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Landmark Residents Face Inadequate Water Supply

With the Jake Epp Library’s Summer Reading Program in full swing, Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen has thrown down the gauntlet to the Mayor of Winkler in support of their respective City’s summer reading programs. “We thought it would be fun to have a friendly competition between mayors,” said Goertzen. “The summer reading program is a fantastic event that I am happy to wager over, win or lose.” With a young son at home, literacy hits close to home for the mayor. Both Steinbach’s Jake Epp Library and Winkler Library are holding summer reading programs and decided to add some rivalry between the cities. Children keep track of how many minutes they spend reading and the library with the most minutes at the end of summer will be announced the winner. Both city mayors were quick to join the competition. “The Dit Sied Yant Sied (This side, That side) challenge promoting ‘I love to read’ is a great way to have some competition between Steinbach Library and Winkler Library, Go Winkler!” added Winkler Mayor Martin Harder. After some discussion, the mayors’ wager includes wearing a t-shirt created by the winning city for a full day, including a session in council, as well as a personal $100 donation to the winning library. “I can’t wait to see Mayor Harder wearing Steinbach’s t-shirt,” said Goertzen in a friendly jest. The summer reading program kicked off on July 1 in both cities and runs until August 17.

Rodeo to Take Over Richer By Dan Guetre

For the third summer in a row, residents in Landmark are being told to conserve water over the summer months. Mike Valks, LUD of Landmark Chairperson, said that the town was put on a conservation notice recently, something that is “not new” to the community. “There have been some historical challenges with the water supply within Landmark,” Valks told the media. “We are readily working towards a solution for that.” According to the LUD, residents may have experienced a reduction in water pressure in recent days as the demand is exceeding the capacity of the public system. Every resident’s participation in this water conservation program will ensure ample water supplies during the hot summer months. The LUD offered the community a number of suggestions on how to comply with the water conservation notice. This includes suggesting that properties with odd numbered addresses should water outdoors if required on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays,

The Richer Roughstock Rodeo will take place in Richer at the Dawson Trail Park from August 9 to 11 feature participants from throughout the province and beyond all competing for points, cash prizes and custom designed buckles on their road to the Heartland Rodeo finals. The rodeo will feature Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Ladies Barrels, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping, Bull Riding and more. “We have been working hard to get the site ready and are excited to show visitors a great time during the weekend,” says Pat Stolwyk, one of the organizers of the event. “The rodeo is a key feature of the weekend but we have added an exciting Family Fun Zone, a Friday Night Social in the Park, and a live music concert featuring Quinton Blair on Saturday.”

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Development continues in Landmark despite known inadequacies to the community water and sewer system.

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Toews Bids Farewell to Provencher Supporters By Marianne Curtis On July 30, over 600 people converged on AD Penner Park in Steinbach where former Provencher MP Vic Toews bid a fond farewell to his supporters. Toews was emotional as he stood before supporters and many Manitoba politicians who came to wish him well. “Provencher is a riding that I have come to love so much,” Toews admitted in tears. “No matter what happened in Ottawa it was always wonderful to come home to Provencher and the people who elected me. I always knew where I stood with them and what constituents wanted from me. I owe them my thanks.” Toews was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 and was reelected four times. In the last federal election, he won his seat with more than 70 percent of the vote. “When I entered federal politics in 2000, I did so with the intention of making a positive contribution to Canada by being a part of the movement to unite conservatives across the country,” Toews said. “I leave public office at a time when I believe our country is more sensitive to the needs of victims, more fiscally sound and safer for citizens and future generations of Canadians.” Toews said he is looking forward to going back to private life. “I am going back to having a real, normal life living here in Manitoba,” Toews said. “Most of all, I want to spend time with my beautiful wife and 5-year-old son.” He further shocked supporters by formally introducing his wife and son for the first time publicly. While local supporters have remained true to Toews, his personal life had come under attack several times over the year. Each time he handled the situation with dignity. “My constituents have been with me through thick and thin, you’ve always been good to me,” Toews added. “There used to be a lot of strangers here and now I’d like to think I am leaving with a lot of friends.” Toews surprised everyone when he announced his retirement on July 9 and stepped down from his role of Minister of Public Safety, mere days

Former Provencher MP Vic Toews personally thanked his many supporters during a farewell BBQ on July 31, which was held after he resigned from federal politics earlier in the month. Photo by Marianne Curtis

before Prime Minister Harper announced his new Cabinet. Toews began his career in politics back in 1995 as MLA for Rossmere. As a member of the Filman Government, he sat as Minister of Labour and Minister of Justice. After gaining the Provencher seat, he served as Minister of Public Safety, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. He was also Manitoba’s Regional Minister. Prior to the majority government, he was Federal Justice Critic.

IDC Water continued... Continued from page 1 while properties with even numbered addresses should water outdoors on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Residents were also told no outdoor watering should occur on Wednesdays as this is the day reserved for line flushing works. In addition, it was suggested that residents only run full loads for laundry and dishwashing, use showers rather than bathing and limit showers to no more than four minutes. Mowing lawns, washing sidewalks and driveways and watering during cooler hours of the day were also suggested. The water conservation notice will be in effect until the end of August. Landmark has struggled to maintain an adequate water supply and sewer system throughout the community for a number of years. Inadequate pump houses and water lines have motivated the LUD of Landmark and the RM of Tache to push the province to approve and cost-share a water system upgrade for the town. However, despite inadequacies to the system, development continues, including the recent opening of a substantial housing complex along Main Street.

Rodeo continued... Continued from page 1 Stolwyk has also arranged for a mechanical bull to be setup all weekend for those who want to test their courage. Food vendors, craft and Above: Quinton Blair is souvenirs kiosks will be setup in set to heat up the stage the park. at the Richer For those who want to take in Roughstock Rodeo. the entire weekend, Left: Custom buckles accommodations can be arranged were created for the at the Richer Inn (204-422-5482), rodeo competitors Wild Oaks Campground (204-4226175), Rock Garden Campground (204-422-5441, Cripple Creek these are within 15 minutes of the rodeo venue. For more information, you can call Pat Stolwyk at Campground (204-771-0242) and Lilac Resort (204-422-5760). All of 204-422-6972 or email rodeo@simplyconnected.ca.


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Good News… Well Maybe Lately stories have been emerging about a drop in crime. Apparently, the trend is even present in Manitoba in some crime categories, but alas, not in the numbers we would all hope to see. Our demographics, like in many other jurisdictions, create undesirable anomalies. These discouraging anomalies are cause for frustration and hand wringing, but although I find the statistics hard to believe at times, these statistics are facts and they have a tendency, thank you Lord, to ignore individual and collective fears and prejudices. It used to be that the conservative pundits had us all believing that tough on crime, more jails longer sentences were a natural consequence of the nuclear family breakdown. Many in society thought that the next step to preserve society was gated communities with costly security as the price to pay for seeking peace quiet and life itself. The liberal pundits argued, and still do, that reducing disparity of wealth was, and still is, the only panacea. Nonsense! For instance, much of my generation lived on subsistence mixed farming. Money was non-existing, but we had plenty and all members of the family unit participated with fond memories of childhood being the only thing that lingers. So, the liberal philosophy of equating money and value as the same is suspect and the conservative philosophy of saying money buys value is a crock. I have a tendency to believe they mix philosophy with wishful thinking. One thing they have in common is all their pensions have outstripped their value to society. Statistics and facts bear this out. Crime statistics for Canada are hard to come by, but in the 1990s, 147,000 cars were stolen in New York. Last year the number was less than 10,000. In the 1990s, armed robberies in England and Wales numbered 500 a year. Last year the number was 69. These numbers seem to forecast positive and dramatic results for Western

Europe, USA and Canada. The reason I bunch these demographics up is the similarities in statistics and long democratic approach to society’s shortcomings. Not scientific you say? So what, it’s as reasonable an opinion as you’re going to get from me, and I’m searching for a community dialogue. Another strange fact is not all crime is coming down at the same rate. Sex crimes remain higher. Is there more reporting of these? Maybe, but I suspect sexual deviation has different triggers which are not related to other criminal activities. Some “experts” are suspicious of white-collar crime going up but becoming better at detecting these may be a large factor. Media and whistle blowers play a large part, and selfentitlement seems to be epidemic. Money begets the need for more. Much lower crime in many categories can be attributed to factors such as smarter and better equipped policing, such as computers, quality statistics and DNA. Cameras and other security to discourage property crime, cars which are becoming harder to break into and less theft of electronics, which have all dramatically come down in price making them harder for gangs to discount on the street. Longer sentencing also slows down the frequency of repetition, which would argue for the “tough on crime” approach, but people marinated on crack or cocaine are less numerous than say in the ’90s. So treatment and other interventions also appear to work. There is one little piece of information that surprised me in this research. Since we switched to non-leaded gasoline, crime statistics as related above saw a dramatic decline. The link in the time line is there. It was a wee bit of an eye opener. No, it is not proof, but just maybe if you change the old adage of “we are what we eat” to “we are what we ingest” can give a sense of understanding and dare I say, comfort.

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Dear Editor: On July 1, the NDP increased the PST by 14 percent, without consultation and without a referendum that is required by law. For the last week and a half, Manitobans from all walks of life have presented to committee at the Manitoba Legislature, and almost 80 percent have been opposed to this hike. Small business owners in this province know that the PST hike will harm their ability to compete with other jurisdictions, particularly businesses in Saskatchewan and the United States. Entrepreneurs in this province know that this government is forcing them to endure an undue hardship that will ultimately affect their bottom line and their ability to keep the doors open. Taxpayers in this province know that this government is not looking out for their best interests, and would rather raise taxes than allow Manitobans to spend their own money as they see fit. The NDP had a choice. They could have chosen an economy that

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Coyotes, Contradictions and Consultation The Manitoba Legislature is staying in session throughout this summer because of the NDP government’s decision to increase the PST from 7 percent to 8 percent. And as the weeks go along there have been some interesting revelations about just how the NDP and its MLAs and Cabinet Ministers view Manitobans. Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux gave us some insight when it was reported in the media that he had seemingly referred to those members of the public who came to the Legislature to speak out against the PST increase as “howling coyotes”. The Manitoba Legislature is unique in that our rules both allow and encourage members of the public to make presentations about legislation before committee. Often these presentations result in positive changes to our laws as Manitobans apply their real world experiences to proposed legislation. It is insulting to refer to these presenters, regardless of their viewpoint, as “howling coyotes”. But it seems that the NDP have become so arrogant towards Manitobans, that it is how they feel about anyone who dares to disagree with their policies. The entire debate around the PST increase has been chalked full of contradictions. At first, the NDP told Manitobans it was necessary to fight a potential flood this spring. Then they said it was needed to build flood infrastructure. Next, we were told it was needed because of a global recession. Soon after we were told, it was important for the building of splash parks. After all the contradictions, it has become clear that the NDP don’t really know what the money is going to be used for but they want you to pay more and they will decide what they are going to do with your money someday down the road. That’s not particularly reassuring given the NDP’s track record with spending money. Also during this rare summer session we have seen how little the NDP like consulting with Manitobans. Here again Mr. Lemieux was a prime example as he brought in legislation to force municipalities to amalgamate without ever consulting with them. Not only didn’t he consult with these elected bodies but also he referred to them as “insolent children” when they objected to not be consulted about the forced amalgamation plans. All in all, the summer has told us a great deal about the current mindset of the NDP government. The disrespect they have for Manitobans, the contradictions they bring forward in their policies and the unwillingness to work together with the people of our great province are not what Manitobans expect or deserve. 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. remains competitive, with a lower tax burden and with Manitobans driving the economy. What did the NDP choose? High taxes, people leaving for Saskatchewan, a Hydro line on the more expensive West side, and high government spending on things Manitobans don’t need, like a $5,000 per NDP MLA vote tax. Manitobans have a democratic right to be heard. Call your MLA and voice your concerns. I can be reached at my legislative office at (204) 945-5639. Sincerely, Cliff Graydon MLA for Emerson

Lemieux Resorts to Name Calling Dear Editor: The SpeNDP continues to bully and show disrespect for Manitobans. The

Minister of Local Government called Manitoba Municipalities “insolent children” when they stood up to the Minister regarding forced municipal amalgamations being imposed on them by the SpeNDP. Local municipal governments work hard with limited resources in the best interests of their communities. If amalgamation makes sense, the drive should come from the communities and municipalities themselves. It should not come from a provincial government that cannot balance its own budget and continues to raise taxes and fees at an unprecedented level. The Minister of Local Government needs to withdraw Bill 33, apologize to the municipalities, and begin to repair the damage he has created with local governments. Blaine Pedersen Local Government Critic MLA for Midland


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Lengthy Summer Session Continues with Broken Promises If you’ve been following the news recently you’ve likely read about the Legislative session progressing into the summer. We’re approaching August, our fifth month in the session, and we’ve almost reached the record for the longest summer ever spent at the Legislature. Although it’s been a sweltering hot session for all of us, the PC are driven to hold the NDP accountable for not holding a referendum on the PST hike as enshrined in provincial law. The NDP’s proposal to raise the PST by 14 percent is the highest tax increase Manitoba has seen since the late 1980s. During my visits with constituents, many expressed concern with the impact the PST increase would have on their lives. Small business owners are worried about how the PST will stifle their businesses. Parents are concerned about how the PST increase will make it more difficult to purchase sport equipment and school supplies for their children. These are concerns I’ve heard from not only my constituents, but also the hundreds of presenters who appeared at the Legislative Committee in July. Manitobans have a hard time believing any promises from this NDP government, given its disappointing record so far. In the 2011 election, the NDP promised not to raise the PST.

