Tag Archives: Swan Valley Life

Crushin It at the Durban Demo

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted On Aug 12, 2018 Durban held their annually Demo Derby. With only a few more cars than last year the demo still went ahead. A couple cars were delayed in arriving but still made the event. Most cars were from previous years so there wasn’t [...]

2018/08/15Local Interest

Hot and Breezy at the Birch River 23rd Annual Trail Ride

ValleyBiz Story | The Birch River Riding Club held their 23rd annual trail ride on August 11 and 12, 2018. Many people stayed at the base camp the night before and the day started off with breakfast and registration. The ride has built a loyal following over the past 23 years with many attendees travelling [...]

2018/08/14Local Interest

Chariots and Chuckwagons Thunder Around the Track

ValleyBiz Story | Chariot and Chuckwagon races at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition are a crowd favorite and this year was no exception. Four days of racing drew in the crowds for many heart-pounding heats.

2018/08/03Local Interest

Rodeo Action at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition

ValleyBiz Story | The grandstands were full and the action was fast during the 2018 Northwest Roundup Rodeo events. Cowboys and Cowgirls competed in a variety of rodeo events. Barrel Racing Bull Riding Bareback Bronc Saddle Bronc 12-Horse Hitch Brett Fulford, born and raised in the Swan Valley (son of Ken and Linda Fulford of [...]

2018/08/01Local Interest

Plenty of Children’s Activities at Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup and Exhibition is a place of wonder and excitement for youngsters. The Down on the Farm exhibit lets kids get up close and personal with a larger variety of farm animals. It is a great place to take a break from the heat of the day and relax with [...]

2018/07/31Local Interest

Swan River Parade A Time Honored Tradition

ValleyBiz Story | Click pictures for a larger version. The Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade took place on July 27, 2018 at 10 am – a time honored tradition as part of the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition. Many have passed this tradition on to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each year the parade is [...]

2018/07/30Local Interest

Unique Gardens Enjoyed During Annual Garden Walk

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | With additional pictures by ValleyBiz On July 23, 2018 despite the cool weather and a threat of rain, about 190 people attended the annual Garden Walk sponsored by the Swan River Ladies Golf Club. Eight beautiful yards in the town of Swan River were on display. It was a pleasure [...]

2018/07/29Local Interest

Old Fashioned Fun at an Old One Room Country School

Submitted by: Debbie (Bell) Soloway | The annual Renwer-Fisher’s Siding Annual Old Fashion Picnic took place Sunday July 22, 2018. This year the weather caused everyone to play a different version of musical chairs. The chairs were set up outside the school and then along came a short rain shower so the chairs were quickly [...]

2018/07/26Local Interest

First of Nature’s Bounty at Farmers Market Opening Day

ValleyBiz Story | The Farmers Market was overflowing with shoppers as it opened for the season on Thursday July 19, 2018. A rush of people looking for the season’s first taste from the garden quickly snapped up new potatoes, carrots, onions, beets and berries as was well as honey, homemade baking, jam and other local [...]

2018/07/23Local Interest

Over 100 Served at Birch River Legion Fathers Day Brunch

Submitted by: The Royal Canadian Legion Birch River Branch #48 | With bright sunny skies on Sunday morning the Birch River Royal Canadian Legion was humming with activity as our volunteers made sure all would be fed well! We opened at 9am and we had a steady stream of visitors from around the valley and [...]

2018/06/26Local Interest

Very Special Guests at SVAPL Annual BBQ

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League was lucky enough to have very special guests at their annual barbecue on June 19, 2018. Chay Genoway, an Olympic bronze medalist with the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team, and his fiancee Amanda joined us for the event! It was a beautiful day, and the Farmer’s [...]

2018/06/25Local Interest

Treasures for All Ages at Pine River Town Wide Sale

Submitted by Debbie Soloway: The Pine River LUD Committee held their fifth Annual Summer Start Sale (Town Wide Yard Sale) on Saturday June 16, 2018 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This year there were seven exhibitors. The town was busy with everyone looking for that special bargain. There were treasures for all ages and [...]

2018/06/22Local Interest

Great Special Olympics Bocce Tournament Despite Rain

Pictured above: Rick Wowchuk attended the Bocce tournament to wish Team Toba well. L-R Helena Dyck, Rick Wowchuk, Ricky Zimmer, Phillip Bialk and Team Toba Bocce Coach Joe Grande Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region hosted its first Bocce Tournament on Saturday, June 2, 2018 which was to be held at [...]

