Tag Archives: Swan Valley Life

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

SVRSS Tigers Earn Provincial Golf Title

Submitted Story | For the first time ever, the Tigers have claimed the MHSAA provincial golf title and will have a banner to hang in the SVRSS gymnasium. The Tigers Girls foursome travelled to the Gilbert Plains Country Club on Friday, September 22, 2017 after earning the zone crown the previous week. They would face [...]

2017/09/25Local Interest

SVAPL Banquet Celebrates Triumph Over Trial

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | SVAPL enjoyed a very successful and sold out banquet on September 23, 2017. Everyone had a great time visiting before dinner and checking out the items on the auction tables. Click any picture for a larger version. Dinner was a delicious meal catered by Verneece Eggie and her crew. Nobody [...]

2017/09/25Local Interest

Health Auxiliary Hosts 2017 Ladies Nite Out

Submitted by: Gloria Kutynec | The Swan River Valley Health Auxiliary held a “Ladies Nite Out” on September 18, 2017. The room in the Westwood Inn looked inviting with candles and fall leaves and berries. Click any picture for a larger version. Gayle Dunnett, president of the Swan River Valley Health Auxiliary, welcomed everyone to [...]

2017/09/22Local Interest

New Kitchen is the Star of Minitonas Hall Upgrade

ValleyBiz Story | The Minitonas Hall recently received some significant upgrades and the new kitchen is definitely the star of the show. The kitchen was completely gutted and re-designed to create a beautiful and functional space. Click any picture for a larger version. The kitchen features new cupboards, shelving and movable island work spaces as [...]

2017/09/22Local Interest

Westwood Inn Makes Donation To Splash Park

Submitted Story | The Swan Valley Splash park recently received a donation from Westwood Inn in the amount of $1,000. The donation will go toward the building of a splash park in Swan River. Submitted Picture: Splash Park Board Member, Jaimie Walker receiving the cheque from Brent Scalse on behalf of Westwood Inn. “Just one [...]

2017/09/21Local Interest

Almost $9,700 Raised at Local Terry Fox Run

Submitted by: Jim Webster | The 37th annual Terry Fox run held in Swan River Manitoba on September 17, 2017 was a huge success. We had approximately 60 participants including volunteers as well that took part. ValleyBiz photos. Click any picture for a larger version. We raised almost $9700 from this year’s run. The top [...]

2017/09/20Local Interest

Lions Dog Walk Raises $2,500 for Dog Guide Program

Submitted by: Wayne Markle | The Swan River Lions Club held a dog walk in aid of the Dog Guide Program of Canada on Saturday Sept 16, 2016 in the Legion Park. The day was cool but the enthusiasm of all participants was high. Click any picture for a larger version. There were 26 dogs [...]

2017/09/19Local Interest

Community Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Intake

Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) is now receiving applications for the 2017 Granting Period. The CFSV is a charitable organization founded by local citizens to help people invest in building a community that is a better place to live, work and play. Since its inception in 2005, the CFSV has [...]

2017/09/19Local Interest

Celebrating Canada 150 With Gals Golf

Submitted by: June McKenzie | The final event nite for Tuesday Gals Golf sponsored by Aspire Dental Clinic was held on Sept. 12, 2017 and was a huge success. The Canada 150 theme brought out some patriotic outfits. Click any picture for a larger version. 45 ladies had perfect summer weather to enjoy a fun [...]

2017/09/18Local Interest

Something For Everyone at Mass Registration

Submitted by: Patti Henkelman | It was a busy evening at the Swan Valley Credit Union Mass Registration held at the Swan River Curling Rink on September 7, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. The community had the opportunity to register for many programs such as the new martial arts academy, as well [...]

2017/09/15Local Interest

ACL Recognizes Direct Support Professionals Week

Submitted by: Carla Dixon | A Proclamation was issued by Scott Fielding, Minister of Families declaring the week of September 10–16, 2017 “Direct Support Professional Recognition Week” in Manitoba. Click any picture for a larger version. ACL Swan River once again presented heartfelt tokens of gratitude to 51 Direct Support Professionals employed by the organization. [...]

