work site is clean and well lit to help prevent slips or accidental electric shocks. Always make sure you

are properly rooted to keep your balance and footing. In order to prevent electrical shock, avoid body contact with ground surfaces and always use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. A GFCI outlet monitors electricity flowing in a circuit. If the electricity flowing into the circuit differs by even a slight amount from that returning, the GFCI will shut off the current flowing through the circuit, preventing electric shock. GFCIs can detect even small variations in the amount of leakage current; leakage too small to trip a fuse or circuit breaker. When you have finished with the tool in use, disconnect it. Ensure you unplug any tools before servicing and when changing accessories such as blades

or bits. When unplugging a tool, don’t yank on the cord, pull it out by the plug. Do not expose the cord to heat or to sharp edges. Keep your power tools sharp and clean so they work at their best. Always follow instructions when lubricating and changing accessories, and be sure to keep all handles dry and clean. When working, keep others away from your work site and do not allow them to contact tools or extension cords. When you are done using your tools, put them away in a dry, locked location where children cannot gain access to them. Keeping the above tips in mind will help make sure your tools don’t get the better of you this summer.

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Conservation-Minded Cyclists Weapons Charges for Richer Man Pedal for Clean Water Clean, healthy water is the one thing that was on the minds of cyclists riding from Winnipeg to Kenora recently. Ride to the Lake was a fundraising event in support of Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) wetland conservation work. On Friday, July 21, participating cyclists departed at 6 am from the Winnipeg Winter Club, and arrived at Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Kenora just before 6 pm. “Being active outdoors is one of the best ways to appreciate our natural world and all that it provides,” said event organizer Kevin McFadden. The cyclists showed incredible determination on their 221 km ride. The The cyclists showed incredible determination on their 221 km ride. weather did not cooperate that day, and the group persevered through intense thunderstorms. To date, the event has raised $15,500. Wetlands are natural areas like marshes and bogs, which play a key role in both the quality and quantity of Canada’s freshwater. They are natural filters that trap and hold sediment and pollutants, including excess nutrients like phosphorus that enters our water sources from runoff and sewage discharges. Wetlands also play a significant role in flood prevention by acting as sponges that capture, store and slowly release water over a long period. By collecting precipitation, wetlands also help recharge groundwater. For further information or to help by donating to this event visit ducks. ca/ridetothelake. Group heading out of of Winnipeg.

On July 28 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Winnipeg Police Service stopped a vehicle which was driving in an erratic matter. An investigation led to the arrest of two male occupants. Officers recovered and seized a loaded sawed-off .22 calibre rifle, a machete and bear spray. Jonathan Lee Martens, a 28year-old male of Richer, has been charged with: - Possession of a Weapon (x3) - Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon - Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations - Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition - Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized - Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon in Motor Vehicle

- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm - Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime - Possession of Firearm, Restricted/ Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x2) - Fail to Comply with Probation Order - Drive without licence or with invalid licence (Highway Traffic Act) - Drive without driver’s liability insurance (Highway Traffic Act) - Drive imprudently (Highway Traffic Act) The passenger, Michael James Macdonald, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg, also faces various charges. Both were detained in custody.

History on Two Wheels Ron Lacey from British Columbia made a pit stop at the Richer Inn recently taking a break from his Trans Canada tour. He attracts lots of attention with his restored

1942 Harley and full military garb. He is making the trip in honour of those who served. His previous adventure included a 12,000-mile tour of Europe.

Prairie Day at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve The Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve will be hosting its annual Prairie Day event on Saturday, August 12 at the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail, located 3 km east of Tolstoi on Provincial Road 209. Find out which types of animals live in the prairie and learn the secrets of our salamanders and aquatic insects. Other featured presentations will highlight a selection of native plants, prairie beetles and prairie bugs, with a highlight talk on animal encounters. The animal ambassadors from The Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre will be on hand showing their unique features. Borrow one of the bug nets or bring your own and go on a bug hunt with an amazing entomologist or take in a guided walk to learn about the many wildflowers in bloom and how prairie plants survive our harsh climate. Then pick up a roasting stick and enjoy baking your own bannock. Children can do a scavenger hunt, go critter catching or get their face painted. Take on the Tall Grass Trivia Challenge and you might win a prize. Admission for the day is $5 per adult and no charge for children. Activities will begin at 10 am and wrap

up at 3:30 pm. There is an on-site canteen open from 10:30 am until 3 pm. A BBQ lunch will be available from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Please note, only cash is accepted at this event. Picnic tables and rustic washrooms are also available on-site. Visitors should bring a lawn chair or blanket, sunscreen and insect repellent and trail conditions may be wet so rubber boots or a change of footwear is suggested. All Prairie Day activities will take place rain or shine. For more information, contact Christie at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve at 204-425-3229 or tgpphq@mymts.net. Tiger Salamander

Early morning in August at Tall Grass Prairie Preserve

1942 Harley and full military garb.

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Endangered Butterfly Perseveres in Manitoba Collaboration and urgency is needed now more than ever to save the Poweshiek Skipperling. The Nature Conservancy of Canada, The University of Winnipeg and research teams from across the continent are excited and relieved to confirm the presence of the endangered Poweshiek Skipperling in the Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area of southeast Manitoba. The Poweshiek Skipperling, a small, brown and orange winged butterfly, is known in Canada to inhabit only 17 fields within the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area. The finding confirms the endangered species has persisted for another year. Annual surveys are led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and University of Winnipeg researchers, during a limited three to four week period between the months of June and July when the butterfly is active. Recent estimates suggest that there may be fewer than 100 Poweshiek Skipperling butterflies remaining in Canada. The Nature Conservancy of Cana-

da, The University of Winnipeg and their many partners on both sides of the border are actively engaged in several Poweshiek Skipperling conservation programs, annual surveys, Tall Grass Prairie habitat conservation and restoration, research into habitat needs and genetic diversity, captive rearing and outreach. “Ecosystems operate in an extremely complex manner. The consequences of a disruption or disappearance of any of its animals or plants, like the Skipperling, can lead to changes that are impossible to fully understand until it’s too late to reverse,” said Cary Hamel, Conservation Science Manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Manitoba Region. “It is critically important that we find a way to save the Poweshiek Skipperling to keep it from going extinct. This will benefit the Skipperlings’ surrounding environment and the other creatures and plants that share this delicate and unique habitat. Time is of the essence and there is no room for delays in our work.” This year, the Nature Conservancy

Attempted Theft at Superstore On June 16, an unknown male and female attempted to leave the Superstore in Steinbach without paying for the items in their grocery cart. The items were recovered by store security but they were unable to identify the two suspects. The Steinbach RCMP is looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the people responsible for this incident. 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).

of Canada and The University of Winnipeg are asking people to join in the efforts to save the Poweshiek Skipperling by supporting critical research to better understand and mitigate the butterfly’s decline, as well as recovery activities through a recently launched crowd-funding page. The team of researchers is looking to raise $25,000. Gifts will make a big difference in ensuring this crucial work can continue immediately. Donors will also be helping students gain important hands-on experience in their field of study. To learn more and support this work, please visit uwinnipeg. ca/skipperling. “We are fortunate to have such an engaged group. In partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and my dedicated team of student researchers, we have been able to gain a greater understanding of the Skipperling and its behaviour,” said Dr. Westwood, Professor, Environmental Studies and Sciences, at The University of Winnipeg. “This information is critical to finding ways in which we can reverse the trend of

The endangered Poweshiek Skipperling can be identified by its wing colouring, the upper side of the wings are dark brown with orange along the wing margin and base and the underside of the front wing is a distinctive dark brown, with orange areas along the front margin contrasted with white veins and white over-scaling on the hindwing.

their steep decline in population.” The decline raises concern for the ecological health of prairies as a whole, as species populations are often representative of the overall health of the ecosystem. Butterflies react very quickly to changes in their

environment, which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. A healthy butterfly population can be a sign that other species are also doing well in the area. The work from these surveys will help us plan our future conservation efforts.

