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Lacrosse program up and running

posted Apr 24, 2017, 1:04 PM by Kathy Carr

What started off as a student’s presentation on Lacrosse in Ms. Bar­teaux’s class, led to three dads; Jordan Polasek, Phil Pearce and Mathew Pshebylo, having a conversation at the school barbecue last year, talking about how much fun they enjoyed playing it while growing up. 
It was through this conversation along with research and help from Rec Director Andrew Smith, who did a lot of work behind the scenes, that got them to their first night of practice on Tuesday, April 18.  
Mathew said that they didn’t expect a whole lot of kids to register for this first session, “We were thinking we’d have about 15 kids,” said Pshebylo but clearly that was not the case with 48 kids signing up to try out Lacrosse. With all the kids that signed up, Mathew, Phil and Jordan (who are running the program), thought it would be best to divide them up into different age categories as they learn the fundamentals of Lac­rosse. 
The program, which runs on Tuesday nights, has the kindergartens to grade two group practicing from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., grades three and fours practice from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the kids in grade five and up close out the evening with their practice from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It’s during  these one hour sessions that the kids learn the basics of Lacrosse and how to properly play the game and handle the ball and equipment. There are two types of Lacrosse, Box Lacrosse, which is played indoors (and usually in a hockey arena) and Field La­crosse, which is played outside. Mathew said that Box Lacrosse is uniquely Canadian and Field Lacrosse is more prominent in the United States, particularly in the eastern part of the Country.
The goal for this program is to nurture it and help it grow with hopes of one day playing in a league with other surrounding communities such as Killarney and Rivers, who have shown quite an interest in starting up a Lacrosse program.
By the looks on the kids faces at their first practice, you can see that it won’t be too long before it becomes a popular sport in Carberry. 

by Kathy Carr

MPs meet with ND Congressman

posted Apr 24, 2017, 1:03 PM by Kathy Carr

Robert Sopuck, Mem­ber of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, took part in a meeting with North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer on Monday along with his Manitoba Conser­vative Caucus colleagues. 
 Due to the evolving issues regarding trade and illegal border crossings, the Manitoba Con­ser­vative MPs took the initiative to arrange a meeting to raise ongoing concerns directly with their U.S. counterparts. 
 The meeting was a chance for the politicians to discuss a variety of issues that affect both Manitoba and North Dakota, including trade agreements, cross border water issues, illegal border crossings and the Keys­tone XL pipeline. 
 “Given the recent U.S. election, it was a great opportunity to meet with Congressman Cramer and discuss the mutually beneficial relationship bet­ween Manitoba and North Dakota,” Sopuck said. “In rural Manitoba, many jobs and incomes are dependent on industries like agriculture and softwood lumber that export large quantities to the United States annually.”
Similarly, 28,500 jobs in North Dakota rely on Canada-US trade and investment, with the bilateral trade estimated at $4.6 billion annually. 
“In all meetings with our American counterparts, it is important that we are standing up to defend the best interests of Manitoba and Canada,” Sopuck said. “It was a respectful and productive conversation on how we can continue to work together to help alleviate cross border issues.”
Congressman Kevin Cramer, who is co-chairman of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, was well versed on issues relating to Canada, which allowed for open and frank discussions on pertinent issues and were well received. 
 The four other Manitoba Conservative Members of Parliament are Larry Maguire, Candice Bergen, James Bezan and Ted Falk. All were able to attend the meeting with Congressman Cramer.

CKLQ Announces Official FM Launch Date

posted Apr 24, 2017, 1:00 PM by Kathy Carr

 Carberry MB, April 25, 2017 – Q Country 91.5 FM is officially launching on April 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm. In January, approval was received from the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to broadcast CKLQ programming on the new FM station. “The FM band will allow listeners in and around Brandon to have better sound quality, while the continued AM band will act as a repeater, allowing listeners from as far away as the eastern Saskatchewan border and the U.S Border to continue listening to CKLQ,” said Dave Baxter, President and CEO of Westman Communications Group. 


