Like many community events over the past two years, the Festival of Trees has been on a hiatus. But also like so many other community events 2022 marked the return of the always anticipated holiday fundraising event. Last held in 2019, Festival of Trees is one of the most popular Christmas community events in the tri-community. This year 29 trees were decorate by local families, businesses and organizations.
“Twenty-nine trees is a new Festival record,” Jen Mathews, one of the event organizers, commented. “It is a community event that could not have happened without the support of so many of our families and local businesses.”
Giving the gift of laughter or putting a smile on someone’s face is one of the best things to give. Opaskwayak Cree Nation’s Greg Personius has been doing this in the tri-community for quite some time. With his witty and outgoing personality, combined with his musical and entertaining talent, he has kept people smiling and engaged.
“I’m kind of a jack-of-all-trades in a sense,” said Personius. “Right from 12 years old I started singing and that’s where it all kind of began. Then at 16 years old, I started doing emcee jobs and learned from my role model, Shorty Lathlin. He showed me the ropes on how to emcee and interact with people.
“I just got into joking around more and entertaining people. Singing has been in my life for a long-time and I entered several contests. I really get involved by singing at funerals, wakes and wherever there is a need for music.”
Frances Chartrand is a huge supporter of the British Royal Family. And, that support makes her recent receipt of a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal, that much sweeter.
“It feels great. I got a letter from the Leg. in the first week of November,” Chartrand said, adding she was nominated to receive the medal by several people, with the one recognized in the correspondence coming from NDP leader and MLA for Fort Rouge, Wab Kinew.
“I’m a big fan of the Royal Family and I just love Canada and I love the Northwest Region and I love Parkland,” Chartrand added, displaying the kind of passion that got her nominated for the recognition.
“I want to thank my nominators, it was a huge honor and I want to thank the Province of Manitoba for recognizing the Queen’s commitment and her 70-year reign.”
The vice-president of the Manitoba Metis Federation based at the Northwest Metis Council Inc. office in Dauphin received the medal at a special ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature, last week.
Premier Heather Stefanson and Lt.-Gov. Anita Neville handed out the awards to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in 1952.
“As recipients of the platinum jubilee medal, each of you brings the spirit of public service to life,” Neville told the recipients during the ceremony.
“Each of you leads by example. Each of you takes responsibility for making your community, your province and your country a better place.”
Queen Elizabeth, Canada’s head of state and the longest-reigning British monarch, died, Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
“In fact, I was in Scotland when the Queen passed away,” adding she had tried to earlier visit Balmoral Castle and was not allowed entry.
“But we went to Edinburgh, So we were on the Royal Mile and we were having dinner at five, well before five, I guess, and they made the announcement. Then some of the staff came and told us the queen passed away, so they started shutting down the Royal Mile. So we went to her palace and put flowers and paid tribute to her before we left the Royal Mile. So that’s a real piece of history.”
Manitoba was one of five provinces which decided to provide medals for their residents after the federal government opted out of offering medals for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Chartrand is appreciative of the recognition as it raises awareness about the work of the Manitoba Metis Federation in the Northwest Region and across the province.
“It’s a recognition, I believe. People think that ‘they’re way up there’ and they don’t understand and recognize what we do at the local level and the community involvement we have in the programs and services we’re able to bring to our citizens,” Chartrand said.
One hundred and forty Manitobans have received the medals so far, with a total of 1,000 selected to receive the honour. The remaining medals will be awarded at future ceremonies throughout the province.
Swan River resident and World War Two veteran Keith Fulford celebrated his 101st birthday at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 39 on Friday (Dec. 2), surrounded by friends and family. Fulford is one of a few World War Two veterans left from Swan River, and one of less than 20,000 left in Canada overall...
Anyone who grew up here – especially anyone who was involved in the arts - might remember Beth Naylor.
She was the type of woman you’d remember. Always perfectly turned out in the best of clothing with a sparkling sense of humor and fantastic community spirit.
Miss Naylor was best known for her collection of vintage clothing which dated back to the late 1880’s and legend has it, started when a black wedding dress from that period was placed with her for safe keeping by the family of one of our founding fathers. The Beth Naylor Historic Clothing Collection has recently received the wonderful gift of 435 hats from Jayne Andres of MacNutt, Saskatchewan – which is a perfect addition of prairie history. She has two full binders of how she catalogued all the hats. And most of the pictures are worn by her grandchildren and her sister. She has little stories about who they belonged to, when they were worn and how they were acquired – all in these wonderful binders.
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'Tis the season. Whether we like it or not, there’s plenty of snow and beautifully lit Christmas trees on all the lampposts on Main Street.
So we knew it wouldn’t be long before Santa and his friendly helpers from the MJHL Waywayseecappo Wolverines teamed up for the annual parade.
Last Thursday, the Russell and District Chamber of Commerce started off their Claus for a Cause Santa Parade and Food Drive. As the parade wound around Arsini Street past the Personal Care Home and off down Main Street, the Wolverines were once again on hand to pick up the non perishable food stuff from ‘watchers’ as donations to the Russell and Area Food Connections Group.
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The snow is here to stay and with that comes the opening of the Asessippi Ski Resort. The resort opened last weekend and staff is busy making more snow, and getting all the runs and features opened for the winter season.
