What’s in the Miner-Journal next week?

North Valley Credit Union, and EsterhazyOnline, are supporters of the Miner-Journal newspaper. Therefore, each week we will 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.

  • Mosaic Mine Rescue team wins two trophies at National competition
  • Mosaic Company holds open house for K3-K1 conveyor
  • Saskatchewan Protective Services Medals presented to Esterhazy Fire
    Fighters
  • Rocanville Disc Golf holds CDI Doubles Classic
  • 4-H hosts free kid’s quilting craft table
  • Esterhazy Community Museum celebrates “Culture Days” Canada 150
  • Harvest winding down in area

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 Churchbride Co-op. You can also buy one at the Miner-Journal office.

Youth and adult curling clinics announced

Attention curlers… Want to improve your game? Here’s your chance!

Curling clinics have been arranged for both adults and juniors at the end of October. According to Mark Weiss, “We are having SaskCurl come out for a 2 day clinic the end of October.  Two days for kids and one night for adults. Youth is the same as adult in terms of a cost $10 per person attending.  Names can be emailed or called into me as per the poster.”

Junior curling clinic runs on both Oct 28 and Oct 29, and will feature instruction on:-

  • Basic Sliding Techniques (Line of delivery, balance, PVC devices)
  • Mental focus
  • Sweeping (What sweeping does, technique)
  • And more

The adult clinic is being held on Oct 28 only. See the posters below for details.

 

Esterhazy Community Museum Celebrates “Culture Days” Canada 150

Submitted by Dianne Kirby (President Esterhazy Community Museum)

The day may have been cool and damp, but many hardy representatives of Filipino culture, Polish ancestry, German roots, Finnish background, Hungarian ethnicity and Czech culture came out for a morning of celebration. The Historical park area was alive with the host cultures sharing ethnic food, costumes, music, language, artifacts, history, stories, maps, flags, and dolls. It was a morning of festivity.

As we wind down the Friday Farmer’s Market, alongside Canada 150, the blending of recent ethnic cultures with traditional pioneer ways breathes life and excitement into the community of Esterhazy to create a truly diverse Multicultural awakening.

See the pictures (and captions) in the gallery below. Click any image to open the viewer.

 

 

What’s in the Miner-Journal newspaper next week?

 

North Valley Credit Union, and EsterhazyOnline, are supporters of the Miner-Journal newspaper. Therefore, each week we will 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.

  • Twin Valley Riding Club rodeo and results
  • $160,000 to be invested in shoreline at Crooked Lake
  • Mosaic Open House for K3 to K1 conveyor
  • Orenda Healing hosts women’s self care retreat
  • Motivational speaker and musician Robb Nash to appear at EHS
  • Charity Golf raises $207,000 for hospital fund
  • Shot fired at West End

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 Churchbride Co-op. You can also buy one at the Miner-Journal office.

Esterhazy golf course thank you’s and summer project updates

The following notice was received from Vick Paidel regarding the Esterhazy golf course.

Hi to Everyone;

I want to take the time to thank some groups & companies for the donations they have so generously provided the golf course & clubhouse.

I want to thank the Ladies club for paying the whole bill for recoating the clubhouse roof. The work was definetly past due & the Ladies Club made it possible to have the work completed.

I would like to thank Crush-rite Concrete for the donation of concrete for in front of #9 tee box & 18 roadway that was put around the inlets of culverts.

Thanks also goes to Icon Const./ Parkland Mfg & PC Place for the donation of the clubhouse computor. Also a big thank you to Heather Neville for making this happen.

A big thank you to all that donated their golf cart for the tourn. last Friday P.M. There was a bit of a dilema with rental carts & clubhouse needed 10 carts, so on short notice people offered their carts to help out, and then they all went beyond that & donated all the rental fee’s to the Regional Park. (Geo. Kascmar, Mike Bewcyk, John Nightingale, Barry Off, Bob Nordin, Jerry Halyk, Dana Paidel, Derek Paidel.) There were a total of 10 carts donated. I would also like to thank the people that offered their cart but were not needed.

