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Virden - plans to grow by Continued from A1 A map (from 2010 and 2013, prior to municipal amalgamation) showed Virden’s downtown, Virden’s employment lands (business district and industrial areas), Virden residential neighbourhoods, Virden-Wallace open space and Wallace community development. Jim Friesen from Winnipeg, with Water Resources at AECOM provided clear maps showing flood prone areas, including past flows in the water courses through town. His hydraulic work has been applied to several flood mitigation projects including the, St Adolf protective ring-dike expansion being completed this week. Ross Mitchell, a consultant for community planning and design, with WSP Canada, is

By Anne Davison When you look at the trajectory that culture is on – everything is going digital. A new set of eyes and ears is taking in the events of Virden and area with Luke Knoll, the new reporter at Virden Empire-Advance. The 24-year-old Knoll has recently moved to Virden from Surrey, BC,

project manager for the Secondary Plan. In and around Virden, which Friesen termed the “trading centre” for the area, there are physical limitations to consider such as creeks and flood prone areas. To accommodate fringe area growth around Virden, major roadways (TransCanada Highway PTH 83 and PR 259 and 257) will involve Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation plans. With a current growth rate of between 0.5% near Virden, and 1% in the province overall, the Virden area may grow to between 7,000 - 8,000 population by 2045, from its existing 6,500 population. That figure reflects a wider area including Wallace-Woodworth. And yet, Manitoba Bureau of Statists (2015) indicates the province may be in for a projected 1.5%

growth rate, which would take the area to over 9,000 people by 2045, as compared with the current approximate 6,500 population. A plan for growth on the fringes of Virden will take much of the uncertainty out council decisions, when faced with applications for subdivisions and business development. It will give guidelines for businesses. They won’t be guessing, waiting for a local council decision as to whether a certain location can be developed for, say, an ice cream drive-in, or a hotel, or for heavy industry. Urban and RM residential subdivisions will have recommendations which developers can refer to. Now, First Reading of TCW Secondary Plan will take place at the Planning District meeting. After

with his wife, Jessica (nee Klassen). The young couple has settled in Virden where they hope that a little slower pace will allow them more family time (which includes Milo, a new puppy). Knoll was raised in Wyoming, where he gained an appreciation for the Western lifestyle, which included some riding and roping lessons. What attracted Knoll to

this job? “I consider myself to be an extroverted person. The opportunity to go out, into Virden and area to meet new people really excited me. I’ve also spent a fair bit of time with social media and digital arts, so being able to incorporate that into my job is an added bonus.” Knoll brings a new emphasis as well as regular print news and photos. As a youth pastor in Surrey, one of Knoll’s jobs was connecting with youth, “I’m hoping to transfer that skill set to bringing the news in Virden to a younger generation,” he states. “When you look at the trajectory that culture is on – everything is going digital. I would rather try and

Chairman of Trans Canada West Planning District Zac Penner (c), surrounded by residents and municipal staff answers questions at the Public Open House at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden, Monday night, November 14. Photo/Anne Davison

First Reading “it is open to the public for review and comment,” explains Penner. “Then we take those comments back and make any changes we feel we should,” he said. From there, the docu-

ment goes to the provincial government where MIT and other departments will review the plan. Not until it meets with Manitoba’s approval will it be ratified at TCWPD.

A formal, studied resolution to this town’s steady expansion has been years in the making. Virden Councillor and chair of TCW, Zac Penner stated, “We have to be ready for growth.”

get in on what is still considered the ground level, than to be playing catch-up further down the road.” Knoll is working on bringing more social media and website postings as an addition to print news. He reasons, “These days, people want to open their web browser and find the immediate news,” It’s a matter of trying to accommodate the need for instant access, while bringing the deeper story through print, every week. Unwinding in spare time, this reporter has a major interest. “In one word, ‘music’. I listen to it, I play it, I teach it. Music has been a trusted friend my entire life.” Knoll plays a bit of everything,

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Moose farming? By Anne Davison Moose farming! Why not? Since they are so in demand right now, this might be the next great commodity. No, neither practical nor necessary. In reality moose are already nurtured on farmland throughout southwestern Manitoba. It’s the respect for these and other big game animals that is missing, and the respect for residents of the area. On the one hand, we are spending millions of dollars to preserve aspects of our environment; some that will have a payback including saving roads from collapse and keeping local fish and landscape healthy. (That’s a story for next week.) On the other side of the coin we have selfish over-hunting - the rape of the big game population. Farmer’s feed this game, also providing a thoroughfare through their land to bush and wild grazing areas that both deer and moose prefer. “We feed theses animals, we don’t mind,” I heard one producer say in a meeting about moose, at Pipestone a couple of Monday nights ago. It troubles these keepers of the land that they, or their neighbour’s, their sons (and daughters) may not have a moose to hunt or to even see, in a year or two. The purchase of game licenses and tags helps to pay for wildlife management to sustain our wild environment. Yes, we do need to be concerned when logging, mining, hydro projects and oil pipelines threaten the elk or caribou population, or the wild salmon run. This overkill that we are hearing about in our own province and in our own backyards stands in stark contrast to the dollars we spend with our other hand, to hold studies, preserve parks, prevent pipelines and conserve wetlands. Protecting environmental interests is in our interest. I don’t see us successfully farming moose any time soon. Farming the wild doesn’t work real well. They weren’t made for that. Wild meat is some of the healthiest you can eat - rich in antioxidants and other nutrients because of their wild and varied diet. Because farming is a money-making operation, the extravagance of providing the true wild diet that makes these animals so great, is not indulged in farmed wild life, as is particularly the case in farmed fish. They are simply not the rich, healthy choice that wild salmon is. For those who want to support the preservation of moose so they may be ‘spotted’ (not spotlighted) now and then in our province, there is an online petition. outdoor-enthusiasts-ban-night-hunting-in-manitoba. Organizer Scott Phillips is hoping for 5,000 signatures.


Bringing accountability to Crown corporations Our new Manitoba government is committed to accountability, strategic investment and value for money, including within our Crown corporations. We are restoring this accountability after the previous decade of debt, decay and decline, when the NDP administration made politically motivated decisions that damaged these corporations’ bottom lines. We have created the new Department of Crown Services responsible for Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries and Manitoba Public Insurance. Our new Progressive Conservative government has asked these

corporations to ensure they are operating within their core mandates and in the best interests of ratepayers and taxpayers. In addition, we are preparing legislation to make our Crown corporations more efficient and accountable while improving their services. Our government welcomes Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries’ recent decision to cancel its unnecessary construction of a new headquarters in Winnipeg. The Crown corporation’s newly appointed board reviewed the plan to purchase and renovate a downtown building at a $75-million cost, and found it to be a waste of tax dollars and

well outside the Liquor and Lotteries mandate. As well, during the past 3½ years, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries spent more than $292,000 of taxpayers’ money on excessive travel for its executives. Our accountability also contrasts sharply with the previous government’s mismanagement of Manitoba Hydro mega-projects. The NDP’s aggressive development of the Bipole III transmission line and the Keeyask Generating Station has burdened Manitoba Hydro with debt projected to nearly double to $25 billion from its current level of $13 billion within the next four years.

Our new government is correcting this course as part of our commitment to fixing the province’s finances, repairing our services and rebuilding our economy. We understand that the choices we make today have an impact on the services we can deliver tomorrow. We are proud to put the public interest first. In the Arthur-Virden constituency and across the province, we are committed to restoring trust and integrity in government while making Manitoba families safer and stronger. Doyle Piwniuk, MLA for the constituency of Arthur-Virden

CORRECTION The article ‘One can at a time’ forgot to mention that majority of churches as well as the Co-op have donation bins for the food cupboard. We also had written as though the food cupboard and Christmas cheer campaign were one entity and wanted to clarify that they are two separate organizations.


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RCMP Report

By Anne Davison Corporal Matt Hipwell of Virden RCMP Detachment reported 28 calls for service between Monday, November 7 and Sunday, November 13, for Virden and the RM of Wallace-Woodworth. This represents a quiet week compared to the often 40 to 60 calls. Of 13 traffic related investigations, there were four speeding offenses as well as driv-

ing an unregistered vehicle, failing to have the required equipment, and failing to wear a seatbelt. There was one complaint of an assault in the RM of Wallace-Woodworth. The investigation continues. One complaint of an assault with a weapon involving a youth is being investigated in cooperation with Child and Family Services. One person arrested outside a local business was lodged under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act. Under the Mental Health Act, a female was taken to Brandon for a psychiatric assessment. Also under the Mental Health Act, a male voluntarily attended

hospital for a medical assessment. There is an ongoing investigation regarding a pellet gun being pointed at an individual in the RM. Uncharacteristically, there was only a single false alarm this week, and that to a residence. Corporal Hipwell added that a highpoint for the week was attending the Virden Oil Capitals Game, where First Responders were honoured and The Caps wore RCMP jerseys. As announced at the game, the commemorative jerseys are on sale on eBay, with funds going to a good cause. Hipwell noted, as of November 16, the top bid is at $495 and the rest are all over $160.

WallaceWoodworth By-election By Anne Davison A municipal by-election has been called for the RM of Wallace-Woodworth. Representative of Ward 3 (Elkhorn), Roland Gagnon is stepping down as Councillor. Gagnon missed three meetings consecutively, September 13, 27 and October 12. For that, under the Municipal Act, he faced disqualification as a councillor. A resolution in council at the Oct 25, meeting was presented to excuse Gagnon for his absence from the Oc-

tober 12 meeting, the third missed meeting. The motion was defeated 4-2. Councillor Gagnon then complied with the Act and issued a written resignation. Reeve Denis Carter explained the importance of regular meeting attendance at the twice monthly meetings saying, “If you miss three meetings, you’ve missed a month and a half.” CAO Garth Mitchell explained, “The Act states that a resignation at this point of the term requires a by-election.”

The by-election will not take place until the New Year, January 11, 2017, with voting taking place in Elkhorn. The Senior Election Official is receiving candidate registrations for the Ward 3 position from November 30 until December 6, at the RM of Wallace-Woodworth main office near Virden. Any electors of the RM of Wallace-Woodworth may run for the Ward 3 (Elkhorn) council position. However, only eligible voters in Ward 3 (Elkhorn) can vote in the by-election.