Now Manitobans are seeing an increase in the PST by 14 percentage points, without the legally required referendum. Manitobans were also promised quick responses to flood compensation claims, instead they have experienced delays, denials and disruptions to their lives. Unfortunately, flood compensation is not the only broken promise from the NDP. This year alone the NDP government announced they would be closing at least 20 government services offices in Manitoba, with plans to consolidate or move several other offices. The move affects all Manitobans and impacts Water Conservation and Stewardship, Infrastructure and Transportation, Agriculture, and Education and Training Centres in rural and urban areas. The NDP promised to relocate the jobs from these office closures, but at least 11 assistant conservation officers have been laid off recently because of these changes. Our children and youth are also being let down by this government. As the critic for Children and Youth Opportunities, I was disappointed to read recently that the youth crime rate in Manitoba has gone up 92 percent. It is clear that the policies of this government have caused a rising crime rate among youth. Poverty and high

Democracy Getting Trounced Dear Editor: This current NDP government appears to be bent on destroying the spirit of democracy within Manitoba. This government shows disdain for rural Manitobans in it’s determination to override the local voice by forcing smaller municipalities to amalgamate. In a few municipalities, this makes sense, finding nominal savings. On the other hand, many existing municipalities have cost sharing agreements already in place. The compulsory amalgamation may result in little to no savings, or perhaps even at a cost. Certainly local rural municipal jobs will be cut. Local representation will recede or perhaps disappear. Municipal mergers can be a sensitive issue. The loss of local identity, local history or local autonomy, often the fabric that binds these municipalities is now at play. To unilaterally force municipal mergers, for unproven savings, is callous and undemocratic, never mind demoralizing, for some of the municipalities and ratepayers caught up. This government shows contempt for Manitobans by treating us as little children. Obfuscating the obvious concerns arising from the latest round of tax increases, namely the PST hike. Creating sudden ‘emergencies’ that don’t materialize, to justify this increase. Or befogging where exactly this new revenue will be spent. This government is disrespecting Manitobans by denying our right to a referendum. Legal technicalities aside, this government’s outright removal by unilateral declaration of the referendum requirement only reinforces the general population’s distrust in the political process. This government’s attitude of rewriting the law to circumvent the voters is morally wrong to the spirit of democracy. Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux, Minister for Local Government and a senior minister, declared that municipalities are acting like “insolent Children” when it comes to these forced amalgamations. He also insulted those who voiced their concerns over this latest tax increase in committee hearings by calling them “howling coyotes.” To Mr. Lemieux’s credit, he did apologize on both accounts. But, as the saying goes, “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Mr. Lemieux, I feel, is just uttering what this government’s conduct is revealing. It’s poignant that this government attacks our local governments, our local representation and attacks us, the citizens of this great province. My intent is not to sound hyperbolic or apocalyptic. Fortunately, we were still able to voice our concerns at committee. Freedom of speech and demonstrating our displeasure remains. The opportunity to vote who we want as our government remains. We have not become a totalitarian state. But all these morally undemocratic acts by this government begin to mound up and add to voter apathy already extensive in our province and country. These actions will only add to the distrust in the political process. This government is demoralizing and devastating the spirit of democracy. Stop treating municipalities like “children” and citizens like “howling coyotes.” Restore the referendum and let Manitoban’s decide for themselves. Mr. Lemieux did the honourable thing and apologized. Now it’s time for this government to do the honourable thing by restoring the spirit of democracy and start respecting and listening to the people it purports to represent. Regards, Joseph Giesbrecht RM of La Broquerie

crime rates are closely intertwined. Manitoba leads the country in child poverty and in the usage of food banks by youth, a terrible record the NDP have done nothing to change with your tax dollars. Unlike the NDP, we believe the public deserve to have a say on matters that affect them. There are over 20 other bills with presenters that the legislative assembly is expected to get

through during this session. All of these procedural delays could have been avoided had the NDP began session in February ensuring there would be enough time for all members to debate and discuss the bills. Manitobans, and we will continue to We believe that it’s the government’s stand up for your concerns for the rest responsibility to listen to the concerns of of session. I appreciate your questions and concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at Dennis.Smook@leg.gov.mb.ca. I can also be reached at my Legislative Office at 204-945-4339, or my Constituency Office at 204-424-5406.


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Guts and Glory at the St. Labre 200 By Marianne Curtis It may have been one of the hottest – and dustiest - weekends in July but organizers and spectators alike gathered for the fifth annual St. Labre 200, which took place July 12 to 14. The annual St. Labre 200 is a go-kart build-off competition where 14 teams were challenged to build their own go-karts within 24 hours. Teams build go-karts from scratch on the first day with materials provided, and then race their new creations the next day in a fast-paced nail-biting 200-lap race on a quarter mile dirt track. Joel Grenier, one of the organizers, said they were thrilled that hundreds of people came out for the weekend despite the scorching temperatures. “Every team set up a shelter to work under, and water and sun screen were a necessity,” explained Grenier. “All of the 14 teams worked extremely hard at getting their carts finished in their 24-hour allotted time. Some team members worked through a 3-hour rainfall while other teams were still welding at sunrise on Saturday morning.” Later Saturday evening, dust and mud was in the air for two hours 39 minutes and 57 seconds with the Marchand West Loose Chains (200 laps) claiming their first victory in five It takes guts and determination to complete 200 laps on this insane course. years, earning the Best Sleep Centre Spark Plug Cup. In the past four years, the St. Labre 200 has been able to give more than $20,000 to different local organizations. Profits from the community supper, concessions, merchandise, team auction, on-site donation jar and, in the past, a big raffle are what make it possible for the Give Back to the Community campaign. This year funds are earmarked to be divided between Recreation Opportunities for Children Eastman, Today House in Steinbach and Community Resource Council in Piney. Other activities on the grounds included an excavator and skid steer rodeo, bounce castles, R/C race cars, rubber boot toss, live bands, Red Bomb Fireworks, Manitoba Arm Wrestling Association sanctioned tournament and many others. In order of completion, the teams who participated this year included Marchand West, Funks Toyota, Team Awesome, Thibaultville Thunder, Pist’n Broke, Red Bearings, Nederhoed Bandits, Florze Boys, Penn-Lightning, Hitrac, Moteur Busters, Moonshadow Holsteins, Southeastern Farm Equipment and Camp Perdue. Right: Marchand West Loose Chains was the first team to cross the finish 200 laps with a time of 2:39:57.

Separation and CRA This subject may not apply to you, but I hope you will continue to read on. Just by knowing a bit about how Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) treats those who were married or common-law and separate you may be able to help someone you care about in the future; maybe a child or grandchild or another family member or a friend. First, CRA only considers you separated after 90 days. It’s a way of giving couples some time to reconsider without too much communication back and forth with CRA. But, once you are physically separated for 90 days, both individuals should be contacting CRA. Often the woman (and often a mother of dependent children) is the first to contact CRA because she knows it may increase her Child Tax Benefit and/or GST credit. Note in the previous paragraph I used the word “physically” separated. In the past few years, I have spent time with separated women (they often have more to gain financially by contacting CRA) after they receive a request for information from CRA. There have been times when they may be legally separated according to the lawyers (and this date is used in the legal separation agreement; this is when the conjugal relationship ends). But according the CRA, if you are still living in the same home, they do not consider you separated. The only time you can both be under the same roof and be considered separated according to CRA is if the home has two distinct private entrances and two “separate” homes (self-contained with each having its own kitchen, laundry and bathroom, like a rental suite). Even if you both are living in separate homes, you need to be able to prove it. This is where the problem starts. For example, let’s say the woman stays in the family home and the man has left to stay somewhere else. As the woman (who again often has a stake in CRA’s acknowledgement, they have separated and increased Child Tax Benefits and GST Benefits), you need to be able to prove he has left the family home and you are living separately. So how do you do this? It’s not good enough that both of you write a letter and both sign acknowledging you are living separately. He needs to provide copies of rent receipts, utility bills, bank statements, credit card bills, cell phone bills, driver’s licence, and auto insurance (the more the better and must include civic addresses to prove the physical location) to prove he’s living somewhere else and the mailing address is different. (You make it harder for CRA to determine you are separated if you still use the same mailing address.) So once one partner moves out, make sure he or she has changed the address for mailing and civic on everything. Return his or her mail to the sender if you have to. I have seen instances where the husband moves in with a friend or family, but there are no bills in his name. He would need to get his name on the lease if they are renting. Plus change all the others (bank, auto insurance, etc.). As a last resort if there is really no proof that he has left the family home (or that he is physically living somewhere else), I have seen CRA request third party confirmation letters. These are “professionals” CRA will accept letters from such as daycare providers, principals, family doctors. Others can be accepted and again the more the better. Make sure that these professionals in your life are aware that the two of you have separated so they can have it documented for when CRA asks for their letters. Make sure these professionals have separate physical (civic) and mailing addresses for each of you. From a taxpayer’s point of view, CRA should be doing its job to make sure, only those who qualify actually get the benefits they are expected to receive. Unfortunately, in the past there have been families and individuals who have fraudulently received benefits they were not entitled. CRA is just protecting taxpayer money. I’m just trying to make sure you understand where CRA is coming from and that you or someone you care about ensures the separation is carefully documented so you stay on the good side of CRA. Keep all of your December statements (maybe forever). You never know if you might need them as proof of where you lived at the time. Anni Markmann is a tax professional and owns Ste. Anne Tax Service, working, living, and volunteering in our community. Contact Anni at (204) 422-6631, annimarkmann@mts.net, or 36 Dawson Road in Ste. Anne.


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STARS Ambulance Lands in Steinbach On August 2, the STARS Air Ambulance made a surprise appearance at the Elmdale School in Steinbach. The landing provided the public with a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the province’s newest emergency response team. STARS Paramedic, Ray Rempel was one of the response team members on hand to answer questions. He said that he loves the opportunity to show the public what the helicopter is capable of and talk about what they do. “People are always happy to see us; unfortunately it is usually in a situation,” explained Rempel. “Public appearances like this give people a chance to see where we do our job.” The STARS Ambulance has already proved to be an asset to the region. “We’ve done a lot of transfers from Steinbach and a lot of scene calls to assist with fire departments and ambulance crews from all over the area,” Rempel added. “We are based in Winnipeg but this is rural Manitoba’s ambulance.” With response times of eight minutes to air and then a 16-minute flight to Steinbach or 20 minutes to St. Malo, it could be a matter of life or death. STARS covers a 240-kilometre radius around Winnipeg including many of the rural areas in southern Manitoba. From their base in Winnipeg a 187 missions were flown in 2012. The province of Manitoba and STARS signed a 10-year agreement in February 2012 and in Manitoba, patients do not receive any request for repayment of the costs of their transport by STARS. In 2012 the organization hired and trained more than 50 new team members in Manitoba. STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization, and the STARS Foundation

The public got a rare close and personal look with the province’s only STARS ambulance.

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is the fundraising arm of the organization. Funding is met through special events organized by volunteers, donations received from individuals, service groups, business and corporations, municipalities, and through collaborative agreements with provincial governments. Donations can be made to Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation or Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society. A future online store is in the works to help fund the organization’s life saving services.

Moms Urged to Seek Help for Post Partum Depression By Marianne Curtis After the deaths of Lisa Gibson and her two small children, mothers are being encouraged to see help with post partum issues before another tragedy strikes. The Winnipeg mother’s body was recovered from the Red River a few days after her three-month-old son Nicholas and two-year-old daughter Anna were discovered in the bathtub of the family’s home. They died in hospital. A relative came forward and said Gibson was suffering from post partum depression. Vicki Otatundun, from Anna’s House, encourages mothers to come forward and speak about their mental health concerns to prevent another tragedy from taking place. “The birth of a child does not always create joy for a new mom; new mothers are often surprised by other feelings such as fatigue, sadness, anger, fear, anxiety or inadequacy,” stated Otatundun. “It is normal to feel blue after you’ve had a baby.” To help new mothers cope Anna’s House operates a program called “Coping with Change.” This series helps mothers work through the emotional and lifestyle changes that occur after the birth of a baby. Participants learn how to cope with adjustments and recognize if more support is needed. The meetings are held at Anna’s House and childcare is provided free of charge. Otatundun said that participants also get together with the public health nurse and other professionals who help them deal with every day issues. “I urge any mother who is struggling to contact us,” Otatundun invited. “Even family members who are concerned can contact us and we will direct you to help; we will use every resource we have to help that mom.” Research has identified three types of postpartum depression, baby blues, postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Postpartum depression can begin any time during the first two months after you give birth. Hormonal changes can result in symptoms that may include irritability or hypersensitivity, difficulty concentrating, anxiety and worry, crying or tearfulness, negative feelings such as sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, or guilt, loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy, difficulty sleeping (especially returning to sleep), fatigue or exhaustion, changes in appetite or eating habits, headaches, stomach aches, muscle or backaches. Southern Health Mental Health Coordinator Allana Hall would also like to remind moms that help is available immediately by calling the crisis line. “Our services are confidential and no one will judge you,” stated Hall. “These are educated professionals prepared to deal with whatever you are going through; you will be handled with dignity.” Southern Health also has a crisis line available for moms on the edge. The crisis line number to call here in the southeast is 1-888-617-7715. Call (204) 346-0413 or email annashouse@annashouse.ca.

St. Pierre-Jolys Installs Speed Bumps The Village of St. Pierre-Jolys council has decided to address safety concerns raised by residents living along Cote Avenue East by installing speed bumps. According to council, there have been a number of safety concerns regarding the speed levels used by vehicles on Côté Avenue East. “Council needed to determine if speed bumps should be used as a traffic calming measure,” explained council. “A survey was sent out to all residents requesting their feedback and 72 percent of responses were in favour.” As a result, the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys will install two speed bumps along Cote Avenue East. They will be reviewed in the fall to see if they have made any impact to reduce speed.

Steinbach Arts Council Seeks Board Members The Steinbach Arts Council is looking for a few dedicated volunteers to join several committees within the organization. Shannon Neufeld says that the Steinbach Arts Council is looking for members to join their Board of Directors. “We are looking for individuals of all ages throughout the southeast region including teachers, artists, retirees, newcomers, even young professionals and students,” explained Neufeld. “This is a great opportunity to meet new people, be part of creative community events and become a vital part of the arts community.” The Steinbach Arts Council Board of Directors is a governance board that meets once a month to create policy and provide direction for a strong professional staff. There are also other volunteer opportunities available on the Southeast Visual Arts Committee, Exhibit Committee, Celebrate the Arts Gala Committee and Performing Arts Selection Committee. Those interested are encouraged to email a letter of intention to Cynthia Rempel Patrick, Executive Director at director@steinbachartscouncil.ca.


