Monthly Archives: March 2015

98th Annual Men’s Bonspiel Results

Submitted by: Gary Slack | The Swan River Men’s Curling Club held their 98th Annual Bonspiel on March 27, 28, 29, 2015 Winner of the first event was the Rick Kinaschuk team (pictured left). Click any picture for a larger version. Second event winner was the Terry Vopni team. Pictured right. Third event winner was [...]

2015/03/31Local Interest

Audience Wowed at Swan School of Dance Recital

Submitted by: Michele Poole | On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 the students of the Swan School of Dance “wowed” a packed audience with a spectacular show! The two hour long recital featured 28 excellent dance numbers. Photos are courtesy of “Captured by Jennifer” Photographer. Click any picture for a larger version. From our tiny “Movers [...]

2015/03/30Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – March 24, 2015

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West, held in the Council Chamber at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Present Reeve: Verne Scouten Councillors: Stan Potten Glen Foster Terry Neely Brian Burick STAN POTTEN BRIAN BURICK RESOLVED that [...]

2015/03/29Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – March 19, 2015

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Thursday, March 19th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councilor’s, Jacobson, Delaurier, Whyte, Sakal, Moriaux, Friesen, present. Delegations: 1. Mayor McKenzie presented a grant cheque to Crystal Duchesne of the Swan Valley Crisis Centre. 2. Kent and [...]

2015/03/28Local Interest

Swan River Skating Club on the Road to Success

Submitted by: Jaimie Walker | On March 23, 2015, the Swan River Skating Club took their final “Road Trip” of the year to a full house of enthusiastic fans. Click Any picture for a larger version. The performances were fantastic, it was really sweet to see the little ones in Canskate improving their basic skills [...]

2015/03/27Local Interest

Lions Medical Assistance Supper – April 26, 2015

Submitted by: Brett Church | Minitonas and District Lions Medical Assistance Supper Sun. April 26, 2015 Veterans Community Hall Doors open at 5 pm Supper at 6 pm Proceeds to Dialysis Equipment Upgrade. Tickets $30 per person Tickets available from any Minitonas and District Lions Club member. For information Contact Robert Gordon at 204-734-3360

2015/03/26Local Interest

87th Annual Bonspiel a Fun Filled Fiesta

Submitted by: Darlene Beck | The Swan River Ladies Curling Club held their 87th annual bonspiel from March 20-22, 2015. 25 teams attended the event with many participating in the “Mexican Fiesta” theme! Pictured above: 1st event sponsored by Whites Drug Store to: Kari Goethe, Staci Brelinski, Jennifer Mangin & Charlene Fothergill. Click any picture [...]

2015/03/26Local Interest

BAM Jam Camp Concerts – March 30 & 31, 2015

Submitted by: Donna Burghart | BAM Jam Camp is hosting it’s 5th Anniversary! Come on out to see some of Canada’s greatest musicians! Including Marcel Hapel, Kim de Laforest, Donna Turk, Morgan Turk, Greg Simm, Daniel Koulack, Ameena Bajer-Koulack, Ryan D’Aoust & Karrnnel Mon. March 30, 2015 – 7:00 pm – Instructors Concert Admission – [...]

2015/03/25Local Interest

Fine Arts ‘Fiddlin’ Festival

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | The Swan Valley Fine Arts Festivals began another season of festivals with a very successful ‘Fiddlin’ Festival held at Temple Baptist Church on Friday, March 20, 2015 Click any picture for a larger version. The day began with an early morning session where fiddling students performed for adjudication. This year [...]

2015/03/25Local Interest

Swan River PC AGM and Fundraiser – April 11, 2015

Submitted by: Jason Delaurier | Swan River Progressive Conservative Association Annual General Meeting Spring Fundraiser Dinner Sat. April 11, 2015 Cocktails at 5:30 PM Dinner at 6:00 PM AGM at 7:00 PM Everything will be held in the River Room at the Westwood Inn. Dinner is $40/person. AGM is free for all to attend. For [...]

