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Southeast Communities Compete in Manitobaville By Marianne Curtis

Provincial Election Kicks Off By Marianne Curtis The 40th provincial election race has barely started and candidates are already pounding the pavement vying for the support of voters when they head to the polls on October 4. With the election “officially” called after the September long weekend, candidates will only have twenty-eight days to convince voters to either vote for change or keep the status quo. When it comes to the faces of this year’s election, there is a familiar name in each constituency except for La Verendrye. Dennis Smook from Vita, Monica Guetre from La Broquerie and Maurice Tallaire from St. Adolphe have their work cut out for them convincing voters that things will be different this time around. All three candidates agree Former NDP La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux is hoping to become the first MLA for Dawson Trail. that the region’s mostly rural and widespread constituency needs a very strong voice. “I don’t believe the other parties Dawson Trail Morris will ever pay attention to southern Manitoba – that’s why I am Liberal – Sandra Hoskins Liberal - Janelle Mailhot running,” stated Guetre, who is NDP – Ron Lemieux* NDP – Mohamed Alli vying to turn southern Manitoba’s PC – Larry Tetrault PC – Mavis Taillieu* party colors to Liberal red. “When it comes to eastern Manitoba, the La Verendrye Steinbach government should not be telling us what we need, the voter should Liberal – Monica Guetre Liberal – Lee Fehler be telling our government what they NDP – Maurice Tallaire NDP – Dalydia Gutierrez need – we are not looking at building PC – Dennis Smook PC – Kelvin Goertzen* rural communities.” Tory candidate Dennis Smook, a Emerson vita businessman, agrees that the area is behind others and he is Liberal - Micheline Belliveau NDP – Lori Fiddler *incumbent Continued on page 3 PC – Cliff Graydon*

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Three communities from within the southeast are among 10 towns vying for the title of ManitobaVille and a coveted $25,000 cash prize to be used towards a community project. The communities of St. Malo, Woodridge and La Broquerie are among seven other rural communities duking it out on the Internet as supporters cast their online votes for the community with the best video and project proposal. A total of 54 videos from throughout the province were submitted to the contest. The video had to answer two questions: Why is your community awesome and what would you do with $25,000. A panel of judges from four Winnipeg radio stations, along with other local celebrities, then select ten finalists and invited people online to vote. The community that receives the most on-line votes will receive a grand prize of $25,000 along with a 3-day long event celebration in September. On behalf of the community of Woodridge, teenager Rene Boily and her friends showed pride in the tiny hamlet that boasts all of 200 residents. “Woodridge may be boring at times because we don’t have anything to do but we still have good times with everyone that lives here,” stated Boily. “We would use the money to fix up the 100-year-old church! And with the extra money we would buy a couple things to make a skate park for the kids.” In St. Malo voting took place fast and furious in support of an entertaining video put together by Georges Beaudry. The St. Malo Song celebrates the community while describing how $25,000 could help several projects in St. Malo, including helping the community daycare center, expand the local recycling program and complete renovations at both the arena and museum. The community was so determined to win the prize a variety of voting parties took place where people could bring laptops to one location and vote together. A more professionally presented video by the community of La Broquerie showed how the money would be used to upgrade the agricultural centre into a sports centre for year round use to better serve the increasing population and its demands. They would also like to use the money towards new walking and cycling paths throughout the community. Among the 54 entries originally considered were videos representing New Bothwell, Niverville and two from Lorette. Voting took place online for two weeks with the final day being September 6. The winner will be officially crowned ManitobaVille in the following days.


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hoping to bring about some change especially when it comes to one of the area’s biggest issues. “I have been promising to do what I can to look into things like cell service, especially for 911 – across

Lee Fehler is hoping to encourage the younger demographic to come to the polls and vote Liberal in Steinbach.

La Verendrye, the one thing you hear in every corner is concern about the lack of cell phone service,” Smook added. “This is important for business and for growth.” NDP hopeful Maurice Tallaire is also promising to address this issue. “We need better health care in the area, water and sewer, more money spent on recreation, and on education,” Tallaire says. “Every school should be treated equally, the schooling should all be the same. For example, many kids in the southeast don’t have access to high speed internet while other kids do which puts them at a disadvantage – this needs to be addressed.” With constituency boundaries changed, former La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemiuex would like to see himself named the first representative for the newly formed Dawson Trail constituency. “I am not over optimistic but I am feeling pretty positive because the communities that have voted for me in solid amounts in the past are still within the boundaries of the new Dawson Trail,” stated Lemieux. “Getting elected is going to take a lot of work and you have to work like you are one vote behind but I have a track record to run on and I think I have been a strong MLA and cabinet minister that people can look at and I have a good plan moving forward.” His Progressive Conservative opponent Larry Tetrault is not worried about taking on the MLA – he wants to paint Dawson Trail Tory blue. “It is very exciting to be running and I strongly believe that there will be a change not only in Dawson Trail but throughout the province,” Tetrault said. “If you work hard and give a lot you continue to reap a lot.” Liberal candidate Sandra Hoskins is also undaunted about her opponents. “Overall, the voters are ready for change - voters that I have spoken to are more receptive to the ideas of the Manitoba Liberals than at any time in the past,” Hoskins stated. “I think it is the same thing that happens after a long time with the same policies in place with the same people at the helm.” In Steinbach, Kelvin Goertzen returns for another kick at the cat. He is being challenged by twentyeight year old Lee Fehler (LIB), and Dalydia Gutierrez (NDP). “As a young candidate I am always interested in getting people engaged in politics and engaged in the process - yet people have taken on a cynical attitude toward politics in this province and in this country and we have seen it in the form of low voter turnout,” stated Fehler. “(However) I definitely feel very optimistic. We have a lot of bright minds and young faces on board the party right now and I think that shows a positive growth for the party.” In Emerson, two unknown candidates Micheline Belliveau (LIB) and Lori Fiddler (NDP) are taking on incumbent PC candidate Cliff Graydon. “There is a lot of optimism in the area and the winds of change are blowing across the province,” Graydon stated. “I feel I have served my people well. I am a beef producer

Dawson Trail PC candidate Larry Tetrault greets voters near Lorette.

Maurice Tallaire is sure to be noticed when he hits the campaign trail under the NDP banner through La Verendrye.

and a prominent member of the cattle producers’ board… I am very disappointed in the way the current provincial

government has been handling the agriculture industry – if you say you’re going to do something, do it.” Morris incumbent Mavis Taillieu (PC) is being challenged by Janelle Mailhot (LIB) and Mohamed Alli (NDP).

La Verendrye PC candidate Dennis Smook and party leader Hugh McFayden learn more about health care and insulin pumps from a young resident while on the campaign trail.


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Heigh-Ho, We Owe, It’s Off to the Polls We Go Somehow the knowledge of a predetermined date for an election seems to have evaporated the last possible vestige of excitement. The predictability of timing joins the predictability of platforms. We will hear about the usual suspects. For instance, healthcare: shorter wait lines more doctors, more nurses. Crime: tougher sentencing, more cops. Daycare will be mentioned, tax savings that barely materialize and leave us at a continuous disadvantage with our neighboring provinces, infrastructure budgets recycled and, of course, education and retraining and lip service to a myriad of minor problems so as to fill media space on a daily basis. The names of Jack Layton or the onetime Premier Filmon and Premier Doer will

be mentioned over and over again to offset lack of imagination and lack of leadership. In healthcare the debate should encompass more than frontline personnel. Pro-active action with the vulnerable isn’t sexy these days but it demonstrates a lack of leadership. Their nickel and dime tax cut promises simply show they are more concerned with funding their pet projects than focusing on letting us keep a greater share of our labors. Infrastructure money is recycled a dozen times before implementation. Improving education and retraining programs firstly requires willingness on the student to learn. Mind you, Bipole III looms large, but I find the potential UNESCO designation troublesome. They

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argue the cutting of a boreal forest for a hydro line is wrong (but a road is fine?). Placing the project on the western side actually increases the kilometers of cut area, and isn’t it a similar boreal forest? If the “carbon

Indeed, we have worked to stand up for Canada’s seniors throughout our time in office. On May 2nd, Canadians gave us a strong mandate to continue our support for seniors. To deliver on our commitments, the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan includes a top-up to the Guaranteed Canada’s seniors helped build our great country. They’ve spent their lives Income Supplement, a measure which supporting our families and our communities and they deserve a dignified, will enhance the well-being of more than financially secure retirement. Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government is proud 680,000 seniors across Canada. In to support them. particular, it will benefit seniors without pensions. Too many people, after working hard all their lives and supporting their families, now struggle to pay their bills each month. This topup will help make ends meet. The GIS is an essential means to improve the financial security of many Serving the communities along the historic Dawson Trail and beyond. Canadian seniors, so the new top-up The Dawson Trail Dispatch is a monthly newspaper payments build on our earlier steps to increase support for seniors. distributed free of charge to Indeed, assistance for seniors has been 50 Southeastern Manitoba communities. a priority for our Government since Published by: One One Consultants Inc. we were first elected. As part of our Box 308, Richer, MB R0E 1S0 low-tax plan, we reduced the tax burden Phone: (204) 422-8548 Fax: (204) 422-9768 on seniors. This includes increasing the Age Credit amount twice, in 2006 and Dan Guetre, Managing Editor 2009. We doubled the amount eligible One One Consultants Inc., Publisher for the Pension Income Credit and News Writers: Marianne Curtis, and Dan Guetre introduced pension income splitting. Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martens, These measures help seniors keep their money, earned from years of hard work, Production/Design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, in their own pockets. Linda Bennett and Wilma Priebe In addition to improving their Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre financial security, our Government has worked to improve the lives of For Advertising Call: Canada’s seniors through other programs. In the first phase of Phone: (204) 422-8548 Canada’s Economic Action Plan, we Fax: (204) 422-9768 invested $400 million in the Email: sales@dawsontrail.ca construction and renovation of housing Subscriptions: $29.95 annually plus GST for Canadian Subscriptions. for low-income seniors. This program $52.95 annually for International Subscriptions improves seniors’ quality of life by making affordable rental housing available. The new housing is also Canada Post Agreement energy efficient, contributing to

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sink” is the objective, the eastern side is better, and at a better price to boot. The environmental argument is flawed. There are a few election subjects worth watching how they unfold. Joining the proposed “New West Partnership” with the other three western provinces seems obviously advantageous. I can not understand why all the parties are not in favour. Hydro or any other crown corporation should not be used as cash cows - ever. I’d like to hear that promise coming from the campaigns. MPI needs attention. We don’t have the lowest rates as advertised and they have been known to misbehave with our money. School taxes should be divorced from property. Start now and show

us a blueprint until zero is achieved another worthwhile promise I’m still looking for. Working towards an 80/ 20 split will not cut it. Partly paying for education on property is the most regressive tax we have. We need a viable plan to become a “have”, as opposed to a “have not” province. With a successful plan we can grow our economy. We have a good employment record but much of that is dependant on an overabundance of public sector jobs. Here is hoping we have a very fruitful political discussion in the next month. Yah sure! Why is it that over a beer you and I can generally solve problems amongst ourselves in short time, while the politician is still left wanting. Must be something in the beer.

