Dawson Trail Dispatch October 2013

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Congratulations to Saffron (1st) from Ste. Anne Immersion, Gavin (2nd) from Ross L. Gray and Mylene (3rd) from Lagimodiere... winners of our annual School Bus Safety Colouring Draw.

Race for Provencher Representation Heats Up

Indecent Assault Charges Laid Against Ste. Anne Mayor

By Marianne Curtis With a Provencher by-election looming in the next few months’ voters can start considering their options now that two contenders have officially entered the race. On September 13, Ted Falk from Steinbach was named the official Conservative candidate. “Provencher is a large and diverse riding; I am really looking forward to going to many of the communities, talking to voters and getting to know what everyone’s concerns are,” said Falk. “Over the years we’ve seen how offside the Liberals and NDP have been on so many issues important to the people of Provencher.” Former Provencher MP Vic Toews is pleased with the possibility of Falk succeeding him. “Ted is an excellent choice to represent the people of Provencher,” said Toews. “Through his strong personal and business relationships he has demonstrated a high degree of integrity and commitment. I am pleased that he is now offering to serve the people of Provencher as their representative in Parliament.” A few weeks later Liberal candidate Terry Hayward received overwhelming support when several hundred supporters turned up for his nomination meeting on September 25.

By Marianne Curtis On September 27, Ste. Anne Mayor Bernard Vermette made his first court appearance in a St. Boniface courtroom where he is facing charges of indecent assault. The charges were laid by the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP after a woman came forward in July with allegations against Vermette dating back 47 years. According to St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Staff Sergeant Ron Poirier, officers arrested Vermette and charged him with indecent assault after a yearlong investigation. The charges were laid after a woman in her fifties came forward in May 2012 and claimed that while she was living in St. Genevieve as a child she was allegedly assaulted by Vermette. The alleged assault took place between January 1 and December 31, 1966, according to court records. The woman would have been nine at the time and Vermette would have been about 26.

Ste. Anne Mayor Bernard Vermette is facing charges of indecent assault after a woman came forward with allegations stemming back five decades.

“There was no relationship between the victim and the accused at the time of the incident,” Poirier told media. Vermette was released with a promise to appear. An order to keep the peace and avoid contact with the alleged victim and another woman was part of his release conditions. He has no prior convictions. “I am innocent,” stated Vermette when the Dawson Trail Dispatch contacted him after the hearing. “I have nothing else to say.” Vermette has retained Hymie Weinstein as his lawyer on record. In 2012, Weinstein was named as Winnipeg’s best criminal defence lawyer. Vermette is being charged with Indecent Assault instead of new sexual offences because the alleged incident took place before changes were made to the criminal code. In 1983, the Criminal Code of Canada was amended to replace the crimes of rape and indecent assault with three new sexual assault offences which focus on the violent rather than sexual nature of an offence. In 1966, the maximum punishment would have been five years in jail and a whipping. Vermette will be back in St. Boniface Courthouse on November 15 where the particulars of the case will be read publicly.

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During a public forum, Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau congratulates Terry Hayward as the Liberal candidate for Provencher. Photo by Marianne Curtis


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Niverville Dedicates Green Space to Former Employee

The Town of Niverville recognized a former employee by unveiling a plaque and naming a community park in his honour. On September 17, the Niverville council unveiled a plaque dedicating the park located at the corner of Spruce Drive and Fifth Avenue in memory of J.R. Schapansky. “James, or Jim, to his many friends, until his untimely death on December 29, 2009 faithfully served as the Towns Public Works Manager,” explained Mayor Greg Fehr. “Someone has said that all successful employers are looking for staff that will do the unusual, who thinks and who attract attention by performing more than is expected

Provencher By-election continued... Continued from page 1 “I am amazed by what I am seeing today,” stated Hayward. “I have not seen this much enthusiasm over the Liberal party in several years; it is an exciting time for Provencher.” Adding to his excitement was the personal endorsement from Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau. “Provencher has a strong candidate in Terry,” Trudeau vouched. “While some people think Provencher is a lost cause because it is considered a conservative riding, from what we’ve seen and heard, voters are disillusioned with the Harper government and ready for a significant change.” While the Liberals and Conservatives seem to be ready, the NDP have yet to come forward with an official candidate. It may be a few months until a byelection date is actually set, but some

Provencher Conservative candidate Ted Falk and wife Irene visit with La Verendrye MLA Dennis Smook at the Vita Fall Supper.

voters have already been wondering how new boundary changes will affect them. According to Elections Canada, the boundaries of

Provencher have been realigned but the new boundaries will not come into effect until the next federal election in 2015.

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of them. Jim was such an employee.” In a quiet, unselfish, dedicated and gentle manner, he exemplified the consummate team player, Fehr added. “His community service was an integral part in ensuring the residential growth the Town currently enjoys. In many ways Jim was the hands and feet of the community, helping our dreams come true,” Fehr noted. “Parks and walking paths, actually any green space were one of his many passions. It seems only fitting then that Council now dedicates this park in his memory.” Not only was Schapansky an integral part of the Town of Niverille staff, he was also instrumental in the founding of the Junior Clippers hockey team. In August 2009, Schapansky was hospitalized and a cancerous tumour was found in his brain. Despite aggressive chemotherapy, he passed away four months later.


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Is it Arab Spring or Back to Winter? The euphoric hope of a few years ago has turned into frustration and despair. Egypt has imploded with another military coup. Agreed the democracy that was jettisoned was short on principles and heavy on the Muslim Brotherhood’s religious beliefs. Minorities were sidelined and some even killed without the state lifting a finger. This is why the world didn’t even wince when the military intervened. Perhaps we should, as world citizens be more critical. A timid and a flawed constitution are still better than having a military dictatorship. Too many Egyptians will now not trust the opportunity of a ballot, especially when it is controlled by the military. Syria has been a killing field for more than two years now with no end in sight. President Bashar Assad is now guilty of using chemical weapons on his own people. What is so embarrassing and surprising is that the free world has lost its moral fibre or moral authority to intervene and punish such a despicable deed. Iraq continues with its sectarian murdering rampages. Any other country would be exhausted with all this violence and would surely take a day off. Nigeria and Mali are some of the examples among many North African countries who are having difficulties with Muslim terrorists. Many Asian countries are also experiencing Muslim terrorism. Iran and Saudi Arabia are vying for leadership of the Shiite and Sunni factions of Islam and that is a major problem for Islam. They emphasize the petty differences and ignore the similarities. Their total lack of respect for other points of view will not win many friends. Kenya has just suffered a devastating attack by an “Al-Qaeda” faction from neighbouring Somalia. The targets of these extremists were apparently non-Muslims. This is a nasty reminder that the war on terror is continuing. We seem to have more and more homegrown fanatics who seem more and more willing to join the mayhem. The question is, are we still up to the task? I get the feeling the answer to this perplexing problem is “no”. We keep hearing from local Muslims that Islam is a peaceful religion. Lately my attitude has shifted to “prove it.” Don’t tell me anymore but convince the radicals in your midst. Now that would impress me. As a matter of fact, the only way to win the war on terror is if the “peaceful” Muslims participate in this battle to re-sensitize civilization without reservation. Perhaps it is time for you to hear from the rest of us; and that would be, “Get a grip.”

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Missed Opportunity to Reduce Bullying The “spring” session of the Manitoba Legislature ended on September 12 having run right through the summer. It was the longest spring session of the Manitoba Legislature in our province’s history. Several bills came to a vote before the last day of session including Bill 18, which the NDP government had labelled the “anti-bullying” bill. Bullying in schools for any reason is unacceptable. No child should feel unsafe in a school. That is why it was so disappointing to see that Bill 18 did not contain many of the provisions that have proven to be successful in reducing bullying in other places. For example, in most effective anti-bullying bills in North America, there are some requirements, either generally or specifically, for consequences to bullying. As well, there are often requirements to allow bullying to be reported anonymously online. Also absent from Bill 18 were requirements to notify parents in cases of bullying or to provide parents support and understanding in recognizing when their children are being bullied. There were no provisions to protect teachers from false allegations of bullying or to protect those who report bullying from reprisal. Each of these things would have made the legislation stronger and more effective in reducing bullying and protecting kids. Many of these suggestions came from Manitobans and teachers who made presentations at committee on Bill 18. Each are common in other provinces or states. Manitoba Progressive Conservative’s brought forward each of these suggestions as amendments to Bill 18 and every NDP MLA voted against each of them. Why would an NDP MLA vote against an amendment to ensure there are consequences for bullying or to ensure parents are always notified? Why would they vote against allowing the reporting of bullying online or protecting teachers? Why would the NDP vote against giving parents support in dealing with bullying? The most concerning thing of all is a couple of days after voting against each of these suggestions, the Minister of Education Nancy Allan told the media the very things she had voted against could in fact reduce bullying and she would now consider them. In the meantime, the NDP missed an opportunity to pass anti-bullying legislation that actually has some teeth and might help some vulnerable kids from being bullied. Clearly, the NDP simply voted against these suggestions because they came from their political opposition. Each NDP MLA made a decision to put politics ahead of the goal of having effective anti-bullying legislation. And in doing so they missed an opportunity to help kids who are being bullied and they missed an opportunity to listen to the Manitobans and parents who said they would support these amendments. 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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Dear Editor: Over the past nine months, my Progressive Conservative colleagues and I have used many legislative tools to maximize the opportunities for you to have your say on Bill 33, the forced municipal amalgamation bill. We have repeatedly called on the NDP government to withdraw Bill 33 and start over with meaningful, respectful consultations with all Manitoba municipalities and only proceed when a consensus has been reached. We introduced a motion to delay Bill 33 for six months only to have the NDP vote it down. We read petitions, private members statements, and grievances, all outlining the NDP’s lack of consultation and heavy-handed position. As a last resort, we introduced amendments aiming to at least try and improve the worst parts of the bill only

to have the NDP accept three minor amendments. We fought for resort communities facing forced amalgamation. We listened to many heartfelt presentations in public committee. We asked dozens of questions of Minister Lemieux only to have him refer to municipalities as “insolent children” and refer to Manitobans who attended committee meetings as “howling coyotes”, disrespect and arrogance by this Minister time and time again! Now, at the 11th hour, the Minister made changes to the bill, creating even more confusion while pretending to appease some resort communities. He has decreed himself judge and jury to decide whether municipalities face “significant complexities” and should be granted an extension from his selfimposed December 1, 2013 deadline.

Remember this is the same NDP government who sprang forced amalgamations on Manitoba municipalities with no prior consultation. Given their poor track record of consultation and hidden agendas, one can expect this is only the first round in forced amalgamations. The NDP seem intent on destroying Manitoba’s community fabric in their bid for total control. It is indeed unfortunate this Minister and this NDP government have become so arrogant and disrespectful to our local municipalities and their dedicated local municipal representatives, employees, and ratepayers. Do not forget this when the NDP comes around making promises to you using your own hard earned money. There is simply no trust left. Blaine Pedersen Critic for Local Government MLA for Midland

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The Fight Will Continue The NDP continues to provide false hope for the Manitoba economy. Manitobans are starting to realize that all this government can provide them is broken promises and bad decisions. As you are well aware, the NDP went door to door in the last election and promised no tax increases. What we’ve seen, however, is quite the opposite. In 2012, they raised taxes on everything from insurance to haircuts. In 2013, the government beat their own record for tax increases for one year, and raised the PST by 14 percent. Every day in the legislative session NDP cabinet ministers got up one by one and promised that these tax increases would help the economy, not hurt it. Numbers released by Statistics Canada paint a very different picture. Retail sales for the month of June compared with the month of July show that retail sales dropped 4.1 percent over that period. Manitobans are shopping where their dollars can buy them more, like in Grand Forks, Minneapolis or Saskatchewan, where the retail sales taxes are 40 percent less than here in Manitoba. Now that the legislative session is over, I have had the opportunity to meet with many constituents, and they have said the same thing, keep fighting the NDP. We will do just that. Three private member’s bills that came from our party, The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Act, The Special Olympics Awareness Week Act, and The Personal Information Protection and Identity Theft Prevention Act, along with ten government bills, were passed in the most recent legislative session, one of the longest legislative sessions in Manitoba history. One of the bills that didn’t pass, however, was Bill 20, the bill that allows for the PST increase. When we return in November, this bill will continue to be top of mind for each one of us, and we will continue to fight this arrogant, lawbreaking NDP government. Another major issue that became known in this legislative session was Manitoba Hydro and this government’s mismanagement of yet another file. This government promised the people of Tataskweyak Cree Nation (TCN) a community centre, as well as $2.3 million in sewer and water upgrades. As of today, neither of these projects has begun and all the Minister can provide is rhetoric and false statements. This is all happening at the same time as the Clean Environment Commission approved a license for the NDP and Manitoba Hydro to move forward with the $3.28 billion BiPole III line, going down the west side of the province. Rather than building on the more cost effective east side of the province, the NDP would rather play political games and route the line where there is a greater potential for lost power in transmission and where there is a greater cost for construction and maintenance. The question remains, however, if the government cannot manage a $2.3 million project in TCN, how can they manage a $3.28 billion BiPole line and the Manitoba economy as a whole? The answer is simple. They can’t. As always, I appreciate your comments, questions and concerns. Please contact me by email at Dennis.Smook@leg.gov.mb.ca, Legislative Office at 204- 945-4339 or my Constituency Office at 204-424-5406.

Higher Taxes Creating Harm Dear Editor: The NDP’s 14 percent illegal PST increase is harming small business in this province and taxpayers are feeling the pinch. By raising the PST to 8 percent, this government has placed many businesses in this province in a tough situation. Established businesses in border communities, such as Roblin, Altona and Boissevain are struggling to keep shoppers at home and in the local economy, as sales taxes in Saskatchewan and North Dakota are 40 percent cheaper than in Manitoba.

