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Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner On Apr. 27, Oak River resident Kate-Leigh Heapy was named Dairy Farmers of Manitoba High School Athlete of the week. The Athlete of the Week recognition is awarded to outstanding rural and urban student athletes and has been in existence since 2010. Kate-Leigh loves sports. She plays volleyball, hockey, softball, and badminton. What’s more, she’s

Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which noon of March 21, where the When all was said and done, fantastic! We are very, very plinary Studies in Science class culminated in a ceremonious food was weighed and sorted. the scales at Riverdale Harvest pleased.” 434 pounds, Elementary school staffthe memon March 20 to helping Although the sen- notedina total at Rivers planned a presentation extremely good at it. Collegiate Her plays on got a bronze medal farm, outproject withwas aBrandon the offall. She “a via nomination from ber/Harvest volunteerisYvonne Riverdale Harvest president ior students brainstorm, en- to fabulous amount,” says Heather. project for Riverdale volleyball team, the Hamiat Harvest. provincials. chores when she can. She’s the plans go into Business school. Kate-Leigh an tire high school was encouraged “We are so pleased they decided Crouch initiated a similar camthe Boat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. ota CollegiateDubbed high school Kate-Leigh’s badminton also President of the Rivers Administration, special- extremely accomplished Because the snow had melted to participate. The collegiate to help those we serve. A lot paign in her school. That threestudents secured a canoe from team, won gold at provinteam, the so Hamiota 4H Beef after izing in accounting, athlete allsimply fourencouraged sports of times kids don’t after get enough week in effort much, theColcanoe could not Club, hostedlooking a poor boy floor hockey Rolling River School Division cials this season; heranhockey highbeschool Charolais steer on her to which become she plays, the Athlete credithopes but thistogroup of students studentsand to leave product in portagedteam, across the astreet to tournament in which play, she with intent to legiate f ill it with theWeek canoe;recognition 87 pounds of food Church (home ofuncle’s River- beef athletes had to pay with food for certainly deserves some non-perishables. Although team, the Birtle/Hamiota will be the goingZion to provincials farm. a chartered professional ac-praise. of the is collected from the younger Harvest). Rather, the teens the canoe. Some studentscountant. also All students behind truly to was was organized Bruiskies, alsocampaign won gold atfullythis coming dale weekend. After She saysstayed she likes well-deserved. by that class, the original idea carried bags, boxes and garbage canvassed Rivers, Oak River help check expiry dates, sort and group on Thursday, March 22. provincials. She was the already winning two gold Good grades math and hopes to come Parents Darcy and Lori, came from a suggestion made assistant captain and comedals for provincial volKate-Leigh isn’t letting back to Oak River once siblings Brayden and Kasby harvest volunteer Liliane leading scorer Dupuis. in the minor leyball and hockey cham- her grades slide on account her studies are completed sidy, and her extended heard one the ideapionships at a meet- this season, here’s of all her extra-curriculars. to work locally. hockey league, “Itying family are all very proud ing in Brandon. Augustine other girl. Softball is her St.hoping for a third victory! In fact, currently she has Rest assured, there was of Kate-Leigh. Her accomSchool had tried Fill a Canoe favourite sport, so much so a 96 per cent average in no nepotism with respect to plishments are a reflection in conjunction with the 10-day that she plays on two teams: Extremely busy her courses. Kate-Leigh the Dairy Farmers of Mani- of all her hard work. BanFestival du Voyaguer in Winher high school team and It was Kate-Leigh is extremely is in grade 12 and all toba—it’s pure coincidence ner staff wish Kate-Leigh nipeg in February. very successful the local U19 team (17and andwhenever busy.I hear Some days she has set to g raduate: she’ll that Kate-Leigh lives on a congratulations and best my ears three always perk 18 year olds). food Lastbank, season, after-school practi- be attending Assiniboine dairy farm. The way the of luck in her future enup!” the communityShe team she ces. She lives on a dairy Community College in recognition is awarded is deavours! then brought the sugThe canoe at Rivers gestion to Riverdale Harvest, Elementary School was which supported the idea and adequately filled. Photo by Heather Gray asked her to present the promo-

