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Dawson Trail Days Wows Ste. Anne

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the community of Ste. Anne pulled out all the stops for this year’s annual Dawson Trail Days. Starting September 1, for four days, the community was bustling with activities for all ages including a community Sock Hop, tradeshow, baseball tournament, petting zoo and spectacular fireworks. After the community gathered for a pancake breakfast hosted by the Ste. Anne Fire Department, the historic Dawson Trail was lined with hundreds of people who enjoyed the parade despite the threat of rain. Photos by Marianne Curtis

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Ritchot to Celebrate Neighbourhoods and Volunteers By Marianne Curtis The RM of Ritchot Council is hoping to encourage communities and neighbourhoods throughout the municipality to mingle by declaring September 30 “Neighbour Day”. According to Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen, the new municipal council wanted to find a way to bring community members together literally “block by block”. “Well, we want everyone to get to know their neighbours, and the best way to do that is by hosting block parties,” explained Ewen. “We believe that in order to grow our municipality, we need to grow as a municipality, and that starts by getting to know your neighbours.” Residents wishing to participate in the event are encouraged to apply for the proper permits if needed. They are also reminded to adhere to the municipal noise bylaws of 7 am to 11 pm. The Mayor even offered suggestions on how to get started. “Our staff has created a quick 3 step guide on How to Throw Successful Block Party,” Ewen added. Tips include forming a committee and brainstorm for ideas; create an inviting and invite the neighbours and finally “Party time”. The Municipality’s “Neighbour Day” is scheduled to take place the day after the RM of Ritchot officially recognizes their community volunteers. On September 29, the RM of Ritchot 4th Annual Volunteer Appreciation evening is taking place at the Cartier Park, Ste. Agathe from 6 until 9 pm. Special attention will be given to the municipal fire department, who is celebrating their 50th anniversary. RSVP at recreation@ritchot.com or 204-803-6115 by September 22.

Hunting for Vandals Between the dates of July 19 and July 20, graffiti was drawn on the building operated by Black Top Resurfacing on Dawson Road. 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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Chili and Fire Fighters Draw Crowds to Kleefeld By Marianne Curtis Over one weekend, the town of Kleefeld hosted some of the sweetest and spiciest treats in the country during the annual Honey Festival. This year’s event kicked off with a double feature movie night on August 11 with Monster Trucks and Going In Style. Saturday began with a pancake breakfast, baseball tournament and vendor market. One of the highlights was the festival’s fifth annual chilli Cookoffthath does double duty as the finals for the Canadian Food Championships. Members of the Kansas City Barbeque Society judged entrants’ creations. This year’s winning team is ‘Burning Ring of Fire’, Darryl Mcgarey and Tyler Thurston out of Winnipeg. Gord Meneer, a spokesperson for the festival, said the team has been impressive. “It’s pretty impressive for a team to win two championships in three years,” said Meneer. The father-son team received a $4,000 cash and travel package to send them off to Georgia for the World Food Championships. They were last named Canadian Champions back in 2015. Meneer added that new events like the Firefighters Challenge were a huge crowd pleaser with visitors. “The firefighter challenge draws firefighters from all over the southeast,” Meneer explained. Volunteer firefighters participate in a variety of events that not only test skill, but also show residents how they handle certain situations. This year’s winner was Jared Blatz of the Steinbach Fire Department. There was no shortage of activities for the kids, including performances by Mr. Mark, Kids Carnival, Face Painting & Balloon Artist and bouncer. The day ended with Kleefeld’s Famous Chicken Dinner, followed by an evening concert with the Dalton Richard Band, Jason Kirkness, and Cracked Egg Shell. The night was capped off with fireworks. The weekend ended with a community church service Sunday morning.

Manitoba Chamber to Recognize Local Businesses A Niverville building company and a Steinbach financial institution are among the fifteen finalists for the upcoming Manitoba Business Awards by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. This year’s finalists for the 34th annual Manitoba Business Awards include Steinbach Credit Union (Steinbach) who has been named as among three contenders for Outstanding Large Business. From Niverville, WM Dyck & Sons is one of three Long-Term Achievement nominees. The 34th Manitoba Business Awards will be handed on October 27 at the Canad Inns Polo Park. The Manitoba Business Awards were established in 1983 to recognize and celebrate outstanding businesses and individual achievements by the Province’s business community. Each year seven awards are given to businesses and/or people who contribute to employment, have a successful employee relations department, have seen sustainable growth and been involved in community development. Additional consideration is given to nominees demonstrating exceptional achievements in overcoming unique obstacles.

Spectators attending this year’s Kleefeld Honey Festival were treated to a special display of speed, skill and bravery with several local fire departments went head to head during the Fire Fighter Challenge. Photo by Marianne Curtis


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Thousands Flock to Richer Roughstock Rodeo By Marianne Curtis For the fifth year in a row, several thousand spectators attended this year’s Richer Rough Stock Rodeo, which took place in Richer from August 11 to 13. According to Pat Stolwyk, the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo - which was named Rodeo of the Year by the Heartland Rodeo Association for three of the four previous years - exceeded their expectations again. “We had amazing attendance and once again our volunteers were as passionate as they get,” Stolwyk stated. The Friday night Bull-nanza brought in bull riders from through-

out the province to compete for custom designed buckles. In addition, more than 200 competitors took part in events such as bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback and saddle bronc. The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo had tons of activities for the entire family, including a trade show with over 60 venders unique to the area. Kids activities and live music added to the success of the weekend. New this year was a Celebrate Rodeo Cowboy Dinner. “My goal is to make rodeo huge in Manitoba once again,” Stolwyk

In the battle between man and bull, the bull gets some points in sometimes!

stated. Having rodeo in Richer has been a boon to the community. Local businesses including campgrounds were overflowing as spectators and participants from all over Manitoba came out to the community event. “The surrounding area does a great job in supporting this event and we are very grateful for that,” Stolwyk added. “Once again they said it was one of the best organized ones they’ve been to; we are very proud of the community for helping us and doing Richer proud.” Proceeds from the weekend will be used to make improvements to the community park.

Photo by Myriam Dyck

Eastman ATV Presents Cheque to CancerCare By Marianne Curtis On August 14, Eastman ATV Association was thrilled to officially donate the proceeds from the 2nd annual ATV Ride for Mom to Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation. The funds were raised on June 3, at the ATV Ride For Mom drawing in over 800 participants. A recordbreaking $12,838 was raised for the organization. For Derek Roth, owner of Adventure Power Products in Ile des Chenes, the event is personal. His company has been the Title Sponsor for both this year and last year;’ events. “As many people know, my wife was diagnosed with Stage III Breast Cancer last September so I am especially proud to be part of this event,” said Roth. The one-day event took place in support of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and their work with helping women with breast cancer. This year’s ride took place on a new 80- km trail marked and maintained by the Eastman ATV Association. The trail is the first of its kind and winds its way through the Richer and Sandilands areas.

Five hundred riders participated in last year’s inaugural event and $10,820 was raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Donations collected during the event are earmarked for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation to help

patients and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. All funds raised by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation stay in Manitoba and more than $104 million has been granted since 2000 for patient care, support and research.

Eastman ATV was thrilled to hand over a cheque for $12,838 dollars to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation in their fight against Breast Cancer.

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Richer Receives Big Surprise from FCC to Complete Its Permanent Arena By Marianne Curtis The Richer Community Club is one of only seven Manitoba organizations to receive funding this year from the Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) AgriSpirit Fund. Through this fund, the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is supporting 78 community groups across Canada by giving them $1.5 million in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The fund was increased from $1 million in celebration of Canada 150. “The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is an investment in rural Canada,” said Sophie Perreault, FCC Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. “It’s about partnering with individuals and groups who are committing their time and energy for the purpose of bettering their communities.” Previously, the rodeo committee has had to rent the rodeo arena for events held at the park. A permanent structure will save on this rental cost and the volunteer time it takes to set up the structure before each event. It will also attract other events to the community. Pat Stolwyk, President of the Richer Roughstock Rodeo confirmed that the Richer Community Club (RCC) received a $20,000 grant towards the construction of a permanent rodeo arena in the Richer community park. “We are actually quite shocked because there are a lot of communities that applied for this grant,” said Stolwyk. “For them to pick us out of the pile is heart warming and shocking at the same time.” Competition was fierce, but the Richer Community Club’s application was selected out of 1,214 applications received this year. Stolwyk said the next step would be for the group to start working on plans to complete a new permanent rodeo arena. Setting up the rental arena takes about 10 people, ten hours, five hours to put it up and five hours to take it down. “This is huge for us, having a permanent arena will

eliminate the need for about 100 hours of volunteer labour,” Stolwyk explained. “I am not sure if Farm Credit Canada really knows what this means to us.” The money will be used to build back pens, catch pens and a strip chute area. With the help of volunteers and donations, the front part of the arena was already 75 percent done for this year’s Rough Stock Rodeo. “I am not sure if people are aware from beginning to end, this is about an $85,000 project,” Stolwyk noted. “We couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Dan Guetre, RCC board member and Richer Rodeo committee member. “This generous funding is a vote of confidence for our community and will not only increase the accessibility to Dawson Trail Park but save our committee money and time annually.” “We are looking at a few turn key events that can be hosted here in Richer,” explained Guetre. “Every event we host brings in visitors and revenue to the area creating economic spinoffs. We appreciate the generosity of Farm Credit Canada and thank them for recognizing the value in our project.” The Richer Rodeo Committee is looking forward to hosting additional events and groups ranging from 4H, Gymkhana, barrel racing and livestock shows. “Over the years we have developed the space, the seating and other aspects of the park to attract residents and visitors… this project development is the icing on the cake,” said Guetre. “It will open a lot of doors to a variety of events.” The FCC AgriSpirit Fund awards between $5,000 and $25,000 for community improvement projects, such as hospitals and medical centres, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, arenas, swimming pools, recreation areas and community centres.

The Richer Community Club will be adding on to these chutes thanks to funds raised from multiple years of hosting the Richer Roughstock Rodeo, a grant from Caisse Financial Group and a $20,000 donation from Farm Credit Canada. Photo by Marianne Curtis






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Liberal Plan Hurts Low-Income Canadians This time last year, the Liberal Government unveiled its plan to increase Canada Pension Plan (CPP) payroll taxes, scheduled to begin in 2019, without providing details about its impact on the economy and what it means for families and job creating businesses. Studies commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and Government of Ontario found that increasing mandatory pension contributions has a negative effect on job creation and reduces household incomes. According to a survey commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, less than one in five Canadians say they would opt to put more of their savings into the CPP. Yet the Liberal Government continues to steamroll ahead. Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his provincial and territorial counterparts met last year to discuss concerns that middle income Canadians are not saving enough to sustain their standard of living in retirement. Instead of decreasing the tax burden so Canadians can afford to save more, the Liberals decided to increase it. This CPP tax hike will see more money taken from the paycheques of hardworking Canadians, putting thousands of jobs at risk and failing to help the seniors who need it most. Bearing the brunt of this tax hike are low-income seniors and small business owners that must make larger CPP contributions for their employees. A recent government report from Chief Actuary Jean-Claude Ménard on the Old Age Security (OAS) program is the first to show how higher CPP taxes will affect the OAS program. Ultimately, enhancing the CPP will bump 243,000 low-income Canadians from qualifying for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), a component of the OAS program. The CPP tax hikes will result in clawbacks of other retirement income, negatively impacting low-income seniors and business owners. So why is the Liberal Government sticking with this ill-conceived plan? It is more important than ever for us to thoroughly review any initiative that increases business costs and takes money out of the pockets of Canadians. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4, email me at ted.falk.c1@parl.gc.ca or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