“We are still trying to hire some more staff for this season,” said Asessippi Ski Resort Assistant Manager Shannon Johnston. “We are still kind of short staffed at the moment and need a few more full time liftees and people in rentals. This season our focus is to get as much terrain open and as many features as we can as early as possible. Last weekend, we were still snowmaking and opened up the Quad Chair, Bunny Hill as well as Robin’s Run with some features with the terrain park. Next our focus will shift to Triple and the Bear Chair. The Bear Chair has been a couple years since it was open and everyone is asking about it. Those are our main focuses right now and then will work on tubing. There are a couple of fun things we will have out there, such as moguls for those people who like to do freestyle,” said Johnston.
“We’re going to have the two terrain parks, as well as a big full slope style course and a ski and snowboard cross come in the beginning of the year. After COVID-19, we kind of back into full mode. The bar and food court is open and we have some new fantastic menu choices. All three stations will be running with an assortment of homemade soups, pizzas, pastas and an amazing Rueben on the menu. The Bear’s Den offers an array of espresso coffees, lattes, along with beer and wine.”
Asessippi Ski Resort has some big plans for New Year’s Day celebrations as well as some other events throughout the season.
Get the full details in this week's Roblin Review!
The issue of who will be the town’s sanitation pick-up service provider was a hot topic at the Ratepayers Meeting on Wednesday evening.
What was thought to be the difference between Roblin Sanitation’s tender and OSS’s was made public and was actually incorrectly portrayed.
“There were statements made that Roblin Sanitation’s tender was $32,000 higher than OSS and my question is how did you arrive at that amount?” asked Greg Perchaluk. “Roblin Sanitation’s tender has an amount for residential and commercial and OSS’ only had for the residential, nothing yet for the commercial, so how did Council arrive at amount as the difference between the two?” “I had said $30,000 to $32,000 was the difference,” said Misko. “I had just taken from my memory $89,000 and $119,000. Those numbers weren’t quite right.
In Roblin Sanitation’s case their amount included GST. The one from OSS didn’t, so it was closer to $20,000 on the weekly, on the bi-weekly it was about $48,000.
“We considered the way it was proposed to us, that was including the commercial pick up. Whatever wasn’t needed for the residential, those containers would be reduced and we’d have front load pick up on the other. We don’t yet officially have that number, hence why we haven’t signed a contract. At this point, we’re still looking to get confirmation on everything."
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At the start of the season, Dauphin’s Breken Brezden set a goal of making it to the Skate Canada nationals in January. She fulfilled that goal after qualifying at the Skate Canada Challenge in Winnipeg, this past weekend.
Brezden was seventh after the short program and finished 10th after the free skate, thus earning a spot at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Jan. 9 to 15 in Oshawa, Ont.
Of the 38 skaters competing in Winnipeg, the top 18 qualified for nationals and Brezden was the only skater representing Manitoba.
Make sure you check out this week's 'A View From The Couch' podcast on the Dauphin Herald's Facebook Page with Breken slated to join Doug and Christian.
The Parkland Rangers find themselves back in the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League playoff race after earning three of four points from the Southwest Cougars, this past weekend.
Two goals in the third period lifted the Rangers to a 3-2 victory, Friday in Dauphin. On Saturday in Killarney, Nate Robson netted the winner with 35 seconds left in overtime to give the Cougars a 4-3 win.
Southwest led Friday’s game 2-1 after the first period on goals from Kelby Diehl and Sebastian Stone, while Dru Mushumanski replied for the Rangers.
After a scoreless second period, goals from Tavyn Boychuk and Hayden Seib erased the deficit and put the Rangers in front, and they hung on for the victory.
Glover was outstanding in net for the Rangers, finishing with 45 saves, while Southwest’s Micky Gross stopped 28 shots.
On Saturday, the Rangers had three different leads only to see Southwest to tie the game on each occasion.
Andrew Pidskalny and Mushumanski with two, scored for Parkland, while Nicholas Cullen, Stone and Luke Mackenzie replied for Southwest.
Evan Svoboda made 22 saves for Southwest, while Glover made 32 saves Parkland.
Rangers coach Tyler Carefoot was pleased with the team’s play in both games.
“I think Friday, other than our first period, I thought we were the better team in the second and third. I just thought, after we made some little adjustments going into the second period, we were the better team and I was very pleased,” he said. “Not only did we get the win, but just how we executed the game plan. It was good to see, considering it’s been a work in progress. And to finally have a game where, for the most part, we put everything together, it was gratifying, for sure.”
The Rangers are 3-2-1-1 in their last seven games and are now just six points behind the eighth-place Eastman Selects.
That is something the team talked about on Saturday, Carefoot said, about how if they keep picking up points they can get back into the playoff race.
“So we had to have the mindset that this is a playoff mentality. And (Saturday) night, almost from start to finish, I thought we were the better team,” he said.
Another topic of discussion was the need to hang onto leads.
“That’s something we’ve got to do a better job of is locking down some of these leads that we have,” Carefoot said. “But we stuck to the game plan, we outworked them and they got a late goal to tie the game and we went to overtime. Three-on-three, anything can happen.”
Carefoot has seen a lot of improvement from the team from the start of the season, noting the players are playing with more confidence and are feeling good about themselves.
The Rangers have a chance to close the gap on Eastman as they play the Selects, Saturday and Sunday in Beausejour.
Carefoot hopes the players have the mindset of sacrificing the body to make plays.
“I hope they have the mindset that we’re going to have to hurt. We’re going to have to take hits to make the right play and getting in lanes to block shots. That’s something we’re going to have to add to our repertoire this weekend,” he said. “Eastman is probably somewhat of a surprise this season. They’re usually at the top of the league and this year, they’re near the bottom. I’ve heard they’re a big team and I feel if we can continue with focussing on getting pucks behind their D and all of the things that we’ve been talking about, hopefully, we’ll have some success.”