2018/06/20Local Interest

Many Activities at Valleys North 4H Showcase

Submitted by: Susan Ross | On Saturday June 16, 2018 local 4H members participated in the Valleys North 4H Showcase held at the Swan Valley Ag Society fairgrounds. Projects from 3 multipurpose clubs as well as one beef club were displayed in the home crafts building. There was also a 4H horse show on site. [...]

2018/06/20Local Interest

SVAPL Serves Up Delicious BBQ at 4H Show

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League (SVAPL) hosted a Barbecue on Sunday June 17, 2018 for the 4H schooling show at the fairgrounds. Everyone enjoyed delicious Bison burgers from Atkinson Farms and homemade smokies from Valley Meats. The Kinsmen provided the grill for us to use. The dad’s at the 4H [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Special Visitor at Stock Car Club Season Opener

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club held their season opener on June 15, 2018 with a second day of racing on June 16. Fans gathered to cheer on their favorite drivers, catch up with friends and neighbors and satisfy their craving for tasty concession treats. Randy Lewis, a Trackchaser from San Clemente, [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Busy Weekend for Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club

Pictured above: Mckenzie Currie, Kailey Currie, Tyler Petelski , Kaleigh Currie, Danica Hrycyk, Jillian Hrycyk, Sierra Urban Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club had a very busy weekend on June 16 & 17, 2018! Saturday the club hosted a BBQ at the Valleys North Showcase. The Ag Society [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Successful Sell Out at Special O BBQ Fundraiser

Pictured above: Special Olympics Parkland Region’s youngest volunteer, 4 year-old Kaylee Miles with volunteer Doreen Miles ready for customers. Submitted by Shirley Todosichuk | What great support from the Swan Valley community at the 4th Annual Special Olympics Fundraiser BBQ at Swan Valley Home Hardware on June 13th. Over 500 BBQ lunches were sold pulling [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Grade 6 Students Explore Indigenous Culture

ValleyBiz Story | On June 13, 2018 grade 6 students from across the Swan Valley School Division participated in Indigenous Outdoor Education Day at the Swan Valley Historical Museum. Over the course of the day, students visited 6 different stations including Indigenous Games, Flint Knapping, Story Telling, Indigenous Crafts and Singing/Drumming. Students were served bannock [...]

2018/06/18Local Interest

Blessings at Barrows Gospel Jamboree

Submitted by: Violet Plett | The 5th Annual Barrows Gospel Jamboree was held on June 8,9,10, 2018. This seemed to be a good choice of weekend. People attending and bands thought it worked well. Of course we know that others couldn’t come because of various other events and commitments, but I’m sure that would be [...]

2018/06/15Local Interest

Rodeo Action Heats Up At High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | On June 8-10, 2018 the Ag grounds were once again alive with Rodeo action. Youth from all over Manitoba, Eastern Saskatchewan, North Dakota & Ontario came to Swan River to compete for provincial bragging rights & a chance to represent Manitoba at Canadians in Merritt BC & Nationals in Rock [...]

2018/06/14Local Interest

Bittersweet Farewell to Minitonas Early Years School

ValleyBiz Story | Minitonas Early Years School (MEYS) held a small farewell ceremony for the school in conjunction with their final family picnic on June 8, 2018. Approximately 75 community members attended the ceremony along with the students to bid farewell to the facility. The MEYS school will be closing and students will be joining [...]

2018/06/13Local Interest

SVSD Trades Building: New Addition to Growing Campus

ValleyBiz Story | On May 31, 2018 the Swan Valley School Division held the grand opening of their Trades Building, the newest addition to a growing campus that also includes the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School, Heavy Duty Shop and University College of the North Regional Centre. The new 8,400 square foot facility will support [...]

2018/06/11Local Interest

ACL 57th Annual General Meeting Well Attended

Submitted by: Carla Dixon | The Association for Community Living – Swan River held their 57th Annual General Meeting at the Westwood Inn on Tuesday June 05, 2018. Approximately forty people enjoyed the luncheon which was catered by the Westwood Inn at 12 PM with the meeting beginning at 1 PM. Representatives from the Town [...]

2018/06/08Local Interest

Total Athlete Clinic Focuses on Skills, Faith and Sport

Submitted by: Cheryl Ellingson | Despite the cold, rainy weather, 20 athletes came out for all or part of the weekend from Jun 1-3, 2018 to work on their football and baseball skills. During the football on field sessions, emphasis was put on footwork, proper ball handling, and safe tackling techniques. We were able to [...]

2018/06/07Local Interest

Caroline Willis Continues Serving Members as She Retires

Submitted by: Lynda Parsons | After 43 years of dedicated member service, Caroline Willis spent her last day on the job doing what she has enjoyed most, serving her members, with Cake and Coffee! New and old faces, past co-workers, friends and family all stopped in to sign her guest book and wish Caroline all [...]

