Skate Esterhazy badges and ribbons

Our club would not exist without the Canskate program. CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, which is designed for beginners of any age. Canskate teaches fundamental movements and basic skills through a complete series of balance, control and agility skills that will prepare skaters for any ice skating sport or recreational skating, as well as it is designed for 90% movement so skaters learn in an active and fun group setting.

Thanks to Bev Pangracs and Madison Tocher, our coaches as well as to our program assistants: Marty, Braida, Alexa, Kaydence, Shelby, Cayleigh, Skylar and Mike!! Also to our Canskate coordinators Deneille and Andrea!! đź‘Źđź‘Ź. And last but certainly not least to our Canskaters for working hard each and every day and helping make our Canskate program a success!!

The following are the badges and ribbons that have been achieved in the first half of the season:-

Katherine Hall—Balance 2 ribbon
Ashmaan Tarique—Precanskate ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon, Control 1 ribbon, Balance 1 ribbon, Stage 1 Badge, Agility 2 ribbon
Waylinn Kada—Precanskate ribbon, Control 1 ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon
Ruby Oxtoby—Precanskate ribbon, Control 1 ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon, Agility 2 ribbon
Harley Madayag—Precanskate ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon, Balance 1 ribbon
Charly Manyfingers—Balance 1 ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon, Agility 2 ribbon, Stage 1 Badge
Lamar Urzada—Balance 1 ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon, Control 1 ribbon, Stage 1 Badge, Agility 2 ribbon
Kimberly Lacharity—Precanskate ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon, Balance 1 ribbon
Reegan Bot—Precanskate ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon
Bridger Unchulenko—Control 4 ribbon, Balance 4 ribbon, Stage 4 Badge
Ianna Dela Cruz—Precanskate ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon
Vivian Vaughn—Control 1 ribbon, Balance 1 ribbon, Stage 1 Badge
Claire Farough—Precanskate ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon
Raykel Silversides—Agility 1 ribbon, Agility 2 ribbon
Leila Kuntz—Balance 1 ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon
Abigail Robleski—Control 1 ribbon
Shaymaan Tarique—Precanskate ribbon, Control 1 ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon
Aiden Smith—Precanskate ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon
Maysa Johnston—Precanskate ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon
Evie Bogard—Precanskate ribbon, Agility 1 ribbon
Isabelle Chomos—Agility 1 ribbon
Jacob Psutka—Precanskate ribbon
Ty Lingelbach—Precanskate ribbon
Maelynn Restau—Precanskate ribbon
Steele Sandilands—Agility 1 ribbon, Balance 1 ribbon
Ben Unchulenko—Precanskate ribbon
Henrik Unchulenko—Agility 1 ribbon
Lillian Vaughn—Precanskate ribbon
Jovi Chewka—Precanskate ribbon
Cardell Noble—Agility 3 ribbon


The Perfect Gift for Valentine’s Day is at Shop Easy

Looking for the Perfect Gift for Valentine’s Day? Go to Shop Easy in Esterhazy, and pick up the inspiring book that’s changing lives. “This Book is the Perfect Gift” (by EsterhazyOnline’s own Kenneth James Kerr), is sheer inspiration in bite-sized portions. Encouraging, Enlightening and Enriching, it’s a jam-packed with good ideas to make you think, brighten your day, and remind you how awesome life really is. Not many copies left at Shop Easy, so grab one today, beside the Miner-Journal near the checkouts.

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What’s in the paper next week?

North Valley Credit Union, and EsterhazyOnline, are supporters of the Miner-Journal newspaper. Therefore, we’ll periodically publish the headlines for the upcoming edition of the paper. We encourage our readers to be MJ readers too. Here are the headlines from NEXT WEEK’S Miner-Journal newspaper.

