Melita New Era - Year in Review

Compiled by Dolores Caldwell

January 2018

January 5
Waskada School (Nursery School to Grade 6 students) presented its Christmas Concert on December 21…When it comes to any hockey schedule the Christmas break usually signifies the half-way mark in the season. For the REM Renegades, a 6-4 record in the first half is a positive start…Shirley Kernaghan won a $500 gift certificate from Investors Group…Recently, 43 former Melita Senior Bisons got together for a trip down memory lane and a chance to lace up the skates with one another again at the Melita and Area Arena in the first ever alumni game.

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January 12
Dozens of spectators came out for the alumni game, purchased tickets for the various raffles and 50/50 jackpot and then stayed to watch the current edition of the Bisons take on Hartney…Fire calls in 2017: 3 Motor Vehicle Collisions, 5 Grass Fires, 5 Vehicle Fires, 2 Structure Fires, 3 Hydro Pole Fires, 7 False Alarms, 1 Dyke Construction, 1 Farm Accident Rescue, 3 Garbage Fires….Residents of Medora and the RM of Brenda-Waskada will have another option for fresh drinking water in 2018. The RM is currently constructing a utility shed ½ kilometre north of Medora that will house a new Tank-Fill facility for residents…Last year was a tough year for Medora’s Garrett Sambrook. The 17-year-old defenseman had to overcome a health scare, a shoulder injury, a fractured foot and most recently a torn MCL. The injuries have limited him to just 14 games this season, split between the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Virden Oil Capitals.

January 19
The Tilston Community Club hosted a Canada 150 Celebration in the Tilston Community Hall. A crowd of approximately 120 people attended from near to far. Manson Moir began the introduction and a condensed version of the history of Tilston…Several members of the Waskada Skate Club participated in the Virden FunSkate: Camille Deschamps, Aria Marum, Tye Marum, Dayna Reid, Makenna Coleman, Isabella Schoenborn, Ainslee McGreggor, Lexie Downey, Townsly McMillian and Dylan Radcliffe…Melita skaters partipating in the Virden FunSkate: Jack Williams, Madison Jones, Brooke Jones, Leah Williams, Page Murray, Seoul Tilokani, Renee Bodin, Makayla Duthie and Piper Reid

January 26
Rienna Skelton has some extra hardware to tote around this week. Skelton earned the bronze medal at the Junior National Weight Lifting Competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia…For Ryan Crepeele, life outside of his hometown of Melita was never really an option. The now 26-year-old electrician officially took over Westman Electric on January 2 and is excited for the opportunity to build his own business in the Banana Belt…Member of the Pierson Pathfinders 4-H club presented their speeches and visual presentations on January 15 at Pierson School. Senior One Person Visual – 1st Kyler Horrigan; Senior Speeches – 1st Makayla Murray; Intermediate Speeches – 1st Logan Lee; Intermediate One Person Visual – 1st Noah Jacobson; Junior Speeches – 1st Joy Mayes; Junior One Person Visual – 1st Kaitlyn Lee.

February 2018

February 2
Portage Terriers defenceman #28 Cole Oliver is playing his final season in the MJHL and ready for a great playoff run…A new “Partner 4 Growth” program has helped the Westman Opportunities Leadership Group and its partners secure an additional $75,000 worth of funding for the proposed world scaled soybeans processing facility in Manitoba…The Lions Journey for Sight was held January 19-20, with sledders leaving Waskada the morning of January 19 to head east, collecting pledges as they went: Riders: Steven Champion, Jayden and Terry Tilbury and Orville Renwick...Waskada Ladies Curling Club First Event winners were Janice Moffat, Loretta Crowe, Noreen Johnston and Pam Geothals.

February 9
Weightlifting might not be the first sport you think of to enhance skills for other sports, but three Melita athletes say it has definitely helped them. Jack Kirkup, Rienna Skelton and Courtney Skelton train at Southwest Strength under the tutelage of their coach Nathan Corrigal…The Waskada High School girl’s curling team of Krista Gervin, Josie Meggison and Anna Janz had a great victory in Reston going undefeated in the Zone 9 Championship Bonspiel …The Melita Golf Course has seen their membership drop from 180 to 101 in the last 7-8 years. The “Grow Project” fundraising model is one that has worked in the area and around the province. A group of volunteers plant a crop on a rented piece of land off Highway 83 with the proceeds going to the club’s bottom line. The organizers will also be selling 160 tickets at $250 each, which is equal to the present day cost of planting an acre of crop. At the fall windup, every ticket sold will be entered to win $5,000 cash.

