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Back row L/R: Meghan The Rivers Skating Club (RSC) hosted two events Knelsen, Erich Schmidt, this past weekend. Sat. Mar. 12 featured synchro Thom Heijmans, Heather Gray,toLiliane Dupuis. Front teams from across Westman, coming together row L/R: Minami Kijima, Haile showcase their skills at the Riverdale Community Hubbard, Chassidy Payette, Morgan Ramsay, Bryce Center. The RSC decided to host a synchro showSummers, Quinn Hrabok. case for synchronized skating teams in Westman who haven’t had the usual opportunities to compete the past two seasons due to COVID-19. They had four teams participating in the event: three beginners teams--Rivers Silver Jets, Virden Velocity, and Roblin Snow Angels, and an elementary team – Blades United, that was formed this year with skaters from Rivers, Roblin, Neepawa, and Carberry. Many rural clubs didn’t have enough skaters of the same age/level to make synchronized skating teams, so they joined together this season to give the skaters an opportunity to continue to participate in synchro. The Club is hoping that the showcase will help foster an interest in synchronized skating so programs can continue in our communities! By Sheila Runions The second event hosted by the RSC wasBanner an iceStaff s r e p or t e d i n t he tion to the schools. show Sun. Mar. 13 at the Riverdale Community Pupils co-ordinated the entire March 9 edition, the Center, themed “At the Movies”. The event featured Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which skaters showing what they have been learning this plinary Studies in Science class culminated in a ceremonious past year, and included groups and solos performing at Rivers Collegiate planned a presentation on March 20 to their skills. Performers were ages 5 andproject up, with for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president Dubbed songs and outfits related to a movie in each of the theBoat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. Because the snow had melted secured a canoe from three participating CanSkate programstudents groups, Rolling River School Division so much, the canoe could not which are based on skill level. The Red group with an intent to f ill it with be portaged across the street to consisted of seven children and featured non-perishables. The Lion Although the Zion Church (home of RiverKing movie, the Green group also consisted of seven campaign was fully organized dale Harvest). Rather, the teens that class, children and featured the movie Happy,byand the the original idea carried bags, boxes and garbage from a suggestion made Blue group consisted of four children andcame featured by harvest volunteer Liliane the movie Olaf. Dupuis.


Names were unavailable at the time of publication. From top to bottom:

Sychronized skating teams, Blades United, Virden by Sheila Runions Velocity and thePhoto Roblin Snow Angels.

Can collections for canoes


“I heard the idea at a meeting in Brandon. St. Augustine School had tried Fill a Canoe in conjunction with the 10-day Festival du Voyaguer in Winnipeg in February. It was very successful and whenever I hear food bank, my ears always perk up!” She then brought the suggestion to Riverdale Harvest, which supported the idea and asked her to present the promo-

The canoe at Rivers Elementary School was adequately filled.

At the very bottom of the page are three groups from the Rivers CanSkate program showcasing filmplace ice on cans from the school foyer into and Chimo Beach areas for con- put awayfeature in the proper the church basement the after- tributions from the community. shelving units. of They were skatingthe adaptations the noon of March 21, where the When all was said andLion done,King, fantastic! Weand are very, Happy Olaf.very food was weighed and sorted. Although the project was a senior students brainstorm, the entire high school was encouraged to participate. The collegiate hosted a poor boy floor hockey tournament in which to play, athletes had to pay with food for the canoe. Some students also canvassed Rivers, Oak River

the scales at Riverdale Harvest noted a total of 434 pounds, “a fabulous amount,” says Heather. “We are so pleased they decided to help those we serve. A lot of times kids don’t get enough credit but this group of students certainly deserves some praise. All students stayed behind to help check expiry dates, sort and

pleased.” Elementary school staff member/Harvest volunteer Yvonne Crouch initiated a similar campaign in her school. That threeweek effort simply encouraged students to leave product in the canoe; 87 pounds of food was collected from the younger group on Thursday, March 22.

