Terrie Welwood

Terrie Welwood

Last Friday, the Russell and District Regional Library joined hundreds of other learning establishments right across the country to celebrate Family Literacy Day.

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative.

The theme of this year’s Family Literacy Day was “Celebrate Your Heritage”. Canada is a great diverse country full of different cultures.

The goal of the theme of “Heritage” was to see that parents take the time to explore and learn about the historical stories and connection involving researching and learning about their shared heritage as a family. A few years ago the Russell and District Regional Library underwent an addition to the west end of the building.

The new space allows for a wealth of new activities and a chance to partner and spotlight other important community groups.

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Thinking back, it’s hard to believe that the Take A Year Off Lottery has been around for going-on twenty years.

Back then, the idea of community fundraising draws offering the top payout of large weekly prizes of $52,000 paid in weekly $1,000 installments, was a fairly novel idea. It was one that caught on quickly, as now similarly styled lotteries are common place and, thanks to an awful lot of community participation and countless volunteers selling tickets and manning the phone centers when the draw date got closer, the popularity of the draw has never waned much.

The goal, Chris Radford said was always to help volunteer driven organizations with their operating costs. And this year, the committee hit a huge milestone as they exceeded one million dollars given to help our various organizations throughout this municipality since 2004.

It’s broken down like this:
Russell Swimming Pool - $274,908.00
Russell Memorial Multiplex -$289,908.00
George P. Buleziuk Centre - $259,908.00
Russell Golf Course - $35,025.43
Russell Curling Rink - $6,380.00
Field of Dreams - $66,745.43
Playground - $8,000.00
Russell & District Library - $38,745.43
Russell Flying Club - $17,850.00
Russell Lots-A-Tots - $56,050.00
Binscarth Park& Pool - $20,000.00
Binscarth Lil Bloomer Learning Patch - $16,800.00
For a total of $1,090,320.29.

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Two Parkland WWII heroes were among the many honored at a ceremony marking the presentation of Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals in Brandon last week.

Shown above are Manitoba’s Premier Heather Stefanson and (extreme right) MLA Rick Wowchuk from the Dauphin riding presenting the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals to Mr. Keith Fulford from Swan River (seated) and Mr. Jack Widdicombe from Russell. Both men are 101 years young and are active members of their respective Royal Canadian Legions.

Mr. Fulford’s nephew Keith Fulford was also in attendance. Congratulations also go out to Karen Batson, Connie McKay, Elder Thomas Nepinak, Cam Mateika, Lorna Munro, Bob Cross, Shirley Kalyniuk, and Elder Jim Cote (who was unable to attend) other residents of this riding who were honored as recipients of this prestigious award.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 06:43

One dram-atic weekend of fun

It was one of those things that quite possibly was just meant to be. Because everything just fell perfectly into place.

Richard and Myrtle Croswaite had been back home for a wedding in the U.K. In the Isle of Mull to be exact.

“I told Daymon about this wonderful entertainer Davy Holt who had been at the wedding - he really got the crowd going - and Daymon, being Daymon said “Get him over,” Myrtle said. As it happens, the friends who were hosting the wedding of their son, Graham and Alison Brown also work at Tobermory Distillery and are scotch whiskey experts. So the dye was cast..... And Pat MacIsaac - who calls himself the ‘Marketing Dude’ from the Russell Inn and Myrtle - who is the Customer Service Manager set to work planning a lovely weekend of something a little unique for people from the prairies.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 06:40

Paterson Family donates 10K

During the first week of 2023, Darryl Fuz, General Manager of the Paterson Grain terminal in Binscarth presented a cheque for $10,000 to Abbey Vorelick, Care Team Manager for the Russell Health Centre.

The donation is from the Paterson Family Foundation. The Paterson Family Foundation is a private, charitable foundation incorporated under the laws of the Province of Manitoba.

It is composed of a Board of Directors that meets twice a year to make decisions on applications received and to deal with other Foundation business. The Paterson Family Foundation was started in 2018 to follow in the footsteps of dedicated philanthropist Senator Norman McLeod Paterson.

