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On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Liberals and New Democrats have reached an agreement that would see the NDP support Trudeau's minority government through to 2025. The deal is dubbed as a "confidence and supply" agreement effective immediately, Trudeau said Tuesday. by Sheila Runions Trudeau said the deal would focus Photo on issues on which the parties agree, rather than disagree, inO’Kolevitch team Left to right, are Don O’Rourke- cluding action on dental care, pharmacare, climate third, Donna Falkevitch-skip, Mark Kolesar-second change, housing and paid sick leave. SUBMITTED PHOTOS and Dianne Kolesar-lead. The Banner interviewed area pharmacists about Three generation team of Gordon, Lily, By Mona Sheilaand Runions what a national pharmacare plan might do. Derwyn Hammond sporting their green at St.Banner Paddy’s Staff GaryandPomeroy ofareas Super Thrifty ininRivers spiel. cans from the school foyer into Chimo Beach for conput away the propersaid, place on s r e p or t e d i n t he tion to the schools. health care hascommunity. been under control, Pupils co-ordinated the entire the church basement the “Since after- tributions from the theprovincial shelving units. They were March 9 edition, the the When was said done, fantastic! are very, very Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which noon of March 21, where I think that all it will be aand very large task toWe implement Kolesar (second), Dianne Sarah Plosker the scales at Riverdale Harvest pleased.” plinary Studies in Science class culminated in a ceremonious food was weighed and sorted. a national pharmacare program that will serve all Kolesar (lead), and Donna Rivers Banner Elementary school staff memat Rivers Collegiate planned a presentation on March 20 to Although the project was a sen- noted a total of 434 pounds, “a provinces and territories equally. I hope that pharFalkevitch (skip). project for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president ior students brainstorm, the en- fabulous amount,” says Heather. ber/Harvest volunteer Yvonne macies will be involved in all decisions associated Rivers Curling Club The three-generation tire high school was encouraged “We are so pleased they decided Crouch initiated a similar camDubbed the Boat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. process.” with the to help those we serve. A lot paign in her school. That threeBecause the snow had melted to participate. The collegiate students secured a canoe from hosted a festive St. Patrick’s Hammond team consisted of times kids don’tof getHarris enough Pharmacy week effort in simply encouraged Rolling River Heather Todoruk Neepawa day bonspiel on Sat. Mar. of Gordon Hammond, hisSchool Division so much, the canoe could not hosted a poor boy floor hockey credit but this group of students students play, that an intent to f ill it with be portaged across the street to tournament in which tosaid currently, “Each province hastoitsleave ownproduct plan in 19 at the Riverdale Com- son Derwyn,with daughternon-perishables. Although the Zion Church (home of River- athletes had to pay with food for certainly deserves some praise. the canoe; 87 pounds of food based a deductible that is based on income. Lower munity Center. Participants in-law Mona, campaign and grandwas fully organized dale Harvest). Rather, the teens the canoe. Some students also All students stayed behind to was collected from the younger incomehelp people havedates, a lower and higher donned green attire for the daughter Lily.byThe team group on Thursday, March 22. check expiry sort anddeductible that class, the original idea carried bags, boxes and garbage canvassed Rivers, Oak River income a higher one. In Ontario, anyone over 65 fromand a suggestion made fun-filled event. A special included the came oldest by on harvest volunteer Liliane gets pills for free.” Todoruk explained that a person’s shout-out to Al MacDonald youngest players the ice: income is verified through Canada Revenue Agency who took the entries, made Gordon turns Dupuis. 88 in May “I heard the idea at a meet(CRA) by Manitoba’s pharmacare plan. If a person up the draw, ran the bar, and his granddaughter ing in Brandon. St. Augustine doesn’t file income tax, they don’t get pharmacare and also found time to curl. Lily is 13. Gordon throws a School had tried Fill a Canoe assistance. Todoruk noted that prescription drugs in conjunction Each team, or rink as they mighty fine rock and doeswith the 10-day Festival du He Voyaguer in Winhave to be sold at their cost and pharmacies can only call them in curling, played a great job sweeping. in February. It was very charge a dispensing fee, two games each. There were curls regularly nipeg two to three successful and whenever I hear Nelson Jackson of Neepawa Pharmacy said, “Maniat least three rinks who won times a week atfood thebank, Rivers my ears always perk toba has a very good plan and I would worry that a both their games. Curling Club. up!” federal plan might not be as good as the Manitoba brought the sugThe O’Kolevitch rink Thanks to allShe thethen rinks The canoe at Rivers to Riverdale Harvest, one.” Jackson said he wouldn’t want to see a lowerhad a great day with two who came out,gestion wore green, Elementary School was supported the idea and ing of benefits for Manitobans. adequately filled. unexpected wins—they and had lots ofwhich fun. While Photo by Heather Gray asked her to present the promocredit the socks. The name no one found a pot of gold Left to right, LeeAnne Fletcher, Cheryl Champion, O’Kolevitch is an agglutina- on the ice, a great time was Crystal Stewart, and Kendra Walker. tion of the last names of Don had by all, and everyone O’Rourke (third), Mark came out winners!

