Monthly Archives: March 2012

Hillsview Hike for Health and Wellness – April 9, 2012

Submitted by: Lana Edmunds Join us for a day of fun and a little walking. Monday, April 9, 2012 Pancake Breakfast 8 am Bowsman United Church Hike begins at 9am A light lunch prepared by Hillsview will be served in the parking lot of Swan Valley Funeral Services. Hike then continues to Know United Church [...]

2012/03/30Local Interest

RM Of Swan River Minutes – March 27, 2012

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Rural Municipality of Swan River, held in the Council Chamber at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Present: Reeve Lorne Henkelman – Councillors: Glen Foster, Don Machan, Brian Burick Absent: Terry Neely & Earl Hrappstead DON [...]

2012/03/28Local Interest

Manitoba Games Wear Day Declared in Swan River

2012 Swan Valley Host Society Media Release | The 2012 Swan Valley Host Society held a Kickoff Event at the Swan Valley Consumers Co-op on Friday, March 23, 2012 to announce the Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games “Games Wear Day of the Week”. Pictures by ValleyBiz Town of Swan Mayor Glen McKenzie, declared that effective [...]

2012/03/27Local Interest

Body Discovered in Benito Identified

RCMP Media Release | On March 22, 2012, at about 11:30 a.m. Swan River RCMP were notified of the discovery of a body at an outdoor area in Benito, Manitoba. A post mortem was conducted in Winnipeg on March 26th and confirmed the identification of the deceased as being 30-year-old Beverly Chartrand of Benito. Her [...]

2012/03/26Local Interest

Recreation and Wellness Centre Sod Turning

ValleyBiz Story | On Friday, March 23, 2012 an official sod-turning ceremony took place at the construction site for the Swan Valley Recreation and Wellness Centre. Sod-turning honours went to Ron Kostyshyn (Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister) Robert Sopuck, (Member of Parliament for Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette) Glen McKenzie (Mayor of Swan River) and Tom Hamilton [...]

2012/03/26Local Interest

Exciting Night at Swan School of Dance Spring Fling

Submitted by: Michele Poole The Swan School of Dance held their annual recital, on Wednesday March 21st, at the SVRSS Auditorium. In front of a packed house, people were entertained with tap jazz, ballet, hip hop and to top the night off they performed an amazing Bollywood number. Click any picture for a larger version. [...]

2012/03/25Local Interest

Town Of Swan River Minutes – March 20th, 2012

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Deputy Mayor Delaurier presiding and Councillors Bobick, Jacobson, and Friesen present. Absent were Mayor McKenzie, Councillors Sakal and Whyte. Delegation: Skateboard Union represented by Kyle Mahan, Bryon Fried and Cheryl Shearer updated [...]

2012/03/25Local Interest

Autumn Spots A Robin

ValleyBiz Story | Autumn Klekta spotted this robin sitting is a tree outside her window on March 24, 2012. With the weather giving mixed messages regarding the arrival of spring perhaps this sighting is a sign of warmer days to come.

2012/03/24Local Interest

RM of Minitonas Minutes – March 14, 2012

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Rural Municipality of Minitonas, held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 14th day of March, 2012 A.D. at 8:00 am. Present: Reeve McIntosh, Councillors: Pacamaniuk, Klekta, Eisner & Rinsdorf C.A.O.: Carolyn Gordon Delegations: M. Hrappstead – re: Electronic Communications 1. W. Pacamaniuk – D. Klekta [...]

2012/03/24Local Interest

Body Located in Benito

RCMP Media Release | On March 22, 2012, at about 11:30 a.m. Swan River RCMP were notified of the discovery of a body at an outdoor area in Benito, Manitoba. A search of the area had previously been made in January, 2012, in relation to a missing person report from the Benito area. At this [...]

2012/03/23Local Interest

Swan Valley Lions Offer Confidential File Shredding

Submitted by: Dennis Medwid The Swan River, Bowsman and Minitonas Lions clubs are now offering a confidential paper and document shredding service with all proceeds going toward Lions projects within the Valley. The Lions Clubs of the Swan Valley have a long history of collecting and promoting recycling within the Valley. The addition of the [...]

