Dawson Trail Dispatch September 2013

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Niverville’s Community Funded Care Home Sets Standard

Bill 18 Goes to Committee By Marianne Curtis Three hundred and seventeen people have signed up to speak during a series of Standing Committee meetings that have been set up to consider Bill 18 – The Public Schools Amendment Act (Safe and Inclusive Schools). In order to finally set an end date for the longest sitting of the Manitoba Legislature, the decision to hold public hearings was part of a deal struck by the government. Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen is pleased that the concerns citizens have voiced will finally be heard. “Bill 18, the controversial NDP anti-bullying Bill was voted on in second reading in the Legislature. I voted against the Bill at second reading because I don’t believe it will protect kids and in fact could have the opposite effect according to experts,” stated Goertzen. “The Bill will be going to committee starting next week and we will hear from hundreds of Manitobans. For 9 months, we have tried to get the NDP to consider changes to make this a Bill that will protect all kids and that could be supported by all Manitobans. Now it’s time for Manitobans to have their turn.” The bill amends The Public Schools Act in the areas of bullying and respect for human diversity. While the premise of the Bill is to promote inclusion, one portion is upsetting many people within community of Steinbach. “The policy must accommodate student activity that promotes the school environment as being inclusive of

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Niverville resident Wally Pauls spends a few minutes telling Health Minister Theresa Oswald how excited he is about bringing his brother to the Heritage Life Personal Care Home while he makes his home next door in the Manor. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis On August 20, several hundred people braved soaring temperatures to help celebrate the official grand opening of the new Heritage Life Personal Care Home in Niverville. The community led, $13.7 million project has become an international success story because it was constructed without a dime from government allocated tax dollars. The personal care home is attached to the Heritage Centre in Niverville has 60 general care beds on the main floor and 20 Special Care Unit (SCU) beds on the second floor. The SCU beds help medical staff to assess patients in crises and determine the best possible care for them.

Sprague Eco-Reserve Established

Executive Director Steve Neufeld calls this project a “life changing experience”. “They said that this would not happen in our lifetime,” stated Neufeld. For the past year and a half, Neufeld has been preparing the staff and residents of St. Adolphe Nursing home for the move to Niverville. The purchase of the privately owned nursing home became the cornerstone for the new state of the art facility. Gord Daman, Board Chair for Niverville Heritage Holdings says it has been his profound privilege to be involved with this project.

The province has created a new ecological reserve in Sprague and expanded an existing site near Steinbach. By establishing the reserves, the province can protect these valuable habitats by prohibiting commercial logging, mining, hydroelectric development, oil and gas development or any other activity that could affect these sites. A new 76-hectare area called the Holmgren Pines Ecological Reserve has been designated about 30 kilometres northeast of Sprague. The site is the only known location in Manitoba where all three native pine

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Bittersweet Farewell in St. Adolphe

Continued from page 1 “This project was made possible by the community; it was funded through donations and fundraisers; local trades companies donated their time and expertise, the entire community brought this project to life,” stated Daman. “This project also brings hope to other communities across the province, it can be done.” Health Minister Theresa Oswald noted that the project was the result of a partnership like no other. “You can feel the energy on the compass, this is not just a personal care home, this is a home that love built,” stated Oswald. “Families are afraid and feel guilty when they make the decision to put a member into personal care, in ten minutes here I could see that people will feel at home; this facility is second to none across the country.” Patients started moving in near the end of August. While the plan is to bring most of the care home residents from St. Adolphe, they will have to wait for a short time. The first occupants were Niverville residents currently residing in facilities outside of the community or waiting for placement. The move will take about two months and the expectation is that at the end of November it will be full. The Niverville Personal Care Home has many great design features including a timber-frame atrium similar to the one in the Heritage Centre. It consists of three pods of twenty beds each with the SCU occupying the second floor. Forty of the rooms have ceiling lifts, along with three of the five tub rooms to ensure the safety of both patients and staff. A state of the art electronic nurse paging system and roam alerts are also installed. The personal care home will provide employment for 160 people including nurses, health care aides and support staff. The new personal care home is located next to the Niverville Heritage Centre, home to a medical clinic, event centre and an assisted-living and supportivecare residence for seniors and people with disabilities.

Several of the original nursing and support staff from the St. Adolphe Nursing Home returned to say good-bye to an era. (lr) Margaret Arnold was one of the original cooks, Georgina Carter served as secretary while Elenore Cramp and Shirley Padgett both spent time as general nursing staff and Directors of Nursing. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis While Niverville celebrates the opening of a new personal care home, the residents and staff of the St. Adolphe Personal Care Home are bidding a bittersweet farewell to the community they’ve called home for the past four decades. On August 29, the staff of the facility hosted a barbeque to thank the community for supporting them through thick and thin over the years. Rhea Trudeau, one of the organizers of the event fought tears as she thanked the community for all their support. “This place has been such a big part of my life; I went to school here and when I got older my life was fulfilled by working with the elderly; this has become my second home,” explained Trudeau. “My tears were genuine when we were told that the building would be demolished; this will be the final chapter of this story. We are saying farewell to part of St. Adolphe’s history.” The Filles de la Croix (Sisters of the Cross) built the facility in 1906 as a convent to train nuns. The facility then became the home of a high school and educated children from the area. When the building was sold to private owners in 1972, it began serving the area as a personal care home. Residents will be moving to the new facility in Niverville in the next twelve months and the historical building will be demolished for new development. Gord Daman, Board Chair for Niverville Heritage Holdings said they tried to salvage the structure but an inspection revealed a huge asbestos problem that would cost over $400,000 to clean up. “We did not want to demolish the building; it is part of the community’s history but when it came to what it would cost, the unfortunate decision was that we would have to start from scratch,” Daman explained. He added that within the next two years, construction of a new supportive housing complex complete with pharmacy, doctors and other amenities would be built on the site. “We are committed to creating an age friendly community here in St. Adolphe.” RM of Ritchot Mayor Bob Stefaniuk says that council is disappointed to see the facility moved to Niverville; however, they are looking forward to new opportunities that will arise. “We are excited to be working with Niverville Holdings to bring supportive housing to St. Adolphe,” stated Stefaniuk. “It will be sad to see this building come down but it is part of progress within the community.” Over the year’s St. Adolphe Nursing Home has made the news several times. The building had to be evacuated several times due to flooding and shut down after failing to meet fire codes. It seems that one of the unique stories dates back to its early history with a miracle healing of a nun back in 1915. A secret room located between two floors of the building known as the Miracle Room was the site of a miraculous cure after the nun was healed of incurable tuberculosis.

Legacy of Veterans to be Secured in Sprague Memorial At the beginning of September, the community of Sprague is holding a very special ceremony to commemorate and honour the many men and women who volunteer to fight for this country. On September 8 at 2:30 pm, the Sprague and District Historical Museum will be unveiling a special memorial plague on the grounds that will permanently recognize the sacrifices made soldiers originating from the area. Local historian Doris Havorka has been working hard on making the memorial a reality. “Very few people really know anymore what our local soldiers went through on their behalf,” explained Havorka. “The young people need to know that many people from this area made this sacrifice and are still making sacrifices.” During WWI and WWII, many youth from the RM of Piney volunteered their services to the armed forces as a means to support their struggling families. While an exact tally of volunteers from the area is unknown, Havorka estimates that a few hundred local men and women from the area served in some capacity. A few surviving veterans and families of veterans are expected to attend at the event including descendants of Johnny Kleven. Kleven’s carved initials from 60 years ago were recently found on a tree back in Nijmegen, Holland. The Sprague and District Historical Museum has a building separate from the main museum that honours those that fought for our country. This site contains artefacts, records and stories from veterans and their families. Once unveiled, the new memorial will become the site for Remembrance Day gatherings in the community.

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Landmark’s Water Woes Could Last Months By Marianne Curtis Last month, Landmark residents were asked to limit their water use during the summer months. While residents have been told the water shortage is due to high demand and low precipitation the real reason for the problem is inadequate pumps in the community’s lift stations. At a recent RM of Tache council meeting Municipal Administrator Daniel Poersch, and LUD of Landmark member Cheryl Tremeer got into a heated debate over whose responsibility it was that a 24-unit condominium was built along Main Street in Landmark before the town had improved their water and sewage system. Tremeer came to council to inquire when they would receive two 500-

psi pumps needed to meet the needs of the community and accommodate a new three-story 24-unit condominium complex. Using only 100 psi rated pumps, the town’s water pumping system is not strong enough for adequate water supply to the top two floors in the building. “We have to know when these pumps are coming because people are moving in,” Tremeer asked council. “We need a date.” “I don’t know what to tell you; obtaining a water rights license increase is a long process,” was Poersch’s response. Poersch explained that it could still be months before Landmark could improve their water system because the project still needed provincial licensing approval and then go to tender. “We are months away from

Bill 18 continued... Continued from page 1 all pupils, including student activities and organizations that use the name “gay-straight alliance”, reads the Bill. Hearings start at 6 pm on September 3 and will continue if needed until September 14 so that all those who have let their names stand will have an opportunity to speak. Given the large volume of registered presenters, a process has been agreed upon in order to ensure that a particular number of presenters are guaranteed to be heard at each meeting. Each presenter will have up to 10 minutes to speak, followed by a possible five minute Question and Answer period with the sitting MLAs.

getting that done.” “You cannot authorize these types of projects and expect that everything is just going to happen; you have to have capacity first and then allow development,” Poersch added. “You guys jumped the gun, you knew you had a problem and you made it a worse problem and that is the reality.” The RM of Tache has hired Friesen Drillers to conduct a water study for the community to ensure that all needs are addressed. Once this is complete, the municipality will have a better understanding on how to improve Landmark’s water shortage.

In the meantime, the LUD of Landmark has been assured that the project will proceed but they will have to be patient. Poersch estimates that it could take until the new year before the province gives approval to a waters rights licence increase, tenders are issued and negotiated, funding is in place and installation takes place. Cost estimates for the project were not available, however each of the

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On August 13, just before 8 am, St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP, Fire and EMS were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 75 and 210. The two drivers of the vehicle were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigation at the scene indicate that the driver of an older Honda Accord, identified as a Winnipeg resident (male), was going east on Highway 210, failed to stop at the stop sign, and proceeded to cross Highway 75 when he was hit by a northbound car driven by an adult woman.

500 psi rated pumps are estimated to cost $75,000. Past records indicate that other similar projects have been denied in recent years because of the lack of water supply. In January 2012, the RM of Tache had stated that no further construction is being allowed in Landmark until the community expands the town’s water system and upgraded it to modern standards.

Eco-Reserve continued... species, eastern white pine, red pine and Jack pine grow together. Protecting this area will conserve this unique site, which is also a valuable seed source of eastern white pine and red pine. The province is also readjusting the boundaries of the Pocock Lake Ecological Reserve, 30 km southeast of Steinbach in the Sandilands Provincial Forest, by removing 39 hectares of land with cross-country ski trails in the southeast corner and adding 81 hectares of undisturbed wetlands. The Pocock Lake Ecological Reserve also has a great variety of plants that include Jack pine and white birch to trembling aspen in upland areas, balsam, poplar, black spruce, willow, eastern white cedar and tamarack and other bog-lake fringe plants in lowland areas. It also includes rare vegetation species such as bellwort, yellow birch and ironwood that are typically found in the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes forest region. While the sites are under protection, the rights of First Nations and other Aboriginal people to hunt, trap, fish or other traditional pursuits will continue to be respected. The new reserve designations are part of a project called TomorrowNow, Manitoba’s Green Plan and helps fulfil the province’s commitment to add more parks and protected areas by 2020.


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The Season, They is a Changing Summer is fading. The glorious season of panoramic sunrises and majestic sunsets 14 hours later is ending again. Crops will be gathered with the same sense of hope for the reapers that has been repeated for thousands of years. Schools will once again buzz with a renewed sense of discovery for the young, not yet knowing that bit by bit their innocence will be lost and this great experience will play a large part in shaping them for better or worse in their future. For the rest of us, familiarity is upon us, the beginning of the hockey season and the political season are back. For the former, across North American, the many fans with renewed hope that their team will be gloriously successful and be the ones to parade Lord Stanley’s goblet down their main street next June. That is unless you’re from Toronto then your dreams are considerably smaller, as reality has finally sunk in, in hog town. For the latter the political dreams at the start of the season quickly morph into nightmares. For my part, I voted for some of them therefore I have every right to enjoy their squirming. For the one I did not support, their petty problems are a special source of enjoyment to me. For those of you who think this last paragraph is frivolous and disrespectful, keep your stomach acid in check and re-read this column next June. Some of you may be compelled to contribute to worthwhile funds such as “Senators who Forgot Where they Live” or “MPs’ Pensions Need More Pennies”. Instead, I’ll be starting the next BBQ season guilt free. Well maybe the Leafs have a shot, like 30 to 1 or so. The provincial Legislature has been occupied all summer but its getting harder and harder to remember why. Apparently some nitwit, who said he wasn’t going to raise taxes, did. Surprise! Surprise! Another twerp from the big Broadway House has used the epitaph “do-good white people”. I can assure him we “whities” can screw up just as well as First Nation People and “do-gooder” is not a normal state for us.

Stuartburn Buys New Pumper

The RM of Stuartburn has decided to purchase a new pumper/ tanker truck for the municipal fire department. On August 6, council opened three tenders for the proposed purchase. As a result, the RM of Stuartburn decided to purchase a new pumper from Fort Garry Industries at a cost of $259,677. Council will use funds already set aside in the capital reserve to make the purchase.

