Tag Archives: Community Coverage

Ten Thousand Villages Celebrates 20 Years in Swan River

Submitted by: Karen Peters | Ten Thousand Villages was hosted for it’s 20th year in Swan River on November 15, 16 and 17, 2018. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries. Thank you to [...]

2018/11/23Local Interest

Friends and Fellowship at Trinity Lutheran Tea

Submitted by: Renate Wille | The tea was a success. Good food, festive decorations and fellowship. There was a lot of baking to buy. Everybody had a good time catching up and visiting with friends. Trinity Lutheran Church feels blessed to host this event.

2018/11/22Local Interest

Pre-Budget Consultation Held in Swan River

Submitted by: Swan River Constituency Office of MLA Rick Wowchuk | MLA Rick Wowchuk welcomed community members and stakeholders to the Pre-budget Consultation held at the Westwood Inn. Community members and stakeholders were invited to provide their input on the pre-budget consultation chaired by MLA Reg Helwar. This gathering brought many items to the forefront [...]

2018/11/21Local Interest

Credit Union Seminar Focuses on Disability Resources

Submitted by: Lynda Parsons | Swan Valley Credit Union hosted their annual fall seminar at the Westwood Inn on November 8th, 2018. This year the event focused on the benefits and resources available to Manitobans living with disabilities. The first speaker, Justin Boonen (District Vice President of Retail Sales, Mackenzie Investments) began the evening by [...]

2018/11/20Local Interest

Swan Valley Co-op Presents Cheque to Cancer Care

Submitted by: Swan Valley Consumers Co-op In October 2018, we asked you, our loyal customers to donate to our local Community Cancer Care Program at the Swan Valley Primary Care Centre. The Swan Valley Co-op then matched the amount. We are proud to present a cheque for $1,333.90! We are proud to be part of [...]

2018/11/19Local Interest

The Royal Canadian Legion Birch River BR#48 Remembers

Comrade Boyd McLure and Comrade Peggy Davy Ring the Bells of Peace Submitted by: Royal Canadian Legion BR#48 | The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #48 and the community of Birch River gathered on November 11, 2018 to remember. This annual Remembrance Day Service in Birch River is always well attended and we are thankful that [...]

2018/11/18Local Interest

School Zone Safety and Crosswalks

RCMP Media Release | The Swan River RCMP is reminding everyone to be safe in school zones. A number of close calls reported to local schools has promoted the need to educate pedestrians and drivers alike on the rules set out by The Highway Traffic Act which requires pedestrians to cross roadways by using and [...]

2018/11/17Local Interest

Minitonas Market Features Local Home Businesses

Submitted by: Diane Rooks | A great time was had by all at the Minitonas Market on November 10, 2018! Thank you to everyone that came out to support our local home businesses and to everyone who contributed to our silver collection for our veterans.

2018/11/17Local Interest

Generous Donation Results in Agriculture Grants

Government of Manitoba Media Release | Manitoba Agriculture has established two new grant programs totalling $900,000 to support agricultural and economic development, following a generous gift from the estate of Alexander Cherban, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today. “We are deeply touched by Mr. Cherban’s unwavering support for the agriculture industry in his community and [...]

2018/11/17Local Interest

Pine River Hosts Special Remembrance Day Fall Supper

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | This year the Pine River Fall Supper was held on Remembrance Day therefore before the supper started there was a tribute to those who served and continue to serve in the military. There was a guest of honour present and special thanks were given to Mr. Anthony (Tony) Baschak as [...]

2018/11/16Local Interest

Dancing the Night Away At Lenswood Harvest Windup

Submitted by: Judy Biech | Lenswood Community Hall was rocking to the beat of Ken Thompson and Brittany Moore on Saturday night November 10, 2018 at the annual Harvest Windup. A happy crowd of all ages socialized and danced the night away. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and especially the [...]

2018/11/14Local Interest

Taking Up the Torch in Remembrance

“Take up our quarrel with the foe: to you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high.” – In Flanders Fields ValleyBiz Story | Taking up the torch was the theme of the Remembrance Day service in Swan River on November 11, 2018. The day of remembrance began with a [...]

2018/11/13Local Interest

Celebration of Philanthropy at Community Foundation Gala

Submitted by: The Community Foundation of Swan Valley | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their 4th Annual Cultural Gala on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the War Veterans Community Hall in Swan River. “Here in the Swan Valley, volunteerism and philanthropy is at the core of who we are.” said Lorne Henkelman, [...]