Another thank you to guys that helped pick stones from in the deep rough on 2, 3, & 4. ( Bob Nordin, Joe Diakow, Lorne Delmage) The stones were used as rip/rap in front of 9 tee drainage ditch. Also that now will allow us to cut further into the deep rough on those holes. (maybe I will be able to find a couple of my golf balls). Thanks again to Lorne Delmage & Richard Zurburg for helping haul stones for rip/rap for drainage ditch from top of hill. This project is now complete.

I would like to thank the mayor, town councillors, rec. director & town administrator for helping us out (by giving the Regional Park an interest free loan to be able to have PDAP projects completed. With the money we can pay the contractors and when PDAP pays the Regional Park we will immediately pay the town back the loan.).

I also want to thank Gordon Meyer (town foreman) & all the town employees for all the help & cooperation they have given us over the last few years. They have made our job a lot easier.

A big thank you to everyone that volunteers their services at clubhouse helping Tony. (example: cooking steaks for tourn, help moving deep freezes, help line up extra tables & golf carts for tourn. Just to name a few things. I know Tony really appreciates it.

Short summary of projects that were accomplished this season. Approx. cost of ea. project shown in red.

  1. A weeping tile was extended on the fairway on hole #7, this was to try & dry up the continual wet area that was unplayable. It seems to have worked but we must keep in mind that we had a very dry year so lets hope that it works this well when it is a wet year. ($600.oo)
  2. A pipe was added to the weeping tile on green side of #5 as that area never seemed to dry up. It seems to be doing the job. ($0.oo)
  3. The area beside creek on green side of #5 was filled in & leveled off so it will be playable once the grass grows. ($0.oo)
  4. A new sprinkler head was installed between green & creek. ($100.oo)
  5. A day was spent by quite a few volunteers trimming shrubs & cutting grass in rough along holes 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, & also along creek on fairway #1. ($0.oo)
  6. There were 2 new much needed sprinkler heads added to #1 fairway 1 just accross creek on green side & 1 just before creek on tee side. Obviously we missed putting them in when we were installing sprinklers in 2015. At the same time a few sprinkler heads got lowered on 7 fairway & some top soil was added to low areas around some sprinkler heads on 8 fairway. There are still some heads that need lowering or fill to be added so please be careful not to run over them if possible. ($0.oo sprinkler heads were used & in stock)
  7. Jerry Babyak has put in a horrendous amount of time & effort cutting & removing dead trees on golf course. There were a lot more trees than any of us realized, there were a lot of trees that were laying down in the tall grass as well. He still has some trees behind #6 tee box to cut & cleanup & then he is done. Not only has he been doing this project but he still finds time to volunteer a whole day of trimming shrubs & cutting grass with us. He reminds me of the energizer bunny. Also in some area’s where Jerry has cut trees there are Maple seedings growing hopefully in a couple of years those area’s will start filling in & it will not look so bare. ($0.oo)
  8. The drainage ditch in front of 9 tee box has been redirected so it is in a more direct line of flow. Also we added a 24″ culvert on 9 &18 so it will handle a lot more water flow then the original. ( just over a 100% increase.) Rip/rap has been completed in drainage ditch & concrete was poured around inlets of culvets on both 9 & 18. ($0.oo)
  9. Shrub roots were dug out then filled in with top soil on North side of #3 fairway. ($0.oo)
  10. The clubhouse roof has a new coat of urethane.Hopefully we do not have to worry about that for a number of years. ($3,000.oo) Paid by Ladies Club.
  11. The old section of the clubhouse deck has had some deckboards replaced as well as railing, and some joists replaced. ($370.oo)
  12. The old & newer deck were completely stained. ($545.oo)
  13. Lean to on clubhouse reshingled. ($0.oo)

For all projects listed above the approx. total cost to the Regional Park was $4,615.oo ( $3,000.oo of that was paid by the Ladies Club for the roof ). The to Regional Park for the above projects is approx.. $1,615.oo.