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Ile des Chênes Trailer Park Residents Urged not to Sell

Southside Estates General Manager Ben Wiens wants residents to be assured that, despite the rumours; owners are not selling the mobile home park and cancelling leases. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis The owner of Southside Estates in Ile des Chênes would like to reassure residents that their leases are not in danger of being cancelled. This comes after a nail-biting few months while Tedhil Enterprises and the Manitoba Tenancies Board worked out particulars on a recent rent increase. At the beginning of the year, the 103 residents in the Ile des Chênes mobile home village were served with a proposed $20 monthly rent increase. This amount caused alarm among residents because it was substantially higher than the average increase of 1 percent. On average, tenants pay $198 per month. If approved the increase would have brought that amount to $218 per month. “We had to go for a higher increase this year because of increased costs; work was done to the water system, operating expenses went up along with maintenance fees,” explained John Wiens, with Tedhil Enterprises. “Without the increase we would have several consecutive years of losses, we are required at the least to have a reasonable expectation of a profit.” A petition in opposition containing almost a dozen signatures was presented to the Residential Tenancies Board for their consideration. The board found that Tedhil Enterprises had not justified the amount so they only approved a $1 increase, thus raising the rent to $199. The property owner subsequently filed an appeal at which time another hearing was held. After reviewing new information submitted, the increase was adjusted by $12, giving the property owner the green light to increase rent to $210. Meanwhile, due to the uncertain future of the park, For Sale signs have been cropping up; currently there are eight mobile homes on the market. “I got some of the money and it will help, but I don’t know what to do now,” Wiens continued. “(But) people should not panic; the park is not for sale nor is it sold. I would not consider selling it to anyone but the tenants as a non-profit cooperative.” According to Wiens, he would consider selling the park to the tenants as a cooperative. This would entail that the park would become a corporation containing 103 shares and each tenant who buys in would own their lot. Tenants would then be responsible for property taxes, maintenance and water. “I do not think that tenants want this though,” Wiens noted. Southside Estates was started about 40 years ago by Wien’s father, which keeps him motivated not to sell. “My parents started this and I don’t think they wanted me to sell,” he added. Wiens said he has tried to work on other solutions, including adding an additional ten brand-new units along the old Hwy 59 that would have been better developed and helped sustain the existing park. However, despite approval by the Morris-McDonald Planning District and other government departments the project was shot down by the RM of Ritchot. “It makes no sense why the municipality went against everyone else,” Wiens added. “Not only that, they took out the approach I had for decades to access the property for mowing and maintenance.” Tenants speculate that the RM of Ritchot is trying to force Southside Estates to disband to make room for new housing or condominiums. Over the past year, several new condominiums and apartments building have cropped up on property surrounding the mobile village.

Landmark Thieves Face Charges in Break-ins By Marianne Curtis Two men and two women from Landmark face charges following a series of break-and-enters that took place in both Landmark and Winnipeg over the past year and a half. On July 12, a search warrant was executed at a residence located in Landmark resulting in the recovery of numerous stolen items. Scott Sheldon Little, 36, and Wesley Dean Munroe, 32, have been charged with numerous offences due to their alleged involvement, which resulted in a detention. A 53-year-old woman and 35-yearold woman are also facing charges. They were released on a promise to appear notice. The charges stem from an investigation by the East District Crime Unit, with the assistance of

Patrol members and the Forensic Identification Unit, into several break and enter incidents in both Winnipeg and Landmark. On July 10, the two men were allegedly in the area of the 200 block of Kenny Street at which time several construction trailers were broken into and numerous construction tools were removed. The tools are valued at approximately $5,000. According to police, a witness observed the incident and called police. Upon responding, officers observed a black truck attempting to flee and evade police, almost hitting the police cruiser during the attempt. A short time later, the suspect vehicle struck a parked car in the area of Portland Avenue. The suspect fled the area. The next day the black truck was located in the Landmark area, the search warrant was executed and

subsequent charges were laid. The foursome are facing charges for this incident along with other break-ins including two dating back to 2012. Between May 4 and May 7, 2012 a break and enter occurred at a construction trailer located in the area of Oak Lawn Road. As a result about $10,000 worth of construction equipment was stolen, police say. Then between October 12 and 13, 2012 a break and enter occurred at a home under construction located in the area of Sablewood Road. Appliances valued at nearly $3,000 were stolen. More recently, between March 30 and April 1, a break and enter occurred to a condominium under construction located in the Landmark area. Several tools were stolen from the site. The investigation is on going.

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Family Fun Fair and Registration Day for Fall Programs on Thursday, August 29, 3 - 8 pm at Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, 304 Second Street. Bouncers, face painting, free hot dogs and dance and martial arts demos by Xcompany. Come have some fun, plus register for great fall programs. The Amazing Race: Steinbach Edition on September 21 –Have fun! Win prizes! Register your team of four by September 13. Applications online. The hottest scene in town… the Loewen Green Art Scene See local art! Enjoy the atmosphere! All at 306 Reimer Ave in the beautiful Loewen heritage home and gallery. Come stop by! New exhibits every month. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 - 9 pm and the first and third Saturday of the month. Free Art Lessons on the back patio, Tuesdays, 1 - 3 pm. Check the SAC website for schedule. Mentoring! Love to create? Grow and learn through art mentoring opportunities... for all ages! Artists! Get involved! Display your artwork in the Loewen Heritage Home Gallery. It’s perfect for new artists; informal – like hanging your art in your own home. Or sell your work, plus please inquire about teaching/mentoring opportunities. Musicians! Enhance the Art Scene by sharing your talents with us.

Volunteers Wanted! Summer Arts Day Camps – Looking for volunteers’ ages 14+ to help run camp activities. Southeast Visual Arts Committee – Help oversee arts-related community programs. Exhibit Committee – Oversee hall gallery exhibits. Gala committee – Plan the annual gala fundraising event. Performing Arts Selection Committee – Help with the concert series and participate at events.

Annual General Meeting Our Annual General Meeting is this month! Looking for Board of Directors nominees. Please email a letter of intent to Cynthia Rempel Patrick at director@steinbachartscouncil.ca.

FREE Move Night under the stars Bring the whole family to AD Penner Park on Saturday, August 17 to see Shrek on a big outdoor screen. Movie starts at 8 pm -when it gets dark.

Become a Season Ticket Holder Great seats available for our 2013-14 concert series. This season features Ça Claque French Fiddle and Dance, True Jive Pluckers Musical String Trio, the annual Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Holiday show, Miracle on South Division Street by Manitoba Theatre Centre, and “Ovation: Showcase of Stars” – featuring talent from the last 35 years in celebration of SAC’s 35th anniversary! Season ticket holders get the discounted package price for all five shows, plus a free SAC Membership with great community benefits and 10 percent off for Added Attractions. Coming up: our annual Munsch family show by Prairie Theatre Exchange, the Young Artist in Concert Café Night featuring Rebecca Woodmass, and Steinbach’s Got Talent. Here’s a great idea – let the next gift you give be tickets for an incredible performance, or purchase a gift certificate.

What’s up for Fall? Dance – Belly Dance, Social Dance; Creative Wellness – Yoga, Pilates, Zumba; Cooking – Creative Cooking and Kids in the Kitchen; Languages – Spanish, French; Visual Arts – Kid’s Art X-Travaganza, Kid’s Art Adventure, Pottery, Digital Photography, Mixed Media painting, Exploring Acrylics, Abstract Acrylic painting, Theatre – the Backyard Theatre Company for ages 5-15; Music and Theory (piano, voice, flute, violin, guitar, accordion) with the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts. Fusion Musical Theatre – Back by popular demand! A fusion of Music (Voice), Dance and Theatre Workshops coming soon! Call if interested. Xcompany Dance & Martial Arts for ages 3 to adult – Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Broadway Stars, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Breakdance and more! Call (204) 471-9266. Arts4Tots Preschool Program – A few spaces left. Ages 3-5 will love learning early childhood development through the Arts – Music, Drama, Dance, Crafts and Culture. We’ll make a preschool program suitable for you! New! After School Art Program for ages 9 - 15 starts on Wednesday, September 18 and runs 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. Eastman Youth Choir is looking for singers entering grade 9, 10, 11, and 12 in September 2013. For info or to apply, visit emyc.weebly.com or email us at eastmansings@gmail.com. View all our events on steinbachartscouncil.ca.


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Medical Clinic on the Horizon with New Pharmacy in IDC

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Community Supports Gardenton Museum

Pharmacist Gina Gourgy recently opened IDA Pharmacy in Ile des Chênes. It is the community’s first pharmacy. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis Residents living in Ile des Chênes and surrounding area no longer have to travel for their pharmaceutical needs after the recent opening of the first pharmacy in the community. On July 15, pharmacist Gina Gourgy opened the doors to IDA Pharmacy and she already feels welcomed by the community. “It has been very busy, people have been very supportive,” stated Gourgy. “Many people have been coming in with new prescriptions or to transfer from another pharmacy.” Currently the draw to the facility is the full service pharmacy but the number one question Gourgy is asked is, “When is the clinic opening”. The pharmacy was built onto an existing strip mall, complete with space for a small medical clinic. It consists of a large reception area, two examination rooms and a lab. “All we need is some furniture, equipment and a doctor,” Gourgy said. She admits that no contracts have been signed but talks are currently taking place that could see at least a part-time physician in the community. “People really like the idea of a doctor in town. We hope to have one in a few months.” Gourgy is no stranger to small town pharmacies. She started her career in Egypt working for her husband, Joseph Sharobeem, in his business before coming to Canada. More recently, Sharobeem opened La Broquerie Pharmacy, the first dispensary in that community also. “We both love small communities, we like to get to know the people,” Gourgy added. “We are both very excited about being in these towns.” She also wanted to add that calling her business IDA Pharmacy was not a mistake. “People have come in and told me that it should say IDC (for Ile des Chênes) but our Rexall brand is IDA,” she laughed. “The sign is not a mistake.” Currently the couple commutes to their perspective communities from Winnipeg but they hope to call Ile des Chênes their home. IDA Pharmacy offers full service dispensing and a growing stock of over the counter medications and needs including vitamins. She also has a full-scale choice of gift cards and greeting cards. It is open Monday to Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm. There is also free delivery within a 10-minute radius of Ile des Chênes.

The new Gardenton Ukrainian Museum Board of Directors include President Harry Hawryshko (far back, second from right)with the Frazer River Boys; Back Row (l-r): John Podolsky, Kelvin Chubaty, Patricia Penner, Judy Lehn. Front Row (l-r): Amanda Bente, Marge Chubaty, Wendy Dessler, Helen Feniuk, and Arlene Kowalchuk. Doreen Friesen is absent.

By Marianne Curtis The 48th annual Gardenton Ukrainian Festival may have been cancelled for this year, but the community still gathered for a successful fundraising dinner and dance to mark the occasion. On July 13, the Ukrainian Museum and Village Society in Gardenton played host to local residents and guests from as far away as Waterford, Ontario, Badger, Minnesota and Phoenix, Arizona. According to Amanda Bente, descendants along with friends of the community of Gardenton and surrounding area were given the opportunity to tour the park, including the heritage rich Museum. “Many took tours, which included trips to the local historical sights which connected them to their roots, such as local churches and cemeteries,” explained Bente. “This fundraiser provided a good time for all in attendance, and income for a local organization which wishes to incorporate the community in all its endeavours.” The day was celebrated with an Old Time Dance with music performed by the popular Fraser River Boys. A receptive crowd participated in Polkas, Foxtrots, and Heel Toes and dined on a traditional meal of perogies and sausage. Money raised at this event will go towards preparing the site for the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration that is planned for 2015. Before the big event can take place, the Gardenton Ukrainian Museum and Village Society would like to complete some rejuvenation projects throughout the park. The board hopes to see similar results with the upcoming Fall Supper scheduled for September 22 at the Gardenton Museum and Park.

The Tragic Side of Giving Birth On July 24, the headlines screamed a first for the province – two children found unresponsive in a tub and their young mother missing. As the horrific details immerged, many questioned how a mother could allegedly be responsible for their own children’s deaths. Then a relative stepped forward to let people know that Lisa Gibson had sought help for postpartum depression (PPD) and her mother-in-law dropped in daily to check on her. Two Winnipeg newspapers made the mistake of leaving their comment section open so readers could speak on stories on this tragedy while details were still emerging. The opinions were vast and sometimes sickening. Reading how people felt, that if it was a man who’d committed this horrible crime he would have been crucified, not excused – yes, many felt that PPD was an excuse, not a reality. Let me tell you, postpartum depression exists – I know, because I had it. I was 19 when I had my first baby; 13 months later came number two. When I was 22, I had number three and a few years later came my baby – my oldest is 26. I only really learned about PPD when my daughter gave birth. I watched her like a hawk. She was young and could easily have fallen victim to it. However, it made me look back to when I gave birth – I was not diagnosed with PPD until I had my fourth baby! Looking back, I had all the classic signs, mostly started by the trauma of birth. My first baby was born via emergency c-section. I blamed myself for that for years. That affected me with every single baby. I felt like a failure on all counts. I stubbornly tried to have my second naturally and that too ended up in a c-section. I hated myself at this time. The cycle continued with the following two babies. I remember being so exhausted or feeling inadequate, I would drive along the highway, fantasizing about driving into a hydro pole. After every baby was born, I packed my bags and tried to leave believing that my children were better off without me. We won’t even mention the many times I wanted to hurt myself. So yes, I was a classic case. I am not sure what eventually helped. I was isolated but I had an amazing mother-in-law and a homemaker once a week. There were no classes for PPD but CFS did offer groups in Steinbach for moms like me. Looking back, my kids are lucky to be alive. I am lucky to be alive. Thankfully, by the time each baby turned a year old, I started to be myself again and I could see what wonderful thing motherhood was. Unfortunately, it is too late for the Gibson’s, but it is not too late for those that are still suffering around us. PPD is real, not an excuse or a delusion. The stigma of mental illness needs to stop.


