Monthly Archives: March 2017

Arran Rec Board Wing & Rib Night – April 8, 2017

Submitted by: Michelle McKenzie | Arran Rec Board Wing & Rib Night April 8, 2017 2pm to 1:30 am **Arran Gymnasium** Arran, Sask T.V. Raffle & 50/50

2017/03/31Local Interest

Emergency Services Public Meeting – April 5, 2017

Submitted by: Constituency Office of MLA Rick Wowchuk Wait Time Reduction Task Force Emergency Services Public Meeting April 5, 2017 1:30 – 4pm Swan River War Veterans Community Hall 119 Sixth Ave. N. The Wait Time Reduction Task Force was established to examine and address waits for emergency care and priority procedures such as surgeries [...]

2017/03/30Local Interest

New Council Member Declared for Swan Valley West

ValleyBiz Story | Roberta Moshenko, SEO for The Municipality of Swan Valley West confirmed today that Irwin Steen will be the new council member for the Municipality of Swan Valley West. A by-election was called following the resignation of Councillor Stan Potton on February 13, 2017. Steen was declared the new member of council by [...]

2017/03/29Local Interest

Inspirational and Refreshing Message at Faith Conference

Submitted by: Evelyn Bredin | On Saturday, March 25, 2017 approximately 50 ladies attended the “All is Well” Faith Conference hosted by the Women of the Valley at Community Bible Fellowship Church. Click any picture for a larger version. The speaker was Laurie Moffit from Roblin who challenged us with an inspirational and spiritually refreshing [...]

2017/03/29Local Interest

Helen Prieston Recognized for Volunteer Activities

Submitted by: Constituency Office of MLA Rick Wowchuk Rick Wowchuk recognized Helen Prieston with a private member’s statement in March 2017. Helen Prieston, at 86 years young, has been a volunteer campground hostess at Whitefish Lake since 1990, dedicating 27 years of her life to serving the public. Helen looks forward to serving the public [...]

2017/03/28Local Interest

Tim & The Glory Boys Concert – April 7, 2017

Submitted by: Rob Ter Horst | Tim & the Glory Boys Friday, April 7, 2017 Temple Baptist Church 7:00 pm Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance $15 at the door Group rates available online. Family Pass (immediate family members) $30. To purchase tickets in advance you can call the church office at [...]

2017/03/27Local Interest

The Swan School of Dance Celebrates 25 years!

Submitted by: Michele Poole | The Swan School of Dance entertained a full Auditorium on Wednesday night with dances that had been performed from their previous 25 years. It was an evening of talent, entertainment, tossed in with a little nostalgia. Click any picture for a larger version. Their 115 students performed the instructors favorites [...]

2017/03/27Local Interest

Hymn Sing: God Cares For Us – April 2, 2017

Submitted by: June Jamieson | Hymn Sing God Cares for Us April 2, 2017 3:00 pm Seventh-day Adventist Church Refreshments to follow

2017/03/26Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 22, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Friesen, Whyte, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.   Councillor Jacobson was absent with permission. 1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Amended Agenda Resolution No:2017.096 Moved By:David Moriaux Seconded By:Jason [...]

2017/03/26Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – March 8, 2017

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 8th day of March, 2017 A.D. at 7:03 p.m. Present: Councillors: G. Bartel, J. Caruk, L. Hutman, C. Densen, & L. Mychalchuk C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: Reeve: C. Eisner Councillor: S. Walmsley [...]

2017/03/26Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 7, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Friesen, Whyte, Jacobson, Moriaux and Delaurier present.  Councillor Sakal was absent with permission. 1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Amended Agenda Resolution No: 2017.055 Moved By: Lance Jacobson Seconded By: Jason [...]

2017/03/25Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – March 3, 2017

Minutes of the Special Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Friday, March 3rd, 2017 in he R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – Stephen Nadolney 2 – Wilmer Malcolm 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 [...]

2017/03/25Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – February 22, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 in the R.M. Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – Wilmer Malcolm 2 – Stephen Nadolney 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 – Brad [...]

2017/03/25Local Interest

20th Anniversary of the Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby

Submitted by: Cory Hurren | Over five hundred people came up to Whitefish Lake on Saturday, March 18, 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby. Click any picture for a larger version. Derby entrants enjoyed the mild weather and were able to catch over twenty fish. The Billy [...]