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An inquiry please


here have been numerous calls for the Manitoba government to launch a review of how the COVID-19 pandemic was handled. The calls are well founded. Over 1,700 people died in Manitoba, the majority of whom were care home residents and people with compromised health. The economy was severely hampered. Schools and students’ lives were disrupted. Social networking was placed in disarray or disappeared entirely for many people. Both the federal and provincial governments spent hundreds of millions of dollars to try and fend off the multiple effects of C-19. The huge f low of money was used to help businesses, individuals and, of course, to actually fight C-19. As C-19 appears to be diminishing, it’s time to take a very serious look at what went wrong, what worked and, maybe most important, what efforts were of little value, or useless? Or, at worst, harmful. The tragedy of the care homes showed us that care homes aren’t funded adequately and that there were some rules that didn’t make sense. In the early stages of C-19, for example, care home workers and visitors had to have their temperatures taken. That made sense. Then the clamp downs began and visitors were banned, even when the visitors were family members and volunteers that were essential to maintaining the well-being of residents.

Countless care home residents died from loneliness, neglect that could have been addressed by volunteers and loved ones. Loved ones and volunteers were basically banned from care homes and hospitals. That meant that there often wasn’t someone to offer a glass of water or to help feed residents between meal times. Some care homes had fatality rates as high as one in three residents. With all those factors in mind, there should be a report on care homes, at least. If a report has been done on all care homes, it hasn’t been made public. The public needs to know, to be re-assured that the harsh lessons of C-19 won’t have to be re-learned over and over again. An inquiry should be conducted, but not by a high-priced outside consultant. God knows, we have had enough of those over the years on various topics. The people who are actually at the front lines, the health care leaders are capable of contributing a report. In fact, they are obliged to do so. They are also, along with all the workers at all levels in the health care system, best equipped to know what’s going on. They were there at the front line and saw the devastation. Let me illustrate with a story my father told me from WWII. In the summer of 1940, at age 32, he joined the Royal Winnipeg Rif les. He trained at Shilo and one day, he and his fellow soldiers were being instructed in trench


Ken Waddell warfare, a practise that saw extensive and deadly use in WWI. The instructor of the day was telling the troops that if an enemy plane f lew by, that the soldiers should try to shoot it down. After the session was over, an older soldier, who had actually fought in the trenches in WWI, took the “boys” aside and told them to ignore the instructions. He said if an enemy plane came over and they fired at it, it would only reveal their position more clearly and the pilot could circle back and strafe the trenches, possibly killing or wounding many soldiers. He said to ignore the plane and report its position to headquarters so a plane might be sent out to hunt down the enemy fighter plane. The advice makes sense and applies to our health care system. It’s the people who have been in the trenches who can best determine what went right and what went wrong. The public deserve to know and I am certain every health care worker would like to have their say. It’s the least we can do for health care to make sure that none of our elderly and

compromised have died in vain. There’s 1,700 reasons to have an inquiry. On the economic side, we need an inquiry too. Did masks work or not? Did hand washing and social distancing work? Did business lockdowns work? Some may have, but small stores had to shut down and that made no sense. Most had, and still have, low volumes of customers. Large stores opened, but at half capacity. Why not small stores too? Some stores had to rope or curtain off certain “non-essential” items. That made no sense at all. Whether the Manitoba government has the sense to do an inquiry remains to be seen. They have done some really good things, but there were tons of errors too. Now is the time for an inquiry before we face another pandemic as unprepared as we were for the last one. 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 4


any years ago, I came across this definition of power. “The amount of power you have,” the definition says, “is measured by the number of people who jump when you say ‘Jump!’ and who, while jumping, ask ‘How high do you want me to go?’” A better definition goes something like this: “Power is measured by the ability of an object or a person to control the actions of the objects or people around it.” Consider nature’s power and fury. Heavy rains, tornados, f loods, avalanches, mudslides, or earthquakes. We look at the property damage and loss of life sustained by the victims of these natural disasters, and we think: “Now, that’s power.” We make the same observation when, while out for a drive in the country, we see a huge 4-wheel drive tractor pulling 60 or more feet of air seeder. Now, that’s power. We may see a long train emerging from the Minnedosa valley. Its 150-200 cars are being propelled by four locomotives– two in front pulling, one in the middle helping and one in the rear pushing. Thanks to those engines, a train weighing thousands of tons can make that climb quite easily. Now, that’s power. A fully loaded Airbus A-380 is propelled down a runway at London’s Heathrow Airport. Thanks

