Monthly Archives: December 2014

Terrific Weekend At the Durban Bonspiel

Submitted by: Linda Cotton | The Durban Bonspiel was held on On December 21, 2014. The event was put on in the community and organized by Mike Rogalski. Neal Cotton won first in the first event. Click picture for a larger version. The event was a lot of fun and Mike deserves a lot of [...]

2014/12/31Local Interest

Ukrainian New Year’s Dance – January 10, 2015

Submitted by: Wade Kovachik Ukrainian New Year’s Dance Cowan Community Centre Sat. January 10, 2015 9:00 pm – 1:00 am Lunch will be serviced. Admission by advance tickets only. Tickets $15 Available at Kolisnyk’s General Store, Merv’s or you may call (204)569-4875.

2014/12/30Local Interest

Over 100 Jam & Dance at the Swan River Legion

Submitted by: Gordon Hornbeck | The Swan River Legion, Branch 39, put on a jam/dance in their club rooms Saturday night December 20, 2014. Click any picture for a larger version. More than a hundred people showed and many key individuals brought instruments and snacks for themselves for the evening. Volunteers laid on a light [...]

2014/12/29Local Interest

RM of Swan River Minutes – December 9, 2014

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, December 9th, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Present Reeve: Lorne Henkelman Councillors: Glen Foster, Don Machan, Alex Haluschak Terry Neely, Earl Hrappstead, Brian Burick ALEX HALUSCHAK [...]

2014/12/28Local Interest

Fun for a Good Cause at Birch River Turkey Bingo

Submitted by: Gail Rowe | Fun was had by all at the Birch River Community Club Turkey Bingo on December 19, 2014. Plum Pudding and eight delicious pies were auctioned off by Darin McKay. Click any picture for a larger version. Winner of the 50/50 was Matt Black. Thank you to all that donated, worked [...]

2014/12/26Local Interest

Swan River Legion Levee – January 1, 2015

Submitted by: Gordon Hornbeck | Swan River Royal Canadian Legion No. 39 New Years Day Levee January 1, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm H’orderves and refreshments served. Come out and meet the Branch 29 new executive and officers, ready to guide the Branch through 2015.

2014/12/25Local Interest

Spreading Cheer this Holiday Season

Submitted by: Crystal Duchesne | Thanks to the generous donations of time, money, food and toys, the Swan Valley Christmas Cheer Board was able to provide 53 hampers to those who needed a little help this holiday season. Click any picture for a larger version. Volunteers helped with pick ups and sorting, Riverdale School and [...]

2014/12/25Local Interest

2014 Toy Drive Helps Make Christmas Special

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) wishes to thank members of the Swan Valley Community for their generous donations to the Swan Valley CTC Toys 4U Toy Drive. Click any picture for a larger version. There were donation boxes located at eight local businesses in order to collect community donations [...]

2014/12/24Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Investigate Theft of Christmas Presents

RCMP Media Release | Swan River RCMP investigated a residential break & enter, that resulted in the theft of a number of items from a home, including several Christmas presents. The theft occurred sometime over the night of December 20/21, 2014 on the 200 block of 1st Avenue South, Swan River, MB. Subsequent investigation has [...]

2014/12/23Local Interest

Kostyshyn New Minister of Infrastructure & Transportation

Province of Manitoba Media Release | Minister Ron Kostyshyn was officially sworn in this morning as minister of infrastructure and transportation and minister responsible for emergency measures following his appointment by Premier Greg Selinger. Mineral Resources Minister Dave Chomiak has agreed to assume the duties of house leader. Minister Kostyshyn will also remain minister of [...]

2014/12/23Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Check Stop Stats December 8-21, 2014

Swan River RCMP Report | Checkstop 2014 will run from December 1, 2014 – January 1, 2015 and will focus on the detection of high-risk drivers, including those who are impaired, not buckled up, speeding or driving while distracted. Swan River RCMP stats covering the period of December 8 – 14, 2014 Number of Checkstops: [...]

2014/12/23Local Interest

Swan River Legion New Years Dance – December 31, 2014

Submitted by: Gordon Hornbeck Swan River Royal Canadian Legion No. 39 is hosting a New Years Dance December 31, 2014 8:00 pm – 1:00 am Open to the public. The Legion Ladies will be serving a light lunch. We will also be celebrating Nick Bobick’s Birthday

2014/12/22Local Interest

Warm & Festive Minitonas Down Town Christmas Party

ValleyBiz.ca Story | There was a lot of good old fashioned Christmas spirit at the Minitonas Down Town Christmas Party on December 19, 2014. The annual event is sponsored jointly by the Town of Minitonas and the RM of Minitonas. Click any picture for a larger version. Many people from the community stopped by to [...]