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November 18, 2016

Who’s Who in Crazy for You

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Scott Warren

Dale Davison

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The Cowboys Picture a mining town that has seen better days, where the majority of residents are slow-movin’, slow talkin’ cowboys, and you have Crazy for You’s Deadrock, Nevada, and its citizens. Who are these singing, dancing, guitar-pickin’ cowpokes? They are a group of talented men from all over Westman, some of whom audiences have seen many times, and several who are new to the musical comedy world. Darrell Corbel (Mingo) was last seen in The Sound of Music where he played Max Detweiler. This extremely talented singer and musician makes up one third of the “Cowboy Trio.” When asked about Crazy for You, Corbel says, “I like working with material that challenges me. Choreography is always out of my comfort zone, and I’m finding I have to dig deep to get on top of

the many dance steps, but the finished product will have you laughing hysterically, cheering lustily, and singing along with the rest of us.” Scott Warren (Custus) from Melita is making his return to the stage after a long hiatus. A veteran of the stage, he has performed in more than 40 musical and non-musical productions. Scott is also an accomplished musician, and is part of the “Cowboy Trio.” Says Warren, “This is my first time as part of the Virden program, and I was nervous returning to the stage after seven years away, but this show is turning out to be a great reason for coming back. The only problem is, now that I am back in another show, I don’t want to stop!” Dale Davison is making his AUD debut as an actor in Crazy for You. A former high school teacher and cattle rancher, this singer and guitar player plays

Moose, the third member of the “Cowboy Trio.” Says Davison, “My best experience was learning the disciplined singing required for three-part harmony, as well as seeing so many amazingly talented people doing such amazing performances. I feel that the Gershwin music is definitely the big attraction for this show, but I have also come to see that Crazy for You is not just a string of great songs. The show has been well crafted to deliver amazing dance numbers and a million laughs!” Gary Goodridge (Wyatt) is a reflexologist who recently returned to his hometown of Virden and is making his stage debut. Goodridge says, “This is my first time in a play! I always watched the plays in high school and lacked the follow-through to audition, so this time I wanted to be part of it! I am enjoying the dance routines and watching how quickly scenes change and how everyone comes together out of chaos to create something amazing! I found that I was so slow in picking up the new dance moves, and if required to speed them up, I was developing two left feet! I love to dance, but it was a challenge to learn quickly!” Noah Friesen (Jimmy) is a familiar face to Virden theatregoers. He has performed in many productions, with both VCI and the Virden and

District Chorale. Friesen was last seen as Zoser in VCI’s production of Aida. When asked about his role, Noah said, “I am playing a cowboy called Jimmy. He ranges from being a bump on a log to being a crazy burst of energy; these are two states I often pass between in my daily life as well. It has been fun playing with how he speaks and learning how to do a southern cowboy drawl. The hardest part for me has been trying to learn how a cowboy acts, as that is definitely not who I am!”  Quinn Langevin (Billy) is no stranger to the musical theatre stage in Virden. He has performed in many productions including Grease, Camp Rock, Sound of Music and Aida. Currently a Grade 12 student at VCI, Langevin divides his time between sports, performing with the VCI choir, and appearing on stage. Luke Munchinsky is one half of the father/son team performing in Crazy for You. His dad Dean plays Lank Hawkins, and is also set designer and co-director. Munchinsky attends Neelin High School in Brandon and is an award-winning pianist and vocalist. He had these thoughts, “I had heard about the Virden productions a fair amount from my father, as he happens to do those things, and I figured “Why not?” I play the character of Junior, a sleepy, lazy, piano-playing cowboy. I am definitely not nearly as good at falling asleep quickly as Junior is, but I can definitely emote with the constant tiredness. It’s fairly enjoyable to be able to loll around and not have anything to do. Free time and naps are a rare enough part of my life, so it’s nice to take it where I can, even if that’s while I’m on stage!”

Dane Leslie is a Grade 11 student at VCI who made his stage debut in last year’s Aida. Leslie plays several instruments and writes his own music, and in Crazy for You takes on the role of Slim. Brett Chrest (Pete) is also sharing the stage with a parent in Crazy for You. His mother Karen plays New York socialite Lottie Child. From Brandon, Chrest is a true triple threat performer - singer, actor and dancer, who was last seen as Tony in Mecca’s Billy Elliot. Of his experience in Virden, Chrest says, “I think this is such an interesting show that, without a doubt, includes something for everybody! It has romance, comedy, huge dance numbers, beautiful singing and just an overall great story. During the creation of the show, I have loved getting to know so many different people and to see how much talent comes out to put on such an amazing show. This is something you won’t want to miss.” Brandt Unger (Sam) was last seen as Radames in VCI’s production of Aida. Says Unger, “I enjoy playing funny characters. All the cowboys are pretty deer-in-the-headlights dumb, so it’s fun to dumb myself down and just have fun with it! The lines were very well written, and the characters deliver the lines brilliantly. It’s going to be worth everyone’s time to come out and see it.”  Gary Goodridge shares his enthusiasm for Crazy for You. “This play is something you would expect to see on a large stage in a large city. I have seen our local talent rival and exceed the star-studded cast of the original Gershwin musical. The pace, the humour, and vast variety of visual routines will have you gripped from start to finish...truly worthy of a



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we must continue to unforget Remembrance Day | November 11, 2016 | Aud Theatre, Virden By Luke Knoll Remembrance day has come and gone, however the lives and stories of those who have laid down their lives for our country remain etched in our minds after the weekend service here at the Aud Theatre. The service, which being filled to the brim leaving a dozen standing in the back, was beautifully crafted with honour and recognition to those who have and currently served this great country. Padre Don Bernhardt hosted the service and Bishop of Brandon Diocese – William Cliff was the guest speaker. William Cliff, from Wyoming, Ontario, is a historian with family in the military with one of his relatives being the only Chaplian killed by Nazi Regime in World War II. Bishop William Cliff, opened the service with his family history of service explaining that to him “Remembrance day has always been sacred”. He later

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explained how in his career he spent fourteen years as a university chaplain and his most proud memory from that time was bringing back the Remembrance Day service at the college. “You’d see 150-160 young people jammed into a chapel that was built for 100. The balconies would be full, the aisles would be full and the foyer was full all the way back to the doors of library.” Cliff went on to mention that it was during these years that “suddenly Veterans became young men and women again; new medals appeared on their chest. [They had] New wounds; some visible, most invisible.” Cliff spoke with a confidence and beautiful rhetoric that evoked emotion and attention from the listeners at the Aud. As he mentioned the reminder that Veterans are still made up of young brave men and women, a sobering blanket fell on those in attendance. “Ceremonies like this are often misunderstood, by

people who are dedicated to the ideal of peace, and they mistake the willingness to serve in the armed forces and the willingness to go to places of conflict and the willingness to actually take up arms, as a way of glorifying war.” Cliff with vigor went on, “This [service] has nothing to do with glorifying war…. No, this has everything to do with glorifying the willingness to serve and the willingness to sacrifice.” Cliff had a wonderful way of bringing memories of battles fought right into our midst. Though he said the English word remembering doesn’t do this justice. He mentioned that the greek word for remembering, which is anámnisi meaning ‘unforgetting’, gives a more accurate description. Cliff makes the act of unforgetting tangible by defining it, “activating the memories and making it real again…to stand with those who are missing and recognize that they are still with you

as you live out the privileges that they have given you.” The bishop finished with poise. During the moment of silence for those who served our country, those in attendance could hear infants and children making noise in the midst of the quiet. What a great way of capturing freedom; that these innocent children, who know not yet the cost of war…of suffering, stand in the midst of a community gathered to honour those who have fought for the liberties they’ve inherited. This truth is not for all, as we think of the children and families who flee from dangerous lands…but in this moment we find a reflection of gratitude and admiration to all who have willingly served for our freedom. Though Remembrance Day has past, each day we will ‘unforget’ as we walk in a freedom that wasn’t free. Veteran’s and those presently serving, we thank you.


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November 18, 2016

Elkhorn Community Remembers By Ed James It has been a long time since the Elkhorn and Area Remembrance Day Service had such a perfect fall day to hold the event.

As always, the Legion Hall was filled to capacity as the Legion/Auxiliary Colour Party entered the building with legion members and area army cadets.

The M.C. for the service was Elkhorn Legion President, Garth Mitchell who was assisted by reverend Marianne Olfrey, Val Shoemaker, and Mark Hum-

phries, who played, “Last Post”. Mr. Mitchell led in the Royal Canadian Legion Act of Remembrance. The guest speaker this year is no stranger to

Remembrance Day, November 11, wreathes are laid at the cenotaph in Elkhorn, while the community looks on. Photos/Ed James

the reading public of the Westman area, John Fefchak, who was introduced by Elkhorn legion member Colonel Gordon Brennand, of the RCAF (retired). Col. Brennand welcomed WW II Veteran, Les Downing and his wife Louise to the Elkhorn Service. Earlier this year, Les was the recipient of the French medal of Honour at a special ceremony in Virden; the crowd gave him a standing ovation. After the introduction of Warrant Officer Fefchak (retired), and a history of his long service and accomplishments in the RCAF, Fefchak started his speech with a famous wartime quote, from Winston Churchill, who said, after the “Battle of Britain”, “Never in history has so much been owed by so many to so few.” He went on to say that this day is to honour all those Canadian men and women who have served in the past and present. This should also include the “Cold War Warriors of Canada who served around the world from 1946 to the 1990s, protecting against Soviet Russian aggression. During that period almost 1,000 men and women lost their lives. “We are here today because of all these warriors who gave their all in the defense of freedom. Nev-

er forget those who lost their lives and our vets everyday of the year; and also do not forget our modern veterans of the Middle East conflict who now need our help. “All of us, and the government, are responsible to those who have served and need our help. Who else will fright and support all our veterans, old and new? “Our freedoms are often taken for granted and we forget that they were paid for by the lives of our military men and women.” At the conclusion of his speech, he was given a standing ovation. After the closing ceremonies in the hall, wreaths were placed at the cenotaph by legion members, Ladies auxiliary, local government and individuals, assisted by army cadets, as the colourful flags blew brightly in the autumn sunshine. Following this event all returned to the hall for a light lunch, the awarding of long term Legion Service Pins and the donation of funds to the Virden and area Army Cadet Corp by the Elkhorn Legion and Ladies Auxiliary Branches. Elkhorn Legion President, Garth Mitchell was very pleased with the public turn out and support for this important community event.

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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!

VIRDEN PIONEER HOME MUSEUM MEETING There will be a Virden Pioneer Home Museum meeting on Monday, November 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Virden Town Council Chambers.Everyone is invited to attend and bring new ideas to help keep our Museum open. Evening meetings are being considered for 2017, as well as dates that suit most people. We look forward to meeting more people!

Warrant Officer John Fefchak (retired) addresses the crowd in Elkhorn Legion Hall.

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.

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VCI Remembrance Day

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Memorial Song - Koda Wiksuye.

By Dolores Caldwell Canupawakpa Dakota Nation held a Veteran’s Day on Tuesday, November 8 sponsored by the Canupawakpa Health and Canupawakpa Gaming Centre. Emcee Greg Chatkana welcomed everyone and introduced the Veterans and Cadets in attendance.

Veterans: Joe Sandy Hoshina Wanka, WWII - Canupawakpa Dakota Nation; Nelson Tanner - 15 years Peace Time - Waywayseecappo. Cadets: Darian Roulette - Master Cpl., 4 years; Devonte Roulette - Master Cpl., 3 years; Nathan HiEagle - 1st year. At 11:00 a.m. everyone stood for a one-minute silence as the Memorial Song

was played on the drums by the Koda Wiksuye. Chief Viola Eastman spoke on behalf of the Chief and Council of Canupawakpa and shared some of her memories of loved ones that served. She thanked the Veterans and Cadets for their service. Greg Chatkana shared burning/smudge of the sweet grass as the sacred

Veterans and cadets in attendance at the Canupawakpa Veteran`s Day (l-r): Joe Sandy, Nelson Tanner, Darian Roulette, Devonte Roulette, and Nathan HiEagle. Photos/Dolores Caldwell, Reston Recorder

drums played the prayer song. Sacred food was also presented to the Veterans at this time. A short history of Joe Sandy was read and Joe was honoured with a quilt, a veteran’s cap and tobacco

Christmas Cheer 2016 The Christmas season is fast approaching and with that Virden’s Christmas Cheer Board is beginning to make plans for 2016.

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:

The Christmas Cheer program has been running in the Town of Virden for several years. The main goal of the program is to provide families in need with a Christmas hamper filled with food and gift items. Last year 80 hampers were distributed to needy families in our area. Donations of any new items including toys, gift sets that do not contain perfume, socks, knitting and food items would be greatly appreciated. Items not accepted include used plush toys; perfume gift sets; toy guns and knives; movies. The program is currently looking for volunteers and anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Lisa Williams at 748-1583 or Kathy Heaman at 748-3276. This year’s Headquarters will be located in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall - the entrance to the hall is just down from the corner of Wellington Street West and Eighth Avenue.

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.

Hamper delivery date will be Friday, December 16, 2016

To obtain a registration form, contact the SEO at the telephone number listed below.

If you have items to donate that need to be picked up please contact Jim Lyons at 748-6634 or George Trowell at 748-2077. Items may be dropped off at the Legion Hall Headquarters from December 9, 12, 13 inclusive - between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm; or in boxes in various businesses downtown.

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

Monetary donations may be mailed to Box 1413, Virden, MB c/o Shirley Gibson or dropped off at Custom Creations at 479 Seventh Avenue South.

To apply for a hamper, please call Evelyn Hayward at 748-1578. Deadline for applications this year is December 9, 2016.

before a Victory Song was played and the community acknowledged the Veter-

an’s by shaking their hands. Lunch was served after the service.

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. Nomination papers not accompanied by the required documents and not properly filed shall be rejected. Senior Election Official (SEO) - Carole-Ann Brethour Phone: 1-204-748-1239 Fax: 1-204-748-3450 Dated at Virden, Manitoba on November 9, 2016. Carole-Ann Brethour Senior Election Official (SEO) Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth


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Remembrance at Elkhorn School By Ed James On November 9, the Elkhorn school Gym was filled with parents, students, staff and members of the Elkhorn Legion and Ladies Auxiliary for its annual school Remembrance Day Service. The gym walls were filled with displays of Remembrance Day art work from the students. When everyone was assembled, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary Colour Party came in followed by Legion members. The school senior band students led by Mrs. Unger, played the National Anthem and some other selections during the morning service. Students in class groups or as individuals did a number of presentations such as the song, “Highway of Heroes” and the poem, “With a Gun Shot”. The Last Post was played by Mask Humphries, followed with a minute of silence, Reveille and the Act of Remembrance. The guest speaker this year was Corporal William Porter, of the P.P.C.L.I. regiment stationed at C.F.B. Shilo. Cpl. Porter started his

career in Canada’s military in 2005, when he was a member of Canada’s northern soldier group, known as The Canadian Rangers. It was with this group he won several awards for his shooting skills. He then went into the P.P.C.L.I. regiment with several posting across Canada and a combat tour in Afghanistan. During his presentation, he said, “This event and those of November 11, were to honour the veterans who came before me, and the many sacrifices they made to keep Canada free. “Their sacrifices must not be forgotten and the poppy is to remind us of these sacrifices of Canadian and Newfoundlanders in all wars. (Newfoundland didn’t become part of Canada until 1949, after the war, but many of their residents served in Canada’s military.) Their service is not only in war zones, but helping to fight forest fires, search and rescue missions, and security at home and overseas, with many of the assignments far from home. “When you see a veteran or a member of the

At Elkhorn School Remembrance Day service, November 9, Corporal William Porter, of the P.P.C.L.I. Regiment and Margaret James (r) with students who received certificates for their Remembrance Day posters, poems and essays. Photo/Ed James

Canadian Armed Forces, thank them for their service. With 2017 being Canada’s 150th Birthday, take time to remember all our soldiers, airmen and sailors. As young people we depend on you to keep the torch of Remembrance burning.” The M.C. duties for the service were carried out by Katrinka Johnson,

who thanked Cpl. Porter for his presentation and introduced Margret James of the Elkhorn Legion. With the assistance of Cpl. Porter, she made a large number of presentations to students in most grade levels for their Remembrance Day posters, poems and essays. Several of the winners will have their efforts

moved up to the next level of competition with the possibility of making it to the National finals. The Legion and Auxiliary members were very pleased with the efforts of the students and the assistance of their teachers. Said Johnson, “The students did a fantastic effort in their performance and contest entries, showing

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Youth Choir entertains large crowd By Luke Knoll Last night the Virden District Youth Choir and Sound Investment performed on Monday night at St. Paul’s United Church. The town really showed support for these young singers as the room was filled to the brim with many left standing at the back. All of these students from grades 4-12 got to sing a handful of pieces directed by Michelle Chyzyk, Susan Martens and Kelsey Joy. The choirs tapped into a broad spectrum of genres for the night, some of which include: Jazz, African Spiritual Songs, Scottish Folk Songs and even brought out a light hearted song poking fun at cultures obsession with social media. “It’s nice to have a chance to show off what we’ve been practicing,” says Chyzyk. The Sound Investment only has four returning members out of the 16 from last year. Chyzyk states about the mainly new group “This was our first performance together, from here it’s onward and upward.”

At the end of the evening we heard a preview song from the upcoming musical ‘The Lion King’ coming in February. We also heard an encouragement from Michelle about the importance of keeping music in our schools mentioning that “it’s not just about playing music, but building character,” and the showmanship and professionalism that these students displayed on Tuesday night goes to show the difference that the arts can make in a student’s life.

The Virden District Youth Choir performing Monday night in front of a full house. Photos/Luke Knoll



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Happenings in and around the Virden Area

Employees from the Town of Virden spent the early hours of Monday adorning area street lights in their traditional Christmas Decorations. Photo/Luke Knoll

Virden’s vintage Scott Block is a historical focal point on Nelson Street. See next week’s edition for a write up on the buildings history. Photo/Luke Knoll

Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris “adopted” the Brandon Blood Centre through the Canadian Blood Services Partners for Life Program to assist them in recruiting new donors. By participating in the program, Maguire hoped to encourage Westman residents to roll up their sleeves and consider making an appointment to give blood. Photo/Submitted

A pedestrian makes his way through the underground tunnel, one of the safer ways to cross the rail lines from Sixth Avenue to Fifth Avenue in Virden. Photo/Luke Knoll



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Big plans with Virden’s new event manager By Luke Knoll Everybody loves a good event that brings together family and friends for a fun time. That’s exactly what the new Town of Virden Events Manager, Sherri McInnis is looking to do. Sherri applied for this position as she was moving across the province. Her previous position was as an accounting and HR clerk at conservations for over nine years. She stated that event coordinating “is something I did on a volunteer basis at the Community Club I belonged to back home that I enjoyed.” Since

September 6 she has been in her new office at Tundra Oil & Gas Place where she is responsible for all the bookings for the boardrooms, banquet hall and arena. “The arena schedule is so busy, we don’t have enough time in the day to book everything we potentially could, not that this is a bad thing as the facility is being used.” She’s also in charge of organizing and planning events for the Town of Virden and fields opportunities onto other groups within the community as well such as the Charlie Major concert hosted by the

Aud Theatre in the beginning of December. “I’m trying to think outside the box and come up with events that haven’t been in Virden yet.” says Sherri. “I am working on some bigger stuff” she said, “but I don’t want to say anything and it doesn’t happen… as soon as something is confirmed it will be advertised!” Sherri did give some details regarding the Christmas Train. You can expect family fun after the train rolls into town the morning of December 4. The Cadets are whisking up a pancake breakfast,

there will be free public skating with the Oil Caps and Santa in addition to free sticks and pucks. We’ll be able to keep warm with the Tim Hortons truck and get to rock out to Dallas Smith and Odds. At the end of that day, we’ll have the opportunity to cheer on the Oil Caps as they take on the Winkler Flyers. “I feel very lucky to have this opportunity” Shirley responded to my question about what it means for her to be doing this job here in Virden, “it has been a great way to meet a lot of new people in the town, I only knew eight peo-

Virden’s new Event Manager Sherri McInnis outside her office at Tundra Oil and Gas Place. Photo/Luke Knoll

ple here when I moved. I’m hoping I can follow in traditions the town already has and bring

in new events that will interest the locals and people from outside the community as well.”

Solutions & Substitutions By Reena Nerbas Dear Reena, Sunday night a jar of pickles spilt onto the dining room table, which is solid teak (very old reclaimed wood if that makes a difference). The pickle juice sat there for a few hours before being discovered. I tried putting baking soda directly on the damp stain and covered it with a towel for 24 hours. Little result, I did notice some stain in the baking soda but there is still a very dark almost black stain on the table. Not sure if this matters but we have treated the wood with teak oil once a year for about 8 years. Is there something else we can try? Kind of desperate here. Thanks. Rick Dear Rick, It sounds as though the acid in the pickle juice stripped the finish of the table. Place a tea towel onto the area and press the mark with a warm iron. Observe whether the stain is gone. Next smear mayonnaise over the spot, leave for one hour and wipe. If the stain remains, sand and oil the table. Dear Reena, Help! My daughter has

a big, juicy wad of gum in her hair. She leaned against a dresser that had gum on it. My daughter has very long, wavy hair. Is there anything that I can do, other than breaking out the scissors? Bernice Dear Bernice, Step away from those scissors! Reach for smooth, creamy peanut butter. Smother the gum with a good amount of peanut butter and gently pull the gum towards the ends. After the gum is gone, soak the area with dish soap and water and wash well before shampooing. Dear Reena, Do you have a solution for getting makeup/lipstick out of clothing? My friend got bright, pink lipstick on my white dress and I was wondering if you had any ideas as to how to remove it? Jodie Dear Jodie, Your best bet is to dab the area with glycerin and water. When the stain is gone smear the spot with Dawn dish soap and water. Rinse until clean and then wash the clothing as usual. White non-gel toothpaste is another great way to get lipstick out of fabrics. Rinse with water.

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Dear Reena, I have a couple of problems that require your expertise. I own a pair of boots with Velcro closures. After a year or so, the Velcro lost its hold. I cleaned out the lint that was caught in the hook surface, but it did not help. Is there anyway the Velcro can be ‘revived’? The boots are still in very good condition. Problem two: When I take off a certain jacket, my hair gets all static. This doesn’t happen with other jackets. What do you suggest I do to eliminate the static without resorting to chemical sprays? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks for all the interesting and helpful hints that appear in your column week after week. Allan Dear Allan, Here are a few options: Heat the Velcro with a hairdryer and comb it with a pet brush to rejuvenate and clean it. Or stitch a new piece of Velcro on top of the current Velcro, some people recommend gluing (or sewing) a new piece of Velcro onto the boot but in my experience this does not hold. Worst case scenario, bring the boots to a shoe repair store. Did you know? Unused

Velcro makes a great tongue scraper for preventing bad breath. So that your hair does not fly away on you when you remove your jacket, consider keeping a fabric softener sheet in your pocket. Whenever you remove your jacket, wipe your hair with the sheet. Having a humidifier in your home also reduces static electricity and when washing your hair, use thick conditioner. Last but not least, a little hand cream or water smoothed over your hair works well in a pinch. Outstanding household hints • After using chopsticks the next time you visit a Chinese restaurant, bring them back home instead of leaving them to be thrown out. They come in handy as stakes for plants. • Stop clothes with thin straps from falling off hangers by sticking small felt furniture pads onto the hanger just beyond where the straps sit. • To keep spiders or any other nasty surprises out of the shoes you store outside i.e. gardening shoes or work boots. Place old stockings over the top of them. Make sure the stockings don’t

have holes in them, and if they don’t fit snugly over the top, use an elastic band to secure them. Dear Reena, I own a wooden curtain rod on which the wooden curtain rings stick and “shudder” when pulling the curtains open and closed (I’ve actually pulled the curtains off the end rings with the yanking they require). How can I best get these non-compliant rings to move smoothly over the curtain rod? Is WD-40 an option or will it become sticky over time? Camea Dear Camea, Rub a bit of furniture polish on the rods so that curtains slide easily; candle or paraffin wax will have the same effect but are time consuming to apply. Although it seems unlikely that WD-40 will become gummy, it will smell, and you may not want that odor in your home. Dear Reena, I want to “WOW” my company by grilling four perfect steaks. Any suggestions before they arrive? Thanks. Leighton Dear Leighton, Don’t open your front door until you read the fol-

lowing suggestions: In a large Ziploc bag, combine half teaspoon salt, one teaspoon pepper, two chopped garlic cloves, two tablespoons soy sauce, one tsp. Worcestershire and one tbsp. olive oil. Close bag and press the seasoning onto meat. Preheat the grill to the highest temperature. Lay each steak on the grill for one minute. Turn over and grill for another minute. Rotate 45 degrees and grill for half the remaining cooking time. Turn again. Ask guests how they would like their steaks grilled. Use your hand as a guide; compare the meat to your hand, feel the fleshy part of your palm below the thumb, if it feels the same the meat is rare. For medium, touch your ring finger. For well done, touch your pinky. Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first. Reena Nerbas is a popular motivational presenter for large and small groups; check out her website: Ask a question or share a tip at


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Virden Arts Club By Anne Davison Flourishing in new location A Virden business, Custom Creations has opened its door to a group of local artists. Virden Art Club (VAC) used to meet every Tuesday afternoon in the large upper room of Virden’s CPR Historic Centre. For over two years, they enjoyed that space above the Gallery, at no charge. Last spring, when they were asked to move, the artists wondered where they would go. With a yearly fee of just $25 to join, the Club wasn’t prepared to rent space every week. The group found their answer when Custom Creations store proprietor, Bobbi Heaman, welcomed the artists in for their two and a half hours of creativity. The store has a back room where craft and pottery sessions take place regularly. The room was available on Tuesday afternoons. Heaman leads the way to the room saying, “They’re very quiet. Every once in a while you hear a little chuckle in the back - they must be working very hard.”

The room works well for the artists. “The lighting is beautiful – no shadows,” they comment as they work. “And, Bobbi is very accommodating. She’s just great,” says VAC President Myrna Gray. On November 1, nine artists are at work on individual projects – and they’re not afraid to experiment, sharing new ideas, which is part of the attraction of doing art in a group setting. Finishing up some personal projects, some are using mixed media, incorporating a photo into an acrylic painting. Another artist creates geometric patterns around family names, Some use acrylic, others water colour or even coloured pencils. New member New members are always welcome. Martin Penfold from McAuley area is the newest member of the group, joining just a couple of weeks ago. Penfold’s sketches were featured as an Arts Mosaic exhibition in Virden’s CPR Historic Gallery, some months ago. However, the artist felt he needed some structure to encourage him in his craft. The art club’s

Virden Art Club in Custom Creations’ arts and crafts room. Members seen here are Linda Lyng, Marilyn Carruthers, Martin Penfold, Myrna Gray, Betty Bender, Eleanor Williams (seated at the end), Hazel Kilford, with art instructor Gerry Oliver, from Carberry – working with water colours on November 15. Photos/Anne Davison

weekly meeting has provided just that environment. “It has kept me going with my art. Now I do art on Tuesday afternoons,” he says with the slightest of smiles. “Maybe...” pausing his pencil sketch, “I’ll go home and do some.” Penfold’s most recent inspiration came from a visit to the Western Development Museum at Saskatoon recently.

He works from the photos he took that day. How when why Sangster is just one of many artists who began doing art when other responsibilities lessened. “You just have to decide you’ll never know unless you try it,” she states. “I tried everything and my favourite is scratch art.” She will teach an upcoming class in scratch art. “You’d be amazed at how well you can to some-

thing,” she says. “This can take up to 60 hours, and it’s just soothing.” Outside artists are brought in to give instruction, and they are remunerated by the club. On November 15, with 20 years of experience in water colour, Gerry Oliver, of Carberry was leading the class. “This is not a finished painting. I’m going to paint over it,” she explains to the artists gathered.

Virden Arts Club has been meeting for over 50 years. With about 14 members, each has their own specialty, style and motivation. Five paintings from the Virden club are currently displayed in the foyer of the Westman Centennial Auditorium. Their art can be viewed in Virden during the month of May, at the CPR Historic Centre Gallery, through Arts Mosaic.

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Elks go head to head As part of our National Food Drive during the month of November, for the Elks of Canada, the Elkhorn Elks No.381 and the Moosomin Elks No.340 are working hard to fill their respective community food hampers.

Both groups are collecting non-perishable food items, and as part of their month-long effort to collect food stuffs there has also been a wager made. At the end of the month both Elks Lodges will add up the weight of

their food donations, divide the weight by our membership and choose a “winning” Lodge. The “losing” Lodge will make a $250 donation to our National Charity, the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children. The National food

drive is a chance for Lodges from all across the country to take part in a national campaign, but allow the proceeds of the campaign to stay local. We are hopeful that our communities get behind us, and help us out. For more information

on the efforts of your local Lodge, or how you can help out with the food drive your community you can contact, in Elkhorn, Roni Fisher at divaroni2004@yahoo. com; in Moosomin contact Chris Davidson at chris.davidson@sharps.

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November 18, 2016

A safe hangout for teens By Luke Knoll Adolescence. Nothing brings you through the nostalgia of your awkward, hormonal teenage years quite like the word adolescence. Being a teenager in the twenty first century brings a whole slew of overwhelming external and internal struggles. From body image, stress, bullying, depression, eating disorders, cyber addiction and family tensions… the life of a teenager can be series of chain reactions that bring a flood of emotion and anxiety. To help with this crucial journey into adulthood, teenagers need support. Local youth hang out, The Hideout, is a place where teenagers in the Virden area can experience, as per the vision statement, support through “a community of hope, where no young person goes hungry; spiritually, emotionally, physically or relationally”. As a satellite of the Brandon chapter, Westman Youth For Christ, The Hideout has been a positive place for students to hang out with their peers and enjoy games, food, music and

more. Youth For Christ began in the Westman region in 1958 as a Christian organization dedicated to serving young people. Youth For Christ started Virden programming in 1999 and the official start of The Hideout was in 2000. Marlin Peters, one of the key players getting YFC up and running in Virden stated, “Since it began, it has provided a positive community for groups of kids who didn’t previously feel that sense of belonging or safety anywhere else.” Kyle Martens has been the Drop-in coordinator at The Hideout for just over two years. He stated that his favourite aspect of his job, “is definitely the drop in nights and hanging out with the kids.” At a drop-in night, which are Thursday and Friday evenings, you can expect to play a lot of games, eat food and learn something positive and relevant to teens. “We’ve started this thing called pop n’ talk, they get a free pop if they ask a question about the bible.” Kyle stated about engaging the youth with the Chris-

tian faith, “I like giving that knowledge to them, especially when they want it and being able to see it when it clicks for them.” Kyle’s wife, Susan, works part-time for The Hideout as their Community Coordinator. Currently she’s been hard at work getting ready for a fundraising banquet this week. According to SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) during the last 30 days 26.4 percent of teens from 12-20 used alcohol and 17.4 percent participated in binge drinking. 72 percent of all high school students have consumed alcohol, which SADD states is speaking of more than ‘just a sip’, by the end of high school and 37 percent have already done so by eighth grade. Teenagers and curiosity can often lead to these sort of statistics and worse. Having positive alternatives for teens to learn and grow is a wonderful thing for Virden and the surrounding area. The Hideout certainly is one of those places where teens can experience community and fun in a safe environment.

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Kyle Martens at his work space in The Hideout. Photos/Luke Knoll


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November 18, 2016

Petro-Can near Griswold further delayed By Luke Knoll On the corner of the Trans-Canada Highway 1 and Highway 21 near Griswold sits a beautiful new gas station just waiting to be filled with the busy comings and goings of locals and travelers alike. The store, which was scheduled to be open October 1, still remains empty and partially finished. The Sioux Valley Band Office commented that the gas station and convenience store, “is now scheduled to be opened this month [November]”. The new property will bring in extra income and traffic to the area, especially during the times when flooding can occur. Previously Sioux Valley Chief Vincent Tacan stated, “When we experience flooding,

The Petro-Can near Griswold remains incomplete. Photos/Luke Knoll

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 2017 SEWER TANK PUMPOUTS The R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth invites public tender submissions from qualified parties interested in providing Septic Tank Effluent Removal Services for both Part A and Part B, listed below: Part A The R.M of Wallace-Woodworth will accept proposals for the “Once Annual” pumpout of residential low pressure septic tanks in Elkhorn: - 30 Tanks to be pumped out - Elkhorn Foreman to accompany and supervise truck on cleanout of resident’s tanks. (Schedule to be arranged with the Elkhorn LUD Office) - Work to be completed between September 15, 2016 and October 15, 2016. and Part B R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth will accept proposal for the “As Required” septic tank effluent removal services for three locations: - Municipal Office Building located at 154023 P.R. 257 (Corner of 83 Hwy & PR 257) - Transportation Shop located on Railway Street, Hargrave, MB - Water Treatment Plant located at NW 31-12-26 (off 83 Hwy) Please Note: - Proposed costs “include disposal of waste” at the site supplied by the contractor. - Quote to be on a per tank basis with “ALL” costs and taxes included. Interested companies should submit a sealed tender to the following:

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Peace Posters By Ben Veselovsky, (Virden Lions Club) Over 61 Grade 7 students from Virden Junior High entered posters into the Virden Lions Club Peace Poster Contest. Students promote peace using art as a form of expression. This year, the contest theme was, “A Celebration of Peace”. The contest gives our students an opportunity to explore ideas regarding peace, tolerance and getting along with other people. The posters were judged on the basis of originality, artistic merit and how well the theme was used to promote peace. The judges were impressed by the quality and creativity of the posters. Hayley Kirkup was the winner of the Virden Lions Peace Poster Contest. She included a quote with her poster- “ Peace isn’t just a sign; it is doing the best you can to keep war and conflict away.” To the students and their teachers - a job well done! These posters are currently on display in the Lion’s hall.

Students display their Peace posters, (back row l-r) Virden Lions Vice-President B. Hayward; D. Corbel, teacher; K. Moslinko, teacher; J. Routledge, teacher; J. Veselovsky, coordinator; (front row l-r) Hope Mathison-Lindsay; Georgina Abel; Cooper Charles; Jorden Henry; Anisha Anderson; and Hayley Kirkup.

Settlement Services Exhibit Open By Luke Knoll This month’s exhibit at the Arts Mosaic is

through Virden Settlement Services. A description of the exhibit from Arts Mosaic states,

“The Virden Community Chamber of Commerce, through a grant from the province of Manitoba

hired a settlement services facilitator to guide immigrant workers and assist all newcomers in

the area. Our hope is to provide newcomers with the necessary information and skills to become familiar and comfortable living in our communities… Our mission is to provide assistance to people who are learning to live in a new country or area of the country. Settlement services help people develop the skills and knowledge to participate in Canadian society. The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘A Celebra-

tion of Women’s Contribution to Worldwide Development.” The reception this month at the Arts Mosaic will be held the end of November. It’s a chance for all the different immigrants in the community to come together. There will be snacks provided and the reception will give folks a chance to come and go as they please and interact with them while they gander the displayed artwork.

A brief glimpse of the exhibit at the Arts Mosaic this month showing all the countries represented by the Virden Settlement Services. Photo/Luke Knoll



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November 18, 2016

Virden Junior High School held their Excellence Assembly, Monday, October 31. Principal Award winners were (l-r): Mrs. Ross, Dominick Paupanekis, Emma Rhodes, Tanner Wilkinson and Jack Smith.

Academic Excellence winners were, back row (l-r): Zayden Routledge, Emma Gertz, Carmen Hutchison, Davis Thompson, Ryan Lewis and Carlee Pearn. Front row (lr): Mason Lamb, Michael Hwang, Hayley Kirkup, Aleah Gonty and Keira Peters.

Citizenship winners were, back row (l-r): Olivia Hayward, Haylee Plaisier, Zac Miller, Owen Andrew, Amy Wu and Helen Genaille. Front row (l-r): Natalie Draper, Samantha Andrew, Sam Cosgrove and Tyson Clarke. Photos/Submitted

Academic Improvement winners were, back row (l-r): Zayden Vik, Halle Nelson, Logan Demas, Nathan Hi-Eagle, Cayden Chaske and Hokshina Eastman. Front row (l-r): Elizabeth Anderson, Peyton Stuart, Jordan Waldner, Jack Whiteman and Sharissa Sandy.

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Around the Neighbourhood Kenton By Paulette Wiens The Remembrance Day Service at the Kenton Memorial Hall began at 10:45 am. with the singing of O Canada. Jack Houston read the Honour Roll while Don Carter and John Finnie placed poppies on the cross at the front of the hall. Irene Todd played Last Post on her trumpet. A time of silence took place and Reveille was played. Wreaths were placed by Mike Ramsden - Federal Government of Canada; the Provincial Government of Manitoba - Craig White (on behalf of Doyle Piwniuk - MLA); Denis Carter (Reeve of the RM of Wallace-Woodworth) - Municipal Government; Canada’s Military - Shilo Captain Sthalekar and Warrant Officer Gresl; RCMP (Virden) - Ed Riglin; Kenton Legion Branch No. 118 - Jack Houston; Kenton Legion Ladies Auxiliary - Linda Drake; Kenton 4-H Club - Hannah Tolton and Liam Caldwell. The Act of Remembrance was read by Jack Houston

and the audience replied “We will remember them.” There were two hymns during the service which were “For the Faithful Who Have Answered” and “O God Our Help in Ages Past.” We were accompanied on the piano for the singing by Eileen Kent. The Scripture reading was read by Pastor Jason Hodson. Jack Houston introduced the guest speakers; Grady Routledge read his essay “Remember” written for the 2016 Legion Literary Contest. Hannah Tolton read a poem “Why I Wear a Poppy.” Both students are from Kenton and are in Grade 12 at Hamiota Collegiate. Bombardier Goosen from Shilo graciously agreed to speak. The choir sang “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” accompanied by Eileen Kent on piano and Kahli Wedderburn on violin. Marianne Whyte led the prayer and everyone recited the Lord’s Prayer. She thanked everyone who took part in the service and announced that there would be a

Pot Luck Lunch in the Kenton Clubroom following the service put on by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. The service concluded with the singing of the Queen.

Miniota By Susan Poppel The sacrament of Baptism was conducted by Rev. Michael Wilson in the Miniota United Church on Sunday. Those being baptized were Callan Brian Ernest Bauereiss, son of Jared and Stacy Bauereiss, Brock Reggy Brown, son of Shane and Robyn Brown and brother to Sloane, Brooks Taylor Lelond, son of Luke and Robyn Lelond and brother to Kade and Rhett, Grace Avery Raupers, daughter of Chris and Lindsey Raupers and sister to Ryleigh. A delicious pot luck luncheon followed in the Miniota Hall. The Memory Tree bulbs are once again on sale at the Credit Union. Not sure when the Tree Light up will be but will keep everyone posted. Good to hear that Leah O’Callaghan has been transferred back to Hamiota Hospital where she will recuperate from her broken leg.

Life at the Lodges Parkissimo Lodge by Dorothy Argue Joan Taylor and Elizabeth Hargrave from Walsh, AB visited with family here this past weekend. They attended the baptismal service at the United Church which was conducted by Rev. Michael Wilson of Winnipeg, MB. Joan visited with her family at Foxwarren a nd attended a hockey game at Melville,

SK where her grandson Tucker Scantlebury plays.

Princess Lodge By Bernice Graham Joanne Benedictson of Winnipeg and Cheryl Magotiaux of Qu’Appelle, SK visited with Mom, Irene Magotiaux recently. Hazel Moore had her daughter Verna Keeler of Deloraine and son Ted from Brandon for lunch last Monday.

On Wednesday evening November 9, Corky and Friends entertained the residents in the Lounge, after which a light lunch was served. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Berkel of Landmark visited over the weekend with the Graham’s and also with Tim and Heather and family of Rocanville, along with the Graham’s, and Hack’s to celebrate the grandchildren’s birthdays in Rocanville.

New books at the library Adult bestseller: Pushing Up Daisies, an Agatha Raisin mystery by M.C. Beaton: A developer wants to turn the community garden into a housing estate. When Agatha and her friend try to convince the developer to abandon his plans, he scoffs about the pesky villagers. Two weeks later she reads his obituary in the paper and his son hires her to find out who did it as the police suspect him. The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot: Bloomville, Indiana. Reed returns after ten years to look after his parents, hiring Becky, to assist them. She has never forgotten him or that night. Crime and Poetry, a Magical Bookshop mystery by Amanda Flower: When summoned, Violet rushes back to her ailing grandmother and finds that she is enjoying good health. She wants Violet to work in her shop, Charming Books, where the perfect book tends to fly from the shelf to pick the person. Violet thinks that she’ll just stay a little while then head back to Chicago. Then a man is found clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from her Grandma’s shop and Violet doesn’t want to see her Grandma get booked for the incident. Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith: the new No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel. The two ladies help a young woman on her quest to find someone from her past. Tigerlily’s Orchids by Ruth Rendell: “Is it dangerous to