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to the thrust they generate, the plane reaches the required take off speed before it reaches the end of the runway and is soon in the air. Now, that’s power. But when we look at powerful people, we aren’t as impressed by their use of power as we are with the power of a tractor, a locomotive, or a jet engine. We know of world leaders who, with one stroke of a pen, have increased taxes and spent billions of dollars on public works, subsidies, or foreign aid. Some have used their power to grant special privileges to some of their country’s citizens while limiting or removing altogether the privileges of others. World leaders have incredible power over millions of people. But they do not always use that power to serve others in love. It’s always sad to see people who have the potential to do good and help others suddenly become tyrannical predators who use their power to dominate, control and abuse groups of people for whom they should show the highest degree of love and care. But let’s not be too hard on them. The power to do good exists in all of us. So does the power to do evil. All tyrants share a common character trait. They can control everything and everyone around them. But they cannot control themselves. They crave more control over their opponents, more possessions, and more perks. Self-love becomes the driving force in

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their lives. Instant gratification becomes their goal. If people will not give them what they demand, they will take it by force– richly rewarding those who help them, ruthlessly punishing those who do not, and showing total disregard for any protests or sanctions from the international community. How do we keep from becoming like these tyrants? We do so by submitting ourselves to God’s authority and asking him to fill us with the love that he has for his creation and its people. Then, we allow that love to f low through us to make us agents of healing and reconciliation in our world. The power of love– God’s love f lowing through us to others– is greater than anything else in all creation. Its effects will last forever. Now, that’s power.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen The view from the top rung...


ith the passing of every member of my extended families, I feel that I move one rung up life’s ladder. I can’t say that it’s lonely at the top, for I am well loved and am blessed with friendships and acquaintances that I cherish. I can’t say that it’s like waiting at a station or bus stop, anticipating or dreading the arrival of my carriage. The view is simply different. Growing up– well, let’s say in my early years, for there are days I fake being grown up– in my early years, I knew and loved two complete sets of grandparents, and one set of great grandparents. There are strong family traits in me that I can attribute to the Toews side, the Groening side and the Born side. My mother was one of 12, all of them marrying and having children, gracing me with 45 first cousins on my maternal side. All of that generation of aunts and uncles have died. Their stories live on! For we are an eccentric, creative strain. My father was one of six, and none of the second generation got to meet our Uncle Bill, for he died in a tragic farm accident at the age of 15. His stories, too, live on. On my paternal side, I am thankful to have

two aunts and one uncle who are still mostly well in body, mind and spirit! I cherish the calls and notes, holding on to family. I cherish the legacy of thirst for knowledge and faith. Some of my generation have lost children, and now we are losing cousins and partners. My generation are the elders… Growing up– again I use the term loosely– in a small farming community, the adults were all role models, and we as children knew that each and every one of them deserved our respect, we were accountable. The close-knit group celebrated birthdays together, shared in chicken and pig killing bees, and cared for one another. Back in the ‘50s, one didn’t hop in the car and drive 50 miles to visit family willy-nilly, the community became our family. A walk through the Graysville Mennonite Church cemetery allows me to continue to honour so many who inf luenced my life. There are some of us left! I have three sisters. I have ‘brothers’, boys who I grew up with, who accepted me and are now old men! I pay homage to a special brother, Bill, one who will slip me the high card I need in a game, one who remembers my parents with fondness, and one who, when realising I had never been to a casino, felt honoured to take me– for a brother should take his little sister to such an establishment! Oh, he has sisters aplenty, but I still share the title! Looking up, I see a mighty host cheering us on, looking down, I see a mighty host depending on us for our prayers, caring and guidance. Looking around, I see that I have it very good. The ladder stretches ever higher, the view allowing me more introspection and ref lection.

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Rivers Legion Chase the Ace picked up with two remaining Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner With only two cards left to choose from, Brady Paddock made what was possibly one of the biggest decisions of his life: the card on the left, or the card on the right. With an estimated 130 onlookers, he made the right call and picked the Ace of Hearts to win the $9,680 pot. This particular Chase the Ace game had been going for 51 straight weeks—just shy of a year! When asked how he made his decision of which card to pick he said: “All night I was saying if I got picked I was picking the left

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card and that’s what I went with”. Friend Taylor Shamray couldn’t make it, so they made a deal the night before that Taylor would give him half the price of entry and if he won they’d split the pot. So, we have two lucky winners for the price of one. Brady adds “It was nice to celebrate that night with everyone at the legion!” A huge thank-you to all those in attendance, for supporting the Legion, to Shelly Moms Kitchen for catering the event, to volunteers Caroline Phillips, Lawrence Murry, and Sharon Thomson for selling meat draw and 50 50 tickets and for helping with suppers, to

Dave Cloney and Gary Neilson for selling Chase the Ace tickets, and a second thank-you to Dave for helping clean up at the bar after the party was over. Also thanks to Kathy Davis for helping figuring out money, the Ladies Auxiliary for the great suppers, Jeff Worth for prov iding amazing music, Shelly, Helga, John, Gail, and Denean for helping with tickets as well, and bar waitresses Jacquei, Mel, Deb, and Cass Shelley. Last but not least, a huge thank-you to Barb Prokaski Plewes for all her work and devotion. We look forward to more exciting nights!


