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November 11, 2016

A Comrade’s Burial

At the November 3 graveside ceremony for Flight Sergeant Gerald James McCurdy, Legion members (l-r) Ed James, Curtis Smith, Hank Kyle, Padre Don Bernhardt, John Fefchak and Kelvon Smith. Photo/Norma Fefchak

By Ed James Flight Sergeant Gerald James McCurdy In a perfect world, no one should die alone and, when they are buried, let others be there to recognize their time on this earth. Such was the case recently for a former resident of Virden who had served his country during and after World War II. It all started with an urgent email from Royal Canadian Legion member, Sergeant at Arms, Kelvon Smith. It stated that a World War II veteran, at the request of his wife, Ginger, (what a great WW II name! – reminiscent of Ginger Rodgers) wanted to be buried in the Virden Cemetery near his mother and sister. The email went on to explain - the veteran had no family or friends in the community, and would some area Legion members come forward to attend the funeral of this veteran, as an act of comradeship and respect? The veteran was Gerald James McCurdy, who was a member of the RCAF, serial No. R210839, the rank of Flight Sergeant serving from 1942 to 1949 and who lied about his age to join the military at 17, in British Columbia. For the graveside service, Legion Padre Don

Bernhardt carried out the ceremony and Legion members Curtis Smith, John Fefchak and his wife Norma, Henry Kyle, Kel Smith and myself, Ed James attended. At the grave site the Legion and National Flags flew during the ceremony and retired RCAF member, John Fefchak brought along the official Flag of the RCAF. During the ceremony, the Last Post and Legion Act of Remembrance was recited and before the urn of ashes was placed in the ground, each member came forward and laid a poppy on the urn and gave a final salute. During the ceremony, a single plane flew high overhead - perhaps, a final salute to Flight Sergeant McCurdy. I cannot tell you much more about the man, except he was 91 years old when he died, was a logger and rancher most of his life in BC, and he loved cookies. Why do I mention cookies? It’s because his burial urn was his mother’s cookie jar from his boyhood. After the funeral, we assembled at the Legion Hall and retired Warrant Officer RCAF Fefchak gave a toast to the veteran. But what did this involvement mean to each of the seven? I took time to ask. Said Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 8 President, Curtis Smith, “The event showed the comradeship of the Legion organization.” Said Henry Kyle, “It brought back memories of past legion friends and how we remember them.” Said Kel Smith, “This was my first

time to arrange such a unique request and it was an honour to do it for a Legion comrade.” Said, Padre Don Bernhardt, “This is what the Legion does for all our comrades.” Said, Norma Tibbets-Fefchak, who took the photos for the family, “I felt so honoured to do this on behalf of his wife. The photos will give her something to remember and to share.” As for me, the event drives home the message we share across Canada on November 11, “We will remember them.” War is not a good thing, but sometimes is a necessary thing. And here, in Canada, with our many freedoms, it’s important to remember that freedom isn’t free. It has a cost in death, pain, and suffering for Canadian soldiers of the past, present and the future, lest we forget.

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Virden Collegiate students pose with their donation to the Virden & Area Food Cupboard which are the results of VCI’s annual ‘We Scare Hunger’ campaign. See full story on page 5. Photo/Luke Knoll

Hunting out of control By Anne Davison Stories that would curl your hair, night shooting, shooting down municipal roads and the decimation of wild game – that’s what a group of reeves, council-

lors and rural residents heard on Monday night in Pipestone. Public safety and preservation of wildlife were the key concerns addressed by meeting organizer, Scott Phillips, Councillor for RM of Sifton.

tion that was circulated as the meeting drew to a close will be presented to Minister of Sustainable Development, Cathy Cox, at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual meeting. This action has been in the

On November 7, 47 people representing five municipalities gathered in Pipestone’s roomy restaurant, the Home Farmer’s Resto. The floor was open to those who wanted to comment. A peti-

works for some time, as data and statistics have been gathered. The RM of Pipestone put forth a Resolution to the AMM earlier on, explains Reeve Archie McPherson. Continued on page 4


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Pipestone hunting meeting Continued from front “We have the backing of all the municipalities in Manitoba and the response from the government at that time was, ‘they are looking into it’.” Laws and enforcement needed With 10,000 square kms to oversee, two Conservation Officers based in Virden cannot control hunting. More Conservation Officers on patrol, laws against night hunting, hunting from municipal roads and the control of harvest numbers are what this group wants. Dale McBurney, a farmer and commercial pilot from Deleau, flies over southwestern Manitoba, routinely hired by several organizations - Habitat Heritage Corporation, Ducks Unlimited and Nature Conservancy of Canada, Manitoba. He knows the area and its wildlife. “I’ve been flying the same survey from 1982.” His observations this year are grim. “In the Souris area, where you’ve got a good population, we’d see 35 to 40 moose. Now you see one.” Last winter was a tough one for moose and deer in the area. Light snow cover

and fields un-used during winter made large game vulnerable to methodical game harvesters. The grievance isn’t with local hunters who harvest for themselves. It’s the wanton waste – the disrespect - half skinned carcasses with prime cuts removed – animals shot and found in ditches – and even wounded animals, lost during night shooting and left to die. “You see trucks with enclosed trailers and quads on them,” stated McBurney explaining how large numbers of moose are quickly disappearing. “It will keep going on until the moose are gone, because that’s been history. And this is the third spot in southern Manitoba where that’s going to happen.” McPherson, explains, the Supreme Court ruling that allows Métis hunting rights along with First Nations peoples also states the government has the inherent right to properly manage the wildlife. “There’s no management right now,” he stated adamantly. He also pointed out, “You can’t enforce any laws if it’s just guidelines.”

Hunting dangerously Human safety is a huge concern. The recent death of a 24-year-old man from Sioux Valley reserve, shot during night hunting, was a clear point of reference. “The safety aspect is insane,” says McBurney. “We’ve got people shooting down municipal roads, at night, we’ve got people shooting in agricultural areas. People are pasturing their cattle longer in the fall.” In conversation, one hunter pointed out, a hunting rifle can kill someone five miles away. Métis in Manitoba have been included under First Nations hunting rights, meaning night hunting isn’t illegal for them - as long as it is done safely. McPherson asks, “When is discharging a firearm at night not dangerous?” Chief Vincent Tacan, not in attendance, previously registered concerns regarding hunting-related issues, according to Phillips. Education a key Just closing an area to allow a game population to recover isn’t the answer. The animals can become easy targets when the area opens to hunting again. .

This deer, shot and left, is one of several deer found by Cody Denbow, an RM of Sifton resident and bow hunter. Several other deer he came across were stripped of hindquarter and loin meat, their carcasses carelessly left behind. Photo/Submitted

Legislation always takes time, which worries Archie McPherson. “Time is not on our side when it comes to saving the wildlife.” McBurney strongly promotes better laws and more enforcement officers; however, he sees the immediate need is to educate everyone - First Nations and nonnatives alike. “Educate the humans,” he stated. Petitions continue to circulate and are available at the RM offices; Scott Phillips can be reached at 204-761-0168.

Dale McBurney, area farmer and pilot, addresses those gathered in Pipestone, Monday evening, November 7, for a meeting regarding dangerous and excessive hunting. Photo/Anne Davison

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One can at a time By Luke Knoll

The pantry at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Photo/Luke Knoll

Take a moment and imagine with me what it would feel like not knowing when your next meal would be. Dizziness, fatigue, weakened immune system, nausea and an inability to concentrate are just a few of the symptoms that come with short-term hunger. According to Statistics Canada 5% of Canadian children and 8% of Canadian adults live in food insecure homes. This

means that they did not have access to a sufficient variety or quantity of food due to lack of money. The most recent statistics indicate that in 2011-2012, 8.3% of Canadian households experienced food insecurity. Across the country, 54% of food banks reported an increase in demand. In response to the current needs of so many people across the country, province and even across the street… a local group

of students from VCI stepped up and took a stand to scare away hunger one can at a time with a ‘We Scare Hunger ’ food drive campaign. Together they brought in dozens of canned food and raised $185 for the local food cupboard at Sacred Heart Parish Centre. If you too would like to get involved and help put a stop to hunger and food insecurity, you can donate non-perishable food items at the Parish Centre. Currently the

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: Pipelines; The Worst way to Move Oil, except for all the Rest! Water is a finite resource, and must be protected for now and future generations. Suggestions have been made that pipeline critics should try and live without oil and those products derived from oil, when they express grave concerns about pipelines and pollution to water sources. Reported pipeline leaks, ruptures, etc. are occurring an average four to six times on a weekly basis. Many occur very close to, or in water. The unreported ones are unknown. How precious is our water? How soon we forget! Only recently, Prince Albert, SK declared a local state of emergency when 200,000 litres of oil from a Husky Energy pipeline leaked into the North Saskatchewan River, polluting their water source for drinking. Now, in this day and age, it would be quite a challenge to live without oil. But what about our water? No chal-

lenge or problem there, as without clean water to drink human life might continue to exist for up to one week! John Fefchak, Virden, MB Dear Editor: I have been unsuccessful in finding out how the Virden Golden Bears made out playing for the Murray Black Cup this year. I coached the Golden Bears way back in 1967 when we won the championship with some real great players, like the late Allan Taylor (I boarded at his home), Bobby Whiteford ,Fraser McIntosh and Dale McEwen who I kept in touch with when he moved to Winnipeg. I took over the team from Glenn McKinnon two weeks before the season started because his wife was about to give birth and had the pleasure of coaching a great bunch of kids who were probably a couple of years younger than myself. I was working as a salesman for the Ashdown Hardware Company and Virden and

the Taylor home was my base. I had played football in Winnipeg and Glenn figured I knew enough about

the game to coach the team. We had a great bunch and practiced hard and played harder with many players

playing offence and defence. Living in Virden was probably one of the best experiences of my life and I

was proud to have coached there and made some great friends. Mike Ewatski

this week in history Looking back at 130 plus years of local news and highlights from the Virden Empire-Advance Originally published, Wednesday, April 18, 1973

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RCMP Report By Luke Knoll Westman RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve Sumner reported a total of 36 files for Virden and area between October 31 and November 6. There were 16 traffic tickets issued and there were zero false alarms. October 31 • Complaint of theft of two dogs. This investigation is ongoing. • Complaint of criminal harassment in rural Virden area. This investigation is ongoing. • Report of dangerous driving. Suspect was leaving town at high rates of speed. • Complaint of a disturbance. A male was yelling and loud bangs were heard. Police responded; fireworks was the cause of the bangs. • Complaint in Elkhorn of kids throwing eggs at residences and vehicles. • Complaint of a youth walking down the street lighting fireworks.

• Complaint in Elkhorn of a woman followed by a suspicious vehicle. Police attended, located the driver and warned them of their suspicious behavior. • While investigating an unrelated matter, police received a call for impaired driving. The driver was arrested and refused a breathalyzer. They were lodged in cells and released once sober under a promise to appear at court. • Complaint of online fraud. Victim was conned into sending excess amounts of money. The suspect had promised he would refund the money. November 1 • 911 hang up. Police attended. It was a domestic situation. No violence and no assaults occurred. Police calmed down the situation and left. • A female advised that her ex was banging on her door. Police attended but the subject had already left. Since then he has been arrested for mischief and released on promise a to appear in court. • Dropped 911 call. Police attended the area and made

patrols. They were unable to determine where the call came from. November 3 • Report of a speeding semi, truck was not located. November 4 • Police were called to assist with a service of protection order. Suspect was arrested for uttering threats on an unrelated matter. Four firearms were seized per court order. November 5 • Dispatched to a vehicle on its side in a ditch. Driver was located and uninjured; had swerved to miss a deer. • Report of a disturbance in Sioux Valley, female complained of her son throwing things in his room. Police attended, upon arrival suspect was calm. Police warned regarding future behavior. November 6 • Possible breaking and entering. Female came home to find her door open. Nothing appeared to be missing. Possible that she didn’t latch her door.