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The Alt-Right Ascendency of Hate The newly emboldened fringe American right wing groups, Nazi, KKK and other fringe groups are coming out of the woodworks. The President of the USA counted on their support to get elected and has shown enough support in return to make the KKK parade without their bed sheets. I can’t remember that ever happening before. For the President to criticize opposition to the these hate mongering groups by saying there was good people on both sides and bad people on both sides, therefore in his little mind equating culpability of the counter protesters to the multitude of hate spewing groups is scary and deficient in ways that are beyond comprehension and frightful. Apparently, he can’t understand that we fought a global war to erase this Nazi scum who are his newfound friends. Nevertheless, the net results are that this fringe group of knucklehead homegrown terrorists have a newfound friend in the Oval Office. This is unfortunate as the goal for this new generation of KKK and like ilk is still to separate the races. They want to keep the statues of their hero’s front and centre to continue the intimidation of all races, which are not white. The reality is the south lost the Revolution, emancipation followed. But, normalcy did not follow. Between 1866 and 1955, 35 states passed 200 plus laws to segregate the African Americans in every aspect of a social life and a normal community activity. This is a greater number of states involved than there were on the Confederate side, but the government of the day included immigration restrictions on Catholics and Jews and many other states bought into the same hate. They have the audacity to call their country the melting pot. I am a little sceptical. Prejudice is well entrenched in the land of the free. These Red Necks are also alive and well in Canada. What in our western eyes makes it so scary when a woman wears her veil? Yet our sons wear their hat askew and their jeans 6 inches south of their butts. The first conveys to me a sense of chastity much like Sister Superior in high school, the second instance conveys unhinged, and I will survive both. Our society would say both are within our constitutional mores but not adding a hell of a lot, and subtracting nothing. How many times have I heard that, “They don’t know our culture,” “They’re taking our jobs,” or “They’ll ram ‘sharia law’ down our throats.” When I hear all of the above, I hear instead, “I’m petty and I need a white society”. I also hear. “I’m mentally lazy and I don’t want to share what I don’t really own but nevertheless I’ll leave it in worst condition than when I found it because I need to be noticed.” Lately we have had a few incidents of white homegrown supremacists involved, even acts that would fall within the framework and definition of terrorism. What creates this perversion? Is it parenting, social media, too lazy to think. I know that nobody is born hating; this is acquired, by the three above realities and many other narcissistic reasons. This is producing a society, which at best hinges and at worst will perpetrate acts of terrorism. The truth is that building our country will continue and the chore will be left to immigrants and their children by default.

Province Announces School Infrastructure Projects Our Manitoba PC government continues to make important investments in local infrastructure. August saw some major announcements affecting infrastructure support directly in Dawson Trail. Most recently, I had the opportunity to help announce provincial funding to replace roofing and a boiler for schools in Ile des Chenes and Lorette. These projects, which include necessary health and safety-related upgrades, will help ensure the children of Dawson Trail will have a positive learning environment. The Manitoba Government is investing a $53.7 million in education infrastructure renewal projects across the province as part of planned capital spending, in all over $92.4 million for 2017-18 in public school projects across the province. The projects will be completed within a timeframe of six to 24 months following the award of tenders and start of construction. Earlier in August, I also had the opportunity to make a formal announcement in the RM of Ritchot, along with newly appointment Mayor Chris Ewen, regarding another $2.5 million infrastructure investment our Manitoba PC government is making in the area. The funding will make it possible to upgrade the regional water supply for Ile des Chenes, St. Adolphe and Ste. Agathe, in order to meet increased demands due to population growth in the Rural Municipality of Ritchot. In a less formal capacity, I was pleased to have the opportunity to attend the Richer Rodeo as well as the Landmark Friendship Festival in my riding. The Friendship Festival in Landmark supports the close knit and positive community spirit that the town is known for. I had a lot of fun and I let the upbeat energy of the town wash over me, quite literally, as I endured a time slot participating in a dunk tank and was dunked many times! September keeps it going with a few more community festivals before the return to a fall routine. I’m excited to attend Dawson Trail Days in Ste. Anne and the Lorette Family Fun Days. Following those festivals, I will work hard this month on some projects in the constituency before returning to the legislature when the House resumes sitting in October. Stay up to date by following me on Facebook. If you have questions or comments, I can be reached at 204-8074663 or by e-mail at bob.lagasse@leg.gov.mb.ca.


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Province Secures Health Agreement September is upon us, bringing fall one step closer. As you drive through the countryside, you can see combines out in the fields harvesting this year’s crop. I wish the farmers all the best as they work at putting this year’s crop into the bin and getting all their fall work done before winter arrives. I would like to congratulate our government and Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen for all the hard work they did securing an agreement with the Federal government on health care funding. This agreement will see the province receive $ 399.6 million in support for mental health, homecare and community care over the next 10 years. $10.9 million of this funding will be available this current year, with $7.27 million being allocated to homecare and community care and $3.63 million being dedicated to mental health initiatives. Manitoba was also able to negotiate additional funding for opioid addiction and chronic kidney disease. This agreement has brought additional funding for Manitoba this round, but it does not address the long-term sustainability of Canada’s health care system. Today Manitoba is paying for 81% of the cost of health care in the province and the Federal government is paying for 19%. Compared to previous agreements, Manitoba will receive $2.25 billion less through the Canada Health Care Transfer over the next 10 years. Our PC government is committed to calling on the Federal government to address this funding gap. We need a real partnership with the Federal government to keep our health care system sustainable. I would like to congratulate the players and coaching staff of the La Broquerie A’s baseball team for capturing the Western Canada Bantam AA Championship in Kamloops BC. This is something they can all be proud of. Winning the provincial title is a feat on its own, and then to go on and win the Western Canada Championship is extraordinary. I’m sure this will have lasting memories for all. As the fall season comes closer, our Progressive Conservative caucus is preparing for a busy legislative session that will resume in early October. We were elected by Manitobans to fix the finances and repair the services of our great province. We will continue to consult with Manitobans to give them a fair say in how this province is run. We will make Manitoba the most improved province in Canada by the end of our government’s first term. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406, at my legislature office at 204-9454339 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

Southeast Projects Approved under Small Communities Fund By Marianne Curtis Three projects within the southeast have been approved for funding under the Federal government’s Small Communities Fund. The projects, which are in the RMs of Ritchot, Reynolds and Stuartburn, are among 42 projects totalling $34.6 million in 37 communities that will receive a portion of $10 million from the Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba. Among the wide-ranging projects to receiving funding is a drainage project in the RM of Reynolds, a Condenser and a dehumidifier upgrade in the RM of Ritchot and a lagoon upgrade in the RM of Stuartburn. The RM of Reynolds will receive $50,000 for Phase 3 of the Medika Drain Rehabilitation that was to have construction begin August 1. The RM of Ritchot will receive $21,000 to install a Condenser and a dehumidifier in the St. Adolphe Arena. This project started on August 1. The Vita Lagoon Upgrade in the RM of Stuartburn was approved for $114,583. Construction on this project is expected to begin June 3, 2019. Chris Goertzen, President, Association of

Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) said this work, along with the many other projects receiving funding, will improve key municipal services for residents, help generate economic activity and boost regional development. “The benefits from this announcement will not stop at local borders. High quality public infrastructure is an essential part of the fabric that makes up not only communities, but entire regions all across Manitoba,” stated Goertzen. “The AMM appreciates the opportunity to work together to prioritize the projects that will help our municipalities grow and thrive in today’s economy.” The Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba are each contributing over $10 million, representing two-thirds of the estimated $34.6 million in eligible project costs. This is in addition to 49 projects previously approved under the Small Communities Fund in Manitoba. The Small Communities Fund supports priority public infrastructure projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 residents across Canada.

RCMP Look for Persons Involved in Rollover Steinbach RCMP is requesting the public for assistance. On Sunday August 27 just before 10 pm, Steinbach RCMP responded to a vehicle rollover on Highway 302, approximately 5 km south of Richer. No driver was located at the scene of the accident. RCMP is looking for the person who picked up the driver of the accident and was

dropped off at a residence in La Broquerie. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 3264452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Province Funds Infrastructure Projects in Local Schools By Marianne Curtis On August 25, the province announced funding of $53.7 million in 110 infrastructure renewal projects across the province to ensure the continued well-being of students and educators in public schools. The projects include necessary health and safety-related infrastructure upgrades to roofing and mechanical systems include eight projects in five of the region’s school divisions. According to the announcement, the province is using $14.3 million for roof projects, $15.6 million in Mechanical System Replacement projects and $10.1 is for access projects. Three schools in the Hanover School Division made the project approval list. These include the replacement of a makeup Air unit for Green Valley School in Grunthal and Southwood School in Steinbach

is getting a new roof. Kelvin Goertzen, MLA for Steinbach personally announced funding to replace the elevator at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School (SRSS) in the City of Steinbach. “The SRSS is the largest school in southeastern Manitoba and when classes are happening it becomes like a community within a community,” said Goertzen. “Investments to keep student life at the SRSS functioning well for all students are important and our government recognizes that importance.” The project was the Hanover School Division’s highest priority in their fiveyear capital plan request for Access projects. It will allow students who require wheel chairs or scooters and an attendant to have sufficient space compared to the current elevator. St. Joachim School in La Broquerie, along with the Southwood School is among the schools to receive the $14.3 million for roof projects.

Two projects in Ecole Saint-Malo, in the Red River Valley School Division were approved, including a grooming room renovation and boiler replacement. Seine River and Ecole Lorette Immersion, in Lorette is also receiving a new boiler and Ecole Ile des Chenes will have a new roof. “These projects, which include necessary health and safety-related upgrades, will help ensure the children of Dawson Trail will have a positive learning environment,” added Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagasse. Further south, Borderland School Division, Sprague’s Ross L. Gray School is receiving a new grooming room. The projects will be completed within a timeframe of six to 24 months following the award of tenders and start of construction. The Manitoba government is providing more than $92.4 million in planned capital spending in 2017 - 2018 for public school infrastructure projects across the province.

Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen personally announced that a new access elevator at the SRSS was among the province’s recent renewal project funding approvals.

Tache Invites the Country to Meet in the Middle By Marianne Curtis The RM of Tache is inviting the entire country to meet in the middle and enjoy a newly opened community park, which also officially marks the longitudinal centre of Canada. On August 17, the RM of Tache and the Centre of Canada Committee celebrated the official grand opening marking Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Centre of Canada Park officially sits at 96 degrees, along Highway #1, near Provincial Trunk Road 206 East. “I think it’s very important for the RM, just on the recognition side,” said Robert Rivard, the Mayor of Tache. “I mean having something that people will remember about the RM, that we are at the centre of Canada and there’s a park there. It’ll bring people out and it’ll remind them that Tache is here.” Rivard said the community has been working on getting something on the site for about a decade, but work on the park itself began around two years ago. He hopes to eventually see a statue or monument on the spot, and said having the

park there will make it easier to make it all happen. “If you tell somebody you want to build something worth four or five million dollars, people back away,” he said. “But if you tell them once you’ve got something here that’s worth a million dollars that we want to put another few hundred thousand in, it’s a lot easier to get people to help out.” The idea of the park goes back a few years when the municipality purchased the 59.2-acre parcel with the intention of developing a monument on the property. The conceptual plan includes turning 20 acres into a multi-use area with a monument, landscaped grounds with trails and interpretative plaques, natural amphitheatre, a tourism centre to be established in approximately 4 phases in conjunction with media promotion, grant applications and fundraising strategies. Any further development of the property will be subject to funding availability.

Provencher MP Ted Falk takes a moment to appreciate the significance of having the centre of Canada located within the region.


