Tag Archives: Community Coverage

Delicious German Supper Enjoyed in Birch River

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | On Sunday February 16, 2020, around 50 people come together to enjoy a delicious German supper put on by the Birch River Senior group. Lots of different tasty dishes and desserts were enjoyed as well as lots of friendly chat. Nice to see everyone that came out and hope to [...]

2020/02/19Local Interest

Great Evening at Loving Hearts Supper

Submitted by St. Andrew’s United Church Our Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment was held on February 1st. 120 folks enjoyed an evening of visiting, great entertainment and a delicious supper catered by Julie Nahnybida. The Entertainment kept toes a tapping with the Ukelele group singing a few songs and strumming their hearts out, followed by [...]

2020/02/17Local Interest

SV Novice Broncos Play Timbits Hockey During Jets Game

Submitted by: Treena Rooks | Timbits Hockey, presented by Tim Hortons, features twelve timbits hockey teams and four ringette teams randomly selected to play during the intermission of a Winnipeg Jets home game. A parent on our team had entered us into the draw, and on January 8, 2020, we had received notification that the [...]

2020/02/13Local Interest

Kene and Milly Concerts a Blessing in the Valley

Submitted by: Violet Plett | The Kene and Milly concerts, held in the Swan Valley from January 21-23, 2020, were a very big blessing to those who attended. People in each location (Barrows, Sapotawayek, Birch River and Swan River) told Kene and Milly how much they appreciated them coming. Each evening the singers sang many [...]

2020/01/30Local Interest

CFSV Now Accepting Spring Grant Applications

CFSV Media Release | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) is pleased to announce the Spring Granting Period for both the Community Foundation of Swan Valley & Youth in Philanthropy (SVRSS). The Spring Grant Intake will open on February 1st, 2020 and closes February 28th at 5 p.m. Organizations are reminded that only one [...]

2020/01/29Local Interest

Government Invests in Dauphin Economic Dev. & Tourism

Media Release | The Manitoba government will continue to lay a foundation for private-sector investment and job creation in Dauphin and the wider Parkland region with several exciting initiatives this year, Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler announced. “Our government’s Manitoba Works plan has established a target for creation of 40,000 new jobs in [...]

2020/01/27Local Interest

Information on Citizens On Patrol Program Presented

Pictured above: Pat Dietrich, chairperson of Roblin COPP and Twyla Ludwig, Roblin COPP member and Secretary-Treasurer of Manitoba COPP answer questions from attendees. ValleyBiz Story | On Thursday, January 16, 2020 a presentation was held at the Veterans Community Hall to provide information about the Citizens On Patrol Program (COPP). The COPP objective is to [...]

2020/01/23Local Interest

Swan River Dolyna Dancers Hold Malanka Concert

The Swan River Dolyna Dancers held their second annual Malanka Concert January 13, 2020 at the SVRSS Cafeteria. Each dance group performed a dance in front a full audience of family and friends. The Sadochuk, Beginner and Junior groups started the evening off with each group dancing a Poltava. This was followed by an intermission [...]

2020/01/20Local Interest

Provincial Budget Consultations Take Place In Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | Approximately 40 people attended the Provincial Pre-Budget Consultations held in Swan River on the afternoon of January 14, 2020. Minister Scott Fielding began with a presentation of the budget priorities for 2020, focusing on five areas committed to in the 2019 Provincial Election including: – reducing taxes, – $2 billion in healthcare [...]

2020/01/16Local Interest

Community Treated to Ukrainian Christmas Eve Supper

Submitted by: Joyce Trevellyan | The community was treated to a delicious Ukrainian Christmas Eve Supper at Y Not Johnny’s on January 6, 2020. Many traditional dishes were featured. All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Church is grateful to Y Not Johnny’s for his generous support of our parish’s fundraising event. Also thank you everyone who were [...]

2020/01/13Local Interest

Food and Fellowship at “Alone at Christmas Supper”

Submitted by Anna Fullerton and Billie Werenich | Once again we are very grateful for Swan Valley residents who helped in any way to present the 5th annual ALONE AT CHRISTMAS supper at the Elks Hall on December 25, 2019. For all the volunteering of cash, time, driving or food donations we are truly appreciative. [...]

2020/01/08Local Interest

Community Foundation Distributes Fall Grants

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley The Community Foundation of Swan Valley held their Fall Granting Night & AGM on Thursday December 5, 2019. A total of 12 Community Grants were awarded, followed by presentation of Donor Advised Funds, Designated Funds and Field of Interest Funds. Chairperson Lorne Henklemen opened the evening with a [...]