Farewell to Staff Sgt Sumner By Luke Knoll This week we say farewell to RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve Sumner as he is transferring to be the District Advisor NCO in Brandon where he will oversee five or six detachments. In reflection of his time spent here in the Virden region Sergeant Sumner states, “I’ve been out here a long time. I love it here. I’ve told the council many times how much I love the people here. Two, three summers ago

when we had the flooding, everybody is out sand bagging and helping each other out. It’s a different mentality [then in the big cities], I like it so much better here.” After going through the police report Sergeant Sumner went on to add about his transfer, “Usually by the time I’m leaving I’m climbing the walls trying to get out, this is the first time out of all the moves I’ve made that I’m leaving a place I still love. I love working here, I love the town, I love the council, the

Staff Sergeant Steve Sumner in his office here in Virden. Photo/Luke Knoll

[RCMP] staff here are awesome, Virden is lucky. I’ve been all over and this is the best crew I’ve had.” To Sergeant Sumner, we wish you the best on your transition into your new

position. We thank you and the rest of the Westman RCMP staff for all of your hard work and dedication to keeping the region safe and looking out for the citizens of the area.

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Who’s Who in Crazy for You The Follies Girls Some of the best moments of a musical, especially a musical featuring Gershwin music, are the dance numbers, and Crazy for You is no exception. The Zangler Follies Girls will wow crowds with their singing, dancing and beautiful costumes. In Crazy for You, Bela Zangler’s Follies employ them, but during their vacation time, these lovely ladies decide to Jaysa Lee Davies make their way from New It’s been fun to experiment York City to Deadrock, with giving her a higher Nevada. Remember Dead- pitched voice than I norrock? Audiences will easily mally have and create her imagine what will happen bubbly personality. I’ve when these gorgeous wom- enjoyed getting to play this en roll into a town whose character because she has a population is made up of lot of funny one-liners. It’s rough and tumble cowboys been challenging, but also incredibly fun, to be tap and one woman! Who are these beauties? dancing in this show again Some will be familiar to after quite a few years Virden audiences and some break from it. The Follies make their first appearance girls have a lot of fun toon the Aud stage. Let’s get gether when we practice, so it’s been fun to dance with to know them. Jaysa Lee Davies, who such funny girls. There are grew up in Virden and a lot of dancing numbers to has worked with Michelle co-ordinate with dancers Chyzyk her whole life and non-dancers, but that’s through festivals, school the fun of it - multiple peochoirs, out of town musical ple coming together with groups and musicals, was different expertise to perlast seen as Liesl in The form as equals.” Playing Mitzi is Tawnya Sound of Music. In Davies’ words, she plays “a very Tychynski. Tychynski has ditzy showgirl named Pat- been seen in many of the sy who couldn’t be further Virden productions includfrom my actual personality. ing Footloose, Grease and

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Along with dancing and singing in Crazy for You, this talented young woman also choreographed one of the dance numbers audiences will see. Tychynski says, “The dancing in this musical definitely drew me in. It is so much fun and so busy! My best experience during the preparation of this production so far is definitely working with the entire cast during choreography! It’s so much fun seeing all of the big dance numbers come together with everyone!” New to the Virden stage, but not new to dance is Brandon’s Mary Lacerte who plays Margie. Lacerte has performed in Brandon with Steppin’ Time Dance Studio, Neelin High School, Mecca Productions, and currently

with Brandon University. Lacerte tells us, “The dancing brought me to this musical, and I’m very excited to be a part of something new! There’s lots of tap dancing, which is rare for a musical, and it’s so high energy!” As for what she has enjoyed most, she says, “Definitely meeting new people! Coming from Brandon, I only knew a couple people who were in Crazy for You. But everyone in the show is so nice and makes you feel so welcome!” Jadyn Burr from Brandon, another newcomer to the Virden stage, plays Betsy. She says, “I was absolutely honoured to be able to come out to Virden and perform this great show with all these amazing performers. I didn’t really know anyone, but the cast definitely makes you feel welcome, and they are ab-

solutely wonderful people to work with! I’ve been dancing since I was three and I don’t think I will ever stop loving it! This character challenges me as a performer to build on skills such as strong and confident singing while dancing as well!” The youngest Follies Girl is Virden’s Shelby Cranston. Grade 10 student Shelby has vast dance experience, and brings to life the character of Susie. Says Cranston, “I don’t think there are many similarities between my character and myself, but I’m having a great time finding my bubbly voice and character. Sometimes it is challenging for me, but it’s also super fun to be who you’re not and to get to know the role. My favourite part of preparing for this musical is definitely dancing

with the rest of the Follies girls. I love getting to know new people and what their dance background is. Even though I knew a couple of the girls, it’s always fun to work together to create something so fun - and hopefully enjoyable - for everyone else to watch! The biggest challenges so far are to dance and sing through an entire song without having a heart attack! I find this musical to be the funniest one I have ever been in, and I enjoy changing things up with a comedy like Crazy for You.” Davies has this advice for audiences. “The musical has some of the great Gershwin classics that people will love, but Crazy for You is also really fast paced and funny. You might even have to come twice to pick up on it all!”

Collier and Executive Assistant Bonner; Public present: Terry Joseph. The purpose of the hearing was to hear Variation Order Application #VO-03-16 from applicant Terry Joseph and landowners Terry A. Joseph and Jana M. Joseph of the property legally described as the NW 17-1327W in the Prairie View Municipality, for approval of a Variation Order to request relief of the required front yard setback of 125 feet to be varied to 5 feet, and to request relief of the required rear yard setback of 25 feet to be varied to 8 feet, and to request relief of the required left side

yard setback of 25 feet to be varied to 8 feet, for the construction of an Agricultural Storage Building. The CAO entered into record the notice placed on the Municipal Bulletin Boards on September 29 and notices mailed to adjacent landowners by Mid-West Planning District. The applicant spoke to the application. An old shed will be demolished for the purpose of building a new shed on the site. A variation is required. The site is between the railroad and the municipal road. Councillor Salmon questioned the effect to the line of site; Councillor Oliver questioned the height of the proposed building. Reeve Clark questioned if applicant had spoken to the CPR.

Applicant spoke to the CPR road master who indicated there were no concerns on the part of the railway. Council, having completed its duties at the Conditional Use Hearing, adjourned the hearing and reconvened the regular council meeting. • Council went into an In-Camera session to discuss personnel issues. Executive Assistant Bonner left the meeting during the In-Camera session. Union Matter Lawyer Appointment was discussed. Council adjourned the In-Camera session and resumed the former order of business. • The CAO was authorized to make an offer to purchase the property described as Lot 1 Plan 37206 and Lot 1 Plan 6675 located

in the SW 31-13-26WPM, Miniota from Twin Valley Co-op for the purpose of locating a new fire hall. • The Holy Cow Building is to be demolished by Prairie View Municipality; the Municipality considered the structure of the Holy Cow Building to be hazardous to the public and must protect itself from any liability issues which may arise from allowing public access to the Holy Cow Building; Council will not provide access by the public to the Holy Cow Building. • After careful consideration of the application and any representations made for or against it, the Council of the Prairie View Municipality approved the variation by landowners Terry A. Joseph and Jana M. Joseph and applicant Terry Joseph; the landowner accepts all legal responsibility for the proposed structure in the vicinity to the Canadian Pacific Railway in regards to safety regulations as regulated by Transport Canada. • The CAO and councillors have been authorised to attend the Mid-West Planning District Visioning Session on November 7 in Hamiota with registration and all out of pocket expenses paid. Continued on A12

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Tribute to Aud Couple By Anne Davison Gladys Carefoot and Jim Moffatt honoured posthumously Last weekend, November 5, at the premiere performance for Arts Mosaic’s Concert Series, the Aud Theatre Board held a tribute to Gladys Carefoot and Jim Moffatt, known affectionately as The Aud Couple. This historic Virden theatre is very much alive and well, due to two Virden citizens who led the ‘Save the Aud’ committee, years ago. It was 1981 and do or die - restoration or demolition – for the classic theatre in the heart of downtown Virden. A team of committed citizens raised over $80,000 at that time, and by 1983, the theatre reopened after some years of dormancy. Constant and recent upgrades, including stateof-the-art sound and lighting, mean the theatre is a magnet for professional performances, town functions and fun events, from musicals to weddings. The theatre showcases

Arts Mosaic’s ongoing Concert Series. The account of the salvation of the dilapidated Aud Theatre has been told with the life of the theatre thoroughly scrapbooked, over the years, by Gladys Carefoot. In 2012, Virden and the Province of Manitoba celebrated the 100th birthday of the Aud Theatre, with RCAF Wing 17 Band performing and Manitoba Minister of Culture and Heritage in attendance. Carefoot, this lady of the theatre, passed away in 2012, shortly after the Aud’s centenary. Just a year ago, Jim Moffatt, the other champion of the Aud

Theatre, also passed away. The Moffatt and Carefoot families were invited to the theatre, where they viewed the plaques in honour of Jim and Gladys. The families were treated to a supper in their honour held in St. Mary’s Hall, and to the evening concert featuring Mark the Humphries Orchestra. It was a night of big band swing, exciting orchestral music which Carefoot, herself a fabulous pianist, was partial to. At the concert, Aud Board President, Greg Tough paid tribute to Jim Moffatt and Gladys Carefoot, which raised a standing ovation.

Jim Moffatt’s family, Kathy Bonk of Brandon, and Don Reid of Virden in the Aud Theatre foyer, with the memorial plaque honouring Jim Moffatt. Photos/Anne Davison

ANNUAL PUBLIC NOTICE Additions to the Voters List and/or Personal Security Protection Requests Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth In accordance with Section 36 of The Municipal Councils and School Boards Elections Act (MCSBEA), the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth’s Voters List is open for changes or revisions. • Any person who is eligible to vote in municipal elections in the Local Authority of the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth can have his or her name added to the Voters List, or have any information about the voter on the Voters List corrected. • Any person can request to have his or her name and address obscured from the Voters List. A person whose name has been obscured will receive a Personal Security Certificate and identification number. In a civic election, that person may only vote by Sealed Envelope Ballot and cannot vote in person at the regular or advance voting places. To implement the above, a written request must be submitted to the Senior Election Official, in person, by email, fax or mail to: The Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth Attn: Senior Election Official (SEO) - Carole-Ann Brethour P.O. Box 2200 Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Phone: 1-204-748-1239 Fax: 1-204-748-3450 Email: The next Municipal Bi-Election for Ward 3 Councillor (Elkhorn) is scheduled to take place on January 11, 2017. The next General Municipal Election will take place in October, 2018. Carole-Ann Brethour Senior Election Official (SEO) Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth

Among the family members of Gladys Carefoot and Jim Moffatt, gathered at the Aud Theatre, November 5, are Colleen Armstrong from Toronto, (front left), Jim Carefoot (directly behind his sister Colleen), and Stephen Carefoot from Oak Bank, MB (front right).

