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Treasures for All Ages at Pine River Town Wide Sale

Submitted by Debbie Soloway: The Pine River LUD Committee held their fifth Annual Summer Start Sale (Town Wide Yard Sale) on Saturday June 16, 2018 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This year there were seven exhibitors. The town was busy with everyone looking for that special bargain. There were treasures for all ages and [...]

2018/06/22Local Interest

Swan Valley Celebrates Diverse Cultural Backgrounds

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Folk Festival took place at the curling rink on June 15 an 16, 2018. Walking into the Folk Fest was a feast for the senses. People were able to taste and smell a variety of dishes from many cultural backgrounds. Booths were decorated with traditional items from their host [...]

2018/06/21Local Interest

Great Special Olympics Bocce Tournament Despite Rain

Pictured above: Rick Wowchuk attended the Bocce tournament to wish Team Toba well. L-R Helena Dyck, Rick Wowchuk, Ricky Zimmer, Phillip Bialk and Team Toba Bocce Coach Joe Grande Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region hosted its first Bocce Tournament on Saturday, June 2, 2018 which was to be held at [...]

2018/06/20Local Interest

Many Activities at Valleys North 4H Showcase

Submitted by: Susan Ross | On Saturday June 16, 2018 local 4H members participated in the Valleys North 4H Showcase held at the Swan Valley Ag Society fairgrounds. Projects from 3 multipurpose clubs as well as one beef club were displayed in the home crafts building. There was also a 4H horse show on site. [...]

2018/06/20Local Interest

SVAPL Serves Up Delicious BBQ at 4H Show

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League (SVAPL) hosted a Barbecue on Sunday June 17, 2018 for the 4H schooling show at the fairgrounds. Everyone enjoyed delicious Bison burgers from Atkinson Farms and homemade smokies from Valley Meats. The Kinsmen provided the grill for us to use. The dad’s at the 4H [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Special Visitor at Stock Car Club Season Opener

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club held their season opener on June 15, 2018 with a second day of racing on June 16. Fans gathered to cheer on their favorite drivers, catch up with friends and neighbors and satisfy their craving for tasty concession treats. Randy Lewis, a Trackchaser from San Clemente, [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Busy Weekend for Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club

Pictured above: Mckenzie Currie, Kailey Currie, Tyler Petelski , Kaleigh Currie, Danica Hrycyk, Jillian Hrycyk, Sierra Urban Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club had a very busy weekend on June 16 & 17, 2018! Saturday the club hosted a BBQ at the Valleys North Showcase. The Ag Society [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Successful Sell Out at Special O BBQ Fundraiser

Pictured above: Special Olympics Parkland Region’s youngest volunteer, 4 year-old Kaylee Miles with volunteer Doreen Miles ready for customers. Submitted by Shirley Todosichuk | What great support from the Swan Valley community at the 4th Annual Special Olympics Fundraiser BBQ at Swan Valley Home Hardware on June 13th. Over 500 BBQ lunches were sold pulling [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Grade 6 Students Explore Indigenous Culture

ValleyBiz Story | On June 13, 2018 grade 6 students from across the Swan Valley School Division participated in Indigenous Outdoor Education Day at the Swan Valley Historical Museum. Over the course of the day, students visited 6 different stations including Indigenous Games, Flint Knapping, Story Telling, Indigenous Crafts and Singing/Drumming. Students were served bannock [...]

2018/06/18Local Interest

Richardson Pioneer Donates $15,000 to CBF Sports Pad

ValleyBiz Story | On June 14, 2018 Richardson Pioneer presented a cheque in the amount of $15,000 to CBF Christian School (CBFCS) for the construction of a multi-sport pad. The multi-sport pad will have a rubber surface that allows for drainage and can be used all year round for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and other activities. [...]

2018/06/18Local Interest

Minitonas Fiddling Program Comes to an End

ValleyBiz Story | “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the closing of the Minitonas Fiddling Program.” announced Shirley Todosichuk, the current coordinator of the program. The announcement was made during the closing ceremony for the Minitonas Early Years School on June 8, 2018. The fiddling program was established by Peter and Christina [...]

2018/06/18Local Interest

Co-op Donates $30K for Outdoor Entertainment Shelter

Swan Valley Co-op Media Release | Co-op is helping to build a place for everyone in Swan River, MB., with funding for the Swan River Valley Agricultural Society. The Co-op Community Spaces Program is providing $30,000 to help build an outdoor entertainment shelter at the agricultural society’s fairgrounds. The permanent structure replaces a temporary shelter [...]

2018/06/17Local Interest

Fresh Baked Goodness at Benito Down Home Tea

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | A big thank you to all that came out to the Down Home Tea and Bake Sale last Saturday, June 9, 2018. We had a great time trying all the freshly baked biscuits, muffins, jams and jellies!