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I would suggest we open a contest for terminology that is not racist just demeaning. The winners could win a free burger with the Premier. I would strongly suggest we veto the use of “Jackass” for fear of being accused of discriminating against Republicans, aggravating the Americans could be counter productive. I am confident that you Broadway politicians who were working all summer just like the rest of us had many other good reasons not to go home. Perhaps you could nudge my memory as to the “what fors”. Maybe you are being punished. As for the other team from Parliament Hill, they like summer and Arctic touring so much, that in their enthusiasm closed parliament till October. The prorogation Conservatives have found and used this method quite often for prolonging their time off and still earn a nice wage. Proroguing is their new norm or maybe they just want a break from the tedium of Senator Shenanigans. In the future, we should call them the “PC’s”. Very catchy name don’t you think? Alas, a fly in the political ointment. One young dastardly upstart member in Opposition to the Regal reigning “PC’s” has brought up the idea of legalizing pot smoking and taxing it. Subsequently, the sputtering and coughing in the PC ranks had nothing to do with smoking anything. It also provided us with so many disingenuous statements on the partaking of this seducing weed that one would be forgiven if he thought he was watching live participants at a liars’ convention. Was I the only one who witnessed all of this spitting and sputtering and felt their intense need for toke? The only good point I can remember about this episode is if you have asthma, go to the Arctic to smoke it or something like that. But alas, I am like the one who said I prefer beer. But, the concept of “preference” means you had to try both unless you go with a previous life experience, such as I had to.

Long Session Important for Democracy By the time the Manitoba Legislature ends its current session (likely in mid-September) it will be the longest spring session in the history of the Manitoba. The five-month long session is very unusual in Manitoba but it is also very important in ensuring there is accountability in our democracy. The provincial NDP government began the session by increasing the PST from 7% to 8% despite a promise during the last election for no tax increase. They then went one-step further by refusing to allow the legally required referendum on the increase of the tax and began collecting the additional tax money before the legislation is even passed (Bill 20). The NDP essentially thumbed their nose at democracy. It was the NDP’s hope that the legislation would be quickly passed by June and that Manitobans would quickly forget the broken promise and the higher tax. Because the NDP have been given a majority government, it was clear that unless they changed their mind the legislation would eventually pass. As an opposition, it was our responsibility to ensure that the legislation would not pass easily or quickly and that Manitobans would have the opportunity to express their disappointment to the government. By having the Legislature sit through the summer, it allowed hundreds of Manitobans to come to committee to express their concerns about the PST tax increase along with other pieces of legislation such as Bill 18, the controversial anti-bullying legislation. It also sent a message to the NDP government that when they break their promise to Manitobans and bring forward damaging and undemocratic legislation there will be strong opposition. The extended session of the Legislature was also important in that it reaffirmed that the Legislature itself, as our key democratic institution, is important. Prior to this year, the NDP government was recalling the legislature for shorter and shorter periods. It was to the point that our Legislature was in session less than most others in Canada. Because of the extended sitting this year and because of an agreement to have the Legislature sit longer, there will now be a reasonable amount of time to debate legislation and allow the public to be involved in that debate. In addition, we will continue to raise our concerns with the PST increase and how it was done undemocratically. As an official opposition, Progressive Conservatives have demonstrated that we are willing to stand up for Manitoba families and we will continue to do that in the months and years ahead. 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) 3265763, by fax at (204) 346-9913, by e-mail at kelvin.goertzen@leg.gov.mb.ca or by visiting my website at kelvingoertzen.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Ste. Anne Municipality Moves into New Office By Marianne Curtis RM of Ste. Anne residents will find the municipal office closed for an entire week at the beginning of September while the organization and staff relocate into their brand new municipal office. Acting administrator Jennifer Blatz confirmed that the office would be closed the first week of September while they move furniture and files into the new office. “They [contractors] are completing the last minute touches as we speak,” explained Blatz. “The staff absolutely cannot wait; it’s been a long time coming!” The municipal office will be closed from September 2 to 6 to move everything to the new building and business will resume on September 9, in the new building. The first regular council meeting scheduled to take place in the new office is for September 11. “We are very excited,” added RM of Ste. Anne Reeve Art Bergmann. “This is a turn-key operation and we can just move in.” The new 3,100 square foot building, located on the south side of the Town of Ste. Anne cost the RM of Ste. Anne about $700,000. The municipality will pay for the structure with a $525,000 borrowing bylaw which is expected to be repaid over the next ten years. With a repayment

The RM of Ste. Anne has put a “For Sale” sign on the 100 year old historical building which served as municipal headquarters.

plan of $60,000 per year, residents could see a .25 mil increase on their tax bills. The RM of Ste. Anne will be opening the doors of the new building for two grand opening open houses, one for taxpayers and one for neighbouring

municipalities and business associates. These events are expected to take place later in the fall. Instead of holding onto the historical building that has served

as headquarters for the RM of Ste. Anne for the past century the building has been put on the market for sale. The RM of Ste. Anne decided to sell the 100-year-old historical building that served as municipal head quarters

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for decades. The historical landmark building is listed for $285,000, and has been zoned for office or retail use. One stipulation for the sale is that the commemorative cairn remains on the property.

Locally Launched Community Portals Site Goes National By Marianne Curtis

Victoria to Halifax. Eric Boisjoli and his team are working from a warehouse in Ile des Chênes, on Community-info, which aims to be a “one-stop shop” of information and updates from rural towns and urban neighbourhoods. Users can go to a specific community’s page and join local

discussions, promote upcoming events and post classified ads. Last month, the Dawson Trail “I started it off on my own, in my Dispatch reported the launch of off-hours from home in my CommunityInfo.net, a locally basement,” stated Boisjoli. The created network of community idea came after he moved to Ile des websites. Since its launch, Chenes a few years ago and community websites have been searched for a local community popping up across the country from website in hopes to get familiar with the area. Instead, he found four facebook pages and separate pages for community clubs, arena and a business. “I wanted to bring all the information together in one spot.” That idea became CommunityInfo.net, which is now being used by towns across After two years of construction, the Villa Youville Board is inviting the Canada including Miramichi, New Gander, community of Ste. Anne to gather and celebrate the official grand opening Brunswick, of the long awaited new supportive housing project. On September 6, a special event has been planned and the community is invited to join the celebration that takes place from 9 to 11:30 am at the Villa Youville Personal Care Home. Special guests, representatives, residents, and community members will be welcomed at 9:00 am for a mass scheduled for 9:30 to 10:15 am to help commemorate and bless the site’s new Chapel. The mass will be followed by brief speeches from honoured guests and a ribbon-cutting event. Coffee and cake will be available and tours of the new facility will follow. In addition to working with existing infrastructure and service supports, this project introduces supportive housing into the community of Ste. Anne. When the need arises, residents will be able to move into the assisted living portion to transition smoothly from supportive housing to longterm care. Construction on the Villa Youville’s $7.8 million affordable housing facility began in June 2011. The project included the demolition and replacement of an obsolete personal care home with 24 units of affordable housing. Twelve of the new units will be rented geared-to-income basis, and the remaining at median market rents based on the area. Along with the two dozen units, the new Villa Youville includes a chapel, an expanded kitchen and dining room.

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Newfoundland, and even Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut. “We are all very excited about the momentum that CommunityInfo has picked up,” stated Scott Riddel. “It seems like we’ve taken all the ideas we’ve had for future development and put them on the fast track because there are tons of people out there asking for them.” The group even had a specific request to create a community site for Hanoi, Vietnam. “This request came from a group of Canadians organizing the first ever hockey league in Vietnam at a newly built hockey rink,” Riddel added. “Although CommunityInfo isn’t quite set up as a global network yet, we dropped what we were doing and made

it happen for that community. We will also be providing them with one of our free websites for Non-Profits groups.” Now the group is launching a Community Ambassadors program that rewards community members for taking on the role of promoting their community website and keeping it active. Ambassadors will receive 30% of all revenue from their community. Revenue comes through business website subscriptions, advertising sales, and individuals promoting events and classified ads. CommunityInfo now has close to 700 community websites on its network and has just surpassed 3 million page views.


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Construction Underway in Marchand Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for older adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs. For more information drop by the Centre, Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm, call 204-320-4600 or online patporteralc.com. Membership is only $25 per year due in January of each year for those 55 years of age and older. Benefits include reduced program rates, a voice in business meetings, voting rights, and eligibility to serve on the board or committees.

Up and Coming Events and Monthly Programs:

Urban Polling: Please join us for our Urban Poling Program every Monday and Thursday at 9:30 am at the centre and Wednesday’s at AD Penner Park at 8:30 am. Not sure, what Urban Poling is or need more information? Contact Kathy at 204-320-4603 or Carrie at 204-320-4604. Kitchen Garden: We need your help in our garden with weeding and watering. Produce will be used in our kitchen for our Meals on Wheels program. Contact 204-320-4603. September Birthday Celebrations: Wednesday September 4 at 2 pm. Celebrate with us! Bring your friends! Guests pay $2 for coffee and cake. Casino Bus Trip to Warroad: On Thursday, September 26. Bus will pick you up at Pat Porter Active Living Centre between 9:30 - 10 am and bring you back in the evening. Cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Call to reserve your spot. Payment needs to in at the office a week before on Friday, September 20. Potluck: On Thursday, September 12. Please call ahead and let us know what you would like to bring. Call 204-320-4600. As always, needed are salads, casseroles, desserts and buns. Cost is $5. We will be ordering from Chicken Chef! Fruit Share Pick and Preserve Workshop: Learn how to preserve fruit safely and take home your finished product. We are looking for a few volunteers that would like to share their knowledge and teach us how to make apple pie. Tuesday, September 17 at 3 pm, we are making apple pies. Fruit Share is a volunteer- led organization dedicated to picking, sharing and enjoying fresh fruit grown in backyards in Manitoba. Contact 204-320-4600. Matt Faulk World Vision Play - POOF: On Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 pm. Hilarious new play, co-written by award-winning comedian Matt Falk, tells the story of a dysfunctional family of magicians. Edric must balance his clingy brother-in-law, a sinister manager, and his awkward teenage son all while trying to save his family from an evil magician who wants to steal his tricks! Filled with heart, laughter and unforgettable magic tricks! It will have you laughing and gasping the whole way through. Don’t miss your chance to see live theatre like never before. Indoor Yard Sale & BBQ: On Saturday, September 28 from 10 am – 4 pm. Tables available for $10. Contact 204-320-4600 to reserve your table. Set up 8 -10 am - Clean up by 4:30 pm. Baked goods are welcome. Due to upcoming renovations - a large amount of our office furniture will be for sale. Fundraiser BBQ from 11 am – 2 pm. Fjellgaard & Friends in Concert: Juno Award winner and CCMA Hall of Famer Gary Fjellgaard with The Great Plains (Saskia & Darrel), on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 pm. Cost $20/person pick up at the centre. Contact Kathy 204-320-4603. Foot Care: On the first Tuesday and Wednesday and third Tuesday of the month from 9 am -3 pm. Run by a professional foot care nurse. Cost $30. Bring your own towel. Contact the centre to book an appointment. Computer Labs: Are 1 hour long and available every other Wednesday morning from 9 am - noon. Pot Luck Supper on the second Thursday of every month at 6 pm, meat and beverages provided. Cost $5 ea. Bring a casserole, salad or desert. Contact the centre to reserve a seat. Beltone Hearing on the third Friday of each month. Contact 1-800-661-2653 for appointment.

Weekly Programs: Monday

9:30 - 10:30 am Urban Polling (for the summer) 12 - 4:30 pm Drop-in Pool 1 - 4:30 pm Model Trains 1 pm Canasta 7 pm Tai Chi Tuesday 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends 12 - 4:30 pm - Drop in Pool Wednesday 10 am Tai Chi 10 am Choir Practice 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool 1 - 4 pm Cribbage 1:30 pm Floor curling 7 pm Old Time Country Band Practice Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 am Urban Polling (for the summer) 12 - 4:30 pm Drop in Pool 1 - 4 pm Whist 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. Contact 204-320-4605 by 9 am to reserve your meal for that day. Purchase your meal ticket at the receptionist desk before noon. Monthly menus available at the office or in the newsletter. Bring a friend. Computer Lab from Monday to Friday, 9 am - 12 pm and 1 - 4 pm. Cost $1. Lessons with Alex Cupples every other Wednesday from 9 am - 12 pm. Call the Centre for more information and to book an appointment. Volunteer Opportunities include perogy making, decorating and setting tables, birthday party hosts, food preparation and serving, clean up, greeters, receptionists.

In a few short months the new Marchand Grocery will be ready for business.

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By Marianne Curtis Excitement is building within the community of Marchand now that construction of a new store is well underway. Over the past month, crews have been busy building what will be the new Marchand Grocery. The community has been without a general store since an early morning fire completely levelled the structure. The new Marchand Grocery will be quite different from the old country store it is replacing. The building is divided into three separate spaces in an effort to accommodate the grocery, the community post office and a rental space for local business Evolve Green. Rob Demasson, owner of the Marchand Store said he is looking forward to opening this fall. “We want to have it open as soon as possible,” Demasson explained. “Not having access to the necessities has created hardships for some residents in the area.” Now that the walls have gone up, the community has been bursting with excitement, he added. “People have stopped by during construction and offered their support, and other’s can’t believe how fast things are progressing; everyone is very excited,” he added. “I am very grateful to the community for their support.” The addition of a 10-foot veranda across the front of the building is expected to be a hit with everyone. “The store has always been a community meeting place; now people will have a place to sit and visit,” he concluded. Demasson hopes to have the store open by the end of the year.