2015/03/25Local Interest

Celesta Church Wins $10,000 at Billy Beal

Submitted by: Mike Rusk | Over 500 competitors took to the ice at Whitefish Lake on March 21, 2015. The weather was good and it was a great day. Celesta Church (pictured left) was the first prize $10,000 winner. Click any picture for a larger view. Kyle Lafreniere won both hidden time, and hidden weight [...]

2015/03/24Local Interest

Bill Gade Lashes Out Unfairly

ValleyBiz Story | In a campaign ad on CJ104 radio on March 20, 2015, Bill [Gade] drew additional attention to an ad on ValleyBiz that had already gone viral. Bill alleged another by-election candidate placed the ad. “If they had the guts to put their name to it, you could choose whether or not you [...]

2015/03/22Local Interest

Men’s 98th Annual Bonspiel – March 27, 28 & 29, 2015

Submitted by: Gary Slack | Swan River Men’s Curling Club 98th Annual Bonspiel March 27, 28, 29, 2015 $160.00 per rink. 4 Events. Banquet & Entertainment Saturday night. Chance to win $2000 Las Vegas trip with entry. To enter Contact: Kelly Tibble at 734-4161 (after 5 p.m.) or S.R. curling rink – 734-3055.

2015/03/22Local Interest

Minitonas – Bowsman Minutes – March 3, 2015

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 3rd day of March, 2015 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: C. Eisner Councillors: G. Bartel, C. Densen, L. Hutman, L. Mychalchuk & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: Councillors: J. Caruk [...]

2015/03/21Local Interest

Swan School of Dance Recital – March 25, 2015

Submitted by: Michele Poole | Swan School of Dance presents their Annual Recital Now & Then March 25, 2015 7:00 pm SVRSS Auditorium Admission: Adult – $8.00 Student – $5.00 Preschool – Free

2015/03/21Local Interest

Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce AGM – March 25, 2015

Submitted by: Erin Brown | Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce AGM Wed. March 25, 2015 Westwood Inn 6:30 pm Cocktails 7:00 pm Meeting $10.00 payable at the door RSVP: To Erin 734-3102 by March 24. Presentations by: Swan Valley School Division, Bruce Kirkpatrick with Investors Group. Board positions are available – submit your name to [...]

2015/03/20Local Interest

Swan River Novice Stampeders Take Title

Submitted Story: Craig Zamzow | On the weekend of March 13-15, 2015 the Swan River Novice Stampeders travelled to Thompson, MB to compete in the 24th annual Jack Burden tournament. Pictured above: Back Row (L to R): Crystal Zamzow, Tavyn Boychuk, Tucker Thompson, Jeff Playford Front Row (L to R): Sammy Jo Moshenko, Eli Betcher, [...]

2015/03/20Local Interest

Fine Arts Festival Awards Concert – April 28, 2015

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Fine Arts Festival Awards Concert & 80th Anniversary Celebration Tues. April 28, 2015 Veterans Community Hall 7:00 p.m. Silver collection. Performances. Award presentations. Light refreshments. Displays. The Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival 80th Year of Festivals The public is warmly invited to come out and support the Valley’s arts community [...]

2015/03/19Local Interest

Fine Arts Band Festival: April 13 – 17, 2015

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Fine Arts Band Festival Mon. April 13, 2015 Benito School Session 1: 9:30 a.m. Session 2: 1:00 p.m. Tues. April 14, 2015 Minitonas Middle Years School Session 1: 9:15 a.m. Session 2: 1:00 p.m. Wed. April 15, 2015 SVRSS Cafeteria Session 1: 9:15 a.m. Session 2: 1:30 p.m. Session 3: [...]

