Monthly Archives: March 2016

Barrows Gospel Jamboree – July 15, 16, 17, 2016

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Barrows 3rd Annual Gospel Jamboree July 15, 16, 17, 2016 Fri. 7pm – 9pm Sat. 10am – 9pm Sun. 10am – 6pm Come and enjoy the ministry of the following invited musicians. Rising Above Band Brenda & Terry Martin, Howard Jolly, Rick Martin Carl Crane Ivan Chartrand Josephine Genaille This […]

2016/03/31Local Interest

Ron Kostyshyn Hosts Campaign Office Opening

Submitted by: Re-Elect Ron Kostyshyn Campaign | Good friends and great snacks were on hand to wish Ron Kostyshyn well at his office opening this Easter weekend. Click any picture for a larger version. And once the many door prizes were handed out and all had something sweet in hand the official program was brought […]

2016/03/31Local Interest

Soup & Sandwich Medical Benefit – April 3, 2016

Submitted by: Kim Pierce | BENEFIT Soup & Sandwich April 3, 2016 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Benito Legion $10 per person A variety of tasty soups and build your own sandwich. All money raised will go to Alyx Zbirun Medical Costs Daughter of Byron and Cheryle Zbirun Hosted by: Community of Benito Friends & […]

2016/03/30Local Interest

Guiding Good Choices Workshops Conclude

Submitted by: Jen Patterson | A Guiding Good Choices parent workshop concluded on March 21, 2016. In this program, parents and caregivers learned how to strengthen family bonds, set a clear family position on drugs, teach children skills they need to make healthy choices and increase children’s involvement in the family. Participation in this parenting […]

2016/03/30Local Interest

Tigers Battle Stampeders in Bowling Showdown

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 the Swan Valley Tigers’ Special Olympics 5-Pin Bowling Team played host to members of the Swan Valley Stampeders at Up Your Alley. Click picture for a larger version. Pictured Above: Top L-R: Allison Landels, Josh Martin, Skylar Blosha, Blake Jameson, Daylon Creasy, Evan Last, Josh […]

2016/03/29Local Interest

Minor Hockey Awards Night & Registration – April 12, 2016

Submitted by: Tanya Powell | Swan River Minor Hockey Awards Night and Registration Tues. April 12th, 2016 7:00 pm Friendship Centre EVERYONE WELCOME! Players please attend as this is your night of recognition and fun. Drinks and Snacks If anyone has any pictures for awards night please send to Angie Henkelman Your early registration […]

2016/03/28Local Interest

Swan School of Dance Students Showcase Their Talent

Submitted by: Michele Poole | The Swan School of Dance held their 24th annual dance recital on Monday, March 22, 2016. A large crowd was entertained by students showing off their hard work and talent in Tap, Street Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Ballet. Photos by Jennifer Paige Photography Click any picture for a larger […]

2016/03/28Local Interest

Women of the Valley Ladies Event – April 16, 2016

Submitted by: Katharina Rinsdorf | Women of the Valley Ladies Event April 16, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Community Bible Fellowship Church Speaker: Chalice Boettcher Breakfast and Lunch included Tickets $20 Available at Cook and Cooke or Windsors Service

2016/03/27Local Interest

Full Plate Weight Loss Info Meetings – April 7 & 13, 2016

Submitted by: David Ogram | Are you eating enough to lose weight? Strange as it sounds, most of us aren’t. To learn more about Full-Plate Living Weight Loss Program Attend 1 of 3 Information Meetings Swan River Public Library Thurs. April 7, 2016 2:30 pm Swan Valley Health Centre/Hospital – 2nd Floor Boardroom Thurs. April […]

2016/03/26Local Interest

Seventh-day Adventist Church Hymn Sing Well Attended

Submitted by June Jamieson | A good crowd came together at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday evening, March 20, 2016 for its annual Hymn Sing. Click any picture for a larger version. The opportunity to sing together and to listen to special selections performed by some of the guests was enjoyed by all. Pastor […]

2016/03/25Local Interest

Ron Kostyshyn Campaign Office Opening – March 26, 2016

Submitted by: Ron Kostyshyn Campaign | Ron Kostyshyn Campaign Office Opening Sat. March 26, 2016 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 530 Main Street Swan River All are welcome!

