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  • Volume 105 No. 22 Friday, June 12, 2015 $ 1/Copy (Inc. Taxes)


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    Pierson steps it up for Huntington Disease The weather was perfect for the 3rd annual Sprint Into Summer 2015 held Saturday, June 6, in Pierson . A total of 110 participated in the 5/10 k walk/run to raise money for Huntington Disease research and awareness. PHOTO/ JENNA HALLIDAY

    Sprint Into Summer 2015 submitted by Terri Alphonso and Cindy Horrigan

    On Saturday, June 6, we held our 3rd annual Sprint Into Summer, a 5/10k walk/run to raise money for Huntington Disease.

    Registration began at

    5:00 p.m. while the kids busied themselves in the bouncy castles, skipping ropes and bubbles! The atmosphere was excit - ing as all 110 partici - pants showed up, reg - istered and donned their matching HD T-shirts!

    At approximately 6:00 p.m., we gathered outside the Pierson Community Hall to set out. The weather, like our event last year, was absolutely beautiful! The sun was shining and the breeze was just enough to keep the heat down.People walked, ran, pushed baby stroll - ers and wheel chairs, all

    heading towards a cure for Huntington Disease, a genetic disease that has deeply touched our southwestern corner of Manitoba.

    As the participants returned, we were joined by more mem - bers of the community, and we feasted on ham - burgers and hot dogs, sponsored by Valleyview Co-op and barbecued by the Pierson Volunteer Fire D e p a r t m e n t . Homemade salads and fruit trays, topped off with ice cream cones for dessert, were all donated by local people.

    At 8:00 p.m., we gathered in the Hall for some thank yous and a few words spoken by Tania (Minshull) Kyle- Robinson, who explained the great strides that have been made in finding a cure for Huntington Disease thanks to fundraisers such as ours, and that out of all the walks across Canada last year, Pierson, Manitoba raised the most amount of money!

    We were also for - tunate enough to have Bert Blackbird come to our walk. He is an ultra

    marathoner that has been raising money for our cause! He explained to the crowd that last year he ran from Winnipeg to Brandon in 24 hours, raising $16,000.00!! And this year he has plans to run from Regina to Brandon in 55 straight hours!

    Mrs. Lisa Erixon also came with some mem - bers of the K-6 choir and performed a few concert numbers to entertain the crowd. We ended the evening with dancing, prizes, and lots of laughs and memories that included some of

    the grad class alumni of 1990 celebrating their 25th high school reun - ion!

    The band, Water & Wood, performed (all members of last years band, Hawg Wylde). They were amazing once again and they all commented how excited they were to come back and look forward to next year!

    We are still bringing in donations at this time but our total seems to be around $12,000.00! We are once again blown away by peoples generosity, love and good spirits!

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    Sprint Into Summer 2015 Huntingtons Disease Fundraiser


    Travelling?Make SureYou Have


    Race Fees:18 years +: $40 (includes t-shirt, glow sticks & after-party entry)

    12-17 years: $30 (includes t-shirt & glow sticks)11 years & under: NO CHARGE

    After-Party to followAnyone over the age

    of 18 welcome!Doors Open 9:30 p.m.

    Tickets $10

    Visit for more information & registration forms!

    Brought to you by:

    Special thanks to our generous sponsor:

    Get Your Glow On 5K run/walk fundraiser deadline approaching by Brittany Walker

    Get your running shoes out because, on Friday, July 3, the Melita Banana Days Committee will be hosting a 5k fun run/walk fundraiser called Get Your Glow On. The run/walk is glow themed as it will start at 9:00 p.m. and all participants will be provided with glow sticks. The Committee hopes to light up the streets with glow sticks and other colourful and glowing items that the partici - pants are encouraged to wear. The money raised at this event will be used to help put on Banana Days 2015.

    The run/walk will start at the Melita Legion Hall on Main Street, with registration at 8:00 p.m. To get the crowd ready for the run, Zumba instructor Lisa Bird will be giving a class to warm everyone up! Then at 9:00 p.m., the race will start. A pre-planned route will be marked out for participants to follow and each kilometre will have a rest stop with either water or a fun activity.

    Melita Banana Days Committee president Camiel Serruys said that the race is a thrilling fun walk or run through the beautiful streets of Melita, all while getting fit and supporting your community. This fundraiser isnt like most, with being held at night, we are throwing a curve ball to spice up your evening.

    Following the run, there will be a glow after- party at the Melita Legion Hall that anyone 18 and over can attend, whether they participated in the run or not. The party will start at 9:30 p.m. Of course, there will also be refreshments and snacks outside of the hall at the end of the run for all who participated.

    To enter the race, you can visit the Melita Banana Days website at and print off the reg - istration form and waiver or email melitabanana - [email protected] and the Committee can get you all the information you need. The race fees are as follows 18 plus years - $40 (includes t-shirt, glow sticks and entry to the party); 12-17 years - $30 (includes t-shirt and glow sticks); 11 years & under - free.

    When coming to the Get Your Glow On 5k run/walk, Serruys says, Be creative, make a splash with it and dont go unseen! Be bright and most of all HAVE FUN as that is what every Banana Days event is all about!

    The last day to register for the event is Monday, June 15.

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    Oil Capitals draft Justin Lee Justin Lee was recently drafted in the MJHL by the Virden Oil Capitals. He has been fortunate enough to play on lots of great hockey teams through the years. He feel his strengths are being able to read the ice well, making a good first pass to get out of the zone, and his work ethic. In the off season Justin works out with Jonathon Filewich with Outperform. His greatest influence has been Don Deitrich because over the years he has taught me almost everything I know about the game of hockey and helped me get to this point today. In the future, he would like to play hockey at the highest level he is able to for as long as he can. Justin says his hockey highlights over the years have been winning Tournament of Champions, Provincials, and being selected to the Virden Oil Capitals this past draft. Congratulations Justin and best of luck in your future hockey endeavours.


    New Health Committee formed to lobby government submitted

    A meeting was held last week in the Chambers of the Two Borders Municipality which was called by the leadership in our area - Mayor of Melita Bill Holden, Head of Council of the Two Borders Municipality Debbie McMechan, and Head of Council of the RM of Pipestone Archie McPherson. This meeting included Council represen - tatives from these bodies as well as business people in our area and concerned citi - zens. As the meeting pro - gressed, it was evident that the concerns of the work of the Prairie Mountain RHA continue to be a worry - some both in regard to our emergency service and of our hospitals future in gen - eral. We discussed the nurse and doctor shortage in our hospital in particular and looked at ways to improve hiring and reten - tion of both. The group has decided to form an official committee to lobby the government to ensure that our hospital stays open and that the government contin - ues to recruit health care

    professionals for our area. It seems that going directly to the Minister of Health might be more worthwhile than trying to work solely with the RHA.

    Some of our concerns include (but are not exclu - sive to): The extra money being spent to have a con - tinual rotation of agency nurses that we are paying additional mileage and accommodations for.

    The fact that no com - munity members have been able to sit down with poten - tial doctors to have a dis - cussion personally with them regarding the support they are looking for from the community.

    The fact that although the RHA is offering more positions to