2018/11/13Local Interest

Rotary Raises Over $13,000 for Community Initiatives

Submitted by: Scott Swaiko | The Swan Valley Rotary Club held its annual radio auction on Thursday November 8, 2018. Local businesses donated 135 items which were auctioned off, raising over $13,000. The funds will be used to support Swan Valley community initiatives such as the Healthy Choices/Warn Lunch Program at ESRSS, the Animal Protection [...]

2018/11/12Local Interest

$450,000 CFSV Endowment from Cherban Brothers Estate

Pictured above: Hon. Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture for the Province of Manitoba with Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, Community Foundation of Swan Valley Board Members and Herb and Bernice Bohnhardt. Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley | Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture for the Province of Manitoba, attended the Community Foundation [...]

2018/11/12Local Interest

Close to 400 Served at Minitonas United Church Fall Supper

Submitted by: Minitonas Knox United Church Minitonas Knox United Church served close to 400 guests during their annual fall supper on November 4, 2018. Thank you to all who attended. Even with long lineup was long at times, everything progressed smoothly and quickly and it was not long before everyone had a chance to enjoy [...]

2018/11/09Local Interest

CBF Grade 5/6 Class Soars to New Heights

Pictured above: Kevin Thome in cockpit with Dr. Andy Maxwell Submitted by: Jocelyn Beehler Community Bible Fellowship Christian School values hands on experiences for all students and seeks opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. This fall has provided great opportunity to take advantage of that, despite working around the crazy, fall weather. The Gr.5/6 [...]

2018/11/09Local Interest

Dauphin MRI Exams Expected to Begin in December 2018

​​Pictured above: The MRI Unit is now contained inside the recently constructed building addition, which is connected to Dauphin Regional Health Centre. Prairie Mountain Health Release | The MRI Unit was successfully delivered to Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC) on Monday, October 22, 2018. Crews from Winnipeg transported a majority of the MRI equipment, including [...]

2018/11/09Local Interest

Birch River German Supper a Huge Success

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | Birch River Northern Neighbors would like to thank everyone who came out and supported our special German Supper. Lots of German dishes and Desserts were enjoyed.Everything looked good and tasted GREAT. Also a BIG Thank You to everyone that helped out to make our supper a Huge Success.

2018/11/08Local Interest

Healthy Nutrition Discussed at Vegetarian Cooking Class

Submitted by: Donna Leming Monday, October 29,2018 was the last vegetarian cooking class for 2018 held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 13 people attended with 9 new participants interested to learn more about vegetarian cooking. Demonstrations were given by Linda McCullough and Donna Leming. Recipes and food samples of Quinoa Chili and Vegan Egg Foo [...]

2018/11/08Local Interest

New Crafters and Returning Favorites at Calico Corners

Submitted by: Brenda Fisher Our 39th Annual Calico Corners Craft Sale held on November 2, 2018 was well attended and enjoyed by all. Just enough chill in the air to get everyone in the festive mood. It was wonderful to see the new crafters attend and we all look forward to our yearly favorites to [...]

2018/11/07Local Interest

Christmas Baking Project Funds Local Projects

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett | Swan River Royal Purple Elks #185 are preparing to again help you stock up on homemade sweet treats in time for Christmas. Our Christmas Baking project has been one of our major fundraisers for about 15 years and has provided funds to initiate and contribute to community projects such as [...]

2018/11/07Local Interest

Shavin’ For the Brave Raises $5,300 for Cancer Care

Submitted by: Rachel Puchailo | Shavin’ for the Brave in the Valley is a fundraiser that Sharlyn Ricketts and Rachel Puchailo started to raise money for the Swan River Cancer Care. Pledges were collected and Sharlyn and Rachel shaved their heads following a Beef on a Bun Luncheon on November 4, 2018. The event was [...]

2018/11/06Local Interest

Wear a Poppy – Share a Poppy – Remember

ValleyBiz Story | Each year, millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom. This year Royal Canadian Legion has launched a new Digital Poppy Campaign – another way to honor veterans in the digital age. “Every year, The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy [...]

2018/11/06Local Interest

Stage Players Donate $5,000 to Veterans Community Hall

Pictured above: Rachel Puchailo – President of the Valley Stage Players, Lana Graham – Manager/Caretaker of the Veterans Community Hall, Denis Beaudoin – Performance Director ValleyBiz Story | On October 31, 2018 the Valley Stage Players donated $5,000 to the Veterans Community Hall. The funds represent proceeds from their spring 2018 dinner theatre performance of [...]