“We’re extremely excited that the CRTC understood our desire to offer the enhanced sound qualities of FM to listeners in Brandon, and have approved broadcasting CKLQ programming on the FM band,” said Cam Clark, General Manager of 880 CKLQ. Clark added, “This comes at an exciting time, as we are also celebrating CKLQ’s 40th Anniversary year. We would like to thank all the listeners and community leaders who supported us in the application process.” 


To celebrate this milestone, Q Country will be hosting a launch party on April 27 at 3:00 pm at the Canad Inns Country Roadhouse, where they will unveil their fresh new look as Q Country 91.5 and do the live flip to FM on the spot at 4:15 pm. Popular Winnipeg-based country music duo, PETRIC will play a live set at the event. Listeners can tune in to 880 CKLQ for a chance to win exclusive tickets to the event through hourly on air giveaways. Those not in attendance are invited to tune in to 880 AM for the live countdown to the flip, which will occur at 4:15 pm. Also, they can listen to hear PETRIC’s new single live as the first song on 91.5 FM. 


About 880 CKLQ 

Radio stations 880 CKLQ and 94.7 STAR FM broadcast throughout Western Manitoba and are owned and operated by Westman Communications Group. Westman Communications Group is the operating name for Westman Media Cooperative Ltd. Westman is a customer-owned cooperative, which also operates cable systems in 36 communities. Westman is a leader in communication services including cable TV, Internet and phone. Westman is proud of its strong commitment to its customers and the communities it serves. 

Front Page for Monday, April 24, 2017

posted Apr 24, 2017, 12:56 PM by Kathy Carr


Carberry Council - Re-zoing for new development in Town

posted Apr 18, 2017, 8:55 AM by Kathy Carr

With the AMM Municipal Official Seminar and Mayors & Reeves meetings taking place on the regular council meeting night, Town of Carberry Council met on Monday, April 10, at 3 p.m. Mayor Stuart Olm­stead chaired the meeting with all in attendance.
The Ryan Develop­ments Ltd. plans, to re-zone the area south of the existing eight-plex units were presented at a public hearing. The proposal is to re-zone the westerly portion of the property from Agricul­tural Resi­dential Reserve to Residential High Density to allow for the establishment of two additional multi-family residential units and a small park and playground and the easterly portion of the property from Agricul­tural Resi­den­tial Reserve to Urban Highway Commercial to allow for future commercial development.
The easterly portion of the commercial property will have a 125 foot Highway Control zone, which could be used for parking or storage. Access to the property will not be allowed from Wellwood Road (the legal name is" Mitchel Road") so it will have to be from the south or from Dufferin Street to the west. As this area is already designated as a Mixed Use Area various Residential and Com­mer­cial uses are permitted. Planner McEntee noted that the proposed zoning change had been distributed to 13 government departments and agencies and no concerns had been raised.
After the completion of the hearing, council gave second and third readings to the by-law to allow the change in zoning.
In other matters, council discussed the Oliver subdivision west of town and in the rural municipality. A sewage line is in place that connects to the town system and hook-ups consist of a septic tank with pump. 
Council previously established a rate to hook into the system ($1000 initial fee and 4x the base rate annually). 
No hook-ups are to go into the system without council’s approval. Installers have been informed of these requirements, but may need reminded as the development fills up.
Looking to the future, if and when the Town expands to the west any further extensions of the sewer system will require a lift which must be taken into consideration budget wise. Council will put this on the agenda of a planning meeting.