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t the recent Washington Press Gallery Dinner, comedian Trevor Noah gave a very funny address. He made fun of every news agency and personality he could think of. He made fun of President Biden. Most people laughed. President Biden laughed, at everyone else but importantly, he laughed at himself. Biden also gave a very good funny speech. After all, humour is the main goal of that annual dinner. (see link here But it was the serious part of Noah’s speech that was the best part and he saved it for last. Basically he said the news media in America has the freedom and ability to challenge ideas, to criticize government and to do so without fear of being injured or killed. He drew obvious comparisons to Russia and the Ukraine war and that in those countries, war conditions are killing people, including journalists, “even as we speak.” Noah spoke the truth and the crowd of over 2,000 politicians, celebrities and news media types seemed to get it. They seemed to appreciate what Noah was saying. In Manitoba, the newspaper industry is only somewhat threatened by government. Three instances come to mind. The Manitoba PC government has worked to allow local governments to not be required to place important notices in the papers such as notifications of


financial plans, re-zoning changes and legal notifications. They have harmed the newspapers with some pretty ridiculous changes to recycling regulations. And perhaps most of all, they have run away from letting the public know their plans and programs by severely cutting newspaper ads. Ironically, there is no reduction in the steady stream of government press releases. It seems newspapers are deemed to be good enough for placing free news but not good enough for paid ads. But in Manitoba there is a greater threat to the f low of information and that is the great destruction brought on the newspaper industry by the corporate world. It used to be that local papers were the backbone of every community. Many years ago, there was a newspaper in Rapid City, Plumas, McCreary, Holland and many other small towns. They went out of business 70 or more years ago as the smaller towns shrank in size. Until about four years ago there were still 50 or more local papers in Manitoba. Around 20 no longer exist. Weekly papers that are gone now include papers at Melita, Reston, Deloraine, Souris, Carberry, Brandon, Altona, Cartwright, Stonewall, Selkirk, Carman, Winkler and Morden. That said, the last five listed towns still have one paper but until a couple of years ago there were two. Even Winnipeg has not gone unscathed where the five weekly community papers have been collapsed and made into two but under new names.

Ken Waddell This a huge loss of papers. All but one had been owned by large shareholder corporations. Most people know that large shareholder corporations have one purpose: to make money for the shareholders. That is an obvious truth about the large shareholder corporate world. If they don’t make money for a couple of quarters, the axe falls. CEOs are fired, staff are cut and assets sold. So it has been now for years in large corporate newspaper business. But there comes a time when you can’t cut staff any more. Many of the papers listed above were down to one staff before the corporations locked the door and walked away. Staff were cut, printing presses and buildings sold off along with anything else that might make a dollar. The silly part is that selling assets is attributed to the profit line which seems insane to a normal person but in a corporate world, it happens all the time. It would be like a grain farmer selling land and pretending he made a profit on the

wheat crop. Corporations in any industry that don’t lose sight of serving and growing are welcome. They can be the backbone of a community in the same way that small locally owned businesses are. Of the 20 or so papers listed above that disappeared, all but one was corporately owned. In all of western Manitoba, there are only two corporately owned community newspapers left. In all of Manitoba there are only about six left. The rest are all family owned papers with real live owners/editors/publishers. The message is simple, we live in trying times but we need to hold onto what’s important, faith, family, friends and community. The locally owned newspaper has always been part of that precious mix. 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.

Why dictatorships fail

n this series of columns, we are looking at the three forms of government that were common in Biblical times. So far, we have looked at Theocracies (a deity ruling through a prophet, priest or judge) and Monarchies (rule by a king or queen). Both existed in the early years of Biblical history. By the time of Christ, they had been replaced by a type of government that would dominate world history for several hundred years. In Jesus’ day, most of the known world had been absorbed by the Roman empire. Its capital city was ancient Rome. Its emperor was Octavian (known to us as Augustus Caesar). For many years, Rome had been governed as a republic. Its heads of state were Consuls, each elected for a one year term. They were administrators and commanders of the army. They were accountable to the Roman senate. Over time, some of the Consuls developed a lust for more power. They found ways to manipulate the Senate into turning power over to them. The Senate gave in, but not always willingly. Sometimes they fought back-as when they conspired to assassinate Julius Caesar. Octavian was not about to accept appointment as a Consul. He wanted to be Emperor. He wanted to rule for life. He didn’t want to share power with anyone. Every period of time, from creation to the present