2018/11/05Local Interest

Celebrating Medical Radiation Technologist Week in Canada

Submitted Story | Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) across Canada will be celebrated for their work during Medical Radiation Technologist Week November 4-10, 2018. These nationally certified technologists are committed to delivering compassionate care to patients, while delivering critical “high-tech” services to physicians and other healthcare professionals. MRTs deliver essential care through the use of technology [...]

2018/11/05Local Interest

Canadian Ranger Patrol Moving Forward in Swan Valley

Submitted by: Master Corporal Linda Lobster On 15 October 2018 the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Manitoba Canadian Ranger Company gave an open Community Briefing to Swan River as they will be moving forward with opening a Canadian Ranger Patrol in the community. Approximately 30 members from the community came out for the community briefings [...]

2018/11/04Local Interest

Fall Back – Daylight Savings Ends – November 4, 2018

A friendly reminder from ValleyBiz that Daylight Savings Time ends November 4, 2018 The official time to set your clocks back 1 hour is: 2:00 am Sunday, November 4, 2018 Set your clock to: 1:00 am Each year, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in [...]

2018/11/03Local Interest

Information Provided on Legacy and Estate Planning

Submitted by: Aleksandra (Ola) Luczkanin-Hunter On October 18, 2018 experts from RBC Royal Bank, Dominion Securities and Oakes Law Office held a Legacy and Estate Planning presentation discussing the foundations of creating a will, the importance of planning for the unexpected and what it means for loved ones. Estate and Legacy planning comes with making [...]

2018/11/03Local Interest

Delicious Supper at Youth Travel Club Fundraiser

Submitted by: Rhonda Kitch Thank you to the 66 people who came out to the Westwood Inn and enjoyed a great steak supper! The Swan Valley Youth Travel Club appreciates your support. The food was delicious. Thank you to the staff at the Westwood Inn. Congratulations to Hannah Kitch on winning the Halloween Candy Bouquet. [...]

2018/11/02Local Interest

Family Friendly Fun At Spooktober-Fest Haunted House

Submitted by: Lorri-Ann Munro We hope you had a chance to visit the Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) 6th Anniversary Spooktober- Fest Haunted House! It was a fabulous event, which offered a Halloween experience for all ages. Over 1575 visitors attended the Spooktober-Fest at the SV Historical Museum, running for three nights, October 26, [...]

2018/11/02Local Interest

Cozy Afternoon at Minitonas Knox United Church Tea

Submitted by: Minitonas Knox United Church The basement at Minitonas Knox United Church was bustling on October 20, 2018 as the ladies and youth prepared for the fall tea. The guests arrived and the room filled with the sound of happy chatter and laughter as people snapped up favorites from the bake table and carefully [...]

2018/10/31Local Interest

SV Outdoor Association Hosts Soldout Banquet

Submitted by: Patty Gattinger | A soldout crowd attended the 2nd Annual Swan Valley Outdoors Assoc. banquet and auction on October 20, 2018. Guests were greeted at the hall with an array of raffles and auction items. Staff from Johnny’s Catering served various appetizers to arriving guests as they visited the raffle stations and placed [...]

2018/10/30Local Interest

Lots of Hand Made Items at Birch River Craft Sale

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton Birch River Northern Neighbors would like to thank everyone for attending our annual craft sale. Lots of sewing, knitting, baking, and hand crafted things were there to choose from. Something for everyone. A BIG thank you to all the vendors for coming out from near and far,YOU helped make the day [...]

2018/10/30Local Interest

Ukrainian Catholic Church Prepares to Fill Your Freezer

Submitted by: Joyce Trevellyan The ladies and gents of the All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Church meet every Thursday night to prepare perogies and cabbage rolls for our Fill Your Freezer event. Orders can be delivered frozen and ready for your freezer or HOT and ready to serve in time for the Grey Cup on November [...]

2018/10/29Local Interest

Benito Ladies Auxiliary Host Tea and Bake Sale

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | The Benito Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank all who came to the tea and bake sale this weekend and we hope to see you all again in November!!

2018/10/26Local Interest

2018 Election Results – All Swan Valley Municipalities

Election Results Reported for All Municipalities Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman Municipality of Swan Valley West RM of Mountain Town of Swan River Swan Valley School Division MUNICIPALITY OF MINITONAS-BOWSMAN For the Office of Reeve 1. Elected PACAMANIUK, Walter – 410 votes MYCHALCHUK, Larry – 339 votes For the Offices of Councillor 1. BARTEL, Garry – 609 [...]

2018/10/24Local Interest

Town of Swan River and CUPE Local 851 Negotiations

Town of Swan River Media Release | Out of respect for the process and everyone involved the Town will not be bargaining in the media, but as a result of certain coverage to this point feels obliged to make a brief statement. The reality is that there have been and remain many proposals from both [...]