2017/09/14Local Interest

Ford Drive 4UR Community for Youth Soccer League

Submitted by: Formo Motors | The Ford Drive 4UR Community Event for the Youth Soccer League held on September 2, 2017 was very successful!! Click any picture for a larger version. Thank you to the soccer club for partnering, the Lions Club for all the volunteer help, The Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre for the venue, [...]

2017/09/13Local Interest

Garden Club Hosts Delicious Annual Fruit Festival

Submitted by: Lynda Leslie | Amidst the busy harvest season of 2017, the Minitonas Tent Town Garden Club hosted their annual Fruit Festival on Saturday September 9, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. The hall was decorated in keeping with the theme of the year – Canada 150 – with red and white. [...]

2017/09/12Local Interest

Lydia Koop Celebrates Special Day – Young at Heart at 90

Submitted by: Bernice Bohnhardt | On Saturday, Sept 2, 2017 approximately 160 people (young & old) came out to celebrate the 90th birthday of Lydia Koop. Pictured above: Daughters; Nadine and Deloris, Lydia(90) Nettie(Lydia’s sister from AB – 92 yrs), Marilyn, Bernice. Click any picture for a larger version. Everyone who knows Lydia, is accustomed [...]

2017/09/08Local Interest

Many Thanks for Gospel Jamboree Fundraiser Success

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Our fundraiser held on September 4, 2017 for the Barrows Gospel Jamboree went well. The weather was mostly nice with only a light shower for a short while. Click any picture for a larger version. Thanks to all who were playing ball and watching who supported our food booth. A [...]

2017/09/07Local Interest

A Little Piece of Swan Valley Paradise

ValleyBiz Story | With kids headed back to school tomorrow, it is yet another sign that summer is coming to a close. It’s a good time to reflect on what an awesome summer it has been and what a wonderful Valley we have to enjoy it in. Click any picture for a larger version. The [...]

2017/09/06Local Interest

Loyal Participants Attend Cowan Trail Celebration

Submitted by: Wade Kovachik | On Saturday, August 26th, the 19th annual Cowan Trail Celebration occurred in Cowan under a bright blue sunny sky. Click any picture for a larger version. Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted Enthusiastic riders were arriving Friday afternoon – picking their campsites, sitting down by the campfire, and enjoying each other’s [...]

2017/08/31Local Interest

One Last Race at Swan Valley Speedway for 2017

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club had so much fun this year they weren’t ready to stop for the season. One last race was scheduled for August 27, 2017 and there was plenty of excitement at the track. Click any picture for a larger version.

2017/08/29Local Interest

Harvest Fest Offers A Taste of History – Hot From the Oven

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on August 27, 2017. The home made bread was a must and the lineup started before the fresh baked bread was even out of the clay ovens. Click any picture for a larger version. The clay oven in the bake house can [...]

2017/08/28Local Interest

Money Raised for Benito Legion Hall Renovations

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | The Benito Ladies Auxilary were pleased to accept a very generous donation of $500 from Ag Shield Manufacturing for the renovations of the Benito Legion Hall. Pictured above: Tom and Debbie McCrea of Ag Shield Manufacturing and Cora Coutts Past President of the Benito Ladies Auxilary. Click any picture for [...]

2017/08/24Local Interest

New Gazebo Enhances Play Area of Day Care Centre

Submitted Story | The Swan River Day Care Centre now has a very handsome gazebo in its fenced-in play yard which provides shade to little ones during these hot summer days. Click picture for a larger version. As the largest and longest standing child care facility in the valley, it serves over 70 families every [...]

2017/08/07Local Interest

Looking Back and a Look to the Future of 4H in the Valley

Submitted by: Susan Ross | Valleys North 4-H clubs celebrated Canada 150 at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition with a display that showcased local 4-H from yesterday, today and our hope for the 4H clubs of tomorrow. Click any picture for a larger version. The yesterday section, hosted by Georgina Mosiondz, provided a look back [...]