February 16

Canadian Country Music artist George Canyon brought a sold out Melita Legion Hall to their feet on Friday, February 9, at the 30th annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet…The viability of one of the oldest buildings in Melita is in jeopardy. The 124-year-old Melita Museum is on its last legs and members of the community have begun searching for ideas to preserve and restore the historical building…The Best Overall Pitch of the Day at the SW Business Expo was split between Melita Therapy Centre and Bar Y Meats…The Brad McCannell Hockey Memorial Award was presented to Shane McCannell. The award is given to the Most Sportsmanlike Bantam/Midget Pierson player who shows desire and ability…So far this year Melita and Area Health Auxilary donated $1,000 to Melita and Area Palliative Care for Telehealth.

February 23
This past weekend as the 2nd annual Taylor Renwick Memorial Tournament, a two-day women’s hockey tournament in Melita. The first puck drops was at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Taylor’s parents, Wink and Vicki Renwick, and baby nephew Ben, did the honourary puck drop with her sisters, Danielle Lewis and Hillary Renwick, at face off positions on opposing teams… The pockets of Melita ratepayers should not be any lighter with the Town of Melita 2018 budget. According to Deputy Mayor and Finance Chair, Ray Smithson, the council will hold the budget close to last year. He told those attending that unless the Town Council decides to take on the museum project there should be nothing big. He said there could be slight increases with the library wanting a bit more funding and of course the regular increases in staff salaries and expenses such as hydro.

March 2018

March 2
Melita’s Cole Oliver (Portage Terriers) and Medora’s Garrett Sambrook (Virden Oil Caps) are hoping to make some noise in the MJHL playoffs which start next week. While Sambrook is set to get his first taste of Junior “A” Playoffs, Oliver has been down this road before…Congratulations to Brayden Gervin of Reston and Stephen Campbell of Brandon who went to Winnipeg over the weekend to participate in the Winter Games for the Special Olympics at St. John’s Ravenscourt School as part of the Wheat City Wings hockey team…Kristin Rink and Rylee Fletcher helped capture the Female Bantam A/B Provincial Championship for the Souris Female Bantam hockey team.

March 9
The Melita and Area Arena would like to extend their appreciation to the volunteers who helped with the Melita Lodge Insulation Project for the west wing. The project was spearheaded by Wayne Serruys. Proceeds of the fundraiser will go towards the Arena…Pierson Skate Club hosted A Barnyard Hoedown on February 28…A-side winners of the Waskada Mixed Bonspiel were Rick Renwick, Dallas Rowe, Kim Radcliffe and Wyatt Rowe…Haven Morrison, a member of the Melita Skating Club, participated in the North/South Westman Regional Competition in Elkhorn placing first in the STAR4 Free Event.

March 16

Brooks and Jen White of Pierson took home the Outstanding Young Farmers Award from the event held in Winnipeg on March 3. The title gives them entrance to Regionals that will be held in November of this year. The White’s farm called Borderland Agriculture sits nestled in the corner of the U.S. and Saskatchewan borders on the southern most part of Manitoba. The 7500 acres houses not only Bison but 5000 acres of active farmland as well…A new therapy clinic has opened in town on Main Street offering Athletic Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Personal Training. Krista Van Cauwenberghe and Michael Langdon are equal partners in the clinic...the Melita Skating Club hosted a show a the rink called “Calling All Superheroes”…Waskada Skating Club presented “Super Heroes” on March 9…The Wranglers dart team foursome of Donna Eisner, Murray Kinsely, Sandra Schuddemat and Dallas Boles, based out of Melita Legion, is heading to the playoffs in Vegas after taking home first place in the Manitoba Open.

March 23
Tundra Oil and Gas donated $100,000 to the Communiplex at the Girl’s Midget Hockey Provincial Tournament…Winners of the Just for Fun Melita Ladies Bonspiel were Courtney Skelton, Bella Gervin, Shannon Gervin and Monica Skelton…In his first year of teaching Karate and taking over the club in Melita as the primary instructor, Alex Arndt hosted his first mini tournament with seven clubs participating…The Antler River Stars participated in the Female Pee Wee A Provincials in Manitou where they received bronze…The Kermit’s Hermits team of Suzanne Minshull, Charlotte Cameron, Deb Forsyth and Heather Sandilands won the Irish Trivia Night in the Pierson Community Hall.

March 30

The first time he saw the church, Bill Kennedy thought to himself that he liked the structure of the building, and that it had a lot of potential and he especially liked the fact that it was made with BC fir. He is hoping to complete the new home by July…Ken Storie is a long-standing member of the Turtle Mountain-Souris Plains Heritage Association reported on the group’s current projects at the AGM on March 22. Ken was formerly a teacher at Melita School….Kathy McKague remembers purchasing the New Era in 1986 when Melita was a different town. There were three grocery stores, three car dealerships, a hotel in town and a “boom” taking place. The average paper she produced was 44 pages once a week…Carnival King at the Waskada Skating Carnival was TJ Bennie and Carnival Queen was Jillia Meggison.