Canada’s environmental goals. We also recognize that many seniors want to continue contributing to our communities. Our families and communities will be stronger if we make sure these opportunities are available. That’s why the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan enhances the New Horizons for Seniors Program. New Horizons funds important programs to help seniors stay active, putting their decades of experience to use as mentors and volunteers. New Horizons also funds projects to combat elder abuse. The Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan enhances funding by $10 million over two years,

to support a larger number of projects. Our Conservative Government is proud of our record of standing up for Canada’s seniors. We’re proud to deliver on our mandate to support their financial security and quality of life. And we’ll continue working to assist those who helped build our country. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss. You may contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889 or in Lac du Bonnet at 204-345-9762. You may write my office at 8 - 227 Main Street, Steinbach, MB R5G 1Y7, by fax at 204-346-9874 or by e-mail at toewsv1@parl.gc.ca.

Noise Levels Too Much Dear Editor: Re: The Grunthal Motorcross Track The Brauns and their neighbors have been more than responsible members of the community, they have been exceedingly gracious in regards to the presence of the racetrack over the last 13 years in its early form as they believed they were supporting recreation for the local community. Now the track is no longer primarily a place of local community recreation as it has been turned into a commercial establishment, drawing customers (fans and competitors) from a much larger area. In short, people living nearby have learned over time that the race track, through growth, has come at a considerable cost to their own quiet, peace of mind and ability to have a normal social life. Community members can normally expect to visit each other and carry on a conversation inside of their own home without the sound of roaring engines drowning them out. We support well designed and properly operated community recreation establishments and events. We are, however, not die-hard motorcycle racing fans, yet the races often come to us. Thousands of other communities have seen the sense in removing tracks away from family homes. It is unfair that a few families pay such a heavy price in discomfort and inconvenience to the advantage of a few people that have not had a track placed next to their homes. Fans and racers get to go home after a race but, it seems to us, the racing never stops. Respectfully, Jonathon Braun Grunthal, MB


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St. Malo Hosts Successful Summer Festival By Marianne Curtis Despite impromptu rain showers and cooler evening temperatures, the St. Malo Summer Festival was once again a huge success. The four-day festival that celebrates the end of summer took place over the September long weekend starting September 1. Hundreds of people from throughout the region invaded the community and participated in a variety of activities until the event closed Sunday night. Doors opened Thursday evening with community bingo. A movie night took place Friday evening along with a scavenger hunt, chili cook off movies and fireworks. Saturday’s activities kicked off with a community parade, followed by baseball tournament, tons of children’s entertainment and the infamous Soap Box races. On Sunday the soap box finals took place along with the ball tournament playoffs. A community dance at the local arena capped off the weekend The soap box races are always a highlight of the St. Malo Summer Festival. with hundreds of people attending.

For Rent – Attention Farming Friends …

The Hanville Agri-Industrial Park has for rent three Butler type grain bins. Two of them are 4,200 bushel bins while the third is 3,600 bushels. Sealed rental bids clearly identified as “Bin Rental” will be received until 5:00 p.m. on September 7 at the Niverville Civic Offices, 87 Main Street or mailed to Box 267, Niverville, Manitoba, R0A 1E0.

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Students will see Adjustment and Change By Marianne Curtis The Hanover School Division is anticipating that this upcoming school year will be a season of adjustment and change. According to Hanover School Division Superintendant Ken Klassen, this school year will see a lot of change as the division moves towards creating an early years, middle years and senior program instead of the traditional elementary, junior high and high school model. “All this change is the result of a number of major forces coming together – the major drive is the rapid grown of the division over the past eight years,” explained Klassen. The rapid growth has forced the division to use portable classrooms, make massive renovations and changes in many schools and construct new schools. In Niverville, grade 6 students are moving into the collegiate where a new middle school is being formed, Steinbach Junior High has begun changing into Stoneybrook Middle School and over the winter Niverville Elementary, Elmdale, Southwood and Woodlawn will all begin preparing for the transition into early years schools. Construction on the new Clearspring Middle School is well on its way and construction is expected to start this winter on the expansion of the Steinbach Regional Secondary School. The challenge then becomes how to transition students without causing further upset. “Transitions have been shown to be the most difficult time for students and the place where most difficulties arise,” Klassen continued. “The traditional transition from Grade 6 to Junior High has been a particularly tough one. Students are being moved and regrouped at one of the most vulnerable development times in their lives.” The Hanover School Division is looking at an earlier transition at the Grade 5 level, which may have the advantage of regrouping students at a less vulnerable developmental stage, and then giving them four more years together in the nurturing community of a middle school setting.

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66th Annual Hanover Agriculture Fair Draws Crowds By Marianne Curtis

This calf was tied up pretty quick during the team roping competition during Saturday’s MRCA/CCA competition. Photo by Marianne Curtis

The weather could not have made the 66th annual Hanover Agriculture Fair more perfect as hundreds of visitors flocked to Grunthal for a jam packed weekend of activities. Kicking off on August 18, the four day fair which is hosted annually on the third weekend of August by the Hanover Agricultural Society, drew thousands of people to the community. Wayne LeMay, president of the Hanover Agriculture Society is grateful to everyone that ensured that the weekend went off without major incident. “Even with improved sight lines and 1500 bleacher seats, it was standing room only at the GWS Rodeo Arena for the opening events for the Hanover Ag Fair in Grunthal,” LeMay recalled. “Attendance was well beyond our

expectations which stretched our resources and amazing volunteers to the maximum but it was an amazing weekend.” Opening ceremonies took place on Thursday evening followed by the first event of the weekend, the Bullorama. On Friday, the event started with a pancake breakfast followed by the 4H Beef Show and Sale, MRCA/CCA Rodeo and performances by Classic Overdrive, as well as the Cowboy Cabaret social at the Grunthal Arena. Crowds gathered on Saturday for the parade, chicken barbeque, Ag on the Moove, MRCA/CCA Rodeo, inflatable, barrel rides, petting zoo. Mike Blair & the Rafter B and CCMA nominated High Valley took the stage for the evening providing the crowds with boot slapping country music. On Sunday, Cowboy Church was held followed by lunch, and tons of

local music while the local ranch rodeo teams took to the ring. Local band McKenzie Road took to the stage before the event concluded with a spectacular fireworks display by Canfire Pyrotechnics.

De Salaberry Brings Back Oil Recycling Program The RM of De Salaberry Council is announcing the return of the successful oil recycling promotional program which is designed to provide an incentive for individuals to bring used oil to the Eco Centre. Since the beginning of August, the RM of De Salaberry Landfill has been providing a 1 liter jug of fresh oil to individuals delivering 4 liters of used oil to the Eco Centre Depot. Up to a maximum of 4 liters for 10 liters or more of used oil returned will be exchanged which is the also the maximum per household that will be exchanged. The program is expected to run into the fall with the oil exchange lasting as long as supplies last. Residents can also drop off antifreeze.


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Ste. Genevieve Finally Restored Gets Flood Relief Cross Blessed By Marianne Curtis

Work crews are taking advantage of this summer’s unusually dry season to undertake some much needed drainage work that is expected to keep Ste. Genevieve residents a little bit dryer come spring. Over the past few years overland flooding in the Ste. Genevieve area has escalated to the point that last spring a number of residents had to wait over a month before they could use their own driveways. Work crews have already started to move into the Ste. Genevieve area to begin addressing some of the ongoing drainage issues. “Jackfish Creek is getting cleaned and the Youville Drain is next – the grass was six feet high and it has been totally mowed down,” stated Dawson Trail NDP candidate Ron Lemiuex. “Backhoes will be moving in to clean out the cattails next.” Lemiuex says that he is very pleased to see this issue being addressed. “The residents need it – it’s dry now so we need to take advantage of it,” Lemiuex added. Carmen Allard, spokesperson for the flooded out residents in Ste. Genevieve, is glad that things will finally begin drying up in the area. “Our councillor found the original survey for Cook’s Creek so they have applied to clean out the creek and that should really help with the water issues,” stated Allard. “When they clean the Creek they are supposed to build up the sides of the creek to keep the water contained within the banks, which means three or four houses that used to flood will get some relief.” She added that some residents applied for the Individual Flood Protection Program and have been accepted, so that will help a few more families. Others have been able to work on their land to get some of the other drainage issues taken care of in case next year is wet again. “It has been a Godsend to have a dry year,” Allard added. However, Lemiuex admits that he is more than ready for a more permanent solution. A number of years ago the RM of Tache proposed a diversion that would bring water out of the area and direct it towards the floodway. “This ditch will be almost the size of the Seine River Diversion and it will take a lot of the water from Ross and Ste. Genevieve and dump it into the floodway long before high water moves in from the United States,” Lemieux explained. “What we need is to cost share an engineering study to determine what the final costs of the project will be.” For the project to proceed, the federal government has to commit to paying 45 percent of the cost. The province has already promised 45 percent and the RM of Tache will make up the difference. A meeting with Federal MP Vic Toews will only take place following the provincial election.