TOWN OF VIRDEN INFORMATION Emergency After Hours: (204) 851-5540 | Waste Disposal Grounds: (204) 748-3422 | Tundra Oil & Gas Place: (204) 748-2736 | Animal Control: (204) 851-1001

GARBAGE COLLECTION POLICY The Town of Virden in an effort to increase the efficiency of garbage collection, and to provide a safe working environment for its employees, has adopted a Garbage Collection Policy that pertains to weights, contents and containers. • No Container including contents shall weigh more than 25 kg or 55 lbs;Garbage cans shall have proper handles on them to aid in the handling of the container; • Bags and or containers shall be left at the curb side, if the weight of the contents causes them to tear or break during pick up the resident/homeowner shall be responsible for clean-up of the contents; • No demolition, metals, furniture or other such material shall be picked up by the sanitation crew during garbage collection and shall be left on the curb side by the sanitation crew to be disposed of by the resident/ homeowner. The Town of Virden does provide for the disposal of demolition material at the landfill site for a fee. *To avoid water collecting in the bottom of garbage containers, please drill holes in the bottoms of all containers.

RECYCLING REMINDERS There have been some issues with the Recycling Carts that in turn are making it difficult and sometimes not possible for the Recycling Truck to pick up and empty carts on collection days. Please remember to: • Place your cart on the pavement, not on your front lawn. • Place your cart away from any other object at least three feet - this includes your garbage containers. • Place your cart out with the handles facing towards your house. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated!

REMEMBRANCE DAY HOURS TOWN OFFICE Due to Remembrance Day, the Town Office will be closed on Friday, November 11. Normal hours of operation will resume Monday, November 14. TUNDRA OIL & GAS PLACE Due to Remembrance Day, Tundra Oil & Gas Place will be closed on Friday, November 11. Normal hours of operation will resume Saturday, November 12. WASTE DISPOSAL SITE Due to Remembrance Day, the Waste Disposal Site will be closed Friday November 11. Normal hours of operation will resume Saturday, November 12.

WATER METER READING The Town of Virden Water Works Department has commenced its quarterly water meter reading cycle. This process will last approximately 3 weeks. If you are not home when the meter reader comes, please fill out the card that is left and send it in to the Town Office, or call in your read to (204) 748-2440. The Town of Virden Water Works and Administrative staff look forward to the assistance and co-operation of its utility customers in this regard.

WINTER PARKING NOTICE With winter on its way, please remember Town of Virden By-Law #2093, clause 20 (1): Motor vehicles, including trucks and trailers, shall not park on the streets of the Town of Virden continuously for more than 24 hours at any one period of time. As parked vehicles hinder snow removal and create a hazard when the plows leave a ridge around a parked vehicle. Your cooperation in keeping our streets clean and safe is appreciated.

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Music educator receives award By Luke Knoll In the words of Stevie Wonder, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” Janet Yochim, a local Music Educator, has been given the ‘Award of Distinction’ as a dedicated teacher of this musical language to her students in Virden for almost three decades. In a press release from B r a n d o n U n i v e r s i t y, it states that Janet has taught in the Fort la Bosse School Division at Virden Junior High and Virden Collegiate Institute since 1988. Teaching different genre’s and forms of music such as concert, jazz and garage band, coached soloists and chamber groups and taught Grade 5 General Music. She is known for being skilled and flexible in her teaching approach as she asks questions, listens to her students, and responds to changes in the teaching and learning environment. She is addicted to growing, and she is committed to learning how to do what she does better than she did yesterday. Janet fell in love with music at an early age. Her parents, Hugh and Mary Carmichael, would play different types of music. “I can remember being little and conducting to a record of Strauss waltzes in our living room. As I grew up I was surrounded by music my mother ’s singing, record, family dances and the radio.” She was even further inspired by music during her days in school. She was taught by Tony Klein and Willie Connell, who now runs the Rocky Mountain Festival. During these years Janet reflected, “I was exposed to many other types of music jazz, modern, pop, and band literature. I was hooked!”

This passion only grew as she studied at Brandon University where she received a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Music. Janet told us her favourite part of teaching is “meeting the students on the first day. Seeing them grow as musicians and young people from grade 5 to grade 12. Watching them explore and learn, even if it isn’t in my class! As a colleague of mine recently reminded me, “When you find something you love to work at and love doing it every day - it’s not a job, it’s just living in the moment!” That’s what I try to do, live in the moment.” Janet Yochim certainly succeeds at living each moment to the full, as a teaching and music education professional, she is decorated with experience and positions. She has served as the President of the Westman Band Directors from 2004-2012, regional rep for the Westman on the Manitoba Band Association (2005-2010), and then as President (2010-2014). She has continuously contributed to the board of the MBA since 2005. Janet was a vital part of the Canadian Band Association from 2010-2015, she served as secretary for three of those years. Her leadership on the MBA and CBA was significant as she helped negotiate the difficult transition surrounding Ken Epp’s passing. In turn, she has facilitated the success of the incoming Executive Director, John Balsillie. Since 2010 Janet has provided leadership as organizer for the Westman Junior and Senior Honour Bands; in addition, she organized a significant enrichment activity, a regional student leadership conference in Westman with

Janet Yochim receiving Award of Distinction. Photo/Submitted

Frank Kick in 2006 and 2010. Known as “the band lady” she also organizes and schedules instrumental sessions for the Virden Festival of the Arts and performs regularly with Notea b l e Wo m e n i n O a k Lake, conducted by Karyn Morrow-Penner. Since 2000 she has accompanied services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and has worked with the community for weddings and funerals. She founded and performed regularly from 1989-2005 with the Hoagie Cole Monday Night Sleeze and Blues band in Virden. Whether hosting the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Downtown Virden or performing with her Senior Concert Band at the annual Community Remembrance Day service at the Aud Theatre, Janet’s servant leadership speaks for itself in community affairs.

She truly is a musical ambassador. Janet keeps inspiration in front of her all the time, one of these sources of motivation is a quote from Edward Everett Hale - “I am only one, but still I am one, I cannot do everything, but still I can do something” Janet goes on to mention, “I try to remind myself of this when I have a new project to work on or I am venturing outside of my comfort zone. I try to take a few people with me (usually Karyn Penner, Sandra Unger and Michelle Gervin), then the task is never as scary with these ladies along!” Janet’s adventures and gumption have led her to be an incredible leader, teacher and member of the community. In honor of this Award of Distinction, a few of her friends and colleagues have written to commend Janet. “Janet’s ability and willingness to listen, her

humour, her heart, and her unbelievable dedication to the MBA make her an amazing leader in our community.” Alexis Silver “I have observed Janet in her classroom and she is a master teacher. Students are always engaged and excited to be there… She is a conscientious, hard-working selfless individual.” - Brent Campbell, Director, Brandon Jazz Festival “An award of this importance for Janet is certainly deserved. Janet is a dedicated musician and teacher. She has set very high standards for herself, her students, and her music program…. You have picked the right nominee for this award.” - Mark Christiansen “Her actions are always selfless, in the best interest of students, and in the spirit of building healthy friendships and professional relationships with others.” Graydon Cramer

“I have had the privilege of being Janet’s Principal for the past 13 years. As an administrator, I look for staff that take ownership of their teaching areas, yet still collaborate with fellow staff in improving the overall education process. Janet is that ideal fit, a lifelong learner, always involved in PD to improve her teaching strategies, which at this point in her career, she is usually leading as a master teacher.” - Mark Keown Janet Yochim, thank you for your constant dedication to the students and young people whose lives you have impacted in ways they will carry with them for the rest of their years. The Award of Distinction is a very appropriate recognition for your unique, substantial efforts and contribution to music education to your school, community, province, and nation.

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Prairie View Municipality Continued from A8 • Prairie View Municipality has applied for cost-shared funding under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) for the purchase of a handivan; this Project meets the incrementally requirements of PTIF, meaning the project would not otherwise have been undertaken between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2018 and/or the project would not have been undertaken without federal funding. Prairie View Municipality attests that this Project(s) can be completed by March 31, 2018 and will proceed with this project upon approval and a signed agreement is in place with Manitoba. • Prairie View Municipality has applied for cost-shared funding under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for a municipal well and network; this project meets the incrementally

requirements of CWWF, meaning the project would not otherwise have been undertaken between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2018 and/or the project would not have been undertaken without federal funding; Prairie View Municipality attests that this project can be completed by March 31, 2018; and will proceed with this project upon approval and a signed agreement is in place with Manitoba. • The quotation from Neptune Technologies in the amount of $4,200 plus applicable taxes to repair the Trimble water meter reader equipment was accepted. • Councillor Oliver declared an interest and left the meeting during the discussion and decision on the matter 10.6 Road 152W (Cansite) • The quotation from Valley Rock Construction for upgrades to Road 152W (Cansite road) at the quoted price

of $122,620 was accepted. The funds, up to $75,000, will be transferred from the Prairie View Municipal Federal Gas Tax Reserve towards this capital project. • Payment to Ken McCall in the amount of $1,000 as an honorarium for mowing in the community of Birtle was approved. • Councillor Wilson declared an interest in Item 10.8 and left the meeting during the discussion and decision on the matter. • Brenda Marshall-Wilson, Recreation Director, has been authorized to attend the Fundamentals of Human Resources Sessions in Brandon with registration and all out of pocket expenses paid. • The provincial government has announced a 5.5 percent cut to the Recreation Opportunities: Partners in Leisure Program; the provincial government has


announced that the training allocation component of this program has been cancelled effective immediately for the current fiscal year; Council has authorized the CAO to send a letter to the provincial government regarding these funding cuts affecting recreation programs. • Board report to council: 54(6) Upon completion of the revision process in respect of a year, the board will report to council that the revision process for the year is completed. The Board of Revision has supplied a report as required under Section 54(6) of the Manitoba Municipal Assessment act. Council reconfirms the decisions of the Board of Revision made at the hearing on October 2, as follows: Roll 104066 NW 4-16-27 W Personal Property - Confirmed; Roll 307825 SE 6-13-27 W Per-

sonal Property - Confirmed. • The closure of the Municipal Offices on January 3 and 4, 2017 to the public to allow staff opportunity to complete year end procedures, has been authorized. This has been established as a Year End Closure Policy. • The request from the Lions Club to place a sign on municipal property described as Lots 25/26 65M, 678 Main St, Birtle was approved; all Mid-West Planning requirements for permits were met; the Lions Club must relocate the sign if the property is required for municipal purposes. • By-law # 2016-16, being a by-law to establish a Prairie View Birtle Fire Department Reserve and to consolidate the Town of Birtle and RM of Birtle Fire Department Reserve funds, was given a first reading. • By-law # 2016-17, being a by-law to establish a Prai-

rie View Birtle and District Community Centre Reserve and to consolidate the Town of Birtle and RM of Birtle and District Community Centre Reserve Funds, was given a first reading. • By-law # 2016-18, being a by-law to establish a Prairie View Waste Disposal Reserve and to consolidate the Town of Birtle, RM of Miniota and RM of Birtle Waste Disposal Reserve Funds, was given a first reading. • By-law # 2016-019, being a by-law to establish a Prairie View Gas Tax Reserve and to consolidate the Town of Birtle, RM of Birtle, RM of Miniota and Prairie View Municipality Gas Tax Reserve Funds, was given a first reading. • By-law # 2016-20, being a by-law to establish a Prairie View Machinery Reserve and to consolidate the Town of Birtle, RM of Birtle, RM of Miniota and Prairie View Municipality Machinery Reserves, was given a first reading. • By-law # 2016-21, being a by-law to establish a Prairie View General Reserve and to consolidate the Town of Birtle, RM of Birtle, RM of Miniota and Prairie View Municipality General Reserves, was given a first reading. • Staff were excused from the meeting prior to the in Camera session. • Council went into an InCamera session to discuss the following personnel issues: Personnel Committee. Council adjourned the In-Camera session and resumed the former order of business.