2012/03/23Local Interest

Martha Scanlan Performs in Minitonas

Songs of the Modern Wild West Submitted by: Nancy McLennan If you’ve never been to Montana, just listen to the music of Martha Scanlan and you are carried into her beloved landscapes. Martha’s post office box is three miles from her ranch cabin. There, she can get a few groceries, but to do a full [...]

2012/03/22Local Interest

Swan Valley School – CBFCS – Wins Math Competition

Submitted by: Jocelyn Beehler (on behalf of CBFCS) Community Bible Fellowship Christian School students Gr.1-8 participated in an online math competition that was open to all schools in the province. The contest involved students answering math questions through an online game called “Sumdog.” 13 schools participated in the 1-week competition. During the contest 340 students [...]

2012/03/21Local Interest

Village of Benito Minutes – March 13, 2012

A Regular Meeting of Council of the Village of Benito was called to order at 7:00 pm on Tuesday March 13, 2012 in the Village Council Chambers. Present – Mayor Meadows; Deputy Mayor Scouten; Councilor Schneider; Councilor Zebinski Chief Administrative Officer – Pat Ellingson Office Clerk Teesha Klochko-Ries Absent with permission – Councilor Offenberger DELEGATION: [...]

2012/03/21Local Interest

Swan Valley Sport Fishing Family Fishing Day

Submitted by: Holly Urban & Melissa Johnson Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement Inc. held Family Fishing Day again this year on March 18. The weather was fair, and one Northern Pike was caught by Briar Werbicki. Swan River Elks provided a fabulous hot lunch and hot chocolate. There were 28 kids who attended along with [...]

2012/03/21Local Interest

Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby One Of the Best

Submitted by: Barry Stephen | If you missed the 15th annual Billy Beal Classic, you missed one of the best ever. If you were there you’ll know what I mean when I say the weather was unbelievable, the conditions were great, the food was awesome and the fishing was pretty good too. Click any picture [...]

2012/03/20Local Interest

Swan School of Dance Spring Fling – March 21, 2012

Submitted by: Michele Poole The Swan School of Dance will be presenting their annual dance recital “A Spring Fling” Wednesday March 21, 2012 7:00 pm SVRSS Auditorium Our students, ages 3 to adult will be performing Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop. Admission: Adults $8.00 Students $5.00 Pre-school free of charge. See you there!

2012/03/19Local Interest

Sapotaweyak Signs Agreement with Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | Sapotaweyak Cree Nation Chief Nelson Genaille and Swan River Mayor Glen McKenzie signed a Municipal Development and Services agreement on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Members of Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, councilors, youth and members of the public gathered at the Swan River Friendship Centre to witness the signing of the agreement that is [...]

2012/03/18Local Interest

Swan River Break-Up Spring 2012

Submitted by: Wayne Grier This may be the earliest Swan River Break-up ever. These Photos were taken at 8:30 am March 17, 2012. Click on a picture to see a larger version. Last week people were roaring across this on snowmobiles!!

2012/03/17Local Interest

Chamber Board of Director’s Meeting – March 1, 2012

Condensed version of Chamber Board of Director’s Meeting March 1st meeting The Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met on March 1st in the Chamber Board room. The agenda, minutes of last meeting and the financial report were adopted. The membership renewal update was reported. It was suggested that a letter be written [...]

2012/03/17Local Interest

Family Fishing Day – March 18, 2012

Submitted by: Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement Inc. Family Fishing Day Whitefish Lake March 18, 2012 11am to 1 pm Weather and ice conditions permitting. Sponsored by: Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement Inc. Hot Lunch Provided by Swan River Elks. Prizes for Kids. No fishing license required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. [...]

2012/03/16Local Interest

RM Of Swan River Minutes – March 13, 2012

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Rural Municipality of Swan River, held in the Council Chamber at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Present: Reeve Lorne Henkelman Councillors: Glen Foster, Don Machan, Terry Neely, Earl Hrappstead, Brian Burick, Richard Barteski participated via [...]