Community Garden Opens in Niverville On July 26, the Town of Niverville and the Niverville Heritage Centre celebrated the grand opening of the Niverville Heritage community gardens with a tour, a bocce ball tournament, BBQ and refreshments. Located at the centre of the Heritage Centre campus the gardens are open for the en-

joyment of everyone. “We had an entire team working hard to make this project a reality but we are so thrilled with all of the work that has been so far,” stated a spokesperson. The new gardens and green space provides an accessible and restful area for members of the community, visitors and residents of the Niverville Credit Union

Manor, Personal Care Home, and the Life Lease building. The gardens came to life through the vision of Fred Kaita and the many volunteers who created the Norman Wittick Memorial Rose Garden and Pioneer Commemorative Garden.

The Town of Niverville and the Niverville Heritage Centre celebrated the grand opening of the Niverville Heritage community gardens.

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Safe Grilling with Natural Gas Barbecues The best chefs know that keeping natural gas barbecues clean and operating safely is critical to a great meal. Here are some tips to perfect the art of safe grilling. Before Using Your Barbecue: - Ensure that the barbecue has been assembled and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. - Remember that barbecues are designed for outdoor use only and you should never barbecue indoors or in an enclosed space. - Allow ample clearance between buildings and the barbecue and never store flammable materials nearby. When Barbecuing: - Leave the control knob in the off position when not in use. - Open the lid before lighting the barbecue. This step will prevent natural gas build-up. Turn the gas control knob to the ON position and light the barbecue immediately using the igniter or a match. Remember to light one burner side at a time. If the burner doesn’t light within four seconds, shut off the fuel, wait a few minutes and try again. - Natural gas flames should be blue. Yellow or orange flames indicate that the barbecue should be checked or cleaned. - If a grease fire occurs, leave the lid open and turn off the burners. If turning off the burners is not an option, turn the gas off at the quick disconnect, or shut-off valve. - Treat natural gas flames with respect - they are fire. Don’t cook in loose clothing or spray flammable liquids near a natural gas barbecue. - Keep children and pets away from the barbecue to avoid injuries and accidents. - To prevent burns, use proper tools and oven mitts when barbecuing. -Since the rotisserie unit is connected to an electrical outlet, it should not be operated in damp or wet weather. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before operating. - Clean the grill after each use and remember to clean your barbecue thoroughly at least once a year.

Vehicle Lit on Fire On July 17 shortly after midnight on Main Street in Steinbach, a vehicle was set on fire and is being investigated as Arson to a Vehicle. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Thieves Target Co-op for Cigarettes On July 16, the Steinbach RCMP responded to a break in at the La Broquerie Co-op. The front door had been ripped off of its hinges and once inside the culprits targeted the drawers where the cigarettes were kept. 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 Roughstock Rodeo Celebrates 5 Years of Success by Marianne Curtis

The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo attracts over 200 competitors in bull riding.

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For three days, the community of Richer will become rodeo central when the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo kicks off their fifth consecutive event. This year’s event, which runs from August 11th to 13th, is expected to be bigger and better than in previous years.

The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo attracts over 200 competitors in bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and saddle bronc annually. Pat Stolwyk, with the Richer Rodeo Committe, says that the Richer Roughstock Rodeo has come a long way in

five years. “In the beginning people were skeptical that an event that this size would succeed,” Stolwyk stated. “After Black Bear Days fell apart and people tried to revive it (and failed) so many times, starting something new like this was big; I got more negative press than anything. Now people are planning their summers around it instead of trying to avoid it.” Stolwyk says the secret to the rodeo’s success is the many volunteers who step up to ensure it’s a success. “The secret to getting the kids involved; get the kids to love it and then it is easy to get the parents just follow along. Our volunteers are as passionate as they get,” Stolwyk continued. “Success keeps us motivated and we are still learning, we still have tons of ideas and we are still growing. It is my hope to make rodeo big again. My goal is to make rodeo huge in Manitoba once again.” The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo has tons of activities for the entire family, including a trade show with over 60 vendors unique to the area, kid’s activities and live music all adding to the success of the weekend. New this year is the Cowboy Dinner. “We invited all the rodeo committees in the province – to show the committees how we do it in Richer and to learn from other committees,” Stolywk added. “We beg for other people’s input and implement a lot of it; this is how we grow and how we learn.” With the rodeo weekend coming quickly, some horse owners may be wondering if events will be cancelled due to an outbreak of equine infectious anemia (EIA). “There are no concerns; we have taken every precaution possible. Every equine is tested by certified vets and the tests have to be negative to prevent the spread of it. We are concerned about the horse’s wellbeing,” Stolwyk stated. The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo is taking place August 11 to 13 in Richer. Gates open at noon with a trade show and in the main arena we have “Horsin’ Around” for kids hosted by the Ste Genevieve 4H Club - Crafts, Games and Horsemanship; then in the evening it’s Bull-nanza and the Party in the Park Rodeo Social. On Saturday there is a pancake breakfast, parade, petting zoo, family fun zone, and Heartland Rodeo Association Rodeo. An evening social with 2016 MCMA Male Artist of the Year Winner and Fan’s Choice Winner Ryan Keown takes place in the evening. Events continue on Sunday with Gymkhana and Rodeo.

Pat Stolwyk, with the Richer Rodeo Committee, helps organize the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo and is one of the many tireless volunteers before, during and after the event. Photo by Marianne Curtis

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Let’er Rip Wins this Year’s St. Labre 200

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Tragedy Claims Both Drivers in Collision On July 10 at approximately 7:40 am, St. PierreJolys RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 75 at Provincial Road 247, west of La Salle. A semi-trailer and a semi dump truck collided at the intersection. Early investigation indicates the semi dump truck was travelling northbound on Highway 75 and attempted to turn westbound onto Provincial Road 247 towards La Salle when it collided with a southbound semi-trailer on Highway 75. The driver of the semi dump truck was ejected from the vehicle. The male driver of the semi dump truck, 84, from Steinbach and the male driver of the semi-trailer, 58, from East St. Paul, were both pronounced deceased at the scene. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the collision. Neither driver was wearing a seat belt.

The winners of this year’s Sparkplug Cup at the St. Labre 200 were Let’er Rip with teammates François Grenier, Charles Tetreault, Normand Gauthier, Craig Lavalee, Philippe Forest, Warren Kruchak, and Matt “Logan” Vosper.

By Marianne Curtis Once again, the organizers of the St. Labre 200 delivered the goods by hosting an exciting race weekend, which drew hundreds of spectators to a rural farm on July 6 and 7. François Grenier, one of the organizers was part of this year’s winning team, Let’er Rip. “This cart weighted 197.5 lbs and took 25 hours of sweat to build,” said Grenier. “Although they had a new name this year, this is their 9th year at St. Labre 200.” The St. Labre 200 is a go-kart build off competition where fourteen teams are challenged to build their own go-karts within 24 hours. Teams build go-karts from scratch on

the first day and race their new creations the next day in a fast-paced 200-lap race on a quarter mile dirt track. The winner earns the right to hoist the coveted Sparkplug Cup. Since its inception, the St. Labre 200 has donated thousands of dollars to different local organizations in what they call the Give Back to the Community campaign. Proceeds from this year’s event will be divided between three worthwhile local organizations, including Camp Bridges, which supports children and teens in grief and bereavement. The Woodridge Fire Department is getting a portion to help

fund the purchase of an ATV for their department and Fonds Hôpital Ste-Anne Hospital Fund (SAHF) for equipment in the new operating ward. A total of sixteen teams participated in this year’s race, including (in order of completion), Let’er Rip, Tetrault Wealth Peelers, Moonshadow Busters, Los Chaqueños, Marchand West Loose Chains, Méchants Moustiques, Turtle Tek, Rubbernecks, Eh Team, Thibaultville Thunder, Inglorious Basards, Fudmuckers, Florze Boys, JKW Giv’er, In the Pits and Fix & Co.