2018/06/15Local Interest

Blessings at Barrows Gospel Jamboree

Submitted by: Violet Plett | The 5th Annual Barrows Gospel Jamboree was held on June 8,9,10, 2018. This seemed to be a good choice of weekend. People attending and bands thought it worked well. Of course we know that others couldn’t come because of various other events and commitments, but I’m sure that would be [...]

2018/06/15Local Interest

Rodeo Action Heats Up At High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | On June 8-10, 2018 the Ag grounds were once again alive with Rodeo action. Youth from all over Manitoba, Eastern Saskatchewan, North Dakota & Ontario came to Swan River to compete for provincial bragging rights & a chance to represent Manitoba at Canadians in Merritt BC & Nationals in Rock [...]

2018/06/14Local Interest

Bittersweet Farewell to Minitonas Early Years School

ValleyBiz Story | Minitonas Early Years School (MEYS) held a small farewell ceremony for the school in conjunction with their final family picnic on June 8, 2018. Approximately 75 community members attended the ceremony along with the students to bid farewell to the facility. The MEYS school will be closing and students will be joining [...]

2018/06/13Local Interest

Fairy Gardens Grow in Support of Our Furry Friends

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League’s Plant Nights, held on June 6th and 7th, 2018 at Lynn’s Plants and Things, were a big success! Everyone that attended had great fun building their planters, and the results showed such imagination and ingenuity. Lynn had a wide variety of pretty stones, fairies, miniature [...]

2018/06/12Local Interest

SVSD Trades Building: New Addition to Growing Campus

ValleyBiz Story | On May 31, 2018 the Swan Valley School Division held the grand opening of their Trades Building, the newest addition to a growing campus that also includes the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School, Heavy Duty Shop and University College of the North Regional Centre. The new 8,400 square foot facility will support [...]

2018/06/11Local Interest

ACL 57th Annual General Meeting Well Attended

Submitted by: Carla Dixon | The Association for Community Living – Swan River held their 57th Annual General Meeting at the Westwood Inn on Tuesday June 05, 2018. Approximately forty people enjoyed the luncheon which was catered by the Westwood Inn at 12 PM with the meeting beginning at 1 PM. Representatives from the Town [...]

2018/06/08Local Interest

Total Athlete Clinic Focuses on Skills, Faith and Sport

Submitted by: Cheryl Ellingson | Despite the cold, rainy weather, 20 athletes came out for all or part of the weekend from Jun 1-3, 2018 to work on their football and baseball skills. During the football on field sessions, emphasis was put on footwork, proper ball handling, and safe tackling techniques. We were able to [...]

2018/06/07Local Interest

Caroline Willis Continues Serving Members as She Retires

Submitted by: Lynda Parsons | After 43 years of dedicated member service, Caroline Willis spent her last day on the job doing what she has enjoyed most, serving her members, with Cake and Coffee! New and old faces, past co-workers, friends and family all stopped in to sign her guest book and wish Caroline all [...]

2018/06/06Local Interest

2018 Grads Serve Up BBQ at SVSD 50th Anniversary

Submitted by: Donna Burghart | The graduating class of 2018 served up burgers with a drink & ice cream for the crowd at the SVSD 50th anniversary celebration on May 31, 2018. Thanks to all who came out to support our graduates! Thanks to all who supported the Safe Grad Raffle. Congratulations to Dillon Redlick [...]

2018/06/06Local Interest

Rain Stays Away For Swan River Fun Run

Submitted by: Terri Fahrenschon | The weather cleared up just in time for the Fun Run on Sunday, June 3, 2017. Events included the 1km kids run, 5km, 10km and 1/2 marathon. Thank you to everyone that participated, spectated and volunteered.

2018/06/05Local Interest

Community Agencies Provide Updates at Combined AGM

Submitted by: Beverley Polon / Lorri-Ann Munro, SVCTC Coordinators | On May 31, 2018 the Swan Valley Inter-Agency, SV Community Mobilization and Swan Valley Communities That Care hosted their Annual General Meetings at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Center. Pictured above, Jack Dyck presented a brief overview of the history of the Inter-Agency in this 25th [...]

2018/06/05Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Celebrates 50 Years

It was a time for reflecting on the past and looking to the future during the Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 31, 2018. The celebration included access to school division information and displays as well as a selection of old yearbooks. Live entertainment and a fundraiser barbeque for the 2018 [...]

