• Virden’s Tammy Wright is using light, an ancient healing method, to try to help people from her home.
Light therapy involves the use of light emitting diodes that deliver red, blue and infrared light to the skin.
“I was so intrigued by it. I found that I couldn’t stop reading on it,” said Wright, who has recently completed a five-month course in light therapy.
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• Virden’s Brady Chyzyk wrapped up his first season in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League playing for the Fort Garry-Fort Rouge Twins.
Chyzyk, who started on defence before being moved to forward, racked up 12 goals and six assists in 31 games.
“The best part of playing for the Twins is definitely the friendships and bonds that are made,” Chyzyk said. “Moving to Winnipeg to attend university is a huge adjustment itself, but having those friendships made from the start of the year definitely made the transition easier.”
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• Nicole Tiller, formerly of Hamiota, and fiancé Trevor Boutilier had their lives turned upside down after they learned their young daughter Rudy was diagnosed with cancer.
On March 24, a 10 cm tumor connected to the toddler’s right ovary was removed, as well as her appendix and right fallopian tube.
Her first chemotherapy session was April 3 when three types of chemo medications were administered through a central intravenous line placed under the skin on her lower left rib cage.
The couple has created a care page for Rudy where they write blogs about their emotional experiences. To read that blog go to www.carepages.com/carepages/RudysJourney.
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• Hamiota’s Whitney Anderson, Onanole’s Brianna Workman and Solsgirth’s Kristin Nickel played a pivotal role in helping the Assiniboine Community College’s silver medal at the 2014 Western Shield Women’s Hockey Championships.
Anderson, who works for Prairie Mountain Health, is a solid two-way player who chipped in with a goal at the championship.
Workman, a former Yellowhead Chiefs netminder, was a rock in net for the Cougars.
Nickel, who served the team both as a player and an assistant coach, finished second on the tam with seven points in four games.
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• Killarney’s Alisha Heymans is waiting desperately for a matching bone marrow donor after she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).
“She is undergoing chemotherapy (in Winnipeg), and she’ll be in the hospital for at least 128 days,” family friend Cindy Bourgeois said. “They have to destroy her bone marrow cells in preparation for a transplant. It means she can’t have visitors — except for her family —because her immune system is nonexistent.”
A fundraiser social for the family, which includes Alisha’s husband Luke and the couple’s two young children, is being hosted May 3 at the Shamrock Centre in Killarney.
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• Souris continues to prep for its Swinging Bridge party which will feature two concerts this summer, first Doc Walker will perform on May 9 followed by Aaron Pritchett on June 27.
Economic development officer Vern May said it’s incredible to see the reach the concerts is having.
When examining where tickets are being sold, May said “Estevan, Rocanville, Kelvington, North Vancouver, Winnipeg ... all coming to Souris to experience our hospitality first hand.”
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• The Deloraine Royals made quick work of their opponents at the Senior A Provincial Manitoba Cup.
The Royals defeated the Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks, Red River Wild and Altona Maroons (twice) to capture the provincial title.
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• A community auction held a the Melita Curling Rink April 12 generated more than $30,000 toward the building of the new Communiplex in the community.
Items were donated by businesses and individuals in the community and many sold for above retail price.
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• Sangita Patel, from Winnipeg, has purchased the two Subway restaurants in Boissevain and Killarney from Kevin Wasko.
Patel recently moved to Killarney and plans on managing both eateries.
“I like the community and I thought it would be nice to come down,” she said. “I like small communities and I want to improve the business and hope for the best.”
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• Russell’s Rylee Zimmer learned a lot during his rookie season with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.
Zimmer, who just turned 17, didn’t score a point in limited ice during 44 games with the squad, but understood this year is all about his evolution as a player.
“This is more of a learning experience her for me,” Zimmer said. “I’m still a young guy. I’ve got to have patience this year and get my time in.”
Zimmer was chosen by the Pasts in the fifth round of the 2012 bantam draft.
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