Tag Archives: Swan Valley Life

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

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

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

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

Christmas Music Fills the Air at 54th Annual Carol Festival

Submitted by: April Maxwell | The Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Association held its 54th annual Carol Festival on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Temple Baptist Church in Swan River. This concert takes place the first Sunday in December every year and is the only non-adjudicated festival that we organize. The program showcased a variety [...]

2017/12/08Local Interest

Christmas Wishes Shared at Lenswood Santa Brunch

Submitted by: Susan Hrycyk | Lenswood had a great turn out on Sunday, December 3, 2017 for their annual Santa Brunch. It was well attended once again. There were lots of pancakes, sausage, coffee and desserts. All the kids were excited to see Santa so they could tell them what they wanted for Christmas this [...]

2017/12/07Local Interest

Great Afternoon at St. Jame Anglican Church Christmas Tea

Submitted by: Edwin Crook | St. James Anglican Church held a well attended Christmas tea on December 3, 2017. Great weather, greater conversation and visiting and greatest sandwiches, dainties and beverages made for an enjoyable afternoon for one and all. There was also a bake table for those wanting to take home a treat.

2017/12/07Local Interest

Dolyna Dancers Christmas Concert a Sweet Treat

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Swan River Dolyna Dancers put on a short and sweet presentation of what they’ve been working on so far this year. The evening was also a chance for our youngest dancers, the Sadochuk’s to get a taste of dancing in front of a crowd. These little ones are always [...]

2017/12/06Local Interest

Pee Wee B Stampeders Claim Tourney Title in The Pas

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | On the weekend of Nov 24th-26, 2017 the Pee Wee B Stampeders travelled to the Wescana Inn Pee Wee tourney. Pictured above: Back Row: Coach Derrick Lukey, Coach Craig Zamzow, Liam McArthur; Middle Row: Nolan Woodward, Jack Mullin, Crystal Zamzow, Brandon Grazier, Carter Addis, Jett Cook, Coach Warren Gray; Front [...]

2017/11/27Local Interest

Royal Purple Elks Overwhelmed by Community Support

Submitted by: Joyce Trevellyan, Swan River Royal Purple Elks Lodge # 185 | We are overwhelmed by the generous support the community has provided towards the construction of a bocce ball court. The Legion Park is the venue of this outdoor facility that can be enjoyed by community groups, family and individuals of any age [...]

2017/11/23Local Interest

Lenswood Harvest Wind-Up Fun for All Ages

Submitted by: Susan Hrycyk | We had a great turn out for the Lenswood Harvest Wind-up dance on Saturday Nov. 18, 2017. We had approximately 160 people attend the social with ages ranging from a few months old to 70+ years old. It is always nice to see families come out and enjoy themselves, we [...]

2017/11/23Local Interest

Supper Raises Money to Expand Benito Daycare

Submitted by: Meghan Rose | The Benito Child Care Center board, staff and parents would like to thank all who attended our fundraiser supper and auction on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The generosity of local businesses was seen in the wide variety of auction items sold during the evening. Many local valley businesses also donated [...]

2017/11/20Local Interest

Surprise Visitor at Minitonas Christmas Market

Submitted by: Diane Rooks | It was a great day at the Minitonas Christmas Market on Saturday, November 18, 2017! Lots of people came out to shop and have lunch. Even Santa came to check out what was there and take some pictures with the kids.

2017/11/20Local Interest

Cdn Mixed Curling Championship Underway in Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | The opening ceremonies for the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship presented by Westman Communications Group, were held at the Swan River Curling Club on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Lloyd Lawson from the 1979 Provincial Championship team from Swan River threw the first ceremonial rock along side team members Lorraine Goodman, Mary Todorchuk [...]

2017/11/15Local Interest

Fantastic Support at Sold Out Community Foundation Gala

Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their third annual Cultural Gala on November 10, 2017 at the Veterans Hall in Swan River. The sold-out event was once again an evening to remember. As guests walked in the door they were surrounded by elegance in a room richly decorated in red [...]