2018/06/06Local Interest

Rain Stays Away For Swan River Fun Run

Submitted by: Terri Fahrenschon | The weather cleared up just in time for the Fun Run on Sunday, June 3, 2017. Events included the 1km kids run, 5km, 10km and 1/2 marathon. Thank you to everyone that participated, spectated and volunteered.

2018/06/05Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Celebrates 50 Years

It was a time for reflecting on the past and looking to the future during the Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 31, 2018. The celebration included access to school division information and displays as well as a selection of old yearbooks. Live entertainment and a fundraiser barbeque for the 2018 [...]

2018/06/04Local Interest

Clients/Colleagues Wish Carol Tripp a Happy Retirement

Pictured above: Carol Tripp and Elyse Busch, who will be replacing Carol at the branch as the Investment Retirement Specialist Submitted by: Tracey Markin | On Thursday May 31, 2018 clients and staff of RBC celebrated and thanked Carol Tripp for providing over 40 years of financial advice to the valley. Former colleagues also stopped [...]

2018/06/04Local Interest

Minitonas 4-H Celebrates 63 Years at Annual Show & Sale

Submitted by: Ione Anderson | The Minitonas 4-H Beef Club celebrated 63 years with the annual show and sale on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Swan Valley Ag Grounds. Preparations for the show started last fall when members selected their projects and weights and animal identification was recorded in December. Over the feeding period [...]

2018/05/31Local Interest

Immigrants Connect Through FolkFest Fundraiser

Submitted by: Yuliia Haletska | We had 35 participants in total. The purpose of this event was Folkfest fundraising and connection immigrants with community. Everyone brought food, everything was so delicious. We introduced ourselves. We had KeyChevrolet worker who did a draw for free oil change and accessories for car washing, one of the newcomer [...]

2018/05/30Local Interest

Family Friendly Fun at Taylor School Fun Festival

Submitted by: Falon Cooke | The Centennial Arena buzzed with families and kids of all ages Friday, May 25, 2018 for the annual Taylor School Fun Festival. The BBQ supper concession, carnival games, and prize shopping were a constant circuit of activity. The most popular being face painting, cotton candy station, and the dunk tank. [...]

2018/05/28Local Interest

Kobzar Church Celebrates 85th Anniversay

Submitted by: Donna Krochak | Approximately 40 people attended the Divine Liturgy, Provody, and delicious home cooked dinner on May 19, 2018 filling the church and hall to capacity. During this 85th anniversary milestone, several people were presented with rose bowls to recognize them for their ongoing support of the Kobzar Parish. Attendees came from [...]

2018/05/24Local Interest

Wonderful Turnout at 2nd Annual High Tea

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | We all had a lovely day at Benito Legion hall on Saturday May 12, 2018 as we celebrated Mothers day with our 2nd annual High tea! It was a wonderful turn out and everyone enjoyed the Mini Pavlovas and Dainty sandwiches along with the huge assortment on the bake table. [...]

2018/05/18Local Interest

SVRSS Brings Magic of Snow White to Life

Submitted by: Tammy Zaretsky-Denischuk | The SVRSS Gym was filled with laughter from the audience and cackles and screams from the stages during the SVRSS Drama Production of Snow White this past weekend! This traditional fairytale was brought to life under the dedicated and creative direction of Director Michelle Baudin the very talented cast and [...]

2018/05/18Local Interest

Toe Tapping Time at Lenswood Mothers Day Dance

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland | Smiles, laughter and tapping toes were found out in Lenswood at their Mothers Day Dance on Saturday night!!! Thanks to those who worked and who sent food.

2018/05/17Local Interest

Baking, Plants and Prizes at Annual Strawberry Tea

Submittec by: Gloria (for the SRVHA members) Swan River Valley Health Auxiliary held their annual Strawberry Tea on May 11th, 2018. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the SRVHA Tea. Also sold was baking, plants and 50/50 tickets. The 50/50, won by Bud Fullerton, amounted to $1,002.50 Congratulations! Besides the [...]

2018/05/16Local Interest

Spectacular Weekend At Swan Valley High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | Swan Valley HS Rodeo hosted a MB HS Rodeo this past weekend (May 11-13, 2018) and it was a huge success. The weather was perfect, the grounds were amazing, great food, spectators & competition! The weekend started with a Jackpot Barrel race! The fast time was run in the Junior [...]