2015/03/19Local Interest

Fine Arts Speech Arts Festival – April 10, 2015

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Fine Arts Speech Arts Festival Fri. April 10, 2015 Temple Baptist Church Session: 9:30 a.m. The public is warmly invited to come out and support the Valley’s arts community and budding artists. The Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival 80th Year of Festivals

2015/03/19Local Interest

Fine Arts Music Festival – April 8 & 9 , 2015

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Fine Arts Music Festival Wed. April 8, 2015 Temple Baptist Church Session 1: 9:15 a.m. Session 2: 1:15 p.m Session 3: 7:00 p.m. Thurs. April 9, 2015 Temple Baptist Church Session 1: 9:15 a.m. Session 2: 1:15 p.m. The public is warmly invited to come out and support the Valley’s [...]

2015/03/19Local Interest

Fine Arts Fiddlin’ Festival – March 20, 2015

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Fine Arts Fiddlin’ Festival Fri. March 20, 2015 Temple Baptist Church Session 1: 9:30 a.m Session 2: 1:15 p.m. Skills session: 6:30 p.m. “Jammin’” 8:15 p.m. (all interested invited) The public is warmly invited to come out and support the Valley’s arts community and budding artists. The Swan Valley Fine [...]

2015/03/19Local Interest

Women Encouraged at “Better Together” Conference

Submitted by: Colleen Eisner | On Saturday, March 14, 2015 over a hundred ladies of every generation and denomination gathered together for a women’s conference. It was a day of enthusiastic worship, being encouraged by the word of God through guest speaker Falon Cooke and by Grace Jersak who shared how her faith has brought [...]

2015/03/19Local Interest

Golf Course “FUN”DRAISER – June 20, 2015

Submitted by: Barry Stephen | Friends of the Golf Course “FUN”DRAISER BONANZA! June 20, 2015 All Day Fun Enter Early by Calling: 204-734-3935 Golf, Dinner & Dance Package $125 Package for first 200 paid entrants 18 Holes Scramble, Skill Contest, Hole Prizes 10 am – 5 pm Enjoy the music of Ken Thompson 6 pm [...]

2015/03/18Local Interest

A Successful St. Patrick’s Day Tea With Family & Friends

Submitted by: Cherlye Zbirun | The Benito Women’s Auxiliary St. Patrick’s Day Tea & Bake Sale was a great success. The weather cooperated and gave us a beautiful afternoon to get together with friends & family. Click any picture for a larger version. Winners of the hamper draws were Zoe Zbirun and Evelyn Bateman. Winner [...]

2015/03/18Local Interest

Standing Room Only at Cheetahs Gymnastics Showcase

Submitted by: Rhonda Mykula | We had a great turnout for the Meet and Showcase this past weekend! Along with the Swan Valley Cheetahs, we had the Flin Flon Flinty’s, Grand Plains Gymcats, and the Neepawa Novas join us for a very successful meet on Saturday. Click any picture for a larger version. The Sunday [...]

2015/03/17Local Interest

SVAPL Spaghetti Luncheon – April 8, 2015

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League Spaghetti Luncheon Wed. April 8, 2015 11:00—2:00 p.m. Elk’s Hall Swan River $10 Menu: Baked spaghetti Tossed salad Garlic bread Dessert A beverage 50/50 Tickets will be available. *If you are unable to attend the luncheon but would still like to participate, we are offering [...]

2015/03/16Local Interest

Colorful Skating Carnival in Birch River

Submitted by: Denise Sigurdson | Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, and helped out to make our Birch River “Skate the Rainbow” carnival a success for 2015! Click any picture for a larger version.

2015/03/16Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – March 3, 2015

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councilor’s, Jacobson, Delaurier, Whyte, Sakal, Moriaux present. Friesen absent Minutes: 1. RESOLVED that the minutes of the February 17th, 2015 regular meeting of Council be adopted as received. [...]

