Monthly Archives: April 2016

2016 Wellman Lake Bible Camp Dates

Submitted by: Lesley Betcher 2016 Wellman Lake Bible Camp Dates Camp activities include: Exploring the Bible, singing, worship, camp fires, special meals, swimming, archery, crafts, canoeing, wall climbing, hiking, sports, ropes course and games galore! Pre-Squirt Camp Date: July 9 Sat. 10am – 4pm Ages: 5 – 7 Fee: $25 Junior High Camp Date: July [...]

2016/04/30Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Respond to Fatal Collision

RCMP Media Release | At approximately 5:04 a.m. on April 30, 2016 the Swan River RCMP Detachment responded to a report of a single vehicle collision approximately 3 km north of Minitonas, MB. RCMP members arrived on scene and located four males who had all been ejected from the vehicle. All were transported to hospital [...]

2016/04/30Local Interest

Ignite Vocal Ensemble Entertains in Birch River

Submitted by: Bethany Matejka | Christian Fellowship Church hosted the Ignite vocal ensemble group from Steinbach Bible College on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The group of 10 students and 2 staff members had a great evening planned. Click any picture for a larger version. There was lots of musical numbers, some sharing about their college [...]

2016/04/30Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – April 5, 2016

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Moriaux, Friesen, Whyte, Delaurier and Sakal present. Councillor Jacobson was absent with permission. 1.  Call to order 2.  Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2016.184 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier [...]

2016/04/30Local Interest

Parkland Bowling Tourney

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | There was some great bowling this on Saturday April 23, 2016 at Up Your Alley Bowling Lanes in Swan River. 32 Special Olympic bowlers from Swan River, Russell and Winnipegosis hit the floor for the Parkland Region Bowling Tournament. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictured above: Top 3 [...]

2016/04/29Local Interest

Village of Arran 100th Anniversary – July 29, 30 & 31, 2016

Submitted by: Rick Nahnybida | ARRAN SASKATCHEWAN 100TH ANNIVERSARY July 29, 30, 31, 2016 Registration: $30 Adults/13 and older Registration deadline: June 15, 2016. Email Registration to: mish1364@yahoo.ca michelle@selectrealtysaskatoon.com e tranfers are welcomed Cheques payable to – Village of Arran Mail to Box 40 Arran, SK S0A 0B0 Registration Friday. Saturday afternoon Entertainment (incl. in [...]

2016/04/29Local Interest

“Come to the Table” Cantata Message Shared with Many

Submitted by: Brenna Smith | Bowsman United Church and Minitonas Knox United Church held two performances on April 23 and 24, 2016 of the Cantata “Come To the Table” at the Bowsman Legion Hall and Knox United Church. Click any picture for a larger version. A great message was received by many about going forth [...]

2016/04/29Local Interest

Sport Fishing Enhancement Banquet – May 7, 2016

Submitted by: Holly Urban | 30th Annual Banquet and Membership Supper Sat. May 7, 2016 Swan River Centennial Arena Demonstrations & Activities Commencing at 6:00 pm Traditional Shore Lunch Featuring: Walleye, Various Smoked Fish, Smoked Brisket, Marinated/Smoked Pork Butt Door Prizes – Auctions – Games Tickets $40 each, available from: Any SVSF Director, TD Canada [...]

2016/04/28Local Interest

2016 Staff Welcomed at Wellman Lake Bible Camp BBQ

Submitted by: Lesley Betcher | A delicious meal with door prizes, a trivia game and the introduction of the 2016 camp staff was enjoyed by a full house for the Wellman Lake Bible Camp Spring Barbeque. Click any picture for a larger version. The Barbeque took place at First Baptist Church in Minitonas on April [...]

2016/04/28Local Interest

Swan Valley Air Cadets Pancake Breakfast – May 1, 2016

Submitted by: Barbara Lewis | 519 Swan Valley Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Pancake Breakfast Sun. May 1, 2016 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Swan Valley Museum Swan River $7 per plate, Children under 5 free In House 50/50 Draw Everyone is Welcome!! Proceeds towards our European trip

2016/04/27Local Interest

Appetites Satisfied at Cowan Spring Supper

Submitted by: Cowan Community Ladies | On Sunday, April 24, 2016, a flock of people enjoyed a delicious supper at the Cowan Community Centre hosted by the Cowan Community Ladies. Pictured above: Just a few of the many volunteers. Click picture for a larger version. Doors opened at 4:30pm and within minutes the hall was [...]

