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Election Battle Heats Up in Provencher By Marianne Curtis The last few weeks have been exciting as the federal government muddles its way through a number of scandals. These issues have surfaced locally as candidates hit the streets vying for votes in the upcoming by-election. On November 25, Provencher residents will head to the polls to elect a new member of parliament to replace recently retired Vic Toews. Four candidates have been pounding the pavement including Ted Falk (Conservative), Terry Hayward (Liberal), Natalie Courcelles Beaudry (NDP) and Janine Gibson (Green Party). At the door or in public, each candidate has faced a barrage of questions and concerns ranging from immigration, debt, justice, to overall transparency. It is no secret that Provencher has had a strong Conservative following in recent years. In the last Federal election, Vic Toews clobbered his opponents when he captured over 70 percent of the total votes cast despite the fact that only 62 percent of the 62,180 voters went to the polls. However, in light of recent issues coming from Ottawa the tide may be turning for voters as the Liberals gain popularity in the national polls and locally. Terry Hayward, Liberal candidate, said he wants Provencher residents to consider the by-election like a referendum. He believes that even though the federal election is still two years away, voters from our area have an opportunity to send a clear message. “We can make sure we have a clear voice in Ottawa. Our economy is not in good shape. We’ve seen mismanagement of debt, deficit financing and taxes keep going up here and there. It’s catching [up] to middle class families,” stated Hayward. “We also have to talk about transparency and openness. We are right in the middle of issues raised at the Senate. People are paying attention.” Conservative candidate Ted Falk is coming into the polls confident that the

successes of his predecessor will pave the way to a win despite the growing issues plaguing the federal conservatives. “This by-election is about continuing the strong record of jobs and growth in Provencher. It’s about keeping taxes low and keeping our streets and communities safe,” stated Falk. Even a visit by Federal leader Justin Trudeau failed to shake his confidence. “We’ve had many constituents tell us as we’ve travelled around the riding that they’re looking forward to again supporting the Conservative Government in this next byelection. NDP candidate Natalie Courcelles Beaudry is ready to put up a fight for bilingualism. “I am very aware of what is going on and

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Provencher residents are encouraged to head to the polls in the first byelection called within the constituency in over 100 years. The day of the byelection is Monday, November 25, with advanced polls beginning on Friday, November 15, then continuing on Saturday, November 16 and Monday, November 18. Advanced polling stations for the by-election are open between 12 - 8 pm, on November 15, 16 and 18. Election Day polls open 8:30 am and close at 8:30 pm. Voters can also vote via a special mail-in ballot, which can be applied for online, downloaded from the Elections Canada website or picked up from the Returning Office. The last time a Provencher member of parliament was elected in a by-election was in 1889 when AlphonseAlfred-Clement Lariviere was elected to the House of Commons with 797 votes.

what people are looking for in Provencher and our Conservative government has not been representing the needs of all Manitobans nor the needs of the province,” said the former assistant to Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemiuex. “I feel that the federal NDP have the best intentions at heart, and Provencher, which is historically francophone, should be represented by a francophone.” A contender in several previous elections, Green Party Candidate Janine Gibson has also seen a consistent growth in support coming from the area. “It is important the Provencher voters elect someone that will respect them as well as the institution of Parliament,” stated Gibson. “I’m concerned that people are getting turned off by politics, that they feel isolated from it, that politicians are not being respectful of the institutions that they are part of and respectful of the everyday needs of people.” A recent Global research poll released October 21 showed that Falk led with 56 percent to 29 percent for Hayward of the Liberals, another strong showing for the party (they had 7 percent here in 2011). The NDP followed with just 9 percent, while the Greens were at 6 percent.

Right: Conservative candidate Ted Falk is the owner of a successful heavy construction company that employs more than 75 people. For the last 16 years, Ted has also served as President and Board Chair of the Steinbach Credit Union, the largest credit union in Manitoba with more than $4 billion in assets. Ted and his wife Irene have been married for 32 years and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Left: Natalie Courcelles Beaudry is a proud New Democrat dedicated to serving her community. Active in politics from a young age, she first got involved in 1999 and has worked for the Manitoba provincial NDP government for the last three years. As a proud francophone, Natalie has always been active in the fight to protect the unique francophone culture in Manitoba. Born and raised in Manitoba, Natalie lives in Lorette with her husband and three children.

Above: A public servant with the Government of Canada for more than three decades, Liberal Candidate Terry Hayward worked for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, as well as serving as a member of our Foreign Service in Washington, DC and Wellington, New Zealand, promoting Canada’s interests internationally. Terry and his wife live on a family farm in the RM of Springfield where they raised two sons and now enjoy the daily company of two grandchildren. Left: An author, educator and public speaker, Green Party Candidate Janine is an organic crop, livestock and process inspector, teaching and inspecting throughout Canada and the U.S. A Past President of Canadian Organic Growers and the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba-COG, Gibson was the recipient of the 2007 Manitoba EcoNetwork Environment Award and a Rural Community Food Champion recipient from Food Matters Manitoba. A mother and grandmother, Janine lives off grid, using solar and wind power, on a small mixed farm between Sarto and Pansy Manitoba.


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Roadblocks Made for Policing in Landmark and Lorette The RM of Tache and community of Lorette are hoping to see a greater police presence in the community after a recent public meeting. According to Mayor Bill Danylchuk, about 100 residents attended a public forum to discuss policing issues with representatives from the RCMP D Division, St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP and Department of Justice. “We are trying to set up policing in the communities of Landmark and Lorette,” stated Danylchuk. “We did have Prairie Bylaw Enforcement at one point but that was withdrawn by the province.” The RM of Tache would like to see the RCMP set up a detachment in Lorette. Currently the communities are covered by the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP however the detachment is about 30 minutes away from the community. “We were told that was not going to happen,” Danylchuk confirmed. “There are constraints on numbers and financing issues and an additional detachment will not be formed.” It was also suggested that the municipality hire Ste. Anne Police to begin patrolling the two communities, but that idea was also denied. “We’ve been told that if another police jurisdiction comes into the area, the RCMP will withdraw,” added the mayor. “Losing RCMP coverage is not an option because they have a bigger jurisdiction than Ste. Anne Police.” While the majority of information received by both the community and the municipality suggests that their options are limited, Danylchuk said council is not giving up on the matter. The RM of Tache would like to see if the Steinbach RCMP or Oakbank RCMP can be allowed to respond to calls within the municipality when distance makes more sense than calling in St. Pierre-Jolys officers.

Piney Closes Two Dumps Residents in the RM of Piney can expect some significant changes when it comes to disposing of solid waste now that the municipality has closed two municipal dumps. Effective October 31, the RM of Piney closed both the Sandilands and Vassar Waste Disposal sites. The facilities will be reopened seasonally for the acceptance of recyclables and burnable materials only. Hours and dates of operations are yet to be determined. Until the closure, the RM of Piney operated five landfills located in Piney, Sandilands, Menisino, Vassar and Sprague. A year ago, the municipality decided to close the dumps and establish three transfer stations instead. This decision was made after Manitoba Environment told the RM of Piney council they needed to reduce the number of sites within the municipality.


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Outdoor Eco Classroom Opens Near Kleefeld By Marianne Curtis The Seine Rat-River Conservation District (SRRCD) recently celebrated the completion of an outdoor classroom, which is expected to benefit schools throughout the region. The Tourond Creek Discovery Centre (TCDC) was developed as an outdoor eco-classroom at the former Kleefeld

Waste Disposal Site operated by the RM of Hanover. The site boasts some amazing diversity in plant and animal life in the five micro-ecosystems. The eco systems consist of aspen forest, grassland, Tourond Creek, wetland and rich woodland. According to Cornie Goertzen, from the SRRCD, the site is a culmination of partnerships between government and education. “The first school groups have enjoyed exploring the TCDC and their teachers are now developing a curriculum guide to maximize the TCDC’s potential,” stated Goertzen. “This is a very impressive site and it will further the education of students through the outdoor classroom.” Trails connect the various microecosystems together and at one point

passing by a lookout tower overlooking a shallow pond. A dock in the shallow pond facilitates activities such as “critter dipping” where students participate in hands-on learning. Constructed with donated materials from Grunthal Lumber and the SRSS construction class, a 20-foot tall lookout tower overlooks the pond. A picnic shelter and a new sign identifying the site were erected on Hwy 52. Interpretive signs have also been installed along the trails. In addition, Environment Canada installed a weather station on the site for more accurate weather forecasting in the area. The Tourond Creek Discovery Centre was made possible through partnerships between RM of Hanover, the SRRCD, the Hanover School Division, Kleefeld

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The ribbon is cut to declare the Tourond Creek Discovery Centre is officially open to both students and the public.

Recreation Committee and local nature from Borderland School Division and the enthusiasts. Members were later added Seine River School Division.


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Political Disappointments There are many. Let’s start at the municipal level with the city of Winnipeg. Although we are rural people, like it or not, Winnipeg is our cultural and economic lifeline, and it is part of our identity. The recent machinations of Mayor Katz and the recent abdication of the Winnipeg CAO are fraught with unethical intrigues. This is the old boy’s club mentality at its best. Untendered contracts to personal friends, property swaps with a real estate company, etc. This should be a “call the cop’s moment”. Recently the mayor was found not guilty on the charge of using his office for personal gain, namely, hosting a Christmas party at a restaurant he owned and paying for it out of city expenses. The judge found him innocent because the gain was considered too small to warrant sanction. I, for one, was disappointed. I wish the judge would have given us the answer to her starting price on ethics. As far as I am concerned that verdict lacked ethics in itself. Closer to home the RM of Ste. Anne Council sold off the property, consisting of the now redundant Municipal building, for an alleged price of $50,000 less than a higher bid. This story needs clarification. If it is bogus, citizens need to know. Unsubstantiated innuendoes are never helpful nor do they go away; information is a cornerstone of all democracies. A press release or a letter to the editor is an easy remedy. On the provincial scene, we have Premier Selinger and cabinet digging in their heels regarding a hearing on a very expensive Hydro question. Why is there $34.9 billion worth of expenditures for hydro generating plants and transmission lines? The premise is based on our future needs plus exports to the USA. However, since the USA has now ample natural gas, it suggests that they may not need Manitoba Hydro, or at the very least, less than we have built for that express exporting purpose. This may force Manitobans to be stuck with a massive bill for which we could have no market. Manitoba ex-Premiers such as Ed Schreyer and Gary Filmon, ex-CEO of Manitoba Hydro Len Bateman, plus many others seem to be united in asking for a true independent assessment on Hydro’s future needs. These concerned pillars of society who have nothing more than our economic welfare at heart are advocating caution, not cancellation, based on changing economic factors here and in the USA and most certainly could not be accused of political expediency. So far, the Premier is adamant in proceeding without pause on a course that would make it impossible for many of us on fixed incomes not to contemplate moving if the fears of these men, who are supporting RiskyHydroPlan, would turn out to be only halfright. Going broke to sympathize with future Manitoba Hydro’s inflated cost does not seem to be an intelligent choice. An ounce of prevention seems like the intelligent choice to make. The Federal scene has not missed a sordid a beat despite the PM’s prorogation of Parliament again. The Senate shenanigans are evolving into a greater embarrassment and growing. Some entitlement challenged members of the Senate don’t know which way the sunset is. They have dragged and implicated the PMO in many of their ethically challenged moments. Now a second cheque has been brought to light to pay for Senator Duffy’s legal fees. These funds are out of the Conservative Party’s funds budget. Political donors, of course, get a generous tax receipt for this gift but if they could choose where it should be spent, legal fees would not be high on anybody’s list. Furthermore, the PM stated in the House that paying legal fees for errant Conservatives is normal procedure. Yet he still claims he knew nothing of the other cheque for $90,000. I can imagine a hoard of lawyers working overtime on one subject; the PM needs plausible deniability at all times. However, one can detect enough subtle changes in Prime Minister Harper’s language in the House to cause us to speculate on the date this all unravels. Senator Duffy appears to have made his “cause celebre” to implicate and sink the PM, who he sees as abandoning him. This mess has confirmed that the PMO has evolved into a dictatorship. Alas, which Prime Minister started this insidious trend is anybody’s guess. The question is which future PM will start to walk this monster back. To not think of this deficiency in political ethics and the desire for changes would seem to be disingenuous to all past and present veterans who we will honour this month.