April 2018

April 6
In a push for the future of farms to minimize human labour in favor of maximizing technology, Ed Ardnt sees remote controlled farm equipment as being in place and common on farms in abut the next 10-20 years. SeedHawk/Vaderstad announced publically last fall that they had developed a robotic remote controlled tractor and had it up for sale. Arndt heard that by the summer of 2018 they were supposed to reveal six more designs of robotic remote control farm equipment….The Canadian tradition of presenting daffodils as a representation of hope to people affected by cancer first began around 1950. By 1957, the flowers became used as a fundraiser, and in 2000 adopted as the official symbol and logo of the Canadian Cancer Society. Local volunteers of the Daffodil campaign include Lorna Warsaba, Rita Murray, Penny Clark, Darlene Simpson, Cara Redpath, Sharon Anderson, Donna Bell, Jean Loucks, Linda Holmes, Faye McLoughlin.

April 13
After six years of renovations that started in 2012, the Strand Theatre is close to being finished. Happy with all their work are Bill Warren, Jim Smart, Ken Warsaba and Alby Morris, who have been donating their time and skills to update the theatre and leave it lasting a long ways into the future…The renovations originally started at the back of the building, where there was an old three-bedroom apartment. The team knocked down a wall, added an extra bathroom, and a new window. The back is now a fully functioning art room, two dressing rooms, and a makeup room…Tundra Oil & Gas, through the Richardson Foundation Inc., donated $2,000 to the Edward Sports Centre for the facility’s new time clock…The town of Melita was a crowd favourite and the 52nd Brandon Home and Leisure Show at the Keystone Centre in Brandon. Visitors were treated to fresh bananas from Melita Bigway Foods, banana shaped sugar cookies from Melita Bakery, updates on community news courtesy of the Melita New Era, and they got a chance to join in the raffle draw.

April 20
Canadian Country and Folk singer-songwriter Don Amero will be performing at the Melita Personal Care Home on April 24. The Manitoba born talent is about halfway through his Concerts and Care Tour that is taking him to small towns all over the province of Manitoba...Tilston Community Club Quiz Night was won by Cole Tilbury, Emma Gervin and Shannon and Curtis Gervin. Ray and Penny Clark won the 50/50 raffle worth $170…It could be the first time in history that a Golf Club plants crops to help with their finances, and what Wayne White thinks is a smart idea. Donating the use of his own land, and selling raffle tickets to help buy the seed, plant and harvest the crops, the proceeds will go directly towards covering the cost of last year floods to the golf course that destroyed three bridges. A total debt to the golf course now at about $150,000…Tundra Oil & Gas, through the Richardson Foundation Inc., donated $6,500 to the Waskada & Area Fire Department, for the purchase and replacement of Safe-Contained Breathing Apparatus…Marnie McCutcheon organized a trip to Costa Rica with Education First Tours and international organizations helping people see and learn about the world first hand on March 21. Ten took the adventure tour and headed off south to have the time of their lives.

April 27
Gerald W. Malaher Wildlife Management Area pathways will be groomed and ready for use by the public by the end of May…Danielle Davies and Danielle Wood of the Melita Branch received her five-year certificate at Sunrise Credit Union.

May 2018

May 4
A sold out crowd filled the Melita Legion Hall to support the Antler River Dance Club Saturday, April 28 at the year-end recital. Children from all age groups including three-four year olds right up to graduating high school students, strutted their stuff to different tunes to showcase their many talents…Kim’s Greenhouse is ready for spring, as the planting season is underway. The small 6x8 greenhouse her husband Murray Renwick built for her soon became two greenhouses, then three, now they are on their fourth, and getting bigger every time. Kim started growing plants in 2004, as her interest grew and so did other people’s, and she formally opened for business in 2011…President of the Napinka Cemetery Board, Wayne McInnes, and his wife Sharon, were both instrumental in coordinating the project of installing a new sign for the cemetery. Cemetery Board members include Wayne McInnes, Sharon McInnes, Leanne Bugg, Lloyd Bugg, Keith Line, Donna Drummond, Cathie Line, Art Line, Peter Green, Susan Ross and Jackie Leforte…The Melita Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion recently made a presentation of $1,500 to the Telehealth Committee situated at The Melita Health Care Units. The Telehealth program makes it easier for the community to access specialists rather than on going trips to other centres. It is also used for educational purposes.

May 11
The annual fundraiser for the Early Learning Centre as held at Ladies Night in the Pierson Hall on May 5. The great event with approximately 110 people in attendance had live entertainment, as the Drama Club put on a show for the second consecutive year. The Drama Queens consist of four members Maryann Pirie, Marnie McCutcheon, Gloria Lee and Suzanne Minshull. The group entertained the crowd with a reading from a book written by Eve Ensler called The Good Body…The Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program is working to help recover the Endangered Burrowing Owl population in Manitoba. Every spring and summer, they work in cooperation with landowners to enhance lands for Burrowing Owls and reintroduce breeding pairs in select pastures located in southwestern Manitoba.

