Dawson Trail Dispatch May 2013

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Municipal Board Approves Bylaw for Ste. Anne

Star Power Headliners for Niverville and Steinbach Festivals By Marianne Curtis Organizers of two of the region’s biggest summer festivals have announced their headlining acts for this year’s upcoming events. Country music fans will be thrilled with the Niverville’s Olde Tyme Country Fair committee’s recent festival announcement. Instead of one act on Saturday, two of Canada’s top country performers will be taking the stage on Saturday, June 8. Get ready to kick up your heels when Country Music Legend Charlie Major hits the stage at 8 pm. Major has recorded six studio albums and released more than twenty singles including ‘I do it for the Money’ and ‘Too much love’. Canadian Country Music Award winner Aaron Pritchett will take over the show at 10 pm. Over his career, he has earned many accolades and awards, including a CCMA for Independent Male Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 2007 for the anthem, “Hold My Beer”. The following weekend, head over to Steinbach because the Summer in the City organizing committee has announced that this year’s festival will see three major acts take the stage. Crystal Hildebrandt, Summer in the City Chairperson, said that they decided to switch nights this year so that the classic rock concert will take place the same night as the classic car show. “We think this is a pretty awesome idea,” stated Hildebrandt. Taking the stage Friday night,

By Marianne Curtis The municipal board has given the Town of Ste. Anne council permission to proceed with a proposed special service bylaw to remove a taxation exemption from community properties. However, before town council can give the bylaw second and third reading, a further public meeting needs to take place. The Town of Ste. Anne council was recently informed by the municipal board that they could proceed with Bylaw 17-2012. This bylaw proposes to reduce general

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Aaron Pritchett (top) and Charlie Major (below) will split the stage at the Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair.

Myles Goodwyn and April Wine (above) perform on the Friday night at Summer in the City followed by Gord Bamford (below) on the Saturday evening.

Goertzen Demands Referendum on PST Increase By Marianne Curtis Earlier this month when the province brought down their recent budget, residents became outraged over a proposed sales tax hike to 8 percent. While the province cited increasing infrastructure concerns and flood costs as the reasons behind the hike, according to Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen, residents are not buying that excuse. Goertzen has been very vocal about the negativity surrounding this issue. At a recent provincial question period, Goertzen challenged Premier Greg Selinger, demanding a valid explanation for the hike and the

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June 14, is Myles Goodwyn and April Wine. April Wine is a Canadian rock band formed in 1969 that has had several Gold and Platinum albums with hits like ‘Sign of the Gypsy Queen’ and ‘Roller’. Juno and Canadian Country Music Award winner, Gord Bamford, will take the stage

Saturday night, June 15. Bamford has written and recorded songs with some of Nashville’s greatest stars including Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn and George Strait. Recent hits include ‘My Daughter’s Father’ and ‘Blame it on that Red Dress’.

Mystery Soldier “J.K.” Found! See page 9 for story.


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Ste. Anne Hockey Players Part of Team Canada By Marianne Curtis Two female hockey players from Ste. Anne are bringing home silver medals after playing on Team Canada during the IIFH Women’s World Hockey Championship in Ottawa. When the IIFH Women’s World Hockey Championships took to the ice April 2-9 in Ottawa at the beginning of April, Bailey Bram and Jocelyne Larocque from Ste. Anne laced up. At the end of the 7-day tournament, Team USA went home with Gold and Team Canada took silver. Bram has become known as one of the “rock stars” of women’s hockey armed with a wrist shot capable of shattering a pane of glass, which actually happened during pre-tournament practice. “To play on this team is amazing every time,” stated Bram. “It is such a privilege.” With five brothers and two sisters, Bram grew up with hockey flowing through her veins. Her father Bill put boards up in the yard every winter and mom Bonnie made sure the kids got the practices and games. “It is in my blood to play,” said Bram. The Ottawa contest was not Bram’s first time representing Team Canada. She played for the team in last year’s tournament (and won Gold) but this was the first time she represented her country on home soil. With more than 18,000 fans at each game, Bram said the experience was “incredible.” Memorable games include Team Canada’s challenge against Switzerland, which saw a final score of 13-0 for Canada. Bram scored her first goal the next day when the team took on Finland.

“I didn’t score during the Switzerland game so I was feeling discouraged but then to get the first goal of the Finland game before the biggest crowd in women’s hockey was cool,” Bram noted. The Championship ended with Team USA beating Team Canada 3-2. Team Canada may have earned silver in this contest, but the team is already setting their sights on the next time they meet Team USA on the ice. Bram plans to try out for Team Canada in hopes to be part of the team during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. “Trying out for the Olympics would be a dream come true,” said Bram. Larocque, who grew up across the street from Bram, got her ice legs on her neighbour’s rink and now the girls are Team Canada teammates. This tournament was the defensive player’s third Women’s World Hockey Championship. “It’s pretty cool that the only two players from Manitoba on Team Canada are both from Ste. Anne,” Bram added.

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Bailey Bram (#17) gets a hug from Team USA player Kelley Steadman after Team USA defeated Team Canada during the IIFH Women’s World Hockey Championship Gold medal game on April 9 in Ottawa.

Ste. Anne Bylaw continued... Continued from page 1 taxes by 4.5 mills and then properties such as community schools, churches and the Ste. Anne hospital would pay a special levy for services provided by the town such as snow removal and streetlights. When the bylaw was proposed in December, several residents opposed it and the matter went to the municipal board for a final ruling. Mayor Bernie Vermette is pleased that the bylaw was approved with a few conditions. “They want us to explain to the community again how it will work,” stated Vermette. “I think they (the municipal board) realize that it is for the best interest of all the ratepayers in Ste. Anne.” “We have to advise the ratepayers of the decision that was made and then explain to them where special services are concerned in the budget and how this will affect the rest of the budget,” Vermette added. He added that a lot of misinformation has been circulating the community. “They (the residents) have been misled about how this would work. We will explain it to them again.” A date for the public hearing has not been set. Under the Municipal Act a local urban district service plan must annually describe the specific services that are to be paid by a proposal, describe the area, type and level of services to be provided, contain an operating and capital budget for the costs of the services, including the costs of the operation of the committee and propose any local improvement or special service to be initiated in the local urban district. The council can not levy in any year, in the district, an additional tax already imposed in the rest of the municipality to provide a service already levied for within the district such as extra taxes for garbage pick-up when the rural municipality has taxes for the service.

controversy surrounding it. One of the major bones of contention is the province’s attempt to pass the hike without holding a referendum. “When this Premier first ran for the Legislature in 1999, he did so on a promise to protect balanced budget legislation,” challenged Goertzen. “But since becoming Premier, the member for St. Boniface has dismantled this legislation piece by piece, protecting ministers’ salaries, doing away with the requirement to balance the budget and now doing away with the requirement for a referendum.” Goertzen suggested that Selinger must have had a ‘conversion’ regarding referendums because a few years ago he demanded a referendum on behalf of Canadian Wheat Board Alliance. “It was only June two years ago that he [Selinger] said, stand up and support Manitobans’ right for a referendum,” Goertzen insists. “The Premier has flip-flopped all over the place on the issue of a referendum; first he said we wouldn’t do it because it was a construction season and then because of the cost.” However, Goertzen noted that it was funny how two years ago, the Selinger government was prepared to give $80,000 to the Wheat Board to help fight for a referendum. “Our Premier was willing to write a cheque from the pockets of taxpayers for $80,000 to a lobby-group for a referendum, but he won’t call one himself when he has the power,” Goertzen stressed. “In fact, I’ve got a picture of the Premier at a news conference from 2011 demanding a referendum, and I think the guy standing over his right shoulder is the Minister of Finance (Mr. Struthers).” Selinger defended the proposed tax increase by suggesting it is required to keep building Manitoba. “We know that we have the opportunity with the 10-year federal infrastructure program to build those schools and hospitals, to build those roads, to protect people from floods; we will do that,” responded Selinger. “We brought a budget forward that will invest in schools, create a hundred thousand jobs over the next decade and move Manitoba forward.” The current government of Manitoba is still attempting to move forward with the PST increase without holding a referendum.

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Taxes… a Five-Letter Dirty Word The Manitoba budget was the last of a seemingly continuous assault on our pockets. Whether service fees or the tax bills are going up, an increase by any other name is still a tax. The latest, of course, was the latest budget. We are so focused on the PST increase of a percent that I am wondering if other nasty surprises are still to pop out of the fine print. The PST or this value added tax may be the most effective and fairest way to raise extra revenue, as most citizens will purchase locally. But, one should start by first identifying the pork and other unnecessary spending. The opposition has identified other ways to levy the same money by cutting. There has been very little debate on that subject and if we have to wait till the next election for a proper and decent hearing, I doubt that our collective mood will improve. Here are some other reasons why it would be wrong to call my neighbours or me happy campers. Other perennial increases, and this year is no exception, include the annual school tax increase, which always seems to be greater than inflation. Perhaps the formula for a tax increase is directly influenced by the number of in-service days and school closures due to snowstorms. Of course, I could be wrong, but I never heard of an explanation that makes sense or is fair. Our favourite suds have gone up a buck a dozen, perhaps we could drink less but how would we drown our increasing cash flow woes? If your poison is whiskey, you’re paying more also. Cigarettes are up

a buck a pack, wow! I dislike that particular habit but a smoker is still held in a higher regard than a politician is. I think it’s because a used cigarette when done is easily discarded. Politicians never know when they are done, equally toxic, blight the scenery and demand a pension. These higher prices, made up of greater Manitoba excise taxes, will accelerate the PST intake. Although not well known, gambling revenue will go up. More VLTs will go on stream. Manitoba will now participate in on-line gambling and wherever you see VLTs the up front rent cost to these sites went up threefold while the percentage left to these sites is creeping downwards. Hydro, this Manitoba sacred cow, keeps wanting more and more per KW without ever seemingly telling us if we are making money on exports and if so, what is it? And, who can trust a government that is willing to spend a billion more on a power line when two other credible options are available? Am I the only one entertaining privatization? I can’t think of any crown corporation, which should be exempt from privatization. This government’s mismanagement demonstrates this more profoundly by each successive budget it presents. We do not compare favourably with either of our western neighbours when it comes to the level we are taxed, and our deficit is still there and debt is growing. We have been in that exacerbating position for quite some time. Second best sometimes may be necessary but dead last all the time is embarrassing. Get a grip already. Anybody on a fixed income cannot be blamed if more and more of their thoughts are spent on moving down the road. The welcome mat is frayed.

In an uncertain global environment, the most important contribution the Government can make to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity is to maintain a sound fiscal position. Managing tax dollars wisely ensures sustainable public services and low taxes for Canadians. This means continuing to enhance the integrity of the tax system to ensure that everyone pays a fair share. Such actions help keep taxes low for Canadian families and businesses, thereby improving incentives to work, save and invest in Canada. Our Conservative Government knows that international tax evasion is a serious problem. While we have reduced taxes and helped keep them low, some Canadians have decided to take advantage of international tax havens. We have taken a strong stance against tax cheats. Since 2006, we’ve introduced over 75 measures to combat tax cheats and increased the number of auditors responsible for pursuing international and domestic tax cheats by over 40 percent. Our Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on those initiatives by proposing even more measures to crack down on international tax cheats. The Canada Revenue Agency will implement changes to its compliance programs to improve identification of tax evasion and to ensure that honest and principled Canadians who pay their fair share of taxes do not face a higher tax burden as a result of the actions of a few. This includes: - Our new Stop International Tax Evasion Program, a measure that will provide an opportunity for whistleblowers to provide the CRA with information on major tax-evasion schemes in exchange for a percentage of the money recovered. - Increasing transparency on electronic funds transfers greater than $10,000 by ensuring financial institutions provide information on those transfers to the CRA. - Empowering the CRA by extending the time they have to reassess Canadians with foreign income who have not properly reported income and - Allowing the CRA faster access to information on unnamed individuals for the purposes of civil action. Our Conservative Government considers international tax evasion a serious crime, which is why we are providing authorities with additional tools to combat tax cheats. By closing tax loopholes, addressing aggressive tax planning, clarifying tax rules, reducing international tax evasion, and aggressive tax avoidance, our Government will continue to ensure a system that is fair for everyone. In doing so, we will build on our responsible management that has kept taxes low. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss. You may contact my office toll free at 1-866333-1933 or at (204) 326-9889 or in Lac du Bonnet at (204) 345-9762. The month of April was a tough one for Manitobans as they learned they will be paying more for almost You may write my office at 8 - 227 Main Street, Steinbach, MB R5G 1Y7, everything because of years of financial mismanagement by the NDP government. by fax at (204) 346-9874 or by e-mail at toewsv1@parl.gc.ca. Premier Greg Selinger and the NDP have been able to, through increasing the debt and taking money from Crown Corporations, play the financial shell game for the past number of years, but the game has ended and it’s Manitobans who are coming out on the losing side. The NDP budget announced a 1 percent increase in the provincial sales tax. That means that virtually everything that Manitobans buy will start costing more on July 1. On most purchases, the increase will appear to be modest but taken over an entire year, it adds up to significant money coming out of the pockets of Manitobans. Adding insult to injury is the fact that Greg Selinger and his MLAs have decided to change the law so that you don’t have a say in this Serving the communities along the historic Dawson Trail and beyond. PST increase. The current law says that no increase in the PST is The Dawson Trail Dispatch is a monthly newspaper allowed to happen without approval by Manitobans through a distributed free of charge to referendum but the Selinger government plans to change the law so it can start taking more of your money 50 Southeastern Manitoba communities. without you having a say. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, late last Monday, it was announced that Manitoba Hydro rates would again Published by: One One Consultants Inc. be going up, this time by 3.5 percent as of May 1. This is on top of the increases last year, which means that you Box 308, Richer, MB R0E 1S0 will be paying 8 percent more for hydro than you did at this time last year. The Public Utilities Board stated that Phone: (204) 422-8548 Fax: (204) 422-9768 1.5 percent of the increase will be in the form of a surcharge on Hydro bills for the operational costs of the BiDan Guetre, Managing Editor Pole III transmission line because it is not expected to pay for itself, as the NDP said it would, with export sales. One One Consultants Inc., Publisher The fact that the transmission line takes almost the longest and most expensive route possible around the west News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre side of the province is a decision by the NDP and one we all will pay for. Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, In fact the Public Utilities Board continues to express concerns about the NDP plans to spend $20 billion in Peter Martens, Raylene Snow, Eileen Lewis, Travis Olifirowich new Manitoba Hydro capital, including new generating dams, when the export price of hydro is expected to Production/Design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, remain low for a long time. It means that every year Manitobans are expected to see significant increases to their Monica Guetre and Wilma Priebe Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre hydro rates because the NDP are rolling the dice on Manitoba Hydro. It’s the biggest gamble in our province’s history. Years of NDP mismanagement have caught up to us and now, Manitobans will be paying more for almost everything as a result. As Manitobans dig deeper into their pockets, it’s a reminder that we simply can no longer For Advertising Call: afford Greg Selinger and the NDP. Phone: (204) 422-8548 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 Fax: (204) 422-9768 (204) 346-9913, by e-mail at kelvin.goertzen@leg.gov.mb.ca or by visiting my website at kelvingoertzen.com. Email: sales@dawsontrail.ca I look forward to hearing from you.