By-laws
By-law 1/2017, establishing a rate for the operation of the town’s community recreation services as a special service for the years 2017-2023 was read a second time and third time and became law.
There were a number of resolutions that initially passed at joint council that were affirmed at this meeting, with costs shared between Carberry and North Cypress-Langford: Teresa McConnell and Sandra Jones to attend the MMAA Conference Apr 24-26; that Grady Step­henson attend the Aquatics facility Opera­tor’s Course May 4 in Brandon; K & L Loney, D & B Menzies to attend the MB Association of Fire Chiefs Conference June 1-3 in Winnipeg (this coming from the fire budget).
General Business
A letter of concern was raised about the vehicles speeding on Market St. During harvest, this traffic also includes heavy trucks. As there is a daycare in the area, a request was made for “Children Playing” signs for that block. They have been ordered.
A request from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to participate in a legal defense fund, for $52.50 was declined.
CAO Jones outlined what plans are in place for Canada 150. There will be a free swim that day, and there will be a barbecue to go along with it so far. The Mayor and Council will be barbecuing  and helping out with the Canada Day celebrations.  
The Fire Dept. is considering ordering extra fireworks to celebrate Canada's 150 for the fair weekend and the Arts Council is the recipient of a “Mosaic” grant as well. They have not decided where to put the artwork yet.

Around the table
Councillor Barry Anderson questioned whether any rates had been set for garbage removal. Council has been informed that any changes in special services levee require a study. Then, if approved, it can be set for several years in advance.
Councillor John Anderson questioned whether a cell-phone policy was in place. CAO Jones has done a rough draft so far. He also questioned whether the town has a mission or vision statement yet. They discussed opening that to the public (ideas could be submitted), but a lot of ideas could be gained by looking at other’s mission and vision statements in advance. This will be an issue to discuss at a future strategic planning meeting.
Councillor Jaime MacGregor questioned whether there was room to incorporate group camping in the new recreation area. There is a good demand for that service.
Planning Officer McEntee continued on the theme. He questioned what the plan was, once the ball diamonds are opened at the new site. Mayor Olmstead commented that if they were allowed to remain in place there would be an opportunity to host various provincial tournaments until a proper development plan was in place for the area. The ball diamond property on the west of town is in a prime position for all kinds of development. At present, there are many options and lots of time to make a decision. 
McEntee noted that the new Recreation property should be properly landscaped prior to any trees being planted.
Prior to adjournment, accounts totalling $154,309.56, plus direct deposits were approved for payment. The next meeting will be on May 9. Next joint meeting will be on April 24. The May joint meeting will be held on May 29 (rather than May 22, which is the long weekend). 

NCL Council - Should a drainage pipe be allowed to cross a road allowance?

posted Apr 18, 2017, 8:53 AM by Kathy Carr

By allowing a drainage pipe to cross a road allowance, is council giving approval to the drainage of water from one landowner onto another? North Cypress-Langford Council met on Monday, April 10 at 9 a.m. and discussed this issue.
Amalgamation has certainly introduced new issues to the south end of the new municipality (e.g. water servicing), and drainage is another one. Planning Officer, John McEntee brought forward a proposal to drain 300 acres into a natural drain on another property. S. Lapointe, on behalf of Sumpointe Acres Ltd requested the installation of a 15” pipe from NE 16-14-16 across Road 92W to NW 15-14-16 WPM (Sumner Grain Farms). This project will act as the main drainage of a significant portion of 16-14-16. Drainage also exists on this property, and the new 15’ pipe will be five feet to the south and two feet below the culvert.
McEntee confessed to being new to drainage concerns, and noted that Langford does have a comprehensive policy (2013) on the subject. It states that a drain cannot terminate directly into  a creek.
Councillor Ray Dray­son had some concerns, namely that tile drainage on clay land does not work. He also felt that the drainage will take the slough off one piece of property and put in on someone else’s. 
Councillor Gerond Davidson noted that the neighbours are familiar with the project and have given verbal consent. This was not enough for Reeve Adriaansen, who felt that the affected landowners should be given information as to the quantity of water that will be moved, and sign a document stating they are in agreement. Whitemud Watershed Con­­servation District is only concerned if the water is going into their ditches.
Council gave ap­proval to the project with the following conditions: that a development permit be obtained for the installation of the new drainage facilities; that an easement agreement is prepared and signed by the property owners, and includes the GPS location of the crossing. 
A variation is required to reduce the minimum setback from 125’ to 0’ and written acknowledgement be received from the neighbours.

