Archive for Loreburn

Trustee urges public to speak up on school divisions review

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By Joel van der Veen

KENASTON — John Collins has a message for anyone interested in the future of Saskatchewan’s public education system: now’s the time to speak your mind.

The trustee, who represents Davidson and area on the board of education for Sun West School Division, said people with an opinion on the subject should voice it.

“It’s better if it comes straight from the voters’ mouths to their local MLA,” Collins said Thursday. “If we don’t say anything, we can’t really complain at the end of it.”

Changes may be on the horizon for the structure of school divisions in the province.

Dan Perrins, a former deputy minister, presented a report on school governance to education minister Don Morgan in December.

In addition to history and context, the report offered three primary options for governance structures for the minister’s consideration.

Morgan then appointed a six-person panel to consult with stakeholders throughout the month of January, both in face-to-face meetings and through online submissions from the public.

The panel is expected to present its findings to the minister this month, with a public announcement to follow.

The province currently has 28 school divisions, each governed by elected boards of education, and a total K-12 student population of roughly 176,000.

Options identified by Perrins include a provincial model with a single public school board and an advisory board operating alongside it.

A regional model would set up four public boards of education, while a third model would restructure the current divisions into between eight and 14 new divisions.

Morgan has also indicated that the province could choose to stay with the status quo.

Collins said he has heard from a few people about the review, though not as many as he expected.

“I think it’s a pretty important piece that everybody needs to be aware of,” he said. “Everybody that has a vested interest should be talking to their MLA, or letting the government know what they think.”

Collins represents Subdivision 6 in Sun West School Division, which includes the schools in Davidson, Kenaston and Loreburn.

The subdivision also includes colony schools at Loreburn and Clear Springs and the Distance Learning Centre (DLC) in Kenaston.

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

Obituary: Wakefield, Anne

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1928 — 2016

Annie passed away peacefully on December 26, 2016 at the Davidson Health Centre.

Anne (Annie) Wakefield, 88, of Loreburn, Saskatchewan, leaves to mourn her son Derry (Charlene) as well as her sister Beatrice and nieces Margaret, Verna, Venus, Tammy and nephew Ralph.

Annie was interred in the family plot in Loreburn, Sask., and a celebration of Annie’s life will be held in the spring of 2017.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and caregivers of the Davidson facility. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Davidson Health Trust Fund, cheques payable to the Town of Davidson.

Arrangements in care of Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson.

Aztecs meet Raiders in junior basketball play

Davidson’s Nathan Chomyshen dribbles the ball with Loreburn’s Brennan Graham at his side.

Davidson’s Nathan Chomyshen dribbles the ball with Loreburn’s Brennan Graham at his side.

DAVIDSON — Junior teams from Loreburn visited Davidson School to take on both the boys and girls teams in basketball action on Tuesday.

The girls played first, with the visiting Aztecs holding a slight 18-13 lead at the halfway point and going on to claim a 32-18 win.

Baylee Batza led the scoring for Loreburn with 14 points, followed by Alyssa Glubis with eight points. Jordyn Dorward and Nicole Yakimoski also scored.

Tolu Arowolo was the top scorer for Davidson with eight points, including a three-point shot. Also scoring were McKenna Doell, Halle Herback, Leila McDonnell and Courtney Payne.

Next up, the boys’ teams faced off. Davidson led 19-12 at the end of the second quarter and eventually won with a score of 57-29.

Gabe Charette led the scoring for the Raiders with 12 points, while Deiondre Boychuk had 11 points and Riley Berry scored 10.

Jackson Norrish was the top scorer for the Aztecs with 18 points, while Dylan Glubis, Brennan Graham, Lance Hefervez and Emmitt Hundeby also scored.

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

Sr. boys and girls host LCBI to begin basketball season

Davidson’s Elena Nykiforuk attempts to stop LCBI’s Maia Jorgensen during a senior girls basketball game on Wednesday.

Davidson’s Elena Nykiforuk attempts to stop LCBI’s Maia Jorgensen during a senior girls basketball game on Wednesday.

DAVIDSON — Basketball season began Wednesday at Davidson School as both the senior boys and girls hosted teams from Outlook’s Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute (LCBI).

The senior boys easily triumphed over the LCBI Bisons. The Raiders led 39-21 at the end of the second quarter and finished with a score of 85-45.