Projects that are still to be completed;

  1. Culvert in front of #8 tee box. We do not have quite enough culvert yet but we have some people looking for more. When we find enough culvert we will install in trench & permanently remove the bridge. The cartpath will go over the culvert.
  2. We want to widen the heavy rough by another roughly 10 – 12 feet on holes 2, 3, 4.
  3. Cleanup area behind #8 green. There are old railway ties some need to be disposed of the usable ties stacked properly. There is old culverts, steel beams, grating etc. that either has to be disposed of or arranged in some sort of order.
  4. There is old equip. laying around maint. Shop that has not been used for many years. Decisions have to be made what pcs. we need & which we do not. Some of the pcs maybe useful to other courses. So we would advertise items for sale & what does not sell haul to Hilltop Metals as scrap.
  5. In our development plan we have to do a tree planting program.
  6. Repair front left hand corner of # 5 tee box.
  7. Highways is scheduled this fall to lower rocks in front of culvert @ highway 22/80. This should increase flow capacity of culvert which we are going to need now that the R M of Fertile Belt is putting in a new culvert on Bredenbury road.

PDAP projects to do.

  1. We have recd. 30 sprinkler heads c/w swing joints. This is to help replace those damaged in flood & rebuilding of course.
  2. The gravel portion of the cartpaths has been completed.
  3. We have recd. 8 new elect. Controllers for the irrigation system. We are still waiting for the wireless portion of this project but expect those to be here in a couple weeks. This new system is a wireless system where the master computer tells which pedestal to start & then the pedestal tells the pump to start & stop. There will be no hard wire from computer to pedestals or from pedestals to pump. There will still be wires from pedestals to sprinkler heads. Big Sky should be starting to install all this towards end of month (pedestals only no sprinkler heads).
  4. Big Sky is also going to supply & install a soft start & a high/low pressure switch on pump to help protect it.
  5. The pavers are on site as of Sept 19. They will be paving mostly where there was existing pavement on the course except for #1 from tee box to bottom of hill. Please be careful when golfing, watch for moving equip. & workers.

The items listed is not a complete list of what has been completed or what needs to be completed but it does give everyone an idea of what was accomplished. Please remember all this was done by volunteers, nobody got paid except we had the 2 girls that were Regional Park employees that helped 2 days on roof project, 1 day trimming trees & grass & 2 days helping stain deck. Also to make this happen we had some businesses donate mat; & some businesses donate equipment, labour, etc. Without the volunteers & these businesses this would never have been able to be accomplished.

I think that the businesses that donated & the volunteers that have spent mega hrs. working ARE AWESOME. They have been able to take a mud hole & turn it back into a golf course. The improvement that I see from last year to this year are huge. If we can keep progressing like this in a couple years I can visualize a course as good or better than we ever had.

I know we are always asking for volunteers & so many are willing to help. Please keep in mind when we are asking for volunteers it is not always for back breaking work. If you physically are not able to help working on course or if your job does not able you to attend work bees we also can use people that have expertise with accounting, budgets, development planning, doing contracts, fund raising, promotions, organize Regional Park fund raising tournaments etc. Most of this can be done at home & by attending a Regional Park meeting once a month. This helps lighten load on the group that is trying to do all these things.

When the course shuts down that is when the board’s job begins. We need to have budgets, hire greens keeper, do the lease on clubhouse, development planning just to mention a few. If we did this right the major part of our work would be done by the time course opens & then we monitor the work through the summer & enjoy some golfing.