Since then, the foundation has been a devoted supporter of community organizations in the Prairie Regions of Canada. Grants are made to charitable, non-profit organizations with the major emphasis on projects and programs in the areas of education, health care, religion, social welfare and youth. The Foundation’s prime areas of interest are in the Prairie Region of Canada.

“This is the fourth year in a row that the Paterson Family Foundation has chosen to make a $10,000 donation to the Russell Health Centre,” Fuz said after the presentation. “And that’s because of all the great work that everyone sees is being done here.” The funds are to be utilized for the 2023 year towards emergency care and services provided by the Russell Health Centre.

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 09:15

Looking back at the year that was

We hope each and everyone of you celebrated a wonderful holiday season.

Every year we take a look back at what we talked about over the year prior. So here goes.....

In January we told you about the Red Mailbox program. Initiated by Jen Klimack the program helps deal with ‘period poverty’ supplying free feminine hygiene product in a safe and confidential manner to be picked up from a red mailbox tacked onto the back entrance of the Anglican Church in Russell. A year later, the program is still running. Binscarth native Cody McLeod, his wife Jessica and girls Peyton and Emma were on hand as the AHL Iowa Wild honored their captain as he played the 1,000th game of his impressive 16 years in professional hockey. Early in January, the crew from Take a Year Off Lottery gathered together all the benefactors of the 2021 draw that had been made the previous November. That year 1,976 tickets were sold, just short of the 2,000 - tickets needed to sell out. 

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It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Tanya Thompson and her girls.... First, the Major Pratt Lady Trojans swept the MHSAA AA Volleyball provincials - losing only one set throughout the entire tournament.

Looking at the statistics, as Thompson pointed out, this level of success is nothing new for this team.

“I’ve been doing some stats on our team’s year and thought the season we played 136 set of volleyball and of that, we lost 18 sets in the whole year,” Tanya proudly pointed out. After the weekend of AA volleyball provincial competition in The Pas, Tanya and three of her girls headed into Winnipeg for the gala Volleyball Manitoba evening where Tanya was awarded the AA coach of the year for the MHSAA 2022 season.

Some of Tanya’s accomplishments include: -Former Team Manitoba player -AA varsity girls provincial champions - 2021 (coach) -Team Manitoba Assistant coach - 2022; champions at the 2022 Summer Games -AA varsity girls provincial champions - 2022 (coach)

“I was surprised and very proud,” Tanya said. “I know the time I have spent in the gym with these girls - that’s the important thing - so I don’t need that award to feel good about my coaching - but it was definitely nice to be recognized by my peers.”

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 07:36

Trojans bring home gold

For the second year running, the Major Pratt Lady Trojans have emerged as the MHSAA Provincial AA Volleyball Champions.

“Last year we only had one graduating player so we had six returning players and six new girls join us,” coach Tanya Thompson said “So it was very much the same girls who have been together for years.”

Throughout the provincials the lady Trojans were undefeated. In fact, this powerhouse team lost only one set in the semifinals. The Trojans entered the provincials ranked second in the province.

They played four round robin games defeating The Pas, Elton, Warren and Souris - each in just two sets. They came up against the Green Valley Pirates in the quarter finals - again, winning in two straight sets.

A win against Rosenort in three sets led to the final game where they hit the court against Flin Flon, bringing in the gold medal win in two straight sets. Kylee Peake and Alyssa Bily were chosen as tournament All Stars and Sunay Pieterse was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the provincial tournament.

Coach Tanya Thompson, who has coached them for years, said that the girls have had success throughout their entire season, coming out as the top team in all but two tournaments over the entire season - including a second place finish in a 32 team tournament in Regina.

“Most of these players have been together since grade seven and also for their club volleyball season for the rest of the year,” she said. “So they have a really good chemistry together both on and off the court - they’re just really good friends.” “They’re determined and they’re hard working but it’s more than just skill.” They bond so well on the court because they have such respect for each other and such great friendships off the court as well.”

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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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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 09:05

Santa visits for Food Connection

'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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