Monthly Archives: April 2015

Full House for Lions Medical Assistance Supper

Submitted by: Brett Church | The Minitonas and District Lions Club would like to thank everybody that attended the Medical assistance supper on April 26, 2015. Click any picture for a larger version. A full house enjoyed a wonderful meal. The Lions Club would also like thank everybody that helped with preparing and serving the [...]

2015/04/30Local Interest

Vesselli Dance Club Delivers Fantastic Performance

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The Vesselli Dance Concert was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The Benito Gymnasium was busting at the seams with family and friends of the dancers, and terrific community members. Click any picture for a larger version. The afternoon was sure to be a fantastic performance for everyone. The audience [...]

2015/04/30Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – April 14, 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, April 14th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Present Reeve: Verne Scouten Councillors: Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster David Minish, Terry Neely, Stan Potten Finance Clerk; [...]

2015/04/30Local Interest

Annual Fine Arts Festival Awards Night

Lloyd Gilchrist | More than forty awards, scholarships, and trophies were awarded to particpants in this year’s fiddling and guitar, speech arts, keyboard and vocal, and band festivals. This year’s awards concert also celebrated 80 years of festivals in the Swan Valley. Click any picture for a larger version. Displays showing memorabilia from past years [...]

2015/04/30Local Interest

Spectacular Performance by Dolyna Dancers

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Dolyna Dancers once again performed to a packed house at the Annual Dessert Concert on April 25th at the SVRSS. The “Pryvit” or “Welcome Dance” gave the audience a glimpse of what the evening would hold. Click any picture for a larger version. This dance included several Ukrainian regions, [...]

2015/04/29Local Interest

Future Physician Recruited to Swan Valley

Submitted Story | Swan Valley RISE (RISE) and Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) announced today that another future physician has been recruited to the Swan Valley. David Cazakoff, a 2nd year medical student at the University of Saskatchewan, has signed a return of service agreement to establish a medical practice in the Swan Valley when he [...]

2015/04/28Local Interest

Many Talents Showcased at Jamboree

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | The 26th Annual Jamboree, held on April 25, 2015 in Birch River was again successful. There were many great talents showcase and young and old enjoyed the evening. Click any picture for a larger version. Isabelle Davy and Eunice Rosteski started this evening 26 years ago. The Rosteski Children have [...]

2015/04/28Local Interest

Adult & Teen Challenges Visits Swan River

Submitted by: Chris Staniland | Adult and Teen Challenge of Central Canada made a stop in Swan River on Friday, April 24, 2015 as part of their spring tour. Staff and students of the men’s and women’s Teen Challenge program along with about 80 attendees gathered at Living Word Bible College for an evening of [...]

2015/04/28Local Interest

Westman Communications Expanding Services in Swan River

Media Release | Swan River, April 25, 2015 Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce that with the pending completion of a $1.2 million fibre optic network build Swan River residents and businesses will soon have higher Internet speed options, enhanced video services, and as well for the first time, will have a choice for [...]

2015/04/27Local Interest

Many Enjoy St. James Anglican Spring Tea & Bake Sale

Submitted by: Beverley Leach | St. James Anglican Church was buzzing on Saturday, April 25, 2015 as many enjoyed the ACW’s annual Spring Tea and Bake Sale. Click any picture for a larger version. Shirley Woodward and grandson Max enjoyed a break together. St. James ACW appreciates and thanks everyone for their support.

2015/04/27Local Interest

Safe Grad Bottle Drive – May 9, 2015

Submitted by: Marnie Waddell | The 2015 SVRSS graduating class is planning a bottle drive to raise money for their safe grad. Sat. May 9, 2015 Noon – 2 p.m. at Gardwine To arrange bottle pick up call Marnie: 204-525-3027 (evenings & weekends) or Drop off bottles at the UCN-Faculty of Health 203 Second St. [...]

2015/04/26Local Interest

Voices Join Together at Annual Hymn Sing

Submitted by: June Jamieson | The annual Hymn Sing at the Seventh-day Adventist church was held on Sunday April 19, 2015. The voices of the seventy attendees combined to make a wonderful choir, singing their favorite hymns. Click any picture for a larger version. Special selections were given by groups made up of the Potorieko, [...]