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day, has had heads of state who exercised absolute control over the political, social, economic and religious lives of the people they governed. Some of these leaders were among the nastiest wretches to ever slither across the pages of human history. They had lofty goals and visions of grandeur. They wanted to create empires that would last forever. But they all failed. None of them even came close to achieving their goals. Dictators rise to power by systematically eliminating their rivals. They stay in power by suppressing all real or perceived opposition to their rule. And when they die, their dreams die with them. Their successors have dreams of their own for themselves, their supporters and their country. Sometimes, conditions in the country improve under a new dictator. Sometimes, unfortunately, one brutal dictator is replaced by one who is even worse and the reign of terror and suffering in the country continue. All dictators have one fatal f law. They can’t be everywhere at once, be all things to all people, meet every need or have “hands-on” control over every aspect of a country’s life. Those who think they can quickly learn just how inadequate they are. So, they enlist people to help them-people whose roles are similar to those of the provincial governors (like Quirinius; see Luke 2) Octavian appointed in

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ancient Rome. But finding these people can be a challenge; because dictators care more about control than competence. Competent people think for themselves. They don’t blindly follow orders and no dictator wants people like that in his or her government. So appointments are based on loyalty to the head of state. It’s a system that invites corruption; a corruption that becomes so deeply entrenched that it destroys dictators, the countries over which they rule and their dreams of empires that will last forever. That corruption caused the Roman empire to fail. It has brought down many dictators since. And it will bring down anyone who, once placed in a position of trust, starts acting like a dictator. History has proven that this is true. We do well to heed its warning.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen


ow many times are we told we need to be patient and wait. From the time we first understand the human language to some of the last words our failing ears hear. Waiting is difficult. Not impossible, but difficult. Memorable waits—for a child to begin walking, and then realise they are into everything at the speed of lightening. And we wait for them to begin speaking, only to become very aware that some littles never stop talking! { Years ago my younger sister – 17- spent time with my active family. As she was preparing to leave she spoke her heart. On arrival she had wondered why there was no background radio or tv after the oldest four headed off to school. After just a few days she realised the conversation, continuous conversation, of the two year old, filled all the silence. End of wondering!} I can only hope and imagine that my family waited for those stages of development in my life. The waits for achievement. Most of us could hardly wait to go to school. To get on that bus with other kids and attend classes. I don’t think that most of us were told we would get to repeat this ritual for twelve years, more for many, less for others. Then we could

hardly wait to graduate. And get a job. And then we waited to retire! In between we waited to get our drivers license, to own a vehicle, to get married to have a family. Some of us rushed rather than waiting and that didn’t always turn out for the better! There were the years we planned a vacation, usually a summer holiday. We waited for the departure day, planning and anticipating the ideal family holiday. { in the days before seat belt regulations the van would be loaded to the hilt with kids and stuff, individuals taking turns getting the good seat, the window seat, but never gaining control over the choice of music or the interior temperature- you could make suggestions, never whine or fuss}. And then, as it was a summer holiday, and we were a farming family, one of the unit could not wait to get back home. Vivid memory, our four children, and my sister returning from Banff to Carman, non-stop, towing a camper, because the barley might be ready to cut. – it needed a few more days! My waiting has changed. I refuse to wait to grow old and all the changes this will necessarily involve. I choose to live and love, and enjoy each day. With some limitations, but with a joyful heart. Restricted movement may be a part of my future, it isn’t today. Restricted cognitive abilities may be a part of my future, it isn’t today. My heart hurts for the many who feel that all they have left is to wait for death, to wait for a release from pain and heartache- and this not only the old that wait…. So today, I embrace the now, the people in my life, the fullness of life and the strength of my faith. However, I am still waiting- I am waiting for spring!

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 Kathy Roberts, who lives in Rivers,though she credits friend Corinne Wareham for the recipe. Kathy says it’s her husband George’s favourite recipe. If you have a recipe (and a story) you would like to be featured, please email me at sarah.

