• When four-year-old Kaydence Kempthorne saw a commercial on TV about children talking about battling cancer she had a few questions for her mother.
“First, she came over and asked me if she cut her hair would it grow back,” her mother Michelle said.
After a couple of more minutes she asked about why some of the children with cancer didn’t have any hair.
It didn’t take her long to realize she wanted to help the children by donating some of her hair.
“I think it would make them feel a lot better to have hair and that wouldn’t make them feel so sick,” Kaydence said.
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• The 14-and-under Parkland Vipers West club volleyball team is a new development squad based in Roblin.
The team features 11 girls from the area and is coached by Jeff Latimer.
Making the team in its inaugural season are Sami Kringle, Kayla Coulter, Sophia Zangl, Wynn Leflar, Jessi Welcher, Gillian Mitchell, Bree Gardner, Lexi Hawryluk, Trinity Edel, Shaelyn Tyschinski and Lauren Wilson.
» Roblin Review
• Tori Thiessen figure skated to a gold medal finish at the Power Smart Manitoba Games in Morden recently.
Thiessen, who skates out of the brandon Figure Skating Club, is coached by former Souris skater Tammy McKay.
Thiessen scored 74.14 points to win gold, more than 10 points ahead of second place. She is also the granddaughter of Charlie and Clarice Saunderson of Souris.
» Souris Plaindealer
• The Pelican Lake health Water and Fish Committee hosted more than 250 adult anglers and another 42 junior fishermen for its 2014 fishing derby.
During four hours of fishing, volunteers measured a total of 414 fish, including 235 Perch, 122 Northern Pike and 57 Walleye.
Ross Nichol caught the biggest Pike measuring 102 centimetres (cm), Daryle Clisby hooked the largest Walleye at 47 cm, and Dallis Wray caught a 35.5 cm Perch.
In the junior event, Rory Push-Thompson’s 87.5 cm Pike was the largest, while Kaden Fisher caught the biggest Walleye and Kelsey Brewster hooked the largest Perch.
» Killarney Guide
• Virden’s Tish Heath completed her fourth novel ‘Thunder Snow’ which is set in the oil capital of Manitoba.
“I’ve always had a fascination with Virden, it’s a small, flat town with perpendicular streets, any place in town is an easy walk, especially in the summer,” Heath said. “I love al the fieldstone houses, the wrap around decks enclosed with windows and the big, big sky. It is very different from Victoria where I grew up. I have many fond memories of visiting Virden and I’m happy we’ve made it home now.”
» Virden Empire-Advance
• On March 8, the Southwest AAA Bantam Cougars hosted the Interlake Lightning at the Shamrock Centre in Killarney as part of a fundraising effort called ‘Do it for Don.’
“I thought it was a great evening,” said the team’s director of player development Don Dietrich, whom the fundraiser was named after.
Dietrich, who played in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1995. The proceeds of the game were given to the Parkinson Society of Canada.
» Boissevain Recorder
• River’s Amber Pomeroy, 12, scooped up four medals in gymnastics at the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games.
Pomeroy won gold in the uneven bars, and also grabbed two silvers and a bronze.
The Westman Special Olympics curling team won a bronze medal at the provincial games. The team is skipped by Oak River’s Ted Mullens with Swan River’s Trent Gussie, and Scott Madder and Daryn Thomson of Brandon.
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• Hamiota’s Eveline Juce, 15, won bronze in the 7.5 km cross country ski competition in her age group at the Power Smart Manitoba Games.
Meanwhile, Erickson’s Kate Mazur, 11, captured bronze in the 2.5 cross country ski competition.
» Crossroads This Week
• On March 6, RCMP responded to a semi truck and tanker that had rolled onto its side after sliding into the ditch off Highway 5 in the Town of Neepawa.
Due to concerns about spillage, local fire officials controlled the scene while Environment Canada was contacted.
It was determined the tanker was carrying food-grade product and there was no spill or leakage of any concern.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 19, 2014