Whoa on the Adjectives Dear Editor: Re: Lorette Parish Welcomes New Priest With reference to your article in the September Edition of the Dawson Trail Dispatch, we would like to share a number of observations. Let us be clear at the outset that it is right and good that a community should welcome and recognize the arrival of a new Parish Priest to the Parish. Such an event provides an opportunity to continue the vital spiritual life of the community established by those who preceded him and to lead the congregation in new directions consistent with principles of acceptance, unity and love demonstrated by Pope Frances. This is our wish for the new priest who has accepted the considerable challenges, which lay before him.

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In the provincial budget of 2012, the government decided to apply the PST to insurance for the first time. In 2013, the government raised the PST by another 14 percent, and combined with higher Hydro rates and more red tape than ever before, small business owners are now paying more to do business in this province, and consumers are paying more and more to shop in this province. Higher costs and higher taxes have led the Manitoba economy to the worst inflation rate in this country, with fewer jobs than this time last year. Disposable income is being spent in other jurisdictions, and the Manitoba economy is going to continue to suffer if this government does not withdraw their illegal PST increase. One thing is clear with this government. A Premier that believes he is the builder of this province and a Finance Minister that leaves small businesses behind further proves that the NDP are not fit to govern this province. It’s time for a change. Cliff Graydon Critic for Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade MLA for Emerson

What concerned us about the article was the potential innuendo contained therein. As regular attendees at Notre-dame De Lorette Parish for the past five years, the last two years were not “long years” as stated in the article, for my wife Donna and me. They were years of rich spiritual fulfillment provided by a true man of God and the lay team that supported him and the church community. To suggest otherwise as the term “long years” would imply does not acknowledge the tremendous spiritual climate that preceded the arrival of the new priest. The transition to new spiritual leadership is bitter sweet for us. While we welcome the arrival of Father Fillion, we found it difficult to “smile” with the departure of Father Michaud and his leadership team. The trio of Father Michaud, Pat and Bill will be sadly missed by many and their contribution to the parish should have been recognized in the article. Transitions of any sort provide new opportunities but they are not carte blanche and successful ones are built upon the good in that which preceded them. Our five years attending the Notre-Dame De Lorette Parish have been spiritually uplifting, socially rewarding and has provided a wonderful sense of Christian community. It is our wish that these conditions established by recent spiritual leaders will continue into the future. Sincerely, Jerry and Donna MacNeil


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Second Marriage and Estate Planning This topic has come up a few times over the summer so perhaps it’s time to explore what you need to know. Even if this situation does not apply to you, I hope you will continue to read, as there is likely someone you know or care about that may be in a second marriage or common-law relationship. For the purposes of this article, I’m looking at situations where the children are now adults and no longer dependent and there are no dependent adult children due to a disability. So, how do you arrange your affairs when you are in a second relationship? When I refer to married, I do include common-law relationships as well. There are some differences, but also some similarities. First, keep in mind that when you get re-married it automatically revokes any existing Wills (unless the Will referred to the upcoming marriage.) Common-law relationships do not revoke Wills. Also, look at any items that you have named a beneficiary: life insurance and registered assets (RRSPs, RRIFs, and TFSA) are the most known ones. Getting married doesn’t change these beneficiaries and maybe that’s okay. Maybe there are some assets you want to leave to your own children. Alternatively, maybe the separation agreement stipulates you must keep your previous spouse as your beneficiary. Regardless, review your beneficiaries on these assets. Look at your joint accounts and other joint assets. Most joint assets (like bank accounts and vehicles) go to the surviving owner(s) if they are considered “joint with right of survivorship”. If you have joint assets with your new spouse, remember that asset will be passed outside of the Will and he/she will become the sole owner of the asset. Is that what you want? Maybe it is. However, if it is not you better do something about it (make some references in your Will). One asset that has come to my attention more recently is mobile homes not located on property you own (homes in Paradise Village, for example). These homes are not considered “marital property” as defined in the Homestead Act of Manitoba. If you own the property outright and you want your current spouse to live in it as long as he or she wishes, then you need to indicate that in your Will. If you are living with someone or remarried to someone and live in their home (like a mobile home on leased property), you need to know what will happen if they should predecease you. You do not have the marital right to stay there. Discuss with your new spouse what his/her intentions are. If he/she wants you to stay there for a certain period of time (a few years) or until you are ready to move or pass away, then it needs to state so in the Will. If you are living in their home and it’s a regular home on owned land, then you are covered by the Homestead Act. You have the right to live there as long as you want (you are still responsible for property taxes, insurance and utilities). The home would remain as an asset of the estate and held by a trustee (usually the executor(s) for the estate), but you have the right to live there. In addition, the asset, if in joint names, will be considered “joint with right of survivorship” and not “joint tenants in common”. Tenants in common mean the asset is owned jointly, but when one owner dies, his/ her share goes to the estate and not to the joint owner. Normally, registered property in Manitoba is considered as such, but not mobile or other homes on property that is leased or rented; this is a regular asset much like a bank account and is considered joint with right of survivorship. Second marriages should consider having “Mutual Wills”. They are normal Wills, but include a clause or contract that states neither of you can change your Will after the other one dies. This is often to ensure assets are eventually shared amongst all the children of both spouses. This ensures your combined assets eventually go to both your children and your spouse’s children equally (if that is what you want to have in your Will). Mutual Wills can be used for first marriages too. You may think that your spouse would never intentionally leave out your children and you are probably right. But, assuming you die later in life and leave your spouse widowed, your spouse wouldn’t be the first trusting senior to be taken advantage of. Or if the adult children become distant because of a new spouse, there is a tendency for the surviving spouse to want to write your children out of the Will. A true Mutual Will would prevent this. So what are some other estate planning items to consider? You can leave part of your estate to your spouse and part to your children. You can leave your estate in a spousal trust so that your spouse can use what is needed for his or her lifetime, but the estate in general will be held for the children. You can give some money to your children now while you are alive (assuming you don’t need the money to live). As you can see, estate planning for second marriages requires some detailed thought and planning. Don’t assume everything will work out. Take the time to plan ahead. You can talk to me or call me for a preliminary discussion, but I will likely refer you to a lawyer to get your wishes in order via a welldocumented Will. 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.

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Vassar Family Grateful for Community Support During Cancer Fight By Marianne Curtis The RM of Piney is not a large municipality but when one of their own needs a little support they come out in droves to help. This was especially evident when the Pineland Lions Club recently hosted a fundraising pancake breakfast to support 20-year-old Katherine Barrow, from Vassar. Barrow’s life took a drastic detour this summer when a diagnosis of mononucleosis (mono) turned into a more serious diagnosis of leukemia. “In late July I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia after feeling unwell for a week or so. I was immediately admitted to HSC and have remained in Winnipeg since, with my mother,” Katherine shared. “This was a devastating shock for my family. After undergoing chemo, I am in remission and awaiting a stem cell transplant in early October, with hopefully, a good outcome.” In October, Barrow will receive a stem cell transplant with a match found through the OneMatch stem cell and marrow network. Despite the diagnosis, chemo treatments and now a stem cell transplant Katherine remains in excellent spirits. “I am truly amazed and humbled by the support and generosity of my home community, and feel very blessed,” Katherine added. “I cannot adequately express my gratitude to my stem cell donor. I will never know who this person is, but they have given me the chance of a normal life. What an unbelievable gift!” Katherine is the youngest daughter of Vassar area farmer Derik and Sian Barrow. Sian is an RM of Piney councillor and employee with Southern Health. “We have so much to be grateful for; the community has been amazingly supportive with helping us on the farm and council has been very understanding during this time,” said Sian. “The RM of Piney is not very large, but it is full of people with huge hearts.” The fundraiser was held to help the family with unexpected medical expenses. Katherine, a server at Shakers Inn in South Junction, was forced to take a leave of absence. One of the things that have helped them considerably was the discovery of A Port in the Storm. A Port in the Storm offers an affordable, home-like environment and haven for non-Winnipeg residents who are forced to remain in the city for medical treatment and face additional burdens such as physical handicaps, social and family role changes, and most often financial difficulties. “We are so grateful for this place. I was in no shape to

At the beginning of October Katherine Barrow (pictured with her mom, Sian) will go for a stem cell transplant which is expected to help keep her Acute Myeloid Leukemia in remission. Photo by Marianne Curtis

People throughout southern Manitoba and Winnipeg, came out to South Junction for a fundraising pancake breakfast hosted by the Pineland Lions Club in support of the Barrow family.

look for an apartment and we could not afford to stay in a hotel,” Sian explained. “This is an organization that everyone needs to be aware of.” OneMatch is always looking for stem cell donors. They are linked to networks worldwide and help find matches for the many patients waiting for transplants. To find out more about stem cell donation visit onematch.ca.

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Grunthal Man Stranded on Island for STARS

More Than Just News! By Marianne Curtis A member of Grunthal’s Lions Club was deliberately stranded on a remote island in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. On September 12, Doug Wiens participated in a unique fundraiser called Rescue on the Island for the STARS rescue team, which saw six people dropped off on a remote island with nothing but their cell phones. The only way they could be rescued is if they raised money for the organization. “I thought this was a worthy challenge and as a Lion “We Serve”. As incoming District Governor I

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, October 1. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Bingo will run every other Tuesday, so the next one is on Tuesday, October 15. 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. Kitchen Garden: We need your help in our garden with weeding and watering. Produce will be used in our kitchen for our Meals on Wheels program. Contact 204-320-4603. October Birthday Celebrations: Wednesday, October 2 at 2 pm. Celebrate with us! Bring your friends! Guests pay $2 for coffee and cake. Concert: Gary Fjellgaard with Saskia & Darrel. Gary Fjellgaard is a JUNO Award Winner and CCMA Hall of Famer. On Tuesday, October 8 at 7 pm. Tickets $20 ea and available at the centre. He was raised on a farm on the prairies, a champion of vanishing values and the frontier spirit. In 2005, he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. With his finger style acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, colourful stories, Gary takes his western roots music to the people with a rare sincerity. 30 percent of the ticket sales are being donated to the Pat Porter Active Living Centre so please bring your friends and family! Arthritis Workshop: On Wednesday, October 9 at 11:30 am. Potluck: On Thursday, October 10. 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. We will be having Ham for our Thanksgiving Potluck. Afternoon Jam and Showcase: On Thursday, October 24. Join us as we celebrate our senior’s in our new Drop in Centre. Look for more information in our upcoming newsletter, posters around town or online at patporteralc.com. Old Time Country Dance: With live Band the Nightwinds, on Friday, October 25 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. Appointments are available for June 4. Computer Labs: Are 1 hour long and available every other Wednesday morning from 9 am - noon. Pot Luck Supper on the second Thursday of every month at 6 pm, meat and beverages provided. Cost $5 ea. Bring a casserole, salad or desert. Contact the centre to reserve a seat. Beltone Hearing: On the third Friday of each month. Contact 1-800-661-2653 for appointment. Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting: On Tuesday, October 22 at 1 pm. Brain Injury Support Group Meeting: On Monday, October 28 at 7 pm. Weekly Programs: Monday 9:30 - 10:30 am Low impact fitness class with instructor 12 - 4:30 pm Drop-in Pool 1 - 4:30 pm Model Trains 1 pm Canasta 7 pm Tai Chi Tuesday 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool Wednesday 8:30 - 9:30 am Urban Poling at A.D. Penner Park 10 am Tai Chi 10 am Choir Practice 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 with Alex Cupples every other Wednesday from 9 am - 12 pm. Call the Centre for more information and to book an appointment. Volunteer Opportunities include perogy making, decorating and setting tables, birthday party hosts, food preparation and serving, clean up, greeters, receptionists.

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believe I can inspire Lions of Manitoba and lead by example,” stated Wiens. “STARS provides a much needed service for the people of Manitoba and with its connection to Lions, STARS deserves our support.” Each member of the group was challenged to raise $100,000 by collecting pledges through phone calls from the island to family and friends. So far, Wiens has collected almost $48,000. He admits that due to his excitement he started with a small disadvantage. “Our first challenge was to suit up as quickly as possible. I dropped my phone during this challenge and shattered the screen,” Wiens admitted. “I had to borrow a phone from one of the medics to make calls the rest of the day.” After being dropped off on an island near Otter Falls, the group was kept busy with various challenges, including shelter building and medical challenges, including CPR. Stranded along with Wiens were Dan McLean of Tundra Oil and Gas, Nick Hirst of Original Pictures, Brenda Tjaden Lepp of FarmLink Solutions, Chris McCallister of Red Beard Farms and Virden Mayor Jeff McConnell. Combined, the group raised over $300,000 in one day. Money raised from the event will go towards building a hangar for the province’s STARS helicopter.

Doug Wiens (third from left) from Grunthal was among six individuals dropped off on a remote island near Otter Falls to raise money for STARS.

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Food Drive Launches Affordable Seniors with BBQ By Marianne Curtis On September 20, the local Farm Credit Canada (FCC) officially commenced their sixth annual Drive Away Hunger campaign in support of local food banks. Wade J. Nerbas, with Farm Credit Canada in Steinbach, invited everyone to join with several other local businesses in support of Helping Hands and seven other food banks in the region. “Unfortunately our local food bank, Southeast Helping Hands, is facing growing numbers of mouths to feed with at least 45 percent of them being children,” stated Nerbas. “Hank Klassen, Director of Southeast Helping Hands, has been involved in the food bank for the past 33 years and says the shelves have never been emptier. In a word, we desperately need your help.” Starting with an official launch barbeque, the company has partnered with other local organizations to give people many opportunities to support the cause. The Steinbach Pistons encouraged fans to bring a tin for the bin during their first two home games and the Jake Epp Library has set up a bin in the library. “The youth are on board too,” Nerbas added. “Last year we had 16 schools in 10 different communities that supported seven local food banks throughout the southeast.” He added that thanks to the success of the drive other years, food and funds collected have helped sustain several of the food banks for “a large part of the year”. On October 9, residents in various rural communities may find youth groups knocking on their door during a door-to-door collection drive. Students will be encouraged to bring food into their schools on October 10 and 11, with the DriveAway Hunger group arranging for curb side pickup at the schools. Helping Hands distributes on average 400 bags of food to families from Steinbach and 25 other communities throughout the region. Over 1,000 people are served each month and approximately 48 percent are children.

