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Christian Kandt looks on proudly as his daughter Charlotte practices on her recorder.

Winkler recordist headed to nationals

As many high school students are studying for exams and preparing for final tests, Charlotte Kandt is also preparing to travel to Quebec and compete in a Canada-wide music competition.Kandt has been playing the recorder since she was four and a half years old.

Christine and Evan Froese will be biking across the province in July to raise money for eSight glasses, which will help Evan see.

Cycling to raise funds for eSight glasses

At the end of this month, Christine and Evan Froese will be leaving Morden to bike across the width of the province to raise money to help Evan see. Evan was born with congenital nystagmus, which is a condition characterized by repetitive, uncontrolled eye movement. “I am technically legally blind,” he said.

Cailin Gagnon speaks at the Winkler Senior Centre about how to recognize the signs of elder abuse and what can be done if someone is being abused.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day aims to educate

June 15 marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The yearly, world-wide event aims to start the conversation about elder abuse, a problem that can often be misunderstood and swept under the rug. “This is an issue that isn’t necessarily talked about as much,” Services to Seniors program specialist at Southern Health-Santé Sud Cailin Gagnon said.

Carman’s Brooklyn Platt won one of the health living awards. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Rural youth get healthy living awards

Ten outstanding Grade 12 students from rural, northern and urban areas across the province are being recognized for outstanding contributions to healthy living in their schools and communities.

The trees on the west side of Carman's 1st Street SW business section will be the first to go under the town's new sidewalk refurbishment project. (EMILY DISTEFANO/VALLEY LEADER)

Tree roots, paving stones a safety issue in Carman

The Town of Carman council's plan to install concrete sidewalks and remove trees in the downtown area has come under fire from some residents and business owners, but the municipality says the work is necessary for better accessibility and safety.

Canada Games 2017 mascot Niibin poses with the Torch. (SUPPLIED, Canada Games)

Meet your 2017 Canada Games torchbearers

The 2017 Canada Games start on July 28 and run until August 28. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the sporting event, which will see thousands of athletes and tens of thousands of fans converge on Winnipeg.On June 29, the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch will be stopping in Morden.

The Rankin Rebels have been riding the Heart and Stroke Big Bike for six years now, and still manage to fill most of the 29 seats.

Heart and Stroke Big Bike rolls through town

On June 12, you may have seen a giant red bike cycling around town, raising money for a good cause. The Heart and Stroke Big Bike was in Morden on Monday as part of their campaign to raise money to support critical research and help the Heart and Stroke Foundation try to reach their goal of improving the health of all Canadians.

Board chair George Klassen and executive director Mike Chute said after receiving no funding from the government, they will be doing it "the Winkler way."

Buhler Centre opening supportive housing unit

Despite a lack of funding from the government, the Buhler Active Living Centre is moving forward with plans to open their second floor as supportive housing. The Centre held their grand opening in September of last year, and the eight-storey building includes restaurant-style dining, an exercise facility and activities for residents.

Winkler and Morden Tim Hortons owner Linda Doerksen and crew Betty Froese, Liane Isaak and Reina McClain served coffee to raise money for kids to go to camp.

Coffees help send local kids to camp

On May 31, popular coffee chain Tim Hortons was buzzing with activity as the public came out and bought coffee to send local kids to camp. The yearly event sees 100 per cent of the proceeds from coffee and special Camp Day bracelets go toward sending deserving local kids to camp.

Three-year-old Kole Schoonbaert wasn't shy to show his enthusiasm as he took part in Morden's first Kite Festival May 26. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Morden hosts first Kite Festival

The kites were flying as part of Morden’s Kite Festival May 26, and Janine North, Coordinator of the Morden Parent Child Resource Centre said they had a great day for it. "We had about 30-40 children, parents, caregivers and grandparents come out to the park,” she said. “It was so great to see.”

Dr. Denise Vicari of Heartland X-Ray invited the public to celebrate the grand opening. (LAUREN MACGILL/Winkler Times)

Heartland X-Ray opens in Winkler

A new x-ray clinic opened its doors in Winkler on Saturday May 27. Dr. Denise Vicari owns Heartland Chiropractic in the Norquay Plaza, and now invited the public to help her celebrate the opening of her new venture, Heartland X-Ray. “I’m really excited, because this has been my vision for a lot of years,” Vicari said.

19 Portage B Battery –Notre Dame De Lourdes Back Row Left to Right - Will Sharp, Alex Poudrier, Sarah De Baets, Dom Bosc, Gavin Doan, Angus Steele Front Row – Matthew Henry, Lucas Le Moullec, Sofia Yanez, Janessa Sawatzky, Jaden Labossiere, Julien Deroche

Vimy Trek – In Their Footsteps

One hundred Army Cadets from across Manitoba embarked on a 10 day trip visiting England and France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. The Cadets started off the trip by spending two days in London visiting the Imperial War Museum and Buckingham Palace as well as other popular sights.

Morden Spring Craft & Vendor Sale

Donate Love will benefit from the Morden Spring Craft & Vendor Sale.Organizer Kelsey Enns said they are asking people to bring a tin for the bin to help those in need. The sale takes place June 3, at the Morden Friendship Centre, features free admission and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bailey Neufeld (right) is the recipient of the first Make It A Reality Scholarship.

GVC student inaugural recipient of scholarship

The months approaching summer can be difficult for high school students. As graduation looms and some apply for post-secondary education, the cost of moving away and paying for education can be stressful. The Winkler Community Foundation hopes to alleviate that stress for some students.

Winkler Police Service Dog Tika passed away in March after a rapid decline in health.

Police force loses service dog Tika

The Winkler Police Service has announced that Tika, their Police Service Dog, has passed away. Tika passed away in March after a rapid decline in health and a series of health-related complications. She was 10 years old, and started her work with the Winkler Police Service in 2010.