2014/12/22Local Interest

SledTown Showdown Final – Vote By December 31, 2014

Submitted by: Vaughn Behrmann Swan Valley vs Valemont BC Swan Valley made it to the final round for sled town 2015. Let all your friends know that we need their support. Click here to vote and put Swan Valley on the map for the top snowmobile destination in Canada. Get your friends and family to [...]

2014/12/21Local Interest

Village of Benito Minutes – December 9, 2014

A Regular Meeting of Council of the Village of Benito was called to order at 7:00 pm on Tuesday December 9, 2014 in the Village Council Chambers. Present: Mayor Meadows; Deputy Mayor Scouten, Councilor Zebinski; Councilor Schneider Absent: Councilor Offenberger Chief Administrative Officer ~ Pat Ellingson. Mayor Meadows called the meeting to order at 7:00 [...]

2014/12/21Local Interest

Swan River Legion Jam Session – December 20, 2014

Submitted by: Gordon Hornbeck | The Swan River Legion is hosting a Jam Session Sat. December 20, 2014 7 pm – Midnight All musicians welcome. This is an opportunity to spotlight your talents, enjoy our sound system and experience the atmosphere of our clubroom. Everyone welcome to attend. No cover charge.

2014/12/20Local Interest

Rob Scales Receives Funding for Processing Business

Submitted by: Teri Martin | Red Dog Enterprises Ltd. in Swan River received $16,000 to commercialize compounds extracted from red osier dogwood trees in human health supplements and animal feed. Click picture for a larger version. Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn made the presentation to business owner Rob Scales on December [...]

2014/12/18Local Interest

False Allegations by Bill Gade

Statement by Shauna Klekta regarding December 12, 2014 editorial by Bill Gade on CJ104 Radio. | Bill Gade attacked my character and integrity with completely unfounded accusations during an editorial that aired numerous times on CJ104 / CJSB radio on December 12, 2014. By his own admission he has absolutely no proof to support the [...]

2014/12/17Local Interest

Christmas Constituency Open House

Submitted by: Connie Gray On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Ron Kostyshyn, MLA for Swan River hosted a Christmas Constituency Open House at his Swan River office from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Click any picture for a larger version. Mr. Kostyshyn was pleased to have the opportunity to speak with many constituents during the event.

2014/12/16Local Interest

RISE Promotes Tourism in the Swan Valley

Swan Valley RISE Media Release | Swan Valley Regional Initiative for a Strong Economy (RISE) announced today the installation of several tourism signs designed to raise awareness of some of the many outdoor activities visitors can enjoy in the Swan Valley. Photo Courtesy of Sign Here Click for a larger version. Developing the Swan Valley [...]

2014/12/16Local Interest

Community Band Performs 20th Christmas Concert

Submitted by: Jayne G. Leadbeater (Minish) | The Swan Valley Community Band performed their 20th Christmas Concert on Wednesday, 10 Dec. 2014 in the Cafeteria of the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School. Click any picture for a larger version. Above: Swan Valley Community Band, 1994–2014, anticipating the Musical presentation for its 20th Christmas Concert that [...]

2014/12/15Local Interest

Member’s Statement Honours the Late Dick Walker

ValleyBiz Story | On December 13, 2014 Ron Kostyshyn, MLA for Swan River presented Yvonne Walker with a Member’s Statement in recognition of the contributions made by her late husband, Dick Walker, to the Swan Valley Community. The following Member’s Statement was read in session at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and put in the archives [...]

2014/12/15Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – December 2, 2014

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Mckenzie presiding and Councilor’s, Delaurier, Jacobson and Friesen, Whyte, Sakal present. Councilor Moriaux absent. Minutes: 1. RESOLVED that the minutes of the November 18th, 2014 regular meeting of Council be adopted [...]

2014/12/14Local Interest

Many Vendors at United Church Craft Show

Submitted by: Karen Gade | The Benito United Church craft/trade soup/sandwich was once again the place to be on Sat. Dec. 6, 2014. 38 tables lined the Benito Rec. Centre Hall with vendors displaying everything from baking and sewing to home business merchandise. Click any picture for a larger version. Above: Sherry Popoff with her [...]

