Monthly Archives: November 2016

Municipality Rebukes Fear Mongering by Local Broadcaster

Media Release Submitted by: Swan Valley West | Earlier yesterday (November 29th [2016]) two of the more reputable media outlets in the Swan River Valley asked the Municipality of Swan Valley West if the municipal water supply in the LUD (local urban district) of Benito was safe. The answer was and is an unequivocal YES. [...]

2016/11/30Local Interest

Dolyna Dancers Christmas Concert – December 5, 2016

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers present: Old Fashioned Christmas Concert Mon. December 5, 2016 6:30 p.m. SVRSS Cafeteria Join us for a great evening of dancing and treats $1,000 Christmas Raffle Draw There will be an appearance from a special guest following the concert!

2016/11/30Local Interest

Chamber of Commerce Gala and Black Friday Windup

Submitted by: Heather Nielsen | It was a busy weekend for the Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce. The annual tree lighting took place Friday at 4:30 with Santa, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Click any picture for a larger version. Black Friday was a resounding success! We could not have asked for better weather to [...]

2016/11/30Local Interest

Significant Increases in Swan River Water & Septic Rates

ValleyBiz Story | The Public Utilities Board (Board) has approved revised water and wastewater rates effective January 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018 for the Town of Swan River (Town). Sewer rates will increase 93.09% in 2017 (from $2.75 to $5.31 per 1,000 gallons) and 39.55% in 2018 (to $7.41 per 1000 gallons). Water rates [...]

2016/11/29Local Interest

No Boil Water Advisory in Effect for Benito

ValleyBiz Story | Rumors are flying after concerns about the safety of the Benito Municipal water supply were raised over social media yesterday (November 28, 2016), citing staffing issues at the water plant. In a statement to ValleyBiz, David Minish, Media Spokesperson for the Municipality of Swan Valley West, said,”There is no concern as to [...]

2016/11/29Local Interest

Valley Stage Players Present Fun Filled Production

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | The Veterans Community Hall was the location this past weekend for a very successful production of the comedy, “Virgil and the City Slickers” by the Valley Stage Players. Click any pictures for a larger version. The production opened Friday night on November 25, 2016 to an enthusiastic audience who responded [...]

2016/11/29Local Interest

Swan Valley Man Killed in ATV Rollover

RCMP Media Release | On November 27, 2016, at approximately 6:45 pm, Swan River RCMP were dispatched to a single-vehicle ATV rollover near Provincial Road 157 West in the RM of Swan Valley West, Manitoba. It appears that the local farmer had been checking on livestock and was alone at the time of the incident. [...]

2016/11/28Local Interest

Cookie Walk a Delicious Success

Submitted by: Bev Leach | Early arrivals to the Services to Seniors Cookie Walk lined up for the 10 a.m. opening at St. James Anglican Church on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. Board members and volunteers helped keep the lines moving as participants chose cookies to fill their boxes. [...]

2016/11/28Local Interest

Faye Somers Book Reading/Signing – December 1, 2016

Submitted by: Faye Somers | Book Reading and Signing by local author: Faye Somers December 1, 2016 Green Brier Bookstore and Gallery 5th Ave N, Swan River 3:30-7:00pm Refreshments will be served at this come and go event. Her unique artwork will also be on display in the gallery. Her novella, Fear in the Forest, [...]

2016/11/27Local Interest

Swan Valley CTC Toy Drive – Until December 17, 2016

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) Toys 4 U! SVCTC provides toys to children who do not already have access to existing Christmas programs in the Swan Valley. Donations to this toy drive can be made at: Chicken Chef, Pizza Place, Qwik Stop, Red Apple, Rumor’s, SV Library, Tim Horton’s, [...]

2016/11/26Local Interest

Unique Gifts at Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Submitted by: Karen Peters The Ten Thousand Villages Sale took place in Swan River on November 17 through 19, 2016. The sale featured handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans. Click any picture for a larger version. Many people stopped by to find some unique items, to get a start on their Christmas shopping and to [...]

2016/11/26Local Interest

Voices Join Together in Song

Submitted by: June Jamieson | The “Let’s Just Praise the Lord Sing-along” at the Seventh-day Adventist Church was held on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. The voices of the fifty attendees combined to make a wonderful choir, singing along with old-time hymns. Special selections were given by a group [...]

