• A total of 10 graduates — Boissevain’s Barb Damer, Nicole Harvey, Diane Hole, Colleen Nancekivell, Gordon Trechel; Killarney’s Deanna Mador, Justin Ridgeley, Katie Rolfe; Deloraine’s Dusty-Jean Pratt; and Goodlands’ Amanda Christiansen — completed Assiniboine Community College’s comprehensive health-care aide course in Boissevain.
The course was run by the Prairie Mountain Health, ACC and Prairie Skills Employment, which focuses on bringing training opportunities to small communities.
“Certainly a lot would not be able to afford to go to Brandon every day,” Hole said. “I think it was very important to have it here.”
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• Resby Coutts’ role with Curl Manitoba will change when Rob Van Kommer is sworn in to replace the two-term president.
Coutts was the first president in more than a century to serve two straight terms.
Coutts has been a longtime curling enthusiast, who learned to play the game on a single sheet in Elva. He was also a lead on a team skipped by Murray Nye that lost to Kerry Burtnyk’s rink in the provincial men’s curling final in 1981.
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• Hamiota’s Morgan Strachan and Jill Kerr along with Shoal Lake’s Kaitlan Patterson are playing on the Assiniboine Community College’s women’s soccer team this year.
“We’re getting to know each other really well, on and off the field, and are becoming a solid team,” said Strachan, a first-year land and water management student. “We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to play soccer at the college level in Westman.”
Cody Allen, from Shoal Lake, is playing on the men’s squad.
This is the inaugural season for ACC soccer teams in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.
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• Former Elva resident Winifred Greaves recently celebrated her 107th birthday.
Win taught school in communities across Manitoba, including Melita, Treherne and Brandon. She was honoured the day after her birthday, which is Sept. 2, when a group of retired school teachers called on her to extend their congratulations.
Win is the oldest living Manitoban receiving a retired teacher’s pension. Her teaching career spanned 45 years. She now lives at Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon.
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• Not only does Danny Mann fight crime as a member of the Rivers Police Service, he’s also set to take part in the 2014 ITU World Triathlon next fall in Edmonton.
The Rivers resident has always had a passion for track and field and believes the triathlon was a good fit to test his body.
“I was talking to some friends that do triathlons and I just wanted to see what my body could handle through them,” he said.
Mann qualified by finishing atop the leaderboard at the St. Malo provincial park triathlon in June.
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• Brandon’s Brayden Cuthbert is looking forward to another season with the Neepawa Natives in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Cuthbert, who was named the team’s MVP last season after posting 37 points in 51 games, will be counted on to lead the club, which finished last in its division last season.
“Training camp went well,” he said. “It gave me a chance to get a good look at the young guys in our system. We’ve all been the young guys at one point, so now being older, you get a different perspective and understand what they’re going through.”
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• Elkhorn’s Evan Overand recently cut a CD titled “Coming Back Around” that talks about life in small-town Manitoba.
Singing for Overand is “a chance to be heard and tell how a person really feels. I get to meet new people, make new friends and entertain and share with old ones. Music at times helps to get away. Everyone needs to do it from time to time, and music is how I do it. For me, music makes memories. They are the only real things we have in the end. I want to make as many as I can.”
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• The Minnedosa Golf Course presented Clayton Searle with a lifetime membership award recently.
Searle has been a member at the course for 62 years and had been involved in many projects at the course.
Back in 1969, he worked as a groundskeeper. In 1974, he played a key role in the development and construction of an expansion that saw the course grow to 18 holes.
“I really enjoyed working on the golf course. I could be here all summer and then switch off to the skating rink in the winter months,” he said.
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• The 2013 Beef and Barley king and queen candidates were announced.
Taryn Luba and Jess Kostuik in Russell Rural, Courtney Betke and Brayden Cullum for Russell North, Cody Shwaluk and Luke Boucher in Russell South, Binscarth’s Emily Hamilton and Sean Forsyth, Inglis’ Tiffany Klemack and Teagan Cole and Waywayseecappo’s Billie Brandon and Jeremy Shingoose make up the competitors.
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• The Dauphin Kings will have a distinctive Westman flavour when it comes to its leadership group this year.
Brandon’s Mitch Van Teeling will be the Manitoba Junior Hockey League club’s newest captain.
“Everybody in the dressing room looks up to him,” coach Marlin Murray said. “He’s well known in the league and is our hardest-working player on and off the ice and is well respected. He’ll be one of our identity (players). The team is in good hands with Mitch being the captain.”
The Kings also named Souris native Tanner Butler as an alternate captain.
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• After more than a decade, an agreement for the RM of Dauphin to purchase water from the City of Dauphin’s regional water treatment plant was signed.
“It is a big moment for me,” said Reeve Dennis Forbes. “It’s been 11 years that I’ve been dealing with this.”
“It will allow a large number of residents within the rural municipality to have access to potable water when ground water is of poor quality or non-existent.”
Mayor Eric Irwin is also pleased with the deal for a plant that is presently being under-utilized.
“But also it’s a symbol of our co-operation. And I think this is a very tangible symbol,” Irwin said.
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• Police are looking for — and looking at — two men who stole a Bushnell Trail Cam from a campsite at Killman Resorts.
While the thieves took off with the camera, they left the camera card on the ground at the campsite, leaving police not only the time and date stamp of the crime, but all photographic images of the two men actually committing the crime on Aug. 27.
“From the pictures extracted from the camera card found at the scene, it look like these two may have been visiting at the campground on the day and evening of Aug. 27,” said Cpl. Brett Church of the Prairie Mountain Detachment.
“We were quite surprised they’d have left his type of evidence behind.”
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 2, 2013