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Grand Pointe Trucking Company Invests Millions Check it out ASAP! Our new After School Art Program for ages 9-15 provides a safe, supportive environment where youth are mentored in exploring their creativity. Runs Wednesdays and Thursdays starting Wednesday, September 18. Ça Claque in Concert - Friday, Sept 27 at the SRSS Theatre, at 7:30pm. World-class entertainment that will captivate you from the first note of the fiddle to the last step of the gigue. Ça Claque has been keeping French Canadian culture alive at home and abroad since 2009. Call for tickets (204) 346-1077. Concert Season tickets make a great gift – plus the best seats in the house all year round. Five shows – great rates.

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Reduce stress and increase flexibility with Pilates, Zumba and Yoga… or experience the physical benefits of Belly Dance. Come with friends, family or co-workers. The Steinbach Arts Centre has something for every night of the week. FREE Yoga Saturday, September 7 and 14 – increase your stamina and feel the benefits! Limited spaces. Tons of Visual Arts classes – Kids! Try Kid’s Art Adventure, Art XTravaganza, Cartoon Illustration, and Clay Hand Building… Teens and Adults! Check out Exploring Acrylics, Realism/Impressionism/Abstraction painting, Pottery Passion, and Clay Intro to the Wheel or Digital Photography, including a Photography class just for moms! Learn how to photograph your infant better. Mixed Art for Adults is starting soon. It’s a taste of everything! Perfect for teachers… Dabble in several mediums and bring that knowledge back to your classrooms. French and Spanish are back, including a new classes geared towards kids and teens ages 10-16. Build confidence and ignite your creativity with the Backyard Theatre Company. Practice voice projection, memorization and story writing, plus improvisation and fun exercises. You’ll love our props room full of costumes. We are pleased to welcome back Jeremy Plett and Michaela Senkiw as our creative instructors. Cooking – Kids will love our Kids in the Kitchen classes. Adults – make six tantalizing recipes with Creative Cooking. It’s not just cooking – it’s a social experience. Back by popular demand, the Arts Centre is kicking up our FUSION Musical Theatre program once again! Leave your name with us, and we’ll let you know all about our upcoming workshops. Dance and Martial Arts for ages 3 to adult with XCOMPANY Physical Arts Training School. Try Hip Hop, Breakdance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Stage Combat, Kickboxing, Hawaiian Hula, Chinese or Filipino Martial Arts, and more! A family values based program, XCOMPANY costumes and choreography are 100% parentapproved. To register call 204-471-9266 or email info@xcompany.net. Steinbach Social Dancers – call Lorna, 204-326-2617. The Arts4Tots Preschool Program is family values-based with a huge focus on exploration and discovery in music, theatre, dance and visual arts. We hire professional clinicians to teach special workshops geared towards our tots, to help them learn and grow in the most hands-on way possible. A few spaces left. The Amazing Race Steinbach Edition – Enter your team NOW! Saturday, September 21 at 1:30 pm. Experience the thrill of surprise challenges, team bonding and competing to win in real life at The Amazing Race Steinbach Edition! With the help of amazing local businesses, the Creative Youth Council has organized the race of a lifetime – don’t miss this opportunity to have fun and win prizes. Sign in and receive your first clue at the Cultural Arts Centre. All ages are invited to participate and each team must include a member with a valid driver’s license. Please bring cameras, sunscreen, hats and water bottles. Download registration forms online before Friday, September 13 for your chance to win! ARTISTS! Join the Southeast Artists Group on Tuesday mornings at the Cultural Arts Centre. Call Gary 204-346-9623. Also – let us know if you’re interested in an evening slot. On Now in the Hall Gallery - “Untamed” featuring local artists Cheryl Nickel and Kayla Hiebert. The exhibit runs until Thursday, September 26. Up next… join us for the exhibit opening for “Expressions: A Decade of Recovery through Creative Expression” on Friday, October 4, at 7 pm at the Steinbach Arts Centre Hall Gallery. “Expressions” showcases artists who use art in the journey of recovery from a mental health problem. View all our events on steinbachartscouncil.ca.

President and owner Norm Curtis along with staff Jennifer Rayburn, Shane Resvick, Brian Kusdub, Ainsley Walker, Doug Bowes and Bobby Roulston are looking forward to the completion of their new offices in Grand Pointe. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis The last few years have been difficult on the trucking industry with fluctuating diesel costs, cross border restrictions and other deterrents have forced many small trucking companies to either downsize or shut their doors. While some companies have, seen difficulties Keystone Western Inc. in Grande Pointe is embracing growth and even expanding. The company recently invested $1 million to expand their current office space by 5,000 square feet. But more impressive is an investment of $5 million to purchase 40 new highway trucks to replace the entire fleet of company trucks. In addition, another $250,000 was spent to purchase 10 new trailers. Doug Bowes, Manager of Drivers

Services credits the company’s growing success to the leadership. He adds that the goal of the company is to grow by another 20 percent in the next 12-18 months. “Our growth stems from good leadership, Norm views us as assets, not employees,” Bowes explains. “We have varied staff, with different backgrounds and we all have great relationships with each other; to work here you have to have fun but also know when to work.” A former truck driver, Norm Curtis, President and owner, purchased GBT Trucking in 2003 and in 2007; he changed the name of the company to Keystone Western. He has expanded business by growing a fleet that includes 60 owner operators and 40 company drivers. Besides the drivers, Keystone Western employs about 35 people

from the surrounding area. After Grand Pointe was decimated during the flood of ‘97, Keystone Western is one of a handful of businesses that remained in the community and prospered. Gord Froese has been driver with the company for 17 years. “The people make it worth staying here; you can go anywhere and work but it’s the people who make the difference,” Froese added. “I remember when the former owners had only 10 trucks; it’s been nice to be part of the growth.” Keystone Western operates a full service trucking company based in Grand Pointe. The company is known for hauling freight such as ATV’s, snow-machines and golf carts on both sides of the border. The company recently expanded into the US by establishing terminals in Minneapolis and Fargo.

Grief Support Group Offered in Niverville By Marianne Curtis No matter the circumstances, losing a loved one can throw even the strongest person into an emotional tailspin. Everyone grieves differently and sometimes support is needed. A new faith based program called GriefShare in Niverville hopes to teach about the grieving process. Elin Hiebert started the GriefShare group in Niverville this past spring. “The people who can benefit from this program are people who are grieving the death of a loved one, regardless of age and circumstance,” explained Hiebert. “Many people find themselves alone in their grief, even when surrounded by people, and many people find it is hard to explain their feelings in a manner that help the people in their life understand. GriefShare brings up topics that are common for those experiencing grief.” The group meets seven times in a cycle to watch a DVD program that teaches about the grief process. “There are seven sessions in a cycle, but aside from the first one, where we get to know each other a bit, each time we meet, we watch 2 sessions on DVD,” said Hiebert. “We then discuss and share how it relates to our situation. The DVDs are faith based, but we welcome anyone to the group.” Hiebert stresses that anyone can participate and it does not matter if the loss occurred last week or ten years ago. “Some people hesitate to come because their grief isn’t new, it may have been years since their loss, but it’s still a struggle. It is still perfectly fine to come even though the grief isn’t new,” Hiebert said. The session topics include Living with Grief, The Journey of Grief, The Effects of Grief, When Your Spouse Dies, Your Family and Grief, Why?, The Uniqueness of Grief (part 1 and 2), God’s Prescription for Grief, Stuck in Grief, Top 20 Lessons of Grief (part 1 and 2) and Heaven. For more information or to sign up for the next cycle, call 204-381-1155 to register or visit nivervillegriefshare.com.


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From the Heart Here at my spa, many guests say, “I can feel the peacefulness as soon as I step out of the car.” This never surprises me since all of my heart, and a lot of hard work went into building the spa. I also took courses on everything from interior design, Feng Shui, natural landscaping, deck building, paint colours, placement of flowers, fountains, etc., all to create the most relaxing environment possible. I was driven to make it perfect. I tell everyone that this retreat was a “Labour of Love” straight from the heart, not a construction job. I moved here eight years ago and lived in a twenty-foot trailer, like a true pioneer, without any hydro or running water. The forest needed to be cleared to make room for the building. I then proceeded to build the basement, move on the structure, gut, renovate, design and construct all the spa amenities and guest rooms. This was a huge undertaking for a woman who was at the age she should be entering retirement. So many of my friends asked me, “Why are you doing this?” For years, Oprah preached that if you followed your heart, nothing was impossible and energy would flow. She was an excellent example. I had tried many careers... waitressing, hostessing, aesthetician, nurse’s assistant, direct sales manager, corporate sales manager, and a graduate of U of M in education. I also had the job of being a mother of three and grandmother of two. I believe this all adds up to a very well trained caregiver. But, something still kept calling me. My heart had a dream to help people even more, and it was not going to stop reminding me. With all these careers that opened doors for me to help others, why did I still feel I needed to do more? My heart was still pulling me to “Follow the dream”. So, I set out to respond to my heart’s call and I quit teaching. At 27 years of age, I had dreamed of owning a spa and a retreat where everyone could de-stress and feel better. I kept hearing, “Build it and they will come.” So, I jumped in. I bought this acreage on the Seine River in an oak forest and everything just fell into place after that. I was so pumped and motivated! I found the energy to keep learning new techniques; advance my knowledge of essential oils, Reiki training, Hot Stone methods, Crystal healing and Angel Therapy. I love giving massages and incorporating all my skills and it takes me longer than the usual hour, but gives me great satisfaction (and a very happy client!). I just love everything I do for people! My heart is really singing, and I’ve never been so happy. It is strange that it took so long for me to discover my true life’s purpose. If only I had listened to my heart 37 years ago! However, I did learn a lot from all of those life experiences and careers. It added a lot to my gifts and skills. Oprah really does understand... trust your heart, it only leads you to the right place. My heart knew where I really needed to go and since I’ve followed it, my rewards have been unbelievably fulfilling. So, if you are receiving the same message from the heart over and over again, I recommend you start making way for it to happen. It doesn’t matter if you move slowly or rapidly, but do listen and take actions. The universe will pave the way and make it smooth because it will be the path that belongs to you. The heart’s messages come from angels and every step on this new path will be positive. You are aligned with your life’s purpose. Never fear what your heart already knows! Go for it! Anything that is ‘FROM THE HEART’ is divine guidance. Raylene Snow is owner and operator of Raylene’s Wellness Spa between Ste. Anne and La Broquerie.

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New Events Add to Success of Hanover Ag Fair

After being tipped over on his side during the first round of the demolition derby, this driver lets the crowds know, he is okay. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis A number of new events added to the agenda for this year’s Hanover Agriculture Fair and Rodeo helped make this year’s event one of the most well attended festivals of the summer. Carla Prette one of the organisers was pleased with this year’s annual event in Grunthal, which was held from August 15 to 18. “We had a little rain, a lot of wind and sunshine everyday! The grounds were busy all weekend including packed stands for Redneck night and Bullarama,” stated Prette. “We are very grateful for all our volunteers and the many people who came out and joined us for the weekend.” The stands were packed on Thursday with Redneck Night at the Fair that included a Duck Dynasty look alike contest and hubcap toss. The night’s main feature was the return of the demolition derby with drivers competing from the whole region. Wayne Lemay President Hanover Agriculture Society estimated that between 8,000 and 10,000 spectators came out to the fair over the weekend. He also noted that the demo-derby had been absent from the fair for about a decade and was pleased that the event was back. “This year we had a few firsts that stood out, the Thursday night demo derby was a huge hit and that has to come back next year,” said Lemay. On Friday, the day began with a

pancake breakfast, followed by 4-H shows. Kim Erikson, Jason Petric, Franny Klein and Jason Kirkness also filled the day with live music with performances. The famous Bullarama was moved to Friday in hopes of attracting new participants and twenty new riders were able to compete in the event. Saturday commenced with a parade followed by the World Famous Grunthal Chicken Barbecue. Agriculture related activities took place all day along with a Family Funzone that included bouncers, petting zoo and carnival games. The local 4-H club spearheaded another successful first by introducing the Critter Corner. More than a petting zoo, kids had a hands opportunity to learn about what the

Drunk Driver Nabbed On August 4, shortly after 7 am, Steinbach RCMP and local EMS were dispatched to the junction of Highway 1 and Hwy 12 to a single vehicle rollover. The driver was westbound on Highway 1 when he attempted to proceed south on Highway 12 but failed to negotiate the exit ramp and rolled. All three male occupants of the pickup were conveyed to hospital with nonlife threatening injuries. The driver, identified as a 22-year-old man from Ontario, was taken into police custody for impaired driving cause bodily harm.