Budz ’N’ Blooms
The Neepawa daycare, Budz ’N’ Blooms is expanding to meet the ever-increasing need within that community. Donna Gork-Todoruk and Marla Steen attended the meeting to make a presentation to council.
A needs assessment yielded significant numbers of children (both born and unborn) that will be looking at daycare in the next few years: 25 unborn, 25 infant, 56 preschoolers, and 46 school aged children. With that in mind, they have purchased property to build a facility for their ‘before and after school’ program. With that program located elsewhere, spaces are freed up for further daycare children.
However, it will be a few years and a lot of fundraising before this will be built. In the meantime, they have found a temporary venue for this program, in the Prairie Alliance Church, which is in North Cypress-Lang­ford. They successfully lobbied the school board to provide bus service to take the 15 ‘before and after’ school children to school from the church, and back to the church afterwards.
The daycare will request a variation to operate a temporary ‘before and after school’ program in that building. Council agreed to write a letter of support for the application.

Budget
Financial Officer, Teresa McConnell attended as the council held a hearing to go over the 2017 financial plan. No members of the public attended. The plan was preceded by a power point presentation that gave a visual pie chart of where the tax dollars are being spent.
The budget is a complicated one, with the numbers being configured into and from three different pots: North Cypress, Langford, and ‘at large’. Last year resulted in a deficit.
In general, averaging out the sample properties presented, the Total Municipal increased from 1.91%(Wellwood) to 2.73% (Centennial Drive), with the exception of Brookdale, whose increase is 10.88% - due to the addition of the dust control program.
However, the school taxes increased from 3.68% in most instances, with a couple of properties (Edrans and some farmland) increasing by 6.59%.
Four major projects are slated to be done: Gregg Rd. (90W), Boggy Creek Rd. (80N), Rd. 62 N, and Rd. 55N. These will be covered by gas tax rebate monies.
Joint projects on the 2017 agenda are: eavestroughing at the Drop-In Centre; the old town hall foundation, the ice plan at the Community Centre and the trees around the recreation area, both for the perimeter and as a barrier.
Taxes can now be paid online, and the due date is September 30. McCon­nell’s presentation will be made available to the public by checking the North Cypress-Langford website.
There was some discussion on recreation mill rates. That was lowered from 1 mill to .9 mills, which will raise approximately the same amount of dollars, but reflects the increase in assessment.
After the closure of the hearing, the 2017 Financial Plan by-law (2/2017) was given first reading. It now goes to the provincial government for their approval.
By-law 1/2017, establishing a special rate for dust control in three specific areas (Brookdale, Centennial Drive and Touchwood Park Rd.) from 2017-2019 were given second and third reading.

Unfinished business
There were a number of resolutions that initially passed at joint council that were affirmed at this meeting, with costs shared between NCL and Car­berry: Teresa McConnell and Sandra Jones to attend the MMAA Conference Apr 24-26; that one banquet ticket be purchased for R. McConnell; that Grady Stephenson attend the Aquatics facility Operator’s Course May 4 in Brandon; K & L Loney, D & B Menzies to attend the MB Association of Fire Chiefs Conference June 1-3 in Winnipeg (this coming from the fire budget).
Council re-considered contributing to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities legal fund to the tune of $63. This was nixed by Council, who felt it should come out of their membership fees.
General Business
As a result of the disaster at Lac Mégantic, Transport Canada has requested that NCL give a report of all railway crossings. There are over 20 in the municipality, and to have the railways do it, at the cost of $350+ per crossing, that means about $10,000 of a cost. Reeve Adriaansen suggested that a letter go back to Transport Canada, advising them of the costs, and asking them if they would like to contribute.
If a council member has the time to do it, it would be considerably less.
B. Nelson, who plans to build a house in Odanah, but just outside the NCL boundary (400 M off the line), requested to tie into the NCL water system. Council agreed, noting that the cost for hook-up may be more than the standard.
Councillor Drayson suggested that the standard hook-up ($15,000) be increased to include the $1400 fee to the Town of Neepawa. Council is going to set it up so that they can recoup the costs that are incurred for a hookup.
Council discussed the County Court building – how to move forward without having to retain the office space in that building. Council has offered that space to the Beautiful Plains Archives.
An agreement has been reached for the purchase of graders. The tender from Toromont CAT was accepted for three 2017 graders at a cost of $636,080 plus taxes and minus GST on the trade-ins. 
There has been some question from the public about how the municipalities will celebrate Canada 150. Recognizing that Wellwood has their own Canada Day celebrations, the municipalities have a plan to build on the “free swim” day at the pool and have a barbecue to go along with it. Watch for more details.