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Manitoba Sees Historic Tax Hike In the 2011 Provincial Election, the NDP made it clear that it would not raise taxes. The NDP also said it could pay for the massive deficit it created within five years, and Manitobans believed them. The NDP claimed they had a five-year plan to balance the books. The NDP was wrong. The first time the NDP broke its promise was in the 2012 Budget when it raised taxes by $184 million and raised fees by $114 million on all Manitobans. This included a two-cent increase in gas tax, meant to fix crumbling infrastructure. Funding for infrastructure went down making it just another NDP broken promise. The NDP applied the PST to your home and business insurance, taxing you on a necessity of life. This was the biggest tax increase in a generation, even after the NDP said it would not raise any taxes. In the 2013 Budget, the NDP decided to break its promise once again. The NDP has decided to raise the PST, from 7 percent to 8 percent. Premier Selinger, before the 2011 Provincial Election, even went as far as saying that raising the PST was “nonsense”. The NDP claim this money is necessary to help pay for infrastructure projects and flood mitigation. Since the NDP came into power, only 0.18 percent of their annual budget has gone into flood mitigation, and core spending in infrastructure is actually down 2.3 percent. The numbers with the NDP just never seem to add up. Rather than calling a referendum, which the law requires, and rather than listening to the people who elected them, the NDP has decided to force a PST increase on Manitobans. The NDP don’t want to have to face the people of Manitoba, who are opposed to such a measure, and they believe they are above the law. The NDP loves referendums, except when they have the power to call them. So what does this mean for you? It means that Manitobans will be paying $383.5 million more in PST alone this year. With all taxes and fees, the increase equals over $1,600 less for your family to spend on its priorities. The NDP has also instituted a vote tax, meaning almost $1 million of your tax dollars are going to fund their political activities. The Progressive Conservatives will not take one penny of the vote tax, because we want to earn your support, rather than taking your tax dollars. The Progressive Conservatives have released our own plan, including scrapping the vote tax, a hiring chill across the civil service, reducing the numbers of communication staff across government and reducing the amount government spends on advertising. Our plan will save this government $286.84 million dollars this year, the equivalent of the one percent raise in the PST. We can do better. The NDP is not standing up for the constituents of La Verendrye or the people of the Manitoba. The Progressive Conservatives will do just that. If you have any questions or comments, my email address is dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca, I can be reached at my Legislative Office at 204945-4339, or my Constituency Office at (204) 424-5406.

RM of Ste. Anne Should Say Yes to Amalgamation Dear Editor: It’s not always that I agree with Ron Lemieux, the MLA, but I do agree with his idea about the amalgamation of small and inactive municipalities. It seems to make good financial sense and an opportunity to provide better services to the region. It would likely not make sense for the municipality of La Broquerie, Springfield, or Hanover as they have a phenomenal record of growth and high populations. It would make sense for a municipality like the R.M. of Ste. Anne, which has virtually stagnant growth. It appears the R.M. is more concerned about holding property taxes in check than about growth. Although they’ve done a good job at holding the line on taxes, that’s only half the equation. In order to keep ahead of the increase in expenses and required services, a municipality has to grow. With growth comes a larger population to share the burden of taxation, just as a larger pay cheque makes paying the bills a little easier. Needless to say, a municipality like Ste. Anne would have huge savings in administration and community services if they amalgamated. It would give them an opportunity to hire more qualified people. The savings in having councillors serve a larger population would possibly give them the opportunity to hire consultants, like a planner, to do long and short-term planning.

We all expect the housing boom will not last and it seems some of the areas not taking advantage of it may well be missing the boat. The RM and the Town of Ste. Anne are extremely well positioned, with proximity to both Steinbach and Winnipeg, to take advantage of growth in the housing boom. Let’s hope they don’t miss out. Bob Schinkel RM of Ste. Anne Taxpayer

RCMP Blitz Ritchot and Tache For three days at the beginning of April, the RCMP’s Division Action Response Team (DART) focused their attention on areas within the RM of Ritchot and Tache. Several officers focused on traffic enforcement in high traffic areas and known trouble spots, specifically within Lorette, Ile des Chênes and the RM of Tache. According to Sgt. Line Karpish, Media Relations Officer with RCMP “D” Division, more than 150 vehicles were checked resulting in 100 traffic offences, two Controlled Drugs and Substances Act seizures and two Liquor Control Act seizures. Overall, about 65 percent of the traffic tickets issued related to speed.

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Tracks on My Yard Okay, now I know that spring is really here. It’s not because of the melting snow (finally!) nor is it because I see the birds and the geese returning. No, I can tell that it’s really spring by all the tire tracks across my yard. You see, my seven-yearold son is an avid biker. Not quite obsessed with it, but it does seem to be on his mind a lot. The best way that I feel, I can explain all the tire tracks on my yard would be to compare them to the Family Circus cartoon where it shows a picture of the neighbourhood and a dotted line to show the route that one of the children has taken. Full of twists and turns, the route is never the shortest route but it definitely appears to be the most fun. That is what the tracks on my yard look like, except the tire tracks often overlap each other. From the garage the tire tracks lead me down the driveway, then turn around (not quite sharp enough to avoid cutting onto the grass), then back down the driveway, across the lawn, past the pine tree, through a small snow bank, around the house and down an incline. At this point, I can see that my son hopped off the bike and turned it around while on foot (the snow banks were too large and too close to allow for a mounted turnaround). From here, he pedals back up the incline (with difficulty, he told me) and then travels alongside the house, around the dog, back onto the driveway, once or twice around the van and then pedals fast until he gets onto the concrete pad in front of the garage, where he immediately slams on his brakes and does an impressive

braking slide with the back wheel skidding sideways across the concrete. This always leaves a nice, long, black streak that my son is always so very happy to show off to me. One day, I’m thinking that the back tire is going to pop when he does the braking slide. Of course, that will probably give him even more of a thrill. Next spring, I’m expecting there to be a few more tracks around the yard as my daughter is now becoming “serious” about learning to ride her bike. So far, she’s up to pedalling the bike back and forth across the concrete pad and doing the occasional circle. As the driveway dries out, I’m hoping to gently coax her to travelling onto the hard packed driveway and expanding her cycling horizons. Keep your fingers crossed that she doesn’t wipe out on her first trip out because then somehow it’ll be Daddy’s fault and I will be that much harder to get her to travel off the concrete. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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Arborgate Students in Solidarity Against Bullying By Marianne Curtis

The International Day of Pink is a day where communities across the On April 10, students throughout country and across the world can the region formed a united voice unite in celebrating diversity and The entire student body at Arborgate School in La Broquerie united their voices against bullying by wearing pink on April 10. against bullying by wearing pink on raising awareness to stop International Day of Pink including homophobic, transphobic and all Yestrau said that her students sent the entire student body of forms of bullying. a very clear message. Arborgate School in La Broquerie. Arborgate School Principal Teresa “We have over 400 voices saying no to bullying; that means something,” Yestrau said. “Adults can do a lot of things but it is the making their message clear that can be victimized by bullying, but students that change bullying. If we anyone can be a bully can bully, any together everyone can stop it. can motivate the kids then bullying will stop.” Yestrau added that the message that students learned on International Day of Pink has Summer Arts Day Camps become a way of life within the Discount 15 % until Thursday, May 16! Ages 5 - 12 love our themed camps, 9 am student population. “The students made a big poster - 4 pm daily in July and August. Check out Around the World, Disney Adventure, Inventor’s Workshop, Nature Gone Wild, Let’s Get Sporty, Community Fun and that we still have hanging in the Goin’ Green. All camps are fused with CREATIVITY – music, drama, dance, school. When something negative happens on the school yard we will crafts, sports, water games, field trips and more. Registration is on now! Steinbach MLA and Manitoba PC Education Critic, Kelvin Goertzen, direct them to that and remind them Arts4Tots Preschool Program says he supports efforts to include stand-alone sanctions in the Criminal of what we learned that day,” Ages 3 - 5 will love learning through the Arts – Music, Dance, Drama, Crafts and Code of Canada for sharing intimate images of individuals without consent recalled Yestrau. “We are trying to Culture. as a means to combat cyber-bullying. keep the message alive.” “We have seen too many cases where, particularly young people are bullied Pilates The International Day of Pink was online through the non-consensual sharing of intimate images,” said Goertzen. Power up with Pilates! Pre/Post Natal Pilates and ‘On the Ball’ Pilates classes started in Nova Scotia when a pair “This type of cyber-bullying is devastating to the victim and stronger measures starting up this month at the Cultural Arts Centre. Instructed by Kimberley of straight high school students must be in place to act as both a deterrent and a punishment.” Koop. saw a gay student wearing a pink Goertzen noted that Premier Brad Wall has called for an emergency debate shirt being bullied. The two students Dancing in the Saskatchewan Legislature to call for changes that would make the Get Dancing this May – Try East Coast Swing with The Dance Floor Social intervened, but wanted to do more distribution of intimate images without consent online a stand-alone Criminal to prevent homophobic and Dance instructor Debra Ward. Code offence. transphobic bullying. They decided Battle of the Bands “Not enough is being done to protect kids in our schools from bullying in to purchase pink shirts and a few Battle of the Bands is Steinbach’s showdown for emerging artists, Friday, May 30 general and from cyber-bullying in particular,” said Goertzen. “Just as the days later got everyone at school to at Bumpers on 52 (HWY 52, Steinbach) starting at 5 pm. Musicians, singers and distribution of child pornography is a devastating act that deserves Criminal arrive wearing pink, standing in bands under 25 are invited to apply. Download application forms online at Code sanctions so does the distribution without consent of intimate images.” solidarity. The result was that an steinbachartscouncil.ca. Application deadline is Monday, May 6. In addition, Goertzen wants to see stronger anti-bullying measures put entire school stopped homophobic into place provincially, noting that the current NDP anti-bullying bill before Night on Broadway and transphobic bullying. the Legislature is the weakest in North America. ‘Celebrate the Arts’ …in Broadway Style on Friday, May 3. You are invited to a By wearing pink, the students are night on Broadway, featuring local guest ‘celebrity singers’ and Broadway artists! Take home a piece of original artwork or some luxury items from our Fine Art and “Fifth Avenue” auctions. Then dance the night away at Friedensfeld Community Centre. Call for tickets.

“We have over 400 voices saying no to bullying.”

Tougher Laws on Cyber Bullying Called For

Art Stream Open House

Enjoy local art, live music and good coffee on Friday, May 24 at the Loewen Green Art Scene at 306 Reimer Ave. Artists! If you would like to display your art, please drop off on May 21 from 7 - 9 pm. Artworks will be on display for a month’s time. View Loewen Green Art Scene gallery hours online.

National Youth Arts Week

Celebrate National Youth Arts Week with us, a youth-led celebration of creative expression in communities across Canada. We will be celebrating with pizza and a Battle of the Bands planning party (for youth/young adults) on Tuesday, May 7, 4 – 5 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre. See nationwide events listed on youthartsweek.ca.

Fun Fair

It’s a Fun Fair for the whole family! Free hot dogs, balloons, bouncer and face painting, plus sign up for fall classes at Pre-Registration Day on Thursday, June 6. Watch dance and martial arts demos by XCOMPANY. Great discounts for fall! Receive 10 % off most programs. Fall class lineup: Theatre classes for age 5 - 16 with the Backyard Theatre Company. Visual Arts classes include painting, drawing, pottery and digital photography. Wellness classes include Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, Belly Dancing, Social Dance, Cooking, French and Spanish. Try dance or martial arts with XCOMPANY Physical Arts Training School and Southeast School of Dance. Join a club: Southeast Artists Group, Photo Club.

Hall Gallery

On Now in the Hall Gallery - Student Creations by Ste Anne Collegiate. Stop by 304 Second Street to check it out! Or check out the Loewen Green Art Scene on the corner of Elmdale Dr. and Reimer Ave. No admission, just come and support your local artists. They’ll be painting on-site, plus there are tons of hand-painted originals on display at the two-storey gallery. Fine artists are invited to use free studio space and display artworks at the Loewen House this summer or offer visual arts classes.

Looking for Board Nominees

The Steinbach Arts Council is looking for men and women to act as the backbone for Arts & Culture in Hanover, guiding wise decision, providing counsel, and making creativity happen! The Arts Council Board of Directors is a fulfilling and creative experience that feeds directly back into the Arts Community! Please email a letter of intent to Cindi at director@steinbachartscouncil.ca.

Concert in the Park

KR Barkman Concerts in the Park series coming soon! Be on the lookout for concerts on Main Street this summer!

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Local Gymnast Wins Championship A member of the Steinbach Flippers was among eight gymnastic competitors named as winners of the recent Edmond Financial Men’s Manitoba Open Gymnastics Championships. Mathis Blais is named the Regional Beginner winner of the competition. The Edmond Financial Men’s Manitoba Open Gymnastics Championships took place on April 7 in Winnipeg.

Steinbach 55 Plus at the Pat Porter 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 to 4 pm, call 204-320-4600 or online steinbach55plus.com. Membership at Steinbach 55 Plus is only $25 per year due in January 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.

Monthly Programs and Up and Coming Events:

May Birthday Celebrations on Wednesday, May 1 at 2 pm, come celebrate with us! Bring your friends! Guests $2. Public Forum “Breaking New Ground, Not Bones”: All you need to know about Osteoporosis risk assessment and treatment. On Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm, light refreshments served. Register in advance contact 204320-4600. May Pot Luck on Thursday, May 9. Please call ahead 204-320-4600 and let us know what you would like to bring. As always needed are salads, casseroles, desserts and buns. Cost is $5. Mothers Through Time on Thursday, May 14 at 6 pm and a special Mother’s Day Supper. Presentation about mothers through time and would love for some of our members to share pictures and stories of their mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers and so on. Bring pictures, stories, or artefacts to the centre by Friday, May 3. We will scan your pictures and return them to you as soon as possible. Additional items or artefacts will be welcome on the event day. Old Time Country Dance on Friday May 31, from 8 pm - Midnight. Live band The Telstars. Advanced tickets are $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers and $14 at the door. Lunch served at 10 pm. Foot Care on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 9 am -3 pm. Run by a professional foot care nurse. Cost $30. Bring your own towel. Contact the centre to book an appointment. Computer Labs are 1 hour long and available every other Wednesday morning from 9 am - noon. Next available appointment dates are Wednesdays May 1, 15 and 29. Pot Luck Supper on the second Thursday of every month at 6 pm, meat and beverages provided. Cost $5 ea. Bring a casserole, salad or desert. Contact the centre to reserve a seat. Beltone Hearing on the third Friday of each month. Contact 1-800-6612653 for appointment. Brain Injury Support Group on the last Monday of the month at 7 pm, Monday, May 27. Parkinson’s Support Group on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1 pm, Wednesday, May 25.

Weekly Programs:


9:30 - 10:30 am Fitness (with instructor) 12 - 4:30 pm Drop-in Pool 1 - 4:30 pm Model Trains 1 pm Canasta 6 pm Wood Carving 7 pm Tai Chi Beginners 7:30 pm Tai Chi Continuing Tuesday 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends Adult Day Program 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool Wednesday 9 am Tai Chi Beginners 10 am Tai Chi Continuing 10:30 am Choir Practice 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool 1 pm Floor Curling 1 - 4 pm Cribbage 1:30 pm Floor curling 7 pm Old Time Country Band Practice Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 am Fitness Class (with instructor) 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool 1 - 4 pm Whist Friday 8:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends Adult Day Program 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool Noon meals are available Monday through Friday. Cost $5. Call 204-3204605 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. Computer Lab from Monday to Friday, 9 am - 12 pm and 1 - 4 pm. Cost $1. Lessons with Alex Cupples every other Wednesday from 9 am - 12 pm. Call the Centre for more information and to book an appointment. Volunteer Opportunities include perogy making, decorating and setting tables, birthday party hosts, food preparation and serving, clean up, greeters, receptionists.

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Summer Swimming Lessons to be Offered at St. Malo Lake By Marianne Curtis This summer, visitors to the St. Malo Provincial Park can take advantage of a new innovative program. A French swimming school is bringing their program to the community’s lake. Lifeguard and swimming instructor Gregory Pascal has launched a Francophone swimming school called Activ’eau for this summer’s swimming program at St. Malo Lake. “Summer is the season during which people want to learn how to swim,” Pascal explained. “Why not take advantage of Canada’s resources for a change.” During the months of July and August, Pascal plans to offer swimming lessons to groups of four or five. What makes these classes unique is that classes will be available in French to all children, adults or seniors. “Many Francophone’s visit St. Malo Lake in summer, this program is a great way to energize the park and a different way to offer swimming lessons in French,” Pascal added. “When you know that there are children who would enjoy swimming lessons in their language but that it is not offered to them, it gives you the initiative to set up a project.” Pascal is thrilled that his proposal to offer swimming lessons at the popular summer destination was accepted, considering it is at a site location within a provincial park. During the year, Pascal teaches swimming lessons in French at a number of swimming pools but is unable to continue his program during the summer months. “The city does not rent its pools during the summer,” Pascal added. “No one had thought of this idea before. When I proposed my idea to teach classes in the St. Malo Provincial Park it was immediately greeted with enthusiasm.” Since Pascal established Activ’eau towards the end of 2012, the Francophone swimming school has been experiencing tremendous success. “I think there is a multitude of things to do with Activ’eau,” he confided. “I would like to offer lessons for

Sober Ride Sponsors Strides for Change By Marianne Curtis For the first time since it was founded nearly three years ago, Sober Ride has joined forces with MADD to help host the second annual Strides for Change. The annual Strides for Change is a run-walk-wheel event that also promotes safety and awareness for MADD. Sober Ride founder Shay Hawthorne, from Ile Des Chênes, is excited to be sponsoring the 2013 Strides for Change Walk-A-Thon. “This is a big step for Sober Ride being a sponsor of this event,” explained Hawthorne. “We’ve done well this year with donations and awareness raised within our own program to be able to give back and help MADD with this.” So far, Team Sober Ride consists of friends and family from not only Ile des Chênes but also Steinbach, Ste. Anne, Pinawa and Winnipeg, more are welcome. “We are inviting people to not only join Team Sober Ride but to volunteer, participate with their own team, take or make a pledge or even sponsor a team member or a team,” Hawthorne added. “Team Sober Ride believes that every step we take will make a difference. Walk for yourself or in honour of someone you’ve lost to impaired driving.” Hawthorne invites anyone interested in promoting to come out and enjoy a health and safety fair, kid’s zone, tribute and survivor area, before and after the walk. This year’s event will take place Sunday, June 9 at Kildonan Park. Every step taken and pledge made will help raise funds and awareness for MADD Canada’s programs and services that will serve to keep our children and communities safer. Hawthorne, a paramedic with Southern Health, founded Sober Ride nearly three years ago with a goal to eliminate impaired driving one vehicle at a time by encouraging drivers to take the Sober Ride pledge. When joining Sober Ride, people take a pledge to not drink and drive. The initiative targets drivers of all ages, especially young adults. To find out more about Sober Ride the group has a Facebook page or email soberride@live.com.

children with autism or special needs. In France, this is what I specialized in. I was supportive of everything water can offer children.” Classes will be offered on the banks of St. Malo lake in July and August every morning. Anyone interested in finding out more information can contact Gregory at greg@activ-eau.com.


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St. Malo Hosts Successful Keystone Cup By Marianne Curtis The Keystone Cup may have slipped through the St. Malo Warriors fingers, but for the few thousand spectators who converged upon the community the event was a tremendous success. During the weekend of April 1721, the community of St. Malo swelled as hockey fans from several provinces gathered for the 2013 Keystone Cup Western Canadian

Chrysalis Fund Ready for Grant Requests By Marianne Curtis Groups and organizations looking for a little extra funding are encouraged to send an application to the Chrysalis Fund. The Chrysalis Fund has at least $5,000 in grant money to offer and the group is now accepting applications for the 2013 grant fund disbursement. Debbie Krahn, Chairperson of the Chrysalis Fund, said the group has been doing well since it started five years ago. “We know that we are going to be giving one grant of $3,000 and either two or three $1,000 grants,” said Krahn. “What we give will depend on what our final numbers turn out to be.” Organizations eligible for grants are not-for-profit groups that focus on promoting growth and positive change in children and youth in the area. In the past, the Chrysalis Fund has awarded grants to organizations like Youth for Christ, Recreation Opportunities for Eastman and Anna’s House. Grant applications can be picked up at the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce. The deadline for applications is May 31. “This is earlier than other years but we find that our executive needs more time to go through the applications,” Krahn noted. The group will review the applications and make a decision on recipients during their annual general meeting in September. Established back in 2009, the Chrysalis Fund started as a group of a dozen women who gathered together in a new philanthropic venture through a non-profit giving circle. The members combined their money into a shared fund with each member contributing $1,000. Grants are then given out to various organizations from the earned interest. The Chrysalis Fund meets twice a year to review and celebrate the impact granting has made, receive feedback from organizations they have funded and to learn about new opportunities to give. Local organizations looking for some support from the Chrysalis Fund can pick up an application from the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce office. Anyone women interesting joining can make contact by emailing thechrysalisfund@gmail.com.

Junior B hockey tournament. The highly anticipated event took place at the newly renovated St. Malo Arena. Host committee Vice President, Moe Gosselin, said that the tournament exceeded their expectations. “Fan turnout was fantastic,” Gosselin explained. Hundreds of fans came in from all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. “Every province was represented and it was great to see.” Gosselin said that the entire community helped make the event a success. “I’d like to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers. They really stepped up and gave St. Malo something to be proud of,” Gosselin added.

The St. Malo Arena was packed to the rafters during the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Keystone Cup Western Canadian Junior B hockey tournament.

The Keystone cup was a 6-team competition that brings together the provincial champions from across Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC, along with the host team. It was a 4day round robin tournament with

the top four teams advancing to the Gold and Bronze medal games. The tournament ended with the Richmond Sockeyes defeating the Saskatoon Royals 5-2 for their second Keystone Cup championship.

The last time the community was represented at the Keystone Cup was in 2009 in Thunder Bay. In 1998, the Warriors took home the silver medal at the end of the tournament. St. Malo is the smallest community to ever host the tournament.

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Site Chosen for Woodridge Fire Hall

On April 14, the RM of Piney and volunteers’ eager to become Woodridge’s first Fire Department gathered at the site of the new fire hall at the corner of Pinewood Road and Hwy 210.

The RM of Piney is excited to announce that they have chosen an appropriate site for the new Woodridge fire hall. Now that a location has been found, council has put out a call for tenders and equipment. At the beginning of April, the RM of Piney council put out a call for letters of interest to construct a new fire hall for the community of Woodridge. The municipality is hoping to build a new hall that is approximately 3,100 square feet in size. “It is the intention of the RM of Piney

to pre-qualify a list of general contractors specifically who will be invited to submit proposals for this project,” explained council. The RM of Piney plans on building the new hall at the corner of Pinewood Road and Hwy 210. The municipality has also put out a call for tender to purchase equipment for the new volunteers. They are looking to purchase 20 sets of turnout gear, a dozen air tanks and 20 sets of wild land fire fighting pants. The RM of Piney is expecting delivery of the new equipment by June 3.

Volunteers are also still needed. To become a volunteer fire fighter with the municipality applicants may be required to meet criteria that could include obtaining a medical exam and upgraded drivers licence. Any training, including Level 1 fire training, will be provided by trained professionals and funded by the municipality. Anyone requiring more information can call the municipality at 204-4372284 or Mario Boily at 204- 429-2145. Once established, the Woodridge Fire Department will be a satellite detachment of the Piney Fire Department.

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Happy, Happy, Happy! Right about now our “Happy” button is struggling. I have heard many guests, clients and friends here at the spa who are tired of the long winter say, “I’ll be happy when this weather gets better!” They do not realize that by repeating this pattern of thought they actually will not be happy because there are always ways the weather can be ‘better’. It can always be too hot, too cold, too windy, too wet, too cloudy, too snowy, too damp, etc. The subconscious mind receives the message that we cannot be happy yet. My article today is for all of us to learn some insight about how to change the ways we think and change the negative patterns that attract unhappiness. We attract what we expect. Ah, yah, you’ve heard that somewhere before. Yes, but it is true. Your subconscious mind will really listen and create exactly the message that you send. This is responsible for a large slice of the results that we get in life. We develop a pattern from the message we send the brain. You might recognize some of these examples: The Drama Pattern will create drama if everything is going too smooth. The Sickness Pattern will make sure you get sick. Some people get sick every Monday! Ha. The Mess Pattern means even if someone else organizes and cleans your space, it will return to messy. The Broke Pattern will ensure that when you have a little spare cash you will look to find ways to get rid of it. There are many negative patterns that humans create, but if you take the time to become fully aware of WHY you have this pattern and put the effort into reversing the messages that create this pattern, you can change. It is a challenge in life to build positive patterns. You must permanently change to good thoughts but this is easier said than done. Listen and send this to your brain: I am always happy. I am always healthy. I am always at the right place at the right time. Whatever I do, I always end up making money. I trust people and they always treat me well. Whatever I do is always fun and easy. It has been proven that our actions and our thoughts come from free will. That “Free Will” of today is our fate tomorrow. You can do a lot to be happier, but the growing process is a full journey. Try this to keep you on the ‘happy’ path: - Allow your body to feel safe and protected. - Allow your body to feel calm and relaxed. - Forgive yourself. We all make mistakes. - Let go of regrets and the past experience causing this. - Create natural compassion for yourself. - Invent the ‘Love’ Karma… Mmmm. - Improve your diet and environment. Poor diet and toxic environment makes for an unhealthy brain. - Stay away from SAD (Standard American Diet). Food can be medicine or poison. - Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night. - Think of three things you are grateful for every morning as soon as you open your eyes. - Meditate on ‘Gratitude’. Meditation actually activates the frontal lob of the brain where happiness dwells! - Remember that drugs and alcohol create depression in the brain. Beware!! You can learn to radiate a different and higher vibration. This is the vibration that brings happiness. With a healthy brain and healthy, positive, subliminal suggestions to the brain, you will notice a joyful change in your life. When your brain works right, you work right. Money, relationships, education, and life long learning will naturally improve. So, my Dear Readers don’t wait for ‘Nicer Weather ‘ or anything else. Get to work at being happy, happy, and happy! Send your brain the best that life has to offer! Raylene Snow owns and operates Raylene’s Wellness Spa on Hwy 210 South (5.2 km south of Ste. Anne and 5.7 km north of Giroux).

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Pistons Make MJHL History Thunderbirds and then relocated to Sagkeeng as the Southeast Blaze. A year ago, the club missed the playoffs with 13 wins. The victory is extra special for Dyck because the team won the trophy in his own hometown. “It is an unbelievable feeling,” Dyck added. “The fans have been waiting for this and being at home, it was extra special for everyone.” Goaltender Chris Koop from Squamish, BC joined the team after the recent trade deadline. Koop was named team MVP and top goaltender. “There isn’t a team more deserving than us,” added Koop. The Steinbach Pistons are not done for the season. The win advanced the team to the inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup (WCC) in Nanaimo, which takes place from April 26 to May 5. While in BC, the Pistons are guaranteed to play four games

Pistons goaltenders, Corey Koop and Zach Rakochy, along with trainer Dan Ferguson celebrate winning the Turnbull Cup.

before making the finals. They will take on the Yorkton Terriers, Surrey Eagles, Brooks Bandits and Nanaimo Clippers. The WCC winner and runner-up will then advance to the RBC Cup in Summerside, PEI.

Ste. Anne Students Take over Art Gallery Pistons goalie, Chris Koop, was named team MVP and top goaltender of the Turnbull series. During the last game, he stopped 26 out of 28 shots on goal.

By Marianne Curtis The Steinbach Pistons made franchise and Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) history by capturing their first ever Turnbull Trophy while competing on home ice before a full house of 1,400 fans.

In a nail-biting 3-2 win over the Dauphin Kings, the Pistons won the best-of-seven Turnbull series in six games. Myles Nykoluk scored the game winner, putting the Pistons up 3-1 midway through the second period and Jesse Sinatynski finished the series by scoring his 10th goal

Struthers Pays Up

Dauphin MLA Stan Struthers (right front row) stopped at the Steinbach arena recently to put on a Steinbach Piston’s Jersey and present a cheque for $100 to Hank Klassen (centre front row) of Southeast Helping Hands Food Bank. Struthers, whose hometown Dauphin Kings lost in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League final to the Steinbach Piston’s, had agreed with Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen that the winning community would receive a donation to their food bank from the losing team’s MLA. Goertzen, (holding the Turnbull Cup) matched the contribution to Helping Hands. Also pictured in the back row left to right are Piston’s Board Members Darren Klassen, Ron Schellenberg and Coach Graham Polleck.

in the playoffs with two minutes remaining in the game. This was the first time the Pistons have ever made an appearance in the MJHL post season. Head Coach and General Manager, Paul Dyck, is very proud of his team. “This is an amazing transformation for us,” stated Dyck. “We have an amazing group committed to our team. We persevered through a lot of ups and downs. It was not an easy road we took.” The club initially began as a Winnipeg team called the Southeast

For a three and a half week period, art created by students from the Ste. Anne Collegiate will be taking over the Steinbach Cultural Centre with their first ever gallery showing. The show entitled ‘Student Creations’ opened May 1 and will run until May 14. Frankie Gail, Visual Arts Coordinator, said the unique showing is a first for the Ste. Anne Collegiate students. “In today’s world we are constantly bombarded by titles, categories and labels,” explained Gail. “Ste. Anne Collegiate students decided to make a statement by creating works of art without titles.” Students were given chalk pastels and black paper to design their pictures. After learning different soft pastel techniques they were given the freedom to create anything they wanted with one criterion, they had to blend. “At first students were lost without having a theme/category/label/title but once they began putting their colours to the paper, creativity poured out,” Gail added. “They were proud of their untitled creations and wanted the viewer to be able to look at their work without the limitation imposed by a title.” This is the first public exhibit by students from Ste. Anne. All of the pieces on display are for sale.


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May 2013

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Musical Sells Out Five Shows Government

The Von Trapp Family at the Kaltzberg Festival performing Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss and So Long, Farewell. (Back, l-r) Emma Martens, Kristy Penner, Caleb Penner, Nicole Heide (Front, l-r) Mersadie Thiessen, Emily Griffin-Boily, Deidre Penner, David Klassen, Egan Schellenberg.

By Marianne Curtis The Steinbach Regional Secondary School theatre was alive with applause when sold out crowds took in the classic musical, “The Sound of Music”.

Under the direction of Ed and Millie Hildebrand, “The Sound of Music” hit the stage April 18-21 in the Steinbach Regional Secondary School Theatre. All five performances were sold out. After performing, several sold out

Police Nab Suspected Drug Trafficker On April 6 at approximately 5 pm, the Steinbach RCMP was conducting patrols in the City of Steinbach. Police stopped a vehicle on Reimer Avenue for mechanical reasons and after a short discussion with the occupants; the passenger fled the vehicle on foot. The suspect was pursued by police and was apprehended in a back lane near Friesen Avenue with the assistance of an off-duty Corrections Officer. Kyle Barker (20) of the Steinbach area is charged with several offences including possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking (Fentanyl), Failing to comply with an Undertaking, three counts of failing to comply with a Recognizance, Resisting Arrest and Obstruct Police Officer. Barker has been remanded into custody. This matter is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP at 326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

shows the Steinbach Arts Council, who produced the show, is declaring the recent production of “The Sound of Music” a huge success. Kristy Penner, who played “Maria”, recently reflected on her performance experience. “Like thousands of others, I fell in love with “The Sound of Music” as a child. The music, the storyline and the characters are all so beautiful,” Penner said. She added that the memory of rehearsals and their actual performances will be “forever etched” in her heart. “The wonderful thing about a community musical is that the parts can be cast true to the age of the characters, unlike a school production where 5-year old Gretl is played by a 14-year old!” Penner continued. “Working with children made this show so fun to be a part of and such a delight for the crowd, whose hearts were stolen every night by those kids.” The main role of Captain von Trapp was performed by wellknown local performer, teacher and director David Klassen, who has performed with The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and in many Gilbert and Sullivan productions. The Von Trapp children were played by Nicole Heide (Liesl), Caleb Penner (Friedrich), Emma Martens (Louisa), Mersadie Thiessen (Brigitta), Egan Schellenberg (Kurt), Emily GriffinBoily (Marta) and Deidre Penner as Gretl. The Sound of Music is a 1959 musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria Von Trapp, the story of the Trapp Family Singers.

Budgets There were two budgets announced recently. The federal government announced its annual budget in March and the Province of Manitoba announced its budget changes in April. The Province of Manitoba’s budget announced in April had the biggest outrage over the 1% increase to the provincial sales tax. It may be a 1% increase in the tax rate, but that equates to a 14% increase! (1/7 = 14%). They announced that “everyone pays” which is true and they may think that it is fair, but it is considered a regressive tax. Regressive taxes make everyone pay the same. However, those on low incomes pay more than their fair share. Individuals and families with lower incomes use more of their income to pay for goods versus those with higher incomes that do use some of their disposable income to actually save money. A PST Credit much like the GST Credit could be introduced to help lower income individuals and families in Manitoba. The Province also re-announced that they are increasing their basic personal amount by $250 from $8,634 to $8,884 in 2013. This is still far behind the federal amount of $11,038. Also this reduces revenue received from everyone, including the wealthy tax payers. I believe it’s time to start increasing the basic credit for lower income Manitobans. The minimum wage in Manitoba is going up to $10.45 later in 2013. Guess what – more tax revenue for the province and the feds. If they were truly concerned about those earning minimum wage, they would stop taxing them as soon as their income exceeds $8,634. The BC government has a calculation in their income tax that ensures lower income individuals and families don’t pay any provincial taxes. Our province should do the same. The elimination of school taxes for all seniors by 2015 benefits low income seniors. However many seniors are wealthy and can afford to pay for the schooling of this province’s children, as other tax payers had supported their children. I suggest the government should eliminate all school taxes on all property taxes (not just seniors) and the lost revenue should be garnered from increasing income taxes on higher income Manitobans. Payment of school taxes should be based on the ability to pay (income level) and not on the value of a home. As you can tell, I’m not impressed with the recent provincial budget. It hurts lower income families the most.

Federal Budget

The federal budget didn’t have much change that affected the typical individual tax payer. The only one that I find most unfair is an announcement of a review of taxes on trusts. Most people may think that doesn’t affect them and that it’s only the rich that use complicated items like trusts. But I help families file taxes on trust accounts every year. It’s typically an estate trust for a family member who recently died. And often the only item being taxed is the Canada Pension Plan Death Benefit (maximum is $2,500). When someone dies and the CPP death benefit is received by family (often a surviving spouse), the CPP death benefit is a taxable income. We normally treat it as a separate tax return. If I include it in the tax return of the surviving spouse, it can affect the guaranteed income supplement and the Manitoba Pharmacare deductible. The taxes payable on the CPP death benefit is often better taxed separately than affecting various benefits. So if the feds think they are only affecting the wealthy, they need to think again. I plan to provide some commentary on this subject to the federal government since they plan to “consult” with the financial industry.

Temporary First-Time Donor’s Super Credit (FDSC)

The federal charitable donation tax credit provides individuals with a nonrefundable tax credit of 15% on the first $200 of annual contributions plus 29% on donations in excess of $200. (Province of Manitoba credits increase it to 26% and 46% respectively.) To encourage charitable giving by new donors, a temporary First-Time Donor’s Super Credit (FDSC) is being introduced. The FDSC will be in addition to the tax credits currently provided and will be equal to a 25% tax credit for first-time donors on donations up to $1,000. A first time donor who donates $1,000, could get a combined credit of 50% on the first $200 and 71% on the amount between $200 and $1,000. That’s great news for first time donors. I hope to encourage many people to become first time donors and take advantage of this additional credit. An individual will be considered a first-time donor if neither the individual nor the individual’s spouse or common-law partner has claimed the charitable donation tax credit (or the new FDSC) in any taxation years after 2007. The additional tax credit is only available on cash donations and only on donations made on or after Budget Day. The FDSC may only be claimed once between 2013 and before 2018. Keep in mind these credits only help you if you actually have taxes payable. Many low income families and seniors do not have taxes payable and are unable to use charitable donations (a non-refundable tax credit).

June 15 Deadline

A reminder to get your taxes done! If you are self employed, we have until June 15 to file our taxes without any penalty on the amount owed. If you are expecting a refund, you have three years to file your taxes. If you are not self employed and you missed the April 30 deadline and you owe, just try to get them in as soon as possible to minimize the penalty. The penalty is 5% of what you owe as at April 30 and an additional 1% each month you delay. Plus interest at 5%. So the sooner the better! If it’s not the first time you missed the deadline (April 30 or June 15) the penalties become even greater. Don’t panic; just call me or drop on by. Anni Markmann is a Tax Professional and owner of Ste Anne Tax Service. She lives, works, and volunteers in our community. Contact her at 204-422-6631, annimarkmann@mymts.net or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne.

Crash Claims Young Woman

More Than Just News! De Salaberry Collects E-Waste

An accident south of Steinbach on April 15 has claimed the life of 20-year old Miranda Friesen of Steinbach. The accident took place along Hwy 12, five miles south of Steinbach. Steinbach RCMP said that Friesen was the lone occupant of her 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo traveling northbound when she went out of control and swerved into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a semi truck. RCMP reported the highway was slippery, heavy with snow and slushy at the time of the collision. The driver of the semi, a 47-year-old man from Winnipeg, was not injured. There were no other persons or vehicles involved. Friesen leaves behind her parents, Dan and Trish Friesen, and two siblings, Angela and Nathan.

RM of De Salaberry residents have access to a new service now that they have received an E-Waste trailer. Residents can drop off any electronic waste free of charge at the new collection site. “We want to encourage residents to recycle electronic waste,” stated RM of De Salaberry Reeve Ron Musick. E-waste can be anything that has an electrical cord or is made of metal. Televisions, computers, cell phones, stereos, microwaves and power tools are just a few of the items being accepted. The RM of De Salaberry E-Waste trailer is located at the municipal landfill site. Once the items are collected, they will be shipped to Steinbach’s permanent e-waste location at Eastman Recycling for proper disposal.

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Ste. Agathe Daycare Opens in May

Manitoba’s Private Campgrounds Give Campers Freedom of Choice Manitoba’s private campgrounds are proud to have created oasis’ across the province with one single philosophy… create a place based on what their campers want and need to make their experience a memorable one. According to the Manitoba Association of Campgrounds and Parks (MACAP), privately owned and operated campgrounds set their own policies. “You certainly don’t need drinks to have a good time while camping,” says Dan Manaigre of the privately owned Lilac Resort located on the Trans Canada Highway east of Winnipeg, “but when you’re a responsible adult, having the option is nice.” Their policy includes the option to allow legal age campers the choice to bring alcohol into their park. “With the Provincial parks opting to be dry this May Long Weekend,” continues Manaigre, “we want to let

Southeast Manitoba privately owned campgrounds include:

Manitobans know that they do still have a choice. Not all campgrounds in the province have the same policies.” At GoRVingManitoba.com Manitobans can find a listing of privately owned campgrounds within the province. There is something for every type of camper, whether it is a family in search of a quiet getaway or a group of friends who want a responsible option to enjoy their weekend complete with a line-up of entertainment. “There really is something for everyone,” adds Agnes Gosselin of Debonair Campground, located outside St. Malo. “Debonair maintains its tranquility while still giving mature guests the right to enjoy a glass of wine by the campfire.” With Victoria Day weekend fast approaching, Manitobans are invited to start booking now. Each campground has its own guidelines, so it is advised that you confirm your plans at the time of your reservation.

Arrowhead RV Park – Ile des Chenes Cherry Hill Estate - Steinbach Cripple Creek Campground – Richer (east) Debonair Campground – St. Malo Lilac Resort & Waterslide Park – Ste. Anne Pine Tree Campground - Prawda Poplar Grove Campground - Richer

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Construction of a new daycare centre in Ste. Agathe is now complete and the facility will be opening for business in May. RM of Ritchot Councillor Jeannot Robert is pleased that the daycare is now complete, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers. “This is very important to our growing community,” said Robert. “It would not have happened without Patrick Saurette, Le Coin Magique and the school’s fundraising committee.” In total, volunteers raised nearly $200,000 including a $25,000 kick-start donation from Alissa Doan and the Ste. Agathe organizers who claimed victory in the province-wide Manitobaville competition in 2011. The new daycare centre, which is attached to Ecole Ste. Agathe School, has room for 8 infants and 24 preschool children. A June grand opening is being planned.

Pick Up and Walk Takes Place May 4 Over the past few weeks, the snow has been melting and communities are turning their focus to spring cleanup. As part of cleaning up the community the City of Steinbach is hosting their Annual “Pick up and Walk” community cleanup day on May 4. Initially the event was supposed to take place at the end of April but due to the amount of snow and water remaining in ditches and parks it was postponed. “It just won’t be dry enough so we pushed it back one week,” stated City of Steinbach spokesperson Grace Hiebert. “We are hoping to get even more volunteers out because of the date change.” Hundreds of volunteers have already signed up to help clean up the city now that spring is slowly emerging. Families, church groups, coworkers and friends are already committing to walk through the community picking up garbage along the streets, ditches and in the parks. Anyone interested in participating is asked to meet at the T.G. Smith Arena at 9 am. From there, volunteers will be dispatched in groups of 6-10 with supplies including maps, routes and garbage bags. Volunteers are encouraged to wear rubber boots, gloves and to dress for the weather. A lunch will be provided back at the arena for participants at noon. In the past, 800 to 1,200 volunteers have come out to participate in the annual “Pick up and Walk” event and collected an average of 8.59 tonnes of garbage in a matter of three hours.


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‘Run for Mom’ on Mother’s Day By Marianne Curtis On Mother’s Day, the sixth annual Run for Mom is taking place in Steinbach. Money raised during the one-day event will go toward Anna’s House, which offers programming designed to help mothers from throughout the region. The annual Run for Mom is a Steinbach and area community event that consists of either a five kilometres or ten-kilometre run or walk. Last year more than 600 people participated and over 100 volunteers lined the streets of Steinbach on a beautiful Mother’s Day afternoon. Greg Penner, event organizer, is looking forward to the event. “Run for Mom aims to be a high quality running event in Manitoba,” stated Penner. “Our purpose is to build and support the running community, promote healthy lifestyle choices for individuals and families, and support local charities.” Penner credits his experienced volunteers for the event’s ongoing success. “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 into our local area,” Penner continued. “Every aspect of our race has been looked at to try and ensure that everyone has the best experience possible. We are grateful to our volunteers who help pull this event off.” The Run for Mom is designed for participants of all ages and abilities. There is a 5 km run/walk, 10 km run, team race and kids run. Pre-registration is encouraged and cost for participation ranges from $15 for youth to $30 for an adult, dependant on length of the run, and date of registration. Family rates are available also. To register or find more information visit the event’s website at runformom.ca. Anna’s House is a family resource centre that is located in Steinbach but is dedicated to serving expectant mothers and families with children up to the age of five. Programs designed for children in each age group, along with resources, a library, car seat and breast pump lending programs, clothing, and nutrition programs are all offered at the facility to women from throughout the region. To register or find more information visit the event’s website at runformom.ca.

Ste. Anne Principal Receives Teaching Award By Marianne Curtis One of Seine River School Division’s principals was among a half dozen educators recently recognized by the province for their dedication to teaching. On April 18, Ste. Anne Collegiate and Ste. Anne Elementary principal Yvan St. Vincent was named as one of six educators recognized with an Excellence in Teaching Award. St. Vincent was nominated for the award by the staff. According to their nomination, he became principal of the Ste. Anne Complex at a time when the adjoining schools were facing many challenges with performance and behaviour, staff morale and the school’s reputation in the community. “I guess there was a negative sense in the buildings,” St. Vincent admitted, but he added that thanks to the great staff, they have been able to greatly improve the culture of the schools. “We’ve been extremely honest with staff and shared our struggles and our successes. We’ve been trying to build a family atmosphere. We’ve seen a lot of positive changes in both schools.” He was recognized for demonstrating excellence in leadership through his clarity of vision, his progressive ideas and his collaborative approach. Teachers from both schools were brought together into an effective and cohesive group that felt empowered and respected. Students were engaged in ways that improved the school climate while focusing on developing the academic, social and emotional skills that would allow them to succeed and thrive as learners. Parents and community leaders were invited to work collectively with educators to foster school pride and to strengthen the positive role of the school within the community. As part of the award, St. Vincent received a $500 cash award; in addition, $500 was given to the schools and will be used to buy library books.

New Trustees Elected in Seine River SD The Seine River School Division was joined by their two newest members after an April 8 by-election saw two out of four perspective candidates elected to the school division’s board of trustees. Wes Keating, from La Broquerie, and Jennifer Stefansson, of Lorette, were the successful contenders when voters took to the polls Stefansson, who is a chartered accountant, is confident that her skills as an accountant will benefit the school division and taxpayers. “I want to be an active, contributing member of our community who brings forth change where needed and can express an opinion for the members of the community which I represent,” stated Stefansson. “I am hoping to ensure the financial aspect set by the board is met in terms of meeting the needs of the community.” Retired reporter Wes Keating is also eager to get down to business. “I am optimistic that with the time I have spent covering school board meetings I will have a bit of a head start,” Keating stated. “I am sure I will have a little trouble adjusting to the responsibility because it was someone else who worried about those things.” In Ward 2, Stefansson defeated Denise Rocan 40 votes to 32 and in Ward 3 Keating came out ahead of Rose-Anne Weiss 54 votes to 50.

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Fact and Fiction A question that has been commonly asked is, “Is evolution fact or fiction?” If you were to ask most schoolteachers, museum curators and anthropologists, their answer would be without reservation. They would say evolution is definitely fact. It is taught to our young children in schools right down to the junior level. In museums are displays of archaeology and anthropology dated as millions and billions of years old. Try questioning those dates and see what kind of negative response you get. Our whole society seems to have been lulled into complacency on this issue. When you suggest the possibility of a young earth (less than 10,000 years of age), you are ridiculed and labelled a religious fanatic. They tell you to leave religion out of science related material because the two don’t mix. I am a Pastor but I am also a doctor of veterinary medicine. I have studied on both levels for over forty years. May I kindly suggest to you that Christianity (the Bible) and true science fit very well together if a person is open-minded enough to explore and accept the truth. Science is defined as the comprehension or understanding of truth or facts by the mind. True science can be proven by experimentally reproducing some given hypothesis. The results are seen by us or someone reputable whom we can trust. The problem with events that happened around the beginning of our world and universe, as we know it, is that we can’t reproduce them experimentally and the only Person around at that time that is trustworthy was God. The only Book that He has given us is His Word, the Bible. The Bible contains hundreds of proven scientific facts. In fact, the Bible has never been proven wrong on any scientific level. That should make it a trustworthy Book in other areas of so-called science that we can’t reproduce and prove. In fact, the Bible warns us about those who would oppose God. In I Timothy 6:20, it says,”…avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.” Religion is defined as any system of faith and worship. Christianity is a religion because God tells me He sent His Son to this earth 2,000 years ago to die for humankind. We can’t reproduce that event. Therefore, I must accept it by faith and worship Him. If a person is honestly looking at evolution, he will see multitudes of so-called facts of what happened billions of years ago (according to some) and can’t be reproduced. This must also be accepted by faith. In fact, it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does in the creation story in the Bible. The real reason man would rather put his faith in evolution is because he doesn’t like the alternative. It’s either evolution or God. If evolution is right, I create my own destiny. But, if God is right, then He created me and I become accountable to Him, and man doesn’t like to submit himself to God’s authority. That’s the real problem. If you are interested in more information on this issue, go to CreationOnTheWeb.com. So man worships and puts his faith in God or man worships and put his faith in evolution. You make the choice. David Millar has been involved with pastoral work for the past 22 years and is currently pastoring First Baptist Church in Steinbach. Any questions are welcomed and can be sent to dmillar@nlis.ca.

Grand Plans in Grande Pointe

The RM has hired AECOM Consulting to prepare a Secondary Plan for the Grande Pointe area, which will provide direction for future use of land and reflect the vision to develop a complete, interconnected community. Components of the plan may include transitioning Grande Pointe from private water/wastewater services to municipal infrastructure, the preservation of green space, active transportation including sidewalks, walkways and the interconnection of roadways as well as drainage and retention, environmental concerns and commercial development. Over the coming months the consultant will gather information from stakeholders including residents, landowners, developers, and commercial business operators. The municipality will hold an Open House during the second week of May for stakeholders to review the draft Secondary Plan. According to council, if all goes well, AECOM will present the final report to Council by the end of June. Check ritchot.com for more information.

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Fear When fear troubles my heart and soul, I know no other solution than to take it to the Lord in prayer. When I become frustrated and troubled I must learn to do what the Bible teaches and take it to the Lord in prayer and let the Holy Spirit bring peace and quietness to my troubled heart. It is no use pretending or acting as though all is well when not all is. I just cannot bring that gentle quietness to my own soul; it just will not work. That means, I must stop whatever scheme I have going in my mind and let the power of the Holy Spirit bring lasting, calming relief rather than rely on earthly devices that bring only short term relief. As Christians, we must learn not to fear all the twists and turns of this life that trouble us the wrong way. Rather, we should learn to continue with what we were originally inspired and motivated to do. Yes! There will be those who will try to hinder our work, but there will also be others who believe in what we are doing. Perhaps we might say that the fear of letting others down and failing in our mission would not be the best testimony for us. Fear is one luxury few of us can really afford. We must remember that God is always with us. Deuteronomy 20:2-4... 2) When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. 3) He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. 4) For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (NIV) Every Christian has been given the power to cope with life’s problems and the power to stand up in the face of the most soul-searing sorrows and monumental disappointments that are out there. The amazing thing that happens, when we are tested, is that we learn to put God first in our lives. Through testing, we are given the ability to understand the spiritual needs of other people. We must love the lost so much that we will not get lost in the noise of this world, nor allow our hearts to turn a cold shoulder to the needs of those who have never accepted Christ as their personal Saviour. That requires a certain measure of self-discipline. It means we have to take control of our emotions and not allow fear and panic to ruin our ministry. Let us strive to give it our very best in everything we do. In every situation give our best and leave the rest to God. After all, we believe that it is Christ alone who can keep us from being swept away, leaving the work to others. Fear is dreadful. To fear people or some looming event in the future is something we do not enjoy. Oh! Yes, we can talk and say how awful it is for people to live in fear, but until we experience fear ourselves, we really cannot talk to others, pretending to know what they are suffering. However, the fear of God, a reverential fear, is the very beginning of wisdom. If we believe that Jesus is the Christ, that He is the Son of God, and accept Him into our hearts, then we become children of God. That means we no longer need to fear our future, and we need no longer fear God as a future judge because He loves us with a perfect love. That perfect love eliminates all fear of God’s judgment. Instead, we will hear. His gentle voice in our heart, soft as an evening breeze, to assure us that each fault, each sin, has been forgiven. He will calm each fear, turn our attention to heaven so that we might enjoy every victory won, and think thoughts of holiness that come right from the heart of God. That is the privilege of serving God fearlessly, free from fear of failure and others and thereby making us holy and acceptable; ready to stand in His presence on the Day of Judgment, ready to serve Christ. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that peace, joy and happiness that will fulfill my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name.” Amen

May Book Sale for Sprague Housing From May 1 to 4, the Clearspring Centre will be bursting at the seams with used books when the East Borderland Community Housing Committee takes over the mall to host their fifth annual fundraising book sale. Elsie Laing, Chairperson for the East Borderland Community Housing project, said proceeds from the book sale would be added to the funds already raised by the group. The 4-day event is one of several fundraisers in the works over the summer to help raise money for a proposed personal care home in Sprague. The East Borderland Community Housing group hopes to raise about $3,500 during this year’s book sale. Over the past four years, about $14,500 has been raised during the event.


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Construction Nearly Complete at Ste. Anne Hospital By Marianne Curtis Patients waiting for surgery in the region will be pleased to know that the expansion of the surgical suite and ward at the Ste. Anne Hospital is in the final stages. It could be a matter of weeks before surgeries are once again being performed in the Ste. Anne Hospital. This comes after it was recently announced that the final changes on the $14.1 million project are nearly complete. For the past two years, surgeries normally conducted in Ste. Anne have been done in Steinbach to allow construction crews to renovate the existing hospital. The project expanded the facility’s size by 60 percent. Jo-Anne Marion, Director of Health Services, said they are hoping to be back in business in May. “Once the construction company turns over the facility to us, we will start looking at restocking and staffing in order to make it available for surgeries in the very near future,” stated Marion. “We would like to see that happen in June but it all depends on how quickly the turnover takes place.” The new facilities include two surgical suites, one room for endoscope procedures, a surgical recovery

Recovered Bikes to be Sold at Community Garage Sale After what has been a very long winter, signs of spring are starting to appear and spring activities are getting underway. For many this means it is time for spring cleaning, decluttering and disposing of unnecessary items. Each year the City of Steinbach provides residents the opportunity to sell their items at the Annual Community Garage Sale. This year’s event is taking place on Saturday, May 11 at the T.G. Smith Centre starting at 9:30 am. Not only will the sale provide residents an opportunity to sell off some of their items, but also the City of Steinbach is getting in on the action. All bicycles recovered over the past year will be sold to the public in the sale. If you would like to reserve a spot to sell your goods, the cost is $20 per spot. Contact Jason at 204-3466217 or email jpeters@steinbach.ca for more information.

unit, sterilizing room, family room, staff change rooms along with new electrical and mechanical space. The multi-million dollar project was expected to be complete by the end of 2012 but there were numerous delays pushing back completion by several months. “There were a lot of unforeseen circumstances that arose and delayed some of the timelines for this project,” Marion explained. Renovations also affected other areas of the hospital during the project. In November the Ste. Anne Hospital’s emergency room and

obstetrical services, along with the X-ray department and laboratory resumed operations after a temporary rerouting of services.

On June 2, the Midwinter Heritage Association is hosting a fundraising Coronation Garden Party with entertainment from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Margaret Feilberg, President of the Midwinter Heritage Association, said the group is trying to raise $10,000 to buy a small cottage that was once used as a teacherage on the site. “It is now being sold at a reasonable cost and funds are needed to buy it and have it moved from its present site in Hadashville to be placed back on its original foundation,” explained Feilberg. “It would be lost forever if Midwinter Heritage did not act now to raise funds to buy back the former teacher’s cottage.” Feilberg said the group is looking forward to the June event. “There will be prizes and great entertainment,” Feilberg invited. “Wear your fascinators, big hats or kilts - get into the mood!” Elenore Wieler and her husband Roland Patinaude plan to perform music from 1953. Other entertainers are invited to come forward with their instruments or to join a jam session. There will be sandwiches, tea and dainties. The Midwinter School Heritage Museum is used for many things including a drop-in-centre, as well as a community place, where school groups, bus tours, weddings, memorials, potlucks and farmer’s markets can be accommodated. Midwinter School Heritage Site is run entirely by volunteers. It is open by appointment for tours year round and regular hours are on Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 pm in July and August.

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St. Malo Pharmacy Officially Opens

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Fatality on Highway

May 2013

On April 27th at approximately 9:30 pm the Steinbach RCMP were called to a single vehicle rollover collision on Highway 210 near the community of Marchand. Investigation revealed a Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling west on Highway 210 when it suddenly lost control, rolling several times. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The deceased adult male is not being identified at this time pending notifications of next of kin. Two other adult passengers were inside the vehicle and sustained serious injuries, but were listed in stable condition at the hospital. Investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the collision but RCMP in a follow up release hinted that alcohol my have been a factor.

Municipalities Lose with Provincial Budget Madhavan Ravivarma and Chamber of Commerce President, Lorraine Jones Racine cut the ribbon on the storefront door.

The ribbon has been cut and business is taking off for the St. Malo Pharmacy. Residents residing in the community of St. Malo no longer have to travel long distances to get their prescriptions after a husband and wife team recently opened a new pharmacy in the community. Owners of the St. Malo Pharmacy, pharmacist Sheril Cyriac and her husband Madhavan Ravivarma officially opened the doors to the St. Malo Pharmacy with a ribbon cutting. “We want to provide the community with an independently owned neighborhood pharmacy that is accessible and affordable,” said Cyriac. She is also involved with teaching, training and mentoring graduates during the practice and licensing portion of their studies. St. Malo Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy that offers prescriptions and over the counter medications and is set up for online billing for all major insurance companies. Clients also have access to a blood pressure kiosk for use free of charge. To get an overview of all available services please visit them at stmalopharmacy.com.

Sprague Athlete Named Tri-Star On April 9, Matthew Brown of the Ross L. Gray Raiders basketball team in Sprague was named Tri-Star Rural High School athlete of the week. The 6’1" post player led his team to another Provincial “A” Basketball Championship title this year. Over the course of the season, Brown has averaged 23 points, 8 assists, and 9 rebounds a game. At this season’s provincial championships, he averaged 24 points a game and led his team in scoring. As a result he was selected Game Star in their semi-final, win. Jared Baines, coach for the Ross L. Gray Raiders, said that Brown has helped the team win four provincial titles. “I’ve had the tremendous pleasure of coaching this fine young man for the past four seasons,” stated Baines. “He is a quiet leader with an exceptional work ethic on and off the floor. He is one of the most consistent players that I have ever Matthew Brown coached.” Brown has been the captain of the Ross L. Gray Raiders for the past three years. The grade 12 student maintains a 90 percent academic average while also participating in cross-country and track and field. During the school year, the Manitoba High School Athletic Association names two students per week as Tri-Star Rural Athlete and Athlete of the Week. Students named Tri-Star Rural Athlete are chosen from all of the province’s high schools.

Local Doctor and Pharmacist Get National Awards Southern Health’s Vice President, Dr. Myron Thiessen, was recently awarded the Canadian Certified Physician Executive credential. According to Southern Health, the credential recognizes a high-level achievement of professional leadership for physicians. It is designed to recognize and advance leadership and excellence through a national, peer generated assessment process. Kyle Mac Nair, the region’s Director of Pharmacy, was recognized with the 2012 Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Manitoba Branch Merck Frost Achievement Award. This award was given out in recognition of outstanding achievement in health care pharmacy practice.


Amid the controversy of the province attempting to raise the PST to 8 percent without a referendum, mayors and reeves are feeling left out in the cold. Association of Manitoba Municipality’s (AMM) chairperson Doug Dobrowolski said that mayors and reeves were surprised by the increase. “The AMM has been lobbying for 1 percent of the existing PST to go directly to municipalities for infrastructure,” explained Dobrowolski. This would have given municipalities and cities $270 million in additional funds towards infrastructure. “Now the province is trying to take that tax for their own purposes; municipalities cannot win with this budget.” The province has promised that the additional money will go into provincial infrastructure; however, members of the AMM want to see money funneled into municipal infrastructure. Urban Eastern District Director, Chris Goertzen, called Budget 2013 assistance to municipalities “crumbs”. “We have a government that recognizes infrastructure is a challenge and yet doesn’t put money towards infrastructure that is in communities,” added Urban Eastern District Director Chris Goertzen. “Cities and municipalities need all the assistance they can get and both levels of government must work together to achieve this. We don’t see that in this budget.” The only positive noted in this budget is the removal of education taxes from seniors’ property taxes. “This is a baby step,” acknowledged Goertzen.


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The Benefits of Pruning Trees and Shrubs Pruning trees and shrubs is necessary to ensure they maintain their health and vigor. Trees and shrubs should be inspected annually to determine if they need to be pruned. Mature trees typically do not need to be pruned as frequently as young trees, which need pruning to establish branch structure. Trees and shrubs that go years without pruning can become overgrown and weak. In addition to promoting tree and shrub health, pruning pays a host of other dividends. * Pruning removes dead or diseased branches. Pruning helps a tree or shrub maintain its shape and vigor by removing broken, dead or diseased branches that can be unsightly and make it more difficult for the tree or shrub to stay healthy. When broken, dead or diseased branches are removed, trees or shrubs look healthier and add aesthetic appeal to a property. * Pruning trees and shrubs promotes growth of other plants. Trees and shrubs that go years without being pruned become overgrown, making it difficult for plants underneath or adjacent to them to grow in healthy. For example, grass beneath an overgrown tree might not get adequate sunlight, which it needs to establish strong roots so it can grow in lush and healthy. Pruning allows plants beneath the tree and shrub and even those next to the tree and shrub to grow in nicely. * Pruning can sometimes bring plants back to life. Shrubs that have gone years without being pruned can sometimes still be salvaged. In some instances, pruning such shrubs can restore natural and healthy growth. * Pruning reduces risk of accidents. Overgrown trees can interfere with power lines, increasing the risk of accidents and power outages. In addition, overgrown trees tend to have larger, weaker limbs, which can prove hazardous and cause property damage during storms. Pruning overgrown trees reduces the risk of such accidents. * Pruning can save money. Over time, overgrown trees might require professional assistance in order to be removed or pruned from a property. Homeowners who prune their trees as needed can save themselves the cost of a potentially pricey tree service. * Pruning adds curb appeal. A property littered with overgrown trees and shrubs hurts a home’s curb appeal, giving prospective buyers the impression that homeowners might have been careless with regard to maintaining the whole house and not just the lawn. But trees and shrubs that are pruned and well-maintained can add to a home’s curb appeal, something that goes a long way toward impressing prospective buyers.

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Cultivate an Herb Garden Many people cultivate gardens both inside and outside of their homes with a focus on adding aesthetic appeal to their property. But a garden that boasts plants that are edible and pleasing to the eye is a possibility as well. Planting an herb garden is a creative way to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of a wide variety of plants. Using fresh-harvested herbs in culinary endeavors imparts a taste that dried spices cannot match. What’s more, fresh herbs are often easy to cultivate. Herbs are versatile, capable of lending great flavor to foods while also playing different roles in personal health and beauty. Herbs can be grown to perfume homes and bodies. There are herbs that are also purported to help with ailments, from upset Many people like to plant basil when starting herb gardens. stomachs to anxiety. When planting an herb garden, you may the garden to establish long taproots. Until the weather warms up, you may want to begin herb want to pay particular attention to the types of flavors and smells you like in your home cultivation indoors and then transfer plants outside during the and cooking. This will help you to narrow summer. Basil, for instance, is a tropical plant that does well in down the types of herbs you will plant. Many warm conditions. Therefore, it will need to be kept away from would-be herb gardeners tend to start small drafts and get several hours of direct sunshine a day. Place to see what luck they have when cultivating most herb planters in a south-facing window of a home to ensure herbs. Fortunately, herbs can grow well in they get ample sunlight and to allow the soil to dry adequately containers indoors, provided the soil is between waterings. With many herbs, leaf production will diminish on any stems amenable and there is plenty of sunlight. Herbs will grow best in well-prepared soil. that flower. It is essential to pinch off flowers that form to Make sure that it is rich in organic matter encourage the herb plant to continue producing leaves, which and drains well. Also, for plants like parsley, are the parts of the plant most associated with seasoning and be sure to have deep pots or dig deeply in aroma.

Managing Difficult Yard Situations Many homeowners aim for a picture perfect lawn complete with rolling acres of soft, green grass. But Mother Nature may have other things in mind, providing homeowners with less-than-stellar growing conditions for their lawns, plants and other foliage. Frustration can mount when a yard is muddy, is especially shady or has soil that doesn’t seem to grow a thing. In such instances, homeowners may have to go the extra mile to get the yard they desire.

Irrigation issues

Improper drainage or low-lying areas in a yard may contribute to a muddy mess. Soil that is inhospitable for grass also may end up causing muddy patches because the grass simply does not grow. In some cases, remedying a muddy yard is easy and inexpensive. Some homeowners find that tilling the soil and amending it with a fiber mulch helps to absorb extra water and make the conditions better for lawn seeds to sprout. This also helps to aerate compacted soil that can hinder grass growth. Adding soil fill also may help to level lowlying areas that can be puddling. Some homeowners find that they need to do a little more work and spend some more money to fix irrigation issues. Installing a draining system or having the property sloped to draw water away can sometimes be done by a homeowner but is often best left to a professional. You may need to dig trenches, and the property may need to be regraded to make a difference.

Sandy soil

Grass and other plants may not grow well with sandy or clay soil. Again, amending the soil is one way to remedy the problem. Although it will take some work at the outset, amending the soil can improve conditions and reduce how much maintenance the lawn needs. Digging down several inches and adding nutrient-rich filler soil will help create conditions that are better for growing. Those who are interested in planting vegetables could opt for raised garden beds above the challenging soil.


Sometimes a yard is problematic because of the amount of sunshine it receives. Too much sunshine can scald certain grasses, while inadequate sunshine may result in bare patches where grass won’t grow. If cost is no object, removing or planting trees to establish better growing conditions could be an option. However, today there are many grass blends that are tailored toward specific sunlight scenarios. Homeowners may find that low-light blends will grow better in shady areas. For those who are finding no luck with grass blends, it may just be necessary to think creatively. Plant shade-loving plants, such as ferns or ground cover, where the grass won’t take. Design the landscape so it looks intentional. Flagstone and slate placed in certain areas also may mask temperamental growing areas. There are different options for managing various situations in the yard that can make growing lawn or other plants challenging. If projects are difficult, it could be smart to call in a professional. Shady situations may impede grass growth in a yard.

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Identifying Your Garden Preferences create natural points of color over a large area. Most plants are allowed to grow as they may. Those who like a dreamy ethereal feel to their gardens may be inspired by cottage designs, where generously filled borders overflow into a flower and foliage paradise. If you are more inclined to follow the rules and like an orderly Style of the home landscape, a parterre, or formal Landscaping designs often tie planting bed, may be more your into the architectural style of a style. When carefully pruned, box home. For example, an extensive hedging can show off symmetry Climate and conditions Asian-inspired garden complete and geometry in your space. The foremost consideration with koi pond and bonsai may Some people are more focused look odd in front of a log home. when planting a garden is the on the accents in their gardens Keep architecture in mind when climate where the garden will be planning a garden so the look of than the plants themselves. located. Planting items that are Modern architecture pairs well the home you present is cohesive not conducive to growing in with a contemporary style that and fits with the community and certain conditions can be blends minimalist accents and immediate vicinity. counterintuitive and a waste of easy-to-maintain plants. money and effort. Prospective Design preferences Although you can change gardeners must become familiar Are you a free spirit who doesn’t plants in your garden, investing in with the hardiness zones of their conform to convention with firm region prior to making any plans. boundaries? Or are you one who a garden that you will be happy with for a long time is a costly This will help you to determine likes order and things in their venture. You may want to consult which types of plants will thrive on place? Knowing what makes you a landscape architect or local your landscape. tick will help you to choose a nursery to find the plants and trees Once this is determined, gardening style that will be easier that fit with your design and examination of the soil and to maintain and also make you lifestyle. These experts can also conditions on the property is also feel comfortable. For example, instruct you in how to maintain all helpful. Taking this step will help prairie-style planting or wildflower of your hard work and when to identify any plant deterrents, such gardens are dramatic ways to expect the full impact of your new landscape to take form. Homeowners can browse ideas for gardens in magazines and online, but ultimately it will be up to their personal design preferences and the climate where their home is located to determine Landscape fabrics are used to prevent weed growth while still which garden will look and grow allowing air, oxygen and water to flow to and from the soil. Landscape best. A field of Black Eye Susan flowers may be someone’s idea of the perfect garden. fabrics are a chemical-free way to prevent weed growth, endearing them to eco-friendly homeowners. Landscape fabrics, once laid, also are a far less labor-intensive method to prevent weed growth, as they can be effective for several years, during which homeowners can expect to perform little or no maintenance. In addition, many homeowners prefer landscape fabrics because they can help the soil effectively maintain moisture during dry periods, when gardens might otherwise be highly susceptible to drought. Once put down, landscape fabric can be covered with mulch to add aesthetic appeal. A personal garden is only limited by the constraints of a person’s imagination. The vast array of plants and flowers available from all over the world can turn anyone’s yard into a melange of functional spaces. When designing a garden, many homeowners do not know where to begin. Much like decorating the interior of a home, how a garden landscape is executed depends on various factors.

as poor soil quality and pH as well as any pests that may impede plant growth. lush tropical plants are not going to thrive outdoors in our climate. Therefore, even if you desire a Mediterranean look, you may have to settle for something that works better with your landscape conditions.

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May 2013


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Steinbach Healthy Eating Cooking Classes at South East Helping Hands - Free Cooking classes on Thursday May 2 from 11 am to 1 pm , Thursday May 16 from 5 pm to 7 pm and May 30 from 11 am to 1 pm. Enjoy a meal with other community members as you EMAIL YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT TO EDITOR@DAWSONTRAIL.CA OR FAX 204-422-8548 learn how to plan and prepare healthy meals on a budget. Contact Carol Vogt Funk at 204-326-2599 or email East Braintree southeasthelpinghands@gmail.com to register. Spring Craft & Vendor Sale On Sunday, May 5 from 11 am – Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation- On Sunday June 2, 60 years to the day that the Queen’s Coronation 4 pm at Niverville Heritage Centre. Free Admission. Contact Spring Fling Social – On Saturday, May 4 at 8 pm Steinbach took place; we will be hosting a Garden Party with Kristina, kkgerbrandt@gmail.com. Legion fundraiser at the Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber entertainment from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Garden Avenue. Tickets $12.50 ea. Contact Bob at 204-346-0085, Blood Donor Clinic – On Monday, May 6 to donate blood from Party runs from 11 am to 4 pm. Contact 204-426-5510 or 2044-8pm at the Niverville Heritage Centre. Contact1-888-2- Kerry at 204-326-3266 or Ernie at 204-326-2478 or at All D’s 287-2316 Restaurant and Lounge. Night lunch served. Everyone is DONATE (1 888 236 6283). welcome to attend. Friedensfeld Niverville Dog Adoption Fair FURever Homes 2 – On Saturday, Celebrate the Arts’… Broadway Style – On Friday, May 3 at Women’s Networking AGM – On Wednesday, May 8 10 starting 6:30 pm at the Friedensfeld Hall. Join us for an exquisite May 11 from 12 – 4 pm at the Niverville Arena, Curling Rink at 5:30 at Raylene’s Wellness Spa Provincial Highway 210, 5.7 evening fundraising gala in support of the Arts. Call for tickets and Grounds. Manitoba’s largest dog adoption event. If you km south of Ste. Anne, 911 marker #42099. Contact to register are thinking about getting a dog, there will be over 12 rescues 204-346-1077. with dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds. These dogs will be up 204-422-6234. Footloose Dance- On Friday, May 10 a Teen dance for ages for adoption and looking for a FURever home. There will be Flea Market, Craft and Bake Sale – On Saturday, May 11 a 11-17 from 7-11 pm. Parents can drop off their kids to a safe displays of pet products and services from as far away as the fundraiser for the Legion Ladies Auxiliary at the Legion UK and Bronx New York. There will be dog drill team shows, environment where there is no alcohol/smoking permitted Community Hall from 9 am - 4:30 pm. Table rental $25 ea. ask the vet, ask a trainer and dog obedience demos. and adult supervision. We will be making a major Contact Christie at 204-326-9692. Variety of vendors with announcement at the dance, come to find out more exciting handcrafted baby quilts and children’s clothing to home-based news. $10 ea - 1 free drink and snacks. Coat and jacket check. Niverville Old Tyme Country Fair – On Friday, June 7 – 8. businesses such as Sunset Gourmet foods and Green Oak Farms Summer kick-off event. Food, fun, fabulous fireworks and Contact 204-371-5950 or email dana_kihn@hotmail.com. fantastic entertainment at a family-friendly street festival. products, Auxiliary has freshly baked pies, perogies and other treats at their baked table and canteen. Contact 204-392-2284. Grunthal Grunthal Meals Committee - seeking volunteers for committee, Run For Mom 2013 - On Sunday, May 12 from 3 – 5 pm on Friday, May 3 at 238 Park St., Positions available are Chair, Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. starting at the TG Smith Arena a running event for individuals, Wednesday mornings from 9:30 11:30 am located in the Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Community families and support local charities, for all abilities and ages. Representative. Consider submitting your name or that of a lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62 4th Avenue S.). Register today for either the 5KM Run/Walk, 10KM Run, Team colleague to the nominating committee for review. Contact Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along Race, or Kids Run. Contact runformomteam@gmail.com. with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms Carrie Bilawchuk, Community Resource Coordinator Steinbach visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. 55 Plus 204-320-4604 or email crcssinc@mymts.net. Blood Donor Clinic – On Thursday, May 23, donate blood from 2 - 8pm at the Steinbach E.M.C. Church, 422 Main Street. Roughstock Riding School - On Friday, May 17 and Saturday, Prawda Contact 1-888- 2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283). Circuit 30 Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool May 18 at the Hanover Ag Grounds. Providing safe instruction down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean in bareback riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries MS Walk - On Sunday, May 26 Riding and Bullfighting, from Beginner to Intermediate levels. runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost: $2/class Mondays starting at 4 pm at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School Space limited to 12 per event. Cost $200. and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact lace up your shoes and walk for those who have multiple Wendy 204-348-2433. Curtis@hanoverag.com sclerosis. Bring family, friends and co-workers or start a team. Contact Barb 1-800-268-7582. High School Rodeo - The MHSRA comes back to the Hanover Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at Ag Grounds for two days of full event Rodeo. High school the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks Battle of the Bands – On Thursday, May 30 at 5 pm at Bumpers students competing in timed events, rough stock riding, and provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. on 52, 375 North Front Drive a Showdown for emerging artists! racing events. From Sunday, May 19 - Monday, May 20 at 11 The winner will go on to play at the Summer in the City Festival. am. With a Jackpot Gymkhana on Saturday at 7 pm., Admission Richer Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Contact 204-346-1077. is just $8 per day. Children 10 and under are free. Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating Steinbach & Area Garden Club Members Only Annual Shopping Hadashville Night- On Monday, May 20 hosted by Sunshine Greenhouse. Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Hadashville grades 8 and 12. Children Under 14 must be accompanied by A 20% discount on your purchases this night only. Contact Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre) from 6 years an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open Anne at 204-326-2396. at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club in Richer. MGCC License old to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new skills, great # BI/BO4164. Contact: Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or email stress release and have an excellent workout at the same Spring on the Farm and Tractor Show– On Monday, May 20 at time. Cost after registration fee is $40/month per person. Ask doreen@spmf.ca. the Mennonite Heritage Village from 10 am – 5 pm. Celebrate about 2 week free trial. Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or espring a the Mennonite Heritage Village with a tractor parade, St. Adolphe mail KSTA.academy@gmail.com. The St. Adolphe Couvent/PCH Historical Book Committee - tractor games, pioneer demonstrations and delicious publishing a bilingual book about the St. Adolphe Couvent Mennonite food. Kleefeld Minor Soccer – Starts Monday, May 6 at the Recreation Centre rebuilt as a Personal Care Home. The Committee is looking for Steinbach & Area Garden Club - Spring Plant Sale at Clearspring on Mondays and Wednesdays. Early registrations accepted if stories, pictures and related documents when it was a Convent Centre. From Friday, May 24 – Saturday, May 25. and school for local students and boarders. We are looking for fees paid in full. $20.00 (covers a T-shirt and wind-up. Volunteers required for coaches and referees. Short soccer information from family and friends of former residents of the The Relay For Life –Cancer Research Fundraiser for the clinic will be held for all coaches on Thursday, May 2 at the Personal Care Home and former employees. Contact and Canadian Cancer Society. Register by Friday, May 31 to enter receive a questionnaire Rhéa Trudeau 204-883-2181 or send Kleefeld Recreation Centre. Contact Dave Dueck 204-377-4177 a team for the Steinbach Relay for Life, contact 204-320-1933 information to St. Adolphe PCH Heritage Group Book 420 Main or Mike Peladeau 204-377-4808. or email steinbachrelayforlife@gmail.com. Community teams St. St. Adolphe, Manitoba R5A 1B7. take turns walking, running, or strolling around a track in an Community Playgroup - for parents, caregivers and children overnight, non-competitive event. St. Pierre-Jolys ages 0-5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and Rat River Quilt Show – On Saturday, May 11 from10 am 4 pm snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld at St-Pierre-Jolys Rec. Centre Hall 545 Hebert Ave. Rat River Lions Club Car Show – On Sunday, June 2 starting at 10 am Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 377-5013. Quilting Guild, over 100 displayed quilted items, Rainbow the Mennonite Heritage Village. Come see antique and Auction, Mini-Market, Coffee and Lunch available, Raffles on restored show vehicles displayed on our village street. La Broquerie Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé hand-made quilts and People’s Choice Awards. Admission Bethesda Auxiliary Weekly Book Sale - Weekly book sale, from Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Offers services and $2. Contact 204-433-7449 or celinesh@mymts.net. every Tuesday. Cost is 50 cents each. Contact Verna Thiessen programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility 204-326-3028 at the Clearspring Centre (across from Blue Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Depression support equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home Notes). th group meetings held on the 4 Tuesday of every month at 7 maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, the E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource pm. Located at the Health Corner DeSalaberry Hospital. Contact Adult Book Club - Tuesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Bring book Coordinator Juliette Rowan at 424-5285 or Judy Dunn 444-5228. suggestions or peruse our book lists. Meet some other book labseinerss@gmail.com. lovers too and bring a friend. At the Jake Epp Library 255 Ste. Anne Shopping Trips - Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday Elmdale St. Contact Tracey Pankratz 204-326-6841 of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Purses Symposium - On Wednesday, May 8 – Friday, May 10, programming@jakeepplibrary.com. Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, leaving at from 12:30 to 2pm. At the Salon Margerite d’Youville Villa Youville 210 Central Ave. Prizes will be awarded at 1 pm on 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Friday, May 10. Entrants have submitted an original purse with Ladies Get Fit Classes - Sponsored by Eastman Immigrant personality and attitude. Contact Carmelle Bernard 204-422- Services, every Wednesday at 7:15 pm at the Woodlawn School Lorette gym. Aerobic, circuit training, weights, mats and stretching Bibliothèque Taché Library Building Fund - The Lorette 5624 ext. 234 exercises. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Register Marketplace at11 Laramee Dr. will donate 5% of all gift contact Lois 204-346-6609. Bibliothèque Ste. Anne Library Used Book Fundraiser – Sale grocery cards sold. Cards can be obtained from Bibliothèque Taché Library (Cash & Cheque Only) or at Lorette of huge selection of used book proceeds will be used towards Hockey For Seniors (60+) - One hour of fun, exercise, Marketplace on Thursday, May 16 at 10 am or Saturday, May new library books. For further information call Mona at 422friendship at the Steinbach Arena on Mondays from 10:30 9958 or drop in at the library at 16 Rue de l’Église. Cost of 25 at 10 am. 11:30 am. Contact Bob Barrow, 204-392-3596, books $1-$5. bob.r.barrow@gmail.com or Darrell Delong, 204-371-0229, Mitchell djdlong@mymts.net. Breakfast and Social - every Tuesday morning, 7:30 - 9:00 am Seine River Services for Seniors – Invite all seniors interested in the Wii Bowling game to come, try it out, and have fun. except the last Tuesday of the month when the social is held Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of instead. Lunch starts at noon at the Mitchell and Area Seniors Monday afternoons, at Le Club Jovial. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5575 Community Resource Coordinator for local Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop Centre. Contact 204-326-6944. personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com. others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges New Bothwell through new experiences; develop leadership and decisionSte. Geneviève Bothwell Wine and Cheese – On Saturday, June 1, at the New Bothwell Recreation Centre. Bothwell wine and cheese event Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library at the Community making skills; give service to the community; value the natural highlights a variety of cheeses from our own factory paired with Centre on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 environment. wines from around the world. We look forward to seeing you - 8 pm. Selection of books in both French and English, all ages. Over 21,000 books including audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, Green Drinks South Eastman - South Eastman Transition there. Contact 204-371-1325. large print books and magazines plus they can import books Initiative presents Green Drinks South Eastman. On the 3rd from any library in Manitoba. Special requests can be made to Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at LBees, 5-275 Main St. Grab Niverville Freecycle Event – On Saturday, May 4 put your give-aways out the librarian, Brandi Schmitz at 204-878 - 9488, a coffee and discuss sustainable living. Contact rebecca_hiebert@yahoo.com. bibliotachelibrary.com or in person. on the curb for anyone to pick up for free.

