Tag Archives: Swan Valley Life

Banff Geo Trip Funded by Student Fundraising

Submitted by: Dee-Ann Clarkson | On Friday April 20, 2018 the SVRSS Geography students held a Soup and Sandwich lunch to help fund raise money for their Banff Geo Trip in May. The students will leave Swan River May 17th and return May 27th. During this trip the students will enjoy many different experiences such [...]

2018/04/26Local Interest

Swan Valley Prayers and Support for Humboldt Broncos

Submitted by: Sandy Ellingson |Residents of Swan River Valley gathered together on Sunday, April 22 at 3pm in the Centennial Arena to pay tribute to the lives lost and to pray for all those impacted by the Humboldt Broncos bus accident tragedy. Stampeder Chaplain Chris Staniland welcomed everyone to the service. Cramer Coulthart, Swan Valley [...]

2018/04/25Local Interest

Great Local Support at Perogy & Sausage Supper

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | On Sunday April 22, 2018, All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Parish held their first annual Perogy and Sausage supper. Thanks to the professional catering of Y Not Johnny’s the meal was hot and delicious. All the volunteer help we received made the first time event a success. A huge thanks to [...]

2018/04/24Local Interest

Many Unique Items at Spring Craft Sale

Submitted by: Tanya Powell | Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre held their spring craft sale and lunch on April 21, 2018. There were many unique vendors and lots of special items to explore.

2018/04/23Local Interest

Delicious Camp Kickoff Well Attended

Submitted by: Lesley Betcher | Wellman Lake Bible Camp (WLBC) held their annual camp kickoff April 15,2018 which consisted of a hamburger bbq supper followed by a pie auction. There were over 100 people in attendance who learned about the various camp projects and was introduced to the 2018 camp staff. At the end of [...]

2018/04/22Local Interest

Tremendous Support for 2018 Grad BBQs

Submitted by: Donna Burghart | The Valley was ready for barbecue season and a great weekend of barbecues was held in support of the Class of 2018 graduates on April 14 and 16, 2018. Key Auto Group truly showed the meaning of community support with their generosity towards the graduating class of 2018! A huge [...]

2018/04/20Local Interest

Great Time at Elvis Tribute Concert in Birch River

Submitted by: Lyle Malley | A great time was had by all that attended the Elvis tribute concert on April 13, 2018 at the Birch River Legion Hall. The evening started out with a few Merle Haggard songs before Elvis took the stage. It didn’t take long for people to hit the floor and dance [...]

2018/04/19Local Interest

Farmer’s Appreciation Gala Auction Raises $17,680

Submitted by: Austen Anderson | The Swan River Valley Ag Society hosted the Farmer’s Appreciation Gala on the evening of Friday the 13, 2018 to great success. Close to 150 guests met at the Swan Valley Historical Museum to enjoy a fantastic roast beef meal catered by Why Not Johnny’s followed by a entertaining live [...]

2018/04/18Local Interest

Valley Stage Players Present “Café Murder”

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | The Valley Stage Players presented three very successful performances of the audience interactive play, “Café Murder” written by Nathan Hartswick under the direction of Denis Beaudoin on April 13, 14 and 15, 2018. Friday and Saturday night performances were dinner theatres with the audience enjoying a very delicious salad and [...]

2018/04/18Local Interest

CFSV Celebrates Successful First Spring Granting Period

Pictured above: Community Foundation of Swan Valley Grant Recipients | Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held a granting night on April 12, 2018. A total of $15,000 in new grants were awarded to local community projects along with an additional $2,500 granted by the SVRSS Youth in Philanthropy group. While [...]

2018/04/16Local Interest

Generous Support for Roger Gauthier Fundraiser

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Saturday April 14, 2018, at the Durban Community Hall, friends, neighbours and a lot of valley residents and businesses helped by supporting a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Roger Gauthier and family. With the amount of prizes that were donated for the auction it was nice to see all the businesses [...]