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South East Loses Emergency Care It has been one year since the emergency room at the Vita Hospital was closed. An essential service, in a community that deserves it, was taken away, leaving residents to drive to other communities in emergencies. The government made the promise to reopen the emergency room sooner rather than later, but we now know that just like all the other promises the NDP has made, this one was meant to be broken. The RHA has gone as far to say in recent reports that there is no date for the reopening of the emergency room. The RHA also has said, “After four or five years without an ER, communities come to the reality that their care is fair”. It is not fair for this government and the RHA to say that they are committed to health care in this province and for all Manitobans and then close this emergency room on what they are saying could be a permanent basis. It is not fair to expect the people of Vita, and the people of southeastern Manitoba, to drive to Steinbach or St. Pierre-Jolys in an emergency. It is not fair for this government to take a gamble on the weather conditions in an emergency. This is no way to treat Manitobans in an emergency healthcare situation. It is clear that this government does not have the best interests in mind when it comes to the people of this province. Manitobans want and deserve health care that is accessible and timely in an emergency. The NDP solution is highway medicine, forcing Manitobans to drive to emergency rooms further away from their homes. We have also heard from concerned paramedics and residents in the Interlake-Eastern RHA, who are experiencing short staffing of their ambulances and paramedic shifts. The government has centralized the services they provide in larger communities and in the process is tearing at the fabric of this province causing undue harm to rural Manitoba. This is no way to provide health care or government services in this province. This same government promised in the last election that they would not raise taxes. What did they do? Raise your PST by 14 percent. This comes back to a government that promised that the PST would go to fund critical infrastructure. What did they do? Fund their political operation with a vote tax and campaign slush fund. This comes back to a government that promised that they are here for your family, and they will do what is best for Manitobans. What did they do? They closed your emergency room, they short staffed your paramedic stations, and they lied to every one of you. That’s no way to govern a province. Manitobans deserve a government that listens to them. It’s time for a change. If you have any questions or comments, I can be reached any time at my email address dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca, I can be reached at my Legislative Office at 204-945-4339, or my Constituency Office at 204-424-5406. I look forward to hearing from you.

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I often hear concern expressed by constituents that people from different political parties fail to come together and put aside their differences when there is something for the common good of our province or country. Too often, what is seen are the disagreements between people of different political views. That is not always the case. Take for example the recent expression of concern from people of very different political backgrounds concerning the plans that the provincial NDP have for Manitoba Hydro. Currently under the NDP, Manitoba Hydro is planning to spend about $34 billion on a variety of projects. That’s more than the total provincial debt. Most of this is related to new capital projects such as the BiPole III transmission line, the proposed Keeyask power dam and the Conawapa power dam. Because of this spending, Hydro has already said that it will have to increase hydro rates by 4% a year for the next 18 years. That is the best-case scenario. These new dams and infrastructure are being built to generate power for customers in the United States even though the projection is that the power sales may not be profitable for many years to come, if ever, as a result of slower economic growth in the U.S. and new sources of energy. What the NDP are doing is rolling the dice. It’s a $34 billion gamble that they are taking without adequate economic review and the result could be hydro rate shock that will affect generations of Manitobans. So concerning is the NDP plan that a number of Manitobans, representing different political and professional backgrounds have come together to ask that these plans be properly reviewed. These Manitobans include former NDP Premier Ed Schreyer, former PC Premier Gary Filmon, former NDP Minister Len Evans, former PC Minister Eric Stefanson, former chair of the Public Utilities Board Graham Lane, and the former Dean of Engineering at the University of Manitoba Garland Laliberte. These individuals have put aside their political partisanship to offer their professional opinion because they are concerned about what the NDP plans for Hydro could do to Manitoba. They want a complete analysis done before it is too late to turn back. What they have done is what Manitobans want to see. People are coming together regardless of political affiliation to do what is right for the province. Now they just need one more thing; an NDP government that is willing to listen. I appreciate your comments and concerns. If you have any comments on these or other issues, you can contact me by writing, #3 – 227 Main Street, Steinbach, MB R5G 1Y7, by phone at (204) 326-5763, by fax at (204) 346-9913, by e-mail at kelvin.goertzen@leg.gov.mb.ca or by visiting my website at kelvingoertzen.com. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Buffalo Point Chief Faces Extortion Charge

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Women Arrested After Taking a Stand Against Band Mismanagement

On July 2, Sprague RCMP received a complaint over concerns relating to correspondence directed at a federal government official with some level of involvement with the Buffalo Point Cottage Owners Association. The RCMP Winnipeg Major Crime Unit investigated the correspondence from Chief John Thunder of the Buffalo Point First Nation made to a federal government official. The investigation showed that there was an attempt to derail a civil legal proceeding between the Buffalo Point First Nation Development, the Buffalo Point First Nation and the Buffalo Point Cottage Owner’s Association. On October 22, Chief John Thunder of the Buffalo Point First Nation was arrested and charged with extortion. Senator Don Plett admits that he was the federal government official referred to; however, he was not acting in an official capacity in relation to this specific investigation. Plett, who owns a cottage at Buffalo Point, has accused Thunder of sending correspondence in an alleged attempt to interfere with a lawsuit over property taxes levied against non-native cottagers in Buffalo Point. He declined further comment pending court proceedings. Last January, 300 cottagers filed a lawsuit in the Court of Queens Bench arguing that the First Nation overstepped its powers. The suit objects to the application of taxes and tax rates which soared from $800 to as much as $6,000 per year. Chief Thunder was released on a Promise to Appear in Winnipeg court on November 25.

Sprague RCMP arrested four women after they conducted a sit-in at the Buffalo Point band office on October 23.

By Marianne Curtis Four women, including one elder of the Buffalo Point First Nation were arrested and removed from the local band office after they conducted a sit-in and refused to leave. On October 23, Sprague and Steinbach RCMP members responded to a complaint Disobey Court Order received from the Buffalo Point First Nation. Four members of the community were occupying the band office and refusing to leave. Investigation revealed that the women were listed on a court order to not attend the Buffalo Point First Nation Band Office. Helen Cobiness, 82; Andrea Camp, 54; Kari Cobiness, 20; and Brittany Cobiness, 19, all of Buffalo Point First Nation, have been charged with Disobey Court Order. Camp, one of the women arrested, said they wanted to get answers about the First Nation’s chief, John Thunder, being charged with extortion. “I just said, ‘You know, they’re not going to tell us what happened,’” Camp stated. “The only way we can exercise our right to even know anything is to go to the band office.” RCMP investigators believe Thunder contacted a federal government official and halt a legal proceeding between the First Nation and a cottage owners’ association in the area. He has been charged with extortion and will face a judge on November 25. “I felt like I was free at last when I went to jail,” said Cobiness, the oldest one of the group. The four women said they couldn’t wait for their day in court. They are scheduled to appear in court in Steinbach on December 5. According to the Buffalo Point Ogichidaa-Kwe, the women of Buffalo Point First Nation took matters into their own hands and decided enough is enough. “We are tired of being ignored and disrespected in our own community,” state the Ogichidaa-Kwe in a statement. “Our demands are plain and simple; We want the court injunction lifted because INAC distributes 1.3 million dollars to Buffalo Point, for the First Nation People, us, for housing, education, health and other resources.” Secondly, the group demands that current Chief, John Conover “Thunder”, councillors and administrators be audited for mishandling monies by INAC and the RCMP. “We do not recognize them as our leaders and they certainly don’t have the best interest for the band members. We want Dictator John Conovor “Thunder” removed immediately,” the Ogichidaa-Kwe added.

Municipal Office Grand Opening Planned The RM of Ste. Anne staff and council are inviting the community to check out the new municipal office. The new 3,100 square foot building cost the RM of Ste. Anne about $700,000. The municipality will pay for the structure with a $525,000 borrowing bylaw, which is expected to be repaid over the next ten years. With a repayment plan of $60,000 per year, residents could see a .25 mil increase on their tax bills. A grand opening event will be taking place November 21 from 2 - 6 pm. Everyone is welcome.


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Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary Hosts Fall Book Sale

Many books found new homes during the recent Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary Fall Book Faire.

Raising funds to purchase a new bath chair and a bed sanitizer for Bethesda Place was at the top of the purchase list when the Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary held their fall Book Faire recently. Taking place October 31 to November 2, thousands of used books found new homes during the three-day event. Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary President Phyllis Toews said that book fair funds will go a long way to raising money for the two items. “The Bethesda Place bath chair is broken,” explained Toews. “The bedpan washer is also something that needs to be bought because the old way of washing them by hand is not good enough anymore.” The bedpan washer comes with a $20,000 price tag and the bath chair will cost $15,000. The Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary hosts two book fairs a year. While the largest one takes place in the spring, the combined effort brings in about $20,000 to the organization.

Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary Celebrates 75 Years of Service By Marianne Curtis The Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary is gearing up to celebrate their 75th anniversary of service to the community by hosting a special gala event. On November 15, the Auxiliary will celebrate 75 years as a charitable organization with the communities help. It was the first such group established in Steinbach in 1938. Auxiliary President Phyllis Toews said the group is proud of the many years of service they have given to make the community a better place by improving health care services. “History tells us that in its early years the organization was the only charity in town and most, if not all, current groups are offshoots of the Bethesda Auxiliary and have taken over the needs which were once taken care of by the Auxiliary,” explained Toews. “The region definitely benefits from it because we have equipment that the government would not fund.” The Auxiliary raises approximately $30,000 per year through fundraising and donations. Since 1980, the Auxiliary has provided close to $450,000 towards the purchase of equipment and health scholarships. “Many changes and compromises have been made to keep up with the times,” Toews added. “From rag drives, canning, mending and milking the cows we have moved to be a purely fundraising group.” Because new volunteers are hard to find and current volunteers are getting older the group has streamlined their activities to focus on making the twice-annual Book Faire event their primary activity. The event relies on many volunteers who have committed themselves to bringing books and health needs together to make the Steinbach catchments a better place to live, Toews noted. “We rely on about 150 volunteers per year,” Toews continued. “Ten people giving four hours is 40 hours, 100 people giving four hours is 400 hours. It all adds up.” Volunteers not helping with the Book Faire assist by sewing and knitting items for the hospital gift shop, which is currently closed for construction. They also knit caps for every newborn delivered in the hospital and mittens for the annual Christmas Craft sale. A celebratory gala is taking place on November 15 complete with supper, Crocus Auction, live entertainment and the drawing for a raffle featuring two locally handcrafted quilts, which will also help raise funds for a washer and bath chair. For more information or tickets, please contact Verna Thiessen at 204-326-3028 or Phyllis Toews at 204-346-1640.

Enrolment Figures Stun Seine River The Seine River School Division has been forced to readjust their numbers after an anticipated growth of 80 students turned out to be 224 students. According to the division, Arborgate School in La Broquerie, Ste. Anne College and Lorette Immersion have all seen higher than expected enrolment numbers. “Enrolment has been stable or slightly up across the area but in these three communities there have been large increases,” stated Superintendent Mike Borgfjord. “Our biggest challenge is space. We are tight.” Initially the Seine River School division hired seven new teachers. An additional four will now be hired. To accommodate some of the growth, computer labs in Lorette Immersion and Dawson Trail School in Lorette have been converted into classrooms. Total enrolment in Seine River is now at 4,094 students.

