Reynolds School Doors May Close By Marianne Curtis
Rescued Horses Given Hope and Kindness
Despite a mandate by the province to not close the doors on any more rural schools, the Reynolds Community School in Prawda could see its doors closed in the future. Reynolds Community School’s days may be numbered after it made the list with a projected enrolment of only 4.5 full time students in September in Kindergarten to Grade 6. In the late 1900’s, the school had a population of 84 students. While the province’s mandate has been to not close schools, last year, the Department of Education said it was prepared to start closing small schools if the local community and school divisions believe they are no longer viable. Sunrise School Division Superintendent Wayne Leckie says they have not officially discussed closing the
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Steinbach Anti-Bullying Activist Recognized with Substantial Scholarship
with people problems! Rehabilitate, re-teach, re-home!” “We believe in using a natural approach and working within the horse’s comfort zone, at their pace,” Pattyn explained. “We use a lot of desensitizing methods and believe that desensitization is an essential part of training your horse. We base our methods around the horse’s needs, abilities and temperament.” “My husband, daughter and I moved to our first acreage in August 2010. In that first year we brought home a gelding my
On May 27, a grade 12 student from the Steinbach Regional Secondary School was rewarded for his very public activism with a $70,000 scholarship. For the majority of his high school career, Evan Wiens fought for gay student rights and fighting against bullying. Last year he was at the centre of a heated controversy about promoting a gay-straight alliance at the Steinbach Regional Secondary. Wiens bravely spoke up publicly in support of the alliance despite the outrage of hundreds of others speaking against the province’s Bill-18. Many felt the province was pushing the Alliance by specifically naming the group in the Bill when it was under consideration. He eventually won that battle, and now he’s been awarded the TD Community Leadership Scholarship, worth up to $70,000 in post-secondary tuition and living expenses. “I’m really thankful to TD for selecting me as one of 20 recipients out of over 3,500 that had applied... [the money] will definitely take a load off for sure,” Wiens said. In the fall Wiens plans to study political science at the University of Winnipeg and is considering transferring to either a Vancouver-based university or Montreal’s McGill in his second year.
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Kim Lyons Pattyn works on revitalizing a horse’s spirit as part of assessing the re-homing capability of a rescued horse before it is available for adoption.
By Marianne Curtis In recent years, awareness has increased about rescue animals, specifically cats and dogs. There are over forty rescue organizations across Manitoba who dedicates their lives to rescuing and re-homing pets. There are less media attentions on rescue organizations that focus on larger animals, including horses. Owned by Kim Lyons Pattyn and her daughter Jody Miller, Black Bird Ranch’s motto is, “We help horses
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Cancer Claims Tache Mayor By Marianne Curtis On May 27, long time RM of Tache Mayor William Danylchuk passed away after losing a battle with cancer at seventy years old. Danylchuk will be remembered as a graceful politician after spending forty-years on municipal council for the RM of Tache, first as a municipal councillor then as reeve and mayor. He was a well respected leader, easy to approach and full of integrity. He was first elected to council November 6, 1974. He served as a councillor until 1990, when he was elected as head of council where he remained until his death. During his time on council, Danylchuk sat on many committees and delegations for the RM of Tache including the Southeast Water Management Committee and the Ste. Anne Hospital board. He also served as Eastern Rural Director for the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) from 2005 to 2007. AMM President Doug Dobrowolski says that Danylchuk
will be missed. “Bill was on the AMM board for a number of years and I was proud to have him serve on the board. He was easy to make friends with and he cared deeply for the community,” stated Dobrowolski. “He was well respected by everyone and it was obvious the community liked him or he wouldn’t have become one of the longest running reeves and mayors.” Dobrowolski added that the AMM had planned to present the mayor with his 40 years of service medal at the upcoming June District meetings. In February 2013, Danylchuk was recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in recognition for his hard work. Born on the family farm in Zhoda, Danylchuk graduated school in Vita and went on to teach for 35 years. For his first five years as a teacher, he taught in St. Rita and met his wife Pat, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage, and raised a daughter. For the next thirty years, he taught
at the Lorette Collegiate. His greatest joy after retiring from teaching was spending time with his two granddaughters. When he was not volunteering for activities, dealing with municipal issues, Danylchuk enjoying music and played accordion with the Frazer River Boys for over 50 years. He loved fishing, camping, gardening, and was very active in the community. It was a proud moment for an otherwise humble man when RM of Tache Mayor William Danylchuck (right) was presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Students Compete for Points in Grunthal’s Spring Rodeo On May 16-19, the Hanover Agricultural Society held their annual spring rodeo in Grunthal. The weekend included everything from Rough Stock School, Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) rodeo to Manitoba Cutting Horse Association (MCHA) sanctioned Cutting Show and Gymkhana. Curtis Dawydiuk, Hanover Agricultural Society President, said the weekend was part of the high school rodeo tour. The students participated in Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronco Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Riding and Bullfighting, from Beginner to Intermediate levels. “Competitors from grade 6 to 12 were competing,” Dawydiuk said. Close to 100 students signed up to participate in the many weekend events. The Rough Stock Riding School took place May 16 and ran through Saturday, May 17 with Saturday evening featuring a Gymkhana. Sunday and Monday the MHSRA rodeo, as well as the Manitoba Cutting Horse Association, put on a show. The Manitoba High School Rodeo Association consists of students from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northern Ontario. The season runs from September to June, making Grunthal one of the final stops of the
year. Competitors compete for points that are accumulated to get them into the Manitoba finals. From there, they can continue competing in the Canadian Finals and National Finals. The Provincial Finals will be held June 6 - 8 in Selkirk.
School Closure continued... Continued from page 1 school; however a meeting will have to take place to discuss the matter before the end of June. “We’ve never talked about closing it,” stated Leckie. “We would have to meet with the community to discuss the possibility, if it was to happen.” Through 2012 and 2013 September school year there was nine children enrolled and has since decreased to seven. The Reynolds Community School has a capacity for 100 students with four classrooms, a gym and a library. The Sunrise School Division has tried to fill the space by inviting a faith-based independent school in the building, but it was refused due to concerns about students mingling with classmates outside of their faith. The dwindling student population comes from a combination of empty nesters moving into the area and parents opting instead to send their children to Whitemouth School or private schools. Frontier School Division provides a bus to transport children to Falcon Beach School also. The province allowed Frontier School Division to close Pine Dock School after only 3 students registered for classes in 2008.
Scholarship continued... Continued from page 1 In recognition of their worthwhile efforts, the TD Bank Group awarded 20 TD Scholarships for Community Leadership, each valued at up to$70,000 to high school students across Canada who has made a positive impact in their communities. Each scholarship includes tuition at any accredited university or college in Canada, $7,500 a year for living expenses, summer employment within the TD Bank Group for up to four years, and mentorship and networking opportunities.
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St. Malo Runner Finishes 100 mile Marathon
St. Malo’s Steven Graupner (right) was the second male, to finish Manitoba’s first 100 mile Ultra Marathon tying at the finish with Brian Weigette of Wawanesa.
St. Malo’s Steven Graupner is making headlines again after being only one of nine runners to complete the first 100-mile ultra marathon to take place in the province. Trail Run Manitoba hosted the inaugural event at Spruce Woods Provincial Park in early May. Competitors had 32 hours to complete the race, which covered mostly sand hill trails, through forest and gravel. The runners ran a 33-mile route that was actually looped three times. Sixteen runners started the race, but only nine crossed the finish line. Graupner started off strong by leading the pack and completing the first loop in less than 6 hours. It took him 7.5 hours to complete the second loop and he came in third. Graupner admits that he was inspired to complete the race by other competitors. “Many times during the third and final loop, hope of completion faded, but I was spurred on by other runners and wonderful volunteers,” Graupner recalled. In the final loop he ran over 10 miles pacing, then death marched ten miles to conserve strength to carry him across the finish. He completed the race by being the second male to cross the line in just 24 hours and 59 minutes at the same time as Brian Weigette of Wawanesa. This was his fourth attempt to complete a 100-mile Ultra marathon. In September 2013, he finished the 72.5 mile Lake Superior Ultra Marathon. Most recently, he was the winner of the 2014 ActifEpica, which took place in February.
Horse Rescue continued... Continued from page 1 Dad found for us for free. He’s a whole other story, but suffice to say in the fall of 2011 we decided to find him some horsey friends,” Pattyn continued. “On Kijiji we had seen an ad about horses rescued from going to slaughter and in need of homes. It’s amazing how people are brainwashed into believing it is only the old and sick and lame horses sent to slaughter.” Kim and her daughter performed their first rescue in the winter of 2012. “We were contacted about a horse the property owners no longer wanted and what we found upon arrival was a teenaged horse stuck in a lean to with chain link fencing, no food and no water,” Kim recalled. “He had been eating dirt and snow to survive. It took us three days to get a halter on him and blanket on him and then home. Unfortunately, he only survived in his new home for three weeks.” “But he didn’t die cold and alone and forgotten in the dark. He had been in the dark for so long I always left a light on for him so he would know we would always come back,” Pattyn sadly confided. The women work closely with a number of regular livestock
purchasers at the Grunthal Auction Mart. They deliberately bid against meat buyers for horses that could otherwise be re-homed. Once the horses are in Pattyn’s possession, they are checked by a vet, updated on shots and assessed for rehabilitation. When they are ready for re-homing, they can be adopted for a fee. For more information on adopting or helping out, contact Blackbirdranch@hotmail.com or 509-5484 or 232-4382. To view horses available for adoption check out bbrequine.weebly.com. Donations in support of this project are always welcome.
Helping Farmers Move Grain Faster As a Member of Parliament for Provencher, I am pleased that the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act received Royal Assent on Friday May 30. Royal Assent is the final stage of the legislative process in which a bill becomes law. In March of this year, our Government introduced legislation to address the rail capacity challenges currently affecting Western Canada after a historic crop yield. The Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act amends the Canada Transportation Act and the Canada Grain Act and implements additional measures to help Canadian grain get to market quickly and efficiently while maintaining a world-class system for transporting goods by rail. This legislation is designed to increase supply-chain transparency, strengthen contracts between producers and shippers and help ensure the entire grain handling and transportation system is working at the top of its capacity. We recognize that farmers and our economy need a system with the capacity to move what is grown. The challenge before us is unprecedented. Last year’s western Canadian crop, at 76 million tonnes, is 50 percent higher than average. That is why our Government took action to get grain moving more efficiently in western Canada. Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) are now obliged to increase their capacity to each carry a minimum of 500,000 metric tonnes of grain per week and for them to report on the volume of grain moved each week. The Government of Canada is also taking steps to address the medium and long-term implications of higher crop yields and extreme cold weather. Going forward, railways will be required to deliver more timely data on grain movements for better monitoring the overall performance of the supply-chain. The Canadian Transportation Agency will also gather information from all grain supply-chain partners on shipping capacities and plans prior to each new crop year and will advise the Minister of Transport whether specific grain volumes should be mandated for the coming year. Having a strong supply-chain benefits more than just farmers, it is essential for Canadian shippers to be competitive in domestic and international markets. Our Conservative Government remains focussed on a way forward that will benefit all shippers selling every commodity, from grain to oil, and continue to grow our resource economy. I am interested in hearing from you on important issues like this one. You may contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-3269889. You may also write my office at 8-227 Main Street, Steinbach, MB R5G 1Y7, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.
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Tough on Crime... Just Kidding A cute political story has finally leaked out, not fully yet but as every other story of this nature, one has to fill in their own blanks. This transpired on April 19 and 20 on the occasion of Ben Harper’s 18th birthday. As anyone would guess an 18th, birthday is a big deal and there is a pool at 24 Sussex Drive. Drinking was part and parcel of the festivities. According to an invitee, Devon vonEickon-Bursey, “No one appeared to be seriously intoxicated, we were all very controlled, the RCMP protective detail was around but I didn’t see the parents.” In Ontario, the legal drinking age is 19, but parents are allowed to supply alcohol to their own 18-year-old at home. However, it is verboten to supply their underage guests. Only their own parents have this responsibility. Presuming this was a BYOB party, who bought these underage guests their alcohol is anybody’s guess. Fill in your own blank. Sometime during the evening a 911 call was made. An underage girl out near the gate of 24 Sussex was seriously drunk. She was transported to a hospital for medical assistance with a suspected case of alcohol poisoning. Now she could have purchased alcohol legally in Gatineau Quebec as an 18-year-old. How did she get to Sussex Drive? Or was she part of the party? Some of these questions are unanswered, but the RCMP babysitters would not let anyone drunk into 24 Sussex, one would think, or carry too much perfume or some other delectable taxable or untaxed item. They would be overly suspicious I would imagine… so was she supplied from inside? Again, fill in your blanks. Could it be blind cops or an amateur bartender or aliens with a sense of humour or some other very sensible reason, like the Liberal leader playing nasty games? Like everybody else, I wonder if the RCMP would politely knock on my door if I were entertaining an underage party in my home where alcohol was being served and an ambulance had to pick up an intoxicated person on my driveway? No blank to fill here, just a ride to ‘Home Depot’ after finally making bail, for the necessary material to fix my bloody smashed door. Then what would I do with all those pesky skeeters. Sorry guys, on second thought - no party here. It was educational to read the National Post’s apologetic twist to this story and the local Winnipeg Sun said nada. Both of these esteemed papers are more Conservative than Preston Manning and the Post has had a fair amount of experience of squirming in print. Again, they did not disappoint. Yet the amount of trees sacrificed to print their gleeful attack on Trudeau for advocating legalizing marijuana was phenomenal. Conservative attack ads were starting to suffer a credibility factor. They are now in danger of just producing a giggle or a snicker. Credibility took a hit, or 50,000 swore not to vote again, would be credible headlines, which one would expect after this story’s coming out. Instead, a mad scramble to cover up this episode and all the redacted material from the RCMP are marching the orders from the PMO. Of course, this is all done for security reasons, otherwise the tough on crime agenda would be in danger of being ridiculed and another 50,000 would vote for somebody else.