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Education system still facing changes A

lot can happen in a year. Last March, I wrote in this space that the Province of Manitoba had received and released a K-12 education report with 75 recommendations. Then minister of Education Minister Cliff Cullen said the province had accepted all of them in spirit and principle. I noted that some, but not all, were incorporated into Bill 64. Bill 64 went before the legislature and received a ton of negative backlash. Last March I said, “The K-12 report and Bill 64 are long overdue. Whether the 75 recommendations are the right ones remains to be seen. Rather than say each and every detail is the right direction or if all this planning will work out or not, it’s important to examine the complaints. Minister Cullen said they had to do something and he’s correct. With admin costs appearing to be high compared to other provinces and with education results appearing to be low compared to other provinces, the need for action is evident. That said, many of the premises for Bill 64 are long overdue.” Bill 64 was withdrawn almost immediately after then-premier Brian Pallister resigned. MLAs faced a tidal wave of opposition to Bill 64 and they abandoned it. However, the problems it identified didn’t go away. Further investigation at the time showed that, yes, admin costs were quite high, but not in all school divisions. Beautiful Plains School Division, based out of Neepawa, has admin cost that are quite low in comparison to some divisions.

Supporting education with land taxes is totally out of date. That change should have come about 40 years ago, maybe longer ago than that. Set up in the early part of the last century, it was assumed that education taxes on land was the way to go. Nearly every quarter section of land had a family with kids living on it, it was assumed that most houses and businesses had kids living on the property. With that largely being the case, it somewhat made sense to tax land to fund education. Over the decades, the province has taken over some of the funding, as they should. Education serves all people, not just property owners. Education is a service to people so should be funded by all people. Land taxes need to go towards services to land, such as roads, water, sewer and numerous other land-based service needs. If the government can switch education funding off property and onto general revenue, it will be a good thing. Land owners can then invest their tax dollars in improving, or in some cases, even just keeping their property. Farmers and commercial building owners have been unfairly burdened with education taxes and it needs to end. It is among the changes that are 40 years overdue. We need to remember that the last major change to the education system was in 1966 which, by the way, is 55 years ago. That was when school divisions were enlarged and widespread school bussing started. The school boards and school trustees are almost all mad about Bill 64 and that’s understandable. Also understandable is


Ken Waddell the government’s statement that school boards have spent most of their time agonizing over local tax rates and bargaining with teachers over wages. Bill 64 claims to place teacher salary bargaining under a province-wide authority. It may make sense. It will seem harsh, but newspapers basically stopped covering school board meetings years ago. For the two nights a month it took to cover school board meetings, it seemed like there was lot of rubber stamping going on. Board members’ hands were tied by the province and as so much of the funding was coming from the province, is that a surprise? In recent years, it has been tough to get people to run for school boards. The third thing that jumps out is educational results. It’s reported that Manitoba is low on the Canadian charts by many measures. The figures seem to show that. Defenders of the current education system says that those results are due to poverty. Could be, and likely is, to some extent. However, if poverty were the criteria for a lack of success, it didn’t hold back my oldest brother, who served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 15 years and had a

long career in business and transportation. It didn’t stop my second brother from obtaining two university degrees and serving for many decades in the Ag industry. It didn’t stop me from obtaining a University degree and a reasonably successful career in business, politics and journalism. Poverty can sometimes be an incentive to succeed even more than being born with a silver spoon in your mouth. The teachers union will be upset because that is what they are paid to do. The school trustees will be upset because their role is being re-assigned. The support workers union will be upset, but I am not sure why, as they will likely all have jobs and there may be more jobs in teaching and support services as money is shifted. I think everyone’s big concern is that governments of all political stripes have a huge propensity to screw things up. It’s our job as journalists, and as citizens, to make sure they don’t. If we aren’t up that task, then we are all in big trouble. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the Banner staff.

Facing life’s challenges, part 3


rom the moment we draw our first breath on this earth, we begin collecting “stuff.” We start with clothing. Most items are gifts from relatives and friends who are celebrating our arrival. But as we get older, we are given some say in the things we accumulate. We don’t pay for them, but we are allowed to choose clothes and toys that we like. Once we are old enough to get our own rooms, our attitudes to “stuff” begin to change. We identify some things as “our stuff” and become quite agitated when a sibling wears our clothes or plays with our toys. Even though we haven’t a clue what the term means, we’ve already been initiated into the world of consumerism. Enter television advertising, targeted to children from 12 to 18 years of age. The ads tell us that the cool kids wear a certain brand of jeans, a specific model of sneakers, have their own phone number, an internet account and a device that can be used in class for research or study purposes. But in less than a year, fashions change, equipment must be upgraded and we are laying out additional cash just to keep up with the latest fads, fashion trends or equipment. Like it or not, we’re officially part of the consumer culture. We won’t fully comprehend the downside of today’s