2018/05/16Local Interest

Beautiful Quilts Displayed at Mother’s Day Quilt Show

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett | On Sunday May 13, 2018 Bowsman United Church Quilt Group held a Mother’s Day Quilt Show at Harley House. The Heritage Home in Swan River provided a picturesque background for the beautiful quilts that were on display. The showcased quilts ranged from traditional to modern in design and varied in [...]

2018/05/15Local Interest

Special Olympics Holds Largest Dance Fever to Date

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Over 60 Special Olympic athletes, coaches and volunteers from the Swan Valley, Russell and Winnipegosis enjoyed an afternoon of dancing, dining and friendship at the 7th Annual Special Olympics Dance Fever on April 21, 2018 at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre. $4,620 was raised in the 50/50 cash draw. Congratulations [...]

2018/05/11Local Interest

Music Monday Starts the Week on the Right Note

Pictured above: 2nd/3rd Year Band Students Perform on Music Monday ValleyBiz Story | On May 7, 2018 the Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) participate in the 14th Annual Music Monday, a national event where Canadian students and industry come together to celebrate the creation of music as a community. SVSD Music Monday Mass Bands was [...]

2018/05/10Local Interest

Over $3,300 Raised for ESRSS Daycare

Submitted by: Julie Harvey | The Everything Children’s Sale and More was a huge success! Approximately 200+ people came over the two days. There were 14 tables with everything ranging from children’s furniture, toys, books and clothes to housewares, decorative signs and more. Mike Jessup from Creighton was the winner of the 60/40 draw, taking [...]

2018/05/09Local Interest

Badminton Team Brings Home a Title and Great Experience

Pictured above: Mixed Doubles Medallists Silver – Steinbach, Gold – Swan Valley, Bronze – Vincent Massey (Winnipeg) Submitted by Craig Zamzow | On May 4-5 Vincent Massey High School in Brandon hosted the MHSAA Badminton Provincials with 32 teams qualifying in each category. Girls Singles Grade 11 student Rachel Negrave, in her second Provincials, had [...]

2018/05/08Local Interest

Great Afternoon of Visiting While Enjoying Works of Art

Submitted by: Renate Wille | The Art Show at Little Woody Baptist church held on May 5, 2018 was great and many visitors enjoyed the art and visiting. We, who paint there on Mondays, are grateful to be using the venue. It is given to us freely and is in no way a fundraiser for [...]

2018/05/08Local Interest

Basketball Players Enhance Theirs Skills at Weekend Clinics

Submitted by Ian Kitch | Swan Valley Basketball Association hosted two basketball clinics on May 5th, 2018. Coach Gil Cheung, Tyvon Cooper, and Mikaela Stanton from the Brandon University Bobcats Basketball Program provided excellent coaching and instruction to nearly 40 players. Thanks to Brandon University and Coach Cheung for coming to Swan River.

2018/05/07Local Interest

“SOON—SPRING BLOSSOMS!” Community Band Concert

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater, PR & Communications | On Wednesday, 2 May 2018 in the SVRSS Cafeteria, the Swan Valley Community Band had their 24th Spring Concert, performing for over 65 people. After enjoying the Concert, everyone was treated to refreshments. With a constant membership of around 30 to 35, the Band continues to entertain, [...]

2018/05/07Local Interest

Friends & Neighbors Gather at Cowan Spring Supper

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik, Pictures By Jessica Kovachik | It was a beautiful hot day on Sunday, April 29, 2018, when the annual Spring Supper event occurred in Cowan. After a long cold winter, everyone was anxious to get out and enjoy the company of neighbors and friends. This was noted as when the doors [...]

2018/05/04Local Interest

Spring In the Air at St. Andrews United Church Tea

Submitted by: St. Andrew’s United Church | St. Andrew’s United Church held a successful Spring Tea on April 21, 2018 There was lots of baking, friends, food and fellowship. Thank you to all who attended and helped in any way.

2018/05/04Local Interest

4-H Members Attend “Beef Up” Workshop

Submitted by: Mintonas 4-H Beef Club | On Saturday April 28, 2018, 55 4-H members and parents spent the day learning about the beef industry at Anderson Cattle Co. The day began with roundtable discussions on carcass quality, food safety, forage and soil options, alternative beef production, financial literacy, 4-H Beef series books, Lakeland College [...]

2018/05/03Local Interest

Another Successful Swan Valley Sport Fishing Banquet

Pictured above: Swan Valley Sport Fish Enhancement President Jeff Connolly (left) receives cheques in the amounts of $126,000 and $22,500 from Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River. Submitted by: Chris Stock | Great food, prizes, and fun to be had at this year’s Swan Valley Sport Fishing banquet. Thank you to all who were able [...]

2018/05/03Local Interest