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Mark Humphries Orchestra debut in Virden Aud Theatre – the first of Arts Mosaic’s Concert Series , November 5. Humphrises on the trombone playing String of Pearls made famous by Glen Miller. Photos/Anne Davison

By Anne Davison “It’s live music, with real musicians...keep music live.” Mark Humphries It was an evening to remember, Saturday night, November 5, with the Mark Humphries Orchestra debut in the Aud Theatre. Conductor Mark Humphries, with a line-up of top-notch musicians, entertained with the dazzling fun of big band swing music mostly from the 1940s and ‘50s. A crowd filled the lower auditorium with some seated on the balcony as

well, for the opening performance of Arts Mosaic’s Concert Series. Fifteen musicians along with Sandra Unger’s soft and true jazz vocals took the audience down a “Sentimental Journey”, to “Moon River”. The ringing melodic “High on a Hill” featuring the clarion call of trumpet brass was dedicated to the armed forces and veterans. Humphries also played trombone and clarinet at times. He joined vocalist Sandra Unger of Virden, for a duet number and later joined the vocal trio of Unger, Michelle

Gervin, (trumpet player from Reston) and Nicki Ford (who was taking a break from keyboard). With sharp British wit Humphries introduced each band member throughout the course of the evening. Musical talent comes from Virden and western Manitoba communities including Brandon. Thomas Humphries engineered the sound with Leon Friesen on lights. Humphries is never very far from a comedic gag. “Name that Tune”, an on-stage contest involving audience members had Michelle Chyz-

yk and Roger Gabrielle competing. But no matter, the willing victims of these hilarious few moments had already won several prizes from sponsoring businesses. The Aud Theatre has become home base for Mark Humphries Orchestra, with musicians travelling to regular practice here in Virden. “So this is where we rehearse, this is home territory for us,” explained Humphries, whose band books the Aud on a regular basis. “It’s fantastic for us to see you all in the crowd,” said the Conductor. “You can tell everybody, you have your own Big Band, here in Virden.” Mark Humphries Orchestra brought down the house with their closing number, “String of Pearls”.

NOTICE OF REGISTRATION OF PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE FOR MUNICIPAL BY-ELECTION - Ward 3 Councillor (Elkhorn) Please be advised that a Municipal By-Election will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, for the position of Ward 3 Councillor (Elkhorn). Prospective Municipal By-Election candidates must register with the Senior Election Official (SEO) during the registration period before they may begin to accept contributions, incur expenses, fundraise or borrow money for their campaign. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that I will be receiving candidate registrations: For the office of Ward 3 Councillor: Between November 2, 2016 and December 6, 2016 at the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth Main Office, located at 154023 PR# 257, Virden, Manitoba, during regular business hours. To obtain a registration form, contact the SEO at the telephone number listed below. Senior Election Official (SEO) - Carole-Ann Brethour Phone: 1-204-748-1239 Fax: 1-204-748-3450 Dated at Virden, Manitoba on November 2, 2016. Carole-Ann Brethour Senior Election Official (SEO) Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth

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Good sports, picked from the audience, Michelle Chyzyk and Roger Gabrielle ham it up on stage during the quiz-gag, “Name That Tune”, backed by Mark Humphries Orchestra, November 5.

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Parade meets at Legion Clubroom 10:00 am Parade State at Legion Clubroom 10:15 am Parade Forms Up at Legion Clubroom Roadway 10:28 am Parade steps off 10:30 am Remembrance Day Service Aud Theatre 10:35 am Parade Forms Up and Steps off to Legion following service • If your organization or family would like to lay a wreath during the service, then see the sign-up sheet in the Legion Clubroom for registration. Legion opens at 4:00 pm, Monday to Saturday. • The parade is open to all Legion members and Veterans (even if you’re not a Legion member). All Protective Services are invited. • Lions, Royal Purple, Cadet Dragoons, Scouts, Girl Guides and other groups wishing to be in the parade are to meet at the Legion Clubroom at 10:00 am.

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At Virden’s Sacred Heart Church’s Catholic Women’s League annual tea and bake sale, where they have just celebrated 65 years as an organization, Friday, November 4, (l-r) Margaret Rousson, Lee Colbeck holding a photo of her mother, Gertrude Sexsmith’s (first President), Mabel Sexsmith holding the photo of Charlotte Rausch (first Secretary), and Bev Eilers, current CWL President. Photos/Anne Davison

Posing for his photo on Friday, November 4, this mourning cloak butterfly is resting in the sun on a warm, black tire wall. But why is he here at this time of year? According to the mourning cloak is one of a number of Manitoba butterfly species that overwinter as adults, frozen in “cryo-preservation” in tree cavities, beneath loose tree bark or in unheated buildings. Virtually anywhere they can fit into, to protect them from winter winds and keep them out of the view of birds and squirrels, will do as an overwintering den.

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Job shadowing on spay and neuter day By Anne Davison Virden Animal Hospital was an extra busy place, Wednesday, November 2. Five Grade 9 students were job shadowing staff at the clinic, plus this was Spay and Neuter Day. Dr. Gita Gunson-King and Dr. Carla Loewen, along with two vet tech teams performed 11 operations, most of them completed in the morning. In the equine department, Dr. Joe King had two boys shadowing him. Did these boys from the farm community enjoy their day at the veterinary clinic? “Oh Yeah!” they said.

Dr. Loewen assisted by veterinary technician Hilary, November 2, on Spay and Neuter Day. This province-wide initiative meant a 40% cost reduction for pet owners to have their animals spayed or neutered.

At Virden Animal Hospital, November 2, (l-r) Dr. Joe King with Grade 9 students, Peyton Haines and Colby Joseph. Dr. King put the students to work, laying out mats for an operation on this black colt, standing in the head gate.. Photos/Anne Davison

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Largest supermoon in 66 years By Luke Knoll Is it a bird? A plane? The deathstar? No silly, it’s a Supermoon! On November 14, 2016 we will experience the closest full moon since January 25, 1948 and according to astronomers we won’t see a moon this close again until November 25, 2034. What is a supermoon?

If you were to talk to an astronomer, they would tell you the actual name of this event is perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system… but in 1979 Astrologer Richard Noelle coined the term ‘supermoon’ and defined it as, “a New or a Full Moon that occurs when the Moon is at or near (within 90%) of its clos-

est approach to Earth in its orbit”. So for a Moon to be deemed super, it doesn’t have to be bitten by a radioactive spider, but needs to be less than 360,000 kilometers from the center of Earth. This upcoming supermoon is actually called the ‘Beaver Moon’ because November’s full moon arrives at the time of year (in the North-

ern Hemisphere) when hunters would set traps before the waters froze over, to ensure they had enough warm furs for the winter. So what does this Beaver Moon mean for us in Southwest, MB? For starters, if the weather permits, it’s going to look bigger and brighter that many of us have ever seen. It can

look up to 13% larger and 30% brighter than any moon we’ve had in almost 70 years! The best time to gaze at this phenomenon on November 14 will at moonrise around 5:28pm when the Moon is just above the horizon. It’s at this time that you’ll really be able to see the ‘Moon Illusion’ because of the contrast of the large

moon with landscape like hills, trees, and buildings. This event is going to be a great time to get out that camera of yours and try some moon photography. Even if you’re not going to take photos…be sure to grab some hot chocolate, a cozy sweater and comfy chair to watch this rare lunar event unfold.

New books at the library Adult bestseller: Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks: Set in Charlotte, where Russell appears to have it all, a stunning wife, an adorable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and a beautiful home. At thirty-two Russell finds himself without his wife and his work. He’s trying to start a new business and care for his young daughter, London. A chance encounter with an old flame gets him thinking about taking a second chance on love. An Irish Country Love Story by Patrick Taylor: An Irish country novel. Number One Main Street in Ballybucklebo, has housed O’Reilly and his practice for decades, ever since the war. Through the years, his wife Kitty, young doctor Barry Laverty and now a new addition to the practice, Doctor Nonie Stevenson, have joined O’Reilly. Yet an unexpected turn of events may drive O’Reilly from his home unless the village can rally behind him. Broken Trust by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV: A Badge of Honor novel. A police saga. Philadelphia Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne is surprised when Camilla Rose Morgan’s case lands on his desk. The Camilla that he’d known for years was brilliant and beautiful, working for charity fundraisers as well as working toward her MBA that would let her take her place in her family’s multi-billion-dollar company. He starts digging and digging.

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS - Section 41(1) FOR MUNICIPAL BY-ELECTION - Ward 3 Councillor (Elkhorn) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on the following days: December 1, December 2, December 5, and December 6, at the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth Main Office, located at 154023 PR#257, Virden, Manitoba, during regular business hours (between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.) I will receive nominations for the office of Ward 3 Councillor (Elkhorn), of the aforesaid Local Authority. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Nominations cannot be accepted after this day. All nominations shall be made in writing and shall be signed by at least twenty-five voters, or NOT less than 1% of the voters (whichever is the lesser) of Ward 3, but in all cases by at least two voters. Each nomination shall also be accompanied by the candidate’s declaration of qualification. Nominations may be filed in person or by an agent at the above location on the date and hours specified, or by fax during the Nomination Period (November 30 December 6, 2016). To obtain a nomination paper, and/or candidate’s declaration of qualification, contact the SEO at the telephone number listed below.

The Award by Danielle Steel: In 1940 sixteen-yearold Gaelle de Barbet is shocked when her closest friend Rebekah Feldman and her family are taken away, deported somewhere unknown. Gaelle’s family’s estate near Lyon is used as the local German military commandant’s headquarters. She begins to help the French Resistance, moving Jewish children to safety without drawing the attention of the watchful Gestapo. Then the German commandant approaches her with a dangerous plan to save part of France’s artistic heritage. She agrees and carries out her mission in secret. At the end of the war she is falsely accused of being a collaborator. Without Mercy by Jefferson Bass: Cook County where forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton and his long-time assistant Miranda are on a case that began in the woods on a remote mountainside. Also a criminal that he brought to justice has escaped from prison after twenty years and will no doubt be headed his way. Crepe Factor, a Scrapbooking mystery by Laura Childs: New Orleans. Prime suspect in the demise of loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash whose scathing reviews were posted on his Glutton for Punishment website is restaurateur Quigg Brevard who had given Martin quite a tongue lashing just moments prior. Quigg is an old flame of Carmela’s so when he asks her for help, her current beau Detective Edgar Babcock is not pleased. Home by Harlan Coben: A thriller. Ten years after the high profile kidnapping of two young boys, one of them returns home. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: During her shift, Ruth, a labour and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital, begins a routine check-up on a newborn, only to be told within minutes that she is being reassigned to another patient and not to attend to the baby. The next day Ruth is alone in the nursery when the baby goes into cardiac distress. Does she obey orders not to attend to the baby or does she do her best to save the baby? She hesitates for a

