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with details. Please note events may take up to a week to appear on the site.
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for full details of the events below.
Altamont Open Bonspiel
(every full 3rd weekend of Jan)
Mariapolis Church Brunch
Altamont Poker Derby
Altamont Heart and Stroke Foundation Bingo
Mariapolis Drama Club Performance
Bruxelles Girls' Softball Tournament
All Communities - Heel Toe Poker Derby
Mariapolis & Notre Dame - Rally Cap Baseball May 12 and May 14
Altamont Golf Tournament
& Steak Fry
Altamont Baseball Tournament and Beer Garden (3rd Sunday)
Mariapolis Mari-Happiness Ball Tournament - August long weekend
Bruxelles Fall Supper
St-Alphonse Fall Dinner
Altamont United Church fundraising Supper
Altamont Cancer and Arthritic Society Bingo
Mariapolis Live auction and Bake Sale
Altamont Ladies Christmas Supper
Bruxelles School Christmas Concert
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THINK LOCAL YOUTH BURSARIES 2013
Applications Now Available!
This year we have TWO bursaries available to graduating high school seniors. Each bursary is for up to $1000 towards educational expenses. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting applications. Deadline to receive applications is May 30, 2013. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
THINK LOCAL BEAUTY GRANTS 2013
Applications available here.
These grants are once again available for community organization projects to beautify our local communities. One matching grant of up to $500 is available for each of the communities of Altamont, Bruxelles, Mariapolis, St-Alphonse and Swan Lake. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting the application. Deadline to receive applications is May 1, 2013. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
LORNE APPRECIATION EVENING &
Thank you to everyone who made our first Lorne Appreciation Evening such a great success on November 4, 2011!
Special thanks to Les Kletke for replacing our original guest speaker at the last minute. The standing ovation said it all.
For those wishing to view a copy of the special slideshow of Century Farms, click here.
Bordered on the east by the Pembina Hills, on the north and west by the Tiger Hills, and on the south by the Pembina Valley, the Rural Municipality of Lorne is a picturesque region of gentle, rolling hills, and a patchwork of some of the most fertile fields in Manitoba
The RM of Lorne's rolling landscape
The Pembina River drains into a series of lakes in Lorne, including the popular Lake Seven near the hamlet of Swan Lake.
The very progressive Swan Lake First Nation also lies completely within the boundaries of the RM of Lorne.
The first settlers came to the RM of Lorne in 1878, attracted by the abundance of the farmlands and wildlife in the area
. Lorne is still a vibrant agricultural region. There are many varieties of livestock, including dairy, beef and hogs, as well as PMU farms. It is a major center for growing cereal grains, such as wheat, barley and buckwheat, and oil seed crops, such as canola, flax and sunflowers. Potatoes are also an important crop.
Recently, hemp has joined the traditional crops being grown in Lorne. A few organic farms are also operating in Lorne.
In 2005, Manitoba's first wind farm was developed in the RM of Lorne. Expansion of the existing wind farm, as well as development of other wind farms have begun here and across Manitoba. Lorne is proud to be the Wind Capital of Manitoba, and home to such an innovative technological venture
In addition to wind energy, Lorne is also home to a variety of industry
, including parts and equipment manufacturing, concrete plants, gravel quarries, printing and graphics companies, cabinet manufacturing and much more.
The RM of Lorne has a special affinity to the arts. There are many artists, crafters, authors and musicians in Lorne
. Paul Kane, the famous artist, mentions the swans on the lake in his 1858 works. His son, also named Paul, was married at St. Leon in 1885. The author Gabrielle Roy lived and taught here, and included Lorne in many of her famous novels, most notably "The Road Past Altamont"
and "Children of My Heart"
Lorne is also home to a thriving recreational community
. The many skating, curling and hockey rinks are in constant use during the winter. Baseball and Belgian Bowling are popular in the spring and summer. Eight Friendship Centres and seven Community Halls are host to a wide variety of activities throughout the whole year. Over ten churches serve Lorne's mosaic of nationalities and religions.