Archive for Hanley

Back-to-back bronze for Hanley pole vaulter

Jadyn Reiber (right) of Hanley Composite School won bronze in the midget girls pole vault at the provincial track and field meet on June 3.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — Flinging your body around with the help of a long, narrow pole might seem daunting, but fortunately it gets easier with time.

“It can be a bit scary hurling yourself into the air, I guess,” said Jadyn Reiber, a pole vaulter and a Grade 10 student at Hanley Composite School.

“It was hard at first . . . Once you get over the fear factor, then it gets a lot easier and your confidence grows.”

Having won two provincial bronze medals in two years, Reiber knows what she’s talking about.

She won bronze in the midget girls pole vault last year, with a height of 1.90 metres.

On June 3, she repeated the feat, increasing her height to 2.25 metres. Both years, she was the only Hanley athlete to return home from provincials with a medal.

Reiber said she participates in other events but has focused on the pole vault in the last couple of years.

“Honestly, I’d see people doing it and I thought that it would be kind of fun,” she recalled.

She and other rural students practised at the field house on the University of Saskatchewan campus once a week, giving them an opportunity they might not otherwise have at smaller schools.

In recent weeks Reiber has been suffering from a virus, which weakened her somewhat on the day of the event. She said she’s still curious to know how she would have done had she been in perfect health.

“I was hoping to do better, but that didn’t happen,” she said, adding, “I’m happy with the way it turned out.”

She has avoided injury so far in her pole vaulting career, though she had a close call while warming up at provincials this year when the mat was harder than she expected.

“My first jump was kind of a surprise,” she said. “I kneed myself in the face.”

Reiber plays volleyball at school and has also played on various club teams. Her other sports include curling and badminton.

“I do pretty much everything the school has to offer,” she said.

With a couple of years to go, she plans to continue her efforts on the field, with the aim of improving her results and perhaps taking home a silver or gold.

“A lot of the girls do club track in the city,” said Reiber. “I think if I push myself, I can hopefully reach that goal.”

For the full story and complete results, see the June 12 edition of The Davidson Leader, or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Street party raises funds for Hanley rink

Dustin Laventure (left) and Noemi Tews fight for the ball in a practice game of street hockey in Hanley on the afternoon of May 27. Also pictured at the back are David Tews and Case Hammond.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — Summer in Hanley kicked off in fine form with a street hockey tournament and dance last weekend.

Between 20 and 30 players took their sticks to the street on May 27. A small section of Lincoln Street was fenced off for the games, which attracted both teens and younger kids.

Four games were played during the tournament, but the hockey continued until well after dark, with players remaining on the street till around 11 p.m.

At 8 p.m., Billy Bob, a three-piece band from Saskatoon, took the stage, playing a variety of fun music.

Organizer Cindy Prosofsky said the dance continued till shortly after midnight, ending after an equipment malfunction.

She said they were happy with the results and hope to make it an annual event.

“It was a good time and we learned a lot,” said Prosofsky. “Hopefully next time we can make it bigger and better.”

The events were organized to raise funds in support of the Hanley rink. The town is planning various upgrades to the facility, including the installation of artificial ice.

The arena, which was completed in 1981, currently relies on natural ice and is usually in operation for two months or so each year.

Organizers began fundraising in 2014, initially setting a goal of $1.5 million and later scaling back that target.

Prosofsky said they have raised around $150,000 so far and will soon begin work on some of the upgrades, including renovations to the penalty box and players’ benches.

The committee has been approved for a Community Initiatives Fund grant of $25,000, which Prosofsky said may be applied toward the purchase and installation of an overhead door.

Organizers are also looking at the purchase of a used artificial ice plant. Prosofsky said they plan to make a decision shortly.

Obituary: McPhee, Audrey Blanche

McPhee, Audrey Blanche (Peggy)
August 12, 1928 — May 5, 2017

Peggy was born in Hanley, Sask. She passed away peacefully in Polson Extended Care, Vernon, B.C., with her children at her side. She is predeceased by her husband Roy, her mother and father, and all her brothers and sisters. Peggy is survived by Jeanette, Larry (Donna); grandchildren Craig and Rob; one great-grandchild Karsen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The service is to be held in Hanley, to be announced at a later date.

Hanley Sno-Pitch raises $15K for cancer centre

Organizers Robyn Libke and Madison Prosofsky pose with a giant cheque for $15,675.95, representing the proceeds from this year’s Hanley Sno-Pitch Extravaganza on Feb. 11.

Organizers Robyn Libke and Madison Prosofsky pose with a giant cheque for $15,675.95, representing the proceeds from this year’s Hanley Sno-Pitch Extravaganza on Feb. 11.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — A field of snow, seven teams and four spray-painted bases — all for a good cause. What’s not to love?