2014/12/12Local Interest

Local Business Welcomes New Owners

Media Release | SWAN RIVER, MB, December 12, 2014 – Powell Motors Ltd., Swan River’s General Motors dealership, has been purchased by Key Auto Group based in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The purchase provides the Swan River dealership with certainty regarding the dealership’s future, and the stability of an established dealership group. The Swan River dealership will [...]

2014/12/12Local Interest

Birch River Turkey Bingo – December 19, 2014

Submitted by: Gail Rowe | Birch River Community Club Family Turkey Bingo Fri. December 19, 2014 7:00 p.m. Birch River Legion Hall Bingo will be played on the old cards, so you need to bring bingo chips or pennies. Come, bring your friends, play bingo to win a turkey/oranges and support the Community Club. Also [...]

2014/12/11Local Interest

Vote Swan Valley for Best 2015 Snowmobile Destination

Submitted by: Vaughn Behrmann Swan Valley is one of 4 finalists competing for the title of best snowmobile destination in western Canada for 2015. The Swan Valley beat out 16 other Manitoba destinations to become the Manitoba finalist. Click here to vote and put Swan Valley on the map for the top snowmobile destination in [...]

2014/12/11Local Interest

A Festive Evening of Ukrainian Dance

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson The Dolyna Dancers performed to a packed house during their Old Fashioned Christmas Concert at the SVRSS cafeteria on Monday, December 8, 2014 . Click any picture for a larger version. Dancers were able to show off the dances they’ve learned this far to an appreciative crowd. Dancers and guests were [...]

2014/12/11Local Interest

Golden Gals District #2 Playdown Winners

Submitted by: Joyce Trevellyan | Four teams entered the Golden Gals District #2 playdowns Dec 5 & 6, 2014. Norma Johnson (Dauphin/Swan River), Gail Tycholiz (Dauphin), Jean Geisel (Dauphin/Swan River) and Joyce Trevellyan )Swan River). A double knockout format was used. A side winner (pictured above) was Norma Johnson, Bev Murray, Pearl Maksymetz and Lois [...]

2014/12/10Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Check Stop Stats December 1-7, 2014

Swan River RCMP Report | Checkstop 2014 will run from December 1, 2014 – January 1, 2015 and will focus on the detection of high-risk drivers, including those who are impaired, not buckled up, speeding or driving while distracted. Swan River RCMP stats covering the period of December 1 – 7, 2014 Number of Checkstops: [...]

2014/12/10Local Interest

Friendly Afternoon at St. James Anglican Church Tea

Submitted by: Beverley Leach | The sound of friendly chatter and laughter filled the hall at St James a Anglican Church on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the annual Christmas Tea. Click any picture for a larger version.

2014/12/09Local Interest

Santa Visits Lenswood Community Hall

Submitted by: Susan Hrycyk Everyone had a great time at the Lenswood Community Hall on Sunday December 7,2014. Every one enjoyed pancakes, sausage and some great desserts. Click any picture for a larger version. The kids enjoyed playing with each other while they awaited Santa’s arrival and the adults enjoyed coffee and good conversation. The [...]

2014/12/09Local Interest

Celebrating the Season with Kene & Milly Jackson

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Everyone enjoyed the concert held at Birch River Christian Fellowship Church on December 8, 2014. Kene and Milly sang many Christmas songs and talked about Jesus being the true meaning behind the Christmas season. Click picture for a larger version. There was also a Christmas puppet show. Lots of laughs [...]

2014/12/09Local Interest

Fun Filled Evening at Benito FunSpiel

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | December 6th the Benito Curling Rink and Shaker City Lounge was the host to the 2nd Annual Season Opener FunSpiel. Teams with curlers from all ages took to the ice to have a fun filled evening. Click any picture for a larger version. Scoring was non-traditional having players pick their [...]

2014/12/08Local Interest

Local Business Receives Agri-Processing Funding

Province of Manitoba Media Release | Seven Manitoba food-processing companies will receive $369,500 to purchase new equipment to better meet consumer demands, improve efficiencies and create opportunities for economic growth across the province, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today. “Canada’s innovative food processors deliver [...]

2014/12/08Local Interest

Seventh-day Adventist Church Christmas Program

Submitted by: David Ogram | This year’s Christmas Program was held at the Swan River Seventh-day Adventist Church on the evening of December 6, 2014. Click any picture for a larger version. Approximately 70 people watched and listened to a very inspiring program entitled “The Light Has Come”. The Program focused on the words of [...]