2018/06/04Local Interest

Clients/Colleagues Wish Carol Tripp a Happy Retirement

Pictured above: Carol Tripp and Elyse Busch, who will be replacing Carol at the branch as the Investment Retirement Specialist Submitted by: Tracey Markin | On Thursday May 31, 2018 clients and staff of RBC celebrated and thanked Carol Tripp for providing over 40 years of financial advice to the valley. Former colleagues also stopped [...]

2018/06/04Local Interest

Minitonas 4-H Celebrates 63 Years at Annual Show & Sale

Submitted by: Ione Anderson | The Minitonas 4-H Beef Club celebrated 63 years with the annual show and sale on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Swan Valley Ag Grounds. Preparations for the show started last fall when members selected their projects and weights and animal identification was recorded in December. Over the feeding period [...]

2018/05/31Local Interest

Immigrants Connect Through FolkFest Fundraiser

Submitted by: Yuliia Haletska | We had 35 participants in total. The purpose of this event was Folkfest fundraising and connection immigrants with community. Everyone brought food, everything was so delicious. We introduced ourselves. We had KeyChevrolet worker who did a draw for free oil change and accessories for car washing, one of the newcomer [...]

2018/05/30Local Interest

Selling Your Stuff Just Got a Whole Lot Better

ValleyBiz is excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 we made some upgrades to the free classifieds on ValleyBiz. The process is still free and easy and while some screens may look a little different, most of the steps are the still the same … just better. Our classifieds listings are now fully [...]

2018/05/29Local Interest

Family Friendly Fun at Taylor School Fun Festival

Submitted by: Falon Cooke | The Centennial Arena buzzed with families and kids of all ages Friday, May 25, 2018 for the annual Taylor School Fun Festival. The BBQ supper concession, carnival games, and prize shopping were a constant circuit of activity. The most popular being face painting, cotton candy station, and the dunk tank. [...]

2018/05/28Local Interest

Kobzar Church Celebrates 85th Anniversay

Submitted by: Donna Krochak | Approximately 40 people attended the Divine Liturgy, Provody, and delicious home cooked dinner on May 19, 2018 filling the church and hall to capacity. During this 85th anniversary milestone, several people were presented with rose bowls to recognize them for their ongoing support of the Kobzar Parish. Attendees came from [...]

2018/05/24Local Interest

Future and Returning Players Attend Tigers Football Camp

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland | A successful camp was held on May 14, 15 and 17, 2018 for nearly 25 future and returning players! Thanks to the Community Foundation of Swan Valley for their support of this program and to our community coaches for their time and effort!!!

2018/05/23Local Interest

New Bill Will Create Safer And More Ethical Hunting

Submitted Story| Swan River – Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, welcomes the introduction of a bill that will establish safer hunting and sustainable wildlife management. Bill 29, the Wildlife Amendment Act (Safe Hunting and Shared Management), includes measures to regulate some practices of night hunting, particularly spotlighting, as well as to ensure the sustainability [...]

2018/05/22Local Interest

Wonderful Turnout at 2nd Annual High Tea

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | We all had a lovely day at Benito Legion hall on Saturday May 12, 2018 as we celebrated Mothers day with our 2nd annual High tea! It was a wonderful turn out and everyone enjoyed the Mini Pavlovas and Dainty sandwiches along with the huge assortment on the bake table. [...]

2018/05/18Local Interest

SVRSS Brings Magic of Snow White to Life

Submitted by: Tammy Zaretsky-Denischuk | The SVRSS Gym was filled with laughter from the audience and cackles and screams from the stages during the SVRSS Drama Production of Snow White this past weekend! This traditional fairytale was brought to life under the dedicated and creative direction of Director Michelle Baudin the very talented cast and [...]

2018/05/18Local Interest

Toe Tapping Time at Lenswood Mothers Day Dance

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland | Smiles, laughter and tapping toes were found out in Lenswood at their Mothers Day Dance on Saturday night!!! Thanks to those who worked and who sent food.

2018/05/17Local Interest

Baking, Plants and Prizes at Annual Strawberry Tea

Submittec by: Gloria (for the SRVHA members) Swan River Valley Health Auxiliary held their annual Strawberry Tea on May 11th, 2018. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the SRVHA Tea. Also sold was baking, plants and 50/50 tickets. The 50/50, won by Bud Fullerton, amounted to $1,002.50 Congratulations! Besides the [...]

2018/05/16Local Interest

Spectacular Weekend At Swan Valley High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | Swan Valley HS Rodeo hosted a MB HS Rodeo this past weekend (May 11-13, 2018) and it was a huge success. The weather was perfect, the grounds were amazing, great food, spectators & competition! The weekend started with a Jackpot Barrel race! The fast time was run in the Junior [...]

