Tag Archives: Community Coverage

Dolyna Dancers Hold Zabava to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Swan River Dolyna Dancers celebrated their 40th Anniversary with a Zabava on May 20, 2017. Guests were treated to quite the show, starting with our own young dancers. Click any picture for a larger version. Next up was a hearty Ukrainian meal, prepared by our group, along with family [...]

2017/05/23Local Interest

Parent Workshop Focuses on Healthy Choices

Submitted by: Eugenia Barker | Another Guiding Good Choices parent workshop concluded on May 17, 2017. Guiding Good Choices is a five-session program that teaches parents of children ages 9-14 how to reduce the risk that their children will develop drug problems. Click any picture for a larger version. Parents also learned how to strengthen [...]

2017/05/22Local Interest

Special Touches Add To Mothers Day Brunch

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | On May 14, 2017 Durban Community held a Mother’s Day brunch. Lot of decorating took place to prepare the hall and tables for the event. Lots of work went into making the gifts, little purses, that every Mother received. Click any picture for a larger version. Thanks to the Sas [...]

2017/05/18Local Interest

High Flying Fun at High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The Swan Valley High School rodeo was a huge success again this year, although the weather wasn’t great the participants had a wonderful time in our community. Click any picture for a larger version. The comments to the committee from parents and kids alike were all positive, and they are [...]

2017/05/17Local Interest

Benito Celebrates Mothers Day in Style

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | It was a great time at Benito Legion hall on Sat. May 13, 2017 as we celebrated Mothers day in our best hats and making memories with our mothers, grandmothers, daughters and friends. Click any picture for a larger version. It was a wonderful turn out and everyone enjoyed the [...]

2017/05/16Local Interest

Funds Raised for ESRSS Daycare Play Yard

Submitted by: Amanda Bulycz | The ESRSS Daycare hosted the Everything Children’s Sale on Saturday May 13, 2017. The indoor garage sale was hosted at the War Veterans Hall from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Click any picture for a larger version. People in the community were able to rent a table to sell their unneeded baby, [...]

2017/05/16Local Interest

Lions Discuss Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby

Submitted by: Corey Hurren | Members from the three local Swan Valley Lion Clubs (which are Bowsman, Minitonas, and Swan River) met on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Swan Valley Museum. This meeting was about the Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby which was held on March 18, 2017 at Whitefish Lake and to [...]

2017/05/15Local Interest

Generous Support for Health Auxiliary Strawberry Tea

Submitted by: Gloria Kutynec | Swan River Valley Health Auxiliary held their annual Strawberry Tea on May 12th, 2017. Also sold was baking and plants. Click any picture for a large version. The winners of the painting donated by Adeline Nemetchuk were Linda Cober and Marion Krochak. The 50/50, won by Don Bobick, amounted to [...]

2017/05/15Local Interest

CBF Christian School Storage Wars Auction & Art Sale

Submitted by: Amber Friesen | Storage Wars Auction and Art Sale was held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the CBF Christian School. Many thanks to the community members and friends of the school who came out to show their support. Click any picture for a larger version. Over 50 boxes and other miscellaneous items were [...]

2017/05/12Local Interest

Local Artists Showcased at Little Woody Art Show

Submitted by: Renate Wille Once again this year, the Little Woody Little Woody Baptist Church Art Show was a very successful and fun event. The variety, quality and love for the art and crafts could clearly be seen. Click any picture for a larger version. About 100 visitors came to view the displays, enjoy the [...]

2017/05/10Local Interest

Minitonas 4H Prepares for Show & Sale at Grooming Day

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The Minitonas 4H members were busy on Saturday getting prepared for the Annual Swan Valley 4H Beef Show & Sale. The sale is on May 27, 2017 at the Swan Valley Agricultural grounds. Click any picture for a larger version. Members were busy this weekend learning how to bath, blow [...]

2017/05/09Local Interest

SVRSS Performing Arts Class Presents Spring Concert

Submitted by: Jennifer Simpson | On Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 the SVRSS Performing Arts class had their spring concert. The students performed a wide variety of music from Shawn Mendes to High Valley and everything in between. Click any picture for a larger version. They performed 13 different songs, some with the whole group while [...]

2017/05/09Local Interest

Swan Valley Community Band presents “Music Monday!”

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater (Commuications, PR, Manager) On Monday, 1 May 2017, the Swan Valley Community Band presented their Spring Concert, “Music Monday!” In 1994, Julie Kooistra had a Dream and that Dream is now celebrating its 23rd year. Click any picture for a larger version. In all those years, there have been many musicians [...]