  • Transforming Esterhazy – A year in review at Mosaic’s K3 Project
  • Prairie Women on Snowmobiles Fundraiser
  • Spring runoff expected to be below normal
  • Local youth curlers compete at first ever Saskatchewan Provincial HDT Shootout
  • Helmeczi to experience a taste of competitive curling at the Brier
  • Skate Esterhazy has rewarding January
  • Signs of progress: Historically low number of traffic deaths in 2017, fewest deaths on Saskatchewan roads since 1954
  • Valley View awards Night held in Dubuc

Pick up a copy next week at the grocery stores, pharmacies, all gas stations in Esterhazy. Or, at Stockholm Foods, Tantallon Co-op, Langenburg Pharmasave, and Churchbridge Co-op. You can also buy one at the Miner-Journal office.

Beware of the low life tax scammers

As I write this, it’s just after noon on Feb 7, and already today I have received FOUR bogus calls on my cell phone claiming to be from Revenue Canada. The scum of the earth, low life scammers  are working overtime at this time of the year, trying to squeeze every penny out of ordinary Canadians.

Let’s get something straight, Revenue Canada is NOT likely to call you, their preferred communication method is mail because they and you want a paper trail.

However, the scamming pigs hope you don’t know that, and so they are calling thousands and thousands of numbers every day, hoping they can play on your fear, hoping you will call them back. In my case, they have been trying this little game on me for several years now, and I can tell you they are getting more sophisticated as time goes on.

It used to be that their voicemail messages were almost unintelligible, with strong Indian accents, pathetic grammar, and poor quality connections. Now, they are most often voice-generated, accent-neutral messages, and often clear enough to hear every word, and every nuance designed to scare the hell out of you, or the money out of you!

And, if you have call display, they sometimes seem to come from Ottawa. But check this out…

Today, I had two calls from 1 (613) 627-3045 (both before 8am). And then, on the third call it mysteriously showed as +31 3 6273 045, which displayed as originating in Australia. In the past week I also had calls from five or six US locations.

FACT… The calls do not come from Ottawa, Australia, or the USA. Most of the scamming calls originate in India, where thousands of ordinary folk are employed by sleazy con artists, sometimes being led to believe that they really are calling on behalf of Revenue Canada. Unfortunately, most of them know they are crooks, but they need the meager pay to survive, while the organizers rake in millions a year and spend their time jet-setting around the globe.

So, what can you do? Some people (knowing it is a scam) actually call them back and play along just to waste their time. There are some very entertaining calls on YouTube where people did that and made the scammers angry. However, it is not what I would advise. They will then have your number and could get nasty, offensive and even threatening. Instead, if you see a number on call display that you do not know, I recommend you ignore it. If it is someone who really wants to talk to you they will leave a message. And if the scammer leaves a message, you’ll see through their trick immediately without having to talk to them, and you will get on with life without fear.

– Kenneth

Playoff dates for the Senior Flyers announced

In the first round of playoffs, the Senior Flyers play Ochapowace Thunder in a best-of-three quarter final.  The first game is on Sunday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Esterhazy. Game two will take place on Wednesday, February 14 at Ochapowace at 8:00 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will be back at Esterhazy on Friday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. The Flyers first provincial playoff game (against Balcarres), takes place in Esterhazy on Saturday, February 24th at 8:00 p.m. Then it will be back to Balcarres on Friday, March 2nd at 8:00 p.m. The dates of the firm games are being added to our community calendars.

Flyers last league game coming up

This note just came in from the Flyers.

“We play our last league game Sunday, Feb 4th, at 3:00 p.m. in Rocanville, and we have to wait and see who we play in the league playoffs. Once I know (after the weekend), I will let you know. We have our Senior B Provincial game (Vs Balcares), we are home Saturday, Feb 24th at 8:00 P.m. and back in Balcarres on Friday, March 2nd. Thanks, we will keep in touch.”

Mayor’s Message

Well it seems a farewell is in order. We are losing one of our Councillors as Amber Lingelbach is resigning her position as an Alderperson due to a legislative conflict with her current employer. This was a surprise to all of us and also a disappointment. Amber has served the community well since her election and she brought many good insights and ideas to the Council table. I will certainly miss her as I am sure my fellow Councillors will as well. We wish Amber well in her future endeavours and thank her for her service.