animals eat and how to take care of them. Attendees enjoyed a whole hog barbecue supper followed by an amazing evening of entertainment with the Luke Jacob Band, followed by headliner Kira Isabella with Tim Chaisson and Luke Reimer. On Sunday the first, Annual Green Valley run took place. The main event for the weekend was the fast-paced rodeo action when the MRCA/CCA Rodeo took place on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Lorette Parish Welcomes New Priest By Marianne Curtis After two long years, the parishioners of the Notre-Dame-deLorette Parish are thrilled to welcome a new priest to the community. At the beginning of August, Father Charles Fillion returned to the region of his youth to begin a six-year commitment to the community and moved into the rectory. “Notre-Dame-de-Lorette was without a resident priest for two years, so my arrival has put many smiles on people faces,” stated Fillion. “The advantage of having a resident priest is that people know I am there for them to either celebrate mass or to just come and talk.” Fillion grew up in Richer before his family bought a hog farm between Ste. Anne and La Broquerie. He went to school in Ste. Anne where he studied French before moving on to St. Boniface College. Ordained to the priesthood in 2001, his first post was as Associate Pastor at St. Bernadette. In 2002, he was named pastor of Saint-JeanBaptiste, Sainte-Agathe, and SaintAntoine d’Aubigny. Six years later, it was forward to St. Michael’s in Cooks Creek, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Garson and Oakbank Catholic Community. “Coming to Lorette is like coming home,” explained Fillion. “My great- Father Charles Fillion was recently named the new priest of the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Parish. great-grand uncle is actually one of Photos by Marianne Curtis the first missionaries to come to Lorette so it means a lot to me to follow in his footsteps.” In 1873, Father David Fillion came from Montreal to help the pioneers of the region. He first came twice a week to celebrate mass to what was called Petite-Pointe-de-Chênes and helped build the first Catholic Church in Lorette with materials gathered from Ste. Genevieve. If you get a Notice of Reassessment from Canada Revenue Agency Fillion said he looks forward to (CRA), take a good look at it and find out why you got it. You don’t spending the next six years in the want to face future penalties! community. Often a Notice of Reassessment is issued because a tax slip was not “This is a very involved parish; included when the taxes were filed. there are a lot of different groups I find it often happens to young people who may have more than and it is a very active community, one employer for the year and it’s hard to keep track of all the T4s you we even have four choirs!” Fillion are expecting. It’s important you keep track of all your employers and continued. “One of the things I make sure you get T4s from all of them. The best way is to keep all of would like to do is start visiting your pay stubs until you file your taxes to make sure you have T4s for those that are homebound; they are all of them. just as important as the rest of the If you are missing one and can’t get one, make sure you report your congregation.” income and deductions based on the last pay stub you received from Since his arrival, Fillion has that employer. You must report all income regardless of whether you resumed services including received a tax slip or not. celebrating daily mass, and presides Parents, help your children with this. Make sure they keep all their over one service on Saturday and pay stubs in one important place so they have them at tax time. three on Sundays. Another reason tax slips are missed is when taxpayers move and not In his free time, Father Fillion all slip issuers have the new address. It’s important that when CRA enjoys Christian music, advises you that a tax slip is missing that you make sure you find out photography, curling, cross-country Father Fillion’s great-great-grand uncle Father David Fillion was one of why you didn’t get it. Why? Penalties! the first missionaries in Lorette in 1873. ski and cycling. If you forget to include the same tax slip two years in the past four, you can face penalties. In addition, they can be hefty! You can face a 20% penalty of the amount of income you did not include. Some of my clients have a tick sheet they use every year to keep The regions’ three Manitoba Youth Job Centres (MYJC) have shut down track of all the tax slips they should be getting. Usually when I complete for the season and based on statistics the program was an overall success. someone’s taxes, I do a comparison to last year to see if anything was In mid-August, the doors closed on the St. Pierre-Jolys, Niverville and missed. Sometimes I catch an item missing (normally a tax slip for Steinbach’s Manitoba Youth Job Centres. The MYJC is designed to meet employment insurance; they are often obtained on-line only, so don’t the employment needs of students and youth and to match the demand of expect to get one in the mail). But, if you have many investment income employers who have vacant positions, by offering a free referral service to tax slips, I may not catch them all. those who wish to hire an eager, hard-working young person. So if you get a Notice of Reassessment, don’t just pay it (often it’s Lisa Fingard, Program Coordinator for MYJC said that this year was a an amount owing) and file it away without first finding out why you great success with a combined user registration of 1,456. got it in the first place. “Registrations reflect those who registered with the centres for either If you are not sure, give me a call or come and see me; I can help you the casual/permanent employment referral program or the Odd Job Squad,” sort through it and get you back on track with CRA. Avoiding a 20% Fingard explained. penalty should be incentive enough! The employment referral program saw 1,333 referrals with 593 jobs filled. Anni Markmann is a tax professional and owner of Ste Anne Tax The Odd Job Squad attracted 1,235 participants. In total 15,191 participants Service, working, living, and volunteering in our community. Contact took advantage of the services offered by the MYJC this summer. Anni at 204-422-6631, annimarkmann@mts.net, or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne.

Income Tax Reassessment

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Ste. Anne Hospital Opens for Surgery By Marianne Curtis

Marchand a Junction for Rustic Fun

Residents in the southeast can expect to see shorter waiting lists for some surgeries after the recent opening of the newly renovated surgical suite at the Ste. Anne Hospital. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 29 for the $14 million surgical expansion. The newly finished 17,000 square foot addition to the Ste. Anne Hospital houses two operating rooms, a scope procedure room, a post-anaesthesia care unit, a medical-device reprocessing suite, a family waiting room and new electrical and mechanical rooms. Because of the expansion, the hospital’s square footage has increased by 60 per cent. In addition, the location of the original operating rooms was renovated and converted to provide 5,800 square feet of additional staff support areas. Health Minister Theresa Oswald was on hand to tour the facility during the grand reopening. “The new surgical ward looks spectacular,” stated Oswald. “The new operating rooms and a new endoscopy room will significantly increase the number of procedures that doctors can perform on local residents, giving families the help they need sooner and without having to leave their community.” Southern Health CEO Kathy McPhail says that the region hopes to increase the number of procedures in the area to around 1,200 in the first year and continue growing. “These improvements mark exciting additions to the Hôpital Ste. Anne Hospital infrastructure and the region’s surgical program, which will be appreciated by caregivers, patients and people in the Southern Health-Santé Sud community,” stated McPhail. “The outstanding efforts of staff, physicians, Manitoba Health and community partners on this redevelopment project were key to the project’s success.” The Ste. Anne’s Hospital Foundation successfully fundraised 10 percent of the $14 million needed for the expansion. Hôpital Ste. Anne Hospital is a 21-bed, acutecare facility, primarily serving southeastern Manitoba. Recent past capital investments in the hospital have included a $1.5-million project for safety and security upgrades including the relocation of the nursing station and the creation of two birthing rooms.

Burning Permits Cancelled

Ashton Plessis (Steinbach) and Brett Wiens (Marchand) were not afraid to get a little dirty during Logging Days. Photo by Marianne Curtis

For one day, things got a little muddy when the community of Marchand became a haven for fun loving rustic types when this year’s Marchand Logging Days took place August 24. Amanda Martins, Marchand Community Centre President says that about four hundred people came out to the one-day event. “The highlight of the weekend was our mud-bog,” stated Martins. “People come out from all over to see it.” The morning started with a pancake breakfast, followed by tons of children’s games and activities. After lunch, the Red Neck Games commenced, followed by lawnmower races. Other activities included bale toss, cow patty bingo, 4x4-mud bog race; beer belly wet t-shirt contest, log saw, redneck tug-a-war and a mud pit belly flop contest. Other activities included a slow pitch tournament and evening dance.

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advise dry conditions and above-average temperatures are increasing fire danger levels in eastern Manitoba. New burning permits will not be issued for eastern Manitoba and any permits that have been issued are now cancelled. The province’s water bomber fleet, helicopters and fire crews are on standby to respond to any new fires that are detected. Campfires will be allowed in enclosed, approved fire pits. Many hunters, fishers and outdoor enthusiasts are actively enjoying the outdoors; however, this increases the danger of accidental, humancaused fires. Travellers, hikers and hunters, and anyone in wooded and grassland areas are encouraged to be cautious. All-terrain vehicle riders are advised to stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris, and carefully dispose of any debris found. They are also asked to carry a small shovel, axe and fire extinguisher on their vehicles at all times. A permit is required for any burning, including crop residue, within burning permit areas between April 1 and November 15 of each year. Specific information regarding burning permit areas is available through local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship offices. Check with local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship district offices and municipal offices for information on burning bans or local fire restrictions. A list of these offices is available at gov.mb.ca/conservation/ wildlife. Fires can be reported to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship by calling 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free). Further information is available at local department district offices or online at www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/.

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September 2013

Thousands Drawn to Rodeo as Competitors “Ride ‘em Wild”


Annual Imagine Run and Walk Erasing Mental Health Stigma By Marianne Curtis

By Dan Guetre The first ever rodeo hosted in Richer attracted people from all over the province and was considered a rousing success by both organizers, and more importantly, spectators. Right up until “show time”, Dawson Trail Park was dramatically transformed into a rodeo and country fair site complete with bleachers, tradeshow area, food vendors, concert stage, and a massive rodeo ring. According to Pat Stolwyk, a key organizer of the event, almost 3,000 people walked through the gate over the weekend making this one of the largest attended events Richer has ever hosted. Music, food, a kids zone, and of course the rodeo itself, ensured there was something for everyone to enjoy. “We are going to take this in, enjoy the moment, and then shortly, start planning for next year,” said Stolwyk, who with his committee hosted over 200 rodeo competitors. Stolwyk is quick to give credit to the dozens of volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure success. “We had some very dedicated people working throughout the weekend and even months before to put together this calibre of show,” said Stolwyk, who although exhausted, smiled from ear-to-ear. “Even Heartland Rodeo, the group we affiliated with, says this was up there with the best. It ran very smoothly and they are crediting us with being very organized and professional.” In addition, for many sponsors, it went beyond just hanging a banner or sign. Many participated in the event, getting caught up in the excitement. “They were out there asking how they could help. They wanted to be part of this. I don’t think any of them are regretting getting involved,” said Stolwyk. “They were a key part to our success.” The 3-day event netted the community with some significant funds raised and the challenge is going to be deciding where to focus improvements. The Richer Community Club and the Richer Roughstock Rodeo committee will meet and discuss projects over the next few months. The next Richer Roughstock Rodeo will be held August 810, 2014. A website is being created at richerrodeo.ca and more information will be posted as details start to form. There is a link to the Facebook page with dozens of photos from the event.

Twenty-six bull riders tried their luck at winning a cash prize, bragging rights and a prized rodeo buckle. Photos by Marianne Curtis

Team tie-down roping wrestling was one of the many events that cowboys tried their skills at during the weekend rodeo.

Domestic Incident Results in Charges

In a few short weeks, the streets in Niverville will be closed for the day to make room for hundreds of runners who come out to participate in the annual Imagine Run and Walk. This year’s event will take place on September 28. Founded by Mona Stott of Niverville, the Imagine Run is organized by a committee of volunteers who care about suicide prevention and mental health. She founded the run after her own son Joey committed suicide in 2007. Last year over 850 people signed up for the fifth Annual Imagine Run and Walk in Niverville. “Many people have lost loved ones to mental illness and suicide,” said Stott. “We want to erase the stigma of mental health and to break the silence and make it okay to get help.” Stott is amazed at what the organization has been able to accomplish over the past five years, especially considering how the event started. Her son Joey took his own life after struggling with depression. On the day she was supposed to participate in her second Manitoba Marathon, the grieving family was burying their son. “I decided to run a full marathon in his memory,” Stott recalled. “When I crossed the line, I was greeted by a group of people and $28,000 was raised.” Since then Stott and her family have been strong advocates to remove the stigma of mental illness and save lives. Over the years, the Imagine Run and Walk has grown. Participants begin arriving as early as seven in the morning to sign up for three different races. There is a 5 km or a 10 km walk and a half marathon. There is also live entertainment along the routes, games, bouncers, petting zoo and a clown. Proceeds from this race will benefit the Eden Health Care Services. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at imaginementalhealth.com. Volunteers are also still needed for this year’s event. Anyone wishing to volunteer or contribute can email monastott@hotmail.com.

On July 28 at about 1:30 am, RCMP officers from the RCMP East District were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at an RCMP officer’s residence. The RCMP officer and his spouse alleged to have been assaulted. Neither displayed any injuries or required medical attention. Both the RCMP officer and his spouse have since been formally charged with assault and will be making a court appearance in the coming weeks. The RCMP officer charged is currently suspended with pay. Names and location are being withheld due to the nature of the allegations.


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New Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre is Good for the Region

Butterflies are released for a symbolic opening of the new Interpretive Centre at the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve.

Kim Bassey (standing) and Cathy Shaluk examine a moth that sits on her hand at the new Interpretive Centre.