Hydro Transmission Lines - A Welcome Feature to our Natural Paradise Dear Editor: In the past two months some of us homeowners in SE Manitoba have found out that the new Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project is going right on our properties in the RMs of Springfield, Tache, Ste. Anne, La Broquerie and further south. I’m so excited! I look forward to having some majestic items on our property! My siblings may have mountains, but I will have Towers and Transmission lines! I look forward to inviting them out to see these new sights! And my family from Winnipeg will be impressed that we don’t just have wild animals and peace and quiet and natural areas. Look at these majestic towers! And within 800 feet of our home! Fantastic! And hearing the motorized trespassers going past will be a welcome change from the boring birds and frogs that we hear all summer. And watching the ATVs and dirt bikes buzzing by will be
much more interesting than the deer, bear, coyote, and other wild critters that walk through our natural area. And we don’t need weather experts anymore! The lines are wet Must be raining. The lines are white - Must be snowing. The lines are moving - Must be windy. And we will have more policing in the area since we will have more trespassers, vandalism, theft, illegal hunting, illegal dumping, etc. And those spruce trees we’ve been planting by hand over the past 20 years, we didn’t want them there anyway, so now they will be chopped down. Oh, and our property taxes will go down, since the property assessments will be going down too. And we can buy other nearby properties much cheaper since no one wants to buy them. We can snap them up cheap and rent them out. Renters won’t mind these massive structures near their homes! I’m so glad Hydro decided to go on our private properties instead of the uninhabited crown land further to the East. Did they really think that was a possible option? What were they thinking? And all this for the good of all Manitobans. I’m happy to do my part and allow these towers and transmission lines on our property. And of course this
is all so we can all have cheap hydro rates (didn’t they ask for a 3.95 percent increase for this year? And current rates will double in the next 20 years? But that’s another issue...) My tongue firmly in my cheek in the RM of Tache. Anni Markmann
Pro-Choice Stance May Hamper Liberal Candidate Dear Editor: [Recently] Justin Trudeau announced that all future Liberal Candidates will need to support abortion if they expect to be approved as a candidate for the Liberal Party. Yet he has been saying for months that he supports open nominations. Two days before his tirade on ProLife supporters he said, “It’s about giving the community the final say on who will be their candidate.” So, now Justin Trudeau believes in giving everyone a chance to run as a Liberal candidate UNLESS that person happens to have Pro-Life views. That’s not very open, Mr. Trudeau. What happened to letting the people decide? Ken McAllister Steinbach, MB
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Ile des Chênes - An Island of Hospitality
Dear Editor: “Uh oh...now what?” I muttered to myself half-heartedly as I watched my wife drive away into the cool, cloudy May morning. She was on her way to work, as I stood there, barefoot in my superman pyjamas, somewhat shocked to find the front door locked behind me. No keys, no cell, no wallet and no idea what to do. Since we moved to town only five days prior to this little predicament of mine, I couldn’t think of anyone to ask for help. Sitting down on the front steps, my feet getting a little colder by the minute, I pondered the situation. Should I break a window? Should I body-check the door? No, I’m pretty sure my lovely wife wouldn’t appreciate her new home broken into by her careless husband. There has to be another way! I need to find a phone! So, I started walking. Knowing that Main street housed a few of the local businesses and having a little hankering for some coffee, north down Main street I gingerly walked. I considered the fine local diner but Wranglers seemed too far to go in this shoeless fashion. Maybe the ole country store could offer this road weary wanderer some coffee and a chance to make an extremely necessary phone call. Passing by a couple of gentlemen on the sidewalk, I marvelled at their ability to disregard my dishevelled state, and their polite efforts not stare at this clearly abnormal sight. As I continued on, I realized the post office was right in front of me. Remembering the friendly and helpful lady who set up our mailing address a week earlier, hope began to rise. Slowly I sauntered inside preparing to present my case. She greeted me as I walked through the door and gave me a curious look. I sheepishly explained my sorry situation as she softly smiled. I could tell she was on the verge of breaking out into wild laughter but she did well to hold it in. This graceful soul let me make multiple phone calls until I could reach my blissfully unaware wife. In the meantime, I was fortunate to observe this kind and friendly lady interact with the good citizens of this fine town. I listened intently to every word in the hope to brush up on my French. It will definitely be a work in progress! But, for now merci to the one who welcomed me in out of the cold. Merci to the one who harboured my soul when all seemed lost. I have found a friend when I’m in need, in a town that has found a friend in me. Sincerely, Jude P. Jordan Ile des Chenes, MB
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Growing Concern over Hydro Residents in the Dawson Trail area and throughout southeastern Manitoba have been ringing the alarm bell about Manitoba Hydro for several years now. After all, the Bi-Pole III transmission line has been dictated by the NDP government to run though their back yards and fields even though most experts agree it is the wrong place to put the line. Those voices of concern have been joined by many others recently who are worried about the direction of Manitoba Hydro under the NDP government. The fact that there have been four Hydro rate increases in just over a year has Manitobans wondering what is going on at our largest crown corporation. One of the areas of concern is the planned construction of $34 billion of hydro projects at a time when export revenues continue to fall, and are expected to be low for the foreseeable future. In fact, Manitobans are now subsidizing cheap hydro to the United States and are paying for hydro lines in the United States to send them cheap power! The NDP are taking the largest financial gamble in Manitoba’s history with the new planned Hydro construction. And they are doing so against the advice of most experts and against the experience that has happened in other provinces. Premier Greg Selinger and his NDP MLAs are so reluctant to listen to others that they have given the green light for some of the construction to take place even before getting the needed regulatory approvals.
What Manitoba Progressive Conservative’s have said is that there needs to be a truly independent review, removed from politics, to make the economic case for these expenditures. Otherwise, generations of Manitobans could be paying for an enormous mistake. The NDP are not just ignoring experts and other political parties, they are ignoring members of their own Party. NDP members such as former Premier Ed Schreyer and Cabinet Minister Tim Sale have expressed concern about the potential rate increases that could come from this risky approach. More recently, residents in south Winnipeg have raised their concerns about hydro lines and the lack of consultation or alternatives put forward by the NDP. It seems increasingly, regardless of the region they live in, Manitobans have concerns about what the NDP are doing to Hydro. And they are right to be concerned. Manitoba Hydro is owned by all Manitobans. And we all pay for it. Before going any further, the NDP need to take a step back and review this gamble. It’s a roll of the dice that Manitobans cannot afford to lose. I appreciate your comments and concerns. If you have any comments on these or other issues, you can contact me by writing, #3 - 227 Main Street, Steinbach, MB R5G 1Y7, by phone at 204-326-5763, by fax at 204-346-9913, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting my website at kelvingoertzen.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Hydro Mismanagement and Misdeeds Manitoba Hydro is one of Manitoba’s greatest resources and has been for over 50 years an integral part of Manitoba’s economy and many local communities. It is responsible for providing the electricity and natural gas that heats and illuminates homes across the province. The Crown Corporation’s mission is, “To provide for the continuance of a supply of energy to meet the needs of the province and to promote economy and efficiency in the development, generation, transmission, distribution, supply and end-use of energy.” Unfortunately, Manitoba Hydro is being mismanaged under the provincial NDP Government. At the beginning of May, the Public Utilities Board approved of a 2.75 percent increase for all rate classes, 0.75 percent of this increase resulting from the need to cover costs for the Bipole III project. Despite the findings of independent experts who have proven that Manitoba does not require additional energy generation capacity until 2034, the government has spent 2.6 billion dollars on its preferred development plan and has correspondingly increased domestic hydro rates to cover this expenditure. Manitoba Hydro’s development scheme includes a plan to: at least double hydro rates over the next 20 years and at the same time maximize payments to the NDP. An increase of nearly 4 percent would place a significant and unnecessary burden on Manitoban families, let alone doubling of fees as the NDP is proposing. With fee increases that are intended to fund a project that is both over-priced and unnecessary, Manitobans are left fearful of the future increases that will occur to fund future projects. The NDP has increased the PST, Hydro rates and Manitoba Public Insurance rate increases are coming. The government
Dear Editor: As you may have heard, the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, recently made an announcement regarding his party’s stance on abortion. Mr. Trudeau stated that pro-life Liberals who are interested in becoming candidates in the next election would not be considered as good candidates due to their views against abortion. He said that he is making it clear that future candidates must understand that they will be expected to vote for abortion on any bills. This statement from Mr. Trudeau sends a direct message to all pro-life supporters that their views are not welcome in the Liberal Party. This announcement was made despite Mr. Trudeau’s original promise to host open nominations in every riding. We need only to point to the Liberal Party website, which states, “Our Leader Justin Trudeau is committed to open nominations in all 338 ridings from coast to coast to coast.” As the leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau believes that it is within his right to block someone from seeking a nomination based on his or her beliefs on abortion. This is extremely narrow-minded and is a direct insult to tens of thousands of pro-life residents in our area of Manitoba. In essence, Mr. Trudeau has excluded all people who desire to obey God’s command do not kill, from running as a Candidate for leadership in the Liberal Party and Christian people will be unable, in good conscience, to vote for such a party. Mr. Trudeau, why do your values trump God’s - and the values of If you know of any unique potential Liberal candidates here in Manitoba? heritage sites in and around the Sincerely, RM of Ritchot, the municipality Bruce and Anita McKee would like to hear from you. St. Adolphe, MB
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should not take money from taxpayers’ kitchen tables to feed its spending addiction. Another Manitoba Hydro project that has been mismanaged is the Keeyask Infrastructure and Generation Project. The Clean Environment Commission (CEC) granted an environmental licence for the project, key information regarding Bipole III was withheld from them. Failing to provide the CEC with such information clouded their assessment of Keeyask. Despite recommendations from the CEC to create a comprehensive Regional Cumulative Effects Study prior to developing any further dams, Hydro is moving ahead with its plans. In addition, the construction of the dam causes concern over the environmental impact on wildlife in northeastern Manitoba. Manitobans deserve an honest and transparent government that has their interests at heart. The current NDP Government seems to have its own agenda in mind and show no hesitation moving forward with it, at the expense of Manitobans. Breaking election promises, increasing rates without proper justification, and withholding information are characteristics of an arrogant government that does not take its role seriously. Austin O’Malley once said, “Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow colour blind.” Manitobans do not deserve the blind leadership of the NDP Government, especially in regard to the company that we rely on and are proud to call our own. I look forward to hearing from you with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406, my legislative office at 204-945-4339, or at email@example.com.
The RM of Ritchot Council has applied for a Heritage Grant in order to build a list of historic locations and persons of significance while also gathering historical information and photos unique to the municipality. According to Lesley Gaudry, Community Economic Development Office, this ‘Special Places Inventory’ will allow the RM to identify its heritage priorities and put us in a good position to develop further initiatives for interpretation and promotion and to better protect local heritage.
“If the municipality receives the $10,000 grant, a consultant will be hired to undertake the production of the inventory, which is expected to feature about 75 sites,” explained Gaudry. “Once complete, volunteers will analyse and evaluate the sites in order to develop a top ten list of priorities.” If you would like to learn more about the project or if you have heritage information you would like to share, please contact Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-803-2871.
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Pink Ride Raises Funds for Helping Hooves
By Marianne Curtis During the first three weeks of May, if you spotted a pair of riders on horseback all decked out with pink ribbons and paint then you stumbled upon this year’s Pink Ride, a fundraiser for Helping Hooves Manitoba. On May 4, Pam Glover and Sandy Schmidt hit the Pink Trail to raise funds for Manitoba’s breast cancer patients who require financial assistance while undergoing treatments. The pair rode about 161 miles from Ninette to Richer in 16
days, despite the frigid temperatures, rain and even some snow. “After losing my step daughter to breast cancer in 2009 I decided I wanted to do something in honour of her memory,” Glover explained. “Because I’m a horse lover and would rather ride one than walk or run, whatever I did had to involve horses.” In 2010, Glover volunteered to ride with a group in Alberta called Wild Pink Yonder, who used their horses to raise funds for breast cancer research. In 2011, Glover brought the group to Manitoba, ran a threeweek long trail ride here, and raised
Dawson Trail Dispatch over $35,000 for Cancer Care Manitoba. Shortly afterward, she formed her own group and Helping Hooves Manitoba was born. Helping Hoovers partnered up with Helping Hands for Manitobans with Breast Cancer and hit the Pink Trail. “Instead of riding for research, we turned our attention to Manitobans who need financial aid while undergoing treatment,” Glover continued. “Cancer of any kind is a battle for one’s life and we believe that many problems should not be an added stress at such a time.” Glover said that fundraising totals are not in yet for this year’s ride.
“We don’t have an exact total yet as money is still coming in but we have already raised over $5,500 just by riding our horses!” Glover said. This year the riders hit the trail in Ninette and finished 161 miles and 13 days later in Richer. “The best part was that we started this ride with two riders and ended in Richer with a dozen,” Glover added. In 2012, Helping Hooves Manitoba hosted five fundraising events with individual trail rides, flea markets and fun days, and donated almost $6,000 to Helping Hands for Manitobans with Breast Cancer.
A dozen riders dressed in pink arrived at the Richer Hotel on May 16 at the end of this year’s Pink Ride to raise funds for Helping Hooves. Photo by Lee McQuitty
St. Pierre-Jolys Grocery Store under New Ownership On June 1, the Villageo Market formally known as St. Pierre’s Big-Way Foods is under new ownership. Luc Peloquin and his wife Corinne, who live in St. Pierre-Jolys, are the new owners of Villageo Market. The Peloquin’s are well known business owners in the community. A few years ago, they took over the St. Pierre Hotel, renamed it to Lucky Lucs and turned it into a well respected eating establishment with chef prepared meals.
Building on that success, the couple opened a second Lucky Lucs in Ste. Agathe in 2012.The sudden sale and subsequent takeover of the Villageo Market by new owners comes as a surprise to many. A year ago, former owner Mark Duddridge, was excited to announce that he was expanding significantly. He added a pharmacy designed by Italian company Sartoretta Verna, who builds pharmacies across Europe. The state of the art $1.5 million project was a first in Canada.
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Steinbach Installs Community Compost Bins This spring the City of Steinbach decided to ditch their curbside compost collection and return to their previous model of a weekly collection depot. At the beginning of May, the City officially reopened three compost collection depots placed strategically throughout the community. ‘The Compost bins are set up and the volunteers are ready and waiting for your grass and leaves,” stated Mayor Chris Goertzen. Eldon Wallman, Solid Waste
Department Head, said that in previous years, the community compost collection depots have been a huge success. During the program’s inaugural year in 2011, 36.6 tonnes of compostable material were collected and each year that amount has grown significantly. “The City is hoping to improve on its organic waste diversion program in the near future to increase the amount of compostable material collected and diverted from our regular waste stream,” stated
Ritchot Welcomes New Administrator The RM of Ritchot recently welcomed a new Chief Administrator with the hiring of Mitch Duval. Duval took over the position at the beginning of May after Florence May retired from serving as municipal administrator since 2007. Ritchot Mayor Bob Stefaniuk says that Duval will be a tremendous asset to the municipality. He has over 16 years of municipal experience, having served as CAO for the RM of Montcalm and a Municipal
Services Officer with the Province. He is also bilingual. “On behalf of Council, we’d like to thank Florence for her years of dedication and wish her the best in her retirement,” Stefaniuk added.
