Monthly Archives: January 2018

Bingo at Elks Will Go Ahead – February 1 & 2, 2018

Submitted by: Jeff Hay | Bingo at the Elks Hall in Swan River will proceed as scheduled despite the ongoing water situation in the Town of Swan River. Doors open at 6:00 pm Thursday & Friday February 1 & 2, 2018 If any questions, or for more information, call the hall at 204-734-4879.

2018/01/31Local Interest

UPDATE: Swan River Water Situation Still Critical

Town of Swan River Public Notice January 31, 2018 9:45 am | This issue only affects Town residents and businesses. Everyone is reminded and it cannot be stressed enough that the water emergency is NOT over. This situation is still very critical. While we are still able to produce small amounts of SAFE water, this [...]

2018/01/31Local Interest

UPDATED: Group Discusses Multi-Use, Year Round Trails

Submitted by: Patti Henkelman | A meeting was held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Town of Swan River Committee Room for anyone interested in the future of trails in the area for skiing, biking, walking, snow shoeing etc. Approximately 25 people attended the meeting. An update was provided on the current situation for [...]

2018/01/31Local Interest

UPDATE: Efforts Continue to Resolve Town Water Crisis

Town of Swan River Public Notice January 30, 2018 9:30 am | Town This issue only affects Town residents and businesses. Issue Update: Work crews are making excellent progress in isolating the multiple issues at the wells and sending water to the water treatment plant. There has been significant progress in replenishing the reservoir with [...]

2018/01/30Local Interest

Swan River Adult Education Continued Closures

Submitted by: Jo-Anne Saunders Education Director Notice: January 29, 2018 Swan River Adult Education (both sites) will be closed for the remainder of the week due to the water emergency. We will reopen on Monday, February 5, 2018

2018/01/29Local Interest

State of Emergency: Friendship Centre Cancellations

Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre Media Release January 29, 2018 | In order to conserve water and help in the community efforts to restore the water facilities in the Town of Swan River, the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre will be cancelling the following services and community events until at least Thursday February 1, 2018. Programs and [...]

2018/01/29Local Interest

Winnipegosis RCMP Charge Male in Homicide

RCMP Media Release | On January 26, 2018, at approximately 11:30 pm, Winnipegosis RCMP received multiple calls regarding a disturbance in the community. When police attended, they found two males on scene – one male was deceased. The 37-year-old male victim from Camperville, Manitoba died on scene. Police arrested the other male on scene, 25-year-old [...]

2018/01/29Local Interest

UPDATE on Town of Swan River Water Emergency

Town of Swan River Public Notice January 29, 2018 10:00 am | This issue only affects Town residents and businesses. Issue Update: The issue has been identified as multiple issues in multiple wells in providing water to the treatment plant. The current water level in the reservoir is critically low. At this time safe water [...]

2018/01/29Local Interest

Town of Swan River Schools Closed January 28, 2018

Swan Valley School Division Notification | Due to the Town of Swan River local state of emergency affecting the water and sewer system, schools in Swan River will be closed Monday January 28, 2018 and SVRSS Exams will be postponed. All other community schools will run as normal. For further updates please refer the SVSD [...]

2018/01/28Local Interest

Swan River Adult Education Closed January 29, 2018

Submitted by: Jo-Anne Saunders Education Director Swan River Adult Education will be closed tomorrow (Monday, January 29, 2018) due to the State of Emergency declared by the Town of Swan River in regard to the Town water supply. UPDATE: Town of Swan River Sets Up Water Supply Station Town of Swan River Declares State of [...]

2018/01/28Local Interest

UPDATE: Town of Swan River Sets up Water Supply Station

ValleyBiz Story | The State of Emergency continues in the Town of Swan River (TSR) as they continue trying to identify the source of the problem that caused a reduction of pressure in the Town water system. The state of emergency was declared earlier this morning and the TSR has requested that residents conserve water. [...]

2018/01/28Local Interest

Town of Swan River Declares State of Emergency

Town of Swan River Media Release | January 28, 2018 The Town of Swan River is experiencing a major break in its water pumping and distribution system and is instructing all residential and commercial properties to reduce water consumption. Pressure in the system has been reduced and a total loss of water throughout the town [...]