Planning
McEntee updated everyone on the Dane subdivision proposal. At last meeting, R. Dane made a request to add 150 acres of rural residential property south of the present RR10. These are to be larger lots of 15-20 acres, which would allow a small number of livestock on the property (usually horses).
The Planning Board is prepared to include this area in the new development plan as an amendment. 
However, the province had some reservations about establishing more rural residential while there are still a large number of lots available for development. McEntee warned that if the Dane proposed lots become a stumbling block to the development plan being approved, then it might be removed from the plan.
Council looked at a proposal from Spud Plains Farms Ltd. to subdivide property SE 19-11-14. This is a bit of a reversal of what usually is requested. In this case they are reducing the rural non-farm dwelling site of 6.15 acres to 3.95 acres to increase the size of the agricultural part of the quarter. This will allow the pivot (which would be infringing on the residential property) to go around on the agricultural property.
Council gave app­roval to the application, subject to conditions: a conditional use for a 3.95 rural non-farm dwelling site in an AG District; a variation order to reduce the minimum site area from 5 acres to 3.94 acres; and a declaration of right of way granting continued use of the shared driveway.
A road crossing request came from C. Reynolds for the installation of a 8” irrigation waterline from NW 3-10-14 (F & D Whyte) across road 81W to NE 4-10-14 (Reynolds). This passed, subject to the following: the top of the pipe is a minimum of three feet below the lowest point of the crossing; that the pipe is sleeved the full width of the crossing; a Development Permit is procured for the new water lines, and an easement agreement prepared, along with GPS co-ordinates.

Communications/Around the table
Carberry/North Cyp­ress-Langford Fire Depar­­tment report 18 calls so far in 2017. Of the 18, 13 were for motor vehicle accidents, and one was residential. In Neepawa, there were 12 calls.
May 21-27 is National Public Works Week.
Reeve Adriaansen commented on his visit to the museum at Shilo and recommended it to everyone.
NADCO (Neepawa and area Development Corp) will meet April 20 regarding soybean mill production for the area. 
Council will meet with the foreman soon to make sure that equipment, projects and help are all adequate for the coming season.
Prior to adjournment, accounts totalling $276,323.31 plus direct deposits were approved for payment. The next council meeting will be on May 8. Joint meeting will be on April 25. The joint meeting for May will be on May 29 instead of May 22, because of the long weekend. 

