Tag Archives: Community Coverage

Busy Week at Benito Recreation Complex

Pictured above: 1st in the 1st Event Winners sponsored by the J.A Lyons Memorial Trophy. Presenter Tom Lyons congratulates Skip Neil Watkins, Third Marty Anderson, Second Carter Watkins and Lead Karter Meyn Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The Benito Recreation Complex was a busy place this past week. On February 13-18, 2018, the Complex hosted [...]

2018/02/20Local Interest

Lovely Evening at United Church Loving Hearts Supper

Submitted by: St. Andrew’s United Church | The 7th Annual Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment was held on February 10, 2018. The Veterans Hall was decked out in red decorations and many hearts! The entertainment was wonderful and they performed for a very appreciative crowd. The roast beef supper with all the trimmings as delicious! [...]

2018/02/16Local Interest

CBF Christian School Fundraiser a Feast for the Senses

Submitted by: Rachael Stober | The CBFCS Parent Advisory Council put on a Dessert Night/Duelling Pianos/Silent Art Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and raised $2500 for a multi-sports pad project that will benefit the entire community of Swan River. Almost 100 people in attendance enjoyed fabulous desserts from our local Swan Valley Co-op [...]

2018/02/15Local Interest

SVSD Announces Plans to Request to School Closure

Swan Valley School Division Board Announcement February 14, 2018 | The Board conducted Community Meetings throughout the Valley sharing some of the challenges it faces over the next few years. During these Community Meetings, the Board solicited feedback from attendees and invited all Valley residents to participate in a survey to provide suggestions to the [...]

2018/02/14Local Interest

Close to $80,000 Raised at Sled for Eternity 2018

Submitted by: Kim Lowes | We had an absolutely amazing day at our 2nd annual Swan River Sled for Eternity on February 10, 2018! We had 68 registered riders out on the trails and we were blown away by the faithfulness of our fundraisers with our final total coming in at close to $80,000 raised. [...]

2018/02/13Local Interest

JV Girls Undefeated at Yorkton Regional Tournament

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | JV Girls Basketball Team travelled to the Yorkton Raiders Basketball Tournament this past weekend and posted an undefeated record. The Tigers’ first opponent of the tournament was the home team, Yorkton Raiders. Yorkton was big and fast, jumped out for an early lead and were ahead by 9 points at [...]

2018/02/12Local Interest

Dancing Away the Winter Blues in Cowan

Submitted by: Wade Kovachik | The Winter Blues Dance was held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Cowan Community Centre. Pure Country (featuring Kenny Thompson and Brittney Moore) put on a good show by filling the Centre with music till approximately 1:30 am. Even though it was a chilly night, people came from near [...]

2018/02/08Local Interest

Community Foundation Announces New Spring Grant Intake

Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) is pleased to announce a new Spring Granting Period. The initial Spring Grant Intake is now open and applications are being accepted from organizations who did not receive a grant during the Fall 2017 granting period. “We recognize that groups have spring and summer projects [...]

2018/02/07Local Interest

Jazz Retreat & Improv Workshop Benefits Local Students

Pictured above: Clinicians perform during the final Jazz concert. ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) Band Council held their Sixth Annual SVSD Jazz Retreat and Improvisation Workshop on January 19 – 20, 2018. Students from across the Valley worked with esteemed music educator Graydon Cramer (drums) from Brandon, Kyle Wedlake (tenor saxophone) [...]

2018/02/06Local Interest

Town of Swan River Final Water Update

Town of Swan River Public Notice February 2, 2018 6:16 pm | This issue only affects Town residents and businesses. Issue Update: The well specialists have flushed and inspected the well cribbing of well #2. They have confirmed that the cribbing is compromised above the pump level. We cannot put a new pump in the [...]

2018/02/03Local Interest

UPDATE: Water System Repairs Progressing

Town of Swan River Public Notice February 1, 2018 9:00 pm | This issue only affects Town residents and businesses. Issue Update: The well specialist company has successfully removed the pumps and related pipes from both failed wells. Work is now focused on flushing the wells and reinstalling a complete new pump and related hardware. [...]

2018/02/01Local Interest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Night of Christmas Shopping in Minitonas

Submitted by: Diane Rooks | It was a great night of shopping for those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers on Friday, December 22, 2017. The Minitonas Christmas Market was held at the Minitonas Community Hall and featured many different vendors including Barefoot Books, Discovery Toys, Tupperware, 31 Bags, Norwex, Epicure, Arbonne, Jamberry and much [...]

2017/12/28Local Interest

2017 SVCTC Toys 4 U Drive Helps Make Christmas Special

Submitted by: Beverly Polon | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) wishes to thank members of the Swan Valley Community for their generous donations to the 2017 Swan Valley CTC Toys 4U Toy Drive. There were donation boxes located at eight local businesses in order to collect community donations of toys and money. As well, [...]

2017/12/26Local Interest

Youth Survey Identifies Swan Valley Risk Factors

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) hosted a luncheon Community Information meeting in the SVRSS Muti-Purpose room on December 14, 2017. Approximately 35 community members, students and SVCTC Board members participated in this event. This meeting was held in order to share the Data results from the SVCTC Youth Survey [...]

2017/12/21Local Interest

Pee Wee B Stampeders Hit the Road

Back Row: Liam McArthur; Middle Row: Nolan Woodward, Brandon Grazier, Carter Addis, Jack Mullin, Henry Branconnier; Front Row: Jett Cook, Noah Weir, James Parsons, McKenna Gray, Crystal Zamzow, Mackenzie Lukey; Missing: Comrie Quill Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | On the weekend of December 16 & 17, 2017 the Pee Wee B Stampeders encountered a stiff [...]

2017/12/20Local Interest

Valley Churches Bring The Christmas Story to Life

Submitted by: Beth Gust, Pictures and Video by Kevin Penner | Swan Valley Museum was the venue last Saturday, December 16, 2017 for a Live Nativity Event. Valley churches organized the scenes which included a marketplace manned by local vendors showing their wares and a manger scene, complete with the Biblical characters, musicians, and live [...]

2017/12/19Local Interest

North-West Regional Library Hosts Festival of Trees

Pictured above: Crowd Favorite, Solid Rock Youth Group Tree Submitted by: Maureen Bowles | The North-West Regional Library was dressed for the Christmas Season at the Festival of Trees on December 5th to the 9th, 2017. It was a very festive atmosphere with decorated trees, gingerbread Houses, Christmas music, cookies and hot apple cider. Eighteen [...]

2017/12/18Local Interest

Christmas Baking For Bocce Ball Court Enhancements

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett | Members of the Royal Purple Elks Lodge #185 filled boxes of delicious goodies to fill orders received from the community. Proceeds from the 2017 sales will go to Phase 2 of the Bocce Ball Court in Legion Park – signage, benches & plantings. Thank you to everyone who supported our [...]

2017/12/14Local Interest

Carols, Musicians & Messages at Christmas Hymn Sing

Submitted by: June Jamieson | Celebrating Christ’s Birth Through Word & Song was the theme of the Hymn Sing at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, December 10, 2017. More than sixty people got together to sing carols and listen to the Christmas themed presentation by various musicians from through the Swan River Valley. We [...]

2017/12/14Local Interest

Community Foundation Provides a Legacy of Benefits

Corey Grandfield with the SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team receiving a grant for hockey jerseys. Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their annual granting night on December 7, 2017. “We are here tonight to harvest the fruits of philanthropy in the Swan River Valley,” said CFSV Board Chair Lorne Henkelman. Since [...]

2017/12/13Local 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