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Missing a Piece of My Heart

New Doctors in St. Pierre-Jolys Residents in St. Pierre-Jolys and area who have been looking for a doctor will soon have access to two new physicians. According to the Rat River Council, two new physicians have joined the staff at St. Pierre-Jolys Medical Clinic. While their names have yet to be released, the clinic is accepting new patients on their behalf. More details are expected next month. Anyone with questions or wishing to register can call the clinic at (204) 433-7263.

This summer something happened that had never happened before within my family. It was awesome and saddening, heart-warming and yet heart wrenching. The monumental event that rocked my family and forever left its mark was summer camp. That’s right; my oldest boy went off to summer camp. Sure it was only for four nights but still, when you’re used to seeing someone around the house all the time and now suddenly that person is no longer there, well… it felt like a piece of my heart was missing. The house seemed quieter and there was just that special something that this person brought to my life that I missed. Knowing that he was going to have fun with all the activities and be making new friends helped to alleviate the missing-him pangs that would spike up while we were eating our suppers with an empty spot at our table. When we went and picked him up it was quite heart-warming to see how his little sister and brother reacted to having him back in our lives. Hugs, kisses and big happy smiles were all around and they overflowed with joy. On the ride home, we heard about several of the activities that he had participated in while at camp. We heard about archery and how hard it was to pull back on the bowstring. We heard about horseback riding and the fun times he had with that. He told us they even had him wash the dishes only twice during his stay. This was a great thing for him since my wife and I have him help once a day at home! He talked about his new friends in the cabin and of some of the songs that they sang. Just like my wife and I knew, he had a great time and is looking forward to going back next year. While my entire family was sad to have him gone for that length of time, we were happy that he had so much fun. Even his little sister is now waiting, somewhat impatiently, for her chance to go and have these fun times. In the end, I’m glad that he was able to go out and have these new experiences. The one thing I’m not sure about is what I’ll do when he goes off to college or university! Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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Sheera York, new owner of the Sprague River Inn in Sprague, welcomes everyone to beat the heat by coming for ice cream at Pop’s Whistle Stop. Eighteen-year-old Jaelynn DesChamps and her 16-year-old sister Gracynn from Ile des Chênes show off the costumes they will be wearing when they perform traditional Irish dance at the Tailteann Nua Festival in Ireland.

By Marianne Curtis A pair of sisters from Ile des Chênes is thrilled to spend the first week of August dancing at this year’s Tailteann Nua Festival, which takes place at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Eighteen-year-old Jaelynn DesChamps and her 16-year-old sister Gracynn dance with the McConnell School of Irish Dance. The pair has danced with the group for more than 14 and 12 years (respectively). Their group received an invitation to perform in Ireland at the Tailteann Nua Festival at the University of Limerick. The festival is an event inspired by the ancient Irish festival ‘An t-Aonach Tailteann’ that gathered sportsmen and artists together to compete and celebrate Irish Culture. Both girls were ecstatic about being able to perform from August 2 to 5. They planned on performing a production called “Trasna Na d’Tonnta” (Over the Waves), a story of the Irish emigration through dance, song and music. “Being able to dance in Ireland is an amazing opportunity. I never thought I’d have the chance to go back and perform where it all started,” stated Jaelynn. “Dance has always been a huge part of my life and has shaped me into the person I am today. It didn’t matter to me where or with whom I was dancing, but that I could put on my shoes and dance without worrying how others saw me.” Her sister was just as excited about the trip. “I feel so privileged that after 13 years of dance I have the opportunity to travel to Ireland and perform where it all began,” added Gracynn. “This is a huge opportunity and something quite rare for a Canadian group to be asked to perform in Ireland,” added their proud father, Jay DesChamps. “Our family is looking forward to this trip so much. It has always been a dream vacation of ours ever since the girls were little and now for them to be performing there is something so special.”

Organizations Aid St. Pierre-Jolys Rec Centre Last month, the St. Pierre Recreation Centre received two donations from local organizations. President of the recreation centre, Alain Robidoux, accepted a cheque in the amount of $1,795 from Claudelle Catellier of Caisse Financial Group St-Pierre-Jolys. The recreation centre was picked to receive the donation through the members of any Caisse Financial Group branch. Members voted for a local community centre of their choice with St Pierre Recreation Centre receiving 359 votes. A second cheque in the amount of $2,000 was presented by members of the Rat River Quilting Guild. The Guild held their second Quilt Show on May 11 and made the donation from proceeds of tickets sold from a quilt raffle.

President of the St. Pierre Recreation Centre, Alain Robidoux, accepts a cheque in the amount of $1,795 from Claudelle Catellier of Caisse Financial Group St-Pierre-Jolys.

By Marianne Curtis Over the past year, the community of Sprague has seen a turnover in business ownership as long time owners stepped aside and made way for the next generation. One of these sales included the purchase of the Sprague Hotel by Lac Du Bonnet couple Sheera York and her husband Sandy. A year ago, the couple came to the community looking to buy a house but instead they fell in love with the town’s unique charm. Within weeks, they purchased the business and began the daunting task of breathing new life into the neglected establishment. “We have thrown out every bed, linens, chairs, redid the tables, installed 80 inch big screen TV, karaoke, expanded the bar menu as it used to be just beer and shots, cleaned up the place, landscaping, gave the outside a face lift, recovered the pool table and installed Wifi,” explained Sheera. “This has been a huge project.” In the past twelve months, the York’s have even reopened the eight rental rooms on the second floor and brightened up the entire municipality’s only watering hole. The biggest challenge was to bring the aged hotel up to modern standards. “We want to make it a viable hotel because for the past 18 years it has gone to seed,” Sheera explained. “There is no reason why this entire building should not be used.” The biggest challenge for the new owners has been changing the perception of the business. “We have some very nice customers (but) it has been difficult to establish who we are. The previous owner did things differently and patrons are used to that but it is slowly coming together,” Sheera noted. “We are working hard to change the reputation and establish a quality establishment within the community.” Being “new” to the close-knit community is not stopping the energetic couple. In addition to a cozy beverage room complete with firelight, the Sprague River Inn is home to Pop’s Whistle Stop, a little café and ice-cream shop that is open to all ages. Future plans include development of an adjacent lot into a community park. The Sprague River Inn was built in 1929 and has changed hands several times throughout its history. It is the last hotel and beverage room still operating in the vast RM of Piney. The Piney Hotel remains vacant after its owners closed its doors several years ago and the Woodridge Inn burned to the ground in 2011.


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Groups Gear up for Niverville Wellness Fair By Marianne Curtis On Thursday, September 5, the community of Niverville is hosting their 5th annual Recreation and Wellness Showcase. The event is an opportunity for residents to come and see the amazing recreation and wellness opportunities available in the community. Robyn Yates, Program Coordinator for the Town of Niverville, said that this year’s event is expected to be the biggest yet with 30 different booths. “People can expect all different types of booths; everything from our local sports groups, to Cancer Care sharing some sun safe UV safety information, and local healthcare professionals (reflexology, physio, chiropractic, etc), and information for Children’s programs, and the Farm and Food Discovery Centre,” stated Yates. “The organizations being represented are from all around the South Eastman region. “We try to showcase everything that is offered locally and highlight the resources available for the members of our community,” stated Yates. “We will also be promoting our upcoming fall programs which will be out in a couple weeks in our Fall Brochure with some of our instructors being present at the showcase. Instructors will be bringing samples of their work so they can answer any questions people may have about the upcoming classes. While attending, parents wishing to register their children for local sports activities will be allowed to do so. “In the past we had conflicts with registration nights and the showcase, so we suggested bringing the events together,” Yates continued. “It’s wonderful because it’s like a “one stop shop” for people to see what recreational and wellness opportunities there are all at one time.” This year’s Recreation and Wellness Showcase will take place September 5 from 5 - 8 pm at the Niverville Heritage Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend even if they are not registering for a recreational activity. The event is hosted by the Niverville Community Services.

Eastman Recreation Opportunities Becomes Official Charity By Marianne Curtis A non-profit organization that supports low-income families by providing recreation opportunities to underprivileged youth is thrilled with its new charitable organization status. Eastman Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC) is a not-for-profit organization that works to connect at-risk children and youth to positive recreation and leisure opportunities. According to Moni Loewen, Recreation Services Specialist with the organization, ROC Eastman, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that works to connect at-risk children and youth to positive recreation and leisure opportunities. “Many people have asked how to include ROC in their annual giving plans,” Loewen explained. With charitable status, the organization can now provide tax deduction receipts for donations. “As an organization dedicated to helping low-income children find ways to plug in to their communities through positive recreation activities, this means so much,” stated Loewen. “We know and research shows that this translates into less addiction, less crime and more productive members of our cherished communities.” Eastman Recreation Opportunities for Children takes a hands-on approach with families to come up with a workable recreation plan and provides more than financial support for sports and physical activities. “We go one step further and provide financial assistance for registration fees, equipment and fuel for a huge variety of recreation activities,” Loewen continued. Activities include photography, music or singing lessons, gardening, dog obedience classes, dance, Kung Fu, Special Olympics, clay making, swimming lessons, soccer, creative writing and more. On average, Recreation Opportunities for Children Eastman works with about 30 children per year in communities including St. Malo, St. Pierre-Jolys, Steinbach, Niverville, Blumenort, La Broquerie, Pine Falls and Beausejour. For more information on ROC Eastman, visit roceastman.ca. A fundraising BBQ is taking place August 14 from 11 am to 1 pm at the corner of Main and Reimer in Steinbach.

Hayshed Burns Near Ile des Chênes On July 23, a hay barn was completely destroyed near Ile des Chênes early in the morning. RM of Ritchot fire crews rushed to Leclaire Road near Bernat Road, about three kilometres from the community, around 4 am. Crews from a number of jurisdictions were on scene to make sure it didn’t spread to nearby homes or beyond. A fire official said the barn was filled with hay. St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP said there were no were no injuries, and that the fire is not considered suspicious, though the cause is not yet known. Officials are pegging damages at $145,000.

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Cheyenne Days Huge Success By Marianne Curtis Temperatures may have been a little cooler during the third weekend of July but the competition was hot when the 11th annual Cheyenne Days took place in Ste. Agathe. The two-day festival drew crowds to Etienne Cartier Park, located along Highway 75, on July 19 and 20. One of the biggest goals of the weekend was to bring families home for a friendly weekend for a baseball tournament. Alissa Doan, one of the organizers, says this year’s event was a huge success. “This year was one of our greatest successes yet for the community. Yes, there were several changes this year, and all were in favour of bringing in more of our community members,” explained Doan. “We have many new residents in our growing community and wanted to return to the original motive for the celebration.” This year’s changes were to get

The Ervick’s were crowned champions after two days of fierce baseball competition during this year’s Cheyenne Days in Ste. Agathe. Back row: Craig Ervick, Kelsey Jorgenson, Chris Marion, Sylvie Collette, Eric Colette, C.B., Shayne Cormier. Front row: Jen Ervick, Tyler Cormier, Dana Cormier and Rebecca Cormier. Photo by Karen Jorgenson

back to the real roots of Cheyenne, which included the rebranding to Festival d’été Cheyenne Summer Fest - Célébrons avec la famille - Fun for the whole family. Festivities kicked off Friday evening with baseball and live entertainment by Mrs. Hoo Hoo and Keith and Renee. On Saturday, the festival included a bike parade, free pancake breakfast followed by a day filled with kid’s activities, a circus workshop, and entertainment with Marie-Claude McDonald and

juggler Isaac Girardin. Lucky Luc’s provided a delicious steak supper in the evening. Live bands took to the stage during the day including Nic Messner, Rambling Dan, Hammer Pigeons, Les Louis Boys, and Momentary Madness. The night was capped off with fireworks. Ste. Agathe’s annual Cheyenne Days commemorates the discovery of the Cheyenne River Boat that sank in the Red River in 1875 near Ste. Agathe.


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Prize Winning Sagkeeng Dancers to Perform at Friendship Festival The community of Landmark is gearing up for a celebration when the community invites everyone to this year’s annual Friendship Festival. The three-day festival is taking place August 9-11. New this year on Friday is a community garage sale and flea market and Quintin Blair will take to the stage in the evening for a concert. Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Landmark Kinsmen, a parade, a hot dog lunch prepared by Niverville Credit Union, a children’s village, and a Skateboard demo with Geoff Reimer. After the success of last year’s visit by Folkorama, performers from the Ireland and Germany pavilions will put on an afternoon show. Winners of Canada’s Got Talent, Manitoba’s own Sagkeeng Dancers, will also perform. A community pork barbeque starts the evening followed by a dance with music by the Darryl Marsh Band and fireworks. On Sunday, all the churches in Landmark invite the community to a worship service in the park followed by a picnic lunch. More volunteers are needed so anyone interested is encouraged to contact Cheryl Tremeer at 355-4277 or 355-4056.