For everyones info the Regional Park board has a meeting every 4th Tues of the month. Our next meeting is Sept. 26th @ 7:00 P.M. at clubhouse. The meetings are at clubhouse in summer (April – Sept.) The rest of the year the meetings are held at town office (council chambers). These meetings are open to the public. You do not have to be on the board or a member to attend. We encourage people to attend. We will not railroad you into being on the board so do not let that stop you from attending. Again I want to thank all the businesses & volunteers that have done so much for us.

Our new motto is “Let’s make the golf course great again

If anyone has any suggestions, concerns, questions, or would like to volunteer please send me or anyone on the board an e-mail.Members of Regional Park Board: Barry Off, Maggie Rowland, Heather Maga, Randy Bot, Tom Landin, Marty Pfeifer, & myself.

Louise Meir (rec. director ) advisor to the board.

Vick Paidel

Regina walkers tour Esterhazy attractions

Fifty-seven members of the Northgate Walkers from Regina toured the Esterhazy Community Museum, The Potash Interpretive Center, and the Esterhazy Flour Mill the Morning of Thursday September 7, 2017. The group enjoyed a lovely lunch catered by Mei’s at the Legion Hall before proceeding onto the Kaposvar Historic Site for the afternoon. It was a delightful day.

Dianne Kirby
President Esterhazy Museum

EsterhazyOnline and North Valley Credit Union create “NVCU Community Announcer”

We have hinted on facebook, and when meeting people in town, that EsterhazyOnline is coming back. Today, we are proud to announce the opening of the re-branded, re-conceptualized site, complete with a new name… “NVCU COMMUNITY ANNOUNCER – In Conjunction with EsterhazyOnline.”

North Valley Credit Union is underwriting this new incarnation of EsterhazyOnline, and if it were not for them, this development would not be taking place. So let’s talk about what this revised version of EsterhazyOnline will be, and what it won’t be.

This re-vamped site is not setting out to be an all-out news reporting service like before. There are three reasons for this.

  1. Kenneth J. Kerr (owner of EsterhazyOnline) now lives 125km away from town and will not be attending every event like before.
  2. Kenneth is also heavily involved in advancing his career as the author of a new book and as a public speaker.
  3. The Miner-Journal newspaper is an essential community amenity, and we want to encourage and support its continued success, not compete against it.

Having said that, here is what this new site WILL be.

  1. The go-to place for public announcements and upcoming events in Esterhazy, Stockholm, and the immediate surrounding area.
  2. A brand-new information portal through which North Valley Credit Union can tell the public about who they are, what they offer, and how they interact with the community.

Both Roy Spence (CEO/GM of North Valley Credit Union – And also Mayor of Esterhazy), and Kenneth J. Kerr (Owner and operator of EsterhazyOnline) are excited to see this new venture launch, and they share the vision of this becoming a valuable service for the community.

So, who can submit press releases and announcements to be placed on this site and promoted by it?

  • Town of Esterhazy
  • RM of Fertile Belt
  • Village of Stockholm
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Esterhazy Community Daycare
  • Sports teams
  • Charities
  • Service organizations
  • Youth groups (like the Scouts)
  • Community theatre groups
  • The museum
  • The library
  • Fundraisers for town amenities

And what will the cost of these announcements be?

  • ZERO, NADA, FREE – Because North Valley Credit Union is paying for YOU to use this service! (Three cheers for NVCU!)

So, what are you waiting for? If your school, church, service organization, sports team, or youth group has an event to announce, then get in touch with us and tell us about it. Use the contact form in the menu and fire us off a request to be announced to the EsterhazyOnline audience. Your event will be included in the page headlines, added to the community calendar, and mentioned on the EsterhazyOnline Facebook.

And one more question we’ve already had… What about commercial adverts? We’re looking into that possibility, but nothing has been decided yet. If you do want to place commercial ads for your business, again, reach us through the contact form, and if there’s enough interest we’ll consider adding that feature to the site, at a cost to the advertiser of course.

Let’s make this thing ROCK people. If it’s happening out there, it should be announced on here…. GET IN TOUCH and tell everyone you know about this new public service!

