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Chris Irvine with a new line-up of staff for Virden Chrysler Dodge on opening day, Feb. 1. Photo/Submitted

By Anne Davison Virden’s third auto dealership is back, but with a brand new building, a new name and a bunch of new faces. February 1, Virden Chrysler Dodge opened for business on Virden’s TransCanada highway Frontage Road. With 60 new and a handful of used vehicles on the lot for

opening day, February 1, Chris Irvine expects yet another 170 vehicles from Chrysler. Sitting in his new office with a view of the lot, Irvine says, “We’re about to change the landscape here over the next couple of weeks.” Chris and Jillian Irvine, parents of three girls, are Virden residents. As managing partner of Bran-

don Chrysler Dodge, Irvine has been driving to Brandon for nearly five years. Like all large ventures, VCD has been several years in the planning. “We’ve actually been with Brandon Chrysler [Dodge] since 2013 and from that time on, actually before that, we’ve talked about building a Chrysler store in Virden.”

We’re happy with the end result.” Virden was home to a Chrysler dealership for as long as many can remember, until on September 30, 2010 general manager Keith Harpelle moved the dealership out of town to consolidate with the Brandon store. Now, Chrysler is back and ready to serve customers. Continued on A2

We’re an oil town, an ag town. Irvine said the big drop in oil prices put plans on ice for a while. “We weren’t really sure it was the time to do it. We obviously decided last spring that we would get after it.



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VCD new dealership “We have a pretty good data base in our Virden store. We have a lot of Virden and area customers; so we obviously want to invite them in.” With inventory arriving daily, Irvine rhymes off a variety of vehicles the Virden store will carry, including SUVs, so successful in the Brandon market. “We’re an oil town, an Ag town. A lot of cattle producers. I used to run the GM store, once upon a time, so we know what we sold then.” Irvine says the truck line-up is strong, with the hemi motor as well as a

half-ton that is “a little bit unique with a small diesel engine”. He anticipates a market for three-quarter ton and one-ton duallys too. Service “We’ve got an amazing service department,” says Irvine. “We’re really excited about the opportunity to help people, looking after their needs on a day to day basis.” Offering repairs from start to finish and an accredited MPI outlet, the service department can repair glass as well. “The garage has several bays to look after vehicles, including the heavy

trucks, 4500 and 5500 and heavier. Need an oil change? There are two dedicated bays to do the job. Just roll up to the door, honk your horn and the technicians will look after you. “We’ve always known it’s been a bit of an item in the town of Virden, to get an oil change. Not to diminish what anyone else is doing but we thought that was a great opportunity.” And, for warmer weather, an outside car wash is located at the back of their building. Employment Car dealerships are

significant employers in Virden area. Starting up with a staff of 25, Irvine is still hiring. “There’s a couple of opportunities in our service department. That service area can actually employ up to 14 people alone, and there are currently eight in there.” Irvine now manages both BCD and VCD. He says, “Our staff in Brandon has been very consistent. Our turnover is very low and so we’ve acquired a couple of key people to help me do this in both locations...we’re really happy with the group.”



On Feb. 2, one of the many vehicle transports rolling into VCD as the dealership builds inventory. Photo/Anne Davison

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By Anne Davison Funds are available to help Virden area celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. However, Teresa Makarchuk, for the Virden Community Foundation, reports the Foundation has not, as of yet had any response to this offer. She says, “People would have to think about it and take some time to put together their proposal.” Makarchuk serves as part-time staff for Virden Area Foundation. This foundation, like every community foundation,

has been created by and for the people of Virden to help individuals and groups make an ongoing difference in the community. If an existing community organization, or a group of people who can pull together with an activity, be it drama, art mural, music or any fun activity geared to observe this milestone in Canada’s history, they should contact VAF. An informational advertisement ran in the Feb. 3 issue of the Empire-Advance. “I did try to emphasize, to go on the website. All the questions are answered there,” she says. The project application would be reviewed by

a committee and would have to qualify. Part of the requirements is that the group covers half the cost of the project. However, that can mean ‘in kind’ participation and can include sponsorships from businesses or individuals. “It’s only fair to ask a group to have some buyin. We need to know it’s a viable project.” The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is seeded by Government of Canada and is matched and delivered locally by Canada’s 191 community foundations. Registered charities operating within Virden and surrounding area are eligible to apply through the Virden Area Foundation

to Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. Makarchuk is waiting for applications. “I’d like to see what ideas people have, they could be so varied - ideas I couldn’t begin to have.” There’s money available for Virden; however, she says, “Money that is not disbursed for suitable Canada 150 projects would be available for grants for another time; or the matching money from CFC may go to another community.” Information can be found at

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MLA for Arthur Virden Doyle Piwniuk was joined by PC supporters, friends and family for the official ribbon cutting at his office on Nelson Street in Virden. Feb. 2. Photo/Anne Davison


Thursday, Feb. 2, Provincial ministers joined Arthur Virden MLA Doyle Piwniuk to celebrate the Virden office ribbon cutting; (l-r) MLA for Brandon West Reg Helwar; Honourable Blaine Pederson Minister of Infrastructure; Honourable Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations; MLA for ArthurVirden Doyle Piwniuk and MLA for Dauphin Brad Michaleski. Photo/Submitted




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The heart of community By Anne Davison February is heart month. If there’s one thing the human heart needs, it is community. Becoming a townie after half a lifetime living on a farm, I tend to see what others might take for granted. I guess my universe is expanding. So I have to hope, in the years to come, Virden’s empty downtown buildings and lots are re-purposed to support the vibrant community life the community does have. While there has been a trend to suburban set-ups with new yards on large lots, what about the downtown heart of the community? If that heart continues to decay, doesn’t it diminish the appeal of the community? Some things warm my heart, such as seeing a couple of rows of brand new family dwellings lining North Railway and South Railway Avenues in the little town of Miniota; seeing brand new housing on the edge of Kenton; observing Elkhorn’s plucky attitude toward keeping their town strong in the face of their bank’s closure. Oak Lake Regional Development Board came to the conclusion that people going about their business, seen on the streets says a town is alive and has a future. Some things chill my heart, such as a downtown where businesses are closed; or ‘for sale’ signs abound. However, those signs also call out, “opportunity to be had!” The recent movie filmed in Virden’s downtown, A Dog’s Purpose reminds me, Virden downtown, just like some other towns, is crying out for purpose. A trek through Brandon’s downtown mall is a lonesome walk.

However, BU has a plan for affordable housing in the downtown heart of the Wheat City. They’re not trying to gobble up the cute cottages and small homes in the university’s shadow. No, BU has a plan to situate much needed residences on empty downtown lots. BU is the heart of Brandon, with Clark Hall’s century masonry rising majestically on Eighteenth Street. BU has reached agreements, through the approval and support of the City of Brandon and Renaissance Brandon, to expand its downtown footprint significantly. BU President Dr. Gervan Fearon explained the plan is for “a large-scale mixed-use and residence development in the downtown core”. If further negotiations go well, the university could end up with a parcel of nearly 70,000 square feet for the future development. It was observed that students and seniors require similar housing - smaller spaces, laundry facilities, and easy access to food outlets, banking, professional services. “We will be doing further consultations with our students, faculty and staff as we determine how a downtown campus can best fill student residence, teaching and learning, and academic needs,” President Fearon said. He spoke of combining residences and commercial partnerships with academic programming. “This is a long-term initiative with a payoff to be delivered over years and even decades.” Our stay in Boston last fall was a thrill. It’s probably the North American city most densely populated with institutions of higher learning – Harvard and MIT leading a list of over 50 schools.