Housing Opens in Ste. Anne By Marianne Curtis

After two years of construction, the Villa Youville board invited the community of Ste. Anne to gather and celebrate the official grand opening of the long awaited new affordable housing project. On September 6, the door of a 24unit affordable rental complex for seniors living on low incomes was opened. Louis Sorin, President of the Villa Youville board, was pleased to see the beautiful facility finally ready for occupation. “The Villa Youville organization is proud to finally be able to offer this new housing option to the elderly population of our region,” Sorin stated. “It’s been a long process and the participation of our many partners made this project possible. This brand new state-of-the-art facility will provide a new and much needed type of housing for the people of the southeast region.” With the project receiving $8.5 million in federal and provincial funding, Premier Greg Selinger was on hand at the opening. “This new building improves the lives of many seniors living in the For a while now my wife and I have been looking online to buy a truck. Ste. Anne area and it alleviates the Not seeing what we wanted in our price range and not seeing anything growing demand for senior housing around Steinbach that fit our criteria, we headed off to Winnipeg. This is through more affordable housing options,” said Selinger. “Our where the “fun” began, and I do mean fun in a not so funny way. After making the drive to the city through a light drizzle, we arrived at our first dealership. Parking our van, we stepped out, walked around the lot, and found a few vehicles of interest. Scanning the lot with our eyes, we were unable to spot a salesperson. With no price tag on the trucks and no one around, we decided that if they were not interested in our business then we would take it elsewhere. Climbing into the van, we drove on. After travelling to a couple of more dealerships with similar results, we figured that one of two things must be happening: 1) the salespeople in Winnipeg were not the type to come outside and see if customers needed help or 2) the light mist of water in the air was keeping them huddled indoors. We figured that we would change our tactics and try something different. At the next dealership, we went inside to see if anyone was interested in selling us a truck. We stood in the showroom and waited and waited. Walking around the showroom brought us to one man who was busy doing something on his computer, could take no time for us and another man walked by, and went into a back room. Feeling like characters from the movie, The Sixth Sense, we decided to try elsewhere. The next dealership brought better results for as we walked in a salesperson approached us and asked if he could help us. While he was friendly, the trucks he was selling were too much for our budget and we parted ways. The next salesperson we met truly lived up to the stereotypical image of a car sales representative. He listened to what we were looking for and then added several thousands of dollars to what we were willing to spend. He pushed for the more expensive trucks and told us how, if we financed through them, it would only be so much money every two weeks. Funny how he didn’t seem to hear when I told him (repeatedly) that our financing was already taken care of through our bank. Strange. In the end, we pretty much had to forcibly rip ourselves out of his clutches and escape as quickly as we could. Another dealership was selling the type of vehicles that did not look like they would make the drive back home. In the end, we found one smaller dealership where the owner actually came outside and greeted us. After hearing of our budget, he personally took us around and showed us what he had in stock. While we didn’t find what we were looking for this time, he and his dealership is the only one that we feel inclined to go back to and to check online. While the day ended without us buying a truck, I feel that my wife and I learned a few things about truck shopping and now we have a better understanding of what is available. Plus, we were able to spend the day together, which was great in and of itself. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

The No Truck Shopping Experience

On September 6, a 24-unit affordable housing complex at the Villa Youville in St. Anne was officially opened.

government is committed to supporting our seniors and our communities by working with other levels of government, the private sector and not-for-profit sectors to create housing opportunities for Manitobans.” Construction on the Villa Youville’s affordable housing facility began in June 2011 by demolishing an obsolete personal care home. The new 24-unit affordable housing complex has twelve units for rent to seniors with low incomes and the remaining at local median market

Name Change for Bethesda Hospital

rates. In addition to working with existing infrastructure and service supports, this project introduces supportive housing into the community of Ste. Anne. Residents will be able to move into the assisted living portion and, as the need arises, make a smooth transition from supportive housing to long-term care. The building uses geothermal heating and cooling and includes a chapel, an expanded kitchen and a dining room that were funded through community fundraising.

Southern Health has taken a huge step in changing the identity of the region’s largest hospital by changing its name to the Bethesda Regional Health Centre. According to Jan Gunness, Southern Health’s Vice-President of Clinical Standards, Southern Health made the decision because of the vast amount of services available under one roof. “We have a personal care home and community services building,” explained Gunness. “It is no longer just a hospital.” Southern Health also hired Ian Krochak as the new Director of Health Services for the Bethesda Regional Health Centre.

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Good Year for Landmark Foodgrains Crops

The community came out in full force to help the Landmark group harvest their donations for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

The final tally is in and this years’ Canadian Foodgrains Bank project in Landmark was a success, said organizer Matt Plett. “We got 5,000 bushels of winter wheat off of 70 acres east of Landmark, and 5,400 bushels of canola on 90 acres south of Landmark,” stated Plett. “At an approximate cost of $2/day, this will feed over 600 people for a year!” Total value of this years’ project is approximately $90,000, which turns into $450,000 after the federal government matches with a 4 to 1 ratio.

Stop It!! I hate all those commercials that get me eating all these unhealthy processed food. They increase my cravings and I find myself buying them even though I know I shouldn’t. I am also beginning to notice that in a one-hour TV show there are at least 20 minutes of very attractive, mind controlling ads. All these ads are to get me to buy. I realize that society is being bombarded and brain washed to ‘NEED’, and in turn, to consume at a rather constant pace. Both you and I must admit that we have succumbed to purchasing much more than necessary. I have stuff that has brought no real benefit to my life. I agree that there are things we need and sometimes, even luxuries can have the mental health benefits, but so much of what we buy, we do not consume and it holds little purpose. We do need food to eat and sustain us. We do need seasonal clothing and footwear. We do need some functional furniture. But, what about the drawers, closets, freezers, garages, cottages, trailers, storage sheds and vehicles loaded to the brim. Why, it gets so that I don’t even know what I have. I forget what’s in the freezer and in the back of the closet. This is exactly what manufacturers hope to do. When stores put on a sale, you bite because you forgot you have three of those somewhere. Forgetting really works as part of the strategy to get you to buy more. I buy it, clean it, dust it, or upon discovering that it is unusable and unneeded, I store it. I have donated, gifted, held garage sales, sold, and thrown away more than my parents even owned in their entire lifetime. Manufacturers know I am from a ‘disposable’ society and actually design products to be nonrepairable and to wear out quickly. Our landfills attest to this (I won’t even talk about the electronics!). Imagine if you add this to a shopping addiction, or an OCD hoarding weakness. Advertisers just play right into these disorders. Do you see what’s happening? I have been seeing ads recently on the rental of storage units for keeping stuff that I have no room for at home. What?? If I do not need it to function at home, then I don’t need it. I must learn to ask, “Do I really need this?” before I purchase anything. I must walk away from ‘sales’. I must turn away from commercials and pop-ups. I must ignore billboards and ads on the radio. For heaven’s sake, you and I know when we actually ‘need’ an item. We also know, deep down, that we are being duped into acquiring more than we ‘need’. So, by now I think you know why this article is important in a “Health and Wellness’ column. Our mental health and financial health will improve with education and the development of purchasing control. I also feel that the world environment cannot sustain this vagrant life- style of over consumption. Just “stop it!” Be aware of the tricks of advertising and the ‘stuff’ you do not need. Raylene Snow is a health advocate, retired teacher and owner of Raylene’s Wellness Spa located south of Ste. Anne on Hwy 210 S. You can reach her at 204-422-6234.

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Niverville’s Recreation and Wellness Fair Expands Several hundred people came out to Niverville for the fifth annual Recreation and Wellness Showcase on September 5. Organizers estimate that about 700 people came out to see the

October 2013 amazing recreation and wellness opportunities available in the community. Robyn Yates, Program Coordinator for the Town of Niverville, said that this year’s event was the biggest yet. The organization had 31 different booths set up, including 14 new ones. “There were different types of booths; everything from out local sports groups, to Cancer Care sharing some sun safe UV safety information, local healthcare professionals [reflexology, physio,


chiropractic, etc.] and information for Children’s programs, the Farm and Food Discovery Centre,” stated Yates. “The organizations being represented were from all around the South Eastman region.” “We have so many people moving into the community and this event brings them together and shows them what there is available in Niverville and surrounding communities,” added Yates. Those in attendance could also register their children for the many local sports activities available.


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Let God Make the Decision

Landmark Mom Opens the Discussion on Postpartum Depression By Marianne Curtis A Landmark mother has opened doors to discuss postpartum depression by putting together a one-evening seminar in hopes to both educate and provide support measures for struggling new moms. Jenny Plett, a mother of three, organized the event after the horrific deaths of Lisa Gibson and her two small children in July. A relative said Gibson suffered from postpartum depression. “The tragedy of Lisa Gibson certainly resonated with mothers of young children; I believe that it needs to resonate with all of us,” stated Plett. “We need to learn more about postpartum and watch the ones that we love for signs of distress. We must do whatever it takes to make certain that they do not feel the desperation that Ms Gibson must have felt.” For Plett this is not an issue that just showed up in local news. “When I found out that I was pregnant with our third child, an image of chaos flashed through my mind. When she was born, life was incredibly busy and truly felt unmanageable. I don’t think that I was touched by a postpartum illness, but I still cried often and felt like I couldn’t change another diaper, soothe my crying baby and toddler or make it through another day after another disjointed, sleepless night,” Plett shared. “There were days that I truly envied my husband because he got to leave every morning for the comparative calm and quiet of the trucking industry.” Plett invites anyone who is suffering, may be suffering or knows someone that may be suffering from postpartum depression to attend a special seminar on October 10. The speakers on the agenda include Lloyd Schulz who will

When a person gets to the point in their life where they realize, believe and accept that Jesus Christ died for their sins and trust Him to forgive them and save them, they are thankful for what God has done for them. Now they want to show their appreciation to God for all He has done for them. When our neighbour or friend does something kind for us, we are thankful and try to think of some deed of kindness we can do in return. So it is a natural response to want to do something for God after all He has done and is still doing for us. What can you or I do to impress God? The answer may shock you. Nothing!!! Absolutely nothing!!! In fact, many times the things that we do for God, thinking we are helping Him and His work, only interfere with what God wants done. Let me illustrate it with this story before you completely shut me out as a nut case. A young man sold his recently deceased parents’ farmhouse and land to a developer. Having received an unusually good price he wanted to do something special in return for the generous buyer. So he made some needed repairs to the farmhouse and put a fresh coat of paint on the old place. He was so proud of his efforts until the new owner showed up. He said, “Son, I wish you hadn’t taken all that time and effort to redo the old place. My intention is to tear it all down and start over again.” How many of us have spent a large part of our Christian lives trying to patch up what God has already condemned? When God saved us, our spirit and soul were revived, but our old flesh never changed. Neither can it change. The Bible says you can’t put new wine into old wine skins or they’ll burst. The flesh (old man) will always be against God. It cannot change. The Bible compares our old man to a leopard. It has no ability to change its spots. Therefore, if we have a desire to serve God and do something for Him, we must sit back and yield or submit to Him. Let God do the work in us first and then through us, to reach out to others. In the Bible, in Jeremiah 1:10, God gives us the order that He works to do a work in our lives. He roots out, pulls down, destroys and throws down, and then He builds and plants. This process only happens to those who are willing to let God do the work in their lives instead of themselves. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” So stop trying to impress God and just give your life to Him and trust Him to do what’s best for you.

Sturling is the Latest Curling Rage Landmark mom, Jenny Plett (with her two youngest children Christopher and Rachael), has organized a seminar to open up a public discussion of postpartum depression.

share his own family’s story about the murder and suicide of his father’s mother and brothers. Don Russell, a Psychotherapist with Russell Counselling and Consulting Services, Marian Ginter, from Anna’s House and Tara Brousseau, from the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, will also be speaking. The evening is taking place at Heartland Church in Landmark starting at 6:30 pm and open to the public. Contact Jenny Plett at jen@pletttrucking.com for more information.

La Broquerie Man Charged with Grow-op in The Pas A 48-year-old resident of the RM of La Broquerie has been charged in connection to a grow operation located on crown land in The Pas. Theodore Warren Ducharme was arrested September 19 after police executed a search warrant on the property in northern Manitoba. With the assistance of the Steinbach RCMP and Winnipeg Drug Section members, a second search warrant was conducted the next day on a rural property in the RM of La Broquerie and additional marijuana plants were located. Police carried out searches at residences in Cormorant and in the RM of La Broquerie near Steinbach. Officers seized guns and a quantity of marijuana from this location. In total, between the two properties, police have seized 250 plants and a number of charges are pending related to Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Firearms. RCMP also arrested a 46-year-old woman at the residence in Cormorant and charges are pending.

A La Broquerie man was charged after police seized 247 marijuana plants near the community of Cormorant, about 80 km northeast of The Pas on September 19.

Sturling is coming to the Ste Anne Curling Club this November. The two-person curling team found in a Sturling game offers multiple advantages. It is a relatively new game, based on curling, using the same facilities and equipment. The main differences, besides the two-person team, are a few rule changes that result in a much faster moving, shorter game, that is less demanding on the body and easier and quicker to learn. Sturling involves delivering about the same number of stones in a game for each player as in a regular curling game, but each game lasts only about an hour. There is very little standing around waiting, as players do not move up and down the ice. There is continuous, moderate activity throughout the game, and everyone has the opportunity to

deliver stones and to skip holding the broom on an equal basis. Players can choose to deliver their stones either using the slide delivery, or using a delivery stick. The stick delivery is much simpler, easier, and quicker to learn and to perfect than the slide delivery. Beginners can concentrate on the game objectives and strategy much sooner. By using the stick delivery, it is easy to take part and allows many people with medical problems or just advancing years play the game. There is a lot less sweeping and it is an excellent game even for those in wheelchairs. Sturling still has many advantages and plenty of challenge for the young and physically fit. The game is also is an ideal family game, since each person can chose the delivery method they prefer and there are no gender or age restrictions. Curling with spouses or across generations is a natural. Try Sturling at the Ste Anne Curling Club on Saturdays from 10 am -1 pm starting Saturday, November 2. Curlers are asked to get a foursome together and book their activity time or drop in to see if the ice is available for a walk-on. The cost is $5 per person. Contact Anni at 204-422-6631 or email annimarkmann@mts.net for more information.