2018/10/23Local Interest

Maple Bus Lines to Provide Bus Service to Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | Maple Bus Lines announced October 18, 2018 the commencement of its freight service to Swan River. The company’s service fills the gap left when Greyhound ceased operations in October 2018. Monday to Friday passenger service for Swan River is scheduled to begin November 1, 2018. Departure Time from Swan River to Dauphin [...]

2018/10/22Local Interest

Co-op Donates $3,000 for Cheetahs Gymnastics Equipment

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Consumers Co-op presented a cheque in the amount of $3,000 to the Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics Club on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The donation will be used toward the purchase of new gymnastics equipment. The new equipment will increase the practice time available for each student, will replace aging [...]

2018/10/22Local Interest

A Helping Hand for Furry Friend from CBF Grade 7/8 Class

Submitted by: Sherry Martin When you need big time help at the Swan Valley Animal Protection League shelter, who you gonna call?? Mrs. Basso’s Grade 7 & 8 kids from the CBF school, that’s who! These guys came out on October 16, 2018 to tackle the huge job of cleaning up the leaves in and [...]

2018/10/18Local Interest

Celebrating Local Businesses & Organizations on ValleyBiz

ValleyBiz Announcement | The Swan Valley has many unique and wonderful businesses/organizations that are essential for the ongoing sustainability of our community. Local organizations provide valuable services and support local activities. Many of these organizations also have a ValleyBiz Directory listing which helps us continue to provide this service to the community. ValleyBiz is excited [...]

2018/10/16Local Interest

Co-op Issues Statement Regarding Gas Leak at Food Store

Swan Valley Consumers Co-op Official Statement | At shortly before 4 pm today Swan Valley Co-op Food Store experienced a gas leak due to an unforeseen incident. Our team immediately initiated our emergency response plan which included the following. 1. The Swan River Fire Dept. was called and the gas supply was terminated. During their [...]

2018/10/13Local Interest

Swan Healthcare Plus Pharmacy Grand Re-Opening

Submitted by: Brittney Suchoplas After recent renovations and amalgamating with Whites Drug Store, a successful grand re-opening was held at Swan Healthcare Plus Pharmacy. On October 4th and 5th, 2018 customers and patients were invited to enjoy coffee and donuts. Many came to see the official ribbon cutting, seen pictured above. (left to right: Abbey [...]

2018/10/12Local Interest

Coop Showcases New NH3 Facility at Open House

On October 3, 2018, Swan Valley Co-Op hosted an open house at their new anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer storage facility at its Benito Ag Site. The facility stores approximately 800 metric tons of NH3 and features 9 vessels, each holding approximately 43,000 gallons. There are 2 filling stations for wagons or field delivery tanks on [...]

2018/10/11Local Interest

Honouring Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Pictures submitted by: Tanya Powell On October 4, 2018 family members were supported by members of the community as they gathered at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre to honour and remember over 1200 Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women. The gathering began with opening prayers and personal stories of loss followed by a short video. Participants [...]

2018/10/10Local Interest

Cooking Classes Focus on Benefits of Vegetarian Diet

Submitted by: David Ogram | On the evening of Wednesday, October 3, 2018 fifteen people were present at the first of 2 vegetarian cooking classes being held this month at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. For some of the people present, the class was a continuation of the Diabetes Undone Program that was held in the [...]

2018/10/10Local Interest

Swan Valley West Appoints New Senior Election Official

Swan Valley West Media Release | The Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West has released a statement that effective October 9,2018 Pat Ellingson is no longer the appointed SEO [Senior Election Official] for the municipality and effective October 9,2018 the appointed SEO for the municipality is Shirley Bateman.

2018/10/10Local Interest

Coop Presents $2,566.70 to Taylor School Playground

ValleyBiz Story | On Thursday October 4, 2018 the Swan Valley Consumer’s Co-op (Co-op) presented a cheque in the amount of $2,566.70 to the Taylor School PAC Playground Committee. The cheque represents $2,266.70 in proceeds from Fuel Good Day on September 18, 2018 where 10 cents was donated from every litre of pump gas sold [...]

2018/10/09Local Interest

Square Dance Season Off to a “Rockin’” Start!

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Almost a dozen new dancers joined the Swan Valley Hoedowners for their inaugural dance of the season at the Swan River Senior Centre on October 3, 2018. Caller Linda Gilchrist kept the evening rolling with fun dancing activities and lively music. The dancers enjoyed learning some beginning square dance moves [...]

2018/10/09Local Interest