Robbers Target Marchand Grocer On July 10 at approximately 3:30 am Steinbach RCMP responded to a break in and theft at the Marchand Grocery Store. Entry was gained from the front door. Once inside culprits targeted drawers where cigarettes were stored. Nothing else of value was stolen. The Marchand Store had a similar break in on June 13 and it appears that the same individuals have struck again making their escape in a late model white Ford pickup. 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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Nevertheless, Trust in Him Have you ever felt backed into a corner with no visible solution for your problem? Several years ago, I was practicing veterinary medicine in Dryden, Ontario. A client brought a large dog in to be euthanized. I was away from the clinic at the time, so our secretary just put the dog in a cage. When I returned, I told her to first let the dog loose in the clinic so he could get used to us before we had to give it a needle. Unfortunately, the dog went straight to the only exit door, sat in front of it and growled if either of us came near. People outside couldn’t come in and we couldn’t get out. We were backed into a corner with no visible solution. Nevertheless, we finally called the owner, who came back and helped us out of our predicament. There are many life situations that come up that appear to put us in similar impossible circumstances. But, no matter how difficult or even impossible certain situations may appear to be, God always has a solution for those who will trust Him. His Word and walk by faith. In the Bible, in II Corinthians 7:5 and 6, the Apostle Paul said he was troubled on every side with fighting and fears on the outside and on the inside. But the next verse starts out, “Nevertheless God.” God had a way out for Paul. He comforted him and sent Titus to help him. Through the Bible, there are examples of God stepping in when troubles came. In Deuteronomy 23:5, Balak wanted Baalim to curse God’s people, but, “Nevertheless,” God changed the curse into a blessing. In Judges 2:16, when God’s people ended up in bondage to other nations, it says, “Nevertheless,” God raised up judges to deliver His people. In Galatians 2:20, Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live…” Although Paul suffered many things as he served the Lord, he could still say, “Nevertheless, I live,” because: 1. Christ lived in him. He had trusted Christ as his Saviour. 2. He lived by Christ’s faith. Christ gave him the faith to face every problem. 3. Christ loved him. 4. Christ died for him. If you will face your problem as Paul did, then “nevertheless,” God will see you through every impossible situation. First, trust Christ as your Saviour. He died and shed His blood to pay for all your sins. Then realize Christ will give you His faith to see you through your problems. You don’t have to work up faith; it’s a gift from the Lord Jesus Christ. Reminding yourself that Christ loves you and died for you will give you the encouragement to continue, no matter how impossible it may appear. “Nevertheless,” God has an answer for every problem you face. Just run to Him, trust in Him, wait upon Him, and see what He will do for you. May God bless you and guide you as you seek Him.

Half-Year Tax Thoughts Its summertime and only tax professionals are thinking about taxes. I’m thinking about your taxes all the time. But this time of year, maybe while I’m sipping on something refreshing! Some people should be thinking about their tax situation now; if you start thinking of these things next February or March, it might be too late. Pharmacare Deductible – has your family net income decreased by more than 10% from 2015 to 2017? If so, you may want to apply to Manitoba Health to have your current deductible decreased for the current Pharmacare year (April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018). Most seniors are aware of this, but it applies to any family that may have high prescription drug costs that may reach their Pharmacare deductible. New seniors or those who have recently retired may not have thought about it much while working and having a health plan cover their prescriptions, but if you

have never applied for Pharmacare (and get an updated letter each year in May), you may want to get your application in now before you actually need it. Are you over 65 and your income has reduced? You may now qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement. If you are 65+ and your spouse is 60 - 65, the income level to qualify is higher than when both of you are 65+, so check it out. Once you have applied, your eligibility is reviewed every year after you file your income taxes. Are you 55 - 65? Has your family income reduced due to retirement or semi- retirement? Maybe you should start withdrawing some of your Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) if you are in a lower tax bracket. Once you are 65+, there are other credits that come into play and you may end up paying higher taxes on your RRIF withdrawals at that point than now. Get some expert tax advice on this before you go ahead. Give me a

call. Plan now! Has your health changed (worsened)? Maybe you now qualify for the Disability Tax Credit. Trouble walking? Hearing? Seeing? More time needed to test your blood sugars and adjust your insulin if you are diabetic. Problems with incontinence or bowel movements? Has your mental capacity decreased due to dementia? These impairments may affect your day-to-day life and you may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and reduce your taxes payable. Get the application and have your doctor complete it and get it sent to Canada Revenue Agency now. Has someone in the family had a decrease in health? Are you providing more care? Maybe you qualify for the Manitoba Primary Caregiver Tax Credit. Find out more to see if you qualify. Did you have an amount owing on your 2016 taxes when you last Spring? Do you want to change that so you do not owe next Spring?

You need to have more tax deducted from yours sources of income. I see this happen normally in two situations. Either the first situation is when you have more than one employer, working more than one part time job, or you have a main full time job and have a second part time job. Make sure the 2nd employer uses the tax code of “zero”. That means that every dollar is taxed (instead of both employers only taxing you once you are over the $11,000 basic exemption). The second situation I see often is the newly retired who have income from many sources and all are not taxing enough; get more tax deducted from at least one of the sources; CPP (Canada Pension Plan) or OAS (Old Age Security) are the easier sources to have more tax deducted. You can go on line if you have “my account” set up, or phone them, or see me for a form. Or if you had too much of a refund, you can have the tax deducted

reduced so you have more money each month instead of waiting until tax time. If you haven’t already, make sure you are keeping all your medical receipts and records. You can claim as a tax credit all medical expenses that you pay yourself. This includes the premiums you pay for your own health plan directly from your bank account or from your pay statement. If it comes out of your bank account, did you get a receipt in January confirming what you paid? (Blue Cross only issues if you ask, so make sure you do next January). Plan now! Check your tax slip from 2016; was the amount of medical premium listed there on your T4 or T4A? How about your pay statement? Was it clearly listed as health premiums (then keep your December 2017 pay statement that shows the year to date). Continued next page...

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Half-Year Tax Thoughts Continued.. If it just says “group insurance” that is not good enough because it likely includes disability insurance and life insurance premiums too. Make sure your employer gives you a letter in January confirming what you paid for your health and dental plan through your payroll deduction. Tell them now that you will be asking for it in January so they are prepared! Plan now! Other out of pocket medical expenses include the amount the plan doesn’t pay, often a 20% co-insurance, or maybe the 50% for medical expenses. And there may be medical expenses that are not covered at all by your health plan: eyeglasses, laser eye surgery, travel health insurance, dental, and more. Make sure you have a file or envelope so you keep all of these receipts to claim on your 2017 taxes next Spring. Plan now! And keep track of your medical travel. If you travel more than 40 km one way to a health professional that does not exist within 40 km (normally a specialist in Winnipeg), then keep track of the date, location, name of professional and reason for visit. Keep track of all

members of the family. If you record it on a large paper calendar, make sure on January 1 you keep the 2017 calendar where you keep the rest of your tax papers. Or ask us for a medical travel form. Plan now! Did you receive your notice for the Canada Child Benefit that was sent out by CRA in July? Is your family income under $65,000? You may be able to decrease your net income for 2017 and increase your CCB and tax savings by using RRSPs. If you buy an RRSP, you get a tax break of 26 to 33%, and you also increase the CCB by another 13%; so you can get almost half of your RRSP contribution paid back to you in real tax savings. Get an estimate of your 2017 taxes so you can see how much you could save by using RRSPs before the March 1, 2018 deadline. Plan now! Do you see a trend here? Planning now can save some real tax dollars next Spring when we complete your taxes. Remember my Death Café’s are now every third Thursday of the month. Contact us to be on the phone list. Have an enjoyable rest of the summer, spending time with

family and friends and enjoying the great outdoors! Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact her at 204.422.6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or Info@SteAnneTaxService.ca.