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Contentment or Complacency Philippians 4:12) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Can you remember a time when you called a friend aside to share a secret? The moment we began to utter the word secret we became the centre of attention and, at least for that moment, it was fun. Remember what that felt like? Everyone wanted to know the secret, but we would hold it close unless, of course, somebody pounded us. Now the Bible talks about a secret that the average person in the world cannot seem to understand and that is the secret of contentment, of happiness. Many think contentment or happiness means the same thing as complacency or self- satisfaction but it really does not. These words have a much deeper meaning than that. Check me on this one. When I lose the desire to be involved, when I do not care what happens, when my spiritual walk and talk are going nowhere, then I might just say that is complacency. Complacency to me means having a self-righteous attitude. “I just do not give a pinch, why should I?” “Who cares?” However, may I suggest that what experience has taught me is that what we are actually shrugging off with a ‘do not care’ attitude is the loneliness inside our heart. Contentment, on the other hand, means that we can be at peace with God and other folks in every situation, whether good or bad. For those of us who have lived awhile, we have become painfully aware that somehow material things just do not cut it, things do not compare to the enjoyment we get when we are with family, friends and co-workers. A positive relationship with Jesus Christ, with family, friends and co-workers far exceeds anything that we own. When we take our journey with Christ seriously, we then have found the secret that the apostle Paul is talking about, the secret of contentment, that inner happiness, that inner peace that money just cannot buy. Perhaps you are like me, even as a Christian, circumstances at times have a way of getting under my skin. When things are going okay, when everything seems to be humming along just fine and the sun is shining, I am up on cloud nine. However, when everything seems to be going down the drain, this contentment stuff seems like a mountain to over-come. It can be tough to find the peace in our heart we so eagerly desire. Scripture does not teach that everything that happens to Christians will be good. However, Scripture does teach that God is at work in every situation whether we perceive it as good or bad. Now the challenge to us is to strive to understand what God is trying to reveal to us in the circumstance. Right here we can choose to go our way and lose the battle, or we can choose to trust God. The choice is ours. God uses those times of difficulty in our lives to do some of his greatest work in us. It is true. We learn some of the most important lessons in life in our struggles, in our difficult times. God builds into us character and compassion through the struggles He allows us to experience, struggles that are at times tough to understand. I know that has been true for me and it has probably been true for you. We need to look at the struggles in our lives and ask what God is teaching us through them. We might find lessons so valuable in those struggles that, given the opportunity, we would not change the hard times even if we could. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that peace, joy and happiness that will fulfill my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name.” Amen.

Hanover Suspends Bus Driver After Collision The Hanover School Division has suspended one of its school bus drivers after a collision that took place in Blumenort. On September 19, RCMP and EMS crews responded to a collision involving a school bus and a car. The bus was full of students on their way home after school when it was struck by an eastbound car. Steinbach RCMP have charged the bus driver with proceeding when not safe to do so. According to Randy Dueck, Superintendent for Hanover School Division, the board followed policy and suspended the driver pending an investigation. “The driver was charged so that is a starting point for us. We are also running our own investigation and until that is complete this driver will not be driving our bus,” Dueck stated. “How we proceed will depend on the investigation.” No one was injured in the collision.


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Municipality Sells Historical Building By Marianne Curtis On October 1, the old municipal building located on Main Street in Ste. Anne will no longer be the property of the RM of Ste. Anne. During a special meeting of council on September 4, the RM of Ste. Anne council passed a resolution to accept an offer to purchase their former office building. Art Bergmann, RM of Ste. Anne Reeve, confirmed that the municipality has accepted an offer to purchase from Bernard Vermette. Bergmann said the RM of Ste. Anne gave the Town of Ste. Anne an opportunity to buy the building before it was placed up for public sale. “They [the Town of Ste. Anne] asked for first chance to buy it and as a courtesy we offered it to them but they changed their minds,” explained Bergmann. “I do not know why.” With the town no longer interested, the RM of Ste. Anne put the building on the open market and listed it for $285,000 to be used for office or retail space. “We sold it for $200, 000,” Bergmann stated. He further confirmed the municipality actually received two offers on the listed property. A second offer for $250,000 by another individual was denied by council. “We did not feel that it was appropriate. She wanted to build apartments or condos,” Bergmann admitted when asked why council declined a significantly higher offer. “We would love to see the new owner recognize the historical significance of the building and retain it to some extent.” Vermette is remaining mute on the purchase other than to say he “has no plans” for the site at this time. The only known stipulation to the sale made by the RM of Ste. Anne is that a cairn located on the property remains in place.

Seine River Schools See Enrolment Gains The Seine River School Division is doing some scrambling after they saw an unexpected jump in student population at the beginning of the school year. Due to the increase, the division approved the hiring of four new teachers. At the end of the school year, the Seine River School Division expected an increase of up to 100 students adding seven new teachers hired for the division. At the start of the school year, the division saw student population increase to 260 students, which forced the division to look for more staff. Mike Borgfjord, Seine River School Division Superintendent, said the increase was very much unexpected. “In June, we knew our kindergarten numbers were going to be higher than expected,” stated Borgfjord. “There has been a lot of construction in recent years but we did not expect our numbers to be that high.” With classroom sizes bursting at around 30 students, the division needed to hire the teachers immediately instead of waiting for the budget process. The highest increase was seen in La Broquerie with 46 more students attending Arborgate School. The division was forced to appeal to the province for several portables to be placed throughout the division, a new school for La Salle and a high school in La Broquerie.

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Hanover Looks at School Zone Speeds By Marianne Curtis The Hanover School Division said they could be making some changes after the province has given local governments the authority to lower speed limits in school zones with a simple bylaw. On September 16, municipalities, local government districts and community councils have the ability to set speed limits as low as 30 km/h in school zones where the regular posted speed is below 80 km/ h. They can also set maximum speed limits to 50 km/h in places where the posted speed is above 80 km/h. In addition they can apply specified times and dates for the reduced speed limits or set them to be in effect at all times. Hanover School Division Superintendent Randy Dueck is pleased about having more control over speed within school zones. “As a board we have not looked into the matter but I expect that we will pursue lower speed limits in all the municipalities we have schools,” stated Dueck. “School zone safety is an issue for us in all our communities and has been a challenge to us for years.” Before actually making the reductions Dueck said the board would do, some research before making decisions.

“We have some homework to do yet,” Dueck noted. Any local government that wishes to reduce the speed limit in its school zones must pass a bylaw that provides the detail required in the new Reduced-Speed School Zone Regulation. The bylaw must list all schools that will have reduced-speed zones, indicate what roads and what portions will have the reduced speed, describe the reduced maximum speed and be clear about what hours the speed limit is in effect.

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Sea of Red Greets Justin Trudeau in Provencher Hayward was thrilled with his official campaign kick-off. At his previous nomination meeting, only a few dozen people attended. At the most recent meeting, several hundred people attended, some from as far as Brandon and Souris. “I have lived here over two decades and I have never seen this much excitement here,” Hayward admitted. “There is a fantastic energy among liberal supporters; I am positive that it will continue right through to the next election.” Trudeau echoed Hayward’s enthusiasm. “What I see here tonight in this very packed hall in what is supposedly to be a very conservative part of the country is a great example of the renewed commitment, excitement and optimism that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was visibly moved when he was presented with a photo of his father, former Prime we all share in moving this Minister Pierre Trudeau, by Cindy Rempel-Patrick, Karen Bencharski and Tricia Penner, who were little girls when country forward,” Trudeau the photo was taken in 1970. Photos by Marianne Curtis continued. “There is a lot of potential here.” By Marianne Curtis While in Manitoba, Trudeau also spent a day touring the With a Provencher by-election looming in the near future, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau ridings of Brandon and Souris. returned to the region to meet with residents and local leaders. A date for the Provencher byOn September 25, Trudeau started off his day meeting over 900 students attending youth election has yet to be parliament in Ile Des Chênes. He then ventured to Steinbach to meet with Mayor Chris announced. Goertzen, which gave the mayor an opportunity to talk about the community. “It is a great opportunity to have any federal leader come to the community and we are very happy to have him here,” stated Goertzen. “I hope to convey to him challenges specifically with immigration, infrastructure and how unique we are.” After a brief walk down Main Street, Trudeau had lunch at Sawney Beans before heading to Ste. Anne for a tour of Villa Youville. The day ended with a nomination meeting in Lorette, where Terry Hayward was selected as the official Liberal Candidate for Provencher. “This by-election is a chance to send a clear message to Prime Minister Harper. Terry, this is your chance to bring the best of Provencher to Ottawa and shake things up,” Trudeau told the crowded room. “We see an awakening; people want more from their government. How that will translate in a by-election? I don’t know, but I am fairly optimistic that we are going to surprise some people.”

Terry Fox Run a Disappointment for Steinbach After a five-year hiatus, the Terry Fox Run took place in Steinbach on September 15. However, only a handful of people participated and organizer

Major Subdivision Approved for Landmark October 2013


Despite the community’s operating at capacity with water and sewage, the RM of Tache granted approval for a 100-lot subdivision (top middle) on the east side of Landmark.

By Marianne Curtis The Town of Landmark is expected to experience another building boom after the RM of Tache recently approved a 100-lot subdivision developed by Schinkel Properties on the east side. Tache Mayor William Danylchuk said that growth in Landmark and Lorette is needed. “We are short on urban lots and urban development within both Landmark and Lorette,” said Danylchuk. “There are things we need to work out with water and sewer before it can proceed but we are working on it.” Danylchuk admitted that the community’s water and sewer system is currently strained but a solution is in the works. “We are at capacity right now and that needs to be upgraded,” he confirmed. Last month, the Dawson Trail Dispatch revealed how the community is currently experiencing water shortages due to undersized pumps and pipes. Council believes that a $150,000 solution has been found with the purchase of two $75,000 pumps that are expected to up capacity for the community. However, installation could take a few months due to the project still needing to obtain provincial approval and licensing. Despite this issue, Danylchuk is confident that the development will be a boon to the community. “It is exciting to have this approved and move forward into the next stage of development,” Danylchuk added. “We expect that infrastructure will be in the ground and roads will be built within the next year.” Homes are expected to begin cropping up on the site by the end of 2014. One of the conditions the RM of Tache is looking at is a request that the developer dig his own wells and pump house to service the subdivision instead of allowing it to hook up to the existing system.

Ray Cooper said that it was a very disappointing day. “We had a very little turnout and raised under $500,” stated Cooper. “We only had seven or eight runners.” Cooper said he stepped up to organize this year’s event after a plea was put out for organizers. “I have lost many loved ones to cancer and I am battling skin cancer myself,” he explained. “I still encourage people to contribute to the Terry Fox Foundation.” Despite the disappointing turnout, Cooper said that he would spend the next year researching and preparing ahead in an effort to bring the event back to the community on an annual basis.


October 2013

CEO’s Sleep Out Supports Local Homeless By Marianne Curtis

part in the first CEO Sleep out in the community. For one night, the group On September 26, 30 executives camped out at K.R. Barkman Park in and politicians from the region took Steinbach to raise funds and

It’s not too late to sign up! Great Fall programming to keep you active and creative… Creative Wellness – Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Belly Dance; Cooking – Creative Cooking and Kids in the Kitchen; Languages – Spanish, French; Visual Arts – Pottery Passion, Digital Photography, Mixed Art for Adults, Exploring Acrylics, ‘Realism, Impressionism & Abstraction’ Acrylic painting; Theatre – the Backyard Theatre Company for ages 5-15; XCOMPANY Dance & Martial Arts for ages 3 to adult – Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Broadway Stars, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Breakdance and more! Call 204471-9266. Music and Theory (piano, voice, flute, violin, guitar, and accordion) with the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts. CORPORATE SPECIALS. Business owners – send your staff! Receive 15% off registration fees for fall programs like Yoga, Pilates, French or Spanish, or come with three or more staff and receive 20% off! Exclusive to businesses – professional development through the Arts! FUSION Musical Theatre - Workshops are coming soon! This specialized program is a fusion of Music (Voice), Dance and Theatre. Interested? Leave your name with the Arts Council Program Coordinator. Working parents – your toddlers will love the Arts4Tots Preschool Program… early childhood development through the Arts – Music, Drama, Dance, Crafts and Culture. Only a few spaces left! NEW! After School Art Program for ages 13-17, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4 -6 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre. Projects will include a group mural, funky fence, individual art projects and more. Check it out! ASAP. It’s free! ARTISTS! Join the Southeast Artists Group on Tuesday mornings at the Cultural Arts Centre. Call Gary 204-346-9623. Interested in a Monday evening? Let us know! For families with financial challenges, the Creative Arts Bursary Fund can help. Download request forms online or call for info. Here at Steinbach Arts Council, we believe that the Arts should be accessible to all. All Roads Concert Tour – Check out Luke McMaster live on Thursday, October 3 at the SRSS Theatre, 190 McKenzie Dr, 8 pm. Proceeds to the Steinbach Arts Council. Tickets at tickets.buzztix.com/event/ AllRoadsSteinbach. Young Artist in Concert – Enjoy music by Rebecca Woodmass in a caféstyled evening at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre on Friday, October 25 at 7:30 pm. A talented soprano, Rebecca will capture your imagination with her joy, openness of spirit, and her clear, bell-like voice. The evening will include cabaret and jazz styles, with a smattering of opera and new music. Adults $15, Students $10. Call the Arts Council for tickets. Songwriter’s Workshop with Mike Blair from the group Quinton Blair – On Monday, October 28 at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. Tickets available at SAC. Limited availability – call now! Quinton Blair in concert with Canadian cowboy singer Tim Hus – On Tuesday, October 29 at the Village Green Restaurant in Steinbach. All tickets $15 – available at Stone Creek Western Shop, Outbach Music, Village Green and the Steinbach Arts Council. True Jive Pluckers – Tickets on sale now! You won’t want to miss Ed Minevich (violin), Jack Semple (guitar) and Stephen McLellan (bass) – three dynamic showmen who defy the traditional and the ordinary! Their repertoire includes everything from jazz to blues, swing, country, rock, klezmer, gypsy, classical and tango. See the True Jive Pluckers on Tuesday, November 5 at the Grace Mennonite Church in Steinbach. Adults $18, Students $9. Call the Arts Council for tickets. ‘Buns in Seats’ Fundraising Campaign – Buy your gift cards now… Steinbach Arts Council is collaborating with cinnamon bun company, Love and Buns, for the most delicious fundraiser yet. These are not your average buns! Along with being 100% delicious, Love and Buns are also dairy free, egg free, cholesterol free, low in saturated fats and made with heart healthy soy. By purchasing $15, $18, $25 or $35 gift cards you help put ‘more buns in seats’… by keeping our concerts, programs and events affordable for everyone! On now in our Hall Gallery: Expressions 2013: A Decade of Recovery through Creative Expression. This exhibit highlights and celebrates the outstanding ability of people who use art in the journey of recover from mental health issues. Join us at the opening night reception on Friday, October 4 at 7 pm, free admission. Enjoy the work of local artists, live performances and refreshments. The exhibit runs until November 7.

