Hungarian Ambassador to Canada to Visit Kaposvar Historic Site March 8

The Kaposvar Historic Society, and Cathay Wagantall, MP for Yorkton-Melville, have announced that the Hungarian Ambassador to Canada, Bálint Ódor, will attend an official plaque unveiling and cheque presentation at the Kaposvar Historic Site on Thursday, March 8, at 10 a.m.

Ambassador Ódor visited Kaposvar in May of 2017, and on that occasion presented a plaque acknowledging the first Hungarians who settled in the area. The Ambassador was very taken by Kaposvar church, and the dedication of the Kaposvar Historic Society to continue to honour their Hungarian ancestors. This return visit is to present a more permanent plaque, and also to make a donation to the Kaposvar Historic Society from the Hungarian government, which will go towards further restoration projects at the Kaposvar site.

The announcement also states, “Please note that this will be an outdoor event, so it will be brief. The Ambassador is traveling from Saskatoon on the morning of March 8, but has every intention of arriving for 10 a.m.”

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 or current edition of the paper. We encourage our readers to be MJ readers too. Here are the headlines from the upcoming edition of the Miner-Journal newspaper.

  • Local youth attend Saskatchewan Winter Games
  • Conservation Officer report
  • Morris Lodge News
  • Flyers lose to Ochap
  • Skate Esterhazy news
  • Banga named skater of the month
  • Town recreation news
  • Nominations sought for the Equine Excellence Awards of Distinction
  • Ministry of Health announces long-term care resident and family surveys
  • Agriculture Week is coming up March 26 issue

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.

Please note: The Miner-Journal will be closed Feb. 26 to March 1 for staff holidays. The office will resume regular hours on Monday, March 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This week’s Miner Journal

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

  • Langenburg Arts Council takes on Chicago, the musical
  • Open house showcases post-secondary program options
  • GSSD to receive additional funding
  • 49th Annual Potashville Music Festival Adjudacators announced
  • Troubling times for Good Spirit School Division – Letter to the Editor
  • Tips for travel insurance
  • Esterhazy represents at SUMA

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EHS – Principal’s Message

We are at the half-way point of the school year, and everything seems to be going smoothly, if not busy. Intramural curling has just wrapped up. Thanks to Ms. Scharnatta-Kerr and Ms. Harrick for overseeing this. Extracurricular curling is running and coached by Ms. Scharnatta-Kerr and Mr. Heise. Archery is moving into competition season. Basketball will be going into March. Badminton will fire up then.

March is the month for artistic endeavours at EHS. It is festival month for the Music Program. EHS is hosting the Potashville Festival March 5-6. The choirs are going to Telemiracle on March 4. The Sr. Drama Club will present two productions “Reservations” and “Emotional Baggage” on March 19 in the Jr. Gym.
Thank you to Mr. Daniel for the massive organization required for Activity Day on March 14.

We will host the High School orientation Night later in April because we are unsure of our staffing for next year. That depends upon the provincial government budget.
If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call.

Gord Erhardt

Potashville Music Festival Adjudicator Bios

The Potashville Music Festival is coming up in March, and the names and bios of the adjudicators have been released.

1. Sharon (Guina) Gerspacher

Sharon began studying piano with Rosalie Calver in Yorkton, Sask, and then took her ARCT in piano performance in 1987 under the direction of Jean Laube from Springside. She went on to study with Robin Harrison in Saskatoon at the University of Sask and received her LTCL under his direction. She won many scholarships and awards at the Yorkton music festival, and won the Haydn/Mozart scholarship at Provincials in 1988. Her focus of her career has been as a piano teacher and she has taught in Yorkton, Battleford, Regina and Humboldt over the years. Many of her students have competed at Provincials and even won the National composition competition, and several have gone on to pursue a career in music.