Eliza Mitchell (with hat) chats with visitors during the grand opening event at the Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre, near Stuartburn, MB. The Centre is in the background. Photos by Bill Stilwell

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lands in Manitoba’s Tall Grass Prairie Preserve since 1992 when we began to develop partnerships With the gentle flutter of tiny to protect the natural habitat,” said wings, a cluster of butterflies Bassey. “The scale of NCC’s gently lifts into the air, conservation activity has only symbolically opening the new been possible through the vision, Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie leadership and financial support Interpretive Centre, near provided by The W. Garfield Stuartburn. Weston Foundation.” “This Interpretive Centre will Through the generous support anchor the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Manitoba Region’s of this foundation and other partners, NCC is able to increase Prairie Studies education and and enhance community support, outreach programming as well as understanding and participation in be NCC’s base of operations for its conservation programs through stewardship and research activities in the Tall Grass Prairie,” the development, ongoing maintenance and staffing of an said Kim Bassey, Co-Chair, NCC Interpretive Centre that is open to Manitoba, during the opening the public for three months of the ceremony. year. The W. Garfield Weston In August 2009, with the Foundation is the major funding Foundation’s support, NCC partner for the new centre, and purchased the 160-acre Tkachuk family member Eliza Mitchell was property and 3,000 square foot on hand for the official opening. The Foundation is very interested house. “The redevelopment of that house into The Weston Family Tall in conservation, preserving Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre biodiversity and protecting endangered species, according to has been a four-year project and labour of love which culminates in Mitchell. today’s grand opening of this “Education is the key when it facility,” said Bassey. comes to conservation matters,” The centre features hands-on, said Mitchell. “Education will ensure the continued protection of interactive and engaging exhibits and displays within the context of these vital places.” the natural area, according to Tall grass prairie is the most Cathy Shaluk, Regional Education biologically diverse and and Outreach Coordinator. In productive type of grassland in North America and at one time, the addition to a classroom and meeting space there is a reading tall grass prairie covered millions room, observation deck on the of square miles. Today, the tall second floor and later this year, a grass prairie ecosystem is one of laboratory facility. the most ecologically significant Currently through NCC’s Prairie habitats in Canada and the most Studies Outreach Programming, threatened. Only half of one staff visits schools and other percent of the original tall grass community facilities to tell the tall prairie remains intact. grass prairie story and other “NCC has been active in the important conservation matters. securement and stewardship of

Now groups and individuals can visit the centre, which will be open to the public during the summer, and for schools and other group tour programs throughout the year. “We wanted a focal point for the delivery of conservation education programming,” Shaluk noted. “But, we also wanted a central location for the community to come and see the stewardship work that is occurring within the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve.” The Interpretive Centre welcomes visitors to come inside and talk to the interpretive staff to learn about the preserve, local flora and fauna and the entire region, especially the orchids. On the grounds of the centre featured are a butterfly garden, a picnic shelter and a nature trail. The Prairie Orchid Trail is a onekilometre interpretive trail that provides an exciting nature experience. Eventually this new trail will connect to other existing trails in the region. The Prairie Shore Trail is also located a short distance away. One of the development plans includes a Monarch Butterfly Hiking Trail this summer, to guide visitors south of the centre to experience the habitat restoration project initiated last year in support of this species at risk. To reach The Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre, go approximately 80 km south of Winnipeg on Highway 59. Turn east on Highway 201 for 5.5 km and follow the signs on the north side. The centre is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm until Monday, September 2. After the long

Kim Bassey holds a moth at the new Interpretive Centre

Wood Lily.

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid is one of the many rare and endangered species found at the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve near Stuartburn.

For more information visit the weekend, the facility is available NCC website for booked tours, facility rentals, community events, and school and natureconservancy.ca/mb or call 1204-425-8118. youth group programming.

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Charges Laid in Falcon Lake Cottage Fire

An investigation by the Falcon Lake RCMP that began with a report of a cottage fire in 2007 resulted in two men charged with Arson and Break and Enter. On May 2, 2007, shortly after 8 am, Falcon Lake RCMP and the local Fire Department were dispatched to a cottage fire on Block 3, North Shore in Falcon Lake. RCMP and Fire arrived at the scene and found a cabin destroyed by fire. The cost of the destroyed cottage and damages were estimated at $270,000. At the time, the investigation showed the cabin had been broken into, items had been removed, and the fire was deliberately set. While canvassing the area, it was discovered that five neighbouring cottages either showed signs of attempted forced entry or had been broken into. After an extensive investigation, with the assistance of the RCMP “D” Division Major Crime Services and the RCMP Winnipeg Forensic Identification Section, two Winnipeg residents identified as Aaron Sodomlak, 26, and Edmond Rioux, 26, were arrested and have since been each charged with Arson and three counts of Break and Enter with Intent. Sodomlak is scheduled to appear in Steinbach Provincial Court on September 5 and Rioux appeared in Steinbach Court on August 22.

A Teaching Moment One day last month, my wife took our two youngest children with her to town when she went grocery shopping. This now left my oldest son and me to ourselves. No, we didn’t go crazy and throw a big party; instead, we were very responsible and continued to work on some renovations to our home. During our time alone, I was once again reminded about one of the important aspects of being a Daddy. In this instance, I was using a small air tool to break apart some small sections of concrete. My son, whom I thought was content to watch, asked if he could do some. Realizing that not only would he enjoy this work, I realized that this was also a teaching-moment. Telling him that yes, he could do some. I went about instructing him on how to safely use the tool and gave him guidance on where to chip at the concrete so that it would break where we needed it. Being safety conscious, we were both wearing our dust masks, glasses and hearing protection. After all, you’re never too young to be taught how to work safely. As my son set to work with his usual youthful gusto, I stood back and watched for a moment to make sure that he was putting into practice what I’d just taught him. Satisfied that he was doing good, I realized that I was now out of a job since I’d just given it to him. Looking around, I spotted the pile of concrete rubble and decided to start hauling it away. As I worked, I had to laugh to myself. It used to be that I would be doing the “serious work” while my son would be doing the hauling away of whatever scraps that were laying around. Now it seems that things have started to flip around and I’m the hauler while he’s the one doing the “serious work”. The more I think about it the more I’m okay with it. After all, if we as Daddy’s (and Mommy’s) don’t do our part by passing on our knowledge and expertise or if we deny giving our “little ones” a chance to get some hands-on practice, how are they ever going to learn anything or to have a good work ethic? Sure, we could do it faster and probably a little better but if we think back to our younger days, how did we learn what we know? Some of us would have learned on our own through trial and error but most of us probably had someone to show us the way or at the least, to give us a few pointers. Maybe we should all think about it and keep our eyes and our hearts open for those teaching moments. You just never know when the knowledge that you pass down will change a life. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

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Lions Club Establishes Itself in Ste. Anne By Marianne Curtis Those living in Ste. Anne and area who are looking to become members of a club are invited to join the newly formed St. Anne Lions Club. For the past two years, Lion member Chris Barnard has been working to establish an official Lions Club within the community of Ste. Anne. In September, the inaugural meeting will take place where things like a name and project proposals will be discussed. “I believe the main benefit of having a Lion’s Club in Ste. Anne would be to enhance the feeling of community,” explained Barnard. “Make Ste. Anne a better place to live. Allow the residents the opportunity to help their neighbours. Give the people of Ste. Anne the ability to volunteer without having to go to another community.” Barnard joined the Steinbach Lions Club because he felt a need to volunteer but he was unsure of what to do. He will act as one of two ‘guide lions’. “There was a desire to give back in some way, to make other’s life better in whatever way I could,” Barnard explained. “Anyone can join The Ste. Anne’s Lions Club could continue hosting the Walk for Dog Lions as long as they are 18 years of age or Guides, which took place in Ste. Anne earlier this year with the help of a older. There are no restrictions, men and women, number of Steinbach Lion’s Club volunteers. any race, any religion, any ethnic background, any colour. All that is needed is a desire to serve.” Barnard says there are already suggestions flowing in on what the club could do in the community however, the final decision lies within the membership. “All things having to do with the club will be decided by club members,” Barnard added. “They are the ones who know the community and know what is needed in the community.” Lions International is the world’s largest service organization with more than 1.35 million members in over 46,000 clubs in 207 different countries and geographical areas. It is overseen by an International President who changes every year and 34 International Directors who serve for two years.

August Check Stops Effective During the weekend of August 9, the Steinbach RCMP partnered up with the RCMP East District Traffic Services Unit and Manitoba Public Insurance to combat impaired driving. Check stops were conducted in the Richer Area, resulting in numerous charges under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Provincial Highway Traffic and Liquor Control acts. Five vehicles were removed from the roadway due to driver impairment. One vehicle was observed avoiding a check stop and was subsequently stopped by police. The driver and passenger were spotted switching seats in an attempt to deceive police. The investigation revealed both drivers were impaired by alcohol and taken into custody. In total six individuals are facing all together, 11 charges under the criminal code and over 40 charges were laid for Provincial Offences. One driver was issued a 24-hour driving suspension and over 16 written and verbal warnings were given for various offences including three drivers were cited for illegal tint on their vehicles windshield.


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Exceptional Performers Celebrate Friendship in Landmark By Marianne Curtis For three days, the community of Landmark bustled with activity as friends and neighbours gathered at the community park for the year’s annual Friendship Festival that took place on August 9-11. Crowds started gathering on Friday for a daylong community garage sale and flea market. Then storyteller and country singer Quintin Blair took to the stage in the evening for a concert. A free pancake breakfast brought people back into town where they enjoyed a parade and lunch. There were a number of first time activities and events this year, including a massive children’s village complete with bubble pool, a skateboard demonstration, live action role-playing gamers (LARP) who filled the park and the Garden Tractor Race that became a huge favourite for the crowds and participants alike. Following last year’s success, performers from Folklorama’s Irish and German pavilions came out from Winnipeg for a special performance. Crowds were then delighted by an incredible performance by Manitoba’s own Sagkeeng Dancers, winners of last year’s Canada’s Got Talent. Corny Rempel’s amazing tribute to Elvis capped off the afternoon’s entertainment. A community pork barbeque followed by a dance with music by the Darryl Marsh Band and fireworks finished off the evening. On Sunday, all the churches in Landmark gathered in the park for a worship service followed by a community picnic lunch.

Sagkeeng Dancers, winners of Canada’s Got Talent took to the stage during the Landmark Friendship Festival much to the delight of young and old. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Whiteshell Youth Camp Construction Starts this Fall The province has extended utilities and built an access road to the site of the future Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Youth Leadership Camp at Sylvia Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park. The Manitoba government has spent $2.1 million on road access, communication and hydro services to the new youth camp. This has leveraged a multimillion-dollar camp that will include a main lodge, three bunkhouses, a gathering space for arts and crafts, maintenance area, staff area, wellness centre, pump house, twenty-two yurts and two water-front sheds. The site plan also incorporates camping features such as an outdoor challenge area, sports field, central campfire area, and areas for swimming, canoeing or kayaking with three docks. “Now that the preliminary work is completed, we can start construction,” said Dave Newnham, Vice President of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. “We’ve also hired Carrie Patterson as Director of Camp Operations and Colleen McLean as the camp’s General Manager to continue moving the project forward.” Patterson has been involved over the past two years with the development of the site and camp operation in Manitoba. She will oversee all aspects of getting the camp opened and operational for 2015 including hiring, community relations, program development, facility requirements and regulations. As the camp General Manager, McLean will begin getting the camp ready to open and oversee camp operations. She currently runs the Youth Leadership Program at two Ontario camps and is scheduled to move to Manitoba in the fall. The Sylvia Lake camp will be the seventh Tim Horton Children’s Foundation facility in Canada. It will provide youth with the chance to learn lifelong leadership skills.

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Sable Island Kayak Fundraiser Sets Record By Marianne Curtis Graham Carter, originally from Ste. Anne and his paddling partner JanSebastian La Pierre have paddled themselves into the record books. On August 19, the duo paddled more than 175 kilometers in a kayak from Nova Scotia to Sable Island as part of a fundraiser to send children to camp. The pair came up with the idea as a way to raise $25,000 to send 25 kids living with chronic mental and physical illness to summer camp. The fundraising goal was reached a few days before they set off on their adventure. Carter, a 28-year-old schoolteacher originally from Ste. Anne said La Pierre approached him three years ago with the idea of paddling to Sable Island for charity. “It took us over 29 hours to reach Sable and it was nothing short of magical,” stated Carter, who went on to say that the goal of this paddle was to raise funds for kids who do not have access to adventure and recreational opportunities.

Ste. Anne native Graham Carter battles the waves in a kayak as he and a friend take a 175-kilometre trip from Nova Scotia to Sable Island.

“It’s been definitely suggested that we’re a little crazy,” said Carter. “The ocean is definitely a fickle beast out there and the weather can change pretty quickly.” A support boat accompanied them the entire way in case of an emergency, he added. Sable Island is a 40 kilometre long narrow, crescent-shaped sliver of land southeast of Halifax and is home to a protected herd of feral

RM of Ste. Anne to Fine Litter Bugs

Under a new anti-litter bylaw, anyone caught dumping garbage illegally anywhere within the RM of Ste. Anne will be subject to a $1,000 fine. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis Ratepayers in the RM of Ste. Anne who improperly dispose of their solid waste and recyclables within the municipality could see themselves paying a $1,000 fine. This comes after the municipality passed a new anti-littering bylaw. Last month, the RM of Ste. Anne council passed a new solid waste bylaw. The bylaw addresses all manner of waste disposal including normal household refuse, recycling, construction material, animal waste and sewage. According to Art Bergmann, RM of Ste. Anne Reeve, the municipality required a bylaw with some teeth after a recent influx of garbage being found along municipal property, especially along the Dawson Road. “We needed something with teeth to deal with people who are too lazy to properly dispose of their trash,” explained Bergmann. “We are specifically talking about garbage maliciously dumped along municipal roads or at the recycling depots.” Bergmann said municipal bylaw officers coming across garbage in ditches have been able to track down offenders from addresses found on envelopes or other mail. “People are pretty sheepish and embarrassed that they are caught,” Bergmann added. “But until now we had no penalties.” Real Sarrison at R&R Pickup says he is disappointed to see the RM of St. Anne struggle with this ongoing issue. At one point, his company offered curbside pickup in Richer, Paradise Village and other areas. “A simple solution would be a curbside recycling and garbage project,” Sarrison suggested. “Other municipalities are doing it; there is no reason why we cannot.” Sarrison maintains that if 50 percent of the RM of Ste. Anne residents came forward the municipality would have to look at a better solution. In the meantime, anyone caught dumping garbage illegally within the RM of Ste. Anne will be subject to a $1,000 fine.

horses mostly descended from confiscated Acadian horses and then introduced to the island in 1760. To prepare for the adventure, the duo trained for two years, paddling 20 to 40 kilometres a day outside of La Pierre’s home in Herring Cove, a community in Halifax. According to Parks Canada and coast guard records, visitors require a permit to land on the island and no one has ever made the trip by kayak.