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moment but that may have been too much of a delay. When the Music’s Over, an Inspector Banks novel by Peter Robinson: Suspenseful crime fiction. DI Annie Cabbot investigates the fate of young Mimosa while Detective Superintendent Alan Banks tackles a cold case. Adult fiction: An Unsafe Haven by Nada Awar Jarrar The German Girl by Armando Luca Correa: In 1939 Hannah and best friend Leo make a pact, that whatever the future holds for them, they will face it together. Hope arrives, in the SS St. Louis, a transatlantic liner offering safe passage out of Germany. An Unsafe Haven by Nada Awar Jarrar: Her first novel, Somewhere Home, won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Best First Book for Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Adult large print: X by Sue Grafton: The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, also an unknown quantity or a mistake. Kinsey Millhone identifies someone who leaves no trace behind when committing his crimes and she needs to prove her case against him before it’s too late. Once a Marshal, a Sheriff Ben Stillman western by Peter Brandvold Adult non-fiction: No Way to Run by Holly Crichton Messy: the power of disorder to transform our lives by Tim Harford Adult western: The Cheyenne Trail, a Ralph Compton novel by Jory Sherman Young adult: Beverly Hills Maasai, the sequel to Alexandria of Africa by Eric Walters Chicken Soup for the Soul: teens talk middle school: 101 stories of life, love, and learning for younger teens by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Madeline Clapps & Valerie Howlett Junior fiction: “These Are My Words: the residential school diary of Violet Pesheens, Northern Ontario, 1966” in the Dear Canada series by Ruby Slipperjack Junior non-fiction: Textiles by Neil Morris George Vancouver in the Discovering Canada series by Erinn Banting Valour at Vimy Ridge: Canadian heroes of World War I by Tom Douglas World War I Spies and World War II Spies by Michael E. Goodman Junior picture book: The Branch by Mireille Messier

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Virden priest to Brandon Cathedral By Anne Davison Prepared for change “This community has really made us feel welcome. Virden will always be a part of who we are now” says Virden’s Anglican Church minister. Father Don Bernhardt has been called to St. Matthew’s Cathedral, in Brandon and will be leaving the parish where he has held the position of Rector of St. Mary the Virgin, in Virden; St. Mark’s, Elkhorn; and more recently Christ Church, Melita; and St. John’s, Reston. Although Bernhardt became Arch-Deacon of the Brandon Diocese one full year ago in November, he did not expect the recent appointment to the Cathedral on 13th Street in Brandon. Rt. Reverend Bernhardt says he can see, in hindsight, that God was preparing him and his wife Heather for change. November 20 will be the rector’s last Sunday service at St. Mary’s and the Wednesday following he will be officially finished work in Virden. Although he says it is tough to leave Virden and the wider parish, Father Don (as he is known)

takes satisfaction in what has been built here during his tenure. The relatively new parish hall stands as a visible landmark; however, it is the warm fellowship and the community outreach the hall affords that he talks about. He says of the hospitality ministry and yearly Christmas supper, “I’m so proud of the parish for doing this, because it’s an amazing ministry.” Bernhardt calls St. Mary’s “a very welcoming and a very warm church that doesn’t care if you are somebody that is very well off or somebody who is struggling financially.” As well as being padre for the local military/ legion services, Father Don worked with the AA program in Virden, having worked briefly at Parkwood Treatment Centre (Addictions Foundation Manitoba) in Brandon. He remarks, “I’ve been very honoured and thankful that I’ve been able to do that.” Considering his new appointment, he smiles saying, “It will be a very big learning curve for me.” On December 1, Rt. Reverend Don Bernhardt will be the Dean (senior

priest) of the Diocese and Honorary Assistant to Bishop of Brandon. He looks forward to the pomp and ceremony of Cathedral ministry. “The Cathedral is where important events occur for Anglicans, which means, lots of fancy services.” This won’t be a hardship says Father Don, who enjoys high church. “I love the mystery that surrounds the High Church; because, our God is both wonderful and yet a very mysterious God.” He knows it doesn’t appeal to everyone, and refers to Virden services as more typically ‘broad church’, saying, “I also recognize that a lot of people want a very personal relationship with God. And I get that.” As Rector of the Cathedral he looks forward to continued ministry. “Part of what I love, is meeting people where they are rather than trying to tell them where they need to be, to explore with them where they think they want to go. To watch people grow - that’s them and the Holy Spirit at work.” He has also seen changes in his own life and says, “They got a guy that was pretty raw. I had never been a rector before I got

The Very Rev. Don Bernhardt, (Father Don), outside St. Mary’s Hall, October 28. He has resigned as priest in Virden to serve as Dean of Brandon and Rector of St. Matthew’s Cathedral, as of December 1. Photo/Anne Davison

here, so they trained me as much as I’s a two way street.” The Bernhardts’ son, Josh and daughter, Jennifer are grown, and employed in Virden. Don and Heather expect to continue living in Virden, at least for the winter. Ministry in the Cathedral takes the Bernhardts back to the church their children were baptized in. In fact, it was the baptism of their first child that triggered an important change. At that time the family was away from the church,

but, at Don’s mother’s urging, the Bernhardts decided to have their son baptized. The priest at that time challenged them to a lifestyle in keeping with the promises they would make at the baptism ceremony. From there, the family became increasingly involved in St. Matthew’s where Bernhardt eventually studied and was ordained a priest in 2006. While his career in the church will be a short one, Father Don says, “At the same time, I wouldn’t have

missed it for the world. It has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life. “As much as I loved being a police officer, as much as I loved technology, it wasn`t until I started doing this, that I realized, this is exactly what I was supposed to do.” He points to his years of secular work and says they served him well for work as a priest. “I may not be the best priest in the world, but boy, I love every second of doing it.”


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Around the Neighbourhood Kenton By Paulette Wiens October 20, people gathered at the Kenton Memorial Hall for a delicious beef on a bun lunch. It was provided by the Kenton Co-op and Vanguard Credit Union at noon. The beef was from the Oak River Quick Freeze. Prizes were awarded during the afternoon. The Kenton Legion clubroom Branch No. 118 came to life on October 29 for a Halloween Party with a good crowd in attendance. There were people in costume and prizes were handed out during the evening. The clubroom was totally

decorated in a Halloween theme. Great job goes out to Lisa Hemrica and Jane Van Den Hoek for all their good ideas. There were snacks and food available as people visited together and had a good time. Deepest Sympathy is extended to all those families in the area who have lost loved ones.

Miniota By Susan Poppel Even with the rain showers Halloween was a great success in Miniota - lots of great costumes and very polite kids. The Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks started

their regular season with their opener on Saturday vs the Virden Oil Kings at Elkhorn Arena. A joint church service (Birtle-Miniota United) will be held in the Miniota United Church on November 13th. Rev. Michael Wilson will perform the sacrament of Baptism. Everyone is welcome and a pot luck lunch will be held at the Miniota Hall following the service. Get well wishes to Leah O’Callaghan who is a patient in Virden Hospital following a fall.She had the misfortune of breaking her leg. She will be transferred to Brandon Hospital in the near future.

Deepest Sympathy to Brian Oliver and Travis and Stacy and Jared Baueriss and Callun on the passing of Mary Jean’s Mum Doris Ringdahl. They traveled to Coronation to attend the funeral. Clare and Doreen Clark and Linda Clark visited with Kathy Morton and family at Red Lake, ON. Don’t forget the Sacrament of Baptism will be held in the Miniota United Church on November 13th at 9:30 a.m. Michael Wilson of Winnipeg will conduct the service which is joint with Birtle United. Following the service a pot luck luncheon will be held in the Miniota hall.

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Life as a Little Person in Manitoba By Samantha Rayburn Trubyk I am a mom, a daughter, a wife, a professional, a graduate and a friend. I’m a Blue Bomber fan and a former high school basketball player. I’ve made good choices, and I’ve made choices I regret. This is me. Unfortunately, the label I’m most often associated with is overwhelmingly based on my physical characteristics. Both my son and I are little people, and as October is Dwarfism Awareness Month, I thought I would share more about my life. It seems ridiculous I need to write about why I expect to be treated with respect as an equal, but this is my reality. My life requires a certain level of preplanning that comes with every outing, every presentation, every introduction to a new person. I’m always cognizant of the fact the first thing you notice about me is my height or that any description of me is stature-related. When I was born, there wasn’t much known about dwarfism. My parents weren’t aware at the time of my birth I would be born with dwarfism, and although I’m sure it was a surprise, it never seemed to matter to them. They found out like most other parents in the same situation, at birth. While I was growing up, I wasn’t allowed to say I couldn’t do something because of my size, nor was I allowed to

use my stature as an excuse. To this day, I’m humbled at how great my support system was and currently is. Throughout my journey I can recall some uncomfortable situations that usually involved me being reminded I was different or that made me feel excluded, below average or unimportant. Society has this intense need to fi x those who are perceived as broken. Whether it be those on TV with copious amounts of plastic surgery, diets, tanning addictions or people like me. I wouldn’t change my life for a minute. Not once have I wished I would have been born taller. In fact, that is one of the values I try to teach my son every day. Often when he was younger he would make statements about wishing to be tall like one of his peers or someone he has seen on TV. I’ve always responded to my son’s pining for height in the same way I respond to children, and unfortunately sometimes their parents, whose curiosity about seeing a little person impedes their ability to exercise good manners: “If you’re going to wish for something, don’t wish to be taller, wish to be smarter, kinder and happier.” I’ve always felt I’ve needed to work harder than everyone else, that simply to be allowed on the same playing field as everyone else I would be constantly tested to prove my capability in spite of my disability (yes, it’s OK to say I have a

disability). I’ve been acutely aware I’ve had to work harder and smarter than my average-height counterparts just to be considered for the same opportunities among my peers. I’ve needed to become the most valuable player in every environment I’ve worked in just to be viewed as a serious competitor and in some cases, to be regarded as someone with value. I can recall comments at my former workplace such as, “Oh, you’re so cute,” or, “Can I call you munchkin?” Perhaps the most patronizing of all is patting me on the head. It infuriates me. Not only am I a woman trying to navigate through a still-often gender-biased world, I’m a woman with a disability trying to teach people how to treat others with equal respect. Respect is not something that is difficult; however, it does require an awareness and a willingness. For me, respect is of displayed in the terminology one chooses to use. I am a little person or person living with dwarfism. The term you should never use is the dreaded M-word: midget. It’s terribly insulting and reverts back to the freak-show days. Many people ask about my family. Both of my parents are average height (yes, that’s the correct term) as is my husband. In fact, 75 percent of little people come from average-height families. Roughly one in 40,000 average-height parents are lucky enough to have a child born with

dwarfism, and it can happen to anyone, even if they don’t have any trace in their family history. The other 25 percent of little people will have parents or grandparents that have dwarfism. Ultimately, dwarfism is a genetic mutation on the fourth chromosome, and it happens at point of conception. There are over 200 forms of documented dwarfism known to date. My type, achondroplasia, is the most common form. Although some types of dwarfism may have associated medical complications, most little people have an average lifespan and above-average intelligence. People with dwarfism achieve the same range of career paths as average-size people. There is still a lot of unacceptable behaviour exhibited toward people like me, but I prefer not to focus on that. I choose to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. If you take away anything from this article, please let it be this: above all else, treat people with kindness and respect. Being unique in life adds perspective, so own it and be proud of it. I am. For more information on Little People of Manitoba, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @LPManitoba or go to our website: littlepeoplemanitoba. Samantha Rayburn Trubyk is president of the Little People of Manitoba’s board of directors.

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Parkissimo Lodge by Dorothy Argue Some large members had fun last Wednesday, “Pumpkin Painting Faces” at the Drop Inn and enjoyed coffee and chips and dip supplied by Christa Nash. There were over 50 Trick or Treaters come to the Lodge on Halloween. Some sang or recited. Great costumes and all

was enjoyable. Sandra Nash traveled to Winnipeg with Andy and Christa Nash to meet Jack, Diane and Kathleen and watch a Boston Bruins games as her grandson Riley plays for Boston. She then flew to Kamloops, BC to visit Greg and Shannon Nash, Camie Nash, Jenna, Tyrone and Brooklyn McCabe. She also visited with Dave Spalding of

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River, ON had tea and a visit with her cousin Donna Bonner at the Lodge last Saturday. They had a good time hashing over old times.