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hen we came home from our visit to the long-term facility, it felt like spring outside. A beautiful blue sky and the sun was brightly shining. When we got to the highway, it felt to keep on driving into the far distance. When I came home, one of my neighbours was already taking in the sunshine on his deck. I got my chair out of the garage, tied the dog up on the deck and just inhaled the warm weather, even though it was only +15° on the thermometer. I noticed the chickadees in my little tree waiting to invade the bird feeder. I thought back about the place we had just been. It was so good to see my old friend back again. He must be way up in his nineties and did not look well. I had missed him for a few weeks. He looked very uncomfortable and waved his arms to tell how hard it was to get old and so uncomfortable. I do not think he cared about the sunshine and the blue sky, but he was ready to meet his Creator and the sooner the better. It made me think about the time we still have on this earth and enjoy each day to the utmost. We do not know what tomorrow brings. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” And we learn in James 4:14, “You do not know what will bring tomorrow.” Enjoy each day with a thankful heart.

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The Rivers Police Service (RPS) has provincial jurisdiction and authority as police officers anywhere within the Province of Manitoba. RPS often participates in traffic safety initiatives in communities outside of Riverdale Municipality. We travel throughout the province for traffic safety initiatives, and in turn, other law enforcement agencies come to Rivers/Riverdale to do the same. Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) pro-

vides equipment and wages for RPS members to work both within and outside of the Riverdale Municipality for the purpose of traffic safety initiatives. Traffic safety hours do not affect the regular RPS schedule, so we still have police coverage in Riverdale while traffic safety operations are taking place. Regular calls for service are handled by the agency that holds the policing contract for the municipality where the call for service

occurs. RPS has the policing contract for Riverdale Municipality and responds to all calls for service in this area. All surrounding municipalities are policed by the RCMP and calls for service outside of the Riverdale Municipality must be dispatched to the RCMP. L.M. (Lon) SCHWARTZ Chief of Police Rivers Police Service

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L oca l couple Tyson Peters and Kiarra Armstrong-Peters are happy to be home. Originally from the Cardale/Oak River area, they spent the last six years in Lethbridge. Kiarra is a registered massage therapist and licensed clinical aesthetician. She opened a multidisciplinary clinic in Lethbridge, which offered massage therapy, physio therapy, and counselling; she still oversees the team and regularly makes the 10hour commute. She is glad to have simplified things for the time being with a solo project, though she is already thinking of opening up a satellite clinic in Brandon in the long-term. Her new venture is the Solo Health Boutique, where she offers a wide rage of massage treatments, facials, and full-body treatments. The couple moved back to the Riverdale area in the spring of 2021, and she took on a few clients at her home while she had her new studio space built on their property at the lake road junction. Like everyone this past two years, she feels that working from home blurs the lines between personal

and business, and the new construction allows for all the perks of working from home, without being inside her home. She and Tyson have two rescue pitbulls, Wendy and Ludo, who do not offer pet-assisted therapy, unfortunately, so it is best for them to stay inside their home rather than greeting guests. Tyson Peters is the Agricultural specialist for Manitoba with Westoba, based in Rivers. They both love fitness, hiking, fishing, and getting outdoors when the weather allows it. Both their families are in the area, with Kiarra’s parents now living in Rapid City, Tyson's parents now living in Brandon and his brother in Rivers. Kiarra is organizing a Ladies Night May 27 at the Riverdale Community Center, showcasing all female entrepreneurs and business owners in the area. Ladies Night came about because of all of the support that Kiarra received from other business owners in the area as her studio space was being built. She felt it would be a neat idea to return the support by shining a light on all of the incredible female entrepreneurs and business owners in our community. Kiarra explains: “We are all

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working fairly intertwined with one another, whether that be for referrals or additions to our own services, and a lot of us have been affected quite heavily during the pandemic. So it's a great way to support one another plus network and rebuild what we lost over the past two years.”

Secret Recipes from Rivers Mammas and Grannies

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In this week’s “recipes with a story” column, our featured recipe comes from Tammy Machut, who lives in Rivers. These Mars Bars Squares are a bit like Rice Krispies Squares but for chocolate lovers! Tammy got the recipe from her mom. If you have a recipe (and a story) you would like to be featured, please email me at sarah.plosker@ Tammy has three kids: a 27-year-old girl who lives in Alberta, a 23-year-old boy who lives in Brandon with his girlfriend, and a 19-year-old girl who lives at home. The older two come home often to visit and eat home cooked meals. Tammy also delivers homemade canning and baking to the middle child since he and

his girlfriend live relatively close. Her youngest gets to enjoy home cooking every day. Recently, she and her youngest daughter have been trying new recipes from Pinterest every week. They both enjoy cooking and baking, and trying out new recipes.