2015/03/15Local Interest

Locals Shine in StarSkate Provincials

Submittedy by: Vicki Hubscher | On Sat March 7, 2015 Swan River figure skating club hosted provincials. The event was a huge success thanks to our volunteers and community support from many businesses in the Valley. Pictured Above: Emily Simpson 1st, Taniesha Hubscher 2nd, Kylie Talbot 3rd Click any picture for a larger version. Our [...]

2015/03/14Local Interest

Bahamas the Theme of 2015 World Day of Prayer

Submitted by: Joyce Trevellyan | Approximately 50 people attended the World Day of Prayer at All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Church on Friday, March 6, 2015. Click any picture for a larger version. Neoma Steigler, the guest speaker, who recently returned from a winter holiday to the Bahamas, shared her experiences while there. Participants dressed in [...]

2015/03/13Local Interest

“Men of the Valley” Elk Night – March 27, 2015

Submitted by: Garry Eisner | Swan River’s “Men of the Valley”  invites everyone to a fun filled evening with Elk Calling Champion Gary Nemetchek  Fri. March 27, 2015 7pm – Veteran’s Hall This is a unique opportunity for all the Outdoor Enthusiasts to get together and learn more about Elk Calling and Hunting Techniques.  Gary [...]

2015/03/12Local Interest

St. Patrick’s Day Tea – March 14, 2015

Submitted by: Cheryle Zbirun | Benito Women’s Auxiliary Tea and Bake Sale Sat. March 14, 2015 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Benito Legion Hall Door Prize Draw at 3:15

2015/03/12Local Interest

Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Information

Submitted by: Donna Leming | During 2 information sessions on March 5 & 9, 2015 CHIP facilitator Dave Ogram gave a DVD presentation by three of the “CHIP” Doctors explaining the benefits of the Complete Health Information Program. Click any picture for a larger version. Several participants from previous CHIP Programs, held in Swan River, [...]

2015/03/11Local Interest

Medieval Magic Enchants Minitonas Arena

Submitted by: Bev Lumax & Lynda Parsons | Lords and Ladies alike were welcomed to Medieval Magic hosted by the Minitonas Figure Skating Club under the direction of Michelle Windsor, and Cindy Fulford. Click any picture for a larger version. Gnomes and Knights, Butterflies and Maidens skated to the music of the bards and minstrels. [...]

2015/03/11Local Interest

Cooking Up a Good Time at 8th Annual Vintage Ride

Submitted by: Swan Valley Snowmobile Association The Swan Valley Snowmobile Association held their 8th Annual Vintage Ride on Saturday, March 7, 2015. There were 36 vintage machines this year and 65 people came for the pancake breakfast. Click any picture for a larger version. Thank you to the Lions Club for doing breakfast and all [...]

2015/03/10Local Interest

Birch River Skating Club Presentation – March 13, 2015

Birch River Skating Club Presents Skate the Rainbow Friday, March 13, 2015 7:00 pm Birch River Arena Silver Collection Silent Auction Guest Skater Concession

2015/03/09Local Interest

MB Government, Sapotaweyak Cree Nation Agreement

Province of Manitoba Media Release | The Government of Manitoba and Sapotaweyak Cree Nation (SCN) have come to an agreement pertaining to development on Crown and treaty land, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson announced today. “Today’s announcement clearly shows our government honours the relationship between ourselves and the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation,” said Minister [...]

2015/03/09Local Interest

Ladies 87th Annual Bonspiel – March 20, 21 & 22, 2015

Swan River Ladies Curling Club 87th Annual Bonspiel March 20, 21, 22, 2015 “Mexican Fiesta” $140.00 per rink Banquet & Entertainment Saturday Night 4 Events Prizes 4 Games guaranteed To enter Contact: Sandra Tibble at 734-4161 (after 5 p.m.) or S.R. curling rink – 734-3055

2015/03/08Local 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 8, 2015 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.

2015/03/07Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – February 17, 2015

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 17th day of February, 2015 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: C. Eisner Councillors: G. Bartel, J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, L. Mychalchuk & S. Walmsley Acting C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Delegations: 7:30pm – [...]

