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Manchurian Ash Tree Program

Manchurian Ash Tree Program

City of Morden, Parks Department would like to inform residents of a Manchurian Ash Tree Program taking place this spring and early summer.  Due to the occurrence of fungal infection and insect damage the City has planned treatment and removal of Manchurian Ash.

It is suspected that Manchurian ash trees originally suffering from frost crack damage were further exposed to a fungal infection.  Stress caused by the fungus is furthered by allowing the stressed tree to become more attractive to insects.  In this case the insect feeding on leaf causes the leaf to curl along the edges and twist, under the twisted leaf the insect matures and leaves a white cottony residue.

To date the City of Morden has 360 Manchurian Ash trees.  At the beginning of June, trees assessed in good condition were treated with Safer’s Insecticidal Soap and will be treated again in early July.  Trees assessed last year and again this year in poor condition will be removed and replaced. Attached is a map of the removal locations. City staff have been working with provincial and federal specialists on the positive identification of both the fungus and the insect.

One of the best treatment methods is to ensure your tree remains healthy and this can be achieved by watering during dry conditions, avoiding any trunk or root damage, and avoiding any herbicides or salts in the soil near the tree.

Ash Removal Map 2017

For more information contact:

Shawn Dias – Parks Manager
Telephone: (204) 362-3999   Email: sdias@mordemb.com

34th Triathlon Coming Up July 8-9!

Challenge Yourself For Local Charities at the 34th Morden Triathlon 

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The Morden Triathlon is gearing up for it’s 34th event in support of local charity groups. 3rd Wave Triathlon Club, will host the Morden Triathlon on July 8 at Lake Minnewasta, and the Kids of Steel Triathlon on July 9 at the same location.

This year will see some changes to one Manitoba’s longest-running triathlons. The Half Ironman and Foilman distance races have been switched out for the standard Olympic distance and a Sprint distance in both triathlon (swim, bike, run), and duathlon (run and bike) races.

The TRY-A-TRI, a short distance triathlon race, will return to the Saturday race and is a great way for those who are new to the sport to challenge themselves and give it a try.

Proceeds from the race will go toward local charities: South Central Cancer Resource, Morden Caring & Sharing, and Many Hands Resource Centre.

“We are very excited for the 34th year of the Morden Triathlon, and we encourage people to sign up and challenge themselves for a good cause,” said race co-director Chaley Martens. “As a not for profit club, we rely on race registration, and a part of donations and sponsorship to not only make this event happen, but to be able to provide proceeds to our charities.”

Registration will be open until June 30, and is available online at www.mordentriathlon.com

Spectators are welcome! 

The public is encouraged to attend the race to take in all the excitement. The best places for watching the full range of the race is at the Lake Minnewasta beach, but vantage points for the running leg of the race can be enjoyed from the golf course, the western part of Alvey Street, and Connor Hill from Pembina Drive to Mint Street.

Kids of Steel Triathlon – July 9th

The Kids of Steel Triathlon for youth aged 4-15 will take place the following day at Lake Minnewasta. Registration can be made on the day of the race at the registration tent, or pre-register online at: http://www.triathlon.mb.ca/Races_KidsOfSteelSeries.aspx

Canada 150 Celebrations

Canada 150 Celebrations taking place on July 1!

In recognition of Canada’s 150th Birthday the City of Morden is planning a birthday party! In conjunction with the Beach Blast and Fireworks we are having a birthday party downtown. The area on 8th Street from Stephen Street to North Railway Street will be closed for Saturday – July 1.

Mayor Ken Wiebe said “We’d like to welcome people downtown, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate Canada’s birthday in our community. Between the beach and downtown there is entertainment for everyone. And of course, we’ll wrap up the evening with a great fireworks display.”

The party will include live music, cultural demonstrations, vendors, beer gardens, a little bit of bingo, games and birthday cake!

The Pembina Hills Art Gallery will be hosting a beer tasting afternoon with Made in Manitoba beer. Beer tasting tickets will be sold for $10 each at the Pembina Hills Art Gallery. Ticket-holders will have the opportunity to choose 4 samples from a selection of 12 Manitoba Beers. The gift shop at the Art Gallery will also be open for the general public.

The afternoon will kick off with a picnic table set for 150 people, food provided by Coffee Culture. Tickets are available at the Access Event Centre for $10. The picnic will be served at 12:00 p.m.

Join us for community Zumba at the Morden Activity Centre in the morning! The Activity Centre will also have a Games Café open from 1-4pm. Come in and play board games, crib, rummolie and use the pool tables! 150th birthday cake and coffee is provided throughout the day.

“We thought it would be fun to celebrate Canada 150 with a downtown celebration. The activities are more geared for the older crowd that might not be interested in going to the Beach Blast, but everyone is welcome. It will be a fun afternoon,” explained Clare Agnew, Community Services Director.

The summer recreation programmer is assisting with the organization of the event, “It will be a great event, we have some amazing performances both local bands and cultural groups to showcase Canada’s diversity that’s right here in our town” explained Courtney Yeo.

Listen for more details, and plan to attend! If you would like to volunteer please contact Clare Agnew at 204.822.5431.
The rain location will be the Access Event Centre, activities will go ahead as planned.

