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Car club buys jerseys for Dundurn peewees

Members of Dundurn’s peewee Wolfpack are sporting brand new hockey jerseys this season thanks to the Saskatoon Antique Auto Club. The club donated $1,000, a portion of proceeds from the 2014 SuperRun, to Dundurn Minor Hockey to purchase the much-needed sweaters. Pictured are (front left) Bud Small, president of the Saskatoon Antique Auto Club and Norm Mowles, Dundurn resident and car club member, along with members of the peewee Wolfpack with coach Gaetan Blouin (rear left) and assistant coach Dave Dowll (far right).

By Tara de Ryk

DUNDURN — Hockey players for Dundurn’s peewee Wolfpack are sporting spiffy new jerseys courtesy of antique car buffs.

The Saskatoon Antique Auto Club has purchased a set of jerseys for the minor hockey team.

The donation was made possible due to the Western Canadian car show SuperRun, an annual car show held during the August long weekend that rotates between Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The majority of the proceeds from SuperRun go to Camp Easter Seal, however, after the 2014 SuperRun in Saskatoon, organizers found themselves with extra funds. They decided that each participating car club in Saskatchewan, nine in total, would get $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Dundurn resident Norm Mowles, a past-president of the Saskatoon Antique Auto Club, made a pitch for his club’s $1,000 to go to the Dundurn Minor Hockey Association.

“I know from putting my youngest through minor hockey in Dundurn, it was tough,” he recalls of the costs of running a program.

Dundurn Minor Hockey decided to use the funds to buy jerseys for the peewee hockey team. The jerseys are a brilliant blue colour with the Wolfpack logo on the front and a Saskatoon Antique Auto Club crest on the sleeve.

This is the first peewee team in Dundurn in a few years.

Coach Gaetan Blouin said, in recent years, they haven’t had enough players to form a team, however, the population in the area is growing and the association hopes to field a bantam age team next season and possibly a midget team after that.

Besides players from Dundurn and area, kids from Hanley and Allan are also on the team.

Hanley White Sox win midget AA provincial title

The Hanley White Sox defeated the Ponteix Pirates 6-5 on July 23 to win the Midget AA Tier 4 provincial baseball championship.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — The Hanley Merchants went their whole first season without a single win.

In their second year, they showed modest improvement, winning two games.

So it was nothing short of a shock when the team, now renamed the Hanley White Sox, finished its third season by winning a provincial title.

The Sox defeated the Ponteix Pirates 6-5 on July 23 to win the Midget AA Tier 4 provincial championship.

“We didn’t expect that at all,” said Jason Bellina, the team’s head coach, adding that while the win was a surprise, the boys earned it just the same.

“It’s not like we’re a bunch of schmoes out there. They’re good ball players. It was fitting for them to win the whole thing.”

The midget team included 16 players, drawing from Hanley, Dundurn, Kenaston and Clavet, and played in the Saskatoon league.

All their games are played in the city, as Hanley’s diamonds aren’t in line with the league’s regulations.

The past season had been the team’s best yet, with three wins in the regular season and a brief run in league playoffs, where they reached the second round.

“They’re such a good group of guys,” said Bellina. “You could just see them getting better and better through the season.”

Initially they hadn’t planned to go to provincials, but later decided to take a stab at it.

“We figured, ‘Who knows? Let’s just see what we’re up against,’” Bellina recalled.

Midget AA Tier 4 provincials were held in Ponteix from July 21 to 23, beginning with round-robin play on Friday and Saturday. Six teams competed in two pools.

For the full story, please see the Aug. 14 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

 

Motor home destroyed in fire near Dundurn

By Joel van der Veen

DUNDURN — A motor home was destroyed after catching fire on Highway 11 just north of Dundurn.

Laura Friesen, chief of the Dundurn Fire Department, said the crew received the dispatch at 3:16 p.m. on May 16.

Six members responded with four vehicles to the blaze, but the motor home was a total loss.

Friesen said the driver of the vehicle was travelling on the highway when he noticed signs of fire.

“It started to smoke, so he pulled off,” she said. “He managed to drive it off the highway when he knew there was trouble.”

The driver brought the motor home off the road north of town, near a storage facility.

The town office posted a notice on Facebook shortly afterward, noting that the fire was under control and asking residents to avoid the scene.

Friesen was unable to confirm any further details, but she said she believed the driver was not a local resident. There were no injuries reported.

“Person in distress” was an ice fishing shack

Emergency responders were called to Highway 11 south of Dundurn around 2:30 a.m. on March 25 after a report of a possible person in distress. They arrived on the scene and found an ice fishing tent and chairs.

Emergency responders were called to Highway 11 south of Dundurn around 2:30 a.m. on March 25 after a report of a possible person in distress. They arrived on the scene and found an ice fishing tent and chairs.

By Joel van der Veen

DUNDURN — Early Saturday morning, eight members of the Dundurn Emergency Services Team (EST) responded to a call of a possible person in distress.

A driver had phoned 911 after seeing what they believed was a body laying on the side of Highway 11, south of Dundurn just before the hill at Blackstrap.

Members were dispatched to the scene on March 25 around 2:30 a.m. They didn’t find a body, but they did manage to rescue an ice fishing tent and a pair of chairs.

Speaking to the Leader last week, fire chief Laura Friesen said they don’t want to deter people from calling for help in the event of an emergency.

“We will respond to emergencies, no matter what they are,” she said.

However, she said, it’s also helpful when people check things out and get the basic information before they call 911.

