It is Thursday. Our day to enjoy and celebrate another tasty Manitoba product. We call this Savour Manitoba. Today, Cornell Creme -- a made in Manitoba ice cream by Lisa and William Dyck of Anola. Cornell Dairy is North of Steinbach between Beausejour and Anola. The farm was named after William's dad, Cornelius who continues help out. They milk 120 cows every day, twice a day, 365 days a year or almost 98,000 litres per month. And when Lisa joined us this morning, she talked about the "need" for another ice cream in Manitoba.
Cornell Creme is available at select food stores and restaurants across Manitoba including Main Bread and Butter Stbh, and Rural Roots Food Cooperative Boissevain
The early Tuesday morning hours displayed a rare phenomenon - the first total lunar eclipse in what is known as a blood moon tetrad. The moon becomes a reddish orange because of sunlight that is filtered and refracted by the earth’s atmosphere.
Although the blood moon spectacle has occurred many times throughout history, a blood moon tetrad is significant in that it consists of 4 consecutive blood moons, all of which occur on Jewish feast days. In this present cycle, the first blood moon today marks the beginning of the Jewish Passover, which commemorates the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. The Torah states that the Israelites were spared the final 10th plague – the death of the first born, by painting the blood of a lamb on their doorways. This plague “passed over” all families who protected themselves in this way. The last three blood moons in this tetrad will occur consecutively on 08 October, 2014 (Sukkot), 04 April, 2015 (Passover) and 28 September, 2015 (Sukkot).
Besides the fact that all previous blood moon tetrads have occurred on Jewish feast days, it is striking to note that is was during the last tetrads in 1967 – 1968 that the six day war occurred in which Jerusalem was captured. Research reveals that a significant historical event or events, affecting the Jewish people and impacting the world, have occurred during the ‘season’ of each previous blood moon tetrad in the past. Besides the tetrads mentioned here, previous blood moon tetrads have occurred in 1949 - 1950, 1493 - 1494, 860AD – 861 AD, 842 AD – 843 AD, 795 AD – 796 AD, 162 AD – 163 AD. Further detailed information regarding the blood moon tetrad can be found at NASA’s web site: www.nasa.gov
This week on "Savour Manitoba" we featured the McLauchlan family -- Rocky Lake Birchworks. Rocky Lake is located 55 kilometers North of The Pas, and is surrounded by pristine land, and an abundance of Birch trees.
One of their specialties is Birch Syrup -- one of the rarest gourmet food products in the world, and one of the most difficult to produce. Al Friesen spoke with Johanna McLauchlan about this family project.
We know of MDS as the volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States. That response has been improved by the addition of two trailers. The Emergency response trailers, which can be towed by a half ton, or three quarter ton pickup will make for a quicker response time and more accessible accommodations for up to ten volunteers.
One of the two brand new trailers was on display at this past weekend's annual banquet of MDS Manitoba unit. Al Friesen was given a tour by MDS Executive Director Kevin King, and Director of Region V operations Janet Plenert. You can find out more about the work of MDS at http://mds.mennonite.net/home/
"Savour Manitoba" - our chance to highlight tasty, healthy food, grown, produced, or marketed right here in Manitoba. Jean-Guy Cote and his wife Ainsley own John Boy Farms. They are a small market garden with an apple orchard and cider mill right near Landmark, Manitoba. They produce and sell Manitoba Apple Cider, Apple Jelly and their very popular Apple Syrup, year round. Thank you Jean-Guy for your time and showing us your place.
This week on Savour Manitoba our focus is on a type of milk that has created a demand in Manitoba and elsewhere. Goat's milk. Oak Island Acres Dairy is located at Minto and run by the Rourke family. Barry Lamb toured the farm this week to find out more about Oak Island Acres Dairy from Diane Rourke
It was a year ago, Manitoban and Team Canada wheel chair curler Dennis Thiessen returned from Sochi Russia with a gold medal world championship as one of the very first athletes to compete at the future Olympic venue. Dennis and the team were back there a year later, and last weekend added a Paralympic gold.
We've started something new! Something called, "Savour Manitoba". A weekly highlight of tasty, healthy food grown, produced, or marketed right here in Manitoba. Other Brothers Coffee is roasted and manufactured in Winkler, and what started as a garage project, "just for fun", has turned into something much bigger.
Erin Plett and her husband started this together, and now, with the roasting process taking place at Sunny Day Products in Winkler, it's bigger than they could have imagined.
The YWCA in Brandon held its 29th annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala on March13th at the Keystone Centre in Brandon.
This year 19 women were nominated and that included one person in the young women of distinction category. Karen Peto is the YWCA's Executive Director. She was pleased with this year's banquet and fund raising event. She said about 450 people attend the gala.
Six nominees were named Women of Distinction and they included Valerie Soltys of Erickson, Gail Cullen from Brandon , Gwen Tripp of Killarney, Lois MacDonald from Brandon and Patricia Boguski of Roblin Kalena Green form Carberry was named Young Woman of Distinction.
Proceeds from the fund raising gala help suppport the YWCA's programs and services.
13,000 high school students, parents and teachers are expected to attend this year's Rotary Career Symposium which is filling the RBC Convention Centre. In the midst of all those students on opening day was Al Friesen, who sat down with Chair Sandy Bisentin to find out a bit more about this year's event -- and it's ongoing success
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