Doug Zywina

Doug Zywina

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 07:09

Smaluck hangs up his whistle

When the Rural Manitoba Football League season kicked off in Dauphin, earlier this month, there was a notable presence missing form the field.

Longtime referee Ken Smaluck has retired after more than 35 years of patrolling the gridiron.

Smaluck began refereeing in the mid-1980s out of necessity, due to a shortage of referees at the time.

“They needed refs and I just (stepped up). That’s basically it,” he said.

After getting his initial certification, Smaluck kept getting recertified over the years.

The game has pretty much been the same since he started.

“Every year, there seemed to be a lot of good athletes going out (to play). I’ve been nine-man throughout, so it’s been pretty consistent,” Smaluck said, adding there were not many rule changes over the years.
As a fan of the sport, Smaluck had to be careful not to get caught up watching the game.

“You’ve got basically the best seat in the house. You’ve got to be careful you’re not watching the game. You have to watch what’s going on. But still, I’ve enjoyed the football atmosphere,” he said.
While he couldn’t pin down any specific moments as his favourite, Smaluck enjoyed meeting and working with other referees.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 08:00

Sharing their stories

The Kick off Your Roots tour wrapped up with a show at the Watson Arts Centre, Sept. 14.

The show featured Desiree Dorion, Emma Peterson and Quinton Blair telling the stories behind their songs in an intimate setting.

More than 100 people took in the show. The next performance at the WAC will be, Sept. 24, when Route 10 Collective offers the Music of George Harrison with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 07:50

For the cause

More than 40 people took part in this year’s Terry Fox Run at Vermillion Park to raise money for cancer research.

Participants had their choice of how far they walked or ran the trails at the park.

Organizer Steven Roznowsky hoped to raise $2,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Myles Fee has taken his coaching skills to south Florida after he was recently hired as an assistant coach by the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers.

Fee started his career as video coach for the New York Rangers and joined the Edmonton Oilers after just one season in New York.

After seven seasons in Alberta’s capital, Fee joined the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers, helping to guide the Carolina Hurricanes affiliate to a Calder Cup championship in 2018-19.

After four seasons with Charlotte, Fee moved on to Buffalo, where he spent the last three seasons.

Fee was also video coach for Team Europe, which won the silver medal in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Now Fee is one of several people hired as assistant coaches for the Panthers.

It was at the World Cup that Fee developed a relationship with Panthers coach Paul Maurice, who was coach of Team Europe, and they have stayed in touch since then.

When Maurice was hired by Florida, he asked for and received permission from the Sabres to talk to Fee about joining the Panthers.

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The Parkland Rangers are set to open the 2022-23 Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League season against the defending league champion Winnipeg Wild, this weekend.

After Team Black scored an 8-3 win over Team Green in the annual intrasquad game, last Thursday, the Rangers embarked on a trip to Souris for the annual preseason tournament hosted by the Southwest Cougars.

Parkland opened the weekend with a 4-2 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings, Friday night, and rebounded with a 7-0 win over the Norman North Stars, Saturday morning.

Parkland’s final preseason tilt will be tonight when they host the Yellowhead Chiefs at 7:30 p.m. at Credit Union Place.

While he was pleased overall with the team’s play, Rangers head coach Tyler Carefoot noted the game against Brandon was the first against league opposition for some of the players.

“It’s safe to say a few of the guys were a little nervous. I felt that, for most of the game, it was pretty sloppy. The puck was almost like a grenade. There wasn’t much structure,” he said, adding goalie Chase Glover had a tremendous game.

While he wouldn’t say Brandon was in midseason form, Carefoot noted they moved the puck well.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 07:25

Gilbert Plains crowns new golf club champions

The Gilbert Plains Country Club hosted its annual club championships, Sunday, with 57 golfers teeing off.

Gloria Carmichael captured the ladies title, carding a 104 to record a one-shot victory over Jenna Wreggit. Linda Hamilton was three back of Carmichael to finish third.

Boston Karlson ran away with the junior title after shooting a 77, to post an 18-shot win over runner-up Ronin Mouck, who shot a 95. Nolan Dutchek was third with a 99.