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BMX Park Opens in Steinbach On August 23, the City of Steinbach celebrated the grand opening of a brand new BMX track. Located at AD Penner Park, the new 900foot track is full of impressive features including a starting hill, four 180-degree turns, roller and double jumps. According to Mayor Chris Goertzen, council approved the park last year, but weather conditions delayed the project until this year. “The track cost approximately $30,000 with $10,000 coming from the provincial government, through the Community Places Program. The track is open to the public during regular park hours. It is an unsupervised facility and cyclists are cautioned that they use the new park at their own risk. The City highly recommends that appropriate safety equipment be worn at all times.

Corks N’ Canvas Wine Tasting Fundraiser - On Friday, September 22 at SAC. Over 90 different wines served with delicious appetizers sponsored by Country Meat Deli, great raffle prizes sponsored by R Bistro. Enjoy live artists on site, original artwork auction and musicians. Tickets available at The Liquor Mart, SAC Office, The Frantz – R Bistro, Country Meat Deli and online steinbachartscouncil.ca. Cost $25 each. Corporate Special, treat your employees, staff and friends, buy 7 tickets and get 8! Classes and Programs Register for Fall Try Any Class...at No Cost! Returning Students call us for your 10 – 15% off selected class’s discount.

Steinbach’s Mayor Chris Goertzen along with Councillor’s Earl Funk and Jac Siemens, Dave Dorning, BMX Coach with Manitoba Cycling Association, Edwin Adrian, Parks and Recreation Lead Hand, Councillors Cari Penner and Susan Penner all attended the grand opening ceremonies.

Water Projects Get Funding

Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagasse (left), Provencher MP Ted Falk (right) and Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen celebrate the approval of $2.5 million in funding for improvements to the municipal water system.

By Marianne Curtis Water projects in the RM of Ritchot, De Salaberry and the Town of Niverville, totaling $4.25 million in funding made the approval list when the province announced several new water and wastewater upgrades for Manitoba municipalities. The announcement was part of a new five-year Manitoba Water Services Board capital-funding plan of $34.9 million in 21 water and wastewater infrastructure projects across Manitoba. RM of Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen is grateful that the municipality can move ahead on water supply upgrades to the Ritchot Regional water system. The municipality will receive $2.5 million to complete upgrades expected to meet the water demands in Ste. Agathe, St. Adolphe and Ile des Chenes. “The support we have received from our higher level governments on our growth is tremendous and I know we are all grateful,”

said Ewen. “This is another sure sign of sustainable growth in our municipality.” Recent Census figures show that RM of Ritchot was one of the fastest growing municipalities in Manitoba’s Capital Region over the past five years at 21.9 percent between 2011 and 2016, showing there is a greater demand for services. The Town of Niverville will move forward on a new groundwater well field and pipeline to meet increasing water demands in town with $1.25 million. The RM of De Salaberry is getting $500,000 for water distribution and wastewater collection upgrades for the community of St. Malo. AMM President Chris Goertzen said a partnership with the province’s Water Services Board was instrumental in moving these projects to the next level. “Clean, safe drinking water is essential to public health, and expanding water and wastewater treatment capacity is necessary

for our communities to grow and prosper,” said Goertzen. “The AMM appreciates the Province of Manitoba’s partnership with the Manitoba Water Services Board, as it is only through cost-sharing that these projects can move forward.” The Manitoba Water Services Board enters into agreements with municipalities and water co-operatives to deliver sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure that enhances economic development while improving public health and environmental concerns. The Manitoba Water Services Board leads the development of sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure and provides project management for major infrastructure projects. The board conducts feasibility studies and environmental impact assessments for developing inter-municipal or regional infrastructure services.

Backyard Theatre Company Wants You - Build your confidence, ignite your creativity and explore your imagination. Get involved with the community. Discover the process of preparing for a play, character building and practicing scripts and final Production on stage at the SRSS Theatre. For ages 5 - 18. New! Young Company - Theatre Troupe. Arts4Tots Preschool Program - Montessori-Infused Curriculum. Don’t miss your spot! For ages 3-5. Why are we unique? The most creative way to learn with specialists in dance, music, drama and visual arts. Come join Miss Pam and Miss Jen for a year full of creativity, arts, field trips, learning and more. Monday - Thursday am or pm. Creative Wellness – New Power Pilates, Basic Core Pilates, new Pilates Intermediate, On the Ball Pilates, Zumba, new Belly Dance – 3 Workshops. Cooking - Creative Cooking, Kids in the Kitchen, New! Teen Cuisine, Cake X-Travaganza Workshop and new Couples Cooking Workshops. Languages – Spanish and French. New! XCOMPANY - 12 Week Dance classes. No costume fees, no fundraising obligations, no competitions….just pure fun! Try Hip Hop, Jazz, and Dance4Tots Creative Movement. Visual Arts Kids - Hand Building with Clay, Kids Art Adventure, Art X-Travaganza, New! Canvas & Colas. Teens - Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Digital Photography, Cartoon Illustration. New! Digital Media and Game Programming. New! Resin Workshop and Stained Glass Workshop. Adults - Beginner Watercolour Painting, Beginner Oil Painting, Abstract Acrylic Painting, beginner and intermediate, new Contemporary Acrylic, Digital Photography, Intro to the Pottery Wheel, new Canvas & Cabernet Paint Nites at SAC. Fusion! Musical Theatre Program – For ages 9 - 14 and 15 – 19. Music Dance and Drama. New! Guitar Lessons at the Southeast Centre for Music. We welcome Nathan Dyck to our stellar line-up of instructors. He has 15 years of experience, and has studied classically. He is welcoming students in acoustic and electric guitar, rock, pop and worship music teaching at the Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact him at nathanrobert.dyck@gmail.com to get more information. Nathan Dyck – Guitar; Darryl Friesen – Piano; Hannah Humphries – Violin; Natalie Dawe – Cello; Candice Hamm – Piano & Theory; David Klassen – Voice. Please call us if you want your name on the list to study with some of the best teachers in the southeast! New! Aboriginal Art Classes - Moccasin Making with Donna. Make your own moccasins, mukluks, gloves…and learn how to bead them yourself! Bannock Making with Helena. Get creative in the kitchen with aboriginal art; learn to make your own bannock! Register online steinbachartscouncil.ca Enjoy Concerts all year round - Makes the perfect gift. Broadway At its Best: Manitoba Theatre Centre’s A Christmas Carol, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Tour, Quartetto Gelato, Mission Potluck. Added Attractions, a Fringed Family Day, Turnip the Music! Concert The Middle Coast. Tickets available online steinbachartscouncil.ca or call 204-346-1077. New! Koncertz 4 Kidz Series - Two shows this year for families – the ever popular Robert Munsch Stories with Prairie Theatre Exchange – The Good, The Bad and the Munsch on Friday, January 25 and Bubbleman from toddlers to teens, adults and youth on Friday, April 13. Experience Two Koncerts for Only $22! Calling All Creative Youth - and Fun! - Get involved and join the Creative Youth Council to plan the next youth council event. The next Turnip the Music! Event features The Middle Coast from Brandon at the Neufeld Garage, Friday, March 16 at 8 pm. The 2017-2018 Hall Gallery Season Opens - On the Mind by several South East Artists (S.E.A.) until Tuesday, September 26. Come check out their artworks in the Hall Gallery, artworks available for sale. Perfect gifts – thoughtful, youthful and unique.






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Museum Celebrates Opening of $1.3 Million Pavilion By Marianne Curtis When the Mennonite Heritage Village hosted Fall on the Farm on September 4, they also celebrated the official grand a new permanent gathering space. Barry Dyck, Executive Director of Mennonite Heritage Village says this development was part of an initiative

called “Foundations for a Strong Future.” The new structure will provide space for the education program, corporate and family meetings, concerts, picnics, wedding receptions and family gatherings. “Not only is this new building comfortable and it provides psychological relief, we can serve our museum programs and our community much bet-

ter,” Dyck explained. He noted that in previous years, he has lost sleep over the tent because the wind has blown it down a few times in the past. Dubbed “The Summer Pavilion”, the three season building replaces the white tent previously used by the museum for various programming. The new pavilion provides overflow seating and washrooms for the Livery Barn Restaurant and a venue for fes-

tival entertainment. The $1.3 million project was made possible through community fundraisers, private donations and pledges from members of the community. The federal government also provided $600,000 to the project through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF). “These funds constitute a very significant support for the interpretive and educational work of this museum, creating a new home for our

education program and the concerts that enhance our festival days,” says Dyck. Dyck noted that the “Foundations for a Strong Future” is about $2.1million onto their $3 million fundraising goal. Part of the funding has already supported the replacement of the entire heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the 26-year old Village Centre and repairs to the Waldhelm House, one of the first buildings to be moved onto the grounds.

The ribbon is cut to declare that the new Summer Pavilion at the Mennonite Heritage Village open for the entire community. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Help Needed to Identify Subject Steinbach RCMP is requesting the public’s help identifying this person of interest in a current investigation. The person was caught on camera outside the Marchand gas station on August 12. 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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Providence Welcomes Back Students

By Marianne Curtis students with Welcome Week 2017. A new academic year has started Approximately 200 hundred students and Providence College and Semi- participated in Welcome Week 2017. nary School in Otterburne is greeting The event provides an opportunity for

students to get to know each other and familiarize themselves with the campus prior to the official start of classes. Students began arriving on September 1 in preparation for the start of classes on September 6. Instead of stressing about class, the Providence community got to know each other by playing bubble soccer, sample food vendors, and enjoy the comedy stylings of Matt Falk. Welcome Week also included outdoor games, food trucks and a free concert. There are also numerous orientation events, campus tours for parents and opportunities to complete paperwork and receive dorm keys, library cards and gym passes. On Sunday, alumni and the public were invited to participate in alumni soccer matches and a free concert featuring hip-hop artist Scribe and rock band The Color. The Providence College Campus has also been busy over the summer, as the school prepared for the arrival of students by completing renovation work in several facilities, and installing temporary housing units near the Student Life Centre. The additional spaces were required following the June fire that destroyed Bergen Hall. Marlin Reimer, Associate VicePresident for Student Life at Providence, said the temporary structures come equipped with comforts. Each of the 28, air-conditioned rooms in the “executive” style units has a bathroom, fridge and oversized bed. There are also televisions and laundry services in the common areas. “We have done a lot of work to ensure that

our students have a great experience in residence this year, and we are excited to welcome more resident students this year than we did last,” said Reimer. He also pointed out that plans to build a new residence facility are underway. “We are currently in the research phase of our planning, which involves consulting with various experts and visiting other successful universities that have excellent buildings and residence life programs,” he said. “Critical to us in this process is ensuring that the mission of Providence and the resulting,

educational mission of the residence life program is the driver behind the design and architecture of our buildings.” During Welcome Week, former students were invited to visit the alumni booth and share their memories of Bergen Hall, which was destroyed in a June fire. To help raise money for a new residence, Bergen Hall keys and room numbers were available for sale as mementos and the proceeds from all Scribe merchandise sold on campus will be donated to the school’s residence development.

Temporary housing has been brought in to accommodate incoming Providence College students after a devastating fire early this summer destroyed the campus’s largest male dormitory.

Students line up for information during Welcome Week at Providence College.

Sunrise Corner Hosts Geocaching Contest The Sunrise Corner Geocache Challenge & Contest kicked off September 1. According to Jeannine Brandt, there are 13 monuments with caches hidden around the RM of Piney and the RM of Stuartburn. “The first 100 participants to

find all 13 will receive a Sunrise Corner backpack,” said Brandt. “All you have to do is snap a picture of you and the monument and submit all 13 photos.” The family friendly challenge is suitable for all ages. To be entered to win a grand prize, you must post one or all of your self-

ies to social media using our hashtag #sunrisegeocache. The draw will take place on October 27. The coordinates for each location can be found on the Sunrise Corner website at sunrisecornermb.ca. Submit photos to info@sunrisecornermb.ca.