2012/03/15Local Interest

Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby – March 17, 2012

Submitted by: Bowsman Lions Club The Bowsman, Minitonas and Swan River Lions Clubs proudly present the 15th annual Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby Saturday, March 17,2012 12:00 Noon to 3pm Whitefish Lake 28 INCHES OF GOOD ICE! $20,000 in Gifts, Prizes, Raffles, and Cash to be Won! 1st – $10,000 2nd – 4,000 PSI [...]

2012/03/14Local Interest

Colour & Creativity at Swan Valley Fine Arts Dance Festival

Submitted by: Micheline Carstairs The Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Association, Dance Festival began on Thursday evening at the Friendship Centre with the Dolyna Dancers and Benito Vesselli Dancers rivaling it out for top marks. Click any picture for a larger version. It is very interesting to watch all the traditional dances of Ukrain but [...]

2012/03/13Local Interest

Fine Arts Festival Inspires Excellence

Submitted by Sharron Carpenter Spring is coming soon and with it thoughts of no more snow, baseball, seeding, warm days and many other things we wait for all winter. Some of us also wait for festival season too. The Fine Arts Festivals gives many people an opportunity to perform on stage. To do this, the [...]

2012/03/13Local Interest

Swan Valley (G-7) Regional Meeting – February 6, 2012

Swan Valley (G-7) Regional Municipal Agenda Monday, February 6th, 2012 Minitonas Community Hall Minitonas, MB **MEDIA VERSION** OPENING: Mayor Henry Barkowski opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. with a brief introduction and welcomed those in attendance. DELEGATES: Carolyn Baldwin & Mel Edmunds – Thunderhill Ski Club Kevin McKnight – Parkland Regional Health Authority Thunderhill Ski [...]

2012/03/13Local Interest

Martha Scanlan in Minitonas – Thursday, March 15, 2012

Submitted by: Nelly Mills | Thursday, March 15, singer songwriter, Martha Scanlan, from Montana will be playing a show in Minitonas. Martha originally hales from Tennessee and is known for her Appalachian style of vocals, and her fiddle & guitar talents. She is a real story teller! Tickets $20 Doors 7:30, show 8pm Refreshments Call [...]

2012/03/12Local Interest

Escaped Saskatchewan Farm Elk Seen in Swan Valley

Province of Manitoba Media Release ValleyBiz file photo Rapid response will protect Manitoba elk from chronic wasting disease: Mackintosh Manitoba Conservation officials are using plane and helicopter surveillance over part of western Manitoba this week to find and remove up to nine escaped farm elk from Saskatchewan that could threaten to spread chronic wasting disease [...]

2012/03/12Local Interest

Swan River Skating Club Presents Broadway on Ice

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan River Skating Club presented Broadway on Ice, Sunday March 11, 2012 at the Swan Valley Centennial Arena. Click any picture for a larger view. The older skaters did a great job presenting their routines with the flair and personality of true Broadway performers. There were “No Worries” as the little [...]

2012/03/12Local Interest

PHRA Opens Aboriginal Human Resources Sub-Office

PRHA Media Release | Working together with industry partners, the Parkland Regional Health Authority (PRHA) continues efforts to strengthen its Aboriginal health strategy. In conjunction with Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, Manitoba Employment and Training and Manitoba’s Office of Rural and Northern Health, the PRHA will be establishing a Human Resources Office for Aboriginal Employment in [...]

2012/03/11Local Interest

Spring Forward Tonight – Daylight Savings Begins

A friendly reminder from ValleyBiz that Daylight Savings Time begins tonight. The official time to set your clocks ahead 1 hour is: 2:00 am Sunday, March 11 Set your clock to: 3:00 am Each year, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

2012/03/10Local Interest

Town Of Swan River Minutes – March 6th, 2012

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Bobick, Jacobson, Friesen, Whyte, and Delaurier present. Absent was Councillor Sakal. 1. RESOLVED that the minutes of the February 28th, 2012 regular meeting of Council be adopted [...]