Mars Bars Squares 4x50g Mars bars ½ Cup butter or hard margarine 3 Cups rice crispy cereal Heat candy bars and butter in large saucepan. Stir often until melted, then remove from heat. Add cereal and stir to coat all

cereal. Pack into a greased or foil-lined 9x9 pan. Topping 1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ¼ Cup butter or hard margarine Combine the chocolate chips and butter on low heat. Stir often until smooth. Spread all over and let cool. Cut into squares. From Tammy: Mars bar squares are the most favourite for my kids and all their friends. They do not last. The recipe is super easy and a hit at every occasion: family meals, potlucks, you name it.


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Due to Maintenance issues the Royal Canadian Legion #75 would like customers to know that all events in upper hall can still occur but the wheel chair ramp will not be available till further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience. The next Legion Branch meeting is Monday April 11th 7pm. -Kathy Davis

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Provincial “A” girls basketball championships: Rivers Rams take home bronze!

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F i s he r R i v e r H i g h School hosted the 2022 “A” Girls and Boys Provincial Basketball Championships Mar. 17–19. The R ivers Girls won third place. Congratulations girls! Some specific players won additional awards: Players Choice w a s aw a r d e d t o #16 Brooklyn Zemliak, #9 Alexis Mclean received an Allstar award, as well as the Game Star for the Bronze match and the Semi-Final game. The team is made up of grade 9-12 students. The “A”, for the curious reader, is based on school

size: Rivers Collegiate is a small school, at 152 students from grade 7-12. Our zone is zone 7, which is made up of the Neepawa Tigers, the Elton (Forrest) Sabres, the MacGregor Mustangs, the William M o r t o n ( G l a d s t o n e) War r iors, t he M innedosa Chancellors, and of course, the Rivers Rams. The girls were nearly undefeated in their regular season, having lost only one game. The Rivers Rams started Provincials off against t he P i n aw a Pa nt her s on Thurs, with Rivers w i n n i ng 33 -18 . T hey then played Grandview Spartans on Fri. in the semi-finals and lost 22-56.

Finally, they played Elm Creek Cobras on Sat. and won a close game 43-42 to get third place. The game went into overtime and was a real nail-biter. Down by 4 points with 1 min. 57 sec. left, they had a few free throw attempts, then got the lead with 37 seconds left.

Team effort Coach Lucas Mikkelsen, school staff, and parents are extremely proud of the students. Lucas says it was a team effort. Some students were injured, so some of the grade 9 students played and held their own against other grade 12 players. Way to go team!

The Nail Room: making you look and feel fabulous from head to soul Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner Ashlee Blandford has been in the beauty industry for 17 years. She grew up working in her mom’s hair and tanning salon so it was easy to walk into the role. After a couple of years of university, she migrated back to the industry and has been perfecting and adding services since. She had been operating her business, the Nail Room, at 529 Second Ave in Rivers, in the unit to the East of the Rivers Banner, but had issues with the roof leaking during the Covid lockdowns (when it rains, it pours!) The “C-word”, as Ashlee calls it, has certainly hurt small business owners, not to mention has added a lot of stress onto

people’s shoulders over the past two years. Combined with some personal issues (including a car accident), she closed down during this tough time. She started working again in June 2021 as part of the team at Hair Dynamics in Rivers until she stumbled upon her new private space in Jan. 2022. The landlords did a lot of work on the property and worked with her to create a perfect space. She couldn’t be more excited to bring back the personality of her previous space. So, after a short hiatus, the Nail Room is back up and running! You can follow their Facebook page and Instagram. Ashlee provides services such as manicures, pedicures, gel nails, body sugaring, brows, lash extensions, lash

lifts and tints, and facials. She is always learning and adding new services. With flexible hours including evenings and weekends, she can accommodate events such as birthdays and groups for ladies’ night or bridal parties etc. She takes great pride in her services and building relationships. Ashlee is a mother of four: three girls and one boy. She and her husband moved to Oak River from Brandon nine years ago to provide a sense of community and independence for the kids as they grow up. Ashlee feels privileged to be able to be a part of important events in people’s lives, like weddings, and has seen some clients through pregnancies, postpartum, and watched their babies grow. She thanks all those who have supported her dream and have worked through the kinks of the “new normal” together. She looks forward to continuing to provide services to the community.


Back row left to right: Lucas Mikkelsen, Sierra Bourdin, Alissa Janz, Alexis McLean, Cheyanne Heistad, Cassandra Moar, Sylke Heijmans, Shirley-Amber Johnson Front row left to right: Payton Demas, Taylor Bridgeman, Sarah Krahn, Brianne Zemliak, Brooklyn Zemliak.