2017/05/08Local Interest

Delicious Kickoff to Wellman Lake Bible Camp

Submitted by: Lesley Betcher | Wellman Lake Bible Camp Dessert Night Spring Kickoff held April 23rd, 2017 was attended by more than 100 people. The evening was filled with humor and inspiration as we heard camp stories from campers and counsellors of all ages recalling their most memorable moments at camp. A variety of decadent [...]

2017/05/06Local Interest

Royal Purple Raises Funds for Bocce Ball Court

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett Swan River Royal Purple Elks Lodge #185 held a successful Garage / Craft / Bake sale at the Elks Hall on April 29th & 30th, 2017. This fundraising event was held to raise funds for the Bocce Ball Court to be built in Swan River’s Legion Park. Upon completion the courts [...]

2017/05/05Local Interest

Tigers’ Bring a Family Member Bowling Tournament

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 the Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region’s Tigers’ Bowling Team wrapped up their season with a Bring a Family Member Bowling Tournament. Six teams competed in the tourney. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictured above: L-R Allison, Skylar, Lucas, Graeme, Justin and Jamie. Swan [...]

2017/05/05Local Interest

Celebrating Canada at Minitonas Tea

Submitted by: Knox United Church | Even though there was a lot going on around the Valley on April 29, 2017 many guests stopped by the Minitonas Knox United Church for the Spring Tea. It was a nice afternoon with tasty pie and lots of visiting. Click any picture for a larger version. The room [...]

2017/05/05Local Interest

Great Day for a Feast in Cowan

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | It was a day that started out to be a bit gloomy and rain was highly suspected, but as the day progressed it turned out to be a great day for Cowan. As the sunshine arrived so did the visitors to town looking for a hearty feast. Pictures by Jessica [...]

2017/05/04Local Interest

Warm Weather Brings Many to United Church Spring Sale

Submitted by: Jim Dyck | On April 28 and 29, 2017 St. Andrew’s United Church in Swan River had their spring garage sale. With the weather being nice may people came out too look over all the items and find that special item or buy something at good price. Pictured above: Alice Curle checks out [...]

2017/05/04Local Interest

Food and Fun for Fishing Enhancement at Annual Banquet

Submitted by: Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement (SVSFE) | SVSFE hosted their 31st annual banquet on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the centennial arena. It was a full house, with over 600 attendees. Click any picture for a larger version. Guests heaped their plates with Hors d’oeuvres, fried walleye along with many other sides and [...]

2017/05/03Local Interest

Full House At Dolyna Dancers Dessert Concert

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Dolyna Dancers performed to a full house as always on April 29, 2017. All of the dancers gave their best performance of the year and gave the audience an amazing show. Click any picture for a larger version. The senior dancers welcomed our guests with the traditional Pryvit, with [...]

2017/05/02Local Interest

Music and Dancing at Birch River Annual Jamboree

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | Birch River Northern Neighbors Annual Jamboree was held on April 30, 2017 and was another huge success. There was lots of singing, guitar picking, violin playing, and dancing was enjoyed by everyone. Click any picture for a larger version. I even seen some JIGGIN going on in the corner. THANK [...]

2017/05/02Local Interest

Spring Supper Supports Madge Lake Bible Camp

Submitted by: Myrna Zinkiew | The Madge Lake Bible Camp held a spring supper fundraising event on April 27, 2017. The Madge Lake Bible Camp has been serving the surrounding areas in Manitoba and Saskatchewan for sixty three years. Click any picture for a larger version. The camp through the summer months have close to [...]

2017/05/01Local Interest

A Great Celebration of Fiddling Music

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | The Minitonas Fiddling Program held their 11th Annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Minitonas Early Years School Gym. Click any picture for a larger version. Music instructor, Lyneta Grenier and the students had worked very hard to prepare for the wonderful evening of music and were [...]

2017/05/01Local Interest

Swan Valley West Drops Lawsuit Against Bill Gade

ValleyBiz Story | It was standing room only in the Council Chambers of Swan Valley West on April 25, 2017 as Council met to vote on various resolutions aimed at ending the ongoing lawsuit against Bill Gade and his CJ104 radio station. Click any picture for a larger version. Swan Valley West Files Lawsuit Against [...]

2017/04/28Local Interest

Valley Enjoys Unique Drama in Birch River

Submitted by: Bethany Matejka | People from around the Valley enjoyed the presentation of Carl and Brenda Ens at Christian Fellowship Church in Birch River on April 23. Carl presented his one-man drama production, “Stand in the Gap.” Click any picture for a larger version. The drama tells the story of powerful prayer warrior and [...]