We toured part of MIT. The campus is vast, embracing many disciplines and is spread throughout downtown Boston. So why not let BU spread out a little too, and really live in their community. Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College Culinary Arts opened the doors of its state-of-the-art cooking school. The North Hill Campus is at the far side of the city from home base in the east end. There they made use of the former Brandon mental hospital buildings and grounds. Genius. So that’s Brandon. But here’s the thing, affordable housing is needed throughout the small towns of Manitoba. I like what I am hearing about a development in Souris. Last summer Souris-Glenwood Mayor Darryl Jackson turned the sod to begin the build for the $8.9-million hotel and apartment complex in the heart of Souris. Of course there has been the usual amount of controversy surrounding the project. At the Development Plan open house for Mid-West Planning District, I discovered that by today’s building codes, the home Premiere Brian Pallister grew up in would be illegal. He said he and his siblings were raised in a 500 and some square foot home. (He has since moved.) The development officer, Wayne Poppel explained there is a need to ‘plan’ options for ‘tiny houses’, for additional dwellings on acreages, and for more modest sized suites, to allow for some of the much needed affordable housing. If, and when people feel the need acutely, Virden’s downtown heart could be re-vitalized to provide just the right kind of space for more community living and more business development.

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: Re: Virden Pioneer Home Museum’s Support from Donor’s Choice The Virden Pioneer Home Museum Board would like to take this time to send appreciation to the residents of Virden for their financial support for the Virden Pioneer Home Museum through the Donor’s Choice Canvass. All of the funds that our museum receives through Virden Donor’s Choice canvass stay right here in Virden and are used by the board to update and improve our Virden Pioneer Home Museum which is a “Designated Heritage Building”. We are very proud of our local museum and the irreplaceable artifacts that have been donated by families from our local community and the surrounding municipality. To assist us with showcasing our valuable piece of local history and culture we also provide summer employment for students to assist them in finding jobs locally, and give them experience and prepare them for their en-

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trance into the workforce after their education choices. Our recent projects that required major funding efforts have been a major roof repair and shingle of the whole museum roof system, and in 2016 we did a major electrical upgrade, with new lights and switches to replace old and wearing wiring and fixtures in the original portion of the house and the annexes. Both of these projects were over and above all the general maintenance and upkeep costs over the year. As this is Canada’s 150 celebration year, we are hoping to have a new picket fence constructed and painted by this spring to replace the present fence which has badly rotten boards and posts. This project would greatly improve the first impression to visitors as they enter our grounds. We are also working on painting the cement floors in the annexes, replacing some windows and repairing or replacing flooring as required in the hallway and in individual rooms on the second floor as funds become available. Looking towards the future to enhance the enjoyment of visitors to our museum we would like to make

improvements to the grounds and add, perhaps, a rest area for our guests, with a gazebo and creation of new floral gardens that would represent the era of when our museum building was built (the house was built in 1888 by Mr. Frame, a local lumber merchant, as a wedding gift for his wife). We sincerely appreciate you all for your past financial support and look forward to this upcoming year. We always appreciate and look forward to the possibility and interest of obtaining more new members to assist our Board and bring forward their new ideas to improve the visibility of our Museum and make it an enjoyable place to bring family and friends to learn about our heritage and help us keep our doors open. If you ever have any questions just give us a call at 204748-1659 and you call will be forwarded to a board member. We certainly appreciate your support over the years, and any support you may be able to afford us in 2017. Sincerely, Virden Pioneer Home Museum Board

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Caps donation to Skate Park By Brandi Pollock The Virden Oil Capitals held their second annual First Responders game Saturday, November 12, 2016, against Portage Terriers featuring special RCMP jerseys. The Capitals trailed past the Portage Terriers in the First Responders game

4-1 with 1,287 fans in the crowd cheering them on! The RCMP Jerseys went up for auction on for 10 days after the game with a portion of the proceeds going to the Virden Skate Park. Constable Giannico, member of the Virden RCMP detachment said, “There were six RCMP

members in attendance at Virden Oil Capitals Emergency Services night. Each and every one of us members felt extremely proud to stand at attention, in our Red Serge’s while the Oil Cap team wore the Red Serge jerseys as the national anthem played. The First Responders night showed

us RCMP members that we are supported and appreciated by the community and the Virden Oil Capitals organization. The Red Serge jerseys were an amazing touch to the night as RCMP members from all over Canada commented on how amazing the jerseys were and how sharp the players looked in them.� With the total officially in from eBay, a cheque presentation was able to occur, Monday, February 6 at the Tundra Oil & Gas Place. The Capitals proudly donated $2,500 to the Virden Skate Park, which was the RCMP’s organization of choice. “The Virden skate park committee was chosen as they are trying to build

a community skate park for youth of all ages. The skate park will provide youths a safe place to skateboard and BMX. Skate parks have many benefits to them. Skateboarding and BMXing provide kids with an inexpensive physical activity, which requires an extreme amount of energy and muscle coordination.� Constable Giannico continued, “Instead of playing video games while couch surfing, children get a cardio workout while having fun at the same time. Youth can be involved in a constructive and positive activity, which curbs unlawful behaviour, and it has been proven to stop youth

from being involved in drugs or alcohol. Lastly, the enthusiasm and motivation shown by the committee members have inspired me to join the group and help them achieve their goal.� The Oil Capitals are very grateful for everyone’s support at the game and following with the auction, making the Second Annual First Responders game a huge success! “I really appreciated working with [former] Marketing Manager Brandon Crowe and Brandi Pollock who worked extremely hard in making the night as special as it was to all involved. Thank you!� Said Constable Giannico.



The Virden Oil Capitals donate $2,500 to the Virden Skate Park, Feb. 6 at Tundra Oil & Gas Place. Photo/Submitted

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February 10, 2017

Third annual Readers Theatre By Mary Anne Lamy On Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Virden branch of Border Regional Library some kids from the After School Programs got together to take part in our Third Annual Reader’s Theatre. This event was to represent our Family Literacy Day Celebrations. Reader’s Theater is a style of theater in which the actors do not memorize their lines. Actors use only vocal expression to help the audience under-

stand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, intricate blocking, and movement. A few members of the local Phoenix Theatre group dropped in to help. Children’s Clerk, Heather Hawryluk presented the actors with two scripts. Temper, Temper by Bruce Lansky was the story of a bad-tempered farmer who hired various members of an Italian family and then tried to avoid paying them at the end of the season. Final-

ly the last member of the Italian family, Francesca, decided to try and trick the grumpy old farmer. She succeeded and the Italian family was able to pay their bills. All who took part enjoyed trying on their Italian accents. A Porcupine Named Fluffy was chosen especially for our After School kids. The story concerned a porcupine that had the unfortunate name of Fluffy and his realization that he was not ‘fluffy’ as his name suggested! He

did not like his name and tried to adopt behaviours that matched his name. But it didn’t work and he finally came to accept his name. A fun time was had by all. Border Regional Library would like to acknowledge their sponsors: Sunrise Credit Union and the Association of Parents and Professional For Literacy Education (APPLE). Mary Anne Lamy serves as Border Regional Library head librarian.

February 12-18 Thank you to all our teachers and support staff for their work and commitment in preparing students for the future. You are valued and appreciated. Fort La Bosse School Division Board of Trustees & Senior Administrators

Members of Phoenix Players join kids from the After School Program for Readers Theatre; (l-r) Monele LeStrat; Jennifer Glendenning; Mya Plaisier; Samantha Andrew; Kel Smith; and Paul Pennycook. Photo/Submitted

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Invites 4th and 5th year students enrolled in a health related program to apply for this bursary. To be eligible, the applicant must submit • Confirmation of residency in one of the following former Municipal Corporations: Blanshard, Miniota, Hamiota, Woodworth or the Town of Hamiota for a period of at least 3 years prior to graduation from either the Hamiota, Rivers, Virden, Birtle or Strathclair Collegiates. • Be a 4th or 5th year student at a university or recognized educational institute. • Provide proof of registration in an eligible program, • A statement of current academic standing and • A personal resume. Applicant may only receive this bursary once. Applications may be obtained from Vaughn Wilson ( Submit applications with documentation to: Box 671, Hamiota, MB R0M 0T0 DEADLINE: Noon March 10, 2017

Darrien Cantelo, daughter of Lyle and Kristi Cantelo has been enjoying outstanding success throughout her University education in North Dakota. Valley City State University has released the Honor Roll for fall semester 2016. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grades points are earned with a

4.0 grade point average. Cantelo is celebrating her third straight semester on the Presidents Roll as well as two previous semesters on the Dean’s list (3.5 GPA). As a Senior in Athletic Training, she has been finding success helping other athletes through her chosen field of study. “Lately, it has been seeing success in my athletes that has made me want to work harder. I just recently developed a throwing

program in order to help reduce injuries on the baseball team, and have done extensive research on what motions are the most at risk.” Cantelo examined the list of injuries from last year to see what were the most common, to develop a plan to prevent those injuries this year. Soon to graduate from Valley City University, Cantelo has applied to two different physical therapy schools. Her plan is to be-

come qualified to work in a sports clinic or a children’s hospital in the field of rehabilitation. “In the future I plan to do more research on certain injuries and finding new methods to help rehabilitate people back from those injuries,” she says. Within her university setting, Cantelo is President of the Athletic Training Club; she is also a member of the North Dakota Athletic Training Student Leadership council.