2016/04/27Local Interest

Durban Perogy Supper – May 6, 2016

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn Perogy Supper Durban Community Hall Friday May 06, 2016 5 pm to 7:30 pm 3 Varieties of Perogies Plain, Cheese, Sauerkraut Enjoy with locally produced and processed BISON Sausage ALL YOU CAN EAT Desserts Coffee Tea & Juice Adults $12.00 Ages 7 to 12 $6.00 6 and under free Info; Doreen [...]

2016/04/27Local Interest

Family Fun Night Lives Up to It’s Name

Submitted by: Bethany Matejka | Christian Fellowship Church hosted Family Fun Night on Saturday April 23, 2016. Families came out to enjoy the games, snacks, and visiting and everyone had fun! Click any picture for a larger version. Watch for our next Family Fun Night in Birch River this fall!

2016/04/27Local Interest

Mark Colbert Benefit Lunch – April 30, 2016

Submitted by: Cheryle Zbirun | Benefit Lunch for the Mark Colbert Family Join us April 30, 2016 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Hotdog or Smokie & Drink $5.00 per person CO-OP Parking Lot Swan River Proceeds to help with medical costs for Mark & his family.

2016/04/26Local Interest

Special Olympics Athletes Bring Home the Swag

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Five Special Olympic Parkland Region athletes took part in the 2016 Kinsmen Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Max Bell Centre in Winnipeg on April 16th 2016. Click picture for a larger version. The athletes have been training hard and were pleased with how well they did at the [...]

2016/04/26Local Interest

Anglican Church Spring Tea & Bake Sale – April 30, 2016

Submitted by: Bev Leach | St. James Anglican Church Spring Tea & Bake Sale Sat. April 30, 2016 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm $5 per person Everyone Welcome!

2016/04/26Local Interest

Sally Yunick Receives Volunteer Award

ValleyBiz Story | Sally Yunick was the recent recipient of a Community Futures Parkland Volunteer Award in recognition of her volunteering spirit within the community. Click picture for a larger version. The award was presented at the Benito and Area Drop In Centre on April 21, 2016 by Tom Barnett from Community Futures Parkland in [...]

2016/04/26Local Interest

Illusionist Dazzles Children and Adults

Submitted by: Jessica Bergen | Greg Wood is a children’s speaker & illusionist from Winnipeg. He performed many slight-of-hand magic tricks and illusions for nearly 70 children and adults on Friday, April 22 at Temple Baptist Church. Click any picture for a larger version. He has worked in 10 countries bringing joy and the message [...]

2016/04/25Local Interest

BBQ with Tornado Hunter Benefits Fire Department

Submitted by: Rebecca Popoff | Tornado hunter Chris Chittick blew through Swan River on Thursday, April 21, 2016 with a presentation at Ecole Swan River South School and a meet and greet event at Formo Motors Ltd! We are excited to report that the educational afternoon and evening BBQ was a huge success! Formo Motors [...]

2016/04/25Local Interest

Lenswood Mothers Day Social – May 7, 2016

Submitted by: Susan Hrycyk | Lenswood Community Club Annual Mother’s Day Social Sat. May 7, 2016 Doors Open at 9:00 pm Please come out and enjoy the music by Kenny Thompson. Tickets are $12.00. Midnight lunch will be served. For more information you can call Deloris at 204 236 4286 or Susan at 204 238 [...]

2016/04/24Local Interest

4H Beef Spotlight – Carnell Grandfield & Buddy

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | My name is Carnell Grandfield. This is my steer Buddy. He is a Simmental. This is my fourth year in 4-H Beef. I have raised a AAA beef steer every year. Come and see me and my animal at the show on May 28, 2016 at Valley Livestock.

2016/04/23Local Interest

Books to Be Collected in Memory of Carol Hunter

Submitted by: June McKenzie | The Saturday Brunch Book Club is collecting new and gently used books to be distributed to Swan Valley children & youth who may benefit from the program. The books are being collected to honour the memory of our friend, Carol Hunter. Drop­boxes for book donations will be available from April [...]

2016/04/22Local Interest

Free Concert by Vocal Ensemble Ignite – April 26, 2016

Submitted by: Bethany Matejka | Free Concert Steinbach Bible College Vocal Ensemble Ignite Tuesday, April 26, 2016 7:00 PM Christian Fellowship Church, Birch River Come enjoy a free evening of great music! Bring a plate of desserts to enjoy together following the concert. Call Bethany at 204 731 0664 for more info.

2016/04/21Local Interest

Visual Art Show Features Amazing Local Talent

Submitted by: Maria Kent | The Valley was in for a treat this year at the The Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival’s Visual Arts Exhibition, which was held from April 12-15, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. Valley residents displayed their work in categories like Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, and Photography. The end result [...]