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consumer culture until we approach our golden years, our children leave home for good (this time they aren’t coming back) and we decide to move into an apartment built for two. Making the decision to relocate is the easy part. The hard part is deciding what to do with all our stuff– what do we keep, what do we sell, what do we give away and what do we throw away? Now I am not suggesting that, as a sign of our devotion to God, we should be living at or below the poverty line. But I do believe that from time to time, we need to ask ourselves one important question– “How much is enough? Do I really need all of the ‘stuff’ that fills (and sometimes clutters) my personal space?” In Biblical times, people learned to live one day at a time. Workers were paid at the end of each shift. Shoppers made daily trips to the market, coming home with just enough food and other necessities to feed their families for one day. Most people had two changes of clothing– one to wear while the other was being laundered. Extra funds were never wasted on frivolous things. But neither were they hoarded. The social programs and safety nets which are such a help to so many today didn’t exist in those days. A needy person’s only option was to seek help from a friend or neighbour; and in ancient Israel,

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that help was to be given as a sign of devotion to God. St. Paul gives us the New Testament application of this principle. He urges us to “labour and work with our own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.” (Ephesians 4:28) The principle is the same for us as it was in Paul’s day. Work hard– use part of the proceeds from your work to provide the food, clothing,transportation, shelter and other things your family needs. Save the rest and use it as God directs to help the needy around you. Wealth that is hoarded can become a curse. Wealth that is shared always becomes a blessing.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen A wander through the past…


efore me lies a newspaper, yellowed, the edges of the paper crisp and cracking. Under the title, Free Press Evening Bulletin, is the date– Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1920. A look into the past and the changing standards of the day. Disclaimer– any reference to an advertisement is not an endorsement! The print is tiny! I cannot imagine the glow of a coal, oil or kerosene lantern proving adequate lighting. Broad daylight and the best of eyewear and it’s still a struggle. Front page: “Baptist Churches Hold Convention on Monday. Strathclair Man. The Northwestern Association of Baptist church met here in convention on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The association is comprised of the following churches: Birtle, Shoal Lake, Strathclair, Rapid City, Roseneath, Minnedosa, Kenton and Russell. The churches were well represented in spite of the fact that threshing operations hindered many from attending.” “Slain Bandits Identified. Regina, Sask. The two bandits taken dead from a hay stack four miles from Tisdale, after a fight with provincial police over a week ago, have been identified as Tony Kozal and Jerry Smule. They and Bill Braschuck, one of the bandits captured alive,worked three years in the Big River lumber camp. They were paid off and left the camp on May 17. Two grips belonging to them were found at Hudson’s Bay

First day of spring

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Sun. Mar. 20 marks the first day of spring this year, also known as the spring equinox. With all the snow and weather we’ve been having, it’s hard to believe, but rest assured, the days are getting longer and temperatures are rising. The word equinox is Latin for “equal night”. It occurs when the sun crosses the equator (well, really, the earth is tilting on its axis, so that the Northern Hemisphere starts tilting more toward the Sun). When the sun crosses the equator, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world (hence “equal night”). Following this date, the Northern Hemisphere will get more and more daylight hours as we head into summer, while the Southern Hemisphere will get fewer daylight hours as they head into winter. Be sure to check out the Science Corner article in the Jan. 7 issue of the Banner available at riversbanner for more information on the astronomy behind what’s happening. The spring equinox occurs on Mar. 19, 20, or 21, depending on the year. We set our clocks forward by an hour last week (Mar. 13) in preparation for our extra daylight (don’t ask me how daylight savings works—I’m from Saskatchewan!)

