Volunteer Tourism?

This summer has been exciting, not just because of all the great events we attended, but because we got to meet some of the great people behind these events!

The thing that lots of event organizers and helpers had to say about volunteerism: It’s fun, but there just isn’t enough of us.

What about trying volunteer tourism? It’s a great way to experience culture and festivals, and give back to the community!

To volunteer at some of our annual events, please contact:

Vita Canada Day

Gardenton Festival

South Junction Canada Day: 204-437-2284

Sprague Fest: dorishovorka@hotmail.com 

St. Labre 200

The videos will be released starting early September. Keep your eyes open, and remember to thank your volunteers!

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What’s Up in Sprague? Basketball and Old Cars

Sprague Fest – a gathering of community and friends in the beautifully treed river town.

It started off with a pancake breakfast served by the volunteer firefighters. Then local businesses paraded through town with their floats. If you stuck around for the rest of the day, you could watch basketball tournaments and participate in the ‘ugly Hawaiian shirt’ contest!

Just last weekend, the Sprague Show & Shine took place, raising money for the Sprague cemetery with live entertainment, free food and vintage vehicles from all over Manitoba and Minnesota.

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Outsmart Wildfires

Fires have been burning dangerously close to farm lands and residents in the RMs of Stuartburn and Piney for the past three

days.

Wildfires take an enormous amount of resources to monitor and control, not to mention the strain they put on communities.

There is a complete burn ban in effect in both the RMs of Piney and Stuartburn, and travel restrictions in the RM of Piney. This means that there should be absolutely no open fires, and vehicles should stay off the backroads.

It’s important to do your part in protecting lands and residents from the threat of
fire. Manitoba Wildfire Information suggests these tips for preventing wildfires:

  1. Avoid setting fires on days of low humidity, gusting winds and high temperatures.
  2. Pay attention to burn bans and fire ratings, and know the laws related to burn permits!
  3. Keep fire pits and burn barrels away from homes, trees and dry bushes. ONLY burn in designated areas! (Note: as of April 30, 2018 there is a COMPLETE BURN BAN)
  4. Keep constant supervision over your fire and make sure it is fully extinguished.
  5. Don’t throw cigarettes out of your car windows!
  6. Be a smart ATV or dirt bike rider – their exhaust systems can ignite fires.
  7. Check all farm and lawn equipment to ensure spark arrestors are working properly.
  8. Make sure chimneys and fireplaces meet regulations and building codes.
  9. NEVER set off fireworks without a permit.
  10. Report wildfires immediately!

Emergency Measures Organization says that residents in areas of high risk should be ready for an evacuation of at least 72 hours. If you are a resident, here’s how you can prepare to evacuate:

  • Know your all of your family members’ unique needs (medical or otherwise).
  • Be ready to evacuate any pets.
  • Make plans and have necessities ready to take with you.

For more information you can visit the RM offices in Vita or Vassar

You can also visit visit: www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/

For updates, watch @rmofstuartburn and @rmofpiney on Facebook.

 

Sources:

RM of Piney Newsletter, May 2018

“Fire Prevention Tips”, www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/;

“72 Hours of Preparedness”, Emergency Measures Organization

www.winnipeg.ctvnews.ca 

 

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Ready to Promote?

Sunrise Corner now has two, portable, roadside signs for local advertising.

Local organizations in the RMs of Stuartburn and Piney will be able to utilize the new signs to promote themselves and advertise events. This is part of an effort to gain more community involvement and outside interest in local events.

Advertising on the sign will promote awareness from drivers passing through the area, and will lead to publicity and interest of local events and fundraisers.

More information on how to get space on a sign is coming soon. Keep an eye out!

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