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CEO Campout Planned for Steinbach By Marianne Curtis

Redneck Nite, the community’s infamous lawnmower races.

From August 11 to 13, the Landmark Friendship Festival made its first appearance in the community after a couple of years. The weekend started with Redneck Nite, which featured the community’s infamous lawnmower races where racers battled it out in two classes,

modified and stock and in two styles. This was followed by a community hot dog roast and live music by Quinton Blair. On August 12, festivities moved to the Archie Plett Memorial Park for the pancake breakfast, followed by a parade, vendor village, hot dog lunch

and kids playland. Live performances continued throughout the day included dancing from Folklorama, magician Chris Fun, a BBQ Supper followed by music by the Darryl Marsch and Fireworks. Worship in the Park took place August 13.

At press time, forty-one business owners, executive officers and interested individuals have committed to raise money by participating in the fifth annual Today House CEO Sleepout. This year’s event will take place at the KR Barkman Park, on Main Street in Steinbach, on September 14 from 7 pm – 7 am. Simone Penner, with Today House said the last four Sleepouts have been tremendously successful. “The Sleepout is a great opportunity to meet others in the community who want to make a difference by helping Today House create awareness about those experiencing homelessness in our community, and to raise funds,” said Penner. “Today House does not receive ongoing government funding.” As such, events like the CEO Sleepout are essential to funding this important work and ensuring that the organization is able to offer emergency shelter to those in need. “Our goal for 2016 was to raise $50,000 and was exceeded by $6000,” Penner continued. “Our goal for the 2017 Sleepout will be to match what we raised in 2016 at $56,000!” Fundraising was not the only purpose of the event. Participants take part in planned activities that could include coming up with viable solutions to improve the situation for many in the community. Partners in the event include Helping Hands Foodbank, the local soup kitchen, Agape House, Today’s House and several outreach programs. Funds raised from the CEO Sleepout will support Today House’s mission to provide emergency, overnight shelter in a safe environment for those in greatest need in the Steinbach area. The organization offers shelter to those in need from Monday to Friday to a maximum of four people by referral only. Individuals are welcome and encouraged to participate in the one night event. To join, a $100 minimum donation is required and to register, email Simone Penner, Chair of Today House, at simone@penner.ca or call 204-326-3353.


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Ste. Anne Administrator Raising Funds for STARS By Marianne Curtis 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, pay us a visit, and consider participating in some of our programs and events. We have a Pool Table for sale for $500 or best offer. If you are interested, please call Lynda at 204-320-4603. Special Events: Craft Fair and Bake Sale: Friday, September 8 from 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday, September 9 from 9 am – 4 pm. Vendors can rent tables at $50 for nonmembers 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 Ladies Auxiliary of Steinbach Legion #190. Call Lynda 204-320-4603 to register for Jam session, book a table or for more info! St. John’s Emergency First Aid with Level C CPR: Tuesday, September 19 + 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. This course is Open to the Public. To register call receptionist at 204-320-4600 or Lynda at 204-3204603. Friends Night Out: This exciting Program is for individuals to come together and enjoy a social activity once a month while building friendships. Each month will be a different activity. We will meet on the last Friday of each month from 7 – 9pm. Bring your smiles, a pop or snack food to share and meet some new friends! Designed for males and females. Mature Driving Workshop: Tuesday, September 12 from 1- 4 pm. A Great Theory Workshop with the option of a car assessment. Open to the Public. RSVP by Friday, September 1 by calling 204-320-4600. Potluck; Thursday September 14 at 6. Fee is $6 per person. Please call to let us know you are coming, as it will help us prepare the appropriate amount of meat. Our receptionists will direct you on what to provide (salad, casserole, dessert or buns). Dennis Fast will attend to showcase his work in photography. Call 204-320-4600 to register. Rentals and Functions: We have 1 Hut available to rent on an permanent basis immediately! Please call Lynda at 204-320-4600 or Kim at 204-320-4602 for further information. Book your next event at our facility! We can accommodate the following but are not limited to Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Banquets, Conferences, Family Gatherings and More! Call Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more information. Volunteer Opportunities: We are in need of Receptionist Volunteers duties: Call Lynda at 204-3204603 for more info. 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. Movie TimE: 4th Monday of each month. From 1 - 4 pm. Next movie will be Monday, September 25 “Daddy Day Care”.

Regular Activities: (Make sure to check out our quarterly Newsletter) All Programs have a fee of $2 to participate, unless otherwise stated. Walking Program: Every Morning from 8:30 - 9:00 am (Weekdays) in our 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 204-320-4603. Fun Bingo: 3rd Thursday of each month from 10 - 11 am. No Cash prizes – fun prizes 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 from 1 – 4 pm. Ho Model Railway Project: Wednesdays from 9 am – 4 pm. Choir/Fitness Class/Old Time Country Jam/ 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), 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. 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 you can 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. This is only one example of how this program would work. If you are interested, please contact Lynda 204-3204603 for more details. Other Programs/Services Provided: Noon Meals: Available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Deb at 320-4605 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 1-800-661-2653 to book your appointment. For more information on programs, events, activities or volunteer opportunities, drop by the Centre Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm or call reception desk at 204-320-4600 or Lynda at 204-320-4603. Visit our website at patporteralc.com.

On September 14, eight brave community leaders will trade in their business attire for flight suits and climb on board the STARS air

RM of Ste. Anne administrator Jennifer Blatz will have to raise $50,000 for STARS before she can be rescued after being “stranded” in a remote location as part of a fundraiser for STARS.

ambulance helicopter for a unique mission. Jennifer Blatz, RM of Ste. Anne administrator is one of the eight participants competing to raise as much money as possible to earn a flight back to civilization, using the only tool they will have, their cell phones. “In July 2016, representatives of STARS attended one of our Council meetings to discuss the organization and the types of services they provide. Many of us were surprised to hear of the extensive medical care that can actually be delivered at the scene of an accident,” explained Blatz. “When asked if I would be interested in participating, I was on board immediately. I couldn’t think of a better way to help connect with our region to hopefully encourage municipalities and corporate organizations to also recognize the importance of STARS in our province, as we had not had this service until 2012 while Alberta has had it since 1985.” This is the fifth year for the annual

Rescue event, which has raised over $1.1 million since 2013. “This is our largest fundraising event in Manitoba,” said Else Fenton, Executive Director of the STARS Foundation in Manitoba. “As a not-for-profit organization, STARS relies on community support and we appreciate the very generous efforts of our Rescue on the Island participants.” Participants step into the world of the STARS medical crew while on the island, by being presented with a series of medical challenges that bring home the reality of what STARS crew experience during real events. To be rescued, each participant aims for a goal of $50,000. At press time, Blatz had already reached $23,691. STARS responded to 568 emergencies last year in Manitoba and are set to fly even more missions in 2017. STARS provide specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients.

Slingshot Racing Season Ends with Champagne Finish By Marianne Curtis

“I’m unbelievably excited with the extremely close racing produced by the Slingshot and a field of very talented drivers throughout this year. It’s been a privilege to work with and compete against, all of our participants this season,” said Richert. With a crowd and guests from across North America in attendance, they watched as Kraut finish ahead of Enns followed by Thiessen. The winner receives an exclusive opportunity to experience driving

Richert’s ultra quick open-wheel racecar in Europe with a professional race team. The Slingshot Racing Cup is the world’s first ever racing championship to feature Polaris’ threewheeled roadster called the Slingshot launched by Richert and S.A.R. Sport and Recreation in Steinbach. With the first season out of the way, Richert noted that plans are already in the works for the 2018 Slingshot Racing Cup.

The world’s first ever Slingshot Racing Cup wrapped up its final race event of the season on August 30 and it was a fight to the finish. The event, which took place at the Gimli Motorsport Park saw Niverville native, professional racecar driver, and Slingshot Racing Cup driving instructor, David Richert, finish at the top of the Leaderboard. Richert clinched the overall championship title while Winnipegger Myles Kraut dominated the Participant class to seal his top position at the head of the rookie field. Throughout the season, the Participant category was vigorously fought between three rookie drivers, Myles Kraut (Winnipeg), Kurt Enns (Steinbach) and Paul Thiessen (Winnipeg). According to Richert, each of the three drivers entered this season with no prior wheel-towheel racing experience, but has quickly proven to be fast learners and with a skill level capable The winners of the first Slingshot Cup are Myles Kraut (Winnipeg), Kurt Enns (Steinbach), of posting competitive lap times. and Paul Thiessen (Winnipeg).

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Multiple Vehicles Thief Cuts Lock Vandalized to Steal Bike

On August 28 between 8 am and On August 30, Steinbach RCMP received three complaints 6 pm, a bicycle was stolen from of mischief to vehicles that were the bike rack at Steinbach Bible parked on Autumnwood Drive College. The bike was properly and Greenwood Street in Stein- locked but culprit(s) cut the cable bach. The vandalism consisted of lock to remove the bike. The bike Between the dates of August 23 smashing some of the vehicle’s is described as a GT Koand September 1 at a property in windows. the RM of Ste Anne on Road 47 Police are asking the public for rakoram with and East a number of trees were cut their assistance in apprehending black blue trim. down on private property. those responsible for the crime. If you have any information in regards any of the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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African Children’s Choir to Raise Their Voices in Niverville By Marianne Curtis On September 10, the Niverville Community Fellowship Church is hosting a fundraising concert with the African Children’s Choir. The African Children’s Choir is composed of children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. Funds raised at the event is used for programming to improve the lives of children in seven African countries. According to Lynda Sherwood with Presto Public Relations, the Choir is expected to melt the heart of an audience with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. “The evening’s program features well-loved children’s songs, along with traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites,” explained Sherwood. “There is no charge to attend, but a free-will offering takes place during the concert.” The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Afri-

The African Children’s Choir is performing September 10, in Niverville.

ca’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. Funds raised will support programs in education, care and relief and development. The event is organized by Music for Life, which works in seven African countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria,

Ghana and South Africa. Music for Life has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. Their purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education. The African Children’s Choir is performing September 10 at 6:30 pm in the Niverville Community Fellowship, which is located at 85 2nd St. South.

Crow Wing Trail Celebrates Connection By Marianne Curtis On August 26, the Crow Wing Trail Association celebrated the historic official connection to the Trans Canada Trail. Murielle Bugera, President of the Crow Wing Trail Association encourages those from near and far to hike or bike a section of the Crow Wing Trail. “This is something that has been in the works for twenty-years and we are calling it a connection, not ‘completion” because this is an on-going project,” Bugera explained. The Trail is 193 km from Winnipeg to Emerson, and many points of interest and communities along the way can be visited in short stretches. One of the projects still in the works is the installation of 11 signs at various access points along the trail. The signs are double sided, with one side containing a historical map, and a modern map on the opposite side. She hopes the signs will be installed before winter. By visiting the Trails Manitoba’s website, you can download The Great Trail app, visit the Crow Wing Trail website for more information about this region, and

Thief Nabs Stroller Between the dates of August 4 and 10, an Instep Mark V bike trailer/stroller was stolen from Parkview Crescent in Steinbach.

even help plan your Crow Wing Trail adventure with family and friends. Trans Canada Trail promotional items are available at a number of partner municipalities during regular work hours on a first come, first serve basis. The offices include the RM of Ritchot, Town of Niverville, RM of De Salaberry, Village of St. Pierre-Jolys, RM of Emerson-Franklin and the Roseau River First Nation. The Crow Wing Trail is a historic 193-kilometre route stretching from the southern border of Winnipeg to Emerson, Manitoba. The route closely follows the Red River cart trading route between Winnipeg and St. Paul, Minnesota. Coming into Winnipeg from the south the Crow Wing Trail crosses the Red River floodway and meets the St Norbert Heritage Trail on Couchaine Road. Over the past fifteen years, the trail has been used for some significant events. In 2002, the Red River Métis Journey complete with Red River carts took place on the trail, the annual award winning Actif Epica race, every February and a visit by Dana Meise in 2012 as part of his trek across all 23,500 km of the Trans Canada Trail.