Projects Benefit from Community Places Grants By Marianne Curtis At the beginning of May, the province announced funding for recreational, cultural and learning opportunities for families in communities across Manitoba under the Community Places program. Out of 30 projects approved in Manitoba, 16 Community Places projects have been approved for the Eastman Region for a total of $215,200. The Community Places program provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations to build, upgrade, expand or acquire projects. The largest contribution will go towards the Garderie de Bambin Co-op Inc. in St. Malo for $40,000 to install fire pumps and a cistern at their new daycare centre. The Mitchell Arena is getting $30,000 for insulation improvements. The City of Steinbach was granted $25,000 for their curling club project. The Grunthal Community Club will receive $18,000 for new playground equipment at the park. The remainder of the projects range from $10,500 to replace the boiler and roof at the St. Pierre Museum to $3,000 for a new toboggan run in Kleefeld. Biathlon Manitoba will get $9,000 for a trail and facility in Falcon Lake, Lorette Community Complex $5,000 for soccer fields, Friedensfield Hall $7,000 for diamond improvements, Grande Pointe Homeowners $9,200 for ball diamonds, Le Club Amical in St. Adolphe $9,500 for renovations, Vita Community Child care $10,000 for a natural playground, Park Carillion $15,000 for fitness equipment, Mitchell seniors $8,000 for storage, Mennonite Heritage Village $8,000 for facility improvements, Crow Wing Trail Association $5,000 for trail improvements and South Whiteshell Trail Association $10,000 for a lake trail. Eligible projects receive up to 50 percent of the first $15,000 of total project cost and up to one-third of any costs over that amount, to a maximum of $50,000. Non-profit organizations can apply for assistance for facility development and improvement projects. Applicants contribute to project costs through local fundraising efforts, grants from other sources or donated labour and materials. Since its inception, Community Places has provided more than $110 million to support over 7,200community construction projects province wide. These grants have leveraged an estimated $730 million in infrastructure improvements in both rural and urban communities.
Wallman. From mid-May to mid-October, compost depots were available every Saturday at the Steinbach Stoney Brook Middle School, Woodlawn School and in Deerfield Estates. Last year, the City of Steinbach piloted a curbside recycling program in the Georgetown area. A plan to expand the program across the city was halted by the city Council in March. “We felt the original plan (depots) was more effective,” explained Goertzen. The public is encouraged to continue to bring bags of leaves, grass clippings, and garden waste to the designated locations every Saturday. The material is then hauled to the Steinbach Landfill where it is turned into mulch and
used throughout the city for various projects. Finished compost material is also available for public pickup from the same location.
The City’s Solid Waste Management Coordinator, Eldon Wallman, along with his staff, will be collecting compostable material every Saturday at three depots throughout the community.
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Father and Daughter Share Passion for Emergency Services By Marianne Curtis All eyes were on the sky when the STARS ambulance made a special appearance at a recent fundraiser hosted by the RM of Stuartburn fire department in Vita. When the rotors stopped spinning and the crew disembarked from the craft, Fire Chief Bob Fosty’s eyes lit up with surprised recognition. Within moments, a young lady wearing a STARS jumpsuit dashed across the parking lot to throw herself into his arms. “Hey dad,” she laughed, returning his affectionate hug. Fosty’s eyes beamed with pride while introducing his daughter Jennifer. It was pure coincidence that her first flight on the STARS ambulance after joining the fleet as a flight nurse in March would be timed with a visit to her hometown. “I am very new to the organization and started induction training in October 2013. The training was completed in March 2014, which means I have been a flight nurse with STARS the past 2 months,” explained Jennifer. “This is my first flight home.” In addition to STARS, she works as a clinical resource nurse at the St. Boniface Emergency and casually in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit. A STARS nurse requires a minimum 5 years of clinical experience in an emergency room or intensive care unit setting as well as certification in advanced cardiac and trauma life support for adults, paediatrics, and neonates. Jennifer is no stranger to the emergency service lifestyle. Her father has been a volunteer firefighter with the RM of Stuartburn fire department since 1992. In 2013, the municipality named him as CoChief.
Conservation District Seeks Landowners The Seine-Rat River Conservation District recently expanded into the Roseau River watershed to include the RMs of Franklin, Stuartburn, Piney and part of Montcalm and is eager to begin working with local landowners. The SRRCD is offering landowners access to a variety of programs including willow and understory tree planting for erosion control, rain garden establishment to catch storm water runoff, riparian fencing and alternative watering systems to keep livestock away from waterways and well water sampling, abandoned well sealing and well head remediation to make sure ground water remains clean. Landowners wishing to learn more are encouraged to contact Dorthea Gregoire, the new Roseau River Watershed Technician at the satellite office in Vita in the RM of Stuartburn by calling 204-425-7877. Information can also be found on the website srrcd.ca.
“Growing up I was surrounded by a mom who was a nurse and a dad who was on the fire department so you could say there was always a textbook or manual lying around that had some graphic pictures, which may have sparked an interest,” Jennifer continued. “Watching him, [dad] respond to emergencies within the community influenced me to want to help as well. Being able to provide an emergency service to rural communities, including the one I grew up in, where my family and friends live, is why I wanted to join STARS.” Jennifer says that while she is still fairly new to the STARS team, she has already aware of certain adjustments that have to be made. “It is challenging. In the hospital, we take for granted the large amount of basic supplies available to us, but when you fly in a helicopter there are weight restrictions,” Jennifer noted. “It is easy to be prepared and bring out the proper equipment
RM of Stuartburn CoFire Chief Bob Fosty is proud of his daughter, Jennifer who was recently named as one of STARS new flight nurses. Photo by Marianne Curtis
needed when picking up a patient, but sometimes not all of it is needed at the moment. These seem like minor things, but this is all going on in the back of your mind in addition to taking care of a critically ill patient.” While Jennifer adjusts to her new career, her father is proud that she has followed both her parent’s footsteps.
“I am happy that Jennifer has chosen to also work as a flight nurse with STARS,” said Fosty. “I am very proud of her and while the STARS/ fire fighter relationship is relatively new, it certainly gives us a unique bond.” Jennifer joined the STARS fleet when it resumed flying medical flights in March after being
suspended in December. On March 7, STARS was allowed to fly again by the province, but only in response to emergency scene calls. Since being reinstated, STARS has only flown six missions in Manitoba compared with dozens of flights in Alberta and Saskatchewan over the same period.
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Landscaping mistakes to avoid When designing their landscapes, homeowners may envision grandiose gardens and lush lawns that are the envy of the neighborhood. But such designs can be difficult to maintain, and homeowners often find they are not worth the time or money. Avoiding such costly mistakes allows homeowners to fully enjoy their lawns. The following are a few landscaping mistakes homeowners may want to avoid so they can spend more time enjoying their landscapes and less time working around the yard. * Planting the wrong trees and shrubs: When planting new trees and shrubs around your property, choose varieties that won’t overwhelm the property by growing too large. Such trees and shrubs can mask other elements of a landscape, and they can also take a substantial amount of effort to maintain. Avoid spending too much time pruning trees and shrubs by opting for those that only grow to a particular size. * Choosing non-native plants: It’s always best to choose plants that are native to a particular region. Native plants have already adapted to the local climate, meaning they can withstand the worst weather that climate has to offer without homeowners having to put in much effort. For example, if you live in an area where drought is common, avoid planting trees, shrubs, flowers, or grass that need ample amounts of water. Instead, opt for those varieties that can survive without significant amounts of water. Exotic plants might add aesthetic appeal to a property, but that appeal is often shortlived or costly to maintain when a plant is not in its native climate. * Too much lawn: While a large and lush lawn appeals to many homeowners, a yard that is all grass can be difficult and expensive to maintain. Lawns without trees are susceptible to damage from the hot summer sun, and homeowners often respond to that threat by overwatering their lawns. Overwatering not only weakens root systems, but it also leads to higher water bills. Homeowners can downsize their lawns by planting more trees around the property, adding a garden in the backyard or even adding landscape features to their property. * Planting without a plan: When planting new trees around a property, some homeowners plant without first considering the ideal locations for new trees. This can prove an expensive mistake. Planting too close to your house may eventually threaten your home’s foundation, as roots grow deeper and deeper into the ground. Planting too close to a home also may prove a security threat down the road, when the tree has grown to full height. Such trees may threaten the home during a storm, so consult a landscaping professional when planting new trees so the trees are located in a place that does not threaten the value of your home or the safety of its residents.
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Simple ways to limit weed growth Weed growth in a garden cannot only prove unsightly, but also ultimately harmful to plants and vegetables. When weeds appear in a garden, they have already begun to steal nutrients and water from surrounding plants, and if allowed to grow tall, they can also block sunlight from reaching the plants. Unfortunately, weeds can be resilient, and there is no way to guarantee they won’t grow. But gardeners can take several steps to limit the growth of weeds so the plants in their gardens can grow strong. * Work the soil regularly. When weed roots are removed from the soil, weeds die. But just because you hoed or tilled the soil last month does not mean new weeds won’t grow in and start robbing your plants of essential nutrients and minerals this month. The garden should be cultivated regularly, and you should pay particular attention to the soil after the garden has been watered. If weeds are allowed to go to seed, the garden can quickly be overwhelmed by them, as young weeds tend to grow in quickly and a little water might be all they need to sprout. So make a point to routinely cultivate the soil with a hoe or tiller, being careful when working on soil around growing plants. * Lay down black plastic. Some gardeners may want to avoid laying black plastic down in their gardens for fear that such a weed
deterrent robs the garden of its natural beauty. While that might be true, the black plastic also robs many weeds of their ability to grow in. Some weeds may be especially stubborn and grow in under the plastic, forcing their way through the holes cut into the plastic for the plants to grow through. But laying black plastic covering over the garden before it’s planted is often an effective way to limit weed growth. * Lay mulch in vegetable gardens. Mulch can serve multiple benefits in a garden. Many people find mulch aesthetically appealing, but mulch serves more practical purposes as well. Mulch made of organic materials, such as bark chips or grass clippings, is often too heavy for weeds to push through, making it difficult, if not impossible, for weeds to sprout in the garden. But mulch also conserves moisture in the soil,
strengthening plant roots as a result. Stronger roots can lead to a healthier garden. * Cut down on plants’ elbow room. The more space between plants, the more room weeds have to grow. So decreasing the space between plants can limit weed growth. But spacing plants too closely together can make it difficult for vegetables to grow in as well. Spacing recommendations will likely be included on packaging when buying seeds, but reducing those recommendations by an inch or two may allow the plants to grow in strong while limiting weed growth at the same time. Garden weeds can put plants in jeopardy and rob gardens of their beauty. But there are a handful of ways gardeners can limit weed growth without harming their plants.
Student Job Centres Open for Summer
More Than Just News! The Manitoba Youth Job Centre is once again open in Niverville, St. Pierre-Jolys and Steinbach. All three youth job centres offer free services, including a referral service that can help businesses and community members find workers for a variety of positions, including full-time, part-time, or casual positions. Students between the ages of 12-29 are invited to sign up with the MYJC. They can participate in a referral service, resume writing and job searching assistance. For youth between the ages of 12-16 there is the Odd Job Squad, which is a great way to get some first timework experience. Manitoba Youth Job Centres provide community-based summer employment referral services throughout rural and northern Manitoba. Local employers, as well as students and youth from 12 to 29, receive free assistance in matching qualified job seekers with summer employment. All three offices opened mid-May and will remain open until late August each year. For more information stop by 86 Main Street, Niverville or call (204) 388-6793; Employment Manitoba Centre, 395 Main Street, Steinbach or call (204) 326-4099; or 427 Sabourin St., St. Pierre-Jolys at or call (204) 4337544.
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What Happened to Spring? This month’s column came about while my wife and I were discussing how we seemed to have missed one of our four seasons this year. Every year we expect to have our four seasons which consist of ‘start of construction’ season, ‘construction everywhere’ season, ‘hurry up and finish the construction’ season and ‘man is it cold’ season. To others the four seasons would be better known as spring, summer, fall and winter. This year it seems that a surprising thing has happened, we missed our spring! One morning I was scrapping frost off my windshield and a day or two later I was sweltering in the heat of a summery plus 20 degree-day. I was thinking that maybe I’d dozed off and missed a month but according to my wife, Spring really had gone AWOL. Now I know that you’re probably thinking, “Hey Peter, relax. It’s just one season, one time.” To this, I say a big resounding, “No! We can’t let this happen!” After all, with the winter we’ve just had we can’t let Spring off the hook to skip a year and go off to some tropical paradise to sip frosted fruit drinks on the beach. What if Summer hears about Spring’s big break and starts to think to its self, “Hey, I deserve a break too! I’m taking off for the Hawaiian islands!” You know what happens then? Well, I’ll tell you what will happen then, Fall will have to work extra hard to try and keep up with the workload. Unfortunately, Fall won’t be able to keep up and then after a dismal fall season (It’s not really Fall’s fault, it tried to keep things running smoothly) we will have a long, cold terrible winter. Not like the cozy wonderful winters that we’re used to either. For those of you who don’t know about the winter season, it is a season, and I have this on good authority, that is out to get each and every one of us. From nipping the noses of young children to the aching of elderly persons’ joints, Winter is out to get us! Now as long as we can keep the four seasons in order, we can prevent our icy nemesis from unleashing its fury upon us. This can only be done if we all band together and stand strong. A few ways that I’ve thought up to help keep the seasons in line is to a) write, text or email your local MLA and demand that they do something about Spring’s slacking off, b) whenever you go outside, stop, raise your face and your fists to the sky and shout out, “We’re watching you seasons!” and finally, c) refuse to change your socks and underwear until Spring comes to its senses and returns to us. One of these ideas is bound to help. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.
Ritchot Bans Burn Barrel Dumping The RM of Ritchot has put out a notice informing residents that they can no longer bring burning barrels containing ashes to the municipal dump for safety reasons. According to Council, many residents have been coming to the disposal grounds with burning barrels containing ashes from waste that they have burned on their own properties. “When the landfill catches on fire it puts the staff in danger as we have to put the fire out by smothering it with clay as the fire department cannot extinguish it,” stated Council. “We take every precaution to ensure the landfill does not catch on fire and typically in the past the fires have been started by loads from residents and not the commercial haulers.” Burning garbage is terrible for the environment and the ashes mixed with wind create a flame (even if the ashes have been soaked with water). Since the landfill produces some methane, any small fire can turn into a very large fire within minutes. The Rural Municipality of Ritchot strongly discourages residents from burning their waste.