2016/11/25Local Interest

Community Foundation Annual Meeting – December 6, 2016

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley Annual Meeting & Granting Night Tues. December 6, 2016 7:30 P.M. Westwood Inn Banquet Room The evening will include cheque presentations to the 2016 grant recipients. Come and find out more about the projects supported by the Community Foundation of Swan Valley. Everyone Welcome

2016/11/24Local Interest

Scrumptious Fall Supper at St. Andrew’s United Church

Submitted by: Jennifer Simpson | On Sunday, November 20, 2016, St. Andrew’s United Church held their annual fall supper. A scrumptious turkey dinner was enjoyed by everyone who attended and the many who ordered their meal for delivery. Click any picture for a larger version. The huge array of desserts was exciting for everyone young [...]

2016/11/24Local Interest

Fun for All at Birch River Family Fun Night

Submitted by: Bethany Matejka | Despite the weather getting steadily colder, things were warm and cheery in Birch River at the Family Fun Night put on by Christian Fellowship Church on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. With multi-generational participants from Swan River, Birch River, and Mafeking, everyone had a [...]

2016/11/24Local Interest

Lenswood Santa Brunch – December 4, 2016

Submitted by: Susan Hrycyk | Lenswood Santa Brunch December 4, 2016 Lenswood Community Hall 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Santa Arrives at 11:30 Cost: 5 and under Free 6-12 $3.00 Adults $6.00 Pancakes, Sausages, Beverages, and Desserts Chinese Auction For further information please call: Deloris 204-236-4286, Krissy 204-236-4478 or Susan 204-238-4355

2016/11/23Local Interest

Minitonas Students Inspired at Winnipeg We Day

ValleyBiz Story | The Minitonas Middle Years School “We Create Change” social justice team was in Winnipeg on November 16 – 18, 2016 to attend the WE DAY event at MTS Centre on November 18, 2016. Submitted photos. The 19 students from Minitonas joined approximately 16,000 students from across Manitoba for the inspirational event intended [...]

2016/11/23Local Interest

Stampeders Atom “A” Tournament: November 25-27, 2016

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | The Swan Valley Atom “A” Stampeders host the Atkinson Sports Excellence/Pizza Place Atom tournament this weekend (Nov 25-27). The 6-team round robin tournament action kicks off Friday at 1:30PM as the host Stampeders face the Dauphin Kings right after the Noon Hour Hockey legends game (hope most of the crowd [...]

2016/11/22Local Interest

Excellence Shines at Community Foundation Cultural Gala

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) hosted their second annual Cultural Gala on Friday November 18, 2016 at the Veterans Hall in Swan River. Click any picture for a larger view. Over 150 people attended the elegant evening that celebrated the benefit the CFSV provides to [...]

2016/11/22Local Interest

Lots of Selection at Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Last Saturday, November 19, 2016, The Swan Valley Snowmobile Association had their first annual Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet. There were plenty of new and used merchandise to choose from. Click any picture for a larger version. Thanks to all the local snowmobile dealers who brought in their machines and [...]

2016/11/21Local Interest

Festival of Trees – December 6-10, 2016

Submitted by: Maureen Bowles | Festival of Trees December 6-10, 2016 10:30 am to 5:00 pm and Tuesday and Thursday evening. Northwest Regional Library Enjoy some hot apple cider and a cookie while viewing the Christmas Trees decorated by local clubs, businesses, day cares and individuals. The Gingerbread Houses are built by local school classes, [...]

2016/11/20Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – November 14, 2016

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the November 16, 2016 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board approved the transportation request for two students from Saskatchewan to attend Benito School. This is part of the Interprovincial Agreement. 2. The Board was informed that a request for additional space was being [...]

2016/11/20Local Interest

Swan Valley Tiger Fire Floor Hockey Brings Home Blue!

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | The Swan Valley Tiger Fire Floor Hockey team travelled to Portage La Prairie on November 5, 2016 to compete in the Special Olympics Manitoba Centre Ice Floor Hockey Tournament bringing home 2nd place blue ribbons. The Winnipeg Blue Devils won all three of their games to take home first. The [...]

2016/11/19Local Interest

St. Andrews United Church Supper – November 20, 2016

Submitted by: Linn Barabash | St. Andrews United Church Fall Supper Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 4:30 to 6:30pm Veterans Community Hall Swan River Adults $15.00 Children 6-12 $6.00 5 and under free. For Home Delivery orders must be placed by Friday, Nov 18, 2016 at 7pm Call 204-734-4491 or 204-734-0285

2016/11/19Local Interest

53rd Annual Carol Festival – December 4, 2016

Submitted by: April Maxwell | Swan Valley Fine Arts Festivals Association presents 53rd Annual Carol Festival Sun. December 4, 2016 3:00 p.m. Temple Baptist Church Swan River Silver collection and/or non-perishable food item donations.