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“Tour 4 ALS” Makes Pit Stop in Prawda By Marianne Curtis

On July 3, a group of men originating from Windsor Ontario made the tiny community of Prawda a pit stop along their 6,537-kilometre journey across the country as part of the Tour 4 ALS. Five of the six cyclists pulled into the hamlet on Day 19 of a 52-day trip across Canada. The Tour 4 ALS is a cross-Canada ride to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The group left Windsor, Ontario and flew to BC on June 14 to journey across Canada to raise money to Ben Merritt, Dean Morais, Brian Belanger, Doug Michie and Bob Papineau made a brief stop help battle ALS. However, for a in Prawda during a cross-country ALS fundraising and awareness campaign. couple of the cyclists the 6,537Photo by Marianne Curtis kilometre trip is much more than a Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and fundraiser. The trip was planned by the group by using Google Earth. I had this after Elio Zanella one of the cyclists plan built five years ago.” 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 lost his wife, Felicia, to the disease ALS affects nerve cells in the brain two years ago at the age of 59. visit and consider participating in some of our programs. For more and the spinal cord. Degeneration information drop by the Centre, Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm, call 204“I am honoured to do this for my of the motor neurons that convey wife, in her memory,” Zanella said. signals from the brain to activate 320-4600 or online patporteralc.com. Membership is only $25 per year due in January of each year for those “It is nice to be able to raise money voluntary muscles throughout the to help other people affected with body leads to muscle atrophy and 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 this disease.” paralysis. When the muscles no Dean Morais had been planning a longer receive signals, they become or committees. cycling adventure across Canada for inactive, wither, lose strength and years. The course had been mapped finally fail. Death usually occurs due Up and Coming Events and Monthly Programs: out, revamped and planned long to respiratory failure. Progressive Conservative before Morais even knew Zanella. Urban Poling: Please join us for our Urban Poling Program every Monday The group is hoping to raise Education Critic and Steinbach “I think this is the ultimate dream $40,000 for ALS. Anyone wishing to and Thursday at 9:30 am at the centre and Wednesday’s at AD Penner MLA, Kelvin Goertzen, has for most riders,” Morais said. “I’ve Park at 8:30 am. Not sure, what Urban Poling is or need more information? donate to ALS Manitoba directly introduced Cyber-bulling legislation been planning this for years. I’ve Contact Kathy at 204-320-4603 or Carrie at 204-320-4604. (but not part of this fundraiser) can Kitchen Garden: We need your help in our garden with weeding and that would help those who are being even kind of rode a lot of the roads make donations online at alsmb.ca. victimized by cyber-bullying regain watering. Produce will be used in our kitchen for our Meals on Wheels some power and protection. program. Contact 204-320-4603. The legislation would allow August Potluck: On Thursday, August 15. Please call ahead and let us persons to obtain protection orders know what you would like to bring. Call 204-320-4600. As always, needed where they are the victims of cyberare salads, casseroles, desserts and buns. Cost is $5. We will be ordering bullying and would allow for the from Chicken Chef! seizure of electronics that are being Foot Care: On the first and third Tuesday of the month from 9 am -3 pm. Run by a professional foot care nurse. Cost $30. Bring your own towel. used to cyber-bully. It would also create a separate civil tort of cyberContact the centre to book an appointment. Computer Labs: Are 1 hour long and available every other Wednesday bullying and put an onus on parents to act when they are aware that their morning from 9 am - noon. Pot Luck Supper on the second Thursday of every month at 6 pm, meat child is engaging in cyber-bullying. “Cyber-bulling is a very real and beverages provided. Cost $5 ea. Bring a casserole, salad or desert. problem both inside schools and Contact the centre to reserve a seat. outside the school environment,” Beltone Hearing on the third Friday of each month. Contact 1-800-661said Goertzen. “There needs to be 2653 for appointment. real action and real consequences Brain Injury Support Group on the last Monday of the month at 7 pm. Parkinson’s Support Group on the fourth Wednesday of the month at for cyber-bulling because it not only impacts lives, it can result in the loss 1 pm. of life.” Goertzen noted that under the Weekly Programs: legislation, youth as young as 16 could apply for their own protection Monday 9:30 - 10:30 am Urban Poling (for the summer) order when they are being cyber12 - 4:30 pm Drop-in Pool bullied. 1 - 4:30 pm Model Trains “Far too often young people feel 1 pm Canasta powerless when they are being 7 pm Tai Chi bullied. This is one step in restoring Tuesday 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends a sense of control,” said Goertzen. 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool Goertzen said he hopes the NDP Wednesday 10 am Tai Chi government will move quickly to 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool adopt the legislation as it has failed 1 - 4 pm Cribbage to produce tough anti-cyber1:30 pm Floor curling bullying legislation of its own. 7 pm Old Time Country Band Practice “It’s time for the NDP to stop Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 am Urban Poling (for the summer) talking about doing something, and 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool actually take some real action on this 1 - 4 pm Whist significant problem,” said Goertzen. Friday 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. Call 204320-4605 by 9 am to reserve your meal for that day. Purchase your meal ticket at the receptionist desk before noon. Monthly menus available at the office or in the newsletter. Bring a friend. 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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The Caring and Almighty God Life is full of problems. In the Bible, in Job 5:7, Job says, “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” It doesn’t matter who you are, what your background or heritage is or how much education or training you have, you are bound to face many challenging difficulties in life. Job knew this and in the next verse he says, “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause.” Therefore, the question is, “Why should I take my problems to God?”

You wouldn’t share your problems with just anybody. You would first find someone who cared about your welfare. In I Peter 5:7, it says, “Casting all your care upon him (God); for he careth for you.” There is no one in the universe that cares more for you than God. He fully understands you and your entire situation. He knows that we are weak and frail and fail many times in our attempts to solve life’s problems. So, God makes Himself available to us, but we have to humble ourselves first and admit our inadequacies. Secondly, God is capable of handling whatever you bring Him. He is the Almighty God. The Bible uses the word “Almighty” 57 times, all in reference to God. I realize there’s a movie that talks about Bruce, the Almighty, but in reality, there is only one Almighty; that’s God! We all have problems that are unsolvable for us, yet God is able. Why not bring your problems to Him today? Thirdly, God has a design and purpose for every individual, and that includes you. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way.” You were made on purpose and with purpose. The only way you will realize that purpose in your life, is if you come to God for help. Fourthly, God will always be there for you. After you have trusted God to forgive you and save you through His Son, Jesus Christ, then the Bible says in Hebrews 13:5, “I (God) will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother. So, my friend, what are you waiting for? Psalm 37:4-5 says, “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at dmillar@nlis.ca. God Bless. David Millar has been involved with pastoral work for the past 22 years and is currently pastoring First Baptist Church in Steinbach.


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Prayer and Wisdom Ephesians 3:14-19... 14) For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15) from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16) I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17) so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18) may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19) and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (NIV) When I think of the wisdom and superiority of God’s plan, I feel like falling on my knees in prayer before our Father in heaven. I think it is impossible for you and me to understand the full measure of God’s love for each and every one of us, whether here on earth or in heaven. God, out of His awe-inspiring, never-ending resources, desires to give you and me the inner strengthening of His Holy Spirit, to make His home in our hearts, and to live within us as we learn to trust in Him so that, at last, we will be filled up with God Himself. What an amazing truth! The Bible teaches that we are to pray for all our daily needs. That is actually a pretty important order. An order that is not always that easy to fulfill, but it is an order never the less, a charge that is necessary if you and I want to live a noteworthy Christian life. Prayer is a source of power for the Christian because it is that personal link we have that allows us to communicate with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. The apostle Paul prayed people would receive that inner strength through prayer so that they/we might better discern the difference between what is right and wrong. Paul also directs our attention to Christ’s desire to fill us with the wisdom, which will help us to walk as Disciples of Christ. Prayer is powerful. As we exercise the power of prayer, we become aware that our conscience develops sensitivity towards the choices between right and wrong. Without prayer, it is possible for us to become so insensitive that we dull the prodding of the Holy Spirit within our heart and we gradually disregard that power which can keep us from yielding to temptation. And so an active prayer life will keep our consciences tender and alert. Ever notice that we often know what is right, and really, we want to do what is right, but somehow our will to do the right thing is not strong enough to back that wisdom and to carry out those noble intentions. The reason is that the natural earthly nature in us, the conscience, and the spirit is being challenged by both good and evil. The strengthening of that inner force comes when Christ takes up his permanent residence in our hearts. So the secret of that strength is the very presence of Christ within our lives. Christ will never force his way in, but he will gladly come should we invite him into our heart. The privilege of every believer is that we have within us the very power of Christ. God desires to pour His life into us so that we might have the strength to live life to the fullest. This is the mystery of Christ that many folks have a problem with. The greatest need for Christians everywhere is to be filled with his nature and character. We are to rise above the noise of this world and trust him who can keep us safe and secure, free from this world’s clatter. The power within us is Christ, therefore, He is able to do beyond all that we ask or think. Prayer is one key component for tapping into that power. 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.

Town of Ste. Anne Gears Up for Golden Anniversary The Town of Ste. Anne is getting ready to host Dawson Trail Days over the September long weekend. While the yearly festival is a long time favourite, this year’s event promises to be extra special as the town celebrates its 50th anniversary. Nicole Bedient who is coordinating this year’s event explained, “Because it is the Town of Ste. Anne’s birthday we are having a themed event this year.” This year’s parade theme is 1963, “Think back to 1963, for those old enough to remember, it was hippies and good times.” Some of the events planned include a baseball tournament, a kid’s ball hockey tournament, a car show and a concert by Free Ride, who pride themselves in playing music from that era. Matt Falk is also performing and the Steinbach LARPers Society will be onsite. The weekend will be capped off by the spectacular Dawson Trail Days fireworks display.


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Carrick Carrick Days – On Saturday August 10 to Sunday, August 11. Parade and Gates open at noon. Cost $5 (Kids under 14 Free). Horseshoe tournament for Carrick Trophy Cup (Saturday), Fiddling Contest (Sunday) with cash prize. Activities include open-air dance and music with bluegrass gospel, By Request Band with Jatden Chornoboy, Jason Kirkness, Ukranian Dancers, fireworks, silent auction, free bounce tent and dunk tank at the Carrick Community Club Inc on 266 Main Street. Sunday breakfast at 10 am.

Landmark Freindship Festival – From Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11. Pancake breakfast, community garage sale, flea market, BBQ, entertainment from Folkorama from Ireland and Germany pavilions, Sagkeeng Dancers, Darryl Marsh Band and fireworks. Contact Cheryl Tremeer at 355-4277 or 355-4056. Lorette TD Summer Reading Program – at the Bibliothèque Taché Library Summer schedule open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday. For ages: 4-15 Summer Reading from 10 am – Noon until Sunday, September 1, but, closed from Friday, July 26 – Monday, August 19. Come join the fun! Read as many books as you can over the summer months for a chance to win a grand prize. All participants receive a goody bag at the end of the program. Contact the library for more details.

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$15, 5 & under free. Weekend Family Pass Jeannette Brigit 204-898-5227 or MAFRI $50 for the weekend (for a family of 4, St. Pierre- Jolys Marilyn Perreault 204-433additional children over 5 years old $10) 7749. Contact rodeo@simplyconnected.ca. Bibliothèque Ste. Anne Library Used Book Ride With The King – Second Annual Labor Fundraiser – Sale of huge selection of used Day Ride on Saturday, August 31 from book proceeds will be used towards new 9:30 am - 6:30 at the Richer Fellowship library books. For further information call Church, 50 Southeast Drive. Cost $ 25 Mona at 422-9958 or drop in at the library per person, all-inclusive. All day event at 16 Rue de l’Église. Cost of books $1includes morning coffee and donuts, a $5. lunch in the Whiteshell Provincial park on the beach at Otter Falls and dinner Seine River Services for Seniors – Invite all back at Richer fellowship church where seniors interested in the Wii Bowling game prizes will be given away. Bring your to come, try it out, and have fun. Monday camera. Contact Will 204-422-5569 afternoons, at Le Club Jovial. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5575 countrycafe1@live.com. Community Resource Coordinator for services or e-mail Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for local Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. labseinerss@gmail.com. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating Ste. Geneviève grades 8 and 12. Children Under 14 must Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library be accompanied by an adult to be on at the Community Centre on the 2nd and premises and must play bingo. Doors 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart pm. Selection of books in both French and Club 22 Dawson Rd. in Richer. MGCC English, all ages. Over 21,000 books License # BI/BO4164. Contact: Doreen including audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, large Pchajek at 422-5243 or email print books and magazines plus they can import books from any library in Manitoba. doreen@spmf.ca. Special requests can be made to the librarian, Brandi Schmitz at 204-878 Roseau River 60th Anniversary & Thanksgiving - The 9488, bibliotachelibrary.com or in person. Roseau River Baptist Church on Highway #59 celebrates 60 years on Sunday Steinbach September 29. Service at 10:30 am with Manitoba Youth Job Centre –Youth Job guests and former Pastors speaking. Noon Centre open until Tuesday, August 13 at meal at the Roseau River Park at 1 pm 395 Main St. Contact Haley 204-326with Gospel music, singers and those 4099 or myjcsteinbach@gmail.com ministering with testimonies. Meal tickets call 204-326-2542 or 204-427-2498 or WISE Kid-Netic Energy Camp - Travelling rtffarm@yahoo.ca, subject: RRBC’s 60th across Manitoba on Monday, August 12 – Anniversary or write to Box 83, Roseau Friday, August 16, from 9 am – 4 pm at River, MB, R0A 1P0. Deadline for tickets is Southwood School. Cost $87.50 for ages 9 -12, summer camp theme days include Tuesday September 10. Medical Science, Sustainable Energy, Mining, Space Discovery and Genetics. South Junction South East Farmers Market - on Fridays Learn how to make your own stethoscope, from August 9 to August 30 at 3 - 6:30 construct a solar oven, go asteroid mining, p.m. Locate .4 km (.25 mile) E of South and much more! Register online at Junction turn-off on Hwy 12 (north side of wisekidneticenergy.ca. Contact Jill Lautenschlager to register 204-422-6234, Hwy). Contact 204-437-2294. 1-800-432-1960, ext. 9340, wise@kidneticenergy.ca. Sprague Western Fest – August. Details to be Skimmers Registration - On Wednesday, announced. August 14 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the R Biz Camp – Now open for registration Aquatic Centre. New skimmers will be for Youth Ages 9 -14, Thursday August 8 – swimming an assessment so please bring swimwear. Contact Friday August 9. Learn, have fun and your make money. Cost $40 each, youth get steinbachskimmers@gmail.com. back $20. Contact Dayna Lalchun 204Sushi Demonstration Class – On 746-6180 or dlachun@cftripler.ca. Wednesday, August 14 from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library 255 Elmdale Street. Bingo - Every 2nd Wednesday. Contact Tracey Pankratz 204-326-6841 or programming@jakeepplibrary.com. St. Pierre-Jolys Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Depression support group meetings held Movie in the Park – Shrek on Saturday, on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. August 17 from 8:30 - 11pm at A.D. Located at the Health Corner DeSalaberry Penner Park. Contact Heather Chambers 204-346-6231 or Hospital. Contact Judy Dunn 444-5228. Ewen hchambersewen@steinbach.ca. St. Malo Summer Festival – From Thursday, August Expressions 2013 - A Decade of Recovery 29 to Sunday, September 1. Includes through Creative Expression. Artists & bingo, fireworks, parade, goose dump Performers! Do you use art or music in your contest, soapbox races, children’s recovery from a mental health problem? activities, dance. Register for 3 on 3 Ball We are looking for artists and performers. Hockey Tournament on Friday, maximum All artwork will be part of a month-long 6 per team; first 8 teams registered. On exhibit at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Saturday, Family Baseball Tournament Centre. Opening Ceremony and Reception and on Sunday, Slo-pitch tournament. – Friday, October 4. Contact Kim at 371Contact Aline 204-347-5249 or Chad 0824 or eastmanmss@mts.net before Sunday, September 1 to apply or arrange 204-392-2342 to register your team. for an audition. Ste. Anne Farmer ’s Market – Starting Saturday, Steinbach Farmers’ Market – Every August 10 from 9 am – 2 pm. Features Thursday from 3 – 7 pm at the Clearspring 30+ vendors, local farm foods and artisan Centre Parking Lot, PTH 12 N. Fresh products at Rue Lalonde (corner of Ste- garden produce, baked goods, preserved Anne and St-Pierre Street). Contact 204- jams, pickles, etc., crafts and more. Contact Brenda Gregoire 204-424-9494. 422-6631.