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Parliament of Canada Salutes the People of Virden & Area House of Commons celebrates those who helped during blizzard Ottawa, ON – Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris gave a Members Statement in the House of Commons on Monday, February 2nd to pay tribute to all those who helped stranded travellers and truckers in Virden after the Trans-Canada Highway was closed due to the blizzard in December. Maguire said, “It was with great pride to see the House of Commons celebrate and recognize all those who volunteered their time and resources to help those in need. The warmth and generosity of Virden and area residents is truly remarkable.” The Members Statement delivered by Larry Magu-

ire, MP: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to some regular folks who once again rose to the occasion and showed the very best of what it means to be Canadian. During a two-day blizzard in the middle of December, the Trans-Canada Highway was closed and dozens upon dozens of travelers and truckers were stranded in the Town of Virden. After the hotels were full, the town opened its doors and provided food and shelter to those in need. In fact, one of those stranded travelers was renowned Canadian artist Tom Jackson, who put on an impromptu concert to make the best of a bad situation.

Tom Jackson, Beverly Mahood and Shannon Gaye, along with fellow band members, perform for stranded travelers at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden, Dec. 6, 2016. The artists were on their way to Brandon to perform at the Huron Carole when highways were closed due to poor conditions. Photo/Luke Knoll

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GROUP COORDINATOR POSITION The Westman Emergency Group (Town of Virden, RM of Sifton - including Town of Oak Lake and the RM of WallaceWoodworth - including Town of Kenton and the Village of Elkhorn) is presently seeking an individual to fill the role of Emergency Management Group Coordinator. You would be the leader of a team of dedicated volunteers who would come together in the event of a natural or manmade disaster or event. You would help manage the needs of others during a time of community distress. Those interested in applying for this position require organization and communication skills and are able to work well in stressful situations. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday evening of every month. If you are interested in helping out your community in a time of dire need, please contact the Town Office at (204) 748-2440.

POLICY FOR THE REMOVAL OF SNOW FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY The following are to be adhered to in order to improve street conditions during or following snow falls: • All snow removed from private driveways, or approaches to Town of Virden streets shall be piled on the boulevard or private property so as not to impede travel along streets • Shoveling or snow blowing of sidewalks shall be done in a manner as not to place any of the materials onto the street, but rather onto the boulevard adjacent to the sidewalk or private property • If anyone chooses to clean along the street the snow shall be removed onto the boulevard or onto private property • No piling of snow will be allowed within 4.6 metres of 15 feet of any intersection so as not to impair the view of traffic at the intersection

VOLUNTEERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED 2017 Communities in Bloom - Canada 150 Category The Town of Virden is interested in participating in the Communities in Bloom program for 2017. We would like to invite members of the community to be involved in this year’s program. Virden is looking to participate in a new non-competitive Canada 150 category for Communities in Bloom. This category will have quite a bit less evaluated elements (50% less) which is a nice way to ease our way back into the Communities in Bloom program. If you are interested in being a part of the 2017 Communities in Bloom program, please send a quick email or phone call to Tracy Howard, Manager of Parks and Recreation at or via phone at 204-748-2736 ext. 1 stating how you would like to participate. We need people to help with the following: • • • • •

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THANK YOU The Virden Cemetery Improvement Association would like to thank the following for their generous donations to the Cemetery for the September 1, 2016 – February 1, 2017 time period: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Marlene Cantlon Hazel Simpson Susan Huxley Robert & Peggy Cappie Lorraine Pollock Merle Mooney Fort La Bosse School Division Charmaine Rainey Frieda Taylor Estate of Felecie Rollo Daisy Atchison Everett & Allyson Kruger Robert Brydon & Sharon Cameron Susan & Ken Ivey Myrtle E. Wooldridge Charlotte Gabrielle Gisele & Bill Harding Jim & Margaret Anne Heaman Linda Lane Wanda Brown Noreen & Lloyd Baskerville Alene Welch Estate of Doreen Jenkins Ray Charles Allan Greig Len Collier Joyce Gardiner Suzanne Kirkup Marjorie Tapp Hardie Lewis Marjorie Horn Marlene McGibney Brenda Lund Janice Simpson Agnes Smith Dick Noble Doris Forster Ralph Miller Patrick Plaisier Garry Beltz Doug Gatey Marcel Chacun Mervin Smith Lyle Patterson Gerry Gatey Tom Anderson Darwin White Betty Anderson Glenda Clarke Hal Martin Dorothy Kalinchuk Bill Elliott

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Garry Joynt Herb Manser Richard Ward Shirley Gibson Kathy Welsh Jerry Flecknor Rhonda Andries Paula Brazil Marilyn Schur Phyllis Sims Margaret Gabrielle Brian Hopley Eleanor Opper Warren Polk Mavis Colli Dennis Smith Brian McLaren Donna Lyons Rick Gabrielle Karen Naumiuk Randy Browning Lynda MacDonald Keith Wadham Rick Wright George Chapman Judy Seafoot Lorie & Darcy Coughlan Rick Wark Jeff Jorgensen Keith & Lynn Heaman Sara Mitchell Eva Blackshaw Judy Poole Ray Moorehead Leona Morgan Joyce Heaman Russ Chapman Roswitha Gabrielle Joe Younge Gladys McNeill Evelyn Odell Daniel Bartlett Wayne Chacun & Will Noseworthy Ed Lowdon Murray Wooldridge Garth Slimmon Keith Pearn Janice Wilson Ken Clarke Bertha Penner Lorraine Pollock Keith Hagan Bonnie Girardin E. Winona Hutchison Virden Lions Club

As most people know we are doing an update to our Bridging the Years History Book. We are wanting the histories in by March 30. If you are having trouble doing yours or if you need some help we will be available in the Drop In Centre every Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. beginning February 15 to provide assistance. Hollis Stewart turns 93 on February 14. May you celebrate many more! Pat Cole, Beth Lelond, Gerrie Taylor, Kathy Taylor and Dorothy Howard joined with Joan Taylor in Moose Jaw to celebrate Joan’s birthday. Susan Poppel enjoyed a weekend in Calgary visiting with Laura Poppel and Kevin Mehi. Kathryn Poppel traveled down from Wainwright to visit for the weekend. As most people know we are doing an update to our Bridging the Years History Book. We are wanting the histories in by March 30. If you are having trouble doing yours, or if you need some help we will be available in the Drop In Centre every Wednesday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. beginning February 15 to provide assistance. Congratulations to Bryce and Michelle McFarlin of Brandon on the birth of their little girl Karlie Breanne on December 31. Congratulations as well to grandparents Ken and Irene McFarlin of Rapid City, and Ron and Irene Clark of Brandon, and great-grandmothers Lil Horner of Miniota and Ethel Campbell of Brandon. Get well wishes to Donna Bonner who is a patient in Hamiota Hospital.

Kenton By Paulette Wiens The following story I received from Veteran, Jack Huston of Kenton: They received a gift of a robin and lo and behold the robin laid an egg and as time went by a surprise occurred. Lo and behold a chick was hatched. A miracle indeed! They were all wooden! January 24-29 the Kenton Open Bonspiel took place at the Kenton rink. Meals were available during the Bonspiel. This event is always a success due to the participating curlers and all the volunteers who work in the kitchen serving the meals and those who donate food to the meals. Way to go Kenton!