May 18
The summer heat is coming and the best way to cool down is in the swimming pool in Melita and it’s finally opening June 18. The pool has a diving board, two slides, and even a canopied table where you sit and have lunch, or watch the swimmers in the shade…Antler River Recreation’s Musical Theatre Camp in Pierson is comprised of 20 students ages 7 and up, from Pierson, Melita, Waskada, and Carnduff. They will be performing The Little Mermaid Jr. and have been rehearsing every Monday and Wednesday…Murray Renwick built a Soil Buster for his wife Kim Renwick and her green house. Kim entered it into a contest by Princess Auto called the Ultimate Figure-it outer and they have now moved to the second round of the contest…Eleven students, two teachers, and one parent from Melita School took a ten day trip across Europe that started on April 25. The group travelled to Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy in the ten day span. Enjoying the trip was Gracie Gervin, Sarah Renwick, Jessica Slack, Julie Gibson, Haven Morrison, Presley Costa and Lantz Skidmore. Teacher, Diane Kristof organized the trip.

May 25
Melita’s Lagoon is under ongoing construction to not only be repaired, but also be ugraded to a new system that produces almost drinkable water…Murray Renwick’s brightest idea so far was a way to help his wife break down soil in her greenhouse. The invention he came up with is now 1 in 20 remaining from an original 500 entrances in The Ultimate Figure-It-Out contest held by Princess Auto…The Reston Rockets have mostly the same team coming back and entering the Southwest Baseball League (SWMBL) this year, with three new additions. The roster includes Derrus Gray, Braeden Gray, Sheldon Moore, John Patmore, Cody Bertholet, Aaron Bertholet, Nolan Jago, Tanner Jago, Dallas Williamson, Mike Williamson, Branden Ripley, Tyson Roblin, Jack Kirkup, Braeden Cory, Tyson Anderson, Kent Schiltroth, Reed Loucks…New playground equipment has been installed at Central Park. Volunteers Councillor Brian Teetaert, Earl Line and town employees James Gerlock and Garry VanSteelandt installed the play equipment. Earl Line donated his time and the use of his auger to drill the holes for the River Park Campground equipment, Midwestern Redi-Mix Concrete and Stewart’s Lumber donated materials for the area. Cash donations that supported the project were received from the following: Tundra Oil and Gas, Royal Band of Canada Melita, Municipal Waste Management, and Southwest Strength. The project was completed on May 17.

June 2018

June 1
Air Cadet Squadron Intrepid 263 held their annual review on May 27…When the government offers to pay for the majority of the cost of a brand new vehicle to get people around town, it comes as a nice surprise. It was termed the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and supplied Melita and area with $47,000 in federal funds, and $23,000 in provincial funds towards the new van that in total costs $99,358. The difference in funds was donated and raised successfully…Cast of the Antler River Recreation District Pierson Theatre Camp presented an amazing performance of The Little Mermaid Jr. on May 25 and May 26 in the Pierson Hall. Cast included Jillian Bayliss, Morgan Bayliss, Amelia Alphonso, Mya Alphonso, Rori Jacobson, Riley Ducharme, Jordan Lee, Preston Minshull, Morgan Bayliss, Chloe Caldwell, Jessy Johnson, Catrina Maksymic, Jessica Lee, Kaitlyn Lee, Brooke Jones, Kaiseigh Seitz, Madison Jones, Danielle Van Der Westhuizen, Lucy Pirie, Taylor Southwind, Kaitlyn Lee, and Kalln Jacobson.

June 8
The Strand Theatre featured the movie The Life of the Party on June 2 to an adult only audience. Along with a temporary liquor license to help draw a crowd, the popularity of these type of nights is growing…Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Melita celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 2, actually to the date. Cutting the cake was youngest parishioner, Page Murray, and the oldest parishioner, Irene Breemersch. Deb McMechan brought greetings on behalf of the Municipality of Two Borders.

June 15
With the mortgage finally paid off, it was time for a celebration at the Melita Lodge on June 13. Gathering together, the Melita and Area Elderly Person’s Housing Corporation members joined with residents for a ceremony with special guests, a barbecue and cake. The land the Lodge sits on had been sold to the Town of Melita for one dollar in 1967, and the corporation got a loan to build it that same year. The total cost to complete the build was $226,305, and it took just over 50 years to see that last payment go through. An addition to the Lodge called Valleyview was paid off in 2013. Its original cost to compete the addition was $898,956...Residents of the Melita Health Centre joined the Alzheimer’s Walk held on June 12. Around 35 people participated or showed their support by donating…The Coulter Western Trail Riders held their achievement on June 8 at Laurie Renwick’s Senior placing for Grooming and Showmanship were 1st Sara Renwick; 2nd Makayla Murray; 3rd Veola Copithorne; 4th Elisha Lamouline…The Tilson 4-H Beef Club held their annual Achievement Day on June 2. Brett Skeoch was this year’s judge, Karen Van Buuren was the MC and Ryan Downey was the ringperson. Wanda Wray judged the member’s books. Grand Champion Continuation Heifer went to Connor Murray and Reserve Grand Champion went to Kyleigh Magotiaux.

