• Andrea Gorda of Pipcreek Farm and Studio near Inglis has been selected as one of four finalists in a web-based contest for rural entrepreneurs with disabilities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Gorda and her husband Glen raise grass-fed cattle, an Irish breed called Dexters known for its high-grade carcass quality, and have a flock of mostly Partridge and Buff Chantecler laying hens on their farm.
“I thought the contest was a great way to promote rural living while highlighting different businesses,” Gorda said.
To votes for Gorda, go to justwatchmecontest.ca. Voting closes on Feb. 19.
» Roblin Review
• Police received a complaint from a Russell resident regarding incomplete work from an out-of-town contractor.
A down payment was made up front in order to buy supplies. However, after work started on the exterior of the home, the contractor failed to finish.
Police investigation revealed a former Birtle man had a number of warrants out for his arrest on six charges stemming from similar fraudulent incidents across the province.
» Russell Banner
• The glow from burning embers will be forever etched in the minds of Perry and Darlene Sytnyk, owners of a rural, historic home southwest of Shoal Lake that was destroyed by fire on Jan. 29.
The home also stood as the main component of Count Ravenlakula’s Haunted House Graveyard and Ghoulish Grounds during Halloween for the last 12 years.
“With nature always playing a big role in the show from an attendance standpoint, perhaps it’s only fitting that Mother Nature put the nail in the coffin, sort of, to speak,” Perry said. “It was a humongous loss for us, as it was not only the home that was destroyed, but also countless props stored inside.”
» Crossroads This Week
• Keesha McCutcheon was just four years old when she took part in her first figure skating program in the Melita and Area Arena.
Now 17, Keesha has just successfully completed her Gold Free Skate test. The test requires skaters to perform jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking in isolation and performed in sequence to music.
She’s also helping teach younger kids about the sport.
“It was the next step to take and I really enjoy teaching and helping kids,” she said.
» The Corner Pocket
• Wayne and Sharni Schettler teamed up with Armin and Donna Lach to win the Plumas mixed curling bonspiel, defeating Keith Koncz, Cheryl Hammond, Terry Ursel and Rosie Banyard.
A total of 19 rinks entered the second annual tournament.
» Neepawa Banner
• The STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) helicopter paid a visit to young Jackson Antoniw on Feb. 8 in Rossburn.
Last summer, at just four years old, Antoniw held a fundraiser on Main Street in Rossburn to raise money for the air ambulance service.
Through generous donations he managed to raise $1,200.
» Crossroads This Week
• On Jan. 28, the Rivers Train Station Restoration Project signed a long-term lease for restoration of the station with Via Rail.
Up first, the station will need a new roof, but before that, the fundraising must continue.
In 2013, well-known local artist Ina Hyndman donated a painting of a passenger train crossing the local trestle. Tickets were sold and Calvin Slobodian was the lucky winner.
The raffle raised more than $700.
» Rivers Banner
• 1RCHA warrant officer Jason Buenacrus braved tough conditions to help the people of the Philippines following the destructive wrath of typhoon Haiyan.
“For the two weeks I was in the Philippines, there was no electricity,” Buenacrus said. “Then the day I leave, the power came back on.”
The 42-year-old artillery-trained soldier was born in the Philippines.
“My aunt and uncle adopted my sister and I, and we came to Vancouver when I was 12 and lived in Port Coquitlam,” he said. “Because Canada accepted me to live in this country, I thought I would give back, so when I finished high school I joined the CAF.”
» Shilo StagThe Westman Emergency Plan team is looking for volunteers.
The group, which meets once a month, responds to disasters both man-made and natural, such as tornadoes, blizzards or a train derailment.
The diversely trained team is made up of volunteers from throughout the area.
» Virden Empire-Advance
• Mayor Ed Anderson drops the puck for the official faceoff of the South West Hockey League all-star game on Feb. 9, 1991. This was the first time the all-star game was held in Boissevain.
Taking the draw were the two newly elected members of the SWHL Hall of Fame — Jack Fuller of Boissevain and Dunc McDonald of Virden.
» Boissevain Recorder
• Reston will host the second Reach for the Top competition of the year on Thursday.
The “Jeopardy”-style quiz game covers a wide variety of trivia and curriculum.
The team — Rachel Shurvell, Eric Purvis, Wiley Gilliard, Scott Boulton and Stephanie Gervin — are coached by Tracy Thompson, while Kent Schiltroth travels as a reader and scorekeeper.
» Reston Recorder
• Grade 12 Melita student Hayley Schuddemat, the oldest daughter of Terry and Sherry Schuddemat, has been selected to receive one of only two Larry Milton Campbell Memorial 4-H Scholarships.
Schuddemat will receive $2,500 in funding.
“This scholarship will be extremely beneficial in helping me reach my career goal as a veterinarian,” she said.
» Melita New Era
•The Harvest Community Church was the site for the Dand Belles and Beaux 4-H Club’s communication evening on Feb. 2.
Skyla Vanmackelbergh, Teagan and Nolan and Kristian Nestibo, Kelly Temple, Madison Day, Nic and Josh Combs, Tyler and Kaitlyn Crowe, Luke Weidenhamer, Belle Hobbs, Miranda Adams, Randi Day, Desmond and Abby and Brett Vanmakelbergh, Bailey Agecoutay and Kenzie Wells all participated.
Bailey Agecoutay’s speech was titled “Hydro.” She talked about the various elements that cause power outages.
“My dad works for Hydro and he is my hero,” she said. “I call him ‘Hydro Man’ dundadada.”
» Deloraine Times and Star
• Randy and Val Friesen have welcomed soccer-loving Brazilian student Ramasses Felipe dos Santos into their home for the past five months.
Felipe dos Santos recently returned to his native country, but he took a piece of Canada with him.
“I’m taking back lots of clothes, a skateboard and my new family,” he said. “I have a new dad, a new mom and a new brother.”
He also managed to pick up a little bit of hockey while in Killarney.
“His skating is just amazing,” Val said. “He’s played five games and only skated eight times before that.”
» Killarney Guide
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 12, 2014