On August 14 Father Chaput and Archbishop LeGatt blessed a new cross on Hwy 218 and de la Rang Road in St. Malo. LeGatt was in St. Malo for the annual pilgrimage which was a wonderful day of sharing and celebrating. The restoration of the cross was done thanks to the help of many donations and volunteers.

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Woman Charged with Attempted Murder By Marianne Curtis The otherwise quiet community of Sprague was stunned after a 47year-old woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly trying to blow up her common-law husband. Just before midnight on August 26 Sprague RCMP received a complaint from a 51-year-old man from the Rural Municipality of Piney who said he awoke to the smell of propane gas in his residence. Upon further inspection he noticed that the smell was coming from a stove. While trying to get rid of the gas, a small explosion took place and the male received minor non-life threatening injuries. No medical treatment was required. He also noticed that his common-law wife and all the pets were gone,

along with one of the family vehicles. overheard the officer tell her she was “This doesn’t happen in our charged with attempted murder and Subsequent investigation by the charged with attempted murder – we community.” was remanded into custody until her RCMP Steinbach/Sprague were shocked,” stated the witness. The victim’s common-law wife was court appearance. Detachment and the RCMP Steinbach General Investigation Services with the assistance of the RCMP Winnipeg Major Crime Services resulted in the August 27 arrest of the victim’s common-law wife in the Sprague Hotel. Several eyewitnesses were on hand when RCMP made the collar at the Sprague Hotel. One witness said that several people were in the lounge when a woman came into the bar looking nervous and distraught. Soon afterward police officers entered the business and requested that everyone leave the building. While patrons waited in the parking lot officers came outside with the woman. “Before putting her in the car we


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Weekly Programs Steinbach 55 Plus offers programs, activities, services and volunteer Monday 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 call the Tuesday Center at 320-4600. Wednesday

Up and coming events for Fall Steinbach 55 plus Choir Open House: Wednesday, September 7th, 9:15 a.m. If you have a passion for music we invite you to come check us out. See what we are all about, our rehearsal style, repertoire, and program schedule. Join us for a 9:15 a.m. coffee time (breakfast snack) followed by a rehearsal from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Conductor: David Wiebe. Pianist: Evelyn Goertzen. Place: the Fireside Room at Steinbach 55 Plus. New Members Tea: Wednesday, September 14th, 2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. If you became a new member in 2010 or 2011 call the center to register. Indoor Outdoor Yard Sale: Saturday, September 17th, 9:00 a.m. Indoor small tables $5, indoor large tables $10 or an outdoor parking stall for $5 (no table) for dirty or gas powered items. Call in and book your spot, tables are limited. Country & Pattern Dance Lessons: September 29th to December 1st. Instructors: Sandy & Jerry Dion. Cost $105 member, $120 non members, per couple. Registration Dead Line: September 22nd. Beginner & intermediate classes. Drama Club: Do you have a flair for drama? Do you like costume making, props, and have a passion for entertaining? Like to have fun & meet new people, have a free evening per week. Here at Steinbach 55 Plus we are hoping to start a drama club in fall. For more information call 320-4600 and ask for Maggie. Adults of all ages welcome.

Monthly Programs Single Ladies’ Night Out: The first Friday of the month at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy supper out at a local restaurant. Call the center for place to meet. Foot Care: The first and third Tuesday of the month from 9:00-3:00 p.m. Run by a professional foot care nurse. Cost: $25. Bring your own towel. Call the center to book an appointment. Pot Luck Supper: The second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Main dish and beverages are provided. Cost: $5.00 per person. Bring along a casserole, salad or desert. Call the center to reserve your seat. Birthday Party: The first Wednesday of the month. All members with a birthday are invited for complimentary cake and coffee. Guests are asked to pay $2.00. Entertainment provided.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Fitness Class with instructor 1:00 p.m. Canasta 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Tai Chi 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Circle of friends 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Fitness Class with instructor 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tai Chi 10:30 a.m. Choir practice 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cribbage 1:30 p.m. Floor curling 7:00 p.m. Old Time Country Band Practice Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bridge and Whist Friday 8:30 - 3:00 p.m. Circle of friends Noon meals are available Monday through Friday. Cost $5.00. Call 320-4605 by 9:00 a.m. to reserve your meal for that day. Purchase your meal ticket at the receptionist desk before noon. Monthly menus are available at the office or in the newsletter. Bring a friend. Billiards: Monday to Friday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Computer Lab: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost $1.00. There are lessons with Alex Cupples on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Call the center for more information. Volunteer Opportunities include perogy making, decorating and setting tables, birthday party hosts, food preparation and serving, clean up, greeters, receptionists.

Friendly volunteer visitors needed! There are many seniors who may be lonely and in need of companionship because they are not able to get out of their house to maintain social contact with others. Seniors are matched with a friendly visitor volunteer who donates one or two hours of their time per week for regular visits to the senior. It may include sharing enjoyable activities such as playing board games, reading a newspaper or magazine aloud, and going for walks or rides, participating in hobbies or simply discussing every day affairs and informing seniors about current events happening in their community. If you are interested in becoming a friendly visitor volunteer or for more information please call Carrie at 320-4604. We welcome new volunteers. Membership at Steinbach 55 Plus is only $20 per year. Memberships are due in January of each year. Membership is 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. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, drop by the Center Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or call 320-4600 or go to www.steinbach55plus.com.

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St. Adolphe to Host Mudfest For the first time in over ten years the community of St. Adolphe is hosting a community festival. The two day event will be called Mudfest 2011: A family messtival which will take place at the old community park on September 10 and 11. According to organizers the community came together to build community pride and raise “green” awareness through the two day MudFest 2011: A Family Messtival. The community got together to organize a two day program that includes fun, entertainment and the natural assets of river gumbo. With the support from multiple organizations and limited funding for the first year, MudFest is about to become a reality. The event will kick off with a MudCake Breakfast (pancakes with treats) at 9 a.m. followed by a mudslide, mudpit activities for all ages, tug of war, minigolf, kids tent, sand playhill and a mudsculpture contest. Saturday evening includes a community BBQ and beer gardens featuring live entertainment. Sunday is a wellness day with a Family Scavenger Hunt, yoga in the Park and an outdoor church service followed by a bringyour-own picnic. In addition to Sunday’s activities is the sanctioned MudFest Cyclocross Race (all ages bike race) with the Manitoba Cycling Association. All details and locations are found at www.mudfest.mystadolphe.com or Lesley at 883-2656. Participants are encouraged to bring towels and coffee mugs.


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Municipal Leaders Meet with Toews More than 150 municipal leaders from throughout Provencher came out for a special meeting with their representative in parliament, Vic Toews. On August 14, Toews hosted a meeting at the Brass Lantern in Steinbach where he met with mayors, reeves, councillors and administrators from each municipality within Provencher. The purpose of the meeting was to give each municipality an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to residents in each area throughout the southeast. “Municipal leaders work tirelessly to improve the lives of the people in their areas,” said Minister Toews. “I intend to continue to listen and work closely with them to ensure that the needs of my constituents are always communicated to the federal government in Ottawa.”

Wild Pink Yonder Ready to Ride By Marianne Curtis

Provencher MP Vic Toews met with more than 150 municipal leaders from throughout the riding.

Sprague Housing Project Gets Commitment By Marianne Curtis A year ago the sod was turned to officially kick off construction on a significant expansion at the East Borderland Community Health Care Centre. While construction has yet to start the group spearheading the project has already set their sights on the next phase. Last fall the Sprague seniors’ project received $3.4 million from the Governments of Canada and Manitoba. This money was slated for the construction of eight supportive housing units and fifteen elderly person housing units. Additional seed funding was provided by CMHC in the form of a $10,000 interest-free loan and a $10,000 grant to assist during the initial project planning stages. Elsa Laing, chairperson for the East Borderland Primary Health Care Centre (EBCH), is looking towards the next stage of the project – a personal care home consisting of a dozen personal care home beds. “We recently met with South Eastman Health and they have agreed that after the election they will meet with the Province to discuss funding for a personal care home,” explained Laing. When the project was first proposed the personal care home part of the project was estimated to cost approximately $2.2 million. The new addition would be built attached to the East Borderland Community Health Care Centre. The community has been working for years to create a facility that includes 12 personal care beds, 8 supportive units and 15 elderly person’s housing units. East Borderland Community Housing Inc. has taken responsibility for funding, constructing, and operating the Elderly Person’ Housing (EPH).

Sprague Housing Group to Host Book Sale On September 22 to 24 the East Borderland and Community Housing Committee is hosting a used book sale at the Clearspring Centre in Steinbach to help raise money for a proposed senior’s housing project to be built in Sprague. Elsie Laing, chairperson for the East Borderland Community Housing project, said proceeds from the book sale will be added to the funds already raised by the group. Over the past few years the committee has been trying to raise $2.2 million towards a seniors housing project planned for Sprague, she explained. This is the third book sale the group has organized over the past three years. The inaugural event raised about $3,000 and last year’s sale raised about $4,000. “This year we are hoping to raise more than $5,000,” added Laing. To ensure the success of the sale gently used books can still be donated by dropping them off at the East Borderland Community Healthcare Center during regular hours or by contacting Elsie at 437-2843. Volunteers are also needed.