June 22
Quentin Neff won Melita’s Golf Tournament. The tournament raised a lot of money for the golf course and is great for the town…Terry Mayert of Brandon (formerly of Reston) was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Morden on June 2…After 31 years, Eleanor Gillander has retired from teaching at Reston School...Intermediate Showmanship Class winners at the Melita and Area 44th Rally was 1st Emma Falconer; 2nd Kyleigh Magotiaux; 3rd Peyton Boulanger. The rally was held at the Taylor Assembly Yard. Members of the Tilston 4-H Beef Club and the Grande Clairiere 4-H Beef Club participated. Albert Rimke was the Beef Program Judge.

June 29
Melita Graduating Class of 2018 included Jack Kirkup, Mike Tilbury, Colby Wheelans, Noah Vanhove, Caden Gardiner, Garrett Sambrook, Carson Brigden, Jacob Cooper-Brown, Lantz Skidmore, Blake Kirkup, Dante Costa, Davin Turnovetsky. Denise Renwick, Logan Tilbury, Kendal Rink, Delaney Elliott, Emily Elliott, Shelby Vanbeselaere, Brittney Fletcherand Haley Wierenga. The Governor General’s Award was presented to Lantz Skidmore…Pierson Graduating Class of 2018 included Amber McNish, Sadie Mayes, Morgan Fayle, Kyle Downey, Rachelle McCannell, Rachel Fraser and Veola Copithorne…Larry Maguire presented the Governor General Bronze Medal to Amber McNish.

July 2018

July 6
The Ukranian Dance troupe performed at the free lunch buffet provided by the Town for the public as part of Canada Day celebrations in Melita…The Gainsborough Black Gold Rodeo was held on June 23 at the Gainsborough Ag Grounds. Many hometown contestants competed, including four of the seven rodeo committee members…Summer barbecues have started at the Melita Health Centre. The first one was held Wednesday, June 27. Melita Royal Bank donated all the lovely desserts. Darcy Kurtz from Mardee Enerprise donated propane…Pierson’s volunteer firefighters cooked up a free pancake breakfast on June 24 at the station.

July 13
Kim’s Greenhouse hosted a free beginners workshop on July 6 alongside Monarchs Homestead on finding and raising monarch caterpillars to butterflies. There were a total of five people signed up for the workshop. There are also plans on hosting more in the future in the local areas such as the Gerald W. Malaher Bird Sanctuary west of Melita. Daniel Forster of Monarchs Homestead conducted the session, and explained the outline for the workshop…Roseanne Elliott of Reston was the lucky winner of the Melita New Era Winning Wednesday contest. Roseanne won 2 tickets to see Florida Georgia Line at the North Dakota State Fair on Saturday, July 21…Alex Duthie won Reserve Champion Carcass at the Melita 4-H Interclub Carcass Evaluation held Thursday, June 7, at Souris Valley Processors in Melita. Connor Murray won the Grand Champion Carcass.

July 20
The age friendly community consultation held at the Lodge on April 21 has handed in its final survey results on the Town of Melita. Based on the findings, council members have voted to add a new washroom to Morrow Park. Sidewalks are also in the works. The survey had nine sections in total: Housing, Transportation, Outdoor Spaces, Community/Workforce Participation, Social Participation, Information/Advocacy, Respect/Social Isolation, Health and community Services, and Safety/Crime…Serving up lunch at the MNP Appreciation Barbecue on July 12 were Murray Gray, Leanne Zamrykut, Nicole Hooper, Brenda Dell, Cheryl Rushing, Deb Calverley, Lisa Tuthill and Michelle Edwards…Galaxy Lanes Bowling Alley held their first barbecue fundraiser on July 17 at the Melita Farmer’s Market.

July 27
The Antler River Recreation Summer Day Camp program’s mobile splash parks have been very popular so far this summer. At times, almost three dozen children have attended the events and more are planned for August. Kelsey Schuddemat and Rienna Skelton are the two summer students helping at the Antler River Recreation District’s summer day camps…This summer on the last Friday of each session of swimming lessons, the Melita Swimming Pool have been holding barbecue fundraisers…The Victoria United Church Thrift Shop has been operated by volunteer ladies in June 1988. It was first opened in the basement of the church later to be moved to Russell’s Electric building on Ash Street and then in 1977 to the Drop In where it still remains. The Thrift Shop is open Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

August 2018

August 3
Antler River Recreation held their third Summer Theatre Camp, which ended with the iconic play of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Although they originally advertised they would only be taking 30 students ages seven and up, registration for the program filled and they raised it to 35 students with an additional 10 on a waiting list…Connie Gardiner, Post Mistress, and Linda McCannell, Assistant Post Mistress, have officially retired from their duties at the Pierson Post Office. Connie has been employed with Canada Post for 27 years and Linda has been employed for 22 years…Jerry Sereda will be live at Banana Days on Friday, August 10…The Renwick family connection from Ontario want to thank our Renwick family in Manitoba and surrounding areas for the wonderful hospitality shown to us at the 2018 Renwick Reunion.