Matthew 7:24-27… 24) “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25) The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26) But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27) The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (NIV) I have never really met anyone who built a life-long dream without some form of preparation. But if one was to do so, it would be the height of perhaps foolishness. Yet it is strange that many times we do just that, we act on impulse. I do that; you perhaps do the same. There is nothing there to anchor us down, nothing there to hang onto when the things that go bump in the night strikes fear into our hearts. Now if we are not careful we will be carried away by those bumps and bruises that come in the night. Our electoral and social landscape is somewhat like that, it changes as fast as the pollsters can crunch their numbers. The brightest politicians are the ones who are clever enough to measure the mood of the people, not whether issues are right or wrong. People follow them around, listening to their teachings, and when they address these leaders, they show all the right respect. Have you ever noticed people forget what they have been asked to do on election day? And for that fatal failure, we can compare some politicians to someone who builds their house without a firm foundation. Their folly is of a different order than that of mere people. It is the folly of many politicians who have heard what is right, have acknowledged that it is right, shout it from the rooftops that it is right, and profess to be following it, but do not put their own teaching into practice. Their lives present a magnificent display, which is sometimes the object of admiration of other people. But they do not have the foundation, nor do they practice the Christian principles people admire. In contrast to the foolish side of life, there is, of course, the opposite. We do have the good politicians who do think ahead. They know there will be good times when all goes well, but like a fierce winter blizzard, the good that has been accomplished can be swept away and buried. Only those leaders whose foundations are firm and sure can withstand the storms and the tests. But one difficulty, which faces us today, is a simple fact that we often do not know what is right and what is wrong. Maybe we should ask the question… what do we mean by a firm foundation? The only answer that I can give is that which Jesus taught us in the Bible’s Scriptures. Our duty is not to condemn either a person, or an institution, and that today is precisely what so many do. A good politician is one who will give another politician the chance to be heard and promote that part which is good, rather than to condemn everything that has been said. Do you believe that knowledge becomes relevant – important only when it is put into action? It would be perfectly possible, say for a person to pass an exam in Christian Morals with the highest distinction, and yet never use that knowledge in their own personal life. Our actions must be guided by the knowledge we have gained; theory must become practice, convictions based on what the Scriptures teach must become life to us. There is little point for a politician to come to their constituent for advice unless they are prepared to act on that advice. And yet there are many who do just that. If we want to be effective, we must hear, listen and do. Can you think of a word in which hearing and doing can be summed up? You bet! There is such a word, obedience! This is what Christ, who was the greatest teacher that ever walked on the face of the earth said in the Gospel of Matthew 7:2427… To learn to obey is really one of the most important things in life… To God Be the Glory. Would you pray this prayer with me, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have 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.


August 2017

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

C ommunity E vents 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.

Falcon Lake Painting Workshop – On Saturday, August 26 from 10 am – 5 pm at Falcon Trails Resort, outdoors. Cost $125/ person (max 12 people). Enjoy beautiful nature with Melissa Jean, a nationally recognized artist from Kenora. Workshop open to all. Bring an outside easel, paint, water/turpentine, rags, palette, medium, brushes, at least 5 canvases no bigger than 16x16, and no smaller than 8x8, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, water bucket for brushes and water bottle for drinking. In case it rains, bring a couple of snapshots. More info at falcontrailsresort.com/news/painting.

Lorette Scribblers Coffee House – On Thursday, June 8 at 7 pm featuring Duncan Cox and the CLC choir and band at the Bibliothèque Taché Library. Admission is Free. Collection for the main act, coffee and goodies. Open Mic to follow. TD Summer Reading Club – Hosted by Bibliothèque Taché Library. It’s free. Open to kids age 0 - 17. Craft & Storytime every week. Prizes to be won! Every participant that hands in their reading logs will receive a goody bag at the end of the summer.

Sprague Annual Show & Shine - On Saturday, August 19 from Noon - 4 pm at the corner of Hwy 12 and PR 308, lot #44. Free admission. Entries for antique, classic, sport, muscle, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, tractors and special interest vehicles, food and entertainment. Everyone is welcome. Contact for entries a.kimrose@hotmail.com.

Swamp Donkey Adventure Race – On Saturday September 16, racers start at 9:00 am. Falcon Lake’s 11th annual event. Disciplines include biking, canoeing, trekking, navigation, orienteering and special tasks over 9 hours. Regular Fee $515.00 per team plus tax. Categories Teams of 3: Co-ed, Male, Female. Contact 204-228-1138.

Lego Club – On the last Wednesday and Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Tache Library, 1082 Dawson Rd. Please register, as space is limited. Open to all ages! Contact 204-878-9488, email btl@srsd.ca.

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.

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.

St. Adolphe 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.

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. Giroux Bingo - Every Thursday at Giroux Hall. Doors open at 5 pm, Bingo starts at 7 pm. Hall rental information for Socials, weddings, family functions, Meetings and more please call Debbie 204-424-5506 or Mike 204-326-6260. Grunthal Hanover Ag Fair – from Thursday, August 17 – Sunday, August 20 at the AG grounds. Events include a parade, live entertainment “Home Free”, Bullarama, CWHA Horse Show, MRCA/CCA Rodeo, Gymkhana, Family Fun Zone, AG on the Moove in the Agucation Centre, Enduro Cross, Demolition Derby, Motocross Free-Style Jumping, vendors and displays. Day & weekend passes available. Email info@hanoverag.com. Hadashville 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 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. Parent Child Playgroup - On Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 pm at the School, Rm142. Contact idc.mb.playgroup@ gmail.com. 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. Yoga- On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the TransCanada Centre. Cost $15/class or 10 classes for $125. Zumba - On Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 pm – 8 pm at the TransCanada Centre. 10 classes for $75 or $10 drop in. Contact sarah.abraham@gmail.com.

Ritchot Senior Services Foot Care Clinic - On Wednesdays by appointment. To reserve contact Janice 204-883-2880. With Cheryl Palmer, foot care nurse. Marchand Logging Days – From Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20. Slow pitch Tournament, evening dance in the park, kids games and so much more! Niverville The Crow Wing Toastmasters Club – Meets every Monday at 7:30 pm at the Niverville Heritage Centre. If you want to become a better speaker, run meetings that are more effective or develop leadership skills, a Toastmasters Club is the place to start. Contact Sheryl Berglund, Sberglund4@shaw.ca. GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Pansy Fall Supper – On Sunday, September 10 from 3 – 6 pm in the Community Hall. Cost Adults $17, Children 7 - 12 $9, and 6 and under free. A Ukrainian Smorgasbord will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Ritchot Senior Services – Monday - Thursday from 9 am- 2 pm at 457 Main Street. Contact 204 883-2880 or Ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Monthly Activities: Block Therapy - On 1st Wednesday of month from 6 – 7 pm. Mood Disorders - Monthly Meeting - On first Thursday of the month at 2:15 pm Art Class - 1st Monday & 2nd Tuesday of month, 7 – 8 pm. Weekly Activities: Cardio Fit - On Mondays from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Chair Fit - On Mondays from 11 – 11:40 am. Yoga - On Wednesdays from 1 – 2 pm. Muscle Fit - On Thursdays from 9:30- 10:30 am Foot Care Clinic - By appointment. To reserve contact Janice 204-883-2880. Cheryl Palmer, foot care nurse. Weekly Bingo – On Tuesday nights at the St. Adolphe Community Club. Doors open at 6 pm, 6:55 pm - Speedo Game, 7 pm - Early Bird Games, 7:30 pm - Regular Games. We hope to see you there! Proceeds will support the Community Club.

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.

St. Pierre-Jolys 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.

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.

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.

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.

Badminton Nights - At the school gym on Monday nights between 6 - 8 pm. $2 drop-in is required. Contact yvandupuis@gmail.com.

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

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.

La Broquerie Eastman Immigration Services - International Cooking Classes – On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month in La Broquerie. Space is limited. Contact to register 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com.

Lunches & Bingo – On Thursdays hosted by Club Amical. Contact 204-883-2491.

St. Malo Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba - On the last Monday each month at 7 pm at Paroisse St-Malo/Blessed Marguerite Catholic Community, #5 St. Malo St. For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns; individual and support groups. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228.

50+ Programs - At the Trans Canada Centre Indoor Walking - Mondays, Wednesday & Friday 9 – 10 am Yoga - Monday 10 -11 am Coffee Talk - Wednesday 10 - 11 am Block Therapy - Tuesday 10 - 11 am Water Colour Painting – Thursday 10 - 11:30 am Line Dancing - Thursday 7 - 8 pm Floor Curling - Friday 10 am – 12 pm Contact to register Mary Ann vintageclub@transcanadacentre.com, 204-339-6141.