2014/12/08Local Interest

Swan Valley CTC Toy Drive – Until December 18, 2013

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | Swan Valley CTC Toys 4 U! Donations to this toy drive can be made at: Red Apple, Work World, Chicken Chef, Pizza Place, Qwik Stop, Star City Cinema, SVCU Aquatic Centre, Westwood Inn, Stampeders Hockey Game – December 17, 2014 Swan Valley Communities that Care (CTC) Toys 4 U provides [...]

2014/12/07Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – November 18, 2014

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Mckenzie presiding and Councilor’s, Delaurier, Moriaux, Jacobson and Friesen present. Councilor’s Whyte and Sakal were absent. Minutes: 1. RESOLVED that the minutes of the November 4th, 2014 regular meeting of Council [...]

2014/12/07Local Interest

Lenswood Santa Brunch – December 7, 2014

Submitted by: Susan Hrycyk | Santa Brunch Lenswood Community Hall Sun. December 7, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm Santa Arrives at 11:00am Adults $7 Kids 6-12 $3 Preschoolers free Door prizes and silent auction. For more info contact: Deloris 236-4286 Krissy 236-4286 Susan 238-4355

2014/12/06Local Interest

Christmas Constituency Open House – December 13, 2014

Submitted by: Connie Gray | Ron Kostyshyn, MLA for Swan River invites you to attend the Christmas Constituency Open House Sat. December 13, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Swan River Constituency Office 126 – 6th Avenue North, Swan River, MB All constituents are welcome to share coffee and conversation. For more information call (204)734-4900 [...]

2014/12/05Local Interest

Community Foundation Dinner Theatre at Hit

Submitted by: Paula Jones | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley hosted their 5th Annual Dinner Theatre Fundraiser on Friday November 27, 2014 at Veteran’s Hall. The Valley Stage Player’s production of Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster was a hit. Their comical portrayal of a middle class family in the 1960’s whose adult children return [...]

2014/12/04Local Interest

Community Band Christmas Concert – December 10, 2014

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | Ringing in the Christmas Season! Wed. December 10, 2014 7:30 pm SVRSS Cafeteria Featuring: Concert Band and Tarnished Brass Refreshments. Silver collection.

2014/12/04Local Interest

Dolyna Dancers Christmas Concert – December 8, 2014

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers present: Old Fashioned Christmas Concert Mon. December 8, 2014 6:30 pm SVRSS Cafeteria Come out and enjoy an evening of dancing and treats. We will also be making our big $1000 cash draw at the concert. Santa will be making an appearance at the end! Silver [...]

2014/12/03Local Interest

Christmas Goodies Ready to Be Enjoyed

Submitted by: Bev Lumax | Swan River Royal Purple Lodge assembled over 40 boxes of Christmas goodies and 20 jars of Christmas pudding for people to enjoy during this holiday season. The deadline to order was November 29, 2014. Baking can be picked-up at Elks Hall on Dec 6, 2014 from 10:00 am until Noon.

2014/12/03Local Interest

Kene & Milly Jackson Concert – Dec 8, 9 &10, 2014

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Christmas Concert Tour Kene & Milly Jackson Everyone Welcome! Come and enjoy an evening of Christmas Gospel music. 3 Locations Dec. 8, 2014 – 7:00pm – Birch River Christian Fellowship Church Dec 9, 2014 – 7:00 pm – Sapotaweyak Band Hall Contact Paula Campeau 587-2252, 587-2012 Dec 10, 2014 7:00 [...]

2014/12/02Local Interest

“Hilda’s Yard” Enjoyed By Valley Audiences

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | The Valley Stage Players’ production of Norm Forster’s “Hilda’s Yard” received rave reviews from three very appreciative audiences over the weekend. Click any picture for a larger version. The production opened to an enthusiastic audience present at the Community Foundation of Swan Valley’s popular dinner theatre evening this past Friday [...]

2014/12/02Local Interest

Festival of Trees Lights up North West Regional Libray

Submitted by: Gill McGrath with pictures from ValleyBiz The Festival of Trees saw over 200 people pass through over the week. Over $200 was collected for the Christmas Cheer Board along with lots of groceries. Click any picture for a larger version. The best tree category was won by Hayes Childcare Centre (left). The event [...]

2014/12/01Local Interest