Christian Laughland shot a 73 to win the men’s title, finishing one ahead of runner-up Chad Facey. Dale Murray was third, one back of Facey.

Bruce Parker won the first flight on a countback over runner-up Nathan Zadorozny and Ron Chapen who finished third. They all carded an 87.

Wayne Bazylo’s 95 won him top spot in the second flight, finishing one shot ahead of Bill Murray. Tom Hanke was third with a 97.

Closest-to-the-hole winners were Jon Tomlinson on no. 4, Florence Burdeny on no. 9, Laughland on no. 14 and Al Truman on no. 17.

The Dauphin Clippers football team improved to 2-0 in the Rural Manitoba Football League, with a 23-20 win over the Interlake Thunder, Saturday afternoon in Dauphin.

Joseph Lopez led the offence with 156 yards rushing on five carries, including touchdowns from 56 and 30 yards out.

Scott Gower had 71 yards rushing on 10 carries, while Matt Zurba was one for six passing. He also scored on a two-yard quarterback keeper.

Jake Kuzmiak was good on all three converts and the Thunder conceded a safety to account for the rest of Dauphin’s scoring.

Defensively, Oliver Dandeneau led the way with 11 tackles, while Austen Semchyshyn had seven tackles and three assists and Lopez chipped in with eight tackles.

The Clippers built a comfortable lead only to see the Thunder stage a comeback that made things close.

Clippers head coach Jason Zurba said the defence stepped up and were playing well, which led to victory.

“A few penalties gave them the momentum, but (the defence) stepped up when they needed to,” he said.

A close game like this will benefit the Clippers down the road, Zurba said.

“You need to be punched in the mouth every now and then to keep us down at a lower level to move forward. So it’s awesome,” he said.

Playing as a team and not giving up when they were down, Zurba said, were keys to the victory.

The Clippers will hit the road for the first time, this Saturday, when they face the Moosomin Generals in Moosomin at 1 p.m., Manitoba time.

Noting the Generals beat Interlake, 47-44, Sept. 10, Zurba knows the Clippers will be in tough against Moosomin.

“Moosomin is going to be another tough opponent. They’re going to be big and tough and aggressive. So we’re looking forward to it,” he said.

Saturday’s game was the team’s first-ever alumni game, celebrating 50 years of high school football in Dauphin, with alumni in attendance and memorabilia on display.

Clippers manager Cam Bennet was pleased to see a number of former players in attendance, including players from 1961, 1968, 1971 and 1976, as well as the 1980s and 1990s and more recent alumni.

This is actually the 51st year of football in Dauphin, but COVID restrictions prevented the Clippers from celebrating last year.

Bennet would like to make it more of an event in the future in the hopes of getting more alumni to attend.

“If we can get people out and have a great time, why not do it every year? I’m actually thinking of maybe moving it to Thanksgiving weekend, if we can get a home game that day and make an event of that. I’d like to see this event grow and grow. It was a great crowd,” he said, adding the 50-50 was more than $350 which will help the team immensely.

If opening weekend of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League proved anything for the Dauphin Kings it is that there is a lot of room for improvement.

The defending Turnbull Cup champions opened the weekend with a pair of overtime games with the Neepawa Titans, with each team winning on home ice.

In Friday’s season opener, Kalen Reynolds staked Neepawa to a 1-0 lead 5:41 into the third period.

Anthony Bax pulled Dauphin even when he connected with 25 seconds left to send the game to overtime where he tallied the winner, 59 seconds in.

On Saturday, Neepawa got their revenge when Will Highet netted the winner, four minutes into overtime to give the Titans a 3-2 victory.

Following Friday’s home opener, Kings head coach and general manager Doug Hedley felt the Kings were sloppy in the second period, adding the passing was off.

“Obviously, it’s a work in progress. I think we had good speed. I think we outplayed them. I think we had good chances. Their goaltender was pretty good tonight,” he said. “We stuck with it and what do you say about Anthony Bax. He gets two big goals. It’s a nice way to open like that when you have so many new guys and you find a way to get it done.”