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Ste. Anne Reduces School Zone Speeds

Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for older adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs. For more information drop by the Centre, Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm, call 204-320-4600 or online patporteralc.com. Membership 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. Up and Coming Events and Monthly Programs: Bingo: We will be having our first Bingo night on Tuesday, November 12 and 26. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Bingo will run every other Tuesday. Contact centre for more information at 204-320-4600. Urban Poling: Please join us for our Urban Poling Program every Monday and Thursday at 9:30 am at the centre and Wednesday’s at AD Penner Park at 8:30 am. Not sure, what Urban Poling is or need more information? Contact Kathy at 204-320-4603 or Carrie at 204-320-4604. Arthritis Workshop: On Thursday November 14 at 11:30 am. Potluck: On Thursday, November 14. Please call ahead and let us know what you would like to bring. Call 204-320-4600. As always, needed are salads, casseroles, desserts and buns. Cost is $5. Old Time Country Dance: With live Band the Small Town Limits on Friday, November 22 at 8 pm. Tickets available at the center. Advanced tickets $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $14 at the door. Lunch served at 10 pm. Foot Care: On the first Tuesday and Wednesday and third Tuesday of the month from 9 am -2 pm. Run by a professional foot care nurse. Cost $30. Bring your own towel. Contact the centre to book an appointment. Computer Labs: Are 1 hour long and available every other Wednesday morning from 9 am - noon. Beltone Hearing: On the third Friday of each month. Contact 1-800-661-2653 for appointment. Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting: On Friday, November 29 at 1 pm. Brain Injury Support Group Meeting: On Tuesday, November 25 at 7 pm. Wood Carving: Try your hand at our wood carving program. The group meets every Monday evening at 6 pm (excluding the summer months). The cost is $ 1 for the evening. Please bring your own supplies. Weekly Programs: Monday 9:30 - 10:30 am Low impact fitness class with instructor 12 - 4:30 pm Drop-in Pool 1 - 4:30 pm Model Trains 1 pm Canasta 6 pm Wood Carving 7 pm Tai Chi Tuesday 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool Wednesday 8:30 - 9:30 am Urban Poling at A.D. Penner Park 10 am Tai Chi 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool 1 - 4 pm Cribbage 1:30 pm Floor curling 7 pm Old Time Country Band Practice Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 am Urban Poling 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool 1 - 4 pm Whist Friday 9:30 - 10:30 am Low impact fitness class with instructor 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool Noon meals are available Monday through Friday. Cost $5.50. Contact 204-320-4605 by 9 am to reserve your meal for that day. Purchase your meal ticket at the receptionist desk before noon. Monthly menus available at the office or in the newsletter. Bring a friend. Computer Lab from Monday to Friday, 9 am - 12 pm and 1 - 4 pm. Cost $1. Lessons are every other Wednesday from 9 am - 12 pm. Contact 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.

Facelift for IDC Diamonds The baseball diamonds in Ile des Chênes received a much-needed facelift thanks to a $58,487 grant under the Canadian Infrastructure Improvement Fund, which will be matched by community donations to a total of $116,974. The upgrades and repairs were completed at the end of October with improved drainage, trenching for water and hydro, sod for the infield of the main hardball diamonds, installation of permanent base systems, repairs to fencing and new park signage. A new septic tank was also installed along with more environmentally friendly sinks and toilets.

The Town of Ste. Anne is the first community to take advantage of new provincial legislation that allows municipalities and communities to set their own speed limits within school zones. At a recent meeting, the town agreed to set up a new speed zone along St. Alphonse Avenue and Arena Road. The speed has been decreased from 50 km/h to 30 km/h. “This is something we’ve been trying to do for a number of years,” stated Mayor Bernie Vermette. “We’ve been trying to deal with the issue of slowing traffic down past the schools and I am happy that we finally can.” The town had been trying to reduce the speed past the community’s schools for at least seven years. “We’ve done a lot of studies over the years,” Vermette added. “The minute the province changed the legislation we were ready to go ahead.” The new speed limits are expected to be in place by the end of November.


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Local Ag Companies Win Business Awards By Marianne Curtis

Chabot Implements receives the Long Term Achievement Business - Rural Award.

On October 17, two southern Manitoba businesses were recognized by the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce at a special ceremony. More than 300 people gathered at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg to recognize the best of the business community with the 2013 MBiz Awards. La Broquerie based Hylife was named Outstanding Large Business of the Year by the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce. Hylife President Don Janzen said that he was surprised they won the award. “We have never received a business award of this nature,” stated Janzen. “It is a very exciting surprise.” Janzen acknowledged that Hylife has faced many challenges in recent years but those challenges have become opportunities which have led to their success.

Hylife owners accept the Outstanding Large Business Award from the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce.

First-Time Donor’s Super Credit In the Spring of 2013, the budget announced by the Federal Government included more financial incentive or motivation for you to start giving to charitable organizations. They introduced a Super Credit for first time donors. Let’s first find out what a first time donor is... For the 2013 tax year, you qualify if neither you nor your spouse or common-law partner has claimed the Charitable Donation Tax Credit in the previous five years (2008 to 2012 tax years inclusive). Anyone who claimed a donation on their 2012 tax return is excluded indefinitely from this Super Credit. So how much is it worth? Let’s say you do qualify as a first time donor. If you donate a total of $1,000 (to maximize the Super Credit) to one or more registered Charitable organizations, you will get a combined federal and provincial tax break of $672.80 (additional refund or reduced taxes payable). So it really only costs you $327.20. That is quite a deal. Consider a donation to the Ste. Anne Hospital Foundation (or other organizations you care about). They could get the $1,000 and it really only costs you about onethird of that! You have forced the federal and provincial governments to contribute too! For the rest of us who do not qualify as a First-Time Donor, for a $1,000 donation our tax break is $422.80, so the net cost to us is $577.20. This is still a good incentive to make donations, even if you are not a First-Time Donor. Here’s what you need to keep in mind. First, it can only be claimed once during the 2013 to 2017 tax years. Therefore, if you qualify as a First Time Donor and haven’t contributed the full $1,000 in 2013, you can carry forward this unused donation to future years (as late as 2017), claim all at once, and maximize the Super Credit. The donation of money (cash) must be made after March 20, 2013. If you made donations January 1 to March 20, 2013, we may need to claim them in a year or two after you claim the “Super Credit” since donations can be carried forward up to five years. Also, remember that donation credits don’t help you if you have no taxes payable. I see this often with some seniors or single parents that have many credits to offset any taxes payable. So if you do not have any taxes payable (not to be confused with “owing taxes”), don’t make donations thinking you are going to get some tax refund. One more thing to remember; say you last claimed a donation in 2008 to 2011. You can wait a couple of years since the Super Credit is good until the 2017 tax year; you can still take advantage of it in the near future. This strategy will be good if you didn’t claim a donation on your 2012 Personal Income Tax Return. You can wait as late as 2017 to claim your donations and take advantage of the First Time Donor’s Super Credit. If you claimed a small donation only on your 2012 taxes, it may be worthwhile to adjust your taxes to remove it and become eligible for the Super Credit in the future. If you are not sure if and when you qualify for First Time Donor’s Super Credit, give me a call and we can review your taxes going back to 2008 to see if you (or your spouse) claimed any donations (this is easy for anyone that has filed taxes with me since 2008 or earlier; I have your information.) We can also make sure you will have some taxes payable in the future, which will be offset by this Super Credit. Encourage your adult children to become regular givers to organizations they care about. This might be the kick-start or incentive they need. Anni Markmann is a tax professional and owner of Ste Anne Tax Service, working, living, and volunteering in our community. Contact Anni at 204-422-6631 or annimarkmann@mts.net or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne.

“We have an excellent management team that really sees the opportunities and are highly motivated to get things done,” he added. Hylife has been in operation since 1995 with headquarters in La Broquerie and operations across Manitoba, including a plant in Neepawa. The company has expanded from production to become a fully integrated “farm to fork” company with 1,500 employees. Chabot Implements, which has an outlet in Steinbach, was named the winner of this year’s Long Term Achievement Award - Rural award. Based in Elie, Chabot Implements was recognized as the province’s oldest family owned and operated Case IH equipment dealer. The company was founded by Charlie Chabot in 1935 and grew to include four locations in Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Elie and Neepawa. The company employs 80 people at four locations.


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Students Sleep under Stars to Support Homeless

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Mobile Park Tenants Face Another Rent Increase By Marianne Curtis

Part of the experience included spending the night sleeping in cardboard boxes under the stars. Photos by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis Nearly 50 graduating students from an Ile Des Chênes school spent the entire night outside on school grounds in a move to practice solidarity with Manitoba’s less fortunate. While the rest of the community was trick or treating, the graduating class of the École-College Regional Gabrielle-Roy spent the night sleeping outside in cardboard boxes. Monique Guenette, a graduate advisor at the school, said that the students chose to participate in the program so that they can understand and help the less fortunate. “The students came up with this. The kids gave up their night and went door to door to collect food, clothing and cash,” explained Guenette. “The event’s main goal is to create awareness and empathy towards ending poverty and homelessness in Manitoba while aiding local Manitoban communities through various charitable organisations.” Instead of trick or treating for candy, After going door-to-door collecting items, she said students students from École-College Regional spent the night outdoors and received a good example of Gabrielle-Roy in Iles des Chênes collected what Winnipeg’s homeless experience. bags of clothing for Siloam Mission. “The students said it was “horrible”. They slept in makeshift shelters made out of cardboard,” she added. “Most did not sleep because they were so uncomfortable. They couldn’t eat; they couldn’t go to the bathroom.” The students’ hard work and perseverance helped them collect food for Winnipeg Harvest and three vehicles full of used clothing for Siloam Mission, which they personally delivered the next morning. “It was important that they deliver what they collected, not just send it off,” continued Guenette. “They were thinking with their hearts when they delivered the items they collected.” After a light breakfast, the group boarded a school bus and went to Siloam Mission to drop off the clothing they had been collecting prior to the event. This is the fourth year that École-College Regional Gabrielle-Roy students have participated in this event. Students from École Communautaire Réal-Bérard in St. Pierre-Jolys and three Winnipeg schools organized similar events in their own communities. TERAWÉ was created in 2010 by two students and two teachers looking to change injustices and make a difference. By working with students and partner organizations like Siloam Mission, Winnipeg Harvest and the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Change for the Better program, TERAWÉ has been able to raise over $10,000, delivered more than 15,000 lbs. of food and delivered more than 30 vans filled with clothing for all ages and for every season since the program started four years ago.

Historic Bridge Demolished in Ste. Anne The historical Piney Road Bridge in the Town of Ste. Anne became a part of history when it was demolished earlier this month to make way for a new culvert crossing.

On October 7, the historic Piney Road Bridge in Ste. Anne was demolished. Built in 1921, the bridge has been closed to traffic for the past three years after sustaining significant damage during flooding events in recent years. Ste. Anne Mayor Bernie Vermette said the town was forced to make the decision to either repair the structure or replace it completely. After lengthy discussions, council decided it was more cost effective to demolish the bridge and replace it with a crossing consisting of a 9-foot culvert. “Repairing the bridge would have cost about $1 million,” Vermette explained. “Replacing it with a culvert will cost about $300,000.” The new crossing will be wide enough for two lanes of traffic, whereas the Piney Road Bridge was only one lane. The culvert crossing is expected to be open in the next few weeks. The Town of Ste. Anne hopes to obtain grants to install two replica arches to commemorate the unique landmark. The ninety-two year old bridge was constructed to replace a wooden bridge built in the 1890’s. The Piney Road Bridge was considered a fine example of the engineer’s trade, an elegant expression of strength and grace carried out in formed concrete. In 1987, the bridge was designated by the province as a Manitoba Heritage Site and was the first structure in the region to receive such a designation. It was the fifth official heritage site in Manitoba. The Town of Ste. Anne requested that the province reverse this designation earlier this year in order to be able to proceed with the project.