2017/04/27Local Interest

Ray’s Gumbo Supper Enjoyed in Birch River

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | Ray’s Gumbo Supper was put on by Birch River Northern Neighbors on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Supper was enjoyed by all that attended, lots of Gumbo and Tasty pies were there to pick from. Click any picture for a larger version. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone that came out [...]

2017/04/27Local Interest

Scouten Resigns in Wake of Lawsuit Vote

ValleyBiz Story | Following an eventful Swan Valley West council meeting on April 25,2017 that saw council pass a resolution to end the lawsuit against CJ104 Radio and station owner Bill Gade, Reeve Verne Scouten officially tendered his resignation. More information on the events leading up to Scouten’s resignation will be available soon. Scouten confirmed [...]

2017/04/26Local Interest

Ladies Across Valley Gather for Day Out

Submitted by: Josina Zander | The Durban Covenant Women hosted a “Ladies Day Out” April 22, 2017. Ladies gathered from Norquay, Swan River, Benito and surrounding Durban area. Click any picture for a larger version. Beautifully decorated tables were set with the Palm branches and spring flowers, symbols of the victory of the season. Socializing [...]

2017/04/25Local Interest

A Magical Presentation of Aladdin Jr. by Taylor School

Submitted by: Robin Warner | Aladdin was a huge success at Taylor School this weekend! The students worked so very hard and it really showed. Click any picture for a larger version. The performances were Friday night and Saturday night, April 21st and 22nd, 2017 at 7pm, and the energy was high. The entire school [...]

2017/04/24Local Interest

Trophies Presented to 2017 Fiddlin’ Festival Winners

Submitted by: Linda Gilchrist | The winners of the 2017 Fiddlin’ Festival were recently presented with trophies by Fiddlin’ Chairperson, Linda Gilchrist. Pictured above: Ensemble Winners Erica Thomas, Emily Mykula, Isla Mykula, Logan Smith, Grace Kirk. Click any picture for a larger version. Beginner Winner: Liv Leadbeater Intermediate Winner: Madison Bronconnier Advanced Solo Winner: Layna [...]

2017/04/21Local Interest

Great Afternoon at Dance Fever 2017

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | On Saturday, April 8, 2017 Special Olympics Parkland Region held its 6th Annual Dance Fever following a great day of bowling at our regional tournament. Click any picture for a larger version. We were fortunate to have athletes and coaches from Russell and Winnipegosis join us for the potluck dinner, [...]

2017/04/19Local Interest

Patients Without a Physician Have Options Other Than ER

ValleyBiz Story | The provincial Wait Time Reduction Task Force held a Public Meeting in Swan River on April 5, 2017. Approximately 30 people participated in the workshop-style meeting to identify concerns and solutions for emergency care wait times. Proposed solutions at the public meeting included expanding the use of telehealth, providing better patient transport [...]

2017/04/18Local Interest

Tim & The Glory Boys Kick Up Their Heels in Swan River

Submitted by: Rob Ter Horst | Tim & The Glory Boys brought their Hootenanny Tour to Swan River on April 7, 2017. There was a great turnout for the concert on Friday night with 217 people in attendance. Click any picture for a larger version. There was a great crowd of multiple generations at the [...]

2017/04/18Local Interest

Tasty Time at Arran Wing Night

Submitted by: Michelle McKenzie | The Arran Rec Board held a Wing & Rib Night on April 8, 2017. The wing night went off with people showing up from Norquay, Pelly, Swan River, Benito, Kenville, and various other towns in the area. Click any picture for a larger version. Thank you to all who came [...]

2017/04/15Local Interest

Funds Received for Lions Medical Assistance Fund

ValleBiz Story | A cheque in the amount of $19,226.54 was officially presented to the Swan Valley Lions Medical Assistance fund on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The funds represent the proceeds from the 2017 Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby. Click any picture for a larger version. As of March 1st, 2017 the Swan Valley Lions [...]

2017/04/13Local Interest

Enjoyable and Informative Evening at NDP AGM

Submitted by: Swan River NDP Constituency The Swan River NDP Constituency held their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Cowan Community Centre. Socializing and registration began at 5:00 and continued with a scrumptious potluck supper. Various reports were presented during the meeting including a report on Rosann Wowchuk being one of [...]

2017/04/13Local Interest

Special Olympics Parkland 5 Pin Bowling Tournament

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | On Saturday, April 8th Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region held its annual Regional 5 Pin Tournament. 39 bowlers from Swan Valley, Russell and Winnipegosis took part in the 2 shift event at Up Your Alley in Swan River. Click any picture for a larger version. This tournament was a 5 [...]