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Steinbach Steinbach & Area Animal Rescue Community Garage Sale – On Saturday, June 14 at the Pet Valu. If you wish to get rid of, EMAIL YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT TO EDITOR@DAWSONTRAIL.CA OR FAX 204-422-8548 some items around your house or yard to donate to this cause Grunthal 7 – 10 pm at the Community Centre. Cheese tasting the award- contact Michelle at 204-392-7646. All proceeds from sale go Classic Demo Derby – On Saturday, June 15 from 1 - 4 pm at winning Bothwell cheeses paired with wines from around the to help Steinbach & Area Animal Rescue. the Hanover Ag Grounds on Southwood Street. Features world. Tickets $25 ea. Father’s Day Buffet – On Sunday, June 15 from 11:30 am smashing metal, flying mud, burning rubber and roaring 2:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Contact Natashia engines! Derby begins at 1 pm. Registration prior to event at Niverville 10 am. Contact email@example.com. Alzheimer Society Memory Walk - On Monday, June 23 from Lapeire at 204-326-9661, firstname.lastname@example.org. 2:45 - 4:30 pm at the Heritage Life Personal Care Home 100A Hadashville Heritage Trail. Contact Whitney Plexman Recreation Manager Schmeckfest Jubilee - 50th Anniversary Event – On Saturday, Father’s Day BBQ – On Saturday, June 14 at the Recreation email@example.com 204-388-5000 ext 314. Raise money for July 5 from 5:3 - 9:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Sample traditional cuisine and stroll through our 50-year-old Centre. Bring your Dad out for a great meal. Cost $15 per ticket. a great cause. village. Entertainment highlights dessert bar. Limited tickets Contact Steve 204-426-2392. GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the available: $100 ($50 charitable receipt). Contact Natashia Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Hadashville loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn Lapeire at 204-326-9661, firstname.lastname@example.org. Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre) from 6 years about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register Pot Luck Steinbach & Area Garden Club - On Monday, June 9 old to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new skills, great or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. at 7 pm at CD Trees, home of Cliff and Dorothy Freund. Begins stress release and have an excellent workout at the same time. Cost after registration fee is $40/month per person. Ask Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. at 5:30pm, with your potluck dish, plate, utensils and drink. about 2 week free trial. Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the BBQ meat and coffee provided. Surnames that begin with an KSTA.email@example.com. lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62 4th Avenue S.). A-G bring a dessert and surnames with H-Z, a side dish (veggies Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along or salad). Guest admission $5. At 7 pm, enjoy our speaker, Ile-des-Chênes with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms Getty Stewart, Professional Home Economist, founder of Manitoba Fruit Share and author of the Prairie Fruit Cookbook. Craft and Trade Show – On Sunday, June 8. Doors open from visit. Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org. At 8 pm plant, exchange begins. Bring or take a plant(s). 10 am – 4 pm at the Centre TransCanada Centre, Rivard St. Receive a ticket for each plant you bring to redeem a new Non perishable food item for food bank or $2 admission. Door Piney treasure. Contact sagardenclub.com for more info. prize draw will be held. Bingo - Every 2nd Friday at 7 pm. 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 204-878-4908 or email her at email@example.com for more info and register.
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.
Women’s Business Network - Networking Lunch on Wednesday, June 11 at 11:30 am at the Chicken Chef. Nancy Brommell from the Women’s Enterprise Centre will share her journey into blogging. RSVP to Diane Stadnyk firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-392-3414.
Garden Tour & Tea – On Saturday, July 12 at the Mennonite Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at Heritage Village a 50th Anniversary Event. the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks International Cooking Class – Every second Tuesday, from 6 provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. – 8 pm. Eastman Immigrant Services has invited immigrant newcomers to teach a cooking class. Cook a delicious meal. Richer Give Your Mom a Break – Hosted by the Richer Fellowship Hands on opportunity to prepare new and delicious foods, go La Broquerie Church by grandmas for the months June, July and August. If home with recipes, know how & insider secrets along with Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste – From Saturday, June 21 – you need a ride, a babysitter, your dishes or floor washed, having the chance to enjoy new friends in our community. Sunday, June 22 beginning at 9 am with a free pancake some help with baking or a meal, or just a friendly visit contact Contact Lois Loewen Epp 204.346.6609 or email@example.com. Breakfast provided by Chevaliers de Colomb, Slo-Pitch Lorna 204-422 5284 or Susan 204-422 8424. Tournament, Beer Gardens & Canteen, fireworks spectacle and at a 8 pm a Saturday Night Social. Social Cost $10. Entry to Seine River Services for Seniors - Program Contact Juliette Book Sale - Bethesda Healthcare Auxiliary – On Tuesdays park $5/person 13+. Inflatable games, pony rides, mini- Rowan Community Resource Coordinator at 204-424-5575 for (gently and not-so gently) used book sale at Clearspring Centre. Book donations accepted year round at Clearspring train, petting zoo, airbrush tattoos and dunk tank. On Sunday Richer services or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Centre from 9:30 am – 4 pm. starting at 11:30 am parade. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - for parents, caregivers and children ages 0-5. 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.
Richer Recovery AA - Group meets every Thursday and Saturday Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Lee at 204- Healthy Eating Cooking Classes - Every other week on Thursdays at South East Helping Hands. No Charge, enjoy a from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs 451-0255. meal with other community members and learn how to plan for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek & prepare healthy meals on a budget. Contact and register maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides 204-326-2599 or email@example.com. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204- scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating 424-5285 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Shopping Trips to grades 8 and 12. Children Under 14 must be accompanied by Adult Book Club - Tuesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Bring book Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open suggestions or peruse our book lists. Meet some other book leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC lovers too and bring a friend. At the Jake Epp Library 255 Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 Elmdale St. Contact Tracey Pankratz 204-326-6841 email@example.com. Cost $10. or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lorette Bibliothèque Taché Library Building Fundraiser – On Saturday, June 14 and June 28 at 10 am, Marketplace Grocery cards are available in denominations of $25, $50, $100 payable by cash or cheque. Already activated. A Eucharistic Celebration - On Saturday, June 21, at 5 pm in the Notre Dame de Lorette Parish, the Catholic Women’s League of Lorette invites all to help celebrate the organization’s 25th Anniversary. Presided by Archbishop Albert LeGatt followed by a banquet at the adjacent hall. The banquet will feature a prime rib dinner by Phyllis’s Catering. Tickets are $40 each. Contact Jolene Capina, 204-586-4101 or Yvette Gregoire 204878-3455. Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) – Volunteer opportunities. If you go for walks, bike rides, jogs or even just drive around the community, please put on a COPP vest and show your support or help with administrative duties. Can you donate an hour per month? Contact Trevor, 204-955-3434 Lorettecopp@gmail.com.
Roseau River Father’s Day Fish Fry Supper - At the Roseau River Park, on Sunday June 15 from 4 - 7 pm. Adults $12 ea., Children 5 – 12, $5 ea. and free for Under 5. Sprague Bingo - Every 2nd Wednesday at 7 pm. St. Pierre-Jolys Annual Garage Sale Event - On Saturday, June 7 from 9 am 3 pm. Many families set up their goods for sale and many more go around the community looking for good deals. Pick up your map at Chateau des Sages Bed & Breakfast, 327 Sabourin (Main Street) for registered sites. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Depression support group meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. Located at the Health Corner DeSalaberry Hospital. Contact Judy Dunn 444-5228.
Ste. Anne Providence Classic Golf Tournament & Banquet – On Tuesday, New Horizons Seniors - Play cards, Scrabble, Wii and more. June 10 starts at11 am at the Quarry Oaks Golf & Country Club. Drop in Tuesdays 1-5 pm at Foyer Notre Dame Lorette 12 Registration $150 includes 18 holes of golf with power cart, St.Amant Ave. Contact Iris 204-878-3552. BBQ Lunch, full-course dinner. Contact Irma McKenzie 204433-7488 ext. 236, email@example.com. Marchand Black Light Teen Dance – On Friday, June 13 from 7 – 11 pm Community Garage Sale – On Saturday, June 21 from 9 am – at the Community Club. For teens ages 12-17 featuring Summer 2 pm. Arrangements can be made for you to set up in town if Bounce Entertainment! Cost $5 with canteen on site. Contact you do not have your own space. Contact Melanie at 204 477Rosalie Stelmack 204-424-5670, 7478 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rosalie.email@example.com or Viktor Hart 204-381-9443. Seine River Services for Seniors – Invite to all seniors interested Mitchell in the Wii Bowling game to come, try it out and have fun. On Breakfast and Social - Every Tuesday morning, 7:30 - 9 am Monday at 1 pm, at Le Club Jovial. Contact Juliette Rowan at except the last Tuesday of the month when the social is held 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local instead. Lunch starts at noon at the Mitchell and Area Seniors services or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Centre. Contact 204-326-6944. Ste. Geneviève New Bothwell Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library at the Community Annual New Bothwell Spring Supper - On Saturday, June 7 Centre on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 starting at 6 pm at the Community Centre with perogy and - 8 pm. Selection of books in both French and English, all farmer sausage. Contact the Bothwell Cheese Factory at 204- ages. Over 21,000 books including audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, 388-4666 or call Myron at 204-371-1325. large print books and magazines plus they can import books from any library in Manitoba. Special requests can be made to Bothwell Cheese and Wine Event – On Saturday, June 7 from the librarian, Brandi Schmitz at 204-878 - 9488,
Ladies Get Fit Classes - Sponsored by Eastman Immigrant Services, every Wednesday at 7:15 pm at the Woodlawn School gym. Aerobic, circuit training, weights, mats and stretching exercises. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Register contact Lois 204-346-6609. 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. Green Drinks South Eastman - South Eastman Transition Initiative presents Green Drinks South Eastman. On the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at LBees, 5-275 Main St. Grab a coffee and discuss sustainable living. Contact email@example.com. The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon at the Pat Porter Centre for active living. Contact Cornie at 3263155. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. MS Lunch Group- On fourth Thursday of every month, from 12 – 1 pm at the Village Green Restaurant. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Coordinator 204-326-1434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - for persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Jake Epp
June 2014 Library from 7 – 9 pm. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. Information and Support Sessions The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Auxiliary - meets on the first Tuesday of every month except for the months of July and August at the Bethesda Hospital. We welcome anyone interested in auxiliary work. Contact Verna Thiessen at 3263028.
Contact Doreen 204-326-7525. Steinbach Al-Anon Program - Meetings held on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. Steinbach United Church, 541 Main St. Ring the front door bell. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Anna’s House B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413.
Steinbach and Area Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Woodridge Wednesdays of every month at the Magnolia Restaurant. Contact Bingo - Every 2nd Sunday night at 7 pm. 204-326-2313. Zhoda Carillon Toastmasters - meetings are open to adults who want Spaghetti Supper – On Sunday, June 8 from 4 – 7pm at the to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursdays Community Hall. Silent Auction for BBQ and TV and a 50/50 at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale Street, draw. Cost Adults $12 ea. and 6 - 12 $6 ea. Contact Gordon 204-425-3457 or Jeff 204-792-0574. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- Join us for a great day of fun and friendship. Visit McPhillips Street Station in the morning and Club Regent in the afternoon. Starting 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. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 to reserve your seat. The next scheduled trips are on Tuesdays, June 10 followed by summer break to begin on September 9. Super Start Program - A Healthy Baby program - Southern Health Regional Authority. Program for pregnant women and families with infants up to one year of age. Sessions include song and rhyme time, discussions and games on topics related to healthy babies and healthy moms. Door prizes, nutritious snacks and milk coupons for all participating expectant moms or mothers who have babies up to six months of age. Contact 204-346-7021 or just drop in. Blumenort - EMC Church on Thursday, June 5 and July 3 10 am – 12 pm Niverville - Community Fellowship Church on Tuesday, June 10 at 10 am – 12 pm Ste. Anne - Dayspring Fellowship Church on Thursday, June 12 at 10 am – 12 pm Kleefeld – Mitchell Fellowship Church on Thursday, June 26 at 10 am – 12 pm Sprague -East Borderland Primary Health Centre on Wednesday, June 11 at 10 am - 12:00 pm St. Malo – St. Malo School on Wednesday, June 18 at 10 am – 12 pm Ste. Agathe - Community Hall Centre on Tuesday, June 17 at 10 am – 12 pm Lorette - Seine River Church on Tuesday, June 24 at 10 am – 12 pm Mitchell - Fellowship Church on Thursday, June 26 at 10 am – 12 pm Grunthal – South Oaks School on Tuesday, July 1 at 9:30 am – 12 pm
Crow Wing Trail Impresses Healthy Living Minister By Marianne Curtis On May 15, the Crow Wing Trail Association celebrated their 15th anniversary as part of their annual general meeting. The event was attended by about 50 people, including the Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors, Shannon Blady. Blady said that as a cyclist who uses trails regularly with her family to stay healthy, she was impressed by the group’s hard work and vision for the historical trail. Over the past 15 years, volunteers from six municipalities and one First Nation’s Community have worked collaboratively to revitalize the 191 kilometre historic trade route, while promoting active transportation. “This is also an incredible example of building partnerships with neighbouring communities,” stated Blady. “It fits in with the healthy living vision; it has everything here and it’s good for our physical health, mental health and social activity.” Crow Wing Trail President Murielle Bugera presented the Minister with a copy of the Crow Wing Trail’s maintenance report, a first for any cycling trail in Canada. “We now know what it takes to maintain the trail from July to September and how much money is needed to rent equipment and cover volunteer honorariums,” stated Bugera. “We are committed to providing the communities south of Winnipeg with one of the best sections of the Trans Canada Trail in the nation.” Two summers ago, the association hired Wayne Arseny as trail boss to maintain the trail for all modes of transportation, making it the only portion of the trail that is actively groomed and properly marked with signage along its entire length. “This has been a precedent setting project,” explained Arseny. “We are
Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors, Shannon Blady was impressed to learn about the Crow Wing Trail first hand when she attended the association’s recent annual meeting. Photo by Marianne Curtis
the only regularly maintained portion of the Trans-Canada trail across the country.” Over the past 15 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 Actif Epica race took place the last three winters, and Dana Meise visited it in 2012 as part of his trek across all 23,500 km of the Trans Canada Trail. The Crow Wing Trail goes through the communities of Emerson, Ridgeville, St. Malo, St-Pierre-Jolys, Otterburne, Niverville and St. Adolphe, as well as the municipalities of Franklin, De Salaberry and Ritchot and the Roseau River First Nations.
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Push for Regional Animal Shelter Renewed
Regan Giesbrecht has compiled a list of names and numbers of all the Animal Control Officers in southern Manitoba. Anyone who is successful in finding their pet using information on the map are encouraged to make a donation in support of a no kill shelter for the region.
By Marianne Curtis At the beginning of May, a meeting was held in Niverville where a number of like-minded individuals met in a renewed push to establish a no kill animal shelter in the region. Barry Piasta explained that the meeting stemmed from a recent kennel application that was handled by the RM of Hanover. Johann Thiessen filed an application to operate a 15-dog breeding kennel on a 4.5-acre property near Grunthal. Thiessen planned to purchase an existing breeding operation so that its owner could move out of the country. There were currently no dogs on the property and Thiessen would have to build proper housing for the animals. The RM of Hanover approved the application but limited the number of dogs to four of a single breed. While the RM of Hanover deliberated on the matter in council, the general public took to social media to voice their outrage of the process. “People were commenting on Face book that we don’t need a breeding kennel,” Piasta said. “The truth of the matter is we need a no kill shelter in the region, not another kennel.” Currently there is no official animal shelter for the southeast. “There are rescues that basically serve as foster homes, however, if an animal control officer picks up an animal there needs to be a drop off location so it can be reunited with its owner,” Piasta continued. At the meeting, it was noted that it was extremely difficult to locate a missing animal. “It was hard to locate as there is no one place to check,” Piasta stressed. Owners rely on Winnipeg Lost Dogs, Winnipeg Humane Society and sites like Kijiji to find lost pets. Until an animal shelter is established, the group of volunteers is trying to make it easier for residents to find their pet if it goes missing. Giroux area resident Regan Giesbrecht has collected the names and numbers of all animal control
officers in the region and placed them onto an easily identifiable map. “People should know not to take their dogs into certain areas because if it gets lost there is no help or support,” explained Giesbrecht. “This is why we need a shelter in the southeast and all RMs should have dog licenses with funds going towards a Steinbach and area no kill shelter.” Giesbrecht said that during his
research, he discovered that if a pet is lost in some areas, including a provincial park, pet owners are encouraged to contact the RCMP because there is no one else to call. “That is unacceptable; why would we bother police with a missing pet?” Giesbrecht asked. “When I contacted the RCMP I was told to get people involved to force municipalities to do something. If taxpayers knew, it would change.”
Out of the Blue Gala Celebrates Creative Awareness By Marianne Curtis South Eastman’s Regional Suicide Prevention Committee is ecstatic over the success of it’s fourth annual ‘Out of the Blue Campaign’. On May 8, the organization hosted the ‘Blue Gala’ where schools, communities and individuals were recognized for doing their bit in raising awareness on suicide prevention. Southern Health’s Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, Allana Hall, was thrilled with the success of this year’s campaign. “Each year the campaign touches many people; mental health is a growing concern and people are no longer staying silent about it,” stated Hall. “We encourage people to reach out and help someone they feel may be struggling. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.” ‘Out of the Blue’ awareness started in the fall when the South Eastman Regional Suicide Prevention Committee began addressing suicide prevention. The objective of the program is to increase awareness and develop broad-based support for positive mental health. A variety of activities and programs were launched throughout the region to bring awareness in suicide prevention, including twenty presentations in five different high schools, which were attended by 1,500 students.
Communities joined the program by hosting blue awareness activities April 3. All these initiatives were celebrated and rewarded during a special evening on May 8, at the Pat Porter Centre in Steinbach. Awards were presented to students from the Steinbach Regional Secondary School, Niverville Collegiate, Ecole Pointedes-Chênes, Morris School, Shevchenko School, Institute Collegial St. Pierre, Ecole Saint-
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Call Me Mother Goose! I recently broke a major rule in journalism – don’t become an activist. In case you are wondering, yes, I did appear on several recent Winnipeg news broadcasts speaking out against the City of Winnipeg’s recent goose egg smashing program. As I said, call me Mother Goose. In a matter of 48 hours, I managed to collect over 2,000 signatures from people who were as furious as I was to discover that a publicly funded group in Winnipeg was collecting, freezing and hauling Canada Goose eggs to the local dump. When the news came out, the goslings were already starting to hatch, so these were not ‘just eggs’, they were baby birds. In my opinion, it was a cruel and unnecessary response to supposed overpopulation. Let it be noted, the area being overpopulated used to be prime nesting grounds and now full of homes and retention ponds - a recommendation of the city council when development plans are drawn up. Based on hundreds of comments on various media sites where the news articles (my petition made national news) were posted, the majority of those speaking up agree with me. Reading page after page of comments on the petition, thousands of people agree with me. Find other ways to deal with the problem; leave the babies alone. In reality, the issue of goose eggs is almost laughable - but look at the media attention the issue got! All because someone was brave enough to say, instead of complaining on social media, do something, stand up, let the people who matter know you are mad. Instead of saying it or waiting for someone else, I led the charge! My editor warned me about treading into political territory and to be careful. I say that people need to know how easy it really is to make a difference. Today, it’s Canada goose eggs, tomorrow, it could be something way worse. Everyone can do this; no issue is too big or too small. If we don’t speak up, our world will self-destruct around us and we will be the only ones to blame. Admittedly, I did question my sanity until I received a message from my 6-year-old grandson. Apparently, he watched the morning news and was disgusted and angry about ‘mean people’ smashing Canada goose eggs. He thought of the eggs as babies and he was happy that grandma was speaking up. By standing up for what I believed, I became a hero in my grandson’s eyes. To us they are just goose eggs; but to a child they are also a lesson in compassion and preservation and we need to embrace that. How can we promote environmental issues and nature conservation, and allow goose eggs to be stolen in the night without making a peep?
Joachim, Ecole Communitaitaire RealBerard, Landmark Collegiate and the Learning Centre in Steinbach. In addition, St. Malo Services to Seniors and Garderie Ile des Chênes Daycare were chosen as winners for the community aspect. They were among 25 businesses and groups recognised for a variety of Blue awareness activities they put together to promote the cause. The highlight of the evening was a stirring performance by Canadian Country singer Rachel Ashley, who brought her ‘No Time for That’ antibullying campaign to the community.
For the past two years, Rachel has been spreading hope among high school students who are currently being bullied and encouraging others to stand up to bullies. One of the many services offered by Southern Health to residents in the region is a 24-hour crisis line. If you need help, call 1-888-617-7715 to speak to a worker. The ladies from the Artist Pivot in St. Pierre-Jolys were among several community groups and businesses celebrated during this year’s ‘Out of the Blue’ gala for hosting a ‘Blue Event’. Photo by Marianne Curtis
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RCMP Search for Armed Robber
More Than Just News! On May 16, shortly before 11 am, St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP responded to an armed robbery at a business on Main Street in St. Adolphe. A male suspect threatened the cashier with a knife and stole an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries occurred during the incident. The suspect left the area in an older model blue car. He is described as in his twenties, 6’2” with a slim build. He was wearing a black hat, sunglasses, gloves, a black jacket, and jeans and had a garbage bag covering his mouth. The search for the suspect continues. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP at 204433-7908, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-847, submit a secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).
Mitchell Woman Pays it Forward
Spaghetti Fundraiser Supports Truck Fund
Roxie Kehler surprised her co-worker Della Hiebert with a certificate for an eye exam and eye-glasses with funds she raised through a Go Fund online Pay-it-Forward fundraiser.
By Marianne Curtis
The RM of Stuartburn fire department shows off their new pumper truck on which they plan to mount a bumper turret. Front row (l-r) Jason Dueck, Bony Vincent Binarao, Mike Giesbrech, Darren Humphreys, Dillon Rintoul, Cody Giesbrecht, Benji Cortez, Bob Fosty (co-fire chief), Dave Wiebe, Jon Mellor, Steven Kiansky (co-fire chief) and Kris Dreidger. Back row (l-r): Harvey Nickel, Rob Boyechko, Vern Fisher (in the cab). Not pictured, Josh Gawronsky, Dave Marynowsky and Dave Shewchuk. Photo by Marianne Curtis
By Marianne Curtis On May 10, the RM of Stuartburn fire department served countless plates of spaghetti and meatballs to raise money for a bumper turret for their new fire pumper truck. RM of Stuartburn’s Bob Fosty is joint Fire Chief along with Steven Kiansky. “We decided to host a fundraiser so that we could become more visible in the community,” explained Fosty. “While we wanted to raise some money for firefighting equipment, our main focus was to get out and show the residents what we were all about.” Fosty said that since the two chiefs started to work together, the RM of Stuartburn Fire Department has seen some significant improvements. “We’ve gone through some significant changes in the past year and our focus is training and organization of the fire department’s equipment,” Fosty explained. “We just finished a level 1 fire fighting training session for eight of our members. All eight passed the evaluation in Brandon... no issues whatsoever. We’re working hard to present a positive and professional image for our community.” Last year, the RM of Stuartburn added a new pumper to its fleet. This fundraiser was held to raise funds to purchase a bumper turret that would be mounted to the front bumper of the truck. A bumper turret is an attachment that allows firefighters to attack a blaze in front of the vehicle from a hose mounted on the front bumper without leaving the truck. It costs about $18,000. “The fundraiser was a huge success and we raised over $7,500,” he added. This amount included a contribution from Lonney Peters-Loewen and Wendy Fisher from Red River Mutual, who presented the department with a cheque for $3,000 from BSI Insurance’s ‘Because We Can’ program. “We are extremely grateful for the support we get from both the municipality and the community,” Fosty added. The fire department decided to add the turret to their new truck after the area was hit by wildfires two years in a row. The device could have helped the department get in and out of areas, which were inaccessible due to grass fires. The RM of Stuartburn fire department is comprised of 21 volunteers from the community.
A Steinbach woman looking to help out her own family has in turn made life a little easier for a co-worker. On May 31, Roxie Kehler was able to turn her good fortune around and help a co-worker. At the beginning of the year, Roxie Kehler was trying to figure out how she could purchase her autistic son Joseph an adult trike. “He has some motor skill issues and cannot ride a bike without training wheels yet,” Kehler explained. “He is turning 10 in July and I didn’t feel he would want to still be peddling around with training wheels.” Roxie did some research and discovered that an adult trike would help her son. However, a good quality trike that would last for a while had a $700 price range which was beyond her means. “I pretty much threw that idea out the window; it was too expensive,” stated Kehler. “Then I started wondering, what if I set up a fund, raised enough money for Joseph’s bike and help someone else.” With the help of her friends, Kehler set up a Go Fund account and in a matter of two weeks was able to raise enough funds to buy her son a trike and also fund new eye-glasses and an eye exam for Della Hiebert. Go Fund is an increasingly popular online means to raise money for almost anything from purchases, to producing a movie. “This is so amazing, thank you,” stammered a tearful Hiebert when she realized what Kehler had done. Now that she has made Hiebert’s life better, Kehler is eagerly waiting to surprise her son. “The bike has not been purchased yet; I got a hold of a company in Winnipeg who specializes in trikes, unfortunately they are either not interested in my business or don’t think I am serious and they haven’t gotten back to me yet,” Kehler added. “Joseph is diagnosed ADHA and on ASD spectrum, like Aspergers; he gets bullied a lot. It is important to us that he gets a trike that is cool so that other kids will want one as opposed to pointing out that he is different than they are,” she explained. Kehler adds that she is extremely grateful for everyone who supported her fundraiser. She hopes that she will be able to continue surprising people, like Della Hiebert, who need a helping hand with something they needed but could not afford.
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Summer in the City Offers Excitement and Sales The City of Steinbach is gearing up for their biggest festival of the year when Summer in the City kicks off on Friday, June 20 and ending Sunday, June 22. For three exciting days, the streets in Steinbach will be bustling with sales, music and tons of entertainment and fun. Shoppers will be treated to fantastic citywide deals during the 3-day event as participating businesses remind shoppers why “It’s Worth The Trip” to Steinbach. Steinbach Credit Union will host their annual Pancake Breakfast on the morning of June 20 marking the start to Sales in the City. When it comes to music, the Summer in the City organizing committee has three major acts slated to take the stage. On Friday, June 20, the night begins with Western Canada Hall of Fame Inductees Kenny Shields & Streetheart, followed by Blaze of Glory - Bon Jovi Experience. Country music star Chad Brownlee, a former Vancouver Canuck draft pick, will take the G&E Home stage Saturday, June 21. Kleefeld’s own country star, Julian Austin, will be opening for him. Festival Chairperson Crystal Hildebrandt is excited that Brownlee is coming to the community. “Chad is a young country star with lots of energy,” stated Hildebrandt. “We want people to come, meet their neighbours, make some friends and have a party and feel great about summer.” Brownlee, a Juno nominated recording star, has produced multiple singles, including Smoke in the Rain, Crash and Listen. His appearance in Steinbach will occur a few weeks after the release of his new album The Fighters. Tickets are on sale for both the Friday and Saturday night concerts. Tickets are $25 each or $50 for VIP. They Canadian Country star Chad Brownlee will be headlining the Summer in the City festival on are available at Safeway, Earl’s Meat Market and the Steinbach Arts Council. Saturday, June 21.
Country Skies for RM of Ritchot By Marianne Curtis The RM of Ritchot council has rolled out a new brand for the growing municipality. Last year the municipality embarked on a process to rebrand the RM of Richot given the previous logo, a Holstein cow, was no longer an accurate representation of their communities. Council, along with the Ritchot Community Development Corporation and the Branding Committee conducted a survey and 264 residents responded. Using this information along with other research, a new logo, slogan and overall way of presenting the municipality was put together. RM of Ritchot Mayor Bob Stefaniuk explained that a brand must communicate the benefits of a community and is an important piece in attracting new resources and people to the municipality. “Year after year, council aims to give residents even more to be proud of. For this reason, I am very pleased to reveal the new Ritchot Municipality logo and slogan, a brand that now properly represents our communities, thanks to input from our residents,” stated Stefaniuk. “It’s a new look for the same great community; from blue skies to beautiful sprawling places there are many reasons residents choose to call Ritchot home.” When asked what residents liked most about living here, the most popular answer was that Ritchot offers the benefits of country living while still being close to the city and is a great place to raise kids, Stefaniuk noted. Armed with this research and the help of 6P Marketing, an experienced branding and marketing firm, the new tagline and slogan developed for the RM of Ritchot is, “Country Skies. City Ties”, alluding to the beautiful, open spaces of nature combined with the friendliness and kindness of small-town neighbours and the proximity to a major city.
The RM of Ritchot’s new brand and slogan was released in May.
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Stretch dollars on your next road trip In an era of escalated airline ticket prices and extra travel expenses, road trips have emerged once more as a popular and cost-conscious mode of vacationing for individuals and families. Nearly 80 percent of leisure trips in 2012 were made by car, says the U.S. Travel Association. Fodor’s Travels advises taking road trips across Canada in the summer, when temperatures average 23o C and snow and slush are a distant memory. Various trips exist that can take you through urban or rural areas. Those making road trips may be concerned about keeping costs down, particularly if saving money is the catalyst behind the road trip vacation. The following are a few tips to stretch dollars that much further on your next road trip. * Dine out sparingly. Road stops and drive-thru food expenditures can quickly add up during the course of a road trip. Therefore, pack the majority of the food you will eat in a cooler. Not only will this save money, it will mean food is at the ready when hunger strikes. Food need not be all cold snacks, like sandwiches. Frozen burgers or refrigerated frankfurters can be cooked on a camp stove or tossed on a grill at a park’s picnic area. Save restaurant dining as a special treat during the vacation. * Look for inexpensive lodging. While on a road trip you may need to compromise some of the comforts of home to save some money. Motel rates are another trip budget-buster. But by mixing overnights at motels with less expensive options you may be able to mitigate costs. Camp out at a safe campsite and purchase a shower ticket so you can enjoy a cheap, hot shower the next day. Spend a few nights under the stars; just be sure you have the right gear. Some also like to plan road trip routes between where relatives live and make pit stops at a friend or family member’s home. When seeking motels, try to bargain and see if you’re eligible for any rebates or coupons due to age or military status. * Map out cheaper gas stations. Today ’s smartphones have apps that enable you to find
Road-trippers can employ several strategies to save money on the road.
nearby gas stations. Such apps may even shed light on which filling stations offer the best prices on gasoline. * Dont speed. In addition to being illegal, speeding wastes gas. Stick to the speed limit to avoid potentially costly tickets and improve fuel efficiency. * Bring friends along. Friends will not only make the trip more fun, but they also can take turns driving and sharing the costs of the excursion. * Join a roadside assistance club. Vehicle problems are inevitable if you are a frequent road-tripper who’s driving an older car. Avoid potentially costly towing costs by joining a roadside assistance club that will pay for your vehicle to be towed if necessary. * Have the proper paperwork. Keep a current copy of your car registration, license and proof of insurance with you on a road trip. This makes it much easier to deal with traffic stops along the way. Individuals and their passengers planning on visiting another country should have their passports available and follow the laws regarding bringing food or goods over the border to avoid fines. Road trips can be enjoyable excursions that cost far less than other vacations. Road-trippers can stretch funds even further with some handy tips.
Keeping it Safe on the Water As the waterways become crowded with summer-starved Manitobans, it is important to remember that while boats are a lot of fun and a great recreational vehicle, they are also subject to the laws set out by Transport Canada. Those laws are in place to help keep everyone safe out on the water. The basic facts are these: - Nearly 150 people die and many more get seriously injured every year in boating incidents in Canada - Approximately 90 per cent of people who drown from boating incidents in Canada are not wearing a life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD) - Approximately 85 per cent of boating deaths occur in Canada’s fresh waterways (Canadian Recreational Boating Trend Reports) Many of the same rules for driving an automobile apply when you are out on the water, such as do not drive while impaired. Alcohol and boats don’t mix. In 2013, Manitoba RCMP charged five people with Impaired Boating. In 2012, there were two boating deaths in Manitoba; both speed and alcohol were factors. Keep you and your passengers’ safe while enjoying the boating life this summer by following these safety tips: - Don’t drink and drive - Respect speed limits and other watercraft - Ensure all lights on the watercraft are working if you plan to go out after dark - Check the weather forecast before you head out to avoid running into inclement weather - Ensure there is safety equipment provided for everyone on board - Know the limitations of your boat and do not overload it, as it can become unstable - Check on local hazards, such as shallow water and submerged objects - Carry enough fuel for your trip (1/3 to go, 1/3 to return, 1/3 reserve is a good rule of thumb) - Carry an alternative means of propulsion, such as oars, and a spare can of fuel - File a float plan with someone you trust that includes: - Departure and arrival times - Point of destination and the route you plan to take - Description of the boat - Names of all persons on board and a contact number on shore Manitoba RCMP will be doing boat patrols throughout the summer. All boaters must have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card, which indicates the holder’s competency to operate a boat, as well as a piece of personal identification. Failure to produce a valid operator’s card when asked will result in a $300 fine. Fines for boating infractions begin at $120.
RM of Ritchot’s Energy Efficiency Plan to Pay Off The RM of Ritchot received a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) loan of $1,501,667 and a grant of $300,333 for the Village of Île-des-Chênes. The $1,802,000 in funding was used for the village’s energy-efficient community centre that addresses the needs of a growing population, while meeting objectives for energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The two-storey, 30,000-square-foot centre features a large daycare facility, a 500-seat banquet hall with a commercial kitchen, and rental office space. Designed to achieve LEED® (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Silver certification, it has been built to reduce energy consumption and operating costs. The centre is equipped with heat-recovery ventilators, well-insulated walls and roofs, triple-glazed windows, compact fluorescent lamps and low-flow toilets and taps. To reduce energy costs, Ritchot opted for an award-winning district geothermal and cooling system that serves three separate buildings consisting of the community centre, a refurbished arena that includes an ice making system and warmed spectator seats, and a fire hall located nearby. This type of system uses energy stored in the form of heat below the earth’s surface to heat these three buildings through a distribution network. Combined energy costs are expected to be about 60 percent lower than a building of similar size with traditional heating and cooling systems. Ritchot is the first Manitoba municipality with a geothermal district system operating within three municipal buildings. Officials from Ritchot will share their experience and knowledge with other municipalities that are planning similar initiatives in the province of Manitoba and across Canada. “The municipality achieved synergy by centralizing the necessary equipment and supplying services to many buildings. The grants greatly reduce the financial strain on smaller municipalities. Ritchot is proud to be part of this program, which is beneficial to the environment and the municipality’s bottom line,” said Ritchot Mayor Bob Stefaniuk.
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Richert Earns Podium Finish in Austria By Marianne Curtis Niverville race car driver David Richert earned himself a position on the podium after a chaotic weekend of racing in Austria at the Red Bull Ring. The 3rd place result came on May 18 in the second race of the AFR Remus Formula Cup weekend after Race 1 was completed earlier in the morning. “It has been a very challenging weekend for us at the Red Bull Ring but anytime you can leave with a trophy, there’s usually a smile on your face as well,” stated Richert. “We had rain, we had sun, we had crashes, we had success...so if our goal this season was to gain experience, we certainly had it dumped on us this weekend.” Richert’s first race of the weekend ended in disaster as Ukrainian driver, Danilo Pronenko, made contact with Richert’s car while the two were accelerating down a long straight. The result was a big incident as both cars were sent spinning and approaching competitors narrowly avoided a collision in the mayhem. Sunday’s incident came on the heels of an enormous pile-up which marred proceedings for the original start of Race 1 the day before. The first race was initially started on Saturday, but a massive eight car accident on the Start Line on the opening lap sent two drivers to the hospital, forced the race to stop and ultimately a postponement until
Niverville race car driver David Richert on the podium after a third place finish during the Red Bull Ring in Austria on May 18.
Sunday morning. After Richert’s accident in the first race, he was forced to start from the back for Race 2 but was able to slice his way through the field and bring home not just one, but two trophies. In addition to the AFR Remus Formula Cup standings, Richert was also classified in the smaller, newly
rejuvenated, Interserie Championship results. Richert will return to Canada for the mid-season break as he continues preparing for his next race, which is scheduled to take place at the 24 Hrs of SpaFrancorchamps in Belgium during July.
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Ste. Anne Raises Money with Walk for Guide Dogs On May 10, residents of Ste. Anne took steps to help Canadians with disabilities achieve greater independence by participating in the Ste. Anne Purina Walk for Dog Guides. The Ste. Anne Walk was one of 200 walks that took part across the country. Organized by local volunteers, it provided community members with a fun and meaningful way with positive impact for those Ste. Anne residents living with disabilities. “We are truly grateful for the support from communities like Ste. Anne,” explains Sandy Turney, Executive Director, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. “As our largest annual fundraiser, the Walk goes a long way in helping provide Dog Guides at no cost.” It costs $25,000 to train and place a Dog Guide, but thanks to the funds raised by the Walk, Canadians can receive them at no cost. One in seven Canadians is living with a disability and the demand for Dog Guides is on the rise. Dog Guides are trained to assist people who are visually impaired, hard of hearing or deaf, and those who have medical and physical disabilities. One hundred percent of the funds raised from the Walk will go towards providing Dog Guides to Canadians in need. To help others step towards independence, or to donate, visit purinawalkfordogguides.com.
Southern Health Builds New Primary Health Centre in Steinbach The community of Steinbach and the southeast region are expected to benefit from a recent announcement by Bethesda Wellness Inc. Earlier in May the group announced that a new primary health care centre would be built in Steinbach. The new facility is expected to be more than just a medical clinic and will include services such as dieticians, social workers, public health, spiritual care, physiotherapy and a pharmacy. Kathy McPhail, Chief Executive Officer for Southern Health, said she is thrilled with the announcement made for Steinbach. “This is an amazing project; it may not have everything but it focuses on primary care,” McPhail stated. The new centre is expected to relieve some of the pressure currently experienced at the Bethesda Emergency room. “We’ve already seen this work well at the Quick Care Clinics,” McPhail continued. “Patients may not always see a doctor, but they do see a provider that could be a nurse, public health nurse, mental health worker or a nurse practitioner.” Manitoba Health Minister Erin Selby was also excited about the project. “This brings the people of Steinbach closer to our plan of everyone having access to a family doctor by 2015,” stated Selby. “I think this is really going to change the face of health care across the province and we are starting in Steinbach.” Bethesda Wellness Incorporated initiated the project in partnership with Southern Health, the City of Steinbach, the Steinbach Family Medical Centre, the province and the Steinbach Campus foundation. The new primary health centre will be located along Loewen Boulevard near the Eastman Education Centre. Construction is expected to start later this year and completion is expected in early 2016.
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Treble Teens Reunite in Steinbach
On May 23, the Treble Teens Alumni Choir, directed by the founder and first Director Shirley Penner gathered for a one-time reunion performance to celebrate art in the community. The performance was part the Steinbach Arts Council’s 35th anniversary celebrations, explained Shannon Neufeld on behalf of the Steinbach Arts Council. The evening, called ‘Celebrating 35 years of Applause’, brought together alumni along with current artists and performers to celebrate how culture and the arts in the region has grown and evolved. The Treble Teens were founded in 1962 by Director Shirley Penner as a community choir at the Evangelical Free Church in Steinbach. It evolved into a show choir that offered opportunities to hundreds of teens from the southeast for the next 27 years.
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Hanover Considers Dog Licences On June 11, the RM of Hanover Council is expected to give third reading to a bylaw that will require all dog owners within the municipality to license their pets. Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for older adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs. For more information drop by the Centre, Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm, call 204320-4600 or online patporteralc.com. Membership is only $25 per year due by January 15 of each year for those 55 years of age and older. Benefits include reduced program rates, a voice in business meetings, voting rights and eligibility to serve on the board or committees.
Up and Coming Events and Monthly Programs: Annual AGM: On Thursday, June 12 starting at 2 pm. Join us for our AGM! Must be a current member to vote! Make your voice count! Volunteer Appreciation and BBQ: On Thursday, June 12 starting at 4 pm. Hosted by Pat Porter Active Living Centre, Community Resources, Circle of Friends and Steinbach Meals Program. A small token of appreciation for the thousands of hours volunteers put in each year to ensure that our programs and services thrive! More entertainment and desserts beginning at 6 pm. Please join us for an afternoon filled with entertainment, friends, family, fun and food! RSVP to 204-320-4600. Summer in the City: The Pat Porter Active Living Centre will be at the ‘Summer in the City’ for the 2nd year in a row as ‘Seniors in the City’! Please come out and see what the centre has to offer, play some crokinole, learn how to play pickle ball, watch a demonstration of Urban Poling and try it out for yourself and listen to the sweet sounds of our Old Time band. Pickle ball: We will be offering Pickle ball at the centre, starting in June. Dates and times to be announced. Watch for more information online at patporteralc.com, at steinbachonline.com, or contact the centre at 204320-4600. Potluck: On Thursday, June 12 at 6 pm. If you know that, you would like to attend please call ahead and let us know what you would like to bring. Contact 204-320-4600. As always needed are salads, casseroles, desserts and buns. Cost is $6. Fitness Classes: Low impact aerobics and strengthening fitness classes with instructor Shanley on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 -10:30 am. Drop in fee of $4. P.A.C.E. Program: We are offering the P.A.C.E. fitness program with our Urban Poling class on Thursday mornings. We will be doing a half hour of the P.A.C.E. program and a half hour of poling. Classes start at 9:30 am. Cost $2. Contact 204-320-4600. Choir: Choir practice is every Wednesday at 10 am (excluding the summer months). New members are always welcome. Computer Classes: Every Wednesday for 1 hour from 9 am - noon. Contact 204-320-4600 to make an appointment. Brain Injury Support Group Meeting: On Monday, June 30 at 7 pm. Computer Lab: Need help with your computer skills? Labs are 1 hour long and available every Monday to Friday, 9 am - 12 pm and 1- 4 pm from 9 am - noon. Classes at 9, 10 and 11 am. Cost $1. Contact 204-320-4600. Foot Care: On the first Tuesday, first Wednesday and third Tuesday of the month from 9 am - 2 pm. Run by a professional foot care nurse. Cost $30. Bring your own towel. Contact the centre to book an appointment. Beltone Hearing: On the third Friday of each month. Contact 1-800-6612653 for appointment. Parkinson’s Support Group: Meets the last Friday of the month at 1 pm. Wood Carving: Try your hand at our woodcarving. The group meets every Monday evening at 6 pm (excluding the summer months). Cost is $1 for the evening. Please bring your own supplies.
Weekly Programs: Monday
9:30 - 10:30 am Low impact fitness class with instructor 12 - 4:30 pm Drop-in Pool 1 - 4:30 pm Model Trains 1 pm Canasta 7 pm Tai Chi Tuesday 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool 2:30 - 4:30 pm Family Search Wednesday 9 am - 12 pm Computer classes (call to register) 10 – 11 am Tai Chi 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool 1 - 4 pm Cribbage 1:30 – 4 pm Floor Curling 7 pm Old Time Country Band Practice Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 am P.A.C.E. Program and Urban Poling 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool 1 - 4 pm Whist 6 - 8 pm Family Search Friday 9:30 - 10:30 am Low impact fitness class with instructor 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool Noon meals are available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Contact 204320-4605 by 9 am to reserve your meal for that day. Purchase your meal ticket at the receptionist desk before noon. Monthly menus available at the office or in the newsletter. Bring a friend. Volunteer Opportunities include perogy making, decorating and setting tables, birthday party hosts, food preparation and serving, clean up, greeters and receptionists.