2017/11/14Local Interest

Festive Shopping at Calico Corners

Submitted by: Brenda Fisher | Our 38th Annual Calico Corners Craft Sale held on November 3, 2017 was a huge success. The wintery weather definitely got everyone into the festive shopping mood. There was a large variety of crafters displaying their wares for the browsing public. Shoppers could then enjoy a delicious warm bowl of [...]

2017/11/11Local Interest

Rotary Auction Raises over $13,000 for Local Projects

Submitted by: Al Berkan |The 55th Annual Rotary Radio Auction was held on November 2, 2017. The bell rang 140 times as individuals got the item they were hoping to acquire. These items donated by local businesses resulted in us raising over $13,000 to be used to support local Rotary projects. The main projects this [...]

2017/11/09Local Interest

Good Turnout at Air Cadets Garage Sale

Submitted by: Barb Lewis | Dispute the snowy weather, the Swan Valley Air Cadets Squadron #519 had a good turn out for the garage sale on November 4th, 2017! We want to thank everyone who donated and who shopped, ate chili and drank coffee!! The cadets also sold poppies at various sites throughout Swan River [...]

2017/11/08Local Interest

Pine River Celebrates Canada’s 150th

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | On Saturday October 28th, 2017 the Pine River Community Centre opened the doors to celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday with just under 50 people in attendance. The centre was decorated in Canadian pride with red and white balloons decaled with maple leaves and Canadian flags. The balloons were placed in vases [...]

2017/11/07Local Interest

Birch River Senior Group Holds Annual Craft Sale

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Birch River Senior Group held their annual craft sale. Over 20 tables of crafts, baking, sewing, knitting, local frames, pictures available for sale. Thank you to everyone that came out. Lots of Chili and visiting was enjoyed by all. A BIG Thank You to [...]

2017/11/03Local Interest

Spooktober-Fest a Smashingly Scary Event

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | We hope you had a chance to visit the Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) Spooktober- Fest Haunted House! It was a smashing event which offered a Halloween experience for all ages. There were over 1640 visitors, who attended Spooktober-Fest at the SV Historical Museum over the three days of [...]

2017/11/02Local Interest

Ag Society Seeks Input Into Future Direction

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan River Valley Agricultural Society (SRVAS) invited representatives from various community groups and organizations for a “Community Conversation” to help determine the desired future for the Ag Society. About 40 people attended the planning session on October 26, 2017. Liz Roberts, President of Liz Roberts & Associates, a consulting firm out [...]

2017/11/01Local Interest

Close to 300 attend Benito Fireman’s Steak Supper

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The 5th Annual Benito Fireman’s Steak Supper was a great success as the Fireman served and fed close to 300 hungry supporters. Neighboring communities with volunteer services were also in attendance to show their support and appreciation of the work these men and women do. Over and above the ticket [...]

2017/10/31Local Interest

Band Booster Hosts Paint Night Fundraiser

Submitted by: Susan Ross | Pictures by Jennifer Simpson | On Friday October 27, 2017 Swan Valley Band Booster held a new and exciting fundraiser. A paint night with local artist Suzanne May was held at the SVRSS cafeteria. In just 2½ hours participants received step by step instruction to complete a beautiful fall themed [...]

2017/10/30Local Interest

Leason Family Grateful for Family, Friends and Community

To our family, friends and community members, You have truly touched our hearts with your love and friendship. Special thanks to Colinda, Corina, Crystal and Darlene for organizing such a wonderful fundraising supper Saturday, October 21, 2017. Special thanks to Lee Graff, Tripp Family, Murley Family, Emerson Family, Lana Sagert, Louisiana Pacific, Minitonas Community Store, [...]

2017/10/29Local Interest

Helpers of All Ages Make Minitonas Tea A Success

Submitted Story | Minitonas Knox United Church held their fall tea on October 21, 2017. Our youngest helper cheerfully revealed the winner of each of the silent auction items. Guests were treated to pie and coffee or tea and many visitors took home some yummy treats from the bake table. The young servers kept the [...]