2018/01/28Local Interest

NDP Annual Spring Sale – March 3, 2018

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | NDP Annual Spring Sale Sat. March 3, 2018 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Swan Valley Museum Lunch & Refreshments Available For More info or to book a table contact: Rosann @ (204)569-4880

2018/01/27Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – January 9, 2018

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 9th day of January, 2018 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: Clint Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, L. Hutman, L. Mychalchuk, S. Walmsley, & G. Bartel C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: Councillor: C. Densen [...]

2018/01/26Local Interest

Duelling Pianos, Dessert & Art – February 10, 2018

Submitted by: Rachael Stober | Duelling Pianos Dessert Night and Silent Art Auction February 10, 2018 7:00 pm CBF Christian School CBFCS Sports Pad Fundraiser Feature piano duel with Martyn Snell and Mark Matejka Watercolour art by Martyn Snell Landscape photos by Scott Beehler Sign art by Rachael Stober Contact Melanie Bird for tickets. $20 [...]

2018/01/25Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – January 22, 2018

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the January 22, 2018 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. Cam Mateika presented the Board with a report on the state of SVSD Technology. He indicated that the backbone of our system is in very good shape, our switches and servers are new and up [...]

2018/01/24Local Interest

Swan River NDP Constituency Holds AGM

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | The Swan River NDP Constituency held their Annual General Meeting on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Ethelbert Senior Citizens Club. Socializing and registration began at 2:30 with the meeting starting at 3:00. Ron Kostyshyn, President, called the meeting to order, welcoming everyone and thanking all volunteers for their continued [...]

2018/01/23Local Interest

Local Entrepreneur Heats Up the Sausage Market

ValleyBiz Story | Submitted photos | Ring of Fire Jalapeno Garlic Sausage (ROF) sales are on fire, with each batch selling out quickly, since the GrindHouse Fine Foods (GrindHouse) product hit store shelves in the Swan Valley in December 2017. The GrindHouse brand and ROF product are the creation of local entrepreneur, Corey Hurren. Hurren [...]

2018/01/22Local Interest

Successful Swim Meet for Local Special Olympic Athletes

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Three swimmers from the Special Olympics Parkland Region Tiger Sharks Swim Team had their 1st meet of the season at the Winter Waves Swim Meet in Winnipeg on November 25, 2017 and all did very well. (Pictured above: L-R) John Schabert won 4-1sts in the 25m, 50m + 100m freestyle [...]

2018/01/19Local Interest

SVAPL Working Toward Keeping Shelter Open

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League held their AGM at the Northwest Regional Library on January 16, 2018. The meeting was attended by approximately 15 people, all very interested in the direction the group is taking. Val Bertram was present on behalf of Rick Wowchuk’s office. Val and Rick were keen [...]

2018/01/18Local Interest

Golf Course and Museum Trails Meeting – January 25, 2018

Submitted by: Patti Henkelman | Golf Course and Museum Trails Meeting Thurs. January 25, 2018 7:00 pm Town of Swan River Committee Room (439 Main St) We will be discussing the future of the trails for skiing in the winter at the Golf Course and year round trails (a skiing, walking, biking, etc.) at the [...]

2018/01/17Local Interest

Great Evening of Dancing At Benito Ukrainian New Year’s

Submitted by: Dave Statkewich | The Ukrainian New Year’s Eve Supper and Dance on January 13, 2018 at the Benito Rec Centre dance was well attended despite the cold weather. Supper was preceded by some carols in English and Ukrainian. Grace was then offered by father Warren from Kamsack. We fed approximately 200 people for [...]

2018/01/17Local Interest

39th Annual Bellsite Poker Derby – February 25, 2018

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry | Bellsite’s 39th Annual Poker Derby Sun. February 25, 2018 A Scenic Mountain Route, North Mountain Riders Groomed Snow Pass Trail Start Point is Bellsite Manitoba (this event will happen with sunshine, snow or rain) REGISTRATION: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Bellsite Community Hall FEE: DRIVERS $30.00 (3 POKER HANDS) (Advance Registration before [...]

2018/01/16Local Interest

RCMP Arrest Male in Relation to Shooting Incident

RCMP Media Release | On January 11, 2018, Winnipegosis RCMP, with the assistance of Dauphin RCMP, executed a search warrant at a residence in Duck Bay, Manitoba, approximately 75 kilometres north of Winnipegosis. During the search, officers seized a firearm related to an incident that took place on December 23, 2017. On that date, it [...]