It was another successful year for the Hanley Sno-Pitch Extravaganza, an annual fundraiser for cancer research.

Organizers reported a clear day, a strong turnout and close to $16,000 raised.

“It was one of our nicer years,” said Madison Prosofsky, who organized the event with Robyn Libke. “It makes playing ball a lot of fun.”

The Extravaganza was held on Feb. 11 outside the Elks Hall, with seven teams taking part.

Including players and volunteers, around 125 people were involved in this year’s event, raising a total of $15,675.95 for the Saskatoon Cancer Centre.

The hall served as the event headquarters. Ball games were played on the adjacent lot with bases marked in pink spraypaint — “about as redneck as it gets,” in the words of organizers.

For the full story, please see the April 17 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Haunting humour was on the house in Hanley

Lovers and fellow ghosts Charles (Hayden Pitzel) and Nellie (Lauren Griffin) are surprised in a scene from The Hotel, this year's Hanley Composite School drama production.

Lovers and fellow ghosts Charles (Hayden Pitzel) and Nellie (Lauren Griffin) are surprised in a scene from The Hotel, this year’s Hanley Composite School drama production.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — Last year, they played farmers beset by drought and depression, economic and otherwise, in the midst of the Dirty Thirties.

This year, they were ghosts creating havoc in Saskatoon’s Delta Bessborough hotel.

Leanne Griffin, co-director of the drama program at Hanley Composite School, said she likes giving her actors some variety in their roles from year to year.

“It’s good to stretch them and make sure they get to experience different styles of acting,” she said. “That helps them grow in their performances.”

Close to 80 people attended a dessert theatre at the school on Wednesday, featuring the club’s performance of The Hotel.

The 60-minute play was written by Griffin, and co-directed by herself and Brandon Hutchinson with a cast of eight students.

The story centres around a group of six ghosts at the Bessborough, who spend their days recreating their own deaths to scare hotel guests.

For the full story and more photos, please see the April 10 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Obituary: Haight, Rose

Rose Haight

Rose Haight (nee Paulow), age 85, passed peacefully into glory to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Feb. 11, 2017 with family by her side at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

Rose was born August 25, 1931 to her parents, John and Anna Paulow. She grew up on the family farm near Krydor, Sask. After completing school Rose moved to Saskatoon. She started work at the Saskatoon Sanatorium, then later as a telephone operator.

Rose married Glenn Haight on October 14, 1961. They settled in Hanley where they farmed together, and raised their three children (Jeff, Audrey and Lyle).

She was a strong farm girl, who worked hard her whole life. Rose enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation every day of her life. She delighted in watching baby barn swallows sticking their yellow beaks and heads over the edge of a nest for the first time, seeing young calves kicking up their heels, kittens carefully walking across the grass feeling the soft blades on their tender toes, and she loved to pet the soft heads of the baby chicks as they ran around and pecked the ground for the first time.

Rose loved to see the flowers blossoming around the house, crops growing in the fields, and the many trees growing around the yard that she and her husband, Glenn, planted. Rose enjoyed gardening, canning, quilt making, helping move farm equipment to different fields, and many other aspects of the farm life. At the end of every day she loved to read her Bible, and the Daily Bread devotional.

Rose loved and remembered the achievements of her husband, children, grandchildren, and other family members and friends. Rose is fondly remembered for the many games of checkers she played with her children and grandchildren, a cookie box that was always full, ample supplies of peppermints in the cupboard, and her famous macaroni dish made with just the right amount of Cheez Whiz in the sauce. She put others first many times saying, “Don’t worry about me. You do what has to be done first.”

Rose will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Rose is survived by: her husband, Glenn, of 55 years; children Jeff (Lana), Audrey (Nick) and Lyle (Jill); eight grandchildren (Aaron, Joel, Jared, Caleb, Bria, Kyla, Carolanna and Lydia); two great-grandchildren (Jesse and Micah); younger brother Steve (Allene), and numerous nephews and nieces.

Rose was predeceased by an older infant brother, parents John and Anna, older brother John and his wife Mary.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Prairie Spring Care Homes, the Saskatoon Cancer Center, St Paul’s Hospital, Royal University Hospital 6200 and Oncology Day Care, for their great care of Rose during her last few years. A celebration of Rose’s life will be held Monday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hanley Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hanley, Sask. Arrangements are in the care of Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson, Saskatchewan. Donations in lieu of flowers can be directed to Hanley Lutheran Church, Saskatoon Cancer Center, or a charity of choice.

Though Rose’s strong heart has stopped its beating,
birds will keep on softly singing,
gentle breezes will keep on blowing,
through the yard that Glenn and Rose’s love built,
until we meet Jesus, and forever more.