Seniors Program Accepting Applications for Community Projects Provencher MP Ted Falk is hoping organizations in the region will take advantage of the call for proposals for community based projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. “Canadian seniors have played a central part in building this country,” said Falk. “They deserve our support to help them enjoy the best quality of life possible and our government continues to translate that support into grassroots initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program.” The Government of Canada is seeking applications for projects that will help Canadian seniors use their leadership abilities, skills and experience to continue to make a difference in their communities. Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant funding. Projects must address one or more of the program’s five objectives in volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance. Our Government is committed to ensuring that the ‘golden years’ of our seniors are truly ‘golden’, added Falk. “With programs like New Horizons for Seniors we will continue to meet the needs of seniors, now and into the future.” Deadline for submissions of grant proposals is Friday, July 4.
St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Short Staffed St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Staff Sergeant Ron Poirier said his detachment is getting some help from outside their boundaries after recent staffing shortages. According to Poirier, there have been a number of members off work dealing with situations like maternity leave, paternity leave and workplace injuries. “We are focussing on the delivery of basic services with reactive policing,” Poirier explained. “Proactive strategies are being streamlined and will have to be set aside for now.” A staffing shortage does not mean that the St. Pierre-Jolys detachment will be less visible. Support is coming from RCMP members in Steinbach, Headingly, Morris and Oakbank detachments as needed. Officers have even come in from Gimli and Lac du Bonnet. Poirier expects the situation to change for the better in coming months when several officers are expected to return to duty.
According to Reeve Stan Toews, council has already given third reading to an amendment to their Animal Control Bylaw. The amendment would require pet owners to pay a one-time fee of $20 per animal or $15 if they are spayed or neutered. “There was a rash of dogs running loose this spring and owners were not located,” explained Hanover Chief Administrator Luc Lahaie. There were also a number of dog bite incidents that required quarantine noted Lahaie. The bylaw would also allow the municipality to charge up to $250 a year for a dog license. It is hoped
that by having all dogs in the municipality licensed the municipality will have a database to consult if an animal is picked up running at large. According to municipal records, only 23% of the dogs captured or turned in to the municipal pound keeper are returned to their owners. The RM of Hanover’s policy is to place adoptable dogs with shelters or rescues before being adopted to new homes. If a dog has extreme health issues, shows signs of aggression or is unable to be placed in a shelter, it is humanely destroyed in a manner approved by provincial standards.
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Niverville Man Receives Lieutenant Governor’s Award
Run for Mom Draws Hundreds On Mother ’s Day, hundreds of joggers and walkers made their way through the streets of Steinbach when the 7th annual Run for Mom took place. A record-breaking 855 people preregistered for Run for Mom, which helped make it successful in fulfilling its purpose to be a high qualityrunning event in Manitoba. “We strive to build and support the running community and promote healthy lifestyle choices for individuals and families,” stated Greg Penner, event organiser. “Our proceeds will be used to support local charities and to improve recreational infrastructure.” Now in its seventh year, Run for Mom has established itself as one of the best running events in Manitoba with over 800 participants
Participants of the Kids Race leave the starting line during this year’s Run for Mom.
in 2013. “As runners ourselves, our team of volunteers has participated in a large number of running events and are committed to bringing a high quality event in our local area,” added Penner. “Every aspect of our race has been looked at to try and ensure that everyone has the best experience possible.” The annual event consists of four sections including a 5 km and 10 km walk and run along with a Kids Run and Mini Kids Run.
Funds raised during the event go in support of Anna’s House, which is dedicated to serving expectant parents and families in the region. They are funded through community donations and funding from the Canadian Pre-natal Nutrition Program. The top finishers in the 10 km were Stephanie Gerbrand of Steinbach and Jamie Falk of Winnipeg. The top 5 km finishers were Josh Guenther of Leduc and Kriten DeHaan of Steinbach.
IDC Salon Owner Wins Business Award
Salon 421 owner Stacy Thomas-Niebel (left) earned the Best Home Enterprise award at the recent Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award event.
By Marianne Curtis On May 15, Stacey Thomas-Niebel earned recognition for being the owner of the Best Home Enterprise during the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards event. Thomas-Niebel, owner of Salon 421 in Ile Des Chenes is thrilled to be recognized for all her hard work by the Women Business Owners of Manitoba in the categories of Emerging Business and Home Enterprise. “You have to love what you do to be successful,” she says. “This is a huge honour and is recognition for my following my dreams.” Five years ago, Thomas-Niebel opened her salon as a home based business in Ile-desChênes, in a small room in her basement. Over the years, the business has expanded to include a conversion of her entire basement into a modern day-spa and salon. Where she was once working, she now employs three other stylists and one aesthetician. Thomas-Niebel was one of twenty-eight exceptional female entrepreneurs named as finalists for the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Colleen Dyck, owner of the Great GORP Project in Niverville was also named as a finalist prior to the event.
Ernest Braun of Niverville was one of five Manitobans recently presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s award for his dedication to preserving our heritage. On May 8, Lieutenant Governor Philip S. Lee presented one of five Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Historical Preservation and Promotion to Braun. Braun was singled out for his, “Prolonged, meritorious service in the preservation and promotion of the province’s rich history and heritage,” according to the provincial statement. “Manitobans care greatly about their history. For proof of that, consider the more than 150 museums, located in communities from the 49th parallel to the Hudson Bay and more than 2,000 community history books covering cities, towns, villages and rural municipalities. Most of these would not exist without the loving care of volunteers and leaders such as the individuals being honoured,” said Lee. The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Preservation and Promotion was established in 2010 and is presented in consultation with the Manitoba Historical Society.
Prairie Grove History Book Completed A group of citizens who have been compiling the history of Prairie Grove are pleased to announce that the writing is complete and they plan to have the book available before Christmas. The project began over eight years ago and traces the history of the small community of Prairie Grove, situated on the Old Dawson Trail, from the first homesteaders in 1872 up to the closing of the local post office in 1968. The community is situated in the southwest corner of Springfield, the northwest corner of Tache and includes a few sections of Ritchot. It underwent many changes from the time that the Red River carts rolled their way along the Dawson Trail. The community saw the building of the CNR line to Warroad, Minnesota, the construction of the Trans Canada Highway and the digging of the Red River Floodway right in its midst. In its early days, it was a ‘stopping places’ where weary travellers could stay the night on their way to and from the markets of Winnipeg. There were also two school districts, Prairie Grove and Heatherdale within its boundaries and an active commercial and social life. The group researched their subject very thoroughly and the book deals with all aspects of life in the community. The book will be over 600 pages in a hard cover edition. It details the Prairie Grove history as well as identifying and telling the story of each family that lived in the area. It will sell for $46 inclusive of taxes and will only be available by pre-paid orders. If you are interested contact Diane Heather, 204-878-3318, who will be taking orders until Thursday, July 31.
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Ste. Anne Metal Artist Creates Unique Art Experience By Marianne Curtis
Fun Fair & Pre-Registration Day for Fall Programs Thursday, June 5 at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, 3 - 8 pm. Try it or watch it! Jazz, Tap, Martial Arts, Pottery, Painting, Woodcarving; Free family fun - Photo booth, hot dogs, balloons, face painting and a bouncy house; Interactive displays - Dessert Art, Backyard Theatre, Summer Arts Day Camps; Great discounts on Fall programs - Creative Wellness, Music lessons, Dance, Martial Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts, Cooking and Languages
New Fall Classes! Dessert Art, Saturday Family Clay classes, Photography for Moms, Beginner & Intermediate Acrylic Painting, Beginner Watercolour Painting, Low Relief Woodcarving, Kidz Yoga, Acro Yoga, Mixed Art for Teens.
NEW Workshops! Cake X-Travaganza, Aromatherapy Also for Fall… Creative Wellness - Pilates, Yoga, Belly Dance, Zumba; Visual Arts Acrylic Impressionism, Mixed Art for Adults, Digital Photography, Pottery Passion, Intro to the Pottery Wheel, Cartoon Illustration, Kid’s Art Adventure, Kid’s Art X-Travaganza, Hand Building with Clay; Backyard Theatre Company for ages 5 - 15; Cooking - Creative Cooking, Kids in the Kitchen; Languages - Spanish, French.
Arts4Tots Preschool Program Ages 3 - 5 will love learning early childhood education through the Arts - Music, Drama, Dance, Crafts… and Culture! Creative learning is just part of what makes our preschool program so unique. Choose two, three or four days and we will make a preschool schedule suitable for you. Openings available for Monday to Thursday mornings or afternoons. The program runs Monday, September 15, 2014 – Thursday, June 11, 2015.
XCOMPANY Dance & Martial Arts For ages 3 - 99: Jazz, Tap, Kidz Yoga, Bop ‘n’ Tap, Hip Hop, Creative Movement, Hop ‘n’ Bop, Broadway Stars, Musical Theatre, Acro Yoga, Break-dance, Contemporary, M&M Junior Performance Team, Chinese and Filipino Martial Arts, Kung Fu, Pre-Ballet and Ballet
Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts Piano, Voice, Violin, Theory
Summer in the City Friday, June 20 – Saturday, June 21 - Stop by the Artists tent to watch artists at work. Lots to see or purchase! Plus, a great line up of performers on the G & E Homes Main Stage and Cultural Stage.
Metal Artist Pierrette Sherwood who owns Papillon Creations, a unique shop filled with local crafted artwork, including many pieces created by her, amid a sea of collectibles and memorabilia is celebrating a year plus since opening the doors. Catering to those who enjoy vintage and repurposing old metal, Sherwood takes her passion of reclaiming materials to create one of a kind art pieces for the home and garden. Sherwood explained that she has done art as far back as she can remember. She added welding to her repertoire in 2007 after taking a class at Red River College. In 2012, she won a contest similar to the ‘Dragon’s Den’ that promotes Francophone entrepreneurs in Manitoba. “It granted me $14,000 which was fundamental to my start up,” she added. “I hope to find the time to create a significant body of work in the coming months to have an art show in the gallery next year.” Originally Papillon Creations was a vehicle to market her own artwork, until 2012 when she expanded to open a small storefront in Ste. Anne, in the old Co-op gas bar. “Our goal is to make art and vintage finds exciting and accessible,” said Sherwood. “I use recycled materials, reclaim old metal, antiques and lost treasures to create works of original art that add character to any home or garden.” When Sherwood is not in her
Pierrette Sherwood, metal artist and owner of Papillon Creations in Ste. Anne takes old rusted antiques and recreates them into one of a kind piece of art for any garden or home.
store, or creating in her garage, she can be found holding workshops throughout the region. Some of the things she teaches are how to make dragonflies out of old chair spindles or owl reflectors for the garden made out of metal can lids. “I work with reclaimed materials
predominantly and have a great affinity for birds,” Sherwood continued. “I’m branching out and taking my art and vintage on the road through flea markets and art sales this year.” Sherwood’s work can also be seen online at papilloncreations.ca.
Heritage Centre Plans for Life-Lease Complex
Don’t miss Steinbach’s biggest 50/50 draw at Summer in the City! Get Niverville Heritage Holdings Inc. your tickets at the Artists tent or from our sellers on the street. Win BIG in (NHHI) has now assumed full two jackpot draws, one each night! Winners will be posted on our website. oversight of Niverville Heritage Proceeds to the Steinbach Arts Council. Centre, Niverville Credit Union FREE Summer Concerts Manor and Heritage Life Personal Bring your lawn chairs and head down to the KR Barkman Park on Main Care Home operations. NHHI signed an agreement with Street in Steinbach. Just look for the gazebo! Enjoy music, drama and the Town of Niverville, which dance, plus artists painting in the park. Saturday, June 7 - 6:30 pm Jiprock (Rock/Alternative), 7:30 pm P Noise came into affect May 1. To ensure financial stability and (Rock/Alternative) Friday, June 13 - 6:30 pm Shevchenko School (‘The Wizard of Oz’ oversight of the Heritage Centre a special operating agency was production) formed when the Town of Saturday, June 14 - 7 pm SRSS Jazz Band (Jazz/Instrumental) Sunday, June 15 - 2 pm John Lepp (Blues), 2:30 pm - Corny Rempel as Niverville launched the Centre in 2004. The involvement of the ‘Elvis’ (Rock ‘n’ Roll) Saturday, June 28 - 6:30 pm The Chammartin Family (Old Country/Pop/ Town of Niverville was integral during the infancy of the Centre’s Gospel), 7:40 pm Coffieman (African Fusions) Sunday, June 29 - 6:30 pm Soul Purpose (Christian), 7:45 pm Four & Twenty development toward an intergenerational meeting place for Blackbirds (Folk) KR Barkman Concerts in the Park is proudly sponsored by Barkman Niverville and surrounding Concrete Foundation and presented by Steinbach Arts Council. View a communities. Today the Heritage Centre is seen as a social complete schedule on our website. entrepreneurial model for Summer Arts Day Camps Summer Arts Day Camps are Filling Fast! Ages 5 - 12 will have a blast at communities across the Province. The Town’s involvement has led our weekly camps running Monday, July 7 – Friday, August 22, 9 am - 4 pm at Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. Music, Crafts, Drama, Dance, Sports to the Heritage Centre becoming a and Field Trips are a part of every camp! There are still spaces in Around community owned campus that the World, Under the Big Top, Let’s Have a Ball, and Under the Sea. Call provides childcare, medical care, primary health services, dental now to register. care, event hosting, assisted living In the Hall Gallery and supportive housing for On Now in the Hall Gallery, enjoy a dual exhibit: ‘Through My Eyes’ by seniors and a state of the art 80 painter John Pawlyk and ‘Travel Photography’ by Myriam Boulet. The bed personal care home. The exhibit runs until Thursday, June 19. Centre welcomes nearly 50,000 Coming up… Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 25 for the Opening visitors a year and provides Celebration for local artist Ken Trudel’s exhibit ‘Full Circle’. The exhibit employment for some 250 people runs until Thursday, August 21. while injecting over $13 million annually into the Niverville and Give the Gift of Art A gift certificate for artwork from the Buy or Lease Art Program is the area economy. The agreement ensures that the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, or a new home. Artwork is also the perfect corporate gift for employees for special occasions or upon Heritage Centre will remain a nonretirement, Gift certificates can be used to buy or lease artwork. You can profit entity and any future economic dividends are realso commission our local artists for a custom painting.
invested back into the community for recreation and social services. With the agreement in place the Heritage Centre will be able to proceed with the final phase of
construction, an age restricted life lease complex, allowing residents and friends of Niverville to age in place with dignity and support for generations to come.
Well Water Testing Made Easy The Seine-Rat River Conservation District is assisting residents in eight municipalities with having their well water tested for the presence of E.coli and Coliform bacteria. Over the summer months, the Seine-Rat River Conservation District has prescheduled water collection dates so residents can plan ahead for their sample collection despite a busy summer season. Water testing through this program is available to all residents living within the conservation district boundaries. It will cost $19.16 per sample, payable by cheque only. Water bottles can be picked up in advance, however samples must be taken on the day of the drop-off and submitted with a completed form prior to 11 am on the collection dates. Scheduled collection dates are on Thursday, June 26, Thursday, July 31 and Saturday, August 2. Bottles can be picked up and dropped off at a number of locations, including the Seine-Rat River Conservation Office in La Broquerie, the RMs of Ste. Anne, Hanover, De Salaberry, Tache, Ritchot, Stuartburn, Piney and the Town of Niverville offices.