by Gloria Mott

Front Page for Monday, April 17

posted Apr 18, 2017, 8:49 AM by Kathy Carr


CACF Grant Recipient Spotlight

posted Apr 10, 2017, 9:51 AM by Kathy Carr

Each year in May and November, worthy, non-profit organizations in Carberry and Area are awarded grants from Carberry and Area Com­munity Foundation. With the Spring 2017 grant deadline fast ap­proaching on Wednesday, April 12 at noon, we thought this was the perfect time to show you exactly how a group can benefit from a CACF Grant!
The Carberry Col­legiate Student Council group, with great support from Mrs. Raegan Dyck submitted an impressive and unique application in Fall 2016! The group requested funds to put toward a water bottle filling station for the Collegiate. They were seeking a hydration solution that would lower the school’s carbon footprint by reducing the waste associated with single-use plastic water bottles. The group also cited health benefits to the water bottle filling station including promoting the healthiest beverage option for students, staff and guests and increasing sanitation and reducing the spread of germs by not having mouths near the fountains.
In November 2016, the Carberry Collegiate Student Council group, through Beautiful Plains School Division, was awarded an $1100 grant.  After compiling other financial resources, the Collegiate was able to purchase the water bottle filling station from a local business, who got to work installing the unit.  
“We’re not only reducing our waste, we’re teaching students healthier habits by encouraging them to drink cool, filtered water instead of other sugary beverages.  So the benefits go far beyond the cost savings,” said Mrs. Dyck.  
In the Report Back document submitted to CACF, Carberry Col­legiate Student Council noted that students are proud to use and have this item.  They love reporting on how many plastic bottles the school is saving from going in the gar­bage.  Students are also bringing water bottles to school more to fill at the station because the quality of water has improved drastically.
CACF couldn’t be more pleased to have aided in making this dream a reality!  Our board members have received positive feedback from parents, staff members and students about the impact of this bottle filling station.  The cool, clean tasting water will be enjoyed by community members for years to come.  Cong­ratulations Mrs. Dyck and students on a job well done! 
If your organization has received a grant in the past and would like to be featured in a CACF Grant Recipient Spotlight, please contact us at carberrycommunityfoundation@outlook.com

by Brianna Renwick

A Season to Remember

posted Apr 10, 2017, 9:41 AM by Kathy Carr

The Carberry Plains­men PeeWee’s battled hard throughout the regular season to earn a first round bye in the playoffs.  The second round was a difficult test for our Plainsmen as they played against Killarney. It was back and forth action all series until Ben Saun­derson claimed victory for our Plainsmen with a beautiful goal on the rush to end the series in OVERTIME.  
The Carberry team won the first two games of the best-of-three series, which sent them to the South­west League final against Virden.  
Virden was the King of the League. They were undefeated throughout the regular season and in the playoffs, so winning seemed like an unimaginable task for our Carberry crew.  
Game one took place in Carberry and although it started well with a home goal early in the game, Virden dominated the second and the third periods to earn a 10-3 victory over the Plains­men.  A tough loss. 
 The team was told to forget about that game and, instead, work harder than they thought possible, and urged not to give up.  The team took the mentality that they had nothing to lose…the underdog story…and did it ever work.
Game two was played in Virden two days later.  Our kids hit the ice with purpose and fore­c­hec­ked Virden relentlessly.  We managed to bury a few of our chances and before you knew it the final buzzer had sounded.  Our Plainsmen won the game 4-0.  
Goal­tender Carson Bjarnason was a brick wall, stopping all 28 shots that came his way.  Not only did it force game three, it was also the first loss for Virden in the Southwest League this year.  
Game three was also on the road in Virden. Emotions were high and there was a lot of tension in the air.  The league banner was on the line…no holding back… winner takes all.
The final game started with Virden putting the pressure on our Carberry Plainsmen.  Although Virden had the puck for a lot of the first period, Natasha Falk, Ben Saunderson & Carsen Nakonechny (Our three defenseman), limited the opposition’s scoring chan­ces and we escaped the period with a 1-1 tie.  
Trailing 2-1 after the second period, our kids came out strong in the third period getting chance after chance after chance. Eventually we tied it up and the last game of the year went into OVERTIME.
Overtime was played four on four which meant there was a lot of extra room for skating with the puck. 
Our PeeWee Plains­men had chances to end the game, but they couldn’t find the back of the net. Then the whistle blew. Carberry penalty, two minutes, for Roug­hing. We took a penalty in our own end, which put us down four on three. A terrible place to be in OVERTIME. The title, the banner, seemed to be slipping from our hands.
After a brief pause in the game, the puck dropped and it was pushed to the corner to the right of the Carberry goalie.  
A race for the loose puck ensued. Car­berry’s Luke Robson poked it past the Virden defender and he was off on a short-handed breakaway. The crowd erupted as Robson wristed the puck over the goalie’s glove to end the unbelievable game… series…and season. Overtime magic. 

by Ryan Robson

Front Page for Monday, April 10, 2017

posted Apr 10, 2017, 9:40 AM by Kathy Carr


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