Residents living in Southside Estates in Ile Des Chênes are being hit with another rent increase come January. If approved the increase will amount to an additional $15 per lot, which is well above the average annual cost of living increase of 1 percent. This is the second significant rent increase proposed by the owners in the last 12 months. At the beginning of 2013, the 103 residents within the Ile Des Chênes mobile home village were served with a proposed $20 increase. Residents initially opposed the increase to the Residential Tenancy’s Branch and it was denied. The owners appealed the decision and were granted a $12 a month increase. “We had to go for a higher increase this year because of increased costs; work was done to the water system. Operating expenses went up along with maintenance fees,” explained John Wiens, with Tedhil Enterprises. “Without the increase we would have several consecutive years of losses. We are required, at the least, to have a reasonable expectation of a profit.” One of the biggest expenses claimed by the owners is the installation of a new community water system. This investment recently paid off when the province lifted a 13-year boil water advisory from the park’s two wells. “We will not increase the rent again until at least 2016,” promises Wiens. “The annual Manitoba rent increase guidelines amounts are far less than the actual increase in operation costs per year; any rental complex that lives within the guideline amount will eventually not have enough funds to operate.” Wiens is confident that if the Tenancy’s Board had reviewed information presented during the appeal process, the increase would have been approved and he would not have had to go back to the tenants with hat in hand. “This is the second year in a row for this. Last year, by the time the Residential Tenancies Commission heard this matter all tenants who initially objected stated they did not object anymore,” Wiens added. “We were insulted

that the commission did not look at our information or consider the fact that the residents consented to the increase.” Currently tenants within Southside Estates have the lowest lot rental fees in the province. On average, tenants pay $210 per month for lot rentals. If approved, the increase will raise that amount to $225 per month.

Southern Health Medics Receive Medals Two paramedics from Southern Health were among eleven recipients who received Exemplary Medals. Eric Glass and Leith Saunders were both presented with Governor General of Canada EMS Exemplary medals acknowledging more than 20 years in the EMS profession. Shelly Glover, Minister Responsible for Manitoba, presented the medals to deserving paramedics during the event. “The nature of a job as a first responder often requires paramedics to put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect those in need of medical attention,” said Glover. The awards are presented to recipients who have a minimum of 20 years in the EMS profession, with at least 10 of those years providing direct patient care and perform their duties in an exemplary manner.


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First Full Time Fire Chief Becomes Reality The City of Steinbach has hired Kelvin Toews, a 22-year veteran with the Steinbach Fire Department, as their new Fire Chief. Current Fire

Chief, Mark Loewen, announced his intent to step down last May. “Toews has a strong history with the Steinbach Fire Department,” said

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Coming to Steinbach! Tickets are on sale now for the Holiday Express Tour – making its stop in Steinbach on Tuesday, December 3 at the Steinbach Mennonite Church. Enjoy all your holiday favourites at our annual show with soloist David Klassen, a choir directed by Ed and Millie Hildebrand and lots more! Adults $22, Students $12. Specials: 4 for $54 Family Pkg, $6 Music students, Business owners – treat 5 or more staff members, for the $15 corporate special! Call now. Who wants to Conduct the Symphony? Grades 5 and 6 ‘Who wants to Conduct the Symphony?’ contest! In a short paragraph of a few lines, let the Steinbach Arts Council know why YOU would like to conduct the Symphony, and be entered to win the opportunity to conduct the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra! The winner will also receive tickets for their whole family to attend the show. Have you tried our Buns? Buy gift cards at the Arts Centre for delicious cinnamon buns by the new company Love and Buns. Redeem your gift cards for regular or gourmet buns. Gift cards make great gifts! Proceeds to getting ‘more buns in seats’ – to keep our concerts, programs and events affordable for everyone! Arts4Tots Arts4Tots Preschool Program Bring a Friend Month! Ages 3-5, join us on Wednesdays, November 13, 20 and 27 at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre! Participate in our FREE sessions from 1 - 3:30pm including fun music, dance and theatre workshops… you’ll love it! Call to RSVP for any of our sessions by Friday, November 8, or email programs@steinbachartscouncil.ca. Backyard Theatre Company Ages 5-15 will love the Backyard Theatre Company, where they have unlimited access to our closet full of costumes and props. Learn about storytelling, puppet shows, and lessons on voice projection and memorization. After School Art Program NEW! After School Art Program for ages, 13-17, runs Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:15-6:00 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre. Projects include group murals, funky fence, individual art projects and more. Check it out! ASAP. It’s free! On now in our Hall Gallery Expressions 2013: A Decade of Recovery through Creative Expression runs until Thursday, November 7. Coming up… Don’t miss the opening ceremony for Barn Dance, featuring local artist Lynda Toews on Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm. Come to the Steinbach Arts Centre Hall Gallery and enjoy the art, story readings, and bluegrass music by Lynda Rose & Gary. The exhibit runs November 13 to December 19. New hours for the Loewen Green Arts Scene Come check out local art in our beautiful heritage home art gallery at 306 Reimer Ave. Open Wednesdays and Thursdays 7 - 9 pm and the first and third Saturday of the month 1 - 4 pm. Our resident artist will mentor you. Create art, if you wish! Christmas Art Show & Sale Christmas Art Show & Sale November 29 - 30 at the Clearspring Centre. Check out the Southeast Artists Group. Lots to see and purchase, plus artists painting onsite in a variety of art mediums and styles. You Are Important Your community Arts Centre is nothing without each member of the community. Donations big and small help to make us what we are. Our annual fundraising campaign is underway! S.A.C. presents over 60 programs through the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, and now we need your help—to keep programs affordable, purchase equipment, and to maintain our vibrant facility. Our 2013 - 14 goal is to raise $50,000. SAC will acknowledge your donor support on our donor wall, signage, and future programs and events. Winter Programs coming soon… Creative Wellness – Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Belly Dance; Cooking – Creative Cooking and Kids in the Kitchen; Languages – Spanish, French; Visual Arts – Pottery, Digital Photography, Painting, Mixed Media. Job Opportunity Looking for a Marketing and Communications Assistant to help with the distribution of promotional materials, decorating, designing display boards, data entry, quip writing, and other communication tools. Contact the office. Peace Concert Thursday, November 7 at the Steinbach Mennonite Church. Featuring the Eastman Choral Society choir, the Ecco Singers, the Providence College Singers, and the Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles. Be a part of it! Contact Leona Hildebrand and Michael Dueck at eastmansings@gmail.com. Rehearsals to be held Monday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 6 from 7 - 9 pm at the SMC. Steinbach’s Got Talent Check for applications online! Welcoming amateur acts of all ages from the Southeast. To be held Tuesday, April 8 at the SRSS Theatre.

Troy Warkentin, Assistant City Manager, “He will bring continuity to the fire hall and significant experience in training and development.” Toews, who joined the Steinbach Fire Department in 1991, has spent the last eight years as Assistant Deputy Chief and said he is excited about taking on the new role. He acknowledged that recruitment and

November 2013 retention of fire fighters will continue to be a key focus. This is the first full-time Fire Chief in Steinbach’s history. Previously the role has been on a part-time basis with a focus on administrative duties. “In order to effectively run the department and provide a level of service to our growing City and the surrounding communities, a part-time

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role was no longer feasible,” states Warkentin. In addition to its own residents, Steinbach provides fire protection services to the R.M. of St. Anne and the R.M. of Hanover. Toews is expected to transition into the new role by the beginning of November.


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Operation Red Nose Comes to Region By Marianne Curtis This holiday season revellers in the southeast will have access to Operation Red Nose thanks to a proactive parent committee from La Broquerie. For the first time since the program started in Manitoba, the communities of La Broquerie and Steinbach will have access to Operation Red Nose. The program’s launch in the area is being organized and operated by the parent advisory committee from Ecole St. Joachim in La Broquerie, as a school fundraiser. Spokesperson Mariette Kirouac explained how, when the group discussed this year’s fundraising options, they could not find a reason not to choose Operation Red Nose. Mariette Kirouac invites residents from Steinbach and “Nobody needed a reason to do this; when the idea came across the Operation Red Nose. table the question became, what took us so long to do this, not why should we do this?” explained can you top that?” Kirouac said. “But let Kirouac. “We live in a community me be clear, this is not a taxi service, we that has two active bars and it’s that only respond to calls where a driver needs time of the year where everyone is to get themselves and their vehicle home.” having fun. If there was ever a time Kirouac is optimistic that this year will to launch Operation Red Nose, it is be the first of many for the program. now.” However, to ensure its success volunteer Operation Red Nose is a free drivers are desperately needed. program that brings drivers home “We need the support of volunteers; you after a night out, along with their are doing it for family and friends and vehicles. The service is not exclusive ensuring that everyone has a safe holiday,” to motorists who have been she added. “We want this to be the first of drinking. It is also available for those many years.” who do not feel fit to drive because Drivers are required to have a valid of fatigue or medication. driver’s license, vehicle and work in pairs. “We want people to take A criminal record check is also required. advantage of this program. Its free, “The more drivers we have the better. We you wake up in your own bed and don’t want to leave anyone waiting for a your car is in your driveway, how ride so they get impatient and decide to

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Tragedy for Canoeists STARS Ambulance, St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP and the RM of Ritchot’s water rescue crew with Fire and EMS were called to St. Adolphe on October 27 after a couple of canoeists got into trouble along the Red River. According to RCMP, a 13-year-old boy and his 64-year-old father capsized in high waves in St. Adolphe. Police say the pair were both wearing life jackets and were returning from a morning of wildlife observation when a wave flipped their canoe. A local resident came to the rescue and pulled the teenager ashore. The RM of Ritchot rescue crew launched their zodiac and rescued the father from the frigid river. He was airlifted to hospital in Winnipeg and unfortunately, he passed away the next day. The boy was treated and released the same day.

Cancer Survivor Drops Puck at Jets Game

La Broquerie to take advantage the region’s first Photo by Marianne Curtis

take a chance,” Kirouac added. “We are aiming to sign up a hundred people.” An information meeting is taking place November 20 at the R-Bistro in the La Broquerie Hotel. Everyone is invited to find out more information or to sign up as a volunteer. Volunteers are also needed to answer phones and be support staff and sponsors. The La Broquerie and Steinbach area Operation Red Nose will be in operation between 9 pm and 3 am on the weekends of November 29 – 30, December 6 - 7, 13 14, 20 - 21 and New Years Eve. It will not be available on December 24 and 25. Operation Red Nose was first organized in Quebec in 1984 and started in Winnipeg in 1995.

A young cancer survivor from Landmark was recently given the honour of dropping the puck before more than 12, 000 fans at a recent Winnipeg Jets hockey game. Sophia Penner, the youngest daughter of Jodi and Jorden Penner, was the picture of health when she dropped the puck at the recent showdown between the Winnipeg Jets and the Washington Capitals. Sophia, otherwise known as Bia, was among three cancer survivors who participated in a special presentation where the Winnipeg Jets presented a cheque to Cancer Care Canada as part of October’s cancer awareness campaign. Three years ago, Sophia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) a fast-growing cancer of the white blood cells. On May 25, 2012, the spunky Grade 1 student received her final chemotherapy treatment and doing very well since.

Six-year-old Sophia Penner poses with the team captains of the Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals.


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COMMUNITY EVENTS EMAIL YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT TO EDITOR@DAWSONTRAIL.CA OR FAX 204-422-8548

Hadashville Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Hadashville Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre) from 6 years old to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new skills, great stress release and have an excellent workout at the same time. Cost after registration fee is $40/month per person. Ask about 2 week free trial. Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or email KSTA.academy@gmail.com.

instead. Lunch starts at noon at the Mitchell and Area Seniors Centre. Contact 204-326-6944. Niverville Community Christmas Tree Lighting Event – On Friday, November 29 from 6 – 8 pm on Main St. Ring in the Christmas season together with your friends and neighbours. Caroling, hot chocolate, candy canes, and more. Contact Cara Dowse 204-388-4600 chamber@niverville.com.