2017/04/11Local Interest

Lions Donate New Dialysis Chairs

ValleyBiz Story | Dialysis patients and supporting health care providers will rest a little easier thanks to the donation of three new dialysis chairs by the Bowsman, Minitonas and Swan River Lions Clubs on April 6, 2017. Pictured above: Lions Club members try out two of the three new chairs. Click any picture for a [...]

2017/04/11Local Interest

7 Days A Remarkable Experience

Submitted by: Tracy Burick | This past weekend’s three day run of the musical, 7 Days, was performed at CBF Church in Swan River on April 6, 7, 8, 2017. This production was the creative genius of Martyn Snell who had composed the original musical back in 1978. Pictured above: Melanie Bird, Rita Thiessen and [...]

2017/04/11Local Interest

Missed Appointments Repurposed At Primary Care Centre

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Primary Care Centre (SVPCC) continues to face the challenge of individuals simply not showing up for appointments. In 2016, there were 1,200 “no shows” – that’s the equivalent of the SVPCC being closed for 3 weeks. Stock photo It is usually not possible to contact a patient on the [...]

2017/04/10Local Interest

Minitonas Curling Club Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley On April 5, 2017 representatives from the Minitonas Curling Club (MCC) finalized their endowment with the Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) in the amount of $8,000. Pictured above: CFSV Treasurer Henry Rasmussen, MCC Secretary Lynda Leslie, MCC Treasurer Shannon Adamchuk, CFSV Chair Lorne Henkelman, CFSV Vice-Chair Norm [...]

2017/04/10Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Warn of Frauds and Scams

RCMP Media Release | The Swan River RCMP would like to remind the public to be diligent / aware that there are numerous mail / text / internet /telephone scams and frauds that occur each year. Most recently, the Swan River Valley is experiencing an influx of fraudulent calls from people pretending to be employees [...]

2017/04/08Local Interest

Novice Mustangs Parkissimo Consolation Champions

Submitted by: Chris Zamzow | The Swan Valley Novice Mustangs faced Roblin in the first round of the Parkissimo consolation side playoffs. The Mustangs defeated Roblin with a pair of solid 14-4 and 11-2 wins over Roblin. Pictured above: Back row L-R: Chris Zamzow, Damian Leask, Peyton Lehmann, Kolby Danielson, Matt Zamzow, Porter Atkinson, Griffin [...]

2017/04/07Local Interest

Lions Help Get Ready for Babies in the Swan Valley

ValleyBiz Story | On Thursday, April 6, 2017 members from the Bowsman, Minitonas and Swan River Lions Clubs officially presented new maternity equipment to the Swan Valley Health Centre. It is expected that the equipment should should be put to good use. Click any picture for a larger version. Since Prairie Mountain Health announced the [...]

2017/04/07Local Interest

There’s a Song in the Air at Annual Hymn Sing

Submitted by: June Jamieson | God Cares for Us was the theme of the hymn sing held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Christians from several local congregations gathered to sing together. Click any picture for a larger version. Attendees also enjoyed presentations by local musicians and the Potorieko family from [...]

2017/04/07Local Interest

Turton Headed to Program of Excellence Tournament

Submitted Story | Congrats and good luck to Parkland Bantam AAA Ranger Cole Turton from Swan River. Turton has been selected to take part in the Under 16 Program of Excellence Spring Tournament in Winnipeg on April 6-9, 2017. This tournament is the first step for a tryout for Team Manitoba. It is composed of [...]

2017/04/06Local Interest

Swan Valley Hosts Family Medicine Residents “Forestry Day”

Submitted by: Prairie Mountain Health | In early February 2017, Parkland family medicine residents —including supervising preceptor Dr. Trina Mathison— made the trek to the beautiful Swan River Valley to participate in a “Day within the Forestry Industry.” Now in its 25th year of operation, the Parkland Family Medicine Residency Unit, located in Dauphin, is [...]

2017/04/05Local Interest

Pine River Perogie Supper Gets Hopping with Easter Theme

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | On Sunday April 2, 2017 the Pine River Community Centre sponsored a perogie and sausage supper with all the trimmings including baked beans, Caesar salad and a variety of desserts and beverages. Click any picture for a larger version. The afternoon started off with guests playing board and card games [...]

2017/04/05Local Interest

Easter Basket Campaign to Benefit Local Kids

ValleyBiz Story | Discover Toys and Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters have teamed up to bring a little happiness to children experiencing emotional or financial hardships over the Easter holiday. Easter Baskets for Community Kids – Manitoba is collecting donations to provide Easter Baskets to children staying in Manitoba Women’s Shelters over the Easter holiday. [...]

2017/04/03Local Interest