2016/03/24Local Interest

Swan Valley Cheetahs Compete and Entertain

Submitted by: Rhonda Mykula | The Flin Flon Flinty’s, Grand Plains Gymcats, and the Neepawa Novas and the Birtle Prairie View Ariels joined the Swan Valley Cheetahs for a very successful meet on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. The Showcase on Sunday March 20, 2016 was very well attended […]

2016/03/24Local Interest

Youth Soccer Registration Nights – April 5 & 12, 2016

Submitted by: Tracy Maksymchuk | Swan Valley Youth Soccer Registration Nights Tues. April 5, 2016 Tues. April 12, 2015 5-8 pm Swan Valley Centennial Arena For Youth born in 2011 or earlier (up to 1998) Click Here for the Poster and More Information

2016/03/23Local Interest

Action Packed Weekend at Swan River Ladies Bonspiel

Submitted by: (a deliriously tired & sore) Chris Chmelowski | There was no grey area…it was all ‘black & white’ for the 2016 Swan River Ladies Curling bonspiel, held this past weekend on March 18, 19 and 20, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. The games began at 5:30 on Friday night and […]

2016/03/23Local Interest

Beautiful Weather for 19th Annual Billy Beal Derby

Submitted by: Corey Hurren | The 2016 Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, March 19th at Whitefish Lake. 525 people came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and another great day of ice fishing at the 19th annual Billy Beal derby. Click any picture for a larger version. The event is an […]

2016/03/22Local Interest

Swan Valley Refugee Committee to Begin Planning Phase

Submitted by: Mike Yablonski Exciting News!!! Donations are coming in and soon we will be able to start the paperwork and planning phase with the Mennonite Central Committee for our first family. Government, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and local organizations select refugees who are unable to return home and are unable to […]

2016/03/22Local Interest

Broncos Finish Parkissimo Season With Banner

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | The North Division champion Swan Valley Atom Broncos faced the West Division champion Russell Rams in game one of the Parkissimo League Finals on March 15, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictured Above: Team Photo: Far Back: Liam McArthur Back Row: Henry Branconnier, Crystal Zamzow, Bailey Hunt, […]

2016/03/21Local Interest

Swan Valley Makes a Difference with Daffodils of Hope

Submitted by: Vivian Rooks | Once again volunteers from the Swan River Valley have come together for a successful fundraising event on March 15 and 16, 2016. Click picture for a larger version. Volunteers braved the aftermath of a few inches of snow and distributed 900 bunches of daffodils throughout the valley to homes and […]

2016/03/21Local Interest

Stories, Questions Shared During Presentation on Scams

Submittedy by: Kay Markle | Service to Seniors, along with Community Futures, hosted a Frauds & Scams presentation they hosted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Elks Hall. Click any picture for a larger version. Presenters were Carol Tripp, Manager Joe Synk and Trish Gray from the Royal Bank and Constable Cole Plaetinck from […]

2016/03/20Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – March 15, 2016

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Moriaux, Friesen, Jacobson, Delaurier and Sakal present. Councillor Whyte was absent with permission. 1.  Call to order 2.  Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2016.144 Moved By: Jason Sakal Seconded By: […]

2016/03/20Local Interest

Social Media Safeguarding Youth Presentation

Submitted by: Jessica Lacasse | On March 7, 2016 Swan Valley students in grade 7-12 along with their parents a presentation that offered great information on the media coined term “sexting”. The information night was presented by the Swan Valley School Division, in partnership with the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit, Swan Valley Communities that […]

2016/03/19Local Interest

Sons of the Pioneers Concert – April 10, 2016

Submitted by: Margaret Morrissette Sons of the Pioneers Concert Sun. April 10, 2016 2:30 pm Veterans Community Hall Tickets: $44 Advanced $50 At the Door Bring a non-perishable food donation for the local food bank. Tickets available from Lana Graham in Swan River at 1-204-281-1003 or online at It is a full concert of […]

2016/03/19Local Interest

Birch River Skates “Around the World”

Submitted by: Denise Sigurdson | On Friday, March 11, 2016 the Birch River Skating Club presented their end of season carnival with a Theme of Around the World. Thank you to all who supported the Birch River Carnival. Click any picture for a larger version.

2016/03/17Local Interest

Triple P Parent Workshops to Promote Healthy Lifestyles

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) hosted a training of local individuals in a parent workshop series called Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) Group training. Click any picture for a larger version. This training was conducted by Canadian Triple P Trainer Peggy Govers from Collingwood, Ontario. Thirteen community members participated […]

2016/03/17Local Interest

JV Girls Basketball Team wins Bronze at AAA Provincials

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | Swan Valley Tigers advanced to the AAA JV Girls Provincials on March 10-12, 2016 in Virden Manitoba by winning their zone and inter zone games over Dauphin and Virden. Click any picture for a larger view. The Tigers were ranked 5th in the province heading into Provincials. First game for […]

2016/03/16Local Interest

99th Annual Men’s Bonspiel – March 25/26/27, 2016

Submitted by: Swan River Men’s Curling Club 99th Annual Bonspiel March 25, 26, 27, 2016 $160.00 per rink. 4 Events. Banquet Saturday night. To enter Contact: Kelly Tibble at 734-4161 (after 5 p.m.) or S.R. curling rink – 734-3055.

