Tag Archives: Community Coverage

Swan Valley West By-Election Polling Stations

ValleyBiz Story | Swan Valley West ratepayers head to the polls today to elect a new Head of Council. Swan Valley West By-Election Details Wed. July 19th, 2017 Polling Stations Swan Valley West Council Chambers 216 Main Street West, Swan River, MB 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Benito Satellite Office 103 Main Street, Benito, MB [...]

2017/07/19Local Interest

Swan Valley West Awards Canada Day Grants

Municipality of Swan Valley West Media Release | The Municipality of Swan Valley West created a ‘Canada Day Grant’ in honor of our country’s 150th Birthday (Anniversary of Confederation) and budgeted a total of $900 for 6 Grants of $150 each. The Swan Valley West Canada 150 Grants have now all been awarded. Below is [...]

2017/07/18Local Interest

Swan Valley West Chief Administrative Officer Resigns

Municipality of Swan Valley West Press Release | At a special meeting of the Municipality of Swan Valley West held on July 14, 2017, CAO Carolyn Gordon tendered her resignation effective October 13, 2017. The Municipality will now begin the process of hiring a new CAO.

2017/07/17Local Interest

Great Success, Big Impression for 13U Provincials

Submitted by: Jenifer Ferland | Our Swan River 13U “A” Provincials was a success. We had great weather, some great talented teams joining us from all over the province, some wonderful dedicated volunteers which all helped pull this huge event together. Click any picture for a larger version. Our Swan Valley peewees held there own [...]

2017/07/14Local Interest

Formo Motors Makes Generous Donation to Splash Park

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Splash park recently received a donation from Formo Motors Ltd. in the amount of $10,000. The donation will go toward the building of a splash park in Swan River. Submitted Picture: Elmer Formo, Tracy Coulthartd presenting the cheque to Splash Park Board Member, Jaimie Walker. “On behalf of the [...]

2017/07/13Local Interest

New EMS Station Planned for Cowan

Submitted by: Rick Wowchuk, MLA for the Constituency of Swan River Manitobans deserve predictable and reliable ambulance service, no matter where they live across our province. Our government is developing a much more integrated, responsive, reliable and sustainable emergency medical services (EMS) system in rural Manitoba. And our investment in this system is bringing benefits [...]

2017/07/12Local Interest

Swan Valley West By-Election Candidate Interviews

ValleyBiz Story | ValleyBiz recently sat down with each of the candidates in the upcoming by-election for Reeve of the Municipality of Swan Valley West (SVW). Today, we take a closer look at the two candidates and their views on several current issues. Both candidates were born and raised in the Swan Valley and have [...]

2017/07/11Local Interest

Strong Winds Damage Cenotaph in Minitonas

ValleyBiz Story | A thunderstorm that passed through Swan Valley on Thursday, July 6, 2017 produced strong winds that knocked over grain bins and broke off trees. Sadly the most disheartening outcome was the damage to the war memorial in Minitonas. Click any picture for a larger version. During the storm, several spruce trees fell [...]

2017/07/10Local Interest

Increased Attendance at Stampeders AGM

Submitted by: Heidi Langan | The Swan Valley Stampeders Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club (SVSHC) held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The AGM saw an increased number of people out to the AGM this year which was great to see. The Stampeder Board is not a full board with 12 directors who [...]

2017/07/07Local Interest

Canada Day Celebrations in Swan River

Submitted by: Kristina Kotyk | To celebrate Canada 150th Birthday on Canada Day 2017 Swan River hosted a Picnic in the Park at the Legion Park. The afternoon was packed with fun for all ages. Click any picture for a larger version. Activities included two kid’s trains (one by the Bowsman Lions’ Club and one [...]

2017/07/06Local Interest

National Aboriginal Day Celebrated in Swan River

Submitted by: Tanya Powell | National Aboriginal Day was celebrated at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The Celebration featured many different activities and events throughout the day. Click any picture for a larger version. The day started with a Sunrise Ceremony at 6am followed by a free Pancake Breakfast. The [...]

2017/07/05Local Interest

Benito Rocks Canada Day from Dawn til Dusk

Submitted by: Shirley Yaschyshy | The Benito and District Recreation Centre was the site of the Benito Canada Day 150 celebration on July 1st, 2017. The Benito and District Fire Department made sure everyone got off to a good start at 8:00 am with their annual Pancake Breakfast. Click any picture for a larger version. [...]

