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The Boyne Lodge, seen here in a photograph by Ken Vanderpol, celebrated its 50th anniversary last week during the annual Fall Tea on Oct. 12.

Boyne Lodge looks back at community legacy

The Boyne Lodge in Carman celebrated 50 years of service to seniors, community and family last week, forgoing more formal festivities in favour of the annual Fall Tea - an event that included residents, staff, former staff, family members and all the people who have made the Lodge what it is.

Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage Rochelle Squires, Wilma Wallcraft and Minister of Infrastructure and MLA for Midlands Blaine Pedersen unveiled a plaque to honour William Wallcraft for preserving the buildings and donating them to the Municipality of Pembina. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

McClung houses officially open

Teacher, speaker, activist and suffragette Nellie McClung’s previous homes are back where they belong. On September 8, much of the community of Manitou gathered on Main Street to officially welcome the buildings to their new home and celebrate, once again, McClung’s history and Manitou’s heritage.

Bikers take off the from the starting point of Eden Foundation's Head for the Hills fundraiser on Sept. 9, 2017. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Annual bike ride for Eden raises funds

222 bikers showed up on Saturday Sept. 9, bright and early, to take to their bikes and raise money for Eden Health Care Services. “We are very excited to have so many participants, so many supporters of those who are having challenges of mental health,” Eden CEO Analyn Einarson said.

A panel of accountants and tax professionals answered business owners' tax questions at a forum on September 7 at the Quality Inn hosted by BDO Canada and the Winkler Chamber of Commerce.

Proposed tax changes irk business owners

On July 18, the Liberal government released draft legislation aimed at addressing loop holes in the tax code which include halting business owners from lowering their tax rate by sprinkling money to family members (regardless of their involvement in the business either through dividends or by paying them salaries), limiting a corporation’s ability

Full Plate Farms in Miami is just one of many Pembina Valley locations on this year’s Open Farm Day tour. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Open Farm Day to highlight agricultural diversity

Have you ever been curious about what goes into making the food on your table? The Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies (MAAS) Open Farm Day is your opportunity to find out about your food, and so much more. The event takes place Sunday, September 17 at 46 host sites across Manitoba.

Committee members held a "leash cutting" ceremony on August 22 to officially welcome the dog park into its new space. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Dog park officially opens

Winkler’s dogs now have a space to run, as the Winkler Dog Park has officially opened. “We’re very pleased,” committee member Martha Olfert said. “This is what we were thinking of and dreaming of for the last several months, so it’s really exciting to see it open and used.” The dog park is located beside Winkler’s water treatment plant.

Mayor Ken Wiebe and sculptor Adolfo Cuetara helped welcome the turtle to Morden.

Morden unveils giant turtle sculpture

If you’ve driven past the western most part of Morden, you may have noticed a new sculpture on the side of the road. On August 25, to kick off Corn and Apple 2017, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre officially welcomed their new archelon turtle statue to Morden.

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."