2018/04/16Local Interest

Minitonas 4-H Beef Gearing Up for Show and Sale

Submitted by: Ione Anderson | It was sunny but cold on the morning of Saturday April 7, 2018, but that didn’t deter the Minitonas 4-H Beef Club from cooking up some grub and serving customers at Peavey Mart with a smile. Customers purchasing lunch were entered for a draw on the BBQ provided by Peavey [...]

2018/04/12Local Interest

Voices Raised in Song at Spring Hymn Sing

Submitted by: June Jamieson | Seventh-five attended the Spring Hymn Sing at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday April 8, 2018 to participate in the singing and to be blessed by the presentations of others. An attractive lunch was provided in the basement following the program. Many stayed to enjoy a time of refreshment and [...]

2018/04/11Local Interest

Students Show Their Support for Humboldt Broncos

Submitted Photo: ValleyBiz Story | The Minitonas Middle Years School took some time during their morning assembly Monday, April 9, 2018 to show respect for the Humboldt Broncos team members who who lost their lives, those who were injured and all those affected by the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash. During the weekend many local [...]

2018/04/09Local Interest

Music Fills the Air at Gospel Concerts

Submitted by: Violet Plett | We had a great time this week (March 26 – March 28, 2018) with 3 Gospel concerts performed in Sapotaweyak, Barrows and Wuskwi Sipihk by Kene and Milly Jackson, from Alberta. In Barrows and Indian Birch, we also had addidtional local singers. They sang during the fundraising supper in Barrows, [...]

2018/04/04Local Interest

Message of Love and Peace Shared at Annual Conference

Submitted by: Evelyn Bredin | Approximately 30 ladies met at Community Bible Fellowship for the annual Women of the Valley Conference on March 24, 2018. The day began with a Continental Breakfast / Social Time which led into the program of the day. Following an ice breaker by Myrna Zinkiew, Tobey Thiessen, Margaret Nemez, Michelle [...]

2018/04/03Local Interest

Road Dedicated in Honour of Ken Sutherland

Pictured (L-R): Reeve Bill Galloway, Councillor Irwin Steen, Ken Sutherland ValleyBiz Story | On March 27, 2018 the Municipality of Swan Valley West (SVW) held a ceremony to dedicate a Commemorative Road Sign for Ken Sutherland Drive at Road 220 N on Hwy #10 in honour of Ken Sutherland’s contributions to the community. It was [...]

2018/03/29Local Interest

Swan River Ladies 90th Annual Bonspiel

Pictured above: 1st Event Sponsored by Rogers, Winners Darlene Beck, Joanne Hart, Shelly Jersak, Fran Argue Submitted by: Marilyn Peters | The Swan River Ladies Curling Club held its 90th annual bonspiel March 16 to 18, 2018 with 28 teams participating. The luck of the Irish was with some while not so much with others [...]

2018/03/27Local Interest

Over 600 Attend 21st Annual Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby

Submitted Story: Photos by Doug Watson, Dale Nobel, Brett Church | The Swan Valley Lions want to sincerely thank all the people that came out to enjoy the 21st annual Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby at Whitefish Lake on March 17, 2018. Over 600 people that came out enjoyed the beautiful weather and great food. [...]

2018/03/23Local Interest

Many Hands Make Pine River Spring Supper a Success

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | On Sunday March 11, 2018 the Pine River Community Centre opened its doors to 130 guests anticipating a delicious supper and with the aroma of baked chicken in the air it made their mouth water. The supper consisted of breaded chicken drumsticks and thighs, sweet and sour pork strips served [...]

2018/03/22Local Interest

Parent Pack Raises $1,269 for Animal Protection League

Submitted by: Jessica Bergen | The second Everything’s a Quarter sale put on by the Parent Pack was a huge success! With donations accepted from the public, the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre was filled with many new and gently used items for sale. With absolutely everything for sale at only 25 cents, things moved quickly! [...]