Women’s Business Network Celebrates Ten Years The Women’s Business Network (WBN) of Southeast Manitoba formed to support and inspires excellence, learning and growth in business. Members come from varied backgrounds and experiences. Many are current business owners, others join as they have a business idea that is not yet “launched”, and some join for the information to be gained and used for personal or professional benefit. Ten years later members continue to learn, grow, support and inspire excellence. To celebrate the tenth anniversary, a Gala will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at the Ste. Anne Curling Club from 6:30 to 9 pm. The Gala program includes Doreen Penner, guest presenter and Scott Burton, entertainer. Both will leave attendees inspired and motivated. “Elegant Music” owners and performers, Julie Husband and Tony Cyre, will provide a musical prelude. Shannon Stebelko, Red Seal Chef and owner of “The Spicy Radish”, will prepare appetizers for the event. Everyone is welcome to attend this special milestone event. Contact womensbiz.ca for gala details or for more information on WBN. Tickets for the event can be purchased until September 13th at the following locations: - AnGer Fitness, La Broquerie - Anni Markmann Financial Services, Ste. Anne - Furniture Plus, Steinbach - Manitoba Agriculture - Food and Rural Initiatives, St. Pierre

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Top Businesses Wanted for Awards By Marianne Curtis The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few good businesses to honour at their next annual banquet. The Chamber recently launched the organization’s 10th Annual Business awards program, and is now accepting nominations. Members are being encouraged to nominate fellow members or their own business in four categories. Categories include Young Entrepreneur Award, Customer Service Award, Community Involvement Award, and the coveted Business of the year. Linda Peters, President of the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce says that anyone can nominate a business for an award, even the public. “Anyone can submit a nomination to the Steinbach Chamber Office in the above award categories,” stated Peters. “There are eligibility requirements for each award, and the nomination process is easy.” For the past two years, the Chamber has relied on the public to choose the winner of the Customer Service Award. This award is given to the business that consistently demonstrates excellence in service and/or hospitality as voted by people in the community. The Young Entrepreneur is awarded to a young entrepreneur less than 35 years of age who has established or expanded a business in the past two years. The coveted Business of the Year is open to all businesses that have been operating for at least three years as of 2009. The Community Involvement is awarded to the business that demonstrates exceptional performances in its support of recreation, amateur sports, arts and culture, charitable or non-profit volunteer groups. Winners will be announced at the Steinbach Chamber’s Annual General Meeting, which will take place November 7 at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach. For more information and a nomination form, contact the Chamber at 204-326-9566 or mp.stbcofc@mts.net.

Steinbach Joins NASCO Steinbach mayor Chris Goertzen met with a representative from North American’s Super Corridor Coalition (NASCO) on August 20 to discuss Steinbach’s role in the mid-continent trade corridor. “Transportation and trucking is a significant industry for Steinbach and its location, proximity to several markets and the border makes our city unique and positioned to play a role in the trade corridor,” explained Goertzen. “Steinbach has reliable shipping and transportation services so our membership with NASCO is a good fit.” NASCO is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advocating for the interests of the Mid-Continent International Trade and Transportation Corridor (MCITTC) that includes Manitoba’s PTH 75. The City of Steinbach recently became a member of NASCO and Goertzen will be attending their annual conference in San Antonio, Texas in October.


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God Shows Us the Direction with Guidance Question: How does a Christian get guidance and direction to know what to do or not do in life?


Kleefeld Honey Festival Delivers Despite Rain

This is an age-old question and people always have their own ideas on the answer. There is a basic principle of life that will help us. If your body doesn’t function properly, you go to a doctor, a specialist in that area. If your car breaks down, you take it to the mechanic. If your water lines break, you call a plumber. Likewise, in life, when there are decisions to be made and we don’t know the answer, we should go the Specialist, the One who gives life and sustains it, the God of Heaven. The Bible has many promises that tell us God will guide us if we will look to Him and submit to His leadership. Psalm 32:8 says, “I (God) will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go. I will guide thee with mine eye.” Isaiah 58:11 says, “And the Lord shall guide thee continually.” Psalm 25:9 says, “The meek will he guide in judgment and the meek will he teach his way.” Psalm 48:14 says, “…he will be our guide even unto death.” If we were honest, we would admit that the Bible is true when it says, “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23. We need direction and help from an outside source. Many today seek that help from New Age sources, such as meditation and spirit guides. This will give you direction, but it’s not from God and it will not give you godly or wise instruction. Proverbs 3:5 & 6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Someone said, “If God is not guide in all, then He will not guide at all.” So how does God communicate with man? What does God use to get His point across to us? God uses several ways and I will list some of them. First, the Bible is God’s Guide Book. It is God’s most important tool. Secondly, the Christian has the Holy Spirit inside him, who guides us into all truth. Thirdly, God may use circumstances in life and our surroundings to help us make decisions. Fourthly, there are godly friends, pastors and counsellors that help shed light on our problems. Fifthly, the Lord has given us a mind to use to study and acquire as much information as we can. We can make a list of pros and cons and use common sense to help us. All of these tools, God has made available to us, to help us through confusing and difficult times. May God help you as you seek His counsel in your life. God has never been stumped with a problem yet. I’m sure He can handle yours.

Ile Des Chene Home Invasion Suspect Still at Large By Marianne Curtis Rain may have cut this year’s Kleefeld Honey Festival short but not before the community and visitors managed to participate in a number of events. This year’s festival took place on August 9 and 10. For the first time since the festival started in 1970, the event started on Friday night with a youth praise and worship night featuring Fresh IE. On Saturday, the community was treated to a free pancake breakfast followed by the parade. This year a chili cook-off took place with the winners being chosen by those who stayed for lunch. There were four contestant groups, each of whom were graded on criteria including aroma, taste and booth design by a panel of three judges, one of whom was a certified judge from the Kansas City Barbeque Association. The grand champion of the Chili Cook-Off was Brian Hildebrand a teacher in Kleefeld. A huge children’s play area was set up which included entertainment by members of the Watch and Spectacle Circus. After a delicious barbeque dinner, the evening’s entertainment was delayed after it started to rain. However, comedian Matt Falk delivered a fantastic routine under the picnic shelter. Unfortunately, the evening’s headliner Kimberly Dawn was unable to perform due to the weather.

The Watch and Spectacle Circus entertained the kids near the family fun zone.

The St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP is still looking for the culprit who broke into an Ile Des Chenes home and crawled into bed with the owner of the home. Photos by Marianne Curtis According to police, on August 17 officers were called to an Ile Des Chenes home where a woman told them that she fought off a man who broke into her house. The woman’s husband had just left for work and the couple wonders if the man had been waiting for him to leave. Officers say an unidentified male entered the home just before midnight through an unlocked garage door. The suspect made his way to an upstairs bedroom where a 27-year-old woman was sleeping and climbed into bed with her. The woman told media she awoke to find a stranger in her bed attempting to tie her up while her children were sleeping in nearby bedrooms. At one point, she said the man tried to suffocate her and had his hands around her neck. The suspect also had zip ties and tried to put them around her wrists, she said. The woman managed to successfully fight him off and the suspect left on foot. She was unable to give an accurate description of the man because it was dark, but she described him as being about 5 feet 5 inches with a medium build. He was wearing a heavy work jacket and smelled like oil and gasoline. The victim of the attack attempted to call 911 and family several times on her cell phone while being attacked however, she said that it took eight attempts before getting through. RCMP reminds everyone to keep their residents locked at all times. Honey Festival volunteer Ron Harder gives the chicken a quick Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call St Pierre-Jolys flip in preparation for the community barbeque. RCMP at 204-433-7433.

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It Is Finished Mark 15... 33) At the sixth hour, darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34) And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” This means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Older! What does it mean when people say, “man you are looking older every day?” Well it could have several meanings, one its true I am getting older and so are you. Another meaning we attach to aging is that we now have the time to “loooook” into the future. Notice all of the extra o’s in the word look? I did that purposely, because, yes! Many friends my age or just a little older than me are passing away and I am left to wonder where they are right at this very moment. I know you might think that is rather odd, but ask yourself the question, where do you think they are or, how did they get there? Simple little questions, but the answer is beyond measure, so simple and yet as profound. As I am writing this, I am touched. Please forgive me! But, my heart is overwhelmed with the simplicity of it all. When we read the story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, most of us do not really know or perhaps do not want to know what happened on that day. But, it would do no harm just to take a moment and let our minds and hearts do the talking after reading Mark 15:33-34 Those two verses send shivers up my spine. Death for Jesus would be painfully slow and publicly humiliating. I would think that the executioner probably laid the crossbeam behind Jesus and forced him to the ground quickly by grabbing a hold of his arms and pulling him backward. As soon as Jesus fell, the beam would be fitted under the back of his neck, soldiers then would quickly kneel on the inside of the elbows forcing his arms on to the crossbeam. Jesus did not fight back, he said nothing. With his fingers, the executioner probed the spot in Jesus’ hands where he wanted to drive the nails through. When he found it, he took one of the square-cut iron nails from his teeth and held it against the spot, and then he raised the hammer over the nail and brought it down with force. Two soldiers immediately grabbed each side of the crossbeam and lifted. As they pulled up, they dragged Jesus who was now nailed to the crossbeam to the spot where they had dug a hole in the ground for the cross, lifting the cross until it fell into the hole. Jesus, his arms now in a V position because of the full weight of his body must have become very conscious of the pain in his hands, his muscles in his forearms and the upper arms and the back of his shoulders would develop cramps. That would cause the muscles at the sides of his chest to momentarily limit his breathing. He probably could draw air into his lungs, but he would have great difficulty exhaling. Inflamed wounds, thirst, blood pouring from his wounds. He died. He had paid the price for our sins. Now why did Jesus cry out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” I am not going to pretend that I fully understand; but I can make a calculated guess. He had never known the consequences of sin! That was the one human experience through which Jesus had never passed, because he was without sin. At the moment, his blood ran down his arms and feet he took upon himself the sins of all of us. In this terrible moment, Jesus really and truly identified himself with our sins. This was the one moment Jesus feared, because he had never known what it was like to be separated from God because of sin. His task now completed, his victory won. Jesus died with the cry of “It is finished!” on his lips. After that terrible dark day, Jesus went home to God a victor glorious. But, our story does not end here, because three days later a messenger in Christ’s tomb gave the women in Christ’s tomb the unbelievable news that Jesus had risen from the dead. This is our hope! One day you and I will be raised from the dead, victorious together with Christ! Would you pray this prayer with me? Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that peace, joy and happiness that will fulfill my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name. Amen.



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East Braintree Annual Farmer’s Market/Flea Market - On Saturday, September 7 from 11 am - 3 pm at the Midwinter School Heritage Museum on PR 308, just 1/2 off of the TransCanada E toward Falcon Lake. Rent a table for $10. Contact 204-426-5510. God’s Acres Veggie farm, Museum tours, music, playground, picnic ground and lunch is $5 for borscht, bun and a beverage. Gardenton Annual Fall Supper – With the Ukrainian Museum and Village Society on Saturday, September 21 at the Museum and Park. Supper from 4 - 7 pm. Cost $12.50 Adults, $6 for 12 and 5 and under free. Money raised will go towards preparing the site for the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration in 2015. Friedensfeld Footloose Dance fall kick-off – On Friday, September 6 at 7 – 11 pm at Friedensfeld Community Centre for ages 11-17 safe environment where there is no alcohol or smoking permitted with adult supervision. Cost is $10. get 1 drink token at the door and after that there is a cost for additional pop/water. There will be snacks, Music by Summer Bounce Entertainment. Contact Dana Kihn 204-371-5950, dana_kihn@hotmail.com Social Dance Fall Kickoff – On Thursday, September 12 from 7:30 – 11 pm at the Friedensfeld Community Centre. Join us for cake & coffee. Beginner dance lesson at 8:30.pm Open to anyone. Cost 16 per couple at the door Contact Lorna Warkentin 204-326-2617, hlwark@nlis.ca. Fall Banquet - On Sunday, September 29 from noon – 2 pm at the Friedensfield Community Centre. Cost $13 adult, 6-12 yrs $6, under 6 years – Free. 50/50 draw. First come, first serve. Contact Irene at 204-326-1624. Giroux Annul El’dad Community BBQ – On Sunday, September 22 from 2- 5 pm at 39136 Ridgewood rd. Ridgewood rd. is 3 miles down off the 311E towards Giroux. Free BBQ, bannock station, music and some activities for the kids. Contact Kevin Drain 204326-1050 ext#3, kdrain.eldad@initiativesjc.org. Hadashville Annual Fall Supper - Advance Tickets only for Saturday, October 19. Contact Stella 426-5554, Donna 426-5448 or Dianne 4265297. Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Hadashville Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre) from 6 years old to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new skills, great stress release and have an excellent workout at the same time. Cost after registration fee is $40/month per person. Ask about 2 week free trial. Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or e-mail KSTA.academy@gmail.com. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - for parents, caregivers and children ages 0-5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 377-5013. La Broquerie 307 Stoneybrook Air Cadets registration – On Thursday, September 5 from 6 – 9 pm at the Arborgate School. Youth aged 12 to 18 welcome to attend, Parents are required to fill out registration forms. Contact Captain Patti Setlack 204-422-5443, patti.setlack@gmail.com. Seine River Services for Seniors Flea market - Treasure Hunt Sale - On Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21 from 9 am - 6 pm both days. Use Entrance C on Normandeau Bay, Le Chalet at 93 Principale St in the multi-purpose room for treasure. Variety of used items for sale. Contact Juliette at Seine River Services for seniors at 204-424-5285. Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Offers services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, the E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan at 424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips - Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Landmark Waffle Breakfast fundraiser - On Saturday, September 7 from 8:30 – 11 at Kinsmen Community Centre on Arena Rd. Help raise money for supplies to send shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts, to various countries, through Operation Christmas Child, a subsidiary of Samaritan’s Purse. Contact Lori Plett 204-3554272 , lori_plett42@hotmail.com. Lorette Bibliothèque Taché Library- Building Fund fundraiser with the Lorette Marketplace at 11 Laramee Drive, will donate 5% of all gift / grocery cards sold. Cards also available from Bibliothèque Taché Library (Cash & Cheque Only) on Saturday, September 14 at 10 am and Saturday, September 28 at 10 am.