Carrot Cake 1 ½ C vegetable oil (Kathy recommends Mazola brand) 2 scant C white sugar 4 well-beaten eggs 2 or 2 ½ C f lour 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp cloves ½ tsp allspice 1 ½ C chopped walnuts 1 C chopped raisins 3 C grated carrots Cream oil and sugar,


add eggs and beat. Mix dry ingredients together then add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, alternately with carrots, nuts, and raisins. Bake at 350 for about an hour. Kathy says she usually omit the nuts and uses a bundt pan. From Kathy: I have always enjoyed baking and have fond memories of doing so when I was a litt le g irl. I always thought my older sisters did far more interesting things in the k itchen

than me! Every Saturday morning I got to make muffins. I was so excited when I moved up the ranks to making more difficult things like cookies, pies, and even bread. Nowadays, I enjoy sharing my kitchen with little people and often had children join me for a baking day. Many of the recipes I regularly use are my Mom’s. However, I also gather recipes from friends and family members.


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his Sunday we are celebrating Mother’s Day. It is a very important celebration for many. I struggle when I think of this special day. I know that I am happy and content. My kids love me and look after me in my old age. However there is so much tragedy around us. A mother brought her baby too soon into the world. It lived only three days. There are mothers who are grieving the loss of there teenage sons. They are mourning.. Children are still morning the loss of their mother because they could not be with her the last hours of their life. Such a tragedy. I think of the children who were rescued without their parents in a war torn country. Will they ever see or find their mothers. WE need to look after each other. Even Jesus looked after His mother. In His dying hours he told John “Here is your Mother.” “From that time on, this disciple took her in his home” ( John 19:26). This Mother’s Day show honor and love to your Mother.

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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

The Friends of Rivers Lake will hold their Annual General Meeting Wednesday May 11, 2022 at 7:00pm at the Riverdale Municipality Council Chambers For more information email Clack Family Heritage Museum Foundation Inc. Clack Museum invites applications for summer help. Applicant should have good public relation skills, be interested in antiques, provide tours, keep the buildings that the antiques are displayed in clean, do yard maintenance, computer work and other duties as required. Positions have been made available through a grant from Canada Summer Jobs for two positions and is open to youth between the ages of 15 and 30 for 8 weeks of 30 hours per week. Start date to be determined. Please submit applications by Monday May 15, 2022 to Clack Family Heritage Museum Box 16 Oak River, MB R0K 1T0 or email For further information call 204 566 2311

By Chad Carpenter


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Rivers Baseball Association receives $49,429

Proud to support local organizations and stimulate the local economy: MLA Cullen Submitted MB PC Caucus MLA Cliff Cullen is pleased to announce in $827,864 funding for local community projects t hrough t he Bui ld ing Sustainable Communities (BSC) as part of our government’s 2022 budget. Our PC government is pleased to fund local projects that will support economic growth and recovery throughout the province. “Our government bel ieves in invest ing in our communities. This funding helps these organizations grow and succeed, and I’m proud and excited to support the BSC program,” said MLA Cullen. “This is good news for Spruce Woods Constituency and Western Manitoba.” The local community groups and projects that will be receiving funding include: •Souris River Recreation Commission, Wawanesa Arena: $300,000 •Oak Lake 1922 Golf Club: $4,670 •Rivers and Area Game and Fish A ssociation: $16,736 •Tiger Hills Arts Association: $4,964 •Glenboro Community Development Corporation: $20,000 • G le n b or o G o l f a nd Country Club: $37,000 •Cypress River Agricultural Society: $12,554 •Souris Glenwood Parks and Recreation: $75,000 •Souris BPO Elks Lodge: $20,000 •Rivers Baseball Association: $49,429 •Cypress Rivers Senior Centre: $13,129 • Oa k L a ke Reg ion a l Community: $36,640 •Brandon Youth Soccer Association: $15,000 •Cypress River – Hol-