RCMP Recover Stolen Quads On Tuesday, August 22, Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of found property in a forested area behind Wyndham Estates Dr. in Steinbach. Two sport quads were found in the bushes. One was reported stolen from La Broquerie earlier that morning and the other was reported stolen from Hadashville. As of right now, there are no suspects.

If you have any information in regards any of the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-2228477 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Every Failure Strengthens Us Have you ever really tried to accomplish some project and after giving it your best effort, it fails? No one truly likes to fail. Everyone wants to be a success in life. But the truth is we have all failed in one way or another. What do you do when you fail? There are two choices, give up or try again. No one is immune to failure. Even the best of humanity; those we look up to, will falter and fail at times. Jesus’ disciples, in the Bible, were taught by God Himself and walked with Him for over three years. Yet three of them fell asleep in the garden of Gethsemane when Jesus asked them to pray. All of them deserted Jesus when the soldiers came and arrested Him in the garden. Even Peter, who vehemently said he would follow Christ to the death, openly denied his Lord three times within a very short time span. Thomas, after Christ’s resurrection, failed to believe Christ had risen from the grave. Even people today, whom we hold up as very good Christians, stumble and fall in their Christian walk. They don’t keep their promises or they fail morally and lose their testimony for Christ. We get down on these people and call them hypocrites. Be careful, I have never seen a mirror yet that doesn’t have at least one hypocrite looking out at me. There are some important things to remember in our failures. 1. We may fail God but He never fails us. 2. Every failure is there to teach us something God wants us to learn. 3. Failures teach us to not have confidence in the flesh (our own abilities). 4. Failures are ordained of God to bring us to Him. 5. Failures are there to teach us that real victory only comes through Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:57). 6. Failures humble us so we are now more willing to put our lives in God’s hands and let Him make the decisions in life, and not us. So, when you fail, and we all do; remember it’s not the end, but rather a chance at a new beginning if we let God have the controls. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” May God bless you as you weigh your failures and successes in the light of God and His Word.

Your Will: Save Money - Get a Lawyer! Many executors or surviving family members contact me after someone in their family has died. Even though the family ask for help with the income taxes, I do provide some general guidance regarding how the Estate is processed by the executor. One thing I’ve realized is if the Will needs to be probated, it’s much easier if the Will was prepared by a lawyer. What makes a lawyer prepared Will different from one that was prepared using on line sources or the pre-printed fill in the blank versions or other Wills individual have done on their own? First a quick explanation of why a Will needs to be Probated. The executor or the lawyer does not determine if a Will needs to be probated. It is the organizations the executor needs to deal with that may demand the Will be Probated. In most cases, it is Land Titles (to sell a home or property) or the financial institutions (banks, credit unions, investment companies) that will not

deal with the executor until he/she has been legally determined. The executor applies to the provincial court to have the Will reviewed. The executor can hire a lawyer to help with this (and pay lawyer fees), or they can do it themselves. If you need assistance applying for Probate by yourself, I may be able to help the executor if the estate is “simple”. The actual probate fees are the same if you use a lawyer or do it yourself. In Manitoba, the probate fees are about 0.7% ($700 on $100,000) The provincial judge declares that this is the legal Will that can be used by the executor to deal with all Estate matters. It is the organizations that want to make sure they are dealing with the correct legal executor. They don’t want to find out later that there is another Will with another executor named that they should have been dealing with. They are eliminating the risk that another executor comes forward at a later date. They don’t

want any legal problems. So what is it about a lawyer prepared Will that makes it much easier and less expensive if the Will needs to be probated? There is more to just drawing up and printing the Will and signing it. First, the Will needs to be witnessed properly. The witnesses cannot be certain people (cannot be the executor, beneficiary or married to the same). Next, one of the witnesses signs an “affidavit of execution”. This document is completed by the witness who acknowledges how the Will was signed by the writer of the Will and the other witness. This document must be completed and affirmed before certain professionals (notaries and commissioners for oaths). And these certain professionals also need to sign the back of the original Will too. Once everything is completed, then we can say the Will has been properly “executed” or completed. If a Will has not been properly

executed, then all these attachments and signatures need to be done after you have died. So how difficult will it be for your Executor to find one of your witnesses? What if the witnesses didn’t write their full name, address and phone number and you couldn’t read the signature? What if they cannot be found? What if they are no longer alive? If the Will needs to be probated and the Executor needs to get all this done, it may cause delays. And if the Executor needs the lawyer to help, it may cost a lot more too. Much more than the fee, you pay to have the lawyer create the properly executed Will in the first place. So even if you think you need a “simple” Will, you’d be better off getting a lawyer to help you execute a proper Will so your executor can do his or her job as easily as possible and save the Estate some money. Better to pay a little bit now instead of a lot more later! A quick reminder that I have been holding a Death Café on a month-

ly basis, the third Thursday of the month. If you are interested, call or email us and we will add you to our contact list. Some recent Death Café attendees have commented, “Well worth the time and plan to attend more than once”, “So nice to have a group discussion, very informative and thought provoking”, “This is a discussion every person should be part of”, “Amazing what we don’t know!” 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 Coop) or Info@SteAnneTaxService.ca.


Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

September 2017

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Recognising What is Best

Steinbach Mennonite Church Hires Lead Pastor The Steinbach Mennonite Church (SMC) recently announced the hiring of Lee Hiebert as its Lead Pastor. A recent graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, Hiebert brings experience as an Associate Pastor from Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. Born and raised in western Canada, Hiebert was baptised at First Mennonite Church in Kelowna, BC. Encouraged to consider ministry, he moved to Manitoba to study at Canadian Mennonite University. While earning his Bachelor of Arts 4-year Degree with a Biblical & Theological Studies Major, he was invited to accept a pastoral position at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church. There God’s inner calling precipitated the pursuit of a Master of Divinity with a major in Christian Faith Formation at AMBS. With a wide range of experiences packed into several decades, Hiebert’s goal is to, “Speak the message of grace and hope into the lives of people.” While nurturing a leadership style based on accountability to God and the congregation, he believes that his role extends beyond church relationships. Opportunities to volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service have nurtured his resolve to reach out to local and global neighbours. He looks forward to volunteering, connecting with the community and sharing life with everyone he encounters. Hiebert and his supportive wife Rachel have recently moved to Steinbach, and the couple is enthusiastically immersing itself in the culture and customs of a smaller city. They are hospitable people who love spending time with others. In his leisure hours, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, checking out the latest in the fictional universe of “Star Wars”, reading and visiting. Aware that hardship in a church refines and focuses the worshippers, Hiebert was attracted to SMC because

it is intentional about moving forward while working on spiritual growth. Church Board Chair Karen Peters said that countless prayers have been answered regarding the future of the congregation. SMC, which appreciates its home at 345 Loewen Boulevard, will celebrate 75 years with a homecoming on September 30 and October 1. Peters indicated that the skills, gifts and passion Hiebert brings to the position of Lead Pastor offer hope and energy for SMC’s future.

Lee Hiebert

Philippians 1:9-10 . . . 9) And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10) so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. (NIV) Here we have the Apostle Paul saying that his prayer for the Philippian Church (and present-day Christians) is that their love for Jesus Christ, and all believers through out the whole world, would grow greater every day. I do not think he is talking about an over-romantic, gushy sentimental kind of love. But a love that is sensitive to the needs of our fellow believers and a kind of love, which enables us to grow spiritually so that we can distinguish between right and wrong. You might be wondering, “What do I mean by a sensitive kind of love?” A sensitive kind of love works in a couple of ways. First, it helps us to grow spiritually. It helps us to distinguish between right and wrong. It helps us to have a desire to learn more about the things we love. If you and I love someone or something, what are the normal natural things we do? For me it means I get all the information that is available on that subject. Or if it is a person of interest, I will want to learn more about that person. I suppose then if you and I say we love Jesus Christ, we will or we should learn more about Christ and what the Bible teaches. Now if we take this love to another level… We should become defenders of the faith. Philippians 1:7) It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. (NIV) The Apostle Paul says that we all share a common goal; that is to defend and confirm the gospel. You and I share a common struggle. It is a struggle with those who do not share the story of Jesus Christ and His death on the cross; they think it is nothing but nonsense and, they do not mind telling you so. But now and then, we are our own worst enemy. I mean, sometimes I ask other believers some leading questions that can be very humiliating for them to answer, should they answer honestly. It can be very hurtful for that person… that I should not do. I should never try to degrade a fellow believer. After all, we share a common task so why would we seek to hurt one another. The Bible has a lot to say about love. It does not take a long time for us to understand that Christian love is not blind. It reminds us to pray for grace and peace for all people, the sick, the lonely, the tired, the weary, the people in our churches and people in our government when they behave like spoiled children. By having a prayerful attitude, we can truly have the joy of knowing God as Father and the peace of being reconciled to God, and to each other and to remind ourselves that grace and peace can come only through fellowship with Jesus Christ. But if our love is somewhat nasty and we thoughtlessly hurt the feelings of the one we claim to love, then perhaps we have a right to question that love. Because the more we love Christ, the more we will instinctively shrink from what is evil and desire what it right. Real love is not blind; it will enable us always to see the difference between the false and the true and never cause others to stumble. Our goal as Christians must be to remain virtuous and pure in the sight of God because we have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and so we understand that we need Christ’s love and gentleness so that we will attract others to the Christian faith, and never drive them from it. As Christians, we understand that our walk with Christ is not meant to win praise for ourselves, but to win praise for Jesus Christ. We know, and testify, that we are what we are, not by our own singlehanded efforts, but only by our relationship with Jesus Christ and by the grace of God filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:11) (NIV) Would you pray this prayer with me, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart? Forgive my sins, for I have many. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I don’t have peace in my heart, I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to You Name.” Amen.


