Archive for Loreburn

Loreburn’s cenotaph restored after 90 years

Legion members, RCMP officers and dignitaries pose following the rededication ceremony for Loreburn’s cenotaph on June 6.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — In 1927, veterans from Loreburn and area built a monument to their fallen comrades in the centre of their village.

They had hauled rocks — likely from the Wankel farm, west of town — and constructed the stone memorial at the corner of Main Street and Saskatchewan Avenue, near the brick schoolhouse.

Ninety years later, residents of the village gathered to rededicate their cenotaph, and to remember and honour the fallen.

Thirteen men are commemorated on the monument — 11 casualties from the First World War, and two from the Second World War.

During Tuesday’s ceremony, Rev. Ursula Wiig spoke of the importance of continuing to remember their sacrifice.

Recalling the horror of conflicts past and present, she added, “We also want to dedicate ourselves to making a better world.”

The 90-year-old monument was recently refurbished by local volunteers, ensuring it will continue to serve its purpose for years to come.

Andy Wong and his wife May led the repairs, removing and replacing the mortar, which had deteriorated over time. Also, the plaques were cleaned and the letters were repainted by Sue Ann Abbott.

The project cost roughly $1,200, about half of which was covered by a grant from Veterans Affairs Canada. The rest of the costs were covered by the branch’s Poppy Trust Fund and by the village itself.

Around 140 people gathered Tuesday morning for the ceremony. This included close to 100 students from Loreburn Central School, who walked to the site for the occasion.

The date, June 6, was chosen as the 73rd anniversary of the landing at Normandy, popularly known as D-Day.

Joe Sitavanc, president of Loreburn-Elbow Branch No. 251 of the Royal Canadian Legion, served as emcee.

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

Student athletes hot on the track despite cold weather

Competitors in the bantam boys 100-metre dash included Sam Thomson (far left) and Connor George (second from right) of Kenaston, and Logan Nelson-Schneider of Davidson (far right).

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — A chilly spring day greeted young athletes from around the district as they gathered at Davidson School on Wednesday.

Davidson hosted eight other schools, including nearby Kenaston and Loreburn, in the east sectional track and field meet.

Paulette Killoh, one of the staff organizers, said the events ran on schedule for the most part.

Davidson hosts every three years, she noted, adding, “Every time you host you get a little better at it.”

Though the skies were sunny and clear, the temperature hovered between 5°C and 10°C for much of the day, and wind was also a constant presence.

Athletes, supervisors and spectators were bundled up warmly, some wrapping themselves in blankets and sleeping bags to guard against the frigid air.

Volunteers had to keep a close watch on the track during the hurdles events as the hurdles themselves were prone to falling over in the wind.

Killoh said they decided to hold the high jump in the high school gym, to avoid having similar problems with the bar.

It was a successful day for many of Davidson’s athletes, several of whom enjoyed first-place finishes in multiple events.

For the bantam girls, Maggie Boehm took first place in both the 100-m dash and the triple jump.

Among the midget girls, Jordan Matheson was first in the 100-m dash, long jump and triple jump, while Tylar Oliver was tops in both the 200-m and 400-m events.

Nolan Allan was first in three bantam boys events: the 100-m dash, high jump and long jump. Deiondre Boychuk led in the 400-m and 800-m events, while Hunter Herback was first in both discus throw and javelin throw.

Clay Murfitt, competing in the junior boys division, took first in the 100-m dash, 100-m hurdles and shot put.

For the senior boys, Jacob Schilling led in the 400-m and 800-m events.

Loreburn’s Anika Lakinger took first in shot put and javelin throw for the bantam girls, while Abigail Graham led in the 80-m hurdles and triple jump for the junior girls.

The top six competitors in each event are invited to move on to the district meet, which will be held the weekend of May 26 and 27 in Outlook.

Killoh said some Davidson athletes who qualified for districts would be unable to compete due to other commitments such as hockey or volleyball.

For the full story, detailed results and additional photos, please see the May 22 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Obituary: Glubis, Candace Jean

Glubis (nee Turnbull), Candace Jean
May 13, 1950 — May 13, 2017

Jean, age 67, passed away on May 13, 2017 at Outlook Union Hospital. Jean is lovingly remembered by her husband of 45 years, Ron Glubis; their children, Ryan (Amanda) Glubis, Allan (Barb) Glubis, Darelle (Jay) Church, Lesley (Brett) Glubis, Lynsey (Jim) Glubis; their 12 grandchildren, Nicole, Kaitlyn, Alyssa, Kyla, Jake, Luke, Dylan, Ashton, Samantha, Jorja, Eric and Lily; one great-granddaughter, Chayce; siblings John (Eloise) Turnbull and Bob (Barbara) Turnbull; and nieces and nephew Terri-Lee, Robbie and Jen. She is predeceased by her parents, William and Candace Turnbull; parents-in-law Jerry and Katherine Glubis; her nephew Ian Turnbull; and her grandson Parker Glubis.

