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Wytinck Puts Golf Career on Hold to Focus on WHL Dream Branden Crowe WESTMAN JOURNAL

One of Manitoba’s most talented young golfers has decided to put the clubs in the shed for the summer, to allow his focus to remain on his WHL hockey career. Glenboro’s Zach Wytinck, who was a member of Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Games just wrapped up his second season with the Brandon Wheat Kings and posted a career year, scoring once and adding 19 assists for 23 points. Heading into his 19-year-old season, Wytinck felt he needs to spend the summer in the gym, not on the links. “I’ve always loved both sports,” said Wytinck. “I think the competitiveness, pace and team aspect of hockey has always drawn me to it more than golf. When I got the opportunity to play for the Wheat Kings, I felt it was something I’d wanted and showed me that hockey was the right decision.” For Wytinck, he doesn’t have to look far to see where either sport can take him. His brother Josh was the 2014 University Golf Champion with the Manitoba Bison and played pro golf for a number of years before turning to coaching. On the other side of the coin, Glenboro’s Cale Jefferies, a former Wheat King has been an inspiration for Wytinck on the hockey side. Jefferies recently wrapped up a five-year university hockey career with the Guelph Gryphons. After recently aging out of the “Junior” category in the golf world, Wytinck has turned his attention to his offseason training in the gym and on the ice. “I’m working with Paul Thompson at Outperforme Athletics right now and I’m focused on building strength and power,” said Wytinck. “I’m also working hard with (Wheat Kings Skills Coach) Dave Lewis on the ice and on the track to get faster.” After playing 29 games in his rookie season and splitting the year with the Wheaties and the Southwest Cou-

The 2016 Provincial Junior Champion, Zach Wytinck in action on the golf course. PHOTO/SUBMITTED gars, Wytinck’s career year in 17/18 has him excited for the future. “I am pretty happy with my development especially looking back to last year when I was sent down until now,” added Wytinck. “I am getting older now and I want to contribute more and be that much better this year. As a team, we went through some ups and downs but I think the way we finished says a lot about the guys in the room.” After regularly competing in the Manitoba Junior

Championship, the Manitoba Men’s Amateur Championship and the Manitoba Junior Golf Tour in summers gone by, the Wheat King defenseman says he will keep the golf to a fun weekend event with friends and family. “I’ve really put golf in the back seat you could say. I plan to play on the weekends and get as many rounds in as I can with my brother. He’s getting older now so I have to take advantage and maybe beat him for a change,” said Wytinck with a chuckle.

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The Manitoba Government has committed $16-million dollars for the purchase of specialized medical equipment around the province. The investment will see the installation of new equipment in Winnipeg, Brandon, and Portage la Prairie. The plethora of new equipment includes new x-ray machines at the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) and St. Boniface Hospital, medication packagers at Seven Oaks and Victoria Hospitals and new echocardiography equipment at HSC. “We are investing in the replacement of aging equipment to ensure reliable services,

which helps reduce waits for Manitobans,� said Goertzen. “This new equipment will ensure safe and efficient diagnostic services for patients and the health-care staff operating this equipment.� The Brandon Regional Health Centre will receive new echocardiography equipment as well as a new ultrasound machine. The echocardiography equipment is used to create a 3D image of a patient’s heart in a noninvasive way. This multi-million dollar investment comes on the heels of a $5.1-million dollar investment to purchase a new CT scanner for HSC, a cardiac catheterization system for St. Boniface Hospital and a new x-ray machine for Gimli Community Health Centre.

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Jeffrey De Sarno, Westman Communications Group’s Chief Technology Officer received the 2018 Cablefax Top Ops Award, Independent Technology Executive of the Year. “I am humbled to be recognized by Cablefax and my peers for this award and am honoured

to join a group of past recipients who I look up to within the industry,” said De Sarno. “My success is a result of the support of my team and the leadership at Westman Communications Group.” The award is given to an influential person or company within the communications department. The award winner is picked off the criteria of being best in these

categories; marketing, technology, finance, lifetime achievement, customer service, and community involvement. “Westman is proud of Jeffery De Sarno’s achievement, which reflects the advanced technology and superior products and services Westman provides,” said Dave Baxter CEO of Westman Communications Group. This prestigious award is

hard to come by, as De Sarno is the first employee of Westman Communications Group and the first person in Canada to be honoured with this achievement. If earning the award wasn’t exciting enough, De Sarno and the rest of the award recipients will be presented their awards at the 2018 Awards Gala Dinner held in New York City on Tuesday, June 5.

Social Enterprise Launches Fresh Start BNRC Program Brandi Pollock EDITOR

The Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (BNRC) officially launched their program, Fresh Start on Friday, May 11. The social enterprise program offers a variety of services; specialized cleaning and labour services to the Brandon community. On top of the services they offer, there are employment opportunities to people with barriers to employment.

“We had the Bug n’ Scrub program and then we decided that we were helping more people with different programs; such as our hoarding program, our heat treatment trailer and moving services,” shared Fresh Start Program Coordinator Florence Halcrow about why the program came to light. While the Bug n’ Scrub program has been around since 2011, the group has added a variety of services including estate clean up, junk removal, and more - which will now operate


as Fresh Start. Along with the start of a new program, they are offering discounted spring car cleaning for the whole summer. “Carly Gasparini, myself, and the board came up with the Fresh Start idea,” said Halcrow. “We were debating on different names, but we all agreed on Fresh Start… [This is the first year for the Fresh Start program], but we have been running the Bug n’ Scrub program since 2011. We have added the Fresh Start and we still have the

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Oh Jets, What a Ride It’s Been Branden Crowe WESTMAN JOURNAL

When was the last time the province of Manitoba was truly united about something? Winnipeg Free Press funny man (and former Boissevain resident) Randy Turner made the joke on Twitter that it had to be the 1997 Flood of the Century… If not, then what and when? Sure, the Winnipeg Jets are just a hockey team… a group of millionaires playing a game for a living. But the run they have been on this spring has truly united our province. Everywhere you turn you see Jets paraphernalia, Go Jets Go signs, flags, jerseys, T-shirts and more. Drive down the TransCanada Highway from Kenora, ON to Moosomin, SK and stop at every small town coffee shop along the way and I guarantee you the Jets are the all the talk of the room. 10,000 people sat inside Bell MTS Place to watch the Jets knock off the Nashville Predators in Game Seven… the only thing strange about that was that the game was being played in Tennessee. Yes, the arena in Winnipeg was full to watch the game on the jumbo screen. It’s not only a party inside Bell MTS Place, the “Whiteout Street Party” has become the place to be for Jets fans to celebrate the success of their hockey team. Thousands of people have come out, stood in the cold and the heat (It is Manitoba after all) and pumped hundreds if not thousands of dollars into the Manitoba economy a couple of nights a week for just over a month. I think I can speak for most people when I say it’s easy to see why the Jets have inspired so many of us Manitobans. This province is a spe-

cial place. A province that was built by cowboys, ranchers, farmers, and railway workers. It’s a blue-collar place standing on the pillars of hard work and passion…. A story similar to the Winnipeg Jets. A team that was ripped from our hands in 1996 and moved to the desert. The 90s were a time when the Bombers were terrible (Have they ever really been that good?), the dollar was brutal and the economy was reeling. At the time, the Jets were the lone bright spot in an otherwise dark place. Manitobans are people that have endured catastrophic floods, bonechilling blizzards, mountains of snow, tornadoes, and droughts, so why would losing our hockey team break us? While Mark Chipman and his team built up a portfolio that would ultimately grow large enough to purchase the Atlanta Thrashers, we waited patiently and slowly, as well. All the while building our province into a strong vibrant place to live. A place with a strong economy and a solid workforce. When the Jets returned in 2011, it re-lit the flame. It put Winnipeg back on the map. The Bombers had a new World Class stadium, the Goldeyes were atop the American Association and we had our boys back. While that flame may have flickered from 1996 to 2011, it’s a roaring inferno now. The passion is back in a way that is almost hard to explain. Sure, the Jets may have beat Minnesota and Nashville, and are in a dogfight with Vegas right now in the Western Conference final… but the real winner here is the people of this great province who have waited a long time for something good to happen.

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor; For some time and from several official media, insults in form of campaigns that systematically attack the Catholic Church have been launched. It is not known exactly the reason, because it usually becomes a tempest in a teapot and the reality hides. This leaves the impression that ecclesiastics are a string of undesirable. However, we must remember that this is one of the purposes of the left and they do it quite well. But do you have ever thought the amount of money that the institutions of the Catholic Church help to save the state? And when I say the State I mean our pockets. Let’s see some examples: These are some numbers of the much criticized Catholic Church 107 hospitals (the State saves 50 million Euros per hospital per year) 1.004 centers: outpatients departments, dispensaries, old people’s home, centers for the disabled and terminally ill Aids patient; a total of 51.312 beds (The State saves 4 million Euros per hospital per year) Caritas expenses per year: 155 million Euros (donations of Spanish people) Manos Unidas expenses: 43 million Euros (donations of Spanish people) Pontifical Mission Societies expenses (WMS): 21 million Euros. Do you imagine where it comes from? 365 Re-education Centers for social outcasts: ex-prostitutes, ex-convict and ex-drug addicts; 53.140 persons. (The State saves half a million Euros per center) 937 orphanage; 10.835 abandoned children. (The State saves 100.000 million Euros per center) 80% of the expenses of conservation and maintenance of historical and artistic heritage (The State approximately saves between 32.000 and 36.000 million Euros per year).Meanwhile, we must add that almost all people who work or collaborate with Manos Unidas, Caritas, etc…are volunteers without salary. This is true, although it is a surprise for some people; there are people who work for others without asking for money. How much their work value? And we have not mentioned educational centers, food banks, etc. with which the State can approximately save 15.000 million Euros per year. This is the reason why the State continues to give some aid to the Catholic Church. What is amazing is that nobody (or very few people) knows that this saving is essential for the Spanish economy goes well... All of this represents an overall saving of some 50,000 million Euros per year. This translated into old pesetas represents a surprising amount of more than eight billion three hundred BILLION Euros. It is amazing, isn’t it? As counterpart, how many soup kitchens for indigent people has opened the Workers’ Commissions (Spanish: Comisiones Obreras, CCOO) How many hospitals for terminally and AIDS ill patients keep open UGT (General Union of Workers)? Can the needy go to ask for food to the headquarters of the PP, PSOE or the UI?... all of these live at the expense of our budgets and what a budgets... And how many missionaries, schools, hospitals, leprosarium, etc serve for the world members of other not Christian religions? Watching this information, why are we going to be ashamed of our Church? Isabel Costa

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Four Concepts of Rotational Grazing Kristi-lyn Buckley PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE, COLGATE UNIVERSITY

If you don’t already use intensive rotational grazing to manage your pasture/ pastures or you try to incorporate it and aren’t using the space you have to its utmost potential; I highly encourage you to get studying or sign up for a course. There are many reasons why managing your pasture/pastures properly is a huge benefit to you and your land. One big benefit is pasture utilization if you are a growing business. If you need more pasture space for a growing herd, it is far too expensive to just rent or buy new pasture. You want to utilize the space you have. If your pasture is grazed properly you will be able to put more num-

bers on smaller parcels of land, without overgrazing or harming your land. According to Steve Kenyon, who runs Greener Pastures Ranching Ltd., there are four grazing concepts to understand. The first important concept is to recognize the amount of time your animals are allowed to stay in one paddock. This is understood as the grazing period. Cattle need to be removed from each paddock before plants have a chance to regrow. You do not want your cattle grazing on new growth, as this will cause overgrazing. The second grazing concept as Kenyon describes it is the rest period. The rest period is extremely essential to plant growth as the perennials need time to replenish. You do not want to put your animals back into a paddock too early and damage new growth.

Grazing concept number three is benefiting your pasture using stock density. You want your animals to graze in tighter groups allowing them to work for the pasture. The rationale behind this idea is manure/urine distribution and plant utilization. For manure and urine distribution, tighter groups allow for a more even distribution, which improves the nutrient content being recycled back into the soil. These tight groups will also utilize plants better. The plants will be grazed, stepped on, laid on or damaged in some way. This allows all plants to have the same opportunity for new growth. The reason this is important is you do not want desirable plants to be eaten and the undesirable plants (weeds) to have a greater advantage to grow. If every plant is eaten or damaged in some way, the desirable plants will be given a

better chance to grow back. The final grazing concept that Kenyon describes is animal impact. He describes this as, “the physical stimulation on the soil by animals’ hooves.” The biggest benefit physical stimulation has on pasture land is the seed to soil contact. This impact from hooves helps the next generation of plants to become established. In order to keep your pasture regenerating itself, the next generation of plants is extremely important. These concepts are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rotational grazing as there are many other important factors making this type of grazing beneficial. Many of which can help you better utilize your pasture/pastures while keeping it healthy and flourishing. Simply creating paddocks can do a lot for your pasture.

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RANDOM MUSINGS FROM THE KEYBOARD By the time you read this Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be Prince and Princess, sharing a throne and possibly a tiara...judging from some of Harry’s antics in the old days you never know. Now that they’re hitched, all the attention will focus on when the babies start making an appearance. For those who follow the royals my prediction is within two years although when and where will have as much of an impact on most of our lives as the latest snowstorm on Jupiter. But hey, it sells tabloids and bookies stand to make a buck as gamblers place their wagers on the couple’s first-born. In the “ do we really need this” department: The state of Vermont

is poised to require that all single-occupancy restrooms in public buildings be marked as gender-neutral. The bill is the most recent development in the national debate over whether transgender individuals should be required to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate. No word on if birth certificates will soon be changed to multiple choice- M, F, Undecided, or Will indicate later. I wonder if someone will come out with a urinal that has a seat for those who are undecided? Manitoba will be 150 years old in 2020 and the provincial government is looking for ideas on how to celebrate. It would only be fair that the provincial unofficial bird, the mosquito, be involved in one-way or another. Perhaps Manitoba 150 fly swatters could be handed out as keepsakes. How about a photo exhibit featuring the potholes of Manitoba along with a video history of the worst roads in the province. What’s more Manitoban than that?

Perhaps there could be commemorative never know we may be under water in two years with another flood of the century. Here’s to hoping any mementos handed out by the government will be stamped with Made in Manitoba, not Made in (fill in the blank). Maybe we can invite the Royal family to the celebrations…a side trip to Brandon and Westman would be nice. They can tour Brandon’s dike system; meet the Melita banana and Boissevain turtle. Irony is having two friends making a living through weddings. One is a wedding DJ/ planner and the other is a divorce lawyer. Neither will say if they provide references to their clients for future use should there be a separation or second wedding. What not to say to a wine snob...the best vino I ever had came out of a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag! When someone asks what kind of beer you would like, simply reply “cold” and then watch

the expression on his or her face. Sometimes you just want something that will wet your whistle and taste good to you without knowing if it has a fruity bouquet with a touch of walnuts from Albania and just a hint of jasmine... unless jasmine is serving who cares? If you see someone approaching your car and they are carrying a small rubber hose, I would bet they want to siphon the

gas out of your car. At current prices who can blame them. It’s called Employment Insurance, so why can’t anyone who is working collect it. Seems unfair that those without jobs can collect Employment Insurance. Why is it that organizations and businesses say they represent you...yet they never ask if you want them as your rep? On that note Mr/Mrs

Editor I would like you to appoint this column as the official “whatever” of Westman - it covers most of the bases. How long would it take a rubber duck to float to Winnipeg on the Assiniboine River? Just wondering in case one escapes during the annual rubber duckie race Thought for the week Are see through, or invisible socks, Ok to wear with sandals?

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in Canada. This improves a variety of changes including early adoption of automated vehicle technology, improved safety for vulnerable road users through smart road design, reducing driver distraction and impairment, and increasing awareness of medically at-risk drivers of all ages. “Together we can achieve our vision of zero traffic fatalities and make our roads the safest in Canada for the benefit of our families, neighbours, and communities.”

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Lance Wagner Plumbing and Heating LTD Here at Lance Wagner Plumbing and Heating LTD, it has been our pleasure to offer the highest level of home comfort for the Brandon, MB area for years. Our foundation consists of efficient, reliable and cost effective heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality products from Coleman, York, Luxaire. Quality heating and cooling products are just where we begin. The technicians at Lance Wagner Plumbing and Heating LTD are trained and equipped to handle anything from routine HVAC maintenance & repairs on a residential system to complete turnkey installations for commercial environments. Lance Wagner Plumbing and Heating LTD offers your family or business the best heating and cooling products and HVAC services, combined with a level of customer service that will exceed your expectations. Lance Wagner Plumbing and Heating LTD is a family operated business located in Brandon, MB for over 25 years.  Our mission is to provide fast, courteous and professional service for all your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs.  Whatever you need our technicians are willing to help; whether it be fixing a leaky faucet or installing and service a complete home comfort system.

Clay Pot Cafe and Restaurant Clay pot cafe and restaurant initially run American traditional food, including pure American breakfast, American sandwiches, and American hamburgers. It is worth mentioning that all the ingredients come from the local farms, and the cooks make delicious dishes after complicated processing. The hashing browns you taste will be completed by more than three treatments. Clay pot burger customer called Brandon’s tasty burger. The


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Your Guide to Summer Wines Whether you’re relaxing on the porch before dinner or hosting a backyard barbecue, it’s time to think about warm-weather wines. From crisp whites and ravishing rosés to light reds and pitchers of sangria, the right pairing for your favourite summer dishes is right here in our summer wine guide. CRISP WHITES - As the mercury rises, people naturally crave crisp, refreshing white wines. Sauvignon Blanc—whether from New Zealand or France’s Loire Valley (under the name Sancerre)—is the ultimate summer wine, with passion fruit flavours and zesty acidity. Aged in stainlesssteel tanks instead of barrels, trendy unoaked Chardonnay offers amazing aromas of just-picked apple and pear. Lean, snappy French Chablis is the most

famous example of this style, but Canada and Chile are making their own delicious, fruit-forward bottles too. Finally, Portuguese Vinho Verde is light-bodied, bone-dry and gently bubbly (sommeliers call that “spritz”). Best of all: It’s budget-friendly. Pair Them With • Sauvignon Blanc — Tomato & Bocconcini Salad with Balsamic Glaze • Unoaked Chardonnay — Grilled Halibut Steaks with Basil-Garlic Butter • Vinho Verde — Crab Cakes with Zesty Dipping Sauce ROSÉS - These summer stars always seem to taste better when sipped outside. Rosés are made from red wine grapes, but the skins only stay briefly in the freshly pressed juice. This gives these wines

cherry flavour and bright acidity. Spanish Garnacha (a.k.a., Grenache) is more medium-bodied; after a quick chill, this blackberryflavoured big-value red is excellent with grilled meat.

their pretty colour, which ranges from pale copper to neon pink. New World rosés (ones that aren’t from Europe) are usually deep pink and fruity, with a hint of sweetness. French rosés from Provence, where almost 90 percent of the grape harvest becomes rosé, are very dry, with delicate red-berry flavours. They also have nice herbal notes, which give them a savoury edge. Pair Them With • No Limits Devilled Eggs

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time of year again. Time to dust off the golf clubs, fuel up the golf cart and head out to your favourite course for a quick nine or a relaxing eighteen. One of the bright spots on the Brandon golf scene is the Wheat City Golf Course (WCGC). The 18 hole track nestled in the valley on the north end of 34th Street offers a great golf getaway inside the city limits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The course wintered very well,â&#x20AC;? said Bryce Wilson, Manager of Parks Operations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The conditions thus far have been excellent. The course is very dry and our irrigation system is up and

running. Our greens are in great spring shape.â&#x20AC;? After flooding damage, Superintendent Kyle Ratz and his crew are continually hard at work to keep the WCGC in tip-top condition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest difference golfers will see is the completion of the golf course dike,â&#x20AC;? added Wilson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dike was completed late in 2016 and then the landscaping/ clean up and grow in took place in 2017. The elevated tee on hole #3 and hole #5 (which are on top of the dike) will be in play a lot more as the tee boxes are now grown in.â&#x20AC;? While the season is still in its infancy, there are some early spring specials on the table at the WCGC. From now until May 22 enjour 18 holes

for just $25.00, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a savings of $14 from the regular green fee. Also, new this year, golfers can buy one adult season pass and get 20 percent of a youth season pass. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re less of an everyday golfer

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The World Series of Team Roping (WSTR) has been around since 2006 and every year it brings in the best team roping events in the world. For the first time there will be a Canadian WSTR qualification event held in Brandon, Manitoba at the Keystone Centre Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started getting a bit of a following of Brandon and Saskatchewan ropers. So, they had asked us if we would consider hosting one out there [Brandon],â&#x20AC;? shared Co-organizer Kara Schreiner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We looked around and chatted with the Keystone Centre and so we thought they are always driving out here so we wanted to see if we could do

something to support those guys.â&#x20AC;? Over 100 WSTR Qualification events take place over the year - six of which are held in Canada. All of the events lead up to the main stage of WSTR Grand Finale in Las Vegas in December. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are definitely looking forward to this event. We have partnered up with the Manitoba Barrel Racing Association to make a whole weekend out of it,â&#x20AC;? added Schreiner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hosting their fundraising jackpot for barrel racing on the same two days as we are doing our team roping. We are hoping that May long is something that the men can come and rope and the women can come and barrel race and that is our goal.â&#x20AC;? The six Canadian Series of Team Roping Qualifiers are organized by

