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Travelling from Altona to Morden is no big deal when you’re going to get to learn new bike skills. Nahla Peters Loewen lives in Altona, and is one of the young participants of Kids of Mud, a youth cycling program new to the area. She said she does a lot of biking and enjoys the sport.
Local organizations are feeling the love after receiving donations`as part of the Morden Community Thrift Store’s 50th year in business. The Morden Thrift Store celebrated their 50th anniversary in the community by granting out just over $500,000 to 14 organizations on June 18. “It’s a very special year,” president Jean Hildebrand said.
The Darlingford Memorial Park Committee is organizing their 97th annual Darlingford Memorial Service. Held at the Memorial Park on Sunday, July 1 at 11 a.m., this annual service is dedicated to and honours local community residents who gave their lives in service to their country.
The Winkler Community Foundation presented their 2018 grants totalling $59,114, June 18. That includes the community and individual funds, donor advised and agency grants. The Foundation said this year they focused on grants that addressed social needs and services. Priority was given to projects that supported young people and seniors.
A new location and new approach is expected to give the Winkler Farmer’s Market a bigger impact this year, creating a new community space. The Farmer’s market will move to the Winkler Arts and Culture facility.
What might be Winkler’s only mini library has been providing the neighbourhood with books for just over a year. The Medora Mini Library stands outside Arla Reimer’s house on Medora Bay, close to the curb. Reimer and her daughter Zoe put it up and check it every now and then for new arrivals.
The community of Altona celebrated the life of one of its strongest supporters this week.Menno H. Friesen died on June 9, just short of his 73rd birthday, after a brief but relentless battle with cancer. He will be forever missed by his wife Jolanda, sons Curwin (Jill) and Corey (Holly), and five grandkids, Liam, Simon, Sophia, Waylon and Riverson.
The Salem Home Ladies Auxiliary first ever Barbecue and Dessert Auction was a success according to organizers. Auxiliary President Hilda Friesen said they took in $8,775.70 before expenses at the June 13 event held in a large tent at Salem Home, and estimated they had between 325 and 350 people in attendance.
The Winkler Fire Department responded to a vehicle in flames on June 15 after 4 p.m. There were no injuries and the cause has yet to be determined.
The Pembina Threshermen’s Museum welcomed a couple of groups last week. The Roland School spent a morning at the museum, exploring all kinds of local history. Regional Connections’ arrived with a group of families (about 80 people) who were interested in learning about the local heritage of their new home.
If you see a big blue ‘W’ in the window of a local business, it means that you can come in and fill up your water bottle and stay hydrated this summer. The Blue W program is a country-wide program that identifies local businesses where anyone can come in and refill their water bottle with tap water.
Parkland Elementary School students are committed to making a difference for their peers.
The biggest crowd in years helped make the Carman Memory Walk a success. Held June 14 at the Boyne Lodge, the event helped raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease.Carman councillor Matt Gray gave greetings on behalf of the town council. “It’s great to see everyone out,” he said.
The street in front of Winkler’s Salem Home was filled with participants in the annual Alzheimer Walk June 13.The event began with participation from the J.R. Walkof School choir, songs from Jaime Giesbrecht, and messages from local officials.
A new dinosaur themed play centre is coming to Morden. Sharptooth Adventures will be an indoor play centre for children 12 and under, and co-owner Chris MacPherson said he expects the business will be open mid-fall. MacPherson met his wife Dana 19 years ago, and at the time her plan was to work in a day care.
Nellie McClung’s homes will be undergoing an upgrade thanks to a recent donation. The Nellie McClung Heritage Site received a $25,000 donation from Enbridge on June 6. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” cochair of the Nellie McClung Heritage Site Bette Mueller said.
I entered my fourth school in March of 1951, just before my 8th birthday. Our family had moved to my grandmother’s house in Morden, Manitoba from the Niagara region of Ontario. I don’t remember too much of the short time I spent in Miss Reimer’s Grade 3 class.
The Discovery Nature Sanctuary in Winkler held their official opening ceremony on June 9. The 32 acre sanctuary lies within the city limits and includes woodland, grassland and wetland habitats.