More Than Just News! awareness of a growing homeless problem in the community. Several organizations partnered to organize the inaugural event which challenged CEO’s, community leaders, and key decision makers to raise awareness about homelessness, poverty and affordable housing in Steinbach while helping to raise funds for Today House. Today House is a not-for-profit, integrated community-based program that provides emergency overnight temporary shelter for individuals who are homeless or street involved. Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen was one of the many participants. “The sleep-out portion of the event (I got about 3 hours of sleep) gave us a taste of life on the street. Personally, I missed both the quiet of sleeping in a home (there is a fair bit of traffic in Steinbach at night!) and the privacy. It was an eye opening experience Goertzen recalled. “What impressed me most about the evening was learning from the many people who are doing what they can to help the homeless or disadvantaged.” Fundraising was not the only purpose of the event. Participants took part in brainstorming sessions to come up with better solutions to improve the situation for many in the community. Partners helping with the event included Helping Hands Food bank, the local soup kitchen, Agape House, Today House and several outreach programs. Funds raised from the CEO Sleep out will support Today House’s

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Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen gets ready for a long night with Glenn Buffie, Candice Cancade and Michael Zwaagstra during the inaugural CEO Sleep out in the region.

mission to provide emergency, overnight shelter in a safe environment for those in greatest need in the Steinbach area. All donations raised from this event

went for Today House. Today House offers shelter to those in need from Monday to Friday to a maximum of four people by referral only.

Niverville Studies Community Aquatics Facility Recently the Town of Niverville explored the development of outdoor aquatics facility at the proposed Community Campus site currently located at the arena grounds. Because of the initial positive community response, the Town has initiated a feasibility study.

Ritchot Completes Rec Study By Marianne Curtis The RM of Ritchot council acknowledges that there are four seasons of potential when it comes to recreation for the municipality. A few months ago, the RM of Ritchot established a new Recreation Steering Committee guided by St. Adolphe Councillor, Jackie Hunt. Under her direction, the new committee conducted a wide-reaching review of recreational opportunities across Ritchot. With the final report of a Recreation Needs Assessment now in hand, Council is reviewing its recommendations in order to develop a blueprint for the future. “As our communities continue to grow and evolve, so too will our needs in terms of recreation and leisure services and facilities,” said Hunt. As an initial step, she said Council plans to hire a Recreational Services Manager who will be responsible for programming, promoting and educating residents on available activities. “This Manager will be a tremendous asset to our RM, in terms of being able to reach into our communities to promote existing programs, create new ones and to ensure a steady stream of two-way communication,” added Hunt. Mayor Bob Stefaniuk said that council would be using the report to make future decisions pertaining to recreation throughout the municipality. “Among many findings, the report points to our community’s desire to expand recreational services and programming through all four seasons and for all ages,” stated Stefaniuk. “This report will play an important role in helping your council create a recreation policy which will guide us into the future.” The study will also help the RM better utilize the resources it has, including volunteers who provide endless hours of service.

The study will be used for consulting with residents and community groups. The Town of Niverville and a consulting team from RC Strategies is looking to for the communities thoughts and perspectives on the potential project including if the facility should be indoors or out doors and if swimming lessons should be available. The questionnaire is available to complete on line at fluidsurveys.com/surveys/ rcstrategies/niverville-residentsurvey.

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The Voice of Courage A few weeks ago, the province of Manitoba approved Bill 18, a controversial addition to the Public Schools Act despite the fact that 300 people spoke out demanding amendments. For months the issue of bullying, protecting children, protecting religious rights and freedoms and allegations of hidden agendas have plagued local media and social media. I have deliberately remained mute on this issue. The advantage of working freelance is that while my editor may send me stories to cover, I also have some choice on which issues I really want to pursue, and which I want to sit back and watch. Bill 18 was one I chose to watch. Not because I was scared or it was too controversial, but because for once, I found myself unable to write about it without becoming biased. You see, I have my own story to tell, and boy, did I ever. On September 10, I stood before the Committee and poured out my heart. I recalled how I was bullied while attending school in Steinbach. Bullying is not the right word; I was tormented. I won’t get into the horrific details, but as I gave my presentation it hit me. If I’d grown up during the time of social media, I probably would not be sitting here today. Standing before those MLAs, not as a reporter but as a victim, took a lot of courage. It was the first time that I verbally called out the school division for failing to see past the obvious. I was not a problem child! I was an abused, broken child, someone that should have been protected and helped. Instead, I was tossed aside, considered hopeless and life moved on for my classmates and educators alike. I was just a broken cog in the system. It took decades of healing to get past what I suffered at the hands of my classmates. My home situation was less than stellar so my challenges were many. I would like to say that things have changed in 30 years, but watching all the comments, discussions and debates taking place throughout the region, I find myself sorely disappointed. You would think society would be kinder, but it is not. There are still children killing themselves because they feel that’s the only way out. I, for one, am grateful that Bill 18 has passed. I believe that it will be revisited and amended as time goes on, but in the meantime the groundwork has been laid for starting to protect other kids like me. Thank you to everyone who had the courage to share their stories; our voices have been heard.

Lyme Disease Increases in Region Manitoba Health advises that new and expanded Lyme disease risk areas have been identified in the province through the annual blacklegged tick surveillance program. This year they’ve been found in the St. Malo region, which includes areas near the communities of St. Malo, Roseau River and Kleefeld, VitaArbakka region and also in the Richer-Ste. Genevieve area. Symptoms of Lyme disease can start about three days to one month after a tick bite, often with an expanding bull’s eye circular rash that fades. Early symptoms can also include headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, fatigue, fever, chills and swollen lymph nodes. Nine cases of Lyme disease were reported in 2013. In Lyme disease risk areas and elsewhere, blacklegged ticks are most commonly found within and along the edge of forests and in areas with thick, woody shrubs and other vegetation. Blacklegged ticks can also be found in other areas of Manitoba, but the risk of Lyme disease is relatively low outside of the risk areas. Lyme disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics and treatment is most successful in the early stages of infection. People who think they may have Lyme disease should see their doctor. For more information, contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-3159257 (toll-free).

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Piney Supports A Port in the Storm By Marianne Curtis The RM of Piney is leading the charge to gain more rural support for a little known organization called, A Port in the Storm. A Port in the Storm offers an affordable, home-like environment and haven for non-Winnipeg residents who are forced to remain in the city for medical treatments and face additional burdens such as physical handicaps, social and family role changes, and most often financial difficulties. On September 24, on the recommendation of councillor Sian Barrow the municipality passed a resolution in support of helping the facility raise money for the organization. “When Katherine was diagnosed with leukemia things happened very fast,” explained Barrow. “The first night I spent sleeping in a chair beside her hospital bed and the second day someone told me about A Port in the Storm. It is a long commute to Piney and I did not want to leave my daughter; I was very grateful to be offered a place to stay for as long as we needed. I was in no shape to look for an apartment and we could not afford to stay at a hotel for as long as we need to be close to a hospital; this place is needed by families like ours.” Officially opening on October 9, the facility consists of nine suites at Villa Aulneau in the heart of St. Boniface minutes from St. Boniface General Hospital and the CancerCare Manitoba-Tache site and 10-15 minutes from Health Sciences Centre and CancerCare Manitoba-MacCharles. “What surprised me is that I work for Southern Health and I have never heard of this place,” Barrow continued. “Yet it was built and designed for rural families like ours; it really is a port in the middle of the storm.” The RM of Piney hopes that other rural municipalities will jump on board and join them in lobbying the province to support the program by passing similar resolutions. To find out more about A Port in the Storm check out their website at aportinthestorm.ca.

Local School Boards Select Chairs The new school year has begun and it is business as usual within the region’s school divisions. At the first school board meeting of this school year both the Hanover and Seine River School Divisions selected their board chairpersons for the upcoming year. Long time Seine River School Division Board Trustee Wendy Bloomfield will remain in her seat. Bloomfield has been a trustee for 30 years and this year will be her 23rd as chairperson. “It is always a challenge,” stated Bloomfield. “What makes it worthwhile is that we have so many great people working together for all

the kids in the division.” Robert Rivard was once again named as Vice-Chairperson. The Hanover School Division has named long time Trustee Marilyn Plett as their new Chairperson. Plett was elected as the Trustee for Landmark 12 years ago and the last five years were spent as ViceChairperson. “It is an honour on one hand and overwhelming on the other,” Plett said. “The division has just come through a challenging year made tough by Bill 18 because not everyone was on the same page.” Randy Hildebrand made the decision to step down after

Classes Disruption Ends in Niverville Students attending classes in Niverville have finally moved into four new portable classrooms that were initially not ready for occupancy on the first day of school. On the first day of school, 70 Grade five students headed into the Niverville Collegiate to find that three of the classes were temporarily relocated. Students gathered for announcements in the gymnasium and then walked across the street to a nearby church basement for classes. Parents were notified six days before classes started that four module classrooms that the Hanover School Division had expected to be ready at the start of the school year were not ready. Hanover School Division Superintendent Randy Dueck said that moving the students into the church basement actually worked very well. “The division filed a rush request for modular classrooms a year ago. Unfortunately the additions weren’t approved until this last spring,” explained Dueck. The project was then tendered and a design process took place before the project could begin. “We have rapid growth throughout our division,” Dueck added. “Things don’t always work perfectly

so adjustments [were made] to give the best start possible.” From the year 2011 to 2012 Niverville’s, school population rose from 851 to 866. This year the division enrolment is expected to reach 950 students in Niverville.

maintaining the seat for five years so that he can focus on a new role as Senior Co-Pastor with Steinbach Mennonite Church. He is not leaving his position as Trustee. Ron Falk was named as ViceChairperson for Hanover School Division.


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October 2013

Officers Recovering After Accident

Two Steinbach RCMP officers were injured when this squad car was t-boned by an alleged drunk driver.

Two Steinbach RCMP officers are recovering after they were injured while attempting to stop an alleged impaired driver. On September 21, the officers were involved in a chase with a Buick Century after the driver ran a stop sign and rammed into the police car at highway speed. The officers were patrolling gravel roads for drunk drivers around 1 am when the accident occurred. “They are lucky to be alive,” stated Steinbach RCMP Constable Terry Sundell. “The car with its safety features did its job.” The driver of the car, along with three passengers, suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. Twenty-four year old Cameron Kostash of Richer faces several charges, including four counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, four counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and three counts of uttering threats to kill a police officer. He was also charged with resisting arrest and is now in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre. Police said Kostash also faces charges of dangerous driving from a separate incident a year ago.

Landmark Elementary Greenhouse Wins Award The Landmark Elementary School greenhouse recently received an honourable mention for a Jack Leyton sustainability award from a program called Learning For A Sustainable Future. To be recognized, the recipients of the LSF Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability a project must have taken steps towards a sustainable future through responsible citizenship with creative and innovative action in their community. This year 120 sustainability action projects were completed. Seven of these projects were honoured by the LSF Jack Layton Award including Landmark Elementary School. At the end of last school year, the students at Landmark Elementary opened their greenhouse outside their school to encourage sustainability and to serve as an outdoor classroom. The project, under the guidance of teacher Russ Dirks, is expected to help students learn various skills plus help reduce waste and encourage composting throughout the school division. In full operation, the project is expected to reduce waste throughout the division by 50 percent. “We want to use this greenhouse as a kind of living lab,” explained Dirks. “We want to use it as an outdoor classroom, it is a place where we can do measuring, check out water temperatures with our solar heat system and all kinds of scientific inquiry can happen in the greenhouse even if there are no plants.” Dirks added that this is also about growing food while teaching math, science and social studies. Each class learned how to grow and take care of plants. Local seniors and students from Landmark Collegiate will also be invited to teach the students about plants and proper gardening techniques.

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RM of Ste. Anne Settles into New Office

The RM of Ste. Anne councillors are thrilled with the extra room they now have for meetings now that their new municipal office is complete. (l-r) Laurie Evans, Roger Massocoitte, Dan Brunel, Reeve Art Bergmann, Jennifer Blatz, Paul Saindon, Jake Reimer and Renald Courcelles. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis The RM of Ste. Anne staff and council have quickly settled into their new municipal office at the beginning of September. Acting administrator Jennifer Blatz said that they are very pleased with the finished results. “We love it in here; there is more room to move around and it is much more functional,” stated Blatz. The RM of Ste. Anne council held their first public meeting in the new chambers on September 11. “We are very pleased with the finished result. We have more room for the public during meetings and more room for council,” added Reeve Art Bergmann. 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,

Driver in Critical Condition On September 11 at about 10:30 pm, Steinbach RCMP along with area Fire and EMS were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 12 and Hwy 210 in the RM of Ste. Anne. Investigation revealed that a semi-tractor (no trailer) driven by a 41year-old Winnipeg man was travelling southbound on Highway 12 when a GMC Envoy travelling eastbound on Hwy 210 pulled out directly in front of the semi-tractor. The semi-tractor collided with the driver’s side of the GMC Envoy causing extensive damage and injuring the 68-year-old male driver from Edmonton, Alberta with alcohol being considered a factor. The lone occupant of the GMC Envoy was transported to a local hospital and was subsequently airlifted to Winnipeg in critical condition. The driver of the semi-tractor was not injured.