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Regarding the 2022 Financial Plan 2022 GRAVEL HAULING TENDER The Riverdale Municipality is looking for tender applications for gravel hauling and spreading. The work is to be completed by: July 1, 2022 ** 15,000 cubic yards of Crushed Gravel to be hauled and spread from two stockpiles within the Municipality ** Riverdale Municipality maintains the right to adjust volumes to accommodate road conditions and weather. ** Lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted** Emails are to be sent to Craige Madden at dalyshop1@ labelled 2022 Gravel Hauling Tender or hand delivered, to 670 2nd Ave Rivers Mb, in a sealed envelope, labelled the same as above. ** The Tender application form is availableat https://, applications must be received before 4:00pm Friday, April 1 2022** Emails can be sent to attn, Craige Madden and will not be opened until after the time indicated above.

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Public notice is hereby given that the MidWest Weed District intends to conduct the following Pesticide control programs during 2022 . 1. To control noxious weeds and brush on right’s-of-ways within the municipalities of Oakview, Hamiota and Riverdale including all villages and towns within. The projected dates of application will be from May 1 2022 to October 31 2022. The herbicides that may be used include: -2.4D amine 600, Banvel VM, Overdrive, Navius, Truvist, Clearview, Garlon XRT, VP 480, Esplanade, Fiesta, Weed B gone. 2. To control noxious weeds on the Hamiota golf course. The projected dates of application will be from May 1 2022 to October 31 2022. Herbicides that may be used include: - Trillion, Par III. 3. To control turf disease at the Hamiota golf course. The projected dates of application will be from May 1 2022 to October 31 2022. The fungicides that may be used include: - Instrata IIA, Interface, Mirage, Daconill ultrex. 4. To control grasshoppers. The projected dates of application will be from June 1 2022 to October 31 2022. The insecticide that may be used include: - Eco Bran. The public may send written submissions or objections to specific control programs within 15 days of the publication of the notice to the department below: Environmental Approvals Branch Manitoba Sustainable Development 1007 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H OW 4


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Rural Municipality of Oakview PUBLIC NOTICE

GLORIA CARRARD CARRARD: Gloria Louise passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on Friday, March 11, 2022 at the age of 70 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, François; daughter, Kara Burrell (Brian Meaud), grandchildren, Layla and Ren; daughter, Sigourney Burrell (Anthony Borrel) and grandchildren, Ziggy and Lutécia; siblings: Brian, Bruce and Cynthia. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date at her beloved farm yard. Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.


2022 GRAVEL CRUSHING Would like to invite tenders to crush approximately 15 000 yards of gravel in 2022. Gravel would be crushed in two separate pits, Apsen Pit located East of Rivers Mb at SE 29-12-20 the other being at the Mawer Pit located at W of 4-11-22 at the half mile. Amounts per pit to be determined by Operations Manager, previously crushing amounts has been 10 000 at Aspen Pit and 5 000 at the Mawer Pit. Tenders must be submitted no later than 4pm Friday April 1, 2022. Tenders can be hand deliverd to the Municipal office at Rivers, 670 2nd Ave, in a sealed envelope labelled Gravel Crushing tender 2022 or they can be emailed to attn, Craige Madden, labelled same as above. ** emails will be opened after 4pm Friday April 1,2022. Only contractors registered with the Manitoba Workers Compensation Board and COR certified will be considered. Lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Municipal Office phone number (204) 328- 5300 Fax number (204) 328-5374

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to Subsection 162 (2) of The Municipal Act that the Council of the R. M. of Oakview intends to present its financial plan for the fiscal year 2022 at a public hearing in the Oak River Memorial Rink Hall, 7 Government Rd, Oak River on the 12th day of April, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Council will hear any person who wishes to make a representation, ask questions, or register an objection to the financial plan or the borrowing proposal, as provided. Please note that the 2022 financial plan includes the following proposal to borrow $280,000. (Borrowing By-Law No. 2022-2) to pay for: The purchase of a new pumper emergency vehicle. The total estimated cost of the new pumper emergency vehicle is $470,000 to be funded as follows: $190,000. from the Rapid City Fire Reserve Fund; and $280,000. to be funded by borrowing. The borrowing will be repaid over 5 years at a maximum interest rate of 4.5% per year. The annual repayment will be no more than $63,781.66 to be levied annually as part of the general municipal levy. Based on the latest assessment roll, an estimated .274 mills will be required. NOTE: We are asking all members of the public who wish to attend the meeting to PRE-REGISTER to allow the CAO to arrange for appropriate accommodations for the hearing. Please pre-register by April 11th at 4:30 p.m. by calling 204-566-2146 or emailing Copies of the financial plan; the proposal to borrow and information about the capital asset purchase will be available for review commencing on the 4th day of April, 2022 and may be examined by any person during regular office hours of the Municipal offices at Oak River (10 Cochrane Street) or Rapid City (435 3rd Ave) or by emailing a request for a copy, Marci Quane Chief Administrative Officer R. M. of Oakview March 18th, 2022