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September 2017

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

C ommunity E vents Falcon Lake 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. Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church, Falcon Lake. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help. Friedensfeld Fall Dinner – On Sunday September 24 from 12 – 2 pm in the Community Centre. Harvest Dinner & Dance – On Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 pm in the Community Centre. Contact 204-381-1835 or friedensfeldcc@gmail.com. Member Christmas Banquet – On Friday, December 15 at 7 pm in the Community Centre. New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance - On Sunday, December 31 at 6:30 pm in the Community Centre. 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. 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. 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. Our Lady of the Roses Prayer Group – Meets on the first Saturday of every month, at 6:30 pm to recite the Rosary and learn about Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers and receive Blessed Rose Petals and other Sacramentals from Blessed Mother’s place of miracles. Contact Corinna 204878-4908 or email her at corinnaswetz@hotmail.com for more info and register. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Lorette Lego Club - On last Wednesday and Thursday of each month, next on September 27 - 28 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at Tache Library. Join us to build, create & explore! Drop-in, no registration required. Contact 204-878-9488, email btl@srsd.ca. Community Christmas Market - On Saturday, December 2 at Lorette Collegiate, 1082 Dawson Rd. Vendors can apply for table rentals by contacting yvonneromaniuk@gmail.com. Grief Support Group - This fall to provide education about the grieving and mourning processes to individuals who have lost

a loved one through death. The format is 9 weekly meetings of 2 hrs per week and group size will be limited to 6 participants. The facilitator will be Maryanne Rumancik and we will be following the program found in Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart (book with journal) by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Suggested donation to cover book costs is $45. Registration deadline Sunday, October 1. Contact Fr. Charles Fillion 204- 878-2221 or Maryanne Rumancik 204-878-3901. Exact meeting time and day of the week TBA. 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. Ritchot Senior Services Foot Care Clinic - On Wednesdays by appointment. To reserve contact Janice 204-883-2880. With Cheryl Palmer, foot care nurse. Middlebro Fall Supper - On Saturday, October 7 at the Community Centre from 5 – 7 pm. Niverville The African Children’s Choir - On Sunday, September 10 at the Niverville Community Fellowship, 85 2nd St. South starting at 6:30 pm. Contact 204-388-4645 for more info. Donations welcome. Community Garage Sale – On Saturday, September 16 starts at 8 am. Register your address with NivervilleRecreation.com. Maps will be printed on Friday, September 15. 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. Otterburne Harvest Fall Supper – On Friday September 29 starts at 7 pm at the- Providence University. 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. 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. Prawda Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class, Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Randolph Fruit Share Fall Jam – On Friday September 22, at 7 pm in the Neufeld Garage Hwy 206. Tickets $20 advance/ $25 door, under 15 yrs. Free. Celebrate the harvest with us! We’re having a Concert, Square Dance and Pie Auction! Fruit Share Steinbach is a non-profit organization in the Southeast that rescues backyard produce and shares it in the community. Listen to music, dance, enjoy homemade pies and try your hand at winning a pie in our Pie Auction. You might even score a wild blueberry pie or sour cherry pie! After the concert, the band will be putting on a fabulous Square Dance with the charming Daniel Koulack as our Square Dance caller. Bring your dancing shoes! Every Square Dance will be taught! Beginners are welcome. Richer Dawson Trail Museum Annual Fall Supper – On Sunday, September 17 from 4 - 7 pm at the Richer Young at Heart. Tickets Sold at the Door. Adults $15, Kids aged 6 - 12 $7, Kids 5 & under Dine Free. 50/50, Door Prize. Our Feast Includes Roast Beef, Meatballs, Baked Potatoes, Vegetables, Variety of Salads, Dessert -Cheesecake/Roll Cake. Everyone welcome! Richer Community Club Chase the Ace! - Every Saturday at the Richer Inn from 5:30 - 7:45 pm. Tickets only $1 each. Jackpot is growing! Door prizes on random Saturdays ranging from glassware to Jets tickets and jerseys! Bud, Spud and Steak Special and more! Check out and like Richer Community Club Facebook page for updates. LGA License #1392RF.

Adult & Teen Challenge Concerned Persons Support Group Join us Thursday evenings at 7 pm, in the Richer Fellowship Church, 50 Southeast Drive. If you have a relationship with someone who has a life-controlling problem, join us for this nine-week Living Free course. Receive encouragement and support in a safe setting, and learn practical ways to best help your loved one. Contact Pastor Ben Funk at 204-326-2254 or phone the church at 204-422-5308. Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673. Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. Rosa Fall Supper - On Saturday, October 7 from 5:30 –pm 1 am at the Shevchenko Ukrainian Hall. Admission $22. Tickets at the door. Contact 204-427-3102. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – Registration night Wednesday, September 13 from 7 - 8 pm. On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year. Sprague Sprague & District Historical Museum - Open by appointment from June – September 30. Explore life as it was in the early days. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Contact 204-4372210, 204-437-2209 or 204-437-4686. St. Adolphe Pickleball - Thursday evenings starts September 7, from 6 -8 pm at St. Adolphe School, 444 la seine street. Old Tyme Dance – On Saturday, September 9, from 7 - 9 pm, Pioneer Hall, 345 Hebert Road. Music with Mark Morisseau. Reservations required. Contact Rae at 204-883-2440 or Denise at 204 883-2429. Admission $15 includes lunch. Get Better Together - Wednesdays starts September 6 from 9:30 am -12 pm at Senior Services, 457 Main Street. The get better together program lets you take control and improve your quality of life! A 6-week program consisting of 2.5-hour sessions and focuses on supporting and teaching you how to control the pain, frustration and fatigue associated with suffering from chronic conditions. Cyclocross Workshop - On Wednesday, September 13, at Old St. Adolphe Park from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Hosted by Mountain Equipment Coop Come and learn the basics of cyclocross! All ages and abilities welcome. Free training and close to home. Lunch & Bingo - Every Thursday starting September 14. At the Le Club Amical, 344 Main Street. Home cooked meal only $8. Enjoy your meal at the Club or call ahead, pick up your lunch, and enjoy it at home. Curling Club Registration Night & AGM – On Wednesday, September 20 at 7 pm followed by the AGM at 7:30 pm. If you don’t have a team but would like to curl, please attend our Registration Night as there are often teams that are looking for additional players, or you can add your name and contact information to our spare curler list. We are seeking up to 2 individuals to fill vacancies on our Board of Directors. Contact Kerry at 204-883-2622 or email curlstadolphe@ gmail.com. Ritchot Community Development Corporation – On Monday, September 11 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at the RM Main Office, 352 Main Street. 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. 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 first Wednesday of the month 6 – 7 pm. Mood Disorders - Monthly Meeting - On first Thursday of the month at 2:15 pm. 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. Art Program - For the beginner artist and the advanced artist for 8 weeks on Mondays September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 13 from 7 – 8 pm. Cost $80 all supplies included. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St. Fitness classes - Classes start Monday, September 11 – Thursday, December 14. Cost 10 classes for $40 and receive 1 extra class free, 5 classes for $20 or a $5 drop in fee. Includes cardio, muscle and yoga inspired classes all designed especially for everyone 50+. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St.

St. Malo Gymnastics & Ballet/Jazz registration – On Monday, September 11 from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Ecole St Malo School Library. Contact Aline 204-347-5249. Beginner Spanish lessons for adults - Stars Monday, September 18 from 7 - 9 pm at the Ecole St Malo School Library. Cost $120 for 10 classes. Contact Josie at the Rat River Rec before Monday, September 11, 204-712-7773 or e-mail ratriverrec@hotmail.com to register. Chalet Malouin AGM - On Thursday, September 21 at 7 pm. 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. 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. Ste. Agathe Community Development Inc meeting – On Monday, September 11 at 7 pm. Ritchot Volunteer Celebration – On Friday, September 29 from 6 - 9 pm at Cartier Park. Join us for an evening filled with fun, friends, and food to celebrate all of the amazing work that our volunteers do to make our communities a great place to live. BBQ - Family Fun Games - Bonfire - Fireworks. We will take time to honour our Fire Fighters as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary of Protection and Service for our municipality Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 1 from 4 - 7 pm at the Cultural & Community Centre, Pembina Trail (Main Street). Cost Adults $15, children 6 - 12 yrs $7, children 5 years & under Free. Tickets the door. Turkey with all the trimmings, mashed potatoes and gravy, ham, meatballs, fresh vegetables, a tasty & wide variety of desserts topped with whipped cream or ice cream and coffee, tea & juice. Contact Guy Gagnon 204- 882-2493 or sugagnon@mymts.net. 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 Back to Reality Vendor Show – On Friday, September 29 from 5 - 10 pm at the École Ste-Anne Immersion in support of Agape House. It’s back to school, back to activities and to schedules! Dare I say it’s also time to get out your Christmas list and start planning. In support of local businesses and our local women’s shelter. All table rental proceeds are directly benefiting Agape House. Consider bringing a donation at the door, small items, non-perishable grocery, children books and toiletries. Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 1 from 3 – 7 pm at Ste. Anne Collegiate, 197 St. Alphonse Ave. Adults $15, children ages 5 -12, $5, ages 4 & under Free. Please join us for the Ste. Anne Parish Fall Supper and enjoy turkey, meatballs, ham, mashed potatoes, homemade bread and pies, and more! Includes a Silent Auction & two buffet lines to increase efficiency! Bring a tin for the bin in support of our local food bank, Kateri Centre. International Award Winning Singer - Every evening from Thursday October 5 – Friday October , enjoy Lorraine Hartsook from Eston, Saskatchewan hoisted by the Anne Agape Ministries at Club Jovial, 157 Centrale Ave at 7 pm. She is a Speaker, Singer and Author through music, scripture, story telling and humour you will experience an awakening of your faith. Free Admission love offering will be taken. CDs and books for sale. For information, call 204-371-6657. 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. Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com.

Ste. Geneviève Fall Supper – On Sunday Sept 24 from 4 – 7 pm at Community Hall. Tickets at the door. Contact 204-422-5411. 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. Steinbach A Taste of Tai Chi - During the month of September come out and try a Taoist Tai Chi class - no obligation. Regular times at the Pat Porter Active Living Centre. Refreshments served. Contact Veronica at 204-326-1713. Steinbach & Area Garden Club - On Monday, September 11, 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. “Identify Prevent, and Manage Garden Pests”. Dorinda Penner, Sunshine Greenhouse, will identify the 6 most common weeds, plant diseases and harmful insects and share her strategies to prevent and manage these garden pests. Also the Member Perennial exchange. Bring a plant/take a plant. Everyone welcome. Refreshments. Door prizes. Non member fee $5. Fundraiser Used Book Sale – On Wednesday, September 13 sponsored by East Borderland Community Housing at the Clearspring Centre. Proceeds to personal care home/seniors housing fund. Open Farm Day – On Sunday, September 17 from 11:30 am - 5 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Cost $5. Steinbach Mennonite Church’s 75th anniversary – On Saturday, September 30. Everyone welcome to attend ‘Stories & Songs’ at 7 pm. Singers of all ages are invited to participate in a Homecoming Choir, practice at 5 pm. 75th anniversary Worship Service – On Sunday, October 1 at 10 am followed by Thanksgiving Dinner. Visit steinbachmennonite.ca or call 204-326-9773. 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. 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. 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 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.


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The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net 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 326-3028. 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 204-424-5737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204-326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Vassar Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 12 from 4 - 6:30 pm at the Hall. Contact 204-437-3173. 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, pick-ups in Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Paradise Village. Must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes and cash giveaways every trip. Bingo played on the bus 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. Email your community event info to editor@dawsontrail.ca for inclusion each month

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Niverville’s Proposed Private for Profit MRI Causes Mixed Reactions By Marianne Curtis In mid-August, the Town of Niverville announced that it was partnering with Heritage Holdings to build a new diagnostic centre that would include an MRI machine to help address long wait-lists for scans in the public system. Gordon Daman, a spokesperson for the Niverville project, said this decision was made because a current 6month wait time is prompting thousands of patients to travel to North Dakota for faster scans. A MRI machine closer to home would offer patients a third option, he noted. “It’s not private or public, but rather an innovative community response to the common good,” Daman said. Niverville Heritage Holdings Inc. has partnered with the Town, the Niverville Heritage Centre and two private individuals to build the 2,400 sq. ft. clinic and purchasing of all the diagnostic equipment that will cost between $4 million and $5 million. When the centre is finished, patients will be charged $1,000 and $1,300 for an MRI scan. Low-income patients who share their tax information could receive a discount of as much as 25 per cent.

Other services offered at the clinic, such as X-rays, would be covered by Manitoba Health at no cost to the patient, Daman added. The clinic is expected to own the MRI for 25 years, recouping its investment first and then making a profit after that. It will be run in partnership with Santé Sud-Southern Health. “Neither the Province nor the Federal government are involved in the public-private partnership,” Daman stressed. “The private provider will be on what’s called a leasehold title, which will expire,” he said. “All that titled property will come back to the Heritage Centre.” Daman said the clinic is expecting to get business from third-party insurers such as the Workers Compensation Board and Manitoba Public Insurance, which currently pays the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to use its machines. Construction of the diagnostic centre is scheduled to begin in October or November and it will be completed in fall 2018. Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said it’s inevitable more private clinics will open in the province as the Federal government reins in growth on health-care spending.