2018/05/16Local Interest

Beautiful Quilts Displayed at Mother’s Day Quilt Show

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett | On Sunday May 13, 2018 Bowsman United Church Quilt Group held a Mother’s Day Quilt Show at Harley House. The Heritage Home in Swan River provided a picturesque background for the beautiful quilts that were on display. The showcased quilts ranged from traditional to modern in design and varied in [...]

2018/05/15Local Interest

Friendly Faces at Minitonas United Church Tea

Submitted by: Minitonas Knox United Church | Friendly faces greeted guests on May 5, 2018 as they arrived for the Minitonas Knox United Church Spring Tea on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The dessert table was filed with a variety of tasty choices and the afternoon overflowed with lively conversations. The auction table was popular with [...]

2018/05/14Local Interest

Special Olympics Holds Largest Dance Fever to Date

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Over 60 Special Olympic athletes, coaches and volunteers from the Swan Valley, Russell and Winnipegosis enjoyed an afternoon of dancing, dining and friendship at the 7th Annual Special Olympics Dance Fever on April 21, 2018 at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre. $4,620 was raised in the 50/50 cash draw. Congratulations [...]

2018/05/11Local Interest

Swan River Paramedic Achieves High Honours

Submitted by: Prairie Mountain Health | Taralynn Stephen of Swan River, MB. has been recognized by the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) for having achieved the highest score on the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) exam in 2017. Stephen took the one-year program through the Red River College—Swan River site and was also awarded the [...]

2018/05/10Local Interest

Music Monday Starts the Week on the Right Note

Pictured above: 2nd/3rd Year Band Students Perform on Music Monday ValleyBiz Story | On May 7, 2018 the Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) participate in the 14th Annual Music Monday, a national event where Canadian students and industry come together to celebrate the creation of music as a community. SVSD Music Monday Mass Bands was [...]

2018/05/10Local Interest

Local Physicians Honoured by College of Family Physicians

Pictured above: Presentor, Dr. Ainslie Mihalchuk, Dr. Adrian Fung, Dr. Leah Koetting and Dr. Rafiq Andani [Photos courtesy of Tommy Jones Photography] Submitted by: Prairie Mountain Health | The Manitoba College of Family Physicians (MCFP) held their 2018 MCFP Awards Banquet at the Inn at the Forks Ballroom in Winnipeg on April 20. Recipients received [...]

2018/05/09Local Interest

Over $3,300 Raised for ESRSS Daycare

Submitted by: Julie Harvey | The Everything Children’s Sale and More was a huge success! Approximately 200+ people came over the two days. There were 14 tables with everything ranging from children’s furniture, toys, books and clothes to housewares, decorative signs and more. Mike Jessup from Creighton was the winner of the 60/40 draw, taking [...]

2018/05/09Local Interest

Badminton Team Brings Home a Title and Great Experience

Pictured above: Mixed Doubles Medallists Silver – Steinbach, Gold – Swan Valley, Bronze – Vincent Massey (Winnipeg) Submitted by Craig Zamzow | On May 4-5 Vincent Massey High School in Brandon hosted the MHSAA Badminton Provincials with 32 teams qualifying in each category. Girls Singles Grade 11 student Rachel Negrave, in her second Provincials, had [...]

2018/05/08Local Interest

Great Afternoon of Visiting While Enjoying Works of Art

Submitted by: Renate Wille | The Art Show at Little Woody Baptist church held on May 5, 2018 was great and many visitors enjoyed the art and visiting. We, who paint there on Mondays, are grateful to be using the venue. It is given to us freely and is in no way a fundraiser for [...]

2018/05/08Local Interest

Basketball Players Enhance Theirs Skills at Weekend Clinics

Submitted by Ian Kitch | Swan Valley Basketball Association hosted two basketball clinics on May 5th, 2018. Coach Gil Cheung, Tyvon Cooper, and Mikaela Stanton from the Brandon University Bobcats Basketball Program provided excellent coaching and instruction to nearly 40 players. Thanks to Brandon University and Coach Cheung for coming to Swan River.

2018/05/07Local Interest

“SOON—SPRING BLOSSOMS!” Community Band Concert

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater, PR & Communications | On Wednesday, 2 May 2018 in the SVRSS Cafeteria, the Swan Valley Community Band had their 24th Spring Concert, performing for over 65 people. After enjoying the Concert, everyone was treated to refreshments. With a constant membership of around 30 to 35, the Band continues to entertain, [...]

2018/05/07Local Interest

Friends & Neighbors Gather at Cowan Spring Supper

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik, Pictures By Jessica Kovachik | It was a beautiful hot day on Sunday, April 29, 2018, when the annual Spring Supper event occurred in Cowan. After a long cold winter, everyone was anxious to get out and enjoy the company of neighbors and friends. This was noted as when the doors [...]

2018/05/04Local Interest