Jenn Cook

Jenn Cook

Wednesday, 17 August 2022 09:17

Local fiddler making her music mark

Local fiddler Caitlin Armstrong is making her mark in the fiddling world. For the second time, Armstrong is headed to the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition where she will compete against fiddlers from across the country.

The event will be held in Winnipeg August 26 & 27th with Armstrong joining a select few fiddlers from Manitoba to represent the province.

“A handful of people get selected from each province and then go to compete. It’s the biggest competition in Canada,” Armstrong said. The competition is based on provincial selection which occurs as a result of getting noticed in the industry.

The weather was clear and the water was calm, perfect conditions for Wally's Place 3rd Clearwater Lake Boat Parade, held this past Sunday.
According to Cheryl Antonio, 39 water crafts were registered from sea doos to pontoons to motorized canoes. “There was even a sasquatch sighting,” she said. The boats assembled and lined up and were ready to go by 11:00 am at the Camper's Cove boat launch. “Parade marshall and main sponsor, Wes Greenwood, led the amazing site back around and in front of the people-packed beach,” Heading down the shore lines, Greenwood was so pleased to see docks crowded with spectators.

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 12:01

Locals enjoy long standing music festival

Dauphin’s Countryfest continues to be a favorite summer event for residents of the tri-community area. After a two-year break, the atmosphere at this year’s festival was nothing but positive and while crowds were not as large as in previous years, the event was a success with a top-notch Canadian performers line-up over four days.
“This year, the focus is ‘return to the hill’ and the people have, from patrons to volunteers. It’s been great and so many of the performers have expressed how happy they are to be back at Dauphin’s Countryfest.” General Manager Rob Waloschuk said after day one of the event. Waloschuk emphasized that, like many festival and events, the key to success is everyone.
“None of this would have been possible without the support of loyal ticket buyers, the support of our volunteers, our community and the support of you all,” Waloschuk said

On a scorching hot day, 138 participants took part in the 11th annual Clearwater Lake Marathon after a two- year break. “It was great to see the enthusiasm of everyone wanting to participate after the COVID break. Everyone was really excited to get back into it again and we recognized quite a few of our regulars and a lot of new faces which was nice to see,” one of the organizers Alison O’Rourke commented. O’Rourke was joined by fellow organizers Michael O’Rourke, Blair Patience, Karen Driedger, Rudy and Heather Giesbrecht.
O’Rourke said they had travellers from Thompson as well as one lady in the 21 K category travelling in from Grunthal the day before.
“The heat wasn’t too much of a deterrent and all the racers managed well, we had numerous water stations set up along the trail,” she added.

The grounds of Canadian Kraft Paper were full of hustle and bustle Saturday afternoon as members of the North American Railcar Operators Association were working to off load railroad motorcars in preparation for a journey north to Churchill.
The excursion, more than two years in the planning, is not the first one of its kind in the area and those making the trip were excited to in the community, preparing for the journey north.
“Right now we are making preparations for a motor car excursion between The Pas and Churchill,” Mike Ford, excursion coordinator commented while keeping a watchful eye on the loading process. “This current activity we are doing right now is called set on - where we’re basically setting the cars on the track. We take the cars out of the trailers get them ready to go,” he explained.
The excursion to Churchill includes 25 cars ranging in size and power and includes 49 people. Ford explained that generally a car will sit two to three people - husband and wife teams or a couple of buddies - however, some cars can hold up to four people.