2020/01/02Local Interest

Recognition for 35 Years of Service

Submitted by: Keith Behrmann | Pictured above (from left to right) are Bowsman and District Lions members; Lion Lynn Cook, Lion Don Mullin, Lion Ken Darbyshire, Lion Bruce Currie, and Lion Ken Sutherland who were recently recognized for 35 years of service. Other members achieving this milestone were Lion Wayne Hanke, Lion Barry Stephen, Lion [...]

2019/12/31Local Interest

Memories of Loved Ones Glow Through the Night

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | On December 23, 2019, a candle lighting ceremony took place at the Birchwood Cemetery. Memorial candles were lit in memory of loved ones to casting their glow of remembrance over Christmas.

2019/12/30Local Interest

Swan River Reps on FES and WES Subcommittees

Province of Manitoba Media Release | Three new members and two returning members have been appointed to the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEF) Committee’s Fish Enhancement Subcommittee (FES) and Wildlife Enhancement Subcommittee (WES). Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen made the announcement December 11, 2019. “The subcommittees of the FWEF provide critical input [...]

2019/12/28Local Interest

Christmas Cheer Board Provides 40 Christmas Hampers

Submitted by: Crystal Duchesne | The Christmas season is a time for goodwill. Thanks to generous donations from the community, the Christmas Cheer Board was able to provide 40 Christmas Hampers to less fortunate families in the Swan River Valley. Pictured above: Riverdale School packaging hampers. Pictured above: Volunteers sorting the turkeys and hams.

2019/12/27Local Interest

Benito Chrismas Tree & Gingerbread Display Well Attended

Submitted by: Sandra Yaknovich | Our first year of Christmas tree and Gingerbread House display was held on December 14 – 21, 2019. We had a successful turnout of 16 Gingerbread Houses and 6 Christmas Trees and the event was well attended.

2019/12/26Local Interest

Merry Christmas from ValleyBiz

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal and that every path may lead to peace.” —Agnes M. Pharo From all of us at ValleyBiz, we wish you a Christmas filled [...]

2019/12/25Local Interest

Generous Donations to Toys 4U Toy Drive

Pictured above: Red Apple collects toys to fill Santa’s sleigh. Submitted by: Lorri-Ann Munro | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) wishes to thank members of the Swan Valley Community for their generous donations to the Swan Valley CTC Toys 4U Toy Drive. Once again, this year the SVCTC Toys 4 U Toy Drive were [...]

2019/12/24Local Interest

Unique Trees and Wreaths Display in Festival Of Trees

Submitted by: Kathleen Sterma The library saw some wonderfully unusual trees and wreaths entered in the Festival of Trees this year. We had a total of 16 trees and 10 wreaths on display from December 3-7, 2019. By peoples choice the winner of the tree competition was SVRSS Environmental Management, and the winner of the [...]

2019/12/23Local Interest

Swan River NDP Hosts Annual Christmas Supper

Submitted by: Catherine Wenstob | On the evening of December 8, 2019 the Swan River NDP held their annual Christmas supper. The Swan Valley museum has been our location for a number of years. This year it was even more festive with the addition of Christmas light on historic buildings in this beautiful setting. The [...]

2019/12/20Local Interest

Valley Stage Players Donate to Swan River Curling Club

Pictured above: Valley Stage Players (VSP) Vice-President, Denis Beaudoin; Swan Valley Curling Club President Gary Slack; VSP President Lloyd Gilchrist, VSP Secretary, Kimberley Kowles ValleyBiz Story | On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, the Valley Stage Players presented a cheque in the amount of $7,854.25 to the Swan River Curling Club. The cheque represents the proceeds [...]

2019/12/19Local Interest

Multicultural Christmas Program Celebrates the Season

Pictured above: Nigeria was represented by the Ojo and Omosebi families Submitted by: Donna Leming | A multicultural Christmas program was held at the Seventh-day Adventist church on Saturday December 7, 2019. Each group sang a Christmas Carol and shared how they celebrated the birth of Jesus and traditions in their country. Czech Republic was [...]

2019/12/18Local Interest

A Journey to Bethlehem at Minitonas Ladies Program

Submitted by: Minitonas Knox United Church The Minitonas Knox United Church presented their annual Ladies Christmas Program on December 2, 2019. The program is held early in early December each year and, for many in the community, marks the start of the Christmas season. This year’s program told the Christmas story from the viewpoint of [...]

2019/12/17Local Interest

Mistletoe Magic Lights Up the Swan Valley Museum

Submitted by: Candace Balbo | Over 750 people braved the cold to enjoy the Mistletoe Magic event at the Swan Valley Historical Museum on Saturday December 7, 2019. And a magical night it was with the return of a long time Valley favorite in the Kern Christmas display – refurbished and installed on the Museum [...]