2016/04/21Local Interest

Wellman Lake Bible Camp BBQ – April 24, 2016

Submitted by: Lesley Betcher | Wellman Lake Bible Camp Spring Barbeque Sun. April 24, 2016 5:00 p:m First Baptist Church, Minitonas, MB Food is provided

2016/04/21Local Interest

It Is Well Women’s Conference Held in Swan Valley

Submitted by: Beth Gust | Approximately 60 women enjoyed “It is Well”- a one day interdenominational conference sponsored by Women of the Valley. The event was held at Community Bible Fellowship on April 16, 2016. Several speakers, fellowship and times of music and singing were highlights of the day.

2016/04/20Local Interest

Cowan Spring Supper – April 24, 2016

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | Cowan Spring Supper Sun. April 24, 2016 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Cowan Community Centre 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 would love to see [...]

2016/04/20Local Interest

Rick Wowchuk is New Swan River MLA

2016 MB PROVINCIAL ELECTION RESULTS PC Candidate Rick Wowchuk has been elected as the new MLA for the Swan River Constituency. Wowchuk will join Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister in the new Manitoba PC majority government. Provincially, the PC Party won 40 out of 57 seats, the NDP kept 14 and the Liberals took 3. [...]

2016/04/19Local Interest

Family Fun Night in Birch River – April 23, 2016

Submitted by: Bethany Matejka | Family Fun Night in Birch River You are invited! Sat. April 23, 2016 6-9 PM Christian Fellowship Church, Birch River This is a time of food, fellowship, and fun for ALL ages. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your favourite table game and [...]

2016/04/19Local Interest

Close to 300 Participate in Speech & Music Festival

Submitted by: April Maxwell | Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Association held the Speech Arts & Music Festivals at Temple Baptist Church on April 13 – 15, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. Elizabeth Rotoff from Winnipeg was the adjudicator and it was a pleasure working with this very talented woman. Congratulations to [...]

2016/04/19Local Interest

4H Beef Spotlight – Egan Finlay & Tom

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | This is Egan Finlay with his 4H Beef project, Tom. Egan invites you come to Valley Livestock on May 28, 2016 watch the show, have some lunch & join in the auction. Come out on May 28th and support the Future Farmers of the Valley. Egan raised the Grand Champion [...]

2016/04/18Local Interest

Swan Valley Youth Soccer Ready to Kick Off the Season

Submitted by: Tracy Maksymchuk | Two successful registration nights for Swan Valley Youth Soccer were held April 5 and 12, 2016 at the Centennial Arena. There are approximately 225 soccer players registered. Click any picture for a larger version. The players range in age from our Timbit Beginners who are turning 5 this year, to [...]

2016/04/18Local Interest

Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Awards – April 26, 2016

Submitted by: Evelyn Bredin Fine Arts Festival Awards Night Tues. April 26, 2016 7:00 pm Veteran’s Hall Featuring HIGHLIGHTS from festivals. Everyone Welcome Silver collection

2016/04/17Local Interest

Swan Valley West – March 22, 2016

Regular Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West, held in the Council Chambers at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba on this 22nd day of March, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve; Verne Scouten Councillors; Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, David Minish, Terry Neely CAO; Carolyn Gordon Absent with Prior Notice: [...]

2016/04/16Local Interest

Full Plate Living – Better Health & Weight Loss

Submitted by: David Ogram | The final Information Meeting for the Full Plate Living – Better Health & Weight Loss Program was held at the Swan Valley Health Centre on the evening of Wednesday, April 13, 2016. To date 12 people have signed up for the program. There are still a few more days left [...]

2016/04/15Local Interest

Dolyna Dancers Dessert Concert – April 30, 2016

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Dolyna Dancers present their Year End Dessert Concert Sat. April 30, 2016 7:00 pm SVRSS 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 desserts. [...]

2016/04/15Local Interest

Over 300 Attend Minor Hockey Awards Night

Submitted by; Tanya Powell | The Minor Hockey Awards Night held at the Friendship Centre on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 was a success with over 300 in attendance. Click any picture for a larger version. Mark Simpson was our MC and Darren Webster was our guest speaker. Local Stampeders also attended. Many Thanks to the [...]

2016/04/15Local Interest

SVAPL Soup & Bun Luncheon – April 27, 2016

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League Soup and Bun Luncheon April 27, 2016 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Elk’s Hall Join us for homemade soup with biscuits or buns, dessert and a drink, all for just $10. Tickets for lunch sold at the door. 50/50 Tickets will be sold and drawn [...]