August 10
Rachelle and Shane McCannell of Pierson have had a successful Manitoba High School Rodeo season. They competed in numerous 2017-18 rodeos as well as the finals, which were held in June at Swan River. After the Manitoba finals, the McCannell’s qualified to compete at the world’s largest National High School Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming from July 15 – 21. Both Rachelle and Shane made the top ten in some of their performances but fell short on the average to make it back to the finals. It was a great experience and opportunity to meet new friends from around the world…Volunteers working with the Melita Banana Days Committee were recognized for their work at a barbecue. The event was supported by a grant from Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, which allowed them to show appreciation to their volunteers with free food, t-shirts and drinks…People of all ages attended the annual Eunola School Picnic on Sunday, July 29. Supper was a potluck feast complete with ice-cream cones and followed by some draws and a Spelling Bee. 1st place in the Spelling Bee went to Loretta Fewings and 2nd place went to Suzanne Minshull.

August 17
With summer temperatures soaring to nearly 10 degrees Celsius above the average high, the ninth annual Banana Days weekend kicked off Friday with a Book Sale at Melita Library and the Carnival in Central Park that evening. There were several free activities for the kids to do including six massive bouncy castles, mini golf, and the Reptile Rescue kiosk. There was also a pluck-a-duck game, face painting, sparkle tattoos, horse rides, tarot card readings and an escape room. Saturday’s activities began at 10:00 a.m. with Blast Off with Sunny and Breezy at the statue site. The Ultimate Banana Belt Race hosted 11 teams of four who completed various tasks and raced back to the statue to win $500. The winners were Team Squad Kelsi Sanderson, Brooke Serruys, Maddi Loucks and Allah McKague…Melita Pool Lifeguards and Swimming Instructors for 2108 include Delaney Elliott, Kendal Rink, Emma Gervin, Gracie Gervin, Shaelyn Gustafson and Haven Morrison…More than 130 vehicles were on display at the 3& 83 Cruisers Car Show on Sunday, August 12. However, organizers were impressed by turnout considering the extreme heat experienced in the region through the weekend.

August 24
The third and final Annual Knobby’s Grip-It-N-Rip-It Charity Golf Tournament raised over $44,000 for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada…The Melita Lions Club has another crop growing project on the go this year. It is located on Highway 83 north of Melita on land owned by Lyle Forsyth…Melita School Class of ’78 reunited after 40 years. Eighteen grads sailed back to their roots in Melita on the Banana Days weekend.

August 31
As of August 22, 2018, Morag Schonken has assumed duties of Postmaster at Pierson Post Office while Heather Daniels has taken on the responsibilities of the Assistant Postmaster…Vendors from the area have created the Melita Farmer’s Market Association to oversee operation of the event. The goal is for the group to continue managing the market together, using some of the processes (the Town) started and improving on certain aspects or adding to it that would eventually make the market bigger and better…Winners of the Duck Dive at Banana Days were 1st Kevin and Colleen Bridgen $510; 2nd Delmar Banks $306; 3rd Linda Jago $204.

September 2018

September 7
Students in the Southwest Horizon School Division headed back to school Wednesday, September 5…Summer is almost over and the Melita Health Centre held their final barbecue. Draws for the raffles were made. Bruce and Laurie Rudneski had raffled $200 in fuel and the winners were Brad Tweed, Jamie Halliday, Teena Bloomer and Maurcie Decmeulemeester. Tonya Jackson won a Fun Summer Basket and the grand prize of a Pit Boss smoker was won by Jen Williams.

September 14

For an opportunity to visit a newly developed nature trail, come and enjoy the Gainsborough Creek Trail which has been completed by the Pierson and Area Birding Committee. The trail provides a glimpse into the past, when native prairie once stretched beyond the horizon…Alison Lampertz is taking over teaching duties at the Melita Nursery School…Celebrating 10 years of healing as a recovered alcoholic, Ardyth Wilson, has helped people who struggle with their sobriety for many years. She has done this by listening to them, counseling and “being there”, and even by offering a place to stay while they waited to get into treatment. Prairie Sky Recovery Centre is marking its 10th anniversary…Jock Carr celebrated his 96th birthday.