2015/04/25Local Interest

Wellman Lake Bible Camp Presents Dinner Theatre

Submitted by: Lesley Betcher | A full house enjoyed the “Family Camp Dinner Theatre” Sunday, April 19, 2015 presented by Wellman Lake Bible Camp. Click any picture for a larger view. A camp setting in the 1950′s, played by a cast of adults ,youth and children, brought much laughter and involvement from the audience.

2015/04/23Local Interest

One Day Elite Basketball Camp – May 2, 2015

Submitted by: Ian Kitch | Brandon University Men’s Basketball Team One day Elite Camp Sat. May 2, 2015 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Swan River SVRSS This camp is will be split into 2 groups, one for grades 5-8 and a second more advanced group for grades 9-12. The camp is open for both Girl’s [...]

2015/04/23Local Interest

Cowan Community Ladies Host Delicious Supper

Submitted by: Rose Kovackik | On Sunday, April 19, 2015, a crowd of people enjoyed a delicious supper at the Cowan Community Centre hosted by the Cowan Community Ladies. Pictured left: Some of the many helpers in the kitchen. Pictures by Roseanne Coma. Click any picture for a larger version. Doors opened at 4:30 pm [...]

2015/04/23Local Interest

Little Woody Baptist Church Art Show – May 2, 2015

Submitted by: Renate Wille | Little Woody Baptist Church Art Show May 2, 2015 1 – 5 pm Ditch Road West Turn right (north) on 165 to Little Woody Church! See you there!

2015/04/22Local Interest

Workshop Aims to Protect Valley Youth

Submitted by: Sid Koop | Guest speaker, Sid Koop spent Friday evening, April 17,2015 speaking to over 100 youth and youth workers at CBF Church. Youth came from all over the Parkland area to hear Sid. Click any picture for a larger version. His topic was pornography and its prevalent destructiveness in today’s culture. Saturday [...]

2015/04/22Local Interest

Swan Valley High School Rodeo – May 9 & 10, 2015

Submitted by: Austen Anderson | Swan Valley High School Rodeo May 9 & 10, 2015 Starts at 10:00 am Free Admission Swan Valley Agriculture Exhibition Grounds 75 participants are registered from Ontario, North Dakota, Saskatchewan & Manitoba. Watch Manitoba’s best cowboys and cowgirls compete in: Breakaway Roping Goat Tying Team Roping Barrel Racing Pole Bending [...]

2015/04/22Local Interest

Seed Exchange Meeting & Presentation – April 30, 2015

Submitted by: Donna Marek – Jorundson | Open pollinated & Heritage Seed Exchange April 30, 2015 7:00 pm Northwest Regional Library The meeting will be to to explore the possibility of establishing an annual seed and plant exchange. A talk on saving seeds will be presented by Nelson Chess. Phone Devon at 734 9116 for [...]

2015/04/21Local Interest

Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Band Sessions

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | This year’s fine arts festival concluded it performance sessions with the band festival on April 13 through April 17, 2015. Click any picture for a larger version. Sessions began on Monday with sessions held in Benito School, carried on in Minitonas on Tuesday at the Minitonas Middle Years School, at [...]

2015/04/21Local Interest

Adult and Teen Challenge Spring Tour – April 24, 2015

Submitted by: Chris Staniland | Adult and Teen Challenge of Central Canada Spring Tour Fri. April 24, 2015 7:00 pm Living Word Bible College 319 Centennial Drive Swan River Hear powerful testimonies of changed lives, inspiring music, and a message of hope for those struggling with addictions.

2015/04/20Local Interest

BAM Spring Concert – April 30, 2015

Submitted by: Donna Burghart | Bowsman Accomplished Musicians Spring Concert Thurs. April 30, 2015 7:00 pm Bowsman Legion Hall The Bowsman Accomplished Musicians under the instruction of Mr. Marcel Hapel * Admission by Donation * Baking Raffle & 50/50 for Grades 5-8 Year End Activities

2015/04/20Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – April 7, 2015

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councilor’s, Jacobson, Delaurier, Whyte, Sakal, Moriaux and Friesen present. Minutes: 1. RESOLVED that the Agenda for the April 7th, 2015 regular meeting of Council be received. Carried: 2. [...]

2015/04/19Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – March 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 March, 2015 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: C. Eisner Councillors: G. Bartel, J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Delegations: 7:30pm – Minitonas Lions Club [...]