2018/03/21Local Interest

Mike Scott’s Message of Struggle, Transformation and Hope

Submitted by : Jessica Lacasse | Mike Scott presented his story to a group of students and community members in Swan River on March 13, 2018. Over 200 people came out to hear Mike share his experience with child welfare, addictions and resilience. It was an inspiring event in which everyone was challenged to be [...]

2018/03/20Local Interest

Swan Valley Atom A Stampeders Earn Silver Medal

Pictured above: Front Row: Owen Martyniuk, 2nd Row: Damien Leask, Trace Langan, Matt Zamzow, Caleb Rooks, Payton Thompson, Dade Werbicki, 3rd Row: Christian Hart, Grace Kirk, Maddix Eisner, Tyrell Leaske, Alex Campbell, Tucker Thompson, Tavyn BoychukBack Row: Coaches Jason Eisner, Blaine Campbell, Chris Zamzow Submitted by: Blaine Campbell | The Atom A Stampeders earned a [...]

2018/03/16Local Interest

Local Churches Participate in World Day of Prayer

Submitted by St. Andrew’s United Church Women | The annual World Day of Prayer service was held Friday March 2, 2018 and was hosted by St. Andrew’s United Church. The theme being “All God’s Creation Is Very Good” focusing on the environment. Seven local denominations took part featuring the Country of Suriname. We read and [...]

2018/03/16Local Interest

Swan River Skating Carnival Entertains Under the Sea

Star & Times Photos submitted by Jessica Bergen | The Swan River Skating Club held their annual carnival on Monday, March 12, 2018. The ‘Under the Sea’ theme was a big splash, and audience members were thrilled with the skill each skater showed. A big thank you to all who helped make it a success [...]

2018/03/15Local Interest

Swan Valley Peewee A Strike Gold at Provincials

Submitted Story | The Swan Valley Peewee A Stampeders were victorious at the Hockey Manitoba Provincial Championships in La Broquiere on March 2-5 by capturing the Peewee A Provincial title. In the Championship game, the Peewee Stamps again faced a strong Mitchell Mohawks, a team that desperately wanted revenge for an overtime loss in the [...]

2018/03/14Local Interest

Fantastic Presentation by Benito Vesselli Dance Club

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The Benito Vesselli Dance Club held their 36th Annual Concert on March 10, 2018. Family and friends, along with spectators from the community gathered in the Benito School Gym to enjoy the fantastic presentation put on by the dancers. The entire club kicked off the show with the Privyt – [...]

2018/03/13Local Interest

Gold for Team Sagert at Manitoba Winter Games

Submitted photo: Manitoba Winter Games Gold Medal Winners! Presley Sagert, Skip; Madison Sagert, Lead; Bryn Zamzow, Second; Eden Betcher, Third ValleyBiz Story| The Manitoba Winter Games took place March 4-10, 2018 in Thompson, MB and several athletes from the Swan Valley made the trip to compete in the province’s largest ongoing multi-sport program. The Manitoba [...]

2018/03/12Local Interest

JV Girls Win Silver at MB High School Basketball Provincials

Pictured above: Front Row: Jada Kujanpaa, Sydney Gilroy, Ireland Staples, Brenna Schure, Ali Kujanpaa, Brynlee Spencer Back Row: Coach: Lise Fraser, Sydney Fedorchuk, Lauren Klatt, Adria Bateman, Caitlyn Stewart, Erica Sembaluk-Hart, Jasmine Rose, Josie Black. Asst. Coach: Erica Forsyth, Manager: Jennifer Zamzow Submitted by: Lise Fraser | What a season it has been for the [...]

2018/03/12Local Interest

SCN Braves Win Mighty Bucks Loonie Toonie Tourney

Submitted by: Leon Church | The second annual Mighty Bucks Loonie Toonie Tournament went on as planned in Bowsman on the weekend, Feb 23 & 24th, 2018. The host Bucks finished the weekend with a 3-1 record, but failing to reach the finals with a 2-1 loss to the SCN Braves in a semi final. [...]

