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).

 

 

Lions Fishing Derby – Looking ahead, and looking back

It’s almost time for the Annual Esterhazy Lions Club Fishing Derby, and this year will be the 20th. The event of course is now named in honour of the late “Lion Charlie”, and it’s officially called the Annual Charlton Smith Memorial Fish Derby.

In this post I want to do two things. First, to pass on the information regarding the upcoming event on February 18th, (it will also be on the community calendar). Second, to look back at past events, as seen through the camera of the original EsterhazyOnline.

You will see “Lion Charlie” in some of the pictures from 2013. He was a great and long-standing Lion, may the event that now bears his name continue for many more decades as a testimony to his enthusiastic spirit of service, and his irrepressible personality.

1. The upcoming event on February 18th.

 

2. Photos from previous years.  (Sadly, there were no backups of the 2015 pictures)

 

2013 Gallery –  (Click any image below to open the viewer for this gallery)


2014 Gallery –  (Click any image below to open the viewer for this gallery)


2016 Gallery –  (Click any image below to open the viewer for this gallery)

Esterhazy and Area Choir to perform at Telemiracle!

Submitted by Lauren Hearn

The EHS Sr. Choir, EHS Jr. Glee, PJ Gillen School Choir, Stockholm School Choir, and 3 MCS singers successfully auditioned for Telemiracle on Sat. Nov. 4 in Regina! In total, 60 singers will be performing at Telemiracle on Sun. March 4 between 11a.m. and 2 p.m. Our exact time will be determined soon. We will be performing the Cindi Lauper song, True Colors.

If you would care to donate to Telemiracle and would like us to take in your donation and have us read your name on air, please bring in or mail in a cheque to EHS front office. Our mailing address is Box 640. Please make cheques out to Kinsmen Telemiracle 42. The company Nutrien will be matching dollar for dollar any contributions that the performing groups bring in.

If you would care to contribute to the choir’s traveling costs, you could make a donation to EMBI; it would be appreciated!

Update regarding Potashville Music Festival

Here’s an update we received this week regarding the upcoming Potashville Music Festival. – Kenneth

We hope that the students that are involved with the performing arts, are having a look at narrowing down their choices for their performances at this year’s POTASHVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL😊 Entry deadline is JAN 26🎼

For information on classes, please view the online syllabus –http://smfa.ca/wp-conte…/uploads/…/05/2016-2018-Syllabus.pdf Pease also visit the SMFA website to find more information about our festival with regards to entries, entry fees, scholarships and awards: Click on “Festivals,” then “District Festivals” followed by “Potashville Music Festival.”

The image shown here needs to be filled with volunteers to work various jobs for the festival. If you are able to work a shift, please FB message, text or phone Katherine Miller at 306-745-8504 to sign up and for any questions you have about the volunteer duties.

Volunteer duties include:
1. Admissions/Cashier
– Work at the door, taking admissions & selling programs
– Keep record of cash at the door when session is over
2. Door Monitor
– Ensure no one enters during a performance (often this job can be combined with Admissions
3. Board Monitor
– Print out entries on white board during a session (class & name of competitor)
4. Adjudicator’s Secretary
– Receive music from participants & keep in order
– Give music and marking sheets to adjudicator
– Call out name of next competitor as soon as adjudicator is done writing comments
– Keep record of all marks in Secretary’s recording book
– Make out 1st and 2nd place certificates & include mark

2018’s Calendars are filling up

It’s only January 3rd, and already there are around 70 dates and events listed on the Community Calendars for January through March. Make this your “go to” place for announcements. Check out the links in the menu above, or in the list below. Remember, community announcements are free, and we are now also open for paid commercial announcements on a per-item (no contracts needed) basis.

January Calendar is HERE

February Calendar is HERE

March Calendar is HERE

 

Happy New Year – What do you want to see in 2018?

Just a quick note to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. May 2018 be a great year for all of you. I am interested in knowing what YOU wish for most in 2018. What do you want to see happening in the world, and in the local area? Drop me a note via the contact form. Just a sentence or two is fine, or just a few bullet points. If there’s enough of a response, I’ll make up a quick article in the next few weeks, sharing the basic themes, but without identifying the people who commented. – Kenneth

Christmas message from Kenneth J Kerr

Greetings everyone, Merry Christmas and compliments of the season. I wish you all a healthy, happy time of peace and wellbeing.

At this time I want to talk about the future of this website. The North Valley Credit Union Community Announcer/EsterhazyOnline, has been open for about four months now. I really appreciate the 2000 or so hits every month, and I hope you are gaining value from it. However, the success of this venture also depends on you.

The vision for this website is not to restore the original EsterhazyOnline. It’s not intended to be an all-out news site. We are happy to leave news reporting to the Miner-Journal, and wish to support Brenda and her team in the continuance of the paper. What this site is intended to be, is the go-to place for announcements for the Esterhazy area.

So where can you play a role in its success? Simple. If we don’t know about it we can’t tell people about it. If we do know about it, we can help you promote it. Bottom line, we need you to keep us informed. So, we ask the local schools, churches, social clubs, service organizations, sports teams, youth groups, the museum, the library, etc, to please keep us in the loop. If you have an upcoming event or happening, send us the details and we’ll promote it on this site, in the calendars, and on facebook. Do that and this site will be a vibrant success. Don’t do it, and there will be less to see on this site. It’s as simple as that.

The good thing is that all non-profit, charitable and fund-raising notices are already paid for by North Valley Credit Union. So there’s no excuse for not telling us about what you have planned.

Now, what about commercial announcements? Beginning in January, 2018, we are opening the door to business adverts.  It won’t be a sponsorship situation like the old EsterhazyOnline, it will be an advert by advert basis, with rates yet to be announced. In short, if you have a business or commercial announcement to make, you can now promote it here as well. We will add it to the calendars, facebook, etc. There will be no longterm commitments to make, nothing to sign, you tell us, you pay us, and the announcement will go up for a prescribed time period. Once again, please get in touch with us.

Together, we can build on the foundation of this platform, let’s make it indeed the go-to place for what’s happening in Esterhazy and the area.

– Kenneth

Pick up the Christmas edition of the Miner-Journal

A note from the Miner-Journal

Our annual Christmas issue is here and it is packed with Santa letters, Clergy Messages, drawings, Christmas poems, recipes and Christmas memories from area children and families.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who submitted Christmas letters, photos, drawings, messages and recipes. It is very much appreciated. THANK YOU to all the businesses who advertised their Christmas Greetings in this issue. Without your support there would be no newspaper in Esterhazy. Please show your support back and shop locally. The staff and I feel this is the best Christmas issue yet, thanks to all of you. – Brenda Matchett, Publisher, Miner-Journal.

Make sure you grab your copy, it is only in the stores until Dec. 24. From all of us at The Miner-Journal, may you and yours have a very Merry Christmas filled with love, family and blessings. Thank you for your continued support over the past year. – Brenda & Brad, Terri and Christina and their families Our New Year’s issue will be out Dec. 27, and then we will be closed until Jan. 9.