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377 Louisa Ave, Miniota 2 plus bedrooms with a unique loft area, double car garage and fully fenced yard. MLS 1625767

549 Raglan St, Virden Cutest 2 bedroom home with low-maintenance landscaped yard and back deck for entertaining. MLS 1608643

307 Oxford St, Virden Very nice renos completed on this lovely home located on a quiet street. Big corner lot! MLS 1624180

8 Grange St, Elkhorn Cutest two bedroom, two bathroom home on a large corner lot in the welcoming community of Elkhorn. Fresh paint, flooring and beautiful new kitchen. MLS 1623066

354 Wellington St, Virden Stylish home with many upgrades. Detached garage. Superb location. MLS 1628671

119 Government Rd, Virden 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with 1.36 acres of private town living with RM taxes. Attached garage, school bus pickup. MLS 1619424

450 Thomas Dr, Virden 90’ x 395’ private lot with mature trees, luxurious master with en suite, layout is suitable for retirees and families, unique features throughout. MLS 1624486

915 Tenth Ave, Virden Proven revenue property. Live in one unit and rent out the other to help pay for your mortgage! MLS 1628663

NE 27-9-27 W Consider the opportunities that this property has to offer, resources that can substantially support your investment. This 160 acre parcel impresses with its perfect mix of proven revenue and hobby farm. Contact Terri for more information. MLS 1627051

606 Tenth Ave, Virden This three bedroom home in a great location has spacious rooms and a great backyard. MLS 1603046

266 Queen St, Virden Your family will love this modern 3+ bedroom newly updated home. Drive-thru garage with front and back parking. MLS 1625156

1680 Anderson St, Virden Lovely 2+ bedroom remodeled home on a massive lot right on the edge of town. So many upgrades! Seller says SELL! MLS 1626791

940 Eleventh Ave, Virden Over 1300 sq ft of living space in this 4 bedroom with detached garage. Motivated sellers! MLS 1604406

440 Carleton Str, Virden Four bedrooms, 1½ baths home with a huge, fenced yard in a quiet neighbourhood. Features include wood burning fireplace and many updates. Priced for a quick sale! MLS 1625772

510 4th Ave, Reston Immaculate 2007 build, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open concept floor plan, full basement, double attached insulated garage with infloor heat and 8' x 10; doors, in a new development with municipal water and sewer. MLS 1616844

128 McNeil Cres, Virden 3+1 bedroom, 3 bath home with open concept living, high ceilings, large utility room and double attached garage, on pie-shaped lot. MLS 1622084

201 Fourth Ave, Oak Lake Renovated interior is a must-see! New shingles, kitchen, flooring, insulation, wiring, plumbing, furnace and hot water tank and more all on a gorgeous treed lot. MLS 1628155

115 Eighth Ave, Virden Well cared for three bedroom home with detached garage/shop with loft area. MLS 1626320

442 Ashburton St, Virden Longtime owner is ready to sell this 2+1 bungalow with attached garage, newly renovated basement. Gorgeous covered deck in the big backyard. MLS 1626375

SE/SW 7-9-27 W Half section of land suitable for livestock operation. Shop, corrals, fencing, new watering bowl system, well-treed yard site and much more! MLS 1608754

557 Lyons St, Virden Completely redone inside and out, it’s like new! Detached garage. Located in a nice neighbourhood. MLS 1626243

275 3rd St, Reston Stunning 4 bedroom executive viceroy home with attached garage on a double lot.

402 Richhill Ave, Elkhorn Affordable taxes + great location make this 3 bedroom home a must-see. MLS 1628102

218 Bennett Cres, Virden This roomy six bedroom, 2 ½ bath home with huge fenced backyard is located in a quiet cul de sac with playground nearby. Attached single car garage, bus pickup. Move-in ready. Reasonably priced! MLS 1612853

NW 27-9-25 W Artisan home with many unique features located on fenced, welltreed 80 acre parcel. Just a few minutes east of Virden, this beauty must be seen to be appreciated, call Terri for more information. MLS 1626720

SE 23-10-26 W Two miles of pavement will take you to this well-treed, 4.9 acre parcel. Fabulous location with TransCanada service road frontage. MLS 1626925

NW 12-10-26 W Stunning 2015 build on ten acres, located less that 5km from Virden. This ideal country home is movein ready, you will want to cozy up in front of the gorgeous fireplace in wintery weather. MLS 1627514

288 Cemetery Rd, Virden 3 bedroom bungalow with double detached garage, main floor washer/dryer, on municipal water and paved street. MLS 1612222

3-277 Bridge St, Virden Three bedrooms, two bathroom home with a unique unobstructed creek view. A relaxing back deck; attached garage. Many valuable upgrades! MLS 1623359

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Oil Capitals to broadcast through Kick FM By Brandi Pollock The Oil Capitals have recently found a new broadcasting home with Kick FM out of Rapid City, Manitoba. Due to unfortunate circumstances, GameTime Radio was unable to continue with the broadcasting, so Kick FM stepped up to the plate.

The newly established Kick FM is a classic rock radio station based out of Rapid City, MB playing the hits and lost classics of the 60s to 90s. Kick FM will also keep you informed with news tips, sports updates, and weather. President of the Oil Capitals, Dale Lew-

is said, “We are really happy to have found a broadcast home in our own backyard. We are really looking forward to working with Bones and Ray on this. It will hopefully be the beginning of a lasting partnership.” Ray Walker, who previously did all the announcing for the

Oil Capitals games on GameTime Radio will continue with Kick FM. The first game being broadcasted on Kick FM, November 4,

against Steinbach Pistons. Kick FM Founder, Darrell ‘Bones’ Jones said, “Having the Oil Capitals on Kick FM is

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super exciting for our station. The MJHL is an exciting brand of hockey and our listeners will become connected to this team and the players.”

By Brandi Pollock The Caps were finally back in their home barn after a four game stretch of road games. The Caps were looking to get back in the win column and they did just that beating the Steelers in a close 4-3 game. The Steelers got on the board first finding the back of the net at 2:42 in the first period. The Caps answered back at 19:52 in the first with a goal from Tyler Kirkup assisted by Mack Hardy and Ben Dalke. After 20-minutes of play the game was tied 1-1 and shots on goal were 12-10 in favour of the Steelers. The Caps got on the board early in the second period with a goal from Dylan Cusmano his second of the season assisted by Ben Dalke and Sam Schultz. The Steelers scored midway through the second period to tie the game 2-2. That wasn’t all for the Caps as they would capitalize one more time to take the lead late in the second with a goal from Mack Hardy assisted by Tyler Kirkup and Carter Cowlthorp. At the end of the second period the Caps were in the lead, 3-2 and shots on goal were 9-9. The Steelers tied the game up at 3:43 in the

Oil Capitals Dylan Cusmano in Sunday night’s game against Selkirk Steelers. Photo/Submitted

third period. The Caps would answer back with a power play goal from Ben Dalke assisted by Mack Hardy and Tyler Kirkup at 13:16 in the third. Dalke’s goal would be enough for the Caps to hold the lead and win the game 4-3. The final shots on goal were 32-28 in favour of the Steelers Next game is at home

Wednesday, November 9 against OCN. This game will be honouring our Veterans and the famous, and crowd favourite, Chicken Toss Night courtesy of Chicken Chef in Virden!

The Farmer Strong Hardest Worker Of The Game was Dylan Cusmano. The Caps earned all three stars: Third Star - Mack Hardy, Second Star - Tyler Kirkup and First Star - Ben Dalke.

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By Robin Wark The joining together on the curling ice of Virden’s Sandy Ritchie and Souris’ Doug Armour has been a long time coming. The two respected curlers have competed against each other many times - starting when they were younger - and years ago had talked about playing together. Now they are on a rink

skipped by Ritchie in the Westoba Credit Union Masters Super League. “We have always respected each other in the curling world,” Armour said. “He called and we decided to join forces.” The duo is curling with Dale Brooks and Bill Scott in the 28-team Westoba Credit Union Masters Super League. Virden’s Murray Foster also has a rink in the


Super League this season. He is curling for the first time with Barry Hayward, Ray Cochrane, and Bill Barkley. The Westoba Credit Union Masters Super League is played in Brandon. “The best part of the league is meeting and curling against guys from around western Manitoba. …It is a good competitive league and great to curl in,” Foster

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wrote in an email interview. Last winter Armour skipped his own team to the Super League title. It was his second masters championship in three years. Regarded by some as the top rural curler ever from rural Manitoba, Armour is a seven-time provincial and two-time national champion. He was an all-star third at the 1982 Labatt Brier. Ar-

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An Oil Slick By Ken Buchy Brandon University celebrated part of their glorious past when about 300 hockey alumni gathered to remember and reminisce the 93 years that BU had a proud hockey program. It was a wonderful weekend organized mainly by BU’s PR man, Tyler Crayston, who did such an amazing job in bringing it all together. The two alumni games (one under 50, one over 50), went over very well with a tremendous amount of respect and camaraderie shown before, during and especially after the “slow motion” contests. Many discussions were held about reviving the hockey program at BU in the near future, and I’m sure more will take place, but it was the general consensus that it was simply not feasible at this time due to a number of reasons - the most obvious one being finances. It would simply cost too much money (some estimate at least one million dollars) to field not only a men’s program but a ladies’ one as well. Throw in other logistics such as; trying to find an adequate arena to play in, ice time, player and coaching talent and commitments, and the

list goes on. Great idea on paper but… After the games, many alumni players and their guests got together at the HLC (Healthy Living Centre) for a time of merriment and refreshments during the BU women’s and men’s volleyball matches with the Thompson River Wolfpack. They were there to visit old and new friends and teammates, catch up on news and/or swap old stories, with many of them being either greatly embellished or just plain darn right false. A really great time was had by all. A huge thank you goes out to all those who put in many hours to make this special event happen. A shout out to former Virdenite Ralph Gardiner who came in all the way from Toronto to be a part of the festivities. In honour of the late great Harry Carey, the voice of the Cubs for six decades, “Holy Cow, Cubs win! Cubs win!” Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you would know that the Cubbies shook off a 108-year drought to finally win the World Series in incredible fashion. To say that Game 7 would go down in baseball history as one of the greatest games ever played, would be short changing it

VCI’s Tyson Gompf makes a spectacular catch during the Murray Black Cup on Sunday in Virden. The Golden Bears weren’t able to retain their title, losing out to the Swan Valley Tigers 27-15. Photo/Cady Gompf

as it was much more than that. Everything from the long history of these two clubs, the cities they represent, the atmosphere it created, the team’s make up, and the media frenzy that built up this match to such an incredible height. Most important of all was the actual game itself with the numerous nail biting, ridiculous ups and downs each team had to agonize through, made this game one that they’ll be talking about for years to come. It was that good. If you haven’t heard the cute Chicago Cubs team song by now (Go Cubs Go),

please google it. You’ll not only love it but if you’re like me, you won’t be able to get it out of your head. It’s short, a bit quirky, has a great beat and the words are kind of neat. The Swan Valley Tigers upset the Golden Bears football team to win the Murray Black trophy. The Dauphin Clippers won the Doug Steves Cup (Championship side) by beating the Park West Outlaws in the final. The CFL playoffs begin this weekend with our Blue Bombers visiting the BC Lions in the West semifinal while in the East,

Randy Kalynuk, wearing his Brandon University alumni jersey, was one of a more than a dozen former players from the area who took part in the BU alumni hockey games over the weekend. Photo/Submitted

the cross over game sees the Edmonton Eskimos going to Hamilton to take the Tigercats. The Golden Bears’ hockey team split their opening two games, coming from behind in dramatic fashion to beat Glenboro but then coming up empty in a loss to a very good Killarney

team. Bears next home game is tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Elkhorn against the Minnedosa Chancellors followed by their home tournament that runs from November 18-20. My apologies to Dale Lewis for leaving his name out of last week’s article. Until next time…