Operations Manager Craige Madden





REGARDING THE 2022 FINANCIAL PLAN PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act that the Council of Riverdale Municipality intends to present its financial plan for the fiscal year 2022 at a public hearing on the 12th day of April 2022 at 7:00 p.m at the Legion Hall, 633 Second Avenue. Council will hear any person who wishes to make representation, ask questions or register an objection to the financial plan, as provided. Copies of the financial plan are available for review and may be examined by any person during the regular office hours of Riverdale Municipality at 670 – 2nd Avenue, Rivers, MB on or after April 5th, 2022 The Public Hearing will be in accordance with MB Health Recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kat Bridgeman, CMMA Chief Administrative Officer Contact: 204-328-5300 or


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FOODS Meat Cutters/Production Personnel Our people, perseverance, integrity, and exceptional partnerships have led HyLife to becoming Canada’s leading pork producer and global exporter of high quality pork products. The growing demand for our pork in Japan and China means we need exceptional people to help deliver our company vision. We have expanded our Neepawa facility to increase our overall production by 15% and in turn created new jobs throughout the company. As a Meat Cutter/Production Personnel you will be a critical member of our team in the creation of our world class product. Our positions range from working on our slaughter production floor to shipping the final packaged product, with everything in between! With our wide variety of jobs, excellent people, and our drive for innovation you will certainly find a job that suits you! Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to: • Slaughter and eviscerate hogs for further processing • Harvest and package edible offal • Process pork carcasses into primal cuts • Butcher and package pork primal cuts into value added specifications for local, national and international premium markets • Carry out other tasks related to processing of meat for shipping to customers or storage • Sanitation People who will succeed as members of our team will: • Enjoy working in a fast paced, stable long term work environment • Appreciate working in a culturally diverse workplace. We employ people from all over the world! • Treat people with dignity and respect • Open to working in colder/warmer environments • Physically Fit • Experience as an industrial butcher or trimmer is an asset

Current starting wage is $15.15/hour plus $1.00 per hour perfect attendance incentive! Wage scale extends to $22.10 per hour We believe that our success is founded on the strength of our team. As such, we place a great deal of emphasis on attracting, developing and retaining good people, and consider every one of our employees to be a highly-valued member of the HyLife family. To that end, we are committed to providing a working environment that not only fosters personal growth, but also recognizes our employees’ contributions towards the common goal of our company’s success because of this HyLife has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies. If you have the qualifications and the passion to meet this challenge then we would like to explore your potential. Please apply online at or email to or mail to PO Box 10,000, 623 Main St E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0. We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted

Rolling River School Division Maintenance Worker

(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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Sarah’s Science Corner Constructing a Terrarium

Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner Make your own terrarium for growing plants! This week’s Let’s Talk Science hands-on activity is best suited for grades 1-5 children, so they can learn a bit about earth science, environmental science, ecology, agriculture, and more. That being said, this would be a great project for any age, for growing seeds indoors to transplant outside after the risk of frost. What You Need: A clean and dry 2L pop bottle with lid, scissors (provide assistance to young children), tape, rocks or broken clay pieces, potting soil (2 cups), seeds (bean, cat grass, radish, etc.), water. What to Do 1. Remove the label from the pop bottle. 2. Cut the pop bottle ¾ of the way around, about 10cm (4in) from the top of the bottle. The part that you didn’t cut will act like a hinge so that you can open the bottle. Leave the lid on the bottle. 3. Fold back the top of the pop bottle and add a layer (about 5cm (2in) deep) of rocks or broken clay pieces into the bottom. 4. Add potting soil into the pop bottle until it is about ¼ full. 5. Dig a small hole in the soil and put a bean seed into the hole. If you are using a smaller type of seed, such as cat grass or radish, simply put the seeds on the top of the soil and sprinkle a bit of soil over the seeds. Soak larger seeds such as bean or corn for 3 - 4 hours before planting them. Tamp soil down over the seeds. Pour a ½ of a cup of water onto the soil above the seed. 6. Fold the top of the pop bottle back into its original position (so that it looks like a pop bottle again). Put tape over the cut part of the bottle to seal it. Keep the terrarium near a window in bright light, but not in direct sunlight. Rotate the terrarium regularly so that plants don’t grow in one direction. What’s happening? Plants do not have to go out and find food; they make their own food. The leaves of most plants have structures within them that make a type of food we know–sugar! The plant uses some of this sugar right away for normal life functions (e.g. growth). Excess sugar is stored for later use. In order to make sugar, leaves need three essential ingredients: water (from the soil), carbon dioxide (from the air) and energy (from the Sun). The process that plants use to