With only eight players back from last year’s championship squad, there are a lot of new faces on the Kings this season. Getting a victory like this will boost the team’s confidence right off the hop. Several players impressed Hedley, Friday night, including Bax, Nicholas Hatton and Matthew Gough.
Veteran Mason Smith had a great game, Hedley said, using his speed to create chances.

“(Blake) Boudreau, you could see his speed in the three-on-three (in overtime). He just kept on taking pucks away from guys,” Hedley said, adding it will take some time for the new players to get used to the league. “Once they get their feet under them and they realize what the league is about and the speed and compete that they need to work at, they’re going to be good players,” he said. “It could take us a little bit of time.”

Hedley liked the compete level from the younger players, such as local products Carter Zalischuk and Rylan Gibbs.

“I thought Zalischuk was really good. I thought Gibby was very good for his first game in the MJHL. I thought our newer guys, our younger guys were good. (Dario) Zitko was good. (Connor) Picard played well. They’re all ‘03s and ‘04s,” he said, adding some of the veterans could have played better. When it comes to putting a lineup together, Hedley looks for players with speed.

“And then you could work everything off that. If you play fast and compete hard, it causes trouble for the opposition,” he said. “Tonight, there were a few times we broke down in the D zone, but we’re just learning. The neutral zone got better as the game went on. We started controlling their speed. And offensively, this is just touching it, because I think the speed we have, and when these guys get used to the scissors support and the different ways to get to the net, we’re going to be a pretty tough team to beat. I just think there’s some real good stuff there to work with.”

Several players on the sidelines Friday night, made it into the lineup on Saturday. With 29 players still with the team, Hedley has some tough decisions ahead.

“We’re going to try and find ways to get guys in,” he said, adding he looks back to last year when he almost let Nick Braun go, but he had a good week and a couple of good games and ended up in the team’s top six all season. “We just don’t want to make a mistake. We want to give these guys an opportunity. And a lot of this right now is attitude and a positive work ethic,” Hedley said. “I know it’s not a good thing for billets and finances at times, but we just want to try to get it right and make sure we give the kids every opportunity to play here.”

The Kings are back on the ice tonight when they make their first trip north to face the OCN Blizzard at 7 p.m.

On the weekend, Dauphin plays another home-and-home, this time with the Swan Valley Stampeders, starting Friday in Swan River at 7 p.m., with the rematch in Dauphin, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tim Horton’s annual Smile Cookie campaign is underway once again and organizers are hoping to beat last year’s total.

Last year, $27,174 was raised, ranking Dauphin in the top 10 nationwide.

Local organizer Stacey Penner said proceeds from this year’s campaign will go to the new Maamawi Park.

“After helping out with different locations throughout the last few years, I decided to submit an application on my own since I’m invested in this one,” she said.

Penner added charities must submit an application to Tim Horton’s, which will then give approval for that charity to be the recipient of the funds raised through the campaign.

“We just had our ground breaking and I put in an application early on in 2022. Tim Horton’s starts collecting applications or looking at letters of requests in January. There’s a very specific guideline of things that they’re looking for as to who meets the criteria. And we met the criteria, so we’re lucky enough to be selected,” she said.

Last year, Johnston and Company matched all cookie sales made on the Friday of the week-long campaign. That is a strategy Penner plans to use this year, partnering with local businesses to match sales up to a certain amount.

“We spread the word and had some pretty incredible businesses step forward,” she said, adding six of the seven days have businesses agreeing to match sales. “Some of them set a cap, because you never know what you’re going into. Some of them left it wide open. Some of them said they’ll top up depending on how the sales go for each day. And some of them said they want to continue to contribute above and beyond whatever the amount of cookies are that will be matched,” Penner said.

More than $800,000 has already been raised for Maamawi Park through donations or in-kind services. But there are long-term goals that organizers would like to meet.