2015/04/18Local Interest

Dinner Theatre Fundraiser & Camp Kick Off – April 19, 2015

Submitted by: Lesley Betcher Wellman Lake Bible Camp Fundraiser & Camp Kick Off April 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm Temple Baptist Church 913 – 1st St. S. Swan River, Mb. ~ Dinner Theatre ~ Featuring ̔ Family Camp’ a humorous drama Tickets are complimentary, please RSVP to reserve a seat. Contact Beth at 204-238-4973

2015/04/17Local Interest

Spring Banquet Benefits Madge Lake Bible Camp

Submitted by: Luella Lausman | A Spring Banquet was held at Community Bible Fellowship on April 11, 2015. A freewill offering was collected with proceeds going to Madge Lake Bible Camp. Click any picture for a larger version. Madge Lake Bible Camp has been offering exciting programs for 61 years to boys and girls and [...]

2015/04/16Local Interest

Minitonas Fiddling Program Spring Concert – April 24, 2015

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Minitonas Fiddling Program Spring Concert Fri. April 24, 2015 7:00 pm Minitonas Early Years School Auditorium Everyone welcome to a great evening of entertainment showcasing our talented students under the tutelage of Fiddling Instructor Marcel Hapel. Guest performer-award winning Kaitlyn Obedzinski Silver collection at the door.

2015/04/15Local Interest

Swan River PC Association AGM & Spring Supper

Submitted by: Jason Delaurier | The Swan River PC association hosted their AGM and Spring Supper on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Over 75 people were in attendance to enjoy a delicious roast beef meal prepared by the Westwood Inn. Click any picture for a larger version. Guest Speakers included Brian Pallister, Leader of the Official [...]

2015/04/14Local Interest

Fine Arts Festival in Full Swing

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | The keyboard, vocal, and choral portions of the Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival were held this past Wednesday to Friday, April 8-10, 2015 at the Temple Baptist Church in Swan River. Click any picture for a larger version. Festival president April Maxwell (left) opened the session and welcomed prominent Winnipeg [...]

2015/04/13Local Interest

33rd Annual Benito Vesselli Dance Concert – April 25, 2015

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | 33rd Annual Benito Vesselli Dance Concert April 25, 2015 Doors open at 1:30 pm Benito School Gymnasium Dainties and Refreshments Lucky Draw Auction Admission at the Door Everyone $5.00 Preschool – Free

2015/04/12Local Interest

26th Annual Western Jamboree – April 25, 2015

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | 26th Annual Western Jamboree Sat.Apr.25/15 7:00p.m. Birch River Legion Hall Adm:$5.00 Participants FREE Refreshments served Luck-of-the-draw Auction Sponsored by:Birch River Northern Neighbors

2015/04/12Local Interest

Musical Program – April 19, 2015

Submitted by: Donna Leming | Musical Program Sun. April 19, 2015 7:00 pm Seventh-day Adventist Church 1200 – 1st St South Swan River Come and join your friends and neighbors to listen to inspiring Christian music and sing you favorite hymns. Refreshments will be served following the program. Everyone Welcome.

2015/04/11Local Interest

Dolyna Dancers Year End Dessert Concert – April 25, 2015

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Dolyna Dancers present their Year End Dessert Concert Sat. April 25, 2015 7:00 pm SVRSS School Gymnasium Tickets $10 5 and under free Tickets available at the Star & Times or at the door. Everyone is welcome to attend an evening of Ukrainian Dance, and indulge in some scrumptious [...]

2015/04/11Local Interest

St. Andrew’s United Church Garage Sale – May 1 & 2, 2015

Submitted by: Jayne G. Leadbeater (Minish) St. Andrew’s United Church GARAGE SALE Fri. May 1, 2015 1:00 P.M.– 7:00 P.M. Sat. May 2, 2015 9:00 A.M.—12:00 P.M. 514 – 1st Street North LOWER HALL

2015/04/11Local Interest

Hillsview Hike – May 25, 2015

Submitted by: Rev. Kathy Highmoor | Hillsview Hike May 25th, 2015 Bowsman United Church, Bowsman, MB to Knox United Church, Minitonas, MB In Celebration of Health – Spiritual, Emotional, Mental and Physical Life is a journey and its steps are shared with so many. Itinerary: 8:00 am – 9:00 am 9:00 am 11:00 am – [...]