land Communit y Development Corporation: $40,000 •South Central Planning District: $6,300 • C om monwe a lt h A i r Training Plan Museum: $53,579 •Rural Municipality of Sifton: $11,345 •Bra ndon R iverba n k : $75,000 •Cypress River – Holland Communit y Development Corporation: $4,757 •R ivers Train Station Restoration Committee: $4,000 •Riverdale Community Development Corporation: $11,254 •Souris Glenwood Parks and Recreation: $8500.00 •Souris and Glenwood Golf Club: $8,007 As part of Budget 2022, the BSC fund more than doubles to $25 million from $10.3 million. Since being introduced in 2019, the BSC program provides municipalities and non-profit organizations access to all-encompassing community grants. The BSC program has been highly successful since its inception, and this funding will allow for its operational success to continue. These grants are part of our government’s commitment to growing our way out of the pandemic and supporting local communities and their organizations. The intake for the BSC closed on January 17th and funding was announced on April 21st. For more information on the BSC program and the list of grants, please visit: The full list of 427 approved projects will be posted later this week at ht t ps://w w index.html.

Provincial budget 2022 Budget 2022 is about recovering, strengthening, investing and building together. It makes investments in five priority areas that will strengthen our healthcare, make life more affordable, build our economy, invest in our communities and protect our environment. Our healthcare system has been stretched like never before with the COVID-19 pandemic. Through budget 2022, our government makes historic investments in the health care: $7.2 billion in total. That is the most significant health care investment in the history of our province—over $1 billion more than the previous NDP government ever spent. This also includes an additional $110 million to address the diagnostic and surgical backlog, and $812 million over three years in continued capital commitment for rural and northern healthcare under the five-year Clinical and Preventative Services Plan. Budget 2022 addresses affordability as well. We know the cost of living is increasing, and Manitobans need a break. Under our government, Manitobans now pay $2,400 per year LESS taxes than they did under the NDP. We’re continuing to keep our promise to eliminate education property tax on residential and farm properties with the rebate increasing to 37.5 per cent, and 50 per cent next year. We have also introduced a new Renters Tax Credit of up to $525 per year. As well, we’re expanding eligibility for the Child Care Subsidy Program to support an average of $10 a day child care spaces by 2023. Building our economy is a major priority for our government. Budget 2022 invests in venture capital, increases our immigration programming and focuses on tax competitiveness for Manitoban businesses and investors. Will have also committed to improving wages for frontline workers in the disability and family sectors. Our entire PC caucus will continue advocating for a stronger economy. Cliff Cullen, MLA Spruce Woods


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The Manitoba Wildlife Federation held their Annual General Meeting Sat. Apr. 30. Normally an inperson event held in Winnipeg, the AGM has been held virtually for the past two years. The Rivers and Area Game and Fish Association “sent” two members as voting delegates to the virtual event. The MWF is busier than ever, with more projects in general and in particular more large-scale projects, including virtual seminars on a variety of topical topics: Chronic Wasting Disease (discovered in Manitoba this past hunting season),

the avian flu (a huge concern right now with migratory birds), how to properly clean watercraft (due to the invasive Zebra muscles species causing problems in Lake Manitoba), and other topics. The MWF also organizes learn to fish events, helps facilitate youth and other mentored hunts, promotes conservation and sustainability education, and is highly communicative with outdoor enthusiasts through an e-newsletter and other social and print media. There was a lot of information at the AGM, and the four-hour meeting gave only a glimpse into what the MWF does. Above all else, they are excited and passionate about wildlife.

While some may think the MWF is only for anglers and hunters, this is far from accurate: the MWF is a voice for the wise management of our wildlife, fish, and outdoor traditions. The more members in MWF, the more bargaining power they have to ask the government for more funds for their projects. You can get involved in MWF initiatives through the purchase of a membership to the Rivers and Area Game and Fish Association, which automatically makes you a MWF member.

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In March of this year, a section of the accessibility ramp at the Rivers Legion collapsed. Thankfully, no one was injured. The ramp has been repaired and is safe to use. However, the ramp is old and should be replaced with a new metal one, which will last a long time. The Branch decided to fundraise toward this goal. On Fri. Apr. 29, the first

event was held in the form of a BBQ steak dinner. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, the event was very successful. Without the support of the community and the many volunteers who helped organize and host the event, this would not have been possible. The cost of a new ramp is very high; it is estimated that the event raised 5 per cent of the total funds required. Branch 75 will continue to raise funds

through various events during the year. The Legion wishes to thank everyone for their ongoing support. The Legion clubroom is open to everyone, Tues. through Sat., 1pm until 7 “ish” (they are quite flexible; if there are a lot of patrons they stay open). Summer hours start June 1 and will be Mon. through Thurs., 1-6pm, and Fri. 1-8pm (closing time is flexible).