She has also been a very active accompanist in Humboldt and area for many community events, and has played piano for many concerts in the Marysburg concert series. In addition to playing for the choirs and also doing some solo piano work, she has played for Sharon Carter and Maxine Moore (voice), Terry Sturge (cello), and has been the co-director/accompanist for children’s choir camps. She is also an active voice teacher, and has been a member of St. Peter’s choir for many years. She has 3 very musical children, the youngest of whom is in a music program in university.


2. Adria McCulloch

Critically acclaimed soprano Adria McCulloch began her vocal training on a hay tractor in rural Alberta, singing through a dust mask. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland Opera Studio, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Regina. She has performed the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and the title role in Gluck’s Armide. As a member of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists, Adria toured southern Alberta playing Susan in Allan Bell’s Turtle Wakes. She is also a graduate of the Opera Lafayette Young Artists in Washington DC, where she performed the Naiad in Gluck’s Armide at Kennedy Center, DC and Lincoln Center, NY, and recorded Une Bergère in Lully’s score for the NAXOS label. Other roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Anaman in Opera Erotique with Out of the Box Productions in Toronto and Pamina for Cowtown Opera’s Magic Flute.

Ms McCulloch has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus and The Toronto Concert Orchestra at Casa Loma. She premiered works for the Prairie New Music Festival and in Songbook, with Tapestry New Works. She has presented recitals across North America, and toured with Opera Sesame, an interactive and educational music workshop for middle and high school students throughout the state of Kentucky.

Adria is the Musical Director and performer for My Virtual Dream, a collaboration with neuroscientists that creates stunning dreamscapes driven by brainwaves. Powered by Brain Computer Interface and The Virtual Brain technology, MVD fuses art, entertainment and research. This installation has been performed at the Ontario Science entre, Los Angeles, and Berlin.

For 9 years, Adria built a private voice studio in Toronto of professional and amateur musicians and actors, physicians, scientists, university lecturers, and TedTalk presenters. She regularly presents vocal master classes and performance workshops to various groups throughout southern Ontario. She designed a Creative Process camp for children, aged 6-10 that includes mask, mime, improvisation, and musical ensemble.


3. Dr. Aaron Wilson

Having spent his career in the Pacific Northwest and the Southern United States, Dr. Aaron Wilson is honored to be a part of the Brandon University School of Music as the Assistant Professor of Low Brass. Prior to his appointment at Brandon, Wilson performed with the Bay Street Brassworks, a brass and percussion ensemble based out of Indianapolis. His involvement with the group enabled him to perform educational and community concerts along the east coast. In addition, Wilson has performed with several professional ensembles including the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra, the Market Street Brass, and the Durham Symphony, where he served as the principal trombonist.

An energetic solo artist, Wilson presents recitals regularly across North America. His repertoire selection is highly varied, featuring standards of the trombone repertoire, chamber music selections, electroacoustic works, and off-the-wall avant-garde pieces. Additionally, Wilson has been featured as a guest artist with the North Carolina Trombone Festival, the UNCG University Band, the Whatcom Wind Ensemble, and the Indiana Junior All-State Band. Wilson also has presented several masterclasses at middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the United States. Specializing in trombone, euphonium, and tuba performance instruction, Wilson’s approach to teaching is anchored in developing healthy playing habits in an intensive, yet fun learning environment. His research into online performance instruction and low brass pedagogy has allowed him to give several presentations at the Carolina BandFestival, the North Carolina Trombone Festival, and the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Spring and Fall Forums, and the UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, where he received honorable mention.

Wilson earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied with Dr. Randy Kohlenberg. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University, where he studied with Greg Cox. While at UNCG, Wilson had the opportunity to teach undergraduate low brass students, conduct the UNCG Trombone Ensemble, assist with teaching the school’s brass methods course, as well as teach several sections of freshman level music theory and ear training. Furthermore, he was active in organizing the annual North Carolina Trombone Festival, Carolina Band Festival, UNCG Summer Music Camp, and the 2013 College Band Director’s National Association Conference in Greensboro.


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!! 👏👏. 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

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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