Friedensfeld Social Dance - Early Registration for Thursday, August 8 at 7:30 pm at the Community Centre. Social Dance Lessons with Harry & Lorna starting on Thursday, September 19. Open Dance and regular registration on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 pm. Cost $16 at the door per couple. $144 per couple for a 9 week dance session. Contact Harry or Lorna Warkentin 204-326-2617 or hlwark@nlis.ca. Lorette 5 th Annul Family Fun Days, September 6-8. Gate admission $2 for the Grunthal entire weekend. Live music, fireworks, Cub Hanover Ag Fair – From Thursday, August car races, ball hockey, battle of the bands, 15 – Sunday, August 18 at Albert & baseball tournament, parade, beer Southwood. Fun for the whole family gardens, dog show and more! Like us on including the Prudential Family Funzone, Facebook and get more details. entertainment on the Fairway Ford Mainstage, MRCA/CCA semi-pro rodeo Mitchell action, Bullarama, and coming on Breakfast and Social - every Tuesday Thursday at the Fair, Demolition Derby. morning, 7:30 - 9 am except the last Contact email info@hanoverag.com Tuesday of the month when the social is held instead. Lunch starts at noon at the Fundraiser for Local Food Bank and Mitchell and Area Seniors Centre. Contact Hanover Ag Society – on Sunday, August 204-326-6944. 18 at 8 pm at the Hanover Ag Fairgrounds. An 8x12 Barn Shed to be auctioned at the Niverville Hanover Ag Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. MYJC Fundraisers - Supporting local youth 18th at 8pm. All proceeds will go to the the Odd Job Squad will be offering a variety Grunthal Caring Hands Food Bank and of products for sale including cheese from the Hanover Ag Society. New Bothwell Cheese and honey from Marg’s Berry Patch in Lorette. Contact 204Hadashville 388-6793. Annual Fall Supper - Advance Tickets only for Saturday, October 19. Contact Stella Movie Night – On Thursday, August 29 426-5554; Donna 426-5448 or Dianne from 7 - 11:30 pm at Hespeler Park. 426-5297. Madagascar 3 at 7 pm and The Avengers at 9:15 pm. Free. Contact Cara Dowse Tae Kwon Do every Wednesday at 6 pm at 204-388-4600 chamber@niverville.com. the Hadashville Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre), 6 years old Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new children up to age six. Wednesday skills, great stress release and have an mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in excellent workout at the same time. Cost the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible after registration fee is $40/month per Church (62 4th Avenue S.). Free drop-in person. Ask about 2 week free trial. program with coffee and snacks provided, Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or e-mail along with a large open space for the kids KSTA.academy@gmail.com. to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Kleefeld Chili Cook-Off - A chance to win a Paradise Village $1,000 prize. See Kleefeld.ca - Honey Paradise Squares Dance club – New season Festival - Chili Cook Off. Contest held starts on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 on Saturday, August 10. Contact Gord pm -10 pm. Free Open House with coffee firstgear@mts.net. and doughnuts at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Fun Modern Square Dancing and a Honey Festival from Friday, August 9 – great social activity. Contact Wayne or Saturday, August 10 at the Kleefeld Sports Joanne at 204-422-6677. Grounds. The Festival is the Kick off Party for Helping Hooves to raise money with Piney your help! Friday night youth Praise and Bingo - Every 2nd Friday. Worship Night with Fresh IE headlining. Cost $10. Canteen open. Saturday begins Prawda with Free Pancake Breakfast followed by Annual Fall Supper - Advance tickets only the Parade, car show on Park Ave., for Saturday October 5. Contact Kim at evening concert starts at 7 pm. Cost $20. 426-5556 or Trudy at 426-2180. Fireworks. Contact 204-326-4488 Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight Community Playgroup - for parents, exercises, with cool down and stretch caregivers and children ages 0-5. Activities exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean include time for playing, stories, songs runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost: and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday $2/class Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Contact Irene Ascough 377-5013. Wendy 204-348-2433. Journees Chemin Dawson Trail Days Festival – From Saturday, August 31 – La Broquerie Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday Monday, September 2 on Arena Road. Fun Seine River Services for Seniors- Health from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School filled weekend, Kids activities, baseball Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday to Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks tourney, street hockey, Matt Falk, Free Ride, Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Offers services provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. fireworks, car show, parade, tradeshow (free and programs for seniors. Income Tax registry), much more. Contact Nicole help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot Richer Magnan Bedient 204-880-8488 or care, hair care, transportation, home Richer Roughstock Rodeo from August 9- nprior@mymts.net. maintenance, yard maintenance, 11. The Richer Community Club is in Telecheck, the E.R.I.K. program, puzzles partnership with Heartland Rodeo. A WBN 10th Anniversary Gala – Women’s and games. Contact Community Resource Professional Class Rodeo, competitors are Business Network- Southeast on Tuesday Coordinator Juliette Rowan at 424-5285 competing for a prized custom rodeo September 24 from 6:30 – 9 pm at the Ste. or labseinerss@gmail.com. buckle and points in their circuit. Parade, Anne Curling Club. A limited number of Shopping Trips - Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall mechanical bull, vendors, crafters, fire- tickets are available. Deadline is Friday, every first Thursday of the month, leaving fighting demonstration, Kids fun zone with September 13. Cost $40 for WBN at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s bouncers and a petting zoo. Friday social members, $45 for non-members. Contact Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of evening - $5 per person, youth free. Day Anni Markmann Financial Services 204the month, leaving at 10 am - 1 pm. Cost pass - Adults $12, Youth $8, 5 & under 422-6631, Furniture Plus 204-326-7587, $10. free. Weekend Pass - Adults $20, Youth Judy Kachkowski 204-253-8968,

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 Elmdale St. Contact Tracey Pankratz 204-326-6841 programming@jakeepplibrary.com. Ladies Get Fit Classes - Sponsored by Eastman Immigrant Services, every Wednesday at 7:15 pm at the Woodlawn School gym. Aerobic, circuit training, weights, mats and stretching exercises. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Register contact Lois 204-346-6609. Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop personal values and well-being, self-

respect and respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decision-making skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. South Eastman Transition Initiative presents Green Drinks South Eastman. On the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at LBees, 5-275 Main St. Grab a coffee and discuss sustainable living. Contact rebecca_hiebert@yahoo.com. Seniors (60 +) Shinny Drop-in Hockey every Monday from 10 -11 am at Centennial Arena. Contact Bob Barrow at 392-3596 or email bob.r.barrow@gmail.com. The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon at Steinbach 55 Plus Centre. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net MS Monthly Self-Help group meeting - for people living with multiple sclerosis. The group meets on the second Thursday evening of each month from 6 - 7 pm at Fernwood Place apartments. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 or email nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. MS Lunch Group- on fourth Thursday of every month, from 12 – 1 pm at the Village Green Restaurant. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Coordinator 3261434 or email nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - for persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder and other mental health/ emotional concerns. Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Jake Epp Library from 7 – 9 pm. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Auxiliary - meets on the first Tuesday of every month except for the months of July and August at the Bethesda Hospital. We welcome anyone interested in auxiliary work. Contact Verna Thiessen at 326-3028. Steinbach and Area Lions Club Lions Club - meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month 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 204-326-7525. Steinbach AA 12 Step Recovery Program Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Steinbach United Church, 541 Main St. Ring the front door bell. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Anna’s House B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 346-0413. Tolstoi Prairie Day - On Saturday, August 10 from 10 am - 4 pm at the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail, 3km east of Tolstoi on PR 209. Prairie themed talks, guided walks and learn about the diversity of wildflowers or enjoy fresh bannock baked over an open fire. Children activities face painting, a scavenger hunt and other fun activities. Cost $5 per adult, free for children. Onsite canteen, cash only. Picnic tables and rustic washrooms are also available onsite. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sunscreen and insect repellent. Trail conditions may be wet bring rubber boots or a change of footwear. Activities will take place rain or shine. Vassar Baseball Tournament – August. Details to be announced Vita Farmers Market – Make, Bake or Grow every Friday from 2:30 - 6:30 pm. Starting on August 9 - September 20. Registration forms available at Vita Go Office. New vendors welcome.


Dawson Trail Dispatch Whiteshell Guided Tours of the Bannock Point Petroforms – On Thursdays August 1, 8, 15, 22 from 7:30 - 9 pm. Join a Park Interpreter for guided tours of these mystical rock formations at Bannock Point, a site of cultural and historical significance. Discover the teachings in the stones and why we need to respect the Petroforms. The Petroform site is located between Betula Lake and Nutimik Lake on PR 307. Whiteshell Cinema – On Fridays from 9 – 10 pm at the Whiteshell Natural History Museum. On the grounds of the museum at Nutimik Lake to watch, feature films related to your favourite wild animals and other fun topics. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket for seating! August 10- Legend of the Leaves, discover how you can protect the forest and speak for the trees. Interpretive events are free. Contact the Park Interpreter’s office at 204-369-3157 or email Brock.Houndle@gov.mb.ca. Amphitheatre Presentations – At the Big Whiteshell Campground Amphitheatre Join the Park Interpreters for intriguing stories, presentations and feature films on the Whiteshell. Aquatic Invasive Species on Saturday, August 3, 9 – 10 pm. See how you can stop the alien species threatening our lakes. Stay tuned afterwards for our feature film: Stop Exotics. Goldrock Gus – On Saturday, August 10, 9 - 10 pm. Join our kooky prospector on his search for precious gold! Stay tuned afterwards for our feature film: Geologic Journey. Howling Wolves – On Saturday, August 17, 9 - 10 pm. Learn about these majestic creatures and their haunting howls! Stay tuned afterwards for our feature film: Wolf Pack.

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Lorette Gets Second Crosswalk After over a decade, the LUD of Lorette has finally been successful in their bid to get the Department of Highways to install a new crosswalk in the community. According to Steve Stein, Ward 4 councillor in Lorette, a new crossing will be installed across Highway 207 in the next few weeks. “It took years of fighting with Highways and only after meeting with our MLA did it finally get approved,” Stein explained. “We asked for two and received one for now; we are still looking for one by the arena.” The new crosswalk will be installed across Highway 207 on the west side of town by the Lorette Collegiate. It will be similar to the one located in the centre of town by the church, Stein explained. “Our crossing that will be installed across the highway by the school will be like the one in front of the church,” Stein says. “Highways has told us they will monitor it and if there is enough people that cross then we will get an illuminated cross. So, I encourage residents to use it as much as possible.” The RM of Tache started requesting a crosswalk at this location when the Lorette Collegiate first opened. Each year the Department of Highways would set up traffic counts, and then refuse requests for a new crosswalk.

Locally Designed Website Creates Community Connections

Woodridge Fire Hall Fundraiser - Southeast ATV Association on Saturday, August 31 from 8 pm - 1 am at the Woodridge Community Centre. Silent Auction and F&R Entertainment. 50% of proceeds go to Woodridge Fire Hall for Equipment. Admission $10. Bingo - Every 2nd Sunday night at 7 pm. General Walk to Stop Animal Abuse – Wear your purple for Dog Adoption Manitoba on Saturday, August 24 from 11 am – 2 pm. Route is from the Forks to the Legislative grounds in Winnipeg. For more information go to dogadoptionmb.com. Open Farm Day – On Sunday, September 15 from 10 am – 6 pm. 65 farms throughout Manitoba. Meet local farmers, explore farm operations, watch demonstrations, learn more about farm products, enjoy recreational activities and ask questions about farm life. Look to buy Manitoba grown products along the way. Contact MAFRI at 204-821-5322 or at A group of web designers are attempting to make it easier to set up community web portals. From left to right: openfarmday?.ca. Open Farm Day will Jason Myers, Stefan Maynard, Yvan Boisjoli, Eric Boisjoli. be registered on geocaching.com. The Super Start Program, A Healthy Baby program with the Southern Regional Health Authority. Program for pregnant women and families with infants up to one year of age. Sessions include song and rhyme time, discussions and games on topics related to healthy babies and healthy moms. Door prizes, nutritious snacks and milk coupons for all participating expectant moms or mothers who have babies up to six months of age. Contact: Terry from Super Start at 346-7021 or just drop in. Niverville - Community Fellowship Church on Tuesday, August 13 at 10 am - 12pm Ste. Anne - Dayspring Fellowship Church on Thursday, August 8 at 10 am – 12 pm Kleefeld – Mitchell Community Fellowship on Thursday, August 22 at 10 am – 12 pm St. Malo – Join us at St.Pierre Health Corner on Thursday, August 15 at 10 am – 12 pm St. Pierre-Jolys - St. Pierre Health Corner on Thursday, August 15 at 10 am – 12 pm Ste. Agathe - Community Hall Centre on Tuesday, August 20 at 10 am – 12 pm Lorette - Seine River Church on Tuesday, August 27 at 10 am – 12 pm Mitchell - Fellowship Church on Thursday, August 22 at 10 am – 12 pm

A group of web designers and developers in rural Manitoba have created a new way for people to connect with their communities. CommunityInfo.net is a network of community websites that allows users to share their events, classifieds, news, discussions, photos, and much more with other friends and neighbours in their local community. A growing number of rural communities have already embraced the websites. Currently in Manitoba, CommunityInfo websites have accumulated more than two million page views. The most active communities have been in southern Manitoba including St. Adolphe, Ste. Agathe, Lorette, Niverville, and Ile des Chênes that are all in close proximity to where the company recently set up its new headquarters. However, northern communities have also joined including Gimli, Winnipeg Beach, Riverton, Arborg, Teulon, Stonewall and Stony Mountain. The CommunityInfo team is now making a major effort to expand the websites’ popularity and get more communities using their sites. They are currently running a contest “Ci’s Great Big Users Contest” to increase the number of daily users. Anyone who registers as a user gets entered in a draw for a prize pack of items donated by community businesses. A member’s chances of winning are increased by inviting others to join. Another standout new feature is that Community Groups and Nonprofit organizations are able to create free websites that are connected to the community site. These organizations can build a professional website to host their company information, while their news, events, and classifieds will automatically display on the community site as well. The ultimate goal of the CommunityInfo team is to help bring communities together. “Nothing like this exists out there as far as we know. Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messaging are great for sending quick messages to your friends and people you’re already connected to,” says Eric Boisjoli, one of the creators of CommunityInfo, “but there is no real way to communicate online with everyone in your community or to find out all the things going on and what people are talking about.”