Short Go Productions (SGP), which is owned by Kevin and Kara Schreiner from Medicine Hat, Alberta and Chad Kurtz from Fort Saskatchewan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to produce the most prestigious Roping events in Canada. In 2017, we partnered up with the WSTR as their New Official Canadian Producer of these high-caliber roping events,â&#x20AC;? said Schreiner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a very successful first year and are now entering into our second. Compared to 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we had over 1,275 more Team Entries â&#x20AC;&#x201C; giving us 51 percent growth in our very first yearâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? According to World Series of Team Roping, Canada the mission is to give WSTR members what they want â&#x20AC;&#x201C; high stakes competition, huge cash payouts and the opportunity to qualify for the



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For hockey fans in Brandon, picking a team to cheer for in the NHL’s Western Conference Final, the options are bountiful. First, there’s the provincial team, the Winnipeg Jets. A team that has gripped the province and all of Canada with their

Cinderella playoff run. Lead by former Wheat King Kevin Cheveldayoff and former Wheat King Equipment Manager Craig Heisinger, the Jets have knocked off Minnesota and Nashville on their way to the Conference Final vs the Vegas Golden Knights. Those Knights are lead by current Wheat Kings Owner and Governor,

Kelly McCrimmon. McCrimmon and former coach Bobby Lowes (who is now a Golden Knights scout) have put together a staff that includes Assistant Coach (and former Wheat King) Ryan Craig and a roster that includes one of the most notorious Wheat Kings of all times Ryan Reaves. When you mix in Dustin

Byfuglien and the plethora of Manitoba born players on both sides of the equation, many fans are just hoping for exciting hockey. Those fans who can’t make it to the now infamous “Winnipeg Whiteout” Street Party can join in the fun at the Keystone Centre for game’s three and four of this series. “Our community was

asking for this event and it just fit,” said Keystone GM Jeff Schumacher. “There are a lot of ties to both team in this city and the region and the series will be exciting to watch in our arena.” Tickets to the viewing party are just $5.00 and include admission into the Westoba Family Skate prior to the game. “You can see the sup-

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Brandonite Signs With Cougars Branden Crowe WESTMAN JOURNAL

The Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars have dipped into their backyard for their newest recruit, Jordanna Chartrand.

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our team,” said Cougars Coach Jeff Maxwell. “She brings a high level of athletic ability and a strong desire to compete.” Chartrand played club volleyball for the Westman Wild over the course of the last three years,

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playing both libero and setter. She says switching teams is going to be an adjustment. “There’s a bit of nervousness as I have played for the same coach (Jeff Werbowski) for the past three club seasons and the same team,” said Chartrand. “Werbowski has always pushed me and helped me to be confident in the volleyball player that I can be.” “We are very excited to have Jordanna join our team,” said Maxwell. “She brings a high level of Chartrand is enrolled in the two-year Social Service Worker program and is excited to get on the court. “I’m excited to be coming to Assiniboine Community College and

playing volleyball,” said Chartrand. “It’s a new chapter that I am looking forward to. I am excited to be playing with and getting to know the group of

girls on the team as well as the coaching staff. All in all, I am excited for the season to start and to be a part of the Cougars women’s volleyball team.”

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If you have any information of who is responsible for this or any other crime, or about a person wanted by police, you are asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 727-TIPS (7278477). Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Your call is not recorded and your identity will remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.


Mark MESSING (33 years of age) - Breach of Recognizance X3 - Fail to Comply with Probation Order On February 1st 2018, Mark MESSING entered into a Recognizance before a Provincial Court Judge after being charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Breach of Recognizance and Breach of Probation. As part of this Order, MESSING agreed to abide by a set of release conditions including to reside at an address in Brandon, Observe a Curfew of 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and to answer the door during curfew checks. On May 4th 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Police conducted a curfew check and MESSING was not home thus in Breach of the Recognizance conditions. It is further alleged that Mark MESSING failed to report to Probation as directed between March 19th and May 4th 2018. A Warrant of Arrest for Breach of Recognizance X3 and Fail to Comply with Probation has been issued for Mark MESSING. Attempts have been made by Police to locate the suspect which have met with negative results.

BREAK, ENTER AND THEFT On May 6th 2018 at 4:25 a.m., Police responded to an alarm sounding from a business in the 800 Block of 18th Street. Upon arrival, officers noticed the front door glass broken out. A search of the business and surrounding area was conducted but met with negative results. An iPhone X, iPhone 8+, iPhone 8 and iPad were stolen from within the business. The total value of stolen items is approximately $2,300.00. â&#x20AC;˘ May 17, 2018 â&#x20AC;˘ Page 15




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Westman Journal May 17 2018  
Westman Journal May 17 2018