“For Phase 1, we are looking above and beyond the hill at the amenities, as well. But our budget for it is anywhere from $1 million to $1.4 million. So we are well underway to having enough funding to build the hill,” Penner said, adding they have already gone to tender, but due to the flooding throughout the province in the spring, Manitoba is worn thin with resources and capable trades workers who are able to work on the project. “So although we had a significant amount of interest in companies to build the hill during our first tender agreement, we could not find the right person for the job. So we’ll be retendering again very soon in the next month or two and, hope we can find our building partners,” she said.

Volunteers are needed to help with the campaign. Penner said there are two-hour shifts available for anyone who wishes to decorate cookies, hold signs or just make small talk with those using the drive-through.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Penner at 204-647-2471 or call the restaurant at 204-638-3299. Penner appreciates everything the staff at Tim Horton’s does to make the campaign a success.

“It’s amazing the commitment that they show towards the smile cookies. And they do it with a smile on their face themselves. I just think the Dauphin Tim Horton’s must be run so well, because I’ve built a relationship with them,” she said. “And not only the management and owners, but with individual staff members who bust their butt throughout the week of Smile Cookie.”

In conjunction with the Smile Cookie campaign, there will also be a donation-based garage sale, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tim Horton’s is accepting items for the sale at the store.

If there are enough volunteers, windshield washing will be available in the parking lot, Sept. 23, for donations to Maamawi Park.

It has been a busy summer at the Parkland Regional Library in Dauphin.

Among the many things going on, according to library director Alison Moss, was the TD summer reading program, with drop-in activities every Thursday, including crafts for all ages.

“There were paper puppets every week, so kids could stop by and pick up a new one. We were encouraging people to come on down and use the puppet stage that we have set up in our children’s room,” she added.

There were also scavenger hunts, Indigenous art and colouring and poetry pages which were available every week.

PRL also hosted a story walk, which allowed patrons to get outside to enjoy a story.

“The film club was also back in action this summer. There were colouring contests, as well. And a really neat project in mid-August. We partnered to host a reel opportunity workshop. That was for young people interested in a career in film or TV. That was a virtual experience,” Moss added.

PRL also hosted a Manitoba Underground Opera production of Goldilocks and the Three Singing Bears, which proved to be a popular event.

Things will not be slowing down any time soon as PRL will remain busy through the rest of this month and into October.

Third Thursday Music returned with Copper Penny performing this past Thursday and author Audrey Lute will host a book reading, Sept. 22, for her book, “The Pond and Beyond.”

The film club will show The Workers Cup at 7 p.m. and a creative water colour class will be held, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“People can call the library for more information, but all supplies will be provided,” Moss said.

The Infant Rhyme Time is back in person, starting Oct. 6, running until Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., every Thursday.

PRL will team up with Culture Days to host an art challenge display in the library and there will be a Pecha Kucha presentation, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

The next Third Thursday Music will feature Johnny Pacey, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

Jan Jenkins, Moss added, had an art display in the library over the summer and the Quilters Guild has some of their talent on display until the end of the month.

Moss offers her thanks to the schools and local child care centres and summer camps.

“People brought groups in for field trips and tours and that’s such a great way to get young people connected with the library. And it’s just fun for everyone involved. We have fun and the kids have fun,” she said. It was hard, Moss said, to remember what it was like at the library pre-pandemic. “But I think it’s rivaling what it used to be like. There are some days that it is incredibly busy. And that’s great,” she said.

Staff are often wearing masks and it is encouraged, but Moss said, it is still a personal choice.

“Much like anywhere else these days,” she said.

People showed an interest in the library, which had a table set up at the recent Recreation, Health and Leisure Mart at the Parkland Recreation Complex curling rink.

“People from all walks of life and that’s exactly what we want to see,” Moss said, adding they were asking for suggestions on what patrons would like to see at the PRL, which also offers DVDs free to take out with a membership. “We also have Canopy, which is an online streaming service, so there’s movies, documentaries and classes for learning. So that’s really neat for all ages,” she said.

PRL also offers Creativebug, which offers instructional classes with instructors from all over on a range of topics, Moss said.

“From soap making to water colours to fabric arts. Just an incredible amount of creative possibilities,” she said, adding the library launched electronic magazines, which are on the Libby app, where ebooks and audio books can be found.

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