This way, they can ensure there is an actual emergency, as well as providing the pertinent information to dispatchers.

The Dundurn EST issued a message on Facebook that same day with a similar message.

“When in doubt, always, ALWAYS call 911,” the message stated. “It is better to be present and not needed, than to be needed and not present.”

Friesen said the circumstances can go both ways, noting she is aware of other situations where emergency responders weren’t contacted.

“I understand why people don’t want to stop,” she said. “You don’t know what you’re dealing with.”

Dispatchers sometimes receive calls about cars or trucks parked on the side of the highway, only to find that the vehicles have left by the time responders arrive. Friesen estimated they receive roughly one of these calls per year.

The post also advised that the owner of the ice fishing tent and chairs can pick up their property at the Dundurn Fire Hall.

Friesen said they’re not sure how the equipment ended up on the roadside, noting that it may have fallen off of a passing vehicle. It’s also possible the owner was from out of town.

As of Wednesday the owner had yet to claim their tent and chairs, she said, adding with a laugh, “I think after (our) rant they may be too embarrassed.”

Dundurn kids rush to give lacrosse a try

Calleigh Roepe scoops the ball into the netting of her lacrosse stick during a Try Lacrosse camp at Dundurn Elementary School on Jan. 31.

Calleigh Roepe scoops the ball into the netting of her lacrosse stick during a Try Lacrosse camp at Dundurn Elementary School on Jan. 31.

By Tara de Ryk

DUNDURN — Not too long ago, Parker Michalishen used to sleep with his lacrosse stick.

It’s an admission the 18-year-old SWAT Lacrosse junior team player made to a gym full of eager 7- to 12-year-olds at a Try Lacrosse session held in Dundurn on Jan. 31.

Michalishen told them that’s how much he loved the sport.

This is a passion Saskatchewan lacrosse players are bringing to communities near Saskatoon this winter.

Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association conducts these Try Lacrosse camps in co-ordination with Saskatoon Box Lacrosse and Saskatchewan SWAT Lacrosse. The sessions are for children ages 7 to 12 to introduce them to the sport in a fun and positive manner.

Dundurn’s session had 18 kids learning some of the lacrosse basics such as scooping, cradling, catching and throwing.

“I couldn’t skate, Michalishen says of why he started playing lacrosse five years ago. Instead of playing hockey, he decided to try the next closest thing.

“I fell in love with it as soon as I picked up a stick. I really love it and I want the game to grow.”

Saskatoon’s Box Lacrosse League saw a 25 per cent increase in registration last season, with most of the growth occurring in the younger age divisions, says Neil Hruska, the Try Lacrosse co-ordinator for Saskatoon Box Lacrosse and Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association.

He credits the popularity of the Saskatchewan Rush, a professional lacrosse team that plays at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, for the sudden growth in the minor levels of the sport.

“Because of the Rush, because they see how intense of a sport (lacrosse is), kids are being drawn to it,” Hruska says.

For the full story, please see the Feb. 6 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Dundurn lights up in support of new fire hall

Members of the Emergency Response Team — from left, Terry Benson, Rikki Chobotuk, Laura Friesen, Brian Harrison and Tom Willms — pose with the custom cake designed by Amanda Bell.  (Photos courtesy of Gary Boehm/GDB Imaging Photography)

Members of the Emergency Response Team — from left, Terry Benson, Rikki Chobotuk, Laura Friesen, Brian Harrison and Tom Willms — pose with the custom cake designed by Amanda Bell.
(Photos courtesy of Gary Boehm/GDB Imaging Photography)

By Joel van der Veen

DUNDURN — The fund for Dundurn’s new fire hall got a major boost as the community gathered for the lighting of the Memory Tree late last month.

Organizers said the project has raised more than $15,000 this year, and with donations still coming in, the total could exceed $20,000.

The ceremony on Nov. 27 included the singing of Christmas carols, lots of homemade goodies and a time to remember loved ones.

“It was a wonderful, moving ceremony,” said organizer Rosalind Arndt, part of the six-member committee behind this year’s program. “It was just so nice.”

Arndt estimated the crowd in attendance at over 100 people, including several members of the Dundurn Emergency Response Team.

Now in its fourth year, the memory tree lighting ceremony, initiated by Glen Cline, has become something of an annual tradition for Dundurn and area residents.

The tree, located outside the Dundurn Community Hall, was decorated by Patty and Sam Posnikoff. It will continue to be lit until mid-January.

Residents were invited to purchase a bulb for $20 in memory of a loved one, while personal or corporate donations and sponsorships were also accepted.

Arndt said there were upwards of 25 corporate sponsors this year. All donations in excess of $200 are recognized on a permanent plaque made by Waylyn Signs.

The Friday night program was emceed by Steve Menshenfriend and led off with the singing of “O Canada” by Brenda Presnell. Reaschelle Higginbotham and Courtney Schroeder read the list of people being remembered and those who had purchased the bulbs in their memory.

A group of students from Dundurn Elementary School, led by vice-principal Kirsten Tucker, sang a selection of Christmas carols. Dundurn students were also responsible for the paper angels that adorned the hall.

Baked goods, many of them homemade, were donated by community members for the occasion, while a special cake in the shape of a tree was provided by Amanda Bell.

Arndt said the memory tree project raised just over $43,000 for the new hall in its first three years. Donations are still being accepted through the office of the Rural Municipality of Dundurn.

Serving on the committee along with Arnst were Barb Olyniuk, Tanya Richmond, Alysia Kuzma, Carolyn Cartwright and Patty Posnikoff.