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. The RM of Ste. Anne will be opening the doors of the new building for two open house “Come and Go” sessions, one for taxpayers and one for neighbouring municipalities and businesses. A public grand opening is being planned for November 21.

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Library Benefits from Chrysalis Fund

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October 2013

Sod Turned for Biggest Play Structure in the Region

By Marianne Curtis Youth readers will have some new options available to them at the Jake Epp Library after a recent funding boost from the Chrysalis Fund. The Chrysalis Fund was set up by a community group of women philanthropists to strategically pool their resources and leverage them to impact specific causes and interest areas in the community. This year the group chose the Jake Epp Library as the recipient for funding. Tracey Pankratz, Program Director for the library, said that the funds would help with some new program ideas they’ve wanted to offer. “We want to bring youth back to the library or bring more into the library that will target them,” explained Pankratz. The $5,000 grant will be divided between the library and three programs under consideration, which include a youth book club, a stargazers group and workshops. The library received $2,377.20 of which $1,200 will be used to provide books for the book club and $795 will be used to purchase a telescope and an instructor for the Star Gazers. The remaining $382 will go towards purchasing supplies for a jewellerymaking program. Established back in 2009, the Chrysalis Fund started as a group of a dozen women who gathered together in a new philanthropic venture through a non-profit giving circle. The members combined their money into a shared fund with each member contributing $1,000. Grants are then given out to various organizations from the earned interest. Organizations eligible for grants are not-for-profit groups that focus on promoting growth and positive change in children and youth in the area. Previous grants from the Chrysalis Fund have been given to organizations like Youth for Christ, Recreation Opportunities for Eastman and Anna’s House.

Piney Cracks Down on Urban Farming The RM of Piney is cracking down on people who have livestock on their property within town limits. According to council, the municipality has received numerous complaints about livestock being raised within the town. “The housing of livestock within town limits of communities within the RM of Piney is not tolerated,” stated council. Reeve Duane Boutang said there is a misconception between residents who think they can raise chickens and cattle within town limits. “We have a bylaw that prohibits that,” Boutang added. The municipality reminds residents that livestock is only permitted within areas which are planned for agriculture use, unless otherwise permitted. If permitted, it is also an offence to have more livestock on the property than the prescribed number and kind.

The Grunthal Centennial Park committee received a $15,000 donation towards a new play structure for the park from Access Credit Union.

On September 8, Grunthal residents turned the sod for the installation of a new play structure at the community park. The sod turning, which included a $15,000 cheque presentation from Access Credit Union, took place as part of the second annual Grunthal Centennial Park Family Fun Day. Barry Dyck, President for the Grunthal Centennial Park, was pleased to be able to begin this exciting project. “We have been fundraising for about two years,” stated Dyck. “It is going to be a massive structure, apparently the biggest in the region.” The new play structure will cost about $100,000. “We are hoping to have all the money raised by next summer,” Dyck added. Grunthal Centennial Park Family Fun Day was organized for the first time last year as a means to reacquaint people with the community park, which includes ball diamonds, volleyball courts and a swimming pool. The one day event also included games for the kids, beach volleyball and softball tournaments, followed by a community barbeque chicken dinner.


No Compost Until Spring Residents expecting to get some free compost from the City of Steinbach will have to wait until next spring. According to Solid Waste Department Head, Eldon Wallman, the pile is in its final stage of decomposition and too wet to screen. “The two or three significant rainfalls we have had did us in,” said Wallman. “But it is the biggest pile we have ever had so it will be ready by the tons in spring.” The size of the compost pile has grown significantly over the past few months due, in large part, to the success of curbside organic waste pick-up. The pilot project was introduced this past spring for residents on Day 4 of the garbage schedule. The City started collecting materials for composting two years ago by setting up two depots where collection took place once a week from mid-May to mid-October. The program was so successful the city launched curbside pickup this year. Because of the success, curbside organic waste pick-up is expected to be rolled out citywide in 2014. Residents not part of the pilot project can still participate by taking their organic waste to the landfill.

Drunk Driver Flees New and Expanded Eco- Expressions Accident to Open at reserves Established in Scene Southeastern Manitoba


The province is creating a new ecological reserve and expanding the boundaries of an existing reserve for protection of two outstanding sites in southeastern Manitoba. “Protecting species and natural landscapes is best done by protecting an entire ecosystem,” said Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh. “Designating these new areas as ecological reserves will ensure that these special places are protected from development for years to come and conserve them for future generations.” The new ecological reserve and the expanded reserve will protect this valuable habitat by prohibiting commercial logging, mining, hydroelectric development, oil and gas development or any other activity that could affect these sites, said the minister. The new, 76-hectare Holmgren Pines Ecological Reserve is located 30 kilometres northeast of Sprague. The site is the only known location in Manitoba where all three native pine species - eastern white pine, red pine and Jack pine grow together. Protecting this area will conserve this unique site, which is also a valuable seed source of eastern white pine and red pine. The province is also readjusting the boundaries of the Pocock Lake Ecological Reserve, 30 km southeast of Steinbach in the Sandilands Provincial Forest, by removing 39 ha of land with cross-country ski trails in the southeast corner and adding 81 ha of undisturbed wetlands. This reserve also has a great variety of plants in a small area, from Jack pine and white birch to trembling aspen in upland areas, to balsam, poplar, black spruce, willow, eastern white cedar, and tamarack and bog-lake fringe in lowland areas. It also includes rare vegetation species such as bellwort, yellow birch and ironwood that are typically found in the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes forest region. The rights of First Nations and other Aboriginal people to access these areas for hunting, trapping, fishing and other traditional pursuits will continue to be respected, Mackintosh said. The minister noted the designation of the new ecological reserve supports the implementation of TomorrowNow Manitoba’s Green Plan and helps fulfil the province’s commitment to add up to 15 more parks, ecological reserves, wildlife management areas or other protected areas by 2020.

Community Mental Health Partners and Steinbach Arts Council present the Exhibit Opening of “Expressions 2013: A Decade of Recovery through Creative Expression”. Expressions is a free community event held annually in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week. Its purpose is to display and celebrate the individuals who use art in the journey of recovery from a mental health problem and to promote better understanding of mental illness in our region. This is the 10th annual Expressions and the third year in partnership with the Steinbach Arts Council. The artists who are from the Eastman region express themselves through a variety of media including paint, photography, textiles and collage. The exhibit will be featuring some of the award-winning work from the Out of the Blue campaign organized by Southern Health – Santé-Sud. In addition, they are featuring artists who write and perform both music and poetry. The exhibit opening ceremony is Friday, October 4, at 7 pm at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre Hall Gallery, 304 Second Street in Steinbach and runs from October 4 to November 7. The opening ceremony is open to the public with refreshments served. A $2 donation will be greatly appreciated and opening day donations on October 4 will go to the Expressions Event Fund.

On September 20 around 3:30 pm, the Steinbach RCMP responded to a 2-vehicle motor vehicle collision in Kleefeld. Investigation revealed that a 1998 Blue Dodge Ram collided with a Pontiac Transport van at the intersection of Hwy 216 and College Avenue. The driver of the Dodge Ram left the scene in his vehicle without checking on the condition of the occupants in the vehicle he hit. It was further determined that after the collision occurred, the driver had left his 3-year-old child alone outside his residence, who was in the vehicle at the time of the collision and made further attempts to avoid being identified. Police located the vehicle and its driver shortly after while parked in Kleefeld. Police arrested the male and upon apprehension, he resisted the officer. His breath tests resulted in well over two times the legal limit. An adult male from Kleefeld is now facing charges of Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm, Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm, Leaving The Scene of an Accident, Child Abandonment and Resisting Arrest. If you have any information in regards to this incident, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


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October 2013


Friedensfeld Social Dance Open Dance Night – On Thursday, October 10, from 7:30 - 11pm at Friedensfeld Community Centre. Join us for an evening of dancing open to anyone. Beginner Lesson at 8 pm. No need to sign up. $16 per couple at the door, coffee available. Contact Lorna Warkentin 204-326-2617. Grunthal Stars of the Future - For children born between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010 can participate in this fall’s Stars of the Future clinic on Monday, October 7 at Elim Church on Main Street. Free to those living in the Southeast region. Children and parents/guardians will spend time with a speech language pathologist, an occupational therapist, a public health nurse and a physiotherapist to assess child’s growth and development. Contact for appointment 204-346-6591. Hadashville Fall Supper & Dance- Advance Tickets only for Saturday, October 26 at the Community Hall. Contact Stella 426-5554, Donna 426-5448 or Dianne 426-5297. 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 e-mail KSTA.academy@gmail.com. Ile-des-Chênes Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 20 from 3 – 7:30 pm at TransCanada Centre, 1 Rivard St. to Support of Seine River Minor Ball. Cost Adult $14, Senior (65&up) $12, Student $10, Children 4-10 $5 and 3 & under free. Meal includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, sweet & sour meatballs, perogies, coleslaw, salad, buns, coffee, tea, juice and dessert. Contact Claire Hince 204878-4787 or idcfallsupper@hotmail.ca.

Community Playgroup - for parents, caregivers and children ages 0-5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 377-5013. La Broquerie Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/ Centre de Santé from Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Offers services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, the E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan at 424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips - Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10.

Paradise Village Old Time Dance - On Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 – 11:30 pm at Paradise Village Rec.Hall. Buckskin & Satin Band. Advance Tickets only $12 includes lunch. Contact Fred/Carole 204422-6847 or Louise 204-422-9735

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Richer Recovery AA - Group meets every Thursday and Saturday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Lee at 204-4510255.

Steinbach Fire Hall Open House – On Tuesday, October 8 from 6 – 8 pm at Steinbach Fire Hall, 477 Main Street. Featuring Red River Mutual Fire Safety Trailer MPI Rollover Simulator STARS & RCMP Representatives, Fire extinguisher demonstrations “Sparky” the fire dog Hot Dog & Drink - $2 Proceeds go towards public fire education. Contact hchambersewen@steinbach.ca.

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Depression support group meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. Located at the Health Corner DeSalaberry Hospital. Contact Judy Dunn 444-5228. Ste. Anne 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. Ste. Anne Lions Club informational meeting at 7pm October 10 at the Club Jovial in Ste. Anne.

Ste. Geneviève Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library at the Community Centre on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 pm. Selection of books in both French and English, all ages. Over 21,000 books including audiobooks, Piney Fall Supper – On Saturday, October 19 from DVDs, CDs, large print books and magazines 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Community Hall. Roast plus they can import books from any library in beef supper served .Contact 204-423-2089. Manitoba. Special requests can be made to the librarian, Brandi Schmitz at 204-878 - 9488, bibliotachelibrary.com or in person. Bingo - Every 2nd Friday. Prawda Annual Fall Supper - Advance tickets only for Saturday October 5. Contact Kim at 426-5556 or Trudy at 426-2180. Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost: $2/class Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433.

Lorette Calvin Vollrath in Concert – On Saturday, October 5 from 7:30 pm at Lorette Parish Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from Hall, Sponsored by Arts Lorette. Cost $20. 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Contact Denise 204-878-2629. Cassie 204-793-8290. Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 13 from noon – 6 pm at the Notre Dame de Lorette Parish Hall, 1282 Dawson Road. Tickets at the door. Ages 12 and up, $12, age 5 -11, $5, and under 4 free. All welcome. Contact 204878-2221.

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-7 pm at the Community Hall. Contact 204Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey 437-2437. Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and Mitchell Ev’s Thanksgiving Event – On Thursday, October prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. 3 from Noon – 9 pm, Friday, October 4 from Children Under 14 must be accompanied by 9 am – 9 pm, and Saturday, October 5 from 9 an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. am – 4 pm. Sale of Crafts proceeds to support Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart SEMC building project. Contact 204-326-1885 Club 22 Dawson Rd. in Richer. MGCC License or evwiebe@hotmail.ca. Located at #31090 # BI/BO4164. Contact: Doreen Pchajek at on #37 North, one mile North of hwy 52 or 422-5243 or email doreen@spmf.ca. 2.5 miles West of hwy 12 (The gravel road that connects Steinbach and Mitchell), free Apple Rosa Fall Supper & Dance – On Saturday, October Cider & Popcorn. 5 at the Shevchenko Ukrainian Centre. Everyone Eastman 4-H Fun Day – On Saturday, October welcome. Music by Canadian Rhythm Masters. 5 from 1:30 – 8 pm at the Mitchell Senior Adults $20, Children 6 - 12 $8, Children 6 & Centre to celebrate 4-H’s 100th anniversary. under Free. For tickets, contact Lillian 204Eastman 4-H members, leaders, families past 427-3102 or 204-427-2243. and present invited to enjoy games, activities, food and fireworks to celebrate the 100th Roseau River anniversary of 4-H. Contact Brenda Dyck 204- Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 20, a delicious meal at our annual Fall Supper. Cost 427-2527. $12 a plate and the proceeds will help support Breakfast and Social - every Tuesday morning, the camp. Contact 204-427-2445. 7:30 - 9 am except the last Tuesday of the month when the social is held instead. Lunch Sprague starts at noon at the Mitchell and Area Seniors Bingo - Every 2nd Wednesday. Centre. Contact 204-326-6944. St. Adolphe Fall Supper - On Sunday, October 20 from 4 Niverville Annual Niverville Fall & Christmas Craft & Vendor – 7 pm at the Pioneer Hall – in the Arena. Cost Show – On Sunday, October 27 at the Niverville Adult $12 Children $6, Free for children under Heritage Centre. 50+ vendors and crafters, 5 yrs. No reservations and tickets at the door. free admission lunch and coffee available kids Contact Reginald 204-883-2563. face painting and more. Contact Jennie Fehr St. Pierre-Jolys 204-388-5412 or jenniefehr@mymts.net. Parish Fall Supper - On Sunday, October 27 GriefShare - If you or someone you know has from 3:30 – 6:30 pm at the Recreation Centre. experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to Buffet style with roast beef and chicken, mashed help, you get support and learn about the grieving potato, veggies, salads, deserts and wine. Old process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register time music sponsored by Cultural Committee. Adults $13, 6 -12 yrs $6, 5 & under free. or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com.

Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62 4th Avenue S.). Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen Kleefeld Tourond Creek Discovery Centre - Open at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. House on Thursday, October 10 from 10 am – 2 pm at the old Kleefeld dump, now an Pansy outdoor learning centre called the Tourond Fall Supper - St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Creek Discovery Centre. Free BBQ lunch Parish of Sarto, on Sunday, October 6 from 3 sponsored by Earl’s Meat Market from 12 – 1 – 6 pm at the Pansy Hall. Ukrainian pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30. Smorgasbord! All welcome. Adults $13, Contact Jodi Goerzen, Seine-Rat River Children (7-12) $8, 6 & under free. Contact Leonard 204-434-6078. Conservation District 204-424-5845 ext 1.

Richer Tai Chi for Seniors – Every Thursday, starting October 3 at 6:30 pm at the Richer School, Gym. Cost is Free. Instructor Sara Trudeau. Seniors are encouraged to consult with a doctor before starting this program. Contact Juliette Suds Spuds Steak/Chicken Fundraiser – On Rowan 204-424-5285 Community Resource October 25, from 5- 8 pm at Club Les Blés Coordinator. d’Or at Dawson Trail Motor Inn. Cost $15. Contact Michelle 204-878-2315 or Evéline Zumba Gold - For 6 weeks every Thursday, starting October 3 from 7 – 7:45 pm at the 204-878-2405. Richer School, Gym. Cost is Free. Must register by contacting Juliette Rowan 204-424-5285 Middlebro Fall Supper – On Saturday, October 5, from 5 Community Resource Coordinator. Sponsored by the New Horizons Program for Seniors and

Dawson Trail Dispatch at the Magnolia Restaurant. Contact 204-3262313. Carillon Toastmasters - meetings are open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursday evenings starting at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale Street, Contact Doreen 204-3267525.

Steinbach AA 12 Step Recovery Program Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Women’s Business Network Breakfast – On Steinbach United Church, 541 Main St. Ring Wednesday, October 9 starting at 7:30 am, at the front door bell. All D’s Restaurant 104 - 320 Main St. Join us for breakfast and networking. Members and Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group future members welcome. Contact to register starts at 4:30 pm at Anna’s House B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 346-0413. Diane, diane@embracingsimplicity.ca. Dare Luncheon – On Wednesday, October 16 from 9 – 10 am at the Mennonite Heritage Village on Hwy 12. Contact Rotary Club of South Eastman Dennis Schroeder 204-3269565 or dennis@goodnnatural.ca. Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 27 at the Mennonite Heritage Village at 231 - PTH 12N. Contact 204-326-9661 or 866-280-8741. Book Sale - Bethesda Healthcare Auxiliary – On Tuesdays (gently and not-so gently) used book sale at Clearspring Centre. Book donations accepted year round at Clearspring Centre from 9:30 am – 4 pm.

Woodridge Bingo - Every 2nd Sunday night at 7 pm. General Get Better Together - Take control of your health and learn to live better with your ongoing health condition with a free 6-week health awareness program in your area: Steinbach - Mondays from 6:15 - 8:15 pm starting October 21 Landmark - Thursdays from 6:45 - 8:45 pm starting November 7 Marchand - Wednesdays from 7 - 90 pm starting October 23 St. Malo - Mondays from 1:30 - 3:30 pm starting October 21 Contact to register, Madeleine at Southern Health-Santé Sud at 204 346-6692.

Adult Book Club - Tuesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Bring book suggestions or peruse our book lists. Meet some other book lovers too and bring a friend. At the Jake Epp Library 255 Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Elmdale St. Contact Tracey Pankratz 204-326- Winnipeg- Join us for a great day of fun and friendship. We visit McPhillips Street Station in 6841 programming@jakeepplibrary.com. the morning and Club Regent in the afternoon. Ladies Get Fit Classes - Sponsored by Eastman Pick ups in Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Paradise Immigrant Services, every Wednesday at 7:15 Village. Must be 18 years of age or older. pm at the Woodlawn School gym. Aerobic, Prizes and $10 cash for everyone. Bingo is circuit training, weights, mats and stretching played on the bus to and from the casinos for exercises. Suitable for all ages and levels of those wishing to play. Contact Marilyn at 204fitness. Register contact Lois 204-346-6609. 326-4939 to reserve your seat. The next scheduled trips are Tuesdays October 15 and Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the November 12. United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop personal The Super Start Program, A Healthy Baby values and well-being, self-respect and respect program with the Southern Regional Health for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure Authority. Program for pregnant women and and challenges through new experiences; families with infants up to one year of age. develop leadership and decision-making skills; Sessions include song and rhyme time, give service to the community; value the natural discussions and games on topics related to healthy babies and healthy moms. Door prizes, environment. nutritious snacks and milk coupons for all Green Drinks South Eastman - South Eastman participating expectant moms or mothers who Transition Initiative presents Green Drinks South have babies up to six months of age. Contact: Eastman. On the 3rd Tuesday of every month Terry from Super Start at 346-7021 or just at 7 pm at LBees, 5-275 Main St. Grab a drop in. coffee and discuss sustainable living. Contact Blumenort - EMC Church on Thursday, October 3 at 10 am – 12 pm rebecca_hiebert@yahoo.com. Niverville - Community Fellowship Church on Seniors (60 +) Shinny Drop-in Hockey - every Tuesday, October 8 at 10 am - 12pm Monday from 10 -11 am at Centennial Arena. Ste. Anne - Dayspring Fellowship Church on Contact Bob Barrow at 392-3596 or email Thursday, October 10 at 10 am – 12 pm Kleefeld – Mitchell Community Fellowship on bob.r.barrow@gmail.com. Thursday, October 24 at 10 am – 12 pm The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every St. Malo – St. Malo School drama room on Monday at noon at Steinbach 55 Plus Centre. Wednesday, October 16 at 10 am – 12 pm St. Pierre-Jolys - Health Corner on Thursday, Contact Cornie at 326-3155. October 17 at 10am-12pm Mental Health Information and Support sessions Ste. Agathe - Community Hall Centre on - for family and friends of people with mental Tuesday, October 15 at 10 am – 12 pm health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every Lorette - Seine River Church on Tuesday, month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East October 22 at 10 am – 12 pm building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371- Mitchell - Fellowship Church on Thursday, October 24 at 10 am – 12 pm 0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net

St. Malo Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 3 at the MS Monthly Self-Help group meeting - for people living with multiple sclerosis. The group Chalet Malouin, 14 St. Hilaire St. meets on the second Thursday evening of each Contact 204-347-5753. month from 6 - 7 pm at Fernwood Place apartments. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Steinbach Healthy Eating Cooking Classes - Every other Services Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 or week on Thursdays at South East Helping Hands. email nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. On October 3 at 12 – 2 pm, October 17 at 5:30 - 7:30 pm and October 31 at 12 - 2 pm. MS Lunch Group- on fourth Thursday of every No Charge, enjoy a meal with other community month, from 12 – 1 pm at the Village Green members and learn how to plan & prepare Restaurant. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client healthy meals on a budget. Contact to register Services Coordinator 326-1434 or email 204-326-2599 or nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. southeasthelpinghands@gmail.com. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba Expressions 2013 - A Decade of Recovery individual and support groups - for persons through Creative Expression. Artists & experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar Performers. All artwork part of a month-long disorder and other mental health/emotional exhibit at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. concerns. Meets on the first Wednesday of Opening Ceremony and Reception on Friday, each month at Jake Epp Library from 7 – 9 pm. October 4. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. eastmanmss@mts.net. The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Auxiliary Steinbach Legion Fall Supper – On Sunday, meets on the first Tuesday of every month except October 6 from 4 -7 pm at the Steinbach for the months of July and August at the Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber Avenue. Bethesda Hospital. We welcome anyone Cost $12 adult, $6 children 6 to 11 years, interested in auxiliary work. Contact Verna free for children 5 and under. Tickets at the Thiessen at 326-3028. door. Traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, meatballs, vegetables and all the fixin’s Steinbach and Area Lions Club meets on the including a variety of pies. Share a meal with second and fourth Wednesdays of every month

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash A 22-year-old woman from Niverville was transported to hospital after being injured in a motorcycle crash near Lac du Bonnet. According to Lac du Bonnet RCMP, the accident occurred on September 21 in the afternoon. Officers were called to a single vehicle accident along Hwy 313. The driver was riding along near Pointe de Bois Road when she lost control on a curve and crashed into the ditch. She was transported to hospital where she remains with serious injuries. RCMP cites driver inexperience as a contributing factor to the crash.

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Richert Invited to Test Race Car in Italy

Niverville’s David Richert is looking forward to driving the new Formula Renault in Italy.

Niverville racecar driver, David Richert, has been invited to test for Team Torino Motorsport, a race team based out of Turin, Italy. Richert will be driving the newly updated Formula Renault 2.0 racecar around the Franciacorta International Circuit, one hour east of Milan, in midOctober. Back in 2011, Richert completed four successful races with Team Torino in the old Renault chassis before moving on to do a Formula 3 test at the famous race circuit in Imola with another team. After spending the last year grinding it out in boardrooms and gyms, Richert is looking forward to this opportunity. “It’s been a lot of hard work to earn this test session so I’m excited for the chance to climb back into a race car, continue learning and prove what I can do,” stated Richert. Marco Braghero, Team Manager at Team Torino, is also looking for positive results from the test. “We’ve been working on this for a while so it will be great to see how David performs in the new Renault 2.0 car and, if all goes well, we look forward to discussing opportunities for the 2014 race season.”

Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame Inducts Regional Hockey Teams Hockey teams from Ile des Chênes and St. Malo are among a handful of stellar athletic teams to be inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame on October 5. In the team category, the Ile des Chênes North Stars, winners of the Allan Cup emblematic of the Canadian senior hockey championship in 2003, will become that latest team to take its place on the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame Wall of Champions in the MTS Centre. This exhibit honours Olympic, international, national and professional league championship teams in our province. The North Stars began their run to the 2003 Canadian senior hockey championship by winning a three-team tournament in Manitoba that included the La Broquerie Habs and the Warroad Islanders. The North Stars then travelled to Lloydminster to play hometown Border Kings and won three straight wins to earn the right to represent Manitoba and Saskatchewan at the Allan Cup in Dundas, Ontario. The North Stars won the Canadian title with a 3-2 victory in double overtime. The 1972-73 St. Malo Warriors will have their names added to the Hall of Fame team honour list as a team recognized for a single-season accomplishment or for success over a specific period of time. The Warriors went through the entire season undefeated by winning 18 straight games. They then capped off the perfect season by winning eight more games in the playoffs and winning the team’s first Hanover-Tache League title. The two southeast teams, six players, seven builders and one official will be recognized at the 2013 Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame dinner on October 5 at CanadInns Polo Park.

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HyLife Nominated for Business Award La Broquerie based HyLife has been named as a finalist for an MBiz award from the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce. “Manitoba has a strong and ever-growing business community,” said Chamber President and CEO Chuck Davidson. “These nominees reflect the diversity in business and represent the best of Manitoba in 2013 and are all deserving of this distinction.” HyLife is one of three Manitoba businesses competing for the Outstanding Large Business Award. The other two businesses in the category are Genesis Hospitality Inc. and Stantec. HyLife’s global operations based in La Broquerie, currently produces over 1.4 million pigs annually. In addition to livestock operations, HyLife Ltd also operates several divisions, which serve our core business and fulfill the founders’ original objective of efficient and self-sufficient production practices. The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, established in 1931, is the umbrella organization for Manitoba’s chamber movement. The MBiz Awards is one of the premier events that shines a light on Manitoba’s business community. In 2011, HyLife achieved Platinum status as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. The MBiz Awards will be handed out on October 19 at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg.


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Home Improvement Projects Perfect for Fall Home improvement projects can add value to a home and do-it-yourselfers know the sweat-equity that goes into such projects can give homeowners a greater sense of pride in their homes. But no two home improvement projects are the same, and homeowners should know that certain projects are best tackled during certain times of the year. Fall is a great season to work on your house, as the weather is often at its most agreeable once the summer heat has gone and before winter weather arrives. The following are a handful of fall-friendly home improvement projects for homeowners looking to improve their homes. Roof repair Whether you’re repairing or replacing the roof, fall is a great time of year to dust off the ladder and get some work done on your roof for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, fall is ideal for roof work because you won’t have to be up on the roof with the summer heat bearing down on you. This can make the project move along more quickly, which is especially beneficial if you are paying laborers to work on the roof. The fewer hours workers are fixing your roof, the less you will be paying in labor costs. In addition, fixing up the roof in the fall ensures those winter storms, be it rain or snow, won’t find their way into your home via leaks. A leaky roof in winter is hard to fix, as the roof surface could be treacherous in the winter and winter winds can make it dangerous to be up on the roof at all. Addressing leaks in the fall can prevent damage to your home’s interior, which can mount up if a leaky roof is not addressed until the following spring. Window work When the weather outside gets frightful, poorly insulated windows can allow cold air into the home. That often has a trickle-down effect on finances, forcing you to turn up the thermostat in an attempt to offset the cold air pouring into the home. Whether you need your windows replaced or simply need to patch up any leaks, a proactive approach to leaky or older windows in the fall can save you from unnecessarily high heating bills come the winter. Addressing leaky windows also makes a home more comfortable for its inhabitants. Fall is the ideal time to address a home’s windows because the temperature outside tends to be pleasant. This means you likely won’t have to make much of an effort to offset the elements, and open windows in the fall won’t make your home’s interior very hot or cold like they might if you were to tackle the project during the summer or winter. Fixing the floors Wood flooring is a hot

commodity for many homeowners. But not all flooring can be added to a home at any time of year. That’s because certain types of flooring employ adhesives that need temperatures inside the home to be within a certain range, and that range is often within 17o to 25o C, which makes fall a great time to install such floors. Colder temperatures can make it difficult for the flooring to dry and bond, which will prove problematic down the road. What’s more, many people entertain friends and family come late fall and into the holiday season, and it can be difficult to do so if you are busy installing new flooring. Painting projects Painting is another home improvement project that seems tailor-made for fall. A fresh coat of paint or a new color scheme around the house can give a home an entirely new look and feel. But

paint can be pungent and the aromas may last if it’s applied at a time of year when it can’t dry while the windows are wide open. Paint fumes inside a home can make the home uninhabitable, but painting at a time of year like the fall, when you can keep the windows open during and after the project, can help air the home out. But interior painting isn’t the only painting project homeowners can tackle in the fall. Many exterior paints are temperature-sensitive and need the temperature outside to be above 10o C. Paint that freezes won’t dry properly, and homeowners might be left with a costly and unsightly mistake on their hands. Fall temperatures tend to be amenable to both interior and exterior painting projects, just be sure to check the weather forecast before making your first brush stroke.