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Junction.” Now that story raised more questions than answers for me! They were dead two weeks after being shot? They stole from the camp? May have to research that story for the ‘rest of the story’. The front page also covers national and global events– “Italian Peasants Seize Thousands of Large Estates.” “May place Paris on Meat Rations For Next Winter.” Unrest and rebellion and unfair treatment by and on the governing bodies... Old news, still news… The ads amuse me. Back then, one could still advertise tobacco products, they were not a behind the curtain commodity. “Milbank– the best 15 cent Cigarette.” About the size of what we would call a quarter page ad, black and white, distinctive graphics. Another corner ad– “Drink Drewry’s Beer. A Suggestion. To those who for health or other reasons formerly used the regular refined Ale, American style, Rice Beer or Extra Stout (which now be obtained on a doctor’s prescription only, or ordered from a dealer outside the province) we would suggest a trial of Maltum Beer, Maltrum Stout or Ale, which contains all the healthful properties of choicest malt and hops, but is non-intoxicating. Sold in bottles and kegs. Order from your Grocer, Druggist or Confectioner. E.L. Drewry Ltd, Winnipeg.” Miscellaneous for wintering in Vancouver, buying dress goods, banks, bonds, farm bargains and rooms to rent. “2 furnished 2 room suites, 1 $35, 1 $40. With kitchen privileges, half block from car”. For those heading to the city for a winter’s work, that would be ideal. One last thought. “Woman voters must register exact age.” That headline does originate in the U.S., at least women were voting! The more I read, the more I see that human nature and world events are still pretty much the same. Comforting?

Riverdale Harvest Foodbank prepares for Annual General Meeting


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his week, I started up my car again after being parked in my garage. I felt like a kid with a new toy. I live in a town about half the size of Swan River and some corners of the streets in town were very slippery from the changeof weather, sometimes icy cold, a bit of melting and then a layer of snow. My daughter promised me that she would take me where ever I needed to go. I am so thankful and blessed with my girls here in Alberta. I know that you have great grocery stores and we have one here, too. They deliver my groceries. Such a blessing. Each day, I count my blessings. I live in freedom. I pray for my friends who have family alive in Europe. Many know that their destiny is secured in Heaven and do not fear the future. I’ve learned a beautiful hymn, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). Keep waiting and praying and our strength in God will be renewed daily.

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We are holding services each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., in accordance with current government regulations. PLEASE JOIN US! If you are more comfortable sharing in our service from the safety of your home, watch our Facebook page: Rivers Community Church

Riverdale Harvest Foodbank holds their monthly meetings at the Zion Church in Rivers. On March 7th we had a combined in person and messenger audio meeting due to slippery roads. For the month of February, we assisted 19 singles, 14 couples, 17 families and 45 children. We also provided 3 meal kits to anyone interested in trying a new recipe. We provide the ingredients and a nutritious recipe and participants take it home and cook it. Thanks to a generous donation we were able to offer homemade toques, hats and mitts to anyone needing them. We have been busy preparing for our annual general meeting which will be held on April 11, 2022 at the Zion Church at 7:00pm. Please RSVP to riverdaleharvestfoodbank@ if you plan to attend. Please enter thru the Zion Church doors. It is only thru your generosity that we are able to continue.



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Nature’s Bounty Curling Club Championships


This past weekend was chalk-full of curling as the Rivers Curling Club hosted five mens’ and two ladies’ teams at the Riverdale Community Center curling rink, where teams competed for a berth in the Nature’s Bounty Club championships. The appreciative fans were treated to some very good competitive games. Winners of the Nature’s Bounty Club championships will go on to the provincial playoff in fall of 2022. Congratulations to the teams winning regional spots: (left, in order) the Brandon ladies team of Jamie Erickson, Lorelei Pegus, Kortney Teale, Kristin McLellan and the Carberry mens team (right, in order) of Kelly Marnock, Bart Witherspoon, Dean Smith, and Alan Christison. Best of luck at Provincials! To the right in the photos is Dave Falkevitch the president of the Rivers Curling Club.

Hockey Manitoba provincials

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Hockey Manitoba Provincials wrapped up this past weekend. Over the past three weekends, approximately 250 teams and 4,000 players compete in 25 communities across the province for the provincial championships in various age categories: both mens and womens Under-11, Under-13, Under-15, and Under-18 age divisions. U18 Bruiskies Girls win GOLD The Bruiskies under-18 hockey team is a combination of girls from Oak River, Hamiota, Miniota, Strathclair, Shoal Lake, Elkhorn, and Birtle. They practice out of Birtle and play in the rural female hockey league. They participated in provincials in Pierson where they won both their round robin games. After the numbers were crunched, they ended up in third place. So the girls played Rock Lake in the semi finals where they found themselves down 0-2 until mid-third period where

U18 Bruiskies Girls.

