Category Archives: Local Interest

FXR Sled For Eternity Swan River – February 10, 2018

Submitted by: Aaron Murray | FXR Sled for Eternity Snowmobile Ride February 10, 2018 Swan Valley Historical Museum Swan River, MB Registration: 8:30 am – 10:00 am 2017-18 Snopass required Early bird registration $50 before January 13th ($75 after). Passenger is $35. If you’re not a registered rider but would like to come for the [...]

2017/12/12Local Interest

Sharing the Sweet Story of Christmas

Submitted Story | The Minitonas Knox United Church held their Ladies Christmas Program on Monday, December 4, 2017. The evening included some beautiful special music by Brenna Smith on violin. The short program told the wonderful sweet Christmas story featuring various candies and Christmas Carols throughout. First, there was the “Rocky Road” travelled by Mary [...]

2017/12/12Local Interest

Road to Ski Hill Dedicated in Honour of John Cotton

ValleyBiz Story | On December 9, 2017 the Municipality of Swan Valley West (SVW) held a ceremony at the Thunderhill Ski Club turn off to dedicate a Commemorative Road Sign in honour of the many contributions made by Mr. John Cotton, long time member and founder of the Thunderhill Ski Club and Thunderhill Ski Facility. [...]

2017/12/11Local Interest

Peewee A Stampeders Sing Out Christmas Cheer

Submitted by: Angie Henkelman |The Swan Valley Peewee A Stampeders hockey team enjoyed spreading Christmas cheer to Swan River residents on Friday, December 8, 2017. The team sold Carol-grams (singing Christmas Carol telegrams) for $20. At departure on Friday, they had more than twenty bookings including stops at the Hospital and Lodge, Lions Manor, Westside [...]

2017/12/11Local Interest

Community Band Entertainins at Annual Christmas Concert

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | Entertainment was the Theme for this year’s Christmas Concert of the Swan Valley Community Band on December 5, 2017, with performances from the Band, a Quintet, and a Solo. Brass Qunitet “Tarnished Brass” Kevin Salmi, Jayne Leadbeater, Julie Kooistra, Kim Kosokowski, David Gnida Rick Houle performing his Solo–”Wooden Heart” About [...]

2017/12/11Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – November 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 November, 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: 7:00 pm [...]

2017/12/10Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – November 27, 2017

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the November 27, 2017 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board spent a few hours before the Board Meeting discussing the survey results of the Community Meetings. There were 382 responses. The Board had Doug Coulthart, Transportation Supervisor, present at the meeting in order [...]

2017/12/09Local Interest

Christmas Music Fills the Air at 54th Annual Carol Festival

Submitted by: April Maxwell | The Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Association held its 54th annual Carol Festival on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Temple Baptist Church in Swan River. This concert takes place the first Sunday in December every year and is the only non-adjudicated festival that we organize. The program showcased a variety [...]

2017/12/08Local Interest

Christmas Craft Sale – December 9, 2017

Submitted by: Tanya Powell | Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre Christmas Craft Sale Sat. December 9, 2017 9am – 3pm 1413 Main Street Over 40 tables. Knitting, sewing, jewelry, soaps, barn board art, oils, baking, teas, jams, Christmas shopping galore, something for everyone. Lunch will be available proceeds to 4H Club. Contact Brenda 204-734-2823

2017/12/07Local Interest

Christmas Wishes Shared at Lenswood Santa Brunch

Submitted by: Susan Hrycyk | Lenswood had a great turn out on Sunday, December 3, 2017 for their annual Santa Brunch. It was well attended once again. There were lots of pancakes, sausage, coffee and desserts. All the kids were excited to see Santa so they could tell them what they wanted for Christmas this [...]

2017/12/07Local Interest

Great Afternoon at St. Jame Anglican Church Christmas Tea

Submitted by: Edwin Crook | St. James Anglican Church held a well attended Christmas tea on December 3, 2017. Great weather, greater conversation and visiting and greatest sandwiches, dainties and beverages made for an enjoyable afternoon for one and all. There was also a bake table for those wanting to take home a treat.