2017/03/24Local Interest

Swan River Man Charged with Murder in Inmate’s Death

RCMP Media Release | On March 22, 2017, RCMP charged Carl Jessie Klyne, 23, of Swan River, MB and Tristan Storm Fisher, 20, of Selkirk, MB with Second Degree Murder in the death of a 50-year-old inmate at the Stony Mountain Correctional Institution (SMCI). The victim had initially sustained severe injuries following an assault that [...]

2017/03/24Local Interest

Filling Up on Perogies and Sausage in Durban

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Durban Community Hall held their perogy supper which was held March 17, 2017 with a St. Pattie’s Day theme. Ladies worked many hours making the four different kinds of perogies, and with the locally produced bison sausage the evening was very busy trying to keep up to the hungry patricians [...]

2017/03/24Local Interest

Lions Club Medical Assistance Supper – April 9, 2017

Submitted by: Brett Church | Minitonas and District Lions Club Medical Assistance Supper Sunday April 9, 2017 Tickets $40 per person Veterans Community Hall Doors open at 5 p.m. Supper at 6 p.m. Funds raised going toward the purchase of Maternity ward equipment at the Swan Valley Health Center. For information please call: Geroge Church- [...]

2017/03/23Local Interest

Great Season for JV Girls Basketball Team

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | The JV Girls had a successful tournament at the Provincial tournament in Altona this past weekend. The Tigers were the youngest team at provincials but set a goal for themselves to be in a final playoff on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The first game of the tournament was against St. [...]

2017/03/23Local Interest

Great Fun at Bring a Staff Member Bowling Competition

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 the Swan Valley Tiger’s Bowling Team and Staff Members participated in the Bring a Staff Member to Bowling Competition at Up Your Alley Bowling Centre. 12 bowlers rolled in the competition. Click any picture for a larger version. Lukas Hensen and Mr. Peter Fleming took [...]

2017/03/23Local Interest

Varsity Girls Basketball Team Finishes 4th in Provincials

Submitted by: Shayne Yaschyshyn | The SVRSS Tigers Varsity Girls Basketball team motored to Winnipeg on March 15th to participate in the 2016/17 MHSAA AAA Varsity Girls Provincial Championships at Calvin Christian Collegiate. Click picture for a larger version. The trip was chronicled by Zoe Winters on Twitter, which kept the team in high spirits. [...]

2017/03/22Local Interest

7 Days – Choral Production: April 6,7,8, 2017

Submitted by: Tracy Burick | 7 Days Music and Lyrics by: Martyn Snell April 6, 7, 8, 2017 7:30 pm Doors open 7:00 pm Community Bible Fellowship Church Highway 83a 7 Days is a choral production, with a dramatic element, following the last seven days of Christ’s life. Free will offering.

2017/03/22Local Interest

Swan River Ladies Curling Club Bonspiel Winners

Submitted by: Darlene Beck | The Swan River Ladies Curling Club held their 89th Annual Bonspiel on March 17, 18, & 19, 2017. The theme of the bonspiel was “Welcome to the Jungle” with 4 events taking place over the “wild” weekend. Pictured above: Winners of the first event Sponsored by Rogers Louise Watkins, Candice [...]

2017/03/22Local Interest

Valley Student Receives Music Camp Scholarship

ValleyBiz Story | A group of 42 students from various schools across the Swan Valley traveled to Dauphin on March 9 – 11, 2017 to participate in the 23rd Annual Parkland Norman Honour Band (PNHB). Submitted photos. Click any picture for a larger version. PNHB provides outstanding junior, intermediate and senior instrumentalists with an opportunity [...]

2017/03/21Local Interest

Triple P Parenting Builds Skills for Strong Families

Submitted by: Eugenia Barker | Swan Valley Communities That Care has completed its initial cycle of the Triple P parenting program. Twenty parents/caregivers participated in the program, which ran from January 17 to March 14, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. This 8 week program, gives parents the skills they need to build [...]

2017/03/20Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – March 13, 2017

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the March 13, 2017 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board was informed that the SVRSS exterior renovation had been approved, in principle, by the Public Schools Finance Board to go to tender. The Architect, Andrew Lewthwaite attended the Board Meeting to update Trustees [...]