“We’ve asked communities to be innovative and to be creative when it comes to health care delivery for their residents,” said Goertzen. “Niverville has a long history of being innovative and creative.” The Minister said he does not yet know if Manitoba Health will have any part to play in the clinic’s operations. Meanwhile CUPE is expressing deep concern with the proposed new private MRI clinic. “Private-profit has no place in our health care system,” said Darrin Cook, President of the CUPE Local 4270 representing health care support workers in Southern Health – Santé Sud. “Universal health care is a pillar of Canadian society, is enshrined in the Canada Health Act, and profiting off MRIs should not be allowed.” Cook suggested the Province invest in public MRI services and make sure MRIs are being used the way they are supposed to be used instead of privatizing the equipment. “We fully support investments in Niverville, and investments in health care,” said Cook. “But this new private MRI

Upcoming Event Geared to Inspire and Motivate By Marianne Curtis A not for profit organization, which serves the region, and located in Steinbach is issuing a public invitation to anyone who wants to feel motivated and connected. The one-day event, which is taking place October 21, is a fundraiser for Opening Doors to Success, Employment Resource Centre. Hosted by Nancy McNaughton, the event will leave you feeling motivated and connected. “This is an empowering event loaded with fun filled entertainment and motivational speakers,” McNaughton explained. “It will truly be an amazing day that you won’t want to miss!” The day will be filled with great people and inspirational stories featuring Michelle Sawatzky as Keynote Speaker. A portion of the proceeds raised at the event will support Opening Doors to Success, Employment Resource Centre, a non- profit organization that has been empower-

ing hundreds of talented people in Patrick Gregoire. our community who are now shinEarly bird tickets are available ing their light. “Come and hear how at eventbrite.ca until September they have been overcome challeng- 15 at $65. After that, individual es, pushing through, experiencing tickets are $75 each or two for success, and giving their gifts to our $150. Lunch is included. Concommunity,” McNaughton invites. tact Nancy at 204-878-0262 for Shine Again 2017 is taking place more information or to sponsor at the Mennonite Heritage Centre on a table. October 21 from 10 am to 3:30 pm. The day starts with drumming followed by a list of guest speakers including Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen, Keynote by Michelle Sawatzky, Kara and Curtis Nordstrom, North Stream Creations, Candice BakzFriesen, The Power of Self Talk and Mindset, Nancy McNaughton, Gratitude and Rising Above, Megan Adams, Manager of Opening Doors to Success, Nancy McNaughton and Rosie (left) invite you to be motivated Ryan Dueck and Com- and inspired by attending Shine Again 2017 by getting your tickmunity Magic with ets now, or better still, sponsor a table so others can attend.

Niverville Requests Sewer Rate Increase

Niverville residents could see an increase in their sewer rates next year after the Town of Niverville Council began the process required to establish new utility rates for 2018 - 2020. If approved, this is the first rate increase since 2015. According to Council, the current quarterly sewer rate is $62.20. Council is proposing increases in 2018 to $69.67, 2019 to $71.53 and in 2020, $73.43. “This rate proposal equates to an increase of

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twelve percent in 2018 followed by increases of three percent in 2019 and 2020,” Council explained. The new rates are being proposed for a number of reasons, including the costs to meet new phosphorous management requirements from the Province. The application of chemicals to neutralize the phosphorous in wastewater is budgeted to be $80,000 per year, Council added. Costs also include the continued

maintenance of sewer lagoon infrastructure. Council noted that during the past three years, $1,000,000 in capital improvements at the sewage lagoon was completed with funding coming from reserves and the funds need to be replaced. Also accommodated in the proposed increase are further costs for the continued maintenance of sewer lines and pumps. In 2017, this amount was budgeted at $87,500. As the sewer utility is its own

entity and operates separate from the Town’s general budget, costs must be paid through the sewer levy and the increase is expected to insure this capability. The increase cannot be approved without a hearing process. Niverville residents can expect to be contacted by the Public Utilities Board as part of the consulting process.

clinic will introduce a two-tiered system where the rich can buy their way into treatment ahead of the poor, and that is simply not right.” CUPE Local 4270 represents approximately 2,100 health care workers in Southern Health – Santé Sud.

Save the Date for Southern Health’s AGM Southern Health-Sante Sud has announced that they will be holding their annual public meeting October 4 in Steinbach. The theme for this year’s annual meeting is on Talking about Mental Health and Addictions, which will include a panel that will share their personal experiences. Attendees will also be given a brief run down of events and financial information pertaining to Southern Heath-Sante Sud. The meeting will take place at the Mennonite Heritage Centre in Steinbach starting at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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The St. Malo Fire Department was able to purchase a zodiac boat, motor and trailer for equipment from funds raised during recent pancake breakfast fundraisers.

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Breakfasts Fund St. Malo Water Rescue Equipment The St. Malo Fire Department is extremely grateful for the community support they have received during its recent fundraisers. The success of events, such as the departments annual pancake breakfast has helped fund the purchase of equipment to run a successful water rescue team. On August 26, over four hundred people attended the third annual pancake breakfast hosted by the St. Malo Fire Department. People attending the event could check out the new water rescue equipment, which was purchased in part from previous pancake breakfasts. “We are grateful for the support of our community,” stated a spokesperson with the department. “We had an amazing turnout.”

The proceeds from the St. Malo Fire Department fundraisers have gone towards the purchase of a zodiac boat and motor. An $11,000 donation from the Village Connection earlier this year also helped the project along. The RM of Ritchot Fire Department established the first water rescue team in the region back in 2002 using the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) funds. The Town of Niverville Fire Department established their own team a few years later, after a local resident died when his vehicle was overcome by water during spring flooding. The St. Malo Fire Department only recently became the third water rescue team in the region.

Multiple Charges Including Drug Possession

Items seized during the search.

At 3:05 am, on September 4 Steinbach RCMP were dispatched to a report of suspicious persons located on Main Street in Steinbach. Police attended and later arrested one 35-year-old female with a warrant from Winnipeg. Initially the female provided a false name, but was visually identified by police and her true identity confirmed. In the course of arrest, officers observed that in her possession was a purse containing several dime bags containing illegal drugs. A search revealed a total of 3.49 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and a small amount of Canadian currency, and a palm-scale. Tammy Renz has been charged with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of marijuana, two counts of failing to comply with a probation order, one count of obstructing a public officer, and one count of possession of property obtained by crime. Renz has been remanded into custody.


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Fundraising Events that Support Your Kid’s Activities This School Year The first day of school is also the first day of spending money to keep your kids active for the next eight months. Literally hundreds of dollars are spent getting the kids ready for school but unless your kid is sitting at home evenings and weekends, they are most likely going to be involved in a sport, activity or hobby of some sort and that will cost you money. Some activities may not require much of an investment but most will and not every family can afford it, especially if they have more than one kid and that is where fundraising comes in. Brian Presley of What To Do With The Kids® has participated in countless fundraising events as a youth worker at a non-profit agency, school volunteer and father of two girls in competitive basketball. “Most of us have been approached by friends and family members to buy chocolates or raffle tickets either at work or at home and there is this understanding that if you buy something from one parent, they will then buy something from you at a later date.” Some parents may find that it is more feasible to just pay the cost to avoid all the manual labour that goes into fundraising but for those who don’t mind doing a little work, we have a list of the top 50 fundraising events that you can use to raise those much needed funds. What To Do With The Kids® asked parents what their most popular, successful fundraising ventures were, and we used this information to create this list. Brian Presley said, “Of course, there is no guarantee of making money but with proper planning and cooperation from your team, you should do well and if you have any doubts, just take a look at the Girl Guides and their cookie campaigns.” “There are a number of variations for each fundraising activity listed so we have given a basic description along with some tips that may help,” said Presley. “We’ve also listed what type of activity it is, either a “stand-alone” or an “add-on.” A stand-alone is an event onto itself such as a dance or a pancake breakfast. An add-on is an activity that can be added to a stand-alone event such as having a 50/50 draw at the dance. “The real successful fundraising events provide a benefit to the people you are trying to get money from. People enjoying themselves at a dance or having a chance to win something of value in a raffle are much more receptive to giving you money than just being asked to contribute some cash,” he explained. Some fundraising activities have even become annual events where people actually look forward to participating in and if properly done, will become easier with each passing year. Here are What To Do With The Kids® Top 50 Fundraising Events for Your Kid’s School, Team or Organization: 1. Bake Sale - What is it? Sell baked goods and other assorted treats. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: Anywhere you can set up a table, preferably in a high traffic area. What you’ll need: People to donate baked goods, preferably homemade;

tables, chairs and small signs for descriptions and pricing; cash box and people to sell. How it works: Volunteers bake treats such as cookies, cupcakes, squares and package them in small servings, usually in clear plastic bags that are sold for a reasonable price. Tip: It is important that you note which items contain peanuts or may have come in contact with peanuts. If people ask and you are not sure, advise them not to buy anything. You can also offer other add-on fundraising activities to this event. 2. Candy/Popcorn/Spice/Seeds Sales What is it? Items sold at a profit. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: Anywhere. What you’ll need: A product from a manufacturer/supplier; people willing to sell to their family, friends, co-workers and neighbours. How it works: People use order forms to solicit sales and receive payment by a deadline. At the deadline, an order is placed with a company that supplies you the product at a discount. When the product arrives, it is delivered to the people who ordered. Tip: Ask for samples before offering to sell them. It’s also strongly advised to research the company and their product as well before choosing them. Some companies can supply you with brochures and order forms. 3. 50/50 Draw - What is it? A lottery with the prize being half of the money brought in from sales of tickets. Type: Add-on to an event. Location: At any event. What you’ll need: Numbered raffle tickets; a bucket; people to sell tickets. How it works: You sell tickets for a set amount. Tear the numbered tickets in half and place one-half in the bucket. When the draw is held, the winner receives half of the amount collected. Tip: Check with the proper authorities as this may fall under local raffle laws. 4. Barbeque Lunch - What is it? You sell barbequed food between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: Anywhere outside where you can set up a barbeque grill. What you’ll need: Barbeque with enough charcoal or propane to last 2-3 hours; Food associated with barbequing; containers for the food and condiments; paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils and garbage bags for cleaning up; tables and a few chairs. How it works: It’s just like barbequing at home, except you pay closer attention to the cooking. You sell the food along with soft drinks and maybe snacks. Tip: Find a high traffic area on a Saturday such as the front of a hardware store or supermarket. Always cook meat well regardless of requests. You can also offer other Add-on fundraising activities to this event. 5. Pancake Breakfast - What is it? Serve breakfast to people. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: An area large enough to accommodate tables and chairs. Kitchen facilities nearby are also needed. What you’ll need: Kitchen facilities with the ability to make many pancakes at the same time. Pancake batter, coffee, juice and milk, table syrup, plates,