2016/03/16Local Interest

Swan River Skating Club – Through the Stages of Life

Submitted by: Tammy Zaretsky-Denischuk | On Monday March 7, 2016 the Skaters of the Swan River Skating Club, showcased their skating talents, to songs that celebrated the many stages of “THE GAME OF LIFE”! Click any picture for a larger version. Our coaches Alexis Denischuk and Taniesha Hubsher were very proud of our Canskaters as […]

2016/03/16Local Interest

End of Season for Jr. Men’s Curling Team

Submitted by: Louise Watkins | Team Watkins, a competitive Jr. Men’s Curling Team based out of the Swan River Curling Club, has completed their competitive season. Pictured above: Canola Jr. U21 Provincials in Rivers, MB. Click any picture for a larger version. Along with curling on Thursday evening Men’s league in Swan River, they had […]

2016/03/15Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Investigate Missing Person

RCMP Media Release | On March 9, 2016 at around 11:00 pm, Swan River RCMP were notified that Lorlene BONE, a 31 year-old female, had gone missing from Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation. The investigation has determined that Lorlene was last seen on February 29, 2016 in Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. Police are concerned for her safety […]

2016/03/15Local Interest

Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Submitted by: Maureen Bowles | A large crowd was in attendance on March 10, 2016 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the library. Maureen Bowles gave a welcome and introduced guests. Pictured Above: Board Members Mary Snelgrove and Angela Hinchliffe cut the Anniversary Cake. Click any picture for a larger version. Greeting came from Councillor […]

2016/03/15Local Interest

Swan School of Dance Annual Recital – March 22, 2016

Submitted by: Michele Poole | Swan School of Dance presents DANCE This 24th Annual Recital Tues. March 22, 2016 7:00 pm SVRSS Auditorium “DANCE THIS” will feature over 100 students in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical. Also this year, THE FABULOUS DANCING DADS have returned to give us a performance. Come and enjoy an evening […]

2016/03/14Local Interest

Tiger’s Bowling Bring a Staff Member Competition

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | The Swan Valley Tiger’s Bowling Team had a lot of fun at the Bring a Staff Member Competition at Up Your Alley Bowling Center on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. 18 participants took part in the competition. Taking 1st place were Robby Thomas and […]

2016/03/14Local Interest

Atom Broncos win Parkissimo North Division

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | The Swan Valley Atom Broncos faced Dauphin in the Parkissimo League North Division Finals. Game one was held in Swan River on February 23, 2016. The Stampeders came out charging and six minutes in Brady Burghart converted a Kash Henkelman pass to open the scoring. In the final minute of […]

2016/03/14Local Interest

Rick Wowchuk Campaign Office Grand Opening

ValleyBiz Story | The Rick Wowchuk Campaign office located at 900 Main Street is now officially open. The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 10:00 am on Friday March 11, 2016. The campaign team, supporters and local media were in attendance. Rick Wowchuk, PC Candidate for Swan River, thanked everyone in attendance […]

2016/03/13Local Interest

Cheetahs Competition and Showcase – March 19/20, 2016

Submitted by: Rhonda Mykula | Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics Club Competition Sat. March 19, 2016 SVRSS Silver Collection 50/50 & Silent Auction Canteen by SVRSS Geography Group Session 1: 8:30am – Advanced/Pre-Provincial Session 2: 11:15am – Beginners Session 3: 2:30pm – Intermediate Swan Valley Cheetahs – Gymnastics Club Showcase Sun. March 20, 2016 at 1:30pm […]

2016/03/13Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – March 1, 2016

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Deputy Mayor Jacobson presiding and Councillors Moriaux, Friesen, Whyte, Delaurier and Sakal present. Mayor McKenzie was absent with permission. 1.  Call to order 2.  Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2016.109 Moved By: David Moriaux […]

2016/03/13Local Interest

Spring Forward Tonight – Daylight Savings Begins

A friendly reminder from ValleyBiz that Daylight Savings Time begins tonight. The official time to set your clocks ahead 1 hour is: 2:00 am Sunday, March 13, 2016 Set your clock to: 3:00 am Each year, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

2016/03/12Local Interest

Maclyn Burghart Wins Gold in Hairstyling Competition

Submitted by: Wade Dale | Hairstyling teach Wade A. Dale, chaperone Marylin Delaurie, and students Madison Rausch and Maclyn Burghart travel to Thompson’s UCN building to compete in the “Traditional Bridal Up Do” for Northern Skills 2016 on March 3, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. After an hour and 45 minuets and […]