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RCMP Warn of Computer Scam Steinbach RCMP wants to remind the public that should they receive a telephone call from Microsoft System Security that you should not provide any personal information or act on any directions given by the caller. By doing so, you will lose control of your computer and give access to these individuals. Microsoft System Security would not call anyone personally. Should you receive such a call you are to hang up on the caller and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 to report the call.


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Record Setting “Tax Hike”

Frog Follies... Great Times By Marianne Curtis Once again, the community of St. Pierre-Jolys is celebrating the conclusion of another successful year after the 44th annual Frog Follies & Agricultural Fair took place July 11 to 14. The non-profit event brought people together from all over for a funfilled, action packed weekend. Festivities kicked off Friday night with the Great Canadian Frog hunt where people can participate in catching the frogs to be used for the Canadian National Frog Jumping Championship. “This year’s Frog Hunt attracted a record number of participants,” stated Sébastien Ouellette. “We’ve changed some things, we’ve added some things and we’ve removed some things. We’ve just tried to make everything more inviting for the community.” “It was a great pat on the back when one read the June issue of Today’s Parent magazine to learn that Frog Follies and Agriculture Fair was named one of the top family friendly events in Canada,” he added. Some of the featured activities included one of Manitoba’s premier agricultural exhibition displays and fair, numerous children’s activities, a slo-pitch tournament, a parade, fireworks, a Sunday night DJ social and the Canadian National Frog Jumping Championship. The champion of this year’s Frog Jump was Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon, who set an all-time competition record with a jump of 12 feet and seven Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon gives his frog a kiss during the VIP Frog Jumping competition. His frog, named “Tax Hike” broke an all time inches. Photo by Karen Jorgenson There was also a variety of entertainment including performances by tournament jumping record by leaping 12 feet 7 inches. Julian Austin, David James, La Claque, Lindsay Johnson, Amanda Cannon, The Ricky Smits, Cold Hard Cash, Steven Porter, Caty St. Germain and Marc Labossiere.

New Events Add Spark to Hanover Ag Fair By Marianne Curtis Those looking to attend this year’s Hanover Agriculture Fair and Rodeo can expect to find more activities for the entire family during the 4-day event. This year’s fair takes place in Grunthal on August 15 to 18. The fair starts Thursday with a night of smashing metal, flying mud, roaring engines and burning rubber when the first Redneck Night at the Fair and demo derby takes place. On Friday, the day begins with a pancake breakfast and 4-H shows. The day will be filled with live music performances by Kim Erikson, Jason Petric, Franny Klein and Jason Kirkness. The infamous Bullarama is also on the schedule. Saturday begins with a parade at 10 am and the World Famous Grunthal Chicken Barbecue will take place at noon at the Arena, right after the Parade. Agriculture related activities take place all day along with the Prudential Family Funzone including bouncers, petting zoo, carnival games, and more. A whole hog barbecue happens at 5 pm at the Puratone Tent on the Grounds, with an amazing evening of entertainment on the Fairway Ford Mainstage starring the Luke Jacob Band, followed by headliner Kira Isabella with Tim Chaisson and Luke Reimer. On Sunday the first, Annual Green Valley run will take place starting at 2 pm. The 10 km walk/run starts at 2 pm and the 5 km starts at 2:30 pm. Fast-paced rodeo action is expected to draw crowds when the MRCA/ CCA Rodeo takes place Saturday at 1 pm and on Sunday from 9 - 1 pm. There is also a vast variety of live entertainment and children’s activities taking place throughout the site over the entire weekend.

Pioneer Days Parade Breaks Records This year’s Pioneer Days Parade broke records as thousands of spectators lined up at all legs of the route to watch a record-breaking 125 floats that took 90 minutes to complete. This year’s theme was “Celebrating our Champions”. The winning entries were Best Antique Car with a ’69 Camero driven by Rick Fast. Best Youth Entry was Richer Fellowship Church, Best Theme Award won by local dealership, Steinbach Dodge, Best Equestrian Entry was the Southeast Draft Horse Association (Canadian Plowing Champion), Best Antique Tractor went to the Mennonite Heritage Village and Judge’s Choice Award was local manufacturer, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Thousands came out to watch this year’s record-breaking Pioneer Days parade. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Sod Turned on Richer Habitat Housing

Two deserving families, including seven children, will see themselves in new homes now that the Southeast Chapter of Habitat for Humanity officially kicked off construction. On July 10, the spades went into the ground to begin construction of two single-family homes in Richer. The homes are being constructed under the direction of Habitat for Humanity Southeast on Lots 10 and 11 on Godard Street in Richer. According to Sherry Bueckert, Chair of the Family Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity Southeast, construction of both homes in Richer started this month. “Both these families easily met the qualifications for the program,” stated Bueckert. The families chosen for the homes were Dave Melanson and Deanna Vanwalleghem along with their three children. The second bungalow will go to Patrick Berthelette, a single father of four. They can expect to move in July 2014. Habitat for Humanity Manitoba (SE Chapter) offers families living in difficult situations the opportunity

On July 10, the sod was officially turned to kick off construction on two Habitat for Humanity Homes in Richer.

to break the cycle of poverty. Habitat homes are sold at market value to selected families and offered a hand up through no down payment and interest-free mortgages. To become a Habitat for Humanity homeowner, the family has to demonstrate a need, have an ability to pay based on income and be willing to work alongside Habitat on the project. For example, single

families need to put in 350 hours of sweat equity while a couple would have to put in 500 hours. To ensure these projects proceed, Habitat for Humanity relies on donations and public support. A fundraising community garage sale that took place on July 27 and 28 in Richer raised $1,097 to help fund the project.


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Construction Begins on Woodridge Fire Hall

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Middlebro Bottling Plant Destroyed in Blaze

The site is cleared to make way for construction of a new fire hall in Woodridge.

By Marianne Curtis The RM of Piney is excited to announce that construction of a new fire hall in Woodridge has finally begun. In July, crews moved in and cleared the site in preparation for actual construction to begin. RM of Piney Reeve, Duane Boutang, confirmed that the municipality has awarded the construction contract for a new fire hall in Woodridge to Scott Nault. Nault put in the successful bid for a design-build project that is expected to cost the municipality $400,000. “We expect to have a fully functional fire hall by Christmas,” stated Boutang. The new hall will

Verdict Appealed for Fatal Vehicle Accident

RM of Piney and La Broquerie Fire Departments spent 15 hours trying to contain a fire that destroyed the Sky Blue Water bottling plant in Middlebro. The Piney Fire hall is serving as temporary storage for the new fleet of vehicles waiting to be put into service by the Woodridge Fire Department. Photos by Marianne Curtis

be 3,100 square feet in size. Actual fire hall construction just started but the RM of Piney council is well underway in their preparations for training and equipment. “The municipality has also slowly been acquiring the necessary equipment needed for the new hall,”

Boutang continued. “Training of the volunteer fire fighters, as well as support staff, continues and is going well.” The RM of Piney has already purchased a small pumper and perspective chase truck for Woodridge and is still looking for a tanker.

On July 26, Manitoba Justice filed a last minute appeal in the case of Mitchell Blostein saying the Queen’s Bench Justice Douglas Abra, “erred in his judgement”. Last month, 70-year-old Blostein was acquitted after fatally killing 21-year-old Brittany Murray. The judgement at the end of June came after a brief trial where he faced charges of dangerous driving causing death for his role in the October 10, 2010 accident. Murray was working along Highway 207 as a highway flagger with Mulder Construction when she was accidentally struck and killed by Blostein. During his brief trial Blostein testified that he did not reduce his speed through a 60 km posted construction zone because he did not see any workers. He also claimed not seeing Murray until she stepped in front of his car. Justice Abra acquitted Blostein partially based on witness testimony that placed part of the responsibility on the flagger and her employer. The victim was still wearing ear buds and an IPOD was found nearby when rescue personnel arrived. No date has been set for the new hearing.

Niverville Care Home Grand Opening Planned On August 20 the ribbon will be cut to declare that Heritage Life Personal Care Home in Niverville open. Shortly afterwards patients will start to move in. According to Executive Director Steven Neufeld, they have received confirmation that Minister of Health, Teresa Oswald, MLA of Dawson Trail, Ron Lemieux, Niverville Mayor Greg Fehr and Southern Health CEO, Kathy McPhail will attend. An official ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication will take place under the main entrance canopy at 10:30 am. Lunch and tours of the new facility will take place afterwards. The Heritage Life Personal Care Home has 60 personal care home beds and 20 Special Unit beds. The project cost $13 million and provides

employment for 160 people. The new facility is located next to the Niverville Heritage Centre, an 80,000-square-foot complex that is home to a primary health-care centre, a medical clinic, physiotherapy and

dental clinics, a daycare and an event centre. It will also be next to the Niverville Credit Union Manor, an assisted-living and supportivecare residence for seniors and people with disabilities.

By Marianne Curtis An early morning fire at the beginning of July has destroyed an award winning water-bottling plant in Middlebro. On July 1, the RM of Piney fire crews were called to the Sky Blue Water factory in Middlebro at about 3:30 am. According to Ina Ruttle, with the RM of Piney Fire and Rescue Service, crews battled the blaze for 15 hours alongside the RM of La Broquerie Fire Department. “When we got there, the fire had already burst through the roof,” she said. RM of Piney Reeve Duane Boutang, said the steel structure was entirely engulfed in flames by the time fire crews arrived. Boutang hopes the factory, which was just undergoing an expansion and employed 20 people in the Middlebro area, will be rebuilt. “It’s very difficult for us, using a volunteer fire department, to get on those fires very quickly,” he said. “We have to roust the people and we have to get there and get their equipment. And water’s always an issue.” The rural location of the blaze proved to be a challenge for the fire crews. There are no fire hydrants in the rural area so both fire departments were forced to rely on the water supply provided from a 3,500-gallon pumper truck. In a statement, officials with Sky Blue Water said they’re devastated by the fire but the company is committed to rebuilding the facility. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage is estimated at more than $1 million. Water bottled by Sky Blue Water Inc. has won the Berkeley Springs International Gold Medal for the best tasting water in the world.


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Whiteshell Park Vies for Top Spot with Big Improvements

The province is investing more than $16.6 million in improvements throughout West Hawk and Falcon Lake. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis One of Manitoba’s most ambitious streetscape redevelopments will be completed this summer at the West Hawk town site as part of the largest investment in Whiteshell Provincial Park history. The redevelopment is part of 28 new projects in the park. It includes more than one kilometre of repaved roadway, new parking for up to 300 cars and boat trailers, two new boat ramps to double launching capacity and ease traffic-flow, new decorative walkway lighting, more trees and benches, and large outdoor art installations inspired by the park’s natural history including a newly etched beach wall. Sharon Morrison, owner of the Nite Hawk Café, which has been ranked one of Canada’s top 10 pit stops by Maclean’s magazine, is thrilled with the re-development. “When my parents opened the Nite Hawk in 1969 they could never have imagined the West Hawk town site would one day become so absolutely amazing,” said Morrison. “In the past we saw park infrastructure that had gone to seed, but today I believe we rival anything you see elsewhere in Canada or even further abroad. I’m proud to welcome visitors to a true gem here in Manitoba.” More than $16.6 million is being invested in capital projects at Whiteshell Provincial Park by 2020. In addition to the town site redevelopment some of this year’s investments include the refurbishment of boat launches at McDougal’s Landing, Dorothy and Star lakes, completed upgrades to West Hawk sewage lagoon, and the start of improvements to the Falcon Lake South Shore and Big Whiteshell South Shore roads.