In a matter of days the first Wild Pink Yonder (WPY) trail ride to take place on Manitoba soil will kick off and make its way to a community near you. On September 10 a group of riders and their horses dressed in pink will hit the trail for three weeks. WPY Charitable Society is a notfor-profit organization that raises money for breast cancer research. Pam Glover and a volunteer committee have been making their rounds to various communities along the route to gather community support and volunteers. The ride starts September 10 in Morden and then meanders through the region until the final stop on October 1 in Birds Hill Park. The trail will cover about 265 miles and bring the group through 28 communities. After months of hard work and planning, Glover is more than ready to get going. “I am looking forward to finally hitting the road – I am so excited to see what every community has planned,” Glover added. “Our goal is to paint Manitoba pink one town at a time while raising money for breast cancer research.” The WPY will consist of up to 30 riders per day who can join at any point and travel either a few miles or as long as they want as long. The riders raise pledges of at least $200 per day they are on the ride. Along the route communities have been getting involved with fundraisers to both host the riders and donate to the cause. Some communities will host the riders by giving them a safe place to camp for the night, feeding the group and providing entertainment. As part of the event the organization is hosting the Pinkest Little Town in Manitoba contest. The winning town is the one that raises the most money (per capita) for WPY and that, quite literally, turns itself the pinkest. The winner receives a free music concert with the versatile band Two Dollar Pistol plus bragging rights in the form of two highway signs that proclaim the community to be the Pinkest Little Town that year. Communities that are participating include Niverville, Ile Des Chenes, Landmark, Otterburne, St. Pierre, La Rochelle, St. Malo, Grunthal, Kleefeld, New Bothwell, Blumenort, Steinbach, La Broquerie, Richer, Ste. Anne, Lorette, Dugald and Oakbank with a Trails End Wind-Up gala in Birds Hill Park. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas, either in communities or on the ride itself. Anyone interested in participating can visit the www.wildpinkyondermanitoba.com for more information.


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Re-vitalized Dawson Trail Days Well Received This year’s Dawson Trail Days Festival which took place September long weekend in Ste. Anne was all about embracing the past and celebrating the community’s future. This year the CDC Sainte-Anne, Richer Métis Local and the residents of Sainte-Anne and area worked together to focus the annual Labor Day weekend event on fundraising, family fun and celebrating the past and future. The parade was once again a huge part of the Dawson Trail Days weekend, and this year, there will be a special Clown category with a prize for the best clown. Festival highlights included a Children’s Tent in the park with entertainment and games galore. A Saturday night social with Rock ‘n Roll dance band the Biivvers and Sunday Jamboree hosted by the Richer Métis Local was all well received and well attended. There was also a craft sale, clowns, interactive games, and entertainers for all ages.

Hundreds of people gathered along Main Street in Ste. Anne to enjoy the annual Dawson Trail Days parade. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Returning Students See Change in Niverville By Marianne Curtis As students return to classes this fall in Niverville they will be facing a few changes including seeing the entire grade six class moved to the

high school. Over the summer months four new portable classrooms were located at the Niverville Collegiate. The huts were placed at the local high school because there was no more space

Visit the Farm on September 18 By Marianne Curtis Anyone who has ever wondered what life is like on today’s family farm can finally find out. On September 18, the second annual “Visit the Farm” event is taking place. The annual open house provides an opportunity to spend time with a farm family and learn more about farming and rural life. Lesley Gaudry, Economic Development Officer for the RM of De Salaberry feels this is a unique opportunity to see firsthand where our food comes from. “More than 40 farms are participating across the province and offer a range of agriculture operations so there is something for everyone,” stated Gaudry. “Participating farms include fruit and vegetable producers, crops and livestock such as cattle, bison, alpaca and equine farms, dairy producers, agriculture museums and agri-tourism operations.” In addition to Open Farm Day, there will be a “Supper from the Field”. This event will take place at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach. Visitors will be treated to a fall supper that will consist of locally grown food but also celebrate local cuisine prepared by a team of chefs from throughout the region. Joy Lorette, EDC for Steinbach is looking forward to this year’s event. “This year we have expanded the Supper from the Field event as we had a waiting list nearing 200 people last year!” Lorette recalled “This year we want to make sure that everyone that wishes to experience this amazing Chef prepared meal of local foods will be able to.” Any proceeds from the Supper from the Field will go towards supporting the growth of agri-tourism and regional cuisine initiatives in Eastman. Donations will also be made to South East Helping Hands Food Bank and the Canadian Culinary Federation Scholarship fund. Anyone interested in farming or Manitoba’s agriculture industry is welcome to come and can plan their self guided trip by visiting www.openfarmday.ca.

on the Niverville Elementary School grounds. “The portable classrooms were placed at the high school because there is no room at the elementary school,” Hanover School Division superintendent Ken Klassen explained. “We looked at the elementary school yard and realized that we could fit two or three portables at the school but there would be no playground left.” When school reconvened in September the existing elementary school officially became a kindergarten to grade 5 school and the high school became a grade 6 to 12 school. This is expected to give the school division the option of creating a middle school in Niverville at a later date. The Hanover School Division has a new school for Niverville in their five year plan but it could take awhile before funding could be in place. In order to better accommodate the younger students, one wing of the Niverville Collegiate was designated for grades 6 to 8 students in order to segregate the younger students from the older ones. In order to smoothly introduce the students to the change, the Niverville Collegiate hosted a special orientation and welcome day for new students where only the grade 6 and 7 students were at school on the first day. This is already being done at some of the division’s other schools.


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Eastman Raiders Look for Support As the Eastman Raiders Football club takes to the field for their 2011 football season, they are looking for support from the community. Located in Steinbach, the Eastman Raiders Football club is made up of teams of both boys and girls from the age of seven to twenty years of age. Players come from Steinbach, Niverville, Mitchell, St. Adolphe and many other rural communities, even Sprague. “The Raiders Football club has great coaches, as well as a great club atmosphere that promotes physical fitness, team work and personal growth and development,” says Laura Cumming, Eastman Raiders Board Member. “In order to run our non-profit sports club we need assistance from local businesses and volunteers.” Help is being requested in a variety of ways. Businesses can be involved by becoming a corporate sponsor, donating prizes for silent auctions, or raffle, and advertising. “Donating items we need for our daily operations and for the up keep of our clubhouse and fields such as gravel for the walk-ways, stain and paint for the bleachers and signs, and many other items,” added Cumming. “Donating food or drinks to our players for snacks, wind-ups or for us to re-sell in our fundraising efforts will also help.” The Eastman Raiders season just started and will continue until later October, early November. Anyone wishing to donate or assist in any way can contact Laura Cumming at lauracumming1597@gmail.com or call (204) 470-3918.

Reynolds Considers Bible Camp By Marianne Curtis The RM of Reynolds has decided to delay their decision that could allow the establishment of a permanent year round bible camp near Hadashville. At a recent hearing, George Hill, General Manager for the applicant, told council that the group is looking to establish a permanent facility that they would eventually own. “Facilities have always been rented or leased in order to provide a safe environment for children outside of the city,” stated Hill. After forty-three years, Living Bible Explorers would like an opportunity to establish a permanent facility that they would eventually own, he added. During the summer, the camp is expected to have about one hundred people on-site, half of which would be staff and councillors. Walter Loewen, applicant and owner of the property, confirmed that the group plans to lease the land to the Living Bible Explorers for ten years then transfer the land to the organization. Despite some glowing support towards the program, several Hadashville residents attended the hearing and voiced their concerns. Local resident Maurice Picklyk raised concerns about the possibility of draining the surface water wells on the west side of Highway 11 if a lake is created. He was told that an engineer will be studying the water issue before a decision between creating a man-made lake or installing a pool is made. Other residents raised concern about bringing children from Winnipeg into the area, even suggesting that the crime rate in Hadashville will increase. Hill assured the group that the camp would be for children 5-14 with no criminal involvement unlike a Teen Challenge site that was established in the area in the past “If a problem does arise, parents are contacted to pick up the child immediately,” he noted. Loewen added that in the 35 years he has owned the 100 acre property it had been vandalized by local residents on a number of occasions but the culprits “eventually grew up and moved on”. “Comparing five year old children with Teen Challenge is an unfair comparison,” added Irene Enns, a councillor for the camp. Funded by a number of churches, corporations and foundations, the Living Bible Explorers camp has been in existence in the southeast region for over four decades – twelve of these were spent at St. Malo. “We did not have to resources to purchase a permanent camp, only to rent or lease property,” Hill explained. Hill assured council that if the facility is built, it would be top quality with children present only during the summer weekdays. The rest of the year, the facility can be rented out to groups on weekends and during the off season which would bring increased business to the local store and gas stations. After a lengthy discussion, the RM of Reynolds closed the hearing with plans to reschedule another meeting before rendering a final decision on the matter.

La Broquerie Gives Bylaw Officer Trial Run

As of the beginning of September the RM of La Broquerie will have some assistance with bylaw enforcement after they recently entered into an agreement with a local company. The RM of La Broquerie council recently entered into an agreement with Prairie Bylaw Enforcement for bylaw enforcement services on a trial basis. The municipality has agreed to a trial period of four months before making a more permanent decision. According to Reeve Claude Lussier, council’s biggest issue is people building without the proper permits. The bylaw enforcement officer would ensure that people are complying with municipal regulations during construction. The bylaw office could also be used to enforce the municipality’s unsightly premises bylaw and compliance with cleanup orders. The RM of Ste. Anne recently signed a similar contract with Steinbach Security Systems.


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Reynolds Supports AllWeather Road

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The RM of Reynolds is showing support behind Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in their attempts to get the province to fund permanent all-weather road access to their community. The municipality recognized travel to this community can be dangerous, costly and time consuming depending on season and weather. Because of this, the community is experiencing economic depression and a loss of band members because they are moving away from their homes due to the lack of secure road access. Council noted that Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has developed a plan that would enable the construction of this year round all weather road access in partnership with various levels of government. “The municipality supports Shoal Lake 40 in their efforts to upgrade Freedom Road into a secure, all weather access from the Trans Canada Highway into the community,” stated a resolution of council. Last November the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation celebrated the milestone opening of Freedom road, a new resource winter access road that makes the beginning of the end of the community’s days as a “man-made island”. Shoal Lake remains the only Canadian mainland community south of the Trans-Canada Highway that does not have secure, all weather access. In 1916, 3,000 acres of Reserve land were expropriated by the federal government to service the City of Winnipeg Aqueduct and since then the community has been isolated from development due to water quality concerns from the City of Winnipeg.