2019/12/16Local Interest

Santa Day at Swan River Elks Hall

Submitted by: Malcolm Shaw | Saturday, December 7, 2019 was Santa Day at the Swan River Elks Hall. People stopped by sit with Santa and have some treats. Thanks to all that donated to the Elks Fund for Children.

2019/12/13Local Interest

Great Time Visiting at St. James Christmas Tea

Submitted by: Bev Leach | There was much chatter and laughter in St. James Anglican Church on December 7, 2019 as many local residents enjoyed the annual St. James Christmas Tea and Bake Sale. Pictured above: Diane Sylvester and Marilyn Staples were managing the bake sale table as the guests began to arrive for tea. [...]

2019/12/12Local Interest

Wonderful Attendance at Health Auxiliary Bake Sale

Submitted by: Gloria Kutynec | December 6th, 2019, the Swan River Valley Health Auxiliary (SRVHA) had another successful annual Christmas Bake sale, Grocery Hamper raffle and Novelty table. There was a wonderful attendance and it wasn’t long before all the baking was gone. The day brought in $765.00. The grocery hamper was won by Shirley [...]

2019/12/11Local Interest

A Flurry of Music at Community Band Christmas Concert

Submitted by Jayne Leadbeater | At the SVRSS Cafeteria, last Wednesday, 4 December 2019 over 70 people enjoyed a musical evening presented by Swan Valley Community Band who were performing their 26th Christmas Concert, “FLURRIES OF THE SEASON!” Lots of familiar faces were in attendance, with a few from as a far away as Edmonton [...]

2019/12/10Local Interest

Madge Lake Bible Camp Presents A Gift For All

Submitted by: Kendra Thiessen | Taking place on Sunday, December 1, 2019 Madge Lake Bible Camp’s Christmas Musical and Dessert Theater was a wonderful evening. This year’s performance included live music, delectable desserts and a guest performer from the Swan Valley, Tim Mueller on dobro, mandolin and guitar. A big thank-you to all who attended [...]

2019/12/09Local Interest

Songs of the Season Fill The Air At Carol Festival

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival held their 56th Annual Carol Festival at Temple Baptist Church on December 1, 2019. Various groups and individuals raised their voices and instruments in song in celebration of the season. The afternoon featured performances from Highly Strung Ukulele Group, Girls Christmas Choir, Terri Boyd & Jason [...]

2019/12/06Local Interest

Great Turnout at Benito Craft and Trade Event

Submitted by: Karen Gade | The Benito Rec. Centre was buzzing on Saturday, Nov. 30 when the Benito United Church hosted their 18th annual Craft and Trade event. The mild weather contributed to the great turnout. 42 tables of crafters and home based businesses gave those attending a large variety of shopping choices. Pictured above: [...]

2019/12/04Local Interest

Another Win for Swan Valley Tigers Hockey

Submitted by: Tracy Boychuk | The Swan Valley Tigers game on Sunday December 1, 2019 vs REMP ended with Tigers winning 8-2. The team collected food and toys for the local food bank, collecting a total of 136.9 pounds of food! (Not including the toys). The food bank was very grateful for the donation! Thank [...]

2019/12/03Local Interest

Santa Stops by Lenswood Santa Brunch

Submitted by: Judy Biech | Lenswood Hall was filled December 1, 2019 with a big crowd of hungry kids, parents, grand parents and great grandparents attending the Lenswood Santa Brunch to kick off the Christmas season. Our 3 cooks were busy cooking all morning and did a great job on the pancakes and sausages. The [...]

2019/12/02Local Interest

Curling Update for Team Wiebe 2019-2020 Season

Picture above, Left to right: Ryan Wiebe, Carter Watkins, Sean Flatt, Adam Flatt, (not pictured) Coach Tom Clasper, Assistant Coach Karen Flatt Submitted by: Louise Watkins | As the curling season event schedule enters the mid-season benchmark, Team Ryan Wiebe continues to play with consistency in both Junior Men’s and Men’s Divisions. Clinching a Berth [...]

2019/11/30Local Interest

Enjoyable Night at Lenswood Harvest Windup

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland | Another successful Harvest Windup was held in Lenswood on November 16, 2019! Everyone enjoyed the music, dancing, and food!!!

2019/11/29Local Interest

Festive Displays at Riverview Condos Gift Show

Submitted by: Maxine Larway | The Christmas Gift Show held on November 23, 2019 in the Riverview Condos Clubroom was well attended!! We raised $225 so far towards the Alone At Christmas Dinner” Vendors at the show included; Kristen: Thirty-One, Cyndi Miles Designs, Leanne Delaurier: Norwex, The Mushroom Patch, North Country Grains and Hannys Hobbies. [...]