2012/03/09Local Interest

RCMP Swan River – Drug Search Warrant

On March 2, 2012 at about 1:45 pm the Swan River RCMP executed a CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) search warrant at a residence in Birch River, Manitoba. Investigators discovered approximately 27 grams of marihuana, a number of prescription pills, various drug paraphernalia, and $750.00 worth of cash. The drugs seized has an estimated [...]

2012/03/09Local Interest

Swan River Cataract Surgery Begins April 16, 2012

PRHA Media Release | The Parkland Regional Health Authority (PRHA) is pleased to announce that the cataract surgery program, slated for Swan Valley Health Centre in Swan River, will begin Monday, April 16, 2012. PRHA CEO Kevin McKnight stated that the surgeon, Dr. Robert Beldavs of Winnipeg, will be in Swan River to perform cataract [...]

2012/03/08Local Interest

Town Of Swan River Minutes – February 28th, 2012

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Bobick, Jacobson, Friesen, Whyte, and Sakal present. Absent was Jason Delaurier. Delegations Kathleen Sterma, Secretary-Treasurer, North West Regional Library reviewed the proposed 2012 Budget and answered questions [...]

2012/03/07Local Interest

Village Of Bowsman Minutes – February 15, 2012

Minutes of Council meeting held in Bowsman Council Chambers on February 15, 2012 at 7:45 p.m. Present were Mayor Leanne Hutman and Councillors Daphne Currie, Joyce Readman, Courtney Densen and Garry McFadyen. DELEGATIONS 8:15 Ann Dandeneau & Shauna Klekta – Economic development 9:00 Stan Giles – Maintenance Report, Fire Department CALL TO ORDER ADOPTION OF [...]

2012/03/07Local Interest

Swan Valley Fine Arts Dance Festival – March 8 & 9, 2012

Submitted by: Micheline Carstairs Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9 is the yearly Dance Festival put on by the Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Association. This year’s adjudicator: Tamara Topsnik Hicks Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical Instructor, R.A.D.R.T.S. Dance Festival Schedule Thursday, March 8 ~ 7pm Friendship Centre Dolyna Dancers & Benito Vesselli Dancers Friday, March [...]

2012/03/06Local Interest

Minitonas Figure Skating Club Presents Disney on Ice

ValleyBiz Story | The Minitonas Figure Skating Club presented their annual figure skating carnival, “Disney on Ice” on Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Minitonas and District Arena. Click any picture for a larger version. The evening was full of endearing Disney songs and characters: From the country flair of Toy Story To the Hawaiian [...]

2012/03/05Local Interest

Swan Valley Snowmobile Association Holds Vintage Ride

Submitted by Derek Sagert The Swan Valley Snowmobile Association held their 5th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride on Saturday, March 3, 2012. It was a beautiful day for all to enjoy. We had a great lunch, lots of laughs, visiting and many great memories. Over 40 vintage machines dated prior to 1990 attended the event.

2012/03/04Local Interest

Estimated Moose Numbers Remain Stable

Province of Manitoba Media Release | Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship recently completed two aerial surveys in west-central Manitoba that show the moose population in the Porcupine and Duck mountain regions remains low but stable. Several factors can influence the number of moose seen during surveys such as snow depth, temperature and time of year. [...]

2012/03/02Local Interest

RM of Swan River Minutes – February 28, 2012

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Rural Municipality of Swan River, held in the Council Chamber at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Present: Reeve Lorne Henkelman Councillors: Glen Foster, Don Machan, Earl Hrappstead, Brian Burick Richard Barteski participated via conference call [...]

2012/03/02Local Interest

RM of Minitonas Minutes – February 22, 2012

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Rural Municipality of Minitonas, held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 22nd day of February, 2012 A.D. at 7:15 pm. Present: Reeve McIntosh, Councillors: Pacamaniuk, Klekta, Eisner & Rinsdorf C.A.O.: Carolyn Gordon Delegations: 7:30 pm Ann Dandeneau – Re: Economic Development Additions to Agenda: 3.4 [...]

2012/03/01Local Interest