2018/01/16Local Interest

Community And Entrepreneurship Grants Available

Submitted by: Community Futures Parkland | Our annual grant & award application and nomination forms are now available on our website. All applications and nominations are due on March 12, 2018 The Volunteer Awards are a great opportunity to shine a light on local youth and adults who donate their time and energy to the [...]

2018/01/16Local Interest

Winter Blues Dance – January 27, 2018

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | Winter Blues Dance Cowan Community Centre Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:00 pm – 1:00 am Music by Pure Country with Kenny Thompson and Britney Moore Lunch will be served. Admission by advance tickets only. Tickets $12 Available at Kolisnyk’s General Store, Merv’s, or Cowan Hall Board Members

2018/01/15Local Interest

JV Girls Basketball Finish 2nd at Triple Crown Challenge

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | Back Row: Erica Sembaluk-Hart, Lauren Klatt, Cheyenne Clemons, Adria Bateman, Ireland Staples, Brynlee Spencer, Brenna Schure, Coach Lise Fraser Front Row: Sydney Gilroy, Caitlyn Stewart, Sydney Fedorchuk, Bryn Zamzow, Josie Black The JV Girls Gr 10s Basketball Team travelled to Brandon early morning on Friday, January 12, 2018 to participate [...]

2018/01/15Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – December 28, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Thursday December 28th, 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 – [...]

2018/01/14Local Interest

Parenting Workshops – Starting January 18, 2018

Submitted by: Shannon McCarthy | Parenting Workshops 2 Courses to Choose From 1. Triple P Parenting 2. Guiding Good Choices Taylor Elementary School 908 – Street North, Swan River SESSIONS ARE FREE! Child care, meals and course materials are all provided at no cost, courtesy of Swan Valley Communities That Care. Supper 5:30-6:00 pm; Classroom [...]

2018/01/14Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – December 19, 2017

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 19th day of December, 2017 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: C. Eisner Councillors: G. Bartel, J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, L. Mychalchuk & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Delegations: 7:30 pm – [...]

2018/01/13Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – December 13, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Councillors: 1 – Wilmer Malcolm 2 – Stephen Nadolney 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 – Brad [...]

2018/01/13Local Interest

Swan River Veterans Hall Receives $33,333 In Funding

Media Release | At an open house on December 20, 2017 Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, announced that the Manitoba government is investing in important infrastructure in the Swan River constituency. Through the Small Communities Fund, the Progressive Conservative government is providing $16,667.00 for Veterans Community Hall Upgrades. Wowchuk was joined by Robert Sopuck, [...]

2018/01/11Local Interest

Loving Hearts Supper & Entertainment – February 10, 2018

7th Anniversary St. Andrew’s United Church Loving Hearts Supper & Entertainment February 10, 2018 Veterans Hall 5:00pm Wine Bar 6:00pm Dinner Catered by: Julie Nahnybida Tickets $35.00 each Tickets available from: Nancy Jones 204-734-2507 Eleanor Proppe 204-734-5645 Church Office 204-734-3248

2018/01/10Local Interest

Local Special Olympics Athletes Headed to National Events

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk By Jakki Lumax This article is re-published with permission from the Swan Valley Star and Times The Parkland Special Olympics team is gearing up for an exciting year with six athletes having been chosen to represent Manitoba in two separate national events: the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships (SOCBC) in [...]

2018/01/10Local Interest

Animal Protection League AGM – January 16, 2018

Submitted by: Sherry Markle | Swan Valley Animal Protection League Annual General Meeting January 16, 2018 7:00 pm Northwest Regional Library

2018/01/09Local Interest

Norman Bruce Joins Vulnerable Persons’ Hearing Panel

Government of Manitoba Media Release | Manitoba Families has appointed six new members to the Vulnerable Persons’ Hearing Panel and increased the board size by two members. The purpose of the hearing panel is to provide the vulnerable persons’ commissioner with independent and objective recommendations regarding applications for substitute decision-makers. The hearing panel has members [...]