2017/07/04Local Interest

Giving Back to the Community

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) recently received a donation of $308 from Dax and Jack Mullin. Pictured above: (L-R) Dax Mullin, CFSV Executive Director Donna Martin and Jack Mullin. Click picture for a larger version. The donation was a way to give back to the [...]

2017/07/04Local Interest

Buick Test Drives Raise Over $5,000 for Minitonas Schools

ValleyBiz Story | On Jun 27, 2017 Minitonas Early Years and Minitonas Middle Years Schools gathered together to find out how much money was raised from the Buick Drive For Your Students event held on June 10, 2017. Buick donated $20 for each test drive taken. Click any picture for a larger version. Samara Sagert [...]

2017/07/03Local Interest

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2017

ValleyBiz.ca | Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2017. Swan Valley Regional Secondary School June 29, 2017 Click any picture for a larger version. Chase your dreams. Burst out at the seams. Live life to the fullest and give it nothing but your best. Be Like a Tree: Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn [...]

2017/06/29Local Interest

Beautiful Day For Bowsman Curling Club BBQ

Submitted by: Barry Stephen | The Bowsman Curling Club held a fundraiser BBQ on June 20, 2017 at Giant Tiger. The Bowsman Curling club would like to thank Giant Tiger and everyone that came out to support us. Click any picture for a larger version. The weather man cooperated nicely. We had 92 hungry people [...]

2017/06/29Local Interest

Dedication Service Held for Officer Killed in Notorious Event

ValleyBiz Story | A dedication service was held June 19, 2017 to honour Constable William Wainwright who lost his life in the line of duty on October 5, 1935 in Pelly, SK. Wainwright was a 10 year veteran of the Village of Benito Police. A plaque in memory of Wainwright was unveiled at the Benito [...]

2017/06/28Local Interest

Tremendous Community Support at Benefit BBQ

Submitted by: Jackie Mayuk | The community has once again pulled together in an enormous show of support for a local family. A benefit barbecue was held Friday, June 23, 2017 at Formo Motors, with the proceeds going to long time employee Stephen Sloane, who is fighting cancer. Click any picture for a larger version. [...]

2017/06/27Local Interest

Send in the Clowns for the Golf Bonanza “FUN”draiser

Submitted by: Corey Hurren | Over 100 golfers came out to play in the rain at the Friends of the Swan River Valley’s 3rd Annual Golf Bonanza “FUN”draiser which was held at the Swan River Golf & Country Club on Saturday, June 24th, 2017. Click any picture for a larger verion. If you were brave [...]

2017/06/26Local Interest

Company’s Coming To St. James Anglican Church

Submitted by: Bev Leach | St. James Anglican Church hosts the residents of the Personal Care Home and the Lodge at a coffee morning on the third Wednesday of each month during the warm weather. Click any picture for a larger version. The idea behind the Company’s Coming initiative is to provide a time for [...]

2017/06/25Local Interest

Neighbors Brave Dreary Weather for Fathers Day Brunch

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | A Father’s Day Brunch was held at the Cowan Community Centre on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 9:30 – 11:30am. It started out as a bit of a dreary day with a few scattered showers, but this did not hinder the patrons that attended the brunch. Click any picture for [...]

2017/06/23Local Interest

Scales Appointed to Vulnerable Persons Hearing Panel

Province of Manitoba Media Release | The Manitoba government has made new appointments to two boards within the Department of Families, Families Minister Scott Fielding announced today. “The Vulnerable Persons Hearing Panel and the Accessibility Advisory Council provide valuable support and representation to Manitobans,” said Fielding. “The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act [...]

2017/06/23Local Interest

Youth Soccer Players Receive Water Bottles

Submitted by: Erin Hodgson | Thanks to a grant from the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, the Swan Valley Teachers’ Association was able to provide water bottles to all children enrolled in youth soccer this spring. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictured here is SVTA President Erin Hodgson and various youth soccer players after receiving [...]

2017/06/22Local Interest

Pine River Summer Start Sale, Town Wide Yard Sales

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | This year we were unsure if there would be a Summer Start Sale. We had rain most of the week and the skies along with the forecast were not showing any promise for Saturday June 17, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. As we all went to bed [...]

2017/06/22Local Interest

Formo Motors sponsors Tuesday Nite Golf

Submitted by: June McKenzie | 55 ladies enjoyed a wonderful evening of golf and friendship at Tuesday Nite Golf sponsored by Formo Motors on June 13, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. Weather was great as teams played a scramble format before returning to the clubhouse for wine and cheese. Prizes were drawn [...]