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.

Pickle Ball – On Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 pm hosted by Club Amical at the St. Adolphe school gym. Contact Alma at 204883-2251.

Richer Richer Rough Stock Rodeo – Begins Friday, August 11 at 10 am to Sunday, August 13 10 pm at the Dawson Trail Park. The award winning Richer Rough Stock Rodeo!! Friday Night Bullnanza! Weekend Rodeo action! Social and Concert/Social! Many activities for the entire family.

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.

Ste. Agathe Ritchot Senior Services Foot Care Clinic - On Tuesdays, August 29, October 11 and November 21 by appointment. To reserve contact Janice 204-883-2880. With Cheryl Palmer, foot care nurse. Walking/Running Club - A walking and running club held on various weekdays at 7 pm, contact carly.flowers@hotmail. com. 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 Learn to Play Pickleball – Calling all active seniors. On Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 am, at the Ste. Anne Tennis Courts (weather permitting). You only need good clean running shoes, sunscreen, water, and a lawn chair (optional). Drop in fee of $3 or register $25 for the season. Contact Erika 204 422-5843. It’s Story Time at Your Library- Wednesday at 1 pm and Friday at 11 am at the Bibliothèque Sainte Anne Library. Come and enjoy story time with your preschooler. Please call or email to reserve a spot 204-422-9958 or email steannelib@ steannemb.ca.

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.

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.

Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for

Ste. Geneviève Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library at the Community Centre on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 - 8 pm.

A 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.

Royal Canadian Legion - On 1st Tuesday every month 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. For the summer months, last meeting is in June.

Steinbach Pioneer Days – From Friday, August 4 – Monday, August 7, at 9 am – 6 pm, the Mennonite Heritage Village. Relive our Mennonite past through pioneer activities, steam powered threshing, music and lots of good food! Our biggest event of the year! Cost $10.

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.

MHV Heritage Classic Golf Tournament – On Wednesday, August 16 at the Quarry Oaks. Fundraising event for the Mennonite Heritage Village. Register early to enjoy a round of golf with your friends. Lunch, prizes, and dinner included. Cost $150. Call for more details.

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.

Rumbling the Road for Muscular Dystrophy – On Saturday, August 19 at 9 am, Tim Hortons Hwy 12 N. Hot Rods & handlebars, motor cycles & muscle cars welcome. Let’s make some noise to raise some money for Muscular Dystrophy! Registration at 9 am in the parking lot on Hwy 12 north. Hope to see you there! Cost $20/rider. Fall on the Farm – On Monday, September 4 from 9 am – 5 pm, at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Experience harvest work, hearty food, corn on the cob, music, hog butchering and pioneer demonstrations. Cost $10. Summer Movie Night at the Library – On Thursdays, from 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm. at the Jake Epp Library. Bring a pillow to sit on, your family and your friends. Admission is free and so is the popcorn! August 3, “The Little Prince” (rated G), August 10, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (rated G), August 17, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (rated G), August 24, “Kung Fu Panda 3” (rated G). Crafts & Laughs - Book Page Bracelets on Monday, August 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Kids, bring your parents for a fun parent-child cooperative craft. We will be teaching you to make beaded bracelets from recycled book pages! Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Limited Space available. Cost is $2 per parent-child pair. Summer Reading Club - Join us at Jake Epp Library for a summer full of fun and reading! Register for 7-week home-based reading program free with a library membership. All children finished kindergarten through grade 8 are welcome. Keep your kids reading all summer long! Craft classes and reading circle (book club) are also 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 - Knit-Wits - 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. Upcoming Events: IELTS in Steinbach, November 2. Futsal, every Monday 9 – 11 pm at the EM Church on Main St, IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) on May 25. Call to reserve your place. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis.com , 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com. Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595. Mommies Group at Kidzone - On Wednesdays, from 9 am - 1 pm. Come by to meet other moms to chat with and get your kids to make some new friends. Cost $7, free coffee. Creativi-Tea Time - Need to relax? Every second Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Come and go as it suits you. We’ll provide basic supplies; feel free to bring your own. Includes tea and coffee. 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.

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 MS Monthly Self-Help group meeting - for people living with multiple sclerosis. The group meets on the second Thursday evening of each month from 6 - 7 pm at Fernwood Place apartments. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 or email nadine.konyk@ mssociety.ca. MS Lunch Group- On 4th Thursday of every month, from 12 – 1 pm at All D’s Restaurant 320 Main Street. Contact Stephanie Bevacqua 204-988-0904, Stephanie.Bevacqua@mssociety.ca. 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. The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Auxiliary - meets on the first Tuesday of every month except for the months of July and August at the Bethesda Hospital. We welcome anyone interested in auxiliary work. Contact Verna Thiessen at 3263028. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Magnolia Restaurant. Contact 204-326-2313. 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 Street, Contact Sheryl at 204-326-7628 or Irene at 204-4245737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Tolstoi Prairie Day – On Saturday, August 12 from 10 am - 3:30 pm at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. Join us at the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail, located 3km east of Tolstoi on PR 209. Native plants, prairie beetles and prairie bugs, and a highlight talk on animal encounters. The animal ambassadors from The Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre will be on hand and more. Cost $5 per adult and free for children. On-site canteen (10:30 am - 3 pm), BBQ lunch (11:30 am - 2 pm), Note only cash is accepted. All Prairie Day activities will take place rain or shine. Contact Christie at 204-425-3229 or tgpphq@mymts.net for more information. Vassar Annual 2-Day Ball Tournament – From Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20 at the Ball Park. Free Camping. Gate Admission. Pool, Kids activities. Saturday: Slo-pitch 1st Prize $1,000 depending on # of entries. Room for 24 Teams. Sunday: Fastball room for 16 teams. Woodridge The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1-855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- Starts again in the fall. Let us do the driving! Join us for a fun filled day. Tour from 8:30 am - 7:15 pm. Begins at 8:30 am, pickups 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 to and from the casinos for those wishing to play. Bi-monthly overnight trips to South Beach Casino are also available, amazing prices on these trips so call for details. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 for information and reserve a seat.

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Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Tolstoi Gets Its First Bus Tour The small community of Tolstoi was abuzz with activity as it hosted its first ever bus tour. Emerson-Franklin Tourism coordinator Wayne Arseny provided the step-on guide aspect for the Fehrway Bus tour originating out of Winnipeg. Arseny has brought many tours to Emerson to see their historic homes and Fort Dufferin, saying this was a first, being able to bring a tour eastward into the new amalgamated municipality.

The full bus, of 42 people was enlightened with commentary as they made their way to Tolstoi on Hwy 200/201. The guide pointed out the different crops, livestock, and change in topography from flat grain land to 135 feet rise to the treed escarpment. In Tolstoi, bus guests were treated to a scrumptious perogy lunch provided by the Seniors Centre, a tour of the historic Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, and a stop at Border Vintage Antiques. This is a first time opportunity for this

small community to host a bus tour and one, which was seen as very successful by guest commentary. “People were buying things at the antique store and 43 meals were served at the Seniors Centre, this is new commerce from tourism,” said Arseny. “And an indication that regardless of how small our towns may be there is always something unique and interesting to showcase if you provide a guide who can relay those aspects to first time visitors.”

A first time opportunity for this small community to host a bus tour to highlight its attractions.

Fontaine Awarded Lifetime Member By Marianne Curtis The Association of Manitoba Municipalities has recognized a former St. Pierre-Jolys councilor and mayor with a lifetime membership to the organization. On June 21, Gerald Fontaine was the only former municipal official to

be presented with a Life Membership at the most recent Eastern District Regional Meeting, which took place in Woodridge. The award was presented by AMM President Chris Goertzen, along with a plaque and pine. “I was an elected municipal official for a total of twenty-two years, having served

as councillor from 1974 to 1986 and as Mayor from 1986-1992 and 1998-2002,” Fontaine recalled. “I am very pleased and very honored.” The Award and Certificate states that it was presented for, “Outstanding performance and lasting contributions to municipal government.”

