Curlers come home to Strongfield’s new rink

League curling resumes tonight, Monday, Feb. 12 in Strongfield. This new curling rink replaces the older structure that was toppled by a July 20, 2017 windstorm.
(Leader photo by Tara de Ryk)

STRONGFIELD—Curlers along Line 19 have come home.

Monday night curling has resumed at the Strongfield Curling Rink. The season kicks off tonight in the brand new rink that was built to replace the old rink that was destroyed by a July 20 windstorm.

A “Welcome home to Strongfield” banner was hung on the inside wall, greeting curlers as they stepped on the freshly made ice.

The banner is a thoughtful touch courtesy of Ron Sabiston.

When he was sorting through the remnants and equipment of the destroyed curling rink that were stored in the ice-skating rink next door, Sabiston said he found the banner, which was from the village’s homecoming celebration in 2012.

So he brought it over to the new curling rink and hung it up.

“This is like home. We’ve lived here the last four months,” Sabiston says.

He’s a member of a crew of volunteers who have been working nearly non-stop to get the new rink ready for the season.

He is known as “Northend Ron” to differentiate him from the other Rons living in and around the community including Downtown Ron and West Farm Ron.

“I found it kind of ironic. There were four Rons in town and then I get here and found out there’s two more Rons on the farm.”

Strongfield is like most Saskatchewan towns, populated by community-minded individuals who get things done. And they all have nicknames, so it can take a minute or two for a stranger to sort out who’s who.

George “Shorty” Follick was flooding the ice last Monday night. He’s known as Shorty to distinguish him from Strongfield’s former mayor George Bristow, who was of much taller stature.

Also part of the volunteer crew are Ryan Glubis, Strongfield Mayor Jeff Vollmer, Ronny Follick, Dave Wirth, Devon Ellscheid, Ernie Pryor, Jessica April and Amanda Glubis.

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Demand for LTC beds exceeds space

No vacancies: The long-term care beds at Davidson Health Centre have been full for more than a year. January 2017 was the last time there was a long-term care vacancy in the facility.
(Leader photo by Tara de Ryk)

DAVIDSON—There are not enough long-term care beds at Davidson Health Centre to meet the demand.

Since January 2017 a shortage of long-term care beds at Davidson Health Centre has caused a wait list of people seeking placement in Davidson’s health care facility.

As a result, people are residing in facilities far from their home community such as Dinsmore, Lucky Lake and Rosetown. Their names are on a transfer list awaiting a room to open in their community or facility of first choice.

At the end of January 2018 the former heartland health region had 17 clients on the regional transfer list, states LeAnne Paproski, communications coordinator at the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Rosetown office.

Currently the former heartland health region has enough beds to be able to offer long-term care for anyone who requires it, however, Paproski said, people may not get a bed in their facility/community of choice.

“In the former heartland health region, clients are given options for three locations. If there is no bed available in the first community, we look at availability in any of the other requested communities. They would then go on our transfer list to return to first choice of community,” Paproski said.

Reports from family members are very positive of the care their loved ones are receiving at facilities outside of Davidson. By most accounts their parents are doing well and are content in their new homes.

But they are a long way from home, making it difficult for sons, daughters and grandchildren to regularly visit their family member.

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Midget Huskies buck Broncos out of playoffs

Ryan Skinner gets dropped while sending the puck in front of the net.
(Leader photo by Tara de Ryk)

DAVIDSON—Davidson’s Midget Huskies have advanced out of the first round of East Central Minor Hockey League playoffs.

Last Thursday the Huskies travelled to Humboldt where they defeated the Humboldt Broncos 6-2 to win the three-games series in two games.

Coach Jason Nolting said the Huskies got off to a slow start. “We were pretty lackadaisical in the first period and I’m not sure why.”

Halfway through the period the Huskies picked up the pace and the results started showing up on the scoreboard. Riley Berry, from Connor Watt and Deacon Nolting, had the first goal of the night. This was followed soon after with a goal by Kane Nolting, assisted by Phoenix Prpick and Josh McRae. This line continued its production with McRae scoring the Huskies’ third goal of the game, with help from Kane Nolting and Prpick. Davidson had a 3-0 lead after the first period.

The Second period was scoreless.

In the third period, while on the powerplay, the Broncos finally managed to get the puck past Davidson goalie Carson George. In response, the Huskies had a powerplay goal of their own with Hunter Herback scoring, from Watt and Deacon Nolting, to pad the lead to 4-1. Seconds later the Broncos responded, scoring their second goal of the game. Kane Nolting, from Berry and Herback, scored to put Davidson ahead 5-2. Trystan Stacowich, from Prpick and Jackson Firby, scored with 4:40 remaining to clinch the 6-2 win.