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Riverdale Harvest Food bank held their annual general meeting on Apr. 11, 2022. We are a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to collect, receive and distribute food to persons in immediate need of food for themselves a nd t hei r household s. We ser ve the areas of Riverdale Municipality including Bradwardine and Wheatland and the RM of Oakview which includes Oak River, Car-


•riding on or being towed in anything that is attached to or towed by a bicycle. The community’s safety is of the upmost importance to us at Rivers Police Service. Please ensure when your children are leaving the house for a bike ride that they are wearing a helmet and following the rules of the road. The Rivers Police Service encourages a healthy and fun filled spring! Thank you, and ride safe. Rivers Police Service

you needs to go out to Rivers Co-op for helping us keep our pantry stocked. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact any of our executive or board member s: P residentSharlette Paddock, Vice Chair-Jacquie Schmidt, Treasurer-Leslee Brown, Secretary-Tammy Dyck, Board Members-Laura Neely-Carter, Tanis Neilsen, Caroline Wells and Yvonne Crouch. Because of your generosity in 2021 we handed out approximately 675 hampers.


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Sarah’s Science Corner: How do animals hide?

Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner Play a game of hide and seek to discover how animals can hide in plain sight! This Let’s Talk Science activity is best suited for Kindergarten to Grade 2 children; however, it is deceptively simple, and older children may have fun as well. All you need is a toy animal (could be plastic or stuffed). What to do: 1. Play a game of hide and seek by hiding the toy animal in an accessible place around your home. 2. The objective is to hide the toy animal in plain sight (i.e., not in cupboards, closets, under furniture, etc.), but also where it blends in with the surroundings—where it is camouflaged. 3. Ask your child to look for the "hidden" toy animal. Was it

octopi and flounders not only change colour but their skin texture also changes to match their surroundings.

easy to find? Why or why not? 4. Hide the toy animal in different locations, places where the degree of camouflage varies. Is it easier or harder to find? Why or why not?

Did you know? Chameleons are wellknown for their changing skin colour. Most people think this is for protection, but it is mostly a reflection of their mood. The ability to change their skin colour is a social signal to other chameleons. A chameleon's skin is actually transparent. Special colour pigment below the surface of the skin will change depending on the temperature of the air and the amount of light. Why does it matter? Certain animals have evolved to blend into their natural environments so that they cannot be seen by predators that would eat them. In other cases, predators like an octopus use camouflage to

What’s happening? Camouflage is the way a plant or animal uses its colour, shape, and/or texture to blend in with its surroundings to prevent it from being seen by attackers. Some animals change colour depending on the season. Many birds, for instance, are more coloured during the warm weather months than they are in the wintertime. The coats of some mammals, such as the Snow Rabbit and the Arctic Fox, change to a white colour for the winter to blend in with snow. Marine animals are among the most interestingly camouflaged creatures; for example,

blend into the deep sea surroundings so that they can hunt for food without being seen by the creatures they want to eat (their prey). Humans have borrowed these hiding tricks from nature by dressing soldiers in camouflage uniforms in war zones so that they are less visible targets. Painted camouflage has also been used to protect military vehicles, buildings, ships, aircraft, etc. Depending on the laws in the area, hunters use camouflage so that the animals they’re hunting don’t notice them as easily. Hunter’s orange, on the other hand, is used because camouflage can work too well on other humans, and you definitely want other hunters to be able to see you during rifle season. Specific patterns and colours are used to blend into different types of environments, such as dark green jungles, or sandy deserts.

Investigate further • Try hiding a different toy animal. Can it be hidden in the same places as the first animal? Why or why not? • Try taking turns hiding the animal. Let your child hide it and you try to find it, or let your older and younger children

take turns. •As your child to colour a picture of their favourite animal so that it’s camouflaged to hide somewhere in your house. Cut it out and have your child hide it in that spot. Then try to find it (or have another child or a guest try to find it).