2018/03/07Local Interest

Minitonas Skating Club Presents Olympic Themed Carnival

Star & Times Photos submitted by: Jessica Bergen | The Minitonas Skating Club put on a great carnival on March 1, 2018 featuring 10 solos, 3 group numbers and 3 learn to skate groups, showcasing what they have learned this year. A big thank you to all who came out to support our club. We [...]

2018/03/05Local Interest

Over 250 Served at Benito Firemen’s Association Supper

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk |The Annual Benito Firemen’s Association Supper held at the Benito Rec Centre on Sunday Feb. 25, 2018 was a huge success. The volunteer firefighters and their families hosted the Swan Valley and surrounding area for a terrific meal. Community members showed their support by either cooking turkeys or donating supper items [...]

2018/03/01Local Interest

Special Olympics Parkland Region Valentine Quilt Winners

Pictured above: 1st prize winner of the All Roads Lead to Bocce Lap Quilt, Darla Leslie along with her son Kolton Leslie of Minitonas. Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Congratulations to the winners of the Special Olympics Parkland Region’s Fabulous Valentine Quilt Raffle. A total of $1750 was raised from the Russell, Swan River and [...]

2018/03/01Local Interest

Bellsite’s 39th Annual Poker Derby “A Huge SUCCESS”

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry | A total of $5,200.00 was given away in cash prizes at the 2018 Bellsite 39th Annual Poker Derby on February 25, 2018. An estimated 200 sleds attending with 209 registered drivers. Lisa Towers wins 10% of prize money($1,040.00) with 300 ghostriders (the most ghostriders prize). Honourable mention to Bert Sutherland [...]

2018/02/28Local Interest

Bowsman Rock The House Ladies Bonspiel

Pictured above: The final for the 1st event had the youngest team and the oldest team pitted against each other with Presley Sagert’s rink versus Joyce Trevellyn’s rink. Back row: Penny Stadnick, Emily Gillies, Presley Sagert, Eden Betcher Front row: June McKenzie, Joyce Trevellyn, Bryn Zamzow, Madison Sagert Submitted by: Deanna Martin |The 2018 Bowsman [...]

2018/02/28Local Interest

Pee Wee B Stampeders Host Home Tourney

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow and Angela Mullin | Pictured Above, Pee Wee B Stampeders: Back Row – Brandon Grazier, Jett Cook, Liam McArthur, Jack Mullin, Henry Branconnier, Comrie Quill, Carter Addis, & Noah Weir Front Row: Crystal Zamzow, Mackenzie Lukey, James Parsons, McKenna Gray, Nolan Woodward On the weekend of Feb 24-25, 2018 the Pee [...]

2018/02/27Local Interest

Lovely Evening at United Church Loving Hearts Supper

Submitted by: St. Andrew’s United Church | The 7th Annual Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment was held on February 10, 2018. The Veterans Hall was decked out in red decorations and many hearts! The entertainment was wonderful and they performed for a very appreciative crowd. The roast beef supper with all the trimmings as delicious! [...]

2018/02/16Local Interest

CBF Christian School Fundraiser a Feast for the Senses

Submitted by: Rachael Stober | The CBFCS Parent Advisory Council put on a Dessert Night/Duelling Pianos/Silent Art Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and raised $2500 for a multi-sports pad project that will benefit the entire community of Swan River. Almost 100 people in attendance enjoyed fabulous desserts from our local Swan Valley Co-op [...]

2018/02/15Local Interest

Close to $80,000 Raised at Sled for Eternity 2018

Submitted by: Kim Lowes | We had an absolutely amazing day at our 2nd annual Swan River Sled for Eternity on February 10, 2018! We had 68 registered riders out on the trails and we were blown away by the faithfulness of our fundraisers with our final total coming in at close to $80,000 raised. [...]

2018/02/13Local Interest

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