St. Pierre-Jolys Entertainment provided by Ça Claque. Tickets are $35. Contact Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Depression support Leo 204- 961-1442, Armand 204-878-2488 or Roger 204- group meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 878-3975. pm. Located at the Health Corner DeSalaberry Hospital. Contact Judy Dunn 444-5228. Mitchell Breakfast and Social - every Tuesday morning, 7:30 - 9 am Ste. Anne except the last Tuesday of the month when the social is held Fitness Challenge- Ste-Anne Hospital Fund – On Sunday, instead. Lunch starts at noon at the Mitchell and Area Seniors September 15 from 10:30 am – 4 pm at Ste-Anne Curling Centre. Contact 204-326-6944. Club. Come walk, run or cycle, do it with your family and friends, do it for your health, for your hospital… JUST DO IT! Niverville 3 Grand Prizes for the highest pledge amounts raised! Contact Niverville Chamber Golf Tournament – On Friday, September Zoé Nakata 204-771-6234, zoenakata@gmail.com 6 from noon - 7:30pm at Quarry Oaks, Steinbach. Contact Cara Dowse 204-388-4600 chamber@niverville.com, WBN 10th Anniversary Gala – Women’s Business Networkwww.niverville.com. Join us for our annual Niverville Chamber Southeast on Tuesday September 24 from 6:30 – 9 pm at the of Commerce Texas Scramble Golf Tournament! $2,000 in Ste. Anne Curling Club. A limited number of tickets are available. Cash Prizes and a chance to win a Hole in One worth $10,000! Deadline is Friday, September 13. Cost $40 for WBN members, $45 for non-members. Contact Anni Markmann Financial GriefShare - If you or someone you know have experienced Services 204-422-6631, Furniture Plus 204-326-7587, Judy the loss of a loved one we wish to help you get support and Kachkowski 204-253-8968, Jeannette Brigit 204-898-5227 learn about the grieving process. Our first meeting is on or MAFRI St. Pierre- Jolys Marilyn Perreault 204-433-7749. Monday, September 23 at 7 pm. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Celebrate Culture Days/ Fete de la Culture – From Friday, September 27-29 at the Seine River Banquet Hall on Chem. MYJC Fundraisers - Supporting local youth the Odd Job Squad Arena Road. Artist set up on Friday. We welcome our “Youth will be offering a variety of products for sale including cheese Corner”. Come and participate with music, paintings, crafts from New Bothwell Cheese and honey from Marg’s Berry Patch etc. On Saturday from 10 am – midnight celebrate our artists, in Lorette. Contact 204-388-6793. at 6 pm a talent show, cash Bar, canteen. Contact Yvonne 204422- 8821or 204-371-0425. Celebrate our culture with “Fine Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wine tasting” on Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62 4th Avenue S.). Bibliothèque Ste. Anne Library - In search of DVD donations in Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along French and English. Contact Mona 204-422-9958. with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Seine River Services for Seniors – Invite all seniors interested in the Wii Bowling game to come, try it out, and have fun. Pansy Monday afternoons, at Le Club Jovial. Contact Juliette Rowan Fall Supper – On Sunday, September 8 at The Pansy Hall. at 204-424-5575 Community Resource Coordinator for local Ukrainian Smorgasbord at The Pansy Hall Fall Supper from services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com. 3 - 6 pm. Cost Adults $13 ea, children (ages 7 to 12) $8 ea, 6 and under free. Everybody welcome! Contact Leanne Ste. Geneviève Germain 204-427-2996 or Olga 204-434-6660. Fall supper – On Sunday, September 29 from 4 - 7 pm at the Ste.Genevieve Community Centre. Cost $12 Adult, $5. 6-12 yrs Paradise Village 5 and under Free. Contact Tashia at 204-422-9964 or Paradise Squares Dance club – Season starts on Tuesday, ste.genevieve@yahoo.ca. September 10 at 7:30 pm -10 pm. Free Open House with coffee and doughnuts at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Fun Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library at the Community Modern Square Dancing and a great social activity. Contact Centre on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 Wayne or Joanne at 204-422-6677. - 8 pm. Selection of books in both French and English, all ages. Over 21,000 books including audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, Old Time Dance - On Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 – 11:30 pm large print books and magazines plus they can import books at Paradise Village Rec.Hall. Buckskin & Satin Band. Advance from any library in Manitoba. Special requests can be made Tickets only $12 includes lunch. Contact Fred/Carole 204- to the librarian, Brandi Schmitz at 204-878 - 9488, 422-6847 or Louise 204-422-9735 bibliotachelibrary.com or in person. Piney Bingo - Every 2nd Friday.

Steinbach Scottish Country Dancing – Registration on Thursday, September 5 from 8 – 10 pm. Fitness and friendship! Open Prawda house to see and experience Scottish Country Dancing for fun. Annual Fall Supper - Advance tickets only for Saturday October No partner required for a10 week session. Basics of Scottish 5. Contact Kim at 426-5556 or Trudy at 426-2180. Country dancing begins Thursday, September 12. Cost $60. Contact Joyce Cormack 204-224-2291, Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool rljcormack@gmail.com. down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost: $2/class Mondays Terry Fox Walk/Wheel/Ride Run – On Sunday, September 15 and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact at AD Penner Park. Registration begins at 1pm. Contact Ray Wendy 204-348-2433. Cooper 204-422-9798. . Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at Steinbach Sizzlers 4-H Club - Registration night – On Monday, the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. September 16 from 7 - 8 pm at Steinbach United Church, 541 Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Main Street Steinbach. Contact Bev 204-422-6250 or nbasburnell@yahoo.ca. Richer Richer Young at Hearts Dinner & Dance – On Saturday, Relay for Life Poker Derby – On Saturday, September 21 from September 21 at the Young at Hearts Centre. Supper and live at 4 – 8 pm at Steinbach Corn Maze and Adventures. Find us entertainment by request. Cash bar at 5 pm, supper 6 pm, in the maze to collect your cards, kids can go thru the maze dance to 11 pm. Cost 17.50. Contact Pauline 204-422-6422, with you or drive the go-carts, play mini golf or walk thru the Julienne204-422-5662, Irene 204-422-5932, Marie Gagnon bush maze. So much for everyone to do plus hay rides, food 204-422-8499, GMGAGNON@SHAW.CA. a bonfire and more. Come join us for a great cause. Cost $5 per hand. Contact Gord Blatz gblatz@mts.net 204-346-4160, Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Marcie Friesen marciefriesen@hotmail.com. Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating Sportscards and Collectables Show – On Saturday, September grades 8 and 12. Children Under 14 must be accompanied by 28 from 9:30 am – 6 pm at the Clearspring Centre. Sponsored an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open by The Stonybrook Middle School Sportscard Club Admission at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club 22 Dawson Rd. in is free. We are looking for sellers for this event. Tables are $20. Richer. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact: Doreen Pchajek Money will go to help mission work in Uganda, Southeast at 422-5243 or email doreen@spmf.ca. Helping Hands, and the Stonybrook Middle Sportscard Club. Contact Don Dewey 204-380-4435, dewdude022@yahoo.ca. Seine River Services for Seniors – Contact Juliette Rowan Community Resource Coordinator at 424-5575 for Richer Expressions 2013 - A Decade of Recovery through Creative services or email labseinerss@gmail.com. Expression. Artists & Performers! Do you use art or music in your recovery from a mental health problem? Roseau River We are looking for artists and performers. All artwork will be 60th Anniversary & Thanksgiving - The Roseau River Baptist part of a month-long exhibit at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Church on Highway #59 celebrates 60 years on Sunday Centre. Opening Ceremony and Reception – Friday, October September 29. Service at 10:30 am with guests and former 4. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or eastmanmss@mts.net before Pastors speaking. Noon meal at the Roseau River Park at 1 Sunday, September 1 to apply or arrange for an audition. pm with Gospel music, singers and those ministering with testimonies. Meal tickets call 204-326-2542 or 204-427- Steinbach Farmers’ Market – Every Thursday from 3 – 7 pm 2498 or rtffarm@yahoo.ca, subject: RRBC’s 60th Anniversary at the Clearspring Centre Parking Lot, PTH 12 N. Fresh garden or write to Box 83, Roseau River, MB, R0A 1P0. Deadline for produce, baked goods, preserved jams, pickles, etc., crafts tickets is Tuesday September 10. and more. Contact Brenda Gregoire 204-424-9494.

Dawson Trail Dispatch Elmdale St. Contact Tracey Pankratz 204-326-6841 products, enjoy recreational activities and ask questions about farm life. Look to buy Manitoba grown products along the way. programming@jakeepplibrary.com. Contact MAFRI at 204-821-5322 or at openfarmday.ca. Open Ladies Get Fit Classes - Sponsored by Eastman Immigrant Farm Day will be registered on geocaching.com. Services, every Wednesday at 7:15 pm at the Woodlawn School gym. Aerobic, circuit training, weights, mats and stretching The Super Start Program, A Healthy Baby program with the exercises. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Register Southern Regional Health Authority. Program for pregnant women and families with infants up to one year of age. Sessions contact Lois 204-346-6609. include song and rhyme time, discussions and games on topics Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of related to healthy babies and healthy moms. Door prizes, Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop nutritious snacks and milk coupons for all participating personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for expectant moms or mothers who have babies up to six months others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges of age. Contact: Terry from Super Start at 346-7021 or just drop through new experiences; develop leadership and decision- in. making skills; give service to the community; value the natural Blumenort - EMC Church on Thursday, September 5, 10 am – 12 pm environment. Niverville - Community Fellowship Church on Tuesday, Green Drinks South Eastman - South Eastman Transition September 10, 10 am - 12pm Initiative presents Green Drinks South Eastman. On the 3rd Ste. Anne - Dayspring Fellowship Church on Thursday, Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at LBees, 5-275 Main St. Grab September 12, 10 am – 12 pm a coffee and discuss sustainable living. Contact Kleefeld – Mitchell Community Fellowship on Thursday, September 26, 10 am – 12 pm rebecca_hiebert@yahoo.com. St. Malo – St. Malo School drama room on Wednesday, Seniors (60 +) Shinny Drop-in Hockey - every Monday from September 18, 10 am – 12 pm 10 -11 am at Centennial Arena. Contact Bob Barrow at 392- Ste. Agathe - Community Hall Centre on Tuesday, September 17, 10 am – 12 pm 3596 or email bob.r.barrow@gmail.com. Lorette - Seine River Church on Tuesday, September 24, 10 am The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon at – 12 pm Mitchell - Fellowship Church on Thursday, September 26, 10 Steinbach 55 Plus Centre. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. am – 12 pm 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 326-1434 or email nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca.

Steinbach Mayor Loses Wager

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen groups - for persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, will put on a t-shirt and hand over a bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Jake Epp Library $100 donation to the Winkler Library while fulfilling his part in a wager 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. Steinbach & Area Garden Club meeting on Monday, September 16, 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Topic: PEONIES - NEW AND OLD FAVORITES with Carla Hrycyna, St. Mary’s Nursery, Wpg. Perennial exchange - bring one, get one. FREE VISITOR NIGHT! Door prizes! Refreshments! Everyone welcome! For more info go to www.sagardenclub.com or call 204-3262396. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Anna’s House B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 346-0413. Vita Farmers Market – Make, Bake or Grow every Friday from 2:30 - 6:30 pm, until Friday, September 20. Registration forms available at Vita Go Office. New vendors welcome. Fall Supper fundraiser – On Saturday, September 14 at Vita Hall. Supper at 5:30 pm, entertainment at 7 pm. Turkey/ Ukrainian Style. Raffle and prizes. Adults $12, Children 6-12 $5, 5 and under free. Music by Rollin Penner and the Travelling Medicine Show. Sponsored by the Vita Community Child Care Centre. Woodridge Bingo - Every 2nd Sunday night at 7 pm. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- Join us for a great day of fun and friendship. We visit McPhillips Street Station in the morning and Club Regent in the afternoon. Pick ups in Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Paradise Village. Must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes and $10 cash for everyone. Bingo is played on the bus to and from the casinos for those wishing to play. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 to reserve your seat. The next scheduled trips are Tuesday, September 10, Tuesday, October 15 and Tuesday, November 12.