2016/03/11Local Interest

Rick Wowchuk Welcomes Supporters at Pancake Breakfast

Submitted by: Jason Delaurier | The Rick Wowchuk Campaign had an awesome turnout this past Saturday morning morning (March 5, 2016) at their Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at the Elk’s Hall. Click any picture for a larger version. Thank you so much to the 175 plus friends and supporters. Their support is truly appreciated. People from […]

2016/03/11Local Interest

Bowsman Chase The Ace New Jackpot $1,990

Submitted by: Carol Silverthorn | The nightly winner in last week’s Chase the Ace fundraiser hosted by the Bowsman Skating Rink and Bowsman Curling Club was Tim Poels of Bowsman. Click picture for a larger version. The game continues every Friday night from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the Bowsman Hotel. The accumulating jackpot is now […]

2016/03/10Local Interest

Variety of Vendors at NDP Craft and Home Business Market

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | The NDP Craft & Home Business Market was held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre. Click any picture for a larger version. Twenty-five tables of various home business vendors provided shoppers with a large variety of items to choose from. The event also included a […]

2016/03/10Local Interest

Great Conditions for Thunderhill Ski Area Mardi Gras

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The weather co-operated on Sunday March 6, 2016 for the Annual Thunderhill Ski Area Mardi Gras. People of all ages came from all over the Valley and Saskatchewan, as far away as Inglis and Brandon, MB. Click any picture for a larger version. Everyone enjoyed the conditions and friendly atmosphere […]

2016/03/09Local Interest

Club Sapp Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

ValleyBiz Story | Club Sapp Gaming Centre held a celebration on Friday March 4, 2016 to mark its anniversary of one year in business. The gaming centre was packed throughout the day with draws and snacks provided to mark the special occasion. Click any picture for a larger version. “After 1 year of operations we […]

2016/03/09Local Interest

Swan Valley JV Girls Basketball Headed to Provincials

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | The Swan Valley JV Girls Basketball Team played Virden on March 2, 2016 in Swan River for a berth at the AAA JV Girls Provincial Championship. The Tigers controlled the game from the beginning to the end, winning convincingly 44-25. Pictured above: JV Girls Team – Front Row: Julia Arp, […]

2016/03/09Local Interest

Local Doctor Addresses Primary Care Centre Questions

Submitted by: Dr. Leah Koetting Some of you may remember me as the resident doctor who worked with Dr. le Roux in the fall of 2014. Some of you know me now as your family doctor. Some of you think I look far too young to be doing this. Don’t worry! That will change with […]

2016/03/08Local Interest

Skating “On the Silver Screen” in Minitonas

Submitted by: Brenna Kichuk On March 4, 2016, the Minitonas Figure Skating Club hosted its annual carnival. The carnival was themed “On the Silver Screen”. Click any picture for a larger version. The evening contained many wonderful performances from approximately 25 skaters to songs from a variety of movies including The Minion Movie, Charlie and […]

2016/03/08Local Interest

Swan Valley Lions Commended for Dedication

Submitted by: Teri Martin | On March 2, 2016, the Swan Valley Lions Clubs were commended in a Manitoba Legislative Assembly Member’s Statement by Minister Rob Kostyshyn for their dedication, service and community leadership. Pictured above are: Minister Kostyshyn with Lions Wayne Markel, Alex Haluschak, Ken Sutherland, Bert Jones, Al Karton and Bert Jenner Click […]

2016/03/07Local Interest

Frauds and Scams Presentation – March 17, 2016

Submitted by: Beverley Leach | Frauds & Scams Presentation Thurs. March 17, 2016 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Elks Hall Complimentary Lunch Everyone Welcome Service to Seniors and Community Futures invites you to a joint presentation from the Royal Bank of Canada and the RCMP addressing senior safety. Current frauds and scams and how to […]

2016/03/07Local Interest

Great Curling at Swan River Junior Bonspiel

Submitted by: Marni Zamzow | 12 teams from the Swan River and Bowsman Junior Curling Clubs competed in the Swan River Junior Bonspiel on March 6, 2016. The day was filled with great curling and sportsmanship! Click any picture for a larger version. Pictured Above: Group A winners were the Presley Sagert team defeating Team […]

2016/03/07Local Interest

Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Days – March 15, 2016

Submitted by: Vivian Rooks HOPE – Buy a Bunch of it! Daffodils $7 per bunch March 15, 2016 To Pre Order DAFFODILS or VOLUNTEER call Vivian and leave message by March 8, 2016 204-734-3528 All Proceeds Directly to the Canadian Cancer Society

2016/03/06Local Interest