Three Insurances, One Plan, and Save over 30%! After I left my 16-year career with a major bank in 2001 to pursue my career with an insurance company, I definitely learned a lot about the different insurances available to individuals and families. I also learned through the media and conversations with people what happens to families financially if they do not have the right kind or the right amount of life insurance, disability insurance, and critical illness insurance. As I learned about the different products and which made sense for whom, it made me wonder why there isn’t one product that could take care of all three types of insurance during our working life. Well, finally some insurance company must have been reading my mind! There is a new product, just announced in June, by Manulife that does just that. You buy one insurance product and you now have life insurance, disability insurance and critical illness insurance and for less than you would pay for the three separate plans. Here’s an example, a non-smoking, 30-year-old male purchasing $250,000 of this combined insurance pays $54/month and may save as much as 34 percent over purchasing three stand-alone policies, making it a smart and affordable insurance solution. Even at age 40, this plan is only $79/month and still saving over 30 percent. So for a couple cups of coffee a day, you can get all three coverages. What’s the catch? Well, if you use some of the disability or critical illness insurance, it does reduce the amount of life insurance you have left in the “pool” of insurance. Let’s say you buy a plan for $250,000. If you should pass away, your family would receive $250,000. If you cannot work because of a disability, you would receive so much per month while you are disabled and then it would stop if you are able to go back to work. Whatever was paid out to you (say $1,250/month for 12 months or $15,000) would reduce the amount of life insurance left. And if you became seriously ill and you received a critical illness benefit of say $60,000 that would also reduce the future life insurance coverage. Critical illness insurance pays a lump sum benefit for those with serious illnesses who do survive (normally 30 days). The most common claims are for heart attack, stroke, heart by-pass surgery, and cancer. Basically the way this insurance works: you have a pool of money to receive up to age 65 for disability or serious illness, or at death. I think it’s a great product for younger (healthier) families to get all three insurances in one product and know they have it when they need it. Why do I emphasize “healthy”? Well, to qualify for disability or critical illness insurance, you need to go through a few more hoops than just for life insurance. That’s because before age 65, you are more likely to have a disability or serious illness than to die. It’s that simple, unfortunately. This product is ideal for those under 45 that don’t have the three insurances they need: life, disability, and critical illness. According to statistics gathered by Manulife, about 40 percent of Canadians don’t have life insurance. What?? And 80 percent of Canadians don’t have disability insurance! That’s kind of scary! And critical illness insurance is so new that only about 13 percent of Canadians have some. On the Manulife website I checked my own risks. As a 46-year-old non-smoker female, the likelihood of having a disability before 65 is 32 percent (that’s one in three!); the likelihood of having a critical illness before age 65 is 18 percent (that’s one in five!) and the risk of dying before 65 is less than 5 percent. That’s why I have disability and critical illness insurance as well as life insurance. That’s also why life insurance is the cheapest of the three. If you are 18 to 45, maybe have some life insurance or not, but don’t have disability insurance or critical illness insurance, find out if this new pool of insurance may work for you. It’s not how much insurance you have that’s important; it’s that you have some! To find out more, give me a call, or an email, or drop by my new office at 36 Dawson Road, just west of the new Ste. Anne Co-op. I’ll be moving there about September 20th from my current office at 107 Central. Anni Markmann is an independent certified financial planner and tax professional living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact her at annimarkmann@mymts.net or at 422-6631 or at 36 Dawson Road in Ste. Anne.


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Lorette Splash Park Open for Business

Premier Greg Selinger and La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux were both on hand for the grand opening of the new splash park in Lorette.

It was the perfect summer for Lorette to complete and open their brand new community splash park. After two months of construction the $350,000 facility was officially opened to the public on August 26. Located on the eastside grounds of the CCLCC site, the park features a ground geyser, directional water jets, water tunnel, spray cannon and more. Children of all ages, parents and grandparents are expected to enjoy this new attraction. To see the project to fruition the province committed to one third of the total project costs which are estimated at $350,000. The difference was raised by the RM of Tache and various community groups through fundraising activities. The Tache Community Spray Park is expected to compliment the Lorette Community Complex which already features a hockey rink, three-sheet curling rink, meeting rooms and a large hall, soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, a toboggan hill and walking path along the Seine River. The community also has tennis courts and a nine-hole golf course.

Floor Scooter Having passed the seven month mark and now nearing the eighth month mark, my little boy has begun a new stage in his young life. The stage where he moves. Not the laying on his back with his arms flapping and legs kicking type of moves. Oh no, he’s started actual movement that takes him from point A to point B. Although sometimes it’s more of a roundabout journey, he does get there in the end. His first type of movement consisted of laying on his back and, by using his arms and legs, he would roll over, pause a moment, then roll over again. Over and over he would continue this series of rolls until he reached somewhere else. I don’t think he really had any destinations in mind at this point, just the joy of cruising around the floor. His next form of motion, the one he’s currently engaged in at the moment, is the floor scooting type of travel; this is not to be confused with Brooks ‘N Dunn’s Boot-Scootin’ Boogey, which is an entirely different thing. No, his form of scooting has him laying on his tummy and by using his arms and legs he propels himself forward. While he hasn’t been doing this for very long he has become quite quick at it. The little guy can be calmly sitting in the living room one minute but if I look away for a moment, ZIP! off he goes like a dog that just spotted the mailman. With our baby gate blocking off the stairs and the bathroom door closed, he’s contained to just the living room and kitchen and yet he still manages to find plenty of things to get himself into. He finds lots of toys, which isn’t a bad thing except that he seems to have a knack for sucking and drooling on those special toys that the other children don’t want to have their baby brother’s slobber on. He’s also discovered where the cat and the dog food dishes are. So far he hasn’t played in the water bowl but he has been caught clutching a handful of dog food. Thankfully he doesn’t seem interested in eating the dog food, he merely enjoys taking the food out of the dish and dropping it on the floor over and over… it doesn’t help that his big brother and sister are cheering him on. What will get into when he starts to walk? Everything else! Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

Composting Depots Open until Mid-October This summer saw Steinbach’s Solid Waste Department try something new in the area of composting – community compost depots. For the past four months two depots have been available every Saturday at the Steinbach Junior High School and at Woodlawn School.

Solid Waste Department Head, Eldon Wallman, explained that volume has dropped significantly due to the drought conditions. “No rain means no lawn mowing and, therefore, no grass clippings,” said Wallman. Earlier in the summer the depots were taking in upwards of five tonnes of compost material each Saturday. In the past six weeks that number has dropped to less than one tonne each Saturday. Although the amount of compost

material brought to the depots has diminished in the past few weeks comments from the public remain positive. “People are very appreciative of the concept and continue to express their hope that we keep the program alive in one form or another,” said Wallman. As we head into fall the public is reminded to bring their bags of leaves and garden waste to the compost depots which will continue to be available every Saturday up to October 15th.


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Fire Ban and Travel Niverville to Host Restrictions Ended for Mental Health Marathon Eastern Manitoba Manitoba Conservation advises travel restrictions and the ban on campfires are now ended in eastern Manitoba, including all parks in the Whiteshell region, and Grand Beach and Birds Hill provincial parks, due to accumulated rainfall, forecast precipitation, the time of year and higher evening humidity. Campfires are now permitted in approved fire pits in these areas. Backcountry travel is also permitted in eastern Manitoba. Anyone living, working, camping or traveling through eastern Manitoba is still advised to use caution as portions of the region remain dry. Permits for debris burning may now be obtained from most Manitoba Conservation offices. Permits are required for agriculture burning of stubble. Burning permits will not be issued for the Falcon and West Hawk lake areas at this time. Users of all-terrain vehicles are asked to check areas around the engine and exhaust frequently. If any debris is found, carefully remove and extinguish it. Be prepared by carrying a fire extinguisher, small axe and shovel. Some municipalities may still have bylaws prohibiting fires. Please check with the local municipal office for any updates. Fires can be reported to Manitoba Conservation by calling 1-800-7820076 (toll-free). Further information is available at local Manitoba Conservation district offices.

On September 24, the community of Niverville will play host to Manitoba’s fourth annual Mental Health Matters Half Marathon. The Mental Health Matters Half Marathon offers either a 5km or 10 km walk-run. Money raised at the event goes towards supporting the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. The route will showcase the community’s parks, schools, developments and countryside. There will be music and entertainment along the route and at the conclusion will be a concert and family activities. Registration is between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and the run starts at 9 a.m.

Steinbach Student Wins Scholarship During a special luncheon on August 25, Scott Kehler, the son of an employee with Penner International, was named as one of three individuals honored with academic scholarships by the Manitoba Trucking Association. For the past 25 years, the Manitoba Trucking Association has offered scholarships to member employees and their dependants. The academic scholarships are awarded to applicants that have the highest overall average in four 40S subjects.