2015/04/10Local Interest

St. James Anglican Spring Tea & Bake Sale – April 25, 2015

Submitted by: Bev Leach | St. James Anglican A.C.W. SPRING TEA and BAKE SALE Sat. April 25, 2015 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. $5.00 St. James Anglican Church 1201 1st. South, Swan River EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

2015/04/10Local Interest

Swan River Ladies Curling Garage Sale – April 24, 2015

Submitted by: Brenda Deneer | Swan River Ladies Curling Club Garage & Bake Sale Fri. April 24, 2015 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Swan River Community Centre (Curling Rink) Come try our “Homemade” baking and check out the assortment of garage sale items.

2015/04/09Local Interest

SVAPL Spaghetti Luncheon a Roaring Success!

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | The baked spaghetti luncheon put on by Swan Valley Animal Protection League on April 8/15 was a roaring success! Pictured left: Marnie Waddell counts the money at the door. Click any picture for a larger version. People of all ages came out to enjoy a great lunch of baked spaghetti, [...]

2015/04/09Local Interest

In Our Pockets: Child Protection Workshop – April 18, 2015

Submitted by: Tracy Burick Practical tools and information to help protect kids from porn, child predators and human trafficking. Free Workshop with Sid Koop Sat. April 18, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm SVRSS Cafeteria A little help can make a big difference. For more information call 238-4913

2015/04/09Local Interest

Spring Banquet – April 11, 2015

Submitted by: Myrna Zinkiew | Spring Banquet Sat. April 11, 2015 6:00 pm Community Bible Fellowship Freewill Offering Entertainment Proceeds to Madge Lake Bible Camp

2015/04/08Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Make Drug Trafficking Arrests

RCMP Media Release | On April 4, 2015, Swan River RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in Swan River, Manitoba. As a result of the search, RCMP seized marihuana, cell phones, scales and other drug paraphernalia. Daniel Panko, 48, of Swan River, is charged with Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, [...]

2015/04/08Local Interest

Cowan Spring Supper – April 19, 2015

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik Cowan Spring Supper Cowan Community Centre Sun. April 19, 2015 Supper will be served from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be a large selection of buffet items to choose from. Adults – $12.00, Children 7-13 – $6.00, Preschoolers Free. Take-outs are available. Everyone Welcome. Come on out – we [...]

2015/04/07Local Interest

BAM Jam Camp 2015 – A Huge Success!

Submitted by: Donna L D Burghart BAM Jam Camp held March 30 & 31, 2015, put on by the Bowsman School Parent Advisory Council, was once again a great success! Click any picture for a larger version. This was the 5th Anniversary for BAM Jam Camp and proved that the talent in our Valley just [...]

2015/04/06Local Interest

Early Years Wellness Fair – May 6, 2015

Submitted by: Sharon Glasscock | Early Years Wellness Fair May 6, 2015 Swan River Curling Rink 10:00am – 7:00pm FREE for parents and children (birth-5 years old) Fun interactive stations, screenings and display booths, snacks, draw prizes and giveaways. More info contact Sharon@ 734-4531.

2015/04/05Local Interest

Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce AGM Well Attended

Submitted by: Erin Brown | SWAN VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Annual General Meeting Westwood Inn March 25, 2015 7:00 p.m. Informal appetizer supper was served by the Westwood Inn. 1. Welcome – President Heather Nielsen. 2. Greetings from the Town of Swan River – Councillor David Moriaux brought greetings on behalf of the Town of [...]

2015/04/03Local Interest

Municipality of Swan Valley West By-Election Results

Municipality of Swan Valley West By-Election Results Council (2 Positions): 1. MINISH, David – 370 votes 2. BLOSHA, Carrie – 365 votes MACHAN, Donald – 354 votes RIEHL, Lonny – 304 votes GADE, Bill – 275 votes SASYNIUK, Nick – 77 votes

2015/04/01Local Interest

Swan Valley RISE Expands Tourism Resources

Submitted Story | Swan Valley Regional Initiative for a Strong Economy (RISE) recently designed a new tourism booklet as part of its mandate to help develop the Swan Valley region as a visitor destination. Click picture for a larger version. The eight page booklet was designed in consultation with Valley in the Mountains Tourism and [...]

2015/04/01Local Interest