September 21
Seventy-six nursing graduates from Assiniboine Community College will move on to the next stage of their lives and start careers in healthcare. Graduating from the Practical Nursing program in Melita were Ellary Willigar, Ally Cook, Chelsea Dixon, Paige Goforth, Meghan Caldwell, Teresa Mannings, Courtney Walker, Nicole Goethals, Twyla Lobreau, Heather Worth, Breanna Leonard, Barb Inverarity, Katie Bertholet, Sydney Vanhove, Laurel Shire-Cook, Kathline Mendez, Natasha Schultz, Maria Sangun, Anwen Thomas, Alyssa Marr, and Naomi Christianson…The greatest selfless act imaginable is turning your personal tragedy into a better life for someone else – and that’s exactly what the Renwick family is doing with the Taylor Renwick Hockey Fund. It was just three years ago on October 9, 2015, when 20 year-old Taylor was on her way home for Thanksgiving from the University of Manitoba, when she was killed by a drunk driver. It was soon after Taylor’s death that the family decided to create the Taylor Renwick Hockey Fund.

September 28
Every year since 1979, the Pierson Carnival of Crafts has been true to its original vision: To raise money for their local rink, the Edward Sports Centre, in Pierson. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary on October 6, the craft fair has raised over $280,000 during its lifetime – and over the years, some of that money was also used to pay off the mortgage of the arena…Stephen Campbell, son of Bruce and Laura-Jean Campbell of Sinclair and grandson of Allan and Barb Lee of Melita participated in Team Manitoba Softball and brought home bronze in the Special Olympics National Games 2018 that were held in Antigonish, NS…Pierson School welcomes Sarra Nazar as the new Kindergarten teacher.

October 2018

October 5
This year’s Pierson and Area Heritage Committee hosted a tour starting in Pierson where the group viewed the displays of the horse drawn municipal grader and scraper, the Butterfield School bell tower and the metal RM of Edward sign along with The Dandy Park…Manitoba Dirt Riders held the last race of the Chudd’s Powersports MANITOBA CUP at Sandy Oaks Raceway in Melita on September 29 and 30…The 2018 Broomhill Field Trials were held September 5 - 9 in Broomhill with a total of 66 dogs participating in all events. Currently, there are only two licensed dog-training operations in Manitoba and they are both run in Broomhill. Colvin and Mazie Davis of Alabama run their kennels south of Broomhill while Robin Gates and his son Hunter of Georgia operate just west of Broomhill on Highway #345…Waskada School welcomes Dianne Shukin to their staff as the new custodian.

October 12
The Pierson Carnival of Crafts Committee hosted their 40th Craft Sale, Saturday, October 6. A crowd of approximately 850 viewed the large variety of items displayed by over 75 vendors…Iris Vercaigne, the Town of Melita’s Economic Development Officer, is up for a prestigious industry award. A press release from the Economic Developers Association of Manitoba said that Vercaigne is one of four provincial finalists for their annual Rising Star Award…On September 18, Valleyview Co-op held Fuel Good Day at their Virden, Melita, Pierson and Kenton locations. Ten cents per litre from that day was donated back to the Virden Spray Park and the Reston Memorial Theatre.

October 19
Two candidates seek election for Reeve of the Municipality of Two Borders - Incumbent Debbie McMechan and new candidate Jeff McKinney…This is the 24th year for the Sparkle of Life Campaign, sponsored by the Melita and Area Palliative Care Team. We are very thankful that our caring community has continued to embrace the observance of remembrance for loved ones. The Sparkle of Life evening will be held on December 2…The October meeting of Broomhill Women’s Institute was held on October 10 in the Community Centre.

October 26
Manitobans headed to the polls on October 24 to elect their leaders for the next four years. Town of Melita Council includes Mayor William Holden and Councillore Eric Forster, Grant Hume, Brian Teetaert, and Jocelyn Skelton. Municipality of Two Borders includes Reeve Debbie McMechen; Ward 1 Councillors -Tom Dickson, Alan Jackson, Karen Jones; Ward 2 Councillors - Donna Brown, Robert Renwick, Don Wickham; Ward 3 Councillors - Tim McMechan, Sandra Clark, Aileen Tucker, LUD of Pierson - Bill Warren, Shannon Wang, Marnie McCutcheon…Bill 8, the Government Notices Modernization Act, was recently given second reading in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and could soon become law. In short, Bill 8 removes the requirement for the provincial government to provide ‘public notice’ of valuable information that affects our daily lives, in exchange for ‘public access’ to that information… Did you know we are online? Check out our website

November 2018

November 2
Pierson Library held their annual Pumpkin Carving event on Monday, October 29. Twenty kids turned out to carve their pumpkins and enjoy some Halloween fun…The annual CWL Penny Parade was held Wednesday, October 24, in the downstairs of the Legion Hall. Door prize winners were Brenda Skelton, Dolores Howden, Iris Vercaigne and Laura Klassen…Melita School welcomes Kelsey Sanderson to the teaching staff. Kelsey is originally from Melita and excited to be teaching Grade 2… Melita School welcomes Kelly Wright to the teaching staff. Kelly is teaching various PE classes along with high school social science courses. Kelly has recently moved to Melita…Lois Carr celebrated her 94th birthday on October 29.