Landmark Foodgrains Helps Feed the World By Marianne Curtis For the past 16 years the Landmark Foodgrains Bank has been actively growing crops on behalf for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The Landmark Foodgrains Bank has been active since 1995. Originally started by Frank Plett, the project has grown a crop for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank each year since that time. Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a nondenominational food relief agency. The organization is currently involved in food relief around the globe, including drought-stricken east Africa. According to Matt Plett, one of the organizers of the Landmark Foodgrains Project, the ongoing success of the Landmark Foodgrains Project is due to the generosity of local people. “All input costs are either donated by agriculture businesses or individual donors, and all work is supplied by local farmers,” stated Plett. “This year the project includes 90 acres of canola and 90 acres of soybeans.” “In past years our local project

A Realtor is Like a Guarantee Protection! You’ll probably agree that when you buy something new, let’s say a flatscreen TV, it is nice having a warranty for “protection”. Protection from the TV not working properly within a given amount of time. Then there is the vehicle that is sitting in your driveway. You, no doubt, have insurance on that car/ truck/SUV, and you should . . . for your protection. Actually there are a few reasons you have that insurance . . . to protect you from liability from something you may be involved with or even something that happens “to” you. When you purchase something, you want to make sure that you get the best deal possible. In some stores you actually get price protection. That’s where the store will match any competitor’s price. Perhaps that gives you peace of mind, knowing that you haven’t overpaid. Maybe you don’t have time to go to each store that sells that item and check the price. So the store is protecting you, the consumer, from paying too much. Do you ever feel that the more things you own the more important it seems it is to have protection, from the item breaking down, being stolen, or poor workmanship. So, maybe you have a safe place to store items when they are not being used. Maybe you have an alarm system on your property for times

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when you are not home to protect your property from being stolen. Dealing in real estate also calls for protection. There is the protection of knowing that you are paying fair market value. The protection of having verified that things are done within code. There is the protection of knowing that you are dealing with a professional, someone who knows the market and will stand with you to represent you, being represented as a buyer and as a seller. There is the assurance that you have someone working on your behalf. As a realtor we are the ones who are checking the price to make sure you are protected. If you have any questions call Travis Olifirowich at 371-7223 or Eileen Lewis at 371-0255 at Prudential Riverbend Realty.

The Landmark Foodgrains Project is one of a few grow projects in the region slated to raise money to help feed those starving in drought stricken Africa.

alone raised in excess of $200,000 after the federal government’s matching contribution,” added Plett. “It takes roughly $2 a day to feed a person in a 3rd world country, which means that Landmark alone has been able to provide food for over 270 hungry people for a year! Each year local growing projects, including Landmark’s, donate all the proceeds from the sale of their crop to Canadian Foodgrains Bank where it is matched 4:1 by the Canadian government. So for every $1 raised from the project $5 goes to food relief where it is needed. Wherever possible, CFGB buys food from farmers in the affected areas for distribution. If you are interested in donating to this worthy cause, knowing that

your contribution will be matched 4:1, you can contact any committee member (Randy Plett, Ray Plett, Arnold Reimer, Roger Wohlgemuth, Peter Ginter, and Matt Plett). Donations can be made to Prairie Rose EMC church and earmarked “Landmark Foodgrains Bank Project”.

Bridge Closure Construction activity associated with the rehabilitation of the bridge on Hwy 200 over Rat River started in the third week of August and will continue until the scheduled completion of the work on October 8. The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic and a signed detour route will be in place via Hwy 210, Hwy 75 and Hwy 305.


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Man Charged in Attempted Robbery and Residential Break-In On July 30 at about 11:50 p.m. Steinbach RCMP received a report of an attempted armed robbery at the Niakwa Pizza in Steinbach. Officers learned that a masked male individual entered Niakwa Pizza while two employees were working, produced what is believed to be a handgun and demanded money. No money was received and the male left on foot. A short while later, on July 31, at about 1:00 a.m. Steinbach RCMP received a report that an apartment in Steinbach had been broken into earlier in the evening of July 30th, and a 1911A1 Norinco .45 caliber handgun was stolen from the residence. Further investigation lead to the arrest of 22-year-old Wesley Franklin Smith of Steinbach in connection with these two incidents. Smith faces numerous charges in connection with the Attempt Robbery, the Break and Enter and related firearms offences. He has been remanded into custody and is presently being held at the Winnipeg Remand Centre awaiting court appearance. To date the handgun has not been located.

Vita Dancers Enjoy Summer Performances

The Susydka Dancers from Vita took the stage in Winnipeg as part of Ukrainian Day celebrations that took place at Assiniboine Park.

Over the summer the Susydka Ukrainian Dancers were invited to perform at two different venues. They performed at Folklorama in the Kyiv Pavilion and on Ukrainian Day at the Assiniboine Park performing on the stage of the Lyric Theater. Larissa Bodz, President of the Susydka Ukrainian Dancers, is very pleased with her student’s performances. “The dancers were very excited and shared the stage with some unbelievable talent,” stated Bodz. “The club is quite excited what the 2011/12 season may bring.” In preparation for the upcoming dance season registration will be held on Sunday, September 18 at the Hall in Vita. It will start at 2:30 with a Parent Meeting to follow at 3:00. For more information contact Larissa at 425-7912.

Library Contract Awarded Expansion on the Jake Epp Library recently commenced after the City of Steinbach awarded the construction contract for the project to Boretta Construction of Winnipeg. The City received two tenders for the project – one from Three Way Builders and one from Boretta Construction. Three Way Builders bid $1,628,500 with an additional $115,375 to reroof the existing library building, for a total of $1,743,875. Boretta Construction bid $1,575,327 with an additional option to reroof the existing building for $106,764, for a total of $1,682,091. The entire proposed library project has been estimated to cost about $2.8 million. A preconstruction meeting will take place shortly to determine the construction schedule. The Steinbach library expansion plan includes doubling the square footage to just over 18,000 square feet. Plans include the construction of a large multi-purpose room that can be used by the public or as an extension of the children’s area, as well as new reading and display areas, new technical support services, additional washrooms and enlarged stack areas.

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Player Recruited by Halifax Another talented athlete from the region is moving on to a promising career in women’s hockey after she was recently recruited by a Halifax university. Holly Cortilet from Landmark was recently awarded an athletic scholarship to St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was recruited to play Women’s hockey by the university’s new head coach Christopher Larade. “Holly comes from a very strong midget program in Manitoba,” stated Larade. “She plays much bigger and tougher than her frame would suggest and has good leadership qualities. Her shot and puck skills will be a great asset for our program moving forward.” Cortilet just completed a three year stint playing defense for the Eastman Female AA Selects. As a member of the St. Mary’s Huskies, Cortilet will play in the AUS division of the CIS. The team won the national championship two years ago. Once in Halifax, Cortilet will join the Faculty of Arts where she will study Psychology. Cortilet is the third member of her team to move on to play university

women’s hockey. Former teammates Shelby Bram from Ste. Anne and Riki Krentz from La Broquerie will both be moving on to play women’s hockey at the university level. Bram committed to play for the Mercyhurst College Lakers, one of the top teams in the NCAA located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Riki Krentz gave her commitment to play for the Mount Allison University Mounties in New Brunswick.

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Registration is still open for many of SAC’s 60+ programs. Sign up now for Fall Programs at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Center for ages 3-99! Southeast School of Dance: Dress Up Song & Dance, Hop N Bop, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Creative Tap, And Urban Ballet. For Teens: Youth Pops, Pop Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop. Backyard Theatre: Actors Playhouse, Dress-Up Drama, Acting Exploration, and Extreme Acting. Visual Arts: Photography, A Taste of Art for Teens, Animation, Watercolour, Pottery, Jewellery Making, Acrylics, Play Date with Art, Art Exploration, Structured Drawing and More! Other Community Programs include: Arts for Tots Pre-school, French and Spanish language classes, Social Dance, Belly Dance, Kids in the Kitchen, Creative Cooking, Photography Club and Southeast Artists Group. Wellness Classes: Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Body Pump, Stability Ball. Music classes: Manitoba Conservatory of Music offers lessons in voice, piano, theory and violin. User Groups: Southeastern Manitoba Music Teachers, Southeastern Manitoba Festival, Eastman Choral Association, and xcompany – hip hop, break-dance, jazz, zumba and more! www.xcompany.net

New classes featured for Fall 2011! Condition your core muscles in our Stability Ball class—full body conditioning! Or work on muscle toning and endurance in Body Pump. Other new classes include Youth Girls Belly Dancing, Advanced Belly Dancing and Creative Cooking, which includes learning to prepare an array of ethnic dishes. Detailed information and a lineup of lesson plans for classes can be viewed on our website www.steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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Park Renamed During Festival By Marianne Curtis When the community of Landmark gathered for this year’s Friendship Festival one of the highlights at the event was the renaming of the community park and a sign unveiling. Organizer Cheryl Tremeer is thrilled with the ongoing success of the festival that she started a few summers ago. “Great weather was certainly a factor in the record-setting attendance but none of this is possible without our amazing volunteers and sponsors,” she stated. “Great things happen when people and businesses step up to the plate.” The three day event took place August 5-7 and kicked off with music by Mike Blair and Rafter B followed by a youth dance. On Saturday the entire community

As part of this year’s Friendship Festival, the community of Landmark renamed the town’s central park and unveiled this sign. Photo by Marianne Curtis

came out to enjoy a pancake breakfast (hosted by the Landmark Kinsmen), parade, hot dog lunch, children’s events, and variety show. A community pork barbeque brought out even more people in the evening along with the dance with music by the Darryl Marsh Band and fireworks. The day’s events also included the unveiling of a new sign in honor of one of the earliest businessmen in the community and renaming of the

park to the Archie Plett Memorial Park. In 1957 Plett founded Landmark Mechanical and was instrumental in hooking up the community to a town sewage and water system. On Sunday all the churches in Landmark gathered for a worship service in the park which was followed by a picnic lunch. Plans are already in the works for next year’s event with more focus on activities geared towards youth.

Don’t miss the first concert of the season The Three Baritones Il Primo is coming up on September 29 at Grace Mennonite Church! The Three Baritones is comprised of Mel Braun, David Klassen and David Playfair with Laura Loewen on piano. Tickets available at SAC office.

Season Tickets – the best gift! The next exciting season will feature The Winnipeg Symphony, Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Three Baritones, Cynthia MCFadden, fiddler and Trio Bembe, and Latin Jazz! Added attractions will include the Family show by Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Three Munschketeers and The Café night with the Liptonians. For new subscribers, we have great seats available. These make perfect gifts for your parents, birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas – give them five concerts to enjoy!

Free Movie Night Under the Stars September 10 – Kick off your evening with a charity BBQ put on by SAC with the support of 96.7FM. Starting at 5 p.m. Proceeds are designated for the SAC Creative Arts Bursary Fund. There will also be art demonstrations, music, face painting and activities until the movie showing at 8 p.m.