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How to Build a Storage Shed Many people find that space around a home is a precious commodity after years spent accumulating different things. The basement, attic and garage are commonly used to store items that won’t fit anywhere else. Though spring cleaning is a great way to cut down on clutter, a storage shed makes a great place to put those items you can’t bear to discard. Sheds come in many shapes and sizes. Ready-made sheds can be erected on your property immediately, and some retailers will do so for an additional fee. The cost of a shed can vary greatly, from simple plastic sheds that cost roughly $100 to more customized sheds that cost $1,000 or more. After looking at many storage sheds from builders or prefabricated models, you may want to build one yourself. This way you can be sure it is customized to fit your yard and is the right color and style and made of secure and durable materials. While an adventurous project, shed building is typically within the skill set of the average homeowner. Also, a shed can be built in a weekend or two, depending on how much time you can devote to the project. Here’s how to get started. * Consult with your town, city, province, or municipality to find out the zoning laws regarding sheds. You may need a building permit if the shed will feature a permanent foundation or is larger than a certain size. Storage sheds greater than 120 square feet generally require a permit. There also may be rules regarding how far away the shed must be from the property line or even the height of the structure. It pays to know this information in advance so you don’t run into legal trouble after the project has begun. * Find a style of shed that you would like to emulate. Drive around to different shed retailers or big box home improvement stores and peruse the stock. Choose the features you like and mark them down. Take photos of the ones you really like. * Research available plans. You can purchase shed plans or have an architect draw them up, but that may be costly. There are also free shed plans online, some of which provide a list of necessary supplies. * Order your supplies and organize everything. A building materials center or a home improvement store may deliver all of your materials right to your home, saving you the hassle of going back and forth to get things piece by piece. Once they are delivered, sort through everything and mark whether the material is for the floor, walls or roof. If the shed will not be rooted to the ground but kept on skids or blocks, you will likely want to have some sort of base material, like rocks or gravel underneath to deter animals from making a home under the shed. * Enlist the help of a friend and get building. Once you get into a groove, you may find that the shed building comes easy to you. But the work will go more quickly if you have a friend available to help you hold materials in place while you secure them. Building a shed can be a rewarding do-it-yourself project that saves you money and frees up space in your home.

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How to prepare your yard for winter Changing seasons can be tough on a lawn. Always exposed to the elements, lawns can fare especially poorly upon the arrival of winter, a season known for its harsh and unforgiving weather. Even the most perfectly manicured lawn can suffer at the hands of winter weather, causing homeowners to sit idly by and hope spring arrives that much sooner. But as punishing as winter weather can be on a lawn, homeowners are not without recourse. Much like homeowners can take steps to help their lawns survive sizzling summer heat waves during the warmer months of the year, they also can take steps to help their lawns make it through the often stormy weather synonymous with winter. * Don’t procrastinate. Putting off the process of winterizing a lawn can put that lawn in jeopardy. Lawns will turn dormant the closer you get to winter, and they may reject the nutrients found in fertilizer as a result. Those nutrients will prove valuable once spring weather returns, so start the winterization process in early fall so the lawn has sufficient time to absorb nutrients and strengthen itself for the seasons to come. * Treat trouble spots. Summer can be even harder on a lawn than winter, especially for those lawns located in regions where heat waves and drought are common. In such instances, certain spots on the lawn seem to be hit harder than others, and those spots should get special attention when winterizing the lawn. Check the soil’s pH levels before fertilizing or applying any treatments. Such a test will reveal which spots need the most attention, and treating trouble spots now will make spring lawn care that much easier. * Aerate the property. Aerating can help a lawn recover after a long summer and help it survive the potentially harsh months that lie ahead. Aerating, which involves puncturing the soil or removing cores of soil from the ground, can restore a lawn to health by improving its drainage and allowing more water and air to reach the roots of the grass. Aerating also makes it easier for nutrients to penetrate the soil, which encourages a healthier lawn over the long haul. Aerators can be purchased or rented, but homeowners uncomfortable with the process may want to enlist a professional to tackle the job. Parents of small children who spend lots of time in the yard may need to aerate their lawn more than most, as heavy lawn traffic compresses the soil, a potentially harmful process that can be reversed via aeration.

How to rid your home of drafts Drafts are often small cracks around windows and doors, but there are many other places where drafts can form. Knowing some of the less visible spots where drafts come from may help you to seal out unwanted cold air more effectively. Dryer vents The standard home laundry dryer vents outdoors via an exhaust duct. This duct is open to the outdoors, and it may be letting cold air into the home. That’s because there is typically a flimsy flapper made of sheet metal on the outside of the vent to help protect against air infiltration. But over time dryer lint can accumulate at the vent opening, causing the metal flapper to stay open when it should close. Homeowners can invest in dryer seals that close the vent when the dryer is not in use. Pipes Check pipes that exit the home, such as those that feed outdoor water spigots, as such pipes can let cold air back into the house. The same can be said for waste pipes. Also, check to see if pipes that connect to garages, basements and crawl spaces are not insulated. Use sealant around these pipes to block drafts into the home. Foam insulation can be sprayed into small crevices, where it will expand and harden, blocking off air access. Fireplaces Although fireplaces often make for decorative and appealing accents to a home, many are not effective sources of ambient heat. They may draw more warm air out of the flue than they bring into the house. When a fireplace is not in use, air can rise out of the chimney and a draft can be felt in the home. Some studies indicate that an open damper on an unused fireplace, even in a well-insulated home, can increase overall heating and cooling energy consumption by 30 percent. If you simply must have a fireplace, remember to always keep the damper shut when the fireplace is not in use. Electrical outlets Outlets and light switches can be significant sources of drafts in a home. Check to see that the switch plates are secure. If drafts still come through, then employ outlet draft blockers to prevent cool air from entering the home and warm air from exiting it.

* Take steps to strengthen the roots. Aerating promotes stronger roots, but homeowners might also want to find a winterizing product with potassium and phosphorous, both of which can strengthen roots. Different types of lawns will respond differently to certain winterizers, so discuss your options with a lawn care professional who can help you find the right fit for your property. * Remove debris from the lawn. Debris left on a lawn over the winter can prove very harmful. Piles of debris left scattered around a lawn can suffocate the blades of grass, leading to longterm damage and a potentially unsightly lawn come the spring. In addition, piles of debris might make good homes for organisms that can damage the lawn. As fall moves into winter, periodically remove all debris, including leaves and branches fallen from trees. * Make the lawn off-limits once the temperatures dip below freezing. A lawn should be off-limits once the ground freezes. Stepping on grass that has frozen will leave noticeable footprints, and walking on frozen grass can kill the turf. When winter arrives, people should avoid using the lawn as a shortcut into and out of your home and stick to driveways and sidewalks instead.

Removing debris, including dead leaves, from a lawn before the arrival of winter weather can help prevent suffocation.

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Dawson Trail Dispatch

October 2013


Middlebro Water Traffic Stop Leads Plant Not Rebuilding to Discovery of Grow Op

Two months after a devastating fire destroyed the Sky Blue Water On September 1 during the course a traffic stop, bottling plant in Steinbach RCMP observed a number of suspicious items Middlebro, a decision has in the vehicle. As a result, Steinbach RCMP attended to been made that they will a residence on Main Street in Steinbach to speak to the not be rebuilding. registered owner of the vehicle. According to RM of Once at the residence, officers detected a strong odor Piney councillor Sian of marihuana and arrested the homeowner as a result. Barrow, the decision is “a A search warrant was obtained for the residence and devastating blow” to the 120 marihuana plants were located in a hidden room in municipality. The the house along with growing equipment. company was one of few A 35-year-old male resident of Steinbach has been large employers in the charged with production of cannabis marihuana and municipality with a staff Residents are disappointed to lose a major employer after Sky Blue Water decided they would not rebuild. possession of cannabis marihuana for trafficking. of almost 20 people. He has been released on a recognizance and will appear “It came down to costs; it would cost them less to truck tankers of water to Winnipeg and bottle it there than to bottle it in Middlebro and haul it out,” in Steinbach Provincial Court on November 7. explained Barrow. “They were a major employer in our municipality so we are very disappointed.” The bottling plant was destroyed by fire during the early hours of July 1. Marihuana Plants in Room. Damages were estimated at more than $1 million and at the time, owners planned on rebuilding. Water bottled by Sky Blue Water Inc. has won the Berkeley Springs International Gold Medal for the best tasting water in the world.

Ritchot Fire Department Hosts Open House

New Location Opens for Ritchot Senior Services

For residents who are 55 and over needing assistance to continue living independently, look no further than Ritchot Senior Services, which has relocated to 457 Main Street in St. Adolphe. “We are a non-profit organization that is run primarily by volunteers,” said Coordinator Denise Laurencelle. “Our mission is to provide services so that residents can maintain their independent living status.” Some of the services offered by volunteers include safety checks, errands and help to complete forms. They also offer a mobility equipment loan program with walkers, bath seats, wheelchairs, and installation of Victoria Lifeline. Housekeeping and laundry services, home maintenance, yard work, odd jobs, transportation and foot care services are also available, but fees may apply. Services are offered to residents in Ste. Agathe, Glenlea, Howden, St. Adolphe, Ile des Chênes, Grande Pointe and Lorette.

Photo by Marianne Curtis

Residents from the RM of Ritchot got a chance to meet the men who protect their lives and property when the municipal fire department opened their doors for a public open house. Approximately 150 people came out to the St. Adolphe Fire Hall on September 25 when the firefighters from Ile Des Chênes and St. Adolphe invited the community for hot dogs and drinks. Along with a free supper came the opportunity to check out the fire department’s equipment or visit with Sparky and the Fire Safety Trailer.

Semi Trailer Blocks Trans Canada On September 8 at about 8:15 am, Falcon Beach RCMP and EMS were dispatched to a single semi trailer rollover on the Trans Canada Hwy 1 about three miles east of Prawda at McMunn Road. Two adult Ontario males were taken to hospital with minor non-life threatening injuries. Early investigation shows the driver was westbound on Hwy 1 operating a semi trailer hauling cargo when he drove onto the shoulder, lost control and rolled across both lanes of traffic.

Grow Operation Discovered in La Broquerie

Library Sponsors Appreciated Bibliothèque Ste Anne Library would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donation for the Summer Reading Club program: eBytes, Staples, Ste Anne Coop, Superstore, Pro Hardware, Safeway, Sobeys and Canadian Tire. The prizes were greatly appreciated and the donations made their Summer Reading Program successful. The Summer Reading Club encouraged children to keep up with their reading during the summer and they had fun participating.

search warrant pursuant to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) at a residence in La Broquerie. A marijuana grow operation of approximately 20 plants was discovered in the residence. A 43-year-old male On September 10 at approximately and 36-year-old female were arrested at the residence 5 pm, Steinbach RCMP executed a and charged with Production of Marijuana.

Hidden Room.

The coordinator also organizes educational events and fitness programs. For more information, call 204883-2880 or email laurden@mymts.net.


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October 2013

Dawson Trail Dispatch

RCMP Seek Missing Marchand Man On September 28 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a missing male from the town of Marchand. Police are now asking for the public’s assistance in locating 52 year old Isaac “Frank” Broesky. Frank Broesky was last seen wearing jeans and dark coloured shirt and a baseball cap. He was just recently in a motor vehicle collision where he sustained injuries to his face, including two black eyes. Frank is 5’11" and 170lbs. Has light brown hair, moustache, brown eyes, and black and blue swelling to his face, due to the vehicle collision. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact

Woodridge Fire Hall Comes Together The community of Woodridge is getting excited now that construction of a new fire hall in the community is well underway. RM of Piney Reeve Duane Boutang said that things are moving along quickly. “The framing of the building is complete and I think we are about two weeks ahead of schedule,” stated Boutang. “We were looking at being up and running by Christmas, now it looks like the beginning of December.” In the meantime, 20 volunteer firefighters have been training over the

the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-1234 or CrimeStoppers at 1800-222-8477 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637). past few months in preparation. “We’ve had a great response from the community,” Boutang continued. “We’ve been buying equipment and vehicles over the past few months; we are almost ready to go.”

The Woodridge Fire hall will become the third hall in the RM of Piney. Local organizations are also helping with the project with a most recent gift from the Southeast ATV Association for $1,600 that they raised at a fundraiser.

The Lorette Scorpions, are making amazing strides in their first year holding their own on the field against some seasoned teams. Photo by Erica Lenton

Scorpions Tackle First Season Lorette High School now has a football team. The Lorette Scorpions were formed this year to play in the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) in the Andy Currie “A” Division. The league features 30 teams that are broken up in three tiers, John Potter Division (AAA), Kas Vidruk (AA), and Andy Currie (A). Teams hail from Winnipeg and rural Manitoba, and also include Dryden, Fort Frances and Kenora, Ontario. The league is organized for kids attending grades 9-12, running from the beginning of the school year in September and culminates in November with the WHSFL championships.

The walls are up on the new Woodridge Fire hall.

Photo by Marianne Curtis