2016/11/18Local Interest

Another Great Year for Calico Corners Craft Sale

Submitted by: Brenda Fisher | Our 37th annual craft sale was held on November 4, 2016. Crafters and shoppers enjoyed an unseasonably warm day for our event. Click any picture for a larger version. The War Veteran’s Hall was abuzz with activity as people browsed through the wonderful variety of wares available for purchase. Friends [...]

2016/11/18Local Interest

40th Birthday Celebrated in Support of Cancer Care

Submitted by: Roxie Petelski | At Patti Bresky’s 40th Birthday party held at the Westwood Inn banquet room on October 15th, 2016 she invited family and friends to attend a special event. In celebration of her 40th birthday, she decided to shave her head in honor of people fighting cancer. Click any picture for a [...]

2016/11/17Local Interest

Swan Hills Ranch Represents at Yorkton Exhibition

ValleyBiz Story | Swan Hills Ranch had a strong showing in the Yorkton Exhibition 2016 Havest Showdown on November 2-5, 2016, bringing home the titles of Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion Pen of Three Open Heifers. Photos by Peter Baron Photography Pictured above: Reserve Grand Champion Winner, Scott Tibble/Swan Hills Ranch (center) with Judge [...]

2016/11/16Local Interest

Christmas Tea & Bake Sale – December 3, 2016

Submitted by: Beverley Leach | St. James Anglican Church Christmas Tea & Bake Sale Sat. December 3, 2016 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm St. James Anglican Church 1201 1st Street S Swan River Everyone Welcome!

2016/11/16Local Interest

Young and Old Rock the Lenswood Hall

Submitted by: Judy Biech | The Lenswood Community Hall was rocking to the music of Ken Thompson and Brittany Moore for the Lenswood Harvest Windup Dance on Saturday November 5, 2016. Young and old alike had a great evening dancing and socializing.

2016/11/16Local Interest

Community Band Christmas Concert – December 7, 2016

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | Christmas Bells Are Ringing! Wed. December 7, 2016 7:30 pm SVRSS Cafeteria Featuring: Concert Band and Tarnished Brass Refreshments. Silver collection.

2016/11/15Local Interest

Huge Support for Mangin Family Fundraiser

Submitted by: Austen Anderson | It was a beautiful day on November 10th when the Minitonas 4-H Beef Club gathered to host a fundraising BBQ for the Mangin family. Joe is a leader in our club and Bailey and Nolan are members. Click picture for a larger version. Over 800 burgers were sold between 11:00 [...]

2016/11/15Local Interest

Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet – November 19, 2016

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Swan Valley Snowmobile Association First Annual Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet November 19, 2016 Swan Valley Museum Swan River, Manitoba 9:30 to 5:30 pm Admission Free All Brands of Snowmobile Local Dealers On Site. Food will be available: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Drinks. 50/50 tickets available all day, Draw at 5 [...]

2016/11/14Local Interest

RCMP Seize Multiple Firearms from Camperville Residence

RCMP Media Release | On the morning of Sunday, November 13, 2016, members of the Winnipegosis RCMP Detachment with assistance from the Dauphin Detachment executed a search warrant at a residence in Camperville, Manitoba. Daniel Joseph FAGNAN, 28, of Camperville was arrested at the scene and is charged with numerous firearm related offences along with [...]

2016/11/14Local Interest

Many Plates Filled at Minitonas Fall Supper

Submitted by: Minitonas Knox United Church | The Minitonas Hall was packed on Sunday November 6, 2016 for the fall supper put on by Minitonas Knox United Church. Click any picture for a larger version. The hearty meal included turkey, meatballs, vegetables, salads and all the trimmings followed by a delicious selection of pies for [...]

2016/11/14Local Interest

Annual NDP Christmas Supper – December 3, 2016

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | Annual NDP Christmas Supper Saturday, December 3rd Swan Valley Museum Socializing 5:00 p.m. Supper 6:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Amanda Lathlin, MLA for The Pas $13 per person Silent Auction Everyone Welcome!

2016/11/13Local Interest

Good Turnout for Arran Rib & Wing Night

Submitted by: Michelle McKenzie It was a gorgeous day on Saturday, November 5, 2016 and there was a good turnout for the Arran Rec Board Wing & Rib Night held in the Arran Gymnasium. Click any picture for a larger version. Thank you all who came out, and thanks to all the volunteers.

2016/11/13Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – November 2, 2016

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the November 2, 2016 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The official audit of the School Division was completed this past week. The independent Auditor for the Division presented the Audited Financial Statement as of June 30, 2016 to the Board. A copy will be [...]