Get Dancing – For only $9 a class! We are very excited to be able to offer social dance classes in Steinbach! That means no driving to Winnipeg. Participants can enjoy an affordable evening out with friends while learning classic dances like the Cha Cha, Waltz and the West Coast Swing. Socializing has never been this good for you! Plus meet new friends as our classes are filling up fast.

On now at the Hall Gallery

More Funding for Playground The Landmark Playground Committee recently received another grant contribution from the province when La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux came out to personally inspect the equipment and present them with a cheque. On a recent trip to Landmark, Lemiuex presented a Manitoba Community Places Program cheque of $15,000 to playground committee chairperson Jennifer Plett for new playground equipment. The new playground equipment can be found in the Archie Plett Memorial Park, newly dedicated during the Landmark Friendship Festival. Over the past few years the Playground Equipment for Landmark Committee has been raising money

The Landmark Playground committee recently accepted a community places grant from La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemiuex. Pictured from left to right: Pete Skjaerlund, Bob Koop, MLA Ron Lemieux, Charlene Kubin, Charlene Kubin, Tim Plett & Jennifer Plett.

to revitalize the main community park, two tot lots within the community, revitalize the tennis courts and build a path through the

park. There are still plans to build a brick path through the park, a beach volleyball court, skateboard pad and a picnic shelter.

Copper Stolen from Steinbach Business

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Eleanore Johnson – In the Wake of Disaster, till September 30. See many pieces August 6, Steinbach RCMP responded depicting scenes from the recent earthquake in Haiti. Done in pastel, watercolor, to a complaint of break, enter and theft pencil crayon and acrylic, all are available to purchase – all proceeds to MCC. to an electrical business located on Industrial Road in Steinbach. The RCMP learned, upon arrival, that Next month the culprit(s) had gained entry through Expressions – it features several artists from the southeast who use their art for the back door of the business. The recovery from Mental Health problems. It is presented by Southeastman Health business is believed to have been and SAC is proud to be a sponsor. Opening night is Friday, September 30 at 7 targeted by the culprit(s) because they p.m. at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. Admission is free and refreshments were seeking copper wire. Several rolls of copper wire were reported stolen will be served. from inside the premises, however, upon searching the surrounding area for Arts for Tots evidence, RCMP discovered that a number of rolls of wire had been stashed Only a few spaces left for Arts for Tots Preschool Program – Registration for in some tall grass, presumably to be Fall 2011. The most creative way to learn early child development through dance, picked up at a later time by the theatre, music and visual arts – for ages 3-5. culprit(s). It appears that the culprit(s) still got away with a number of rolls of copper wire as well as a small amount Looking for homes of liquor. There is no estimate of loss at SAC is planning for their upcoming fundraiser – the Christmas Home Tour and this time. Tea – and looking for homes to feature in this exciting annual event! If you have a Police continue to investigate with the home that you would like to feature or showcase, or love to decorate and share assistance of the RCMP Winnipeg that spirit with the community, please email us or call us and our committee would Forensic Identification Services. love to connect with you. Also looking for committee members. For more details: Anyone with any information www.steinbachartscouncil.ca or 346-1077. regarding this matter is asked to contact

the Steinbach RCMP at 326-1234 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 text “TIPMAN” plus your message to (TIPS) or Crimes (274637).

Arsonist Blamed for Shed Fire On August 14 at 9:30 p.m. a fire appears to have been intentionally set to a shed located at an old farm yard on Road 40 East, in the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne. The Richer Fire Department attended and was able to extinguish the fire but not before the building sustained severe damage. It is believed that the shed was used for storage. There is no estimate of damage at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP at 3264452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 (TIPS) or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


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St. Pierre RCMP Investigate Motor Vehicle Collision On August 23 at 7:00 a.m. St. Pierre RCMP, as well as local Emergency Services, were dispatched to the scene of a single vehicle rollover in Grunthal. Initial investigation indicates that around midnight a 1998 Honda Civic left the roadway and went into a ditch in the area of the Grunthal Park. The vehicle appears to have rolled over at least once before catching on fire. There were three male occupants, two aged 16 and a 17-year-old. All three were able to get out of the vehicle before it caught fire and was completely burnt. They were not discovered until about 7:00 a.m. The 17-year-old remains in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other two have been released from hospital. Charges are being contemplated under the Highway Traffic Act.

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My UnwrittenUnrecorded Communication James chapter 3:2-6... 2) We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. 3) When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4) Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5) Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6) The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. (NIV) My speech reveals my true character. It communicates my true personality more than anything else. If I could control my tongue always, James says, “I would be a perfect man.” He goes on to say, “If I have perfect control over that little member of my body… the rest of my life’s problems would be easy.” If anyone has perfect control with their speech, I think we would have the power to control ourselves. No matter what we face. Sometimes what I say can be funny, but sometimes it is not that funny at all. Sometimes I say things I do not mean to say. Sometimes I say things that I mean to say but I should not because it will be misunderstood by other folks and it may just hurt some people. There are times when I should zip-up and do the quiet thing and say nothing. I must always remember that the tongue is in my mouth and it is up to me to have some measure of control over it. God put that tongue of mine in my mouth behind my teeth so I can close my mouth before I say things that are not proper. The Bible has a lot to say about what we say and how we say it. It makes it very clear that, as Christian folk, we need to have controlled speech, not this negative stuff. Our speech should not be wicked, slanderous, lying, filthy, bitter, angry, cursing, contentious; boastful ... I could go on. I am old enough to know how I should or should not speak. We understand that the tongue, though it is small, can cause a lot of trouble for us. There are times when blessings and curses come from the same mouth that praised God one moment and the next moment we say unkind things about people who are made in the image of God. Blessing and cursing from the same mouth should not happen. I need to be mindful of the power of spoken words. I know I sometimes say things when it would have been better if I had not said them... then I feel awful later. I should never underestimate the power of speech. When you really look at it, that small thing (the tongue) has the power to control our lives. Strange that such a small part of our body should have that much power. If we do not have control over our tongue and what it says we will eventually self-destruct. The Bible compares our tongue to a ship’s rudder. I used to be in the Canadian Navy and I have steered some pretty big ships. I was always amazed at how that little rudder could move the ship in any direction that I wanted it to go. A rudder is small, but when I turned that wheel it would exert enough pressure on the ship and turn the ship to where I wanted it to go. Likewise, when the Holy Spirit exerts that gentle pressure in my heart, if I allow it to, it can control what my tongue will say. The Bible is not for a moment suggesting that we never say anything. It does not want us to be speechless. What it is saying is that we need to have control when we speak. What we say tells the listener what kind of person we are. When we have a right relationship with God we will say things that encourage, build up, and heal. And when we do, you and I will feel a whole lot better about ourselves and we will make a real difference in the lives of others. Proverbs 21:23 teaches that those who protect their mouths and their tongues shield themselves from trouble. 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 don’t have peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honor to Your Name.” Amen.

Youth Vandals Sought by RCMP Sometime between the hours of 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, unknown persons vandalized and looted several vehicles parked at Cherry Hill Estates in the RM of La Broquerie. The passenger window of one

vehicle was smashed to gain entry. It has been reported that 2-3 youths were observed in the parking lot where this damage was committed, though no suspects have been identified. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP at 326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS) or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


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Steinbach Supports Miracle Treat Day

Zzzzz’s Please Summer is soon to end. The lingering evenings are shorter. You probably sport a lovely tan from enjoying those fabulous Manitoba outdoor moments. If you are like most of us, your summer has been packed with social/family events, yard care, your holiday away and, of course, keeping on top of the regular jobs at work. Good thing the summer days are longer. So, let’s face the truth...you are tired! Each time after a busy summer, when the first snow covers the ground, I find myself whispering “Ahhh, some short days and some time for rest.” Now, let’s take a moment to think about this word “tired”. All of us have at one time seen the behaviour of a sleep-deprived child. They become uncooperative, very cranky and certainly unpleasant to be around. Oh my gosh, it can be unbearable! We like to think that, as adults, we are exempt of such behaviour when we are tired. However, lack of sleep affects us physiologically and mentally whether we admit it or not. Yes, we have developed some coping skills to disguise our irritability, but our friends, family, and co-workers will admit that you are a little “off”. We are organic and a regular amount of sleep for specific age groups is necessary. All animals will show signs of dysfunction from lack of a good sleep. Yup, I just called you an “animal”, ha, but in the nicest sense. We do not realize how much summer we have packed into the last few weeks. However, about now you are beginning to notice your patience is a little thinner, your workload seems less tolerable, and if you really take a good look in the mirror, you will see those signs of tiredness. You think everything is good but those around you can tell you are running on borrowed energy. The fun summer has caught up to you. Nature knows when to shorten the days. A mother/father knows to provide sleep to that over-tired child. So why do we try to kid ourselves that we don’t need to catch up on rest after a marathon summer? OK, that’s my lecture. I am not sure if it’s for you or for me... ha. Here are my ten health tips for the month (take ’em or leave ’em) to begin sleeping better because it truly is important for functioning well. 1. Exercise at the beginning of the day. (Twenty minutes of walking in the sunlight 3x a week). Do Tai Chi in the evening to prepare the body for sleep. 2. Make a better sleeping environment with dark window coverings, an uncluttered room, no electrical devices, and cover any mirrors that face the bed. 3. Develop bedtime rituals. Prepare for your next day, take a warm bath, lower lights, leave worries and work at the bedroom door, use the bed only for sleeping (and sex if you are adult), mix comforting and sedative essential oils (sandalwood, marjoram, lavender, rose and patchouli) in an almond oil base and massage for a few moments. 4. Take five minutes to deep breathe, use guided imagery, repeat a mantra, self Reiki, or meditate. 5. Change your diet. Include more health drinks, less coffee, cut down or quit smoking and take vitamins.