Life at the Lodges Princess Lodge By Bernice Graham Joyce Heaman attended the wedding of Kathleen Hatfield and Tanner Pateman in Virden on Jan. 21. The family, friends and residents helped Gladys Myers celebrate her 85th birthday with a come and go tea at the lodge Saturday, Jan. 21. Rose Gallant’s family had a come and go tea on Saturday, Jan. 28 in the lounge for family, friends and residents to celebrate her 95th birthday. Congratulations gals on the journey of life!

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Hockey Report - Virden Squirt White By Dylan Clarke This past weekend Virden Squirt White and Virden Squirt Blue team travelled to Russell to play in their annual tournament. This is one of the best tournaments around for the squirt age kids and Russell does a great job hosting it. On Friday night we played Dauphin and were victorious. Goals scores included Evan Berger, Liam Banga, and Cardyn Hayward. On Saturday we played Churchbridge and Russell. The Churchbridge game was a great test for the kids who eventually earned a 9-7 victory. Goal scorers in that game were Damien Smith-Barre, Zander Clarke, and Recklan Gabrielle. The kids then beat Russell in the second game with Carter Brown, Recklan Gabrielle, and Liam Banga each scoring. On Sunday we faced Rossburn in A-side final and it was a battle from start to finish. Rossburn pulled ahead 2-0 and then 4-2 going into the final period. The kids were not going to be denied and in the

Virden Squirt team was victorious during their annual tournament, beating Rossburn 7-5 in the A-side final. Photo/Submitted

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Connie Gabrielle has taken on an exciting venture to raise $5,500 for the Canadian Diabetes Association by trekking 100 km across the Sahara Desert. Connie and Trent Gabrielle now live in Brooks, Alberta, but their roots are in Virden with parents Don and Colette Gonty, and Larry and Barb Gabrielle of Virden community.

Although Connie Gabrielle is not diabetic, she has a strong connection to diabetes. With family members who are diabetic, Gabrielle is passionate about the charity challenge she is undertaking. “Supporting Diabetes is near and dear to me and my family. Trent’s dad has lived with Type I Diabetes for over 40 years. He has managed incredibly well but that’s not to say it’s not a struggle.”




Gabrielle works with the Alberta Healthy Living in exercise programming. About 80 percent of her work referrals are patients with diabetes. “When my teammate, Susan (who has two sons with Type I Diabetes), brought this opportunity up to me, I thought, ‘why not?’. The work I have done over the last 10 years with the Healthy Living Program has shown me

how Diabetes affects the lives of more people than you can fathom.” The Sahara Desert trek takes place in November of this year, but Gabrielle is starting to prepare right now. She has run marathons and half marathons so the physical trek is just one more challenge. In advance of this 100 km trek, Gabrielle will ramp up her regular fitness routine. Continued on A11


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Trekking the Sahara for diabetes Continued from A10 “About 24 weeks is the training program they have us go through, because it’s quite a long distance...and the weather will be a big factor.” This Charity Challenge promises epic views and the chance to experience Saharan communities that most Moroccan tourists never see. “Basically, we’re doing a half-marathon a day, but it’s going to be quite different terrain. Some of it is mountainous, some of it rocky, and then a lot of it is really what you picture when you think of the Sahara Desert – sand dunes upon sand dunes.” Gabrielle is excited about experiencing a new country, but adds she is also enjoying the fundraising, which has begun. “It’s a little bit out of your comfort zone, a little bit out of the box of the things I normally do as a Mum. It’s given me an interesting purpose.” She has already received one donation from some Virden family friends. She began fundraising in mid-January. By February 3, Gabrielle had raised $742 toward her goal of $5,500. She has planned a bottle drive; offering a “drive home service” at a women’s event, and volunteering at the Brooks Kinsmen Rodeo, Gabrielle is not sitting on her hands. Bucks for burpees (a demanding push-up/ jumping jacks drill), “a very annoying exercise”, has yielded $55 as of two weeks ago.

She does, however, gladly welcome support from her old stomping grounds of Virden, as well. Donations can be made online at By mail, cheques should be made out to the Canadian Diabetes Association, and sent to Gabrielle herself at 14 Pleasant Park Rd. Brooks, AB T1R 1H3; or drop off cash to Barb/ Larry Gabrielle or Colette/Don Gonty. The Canadian Diabetic Association provides tax receipts for donations over $15. Funding research Gabrielle says diabetes can affect children, the elderly, and everyone in between. Type 1 diabetes is not presently considered curable, but management of the condition is key. She estimates that her father-in-law, Larry Gabrielle, diagnosed with diabetes as an 18-year-old, has had close to 90,000 needles. “That’s what is so exciting about this, to see how research is changing the lives of people with diabetes,” she states. “It’s actually quite incredible, with the invention of the insulin pump; it’s a pretty new tool.” The pump evens out blood sugar. “They don’t have to give themselves needles for insulin. They just hit the button on the pump.” There’s research looking into pumps that also test blood sugar, which would eliminate another

regular needle prick. “For type 2 diabetics, lifestyle management is a big part,” says Gabrielle. Team Diabetes is a national activity fund-


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About diabetes About diabetes It is estimated there are 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Much like type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes can occur without you knowing it. Being aware of your risks and getting tested are important, especially if you have prediabetes as part of the “metabolic syndrome,” meaning you also have high blood pressure, high levels of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides, low levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and excess fat around the waist. The risk for type 2 diabetes is higher as you grow older, so the Canadian Diabetes Association recommends screening by testing fasting plasma glucose for everyone once they reach age 40 and every three years after that. If you have risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, you should be tested more frequently or start regular screening earlier. The good news Research has shown that if you take steps to manage your blood glucose when you have prediabetes, you can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. You may be able to reduce blood glucose (sugar) levels with simple lifestyle changes. Losing even a modest amount of weight (five to 10 per cent of total body weight) through healthy eating and regular physical activity can make a huge difference in your health and quality of life. However your doctor may prescribe oral medication. If you have prediabetes, you are at increased risk for heart disease or stroke. Your doctor may wish to also treat or counsel you about cardiovascular risk factors such as tobacco use, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The important thing to remember - if you have prediabetes, taking steps to manage your blood glucose gives you a chance to change your future to one that does not include type 2 diabetes.

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Raptor Report By Kimorie Lees On Wednesday, January 25, Oak Lake Community School (OLCS) hosted a girls basketball tournament. OLCS played Virden Junior High in the first game and won 28-8. In the second game we played Reston winning 29-4, and we played VJH again in the third game winning 22-18. The girls practice two times a week during the noon hours. We work well as a team and are excited to see the season come together. - Jae Johnston, Female Sports Rep The boys basketball team attended its first basketball tournament on January 26 in Kola. The first game was against Virden Junior High and OLCS won 25-8. The second game was also against a Virden Junior

High team and OLCS won 25-19. The boys have been practicing hard and are hopeful for a successful season. - Tyler Siemens, Male Sports Rep Over the last few weeks, the Grade 7/8 class has worked with Mrs. Judy Podobni and her volunteers to complete several sessions of first aid training. The students have been learning CPR and how to respond appropriately to a variety of life threatening and emergency situations. On Wednesday, January 25, Oak Lake Community School held its annual Jump Rope for Heart Skip-a-Thon in support of the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation. Students had lots of fun skipping in the gymnasium, rotating around skipping stations and participating in a variety