November 9
Elva Cargill had a stellar year, bringing in the most grain tones of all Cargill facilities in Canada and winning the Cargill Award for Top Performing Grain Facility in North America…Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, is hosting a Rural Crime Townhall. Maguire will discuss the latest crime statistics and will gather ideas from local residents to present to Parliament…Adam Carneigie Carr fought and was wounded in the First World War at Vimy Ridge. A German soldier tossed a grenade into a Canadian army trench and when it exploded many soldiers were killed by shrapnel. Adam had pieces embedded in his right arm and right leg. He was taken to Halifax, England but the doctors were unable to remove all the pieces. As a result, he received an army pension. In August 2018, while touring the British Isles, granddaughter Trudy (Carr) Dickson, Sheila (Carr) Williams and great-granddaughter Tammy (Williams) Spence, visited the hospital along with Brian Henry, a cousin in England….The Coulter Red Sox have been inducted into the Special Category of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum.

November 16
Canada Post unveiled a stamp that honours all part-time, full-time and volunteer firefighters…Iris Vercaigne knew she was one of the four finalists for the Rising Star Award in economic development, but it was still a surprise when she heard her name being announced as the winner at the Economic Developer’s Association of Manitoba ceremony in La Broquerie, MB…Melita will not be hosting the upcoming 2019 Manitoba Junior Curling Championships. The Melita Curling was scheduled to hold the event January 2 – 7 but the decision was made last week that sufficient renovations of the Communiplex would not be completed in time and the championships will now be held in Winnipeg…While Olympic gold medalist Jill Officer was in Melita to attend the Sports Dinner, she took time to give some up and coming curlers pointers on different aspects of the game… The Lyleton Community Club would like to express their sincere gratitude to Tundra Oil & Gas and the Richardson Foundation for their generous donation towards the addition of a washroom at their park…Gaurav, Marie (nee Simpson) and big brother Kahaan Shinde are ecstatic to welcome little Yuvaan Gaurav Shine.

November 23
Rural crime is escalating in Canada, in particular in the prairie provinces. Manitoba accounts for seven percent of the rural population but the province is responsible for 12 percent of Canada’s rural crime. “Parliament just passed Motion 167 – stating the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security was instructed to undertake a study on rural crime in Canada. As your Member of Parliament, I will ensure your voice is heard,” said Larry Maguire MP for Brandon – Souris at a Rural Crime Townhall meeting in Melita…The Melita & Area Handi-van Committee held another successful fundraiser supper with $1,250 donated to the Handi-van from their annual Poppy Fundraiser…Gordon Goldsborough visited the Southwestern Manitoba Regional Library to promote his new book, “More Abandoned Manitoba – Rivers Rails & Ruins.”…Melita School Student Council organized their 2nd Annual Food Drive. All food collected was delivered to the Melita Food Pantry…Pierson School held their Remembrance Service on November 8. It was a beautiful service focusing on Peace. Members from Melita’s Air Cadet Squadron Intrepid 263, Legion members as well as several community members attended. The service led by Ms. Elliott.

November 30
The Melita and Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 24. The highlight of the parade for all the kids was the last float of the day, which of course, carried Santa Claus. The Melita and Area Chamber of Commerce has also mentioned when you shop at any local Chamber business you get your name entered for the chance to win $1,000…David Lamb of the Melita & Area Volunteer Fire Department was presented with a 25 year service medal from the Manitoba Association of Fire Fighters.

December 2018

December 7
‘Tis the season for the Southwest Manitoba Regional Foundation to disburse its annual grants. This year board members and grant recipients gathered at Savoury Sensations in Waskada where a total of $9,591 was presented to successful applicants. Susan Ross and Georgina Holden accepted $542 on behalf of the Napinka Drop In Centre…Melita Banana Days Committee held an Ugly Christmas Sweater Trivia Night at the Melita Legion. The winning team wasLucas Johnson, Chantal Elliott, Meghan Elliott and Sebastien Lavoie…The Melita Wado Kai Karate Club held their 7th annual Kick Out Hunger. The club believes in giving back to our communities and teaching members the importance of community service.

December 14
Melita School held their annual Christmas Concerts at the Melita Strand Theatre on Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11. On Monday evening, the Grade 1, 3 and 5 classes shard their performances to a packed crowd. On Tuesday, it was the Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 4 students turn for their concert… Lane Louttit on behalf of the Melita Mud Bog presented a $2,000 cheque to David Lamb of the Melita & Area Fire Service Protection Board and a $1,000 cheque to Eric Forster of NXTGen Southwest, for their continued support.

December 21
Pierson School held their annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 18…On Sunday, December 16, the Pierson & Area Choir presented their Christmas Cantata “Let The Whole World Sing”. The choir was directed by Sandra Clark with Lori Jones accompanying on the piano. Kurt Ardron from Melita was the narrator…The 2018 AA Varsity Girls Provincial High School Volleyball Championships were held recently. Shae-Lyn McKinstry of the McGregor Mustangs was named to the All-Star team. Shae-Lynn is the granddaughter of Cecil and Dale Patterson of Melita.  

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