convert these three things into sugar is called photosynthesis. Water is one of the key needs of all living things, including plants. Plants absorb water from the soil through their roots. Water then moves through a plant’s stem and branches to the leaves where most of the photosynthesis takes place. Some water escapes into the air from small pores on the underside of the leaves. This is called transpiration. Because terrariums are closed containers, they keep the water vapour from escaping into the environment. Instead, when the water vapour encounters the plastic bottle, it condenses (forms into a liquid) and drips back down into the soil, allowing the cycle to start again. Why Does it Matter? A terrarium is a small ecosystem. Ecosystem means the interactions between a group of organisms living in the same place and the resources that support them. The main living organisms in a terrarium are the plants and the micro-organisms in the soil. The resources supporting the terrarium ecosystem are light, water, and soil. The terrarium is completely sustainable: everything in the ecosystem works together to produce what is needed for all the living organisms in it to survive. Any ecosystem, like a terrarium, could be sealed up and still survive because everything in the ecosystem works together. However, ecosystems require specific conditions to function properly and small changes can upset an entire system! This is why things like pollution, the introduction of invasive species, over-hunting of a particular animal, and other actions, can harm more than just one species. Investigate Further • Try starting a terrarium with one or more seedling plants instead of from a seed. • Once you have a growing plant (or plants), conduct additional investigations to find out how other factors can inf luence the terrarium ecosystem. For example: • Investigate the impact of changing the light level, direction of light or type of light provided • Investigate the impact of temperature by putting the terrarium in the fridge or warming it with a blow dryer • Observe the inf luence of changing the soil pH by adding different amounts of vinegar (an acid of pH 3) or baking soda solution (a base of pH 8) • Compare your terrarium to an aquarium ecosystem. How are they the same? How are they different?

Mary Poppins is coming to the Bend

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The Strathclair Drama Club’s 38th production is set for Apr. 18-23 at the Bend Theatre in Strathclair. This normally annual event took a hiatus for two years due to Covid restrictions. The popular regional musical changes every season and typically sells out the 318seat theatre. This year’s musical, as you may have guessed by the title of the article, is Mary Poppins. The group did auditions in Nov. 2019 and started rehearsing in Jan. 2020 but shut down in Mar. 2020 for what was assumed would be two weeks. They started back up in early 2022 doing rehearsals over Zoom. Nearly all of the 45 cast members have stayed the same, with one or two parts being recast. The cast is a mix of people who have never been in a production before, some who were in the previous years’ dramas, while others are legacy families. Families like the Gameys, Voths, and Kingdons have been mainstays in the annual productions, taking on roles onstage, behind the curtain, and on the Board throughout the last 40 years. That being said, no experience is necessary to join the club and everyone is there to have fun. The cast consists of kids in grade four right up to great grandparents. The cast, crew, and live

orchestra are normally made up of lots of farmers, so the play is set for April, prior to seeding, as that works best for most involved. Towns represented by the cast include Strathclair, Cardale, Oak River, Sandy Lake, Shoal lake, Minnedosa, Rivers, and Brandon. The audience is often filled with people from surrounding towns, but does attract some from Winnipeg and even Saskatchewan who come back to see the play every year. This year, Charlotte Castle, who lives in Riverdale Municipality, is starring as Mary Poppins. This is the second season she’s been involved in the Straithclair Drama Club. Last season she was Glenda the Good Witch in their Wizard of Oz production. Charlotte is classically trained, having received an undergraduate music degree and a master’s in music and performance, specializing in voice and opera. Her husband Ben plays trumpet for the musical’s orchestra. Charlotte has enjoyed the experience of flying twice across the stage, held up by a wire pulley system: once as Glenda the Good Witch in a bedazzled bird cage, and this time with her umbrella. Kim Moffat, who deals with the publicity of the play, says that the people in their prop department are magicians! Bryton Kingdon is an 11-year old who lives in Cardale and attends school

in Minnedosa. He is excited to return to the stage for his second season after his debut as the Barrister in "Wizard of Oz" and three summers in Dramarama. This season, he has a large role as one of the Michael’s. Bryton spends his off-season playing soccer, taking piano lessons, enjoying 4-H, camping, and playing video games. His parents, Wendy Radcliffe and Bruce Kingdon, have been involved in the Straithclair Drama Club for many years. They are excited to join their son onstage for the production of Mary Poppins. This season marks Erin Brown’s first year as the Producer of the show. Erin lives in Oak River. She has been involved in five other productions, including the leading role of Princess Winifred in "Once Upon a Mattress". Erin has always had a love of singing and being on stage. Couple Shirley and Chris Martin, from Rapid City, have been involved in the productions for many years. Shirley plays piano for the orchestra while Chris is the club's lighting director. They enjoy being a part of the SDC with their son Duncan, who plays percussion, and his fiancée Rylee Wruth, who is the projected imagery director. Tickets go on sale April 2 and can only be ordered by phone (204)365-2436.

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