2017/06/22Local Interest

Fast Action and Great Memories at High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | Another year of Manitoba High School Rodeo wrapped up June 9-11, 2017 in Swan River, with competitors from all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota. all here hoping to win a coveted Finals buckle. Pictured above: Cowboy of the Year winner Everett Fairlie puts on the brakes in the steer [...]

2017/06/20Local Interest

Presentation Raises Awareness About Elder Abuse

Submitted by: Bev Leach | June 15, 2017 has been designated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Board of Service to Seniors recognized the day at the North-West Regional Library by hosting an event titled “It’s Just Not Right”. Click any picture for a larger version. The purpose of the event was to publicize local [...]

2017/06/20Local Interest

SVRSS Holds 2nd Annual Science Olympics

Submitted by: Paula Shevernoha | On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 the SVRSS Science & Ag Departments held the second annual Science Olympics. Ten teams of four SVRSS students participated in 5 very challenging events. Click any picture for a larger version. Every event had a specific task, with limited supplies given and a pre-determined time [...]

2017/06/19Local Interest

Great Time at Down Home Tea & Bake Sale

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun We had a great time at Benito Legion hall as we snacked on biscuits, scones and muffins at the Benito Women’s Auxiliary Down Home Tea and Bake Sale on June 10, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. It was great to see everyone who came out to support us [...]

2017/06/16Local Interest

Lions Host High School Rodeo Pancake Breakfast

Submitted by: Angela Mullin The Swan Valley Lions hosted another successful pancake breakfast at the High School Rodeo on Saturday, June 10, 2017! Although the weather was damp, the pancakes were fluffy and sausages tasty! Click any picture for a larger version. The rodeo families appreciated the wonderful breakfast, there was also great support from [...]

2017/06/15Local Interest

Amazing Support at SVAPL BBQ

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | The Swan Valley Animal Protection League barbecue, held on June 8, 2017 at the Fire and Ice parking lot, was a resounding success; with a great turnout on a beautiful summer day. Click any picture for a larger version. People enjoyed a nice visit in the sunshine over a burger [...]

2017/06/15Local Interest

Test Drives, Face Paint, Games and BBQ in Minitonas

Submitted On Behalf of: Minitonas Middle/Early Years Schools | The Minitonas Schools, in partnership with Buick, and Swan River Key Chev Olds hosted a Drive for Your Students event on June 10, 2017 to raise money for new playground equipment. Click any picture for a larger version. Buick donated $20 for each test drive taken. [...]

2017/06/14Local Interest

Great Weather for Special Olympics Parkland BBQ

Submitted by Shirley Todosichuk | Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region held its 3rd Annual Fundraising BBQ at Home Hardware Swan River on Wednesday, June 7th 2017 celebrating Special Olympics Manitoba Awareness Week. Click any picture for a larger version. With all of the overwhelming support of the Swan Valley community the volunteers worked hard to [...]

2017/06/14Local Interest

Valley Jazz Musicians Bring an Evening of Entertainment

ValleyBiz Story | The Valley’s finest jazz students from Swan Valley Regional Secondary School (SVRSS), Ecole Swan River South School (ESRSS), Minitonas Middle Years School (MMYS) and Benito showcased their talents to a captivated audience on June 7, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. The evening included performances by 5 individual bands along [...]

2017/06/13Local Interest

Association for Community Living AGM

Submitted by: Carla Dixon | The Association for Community Living – Swan River held their 56th Annual General Meeting at the Westwood Inn on Wednesday June 07, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. Approximately forty-five people enjoyed the luncheon which was catered by the Westwood Inn at 12 PM with the meeting beginning [...]

2017/06/13Local Interest

Swan Valley Communities that Care AGM

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | On June 6, 2017, 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. Click any picture for a larger version. Jessica Lacasse presented a Power Point presentation highlighting the Community Mobilization activities. Lorri-Ann Munro and [...]

2017/06/12Local Interest

Birch River School Hosts Wellness Day

Story Submitted by: Nicole Bobick Our first Wellness Day exceeded our expectations – it was a lot of fun! The goals were to share a day with Benito School, make new friends and experience a variety of wellness activities. Above picture by Nicole Bobick Other Pictures by ValleyBiz – Click for a larger version. Students [...]

2017/06/12Local Interest

Triple P Parenting Instructs, Supports and Guides

Submitted by: Eugenia Barker | Swan Valley Communities That Care has completed its second cycle of the Triple P parenting program. Nineteen parents/caregivers registered for the program, which ran from April 12 to May 31, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. This 8 week program, gives parents the skills they need to build [...]

