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The Co-op Gold Arena dressing rooms now have cubbies thanks to the Esso Cup legacy fund.

Esso Cup legacy funds cubby project

The Esso Cup legacy fund has helped realize another project. “We had put cubbies in the dressing rooms on the Huron Arena side in preparation for the Esso Cup,” director of community services Clare Agnew said.

Left, Access Credit Union Retail Branch Manager Rob Unruh, Eden Foundation Director of Development Earl Reimer and Marketing Manager Wesley Ngwenya pose with the $10,000 cheque made out to Eden Health Care. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Donation helps Eden offer hope

A donation from Access Credit Union will help Eden Foundation host additional fundraisers and expand services. Access Credit Union donated $10,000 to the foundation on April 10, extending a tradition of support. “Our partnership with Eden goes back many years, possibly decades,” Retail Branch Manager Rob Unruh said.

Dr. Kateryn Rochon offered some advice about how to avoid tick bites and keep yourself safe during tick season at A Rocha's Nature Talk on April 11. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

Latest nature talk tackles ticks

As tick season approaches, the best way to avoid contracting diseases spread by ticks is to avoid being bitten in the first place, according to Dr. Kateryn Rochon. Assistant Professor of Veterinary Entomology at University of Manitoba, Rochon presented at A Rocha’s most recent nature talk on April 11 at Morden Library.

Municipality of Louise Reeve Ken Buchanan accepts the Emergency Preparedness Award.

Louise wins Emergency Preparedness Award

The Municipality of Louise is one of three entities to be presented with an Emergency Preparedness Award for 2018.The awards were given to Louise as well as the municipalities of Cartier and Hanover, and the Southern Emergency Response Committee which covers Winkler, Morden and the R.M. of Stanley.

Helen Wall, Miranda Klippenstein and Emily Isaac came home with medals from the 21st Skills Manitoba Competition. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Local students win big at skills contest

Local talent was on display as three Northlands Parkway Collegiate students brought home medals from the 21st Skills Manitoba Competition on April 12. Emily Isaac of Plum Coulee was awarded bronze for job skill demonstration, Dawson Giesbrecht of Altona won bronze for carpentry, Helen Wall of Morden won silver for nail technology.

Flyers players and volunteers served up hotdogs and sold green ribbons as a response to the Humboldt tragedy. (MATT FRIESEN)

Raising funds for healing in Humboldt

A Winkler Flyers hosted community barbecue for the Humboldt Broncos, April 14, raised close to $6,300, an amount that will be matched by the Co-op for a total of over $12,600. Winkler Flyers Director of Marketing/Business Operations, said they feel a kinship with other Junior A hockey teams.

One of the bins that will be auctioned off sits near the R.M. of Stanley office. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Big fundraising goal for world record attempt

A world record attempt is coming to Winkler in August, and there is still time to be a part of it. Harvest for Kids will be attempting to break the record for “most combines in continuous use on a field.” The current record is held by Harvest for Kids Saskatchewan, and organizer George Klassen wants to blow past that number this year by reaching 300.

The Pembina Valley Humane Society held their annual Sud, Spud and Steak fundraiser on April 14 raising $5,000, which is $2,000 more than last year. (JUDY DERKSON)

Successful event for Humane Society

The Pembina Valley Humane Society held their annual Sud, Spud and Steak fundraiser on April 14 raising $5,000, which is $2,000 more than last year. The Humane Society also had their biggest 50/50 pot ever, a total of $730 won by Carrie Klassen.

About 125 people braved the cold weather on the night of Jan. 26 to show their support for Altona Minor Ball, and the application for funding from the Blue Jays Care Foundation.

Important announcement from Altona Minor Baseball

Hello Parents / Players and community supporters. Many of you will remember a cold night in January when we gathered at Access Field to film for the Blue Jays Care / Access Field light project. Well, we’ve been selected as a finalist and the grant recipients will be announced this Tuesday, April 17 during the Jays pre-game show. We hope to hear our

Kim Hiebert, Tatjana Kreker and director Lenora Fassett are just a few of the dedicated staff at Winkler Day Care Centre. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Winkler Day Care Centre wins award

Winkler Day Care Centre will be receiving a P.W. Enns Business Award on April 19. The organization was named Not-for-profit of the Year. “It was definitely a surprise,” Winkler Day Care Centre director Lenora Fassett said. “It’s a really big honour, which kind of says the community appreciates what we’re doing and validates it."

Left, Operations Manager Colton Wall, Financial Controller Daniel Fot, Sales Manager Mike Dueck and Shipping Manager Braden Wall.

Heat Innovations named Business Builder

Honesty and integrity are cornerstones for how Heat Innovations interacts with their customers. Coupled with dedication to developing technology, they have continued to have an impact on the region. Heat Innovations Inc. will accept the Business Builder Award at the P.W. Enns Business Awards, April 19 in Winkler.

Neil and Dorothy Strachan recently donated $2500 to the Elizabeth McIver Challenge in support of the Boyne Regional Library’s expansion-renovation plans, and they’re not stopping there. Neil, who was a student in Elizabeth McIver’s grade 3 class in Carman, is issuing a challenge to his former classmates - the class of 1955 - to contribute in her name as well: “Elizabeth McIver’s gift to the Boyne Regional Library was most generous. We would like to contribute to the plan of matching her donation. We encourage all former students, teachers and friends of Miss McIver to do the same. How appropriate to name the expanded children’s section after her. Miss McIver devoted her life’s work to so many children in our community. Please join us in making this dream come true. The challenge is out there to see whose class leads the way.” The Elizabeth McIver Challenge is just one of the Boyne Regional Library’s latest fundraisers in support of expansion-renovation plans. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Library to present plans, generate momentum

The Boyne Regional Library has some good news to report on their fundraising progress for the expansion-renovation project, and an invitation to issue to the public to keep that momentum going.

Salem CEO Sherry Janzen and Salem Foundation Board Chair Arlen Hildebrand pose under one of the new roller blinds that will replace the aging ones in the facility. Money raised from Faspa, Fellowship & Song April 15 will go toward the nearly $50,000 project. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Raising funds for blinds at Salem

The Salem Foundation hopes their next fundraiser, (Faspa, Fellowship & Song) will help them replace blinds at Salem Home. The newest initiative is to install cordless roller blinds in each resident’s room on all care units. 125 rooms are waiting for blinds at an estimated cost of $49,500.

Access Credit Union CEO Larry Davey. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Access reports another strong year

In a period where many credit unions are shutting down, Access Credit Union reported another strong year. 147 members attended the credit union’s AGM on April 3. Right now, the trend is toward fewer and larger credit unions. In 2000, there were 65 credit unions. Now, there are 28, with 3 mergers proposed for this year.

A 24-hour rowing machine marathon drew six teams and hundreds of supporters to Crossfit Outland in Altona From April 7 to 8. The “Row for Kids” event was held to raise funds for the Altona chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In the end, the fundraiser far exceeded expectations, raising thousands of dollars for the organization which supports kids through programs and mentorship.

Row, row, row for Big Brothers Big Sisters

A fundraiser this past weekend raised over $10,000 for the Altona chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.The event was reminiscent of the old dance marathons held decades ago. But in this case, six teams raised pledges and kept six rowing machines going for 24 hours straight.The 24-Hour Row for Kids event was possible through the combined efforts of C