2017/03/19Local Interest

900 Bunches of Hope Distributed in Swan Valley

Submitted by: Vivian Rooks | Once again, volunteers from the Swan River Valley have come together for a successful fundraising event on March 14th and 15th, 2017. Volunteers have willingly given of their time to ultimately aid in the fight against Cancer. Thank you for the gift of your time and energy to make this [...]

2017/03/18Local Interest

Swan River NDP Annual General Meeting – April 8, 2017

Submitted by: Swan River NDP | Swan River NDP Annual General Meeting Cowan Community Hall Saturday, April 8, 2017 Registration 5:00 p.m. Potluck Supper 6:00 p.m. Meeting 7:00 p.m. $10.00/person Everyone Welcome! For more information contact Rosann Wowchuk (204)569-4880

2017/03/17Local Interest

Good Turn Out for Northern Neighbors Irish Stew

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | The Northern Neighbors annual Irish Stew held on March 12, 2017 was again a success. There was a good turn out, lots of Stew and desserts to enjoy. Click any picture for a larger version. Many items were available to be won at the silent auction table. Lots of conversation [...]

2017/03/17Local Interest

Swan School of Dance Recital – March 22, 2017

Submitted by: Swan School of Dance | Swan School of Dance presents: It’s Been 25 Years Wed. March 22, 2017 SVRSS Gymnasium 7:00 pm Admission: Adults $10.00 Students $5.00 Pre-School FREE

2017/03/16Local Interest

Cheetahs Host Successful Competition and Demo

Submitted by: Rhonda Mykula | The Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics Competition and Demo was held Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12, 2017 and was, once again, a great success. Click any picture for a larger version. On Saturday March 11, 2017, the Cheetahs welcomed competitors from across the province, including: Flin Flon’s Flinty’s; Birtle’s [...]

2017/03/16Local Interest

Bonspiel Celebrates 100 Years of Men’s Curling

Submitted by: Gary Slack | Held this past weekend on March 9-12, 2017, with 42 teams competing, the Men’s centennial bonspiel turned out very successful. Everyone enjoyed the format for bonspiel which was pay per end instead of the usual elimination format. Click any picture for a larger version. Thursday night started off with three [...]

2017/03/15Local Interest

SVSD Proposes Significant Cuts to Reduce Tax Increase

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) held a Public Budget Consultation Meeting on March 6, 2017. The evening marked the start of blizzard conditions in the Valley and there were only a handful of public attendees. Superindentendent/CEO Tim Mendel presented an overview of SVSD priorities and strengths before shifting the focus of [...]

2017/03/13Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – February 21, 2017

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 21st day of February, 2017 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve –C. Eisner Councillors: G. Bartel, J. Caruk, C. Densen & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: Councillors: L. Mychalchuk & L. [...]

2017/03/12Local 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 12, 2017 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.

2017/03/11Local Interest

R.M. of Mountain Minutes – February 8, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – Wilmer Malcolm 2 – Stephen Nadolney 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 [...]

2017/03/11Local Interest

RM of Mountain Animal Control Minutes – February 9, 2017

The Rural Municipality of Mountain Minutes of the Animal Control Hearing of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held February 8th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve Marvin Kovachik Councillors: Ward 1 – Wilmer Malcolm 2 – 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie [...]

2017/03/11Local Interest

Perogie & Sausage Supper and Games – April 2, 2017

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | Perogie & Sausage Supper baked beans, salad, dessert & beverage Sun. April 2, 2017 Pine River Community Centre Board & Card Games: 2pm Supper: 5pm – 7pm Bring along your favorite games. Advance tickets only for supper Available at: Semeniuk Lucky Dollar Store 263-2108 or Urbanowski’s Garage 263-2101 Adults – [...]

2017/03/10Local Interest

Bowsman Chase The Ace New Jackpot $1,851

Submitted by: Carol Silverthorn | The Bowsman Skating Arena and Curling continue to host Chase the Ace and 50/50 every Friday night at the Bowsman Hotel. Ticket sales close at 8:00pm with the draw at 8:10pm. The pot for Chase the Ace will be $1,851. The Chase the Ace nightly winner for Friday, March 3, [...]

