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Knights and DICA team up on Coats for Kids

Grand Knight Brian Hanson representing Knights of Columbus Council 5384, presents coats to Lois Sarich, representing the Davidson Inter-Church Association. The coats will be distributed locally to ensure no child goes cold this winter.


By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — No child should go cold in Davidson and district this winter.

That’s the idea behind the Coats for Kids program, a co-operative effort between the local council of the Knights of Columbus and the Davidson Inter-Church Association (DICA).

The program has been in operation in Canada and the U.S. for close to a decade, but this is the first year it has reached Davidson.

Larry Packet, who is organizing the local effort for Knights of Columbus Council 5384, said about two dozen coats were purchased for distribution in this district.

Across the province, he said, councils are distributing upwards of 2,000 coats to children.

“The Knights of Columbus do not want to see any child cold this winter,” Packet explained.

The Coats for Kids program, which began in 2009, is operated by councils in both the U.S. and Canada.

Last year, 1,780 councils distributed a total of 87,906 coats to children in both countries. Almost 400,000 coats have been distributed in the last eight years.

Packet said the local council had previously tried to reach out to contacts here, but without success.

More recently, they got in contact with DICA, knowing that the association already oversees the Christmas Gift Card Project.

“We figured they would be the best liaison between us and the kids receiving them,” said Packet. “They know who may be in need.”

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Elf comes off shelf

Imperial School students Frances Dy, Ken Roz Cabaraban, Martha Martens, Jenna Joa, Mackenzie Van Damme, Jacelyn Kelly and Lena Zubrian sing the song “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” during their school’s dinner theatre production of “Elf Jr.”


By Joel van der Veen

IMPERIAL — The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Imperial, if their recent musical theatre production is any indication.

Staff and students of Imperial School mounted a production of “Elf,” a play based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell.

All students in grades 7 through 12 — 42 in total — were involved in one way or another, from acting and singing to serving on the crew and painting set pieces.

Other students, staff and the larger community also contribute to the production, an annual tradition for 21 years and counting.

Principal Carol Baade, who co-directed the show along with Jarvis Engele and Skyler Hart, said she was pleased with the final product.

“I’d say in the last week we really pulled a lot of it together,” she said, “and I think people enjoyed it.”

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Davidson Minor Hockey Report

Davidson Red’s Malia Johnson (left) heads up the ice with teammates Blake Manz and Kurstyn Vibert following close behind.


Following their home tournament, the Davidson Novice Red team visited Kenaston on Dec. 12, winning 7-3. Marek McIvor scored four goals for Davidson, while Blake Manz, Kacie Allan and Nevin Diakow also scored. Kenaston’s Jett Prpich scored a pair of goals, while Brady Menzies also scored.


The Atom Huskies visited Outlook on Dec. 9, suffering a 13-2 loss. Seth Johnson scored both goals for Davidson, the first assisted by Mason Berry and the second unassisted.


Davidson visited Raymore/Strasbourg on Dec. 9, narrowly losing 8-7. The host team led 2-0 after the first period. Hayden O’Brien and Morgan Tastad both scored for Davidson in the second, but the team still trailed 5-2. Davidson made a remarkable comeback in the third period, adding five goals to their tally, while the host team scored another three goals.

Parker Ackland and Cameren Rudniski both scored in the first half of the period. Later, Evhan Allan and Hayden O’Brien each scored with roughly six minutes remaining, narrowing their opponents’ lead to 7-6. Connor Flahr scored for the host team with 2:33 remaining, moving the score to 8-6. Kaden Berry scored an unassisted goal for Davidson with 16 seconds left — close, but not enough to take the win.


Davidson visited Humboldt on Dec. 9, where they lost 6-4. Jackson Allan and Kade McConnell scored two goals each, with assists credited to Jaden Wall, Ethan Schilling and Logan Schneider.

The next day, Davidson visited Lanigan, winning 6-3.

Zack Prpick and Hayden O’Brien scored in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead for Davidson, while a goal by Drayson Tichit gave the team a 3-1 lead in the second period. Derek Griffin, Carter Mooney and Zack Prpick scored in the third period to clinch the win for Davidson.

Assists were credited to Donta Desjarlais, Drayson Tichit, Jackson Allan, Zack Prpick, Logan Nelson-Schneider and Hayden O’Brien.


Davidson visited Muenster/Lake Lenore on Dec. 10, where they lost 3-2. Deacon Nolting scored for Davidson in the first period, assisted by his brother Kane. Kane Nolting scored Davidson’s second goal with 10 seconds left in the game, assisted by Riley Berry and Hunter Herback.

On Dec. 13 the Huskies hosted Lanigan, winning 3-1. Deacon Nolting scored in the first period, assisted by Trystan Stacowich and Riley Berry. Riley Berry scored two goals in the third period, the first unassisted and the second assisted by Connor Watt and Trystan Stacowich.