2016/04/14Local Interest

Lively Conversations at Minitonas Spring Tea

Submitted by: Minitonas Knox United Church | Many people braved the snowy return of winter to attend the Minitonas Knox United Spring Tea on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The tea was, by all measures, a great success. Click any picture for a larger version. As people entered the basement of the church they were greeted [...]

2016/04/14Local Interest

Swan Valley High School Rodeo – May 13, 14 & 15, 2016

Submitted by: Crystal Nepinak | Swan Valley High School Rodeo May 14 & 15, 2016 Starts at 10:00 am Free Admission Swan Valley Agriculture Exhibition Grounds Expecting 75 participants in grades 6-12 from Ontario, North Dakota, Saskatchewan & Manitoba. Friday May 13, 2016 at 7pm We are kicking off the weekend with an MBRA 3D [...]

2016/04/14Local Interest

Blue Sky Team Penning Club AGM Highlights

Submitted by: Michelle Buck | The Blue Sky Team Penning Club held their Annual General Meeting on March 18, 2016 at the home of Stan and Sharon Foster, Benito, MB. File photo. Click for a larger version. Here are the AGM highlights: 1. Membership fees will remain unchanged at $80/person for the season or $15/day [...]

2016/04/14Local Interest

Friendship Centre Craft & Trade Show – April 16, 2016

Submitted by: Tanya Powell | Spring Craft Trade Show and Luncheon Sat. April 16, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre 1413 MAIN STREET Over 30 Craft Tables For more information contact Brenda 204-734-2823 or Tanya 204-734-8618

2016/04/13Local Interest

Enthusiastic Audience Greets Sons of the Pioneers

Submitted Story: The Sons of the Pioneers rode in to the town of Swan River this afternoon leaving behind a clean tire trail on the snow covered mountain highway. We had all travelled north, leaving from Brandon after an early breakfast this morning! Pictures by Lana Graham | Click any picture for a larger version. [...]

2016/04/13Local Interest

Fine Arts Speech & Music Festival: April 13-15, 2016

Submitted by: April Maxwell | Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Association Speech Arts & Music Festival April 13 – 15, 2016 Temple Baptist Church Swan River Everyone welcome. Silver collection. Wednesday April 13, 2016 9:30 am Speech Arts 1:15 pm Speech Arts and Music 7:00 pm Speech Arts and Music Thursday April 14, 2016 9:30 [...]

2016/04/12Local Interest

4H Beef Spotlight – Liam McArthur & Garth

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | This is Garth! Liam McArthur’s 4h steer project. Liam would like to invite you to the Swan Valley 4H Beef Show and Sale on May 28, 2016 at Valley Livestock. The show starts at 10 am, bring a lawn chair & have some lunch. Afternoon will be Steer show, and [...]

2016/04/12Local Interest

Visual Arts Exhibition – April 14 & 15, 2016

Submitted by: Maria Kent | Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival presents Visual Arts Exhibition Thurs. April 14, 2016 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Fri. April 15 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Temple Baptist Church Basement Entries Accepted Tues. April 12, 2016 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm For more information contact Derryl May at 204-734-7830

2016/04/12Local Interest

61st Annual 4-H Beef Show & Sale – May 28, 2016

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | 61st Annual Swan Valley 4-H Beef Show & Sale Sat. May 28, 2016 10:00 am Heifer Show 1:00 pm Steer Show 3:00 pm Sale Valley Livestock, Minitonas Watch ValleyBiz for Spotlight on Members & their projects! Click here for the full catalogue of members and their projects. For more information [...]

2016/04/12Local Interest

Geography Soup & Sandwich Lunch – April 29, 2016

Submitted by: Kevin Kirkpatrick | Soup and Sandwich Lunch April 29, 2016 11:30am – 1:30pm Elks Hall $7.00 All Proceeds to support Banff 2016 Trip

2016/04/11Local Interest

Brian Pallister Makes Campaign Stop in Swan Valley

ValleyBiz Story | Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister met with party supporters at the Westwood Inn on Saturday April 9, 2016, one day after the release of his party’s full platform along with cost and savings estimates. Click any picture for a larger version. The platform costing document outlines $117 million in election promises, offset [...]

2016/04/11Local Interest

Comedy Illusions Of Greg Wood – April 22, 2016

Submitted by: Jessica Bergen | Temple Baptist Church presents: Comedy Illusions of Greg Wood Fri. April 22, 2016 7:00 pm Temple Baptist Church 913 – 1st Street South All ages are welcome and admission is free.

2016/04/10Local Interest