2017/12/07Local Interest

Live Nativity – December 16, 2017

Submitted by: Beth Gust | Live Nativity Event December 16, 2017 4pm – 8pm Swan Valley Museum Free admission. Come back to Bethlehem, browse the marketplace, and follow the shepherds into the manger. Listen to the angel choir, see the wisemen, and experience a bit of the night that Jesus was born.

2017/12/06Local Interest

Dolyna Dancers Christmas Concert a Sweet Treat

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Swan River Dolyna Dancers put on a short and sweet presentation of what they’ve been working on so far this year. The evening was also a chance for our youngest dancers, the Sadochuk’s to get a taste of dancing in front of a crowd. These little ones are always [...]

2017/12/06Local Interest

PeeWee A Carol-Gram Fundraiser – December 8, 2017

Submitted by: Derek Henkelman | Swan Valley PeeWee A Hockey Team Presents Christmas Carol-gram Fri. December 8, 2017 Between 4:30 pm & 8 pm Swan River, MB Cost $20 Wish someone a Merry Christmas with Christmas Carols sung by the members of the SV PeeWee A team! Contact: Angie Henkelman Email: anggrier8888@hotmail.com Call or text: [...]

2017/12/05Local Interest

Fans Pack Arena For Montreal Canadiens Alumni Game

Submitted by: Blaine Campbell | On Saturday, December 2, 2017 Swan Valley Minor Hockey Association and the Swan Valley Jr. A. Stampeders teamed up to bring in the Montreal Canadiens Alumni team to play a group of local hockey players. Early indications are that approximately 675 fans came out to witness some ex-NHL players play [...]

2017/12/05Local Interest

Benito Christmas Tea & Bake Sale – December 9, 2017

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | Benito Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Tea & Bake Sale December 9, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Benito Legion Hall Door Prize and 50/50 Draw Draws made at 3:15 pm

2017/12/04Local Interest

Benito Craft and Trade Show Going Strong after 20 Years

Pictured above: Bill Woytkiw and his son were 1st in line for Martha Verhoek’s peanut butter squares while Rose Chernenkoff dropped off her baking at the United Church table. Submitted by: Karen Gade | The balmy temperatures encouraged shoppers to attend one of the most successful Benito United Church Craft and Trade Show’s on Sat, [...]

2017/12/04Local Interest

Swan Valley CTC Toy Drive – Until December 21, 2017

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 of New Unwrapped Toys for Children Ranging from Newborn to 18 Years of age would be gratefully accepted. Bring a Smile [...]

2017/12/03Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – November 8, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, November 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 [...]

2017/12/02Local Interest

Minitonas Ladies Christmas Program – December 4, 2017

Submitted by: Minitonas Knox United Church Ladies Christmas Program Mon. December 4, 2017 Minitonas Knox United Church 7:30 pm The Christmas Cheer Board will have a collection box at the church if you would like to bring a non-perishable item to donate. Hope to see you there.

2017/11/30Local Interest

Many Volunteers Support Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Submitted by: Karen Peters | A big thank you to the Swan Valley and area for their support of this year’s Ten Thousand Villages Christmas sale on November 16-18, 2017. Thank you to our volunteers Lena & Lorne Friesen, Karen Peters, Lowell & Jenny Friesen, Betty Warkentin, Doris Reimer, Dorren Miles, Nasseem Mousavi, Jake & [...]

2017/11/29Local Interest

54th Annual Carol Festival – December 3, 2017

Submitted by: April Maxwell | 54th Annual Carol Festival Sun. December 3, 2017 3:00 p.m. Temple Baptist Church 913 First St. South Swan River Silver collection and/or non-perishable food item donations.

2017/11/28Local Interest

Community Mobilization Program to Receive Over $9,400

Manitoba PC Caucus Media Release | Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, welcomes the announcement by the provincial Progressive Conservative government of an investment in the Community Mobilization intervention program that ensures at-risk individuals in Swan River can reduce contact with the law, establish healthy life goals and become successful members of society. “Our community [...]

2017/11/28Local Interest

Community Foundation Granting Night – December 7, 2017

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley Annual Meeting & Granting Night Thurs. December 7, 2017 7:30 pm Westwood Inn Banquet Room The evening will include presentations to the 2017 grant recipients. Come and find out more about the projects supported by the Community Foundation of Swan Valley. Please call Donna for more information at [...]