Ile-des-Chênes Craft Sale and Trade Show – On Saturday, November 30 from GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the 10 am - 4 pm, at the Centre Trans Canada Centre, 1 Rivard loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn Street. about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Our Lady of the Roses Prayer Group – Meets on the first Saturday of every month, at 6:30 pm to recite the Rosary and learn about Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers and receive Blessed Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the Rose Petals and other Sacramentals from Blessed Mother’s lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62 4th Avenue S.). place of miracles. Contact Corinna 204-878-4908 or email her Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along at corinnaswetz@hotmail.com for more info and register. with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - for parents, caregivers and children Piney ages 0-5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and Bingo - Every 2nd Friday. snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 377-5013. Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, November 16 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Piney Community Hall in Piney. Event Sponsored by the La Broquerie Piney 4H Clovers. For more information call 204-423-2223. Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Offers services and Prawda programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, the E.R.I.K. runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost: $2/class Mondays program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Coordinator Juliette Rowan at 424-5285 or Wendy 204-348-2433. labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips - Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks of the month, leaving at 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Landmark Operation Christmas Child - With the Shoebox Store at the Landmark Christian Fellowship Church on Main Street opens on Tuesdays - November 5, 12, 19 (3:30 - 8:30 pm) and Saturdays - November 2, 9, 16, 23 (10:30 am - 2:30 pm). Fill a shoebox for a child. Contact Lori Plett 204-355-4272, lori_plett42@hotmail.com. Health Education Program - Starts on Thursday, November 7 from 6:45 to 8:45 pm. Take control to live better is a free 6week awareness program to learn how: to manage pain, deal with fatigue & frustration, increase your energy levels, talk to your doctor, eat well, start an exercise program, set & meet your goals. Register and Contact Madeleine at Southern Health-Santé Sud @ 204 346-6692 or Pam at 204-3559277. Holiday Home Party Vendor & Craft Sale – On Saturday, November 23 from 10 am – 5 pm at the Landmark Kinsmen Community Club. Get ready for Christmas with cash and carry items from your favorite home party companies and crafters/ artisans. Silent auction proceeds for the Wpg Humane Society. Contact Alicia Gula 204-792-1135 or info@hostesshub.com.

Richer Dinner and Dance – On Saturday, November 16 from 6 – 11 pm at Richer Young at Heart Club with live entertainment Bernie Elastic and His Rubber Band. Cash bar and Supper at 6 pm. Tickets $17.50. Contact Irene 204-422-5932 or Marie 204-422-8499. Seine River Services for Seniors Programs: Tai Chi for Seniors – On Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Richer School, Gym. Free. Instructor Sara Trudeau. Seniors are encouraged to consult with a doctor before starting this program. Zumba Gold – 2 weeks remain, on Thursdays, November 7 and 14, from 7 – 7:45 pm at the Richer School, Gym. Free. Decluttering Presentation – With Lisa Sinnicks at the LUD in Richer on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. Free. Maximized Living – With Dr. Trevor Winzoski on Tuesday, November 26 at 6 pm, explaining the Five Essentials of well being. Limit of 20, free meal. Self Defense Class for Seniors –One class only, with Master Guy Vincent on Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm at the Richer School Gym. Limit of 20 participants - 5 places are left. Free. For all programs must register with Seine River Services for Seniors – Contact Juliette Rowan Community Resource Coordinator at 204-424-5575 for Richer services or email labseinerss@gmail.com.

Lorette Survey and “Re-Image” Children’s Educational Future – Hosted by the Seine River School Division on Tuesday, Richer Recovery AA - Group meets every Thursday and Saturday November 5 at 7 pm - Ecole Lorette Immersion. Bring completed from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Lee at 204survey. Please RSVP to Liz Summers at 204-878-4713 ext 229 451-0255. or email esummers@srsd.ca at least one week prior to date. Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Old Time Country Dance - On Saturday, November 23 from 7 Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides - 10:30 pm at the Lorette Parish Hall. Old time family dance scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating features fiddle music of Reimer6. Doors open at 7:00p.m. grades 8 and 12. Children Under 14 must be accompanied by Instruction provided with new dances. Snack served. Cost: $10/ an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open person or $30/family at the door. Contact Denise at 204-878- at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club 22 Dawson Rd. in Richer. 2629. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact: Doreen Pchajek at 4225243 or email doreen@spmf.ca. Scribblers Coffee House – Presented by Arts Lorette, Bibliothèque Taché Library, and Sprague Collège Lorette Collegiate on Thursday, November 28 at 7 pm. Bingo - Every 2nd Wednesday. Featuring Two For The Road with The CLC Jazz Band and vocal group Pop of musicians from Collège Lorette Collegiate. St. Pierre-Jolys Admission free with collection for the main act. Coffee and Craft Sale - On Saturday, November 9 from 10 am - 3 pm at the donuts available. St-Pierre Recreation Centre. With a Rainbow Auction, over 45 tables of crafts, baking goods and products. Contact Cecile Arts Lorette Winter Concert - On Sunday, December 1 starts at 204-433-3202. 7 pm at the Notre Dame de Lorette. Features: Seine Singers, Lorette Community Children’s Choir, Reimer Six, Shauna Hart, Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Depression support Local String Quartet. Cost $8/adult, K-12 $3, preschool free. group meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 Tickets from Seine Singer Choir members, Arts Lorette Board pm. Located at the Health Corner DeSalaberry Hospital. Contact members and at the door. Contact Arlene at 204-878-2016. Judy Dunn 444-5228. Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) - Seeks more volunteers. If you go for walks, bike rides, jogs or even just drive around the community, please put on a COPP vest and show your support or help with administrative duties. Can you donate an hour per month? Contact Trevor @ 204-955-3434 Lorettecopp@gmail.com.

Ste. Anne Seine River Services for Seniors – Invite to all seniors interested in the Wii Bowling game to come, try it out and have fun. On Monday at1 pm, at Le Club Jovial. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com.

New Horizons Seniors - Play cards, Scrabble, Wii and more. Ste. Geneviève Drop in Tuesdays 1-5 pm at Foyer Notre Dame Lorette 12 Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library at the Community St.Amant Ave. Contact Iris 204-878-3552. Centre on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 pm. Selection of books in both French and English, all Mitchell ages. Over 21,000 books including audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, Breakfast and Social - every Tuesday morning, 7:30 - 9 am large print books and magazines plus they can import books except the last Tuesday of the month when the social is held from any library in Manitoba. Special requests can be made to

More Than Just News! the librarian, Brandi Schmitz at 204-878 - 9488, MS Lunch Group- on fourth Thursday of every month, from 12 bibliotachelibrary.com or in person. – 1 pm at the Village Green Restaurant. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Coordinator 326-1434 or email Steinbach nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. Wood-Wise 101 Firewood Workshop – On Thursday, November, from 7 – 9:30 pm at 477 Main St., Fire Department. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support Led by expert instructors for people who are new at burning groups - for persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, firewood, and for those who want to get up to speed on the bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. latest clean burning techniques and advanced wood-burning Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Jake Epp technology. Learn how to buy good firewood, wood-burning Library from 7 – 9 pm. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. appliances, how to burn safely. Registration Fee: $10 paid at the door at 6:30 pm. Space limited. Contact wood- The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Auxiliary - meets on the wise@woodlotmanitoba.com. first Tuesday of every month except for the months of July and August at the Bethesda Hospital. We welcome anyone Local artists from southeast Manitoba representing Steinbach, interested in auxiliary work. Contact Verna Thiessen at 326Lorette, Ste. Anne, Vita, Dufrense, Landmark and St. Pierre will 3028. be showcasing their creations and demonstrating painting at the Southeast Artists Group Annual Christmas Show and Sale, Steinbach and Area Lions Club meets on the second and Clearspring Centre on Friday, November 29 from 12 noon to 4 fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Magnolia Restaurant. pm. Please come out and support your local area artists and Contact 204-326-2313. take home a gift of an original piece of artwork for that special person. Carillon Toastmasters - meetings are open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursday Babysitter’s Course – On Friday, November 8 at the Jake Epp evenings starting at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Public Library from 10 am – 4pm. Ages 11and up. Learn the Elmdale Street, Contact Doreen 204-326-7525. skills to take care of infants all the way up to school age children as well as basic first aid skills. Contact Jacqui Broesky Steinbach AA 12 Step Recovery Program - Meetings are held 204-371-1950 or jacqui@triofirstaid.ca. on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Steinbach United Church, 541 Main St. Ring the front door bell. Interview Success Workshop - On Friday, November 8, from 9 am – 3:30 pm at the Employment Resource Centre 2-90 Brandt Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm St. Contact Nancy Brent or Jen at Anna’s House B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. 204-346-9840 or nancy.openingdoorstosuccess@gmail.com. Vassar MHV Craft Sale – On Saturday, November 9 from 10 am – 4 Fall Supper - On Sunday, November 10 from 4 - 6 pm at the pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village auditorium. Free Community Centre. Adults $12, ages 6 -12 $6 and 5 and under admission. Contact Adele Krasniuk arkceramics@yahoo.ca free. or 204-355-4635 or 204-355-9710. Woodridge Women’s Business Network Lunch – On Wednesday, November Bingo - Every 2nd Sunday night at 7 pm. 13 starting at 7:30 am, at Rhyme or Reason Café, 191 Reimer Ave. Shannon Fontaine from Manitoba Tourism Education General Council will be speaking on support for businesswomen. Some Get Better Together - Take control of your health and learn to of their courses are: Handling Difficult Situations; Negotiating: live better with your ongoing health condition with a free 6Achieving Better Solutions for your Business; Reading and week health awareness program in your area: Understanding Financial Statements as Management Tools; Steinbach - Mondays from 6:15 - 8:15 pm. Lose the Script, and more. Contact to register Diane, Landmark - Thursdays from 6:45 - 8:45 pm diane@embracingsimplicity.ca. Marchand - Wednesdays from 7 - 9 pm. St. Malo - Mondays from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. High Tea with “Queen Victoria” at “Windsor Castle” - On Contact to register Madeleine at Southern Health-Santé Sud Friday, November 29 at 7 pm, at 204 346-6692. Saturday, November 30 at 3 pm and Sunday, December 1 at 3 pm at the Steinbach United Church CE Hall 541 Main Street. Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- Join us for Tickets $20. Contact Bonnie Morrow 204-326-9591 or a great day of fun and friendship. We visit McPhillips Street blmorrow49@gmail.com. Station in the morning and Club Regent in the afternoon. Pick ups in Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Paradise Village. Must be 18 Book Sale - Bethesda Healthcare Auxiliary – On Tuesdays years of age or older. Prizes and $10 cash for everyone. Bingo (gently and not-so gently) used book sale at Clearspring is played on the bus to and from the casinos for those wishing Centre. Book donations accepted year round at Clearspring to play. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 to reserve your seat. Centre from 9:30 am – 4 pm. The next scheduled trips are Tuesdays November 12 and December 10. Healthy Eating Cooking Classes - Every other week on Thursdays at South East Helping Hands. No Charge, enjoy a The Super Start Program, A Healthy Baby program with the meal with other community members and learn how to plan Southern Regional Health Authority. Program for pregnant & prepare healthy meals on a budget. Contact and register women and families with infants up to one year of age. Sessions 204-326-2599 or southeasthelpinghands@gmail.com. include song and rhyme time, discussions and games on topics related to healthy babies and healthy moms. Door prizes, Adult Book Club - Tuesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Bring book nutritious snacks and milk coupons for all participating suggestions or peruse our book lists. Meet some other book expectant moms or mothers who have babies up to six months lovers too and bring a friend. At the Jake Epp Library 255 of age. Contact: Terry from Super Start at 346-7021 or just drop Elmdale St. Contact Tracey Pankratz 204-326-6841 in. programming@jakeepplibrary.com. Blumenort - EMC Church on Thursday, November 7 at 10 am – 12 pm Ladies Get Fit Classes - Sponsored by Eastman Immigrant Niverville - Community Fellowship Church on Tuesday, Services, every Wednesday at 7:15 pm at the Woodlawn School November 12 at 10 am - 12pm gym. Aerobic, circuit training, weights, mats and stretching Ste. Anne - Dayspring Fellowship Church on Thursday, exercises. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Register November 14 at 10 am – 12 pm contact Lois 204-346-6609. Kleefeld – Mitchell Fellowship Church on Thursday, November 28 at 10 am – 12 pm Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of St. Malo – St. Malo School drama room on Wednesday, Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop November 20 at 10 am – 12 pm personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for St. Pierre-Jolys - Health Corner on Thursday, November 21 at others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges 10am-12pm through new experiences; develop leadership and decision- Ste. Agathe - Community Hall Centre on Tuesday, November making skills; give service to the community; value the natural 19 at 10 am – 12 pm environment. Lorette - Seine River Church on Tuesday, November 26 at 10 am – 12 pm Green Drinks South Eastman - South Eastman Transition Mitchell - Fellowship Church on Thursday, November 28 at 10 Initiative presents Green Drinks South Eastman. On the 3rd am – 12 pm Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at LBees, 5-275 Main St. Grab Grunthal – South Oaks School Family Hut on Tuesday, a coffee and discuss sustainable living. Contact November 5 at 10 am – 12 pm rebecca_hiebert@yahoo.com. Are you a landowner concerned about recently announced Seniors (60 +) Shinny Drop-in Hockey - every Monday from Hydro Projects? 10 -11 am at Centennial Arena. Contact Bob Barrow at 392- - Bipole III Project 3596 or email bob.r.barrow@gmail.com. - St. Vital Transmission Complex Project - Manitoba Minnesota Transmission Project The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon at You need to obtain information on how to protect your interests Steinbach 55 Plus Centre. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. by banding together under the leadership of the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowners Association Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family (CAEPLA). Stand up for your rights; get the information you and friends of people with mental health issues are held the need at: 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East Niverville - Tuesday, November 12 - 10 a.m. John Henry building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email Meeting Place St. Claude - Tuesday, November 12 - 7 p.m. eastmanmss@mts.net Community Center; St. Malo - Wednesday, November 13 - 10 a.m. Blue Steel Bar & Grill. MS Monthly Self-Help group meeting - for people living with multiple sclerosis. The group meets on the second Thursday evening of each month from 6 - 7 pm at Fernwood Place apartments. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 or email nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca.