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Obituary DONALDA UNDERHILL UNDERHILL: Grace “Donalda” Mary Underhill passed away at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the age of 95 years. Donalda was born on May 15, 1926, the only daughter of George and Mary Underhill of Moline, Manitoba. Donalda grew up on the farm with her three brothers, Holton, Calvin and Rod. She attended school in Moline, Rapid City High School and Wheat City Business College in Brandon, Manitoba. She moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where she was employed by the Compensation Board for a number of years. Donalda enjoyed travelling, including trips to Europe and Alaska. She later returned to Rivers, Manitoba and resided with her parents. For the past several years she had been a resident of Fairview Personal Care Home. Throughout her life her many interests included reading, music, ceramics, knitting, crocheting and embroidered sewing. Donalda was predeceased by her parents, George and Mary Underhill; brothers, Holton and CaIvin; and niece, Karen Underhill. Donalda will be missed and remembered by her brother, Rod (Ila); niece, Rodale (Mike) Ketcheson; nephews, Norman (Sandi) Underhill and Neil Underhill. She will be remembered by six great nieces and nephews and eleven great-great nieces and nephews. A graveside service with immediate family was held on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. The family would like to extend their thanks to Fairview Personal Care Home first floor staff for their care of Donalda while she was a resident, and to Brockie Donovan and staff for their professional guidance. Donations in memory of Donalda may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 1379 Kenaston Blvd., Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2T5 or to CancerCare Manitoba, 1160-675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9. Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.

Thank You Thank you to the Rivers Lions club, Shelly Moms Kitchen, Rivers and Minnedosa communities and area for all your continued love, caring and generosity. Cain gets the most beautiful smile when we share all that people are doing to support him and his family on this difficult journey to health. We are blessed to be from such a fabulous community.

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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

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Snooker tournament wraps up


The Rivers Legion snooker tournament started Apr. 8 with Cory Sedgwick and Don McCrakin defeating Wrey Douglas and Joey Katcher (Right photo, left to right) in the first match sending them over to the B side. Joey and Wrey then played their way through the B side, winning all their games, and got the chance to play the A side finalists Todd Gill and Jeff Dickson. After many delays due to covid, work, socials, and storms, the match finally took place Wed. Apr. 27. The winners were Todd Gill and Jeff Dickson (Left photo, left to right). Congratulations! What a busy time for our Legion, which was great to see after two years of lockdowns. Looking forward to the fall when all these teams will once again have the opportunity to challenge each other. For now, Legion volunteers are taking a well-deserved break. The next event will be a car show Aug. 13. Bring on summer!

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The Rivers United Church held their spring thrift sale Thurs. Apr. 28 – Sat. Apr. 30. The sale was well-attended and lots of old treasures were taken to new homes. The money raised from the sale will go towards the church maintenance and expenses. Thank you to everyone who donated items, as well as all the volunteers for their time and energy. The church’s next sale will be in the fall. Leftover items from the spring sale will be donated to the Bear Clan in Brandon (an Indigenous volunteer organization that provides security and support to Indigenous community members), the Ukraine (though a group based out of Brandon), and Teen Challenge (a network of Christian faith-based corporations that provide rehabilitation services to those struggling with addiction).

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The way I see it: CO2 - The friendly gas

The following paper is reprinted with permission: The four greenhouse gasses are water vapour (98-99per cent), carbon dioxide (21per cent), methane (>0per cent) and nitrous oxide (>0per cent) (ratio explained: in dry air the ratio of water vapour and CO2 is 98/2 and in humid air 99/1). These gases absorb and emit radiant energy within the thermal infrared range. Greenhouse gases cause the beneficial greenhouse effect. Our planet would be uninhabitable (cold) without the greenhouse effect of these gases. In order to survive, we need all of the gases that make up our atmosphere. No one gas is more important than the other - for life on this planet. But, water vapour is by far the most important greenhouse gas. The sun, water and CO2 are essential for photosynthesis and for life on this planet. 1,500 ppm allows photosynthesis at an optimum rate. At 180 ppm, plants stop growing. At 150 ppm - plants are dead! To enhance plant growth, many greenhouses add 800-1,000 ppm. Plants grow best at a CO2 concentration of 1,500 ppm, which boosts plant yield by 40 to 60 percent. The current level of CO2 is about 415 ppm or 0.04per cent of the atmosphere. The historic atmospheric low level of CO2 was thought to be 273 ppm in about 1750 AD.