Contact: Clare Agnew – Community Services Director
Telephone: (204) 822-5431 Email: cagnew@mordenmb.com

Tree Watering- Community Bulletin

Tree Watering – Community Bulletin

MORDEN, MB — The City of Morden, Parks Department would like to ask for the community’s assistance in watering boulevard trees.  Due to the lack of moisture over the past several weeks, some trees are showing signs of moisture stress.

Watering should be carried out during the cooler parts of the day, such as evening and early morning. The amount of water given should provide a deep soak into the soil, using one of the following approximate measurements:

  • 20 litres, or
  • 5 ½ gallons, or
  • 2 – 4 minutes with a standard garden hose.

This should be done once a week. Infrequent, deep soakings are better than frequent shallow watering.

This spring 130 boulevard trees were planted throughout the community. Smaller and younger trees up to 5 years old are the highest priority for watering during dry conditions.

The Parks Department would like to thank all its residents who help maintain around and care for our City’s trees.

  • Please report any broken branches, dead or diseased trees, and tent caterpillars to the Parks Department.

Contact: Shawn Dias – Parks Manager
Telephone: (204) 362-3999    Email: sdias@mordenmb.com

Spring Cleanup, Hazardous Waste and Water Meters

Spring Cleanup, Hazardous Waste and Water Meters!

This week is spring cleanup week.  Residents can place bundled twigs along with yard waste, bagged in compostable paper bags on the curb for pickup on their regular garbage day.  Plastic bags will not be picked up.  Residents may also access the Compost Yard located at Willcocks Road at any time to drop off yard waste and branches (again…. No plastic bags).  Wood chips and compost are also available at this location for Morden residents to pick up.

The Household Hazardous Waste Depot located at MWM Environmental’s yard at 456 Jefferson St officially opened up this week.  Hours of Operation are Monday & Thursdays 1-4pm.  Through our license with Product Care, residents can drop off items such as paint / stain (in the original containers), empty paint cans, aerosols, mineral spirits, paint stripper, bbq lighter fluid; pesticides & toxics with the skull & crossbones symbol such as automotive additives, furniture stripper, etc.  This year round facility will replace the annual spring drop-off day.

You can still drop-off household batteries at the Access Event Centre (111 Gilmour Street) or Morden Fire Hall (194 Thornhill Street).

Water Meter Readers will be going through the community to collect water readings.  They will be carrying I.D. identifying them as City employees. If for some reason, they are unable to obtain a reading from your home, a card will be left on your door asking you to please provide us with your meter reading before the end of the month.

Paint the Esso Cup Ice Rink!

Come out and have some fun Painting the Esso Cup ice rink!
This Saturday May 13th FREE public skate from 1-2pm then Paint the Ice from 2-5pm. Take some pictures skating on the Hockey Canada logo, and then have fun painting the ice!

This event is sponsored by Morden Home Hardware and Beauti Tone Paint. Watch what the Winnipeg Jets did with their rink here: https://twitter.com/NHLJets/status/854738564084641792 Questions? Contact: Courtney Yeo l programs@mordenmb.com l 204-822-5431

Morden Gets Loud for Mental Health

Morden Gets Loud for Mental Health

May 1-7 is Mental Health Week and the City of Morden has coordinated four events to promote mental health in conjunction with this national initiative. CMHA Mental Health Week started in 1951 to raise awareness for mental health in Canada. Held during the first full week in May, CMHA Mental Health Week is now a popular awareness week. This year the Canadian Mental Health Association is encouraging us to “GETLOUD for Mental Health.

“Getting loud means speaking up to stop the discrimination and the stigma that often go hand in hand with mental illness. It means using your voice to raise awareness and build support. For someone at home. For someone at work. For yourself.”

Positive mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a “perfect” life. It’s about living well and having the tools to cope with difficult situations even during life’s challenges. Each person’s path to mental well-being is unique. We all have our own goals, our own challenges, our own talents and our own supports. But positive mental health is within everyone’s reach.

Staying mentally healthy is like staying physically fit— it requires effort. But the rewards are worth it! Everyone has to face stresses and demands, but we all need and deserve breaks. Daily physical exercise, for instance, not only makes you stronger and more fit, but it also improves your mood and your sense of well-being.

The following events are being held as part of Mental Health Week:

Register for events at mordenmb.com/mental-health-week, or call 204-822-5431.

Stephanie Dueck, Morden’s Recreation Programmer commented, “I’m hoping that by coordinating these events with different organizations we can make a strong statement in promoting mental health. Let’s #GETLOUD, let’s get help when we need it, and let’s end discrimination against mental illness!” A big thank you to Harmony Tree Studio, Morden Mennonite Church, Anita Hiebert, Marlow Miller and Barrett Plett for their work in helping to put these events together.

Discover Downtown- Pedestrian Only Event

Discover Downtown- Pedestrian Only Event
April 28 & 29, 2017

The City of Morden welcomes visitors and residents to discover historic downtown Morden.  Visit the boutique shops, restaurants and services of the Stephen St. shopping district in a pedestrian friendly, outdoor market atmosphere.  Enjoy patio service, food trucks, buskers, street vendors and boutique shopping.

Stephen Street between 7th St. and Nelson Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Friday April 28th 9:00 AM through Saturday April 29 at 6:00 PM.

Take a walk and discover Morden’s Downtown!