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Robin’s Review By Robin Wark Serving as the captain of the Assiniboine Community College women’s soccer team was good for both Virden’s Shaelyn Langlois and the squad. “Being named captain of the Cougars is an honor to have the respect of the team on and off the field,” the daughter of Arnold and Shellanne Langlois wrote in an email interview. “I have always thought of myself as a follower, until coach put me in a leadership role which has boosted my self-confidence as a person.” ACC head coach Brian Cornick believes that the second-year defender definitely possesses the necessary qualities to lead the Cougars. “Shae brings the standard requirements of both technique and tactical awareness that makes her a superb player; however, at the same time she brings to the team a focus and discipline that is readi-

ly apparent to all teammates, opponents and spectators alike,” Cornick wrote in an email interview. “Shae is a great communicator on the field and she is not hesitant to provide tactical direction to her teammates.” Langlois strived to lead in her own way. She utilized her background in soccer as some of her teammates were new to the sport. “I have noticed this team has a ‘do as you see’ mentality, therefore setting a prime example is very important, even at practices,” she wrote. “My leadership role is also focused on communication on the field.” Langlois was counted on by the Cougars for her strong play. Last winter she was the ACC women’s futsal MVP. In addition to skill, Langlois also brought qualities that can’t be measured. “All great players are defined by an intangible quality, ‘Grit,’” Cornick wrote. “Shae

has grit in abundance.” Langlois has greatly enjoyed her time with the Cougars. “The best part of playing for ACC is the friendships you make with fellow teammates because you spend so much time with them

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Virden’s Shaelyn Langlois took on the role of captain for the Assiniboine Community College women’s soccer team during the 2016 season. Photo/Submitted



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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 Salary range is $1,197.00 - $1,496.25 biweekly. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and competitive compensation based on experience and knowledge. 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: Carol Martens Human Resources Box 100, La Broquerie, MB R0A 0W0 We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Langlois likes how GIS relates to different industries. She also enjoys how it is a mix of office and outdoor work. In both her academic and athletic pursuits, Langlois has had the full support of her family.

“My parents are huge supporters, watching all games possible, even in the worst weather conditions. As academics go, my family is understanding when school gets stressful at times, doing everything they can to help me out.”

2018 VIRDEN AND AREA POWER SMART MANITOBA WINTER GAMES COORDINATOR FULL-TIME commencing January 2017 Term Position 18 months The 2018 Virden and Area Host Society Inc. are proud to welcome over 1,800 athletes, coaches, managers and officials for the Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games from February 25 - March 3, 2018. Position: The successful candidate will work out of the Games office in Virden MB, and report to the Co-Chairs of the 2018 Virden and Area Host Society Inc.; a volunteer-based Board of Directors. Desired Characteristics: The Games Coordinator will need to be a highly motivated individual with experience in event management, sponsorships and marketing activities and have demonstrated the ability to work with volunteers. This individual must possess strong communication, organizational and multi-tasking skills. A background in sport and recreation is also desired. The Coordinator must be able to attend after hour meetings and be available to work flexible hours. Responsibilities:  Participate in and support all executive, and committee meetings ensuring there is communication between the various committees.  Act as a resource link for all major partners in the Games program including the Host Society, Sport Manitoba, the Town of Virden, the Fort La Bosse School Division, the official Games Sponsors and the local Friends of the Games, etc.  Support the Host Society co-chairs, the executive committee and their various committees in formulating and implementing timelines and work plans.  Assist in the development and implementation of the Friends of the Games-FOG fundraising plan including identifying local corporate sponsors, donors, developing customized strategies and implementing key actions to increase financial support of the Games  Work with Sport Manitoba to ensure the Games Hosting Standards, policies and procedures are maintained.  Manage the Games office including: ensuring that all communication is responded to, maintaining executive and committee meeting schedules; coordinate the use of the Host Society meeting room, electronic and physical file management and inventory management.  Assist the Executive Committee in the coordination of contracts with organizations and businesses providing necessary facilities, goods and services as required to ensure successful operation of the Games.  Represent the Host Society at official functions when required. Qualifications Preferred:  Post-Secondary Education in Recreation Studies or related experience,  Post-Secondary Education in Business administration or related experience,  Experience in managing large scale sporting or public events.  Possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s License and must have access to a vehicle.  Must have good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and general computer skills. APPLICATIONS: Submit resume and a cover letter (by email) in confidence including salary expectations on or before November 25, 2016 to: 2018 Virden and Area Host Society Inc. Attn: Games Co-Chairs Email:


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Deadline Tuesday at 3:00 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.

Dale Thomson November 14, 1992.

As summer slowly leaves us, And flowers fade away, We remember when you left us, Twenty-four years as of today. You will never be forgotten, Nor will treasured memories die, For our thoughts are always with you While the days and months go by. Deep in our hearts lies a picture, More precious than silver or gold. It’s a picture of our son-brother Whose memories will never grow old. In our thoughts and lives forever,



In memory of my dear Mom, Catherine, who passed away November 3, 1967 Miss you still Mom and wish you were here. Lovingly remembered by daughter Nina, Chuck, grandsons and families.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AA meeting every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the hospital boardroom. Use front entrance of hospital. Phone 204-748-6603, 306-485-9097 or 204-512-3507.

Cards of thanks Thanks to all my families for the lovely birthday party. Thank you for all the cards and the flowers. So nice to see so many of you-from the youngest to the oldest. A special thank to Leanne for all the organizing and secrecy. I love you all. - Beth Thank you to Dr. Hammel and staff at Virden Hospital, my friends for visits, phone calls, and cards. Thanks to the girls who celebrated my birthday supper with me and the evening of a tea party with you girls - it was some laughs! Thanks to Princess Lodge for your thoughts. - Norma Thank you to friends and family who sent condolences, whether in person or with cards, calls or food following the loss of our Brother, Doug. All were greatly appreciated. Don, Jack, Keith, Karen & families

OBITUARY JENKINS, Doreen (Cockbill) February 28, 1928 - October 8, 2016 With family by her side, Doreen (Cockbill) Jenkins passed away peacefully on October 8th, 2016, at the age of 88. Mom was born at Kenton, Manitoba Febuary 28, 1928, the second child of five children born to Clarence and Winnie Curry. She attended school in Verity, Kenton and Lenore finishing her Grade Twelve and then went on to permit teach, for one year in a country school at Preston, near Gladstone Manitoba. In 1949 Mom and good friend Doreen Frame headed to Winnipeg to take their Licensed Practical Nursing Training. After training in Neepawa and Ninette, Mom returned to Virden and nursed in the hospital. Mom married our Dad, John Cockbill on November 11, 1950 in a double wedding ceremony with Doreen & Lloyd Frame. Mom and Dad lived in Virden where they ran their business J. W. Cockbill Electric Ltd. During these years Mom was a member of St Paul’s United Church active in the UCW, serving at lunches and sorting rummage for their sales. She enjoyed curling in the ladies league and always had fun at the bonspiels. Mom enjoyed many activities during these years but her greatest pleasure came in being a wife and mother. She took pride in the restoration of their big brick home, the former Catholic Church Manse as well as providing her family with home cooked meals, baking and many outfits sewn on her sewing machine. She enjoyed being involved with her kids activities and spending summers at our cabin at Oak Lake. Following Dad’s sudden death in May 1976, Mom looked for new ways to fill her time. She took on selling Electrolux vacuums and became a clerk in Stedman’s. In October 1979 Mom married Charles Jenkins, they lived in Virden till 1982 when they moved to Brandon. Charlie and Mom enjoyed many trips to Northern Manitoba where Mom learned to enjoy hunting, fishing and camping again. She looked forward to their annual trip to the West Coast and Seattle. In Brandon Mom quickly became friends with her neighbors as well as becoming a member of Central United Church and Seniors for Seniors, where she made many good friends. Following Charlie’s death in January 1990 Mom took up quilting, reconnected with many of her cousins, continued to enjoy sewing and maintaining her home. Mom moved into Hobb’s Manor in the fall of 2010 and enjoyed reconnecting with some old friends and making new ones, especially her 4th floor corner friends who were so good to her. After giving up her driver’s license, Mom was very fortunate to have her niece Gay Mayberry either take her shopping or do her shopping

every Saturday. Mom looked forward to and enjoyed their time together. Mom took great pride in her ten Grandchildren. She loved hosting each group of Grandkids for their annual week of summer holidays at Grandma’s. Mom proudly displayed, in her home, apartment and even the Sherwood, her framing of their High School Graduation pictures. Grandma Doreen could be trusted with secrets and was a great listener therefore enjoyed hearing many of her Grandchildren’s stories over the years. Throughout her life Mom was an avid reader, a dedicated CBC radio fan and a lifetime subscriber to Maclean’s Magazine. As she finished each edition of Maclean’s she would pass it onto family, a neighbor or friends encouraging them to stay current on what was happening in the world around them. Mom was also blessed to meet and enjoy sixteen of her Great Grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as GG. In March 2016 Mom returned to Virden and became a resident of The Sherwood Home where she remained until her death. Mom was predeceased by: Parents Clarence and Winnie Curry, Husband John Cockbill, Parents in Law Robert and Beatrice Cockbill, Husband Charles Jenkins, Sister Audrey Johnston, Brothers Garth Curry, Verne Curry, Larry Curry, Brothers in Law Ross Johnston, Norman Walker, Gordon Holmberg, Jim Anderson, Sisters in Law Everyne Curry, Joyce Curry, Winnie Walker, Margaret Holmberg, Edith Anderson, Nieces Patsi Curry, Gaye McMillan, Nephew Don Compton Mom will be lovingly remembered by: Son Scott and Debbie their family Kaeleigh & Matt Vodden (Brock, Danica) Allison & Tyler Sloan ( Aubree, Olen) Jayme & Jayson Handford (Emrie) Son Darcy and Val their family Jennifer Cockbill, John & Erika Cockbill (Ainsley, Addison) Jillian & Chris Irvine (Mya, Halle, Emma) Daughter Jill and Barry Canart their family Clayton & Paula Canart (Ava, Emmett) Jacqueline & Tyler Frattinger, Boyd & Kristin Canart (Peyton, Aiden, Nash), Cameron & Brooke Canart (Cohen, Britton) & Molly Myers Sister in law Shirlee Curry, a cherished flock of Cousins, Nieces & Nephews. Charlie’s Daughters Janice Cox, Gail King & Gwen Sanderson. Lifelong friend Doreen Frame and her family Murray Frame, Mariel Gobiel, Donna Frame, Colleen Deckert A funeral service was held at St Paul’s United Church, Virden October 15, 2016 with The Rev Janis Campbell and The Rev Adel Compton officiating. Interment was in Virden Cemetary. G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapels Ltd - Virden in care of arrangements