2017/03/10Local Interest

Thunder Hill Ski Area Grand Opening and 50th Anniversary

Submitted by: Carolyn Baldwin | On March 4, 2017 approximately 70 people stopped by the Thunder Hill Ski Area to enjoy a beautiful day over looking the Swan River Valley to celebrate the end of an eight year project for the Thunder Hill Ski Club. Pictured above: Long time club member, John Cotton prepares to [...]

2017/03/09Local Interest

Women of the Valley Conference – March 25, 2017

Submitted by: Evelyn Bredin | Women of the Valley Conference Community Bible Fellowship Church Sat. March 25, 2017 9 am – 2:30 pm Guest Speaker – Laurie Moffit from Roblin, MB Special Music Tickets available at Windsor’s Service and Cook & Cooke – $20.00 each Breakfast and Lunch included All women are invited to attend.

2017/03/09Local Interest

100 Years of Curling History In Swan River

Submitted by: Bob & Melba Tibble | One hundred years ago the community of Swan River worked together to raise $5,000.00 at $10.00 per share to start the first two sheet curling rink on the corner of 6th Ave. N. and Verteran’s Way. The second three sheet rink, combined with a hockey rink, was located [...]

2017/03/08Local Interest

Schools Outside Swan River Will Be Closed March 8, 2017

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley School Division has reported that buses will once again be cancelled and all outlying schools will be closed on March 8, 2017 due to ongoing weather conditions. Schools in the Town of Swan River remain open.

2017/03/07Local Interest

Gymnastics Competition/Showcase – March 11&12, 2017

Submitted by: Rhonda Mykula | Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics Club Competition Sat. March 11, 2017 SVRSS Showcase Sun. March 12, 2017 SVRSS Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics Club Competition Sat. March 11, 2017 at SVRSS Session 1 at 8:30am Advanced/Pre-Provincial Session 2 at 11:00am Intermediate (2006-2009) Session 3 at 2:00pm Intermediate (2001-2005) Session 4 at 4:15pm [...]

2017/03/07Local Interest

Atom “A” Stampeders Win Provincial Gold

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | On March 3-5, 2017 Swan River hosted the Hockey Manitoba/Cargill Atom A Provincials. The draw was a 5-team round robin and the two top teams would face off Sunday in the Gold Medal game. Click any picture for a larger version. The Stampeders opened with a Friday 11:15AM game vs [...]

2017/03/07Local Interest

Swan River Adult Education Closed March 7, 2017

Submitted by: Jo-Anne Saunders | Swan River Adult Education (both sites) will be closed today, March 7, 2017 due to the weather.

2017/03/07Local Interest

School Buses Cancelled, Some Schools Closed

ValleyBiz Story | March 7, 2017: Due to weather, all Swan Valley School Division buses have been cancelled and all outlying schools are closed. Schools in the Town of Swan River remain open.

2017/03/07Local Interest

Successful Minitonas Skating Carnival Under the Big Top

Submitted by: Laurie Evans Minitonas Skating Club held their annual figure skating carnival on March 3, 2017. “Under the Big Top” was a great success and fun was had by all. Click any picture for a larger version. Thanks to the skaters for putting on a great show and to the parents for all their [...]

2017/03/06Local Interest

St. Patrick’s Day Stew & Biscuit Luncheon – March 12, 2017

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | Northern Neighbors Annual St. Patrick’s Day Stew & Biscuit Luncheon Sun. March 12, 2017 11:30a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 309 Victoria Ave. Birch River Stew, buns, biscuits, desserts, beverage Luck-of-the-Draw Auction Adults: $ 10.00 Ages 6-11: $ 5.00 Preschoolers: Free

2017/03/06Local Interest

JV Girls Basketball Team Wins Provincial Berth

Submitted by: Lise Frazer | On March 2, 2017 the Swan Valley Tigers travelled to Brandon, MB to play Neelin High School for the InterZone championship and a berth at the JV Girls Basketball Provincials. Pictured above: Click for a larger version. Front Row: Erica Sembaluk-Hart, Josie Black, Alison Rowe, Decorbea Fleury, Sabrina Kopecky Back [...]

2017/03/06Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – February 27, 2017

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the February 27, 2017 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board deliberated about the 2017-2018 School Division Budget. This is a difficult budget year given the decrease in provincial support coupled with wage and benefit increases. Given that reality, the Board will be presenting [...]

2017/03/05Local Interest