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6. Not just at bedtime, but a few moments at work, massage your shoulders or feet. If possible, start to get regular massage with a therapist. It benefits the quality of sleep. 7. Experiment with natural sleep aids such as ear plugs, Bach Flower Remedies, different shaped or ergonomic pillows, and foam on your mattress (Always have a good mattress). 8. Make necessary changes to your life style. Create realistic deadlines for yourself. Delegate some tasks if you can, and try not to take your work home. 9. Remove any white noise (fans, air conditioners, driers, ionizers, dehumidifiers) while you sleep. 10. If all fails and you are not sleeping well or insomnia is a problem, seek professional help. Your physician can refer you to the right place for proper analysis and diagnosis (sleep clinic). Well folks, I hope you use some of these ideas to keep well rested. Remember it is not just your mood that is affected by lack of sleep, all organs and brain functions are placed under stress, which will inevitably lead to future health concerns. Poor sleep patterns will creep up on you. Make the choice to see that your body gets proper rest. Start making a plan that includes Zzzz’s please. Raylene Snow is the owner/operator of Raylene’s Day & Night Spa located between Ste. Anne and Giroux on Hwy 210 S. www.raylenesspa.com. (204) 422-6234.

On August 11, the Steinbach Dairy Queen participated in Miracle Treat day. Proceeds from every blizzard sold during the one-day event went to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Joe Unger, owner of the Steinbach Dairy Queen, said that almost $10,000 was raised during the oneday event.

Provencher MP Vic Toews took a break from the heat and learned how to make an ice-cream cone during this year’s annual Miracle Treat Day.

Community Garden Vandalized

On August 21 at approximately 7:45 p.m., the Steinbach RCMP received a report that two unknown youth males entered the Community Garden on Elmdale Street in Steinbach where they proceeded to rip out plants, causing damage. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the subjects responsible. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP at 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.manitobacrmestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Attempted Break and Enter at Soccer Park Sometime between the evening hours of August 26 and the morning of August 27, unknown persons scattered garbage from garbage canisters and overturned soccer nets at the soccer field by Southland Church in Steinbach. An attempt was also made to force entry into the storage building on the property, causing damage to the doorframe. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP at 326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


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

Steinbach Every Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm, beginning May 14th, members of the public will be able to bring their leaves, grass clippings, and any other garden cuttings to Steinbach’s Community Compost Depots! There are two depot locations, one at the Steinbach Junior High School track (77 Lumber Avenue) and one at Woodlawn School yard (411 Henry Street). This compost material is brought to the Landfill where it is composted and used in the City’s parks and gardens. Finished compost is also available for the public to pick-up at no charge! Country & Pattern Dance Lessons at Steinbach 55Plus. All ages are welcome September 29th - December 1st Instructors Sandy & Jerry Dion. Cost is $105 for members and $120 for non-members per Couple. Registration deadline is September 22nd. Beginner & intermediate classes offered. Call 320-4600 for more information. Steinbach & Area Garden Club meeting on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 pm at MHV. Guest Duayne Friesen, sales representative with Ball Seed Company and host of The Lawn and Garden Journal radio show, will entertain gardening questions. Member perennial plant exchange - bring a plant(s), get a plants(s). Everyone welcome! $5.00 walk-in fee for non-members. Door prizes! Refreshments!

More Than Just News! Otterburne Providence University College and Seminary’s Harvest Festival Homecoming Banquet. Sept. 23 & 24 at 7:00 pm. Featuring Dr. Ken Hanna (President 1966-1979) and music by the Providence Chamber Singers. Complimentary ticket are available visit www.providencecollege.ca , www.providenceseminary.ca or call Margaret at 1-800-668-7768 ext. 236. Alumni Homecoming Open House 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. prior to the banquet. Richer Richer Fire Hall Grand Opening of the new addition. Come join us for hot dogs and drinks on September 8. The event will run from 5 pm to 8 pm. St. Adolphe Your invited to MudFest 2011: A Family Messtival. St. Adolphe is hosting a community festival and family fun experience on Sept. 10 and 11 at the old St. Adolphe Park. A Mudcake (pancakes with treats) breakfast starting at 9:00 am will kick start the day’s activities followed by a mudslide, mudpit activities (kid friendly), tug of war games, mini golf, kids tent, sand play hill, exhibits, mudsculptures. Saturday evening includes a Community BBQ, and Beer Gardens featuring Live Entertainment. Start your Sunday morning with a Family Scavenger Hunt (9am), Yoga in the Park (10am) or Outdoor Church (11am) followed by a Bring Your Own Pic Nic. Watch or ride the MudFest Cyclocross (all ages bike race) with the Manitoba Cycling Association. All details and locations are found at www.mudfest.mystadolphe.com or Lesley at 883-2656 Please bring towels and coffee mugs!

Ste. Anne FREE MONTHLY BUS TRIPS TO THE CASINOS OF WINNIPEG - Call your friends and neighbours and join us for a fun day at Seine River Services for Seniors is organizing an outing to the interpretive centre of Saint-Léon. Grey Goose Bus Lines will the Casinos. Pick up in Steinbach at 8:30 a.m. and Paradise Village approximately 9:00 a.m. Must be 18 years of age be picking everyone up 9 am sharp, on Friday, October 7 at the Dawson Trail Café in Ste. Anne (183 Central Ave.). The or older. Prizes and cash for everyone. Bingo on the bus. Call Marilyn at 326-4939 for date information and to reserve your cost of transportation and entrance to the museum will be funded by Seine River Services for Seniors. Lunch will be paid by participants ($7.50) at the time of registration; this will guarantee you a seat on the bus (non-refundable unless the activity seat on the bus. The next scheduled trips are September 13, October 11 and November 8. has been cancelled). To register or for more information please contact Juliette Rowan at 424-5575, Resource Coordinator, before September 23rd. Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club will hold an Open House on September 13th at 7:30 pm at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Come out and see what modern Square Dancing is all about. We dance Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 10:00 pm. The General The Super Start Program, a healthy baby program run through South Eastman Health. This is a program for pregnant women Open House is free, coffee & doughnuts will be served and families with infants up to one year of age. Each session includes a song and rhyme time, discussions, and games on topics related to healthy babies and healthy moms. We offer a door prize and a nutritious snack. Also, we have milk coupons Niverville The Niverville Chamber of Commerce invites men & women to participate in our 2011 Fundraising Golf Tournament on for expectant mothers and mothers who have babies up to six months of age who participate in the program. This month, our Fri. Sept. 9 at 12:30 pm. Chamber member fee is $125, and non-member fee is $150. Fees include lunch, green fee, session will be held on… powercart & dinner. $4,000 in cash prizes to be awarded in four flights, as well as two chances to win $10,000 cash on the Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 10 am - 12 pm in the Family Hut room in South Oaks School, Grunthal hole-in-one competitions sponsored by Puratone and D & M Rentals. To reserve your spot call 388-4325 or email Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 10 am - 12 pm at theth Community Services Building (next to the pharmacy), Lorette Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 10 am - 12 pm at the 4 Avenue Bible Church, Niverville chamber@niverville.com. Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 10 am - 12 pm in Ste. Anne at the Dayspring Fellowship Church Thursday, Sept. 1 from 10 am - 12 pm at the Blumenort EMC Church Lorette Old Time Country Dance for Families on Sunday, October 2 from 6:15 to 9 pm. To celebrate Manitoba Culture Days, Arts Thursday, Sept. 8 from 10 am - 12 pm in Village Oaks, Kleefeld Lorette will be hosting an old time country dance for families featuring the fiddle music of Reimer6. The dance will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 10 am - 12 pm in the East Borderland Primary Health Care Centre at the Lorette Parish Hall (Notre Dame de Lorette Parish Hall) on Dawson Road in Lorette. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Instruction Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 10 am - 12 pm in the Ste. Agathe Hall will be provided and starts at 6:30 pm. Come and learn simple called dances: contra dances, circle dances and more! A light Thursday, Sept. 15 from 10 am - 12 pm in the St. Pierre Health Corner, 354 Prefontaine Av lunch will be served after the dancing. Cost is $10/person or $30/family. For more information and tickets, please call For more information please call Super Start at 346-7021. Denise at 878-2629 or Arlene at 878-2016. Eastman Tourism would like to invite you to join them for the 7th annual, Canada’s Longest Yard Sale. This year’s event runs C & S Country Gardens at 937 Dawson Road in Lorette will host a community fundraising event in support of Bibliothèque from Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 11. If you are in Eastern Manitoba and would like to host a yard sale and Taché Library and the Taché Food Bank on Sunday, September 18 from 2:00 - 8:00 pm. Price of admission is a ‘tin for be part of this exciting experience, just call the Eastman Tourism office at (204) 451-1757. Registration is free. Those who the bin’ or a small monetary donation. Bring the family and participate in the many events which include games and activities do not want to host a yard sale are encourage to enjoy a leisurely day traveling across the region visiting the yard sales and for children, used book sale, local musical talent and karaoke, silent auction and 50/50 draw. Food and drinks will be community events. From as far north as Lockport to as far south as St. Malo. While you’re at it, stop in at the many farmer’s markets, restaurants and antique shops along the way sample homegrown foods, unique crafts and great small town available. The event will conclude with fireworks at dusk. hospitality. Follow the route provided on Eastman Tourism’s new website: www.eastmantourism.ca check under “What’s R.M. of Tache Fire Department is having their Annual Pancake Breakfast & Open House on Saturday, September 10 from Happening. Eastern Manitoba is a vast area, overflowing with natural beauty, great attractions and fun events. Eastern 8 am to 11 am. Cost is a donation. Lorette Hall #1 (On Dawson Road across from the Sports Complex). All proceeds go to Manitoba Tourism Association encourages you to take this opportunity to drive throughout the region, enjoy nature at its best, the Jaws of Life Fund. This is an event for all ages. Child Find Manitoba will be presenting the “ALL ABOUT ME” Program. There discover a unique museum or market, and visit one of the many delightful restaurants along the way. Take pictures of your journey and send them in to the photo contest on the Eastman Tourism website. will be equipment displays, fire and medical apparatus along with 8 door prizes & 50/50 raffle.

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