Cards of thanks There are no words to express our thanks and appreciation for the love and kindness shown to us in your offering of sympathy through cards, phone calls, messages and visits following the passing of our Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma Doreen Jenkins. The many gifts of food were appreciated adn timely in feeding all the family. Thank you for the gift cards, flowers and donations to various charities. Thank you Donna for your help at the house and Tannis for your help in creating the fall pots, I’m lucly to have good friends. To Rev. Janice Campbell, thank you for your gentle guidance and the time we shared. St. Paul’s United Church is blessed to have you. Special thanks to my brothers Scott and Darcy and my own family for your love and support thoughout this journey. Love Jill, Barry Canart & family The family of Doreen (Cockbill) Jenkins would like to Thank Dr. Roux for accepting Mom as your patient after her fall and your continued care at the Sherwood, she had great confidence in your care. To all the staff at the Virden Hospital, from housekeeping, kitchen and the nursing team, thank you for your care and compassion. Mom was so impressed with the Virden Hospital and the staff. Thank You to Christine Cross for your help and guidance in the paneling process and making placement in The Sherwood possible. To the Sherwood Staff, thank you for the care and understanding Mom received while she was there. Although she had many tough days, she always appreciated what was done for her. Special thanks to the nursing staff that cared for Mom through her last week, you were so caring and compassionate, she was so lucky to have each of you during that time of her life. To Rev Janis Campbell, Mom felt a great connection to you, each time you came for a visit you made her day, Thank you. Thanks to all those who visited and called Mom during her time in the hospital and the Sherwood, each of you helped to fill her day. We would like to thank Carscadden’s Funeral Chapel for your kind and professional help in making arrangements for Mom’s funeral. Thank you to Rev. Janis Campbell and Rev. Adel Compton for officiating Mom’s funeral service and the beautiful tribute to her life, she would have been so pleased. Thank you to Roger Hurst, The Village Choir and St Paul’s Choir for providing the music and the St Paul’s Helping Hands for providing lunch. Thanks to Keith Lobel for your help with music. We would also like to thank all the family and friends who took time from their lives to attend the service and for the many cards we received that day, we really appreciated it. Scott, Debbie, Darcy, Val, Barry, Jill & families Winners from the CWL Bake Sale & Tea: grocery hampers: Alene Welch, Lynne Fefchak, Vanny Hellman, Joyce Stowe; raffle prizes: Ethel Bowles, Jean Carr, Alice Barre, Nellie Morris; silent auction: Noella Lachappelle, Mavis Colli, Glynnis Danielson 3x, Alene Welch 2x, Pal Mowez, Doreen Grieve, Hazel Wadham, Neillie Morris 2x, Doreen Sehwalm, Pat Robinson, Vi McKietiuk, Anita Plaisier 2x, Yvonne Riendeau, Bev Eilers, Lynn Fefchak, Adena Elliott; flower arrangement: Joyce Shewan; roses: Yvonne RIendeau, Joyce Stowe, Joyce McWuarter, Alice Polk, Dorothy Plaisier, Doris Nield, Doreen Grieve, Vi McKietiuk, Marge Tapp, Bertha Kernel.

Coming events 22nd annual Santa Brunch at Oak Lake Community Hall November 27 10a.m.-2p.m. Admission 13 & over $8.00, 6 to 12 $4.00, under 6 $3.00. Great food, children’s games and shopping for under 12 years. Silent auction, visit with Santa. Photos available Sponsored by Oak Lake Museum and Community Development Board.

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Christine Sawchuk’s Annual Christmas Mary Kay sale Saturday, November 19 to Tuesday, November 22. Call 2047425-8310, email or order online to receive a 15% discount on all products. I will deliver your products to you with the Mary Kay 100% satisfaction guarantee. Gifts ordered for the special people in your lives will be wrapped on request. Euchre at Hargrave Community Centre on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. Everyone welcome. Also on November 27 and December 11. Harding Community Club is hosting a Mini “Mall in the Hall” in support of A Port in the Storm at Harding Community Center, Sunday, November 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Leather/cloth products, Mary Kay, Creative Memories, Christmas Food, Refreshments, 50/50draw, A Port in the Storm Update. We will be making our donation to representatives from The Port in the Storm and encourage your attendance to learn more about them. Personal donations accepted and receipts issued for donations over $20. Jack & Jill Shower for Christina Oberlin and Daniel Hildebrandt. Saturday, November 12, 2:00.-4:00p.m. at Virden Lions Hall, 230 Nelson Street West. Moosomin Natural Health Expo. Saturday, November 12, 2016 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 20166 11 a.m. 5 p.m. at rink. Healing vendors still wanted. Shoal Lake’s 35 annual Christmas Craft Mart will take place Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Shoal Lake Community Hall. Featured will be 50 exhibitors and hourly draws for over 40 door prizes. Event sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi. St. Paul’s Casserole Fall Supper. Sunday, November 20 5-7p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for 6-12. Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze Annual General Meeting. Monday, November 14, 2016, 8:00 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion Boardroom, Virden.

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IN THE MATTER OF the Estate of WILLIAM KOTYLAK, late of the Town of Virden, in Manitoba, Deceased.

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4 bedroom family home for sale with 1.5 bathrooms. Newer shingles and hot water tank. All appliances included. Big fenced in back yard located in a quiet family area in town. All upstairs flooring and baseboard brand new in 2016. Call or text 204-851-2954.

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Application for On-Premises Sign & Five Fascia Signs (Commercial) adjacent to P.T.H. No. 1 (Service Road) at its intersection with Virden Access Road, Parcel B, Plan 56924, S.E.¼ 27-10-26W, Town of Virden.

Janzen Chevrolet in Carman is building a NEW DEALERSHIP!

Problems walking or getting dressed? The Disability Tax Credit

Notice is hereby given that a hearing of the Highway Traffic Board will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Room B6, Brandon Provincial Building, 340 - 9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba.

HOUSES FOR RENT One bedroom house, Virden $500 plus utilities. Contact Cindy 204-7489-5045

Hip or Knee Replacement?






(204) 467-1858 or (204) 886-7027

3 bedroom mobile on large lot in Elkhorn, MB. Call Bill 204851-0666.

Empire-Advance Virden

Phone: 748-3931 • Fax 748-1816 Email:



Farley Kempthorne

Chartered Accountants and Consultants

Canada LLP

* Accounting and Auditing * Ag Advisory and Farm Programs * Bankruptcy and Insolvency * Business Advisory * Business Valuations * Estate and Succession Planning * Information Technology Solutions * Taxation Services 255 Wellington St West, Virden, MB | Phone 204-748-1200; 1-866-236-7656

Chartered Professional Accountants LLP 463 Seventh Avenue, Virden, MB P: 204-748-2963 F: 204-748-1380 E:

CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS Ag Advisory & Farm Income Programs Accounting & Audits Business Valuations Business Advisory Services 590 7th Avenue South Taxation Services Virden, MB Estate Planning 204.748.1340 Oil & Gas Services

275 Nelson St. W., Box 749 Virden, MB Phone: 204-748-3135 or toll free: 1-855-748-3135 Fax: 204-748-1216 Sensus Partnership of Chartered Professional Accountants We understand your business



Virden • Cromer • Elkhorn and area

Bick’s Water & Septic

All services *FREE* Call for membership today! Boosting • Lockouts • Towing Tires • Winching

(204) 851-0666

• Rig Water Supply Boilers, etc • Vac Truck - Septic Truck + much more! • Porta Pot Rentals • Trailer and Miscellaneous Rentals

255 Wellington Street West, Virden (204) 748-2284

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.


Dr. David Cochrane • MTS Wireless, Internet and Home Phone Service • Cellular & electronics accessories • Wireless & electronic accessories

• Computers, Accessories & Service • TVs & TV accessories • 2Way Radios

Phone 204-748-3164

Virden Eyecare Centre 170 Nelson St W, Virden

For all your eyecare needs! Phone (204) 748-1094 Monday - Friday • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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ƕ Flooring: laminate, hardwood, ceramic tiles ƕ Framing and concrete work ƕ Paving stone work

New home builds Major renovations Plumbing HVAC Geothermal experts • 204-725-3691

Cell: (204) 512-1159 | Email: |

In Medical Building, 258 Nelson Street, Virden, MB Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus. (204) 748-2856

Custom Built Homes & RTMs • Large & Small Renovations Kitchen Craft Cabinets - Armwood Windows Facade Stone - Vinyl Decking • Tile - Hardwood - Laminate Red Seal Certified | | 204.556.2301




Mobile Service Supply & Install Residential Windows & Doors


Manitoba Hydro PowerSmart LTD Contractor Residential and Commercial Glazing & Vinyl siding needs

Call Kevin Bonner today! 204.851.5240

421 King Street, Virden | P: 204-748-3619 | F: 204-748-2411





ƕ New construction of all types of houses ƕ Renovation of all house types ƕ Custom showers ƕ Siding, brick or stone work

Services provided by P.L. Fraser Law Corporation


(204) 851-0666


Pat Fraser, B.Sc., M.A., L.L.,B.

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Your Partner for Quality Cell Phone: 204 851 2991

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GARTH JOHNSTON Territory Manager Cell: 204-851-2042 | Fax: 888-754-6808 Email:



24-HOUR SERVICE 204-748-2108 or 204-748-7272 Dwayne Cross

Plumbing + Heating Contractor and Service Technician


Ph. (204) 556-2392 Harold Klassen

P: 204.748.3931 | F: 204.748.1816 E: #4 - 585 Seventh Avenue South



Virden Empire-Advance

November 11, 2016

Carla McLean Partner/Sales Representative


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Independently owned and operated | PROVEN REVENUE PROPERTY

Occupancy rate excellent! Call listing agent today!

• 10 suites • Laundry facilities • Walking distance to downtown • Low maintenance • Parking stalls with electrical








NEW ACREAGES AVAILABLE! call listing agent for details




180 PARK STREET Excellent opportunity for lots that you could develop! Beautiful location on a quiet street! Don’t miss out on this large land base located close to downtown. Property frontage is 255’ x 100’ deep. (4 lots #60 to #63)

Lots of bush, pasture and fully fenced.


The mature lot has all the services ready for you to build your dream home. Plenty of space and bus pickup is a plus!





MOTIVATED TO SELL Gorgeous 1,600 sq ft bungalow with double car garage mature yard and huge shop with RM water. Ready to move right into.

Impressive historical building with huge revenue potential, ready for you to own today.



Unique dining experience in a designated historical building with warmth of the past and contemporary atmosphere. Located in the heart of downtown within easy walking distance for the business district. Long-term clientele with proven revenue; fully licensed, with outdoor patio. 280 ASHBURTON ST E

North of Virden, gorgeous setting with large home with RM water and double car garage.

EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR ON A DREAM LOCATION Move in ready home with: • 4 Bedrooms • Double car garage • Barn corrals • 2 Bathrooms • Workshop Call listing agent for details today!



Just over 2 acres - extremely affordably priced. 2 plus bedrooms, open concept, with many upgrades. Call for details.


Industrial building with 3 large bay doors, office area and boardroom. Call for details. MLS #1529504

BUILDINGS FOR SALE Approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space with lots of parking, on high traffic location. Call listing agent for details. MLS #1520571

Excellent shop for sale comes with equipment and has a great yard for storage as well as attached enclosed storage. Call listing agent for details.

Location of this retail building, in the core of downtown Virden, is perfect for your next business venture. Comes with 3 bay doors for easy access to pull vehicles or equipment in to!

21 GOVERNMENT ROAD 3 Bedroom, open concept living, cheaper than rent. Don’t miss out.


MINIOTA 3 bedroom home with newer kitchen, main floor laundry, 2 garages and extra large lot. Book your personal tour with Carla today!

Newer modular home located on a double lot with plenty of room. Has everything from cathedral ceilings, master bedroom with walk-in closet and Jacuzzi tub to extra room for office use. Excellent layout! Call listing agent today! MLS 1603650


294 ASPEN STREET Awesome price for this move in ready home on a great corner lot! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to live affordable in this well maintained home! 3 bedroom with main floor laundry.


ON ALMOST 10 ACRES Everything you've been looking for is on this property including new home, double car, garage small barn, fenced pasture. Don't miss out! Contact Carla today!


367 ASPEN STREET Completely updated home with new kitchen, fully fenced yard and single detached garage. MLS #1601056

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