2017/10/27Local Interest

Successful Year for Swan River Golf & Country Club

Submitted by: Mike Hobson | The Swan River Golf and Country Club held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The meeting went very well and there was lots of positive feedback which was great to hear. Overall the year was a success as we have improved in most revenue streams. The pro [...]

2017/10/25Local Interest

Many New Crafts at Friendship Centre Craft Show

Submitted by: Tanya Powell | The Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre Craft and Small Business Sale held on October 14, 2017 was a great success. The sale was attended by over 300 eager shoppers. There were over 35 tables of goods displayed and many new crafts to choose from.

2017/10/18Local Interest

Swan Valley Hoedowners Swing Into New Season

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | The Swan Valley Hoedowners square dance club have swung into a new season of dancing with two special dances. The club welcomed new dancers on September 27 and October 11, 2017 at the Swan River Senior Centre. New dancers enjoyed these two free dances in order to experience the fun [...]

2017/10/12Local Interest

Crash Course for Beginning Band Students

Submitted by: Mark Matejka | Pictures by ValleyBiz The Swan Valley Band Directors once again joined forces to hold the SVSD’s annual Beginner Band Workshop on Sept. 29-30, 2017. This opportunity is annually offered at no cost to parents and students, thanks to the Swan Valley Band Booster Parents’ fundraising. There were about 39 beginning [...]

2017/10/06Local Interest

Over 300 Fed at Durban Fall Supper

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | On Oct 1st, 2017 Durban Community had their fall supper starting at 4:30 and ending at 6:30, a busy time serving over 300 hungry patrons. Everyone helped themselves to breaded chicken breast, meat balls, cabbage rolls, and of course perogies, and with all the other complements, plus angel food cake [...]

2017/10/06Local Interest

Royal Purple Celebrates Bocce Ball Court Opening

Submitted by: Joyce Trevellyan | Royal Purple Elks Lodge #185 hosted about 30 guests to the grand opening of the Bocce Ball Courts on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Legion Park. Special Olympics Coach Bev Lumax explained the goals & rules of Bocce play. Members of the Swan River “Fireballs” team did a demonstration. One [...]

2017/10/04Local Interest

Garden Club Unveils Canada 150 Circle of Friends Project

Submitted by: Lynda Leslie, Tent Town Garden Club (TTG Club) | With additional pictures by ValleyBiz Our goal was to have our Canada 150 Circle of Friends cement pad, sidewalk and sign installed before the snow and it is completed and beautiful! The existing material was removed, the cement forms were installed, and the next [...]

2017/10/03Local Interest

A Formal Evening for a Great Cause

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley | Last year the Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) Cultural Gala wowed guests with stunning decorations, fantastic food, superb service and spectacular entertainment. Above: 2016 Community Foundation Cultural Gala Planning for this year’s must attend event began last fall and it promises to be another night to [...]

2017/10/03Local Interest

Great Turnout for Curling Championship Volunteer Info Night

Submitted by: Erin Brown | Swan River is pleased to be hosting the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship. The curling takes place November 12 – 18, 2017, and will have 14 teams from across Canada join us here in Swan River for a great event! And everyone knows, you can’t host a national mixed curling [...]

2017/09/29Local Interest

Minitonas Seniors Receive Information on Available Services

Submitted by: Henry Barkowski | Approximately 35 people attended an Open House on September 2, 2017 at the Pioneer Lodge in Minitonas. The purpose of the event was to inform seniors living in Minitonas of services, supports and opportunities available to them. Pictured above: (left-right) Marlene Lasuik, Carroll Henderson, June Hart, Ida Theodore, Pat Foster, [...]

2017/09/28Local Interest

24th Beginning Day With Swan Valley Community Band

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | On September 20, 2017 the Swan Valley Community Band had their 24th Beginning Day with new members joining the group. SVRSS Band Room is our venue for rehearsals, with performances either in the MPR or Cafeteria. Having just finished 23 years, the Band is anticipating another successful year of activity [...]

2017/09/27Local Interest