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New books at the library Adult bestseller: The Midnight Bell by Jack Higgins: Ripples from two events, one in Ireland and one in Washington, will meet. The Soldier’s Wife by Joanna Trollope: Major Dan is returning home after a six-month tour and is up for promotion. His family supports his career even though his wife cannot take the good teaching job that is being offered to her. Isabel, one of the daughters, starts running away from her boarding school. Meanwhile Dan spends most of his time at the base with his friends with whom he has closely bonded in their shared experiences. The Sleepwaker by Chris Bohjalian: Annalee, a sleepwalker, goes missing and her children fear the worst when she vanishes from her bed late one night. Her husband Warren flies home from a business trip to join the search party combing the nearby woods. A young detective, Gavin, who seems to know so much about Annalee continues to call, stopping often at the house. Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox: A thriller. Harry Blue, a top investigator, is a seasoned pro, sent to the middle of nowhere, to a makeshift town, with a new partner who may be a watchdog. This simple missing person case turns into quite an adventure. The Guests on South Battery by Karen White: Melanie, returning to her work at the realty office after her leave, has a new client who is eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. It’s one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston. Jayne prefers to sell this home as quickly as possible. Melanie knows that nothing good can come from unearthing the past but some secrets do not want to stay hidden. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: Shortlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal. In Georgia, Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation, learns about the Underground Railroad from Caesar who arrives from Virginia and they decide to escape. Heading north, they find a station, knowing that they are being hunted and only a short distance ahead of their pursuers. Adult fiction: Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel: Layla, raised to be educated and independent by her eccentric grandfather finds love with Manik, marries and moves into the jungles of Assam where the world’s finest tea thrives on plantations. Now she is expected to socialize with the wives of the owners and take charge of her servants. Her remote home is not immune to the changes sweeping the country. Storm Rising, a mystery by Douglas Schofield: Lucy has survived the past five years and now returns to the Bayonne, New Jersey home she shared with her husband Jack who was a dedicated, upstanding policeman. She and their small son are still affected by the past events so she decides to delve into the mystery surrounding her late husband. Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale: What-if speculation where the emperor sends Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Roman Legion to the newly discovered lands of North America. Adult inspirational: Long Way Gone by Charles Martin: At eighteen, Cooper, a musician and songwriter, drove 1,200 miles from his home to Nashville, his hopes including his six-string guitar and his belief that he had talent. Five years later, after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, who has an angelic voice but needs the right songs. Meanwhile he has to return to his home in the remote Colorado mountains to search for answers regarding his father and his faith. Twenty years later Daley appears and he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past. Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry: Dogwood, West Virginia. Billy Allman, a hillbilly genius, makes beautiful music with his mandolin. He dreams of the world beyond the hills and hollows of his home. Malachi is sent to observe and protect Billy on his quest. Adult non-fiction: Healthy Makeovers for Diabetes: simple ways to transform your cooking Bird Homes and Habitats in the Backyard Bird Guide, Peterson Field Guides by Bill Thompson III. Scotland: from prehistory to the present by Fiona Watson: How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: a survival guide to life with children ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber & Julie King. Adult science fiction/fantasy: Take Back the Sky by Greg Bear

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Robin’s Review By Robin Wark In her first season, Virden’s Carmen Ross has already established herself as a regular starter for the Brandon University women’s volleyball team. “It is quite a rare thing,” BU head coach Lee Carter said. “She is learning on the fly and doing a great job of trying to figure out the nuances of U Sports.” The daughter of Glenn Ross and Lea McPherson-Ross has averaged 1.60 points, 1.19 kills, 1.79 digs, and 0.31 blocks per set. Carter said the 5-foot-11 left side is strong, hits a heavy ball, and puts up a solid block. However, her mental toughness has impressed him the most. As a rookie starter, Ross has to deal with the expectations of her teammates and others. She is learning how to play at the highest level of university sports in Canada while hundreds of people watch. In addition, other teams try to test her. “She has been really resilient. She has gotten after it day in and day out…They go after her and, day in and day out, she has answered the call.” A former Virden Col-

legiate Institute standout and Cats Volleyball Club athlete, Ross said that U Sports is played on a much bigger scale. “Balls are coming at you harder, the blocks are bigger, and the overall pace of the game is a lot faster,” Ross wrote in an email interview. “The transition from high school volleyball has definitely been a difficult one and I am constantly being pushed to better myself by my teammates and coaches. But overall, I’m thankful for the opportunity to play the sport I love at such a competitive level and to see how far I have come as a player in the sport.” Ross said that the best part of playing for the Bobcats is having the opportunity to play at such a high level in Westman. The strong student, who is leaning towards majoring in sociology or psychology, said she is having a university student-athlete experience while still feeling that she is at home. “I would have to say the best part about playing close to home is always knowing that there will be a familiar face in the stands,” Ross wrote. “Since Brandon is so close to my hometown, so many people from

home have been able to make it out to games, which means the world to me. There is no better feeling than looking out into the stands and seeing all the friendly faces that came out to support you smiling back at you.” Ross has long had the strong backing of her family. “My family’s support of me has always been amazing and nothing about that has changed since my transition to playing at the university level,” she wrote. “I can always count on them to either be in the stands, or watching the games online and cheering for me and the rest of my Bobcat family. Knowing that I have them as a constant support system for the good games, and as well as the not-so good games has made my university volleyball experience that much more enjoyable.”

The first place team from Trivia Night, a Spray Park fundraiser, at the Legion Hall on Friday, Feb. 3, with Bree Robertson representing the Virden Spray Park. Photo/Submitted

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An Oil Slick By Ken Buchy Just when you thought the New England Patriots’ glory days were finally all but over, the magical magician QB Tom “terrific” Brady reaches down into his top hat (bag of tricks) and pulls out yet another improbable comeback to win in Super Bowl LI - this one will to go down in football history as the most amazing one of all. Being down by 25 points in the third quarter against the inexperienced, but red hot, Atlanta Falcons, who had to this point dominated the AFC champions. This kind of a comeback (biggest in SB history) should have been considered inconceivable, it simply shouldn’t have happened but yet it did, and that ladies and gentlemen is how NFL history (folklore) is written. Embrace it, enjoy it, it doesn’t happen too often. If you thought the Patriots and the “B and B” show (Brady & Belichick) legacy was huge before this event, watch that monstrosity grow tenfold now; in reality, think about it for a second, it should. And if there was any doubt that Brady wasn’t the greatest QB ever before this game, there should be absolutely no doubt about it now. Respectfully, move over Unitas, Marino, Elway, Montana, Bradshaw and the like, how can you argue seven Super Bowl appearances, five wins, and most impressive, four SB MVP trophies that now sit on his mantel piece. The man’s a legend, he’s a freak of nature, and yes, we should be thankful

that we had the privilege to watch him live. By the way, if you happen to have in your possession Tom Brady’s game worn jersey, that miraculously somehow went awol after the game, please return it, no questions asked. If you don’t have it, then break open your penny jar, log on to eBay and place your bid. Good luck! On the other side of the ball, you have to feel for Falcons. What a collapse! With only 15 measly minutes to go, to a man they must have had thoughts of illustrious grandeur dancing in the back of their minds, even though they knew they had to suppress those types of thoughts until the fat lady sang. Unfortunately, she never got to the gargling stage, and all the hopes and aspirations dancing in their heads, of things that once could have been, were quickly squashed by the precision of a surgeon on an operating table. Seriously, was there ever any doubt? For many, the main reason to watch the SB was not the game itself but the much hyped up and anticipated 30 second ads that this year cost the various advertisers a meagre $5 million a pop. But then again, if your business wants to instantly reach a massive world wide market in the neighbourhood of 110 million people, and you think it’s well worth it, then you cough up the cash, cross your fingers and hope like hell that things work out in your favour. It’s a very expensive gamble but it must be worth it, there’s a line up around the block.