cups and cutlery along with people to make the food, serve it and clean up afterwards. How it works: Serve breakfast to hungry people in the morning. Tip: You can also offer other add-on fundraising activities to this event. 6. Bottle/Can Collection - What is it? People have their pop/beer/wine bottles picked up from their home. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: Any area where deposit money is paid when bottles or cans are returned. What you’ll need: People to distribute flyers to homes on a Monday or Tuesday and people to pick up the items from each house along with a vehicle to put them in when they are collected. How it works: A flyer announcing the pickup is printed and delivered to houses. The flyer explains that the bottles/cans will be picked up Saturday morning and that they can be left on their porch if they’d like. Once the bottles and cans are collected, they are brought to a location that pays a deposit or recycle fee. 7. Cookbook - What is it? A collection of recipes from students and teachers in book form. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: Anywhere. What you’ll need: People to submit recipes and someone with patience to put it together and edit. You can have the book printed or available in PDF format. How it works: People submit recipes for the cookbook and copies are sold. Tip: You can also make it a book of dessert recipes or of summer recipes. It does however take a lot of time to gather the recipes, organize the book, have them printed, and ready for sale. You can also sell electronic versions if the book is in PDF. 8. Community Garage Sale - What is it? People with items to sell gather in one location. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: A large area such as a schoolyard or church parking lot. What you’ll need: Tables. How it works: Tables are rented to local residents who can sell items that they would normally offer at their own garage or yard sales. Local artisans may also participate. You can also arrange to have a portion of their proceeds be donated to your group as well. Tip: Promote the event to the local media. You can also offer other add-on fundraising activities to this event. 9. Canteen - What is it? Operate a small food/supply outlet at a tournament or special event. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: Wherever an event or tournament is taking place. What you’ll need: Finger foods, drinks, lunch items such as hot dogs, chilli, sandwiches along with snacks such as potato chips and candy; cash box; people to sell. How it works: You set up a table and offer to sell food and snacks. Tip: You can also offer other add-on fundraising activities to this event. 10. Car Wash - What is it? Wash people’s cars. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: Usually at a local gas station but it can also be anywhere there

is enough room and access to a water hose such as in a church or school parking lot. What you’ll need: Water hose and water source; buckets, proper sponges and rags so they don’t scratch the vehicles; proper car washing soap; signs. How it works: People stand next to the street with signs announcing the car wash. People pull up in their vehicles and are directed to a spot where the vehicle is soaked with water, soaped up and rinsed off. Pricing can be based on the size of the vehicle. It is extremely important that the vehicles are not damaged in any way. Tip: Classic water fights at car washes may look fun on TV but it will in fact annoy everyone else. You can also offer other Add-on fundraising activities to this event. 11. Gift Cards - What is it? People buy gift cards from you to be used at local retailers. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: Anywhere. What you’ll need: A retailer that can offer you gift cards at a discounted price. How it works: Find a local retailer and ask them if they will sell, you gift cards at a discounted price. You then resell the gift cards at face value and keep the difference. Example: You purchase a $100 gift card for $85 so you make $15 profit for each sale. Tip: Many chain stores offer this program. It can also be a seasonal offering as well since gift cards make great Christmas gifts. Gift cards from hardware or building supply retailers may be popular in the spring when people start working on their houses. You can

also sell these from a table at another event. 12. How Many in the Jar? What is it? People guess how many items (such as jellybeans) are in a glass jar. Type: Add-on to an event. Location: Anywhere a table can be set up. What you’ll need: Large glass jar filled with something small such as jellybeans, marbles or other candy; someone to count them before they go into the container; ballots and a prize. How it works: People purchase a ballot, fill in their information and write down their guess. At the end of the contest, the closest guess to the actual number wins a prize and/or the contents of the jar. Tip: You can also sell these from a table at another event. 13. Loose Change Collection - What is it? A friendly competition set over a few weeks to see how much loose change can be collected. Type: A stand-alone event. Location: Classroom or office. What you’ll need: A number of large glass jars or containers and someone to roll the change afterwards. How it works: People deposit their spare change in a jar. At the end of the competition, usually after a few weeks or a month, the group/class with the most change wins a prize. Tip: The more groups participating, the better. Unfortunately, you will have to roll the change before depositing them at the bank. Visit whattodowiththekids.com for more great ideas.

Take Your Foot Off the Gas CAA Manitoba is reminding motorists to slow down when driving through school zones as reduced school speed zone regulations are now in effect. “Pedestrian safety begins with drivers, especially when we’re talking about kids who are unpredictable and don’t always know the rules of the road,” said Liz Kulyk, Corporate Manager of government and community relations. CAA Manitoba offers the following tips for safer school zones year-round. - Scan the road ahead for school buses and school zone signs.

Prepare to stop and adjust your speed whether you see kids or not. - Wait for children to cross the street completely. Don’t inch forward or other cars will follow your lead. - Stop at least five metres behind a school bus with red lights flashing. Don’t proceed until the bus’s stop sign is closed and the lights stop flashing. - Pick a designated drop off and pick up spot that is easy, accessible, and away from traffic. - Factor in extra time to get to your destination, as back to school brings increased traffic volumes.


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Fundraiser Planned in Support of Lorette Teen By Marianne Curtis

Canada. This centre specializes in rehabilitation for people with neuro-muscular disorders. They help clients regain function using leading-edge intensive exercise-based rehabilitation programs. First Steps was originally started to help people with spinal cord injuries. In 94% of cases, they have increased clients’ mobility and independence through functional gains. This significantly adds to the quality of life of the clients and of their families. This treatment and the cost of living for the Dupuis family for six

months will be about $70,000 and the recommended treatment is 12 months. To help raise funds for the family, a coffee house fundraising event is taking place October 14 at the Lorette Parish Hall from 6:30 - 110 pm. There will be live music, coffee, snacks, sale of some alcoholic beverages, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets for the event are $10 and available by calling or texting 204-296-3756. To donate to the silent auction, call or text Suzanne Moore at 204-799-0108.

The community of Lorette is getting behind a 17-year-old girl to show their love and support in her recovery by hosting a fundraising social in her honour. The October fundraiser is taking place to help raise money so that the Dupuis family can accompany their daughter Danique to Regina where she is undergoing treatment for a spinal cord injury. On February 19, 17-year old Danique Dupuis of Lorette was involved in a snowmobile accident resulting in multiple fractures as well as an incomplete spinal cord injury at the thoracic level T4, which caused a loss of sensation from the chest down. According to family, neither drugs nor alcohol was involved in the accident. After 76 days at the Health Sciences Centre, one spinal cord surgery, numerous tests, MRI’s, CT Scans, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, Danique returned home, having regained some of her strength and having learned the basics to manage to get around in a wheelchair. Danique is currently undergoing treatment at the First Steps Wellness Gaetane Dupuis (left) along with her daughters Lisabeth, Myriam, Danique and husband Centre in Regina, one of its kind in Raynald enjoying a holiday prior to the accident.

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Co-op and Tim Hortons Fundraisers to Support ROC By Marianne Curtis During September, shoppers at either Tim Hortons or Ste. Anne Co-op will have an opportunity to support Recreational Opportunities for Children. Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC) spokesperson Moni Loewen was excited to announce that the organization will be receiving funding collected by Tim Hortons and the Ste. Anne Coop. “The timing of these two campaigns couldn’t be better because fall is our heaviest registration season,” Loewen explained. “We have almost 50 kids to register, find equipment for and make sure they can get to their activities.” Starting September 11, money will be collected for ROC during this year’s weeklong Smile Cookie Campaign. “This feels special because we’ve sent a couple of ROC kids to the Tim Hortons camp over the past two years,” said Loewen. “Our missions for helping kids are quite closely matched and local!” A second opportunity to raise money for the organization will take place during Co-ops first ever Western Canada Fuel Day. On September 19, customers fuelling up at any of the eleven Ste. Anne Co-op

locations will automatically donate $0.05 per litre to ROC. Loewen is extremely grateful for this meaningful partnership. “Ever since we began in 2009, we have purchased fuel cards for our ROC families from Co-op to make sure the kids can get to their practices, games, and classes,” Loewen continued. “I can only remember a handful of times that there wasn’t a Co-op in the area and we had to purchase from someone else.” Since 2009, Eastman Recreation Opportunities for Children takes a hands-on approach with families to come up with a workable recreation plan and provides more that financial support for sports and physical activities. Activities include photography, music or singing lessons, gardening, dog obedience classes, dance, Kung Fu, Special Olympics, clay making, swimming lessons, soccer, creative writing and more. On average, Recreation Opportunities for Children Eastman works with about thirty children per year in communities including St. Malo, St. Pierre-Jolys, Steinbach, Niverville, Blumenort, La Broquerie, Pine Falls and Beausejour. For more information on ROC Eastman, visit roceastman.ca.

Parade Superstars Last month, I had the pleasure of being in the Grunthal Parade. I had the even greater pleasure of having my three children with me. The experience was comparable to being a bit, like what I imagine, a rockstar would have when seeing a sea of their fans. With everyone smiling and happily cheering, we were Parade Superstars! Walking behind the decorated float my son, daughter and I handed out treats to the smaller groups of children. To the larger groups we had to toss the treats in such a way as to scatter to the largest number of children possible. My youngest son had fun riding on the float. With a noisemaker blasting sounds from his mouth and a bubble-wand launching bubbles everywhere, he was having a joyous time! I was quite surprised with how, unless someone called out to me specifically or they were sitting apart in some way, it was nearly impossible to see them. Maybe it had something to do with the hundreds (or thousands?) of faces looking at me or the fact that I only have a moment to hand out the treats while in constant motion plus keep an eye on my children. Yeah, there were people that I probably looked right at but didn’t see. One thing that I learned very quickly was that I could not give every child I saw a treat. Even though

I was only on one side of the street, when I took the time to hand out the treats personally, I would quickly fall behind as the float continued to pull away from me and then I’d have to race to catch up to it. Not a great thing to do on such a hot day! I also realized that the children outnumbered me and that I would never have enough treats for every boy and girl there. I also realized that I didn’t have to, nor need to; give each child a treat, as there were plenty of floats before ours and plenty more after. The children’s sweet tooth was going to be more than satisfied. One of my favourite things was when I could personally hand a treat into the hands of a smaller child. From the ones who could barely walk and had no clue what it was that I was giving them to the ones whose faces lit up when I placed the treat into their tiny hand, it was special to me. I also enjoyed tossing treats into their open bags when they were not looking; I was a treat tossing ninja! My children really enjoyed tossing or handing out treats to their family, friends from school and to the other folks that they recognized. I even had them run over to some of the older parade goers and personally had them a treat. It was cool see their faces light up like a child’s with pleasure. Despite the sun’s heat, the noise and the long walk on the hot pavement, my children and I had a great time and hope to do it again in the future. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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Distracted Video Filmed in Steinbach Released

Assistant Steinbach Fire Chief Mike Penner and Captain Trevor Schellenberg were on hand at the STARS hanger for the release of MPI’s new distracted driver video.

By Marianne Curtis The actions of the Steinbach Fire Department, Steinbach EMS, and a few hundred students will be observed for years to come as part of a distracted driving safety video. The video was shot in May in Steinbach, where more than 200 Grade 10 students were bussed to the Southland Church parking lot to view a mock accident from a 911 call to a funeral post-event. “Distracted driving is a major cause of motor vehicle collisions in Manitoba,” said STARS base Director and flight paramedic Grant Therrien. “Hopefully this video will be a strong reminder to motorists to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.” The video was released after two of the most fatal weeks of our summer. Numerous crashes throughout the province claimed six lives prior to the September long weekend. The video was produced and sponsored with the help of STARS, United Driver

Training in Steinbach, Steinbach RCMP, Southern Health-Santé Sud and the Steinbach Fire Department. “The Steinbach Fire Department is proud to have been part of this video,” stated a spokesperson. “Thanks to STARS and all the other organizations involved in making it happen.” United Driver Training initially requested STARS and other emergency service partners to produce this sponsor-funded initiative to demonstrate the consequences of distracted driving to local Steinbach and area teenagers. Releasing the video to the public is meant to remind drivers of all ages across the province to keep their eyes on the road and hands on wheels in an effort to reduce serious injuries and deaths. The video can be viewed on You Tube.

During actual filming in May, SRSS drama students played their role well as victims of a distracted driver. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Fireworks Mischief in Mitchell Between July 31 and August 10, the Steinbach RCMP has received multiple mischief complaints involving fireworks in the area of Stanway Bay in Mitchell. A vehicle was caught on camera driving back and forth through the area 3 times in the span of 7 minutes in the early morning hours of August 10. The vehicle has a distinctive rack on the top of it. The Steinbach RCMP

is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle and its owner. 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 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers. com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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