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Hanley moving closer to artificial ice upgrade


Organizers accept a cheque for $25,000 towards the artificial ice project from the Town of Hanley during “Hockey Day in Hanley” on Jan. 7. Pictured from left are Elias Kempton, town councillor Andrea Townsend, Julie Bessey, Cindy Prosofsky and Bekki Kempton.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — A jump in temperatures last week didn’t bode well for hockey players in Hanley.

The town’s arena, in operation since 1982, is perhaps the last operating facility in the area that still relies on natural ice.

“I think we are pretty close to being the only natural ice around here for a while,” said Cindy Prosofsky last week.

With winter temperatures on the rise, residents can only expect to use the rink for a couple of months each year.

Prosofsky said the rink wasn’t up and running till the end of December, and several days in a row of above-zero temperatures could put the rest of the season in jeopardy.

“You look at the weather we’re having right now,” she said. “Who knows what will happen to our ice?”

After three years of fundraising, Hanley is moving closer to bringing artificial ice to the rink.

Back in 2014, organizers set a fundraising goal of $1.5 million for an ambitious project that would have included a cement pad over top of the existing rink floor.

Prosofsky, who serves as president of the artificial ice committee, said they are in the midst of revising their plans.

As of last week, they had not released their new fundraising target — indicating only that it would likely be significantly lower — or the total raised so far. Prosofsky said that information would be publicized soon.

The Hanley Arena was built between 1980 and 1981 and officially opened on Feb. 21, 1982, replacing an earlier skating arena constructed in 1928.

For the full story, please see the Jan. 23 edition of The Davidson Leader, or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Obituary: English, Sonja

web-obit-englishSonja English

It is with great sadness that we announce that Sonja Helen English (nee Opseth), aged 81, passed away on Nov. 9, 2016 after a brief struggle with cancer.

Sonja is lovingly remembered by her husband Wes; son Robert English (Marika), their children Adam (Miranda), grandson Garrett, and Christina; daughter Gina Martinson (Iver) and their children Ashley (Chris) and Spencer (Kristine).

Sonja was born Oct. 22, 1935 in Birch Hills, Sask., to Sophie and Trygve Opseth. She did her schooling in Birch Hills and LCBI Outlook before marrying Wesley English in 1954.

Together they built their home and their family in Hanley, Sask. It was there Sonja worked for the post office, Red and White store and library. She was a member of the Royal Purple, an active member of the Hanley Lutheran Church, a sewer, bingo goer, and enjoyed tending her garden.

She was loved and will be missed by her extended family members and friends.

A funeral service was held at the Hanley Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements were in care of Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson.

Obituary: Haraldson, Neeta

Neeta Haraldson

Neeta Haraldson

Neeta Haraldson
October 15, 1924 — November 25, 2016

Neeta, age 92, passed away at RUH after a severe stroke. Neeta was born Elta Neeta Trask, the youngest of seven children to Commodore and Elta (Neet) Trask in Harris, Sask., and raised in Hanley, Sask. After high school, she worked in the post office and Royal Bank before marrying Jack (John) Haraldson on March 16, 1947 and moving to his farm southwest of Hanley. She raised five children on the farm while growing a large garden and being very involved in the community, particularly the Hanley United Church (organ player, Sunday School teacher, CGIT leader, UCW “circle” member). Neeta was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed curling, golf and accompanying soloists and choirs. In 1985, Jack and Neeta moved from the farm to a house in town, and then she moved to Luther Tower (Saskatoon) in 2013 when Jack moved to Luther Care Home. Neeta is survived by three children, Wendy (Ron) Obrigavitch of PA, Ed (Patti) Haraldson of Outlook and Charlotte Carroll of Toronto; seven grandchildren, Greg (Tracee) Obrigavitch, Erin Reimer, Jeremy (Aimee) Reimer, Sean Haraldson, Troy (Ashley) Haraldson, John Carroll, Emily Carroll; and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack; six siblings; daughter Lorna Reimer; and son Grant Haraldson. Memorial donations may be made to Hanley United Church. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2016 at Hanley Centennial Hall in Hanley, Sask. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel — Mourning Glory Funeral Services, 306-978-5200,

Win at provincials a satisfying finish for senior Sabers

The Hanley Sabers pose for a group photo following a 69-61 win over the Wynyard Bears in the six-man 2A provincial final on Nov. 12.

The Hanley Sabers pose for a group photo following a 69-61 win over the Wynyard Bears in the six-man 2A provincial final on Nov. 12.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — Heading into the provincial football final last weekend, the Hanley Sabers had certainly done their homework.

They were up against an unfamiliar team — the Wynyard Bears — but video footage brought back from an earlier game in Watrous gave them some knowledge of what to expect.

“We studied film for two weeks before,” said senior player Marshall Prosofsky. “It was what was needed to win.”

That research paid off handsomely as Hanley claimed the six-man 2A provincial title in Wynyard on Nov. 12, winning with a score of 69-61.

It was the Sabers’ first time claiming the title since 2009, and their first trip to finals since 2012.

Sabers coach Mark Anderson said he was proud of his players, noting, “They just showed such resilience, and a determination to make it happen this year.”

For the full story, see the Nov. 21 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Hanley couple honoured at 70th anniversary party


By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY —  They met at a dance at the Hanley Opera House, and after two years of courtship, the rest was history.

Family, friends and wellwishers filled the Hanley Centennial Hall last Saturday to celebrate a milestone anniversary for Roy and Lillian Tweet.

The Tweets were the guests of honour at a come-and-go party, marking exactly 70 years since their marriage on Nov. 5, 1946.

The event attracted visitors from as far as the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as guests from North Carolina and Florida, and many from Canada’s Western provinces.

The happy couple was in good spirits during the party, welcoming their guests with smiles and hugs.

“It’s pretty awesome to have so many family and friends,” said Lillian. “I didn’t think it would be that many.”

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

Sabers head to prov. final following win over Watrous

The Sabers’ Conor Prosofsky heads up the field with the Wildcats in hot pursuit during the Nov. 5 game.

The Sabers’ Conor Prosofsky heads up the field with the Wildcats in hot pursuit during the Nov. 5 game.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — Three down, one to go.

Following a 60-20 victory over the Winston Wildcats of Watrous, the Hanley Sabers were at the last step of their journey to this year’s provincial finals.

The Nov. 5 game drew a large crowd more than 200 strong to the field at Hanley Composite School, armed with sirens, car horns and other noisemakers.

“It was pretty populated here,” said Sabers coach Mark Anderson. “We’re very thankful for the support we receive from the community.”

The game saw another strong performance from Hanley’s offence, especially the core trio of Colten Olyniuk, Conor Prosofsky and Marshall Prosofsky.

The team’s defensive line also shone on Saturday, including Tyler Halabi and Evan Ashdown, with the latter playing in both directions over the game.

Anderson also lauded D-men Garrett Bursaw and Matthew Fairbairn, who cut their opponents down to size with effective tackling.

The coach observed that the Sabers are typically outranked in terms of size, but make up for it with speed, tenacity and confidence.

“We’re just like a sea of black, showing up at the point of attack,” he quipped.

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