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November 18, 2016

Prairie View Municipality Prairie View Municipality held a Regular Meeting in the Birtle Chambers November 8. Members present were: Clark, Bertram, Butler, Fulcher, Howard, Oliver, Salmon and Wilson; staff present were: CAO Collier, Public Works Manager MacLean and Executive Assistant Bonner. • Council went into an In-Camera session to discuss the following personnel issues: Grievance Matter - Armitage; Lead Hand Compensation and Lead Hand Update. Council adjourned the In-Camera session and resumed the former order of business. • Council has authorized the lawyer to offer mutual separation on Grievance 09-28-2016 (Armitage). • The CAO has been authorized to provide a letter of understanding to the Operators of Engineers of Manitoba that will state the Lead Hands will be provided a premium of $1.75 above the Public Works Operator/Labourer classification and a new hire lead hand will not be placed any lower than a step 3 on the scale. • Rodney Gardham has been hired for the position of Lead Hand for the Miniota region effective November 14. • The Regular Meeting was adjourned for a Variation Order Hearing. The purpose of the Hearing is to hear Variation Order Application #04-16-PV from applicant Cory Gardham and landowner Blair W. Gardham of the property legally described as NW 30-13-25 WPM in the Prairie View Municipality for approval of a Variation Order to request relief from the required site area of 80 acres for General Agricultural Activities to occur, to be decreased to 72.37 acres, to provide for the subdivision of lands within the “AG” Agricultural General Zone. The CAO entered into record the notice placed on the Municipal Bulletin Boards on October 25 and notices were mailed to adjacent landowners by Mid-West Planning District. An error was realized on November 3 on the site location on the Notice of Hearing document prepared by the Planning District. Council having completed its duties at the Variation Order Hearing adjourned the hearing and reconvened the regular council meeting. • After careful consideration of the application #0416-PV from applicant Cory Gardham and landowner Blair W. Gardham, and any representations made for or against it, the Council of the Prairie View Municipality approved the variation. • Pinchin has supplied the Hazardous Building Materials Assessment reports on 768 and 762 Main Street in Birtle; the request for proposals will be obtained for the demolition of buildings and a permit will be applied for to relocate the outer building on 768 Main Street to be used for municipal purposes. • Pinchin has supplied the Hazardous Building Materials Assessment Report for 188 Stewart Avenue known

as the Old Miniota Hall; quotes for budgeting purposes will be obtained to remove and properly dispose of the asbestos-containing materials identified in the building. • Community Foundations can receive more funding through the Canada 150th Community Foundation Grant to supply to eligible community organiations. The Municipality has authorized the CAO to assist the Birtle Foundation by agreeing to accept the funds on behalf of the qualified organizations and then grant out the funds to the qualified organizations selected by the Foundation. • The following appointments to the UARCD subdistrict committees: Charles Bertram - Birdtail Creek; Rusty Still - Minnewasta; Darcy Oliver - Arrow River; George Graham - Snake Creek; Kevin Lelond - Lower Assiniboine; Mark Morton - Wythes/Niso. • The following appointments to the Miniota Fire Department: Edward Oliver, Dustin Hill and Duncan Lelond. • Council accepted the Member Relation Document for the Park West Fiber Optic Coop. • The recommendation from Manitoba Water Stewardship Board to proceed with the Wattsview location for the Birtle Water Supply was accepted. • Council received the recommendations from the LUD of Miniota Committee meeting of November 1, 2016; Council will respond to the LUD of Miniota Committee as follows: a) that we approve the request to supply Debbie Armitage with a $50.00 gift certificate from Twin Valley Co-op in appreciation for all her volunteer work at the Miniota Municipal Memory Garden; b) that we approve getting cost estimates for signage at the Miniota cul-de-sac to display the history of the Barnardo name which the new lot development was named after; c) that we advise the Park West School Division that snow removal services are covered under the snow removal custom works policy; d) that staff develop a policy for the purpose of work expenditures limitations in the LUD of Miniota for items that would not be normally included in the annual service plan with an expenditure limit of $500; and that the policy include infrastructure alterations be brought to the LUD Committee for approval; e) that the LUD of Miniota committee meeting be rescheduled from January 3 to January 9, 2017. • CAO Collier excused herself from the meeting during the discussion and decision on Item 9.11 Citizen Complaint on Drainage Matter. • Council will request UARCD to proceed with a survey for the drainage group led by Bruce Koroscil, Robert Berry and Tyler Fulton. • 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 second reading as well

as a third and final reading with the following results: Charles Bertram - Yes, Darcy Oliver - Yes, David Howard - Yes, Linda Clark - Yes, Lyle Salmon - Yes, Michael Fulcher - Yes, Morley Butler - Yes, Roger Wilson - Yes. • By-law # 2016-17, being a by-law to establish a Prairie 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 second reading as well as a third and final reading with the following results: Charles Bertram - Yes, Darcy Oliver - Yes, David Howard - Yes, Linda Clark - Yes, Lyle Salmon - Yes, Michael Fulcher - Yes, Morley Butler Yes, Roger Wilson - Yes. • 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 second reading as well as a third and final reading with the following results: Charles Bertram - Yes, Darcy Oliver - Yes, David Howard - Yes, Linda Clark - Yes, Lyle Salmon - Yes, Michael Fulcher - Yes, Morley Butler - Yes, Roger Wilson - Yes. • 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 second reading as well as a third and final reading with the following results: Charles Bertram - Yes, Darcy Oliver Yes, David Howard - Yes, Linda Clark - Yes, Lyle Salmon - Yes, Michael Fulcher - Yes, Morley Butler - Yes, Roger Wilson - Yes. • 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 second reading as well as a third and final reading with the following results: Charles Bertram - Yes, Darcy Oliver Yes, David Howard - Yes, Linda Clark - Yes, Lyle Salmon - Yes, Michael Fulcher - Yes, Morley Butler - Yes, Roger Wilson - Yes. • 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 second reading as well as a third and final reading with the following results: Charles Bertram - Yes, Darcy Oliver Yes, David Howard - Yes, Linda Clark - Yes, Lyle Salmon - Yes, Michael Fulcher - Yes, Morley Butler - Yes, Roger Wilson - Yes. • By-law # 2016-22, being a by-law to lease land from Donald Gordon Lee and Sandra Lynne Lee, was given a first and second reading. • Policy GG-012 Office Closures for Year End Procedures, being a policy to establish the closures of the municipal offices for year-end procedures, was approved

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Robin’s Review By Robin Wark Darrien Cantelo’s final season of volleyball at Valley City State University was a bit bittersweet. “As it comes to an end I am very sad, but happy for all the memories I have had here,” the daughter of Lyle and Kristi Cantelo wrote in an email interview. “I am left with very happy memories with my teammates. I have not had a season like this in my life, with a team that really all clicks together so well. It’s been amazing to be a part of this team.” Cantelo helped her North Dakota school squad to a successful season. The Vikings made it to the North Star Athletic Association semifinals. Their season ended at the hands of the NSAA’s top ranked team,

By Ken Buchy The NHL Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed a few more inductees into its hallowed halls this week and all of them, because of their life long achievements, are very deserving of this prestigious award. It took six long years for it to happen but the Philly Flyers captain Eric Lindros (the Big E) is finally through the door - but he’s not without

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Viterbo University, which was ranked No. 3 nationally in the NAIA. This season Cantelo, in her fourth and final year, was mostly used as a defensive specialist. She averaged 1.57 games per set. However, Cantelo’s versatility has certainly helped the Vikings in the past. “During her time at VCSU, she has played a

his detractors. Once one of the most feared competitors during his eight-year star studded career, that was unfortunately cut short by concussions (thanks to Stevens), and which also included a MVP trophy; he never did win a Stanley Cup which is usually a prerequisite before gaining admission. Joining him will be original six goaltender Rogie Vachon (moustache and all), tough but likeable

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variety of positions and fulfilled a number of needed roles for us,” Vikings head coach Adam Longmore wrote in an email interview. “She has always been a team player and is willing to step into whatever position is needed for the team.” This past season she was definitely a leader for the Vikings. “It’s always nice for our upperclassmen, and especially our seniors, to lead by example,” Longmore wrote. “Darrien has always worked hard and is a player that her teammates can look up to.” The VCSU team will miss more than just Cantelo’s on-court skills next season. “I think what I have enjoyed about her the most is her overall personality,”

Longmore wrote. “It is a great fit to our team and our chemistry. I can’t imagine our team without her.” Cantelo’s time at VCSU was definitely a journey. She battled injuries in her first two seasons that wiped out one year of playing and limited her in her second season. Cantelo believes that experience has helped her. “I have become a much harder worker. I have had to do lots of different things to be able to get back on the court, and I am happy that I have had to work this hard to get where I am. It helped me become stronger.” At VCSU, her classroom journey has also been a successful one. Cantelo has routinely earned a spot on the NSAA Academic Scholar Athlete list and the VCSU Honour Roll. She

will graduate in May 2017 with an athletic training degree. She hopes to pursue a master’s in physical therapy. Cantelo has a goal of working as a physical therapist at a children’s hospital while maintaining her athletic training degree. Throughout her volleyball career, she has had the strong backing of her parents. “I am very blessed with an incredible family,” she wrote. “This year the support from them has been much different, as my career is coming to an end I am very thankful for their help (as well as emotional). …I am so thankful for every game they have cheered for me, every single day they drove me to practices, and every single thing they taught me. I am very thankful for my

mom teaching me the love of the game. She has truly changed my life and I will forever hold the memories of the game near and dear to my heart.” Just as Cantelo’s university career winds down, her younger sister Allie’s is just starting. The younger Cantelo is in her first season at the University of Regina. “I am so excited to see all the amazing things she does in her career. If I could give one piece of advice to young players it would be to enjoy every moment. There were so many days I spent mad and crying over this game. And so many that I have spent loving it. I would just say to give your all to it, and enjoy it while you can, because it has gone much faster than I could have ever imagined.”

player/coach Pat Quinn and Russian superstar Sergei Makarov, who centered the famous KLM line before moving his act to the NHL late in his career. The KHL (Kontinental Hockey League), the second best hockey league in the world with 29 teams in eight countries, with most teams based in Russia and Asia, has fallen on hard times, financially, thanks to the drop in oil prices. They are now seriously considering shrinking the number of teams to save a few million rubles and even their local and national governments are getting involved, saying that way too much money is being wasted on players and should be put to better use for the common people. The Winnipeg Jets may only be playing .500 hockey but two of their more

skilled players are having outstanding starts to their seasons. Leading the league in two individual categories are Mark Scheifele with 20 points (tied with Tyler Sequin) while rookie sensation Patrick Laine leads in goals with 11, which includes two hat tricks. Lurking close behind is Patrick Kane and Connor McDavid, who is quickly emerging as the most exciting player in the NHL… Sorry Sid, it happens to all of us eventually. The CFL playoffs are down to four teams as the BC Lions overcame a 19-point deficit to take down our Bombers, who for some inexplicable reason in the last minute tried an ill-advised 61 yard field goal (panic leads to failure), when they should have gambled on a 3rd and 4 play. Coach Mi-

chael O’Shea has done a wonderful job all season but he’ll be losing a lot of sleep this winter over this one. So on Sunday the Lions will take on the mighty Calgary Stampeders in the Western final while the Eastern final will see the Ottawa Redblacks host the Edmonton Eskimos, who just squeaked by the Hamilton Tigercats. Look for an all Alberta 104th Grey Cup in Toronto next weekend. The Oil Caps (12-6-4) are slowly but surely moving up the ladder in the “MJ”, currently tied for 4th place in the 12 team league. Nice to see local product Tyler Kirkup (9 goals, 24 points) take it to the next level as he’s starting to light it up on a regular basis, with his reward being named the league’s “Player of the Week”. Next home game for the Caps is

Thursday when the Swan Valley Stampeders pay a visit to TOGP. The VCI Golden Bears hockey team had a rough week as they suffered a pair of 3-2 overtime losses at the hands of the Minnedosa Chancellors. They’ll now get ready for their home tournament starting tonight when they take on the Birtle Falcons. The round robin tournament also features the Crocus Plainsmen, Garden Valley Zodiacs (Winkler) and Northlands Parkway and will have five games on Saturday and conclude with four games on Sunday. Congrats to the VCI JV girls’ volleyball team for doing so well at the VCI Varsity tournament, losing out in the “B” final to Goose Lake (Roblin). Until next time…