Mildred Nellie Ballard

1931 – 2017

Mildred “Nellie” Ballard (Harbor) of Hanley, Sask., passed away at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon on December 7, 2017 with her family by her side. Nellie was born on the family farm on January 21, 1931. She attended school at Bell Rock and Hanley High. Nellie played ball with the “older” Hanley girls. She always said that she was younger than her teammates, but because she was such a good player they let her play. Nellie married Lyle Ballard on October 29, 1948 at the Harbor farm. Left to mourn her passing are: Diane, Stanley (Barb), Kim (Don), Lionel (Donna), Kevin (Melissa) and Kelly (Carla); her grandchildren Karen Pollock and son Tyler, Dee Ballard, Clay Ballard, Nikki (Craig) Storbakken and their son Hayes, Markie (Austin) Silenka and children Layne and Kodie, Nathen Bohrson and son Zachary, Arley Bohrson, Trisha (Drew) Kardash and their children, Hudson, Maecie, and Tatum, Mark (Amanda) and children Damon and Kassidi Ballard, Sarah Ballard Hawkshaw, and daughter Charlotte, Megan Ballard (Cam), Brooke, Kabree. She is also survived by her two brothers-in-law Earl (Elaine) Ballard and Elmer Ballard. Nellie was the last in the line, she was predeceased by her husband Lyle, her parents Rosie and Ernest Harbor, brother Stanley Harbor (killed in action WWII), sisters Catherine Suttie (Jim), Helen Remmen (Rolf), Doris Toles (Allan); Lyle’s parents Lilllian and Rueben Ballard, Lyle’s sister Lila (Clifford) Wood, Lyles’s brother Melvin (Billy) and their children Leslee, Terry, Dixie and Ronnie, sisters-in-law Jeanette Ballard, Irene Ballard, and granddaughter-in-law Tracey.

In her later years, Mom loved to watch sports. Curling and tennis were her favourites. She was an avid sewer and we have many of her quilts which were spread out among us including one for Harley, Kelly’s dog. She had many friends. Her home was an open house to the twins’ friends when they moved to town in 1980 and still they dropped by for a visit from time to time.

A Celebration of Nellie’s Life Funeral Service was held at the Hanley Centennial Hall on Tuesday December 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers may include donations to St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon or a charity of your choice.

Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson was in care of arrangements.

Cardinal, Larry John

Larry John Cardinal passed away suddenly on November 30, 2017 at the young age of 65. Larry was a man of many passions. You could find him throughout the year dropping a line in the water waiting to catch the big one. During the fall he could not wait to get out to help with the harvest. He enjoyed being out in the golden sun working the fields with his family.

Larry’s biggest passion was his family. He leaves behind his best friend, his fishing and hunting partner and the biggest love of his life, his wife of 36 years Lorriane Cardinal. Larry also leaves behind two sons who share in his passion. He leaves behind Michael (Teresa) Cardinal and Rodney (Julie) Cardinal. His three grandchildren were his biggest pride in life. He was very proud to be a grandfather and loved Danika, April and Austin with all his heart. Larry came from a very large close-knit family who spent many holidays, reunions, fishing and hunting trips together. He leaves behind his brothers Walter (Darlene) Cardinal, Mark (Gaylene) Cardinal, Frank (Elaine) Cardinal, his sisters Amber (David) Greene, Nadine (Dwight) Gartner, Iris (Byron) Greene, Inez and her partner Paulette and Indira (Grady) Goodman, Helen and her partner Dan, and Sandra Bast. He also leaves behind many dear brothers- and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and -nieces. His companion and furry sidekick Patch will miss him greatly.

Larry is predeceased by his parents Tony and Doris Cardinal, his mother- and father-in-law Mary and Herman Skalicky and granddaughter Autumn Cardinal. Larry’s motto was WIN which stood for “What’s Important Now”. Larry wore a WIN band on his wrist every day to remind himself and for him to remind others of this.

An interment will take place at a later date in July 2018 at the Bladworth Cemetery.

Marion Frances MacLaggan

1945 – 2017

December 8, 2017 Marion MacLaggan passed away peacefully in her sleep with family at her side at the Sunnyside Adventists Care Home in Saskatoon. Marion was born in Paignton, Devon, England on March 27, 1945 to parents Ron and Frances Brown. The family moved to Moose Jaw in 1948 and later to Aylesbury, Sask., in 1951 where Ron ran the Red and White grocery store and where Marion completed her schooling. She then moved to Saskatoon in 1963 to become a Lab Tech at RUH. In Saskatoon she met Rae and they were married on April 19, 1965. They were blessed with son Kevin (grandson Kohl) of Saskatoon and daughter Ashley (granddaughter Moira) of Vancouver B.C. Also former daughter-in-law Merilee Morales of Saskatoon. Marion is predeceased by her parents Ron and Frances Brown and brother-in-law Terry MacLaggan of Saskatoon. She is survived by her husband Rae, son Kevin (grandson Kohl), daughter Ashley (granddaughter Moira) and by her only sibling Eric Brown (Sharron) of Cowichan Bay, B.C. Also surviving Marion are three nieces Brenda Fleury (Dean), Wanda Levac (Dwayne) and Debbie Longmore (Davyn) and their families all of Swift Current, Sask.; two nephews Gary Brown (Inge) and David Brown (Tabby) and their families of Whitehorse, Yukon and sister-in-law Lois (Terry) Johnston and family of Kelowna, B.C. Marion loved family most of all, her grandson and granddaughter being her pride and joy. Her favourite pastime was reading. She also liked travelling to Fairmont, B.C., curling and playing slow pitch when she was younger. She worked at RUH as a Lab Tech, Hi-Lo Mart, Pinder’s Drugs, MacLeod’s, K-Mart, Zellers, and finally London Drugs until her illness. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Sunnyside Adventist Care Home for the loving care Marion received there. At Marion’s request there will be no funeral. A family Memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Marion’s memory may be directed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Saskatchewan. Condolences for the family may be left at Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME (306) 244-5577.