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Doctor Issues Still Plague Vita It has been a year since the Vita Hospital was forced to shut down its emergency room and more recently, the Hospital was forced to be without a doctor for two weeks. According to Dr. Denis Fortier, with Southern Health, both Vita doctors were unavailable during October while they wrote their Canadian College of Physicians exams. “Our internationally trained doctors had to leave to write a three-day exam,” explained Fortier. “This is not a problem unique to Vita because many doctors were away writing the same exam.” The change affected both primary care and family physician services. During that time, patients requiring treatment or urgent care were directed to Steinbach or encouraged to contact Health Links. Due to a doctor shortage, the Vita Hospital was forced to shut down emergency room services on November 12, 2012. Southern Health announced that a temporary closure was initiated October 17 and would be extended until a third doctor could be recruited. This position remains vacant. “We were successful in recruiting a second doctor to the community but we need three to be able to reopen the emergency room,” Fortier added. “We continue to look for another doctor.” One of the biggest challenges faced by Southern Health is that while they can recruit doctors to Vita, they tend to leave after passing their Canadian Family Physician exams. “Doctors are not wanting to work in small groups,” Fortier noted. “They want to work closer to large centres where they have colleagues and support. This is a challenge across the province.” Fortier is assuring the community that Southern Health remains committed to bringing in a third doctor and not keeping the emergency room closed permanently.

Five Rushed to Hospital after Three Vehicle Collision On October 18 shortly after 8:30 am, Steinbach RCMP, Fire and EMS were dispatched to a three-vehicle collision involving a minivan, a car and an empty school bus on Highway 52 and Road 29E in the RM of Hanover just west of Mitchell. A westbound car on Highway 52, driven by a female with her brother onboard, attempted to pass an empty school bus which was about to turn south onto Road 29E. The driver of the car became aware that a minivan was oncoming and attempted to return to the westbound lane behind the bus. In doing so, the car collided with the bus and at the same time collided with the oncoming minivan. Five people were involved in this collision. The female bus driver, along with both occupants of the minivan (husband and wife), and two occupants of the car (brother/sister) were transported to hospital for treatment. The female driver of the westbound car, who is from the RM of Hanover, was transported to a Winnipeg Hospital in critical condition. All others involved had non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol was not considered a contributing factor in this collision.


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New Ste. Anne Lions Pick Executive By Marianne Curtis On October 10, a meeting was held in Ste. Anne to discuss starting a Lions Club in the community. Interest was so high that a week later, an organizational meeting was held and the first Ste. Anne’s Lions Club executive was elected. For the past, two years Lion member, Chris Barnard has been working to establish an official Lions Club within the community of Ste. Anne. “There are currently 12 members of the club and more are both expected and desired. A membership campaign is underway,” Barnard stated. The club has been formed as a “Branch” of the Steinbach Lions until the membership is about 25 to 30, at which point we will “Charter” as an independent club. “Steinbach is an experienced club and has offered to assist in the setting up of this new venture in Ste. Anne. They look forward to helping the new club grow and prosper,” Barnard added. “As a “Sponsoring Club” they will be providing guidance and support for the first few years until the Ste. Anne Lions are well established.” Locally, the Lions have supported the Lions Eye-Bank, the Lions Medical Assistance Program, the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide School and Lions Housing, which provides temporary accommodations for people who have to travel to Winnipeg for medical procedures, as well as affordable housing and nursing homes for seniors. “The Ste. Anne Lions will be assisting in these areas and in other smaller causes here in the Ste. Anne area. We are planning to host the “Purina Walk for Dog Guides” again in May of 2014,” Barnard added. “Another project we are planning is a community-wide “Shredder Day” where everyone can come and shred important papers and documents that are no longer needed.” To raise funds for these events, the Ste. Anne Lions will be running two different fundraising campaigns. There will be the sale of flavoured honey and a

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Grunthal’s Deputy Fire Chief Retires The Grunthal Fire Department lost a long time member after Deputy Fire Chief, Ken Guenther stepped down on October 31. According to Grunthal Fire Chief Paul Wiebe, Guenther has been on the department for nearly 27 years as a fire fighter and captain. The last five years were spent as deputy fire chief. “He was a very experienced fire fighter. He had a real talent with working with people,” stated Wiebe. “It is sad to see him go but we wish him all the best.” Twenty-three year department veteran Captain Dan Hiebert will assume the position of Assistant Deputy Fire Chief.

A new Lions Club Branch was recently formed in Ste. Anne and an executive was elected from the members. The new President is Wayne Pearen, the Vice-President is Gary Marriott, the Secretary is Pat Barnard, and the Treasurer is Erin Kettler.

Bartenders Delight raffle. Both will be completed before Christmas. All profits will remain within the community. Lions International is the world’s largest service organization with more than 1.35 million members in over 46,000 clubs in 207 different countries and geographical areas. It is overseen by an International President, who changes

every year, and 34 International Directors, who serve for two years. If anyone is interested in assisting in the community or just wants to give back in some way, please consider joining the Lions. The group will meet in the Ste. Anne English School Library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7 pm.

ATV Rollover Claims a Life On October 13 at 2:30 pm, the Steinbach RCMP was dispatched to the scene of a collision involving an all-terrain vehicle on a trail near the intersection of Road 43E and 47N in the RM of Ste. Anne. Investigation showed that three males were riding their ATVs when one of the riders, a 33-year-old male from Winnipeg, was unable to negotiate a corner, flipping his vehicle into the ditch. Emergency services arrived on the scene and transported the male to the Ste. Anne Hospital. He was then taken to a Winnipeg hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on the morning of October 15. An RCMP traffic analyst who attended the scene determined that alcohol did not appear to be a factor and the rider was wearing a helmet.


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Library Celebrates 50 Years

Jolys Regional Library Board of Directors, l-r: Luc Nadeau, Village of St. Pierre; Mona Comeault, RM of De Salaberry representative; Denise Weir, public library consultant; Claudette Baldwin, Librarian; Andre Carbonneau, RM of De Salaberry Councillor; Diane Saive, Village of St. Pierre-Jolys representative.

Fifty years of literary services were celebrated at the Jolys Regional Library and its St. Malo branch on Monday, October 21 in St. Pierre-Jolys. Approximately 40 people, including past and present board members and librarians, attended. Attendees had a chance to browse through the library materials, view photo albums and annual reports since 1962 as well as socialize and reminisce while enjoying cake, fruit, juice and coffee.

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Be Who You are with God’s Purpose Pastor, is it wrong to want to just fit into the crowd and be as the saying goes, “One of the guys?” All of our life we are pressured to fit in with everyone around us. There is peer pressure at school, at work, in our churches and in our communities to fit in with everyone else. We hate it when we are rejected, slighted and made fun of as different. However, if you look at the history of man over the centuries, the majority (the crowd) has almost always been wrong. The people we respect and honour from history are the unique individuals who weren’t afraid to be different and take a stand, regardless of popular opinion. When a person trusts Jesus Christ of the Bible as their personal Saviour, God tells us we become a ‘peculiar’ people. That means we are ‘one of a kind’, made for a particular purpose. In Scripture, Samson (the strong man) was an example of a Christian. As long as he obeyed God, God enabled him to do some unique things but when he disobeyed God and Delilah cut his hair, he became just like everyone else. He became just like ‘one of the guys’. God made you on purpose, with purpose. He has a particular, peculiar plan for your life. Only in doing the will of God will you find individual distinctiveness. Everything and everyone outside His plan is run-of-the-mill. The uniqueness is gone and life becomes monotonous. The adventure and excitement resulting from serving the Lord leaves and nothing is left but daily boredom. Without God as the centre of our lives, all our created enthusiastic endeavours fizzle out like a sparkler. A life wholly given to God is one full of constant surprises. When we are willing to be different from the masses, this is when God distributes His individual gifts and talents. Someone wrote, “Be like a diamond, precious and rare, not like a stone that is found everywhere.” Another quote says, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Let God work His uniqueness into your life and don’t be afraid to submit to His leading. Only then will you find satisfaction, fulfilment and fullness of joy. God bless.

Tractor Drive Supports Local Food Banks By the end of October, Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Drive Away Hunger program finished the last leg of its tenth annual journey with five million pounds of food collected for food banks nationwide. FCC Drive Away Hunger involves driving a tractor and trailer through communities to collect food and cash donations for food banks across the country. One hundred percent of donations go to Canadian food banks. Wade J. Nerbas, with Farm Credit Canada in Steinbach says 51,782 pounds of food was collected for the seven area food banks including Steinbach, Grunthal, and Lorette. “We’ve got a lot of the local food banks stocked for the majority of the year now,” stated Nerbas. “This program helps so they’re able to run the programs not have to worry about collecting food.” The FCC Drive Away Hunger Manitoba tours took place in the communities of Blumenort, Brandon, Dauphin, Grunthal, Ile des Chênes, Kleefeld, La Broquerie, Landmark, Morden, New Bothwell, Niverville, Portage la Prairie, St. Pierre-Jolys, Ste. Anne and Steinbach. Helping Hands distributes, on average, 400 bags of food that are given to families in 25 small communities throughout the region. More than 1,000 people are served each month and approximately 48 percent are children.