Levels in 1910 were 280 and in 1945 were 298 ppm. Dr Patrick Moore, environmental consultant (Simon Fraser University) believes these levels to be dangerously low. It is a fact that CO2 levels were much higher than they are today during previous eras (when plant life was evolving). Average earth surface temperatures have fluctuated during the past 100 years, sometimes cooling, sometimes warming, and in balance has increased somewhat, especially during the periods from 1910 to 1940 and from 1980 to 1998. Since 1998 there has been no further warming and since 2016 a slight cooling is underway. Record warm temperatures occurred during the 1930 to early 1940’s period (when CO2 levels were lower than at present). This suggests that ‘CO2 is not the control knob’ and that the sun and water vapour are bigger factors. Humans can easily tolerate 5,000 to 10,000 ppm. We breathe in 0.04per cent and we breathe out 4per cent CO2. When many of us are confined in small spaces for a significant amount of time, CO2 level in the space rises. Some examples: - passenger airline cabin: 680 ppm - conference room in office building: 800 to 1,200 ppm - the International Space Station: 5,250 ppm maximum daily average. CO2 is non-toxic and safe to consume. For example, it is used

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extensively to carbonate beverages. Each human on earth (now about 7.7 billion persons) breathes out about 370 lb (168 kg) of CO2 each year. Such non-toxic emissions are beneficial - greening the earth and definitely increasing the yield of food crops. A very necessary gas, CO2 is not a pollutant. February 14, 2020 Notes by B Thompson, P.Eng and E Schultz, P.Ag

These knowledgeable and sensible views by professional scientists are actively suppressed by the IPCC and many governments, not because they lack credibility, but because they counter the active socialist agenda of United Nations agencies. I have followed Dr. Patrick Moore and Dr. Tim Ball for many years and find their observations credible and rational. It is thirty-four years since the IPCC was created in 1988. Thousands of barrels of ink have gone into reports predicting sharp increases in global temperatures and devastation of humanity have failed to materialize. There is nothing rational or sound about IPCC “science.” Science is the art of investigating everything we think we know to disprove those theories that cannot be replicated in controlled conditions and enhancing our

knowledge base by discovering factors not previously considered. Science does not care what we believe. Three decades of unscientific propaganda bolstered by the biennial gathering of thousands of worldwide climate change delegates has created a closed cult of believers that rivals traditional religions. Costs to member nations are enormous, as are the unnecessary efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The underlying motive of the IPCC is to penalize industrialized nations for their formidable success. That is why emerging countries get a free pass on emission reductions. That is why industrialized nations are called polluters while other nations that contribute to carbon emissions are not. The IPCC engages in blatant discrimination and has expressed frustrations at being thwarted from transferring $ billions in penalties to the third world. One only has to examine the truth that the control of money equals power to understand the motives of the IPCC. It is also true that while control of money equals power, power corrupts. John Feldsted Political commentator, consultant & strategist Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Province proclaims Emergency Preparedness Week

Public education to be informed, plan ahead to be ready for emergencies: Piwniuk News Media Services Manitoba Gov. The Manitoba government is encouraging all Manitobans to learn more about how to protect their families and communities during an emergency during National Emergency Preparedness Week May 1 to 7, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk, minister responsible for the Emergency

Measures Organization (EMO), announced today. “From overall preparedness to effective disaster management and facilitating response and recovery, our government is committed to ensuring the safety of all Manitobans,” said Piwniuk. “Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Organization is pivotal in helping government respond effectively to large-scale emergencies, such as the

flooding we are now experiencing in parts of the province. The leadership and co-ordination of EMO enables our government to be prepared to respond to any emergencies and to work in collaboration with all levels of government.” National Emergency Preparedness Week is supported by Public Safety Canada, working closely with provincial and territorial emergency man-


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