2017/06/09Local Interest

Swan Valley Co-op Sponsors Curling Championship

Press Release | The 2018 Canadian Mixed Championship Host Committee is proud to announce the signing of Swan Valley Consumers Co-op as the Volunteer Sponsor for the upcoming event. Click any picture for a larger version. “Swan Valley Co-op has a history of supporting local organizations and events, and enthusiastically supports the Host Committee in [...]

2017/06/09Local Interest

Doctors Walk With the Community to Promote Good Health

Submitted by: Jessica Lacasse | The Swan Valley Primary Health Care Centre and Taylor school hosted a second annual Walk with the Docs in Swan River on June 1, 2017 for Rural Week. Click any picture for a larger version. The walk is hosted to give resident doctors visiting the Valley an opportunity to participate [...]

2017/06/08Local Interest

Benito United Church Supper Enjoyed by Many

Submitted by: Karen Gade | The Benito United Church Spring Supper was held at the Benito Rec. Centre on June 4, 2017. A total of 215 took advantage of having their meal prepared for them that evening. Click any picture for a larger version. Support was evident from throughout the Valley and our Saskatchewan neighbours [...]

2017/06/07Local Interest

Durban Hall 87th Anniversary Dance

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | In the year 1930, 87 years ago the town of Durban, with a lot of community and valley supporters decided to build a community hall. Click any picture for a larger version. With volunteers back then and now the hall is still active with dances, suppers, and lot of special [...]

2017/06/07Local Interest

Fun Run Participants Explore Swan River Routes

Submitted by: Keith Immerkar | On Sunday June 4, 2017 78 participants took part in the Swan River Fun Run in 4 different distance events. There was a 1K run around Legion Park for the Pre school kids. Click any picture for a larger version. This was followed by the 5, 10 and 21k events [...]

2017/06/06Local Interest

Over $47,000 Raised at Swan River Relay for Life

Submitted by: Charlene Rooks | Well, another Relay for Life is in the books! The weather on June 2, 2017 cooperated, track conditions were great and everyone seemed to have had lots of fun! Click any pictures for a larger version. The evening at the fairgrounds was jammed pack with some speeches, personal stories, and [...]

2017/06/06Local Interest

Enthusiastic Attendance at Taylor School Fun Fest

Submitted by: Robin Warner | Taylor School would like to say a big “Thank You” to the community who supported another very successful Fun Fest on Friday, June 2, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. The students had a great time and we are now that much closer to funding a new playground [...]

2017/06/05Local Interest

4H Beef Show and Sale Returns to Ag Grounds

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The Swan Valley 4H Beef Show & Sale was held on May 27th at the Swan Valley Agriculture Grounds. This is the 1st show there since 1979, and it was an overwhelming success. We have members from 6 – 21 years old. Click any picture for a larger version. There [...]

2017/06/02Local Interest

Riverview Condos and Suites Celebrates Grand Opening

Submitted by: Maxine Larway | Close to 150 people came out on Friday, May 26, 2017 for the official grand opening of RiverViews Condos and Suites and Fundraiser with proceeds going to the Swan Valley Historical Museum. Pictured above: Mayor Glen McKenzie cutting the ribbon, with owners Brian Vandepoele, Scott and Maxine Larway, Marilyn and [...]

2017/06/01Local Interest

Swan Valley West Superintendent Position Eliminated

ValleyBiz Story | “The Municipality of Swan Valley West has made a decision to undertake some restructuring and has eliminated the position of Superintendent of Public Works.” The above statement is the entire “Public Press Release” issued by The Municipality of Swan Valley West (MSVW) regarding the position of the Superintendent of Public Works. The [...]

2017/05/31Local Interest

Season Opener at Swan Valley Stock Car Club

Submitted by: Tanya Cherynk | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club held their season opener on May 20, 2017. It was a great day of racing with new cars out at the track. Click any picture for a larger version. We had over 250 people come out and watch the races! Next race is on [...]

2017/05/31Local Interest

Planning to Make a Splash in the Swan Valley

ValleyBiz Story | As thoughts turn to the lazy crazy days of summer, one local group of community volunteers is hopeful future summers will see an inexpensive and fun option for families and children in the Swan Valley to beat the summer heat. Plans are currently underway to build a splash park at the site [...]

2017/05/30Local Interest