Quick Pilot Response Sees Plane Land Safely On July 18, golfers at the Steinbach Fly-In golf course got a little surprise when one of Adventure Skydiving’s planes was forced to make an emergency landing onto the driving range. No one was injured in the incident. Adventure Skydiving is investigating what caused the small plane’s engine to fail during a landing around 8:30 in the evening. Moo, with Adventure Skydiving, said the plane had just left the maintenance bay where it was inspected and found mechanically sound. He credited the experienced pilot for expertly handling the emergency. “He had two options, try for the airport and miss or look for another spot,” Moo explained. “It was a pretty impressive landing.” Tanner Harms, was working at the Steinbach Fly-In when the landing took place. “I was working with a customer

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St. Malo Gears Up for End of Summer Festival Get ready to have some fun, the St. Malo Summer Festival is right around the corner on the September long weekend and there are many events planned to help you have a fantastic weekend. Planning for the annual festival starts early in the year and is organized by a committee of representatives from several local community organizations including local minor baseball, the Junior B Warriors, Southeast Royals Gymnastics, and the local Alouettes hockey team. All proceeds from the weekend-long event go to support these committees and local minor sports. The fun starts on Thursday evening with bingo in the Arena, which offers over $3,000 in cash prizes. A silent auction also opens in the evening at the bingo and runs all weekend with the draw for prizes being held on Sunday. New this year on Friday night is a 3 on 3-ball hockey tournament followed by a look at the soapbox racecars and a Calcutta auction of these cars. If you want to pick a winner, be sure to come out and have a look. A firework by Canfire Pyrotechnics starts at dusk and are a highlight of the weekend. Saturday kicks off with a parade through St. Malo, followed by a family baseball tournament and soap box races starting at 1 pm. Kids day in the Arena starts at 2 pm and includes face painting, a fish pond, bouncer inflatables, a petting zoo, craft tables and live children’s entertainment. The day ends with the Lost Highway Band at Blue Steel Bar and Grill. A pancake breakfast starts the final day of the festival along with a slow pitch baseball tournament and mini hot wheels car races for the kids in the arena. The goose dump will be held at 3 pm and the weekend wraps up with a dance with video and light show at the arena at 9 pm.

Blue Steel Opens in St. Malo In July, Blue Steel Bar and Grill opened its doors in St. Malo. Owned by Wain Wiwsoniski and Alan Montsion, the bar and grill is an up and coming venue. The bar and grill, located at the corner of Avenue de L’eglise and St. Malo Street, will feature live entertainment, catering, eat in and take out restaurant service as well as a banquet facility for events. Co-owners Wiwsoniski and Montsion have plenty of experience in the hospitality industry. Wiwsoniski previously owned the Copper Kettle restaurant in St. Malo and previously Neighbour’s restaurant in St. Pierre-Jolys. Most recently, he opened Grounchy’s take-out restaurant in St. Malo. Montsion previously owned Crazy Water Espresso Bar in St. Malo. “I am a musician and always wanted a platform to network with other musicians and have a place to jam a variety of music styles and genres,” Montsion explained. Blue Steel will feature a wide variety of live musical entertainment with weekly open stages where up and coming local musicians can showcase their talent. As well, Blue Steel will offer catering from their kitchen both on and off site. The venue can also host private parties and weddings for up to 200 people.

Conservatives Search for Provencher By-Election Candidate The Provencher Conservative Association expects to hold a candidate election this fall to replace recently retired MP Vic Toews. According to President of the PCA, Amos Wiebe, the association will set up the nomination process in coming weeks. “We would like to do it sooner than later,” stated Wiebe. A by-election has to be called by the Prime Minster within six months of a vacancy. With two other vacancies, the Prime Minister is expected to act soon. “If he announces all the by-elections on the same day, we would be looking at December at the latest,” Wiebe predicted. So far, there has been no word on possible replacements; however, some constituents are expecting an announcement by Kelvin Goertzen, MLA of Steinbach. “People have been calling and emailing me about my interest and also others who might in taking a run at it,” admitted Goertzen. “But it’s too early to talk about it.” A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing onto the driving range at the Steinbach Fly-In Golf Course. He admits that many people are discouraging him from leaving provincial politics because he is being seen as a strong force in defeating the NDP when kids started tapping on the yard marker.” during the next provincial election. window and pointing to the green,” When he attended the scene, the “They’d like to see me play a role in that,” he added. Harms recalled. “I turned to look and pilot was already out of the plane A nomination meeting is expected to take place soon. there was a plane sitting at the 75 and walking around. Toews’ replacement will be the 8th National by-election to be called since the current government has been in Parliament.

Organizer Needed for Local Terry Fox Run

The Director of the Terry Fox Run is looking for a volunteer to step up and organize this year’s run in Steinbach. This year would make the 33rd annual Terry Fox Run. Tammy Ferrante is appealing to the public for someone to volunteer and take this on soon. “I don’t believe we’ve had a run in Steinbach for the past couple of years,” Ferrante stated. “We would love to see Steinbach [have] a run again.” The annual Terry Fox run takes place September 15. Anyone interested in taking on this challenge is encouraged to contact Angela McNabb, Terry Fox Foundation Community Development Coordinator, by email at mbadmin@terryfoxrun.org or by phone at 1-888-836-9786.


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Rarer than a Panda Researchers Rush to Save Endangered Butterfly Researchers from Canada and the United States are rushing to figure out why a small, brown and orange winged butterfly no bigger than a toonie is dying off quickly. Listed as an endangered species in Manitoba in 2012 and listed nationally as threatened, the Poweshiek skipperling butterfly population has dropped dramatically throughout North America. In Canada, it is known to only inhabit 17 fields in southeastern Manitoba, primarily on the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area. In the United States, the closest population appears only in a handful of sites in Iowa and North Dakota. “While many people think of the panda as an endangered species, the Poweshiek skipperling is rarer and right here in our backyards,” said Cary Hamel, Conservation Science Manager with the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Manitoba. “If we don’t figure out why the population is declining so quickly and why the butterfly is dying off, we’ll have lost another important species that used to live in the tall grass prairie. The cross-border collaboration with researchers will hopefully save this species from further decline or extinction.” Researchers from the University of Winnipeg, Minnesota Zoo and University of Michigan are now just outside of Winnipeg performing valuable research on this declining species. Since the adult butterfly is active for only three to four weeks, from late June to mid- or late July, the researchers are using this critical time to collect information on the Poweshiek skipperling’s genetics and genetic diversity to save this important critter from extinction. Adults are often found on black-eyed susans, their favourite food plants. “This endangered butterfly is facing the real and immediate threat of global extinction, not only in Manitoba but across its entire range,” said Erik Runquist a Butterfly Conservation Biologist at the Minnesota Zoo. “No populations appear stable, so the Minnesota Zoo is partnering internationally to establish emergency conservation Less than 200 Poweshiek skipperling butterflies remain in Canada. breeding populations at the Zoo to serve as an “insurance policy” against further future losses in the wild. Butterflies are sensitive to environmental change and serve as “canary in the coalmine” indicators of prairie health. Poweshiek skipperlings are not the only prairie butterfly in steep decline, and immediate action and cooperation is needed to secure their futures.”

Tall Grass Prairie More than Just Tall Grass

Protecting Dogs from Over Heating By Marianne Curtis Last month while delivering papers, I was stunned to come upon a little dog locked in a parked vehicle outside a rural community restaurant. It was 10 am, already 27 degrees outside the vehicle and the car was parked in the direct sun on the eastern side. My first instinct was to break the window and rescue the poor pup. Instead, I informed the owner of the business while pondering notifying the RCMP. Thankfully, the owner of the store said she would find out who owned the car right way. Vanessa Graydon, veterinarian with St. Pierre Veterinary Hospital, warns pet owners on the dangers of heat and our pets. “Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are real concerns for animals at this time of year. That quick two minute trip inside the grocery store can turn into a 15 minute visit with a neighbour and put your pet at risk,” stated Graydon. “We may not always know when our pet has had enough, because all they can do to cool off on their own is pant, and we may just think they are excited.” If you are outside with your pet always have shade and water available, and never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle, Graydon warned. The temperature inside a vehicle on a sunny day can quickly rise to over 40 degrees Celsius in a matter of minutes, even with the windows cracked open. Signs of heat exhaustion can include anything from listlessness to coma, so if you are concerned that you’re pet may be ill from the heat, contact a veterinarian and follow their direction. Anyone who sees an animal in a parked vehicle and is concerned for its well-being is asked to notify the management of the business closest to the vehicle in attempt to locate the owner as soon as possible. And if necessary, call police. Leaving an unattended pet in a hot vehicle can lead to animal cruelty charges, even in rural areas. After the deaths of several children, police

advised the public that the best response is to call 911. However, if a life is at immediate risk, any action, including breaking a window to access a vehicle, is permitted without being charged with a criminal offence.

Falcon Beach RCMP Respond to Fatal Single Vehicle Collision On July 8 at about 4 pm, Falcon Beach RCMP, as well as local emergency services, was dispatched to the scene of a fatal single vehicle collision on the Trans Canada Highway at Prawda. Initial investigation indicates that a 1999 Subaru with three male occupants was westbound at the location when it rolled over at least once, landing on the roadway. One male was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is described as a 22-year-old Calgary resident. The other two male occupants, a 25-year-old from Maple, Ontario and a 24-year-old from Toronto, were transported to hospital with serious undetermined injuries.

The Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve will be hosting its annual Prairie Day event on Saturday, August 10 at the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail, located three kilometres east of Tolstoi on Provincial Road 209. This year’s guest speakers will talk about some of the unique species that make their homes in the tall grass prairie ecosystem. Learn about several types of wild mint that grow in the prairie and find out how some can be used in your own baking. A restoration expert will provide answers to your questions on how to grow your own patch of prairie. A special highlight will be the animal ambassadors from the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre, allowing a closer and safer look at some of the amazing animals in Manitoba. Other family activities to enjoy include borrowing a net and joining an entomologist on a bug hunt. Take in a guided walk to learn about the many wildflowers in bloom. Pick up a roasting stick and enjoy freshly baked bannock. Children can do a scavenger hunt, go critter catching or get their face painted. If you take on the Tall Grass Trivia Challenge, you might win a prize. Admission for the day is $5 per adult and no charge for children. Activities will begin at 10 am and wrap up at 4 pm. An on-site canteen will be open from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm. A barbecue lunch with hot dogs and hamburgers will be served from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Note that only cash is accepted. Picnic tables and rustic washrooms are also available on-site. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sunscreen, insect repellent and trail conditions may be wet, so rubber boots or a change of footwear is recommended. All Prairie Day activities will take place rain or shine. For more information on this event, contact Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve staff at (204) 4253229 or tgpphq@mymts.net.

Forest and Grass Fire Evacuation By Emergency Response Team, the RM of Reynolds The onset of a grass or forest wildfire may be rapid or gradual, providing either minutes notice to days in order to evacuate. Order to evacuate will come from either the RM of Reynolds or the Incident Commander (Fire), and you will be notified by radio, door to door (Fire, RCMP, RM Personnel) on the safest route and the location of the Reception Centre where you must register. Once you have registered and received all available information: a. Elect to stay with family or friends in the safe zone, or b. Stay at the Reception centre/shelter. c. If the evacuation is for a very large number of people and likely to be of a long duration, Manitoba Emergency Social Services may be of assistance with accommodations and other requirements. On order of an evacuation, please have the following items available to take with you: - Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members - All special dietary foods - Medications necessary for a period of at least one week - Eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids - Identification, health card, cash - Toiletry items, extra clothing small mementos - Supplies for your pets, which must be leashed or in a cage Children attending school in a safe zone will stay in school. Consider transportation needs and get help from neighbours/friends/family or advise the RM in advance of your requirements.


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August 2013

More Than Just News!

Newest Entrepreneurs Make Their Mark

The R Biz Camp/Camp Entrepreneur Kids Market set up in Ile des Chênes.

Photo by Marianne Curtis

On July 26, a group of kids set up a Kids Market in the Eglise Notre-dame de la Misericorde parking lot in Ile des Chênes to sell their wares after participating in the R Biz Camp program. The R Biz Camp/Camp Entrepreneur is a weeklong camp aimed at teaching youth about business. Campers learn about being an entrepreneur through fun exercises and the special Camp workbooks. Campers are then given $20 to create a product they can sell. During camp time, they make the product and design their promotional posters. The last day at camp is the kids market where they sell their products and make some summer cash. The RM of Piney hosted an R Biz Camp on July 29 and 30 and will be running a second camp on August 8 and 9 in Sprague. R Biz Camp/Camp Entrepreneur is a day camp that runs from 9 am to 4 pm each day. The cost of the camp is $100 per camper for the whole week and payment can be made by cash or cheque. R Biz Camp/ Camp Entrepreneur is an initiative of the Province of Manitoba, Community Futures and Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM). For more information, contact Dayna Lalchun at 204-746-6180 or dlalchun@cftripler.ca. Applicant information can be scanned and emailed or faxed to (204)746-2035 or mailed to Box 190, Morris MB R0G 1K0.

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Kleefeld Honey Festival Welcomes Helping Hooves By Marianne Curtis Attendees heading out to this year’s Kleefeld Honey Festival can expect to see a lot of pink throughout the crowd and community. This year, Helping Hooves – Steppin Up for Manitoba is planning to participate in the festival, which takes place August 9, and 10. “We are looking for people to wear pink and participate in the parade and attend the concerts over the weekend,” explained Helping Hooves organizer, Pam Glover. Helping Hooves – Steppin Up for Manitoba is a group of horseback riders committed to providing financial assistance to those undergoing breast cancer treatment. “We are starting out initially to raise funds to help Manitoba breast cancer patients,” explained Glover. Initially Glover planned a trail ride through the province. Two years ago, she organized the Wild Pink Yonder, a trail ride that took three weeks and hit several communities throughout southern Manitoba. However, due to an illness in her family, this year’s ride has been postponed until next summer. However, smaller fundraising events are taking place to give riders and supporters an opportunity to participate. “Kleefeld Honey Festival is our kick-off event,” Glover added. “There will be a parade, concerts, food, fun and fundraising.” The two-day event begins with a Friday night concert with Fresh IE while Kimberly Dawn takes the stage on Saturday with Matt Falk. All proceeds from the Saturday night concert go towards Helping Hooves. Tickets are $20. On Saturday there will be a free pancake breakfast followed by a community parade with chilli featured at noon. Tons of activities, including a children’s carnival and bounce park, are planned for the children while a car show will take place on the street.

Public Asked for Help Find School Vandals The RCMP St. Pierre-Jolys Detachment is seeking the public’s assistance in solving mischief to École Lorette Immersion. Between July 10 and 12, unknown suspect(s) damaged the roof of the school while it was under construction. Rain got into the school resulting in several thousands of dollars of damages to the flooring. Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP at (204)4337433. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS) or manitobacrimestoppers.com, or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Dawson Trail Dispatch August 2013  

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