2018/01/09Local Interest

Additional Appointment Options at Primary Care Centre

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Primary Care Centre (SVPCC) is now operating an Advanced Care Clinic every Monday from 4pm to 7pm to see patients with urgent problems who may have typically sought care through the emergency department. Beginning January 8, 2018, a Physician and a Nurse practitioner will be available Mondays from 4 [...]

2018/01/08Local Interest

Swan River Handi-Van Storage Receives $79,200 in Funding

Media Release | At an open house on December 20, 2017 Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, announced that the Manitoba government is investing in important infrastructure in the Swan River constituency. Through the Small Communities Fund, the Progressive Conservative government is providing $26,400.00 for Handi-Van Storage. Wowchuk was joined by Robert Sopuck, Member of [...]

2018/01/08Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – December 12, 2017

Minutes of the 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, this 12th day of December, 2017 at 7:02 p.m. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster, David Minish, Terry Neely, Irwin Steen Interim-Acting [...]

2018/01/07Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – December 19, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Friesen, Whyte, Jacobson, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.   1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2017.591 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED that the Agenda for the [...]

2018/01/07Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – November 30, 2017

Minutes of the 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 this 30th day of November 2017 at 7:45 p.m. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster, David Minish, Terry Neely, Irwin Steen Interim [...]

2018/01/06Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – December 5, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Jacobson, Whyte, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Councillor Friesen was absent with permission. 1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2017.565 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED [...]

2018/01/06Local Interest

Candles Burn Bright in Memory of Loved Ones

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | A memorial candle lighting service was held at the Birchwood Cemetery on December 23, 2017. The candles flickered over Christmas in memory of loved ones. Proceeds from the candle purchased will go towards Communities in Bloom.

2018/01/05Local Interest

Ukrainian New Year’s Eve Supper/Dance – January 13, 2018

Submitted by: Dave Statkewich | Ukrainian New Year’s Eve Supper and Dance January 13, 2018 Happy Hour 6:00 pm Supper 7:00 pm Benito Rec Centre The Old Country Lads, entertainment (Benito Ukrainian dancers) and general dance to follow. The dance is in support of the Benito Knights of Columbus and the Benito rec board. Tickets [...]

2018/01/05Local Interest

Supper Provided for Those Alone at Christmas

Submitted by: Anna Fullerton and Billie Werenich | We were able to provide a great Christmas supper for about 26 people on December 25, 2017. Close to 50 people registered, but because of the sudden, severe, cold weather, some were unable to make it. Rides were given to those with no transportation. We really appreciate [...]

2018/01/05Local Interest

Wonderful Night for Minitonas Downtown Christmas Party

ValleyBiz | The weather outside wasn’t frightful for the Minitonas Downtown Christmas Party on December 22, 2017, but the fire was delightful. As people filled the streets of Minitonas they were able to enjoy the last of the moderate temperatures before the frigid weather covered the area over throughout much of Christmas and New Years. [...]

2018/01/04Local Interest

Swan River NDP AGM – January 21, 2018

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | Swan River NDP Annual General Meeting Sun. January 21, 2018 Ethelbert Drop In Centre Registration 2:30 p.m. Meeting 3:00 p.m. Potluck Supper to follow $10/person For further information contact: Judy Kostyshyn (204)742-8818 Everyone is Welcome!

2018/01/03Local Interest

Town of Swan River Receives $750,000 in Funding

Media Release | At an open house on December 20, 2017 Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, announced that the Manitoba government is investing in important infrastructure in the Swan River constituency. Through the Small Communities Fund, the Progressive Conservative government is providing $250,000.00 in the Town of Swan River 6th Avenue Waste Water Pump [...]

2018/01/03Local Interest

Don’t Axe the Tax Says Chamber of Commerce

ValleyBiz Story | Some Town of Swan River (TSR) Councillors have been advocating to eliminate the business tax to make Swan River more competitive with most other municipalities in the province that have already done so. A delegation from the Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) recently attended a TSR Council meeting to voice their opinion regarding [...]

2018/01/01Local Interest

Happy New Year from ValleyBiz!

Reflecting on 2017, we look back on close to 700 local articles and events posted on ValleyBiz. Thank you to our site users, contributors and advertisers for giving ValleyBiz the opportunity to share your stories across the Valley and around the world. A special thank you to Paull Funeral Home and Swan Valley Funeral Services [...]

2018/01/01Local Interest