Gerald Fontaine was presented with a Lifetime AMM Membership by AMM President Chris Goertzen at the recent Eastman District Meeting in Woodridge.

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August 2017

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

August 2017


Whiteshell Cottagers Line Up for Recycle Bin Bags By Marianne Curtis

Ronald S. Smith, President of the Whiteshell Cottagers Association was delighted to hear that Recycle Everywhere was coming to the area to deliver the free Bin Bags to seasonal residents. “This event shows our cottagers and seasonal site owners how recycling beverage containers is accessible and how we must all work together to keep the Whiteshell beautiful,” said Smith. All Manitoba Provincial Parks with public access already have Recycle Everywhere bins, making these new summer initiatives a complement to the existing recycling program. Founded in 2010, the Canadian

Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) is a not-forprofit, industry-funded organization whose membership includes beverage brand owners and distributors. CBCRA is committed to reaching the government-mandated target of recovering 75% of beverage containers sold in Manitoba. CBCRA implemented and operates the Recycle Everywhere program. Recycle Everywhere strives to educate Manitobans on beverage container recycling, and ensure that it is convenient to recycle empty beverage containers no matter where citizens live, work or play.

On July 15, Whiteshell cottage owners lined up by the hundreds to accept free Bin Bags, which were distributed through the Recycle Everywhere program at a community barbeque. Minister of Sustainable Development Cathy Cox was in Falcon Lake to help distribute approximately 300 free Bin Bags as part of the Manitoba government’s partnership with the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) and its Recycle Everywhere program. “The Recycle Everywhere Bin Bag Program gives Manitobans more ways to truly have their empty beverage containers recycled everywhere,” said Cox. “I love that the program helps to keep our province’s beautiful lakes and parks cleaner, greener, and more pristine over the busy summer months.” The Bin Bag is a lightweight, collapsible recycling bin designed to help Manitobans recycle at their cottages. Since April, Recycle Everywhere has distributed over 16,000 Bin Bags free of charge to cottages and seasonal site across Manitoba. Additionally, more than 170,000 clear recycling bags have been provided to provincial, municipal and private campgrounds for overnight Minister of Sustainable Development Cathy Cox helped hand out over 300 Recycle Everywhere campers. Bin Bags to Whiteshell cottagers in Falcon Lake.

free Bin Bags, which were distributed through the Recycle Everywhere program at a community barbeque.

Join us for Summer Arts Day Camps in August. New, try it! Only $25/day for Drop Ins, Summer Day Camp Special at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. Limited days available per week. It’s Drop in but call us first to sign up today, at 204-346-1077. Check out SAC Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on how you can Win a Free Camp this summer! Register online steinbachartscouncil. ca or call 204-346-1077. SAC Members: $125 and Non-Members: $145 (Plus Membership and $5 Swim Fee). 2 separate camps weekly, Camp #1 - Ages 5 - 8 and Camp #2 - Ages 9 – 12. Each week is packed with creativity, art, dance, music, drama, recreation, community field trips, swimming, Splash Park and more! SCORE! Sports Week - From July 31 – August 4. Animal Planet – From August 8 – 11. *Note: 4 Day Camp, August 7 is a Holiday. Disney – From August 14 – 18.

Abstract Acrylic Painting Beginner and Intermediate, New! Contemporary Acrylic, Digital Photography, Intro to the Pottery Wheel and New! Canvas & Cabernet Paint Nites at SAC. XCOMPANY – New, 12 week Dance classes at SAC– No costume fees, no fundraising obligations, no competitions, just pure fun! Try Hip Hop, Jazz, and Dance4Tots Creative Movement. Fusion Musical Theatre Program – For ages 9 - 14 and 15 – 19. Music, Dance and Drama. Register online steinbachartscouncil.ca.

New! Southeast Music Conservatory - The Arts Centre is full of the top music teachers in the region and it’s time to book your spot now. Shannon Unger, Darrel Friesen, Hannah Humphries, Natalie Dawe and Candace Hamm - Top instructors in Cello, violin, voice, piano and theory are accepting Fall Registration Day at SAC! students now. Many performance 10% off only on Thursday, August opportunities, call the office to get 24 from 3 – 8 pm at the Steinbach your name on the list. Cultural Arts Centre. Sign up for a new program or workshop at fall New! Moccasin Making Classes Registration Day. - Make your own moccasins, mukluks, gloves and learn how to bead Backyard Theatre Company them yourself! Call us for details. Wants You! - Build your confidence, ignite your creativity and Calling all Teachers! Celebratexplore your imagination. Get ing Arts Creatively - Bring your involved with the community; classrooms to Out 2 Arts! Crediscover the process of preparing ative projects in dance, theatre for a play, character building and and visual arts at the Centre with practicing scripts and final Produc- our professional local artists. The tion on stage at the SRSS Theatre most creative way to learn. Call for ages 5 - 18. Cassandra to book your workshop. All grades, all class curriculums. Arts4Tots Preschool Program - Montessori-Infused Curriculum. Youth – and Fun! - Join the CreDon’t miss out on your spot! ative Youth Council. The next Why are we unique? The most Turnip the Music Event is planned creative way to learn for ages 3 for spring at the Neufeld Garage - 5 with specialists in dance, mu- – call to join in the fun. sic, drama and visual arts! Come join Miss Pam and Miss Jen for Last call – Reserve your seats a year full of creativity, arts, field as a Season Ticket holder! - Our trips, learning and more. Monday/ 2017 - 18 concert series includes Wednesday am or pm and Tues- our annual Holiday Pops concert day/Thursday am or pm. with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Creative Wellness – New, Power Quartetto Gelato, Mission Potluck Pilates! Basic Core Pilates, New, comedy and so much more! New Pilates Intermediate, On the Ball Koncerts 4 Kidz series with PTE Pilates, Zumba, New, Belly Dance and Bubbleman. You won’t want – 3 Workshops. to miss this season! Call now to reserve your seats. Cooking – Creative Cooking, Kids in the Kitchen, Teen Cuisine, Annual General Meeting – for Cake X-Travaganza Workshop the Steinbach Arts Council on and Couples Cooking Workshops. Wednesday, September 6, 7 pm at the Centre. Languages – Spanish and French. Corks’N Canvas Wine Tasting Visual Arts Fundraiser – Friday, SeptemKids - Hand Building with Clay, ber 22 at the Centre with over 30 Kids Art Adventure, Art X-Trava- vendors on site. Tickets available ganza, New! Canvas & Colas Friday, September 1 at the SAC Teens - Mixed Art, Pottery Pas- Office. sion, Digital Photography, Cartoon Illustration and New, Digital Media and Game Programming. Adults - Beginner Watercolor Painting, Beginner Oil Painting,


August 2017

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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Next “Tabs for Wheelchairs” Recipient Named By Marianne Curtis A sixteen-year-old youth from Steinbach has been named as one of two recipients of a customized wheelchair from Tabs for Wheelchairs when they celebrate their 20th anniversary next year. Gwen Buccini, Tabs for Wheelchairs Coordinator said they are looking forward to helping Marlon Calakhan. For the past nineteen years, Tabs for Wheelchairs has collected tabs, and used the money raised from the sale of the metal to purchase wheelchairs for people who require the specialized equipment. “Next year is a very special year as it is our 20th Anniversary and we will be presenting two wheelchairs,” noted Buccini. “Calakhan, who will be a Grade 9 student at Steinbach Regional Secondary School this fall and to the Manitoba Sport Wheelchair Association of Manitoba.” Calakhan was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth in the Philippines, spending his entire life in a wheelchair. Because of his special needs, he was denied entry into Canada with the rest of his family in 2006. It took ten years before the government finally approved his entry into Canada in March of 2016.