Lemieux Gets New Portfolio After four years as the Minister of Local Government and Municipal Affairs, Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux has been reassigned. During the most recent cabinet shuffle, Lemieux was named as the new Minister of Tourism, Culture, Sports and Consumer Protection. He will also be responsible for the Manitoba Liquor Commission and Lotteries. Lemieux says that he welcomes the change. “I enjoyed being the Minister of Local Government but, it has been four years. I enjoyed working with the municipalities but the premier wants me to take a bigger role in tourism and I am happy with that,” stated Lemieux. As the Minister responsible for the Manitoba Liquor Commission, he added that it will be busy. There are plans to change the liquor laws in Manitoba and he will be a part of it. “We will be liberalizing the liquor laws and I am pleased to be able to make it work,” he added. Since he was first elected to office, Lemieux has held a number of different posts including the Minister of Education, Minister of Transportation and Government Services, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Local Government and Municipal Affairs.


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When Persecution Comes Matthew 5:10-12... 10) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11) “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12) Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 13) “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (NIV) Have you ever felt mistreated? How about being harassed by people who do not seem to have feelings for others? Do you feel like you are all alone in this world at times? Do you sometimes feel like you are ready to give up? Is your heart at the breaking point and you felt like crying? These feelings are common and there are many times that I feel just like this, because life is not always good to us. People are not always kind to us. We are going to have bad days and we are going to have good days. But, when we have bad days because we are being unjustly mistreated and because we are doing our best to live the right way, the Christian way that hurts! We need encouragement when persecution comes our way. One thing we can be sure of, if we have put our faith in Jesus Christ, persecution will come to us; that is a fact! There are times when we deserve it... that is also a fact. But, we can rise above this harassment because Jesus said so. Many of us have never really made a huge sacrifice when we talk about living for Christ, However, when being a Christian seems likely to cost us something, it also gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our loyalty to Christ in such a way that the whole world can see that we are different. It also means we open ourselves up to some real persecution. If we are going to be Christians, we are going to suffer some form of harassment. The Bible does not say that I will be blessed if I am going to be a hateful person. No, if I am being persecuted because I am impossible to get along with, well, then I deserve it. If we are persecuted for being righteous, meaning being Christ like, then we will be blessed. To have to suffer for the cause of Christ is to walk the same road that the prophets, the saints and the martyrs walked. What Jesus is really saying is that it is going to be tough out there. Someone will come along wanting to harm what is in our mind and heart, to make life difficult for us. “However; I will give you power through the Holy Spirit to be successful, to be victorious,” Jesus said. When we are called on, to suffer because we are Christians, this is always a crucial moment in our spiritual lives, in fact, it can be a great moment in our Christian lives. The reason being it is a clash between two entities, the world and Christ; between right and wrong. Another thing, it means you and I are sharing in the suffering of Christ, and so it is not a penalty but a moment of glory. “Rejoice at such a moment,” says Jesus, “and be glad because I will be nearer to you than I have ever been before.” I do not think we will suffer physical death because of our loyalty to Christ and our Christian walk and talk. There can be no doubt that we will be insulted and mocked from time to time. People will persecute you because you are doing the best you can and you are being honest in whatever ministry that involves you. Remember Christ still needs you as his witness; Christ needs those who are prepared to live for him. You are the salt of the earth. You are the world’s seasoning to make it tolerable. If we lose our flavour or saltiness, what will happen to the world? We are the worlds light: A city on a hill, glowing in the night, for all to see. 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 desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name.” Amen.

Poppy Campaign Begins The 2013 Poppy Campaign of the Royal Canadian Legion is underway. Steinbach Legion Branch #190 is distributing of thousands of Poppies to local businesses, schools and other venues during this campaign. The distribution of Poppy boxes to local businesses will be conducted by members of the Steinbach Branch #190 and volunteers from the Stoneybrook Squadron #307 of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet League. The Poppy has been a symbol of remembrance since 1921 and is known internationally as a symbol of collective reminiscence to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Poppy Campaign is the foundation of the Legion’s Remembrance Program, which provides Poppies to members of the community as well as the opportunity to participate in Remembrance Day services. The Steinbach Legion Branch #190 will be holding the 2013 Remembrance Day service at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church on Monday, November 11.


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Post-Partum Depression Discussed in Landmark

Lloyd Shultz opened up and shared his family’s personal tragedy during a public discussion on postpartum depression. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis A few dozen people attended a recent open discussion on postpartum depression, which took place in Landmark. The open discussion on October 10, was put together to both educate and provide support measures for struggling new moms and their families. Organized by area mom, Jenny Plett, the event was organized to open the door to people who are suffering, may be suffering or know someone that may be suffering from postpartum depression. “We need to give young moms the freedom to come forward to ask for help without the stigma of mental

illness,” stated Plett. The event was organized in response to the apparent murder-suicide of Lisa Gibson and her two children in Winnipeg. “It is my hope that whatever awareness comes out of this, it will be in the memory of Lisa.” Several speakers on the agenda included Lloyd Schulz who shared his own family’s tragic story about the murder and suicide of his father’s mother and brothers. “I was reading the family Bible with my father one night and there were two lines erased. That led to the unraveling of a 70-year-old family secret. It was a secret no one wanted to tell him about,” explained Schulz. “My father’s grandfather died, leaving her with four children. She poisoned the boys and hung herself in the garden.” He added that the hardest problem with dealing with the tragedy was the family’s reaction. “The common belief is what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but this is proof that silence hurts,” Schulz stressed. Other speakers included Don Russell, a Psychotherapist with Russell Counselling and Consulting Services; Marian Ginter from Anna’s House and Tara Brousseau with Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. “New moms have to have the safety to say, ‘I’m feeling lousy; I can’t cope’,” added Brousseau. “This can happen at any time, in any community.” To help new mothers cope Anna’s House encourages them to join “Coping with Change.” “Eighty percent of women have baby-blues. We want them to know they are not the only ones. We encourage new mothers to speak out,” Ginter added. “When we notice someone struggling we do our best to get added support.” This series helps mothers work through the emotional and lifestyle changes that occur after the birth of a baby. Participants learn how to cope with adjustments and recognize if more support is needed. The meetings are held at Anna’s House and childcare is provided free of charge.

Community Group Looks for Fairness over Heritage Site By Marianne Curtis

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Local Athletes Named Tri-Stars

Renee Normandeau from Ecole St. Joachim in La Broquerie.

By Marianne Curtis Two high school athletes were recently recognized by the Manitoba High School Athletic Association for their skills on the field. On October 8, Renee Normandeau from Ecole St. Joachim in La Broquerie was named Tri-Star Athlete of the Week after excelling on the track during Zone 13 Championships. Coach Rheal Chaput said that the 5’8" Cross Country runner finished first overall at the Zone 13 Championships. “Renee is the kind of person who leads by example,” stated Chaput. “She gives her all in everything she does, never complains and never turns down a challenge.” Her success qualified her to participate in the Provincial Cross Country Challenge, which took place at Spruce Woods Provincial Park on October 16. A Grade 9 student, Normandeau maintains an 85 percent average, participates in track and volleyball. A week later Ronaldo Rodas, a member of the Steinbach Regional Secondary School Sabres Soccer team, earned the same honour. The grade 10 student lead his team offensively and as a striker scored some key goals in the team’s tournament victories in Minnedosa and Stonewall to help the Sabres claim the Zone 13 Championship. “As a new student to the school, Ronaldo has been a quiet leader on the team and expressed himself through his outstanding technical ability and passion for the game of soccer,” stated Sabres Coach Steve Rebizant. 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. Tri-Star Rural Athletes are chosen from all of the province’s high schools.

Gendreau believes the majority would like to see the property remain as one Members of the Enfant Jesus Heritage entity under the directorship of the Site Corporation in Richer are hoping Enfant-Jésus Heritage Site Corporation they can convince the Archdiocese of with the community holding the titles. St. Boniface to reconsider its decision. At present, the Archdiocese of Saint On October 24, about 100 people Boniface holds titles to the entire attended a forum hosted by the Enfant property and for the time being, the Jesus Heritage Site Corporation to Enfant Jesus Corporation continues in discuss the closing of the Enfant Jesus their function of directors, Gendreau Parish in Richer and the future of the added. community heritage site. The corporation wants to see the land Patricia Gendreau, spokesperson for titles for the 13.3 acres of the Enfant the group, explained that the group has Jesus church, including the cemetery met with the Diocese several times to grounds and all buildings and structures, discuss the church’s closure. returned to the community. The Enfant Jesus Heritage Site Corporation is hoping the “We have met four times with the Archdiocese of St Boniface will return the titles for the Richer Archbishop LeGatt, who attended, Parish of Sainte Anne and Diocese of St church and cemetery to the community instead of separating the stated that he could not make this Boniface to pursue discussions on the church from the cemetery and handing the upkeep over to the Ste. decision alone but needed to consult future canonical closing of the parish Anne Parish. with his standing committee. However, and eventual subdivision of the he noted that the Richer cemetery would cemetery from the heritage site of the process of the canonical closing including the be separated from the church property grounds,” explained Gendreau. “We still separation of the cemetery grounds from the church and that the Ste. Anne Parish would have not received the written description property.” administer the grounds in addition to the four other cemetery grounds it has to administer and care for. “We hope that the Archdiocese will reconsider and follow the same process as followed for the Parish of Ste The RM of Ritchot has finally found at least one tenant to take over a portion of the vacant Genevieve and St. Lupicin, who received upstairs at the Centre TransCanada Centre in Ile des Chênes. the land titles for the sum of $1.00 for Construction of the Centre TransCanada Centre in Ile des Chênes was completed a year ago. all the church and cemetery property,” While the first floor is occupied by a community daycare and the community centre, 5,000 square stated Gendreau. “Let’s make things feet on the second floor has remained vacant. right and return the land to the In September, the municipality received an offer from Churchill Wild to lease a 2,000 square community.” foot space on the second floor for a period of 10 years to commence on February 1, 2014 and The Enfant Jesus Heritage Site expires January 31, 2024. Churchill Wild is the only Polar Bear adventure company in the world requested that the land titles for the 13.3 that owns and operates remote fly-in polar bear eco-lodges in the Arctic. Currently the organization acres be returned to the Richer has a small office in Kleefeld. community. Originally the property was A year ago the RM of Ritchot council agreed to block off the second floor of the centre until a donated to the church by a Richer suitable tenant was found. resident, the community built and The $6.7 million centre was made possible with $2.77 million in federal and municipal funding maintained the buildings then established and includes a community hall and a bilingual public daycare for 94 children. a cemetery for their families.

TransCanada Centre Aquires Tenant

Ronaldo Rodas of the SRSS Sabres.


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Steinbach Hires New City Manager The City of Steinbach has announced that they have hired Troy Warkentin to take over the role of City Manager when Jack Kehler, the current City Manager, retires at the end of January. Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen said he is confident that Warkentin is a good choice for the position. “Council believes that promotion of a proven performer from within the organization is in the best interest of the organization and the community it serves,” said Mayor Chris Goertzen. “I’m looking forward to working with our new Steinbach City Manager in the new year. Troy Warkentin has only been in training for 20 years. I’m confident he will fit this role very well.” Warkentin started as Controller with the city in June 1993, became Treasurer two years later and over time, his role evolved into Corporate Services Manager. Last year Council promoted him to Assistant City Manager to prepare for Kehler’s retirement and to allow for a transition period. In addition to 20 years of City experience, Warkentin is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a certificate in Manitoba Municipal Administration. “The City of Steinbach has been very successful under the management of Jack Kehler and we look forward to continuing that success under the direction of Troy Warkentin,” Goertzen stated, “He has

Grunthal Family Wins Hospital Lottery By Marianne Curtis A Grunthal family were faced with making a tough decision when they were named the winners of this year’s Dream Lottery 4 Kids. Ernest and Marie Froese were recently named as the million dollar winners of this year’s Dream Lottery 4 Kids, a major fundraiser for the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We have been supporting the lottery and others for years but the most I have won was $1, 000,” Froese said. “When I got the call that we had won, I could not believe it.” The Froese family was given three options to claim their prize. Option 1 consisted of a furnished Artista Luxury Home in South Pointe, a 2013 Cadillac SRX and $20,000 cash. Option 2 included a furnished home in Winnipeg and one in Arizona. The family chose the third option, which was to walk away with $1,060,000 million in cash. “It was a tough decision,” Froese admits. “My wife is planning renovations to our home and I’d like to buy a few things.”