The other big excitement of last weekend had to do with the emergence of golf’s newest sensation, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who not only won the Phoenix Waste Management tournament in a playoff for the second consecutive year (a first), but who is almost unbeatable this season on the links, winning last week at the Farmers Insurance. He defeated Webb Simpson, who will be thinking about that putt that precariously hung just on the lip, dead centre, on the third playoff hole which would have won him the title. Canadian Graham DeLaet gave a good account of himself, posting a 12 under score and collecting some big dollars ($181,000). What is happening to the Toronto Maple Leafs? They’re actually in a playoff hunt, currently sitting in the eighth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference, tied with the Bruins but with four games in hand, with my Islanders lurking close behind. Are they ahead of their schedule (blueprint) put in place by VP Brendan Shanahan and GM Sweet Lou Lamoriello, with the thinking being that the young team undergoing such a dramatic transition shouldn’t contend for a playoff spot for another season or so? Whatever the reason or cause, the youngsters (Mathews, Marner and Nylander) are playing exciting, energetic hockey and have certainly increased their chances of participating in the post season. Life may never be the same! Until next time…


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Mary Montgomery School Playground Committee receives generous donations from TSL Industries, Sparks Sand & Gravel, Carscaddens, NRG Signs and I-Jack. (Back row l-r) Dan O’Connor (TSL), Don Sparks and Candace Bueche (Sparks Sand & Gravel), Kathi Gatey(Carscaddens) and Cherilynn Pizzey (Playground committee); (Front row l-r) Charley Dunning, Jayda Sparks, Haiden Wilson and Amanda Andries; missing from photo are Yardleigh Kenderdine, Richard Gertz of NRG Signs and Steve Henry of I-Jack. A group of volunteer parents have plans to replace the first of two playgrounds in the summer of 2018 and have raised just over $30,000, so far. Both playgrounds have seen wear and tear due to aging, environmental factors and vandalism. The playground is well used. At present, Mary Montgomery has 200 students and is home to a ‘before and after school program’, also preschool and summer daycamps.  The playground is also a popular place for kids in the neighbourhood. Photo/Anne Davison

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ON NOW AT YOUR PRAIRIE GMC DEALERS. PRAIRIEGMC.COM 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. Offers apply to the lease of 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab Elevation Edition 4WD (1SA, L83, K05, SXL, R7M, UVC, JL1, Z82), 2017 GMC Acadia SLE-1 FWD (3SA, K05) or purchase of a 2017 GMC Terrain SLE-1 FWD (3SA, K05), equipped as described. License, insurance, registration, administration fees, dealer fees, PPSA and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in Prairie GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. * Offer valid February 1 to February 28, 2017. Credit is tax-inclusive and applies to the purchase, lease or finance of an eligible new 2017 vehicle from dealer inventory. In order to be eligible for this incentive, customers must trade in a vehicle that they own (vehicle must have been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive sixty (60) days) to the selling dealer OR terminate their existing lease (any brand) and re-lease an eligible new vehicle. Customers who are terminating an existing GMF lease must enter into a new GMF lease in order to qualify for the Trade-In Bonus Days Credit. Credit amount will vary depending on vehicle purchased: $1000 towards the purchase of a new 2017MY GMC crossover, mid SUV, mid pickup, or full size van; or $1500 towards the purchase of a new 2017MY GMC LD/HD pickup or full size utilities. The following vehicles are excluded from this offer: Canyon 2SA. Customers who do not qualify for Trade In Bonus Days must add a down payment equivalent to the Trade In Bonus Incentive to achieve stated pricing. Customers must take delivery on or before February 28, 2017 to be eligible for this incentive. Limited time offer may not be combined with certain other offers and cannot be redeemed for cash. General Motors of Canada Company reserves the right to modify, extend or terminate these offers, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ¥ Offer valid at participating dealers to eligible retail lessees in Canada who enter into a lease agreement with GM Financial and who accept delivery between February 1 to February 28, 2017. Eligible 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab Elevation Edition 4WD/Acadia SLE-1 FWD: Lease based on a lease purchase price of $41,995/$35,385, including $2,500/$1,000 available manufacturer-to-dealer delivery credit (tax exclusive), $500/$500 lease cash (tax exclusive). Bi-weekly payment is $210/$189 for 48/36 months at 1.9%/0% interest rate on approved credit to qualified retail customers by GM Financial. $2,400/$2,250 down payment is required. Total obligation is $24,192/$16,938, plus applicable taxes. Option to purchase at lease end is $20,085/$18,448. On all lease offers: Consumer may be required to pay Dealer Fees. Price and total obligation exclude license, insurance, PPSA, registration, taxes and optional equipment. Excess wear and tear charges not included. Other lease options are available. Dealers are free to set individual prices. See your dealer for conditions and details. As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and contact General Motors of Canada Company to verify eligibility. Annual kilometre limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. Security deposit may be required. Payment may vary depending on down payment/trade. ¥¥ Offer available to qualified retail customers in Canada for vehicles delivered from February 1 to February 28, 2017. Eligible 2017 GMC Terrain: Purchase price includes $5,000 Manufacturer-to-dealer cash credit (tax inclusive) valid toward the retail cash purchase of an eligible new 2017 GMC Terrain SLE-1 FWD. Purchase price of $25,995 includes freight, air tax but excludes license, insurance, registration, dealer fees and taxes. At participating dealers. Void where prohibited. See dealer for details. Discounts vary by model. Dealer may sell for less. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. General Motors of Canada Company may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. Offers may not be redeemed for cash and may not combined with certain other consumer incentives. 1 Requires Sierra Double Cab or Crew Cab Short box 2WD with 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and NHT Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow. 2 Based on 2016 Large Pickup segment and latest competitive information available at time of printing. Excludes other GM models. †† The 2-Year Scheduled LOF Maintenance Program provides eligible customers in Canada who have purchased, leased or financed a new eligible 2016 MY GMC vehicle with an ACDelco oil and filter change, in accordance with the Oil Life Monitoring System and the Owner’s Manual, for 2 years or 48,000 km, whichever occurs first, with a limit of four Lube-Oil-Filter services in total, performed at participating GM dealers. Fluid top-offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc., are not covered. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Limited reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ** Government 5-star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( † Visit for coverage maps, details and system limitations. Service plan required. Available 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot requires WPA2 compatible mobile device and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Services vary by model, service plan, conditions as well as geographical and technical restrictions. OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity is available on select vehicle models and in select markets. 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Virden Empire-Advance

By Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena, I shave my legs three times a week with a pull type razor. How long should I use it before tossing it into the garbage? Jessica Dear Jessica, If you ask ten different people, you will receive ten different answers. Some people recommend that disposable razors are fine for three uses and others suggest three months or longer. If the razor nicks your skin, it is dull so throw it out. If you maintain the razor by drying the blade after each use it will last longer. Dear Reena, How do you remove the backing off a carpet that is stuck on a tile floor? Signed, JM



























February 10, 2017

Solutions & Substitutions Dear JM, Pour hot water onto the foam. Let the water soak for 10 minutes. Scrape with a long handled ice scraper and remove all of the foam. Dear Reena, My friend asked me to write to you and ask if you know a way to remove burnt, stuck tin foil from the bottom of her oven. The oven has the burner under the enamel in the bottom. She put a pot on top of the tin foil on top of the element. Any ideas on how to remove it? Thanks, Mary Ellen Dear Mary Ellen, While the following isn’t an instant solution; it is effective at removing foil without damaging the porcelain finish of your oven. In a cool oven, lay a hot, wet rag on the oven floor, leave for 20-30 minutes.


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Use a little liquid dish soap to lubricate the area and scrape the foil with a plastic scrub pad, plastic scraper, or a credit card. The foil will eventually burn off over time. Fantastic Tip of the Week • Next time you sit on a piece of chewing gum. Place your pants into the freezer for a couple of hours, peel gum off. Remember to remove your pants before placing them in the freezer hee hee. Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first. Reena Nerbas is a popular motivational presenter for large and small groups; check out her website: Ask a question or share a tip at














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Virden Empire-Advance

EMPLOYMENT Go Hard Oilfield Services Inc. is looking for oilfield workers. Wages depending on experience. Phone (204) 851-0286 or email resume to

TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED! Morris’ Hauling & Acidizing Ltd.