they scored 3 goals to win 3-2. In the finals, they faced off against Grand Plains and won the gold medal. Way to go team! The team is playing Rock Lake right now in the best of three for the league final. U15 Hamiota Huskies Girls Win GOLD Due to lack of players, three girls from Rivers travelled to Hamiota to play with the U15 Hamiota Husky female team: Austyn Peters, Callie Peters, and Ashlynn Cripps. On Feb. 25, they travelled to Foxwarren to compete in the B Provincials. The team went undefeated through the round robin, beating Lorrette 2-0 and Macdonald 8-2. On Sun, they played a good game and beat the Stonewall Blues in a close 2-1 game in the semi-finals to punch their ticket to the finals where they faced Brandon. In the final, it took 10 minutes into the 3rd overtime period for Brook Facey to score to capture the Gold medal of the weekend. Congratulations! To end the season, they played Elkhorn for the League final, winning in three games to take

the consolation side.

Rivers Girls on Hamiota U13 Team In the U13 girls age bracket, Stella Roulette, Kinley Peters, Brooklyn Boyd, and Kayleigh Klassen travelled to play female hockey in Hamiota. They travelled to Stonewall Mar. 5-6 to compete in the U13 A provincials. They lost the opening game to a talented team from Morden, but rebound in the second game, beating the Southwest Stars 3-0. In the semi-finals, they played a tough game against Stonewall, ultimately losing 3-0 to put them playing for the bronze medal game. It was a very tight game; they even pulled the goalie in the last minute looking for the tying goal, however in the end they could not come up with another goal to tie it before the buzzer rang, losing 2-1. To end the year, they played Oak Lake in the consolation side, losing two close games. U13 Rivers Jets win GOLD The Rivers Jets U13 third

Roster boys team travelled to Virden to compete in the U13 Rural A Provincials on Mar. 11-13. The team went undefeated over the weekend, bringing home GOLD! The round robin game scores were: 9-4 over Portage, 7-1 over Mitchell, 10-2 over The Pas. The semi-final score was 9-2 over Altona, and the score of the Finals was 6-5 in overtime over Virden. Congratulations! Neepawa/Rivers Titans U15 win SILVER This season, Rivers Minor Hockey did not have enough

players to ice a U15 Boys team, so a combined team with Neepawa was created to compete with a small roster of 13 including two goalies, using affiliated players when possible. (An AP is a player who is registered on their own team but can also play in another team of a higher age division or category; this is done so that the team they are assisting avoids having a short bench.) The Neepawa/Rivers won a best of three playoff series against Hamiota to determine Provincial B Placement for the Yellowhead Region. On Mar. 4, the Titans travelled

The Rivers Jets U13 3rd Roster boys team

U15 Neepawa/Rivers Titans.

to Swan River to compete in the U15 Rural B Provincials. The Titans went undefeated in round robin play over Roblin 4-1 and Lakeside 7-4. On Mar. 6 they defeated Souris/ Hartney 6-4 in the aemi-finals to advance to the Gold medal game where they lost to Swan River 5-2. Congratulations to the team and local players Payton McNish, Harlen Bridges, Nathan Espenell, Jayden Schoonbaert, AP’s Winston Lepp and Grady McNish, as well as coaches Dana McNish and Chris Bridges on their Silver medal.

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Secret Recipes from Rivers Mammas and Grannies Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner In this week’s “recipes with a story” column, our featured recipe comes from Susan Wright, who lives in the RM of Oakview and teaches kindergarten at Green Acres School in Brandon. If you have a recipe (and a story) you would like to be featured, please email me at sarah. Grandma’s Cabbage & Macaroni My Grandmother was always a good cook and I looked forward to going to her house for a meal. She made

everything from fancy threecourse meals to simple but delicious meals. My favorite simple meal was her cabbage and macaroni. Whenever any family members brought over boyfriends/girlfriends we always joked to say if they didn’t like Grandma’s Cabbage and Marconi they weren’t meant to be in the family. Thank goodness my husband Joe loves it and so do our kids. It is one of those comfort foods that you need on a cool day, and it always makes me think back to all my fond memories of Grandma. Cabbage & Macaroni Recipe:

½ cabbage, grated (approx.; can use more or less depending on size) 2 ½ tsp salt ½ cup butter Enough macaroni to feed 5 people Grate the cabbage and mix in the salt. Let stand for about 15 minutes. Squeeze out the water from the cabbage and fry with butter until tender. C o ok m a c a r on i a s directed. When done, drain the macaroni and mix with fried cabbage. Salt and pepper to taste. It’s that easy! This can be a meal on its own or we sometimes cook sausages to eat with it.

