The Big Hit Slow Pitch tournament featured 14 teams.

Slow pitch tournament a big hit

The Winkler Baseball Diamonds were packed with teams and supporters this weekend for slow pitch ball. The Big Hit Slow Pitch Tournament, which ran from August 18-20, was raising money for Children’s Camps International. This year, an anonymous donor matched donations up to $20,000, and doubled anything above $20,000. Last year pulled in about $20,000.

Carman's Bob Diemert was recently honoured for his contribution to Canada’s aviation history. (EMILY STOBBE-WIEBE)

Diemert honoured for Canadian aviation career

Carman’s local aircraft restorer and engineer, Bob Diemert, received a sterling silver commemorative coin in June featuring an illustration of the Hawker Hurricane to honour his contribution to Canada’s aviation history.

A group plays Quidditch in Morden Park on June 18 as part of the Try It events.

150 Playlist wraps up

After extending the original challenge, the ParticipACTION 150 Playlist Community Challenge is complete. Morden pulled ahead to finish 120 out of 150 activities on the list and win the friendly competition between Winkler and Morden. “It was really great to see both communities engaging in our challenge and trying new activities."

Kyle Franz was one of many participants who test-drove a Ford at the Drive 4 UR Community event on August 17 in support of Pembina Valley Humane Society.

Test-driving cars raises funds for PVHS

Pembina Valley Humane Society’s renovation project received a jump-start on August 17. The Drive 4 UR Community event took place in the Access Credit Union parking lot, raising money for the kennel by getting people to test drive new Ford vehicles. “It feels amazing to see the public come out,” PVHS public relations chair Megan Rodgers said.

Access Credit Union donated $250,000 to STARS on August 16. (Pictured: Flight Paramedic Grant Therrien, STARS user Amanda Legault, ACU Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Myrna Wiebe, ACU President and CEO Larry Davey, STARS President and Chief Executive Officer Andrea Robertson, STARS user Cohen Hildebrand, MP for Portage-Lisgar Candice Bergen, Pilot Jason Johnson)

ACU donates $250,000 to STARS

On August 16, STARS helicopter touched down outside Boundary Trails Health Centre to deliver good news. Access Credit Union has pledged a $250,000 donation to STARS, which will be allocated over a five-year period. “At Access we do a lot in our communities, and we’re always looking for something that is a fit across our organization."

Jill Lautenschlager of Focal Point Morden shows and demonstrates the Eclipse Shades that are available to pick up. The shades are free and are available one per family at Focal Point. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Watch the eclipse safely

People in southern Manitoba will be able to take in a partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but Focal Point optometrist Jill Lautenschlager said it’s important to do so safely. “Using proper protection is important because the Sun is very harmful,” she said.

Plum Coulee hosts special concert

A group of internationally renowned musical artists will be performing as part of Plum Fest. Called the Rosemary + Eli and Celebrity Friends Concert, it takes place at 1 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the Plum Coulee Town Square.Violin sensation Rosemary Siemens and 35 time award winning Jazz Saxophonist Eli Bennett are hosting a public wedding the next day.

A Day in the Trenches hosted by the Manitoba World War I Museum near La Riviere took place Aug. 13. Interpreters located in at various stations shared details on how soldiers lived and died. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

A Day in the Trenches

It’s all about honouring the veterans for Bruce Tascona, owner of the First World War Museum and host to the annual Day in the Trenches. Tascona operates the museum out of Silver Springs Bed & Breakfast and has built a set of trenches to give visitors an idea of what life was like in World War I.

Morden-Winkler MLA Cameron Friesen, Winkler Mayor Martin Harder and Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen hold the banner that Rick Hansen Foundation ambassador Jared Funk symbolically breaks through.

Celebrating accessibility in Winkler

The City of Winkler and the Rick Hansen Foundation celebrated recent accessibility improvements at the Winkler Arena on Aug. 11. “The Rick Hansen Foundation gave us $30,000 to do the work,” Harder said. “The city spent a little bit more, I think it was probably close to $45,000 to get the work done.”

Winkler Police Chief Rick Hiebert has served on the force since 1983, and will be retiring in March. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Winkler Police Chief retiring in March

After 34 years of service, Winkler Police Chief Rick Hiebert is retiring. “Everybody retires at some point,” Hiebert said. “I was told that you’ll know when the time comes, and for me it’s time. I think we’ve done some pretty amazing things here, and it’s time to let somebody else take the reins.”

On Friday, Aug. 11, Carman Mayor Bob Mitchell and Midland MLA Blaine Pedersen checked out the preparations crews have been working on to get ready for the Highway 13 construction start on Monday, Aug. 14.

Highway 13 upgrades start Monday

The long-awaited upgrade of PTH 13 in Carman is finally upon us. Starting Monday, August 14, construction will be underway, beginning at the lights and heading north five kilometres.

Employees Kristina Dyck (with daughter Scarlett), Ashley Krahn and manager Scott Graham were part of the team that helped raised money on Miracle Treat Day.

Cool treats raise thousands for charity

Only 45 minutes after the store opening on August 10, the Winkler Dairy Queen had sold 70 Blizzards. Thursday marked Dairy Queen’s annual Miracle Treat Day. Participating restaurants from all around the country donated net proceeds from every Blizzard sale to the local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

MLAs given wage freeze

MLAs in Manitoba will be taking a pay freeze until the end of the next election. That message was reiterated by the Independent Commissioner appointed to decide MLAs salaries, allowances, and retirement benefits, Michael Werier. Werier decided that MLA pay should remain at $94,513 with a 0 per cent increase for 2018 and 2019.

Access Credit Union CEO Larry Davey and COO Myrna Wiebe meet with Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen.

MP speaks out against Credit Union "banking" ban

The Office of the Superintendent for Financial Institution’s (OSFI) ban on the use of terms like ‘bank,’ ‘banker,’ and ‘banking’ by Credit Unions is making a stir in the federal political sphere.

A world wide leadership simulcast event is coming to Winkler and Al Ruttan of the John Maxwell Group is encouraging people to attend. Called Live2Lead, it will be presented at the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall, in Winkler on October 6, 2017.

Live2Lead coming to Winkler

A world wide leadership simulcast event is coming to Winkler and Al Ruttan of the John Maxwell Group is encouraging people to attend. Called Live2Lead, it will be presented at the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall, in Winkler on October 6, 2017. It will be hosted by Dynamic Leadership with Al Ruttan.