Andrew Read was the high scorer for Davidson with 26 points, also racking up 17 rebounds and five assists.

Parker Smith scored 16 points and Mark Rettger, who recently returned to Davidson, added 13 points to the tally. These included a successful three-point shot for both players.

The senior girls began the afternoon with a tight game against the Lady Bisons.

The Raiders led 21-20 at the halfway point, but LCBI pulled ahead and maintained a slim lead for most of the second half, winning 40-37.

Two players from Loreburn led the scoring for the Raiders. Merkayle Lakinger scored 12 points, while Tori Rendall had six points.

For the full story and more photos, please see the Dec. 5 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

 

Down to a faithful few, Loreburn church closes its doors

Organist Ruth Rendall plays a piece from memory at the close of Loreburn United Church's final service on Nov. 6.

Organist Ruth Rendall plays a piece from memory at the close of Loreburn United Church’s final service on Nov. 6.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — When lightning struck the Loreburn United Church in May 1948, igniting a fire that destroyed the building, its members faced some difficult questions.

“I can only imagine the horror that went through everyone’s mind the night that happened,” said Keith Forrest, speaking to the congregation on Sunday.

“In the Christian faith the question always is ‘why.’ Why this church? Why now? Why would God let that happen?”

Before long, the church’s members — including Forrest’s father John — turned to the idea of rebuilding. In 1949 they built a new sanctuary on the same site, with people of all denominations throwing their support behind the project.

“The question ‘why’ turned out to be a positive,” said Forrest, “so this community could rally, rebuild and start all over again.”

Forrest himself noted the irony as he spoke to the crowd gathered for the church’s final service on Sunday.

While his father had played a large part in the church’s construction almost 70 years ago, he said, “I’m one of the people that has the honour of selling it.”

A service of closure was held at Loreburn United Church on Nov. 6, marking the end of a 98-year history.

Roughly 50 people were in attendance, virtually all of them middle-aged or older.

The crowd easily dwarfed the church’s usual attendance — between 10 and 15 people on a typical Sunday morning, and sometimes dipping into single digits, especially during the winter months.

Leaders said it is increasingly difficult to find volunteers to run programs or even maintain the building, with more work falling on fewer shoulders.

The church board made the decision several months ago to put the Loreburn building up for sale and amalgamate with Elbow United Church. (A call for tenders was issued in August but has so far been unsuccessful.)

The two churches already share a minister, Rev. Ursula Wiig, and recently they have held services on an alternating basis — one week in Elbow, the next week in Loreburn.

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.

Area teams reconnect as RaiTec hosts home tourney

The Davidson/Loreburn RaiTec poses with their award after winning the consolation prize at their home tournament in Davidson on Oct. 1. Pictured are (back row from left) Nevada Wightman, Lauren Bueckert, Elena Nykiforuk, Jocelyn Millham, Chase Lyn Dean; (front row) Tori Rendall, Gracie Allan, Lynzey Sanden and Brianna Jess.

The Davidson/Loreburn RaiTec poses with their award after winning the consolation prize at their home tournament in Davidson on Oct. 1. Pictured are (back row from left) Nevada Wightman, Lauren Bueckert, Elena Nykiforuk, Jocelyn Millham, Chase Lyn Dean; (front row) Tori Rendall, Gracie Allan, Lynzey Sanden and Brianna Jess.

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — Keeping track of eight teams and their busy schedules kept organizers on their toes last weekend.

The Davidson/Loreburn RaiTec hosted its annual senior girls volleyball tournament on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Team manager Sandra Baldwin said players and coaches have gotten to know each other well thanks to this and other tournaments.

“People were here for more than just volleyball,” she said, adding that six teams stayed overnight in the school, with the canteen team serving breakfast on Saturday.

“It was just a ton of fun,” Baldwin continued. “It was just a really good weekend (with) strong volleyball.”

Kahkewistahaw defeated Elrose in the final on Saturday to take the championship title for the weekend.

The tournament began with round-robin play on Friday night. Pool A teams competed in Davidson, with Kahkewistahaw coming in first place, Elrose in second, Davidson/Loreburn in third and Beechy/Kyle/Lucky Lake in fourth.

Pool B teams competed in Loreburn. Plenty finished in first place, Eston in second, Assiniboia in third and Biggar in fourth.

For the full story, see the Oct. 10 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.