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Crow Wing Trail Wins Award By Marianne Curtis

The Crow Wing Trail Association was named this year’s winner of the Sustainable Tourism Award at the 15th annual Manitoba Tourism Awards. The Sustainable Tourism Award recognizes the association’s role in sustaining the history, cultural and environmental heritage of the 19th century trading Mayor Chris Goertzen congratulates Troy Warkentin on his recent route, which is now part appointment as the new City Manager. of the Trans Canada Wayne Arseny, Vice President of Crow Wing Trail, and Murielle Bugera, President of Crow Wing Trail, accept the Trail. Sustainable Tourism Award from Flor Marcelino, Minister of Crow Wing Trail demonstrated a strong commitment to good management practices Culture, Heritage and Tourism. and strong leadership qualities that will serve the city well in the President, Murielle coming years.” Bugera, is thrilled with Warkentin will officially assume the new role on February 1 the award. when Kehler retires after more than 37 years with the City. “We are pretty excited about it,” stated Bugera. “This gives us a louder voice and also draws attention to what we are going.” The Crow Wing Trail Association began in 1999 to take care of the trail, which is a 191 kilometre historic trade route that was once used by the pioneers and is now the longest Manitoba section of the Trans Canada Trail. With volunteers from six municipalities and one First Nation, the communities have worked collaboratively to promote tourism while promoting active transportation. Last year the Association hired a trail boss to maintain the trail for all modes of transportation, making it the only portion of the trail that is actively groomed and properly marked with signage along its entire length. Bugera added that some highlights from recent trail use, include the Red River Métis Journey in 2002 complete with Red River carts, the Actif Epica race which has taken place the last two winters and more recently a visit by Dana Meise in 2012 as part of his trek across all 23,500 km of the Trans Canada Trail. This historic route traverses through the communities of Emerson, Ridgeville, St. Malo, St-Pierre-Jolys, Otterburne, Niverville and St. Adolphe, as well as the municipalities of Franklin, De Salaberry, Ritchot and the Roseau River First Nations. The Crow Wing Trail Association was nominated for the award by the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM).

Ernest and Marie Froese with their children and grandchildren along with StBoniface Hospital Foundation CEO, Chuck LaFlèche (far right) in the brand new fully furnished Artista Luxury Home that was one of their choices given for winning the Dream Lottery 4 Kids.

The family intends on paying off their bills, putting money in savings and having fun with their family. The Dream Lottery 4 Kids raises money to help researchers at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. This is the only paediatric research facility in the prairies that is also funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and the StBoniface Hospital and are working on medical breakthroughs and cures for all Manitobans.

Tache Firefighters Go Pink

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Tache Fire Department got in on the action. In a show of support and to raise money George De Koninck, Phil Johnson, Tim Graham, Mitch Tetrault, Steve Stein, and Alexandre Dupre added some pink to their hair during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


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Knife Wielding Bandits Sought On October 8 at around 6:30 am, the Steinbach RCMP was dispatched to the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach as a male had been attacked by two unknown assailants with a knife. Initial investigation revealed that the victim was leaving his apartment on Brandt Street in Steinbach to walk to his vehicle parked outside and was approached by two males. One of the males presented a knife and a brief struggle ensued before taking the victim’s wallet from him. The males then fled on foot. The victim was not seriously injured in the struggle over the wallet. One of the males is described as 20-25 years old with brown hair and blue eyes. He is Caucasian and approximately 5’5" - 5’7" tall. He was wearing blue jeans and a black jacket and has a slim build. The second male was described as Caucasian and of a similar age. Police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals responsible for this incident. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Senior’s Condos Planned for St. Malo The community of St. Malo is excited and preparing for the construction of a new 30-unit 55 plus condominium development. The development will include 30+ units varying in sizes: 1,055 sq. ft, 1,355 sq. ft and 1,647 sq ft. The largest unit will have a double garage and the other two options will be singles. All units will be one-story bungalows with wheelchair access with private patios. The developers, Mi-Ro Enterprises Ltd consisting of Leo & Jeannette Roch and Art & Eva Milette, are encouraged by the community’s response to the project. “There is a growing demand for this kind of housing. The location of this development is its greatest selling feature, right next to Chalet Malouin and in walking distance from all the other town amenities,” explained Roch. “Not only will it offer enhanced retirement options for the 55 plus age group, but the economic benefits will be there for every resident to enjoy.” The increase to the property tax base will generate new funds for other projects in the municipality. With this development, Chalet Malouin will now be able to proceed with its own building project, including the addition of an office for an on-site doctor, Roch added. The land purchase from Chalet Malouin Inc. is in the final stages and once completed, a sod turning ceremony will be planned.


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Arena Expansion Approved for La Broquerie The community of La Broquerie will benefit from a new arena expansion after the $1.5 million project received the green light from the municipality. RM of La Broquerie councillor and arena board member, Ken Tallaire said the project will include new dressing rooms, a private girl’s dressing room, a larger lobby and a new boardroom. “One of the biggest issues is accommodating girls’ hockey. This is a huge issue now and we want them protected by having their own dressing room,” stated Tallaire. He added that more than 200 children use the facility for hockey, figure skating and the CanSkate program making the project necessary. On October 23, the RM of La Broquerie accepted the proposal and agreed to initiate a borrowing bylaw in support of the project. A portion of the money is expected to be raised through a naming rights fundraiser and access to various grants including Community Places.

My Littlest Jokester This month’s column is dedicated to my youngest son. At nearly three years of age, he is quite a character. He likes to have fun by wrestling with his two older siblings, spending time outdoors and playing with his cars and trucks. One of the greatest things about my little guy is his fun-loving sense of humour. He is definitely a little jokester. Recently I was driving through town with my wife beside me and our youngest son in the seat behind us. As we were approaching an intersection, the light changed from green to yellow. Realizing that I wouldn’t make it through before it would change to red; I hit the brakes and stopped. While the braking was gentle and no one was thrown forward by the stopping, my wife and I burst out laughing when from the seat behind us came the “errrrrr” sound of brakes squealing to a halt. It seems that my little jokester had been backseat driving! Another time I was in our living room wrestling with my oldest son and my daughter. My son and daughter had managed to tackle me and pull me to the ground. Most of the time this is due to them wrapping themselves around my lower legs and heaving back and forth until I lose my balance and topple over. Laying on my back, I had my son across my chest holding my body and arms down while my daughter was laying across and around my legs doing her very best to prevent my legs from moving around. It was at this point that I saw my littlest son walking by. Seeing that my salvation was at hand I called out for his help. My heart leapt for joy as he changed directions and came over to me. I laughed at my older two children and called out that now they were in trouble because I had help. My boundless joy quickly turned to shock as my littlest son spun around on his little feet and promptly sat on my head! It’s amazing how fast a man can move when there is a diapered bum in his face. Luckily, I was able to wrestle my way free and escape. Now if that diaper had been needing a change I might not have survived to tell the tale. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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Haven Gives Bald Eagle a Second Chance By Marianne Curtis A bald eagle that was brought into the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre in October is getting a second chance at life after being found covered with oil near Hollow Water. According to the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre, the mature bald eagle found herself in a bit of trouble after falling into a reservoir full of fish oil and other garbage at a dumpsite. “She had her feathers covered with the oil and therefore was not able to fly or keep warm. A local resident found the eagle and drove her to Winnipeg to receive proper care,” explained a sanctuary spokesperson. “So far she has had three baths and, yes, we used Dawn dish soap like the commercials. It really does work the best.” After her feathers are completely cleaned and she regains the waterproofing needed on her feathers, the bird is expected to be released back into the wild. There are currently three bald eagles at the centre waiting to be released. The Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 1984 and is located in Ile Des Chênes. Run by volunteers, the Centre is a non-profit facility which takes in certain types of injured or abandoned wild animals and rehabilitates them for release back into the wild. Animals unable to be released are sent to sanctuaries.

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Baseball Manitoba to Honour Local Players Two baseball players and an umpire are among those being honoured by Baseball Manitoba during a special event. Each year Baseball Manitoba recognizes the accomplishments of everyone involved through the season and thanks those who have contributed to another successful year through the annual event. Annual awards are also presented at the event. On November 9, Baseball Manitoba will award Seine River “AA” player Troy Blad with the Midget Player of the Year Carillon “AAA” award. For the second year in a row, Carillon Sultans player Jamieson Krentz will be named Junior Player of the Year. Both players are from Steinbach. Grunthal’s John Unger, an umpire for the Carillon Minor League, will receive the Umpire Award of Merit, while Curtis Smith from Lorette will be named as a member of the Honour Society. All four individuals will be presented

Troy Blad will be named Midget Player of the Year.

with their awards during the Baseball Manitoba Awards Banquet, which is taking place in Morden on November 9 at the Access Event Centre.

This bald eagle was found covered with oil near Hollow Water and brought to Ile Des Chênes for cleanup.

Three baths later and she is almost ready to be released.

For the second year in a row, Jamieson Krentz will be named Junior Player of the Year.

St. Malo Recognizes Community Volunteers

Richert Completes Successful Test in Italy

By Marianne Curtis At the end of October, the community of St. Malo gathered for one spectacular evening designed to honour a group of dedicated volunteers. The 3rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards, hosted by St Malo & District Chamber of Commerce evening took place October 26 in St. Malo to recognize 12 community volunteers and two youth volunteers. St. Malo Chamber of Commerce President, Lorraine Jones-Racine said that the volunteer evening is an important event in the community. “Even though a small group was recognized at our Annual Volunteer Award Night we recognize that there are so many more people who give time, skills and dedication to make things “happen” for this area,” stated Jones-Racine. “We like to recognize the community’s dedicated volunteers who give generously of their time to make our community a better place to live. It is appreciated!” Part of the evening included a Patsy Cline tribute by Michelle Anseeuw, lead The St. Malo Chamber of Commerce gathered recently to recognize vocalist of The In Clines in the popular the many people who spend countless hours volunteering within local stage show “Sweet Dreams of Patsy the community. Cline” and keyboardist David McKay.

After a successful test run in Italy, Niverville racecar driver, David Richert, could be signing a contract with Team Torino.

David Richert found himself back in a racecar recently and completed a test with Team Torino Motorsport at Adria International Raceway in Italy, just off the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Under foggy skies, Richert was immediately thrown into challenging conditions, as the track surface was still damp from rain the night before. Nevertheless, as the track started to dry out partway through the day, drivers were able to start attacking the circuit and Richert began improving on his lap times. “It was very difficult with the damp conditions in the morning, but overall I was very happy with the progress throughout the day,” stated Richert. “It was a confidence building exercise with a new car and a new track so I am happy with the results.” Benefiting from continued dialogue with Team Torino engineer Ruggero Cafagna, lap times continued to fall throughout the day and Richert completed the last session of testing by posting his fastest laps of the day. After a promising showing with steady improvement, Team Torino Manager, Marco Braghero is keen to continue the relationship. “I told David when he got out of the car that we need to sit down and do a contract because we would like to continue working with him next season. We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks,” stated Braghero.


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