2017/11/27Local Interest

Pee Wee B Stampeders Claim Tourney Title in The Pas

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | On the weekend of Nov 24th-26, 2017 the Pee Wee B Stampeders travelled to the Wescana Inn Pee Wee tourney. Pictured above: Back Row: Coach Derrick Lukey, Coach Craig Zamzow, Liam McArthur; Middle Row: Nolan Woodward, Jack Mullin, Crystal Zamzow, Brandon Grazier, Carter Addis, Jett Cook, Coach Warren Gray; Front [...]

2017/11/27Local Interest

Communities That Care Youth Report – December 14, 2017

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | Community Information Meeting December 14, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00PM SVRSS Multi-purpose Room SVCTC Needs Your Valuable Opinion Swan Valley CTC will be presenting the Youth Survey & Data Report to the community and your involvement is essential in making positive change for Swan Valley youth. Lunch is provided, Please [...]

2017/11/26Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – October 7, 2017

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

2017/11/25Local Interest

Christmas Hymn Sing – December 10, 2017

Submitted by: June Jamieson | Christmas Hymn Sing Sun. December 10, 2017 3:00 p.m. Seventh-day Adventist Church 1200 First Street South Light lunch to follow

2017/11/24Local Interest

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Meet in Swan River

Submitted by: Marty Thomas | Pictures by: Chris Yelinink va4sky | The Ham Radio Meeting held on November 18, 2017 at the Swan Lake Watershed Building was attended by 9 individuals. 3 hams and 3 that are thinking of getting into the hobby attended in Swan River and 3 called in on the teleconference from [...]

2017/11/24Local Interest

Festival of Trees – December 5-9, 2017

Submitted by: Maureen Bowles | Festival of Trees December 5-9, 2017 Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Northwest Regional Library Get into the Christmas spirit and join us for some hot apple cider and cookies while viewing the many decorated trees and gingerbread houses. This [...]

2017/11/23Local Interest

Royal Purple Elks Overwhelmed by Community Support

Submitted by: Joyce Trevellyan, Swan River Royal Purple Elks Lodge # 185 | We are overwhelmed by the generous support the community has provided towards the construction of a bocce ball court. The Legion Park is the venue of this outdoor facility that can be enjoyed by community groups, family and individuals of any age [...]

2017/11/23Local Interest

Dolyna Dancers Christmas Concert – December 4, 2017

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers present: Old Fashioned Christmas Concert Mon. December 4, 2017 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!

2017/11/23Local Interest

Lenswood Harvest Wind-Up Fun for All Ages

Submitted by: Susan Hrycyk | We had a great turn out for the Lenswood Harvest Wind-up dance on Saturday Nov. 18, 2017. We had approximately 160 people attend the social with ages ranging from a few months old to 70+ years old. It is always nice to see families come out and enjoy themselves, we [...]

2017/11/23Local Interest

New Menu and Fantastic Desserts at United Church Supper

Submitted by: Jennifer Simpson | On Sunday, November 19, 2017, St. Andrew’s United Church held their annual fall supper. A new menu of ham, meatballs, perogies, cabbage rolls, beet leaf rolls and many other items were enjoyed by everyone who attended and the many who ordered their meal for delivery. The desserts were fabulous, with [...]

2017/11/22Local Interest

Community Band Christmas Concert – December 5, 2017

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | Let Christmas Begin! Tues. December 5, 2017 7:30 pm SVRSS Cafeteria Featuring: Concert Band and Tarnished Brass Refreshments. Silver collection.

2017/11/22Local Interest

Baking, Crafts and Sweets at Band Booster Holiday Shoppe

Submitted by: Susan Ross | On Friday Nov. 17, 2017 Swan Valley Band Boosters held a Holiday Shoppe. This event featured 16 home business, baking and craft booths as well as a sweet shoppe concession stand. Shoppers had a chance to win door prizes and enter a basket raffle. Band booster used this evening to [...]