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Oil Caps This Week

Action at Virden Oil Capitals game, Saturday night. Photo/Anne Davison

Caps suffer OT loss to OCN The Capitals took on OCN Blizzard but fell short losing 2-1 early in overtime. The great night of hockey started out with a ceremonial puck drop honouring our Veterans. It was also the Third Annual Chicken Toss Night - Courtesy of the Good Folks at Chicken Chef in Virden, “Where it always feels like home.” The first period OCN started off the scoring with a goal from Brady Keeper assisted by Jeremy Dumont. Shots on goal after the first period were 10-8 in favour of OCN. The second period the Caps would find themselves on the board early with a goal from Kyle Salaway assisted by Ben Dalke and Tyler Kirkup to tie the game 1-1. The third period proved to be a lot of back and forth play with neither team able to find the back of the net. After 60 minutes of play the game was 1-1 and had to be solved in overtime. OCN didn’t take long to put one past Audet with a goal scored by Brady Keeper assisted by Anthony Keeper and Travis Roch at 0:19 in OT to take the game. The final shots on goal were 30-28 in favour of OCN. The Caps went 0

for 3 on the power play and OCN went 0 for 2. Hardest Working Player of the Game went to Jeran Knorr. The Caps picked up two of three stars: Third Star - Tyler Kirkup and Second Star - Turner Santin. It was hockey night in Oil Country, Saturday November 12, as the Capitals took down Portage Terriers, 4-1. It was a great evening, with a great crowd to help the Caps honour our First Responders. In honour of the First Responders, the Caps were wearing special featured RCMP jerseys - with a portion of the proceeds going to the Virden Skate Park. Captain, Mack Hardy got things rolling for the Caps with a goal in the first period assisted by Dylan Thiessen and Dylan Cusmano. Assistant Captain, Carter Cowlthorp stretched the lead to two at 17:22 in the first unassisted. After 20 minutes of play, the Caps were in the lead, 2-0 and shots on goal were 10-6 in favour of the Caps. Mack Hardy started off the second period right for the Caps getting his second of the game assisted by Ben Dalke and Tyler Kirkup extending the lead to three. The Terriers found some momentum near the end of the third

putting one past Marc Audet, making it 3-1 Caps. At the end of the second period shots on goal were 14-9 in favour of the Caps. The Caps had their fair share of chances, but the score remained 3-1 midway through the third period. Jeran Knorr found the back of the net one more time for the Caps with a goal assisted by Tristen Cross and Carter Cowlthorp. The Caps would hold the lead to take the game with a final score of 4-1. Final shots on goal were 24-33 in favour of the Capitals. It was a multi-point night for Mack Hardy (2 points (2 goals)) and Carter Cowlthorp (2 points (1 goal and 1 assist)). Hardest Working Player of the Game went to Carter Cowlthorp. The Caps earned all three stars in the 4-1 win: Third Star - Marc Audet, Second Star - Tristen Cross and First Star Mack Hardy.

Members of Wallace District Fire Department and Westman RCMP are on the ice for the ceremonial puck drop in Saturday night’s game. Virden Oil Capitals are wearing RCMP red serge jerseys, and in the background Dawson Brown bears the Virden Oil Capitals flag. A crowd of nearly 1,300 lined the concourse and filled the seats of this first game to pay tribute to First Responders in this manner. The RCMP jerseys were for sale on eBay the following day. Photo/Anne Davison

(l-r) John Newman, Royal Winnipeg Rifles; Clare Cawston, RCAF and Army, Tom Anderson, RCNVR Navy, and Les Downing, 19th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery at center ice were among those honoured at the Virden Oil Capitals Remembrance Day game. Photo/Charlotte Artyshko

Caps Trade McIntosh The Oil Capitals traded 1996 born forward  Reily McIntosh to the Thief River Falls Norskies of

Virden Oil Capitals’ forward Tyler Kirkup has been named this week’s Recycle Everywhere MJHL Player of the Week. Kirkup, 18, recorded five points (2-3) in three games for the Oil Capitals, who have won two in a row. A product

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and 1 assist) and had 10 penalty minutes. The Oil Capitals wish McIntosh all the best at Thief River Falls!

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FLBSD The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was held in the Division Board Room, Monday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. Present were: G. Draper, C. Russell, D. Campion, B. Cochrane, L. Irwin, D. Jamieson, C. Lowes, M. Walker, R. Masson, K. Reid - Secretary-Treasurer, B. Pitz - Superintendent of Schools, V. Wilson - Supervisor of Operations. Regrets were: Nicole Chaske. • D. Jamieson and M. Walker have been authorized to attend the “2017 Safe Schools Manitoba Conference” in Winnipeg on February 10. • Kent and Kari Schiltroth, teachers at Reston School, have been authorized to apply for a teacher exchange run through the Government of Manitoba program, to be effective for the 2018 calendar year, subject to the approval by the principal of Reston School and the superintendent. • A 1.0 FTE Limited Teacher General Agreement for Carly Hayward commencing November 15, 2016 and concluding December 2, 2017 or the day before the date the teacher she is replacing is able to return to the classroom, whichever is first, was approved. • The actions of the superintendent, in approving the off-school site and over-night trip for 10 VCI students to go to an overnight varsity boys’ volleyball trip to Portage la Prairie, November 11 and 12, were ratified. • The off-school site trip for 16 grade 6-8 Oak Lake Community School students to go to WE Day in Winnipeg on November 18 was approved. • The off-school site, out-of-province field trip for 13 grade K-12 Boundary Lane Colony School students to go to Moosomin, SK on November 25 to the Potash Corp Leisure Center for bowling and other physical activities on sport simulators, was approved.

R.M. of Pipestone The Rural Municipality of Pipestone held a Regular Meeting Thursday, October 13. Present were: Reeve Archie McPherson, Deputy Reeve Randy Henuset, Councillor Garnet Williamson, Councillor Sheila Kuntz Kotylak, Councillor James Watt, Councillor Gary Nicholson, Councillor Sean Kirkpatrick and CAO Michelle Halls. • Council adjorned the Regular Meeting for a Board of Revision. • Councillor Williamson declared a conflict of interest and did not attend the meeting. • Councillor Williamson joined the regular Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. • The Municipality has received donations from various individuals and grants will be made to the following: Reston and District Library - $95; Reston Memorial Park - $100; Reston Minor Baseball - $9,000; Pipestone Lions Club - $225. • The sale of Lot 4 Block 1 Plan 46710 to Moms the Word, Nigel and Caroline Jeanes under the $10 lot policy was approved; they are permitted to move in their existing residence from Cromer to the new property. • The sale of 23-4-155 to Matthew and Bethany Braun, as per their offer of $250, was approved. • The following applications from Dallas Ritchie, to construct drainage works, were approved: File No. 1.62.255 – 13-9-27W, File No. 1.62.260 – 8-927W and File No. 1.62.261 – S 17-9-27W. • The municipality will adopt PW-014 Private Drainage Works Policy. • The municipality will enter into an agreement with the Reston Rec Plex Advertising Program and agree to a pay a one-time fee of $2,500 for advertising. • Council and CAO have been authorized to attend the 18th Annual AMM Conference in Winnipeg November 21-23. • The proposal from Badger Excavating in the amount of $64,085.42 for the Water and Sewer Extension project in Reston was accepted. • A connection fee of $13,500 or $18,000, depending on the connection type, be charged for service to NW 19-8-27WPM provided application and deposit is made prior to December 31. • The engineering costs of Amec Foster Wheeler, for the Road 159W - DFA Site #172 project, in the amount of $118,000, was accepted. Continued on page 31

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Approximately 1,700 sq ft of custom custom custom finished home. The attention to detail in this home must be seen. Every part of this home is what you’ve been waiting for. Call listing agent for viewing ASAP.


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Located on large lot on the edge of town this property has it all. Modern home with many updates, private yard and large shop with in-floor heat. All you need to do is move in and call it yours


Located on a dead end street this is a must see home! Private yard with creel view, impressive master bedroom with private area for your downtime or hobbies looking out over the private yard and green space. 4 bedroom 2 bathroom with fenced yard and double attached garage.


SOLD Approximately 1,200 sq ft home with no basement, has been recently remodeled, including kitchen bathrooms, flooring windows doors and more.




TLC throughout this home with atmosphere created in every room by owner is something you can only imagine. 4 bedroom • 3 bathroom • Attached garage New custom kitchen • Gas fireplace • Move-in ready

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Excellent starter home with lots of updates including new kitchen,bathroom, windows and more. Call Carla to view this today!



Modern and open concept are hard to find for the affordable family living! Come view this 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with fullly fenced yard. Every part of this home has been lovingly touched with an instant feel of home. Call Carla today to view and you wont be disappointed


SOLD Resort living in a custom home with a stunning view. Every detail has been thought of with high-end finishings. Call listing agent today!



Full-time living resort life is yours on this lakefront home with 4 bedrooms, triple car garage, custom kitchen with pantry, living room and dining area with view and access to the lake. Move in ready home with many unique features!

Impressive layout, has 2 + 2 bedrooms, 3 baths and office. Home is like new; all new flooring, new bathrooms. Close to new rec centre and school. MLS #1602788



3 plus 1 bedroom home with great yard in a location like non other with school bus pickup.

Completely updated interior; you won’t want to miss this 2 + 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in a quiet central location.




Every part of this home has been redone from loft to basement while keeping the character intact. 3 plus bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with fully fenced yard.



Wonderful home with 3 bedrooms up and 2 full bathrooms. Fully fences yard and attached garage is priced to sell! Great family location with quiet road.



Fresh main floor with new bathroom and flooring is affordably priced! Make your appointment with me today! MLS #1530740



2 bedroom updated modern styled home, affordably priced and ready to move into.








If atmosphere is the one thing you are looking for in a home, look no further. This long-time owned property has it all. Tastefully updated, while maintaining original character. MLS #1515105

Easily affordable and ready for possession. Look no further for a home to make your own.

Affordable home on a 100’ x 200’ lot including single attached garage and large detached garage with workshop. Mature yard with lots of trees provides lots of privacy. Close to school, new rec centre + swimming pool. MLS #1531642


3 bedroom, 2 bath home with double car garage and fully fenced yard.



Entire main floor brand new including custom kitchen, bathroom flooring and paint.


4 + 1 bedroom home with fenced yard.



Two plus one bedroom, two bath and single car garage. Affordably priced, in quiet residential area.

5 bedroom, 2 bath home with double car garage, has modern refreshing updates. Move right in! Call to view today. MLS #1605669

Huge family home with large rooms throughout including family room, kitchen with island and gorgeous master bedroom. Call listing agent so you don’t miss out!

2 bedroom home with new kitchen and immaculate main floor is ready to move into. Great location within walking distance of downtown.


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OBITUARY PIGG, Marlyn August 11, 1934 - November 9, 2016 Marlyn Dawn Pigg, beloved wife of the late Myron Pigg, passed away in Taber, Alberta on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the age of 82 years. Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta on Sunday, November 13, 2016 between 4:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. Further information regarding a burial service at the Virden Cemetery, where Marlyn will be laid to rest with her late husband Myron Pigg, will be announced once finalized. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at Marlyn is survived by her children Blake (Anita) Johnston of Winnipeg, Brad (Jolene) Johnston of Hinton and Dawn (Barry) Senkow of Taber; grandchildren Thomas Johnston, Taryn (Wade) Joblonkay, Travis (Mandy) Senkow and Tessa (Stefan) Bakoway; great grandchildren Nash Joblonkay, Skylar Joblonkay (to arrive at any moment), sister Donna Gray, uncle Ken MacNeill as well as nieces, nephews and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Myron Pigg, parents Tom and Jean Blakeman and sister June Mayer. Marlyn was born in the Hargrave/Wallace area of Manitoba on August 11, 1934. She grew up on a farm with her parents Tom and Jean Blakeman and two sisters June and Donna. From the moment she was born she had a special fondness for animals especially ponies, which grew into an insatiable passion to breed and raise welsh ponies, as well as other animals such as beagle hounds, Arabian horses, Siamese cats and saanen goats. But by far, her favorite were the welsh ponies of which many became champions of the breed and were her absolute pride and joy. As a family we felt she was the original horse whisperer. In her teen years she raced horses from the Kings Ranch in Texas. She then went on to attend the University of Manitoba Arts Program. Marlyn had three children, Blake, Brad and Dawn with her first husband. She later married Myron Pigg and together they bred and raised the animals she was fond of, on a few different hobby farms in Manitoba, namely Selkirk, and Richer. While in Richer they had farm tours which they enjoyed sharing all their baby animals with hundreds of inner-city children. In the early nineties, when her husband Myron retired from twenty five years at Canada Post, they moved to an acreage in Virden, where they had both grown up. They continued to breed, raise and show welsh ponies until the death of her husband in 2006. Shortly after his death Marlyn moved into her new home on her daughter and son-in-law’s acreage, with her dog Buddy her loyal companion. Marlyn loved to call her little piece of earth here in Taber her Secret Garden or Robin’s Lane. Throughout her life Marlyn made many lifelong friends through her warm personality and passion of raising animals. She had a great sense of humor and always made you feel like you were the most important person in the room when she spoke to you. Marlyn was loved by all who met her and was the kind of person that you just wanted to be her friend no matter the age difference. She had best friends young and old near and far. Some of her hobbies were going to fairs and horse shows, photography (she won many photo contests for her photos of ponies), playing cards with friends, playing on her computer and iPhone, fishing and most recently in her life, she loved to hang out with her two year old great grandson, Nash. Marlyn also enjoyed fishing with her grandchildren and son-in-law. She loved to phone up friends and family, and talk like there was not a minute between the last time she saw or talked to them. She was also a very creative person and found in the last year of her life, that coloring was a wonderful way to relax. She will be lovingly remembered. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marlyn’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 or the Humane Society, P.O. Box 783, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3Z6. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber, Alberta. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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In loving memory of Dale who passed away on November 14, 1992 Loving Memories of our Brother/Uncle If we had one wish today We know what it would be, Just to see your face again Would mean the world to us. But things that we may wish for Sometimes cannot come true, We only have our memories Of special times we spent with you. Each one of those so precious No one could take away, Loving thoughts we keep of you Each and every day. So we’ll look up to the sky When it’s a starry night, And know that you’ll be there The biggest star shinning bright. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Jamie, Billy, April & Billy Jr.

In loving memory of

August 18, 1925-November 14, 1996 We miss you just as much today as in the hours you passed away. Sadly missed by Joyce Linner, Carol Pedlow, Harvey Linner, Brian Linner, Cathy Walker, Caren Lanz, Gary Linner and their families.

Coming events Virden and District Health Auxiliary Tea and Bake Sale, Friday, December 2, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., downstairs auditorium of St. Paul’s United Church. Everyone is invited to join us as we celebrate the Christmas season with a delicious lunch and festive fellowship! Mounds of Christmas baking for sale, auction items as well as raffle and door prizes!

Notices The College of Midwives of Manitoba (CMM) is seeking PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES. Public reps may not be members of another regulated health care profession in Manitoba. Kathy Kirby, Administrative Officer (204) 7834520/Email:


For sale For Sale, Small square hay bales. Good horse hay. Also small square wheat straw bales. Phone 204-748-2162. PROVINCE-WIDE CLASSIFIEDS. Reach over 400,000 readers weekly. Call this newspaper NOW or email for details. TRAILERS FOR SALE. Car & Equipment Haulers, Dumpbox, Utility, Gooseneck Flatdeck, Cargo, Aluminum Livestock, CM Truckbeds. Parts & full service. Kaldeck Truck & Trailer, MacGregor, MB. 1888-685-3127 or WANTED: COLLECTOR PAYING TOP PRICES - Old advertising dealership signs, gas pumps, globes, oil cans, RedIndian, Buffalo, Whiterose, Ford, Dodge, GM, John Deere ect. (306) 221-5908, (306) 369-2810.

Wanted Janzen Chevrolet in Carman is building a NEW DEALERSHIP! Now hiring motivated individuals for

Cropland to lease in the Virden/Hargrave/Woodnorth areas. 3-5 year cash lease preferred. Call Jay Kinnaird 204851-1267.


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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.

Coming events

DEKALB SuperSpiel welcomes the World

November 18 - 21 Morris & Rosenort 32 Men’s and 32 Women’s teams from six countries including

Jennifer Jones Mike McEwen Reid Carruthers Kerri Einarson

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. A Come & Go Bridal Shower in honor of Samantha Kotylak bride elect of Gordon Maxwell will be held at the Virden Legion, November 26 from 3-5 p.m.

Coming events 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. Men Unite for Movember. A concert featuring The Heard & Prairie Blend with special guest Notable Women. Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3:00 p.m. at Virden Baptist Church. $10.00 at the door Patron Appreciation Day, Friday, November 18, 1 to 4 p.m. Border Regional Library, Virden Branch. Come & have your afternoon coffee with us! Free draw! Retired Teachers’ Meeting 12 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Sacred Heart. St. Paul’s Casserole Fall Supper. Sunday, November 20 5-7p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for 6-12. Virden and District Chorale presents Crazy For You, November 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. November 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Virden Auditorium Theatre. Tickets $20 each. Available at Virden School and Office Supplies (204) 748-1654.

Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Association’s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at BATTERIES FOR EVERYTHING. Automotive, farm, construction, ATV, marine, motorcycle, golf carts, phones, tools, radios, computers etc. Reconditioned, obsolete and hard-to-find batteries. SOLAR equipment. The Battery Man. Winnipeg. 1.877.775.8271 ENGLAND FURNITURE SALE EXTENDED TILL NOV 20th! England Furniture (a La-Z-Boy Company) is featuring products in select fabrics at an extra 20% discount. All orders placed by November 28th are STILL GUARANTEED before Christmas. A few hot specials are: $595 rocker recliner chair, $789 stationary sofa and $995 sleeper sofa in queen or double size. 2 piece sectional with chaise for $1295. Come to our store and speak to our staff to find out more specials. England Furniture has a 10 year warrantee on foam and lifetime warranty on frame. Mon-Fri 10-8, Sat 10-6 & Sun 11-5. Call KDL Furniture at 204-571-1971. 660 Highland Ave., South side of #1 Hwy., Brandon.

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FOR SALE For Sale by Tender, 1994 Rogers Triple Axel Lowbed. Good used condition. Last safety inspection was February 2016. Highest or any tender may not necessarily be accepted. Sealed tenders will be accepted until November 30, 2016 at: RM of Pipestone, Box 99, Reston, MB., R0M 1X0. Please visit to see pictures. For more information or to view in person, contact Larry at 204-748-5145

HOUSES FOR SALE 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 storey house, heated large garage, large yard. 635 7th Ave. $185,000.00 call or text: 204851-5402. 3 ONLY 16 x 80, 3 Bed, 2 Bath. Starting at $89,900. Altona Mobile Homes, 1-800582-4036, 1-204-324-6776 Email 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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Continued from page 27 • The municipality agrees to purchase the following items from Danny Vandenberghe at a price of $50,000 plus GST: 2004 International 9400I with 475 HP Cat Engine with 13-Speed Eaton Transmission and 1992 Aspen 50 Ton Triaxel Trailer with beaver tail. At 8:00 p.m. Melony Frank and Leishe Shindak from the Reston Early Learning Centre came to present their request for a rent change of $3.25 per square foot instead of a $4 per square foot increase and to update Council on daycare activities. • The proposal of the Reston Early Learning Centre, to pay $3.25 per square foot, including monthly board room use and gym use for a term of three (3) years; the space is to be scheduled

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STEEL BUILDINGS STEEL BUILDING SALE ...”REALLY BIG SALE IS BACK - EXTRA WINTER DISCOUNT ON NOW!” 20X19 $5,145 25X27 $5,997 28x27 $6,773 30X31 $8,110 35X33 $11,376 40X43 $13,978. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-855-212-7036

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with the Facility Manager. • The fire department training location was approved to be next to the chemical jug site at NW 4-7-27 in Reston. • Correspondence received: Municipal Relation - Mobility Disadvantaged Transportation Program; Recreation & Regional Services - Multi-Year Funding Agreement; Virden Employment Skills Center; Thank You Card - Brody Rhodes; Thank You Card - Emma Rhodes; Thank You Card - Terrance Vodon; News from AMM - September 22, 2016; Enbridge Re: Sale of South Prairie Region Assets 9. MGRA September Newsletter 2016; Transport Canada - Requirements under Grade Crossings Regulations; Indigenous and Municipal Relations - 2016 Mu-

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. The Rural Municipality of Pipestone attests that this Project can be completed by March 31, 2018. The municipality will proceed with this Project upon approval and a signed agreement is in place with Manitoba.

nicipal Road and Bridge Program; Indigenous and Municipal Relations - Municipal Programs Grant; Policing Report for Melita and Reston Area - July to October. • The municipality will adopt PS-001 Protective Services Policy and the PS-002 Ambulance Attendant Remuneration Policy. • The municipality has applied for cost-shared funding under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) for the purchase of a new Handivan. This Project



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