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Class 1F Drivers Licence required Wages dependent on experience Full-time positions Benet package after probationary period H2S and First Aid certications required Physically demanding job

Oileld hauling, steaming, pressure trucks, hot oil units, water and vacuum truck services, gravel trucks and heavy equipment. Fax resume to 204-748-6990 or email:


First Aid, WHIMS, H2S & TGD tickets, as well as a Class 5 drivers licence are required. Email: Attn: Adam


Association of Parents and Professionals for Literacy Education


with hours determined based on available funding. • The starting wage is from $21/ hr. - $23.50/hr. depending on experience with increments granted yearly.

has an immediate opening for a


• There are some evening commitments eg. board meeting.


• Candidates must have a valid drivers’ license • Preference will be given to those candidates with experience and safety certification, but neither is required • Willingness to travel and spend time out of town is required

EmployEEs wantEd?

If interested, please forward your resume for review to:

Advertise here. P: 204-748-3931 F: 204-748-1816

• The contract person is responsible for the coordination of the government-funded literacy program, including personnel, courses, and activities.

• The coordinator has exible hours of work with A.P.P.L.E. instruction time being 9:30 to 3:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays. • We follow a school’s schedule being closed during holidays. For further information or to submit a resume please contact the APPLE ofce: (204)-748-2384, email or mail to Box 2438, Virden, MB R0M 2C0

Canadian Plains Energy Services LP is a privately owned Saskatchewan ĐŽŵƉĂŶLJƉƌŽǀŝĚŝŶŐƉŝƉĞůŝŶĞ͕ĨĂĐŝůŝƚLJĐŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶĂŶĚŵĂŝŶƚĞŶĂŶĐĞ services to the energy industry.







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SWINE TECHNICIAN HyLife Ltd. is a progressive Manitoba based company. HyLife and its affiliates have feed and pork operations and genetics and meat sales in various countries around the world. The Head Office is located in the vibrant community of LaBroquerie, Manitoba. We are currently seeking highly motivated people to fill the position of Swine Technician in the Southeastern and Southwestern areas of Manitoba. This position will include the following responsibilities and day-to-day functions:  Carry out feeding program  Breeding, farrowing duties  Weigh and sort pigs for transport  Wash empty rooms, prepping room for animal entry  Perform minor maintenance tasks  Perform general on farm duties  Recognize and treat livestock health issues  Maintain livestock performance records  Other duties as assigned The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications:  Self motivated  Good work ethic  Work well with others  Minimum 1 year swine tech experience required. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and competitive compensation based on experience and knowledge. Salary range is between $1,197 - $1,496.25. You may qualify for an annual performance increase and/or bonus program and/or a premium. HyLife has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply online at or send your resume to: Human Resources Box 100, La Broquerie, MB R0A 0W0 We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Employment Opportunities


Valleyview Consumers Co-op Ltd. is a thriving retail located in the progressive southwest corner of Manitoba. Our multi-million-dollar organization is an ever growing and expanding co-operative offering products and services in food, petroleum, crop supplies, and hardware. The VIRDEN AGRO CENTRE is looking to fill the following position:

Driver/Sales Rep SEASONAL - FULL-TIME (MARCH - OCT) RESPONSIBILTIES: The Driver/Sales Rep is responsible for the delivery of chemical and seed product as well as working in conjunction with the Crop Protection and Hardware Departments on deliveries and hauling of products, bins, fertilizer and equipment. Position is also responsible for yard and out building maintenance, general yard duties as assigned, and all truck maintenance. QUALIFICATIONS: • Class 1 driver’s license required • Must have clean Driver’s Abstract • Basic mechanical knowledge • Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends when season demands. • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed while working in a team environment. Valleyview Consumers Co-op Ltd. offers a competitive salary, Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) training, on-going professional development, work-life balance and excellent opportunities for career advancement. To start your career with one of the fastest growing Co-operatives in Manitoba please send resume to: Human Resources Manager Email: Mail: Valleyview Consumers Co-op Ltd., Box 550, Virden MB R0M 2C0 Fax: (204) 748-3436 Deadline to apply for this opportunity is February 21, 2017


Virden Empire-Advance

February 10, 2017

Deadline Tuesday at 2:00 pm | All classifieds must be pre-paid before insertion 25 words or less - $6.50 plus GST. Over 25 words - 20¢ per word. Phone: 204-748-3931 | Fax: 204-748-1816 | Email: Disclaimer: The Virden Empire-Advance will not be responsible for errors or omissions printed from hand written submissions.

Coming events Kel School in Virden. “Mind, Body & Deportment�, Saturdays, all day, Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. 204-748-3321. Basic math, language arts, fitness (cal & weights), help with studying

Notices Thinking of Relocating?

Please accept this invitation for singers age 10-100 to participate in an Easter Cantata: “Amazing Love�, under the direction of Karyn Morrow-Penner. The choir will rehearse Mondays, beginning February 27th from 7:30-9:30 at the Virden Baptist church. Performance at the Aud Theatre, Friday, April 7th.

Call the municipality of Pembina home. Located in south central Manitoba, we welcome you to our warm and safe community. Raise your family here – retire here. Affordable housing – low taxes. Great amenities – local shopping, education, health care, indoor and outdoor sports & recreation, culture & arts. Short drive to many employment opportunities.

Scarth Community Club Breakfast. Sunday, February 12, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Everyone welcome.

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Notices History for families, organizations or businesses within the RM of Miniota can be mailed to Bridging the Years History, Box 145, Miniota, MB. R0M 1M0. Emailed digital photos and stories to: Deadline, March 31.

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OBITUARY DUTTON, Donna (nĂŠe Hagan) July 18, 1934 - December 23, 2016 Donna Dutton (nĂŠe Hagan), our beloved wife, mother, mother-inlaw, grandmother (guy-ya), greatgrandmother, big-sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend. Born on July 18, 1934 in Virden, Manitoba; died December 23, 2016 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, aged 82. Mice, bears, cougars, coyotes and early mornings terriďŹ ed our mother. Otherwise, mom embraced almost every aspect of her life fearlessly and with aplomb. Mom was born in Virden, Manitoba in the middle of the great prairie drought of 1934. As a result, her parents, who were farmers, soon moved north in search of greener pastures and ended up living in a granary in Swan River, much to the chagrin of her Irish grandparents. In 1935, the family returned to the Virden area where mom attended the one-room Mayville School until her family settled on a farm near Woodnorth, Manitoba in 1946. Mom was a good student with a keen and curious mind. She skipped two grades and moved to Virden at 16 to live with her Grandma Carleton and take her Grade 12. After High School, mom moved to Winnipeg where she obtained a teaching qualification from the Provincial Normal School. At 18, mom landed a job teaching in a one-room school in Hillview, Manitoba for an annual salary of $1,700. Over the years, mom taught all grades and all ages but she clearly preferred to teach small children. In 1964, when our family moved to Redvers, Saskatchewan and there were no teaching positions available, mom applied to the local school board to open a private kindergarten. The school board granted its permission but forbid mom from teaching the students how to read. Parents of the students of this academy of higher learning have been known to refer to their children as graduates of the University of Redvers or the U of R. Naturally, mom taught everyone to read. At Virden Collegiate, mom met our dad, Billie Dutton. They married in Virden in 1954 and forged a formidable partnership that lasted over 62 years. Together, our parents moved across Western Canada following Dad’s work in the oil industry some 17 times and made life-long friends wherever they landed, including Virden; Redvers; Estevan, SK; Midale, SK; and Calgary, AB. In later years, mom and dad retired to Vancouver Island and became snow birds - migrating ďŹ rst to Hawaii and then Arizona - which allowed them to golf all year round and host family and friends looking to escape the harsh prairie winters. Mom raised four sons (Craig, Scott, Brad and Drew) with unlimited doses of love and wisdom. She welcomed their spouses (Lynn, Debra, Sandra and Oliver) into the family with open arms and became an adoring (and adored) grandmother to her fourteen grandchildren (Craig’s children: Brandi, Abbey, Mila and William; Scott’s children: Liam, Jordan, Mackenzie and Joshua; Brad’s children: Cassie (Bonokoski), Arlann, Amy and Tanner; and Drew’s children: Elise and Zoe) and her three great grandchildren (Eva Donna Dutton Youngberg, Luke Bonokoski, and Cooper Dutton). Mom had many talents - but we never heard her boast, except, occasionally, about her grandchildren. She was a beloved and dedicated school teacher in the 50’s and 60’s; an outstanding homemaker, cook and stay-at-home mom in the 70’s; a successful Mary Kay saleswoman in the 80’s; and an accomplished golfer in retirement. At all times and in all circumstances, mom took care to look as good as she possibly could and strove, like her mother, to be the best-dressed woman at any function. Mom had only a few vices: she had an insatiable sweet tooth and a small weakness for slot machines; she smoked like a chimney until her boys moved away from home; and she was known to have cheated, at least once, in a game of Monopoly with her grandchildren by illegally giving away money to keep insolvent players in the game.