During that decade, he remained in the Philippines, with his grandmother and was able to attend school for six of those years. The school was unable to take care of his needs as he had severe limitations. Unfortunately, because Calakhan was always in a wheelchair, his legs became permanently crossed and he received no medical attention while in the Philippines. “He finally had an operation last month to separate his legs,” Buccini added. “He is presently learning to speak English, loves to play on his tablet, watch the Filipino Channel and be outdoors,” said Buccini. “This has been a lifelong love of Marlon Jr., as back in the Philippines during the few years he couldn’t attend school, he would sit outside his grandmother’s house just to be able to experience the outdoors and see people going by.” Tabs for Wheelchairs has 98 schools and 91 companies and groups participating, as well as hundreds of individuals. Western Scrap

Next June, thanks to the help of thousands of tab collectors, Marlon Calakhan will receive a specialized wheelchair from Tabs for Wheelchairs.

Metals Inc., who recycles the tabs for the organization also accepts cans or any kind of metal and they will credit Tabs for Wheelchairs.

Woodlawn Students Collect Tabs By Marianne Curtis

chairs. Several schools in the region are collecting tabs for wheelchairs, including Arborgate School, Ecole St. Adolphe, Niverville Elementary School, Ecole Ste. Anne Immersion, Dawson Trail School, Ecole regional Gabrielle-Roy and Ecole Ile Des Chenes. Tabs can also be brought directly to the Pat Porter Centre in Stein-

bach. Western Scrap Metals Inc. also provides an additional way to donate to the Tabs for Wheelchairs program. They accept metal cans or any kind of metal and will credit Holy Cross School Tabs for Wheelchairs upon request.

The students from Woodlawn School are among the first to add towards this year’s goal to collect enough tabs so that Tabs for Wheelchairs can purchase two specialized wheelchairs. Two recipients have been chosen including 16-year-old Marlon Calakhan from Steinbach and Manitoba Sport Wheelchair Association of Manitoba. Bob Barrow is the local coordinator for Tabs for Wheelchairs and said that Woodlawn School has been collecting for years and this year students decided to donate towards Marlon’s chair. “My wife and I emptied the 45 gallon barrel this evening, and filled 5 40# seed bags, that will be delivered to Holy Cross School in St Boniface!” said Barrow. “That’s 200 pounds of tabs, equals 300,000 tabs, or $120!” Karen Fraser, on behalf of Woodlawn School said students were surprised to hear how much they had collected. “We are very happy to donate the tabs,” said Fraser. “We will start collecting again in the fall.” Anyone can help collect tabs or raise The students from Woodlawn School collected approximately 200 pounds of tabs to purchase money in support of Tabs for Wheel- a new wheelchair for another local student through Tabs for Wheelchairs.

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Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

August 2017


Steinbach Woman Wins Tri-Hospital Dream Lottery By Marianne Curtis

doled out, more winners are coming. Every day in August, a new Big Apple PLUS winner will choose from over $3,600 in Apple prizes, iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs and Watches. Winners can also travel to ‘The Big Apple’ itself, New York City, with extra spending cash to sweeten the deal or winners can choose the daily cash prize instead. Ticket buyers may consult the winner’s list online at trihospitaldream. com in the coming days to see if they have won.

On July 27, Christine Wiens of Steinbach was named the winner of the Grand Prize in this year’s TriHospital Dream Lottery. As the winner of the grand prize, Wiens will choose between a cash prize of $1.2 million or one of three luxury home or cottage packages. Wiens said she started buying tickets about five years ago after her granddaughter was born eight weeks premature. The child, who spent some time in the NCIU, is now five years old. “This was our idea to support the hospital in whatever way we could, never dreaming of actually winning,” Wiens told media. While they do not have, plans on how the money will be spent other than the possibility of splitting it among their children. The Tri-Hospital Dream lottery supports the work of three of Manitoba’s biggest hospital foundations, Health Sciences Centre Foundation, Children’s Hospital Foundation, and St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. The 50/50 prize, totalling $451,252.50, was won by ticket number 401877 belonging to Gladys Christine Wiens of Steinbach is the lucky winDemition, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. ner of $1.2 million in the Tri-Hospital Dream While the main prizes have been lottery.

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Headway Program Gets Funds On June 5, the Headway Program in Steinbach received a $1,500 donation from BSI Insurance through their Because We Can program. The Headway Program is a collaborative multi-agency initiative of service providers involved with vulnerable youth in the community. The program’s mission is to identify, plan for, intervene, and assist youth along with their families, in becoming productive, resilient citizens of

the community. Several agencies are involved in the program, including the Steinbach RCMP, Hanover School Division, Mental Health, Community Health, Probation Services, Child and Family Services, and the Addictions Foundation. With the help of BSI Insurance, the Headway Program has raised $60,000 of the $78,000 required for the 2017-2018 School Program.

Rowan Giesbrecht and Matt Neufeld, Family Protection Specialists at BSI Insurance present a $1,500 cheque to Brenda Brown, Headway Program Coordinator.

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 and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. Special Events: Potluck: Thursday, August 10 at 6 pm. A barbeque theme with games as entertainment. Please call to let us know you are coming to help us prepare the appropriate barbequed meat. Our receptionists will direct you on what to provide (salad, dessert or buns) and reminder it is $6 per person to attend. Call 204-3204600 to register. Out and About: We have 2 more outings planned - all welcome. We will travel by handi-transit from the Centre to the destination. Cost is $20 per person and then spending money. Call Lynda 204-320-4603 for further details! Monday, August 14 – Folklorama Tuesday, November 14 - St. Vital Shopping Centre. Let’s Talk About Diabetes and Foot Care Presentation: Thursday, August 17 from 1 - 2:30 pm. Topics - What is Diabetes, Types of Diabetes, Signs & Symptoms, Healthy Eating (Serving sizes & Canada Food Guide Reference) and Healthy Living. Questions and Diabetes Risk Assessments conducted one-on-one if desired. Our Foot Care team will also be sharing on this topic and will offer a Free Monofilament Assessment. Presenters, Kevin Young from Diabetes Canada, Val Frey and Ursula Giesbrecht. RSVP by Friday, August 4 by calling 204320-4603. Falk Nursery Presentation: Tuesday, August 22 from 1 - 2 pm. Sheldon Falk, owner of Falk Nursery, gives us advice on how to beautify our yards, gardens, balconies, patios and indoors. Bring all your questions about planting, pruning and more when you attend this Free Presentation! Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 15 by calling our receptionist at 204-320-4600. Friends Night Out: An exciting program for individuals to come together and enjoy a social activity once a month while building friendships. Each month will be a different activity. Meet on the last Friday of each month starting on Friday, August 25 at 7 – 9 pm at the Pat Porter Active Living Centre. Bring your smiles, a pop or snack food to share and meet some new friends! Designed for males and females. Craft Fair and Bake Sale: Friday, September 8 from 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday September 9 from 9 am – 4 pm. Vendors can purchase tables at $50 for non-members and $40 for members. Fees include both dates. Jam contest on September 9 at 1 pm. Kid’s activities! Come out and purchase lunch prepared by the La-

dies Auxiliary of Steinbach Legion #190. Call Lynda 204-320-4603 to book your table and for more information! St. John’s Emergency First Aid with Level C CPR: Tuesdays, September 19 and 26 (2 part course) – need to attend both dates to be certified. Time is from 1 – 5 pm. Fee $75 per person (includes cost of the book). Instructor is Ed Urbanski. RSVP with payment by Tuesday, August 29. Call receptionist at 204-3204600 or Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more details and to register. Mature Driving Workshop: Tuesday, September 12 from 1 - 4 pm. A Great Theory Workshop with option of a car assessment. RSVP by Friday, September 1 by calling our reception at 204-320-4600. Buddy Up: If you live alone or spend part of your week alone this would be a program for you! You would “Buddy Up” with someone and then touch base with each other to ensure safety. Example, if you fall or become ill and your buddy cannot reach you, they would come by your place or call someone of your choice (pre-arranged) to go and check in on you. If you are interested, please contact Lynda 204-320-4603 for more details. Program is FREE. Rentals and Functions: **We have 1 Hut available to rent immediately!** Please call Lynda at 204-320-4600 or Kim at 204320-4602. Book your next event at our facility! We can accommodate the following but are not limited to, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Banquets, Conferences and Family Gatherings Call Lynda at 204-3204603 for more information. Volunteer Opportunities: We are in need of Volunteers for the following duties, Gardening, Weeding, Reception and Special events. Call Lynda at 204-320-4603. Volunteer with us – we could use volunteers in many different areas. Whatever your skill set or age, we have a place for you. Whether you can volunteer for an hour a month, week or day or several hours we can accommodate you with tasks.