2016/11/13Local Interest

Service To Seniors Cookie Walk – November 26, 2016

Submitted by: Bev Leach | Sponsored by: Service to Seniors Sat. November 26, 2016 10:00 a.m. till cookies last St. James Anglican Church 1201 – 1st Street South A great way to start your Christmas baking! You will be given a box when you enter and you will then go on your “cookie walk” past [...]

2016/11/13Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – October 4, 2016

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Moriaux, Friesen, Whyte, Jacobson, Delaurier and Sakal present.   1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2016.497 Moved By: Jason Delaurier Seconded By: Lance Jacobson RESOLVED that the Agenda for the October 4th, [...]

2016/11/12Local Interest

Royal Purple Christmas Baking – Order By Nov. 29, 2016

Submitted by: Bev Lumax | Royal Purple Christmas Baking 2 dozen dainties $24 Christmas pudding $15 (per quart) Order Deadline: November 29, 2016 Orders can be phoned in to: Adeline McQuay 204-734-3652, Betty Kotyk 204-734-4304 or Diane Sylvester 204-734-2232 Pick up will be at the Elks Hall from 10 am to noon on Saturday Dec. [...]

2016/11/12Local Interest

RISE Using Grant to Develop a Tourism Development Plan

Submitted by: Heather Nielsen | It’s an exciting time in Swan Valley! Swan Valley RISE has been awarded a grant through the Tourism Development Fund for $17,250. The funds will be used for developing a multi-year, valley wide Tourism Development Plan. The plan will provide direction for the development and promotion of tourism sites and [...]

2016/11/12Local Interest

Positive Parenting Presentation – November 30, 2016

Submitted by: Bev Polon | Positive Parenting in Challenging Situations FREE Public Presentation Wed. November 30, 2016 SVRSS Multi-Purpose Room Swan River For Professionals & Parents 1:30-3:00 pm For Parents & Community 6:30-8:00 pm Register by Phone: 734-8138 or 734-4518 (Bev Polon) Email: swanvalleyctc@gmail.com Dr. John Walker is a Professor in the Department of Clinical [...]

2016/11/12Local Interest

Remember … And Hold the Torch High

ValleyBiz Story | We will remember them. “We remember because this peace that we enjoy today cost us too much.” said Rev. Marcel Archambault during a Remembrance Day Service on November 11, 2016 at the Veteran’s Community Hall. Click any picture for a larger version. Following the March to the cenotaph, Veternas place wreaths to [...]

2016/11/11Local Interest

Seventh-Day Adventist Sing-a-Long – November 20, 2016

Submitted by: June Jamieson | Let’s Just Praise The Lord Sing-a-Long Sun. November 20, 2016 7:00 pm Seventh-day Adventist Church 1200 – 1st St South Swan River Fellowship lunch to follow.

2016/11/10Local Interest

Stampeders, Movember and Cancer Care Swan River

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The Swan Valley Stampeders and the booster club are selling Movember Tshirts. Sizes range from youth XL to 2Xl adult and the shirts are $20 each, with $14 from each shirt sold going to Cancer Care Swan River. Click any picture for a larger version. Tshirts are available at all [...]

2016/11/10Local Interest

Christmas Cheer Application Deadline: November 18, 2016

Submitted by: Swan Valley Christmas Cheer Board APPLICATION FORMS Available at … Your Municipal Office Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre MUST BE COMPLETED & RETURNED by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 18, 2016 PHONE OR WALK IN APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE TAKEN Sunday, November 20, 2016 Elks Hall, Swan River 112 – 5th Ave. S. From [...]

2016/11/10Local Interest

Swan River RCMP investigate fatal hit-and-run collision

RCMP Media Release | On November 10, 2016, just before 7:00 am, Swan River RCMP responded to a report of a male lying in the middle of Highway 10 north of Mafeking, Manitoba. When officers arrived on scene, the male was being attended to by local emergency services. His injuries appeared consistent with being hit [...]

2016/11/10Local Interest

Over 2000 lbs from We Scare Hunger Food Drive

Submitted by: Rebecca Popoff | On Thursday, November 3, 2016 Formo Motors delivered 2 trucks loaded with non-perishable food items to the food bank! It was a grand total of 2138 pounds! Click any picture for a larger version. Thank you everyone for your generous donations this year this will help fill up the Christmas [...]

2016/11/10Local Interest

Long History of Swan Valley Rotary Community Projects

ValleyBiz Story | “We’re a small club, but we’re a mighty club.” said Rotarian Dave Theunissen while reflecting on the Swan Valley Rotary Club’s (SVRC) past successes. Over the years the “small club” has raised more than $500,000 for community projects. Click any picture for a larger version. Looking back, the first major project for [...]

2016/11/09Local Interest