After mom died, we retrieved some 2000 photos from her Iphone and her Ipad. The photos are a testament both to many of the things mom loved and her limited talent as a photographer. Unsurprisingly, there are many photos and (sometimes accidental) videos of our Dad, often with mom giggling in the background like a school girl, hundreds of pictures of her friends and family, particularly her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a surprising number of selďŹ es intended, we assume, to record her ever-changing hair colours and styles. The random collection of pictures she snapped over the last ďŹ ve or six years is a pretty good barometer of how active, engaged and interested mom stayed until the end of her life. Her photos chronicle a jam-packed schedule with Mom and Dad hosting guests and celebrating birthdays, baptisms, graduations, holidays, weddings, family reunions, and anniversaries across Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe. Most often, mom is pictured in the middle of the action giggling with abandon or hugging a dear friend or family member close to her. Throughout her life, mom took care of a large family and cultivated deep relationships across generations. Mom’s siblings, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren could always count on her to dole out sage advice and to provide a shoulder to cry on. She took the role very seriously and did not hesitate to oer her unvarnished perspective and counsel. Mom’s death leaves our extended family bereft of a dear friend and matriarch. Mom ended up in the hospital in Nanaimo, B.C. in early December with a serious case of shingles that subsequently caused spinal meningitis. Mom rallied for several days and was able to enjoy visits with Dad, her boys, their spouses, her sister Maureen, a few dear friends, her cousins Corb and Cindy Phillips and many of mom’s grandchildren. Despite mom’s best eorts to recover and get home again, she died peacefully, surrounded by her family, just before Christmas. We celebrated mom’s long and happy life with a wake, in the best Irish tradition, and a funeral service conducted by her friend, Pastor Stewart Miller, in Qualicum Beach, B.C. on December 29, 2016. In addition to our father and her descendants, mom is survived by her younger siblings in Manitoba (Maureen Hagan, Keith (Mary-Anne) Hagan, Colleen (John) Bucklaschuck and Shawn (Jocelyn) Hagan), her sister-in-law Lorraine Thompson (nĂŠe Dutton), as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mom was predeceased by her grandparents Ed and Jane (nĂŠe Watt) Hagan and Emma Jane Jordan Carleton (nĂŠe Glanville); her parents, Edward and Christena (nĂŠe Jordan) Hagan; an infant brother, Jordan Bradford Hagan; her mother-in-law, Dollie Dutton (nĂŠe McMillan); her sister-in-law Bernice Daniels Wright (nĂŠe Dutton); her brothers-in-law, Fred Daniels, Howard Wright, John Thompson and Harvey Chalmers; and all of her many aunts and uncles (mom’s mother was the youngest of 13 children and her father had three younger siblings), including her close friend and youngest aunt, Eileen Phillips (nĂŠe Hagan). Even after mom died, we kept finding evidence of her love and thoughtfulness. In a favourite pine desk, which her maternal grandparents had somehow dragged with them from Ontario when they came West in the late 1800s, we found that mom had tucked away special documents and notes to herself memorializing important family events. Mom had saved correspondence with her grandparents and parents, love letters from our dad and cards and letters from her family and friends that had particularly touched her. On top of them all where mom knew we would ďŹ nd it, was a short, handwritten note from 2009 with the suggested hymns for her funeral and a comforting poem asking us not to grieve too much because she was grateful for a long and happy life and strongly believed that we would all one day be reunited. When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears; Be happy that we had so many years. I gave to you my love, you can only guess How much you gave to me in happiness...

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FEBRUARY CLEARANCE SALE! February 10th to 19th! KDL Furniture’s once a year over stock sale in mattresses, bedroom suites, England (a Lay-z-boy Company) rocker recliner chairs, queen sleeper sofas, floor model power sofas and chairs, occasional table sets, Italian 100% leather and used bedroom display suites. Savings from 10-60% off! A few hot buys - $299 queen mattress set, $599 rocker recliner chairs, $549 five piece bedroom suite, twelve drawer queen storage bed and headboard $849 and three piece occasional set $299. STOCK MUST GO! See store for more specials. Mon-Fri 10-8, Sat 10-6 & Sun 11-5. Call KDL Furniture at 204-571-1971. 660 Highland Ave., South side of #1 Hwy., Brandon.

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For sale 2006 Yamaha Venture. Excellent running order. Call 204748-3629. Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Association’s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at

HARDY TREE, SHRUB, and berry seedlings delivered. Order online at or call 1-866-873-3846. New growth guaranteed. Parts & full trailer repair, trailer safeties & Autopac Trailer Repair. Sales, Leasing & Financing of flat-deck, dumpbox, cargo, gooseneck & utility trailers & truck beds. Kaldeck Truck & Trailer, Hwy #1 MacGregor, Mb. 1-888-685-3127. Prairie Sky Royalty Ltd. is a publicly-traded company in Calgary that acquires oil & gas fee title and royalty interests at fair market value. To receive a cash offer, call 587-293-4055 or visit

Amway of Canada, Here in Virden. Independent Business Owner is Kel Smith 204-7483321. Home products, health products, lady products, gentlemen products. Less than a two week delivery time from London, Ontario. High end, products plus the best bug spray ever if your going south. The famous D-15 Mosquito spray. I give good customer service! BATTERIES FOR EVERYTHING. Automotive, farm, construction, ATV, marine, motorcycle, golf carts, phones, tools, radios, computers etc. Reconditioned, obsolete and hard-to-find batteries. SOLAR equipment. The Battery Man. Winnipeg. 1.877.775.8271

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In Loving Memory of

Henry Janzen March 24, 1931 - February 16, 2015

Your Presence We Miss, Your Memory We Treasure, Loving You Always, Forgetting You Never Loved and Missed by, Eileen, Brenda, Barbara & Families

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February 10, 2017

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The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was held in the Division Board Room on Monday, January 23. Present were: C. Russell, D. Campion, B. Cochrane, R. Masson, N. Chaske, L. Irwin, D. Jamieson, B. Pitz - Superintendent of Schools, K. Reid - Secretary-Treasurer and V. Wilson - Supervisor of Operations. Regrets were: G. Draper, M. Walker and C. Lowes. • R. Masson and N. Chaske have been authorized to attend the “Ed-

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• An out-of-province trip for a VCI Student Experience Canada Exchange for 15 Grade 9-11 VCI students to go to the College Saint Charles Grenier, a private school located in Quebec City, from February 10 to 17, was approved. • An out-of-province field trip for 14 Pre-K-12 Boundary Lane Colony School students to go to Rocanville, SK for a ski trip on February 2, was approved.

ucation for Action: Our Human Right Journey Conference” in Winnipeg on April 20-21. • M. Walker and N. Chaske have been authorized to attend the “MASBO Transportation/Maintenance Conference” in Winnipeg on February 8-10. • The terms and conditions set forth in the Educational Partnership Agreement with the WE Schools program for the 2017-2018 year was accepted.


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LAWYERS McNEILL HARASYMCHUK McCONNELL Attorneys at Law Buckingham Building, 243 Raglan Street West P.O. Box 520, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Phone (204) 748-1220 • Fax (204) 748-3007 Rene McNeill, B. Sc., LL. B. • Glen Harasymchuk, B. Sc., LL. B. Jeffrey McConnell, B.A., LL. B.



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February 10, 2017

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