2015/03/07Local Interest

Swan River Business Owner Signs Deal with Giant Tiger

ValleyBiz.ca Story | Local property owner and entrepreneur Jason Eisner is continuing to pursue opportunities that will create more jobs locally and help our community thrive. ValleyBiz.ca has received confirmation from Eisner that he has recently signed a long term lease with Giant Tiger on his existing Direct Liquidation Building located at 1300 Main Street. [...]

2015/03/06Local Interest

Tiger Fire Win Bronze at Special Olympics Winter Games

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | After months of preparation and training, the Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region sent 18 athletes to the 2015 Special Olympics Manitoba Winter Games in Winnipeg from Feb 27 to March 1st. Kolton Leslie, Angie Ferland, Brett Miller and Carter Formo at the Winter Games Opening Ceremonies. Click any picture for [...]

2015/03/06Local Interest

Gymnastic Competition & Showcase – March 14 & 15, 2015

Submitted by: Rhonda Mykula Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastic Club Competition Sat. March 14, 2015 SVRSS 8:30am Session 1     Beginners/Advanced 1:00pm Session 2      Intermediate/ P2 Silver collection, 50/50 & Silent Auction Canteen by SVRSS Basketball Showcase Sun. March 15, 2015 SVRSS 1:30pm Kindergym through to Competitive Level Gymnasts will be demonstrating their skills. Silver collection, [...]

2015/03/05Local Interest

Packed House at Stampeder Home Game

Submitted by: Tracy Boychuk It was a packed house at the Stampeder home game on February 27, 2015. A huge thank you to the Swan River Kinsmen Club and Swan River’s Key Chevrolet Buick GMC for FREE ADMISSION. Click picture for a larger version. The crowd enjoyed the trivia throughout the evening and some very [...]

2015/03/05Local Interest

Better Together Women’s Conference – March 14, 2015

Submitted by: Colleen Eisner | The Churches of Swan Valley present a women’s conference for EVERY generation and EVERY denomination. Because we are Better Together Sat. March 14, 2015 9am – 4pm Community Bible Fellowship Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at: Cook & Cooke Insurance/Financial Windsor’s Service (Esso) One Heart, On Voice, One [...]

2015/03/04Local Interest

An Entertaining Evening at Benito School Dinner Theatre

Submitted by: Patti Hack On February 27 & 28, 2015 the Benito School held a dinner theatre, presenting Uncle Phil’s Diner. Audience members were thoroughly entertained. A great time was had by all! Above: Cast members of Benito School Uncle Phil’s Dinner Theater 2015. Click for a larger version.

2015/03/04Local Interest

STARSkate Championships – March 7, 2015

Submitted by: Vicki Hubscher | STARSkate Championships Hosted by: Swan River Figure Skating Club March 7, 2015 9:00 am -4:30 pm Swan River Centennial Arena 211 – 9th Ave. N. 2015 Skate Canada Manitoba Sanctioned by Skate Canada

2015/03/03Local Interest

Great Conditions for Thunderhill’s Annual Mardi Gras

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk The conditions were great, and many came out to support Thunderhill’s Annual Mardi Gras. 117 guests came out to enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, Costume Party and Downhill racing. There was something for everyone. Above: McKenna Staples & Jessica Hack enjoying the sunshine Click any picture for a larger version. Kristen [...]

2015/03/03Local Interest

8th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride – March 7, 2015

Submitted by: Les Rolsky | 8th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride March 7, 2015 Swan Valley Museum Groomed Route 25 Miles   9:00 – 11:30 pm : $5 Breakfast Prepared by Bowsman & District Lions 10:00 – 12:00 pm : $10 Vintage Registration (95 and older)   3:00 –   3:30 pm : Payout to Vintage Drivers (1st 30% [...]

2015/03/01Local Interest