Southern Health Ends Year in the Black
While Southern Health’s fiscal year-end transactions and settlements are being finalized, the Southern Health-Santé Sud Board of Directors approved an interim financial report for the 12-month period. According to Ken Klassen, Vice President of Finance and Capital, Southern Health is forecasting a $1 million year-end surplus when they closed their books on their March 31 year-end. The annual audit process has begun and a more detailed report on the figures will be presented to the Board at its June Board meeting.
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Sod is Turned for New St. Malo Daycare
Great Turnout for 31st Annual Lions Car Show
It was a blast from the past as vintage vehicles line the Main Street of the Mennonite Heritage Museum. Below: The return of the burn-out competition was a huge hit.
By Marianne Curtis Daycare staff members and clients celebrate the start of the project while at right the sod is turned, which marks the beginning of the construction project.
A sod turning ceremony was held in May to mark the start of the construction of a new daycare in St. Malo. Over the past six years, the Garderie de Bambis Daycare has been fundraising for a brand new building. Fundraising for a new building has been ongoing and many obstacles have had to be cleared by the daycare board of directors in order to go ahead with the expensive
project. The group has successfully raised $700,000 and they are thrilled by putting a spade in the ground. “There is a huge need for a larger daycare in the area, and we are so excited to finally begin construction,” said Helen Robidoux, President of the Garderie de Bambis daycare. The new building will be 7,000 square feet and allow the community’s only daycare centre to
expand from the current occupancy of 64 to 94 children. “We will have three pre-school rooms with different themes, and there will be lots of room for babies and infants,” Robidoux explained. There will also be a large gym area for school age children. She added that she is most excited about the brightly painted theme rooms, which are expected to engage and encourage children to learn.
You and the USA: Snowbirds and Investors Do you travel to the U.S. for the winter for long periods of time? If so, you may need to file an exception to filing a U.S. tax return that is due June 15 each year. If you don’t want to face some possible penalties, you may need to file a form called the Closer Connection Exception Statement for Aliens, IRS form 8840. Many people think that if you spend less than 180 days in the U.S., you do not have to file; but that is not completely correct. It depends on how many days you spent in the U.S. in the past three years. If you spent more than 121 days in each of the past three years (2013, 2012 and 2011) you should be filing for an exception. The exception acknowledges that you had a significant presence in the U.S., but that you have closer ties to Canada. Here’s how the formula works: calculate the number of days you were in the U.S. in 2013. Then calculate the number of days for 2012 and for 2011. Remember to include any additional days you went on short trips for gambling and shopping! You need to file for an exception if you are considered to have a ‘substantial presence’ in the U.S. in the past three years. If it exceeds 182 days, you need to file. I help clients with these forms and find it easiest to ask about their most recent winter holiday (often Nov/Dec 2013 to Mar/Apr 2014); then the previous one and the one before that and the one before that. Then we look at the actual calendar days. I now have that info on file so when we complete the form each year, I just need to ask about the recent trip, add it to the info I already have and then it’s easy to calculate. The actual formula works like this: you include all the days in
2013, one third of the days in 2012 and one sixth of the number of days in 2011. You are near the 183 days if you spent more than 121 days in each of the three years (2013 - 121 days; 2012 is 40 days (1/3 of 121) and 2011 is 20 days (1/6 of 121). That totals 181. You likely have to file; remember the magic number is 183 days. Why has this not been a big deal in the past? Well, it was harder for the U.S. government to keep track of you. Remember we could cross the border with just our driver’s license and birth certificate. Now we need our passports. And don’t you think they are keeping track of when you came into the country and when you leave? So if you think you might qualify as having a ‘substantial presence’ in the U.S., better get that form completed before June 15. You can find it on the U.S. taxation (IRS) website irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8840. If you don’t have access to the internet, or you need some help, give me a call or drop by my office. Foreign Investments There is a new form for investors with substantial assets ($100,000 or more) outside of Canada. The 2013 tax filing year is the first year we (tax pros and clients) had to complete this new form. The form is T1135: Foreign Income Verification Statement and needs to be completed for 2013 and later taxation years. The deadline to complete the form for
the 2013 tax years is July 31 2014. The purpose of the form is to ‘crackdown on tax evaders’, those not reporting foreign income on personal income tax returns. You need to file this form if at any time during the year you owned specified foreign property costing more than $100,000. Some examples? Could be clients that own US stocks or mutual funds in a brokerage account. Could be clients that own property in the US (or any country for that matter). However, if the property is used mainly (more than 50 percent of the time) for personal use, then it is not considered an ‘investment asset’. But if you have property outside of Canada that you rent out, you may need to report it. I recommend reviewing the CRA website for more information. A quick reminder that the selfemployed, we have until June 16 (June 15 is a Sunday) to file our 2013 tax returns. However, any amount owing has started to accrue interest since May 1. The interest rate is 5 percent, so, not a bad interest rate for a short-term loan if you owe. But don’t file after the June 16 deadline. The penalties are harsh: 5 percent of what you owe, plus 1 percent per month, plus the interest. And if this isn’t the first time you haven’t filed on time, the penalties are even worse. Even if you cannot pay, get it filed to avoid the penalties!
Anni Markmann is a tax professional working, living, and volunteering in our community. Contact Anni at 204-422-6631 or anni@SteAnneTaxService.ca or 36 Dawson Road in Ste. Anne.
The thirty-first annual Wheel’s of Hope Lions Charity Car Show drew hundreds of spectators to Steinbach in June 1, making it one of the biggest, and most well attended shows in recent years. The Mennonite Heritage Village Museum grounds were transformed into a gleaming sea of vintage and modern muscle. Steinbach Fly-in also got involved by bringing out several vintage aircraft for spectators to enjoy. The highlight of the afternoon was the return of the burn-out competition. Eighteen participants - including a loaded tow truck - put on a spectacular smoke show. Organizer Gerald Blair, owner of Gerald’s Performance was pleased with the participation, since the event was initially excluded from the event. “There was multiple reasons why the burnout wasn’t held last year and wasn’t going to be this year. I
learned very quickly that there is a lot more than you think to putting one of these types of events together and I’m just so happy that all our hard work paid off,” stated Blair. “We only had two months to put on a social, come up with insurance money, find volunteers, get the prize money and I would and will do it again next year.” Wheel’s of Hope Lions Charity Car Show is held annually at the Mennonite Heritage Museum to raise money for the purchase equipment for special needs residents. Money raised at this year’s event is already slated to purchase a motorized wheelchair for David Main of La Broquerie, and a scooter for the Clearspring Center in Steinbach.
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Mercy or Justice Philippians 4:4-5... 4) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5) Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (NIV) Suppose my life was to be summed up in one sentence, how would that sentence read? Suppose you and I were to go down in history with a well-known disgraceful behaviour about us, what would that one thing be? It is a depressing thought if all they would remember is that a person was a troublemaker. Sadly, to say, there are individuals who continuously stir the pot to create an argument, a person looking to get on the wrong side of issues thus shutting Christ out of their life. No person can be at peace with God and at conflict with people, whether in the Church or some other organization. When the apostle Paul put in writing our opening verses, he was in prison waiting to be executed. He had thought of everything that could happen. And yet from the very depth of his heart he said, “Rejoice... I will say it again... Rejoice!” There is a very good chance that the apostle Paul wants all to understand he knew what he was saying. He wanted us to understand that Christian joy is free of all things on earth because it has its foundation in none other than Christ. We really should never lose that joy because we have put our faith in Christ. The world should know that we are Christians and that we are willing to give something better than justice. In other words, we understand there are times when strict justice becomes somewhat unjust. There may be times when a just law becomes unjust. Christians have that quality in them, or at least they should, to know when not to apply the strict letter of the law, but rather relax justice and introduce mercy. But, there are some who will sit in front, “Like the Pharisees did to Jesus,” with their pen and paper and a book about procedures. They will make everyone follow its decisions in strict accordance with the law of the Church or the law of any other organization; but there are times when the Christian treatment of some situations demand that the book of practice and procedure should be regarded as the last word. Remember the story of the woman (John 8:3-11) who was taken in adultery and was brought before Jesus? Jesus could have applied the stern severe letter of the law in Christ’s day that called for her to be stoned to death. But what happened? What did Jesus do? Jesus pardoned her, forgave her sins and sent her home freed from the bondage of her sins. There is not one of us who deserves anything other than the condemnation of God, but God goes far beyond justice. He gives us mercy. As Christians, we must have personal relationships with other folks, and we must remember two things, that there is something beyond justice and what Jesus said, (John 8:7) “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”(NIV) But, “why?” I ask. Why should I not get my way? Why should I not get justice when my jealous anger in my soul is screaming out for revenge? Why should I show mercy? Why? Because Christ showed mercy and He does not want me to be hard-hearted. I must remember the second coming of Jesus Christ when I will stand before Christ to be judged. If I remember that life is short, I will not wish to enforce the stern justice, which so often divides people but will wish to interact with people as I hope that God will look on me. If I show no mercy, the Bible says I will receive no mercy. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that peace, joy and happiness that fulfills my heart’s desire.” Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name. Amen”
Slow Down in Construction Zones Highway construction crews have begun work on various roadways in Manitoba, including in the City of Steinbach. The Steinbach RCMP Detachment has received several complaints regarding excessive speed in these zones, which poses a significant risk to construction workers. Police are asking motorists to be extra alert while driving in construction zones and to obey all posted speed limit signs. The speed limits are adjusted in construction zones to adapt to the changes in the normal highway conditions and to allow for more time to react if heavy equipment or workers are in the area. The posted speed limits apply at all times, whether workers are present or not. The RCMP enforces the speed restrictions in construction zones to help keep everyone safe on the highway. Steinbach enforcement has resulted in some heavy fines for motorists not slowing down. Over the past several days, there has been approximately $10,000 in tickets handed out to motorists speeding through construction zones in the Steinbach area. Police are reminding the public that speeding in construction zones carries a very high fine. A motorist travelling 10km/hr over the posted speed limit faces a $312.25 fine while 20km/hr over the speed limit is $573.50, 30km/hr over the speed limit is $835.75 and 40km/hr over the speed limit is $1,097. The RCMP will continue enforcing these speed limits as the construction season continues. Please slow down so everyone can get home safely.
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Trust in Faith to Make it Possible Should people trust their feelings and act accordingly? We all have feelings and emotions and depending on the person and the circumstances, they can change many times. The Apostle Paul was in a ship on route to Rome when a severe storm arose in Acts 27. Verse 20 says, “All hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” From a human perspective and from a realistic mariner’s point of view, they were in a hopeless situation with no way out. When similar desperate situations arise in our lives, we tend to agree with the experts and resign ourselves to failure and defeat. This giving in to feelings is a normal human response. But in Paul’s situation in Acts 27:25 he encourages the people on the ship by saying, “Sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God.” Now the people had a choice to make. They could trust human reasoning and go by their feelings or they could exercise faith in the God of heaven and trust Him to change their dire situation from gloom to glory. Taking the first response would lead to depression, despair and despondency but choosing faith and trust in God would lead to joy and peace. A childlike faith God will never betray. Such trust treats the future as the present and the invisible as the seen. Oswald Chambers wrote, “It [faith] is at home in the realm of the impossible as well as the realm of the possible, for it relies on a God who knows no limitations. God promises, ‘When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee.’” The Apostle Paul and everyone else on board that ship were all rescued from danger, just like Paul said. What situations are you facing in life that appear absolutely unsolvable from a human perspective? You have a choice to make, just like the people on Paul’s ship. You can despair of hope or you can put your faith and trust in God. If you aren’t a child of God yet, He is patiently waiting for you to come to Him in faith, trusting in the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Then God will make you His child and give you access to victory in your life. I Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” God gives hope and help to the hopeless if we will just come to Him in simple faith and trust Him. Then as the songwriter says, “He [God] takes the gloom and fills the heart with glory.” I realize it’s a lot easier to talk about faith in God than it is to practice it. But many Christians would give testimony today that the effort is well worth it. God bless you as you seek to trust God instead of your feelings.
Caliento Church Celebrates Century By Marianne Curtis
A Western Dress Your Best for Grande Pointe’s Concert in the Park
On July 6, the community of Caliento is expected to be swarming with current and past residents when the community gathers to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. For the past several months, Gail Horbec has been polishing artefacts in preparation for the special anniversary event. “It is a time to remember the real heroes of our lives, the pioneers, the ones that made our lives as fortunate as we live today,” explained Horbec. “We will be celebrating our roots and God who grounds us!” Part of the event will include the blessing of a memorial to honour the pioneer founders who left their footprint on the community. Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak will be the head celebrant at a high Mass that will be celebrated at the historical church starting at 10 am. After the mass, he will bless a memorial to honour the pioneer founders of the community. “A nun named Sister Daria Sportak is also expected to attend from BC to celebrate in her home parish,” Horbec added. “She is in her late 80s.” The St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church was built in 1914 in Caliento when the community was a booming settlement of Ukrainian immigrants. The community was one of nine major settlements in the early 1900’s, which included Stuartburn, Vita and Sundown. For about 20 years, starting in the 1920’s, the area saw a significant growth spurt. Then, with the growth of transportation and a decrease in economic opportunities, the younger generation began to relocate. Many of those who remain living in the area are descendants of the original homesteaders. There is no charge to attend the mass, but tickets are required for the traditional Ukrainian meal that will follow the service. Tickets are available at various locations in Vita or by calling Gail at 204425-3256.
Above: In July, the community of Caliento will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the St. John Catholic Church. Below: Throughout the tiny country church, there are several important artefacts that celebrate the Ukrainian settlers.
On Saturday, June 7, the Grande Pointe Homeowner’s Association is hosting their fifth annual Concert in the Park. Starting at noon and running until midnight, the event features live music and performances from eleven local groups. Events include a poker derby, walk-a-thon, mechanical bull rides, horse and wagon rides and fireworks. The day also includes 11 hours of live music and performances by Plus 1, Steve Porter, Paws’ N Taws Square Dance Club, Snapmare Driver, Blackwater, Blahnik Band and Friends, Vox Phantom and Chronical. Attendees are asked to dress up in western style clothing. For tickets or to register a baseball team call Lynn at 204-256-4636, Rachel at 204-878-0518 or Doreen 204-256-3793. Tickets are $20 each, $5 for Children ages 3 -12 and free for 2 and under. Money raised at the event will go towards improvements at the Grand Pointe Community Park.
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