2017/11/21Local Interest

Lenswood Santa Brunch – December 3, 2017

Submitted by: Susan Hrycyk | Lenswood Santa Brunch December 3, 2017 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Santa arrives at 11:30 Cost is 5 and under free, 6-12 $3.00 Adults $6.00 Silent auction prizes Pancakes, sausages, beverages and desserts Come out and enjoy a visit from Santa and some good conversation. For further information please call: [...]

2017/11/21Local Interest

Swan River Salvage Makes Donation To Splash Park

Submitted Story | The Swan Valley Splash park recently received a donation from another generous Swan Valley business. Del Davy of Swan River Salvage is pictured above with Splash Park Board Member, Jaimie Walker. The donation will go toward the building of a splash park in Swan River. Planning To Make A Splash In The [...]

2017/11/21Local Interest

Supper Raises Money to Expand Benito Daycare

Submitted by: Meghan Rose | The Benito Child Care Center board, staff and parents would like to thank all who attended our fundraiser supper and auction on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The generosity of local businesses was seen in the wide variety of auction items sold during the evening. Many local valley businesses also donated [...]

2017/11/20Local Interest

Surprise Visitor at Minitonas Christmas Market

Submitted by: Diane Rooks | It was a great day at the Minitonas Christmas Market on Saturday, November 18, 2017! Lots of people came out to shop and have lunch. Even Santa came to check out what was there and take some pictures with the kids.

2017/11/20Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – November 14, 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 14th day of November 2017 at 7:08 p.m. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster David Minish, Terry Neely, Irwin Steen Interim [...]

2017/11/19Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – October 25, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, October 25th, 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 [...]

2017/11/18Local Interest

Governments Fund Project to Map and Publish Trails Online

Submitted by: Heather Nielsen, RISE Economic Development Officer | Swan Valley RISE, partnering with Swan Valley Sport Fish Enhancement, would like to announce the approval of the Partner 4 Growth grant for trail mapping. The project is budgeted for $24600 with $12200 coming from the province and $12400 being shared between Swan Valley RISE and [...]

2017/11/18Local Interest

Full House at Pine River Fall Supper

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | It had been several years since the community centre hosted a fall supper, therefore the committee decided to hold a fall supper by selling advance tickets only. This allowed their small group of volunteers the ability to cater to a specific number of guests and prepare a predetermined amount of [...]

2017/11/16Local Interest

Cdn Mixed Curling Championship Underway in Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | The opening ceremonies for the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship presented by Westman Communications Group, were held at the Swan River Curling Club on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Lloyd Lawson from the 1979 Provincial Championship team from Swan River threw the first ceremonial rock along side team members Lorraine Goodman, Mary Todorchuk [...]

2017/11/15Local Interest

Fantastic Support at Sold Out Community Foundation Gala

Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their third annual Cultural Gala on November 10, 2017 at the Veterans Hall in Swan River. The sold-out event was once again an evening to remember. As guests walked in the door they were surrounded by elegance in a room richly decorated in red [...]

2017/11/14Local Interest

Honouring Our Veterans Without Compromise

ValleyBiz Story | On November 11, 2017 a small crowd gathered at the cenotaph in Swan River as wreaths were laid in honor of the fallen. Following the laying of wreaths, a Remembrance Day service was held at the Veteran’s Community Hall in Swan River. “We are gathered today to remind ourselves again, that there [...]

2017/11/13Local Interest

No Stone Left Alone – We Will Remember Them

ValleyBiz Story | They were young, as we are young, they served, giving freely of themselves. To them we pledge, amid the winds of time, to carry their torch and never forget. We will remember them. On November 8, 2017 about 180 grade 5 and 6 students heard these words as they gathered to place [...]

2017/11/13Local Interest

Christmas Tea & Bake Sale – December 2, 2017

Submitted by: Beverley Leach | St. James Anglican Church Christmas Tea & Bake Sale Sat. December 2, 2017 $5 St. James Anglican Church 1201 – 1st Street South Everyone Welcome!

2017/11/12Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – October 17, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Friesen, Jacobson, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Councillor Whyte arrived at 8:25 pm. 1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2017.496 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED [...]

2017/11/12Local Interest