Dawson Trail Dispatch Seniors (60 +) Shinny Drop-in Hockey - every Monday from General 10 -11 am at Centennial Arena. Contact Bob Barrow at 392- The Super Start Program, A Healthy Baby program with the 3596 or email bob.r.barrow@gmail.com. Southern Regional Health Authority. Program for pregnant women and families with infants up to one year of age. Sessions The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon at include song and rhyme time, discussions and games on topics Steinbach 55 Plus Centre. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. related to healthy babies and healthy moms. Door prizes, nutritious snacks and milk coupons for all participating Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family expectant moms or mothers who have babies up to six months and friends of people with mental health issues are held the of age. Contact: Terry from Super Start at 346-7021 or just drop 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East in. building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email Blumenort - EMC Church on Thursday May 2 and June 6 at 10 am – 12 pm eastmanmss@mts.net Niverville - Community Fellowship Church on Tuesday, May 14 MS Monthly Self-Help group meeting - for people living with and June 11 at 10 am - 12pm multiple sclerosis. The group meets on the second Thursday Ste. Anne - Dayspring Fellowship Church on Thursday, May 9 evening of each month from 6 - 7 pm at Fernwood Place and June 13 at 10 am – 12 pm apartments. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Kleefeld – Mitchell Community Fellowship on Thursday, May Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 or email 23 and June 27 at 10 am – 12 pm St. Malo -St. Malo School on Wednesday, May 15 and June 19 nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. at 10 am – 12 pm MS Lunch Group- on fourth Thursday of every month, from 12 St. Pierre-Jolys - St. Pierre Health Corner on Thursday, May 16 – 1 pm at the Village Green Restaurant. Contact Nadine Konyk, and June 20 at 10 am – 12 pm Rural Client Services Coordinator 326-1434 or email Ste. Agathe - Community Hall Centre on Tuesday, May 21 and June 18 at 10 am – 12 pm nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. Lorette - Seine River Church on Tuesday, May 28 and June 25 Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support at 10 am – 12 pm groups - for persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, Mitchell - Fellowship Church on Thursday, May 23 and June 27 bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. at 10 am – 12 pm Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Jake Epp Grunthal - Family Hut South Oaks School on Tuesday, June 4 at 10 am – 12 pm Library from 7 – 9 pm. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. Information and Support Sessions Free monthly bus trips to the casinos of Winnipeg for a fun day The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Auxiliary - meets on the at the Casinos. Pick up in Steinbach at 8:30 am, Ste. Anne and first Tuesday of every month except for the months of July and Paradise Village at approximately 9 am. Must be 18 years of August at the Bethesda Hospital. We welcome anyone age or older. Prizes and $10 cash for everyone. Bingo on the interested in auxiliary work. Contact Verna Thiessen at 326- bus. Call Marilyn at 204-326-4939 for date information and to reserve your bus seat. Next scheduled trips Tuesdays, May 21 3028. and June 11. Steinbach and Area Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Magnolia Restaurant. Contact 204-326-2313. Carillon Toastmasters - meetings are open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursday evenings starting at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale Street, Contact Doreen 204-326-7525. Steinbach AA 12 Step Recovery Program - Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7 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 346-0413. Vita Vita Area Farmers’ Market - “Make, Bake or Grow” organizational Meeting for Old and New Vendors on Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm at the RM of Stuartburn, Board Room. Contact Justina Hop, Woodmore W.I. 204-427-2708 or Sandra Maxymowich, Secretary Treasurer 204-425-3569. Whiteshell Raging Rivers Guided Hike – On Saturday, May 4 from 1 - 3 pm from Nutimik Lake Campground (meet at start of bridge trail). A 4 km hike to see the falls and discover the animals that need this river to survive and the dangers they face. Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary - Open starting Friday, May 17 Monday, May 20 from 10 am – 6 pm to welcome the return of nesting Giant Canada Geese. Take in the sights and sounds of the sanctuary as you enjoy complimentary coffee, go on a scavenger hunt or hike our 2.5 km trail around the Goose Pond. You may even get to see newly hatched goslings. Contact Brock Houndle, Senior Park Interpreter 204-369-3157 or email Brock.Houndle@gov.mb.ca. A Night at the Museum – On Saturday, May 18 at the Natural History Museum, located on PR 307 at Nutimik Lake. Contact Brock Houndle, Senior Park Interpreter 204-369-3157 or email Brock.Houndle@gov.mb.ca. Evening With the Birds – On Sunday, May 19 at the Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary, located on PTH 44. Contact Brock Houndle, Senior Park Interpreter 204-369-3157 or email Brock.Houndle@gov.mb.ca. UFO Hike – On Monday, May 20 at Falcon Lake. Contact Brock Houndle, Senior Park Interpreter 204-369-3157 or email Brock.Houndle@gov.mb.ca Winnipeg District Schools Heritage Association Inc - On Saturday, May 11, Commemorate the centennial of 4 of the schools Barkfield, Carruthers, Sarto, Slawna, Tiny Creek, and Willow Plain Schools. Bud, Spud, and Steak/Chicken Dinner from 5 -8 pm at the Area Club Room, CanadInns, 1792 Pembina Hwy near Bishop Grandin Blvd. Tickets $20 ea. All welcome. An 85-pg publication with the pioneers and earliest descendants of the Barkfield, Pansy, Sarto, and Trentham areas is assembled at $20 per copy. Contact Paul 204-667-4811 or Helen 204-453-4041 or hfeniuk@hotmail.com. Woodridge ATV Awareness Day 1st Annual – On Saturday, May 25 from 10am - 5pm at Woodridge Community Hall. Free admission. Dealers promote and explaining safe riding practices and demonstrating proper use of safety riding equipment. To participate contact the event coordinator Gary Gebhardt 204-429-3276, rebelrunner@live.com.

Tazz to Perform at Out of the Blue Gala

Southern Health’s Regional Suicide Prevention Committee is ecstatic over the success of its third “Out of the Blue Campaign”. On May 8, the organization is hosting the “blue gala” where schools, communities and individuals will be recognized for doing their bit in raising awareness about suicide prevention. Organizer Alana Hall said everyone is invited to attend the event, which will showcase several creative entries from the region. “There were different activities at different schools,” Hall explained. “The youth got involved and were empowered to teach others with information we provided.” The organization visited schools in Sprague, Landmark, Grunthal, St. Pierre-Jolys and Steinbach. “All five schools put on their own blue day and they are all unique and awesome,” Hall added. One of the schools in Landmark made blue fortune cookies with health tips inside. The 55 Plus Centre in Steinbach also got involved by doing activities in every category and ran an activity every day for a week. The Southern Health’s Regional Suicide Prevention Committee was busy during the month of April 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 where it is needed most. The Out of the Blue Gala, which takes place May 8 at the Friedensfeld Hall, will celebrate all the schools and participants with a dinner, awards presentation and performance by comedian Big Daddy Tazz. To register or RSVP contact 204346-6691 or email outoftheblue@sehealth.mb.

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Hockey Tournament Hosted by Chamber

The Tetrault family came out on top as the A-Side Winners.

The 24th annual St. Malo Chamber of Commerce Family Fun hockey tournament was held March 15-17 at the St. Malo arena. The annual event attracted several family teams from the community and beyond. Players of all ages joined forces on the ice and kept spectators on the edge of their seats. According to Chamber of Commerce President Lorraine Jones Racine, the annual event was a huge success. “Thanks to the many volunteers who helped out, to the fans for attending and especially to the players who skated their hearts out each and every game,” stated Racine. “It was a great tournament.” The A-Side winners were the Tetrault family and the B-Side winners were the MaynardGosselin Family. The Gauthier-Lambert Family was declared C-side champions and the Collette family was named D-Side champions.

Truck Was Used in Armed Robbery Steinbach RCMP continue to investigate the armed robbery with a firearm, of a business located on 1st Street in Steinbach that occurred back on January 3. Police have confirmed the truck used in the armed robbery and have captured photographs of the vehicle just prior to the robbery. Investigation has confirmed that this truck was stolen from Morris between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm just a few hours prior to the robbery. Police have not recovered this truck and are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the same. If you have any information in regards to the above, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Bike Helmet Law Comes into Effect On May 1, all cyclists under the age of 18 will be required by law to wear a bike helmet. According to the new law, everyone under the age of 18 will be required to wear a bike helmet while cycling, riding as a passenger or pulled by a bike. To make helmets more affordable the province has removed the PST from helmets. Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux said the new law is part of the province’s commitment to promoting safe active transportation. “It’s encouraging to see more Manitobans choosing the bicycle as a mode of transportation and recreation,” said Lemieux. “Wearing a helmet while cycling can reduce the chance of serious head and brain injury by more than 85 percent in the event of a crash.” Under the Highway Traffic Act, tickets can be issued to parents or guardians who fail to ensure their children comply with the new law. Offenders 14-18 will be fined directly. These fines can be waived if a bicycle helmet safety course is taken. The course includes a new bike helmet video and questions related to bike helmet safety. If the course is completed, the ticket will be dismissed. The new law affects all cyclists including rural areas. A program is already in effect that provides bicycle helmets to all children five years old at no cost.

May 2013


La Broquerie Coach Nominated for Award A baseball coach from La Broquerie may not have won an award but to his community he is still a worthy nominee. Michel Fournier was named as one of two finalists for the Vince Leah – Active Start/Fundamental Award at the recent 2013 Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards. Named Grassroots Coach of the Year for Baseball Manitoba in 2012, Fournier has been coaching for seven years in La Broquerie Minor Baseball. Fournier was nominated because of his dedicated connection to his players and their parents. Through this connection and with his passion for baseball, Michel strives to pass along the values of respect, sportsmanship and compassion to his players, according to his nomination. His dedication to coaching and mentoring has effectively enabled many of his athletes to move up to AAA status at the Pee Wee and Bantam levels, all the while expecting them to show respect in competition both in victory and defeat at all times. Through his skill, dedication and love of baseball Fournier was recognized as a true inspiration to his athletes, earning him much respect and admiration in the baseball community. The Vince Leah – Active Start/Fundamental Award was presented to Sheena Reed, with Artistic Gymnastics from Flin Flon.

RCMP Ask Public to Help Track Stolen Items On April 4 shortly after 9 am St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP were called and advised of an overnight break and enter at a residence on Provincial Road 206 (Lorette area) in the RM of Tache. Investigation has revealed that the culprit(s) gained entry to the garage and stole four 9.9 outboard motors, 2 remote control trucks, and one remote control boat, a red 2009 Honda TRX 420 Quad, 1 white Polaris Dragon 120 snowmobile, tow hunting bows (one Mission Craze and one Bow Madness) and a chain saw. Police estimate the value of the items stolen at about $20,000. If anyone has any information on this crime, they are asked to contact the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP at (204)433-7433. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or manitobacrimestoppers.com, or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


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May 2013

St. Malo Students Pay Tribute to Earth Day

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Ritchot Takes Spring Flood Precautions Recent reports predict flood levels may be between 2009 and 2011 levels, so Ritchot is taking precautionary measures. “We currently have 200,000 sandbags on hand,” said Councillor Elmer Hywarren, a member of the emergency and flooding committee. “Residents can obtain sandbags free of charge from the Emergency Centre by calling the sandbag line at 204-6190414. As always, they will need to purchase their own sand to fill the bags.” The Province has informed Ritchot that Courchaine Road between St. Mary’s Road and Red River will be closed for much of the spring, until the floodway control gates are no longer in use. For residents needing assistance, the Ritchot Emergency Centre is now open and can be contacted at the Inquiry Line at 204-883-2147 or email ritchotemergcoor@hotmail.com, and follow them on Twitter at @Ritchot2013.

On April 22, students from the St. Malo School entertained the Chalet Malouin residents with their first annual ‘Trashion Show’. To pay tribute and celebrate Earth Day the students put on a fashion show for residents, with the help of Epic/Smile. Students constructed outfits out of reused or recycled materials found around the home then put on the special fashion show for the residents.

Ritchot Buys Lagoon Land The RM of Ritchot is one-step closer to expanding the Ile Des Chênes lagoon after recently purchasing property for the project. Council recently accepted an offer from

Sandra Motkaluck to sell land to the RM of Ritchot for expansion of the community’s lagoons. The RM of Ritchot has agreed to pay $450,000 plus taxes for the 40-acre parcel along Habitant Road out of general reserve. Over the past few years, the community of Ile Des Chênes has seen significant growth. The creation of several new residential subdivisions, construction of nine apartment and condominium complexes, plus an industrial park complete with a strip mall has forced the municipality to expand the lagoon.

Grow Op Raided! On April 9 just after 9:30 am, the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP and the RCMP “D” Division Drug Section executed a CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) search warrant at a residence on a rural property in the RM of Tache. A search of the residence and garage revealed a multi-stage grow operation. Police located just over 1,200 marihuana plants, sophisticated growing

equipment, two large generators, and a quantity of Canadian currency. A 38-year-old male and a 31-year-old female were arrested without incident at the location. Both are facing charges of Production of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, and

Possession of the Proceeds of Crime. Both have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear in Winnipeg Provincial Court on June 27. The RCMP continues to combat the trade of illegal marihuana, and to eliminate the risks that grow operations pose to communities.