The Huskies controlled most of the game.

“We got a few penalties, but nothing too bad. We wanted to make sure we got out of there with the win and no suspensions,” he said. With a small roster, Nolting said the team can’t afford to be missing players.

The Huskies won Game 1 at the AGT Centre in Davidson Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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Outlook RCMP investigate fatal single vehicle rollover

Around 8:30 a.m., Feb. 5, Outlook RCMP, Fire Department and EMS responded to a complaint of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 45 just south of Outlook. Upon arrival the driver of the vehicle was found deceased. The 57-year-old male from Outlook was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

The Outlook RCMP, RCMP Traffic Reconstructionist and Coroner are investigating. 

Break and Enter Near Penzance

Craik RCMP are asking for the public’s help in solving a crime that occurred in the RM of Sarnia back in mid-January.

Sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., on Jan. 18, a break and enter occurred at a farm house approximately 7 miles east of Penzance. Police report the suspect(s) gained entry to the vacant house by forcing the front door open. It appeared that nothing was stolen.

People may contact Craik RCMP Detachment 306-734-5200 if they have any information about this or any other crime. They may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Kinsmen donation bolsters Bladworth Hall repairs

Wayne Hodgins (far right), on behalf of Davidson Kinsmen Club, presents a $10,000 cheque to Bladworth Hall Committee members Barb Cerniuk and Paul Chomyshen of the Bladworth Elks.
(Contributed photo)

BLADWORTH—Efforts to repair and renovate the Bladworth Hall were bolstered last week thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Davidson Kinsmen Club.

Wayne Hodgins, on behalf of the local Kinsmen, presented a $10,000 cheque to Hall committee members Barb Cerniuk and Paul Chomyshen in support of the project. Hodgins said it’s the Kinsmen’s mandate to help out in the community as need arises.

Providing monetary assistance for repairs to the Bladworth community hall is such a need.

Last Wednesday workers continued repairs to the hall that were kicked off with a work bee on Jan. 6. The most recent work included structural repairs to a broken beam that supports the floor as well as replacing floor joists where needed.

Also last week, Roughcut Enterprises started working on drywall repairs.

This work will not interfere with the Kinsmen Club’s Goldfish Races, a fun fundraiser that’s become an annual tradition at the Bladworth Hall. The event is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Repairs to the hall were necessary so the building can continue to serve as a gathering place for community events put on by the Bladworth Elks and service clubs such as the Kinsmen. As well, the building is used for family reunions, funerals and even serves as a polling station.

After the Goldfish Races, the next big event is the Elks’ annual steak fry in April.

Lyle Kowalski, a member of the Bladworth Elks and of the hall committee, says the Elks and Kinsmen have worked on projects together in the past and hope to do more in the future. The community appreciates the Kinsmen’s generosity.

The Bladworth Hall Committee has awarded a contract to Grout Construction to fix the building’s soffit and fascia to improve the building’s ventilation. This work will begin once weather improves.

The committee welcomes more donations as they plan to upgrade doors, windows and the exterior cladding.

Kowalski said they will also apply a fresh coat of paint to the interior, making it a desirable place to hold family functions.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation may contact Kowalski at 306-567-7605.

Elbow revokes rink privileges

Elbow rink.

ELBOW—Fun and games at Elbow’s Rink have been put on hold.

Due to an incident of mischief and vandalism the village has locked the door to the facility. It posted this closure notice on its website Friday, Jan. 26: “Due to damages the Elbow Rink will be closed until further notice”.

Village administrator Yvonne Jess described the damages as minor, more of a nuisance, including messes made in the washrooms, damage to a basketball hoop and paper towels were strewn about.

However, “Someone decided to burn some paper towels on the skating surface. This was the big concern,” Jess said. Concerned that the facility could have burned down, the village decided to lock the doors until council decides what to do next.

Council will be discussing the rink closure at its Feb. 12 meeting.

This winter, the Village decided not to put ice in the rink. Instead, in mid-December, they opened it up for kids in the community to use it to play floor hockey and basketball. There are also ramps and jumps in the building for use as a BMX/skateboard park.

The doors were never locked and people were free to come and go whenever they wanted.

Jess said users were informed that this access was a privilege, one they were expected not to abuse.

Jess said they do not know who is responsible. Nor has it been reported to RCMP.

The Davidson Leader, Davidson, Saskatchewan