2017/08/03Local Interest

Hot Rodeo Action at the Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | It was a hot one at the 2017 Northwest Roundup and Exhibition. As the temperatures soared, so did the action at the grandstand. Here are some highlights of the fast paced, scorching action. Click any picture for a larger version.

2017/08/02Local Interest

Hundreds Fed at Fantastic Northwest Roundup Breakfasts

Submitted by: Barry Stephen | Wow… what a super fantastic weekend… the weather was unbelievable and the patrons were there by the hundreds! We had three great pancake breakfasts. Click any picture for a larger version. Friday was at Formo Motors with close to a couple hundred hungry people that came out before the parade. [...]

2017/08/01Local Interest

Celebrating Canada 150 at the Northwest Roundup Eh!

ValleyBiz Story | The theme of this year’s Chamber of Commerce Parade at the Northwest Roundup was Celebrate Canada 150. Floats and participants were all decked out in Red and White and all things Canadian Eh! Click any picture for a larger version. The RCMP and Veterans led the parade. Participants showed off their True [...]

2017/07/31Local Interest

Maribelle’s $4,000 … Cow Patty

Submitted by: Jaimie Walker | Meet Maribelle the cow…. at 6:03 pm she pooped in square number 75! Click picture for a larger version. Congratulations to Rebecca Connors from Minitonas! She won $2000 in Swan Valley Splash Park’s Cow Patty 50/50 Bingo! The other $2,000 goes toward the building of a splash park in Swan [...]

2017/07/30Local Interest

Great Crowd at Birch River Brunch and Hall Poker Derby

Submitted by: Glenda Foster | The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 48 – Birch River Father’s Day Brunch and in Hall Poker Derby on June 18, 2017 was a huge success! Click any picture for a larger version. We had a great crowd come out to partake in the feast of pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, [...]

2017/07/28Local Interest

A Beautiful Day for a Walk in the Garden

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | Once again the Swan River Ladies Golf Club sponsored a Garden Walk on July 24, 2017. We had the opportunity to view seven beautiful gardens in the town of Swan River. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictures by ValleyBiz. It was a sunny summer day and approximately 180 [...]

2017/07/27Local Interest

Redline Chrysler Makes Donation to Splash Park

Submitted Story | The Swan Valley Splash park recently received a donation from Redline Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in the amount of $500. The donation will go toward the building of a splash park in Swan River. Submitted Picture: Jaimie Walker, Splash Park Board Member receiving the cheque from Greg and Tasha Ashauer of Redline [...]

2017/07/27Local Interest

Renwer – Fisher’s Siding Annual Pot Luck Picnic 2017

Submitted by: Debbie (Bell) Soloway | It was a hot sunny day for the 16th annual Renwer Fisher’s Siding old fashion picnic. The lawn chairs were being set up as the Canadian flag was raised up the pole. Click any picture for a larger version. Friends greeted each other with hugs and smiles, so blessed [...]

2017/07/26Local Interest

So Much fun at Gymnastics Camp

Submitted by: Nicole Bobick | The Cheetah’s July gymnastics camp held July 17- 29, 2017 was so much fun! There was a great turnout for the parent and tot class. Overall every class had skill development, fitness components, fun activities as well as being a great opportunity to try out our programs. One highlight for [...]

2017/07/25Local Interest

Investors Group Makes Donation to Splash Park

Submitted Story | The Swan Valley Splash park recently received a donation from Investors Group in the amount of $500. The donation will go toward the building of a splash park in Swan River. Submitted Picture: Kelly Kirkpatrick and Bruce Kirkpatrick from Investors Group presenting the cheque to Splash Park Board Member, Jaimie Walker. “Swan [...]

2017/07/21Local Interest

Record Attendance at Barrows Gospel Jamboree

Submitted by: Violet Plett | The 4th Annual Barrows Gospel Jamboree was held July 14 – 16, 2017. This year we had record attendance. Friday evening and Saturday were nice and warm and sunny. Click any picture for a larger version. Sunday morning we had some rain and strong wind, so we had to move [...]

2017/07/20Local 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

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