Auditorium. FREE to the public! Enjoy Free Coffee or Tea after! The New Connection: If you are New to the community or have had a significant change in your life (i.e. loss of a significant other, divorce, living arrangement or need a friend) we would like to welcome you. Please call Lynda for more information 204-3204603. Fun Bingo: 3rd Thursday of each month, from 10 - 11 am. No Cash prizes – fun prizes are offered. Movie Time: 4th Monday of each month from 1 - 4 pm. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: Wednesdays from 1:30 – 4 pm. Pickleball: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 9 11:30 am. Drop in Billiards: Monday - Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. Cards: Monday – Canasta; Wednesday – Cribbage. All card games are from 1 - 4 pm. Ho Model Railway Project: Wednesdays from 9 am - 4 pm. Choir/Fitness Class/Old Time Country Jam and Computer Classes: Will resume in the fall. Free Programs: Crafty Corner: Every Friday from 2 - 4 pm. Bring your craft (anything goes – knitting, scrapbooking, woodwork, etc) and have some good conversation, coffee and share in learning from each other. Cozy Corner Coffee Time: 10:30 am, every morning for free coffee, tea, and a cookie. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Other Programs & Services: Noon Meals: Available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Deb at 3204605 the day before or by 9 am that day to reserve your meal. Tai Chi: Monday evening 7 pm and Wednesday mornings at 10 am. Foot Care Clinic: Foot care is available the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month and the third Tuesday and Thursday of every month. Call Reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing Clinic: Third Friday of the month. Call 1-800661-2653 to book your appointment.

Memory Garden: If you are interested in planting an annual flower in memory of a loved one, we have dedicated one of our garden spaces for this project. Memory Garden is located at the corner of our lot by Hwy #12 + Chrysler Gate. Call Lynda for further details 204-320-4603. We have a pool table for sale at $500 or best offer. If you are inMovie Time: 4th Monday of each terested call Lynda at 204-320month from 1 - 4 pm. Next movie 4603. August 28 is The Pacifier and September 25 is Daddy Day Care. For more information on programs, events, activities or volRegular Activities: Make sure to unteer opportunities, drop by the check out our quarterly Newsletter. Centre Monday to Friday from All Programs have a fee of $2 to par- 8:30 am – 4 pm or call reception ticipate. (Unless otherwise stated). desk at 204-320-4600 or Lynda at Walking Program: Every Morning 204-320-4603 or visit our website from 8:30 - 9 am (Weekdays) in our at patporteralc.com.


August 2017

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Couple Follows their Destiny to Kismet Creek Farms

Anniversary Trees Planted Along Historic Trail By Marianne Curtis

Raelle and Karl Schoenrock, owners of Kismet Creek Farms an animal sanctuary, celebrate Archie’s first birthday.

By Marianne Curtis About six miles south of Steinbach there is a little known eightyacre sanctuary called Kismet Creek Farms. Owned by husband and wife team Raelle and Karl Schoenrock, Kismet Creek Farms is a haven for rescued animals while providing them a golden opportunity to educate the public on livestock and farming. According to Raelle, who studied as a veterinary technician, Kismet Creek Farm is currently the forever home to almost eighty animals of 11 different species. “We rescue animals from livestock auctions to save them from slaughter, we transfer in animals from rescue organizations, we accept farm animals that were kept as pets and now need a new home due to the owners’ health declining or living situation changing, we take in animals that farmers were going to cull due to genetic issues, injuries,” Raelle explained. “Things evolved from there into a farm sanctuary, meaning the animals we rescue stay with us for their whole lives. We don’t rehome or adopt them out to the public. We are their forever farm. They will never be food, ever.” The couple has been rescuing animals since May 2014, when they brought home a box of chicks from an auction. That was soon followed by rabbits, a horse and some stray cats. “We find out what each species needs to feel safe, fulfilled and happy and do our best every day to provide it. Everyone here has a name

and is allowed to just be exactly who they are with no expectations or demands,” Raelle added. “Our goal is to be self-sustaining through public visits and special events so that we can cover feed and medical expenses for our current animals and continue to rescue more.” This August, Kismet Creek Farms is opening its doors to the public for the first time in order to maintain their goal. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet many of the rescued animals and hear their stories, including Archie. “Our first major success story and what really fueled my passion to help farm animals was a calf we named Archie,” Raelle recalled. “Essentially, he was born into a beef cattle herd and his mother rejected him. He was very ill. He was so loveable and sweet, and he went through so much. He lost the ability to stand or walk, most of his fur fell out, his one front leg was horribly crooked, he was attacked by a neighbour’s dog, he got pneumonia, it just goes on and on. Archie is now over 2 years old and extremely healthy.” Kismet Creek Farms is open to the public for guided tours on Thursdays through Mondays from 10 am to 5pm. Money raised during these tours is used towards the continued care and upkeep of their four legged and feathered family.

Kismet Creek Farms is opening its doors to the public.

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Fifty strategic, historic spots along the Trans Canada Trail part of the Crow Wing Trail will be marked with commemorative trees thanks to the EmersonFranklin municipality initiative. According to Wayne Arseny, Emerson-Franklin Tourism coordinator, the municipality was one of 150 communities across the country awarded a Tree Canada grant. In their approved application, the municipality proposed to plant 50 trees in 25 different historically significant locations over 63 km along the Trans Canada Trail instead of just one spot like other communities did. The trees have been planted on the Crow Wing Trail portion of the Trans Canada Trail within the RM of EmersonFranklin. “We have planted ours in 25 different spots, each having a unique story due to its history or significant point of interest,” Arseny explained. The tree plantings have been marked on a map, each having a story. The map has the tree locations GPS’ed and will serve

as destinations for users of the trail for something to go out and view. “We intend on using this map as a source of tourism product to lure visitors using the Trans Canada Trail into our municipality,” Arseny added. “Response has been good. I have met some walkers on the trail who are seeing the new tress and asking what that is about.” In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Tree Canada awarded commemorative trees to 150 tree-planting initiatives in communities in every province and territories across the country. Only

a dozen projects were approved in Manitoba and the Emerson-Franklin is the only project in the southern region. The Crow Wing Trail is a historic 192-km route stretching from the southern border of Winnipeg to Emerson. The Trail closely follows the red river cart trading route through Emerson, Roseau River, St. Malo, St. Pierre-Jolys, Ste. Agathe, St. Adolphe all the way into Winnipeg from the south where it crosses the Red River Floodway and meets the St. Norbert Heritage Trail on Courchaine Road.

Tree Canada representative Ken Fostey, RM Emerson-Franklin Councillor Doug Johnson, Crow Wing Trail Board Member, Bev DeMontigny, Tourism Coordinator Wayne Arseny, Councillor Brenda Lange and Deputy Reeve Ron Mihaychuk celebrate Tree Canada’s 150th opening in Emerson.

St. Malo Residents Gouged By Garbage Rates St. Malo residents are still waiting for a municipal board response after a hearing took place in the community last month to discuss the service provided by Bristol Hauling. According to Bruno Hebert, the mid-June hearing took place so that the municipal board could hear objections or support for a new bylaw that would cost ratepayers over $300,000 extra for over

four years. “It says that it is for the purpose of the raising of the berms at the landfill, but it appears that it also includes a part of an $800,000 composting project,” Hebert explained. “Why only a small percentage of Ratepayers targeted?” The By-law in question proposed to levy a Special Services Tax for the years 2017 to 2019, on all taxable, grant-in-lieu and otherwise exempt properties re-

ceiving garbage collection services in the communities of St. Malo and Otterburne within the Municipality. Vacant lots with seasonal campers currently receiving collection services are included. Hebert explained that for his business, Place Hebert, garbage pick up was $450 per year a few years ago, but under the new bylaw, it will be just under $1,900/ year by 2019.

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Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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August 2017

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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