So, as we will now be having an election to replace the seat that Amber is vacating it may be time to ask yourself if sitting as a member of Town Council is right for you. Clearly, people do not run for Council for the glory or for the riches that await the successful candidate. I speak from experience when I say neither of those things will come about. Neither should one run out of a desire to increase one’s power or to achieve some hidden agenda. Rather, an individual should run out of a desire to serve the community and their fellow citizens of Esterhazy. It is best to approach the position with an open mind and an open heart. And, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have a thick skin either.

I’ve always thought that before someone jumps into anything it is wise to do some research so they can ascertain what they will be facing. Certain things you might want to know before jumping in with both feet are; What is the time commitment? What is expected of me? What are my legislative responsibilities? If I am in business will running for Council hinder my ability to run my business the way I see fit? Good questions all. By all means, if you are someone who feels you might like to throw your hat in the ring please feel free to contact me or our CAO Donna Rollie. I can give you my interpretation of what it means to be a public servant as I have been a Councillor and more recently the Mayor. Donna is well versed in all things administrative and can provide a lot of assistance to you in making your decision. She can provide you with some documentation that will be well worth reading prior to putting your name forward. Feel free to also contact any of our sitting Aldermen to ask questions.

A Councillor is entrusted with dealing at the strategic level not the operational level. Council has the responsibility of approving the annual budget and for long range planning for the Town. We have only one employee and that is our Chief Administrative Officer. All directives flow from there throughout the various supervisors and department heads within the Town’s organizational structure. Being on Council can be fun at times but it is also hard work as both the Councillors and the Mayor bear a great deal of responsibility and accountability in carrying out their duties.

In closing, I want to say that a lot of things have been accomplished over the past year including the completion of some much needed major projects. But, there is much more to be done with the vast majority of the capital expenditures being centred on expanding and improving our water treatment system. We are told by our engineering firm that there still remains quite a bit of money to be allocated in the Trudeau government’s infrastructure budget so we will be trying to apply for as many grants as possible to get further projects started and moving towards completion. 2017 was a very busy and challenging year and it is appropriate to thank all our staff for the work they had to do in allowing us to exit the year in a successful fashion.

As always, I wish everyone well and look forward with optimism to the upcoming election.

Roy Spence,

Mayor of Esterhazy

Updates from Skate Esterhazy

Submitted by Skate Esterhazy

Every four years, athletes from many different sports have the chance to be a part of one of the biggest winter events in the province, the Saskatchewan Winter Games. This year the games are being held in North Battleford February 18-24, and Skate Esterhazy is thrilled to have five of its own athletes taking part.

On December 9th Bethune was host to the Figure Skating run offs where Alexa Nagy, Cayleigh Banga, Michael Romanchook, Andelina Romanchook and Tessa Helmeczi competed with hopes of earning a spot on the Parkland Valley Winter Games team. Alexa competed in Class 3 U17 where she placed 2nd in her zone with 25.04 and earned herself a spot on the team. Cayleigh competed in Class 2 U15 where she came in 3rd with a total of 12.72. She was rewarded a wild card spot and will be representing Parkland Valley in February. Michael competed in the Class 2 U15 Juvenile men category and earned himself a spot after completing his long program and receiving 18.14 points for his effort. Andelina competed in the class 1 U12 category where she placed third in the Parkland valley region earning herself 16.99 points and a wild card spot on the team. Tessa also competed in the class 1 U12 category where she placed 2nd with a total of 17.61 earning her a spot on the team. Michael and Andelina also competed in the class

In other club news…

  • A test day was held on December 17th in Esterhazy. The following is a list of the tests passed: Sara Heise – 10-fox. Skylar Pangracs – Keats foxtrot and senior bronze skills. Cayleigh Banga – American waltz and junior silver skills. Alexa Nagy – Blues and junior silver freeskate part B.
  • On December 21st Braida LeNouail traveled to Regina where she passed her Bronze and Silver Interpretive.

The December skater of the month title (sponsored by knights of Columbus) was shared by Cayleigh Banga and Skylar Pangracs. A presentation was made by Ivan Hruska. (Below).