RPS Law of the Month Stop signs

This month, the Rivers Police Service reminds drivers to follow the rules of the road when approaching and engaging at stop signs. Section 85 - Disobey a traffic control device, namely stop sign Section 85 of the Highway Traffic Act carries a hefty fine of $203 and puts you back two points on the Drivers Safety Rating (DSR). At a stop sign, you must come to a complete stop. Before proceeding from a stopped position, you must check and yield the

right-of-way to pedestrians wanting to cross the street. When pedestrians are clear, you may then slowly move forward for a better view of traffic and, when safe to do so, you may then proceed to turn or cross the street. At an intersection controlled by a four-way stop sign, the vehicle that stops first should go first. After stopping and yielding to any pedestrians wanting to cross, roll slowly forward to show your intent to proceed. If two or more vehicles stop at the same time, the vehicle on the left should yield to the

vehicle on the right. Leaving a stop sign too early has led to 4% of people killed in traffic collisions, and 4% of people seriously injured. This issue is in the top 10 of the most prevalent contributing factors recorded for collisions where people are killed or seriously injured. These deaths and injuries are extremely preventable with extra care and caution when operating a motor vehicle. Thank you, and drive safe Rivers Police Service

Hockey, hockey, and more hockey!

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on top to move on to the finals against McCreary while team Richmond opens up against Virden. The U15 team beat Dauphin in the playoffs and are playing Swan River


won 8-1. The U13 Lepp team played the U13 Richmond team in leag ue playoffs. Two really tough games were played, however team Lepp came out


Elkhorn. They played this past Sat. in Elkhorn and lost to them in a shootout 3-2. Elkhorn came to Rivers for game two the following day, where the Brown team


The Rivers U7 hockey team had their last practice and are having a wind-up to end the season. The kids have shown a lot of improvement t h roughout t he year and the future looks bright for Rivers Minor Hockey. The U9 Peters team played Waywayseecappo in the latest round of playoffs, beating them in two games in the best of three and are now playing Minnedosa to end the season. The U9 Smith tea m played M i n iot a in the latest round of playoffs, beating them 9-2 to claim the C-side banner. They are doing there wind-up this week to complete the season. The U11 Marvin team lost the Division SemiFinals in an 11-person shootout to Tri-Valley, but bounced back with a pair of wins against Miniota: 11-2 at home on Sat. and 9-2 in Miniota on Sun. to advance to the division B-side finals. They play Hamiota Wed.

night in Hamiota with game two on Mon. Mar. 21 in Rivers, and game three if necessary the following day in Rivers. The U11 Brown team is in a playoff series with


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Top o’ the morning to you! St. Patrick’s day is celebrated on Mar. 17 of each year, which marks the death of St. Patrick, who was born in 385 AD and died on Mar. 17, 461 AD. St. Patrick was a Christian missionary and bishop, and is credited as the founder of Christianity in Ireland. The canonization of saints didn’t formally begin until 993 AD, however, he is venerated as a saint in both the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church (in English: all this means is that the church didn’t technically go through the formal process of recognizing him as a saint after his death,

but that’s only because such a process didn’t exist for another 500 years after his death). St. Patrick’s original name was Maewyn Succat, but he changed it to Patricius ( Latin for Patrick, meaning “father figure”), when he became a priest. He was in fact born in Britain, which was a part of the Roman Empire at the time, but was kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16 and brought to Ireland as a slave. He worked as a shepherd, herding sheep, for six years until he escaped back to Britain. He then spent 15 years in Britain in a monastery where he became a priest, before returning to Ireland. T he c e lebr at ion of

St. Patrick’s day didn’t start until 1631, when the church established a Feast Day in his honour. This religious holiday falls during lent, and as such it is a holy day of obligation: the faithful are expected to attend Mass and observe a day of rest. Not quite the modern-day drunken cultural celebration it has turned into. The celebration continued in the new world by Irish immigrants, with the first St. Patrick’s day parade occurring in Boston in 1737. Readers may be surprised to learn that the colour green that we all associate with the holiday wasn’t connected to the day at all until 1798, the year of the Irish Rebellion against the British. The

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British army wore red, and therefore the Irish chose green (opposite on the colour wheel) as their colour. The shamrock, or three-leaf clover, is associated to the day to represent the holy trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit); St. Patrick had used the shamrock as a metaphor for the three distinct entities being one and the same. Although it is said that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, this is largely chalked up to folklore, as there are no snake species indigenous to Ireland. However you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, be it green beer, a feast, or Mass, we here at the Banner wish you the luck of the Irish on this great day!

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(Unlicensed Trades) Full Time - Permanent 12 months per year The school division has a central maintenance shop in Minnedosa, MB with 6.0 FTE Maintenance Workers (Licensed and Unlicensed Trades) who maintain 12 schools and 3 division office buildings. For more details and application information, please visit our website at select Employment then Support Staff Positions link. Thank you to all applicants for their interest in Rolling River School Division. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Employment Opportunity as a Yard Person A progressive, seed cleaning plant and seed retail business is currently accepting application for a full-time position in Rivers. Qualifications: • Previous seed processing equipment experience would be an asset, will train the right individual. • Will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. • Must have a strong work ethic. • Be self-motivated and able to work as part of a team in a busy environment. • Must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license • Previous farm background or experience would be asset. •Mechanical ability is considered an asset Responsibilities: • Receiving and Shipping bulk seed commodities • Operate and maintain plant and seed processing equipment • Operate and maintain mobile equipment (forklift, tractor) • Yard Maintenance

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They simply fade away Sarah’s Science Corner

News came through social media to the local Legion last week. Another one had quietly faded away. The flag was lowered for a day, again. Ivan Arnold was born in Douglas, Manitoba and in his early 20’s joined the 25th Brigade to fight in Korea. Although he seldom talked about it, except to others who had experienced similar things, as a stretcher bearer he undoubtedly saw and heard things that had an impact on him. A prairie boy at heart, he turned up in Rivers in 1955 and it became home. From 1956 to 1970 he drove for Taylor’s Transport. Even when he moved to BC to be a trucker from 1971 to 1984, he never forgot his prairie roots. So, in 1984 he returned to Rivers, to the “land of flat”. Two organizations in town remember him with fondness and respect: Rivers United Church and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 75. He served both well and was a fixture when they met. Most people considered him friendly, and genuine. He was a member of Branch #75 for 68 years serving in various executive positions. In later years he was recognized as an honorary life member. The Legion was his home away from home. A place to relax and be real. As the fading away increased, Ivan moved to Winnipeg. He passed away peacefully at Riverview Health Centre on February 22nd. Ivan will be moving back home to Rivers to take up residence in the local cemetery on May 7. In this day and age there are still young men involved in armed conflict and coming home wounded and in need of healing. My prayer is that they too will find places where they can be real and sense a home away from home. Warren Smallwood

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Cain’s Story

“They ride tricycles in hallways, not in the park. They know the names of their chemo, instead of their classmates. Nurses and Doctors become their new family. Their laughter will make your heart melt. Their strength will make a grown man cry. If you’ve ever seen a kid fight cancer, it will change your life forever.” I would like to introduce you to Cain Burgess, an 8 year old boy who is in a fight that no child should have to face. Cain has Osteosarcoma, bone cancer, or as it is best known, the cancer that Terry Fox had. Cain is the oldest son of Danica Wotton and Glen Burgess and has a 6 year old sister Arwen and a 4 year old brother Pierce. Danica grew up and attended

schools in Rivers. They now reside in Minnedosa. Cain`s grandparents, Lori Kiesman and Myles Wotton are long time residents of Rivers. They have been very active in the community including the Rivers United Church, the Curling Club, the Hockey Club, The Lion’s Club, the Riverdale Early Learning Center among others. Lori also ran a home daycare for 32 years. The children in her daycare were well acquainted with Cain as he became one of their daycare friends. He also attended Sunday School in the United Church since he was old enough to crawl. It was a Doctor in Minnedosa who first discovered the abnormality on Cain’s leg on December 31, 2021. On January 1st, 2022, he had the first

of many tests at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg where they determined that indeed it was osteosarcoma . This was followed by meetings with Cancer Care, and treatment. In total, Cain will undergo at least 18 rounds of Chemotherapy in addition to surgery on his leg. They expect Cain to be in treatment for at least a year, rehab and physio, much longer. After one week of treatment, Danica wrote, “Cain’s bravery and strength continues to amaze us, and I just love the questions that come out of this kid!”. He has endured some very difficult times with the side effects of chemo, but continues to prove to be a brave little osteowarrior, as he is dubbed. One parent of a pediatric cancer patient wrote, “Watching your child suffer the horrors of treatment in order to have a chance at life is something no parent should ever have to experience.” (Kristen) As the Burgess family struggles to try and balance a “normal” life for Arwen and Pierce in Minnedosa, while having to be in Winnipeg with Cain, many people are offering support and looking for ways to help to ease their burden. A trust account has been set up at the Westoba Credit Union in Rivers to help with costs associated with Cain’s treatment for those who wish to donate. “Sometimes real superheros live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.”

Why do oil and water not mix?

What to do : 1. Add the water and blue food colouring to the clear container. 2. Gently add the cooking oil to the container. What happens to the two liquids? 3. Add the small objects, one at a time, to the container and observe what happens. Where do the objects end up in relation to the water and the oil? What do you think is happening here?

ment uses the same volume of oil as water, the two liquids have different masses and therefore, different densities. Density is a measure of how much of a substance is contained in a specific volume of liquid. A liquid that is less dense than water will f loat on the water; a liquid that has a greater density will sink. Put differently, density is the amount of material in a certain space. A brick has much more material packed into it than a samesized piece of foam. As a result, a brick is more dense and is heavier than a brick-sized piece of foam. Oil has fewer particles packed into it than a samesized sample of water; therefore, it is lighter than the water. The objects added to the container will f loat at different levels according to their density. If the density of the object is similar to that of water, the object will f loat in the water. If similar to the oil, the object will f loat in the oil.

What’s happening? Oil and water are two liquids that are immiscible, meaning they will not mix together (liquids that, when mixed, combine to form a new liquid, are called miscible). The chemical properties of the liquids will determine if two liquids will mix or not. Those with similar chemical properties will mix; those with different properties will not mix. Liquids tend to be immiscible when the force of attraction between the molecules of the same liquid is greater than the force of attraction between the two different liquids. Although this experi-

Why does it matter? Un d e r s t a n d i n g t h e properties of liquids can help us know how to use them. Salad dressing, for example, is a mixture of oil and vinegar, with some herbs and spices to add f lavour. Since we know that oil and water do not mix, we have to shake a bottle of salad dressing before using it. This makes the dressing a mixture for a short time so that we can get even amounts of the oil and vinegar on the salad. Once you stop shaking the bottle, the oil and vinegar w i l l qu ic k ly s e pa r ate again. Many store-bought salad dressings contain a substance known as an emulsif ier, which helps

Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner What chemistry determines how oil and water behave when mixed? We’ll explore the mixing of oil and water and the density of liquids in this Let’s Talk Science activity. All you’ll need is about a half a cup each of water and cooking oil, blue food colouring, small objects of various materials and sizes, and a clear container or drinking glass. This activity is best suited for grades 4-6 children.

keep immiscible liquids mixed together for longer periods of time. Getting oil and water to mix is at the very heart of cleaning dishes and clothes. A lot of things t hat ma ke d ishes and clothes dirty are greasy or cont a i n oi l. Water alone is not attracted to these compounds. However, because a molecule of detergent has one end that is attracted to oil-like molecules, detergents tend to bind to dirt, grease and oil. The other half of the detergent molecule binds to water molecules, allowing the soiling agent to be washed away. Investigate further • You can also try layering oil, water, pancake syrup and dish detergent in a narrow, cylindrical drinking glass or vase. Pour the liquids into the container slowly. Let the container sit still for a few minute before observing. • In what order do the liquids form layers in the container? What does this tell you about the density of each liquid? • Other liquids to tr y are: milk, tea, cof fee, liquid soap, shampoo, body lotion, bath bubbles, hair gel, juice, ketchup, chocolate syrup, molasses, honey, vinegar, soya sauce, lemon juice, etc. Do not use household cleaning products or other hazardous liquids for this activity. • Adding two of the above liquids to the container, what do you notice? Do the two liquids become one new liquid, or do they remain separate liquids and form layers? Do they change colour, texture, smell, foam up, etc.?

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