2019/11/28Local Interest

Beautiful Afternoon At Lutheran Fall Tea

Submitted by: Renate Wille | The Lutheran Fall Tea held on November 16, 2019 was a beautiful event, as it always has been. This was the first time in our new home at St. James Anglican Church. It is a learning curve when two congregations share a home, like a couple merging their households, but [...]

2019/11/26Local Interest

Presentation Given On Diet for Diabetics & Weight Loss

Submitted by: Swan Valley Primary Care Centre | Dr. Leah Koetting presented her last speech at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre on November 21, 2019, regarding the Low Carb High Fat diet geared for diabetics and weight loss. The presentation was given to 80 people in attendance listening to the presentation. There were questions given [...]

2019/11/25Local Interest

Rotary Auction Raises Funds for Legion Park Concession

Submitted by: Swan Valley Rotary Club | The Swan Valley Rotary Club hosted their 57th Annual Radio Auction on November 7, 2019. It was another successful event with proceeds from this year’s auction going toward a new concession stand in the Legion Park. The total value of items donated reached $19,600 and fetched $12,760 in [...]

2019/11/22Local Interest

Westman Invests Over $300,000 in Swan River

Westman Communications Media Release | Westman Communications Group (Westman) invested over $300,000 in network and plant enhancements in Swan River. The recently completed network upgrade now allows Westman to provide faster, more reliable Internet speeds and additional capacity to accommodate the increasing demand for Westman services. “Westman was proud to bring enhanced communication services to [...]

2019/11/21Local Interest

Toy Drive Kicks Off With Swan River Fire Hall Event

Submitted by: Lorri-Ann Munro On Saturday November 16th the SVCTC Toys 4 U Toy Drive kicked off with an event hosted by the Swan River Fire Hall. The goal was to stuff a Police cruiser and the Swan Valley communities did not disappoint! Thank you to the Swan Valley Emergency Services, Shared Health/ Emergency Medical [...]

2019/11/20Local Interest

Valley Stage Players Present The Big Five-Oh

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Three very appreciative audiences were entertained this past weekend as the Valley Stage Players presented their comedy, “The Big Five-Oh,” a two-act comedy by playwright Brian Mitchell. The play was based around the Thomas family, whose patriarch, George, was trying to cope with all the life ramifications of reaching the [...]

2019/11/19Local Interest

Bowsman Lions Host Successful Pancake Brunch

Submitted by: Keith Behrmann | The Bowsman Lions held their brunch for diabetes November 13, 2019 at the Bowsman Legion Hall. The 90+ attendees were served a delightful meal of P&H pancakes, Valley Meats sausages, scrambled eggs and coffee or juice. The net proceeds will be given to the Lions Diabetes program presented at the [...]

2019/11/18Local Interest

A Message of Legacy at Community Foundation Gala

Submitted by: Lynda Parsons | What an amazing night!! The Community Foundation of Swan Valley’s Annual Gala featured local talent Brad Slepicka & Tim Mueller, Martyn Snell & The Marxmen. Following a delicious meal catered by Julie Nahnybida, our guest speaker returning valley resident Miles Jones, shared both his humour and his message of legacy [...]

2019/11/15Local Interest

Remembrance Day: Looking Back So We Can Look Forward

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan River Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11, 2019 began with the march to the Cenotaph and the placing of three crosses in honour of the Air Force, Navy and Army. The service at the Veterans Community Hall began just before 11 am. Following the Last Post, Minute of Silence, Rouse [...]

2019/11/14Local Interest

Full House at Sold Out Pine River Fall Supper

Submitted by Debbie Soloway | The Pine River Community Centre Fall Supper was held on Sunday November 10th, 2019 5:00pm -7:00pm. The supper was advanced tickets only and they completely sold out accommodating 160 quests. The tables were decorated in beautiful fall colors and the entrance table displayed a cross and a wreath commemorating Remembrance Day. [...]

2019/11/13Local Interest

Remembrance Day | We Will Remember Them

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

2019/11/11Local Interest

Holiday Recipes Shared at Vegetarian Cooking Class

Submitted by Donna Leming | Monday evening, November 4, 2019 a small group of ladies attended a Plant-based Cooking Class in the Swan River Seventh-day Adventist Church basement Meeting Room. They watched as Linda Ogram and Donna Leming demonstrated how to prepare some dishes. The ladies were then shown ways to plate their creation for [...]

2019/11/08Local Interest

Elks Lodges Host Membership Night

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett | In October Elks Lodges across Canada planned events to promote new membership in the Order. The Elks Lodges in Swan River hosted a Dessert & Coffee Open House on October 30, 2019. Unfortunately, after 65 years in Swan River and an estimated $1,000,000.00 of donations back to projects in the [...]

2019/11/08Local Interest