Best Regards,

Kenneth

(ps… The old URL, http://www.esterhazyonline.com still brings you here!)

 

Esterhazy Mayor’s Message – September 2017

As promised, this month’s Mayor’s Message is going to deal with operational costs over the last three years. It should be noted that the financial data that is being reported here was the result of decisions made by the previous Council and not the Council of today. As well, the costs outlined are operational costs and do not include capital expenditures which, in reality, are the largest costs faced by any municipality these days as they struggle with repairing and replacing obsolete infrastructure.

 

Expenditures Amount
General Government $585,563
Transportation $927,934
Protective Services $327,051
Environmental $485,150
Planning & Development $125,510
Recreation $893,837
Utilities $463,437
2016
Expenditures Amount
General Government $572,956
Transportation $977,659
Protective Services $343,799
Environmental $541,411
Planning & Development $130,211
Recreation $848,632
Utilities $543,955
2015
Expenditures Amount
General Government $545,830
Transportation $1,091,297
Protective Services $302,140
Environmental $447,508
Planning & Development $145,876
Recreation $840,104
Utilities $444,533
2014

*Information was gained from audited financial statements*

Occasionally we hear some citizens’ state that Council is spending money in an irresponsible way. I have never witnessed this either when I sat as a Counsellor or since I was elected as the Mayor of Esterhazy last October. Below I will outline the year-over-year changes in percentage terms of the items above to add some context to the actual numbers.

2015               2016           2014-2016 Total Change

General Government          +   4.97%        +  2.20%         +  7.28%

Transportation                      –  10.41%       –   5.09%         –  14.97%

Protective Services              + 13.79%       –   4.87%         +  8.24%

Environmental                      + 20.98%       – 10.39%        +  8.41%

Planning & Development   –  10.74%       –   3.61%         – 13.96%

Recreation                            +   1.02%        +  5.33%         +  6.40%

Utilities                                   + 22.37%       – 14.80%        +  4.25%

 

So, as you can see, some categories actually recorded a net decline in costs over the two year time period. The “Protective Services” category is dominated by our contract with the RCMP for policing services. Your Council has no control over that as we are simply price-takers not price-setters. It should come as no surprise in this day and age that the “Environmental” section is on the increase given provincial and federal government mandates in this area. The “Recreation” section is driven by demands by the public for more and better recreational facilities as well as low user fees. There is an old saying and it goes something like this; “The government” doesn’t have any money except for what it takes from its taxpayers”. So the lesson here is be careful what you ask for as it could very well end up costing you more money.

In conclusion, our total operating expenses for the Town of Esterhazy over the last three years are summarized as follows; 2014 – $ 3,817,288.00, 2015—$ 3,958,623.00 and 2016 – $ 3,808,482.00. Operating expenses are not incurred in a linear fashion; some years certain expenses are higher and others are lower. But, here is the bottom line – Over the time period 2014 to 2016 the Town of Esterhazy’s total non-capital operating expenses have actually decreased by $ 8,806.00 or 0.23%!

If you would like any further information over and above what is outlined here please feel free to contact our CAO, Donna Rollie. Donna has a very solid grasp of all things financial and I have a great deal of confidence in her abilities to guide our municipal government in the right direction.

Sincere Regards,

Roy Spence, Mayor of Esterhazy

RM of Spy Hill pledges a second round of $600,000 towards hospital and care home

Recently, the Rural Municipality of Spy Hill pledged a second donation of $600,000 towards the hospital and care home project in Esterhazy. In this picture we see two cheques being displayed to signify the now $1.2 million dollars being donated by the RM.

In the picture:- Back row: Glenn Blakely – Councillor, and Don Hood. Front row: Don Bernath, Jack Neyedley – Councillor, Cheryl Odgers – Councillor, Bob Bruce – Reeve, Corrine Delmage – Councillor. Missing from picture is Marsha Sabo – Councillor.