Anniversary Banquet - The Knights of Columbus invite you and your family on Saturday, September 28, to celebrate 60 years Sarto Adult Book Club - Tuesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Bring book Open Farm Day – On Sunday, September 15 from 10 am – 6 of Knights charitable work in community. Begin with Mass at 5 Ukrainian Dance registration - On Tuesday, September 10 suggestions or peruse our book lists. Meet some other book pm. 65 farms throughout Manitoba. Meet local farmers, explore pm followed by a Reception & Dinner at the Lorette Parish Hall. from 6 - 8pm at Sarto Hall. Sarto Polevyni Ukrainian dance lovers too and bring a friend. At the Jake Epp Library 255 farm operations, watch demonstrations, learn more about farm

with Winkler’s Mayor Martin Harder. Earlier in the summer, the mayors threw down the gauntlet in support of their respective City’s summer reading programs. “The results are in, congratulations to Winkler! Although Steinbach was not the winner, the kids in both cities should be incredibly proud of all the reading they have put in over the summer!” stated Goertzen. After some discussion, the mayors’ wager includes wearing a tshirt 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. The donation and t-shirt exchange will take place at the Winkler Library on September 16. “This is one wager I don’t mind losing. It is a fantastic program and helps prepare kids for the coming school year,” said Goertzen. A total of 671 children took part in the summer reading program at the Jake Epp Library in Steinbach and read a total of 510,750 minutes. Participants in seven weeks checked out more than 22,000 books. The summer reading program began on July 1 in both cities and ran until August 17.

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St. Malo’s Summer Festival Delivers Despite Rain Sudden downpours and a lack of participation in some activities forced the St. Malo Summer Festival committee to make some last minute changes making this year’s September long weekend festival a triumph. Festival fun started on Thursday evening with bingo in the arena with $3,000 offered in cash prizes. Saturday commenced with a parade through St. Malo, followed by a family baseball tournament and soapbox races at 1 pm. For the first time, the annual soapbox races took place only on Saturday after only a handful of participants showed up. Kids’ day in the arena included face painting, a fishpond, bouncer inflatable petting zoo, craft tables and live entertainment for children. The evening ended with the Lost Highway Band performing at the Blue Steel Bar and Grill. The community gathered for a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning, which was followed, by a slow pitch baseball tournament and mini hot wheel car races for the kids in the arena. The weekend wrapped up with a dance.

Provencher Prepares for By-election By Marianne Curtis With a federal by-election on the horizon, many Provencher residents are beginning to wonder who the candidates are. So far, only the Provencher Liberals know whom they want on the federal ballot. Anola’s Terry Hayward resigned as President of the Provencher Federal Liberal Association to seek a nomination in the coming byelection. In recent years, the riding has proved to be fairly conservative; however, Hayward believes residents are ready for change. “A lot has happened in Canadian politics since the last election,” said Hayward. “Liberals came together reaffirming their principles and values, we welcomed all Canadians who wanted to be a part of choosing our Leader, and we have seen Justin Trudeau walk the talk with openness and transparency.” Hayward adds that while a by-election was unexpected, he is more than ready for the challenge. “Facing a by-election has moved the timelines forward but we knew this was always a possibility in Provencher,” stated Hayward. “Justin Trudeau ushered in a new era of politics in Canada; the support he received in Provencher (during a recent visit) in Manitoba and across Canada is more than encouraging. So yes, we are ready.” While the Liberals have a candidate for Provencher, the Conservatives are still looking for interest. Amos Wiebe with the Provencher Conservative Association says they have opened up nominations and will be accepting them until 5 pm on September 11. With Kelvin Goertzen, Mike Cancade and Michael Zwaagstra all declining to run, the Conservatives are still hunting for a potential candidate. “There is no official candidate yet but there are some

Terry Hayward has announced he is in the running for the Liberal nomination for Provencher

people who are interested; I expect announcements to be made shortly,” stated Wiebe. Once nominations are received, if there is more than one, a membership meeting will be held so that registered Conservative supporters can vote for their choice as official candidate. A date for the by-election is yet to be announced. The Prime Minister must call one within six months of a vacancy. Voters can anticipate to be called to the polls as early as this fall but no later than spring.

St. Pierre-Jolys Chief Administrative Officer Retires The Village of St. Pierre-Jolys is currently accepting applications for a new bilingual Chief Administrator after the recent retirement of Rachelle Tessier. “It is never easy to know when it is time to retire. Once the decision is made however, it’s a relief,” stated Tessier, when she announced her retirement in August. “I have very much appreciated serving the residents of St-Pierre-Jolys, as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Village during the past 10 years.” The Village of St. Pierre-Jolys will be accepting resumes for her replacement until September 10. Council hopes to choose a suitable candidate in the following weeks. The RM of De Salaberry is also in the searching for a new Chief Administrator. Council is accepting resumes until September 20.

The annual soapbox derby at the St. Malo Summer Festival is a highlight for drivers and spectators alike.


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RM of Piney Announces Photo Winners The RM of Piney Council had a tough job ahead of them after issuing an open call to photographers over the summer. The municipality recently hosted a photo contest with intent of highlighting the majestic and peaceful areas that the municipality has to offer and to expand their current library of photographs. The RM of Piney requested submissions in three categories including scenery and outdoor fun; wild encounters and tranquil moments and community living. The winner in each category was awarded $100. Entries were limited to two per entrant in each category.

Top Right: Scenery and Outdoor Fun – Linda Anderson of Winnipeg Lower Right: Wild Encounters – Susan Fehr of Woodridge Left: Tranquil Moments – Marilyn Jack of South Junction

“Elvis” Assists with St. Malo Daycare Fundraiser

Falcon Lake Business Owner Charged with Fraud An Oakbank man is facing charges after being accused of making three false theft reports after claiming that $500,000 worth of equipment was stolen from his Falcon Lake construction business. In June 2013, thirty-seven year old Colin Durward reported that construction equipment worth $500,000 was removed from his Falcon Lake business. The Falcon Beach RCMP investigated the theft and subsequently recovered several construction related tools and pieces of equipment. According to the RCMP, many of the recovered items, including welders, drills and a table saw were never stolen despite contrary reports to both the police and an insurance company. Police continued their investigation and discovered that Durward had made two previous theft reports. RCMP allege that a pickup truck worth $28,000 and reported stolen in September 2010 was never stolen. However an insurance claim was made for the truck, police state. The truck has since been recovered. RCMP also alleges that Durward reported the theft of a $12,000 hot tub from a Falcon Lake cottage in December 2012, which was also fraudulent. An insurance claim was also made for the tub, which has since been located. Durward faces three charges of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of public mischief. He is expected to appear in Steinbach court on October 10.

Elvis impersonator Daylin James performed to a packed house at a Garderie de Bambins fundraiser on August 16.

It was a full house when “Elvis” took the stage in St. Malo recently to help the community raise funds to build a brand new daycare centre. On August 16, the Garderie de Bambins Daycare Cooperative Inc. hosted a very successful supper and show at the new Blue Steel Bar and Grill. Daylin James performed a special tribute to Elvis Presley at the sold out event. Garderie de Bambins’ Director Helene Lafantasie says that construction of the new facility is expected to begin late this fall. “The tenders are out and the construction contract is expected to be awarded by late September,” stated Lafantasie. “Hopefully, this will lead to a shovel in the ground before snow falls!” Once the building is complete, the Garderie de Bambins Daycare is expected to expand in size to better accommodate the needs of the community. The current capacity is 49 children spaces however; the centre currently has a total demand from families for 64 children. The centre also operates a before and after school program. In order to better reach their goal; Garderie de Bambins recently launched a CASH Calendar fundraiser that has 209 cash prizes to be won throughout the calendar year. These are available throughout St. Malo.

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Music Festival Brings Folks to Roseau River

Left: Music lovers from all over attended this year’s Roseau River Rainbow Trout Music Festival. Below: Twenty local musicians took to the stage for the three-day event.

By Marianne Curtis On August 16-18, the tiny community of Roseau River was filled with the sounds of laugher, good times and great music for the fifth annual Rainbow Trout Music Festival (RTMF). Located a few miles south of St. Malo, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival has grown because it is a favourite for festivalgoers. The annual event is held to promote local music and bring together people for dancing, celebrating, swimming and fishing along the beautiful Roseau River. For the past five years, the RTMF cooperative has promoted and celebrated diversity in local music by hosting the annual festival along with smaller events throughout the year. By including all genres of music, the festival offers the

September 2013


Loss of Respected Community Leader The community of Steinbach was in mourning after a wellknown local businessman was reported missing and presumed drowned on August 19. Fifty-two year old Gary Dueck, of Steinbach disappeared while paddle boarding in the Pine Portage Bay area round 5 pm in the evening. Witnesses say he fell of the board and never surfaced. Members of the Ontario Provincial Police Water Search and Recovery Unit were deployed to the area and a search was conducted. His body was eventually recovered. A post mortem was conducted at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital but the findings were not released. Dueck, the owner of G&E Homes was well known and respected throughout the community. “This was a shock to a lot of people,” stated Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen. “Garry Dueck was instrumental in the shaping of our community over the past number of decades and he was always very supportive of community causes both financially as well as generous with his encouragement.” Dueck was remembered as a generous supporter of the community.

RCMP Seeking Dangerous Fugitive

opportunity to experience an unmatched cross-section of styles available at any single event currently held in Manitoba. This year ’s event included performances by twenty artists

including Romi Mayes, Federal lights, Mahogany Frog, Vikings, Hana Lulu, Keith Price, and the Rastamils to name a few of the many amazing acts.

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At approximately 7:30 pm on July 16, Steinbach RCMP was informed that a male pointed a long barrelled firearm at another male’s head and then punched him in the face near Reynold’s Ponds in the Rural Municipality of Reynolds. The victim then fled the scene with minor injuries. Investigation led police to a residence in the RM of La Broquerie where a number of firearms were seized that police believe were stolen by the suspect 25 year old Thomas Turner from the RM of Reynolds. Reynolds has been charged with assault, possessing stolen firearms obtained by crime, breach of probation and numerous related firearm offences and a warrant for his arrest has been granted. Turner is known to drive a 1993 Blue Chevrolet 3500 truck with an unknown licence plate. Police are still attempting to arrest Turner and are requesting the public’s assistance to determine his whereabouts. If Turner is located police ask that you call police immediately and to not approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information that can help locate Thomas Turner may call the Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452. Information may also be provided anonymously through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submitted online at manitobacrimestoppers.com or through text message by texting “TIPMAN” plus your information to CRIMES (274637).

New Schools on Hanover SD’s Wish List

This year’s Dawson Trail Days parade revisited the year of 1963, to mark the year that the Town of Ste. Anne was incorporated. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Over the September long weekend, the Town of Ste. Anne was in a party mood when the community gathered to celebrate fifty years during the annual Dawson Trail Days. The Town of Ste. Anne was officially incorporated in 1963 so the weekend’s festivities followed that theme including the annual parade. Nicole Bedient, Coordinator of 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 was 1963. “Think back to 1963; for those old enough to remember, it was hippies and good times.” Some of the events that took place included a baseball tournament, kid’s ball hockey tournament, car show and the Live Action Role-Playing Society was onsite. The weekend’s entertainment included a performance by comedian Matt Falk and a concert by Free Ride, a Winnipeg band that prides themselves in playing music from the ‘60s. The weekend finale was an amazing Dawson Trail Days fireworks display.

The Hanover School Division is back to business for the year and parts of their first agenda were to revise their Five-year Capital Plan. Added to the plan is a request to the province to approve three new schools, two for Niverville and one for Steinbach. According to Superintendent Randy Dueck, the requests were made based on projected enrolment increases. “By the fall of 2017 we expect another 800 students in the Hanover School Division,” explained Dueck. “The key areas of growth are Steinbach, Mitchell and Niverville.” The province has mandated smaller class size is also a primary factor in the decision. The province has ordered that school divisions limit kindergarten to grade three classes to no more than 20 students per class by the year 2017. In the division’s request to the Provincial School Finances Board, Hanover School Division requested a 400-seat grade 9-12 school and a 300 student Kindergarten to grade 4 schools in Niverville. This would bring the total of schools in Niverville to four. Niverville Collegiate would become a middle school while Niverville Elementary would no longer be the only elementary school. The division also requested a new 480 seat Kindergarten to grade 4 school on the west side of Steinbach to respond to growth currently seen between Steinbach and Mitchell. “It will be up to the Public School Finance Board to decide if we get money for these projects,” Dueck added. “They are serious requests but there are also a number of older school buildings in other divisions that need to be upgraded. If Hanover School Division does not get money from the province for the new schools, the division will be looking at 25 portables to be installed by the fall of 2017 to accommodate projected growth.


September 2013

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