Jean graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and enjoyed many years of teaching before she retired to continue farming with her husband near Strongfield. She enjoyed a love-filled life with family. She was a dedicated farmer’s wife, mother, sister, friend, teacher and traveller. Family was always a priority to Jean and she showed her caring and supportive nature by being involved in their adventures, celebrations and sorrows. Jean spoke fondly of her time working at Loreburn Central School as many of her students and fellow staff members held a special place in her heart. Volunteering in the community was important to Jean. Memorable journeys were: trips with her husband throughout the U.S., gallivanting with her dearest friend Dorothy, and travelling around the world with her children and grandchildren.

At Jean’s request, a private family Celebration of Life will be held at the family farm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association. Arrangements by Outlook Funeral Home.

Seven Habits taking root for Loreburn kids

Darrah Langager (left) and Rachel Stamnes paint a cow design as part of a totem pole in the art classroom, one of several stations open to visitors during Leadership Day at Loreburn Central School on Thursday.

Darrah Langager (left) and Rachel Stamnes paint a cow design as part of a totem pole in the art classroom, one of several stations open to visitors during Leadership Day at Loreburn Central School on Thursday.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — From household chores to hockey, Loreburn students are finding that the Seven Habits can work their way into just about everything they do.

Grade 7 student Derek Griffin, who just finished peewee hockey season a few weeks ago, said he could put Habit No. 6 — “Synergize” — to practical use on the ice.

“We want to score on the other team and win the game,” he explained, so synergy with his teammates is the best way forward.

Griffin said the habits don’t always come to him naturally like they do for some. In his case, they’re more of a reminder of the way he should be doing things.

“They’re there when you need them,” he said. “To some people it’s very effective.”

Griffin and his schoolmates played host to roughly 70 guests as Loreburn Central School held its fourth annual Leadership Day on Thursday.

The event is organized by students to practise their leadership skills and to show how they put the Seven Habits into action.

It’s been five years since Loreburn staff and students began integrating the “Leader in Me” program and the habits into their school curriculum and culture.

“It’s a process and we are learning more and more as we go,” said principal Jill Long. “We have come a long way together.”

The program is aimed at changing schools in three main areas: teaching leadership directly to students and integrating it into lessons; empowering staff and students to have a voice in their schools; and making students active agents in their learning.

The crowd on Thursday morning included parents, community members, Sun West School Division board members and visitors from other schools.

The event was designed with a “Decades” theme, featuring retro decorations.

“It’s so neat just seeing the kids getting up and doing their thing,” said Long, adding that having to play host was forcing some students out of their comfort zones, with positive results.

For the full story, please see the April 3 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Stars on ice at Loreburn skating carnival

From left, Erika Swedberg, Emmerson Tastad and Jordyn Dorward skate in a circle to the theme from "Footloose” at the Line 19 Figure Skating Club carnival on March 5.

From left, Erika Swedberg, Emmerson Tastad and Jordyn Dorward skate in a circle to the theme from “Footloose” at the Line 19 Figure Skating Club carnival on March 5.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — There may not have been a red carpet, but it was still a star-studded affair as the Line 19 Figure Skating Club presented its annual carnival last weekend.

The Loreburn Arena was the site of the “Hollywood Walk of Fame,” held the afternoon of March 5.

The program was themed around the movies and featured 15 performances, including solos and group routines with the CanSkate, CanPowerSkate and StarSkate programs represented.

A total of 50 skaters were enrolled in the club this year, ranging from small children to high school students.

Merkayle Lakinger, a Grade 10 student, is the oldest registered skater. She performed a solo set to the Madonna song “Material Girl.”

She began skating when her family lived in Porcupine Plain and continued after their move to Loreburn when she was in Grade 5.

“I think you just need to have a passion for it to keep going,” she said last week, adding that she enjoys working with the other skaters and helping teach the younger ones.

For the full story and more photos, please see the March 13 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Atom Huskies win first round of league playoffs

Davidson goalie Daxton Tichit stops a shot by Kash Ringdal.

Davidson goalie Daxton Tichit stops a shot by Kash Ringdal.

By Joel van der Veen

KENASTON — A hard-fought series between two local teams ended in victory for the Davidson Atom Huskies.

The Davidson atom team faced the Kenaston/Loreburn team — nicknamed the “Blizzteeners,” a combination of “Blizzards” and “19ers” — in the opening round of Fertile Valley Hockey League playoffs.

The Huskies hosted the first game in the two-game, total-point series on Feb. 24. The host team racked up a 5-1 lead in the first period and ultimately won 7-2.

Kenaston hosted the second game on Feb. 27, drawing a large crowd to the Kenaston Arena.

The host team was in fine form, leading 3-2 after the first period. Davidson broke away in the game’s final minutes, pulling off a 7-4 win. (The Huskies won the two-game series 14 points to 6.)

For the full story and more photos, please see the March 6 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe.